April 7, 2020, City Council Meeting Brief

April 8, 2020 –

            City Council passes Resolution R-06-2020 as an emergency motion. This resolution establishes the criteria of public meetings during this State of Emergency and confirms that the City of Green Cove Springs will follow open meetings law during this time.

Public Hearings – any new additions or amendments to City Code of Ordinances or City Zoning or Future Land Use Maps are presented to City Council for discussion and vote for approval or denial

  1. First reading of Ordinance No O-03-2020, a proposed amendment to Dec. 117-792, regarding spacing requirements of Alcoholic Beverages from churches and schools.

Council passes 4-0 (Council Member Pam Lewis still connecting to online meeting) to table Ordinance No O-03-2020 until after State of Emergency has passed.

  1. First reading of Ordinance O-04-2020 to amend the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) from Residential Low Density (RLD) to Residential Medium Density (RMD) for property located at the 500 and 600 Block of Vermont Avenue.

Request by Brent White of BMHB Ventures, applicant and agent for property owner Graylon Oaks Land Trust to amend future land use map for a maximum of 30 dwelling units to be developed on the property. Recommended by staff and Planning and Zoning Board for City Council to pass the proposed amendment.

Council passes 5-0 (Council Member Pam Lewis present in online meeting). Second and final reading scheduled on April 21.  

  1. First reading of Ordinance O-05-2020 to amend the zoning map from Residential Low Density (R-1) to Planned Unit Development (PUD) for property located at the 500 & 600 Block of Vermont Avenue.

Second request by Brent White of BMHB Ventures, applicant and agent of property owner Graylon Oaks Land Trust to amend the zoning map to comply with proposed plans to develop either 28-unit duplex complex or a single family home subdivision. Recommended by staff and Planning and Zoning Board for City Council to pass the proposed amendment.

Council passes 5-0. Second and final reading scheduled on April 21.

Council Business – Items that require discussion and vote for approval or denial from City Council

            2. Roderico property proposal and presentation.

                        Clay County School District makes final offer to purchase 21 Roderico Avenue (formally Green Cove Springs Fire Station 1) for $125,000, and confirm the closing of Roderico Avenue between Walnut and Center Streets with all City easements and rights of way remaining. If accepted by Green Cove Springs City Council, final decision will be made by the School Board of Clay County at its next scheduled meeting.

                        Tentative plans for property by the Clay County School District include paving School District Office parking lot, removing construction fencing to create unified parking and renovate building on property to potentially house Police, safety, and security departments. Vice Mayor Van Royal approves of plans, but would like more landscaping to be added to the plans. Council Member Mitch Timberlake disagrees with offer, saying that the City should not sell the property at a price below market value unless the Clay County School District can work to guarantee that the Clay County Board of County Commissioners will transfer the existing county fire station on Oakridge Ave to the City once they move from that location to a new one further west on SR 16. Council Member Connie Butler agrees with Timberlake. City Manager Steve Kennedy says that the transfer of fire station can be done, but not sure if it would be feasible for School Board of Clay County to guarantee this transfer since Clay County and the Clay County School District are two separate entities.  

                        Vice Mayor Van Royal motions to accept $125,000 offer. Council passes 3 -2, with Council Member Connie Butler and Mitch Timberlake voting against.

  1. City Council discussion and award of Bid No. LC 2020-05, Green Cove Springs Pier Extension.

Assistant City Manager Mike Null explained to City Council that this bid is part of the $600,000 Legislative Line Item Grant awarded to City of Green Cove Springs in 2019 for pier reconstruction and renovation. Grant has covered permits and design of the pier, and will cover a large vessel pier and associated floating docks and a wave attenuating system (wave break). Original design included the wave break to be a part of the 256 ft. pier extension with new decking, surfacing, and wood railing, with additional floating docks for a future phase of the project. Design was put out for bid, with original design costing more than remaining amount of grant. To ensure construction will be covered by grant, City staff decided to remove decking and surface of walkable portion of the pier extension, wood railing for walkable portion of pier extension, 60 ft. of  wave break system on easterly side of extension, new 30 ft. ramp, floating dock replacement on the northern side of pier, and two or the four proposed mooring dolphins. Revamped bid includes a 200 ft. wave attenuation system, and the fixed existing pier with framework built for pier extension to be done in the future.  City staff asks that City Council approve staff’s recommendation to award construction bid to Harbor Marine Dock Company with deletions in pier extension design.

City Council passes 4 – 0 (City Council Member Connie Butler dropped out of online meeting and is attempting to reconnect).

  1. City Manager and City Attorney Correspondence

City Manager Steve Kennedy requested that the City Council approve to use $37,000 of Conservation Funds for electric bill assistance program. Once fund request is accepted, City staff will come up with program qualifications and time period and present to City Council at a later meeting. Says that since disconnections are currently waived, this assistance will be for future bill payments. City Council directed Kennedy to request funding.

City Manager Kennedy also requested that City Council approves City staff to use up to $85,000 in credit from the Power Cost Stabilization Fund towards March consumption which is April billing so current bills will not be impacted by Power Cost Adjustment. In emergency motion, City Council approved to proceed with waiving Power Cost Adjustment for March which is April billing in a 5 -0 vote.

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