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Sep 13

City Council Meeting Recap

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 10:08 AM by Communications Department

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Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board Contract
Newport News City Council approved a performance contract for the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board for the fiscal year. Newport News contributes $1,523,521 to the board’s current fiscal year $69.6 million budget. The Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board provides behavioral health services to residents of the cities of Hampton and Newport News, offering a comprehensive array of programs for both children and adults who are living with mental illness, developmental disabilities and/or substance use disorders.

Newport News Arts Commission Grants
Almost $160,000 in grants from the Newport News Arts Commission to nonprofit arts related organizations throughout the City were approved last night by City Council. The nonprofits offer programming  to citizens in the areas of dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, and visual and related arts activities. Organizations submitted applications in May which were reviewed by the Arts Commission and evaluated according to established criteria. Thirty-four grants are being awarded this year ranging from $500 to $22,000 to provide support for either the general operation of the organization or for special projects.

Appropriations approved
The following appropriations were approved by City Council at last night’s meeting:
  • $22,000 for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office – This appropriation from the Asset Forfeiture Fund is for computer supplies and software and a laptop. Asset Forfeiture Funds are funds transferred to the Commonwealth’s Attorney as a result of officers participating in state and federal criminal cases where the defendant’s assets are seized.
  • $300,000 for emergency generators – This appropriation from the Public Buildings category of the Capital Improvements Plan is for the replacement and upkeep of emergency generators at various City buildings. These funds are for projects at locations such as a fire station, detention facility, maintenance building, radio tower, and key traffic intersections among others.
  •  $404,627 for renovations to the Seafood Industrial Park – These funds are from a Virginia Port Authority Aid To Local Ports program grant and will be used to repair and modify existing mooring facilities, including the Outer Harbor Pier and Dolphins, within the Seafood Industrial Park. The grant requires a local match of $134,876, which will come from prior project appropriations. The project will result in increased capacity in the park.
  •  $619,833 for sidewalks in Oakland Industrial Park – The City successfully competed for and secured federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) improvement funds to construct improvements to pedestrian and bicycle sidewalks, railroad crossings, handicap ramps, and vehicle entrances to encourage alternate transportation methods by residents. $584,883 of the funds are from the CMAQ grant with the remaining $35,000 from contributions the City received from the developer of a parcel in Oakland specifically for the construction of a sidewalk.
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 Thursday, September 26. 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.