City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall

June 13, 2017

4:00 p.m.


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

In attendance: Council Members Lori Boyer (President), Greg Anderson, Danny Becton, Aaron Bowman, Katrina Brown, John Crescimbeni, Garrett Dennis, Reggie Gaffney, Al Ferraro, Bill Gulliford, Tommy Hazouri, Joyce Morgan, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg, Scott Wilson

Excused: Council Members Anna Lopez Brosche and Jim Love


Also: Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston and Susan Grandin – Office of General Counsel; Kyle Billy and Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens and Jessica Matthews – Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; John Pappas and Lin White – Public Works Department; Folks Huxford – Planning and Development Department; Ali Korman Shelton, Jessica Baker and Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; Bill Hodges – Jacksonville Children’s Commission; Kurt Wilson – Fire and Rescue Department; Mike Weinstein and Angela Moyer – Administration and Finance Department


Meeting Convened: 4:00 p.m.


PHS Committee: Council Member Newby stated that his committee had no actions to report.


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


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


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


LUZ Committee: Council Member Becton reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. He noted that a floor amendment will be offered on 2017-327 (rezoning on San Marco Boulevard).


Finance Committee: Council Member Schellenberg reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting, noting that the committee’s recommendation was to deny 2017-348 (creating a requirement for additional pension liability payments as a percentage of annual revenue growth). Council Member Anderson suggested that the bill be withdrawn so that another option in a similar vein might be proposed for consideration. President Boyer laid out the various options for dealing with the bill – postpone to hold more noticed meetings to craft amendments, re-refer to committee, or act tonight. The consensus of the council was to re-refer to committee for further discussion; Council Member Dennis requested that the bill be referred to the Rules Committee as well as back to Finance. In response to a procedural question, Deputy General Counsel Peggy Sidman stated that the Council Rules require a vote to re-refer at this point in the legislative process.


Ms. Boyer announced that 2017-352 (creating a new Parks Partnership mechanism and associated trust fund) would be postponed for further refinements.  Ms. Boyer gave an overview of 2017-182 (amending the A. Philip Randolph Entertainment District) and explained its interconnection with a J-bill passed by the Duval Legislative Delegation in the just-completed legislative session that created a completely different Sport Complex entertainment zone than the City’s existing zone. Those discrepancies will need to be reconciled at some point. Council Member Gaffney advocated for withdrawal of 2017-182.


Mr. Gaffney announced that he will be offering a floor amendment on 2017-410 (providing additional funding to increase summer campership slots) to direct a portion of the new funding to an agency that has been providing summer camps for the past 2 years but was not funded for this summer.


President Boyer announced that the apartment project that is the subject of 2017-433 (accepting an easement for extension of the Southbank Riverwalk) may experience an appeal of a recent ruling by the Downtown Design Review Board; if an appeal is filed in a timely manner, she will defer any action the bill (requested for 1-cycle emergency action) until the appeal is resolved. Council Member Anderson requested that Steve Diebenow, representing the developer, brief committee members in advance of the committee meetings next week.


President Boyer noted that numerous bills on the agenda are requested for 1-cycle emergency approval: 2017-426, -434, -435, -439, -440, and -442.


Council Member Katrina Brown stated that she has been working for at least 6 months on the proposal that is on the Addendum to the Agenda as 2017-440 (appropriating $91,431 from General Fund/General Services District fund balance for additional street lighting on North Campus Drive).  She will be sending each council member a link to a video depicting the dark and dangerous condition of the road at night.

Council Member Morgan said that she is requesting 1-cycle approval of 2017-424 (prohibiting certain communications during the Public Service Grants approval process) so that the new procedure can be in place when the grant cycle begins on July 1st.



Special Committee topics for next cycle’s committees

TEU: JEA presentation on hurricane preparedness


PHS:  no special meeting


Finance: Police and Fire Pension Fund administration


Rules: no special meeting


LUZ: Planning Department update on the new application portal; boarding and rooming house regulations


NCIS: security cameras in public parks


Meeting adjourned: 4:32 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

6.13.17     Posted 5:30 p.m.

Tapes:  Council agenda meeting – LSD