The meeting was called to order by Mayor Euille, and the City Clerk called the roll. All the members of Council were present. (Councilman Krupicka arrived at 8:18 p.m.)
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 Regular Meeting Minutes of April 10, 2012; and
(b) The Public Hearing Meeting Minutes of April 14, 2012.
City Council approved the regular meeting minutes of April 10, 2012 and the public hearing meeting minutes of April 14, 2012.
RECOGNITION OF YOUTH BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
4. Presentation of the Alex Arts Awards Winners.
City Council recognized the winners of the Alex Arts Awards.
5. Presentation of the 2011 Annual Report from First Night Alexandria.
First Night Alexandria presented its 2011 annual report.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER
CONSENT CALENDAR (6-9)
(Resignations and Uncontested Appointments)
6. Receipt of the Following Resignation from Members of Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Environmental Policy Commission
(b) Social Services Advisory Board
7. Uncontested Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees:
(a) Historic Alexandria Resources Commission
1 Alexandria Archaeological Commission representative
(b) Human Rights Commission
1 Citizen Member
(c) Traffic and Parking Board
3 Citizen Members
(Reports and Recommendations of the City Manager)
8. Consideration of Authorization of Recommended Capital Project Allocations and Planned Expenditures.
9. Consideration of an Application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Program for a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant.
END OF CONSENT CALENDAR
City Council approved the consent calendar. The City Manager's recommendations were as follows:
6. City Council accepted the following resignations with regret: (a) Kathryn Papp and Patrick Hagan, Environmental Policy Commission; and (b) DeShuna Spencer, Social Services Advisory Board.
7. City Council made the following appointments to boards and commissions: (a) reappointed Kathleen Pepper as the one Alexandria Archaeological Commission representative to the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission; (b) reappointed Monika Jones as the one citizen member to the Human Rights Commission; and (c) reappointed Gregory Cota and Kevin Posey and appointed William Schuyler as the three citizen members to the Traffic and Parking Board.
8. City Council authorized $12,851,539 for capital project allocations and planned expenditures for the capital projects as detailed in the Capital Improvement Program expenditure summary.
9. City Council: 1. approved the submission of the grant application (due April 27, 2012); and 2. authorized the City Manager to execute the necessary documents that may be required.
10. Commission on Information Technology
1 Citizen Member
City Council appointed John Scott as the one citizen member to the Commission on Information Technology.
11. Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee
1 Citizen Member
City Council appointed Dara Fickes as the one citizen member to the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee.
12. Board of Zoning Appeals
2 Citizen Members
City Council reappointed Mark Allen and Jennifer Lewis as the two citizen members to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
13. Commission for Women
1 Citizen Member
City Council appointed Jacinta Greene as the one citizen member to the Commission for Women.
14. Commission on Employment
1 Business Representative From Among Recognized Area Businesses,
Including Minority Owned and Small Businesses
City Council waived the residency waiver and appointed Fernando Torrez as the one business representative from among recognized area businesses, including minority owned and small businesses, to the Commission on Employment.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER FOR DISCUSSION
15. Consideration of a Report on Demographics of the City of Alexandria in 2010.
City Council: 1. received the report; and 2. considered the information, as appropriate, in evaluating programs, policies and strategies for the City's future.
16. Consideration of Housing Trust Fund Budget Transfer.
City Council approved the transfer of $200,000 within the Housing Trust Fund monies to the traditionally federally-funded Homeownership Assistance Program from the Moderate Income Homeownership Program.
17. Consideration of a Grant Application to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Port Security Grant Program. (THIS ITEM HAS BEEN DEFERRED)
This item was deferred.
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 acknowledged the presence in the Chambers of some of the participants in the Parent Leadership Training Institute, along with their leader and executive director Fay Slotnick.
(b) Mayor Euille said congratulations go to the administrator/CEO for the Inova Alexandria Hospital, Chris Candio, who has been named a top female CEO by Smart CO Magazine.
(c) Mayor Euille said the Mayor's State of the City address has been released and is available to watch on alexandriava.gov, Facebook, YouTube, and Comcast Cable Channel 70.
(d) Councilman Fannon said the Miracle League had the dedication of its field this last Saturday and he thanked Bill Rivers and Don Simpson for their leadership in raising the money for that.
(e) Councilman Fannon said that earlier this month, Deputy City Manager Mark Jinks sent Council an email on the streetcar issues with Alexandria and Arlington and the Arlington staff had briefed the Arlington County Board about the issues and challenges. He asked Mr. Jinks to give a presentation.
Deputy City Manager Jinks made a presentation of the streetcar and the issues surrounding it and he and Director of Transportation and Environmental Services Baier responded to questions of City Council.
(f) Councilwoman Hughes passed out buttons she received at a Jaycees meeting last evening for Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse month, where they highlighted the need to do more.
(g) Councilwoman Hughes circulated a flyer for the fifth annual Alexandria Gives on Saturday, May 5 between 10 and 4:00 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center. The Jaycees are working in concert with the Alexandria Community Trust, Volunteer Alexandria and the City to receive items that are gently worn.
Vice Mayor Donley also noted Giving Day on May 2, which is an on-line, all day opportunity for people to go on line through their favorite charity and give in a competitive situation to the charities of their choice, and the charities that have the most in terms of numbers of donors in gross amount will receive matching funds.
(h) Councilwoman Hughes said that this past Saturday at Ben Brenman Park they had a wonderful event for Earth Day where over 1,200 Alexandrian's showed up. They had a fashion show, the Ellen Pickering award was given, along with other awards and activities.
(i) Councilwoman Hughes said she is the vice chair of the Human Services and Public Safety Policy Committee for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and she circulated the minutes from their February meeting, along with the agenda, for the April meeting, in which it focused on public safety and received a number of reports from health officials, police chiefs, fire chiefs, sheriffs, and an emergency manager's committee report. It focused on the homeless in April and gives information by jurisdiction on the reduction of homelessness in 2011 coming into 2012.
(Councilman Krupicka arrived at this time - 8:18 p.m.)
ORAL REPORT FROM THE CITY MANAGER
ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
18. Consideration of a Resolution for the Final Amended Budget for Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Environmental Impact Statement Study Project and Amendment to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Funding Agreement. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
City Council: 1. approved amended the budget for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station EIS project from $2.7 million to $4.3 million; and 2. approved a resolution increasing the current WMATA funding agreement for the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station from $2.7 million to $4.3 million. (RES. NO. 2498)
19. Consideration of City Council Schedule.
City Council: 1. received the following additions to the City Council calendar: a work session on AEDP issues scheduled for Wednesday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m.; the Business Philanthropy Summit and Spring for Alexandria community service day hosted by Volunteer Alexandria on Friday, May 4, 2012; the closing ceremony for Project Discovery on Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Vola Lawson Lobby; the Annual Waterfront Walk on Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The walk will be held at Windmill Hill Park, 501 S. Union Street; the groundbreaking for Freedmen's Cemetery on Saturday, June 16 at 8:15 a.m.; the Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services will be celebrating its 15th anniversary at Belle Haven Country Club on Thursday, June 28, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m..; and added the Sunday, May 6 ALIVE walkathon at 2:00 p.m., along with the Old Dominion Boat Club flag raising ceremony at 2:00 p.m. also on May 6; and 2. approved the schedule as proposed.
20. Consideration of Convening a Closed Meeting for the Purpose of Consultation With Legal Counsel for Legal Advice.
The closed meeting was not held.