Last Publish on 3/13/2008 10:04:28 AM
City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Afternoon Session
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
2:03:25 PM
Anderson W. Clary, Jr., Randall A. Gilliland, Angela Lee Leary, Charles N. Sapp, Joseph H. Spencer, II, Paige V. Washington, Ross A. Kearney, II, Mayor
Jesse T. Wallace Jr., City Manager
Cynthia Hudson, City Attorney
Katherine K. Glass, Clerk of Council

Call to Order
1.08-0100Discussion of Fort Monroe Reuse.
ACTION: Council heard from Councilwoman Leary with respect to her efforts on the Warrior Transition project. She has met with Dr. William Harvey of Hampton University about the School of Nursing possibly helping veterans returning from the Middle East. She also met with Wanda Mims, the Director of the local VA Hospital, who has assigned staff to work with Hampton on the possibility of using a portion of Fort Monroe to offer treatment to these returning vets. Councilwoman Leary also recently met with Joseph A. Williams, Jr., the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Operations and Management.

Regional Issues
  Councilman Sapp and Vice Mayor Gilliland led a discussion on the local planning district Commission, metropolitan planning organization and Hampton Roads Transportation Authority.

The federal government recently visited for recertification purposes and has granted conditional approval.

Vice Mayor Gilliland indicated that there will be a study group to research best practices for planning district commissions and metropolitan planning organizations. The Executive Director of the HRPDC, Arthur L. Collins, is retiring effective May 1, 2008, so this is a unique time for change.

Councilman Sapp shared a letter from the Federal Highway Administration to the Virginia Department of Transportation indicating that projects should not be planned without funding sources in place.

With respect to the Hampton Roads Transportation Authority (HRTA), Councilman Sapp shared that a modeling and simulation project was approved by the General Assembly which will show how we can best improve the transportation network here. It will be a valuable tool.

Councilman Sapp would like Council's input for the next HRTA meeting on the 19th. He suggests that a solution should not be rushed and the public participation piece and the relationship between the planning district commission and the metropolitan planning organization should be addressed and resolved before a decision is made.

Vice Mayor Gilliland believes the General Assembly will vote within the next few days on the future of the HRTA and it may not even exist by its next scheduled meeting.

Elizabeth Kersey, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, shared the most recent information from the General Assembly.
New Business
  The Mayor asked Councilman Sapp and Councilman Spencer to meet to discuss the Boards and Commissions in Hampton and to identify those which would benefit from appointees possessing a particular skill set.

Councilwoman Leary relayed some questions to the City Manager which were recently raised to her by citizens of Fox Hill.

Mayor Kearney asked that the Clerk of Council explain the new timing system for speakers addressing Council. Katherine K. Glass, Clerk of Council, briefly ran through how the system works and explained that it will be used for the first time at today's evening session.

The Mayor congratulated Councilman Sapp on his award from the Hampton Roads Technology Council honoring him with the Chairman’s Award for Exceptional Leadership By A Local Elected Official.

as Chairman's Award for Exceptional Leadership.
Closed Meeting
08-0088Closed session as provided in Virginia Code Section 2.23711.A.1, .3 and .7
ACTION: Approved

MOVER: Councilmember Joseph H. Spencer, II.
SECONDER: Councilmember Charles N. Sapp.
08-0099to discuss or consider the acquisition of real property for a public purpose, in the Fox Hill, Downtown Hampton and Coliseum Central areas, where discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the bargaining position or negotiating strategy of the City.

08-0108to consult with legal counsel employed or retained by the City regarding specific legal matters involving transportation issues requiring the provision of legal advice by such counsel.

08-0112to consult with legal counsel pertaining to actual or probable litigation, where such consultation in an open meeting would adversely affect the negotiating or litigating posture of the City;

08-0110to discuss personnel matters involving Police Division employees involved in youth violence prevention

08-0082to consider appointments to the Finance Committee.

08-0087to consider an appointment of an alternate to the Grievance Board.

08-0096to consider appointments to the Hampton Industrial Development Authority.

08-0097to consider the appointment of a consumer representative to the Virginia Peninsula Disability Services Board.

08-0098to consider appointments to the Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority.

08-0101to consider an appointment to the Hampton Arts Commission.

08-0102to consider an appointment to the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

08-0103to consider an appointment to the Clean City Commission.

2.08-0089Resolution Certifying Closed Session
ACTION: Adopted

MOVER: Councilmember Charles N. Sapp.
SECONDER: Councilmember Joseph H. Spencer, II.