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COUNCIL CHAMBER - March 17, 2003 <br /> <br /> Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present: <br />Mr. Caravati, Mr. Cox, Mr. Lynch, Ms. Richards, Mr. Schilling. <br /> <br />AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS <br />: POISON PREVENTION PROCLAMATION; <br />VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK PROCLAMATION <br /> <br /> Mr. Cox presented the Poison Prevention Month Proclamation and the Virginia <br />Festival of the Book Proclamation. <br /> <br />PUBLIC <br /> <br /> <br />Mr. Derek VanderLinde, 713 Palatine Avenue, spoke in opposition to the <br />proposed transit center downtown and ea st end mall improvements. Mr. VanderLinde <br />th <br />said no traffic study has been done and closing of 7 Street will remove access to the <br />Virginia Discovery Museum and post office as well as handicapped parking. Mr. <br />VanderLinde said it is a misuse of public land and funds. <br /> <br /> Mr. John Pfaltz, said that he attended the meeting regarding the Route 29 <br />interchange study, and expressed concern that it will force the destruction of several <br />small City businesses. Mr. Pfaltz said that if Council agrees to the plan then t hey should <br />be prepared to say what they are going to give up to make up for the loss of revenue. <br /> <br /> Mr. Peter Kleeman, 407 Hedge Street, requested that Council speak with <br />Neighborhood Development Services about the traffic calming program process. He said <br />it seems the process is not followed and there should have been an annual review. <br /> <br /> Mr. Charles Kabbash, owner of property downtown, urged Council to raise the <br />meals tax to equal the rate in Albemarle County. <br /> <br /> Mr. Cox announced that the proposed code revi sions have been deferred. <br /> <br /> Council agreed to advertise for a public hearing on the rezoning of Burgess Lane <br />for the next meeting. <br /> <br />PUBLIC HEARING <br />: ANNUAL TAX RATE <br /> <br /> Mr. O'Connell said that the real estate tax rate is proposed to be lowered by two <br />cents. <br /> <br /> The public hearing was opened, but as there were no speakers, the public hearing <br />was closed. <br /> <br />PUBLIC HEARING <br />: CITY MANAGER'S PROPOSED FY 03 - 04 BUDGET <br /> <br /> Mr. O'Connell gave an overview of the proposed FY 03 - 04 budget. <br /> <br /> Ms. Judy Mueller, Director of Pu blic Works, said that the total cost to the City for <br />refuse collection and disposal will increase, and the tipping fee is increasing 10%. Ms. <br />Mueller said that funds are needed for recycling as the program loses money, and for a <br />30 - year cleanup at the Ivy Landfill, which is expected to cost $7 million in the next three <br />years. <br /> <br />Mr. Tim Longo, Chief of Police, said that five additional community police <br />officers are proposed to be added and funded with the revenue from the proposed <br />increase in vehicle decals. <br /> <br />The public hearing was opened. <br /> <br />Ms. Pat Smith, Director of Offender Aid and Restoration, said that the State has <br />eliminated PAPAS funds, and requested $24,000 from the City to match federal funds. <br />