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City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Civic Recognition & Public Comment Period
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
5:01:09 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
Vanessa T. Valldejuli, City Attorney
Katherine K. Glass, CMC, Clerk of Council
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Call to Order / Roll Call
  The meeting convened at 5:01 p.m. All members of City Council were present at roll call with the exception of Councilman Moffett who arrived shortly thereafter.
Invocation - Councilman Tuck
  Councilman Tuck gave the invocation by asking that those in attendance observe a moment of silence and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Pledge of Allegiance
Ceremonial Items - "Spotlight on Citizens" - Recognition of Outstanding Students
  Mayor Wallace announced that today was Scout Youth in Government Day in the City of Hampton today and approximately thirty scouts visited City Hall and learned about natural disaster preparedness and also visited the Virginia Port Authority.

The Hampton City Council recognized the following students:

Bethel High School
Valedictorian - Grant Gibson
Co-Salutatorians - Kayla Young and Kayla Houston

Phoebus High School
Valedictorian - John Michael McCormick
Salutatorian - Philip Fahy

Hampton High School
Valedictorian - Alan Booth
Salutatorian - Bhakti Desai

Kecoughtan High School
Valedictorian - McKenna Simpson
Salutatorian - Seare Farahat

Also recognized were Anna Montgomery of Phoebus High School and Christopher Dobyns, of Bethel High School. Anna and Christopher also attend the Governor's School for Science and Technology here in Hampton. They created a winning design which will be used in NASA's first Orion flight. David M. McGowan, Deputy Director of Space Technology and Exploration at NASA gave remarks and also made a presentation to Anna and Christopher.
Public Comment
  The following individuals spoke about problems on Otley Road: Patricia G. Johnson, David Born, Terrance Hinton, Sally Allen, Angela Jenkins, Terry Harig, and Jan Edwards.

Andrew and Robin Puckette spoke about the changes in the elderly and disabled tax relief program. The Mayor deviated from the standard protocol and asked the City Manager to provide information on the changes. Ms. Puckette also inquired about the future of the Wythe Elementary School building which is still under the ownership of the Hampton City Schools.

Joan Charles responded to the City Manager's response to statistics she provided in a discussion about the All America City competition.

Following the public comment period, Ms. Bunting, the City Manager, responded to the concerns expressed about Otley Road.
1.14-0238Closed session pursuant to Virginia Code Section 2.2-3711.A.3, .5 and .7 to consider the acquisition of real property in the Salters Creek, Shell Road and Powhatan Parkway areas for a public purpose where discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the bargaining position or negotiating strategy of the public body; to have a discussion concerning a prospective business or industry or the expansion of an existing business or industry where no previous announcement has been made of the business' or industry's interest in locating or expanding its facilities in the community; and to 7 consult with legal counsel regarding specific legal matters requiring the provision of legal advice by such counsel.
ACTION: Approved - Another closed session was convened to conclude items left from the afternoon session. Councilman Hobbs was not present when the closed session convened but returned at 7:15 p.m.

MOVER: Councilmember Linda Curtis.
SECONDER: Councilmember Chris Snead.
2.14-0239Resolution Certifying Closed Session
ACTION: Adopted - Councilman Tuck was not present for the certification vote as he departed at 7:21 p.m.

MOVER: Councilmember Will Moffett.
SECONDER: Councilmember Linda Curtis.
  Councilman Moffett expressed his support for the City Manager's solution to ask the neighborhood services staff to become involved with the situation on Otley Road. He expressed that this is the way that Hampton has operated for many years.

The meeting adjourned at 6:57 p.m. at which time a motion to reconvene the earlier closed session was made by Vice Mayor Curtis, seconded by Councilwoman Snead, and passed unanimously with the exception of Councilman Hobbs who had departed.