September 7, 2021, City Council Meeting Brief


September 8, 2021 –

 

Awards & Recognition

  1. Proclamation: Lineman Appreciation Day

City Council approved to formally declare and recognize August 26, 2021, as Lineman Appreciation Day and presented the proclamation to Electric Director Andy Yeager and linemen.

 

                      2. Proclamation: Patriot Day

City Council approved to formally declare September 11, 2021, as Patriot Day.

Public Hearings 

                      3. Public Hearing and approval of Final Assessment Resolution No. R-16-2021, a Resolution relating to the reimposition of Solid Waste Service Assessments in the Magnolia West Assessment Area, Approving the Solid Waste Assessment Roll; and Confirming the Initial                                       Assessment Resolution. 

This resolution, if passed, will authorize the City to collect annual Solid Waste Service Assessments within the Magnolia West Subdivision, which covers a year of solid waste and recyclable material collection.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

 

                     4. Public Hearing and approval of Final Assessment Resolution No. R-17-2021, a Resolution relating to the reimposition of Stormwater Management Service Assessments against real property within the City of Green Cove Springs; Approving the Stormwater Assessment Roll;                                 and Confirming the Initial Assessment Resolution. 

This resolution, if passed, authorizes the City to collect an annual Stormwater Service Assessment within the city.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

 

                      5. First Public Hearing and approval of Resolution No. R-18-2021 adopting the Tentative Millage Rate for Fiscal Year 2021/2022 and set September 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. as the final hearing date. 

Tentative Millage Rate for FY 2021/2022 is 3.800 mills.

Approved to adopt the Tentative Millage Rate for FY 2021/2022 to 3.800 mills and set September 21, 2021, at 7 p.m. as the final hearing date, 5-0 by City Council.  

 

                     6. First Public Hearing on the Fiscal Year 2021/2022 Annual Operating Budget and approval of Resolution No. R-19-2021 adopting the Tentative Annual Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2021/2022 and set September 21, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. as the final hearing date. 

After requested changes to FY 2021/2022 Operating Budget during Budget Workshop meetings, the Tentative Annual Operating Budget is $55,827,685.

Approved to adopt the FY 2021/2022 Tentative Operating Budget to $55,827,685 and set September 21, 2021, at 7 p.m. as the final hearing date, 5-0 by City Council.  

 

 

                     7. First Public Hearing on the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2022/2026 and approval of Resolution No. R-20-2021 adopting the Tentative Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Year 2022/2026. 

After requested changes to Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2022/2026 during Budget Workshop meetings, the Tentative Capital Improvement Plan total is $25,800,159.

Approved to adopt the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2022/2026 to $25,800,159 and set September 21, 2021, at 7 p.m. as the final hearing date, 5-0 by City Council.  

 

 

                     8. First Reading of O-15-2021, an ordinance amending the Future Land Use from MUH, Mixed Use Highway, to RHD, Residential High Density, for property located in the 1300 Block of Energy Cove Court for approximately 9.4 acres.

Property has tentative plans to develop a condominium complex with main access on Green Cove Ave. Council Member Steven Kelley voiced concerns about the current state of Green Cove Ave. around the property and asked if there are any plans to improve that road with the increase of residential development in the south end of Green Cove Springs. Mayor Edward Gaw is also concerned with cumulative future traffic of increased residential development in the south end of Green Cove Springs. Council Member Van Royal recused himself from the vote as he knows and represents both parties of the property. Vice Mayor Matt Johnson had to leave the City Council Regular Session early. Council Member Connie Butler motions to approve amending the Future land Use from Mixed Use Highway to Residential High Density in form and legality only.

Approved 3-0 by City Council, with Council Member Van Royal recusing himself and Vice Mayor Matt Johnson absent.

 

                     9. First Reading of O-16-2021, an ordinance Rezoning from C-2, General Commercial, and M-2, Industrial, to R-3 Residential High Density for property located in the 1300 Block of Energy Cove Court for approximately 9.4 acres. 

This rezoning is for same property as for the Future Land Use Amendment in Public Hearing Agenda Item #8 above. Council Member Van Royal recused himself from the vote as he knows and represents both parties of the property. Vice Mayor Matt Johnson had to leave the City Council Regular Session early. Council Member Connie Butler motions to approve rezoning from C-2, General Commercial, and M-2, Industrial, to R-3 Residential High Density in form and legality only.

Approved 3-0 by City Council, with Council Member Van Royal recusing himself and Vice Mayor Matt Johnson absent.

 

Consent Agenda 

                     10. City Council approval to purchase a 2021 F-250 work truck from the Florida Sheriff's bid # 18-VEL 26.0, in the total amount of $40,222.00 from Duval Ford and to surplus truck # 954, a 2004 Dodge which has far outlived its useful life. 

Passed 4-0 by City Council

 

 

                    11. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor to execute, Disbursement Request #4, in the amount of $341,701.95 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 4-0 by City Council

 

                   12. City Council approval of the School Safety Interlocal Agreement among the School Board of Clay County, Florida; the City of Green Cove Springs, Florida; and the Green Cove Springs Police Department.  The agreement pertains to the School Resource Officer and                                           Emergency Communications Officer services.

Passed 4-0 by City Council

 

                   13. City Council approval of the Patriot Day Proclamation. 

Passed 4-0 by City Council

 

                  14. City Council approval of, and authorization for the mayor to execute, HMGP / FDEM Project # 4283-55-A, Governors Creek Hardening Project, Utility Mitigation Phase II, with an award to the City of $502,500.00 (75%) of the total project cost of $670,000.00 to move the                              electric transmission lines crossing Governors Creek along US17 from overhead to underground.

Passed 4-0 by City Council

 

                  15. City Council approval of Final Contractor’s Pay Request #2 in the amount of $29,417.00 to Brooks Building Solutions for Bid # 2021-09 in the total amount of $58,834.80 for installation of generators as part of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Federally-Funded                         Subaward and Grant Agreement # H0297 / Project Number 4337-217-R.  This project includes 75% grant funding from HMGP. 

Passed 4-0 by City Council

 

                 16. City Council approval of funding in the amount of $29,303.93 to Jax Utilities Management for manhole and asphalt repair for four manholes on SR 16, and one manhole on US 17, piggybacking on City of Jacksonville Contract # 8258-19.

Consent Agenda item pulled by Council Member Van Royal to ask if American Rescue Plan funds can be used for this project. City Manager Steve Kennedy said that funds can be used once City is given funds.

Passed 4-0 by City Council

 

                 17. City Council approval for staff to continue moving forward with the Governor’s Creek Boat Ramp project to include coordination with FDOT, Clay County, Design, Engineering and Construction.

Consent Agenda Item pulled by Council Member Connie Butler to ask about the nature of the approval. City Manager Steve Kennedy said that the Council approval is to put the Governor’s Creek Boat Ramp Project on the record and to start the process for Council to formally talk about the project in more detail if the Council wants to use American Rescue Plan funding for the project. Council Member Van Royal then brings up a comparison between the Governor’s Creek Boat Ramp Project and the funding recently rewarded to add a boat dock for the Police Department at the end of the Spring Park South Dock and purchase a new boat for the GCSPD. Both Council Member Royal and Kelley prefer to complete the GCSPD boat and boat dock project first. Council Member Royal makes an amended motion for City Staff to present a more specific plan on Governor’s Creek Boat Ramp with coordination from Clay County Sheriff, Clay County, and FDOT by end of the year or move forward with GCSPD boat and boat ramp.

Passed 4-0 by City Council

 

                18. City Council review and approval of Resolution R-24-2021, a resolution endorsing and conceptually approving the land exchange of ±5.18 acres of property within the proposed Ed Gustafson Regional Park for ±8.01 acres of property within the Ayrshire Development, 016515-                           000-00.

Consent Agenda Item pulled to answer questions of Council for informational purposes.

Passed 4-0 by City Council

 

                  19. City Council approval of Minutes from 8/17/2021 Special Session. 

Passed 4-0 by City Council

 

                   20. City Council approval of a Pay Application # 3 from KBT Contracting Corp in the amount of $55,065.43 for design & build out of ASACC classroom for AMIkids.

Consent Agenda Item pulled to ask City Manager Steve Kennedy about using anticipated American Rescue Plan funding for this project.

Passed 4-0 by City Council

 

Council Business

                  21. FMPA - September 2021 

Presented by Bob Page.

 

                  22. City Manager & City Attorney Reports / Correspondence

City Manager Reports

City Manager Steve Kennedy announced that City Staff plans to recognize Dr. Platt for his and his office’s work with the City for COVID-19, present new City Manager and City Attorney contracts, and give presentation on Chapman 3rd Feed project as it is complete as of Sept. 7, 2021, during the September 21, 2021, City Council Regular Session. Kennedy also reported that he has a meeting to discuss American Rescue Plan funding this week and will present the discussion of that meeting to the Council.

 

                   23. City Council Reports / Correspondence

Council Member Connie Butler asked City Clerk Erin West about the progress of the archive room in the City Hall lobby. West reported that she is working with members of the Clay County Historical Society and putting together a timeline for the project. Connie reported to Kennedy and City Staff present that Soul Food Festival organizer Felecia Hampshire has requested a Proclamation for the 20th year of the Soul Food Festival.

 

Council Member Van Royal requested information on a blight tax from Planning and Zoning Director Michael Daniels, and Daniels will present that information to the City Council by the September 21, 2021, City Council Regular Session. He also asked City Attorney Jim Arnold about the foreclosure properties within City Limits on file and wants to find a way for the City to legally address them.  

 

Mayor Gaw also asked Planning and Zoning Director Michael Daniels for more information on any possibility that the City can enforce a mobility fee.

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