December 7, 2021, City Council Meeting Brief

December 8, 2021 –

            Public Hearings

  1. City Council Final approval (Second Reading) of Ordinance O-19-2021 authorizing water rate changes for Fiscal Year 2022. 

This 3 percent increase is part of the Water Master Plan approved by City Council in June 2018, and was approved to take effect on December 7, 2021, with the approval of the full budget for FY 21/22 on Sept. 21, 2021. Public notices with details about this increase were sent to all utility customers during the October billing cycles. After the Ordinance’s final approval, the increase will be seen in customers’ utility bills starting in January 2022.

            Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No. O-22-2021, Updated Police Pension and Trust Plan. 

First Reading approved on November 2, 2021. Second and final reading approved 5-0 by City Council 

  1. Second and Final Reading of Ordinance O-20-2021 to amend the Commercial High Intensity (CHI) and Institutional (INS) Future Land Use Designations to Central Business District (CBD) for approximately 1.23 acres for property located at 310 S. Orange Avenue.  

First Reading approved on November 2, 2021. Passed 4-0 by City Council, with Council member Van Royal abstaining due to his professional relationship with the applicant.

  1. Second and Final Reading of Ordinance O-21-2021 to amend the Gateway Corridor Commercial Zoning District to Central Business District (CBD) for approximately 1.23 acres for property located at 310 S. Orange Avenue.  

First Reading approved on November 2, 2021. Passed 4-0 by City Council, with Council member Van Royal abstaining due to his professional relationship with the applicant.

Consent Agenda - Item #5 and #16 pulled for clarification.

  1. City Council approval of Market in the Park Street Closures.  

Approved 5-0 by City Council after brief discussion for clarification.

  1. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Assistant Water Utilities Director (Project Manager) to execute, SJRWMD Payment Request #3, in the amount of $179,378.00 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.  Note: This request returns the funds to the Wastewater CIP Budget.  

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor to execute, Disbursement Request #7, in the amount of $509,984.99 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.  

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of the Martin Luther King, Jr Day Proclamation. 

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of the Arbor Day Proclamation. 

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Minutes from 9/21/2021, 10/06/2021, 10/19/2021 Regular Session. 

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) Vendor Payment Agreement with Northeast Florida AIDS Network. 

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of the Unaudited FY 2021 Revenues and Expenditures Report and the Quarterly Investment Report for the period ending September 30, 2021.  

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor to execute, Contractor’s Pay Request #7 for Williams Industrial Services, LLC, in the amount of $912,881.02, 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

  1. City Council approval to designate Ford Meter Box as the city standard for repair clamps, tap saddles and curb / corporation stops.  

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of the extension of the City’s Professional Services Agreement and issuance of a Purchase Order for Building Official, Building Inspection and Plan Review Services with Charles Abbott Associates, Inc. 

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of award of Bid LC 2021-12 for the completion of a Downtown Master Plan

Passed 5-0 by City Council after a brief discussion for clarification

  1. City Council approval of the Roberts Trace plat, a replat of a portion of Lot 8, Block 32, North Suburbs of Green Cove Springs, and a portion of Lots 9, 10, and 11, Block 1, N.A. Burnhams Subdivision.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of a Site Development Plan for St. Johns Boat Sales at 1325 Energy Cove Ct

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. Award of RFP 2021-16-CDBG-NR- Provide Engineering Services- Neighborhood Revitalization Sidewalk Project to Mittauer & Associates, Inc. 

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of a Pay Application #5 from KBT Contracting Corp. on the amount of $87,549.53 for design and build out of ASACC classroom for AMIkids.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of surplus and purchase of weapons.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of a task order with CHW in the amount of $ 65,000.00 for Providing civil design and civil permitting of the master plan of the public works Compound for Phase 2 through 4. 

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. Award of RFP 2021-15-CDBG-NR- Project Administration Services- Neighborhood Revitalization Sidewalk Project to Fred Fox Enterprises, Inc. 

Passed 5-0 by City Council

Council Business

  1. FMPA - December 2021

Presented by Bob Page

  1. Establishing Procedure For Trespass After Warning Notice On City Property - Ordinance O-23-2021. 

Presented by City Attorney Jim Arnold to establish and add a formal appeal process for a trespass warning notice when one has been issued to someone while on City-owned property.

            Passed on first reading as to form only 5-0 by City Council

  1. Discussion of Permitted Uses and Special Exceptions within the Central Business District. 

This is a follow-up discussion from the October 5, 2021, City Council meeting where Council requested staff to compare Green Cove Springs’ permitted uses and special exceptions within the Central Business District to the permitted uses and special exceptions to Central Business Districts in similar Florida municipalities. Tonight, Planning and Zoning Director Mike Daniels has presented a comparison chart to the City Council for further discussion and direction.

            Daniels scheduled the follow-up discussion for the November 2, 2021, regular session. Council agreed to table discussion until the Dec. 7, 2021, City Council regular session to also allow Mayor Gaw to speak about this with the rest of the City Council.

            During the December 7, 2021, regular session Mayor Ed Gaw suggested taking out industrial storage and fleet trucks parking as a use entirely and add microbreweries as either a special exception or permitted use. Daniels said that industrial storage and fleet ruck parking can be taken out and microbreweries added as a special exception. City Council Member Steven Kelley said that he would like to add brew pubs as a special exception, as they wouldn’t need the space as microbreweries would, and Council Member Van Royal agreed with Kelley on looking at microbreweries on a case-by-case basis. Mayor Gaw ended the discussion by saying that he would like brew pubs to be a permitted use and to add vehicle charging stations to the Central Business District, if possible.

  1. City Manager & City Attorney Reports / Correspondence

City Manager Steve Kennedy reported to the Council that AMIkids should be moving in by Dec. 28, and they are planning on holding a grand opening event towards the end of January 2022. He is also looking at new signage for the Augusta Savage Social Services Complex.

  1. City Council Reports / Correspondence
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