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City Of Hampton, VA
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, Va 23669
City Council - Special Meeting
Council Chambers, 8th Floor, City Hall
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:02:24 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
not set, not set

Call to Order
  Mayor Wallace called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. with all members of Council present. He called upon Councilman Moffett to give the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Wallace then read a proclamation proclaiming April, 2014 Peace Month in the City of Hampton.

In response to Council's request during the afternoon session, Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult returned to the evening session and gave an update on crime statistics in the City of Hampton. Crime in Hampton is at its lowest rate since 2005. Violent Crime has dropped almost 40% since 2005.

The City Manager, Mary Bunting, briefly outlined the process involved in Council approval of the budget, specifically that tonight is a public hearing only with no votes being taken.
Public Hearings
1.14-01772014-2015 Consolidated Annual Action Plan which includes the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program Budgets.
ACTION: Presented by Amanda Olwig, Neighborhood Grant Clerk.
ACTION: Held Public Hearing Hugh Bassette spoke on this item. He was complimentary of former city staff members Angelique Shenk and Sabrina Carr and expressed that he looks forward to working with Jonathan McBride. He spoke about CDBG and HOME funds not being spent in the Old Northampton neighborhood.
2.14-0182Public Hearing to Receive Citizens' Comments Relative to the Fiscal Year 2015 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 Budget, The Woodlands Golf Course Budget, Economic Development Fund, Proposed Personal Property Tax Rate (Increase)
ACTION: Held Public Hearing Debra Jones, Will Rosser, and Jason Young spoke in support of Denbigh House and thanked City Council for their support.

Douglas Hearst requested consideration of additional funding to refurbish Briarfield Park or create a new softball complex.

Charles Hall spoke in support of additional funding for the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board.

Pamela Croom spoke as President of the Hampton Council of PTAs. She requested full funding of the Hampton City Schools budget.

Karen Joyner, Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank, thanked City Council for the funds recommended in the FY15 budget and suggested consideration be given to rescinding the real estate and personal property tax on non-profits.

Hugh Bassette spoke in opposition to any tax increase but he supports a reinstatement of a boat tax.
  The meeting adjourned at 8:23 p.m.