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Office of the City Clerk
November 23, 2011

City Council held a Work Session with the
General Assembly Delegation on the City’s 2012
Legislative Package at 5:30 p.m. in the City
Council Workroom.

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - - 7:00 p.m.

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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.
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2. Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance.

City Council observed a moment of silence and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

3. Reading and Acting Upon the Minutes of the Following Meetings of City Council:

(a) The Regular Meeting Minutes of November 9, 2011; and

(b) The Public Hearing Meeting Minutes of November 12, 2011.

City Council approved the regular meeting minutes of November 9, 2011, and the public hearing meeting minutes of November 12, 2011.
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City Council recognized Scout Troop 129, who were in the audience working on their citizenship in the community merit badges.


4. Presentation of a Proclamation Declaring December 3, 2011 as the 41st Anniversary of the Campagna Center's Scottish Christmas Walk.

City Council endorsed the proclamation.
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(Resignations and Uncontested Appointments)

5. Receipt of the Following Resignations from Members of Boards, Commissions and Committees:

(a) Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
Eric Bonetti

(b) Alexandria Gang Prevention Task Force
Saira Cabrera

(c) Commission on Employment
Bishop Garrison

(d) Commission on Persons with Disabilities
Beverly R. Hoffman

(e) Sanitation Authority
Joshua Dickerson

(f) Sister Cities Committee
Susan Doherty

6. Uncontested Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees:

(a) Archaeological Commission
1 Member from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

(b) Building Code Board of Appeals
1 Citizen Member

(c) Commission for the Arts
1 Member Who Represents the Public at Large, as
an Arts Consumer and Participant

(d) Commission on Aging
1 Citizen Member

(e) Commission on Persons with Disabilities
1 Citizen Member
1 Commission on Aging Representative

(f) Potomac Yard Design Advisory Committee
1 Member Representing the Potomac West Area

(g) Sister Cities Committee
1 Citizen Member

(h) Torpedo Factory Art Center Board
2 torpedo Factory Artists Association Representatives

(i) Waterfront Committee
1 Representative from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
1 Representative from the Park and Recreation Commission

(Reports and Recommendations of the City Manager)

7. Consideration of Authorization of Recommended Capital Allocations and Planned Expenditures.

8. Receipt of the Alexandria Head Start Annual Report Submitted by the Campagna Center.

9. Consideration of Acceptance of a Funding Allocation from the National Capital Region, Urban Security Initiative (UASI) for Emergency Management Planning.


City Council approved the consent calendar. The City Manager's recommendations were as follows:

5. City Council accepted the following resignations with regret: (a) Eric Bonetti, Affordable Housing Advisory Committee; (b) Saira Cabrera, Alexandria Gang Prevention Task Force; (c) Bishop Garrison, Commission on Employment; (d) Beverly Hoffman, Commission on Persons with Disabilities; (e) Joshua Dickerson, Sanitation Authority; and (f) Susan Doherty, Sister Cities Committee.

6. City Council made the following appointments to boards and commissions: (a) reappointed Ellen Hamilton as the one member from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce to the Archaeological Commission; (b) appointed Joseph Berchenko as the one citizen member to the Building Code Board of Appeals; (c) reappointed Margaret Wohler as the one member who represents the public at large, as an arts consumer and participant, to the Commission for the Arts; (d) reappointed Laura Macone as the one citizen member to the Commission on Aging; (e) reappointed Douglas Goist as the one citizen member and reappointed Mary Parker as the one Commission on Aging representative to the Commission on Persons with Disabilities; (f) reappointed Jennifer Taylor as the one member representing the Potomac West area to the Potomac Yard Design Advisory Committee; (g) appointed Bruce Marsh as the one citizen member to the Sister Cities Committee; (h) appointed Rosemary Covey and reappointed Marian Van Landingham as the two Torpedo Factory Artists Association representatives to the Torpedo Factory Art Center Board; and (i) reappointed Charlotte Hall as the one representative from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and appointed Gina Baum as the one representative from the Park and Recreation Commission to the Waterfront Committee.

7. City Council authorized $4,255,000 for capital project allocations and planned expenditures for the capital projects as detailed in the Capital Improvement Program expenditure summary.

8. City Council received the Alexandria Head Start annual report as submitted by the Campagna Center.

9. City Council authorized the City Manager to: 1. accept the funding through the Urban Area Security Initiative in the amount of $125,000; and 2. execute all the necessary documents that may be required.
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10. Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee
1 Citizen Member

City Council appointed Henry Brooks as the one citizen member to the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

11. Alexandria-Gyumri Sister City Committee
1 Citizen member

City Council waived the residency requirement and appointed Peter Melkonian as the one citizen member to the Alexandria-Gyumri Sister City Committee.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

12. Commission on Information Technology
1 Citizen Member

City Council reappointed Phillip Acosta as the one citizen member to the Commission on Information Technology.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

13. Community Criminal Justice Board
1 Citizen Member

City Council reappointed Raighne Delaney as the one citizen member to the Community Criminal Justice Board.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

14. Environmental Policy Commission
1 Citizen Member

City Council reappointed Peter Pennington as the one citizen member to the Environmental Policy Commission.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

15. Waterfront Committee
1 At-Large Citizen Representative Other Than From Any Group or
Area Already Listed

City Council reappointed Nathan Macek as the one at-large citizen representative to the Waterfront Committee.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

16. Torpedo Factory Art Center Board
1 Citizen Member

City Council waived the residency requirement and appointed Charlotte Hall as the one citizen member to the Torpedo Factory Art Center Board.
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17. Consideration of the Proposed Legislative Package for the 2012 General Assembly. (#11, 10/25/2011, #4, 11/12/2001)

City Council adopted the Legislative Package.
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18. Oral Report on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC-133) Project at Mark Center. (Staff Presentation)

City Council heard the report by City staff.
Council Action:_________________________________________________________

19. Receipt of Staff Update on Proposed Disposal of City Real Estate.

City Council received the report.
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20. Consideration of Proposal to Modify the City’s Proposed Use of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Grant Funds and Energy Management Capital Improvement Funds and the Financial Model for the City’s Revolving Loan Fund Project for Use of These Funds.

City Council approved: 1. the transfer of $91,800 of federal energy efficiency and conservation block grant revolving loan funding to the City's energy management Capital Improvement Program project account; 2. transferred $91,800 of City funds from the City's energy management Capital Improvement Program project account to the previously approved energy conservation revolving loan program; and 3. the change of the revolving loan fund to a loan loss reserve, and authorization for the City Manager to execute an amended agreement with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission consistent with the terms outlined in the report.
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(a) Mayor Euille invited Gayle Terry, vice chair of the Commission on HIV/AIDS, to make a presentation requesting the immediate appropriation of funds.

Ms. Terry, vice chair, Commission on HIV/AIDS, along with Debby Dimon, Public Health Supervising Nurse at the Alexandria Department of Health, spoke of being charged with developing a feasible way to reach the African-American gay and bisexual male population. She said they hope to present a budget memo to Council in the budget cycle, and their current recommendation is to fund a part-time outreach worker from the community who will reach out to the men in the community. She spoke of the events and actions they will take.

(b) Councilman Krupicka wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

(c) Councilwoman Pepper reminded everyone that on Thanksgiving Day there will be the Alexandria Turkey Trot, which will be at the George Washington Middle School. the Turkey Trot is a five-mile race with registration at 8:30, the race begins at 10:00, and the beginning of the awards is at 11:00. She said Jay Johnson is being honored as the grand marshal, and he has worked 25 years on the Turkey Trot.

(d) Councilwoman Hughes said she went to the William Ramsay PTA Thanksgiving luncheon and open house. She said they are having student council elections.

(e) Councilwoman Hughes said she learned that there will be a new opening of the ACPS Center for the Performing Arts, and they are having a performance starting on November 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

(f) Councilman Fannon said a reminder that tomorrow morning is the Mayor's Annual Unity Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Hilton Mark Center.

(g) Councilman Fannon said this Friday will be the annual tree lighting on Market Square and all the parking garages will be open for free for shoppers on Friday. Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and they encourage citizens to support the small businesses on Saturday.

(h) Vice Mayor Donley reported from the Transportation Planning Board meeting at COG, noting that at the last meeting they considered amendments to the constrained long-range plan, they were asked to approve the revised hot-lane project. He said he proposed an amendment to the approval requesting that VDOT undertake additional studies to include more bill alternatives, including additional transit options and an alternative that would include a D.C. terminus. Vice Mayor Donley said the amendment was passed unanimously by the TPB.

(i) Vice Mayor Donley thanked Acting City Manager Johnson and staff for a fairly professional and thoughtful analysis of the alternative Waterfront Plan. He said they need to have information on fiscal impacts, legal opinions, and comments on land use implications and ultimately it is Council's decision. He said he was disheartened to read in the Washington Postin the article on the City's analysis a quote attributed to former vice mayor Andrew Macdonald regarding the re-election of members based upon their vote on the Waterfront Plan. He said it is important to consider all elements of the various alternatives. Council has worked with staff to eliminate a lot of the more objectionable aspects. He said it is unfortunate that it has to inject political threats into the equation. Vice Mayor Donley said they know about accountability, which is why they have elections. He said that perhaps Mr. Macdonald might want to take a lesson from his own comments and be accountable to the citizens about why he resigned from Council and cost the City probably $100,000 in a special election to find his replacement.

(j) Councilwoman Hughes noted that Saturday was Adoption Day and it had eight families adopting children, and she said thanks to the families involved.

(k) Councilwoman Hughes noted the dedication of Thurman Alley on Saturday.
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Acting City Manager Johnson said an issue has come up about the three parades and the City's support for those parades. The Campagna Center people has asked that they waive the requirement that 50 percent of the cost of the parade by borne by the Campagna Center and 50 percent by the City and want it to be 100 percent by the City. There are two other parade requests, the George Washington Birthday Parade and the St. Patrick's Day Parade. He asked for Council guidance from small changes to back to 100 percent. City Council did not change the policy but requested information from the Acting City Manager.
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21. Consideration of a Resolution Establishing FY 2013 Budget Guidance for the Alexandria City Government and the Alexandria City Public Schools. [ROLL-CALL VOTE

City Council adopted the resolution establishing FY 2013 budget guidance for the Alexandria City Government and the Alexandria City Public Schools, with the following amendments: Add an additional #19 to the resolution to read: Given the expectation that City revenues will be constrained for a number of years and a concern that year by year tightening runs the risk of lowering City service quality into the future, the Council requests that the City Manager evaluate and propose significant reforms to City Departments that may include consolidations, reorganizations, or program changes that would enable us to maintain the quality of core services into the future. Amend #15 to read: The City Manager shall preserve operating budget allocations at current levels for public infrastructure improvements, such as street paving, street maintenance and sidewalk maintenance. Amend #5 to clarify and put in parenthesis several of the other taxes/parentheticals. (RES. NO. 2480)
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22. Consideration of a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Sign a Right of First Refusal Granting the Alexandria Sanitation Authority the Right to Purchase Certain City Property Located at 801 and 910 South Payne Street If the City Decides to Sell the Property. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]

City Council adopted the resolution authorizing the City Manager to sign a right of first refusal granting the Alexandria Sanitation Authority the right to purchase certain City property at 801 and 910 South Payne Street. (RES. NO. 2481)
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23. Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First and Second Reading of an Ordinance to Adopt Supplement Number 99 of the City Code. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]

City Council passed the ordinance to adopt Supplement Number 99 to the City Code. (ORD. NO. 4745)
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24. Consideration of City Council Schedule.

City Council: 1. received the updated calendar which includes the December 1 World AIDS Day event including a reception and the screening of The Other City at INOVA Alexandria Hospital sponsored by the Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS and the hospital; 2. scheduled the following FY 2013 budget meetings: Wednesday, February 29, 7:00 p.m., joint budget work session with the School Board; Monday, March 5, 4:00 p.m., budget public hearing; Monday, May 7, 6:00 p.m., budget work session and 7:00 p.m., budget adoption.
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25. Consideration of Convening a Closed Meeting For the Purpose of Consulting With Legal Counsel Regarding Potential and Pending Litigation.

City Council convened in closed executive session at 10:09 p.m., pursuant to Section 2.2-3711(A)(3) of the Code of Virginia, for the purpose of consultation with counsel and briefing by staff pertaining to actual or probable litigation, where consultation in open meeting would adversely affect the negotiating or litigation posture of the public body, and for consultation regarding specific legal matters that require legal advice.

City Council reconvened the meeting at 10:27 p.m.

City Council adopted the resolution pertaining to the Executive Session. (RES. NO. 2482)
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The meeting was adjourned at 10:28 p.m.

Note: The action docket is a summary of Council's meeting deliberations prepared largely for staff follow-up. Formal minutes of the meeting, when approved by Council, become the official record of the meeting and of Council decisions made at the meeting.

This docket is subject to change.

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