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Oct 26

City Council Recap

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 8:38 AM by Communications Department

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Recommended Capital Improvements Plan
At a work session held yesterday afternoon, City Council received the City Manager’s Recommended FY 2018 – FY 2022 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). The CIP is the City’s five-year plan that establishes both a schedule and a funding strategy for high-priority capital projects and equipment purchases. The total recommended CIP across all funds for the five years is $577.8 million. City Council will review, discuss, and make changes to the recommended CIP during November and December, and it is expected that Council will adopt a plan in January. Once adopted, the CIP becomes a schedule of capital spending commitments for the initial year (FY 2018) and a plan for capital investments for the subsequent four years (FY 2019-2022). The CIP is updated and revised each year. The entire recommended CIP is available online, and more details regarding the plan will be in an upcoming edition of Newport News Now.

Acquisition of Property
The City Manager was authorized by City Council to acquire several properties and/or utility easements for two large projects – the Atkinson Boulevard extension project and the Newport News Transportation Center Project. Funding for the acquisitions is available through previously appropriated State and Federal funds. The Atkinson Boulevard project includes construction of a four-lane divided roadway, 1,600-foot bridge over I-64 and the railroad tracks, a shared use path, streetlights, landscaping, underground utilities, and improvements to the intersections at Jefferson Avenue and Warwick Boulevard. The property needed for the Transportation Center project will be used to accommodate a retaining wall and water line relocation, and to facilitate the construction of an Amtrak maintenance facility adjacent to Sluice Mill Pond.

Rental Inspection Program
City Council adopted an ordinance identifying a Residential Rental Inspection District that generally encompasses the area of the City south of 39th Street. The State allows localities to create Residential Rental Dwelling Inspection Districts when it has been determined that (1) action is necessary to promote public health and safety; (2) the targeted rental housing is blighted and deteriorating; and (3) inspection is necessary to maintain safe, decent and sanitary living conditions. The area was selected based on research and available information that shows this section of Newport News in particular has a disproportionately larger share of rental properties that are in poor condition and are further deteriorating. Once implemented, rental properties will be required to be inspected on a regular basis, inside and outside, for building code violations. Other localities in the area that already have Rental Inspection Programs include Williamsburg, Hampton, and Norfolk.

Appropriations

$324,000 was appropriated for the Deep Creek shoreline Restoration project at Menchville Marina. Half of the funds are from a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) grant and half are from the 2016 Capital Improvements Plan. The current shoreline is eroding and this project includes construction of a stone sill, vegetated marsh area, and a buffer with natural vegetation along the banks. Council also appropriated $1,848,300 for the Richneck Area Regional Water Quality and Flood Control project, which consists of the construction of a stormwater retention pond for runoff in the Stoney Run Watershed. This will replace an existing embankment with an undersized outfall pipe and will reduce flooding in the surrounding area. Funding for the project comes from a DEQ grant ($568,240) and from private develop contributions ($1,280,060).

Other Actions
All other agenda items were approved by City Council, and the entire Council meeting can be viewed on-demand.

Next Meeting
The City Council meeting regularly scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th has been canceled in recognition of the Presidential Election.
The next regular meeting of the Newport News City Council will be Tuesday, November 22nd.  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 www.nnva.gov/nntv. 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.