Also Present: Mr. Johnson, Acting City Manager; Mr. Spera, Deputy City Attorney; Ms. Evans, Deputy City Manager; Mr. Jinks, Deputy City Manager; Police Captain Ogden; Ms. Ross, Deputy Director, Planning and Zoning; Mr. Randall, Planning and Zoning; Mr. Catlett, Director, Office of Code Administration; Mr. Caton, Legislative Director; Ms. Taylor, Office of Management and Budget; Ms. Blackford, Communications Officer, Office of Communications; Mr. Wannamaker, Deputy Director, General Services; Mr. Jankowski, Director, Real Estate Assessments; Ms. Triggs, Director, Office of Finance; Ms. Wilson, Chief Animal Control Officer; Mr. Gorden, Animal Control Officer; Ms. McLean, ITS; and Mr. Lloyd.
Recorded by: Jacqueline M. Henderson, City Clerk and Clerk of Council.
1. Calling the Roll.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Euille, and the City Clerk called the roll. All members of Council were present, with the exception of Councilman Smedberg, who was absent. Councilwoman Hughes arrived at 9:48 a.m.
2. Public Discussion Period.
(a) Gary Carr, 216 Aspen Street, thanked the men and women of the armed forces for the defense of their freedoms. Mr. Carr spoke of the construction of running tracks to combat the plague of childhood obesity, noting that Alexandria has no running tracks, as the one track at the high school is in the dark by 5:00 and is off-limits during day-light hours. He said they have one of the highest childhood obesity rates in the region.
(b) William "Bill" Cleveland, 2121 Jamieson Avenue, thanked Council for what it does for the youth in the City. He spoke of the fact that there are no places in the Eisenhower Valley for children to exercise. He asked Council to think about youth and the fact that there is no place for young children to exercise.
(c) Sarah Becker, 1200 Princess Street, spoke about crime, noting that less than two weeks ago, within three blocks of her house there was a murder, and a week ago there was another bloody incident nearby, and she indicated the other incidents that have happened in the area. She asked how long the crime will go on, as community policing is not working, and they need better solutions.
(d) Van Van Fleet, 26 Wolfe Street, urged that when the Waterfront Plan is being considered, that Council direct the Planning staff to include the GenOn Facility within that plan. The plan looks out 15-25 years and there are a number of things that can be done at the GenOn site that need to be incorporated into the overall Waterfront Plan. Mr. Van Fleet said the Waterfront Plan should not be rushed, as the group should do the analysis before Council makes a decision on where that Plan is to go.
(e) Jack Sullivan, 4300 Ivanhoe Place, said the City is facing four lawsuits from citizens: The Boat Club on Whales Alley, the suit challenging the Waterfront Plan from Old Town citizens, a suit on the Harris Teeter rezoning from residents of Alexandria House, and the suit filed by the Seminary Hill Association against the City, the School Board and the BZA on the Hammond lights issue. The suits all share a common theme - all were occasioned by actions of the City staff that flout City ordinances, legal opinions or citizen rights. He urged Council to end high handed actions in City offices, insist on adherence to law, and protect the citizens of Alexandria as they deserve to be protected.
REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
ACTION CONSENT CALENDAR (3)
3. SPECIAL USE PERMIT #2011-0064
109 EAST WALNUT STREET - SINGLE FAMILY
Public Hearing and Consideration of a request to construct a single family dwelling on a substandard lot; zoned R-2-5/Single and Two-Family. Applicant East Walnut Street, LLC represented by Stephen Kulinski
PLANNING COMMISSION ACTION: Recommend Approval 6-0
(A copy of the Planning Commission report dated November 12, 2011 is on file in the Office of the City Clerk and Clerk of Council, marked Exhibit No. 1 of Item No. 3; 11/12/11, and is incorporated as part of this record by reference.)
END OF ACTION CONSENT CALENDAR
WHEREUPON, upon motion by Councilwoman Pepper, seconded by Councilman Krupicka and carried 5-0, City Council adopted the action consent calendar, as follows:
3. City Council approved the Planning Commission recommendations.
The voting was as follows:
Pepper "aye" Donley "aye"
Krupicka "aye" Fannon "aye"
Euille "aye" Hughes absent
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER
4. Public Hearing on the Proposed City Legislative Package for the 2012 General Assembly Session. (Consideration of the Item Will Be On Tuesday, November 22. ) (#11, 10/25/2011)
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(Councilwoman Hughes arrived at this time - 9:48 a.m.)
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WHEREUPON, upon motion by Councilman Krupicka, seconded by Councilwoman Pepper and carried 5-0-1, City Council closed the public hearing and noted adoption will be November 22. The voting was as follows:
Krupicka "aye" Donley "aye"
Pepper "aye" Fannon "aye"
Euille "aye" Hughes abstained
Councilman Krupicka said he earlier asked that the item on creating tax incentives to help property owners make buildings more efficient and he asked that it not be included in the package so he can work with staff in Code Administration to see if they can devise a program using existing law. He said there is also a request to take a look at the impact of the rising Veteran's population and its effect on state and local government resources, and he wants to keep it in the package tentatively, but said they are having conversations with the state about it, and if there is a way to make sure that analysis is happening without legislation, they would prefer that.
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
5. Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage of an Ordinance to Amend and Reordain Section 5-7-58 of Article C, Chapter 7 of Title 5, Creating a Prohibition Against the Confinement of Animals in Unattended, Enclosed Vehicles. (#7, 10/11/2011)
(A copy of the City Manager's memorandum dated October 5, 2011, is on file in the Office of the City Clerk and Clerk of Council, marked Exhibit No. 1 of Item No. 5; 11/14/11, and is incorporated as part of this record by reference.
A copy of the informal memorandum explaining the ordinance is on file in the Office of the City Clerk and Clerk of Council, marked Exhibit No. 2 of Item No. 5; 11/14/11, and is incorporated as part of this record by reference.
A copy of the ordinance referred to in the above item, of which each Member of Council received a copy not less than 24 hours before said introduction, is on file in the Office of the City Clerk and Clerk of Council, marked Exhibit No. 3 of Item No. 5; 11/14/11, and is incorporated as part of this record by reference.)
The following persons participated in the public hearing on this item:
(a) Sandy Yamamoto, 502 N. Naylor Street, spoke in support of the ordinance.
(b) Kendra Davis, 425 N. Patrick Street, spoke in support of the ordinance.
WHEREUPON, upon motion by Vice Mayor Donley, seconded by Councilwoman Pepper and carried 6-0 by roll-call vote, City Council closed the public hearing and adopted the ordinance creating a prohibition against the confinement of animals in unattended, enclosed vehicles. The voting was as follows:
Donley "aye" Fannon "aye"
Pepper "aye" Hughes "aye"
Euille "aye" Krupicka "aye"
The ordinance reads as follows: