City Council Meeting Recap - January 26, 2015
Despite every item on this meeting's Regular Agenda being postponed, yesterday's meeting of Richmond City Council was far from boring. Protesters from the "Black Lives Matter" movement showed up in force, and several notable ordinances on the Consent Agenda were adopted. Read the official meeting summary here, and check out notable ordinances and resolutions adopted below.
Ord. No. 2015-2-15 - Renaming Manchester Courthouse
This ordinance renamed Richmond's Manchester Courthouse for Henry L. Marsh, III, and Harold M. Marsh, Sr. Henry Marsh is best known for becoming the first African-American mayor of Richmond in 1977, and for being an accomplished lawyer and serving in the Virginia State Senate for more than 20 years. His brother, Harold Marsh, was a lawyer and substitute judge who was murdered in 1997.
Ord. No. 2015-4-16 - Bicycle Rack Art
In the run-up to this year's UCI Road World Championships, this ordinance would allow public art to be attached to some of Richmond's public bicycle racks.
Ord. No. 2015-7-17 - War Widow(er) Tax Relief
This ordinance would allow the surviving spouses of members of the military killed in action to be exempt from real estate taxes on their residences.
Ord. No. 2015-9-18 - Grant to Richmond Center for High Blood Pressure
This ordinances allows $65,200 to be transferred from the Richmond City Health District budget to the Richmond Center for High Blood Pressure to help its mission for treating conditions related to high blood pressure among uninsured Richmonders.
Res. No. 2015-R5-11 - Expressing opposition to General Assembly move to regulate Capital Region Airport Commission
This resolution expresses Council's opposition to any attempt by the Virginia General Assembly to regulate the fees set and collected by the Capital Region Airport Commission, the multi-jurisdictional board that owns and operates Richmond International Airport. The airport receives no local, state or federal funding - all of its revenue comes from fees it charges airlines, passengers, vendors and others to use its facilities. The Virginia General Assembly is contemplating putting limits on those fees without providing any additional funding to the airport.