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Unpacking the Agenda: The December 12th Norfolk City Council Meetings
Here's a preview of what's on the docket
Here’s what’s coming up in the City Council meetings today, Tuesday, December 12th.
3:30 pm City Council Work Session
II.ANNUAL AUDIT PLAN
Presenter: Tammie Dantzler, City Auditor
The Auditor's office conducts a series of audits on different departments of the City throughout the year.
The proposed areas for FY 2023 audits included Towing Operations, NCSB Special Revenue Funds, 911 Center, Homelessness, Human Resources Recruitment and Retention, Traffic Safety Program, Ground Maintenance, Conditional Use Permitting Process, Scope Promotions, Nuisance and Abatements, Fire Marshall’s Office, and NRHA HUD Pass-Through Grants.
Here’s the 2023 Audit Reports published on the City website:
Juvenile Detention Center Food Services Program
III. ECONOMIC INCLUSION
Presenter: Aleea Slappy Wilson, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
6:00 pm City Council Formal Session Meeting
This is an amendment to existing City rules for “Day Care Homes.” In 2021, Virginia Code was amended to permit any city to require “family day home” (the term used by Virginia Code) operators to be licensed locally. Norfolk elected to create a licensing system for providers, including those caring for 1-4 children, which previously were not addressed in zoning regulations. The changes also remove the additional parking requirement for these uses.
According to a report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, child care is unaffordable for 85% of Virginia families with infants, 82% of families with toddlers and 74% of families with preschoolers.
Temporary COVID-related funding has created a “child care cliff” with 90,000 Virginia children potentially losing day care.
This is an amendment to existing rules for “After Hours Membership Organizations.” Currently these organizations, which serve alcohol between 2:00 am and 6:00 am, may only allow entry to one guest per member. An operator has requested the limit be increased to four. The proposed changes would match VA ABC regulations, no more guests than members, whichever is more restrictive.
Bugatti’s, an after-hours membership organization, is also on today’s agenda under C-1.
This is a lease between the City of Norfolk and Scotland Farms for a parcel of land in the City of Chesapeake. Scotland Farms currently has a lease for the same parcel of land, which expires on December 31st, 2023. The property is 544 farmable acres and 206 wetland or non-farmable acres at 456 Harrell Road. The rent is $60,541.34 annually.
This is an amendment to the Capital Improvement Plan, which adds $24 Million to the existing $2 million budget for the “Comply with Lead and Copper Rule Revisions” project. The City has been awarded $26 million in funds for the project, of which $10.4 Million does not have to be repaid, while $15.6 Million must be repaid over 20 years with a 1% interest rate.
Consent Agenda items are typically passed together in single vote, unless discussion is requested.
Conditional Use Permit to allow the sale of alcohol and live entertainment for Bugattis, an after-hours membership organization at 111 College Place in Downtown Norfolk. The new permit is needed because Bugattis has added additional managers.
This item would accept temporary easements from the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (232 Chapel Street) that would allow for the construction of ADA curb ramps, and storm drain facilities.
This item is accepting utility easements to the “Dollar Tree hanger” at Norfolk International Airport, so that the Department of Utilities can install water and sewer facilities there.
This item is a tax refund to First Team Subaru Norfolk, Inc. for the overpayment of taxes to the amount of $18,584.88, plus interest.
This is a “Right of Entry” agreement for Downtown Norfolk Council to use the area at 134-142 W. Olney Road, also known as The Cofer Lot, for the “Cardinal Skate Shop 20th Anniversary Celebration.”
This is an ordinance scheduling City Council Meeting dates in 2024.
This item is accepting grant funds from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to the amount of $27,500 to support the Emergency Shelter Operations and Homeless Management Information System
This item is accepting a $12,000 contribution from EVMS and matching it with an additional $25,000 from the City of Norfolk’s Capital Improvement Project fund to commission $242,500 in artwork.
This item is accepting a $25,000 contribution from Virginia Coastal Plein Air and matching it with an additional $25,000 from the City of Norfolk’s Capital Improvement Project fund to commission $50,000 in artwork at Ocean View Avenue at 21st Bay.
This item is accepting $4,286,924 from The Virginia Department Of Transportation ('VDOT") Highway Safety Improvement Funding Program for 80 pedestrian crossings along Granby Street, Ocean View Avenue, and Tidewater Drive.
This item is accepting $2,129,581.00 from The Virginia Department Of Transportation ('VDOT") Highway Safety Improvement Funding Program for improvements at up to 119 unsignalized intersections along Ocean View Avenue and Tidewater Drive.
This item is accepting $1,732,600 from The Virginia Department Of Transportation ('VDOT") Smart Scale Funding Program to Improve Pedestrian Safety At Terminal Boulevard And Diven Street.
This item is accepting $1,000,000 from The Virginia Department Of Transportation ('VDOT") Bridge Formula (#BF) of IIJA for Off-System Bridges Reimbursable Funding Program to rehabilitate Robin Hood Road Bridge.
This item is an ordinance to accept grant funds of $50,000 from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services for Norfolk Community Services Board to provide substance use disorder treatment.
This item is an ordinance to accept grant funds of $3,713 From The Virginia Department Of Behavioral
Health and Developmental Services that will cover PATH Program staff training, travel and outreach. Matching funds will come via in-kind expenses from the Norfolk Community Services Board.
This item is an ordinance to accept grant funds of $196,250 from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to provide compensation for 911 center staff. 78 full-time staff members will receive $2500, and one part time staff member will receive $1250.
This item is an ordinance granting Conditional Use Permits to Armed Forces Brewery to operate a banquet hall, produce craft beverages, and host live entertainment at 211 West 24th Street. City Planning Commission recommended denial on a 4 to 2 vote.
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This item appoints and reappoints individuals to local boards, commissions, and authorities. Individuals were not named in the provided documents.