SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
COUNCIL CHAMBERS – CITY HALL
1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE
FEBRUARY 1, 2011
THE SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING (Goals Workshop) of the City of Port Orange was called to order by Mayor Allen Green at 5:30 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call: Present: Councilman Bob Ford
Councilman Donald Burnette
Councilman Bob Pohlmann
Vice Mayor Dennis Kennedy
Mayor Allen Green
Also Present: Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager
Margaret T. Roberts, City Attorney
Robin Fenwick, Deputy City Clerk
B. GOALS WORKSHOP
Mr. Parker gave background to Council and the public regarding the need for this workshop for the City’s goals.
Mayor Green believes we need to be sure to keep the youth programs intact. We need to utilize internship and volunteer programs.
Councilman Ford asked if we are just discussing youth programs, or everything. Mayor Green said anything and everything. The Vision Statement is a huge task, but Councilman Ford would like to see us prioritize our goals. He would like to continue working on the City’s finances. Councilman Ford would also like to begin working on rebuilding the fire and police departments since there have been/will be several retirements. Councilman Ford wants to hone in on specific goals to achieve those goals.
Councilman Burnette pointed out that this Vision Statement is citizen driven, it wasn’t outsourced. He sees the vision statement as a governing document because it is from the citizens. Councilman Burnette agrees there is a great opportunity with the turnover in some of our departments. He supports and would like to push the volunteer program. He has a list of items he would like the City to accomplish over the next one to five years.
Councilman Pohlmann believes there are some items in the Vision statement that need to be changed and/or deleted because they have already been accomplished or they are no longer viable. He also agrees we should explore internships for both public and private businesses. He believes there is a need to do some tweaking to the Vision statement. Councilman Pohlmann would like to see if the high school program where students came to City Hall to see how government works could be brought back. He agrees that finances are a priority and unfunded liability is a goal.
Vice Mayor Kennedy believes there are a lot of good items in the Vision statement but there are a lot of items that are outside of our control. He would like to see the Council focus on the items we can control, i.e.: budget, sports, volunteers, public safety, and community appearance. Vice Mayor Kennedy agrees with the Council that now is a good opportunity for the City to restructure some of the departments. He stated we have to put money into the City to make it look nice. He believes we are cutting too close to the bone in some departments.
Mayor Green advised the Council that he does not like cumulative things, things that roll over (i.e.: time off). He believes the Council needs to approach things as a business model, and should promote from within. The City needs to make sure the staff has the ability and training to move up.
Councilman Ford says money is number one but he agrees with Vice Mayor Kennedy’s list of five items to focus on.
Councilman Burnette believes the five members of Council can mesh together and make the Vision statement doable while maintaining the quality of the community.
Councilman Pohlmann suggested that each member pick an item of the five topics and bring back information for the next meeting.
Vice Mayor Kennedy acknowledged this task is not something that can be done in just a few short half hour meetings.
Mr. Parker advised that an orientation is needed to explain what we can and can’t do. He has received good directions.
No further comments or questions from/to Council.
ADJOURNMENT: 6:00 P.M.
Mayor Allen Green
Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager