March 2, 2021, City Council Meeting Brief

March 2, 2021, City Council Meeting Brief

March 3, 2021 –

            Awards & Recognition

  1. Swearing-in of Citizen’s Advisory Committee

Thirty-two of the 33 members of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee were officially sworn in during the regular City Council meeting.

  1. Monarch City Proclamation

Green Cove Springs Garden Club President Connie Gladding received the Monarch City Proclamation, declaring the City of Green Cove Springs a city that is actively planting a landscape supporting the growth of the Monarch Butterfly population.

  1. AMIKids Clay County – Presentation

A follow-up to City Manager Steve Kennedy’s report during the February 16, 2021, City Council meeting, AMIKids presented its programs and plans for the empty classroom space in the Augusta Savage Cultural and Community Center complex. City Staff will present its formal recommendation of the partnership with AMIKids in an upcoming City Council meeting.

Consent Agenda

  1. Council approval of Chief Asdot to attend the FBINAA Annual Training Conference in Orlando, FL

Passed 5 -0 by City Council

  1. Council approval of Chief Asdot to attend FPCA Summer Conference in Hollywood, FL

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor, City Attorney and City Clerk to execute, Amendment #1 in the amount of $56,100.00 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 amendment increases the total loan/grant (50%0 amount to $412, 900.00

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Scrivener’s Error to the April 16, 2019 Minutes.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of funding in the amount of $24,270.30 to Jax Utilities Management for sewer connections to four parcels, piggybacking on City of Jacksonville Contract # 8258-19

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of street closure.

A resident is requesting to close one block of Gum Street between Palmetto and Pine, next to Good Time Charlie’s Food Cove, to hold a pet adoption event.

Passed 5-0 by City Council  

  1. City Council approval of Invoices #1 – 4 in the amount of $120,014.80 to Mastry/Yanmar, for purchase of generators as part of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Federally-Funded Subaward and Grant Agreement #H0297/Project Number 4337-217-R, for $537,018.75, for Utility Mitigation and Generator Project to install generators on 17 of the City’s lift stations. Note: The City has received 75% funding from HMGP. Staff received an advance from HMGP in the amount of $333,578.20.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Minutes from 2/02/2021 Regular Session

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Land Dedication for new roadway adjacent to Ruby Street

Clay County Habitat for Humanity requested to split a lot they own within City Limits to build two single-family homes. In order for the lot to be split and comply with City Code a new roadway would need to be built extending 60 feet from the existing asphalt driveway parallel to Ruby Street. The applicant is asking to use the northern portion of the lot for the new road.

Passed 5-0 by City Council  

  1. City Council approval of Engagement Letter to retain the services of Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A. (“NG&N”) to assist with the annual non-ad valorem assessments for the Magnolia West subdivision’s solid waste and City wide stormwater programs.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of a change order #3 to KBT Contracting Corp to construct a drive through shelter for the Food Pantry in the amount of $94,200.00

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council adoption of a Language Access Plan (LAP) for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) persons.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

Public Hearings

  1. First Public Hearing to take recommendations for a CDBG-CV Coronavirus Cycle grant application with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

City of Green Cove Springs is considering submitting an application to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for a Small Cities Community Development Block Grant in the Coronavirus Application cycle. A presentation went over the kinds of projects that would qualify for the grant, which include benefitting low-and-moderate income persons, prevent or eliminate slum and blight, and address an urgent need. In relation to coronavirus, the project must also directly or indirectly effect coronavirus prevention, preparation, or response.

Two projects were proposed. One was the refurbishment of the Augusta Savage Community Center Auditorium, suggested by Mayor Van Royal. The other was establishing a Wi-Fi network in the Core City area, suggested by City Staff. While seeing the merit in both projects, the Council agreed with Mayor Royal’s project idea. Mayor Royal said that the building is still standing, it’s in a central location that already serves low-and-moderate income persons, and that the auditorium has a history of serving the community. Council Member Connie Butler said that this is a chance to completely renovate and refurbish all the buildings of the Augusta Savage Community Center at one time (following the renovation of the GCS Food Pantry space in the Community Center, building the Augusta Savage Mentoring Center, and the new parking lot and circular driveway), and that the timing is right as so much is being done to complex already and City Staff is working on a partnership to welcome AMIKids into the Augusta Savage Community Center. Council Member Steven Kelley said that selecting the auditorium building made sense as its refurbishment has been planned by the City for so long already and the building will directly impact the City’s low-and-moderate income community. To address the coronavirus aspect of the grant, the Council pointed out that the refurbished building can also be used as a COVID-19 vaccination and/or testing site.

City Council votes 5-0 to select the refurbishment of the Augusta Savage Community Center Auditorium as the project for the CDBG-CV Coronavirus Cycle grant application.

Council Business

  1. FMPA – March 2021

  1. First Reading of Ordinance O-05-2021, Amending Section 90-61 of the City Code to allow security and night-lights under certain circumstances.

This Ordinance is follow-up by City Staff from the discussion of City Electric Department to install security lights for electric customers. This ordinance will reintroduce the installation of security lights at the current rate of $10.25, which is close to the Council’s requested rate of $10.

Passes 5=-0 by City Council. Second Hearing is scheduled for March 16, 2021.

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

City Manager Reports:

City Manager Steve Kennedy relayed the following reports to the Council: Clay County has requested to use the Council Chambers as the site for a Town Hall meeting on COVID rental assistance for local landlords on March 15 and he has accepted to host the meeting.

City Manager Kennedy will have a meeting with Planet Swim in the next couple of weeks to discuss the City Pool schedule and programming for the upcoming summer.

The Clay County School Board is expected to close on the Roderigo property within the next month.

Staff has begun the process for the Comp Plan Update and is organizing a steering committee for plan.

Green Cove Springs Police Chief Derek Asdot reports a drop in crime rates for 2020.  

  1. City Council Reports and/or Correspondence.
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