CHERYL L. BROWN                                                                                                                                           117 WEST DUVAL STREET, SUITE 425

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Finance Committee Agenda Meeting Minutes

April 4, 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, Tommy Hazouri, John Crescimbeni, Matt Schellenberg


Also: Kirk Sherman and Kyle Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Paige Johnston  – Office of General Counsel; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Jessica Morales  – Legislative Services Division; Ali Korman Shelton – Mayor’s Office; Mike Weinstein and Teresa Eichner – Finance Department


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 14 items marked for deferral, 26 items ready for action (3 as substitutes) and 11 items for second reading and re-referral.


2016-7 (amending street construction regulations regarding penalties for violations): Council Member Boyer said that she had not seen the substitute that was being prepared on this bill and had not received answers to several previously posed questions. Council Member Wilson will be present to explain his bill.


2016-130 (amending the adult entertainment and services code to require placement of human trafficking signage in certain businesses): the bill will be moved first on the agenda to accommodate its sponsor, Council Member Hazouri.


2016-157 (lease agreement with Jacksonville Symphony at Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts): Ali Korman Shelton requested deferral of the bill on behalf of the administration.


2016-179 (appropriating funds from completed drainage projects to Drainage System Rehab Capital Maintenance): Teresa Eichner explained the reallocation of these funds from completed projects to other drainage uses. Finance Director Mike Weinstein said that the administration was searching for funding to be used to replace the drainage funds reallocated to the Fire and Rescue Department by earlier legislation.


Chairman Gulliford announced that there would be several presentations at the conclusion of the regular agenda – a presentation by the authors of the Arabesque Partners reports on the management expenses of the Police and Fire and General Employees pension plans, a presentation by the Joint Task Force on Procurement Disparity, and a discussion of the work and findings of the Subcommittee on PFPF Subpoenas.


In response to a question from Council Member Becton about the large number of bills being deferred on the agenda for many months, the Chairman reviewed those bills and Assistant Council Auditor Kyle Billy and several council members commented on the reasons for the deferrals. Regarding 2015-381 (amending the City’s Public Investment Policy), Kirk Wendland, Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development, said that his office had produced an updated version of a proposed policy revision and was awaiting the next meeting of the Council’s Economic Development Incentives Committee to make its presentation. Chairman Gulliford suggested that consideration be given to working with the JTA to make express bus service available from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods to the new jobs being created with the assistance of City economic incentives as an alternative to largely unsuccessful effort to entice the companies to locate and create new jobs in those areas.


Meeting Adjourned: 9:17 a.m.



Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

             4.5.16   Posted 8:30 a.m.

Tapes:  Finance agenda meeting– LSD


Materials: Auditor’s marked Finance agenda