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 Public Hearing Meeting Minutes of September 25, 2010; and
(b) The Regular Meeting Minutes of September 28, 2010.
City Council approved the public hearing meeting minutes of September 25, 2010 and the regular meeting minutes of September 28, 2010.
RECOGNITION OF YOUTH BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER
CONSENT CALENDAR (4-10)
(Resignations and Uncontested Appointments)
4. Receipt of the Following Resignations From Members of Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee
(b) Historic Alexandria Resources Commission
Harry E. Mahon
5. Uncontested Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee
3 Citizen Members
(b) Carr/Norfolk Southern (Carlyle) Design Review Board
1 Citizen Member
(c) Commission on Aging
1 Citizen 60 Years of Age or Older
(d) Commission on Persons with Disabilities
1 Citizen (Identified a Disability)
(e) George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee
1 Citizen Member
(f) Public Health Advisory Commission
1 Citizen Member Who Shall Be a Health Professional and
at the Time of Appointment Derive, or Within the Previous Five
Years Derived Their Principal Income From Providing Health
Care, Health Services or Health Related Activities
(g) Urban Design Advisory Commission
1 Resident Representing the Old Town North Residential
(Reports and Recommendations of the City Manager)
6. Consideration of the Revised Route for the 2011 St. Patrick's Day Parade.
7. Consideration of Application for Kaiser Healthy Eating Active Living Initiative Funds for a Childhood Obesity Project.
8. Consideration of an Application for Department of Criminal Justice Services Grant Funds for a Program to Serve Sexual and Domestic Violence Victims.
9. Consideration of the Alexandria Community Services Board's Amended FY 2011 Plan of Services, Which Includes the FY 2011 Performance Contract with the State.
(Ordinances for Introduction)
10. Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance Extending the Applicable Period for Reduced Fees for Certain Sewer Connections.
END OF CONSENT CALENDAR
City Council adopted the following consent calendar, with the removal of item #10, which was considered under separate motion. The City Manager's recommendations are as follows:
4. City Council accepted the following resignations with regret: (a) Dennis Auld, Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee; and (b) Harry E. Mahon, Historic Alexandria Resources Commission.
5. City Council made the following appointments to boards and commissions: (a) appointed Patrick Conley, Dean DeGood and Catherine Johnson as the three citizen members to the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee; (b) appointed Alvin Boone as the one citizen member to the Carr/Norfolk Southern Design Review Board; (c) reappointed Mary Parker as the one citizen 60 years of age or older to the Commission on Aging; (d) appointed Jon Mahalingappa as the one citizen (identified a disability) to the Commission on Persons with Disabilities; (e) appointed Laura Norfolk as the one citizen member to the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee; (f) reappointed Michael Weiner as the one citizen member who shall be a health professional and at the time of appointment derive, or within the previous five years derived their principal income from providing health care, health services or health related activities to the Public Health Advisory Commission; and (g) appointed Roger Waud as the one resident representing the Old Town North residential community to the Urban Design Advisory Commission.
6. City Council approved the requested change to the route for the St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled to occur on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The new shorter route would no longer require that U.S. Route 1 be closed during the parade.
7. City Council: 1. approved the submission of the grant application; and 2. authorized the City Manager to execute the necessary documents that may be required.
8. City Council authorized the City Manager to: 1. submit the grant application to the DCJS in the amount of $51,480 (due October 15, 2010); and 2. execute all documents that may be required.
9. City Council approved the CSB's revised FY 2011 Plan of Services, which includes approval of the performance contract with the State and an increase of 1.4 full-time employees to be fully supported by redirecting $75,394 in the CSB's budget from non-personnel to personnel.
10. City Council passed the ordinance on first reading and set it for public hearing, second reading and final passage on Saturday, October 16, 2010. (separate motion)
11. Ratification of Appointments to Three Members of the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership.
City Council waived the residency requirement and ratified the appointment of Charlie Banta and ratified the appointments of Marcy Anderson and Scott Shaw to the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER FOR DISCUSSION
12. Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of an Ordinance Amending Certain Provisions of the Taxicab Ordinance, as recommended by the Traffic and Parking Board on September 27, 2010.
City Council passed the ordinance on first reading and set it for public hearing, second reading and final passage on Saturday, October 16, 2010.
13. Consideration of the Monthly Financial Report.
City Council received the monthly financial report for the period ending August 31, 2010.
14. Receipt of Report on the Proposed Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws for the Torpedo Factory Art Center Board, Setting the Report for Public Hearing on Saturday, October 16, 2010, and Consideration on Tuesday, October 26, 2010.
City Council: 1. received the articles of incorporation and by-laws required to establish the Torpedo Factory Art Center Board; and 2. scheduled a public hearing on the report for Saturday, October 16, 2010 and scheduled the report for Council consideration on Tuesday, October 26, 2010.
15. Consideration of the Proposed Process for Funding of Priority Transportation Project. (#15, 9/28/10)
City Council approved the revised outreach work plan and project timeline.
16. Update on Beauregard Small Area Plan Process (verbal staff report).
City staff gave an update on the Beauregard Small Area Plan Process.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
ORAL REPORTS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
ORAL PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
(a) Mayor Euille said that at the recent annual meeting of the Virginia Municipal League, the City received one of the top four awards - the Presidents award for the Station at Potomac Yard, for the Station's outstanding and innovative development public/private partnerships, unique architecture, LEEDS silver designation, future sustainability, a combination of affordable and workforce housing, mixed use development opportunities, and the fact that it is a working fire station.
(b) Vice Mayor Donley said that on October 29 there will be the first night football game at T.C. Williams High School, where the Titans will take on the Stallions of South County. The Athletic Department is selling special Friday Night Light packages to help pay for the lights, and he encouraged people to contact the Athletic Department to buy those packages, as it will go a long way to finance the lights that will be brought in for that evening.
(c) Councilman Smedberg said that at the last Northern Virginia Transportation Commission meeting, a resolution was voted on regarding Commonwealth representation on the WMATA Board, which was a proposal that Governor McDonnell brought forward. He said the Commission approved the resolution stating that it felt that at this time it was best that the current jurisdictional make-up continue and stay in place but did not entirely close the door to talking to the Governor, but the resolution made it clear that with possible membership comes a different financial commitment from the Commonwealth. Councilman Smedberg said it passed by a seven-eighths majority of the Commission. He said they also learned that the Governor's Government Reform Commission did not recommend to bring forward the consolidation of the NVTC, the PRTC and the NVTA.
(d) Councilman Fannon said he attended the Virginia Municipal League in Hampton and it was a great networking event. He said elected officials gathered from all around the State and they talked about the challenges they are having in their different municipalities. He said that with the projected turnover coming in the Federal government, and the cut-backs in state spending, it will fall on the local municipalities more and more to figure out what services they will continue to provide to the citizens and how creative local municipalities will be. Councilman Fannon said the City received a platinum certificate for successfully implementing environmental policies and taking practical actions to reduce carbon emissions. Councilman Fannon noted the City employees who made presentations at the VML.
(e) Councilman Fannon said that on Friday, October 22, the Alexandria Rotary Club is sponsoring the Taste for Giving, which will be at the Torpedo Factory, from 7:00 to 10:30, and is $75 a person and they expect 400-500 people. It will raise money for local Alexandria charities.
(f) Councilwoman Hughes gave an update on the Governor's Commission on Government Reform and some of the work they have been doing. She said she remained concerned about the proposals to eliminate BPOL and machinery and tools taxes as a means of attracting business to Virginia, given that there is a possibility that it could hurt the local jurisdictions. As one of the three local government representatives on the Commission, she said she would continue to ask appropriate questions about that. Councilwoman Hughes said there was a preliminary vote taken and a report given on the privatization of ABC Stores, and that passed by a vote of 24-3, and they were concerned about the present state of the proposal, as they have not found a way to make the privatization of ABC revenue neutral. She said her subcommittee is working on with the committee on Intergovernmental Relations, and they are looking at regionalism and way regions can work together and what the incentive packages can look like, and they are also looking at mandates, as there are approximately 540 mandates on the books.
(g) Councilwoman Hughes said she received a letter from the chair of one of the Ad-hoc Fort Ward Park Museum Area Stakeholders Advisory Group asking for additional monies to help do some additional research on the graves at Fort Ward Park.
(h) Councilwoman Pepper said that a week from Saturday will be the Walk to Fight Breast Cancer and it starts at 8:00 a.m., which is presented by the City of Alexandria and Inova Alexandria Hospital.
ORAL REPORT FROM THE CITY MANAGER
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
17. Consideration of Resolution from the Alexandria Landlord-Tenant Relations Board Regarding Voluntary Rent Guidelines [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
City Council approved the resolution establishing the City's voluntary rent guidelines at a percentage of not more than five percent when the tenant pays utilities and not more than seven percent when the owner pays utilities, as recommended by the Landlord-Tenant Relations Board. (RES. NO. 2419)
18. Consideration of City Council Schedule.
City Council adopted the calendar, as follows: scheduled a work session with representatives of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association at 5:30 p.m. before Council's Tuesday, January 11 legislative meeting; and noted that Virginia Municipal League Local Government Day will be held on Thursday, February 3 in Richmond (time and date to be provided when available.)
19. Consideration of Convening a Closed Meeting for the Purpose of Consulting with Legal Counsel Regarding Potential and Pending Litigation.
The closed meeting was cancelled.