City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall

February 27, 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,  Doyle Carter, John Crescimbeni, Garrett Dennis, Al Ferraro, Reggie Gaffney, Tommy Hazouri, Jim Love, Sam Newby, Matt Schellenberg, Scott Wilson


Also: Peggy Sidman, Paige Johnston, Susan Grandin and Jason Teal – Office of General Counsel; Kyle Billy and Kim Taylor – Council Auditor’s Office; Carol Owens, Jessica Matthews and Juliette Williams – Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Sam Mousa and Ali Korman Shelton – Mayor’s Office; John Pappas and Lin White – Public Works Department; Angela Moyer  and Teresa Eichner – Finance Department; Kirk Wendland – Office of Economic Development; Bill Killingsworth and Folks Huxford – Planning and Development Department; Kurt Wilson – Fire and Rescue 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.

Council Member Morgan requested that 2017-831 and -832 (land use amendment and rezoning on Hare Avenue) be re-referred to the LUZ Committee for more discussion. With regard to 2018-22 (appeal of a Historic Preservation Commission denial of a Certificate of Appropriateness for a property on Challen Avenue), Council Member Crescimbeni asked that the Council be briefed on the discussion of this bill at the LUZ Committee because he has received information about conflicting reports from Riverside-Avondale Preservation. LUZ Chairman Schellenberg reported that the apparent conflict arose from an individual using RAP letterhead to send a letter propounding a position opposite of the official stance taken by RAP as a body.


NCSPHS 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.


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


Rules Committee: Council Member Wilson reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. Council Member Dennis requested that 2018-67 (confirming appointment of Aaron Zahn to the JEA board) be pulled from the consent agenda.


Council Members Schellenberg, Boyer and Hazouri asked to be added to 2018-92 (resolution honoring newspaper columnist Ron Littlepage on his retirement) as co-sponsors.


Council Member Dennis asked that 2018-127 (setting a straw ballot referendum on the proposed sale of JEA) be withdrawn in favor of 2018-141 and 2018-142 which address the same subject. He requested that 2018-20 (authorizing purchase and sale agreement with CSX for 4.13 acres of property) be added to the addendum to the agenda and discharged from the TEU Committee so that a due diligence process can begin for possible property acquisition. TEU Chairman Ferraro said that he still has questions about possible site contamination and is not disposed to discharge the bill until those questions are answered. Stephanie Burch, Director of the Neighborhoods Department, reported that the agreement was approved by the Mayor’s Budget Review Committee yesterday and the administration is ready to move forward on the contamination testing phase. Mr. Ferraro agreed to the discharge and the bill will be added to the addendum to the agenda for that purpose.


President Brosche noted that 2017-519 (approving a legal settlement with 695 Investment Group, LLC) and 2017-667 (amending the Zoning Code to reduce the distance limitation on the residence of sexual offenders and predators from certain facilities) failed in committee, so the action to support the committee recommendations will be to vote the “nay” button. Council Member Boyer noted that 2018-119 (revising the DIA budget to provide additional funding for the Riverplace Boulevard road diet project) is being requested for one-cycle emergency consideration since the Public Works Department is ready to go on a long-delayed project. Council Member Hazouri asked that the opponents and proponents of 2018-122 (declaration of restrictive covenant with FDEP for the St. Johns River Park property on the Southbank) meet before the meeting to see if they can work out their differences before the council takes its vote. Council Member Carter announced that he will be offering a floor amendment on 2017-343 (rezoning property on Collins Road).


Ms. Brosche said that on 2018-133 (creating a Task Force on Open Government) the one cycle emergency action request will be removed in committee. To clarify the earlier discussion, the public hearings on 2017-831 and -832 will be opened and closed before re-referral of the bills to committee.



Meeting adjourned: 4:26 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research Division

2.27.18     Posted 5:00 p.m.

Tapes:  City Council agenda meeting – LSD