November 15th Fernandina City Commissioner Agenda

Here is the amended agenda for the November 15th meeting of the City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners.

November 15th Fernandina City Commissioner AgendaThe following is the amended agenda for the November 15th meeting of the City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners, including Commissioner Childers’ opinons (in bold and italics) on some of the topics.

Commissioner Meeting will take place at City Hall on Amelia Island at 6:00 PM.

AGENDA

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE and Invocation by Reverend Jeff Overton of First Baptist Church.

4. PROCLAMATIONS/PRESENTATION
4.1 PROCLAMATION – NATIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH – Proclaims the month of November, 2011, as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Ms. Cara Curtin, American Indian Representative, and Ms. Jane Collins, Regent – Amelia Island Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution, will be present to accept the Proclamation.
4.2 PRESENTATION – STUDENTS WORKING AGAINST TOBACCO (SWAT) – The Tobacco Free Nassau Partnership and SWAT will make a brief presentation on educating the public on the issue of candy flavored tobacco.
4.3 BUDGET SUMMARY – Controller Patti Clifford will answer any questions regarding the budget summary for October, 2011.

5. CONSENT AGENDA
5.1 FACILITIES USE AGREEMENT – RESOLUTION 2011-166 APPROVING A FACILITY USE AGREEMENT WITH BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS LLC TO USE AIRPORT PROPERTY TO CONDUCT A COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVING DEMONSTRATION ACTIVITY; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the use of Airport property to conduct a Commercial Truck Driving Demonstration Activity.
5.2 SEWER AND REFUSE EXEMPTIONS FOR FY 2011-2012 – RESOLUTION 2011-167 APPROVING FIVE (5) ADDITIONAL APPLICATIONS FOR CITY SEWER AND REFUSE EXEMPTION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves five (5) additional applications for exemption of City sewer and refuse costs.
5.3 APPROVING USE OF AIRPORT PROPERTY – RESOLUTION 2011-168 AUTHORIZING THE USE OF AIRPORT PROPERTY FOR PARKING DURING THE ANNUAL CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE EVENT; APPROVING THE METHODOLOGY FOR COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF PARKING FEES COLLECTED; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves parking at the Airport for the Concours d’Elegance and distribution of parking proceeds.
5.4 BUDGET AMENDMENT – POLICE DEPARTMENT – RESOLUTION 2011-169 APPROVING A BUDGET TRANSFER TO THE POLICE UTILITIES ACCOUNT FROM THE POLICE COMMUNICATIONS ACCOUNT; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves a Budget Amendment in the amount of $1550.00 for slightly than higher utility expenses in the Police Department.

Approve consent agenda

6. REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC TO BE HEARD ON ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
6.1 CITY RESIDENTS
6.2 NON-CITY RESIDENTS

7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1 APPROVING ISSUANCE OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT REVENUE NOTE – RESOLUTION 2011-170 AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT REVENUE NOTE, SERIES 2011 OF THE CITY IN THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF NOT TO EXCEED $2,000,000 TO FUND THE ACQUISITION AND CONSTRUCTION OF CERTAIN CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF THE CITY; PROVIDING THAT THE NOTE SHALL BE A LIMITED OBLIGATION OF THE CITY PAYABLE FROM CERTAIN FRANCHISE FEES AS PROVIDED HEREIN; PROVIDING FOR THE RIGHTS, SECURITIES AND REMEDIES FOR THE OWNER OF THE NOTE; DESIGNATING THE NOTE AS A QUALIFIED TAX-EXEMPT OBLIGATION WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE; MAKING CERTAIN COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the borrowing of $1,900,000 for projects and appropriate expenses contained in the Forward Fernandina Strategic Plan as adopted by Resolution 2011-118.

Approve, infrastructure improvements on the river front, Front St., Ash St., Centre St. and Alachua. These improvements, in one form or another, have been in every strategic or visioning plan since 1977. The funds to support a new County Library, in the downtown district are also included. Fifty five cents per $100.00 on our electric bills for $1,900,000.00, as tax incremental funds (generated in the downtown CRA) and natural gas franchise fees (charged only if you choose natural gas service) become available the 55 cents will be reduced or eliminated. There is no early payoff penality.

7.2 AGREEMENT APPROVAL – ZEV COHEN & ASSOCIATES, INC – RESOLUTION 2011-171 APPROVING TASK ORDER #5 AND TASK ORDER #6 IN ACCORDANCE WITH A CONTINUING CONTRACT WITH ZEV COHEN & ASSOCIATES, INC. FOR THE ENGINEERING, DESIGN, AND PERMITTING, FOR THE FRONT STREET REHABILITATION, AND THE ALACHUA STREET RAILROAD CROSSING AND IMPROVEMENTS PROJECTS; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves Task Order #5 and #6 in the amount of $176,318.00.

Researching – While I believe it is important to move forward with this Resolution, I also want to ensure that our money is not squandered on endless engineering plan revisions or change orders. The “citizen oversight committee”, the Project management Company and a definitive plan must be in place before Zev Cohen puts pencil to paper.

7.3 BUDGET AMENDMENT – MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT – RESOLUTION 2011-172 APPROVING A BUDGET AMENDMENT TO TRANSFER FUNDS WITHIN VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS IN THE GENERAL FUND FOR THE MAINTENANCE REORGANIZATION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves a Budget Amendment for various funds for the Maintenance Reorganization.

Approve

7.4 PURCHASE OF VEHICLES – RESOLUTION 2011-173 APPROVING THE PURCHASE OF SEVEN (7) VEHICLES FOR THE CITY FLEET FOR A TOTAL AMOUNT OF $181,817.00 UNDER THE FLORIDA SHERIFF’S CONTRACT; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF DOCUMENTS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the purchase of 7 vehicles for various departments in accordance with the City’s Fleet Management – Standard Operating Procedures.

Researching

8. ORDINANCES – SECOND READING
8.1 CODE AMENDMENT – RESORT RENTALS – ORDINANCE 2011-23 AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING SECTION 26-101 REGARDING RESORT RENTAL PERMIT REQUIREMENTS, INSPECTIONS, DISPLAY OF PERMITS, ADVERTISING, JOINT AND SEVERAL LIABILITY, INCREASING FINES FOR VIOLATIONS AND PROVIDING FOR APPEALS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Amends provisions of the Resort Rental Permit Ordinance.

I do not support this ordinance, I still agree with the Florida State Legislature’s assertion that Short-term rental’s are not a commercial enterprise and are a legitimate use of ones property, regardless of zoning. Unless we restore this “historic and traditional” property right to the citizens of Fernandina Beach I cannot and will not support any punitive measures initiated against our citizens.

8.2 DEED OF DEDICATION – PORTION OF SOUTH 15TH STREET – ORDINANCE 2011-24 ACCEPTING A DEED OF DEDICATION FOR AN IMPROVED PORTION OF SOUTH 15TH STREET IN THE AMELIA PARK PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT; DESIGNATING SUCH RIGHT OF WAY FOR PUBLIC USE; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Accepts the Deed of Dedication conveying ownership of a 204 foot section of right-of-way for South 15th Street in Amelia Park.

Approve

9. BOARD APPOINTMENT
9.1 ARTS AND CULTURE NASSAU – 1 Appointment.

I support the appointment of Ms. Terri Dean

10. DISCUSSION – DIRECTION – ACTION ITEMS
10.1 BRIEF REVIEW OF THE VEHICLE USAGE POLICY AND THE CITY’S FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.
10.2 DISCUSSION AND/OR DIRECTION PERTAINING TO CITY REPAIRS ON PRIVATELY OWNED PROPERTY LOCATED AT 859 ATLANTIC VIEW DRIVE.

After visiting the site I agree that City staff should correct the deficiencies and place a lean against the property.

11. CITY MANAGER REPORTS
12. CITY ATTORNEY REPORTS
13. CITY CLERK REPORTS
14. MAYOR/COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
15. ADJOURNMENT

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