CITY COUNCIL AGENDA MEETING MINUTES
November 25, 2008
1st Floor, City Hall
117 W. Duval Street
Attendance: Council President Fussell, Council Members Holt, Webb, Yarborough, Redman, W. Jones, Graham, Joost, Bishop, Clark, Corrigan, Davis and Council Member Elect-Brown
Also: Peggy Sidman and Shannon Eller – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman and Janice Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Dana Farris and Carol Owens – Legislative Services Division; Sherry Hall – Mayor’s Office; Lin White – Dept. of Public Works; Wight Greger and James Richardson – Housing and Neighborhoods Department; Clayton Bailey – Housing Finance Authority; Brad Thoburn and John Crofts – Planning and Development Department; Susan Stewart – Duval Legislative Delegation; Dianne Smith, Debbie Delgado, Angela Ryan, Celeste Hicks, Sarah Lane, Mina Hosseini, Meghan Friel, Alison Miller, Stan Johnson, Daphne Colbert, Susan Holt, Sandra Lane and Scott Wilson – ECAs; Annette Hastings – Tourist Development Council; Jeff Cements – City Council Research; Steve Cassada – Council Administrative Services; David Hunt – Florida Times-Union; Mary-Kate Roan – Financial News; Alberta Hipps, Paul Harden, Carol Worsham
The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Council President Fussell
Council Member Webb reviewed the Rules Committee’s actions from its meeting.
Council Member Corrigan reviewed the Finance Committee’s actions from its meeting
Council Member Yarborough 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 W. 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. The group engaged in a lengthy discussion of 2008-969, an ordinance amending the Zoning Code to, among other changes, permit small commercial vehicles to be parked in residential zoning districts. President Fussell stated that he would be offering a floor substitute based on extensive discussions he has held with the Planning Department in the past week. The substitute will change the maximum gross vehicle weight of commercial vehicles allowed to be parked in residential districts from 5,000 to 10,000 pounds. Trailers would still be prohibited. Some council members expressed opposition to the proposal, others expressed support. Council Member Corrigan circulated photos of commercial trucks with graphics and/or wording on the sides that some may consider offensive, and warned that permitting overnight parking of commercial vehicles in residential districts opens the door to potentially objectionable signage. The issue of regulation of commercial speech was raised and Deputy General Counsel Shannon Eller recommended that regulation be restricted to size, weight and configuration of vehicles and not to signage which could lead to constitutional challenges. In response to a question, Ms. Eller stated that the Council could direct the administration to suspend the issuance of citations for violations of the current ordinance until a time certain, during which time the Council could be crafting a mutually agreeable solution.
Mr. Graham also noted that the two Mayport land use and rezoning ordinances regarding the proposed Jaxport cruise terminal (2008-892 and -893) are on the agenda for public hearing tonight and may draw a sizeable crowd of speakers.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
Jeff Clements, Chief
Council Research Division