July 21, 2020, City Council Meeting Brief

July 22, 2020 –

            Awards and Recognition

  1. City Council and Pam Lewis, Former Council Member, to present Proclamation and Key to the City to Wynema Lovell, Green Cove Springs Food Pantry.

City Council and former Council Member Pam Lewis presented a proclamation and Key to the City to Wynema Lovell for her work as a founder of the Green Cove Springs Food Pantry, dedicating countless volunteer hours to the food pantry and its success for 31 years.

            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. Second and Final 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.

An applicant still has to apply for a special exception for businesses like breweries, pubs, nightclubs, and bars that still has to be approved by the Planning and Zoning Board. With the approval of this amendment, the spacing limitations will no longer apply to these businesses within the Central Business District.

Second and Final Reading passed 5 – 0 by City Council

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 06-02-2020 and 6-16-2020 Regular Session.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Veteran’s Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Task Order number 2 to Heart Utilities of Jacksonville, for the Installation of new overhead line on Houston St. from Orange to the substation.

Contract for Heart Utilities of Jacksonville was approved by City Council on January 7, 2020. This is the second task order for work on this project. This task order will cover 18 new utility poles and associated overhead cable and hardware for a cost of $72,000.

                                    Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. Consider adoption of Resolution No. R-11-2020, a Resolution relating to collection of Solid Waste and Recyclable Material within the Magnolia West Subdvision and related issues, including setting a Public Hearing to Final Proposed Solid Waste Service Assessments.

This is the City’s fifth annual assessment of collecting non-ad valorem solid waste assessments on all non-exempt residential property within the Magnolia West subdivision.

                                    Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. Consider adoption of Resolution No. R-12-2020, a Resolution estimating the cost of Stormwater Management Services provided by the City, determining certain tax parcels will be benefited thereby and related issues, including setting a Public Hearing for Final Proposed Stormwater Service Assessments.

This is the City’s fifth annual assessment of collecting non-ad valorem stormwater assessments against all non-exempt real property tax parcels within the City. Staff recommends setting the Public Hearing for Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 7 p.m.

                                    Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. Approval of Staff recommendations for the award of Bid RFP LC 2020-10 for the purchase of a third power transformer for the Chapman Substation.  

City Staff along with Engineers from Patterson & Dewar recommends SPX Transformer Solutions as the bidder to purchase the third power transformer for the Chapman Substation.

                                    Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of Chief Derek Asdot to attend the Florida Executive Development Seminar on September 20-25, 2020 in Key West, FL.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

Supplemental Consent Agenda – Routine items that are approved under one vote, unless pulled by City Council. These items are added after the meeting agenda has been posted to the public. 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 task order to Clark Advisory Services, LLC for Owner Construction Representative Services for oversight of the Augusta Savage Library Construction Project.

Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

  1. City Council approval of an Interlocal Agreement with Clay County for the Cares Act Funding.

Interlocal Agreement with Clay County for the Cares Act Funding will allow the City to use a portion of the funds given to the County and designated to City of Green Cove Springs to spend on needed projects in response to COVID-19.

                                    Passed 5 – 0 by City Council

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

  1. Clay County Chamber request to hold Annual Gala in Spring Park – October 2020

Clay Chamber requests use of the entire space of Spring Park for its Annual Gala scheduled for October 16. Executive Assistant and Event Coordinator Kimberly Thomas said that the Chamber is planning for a roaming gala with food stations throughout the park using disposable dishware to serve food, attendees will use picnic tables and benches located in the park and not set up additional seating. Chamber is also asking for road closures around the park for the event and to be able to serve alcohol. Chamber plans to have 250 attendees for this event.

City Council is hesitant with allowing a drink station to serve alcohol in the park, as well as the planned 250 attendees. Council agreed that they would be willing to talk about the event at the August 4 City Council meeting if the Chamber can find a way to serve alcohol outside of the park and get Clay County Emergency Manager John Ward’s advice on the health safety of allowing 250 people in Spring Park at one time.

  1. Scheduling of Required Public Hearings Regarding City’s Local Area Project (LAP) 435677-1-38-02, located at Palmetto Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

City Staff recommends setting the public hearing time and dates to October 6 and October 20 at 5:30 p.m. and asks if City Council would like to participate in those hearings. These public hearings will discuss an 8-foot wide sidewalk to be built on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from Palmetto Avenue to Vera Francis Hall Park. City Council approved the contract with the Department of Transportation on this project, and to start the design phase of the project, on April 2, 2019.

                                    City Council voiced its interest in participating in the public hearings and passed the proposed hearing dates of October 6 and October 20 at 5:30 p.m. in a 5 – 0 vote.

  1. Establish Tentative Millage Rate for Fiscal Year 2020/2021.

City Council passes the Staff recommended tentative Millage Rate of 3.8 and sets public hearing dates for the Millage Rate on September 15 and September 29 in a 5 – 0 vote.

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

City Attorney Jim Arnold said that Ordinance O-07-2020 to set franchise terms for containerized commercial solid waste providers will be placed in the Aug. 4 agenda for its Second and Final Hearing.

City Manager Steve Kennedy reported to the City Council that the City has hired a company to disinfect the inside of all City buildings for COVID-19 every other Friday until the end of the year.

  1. City Council Reports and/or Correspondence

No significant reports or correspondence from City Council.

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