February 26, 2008

3:00 p.m.


City Council Conference Room A

Suite 425, City Hall

117 W. Duval Street



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


Also: Peggy Sidman, Dylan Reingold, Shannon Eller, Cindy Laquidara, Steve Rohan and Jason Teal – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman, Janice Billy and Philip Peterson – Council Auditor’s Office; Dana Farris and Carol Owens – Legislative Services Division; Lisa Rinaman and Sherry Hall – Mayor’s Office; Cheryl Brown – Council Secretary; Lin White – Dept. of Public Works; John Crofts - Planning Department;  Annette Hastings – Tourist Development Council; Alison Miller,  Angela Ryan, Jenny Huxford, Debbie Delgado, Tiffany Clark, Dianne Smith, Celeste Hicks, Suzie Loving, Bridgette Green, Stan Johnson and Sarah Balme – ECAs; Rachel Welsh – Staff Services; Kevin Meerschaert – WJCT


The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Council President Davis.


Council Member Shad gave the Finance Committee report.  He noted that bill 2008-61 appropriating $70,000 from the Handicapped Parking Trust Fund will need to be pulled from the Consent Agenda and amended on the floor to waive the Code to allow for expenditure of a portion of the funds on food and beverages.  He also noted that Resolution 2008-46 supporting conceptually the USS Charles F. Adams as a floating naval museum in Jacksonville had conflicting amendments from the Finance and RCD Committees, and recommended that the RCD amendment be the one moved on the floor.


Assistant Council Auditor Janice Billy gave the PHS Committee report.


Council Member Clark gave the TEU Committee report.


Council Member Graham reported that all RCD Committee bills had been previously covered.


Council Member Corrigan gave the LUZ Committee report.  He noted that the committee had recommended denial of 2007-1248 by a vote of 4-0.  The property owner has requested that the bill be re-referred to committee or withdrawn, but Mr. Corrigan (the district council member) feels that the committee has studied the issue thoroughly and that denial is merited.


Philip Peterson of the Council Auditor’s Office gave the Rules Committee report.




Council Member Bishop requested that Resolution 2008-181 requesting the General Counsel to undertake legal action in conjunction with Seminole County to prevent permitting of water withdrawals from the St. Johns River in central Florida be taken up on first reading for possible emergency passage.  He also requested and received permission to add a bill to the addendum to appropriate $150,000 from the Environmental Protection Board to fund a study of the effects of water withdrawals on the health of the St. Johns River and possibly to pass the bill as an emergency on first reading.


Lisa Rinaman of the Mayor’s Office requested and received permission to add a bill to the addendum to sell parkland in District 11 (property originally purchased as part of the Montgomery Correctional Center) to the U.S. Veterans Administration as the site for the new national military cemetery.  Copies of the bill will be distributed to all council members immediately following the agenda meeting.


Deputy General Counsel Steve Rohan reminded the council of the shade meeting scheduled for 4:00 p.m. to discuss legal issues.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:13 p.m.






Jeff Clements, Chief

Council Research Division