May 27, 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, Shad, Redman, M. Jones, Holt, Yarborough, Corrigan, Bishop, Joost, Graham and Fussell


Also: Peggy Sidman, Steve Rohan, Dylan Reingold 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 and Shannon Hewett – Mayor’s Office; Lin White – Dept. of Public Works; Robert Phillips – Supervisor of Elections’ Office; John Crofts – Planning and Development Department; Kelly Boree – Recreation and Community Development Department; Dianne Smith, Debbie Delgado, Suzanne Warren, Alison Miller, Susie Loving, Sandra Lane, Tiffany Clark, Jenny Huxford, Meghan Friel and Mina Hosseini – ECAs; Kevin Meerschaert – WJCT; Alberta Hipps, Noah Henderson


The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Council President Davis.  He announced that Council Member Warren Jones was traveling out of town and is attempting to return in time for the meeting, but will be excused if he does not arrive.


Assistant Council Auditor Janice Billy gave the Rules Committee report.  Ordinance 2008-341 (reemployment of retirees by the Sheriff’s Office) has been requested by the Sheriff to be postponed for one meeting cycle.  Resolution 2008-430 (brownfield designation for former Jax Raceway site) is a new introduction being requested for emergency action after one committee cycle.  Resolutions 2008-460 (declaration of vacancy and special election for City Council At-Large, Group 2 seat) and 2008-474 (congratulating William Raines H.S. state championship girls track team) are requested for emergency approval on first reading tonight.  Ordinance 2008-329 (amendment to policies and procedures regarding meeting scheduling and notices) was requested by the Office of General Counsel and Council Secretary to be pulled from the consent agenda and re-referred to the Rules Committee for additional changes.


Council Member Shad gave the Finance Committee report.  The Council President indicated that Ordinance 2008-30 (water conservation rules for landscape irrigation) is being re-referred to the TEUS and PHS Committees.


Assistant Council Auditor Janice Billy gave the PHS committee report.


Council Member Clark gave the TEU Committee report. 


Council Member Graham gave the RCD Committee report.


Council Member Corrigan gave the LUZ Committee report, noting that there had been no controversial or lengthy items in the committee meeting and none expected on the agenda tonight.


Assistant General Counsel Peggy Sidman called the council members’ attention to Resolution 2008-460 (vacancy and special election for Council At-Large, Group 2 seat), noting that the potential field of candidates for the seat is contingent upon tomorrow’s expected by the judge as to whether qualifying will be opened up to additional candidates beyond the two who competed in the original election.


Council Member Mia Jones requested and received approval for an addendum resolution repealing the Council’s prior resolution of support for bringing a Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school to Jacksonville.


Council Member Redman called attention to Resolution 2008-479 (honoring and commending the “Brotherhood Bike Ride 2008” to benefit Charleston SC firefighters killed in a building collapse last year) on the agenda for emergency first reading approval tonight, and invited interested council members to join in the bike ride when the group passes through Jacksonville on Thursday.


President Davis reminded the group of the 4:30 special called meeting to elect Council officers for 2008-09.


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






Jeff Clements, Chief

Council Research Division