August 3, 2021, City Council Meeting Brief

August 3, 2021, City Council Meeting Brief

August 4, 2021- 

Public Hearings

  1. First Reading of Ordinance No. O-06-2021, an ordinance requesting to rezone property from Agriculture / Industrial (County) to Planned Unit Development for the Ayrshire Development on land owned by Gustafson’s Cattle, Inc., approximately 560.52 acres on CR 15 A, a portion of 016515-000-00.  

Rogers Tower PA, representing the developer of the proposed Ayrshire Development D.R. Horton, presented the proposed layout of the development, the PUD traffic study, and school proportionate share agreement. D.R. Horton is proposing to build up to 2,100 single family homes in the Ayrshire Development located on the east side of CR 15A, west of the railroad tracks, south of Green Cove Ave, and north of Jersey Ave. D.R. Horton also wants to build a four-lane roadway to the development that crosses City property bought to develop a regional park. Both D.R. Horton and the City are in talks with FDEP about exchanging the land. If the land exchange isn’t approved by FDEP then only a maximum of 231 homes can be built on the property. The development also includes 27 acres of park land, including a 10-acre public park, and D.R. Horton agreed to pay a $400 per home park dedication fee for capital improvements to parks around the City as well as pay for the construction of a police substation.  


Staff recommends approval of the first reading of this ordinance with the following conditions: Subject to requirements of site-specific Future Land Use police set in Ordinance O-04-2021, no more than 231 homes may be built prior to the approval, construction, and dedication of the four-lane roadway or before an updated traffic study showing the removal of that roadway, and that the agreement for the park dedication fee is approved. 


A majority of the members of City Council voiced concerns of the traffic study not being accurate to traffic patterns and damage that construction vehicles could cause to Green Cove Ave. and Oakridge Ave. as the development is constructed. Developer said that they are willing to work with city on looking over the traffic study and make efforts to lead construction vehicles away from residential roads. 


City Council approves motion to pass Ordinance O-06-21 on First Reading subject to conditions set by staff and developer coming up with language for sending construction traffic south, set the minimum lot to 1,500 square feet, and mitigate traffic on Oakridge Ave. in a 5-0 vote. 


Consent Agenda

                      2. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor to execute, Disbursement Request #3 which includes Contractor’s Pay Request #2 for Williams Industrial Services, LLC, in the amount of                        $459,854.82 (already paid) and Mittauer & Associates Invoice # 21289 in the amount of $8500.00, for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), State Revolving Fund (SRF),                                Harbor Road Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) Expansion, Phase 2, SRF Agreement No. WW1000420.  

Passed 5-0 by City Council 


                      3. City Council approval of funding in the amount of $125,038.65 to Gresco for electrical materials for inventory and the Magnolia Point reconductor project.  

Passed 5-0 by City Council 


                      4. City Council approval of the FY 2021 Revenues and Expenditures Report and the Quarterly Investment Report for the period ending June 30, 2021.  

Passed 5-0 by City Council 


                      5. City Council approval of Magnolia Point Reconductor Phase 1- Council authorization to award Heart Utility with Phase 1 of installing the backbone feeder for the reconductor project at Magnolia                          Point in an amount not to exceed $300,000.  

Passed 5-0 by City Council 


                      6. City Council approval to pay Invoice # 1 and # 2 to SPX Transformer Solutions in the total amount of $977,105.00 for the purchase of Chapman Transformer #3.  

Passed 5-0 by City Council 


                     7. City Council approval of Pay Application #6 to Terry’s Electric for Chapman Substation Construction Improvements in the amount of $114,950.00, leaving a balance of $184,126.80 in contract                              number LC 2020-17 in the total amount of $879,086.00.

Passed 5-0 by City Council 


Council Business

                     8. FMPA - August 2021 



                     9. Lien Reduction Request For 704 Governors Cir  

A $8,850 lien was put on the previous owner of the property in July 2020 after daily fines accumulated for a code enforcement violation of overgrown weeds/grass and numerous property maintenance violations issued in May 2019. Property was sold in May 2021 without the lien being paid and the new owner cleaned up and made improvements to the property to bring it up to compliance. After making these improvements, the new owner is now requesting that the City Council reduce the amount of the lien. Staff is recommending that the lien request be denied. 

City Council denies lien reduction request in a 4-1 vote, with Council Member Butler dissenting. 



                    10. Lien Reduction Request For 402 Roberts St.  

Request was dropped before the City Council meeting. 



                    11. Lien Reduction Request For 115 St. Johns  

The previous property owner was cited for overgrown weeds/grass several times between 2013 and 2015, resulting in four separate fines of $309.24, $169.89, $169.89, and $9,000. Property has been vacant for several years and has been in compliance due to neighbors maintaining the grass. Ownership of the property was transferred to the current owner through a quit claim deed in June 2021. The current owner paid for all the liens, but is asking for a reduction of the $9,000. Staff is recommending that the lien request be denied. 

City Council denies lien reduction request in a 4-1 vote, with Council Member Butler dissenting. 


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

City Manager Steve Kennedy reported that the City has renewed its contract with i9 Sports for youth sports programs. 


                    13. City Council Reports and/or Correspondence.

Council Member Van Royal makes an emergency motion to nominate Council Members Steven Kelley and Connie Butler as alternative representatives for the Florida League of Cities Conference in August as Mayor Ed Gaw, Vice Mayor Matt Johnson, and Council Member Van Royal will not be able to attend. 

Emergency motion passes 5-0 


Van announced that he is talking with Clay County Emergency Management Director John Ward about possibly having a vaccination site during August 13 Food Truck Friday.  

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