February 5, 2008

1:30 p.m.


City Council Conference Room A

Suite 425, City Hall

117 W. Duval Street



Attendance:    Council Members Graham (Chair), C/M Bishop; Margaret Sidman, Dylan Reingold, Cindy Laquidara, Steve Granger (intern),  Office of General Counsel; Janice Billy Council Auditor’s Office; Sherry Hall, Lisa Rinanman Administration;  Steve Smith, Planning & Development; Joe Whitaker, JEDC; James Richardson, Wight Greger, Housing & Neighborhoods; Harrison Conyers, Military & Veterans Affairs; Alberta Hipps; Stan Johnson, Celeste Hicks, Mina Hosseini, ECAs; Marilyn Allen, Legislative Svcs; John J. Jackson, Council Research Division.


The Chair called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m


The Chair asked the Council Auditors Office’s Janice Billy to review the agenda to indicate what items were ready for action or deferral.


On Item #3, ORD 2006-1394,  Amend Chapt 751 (Septic Tank Superfund), Ord Code, to Create an On-Site Sewage Treatment Disposal Syst Regulatory Prog, the Chair asked what the status of the bill was.  Lisa Rinaman indicated that in the near future the Administration will be asking that the bill be withdrawn.


The Chair asked about the status of Item #4 (marked deferred on the agenda), ORD Directing the Preservation & Relocation of Fire Station #5 at 347 Riverside Ave, consistent with Contractual Obligations with Fidelity National Financial.  Cindy Laquidara, Office of General Counsel, indicated that there were legal issues that had to be resolved with titles and that there were deadlines that needed to pass.


On Item #6, ORD Approp $500,000 from NW Jax Economic Dev Trust Fund for Lofts on Main with 3-yr, 3% Loan for 3rd & Main St. Proj Mixed-Use Dev, C/M Bishop announced that he would have to abstain from voting on the item because of a conflict of interest.  The Chair wanted to know if the project was a co-venture with the Proton program at Shands.  Wight Gregor, Housing & Neighborhoods, answered that it is not.


The Chair asked why the Administration was asking that Item #28 be deferred (ORD 2008-28, ORD Amend Chapt 366 (Groundwater Resource Mgt), Ord Code, to Expand Regulatory Authority of Environmental & Compliance Dept & Environmental Protection Bd over Surface Waters of the County.  Lisa Rinaman replied that the Administration is work shopping the matter, that they are expecting to talk with each, individual Council Member.  It is expected that the matter will be requested for deferral at the next Committee Cycle, as well.


There being no further business, the agenda meeting was adjourned at 1:40 p.m.


John J. Jackson, Council Research Division, (904) 630-1729