Sunday, August 14, 2022

Here’s what’s on tap for Monday’s City Council work session

Williamsburg Economic Development Authority member Adam Steely is slated to make a presentation on a plan to install temporary lighting along Prince George Street. (WYDaily/Courtesy Williamsburg EDA)
Williamsburg Economic Development Authority member Adam Steely is slated to make a presentation on a plan to install temporary lighting along Prince George Street. (WYDaily/Courtesy Williamsburg EDA)

It’s that time again: City Council will have their monthly work session and regular meeting this week.

City Council is scheduled to meet for a work session at 4 p.m. Monday in the City Council Chambers at the Stryker Center, at 412 N. Boundary St.

There are five presentations and discussions on the agenda, as well as a public comment period.

Here are some items on the agenda:

Downtown Vibrancy

Williamsburg Economic Development Authority member Adam Steely is slated to make a presentation on a plan to install temporary lighting along Prince George Street.

In October, City Council asked the EDA to provide more information on two methods the authority planned to use $150,000 to implement the Downtown Vibrancy Plan. Those methods included adding lighting on Prince George Street and creating a Downtown Business Association.

The temporary lighting is proposed for the stretch of Prince George Street between Armistead Avenue and North Henry Street. It would include 14 potted evergreen plants with lights and lights in a tree at the intersection of North Boundary Street.

The lighting would be up until March 1, 2019.

There will be a presentation to City Council, the EDA and the Planning Commission in February about the creation of the Downtown Business Association.

The Downtown Vibrancy Plan aims to rejuvenate downtown Williamsburg to be a destination for both locals and visitors by strengthening the area’s appeal.

Financials

The city’s finance department will give a presentation on the comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year 2018.

The report gives an overview of general fund budget revenue sources and expenditures. The presentation says there was a total operating surplus of $1.5 million, about 4.2 percent of the year’s operating revenues, because of some revenues and expenditures being over or under budget.

A presentation from the Commissioner of the Revenue also includes information on upcoming changes, including a revamp of the website to make it more informative and user-friendly, as well as revamping the business license renewal process.

The presentation notes there were 81 new businesses in the city since Aug. 15.

Other items

  • Discussion on live broadcast options for city meetings. Information Technology Director Mark Barham will discuss with City Council the options for after-hours broadcasting of public meetings in addition to City Council and the Planning Commission.
  • Presentation on the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission and its benefits: Commission Chairwoman Susan Branch Smith will give a presentation on the commission’s recent activities and budget.

Visit the City Council agenda website for more information.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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