Monday, June 12, 2017
Welcome and Introductions
· Paul Josey – Fry’s Spring Neighborhood resident Paul Josey will provide a summary of the Charlottesville Tree Commission and PLACE Design Task Force annual reports.
· Moore’s Creek Dam – Department of Public Works reported that the site work was successfully completed and they will be working on the interpretive signage over the coming months.
New Business - ?
· Virginia Primary Election – Tuesday, June 13th. Each of the candidates for City Council and Commonwealth Attorney that will appear on the primary ballot were invited to introduce themselves at a recent FSNA meeting. Due to a mistake on our part, a typo in his email address, Commonwealth Attorney candidate Jeff Fogel didn’t receive his invitation. We have offered him the opportunity to introduce himself here. Mr. Fogel wrote:
The Commonwealth Attorney is in a position to create structural and systemic change to a system long in need of repair and I will, as well, be an advocate to the other components of that system. In other words, to be part of the solution and not part of the problem and to help light the way for others to follow. Unfortunately, Charlottesville is a contributor to mass incarceration and to racial disparities in the criminal justice system. We need to systemically examine all policies that feed mass incarceration and racial disparities. The people who commit acts of violence or prey on our community need to be punished, and an office under my leadership will do so. However, many people who are non-violent and do not prey on the community would be far better served through mental health services, substance abuse treatment or other holistic services that provide healing, opportunities to rebuild family structures and reduce the burden to taxpayers. Some of my specific proposal are below.
1. Keep as many non-violent people out of the criminal justice system as possible by referral to social service, treatment services and other agencies;
2. To reduce as many first time felony cases to misdemeanors as possible so that people have a chance to become productive members of our community;
3. Assure that the office would be a death penalty free;
4. To argue for low or no bail for those unable to afford pre-trial bail,
5. Not to overcharge crimes in order to secure pleas bargains and to constrain the power of judges and juries to impose overly lengthy sentences;
6. Not to charge anyone with an offense that carries a mandatory minimum sentence. Instead find another comparable offense to charge;
7. To carefully scrutinize all cases secured by searches to determine whether the search was legal and whether any racial element infects the process;
8. To carefully scrutinize all cases brought by our local drug task force, especially with informants:
9. To carefully review policies and practices that may increase racial disparity;
10. Not prosecuting mere possession of marijuana;
For a full look at my background and platform see my website at FogelforCCA.us.
· Adopted City Budget – The adopted 2018 City Budget has been published online at: http://www.charlottesville.
org/departments-and-services/ departments-a-g/budget-and- performance-management/fy- 2018-adopted-budget
· Free Trolley Detour - Beginning Monday, June 12, Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) will implement a long-term detour for the Free Trolley. Construction on McCormick Road will prevent the route from serving bus stops between the McCormick Road Bridge and University Avenue. The detour will last through . To navigate around the construction, the Free Trolley will use the McCormick ramp to reach Emmet Street. The route will then travel north on Emmet Street before making a right onto University Avenue. A temporary bus stop will be installed on University Avenue near the Newcomb Road intersection. Passengers who typically board the bus at the Chapel should instead use the temporary bus stop.
· 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update Kick-Off – Over the next year Charlottesville will be undertaking an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Plan is our vision as a community that guides decision making process for such matters as Land Use, Housing and Transportation. The last public workshops (with identical format and information covered as all the previous workshops) will be held Wednesday , Charlottesville High School Atrium,
· Fry’s Spring Station Social – The neighborhood associations of Fry's Spring, Jefferson Park and Lewis Mountain are getting together to offer our neighbors a chance to hang out and get to know one another. The Station will offer food specials. There will be live entertainment following our happy hour. Come join us! .
· Sounds of Summer – The City of Charlottesville Parks and Rec Department will be holding a free concert at Azalea Park on Saturday, August 19th. Mark your calendar!
Monday, March 6, 2017
Welcome and Introductions
- Master Officer Pedro Hakeem, Charlottesville Police Department, Crime Prevention Unit - Will return with an update from January’s discussion.
- (Tentatively) Mindy Dodge, Program Manager, Carver Recreation Center – Sounds of Summer Community Event at Azalea Park – a free evening of family fun and music, August 19th
- Removal of the Dam on Moore’s Creek
The City is considering a stream improvement project that would remove the breached dam on Moore’s Creek (near the end of McElroy Ave). At the last meeting there was a request to consider repairing the dam, rather than replacing it. The City inquired with the Army Corps of Engineers and received the following response:
“We typically are not looking to create dams on small streams. However, should someone propose such a project at this location, it would likely be in individual permit minimum of 120 days to process once a complete application is received. If the project were to back up water, the applicant may be responsible for stream mitigation (typically $300-$500 per foot). Also, there would have to be a purpose and need for the dam to be repaired. If the dam were repaired it would have to be done according to historic architecture and coordinated with DHR.”
Anyone with photos or other information of this dam system is invited to share them as part of the effort to capture and tell the story. Please send to Chris Gensic, City Parks & Trails Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-3656.
- Azalea Park
- Garden Shed – The garden shed and its contents were purchased back in 2011 with a Neighborhood Development Grant to the FSNA. An MOU written at the time said that the “FSNA will provide maintenance to the garden shed, greenhouse and tiller … as long as each item continues in functional condition.” The FSNA will need to identify a new point person for the garden shed and equipment, otherwise Parks and Rec has stated they intend to remove the shed and dispose of the contents.
- Azalea Park Invasive Species Clean-Up – Autumn Olive has begun to leaf out with the recent warm weather. Control of this invasive species requires applying herbicide directly to the stumps immediately after cutting. If you are interested in assisting in a clean-up day in coordination with Park staff, please email me at: email@example.com. Date to be determined based on volunteer availability.
- Fry’s Spring Station Social – The next social will be at Fry’s Spring Station on Thursday, March 23rd. There will be food and drink specials and live music beginning at 8 pm. We hope to see you there!
- Cville Village Community Event – The simulcast on February 13th was unfortunately canceled due to a snowstorm in the host city of Boston. A new date has not yet been announced.
- Mobility Summit for Belmont Bridge Replacement – The City of Charlottesville invites you to attend the first community event for the Belmont Bridge Replacement Project. The drop-in style, highly interactive workshop will be organized around a variety of stations to 1) identify community values, 2) learn about challenges and constraints and 3) gather feedback on design elements. Saturday, March 11th, 9 am to 1 pm at the Sprint Pavilion. Inclement Weather Location – Water Street Center.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
At the last Fry's Spring Neighborhood Association the newly elected president, Brian Becker, posed for a photograph with his four predecessors.
|Left to right: Current President Brian Becker, past presidents Jeff Greer, Hardy Whitten, Peter Hedlund & Mike Farruggio|