1. Calling the Roll.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Euille, and the City Clerk called the roll; all the members of Council were present.
2. Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance.
City Council observed a moment of silence and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Reading and Acting Upon the Minutes of the Following Meetings of City Council:
(a) The Regular Meeting Minutes of December 14, 2010; and
(b) The Public Hearing Meeting Minutes of December 18, 2010.
City Council approved the regular meeting minutes of December 14, 2010 and the public hearing meeting minutes of December 18, 2010.
RECOGNITION OF YOUTH BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER
CONSENT CALENDAR (4-8)
(Resignations and Uncontested Appointments)
4. Receipt of the Following Resignations From Members of Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
(b) Commission for the Arts
(c) Historic Alexandria Resources Commission
(d) Sister Cities Committee
5. Uncontested Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Alcohol Safety Action Program Policy Board
1 Citizen Member
(b) Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee
1 Citizen Member
(c) Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force
1 At-large Member From and Representing the Youth of the
City of Alexandria
1 Representative From and Representing the Parents of
Youth of the City of Alexandria
(d) Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority
1 Resident of Public Housing Administered by the ARHA
(e) Commission on HIV/AIDS
1 Citizen Member
(f) Environmental Policy Commission
1 Member With Experience in Federal or State Environmental
Statutes, Regulations and Procedures
(g) Historic Alexandria Resources Commission
1 Alexandria Association Member
(h) Law Library Board
1 Citizen Member
(i) Potomac Yard Design Advisory Committee
1 Citizen Member From Potomac Yard East
(j) Public Records Advisory Commission
1 Citizen Member
(k) Sister Cities Committee
1 Citizen Member
(Reports and Recommendations of the City Manager)
6. Consideration of Approval of Proposed Sheriff's Memorial at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center.
7. Consideration of Grant Application with Arlington County and the Local Workforce Investment Board Area 12 to the Virginia Community College System to recruit/Hire and Supervise Two AmeriCorps Volunteers to Work at the JobLink One-Stop Career Center.
(Ordinances for Introduction)
8. Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance to Amend the Number of Members to Make a Quorum of the Landlord Tenant Relations Board From Six to Five.
END OF CONSENT CALENDAR
City Council approved the consent calendar. The City Manager's recommendations were as follows:
4. City Council accepted the following resignations with regret: (a) Ann Sota, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee; (b) Jim Allison, Commission for the Arts; (c) Murney Keleher, Historic Alexandria Resources Commission; and (d) Stacy Walker, Sister Cities Committee.
5. City Council made the following appointments: (a) appointed Sean Holihan as the one citizen member to the Alcohol Safety Action Program Policy Board; (b) appointed Elizabeth Ryan as the one citizen member to the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee; (c) appointed Saira Cabrera as the one at-large member from and representing the youth of the City of Alexandria and appointed Claritza Santiago as the one representative from and representing the parents of youth of the City of Alexandria to the Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force; (d) appointed Chyrell Bucksell as the one resident of public housing administered by the ARHA to the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority; (e) appointed Alancia Wynn as the one citizen member to the Commission on HIV/AIDS; (f) reappointed Danielle Fidler as the one member with experience in federal or state environmental statutes, regulations and procedures to the Environmental Policy Commission; (g) reappointed Christopher Jones as the one Alexandria Association Member to the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission; (h) reappointed Dianna Campagna as the one citizen member to the Law Library Board; (i) appointed Michael Grinnell as the one citizen member from Potomac Yard East to the Potomac Yard Design Advisory Committee; (j) appointed Anthony Jones as the one citizen member to the Public Records Advisory Commission; and (k) reappointed Robert Lalka as the one citizen member to the Sister Cities Committee.
6. City Council: 1. approved the proposed Sheriff's Memorial as described in the staff report; and 2. requested the Sheriff to proceed with fundraising for the Sheriff's Memorial.
7. City Council: 1. authorized application to VCCS-WDS, in conjunction with Arlington County and LWIB Area 12, to recruit two volunteers to assist in the JobLink One-Stop Career Center; and 2. authorized the City Manager to accept reimbursement from VCCS-WDS for the $16,200 stipend paid to each of the two volunteers for their work at JobLink.
8. City Council passed the ordinance on first reading and scheduled it for public hearing, second reading and final passage on Saturday, January 22, 2011.
9. Alexandria Marketing Committee
2 Members With Experience or Expertise in the Following Areas:
Marketing/Communications; Advertising Agency/Public Relations;
Media Buyer; Graphic Design/Production; Media Relations/Media Outlet
City Council appointed Corry Robb and Liz Santos as the two members with experience or expertise in the following areas: marketing/ communications, advertising agency/public relations, media buyer, graphic design/production, or media relations/media outlet to the Alexandria Marketing Committee.
10. Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority
2 Citizen Members
City Council reappointed Brett Libresco and appointed Stanley Vosper as the two citizen members to the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
11. Beautification Commission
1 Citizen Member
City Council appointed Sylvia Winterling as the one citizen member to the Beautification Commission.
12. Citizen Corps Council
1 CERT Representative
City Council waived the residency requirement and appointed Donald White as the one CERT representative to the Citizen Corps Council.
13. Commission for the Arts
1 Member Who Has Expertise in the Arts, Either as Practitioners of
Various Art Disciplines or as Professional Administrators Working in
City Council appointed Karen Conkey as the one member who has expertise in the arts, either as practitioners of various art disciplines or as professional administrators working the field, to the Commission for the Arts.
14. Community Services Board
The Sheriff or the Sheriff’s Designee
City Council waived the residency requirement and appointed Douglas Schuler as the Sheriff's designee to the Community Services Board.
15. Emergency Medical Services Council
1 Representative of the Hospital Administration at Alexandria Hospital
City Council waived the residency requirement and reappointed John Audett as the one representative of the hospital administration at Alexandria Hospital to the Emergency Medical Services Council.
16. Public Health Advisory Commission
1 Dentist Practicing in the City, Nominated by the Northern Virginia Dental
City Council waived the residency requirement and reappointed Jessica Hill as the one dentist practicing in the City, nominated by the Northern Virginia Dental Society to the Public Health Advisory Commission.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER FOR DISCUSSION
17. Consideration of the Monthly Financial Report for the Period Ending November 30, 2010.
City Council received the monthly financial report for the period ending November 30, 2010.
18. Consideration of Authorization of the Rehabilitation of Four Surplus DASH Buses to Provide Expanded Transit Services to the BRAC-133 Site in Alexandria.
City Council: 1. allocated $600,000 from previously budgeted DASH bus replacement capital funds; and 2. authorized, contingent upon reaching agreement with the Department of Defense on a cooperative reimbursement agreement, the expenditure of that $600,000 to rehabilitate four surplused DASH buses to provide expanded transit service on the AT2 route between the King Street Metrorail Station/VRE Station and the Mark Center BRAC-133 site.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
ORAL REPORTS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
ORAL PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
(a) Councilman Krupicka stated that over the last year, a number of governments have been looking at new ways of managing dockets. He noted that the City has reduced the amount of money and paper its used for copying dockets in the last year. He said with tablet computers, they have the potential to bring the photocopying number down even further. He asked for Council concurrence to ask staff to take a look at alternatives and bring back suggestions on ways to take advantage of the things to reduce the amount of paper they use. There may be the added benefit of Councilmembers getting rid of an extra computer, so it may be able to make hardware savings as well.
(b) Councilman Smedberg said that at the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission meeting on Thursday, Mayor Euille was elected chair for the coming year. Councilman Smedberg said that also at that meeting, he represents the City on the VRE Board and last year was treasurer and was just elected secretary.
(c) Councilwoman Hughes said she attended the annual meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Mayor Euille was elected as president of the Corporation of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and she extended congratulations.
(d) Councilwoman Pepper said she was appointed as chair of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee.
(e) Councilwoman Pepper said that since their last meeting, four people in the community passed away: Susan Butler, Douglas Thurman, Win McConchie and Eulla Miller.
(f) Councilwoman Pepper passed around pictures that she received from a West End constituent, which are pictures of trash that has accumulated alongside of I-395. There is a large amount of trash that blows from the highway onto the side areas and this is VDOT's jurisdiction. A motion was passed to authorize Mayor Euille to write to the Governor and request more attention be paid to the maintenance of the various interstate highways, in particularly those that run through Alexandria.
(g) Vice Mayor Donley said that at the last meeting, Council received an update on the short and mid term improvements at BRAC and Council endorsed those applications and wanted to move them along. One of the problems is the cost, about $15-20 million, and the funding source. At the ad-hoc TMP group last night, the group requested Council look at multiple funding sources. He said that on Thursday, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority is submitting its list to VDOT of potential Northern Virginia projects that could be funded by the surplus transportation dollars that were identified in the VDOT audit. The ad-hoc group has asked that Council authorize its Alexandria representatives, himself and Mayor Euille, to include the short and mid-term improvements related to BRAC on that list for endorsement and to be forwarded to VDOT for funding. A motion was passed to authorize Vice Mayor Donley and Mayor Euille to add them to the list at the NVTA meeting on Thursday.
(h) Councilman Fannon said that next month will be the Centennial celebration of President Ronald Reagan's birth, who was born 100 years ago on February 6. There will be a commemoration ceremony on February 4 at noon at City Hall to commemorate a great leader in America and great President, and he hoped for a good turnout.
(i) Mayor Euille said that January 20th will be the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, and through a collaborative process via the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the John F. Kennedy Foundation, mayors have been engaged January 4-15 in visiting middle and high schools to talk about the former President's legacy and his commitment to community service and voluntarism. He said that today he spent time at Hammond Middle School visiting 7-8 different classrooms, talking about President Kennedy with the students.
ORAL REPORT FROM THE CITY MANAGER
City Manager Hartmann noted that he was recently voted as vice chair of the Chief Administrative Officers Committee. He said he was also asked to serve as the chair of the Homeland Security Executive Committee of the CAO's.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
19. Consideration of City Council Schedule.
City Council: 1. scheduled the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Alexandria Transit Company before Council's Tuesday, February 22 legislative meeting; and 2. noted the following changes to the Council calendar: the community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. program will be held on Saturday, January 15 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 1401 Duke Street; the date of the January 11 work session with the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association and the Alexandria Economic Development Program has been changed to 5:30-7:00 p.m. prior to Council's Tuesday, January 25 legislative meeting; the time and place has been determined for the Thursday, February 3 Virginia Municipal League Local Government Day/Legislative Day as 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond Marriott (500 East Broad Street); Rebuilding Together Alexandria will be observed on Saturday, April 30; the Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust program will be held on Wednesday, May 4 at noon at Market Square; the Spring for Alexandria events will occur from May 5-7 City-wide with service projects occurring on Friday, May 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. followed by a celebration on Market Square at 2:00 p.m; and noted the addition of the February 4 celebration of President Ronald Reagan's birth at City Hall at 12:00 noon.
20. Consideration of a Closed Meeting for the Purpose of Consulting with Legal Counsel Regarding Potential and Pending Litigation.
At 8:13 p.m., City Council convened in executive session, pursuant to Section 2.2-3711(a)(7) of the Code of Virginia for the purpose of consulting with counsel and staff with respect to matters and actual or probable litigation.
At 8:42 p.m., City Council reconvened the meeting.
City Council adopted a resolution pertaining to the Executive Session. (RES. NO. 2431)