SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
COUNCIL CHAMBERS – CITY HALL
1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
THE SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING of the City of Port Orange was called to order by Mayor Allen Green at 6:03 p.m.
Pledge of Allegiance
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
4. Discussion relating to the Ridgewood Corridor Plan
Wayne Clark, Community Development Director, provided the Ridgewood Corridor Plan and asked Council for their input. The challenges were discussed, as well as some resolutions.
Mayor Green believes the City will have to pick and choose what to fix and when. He doesn't agree with putting money into tattoo businesses. Mr. Clark said Council can pick and choose which businesses to help.
Councilman Ford believes it is a huge project but there are options. He thinks pressure should be placed on the businesses to comply with codes and laws. There is drug use and prostitution. He believes another police unit is needed. He wants to first make it safe, second enforce existing codes, and third get innovative with the businesses. He wants code enforcement on the motels. He also wants to approach zoning issues and grandfathering. He wants it to be a safe, decent corridor including flood control.
Mr. Parker said Council may want to review special conditions standards that Council has put in for the Ridgewood area that is not in any other area of the City. Mr. Parker said Council may decide to allow incremental payments for the upfront costs involved in opening a business. He believes the grandfathering should be phased out. It will be a policy decision from Council.
Councilman Burnette agrees there are issues with zoning because of the grandfathering. It is time to upgrade the properties to the current Port Orange standards. He wants to concentrate on the Commonwealth, Nova, and Dunlawton intersections with U.S. 1. He thinks loans might be a good idea too, not just grants.
Vice Mayor Pohlmann agrees with everything already said. He is in favor of going with grants. He asked if CDBG grants can be used in that area. Mr. Clark said yes, but there's not a lot of money available.
Councilman Kennedy believes the plan needs to hold to the maintenance plan as previously approved by Council. He believes codes need to be upheld.
Mayor Green asked for public comments.
Corey Berman believes the motels need to go. He wants extra code enforcement working the Ridgewood Corridor area. He thinks small flowers with color in the median and right of way would be good. He thinks there are too many bars, too many civic groups.
Brandon Galbreath asked for another meeting with more time provided. He offered to host it at his restaurant.
Mr. Parker said one of the best meetings was at the Chamber, in the affected area.
Tom Jordan believes Council and Staff need to give flexibility to business owners. He doesn't believe landscaping is needed.
Tom Quick wants improvements in Harbor Oaks. He likes the plan and would like to see land use codes changed.
Councilman Kennedy agrees that code enforcement is needed.
Vice Mayor Pohlmann wants business owners involved.
Councilman Burnette wants neighborhoods included.
Councilman Ford would like to do a special events section in the code. He wants to let the Tavern in the Pines have special events, as well as Galbreath’s businesses.
Mayor Allen Green
Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager