City gets #036;5,000 bill for Hampton retreat

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 16, 2002

The city was billed $5,389 for the Suffolk City Council’s three-day retreat to the Radisson Hotel in Hampton from Nov. 13-15.

Approximately $400 in lodging charges is in dispute with the hotel, said Assistant City Manager Cindy Rohlf. Council member Charles Brown, went into work at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock prior to the early morning meetings, was the only council member who stayed overnight the second night.

Brown, Mayor E. Dana Dickens III, Councilman Bobby Ralph, City Manager Myles E. Standish and four members of his management team stayed the first night of the retreat.

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Vice Mayor Leroy Bennett and council members Curtis Milteer, Calvin W. Jones and Linda T. Johnson did not stay overnight.

The hotel bill included charges $140.25 in alcohol served during two banquets.

The council had a goal-setting retreat at the Tides Inn this past August. The city has been billed more than $21,500 for the two retreats.