Finance Committee Agenda Meeting Minutes

 December 5, 2017

9:00 a.m.


Topic: Finance Committee agenda meeting


Location: City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall – St. James Building, 117 West Duval Street


In attendance: Council Members Garrett Dennis (Chair), Lori Boyer, Reginald Gaffney, Danny Becton, Matt Schellenberg (arr. 9:05 a.m.)


Also: Kyle Billy and Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Peggy Sidman and Jason Teal – Office of General Counsel; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Crystal Shemwell – Legislative Services Division; Ali Korman Shelton  – Mayor’s Office; Mike Weinstein and Angela Moyer – Finance and Administration Department; Kirk Wendland – Office of Economic Development; Stephanie Burch – Neighborhoods Department; Brian Mosier – Code Compliance Division


Meeting Convened: 9:01 a.m.


Chairman Dennis called the meeting to order and asked the attendees to introduce themselves for the record. He announced that the administration would be giving the monthly Loblolly Wetlands Mitigation Bank litigation update, the Council Auditor’s Office would be making presentations on several recently released new and follow-up reports, and the Medical Examiner would be making a report.


Mr. Dennis reviewed the Auditor’s marked agenda which included 7 items marked for deferral, 16 items ready for action (1 as a substitute for re-referral), and 9 items for second reading and re-referral.


Council Member Becton asked about a rumored bill on the YWCA building renovation to be presented at the full council meeting next week for emergency action on introduction and suggested that the Finance Committee discuss the issue today in advance of that meeting. Council Member Schellenberg said that he opposed the emergency proposal and would withdraw his sponsorship of the bill if the emergency is moved. Council Member Gaffney advocated for the emergency action.


Council Member Boyer asked about the status of the substitute for 2017-665 (amending the Ordinance Code regarding posting of City fees) and whether the substitute is available for review. Deputy General Counsel Peggy Sidman said that her office and the administration have been working on revisions to the bill so that the substitute will be complete for everyone’s review when the bill is ready for discussion in committees in January. Council Member Boyer wanted to be able to see the full bill before the committee is asked to vote on the substitute. Ms. Sidman agreed to send out the 162 page bill to the committee members with the caveat that the bill is not completely finalized yet. Mayor’s liaison Ali Shelton said that she would meet with committee members individually to discuss the bill. Chairman Dennis said that the bill would be deferred.


Meeting Adjourned: 9:15 a.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research

            12.5.17   Posted 10:30 a.m.

Tapes:  Finance agenda meeting– LSD