Samuel Tucker Elementary School Auditorium
435 Ferdinand Day Drive
17. Alexandria Beautification Commission
1 Citizen Member
City Council reappointed Jill Chiarello as a Citizen Member to the Alexandria Beautification Commission.
CONTESTED APPOINTMENTS (continued)
18. Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission
1 Citizen Member
City Council reappointed Cynthia Chambers as a Citizen Member to the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission.
19. Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission
1 Member From Planning District II
City Council reappointed Kirk Fedder as a Member from Planning District II to the Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission.
20. CITIZEN DISCUSSION PERIOD
(a) Joanne Tomasello, 511 North Pickett Street, spoke to the Foxchase Shopping Center and expressed concern about movie theatre which features x-rated movies, and the video store which rents them.
Vice Mayor Cleveland suggested that staff take a look at what other jurisdictions have done to get rid of their complexes which feature x-rated movies.
Mayor Donley requested the City Manager to contact the owners of the shopping center to discuss these concerns.
Ms. Tomasello addressed a recent meeting held by KMS/Jamestown Village at Francis Hammond Middle School. She reported that there was an assertion made about a proposed townhouse development and an exchange of school-owned property at Francis Hammond. She stated that the City needs those wooded pocket areas.
(b) Converse West, 200 North Pickett Street, #704, chairman, Holmes Run Committee, spoke to the need of a connector between Eisenhower Avenue and Duke Street.
(c) Roland Gonzales, 4914 Gardner Drive, president, Cameron Station Civic Association, expressed appreciation to Council for having this meeting in this location and hopes it is the first of many. He noted that the connector is of great concern to this community and wants to protect the vibrancy of this community. They will be watching very closely as plans move forward.
Mayor Donley stated that there will be plenty of opportunities for people to participate in the process. This is under study at the present time, as well as looking at the potential affects on the Cameron Station community.
City Manager Sunderland reported that a status report will be coming forth to City Council either at the second meeting in February or first meeting in March. This report will lay out the process. A copy of the report will be provided to the Cameron Station Civic Association prior to the Council meeting.
(d) Clarence L. Cooper, 415 South Royal Street, representing the Alexandria society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, reported that the gazebo at the Alexandria African American Heritage Park needs to be repaired and painted. He expressed concerns about parking near the park. He stated that there is no parking available on either side of Holland Lane.
Vice Mayor Cleveland thought Council would provide parking for the park on Jamieson Street once it is extended.
Mayor Donley requested that the painting and repair be done. He suggested that possibly more City-sponsored events could be held there so that more people know about it.
(e) Ludwig Gaines, 1613 B Hunting Creek Drive, representing the NAACP, commended City Council on its stance for the living wage.
(f) Melissa Luby, 312 1/2 North Henry Street, gave a special thanks to the City Council for the Tucker Elementary School.
(g) Emily DeCicco, 5027 Waple Lane, thanked City Council for its help with the staging area issue. She also noted that there will be a fund-raiser for the Tucker Elementary School in the near future.
The Meeting was adjourned at 9:42 p.m.