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City Council delays action on several items

Here’s what happened at the Fredericksburg City Council meeting last night:

  • During the work session, the council saw the results of a traffic study for Telegraph Hill. It was requested in advance of a development proposed for the area. The study, performed by Kimley- Horn & Associates. showed
  • The council honored James Watters for his 26 years with the fire department.
  • The council received an update on the city’s plans for Sesquicentennial Celebration.
  • During the public comment portion of the meeting, a few notable things happened:
  • Matt Paxson, candidate for mayor, addressed the council. He challenged them on a $35,000 Retail Attraction and Development Study the city was planning to ask for. As the end of the meeting, the council voted 6-1 (Councilman George Solley against) to table it.
  • Jamie Scully, the chair of the city’s Architectural Review Board, addressed the council. He told them that while the ARB granted the city a certificate of appropriateness to build the new courthouse facilities in the historic district, it was not done easily. Here’s a story with more detail.
  • There was a lengthy discussion over amending the incentives package for Eagle Village. The developer wants to qualify for state incentives, so some tweaking needs to be done to its current incentive package. This would also require the city to adopt a tourism marketing plan. The council tabled it after wanting more information about this plan.
  • After hearing from more than a dozen speakers, the council tabled plans to rezone much of downtown. Here are more details. The council also tabled subsequent items related to the rezoning.
  • Mayor Tomzak gave a speech about city expenses and social issues. More on this tomorrow.
  • The council selected James Jarrell III for the Board of Zoning Appeals, tabled the decision for the Building Code Appeals Board and selected JoAnne Kaiman for the Planning Commission.