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HRPDC Action Summary: Annual Commission Meeting, October 18, 2012

HRPDC Action Summary: Annual Commission Meeting, October 18, 2012

The Commission took the following actions at the Annual Commission Meeting on October 18, 2012: 

Workshop Items:

Mr. John Carlock, Deputy Executive Director, provided a briefing on the proposed legislative agenda for the 2013 General Assembly session.  Key issues include:  sea level rise and coastal flooding, moratorium on uranium mining, stormwater program implementation, nutrient credit exchange program, recycling market enhancement, public noticing requirements and various issues regarding funding and unfunded mandates.  Commissioners discussed potential issues to add and all localities were encouraged to share their draft legislative agendas with staff so that additional consensus positions could be developed.  Staff will refine the package and bring it back for Commission consideration in November.

Ms. Natalie Easterday provided Commissioners an overview of the Ready Hampton Roads program and website, which provides a comprehensive online resource for citizens and emergency managers to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate hazards.

Ms. Nancy Collins, Chief Financial Officer, summarized the FY12 Audit Report, which included an unqualified opinion of sound financial management of the agency.

Public Comments:

Mr. Ellis W. James of Norfolk  expressed concern with instances of voter intimidation and harassment.

  The minutes of the September 20, 2012 HRPDC Executive Committee Meeting were approved as part of the consent agenda.

Treasurer’s Report: Approved as part of the consent agenda.

Regional Reviews:  Approved as part of the consent agenda.

Other items approved under the Consent Agenda:

  • Regional Stormwater Cooperation Report
  • Environmental Education Report
  • FY2012 Audit Report
  • UASI Grant Acceptance for FY2011 Regional Training & Exercise
  • FEMA 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge
  • Regional Catastrophic Planning Grant Task Order
  • Virginia Preparedness Plan

The Nominating Committee presented the slate of officers for CY 2013:

    Chairman:          Mr. Thomas Shepperd, Jr., York County
    Vice Chairman:    Mr. Kenneth Wright, City Of Portsmouth
    Treasurer:        Mr. James O. McReynolds, York County
    Secretary:        Mr. Dwight Farmer, HRPDC

Local appointments to the Executive Committee were also recognized.  The full slate and Executive Committee were approved by voice vote.