OFFICE OF THE CITY COUNCIL
117 WEST DUVAL STREET, SUITE 425
4TH FLOOR, CITY HALL
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32202
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA MEETING MINUTES
City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall
July 25, 2017
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, John Crescimbeni, Doyle Carter, Garrett Dennis, Reggie Gaffney, Al Ferraro, Bill Gulliford (arr. 4:03), Tommy Hazouri, Jim Love, Joyce Morgan, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg, Scott Wilson
Also: Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston, Susan Grandin, Stephen Durden and Jason Teal – Office of General Counsel; Kyle Billy and Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens, Jessica Matthews and Philip Zamarron – Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Bill Killingsworth – Planning and Development Department; Ali Korman Shelton and Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; Mike Weinstein and Teresa Eichner – Administration and Finance Department; Kirk Wendland – Office of Economic Development
Meeting Convened: 4:00 p.m.
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. Council Member Hazouri announced that he would be offering a floor amendment to Resolution 2017-456 (honoring and commending Salem A. Salem).
LUZ Committee: Council Member Schellenberg reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.
President Brosche noted that Resolution 2017-457 (commemorating the 50th anniversary of the referendum approving city/county consolidation) needs to be taken up at the beginning of the meeting and approved before it can be the subject of the scheduled presentation. Ms. Brosche also noted the ordinances 2017-456, -500 and -395 all will have floor amendments offered. She announced that in the cases of bills with differing committee amendments, the Finance amendments will be moved first for 2017-393 and -422, the Rules amendment will be offered first for 2017-397, and the LUZ amendment will be offered first for 2017-425. Deputy General Counsel Peggy Sidman explained the floor amendment requested by the Council Auditor for 2017-500 (setting the “rolled back” millage rate and establishing a tentative millage levy for FY17-18) to correct a miscalculation of the “rolled back” rate.
At the request of Council Member Crescimbeni, Susan Grandin of the General Counsel’s Office explained the latest LUZ amendment on 2016-805 (rezoning on Loretto Road) and how the conditions of the amendment differ from the amendment discussed at the council meeting two weeks ago. In response to a question from Council Member Becton, Ms. Grandin confirmed that the latest version of the conditions does not contain a requirement for a traffic study after the development is completed. In response to a question from Council Member Boyer about the Office of General Counsel’s stated preference at the last meeting to not be the reviewing authority for compliance of the developer with the adopted conditions, Ms. Grandin stated that her office prefers that the site plan and written description be amended to reflect all of Council’s desired conditions to the greatest extent possible. In response to a request for clarification from Council Member Anderson about the status of the construction access road off of Loretto Road, the developer, Zach Miller, stated that after construction is complete the construction access road will no longer be used to provide access to the development, except perhaps to the single lot in which it is located, at the discretion of that property owner.
Council Auditor Kyle Billy made his office’s annual suggestion that the Council consider amending Ordinance 2017-500 to set a tentative millage levy for next year at .25 mills higher than the rate proposed by the Mayor in order to give the Council flexibility in the budgeting process to deal with unexpected circumstances or to provide funding to some priority need without the need to re-advertise a higher millage rate than that adopted by this ordinance. The advertising required to notify all property owners of an increased final millage rate over the tentatively approved rate costs several hundred thousand dollars.
Council Member Ferraro announced that he would be offering a floor amendment on Ordinance 2017-354 (rezoning on Belfort Road). Attorney Susan Grandin explained that the language for the floor amendment was suggested by the Public Works Department to formalize the developer’s intent that no more additional stormwater will be discharged from the proposed development to the intersection of Belfort and Touchton Roads, which already experiences flooding.
Meeting adjourned: 4:36 p.m.
Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research
7.25.17 Posted 5:30 p.m.
Tapes: Council agenda meeting – LSD