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 Meeting of City Council:
(a) The Regular Meeting Minutes of April 12, 2011.
City Council approved the regular meeting minutes of April 12, 2011
RECOGNITION OF YOUTH BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER
CONSENT CALENDAR (4-7)
(Resignations and Uncontested Appointments)
4. Receipt of the Following Resignations From Members of Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee
(b) Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association Board of Governors
(c) Social Services Advisory Board
5. Uncontested Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Citizen Corps Council
1 Citizen Member
(b) Commission on Aging (removed from docket)
1 Individual With Leadership Experience in a Volunteer
(c) Community Services Board
1 Citizen Member
(d) Park and Recreation Commission
2 Members From Planning District I
(e) Sister Cities Committee
2 Citizen Members
(Reports and Recommendations of the City Manager)
6. Consideration of Authorization of Recommended Capital Allocations and Planned Expenditures.
7. Receipt of the Report on the Design Proposal for the Alexandria Police Memorial and Setting the Proposal for Public Hearing and Consideration on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
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) Charles Gaultier, Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee; (b) Suzanne Cook, Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association Board of Governors; and (c) Michael Kalutkiewicz, Social Services Advisory Board.
5. City Council made the following appointments: (a) appointed Robert Mahoney as the one citizen member to the Citizen Corps Council; (c) appointed Kathleen Dewey as the one citizen member to the Community Services Board; (d) appointed Gina Baum and reappointed Judy Guse-Noritake as the two members with Planning District I to the Park and Recreation Commission; and (e) appointed Maureen Dugan and Brendan Fitzgibbon as the two citizen members to the Sister Cities Committee;
6. City Council authorized $13,130,000 for capital project allocations and planned expenditures for the capital projects as detailed in the Capital Improvement Expenditure Summary.
7. City Council received the report of the design proposal and scheduled it for public hearing on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
8. Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
1 Representative of an Employer in the City Who Employes at Least
City Council waived the residency requirement and appointed Kenya Newby as the one representative of an employer in the City who employs at least 100 employees to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.
9. Human Rights Commission
2 Citizen Members
City Council appointed Danielle Beach and reappointed Matt Harris as the two citizen members to the Human Rights Commission.
10. Public Records Advisory Commission
1 Citizen Member
City Council appointed Laura Vetter as the one citizen member to the Public Records Advisory Commission.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER FOR DISCUSSION
11. Oral Report on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC-133) Project at Mark Center. (Staff Presentation)
City Council heard a presentation on the BRACC-133 project at Mark Center.
12. Consideration of Acceptance of a Port Security Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a New Fireboat for the Alexandria Fire Department. (Staff Presentation)
City Council authorized the City Manager to: 1. accept the grant award from FEMA for a new fireboat; 2. execute all the necessary federal grant documents that may be required; 32. commence a competitive process for obtaining a new fireboat not to exceed $1,417,000 as approved in the February 3, 2010 docket item, and not to exceed 50 feet in length; and 4. trade-in or sell the City's existing Fireboat to offset a major portion of the costs of the new fireboat not covered by the Federal grant.
13. Consideration of Proposed Changes to the Guidelines and Application for the Alexandria Marketing Fund.
City Council received the report and approved the modified guidelines and application for the Alexandria Marketing Fund.
14. Consideration of Proposed Letter to the Commonwealth Transportation Board for Providing the City's Draft Six-Year Improvement Plan for FY 2012 to FY 2017.
City Council approved the letter to the Commonwealth Transportation Board in regard to the draft six-year improvement plan for FY 2012 to FY 2017, with the addition of language regarding purchase of buses for fleet expansion or fleet replacement, and to add a sub-bullet point in the City request area that mentions the fact that State funding limitations have constrained their ability to expand their transit capacity to keep up with demand and need, and helping facilitate that infrastructure procurement should be seen as a high priority throughout the region.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
15. Receipt of a status report on the redevelopment of 401-411 East Braddock Road as required by condition of SUP #2008-0095 for 7-Eleven. Staff: Department of Planning and Zoning (This is not a public hearing item.)
PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION: Acknowledged receipt of report 5-0
City Council received the report.
ORAL REPORTS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
ORAL PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
(a) Mayor Euille noted that the budget process is winding down. Council had a preliminary add/delete meeting last evening and budget adoption is scheduled for Monday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. Information on the budget can be found on the City's website.
(b) Mayor Euille said his State of the City address is on the City's website, facebook and twitter, as well as Comcast channel 70.
(c) Councilman Krupicka said today was St. Elmo's 15th year anniversary of operating in Del Ray.
(d) Councilman Krupicka said Saturday is Earth Day and he hoped to see people at Ben Brenman Park celebrating Earth Day.
(e) Councilman Krupicka said that this Sunday, May 1, the Four-Mile Run farmers market will open their doors using snap electronic bank transfer machines, otherwise known as food stamps. It will make the farmers market local, healthy produce more accessible to more members of the community.
(f) Councilwoman Pepper said the farmers market at Ben Brenman Park will open Sunday.
(g) Councilwoman Pepper said she passed out to Council last night a resolution on putting signs on all public parks and playgrounds asking everyone to keep the parks and playgrounds smoke free, and she asked to have it docketed for the first legislative meeting in May.
(h) Councilwoman Hughes noted that Spring for Alexandria is coming up on May 7, and the Jaycees will be working with other organizations to have a blood drive. She thanked First Baptist Church for donating its parking lot, and it is being sponsored by PNC Bank and the Alexandria Jaycees. They are asking for appliances less than ten years old, books, blankets, building materials, and cell phones, among other items.
Vice Mayor Donley said Spring for Alexandria is a three-day event. The first night is the Act for Alexandria Gala at the Flippin Field House at Episcopal High School, and they will be recognizing Jack Taylor. Friday is the business philanthropy summit, and Spring for Alexandria where teams will volunteer and do community services, sprucing up the City, and then the Alexandria Gives will be on Saturday at First Baptist Church where one can donate blood, bring computers and clothing and food.
(i) Councilman Fannon said that this Thursday, the Commission for Women are sponsoring the annual Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day. He encouraged everyone to participate.
ORAL REPORT FROM THE CITY MANAGER
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
16. Consideration of City Council Schedule.
City Council scheduled a work session with the Alexandria Archaeological Commission before Council's June 28 legislative meeting following the 5:30 p.m. work session with the Alexandria HIV/AIDS Commission; noted moving the June 18 public hearing meeting to June 25 due to the T.C. Williams High School graduation; and there will be a reception at City Hall on Tuesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Vola Lawson Lobby honoring State Senator Patsy Ticer for her service.
Deputy City Manager Evans noted they are planning a farewell for the City Manager next week and invitations will be forthcoming.
17. Consideration of a Closed Meeting to Discuss Personnel Matters.
City Council convened in closed executive session at 8:26 p.m., pursuant to Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia,for the purpose of discussion and consideration of the appointment of a specific appointee of City Council.
City Council reconvened the meeting at 8:40 p.m.
City Council adopted the resolution pertaining to the Executive Session. (RES. NO. 2448)