City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall

December 12, 2017

4:00 p.m.


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

In attendance: Council Members Anna Lopez Brosche (President), Greg Anderson, Danny Becton, Aaron Bowman, Lori Boyer, Doyle Carter (arr. 4:05), John Crescimbeni (arr. 4:04), Garrett Dennis, Al Ferraro, Reggie Gaffney, Tommy Hazouri, Jim Love, Joyce Morgan, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg, Scott Wilson


Also: Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston and Susan Grandin – Office of General Counsel; Kyle Billy and Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens and Katrin Macdonald – Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Ali Korman and Jordan Elsbury, Jessica Laird – Mayor’s Office; John Pappas and Lin White – Public Works Department; Mike Weinstein, Angela Moyer and Teresa Eichner – Finance Department; Paul Crawford and Ed Randolph – Office of Economic Development; Chief Kurt Wilson – Fire and Rescue Department; Bill Killingsworth and Folks Huxford – Planning and Development Department; Stephanie Burch – Neighborhoods Department


Meeting Convened: 4:00 p.m.


President Brosche called the meeting to order and asked for the committee reports.


NCSPHS Committee: Council Member Newby reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.


TEU Committee: Council Member Ferraro reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.


Finance Committee: Council Member Dennis reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.


LUZ Committee: Council Member Schellenberg reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.


Rules Committee: Council Member Wilson reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.


In response to a question from Council Member Anderson about 2017-701 (amending the Zoning Code to allow Auto Laundries as a permissible use by exception in the CN zoning district) and the Planning Commission’s vote of 4-0 to recommend approval of this bill at a meeting without a quorum being present, Paige Johnston of the General Counsel’s Office explained that the Ordinance Code allows the Commission to make recommendations of an advisory nature with less than a full quorum present (i.e. 4 of 4 members present) to take action. Any votes that represent a final agency action by the Commission would require a majority of the 9 members to be present to constitute a quorum and the usual majority vote.


Council Member Schellenberg announced that he would be excusing himself briefly during the meeting to attend an event in his district commemorating the first night of Hanukkah.


President Brosche announced that the administration requests withdrawal of 2017-857 (confirming appointment of Tonya Seigler to the Planning Commission).


The President also announced that there would be a 5 item addendum, one of which (2017-861, revising the policy for expenditure of funds deposited in the Foreclosed Property Registry to allow use for gap funding for new construction projects) is being requested for emergency approval on first reading at introduction, which would require a 2/3 vote.


Council Member Crescimbeni called the council’s attention to resolution 2017-822 (expressing the Council’s opposition to 2 bills filed in the Florida Legislature that would preempt local regulation of tree trimming and removal on private property). He noted that the Legislature had committee meetings this week and the 2018 session will begin in early January; he suggested the possibility of taking up the item as an emergency to get it to Tallahassee as soon as possible for the Legislature to be informed of the Council’s sentiment before the session begins. Several council members asked to be included as co-sponsors (Boyer, Bowman).


Meeting adjourned: 4:13 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research Division

12.12.17     Posted 5:00 p.m.

Tapes:  Council agenda meeting – LSD