January 24, 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, Reggie Brown, Doyle Carter, John Crescimbeni, Garrett Dennis, Al Ferraro, Reginald Gaffney, Bill Gulliford, Tommy Hazouri, Jim Love, Joyce Morgan (arr. 4:12), Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg,


Also: Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston, Susan Grandin and Stephen Durden – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman, Kyle Billy and Heather Reber– 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;   Ali Korman Shelton, Jessica Baker, Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; Kirk Wendland and Paul Crawford – Office of Economic Development; Folks Huxford – Planning and Development Department; Mike Weinstein, Theresa Eichner and Cal Ray – Finance and Administration Department; Bill Hodges – Jacksonville Children’s Commission


Meeting Convened: 4:02 p.m.


LUZ Committee: Council Member Becton reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting, noting that resolution 20176-813 (urging the Florida Legislature and Cabinet to dedicate conservation funds for water conservation projects in North Florida) had differing amendments in the LUZ and Finance Committees; the Finance amendment will be moved first. Council Member Anderson requested a report on the committee vote on Ordinance 2016-780 (rezoning on Bay Street from PUD to CCBD).


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


PHS 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.


NCIS Committee: the committee’s items had all been previously covered.


Finance Committee: Council Member Brosche reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting, noting the differing amendments on 2016-813.


President Boyer reported that there would be a 2-item addendum to the agenda with items for introduction only. She also noted that the Council would be convening as the  King/Soutel Community Redevelopment Area governing board at 4:30 p.m.


Special Committee topics for next week’s committees

Finance: continuation of discussion of Children’s Commission grant budgeting processes and of the delegation of the City Council’s appropriation authority.


PHS: Sheriff’s Office body cameras


TEU: bridge, walkways and guardrail maintenance


Rules: continuation of the review of the Council Rules, beginning with public hearings and public comment


LUZ: non-controversial “glitch” cleanups


NCIS: Chairman Wilson or his ECA will e-mail the topic of the next meeting, if one is scheduled, to the council members when a decision is made.


President Boyer announced that she is in the process of trying to schedule two upcoming meetings for the Council – an update from the JTA on the progress being made on Better Jacksonville Plan road projects, and a meeting of the council in its capacity as the JIA Community Redevelopment Area governing board.


Ms. Boyer reviewed the public hearing process for Ordinance 2017-5 (revisions to the City’s non-discrimination ordinances to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes). No comment on the ordinance will be allowed in the first Public Comment period early in the meeting. The official second reading public hearing on the bill will be taken up last on the agenda, after a brief recess following the conclusion of the regular agenda business. Color-coded speaker cards (green for those in favor of the ordinance, orange for those opposed) are available on tables at the front of the chamber and speakers will be called in alternating order until all cards on one side of the issue are exhausted, then the remaining speakers will be called. Speakers will be given the standard 3 minutes for their remarks. Ms. Boyer announced that she would afford several opportunities for those in attendance to stand in unison to show their support for or opposition to the bill. Overflow seating is available, should attendance exceed the capacity of the Council Chamber, in the Lynwood Roberts Room next door where a video feed will be shown and from which staff will call attendees who have signed up to speak in the public hearing. Pursuant to the Council Rules, the meeting will be adjourned at midnight and resumed at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, unless the number of remaining speaker cards is very small and the Council votes to waive the rule and continue the public hearing to conclusion.


Meeting adjourned: 4:22 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

1.24.17     Posted 5:30 p.m.

Tapes:  Council agenda meeting – LSD