Last Publish on 11/13/2013 6:30:21 PM
City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Public Comment Period
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
6:07:58 PM
Linda Curtis, W. H. "Billy" Hobbs, Jr., Will Moffett, Chris Snead, Christopher G. Stuart, Donnie R. Tuck, George E. Wallace, Mayor
Mary Bunting, City Manager
Cynthia Hudson, City Attorney
Katherine K. Glass, CMC, Clerk of Council
not set, not set

Call to Order / Roll Call
  Mayor Wallace called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. Councilman Moffett was not present as he is attending the National League of Cities meeting as Hampton's delegate.
Public Comment
  David Dietrich spoke on Council policy.

Frank Ottofaro, Jr. spoke about the Ottofaro case, his request for road renaming, and spoke later supporting Mr. Bassette’s statement about veterans housing.

Elizabeth McCoury announced that the Coliseum Central Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, November 23rd. She also announced and displayed the winning poster and asked that Council please favorably consider extending Coliseum Drive.

Hugh Bassette spoke against extending Coliseum Drive and encouraged finding an alternate site for Veterans housing.

Edwin M. Boone spoke in favor of Linda Batchelor Smith’s request for supplemental funding for her staff salaries.

Mayor Wallace asked Mary Bunting, City Manager, to speak briefly on the City's efforts to assist in the Veterans' housing matter.

Councilman Tuck asked if the City Attorney could address some of the concerns which Mr. Dietrich brings up periodically at City Council meetings. Ms. Hudson indicated her willingness to do so by calling or meeting with Mr. Dietrich or can report back at the next public comment period.

Ms. Bunting indicated that she and the City Attorney have both met with and had conversations with Mr. Ottofaro and the matter of a street renaming was on the Council's afternoon agenda on May 22, 2013. Councilman Stuart suggested that perhaps the City should replay the video of that meeting to provide some balance to Mr. Ottofaro's position as compared to the City's position.
  The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.