January 8, 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, Jabour, Corrigan, Joost, Redman, Holt, W. Jones, Shad, Fussell, Graham, Yarborough, Bishop, Webb and Hyde


Also: Peggy Sidman, Steve Rohan, Cindy Laquidara, Dylan Reingold and Shannon Eller – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman and Janice Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Dana Farris – Legislative Services Division; Adam Hollingsworth, Lisa Rinaman and Sherry Hall – Mayor’s Office; Lin White – Dept. of Public Works; Brad Thoburn and John Crofts - Planning Department;  Annette Hastings – Tourist Development Council; Susan Stewart – Duval Delegation office; Alison Miller, Mina Hosseini, Angela Ryan, Celeste Hicks, Jenny Huxford, Debbie Delgado, Tiffany Clark, Meghan Friel, Dianne Smith and Suzanne Warren – ECAs; Karl Sanders – private attorney; Martha Shirko – citizen; Beth Kormanik – Florida Times-Union; Kevin Meerschaert - WJCT



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


Council Member Corrigan gave the LUZ Committee report.  He expects considerable public attendance and participation on items 2007-1230 (Peach Blossom Villas land use amendment), 2007-1235 (Zoo Parkway and I-95 land use amendment) and 2007-1240 (Craig Airport runway extension).  Council Member Webb intends to offer a floor amendment to 2007-1240 that incorporates LUZ’s action from last week, but requires that 100% rather than 50% of the 11-acre JAA-owned parcel at the corner of Monument and St. Johns Bluff Roads be put into a permanent conservation category.  President Davis asked that copies of the floor amendment be distributed to the audience prior to the start of the meeting so that they can have the opportunity to read through it before Council takes up the item for public hearing.


Council Member Joost gave the RCD Committee report.


Council Member Clark gave the TEU Committee report.


Council Member Hyde gave the PHS Committee report.  He noted that 2007-1349 (Memorandum of Understanding with the Clerk of Court’s Office) failed to be reported out of the committee as an emergency last week, as it was from other committees.  Adam Hollingsworth stated that the administration would not be requesting discharge from PHS and emergency action tonight.


Council Member Shad gave the Finance Committee report. 



Council Member Jabour gave the Rules Committee report.  He requested that 2007-1025 (J-bill splitting Clerk of the Courts’ state and county functions) be pulled and re-referred to the Rules Committee.  There was brief discussion of the merits of taking the bill back to committee vs. withdrawing the bill, given the deadline of the January 18th Duval Legislative Delegation meeting.  Adam Hollingsworth advocated for not withdrawing the bill until the Memorandum of Understanding legislation (2007-1349) is approved or disapproved by Council.  Resolution 2007-1363 (authorizing the General Counsel’s Office to undertake whatever steps necessary to preserve Jacksonville’s home rule powers (the bill specifically cites the Florida Legislature’s preemption of local powers in the area of property taxation), was passed by Rules as an emergency and is on the agenda for action tonight.


Council Member Graham requested and received the President’s permission to place a bill on the addendum proposing an amendment to the Jacksonville Aviation Authority’s charter to reflect the LUZ Committee’s action last week regarding Craig Airport runway lengthening in an attempt to put an end to the debate once and for all.


Dylan Reingold requested and received the President’s permission to place a bill on the addendum authorizing the General Counsel’s Office to appeal a recent ruling in the Stanton Rowing lease/Mary Ann Sadeh case to the Florida Supreme Court.  The appeal must be filed by next week.


Council Member Fussell requested and received the President’s permission to place 3 honoring and commending resolutions on the addendum for introduction: Lynwood Roberts, Jonathan Papelbon, and W. W. Gay.


Attorney Karl Sanders, on behalf of his client, requested that the Council open the public hearing on 2007-1230 (Peach Blossom Villas land use amendment) and continue it until March to give his client time to work with Council Member Bishop and the surrounding neighbors to craft an acceptable compromise proposal.  Shannon Eller recommended that the hearing be opened and closed, as the bill, if amended, will need to be re-advertised for another public hearing before it can be submitted with the next round of land use amendments this summer.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.






Jeff Clements, Chief

Council Research Division