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  • NOVEMBER 25, 2013 FRANKLIN CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

    AGENDA

    FRANKLIN CITY COUNCIL MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013 CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS 207 W. SECOND AVENUE

    7:00 P.M. REGULAR MEETING

    CALL TO ORDER. . . . MAYOR RAYSTINE D. JOHNSON-ASHBURN PLEASE TURN OFF CELL PHONES . . MAYOR RAYSTINE D. JOHNSON-ASHBURN INVOCATION . . . . . . . . . . . WARD 5 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    CITIZENS TIME: Don Goldberg, Board Member Western Tidewater Free Clinic AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA 1.

    A. Minutes from October 21, 2013 Regular City Council Meeting & CONSENT AGENDA

    Minutes from October 28, 2013 (Separate file) B. Special Recognition: Barbara Meese, The Childrens Center Resolution C. Special Recognition: Effie King, Civic Volunteer - Proclamation D. October, 2013 Departmental Reports (separate file)

    2. A. Financial Report October, 2013

    FINANCE

    B. Police Equipment Capital Budget Transfer 3.

    A. Franklin Redevelopment & Housing Authority Update Philip Page, Executive Director OLD/NEW BUSINESS

    B. Public Hearing: Madison Street Area CDBG Grant C. Utility Billing & Collections Policy Recommendations D. City Managers Report

    VDLP Opt-out Recommendation Regional Library Contract Funding Formula Request

    4. COUNCIL/STAFF REPORTS ON BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

    5. CLOSED SESSION

    I move that the Franklin City Council meet in closed session to consider appointments to boards and commissions as permitted by Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711 (A) (1).

    Motion Upon Returning to Open Session

    : I move that the only matters discussed during the session were those lawfully exempted from open meeting requirements and identified in the motion by which the closed session was convened.

    6.

    ADJOURN

  • NOVEMBER 25, 2013 FRANKLIN CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

    UPCOMING ITEMS TO BE SCHEDULED

    The items below are intended to be reflective, and not inclusive of all subjects staff is working on to bring forward to City Council in the next two months. Both the time lines and subject matter are subject to change and should not be considered final. SUBJECT

    TENTATIVE TIME LINE

    Police Department Report (Work Session) December 16, 2013 Personnel Policies Review Including PTO, Health & Disability Insurance TBA 2014 Council Retreat TBA

  • NOVEMBER 25, 2013 FRANKLIN CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

    CONSENT AGENDA

    A. Minutes from October 21, 2013 Regular City Council Meeting & Minutes from October 28, 2013 Regular City Council (Separate File) B. Special Recognition: Barbara Meese, The Childrens Center - Resolution C. Special Recognition: Effie King, Civic Volunteer - Proclamation D. October 2013 Departmental Reports (separate file)

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    Minutes of the October 21, 2013 Called City Council Meeting Related to Council Authority Regarding the School Board and School Issues

    A called meeting of the Franklin City Council was called to order by Mayor Johnson-Ashburn at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Council Members in Attendance: Raystine D. Johnson-Ashburn, Mayor; Barry Cheatham, Vice-Mayor; Greg McLemore, Benny Burgess, Mary Hilliard, and Mona Murphy (Councilman Don Blythe absent). Staff in Attendance: Randy Martin, City Manager Other Guests in Attendance: Attorney Roger C. Wiley of Hefty & Wiley P.C. of Richmond, Virginia CLOSED SESSION Councilwoman Murphy moved that the Franklin City Council convene in Closed Session to discuss the following:

    as permitted by Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711 (A) (1), a personnel matter involving the performance of specific individual public officers.

    as permitted by Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711 (A) (7), consultation with legal counsel about the legal relationship between the City Council and the City School Board, and the extent of the City Councils authority concerning school matters.

    The motion was seconded by Vice-Mayor Cheatham and passed with a 6-0 vote (Councilman Blythe absent). Mayor Johnson-Ashburn reconvened the Called Meeting at 7:25 p.m. and announced that the public portion of the meeting would convene at 7:30 p.m. Motion Upon Returning to Open Session

    : Councilwoman Hilliard moved that the City Council certifies that the Closed Session was concluded and nothing was discussed except the matter or matters (1) specifically identified in the motion to convene in Closed Session and (2) lawfully permitted to be discussed under the provisions of the Virginia Freedom Information Act that were cited in the motion. The motion was seconded by Vice-Mayor Cheatham and passed with a 6-0 vote (Councilman Blythe absent)

    OPEN SESSION The Franklin City Council held a Called Public Meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 207 West Second Avenue. Council Members in Attendance: Raystine D. Johnson-Ashburn, Mayor; Barry Cheatham, Vice-Mayor; Greg McLemore, Benny Burgess, Mary Hilliard, and Mona Murphy (Councilman Don Blythe absent). School Board Members in Attendance: Nancy Godwin, Ward 2 School Board Representative and Dawna Walton, Ward 6 School Board Representative.

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    Other Staff in Attendance: Franklin City Police, Corporal Josh Butts and Leesa Livesay, Acting Secretary, Recording Minutes. CALL TO ORDER The City Council Meeting was reconvened by Mayor Johnson-Ashburn at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Johnson-Ashburn reminded everyone that City Attorney Taylor Williams had previously recused himself from representing Council at this meeting because of a conflict of interest created by the City Charter which stipulates that he represent the City Council and the City School Board. Randy Martin, City Manager introduced Attorney Roger C. Wiley. Mr. Wiley of Hefty & Wiley P.C. of Richmond, Virginia has served as Charlottesvilles full-time City Attorney for fourteen years, followed by decades of municipal experience in a local government-oriented practice. Mr. Wiley also had experience in state government having served five years as Senior Assistant Attorney General and was recommended by VML to assist and advise the City from a legal perspective on the role of City Council as it relates to the City Schools. Mayor Johnson-Ashburn reminded everyone this meeting was scheduled to end at 8:30 p.m. Based upon a previous briefing from the City Manager, Mr. Wiley gave a brief overview of his understanding of issues the Franklin City Schools are facing such as underperforming schools; SOL scores low enough to have the State Board of Education put the Franklin City Schools on accreditation warning status for all schools in the division. Mr. Wiley stated the City Councils authority over the schools is limited by the State Constitution and by statute to appropriating funds to the School Board, with the additional responsibility in the City of appointing School Board members. He was addressed with the hypothetical question Would Council have the power to remove a member of the School Board because of perceived under-performance? Mr. Wiley answered probably not; only in instances of malfeasance or the commission of a criminal act, the Council would have the power to petition a Circuit Court to remove someone with a majority vote from Council. The City Council has no direct power or authority over the performance of School System employees or any aspects of school management, but Council or its members can certainly express their opinion. Before opening the meeting for public comments, Mayor Johnson-Ashburn requested everyone to please keep the proceedings in an orderly manner consistent with Council policy. CITIZENS TIME Citizen 1 Joe Stutts who resides at 213 Woodland Drive, Franklin; stated in the last four years the Franklin City Schools have taken a downhill slide. In the past, he and his children received a good education from the City of Franklin Schools. He stated the Council has a responsibility to the voters who elected them, the citizens and to the children to urge School Board appointees to extend the finest education possible to the youth of the City.

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    Citizen 2 Asa Johnson who resides at the Village at Woods Edge where he is Chairman of the Board is concerned about the low test scores for the last four years and the impact this has on our children, city and businesses. Citizen 3 Lynn Hubbard-Rabil who resides at 101 Beechwood Drive, Franklin; is the President of Hubbard Peanut Company a major employer of Southampton County. Mrs. Hubbard-Rabil stated after watching three videos of meetings of local School Officials with State Board of Education Officials in her opinion the School Board is hardly to blame for what is occurring but, what has brought the Virginia Department of Education to our doorstep is a flagrant lack of regard locally for the States operating standards or an even scarier lack of understanding from our local School Leaders. She added the Council may not be allowed to demand resignations but Council can ask for them. Citizen 4 Edwin Pickup who resides at 208 Southampton Road, Franklin serves as one of the commissioners on the Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board. Mr. Pickup would like to know what steps the City Council could do to change the way that our children are being taught in the Franklin City Schools. The Franklin City Schools need a radical change and need to sta

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