Formal 04/14/15 Session – Norfolk City Council

Formal 04/14/15 Session – Norfolk City Council


>>DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, THANK
YOU FOR THERE DAY AND YOUR MANY DISPLAYS OF LOVE THROUGH
TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE BLESSINGS TOO NUMEROUS TO
MEASURE. FOR ALL OF THOSE THINGS, WE SAY
THANK YOU. BLESS THE CITY OF NORFOLK, BLESS
EVERY CITIZEN WHO RESIDES WITHIN ITS BOUNDARIES AND EVERY CITY
EMPLOYEE WHO WORKS TO MAKE OUR CITY SPECIAL.
FATHER, BLESS OUR MAYOR, OUR CITY MANAGER, AND THIS COUNCIL
AS WE LABOR TOGETHER IN THE CALLING OF PUBLIC SERVICE.
GIVE US WISDOM TO GOVERN FAIRLY AND ETHICALLY WITH EQUALITY,
INTEGRITY, AND COMPASSION AND ALLOW US TO REPRESENT OUR CITY
IN A SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE. I RAY THAT YOU WILL GUIDE US
THROUGH THESE CHALLENGING ECONOMIC TIMES AND GIVE US THE
STRENGTHS AND WISDOM WE NEED TO MAKE THE DECISIONS THAT FACE US.
BLESS, AGAIN, THE CITIZENS OF OUR CITY AND WE ASK A SPECIAL
BLESSING FOR OUR COLLEAGUE ANDY PROTOGYROU AS WE MOURNS THE LOSS
OF HIS FATHER. GIVE THOUSANDS LESS FORTUNATE
YOUR LOVE AND PEACE. MY PRAYER IN YOUR SON’S NAME,
AMEN.>>All: AMEN.
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION
UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.
CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL, PLEASE.
>>MS. GRAVES.>>HERE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>HERE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>HERE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>HERE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>HERE.
>>MR. WINN.>>HERE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>HERE.
>>MOTION IS TO SKEWS MR. PROTOGYROU.
>>IS IN GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>WAKE UP, MS. GRAVES.
AYE.>>DR. WHIBLEY.
>>AYE.>>MS. GRAVES.
>>AYE.>>MR. WINN.
>>AYE.>>MR. FRAIM.
>>AYE. MOTION IS TO DISPENSE WITH
THE READING OF THE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING.
>>MS. GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
THE CLERK WILL PLEASE READ THE RESOLUTION FOR A CLOSED MEETING.
>>RESOLUTION CERTIFYING A CLOSED MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF
THE CITY OF NORFOLK HELD IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS
OF THE VIRGINIA FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT.
ADOPT THE RESOLUTION. MS. GRAVES.
>>AYE.>>MS. JOHNSON.
>>AYE.>>MR. RIDDICK.
>>AYE.>>MR. SMIGIEL.
>>AYE.>>DR. WHIBLEY.
>>AYE.>>MR. WINN.
>>AYE.>>MR. FRAIM.
>>AYE. GOOD EVENING, LADIES AND
GENTLEMEN, AND WELCOME TO THE NORFOLK CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
WE’RE GLAD TO HAVE ALL OF YOU HERE.
FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE OF YOU WHO DO NOT REGULARLY TAKEN THE
COUNCIL SESSION, THE PROCESS WE POLL, THE FIRST THING WE’LL DO
IS TAKE UP THE PUBLIC HEARINGS AND WE HAVE, I THINK THREE OF
THEM ON TONIGHT’S AGENDA. AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC
HEARINGS, WE’LL MOVE DIRECTLY TO THE REGULAR AGENDA.
WE HAVE A NUMBER OF ITEMS THERE AND WE’LL VOTE ON ALL THESE
MATTERS IN JUST THE WAY THEY ARE NUMBERED ON THE PRINTED DOCKET.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE REGULAR AGENDA, IF ANY MEMBER OF THE
PUBLIC WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THE CITY COUNCIL ON A NON-AGENDA
ITEM, YOU WILL BE GIVEN THAT OPPORTUNITY.
THAT’S SOMETHING THAT’S NOT ON OUR PRINTED DOCKET.
ALL WE ASK IS THAT YOU SIGN A STHRIP OF PAPER THAT WAS — SLIP
OF PAPER THAT WAS IN THE LOBBY OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS
BEFORE THE MEETING BEGAN IN ORDER TO HAVE YOUR NAME CALLED.
WE DO HAVE ONE IMPORTANT CEREMONIAL MATTER BEFORE WE
BEGINNING THE PUBLIC HEARING SESSION AND MR. STEVE HAWKS,
PLEASE. THIS CONCERNS CHILD ABUSE
PREVENTION. I’LL READ THE PROCLAMATION AND
MAYBE YOU HAVE SEEM PEOPLE YOU’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE AS WELL, OKAY?
THE PROCLAMATION READS, WHEREAS OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR MOST
VALUABLE RESOURCE AND WE SHAPE THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY, AND
WHEREAS CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AS SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT CAN
AFFECT PEOPLE OF ALL ECONOMIC, RACIAL AND SOCIAL BACKGROUNDS
AND WHEREAS IN MANY SITUATIONS ARE THERE ARE CHILD ABUSE THAT
ARE OFTEN PREVENTABLE BUT EDUCATION, MANAGEMENT AND AWARE
NRS AND WHEREAS CITIZENS SHOULD INCREASE INVOLVEMENT AND
AWARENESS AND SUPPORT OF PRESENTING CHILD ABUSE AND
NEGLECT SO THAT ALL FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY CAN RAISE THEIR
CHILDREN IN SAFE NURTURING ENVIRONMENTS AND WHEREAS
EFFECTIVE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAMS SUCCEED BECAUSE OF
PARTNERSHIPS CREATED AMONG SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES,
SCHOOLS, FAITH COMMUNITIES, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS, THE
BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, NOW
THEREFORE, I PAUL FRAIM, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NORFOLK ON BEHALF
OF THE CITY COUNCIL, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM APRIL 2015 AS CHILD
ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH IN THE CITY OF NORFOLK AND CALL UPON
ALL CITIZENS, COMMUNITY AGENCIES, FAITH GROUPS, MANAGE
FACILITIES AND BUSINESSES TO INCREASE THEIR PARTICIPATION IN
OUR EFFORTS TO SUPPORT FAMILIES, THEREBY PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE
AND STRENGTHENING THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH WE LIVE.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 14th DAY OF APRIL.
STEVE, LET ME GIVE THIS TO YOU AND I KNOW YOU HAVE SOME FOLKS
YOU’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>>MAYOR FRAIM, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, AS ALWAYS, WE THANK YOU
FOR THIS PROCLAMATION. WE DO HAVE A COUPLE OF FOLKS
THAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SPEAK TO YOU THIS EVENING.
FIRST OF ALL, I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU A QUESTION.
HAVE YOU SEEN THESE AROUND TOWN? WE’RE GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT
THIS IS ALL ABOUT. M PLANTED AROUND AND OUR CHIEF
PLANTER IS PAM LONG. MS. LONG IS THE SUPERVISORS —
FAMILY SERVICE SUPERVISOR WITH OUR PREVENTION UNIT.
>>THANK YOU. WE’RE TAKING A POSITIVE SPIN ON
OUR AWARENESS CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR.
YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN THE BLUE RIBBONS IN THE PAST, BUT THIS IS
OUR FIRST YEAR WITH THE PINWHEELS AND WE THINK OF KIDS
AND YOU THINK OF YOUR CHILDHOOD, SO THE PINWHEELS REPRESENTS THAT
ALL CHILDREN DESERVE A SAFE AND HAPPY CHILDHOOD, SO WE’RE ASKING
OUR PARTNERS AND FOLKS IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND PRIVATE
SECTOR TO DISPLAY PINWHEELS ON THEIR LAWNS AND THE FRONT OF
THEIR BUILDINGS TO SHOW SUPPORT OF CHILDREN.
WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT YEAR, SO KEEP YOUR ICE ON THEM.
>>THANK YOU — EYES ON THEM.>>THANK YOU.
>>I VLS SEVERAL OTHER FOLKS WITH ME THIS EVENING.
THIS IS AL STEWART. HE’S OUR CHILD PROTECTIVE
SERVICES SUPERVISOR FOR THE CITY OF NORFOLK.
WE ALSO HAVE ANDREA LONG. ANDRIA IS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF
COUNSELING SERVICES WITH THE UP CENTER, AND THEN I’D LIKE TO
INTRODUCE AND ASK TO SAY A FEW WORDS BETTY SEEK WHO IS THE
BOARD PRESIDENT OF CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN.
>>GOOD EVENING.>>I’M GOING TO BE BRIEF AND I
ONLY HAVE ONE NUMBER, UNLIKE MR. JONES, BUT IT’S A SOBERING
NUMBER. GOOD EVENING, MR. FRAIM, AND
DIRECTOR HAWKS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND MEMBERS OF CITY
COUNCIL. I AM A PROUD BOARD MEMBER OF
CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN WHICH SERVES AS A COMMUNITY LEADER IN
THE QUEST FOR ELIMINATE CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT IN THE CITY OF
NORFOLK AND ALL THROUGHOUT HAMPTON ROADS.
I COMMEND YOU IN THE CITY OF NORFOLK FOR RECOGNIZING OUR
CHILDREN AS A PRIORITY AND WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU, ESPECIALLY
MAYOR FRAIM AND DIRECTOR HAWKS, AND PAM, FOR THE AMAZING
PINWHEEL GARDENS THROUGHOUT THE CITY AND FOR DECLARE APRIL AS
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. CHILDREN SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE
FREE FROM FEAR OF ABUSE AND TRIALS OF BEING NEGLECTED, BUT
INCORPORATE THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN IN OUR — FOR THE
THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE VICTIMS OF
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, IT’S AN ASSURANCE THAT IS PROFOUNDLY
UNSATISFYING. LAST YEAR IN HARD ALONE, 2,062
CASES OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT WERE PROVEN.
THESE ARE THE PROVEN CASES, THE ONES THAT MAKE IT THROUGH ALL
THE SENTENCE IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND THOUSANDS MORE ABUSED
CHILDREN ARRIVE EVERY DAY IN OUR SCHOOLS, OUR CHURCH PERHAPS, OUR
SPORTS PROGRAMS, OUR YOUTH PROGRAMS, UNNOTICED AND UNCARED
FOR. CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN IS
PARTICULARLY CONCERN WITH THESE UNTREATED VICTIMS AND WE ADDRESS
THEM THROUGH EDUCATION PROGRAMS. OUR PROGRAMS TEACH YOUTH SERVING
INDIVIDUALS, TEACHERS, COACHES, YOUTH DIRECTORS ETCETERA, HOW TO
RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF ABUSE AND NEGLECT AND GET THESE CHILDREN
INTO THE CARE OF TRAINED PROFESSIONALS.
WE ARE A CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION.
WE’RE FOCUSED ON INTENSIFYING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE CHILD
ABUSE ISSUE AND TOGETHER WITH OUR STATE PREVENT CHILD ABUSE
VIRGINIA AFFILIATE, WE ARE IN AN ALL-OUT EFFORT TO MOVE A
DISCUSSION OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT OUT OF THE BACK ROOM
INTO A FULL COMMUNITY CONVERSATION.
WE DO HAVE A FUNDRAISER. WE DO HAVE SEVERAL, BUT OUR
SIGNATURE FUNDRAISING EVENT IS A MONTHLY CELEBRITY NIGHT
FEATURING LOCAL CELEBRITIES, AND WE INVITE YOU ALL TO BE LOCAL
CELEBRITIES, AT VARIOUS RESTAURANTS THROUGHOUT HAMPTON
ROADS. APRIL 23rd WILL BE HELD AT
IL GUARDINA IN VIRGINIA BEACH. OTHERS ARE SCHEDULED THREW THE
YEAR AND YOU CAN — THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND YOU CAN CHECK ALL
THESE EVENTS OUT AT OUR WEBSITE AT CHAMPIONSFORCHILDRENHR.ORG
AND ALSO AT CHAMPIONSFOR CHILDREN HAMPTON ROADS ON
FACEBOOK. THIS IS THE TIME TO MAKE THE
STRUGGLE OF ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN OUR OWN AND THE
KNOWLEDGE THAT CARING FOR OUR CHILDREN AS COMMUNITY IMPERATIVE
THIS MONTH AND EVERY MONTH. WE THANK YOU SINCERELY,
WHOLEHEARTEDLY FOR HELPING WITH THIS MISSION.
THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN.
>>WELL, THANK YOU FOR COMING DOWN AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT
YOU’RE DOING AND HOW YOU’RE HELPING TO ADDRESS THIS VERY
SERIOUS PROBLEM. WE CERTAINLY ON BEHALF OF THE
COMMUNITY ARE GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT YOU DO.
AND AGAIN, FOR BRINGING THIS PROBLEM, BRINGING THIS ISSUE TO
OUR ATTENTION. THANK YOU.
IT’S A SOBER NUMBER. [ APPLAUSE ]
THANK YOU, STEVE. OKAY, NOW WE’LL MOVE INTO THE
PUBLIC HEARING PHASE OF THE AGENDA.
PUBLIC HEARING ONE, PLEASE.>>PUBLIC HEARING TO HEAR
COMMENTS AUTHORIZING THE CONVEYANCE TO NORFOLK
REDEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING AUTHORITY OF A CERTAIN PARCEL OF
PROPERTY LOCATED AT SS MIDDLESEX STREET FOR THE TOTAL SUM OF
$15,000.>>THERE ARE NO MEMBERS OF THE
PUBLIC SIGNED UP TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL ON THIS MATTER.
YOU CAN ROLL THE ROLE, PLEASE.>>I HAVE AN ORDINANCE
AUTHORIZING THE CONVEYANCE TO NORFOLK REDEVELOPMENT AND
HOUSING AUTHORITY OF A CERTAIN PARCEL OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT SS
MIDDLESEX STREET FOR THE TOTAL SUM OF $15,000 IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT
AND AUTHORIZING THE RELEASE OF THE CITY’S RIGHT OF REVERTER AS
TO THE PROPERTY. DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER
REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE ORDINANCE AND ADOPT.
MRS. GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
PUBLIC HEARING 2.>>PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED THIS
DAY TO HEAR COMMENTS ON APPROVING A NONEXCLUSIVE
TELECOMMUNICATIONS FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH METRO FIBER
NETWORKS, INC.>>ELLIS JAMES.
>>THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR, MRS. GRAVES VICE MAYOR,
MR. JONES. MY NAME IS ELLIS W. JAMES.
I RESIDE AT 2021 KENLAKE PLACE HERE IN THE CITY OF NORFOLK.
I’M NOT OPPOSED TO THIS ITEM AND THE NEXT ONE.
HOWEVER, I HAVE A CERTAIN I WANT TO EXPRESS TO — CONCERN I WANT
TO EXPRESS TO YOU NOW RATHER THAN GET BLINDSIDED AS A
TAXPAYER AFTER THE FAX. I STOOD IN THIS CHAMBER A NUMBER
OF YEARS AGO AND WAS THE ONLY TAXPAYER WHO SPOKE DURING THE
HEARING ON COX CABLE. I EXPRESSED A CONCERN THAT AT
THAT TIME, THAT MONOPOLY NEEDED TO BE PAID ATTENTION TO AND TO
MAKE SURE THAT THERE WOULD BE NO RUNAWAY COSTS.
I REMEMBER THAT I SIGNED UP FOR COX CABLE AT 17.95 A MONTH.
IT IS NOW 57.06 WITH MY LITTLE SENIOR CONSIDERATION.
I WANT TO BE SURE SINCE THESE ARE FIBEROPTIC CABLES, RIGHT?
I WANT TO BE SURE THAT THE TAXPAYERS ARE NOT SUDDENLY GOING
TO BE CAUGHT IN A SITUATION WHERE THE INSTALLATION OF THESE
IS GOING TO RESULT IN A DRAMATIC INCREASE, EITHER TO THE CITY OF
NORFOLK, WHICH WE HAVE TO BEAR, THE TAXPAYERS HAVE TO BEAR THE
BURDEN OF, OR SOME OTHER ASPECT OF THIS AGREEMENT THAT YOU’RE
ENTERING INTO, AND I’M — I FEEL COMFORTED BY MY BRIEF DISCUSSION
WITH THE CITY MANAGER AS WELL AS DAVID, TALKING ABOUT WHAT THIS
PROJECT IS ALL ABOUT, WHICH I’M SURE EACH OF YOU UNDERSTANDS
CLEARLY WHAT MY CONCERN IS AND I WOULD HOPE THAT IF THERE’S
ANYTHING IN THE WEEDS, WE NEED TO KNOW IT HOW, NOT LATER.
THANK YOU, MR. MAYOR.>>I ASKED THE QUESTION ABOUT
PAGE TWO AND PAGE THREE BECAUSE I WAS CURIOUS WHEN I SAW THE
MAPS, AND MR. RICKS INFORMED ME, THIS IS NOT RESIDENTIAL.
THIS IS ONLY FOR BUSINESSES, SO PH-2, THE CORRIDOR IS BASICALLY
MILITARY HIGHWAY FROM THE VIRGINIA BEACH BORDER ALL THE
WAY TO OCEAN VIEW AND PH-3 IS ALL THROUGHOUT THE CITY AND IT’S
A COMBINATION OF JOUND GROUND AND OVERHEAD FIBER LINES, BUT
MAINLY FOR BUSINESSES, NOT FOR RESIDENTIAL.
THERE’S NO RESIDENTIAL IN HERE AT ALL.
IS THAT CORRECT?>>THAT IS CORRECT.
>>OKAY. SO WE WENT IN — WE’RE STILL
STUCK WITH COX?>>THAT’S CORRECT.
>>THANK YOU, MR. — ALL RIGHT. CALL THE ROLL.
>>I HAVE AN ORDINANCE APPROVING A NONEXCLUSIVE
TELECOMMUNICATIONS FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH METRO FIBER
NETWORKS, INC. DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER
REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE ORDINANCE AND ADOPT.
MS. GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
PUBLIC HEARING 3.>>PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED THIS
DAY TO HEAR COMMENTS ON APPROVING A NONEXCLUSIVE
TELECOMMUNICATIONS FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH LUMOS NETWORKS,
INC. I HAVE AN ORDINANCE APPROVING A
NONEXCLUSIVE TELECOMMUNICATIONS FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH LUMOS
NETWORKS, INC. DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER
REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE ORDINANCE AND ADOPT.
MS. GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
R-1.>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A
SPECIAL EXCEPTION AUTHORIZING THE OPERATION OF AN EATING AND
DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT KNOWN AS THE NEW DONUT DINETTE ON
PROPERTY LOCATED AT 1917 COLLEY AVENUE.
FOR BOTH OF THESE, PLANNING COMMISSION BY A 6-0 VOTE
RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.>>MR. BASHAM IS HERE TO ANSWER
QUESTIONS IF WE HAVE ANY. MAYBE YOU WANT TO WAIT FOR A
SECOND UNTIL WE HEAR THIS OTHER SPEAKER.
JOE COOK.>>JOE COOK, I LIVE AT 1147
STORY CRESCENT. MAYOR, MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, CITY
MANAGER, I’M HERE BECAUSE I OPPOSE THIS FROM THE STANDPOINT
OF IT COULDN’T BE ANOTHER LIQUOR ESTABLISHMENT ON COLLEY AVENUE.
I DON’T THINK WE NEED MORE ALCOHOL THERE.
WE’VE ALREADY GOT A PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE DRINKING TOO MUCH IN THE
CITY. THE OTHER THING IS, I SEE THAT
THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF STAFF TIME SPENT PUTTING ALL
THIS TOGETHER TO BRING IT FORWARD TO COUNCIL.
I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THE OWNER OF THAT EVEN BOTHERED TO GO
THROUGH THE PROCESS TO GET A PERMIT FOR ALL THIS.
THEY SHOULD HAVE DON’T LIKE RONNIE BOONE AND JUST GONE AHEAD
AND BUILT IT AND THEN HIRED THE MAYOR’S LAW FIRM IF THEY HAD A
PROBLEM WITH IT, AND DO IT AFTER THE FACT.
I THINK WE’RE WASTING A LOT OF STAFF TIME HERE DEALING WITH
THIS. I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT THE GUY CAN
BUILD 19 PROPERTIES WITHOUT PROPER INSPECTIONS AND PERMITS
AND THEN THERE’S NOTHING THAT HAPPENS AS A RESULT, NO FINES,
NO PROSECUTION, AND THEN WE’VE GOT THE CITY ATTORNEY DEFENDING
THIS WHOLE CHAR RAID THAT GOES ON.
THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS ALL TOO OFTEN DOWN HERE AT THE COUNCIL.
THIS IS A CHARADE AND WHAT THE CITIZENS REALLY CARE ABOUT
DOESN’T MATTER. I REMEMBER THE CONFERENCE
CENTER, HOTEL CONFERENCE CENTER. THIS WAS OUT IN THE RAIN A WHILE
AGO, BLEW OUT OF MY FOLDER, BUT I REMEMBER COMING DOWN AND
TESTIFYING, A LOT OF PEOPLE DID AGAINST, THIS SOME MEMBERS OF
COUNCIL VOTED AGAINST IT, BUT IT WAS WENT AHEAD AND RAMMED
THROUGH, BUT NOW WE SEE THE COST HAS INCREASED, THE SIZE HAS
DECREASED AND IT’S ALL DONE IN SECRET.
MY CONCERN IS IS THAT IT SEEMS LIKE MAYOR FRAIM, IN ONJUNCTION
WITH FOUR MEMBERS OF COUNCIL HE CAN COUNT ON FOR VOTES AND THE
CITY MANAGER, WHO DOES HIS BIDDING AND THE CITY ATTORNEY,
THAT WHAT THE PUBLIC WANTS AND THE COMMON GOOD OF THE CITY
DOESN’T REALLY MATTER, THAT THAT’S SECONDARY.
THAT CONCERNS ME. THERE’S LACK OF TRANSPARENCY.
IT LOOKED LIKE THE PAPER, THE PILOT, KIM EBERLY HAD A VERY
DIFFICULT TIME GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT THIS AND WE
NEVER WOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT IT HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE, FOR THE
MEDIA. SAME THING HAPPENED WITH THE
TRUCKS ON HAMPTON BOULEVARD, 2007.
I CAME DOWN AND TESTIFIED AGAINST THAT.
SO DID A NUMBER OF OTHER PEOPLE, SOME MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL WERE
AGAINST IT. SEND THEM UP TERMINAL BOULEVARD
AND SOME SWEETHEART DEAL WAS MADE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS BETWEEN
THE MAYOR AND THE PORT. IT BREAKS DOWN TRUST JUST LIKE
THE EDITORIAL SAID IN SUNDAY’S PAPER BETWEEN THE CITIZENS AND
THE GOVERNMENT. I THINK THAT THE TRUST IS AT AN
ALL-TIME LOW AS FAR AS I CAN TELL SINCE I’VE BEEN HERE
FULL-TIME, SINCE 2007, PAYING TAXES IN THIS CITY.
THAT THE BUSINESS IS BEING DONE IMPROPERLY, IT’S NOT DEMOCRATIC,
NOT OPEN, NOT TRANSPARENCY, AND I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE
CHANGED. YOU NEED TO BE LISTENING TO WHAT
CITIZENS HAVE TO SAY AND NOT DISCOUNTING THAT AND WHEN WE
COME DOWN HERE, I TAKE TIME OUT OF MY DAY TO COME AND DO IT AND
OTHER PEOPLE DO THE SAME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>>THANK YOU. MR. BASHAM, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING
YOU WANT TO ADD? ALL RIGHT.
YOU CAN CALL THE ROLL, PLEASE.>>DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER
REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE ORDINANCE AND ADOPT.
MRS. GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>I’M GOING TO VOTE AGAINST
THIS ONLY BECAUSE OF THE ALCOHOL.
THEY NEVER HAD ALCOHOL THERE BEFORE THAT I KNOW OF.
MAYBE THEY HAVE, MAYBE THEY HAVEN’T.
I DON’T THINK THEY HAVE. IT’S JUST BEEN A PLACE FOR, YOU
KNOW, EARLY DINING AND EARLY BREAKFAST AND LATE, YOU KNOW,
BREAKFAST. BUT WHAT I DO WANT TO SAY IS
THIS. SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO COME
DOWN TO SPEAK AND THEY WILL START OFF TALKING ABOUT, YOU
KNOW, A TOPIC LIKE THE DONUT DINETTE AND THEN THEY GET INTO A
GREAT SPIEL ABOUT WHATEVER IS ON THEIR MIND.
IF SOMEONE COMES UP AND THEY’RE GOING TO SPEAK TO THE DONUT
DINETTE, THEN WE NEED TO BE STRICT AND THAT’S ALL THAT I
SPEAK ON. IF YOU’RE GOING TO COME DOWN AND
SPEAK ON DONUT DINETTE, IF YOU CAN’T SPEAK ON IT AND YOU START
RANTING OFF TO SOMETHING ELSE, I’M GOING TO ASK THE POLICE
OFFICERS TO REMOVE THEM IF THEY DON’T SIT DOWN.
>>ALL RIGHT. GO AHEAD.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>I JUST WANTED TO ASK
PLANNING, ON THIS, DID WE SOLVE THE PARKING ISSUES?
BECAUSE THAT WAS A CONCERN OF IT.
NEIGHBORHOOD LEAGUE AND THEN THE NEXT THING I KNEW, WE WERE —
THIS CAME UP AS AN ORDINANCE.>>THE PARKING MEETS ALL
REQUIREMENTS.>>OKAY.
AYE.>>MR. WINN.
>>AYE.>>MR. FRAIM.
>>AYE. 1-A, PLEASE.
>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A PEDESTRIAN COMMERCIAL OVERLAY
DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE TO PERMIT THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN
OUTDOOR DINING CANOPY AND RELATED STRUCTURE ON PROPERTY
LOCATED AT 1917 COLLEY AVENUE. DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER
REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE ORDINANCE AND ADOPT.
MS. GRAVES?>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>IS THAT THE DOESN’T NIGHT
DINE TTE?>>YES.
>>NO.>>MR. SMIGIEL.
>>AYE.>>DR. WHIBLEY.
>>AYE.>>MR. WINN.
>>AYE.>>MR. FRAIM.
>>AYE. R-2.
>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO PERMIT THE
OPERATION OF AN AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK REPAIR FACILITY PRESENTLY
KNOWN AS GRANBY SHELL ON PROPERTY LOCATED AT 4225 GRANBY
STREET. BY A 6-0 VOTE, PLANNING
COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL. DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER
REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE ORDINANCE AND ADOPT.
MS. GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
R-2A.>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A
SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO PERMIT THE OPERATION OF A GAS STATION
PRESENTLY KNOWN AS GRANBY SHELL ON PROPERTY LOCATED AT 4225
GRANBY STREET. DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER
REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE ORDINANCE AND ADOPT.
MS. GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
R-3.>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A
SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO PERMIT A CONVENIENCE STORE, 24 HOURS WITH
FUEL SALES, KNOWN AS 7-ELEVEN ON PROPERTY LOCATED AT 2475 EAST
LITTLE CREEK ROAD. BY A 6-0 VOTE, PLANNING
COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.>>THERE ARE THREE FOLKS WHO
HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THIS MATTER, INCLUDING STEPHEN
ROMINE, THE ATTORNEY FOR — THEY’RE ALL PROPONENTS.
DOES THE COUNCIL HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS OR ANY
ISSUES? ANY REASON, STEVE — I THINK
WE’RE — UNLESS YOU’VE GOT SOMETHING YOU REALLY NEED TO
SAY. [ INAUDIBLE COMMENTS ]
>>ALL RIGHT, CALL THE ROLL, PLEASE.
>>DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE
ORDINANCE AND ADOPT. MS. GRAVES.
>>AYE.>>MS. JOHNSON.
>>AYE.>>MR. RIDDICK.
>>AYE.>>MR. SMIGIEL.
>>AYE.>>DR. WHIBLEY.
>>ALWAYS HAVE TROUBLE VOTING FOR 7-ELEVENSES.
>>THIS WAS SUPPORTED BY BOTH CIVIC LEAGUES AND THE EAST
LITTLE CREEK ROAD TASK FORCE.>>THEY’RE GOING TO PICK UP ALL
THE –>>THEY ARE — THEY TOLD US THEY
WOULD.>>ALL RIGHT, AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
WHERE ARE WE? 3-A.
>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A SPECIAL EXCEPTION AUTHORIZING
THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES FOR OFF-PREMISES CONSUMPTION AT
AN ESTABLISHMENT KNOWN AS 7-ELEVEN ON PROPERTY LOCATED AT
2475 EAST LITTLE CREEK ROAD. DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER
REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE ORDINANCE AND ADOPT.
MS. GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>I JUST WANTED TO LET COUNCIL
KNOW THAT 7-ELEVEN IS MOVING FORWARD WITH AN AGGRESSIVE PLAN
DOWN IN OCEAN VIEW TO CONSOLIDATE.
THEY’VE ALREADY CLOSED ONE STORE AND THEY’RE GETTING READY TO
CLOSE ANOTHER ONE AND MERGE THEM INTO ONE LOCATION AND THIS ALSO
INCLUDES SOME REDESIGNS OF A COASTAL LOOK OF THEIR 7-ELEVENS,
A MUCH NICER PRODUCT, SO THEY’VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR A
COUPLE YEARS AND THEY WILL BE MOVING FORWARD, SO DON’T BE
SURPRISED IF THERE’S MORE 7-ELEVENS TO COME BEFORE —
>>WHAT HAPPENED TO THE EMPTY STORE FRONTS?
>>WE DISCUSSED THAT. ONE IS PRIVATELY OWNED AND
ANOTHER ONE IS OWN BY 7-ELEVEN AND THEY WOULD LET THE CITY HAVE
A FIRST OPTION TO PURCHASING THAT WITH REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS
IFS ONE IS ON THE BAYFRONT, ACTUALLY ON THE BEACH, THAT
THEY’RE GOING TO BE CLOSING DOWN THE ROAD.
SO AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE’LL LOOK INTO IT, BUT WE ALSO TALKED
ABOUT POSSIBLY REPURPOSE THEM AS A RESTAURANT OR SOMETHING LIKE
THAT.>>IS THAT PROPERTY GOING TO
COME ON THE MARKET?>>YES.
>>ON THE BAYFRONT?>>YES.
>>THAT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULD –>>IS THAT THE ONE PRIVATELY?
>>NO, THE PRIVATELY OWNED ONE IS NOT ON THE BAYFRONT.
IT’S ON THE BAY STREET SIDE.>>I HOPE WE’LL BE AGGRESSIVE
WITH THAT BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT ANOTHER BOARDED UP STORE.
>>IT’S FOR SALE NOW. HARVEY LINDSAY HAS LISTED IT AND
IF OCEAN VIEW CONSERVATION FUNDS COME UP, IT COULD BE AN OPTION
FOR US TO GO AFTER THAT PROPERTY.
>>MAYBE THE ONLY 7-ELEVEN IN AMERICA ON THE OCEAN.
THANKS. OKAY.
>>MR. SMIGIEL?>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
R-4.>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A
SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO GOLF MANAGEMENT, INC., AUTHORIZING
THE OPERATION OF AN ENTERTAINMENT ESTABLISHMENT
NAMED LAMBERT’S POINT GOLF COURSE ON PROPERTY LOCATED AT
4301 POWHATAN AVENUE. BY A 6-0 VOTE, PLANNING
COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.>>MR. FENTRESS IS HERE.
MIKE, WHERE ARE YOU? OKAY.
>>DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE
ORDINANCE AND ADOPT. MS. GRAVES.
>>AYE.>>MS. JOHNSON.
>>AYE.>>MR. RIDDICK.
>>AYE.>>MR. SMIGIEL.
>>I DON’T KNOW ABOUT DRINKING AND GOLF BECAUSE THAT’S —
>>THE TWO ARE NOT EVEN VERY –>>DON’T METTLE WITH DR.
WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>DRINKING AND DRIVING.>>DR. WHIBLEY?
>>I HOPE WE HAVE A NOISE AND HOURS ORDINANCE ON HERE.
AM I CORRECT? I’M TEASING, THIS IS GREAT.
AYE.>>MR. WINN.
>>AYE.>>MR. FRAIM.
>>AYE. R-5.
>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A SPECIAL EXCEPTION AUTHORIZING
THE OPERATION OF AN ENTERTAINMENT ESTABLISHMENT
KNOWN AS SMALL’S RESTAURANT AND CATERING COMPANY ON PROPERTY
LOCATED AT 2700 HAMPTON BOULEVARD.
BY A 6-0 VOTE, PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.
>>MR. SMALL IS HERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS IF ANYBODY HAS ANY.
GO AHEAD.>>DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER
REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE ORDINANCE AND ADOPT.
MS. GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
R-6.>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A
SPECIAL EXCEPTION AUTHORIZING THE OPERATION OF AN
ENTERTAINMENT ESTABLISHMENT KNOWN AS CROAKER’S SPOT ON
PROPERTY LOCATED AT 600 35th STREET.
BY A 6-0 VOTE, PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.
DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE
ORDINANCE AND ADOPT. MS. GRAVES.
>>I JUST WANT TO SAY I’M REALLY PLEASED THAT THIS IS MOVING
ALONG SO QUICKLY. IT TOOK FOREVER TO GET TO THIS
GROUND, BUT EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE MOVING ALONG AT A PRETTY GOOD
RATE, SO I VOTE AYE.>>MS. JOHNSON.
>>AYE.>>MR. RIDDICK.
>>AYE.>>MR. SMIGIEL.
>>I WISH THIS RESTAURANT A LOT OF SUCCESS AND FOR THE
REDEVELOPMENT OF THAT CORRIDOR, I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A HUGE
CATALYST FOR THAT AREA. AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>ABSOLUTELY, AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
R-7.>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A
SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO PERMIT THE OPERATION OF AN AUTOMOBILE AND
TRUCK REPAIR FACILITY ON PROPERTY LOCATED AT
860 AVENUE J. BY A 5-1 VOTE, PLANNING
COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.>>MR. POWELL IS HERE TO ANSWER
QUESTION IF ANYONE HAS ANY. OKAY.
>>DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE
ORDINANCE AND ADOPT. MS. GRAVES.
>>AYE.>>MS. JOHNSON.
>>I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY, IN REVIEWING THIS SPECIAL
EXCEPTION, THAT THE 18-MONTH PART OF IT IS BUILT IN SO THAT
WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT THINGS AND HOW
THE BUSINESS IS ACTUALLY DOING, SO I’M GOING TO VOTE AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>I VOTE AYE, BUT IF I’M NOT
MISTAKEN, THEY’RE JUST GOING TO BE SELLING RIMS AND TIRES AND
THINGS OF THAT NATURE? OKAY.
AND IT JUST HAS TO COME UNDER THE CATEGORY OF TRUCK REPAIR,
BUT I DON’T — NO REPAIRS WILL BE GOING ON, RIGHT?
RIGHT, AND THAT JUST HAPPENS TO FALL IN THAT CATEGORY.
I HAPPENED TO BE WATCHING THE PLANNING COMMISSION SESSION, SO
THAT’S HOW I KNOW. I VOTE AYE.
[ LAUGHTER ]>>SEVERAL OF US —
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
R-8.>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A
SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO PERMIT THE OPERATION OF AN AUTOMOBILE AND
TRUCK REPAIR FACILITY KNOWN AS BAY CITY CLASSICS ON PROPERTY
LOCATED AT 3335 CROFT STREET. BY A 6-0 VOTE, PLANNING
COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.>>AND MR. DARDEN IS HERE TO
ANSWER QUESTIONS IF WE HAVE ANY. MR. DARDEN?
THERE YOU GO. OKAY.
>>DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE
ORDINANCE AND ADOPT. MS. GRAVES.
>>AYE.>>MS. JOHNSON.
>>AYE.>>MR. RIDDICK.
>>AYE.>>MR. SMIGIEL.
>>AYE.>>DR. WHIBLEY.
>>AYE.>>MR. WINN.
>>AYE.>>MR. FRAIM.
>>AYE. R-9.
>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO PERMIT THE
OPERATION OF A GAS STATION, SALES ONLY, KNOWN AS BJ’S
WHOLESALE ON PROPERTY LOCATED AT 5832 EAST VIRGINIA BEACH
BOULEVARD. BY A 6-0 VOTE, PLANNING
COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.>>MR. ROYAL IS HERE TO ANSWER
QUESTIONS IF ANYBODY HAS ANY. CALL THE ROLL.
>>DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE
ORDINANCE AND ADOPT. MS. GRAVES.
>>BJ’S IS SELLING GAS NOW AND I KNOW WE’VE HAD THIS CONVERSATION
AT LEAST — IS PETER HERE? OKAY.
I BROUGHT THIS UP BEFORE WHEN COSTCO WAS ENTERTAINING LEAVING.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT, JUST KEEP AN EYE ON COSTCO AND KEEP
THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION OPEN WITH THEM.
WE WOULD HIKE TO KEEP THEM IN THE — LIKE TO KEEP THEM IN THE
CITY OF NORFOLK IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, AND SO WITH BJ’S
OPENING UP GAS AND THEM HAVING A DESIRE TO GET A LARGER LOCATION
AND WITH MORE VISIBILITY –>>AND SAM’S.
>>AND SAM’S, YEAH, IT’S GOING TO DEFINITELY PROBABLY PUT THEM
INTO A LITTLE BIT MORE OF AN AGGRESSIVE POSITION ABOUT
CHANGING THEIR LOCATION, SO IF WE CAN, YOU KNOW, KEEP THE LINES
OF COMMUNICATION OPEN WITH THEM AND HELP THEM TO STAY HERE, IT
WOULD BE NICE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.
I VOTE AYE.>>MS. JOHNSON.
>>AYE.>>MR. RIDDICK.
>>AYE.>>MR. SMIGIEL.
>>I HOPE I DON’T VIOLATE PAUL RIDDICK’S RULE HERE WITH
MR. COOK, BUT I WANT TO GO OFF TOPIC WITH THIS A LITTLE BIT.
I’M A BJ’S MEMBER, SO IT’S NOT SPECIFIC TO —
>>ARE YOU RECUSING YOURSELF?>>IT’S ABOUT THE JANF AREA.
FOR THOSE THAT NOTICED, PIER ONE IMPORTS CLOSED AND THEY DIP SAY
WHY, BUT IT OBVIOUSLY HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE SALES
OF THAT STORE. THERE USED TO BE A TIME WHERE
THE JANF AREA WAS A PLACE TO GO TO SHOPPING IN NORFOLK WHEN OLD
NAVY WAS THERE AND IT JUST CONTINUES TO DEGRADE TO THE
POINT THAT IT IS BECOMING GAS STATIONS AND CAR REPAIR PLACES
AND CAR WASHES. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT MILITARY
CIRCLE. IT HAS ITS OWN ISSUES, YOU KNOW,
SPECIFIC TO THE OWNERSHIP THERE, BUT THE JANIF AREA IS MANAGED BY
A VERY GOOD COMPANY THAT UNDERSTANDS WHAT SHOULD BE GOING
ON HERE AND I’M WONDERING DOWN THE ROAD OR MAYBE WITHIN THIS
YEAR, THAT WE NEED TO REALLY ENGAGE THEM IN DISCUSSING A NEW
PLAN FOR THAT AREA, WHETHER IT’S PUTTING RESIDENTIAL — MAYBE
SOME MEAT IN THE HIGHER DENSITY IN THAT AREA TO BRING MORE
PEOPLE BACK IN, BUT I’M CONCERNED THAT A LOT OF STORES
THAT ARE OVER THERE THAT WERE KIND OF A HIGHER QUALITY OF
STORES ARE LEAVING AND GOING TO PEMBROOK OR OUT TO GREENBRIER
BECAUSE IT’S REALLY NOT NAR OF A DRIVE — FAR OF A DRIVE.
EMAIL BEING FORCE NOD TO YOU DO — I’M BEING FORCED NOW TO DO
SHOPPING OUTSIDE OF NORFOLK IN THAT AREA BECAUSE WE’RE LOSING
SOME OF OUR — AND WE’RE GETTING — I HATE TO SAY THIS,
BUT MILITARY CIRCLE TYPE STORES ARE MOVING INTO TOMORROW OF
THESE STORE FRONTS AND RINKY-DINK STORES THAT NOBODY
HAS EVER HEARDS THAT MAY CLOSE WITHIN A HERE BECAUSE THEY’RE
NOT MAKING IT. I’M REALLY CONCERNED, SUCH A
HUGE ECONOMIC DRIVER FOR THAT AREA AND WE’RE LOSING THOSE GOOD
STORES.>>IT’S A SPIN-OFF OF MILITARY
CIRCLE BECAUSE THE CALIBER OF SHOPPER THAT WOULD COME TO
MILITARY CIRCLE WOULD SPIN OFF INTO JANIF IF THEY DIDN’T FIND
WHAT THEY WANTED, SO YOU HAD GOOD STORES AT ONE POINT IN
MILITARY CIRCLE, AND THEREFORE YOU HAD GOOD STORES IN JANIF, SO
IT WAS A COMBINATION OF, YOU KNOW, A SHOPPING.
NOW, YOU GOT CRAPPY STORES IN MILITARY CIRCLE AND SO YOU —
>>THAT’S HOW IT IS.>>I MEAN, IT’S THE TRUTH.
I MEAN, OTHER THAN THE ONE OR TWO ANCHORS THAT ARE LEFT THERE.
YOU KNOW, THE REST OF THEM ARE JUST NOT STORES THAT CATER TO
THE MIDDLE CLASS AND UPPER CLASS COMMUNITY OF HOMEOWNERS AND THE
MIDDLE CLASS AND UPPER CLASS COMMUNITY OF RENTERS THAT LIVE
IN THAT AREA, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE LEAVE AND GO TO
CHESAPEAKE OR THE OTHER CITIES TO, TO SHOP BECAUSE THOSE AREAS
HAVE NICER STORES. SO IT’S A SPINOFF.
>>I THINK IT’S — THERE ARE NATIONAL TRENDS THAT ARE
INFLUENCING WHAT’S GOING ON.>>SURE, AND I MEAN —
>>INTERNET SHOPPING AND ALL –>>OFFICE DEPOT IS MERGING WITH
OFFICE MAX, SO THEY’RE CLOSE ONE OF THOSE STORES, SO THAS GOING
TO BE –>>A CONSOLIDATION.
>>BUT I THINK ALSO THERE ARE STORES THAT WE DON’T HAVE IN
NORFOLK THAT WOULD FIT THERE, EVEN IF WE KNOW THAT OFFICE MAXX
AND OFFICE DEPOT ARE MERGING THEN WHERE IS STAPLES?
THERE’S NO STAPLES OVER HERE, SO WHAT’S BEING DONE TO COURT
STAPLES TO MOVE INTO THAT LOCATION?
AND IF WE’RE RELYING ON THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO DO IT, THAT
MAY TAKE LONGER THAN IF WE’RE — WHY DON’T WE HAVE A BABIES ARE
US IN NORFOLK? WITH ALL THE BABIES THAT ARE
BEING BORN, TERRI, IN OUR HOSPITALS, YOU MEAN TO TELL US
WE CAN’T SUPPORT A BABIES ARE US IN OUR CITY?
WHY ARE THEY CHOOSING — I’M JUST SAYING THERE ARE OTHER
PLACES THAT I THINK CAN FILL THESE SPOTS, BUT WHAT ARE THE
OWNERS DOING TO PUSH THIS? I THINK WE NEED TO RE-ENGAGE —
THAT’S JUST A HUGE CHUNK OF OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GOING
DOWNHILL. AM I SUPPOSED TO BE VOTING ON
SOMETHING?>>YES.
>>AYE.>>ALL OFF SUBJECT.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
R-10.>>AN ORDINANCE PERMITTING
CHRISTIANE ELLIS VALONE TO ENCROACH INTO THE RIGHT-OF-WAY
OF RUNNYMEDE ROAD WITH AN UNDERGROUND SPRINKLER SYSTEM.
DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE
ORDINANCE AND ADOPT. MS. GRAVES.
>>AYE.>>MS. JOHNSON.
>>AYE.>>MR. RIDDICK.
>>AYE.>>MR. SMIGIEL.
>>AYE.>>DR. WHIBLEY.
>>AYE.>>MR. WINN.
>>AYE.>>MR. FRAIM.
>>AYE. R-11.
>>AN ORDINANCE GRANTING PBS GHENT LLC PERMISSION TO ENCROACH
INTO THE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF OMOHUNDRO AVENUE AT 123 WEST
21st STREET APPROXIMATELY 480 SQUARE FEET FOR THE PURPOSE OF
OUTDOOR DINING AND APPROVING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE
ENCROACHMENT AGREEMENT. DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER
REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE ORDINANCE AND ADOPT.
MS. GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
R-12.>>AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING UP TO
$708,010 FROM HAMPTON ROADS TRANSIT AS ADDITIONAL GRANT
FUNDING RECEIVED FROM THE COMMONWEALTH TRANSPORTATION
BOARD AND THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF RAIL AND PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION FOR THE CITY’S DOWNTOWN TRANSFER CENTER AND
APPROPRIATING AND AUTHORIZING THE EXPENDITURE OF THE
ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE DOWNTOWN
TRANSFER CENTER. DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER
REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE ORDINANCE AND ADOPT.
MS. GRAVES.>>AYE.
>>MS. JOHNSON.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
R-13.>>AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AND
REORDAIN SECTION 38-106 AND REPEAL SECTION 38-107 OF THE
NORFOLK CITY CODE, 1979, SO AS TO ELIMINATE SECTARIAN
PROVISIONS CONCERNING YARD OR GARAGE SALES.
DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE
ORDINANCE AND ADOPT. MS. GRAVES.
>>AYE.>>MS. JOHNSON.
>>AYE.>>MR. RIDDICK.
>>AYE.>>MR. SMIGIEL.
>>WAS THT ORDINANCE THAT –>>THE VIRGINIA WESLEYAN
STUDENT –>>YES.
>>OKAY, AYE.>>DR. WHIBLEY.
>>AYE.>>MR. WINN.
>>AYE.>>MR. FRAIM.
>>AYE.>>I HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL ITEMS,
MR. PRESIDENT. THE FIRST IS NUMBERED R-14 AND A
LETTER FROM THE CITY ATTORNEY REQUESTING CONFIRMATION OF ALEX
H. PINKOS AS AN ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY AND THE RECOMMENDATION
IS TO CONFIRM THE APPOINTMENT. MRS. GRAVES.
>>AYE.>>MS. JOHNSON.
>>AYE.>>MR. RIDDICK.
>>AYE.>>MR. SMIGIEL.
>>AYE.>>DR. WHIBLEY.
>>AYE.>>MR. WINN.
>>AYE.>>MR. FRAIM.
>>AYE.>>AND R-15 IS TO SCHEDULE A
CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON TUESDAY, APRIL 21 AT 4:00 P.M.
DISPENSE WITH THE CHARTER REQUIREMENT FOR READING THE
ORDINANCE AND ADOPT. MS. GRAVES.
>>AYE.>>AYE.
>>MR. RIDDICK.>>AYE.
>>MR. SMIGIEL.>>AYE.
>>DR. WHIBLEY.>>AYE.
>>MR. WINN.>>AYE.
>>MR. FRAIM.>>AYE.
>>THAT’S ALL I HAVE, MR. PRESIDENT.
>>THAT CONCLUDES THE FORMAL PORTION OF TONIGHT’S AGENDA.

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