REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

COUNCIL CHAMBERS – CITY HALL

1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE

SEPTEMBER 4, 2012

 

THE REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING of the City of Port Orange was called to order by Mayor Allen Green at 7:00 p.m.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Silent Invocation

 

Roll Call:                    Present:                     Councilman Bob Ford

                                                                        Councilman Donald Burnette

Councilman Dennis Kennedy

                                                                        Vice Mayor Bob Pohlmann

                                                                        Mayor Allen Green

 

                                    Also Present:            Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager

                                                                        Margaret T. Roberts, City Attorney

                                                                        Robin Fenwick, Deputy City Clerk

                                                                        Laura Tennant, City Clerk’s Office

 

4.    Discussion of Proposed Millage Rate FY 11/12

 

Mayor Green gave an overview of the proposed millage rate.

 

Councilman Ford believes they may be able to go lower because of recent reductions in expenditures. He believes it’s something to look at.

 

Councilman Burnette is pleased to be below rollback. He wants to look for efficiencies.

 

Vice Mayor Pohlmann believes 4.95 turned out to be a fair rate. He is open for discussion on lowering the rate. He pointed out that this is five (5) consecutive years of no tax increase.

 

Councilman Kennedy would like to get final numbers tallied. He would like to see if it can be reduced to 4.9 or 4.85.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments.

 

Brian Spies asked why they are lowering millage rates when they are taking money back from the fire department.

 

Ted Noftall thinks a mill is worth $2 million and objects to the 4.95 rate. The number includes a sick leave buy-back program. It also provides an across the board raise for employees including those making over $100,000. The amount charged to taxpayers for the fire marshal that could be contracted out would make the number lower without hurting anything, as well as not paying the $500,000 additional payment to unfunded liability. He discussed surplus and giving back to the taxpayer. He also discussed objections to fire personnel budget. He feels there is room to reduce the budget.

 

Mayor Green believes if they are going to address the budget, they need to address the actual issues.

 

Mr. Parker provided a comparative number this afternoon regarding the fire personnel budget. There is a substantial reduction for fire reflected in the proposed budget. There are other reductions as well. The major changes are in two areas: 1-required contribution and 2-health insurance increases. He discussed the changes in salary and insurance. Insurance and FICA cancel each other out. If the new pension ordinance is adopted this month, the budget would be reduced with a difference of $184,546. The budget doesn't assume that you are going to adopt the ordinance on second reading. If the ordinance is adopted the budget could be reduced. There are nine vacancies in the fire department that need to be filled as soon as possible to bring the department back to full staff for operational purposes. The budget assumes the positions will be filled. After those positions are filled, reserves would be hired back. He referenced the question from last week regarding savings by going backwards. As of March 10, 2012, the savings was about $79,000 with a potential of $184,000 in savings in pensions if the second revision is adopted. That is in addition to $156,000 in contingency.

 

Councilman Kennedy asked where the savings are showing up. Mr. Parker says it shows in contingency. This is the first reading. The file adjustment in millage will occur on the 18th should the Council choose to do so; there are options. Councilman Kennedy asked if it is left at 4.95 tonight if there is still the option of dropping it lower.  He pointed out that they can only go down from here, not up. He supports leaving it where it is and discussing final numbers and making adjustments on September 18th. Mr. Parker said that is correct. A sheet was provided that gives what each drop in millage rate does. Councilman Kennedy asked if the nine vacancies are filled, would the City hire additional reserves. Mr. Parker said yes, to be sure there is a pool to draw from with turnover. There are several fire personnel in DROP. The pool gives opportunity to look at individuals before becoming fully employed.

 

Vice Mayor Pohlmann asked if the final pension contribution is 2.538 for existing firefighters. Mr. Parker said if it is applied to the pensionable wage and for future employees, yes. Vice Mayor Pohlmann asked if the 2.5 mil pension contribution will increase or not. Mr. Parker said that is the number applied to payroll today listed in the budget. Vice Mayor Pohlmann asked if the $156,000 could also be pulled out. Mr. Parker said that is the contingency, Council can pull it out.

 

Councilman Burnette asked if it has been budgeted for reclaiming additional monies from Fire. Mr. Parker said Council wanted to do a full review before implementation.

 

Councilman Ford would like to send a message to people of hope and take some of the savings and go to 4.9 as a statement, saying Council is trying to work on the pension issues and here is a step of what they hope will be improvements for citizens and keep the rest in contingency. He would like to put a down payment for taxpayers.

 

Mayor Green stated it should not to be taken personal but he believes the fire marshal position should be contracted out. He doesn’t want to single out any individual, it is just an example. They are always looking at fire side and he wants to look at all departments to be fair.

 

5.    Resolution No. 12-50 – Adopting the Tentative Millage Rate for FY12/13

 

Mayor Green read Resolution No. 12-50.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-50

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA; ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATES TO BE LEVIED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approve Resolution No. 12-50 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Mayor Green advised that this Resolution sets the millage rate at 4.95.

Ms. Roberts advised that it can be modified but then it would not be voted on at this time.

 

Councilman Ford would like to go to 4.9. Mr. Parker advised that the amounts have been recalculated, and it would be a reduction of $107,559, which is 2.5% below rollback.

 

Councilman Burnette doesn’t mind waiting. He intends to lower it one way or the other.

Mayor Green recommended that Council approve this Resolution and look at additional data and make changes at a later date after looking at material.

 

Mayor Green asked for consensus to vote on this Resolution and make changes on September 18, 2012 at the second reading.

 

Vice Mayor Pohlmann asked how they will know what the final reductions will be. Mr. Parker will bring materials to them. He advised that they have budgeted an amount necessary to fund the ordinance change.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments.

 

Ted Noftall believes there is far more savings than what is being discussed.  He believes it is common knowledge that the City overcharges in the general fund. Police underspent last year, as did Fire. He discussed the vacancies, and said they won’t be filled so there is surplus. The pension is upside down. He wants to look at real savings.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

Mayor Green announced the adopted tentative millage rate of 4.95 mills per $1,000.00 of valuation is less than the rolled-back rate, which reflects a 1.51% decrease in ad valorem tax revenues below the rolled-back rate.

 

6.    Resolution No. 12-51 – Adopting the Tentative Operating Budget for FY12/13

 

Mayor Green read Resolution 12-51.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-51

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA; ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE OPERATING BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2012 THROUGH SEPTEMPBER 30, 2013 FOR THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE; SETTING FORTH ANTICIPATED SOURCES OF REVENUE IN THE ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF $84,101,719; SETTING FORTH EXPENDITURES IN AN EQUIVALENT AMOUNT; PROVIDING FOR APPROPRIATION PROCEDURES; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approved Resolution No. 12-51 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Councilman Ford asked about the $1.5 million being put into Riverwalk. He wants to be assured it is only to pay for debt service and not being used for subsidizing the developer. Mr. Parker said Council controls the budget. A discussion will come later in this meeting with a different resolution that will speak directly to Councilman Ford’s concerns.

 

Councilman Burnette asked what the budget amount was at the height of the market. Mr. Parker advised that he doesn’t recall but will find out. John Shelley, Finance Director said it was over $100,000,000. Mr. Parker will get the exact amount. Councilman Burnette asked if transfers are considered income in the budget, which would mean the actual income is more in the $60,000,000 range. Mr. Parker said yes.

 

Councilman Kennedy asked if the golf course operating fund includes the new contract. Mr. Parker said it includes their recommended budget.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments; there were none.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

7.    Resolution No. 12-52 – Adopting the Tentative Capital Budget for FY12/13

 

Mayor Green read Resolution 12-52.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-52

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA; ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE CAPITAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2012 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 FOR THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE; SETTING FORTH ANTICIPATED SOURCES OF REVENUE IN THE AMOUNT OF $9,776,893; SETTING FORTH EXPENDITURES IN AN EQUIVALENT AMOUNT; PROVIDING FOR APPROPRIATION EXPENDITURES; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approved Resolution No. 12-52 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments; there were none.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

8.    Resolution No. 12-53 – Adopting the Tentative Millage Rate for FY12/13 for Town Center CRA Tax Increment District

 

Mayor Green read Resolution 12-53.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-53

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA; ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATES TO BE LEVIED FOR THE TOWN CENTER TAX INCREMENT DISTRICT, FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approved Resolution No. 12-53 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Councilman Burnette asked if the change in millage rate goes to the CRA as well. Mr. Parker said yes it will all be adjusted accordingly before the next meeting.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments; there were none.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

9.    Resolution No. 12-54 – Adopting the Tentative Operating Budget for FY12/13 for Town Center CRA Tax Increment District

 

Mayor Green read Resolution 12-54.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-54

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA; ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE TOWN CENTER TAX INCREMENT DISTRICT OPERATING BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2012 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 FOR THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE; SETTING FORTH ANTICIPATED SOURCES OF REVENUE IN THE ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF $124,308; SETTING FORTH EXPENDITURES IN AN EQUIVALENT AMOUNT; PROVIDING FOR APPROPRIATION PROCEDURES; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approved Resolution No. 12-54 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments; there were none.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

10. Resolution No. 12-55 – Adopting the Tentative Millage Rate for FY12/13 for Eastport CRA Tax Increment District

 

Mayor Green read Resolution 12-55.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-55

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA; ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATES TO BE LEVIED FOR THE EASTPORT TAX INCREMENT DISTRICTS, FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approved Resolution No. 12-55 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments; there were none.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

11. Resolution No. 12-56 – Adopting the Tentative Operating Budget for FY12/13 for Eastport CRA Tax Increment District

 

Mayor Green read Resolution 12-56.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-56

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA; ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE EASTPORT TAX INCREMENT DISTRICT OPERATING BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2012 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 FOR THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE; SETTING FORTH ANTICIPATED SOURCES OF REVENUE IN THE ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF $291,134; SETTING FORTH EXPENDITURES IN AN EQUIVALENT AMOUNT; PROVIDING FOR APPROPRIATION PROCEDURES; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approved Resolution No. 12-56 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments.

 

Ted Noftall asked what the projection is for Eastport and when will it run out of money. Mayor Green said it was discussed but he can't recall. Mr. Parker said a full projection will be provided to Council.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

Motion to direct the City Clerk to publish an advertisement providing notice of the City of Port Orange City Council’s intent to adopt the final millage rate and final operating and capital budgets for the City of Port Orange, the Community Redevelopment District for Port Orange Town Center and the Community Redevelopment Agency for Eastport Business Center accompanied by an adjacent notice meeting the budget summary requirements of law was made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments; there were none.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

Mayor Green announced the following:

 

“In addition to the forgoing general operating budget/millage levy, there is a voter approved millage levy of 0.0629 mills to fund the debt service for the 2003 general obligation bonds issued for public safety capital facilities”; and

 

“In addition to the foregoing general operating budget/millage levy, there is a voter approved millage levy of 0.5040 mills to fund the debt service for the 2006 general obligation bonds issued for public safety capital facilities.”

 

“A Public Hearing will be held on September 18, 2012, at 7:00 P.M. in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange, Florida, to discuss and adopt a final millage rate, the final operating and capital budget for FY 2012-13 for the City of Port Orange, the Community Redevelopment Agency for Port Orange Town Center and the Community Redevelopment Agency for Eastport Business Center.”

 

City Council recessed at 7:41 p.m. to hold the Eastport CRA Meeting, minutes of which are under separate cover.

 

City Council reconvened at 8:00 p.m.

 

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION (Agenda)

 

12. Port Orange/South Daytona Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Report

 

Debbie Connors provided the update from the Port Orange/South Daytona Chamber of Commerce. There are very positive reports from the business community. Leadership 2012 program begins Wednesday, September 12th. November 29th is the Chamber Annual Banquet. They are open to new ideas for speakers and events that will help businesses. The weekend of November 10-11 she needs 30 people to be proctors for Palmer Chiropractic College testing. Proctors are paid $155 per day.

Council Members all thanked Ms. Connors for everything she and her staff do for the community. Councilman Burnette wants a lunch with Ms. Connors and Bob Davis (and Ken Parker if he wants to attend) regarding sports marketing.

 

CITIZEN PARTICIPATION (Non-Agenda – 15 Minutes)

 

Brian Spies asked if Council could vote on where the firefighter money is going, and asked if other cuts are being made to other departments. Mayor Green advised that he met with Brian Spies to discuss the data relating to the firefighters. Mr. Spies thanked Mayor Green for his time. Mr. Parker said he would provide information to Mr. Spies.

 

Beau Gardner, Lieutenant with the Port Orange Fire Department, advised that he read Roberts Rules of Order and didn't find anything that would prevent Council from making a motion and voting today. He provided Council with a copy of his bank statement showing his deposits from the City and advised Council he may need to apply for food stamps because of all of the cuts. Mayor Green advised it's coming back to Council for consideration.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

 

13. Approval of Minutes

a.    August 21, 2012 – Regular City Council Meeting

b.    August 28, 2012 – Special City Council Meeting

14. Construction Activity Report

15. Parks & Recreation Project Updates

16. Addendum Number 1 to Amendment Number 3 with Zev Cohen & Associates for Coraci Multi-Purpose Field

17. License Agreement for effluent reuse and fiber optic pipelines installed on property owned by FP&L Company

18. Engineering Services for the Police Shooting Range Facility

19. County of Volusia Interlocal Agreement for Provision of Municipal Services

20. Approval of Vendor for the fuel system contract to E.J. Ward, Inc. based on GSA contract pricing

21. Renewal of Continuing Engineering for Site Development Services Contract

 

Motion to approved Consent Agenda made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Burnette. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

 

TABLED ITEMS

 

22. Second Reading – Ordinance No. 2012-8 – Small-Scale Future Land Use Amendment/Summit Golf Center/Tim Peightal (Tabled July 17, 2012)

 

Mr. Parker reminded Council that this item will be brought to second reading on September 18, 2012. The City Clerk has advertised the item as required.

 

FINANCE (John Shelley)

 

23. Resolution No. 12-49 – Budget Appropriations (BER)

 

Mayor Green read Resolution No. 12-49.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-49

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA; APPROPRIATING OPERATING FUNDS FOR VARIOUS CITY OPERATIONS; SETTING FORTH REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Mr. Parker suggested new language be added to section 2 as follows:

 

“None of the funds appropriated for the Town Center redevelopment in this resolution shall be used for developer subsidy. Any developer subsidy shall be specifically approved as a separate action of the City Council and the Town Center Redevelopment Agency.”

 

Motion to approve Resolution No. 12-49 as amended was made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments.

 

Ted Noftall asked where the savings for police and fire are coming from. Mr. Parker advised that it has been reported on several occasions that the RCC money is $300,000, which was for the data conversion to the new system. Mr. Parker advised that there are vacancies in the fire budget because of the contract negotiations. Jerry Monahan, Public Safety Director, explained that the fire budget is saving on wages, less overtime, and the nine vacancies. On the police side, there are also vacancies that showed some savings. The fuel savings are because there are fewer officers on the streets burning gas. He is working on getting back to full staff.  Mr. Noftall asked if the budgets were over-budgeted. Mr. Parker said no. Mayor Green said he prefers to be conservative.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY (Jerry Monahan)

 

24. First Reading – Ordinance No. 2012-21 – Amendment of Section 70-33 increasing fines and amending procedure for enforcement of parking violations

 

Mayor Green read Ordinance No. 2012-21.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2012-21

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 70, ARTICLE II, SECTION 70-33 RELATING TO THE PARKING CITATION PROCEDURE FOR ENFORCEMENT AND PROSECUTION; AMENDING SECTION 70-33 INCREASING THE FINE FOR PARKING VIOLATIONS; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approve Ordinance No. 2012-21 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Chief Monahan explained the need for the increase in fines for parking violations. It is currently ineffective. He explored other options to discourage boaters from parking illegally at the Dunlawton Causeway and this was the best option.

 

Councilman Burnette asked if the boaters are parking because it is convenient or because there is not enough parking. Chief Monahan said there is not enough parking but it doesn't give them the right to park illegally. He would suggest boaters go to another boat ramp. It is first come, first served. Councilman Burnette would like to find a way to alleviate the issue in a safe way.

 

Councilman Ford agrees with the increase but doesn't know if it will solve the problem.

 

Vice Mayor Pohlmann asked that a sign be posted advising of the change in fees. Mr. Parker said he will have Public Works make signs for the area.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

25. Resolution No. 12-46 – NSB Motorcycle Training Release and Hold Harmless Agreement

 

Mayor Green read Resolution No. 12-46.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-46

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA, RATIFYING THE NEW SMYRNA BEACH RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT REQUIRED FOR MOTORCYCLE TRAINING; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING RESOLUTIONS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approve Resolution No. 12-46 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Burnette.

 

Chief Monahan explained details of the training and the need for it.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments; there were none.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

ADMINISTRATION (Ken Parker)

 

26. Second Reading - Ordinance No. 2012-18 – Regulating the Official City Seal

 

Mayor Green read Ordinance No. 2012-18.

 

ORDINANCE NO. 2012-18

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA, ESTABLISHING AN OFFICIAL MUNICIPAL SEAL AND LOGO; PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES FOR UNAUTHORIZED USE; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approve Ordinance No. 2012-18 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments; there were none.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

27. Resolution No. 12-47 – Amending Wetland Mitigation Bank Policies as a Result of Additional Credit Acquisition

 

Mayor Green read Resolution No. 12-47.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-47

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING AND RESTATING POLICIES AND FEES FOR THE SALE OF CREDITS FROM THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE WETLAND MITIGATION BANK; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTING RESOLUTIONS AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approve Resolution No. 12-47 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Vice Mayor Pohlmann asked how much the credits are worth. Shannon Lewis, Assistant City Manager, advised that the state credits being released are worth $50,000.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments; there were none.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

28. Resolution No. 12-57 –Smart Meter Program – Florida Power & Light

 

Mayor Green read Resolution No. 12-57.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 12-57

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PORT ORANGE, VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA; ENCOURAGING THE FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION TO SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF PORT ORANGE RESIDENTS RELATING TO SMART METER INSTALLATION IN HOMES; REQUIRING HOMEOWNER PERMISSION PRIOR TO SUCH INSTALLATION; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion to approve Resolution No. 12-57 made by Vice Mayor Pohlmann, and Seconded by Councilman Kennedy.

 

Mayor Green confirmed citizens should contact FPL if they have received a smart meter and don't want one.

 

Councilman Kennedy has problems with the fact that the employees do not have marked vehicles.

 

Vice Mayor Pohlmann is waiting to hear what happens on September 20th with the PSC.

 

Councilman Burnette supports the resolution to allow options for residents.

 

Councilman Ford doesn't believe anyone has the facts on these meters, but all residents deserve the chance to opt out.

 

Mr. Parker reported on his discussion with Larry Volenec and the City's experience with meter replacement at City facilities recently. Mr. Volenec told Mr. Parker all subcontractors should have IDs to provide when asked and magnets for the vehicles are on order. Mr. Parker advised citizens to call the City Manager's office if they don't want a smart meter and staff will relay it to FPL.

 

Mayor Green asked for public comments.

 

Margaret Preston asked if the announcement can be put in the newspaper or newsletter. Mr. Parker said yes, he will also include it on the website.

 

Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS

 

29. Comments/Concerns from Council Members

 

Vice Mayor Pohlmann advised that a resident in Summertrees has to hire someone to trim hedges and the City is not picking up the trimmings. Mr. Parker said the contractor is supposed to haul them away. He said a complaint came into the City that the resident hired a contractor and the contractor left the trimmings on the curb illegally. Mr. Parker said code officers sometimes catch contractors leaving trimmings.

Councilman Burnette asked about the canal near Dr. Bartos. Mr. Parker said according to the County, they are in the construction right of way. Councilman Burnette reminded all that the Halifax River Clean Up is on September 15th. Saturday is the home opener for Pop Warner at Spruce Creek High School.

Councilman Ford would like to take into account the Community Development grants for Commonwealth in particular. The road and sidewalk need repairs. He would like to have discussions with the County for canal cleanup in this area. Rather than “cutting to the bone”, he wants to talk about building some monies for specific projects, such as more ball fields, land swaps, and Riverwalk Park development.

Mr. Parker advised Council that a special meeting of the Council and CRA is needed relating to policy issues for Riverwalk. They need policy issues worked out before more negotiations are held. Mayor Green asked for modifications before a special meeting. Mr. Parker said he needs policy questions answered. He believes two hours are needed for the meeting on September 11, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Mr. Parker advised Champions Day will be held with Family Days on October 6th. He provided details of their meeting in Tallahassee. A tentative date of October 1st has been set aside for another meeting relating to the Doris Leeper plan. The State is open for some changes. Steve Edgar provided maps with more scrub habitat on the Stanaki property to be proposed as a swap. Staff needs to talk to Florida Community Trust group. Mayor Green thought it was a productive meeting in Tallahassee.

ADJOURNMENT:    9:30p.m.

 

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                    Mayor Allen Green

Attest:

 

 

                                                                       

Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager