April 19, 2022, City Council Meeting Brief

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 –

            Awards & Recognition

  1. Proclamation - National Public Service Recognition Week

City Council recognizes May 1 -7, 2022, as Public Service Recognition Week.

  1. Proclamation - Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

City Council recognizes April 10-16, 2022, as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

Public Hearings

  1. Second and Final Reading Ordinance O-05-2022 - Set User Fees for City Furnished Barricades at Events and Related Issues.

The first reading was in form only and would establish a user fee for City furnished barricades at events. It was passed by City Council in a 5-0 vote on April 5, 2022, with request for Assistant Public Works Director Steve Thomas report on surrounding municipalities policies on use of City equipment for events on second and final reading. Mr. Thomas reported to the Council that the City of Palatka and St. Augustine also charge for the use of City barricades.

      Second and Final Reading passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. First reading of Ordinance O-06-2022, a Future Land Use Amendment from Neighborhood to Public for approximately 21.89 acres, a portion of parcel #: 016515-008-00. 

This ordinance is part of the land exchange between developer of The Rookery, DR Horton, and the City to build a roadway through the development in exchange for land for the City to use as a regional park.

            First Reading approved 5-0 by City Council.

  1. First reading of Ordinance O-07-2022, a Rezoning from Planned Unit Development to Recreation of approximately 21.89 acres, a portion of parcel #: 016515-008-00. 

This ordinance is part of the land exchange between developer of The Rookery, DR Horton, and the City to build a roadway through the development in exchange for land for the City to use as a regional park.

First Reading approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. First reading of Ordinance O-08-2022, a Future Land Use Map Amendment from Recreation to Neighborhood for approximately 21.3 acres, a portion of parcel number 016515-002-00. 

This ordinance is part of the land exchange between developer of The Rookery, DR Horton, and the City to build a roadway through the development in exchange for land for the City to use as a regional park.

First Reading approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. First reading of Ordinance O-09-2022, a Rezoning from Recreation to Planned Unit Development for approximately 21.3 acres, a portion of parcel number 016515-002-00. 

This ordinance is part of the land exchange between developer of The Rookery, DR Horton, and the City to build a roadway through the development in exchange for land for the City to use as a regional park.

First Reading approved 5-0 by City Council

Consent Agenda            

  1. City Council approval of the Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Proclamation. 

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of the National Police Week Proclamation.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval for a purchase order to CW Builders in the amount of $ 31,298.00 for the foundation work for the new Police Department storage building. 

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council review and approval of street closure requests and fee waiver requests for a Minor Event, CCSO Police Memorial Ceremony.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval to sign an agreement with GovQA (Granicus) for the purchase of a Public Record Request Software.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval to purchase nine wireless microphones as part of the audio and video upgrades with BIS.

Pulled by Council Member Connie Butler to get more information about the agenda item.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) Vendor Payment Agreement with Clay County.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

Council Business           

  1. Downtown Master Plan 

Planning and Zoning Director Mike Daniels introduced the final draft of the Downtown Master Plan to City Council, which was awarded to S&ME on December 7, 2021. George Kramer of S&ME presented the Downtown master Plan. The plan is to provide a roadmap to successfully accommodate and incentivize the growth of its downtown communities, businesses, and amenities while continuing to honor the City’s rich small-town charm and history.

City Council voices their approval of the plan and excitement to begin implementing projects detailed in the plan.

Council Member Van Royal motions to accept the Downtown Master plan as presented and move forward with implementation. Approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. Approval of Resolution No R-03-2022, a resolution adopting a Finding of Necessity Study regarding Community Redevelopment; finding the existence of slum and blight in an area of the City of Green Cove Springs, Florida; making certain findings and determinations; finding a need for creating a Community Redevelopment Agency.

Finding of Necessity Study is the first step in establishing a Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency for Green Cove Springs, which is one of the goals of the Downtown Master Plan.

Resolution approved 5-0 by City Council

  1. Discussion and possible revision of ARPA Projects. 

City Manager Steve Kennedy presented the City Council a spreadsheet of the finished and current ARPA projects and planned projects with the cost of each for the Council to review and determine what changes, if any, the Council would like to make to the planned projects list.

Mayor Ed Gaw motions to table detailed discussion to the May 3 regular session as an agenda item. Rest of the Council agrees.  

  1. City Manager & City Attorney Reports / Correspondence

City Manager reported that the Citizens Advisory Committee will be presenting their recommendations on the Rivers House at the May 3 regular session.

  1. City Council Reports / Correspondence

Mayor Gaw reports that he has been approached by several residents about bringing the drag race strip back to Green Cove Springs and asked staff to research about the history of the track and report back to Council.

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