June 24, 2008

3:00 p.m.


City Council Conference Room A

Suite 425, City Hall

117 W. Duval Street



Attendance: Council President Davis, Council Members Clark, Redman, Shad, Hyde, Holt, Yarborough, Corrigan, Bishop, Joost, Graham, W. Jones


Also: Peggy Sidman, Dylan Reingold, Tracey Arpen and Shannon Eller – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman and Janice Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Dana Farris and Carol Owens – Legislative Services Division; Lisa Rinaman, Sherry Hall and Shannon Hewett – Mayor’s Office; Lin White – Dept. of Public Works; Wight Greger and Kelly Boree – Recreation and Community Development Department; Paul Crawford  – JEDC; Cheryl Brown – Council Secretary; Robert Philips – Supervisor of Elections Office; Dianne Smith, Debbie Delgado, Suzanne Warren, Alison Miller, Susie Loving, Sandra Lane, Tiffany Clark, Meghan Friel, Sarah Balme, Allison Miller, Celeste Hicks, Suzie Loving, Sandra Lane, Mina Hosseini, Jenny Huxford and Angela Ryan – ECAs; Kevin Meerschaert – WJCT; Tia Mitchell – Florida Times-Union; Paul Harden – agent; Nelson Cuba – Fraternal Order of Police


The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Council President Davis. He thanked the assembled council members for an outstanding year of hard and sometimes controversial work done with a spirit of cooperation and collegiality.


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


Council Member Shad reviewed the Finance Committee’s actions from its meeting. 


Council Member Hyde gave the PHS committee report, noting that all items had been covered by the previous committee reports.


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


Council Member Graham gave the RCD Committee report, noting that all items had been previously covered.


Council Member Corrigan gave the LUZ Committee report.  He noted that 2008-192 (Riverside/Avondale zoning overlay) will have a floor substitute that will add several additional points to the previous substitute that incorporated all of the prior amendments.  He noted that 2008-294 (Interstate Business Center DRI amendments) failed by a 3-3 vote in the committee and was not reported out for Council action.


President Davis announced that he had deferred bills 2008-273 and 274 (Pisces Circle rezoning and land use amendment) at the last meeting because they were marked as being in his district and he had not had the opportunity to review the project.  The bill was in error and this project is in Council Member Holt’s district.  Mr. Holt stated that he would be conferring with the parties before the Council meeting to determine if he could support moving the bill tonight.


Council Member Joost asked if 2008-428 (increasing JSO employee cap) would be taken up tonight.  President Davis noted that the question of privatizing the JSO’s fleet maintenance was still unanswered but he favored issuing and RFP for the maintenance service to see what the market would propose.  Since the bill only involves raising the employee cap and does not address funding for the positions, the President may propose action tonight to determine the will of the Council.


Robert Philips of the Supervisor of Elections Office requested emergency approval on first reading of 2008-536 changing the location of 3 polling stations.  The polling places need to be moved for the August election.


Council Auditor Kirk Sherman requested emergency consideration of 2008-523 to extend the contract of the city’s independent auditor (Ernst and Young) for an additional 2 years with a 3% rate increase per year.  Council Member Shad noted that the Finance Committee had heard the request and was lukewarm in its reaction to the bill.  Council Member Clark suggested that it would be appropriate to open up the auditing contract for new proposals through and RFP process immediately.  Council Member Joost stated that he supported the proposal to move the bill tonight because of the importance of having field audit staff at work over the summer to be prepared for the year-end closeout in October.  Council Member Hyde concurred in the need to begin preparations for year-end work now.  Mr. Sherman stated that Ernst and Young was the sole proposer for the job 3 years ago, and his office and the City administration intend to publicize their interest in having medium-sized firms bid on the business in addition to the Big Four firms that have traditionally done the work.  President Davis urged that the competitive proposal process begin well in advance of the end of the next contract so that emergency action is not needed in the future.


Council Member Yarborough noted that there appears to be a scrivener’s error on the agenda in the title of 2008-483 (appropriation of JEA funds to the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens).  The bill correctly states the appropriation amount as $200,000 but the bill title on the agenda states $25,000.  Mr. Yarborough also stated that the arboretum association requested emergency action on the bill tonight on second reading so that an existing contractor on-site can continue with additional work without closing down the job and waiting until Council acted in 3 weeks after the summer break.  This would incur and $11,000 remobilization charge and reduce the funding for improvements to the site.  President Davis will consider the request before the meeting begins.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:25 p.m.




Jeff Clements, Chief

Council Research Division




                                                                                                                        Posted 6/24/08

                                                                                                                                                                4:50 p.m.