May 3, 2022, City Council Meeting Brief

May 4, 2022 –

Awards & Recognitions

      1.         Proclamation - National Police Week

                        Accepted by GCS Police Chief John Guzman and GCSPD officers

Presentations

      2.         Presentation by the North Florida TPO for the draft of the 2022/2023 to 2026/2027 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Elizabeth De Jesus, Transportation Programs Manager, gave the presentation on its projects in Clay County, including resurfacing projects along US Hwy. 17 through Green Cove Springs city limits in 2023.

3.         Presentation by James Moore and Company of the Audited Financial Statements for the period ending September 30, 2021.  

                  Presentation gave the City a slightly higher than average rating overall. Full audit can be found on the “Financial Statements” page in the Finance Department section of the city website, greencovesprings.com.  

4.         Recommendations for the Rivers House.  

Citizen’s Advisory Committee Rivers House Sub-Committee Chair Al Herndon presented the sub-committee’s recommendations, which are as follows: The Rivers House to not be sold, moved, or torn down, to make a list of what is required to make the building safe, livable, and secure and act on those requirements, arrange the Green Cove Springs Garden Club to landscape around the building. Once the building is brought up to current building codes, its suggestions for use of the building include turning it into an eco-tourism site for Green Cove Springs and include history of the city, and information on the native flora and fauna, open the building as a community center to house home school programs, summer camps, recreation camps, and similar programs, a small business start up site as well as space for a small café or restaurant. The sub-committee’s recommendations for funding include CDBG-MIT grant, inter-local agreements, and public/private partnership.

City Council agrees with most of the recommendations. Council member Steven Kelley pointed out that the Rivers House could become the starting point for City Policy on historic preservation.

Public Hearings

      5.         Second and Final Reading of Ordinance O-06-2022, a Future Land Use Amendment from Residential Low Density to Public  of 21.89 acres for 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 passed 5-0 by City Council on April 19, 2022.

                  Second and Final Reading passed 5-0 by City Council

6.         Second and Final Reading of Ordinance O-07-2022, a Rezoning from Planned Unit Development to Recreation of 21.89 acres for 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 passed 5-0 by City Council on April 19, 2022.

            Second and Final Reading passed 5-0 by City Council.

7.         Second and Final Reading of Ordinance O-08 -2022, a Future Land Use Map Amendment from Recreation to Neighborhood for 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 passed 5-0 by City Council on April 19, 2022.

            Second and Final Reading passed 5-0 by City Council.

8.         Second and Final Reading of Ordinance O-09-2022, a Rezoning from Recreation to Planned Unit Development for 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 passed 5-0 by City Council on April 19, 2022.

            Second and Final Reading passed 5-0 by City Council.

9.         First Reading of Development Agreement for approximately 559.9 acres for the Rookery Residential Development located on CR 15 A south of Green Cove Avenue, parcel # 016515-008-00.  

                        Council member Van Royal asked about the necessity of the police substation on the property. Chief Guzman said that former Chief Asdot wanted a police presence in such a large neighborhood and with population growth the current police department station will soon run out of space for staff. Chief Guzman said that the location will give the police department a good spread of coverage and that the new substation can also be used as a police training facility. Council Member Royal agrees with the chief’s reasoning. Council Member Royal and Mayor Ed Gaw suggest adding language to the agreement that the money allocated for the substation can be used for other things if the need for a new substation is not there by the time of development.

                        Council also continued to voice its concerns of the initial traffic impacts that the Rookery will initially have on Green Cove Springs roadways. Development project traffic engineer said that while the initial traffic impacts will be a strain on road in Green Cove Springs, congestion will become less with the completion of the First Coast Expressway. Planning and Zoning Director Mike Daniels also added that the US 17 Corridor Study with FDOT in the summer will also help in easing the strain on roads within Green Cove Springs. Developer also adds that homes will not begin to be built until 2025, when other roadway and corridor improvements will already be in place within Green Cove Springs.

            First Reading passes 5-0 by City Council

Consent Agenda

      10.       City Council approval of the National Safe Boating Week Proclamation. 

                              Passes 5-0 by City Council

11.       City Council approval of CAC Minutes for 11/09/21, 12/09/21, 1/13/22 & 3/10/22.  

                        Passes 5-0 by City Council

12.       City Council approval of Pay Application # 1 in the amount of $11,000.00 to Thomas May Construction Company for installation of the Police Metal Storage Building, leaving a balance of $68,750.00.  

                        Passes 5-0 by City Council

13.       City Council approval of the May Mann Jennings Proclamation. 

                        Passes 5-0 by City Council

14.       City Council approval of Minutes from 3/1/2022 Regular Session. 

                        Passes 5-0 by City Council

15.       City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor to execute, Disbursement Request #12, in the amount of $1,535,057.39 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.  

                        Passes 5-0 by City Council

16.       City Council approval of the FY 2022 Revenues and Expenditures Report and the Quarterly Investment Report for the period ending March 31, 2022.  

                        Passes 5-0 by City Council

17.       City Council approval and execution of Construction and Maintenance Agreement (CMA) with FDOT to construct the entire Palmetto Trail project and maintain the portion outside of FDOT right of way and approval of Resolution R-04-2022. 

                        Passes 5-0 by City Council

18.       City Council approval of Amendment #1 to contracts for each of CHW, CPH, Jones Edmunds and WGI for engineering services under Bid LC 2021-02 covering the period from April 21, 2022 through April 20, 2023. 

                        Passes 5-0 by City Council

19.       City Council approval of Amendment #1 to contract with Patterson & Dewar for engineering services under Bid LC 2021-04 covering the period from April 21, 2022 through April 20, 2023. 

                                    Passes 5-0 by City Council

Council Business

      20.       FMPA - May 2022 

                              Presented by Bob Page

21.       City Council approval of a task order to WGI, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $256,790 to survey most of the downtown area and design roadway, utility, pedestrian and streetscape improvements on Walnut St from Palmetto Ave to the River. 

                        Task order authorized by City Council in a 5-0 vote.

22.       Lien Reduction Request For 1124 Houston St.  

                        Motion to approve staff recommendation to not grant the lien reduction passed 5-0 by City Council

23.       City Manager & City Attorney Reports / Correspondence

24.       City Council Reports / Correspondence

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