Last Publish on 4/25/2012 6:35:04 PM
City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Civic Recognition & Public Comment Period
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
5:35:16 PM
Ross A. Kearney, II, Will Moffett, Joseph H. Spencer, II, 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
  Vice Mayor Wallace called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Councilman Moffett was not present at the time of roll call but arrived a moment later.

Vice Mayor Wallace stated that Mayor Ward attended the afternoon session for the budget work session but is not present this evening as she continues the bereavement process following the loss of her mother.
Ceremonial Items - "Spotlight on Citizens"
1.12-0151Proclamation in Recognition of the Volunteer Efforts of the Airmen of Joint Base Langley-Eustis
ACTION: Read and Presented by Councilman Joseph H. Spencer, II.
2.12-0152Recognition of Terry Riddick and the Best Kept Secret / Stop The Violence Organization
ACTION: Council recognized Terry Riddick along with his brothers, Wilson and Randy, for their youth violence prevention efforts in our community.
3.12-0153Recognition of Robert R. Harper of Bob Harper Photography for the Donation of a Portrait of Hampton's First City Council and Employees.
ACTION: Council thanked Jenny Brown who was representing Robert R. Harper of Bob Harper Photography for the restored photograph of Hampton's first City Council and some members of the staff at that time. The photograph was hung in City Council chambers by the City Manager and Ms. Brown. There was a short recess to transition to the public comment portion of the meeting.
Public Comment
  Thomas Sinclair spoke and praised the City Council.

Dan McFarland spoke in support of an increased education budget.

Frank J. Ottofaro, Jr. asked for a meeting concerning the Ottofaro case.

Sherry Spring of the Downtown Hampton Development Partnership spoke in support of the City Manager's recommended budget.

Eddie Deerfield spoke about a candidate's forum held last Friday, read from an e-mail he received, and encouraged citizens of Hampton to vote next Tuesday.

Archie Allen spoke in praise of the International Children's Festival held last Saturday and thanked the city staff for not suggesting a boat tax as part of this year's budget.

Edwin Boone encouraged citizens to vote and suggested that the funding formula needs to be revised.

Tonya Hutchinson, President of the Hampton Education Association, spoke in support of funding of the school budget.

Romy Singh spoke on behalf of Indian convenience store owners in Hampton and in opposition to an increased tax on cigarettes.
  The meeting adjourned at 6:24 p.m.