Monday, December 10, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Docket Review. Much discussion about the granting of tax exempt status to local nonprofits. The recipients of tax exempt status included James River Apartments [2 properties assessed at $720,000 for $8640 in annual relief], Good Samaritan Ministries, Ltd. [2 properties assessed at $1,134,600 for $28,276 in annual relief], Cary Street DFIND, LLC [2 properties assess at $356,300 for $7980 in annual relief], FIND, Inc. [1 property assessed at $477,000 for $5724 in annual relief], Chestnut Hill Apartments, LLC [1 property assessed at $221,000 for $2652 in annual relief], The Byrd Theatre Foundation [1 property assessed at $1,250,000 for $15,000 in annual relief], Cherokee Hill of Richmond, Inc. [1 property assessed at $369,000 for $4,428 in annual relief], Boaz and Ruth, Inc. [9 properties -- More time is needed to calculate, attachments with the Ordinance are incomplete], Bliley Manor, Inc. [1 property assessed at $399,000 for $4788 in annual relief], and Friends of East End Day Care, LLC. [1 property assessed at $2,680,000 for $32,160 in annual relief].
[1:51:35] Urban Hens Presentation from Keith Rogers, Assistant to CAO Byron Marshall, and formerly of the City Clerk's Office.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
GRTC and Transit Study Task Force - 2012 July 12 - Richmond, Virginia from Silver Persinger.
The Task Force held its regular monthly meeting at 4:00 PM on Thursday, July 12 at the Department of Economic Development's offices located on the third floor of Main Street Station.
The first order of business was the approval of minutes from two previous meetings. Scott Burger asked that the minutes be amended to reflect him asking about additional members for the Task Force. The amendment was adopted and the minutes were approved. [0:23]
The largest part of the meeting was a presentation from Stephen McNally, GRTC Project Administrator about the process for the site selection for a Transfer Center located in the downtown area located between 14th, Belvidere, Leigh, and Canal. [1:50]
[41:28] Montigue Magruder from the User Services Subcommittee gave a report of their last meeting.
[52:16] Jack Berry [Richmond Convention & Visitors Center] talked about the recent event Paralyzed Veterans Wheelchair Games, then discussed a June 26 meeting with Bob Crum from the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission.
[56:00] Miscellaneous Discussion
Monday, July 9, 2012
Formal Meeting 2012 July 9 - Richmond City Council - Richmond, Virginia from Silver Persinger on Vimeo.
Very interesting meeting. I began recording about 35 minutes after the meeting began. The video begins with the Citizen Comment Period. Teddy Parham was the first speaker [0:17]. In an unprecedented move, President Kathy Graziano [4th District] called a 5 minute recess when Teddy would not stop talking even after they cut her mic. Scott Burger talked about the high charge of the minimum water rate in the City [21:53].
President Graziano tried to cut off Councilman Marty Jewell [15:02] which he did not appreciate. The two had another tussle when Mr. Jewell was asking clarifying questions of Scott Burger [28:15].
[30:18] Robert "Bob" Stiedel, Direct of Public Utilities, spoke to the Council about the Water Utility
[42:22] Amend and Continue, Item 6, Ord. 2012-103 -- the digital signal started breaking up while the clerk was reading the amendments. [45:10] Mr. Bruce Tyler noted he had a conflict of interest on the paper and would not participate in the vote or discussion.
[46:15] Consent Agenda. Tyler abstain from Item 5, Ord. 2012-102, because of a Conflict of Interest [51:32].
[52:28] Expedited Resolutions. 2012-R100 and 2012-R101.
[55:07] Approval of Minutes
[56:00] Reports and Announcements. Many Council members lamented the loss of Council regular and active community member Ruby Turner.
Doug Conner [56:07]
Charles Samuels [58:34]
Chris Hilbert [1:00:14]
Marty Jewell [1:04:48]
Cynthia Newbille [1:08:02]
Reva Trammell [1:09:43]
Bruce Tyler [1:16:30]
Ellen Robertson [1:18:41]
[1:25:14] Additional comments from Tyler, Hilbert, and Trammell
Kathy Graziano [1:28:03]
[1:29:23] Introduction of New Papers Meeting End Time: 8:20 PM
[1:37:45] Comments from Dick Harmon
Monday, May 14, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
2012 March 5 • Organizational Development Committee - Entire Meeting • Richmond, Virginia from Silver Persinger.
Richmond City Council's Organizational Development meeting began at 5:04 PM. All Council members were present for the entire meeting. This video ends when the body moved to go to closed session to discuss the appointment of a RRHA commissioner.
The meeting opened with a presentation from Interim Deputy Chief of Staff Steve Taylor [formerly, Council Policy Advisor] and Deputy City Clerk Jean Capel reporting the results of their research into combining the positions of City Clerk and Council's Chief of Staff. Their recommendation was to keep the positions separate. Though it was not stated explicitly in the meeting, I realized that City Clerk Lou Ali will become the Council's Chief of Staff and the Council will need to hire a new City Clerk.
[32:18] City Attorney Allen Jackson requested that the deadline for submitting requests for legislation be moved from 12 noon on Wednesday before the Monday Formal Meeting to the end of the day on two Fridays before the Formal Meeting. He said that this would provide his office with an additional half day and allow the Council members ample time to review the legislation and make any desired changes, prior to its introduction.
Introducing Bob Zullo • Times-Dispatch's latest Council Beat Reporter • Richmond, Virginia from Silver Persinger.
Before the Organizational Development Committee went into closed session, Michael Martz from the Richmond Times-Dispatch (who has been filling in since reporter Will Jones left) introduced Robert "Bob" Zullo as the new Council beat reporter. Martz said Zullo had spent the last five years in Louisiana.
A brief google query turns up that he was recently writing for houmatoday.com He was City Editor for The Courier and Daily Comet in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes in Louisiana. Today was his first day.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Richmond City Council • 2012 Feb. 27 • Entire Formal Meeting from Silver Persinger.
At this meeting Council approved Bruce Tyler's [1st District] resolution to appoint a member of Council to the Capitol Region Airport Commission. [9:00] The vote was 5 - 3. Doug Conner was absent, against Hilbert, Jewell, and Graziano.
Citizen Comment Period [37:30]
Irene Feltner spoke on bus route concerns.
Elizabeth Fraizer, owner of the Richmond Raiders, gave an update on the team.
Benony Tony Amekudzi spoke on "General Comments."
Informal Session - Convention Center / 2nd Street Connector / Unassigned Fund Balance / Budget Timeline / Docket Review
Part 1/2 - 2012 Feb. 27 • Convention Center/ 2nd St. Connector • Informal Session • Richmond, Virginia from Silver Persinger.
Richmond City Council's Informal Session began at 3:14 PM.
Jack Berry, President & CEO of the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors' Bureau showed a 4 minute, $150,000 video that had recently been produced and gave Council an update about the Convention Center. [0:55]
Jeannie Welliver, Project Development Manager, discussed the proposed 2nd Street Connector. [20:00]
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Formal Meeting 2012 Feb. 13 • Richmond City Council • Richmond, Virginia from Silver Persinger.
There was not much substance at Monday's meeting. I arrived 5 minutes late, missing the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. A summary of the meeting, as well as the Informal Session, should be posted over the weekend. In the meanwhile, you can watch the video.
Entire Informal Session 2012 Feb. 13 • Richmond City Council • Richmond, Virginia from Silver Persinger.
The Informal Session opened with Docket Review at 3:15 PM [0:35].
Dr. Carolyn Graham, Deputy CAO of Human Services, gave an update on the Juvenile Justice Center [3:10]. She discussed corrective actions that had been taken to address issues raised by a recent City audit and the Commonwealth. Issues included repairing defective door locks, reactivating intercoms, installing 32 new cameras, installing a new server, a camera recording system and new monitors, correcting water pressure, distributing hair brushes to female residents, TB testing for staff and staff training, replacing chairs, "no evidence of bed bugs found," and the medical mismanagement of child "unfounded."
[13:40] Charles Samuels [2nd Distict] for several minutes asked questions related to the medical management and was not satisfied with Dr. Graham's responses. A girl made an initial complaint in February 2011 and Mr. Samuels alleged that the treatment was not given until November/December. Dr. Graham disputed that claim with information from a report. Then Mr. Samuels pursued a line a questioning about hair brushes [20:00]. Then Mr. Samuels asked about bug bites [21:45]. He also asked about the replacement of 35 mattresses and a "funny question" about the use of anti-itch cream to treat acne.
[23:58] Ellen Robertson [6th District] asked if any resident has filed a complaint. Dr. Graham said that no complaints had been filed.
[26:10] Marty Jewell [5th District] asked about timelines for work completion, the intercom system, and the door locks. 39 youths are currently in the facility and capacity is 60.
[38:00] Review of Council Priorities.