Last Publish on 7/18/2008 12:56:20 PM
City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Afternoon Session
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
1:57:38 PM
Randall A. Gilliland, Ross A. Kearney, II, Angela Lee Leary, Joseph H. Spencer, II, George E. Wallace, Paige V. Washington, Molly Joseph Ward, Mayor
Jesse T. Wallace Jr., City Manager
Cynthia Hudson, City Attorney
Katherine K. Glass, Clerk of Council

Call to Order
  Mayor Ward indicated that Councilman Washington would be late to the meeting due to a medical appointment.
1.08-0306Briefing Regarding Ordinances Granting Franchise to Verizon Virginia Inc. to Construct, Install, Maintain, Extend and Operate a Telecommunications System and a Cable System in the City of Hampton, Virginia.
ACTION: Presented by John Eagle, Assistant City Manager. Representatives from Verizon were: Laura Barnes, Area Manager-External Affairs/Government Relations; Lori Edwards, Senior Consultant-Business Development; and Wayne Hixenbaugh, Supervisor-Network Engineering. Joyce Melvin-Jones, Chief Deputy City Attorney, participated in the briefing along with outside counsel, Sean Stokes.
2.08-0311Presentation on Options for Streamlining Council Meetings
ACTION: Presented by Mary Bunting, Assistant City Manager.
3.08-0312Update on Hampton Sister Cities Program
ACTION: Presented by Dianne R. Foster, Special Assistant to the City Manager. Councilman Washington also provided information.
4.08-0317Update on Board & Commission Outreach & Development Process
ACTION: Presented by Councilman Gilliland who was assisted by Lisa Keller, a summer intern who is a student at the University of Virginia.
Regional Issues
  Councilman Gilliland reported on today's meetings of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and the Metropolitan Planning Organization.
New Business
  Councilwoman Leary shared with Council an article from yesterday's New York Times. She provided the Clerk with a copy of a memo from Ross A. Mugler, Commissioner of the Revenue, dated July 3, 2008, so that it is available. The memo concerns revisions to the Code of Virginia 58.1-3211.(3) which concerns an increase in income and financial worth limitations to real estate tax relief for the elderly and totally disabled.

She also spoke on the recent muskrat issue as relates to work being done on private property.

Councilwoman Leary had a question for Assistant City Manager, James A. "Pete" Peterson, regarding an e-mail concerning dredging costs. She also mentioned an earlier e-mail concerning properties in Buckroe and wants enhanced Codes enforcement in the area. Councilwoman Leary stressed the importance of citizens understanding that it will take three to four years to correct all of the assessments in Hampton.

Councilman Kearney commended Sallie Grant-DiVenuti and the Downtown Hampton group for the work done resulting in an article in Boating World about the Blackbeard Festival.
Closed Meeting
08-0279Closed session as provided in Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711.A.1, .3 and .7
ACTION: Approved

MOVER: Councilmember Ross A. Kearney, II.
SECONDER: Councilmember Joseph H. Spencer, II.
08-0297to discuss or consider the acquisition and/or disposition of publicly held real property in the King Street and Buckroe areas and other areas of the City, where the discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the bargaining position or negotiating strategy of the public body.

08-0321to 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.

08-0316to discuss Councilmember and Appointee Performance Expectations and Qualifications

08-0287to consider an appointment to the Animal Control Advisory Committee.

08-0288to consider an appointment to the Building Code Board of Appeals.

08-0289to consider appointments to the Hampton Arts Commission.

08-0290to consider appointments to the Office of Human Affairs.

08-0291to consider an appointment to the Peninsula Stadium Authority.

08-0292to consider appointments to the Purchasing and Procurement Oversight Committee.

08-0313to consider the appointment of a member of Council as a liaison to the Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority.

08-0314to consider appointment of Council liaisons to various Boards, Commissions and Committees.

08-0021to consider appointments to Hampton’s 2010 Celebration Committee

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

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

08-0113to consider appointments to the Hampton Federal Area Development Authority.

08-0258to consider the appointment of an alternate to the H2O Community Development Authority.

5.08-0280Resolution Certifying Closed Session.
ACTION: Adopted

MOVER: Councilmember Ross A. Kearney, II.
SECONDER: Councilmember Paige V. Washington.
ACTION: Adopted

MOVER: Councilmember Ross A. Kearney, II.
SECONDER: Councilmember Paige V. Washington.