City Council July 7, 2020, Meeting Brief

July 8, 2020 –

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 Sec. 117-792, regarding spacing requirements of Alcoholic Beverages from churches and schools.

The proposed staff amendment to Sec. 117-792 is to eliminate the spacing and license type requirements in the Central Business District for on-premises consumption of alcohol, an exception of selling alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption which reads:

“Appropriately licensed restaurants in the Central Business District (CBD), the Gateway Corridor District (GCD), or within a commercial shopping center under one common ownership in the C-2 zoning district, which would be allowed no closer than 200 feet from the nearest church of school or which were separated by at least a road or highway. Food must be sold at all times alcohol is and must account for over 50% of business sales.”

Planning and Zoning staff recommends this amendment as it will allow business such as breweries, pubs, nightclubs, and bars to locate within the Central Business District and create a more vibrant downtown.

                        City Council passes Ordinance No O-03-2020 first reading in a 5 – 0 vote  

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.

  1. City Council approval of Minutes from 5-19-2020 Regular Session and 6-09-2020 Special Session.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. Council establishes workshop dates for reviewing the Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2020/2021.  

City Council tentatively set August 4 at 9:00 a.m., August 6 at 9:00 a.m., and August 11 at 9:00 a.m. as workshop dates for reviewing the Operating Budget and the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan.

                        Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council acceptance of the Legal Report for Annexation – June 2020. Total Legal Services are $28,307.00.

Pulled by Vice Mayor Ed Gaw for more background information on item.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. Council establishes hearing dates for the first and final hearings to adopt the City of Green Cove Springs Operating Budget and Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2020/2021.

Staff proposes to hold the first hearing on September 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. and the final hearing on September 29, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

                        Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval to declare items listed on Exhibit “A” as surplus and to process accordingly.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of, and authorization for the Mayor to execute, Disbursement Request #2, which includes Mittauer Invoice #20235 in the amount of $14,500.00 (HRWWTF Ground Storage Tank #3 Design (which is already paid)) and Mittauer Invoice #20236 in the amount of $5,000.00 (Magnolia Point Pressure Improvement) for a total amount of $19,500.00 for the Design Loan Agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Drinking Water, State Revolving Fund (SRF), Loan DW 100102 for $356,800.00 for the design of capital improvements to the City’s Water System.

City Council authorizes staff to spend $19,500.00 of the $356,800.00 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan for the design of the capital improvements to the City’s Water System.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Change Order #1 to Bid Award LC 2020-06, Reynolds Water System Improvements and MOBRO Utility Extension, in the amount of $60,245.00, increasing the contract amount from $1,000,449.00 to $1,060,294.00, for replacement of water services in the Cove Subdivision, to General Underground LLC.

City Council approves the increase of the bid award from $1,000,449.00 to $1,060,294.00 to General Underground LLC for replacement of water services in the Cove Subdivision. This is in addition to General Underground LLC also working on Reynolds Water System Improvements.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. Ratification of transformer purchases for hurricane season and stock.

City Council approves the Electric Department to purchase additional electric transformers for use in capital projects and emergencies.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of electric inventory material purchases, electric project material purchases and additional hurricane preparation material purchases to American Wire Group in the amount of $74,887.75, American Wire Group (Chapman Project Cable) in the amount of $38,523.38, Irby in the amount of $38,868.72, and Anixter in the amount of $77,4204, for a total amount of $229,708.89.

City Council approves the purchase of materials for several different Electric Department capital projects that staff is currently working on completing.

Pulled by Vice Mayor Ed Gaw for clarification.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval to purchase utility poles for the Chapman 3rd feed capital project from ACE Pole Company in the amount of $30,242.00 under FMPA Bid #2019-009.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Resolution No. R-09-2020 to adopt Planning and Zoning Board By-Laws.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council Approval of and authorization for the Mayor to execute a Letter of Concurrence for Setback Waiver for 302 St John’s Avenue to construct a dock within 25’ of the adjacent upland riparian property.

Pulled by Council Member Connie Butler for clarification on Letter of Concurrence.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Resolution R-10-2020, relating to the provision of Stormwater Management Services and adopting a mitigation credit policy.

City Council approved Resolution R-10-2020, which sets the mitigation credit policy and form of the Stormwater Utility Fee, approved February 18, 2020.

                        Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

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

  1. FMPA Report – July 2020

No vote by City Council needed on this item. Bob Page delivered report to City Council.

  1. First reading as to form only Ordinance O-07-2020 to set franchise terms for containerized commercial solid waste providers

Amendment clarifies Section 66-10(a) (3) which states that containerized commercial solid waste franchises are authorized for 5 years with the City, giving City Council the option to renew authorization for an additional two 5-year terms. If authorization is not renewed, contract between City and franchise ends at the end of a 5-year term.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. Mobile Food Vendor Special Event Good Time Charlie’s Food Cove

Maryanne Scales, representing GTC Food Cove, submitted a Mobile Food Vending Application to Development Services Department. The application is for .23 acres of undeveloped land at 305 N Palmetto Avenue to become Good Time Charlie’s Food Cove. Scales proposes that the site will host three food trucks every Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. The site will have a concrete area for food trucks to operate and four unpaved parking spaces.

City staff approved the application with the following conditions: Must meet CDC guidelines for Bars and Restaurants and Social Distancing Requirements, vendors are responsible for the proper disposal of waste and trash as stipulated in LDC Section 78-129(6), and must include erosion control—gravel/concrete for parking lot area, so as not to bring sediment onto the street.

Scales said that her vision for the property is to turn Good Time Charlie’s into an event space with permanent bathrooms and a gazebo for seating and entertainment. Also wants to turn the building on the property into a restaurant, with the top floor as an event space and bar and the ground floor as a restaurant.

No voting from City Council needed. All five members voiced their support of the mobile food vending space.

  1. City Council designation of Voting Delegate for the 94th Annual Florida League of Cities Conference in Orlando, Florida on August 13-15, 2020

City Council Member Steven Kelley nominated Mayor Van Royal to represent City of Green Cove Springs as a Voting Delegate in the 94th Annual Florida League of Cities Conference. Vice Mayor Ed Gaw seconded the nomination.

Nomination passed 5 – 0 by City Council.

  1. City Manager and City Attorney Reports and/or Correspondence.

CARES Act projects, as submitted to the Council by City Manager Steve Kennedy:

City Manager Steve Kennedy presented a list of projects put together by staff to be funded by the City’s designation of $500,000 from the CARES Act Program. Kennedy requested City Council to look over list and give guidance on the projects they would like City staff to pursue with the funding. After some discussion, City Council recommended the following five initiatives: Technology solutions to provide quality laptops and improve connectivity for virtual meetings and improve City’s firewall, touchless faucets, hand sanitizing stations, lights, and automated doors for City-owned buildings and bathrooms, outside speakers for COVID concerns and overflow of public meetings, smart lighting, permanent bathroom for Augusta Savage Friendship Park, upgrading Augusta Savage Arts and Community Center classrooms for expansion and food pantry additional storage, and paved drive and cover for food pantry pickup area.

City Council passed 5 – 0 allowing City Manager to have full authority and flexibility to establish projects for CARES Act funding, as well as make any needed changes to proposed project list.  

  1. City Council Reports and/or Correspondence.

Vice Mayor Ed Gaw proposes that City Council investigate face mask mandates in surrounding cities in consideration of a mask mandate in City of Green Cove Springs. After much discussion, City Council unanimously agreed to instruct City Manager Steve Kennedy and City Attorney Jim Arnold to provide copies of mandates from surrounding cities and to discuss a mask mandate for City of Green Cove Springs in a Special Session meeting.

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