Green Cove Springs May 5, 2020, City Council Meeting Brief

May 6, 2020 –

Consent Agenda – Routine items that are approved under one vote, unless pulled by City Council. Consent Agenda items pulled from the Consent Agenda are discussed and voted to either approve or deny by City Council.

9. Council approval of Pole Attachment Agreement with Vero Fiber Networks, LLC.

                        Vero Fiber Networks, LLC, has approached the City asking to install fiber on City-owned electric poles. Vero has recently been contracted by the Clay County School Board to connect all of their buildings in Clay County—including schools—by fiber. Vero will be installing fiber on 92 City-owned poles for a rental fee of $12 per pole annually, generating $1,100 in revenue for the Electric Department every year.

Vice Mayor Van Royal asked about the locations of poles that will be installed with fiber and voiced health concerns on 5G cells brought to his attention by residents. City Manager Steve Kennedy said that Vero will only be installing fiber, not 5G cells. Council Member Mitch Timberlake requested that the agreement be approved with an amendment to include a provision that if the City takes utilities underground Vero would have to pay to also move the fiber underground. Mayor Steven Kelley agreed.

            City Council approves agreement 5 - 0 with amendment that Vero will pay for underground fiber installation if City moves its utilities underground.

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

            2. Discussion of the funds received from the sale of the Roderico Property

                        Council Member Mitch Timberlake requested that the Roderico Property sale funds be placed in the general fund for negative unassigned balances of projects from Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019. Rest of the council agreed.

            Timberlake’s request approved by the City Council 5 – 0

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