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Nov 23

City Council Recap

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 9:34 AM by Communications Department

Day Service Center for the Homeless

At a work session held yesterday afternoon, City Council was presented a proposal to submit an application to the Department of Health and Human Services to lease, at no cost to the City, the former Marine Reserve Center on Warwick near Mercury to use as a Day Service Center for the homeless. It is estimated that 1100 individuals in Newport News experience homelessness each year. A Day Service Center would provide access to basic human needs like showers and laundry facilities, health services, training opportunities, housing assistance, and more. The City would contract with an operator to run the center. A resolution of support for the application will be on the agenda for the next regular City Council (Dec. 13 ) and the lease application will be submitted by Dec. 19.

Downtown Reimagined
Yesterday afternoon City Council was presented with a concept for a reimagined downtown.  Consultants showed the council through renderings and video a Downtown Urban Design Vision, with the themes of water, connectivity, history and opportunity. Look for more details on the Downtown Urban Design Vision in a future edition of Newport News Now

Community Survey
Also at yesterday’s work session, council discussed the results of the Community Survey that was conducted earlier this year. The survey showed that as a global measure almost 90% of Newport News residents were satisfied with the quality of City services and with the customer service they receive from City employees. An upcoming edition of Newport News Now will have more information on the results of the survey.

Laser Tag approved at DW Shopping Center
City Council approved a conditional use permit for Tagtime Laser Tag to operate in DW Shopping Center at the intersection of Denbigh and Warwick boulevards. According to the application "Tagtime will offer its customers an intense form of recreation and team building that utilizes the latest generation in tactical laser equipment with taggers that are modeled after and use advanced technology developed and adapted from military training equipment." Tagtime will occupy 18,000 square feet of space and will be located in Suite 420.

Virginia Department of Health Services
Every year the City of Newport News enters into an agreement with the Virginia Department of Health that identifies the specific services that the Peninsula Health District will provide to the City for public health. City Council last night approved the annual agreement that outlines the responsibilities of each party and the cost to the City. The Health District’s budget is funded through generated revenue and funds contributed by the state and each of the five participating jurisdictions - Newport News, Williamsburg, Poquoson, James City County and York County. The City of Newport News’ share of the cost of services provided by the Peninsula Health District is $2,028,517.

Emergency Response Equipment Donated
City Council accepted a donation from Newport News Shipbuilding of $113,103 in emergency response equipment. The equipment is for Newport News Fire Department to enhance response capabilities to hazardous chemical incidents and other emergencies. NNFD works closely with the Shipyard’s fire department during emergency operations.

Other Actions
All other agenda items were approved by City Council, 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, December 13th. 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.