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78 <br /> <br />COUNCIL CHAMBER- March 15, 1999 <br /> <br /> Council met in regular session on this date with the following members present: <br />Mr. Caravati, Mr. Cox, Ms. Daugherty, Ms. Richards, Mr. Toscano. <br /> <br />RECOGNITIONS/AWARDS <br /> <br /> Ms. Daugherty noted that March is Women's History month and commented on <br />the extensive research conducted by Ms. Kay Peaslee about historical activities in the <br />Charlottesville area. <br /> <br />PUBLIC <br /> <br /> Mr. Brandon Smith, 311 E. Market St., expressed concern about the possibility of <br />removing the kiosks on the downtown mall, and said he feels it is a question of free <br />speech and first amendment rights. <br /> <br /> Ms. Jean Hiatt, 1534 Rugby Avenue, expressed regret at the imminent demolition <br />of early 20th century houses on Dale Avenue and asked Council to consider 1) taking <br />steps to protect the Rose Hill neighborhood; 2) documenting historical buildings that are <br />proposed to be demolished; 3) re-examining the Comprehensive Plan to see if other <br />streets are appropriate for neighborhood revitalization; and 4) directing staff to work <br />closely with the owners of Citgo on the future design and lighting of a new building. <br /> <br /> Mr. Forrest Kerns, Westminster Road, and a board member of the Monticello <br />Vista Association, updated Council on the success of Monticello Vista at 1400 <br />Monticello Road, apartments for low income disabled and elderly persons. Mr. Kerns <br />said the project has been successful, the impact on public schools has been minimal, and <br />$21,000 in taxes has been paid to the City to date. <br /> <br /> Mr. Robert Winstead, 1613 Oakleaf Lane, speaking on behalf of his neighbors, <br /> said that there are serious water problems in their backyards which causes concern for <br /> property values as well as safety issues for children. Mr. Winstead said that it will not be <br /> possible to get the required consensus to participate in the neighborhood drainage <br /> program, but does not feel it should be the responsibility of property owners since it is the <br /> City's collection of water in a single source that is causing the problem~ <br /> <br /> Mr. Scott Fenesy, owner of Blue Whale Books, said that space on the downtown <br /> mall is becoming more valuable and he asked Council to keep footspace open. Mr. <br /> Fenesy expressed concern about the proposed location of Bizoffs caf6 which cannot be <br /> located in the center of the mall due to fire lanes and said the proposed location alters the <br /> foot traffic away from his store. <br /> <br /> Mr. Larry Engle, owner of Central Virginia Jewelry and Coin expressed <br /> <br />g~dreement with Mr. FenesY's comments. Mr. Engle also said that the drop-off zones on <br />Street are not really working and suggested that the spaces be changed to 1/2 hour <br />parking and the loading zones changed to Monday through Friday only. Mr. Engle also <br />suggested that the spaces around the perimeter of the mall be changed to loading zones <br />only from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Mr. Engle said he has spoken to other merchants on <br />the mall and they all agree that the kiosks are tacky and should be removed and that <br />phones should be replaced elsewhere and a more attractive location found for posters. <br />Mr. Engle noted that no square footage is contained in the Bizou caf6 permit and there is <br />no mention of the kiosk being removed to accommodate the caf6. <br /> <br /> Mr. Larry Emmons, Manager for the Bizou, said that caf6 permit process has not <br />been an easy one and he has been verbally assaulted bY people on opposite sides of the <br />restaurant. Mr. Emmons said he feels he has been getting the mn-around and he has <br />offered many alternative proposals for the caf6. <br /> <br /> <br />