September 9, 2008

3:00 p.m.


Lynwood Roberts Room

1st Floor, City Hall

117 W. Duval Street



Attendance: Council President Fussell, Council Members Holt, Yarborough, Corrigan, Webb, Shad, Bishop, Joost, Graham, W. Jones, Redman, M. Jones, Johnson


Also: Steve Rohan, Dylan Reingold, Cindy Laquidara and Carol Mirando  – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman, Janice Billy and Kyle Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Dana Farris – Legislative Services Division; Lisa Rinaman – Mayor’s Office; Kerri Stewart –  Deputy CAO; Lin White – Dept. of Public Works; Ros Phillips and Kelly Boree – Recreation and Community Development Department; Ebenezer Gujjarlapudi – Environmental and Compliance Department; Chris Pearson – Public Works Department; Wight Gregor, Laura Stagner and James Richardson – Housing and Neighborhoods Department;  John Crofts – Planning and Development Department; Dianne Smith, Debbie Delgado, Sandra Lane,  Celeste Hicks, Mina Hosseini, Meghan Friel, Suzanne Warren, Alison Miller, Tiffany Clark, Bridgette Green – ECAs; Annette Hastings – Tourist Development Council; Jeff Cements – City Council Research; Rachel Welsh and Steve Cassada – Council Administrative Services; Tia Mitchell – Florida Times-Union; Kevin Meerschart – WJCT; Brenna Durden, Warren Alvarez, T.R. Hainline, John Crescimbeni; Paige Johnston


The meeting was called to order at 3:03 p.m. by Council President Fussell.


Council Member Webb reviewed the Rules Committee’s actions from its meeting.  He noted that Ordinance 2008-538 (Trail Ridge Landfill operations contract) is not on the agenda because the Rules Committee did not take action on the bill, unlike the Finance and TEU Committees.  Council Auditor Kirk Sherman recommended that the bill be taken up, substituted and re-referred to all three committees, to which the President agreed.  2008-555 (FY08-09 budget) was not acted on by Rules in committee last week; it will need to be discharged from Rules so the Finance Committee substitute can be adopted and the bill laid on the table.


Council Member Corrigan reviewed the Finance Committee’s actions from its meeting.  He noted that he will be offering floor amendments on 2008-630 (appropriation of $10.5 million from the Landfill Closure Account to purchase land adjacent to Trail Ridge Landfill for fill material) and 2008-682 (amending the Ordinance Code regarding feeding the homeless for bona fide religious reasons).  He also stated that the three budget-related ordinances (2008-554, -555 and -678) will have their public hearings tonight.  The budget ordinance (2008-555) will have the public hearing opened and closed, the additional public hearing at the next Council meeting announced, be discharged from Rules, substituted and re-referred to committee.  In response to a question from Council Member Shad, Kirk Sherman indicated that the Finance Committee concluded its work on the budget to date with a contingency reserve of just over $204,000.


Council Member Yarborough indicated that all the PHS Committee’s actions were covered by the previous committee reports.


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


Council Member W. Jones stated that the RCD Committee’s actions have all been previously reported.


Council Member Graham reviewed the LUZ Committee’s actions from its meeting, noting that the committee failed to recommend approval of 2008-314 (rezoning on Grove Street), so the motion on the floor will be to deny.


President Fussell stated that he was under the weather and may need to excuse himself before the end of the meeting.  Given Vice President Clark’s excused absence, Rules Committee Chairman Jack Webb would assume the chair should that become necessary.


Steve Rohan announced that, following the retirement of Tracy Arpen, Shannon Eller has been promoted to the position of Deputy General Counsel for Land Use and Environmental Law.  He also announced that Peggy Sidman has been promoted to the position of Chief Legislative Counsel.


The floor leader was asked to make an announcement early in the meeting to inform the general public that the Value Adjustment Board is conducting business in Committee Room A across the atrium in case a VAB applicant is mistakenly in the Council Chamber.  Council Member Holt stated that bills 2008-627 and -628 (Dunn Creek, LLC/Titan Land, LLC/Valerie Britt stipulated settlement agreement and Future Land Use Map amendment) may draw a substantial number of interested citizens.


Council Member Mia Jones requested that 2008-763 and -764 honoring and commending recently deceased citizens be taken up as emergencies.


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




Jeff Clements, Chief

Council Research Division




Posted 9/10/08

11:25 a.m.