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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 10, 2011
6:01:37 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
  Mayor Ward called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m. and shared that Councilman Stuart was not present due to a family emergency and will try to be present for the 7 p.m. session.

Mayor Ward explained that most of the individuals signed up to speak were in connection with the Harbor Square matter. As she has previously disclosed, she is the beneficiary of a trust established by her father and has no management involvment with Harbor Square Apartments and Great Atlantic. The Commonwealth Attorney has ruled that she has no conflict of interest but Mayor Ward has chosen to not participate in any discussion of this matter. As such, she passed the gavel to Vice Mayor George Wallace to chair this meeting.

Public Comment
  The following individuals spoke in favor of the City's acquisition of Harbor Square Apartments: Rick Bagley, Sherry Spring, Perry Pilgrim, Bruce Hoogstraten, Lisa Hall, Benton Knight and Carlisle Bland.

The following individuals spoke in opposition to the City's acquisition of Harbor Square Apartments: Crawford Hammond, Jeff Rathbone, Dale Smith, Cynthia Smith, Alan Meetze, Tim Slagle, Richard Hewitt, Larry Cumming, Eddie Deerfield, Linda Counts, David Johnson, and Rasik Patel. Several of the individuals suggested a deferral of the matter.

Joan Charles spoke about the history of redevelopment in Downtown Hampton and in opposition to the City's acquisition of Harbor Square Apartments.

David Braunbeck spoke on the transportation issue he has with Hampton Roads Transit.

Frank Ottofaro spoke on the taking of his property on Pine Chapel Road and expressed his protest against the city acquiring Harbor Square Apartments.

Hugh Bassette spoke about the crime problems in Harbor Square Apartments. He also stated that the master plan doesn't address Harbor Square. He spoke about it being the last place blacks live in Downtown Hampton.

John Krulis spoke in memory of the approximately thirty members of the military who recently gave their lives and suggested that a special portion of this year's September 11th ceremony should be dedicated to them. He also spoke about the recent death of William Cooper.

James Morgan requested assistance with the drainage issues in his area.

Edwin Boone spoke about statements made during candidate's forums the last election cycle regarding the proposed courthouse that were not honored.

Alan Diamonstein spoke as the representative of the owner of Harbor Square as to the sequence of events with respect to letters of intent received in connection with the property in question.
  The meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m.