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Aug 09

City Council Meeting Recap

Posted on August 9, 2017 at 9:13 AM by Communications Department

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Seafood Industrial Park Lease Renewal
City Council approved a 20-year renewal for Fairlead Boatworks’ lease of Parcel 8A in the Seafood Industrial Park. Their current lease has been in place since October 1997. Fairlead provides quality in and out of the water repair and maintenance services for ocean-going trawlers and other industrial vessels frequenting the park as well as government vessels. Fairlead has recently been awarded a contract with Huntington Ingalls to fabricate heave lift platforms for the Newport News Shipyard. Fabrication of these platforms will take place on this parcel and Fairlead plans to expand operations on Parcel 8A, as well as its main shipyard in the Seafood Industrial Park on Parcels 12 and 16. 

Bond Approval For Riverside 
Riverside and its affiliates requested and received approval from City Council for the Newport News Industrial Development Authority to issue up to $50,000,000 in tax-exempt bonds for their benefit to finance a portion of various capital projects throughout the Riverside Health System. These include renovation, construction and equipping projects at Riverside Regional Medical Center, the Gardens of Warwick Forest, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester and Riverside Tappahannock Hospital in Essex County. The issuance of the bonds does not obligate the City or the IDA to pay the bonds or the interest on the bonds, nor does it constitute a debt or a pledge of the faith and credit of the City or IDA. 

Ivy Tower Bond Approval
City Council also granted approval for the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority to issue up to $16,000,000 in tax-exempt bonds for the benefit of Ivy Tower Associates. The bonds will be used to finance the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and equipping of the 140-unit apartment complex located at 700 Waterfront Circle. Council approved the bond issuance last September, but because the developer was not able to close on the property within 12 months of Council’s approval, IRS regulations requires that the project go through the public hearing and jurisdictional approval process again. As with the Riverside bonds, this does not obligate the City or the NNRHA to pay the bonds or the interest on the bonds, nor does it constitute a debt or a pledge of the faith and credit of the City or housing authority. 

Appropriations approved
The following appropriations were approved by City Council at last night’s meeting:
$150,000 for equipment and software for Police – This appropriation from the Asset Forfeiture Fund is for replacement rifles for the Tactical Operations Unit, additional radios for patrol officers and software to enhance NNPD’s Records Management System. Asset Forfeiture Funds are funds transferred to the Police Department as a result of officers participating in state and federal criminal cases where the defendant’s assets are seized. This appropriation leaves a balance of $346,671 in that fund.
$301,937 for vehicles – These funds are for the purchase of replacement Police and Bulk Waste vehicles. This is in accordance with the multi-year replacement program that allows for the city to replace vehicles that have been removed from service due to major component failures or total loss accidents.
$550,250 for stormwater projects – This appropriation from the Stormwater Drainage category of the current Capital Improvements Plan will fund two projects. $350,250 is for ditch maintenance on I-64 between J. Clyde Morris Boulevard and the Hampton City line to reduce property flooding within the interstate drainage ditches and for the residents in the Beechlake Estates subdivision and $200,000 is to increase existing drainage system capacity along Tack Court off Old Fort Eustis Boulevard.
$2,531,737 for traffic signal improvements – The City successfully competed for and secured federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) improvement funds from the Virginia Department of Transportation for upgrades to the Citywide Intelligent Transportation System. These upgrades will allow the City’s traffic signal and information systems to keep pace with technological advancements and provide for the efficient movement of traffic throughout the City. The total cost of the project is $2,831,737, with $300,00 previously appropriated by Council in December. This grant does not require any local match.

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, September 12. 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.