June 7, 2022, Green Cove Springs City Council Meeting Brief

June 8, 2022 –

Awards & Recognition

  1. Recognition - Ed Gaw, Mayor - 2021 - 2022

 

Mayor Matt Johnson recognizes Council Member Ed Gaw for serving as Mayor from May 2021 to May 2022.

 

  1. New Officer Swearing-In

 

Moved to June 21 meeting

Presentations

      3.         Presentation by Jacob Williams, FMPA General Manager and CEO, regarding Electric utility costs.

Williams presents proposal for City to purchase futures for a percentage of their natural gas consumption for 2023-24 to keep electricity costs lower for their customers. Williams suggested that the City buys 50% of its projected natural gas consumption for 2023-24, and between 25% and 30% for year after that. City Council discusses the purchase.

Council Member Steven Kelley motions to authorize staff to investigate further and for City Manager to make the acquisition percentage decision with FMPA. Motion passes 5-0 by City Council.

Public Hearings

      4.         Second and Final reading of Ordinance No. O-16-2022 correcting a date for Credited Service in the Retirement Plan and Trust for Police Officers.  

                              Passes 5-0 by City Council

5.   Second and final reading of Ordinance No. O-11-2022, an Annexation Application for the Preserve Development, approximately 13.92 acres located on South US Highway 17 and CR 209.  

                  First Reading passed 5-0 by City Council on May 17, 2022. 

                  Council Member Gaw disclosed and read a letter sent to him on June 2 from former Council Member Van Royal in support of Ordinance No. O-11-2022, O-12-2022, and O-13-2022. Rest of the Council indicated they received that same letter. Council Member Butler also disclosed that she received an email from Pegasus inviting her to tour their facility but she did not accept the invitation. Applicant gave a detailed presentation of the plans for proposed The Preserve. Lawyers representing spoke in favor of denying the ordinance, citing safety issues with prosed development being too close to the end of the plane runway on Pegasus facility and that Pegasus and the land owner have worked together for 38 years to make sure that the company can operate safely on the property. 

                  Council discusses comments made against all three ordinances. Council unanimously agreed that while they value Pegasus as a long-time business in Green Cove Springs, there have been mixed-use development plans in Reynolds Park Industrial Complex in City Comprehensive Plans for years and, with the development of First Coast Expressway, mixed-use development is inevitable in the area. 

                  Passes Ordinance No. O-11-2022 on second and final reading 4-1 by City Council, with Council Member Thomas Smith opposed.

6.   Second and Final Reading of Ordinance O-12-2022, a Future Land Use Map Amendment of parcel # 016499- 007-00 from Industrial (County) to Mixed Use for 13.92 acres for property located at US 17 and CR 209.  

                  First Reading passed 5-0 by City Council on May 17, 2022.

                  Discussion in Item 5 covered all three Ordinances with The Preserve. 

                  Passes Ordinance No. O-12-2022 on second and final reading 4-1 by City Council, with Council Member Thomas Smith opposed.

 

7.   Second and Final Reading of Ordinance O-13-2022, a Rezoning of parcel # 016499-007-00 from Light Industrial (County) to Planned Unit Development (PUD) for 13.92 acres for property located at US 17 and CR 209. 

                  First Reading passed 5-0 by City Council on May 17, 2022.

                  Discussion in Item 5 covered all three Ordinances with The Preserve. 

                  Passes Ordinance No. O-13-2022 on second and final reading 4-1 by City Council, with Council Member Thomas Smith opposed.

 

8.   First Reading of Ordinance O-14-2022, a Rezoning of parcel #017172-000-01 from R-2 to Planned Unit Development for .63 acres located on Roberts St, north of Green Cove Avenue.  

                  Staff recommends denial of request because it is not in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Element of location criteria for higher density development (Policy 1.3.2) and the requirement of all new development and redevelopment must integrate with surrounding neighborhood through use of buffering, open space, landscaping, and other design tools (Policy 1.3.4). The application was also denied on a 5-0 vote by the Planning and Zoning Board on April 26, 2022.  

                  Applicant Janis Fleet argued that the proposed development is in compliance as there are two apartment buildings in the same block since the 1970s and, therefore, the area already has a mix of single family homes and apartment complexes. Two adjacent homeowners in the audience object to the proposed apartment and townhome buildings as it does not match the rest of the block. 

                  Council agreed with staff recommendation of denial. Council Member Kelley said that he would like the property to be for future homeowners, and Council Member Gaw said that the proposed development is the definition of spot zoning.  

                  Denial of Ordinance O-14-2022 approved 5-0 by City Council in first reading.

9.   First Reading of Ordinance O-15-2022, a Rezoning of parcel #017172-000-00 from R-2 to Planned Unit Development for 2.11 acres located on Roberts St, north of Green Cove Avenue.  

                  Staff recommends denial of request because it is not in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Element of location criteria for higher density development (Policy 1.3.2) and the requirement of all new development and redevelopment must integrate with surrounding neighborhood through use of buffering, open space, landscaping, and other design tools (Policy 1.3.4). The application was also denied on a 3-2 vote by the Planning and Zoning Board on April 26, 2022.  

                  Council agrees with staff recommendation, saying that the proposed townhomes development is too dense for the property. 

                  Denial of Ordinance O-14-2022 approved 5-0 by City Council in first reading.

Consent Agenda

      10.       City Council approval of the 2021 water quality Consumer Confidence Report and authorization to include in all customer bills for a single cycle in June / July. 

                  Pulled by Vice Mayor Butler to ask why the report was already printed on utility bills before the Council could look at it. Assistant Water Utility Director Scott Schultz said that was a miscommunication between himself and the Finance Department.

                  Passes 5-0 by City Council

11. City Council approval of Pay Application # 11 in the amount of $26,870.75 to Terry’s Electric for Chapman Substation Construction Improvements, leaving a balance of $49,145.26 in contract number LC 2020-17 in the total revised amount of $982,905.17.

                  Passes 5-0 by City Council

12. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor to execute, Disbursement Request #13, in the amount of $504,319.39, which includes Contractor’s Pay Request # 12 for Williams Industrial in the amount of $472,819.39 and Invoice # 22187 for Mittauer in the amount of $31,500.00, 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 funds to the Wastewater CIP budget.  

                  Passes 5-0 by City Council

13. City Council approval of Minutes from 5/3/2022 Regular Session. 

                  Passes 5-0 by City Council

14. City Council approval of Mutual Aid Agreements between the Green Cove Springs Police Department and the Orange Park Police Department, and the Green Cove Springs Police Department and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.  

                  Passes 5-0 by City Council

15. City Council approval of Multi-Agency Mutual Aid Agreement between Fernandina Beach Police Department, Jacksonville Beach Police Department, Atlantic Beach Police Department, Neptune Beach Police Department, Green Cove Springs Police Department, City St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach Police Department.  

                  Passes 5-0 by City Council

16. City Council approval of annual work order for FY 2022-2023 in the amount of $39,318.70 under FDOT contract number ASO70 for FDOT State Highway System Lighting, Maintenance, and Compensation Agreement, and authorization for the City Manager to execute same annually through the contract expiration date of June 30, 2028.  

                  Passes 5-0 by City Council

17. City Council approval of Pay Application # 2 in the amount of $68,750.00 to Thomas May Construction Company for installation of the Police Metal Storage Building, leaving a balance of $0.00.  

                  Pulled by Council Member Gaw for update on project.

                  Passes 5-0 by City Council

18. City Council approval of Amendment #1 to contract with Tocoi 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

19. City Council approval of Amendment #1 to contracts for each of Mittauer and Tocoi 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

Council Business

20. FMPA - June 2022 

 

21. City Council discussion of Resolution information for the Annual Florida League Conference in Hollywood, Florida on August 11 -13, 2022.  

                  Council will give any resolution ideas to City Clerk Erin West before the June 21 City Council meeting.

22. Discussion and possible approval of Natural gas purchases. 

                  Discussion of presentation by FMPA General Manager and CEO Jacob Williams earlier in the meeting. Discussion and voting occurred after presentation.

23. City Manager & City Attorney Reports / Correspondence

                  Assistant City Manager Mike Null reported that Community Redevelopment Agency data was sent to Clay County on June 3 and City Manager Kennedy and Planning and Zoning Director Mike Daniels will meet individually with members of the Board of County Commissioners next week to discuss. The Florida Department of Transportation will study traffic light signal timing on Orange Ave. from Leonard C. Taylor Parkway to CR 209 and on SR 16 from Orange Ave. to Oakridge Ave.  this summer to recommend timing changes in concurrence with current traffic volume and patterns, and changes recommended from the study will be made in the fall.

24.       City Council Reports / Correspondence

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