February 2, 2021, City Council Meeting Brief

February 3, 2021 –

Awards & Recognitions

  1. Proclamation – Black History Month

Mayor Van Royal presented the Black History Month Proclamation to Green Cove Springs Police Sgt. Kimberly Miller, who announced her retirement from the Police Department. Sgt. Miller started in the Green Cove Springs Police Department as an officer in 2005 and promoted to sergeant in 2018. During her time with the department she started Camp Cadet, a summer camp designed to teach discipline and leadership skills to teens. She plans to continue her involvement with Camp Cadet after her retirement as a volunteer.

The original teachers of Dunbar High School, Green Cove Springs’ only black high school until desegregation of Clay County schools in 1967, were honored in this year’s proclamation. Former students were present to talk about their legacy to the community. Three surviving teachers Wilhelmina James, Katherine Tucker, and Betty Ingram received the Black History Month Proclamation.

Public Hearings

  1. Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No. O-01-21, an Ordinance amending Chapter 90 of the City Code Article II Electric Utility, Division 2, Service Applications and Contracts by amending Section 90-24 entitled “Utility Payment Extensions.”

After looking at patterns of customers that utilize Utility Payment Extensions, City Staff proposes to include the following changes to Ordinance O-03-2016: Increase length of the extension from one week to two weeks, remove requirement for accounts to be in good standing and to have no active code violations. These changes will allow customers to use their allotment of extensions throughout the year instead of one payment cycle and removing account requirements will allow more customers to benefit from the service. First reading was passed by City Council on Jan. 19, 2021.

      Second Reading passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. First Reading of ordinance No. O-16-2020, amending Section 101-5 to add new definitions and revise definitions for lot width and setback, establishing Section 101-160 concerning flag lot requirements, and amending Sections 113-131 and 113-132 to revise access requirements.

Planning and Zoning Director Michael Daniels presented these amendments to City Council after discussions during the Nov. 10, 2020, City Council meeting highlighted several issues with an existing flag lot within City Limits unable to meet many Land Development Code requirements. These proposed amendments include specifications for flag lots in the Land Development Code and allow development of one single family home on existing flag lots in R-1, R-2, and R-3 Zoning Categories.

      First Reading passed 5-0 by City Council

Consent Agenda

  1. City Council approval of Minutes from 1/05/2021 and 1/19/2021 Regular Sessions.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of funding, and authorization for the City manager to execute, a task order in the amount of $696,500.00 to Mittauer & Associates for FDEP Grant/Loan Administration, Construction Material Review and Approval, Construction Inspection and Administration, SRF Davis-Bacon and American Iron and Steel monitoring requirements, providing Resident Construction Inspection, Start-Up Services, and As-Built/O&M Manual Development for the Phase II Harbor Road Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of pay Application #5 to KBT Contracting Corp in the amount of $59,234. 40 for the ASACC Library Building Project.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. Friends of Augusta Savage “BHM” Community Outreach

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor to execute, Disbursement Request #9 in the amount of $19,500.00 to the Design Loan Agreement for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Application DW 100102 for $356,800.00, for the design of capital improvements to the City’s Water System. This is the final invoice for the Magnolia Point Cul-de-Sac Pressure Improvement portion of the overall project.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of funding in the amount of $32,910.15 to Gresco for underground boring conduit for the Electric Department.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval to surplus aluminum roof from pipe storage building at the Harbor Road WWTF.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval to surplus aluminum carport removed from the Old Police Department.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Pay Request #5 in the amount of $112,247.25 to General Underground for Bid Award LC 2020-06, Reynolds Water System Improvements in the amount of $685,724.00 (Base Bid), and Alternate #1 (water & sewer extension to MOBRO) in the amount of $314,275.00 for a total amount of $1,00,449.00

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. Review of Revised Site Development Plan for Harbor Road Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Pulled from the Consent Agenda by Mayor Van Royal to ask about fence height around the site. Assistant Water Utilities Director Scott Schultz said that the fence height was amended from 6 feet to 8 feet.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of a purchase order to Danella Construction in the amount of $125,590 to install underground conduit for Electric system improvements.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of adjustments to the Electric Department Wages.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

Council Business

  1. FMPA – January 2021

Report for January was presented by Bob Page. No action from City Council was needed.

  1. City Manager and City Attorney Reports and/or Correspondence/Executive Summary Reports.

City Manager Steve Kennedy presented revised forms and promotional material on the Cove Cares to Share Program in response to Council’s request to promote the program during the Jan. 19 meeting. He reported that as of Feb. 2 he has a total of 33 applications for Citizens Advisory Committee and will make a selection for the committee soon. The Comprehensive Plan Review Committee saw presentations from the three bid finalists and will present their recommendation at the Feb. 16 City Council meeting.  

  1. City Council Reports and/or Correspondence.
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