SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
COUNCIL CHAMBERS Ė CITY HALL
1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE
FEBRUARY 15, 2011
THE SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING (Goals Workshop) of the City of Port Orange was called to order by Mayor Allen Green at 5:32 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 updated the Council and the public as to the goals Council discussed at the last goals workshop.
Mayor Green believes we need to be work on economics because we canít do much of the other goals without money.
Vice Mayor Kennedy agrees that we need money to meet the other goals. He would like to see the Council prioritize the five goals and make an action plan for achieving the goals.
Councilman Pohlmann asked about leftover money from last yearís budget. He asked if there was any plan for that money.
Mr. Parker explained that his goal is to use that money to pay down the unfunded liability debt and other debt, as well as capital expenses. He believes Councilís goals include maintaining our buildings and properties rather than let things go until they need to be replaced, which would cost more money.
Councilman Burnette also agrees that our fiscal house needs to be in order before we can take on other goals. He believes we need to make the City attractive to attract and keep businesses in Port Orange.
Mayor Green asked business owners at a recent meeting what the City can do for them and what they can do for their City. The priorities were Dunlawton, US 1, and B-23 canal. †Weíve done a great job of controlling costs, and we need to continue that, but we need to continue with the quality Port Orange has offered.
Councilman Ford agrees with Councilman Burnette and his focus is US 1, which is in his district and a lot of people travel there. His second concern is neighborhood preservation. We need to focus on getting businesses to maintain their properties so that neighborhoods are not brought down.
Mayor Green pointed out that there are some people interested in adopting roads. He asked if a sign can be put out for a business who donates products to keep up the medians and roadways.† To Mayor Green goal #3 needs to be moved to #1. Goal #3 is listed as #1-education, #2-community character, #3-growth and development, #4-natural resources, #5-health and community.
Councilman Pohlmann pointed out that businesses are more concerned with #2 than #3. Mayor Green believes they are blending #2 and #3 together.
Councilman Ford would like Community Development to talk about the future of Port Orange. What can the City do to help the neighborhoods help themselves to look better and maintain their appearance.† There are little things that can be done to make things look attractive and desirable.
Mayor Green says make sure what we ask for is sustainable and maintainable.
Councilman Burnette believes when we take care of our streets, itís easier to ask our neighbors to do the same. There are a lot of ways to help without costing anything.
Councilman Pohlmann advised that the Volusia County fairgrounds has an opportunity to purchase seedlings for $1.00. We may need to use a small amount of the leftover dollars for some of these community character ideas.
Vice Mayor Kennedy would like to see us make some efforts along US1. He would also like to see some welcome to Port Orange signs along Dunlawton and US1. Dunlawton is holding its own right now, and we should concentrate on US 1 more with low maintenance plants
Mayor Green would like the City to offer a place for a volunteer group to meet to discuss landscaping ideas for our roadways.
Councilman Ford has talked to business owners in his district who have said they would like to move to Riverwalk. Would it be possible to get those businesses together to try to find a developer and a bank who would be more interested because tenants are lined up, and get a building built?
Mayor Green agrees with Councilman Ford. That has worked in St. Augustine.
Mr. Parker has received enough information.
No further comments or questions from/to Council.
ADJOURNMENT: 6:00 P.M.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mayor Allen Green
Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager