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City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Evening Session
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:34:17 PM
Linda Curtis, W. H. "Billy" Hobbs, Jr., Will Moffett, Teresa V. Schmidt, Chris Snead, Donnie R. Tuck, George E. Wallace, Mayor
Mary Bunting, City Manager
Vanessa T. Valldejuli, City Attorney
Katherine K. Glass, CMC, Clerk of Council
not set, not set

  Mayor Wallace called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. All members of City Council were present at roll call.
INVOCATION - Councilwoman Teresa Schmidt
  Councilwoman Schmidt gave the invocation.
Consent Items
1.15-0129Approval of the minutes from the afternoon and evening sessions of March 11, 2015 and the Spotlight on Citizens from March 25, 2015.
ACTION: Approved items 1 - 5 on the consent agenda.

MOVER: Councilmember Linda Curtis.
SECONDER: Councilmember Will Moffett.
2.15-0123Ordinance To Amend And Reenact Chapter 9 Of The Code Of The City Of Hampton Entitled “Building And Development Regulations”, Section 9-41, Pertaining To Permits, To Further Clarify Processes When Outstanding Taxes Or Certain Fees and Liens Exist
ACTION: Approved items 1 - 5 on the consent agenda.

MOVER: Councilmember Linda Curtis.
SECONDER: Councilmember Will Moffett.
3.15-0124Resolution Approving the City of Hampton, Virginia's Participation and Appropriation of Funds for the 2015 Summer Food Service Program for Children Received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
ACTION: Approved items 1 - 5 on the consent agenda.

MOVER: Councilmember Linda Curtis.
SECONDER: Councilmember Will Moffett.
4.15-0134Resolution Authorizing the Appropriation of $392,718 from the Economic Development Fund Unassigned Fund Balance to Acquire 14 Parcels (368, 374, Unassigned, 382, 384, 500, 522, 544 W Queen St and 101, 103, 104, 105, 108, 109 N Back River Rd) Located in the Proposed Queens River Residential Redevelopment Area (Back River Road/W. Queen Street).
ACTION: Approved items 1 - 5 on the consent agenda.

MOVER: Councilmember Linda Curtis.
SECONDER: Councilmember Will Moffett.
5.15-0135Resolution Determining Harmony Information Systems, Inc. to be the Only Source Practicably Available from which to Procure an Upgrade to the Department of Human Services’ Web-Based Information Technology System and Authorizing the Negotiation and Execution of a Purchase Contract with Harmony Information Systems, Inc. as “Sole Source”
ACTION: Approved items 1 - 5 on the consent agenda.

MOVER: Councilmember Linda Curtis.
SECONDER: Councilmember Will Moffett.
Fiscal Year Budget Hearings
6.15-0132Public Hearing to Receive Citizens' Comments Relative to the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget and Proposed Taxes and Fees, including: General Operating Budget ("General Fund") Capital Improvement Fund Solid Waste Management Fund Stormwater Management Fund Wastewater Management Fund Steam Plant Fund Fleet Services Fund Risk Management Fund Information Technology Fund Hampton Coliseum and Arts Fund Hampton Roads Convention Center Fund The Hamptons Golf Course Fund The Woodlands Golf Course Fund Economic Development Fund Proposed Personal Property Tax Rate (No Change) Proposed Real Estate Tax Rate (No Change) Proposed Boat License Fee (New) Proposed Cigarette Tax (Increase) Proposed Solid Waste Fee (Increase) Proposed Stormwater User Fee (Increase)
ACTION: Presented by Mary Bunting, City Manager.
ACTION: Held Public Hearing - Trudy Kearney complimented the recent signage installed and finds it beautiful and helpful. She encouraged restroom improvements and ADA compliant improvements to War Memorial Museum.

Timothy Leighton spoke in support of the proposed boat decal fee since the funds generated will be dedicated to maintenance of navigable waterways.

Hugh Bassette speaking for the Hampton's Citizens Coalition spoke in favor of a boat tax, had questions on a number of items, and supports the 3% salary increase for city employees but not those at the top.

John Krulis spoke in opposition to the Newmarket Creek trail project.
7.15-0122Ordinance Granting a Franchise to Lumos Networks, Inc. (“Grantee”) for the Term and Upon the Conditions Herein Stated to Occupy and Use the Public Streets and Public Alleys in the City of Hampton, Virginia (the “City”) to Install, Maintain, Upgrade, Repair, and Remove Cable, Optical Fibers, Wires, Electrical Conductors, Conduits, Subways, Manholes, and Other Equipment and Fixtures of a Telecommunications System in the Corporate Limits of the City of Hampton, Virginia
ACTION: Presented by Lynn Allsbrook, Deputy Director of Public Works and City Engineer.
ACTION: Held Public Hearing - there were no speakers on this item.
ACTION: Approved

MOVER: Councilmember Linda Curtis.
SECONDER: Councilmember W. H. "Billy" Hobbs, Jr..
General Items
Miscellaneous New Business
Public Comment
  Joyce Beggs spoke on history of the contraband slaves in Hampton. She is farming land which was once land owned by contraband slaves. She asked Council to look into saving the home located there.

John Krulis spoke on sewer issues he recently had where a plumber suggested he call 311 and they were very helpful. He is 100% in favor of the pay increase except he's not sure about those who are in corner offices. He also thanked the City Manager for being responsive on a recent phone issue.

Vice Mayor Curtis reminded the citizens that it is Earth Day today and Hampton's Master Gardeners will have a plant sale at Bluebird Gap Farm on May 2nd. She also mentioned a Daily Press article today and congratulated the Hampton Clean City Commission. Edward Sean Robinson, who was present at the meeting, has started an anti-litter campaign directed toward young people which involves scholarship funds to young people participating. Vice Mayor stated that Hampton is full of co-collaborators and we're proud of the things they do.

The City Manager, Mary Bunting, mentioned that today is the first day to sign up for Slide-the-City which will take place on the Booker T. Washington bridge. She recognized Carlisle Bland for bringing the event to Hampton.

Mayor Wallace reminded everyone that it is Administrative Professionals Week.

Katherine Glass, Clerk of Council, shared that today was Scout Youth in Government Day where 30 young people learned about city budgeting and spent the afternoon learning more about Hampton's history.
  The meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.