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<br />COUNCIL CHAMBER – July 20, 2009 <br /> <br /> Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present: <br />Dr. Brown, Ms. Edwards, Mr. Huja, Mr. Norris, Mr. Taliaferro. <br /> <br />ANNOUNCEMENTS <br /> <br /> Mr. Norris announced that the City and County have been awarded a $500,000 <br />LEAP energy efficiency grant. He said there will be a “Taste of Ghana” celebration on <br />Thursday and a report on exchange possibilities will be given at that time. He said the <br />African American Cultural Festival will be held on Saturday. He said the Housing <br />Authority will be holding community visioning meetings next Monday and Tuesday. <br /> <br /> Ms. Edwards said the Dialogue on Race Committee will be meeting on Thursday. <br />She said some events of the African American Cultural Festival will be held on Friday. <br /> <br />PUBLIC <br /> <br /> <br />Mr. Paul Long, 1410 Grady Avenue, said creation of a regional transportation <br />authority would lead to a decrease in traffic and accidents and will bring people <br />downtown. He said U. Va. should be called upon to make an annual contribution to the <br />City in lieu of taxes, and he suggested $35 million. <br /> <br /> Ms. Jeanne Chase, 223 Old Lynchburg Road, speaking on behalf of the Fry’s <br />Spring Neighborhood Association, read a letter unanimously approved, expressing <br />continuing concern about the proposed parking expansion by the bridge. <br /> <br /> Dr. Joe Mooney, 201 Sunset Avenue, a member of the Fry’s Spring <br />Neighborhood Association, said we have the opportunity to look at two real choices for <br />the bridge. He said the proposed structure and design are great. He said we have a <br />choice between asphalt and trees. He said there is a risk of bike riders being “doored” if <br />parking is added along the bike lane. <br /> <br /> Mr. Mike Etchemendy, 1213 Agnese Street, representing the Literacy Volunteers <br />of Charlottesville/Albemarle, gave an update on what the group is doing, and read <br />testimonials from students. He said free one on one lessons are offered to adults. <br /> <br /> Ms. Colette Hall, 101 Robertson Lane, referring to the allocation of housing <br />funds, said taxpayers are becoming overwhelmed. <br /> <br /> Ms. Michelle Devine-Rosser, 2106 Tarleton Drive, said she just learned of the <br />proposed bike trail behind her house and asked where she can find the plans. She said the <br />neighbors were not informed and she asked how much the bike enhancement will cost. <br />She asked if the City will be responsible for removing the trail residue from her yard. <br /> <br /> Mr. Bob Fenwick, 901 E. Jefferson Street, said that the rate of buildup of silt <br />behind the dam has decreased significantly since Tropical Storm Ernesto, and that will be <br />a factor in the water plan. <br /> <br /> Mr. Peter Kleeman, 407 Hedge Street, asked Council to spend more funds on <br />recreation. He said that Washington Park Pool closes at 5:00 p.m. and there is a wait for <br />entrance into Onesty Pool in the evenings. He suggested that hours be increased at <br />Washington Park. <br /> <br />COUNCIL RESPONSES TO MATTERS BY THE PUBLIC <br /> <br /> Mr. Huja said we should investigate why three more parking spaces are needed so <br />close to the Jefferson Park Avenue bridge. <br /> <br /> Ms. Edwards agreed with Mr. Huja. She said it is refreshing to hear about <br />Literacy Volunteers. She said the bike trail expansion may need the same process as the <br />park master plan. <br /> <br />