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Feb 14

City Council Meeting Recap

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 10:02 AM by Communications Department

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FY2018 CIP Bond Authorization

At last night’s meeting, City Council approved the FY2018 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) Bond Authorization in the amount of $82,825,000 that allows staff to sell bonds when necessary to begin projects identified in the plan. That amount includes approximately $34 million in previous year projects that have not yet been appropriated. Council will still have to approve individual project appropriations before work begins. The $82.8 million covers projects in the following categories:

                                Community Development - $45,395,000
                                Equipment - $650,000
                                Parks and Recreation - $1,665,000
                                Public Buildings - $1,885,000
                                Schools - $8,020,000
                                Sewer Rehabilitation - $5,150,000
                                Stormwater Drainage - $10,845,000
                                Streets and Bridges - $9,215,000

VDOT Funds for Pedestrian Improvement Projects
City Council also voted to approve an agreement and appropriate $1 million in VDOT funds for citywide pedestrian improvements. The city successfully competed for federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds to support various projects at signalized intersections with improvements such as handicap ramps, crosswalks, and pedestrian signals. The 

Parks and Recreation Improvements

CIP funds in the amount of $1,045,000 were appropriated for the several major park and recreation facility repair and replacement projects to address public safety, usability and access issues.  The projects include: replacing two picnic shelters at Newport News Park; addressing deteriorating roadway and parking lot issues at Deer Park, Newport News Park and Huntington Park Boat Ramp; installing mini-picnic shelters and completing and implementing a trail design plan for Stoney Run Park; upgrading athletic field lighting at Deer Park’s Monfalcone Field; upgrading/installing security cameras at various community centers and park locations; and performing restroom and playground renovations at various city parks.

Stormwater Drainage Improvements
Additionally, City Council appropriated $5,505,000 from the Stormwater Drainage category of the CIP for the design and construction of various drainage improvements in Christopher Shores, Country Club Road, Riverside Drive and Central Parkway, Sluice Mill Pond, Village Green Pump Station, Thalia/Sadler Drive, and Main Street.

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, February 24. 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.