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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, March 13, 2013
5:59:22 PM
W. H. "Billy" Hobbs, Jr., Will Moffett, Chris Snead, 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
not set, not set

Call to Order / Roll Call
  Mayor Ward called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. All members of the City Council were present.

Mayor Ward made introductory comments concerning the recent change where the public comment session is taped but not broadcast. She then asked the Clerk to read the protocol for the public comment period.
Public Comment
  Gaylene Kanoyton spoke on citizen civility in Council Chambers.

Jonathan Deerfield; Eddie Deerfield; Joan Charles; Frank Ottofaro, Jr.; Tom Gear; Steven L. Brown; Edwin Boone; Linda Counts; Hugh Bassette; and Matt Asay spoke in favor of returning to televising public comment sessions.

Glory Gill and Alvean Lyons spoke in favor of increasing the tax rate to prevent the reduction of RNs in schools.

Danny McFarland stated his willingness to pay more in taxes to keep school resource teachers and other items.

Steven L. Brown also expressed his support for a tax increase.

Lisa Cumming spoke concerning the budget. She asked a series of rhetorical questions indicating that she didn't expect answers but rather wanted Council to consider them.

Dennis Hermann asked that Council revisit the decision to stop televising public comment sessions.

David Braunbeck spoke about the impact of cutting services to disabled persons.

David Dietrich spoke about transparency in city government.

Carolyn Phaup thanked the City Manager for speaking to the Northampton Civic League on the budget. She read a proclamation from the Northampton Civic League opposing the decision to not broadcast the public comment portion of meetings.

Teresa Schmidt spoke about the need to treat each other with respect.
  The meeting was adjourned at 7:07 p.m.