Tomorrow is a literal MUNICIPAL MANIA with a City Council Special Meeting at 5PM followed by the Organizational Development and Standing Committee AND a School Board Work Session at 6PM. Soooo what are they talking about?
Council is a couple of appointments and two pieces of legislation regarding Council District Funds Reimbursements. First, 3rd District Councilperson Chris Hilbert submitted legislation that would eliminate the need for a resolution for Council Members to reimburse themselves for expenses eligible for their district funds to be used on. The second legislation was submitted by 8th District Councilperson Reva Trammell and it does the same thing Hilbert's does but ALSO would increase the threshold (from $1,000 to $5,000) by which any one individual or group can be paid from Council District Funds before they would need approval by resolution. A quick bit of backstory here... each councilperson has ~$12K in funds they can spend in their district for food at district meetings, newsletters, communications, grants, etc. Most of the time when these resolutions come up, the councilperson will request a certain business or individual who provided the services be paid directly. We noticed that Trammell frequently reimburses herself for things such as water, pizza, and holiday toy gifts. We were openly critical of her reimbursements on Twitter because not only are they small amounts, but they are for items that she tells the public she pays for herself. Which is technically true... until she reimburses herself from the city. Personally, I think both pieces of legislation that reduce transparency because it would no longer be publicly available to see where those dollars are going within the district when the councilperson decided to pay out of pocket and subsequently request reimbursement for herself. But I ESPECIALLY oppose Trammell's legislation because it would allow for ANY one person, vendor, group, to receive up to 39% of a council member's district funds within 1 fiscal year without needing a resolution to be passed. I also believe there is no need for either resolution because it is a council member's choice to reimburse themselves instead of directly paying a vendor.
Then, we will hear some board appointments at the Organizational Development Standing Committee which also has some boards with vacancies. Check them out if you want to get involved.
Then at School Board, among other items, there is an update on staffing for next school year, follow up on central office changes, and an update on the renaming of JEB Stuart Elementary to Barack Obama Elementary.
5PM: Special Meeting of City Council and meeting of the Organizational Development and Standing Committee on the 2nd Floor of City Hall
6PM: School Board on the 17th Floor of City Hall
City Hall, 900 E. Broad, Richmond VA
RVA COUNCIL @ 5PM
- RES 2018-R061: Approve the Mayor’s appointment of Unwanna B. Dabney as a member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority (RMTA).
- RES 2018-R062: Approve the Mayor’s appointment of Barrett Hardiman as a member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority (RMTA).
- RES 2018-R063: Approve the Mayor’s appointment of Darius Johnson as a member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority (RMTA).
- RES 2018-R064: Approve the Mayor’s appointment of Marilyn West as a member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority (RMTA).
- RES 2018-R065: Amend City Council Expenditure and Reimbursement Guidelines regarding the use of Council District Funds and Council Operations Funds so Council members can reimburse themselves without approval via resolution.
- RES 2018-R066: Amend City Council Expenditure and Reimbursement Guidelines regarding the use of Council District Funds and Council Operations Funds so Council members can reimburse themselves without approval via resolution AND raise the threshold of the aggregate amount for an individual or group to receive in one fiscal year above which a resolution is required from $1,000 to $5,000
ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT STANDING COMMITTEE (following RVA Council)
- Board Vacancy Report
- Affordable Housing Trust Fund Oversight Board: reappoint Glenn Hudson
- Audit Committee: reappoint Roger Boeve
- Advisory Task Force for the Economic Revitalization of South Richmond: 1 vacancy
- Human Rights Commission: 6 vacancies for adults and 1 youth member by application to council, 6 vacancies for adults and 1 youth member by mayoral appointment
- Maggie L. Walker Initiative Citizens Advisory Board: 1 business owner or representative of a business with a workforce vacancy, 3 mayoral appointment vacancies (resident of a census tract within city of Richmond with a poverty rate of at least 25%, resident RRHA or section 8 housing voucher recipient, 1 person who resides within the city of Richmond)
RPS Board @ 6PM
- Receive reports from Board Members on external committee/board assignments and conferences attended
- Receive an update on the Corrective Action Plan (CAP)
- Receive a report on staffing regarding the 2018-2019 school year
- Follow-up to Central Office changes
- Receive for action revisions to the policy manual
- Receive for action the Human Resources Actions
- Receive an update on Barack Obama Elementary School
- Receive information regarding Richmond Public Schools Educational Foundation funding
- Receive information regarding the summer STEM program at the Richmond Technical Center