City Council Jan. 22 Meeting Brief: Charter Amendments Approved for April Elections

Jan. 24, 2019, Green Cove Springs, FL – City Council approved the second and final reading of City Ordinance No. O-01-2019, placing the City Charter amendments recommended by the Charter Review Committee on the ballot for April 2019 elections.

Amendments include: Providing a general statement that the City shall abide by all applicable nondiscrimination laws of the state and federal government; allow city manager to authorize budgeted expenditures of up to $25,000; allow city manager to authorize reasonable and necessary emergency expenditures for operating, public health and safety disasters; require the city manager to evaluate the city clerk annually, and not require the city attorney to reside or have an office within the city.

City Council also approved the grant funding and for City Manager Steve Kennedy to use that funding to hire Mittauer & Associates as the engineering firm for Phase One Construction of the Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility project. Phase One includes improvements to the plant reclaimed water systems, plant electrical upgrades, and rehabilitation of Lift Station #2 and Lift Station #4.

City Council also approved to withdraw the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant for the St. Johns River Trail, Phase II, for staff to re-apply at a future date. The current grant amount only covers a little over a quarter of the project cost. Staff would like to withdraw and re-apply at a future date because the maximum grant amount has doubled, and staff feels confident that the project can be awarded more money under this grant program in the future.

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