April 22, 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, 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 (Riverside/ Avondale zoning overlay and regulations) be opened and continued to May 13th, which was approved.


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 Central Florida.  The shade meeting regarding a possible home rule legal challenge to the Florida Legislature’s imposition of property tax reform previously scheduled for this afternoon will be postponed to a future date.


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 Winter Haven, FL.  Lisa Rinaman will distribute a copy of the Mayor’s letter to the Council President on the project to all council members before the meeting tonight.  Council Member Redman asked for emergency action tonight on his resolution 2008-349 declaring the month of May as Bike Month in Jacksonville, which was approved.  Council Member Fussell asked for emergency action tonight on his resolution 2008-348 declaring the week of May 5-11 as The Players Championship Week in Jacksonville, which was approved.


The group extended its best wishes to Florida Times-Union City Hall reporter Beth Kormanik on her impending marriage and move to New York City.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:18 p.m.






Jeff Clements, Chief

Council Research Division