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									            ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING ----------------ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL

                                         July 7, 2008



           The Council of the City of Roanoke held its Organizational Meeting on Monday,
    July 7, 2008, at 2:00 p.m., in the City Council Charnber, Room 450, Noel C. Taylor
    Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S. W., City of Roanoke, with Mayor David A.
    Bowers presiding, pursuant to Section 10, Meetings of Council, Charter of the City of
    Roanoke, at which time the newly elected Members of the Council officially took their
    seats.

          PRESENT: Council Members Sherman P. Lea, Gwendolyn W. Mason, Alvin L.
    Nash, Anita J. Price, Courtney G. Rosen, David B. Trinkle, and Mayor David A.
    Bowers-7.

          ABSENT: None-0.

          The Mayor declared the existence of a quoturn.

          OFFICERS PRESENT:        Darlene L. Burcham, City Manager; William M.

I   Hackworth, City Attorney; Ann H. Shawver, Director of Finance; and Stephanie M.
    Moon, City Clerk.

            COUNCIL: The Mayor advised that the purpose of the Organizational Meeting is
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    for the newly elected Merr~bers City Council to officially take their seats; whereupon,
    he called attention to a communication from the City Clerk advising of ,the following
    qualifications:

          David A. Bowers as a Mayor for a term commencing July 1, 2008 and
          ending June 30,2012;

          Sherman P. Lea, as a Vice-IVlayor for a term commencing July 1, 2008
          and ending June 30, 2010; and as a Member of Council for a term
          commencing July 1,2008 and ending June 30, 201 2;

          Anita J. Price, as a Member of Council for a term commencing July 1,
          2008 and ending June 30,2012; and

          Courtney G. Rosen, as a Member of Council for a term commencing
          July 1, 2008 and ending June 30,2012.
      Council Member Mason moved that the communication from the City Clerk be
received and filed. The motion was seconded by Council Member Trinkle and
unanimously adopted.

     ClTY COUNCIL: Vice-Mayor Lea offered the following resolution recognizing the
Honorable David A. Bowers as Mayor of the City of Roanoke:

      (#38147-070708) A RESOLUTION recognizing the Honorable David A. Bowers
as Mayor of the City of Roanoke.

(For full text of resolution, see Resolution Book No. 72, page 373.)

      Vice-Mayor Lea moved the adoption of Resolution No. 38147-070708. The
motion was seconded by Council Member Price and adopted by the following vote:

     AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
Bowers-7.

       NAYS: None-0.

      ClTY COCINCIL: Council Member Mason offered the following resolution
recognizing the Honorable Sherman P. Lea as a member of the City Council and
Vice-Mayor of the City of Roanoke:

       (#38148-070708) A RESOLUTION recognizing the Honorable Sherman P. Lea
to be a member of the City Council and Vice-Mayor of the City of Roanoke.

(For full text of resolution, see Resolution Book No. 72, page 373.)

      Council Member Mason moved the adoption of Resolution No. 38148-070708.
The motion was seconded by Council Member Rosen and adopted by the following
vote:

     AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
Bowers-7.

       NAYS: None-0.

      ClTY COUNCIL: Council Member Mason offered the following resolution
recognizing the services of the Honorable David 0. Trinkle as the Vice-Mayor of the City
of Roanoke:
       (#38149-070708) A RESOLUTION paying tribute to the Honorable David B.
Trinkle and expressing to him the appreciation of the City and its people for his
exemplary public service as the Vice-Mayor of the City.

(For full text of resolution, see Resolution Book No. 72, page 374.)

     Council Member Mason moved the adoption of Resolution IVo. 38149-070708.
The motion was seconded by Vice-Mayor Lea and adopted by the following vote:

     AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
Bowers-7.

      NAYS: None-0.

       CITY COUNCIL: Council Member Price offered the following resolution
establishing a meeting schedule for City Council for the Fiscal Year commencing July I ,
2008, and terminating June 30, 2009:

     (#38150-070708) A RESOLUTION establishing a meeting schedule for City
Council for the Fiscal Year commencing July 1, 2008, and terminating June 30, 2009.

(For full text of resolution, see Resolution Book No. 72, page 375.)

      Council Member Price moved the adoption of Resolution No. 38150-070708. The
motion was seconded by Council Member Trinkle.

         Council Member Mason expressed appreciation to Mayor Bowers for his
flexibility with the 9:00 a.m. work sessions which afforded an opportunity to receive
informative briefings by the administration.

      Mayor Bowers recognized Council Members Rosen and Price as new members
of the Council, commenting that tt- is was an historic occasion for the City and
recognized Ms. Price as the first African-American woman to serve on City Council.

       There being no additional comments, Resolution No. 38150-070708 was adopted
by the following vote:

     AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
Bowers-7.

      NAYS: None-0.

      There being no further business, the Mayor declared the Organizational meeting
adjourned at 2: 11 p.m.
       The Council of the City of Roanoke met in regular session immediately following
its Organization Meeting on Monday, July 7, 2008, at 2:15 p.m., in Room 450, Noel C.
Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S. W., City of Roanoke, with Mayor
David A. Bowers presiding, pursuant to Chapter 2, Administration, Article ll, Citv
Council, Section 2-15, Rules of Procedure, Rule 1, Reqular Meetinqs, Code of the City
of Roanoke (1979), as amended, and pursuant to Resolution No. 38150-070708
adopted by the Council on Monday, July 7, 2008.

      PRESENT: Council Members Sherman P. Lea, Gwendolyn W. Mason, Alvin L.
Nash, Anita J. Price, Courtney G. Rosen, David B. Trinkle, and Mayor David A.
Bowers-7.

      ABSENT: None-0.

      The Mayor declared the existence of a quorum.

       OFFICERS PRESENT: Darlene L. Burcham, City Manager; William M.
Hackworth, City Attorney; Ann Shawver, Director of Finance; Stephanie M. Moon, City
Clerk; and Sheila N. Hartman, Deputy City Clerk.

      The Invocation was delivered by Vice-Mayor Sherman P. Lea.

      The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America was led by
Mayor David A. Bowers.

       The Mayor recognized Arm H. Shawver as the Director of Finance, effective
July 1, 2008.

       PRESENTATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

      PROCLAMATION: The Mayor presented Lieutenant Patrick R. Mallett, Officer in
Charge, with a Proclamation declaring July 3-9, 2008, as Roanoke Navy Week.
Lieutenant Mallett presented the Mayor and Members of Council with a Certificate of
Appreciation in recognition of its dedication in support of the Roanoke Navy Week.

(See proclamation on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

                                   CONSENT AGENDA

      The Mayor advised that all matters listed under the Consent Agenda were
considered to be routine by the Members of Council and would be enacted by one
motion in the form, or forms, listed on the Consent Agenda, and if discussion was
desired, the item would be removed from 'the Consent Agenda and considered
separately. He called attention to the sole request for a Closed Meeting.
          MINUTES: Minutes of the regular meeting of Council held on Monday, March 17,
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    2008, and recessed until Monday, ~a"rch 2008, were before the Council.

    (See Minutes on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

          Council Member Trinkle moved that the reading of the minutes be dispensed with
    and approved as recorded. The motion was seconded by Council Member Mason and
    adopted by the following vote:

         AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
    Bowers-7.

           NAYS: None-0.

           ClTY COUNCIL-COMMITTEES: A communication .from Mayor David A. Bowers
    requesting that Council convene in a Closed Meeting to discuss vacancies on certain
    authorities, boards, commissions and committees appointed by Council, pursuant to
    Section 2.2-3711(A)(1), Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, was before the body.

    (See communication on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

          Council Member Trinkle moved that Council concur in the request of the Mayor to

I   convene in Closed Meeting as abovedescribed. 'The motion was seconded by Council
    Member Mason and adopted by the following vote:

         AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
    Bowers-7.

           NAYS: None-0.

         ClTY COUNCIL-AUDIT CONINIITTEE: Minutes of the Audit Committee.held on
    Monday, February 4, 2008, were before the body.

    (See Audit Committee minutes on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

           Council Member Trinkle moved that minutes of the Audit Committee be received
    and filed. The motion was seconded by Council Member Mason and adopted by the
    following vote:

         AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
    Bowers-7.

          NAYS: None-0.
       LEASES-CITY MARKET BUILDING: A communication from the City Manager
requesting that Council schedule a public hearing for Monday, July 21, 2008, at 7:00
p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, to consider a proposed lease
agreement between the City of Roanoke and Tavern on the Market for rental space in
the City Market Building, was before the body.

(See communication on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

       Council Member Trinkle moved that Council concur in the request of the City
Manager. The motion was seconded by Council Member Mason and adopted by the
following vote:

     AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
Bowers-7.

       NAYS: None-0.

       TAX EXENIP1-ION-ASSISI ANIMAL CLINICS OF VIRGINIA, INC.: A
communication from the City Manager requesting that Council schedule a public
hearing for Monday, July 21, 2008, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter
may be heard, to consider tax exemption of certain real estate and personal property in
the City for Assisi Animal Clinics of Virginia, Inc., a non-stock, not for profit corporation,
was before the body.

(See communication on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

       Council Member Trinkle moved that Council concur in the request of the City
Manager. The motion was seconded by Council Member Mason and adopted by the
following vote:

     AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
Bowers-7.

       NAYS: None-0.

       BONDS-MARKET GARAGE: A communication from the Director of Finance
requesting that Council schedule a public hearing for Monday, July 21, 2008, at 7:00
p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, authorizing the issuance of
$6.64 million General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds for the Market Garage
repairs, was before the body.

(See comm~~nication file in the City Clerk's Office.)
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I          Council Member Trinkle moved that Council concur in the request of the City
    Manager. The motion was seconded by Council Member Mason and adopted by the
    following vote:

         AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
    Bowers-7.

           NAYS: None-0.

           ANNUAL REPORT: Annual report of the Board of Equalization for the taxable
    year July 1, 2008 to June 30,2009, was before the Council.

    (For full text, see annual report on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

          Council Member Trinkle moved that the annual report be received and filed. The
    motion was seconded by Council Member Mason and adopted by 'the following vote:

         AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
    Bowers-7.

           NAYS: None-0.

          COMMITTEES - HOUSING - HUMAN RESOURCES - ROANOKE ARTS
    COMMISSION - ROANOKE blElGHBORHOOD PARTNERSHIPIADVOCA-TES-
    LIBRARIES - SCHOOLS: Reports of qualification of the following persons, were before
    the Council:

           Ann H. Shawver as the Director of Finance for the City of Roanoke for a
           term ending September 30, 2008;

           -Martha P. Franklin as the City Err~ployeerepresentative to the Personnel
           and Employment Practices Commission for a term ending June 30,
           201 1;

           Susan Koch as a member of the Roanoke Public Library Board for a
           term ending June 30,201 1;

           Ronald L. McCorkle, Jr., as a member of the Roanoke Neighborhood
           Advocates for a term commencing July 1, 2008 and ending June 30,
           2010;
       Theodore W. Adkins as a member of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan,
       Board of Trustees, for a term commencing July 1, 2008 and ending
       June 30,2010;

       James B. Lee as a City representative to the Roanoke Valley Greenway
       Commission for a term ending June 30, 201 1;

       Joseph P. Bounds as a City representative to the Court Community
       Correction Program, Regional Community Criminal Justice Board, for a
       term commencing July 1,2008, and ending June 30,201 1; and

       Aaron Ewert as a member of the Youth Services Citizen Board for a term
       ending May 31,201 1.

(See Oaths or Affirmations of Office on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

       Council Member Trinkle moved that the reports of qualification be received and
filed. -The motion was seconded by Council Member Mason and adopted by the
following vote:

     AYES: Council Members Lea, Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
Bowers-7.

       NAYS: None-0.

                                   REGULAR AGENDA

       PUBLIC HEARINGS: NONE.

       PETITIONS AND COMMUNICA-TIONS:

       JEFFERSON CENTER FOUNDATION: Burman S. Clark, former Chairman, and
Edwin C. Hall, Chairman, appeared before the Council and presented an annual update
from the Jefferson Center Foundation.

       BUDGET-JEFFERSON CENTER FOUNDATION: Burman S. Clark, former
Chairman, and Edwin C. Hall, Chairman, The Jefferson Center Foundation, expressed
appreciation to the Council for its support that enabled operation of the City-owned
Jefferson Center. Mr. Clark stated that it was a record year for the Center, with many
sell-out performances at the Shaftman Performance Hall as well as the Recital Hall. He
highlighted accomplishments over the past fiscal year and season at the Jefferson
Center.
       Mr. Hall spoke fondly about the facility, noting that the school had touched the
entire community when it was opened as a high school. He also commented that the
Foundation was planning to update and upgrade the spaces that were being leased to
certain nonprorit organizations, as well as the lobby, corridors and stairwells. Mr. Hall
indicated that with the City's support, the Foundation would be able to protect and
enhance the investment made 15 years ago; and urged the Council to vote favorably on
the proposal during the upcoming fiscal year. In closing, he presented the City with a
check from the Foundation for $10.00, which represented the annual rental fee.

(See documents and copy of video on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

      Following complimentary comments by Members of the Council, the Mayor
advised that the annual report would be received and filed.

        PROJECT DISCOVERY OF VIRGINIA-COMMITTEES-TOTAL AC1-ION
AGAINST POVERTY:           Sara W. P. Holland, City Representative, State Project
Discovery Board of Directors, presented an update regarding Project Discovery, stating
that there are 19 programs currently funded throughout the State of Virginia, and
additional funding was being sought for expansion. She further stated that the mission
of the program was to improve access to post-secondary education for minorities and
low-income youth, especially first generation college students. She indicated that
significant improvements had been made under the direction of the current Executive
Director, Jeffrey North, and a proposal had been submitted to Radford University to
obtain funding for targeted youth to participate in science, math, engineering and
technology.

        Ms. Holland recommended that the Council continue to have uninterrupted
representation on the Board of Directors of Project Discovery, Inc.; and that the Council
appoint as her successor, upon her retirement of 15 years of service, Ron Jones, the
Manager of the local Project Discovery Program for Total Action Against Poverty,
effective October 3 1, 2008.

(See copy of presentation on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

       Council Members Price and Nash commended Ms. Holland for her years of
service to her community and the encouragement she has given to Roanoke's youth.

       The Council instructed the City Clerk to contact Ms. Holland and the organization
to receive information pertaining to the City's representative's responsibilities.

      There being no further comments by the Council, the Mayor advised that the
update would be received and filed.
       COUNCIL: Mayor David A. Bowers submitted a written communication
recommending certain revisions to the City's democratic process as outlined in his letter
to the Council under date of June 26, 2008, and seeking other comments or
suggestions that may be deemed appropriate by the Council. Mayor Bowers explained
that he wanted the Council to consider his suggestions, but ultimately it would be the
decision of the Council to make any changes; and it was his intention to have the matter
set over for pubic hearing at the next regular meeting of the Council scheduled to be
held on July 21, 2008, to receive citizen comments regarding his suggestions.

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(See commur~ication file in the City Clerk's Office.)

      Chris Craft, 1501 East Gate Avenue, N. E., appeared before the Council in
support of the Mayor's suggestions, with the exception of the following two items which
he asked the Council to reconsider: (1) keeping the podium for citizens and speakers to
use, and (2) continuing the signup for speakers at the entrance to the Council Chamber.

      Council Member Mason commented that the C o ~ ~ n c i l already performing
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several items noted in his communication, i.e., the Linda Wyatt list of rules of
engagement previously adopted by the Council, and suggested that the City Attorney,
City Clerk, City Manager and Director of Finance review the Mayor's communication
and give their input prior to the July 21 meeting, if possible.

      Council Members Price and Rosen agreed with Council Mason's comments and
suggested that they be allowed to familiarize themselves with the present process; and
Council Member Price asked that the Council consider keeping the podium for
speakers.

       Council Member Trir~kle also concurred with comments made by certain
Members of Council, noting that the Mayor's proposed revisions included some viable
suggestions, but he felt the clock was used to time speakers and was necessary to
ensure fairness for input from each citizen who wants to speak, and furthermore, the
new Council Members needed time to experience the current process, and citizen input
needed to be considered. He suggested that the Council could consider each item at a
future Council meeting in August or September, and thereafter, decide where a change
could be effective.

       Council Member Nash commented that he had responded to each item of the
Mayor's communication, and thought it would be a good idea for the Council to review
the democratic process in order to gain understanding as to what the public perceptions
were, and not assume things because decades of government interaction with the
citizens needed to be reviewed, and he was looking forward to some changes. He
asked the Mayor for details regarding the proposed public process that he was
requesting; whereupon, Mayor Bowers explained that the Council could provide an
opportunity for the public to give their comments on each item as outlined in his
communication to the Council; and following the July 21 public hearing, and thereafter,
the matter could be placed on the August 4 agenda for further discussion.
I          Following discussion, the City Clerk was instructed to schedule a public hearing
    on Monday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, to
    receive citizen comments regarding some of the Council's operating procedures; and
    furthermore, the City Attorney and City Clerk were instructed to review the operating
    procedures, with input from the City Manager and Director of Finance, and report
    findings to the Council.

           At this point, Vice-Mayor Lea left the meeting (2:20 p.m.).

           REPORTS OF OFFICERS:

           ClTY MANAGER:

           BRIEFINGS: NONE

           ITEMS RECOMMENDED FOR ACTION:

           ClTY CODE-FIRE: The City Manager submitted a written report recommending
    amendment of the City Code to reflect updates adopted by the Commonwealth of
    Virginia in connection with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code.

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    (For full text, see comrr~unication file in the City Clerk's Office.)

B          Council Member Trinkle offered the following ordinance:

            (#38151-070708) AN ORDINANCE amending and reordaining Section 12-16,
    Adoption of Virqinia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, and Section 12-18, Amendments,
    Article II, Fire Prevention Code, of Chapter 12, Fire Prevention and Protection, of the
    Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), as amended; providing for an effective date; and
    dispensing with the second reading by title of this ordinance.

    (For full text of ordinance, see Ordinance Book No. 72, page 377.)

          Council Member Trinkle moved the adoption of Ordinance No. 38151-070708.
    The motion was seconded by Council Member Mason and adopted by the following
    vote:

         AYES:       Council Members Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
    Bowers-6.

           NAYS: None-0.

    (Vice-Mayor Lea was absent.)

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      CITY CODE-TRAFFIC: The City Manager subrr~itted a written report
recommending amendment of the City Code to include a $25.00 fine for failing to
properly display a disabled parking placard.

(For full text, see communication on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

       Council Member Trinkle offered the following ordinance:

        (#38152-070708) AN ORDINANCE amending Section 20-76, Parkinq spaces
reserved for persons with disabilities, Division 1, General, and Section 20-89, Penalties
for unlawful parking, Division 3, Duties of Police Officers; Penalties for Unlawful Parkinq,
Article IV, Stoppinq, Standinq and Parkinq, of Chapter 20, Motor Vehicles and Traffic,
Code of the City of Roanoke (1979), as amended in order to allow for a lesser fine for
failure to display a placard authorizing a vehicle to park in a space reserved for persons
with disabilities; and dispensing with the second reading by title of this ordinance.

(For full text of ordinance, see Ordinance Book No. 72, page 381.)

     Council Member Trinkle moved the adoption of Ordinance No. 38152-070708.
The motion was seconded by Council Member Mason.

       Council Member Rosen inquired if violators could receive a warning for the first
offense; whereupon, the City Manager replied that the authority of the City to act in the
regulation of disabled parking spaces is controlled by Section 46.2-1242, Code of
Virginia (1950), as amended, which established a $125.00 fine, and many times they
are issued to persons who can lawfully park in the designated spaces. She added that
based on the authority granted by the General Assembly, a proposed amendment to the
City Code will establish a $25.00 fine for failing to properly display the disabled parking
placard.

      There being no additional questions and/or comments by the Council Members,
Ordinance No. 38152-070708 was adopted by the following vote:

     AYES:       Council Members Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
Bowers-6.

       NAYS: None-0.

(Vice-Mayor Lea was absent.)
       DIRECTOR OF FINANCE:

      AUDlTSlFlNANCE REPORTS: The Director of Finance subrr~ittedthe Financial
Report for the month of May 2008.

(For full text, see Financial Report on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

        Ms. Shawver commented on several aspects of the Financial Report, noting that
relative to the overall economy, recent information indicates that economic activity
remains weak; tightening of credit conditions, declining consl.lmer spending, and the
deepening of the housirlg contraction continue to impact the economy; and higher
energy and food costs continue to effect consumer spending. She summarized her
remarks by stating that the overall economic growth for the first calendar quarter was
revised up to 0.9% from 0.6% growth.

       Council Member Mason asked for an update on the cigarette tax; whereupon,
Ms. Shawver stated that the cigarette tax revenue was much higher in fiscal year 2008
than in fiscal year 2007 when consumer reaction to the doubling of the rate from $.27 to
$ 5 4 negatively impacted the performance of the tax.

      There being no additional questions or comments by the Council Members,
Mayor Bowers stated that the Financial Report would be received and filed.

       REPORTS OF COMMIT-TEES:

       SCHOOLS-BUDGET: The Roanoke City School Board submitted a written
report requesting authorization to enter into temporary loan agreements with Wachovia
Bank, National Association, for ,the purpose of issuance of one or more credit cards to
the school division and a line of credit for overdraft protection; and the Director of
Finance submitted a written report recommending that Council concur in the request.

(For full text, see reports on file in the City Clerk's Office.)

       Council Member Trinkle offered the following resolution:

       (#38153-070708) A RESOLUTION authorizing the School Board to enter into
temporary loan agreements with Wachovia Bank, National Association, for the purpose
of issuance of one or more credit cards to the school division and a line of credit for
overdraft protection.

(For full text of resolution, see Resolution Book No. 72, page 384.)
     Council Member Trinkle moved the adoption of Resolution No. 38153-070708.
The motion was seconded by Vice-Mayor Lea and adopted by the following vote:

     AYES:      Council Members Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle and Mayor
Bowers-7.

      NAYS: None-0.

      UhlFlhllSHED BUSINESS: NONE.

    IN-TRODUCTION AND                CONSIDERA-I-ION        OF     ORDlNAlVCES         AND
RESOLU-TIONS: NONE.

      MOTIONS AND MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS:

       PASSENGER RAILWAY: Council Member Trinkle distributed copy of a Draft
Staff Report: Additional Information Concerning Passenger Rail Potential in Roanoke
Valley-Allegheny Metropolitan Planning Organization dated June 2008; and he
remarked that the Committee was supportive of passenger rail service returning to the
City as it could be a key link from Roanoke to Lynchburg, Virginia. He suggested that
the City participate in a public hearing, which is scheduled for Thursday, July 24, and
asked the Council to stay in the loop for this effort.

       AMPHITHEATER-COUNTRYSIDE-CITY MARKET: Mayor Bowers requested a
timetable on the amphitheater and Countryside Estates Golf Course. The City Manager
remarked that a two-hour briefing regarding the Countryside Golf Course was
scheduled for August 4 during the Council's Informal Work Session. She added that
recommended action regarding the issue would be placed on an upcoming Council
agenda. Mayor Bowers also suggested that public input be solicited regarding any
action to be taken on Co~~ntryside.  She stated that any action would be based on the
Council's direction to City staff and if the City decides to continue operation of
Countryside as a golf course for an extended period of time, a Request for Proposal
must be issued, as well as a decision about management prior to the expiration of the
current contract in October 2008. She added that City staff is seeking direction from the
Council as to the next step and timetable.

       The Mayor also requested that City crews clean up the City Market area prior to
the opening of the Arts Museum. Ms. Burcham remarked that City staff has met with Art
Museum staff on a monthly basis; and ,that VDOT crews will paint the bridges over
Williamson Road in the near future.

        HEARING OF CITIZENS UPON PUBLIC MATTERS: The Mayor advised that
Council sets this ,time as a priority for citizens to be heard and matters requiring referral
to the City Manager will be referred immediately for response, recommendation or
report to Council.
I          MISCELLANEOUS: Jerry Lee Wiggins, Sr., representing Tell the World
    Ministries, Inc., appeared before the Council and expressed concern with regard to the
    dangerous condition of the rental property which was inspected by the City prior to his
    family moving into the structure, and the dismissal of the complaint he filed in court with
    regard to the carbon monoxide build-up due to a clogged chimney.

           DISABLED PERSONS: Chris Craft, 1501 East Gate Avenue, N. E., appeared
    before the Council and spoke about the displaying of handicap placards and handicap
    parking in the downtown area.

           MISCELLANEOUS: Robert Gravely, 3360 Hersl-~berger          Road, N. W ., appeared
    before the Council and spoke with regard to the lack of leadersliip by the City.

           CITY MANAGER COMMENTS: NONE.

         At 3:50 p.m., the Mayor declared the meeting in recess for Closed Meeting, in the
    Council's Conference Room, Room 453, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building.

           At 4:40 p.m., the Council meeting was reconvened in the Council Chamber,
    Room 450, with Mayor Bowers presiding and all Members of the Council in attendance,
    with the exception of Vice-Mayor Lea.


I          COUNCIL: With the respect to the Closed Meeting just concluded, Council
    Member Mason moved that each Member of City Council certify to the best of his or her
    knowledge that: (1) only public business matters lawfully exempted from open meeting
    requirements under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act; and (2) only such public
    business matters as were identified in any motion by which any Closed Meeting was
    convened were heard, discussed or considered by City Council. The motion was
    seconded by Council Member Nash and adopted by the following vote:

         AYES:      Council Members Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle, and Mayor
    Bowers-6.

           NAYS: None-0.

    (Vice-Mayor Lea was absent.)

           OATH OF OFFICE-COMMITTEES-PENSION PLAN: The Mayor advised that
    the four-year term of office of Donna S. Johnson as the City employee representative,
    and the two-year term of office of Michael W. Hanks, as the City retiree representative
    of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan, Board of Trustees, will expire on June 30, 2008;
    whereupon, he opened the floor for nominations.
     The names of Carolyn H. Glover and Michael W. Hanks were placed in
nomination.

       There being no further nominations, Ms. Glover was appointed as the City
errlployee representative for a four-year term of office ending June 30, 2012; and Mr.
Hanks was reappointed as the City retiree representative for a two-year term of office
ending June 30, 2010, of the City of Roanoke Pension Plan, Board of Trustees, by the
following vote:

     FOR MS. GLOVER AND MR. HANKS: Council Members Mason, Nash, Price,
Rosen, Trinkle and Mayor Bowers-6.

(Vice-Mayor Lea was absent.)

       OATHS OF OFFICE-COMNIITTEES-REGIONAL VIRGINIA ALCOHOL SAFETY
AC1'ION PROGRAM POLICY BOARD: The Mayor advised that the three-year term of
office of Chief A. L. Gaskins as the City representative of the Regional Virginia Alcohol
Safety Action Program, expired on June 30, 2008; whereupon, he opened the floor for
nominations.

      The name of Deputy Police Chief B. Steven Lugar was placed in nomination.

       There being no further nominations, Police Deputy Chief Jones was appointed as
the City representative to the Regional Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program for a
term of three years ending June 30, 201 1, by the following vote:

     FOR DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF LUGAR: Council Members Mason, Nash, Price,
Rosen, Trinkle and Mayor Bowers-6.

(Vice-Mayor Lea was absent.)

       OATH      OF      OFFICE-COMMITTEE-JUVENILE          DETENTION CENTER
COMMISSION: The Mayor advised that there is a vacancy on the Roanoke Valley
Juvenile Detention Center Commission due to the resignation of Jesse A. Hall, as the
City representative of the Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center Commission, for a
term ending June 30, 2010; whereupon, he opened the floor for nominations.

       The name of Ann H. Shawver was placed in norrlination.

      There being no further nominations, Ms. Shawver was appointed as the City
representative to the Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center Commission for a term
ending June 30, 2012, by the following vote:
     FOR MS. SHAWVER: Council Members Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle
and Mayor Bowers-6.

(Vice-Mayor Lea was absent.)

      VIRGINIA MUNICIPAL LEAGUE-COMMIT-TEES: The Mayor advised that there
were vacancies on the Virginia Municipal League Transportatio~i Policy Co~iirr~ittee
created by expiration of the term of office of Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr., as a Member of
Council on June 30, 2008; and the resignation of Jesse A. Hall, as the City's
representative on the Virginia Municipal League Finance Policy Committee; whereupon,
he opened the floor for nominations.

       The names of Co~~ncil    Member David B. Trinkle to serve as the City's
representative on the Virginia Municipal League Transportation Policy Committee; and
Ann H. Shawver as the City's representative on the Virginia Municipal League Finance
Policy Committee, were placed in nornination.

      There being no further nominations, Council Member Trinkle was appointed as
the City's representative to the Virginia Municipal League Transportation Policy
Committee; and Ms. Shawver was appointed as the City's representative to the Virginia
Municipal League Finance Policy Committee, by the following vote:

     FOR COUNCIL NIEMBER TRINKLE AND MS. SHAWVER: Council Members
Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle and Mayor Bowers-6.

(Vice-Mayor Lea was absent.)

       OATHS OF OFFICE-COMMITTEES-FIRE DEPARTMENT: The Mayor advised
that the four-year term of office of E. L. Noell as a member of the Board of Fire Appeals
expired on June 30, 2008; whereupon, he opened the floor for nominations.

      The name of E. L. Noell was placed in nomination.

       There being no further nominations, Mr. Noell was reappointed as a member of
the Board of Fire Appeals for a term of four years ending June 30, 2012, by the
following vote:
      FOR NIR. NOELL: Council Members Mason, Nash, Price, Rosen, Trinkle and
Mayor Bowers-6.

(Vice-Mayor Lea was absent.)

       OATHS OF OFFICE-COMMITTEES-PERSONNEL: The Mayor advised that the
three-year terms of office of Curtis E. Mills and Letitia A. Smith as members of the
Personnel and Employment Practices Commission expired on June 30, 2008;
whereupon, he opened the floor for nominations.

      The names of Curtis E. Mills and Letitia A. Smith were placed in nomination.

       There being no further nominations, Mr. Mills and Ms. Smith were reappointed as
members of the Personnel and Err~ployment       Practices Commission for terms of three
years, each, ending June 30, 201 1, by the following vote:

     FOR MR. MILLS AND MS. SMITH:             Council Members Mason, Nash, Price,
Rosen, Trinkle and Mayor Bowers-6.

(Vice-Mayor Lea was absent.)

        ROANOKE ARTS COMMISSION: The Mayor advised that the three-year terms
of office of Douglas C. Jackson, and Frank Eastburn as members of the Roanoke Arts
Commission expired on June 30, 2008; whereupon, he opened the floor for
nominations.

     The names of Douglas C. Jackson and Frank Eastburn were placed in
nomination.

      There being no further nominations, Messrs. Jackson and Eastburn were
reappointed as members of the Roanoke Arts Commission for a term of three years,
each, ending June 30, 201 1, by the following vote:

       FOR MESSRS. JACKSON AND EASTBLIRN: Council Members Mason, Nash,
Price, Rosen, Trinkle and Mayor Bowers-6.

(Vice-Mayor Lea was absent.)

       ROAIVOKE ARTS COMMISSION: Inasmuch as Susan Egbert is a non-City
resident and was reappointed as a member of the Roanoke Arts Commission at the
regular meeting of Council held on June 16, 2008, the City residency requirement was
waived in this instance.
       COMMITTEES-HOUSING AU-THORITY: The City Clerk was instructed to
advertise the three upcoming vacancies on the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing
Authority, Board of Commissioners, for terms of four years, each, commencing
September 1, 2008 and ending August 30, 2012, with a deadline for receipt of
applications on Friday, August 1, 2008.

      There being no further business, the Mayor declared the Council meeting
adjourned at 4:43 p.m.

                               APPROVED

ATTEST:



.~tephanie Moon
            M.        1                               David A. Bowers
 City Clerk                                                 Mayor

								
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