1. The meeting began at 6:08 PM, and this recording began a few minutes later. We join the meeting during the Awards Period.

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  2. The Task Force held its regular monthly meeting at 4:00 PM on Thursday, July 12 at the Department of Economic Development's offices located on the third floor of Main Street Station.

    The first order of business was the approval of minutes from two previous meetings. Scott Burger asked that the minutes be amended to reflect him asking about additional members for the Task Force. The amendment was adopted and the minutes were approved. [0:23]

    The largest part of the meeting was a presentation from Stephen McNally, GRTC Project Administrator about the process for the site selection for a Transfer Center located in the downtown area located between 14th, Belvidere, Leigh, and Canal. [1:50]

    SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS

    [41:28] Montigue Magruder from the User Services Subcommittee gave a report of their last meeting.
    [52:16] Jack Berry [Richmond Convention & Visitors Center] talked about the recent event Paralyzed Veterans Wheelchair Games, then discussed a June 26 meeting with Bob Crum from the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission.
    [56:00] Miscellaneous Discussion

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  3. Before Council's Formal Meeting on Monday, June 9, at 5:30 PM in front of City Hall, five candidates for elected office announced their intentions to seek office this fall and spoke as individuals on a wide range of topics from alleged corruption to irregularities in the Registrar's Office.

    The speakers were:

    L. Shirley Harvey [0:17] write-in candidate for Mayor, City of Richmond
    Luis J. Pantophlet [2:25] write-in candidate for School Board, 6th District
    Theodora "Teddy" Parham [3:33] write-in candidate for City Council, 6th District
    Lee Shewmake [8:14] candidate for City Council, 5th District
    Chris Dorsey [9:11] candidate for Sheriff, City of Richmond, 2013

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  4. Very interesting meeting. I began recording about 35 minutes after the meeting began. The video begins with the Citizen Comment Period. Teddy Parham was the first speaker [0:17]. In an unprecedented move, President Kathy Graziano [4th District] called a 5 minute recess when Teddy would not stop talking even after they cut her mic. Scott Burger talked about the high charge of the minimum water rate in the City [21:53].

    President Graziano tried to cut off Councilman Marty Jewell [15:02] which he did not appreciate. The two had another tussle when Mr. Jewell was asking clarifying questions of Scott Burger [28:15].

    Robert "Bob" Stiedel, Direct of Public Utilities spoke to the Council about the Water Utility [30:18]

    [42:22] Amend and Continue, Item 6, Ord. 2012-103 -- the digital signal started breaking up while the clerk was reading the amendments. [45:10] Mr. Bruce Tyler noted he had a conflict of interest on the paper and would not participate in the vote or discussion.

    [46:15] Consent Agenda. Tyler abstain from Item 5, Ord. 2012-102, because of a Conflict of Interest [51:32].

    [52:28] Expedited Resolutions. 2012-R100 and 2012-R101.

    [55:07] Approval of Minutes

    [56:00] Reports and Announcements. Many Council members lamented the loss of Council regular and active community member Ruby Turner.

    Doug Conner [56:07]
    Charles Samuels [58:34]
    Chris Hilbert [1:00:14]
    Marty Jewell [1:04:48]
    Cynthia Newbille [1:08:02]
    Reva Trammell [1:09:43]
    Bruce Tyler [1:16:30]
    Ellen Robertson [1:18:41]
    Additional comments from Tyler, Hilbert, Trammell [1:25:14]
    Kathy Graziano [1:28:03]

    [1:29:23] Introduction of New Papers

    Meeting End Time: 8:20 PM

    [1:37:45] Comments from Dick Harmon

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  5. I spoke during the Citizen Comment Period at the Council meeting to urge Richmonders to run for elected office and explained a little of is required. If you are interested for running for School Board, Council, or Mayor, call the City Registrar's office at 646-5950 or visit Room 105 at City Hall. The deadline for petitions is June 12.

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