City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall

September 26, 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, Aaron Bowman,  Lori Boyer, Doyle Carter, John Crescimbeni (arr. 4:06), Garrett Dennis, Al Ferraro, Bill Gulliford, Jim Love, Joyce Morgan, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg, Scott Wilson


Also: Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston, Susan Grandin and Jody Brooks – Office of General Counsel; Kyle Billy, Kim Taylor, Phillip Peterson and Brian Parks – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens and Philip Zamarron – Legislative Services Division; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Sam Mousa, Ali Korman Shelton and Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; John Pappas and Lin White – Public Works Department; Bill Hodges – Jacksonville Children’s Commission; Mike Weinstein, Angela Moyer, Joey Greive and Teresa Eichner – Finance Department; Folks Huxford – Planning and Development Department


Meeting Convened: 4:02 p.m.


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


LUZ Committee: Council Member Schellenberg reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting, noting that Council Member Carter has requested postponement of 2017-486 (rezoning on Taylor Field Road).


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


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


NCSPHS Committee: Council Member Newby reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. In response to a question from Council Member Anderson, it was clarified that the committee amendment to 2016-516 (creating a new DIA account for proceeds from sale of water quality compensatory credits) was approved by the Council at the last meeting before the bill was re-referred to committee.



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


President Brosche said that 2017-510 (appropriating funds for the annual contract with the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce) will be pulled from the Consent Agenda and voted on separately. She also noted that 2017-505 (approving the 2018-22 five-year CIP program) will be postponed to the end of the meeting and taken up with the other budget-related bills. The listing of proposed budget floor amendments distributed to the council members contains several amendments that, if passed, would require amendment of 2017-505, so that bill will be postponed until after the budget amendments are considered and resolved. 2017-620 (declaring a retention pond site as surplus and authorizing its conveyance to San Pablo Village, LLC) will be moved to have its public hearing immediately following the first Public Comment period and then Council Member Bowman will move for withdrawal of the bill.


Ms. Brosche announced that special orange speaker cards will be distributed for anyone interested in speaking during the Public Comment period about Confederate monuments, and she will again announce that there is no pending legislation on that subject. The President reminded the group that, given the potential for extended discussion on the budget, the midnight adjournment rule may come into play, or the Council may consider waiving that rule before the required adjournment time. If the meeting reaches midnight and the mandatory adjournment rule is not waived, the meeting will reconvene at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.


Council Member Morgan announced for the record that she had not had any ex parte communication on 2017-486 (rezoning on Taylor Field Road). In response to a question from Council Member Anderson, Council Auditor Kyle Billy affirmed that the budget is balanced as recommended by the Finance Committee and tentatively approved by the council last week. Any amendment requiring funding will need to have a funding source identified, and the Special Council Contingency fund had a $0 balance at the end of the Finance Committee’s budget hearings.


President Brosche announced that there will be a 1-item Addendum to the Agenda (2017-695, an ordinance waiving building inspection fees on roof repairs to existing structures damaged by Hurricane Irma). Council Member Crescimbeni requested a second item be added to the addendum – an ordinance to extend the temporary moratorium on vehicle for hire medallion renewal fees and late fees, as the current moratorium expires this week.



Meeting adjourned: 4:19 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research Division

9.26.17     Posted 5:00 p.m.

Tapes:  Council agenda meeting – LSD