CITY COUNCIL AGENDA MEETING MINUTES
January 8, 2008
City Council Conference Room A
117 W. Duval Street
President Davis, Council Members
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 (
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
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