Finance Committee Agenda Meeting Minutes

May 16, 2016

9:00 a.m.

Topic: Finance Committee agenda meeting


Location: Conference Room A, City Hall – St. James Building; 117 West Duval Street,

Suite 425


In attendance: Council Members Bill Gulliford, Danny Becton, Lori Boyer, Anna Lopez Brosche, Reginald Gaffney, Aaron Bowman, John Crescimbeni, Reggie Brown, Matt Schellenberg


Also: Kirk Sherman and Kyle Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Paige Johnston, Peggy Sidman and Loree French – Office of General Counsel; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Philip Zamarron  – Legislative Services Division; Ali Korman Shelton – Mayor’s Office; Mike Weinstein and Teresa Eichner – Finance Department; Stephanie Burch – Real Estate Division; Jordan Pope and Nancy Kilgo - JEA


See attached sign-in sheet for additional attendees


Meeting Convened: 9:00 a.m.


Chairman Gulliford called the meeting to order and asked the attendees to introduce themselves. He reviewed the Auditor’s marked agenda which included 11 items marked for deferral, 21 items ready for action and 11 items for second reading and re-referral.


2016-198 (appropriating $250,000 from Special Council Contingency to Friends of Hemming Park for park operations): Chairman Gullford said that he had met last Friday with Council Member Boyer and Daryl Joseph of the Parks and Recreation Department regarding the Community First Credit Union naming rights agreement for the new stage construction. This bill will be first on the agenda.  201-299 (settlement of pending litigation with Florida Department of Juvenile Justice for incarceration cost sharing) will be taken up second.


2016-214 (amendment to redevelopment agreement with Hallmark Partners Inc.): Steve Diebenow representing Hallmark requested deferral of the bill for 2 cycles.


2016-287 (appropriating $1.97 million in St. Johns River Water Management District and Drainage System Rehab funding to the Crystal Springs Area Drainage Project): Council Member Reggie Brown reported that he has requested several items of information about this project from the Public Works Department that he has not yet received and requested that the bill be deferred. In response to a question, Tom Fallin of the Public Works Department explained that the current construction bids for the project are good through June 23rd and the grant requires that construction be underway by September 30, 2016, so time is of the essence. Chairman Gulliford said he would act the committee to act on the bill and leave it to Mr. Brown in his role as Chair of the TEU Committee whether he defers it in that venue.


2016-288 (appropriating $50,745 from Tree Protection Trust Fund to Public Works for tree maintenance activities): Chairman Gulliford expressed the hope that the growing trust fund balance will be expended on tree planting projects and asked Peggy Sidman of the General Counsel’s office to give the committee an update on the lawsuit filed against the City alleging improper expenditure of the trust funds.


2016-305 (renewal of submerged land lease for Jacksonville Shipyard pier): John Nooney expressed the hope that a council member would ask the Downtown Investment Authority to consider including permission for a public fishing pier in the lease renewal.


Meeting Adjourned: 9:14 a.m.



Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

             5.16.16   Posted 10:30 a.m.

Tapes:  Finance agenda meeting– LSD


Materials: Auditor’s marked Finance agenda