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Office of the City Clerk
May 12, 1999

There was a City Council Work Session
at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Workroom to
Discuss Operating Procedures and Rules
Pertaining to Proclamations.

There was an Executive Session at the
Close of this Meeting. Please see Docket
Item No. 25.


Regular Meeting
Tuesday, May 11, 1999 - - 7:30 p.m.


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OPENING

1. Calling the Roll.

The Meeting was called to Order by Mayor Donley, and the City Clerk called the Roll; all Members of Council were present.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

The Invocation was pronounced by

Reverend Carla E. Thompson, Rector, Meade Memorial Episcopal Church.
2. Invocation. By:_________________________________________________________

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

(a) The Special Public Hearing Meeting of April 20, 1999; and

(b) The Regular Meeting of April 27, 1999.

City Council approved the Minutes for (a) the Special Public Hearing Meeting of April 20, 1999; and (b) the Regular Meeting of April 27, 1999, as submitted.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

4. Report of the City Clerk.

City Council received the report of the City Clerk.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

New Business Item No. 1: City Council Members were presented with slices of Alexandria's Birthday Cakes made from the winning recipes. It was on May 11, 1749, that Alexandria was first recognized as the Town of Alexandria by the House of Burgesses.
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OPENING (continued)

5. Presentation of Proclamation Proclaiming May 24 through May 31, 1999, as Week of Remembrance of the Freedmen's Cemetery in the City of Alexandria. (Vice Mayor Euille and Councilman Cleveland)

City Council endorsed the proclamation.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

6. Presentation of Proclamation Declaring May 22, 1999, as Alexandria Earth Day and Arbor Day.

City Council endorsed the proclamation.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

New Business Item No. 2: William Walsh, Operations Manager, Virginia American Water Company, spoke to a public service brochure that is being sent to all Alexandrians pertaining to Cryptosporidium. It is not in Alexandria's water supply.

REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

CONSENT CALENDAR (7 - 13)(17 - 19)

7. Receipt of Resignations from Boards, Commissions and Committees:

(a) Alexandria Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee
Tara Hardiman

(b) Alexandria Commission on Information Technology
Tara Hardiman

(c) Alexandria Youth Policy Commission
Claude D. Convisser

8. Uncontested Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees:

(a) Ad Hoc Alexandria Year 2000 Census Complete Count Committee
1 Member Nominated by the Inner City Civic Association

(b) Ad Hoc City of Alexandria 250th Anniversary Commission
1 Member Designated by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association

1 Member Designated by the Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission

1 Member Designated by the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage

1 Member Designated by the Alexandria Waterfront Committee

1 Member From the Retail Business Community

1 Member Representing the Performing Arts

REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER (continued)

CONSENT CALENDAR (continued)

(c) Alexandria-Caen Exchange Committee
1 Representative From the Business Community Who Has Expertise in Economic Development Programs

1 Health Care Professional

(d) Alexandria Commission on Persons With Disabilities
1 Representative of the Business Community

1 Representative of the Business Community Designated
by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

(e) Alexandria Early Childhood Commission
1 Member of the Alexandria Social Services Advisory Board

(f) Alexandria Local Emergency Planning Committee
1 Representative of the Broadcast and Print Media

(g) Alexandria Potomac West Alliance Board of Directors
1 Representative Nominated by a Potomac West Civic Association

(h) Alexandria Sister Cities Committee
1 Member Designated by the Alexandria-Gyumri Sister City Committee

(i) Alexandria Youth Policy Commission
1 Representative of a Community Non-Profit Agency Having an Interest in Youth Issues

9. Receipt of the FY 1998 Annual Report from the Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission.

10. Consideration of a Grant Application to the Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Bureau for Expansion of the Alexandria Head Start Program for Fiscal Year 2000.

11. Consideration of a Grant Application to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for Funding of the Summer Food Service Program for Children.

12. Receipt of the Annual Report from the Public Records Advisory Commission.

13. Receipt of the Annual Report from the Ad Hoc City of Alexandria 250th Anniversary Commission

END OF CONSENT CALENDAR

City Council approved the Consent Calendar as presented. The City Manager's recommendations are as follows:

REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER (continued)

CONSENT CALENDAR (continued)

7. City Council accepted the following resignations with regret: (a) Tara Hardiman from the Alexandria Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee; (b) Tara Hardiman from the Alexandria Commission on Information Technology; and (c) Claude D. Convisser from the Alexandria Youth Policy Commission; and requested the Executive Secretary for Boards and Commissions to send the appropriate letters of appreciation and to advertise the vacancies in the usual manner.

8. City Council: (a) appointed Wendy Waldrop as a Member Nominated by the Inner City Civic Association to the Ad Hoc Alexandria Year 2000 Census Complete Count Committee; (b) reappointed Ferdinand Day as a Member Designated by the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association, Kenneth Foran as a Member Designated by the Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission, Carlton Funn, Sr. as a Member Designated by the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, James Dorsch as a Member Designated by the Alexandria Waterfront Committee, Francis Fannon, IV as a Member From the Retail Business Community, and Will Monahan as a Member Representing the Performing Arts to the Ad Hoc City of Alexandria 250th Anniversary Commission; (c) appointed Beverly Winterscheid as a Representative From the Business Community Who Has Expertise in Economic Development Programs and Ronald Yates as a Health Care Professional to the Alexandria-Caen Exchange Committee; (d) reappointed Timothy Sullivan as a Representative of the Business Community and Kathleen Padian as a Representative of the Business Community Designated by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce to the Alexandria Commission on Persons With Disabilities; (e) appointed Risa Greendlinger as a Member of the Alexandria Social Services Advisory Board to the Alexandria Early Childhood Commission; (f) appointed Thomas Freeman as a Representative of the Broadcast and Print Media to the Alexandria Local Emergency Planning Committee; (g) appointed Dennis Cordell, Jr. as a Representative Nominated by a Potomac West Civic Association to the Alexandria Potomac West Alliance Board of Directors; (h) appointed Candace Lightner as a Member Designated by the Alexandria-Gyumri Sister City Committee to the Alexandria Sister Cities Committee; and (i) appointed Tobie Hendricks as a Representative of a Community Non-Profit Agency Having an Interest in Youth Issues to the Alexandria Youth Policy Commission.

(9) City Council received the Annual Report from the Alexandria Park and Recreation Commission and thanked the Commission for its efforts on behalf of the City.

10. City Council authorized the City Manager to: (1) submit a competitive proposal for $136,110 in FY 2000 federal expansion funds to operate a new Head Start classroom in the West End School for 17 additional children; and (2) execute all necessary documents.

11. City Council authorized the City Manager to: (1) submit the grant application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for continuation funding in the amount of $105,000 in estimated program income; and (2) execute all necessary documents that may be required.

12. City Council received the report of the Public Records Advisory Commission and thanked the Commission for its efforts on behalf of the City.
REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER (continued)

CONSENT CALENDAR (continued)

13. City Council received the Annual Report of the Ad Hoc City of Alexandria 250th Anniversary Commission, thanked the members for their efforts, and extended the term of the Commission for an additional year, from June 10, 1999 to June 30, 2000.

17. City Council introduced and passed the Ordinance on its First Reading; set it for Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage on Saturday, May 15, 1999.

18. City Council introduced and passed the Ordinance on its First Reading; set it for Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage on Saturday, May 15, 1999.

19. City Council introduced and passed the Ordinance on its First Reading; set it for Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage on Saturday, May 15, 1999.

END OF CONSENT CALENDAR
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER (continued)

14. Receipt of the King Street Station Area Pedestrian Improvement Report.

Mayor Donley requested that staff draft a letter, for his signature, to our congressional and legislative delegations transmitting this report to them.

City Council: (1) received the King Street Station Pedestrian Access Study and scheduled it for Council discussion at Council's Tuesday, June 8 legislative meeting; and (2) authorized the City Manager to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) to obtain $897,088 on behalf of the City that was included in Federal Transportation Administration's (FTA) budget for pedestrian and safety improvements at King Street Station.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

15. Consideration of a Request to Permit an Exception to the Major Events Guidelines to Allow the American Indian Festival to be Held on August 21, 1999, at Market Square.

City Council permitted an exception to the Major Events Guidelines to allow the American Indian Festival to occur from noon to 6:00 p.m. on August 21, 1999, at Market Square.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

16. Consideration of a Permanent Change in the Route for the Scottish Christmas Walk. (#19 3/23/99)

City Council deferred this item.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

REPORTS OF BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES

None

ORAL PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

(a) Councilwoman Pepper spoke to the recent Washington Times regional government survey pertaining to Y2K.

(b) Councilwoman Pepper noted that this is National Foster Care Month. She stated that there are 138 children registered with our Social Services Division who are in foster care homes, and 30 are looking for permanent homes. Anyone interested should contact our Social Services Division of Human Services.

(c) Councilman Speck questioned if the timing of the improvements at the Landover Street entrance to Warwick Village could be increased so that the project could be completed sooner.

City Manager Lawson and Transportation and Environmental Services Director O'Kane indicated that they are going to see if this project can move forward more rapidly, and will work with Althea Camp and other residents of Warwick Village.

(d) Councilman Speck spoke to a recent kayaking trip he took on the Potomac River. He asked if it was possible to find a way that the kayak operation could be operated from the waterfront.

Director of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Whitmore spoke to a discussion of the Waterfront Committee indicating that it had discussed the possibility of using Jones Point or seeking permission of the School Board to use the crew facility for the kayaks.

City Manager Lawson stated that she could discuss with John Parsons of the National Park Service, the possibility of using Jones Point and turning it over to the City.

Mayor Donley indicated that this would be a good use for the rowing facility.

(e) Council Member Walker thanked Tara Hardiman for her service as her representative on BFAAC, and as BFAAC's representative on the Alexandria Information Technology Commission. Council Member Walker expressed her regret, and noted that Peter Spencer will replace Tara.

(f) Vice Mayor Euille announced that the public hearing on elementary school redistricting will be held on Thursday, May 13, 1999, at 7:00 p.m. at T. C. Williams High School. He encouraged interested persons to sign up to speak on this issue.

(g) Mayor Donley noted that the City Manager and he were interested in holding a City reception for the former mayors, members of city council, and city managers to be scheduled before the Saturday, July 10, 250th Birthday Celebration fireworks. He indicated this is a way to recognize them for their service.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS BY MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL (continued)

(h) Mayor Donley requested staff to draft a resolution for consideration at the May 25th legislative meeting endorsing President Clinton's recent initiatives pertaining to gun control.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

CONSENT CALENDAR (17 - 19)

17. Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of AN ORDINANCE to amend the Seminary Hill/Strawberry Hill Small Area Plan Chapter of the 1992 Master Plan by changing the land use designation for the property at 4500 Wheeler Avenue and by changing the property's zoning designation from UT/Utilities Transportation to I/Industrial.

18. Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of AN ORDINANCE to amend the City of Alexandria Zoning Ordinance by changing the zone designation of the property at 208 South Royal Street from RM/Residential to POS/ Public Open Space.

19. Introduction and First Reading. Consideration. Passage on First Reading of AN ORDINANCE to authorize an encroachment into the public alley right-of-way at 1508 Mount Vernon Avenue for a trash dumpster.

END OF CONSENT CALENDAR

City Council introduced and passed the Ordinances on their First Reading; and set them for Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage on Saturday, May 15, 1999.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS (continued)

20. Consideration of Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds by the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Alexandria for Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]

City Council adopted the resolution as projected to be recommended by the AIDA at its meeting on May 11, 1999. RES. NO. 1916
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________














OTHER

21. Consideration of City Council Schedule.

Councilman Cleveland indicated that it was necessary for him to take annual leave to attend important daytime functions, and requested that consideration be given to him when such items are scheduled or rescheduled.

Councilman Speck stated that he will be approximately one-half hour late on Saturday morning.

City Council (1) added to the Council Calendar, the Tuesday, May 18 groundbreaking ceremony for the new elementary school at Cameron Station at 10:30 a.m., with a rain date scheduled for May 25, at 11:00 a.m.; (2) noted the Commission on the Condition and Future of Virginia Cities Summit on Monday, June 7, at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and (3) scheduled the public meeting on traffic issues as part of Council's regular legislative meeting on Tuesday, June 8.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

CONTESTED APPOINTMENTS

22. Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association Board of Governors
1 Alexandria Promotion Team Representative

City Council waived the residency requirement and reappointed Charlotte Hall as an Alexandria Promotion Team Representative to the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association Board of Governors.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

23. Alexandria Human Rights Commission
1 Citizen Member

City Council reappointed Roderick Williams as a Citizen Member to the Alexandria Human Rights Commission.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

24. Alexandria Social Services Advisory Board
1 Citizen Member

City Council waived the residency requirement and appointed Leslie Peterson as a Citizen Member to the Alexandria Social Services Advisory Board.
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________











EXECUTIVE SESSION

25. Consideration of Convening of an Executive Session to Consult with Legal Counsel Pertaining to Potential and Pending Litigation that Involves the City of Alexandria, Pursuant to Virginia Code 2.1-344(A)(7).

At 9:10 p.m., City Council convened an executive session at this time for the purpose of consulting with legal counsel pertaining to actual and probable litigation, pursuant to Virginia Code 2.1-344(A)(7), the actual litigation being the City's condemnation action against a parcel of approximately 60,000 square feet of land owned by CSX Realty Development Corporation that is located south of Colvin Street, just to the east of South Quaker Lane, for purposes of constructing a new bus facility for DASH.

At 9:20 p.m., City Council reconvened the meeting.

City Council authorized the City Attorney to settle the suit and claim identified in the motion to convene this evening's executive session in accordance with the terms and conditions recommended by the City Attorney in the Executive Session.

City Council adopted the resolution pertaining to this evening's executive session. Res. No. 1917
Council Action:_______________________________________________________________

The Meeting was adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

This docket is subject to change.

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