April 11, 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, Katrina Brown (arr. 4:12); Doyle Carter, John Crescimbeni, Garrett Dennis (arr. 4:30), Al Ferraro, Reginald Gaffney, Bill Gulliford, Tommy Hazouri, Jim Love, Joyce Morgan, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg, Scott Wilson


Also: Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston, Susan Grandin and Jason Teal – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman, Kyle Billy and Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens and Philip Zamarron – Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Lin White – Public Works Department; Sam Mousa, Ali Korman Shelton, Jessica Baker and Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; Kirk Wendland and Paul Crawford – Office of Economic Development; Mike Weinstein and Angela Moyer – Finance and Administration Department; Bill Killingsworth – Planning and Development Department


Meeting Convened: 4:02 p.m.


Finance Committee: Council Member Brosche reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. The Finance amendment will be moved for 2017-162 (approving issuance by the Capital Trust Agency of its multi-family housing revenue bonds).


NCIS Committee: Council Member Wilson reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. Council Member Gaffney requested that 2017-182 (amending Part 2 (Entertainment District) of Ordinance Code Chapter 191 (Special Events & Entertainment District)) be pulled from the consent agenda and postponed. In response to a question from Council Member Schellenberg about whether St. Johns County had approved an ordinance similar to 2017-66 designating Nocatee as a golf cart community, Mr. Wilson indicated that they had.


LUZ Committee: Council Member Becton reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. He announced that he would be proposing floor amendments on 2017-93 and -94 (land use amendment and rezoning on New Berlin Road and Alta Drive), which were postponed at the last Council meeting until this meeting. With regard to 2017-189 (amending the Beach Community Development District's boundary) which was deferred in the LUZ Committee, Mr. Becton has talked to the agent for the applicant who is agreeable to discharging the bill from committee and taking action tonight, if the other members of LUZ don’t object. T.R. Hainline representing the applicant said that action tonight would be the applicant’s preference.  With regard to 2016-638 and -639 (land use amendment and rezoning on Bridier Street at Oakley Street), in response to a question from the Council President attorney Jason Teal of the General Counsel’s Office stated that he has reviewed and is comfortable with the Planning Department’s staff report and is agreeable to moving the bills tonight. Steve Diebenow representing the applicant said that his client is ready for the bills to proceed tonight. Attorney Susan Grandin of the General Counsel’s Office reported that she had spoken with Council Member Reggie Brown, explained the situation, and he is agreeable to the bills moving tonight. Council Member Gaffney indicated his agreement as well with acting tonight.


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.


Rules Committee: Assistant Council Auditor Kyle Billy reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. 2017-171 (confirming reappointment of Edward E Burr to the JEA board) was postponed from the last meeting and the Council President indicated that she would postpone it again to the next meeting.


President Boyer called the members’ attention to the presence on the agenda under Communications from the Mayor and Other Entities of three actuarial impact statements on the impact of the proposed pension reform plans on the City’s three pension plans. Council members were urged to read those impact statements and at least review the actuarial reports on which they are based.


There will be a 3-item addendum to the agenda: 1) 2017-76 (confirming CPAC appointment of Mike Anania to the TRUE Commission) – the Finance Committee moved to withdraw the bill, which was deferred in the Rules Committee; Rules Chair Dennis agreed with moving to add the bill to the addendum, discharge it from committee an act on the motion to withdraw; 2) 2017-298 (resolution urging Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to oppose bills pending in the legislature to increase the homestead exemption by another $25,000) – Council Member Schellenberg requested emergency action to pass the resolution and transmit it to the legislature while they are in session considering the expansion; 3) 2017-299 (urging Governor Scott to declare a statewide medical emergency to combat the opioid overdose epidemic) – Council Member Gulliford asked for introduction tonight one cycle emergency consideration at the next meeting.


President Boyer announced that she anticipated considerable public participation in the Public Comment and Public Hearing portions of the meeting tonight between the 14 pension-related ordinances and several LUZ items that may bring a number of speakers. She will reduce the time limit for speakers below the usual 3 minutes if numerous speakers request to speak to each of the collective bargaining agreements, making the same comments over and over for each. In response to a question from Council Member Anderson about the schedule for consideration of the pension bills, Ms. Boyer noted that a workshop has been scheduled for tomorrow from 1 to 5 p.m. and a Committee of the Whole scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th in the afternoon. She will have a better feel after tomorrow’s workshop how well council members’ questions are being answered in their private meetings with the administration and how much work may remain to be done in future meetings.


Special Committee topics for next week’s committees

TEU: St. Johns River Power Park decommissioning presentation by JEA


PHS:  fire stations presentation by the Fire and Rescue Department


Finance: No special meeting next week


Rules: continuation of board and commission review


LUZ: making the Zoning Code more visual for landscape and buffer requirements; minor modification process


NCIS: affordable housing issues


Meeting adjourned: 4:32 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

4.11.17     Posted 5:45 p.m.

Tapes:  Council agenda meeting – LSD