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City Council will meet Tuesday, Oct. 4, in a business session at 7 p.m., followed by a work session. Both sessions are open to the public.
The business session will be held in the Council Chambers on the fourth floor of the Municipal Building, which is located at 427 Patton St.
The work session will be held on the same floor, but across the hall in the Council Conference Room. In work sessions, Council reviews non-routine matters that will be voted upon in future business meetings.
Both sessions are open to the public.
During the business session, City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to approve a moral obligation agreement for renovation of the Cyber Park facility that will be used by Overfinch North America for vehicle engineering, design and enhancement. The renovation is estimated to cost up to $500,000.
The Industrial Development Authority has agreed to renovate the facility for Overfinch. American National Bank & Trust has agreed to loan the money to the IDA for the renovation. By approving the moral obligation agreement, City Council would acknowledge that it has a duty to repay the loan in the event the IDA fails to repay it.
Overfinch has a lease-purchase agreement for the Cyber Park facility located at 500 Stinson Drive. The lease rate will cover the loan payments to American National Bank & Trust for both the original purchase of the property and this renovation.
City Council also is scheduled to vote on several other matters:
• Amending the City’s budget to provide for receipt of U.S. Department of Agriculture funds to offset food service operation cots at W.W. Moore Jr. Detention Home. It is projected the City will receive $45,333. The amount of funds received may be more or less depending on changes in the daily population.• Amending the City’s budget to provide for receipt of a highway safety grant for $10,825. The grant will be used to pay for overtime personnel for enforcement at driving under the influence and license checkpoints and to purchase field breath testing units.• Amending the City’s budget to provide for receipt of a highway safety grant for $10,939. The grant will provide overtime pay for police officers for the enforcement of speeding ordinances and for a radar & Lidar equipment purchase.• Amending the City’s budget to provide for receipt of a highway safety grant for $5,760. The grant will provide overtime pay for police officers for the enforcement of safety belt and child safety seat violations.• Amending the City’s budget to provide for receipt of a $21,605 grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The grant will be used to purchase equipment and software for the fingerprinting and photographing of juveniles convicted or adjudicated delinquent of certain offenses. The system that is currently in use by the Danville Sheriff’s Office to fingerprint/photograph juveniles post adjudication is outdated, limited in its functionality and not capable of capturing photographs.• Amending the City’s budget to provide for receipt of a $25,000 grant from the Danville Regional Foundation. The grant will be used to plan well-connected and meaningful open spaces in the River District. Open spaces can be public plazas, alleyways, vacant lots or natural areas.• Appointing Jonathan T. Hackworth as a member of the River District Design Commission.• Reappointing Courtney Nicholas as a member of the River District Design Commission,• Reappointing Bryce Simmons as a member of the West Piedmont Planning District Commission.• Reappointing Geary H. Davis and Tia Yancey as members of the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority.• Approving a resolution to deny a special use permit to operate an outdoor car wash in the parking lot of Denim Stax at 234 North Union St. The Planning Commission voted 5-0 earlier this month to recommend denial of the permit. A public hearing will precede the vote.• Rezoning 212 Murphy Circle to allow the Stokesland site of Moseley Memorial United Methodist Church to use the building for community services operated by nonprofit organizations. The Planning Commission voted 5-0 earlier this month to recommend denial of the permit. A public hearing will precede the vote. • Adopting an ordinance to grant a tax exemption for the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. A public hearing will precede the vote.
In addition to these votes, City Council has first readings on three following matters:
• Amending the City’s budget to provide for receipt of nearly $1.2 million from the Virginia Department of Transportation to install a storm water drainage system along Patton Street, continue street and sidewalk improves along Craghead Street, and perform street improvements along Lockett Drive and Beech Avenue.• Amending the City’s budget to provide for receipt of $450,000 from the Virginia Department of Transportation to resurface South Boston Road.• Amending the City’s budget to provide for receipt of $45,000 from the Virginia Department of Transportation to install flashing left turn yellow arrows in several high accident intersections. These flashing arrows have been used across the country for several years and have been shown to reduce left turn incidents.
A first reading is an introductory step required by City code before certain matters can be voted upon by City Council. This step serves to provide public notice of pending action. Council cannot vote on these matters Tuesday. The earliest vote that can take place will be the Oct. 18 City Council meeting.
For the work session, City Council will review a proposal to extend the time period for recovering electric power supply costs, increase the power cost adjustment cap, and lower the power cost adjustment balance by writing off $4 million.
In addition to the business and work sessions, a special session will be held at 5:30 p.m. for consultation with legal counsel. This session will be closed to the public as allowed by state law.
River City TV, the city’s government access channel, will air the business session. Watch it live on cable (Comcast channel 10 and Gamewood channel 122) or streaming on the River City TV Facebook page and the city's YouTube channel – DanvilleVaGov.
River City TV does not air work sessions, but they are open to the public.