OFFICE OF THE CITY COUNCIL
117 WEST DUVAL STREET, SUITE 425
4TH FLOOR, CITY HALL
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA 32202
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA MEETING MINUTES
City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall
November 13, 2018
Location: City Council Chamber, City Hall – St. James Building; 117 West Duval Street
In attendance: Council Members Aaron Bowman (President), Greg Anderson, Danny Becton, Lori Boyer, John Crescimbeni, Garrett Dennis, Al Ferraro, Terrance Freeman, Reginald Gaffney, Bill Gulliford, Tommy Hazouri, Jim Love, Joyce Morgan, Sam Newby, Ju’Coby Pittman, Matt Schellenberg, Randy White
Excused: Council Members Reggie Gaffney and Anna Lopez Brosche
Also: Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston and Shannon Eller – Office of General Counsel; Kyle Billy and Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens and Adri Maguire-Segui – Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Sam Mousa, Brian Hughes and Jordan Elsbury– Mayor’s Office; John Pappas – Public Works Department; Kurt Wilson – Fire and Rescue Department; Folks Huxford – Planning and Development Department; Kirk Wendland – Office of Economic Development
Meeting Convened: 4:00 p.m.
President Bowman called the meeting to order and asked for the committee reports.
Finance Committee: Council Member Anderson reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.
TEU Committee: Council Member Ferraro reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.
NCSPHS Committee: Council Member reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.
LUZ Committee: Council Member Schellenberg reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.
Rules Committee: Council Member Hazouri reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.
At the beginning of the meeting there will be a presentation by Dawn Gilman on Changing Homelessness.
President Bowman stated that there would be a 6-item addendum to the agenda for introduction only.
Council Members added their names as co-sponsors to several Consent Agenda items.
Council Member Anderson noted that the President has asked the Finance Committee to take 30 minutes at the end of its next meeting to begin framing a set of Council priorities for next year’s budget and asked President Bowman to explain his intent to the group. Mr. Bowman said that he has spoken with the Mayor and the Council Auditor and is asking the Council to propose items of citywide interest or applicability in an amount up to a total of $4 million total that the Council will consider and adopt by resolution at the first meeting in January as the Council’s recommendation to the Mayor. Mr. Anderson invited any interested council members to attend the next Finance Committee meeting and participate in that discussion
2018-682 (Auth an Agreemt with JTA Regarding Southwest Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) improvements ) – the Finance amendment will be moved first.
Council Member Schellenberg said that the City Council doesn’t have any real authority to have impact on JEA’s operations once it confirms the mayor’s appointment to the board, despite the fact that the actions of the JEA can impact the City directly and substantially in areas such as bond ratings and the annual JEA contribution to the City, a substantial percentage of the City’s budget. As the Council’s liaison to the JEA, he invites questions from his fellow members to relay to the JEA for responses and believes the Council needs more substantial authority to participate in JEA’s decision making for the City’s most valuable asset. President Bowman noted that a Charter Revision Commission will be appointed next year to consider possible charter amendments and invited members to suggest issues/questions for that commission to consider. Council Member Gulliford said that the council should exercise caution before intruding into the operations of the independent authorities without the full knowledge and experience that those boards possess. There is value in their independence to insulate the authorities from political influence from the Council, which is why they are established in the way they are. Council Member Anderson noted that there currently is no formal mechanism for the Council’s liaisons to the various boards and commissions to report back issues or findings to the full council.
Meeting adjourned: 4:22 p.m.
Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research Division
11.13.18 Posted 5:00 p.m.
Tape: City Council agenda meeting 11.13.18 – LSD