Last Publish on 1/9/2013 6:24:23 PM
City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Public Comment Period
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
6:59 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
  The Mayor called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m. Vice Mayor Wallace was not present at roll call but arrived at 6:03 p.m.
Public Comment
  Timothy Miller of the Hampton Elks Lodge shared their many community activities.

Frank Ottofaro, Jr. spoke on his father's case involving property on Pine Chapel Road.

David Dietrich spoke on the National Defense Authorization Act, emergency protection of Hampton residents, the fire department grant presented at the afternoon session and scheduled for vote in the evening session, and more effective protection of school children.

Edwin M. Boone recited his poem, Insight, and then spoke on his desire to remove six members of Council, asked for the City Manager's resignation, was critical of business equipment not being depreciated, and on the cost of the disparity study.

Hugh Bassette spoke as President of the Old Northampton Civic Association with an update on curb and gutters in Old Northampton. He indicated that Langley Avenue has not been completed. As an individual, he spoke about the fire department grant and had questions about the funding for the firefighters once the grant money has been used.

Eddie Deerfield spoke against any charter change requiring a council member to resign to run for Mayor. He also talked about restricting the amounts spent on campaigns or possibly going to a district or ward system. He also talked about possibly returning to the Mayor being elected by the Council and considering term limits. He was critical of Council's current meeting schedule. He also asked that the vote on the firefighter grant be deferred for thirty days.
  The meeting adjourned at 6:23 p.m.