Princess Anne Hills Civic League

2017 Annual Meeting Minutes



The meeting took place at the ARE at 3pm on Sunday, February 12, 2017. There were 22 people in attendance.

Kate Michaels, President, called the meeting to order at 3:15pm and welcomed Mr.Thomas Leahy, Deputy City Manager for Infrastructure and Mr. Robert Gey, City Traffic Engineer. The city officials discussed proposed changes to Atlantic Avenue and Mr. Leahy reviewed some recent history of the Cavalier project. He stated the city had sought proposals for the Cavalier property and received only three. Of that group there was only one that offered to restore the Old Cavalier Hotel on the hill, and it was the proposal accepted. The original budget for the renovations was about $50 million, and it has now approached close to $75 million. The Cavalier officials received $18 million in tax credits that they qualified for by adding a new element to the oceanfront (a 5 star hotel). The tax break has three elements for funding; 1% from the city, 1% from the state, and the Cavalier owners are allowed to charge a 1% facilities fee at the location that is meant to cover the original financing gap. Those would be removed when the gap financing is covered. The city officials noted the proposed third hotel for the Cavalier site is also

requesting a funding gap of $6.5 million, which would be financed the same way and it would be brought before City Council at a later date. Also, the city officials discussed the rerouting of Atlantic Avenue traffic, which would

have to be done by the city and would cost approximately $2.5 million. The city was expected to be able to re-coop the spending costs with the extra tax income received from the project. However, the city has currently indicated that they are not inclined to pay for the rerouting. It was also mentioned there were potential state grants for traffic projects that could be applied for by the owners that coincided with economic development.

Questions:

1. Will the Cavalier owners do this anyway, no matter what residents say? He can’t answer that. He added he didn’t think city council was eager to pay for it.

2. Who owns what? – the state and VDOT own a corner of the land that would be improved and there is no plan to give up city property for the project.

3. Why do we need a light at 42 nd Street? His impression was for north end residents to get out with a light rather than go back to 47 th Street. That light would also help pedestrian traffic to cross Atlantic Avenue.

4. What is the green space? Paved area with tree cover.

5. Are there limits on the height of the Oceanside hotels? He wasn’t sure.

6. For the second oceanfront hotel, do the Cavalier owners need the gap financing? Yes. Any cul-de- sac road changes would be a separate issue.

7. Is the city going to lower the speed limit on Atlantic Avenue? Not yet. They would have to lower it over a large stretch of Atlantic Avenue in keeping with how the city sets speed limits because there is greater density from 42nd Street south to 31 st Street than 42 nd Street north even with the new development.

8. What is the timeline? Cavalier officials need more money in the spring of 2017 and the state grant committee will meet soon to decide if any money would be awarded for the project, which the governor would then have to

approve. It would then be a two-year construction process.

The speaker was then thanked.


Kate read written remarks addressing landscaping, drainage, and event homes in the neighborhood. Kate stated that she had been nominated to serve on the NVBCL Board now as well. Michelle Laborde would be taking over website duties.


Committee Reports:

The Secretary, Beth Kulas, read a quick version of the minutes from last year’s Annual Meeting.


The Treasurer, Molly Ford, went over the budget for this year. Cash as of 12/31/16 was $16,867.23 total. Over $3,000 of that total is earmarked for possible future dredging needs, which left approximately $13,000 as accessible. The civic league stayed within its budget this year and had a very high percent of households paying

dues with the extra effort to provide second written notices and envelopes to neighbors that went out this year.

The new budget was proposed, seconded and passed for the coming year.


The Nominating Committee proposed the new slate of officers for the PAH Civic League, which was approved. Kate thanked Beth Kulas for her years of service and welcomed Camilla Savin who would take over as the civic league’s secretary.


Discussion then moved to the proposed changes to the By-laws. The changes reflect the new board positions approved last year and the necessary word changes to reflect necessary quorums for the number of Board Members. The By-laws are for the operation of the Civic League as an organization, which is why only paying

members of the Civic League were allowed to vote on them. Also discussed were potential changes to the COVENANTS, which convey with the properties and were a separate issue from the civic league. Any changes would need to be approved in four separate votes by residents within each of the four sections of Princess Anne Hills (Sections A, B, C, and D). On the proposed By-laws changes, the board received enough votes to pass these

changes (the revised By-laws have been posted to the website).


Kate then introduced Sgt. Loni Cane from the second precinct. He spoke to the civic league about larger crowd events at the oceanfront, which included College Beach weekend. He stated that College Beach weekend would be the last weekend in April of 2017. The police department reaches out to college liaisons to try to make the weekend a pleasant experience. He reported that most of the college students are nice. The negative things come from visitors who aren’t college students, but are attracted to the weekend. There have been many auto break-ins within the city – Sgt. Cane acknowledged his own car was broken into. Lock your car and do not leave valuables in your car.

Questions for Sgt. Cane:

1. What are the patrols on the boardwalk? There are courtesy patrols staffed by summer interns and they can help with lost children and that sort of thing. In addition, the city may be looking to bring the shore patrol back with the

Navy’s help, which would provide help to sailors who get in trouble.

2. Are we up or down in crime? The newspapers say up, but the oceanfront is still pretty safe. Most of the issues were with DUI and DIP (drunk in public)

Sgt. Cane added that if you know anyone interested in becoming a police officer, they are currently in search of more officers, the city was about 70 officers down from where they should be.


New Business:

Short-term rentals – Ken Silverman addressed the issue with a written statement. It was also understood that the city had submitted recommendations that were incorporated into legislation being considered by the General Assembly and the city will determine what they are going to do on this matter based on any legislation.

Ken is trying to get a read on whether or not neighbors want to wait for the city or do something sooner and perhaps more restrictive than what the city will do as a whole. The discussion included limiting short-term rentals to 30, 45, 60 or 90 days. Ken will follow up with neighbors on this issue.


Meeting adjourned at 4:28pm