Last Publish on 3/27/2008 1:06:32 PM
City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Afternoon Session
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
2:04:06 PM
Anderson W. Clary, Jr., Randall A. Gilliland, Angela Lee Leary, Charles N. Sapp, Joseph H. Spencer, II, Paige V. Washington, Ross A. Kearney, II, Mayor
Jesse T. Wallace Jr., City Manager
Cynthia Hudson, City Attorney
Katherine K. Glass, Clerk of Council

Call to Order
  The Mayor announced that Hampton is one of 18 communities who are still being considered for the location of the Cyber Command. He praised the staff for their continuing efforts on this initiative.
1.08-0121FY-09 Budget Worksession
ACTION: Presented by Jesse T. Wallace, Jr., City Manager. Each member of Council briefly communicated their thoughts on the Manager's presentation. The Manager's recommended budget will be submitted to Council in mid-April.
Regional Issues
2.08-0120Council Discussion of results of General Assembly's and Governor's actions on Transportation and discussion of results of the March meetings of the HRTA, HRPDC and MPO.
ACTION: Presented by Councilman Sapp. He shared information from the recent Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority meeting.

Elizabeth Kersey, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, shared information on the Hampton Roads Transportation Authority. The Hampton Roads caucus will meet at 10 a.m. on April 3rd. Council is invited to attend. In preparation for the meeting, the Hampton City Council is sponsoring a public meeting on April 2nd at 6:30 p.m. to provide an opportunity for Peninsula residents to make their proposed solutions known to the members of the General Assembly who represent Peninsula localities. Peninsula City Councils and Boards of Supervisors have also been invited to attend. At this time, six of the ten General Assembly representatives have indicated they will attend.

Mayor Kearney shared information from a recent Hampton Roads Partnership meeting. Most of Hampton's neighboring localities now favor the inclusion of a transportation solution which includes addressing the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel.

Vice Mayor Gilliland indicated that Hampton's position on transportation is:

1. The Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel must be included in the solution.

2. The state legislature must be the entity to levy the taxes, tolls, fees, etc.

3. The taxes, tolls, etc. must be related to transportation.

4. All 16 communities in our area need to be subjected to any taxes, tolls and/or fees which are levied.

Councilman Sapp relayed that the MPO is operating now with a conditional approval. He believes that we need to get our regional planning house in order.

Vice Mayor Gilliland reported back on the recent HRPDC meeting. He indicated that in a reasonably short period of time, Hampton has had some meaningful successes. Hampton had a bill passed in the last General Assembly session providing for a modeling and simulation exercise which will show exactly what any proposed transportation project will and will not solve. The role between the Planning District Commission and the Metropolitan Planning Organization is a huge issue for our area and it is critical to receiving federal funding. A new structure is being proposed which will result in two stronger, healthier organizations.
New Business
Closed Meeting
08-0105Closed session as provided in Virginia Code Section 2.23711.A.1, .3 and .7
ACTION: Approved

MOVER: Councilmember Angela Lee Leary.
SECONDER: Councilmember Anderson W. Clary, Jr..
08-0107to discuss or consider the disposition of publicly held real property in the Downtown Hampton area where the discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the bargaining position or the negotiating strategy of City Council.

08-0122to discuss or consider the acquisition of real property in the Fox Hill area for a public purpose where discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the bargaining position or negotiating strategy of the City.

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

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

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

3.08-0106Resolution Certifying Closed Session
ACTION: Adopted

MOVER: Councilmember Joseph H. Spencer, II.
SECONDER: Councilmember Angela Lee Leary.