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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, October 10, 2012
6:29 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

Call to Order / Roll Call
  Mayor Ward called the meeting to order at 6:01 p.m. All members of Council were present.
Public Comment
  Raynard Vinson spoke on drainage issues.

David Dietrich spoke on the protection of Hampton residents, city seal, public inquiries, safe City Council seats, and placement of political signs.

George Van Guilder spoke on behalf of the Copeland Industrial Business Association.

Tom Gear asked several questions of members of City Council. He went beyond the three minute time limit and was called out of order.

John Krulis spoke in opposition to the three minute time limit imposed on speakers under the public comment period.

Rudy Langford indicated that the Coalition for Justice for Civil Rights intended to speak on the police cigarette sting operation but were deferring that to a different date. He asked specific questions about the purchase of the vehicles used in the operation and expressed that he felt Mr. Gear had been treated unfairly.

Edwin M. Boone indicated the sheriff approached him when he went over time speaking at a previous session. He offered President Obama the use of his poem, Insight.

Gaylene Kanoyton renewed her request for a charter change to allow all School Board seats to be at-large. She also asked that the citizens be kept informed on the police situation so that trust may be restored.

Frank J. Ottofaro, Jr. spoke about the taking of his father's land on Pine Chapel Road. He also spoke against imposing additional constraints on speakers during the public comment period.

Linda Kizzart of the Coalition for Justice for Civil Rights asked several questions regarding the Blue Water cigarette sting.

Hugh Bassette stated that every citizen who lives in Hampton and meets the criteria should be allowed to run for City Council and on citizens' rights to speak at public comment period.
  The meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.