City Council July 9, 2019, Meeting Brief

Full Agenda for July 9 City Council Meeting can be found HERE

Public Hearings – any new additions or amendments to City Code of Ordinances or City Zoning or Future Land Use Maps are presented to City Council for discussion and vote for approval or denial

Vice Mayor Van Royal, Council Member Connie Butler, and Council Member Pam Lewis were present for the July 9th meeting. Mayor Steven Kelley and Council Member Mitch Timberlake were absent and on vacation with loved ones and family.

1. Second and final reading of City Ordinance 0-09-2019 amending City Code Section 117, Article 1 “In General” to include a Future Land Use and Zoning Compatibility Table, a Permitted Use Table, and a Lot Requirements Table. These amendments were added by Planning and Zoning staff to assist the public in better understanding Land Use and Zoning maps and terms.

            Passed 3 – 0 by City Council.

2. First reading of City Ordinance 0-10-2019 rezoning 0.570 acres of property located on Houston Street from R-2 (Residential Medium Density Land Use) to PUD (Planned Unit Development) to develop two proposed duplexes for a total of four single family units with an attached garage. Property owner is Wiggins Construction Co. of North Florida and applicant is Fleet & Associates Architects/Planners, Inc.

            Passed 3 – 0 by City Council. Second and final reading on July 23.

3. Frist Reading of City Ordinance 0-11-2019 amending the Future Land Use Map for 1.46 acres of property located at 806 Oak Street from INS (Institutional) to RHD (Residential High Density) to develop a proposed 17-unit apartment complex. Property owner is Wiggins Construction Co. of North Florida and applicant is Fleet & Associates Architects/Planners, Inc.

            Passed 3 – 0 by City Council. Second and final reading on July 23.

4. First Reading of City Ordinance 0-12-2019 rezoning 1.46 acres of property located at 806 Oak Street from RPO (Residential Professional Office) to PUD (Planned Unit Development) to develop a proposed 17-unit apartment complex. Property owner is Wiggins Construction Co. of North Florida and applicant is Fleet & Associates Architects/Planners, Inc.

            Passed 3 – 0 by City Council. Second and final reading on July 23.

Consent Agenda – Routine items that are approved under one vote, unless pulled by City Council. Consent Agenda items pulled from the Consent Agenda are discussed and voted to either approve or deny by City Council. Below are highlighted items taken out of the Consent Agenda and discussed and voted on separately.

5. City Council approved a $200,000 purchase order to Atlantic Coast Asphalt Company for the Fiscal Year 2019 Asphalt Overlay Improvement Project. Area of the asphalt overlay project includes 900 block of Cooks Lane, Kirk Street from Harring Avenue to Forbes Street, Spring Street from Esplanade Avenue to Roberts Street, Walnut Street from Roberts Street to Citizen Street, Citizen Street from Forbes Street to Bonnaventure Avenue, Bell Avenue, Lemon Street including parking, Palm Street, Wall Street, Center Street along Highland Avenue and Oakridge Avenue, and Palmer Street along Highland Avenue and Oakridge Avenue.

            Passed 3 – 0 by City Council.

7. City Council approved the final plat for the Clay Habitat Commons 3-lot Subdivision located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Owned by Clay Habitat for Humanity, this lot will develop three single-family homes which will be occupied through Clay Habitat for Humanity’s program.

            Passed 3 – 0 by City Council.

11. City Council approved the following dates for workshops to review the Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Play for Fiscal year 2019/2020: August 6 at 9 a.m., August 8 at 9 a.m., August 13 at 9 a.m. and August 20 at 9 a.m.

            Passed 3 – 0 by City Council.

12. City Council approved September 3 at 7 p.m. and September 17 at 7 p.m. as the hearing dates for the first and final hearing to adopt the City of Green Cove Springs Operating Budget and Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2019/2020.

            Passed 3 – 0 by City Council.

Council Business – Items that require discussion and vote for approval or denial from City Council

3. City Council discussion and consideration for staff to provide 90-day notice of termination for convenience of the Electric Distribution System Services contract with Hooper Corporation. City Council approved the contract with Hooper Corporation for its Electric Distribution System Services in April 2019. Since then, Hooper has added staff to the Electric Department and helped to develop a Capital Improvement Project which led to a $10.7 million loan to improve on electric system reliability. However, Hooper Corporation has also struggled to keep positions filled while in contract with the City. This has led to Hooper using some of their outside construction crew members to do day-to-day work on the electric system, which has significantly slowed the progress on some of the CIP loan’s ongoing projects.

City Manager Steve Kennedy and Assistant City Manager Mike Null have determined that the City would be paying less by hiring its own electric construction crew and day-to-day electric crew to continue with the CIP loan projects to improve the electric system and daily operation of the system. Both have requested the City Council to authorize the City to give a 90-day notice of termination to Hooper, as per the contract, and to allow City staff to move forward with hiring one Electric Department Director, one Electric Department Superintendent, four Electric Department Linemen, one Electric Department Apprentice, and one Electric Department Low-Voltage Technician.

            Passed 3 – 0 by City Council.

City Manager and City Attorney Reports and/or Correspondence

City Manager Steve Kennedy, along with Finance Direct Marlena Guthrie, introduced the City Council to the City’s new utility bill format. The City’s Finance Department worked with Enco Utility Services Florida, LLC, to develop a format that breaks down customers’ monthly bill by utility and includes up to date announcements and frequently asked questions. The new bill format will be introduced to Green Cove Springs utility customers in August.

More: Home Page News