August 16, 2022, City Council Meeting Brief

Awards and Recognition

  1. Proclamation: Lineman Appreciation Day

City Electric Director Andy Yeager recognized the electric linemen crew for the City of Green Cove Springs. City Council approved Linemen Appreciation Day Proclamation, which dedicates August 26, 2022, to recognizing the risk and hard work that electric line workers go through daily working with electricity.

  1. Presentation of a check from the Northeast Florida League of Cities to the Soul Food Festival.

Vice Mayor Connie Butler presented a $350 check from the Northeast Florida League of Cities to Soul Food Fest, Inc. in support of their annual festival held on the first Saturday in October at Vera Francis Hall Park in Green Cove Springs.

  1. Introduce New Development Services Employees  

Planning and Zoning Director Michael Daniels introduced two new staff in the department to City Council:

Lilly Delvecchio, Development Services Representative
Rico Armstrong, Code Enforcement Officer

            Public Hearings

  1. First Reading of Ordinance O-17-2022, a proposed rezoning of parcel 017356-000-00 consisting of .185 acres located at 203 North Palmetto Avenue from Gateway Corridor Neighborhood (GCN) to Planned Unit Development (PUD).

City Council approved Frist Reading of Ordinance O-17-2022 in a 5-0 vote.

            Consent Agenda

  1. City Council approval of the Lineman Appreciation Day Proclamation.

Approved in a 5-0 vote by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Minutes from 7/19/2022 and 8/2/2022 Regular Sessions.

Approved in a 5-0 vote by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Resolution No. R-17-2022, a resolution authorizing Amendment No. 7 to the FDOT Traffic Signal Maintenance and Compensation Agreement, Contract No. ARV47, for the period of July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 in the amount of $37,172.00 and authorizing the City Manager to execute said Agreement.  

Approved in a 5-0 vote by City Council

  1. City Council approval to enter into quarterly “contracts” (Agreements) with Hawkins, Inc. for purchase of water and wastewater treatment chemicals, to maintain supply until market pricing and availability stabilizes. 

Approved in a 5-0 vote by City Council

  1. City Council approval of an Interlocal Agreement with Clay County for the August Savage Pickleball Courts.

Pulled by Mayor Matt Johnson for discussion and questions.       

Approved in a 5-0 vote by City Council     

  1. City Council approval of the Patriot Day Proclamation. 

Approved in a 5-0 vote by City Council

  1. City Council approval to purchase Switching Cabinets for new Marina development near Black Creek. This switching cabinet is a sole source item, the company that makes these cabinets use one vendor in each state as their representatives and you must buy from them. The cost is $34,800.

Approved in a 5-0 vote by City Council           

Council Business

  1. Request $69,099 from the American Recovery Plan Fund to be used for the Creation of a Citywide Transportation Mobility Plan and Fee.

Planning and Zoning Director Mike Daniels presented the request. He reported to the City Council that an established mobility plan and fee would require developers to pay a fee based on the square footage of their development instead of conducting their own traffic study. A mobility plan would also give the City a clearer picture of traffic that flows through the city.

Council Member Smith asked if there were other available funds for this mobility plan and Daniels said that FDOT or the CRA—once established—would be other viable sources of funding. Council Member Ed Gaw asked about the timeline for the mobility plan and Daniels said it would be complete by December 2022 if funded now.

Request approved in a 5-0 vote by City Council

  1. Request For Demolition of Property 719 Pine Avenue.

Planning and Zoning Director Mike Daniels requested that the item be withdrawn from the agenda as the property is now in the middle of being bought and the potential new owner has expressed interest in demolishing the building themselves. City Attorney Jim Arnold recommended that the Council approve the demolition of the building subject to the developer demolishing the building first.

Request for demolition approved in a 5-0 vote by City Council.

  1. City Manager & City Attorney Reports / Correspondence

City Manager Steve Kennedy reported that the Board of County Commissioners voted in favor of the CRA resolution for the City, and the land swap for The Rookery development was successful.

City Manager Kennedy presented wage and salary information per Council direction at the August 4 budget workshop utilizing a 4.5 millage rate for the Council to review and requested an emergency motion to proceed with finalizing the budget on that millage rate. City Council expressed to the audience that the 4.5 millage rate is necessary for the City to increase wages of its employees to retain the staff it has and maintain the level of service that residents are currently experiencing. Council makes an emergency motion to instruct staff to proceed with numbers as adjusted using the 4.5 mills for economic boost and wage increases. Approved in a 5-0 vote by City Council.

  1. City Council Reports/Correspondence

Council Member Ed Gaw expressed an interest in established a digital pay system for pier boat slips and to look at marine assets to increase dock and boat slip space. Gaw also requested for an estimate of cost for litigation of Pegasus lawsuits to the City to make sure that there is enough in the FY 22/23 budget, and to look at the City’s noise ordinance. Rest of Council agree with his request.

Council Member Thomas Smith would like money from Northeast Florida League of Cities to go to more 501C3’s in the City. Vice mayor Butler agrees and is working with the NE FLC to donate more frequently in the future.

Addressing residents concerns about Code Enforcement warnings about cars parked in front yards earlier this evening, Council member Steven Kelley requested that Staff look at the code for dimensions for residential garages as he thinks they are too small for modern cars. He also would like the landscaping requirements for new residential homes looked over as he would like to see more native plants of less water plants on the property of new residential homes.

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