August 25, 2016

9:00 a.m.


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

In attendance: Council Members Anna Lopez Brosche (Chair), Aaron Bowman, Katrina Brown (arr. 9:08), Bill Gulliford, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg

Excused: Greg Anderson


Also: Council Members Lori Boyer, Al Ferraro (dep. 11:09 ), Joyce Morgan (arr. 9:06), Scott Wilson (arr. 9:57, dep. 12:11), Tommy Hazouri (arr. 10:41, dep. 11:32); Paige Johnston – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman, Kyle Billy, Kim Taylor, Brian Parks - Council Auditor’s Office; Katrin MacDonald – Legislative Services Division; Sam Mousa and Ali Korman Shelton – Mayor’s Office; Mike Weinstein and Angela Moyer – Finance and Administration Department


Meeting Convened: 9:00 a.m.


Chairwoman Brosche convened the meeting and the attendees introduced themselves for the record.


Open items

·        Tax increment districts

·        Property Appraiser’s software

·        Courts’ use of $450,00 carry-over

·        $550,000 Southside tax increment district project

·        Riverplace Boulevard CIP project

·        Fair share appropriations

·        Jax-Baldwin Trail Segment 3

·        Project scopes for CIP amendments made yesterday (senior centers)

·        DIA CIP projects

·        JSO firing range lead removal project - $153,000 to Special Council Contingency

·        CIP project scope change


Enhancement requests

·        City Council salaries

·        Additional library hours

·        Additional library materials

·        Vehicle pay-go purchase

·        Courts’ use of $65 fee revenue

·        Additional ADA projects


Page references from this point refer to Council Auditor’s Meeting #6 Handout


Mayor’s Office

In response to a question from Council Member Newby, CAO Sam Mousa said that the reduction of 2 positions represented Mayor’s Aide positions that were not needed.


Employee Services Department

Council Member Gulliford congratulated Kelli O’Leary, Director of Employee Services, on the success of the first year of the employee health self-insurance program and said that the department has approached the independent authorities about the potential for joining the City’s program. Ms. O’Leary said that the Employee Health Committee discussed that topic yesterday and believes there is interest. In response to a question from Council Member Katrina Brown, Ms. O’Leary said that the City is expecting a proposal during September from UF Health for an employee health network that would incentivize employees to utilize UF Health facilities. In response to another question from Councilwoman Brown about employees performing duties outside of their job description and how that impacts on their ability to apply for other jobs requiring those duties, Ms. O’Leary briefly discussed the process for setting and adjusting job descriptions. Councilwoman Brown asked Mr. Mousa about the status of creating an African-American Advisory Board in the Office of the Mayor. Mr. Mousa committed to bringing that issue to the Mayor’s attention.


 In response to a question from Council Member Bowman, Ms. O’Leary explained that the cost of employee drug testing has increased because the current 5-year contract is expiring in 2017 and the RFP produced 2 responses and the selected company negotiated a 12% rate increase (down from the 19% originally proposed). In response to a question from Council Member Schellenberg, Ms. O’Leary said that the plan for an employee wellness promotion program is coming together and a provider has been chosen and is developing a detailed proposal. The intention is to help promote good employee health and thereby reduce health insurance claims. Mr. Schellenberg reiterated the congratulations to the Employee Services Department for the success of the self-insurance program. Ms. O’Leary said that future big issues in health insurance include the mandates of the Affordable Care Act, the reimbursement rates to participating physicians, and the decline in the number of persons choosing to enter the medical profession, reducing the number of available doctors. Mr. Mousa said that a committee composed of administrative staff, a council member and the Council Auditor have met to discuss potential uses of the surplus funds being generated by the self-insurance savings. Council Member Gulliford said that the City needs to seriously deal with the future of UF Health Jacksonville to ensure that the city doesn’t lose its top level trauma center. Indigent care is a huge issue and a key factor in the future viability of UF Health. Council Member Schellenberg urged consideration of less costly alternatives for providing health care to jail inmates.


Downtown Vision Inc.

Motion: on p. 9, approve Auditor’s recommendation to replace Schedules AD and AE with revised schedules to address: a) reduction of City contribution to DVI by $132,688 to $311,660; b) reduction of Assessed Properties revenue to $726,686; and c) adjust the DVI Operating Expenses to $764,570 – approved unanimously.




Jacksonville Journey

Debbie Verges, Jacksonville Journey administrator, said that a plan is being developed to give more opportunities to small non-profit and faith-based organizations to be able to access Journey funding, which has been difficult for those organizations in comparison with the larger, better funded service providers. She described the measurement and payment for service provision and the Journey’s ability to track progress of clients who take part in the programs. Council Member Gulliford expressed dismay that the Jax Journey board chairman had identified failures in contracted service provision at several sites that had not been identified by the evaluation staff. Ms. Verges said that next year’s contract will contain enhanced provisions requiring strict adherence to the program design and financial penalties for failure to comply with the contract. Council Member Brown urged the staff to broadly publicize the upcoming grant opportunities and the eligibility requirements as early as possible so that all potentially interested agencies can begin making preparations to apply for the available funds.


Council President Boyer advocated for the execution of an interagency agreement between the Journey and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission that spells out in great detail the expectations that go along with the Journey allocation to summer camps contracted through the Children’s Commission. Ms. Verges said that an agreement will be in place before the RFP for summer camps is published. Ms. Verges described the programs targeted at ex-offender re-entry and explained changes in the system. In response to a question from Council Member Wilson, Ms. Verges said that the Journey’s data analysis company will analyze crime statistics on an annual basis and the board will shift its limited resources to match the trends in crime locations. Mr. Wilson said that the proximity of some low-income, high-crime areas to wealthier, safer areas skews the data and prevents some very needy areas from qualifying for Journey funding because the data is analyzed on a zip code basis, which he believes is too large an area. Ms. Verges said that if the Council feels that zip code analysis is not addressing problems sufficiently, the Journey board would be open to considering alternatives. Council Member Gulliford suggested that pre-crime factors should be taken into account, not just crime data. If you can address the precursors of crime then perhaps the crime itself can be prevented. Council Member Newby said that the Journey board has wrestled with the prioritization process and has done the best job it can do to have the most impact with very limited funding. In response to a question from Council Member Brown, Ms. Verges said that an agency providing employment services gets credit for success if it places a client in a job for 2 weeks (10 working days). Ms. Brown suggested the creation of a funding pool to address small pockets of need in zip codes not receiving general Journey funding.


W.C. Genty, Chairman of the Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee, explained how the Journey collects, analyzes and makes decisions based on hard data. He said that all programs are now paid on a performance basis, which is a new way of doing business for some provider agencies that are used to being paid based on inputs, not outputs and success measures.


Motion: on p. 13, approve Auditor’s recommendation #1 to reduce permanent and probationary salaries by $4,913 and reduce the General Fund transfer by the same amount – approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 13, approve Auditor’s recommendation #2 to revise Schedule AG to: a) correct the amount for the Jacksonville Re-Entry Center to $707,133; b) rename the program description for additional program funding to Designated Contingency – Programs to be Determined; c) eliminate the column for Journey Committee Changes; d) change the name of the Revised Budget column to Revised FY16 Budget; and e) remove the prior year funding details – approved unanimously.


Ms. Verges asked that the $4,913 from the salary reduction in Auditor’s recommendation #1 be reallocated to the LEAP program for supplies. That request will be taken up as an enhancement request at tomorrow’s wrap-up meeting.


Ms. Verges made a request to shift $100,000 from ex-offender employment to teen programming because of greater needs in the teen programming area and an excess in


Motion: reduce the Journey ex-offender employment program budget by $100,000 and increase the teen programming budget by the same amount – approved unanimously.


Motion: provide additional specificity in the juvenile justice programming area as follows: a) evening reporting center - $143,242; b) Juvenile Drug Court - $124,000; c) Turning Point – Rethinking Violence - $31,000; d) After Care - $41,174; e) expungement - $5,000; f) Shot Spotter pilot program (contribution to larger budget) - $150,000 -


Motion (Gulliford): place the $150,000 requested for Shot Spotter into Special Council Contingency –


Sam Mousa said that the Sheriff’s Department has been working with the administration and some district council members about developing a Shot Spotter pilot program in a 5 square mile area. The Chair placed the Shot Spotter allocation on the wrap-up agenda for Friday’s meeting.


In response to a question from Councilwoman Brown, Ms. Verges explained the criminal record expungement process, which pursuant to a new state law will now make it mandatory rather than voluntary for offenders to attend the class before their release, and reported that Florida Coastal School of Law and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid are partnering with the State Attorney’s Office on a program to promote this program and assist young offenders in navigating the system.


The Jax Journey request for specific program allocations as amended by the Gulliford amendment on Shot Spotter was approved unanimously.


Jacksonville Children’s Commission

Jon Heymann, Executive Director of the Children’s Commission explained the Commission’s four departmental requests.


Motion (Schellenberg): on p. 16, approve JCC’s request #1 to revise Schedule M to increase the Healthy Families grant budget by $9,000 to $69,000 – approved unanimously.


Motion (Schellenberg): on p. 16, approve JCC’s request #2 to revise Schedule M to increase the Healthy Families grant by $69,000 to $684,300 – approved unanimously.


Motion (Schellenberg): on p. 16, approve JCC’s request #3 to move $20,000 of funding from contractual services to the Mentoring Program Award to pay for externally-provided background checks - approved unanimously.


Motion (Schellenberg):  on the JCC separate handout, approve request #4 to revise Schedule M by changing the position allocated to Department of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA Expansion Grant) from 0.5 FTE to 1.0 FTE - approved unanimously.





Public Works Department

In response to a question from Chairwoman Brosche about the increased line item for barricade rental, Public Works Director John Pappas explained that this year’s budget splits the rental charges 50/50 between the General Fund budget and the Stormwater Utility budget to align with actual usage.


Motion: on p. 26, approve Auditor’s recommendation to decrease the State Shared Revenues and Grants, Aids and Contributions by $2,729,315 to be in agreement with the Interlocal Agreement between the City and JTA – approved unanimously.


Council Member Hazouri asked for further information on the two Tree Protection Trust Funds and why the Ordinance Code fund and the Charter fund can’t be combined into one fund. Paige Johnston will provide background information to Mr. Hazouri. Sam Mousa explained that payments into the two funds depend on the species and size of the trees being removed and the remediation required by the two authorizing acts. Ms. Brosche said that the Trust Funds will be the subject of an upcoming Finance Special Committee meeting. Mr. Mousa said that Greenscape of Jacksonville is in the process of developing a plan for use of the trust funds and suggested that they be invited to be present at the Special Committee meeting.


In response to a question from Council Member Schellenberg, Will Williams, Chief of the Solid Waste Division, said that the recycling processor is still selling the recyclables it collects despite the market for the materials being depressed. Mr. Mousa explained that the City has agreed to a reduction in the per ton payment it receives from the processor (currently $40 per ton) to $37 per ton to compensate the processor for removing contaminants from the recycling stream and paying a tipping fee for that material at the landfill. There was an ambiguity in certain terms in the contract that opened the door to a negotiation between the City and the recycling company without needing Council approval of an amended contract.  Republic Services has already informed the City that it cannot renew the current contract when it expires in September 2017 with the $40 per ton payment to the City in place. In response to a question Mr. Pappas reported that the City has spent approximately $18 million on Trail Ridge Landfill cell number 2 and has another $10 million to go $16 million to allocate for the remainder of the project. Clean material will start being placed in the new cell in September as the base to protect the liner. 


Council President Boyer asked several questions about the City’s commitments and expenditures for the ash site settlement and why more progress is not being made to move the remediation to completion. Mr. Mousa said that he has become personally involved in making sure that these projects are being pursued and is meeting with staff on a regular basis to monitor progress. He told Ms. Boyer that additional staff is not needed to handle the ash site project; most of the work is being done by consultants with oversight by City forces. The administration realizes that this is a priority and effort and attention will increase.


Council Member Brown expressed disappointment with the Public Works Department closing out CARE system tickets when the problems being reported are not actually resolved. That causes citizen frustration and delays the ultimate resolution when citizens call to complain that the problem is not solved while the CARE system shows the case was closed by the department.  Mr. Pappas said he would look into the department’s response to ensure that tickets are not being closed out before the problem is really solved.


Stormwater Services

Motion: on p. 42, approve Auditor’s recommendation to reduce GEPP normal pension contribution and GEPP UAAL contributions by a total of $52,684 to recognize that a grant will pay that portion of the cost and increase transfer out to Stormwater Services – Capital Projects by the same amount – approved unanimously.


President Boyer asked the committee to consider taking up the stormwater fee exemptions for non-profit organizations and low-income property owners as a topic for discussion at a future Finance Special Committee meeting. In response to a question from Council Member Schellenberg, C.J. Thompson, Chief of Fleet Management, said that although funds were allocated in the current fiscal year to purchase new machinery and vehicles, only 83% have been delivered to date so costs are still being incurred for repairs to the old machinery for a time until they are replaced. He explained the long delivery time for some types of machinery. Ms. Boyer asked that the committee discuss Public Works equipment needs at tomorrow’s wrap-up session to ensure that the department has carefully evaluated its needs and that needed replacement equipment is being purchased on a timely basis. Mr. Mousa said that some progress is being made in replacing old equipment and more will be done as revenues improve. Council Member Gulliford recommended that the City lease major pieces of equipment on long-term leases with the dealer providing maintenance, with a fixed purchase price for the equipment at the end of the lease term.


In response to a question from Council Member Schellenberg, Mr. Pappas said that the Public Buildings Division has evaluated the roofs of all City buildings but has not evaluated the total condition of all buildings. The department continually evaluates the use and need for City-owned buildings for potential re-use or sale. Mr. Mousa informed the committee that the administration has entered into an agreement with CBRE, a real estate management company, and the State of Florida’s Division of General Services to help evaluate and market unused City buildings to potential users.


The committee was in recess from 12:11 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.


Sheriff’s Office – Shot Spotter

Council Member Gulliford reported that during the lunch break he had spoken with a police lieutenant in Oakland, California about that city’s use of the Shot Spotter technology and was told that the technology is effective in that city and has helped reduce the number of homicides, but the success of using the system depends on having sufficient staffing to respond immediately to reported gunshots. Undersheriff Pat Ivey emphasized that the staffing aspect is crucial; if there is no immediate police response to the site of the gunshot, then the system really doesn’t provide much value. The Undersheriff said that the technology has improved considerably in recent years in distinguishing gunshots from other similar noises and the JSO is interested in testing system if resources can be found. A sergeant and 6-officer squad devoted entirely to Shot Spotter response could cover a 5 square mile area. Mr. Mousa said that the preliminary estimate for equipment installation for the 5 square mile test site would be approximately $300,000 for equipment and $125,000 for installation (which can be capitalized) and that the on-going license fee would be approximately $325,000 per year. He hoped that the initial installation could be done with a combination of the $150,000 suggested for allocation from the Jacksonville Journey and contributions of Autumn Bond district bond funds from several council members whose districts would be in the pilot project area. Shot Spotter equipment would also be a CDBG-eligible expense. In response to a question from Council Member Bowman, Undersheriff Ivey agreed that a 20% reporting rate to the police of gunshots fired is probably a relatively accurate figure.


Neighborhoods Department

Mr. Sherman reviewed the budgets of the various divisions of the department.


Motion: on p. 59, approve Auditor’s recommendation that $5,748 be removed from fleet vehicle replacement allocation in the Hazardous Waste Program to correct an erroneous entry – approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 60, approve Auditor’s recommendation that no fees for Animal Care and Protective Services classes be deposited into the ACPS Trust fund, eliminating the remaining $600 in class fee revenues and reduce travel expenses by $600 – approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 64, approve Auditor’s recommendation to eliminate the transfer from the Adult Arcades Subfund of $331,218 to the General Fund-GSD which will have an equivalent negative impact on the Special Council Contingency fund – approved unanimously.


Bill Clement, Budget Officer for the Sheriff’s Office, discussed the JSO’s policy regarding enforcement of the adult internet arcade ordinance and said that the department’s level of enforcement is insufficient to justify the allocation of licensing revenue to this activity.


Melissa Long, Chief of the Environmental Quality Division, requested a budget amendment to move $79,469 in the department’s budget from Contingency (9910) to salaries and benefits ($53,394.60) and specialized equipment purchase ($26,074.44) to increase the base salary of the Environmental Engineering Manager position to attract better candidates.


Motion: approve the departmental request to move $79,469 from the Contingency 9910 account to salaries, benefits and specialized equipment line items - approved unanimously.


In response to a question from Council Member Gulliford, Jim Crosby, Interim Chief of Animal Care and Protective Services, reported that the license fee for dogs and cats is $20 per year, collected either at the ACPS, at the Tax Collector’s offices or at a veterinarian’s office (with a $2 administrative fee added). Mr. Gulliford requested information on when that fee was last changed and the department’s recommendation for possible fee increases. The division plans to contact veterinarians with offices in other counties not far from the Jacksonville city limits about their willingness to issue Jacksonville animal licenses.


Council Member Brown asked Mr. Mousa how the City might tackle the problem of persistent code enforcement violations and the number and length of extensions being granted by a special magistrate. She is particularly concerned that owners of cited properties are erecting fences to hide their violations rather than cleaning up the property. Mr. Mousa asked Councilwoman Brown for the addresses of several examples that the City could visit to see the problem. He also said that the administration will investigate a possible warrant program that would give the City inspectors access to private property to investigate nuisance complaints.


Council Member Schellenberg posed several questions to Mr. Crosby about dangerous dog registrations and feral cat removal efforts in Mandarin.


State and Federal Grant Program

Motion: on p. 67, approve Auditor’s recommendation to add the Justice Assistance Grant to the B1-A schedule in the amount of $419,845 and include 3 FTE positions and 5,200 part-time hours – approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 67, approve the Auditor’s recommendation to remove the Ryan White grant of $5.5 million from Schedule B1-A due to conflict interest by a council member and appropriate the grant via separate legislation - approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 67, approve Auditor’s recommendation to remove the Shelter Retrofit Grant of $185,000 from Schedule B1-A since it is not a state or federal grant and appropriate via separate legislation - approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 68, approve Auditor’s recommendation to reduce the State Aid to Libraries grant on Schedule B1-A by $1,024,351 to correct the grant amount - approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 68, approve Auditor’s recommendation on Schedule B1-A to clarify the description of the COPS Matching Grant to include a statement that this helps to offset the City’s cost of 15 officers - approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 68, approve Auditor’s recommendation on Schedule B1-A to remove Beach Renourishment – State Contribution of $871,000 since this represents a reimbursement, not a grant; appropriate the reimbursement via separate legislation when received - approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 68, approve Auditor’s recommendation on Schedule B1-A to change the project description for the NPDES/MS4 Permit Grant from the Regulatory Compliance to the Neighborhoods Department - approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 68, approve Auditor’s recommendation on Schedule B1-B to correctly identify the two FIND grants as $924,199 to Half Moon Island Park and Boat Ramp Phase 2A and $80,360 to Exchange Club Island Pavilions - approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 68, approve Auditor’s recommendation on Schedule B1-B to move four FIND grants to Schedule B1-C since  separate legislation will be needed to appropriate part of the matching funds not included in the FY16-17 budget; this will reduce the reserve amount on Schedule B1-B by the partial match amount of $735,014 and increase the reserve amount on Schedule B1-C by the same amount - approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 68, approve Auditor’s recommendation to include the COPS Hiring Grant on Schedule B1-B since it is a continuation grant requiring a City match, and include the match funding of $507,312 - approved unanimously.


President Boyer posed questions about the nature of several JAG grant-funded positions that perform grant-writing services for ex-offenders and anti-crime programs that are similar to what the Jacksonville Journey provides, but are not supervised under the Journey umbrella. Ms. Boyer suggested further investigation of ways to coordinate this grant-funded activity with the Journey’s programming.


Downtown Investment Authority

Motion: on p. 79, approve Auditor’s recommendation #1 to removed parking citation dismissal fee revenues of $7,863 from the Public Parking Subfund 412 and move it to Handicap Parking Fines 1H8 – approved unanimously.


Motion: on p. 79, approve Auditor’s recommendation #2 to reduce the utilities allocation for Public Parking by $282,668 and increase cash carry-over by a like amount due to an error in the allocation formula; also reduce the Public Buildings Division electricity budget by $282,668 and decrease the interfund billing revenue line item - approved unanimously.


In response to a question from Council Member Schellenberg, Mr. Sherman said that the City subsidizes the 3 privately managed downtown parking garages by about $4 million this year. The Auditor’s Office will provide data on the individual subsidies for the 3 garages.


In response to a question from Council Member Schellenberg, DIA Executive Director Aundra Wallace said the DIA is not interested in operating Hemming Park and defers to the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department to run the City’s parks.


In response to a question from Council President Boyer, Bob Carle, Public Parking Officer, said that the $275,000 allocation in the budget is for the replacement of parking garage entry gates because the manufacturer of the current equipment has gone out of business and the equipment is no longer supported. He also reported that last year’s problems with the electronic, card-reader parking meters have been largely overcome with new replacement batteries. The division is still in the trial phase and has not made a final decision on whether to purchase more of the electronic meters. Aundra Wallace said that the figure budgeted for a parking study will produce a new evaluation of downtown’s parking needs and how parking can be used as part of the business attraction effort in downtown. Parking is still one of the top negative factors preventing the successful recruitment of businesses to downtown.


Motion (Schellenberg): on p. 81, approve Auditor’s recommendation #1 to reduce Miscellaneous Revenue and forgivable loans in the Downtown Economic Development Fund 75B by $114,750 to match uses to available revenue - approved unanimously.


Motion (Schellenberg): on p. 81, approve Auditor’s recommendation #2 to remove the proposed $250,000 transfer in from the Southside Tax Increment District to avoid placing tax increment funds in this fund and reduce forgivable loans by the same amount - approved unanimously.


Motion Schellenberg): on p. 81, approve Auditor’s recommendation #3 to move the remaining expenditure capacity in Fund 75B to a contingency account until more specific details are provided on how the funds will be used, including funds for forgivable loans, the $1,200,000  for payments to fiscal agents and $100,000 for capital outlay -


Motion (Gulliford): substitute the previous motion to approve Auditor’s recommendations #1 and 2 but not #3 on p. 81 –


Motion (Boyer): amend the Gulliford substitute to also provide that the budget ordinance shall include language requiring that all expenditure requests by the DIA shall be made to the City’s Chief Administrative Officer, accompanied by a signed board resolution and all necessary documentation  


The Gulliford motion, as amended by the Boyer amendment, was approved 4-1 (Schellenberg opposed).


Tax increment districts

Motion: approve the FY17 revised budget for the Downtown East TID (SF 181) as recommended by the DIA board, with a total expenditure budget of $6,318,275 – approved unanimously.


Motion: approve the FY17 revised budget for the Southside TID (SF 182) as recommended by the DIA board, with a total expenditure budget of $3,605,722 – approved unanimously.


Motion: approve the FY17 revised budget for the North West TID (SF 183) as recommended by the DIA board, with a total expenditure budget of $4,752,708 - approved unanimously.


Motion: approve the FY17 revised budget for the JIA CRA (SF 185) with a total expenditure budget of $9,102,456 – approved unanimously.


Motion: approve the FY17 revised budget for the King/Soutel CRA (SF 186) with a total expenditure budget of $518,041 - approved unanimously.


Motion: approve the FY17 revised budget for the JIA CRA (SF 187) with a total expenditure budget of $343,527 - approved unanimously.


Mr. Sherman distributed and discussed a sheet entitled Net Impact to Proposed FY2016-17 General Fund GSD Budget showing a negative impact of $4,237,808 to the General Fund/GSD from the elimination of the budget’s proposed transfer of fund balances from the North West, Downtown East and South Side Tax Increment Districts to the General Fund. CFO Mike Weinstein said that the City was recently successful in obtaining a federal grant to pay firefighter salaries and just completed a bond debt refinancing that together would produce between $2 million and $3 million that could be used to offset this negative impact.


Council Member Gulliford lamented the lack of transformative projects in downtown Jacksonville compared to what’s happening in other cities, the proliferation of buildings that have been vacant for a decade or more and the lack of downtown residents. Aundra Wallace said that transformative projects are extremely expensive, especially in a downtown that has many historic buildings as Jacksonville’s that are even more expensive to renovate than to build new buildings, so the DIA is going to concentrate on “hitting singles and doubles” with the limited resources it has at its disposal to try to build momentum toward eventual “home run” projects. Development of a more substantial residential base is vital to making downtown attractive and viable again. Council Member Bowman suggested consideration of merging the Northbank and Southbank CRAs into one entity to address downtown redevelopment holistically. President Boyer noted that the new Broadstone Apartments development under construction on the Southbank adjacent to the School Board building did not request any City financial assistance. If that project is successful in achieving high occupancy at market rates without City assistance, that is a good sign to the marketplace that downtown is finally a viable project location.


Motion (Boyer): approve the DIA’s request to remove the following projects from the CIP listing: 1) Liberty Street Road Diet; 2) Monroe Street 2-way; 3) Pearl Street 2-way; 4) Wayfinding signage; 5) Hogan and Julia Streets 2-way; 6) Hogan Street Plaza – approved unanimously.


In response to a question from Council Member Schellenberg about the downtown plans of the independent authorities, Mr. Wallace said that the DIA has no real control over whether the JEA chooses to leave its current building for a new headquarters or the JTA pursues construction of a new headquarters and intermodal transportation center in LaVilla. If the JTA does fully commit to the new transit center, then he would recommend making it the centerpiece of a true transit-oriented development (TOD).


Hold-over items


Motion: on the August 24th Meeting #5 Handout on p.2, approve Auditor’s suggestion #5to remove the Southside Parking project in the amount of $550,000 from the budget – approved unanimously.


Motion: on the August 24th Meeting #5 Handout on p.3, approve Auditor’s recommendation #6 to amend the budget to remove the Riverplace Boulevard Improvements project in the amount of $233,824 – approved unanimously.


Pending items

·        Jax Journey Shot Spotter $150,000 allocation


Meeting adjourned:  3:55 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

8.29.16     Posted 5:30 p.m.

Tapes:  Finance Budget Hearing #6 – LSD


Materials: Council Auditor’s Budget Meeting #6 handout - LSD