The Commission took the following actions at the Annual Commission Meeting on October 18, 2012:
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.
Mr. Ellis W. James of Norfolk expressed concern with instances of voter intimidation and harassment.
Minutes: 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:
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.