Last Publish on 1/26/2011 4:04:24 PM
City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
NOTICE OF ACTION
City Council - Afternoon Session
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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
Mayor Ward called the meeting to order. All members of Council were present although Councilman Kearney was not in the room at the time of roll call.
Presentation on Budget Process and Schedule
Presented by Mary Bunting, City Manager, who outlined iValue 2.0. Ms. Bunting also introduced Gloria Washington, the new Budget Director for the City of Hampton.
Briefing on the Status of Fort Monroe
Presented by Mary Bunting, City Manager. The Mayor and several Hampton staff members visited the General Assembly yesterday where they appeared before the Senate Local Government Committee. The bill submitted by Senator Locke passed unanimously and has now been referred to the Senate Finance Committee. The bill which is pending now is an amendment to the original bill and is number SB1400 and can be tracked at http://lis.virginia.gov/.
Councilman Kearney reported that the Regional Jail committee met last week. Councilwoman Leary was also in attendance. Interviews were conducted for a new superintendent and the results of that process will be announced soon. This will require a vote of the committee.
He also reported on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission meeting last week where an extensive discussion was held on stormwater and runoff. He requested a future report on this topic to Council.
Councilman Kearney asked for better use of Channel 47 to communicate to our citizens about the many wonderful things that are happening in our community.
Councilwoman Leary reported on a town hall meeting she held in January and said that she'll get minutes on that out soon. She also read information on the Arvada Center for the Arts in Denver, Colorado. She learned of this center during the recent National League of Cities meeting she attended. Information on the Center will be given to the Clerk for distribution to the other members of the Council.
She will host a public meeting tomorrow night at 6:30 at the Phoebus Auction Gallery where three members of the Fort Monroe Authority's team will be present with maps to answer questions.
Vice Mayor Wallace reminded citizens that at the meeting Councilwoman Leary is hosting tomorrow, citizens will hear the perspective of the Fort Monroe Authority's staff which is only one side of the issue.
He also reported that Mr. Braunback's appeal with the Handiride service of Hampton Roads Transit has been heard and his original suspension was upheld. It remains in place until March 16, 2011.
The City Manager shared updates on several items of pending legislation that might be of interest to citizens in Hampton.
Councilwoman Leary requested electronic information from the City's lobbyist when it is available. The City Manager indicated she was happy to share this information but most is received verbally and is provided in each Friday's Council packet.
Councilwoman Leary shared information on a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request she received in December and stated that it required her to share e-mails. She wanted citizens and staff who had e-mailed her to know that their information might now be public.
Mayor Ward extended her thanks to Senator Mamie Locke for her assistance on the Fort Monroe and other legislation. She indicated that Hampton has a great team working for us in Richmond to include Senator Miller and Delegates Ward and Bacote. She also reported that Glenn Oder, who represents Newport News, is partnering with Hampton on the Fort Monroe issue.