HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Wednesday night, Hampton City Council changed a policy that one member believes will have a big impact on residents.
The council voted to change the way members are allowed to add items to its agenda, but Donnie Tuck said this was a ploy to alienate him.
"I would hate to say that, but, yes, that is my sense of it," Tuck said.
In the past, it only took one council member to request an item be put on the agenda, but the council changed the policy so that it requires at least two members getting together before an item is added. Tuck feels as if he's the odd man out on council, and he's worried he won't find anyone to work with.
"I think it does make it more difficult for council members," Tuck added. "I think for others, unpopular issues won't be able to be brought forward."
Tuck can't understand why the change happened.
"What this does, in my estimations, is it encourages council members to seek and have discussions prior to the placement of the item on the agenda," added Vice Mayor George Wallace.
"I think it would be good for council," said Mayor Molly Ward. "It will require more interaction among the members and less unilateral action."
WAVY.com checked with several other local cities to find out how council members go about adding items to their agendas. Only one city has a similar policy to Hampton's new one. Suffolk requires four council members to approve an added item.
In Virginia Beach, a council member submits a request to the city attorney, while in Newport News it's the city manager who takes that request. Norfolk members do the same thing, but WAVY.com was told it is very rare for an item to be on the agenda that hasn't been discussed first by council.
Chesapeake council can submit items to the city clerk, attorney or manager. Portsmouth members can ask for items, but as a courtesy, other members are given heads up by email.
The change in Hampton applies to both the regular and work session agendas.
State police is conducting a criminal investigation after a vehicle crashing into a residence on the Eastern Shore.
David Karl Becker, a Navy SEAL, was arrested on four charges related to stealing and selling government-owned firearms and ammunition.
Newport News Police said they are looking for the person who drove into the wall of a car wash and stole a control box.
Virginia lawmakers and officials commented on the passing of Nelson Mandela Friday, December 5, 2013. Mandela was 95 years old.
The Chesapeake Police Department is seeking any information about these 10 wanted suspects. If you know anything, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Norfolk Fire & Rescue officials said a train went off its track Dec. 5, 2013 in the area of East Princess Anne and Ingleside roads.
HazMat crews have identified the material on a derailed train in Norfolk as cement. East Princess Anne and Ingleside roads have reopened to traffic.