5/11/2011: Council passed school budget, approved hotel deal

Last night City Council approved a resolution to give $24.9 million of the city budget to the city’s school system. Again, there was heated discussion between council members about how the schools spend their money. You can read the full story here.

They also approved a $310,000 incentive deal between the University of Mary Washington Foundation and the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority to put a hotel in Eagle Village. You can read Bill Freehling’s full report about the project here. It’s set to be a five-story 96-room hotel on a two-acre site between the Giant supermarket and a new road that would connect to Mary Washington Hospital. It would cater to families of hospital patients and university students but would be open to the public.

City Council discussed how the hotel will benefit the city, bringing in millions of dollars in tax revenue and 60 jobs at the hotel. Members pointed how that it’s a good return on the investment. Only Councilman Fred Howe III voted against it, saying that he wanted to table it to get more information from the Foundation first.

Other things that happened last night:

- Council approved a request from Dominion Virginia Power to expand an existing electrical utility substation at 1401 Powhatan Street.

-Council approved a special use permit to open a seafood restaurant at 2008 Lafayette Boulevard. (It’s not replacing the bakery, it’s just near it)

-Council approved a special use permit granted in 2010 to the Sunshine Lady Foundation, Inc. for Chaplin Youth Center to operate a group home for court involved youths at 1705 William Street.

-Council authorized the City Manager to execute a contract for a water and sewer management rate study with Municipal and Financial Services Group, Inc. The study will have two parts: it will review operations of the management of the system and it will look at rate sufficiency. Assistant City Manager Mark Whitley said the study won’t cost more than $90,000.

-Council authorized the City Manager to execute a contract amendment with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. for preliminary design services for improvements to Fall Hill Avenue and the extension of Mary Washington Boulevard. The project would expand Fall Hill Avenue to make it four lanes with turn lanes. Keep an eye on Scott Shenk’s blog for more information on this.

By robynsidersky on May 11th, 2011 11:45 am

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