City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall

October 10, 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, Katrina Brown, Reggie Brown, Doyle Carter, John Crescimbeni, Garrett Dennis, Al Ferraro, Reggie Gaffney, Bill Gulliford, Tommy Hazouri, Jim Love, Joyce Morgan, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg, Scott Wilson


Also: Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston and Sondra Fetner – Office of General Counsel; Kyle Billy and Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens, Jessica Matthews and Katrin Macdonald – Legislative Services Division; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Ali Korman Shelton and Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; John Pappas and Lin White – Public Works Department; Mike Weinstein, Angela Moyer and Teresa Eichner – Finance Department


Meeting Convened: 4:06 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.


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


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


Council Member Boyer asked to be added as a co-sponsor of 2017-676 and all the 678 through 689.


Council Member Carter said that the School Safety Committee had discussed 2017-656 (state bill J-1 regarding crossing guards) earlier today and believes the City can deal with the matter locally and does not need state legislation. Council Member Wilson announced that he has had a floor amendment drafted (see the Blue Sheet) to keep the crossing guard decision in local hands and offered to move that first.


Council Member Ferraro asked that bill 2017-478 be taken up rather than re-referred to the LUZ Committee as shown on the marked agenda. LUZ Committee Chairman Schellenberg said that he had further questions and believed it warranted further committee discussion, which led to his request for re-referral.


Council Member Crescimbeni said that he has been informed by JEA that one or more of the several resolutions commending and thanking out-of-state utility crews that came to Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma to help restore power will need amendments; he is awaiting details from the JEA.


Council Member Schellenberg announced that 2017- 493 will have a floor amendment to correct the date of written description; Peggy Sidman said that the floor amendment includes the LUZ amendment and therefore should be moved as the proposed action.


Council Member Boyer reported that she had asked several questions during the School Safety Committee meeting and been informed that the City bears the full cost of all improvements necessary to create a school crossing zone. Council Member Reggie Brown said that there is an alternative funding source available in the form of a portion of parking fine revenues, so the General Fund does not need to bear the full cost of improvements.


President Brosche said that there will be an addendum to the third reading ordinances to take up 2017-563 that was discharged from the Finance Committee during the Special Council Meeting that immediately preceded the agenda meeting. Mr. Wilson announced that he will have a floor amendment to offer on 2017-563 regarding the definition of “student” to include persons still in high school up to the age of 21 and adding amending the Early Learning, Literacy and School Readiness service category.


Council Member Carter said that there was a postponement from the last meeting (2017-486) and asked if it should be at the top of the agenda with quasi-judicial ordinances. Ms. Sidman said that the bill is listed in the proper location on the agenda.


In response to a question from Council Member Dennis, Ms. Sidman reported that 2017-563 was discharged from Finance Committee and is ready for third reading in the usual third reading ordinance slot on the agenda. Council Member Anderson said that he would be offering a floor amendment regarding the number of votes required to replace a Kids Hope Alliance board member.  Council Member Crescimbeni suggested that Legislative Services Division prepare an addendum page to show where 2017-563 will appear. In response to a question from Council Member Gaffney, the President said that she would entertain a motion early in the meeting on a waiver of the Council Rules to allow public comment prior to the Council taking action on this bill. Ms. Brosche announced that the Rules Committee substitute will be moved first.


Meeting adjourned: 4:29 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research Division

10.10.17     Posted 5:30 p.m.

Tapes:  Council agenda meeting – LSD