March 28, 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, Doyle Carter, John Crescimbeni, Garrett Dennis, 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 – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman and Kyle Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens, Crystal Shemwell, Samantha Lane – Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; John Pappas and Lin White – Public Works Department;   Sam Mousa, Ali Korman Shelton, Jessica Baker and Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; Kirk Wendland – Office of Economic Development; Mike Weinstein and Angela Moyer – Finance and Administration Department; Bill Killingsworth and Folks Huxford – Planning and Development Department; Daryl Joseph – Parks, Recreation and Entertainment Department


Meeting Convened: 4:00 p.m.


Rules Committee: Council Member Dennis reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. 2017-171 will be pulled from the consent agenda and postponed to April 11. Council Member Schellenberg asked to be added as a co-sponsor to 2017-201, -202 and -205. Council Member Gulliford will be moving that 2017-76 be re-referred to the Rules and NCIS Committees. Council Member Bowman asked to be added as a co-sponsor to 201, -202 and -205. Council Member Gaffney asked to be added as a co-sponsor to 2017-199, -201, -202 and -205.


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


LUZ Committee: Council Member Becton reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. 2016-638 and -639 will be amended and re-referred to LUZ. Council Member Schellenberg announced that 2016-805 will be deferred in LUZ until a community meeting can be held on the project. Council Member Ferraro requested that 2017-93 and -94 be postponed in Council until the next meeting so that a community meeting can be held. Council Members Schellenberg and Hazouri opposed the proposed postponement.


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.


Finance Committee: Council Member Brosche reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. 2017-150 has differing amendments in NCIS and Finance; the Finance amendment will be moved first.


Council Member Gulliford said that he would move that 2017-76 be referred to Finance rather than the NCIS Committee. Mr. Gulliford also announced that the scheduled presentation on the St. Johns River Ferry would be postponed tonight due to the unavailability of the presenters.


President Boyer noted that there would be an addendum to the agenda containing 15 items – 14 related to collective bargaining and pension code amendments and one board member appointment to the Jacksonville Health Facilities Authority. She noted that each of the collective bargaining/pension bills will be referred to both the Finance Committee and to the appropriate subject matter committee (i.e. the JEA collective bargaining agreements will be referred to the TEU Committee that has jurisdiction over utility matters. She will discharge them from the standing committees and refer them to a Committee of the Whole meeting on April 19th unless a majority of the Council disapproves. A workshop meeting will be scheduled on April 6th from 1 to 5:00 p.m. to allow the administration to present all of the relevant financial data. On Tuesday April 11th the bills will receive their usual second reading public hearing, after which another workshop meeting will be scheduled on April 12th to complete discussion of financial matters, to hear from the JEA about its contracts, and to discuss any other outstanding questions. The Committee of the Whole meeting on April 19th would replace discussion of these bills in the standing committees on April 16-18. Ms. Boyer asked the council members to hold April 20th for a potential special council meeting to take up and vote on all of these bills. In response to a question from Council Member Bowman, Finance Director Mike Weinstein said that there is no hard and fast deadline for these bills to be considered and approved, but next year’s budget preparation is looming and the administration wants the new pension plan to take effect with the new fiscal year on October 1st. Council Member Schellenberg requested that the collective bargaining and pension bills and all associated studies and documentation be posted prominently on the City Council’s web page for the public to review. Mr. Weinstein said that all financial data, actuarial reports, etc. will be presented to the Council in the April 6th workshop. The Police and Fire Pension Fund Board is expecting an impact statement from their actuary on April 10th and the administration hopes they will approve it and make their recommendation to the City Council that day.


Ms. Boyer reminded the members that the JIA-CRA board meeting will be tomorrow morning to review the consultant report on the success of the CRA plan to date and to examine future needs. Ms. Boyer asked the council members, at the request of the Office of Sports and Entertainment, if there was interest in having a lunch-and-learn meeting on the neighborhood event planning and permitting process; only Council Member Gaffney indicated interest in such a meeting in the near future and the President suggested that he meet with Dave Herrell, the Sports and Entertainment Officer, individually.


Special Committee topics for next week’s committees

NCIS:  sports in the city’s parks


TEU: local option gas tax use by JTA and how the authority got into the road building business.


PHS: security at block parties and other special events


Rules: board and commission review with Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority, Duval County Research and Development Council, Courthouse Advisory Committee, and the Duval County Health Facilities Authority.


LUZ: review draft legislation for “glitch” bill cleanups, then buffers and landscaping for incompatible uses


Finance: public reporting of economic development incentive performance; the Research Division was asked to forward to the Finance members a copy of a recent report by on transparency of reporting of the success of local economic development incentives.



Meeting adjourned: 4:41 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

3.28.17     Posted 5:30 p.m.

Tapes:  Council agenda meeting – LSD