December 9, 2008

3:00 p.m.


Lynwood Roberts Room

1st Floor, City Hall

117 W. Duval Street



Attendance: Council President Fussell, Council Members Holt, Webb, Redman, W. Jones, Graham, Joost, Bishop, Corrigan, Brown


Also:  Steve Rohan, Peggy Sidman, Shannon Eller and Dylan Reingold – Office of General Counsel; Janice Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Dana Farris – Legislative Services Division; Sherry Hall – Mayor’s Office; Lin White and Bob Williams – Dept. of Public Works; Wight Greger and James Richardson – Housing and Neighborhoods Department; John Crofts – Planning and Development Department; Paul Crawford and Jorina Jolly – JEDC; Kelly Boree – Recreation and Community Services Department; Cheryl Brown – Council Secretary; Dianne Smith, Debbie Delgado, Celeste Hicks, Sarah Lane, Mina Hosseini, Meghan Friel, Alison Miller, Stan Johnson, Sandra Lane  – ECAs;  Annette Hastings – Tourist Development Council; Jeff Cements – City Council Research; Steve Cassada – Council Administrative Services; Tia Mitchell – Florida Times-Union; Kevin Meerschaert – WJCT; Nelson Cuba – Fraternal Order of Police; Dave Kaufman – JPA; Andrew Miller, Andrew Brigham, Jason Gabriel


The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. by Council President Fussell


Council Member Webb reviewed the Rules Committee’s actions from its meeting, noting that 2008-1058 (Teen Court shift to Court Administration) was substituted in committee and is requested for emergency action to be accomplished by January 1 to facilitate the transition from the State Attorney’s Office to Court Administration operation. 


Council Member Corrigan reviewed the Finance Committee’s actions from its meeting.  He noted that 2008-993 (appropriation for Bob Hayes Track Meet) passed the RCD Committee after being deferred by Finance and he is willing to have the bill discharged for action tonight since all relevant questions have been satisfactorily answered.  He also noted that 2008-1057 (license for operation of Normandy Community Center) was recommended for emergency action tonight.


Assistant Council Auditor Janice Billy reported that the PHS Committee’s actions had been covered by the prior reports.


Council Member Bishop reported that the TEU Committee’s actions had been covered by the prior reports. 


Council Member Jones reported that the RCD Committee’s actions had been covered by the prior reports.


Council Member Graham reviewed the LUZ Committee’s actions from its meeting.  With regard to 2008-970 (Comp Plan amendment for Jaxport master plan), President Fussell stated that he would be deferring the bill so that it can be taken up in January in tandem with 2008-892 and -893 (rezoning and land use change for new Jaxport cruise ship terminal in Mayport).  He has been meeting with Jaxport representatives and interested parties from Mayport and thinks the authority is agreeable to making several compromises that will produce a better final outcome for everyone concerned.  He wants the all three bills to have an additional public hearing in January so the Mayport community can have its say on the final compromise agreement.  Mr. Graham stated that 2008-1088 (ordinance requiring JPA to operate Mayport ferry through 2018) will be withdrawn tonight and resubmitted for action in conjunction with the other Mayport/JPA-related bills in January.


President Fussell announced that the City will be collecting donations of food and money during December to purchase food to help replenish the pantry at Second Harvest Food Bank.  Collection barrels will be placed in the Mayor’s office and City Council office.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.




Jeff Clements, Chief

Council Research Division




Posted 12/10/08

2:30 p.m.