CHERYL L. BROWN                                                                                                                    117 WEST DUVAL STREET, SUITE 425

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September 28, 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, Crescimbeni, Jones, Corrigan, Redman, Joost, R. Brown (arr. 4:09), Johnson (arr. 4:15)


Also: Cindy Laquidara, Steve Rohan, Peggy Sidman and Dylan Reingold – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman, Janice Billy, Kim Taylor and Sonia Carroll – Council Auditor’s Office; Dana Farris - Legislative Services Division; Cheryl Brown – Council Secretary/Director; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services;  Kent Olson – Administration and Finance Department; Chad Poppell – Human Resources Division; Maxine Person – Sheriff’s Office; Scott Wilson, Suzie Loving, Debbie Delgado and Sandra Lane – ECAs; Kevin Meerschaert – WJCT; Tia Mitchell and Ron Littlepage - Florida Times-Union;  Wyman Duggan, Penny Thompson, Suzanne Jenkins, Robert Arleigh White


Meeting Convened:  4:03 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..


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


Council Member Yarborough reported that the RCD Committee actions had been covered by previous reports.


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.


Council Member Crescimbeni reviewed the LUZ Committee’s actions from its meeting, noting a request to open the public hearings on 2010-484 and 2010-485 (small scale FLUM amendment and rezoning on Loretto Road), continue the public hearings and postpone action on the items. 


The President noted that 2010-765 (approval of collective bargaining agreement with the firefighters’ union) will be moved for withdrawal, while 2010-762, -763 and -764 (approval of the contracts with AFSCME, LIUNA and IAFF (district chiefs) bargaining units will be moved as emergencies.


Council Member Jones requested that 2010-608 (renewal of a CON for a yard waste processing facility) be re-referred to the TEU Committee for the addition of conditions regarding landscaping.  The group was advised that 2008-758 (closing and abandoning a portion of Woodcrest Road right-of-way) listed under Unfinished Business will be automatically withdrawn pursuant to the Council Rules unless a motion is made to keep it on the agenda as an active item.


President Webb outlined the process for consideration of the various budget items at the meeting.  The Council will take up the consent agenda and quasi-judicial items after the opening formalities move a reappointment resolution (2010-710) on third reading, then open the public hearings on the budget ordinance and millage levy.  The group discussed whether to hold the public hearings and attempt to vote on the rezonings and land use changes reported out by the LUZ Committee before the budget public hearings, and decided to take up the LUZ items first on the condition that there would not be extensive public comment and debate on the items.  If it appears that an LUZ item will take considerable time to work out, it will be carried over to the next meeting so that action on the budget can take precedence.  After the budget and millage public hearings are closed the President will entertain motions on proposed amendments to the budget only.  When all budget ordinance amendments have been dealt with, the budget will be tabled while debate takes place on the city millage ordinance, then the separate millage ordinances for the Beaches and Baldwin.  When the millage ordinances have all been settled, then the budget ordinance will be taken up for final action.


Council Member Crescimbeni suggested that the Council take periodic short breaks throughout the budget and millage public hearings so that council members can remain in their seats and give full attention to the speakers throughout the hearings.  President Webb cautioned the members to be mindful of the need for a quorum and to limit absences from the chamber.


President Webb stated that Randy Wyse, President of the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters, requested permission to make a brief statement to the Council regarding the union’s vote on the collective bargaining agreement.  Mr. Wyse will make his statement at the beginning of the meeting following the procedural items and the resolution presentation.




The meeting was adjourned at 4:22 p.m.


Jeff Clements, Council Research Division


Posted: 10:00 a.m.