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City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Public Comment Period
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
6:04:09 PM
Linda Curtis, W. H. "Billy" Hobbs, Jr., Will Moffett, Teresa V. Schmidt, Chris Snead, Donnie R. Tuck, George E. Wallace, Mayor
Mary Bunting, City Manager
Vanessa T. Valldejuli, City Attorney
Katherine K. Glass, CMC, Clerk of Council
not set, not set

Call to Order / Roll Call
  Mayor Wallace called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m. and all members of City Council were present at roll call. Prior to the public comment beginning, Mayor Wallace asked the City Manager, Mary Bunting, to summarize the proposed changes to the City Council meeting structure and schedule which was discussed in the afternoon session and is scheduled for vote in the evening session.
Public Comment
  Leigh Fenigsohn, Executive Director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program spoke on their need for funding.

Joan Charles spoke on the proposed changes to the City Council meeting schedule.

Andy Puckette, Robbie Berkley, Rhonda Puckette, Khadijah Sellers, Katherine Stewart, Hugh Bassette and Boris Peyton spoke on the changes which have been made to the elderly and disabled tax relief program. Ms. Sellers suggested that a statewide referendum dealing with taxing the elderly and disabled might be revisited and written more clearly.

Cheryl Ford-Grobel and Jeanette Richardson spoke on a gun violence forum that will be held on September 20th from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

Eddie Deerfield spoke about his not being reappointed to the Purchasing and Procurement Oversight Committee and his thought that the All America City competition was a waste of money. He also gave his opinion on things where he believes the City of Hampton is wasting money.

Tammie Osakowicz-Hearst thanked the City for the improvements to Briarfield Park.

David Dietrich expressed his appreciation for the large number of speakers tonight. He asked Council to honor the Constitution and put an item on the agenda to support the National Defense Authorization Act.

Frank Ottofaro spoke on the Ottofaro case.

John Krulis thanked a lady who spoke on the elderly tax relief program. He indicated he was pleased with the Fort Monroe report given in the afternoon session. He was critical of the proposal to move the public comment period and was critical of the dredging of Long Creek to get to Salt Ponds and of not taxing boats.

Carol Bartram, Jennifer Price, and Tina Chrismon spoke in support of the chicken keeping ordinance.

Joseph R. King expressed his appreciation to Council and spoke about a poor experience he had in the Court system.
  The meeting adjourned at 7:01 p.m.