Legislation # 07-0503 Enactment Number none
Type Resolution - Bond Effective Date none
Introduction Date 9/26/2007
Title Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of General Obligation Public Improvement and Refunding Bonds of the City of Hampton in the Maximum Principal Amount of $160,000,000 to Redeem the City’s Series 2007 Bond Anticipation Notes and to Finance Certain Capital Improvement Projects and Providing for the Form, Details and Payment of Such Bonds and Authorizing the Issuance of Notes of the City in Anticipation of the Issuance of Such Bonds.
 
Legislation History 07-0503
DateNotice Of ActionDescription
9/26/2007 Adopted
9/26/2007 Held Public Hearing
9/26/2007 Presented by George Scruggs, Esq.
9/26/2007 No Action Taken - Bond Counsel was available for questions from Council. The City Attorney introduced George Scruggs of Troutman Sanders. A vote on this matter is on the evening agenda.
9/17/2007 Received By Clerk's Office
 
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Legislation Text 07-0503

 

City of Hampton, Virginia

Resolution - Bond

22 Lincoln Street

Hampton, VA 23669

www.hampton.gov

 

File Number: 07-0503

 

Enactment Number: -

 

Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of General Obligation Public Improvement and Refunding Bonds of the City of Hampton in the Maximum Principal Amount of $160,000,000 to Redeem the Citys Series 2007 Bond Anticipation Notes and to Finance Certain Capital Improvement Projects and Providing for the Form, Details and Payment of Such Bonds and Authorizing the Issuance of Notes of the City in Anticipation of the Issuance of Such Bonds.

 

 

WHEREAS, the Public Finance Act of 1991, Sections 15.2-2600 et seq. of the Code of Virginia of 1950, as amended (the Public Finance Act), permits the issuance of bonds, when authorized by the Council of the City (the Council) of Hampton, Virginia (the City), at one time or from time to time, in order to finance the cost of capital improvement projects for the purposes hereinafter described and to refund bonds or notes previously issued for such purposes; and

WHEREAS, it is the consensus of the Council of the City that the City should authorize the issuance and sale of general obligation public improvement and refunding bonds in the maximum principal amount not to exceed $160,000,000 (the Bonds) to refund bond anticipation notes issued by the City in April 2007 and to finance the cost of general capital improvement projects of the City, including, but not limited to, improvements and additions to public buildings and public school facilities, improvements to public infrastructure, including streets and roads, improvements to parks and other recreational facilities, and the acquisition of real property and equipment for public purposes and to finance the costs of issuance of the Bonds and certain other requirements related to the Bonds; and

WHEREAS, the City expects to advance its own funds to pay expenditures related to such projects prior to the issuance of such Bonds, and the City intends to receive reimbursement for such expenditures from the proceeds thereof; and

WHEREAS, a public hearing on the issuance of the Bonds and this Resolution has been advertised and held in the manner required by Section 15.2-2606 of the Public Finance Act of 1991;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HAMPTON, VIRGINIA AS FOLLOWS:

1. Authorization of Bonds. The issuance of the Bonds is authorized in the maximum principal amount not to exceed $160,000,000 in order to finance the cost of capital improvement projects for the purposes hereinafter described and to pay the cost of issuance of the Bonds and any credit enhancement fees or other fees associated with the Bonds. The Bonds shall be designated General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds, and may include the term Refunding, if appropriate, and may also include such other term or terms as part of their designation as the officers herein authorized deem appropriate.

2. Use of Proceeds. Proceeds of the Bonds shall be used by the City to refund the Citys Series 2007 Bond Anticipation Notes issued in the original principal amount of $29,540,000, and to finance in whole or in part, a program of general capital improvement undertakings for the following purposes: construction, reconstruction, improvements and equipment for public schools; construction, reconstruction, improvements and equipment for various infrastructure needs, including traffic control facilities, streets, sidewalks and other public ways, bridges, storm sewers, drains and culverts, and refuse disposal facilities; participation in redevelopment, conservation and community development programs, including the construction, reconstruction, improvement and equipment for targeted public facilities included in these programs; construction, reconstruction, improvements and equipment for public institutional, operational, cultural, educational and entertainment buildings and facilities, parks, playgrounds, cemeteries, libraries and museums, including but not limited to the Virginia Air and Space Museum; and acquisition of real property for such purposes as appropriate. Proceeds of the Bonds may also be used to pay issuance costs of the Bonds and other costs related to or incurred in connection with the issuance of the Bonds as herein provided.

3. Terms of Sale; Delegation of Authority. The Council hereby approves the following terms of the sale of the Bonds. The Bonds may be sold all at one time or otherwise as may be determined by the Director of Finance of the City, with the approval of the City Manager of the City. The Bonds shall be sold by competitive bid, at such prices as the Director of Finance, with the approval of the City Manager, shall determine to be in the best interest of the City, provided that in no event shall (i) the true interest cost of the Bonds, after taking into account any premium or discount on the Bonds, but excluding credit enhancement premium, exceed 6.5% per year; (ii) the sale price of the Bonds to the underwriters, excluding any original issue discount or premium, be less than 97% of the aggregate principal amount thereof, and (iii) the final maturity of the Bonds be later than 25 years from their dated date or such lesser period as set forth from time to time in the Citys general obligation bond debt policy. The Director of Finance, with the approval of the City Manager, is authorized to negotiate and acquire credit enhancement for the Bonds.

The actions of the Director of Finance, with the approval of the City Manager, in selling the Bonds shall be conclusive, and no further action shall be necessary on the part of the Council. This Resolution is intended to grant to the Director of Finance and the City Manager full and complete authority to finalize the terms of the Bonds, to provide for their issuance and sale and to execute and deliver any and all documentation in connection therewith, including causing the redemption of the 2007 bond anticipation notes, without further approval by Council, consistent with the requirements of this Resolution, the Public Finance Act, the Charter and the Constitution and other laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

4. Redemption and Purchase. The Bonds may be subject to redemption or purchase prior to maturity at the option of the City on or after dates, if any, determined by the Director of Finance, with the approval of the City Manager, in whole or in part at any time, at a redemption price or purchase equal to the principal amount of each bond, together with any accrued interest to the redemption or purchase date and a redemption or purchase premium not to exceed 3% of the principal amount of such bond to be redeemed or purchased, such redemption or purchase premium to be determined by the Director of Finance, with the approval of the City Manager. Any portion of the Bonds issued as term bonds may be subject to mandatory sinking fund redemption as determined by the Director of Finance, with the approval of the City Manager.

If less than all of the Bonds are called for optional redemption or purchase, the maturities of bonds to be redeemed or purchased shall be selected by the Director of Finance in such manner as he may determine to be in the best interest of the City. If less than all the bonds of a particular maturity are called for redemption or purchase, the bonds within such maturity to be redeemed or purchased shall be selected by the Securities Depository for the Bonds, if any, pursuant to its rules and procedures or, if the book-entry system is not in effect, shall be selected by the Registrar or Trustee, as the case may be, by lot in such manner as the Registrar or Trustee in its discretion may determine. In either case, (a) the portion of any bond to be redeemed or purchased shall be in the principal amount of $5,000, or an integral multiple thereof, and (b) in selecting bonds for redemption or purchase, each bond shall be considered as representing that number of bonds that is obtained by dividing the principal amount of such bond by $5,000. The City shall cause notice of the call for redemption identifying the bonds or portions thereof to be redeemed to be sent by facsimile transmission, registered or certified mail or overnight express delivery, not less than 30 nor more than 60 days prior to the redemption date, to the Securities Depository for the bonds or its nominee as the registered owner thereof, or, if the book-entry system is not in effect, to the persons shown on the registration books of the Registrar to be the registered owners of the bonds. If a portion of a bond is called for redemption, a new bond in principal amount of the unredeemed portion thereof shall be issued to the registered owner upon surrender thereof.

If the book-entry system is in effect, the City shall not be responsible for giving notice of redemption to anyone other than the Securities Depository for the bonds or its nominee. If a portion of a bond is called for redemption, a new bond in principal amount equal to the unredeemed portion thereof shall be issued to the registered owner upon the surrender thereof.

5. Bond Details. The Bonds shall be in registered form and shall be designated by title, date and series, bear interest from the date, be payable on the payment dates, and mature at such time or times not exceeding 25 years from their date and in amounts as either serial or term bonds, or both, with sinking fund payments, if any, all as determined by the Director of Finance, with the approval of the City Manager.

Each bond shall be issued in the denomination of $5,000 or any integral multiple thereof and shall bear interest at such rate as shall be determined at the time of sale, calculated on the basis of a 360-day year and a 30-day month, payable semiannually as determined by the Director of Finance, with the approval of the City Manager, subject to the terms of this Resolution.

Principal and premium, if any, shall be payable to the registered owners upon surrender of bonds as they become due at the office of the Registrar, as hereinafter defined. Interest shall be payable by check or draft mailed to the registered owners at their addresses as they appear on the registration books kept by the Registrar on the date prior to each interest payment date that shall be determined by the Director of Finance, with the approval of the City Manager (the Record Date); provided however, any Record Date contained in the bond certificate shall be deemed the determination of such officers. Principal, premium, if any, and interest shall be payable in lawful money of the United States of America.

The Director of Finance, with the approval of the City Manager, may (a) enter into an agreement for a book-entry system for the Bonds with a qualified securities depository (the Securities Depository) and (b) appoint a paying agent and registrar for the bonds (the Registrar), as well as a trustee (the Trustee) if necessary or appropriate.

6. Preparation, Execution and Delivery of Bonds. The City Manager, the Director of Finance and the City Clerk are authorized and directed to take all proper steps to have the Bonds prepared and executed in accordance with their terms and to deliver the Bonds to or for the account of the purchasers thereof upon payment therefor. The Bonds shall be signed by the manual or facsimile signatures of the City Manager or the Director of Finance, and the City's seal shall be affixed thereto or a facsimile thereof printed thereon and attested by the manual or facsimile signature of the City Clerk. The Bonds may also be signed by the Mayor of the City. No bond signed by facsimile signatures shall be valid until it has been authenticated by the manual signature of an authorized officer or employee of the Registrar or Trustee, as appropriate, and the date of authentication noted thereon.

7. Form of Bonds. The Bonds shall be in the form or forms as the Director of Finance may select, with such terms and provisions not inconsistent with this Resolution as may be approved by the officers signing the Bonds, whose approval shall be evidenced conclusively by the execution and delivery thereof.

8. Pledge of Full Faith and Credit. The power and obligation of the City to pay principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the Bonds shall be unlimited and the City shall levy and collect ad valorem taxes upon all taxable property within the City, without limitation as to rate or amount, sufficient to pay the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the Bonds to the extent other funds of the City are not sufficient or available for such purpose. The full faith and credit of the City are pledged for the payment of principal of, premium, if any, and interest on the Bonds.

9. Duties of Registrar. The Registrar shall maintain registration books for the registration of the Bonds. Upon surrender of any bond at the corporate trust office of the Registrar, together with an assignment duly executed by the registered owner or his duly authorized attorney or legal representative in such form as shall be satisfactory to the Registrar, the City shall execute, and the Registrar shall authenticate and deliver in exchange, a new bond or bonds having an equal aggregate principal amount, in authorized denominations, of the same form and maturity, bearing interest at the same rate, and registered in names as requested by the then registered owner or his duly authorized attorney or legal representative. Any such exchange shall be at the expense of the City, except that the Registrar may charge the person requesting such exchange the amount of any tax or other governmental charge required to be paid with respect thereto.

The Registrar shall treat the registered owner as the person exclusively entitled to payment of principal, premium, if any, and interest and the exercise of all other rights and powers of the owner, except that interest payments shall be made to the person shown as owner on the registration books as of the Record Date.

10. Legal Debt Limit. The Council has ascertained and hereby determines and states that the maximum principal amount of the Bonds authorized by this Resolution and all other outstanding general obligation bonds or other general obligation indebtedness heretofore issued or contracted by the City for any purpose, or in any manner, does not exceed 10% of the assessed valuation of the real estate in the City subject to taxation, as shown by the last preceding assessment for taxes, and that, accordingly, the Bonds are within the limitation of indebtedness as provided in Section 6.16 of the City Charter, Section 15.2-2634 of the Public Finance Act and Article VII, Section 10 of the Virginia Constitution.

11. Reimbursement Declaration. The City intends to advance funds from time to time to pay expenditures related to projects for the purposes for which the Bonds are to be issued as generally described herein and to receive reimbursement for such expenditures from proceeds of the Bonds. This Resolution constitutes the Citys declaration of official intent within the meaning of Treasury Regulations Section 1.150-2 promulgated under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to reimburse itself for such expenditures with Bond proceeds. The Director of Finance shall keep on file records of the expenditures for which reimbursement will be sought.

12. Offering Documents. The City Manager and the Director of Finance are authorized and directed to have prepared and distributed, in accordance with standard practices of municipal securities, one or more Preliminary Official Statements of the City describing the Bonds as authorized herein, the security therefor, and providing any other pertinent or relevant information. The Director of Finance shall make such completions, omissions, insertions and changes in such Preliminary Official Statement not inconsistent with this Resolution as are necessary or desirable to complete it as a final Official Statement. The City shall arrange for the delivery to the purchasers of the Bonds of a reasonable number of copies of the final Official Statement, within seven business days after the date the Bonds have been awarded, for delivery to each potential investor requesting a copy of the final Official Statement and to each person to whom any underwriter or bidder and members of the underwriting or bidding group initially sell Bonds.

13. Offering Document Determination. The Director of Finance is authorized, on behalf of the City, to deem such Preliminary Official Statement and such Official Statement in final form, each to be final as of its date within the meaning of Rule 15c2-12 (the Rule) of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), except for the omission in such Preliminary Official Statement of certain pricing and other information allowed to be omitted pursuant to the Rule. The distribution of such Preliminary Official Statement and such Official Statement in final form shall be conclusive evidence that each has been deemed final as of its date by the City, except for the omission in such Preliminary Official Statement of such pricing and other information.

14. Tax Compliance Undertakings.

(a) The City covenants that it shall not take or omit to take any action the taking or omission of which will cause the Bonds to be arbitrage bonds within the meaning of Section 148 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, including regulations issued pursuant thereto (the Code), or otherwise cause interest on the Bonds to be includable in the gross income for federal income tax purposes of the registered owners thereof under existing law. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the City shall comply with any provision of law that may require the City at any time to rebate to the United States any part of the earnings derived from the investment of the gross proceeds of the Bonds, unless the City receives an opinion of nationally recognized bond counsel that such compliance is not required to prevent interest on the Bonds from being includable in the gross income for federal income tax purposes of the registered owners thereof under existing law. The City shall pay any such required rebate from its legally available funds.

(b) Such officers of the City as may be requested are authorized and directed to execute appropriate certificates setting forth facts and covenants related to the expected use and investment of the proceeds of the Bonds in order to show that such expected use and investment will not violate the provisions of Section 148 of the Code and any elections such officers deem desirable regarding rebate of earnings to the United States for purposes of complying with Section 148 of the Code. Such certificates, covenants and elections shall be in such form as may be requested by bond counsel for the City.

(c) The City covenants that it shall not permit the proceeds of the Bonds or the facilities financed with the proceeds of the Bonds to be used in any manner that would result in (a) 10% or more of such proceeds or the facilities financed with such proceeds being used in a trade or business carried on by any person other than a governmental unit or 5% or more of such proceeds or facilities financed with such proceeds being used for such purpose where such use is unrelated or disproportionate to the governmental use of such proceeds, as provided in Section 141(b) of the Code (b) 5% or more of such proceeds or the facilities financed with such proceeds being used with respect to any output facility (other than a facility for the furnishing of water), within the meaning of Section 141(b)(4) of the Code, or (c) 5% or more of such proceeds being used directly or indirectly to make or finance loans to any person other than a governmental unit, as provided in Section 141(c) of the Code; provided, however, that if the City receives an opinion of nationally recognized bond counsel that any such covenants need not be complied with to prevent the interest on the Bonds from being includable in the gross income for federal income tax purposes of the registered owners thereof under existing law, the City need not comply with such covenants.

15. Continuing Disclosure Undertakings. The City desires to assist the purchasers of the Bonds in complying with the provisions of Section (b)(5)(i) of the Rule. In order to accomplish this, the City covenants to do the following to the extent required or requested:

(A) Annual Disclosure.

(1) The City shall provide annually certain financial information and operating data in accordance with the provisions of Section (b)(5)(i) of the Rule, as follows:

(a) audited financial statements, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles; and

(b) the operating data with respect to the City of the type appearing in portions of the Official Statement in final form under the headings Authorization of Debt, General Obligation Bonded Debt, Certain Debt Ratios, General Governmental Revenues and General Governmental Expenditures.

(2) The City shall annually provide the financial information and operating data described in subsection (1) above (the Continuing Disclosure) within 180 days after the end of the City's fiscal year, commencing with the City's fiscal year in which the Bonds are issued, to each nationally recognized municipal securities information repository (NRMSIR) and to the appropriate state information depository if any then exists (SID).

(3) Any of the Continuing Disclosure may be included by specific reference to other documents previously provided to each NRMSIR and to the SID or filed with the SEC; provided, however, that any final official statement incorporated by reference must be available from the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (the MSRB).

(4) The City shall provide in a timely manner to each NRMSIR or the MSRB and to the SID notice specifying any failure of the City to provide the Continuing Disclosure by the date specified.

If the City fails to comply with any covenant or obligation specified in this Section, any holder (within the meaning of the Rule) of the Bonds then outstanding may, by notice to the City, proceed to protect and enforce its rights and the rights of the holders by an action for specific performance of the City's covenant to provide financial information and operating data.

(B) Event Disclosure. The City shall provide in a timely manner to each NRMSIR or the MSRB and to the SID notice of the occurrence of any of the following events with respect to the Bonds, if material:

(1) principal and interest payment delinquencies;

(2) non-payment related defaults;

(3) unscheduled draws on debt service reserves reflecting financial difficulties;

(4) unscheduled draws on any credit enhancement reflecting financial difficulties;

(5) substitution of credit or liquidity providers, or their failure to perform;

(6) adverse tax opinions or events affecting the tax-exempt status of the Bonds;

(7) modifications to rights of bondholders;

(8) Bond calls;

(9) defeasance of all or any portion of the Bonds;

(10) release, substitution, or sale of property securing repayment of the Bonds; and

(11) rating changes.

(C) Termination. The covenants and obligations of the City specified in subsections (A) and (B) to the extent they apply shall terminate upon the redemption, defeasance (within the meaning of the Rule) or payment in full of all the Bonds.

(D) Amendment. The City reserves the right to modify its obligations specified in subsections (A) and (B) without the consent of bondholders, provided that such modification complies with the Rule as it exists at the time of modification. The City shall, within a reasonable time thereafter, send to each NRMSIR and the SID, if any, a description of such modification(s).

(E) Additional Disclosure. The City may from time to time disclose certain information and data in addition to the Continuing Disclosure. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the City shall not incur any obligation to continue to provide, or to update, such additional information or data.

16. Filing of Resolution. The City Clerk, with the assistance of the City Attorney, is authorized and directed to see to the immediate filing of a certified copy of this Resolution in the Circuit Court of the City of Hampton and is directed to make a copy of this Resolution continuously available for inspection by the general public during normal business hours at the City Clerk's office from the date of adoption hereof through the date of the issuance of the Bonds.

17. Confirmation and General Authorization. All other actions of officers of the City in conformity with the purposes and intent of this Resolution and in furtherance of the issuance and sale of the Bonds are approved and confirmed. The officers of the City are authorized and directed to execute and deliver all certificates and instruments and to take all such further action as may be considered necessary or desirable in connection with the issuance, sale and delivery of the Bonds, including entering into contracts and arrangements to provide credit enhancement or insurance for all or a portion of the Bonds and for the investment of the proceeds of the Bonds. The authorization granted herein to the Director of Finance, the City Manager and the City Attorney shall apply equally to any person serving in such capacity on an interim or acting basis pending a permanent appointment to any such office.

Adopted at the regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia held on September 26, 2007.

 

 

 

Signed by ____________________________ Date _________________

Ross A. Kearney, II, Mayor

 

 

 

 

Attested by ____________________________ Date _________________

Katherine K. Glass

Clerk of the Council