CHERYL L. BROWN                                                                                                                    117 WEST DUVAL STREET, SUITE 425

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October 12, 2010

4:00 p.m.


Location:  City Council Chamber, City Hall – St. James Building; 117 West Duval Street,


In attendance:  Council President Webb, Council Members Yarborough, Holt, Bishop, Jones, Redman, D. Brown, Johnson, Corrigan (arr. 4:03), Crescimbeni (arr. 4:09)


Also: Cindy Laquidara, Steve Rohan, Peggy Sidman and Dylan Reingold – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman and Janice Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens - Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Sherry Hall – Mayor’s Office;  Lin White and John Jones – Public Works Department; Debbie Delgado, Sandra Lane, Celeste Hicks – ECAs; Carla Miller – Ethics Officer; Annette Hastings – TDC; Kevin Meerschaert – WJCT; Joe Wilhelm – Financial News and Daily Record; Wyman Duggan, Jim Gilmore


Meeting Convened:  4:01 p.m.


Council President Webb convened the meeting and asked the committee chairs to report their committee actions.


Assistant Council Auditor Janice Billy reviewed the actions of the Rules Committee from its meeting, noting that 2010-326 (Internet café bill) will be substituted and re-referred to previous committees, plus also to the LUZ Committee.  2010-616 (Ethics Code in the City Charter) will be substituted and re-referred to Rules and also to the Finance Committee.


Council Member Bishop reviewed the actions of the TEU Committee from its meeting.


Council Member Yarborough reported that the actions of the RCD Committee from its meeting..


Council Member Jones reviewed the Finance Committee’s actions from its meeting.


Janice Billy reported that all of the actions of the PHS Committee had been covered by previous reports.


Dylan Reingold reviewed the LUZ Committee’s actions from its meeting, noting that several bills will have public hearings opened and continued and action on the bills will be postponed to either a November or a January meeting.


President Webb stated that 2010-777 (honoring and congratulating retiring NAS Mayport commanding officer Aaron Bowman) needs to be taken up at the start of the meeting before the presentation of resolutions.  The President also announced that there would be an addendum to the agenda.


Council Member Johnson requested an explanation for why her ordinance 2010-616 (ethics) was being re-referred to committee, and why the re-referral included the Finance Committee since the bill did not have any fiscal implications.  President Webb stated that the substitute bill recommended by the Special Committee to Review Charter Revision Commission Recommendations contained language that exceeded what was proposed by the Ethics Commission and Council Member Johnson’s original bill, and he felt the addition of a mandate to fund an Ethics Office did have fiscal implications and therefore it was appropriate for the Finance Committee to review and make a recommendation on the bill.  Council Member Johnson, for the record, stated her displeasure with the delay and re-referral of the bill.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.


Jeff Clements, Council Research Division


Posted: 5:00 p.m.