Monday, July 08, 2013
Breaking: Richmond City Council decides no referendum for new ballpark
After two hours of hearings and debate, Richmond's City Council has rejected a proposal for a referendum about the location of a proposed new baseball stadium for the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
After voting unanimously to restore two papers to the council's agenda and allow public comment, the council listened to about an hour of public comments before debating the papers amongst themselves. While there were more speakers in favor of the referendum, the majority of city council remained unconvinced that land use was a proper topic for a referendum this year.
Many members of council pointed out that they had no information whatsoever about any active proposals for a new stadium. In the absence of such information, the majority of city council rejected Council President Charles Samuels plan for a referendum by two decisive 6 to 3 votes.