November 15, 2022, City Council Meeting Brief

November 16, 2022 –

Awards & Recognition

      1.         Proclamation - Native American Heritage Month

                                    City Council presented the Proclamation—proclaiming November as Native American Heritage Month and the Friday after Thanksgiving Day as Native American Heritage Day—to All Creations Intertribal Native American Community, who organizes festivals and events in Green Cove Springs.

Public Hearings

      2.         Public Hearing and approval of Resolution R-24-2022, a Resolution amending the Solid Waste Utility Fund operating budget for Fiscal Year 2022 per Exhibit “A”.  

                  Finance Director Marlena Guthrie presented this increase of $36,245 in the Solid Waste Utility Fund operating budget for FY 2022, ending on September 30, 2022. Guthrie said this increase is due to the increase of residents within City Limits, increase in interest rates and increase in franchise fees for commercial haulers.

                  Approved 5-0 by City Council

3.         City Council approval on Second and Final Reading of Ordinance O-19-2022 authorizing water rate changes for Fiscal Year 2023.  

This is an approval for a 6% increase in the water rate, which translates to an 88 cent increase for those that use an average of 3,000 gallons of water a month and a $1.65 increase for those that use an average of 10,000 gallons of water a month. The budget for Fiscal Year 2023 already has this increase calculated. At Council Member Smith’s request during the November 1 meeting, Null reported that about 40 percent of the City’s customers use 3,000 gallons or less a month and 95 percent use 10,000 gallons a month or less. City Council approved the first reading in a 5-0 vote on November 1, 2022.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

4.         City Council approval on Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No. O-20-2022, an Ordinance modifying wastewater rates changes for Fiscal Year 2023.  

This is an approval for a 3% increase in the wastewater rate, and the maximum monthly residential bill will remain at $100 for customers within City Limits. However, maximum bill will increase to $125 for customers outside of City Limits. The budget for Fiscal Year 2023 already has this increase calculated. City Council approved the first reading in a 5-0 vote on November 1, 2022.

Approved 5-0 by City Council

Consent Agenda

        5.           City Council approval of Minutes from 9/20/2022 Regular Sessions.

                  Approved 5-0 by City Council

6.           City Council approval of Amendment #2 to Contract Number LC 2018-02 – Tree Trimming for Electrical Distribution/Service Lines with Davey Tree Expert Company for the period September 4, 2022 through September 3, 2023.

            Approved 5-0 by City Council

7.    City Council approval of Pay Application #2 from EltonAlan, Inc. for construction of the Palmetto Trail Project in the amount of $154,242.74 from the contract amount of $1,544,374.81, leaving a balance of $1,309,426.30. 

                  Approved 5-0 by City Council

8.    City Council approval of Contract Number 22CV-S28 with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) for a CDBG-CV Project to design and construct improvements at the Augusta Savage Arts and Community Center Cafetorium in the amount of $1,397,600.00 and authorization for the Mayor to execute same. 

                  Approved 5-0 by City Council

9.    City Council approval of task order to JonesEdmunds in the not to exceed amount of $83,696 to design stormwater improvements on Park St and Bayard St to be constructed with a Legislative Line Item appropriation for the state fiscal year 2023. 

                  Pulled from Consent Agenda by Council Member Ed Gaw to talk to Assistant City Manager Mike Null about the recent consistent flooding and erosion of connecting roads and bulkheads to those roads to the project area that lead to the St Johns River. Null said that this project is a first step in addressing larger flooding and erosion in that area.

                  Approved 5-0 by City Council

Council Business

      10.         Approve on first reading as to form City Ordinance No. O-24-2022 which creates the Green Cove Springs Community Redevelopment Agency among other items.  

                  This ordinance—approved as First Reading and in form only—is the second of several steps to formally establishing a downtown CRA. The proposed 5 member board will hold a second meeting to produce a formal Community Redevelopment Plan, which will need to be approved by both City Council and Board of County Commissioners. Planning and Zoning Director Mike Daniels reported to the Council that he estimates the process of establishing a CRA to be complete by January or February 2023.

                  Ordinance No. O-24-2022 as First Reading and in form only approved 5-0 by City Council

11. Transportation Mobility Plan Study update by Jeannette Berk, Gannett Fleming and Jonathan Slason, RSG  

      Development Services Director Mike Daniels explained that RSG is a little over 50 percent into the study. RSG shared its calculations so far and what they have identified as future projects and traffic concerns at this point in the study. City Council expressed concerns that the current proposed impact fee won’t be enough to fund future projects, as well as be too expensive for small business owners to pay. Daniels said that the CRA can offer incentives and discounts to small business owners as a way to make the fee more affordable. The final Transportation Mobility Plan will be presented to City Council on December 13, 2022.

12. City Manager & City Attorney Reports / Correspondence

      City Attorney:

      City Attorney Jim Arnold reported that CORE Construction Company accepted the Council’s counter settlement offer of $25,000 as voted by the Council on November 1, 2022, with both parties executing an agreement to release all claim against the other. Vice Mayor Connie Butler makes an emergency motion to accept the offer and agreement. Emergency Motion approved 5-0 by City Council.

13. City Council Reports / Correspondence

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