City Seal City of Fredericksburg, Virginia Hon. Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Mayor
Hon. William C. Withers, Jr., Vice-Mayor, Ward Two
Hon. Kerry P. Devine, At-Large
Hon. Matthew J. Kelly, At-Large
Hon. Bradford C. Ellis, Ward One
Hon. Timothy P. Duffy, Ph.D., Ward Three
Hon. Charlie L. Frye, Jr., Ward Four
City Council

Special
Session

 
James Monroe High School
2300 Washington Avenue
Fredericksburg, Virginia  22401

September 23, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
James Monroe High School
2300 Washington Avenue, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Presiding



The purpose of this special session is to hear public comment on two options for the future of the slave auction block currently located at the intersection of William Street and Charles Street.

1.
Call to Order
2.
Pledge of Allegiance
Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw
3.
Presentations
A.
Brief History and Context for the Slave Auction Block
B.
Options for Consideration by the Public & City Council:
Option A: Keep the slave auction block in its current location, but use the existing right of way to build a more prominent public space that buffers the encounter and places the artifact in context. This option envisions interpretive panels, protective measures, and a better design for pedestrian flow.

Option B: Replace the auction block with a historic marker and directions to its new location, likely in the Fredericksburg Area Museum. FAM is preparing a permanent exhibit that tells the story of the lives of the working people of Fredericksburg.
4.
Rules of Order
Speakers will be called from the list of those who signed up before the meeting, in the order they signed up. As your name is called, please come forward to either of the two microphones. As the first name is called, a second will also be called. That person should come forward and be ready to speak at the conclusion of the first speaker’s comments, thus allowing the meeting to proceed in as efficient manner as possible. Just prior to the second speaker, the names of the next two people will be called to come forward and so on.

Each speaker is limited to a three-minute time period. To be fair to everyone, please observe a three-minute time limit and yield the floor when the Clerk of Council indicates that your time has expired. Speakers are not permitted to yield the remainder of their time to another speaker. Speakers who represent a group are encouraged to ask members of their group in attendance to stand to show their support for the speaker’s remarks.

Comments that are not relevant to the topic of the meeting and behavior that is disruptive, such as applause or booing, are inappropriate and will be ruled out of order.
5.
Recognition of Dr. David A. Sam, former president of Germanna Community College, to facilitate comments from the public
6.
Comments from the Public
7.
Adjournment
Adjournment is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. The City Council may extend the meeting end time in order to accommodate additional speakers.



Rules of the Meeting

Individuals must sign up to speak before the start of the meeting. Speakers may sign up through the City website, by email to the Clerk of Council, or in person at the office of the Clerk of Council, on the second floor of City Hall. Name and address, including zip code, are required. The Clerk of Council will receive speaker sign-up until 4:30 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2017.

This meeting venue is a public school, where state laws restricting the carrying of firearms and weapons will be enforced. Code of Virginia §18.2-308.1 makes it a Class 6 felony to bring a firearm onto the grounds of any public or private school, except for an unloaded firearm in a closed container. Concealed carry permit holders may not carry a firearm onto school property except while in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or driveway, under Code of Virginia §18.2-308.01(C). It is a Class 1 misdemeanor to bring a knife or other weapon onto school grounds.

Attendees will encounter metal detectors at the meeting entrance. Additionally, attendees may photograph, audio record, or video record the meeting; but any use of cameras, audio-recording, or video-recording devices that disrupts the meeting -- for example, by blocking the view of attendees -- will be prohibited.

Attendees may bring a paper, cardboard, or cloth sign or banner not to exceed 11" x 14", but no sign handles or flag poles are permitted at the meeting.