May 4, 2021, City Council Meeting Brief

More background information on each of these agenda items can be found in the agenda packet of the May 4, 2021, City Council Regular Session, located on the meeting agendas page of greencovesprings.com. Background information includes Staff Reports, presentations, applications, agreements, etc. 

May 5, 2021 – 

            Awards & Recognition

  1. Proclamation – National Public Service Recognition Week

In recognition of the work of government employees at all levels, the Green Cove Springs City Council declares the week of May 2 through May 8 as Public Service Recognition Week. City Staff present at the meeting received the proclamation. 

                             2. Proclamation – National Police Week

In recognition of the work of police departments across the country, the Green Cove Springs City Council recognizes May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and proclaims the week of May 9 through May 15 as National Police Week. Green Cove Springs Police Chief Derek Asdot received the proclamation. 

 

Presentations 

                              3. Presentation by the North Florida TPO for the draft of the 2021/2022 to 2025/2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) by Transportation Planning Manager Wanda Forest

North Florida TPO Transportation Planning Manager Wanda Forest presents the various projects across Clay County that are part of the draft TIP for 2021/2022 to 2025/2026. Forest highlighted projects that specifically impact Green Cove Springs, which include two sections of the First Coast Expressway and the multiuse trail along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd from Vera Francis Hall Park to Palmetto Ave. 

Public Hearings 

                              4. First Reading of Ordinance O-07-2021, to amend the Future Land Use from Commercial High Intensity to Central Business District for property located at 200-206 Orange Avenue

The applicant applied for a Future Land Use Map Amendment for the property of 200-206 S Orange Avenue from Commercial High Intensity to Central Business District in order to allow for additional development on the property that is closer to US 17. Staff is recommending approval of this future land use amendment. More information can be found in the agenda packet of the May 4, 2021, City Council Regular Session, located on the meeting agendas page of greencovesprings.com. 

City Council commented their concerns about possible shortage of parking spaces if more buildings are constructed on the property. Mayor Van Royal recommended City Staff to look into conducting a parking study of the Central Business District. 

Passed 5-0 by City Council 

                               5. First Reading of Ordinance O-08-2021, to amend the Zoning from Gateway Corridor Commercial to Central Business District for property located at 200-206 Orange Avenue

 

The applicant applied for a zoning change for the property of 200-206 S Orange Avenue from Commercial High Intensity to Central Business District in order to allow for additional development on the property that is closer to US 17. Staff is recommending approval of this rezoning request. More information can be found in the agenda packet of the May 4, 2021, City Council Regular Session, located on the meeting agendas page of greencovesprings.com.

 

Passed 5-0 by City Council 

Consent Agenda 

                              6. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor to execute, Disbursement Request #12 in the amount of $27,500.00 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.

Passed 5-0 by City Council 

                             7. City Council to pay Application #7 to KBT Contracting Corp in the amount of $50,111.16 for the new library building.

 

Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

                             8. City Council to approve an invoice for the engineering and construction of the drive through canopy at the Food Bank Facility in the amount of $87,000.00

 

Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

                              9. City Council approval for Amanda Upton to attend Special Event Planning and Management Training in Orlando, FL.

 

Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

                             10. City Council approval of, and authorization for the City Manager to execute, a Professional Services Agreement with Planet Swim, LLC.

Passed 5-0 by City Council 

Council Business

                              11. FMPA – May 2021

Monthly FMPA report by Bob Page. Report and attached documents can be found in the agenda packet of the May 4, 2021, City Council Regular Session, located on the meeting agendas page of greencovesprings.com.

                              12. City Council discussion and direction related to solar power net metering rates

 

Assistant City Manager Mike Null reported that the City Council adopted a Tri-party Net Metering Agreement and the Net Metering Service Rate Schedule for solar power customers in January 2012. Since the adoption of these Ordinances the City has been crediting solar power customers the “avoided cost” of approximately $0.02 per kWh for any power that customers generate and send to the City electric grid. However, the language in the Net Metering Service Rate Schedule stipulates that the City should be crediting customers at the City’s full retail rate of $0.083 per kWh, plus the bulk power cost adjustment rate (BPCA) that varies monthly around $0.01 and $0.02. The City is retroactively crediting all 21 current solar power customers the full retail rate and requests that the City Council modify the Net Metering Service Rate Schedule to credit solar power customers at the ”avoided cost” rate and grandfather all existing customers at the full retail credit rate until the ownership of the property or the electric utility account changes names. FMPA Assistant General Counsel Dan O’Hagan gave a presentation on how solar power is credited through FMPA to the City Council. 

 

Three solar power customers and one solar power system contractor spoke on the item, saying that the approximately $0.02 “avoided cost” credit is far below the retail rate of solar power credit and would disincentivize future Green Cove Springs electric utility customers from transitioning to solar power in their own homes. 

 

City Council Member Steven Kelley suggested that the City credit customers at a hybrid rate, which would be the “avoided cost” plus an additional fixed amount per kWh. Vice Mayor Ed Gaw and Mayor Van Royal agreed. After further discussion, Kelley made the motion that Staff modify the Net Metering Service Rate Schedule at a hybrid credit rate for all new customers, and that existing solar customers should be grandfathered at the full retail rate until the earliest of 20 years from the date of solar system installation or when the property is sold to a new homeowner. 

 

City Council passed the motion 4-0, with Vice Mayor Ed Gaw abstaining from voting due to conflict of interest with recent installation of a solar panel system installed at his home. City Staff will present an ordinance modifying the Net Metering Service Rate Schedule with the Council’s proposed changes at the May 18 City Council Regular Session, with final approval at the June 1 City Council Regular Session. If approved, Staff will need to submit the modified Net Metering Service Rate Schedule to the Public Service Commission  (PSC) for approval 30 days before the ordinance can take effect. 

 

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

 

                              14. City Council Reports and/or Correspondence

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