April 7, 2020 - Hampton City Council’s regular public meetings scheduled for Wednesday at City Hall have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns. Instead, City Council will hold a special meeting electronically - in accordance with the Virginia Code - at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Council chambers.
According to a notice from the Council clerk, the new virtual meeting has been called "by agreement of all members of the City Council for the specific purpose of legislative actions which, if not taken, would cause irreparable harm to the City of Hampton and its citizens, and is necessitated due to the continuing public health threat." Most members of Council are expected to attend electronically.
The meeting agenda includes:
A resolution providing for Council members to attend remotely via electronic means.
A resolution establishing city manager chain of command and succession.
A resolution providing for relief for Hampton taxpayers who can show they are financially impacted by COVID-19.
A resolution providing for relief for small, independent, Hampton-owned businesses financially impacted by COVID-19.
A resolution to amend the FY 2020 city budget and appropriate $1,315,283 for repairs to the James T. Wilson Fishing Pier and observation pier, which were damaged by a loose barge last year.
The Virginia Health Department reported that there were 3,333 cases of COVID-19, 563 people hospitalized, and 63 deaths in the state as of Tuesday.