City Council November 19, 2019 Meeting Brief

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

  1. Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No. O-17-2019, an Ordinance modifying Water Rates – Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.

The proposed Ordinance will increase Water Rates by 3% and the average monthly residential water utility bill by $.50 to $.60. This increase is part of the water and wastewater rate study done by Mittauer & Associates and approved by City Council in September 2016, which recommends increasing water rates through Fiscal Year 2021 to support increased use of the water system and cost to improve and maintain the system with this increased use. This 3% increase was discussed by City Council as part of the FY 20 Budget, which was approved on September 16, 2019.

           

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council.

  1. Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No. O-18-2019, and Ordinance modifying Wastewater Rates – Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.

The proposed Ordinance will increase Wastewater Rates by 17% and the average monthly residenital wastewater utility bill by $5 to $7. This increase is also part of the water and wastewater rate study done by Mittauer & Associates and approved by City Council in August 2016, which recommends increasing wastewater rates through FY 22. Money collected through this gradual rate increase will be used to pay back the loan approved by City Council in June 2016 to make $34 million in major improvements to the City’s wastewater system. This includes the new Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant and lift stations, which will replace the two current treatment plants. This 17% increase was discussed by City Council as part of the FY 20 Budget, which was approved on September 16, 2019.

           

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council.

  1. Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No. O-15-2019, an Ordinance creating a Short Term Rental Ordinance.

The proposed Ordinance establishes guidelines for short term rentals within Green Cove Springs City Limits, which is defined as any individually or collectively owned single family, two family, three family or four family house or dwelling unit which is rented more than three times a year for less than 30 days. Guidelines established in the ordinance include that the owner must secure a business tax receipt, a Short Term Vacation Rental Certificate, all applicable state licenses, and an Affidavit demonstrating compliance with Short Term Rental standards to the City to be a registered Short Term Vacation Rental. All registered Short Term Vacation Rentals can house one occupant for every 250 sq. ft. and must have one available parking space per bedroom.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council.

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

  1. Review and approval of the Preliminary Plat / Improvement Plan for the Cottages on Cove 11-lot Subdivision.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council.

  1. Rivers House Discussion.

Vice Mayor Van Royal made a motion, seconded by Council Member Pam Lewis, to make an offer to Tom Rivers of $285,000 with a deposit of $20,000, contingent upon obtaining financing within 90 days, and 30 days to close.

           

            Passed 5 – 0 by City Council.

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