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 February 8, 2011.
City Council approved the regular meeting minutes of February 8, 2011.
RECOGNITION OF YOUTH BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
4. Presentation of a Proclamation Declaring Saturday, March 5, 2011 as St. Patrick's Day Parade Day and the Month of March as Irish-American Heritage Month.
City Council endorsed the proclamation.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER
CONSENT CALENDAR (5-13)
(Resignations and Uncontested Appointments)
5. Receipt of the Following Resignations From Members of Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Emergency Medical Services Board
6. Uncontested Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force
1 Latino Community Representative
(b) Archaeological Commission
(c) Commission on Employment
1 Business Representative from Among Recognized Area
Businesses, Including Minority-Owned and Small Businesses
(d) Community Criminal Justice Board
1 Representative of Non-Profit Organizations Recommended By
the Alexandria United Way
(e) Community Services Board
1 Consumer (Current or Former Direct Recipient of Public or
Private Mental Health, Mental Retardation or Substance Abuse
Treatment Rehabilitation Services) or Family Member (Immediate
Family Member or the Principal Caregiver Who Is Not Paid) of
(f) Landlord-Tenant Relations Board
1 Tenant Representative
(Reports and Recommendations of the City Manager)
7. Consideration of Authorization of Recommended Capital Allocations and Planned Expenditures.
8. Receipt of Annual Reports from Council-Appointed Boards and Commissions.
9. Consideration of a Grant Application to the Virginia Commission for the Arts for Funds for the Community Building at Four Mile Run.
10. Consideration of a Grant Application to the Virginia Commission for the Arts for a Local Government Challenge Grant for the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.
11. Consideration of Allocation of Funds for Rebuilding Together Alexandria.
12. Consideration of an Application to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant Program for the Alexandria Fire Department Medic Bike Program.
13. Consideration of Application to the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs Grant Program for Funds to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Best Practice Strategies of Alexandria Youth Mentor Programs.
END OF CONSENT CALENDAR
City Council approved the consent calendar. The City Manager's recommendations were as follows:
5. City Council accepted the following resignation with regret: (a) Holly Heislup, Emergency Medical Services Council.
6. City Council made the following appointments: (a) reappointed Bonnie Baxley as the one Latino community representative to the Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force; (b) reappointed Edward Pulliam as the one member-at-large to the Archaeological Commission; (c) appointed David Svec as the one business representative from among recognized area businesses including minority-owned and small businesses, to the Commission on Employment; (d) appointed Alexis Stackhouse as the one representative of non-profit organizations recommended by the Alexandria United Way to the Community Criminal Justice Board; (e) appointed Kimberly Lewis as the one consumer (current or direct recipient of public or private mental health, mental retardation or substance abuse treatment rehabilitation services) or family members (immediate family member or the principal caregiver who is not paid) of consumer to the Community Services Board; and (f) appointed Mario Avalos as the one tenant representative to the Landlord-Tenant Relations Board.
7. City Council authorized $10,814,184 for capital project allocations and planned expenditures for the capital projects as detailed in the Capital Improvement Expenditure Summary.
8. City Council received the reports and thanked the boards and commissions for their hard work over the past year.
9. City Council authorized the City Manager to: 1. submit a grant application, in the amount of $20,000, to the Virginia Commission for the Arts Services to the Field Grand Program; and 2. execute all necessary documents that may be required.
10. City Council authorized the City Manager to: 1. submit a grant application, in the amount of $5,000, to the Virginia Commission for the Arts' Local Government Challenge Grant Program; and 2. execute all necessary documents that may be required.
11. City Council: 1. approved a grant of $35,000 in Housing Trust monies to Rebuilding Together Alexandria to fund its activities in FY 2011; and 2. authorized the City Manager to execute all necessary documents and agreements.
12. City Council: 1. approved the application to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant program (due March 5, 2011); and 2. authorized the City Manager to execute the necessary documents that may be required.
13. City Council authorized the submission of a grant application to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by the Alexandria Court Services Unit.
14. Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force
1 Citizen-at-Large Member
City Council waived the residency requirement and reappointed Steven Jansen as the one citizen-at-large member to the Alexandria Gang Prevention Community Task Force.
15. 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 reappointed Joanna Pineda and Scott Shaw as the two members with experience or expertise in the following areas: marketing/communications; advertising agency/public relations; media buyer; graphic design/production/ and media relations/media outlet, to the Alexandria Marketing Committee.
16. Environmental Policy Commission
1 Member From the Field of Urban Planning
City Council reappointed Jessica Bayliss Brown as the one member from the field of urban planning to the Environmental Policy Commission.
17. Landlord-Tenant Relations Board
1 Homeowner Representative
City Council reappointed Lynn Pendlebury Colby as the one homeowner representative to the Landlord-Tenant Relations Board.
18. Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Commission
1 Citizen Member
City Council waived the residency requirement and reappointed Lillian Brooks as the one citizen member to the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Commission.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER FOR DISCUSSION
19. Consideration of Recommendations and Status Report on Legislation Introduced at the 2011 General Assembly Session.
City Council opposed the following proposals included in the budget amendments adopted by the House of Delegates (but not the Senate) as recommended by City Council's Legislative Subcommittee (these are in addition to those approved at Council's February 8 meeting): 1. The house has proposed moving a number of children who are receiving mental health services from Medicaid to the Comprehensive Services Act system, at an estimated cost to Virginia localities of $21 million (staff estimates that the fiscal impact on the City budget will be in excess of $577,000 annually); and 2. the House has also proposed reduced funding for the pre-K Virginia Preschool Initiative Program, lowering the state allocation for this program from $6,000 to $5,000; this will have a negative impact of at least $120,000 on City programs funded by VPI.
20. Oral Report on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC-133) Project at Mark Center.
City Council endorsed the categorical exclusion but stated its opposition to VDOT regarding the eastbound Seminary Road movement off the HOV ramp and asked that it be eliminated from the project.
21. Consideration of Staff Report on Alexandria’s Local Motion/Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program.
City Council received the Local Motion Report.
22. Consideration of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) Project Funding Requests for FY 2013-2017.
City Council: 1. approved the transportation projects proposed as those projects for which the City of Alexandria would be requesting CMAQ and RSTP grant funding totaling $19.7 million for FY 2013 to FY 2017; and 2. transmitted the plan to the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority for their consideration for eventual submission to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
23. Consideration of Advance Authorization for Purchases, With Budgeted City Monies, of Condominiums and/or Other Housing Units by the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
City Council: 1. authorized the allocation of up to $3 million of the planned $6.4 million amount previously identified for the purchase by ARHA of individual housing units to satisfy the outstanding agreement to provide 16 replacement housing units for the James Bland redevelopment, with the understanding that: 1. the acquisition of each of the condominium units by ARHA would require the concurrence of the Director of the Office of Housing that the stated criteria set forth in this memorandum have been met; b. there will not need to be any further Council authorized required with regard to these purchases, provided the 16 units meet the criteria set forth in this memorandum; and c. a second allocation of funding, if needed, would be brought forward for Council authorization for the acquisition of additional purchases, if and when the initial $4 million allocation becomes fully committed; and 2. authorized the City Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with ARHA in regard to condominium fees for the 16 units consistent with the proposed concepts outlined in the docket item.
24. Consideration of Report By Staff on Results of the 2010 U.S. Census.
City Council received the chart and update from staff.
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 the WMATA Governance process is underway and it had its first meeting last week and will have a follow-on meeting this coming Thursday. The matrix the City developed in terms of responding to the COG Board of Trade and the COG is being utilized. The City was complimented by the WMATA staff and board members on the matrix.
(b) Mayor Euille reminded that the budget public hearing is Monday, March 7 at 4 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
(c) Vice Mayor Donley said the Transportation Planning Board at COG took its first step toward adding the HOV ramp to the constrained long-range plan for next year. It should be added to the work program next month. The work on the air quality conformity analysis should occur over the summer and they anticipate it will be reported back to the TPB in November for action.
(d) Vice Mayor Donley congratulated the T.C. Williams Boys Basketball team for winning the Patriot District Championship. He noted that the T.C. Williams Girls Basketball team played in the championship game and were the runners up. Both teams played last evening in the Northern Region tournament and were successful. The boys defeated Oakton and the girls defeated Centreville, so will both move on to the second round.
(e) Councilwoman Hughes congratulated Joe Shumard and all the folks who worked so hard on the George Washington Birthday Celebration. She also thanked the Daughters of the American Revolution who organized the wreath laying ceremony at 11 a.m.
(f) Councilman Fannon said the Commander and five of the crew members of the USS Alexandria were in town and were hosted at events all weekend.
ORAL REPORT FROM THE CITY MANAGER
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
25. Consideration of a Resolution in Support of Breast Feeding in the City of Alexandria. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
City Council passed the resolution, which has been endorsed by the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria's Steering Committee and Childhood Obesity Action Network, the Alexandria Early Childhood Commission and the Alexandria Commission for Women. (RES. NO. 2437)
26. Consideration of City Council Schedule.
City Council: 1. scheduled a work session with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority at 5:30 p.m. before Council's March 8 legislative meeting; 2. scheduled a work session on the Fort Ward Park and the Stakeholders Advisory Group report, the Alexandria Archaeology Commission, and the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission issues at 5:30 p.m. before Council's March 22 legislative meeting; 3. scheduled a reception and a dedication of the Chet and Sabra Avery Conference Room (room 2000) for 6:00 p.m. before Council's Monday, April 11 budget work session; 4. determined it wished to tour the Alexandria Sanitation Authority facility on a date prior to Council's Tuesday, April 12 work session with ASA; 5. noted the following changes/additions to the Council calendar since the last legislative meeting: the February-May budget work session topics; the Witter Field groundbreaking at 8:30 a.m. before Council's public hearing meeting on Saturday, March 12; the Excellence in Aging awards and reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Vola Lawson Lobby before Council's Tuesday, May 24 legislative meeting; and the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities annual awards ceremony and reception in the Vola Lawson Lobby at 5:30 p.m. before Council's Tuesday, June 28 legislative meeting.
27. Consideration of a Closed Meeting For the Purpose of Discussing a Personnel Matter.
City Council convened in closed executive session at 9:50 p.m., pursuant to Section 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia, for the purpose of discussion, consideration or interviews of perspective candidates for employment.
City Council reconvened the meeting at 10:41 p.m.
City Council adopted the resolution pertaining to the Executive Session. (RES. NO.