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Jun 28

City Council Meeting Recap

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 9:12 AM by Communications Department

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City Council Meeting Recap

Sister Cities anniversaries recognized

City Council adopted resolutions last night recognizing anniversaries with two of Newport News’ Sister Cities. This year marks the 10th anniversary of a Sister City relationship with Greifswald, Germany and the 35th anniversary of Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan being a Sister City with Newport News. These relationships support the mission of Sister Cities of Newport News which is to build and strengthen international cooperation, understanding and development between the citizens of the City of Newport News and those of the world. Newport News also has a Sister City relationship with Taizhou, Jiangsu, China and Friendship City relationships with ZiYang, Sichuan, China and Saint-Nazaire, France.

Taxicab ordinance amended to allow discounted fares for military
City Council voted to amend the Newport News City Code to allow taxicab companies to offer discounted fares to members of the military. Taxicab fare rates are established by City Council and outlined in the City Code. The Code allowed companies to offer reduced rates of fare to elderly and handicapped passengers. This amendment, requested by taxicab drivers through the Taxi Advisory Board, goes into effect July 1, 2017.

One City Marathon management to transition to a nonprofit
At its afternoon work session yesterday, City Council was briefed on and agreed with a proposal to move the Newport News One City Marathon from being managed by the City to being managed by a nonprofit organization. Through the International City/County Management Association, a team of local government professionals from across the country looked at the current city-run model, identified and analyzed other models for running similar large events and recommended that Newport News transition to a nonprofit model over a two year transition period. The nonprofit would plan this signature event every year while maintaining the marathon’s goals of promoting community pride and unity, encouraging healthy lifestyles and gaining greater exposure for Newport News. The 2018 One City Marathon Weekend takes place March 2-4, 2018.

Other Actions
All items on last night’s regular City Council meeting agenda were approved, and the entire Council meeting can be viewed on-demand.

Next Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Newport News City Council will be Tuesday, July 11. City Council typically meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm in City Council Chambers, City Hall, 2400 Washington Avenue. Meetings are shown live on the City's Cable Channel NNTV (Cox Ch 48/Verizon Ch 19) and are streamed live on City Council meetings are also available to be watched on-demand the day following the meeting. Oftentimes City Council holds work sessions in the 10th floor conference room of City Hall in the afternoon before the regular meetings. Work sessions are open to the public. Agendas for work sessions and regular meetings are available online in the Agenda Center the Friday before the meeting.