Rules Committee Special Meeting Minutes Twice Amended

April 4, 2017

Immediately following 1:00 p.m. regular committee meeting


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


Discussion: Council Member Crescimbeni will provide an update of the Cultural Council Board Legislation


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


In attendance: Council Members Garrett Dennis (Chair), John Crescimbeni (Vice Chair), Greg Anderson, Danny Becton, Jim Love, Tommy Hazouri


Also: Peggy Sidman - Office of General Counsel; Heather Reber - Council Auditor’s Office; Allison Korman Shelton -Mayor’s Office; Colleen Hampsey - Council Research Division; Crystal Shemwell -Legislative Services.



Meeting Convened: 3:15 pm


The Research and Development Authority (RDA) update was presented by UNF President John Delaney. Research and Development Authority is charged with the oversight of the “First Coast Technology Park” 285 acres of donated undeveloped commercial land near the UNF campus. The land was intended to be the site of an office park or building with the purpose of promoting scientific research, but that has not transpired. The RDA Board consists of five Council appointed members and meets annually (approximately). The Rules Committee made a motion to let the RDA Board continue, and all agreed.


The Courthouse Architectural Review Committee update was presented by Bill Joyce of the Public Works Department. This board is tasked with the review and approval of exterior and interior architectural design of the courthouse.  Public Works recommended that the CAR board be sunsetted and, since there are no current interior or exterior projects, the Rules Committee agreed.


The Jacksonville Health Facilities Authority update was presented by Gayle Petrie from the Office of General Counsel.  The Health Facilities Authority (HFA) assists in the acquisition, construction, financing and refinancing of projects (mostly hospitals and nursing homes) and is authorized to issue notes and revenue bonds, and refund bonds. The HFA consists of five Council appointed members and is active in a very limited way (last meeting was five months ago, but before that it had been a few years). Sunsetting the board was discussed, but according to the terms of the Ordinance Code, the HFA cannot be dissolved until all bond debt is resolved, which is in 25 years.


Council Member Crescimbeni led a brief discussion about new Cultural Council Board Legislation. The Cultural Council is a non-profit which acts as the agent of the city to allocate cultural service grants and capital grant appropriations to eligible recipients, without administrative review. The proposed legislation will reduce the number of mayoral appointments from twelve to six, allow for two consecutive terms for appointees, clarify the role of board liaison and the eligibility terms of grant applications (three or more years of existence as shown by tax returns). This legislation will be introduced at the next Council meeting by the Rules Committee.


Meeting Adjourned: 4:02 pm



Minutes: Colleen Hampsey, Council Research

            4.4.17   Posted 5:00 p.m.