November 10, 2008

3:00 p.m.


Lynwood Roberts Room

1st Floor, City Hall

117 W. Duval Street



Attendance: Council President Fussell, Council Members Holt, Webb, Yarborough, Redman, W. Jones, Graham (arr. 3:10), Joost, Bishop, Gaffney


Also:  Peggy Sidman, Steve Rohan, Shannon Eller and Dylan Reingold – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman and Janice Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Dana Farris – Legislative Services Division; Sherry Hall – Mayor’s Office; Lin White – Dept. of Public Works; Laura Stagner, Dayatra Coles and James Richardson – Housing and Neighborhoods Department; Kris Duckett – Central Operations Department;  John Crofts – Planning and Development Department; Dianne Smith, Debbie Delgado, Angela Ryan, Celeste Hicks, Sarah Lane, Mina Hosseini, Meghan Friel, Alison Miller, Tiffany Clark and Stan Johnson – ECAs;  Mike Miller – JTA; Annette Hastings – Tourist Development Council; Jeff Cements – City Council Research; Steve Cassada – Council Administrative Services; Tia Mitchell – Florida Times-Union; Kevin Meerschart – WJCT;  Alberta Hipps, Dick Berry, T. R. Hainline, Paul Harden, Paige Johnston, Tom Schodorle



The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. by Council President Fussell who noted that tomorrow is Veteran’s Day with a downtown parade in the morning, and encouraged thoughtful reflection and gratitude for our veterans of military service.


Council Member Webb reviewed the Rules Committee’s actions from its meeting.


Council Member Yarborough reviewed the PHS Committee’s actions from its meeting.


Council Member Bishop reviewed the TEU Committee’s actions from its meeting. 


Council Member W. Jones reviewed the RCD Committee’s actions from its meeting.


Assistant Council Auditor Janice Billy reviewed the Finance Committee’s actions from its meeting, noting that 2008-946 (appropriation of $430,000 to cover ACC Football Championship ticket sales deficit) is being requested for withdrawal by the administration.


Deputy General Counsel Shannon Eller reviewed the LUZ Committee’s actions from its meeting.  She noted that Council Member Graham may be requesting that 3 or 4 items be taken up out of order early in the meeting before he leaves for another previously scheduled meeting.  2008-919 (modification of redevelopment plan for Soutel/Moncrief redevelopment area) will have a floor amendment to incorporate the LUZ existing amendment and substitute the final site plan received today.  2008-551 (land use amendment on Dunn Avenue) and 2008-863 (land use amendment on Monaco Drive) may be requested for discharge and action to keep them in the semi-annual amendment package going to Tallahassee.  2008-875 (land use amendment on Imeson Road) will be moved for discharge and will have a floor amendment to correct a map error.


Council Member Graham arrived and requested action early in the meeting on 2008-886 (land use change on Philips Highway) before he is excused.  He noted that 2008-551, -863 and -875 had been deferred at the request of district Council Member Denise Lee but that a motion might be made to discharge the bills and take action in order to keep them in the current semi-annual amendment cycle.  Alberta Hipps representing parties interested in one of the bills in question stated that a community meeting had been held and agreement reached between the neighborhood and the petitioner, word of the agreement had been relayed to Council Member Lee, but no reply had yet been received from Ms. Lee regarding the proposal to discharge the bill tonight.


President Fussell announced that out-going Council Member Mia Jones’ mother had been admitted to the hospital today and asked the members to keep them in their prayers.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:19 p.m.




Jeff Clements, Chief

Council Research Division




Posted 11/10/08

5:30 p.m.