January 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 Jabour, Corrigan, Joost, Redman, Holt, W. Jones, Fussell, and M. Jones


Also: Peggy Sidman, Dylan Reingold and Tracy Arpen – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman, Janice Billy and Carmen Martin – Council Auditor’s Office; Dana Farris and Carol Owens – Legislative Services Division; Lisa Rinaman and Sherry Hall – Mayor’s Office; Lin White – Dept. of Public Works; John Crofts - Planning Department;  Kelly Boree – Recreation and Community Services Department; Annette Hastings – Tourist Development Council; Alison Miller, Mina Hosseini, Angela Ryan, Jenny Huxford, Debbie Delgado, Tiffany Clark, Dianne Smith and Sarah Balme – ECAs; Kevin Meerschaert - WJCT


The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m.


Council President Davis noted that keeping a quorum present may be somewhat difficult tonight, as 2 members are excused, 1 will be arriving late, and 2 have requested to be excused for early departure.  It will be incumbent on council members to keep absences from the chamber to an absolute minimum to ensure that a quorum is always in attendance.


Council Member Jabour gave the Rules Committee report.  He requested that resolution 2008-13 (urging Congress to pass the Second Chance Act of 2007 to reduce criminal recidivism) be discharged from Rules on the floor.  The bill was recommended for approval by the PHS Committee.


Assistant Council Auditor Janice Billy gave the Finance Committee report.  She noted that a special Council meeting has been called for next week to discuss Ordinance 2007-401 regarding the BJP courthouse construction project.  She also noted that Ordinance 2008-29 (appropriating $3 million to the Sheriff’s Office for Operation Safe Streets) was recommended for approval as an emergency and that Ordinance 2007-1304 (submerged land lease on Southbank Riverwalk for dinner cruise ships) needs to be discharged from the RCD Committee; both Finance Committee and the Waterways Commission have recommended approval of the bill.


Council Member Joost stated that all of the PHS Committee bills had been previously covered.


Carmen Martin of the Council Auditor’s Office gave the TEU Committee report.



Council Member Joost gave the RCD Committee report.  He reiterated the need to discharge 2007-1304 from the committee as discussed earlier, and noted that 2008-29 will have a floor amendment to add the emergency passage language.


Council Member Corrigan gave the LUZ Committee report.  Ordinance 2007-835 (appeal of Planning Commission ruling on zoning exception for on-premises alcohol service) was the subject of over 2 hours of testimony and debate in committee and ended with the committee voting 4-2 to deny the appeal.  A “yea” vote supports the committee’s denial of the appeal.  Ordinance 2007-1250 (Selva Marina rezoning) will be postponed for 2 weeks to allow the land use amendment to run simultaneously with the rezoning.  Finally, 2007-1248 (road frontage waiver on Caney Marsh Court) is requested by the neighborhood to be re-referred to LUZ for further negotiations.


Council Member Mia Jones requested that Resolution 2008-74 (honoring and commending Ike Williams) be passed as an emergency on first reading so that it may be presented at a function this weekend.


Council Member Joost requested clarification of the motion on 2007-835 – a vote to support the LUZ recommendation is a vote to deny the appeal and allow the restaurant to continue serving alcohol on the same basis as it currently does.  Council Member Corrigan will give a short explanation of the dispute and LUZ’s recommendation during the meeting for the benefit of the audience.


Assistant General Counsel Peggy Sidman announced that there will be 2 “shade” meetings scheduled in the near future to discuss two legal cases – Jacksonville Property Rights Association, Inc. vs. City of Jacksonville, and Michael J. Herkov vs. City of Jacksonville.  Notice will be published when the meetings are scheduled.


President Davis reiterated the importance of keeping a quorum present in the chamber at all times tonight.


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






Jeff Clements, Chief

Council Research Division