City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall

May 23, 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, Anna Lopez Brosche, John Crescimbeni, Garrett Dennis, Reggie Gaffney, Al Ferraro, Bill Gulliford, 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, Jessica Matthews and Adri Segui – Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; John Pappas – Public Works Department; Bill Killingsworth and Folks Huxford – Planning and Development Department; Ali Korman Shelton and Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; Daryl Joseph – Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department


Meeting Convened: 4:00 p.m.


Rules Committee: Council Member Dennis reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. Council Members Schellenberg and Newby requested to be added as co-sponsors of Resolution 2017-359 (Honoring & Commending Greg Tison). President Boyer announced that 2017-360 (Resolution Recognizing & Honoring the 2017 Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship Recipients) would be taken up early in the meeting in order to accommodate its presentation.


NCIS Committee: Council Member Wilson reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. In response to a question from Council Member Anderson, President Boyer announced that the Finance Committee amendments will be offered for both 2017-68 (Approving Settlement of Pending Federal Court Litigation from United States of America v. the City of Jacksonville) and 2017-69 (Approving Settlement of Claims arising from Disability Rights Florida, Inc. v. the City of Jacksonville). Ms. Boyer explained the sequence of consideration of various legislation relating to these cases in the NCIS, LUZ and Finance Committees.


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


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


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


LUZ Committee: Council Member Becton reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting and stated that he would be abstaining from the vote on 2017-285 (Approving Sign Waiver Application SW-17-05 for Sign at 11700 San Jose Blvd.). He recommended that the Council table action on 2017-68 and -69 until after action is taken on 2017-36 (Amending the Zoning Code Create a Procedure for Disabled Persons to Request Reasonable Accommodations from Provisions of the Zoning Code), as the bills are all inter-related. Council Member Crescimbeni announced that he would be offering a floor amendment to 2017-36 and explained the intent of the amendment regarding determination of disability status.


Council Member Morgan announced that she would be offering a floor amendment to 2017-317 (Amending the Public Service Grants Chapter of the Code to Clarify Grant Eligibility Requirements). Deputy General Counsel Peggy Sidman explained three options for dealing with the intent of the floor amendment, which would allow but regulate the ability of potential grant applicants to participate in the process of establishing priority populations for the grant funding. The consensus of the group was to adopt the NCIS amendment and deal with the participation aspect in separate legislation at a later date.


Special Committee topics for next cycle’s committees

TEU: JAA airport system and North Florida TPO


PHS:  Shot Spotter technology


Finance: Property Appraiser’s annual report


Rules: no special meeting this cycle


LUZ: no special meeting; an appeal of a ruling from the Historic Preservation Commission will be heard


NCIS: Real Estate Division report on vacant commercial buildings


Meeting adjourned: 4:30 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

5.24.17     Posted 10:00 a.m.

Tapes:  Council agenda meeting – LSD