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Mar 15

City Council Recap

Posted on March 15, 2017 at 8:13 AM by Communications Department

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City Council Recap

At last night’s meeting, City Council appropriated more than $21.7 million for the following projects:
- $175,000 for training and equipment purchases for the Police Department. These funds are from the Criminal Justice Training Academy fees which are collected by the Clerks of Courts. A fee of $5.00 is assessed on allowable court cases, and the funds are to be used to send sworn and civilian Police Department employees to specialized training and to purchase equipment.
- $661,245 for parks projects. These funds, from the Parks and Recreation Category of this year’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) allow the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism to undertake projects in several city parks including:
o Replacing a group picnic shelter at Newport News Park;
o Resurfacing multiple tennis courts at King-Lincoln Park, Huntington Parks and other locations;
o Completing baseball dugout at Anderson Park;
o Replacing the electronic timing system at Brittingham-Midtown Aquatic Center;
o Refurbishing/replacing select athletic field light/poles; and
o Installing remote lighting controls at Huntington Parks Tennis Center.
- $3,600,000 for Waterworks project in upper York County. This project involves the construction of approximately 18,900 linear feet of 24-inch diameter water main and approximately 244 linear feet of 16-inch diameter water main from Waller mill Road to Ashby Park Drive in York County. These monies are from the self-supporting Waterworks Fund of the current CIP and project costs are consistent with estimates contained in the CIP.
- $17,325,688 for seven transportation projects throughout the City. These projects are through the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Revenue Sharing Program and require at least a 50/50 city/state match. The projects are Atkinson Boulevard, Jefferson Avenue Streetscape, Habersham Drive extension, Lake Maury Bridge Replacement, Warwick Boulevard at Bland Boulevard, Hogan Drive Extension, and Independence Boulevard project. $8,662,844 is from the VDOT program, $76,901 from private developer contributions, $7,935,943 from the Streets and Bridges Category of the CIP and $650,000 from the Stormwater Drainage Category of the CIP.

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, March 28th. 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.