Last Publish on 3/9/2011 8:48:27 PM
City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Public Comment Period
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
6:04:09 PM
Ross A. Kearney, II, Angela Lee Leary, Will Moffett, 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 / Roll Call
Public Comment
  Mayor Ward read a declaration with respect to matters concerning VHDA and Harbor Square and indicated that, since so many speakers are signed up on that topic, she will turn the gavel over to Vice Mayor Wallace to chair the public comment session.

William A. Tucker spoke on keeping information from closed session confidential.

Pat Uribes spoke on the Harbor Square matter on the evening agenda.

Rev. Marcellus L. Harris, Jr. and Eddie Deerfield spoke on education funding and delaying the Courthouse.

Beatrice Darden and Kimberly Barrett spoke about cutting funding to HRT.

Tony Caspariello asked that education be supported and funding not be cut to the Healthy Families Partnership.

Dora Mae Warren spoke against courthouse and garage funding and support of teachers. Deborah H. Pearson also spoke against spending on the courthouse and garage and wants more spent on after school programs.

Rudy Langford asked that the School Board budget and education funding be protected.

Joan Charles spoke against push button polling and suggested town hall meetings take place where the public is able to ask questions and give specific budget suggestions.

John Cabot Ishon, Sherry Spring, Gay LaRue, and Carlisle Bland spoke in opposition to the Harbor Square resolution on the evening agenda.

Billie M. Millner and Damon Kolb spoke in support of the Harbor Square resolution.

Hugh Bassette asked that Hefflefinger Street’s drainage issues be funding, that Rip Rap Road not be widened, and spoke against the use of consultants.

Peter O’Shaughnessy spoke on stormwater mitigation and the need for road paving in the Bonita Drive area.

Frank Ottofaro spoke about the taking of his property on Pine Chapel Road.

John Krulis spoke about the Convention Center budget, Embassy Suites’ assessment, and the overdue taxes on H2O.

Edwin M. Boone spoke against the budget polling exercise and reminded everyone that the courthouse bond issue is not yet final.