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At a regular meeting of the City Council, held on February 9th, 1960, there were <br /> <br />B.W. Baker, A.C. Bartlett, W.R. Breedlove, n.B. Seward, R. Irvine Smith, <br />George~R. Walker, H. E. ~eisemau, A.P. Johnson,Jr., City Manager, and <br />J.S. Livesay, Jr., City Attorney. <br /> <br />The meeting was opened with prayer by ~. Walker. <br /> <br /> Minutes of regular meeting of January 26th, 1960, called meeting of January 29th, 1960, <br />and called meeting of February 6th, 1960, were read and approved. <br /> <br /> 60-28 - The following statement by the Mayor was read: <br /> <br /> "Gentlemen of the Council: As a point of personal privilege afforded this position, <br />the Chair wishes to make a brief statement regarding the unpleasant incident which occurred a~ last Saturday's <br />Council meeting. <br /> <br /> I need not repeat to you what happened, for I am sure the memory of it is just as <br />distasteful to you as it was, and always will be, to me. I sincerely regret, and apelo~mze for, the part I <br />played in what one of you called a 'low exchange'. ' <br /> No excuses can be offered aow, for we all know that gentlemen serving on legislative <br />bodies are expected to~ avoid personal attacks, calculated to wouad, offend or insult another member. <br /> Whatever o. r political differences may be, we have no right to use this Council floor <br />for airing personal grievances. Our co,duct here reflects not only upon ourselves, but upon the honored City <br />which we represent. <br /> <br /> Let us take up the work of this Council in a spirit of dedication and service to those <br />to whom ~e are responsible. And, may.we from this day forward remember as we serve on this body, judgment o£ <br />human acts can only come £rom our Divine Master. (Signed) B.W. Baker" <br /> <br />The following reports from the City Manager were read: <br /> <br /> 60-30 - "I submi~ the attached ordinance and recommend that it be placed on first <br />reading. This ordinance amends the License Tax ordinanee~oa buses and taxicabs. It changes the rate from <br />ninetycents per one hundred pound weight to thirty cents per one hundred pound weight, and is retroactive <br />to January 1st, 1960." <br /> <br /> Motion of ~rl Weiseman to place the following ordinance on first reading was adopted, <br />with one dissenting vote, that:of Mr. Breedlove: <br /> <br />"AN ORDINANCE TO-AMEND SECTIONS 8-78 and 8=79 AND TO REPEAL SECTION <br />8-89 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY DF PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, 1951, AS ADOPTED <br />OCTOBER aT, 1959, RELATING TOLEVY~F~LICENSE TAXON MOTOR VEHICLES, <br /> TRAILERS AND " <br /> SEMI--TRAILERS <br /> <br /> 60-31 -- "I a~ in receipt of a requesz fr~'the Community Library Board for addi- <br />tional funds. I have met with members of the Board and reviewed their operating expenses for this fiscal year <br />In order that the Community Library does not operate with a deficit for this fiscal year, it will be neces- <br />sary to appropriate an additional $6~5.00 <br /> <br /> I recommend a~ appropriation of fhis amount be placed on first reading." <br /> <br /> On motion of Mr. Smith, an appropriation of $675.00 for said purpose was placed on <br />first reading, withou~ dissenting vote. <br /> <br /> 60-3~ - "It is urgent that we prOvid~ additional space at the City garage mn order <br />that we can properly maintain the City's automotive equmpment. I have investigated what would be the best <br />solution to this problem and it is my belief that ~he construction of a metal building ?0 feet by 100 feet <br />adjoining the rear of the present City garage will be the best solution. <br /> <br /> If at a future date it is felt necessary, this building could be moved to <br />another location; I have obtained-prices on ~his type buid~ng and the best price is $~,800.00. This does <br />not include the electrical work m be done. <br /> I recommend an appropriation of $ ~4,000.00 from the Capital Improvement <br />Fund be placed on first reading for the'construction of this buildings" <br /> <br /> ~otion of Mr. Breedlove to place an appropriation of $~4,000.00 for this purpose <br />on first reading was adopted, without~dissenting vote. <br /> <br /> 60-33 - "I have presented to the State Highway Department the City's recommendation <br />for the interchange at Washington St. with reference to Interstate Highway #64. ~s you recall, the City's <br />recommendation on this interchange required~the use of the traffic signal at the intersection of the exit r~np <br />and Washingtou St. Due to the high traffic count at this location, the Highway Department reports that it <br />will be ~mpossihle to use~a traffic;tight-at this intersection. On the alternate plan submitted by the <br />City, the Highway Department stated it would nor be economically feasible for the type of construction that <br />would be required to route the exit ramp under the interstate highway at Green St. <br /> <br /> It is 'the'opini~nof' fihe Highway Department that the interchange requiring <br />a portion of ~ashington St. to be one-way is the best design for'the City of Portsmouth. If this is not used <br />it will be necessary to use the original design as prepared by the Highway Department. <br /> I recommend that theCity Coimcil approve the design requiring a portion of <br />Washington St. ~o be one-way. This will give much better access to the downtown business district." <br /> <br /> Motion of Mr. Weiseman to'conCur in the City Manager's recommendation, was adopted, <br />and by the following vote: <br /> <br />Ayes: Baker, Bartlett, Breedlove, Seward, Smith, Weiseman <br />Nays: Walker <br /> <br /> <br />