October 4, 2022, City Council Meeting Brief

Awards & Recognition

  1. Proclamation – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

City Council recognizes and declares October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Presentation

  1. FMPA – October 2022

Presented by Bob Page

Public Hearings

  1. Consider adoption on second and final reading of attached Ordinance No. O-18-2022 which prohibits smoking in City parks.

First reading passed 3-2 on September 20, 2022. Mayor Matt Johnson, Vice mayor Connie Butler, and Council Member Steven Kelley support the Ordinance as written. Council Members Ed Gaw and Thomas Smith that the Ordinance written as-is would be extremely difficult to enforce and would rather revisit a smoking prohibition ordinance after they are able to see the effects of similar ordinances in other Florida municipalities.

Second and final reading of Ordinance No. O-18-2022 passed 3-2 by City Council, with Council Members Ed Gaw and Thomas Smith opposed.

Consent Agenda

  1. City Council approval to surplus the Information Technology items contained in Attachment “A”

Passed 5-0 by city Council

  1. City Council approval to insert proposed wastewater rate changes for Fiscal Year 2023 in the October cycle customer bills and to publish notification in the Clay Today newspaper.

Pulled by Council Member Steven Kelley to ask about the increased price for max use. Assistant City manager Mike Null said that the max use price has not increased in twenty years and more homes have hit max threshold for water use in recent years.

            Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval to insert proposed water rate changes for Fiscal Year 2023 in the October cycle customer bills and to publish notification in the Clay Today newspaper.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of the Breast Cancer Month Proclamation

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of the Florida City Government Week Proclamation

Passed 5-0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of purchase order to FMPA for $52,000 for Leidos Engineering, LLC to complete an electric utility rate study for the City.

Passed 5-0 by City Council

Council Business

  1. City manager & City Attorney Reports/Correspondence

City Attorney Jim Arnold updated the Council on the Pegasus lawsuits

City Manager Steve Kennedy updated the Council on the progress of the first Downtown Green Cove Springs CRA board appointed by City Council and Clay County Board of Commissioners. Soul Food and Music Fest has been postponed to November 5 due to Hurricane Ian.

  1. City Council Reports/Correspondence

City Council praises Electric, Public Works, Police and City Staff part of emergency operations for Hurricane Ian for their efficient work and being so prepared to weather a major storm. Mayor Matt Johnson talks about Veterans Day event at Camp Blanding and that Clay County and other entities are partnering with Camp Blanding to make it a bigger event this year.

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