October 19, 2021, City Council Meeting Brief

October 20, 2021 –

            Awards and Recognition

  1. Proclamation: Florida City Government Week

City Council approves a Proclamation declaring Oct. 18-24, 2021, as Florida City Government Week, which highlights the roles that municipal governments have to run a community.

  1. City Government Week – 5th Grade Essay Participants
    Amiya Aalberg, Ka’maree Brown, Madacyn Cathcart, Nataly De La Cruz Perez, Lamariyana Gelsey, Reagan Hartley, Athena Peterson

All seven participants received a certificate from Mayor Ed Gaw and 500 Cagle Bucks for the school store.

Presentations

  1. Clay Education Foundation

Executive Director Makayla Buchanan gave a presentation to the City Council describing the foundation and how it supports the public schools in Clay County.

Public Hearings

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

City is in the process of submitting a grant application to fund the rehabilitation of the cafetorium building, including the kitchen area, at the Augusta Savage Arts and Community Center. City Council approved the first public hearing for this grant on March 2, 2021. The proposed application must be approved by the City Council before it can be submitted to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Second Public Hearing passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. Frist Reading of Ordinance O-17-2021 to amend the Future Land Use from Commercial High intensity to Industrial for property located at 518 N. Pine Avenue for approximately .433 acres.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. First Reading of Ordinance O-18-2021, rezoning amendment from C-2, General Commercial to institutional for property located at 518 N. Pine Avenue for approximately .433 acres.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

Consent Agenda

  1. City Council Approval of the Veterans Day Proclamation

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval to write off bad debts on September 30, 2021, in the amount of $18,986.85 for a 12-month period ending September 30, 2020, for electric, water, wastewater and solid waste.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of the Anne Jackson, Executive Director of the Northeast Florida League of Cities Appreciation Proclamation.

Council Member Connie Butler pulled the item from the Consent Agenda to comment on how she appreciates the City recognizing Anne Jackson’s years of work in this way.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval to surplus the items listed in Attachment “A”

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Minutes from 8/17/21 Regular Session and 8/5/21 Special Session.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Assistant Water Utilities Director (Project Manager) to execute, SJRWMD Payment Request #2, in the amount of $82,671.60 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 Np. WW1000420 in the total amount of $15,426,644.33. Note: This request returns the funds to the Wastewater CIP Budget.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of, and authorization for the mayor to execute, Disbursement Request #6, in the amount of $241,019.52 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. Note: This request returns funds to the Wastewater CIP Budget.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of a purchase order in the Amount not to exceed $157,000.00 to Southland Specialties, Inc. for Right of Way maintenance within the core city., magnolia West and DOT Right of Way along 17 and 16 for Fiscal Year 2022 and approve Amendment One to the Professional Services Agreement for Right-of-Way Maintenance.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council Approval to purchase a 2022 F-150 work truck from the Florida Sheriff’s Bid #20-VEL-18.0 in the total amount of $34,501.50 from Duval Ford and to surplus truck #402, a 2009 Ford which has far outlived its useful life.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council Approval to purchase a 2022 F-350 work truck from the Florida Sheriff’s Bid #20-VEL-28.0 in the total amount of $51,894.25 from Duval Ford and to surplus truck #406, a 2004 Dodge which has far outlived its useful life.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council Approval of a Task Order to TOCOI Engineering for design, survey and permitting for a dock extension and two covered boat slips, in an amount not to exceed $41,500.00.

Pulled by Mayor Ed Gaw to ask Assistant Public Works Director Steve Thomas about adding a dingy dock to the new public safety dock as some of the boat slips at City Pier have many dinghies docked on the pier in slips designed for bigger boats. Thomas said that they are also in the process of adding that.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council award of Bid LC 2021-10 for the completion of a Downtown and US 17 Corridor Parking Study.

Pulled by Mayor Ed Gaw to emphasize the need for the City to have this parking study and to act on its recommendations.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Resolution No. R-31-2021, a Resolution authorizing the submission of an application under the Community Development Block Grant – CV (CDBG-CV) Program to prepare for, prevent or respond to the health impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic for the City of Green Cove Springs.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

Council Business

  1. Authorize the Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Program for Code Violation Abatement and accept the Engagement Letter for Nabors Giblin & Nickerson (“NG&N”) to assist with establishing the program.

This agenda item is a follow up to a discussion Planning and Zoning Director Mike Daniels had with City Council on Sept. 21, 2021, meeting about alternative ways to reduce the amount of logged code enforcement violation fees. At the end of that discussion the Council recommended that Daniels pursue Staff’s suggestion of creating a Non-Ad Valorem Special Assessment.

Planning and Zoning Director Daniels presents the Staff’s proposed Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Program for Code Violation Abatement with Nabors Giblin & Nickerson. City Attorney Jim Arnold adds his recommendation of Nabors Giblin & Nickerson.

Authorization and acceptance of NG&N approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Manager & City Attorney Reports/Correspondence

City manager Steve Kennedy reported to the City Council various updates on City projects, including Walnut Street study, Comprehensive Plan Update, starting discussions with County Manager Howard Wanamaker on a CRA for downtown Green Cove Springs, working with the Citizens Advisory Committee on a building and roadway renaming policy, and that the Citizens Advisory Committee formed its first sub-committees on the Rivers House and beautification.

  1. City Council Reports/Correspondence

Council Member Connie Butler announced that Friends of Augusta Savage, Inc. will be holding an Augusta Savage Festival on February 26, 2022, and to keep an eye out for more announcements in the future. Vice Mayor Matt Johnson announced that Camp Blanding will be holding a Family Day at the Camp Blanding Museum on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2021.

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