May 18, 2021, City Council Meeting Brief

May 19, 2021 – 

Awards & Recognition

  1.  Proclamation - Military Service Day

 

Proclamation declaring May 31, 2021, as Military Service Day was presented to all veterans present in the City Council Chambers. 

 

Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

 

           2. Proclamation - National Safe Boating Week - U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

 

Proclamation declaring the week of May 22 -28 as National Safe Boating Week was presented to the local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

 

Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

 

            3. Recognize Jen Halter, GCSJR Principal


City Council presented a proclamation to Green Cove Springs Junior High School Principal Jennifer Halter recognizing her leadership and selection as the State of Florida’s 2021 Principal of the Year. 

Passed 5-0 by City Council 

              

Presentations

             4. City Council election of a Mayor and Vice Mayor to serve from May 18, 2021 through May 16,  2022. 

City Council nominated and voted Ed Gaw as Mayor and Matt Johnson as Vice Mayor. 

 

 

Public Hearings 

              5. Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No. O-07-2021, Future Land Use Amendment from Commercial High Intensity to Central Business District for property located at 200-206 S. 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 18, 2021, City Council Regular Session, located on the meeting agendas page of greencovesprings.com. 

Mayor and Council once again expressed an interest in a parking study. Planning and Zoning Director Michael Daniels reported that staff has received a quote for a downtown parking study. 

                      Second and Final Reading passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

                6. Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No. O-08-2021, Rezoning from Gateway Corridor Commercial to Central Business District for property located at 200-206 S. 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 18, 2021, City Council Regular Session, located on the meeting agendas page of greencovesprings.com.

Second and Final Reading passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

 

                7. First Reading of Ordinance No. O-02-2021, Review of an Annexation request for the Ayrshire Development for the Gustafson’s Cattle, Inc. approximately 560.52 acres on CR 15 A (a portion of parcel                       #: 016515-000-00) 

 

Applicant Ellen Avery Smith Esq of Rogers Tower PA, representing client D.R. Horton, Inc. is requesting the City to voluntarily annex 560.52 acres of its 889-acre property currently owned by Gustafson’s Cattle Inc. The property is located along the east side of South Oakridge Avenue, west of the railroad tracks, south of Green Cove Avenue, and north of Jersey Avenue. The property is also within the City’s Electric and Sanitation service area. 

First Reading passed 5-0 by City Council. City will wait for review of Future Land Use Map Amendment request from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity before holding second and final reading. 

 

 

                  8. First Reading of Ordinance No. O-03-2021, Review of a Future Land Use Map Amendment request from Rural Fringe / Industrial (County) to Residential Low Density (RLD) for the Ayrshire                                    Development for Gustafson’s Cattle, Inc. approximately 560.52 acres on CR 15 A (a portion of parcel #: 016515-000-00) 

 

Applicant Ellen Avery Smith Esq of Rogers Tower PA, representing client D.R. Horton, Inc. is requesting a Future Land Use Map Amendment from Rural Fringe/Industrial (as categorized in Clay County’s Future Land Use map) to Residential Low Density for 560.52 acres of its 889-acre property currently owned by Gustafson’s Cattle Inc. The property is located along the east side of South Oakridge Avenue, west of the railroad tracks, south of Green Cove Avenue, and north of Jersey Avenue. The property is also within the City’s Electric and Sanitation service area. This request is for a proposed Ayrshire Development to develop up to four residential units per acre through requested Future Land Use Map designation of Residential Low Density. After approved First Reading, Future Land Use Map Amendment request will be sent to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for review.  

                      First Reading passed 5-0 by City Council                            

 

                  9. First Reading of Ordinance No. O-04-2021, Review of a Future Land Use Site Specific Text Policy request for the Ayrshire Development for Gustafson’s Cattle, Inc. approximately 560.52 acres on                            CR 15 A (related to Future Land Use Map Amendment, Ordinance O-03-2021) 

 

Applicant Ellen Avery Smith Esq of Rogers Tower PA, representing client D.R. Horton, Inc. is requesting a review of a Future Land Use Site Specific Text Policy for 560.52 acres of its 889-acre property currently owned by Gustafson’s Cattle Inc. The property is located along the east side of South Oakridge Avenue, west of the railroad tracks, south of Green Cove Avenue, and north of Jersey Avenue. The property is also within the City’s Electric and Sanitation service area. This request is for a proposed Ayrshire Development to develop up to four residential units per acre through requested Future Land Use Map designation of Residential Low Density. Included in this policy request is that the property shall be developed as a Planned Unit Development in accordance with the City’s Land Development Regulations and approval of the PUD application by the City, that the developer will work with the City on both the recreational development inside the PUD and proposed Gustafson Regional Park outside of the PUD, and that the developer will provide a traffic analysis and traffic mitigation to the City based on agreement between the developer and the City.  After approved First Reading, Future Land Use Site Specific Text Policy request will be sent to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for review.  

 

For both the Future Land Use Amendment and Site Specific Text Policy, City Council voiced concerns about traffic and possible congestion along SR 16 and US 17 before construction of the First Coast Expressway is finished. 

                                    First Reading passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

                   10. First Reading as to Form Only of Ordinance O-12-2021 amending Green Cove Springs Electric Net Metering Service Rate Schedule. 

 

      On May 4, 2021, 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. 

 

      After City Council discussion following Assistant City manager Null’s report, the Council recommended 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. 

 

      On May 18, 2021, Assistant City Manager Null came back to City Council with a proposed ordinance modifying the Net Metering Service Rate Schedule with a credit rate of the “avoided cost” of approximately $0.02 per kWh plus an additional $0.02 per kWh, for a total of approximately $0.04 per kWh. In addition, all existing solar customers will be granfathered in at the full retail rate for 20 years from the date of their tri-party net metering agreement or until home is under a new owner.  

 

      Several solar customers spoke during the public hearing in support of crediting current and future solar customers at the full retail rate, and that would incentivize more City of Green Cove Springs customers to invest in solar. 

 

However, City Council said that the hybrid rate is fair as a higher credit would add to the burden of non-solar electric customers. Vice Mayor Johnson and Council Member Kelley said that they would like the City Council to review the schedule in the future if the current credit becomes too low. 

City Council passed the First Reading 4-0, with Mayor Ed Gaw abstaining from voting due to conflict of interest with recent installation of a solar panel system installed at his home. Second and Final Reading will be held June 1, 2021. 

 

Consent Agenda

         11.  City Council approval for final payment for JJ Mares Basic Recruit Program. 

 

          Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

         12. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor to execute, Disbursement Request #1, in the amount of $35,000.00 for construction of the Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (AWWTP), as                   part of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), State Revolving Fund (SRF), Harbor Road Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) Expansion, Phase 2, SRF Agreement No. WW1000420                 in the total amount of $15,426,644.33. 

 

          Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

 

          13. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor to execute, Disbursement Request #13 in the amount of $116,670.00 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 

 

         14. City Council approval to award rehabilitation of the Scioto Court Gravity Sewer in the amount of $96,000.00 to Jeff’s Excavating and approve service to be excepted from informal and formal bidding                       processes in the best interest of the City. With the 5% local contractor discount Jeff’s is the lowest estimate.  

          Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

 

 

          15. City Council approval of Mittauer Invoice # 21207 in the amount of $25,500.00 for surveying, topographic analysis, permitting, design and construction management for water and sewer force main                          extension on County Road 209 South for a total Task Order amount of $49,500.00. 

 

          Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

 

          16. City Council approval of Pay Application #1 in the amount of $94,547.33 to General Underground for water and sewer force main extension on County Road 209 South. 

 

          Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

 

          17. City Council approval of Pay Request #7 (Final) in the amount of $120,706.95 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 $1,000,449.00. 

 

          Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

 

          18. City Council approval of Pay Application #4 to Terry’s Electric for Chapman Substation Construction Improvements in the amount of $106,594.30, leaving a balance of $421,864.30 in contract number                       LC 2020-17 in the total amount of $879,086. 

          Passed 5-0 by City Council 

 

Council Business

          19.  City Council discussion and possible approval of the recommended projects for the American Rescue Plan Act Funds. 

 

                      City Council decided to move to discuss these projects during the June 1, 2021, City Council Regular Session. 

 

 

 

 

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

 

          City Manager: 

          CM Steve Kennedy proposed that the City remove its face mask requirement for City buildings considering Gov Ron DeSantis’ executive order to cease all COVID-19 emergency orders in the state. City Council supported his proposal. 

 

          21. City Council Reports and/or Correspondence.

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