AGENDA - REGULAR MEETING OF CITY COUNCIL - August 13, 2013
1. 7:00 p.m. roll call.
3. Pledge of allegiance
4. Comments from the public, limited to five minutes, on matters not on the regular agenda.
5. Consent Agenda (any item placed on the consent agenda shall be removed and taken up as a separate matter, if so requested by any member of Council, otherwise all items will be voted on with one (1) motion).
a. Approval of minutes of the previous meeting, and dispensing with reading of minutes.
b. Consider a request to amend and re-enact Section 7-1-16 of the Harrisonburg City Code.
The Director of Public Utilities is recommending changes to our utilities deposit practices. If adopted, it would engage the following changes to utility business functions: 1) Increase deposits for residential owners from $75.00 to $100.00; 2) add a separate deposit for residential renters at $150.00; 3) increase refuse from $25.00 to $50.00. The intent of these increases is to encourage customers to enroll in e-billing and ACH. Upon doing so, the new deposit amounts for those customers would be reduced by 50%. Council approved 5-0, first reading.
c. Consider a supplemental appropriation for the Police Department in the amount of $7,248.00.
These funds will be transferred from the State Asset Seizures budget (Law Enforcement Purposes only) to the MV Equipment and Telecommunications line items to prepare the Crisis Negotiations Team Command Vehicle for new paint (donated by SignPro), and upgrades to the door locks, equipment, and throw phone inside the vehicle. Council approved 5-0, first reading.
6. Consider a request from John W. Daly to preliminarily subdivide a tract of land situated in both the City and Rockingham County.
The area in the City includes 13.056 acres. The subdivision affects only the City portion and would create a new 11,869 square foot parcel, leaving 12.783 acre area left within the City. The property can be found within the 2400 block of Ramblewood Road. Planning Commission recommended approval (6-0) of the preliminary plat for the R-1, Single Family Residential District property found on tax map parcel 97-A-7, with variance requests to Sections 10-2-66 & 67 of the Subdivision Regulations to not build the required public street improvements.
7. Public Hearing - To consider a request from Jeffrey D. Sites and Michael S. Sites with representative Ken Hammond of Hammond Real Estate Services to rezone one parcel totaling 1.453 +/- acres, located at 803, 813, & 833 Chicago Avenue, from M-1, General Industrial District to B-2C, General Business District Conditional.
Planning Commission recommended denial (6-0) of the rezoning request for the parcel located on tax map parcel 39-F-1.
8. Public Hearing - To consider amending the Zoning Ordinance Section 10-3-114 Accessory Buildings subsection (d) Location in Setbacks in Residential Districts Prohibited.
Currently, residential property owners cannot locate accessory structures within existing setbacks between a principal building and a public street. Planning Commission recommended approval (5-0) of the Zoning Ordinance amendment to Section 10-3-114 to allow property owners with residential through lots to locate accessory buildings in established rear yards between principal buildings and a public street so long as principal building setbacks are provided.
9. Public Hearing and Report to Council from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force.
The Task Force will be presenting options for Council to consider naming or renaming after Martin Luther King, Jr. A public hearing will be held directly after the presentation giving others from the community a chance to speak.
10. Public Hearing - To consider authorizing the reappropriation of encumbrances requested by department heads that were outstanding at the end of fiscal year 2013.
At the end of fiscal year 2013 there were outstanding encumbrances for purchase orders which were issued prior to June 30, 2013. These purchase orders were carried forward to the fiscal year 2014 budget; however, the budgeted funds lapsed as of June 30, 2013. The purchase orders were goods and/or services which were contracted for by no received prior to June 30, 2013. The purpose of this supplemental appropriation is to request that the funds for these outstanding purchase orders be reappropriated to the current fiscal year's budget. Approval of this request will increase the Fiscal Year 2014 budget by $3,160,198.50. The represents 1.25% of the total city budget. Code of Virginia Section 15.2-2507 requires a public hearing for budget amendments that exceed 1% of the budget.
11. Consider annual special event application requests.
a. 2nd Annual Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival
The 2nd Annual Rocktown Wine & Dine Festival is scheduled for September 7, 2013 from 3:00 to 8:00pm. The festival will feature 80 wines from around the world paired with food from downtown restaurants and live music by The Rick Olivarez Trio. Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is requesting that Warren Street and the alleyway between the Farmers Market Pavilion and the adjacent grassy lot be closed.
b. Jeremiah Bishop's Alpine Loop Gran Fondo
The 3rd Annual "Jeremiah Bishop's Alpine Loop Gran Fondo" is scheduled for Sunday, September 29th, from 8:00AM to 7:00PM. The Gran Fondo is a non-competitive bicycling event in the tradition of granfondo events through Europe. Organizers anticipate approximately 600 cyclists to participate. Day of event registration and post activities will take place at the Turner Pavilion and in the adjacent grassy lot. Cyclists will depart from Warren Street, en masse, to complete one of three routes (30, 70, or 90 miles) that will take the cyclists through Rockingham County and Pendleton County, WV. The Bishop Family Charitable Foundation is requesting the alleyway in between the Farmers Market and adjacent grassy lot be closed from 6AM to 7PM. The Foundation is also requesting a police escort to lead the cyclists from the Turner Pavilion area, down Main Street, and onto 33 West.
12. Other Matters
a. Council and Staff
13. Boards and Commissions
a. Economic Development Advisory Committee
14. Closed Session
a. Sec. 2.2-3711 (A)(3) - disposition of publicly held real property
HARRISONBURG-- After delays, city council members will hold a public hearing about renaming something after Martin Luther King, Jr. on Tuesday night.
An early recommendation was to rename Cantrell Ave. after King, but the task force looking into the issue was asked to come up with other ideas. The latest proposal is to rename Cantrell Ave. after King, but have signs that say Historic Cantrell Ave.
A rally will be held before the meeting. It starts at 6:15 p.m. on Court Square. Supporters will then march together to the meeting.
Many people are opposed to the idea, and cite the street's history in the city, and the potential costs to businesses. The council could also decide to rename something else, like a building or a bridge, after King.
Stan Maclin, who is leading the task force on the issue, said the latest proposal is a way to please everyone. "I think it's a great enhancement for the city, something that is representative of the diversity that we embrace here in our beloved community," he said.
City councilman Richard Baugh said the council could decide to vote on the proposal on Tuesday, or table it for further consideration. He said he suspected a vote would happen, and it would be close.