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79 <br /> <br />PUBLIC HEARING: CITY MANAGER'S PROPOSED FY 99-00 BUDGET <br /> <br /> Ms. Linda Peacock, Assistant City Manager, said that the $69.3 million budget is <br />a 7.5% increase over last year's budget, thanks mostly to a healthy economy and <br />increased State funding. Ms. Peacock said that expenditures in the budget address <br />priorities set by Council at its fall retreat. <br /> <br />The .public hearing was opened. <br /> <br /> Ms. Doris Glick, 225 Turkey Ridge Road, Director of the University of Virginia <br />Community Nursing Center, expressed support for funding to continue the nursing clinics <br />at public housing sites which Ms. Glick said help create healthy communities. Ms. Glick <br />presented letters of support from Delegate Paul Harris, Delegate Mitchell Van Yahres, <br />Senator Emily Couric, and public housing residents. <br /> <br /> Mr. Quinton Johnson, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in the U. Va. School of <br />Nursing, supporting the nursing clinic proposal. Mr. Johnson said that the program <br />provides many intangible benefits and the nursing students are deeply committed to <br />public housing residents and bring their experiences back to share with others. Mr. <br />Johnson said that the program provides hope to those who need services. <br /> <br /> Mr. Bernhardt Leipelt, a resident of Crescent Halls, said that the nursing staff at <br />the clinics is professional and friendly and the residents need the service. Mr. Leipelt <br />said they have a small but creative staff. <br /> <br /> Mr. Randy Williams, speaking on behalf of residents of Crescent Halls, said that <br />residents of 105 apartments depend on the nursing clinic and most who need the clinic <br />are not able to come to the meeting to support it. <br /> <br /> Ms. Jean Lee, a resident of Crescent Halls, said that the nursing clinic is needed as <br />they help make doctor's appointments, find volunteers to help residents clean their <br />apartments, and help with finances. Ms. Lee said the staff is always kind. <br /> <br />Ms. Mary Morris, a resident of Crescent Halls, supported the nursing clinic. <br /> <br /> Mr. Jim Jennish, a resident of Crescent Halls, said that his doctor recommended <br />that he move from Culpeper to Crescent Halls to get better medical attention and he is <br />able to have his blood pressure checked every day at the nursing clinic. <br /> <br /> Ms. Linda Sparrow, a resident of Crescent Halls, said that she often panics and <br />the nursing clinics give her great peace and comfort. <br /> <br /> Ms. Deborah Mawyer, a new Crescent Halls resident, said that living at Crescent <br />Halls has given her a chance at a normal life and the nursing clinic students help get her <br />medicine when she runs out of money. <br /> <br /> Ms. Anita Heisterman, Nurse Manager of the Nursing Clinics, read a letter from <br />Amanda Kenney, a resident of Crescent Halls, saying that her transition to Crescent Hall <br />has been smooth thanks to the nursing staff, the number of doctor visits has been cut due <br />to the presence of the clinic, and the nursing students help read her mail. Ms. Heisterman <br />asked that members of the audience who support the clinic stand and many in the <br />audience stood. <br /> <br /> Mr. John Horsnby, 1401 Rugby Road, chairman of the Music Resource Center, <br />asked people in the audience who support the Center to stand and many stood. Mr. <br />Homsby said that the most effective programs for dealing with problems facing youth are <br />those that give youth something to do. The Music Resource Center provides a place for <br />youth to explore, play music, take lessons and record music. The Center was started after <br />surveys were conducted with over 600 students and input was gotten from teachers, <br />social workers, and government officials. The facility was renovated and opened in June <br />of 1995. The Center was visited by 480 different students last year. Mr. Hornsby asked <br />that Council provide funding to continue the current staffing level at the Center. <br /> <br /> <br />