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Contacting City Council During COVID-19

Until further notice, all city buildings, including City Hall, will remain closed to the public. Employees continue to report to work remotely. City Council members may be reached via their email or the City Council inbox (ccouncil@norfolk.gov). You may also leave a question or concern by calling 757-664-4268. Phone messages will be monitored during normal business hours.

Meetings - COVID-19 Update

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Norfolk will hold a public hearing on TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber, City Hall Building, 810 Union Street, to consider whether the sculptural monument commemorating soldiers who died fighting for the Confederacy presently located in the right-of-way of Commercial Place at its intersection with East Main Street should be relocated to Elmwood Cemetery in the City of Norfolk. After hearing the views of persons interested in the matter at the public hearing, the Council may vote on whether to proceed with the relocation.

The meeting will be held as an electronic meeting pursuant to and in accordance with Ordinance 47,967 and the Governor’s amendments to the General Assembly’s 2020 budget bill (HB29) found at section 4-0.01(g). Notification of this meeting can be found online at www.norfolk.gov

Comments at the Public Hearing will be limited to this subject matter only. 

In order to comply with State and Federal recommendations, occupancy in the 10th Floor Large Conference Room will be limited. Public access to listen to or observe the meeting in real-time without attending the meeting in person will be available through these platforms:

The City Clerk will be responsible for receiving comments from the public before the meeting. Anyone who wishes to submit a comment on whether the sculptural monument commemorating soldiers who died fighting for the Confederacy presently located in the right-of-way of Commercial Place at its intersection with East Main Street should be relocated to Elmwood Cemetery and not attend the meeting in person may participate by videoconference, phone or email by following these steps prior to the meeting:

  • Email ccouncil@norfolk.gov or call 757-664-4253 and leave a name and phone number. A staff member will call back.
  • For email comments: provide name and comment. The Clerk will note your email for the formal record.
  • To participate by phone: email ccouncil@norfolk.gov or call 757-664-4253 and provide name and phone number. A member of the Clerk’s staff will call when Council is ready for your comment.  The speaker will have up to 3 minutes to address Council.
  • To participate by videoconference: either email ccouncil@norfolk.gov or call 757-664-4253 and provide name and phone number, prior to the meeting.

A member of the Clerk’s staff will unmute you when Council is ready for your comment.

Note: Persons needing special assistance, such as a handheld microphone or ASL interpreter, or any other accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act are asked to call the City Clerk’s Office at 664-4253 at least three days before the meeting.

Richard A. Bull
City Clerk

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Responsibilities

The City Council:

  • Establishes policy for the city
  • Approves the budget
  • Levies its taxes
  • Appoints the:
    • City Assessor
    • City Attorney
    • City Auditor
    • City Clerk
    • City Manager

The council also appoints members to the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Planning Commission and other boards and commissions, as well as city representatives to regional and other boards and authorities.

Vision Statement

  • Norfolk is a national leader in the quality of life offered to all its citizens.
  • This is achieved through effective partnerships between city government and its constituents.
  • As a result, Norfolk is a physically attractive, socially supportive, and financially sound city.
  • Here, the sense of community is strong.
  • Neighborhoods are designed so that people of all ages can know their neighbors and travel the streets and sidewalks safely.
  • The sense of community exists citywide.
  • Norfolk is known nationally as a strategically located place where there are abundant and fulfilling employment, recreational, and educational opportunities.