City Council Chamber, 1st floor, City Hall

February13, 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, Reggie Brown, Doyle Carter, John Crescimbeni, Garrett Dennis, Al Ferraro, Reggie Gaffney, Bill Gulliford,  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 and Jessica Matthews – Legislative Services Division; Steve Cassada – Council Staff Services; Jeff Clements – Council Research Division; Sam Mousa, Ali Korman and Jordan Elsbury – Mayor’s Office; John Pappas and Lin White – Public Works Department; Joey Greive, Angela Moyer and A.J Souto  – Finance Department; Kirk Wendland  and Karen Nasrallah – Office of Economic Development; Daryl Joseph – Parks, Recreation and Community Services Division; Bill Killingsworth and Folks Huxford – Planning and Develop. Dept.


Meeting Convened: 4:01 p.m.


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


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. Council Member Reggie Brown requested that 2017-519 (Apv Settlemt of Claims in Trial Proceedings arising from "695 Investment Group, LLC v. City of Jacksonville) be re-referred to the Finance Committee for further consideration.


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


LUZ Committee: Council Member Schellenberg reviewed the actions of the committee from its meeting. 2017-805 (Amend Chapt 654 (Code of Subdiv Regs), Ord Code, Secs 654.106 (Definitions) to add Newly Created Definition for "Reconstructed Street"): Deputy General Counsel Peggy Sidman explained that Council Member Schellenberg requests that the bill be added to the addendum to the agenda for the purpose of the Council referring the bill to LUZ. 2018-59 (Honoring & Commending River City Science Academy): Council Member Schellenberg asked to be added as a co-sponsor.


President Brosche gave information on several bills on the agenda. 2017-850 (Amend FY 2017-2018 Budget for Tourist Dev Council): Assistant Council Auditor Kim Taylor explained the reason for substituting and re-referring the bill to add an additional appropriation of $100,000 by the TDC. 2017-804 (Amend Zoning Code Sports & Entertainmt Complex Sign Overlay Zone): Council Member Boyer explained the substitute and re-referral to deal with a change in the funding source for the sign project. 2017-831 and -832 (land use amendment and rezoning on Hare Avenue): Assistant General Counsel Susan  Grandin explained the request for postponement by Council Member Morgan to allow her to attend the next meeting to discuss the issue before a final vote (she is excused from tonight’s meeting due to a family emergency). Council Member Schellenberg said that the LUZ Committee had reached out to Ms. Morgan prior to its discussion and vote and did not hear from her before taking action; he opposed the postponement.


There will be a 2-item addendum to the agenda – an honoring and commending resolution and a resolution appointing a Task Force on Civil Rights History. Ms. Brosche said that she would offer an amendment to add one additional member to the Task Force.


2017-519 (Apv Settlemt of Claims in Trial Proceedings arising from "695 Investment Group, LLC v. City of Jacksonville): Deputy General Counsel Jason Teal explained that Council Member Reggie Brown disagrees with the settlement agreement and wants it re-referred to the Finance Committee so that he can speak against it there. Mr. Teal said that the OGC believes this is a good settlement for the City because it imposes no requirements on the City and imposes conditions on the property owner that would be enforceable by a federal judge. Council Member Hazouri asked for clarification about the process for the Council as a whole or individual council members to suggest modifications for negotiation with the plaintiff.


2018-20 (Auth Purchase & Sale Agreemt with CSX Transportation, Inc for Purchase of 4.13 Acres for a Retention Pond Site): Council Member Dennis said that the bill is not on the agenda, having been deferred in the TEU Committee, and was deferred by the Mayor’s Budget Review Committee. Mr.  Dennis requested discharge if all questions have been answered to the TEU chairman’s satisfaction. He asked Stephanie Burch, Director of the Neighborhoods Department, to explain why the administration isn’t ready to act on the bill and said that he intends to ask the 5 at-large council members to help him move this issue forward. TEU Chairman Ferraro said that he has questions about the agreement that can’t be quickly answered tonight and he opposed the discharge request.


2017-805 Floor Leader Scott Wilson asked for clarification of how the bill will be treated.  It will be added to the addendum and then moved for re-referral to all committees of reference.


Council Member Crescimbeni said that he would be offering a floor amendment to 2017-836 (Rezoning 11211 Atlantic Blvd) and that the applicant’s representatives will be in the audience for questions.


Meeting adjourned: 4:31 p.m.


Minutes: Jeff Clements, Council Research Division

2.13.18     Posted 5:00 p.m.

Tapes:  Council agenda meeting – LSD