Last Publish on 9/29/2010 12:52:13 PM
City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Afternoon Session
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
1:03:41 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
  Councilwoman Leary was not present due to illness.
1.10-0403Briefing from the Virginia Air & Space Center and Request to Support Upgrade to IMAX Theater
ACTION: Presented by Todd C. Bridgford, Executive Director/CEO of the Virginia Air & Space Center. He was accompanied by Jimmy Reade Chisman and John Ishon of the Center's Board of Directors.
ACTION: Moved to vote today to approve the funding request for seating.

MOVER: Councilmember Christopher G. Stuart.
SECONDER: Vice Mayor George E. Wallace.
Regional Issues
New Business
Closed Meeting
10-0375Closed session as provided in Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711.A.1, 3 and 7
ACTION: Approved

MOVER: Councilmember Ross A. Kearney, II.
SECONDER: Vice Mayor George E. Wallace.
10-0377to discuss the disposition of property by lease in the North King Street Corridor and disposition of property in Coliseum Central where discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the bargaining position or negotiating strategy of the city

10-0396to consult with legal counsel employed by the city regarding specific legal matters pertaining to regulation of noise, cemeteries, wetlands, federal areas and zoning regulations, and requiring the advice of such counsel.

10-0330to consider an appointment to the Board of Directors of the Virginia Air & Space Center

10-0381to appoint an official delegate, delegate alternate, and staff assistant to the urban section of the Virginia Municipal League

10-0398to consider the appointment of Hampton's voting delegate and alternate to the National League of Cities (NLC) Annual Business Meeting

10-0399to consider a Council appointment to the Hampton Military History Foundation

10-0400to consider an appointment to the Planning Commission

10-0401to consider an appointment to the Finance Committee

10-0402to consider appointments to the Shoreline and Waterways Management Project Steering Committee

2.10-0376Resolution Certifying Closed Session
ACTION: Adopted

MOVER: Councilmember Will Moffett.
SECONDER: Vice Mayor George E. Wallace.
  Following the certification of the closed session, Councilman Tuck inquired as to the protocol concerning votes by Council during the afternoon session. Cynthia Hudson, City Attorney, stated that while it was not typical for votes to be taken during the afternoon work session of Council, it also isn’t improper. Mayor Ward stated that the item concerning funding for seating at the Virginia Air & Space Center could have been addressed by the City Manager. She additionally stated that had the matter appeared on the evening agenda, it would not have required a public hearing with citizen comment. Councilman Kearney shared that one of the reasons Council began televising the afternoon work sessions was so that citizens are able to see when Council gives the Manager guidance on issues which don’t actually require a vote.

Ms. Bunting shared with Council that she was recently notified that the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance (HRMFFA) has hired a near Executive Director, Rear Admiral Craig Quigley. She elaborated that during this budget cycle, Hampton reduced the contribution to HRMFFA due to a lack of faith in the leadership of HRMFFA. HRMFFA has now asked that Hampton consider restoring the funding level and the City Manager will be looking into whether this should be done. The situation has changed in that the current Mayor was previously the Co-Chair of the alliance and currently serves as Vice-Chair. Will Sessoms, Mayor of Virginia Beach, is currently serving as the Chairman and Hampton’s Mayor, Molly Ward, will serve as Chair next year. Mayors Sessoms and Ward requested the resignation of Frank Roberts, the former Executive Director of HRMFFA, and they participated in the interviews of five great candidates. Adm. Quiqley is the Communications Officer for the Joint Forces Command and is well-suited to assume the leadership of HRMFFA. His experience includes work at the Pentagon and he has high-level connections. Hampton is currently the only participating locality that is not contributing a full share. Mayor Ward shared that she had expressed to the other participants that, with a leader that had her faith and would focus on the mission of HRMFFA, she would ask the City Manager to consider restoring Hampton’s contribution to the full share. That is now their expectation. The number is in the neighborhood of $25,000. All jurisdictions did a 5% reduction last year but Hampton’s cut was more substantial based upon the lack of confidence in leadership.

Ms. Bunting reminded Council of the work to be done in developing a Council policy manual. Staff had requested available dates and finding one that worked for the entire group proved difficulty. She suggested that Council could perhaps convene early on September 22nd since Wednesdays are typically reserved for meetings of Council. She suggested a start time of 10 a.m. and indicated that staff would get a draft document to Council in advance of the meeting. She also shared that the topic doesn’t lend itself to a televised session and that perhaps it will be scheduled for the Lawson Conference Room with the door open and it adopted in public for citizens to see. It is the City Manager’s opinion that the conversation which needs to take place, if done in Council Chambers, won’t have the collegiality the project requires to be successful.

Councilman Tuck asked the Clerk of Council how a vote is recorded if a member is excused from a meeting. Katherine Glass, Clerk of Council, stated that the votes recorded are aye, nay, abstain or out.

Councilman Kearney brought up the issue of the Hellmer property which is in Phoebus on Mallory Street approaching the interstate and behind the McDonald’s. He shared that the City sold the property for development some time ago but nothing has happened; it remains vacant; and he wants the property back within the City’s ownership. He expressed that this is what happens when land is sold based on a promise to develop and the community expects something that doesn’t occur which leads to disappointment and a potential eyesore. He stated his desire for a policy that when land is sold by the City for development, that a ‘start by’ date is required as a term of the sale. He asked if this type of policy was possible.

The meeting adjourned at 4:26 p.m.