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City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Civic Recognition & Public Comment Period
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
6:02:32 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
  In the absence of the Mayor, Vice Mayor Wallace called the meeting to order.
Invocation - Councilman Christopher G. Stuart
  The invocation was given by Councilman Chris Stuart.
Pledge of Allegiance
Ceremonial Items - "Spotlight on Citizens"
  Vice Mayor Wallace introduced Brian Marchese, the emcee for the Spotlight on Citizens segment of the Council meeting.

The first segment showcased the Youth, Education and Family Services "Angel Tree" program where over 49 Hampton families were provided with gifts and food during the holiday season. The families' needs were met due to the generosity of employees of the City of Hampton. Additionally, Scott Huddleston, Manager of the Hampton Wal-Mart store was recognized for their donation of bicycles and riding toys for the children. Technical Sgt. Melvin Hill of Langley Air Force Base was also recognized for his efforts in organizing the gifts and seeing that all are organized and wrapped for presentation to the families.

Lt. Jeff Walden presented information on Hampton's Neighborhood Watch program and recognized the Block Captains who participate in this program. He also shared information on the Citizens' Police Academy and recognized individuals participating in that program. Acting Police Chief Thomas Townsend thanked Council for the opportunity to recognize the participating citizens.

Vice Mayor Wallace shared that several individuals and groups in Hampton participated in a National Day of Service last Monday and expressed Council's appreciation to all Hampton citizens who participated.
Public Comment
  Kathy Dermanis, the President of Buckroe Improvement League and Archivist for the Buckroe Historical Society, requested a delay in demolition of the fisherman's shack in Buckroe to investigate possible preservation.

Kathy Johnson, Executive Director of Alternatives, spoke to Council and shared information from the First Books project which distributed 7,923 books to 2,823 Hampton children in December. She thanked Council for their support of young people in Hampton.

Edwin Boone spoke about his attendance at a recent meeting of the Fort Monroe Authority. He suggested that more citizens get involved in the future of Fort Monroe.

Rudy Langford thanked the Hampton Fire Department and Chief Layman for their excellent response to an incident. He also invited anyone interested to attend a symposium on gun control sponsored by the Coalition for Justice on Civil Rights. This will take place on February 11th at 6 p.m. at the Main Library in Hampton. He was also complimentary on the report concerning Lincoln Park given in Council's afternoon work session.
  The meeting was adjourned at 6:18 p.m.