City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall

May 22, 2018

4:00 p.m.


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

In attendance: Council Members Anna Lopez Brosche (President), Greg Anderson,  Danny Becton,  Aaron Bowman, Lori Boyer, Katrina Brown (arr. 4:03), Doyle Carter, John Crescimbeni, Garrett Dennis Al Ferraro, Jim Love, Joyce Morgan, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg, Scott Wilson


Also: Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston, Susan Grandin – Office of General Counsel; Kyle Billy and Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens and Jessica Matthews – Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; John Pappas – Public Works Department; Kirk Wendland and Paul Crawford – Office of Economic Development; Mike Weinstein – Finance and Administration Department; Folks Huxford – Planning and Development Department


Meeting Convened: 4:01 p.m.


President Brosche called the meeting to order and asked for the committee reports.


LUZ Committee: Council Member Schellenberg reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.


TEU Committee: Council Member Ferraro reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting.

The administration has requested that 2018-257 (closing and abandoning a right-of-way of Irving Road)  be pulled from the consent agenda and re-referred to TEU.


NCSPHS Committee: Council Member Newby reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. Chairman Newby requested that 2018-232 (appropriation of Loblolly mitigation bank funds) and 2018-237 (removing Abyssinia Baptist Church from the Council Auditor’s grant non-compliance list) be added to an addendum to the agenda and discharged from committee for action tonight. Council Member Anderson said that the bills had been deferred because the bill sponsors were not present and expressed concern that extensive discussion might ensue on the council floor. Council Member Crescimbeni said that the NCSPHS Committee had voted to defer 2018-237 and he was puzzled that Chairman Newby would request discharge of a bill deferred by action of the full committee. Council Member K. Brown urged consistency in the enforcement of rules across the board and said that the council discharges bills from committees on a regular basis without any problem. Council Member Boyer asked the Council President-Designate to give thought as to whether there should or should not be a Council Rule regarding deferral of bills in committee if the bill sponsor is not present to discuss it, which seems to have developed as a regular practice, and recommended that members seeking to achieve a discharge of bills at a Council meeting inform the full council membership by email in advance so that all members can be fully prepared to discuss bills not shown on the preliminary council agenda.


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


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


Council Member Schellenberg said that he would pull resolutions 2018-316, -317, -318, -319 and -320 (honoring and commending resolutions) from the consent agenda and propose amendments to add all council members as co-sponsors.


Council Member Dennis pointed out an item in the Miscellaneous Communications category on the agenda which is a letter from Mayor Curry announcing his return of Resolution 2018-332 (opposing changes by the Florida Department of Education to scoring thresholds on testing alternatives to the FCAT) without his signature. Mr. Dennis disagrees with several points in that letter and asked that a representative of the administration address the contents of that letter at the council meeting.


Meeting adjourned: 4:28 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research Division

5.22.18     Posted 5:00 p.m.

Tapes:  City Council agenda meeting – LSD