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City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Civic Recognition & Public Comment Period
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
5:34:09 PM
Linda Curtis, W. H. "Billy" Hobbs, Jr., Will Moffett, Chris Snead, Christopher G. Stuart, Donnie R. Tuck, George E. Wallace, Mayor
Mary Bunting, City Manager
Cynthia Hudson, City Attorney
Katherine K. Glass, CMC, Clerk of Council
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Call to Order / Roll Call
  Mayor Wallace called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. Councilman Hobbs gave the invocation.
Invocation - Councilman Billy Hobbs
Pledge of Allegiance
Ceremonial Items - "Spotlight on Citizens"
1.13-0419Hampton Businesses who have Recently Received National Recognitions
ACTION: Council recognized Boo Williams who recently received the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award.

They also recognized Landmark Hotel Group, represented by Akhil Jain. Landmark acquired the Quality Inn and converted it into a Holiday Inn Express winning a renovation of the year for the Holiday Inn Express brand from the Intercontinental Hotel Group.

Council recognized Measurement Specialties Group for being recognized on Fortune Magazine's list of the 100 fastest growing companies.

Also recognized were Nzinga Teule-Hekima, Lakesha Brown Renfro, & Tanecia Willia, the ladies of Mango Mango Mango. They were recently featured on the "Shark Tank" television show.
Public Comment
  Rudy Langford congratulated Mayor Wallace on becoming Mayor and welcomed Councilwoman Curtis. He indicated a desire for someone from the Coalition for Justice for Civil Rights to be appointed to a City Board, Commission or Committee.

Shanta Miller-Synaker spoke as a member of Parents Against Bullying.

L. Elizabeth McCoury reminded everyone of the Coliseum Central Holiday Parade on November 23, 2013.

Felicia Davis gave information on the upcoming Healthy Kids Zumbathon on November 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Westhampton Community Center.

Edward C. Deerfield congratulated Amy Jordan of the City's Economic Development Department on being recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Hampton Roads. He spoke in favor of beginning a ward system for voting in Council elections and moving those elections to November instead of May. He asked that Mayor Wallace speak with the other members of Council about the Ottofaro situation. He was also critical of Council's vote to not allow the Veteran's transitional housing project.

Edwin M. Boone appealed to Hampton University students to come to the City Council and ask that Council reconsider their recent decision regarding a house boat bed and breakfast.

Frank J. Ottofaro, Jr. spoke on the property situation his father battled for 13 years.

Hugh Bassette spoke representing the Old Northampton Community Association. He thanked former Mayor Ward for helping his neighborhood with many issues. He expressed appreciation for her help and asked the Clerk to relay their wishes.
  The meeting adjourned at 6:29 p.m.