Last Publish on 2/13/2013 3:41:20 PM
City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
NOTICE OF ACTION
City Council - Afternoon Session
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
W. H. "Billy" Hobbs, Jr., Will Moffett, Chris Snead, Christopher G. Stuart, Donnie R. Tuck, George E. Wallace, Molly Joseph Ward, Mayor
Mary Bunting, City Manager
Cynthia Hudson, City Attorney
Katherine K. Glass, CMC, Clerk of Council
Call to Order
Mayor Ward called the meeting to order at 1 p.m. All members of City Council were present.
Discussion of possible council-initiated referendum regarding proposed amendment of city charter to impose a requirement that mid-term council members resign to run for mayor.
Council received an update from the City Manager on her conversation with the Neighborhood Commission requesting that they consider hosting neighborhood forums to determine citizens' views on this issue. They have agreed but want to complete their work on an ongoing project before beginning the planning for citizen engagement on this issue.
Ms. Bunting indicated that this item was on the agenda at the request of Councilman Tuck. Councilman Tuck requested consideration of a referendum to allow citizens to express their views on this issue in the affirmative or the negative in enough time to allow the issue to be placed before the General Assembly at the next legislative session. The City Attorney outlined the steps necessary to do this and explained that the Charter allows Council, by way of resolution, to ask the Circuit Court to order a special referendum election. A public hearing is not required but she suggested it would be wise to do so. There is another method allowed by Charter where the results would be binding as opposed to advisory. She briefly touched on the costs associated with holding a referendum and it is estimated to be between $40,000 and $50,000 unless it could be time to coincide with another election which would be taking place anyway.
Briefing on the Status of Fort Monroe
Presented by Mary Bunting, City Manager. She shared that Cynthia Hudson, City Attorney, and the attorney for the Fort Monroe Authority successfully worked on amended language to proposed language to the bill pending before the General Assembly.
Mayor Ward spoke about the widening of I-64 from Newport News to Richmond. There are high cost estimates for the 8 lane option but there is a possibility of adding an additional lane in each direction which would not impact overpasses. She would like the City Council to consider a resolution encouraging the Commonwealth Transportation Board to consider such a solution without removing the potential future 8 lane option. There was no opposition from City Council and, based upon this, the Mayor asked the City Manager and City Attorney to draft such a resolution for the consideration of Council.
Councilman Tuck asked for the status of the audit since the monetary figure cited in newspapers articles has changed from 3.5M to 4M. Cynthia Hudson, City Attorney responded that the number has not increased and the audit is expected within a week to ten days. There is no advisory opinion from the Attorney General yet.
Closed session pursuant to Virginia Code Sections 2.2-3711.A.1, .3, and .7
Councilmember Chris Snead.
Councilmember W. H. "Billy" Hobbs, Jr..
to discuss threatened litigation; to discuss the disposition of publicly owned property in the Shell Road section of the City where dicussion in open session would impair the negotiating strategy or bargaining strength of the city; and to discuss a personnel matter involving the City Manager's office.
to consider appointments to the Wetlands Board
to consider an appointment to the Hampton Economic Development Authority (formerly the Hampton Industrial Development Authority)
to discuss the appointment of Road Viewers
to consider appointments to the Mayor's committee for People with Disabilities
to consider an appointment to the Board of Review of Real Estate Assessment
to consider an appointment to the Hampton Arts Commission
to consider an appointment to the Peninsula Alcohol Safety Action Program
Resolution Certifying Closed Session
Vice Mayor George E. Wallace.
Councilmember Chris Snead.