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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 2017 Meeting

FSNA October 2017 Meeting Agenda
Invited Guests
  • Lt. Mooney, Charlottesville Police Department, will attend to provide details and answer questions about recent events in the neighborhood.
Old Business
  • ?
New Business
  1. Oktoberfest
    1. 2018 NA Board Slate
    2. Proposed Changes to FSNA
  • Quarterly Meetings
  • Consolidation of the Secretary Positions
  1. Memo to City Council on Long Range Planning Position
  • Drought Warning
Weeks of dry conditions have caused lower-than-normal river and reservoir levels.  As a result, the City of Charlottesville is requesting residents to reduce water usage in order to sustain water supply levels.  On October 3rd, 2017, the City of Charlottesville issued a Drought Watch press release, which put in place voluntary drought restrictions related to outdoor water use.  On October 5th, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority issued a Drought Warning for Charlottesville and Albemarle County.  We are particularly concerned with the declining water level of the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir, which is less than half full at the moment.  As a result, the City of Charlottesville is expected to issue a Drought Warning in the coming days, which would involve mandatory drought restrictions.  These restrictions include no outdoor watering, no washing of any vehicles, no washing exterior surfaces, and other water usage limitations.

The city will be updating information regarding Charlottesville’s drought status on our Drought Webpage (, as well as our social media pages (Water Conservation Facebook- and Twitter-  As a reminder, our Water Conservation Program offers free indoor water conservation kits and numerous tips and resources (
  • Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Fall Amnesty Days
Rivanna Solid Waste Authority’s 2017 fall household Bulky Waste Amnesty Days:

  • Saturday, October 14th – Appliances
  • Saturday, October 21st – Tires

RSWA now accepts sample-size, 1 quart, 1 gallon and 5 gallon latex and oil-based paints in their original container as a daily service at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center located at 4576 Dick Woods Road in Ivy.

The McIntire Recycling Center is open every day except Tuesdays, from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm until November 4th.  Winter hours are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.  The Center is located at 611 McIntire Road.
  • Ballroom Club Fundraiser
The Ballroom Dance Club at UVa is holding their semester fundraiser, Rent-A-Dancer!  Students are available the weekends of Oct 28th, 29th, Nov 11th, and 12th, rain or shine. Rent a pair of dancers for only $30/hr for as long as you need.  Write off 50% of your donation as a tax deductible contribution. Reserve your students now!  Email Chris Hall at or call (434) 218-2129 for more information.  For more information about the Ballroom Dance Club at UVa please visit our website:
  • Comprehensive Plan Update
A draft Table of Contents & Appendix for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update has been placed online for members of the public to review and provide comment:

Brian Becker
President, Fry’s Spring Neighborhood Association

Save the Date!  FSNA Oktoberfest: Sunday, October 15th at the historic Fry’s Spring Beach Club

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August FSNA Meeting

FSNA August 2017 Meeting Agenda
Welcome and Introductions
Invited Guests
  • Lt. Mooney – Charlottesville Police Department evening shift supervisor for Fry’s Spring, Lt. Mooney will attend to introduce himself and answer questions.
Old Business
  • Candidates Forum – Fry’s Spring Neighborhood Association will hold a joint City Council Candidate’s Forum with Johnson Village Neighborhood Association at Johnson Elementary on September 27th, 6 to 8 pm.  Suggested topics for questions are welcome.
  • Oktoberfest – This year’s Oktoberfest will be on Sunday, October 15th, 3 to 5 pm, at the Fry’s Spring Beach Club.  Nominations for new board members and volunteers for delivering flyers are being sought!
New Business
  • Sunset Ave. – Changes to on-street parking are pending.
  • CAT Route 4 will experience a shift in service frequencies. In early May, CAT held three public meetings to solicit feedback from passengers about proposed changes to Route 4. Based on the feedback received at these meetings and from comments received via phone, mail, and email, CAT's proposed Option 2 was selected. More information about these meetings and the proposed options can be found here. In summary, Route 4 will have an increase in service frequency during the morning and evening commutes while midday and late night service will have a reduction in frequency. The new service schedule can be found here.
  • Jefferson Park Avenue Construction - Construction activity on Jefferson Park Avenue near Cabell Hall is scheduled to be being on Monday, July 10, continuing through mid-August.  The work will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. 
  • Parks and Rec Fall Program Registration opens on Monday, August 14th, 5:30 am:
  • Back to School Bash – August 19th, Sprint Pavilion, 10:30 am – 12 pm.
  • Sounds of Summer – The City of Charlottesville Parks and Rec Department will be holding a free concert at Azalea Park on Saturday, August 19th, 6 to 8 pm.  Enjoy an evening of live music, food and fun for the whole family!  The event is free and open to the public.
  • 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!  Thursday, August 24th, 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
  • Comprehensive Plan Update 2018 - Draft Chapters for Comments
On November 30, 2017, Council and the Planning Commission agreed that some chapters of the comp plan had received extensive work in 2013 and could move forward with an on-line review followed by community meetings.  Staff has provided updates to each of the following chapters and would like to ask community groups and all members of the public to review and provide comment.
Three versions are provided for review:
  1. A draft showing updates on a clean document,
  2. The marked-up draft showing what changes are proposed,
  3. The adopted 2013 Comp Plan language.
These drafts will remain available on line through the end of Summer 2017.  Comments will be posted biweekly so they may be reviewed by everyone.  Updates will be made and available in Fall 2017 to additional feedback.  Comments should be sent to:


Monday, June 12, 2017

June 2017 Monthly Meeting Agenda

June 2017

Welcome and Introductions

Invited Guests
·         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.
Old Business
·         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

·         Adopted City Budget – The adopted 2018 City Budget has been published online at:

·         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 Friday, August 11.  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 June 21, Charlottesville High School Atrium, 6 – 8 pm

·         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!  Thursday, June 25th, 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

·         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

March 2017 Monthly Meeting Agenda

Welcome and Introductions
Invited Guests
  • 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
Old Business
  • 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 or call 970-3656.
New Business
  • 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:  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

FSNA Presidents Past and Present

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