CITY COUNCIL AGENDA MEETING MINUTES
April 22, 2008
City Council Conference Room A
117 W. Duval Street
Attendance: Council President Davis, Council Members Clark, Redman, W. Jones, M. Jones, Fussell, Gaffney, Yarborough, Bishop, Webb, Joost and Graham
Also: Peggy Sidman, Steve Rohan, Dylan Reingold, Shannon Eller, and Tracey Arpen – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman and Janice Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Dana Farris and Carol Owens – Legislative Services Division; Lisa Rinaman and Sherry Hall – Mayor’s Office; Lin White and Bob Williams – Dept. of Public Works; John Crofts and Bill Killingsworth – Planning and Development Department; Ebenezer Gujjarlapudi and Fred Forbes – Environmental Resource Management Department; Robert Phillips – Supervisor of Elections’ Office; Dianne Smith, Debbie Delgada, Stan Johnson, Tiffany Clark, Suzanne Warren, Celeste Hicks, Sandra Lane, Meghan Friel, Alison Miller and Jenny Huxford – ECAs; Annette Hastings – Tourist Development Council; Rachel Welsh – Staff Services; Kevin Meerschaert – WJCT; Beth Kormanik – Florida Times-Union; Paul Harden – attorney; T.R. Hainline – attorney;
The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Council President Davis.
Council Member W. Jones gave the Rules Committee report.
Assistant Council Auditor Janice Billy gave the Finance Committee report. She noted that on Ordinance 2007-401 (courthouse construction), the Finance Committee’s amendment encompassed the Rules Committee’s amendment and added Mr. Joost’s provision that the proceeds from the sale of the existing courthouse and City Hall annex properties on the riverfront will be applied to the whole courthouse complex project.
Ms. Billy reported that the PHS and RCD committee items were covered by the two previous reports.
Council Member Clark gave the TEU Committee report.
Council Member Yarborough gave the LUZ Committee report, noting that the committee had had a very short meeting the previous week. Two bills not already so marked on the preliminary agenda are being requested for postponement to May 13th – 2008-245 and 2008-238.
Assistant General Counsel Peggy Sidman stated that several Council Members have requested a floor amendment for 2008-299 – the Animal Care and Control animal holding time ordinance. Council Member Graham stated that this is a very emotional issue and he expects a large number of speakers will want to address this issue from both sides. Ebenezer Gujjarlapudi, Director of the Environmental and Resource Management Department, distributed a fact sheet about the bill to dispel some misinformation that seems to be circulating in the general public. The intent of the bill is NOT to hasten euthanasia of animals picked up by or dropped off in the custody of Animal Care and Control, but rather to speed up the time in which adoptable animals can be moved out of the shelter and into the adoption system.
Council President Davis expressed his desire to change the rules regarding introduction of bills by the Council President at the request of some other person or entity so as to make it clear who the real initiator of the legislation is. He has received several calls in the past few days regarding bill 2008-260 (sale and purchase of secondhand recyclable metals) from persons who, upon seeing “Council President” on the introducer line, think that he is responsible for the bill. Deputy General Counsel Steve Rohan stated that the situation could be resolved.
Assistant General Counsel
Dylan Reingold requested that the public hearing on 2008-192 (
The group was reminded of the
shade meeting scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to discuss the issue of challenging water
withdrawals from the St. Johns River in
President Davis requested the
Council to take action as an emergency tonight on resolution 2008-309
supporting the construction of a CSX Railroad integrated logistics center in
The group extended its best
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:18 p.m.
Jeff Clements, Chief
Council Research Division