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Regular City Council Meeting
October 9 @ 7:30 pm
Call to Order…..00:00:08
Mayor Dale Massad
Reverend Sandra Spaldi, Chapel of the Divine Spirit
Pledge of Allegiance…..00:00:39
Mayor Dale Massad
Sal Licari, City Clerk
Approve Council Minutes….00:01:18
Vice Mayor Rowe made a motion to approve the minutes. Councilwoman Sorrell seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Comments from the General Public….00:01:33
Sandra Spaldi: 8612 Green Street – discussed her dissatisfaction with the idea of changing the number of votes required to fire a City Manager. She spoke to problems the City has had in the past with regard to City Managers.
Thomas Brown: 7436 Candlelight Court – asked about the paving of Orange Grove Avenue. City Manager Vincent Lupo gave an update on the status of the project.
Pastor Leonard Lord: 8114 Leo Kidd Avenue – invited the City Council and staff to a neighborhood fish fry on October 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Pastor Lord led a prayer for safety from Hurricane Michael.
Matthew Todd: 8301 Congress Avenue – asked for help for residents regarding flooding on Old Post Road and Bay Blvd in the form of improved drainage and/or additional pumps.
Comments from the City Manager….00:09:44
The City Manager introduced Park Manager Adam Belden and Michael Faustini from Werner-Boyce Salt Springs Park. They presented a check for $50,000.00 from FDEP’s FRDAP grant program to use for Phase III improvements in Waterfront Park.
The City Manager informed City Council that the City was able to obtain the vacant property near the City’s wellfield at a public auction in the amount of $12,000.00.
Public Works/Utilities Director Chris Hughes gave an update on the results of the City’s Fall Clean-up and a monthly update on the activities of the Public Works/Utilities Department.
Police Chief Gerard Decanio gave a monthly update on service calls in the Police Department and informed the City Council that he received a phone call from Governor Rick Scott regarding Hurricane Michael.
Planning Director William Muse gave a monthly update on the activities of the Building Department.
Comments from the Mayor & City Council…..00:18:58
Mayor Dale Massad informed City Council that the oyster beds on Quist Drive and Old Post Road were dredged with the assistance of Pasco County.
Councilman Richard Bloom asked if the Council members could have hard copies of the staff reports provided at City Council meetings. The City Manager indicated that those would be provided to City Council.
Mayor Dale Massad informed City Council that Suncoast Gateway Mobile Home was safe from flooding from the potential hurricane.
Vice Mayor Rowe made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Councilwoman Dittmer seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Request from H&M Storage, LLC to Amend Future Land Use Map…..00:22:05
The City’s Planner Tammy Vrana gave an overview of the applicant’s request to amend the Future Land Use Map from Public/Semi-Public to Commercial/Mixed Use for the property located at 8020 Washington Street. She discussed whether the request was consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan. She conveyed that neighborhood fit would be analyzed during Site Plan Review. She indicated that the Planning & and Zoning Board had approved the Future Land Use Map Amendment. Vice Mayor Rowe asked about the increase in property taxes from this amendment. He also asked about the current zoning and the future land use. Councilman Richard Bloom asked about the possibility of potential future uses for the property if the Future Land Use Map amendment was approved. There was a discussion about potential future uses for the property and whether the neighborhood residents were informed about this potential change. A discussion took place regarding the Comprehensive Plan and its purpose and the history of the property under consideration. The City Attorney described the hearing process.
Phil Chestnut: 8039 Island Drive – introduced himself and availed himself to the City Council for any questions that they may have regarding the project.
Mayor Dale Massad asked if there was a drawing of the property. Phil Chesnut described the process that the project was in and there was a discussion about the design of the building.
Councilman Dittmer made a motion to approve Resolution 18-12. Vice Mayor Rowe seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Purchase of Breathing Apparatus for Fire Department…..00:44:45
Mayor Dale Massad inquired about the process that the firefighters use to perform CPR. Firefighter Tom Quinn explained the current procedures that the Fire Department uses to administer CPR.
Vice Mayor Rowe made a motion to approve the Purchase of Breathing Apparatus for the Fire Department. Councilman Dittmer seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Second Reading of Ordinance 18-664 Regarding Charter Referendum Question…..00:46:41
The City Attorney read Ordinance 16-664 by title only. There was a discussion among City Council about the process for changing the voting procedures for removing the City Manager.
Vice Mayor Rowe made a motion to approve the Second Reading of Ordinance 18-664. Councilman Bloom seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Second Reading of Ordinance 18-665 Regarding Placing Item on Agenda…..00:50:17
The City Attorney read Ordinance 16-665 by title only.
Vice Mayor Rowe made a motion to approve the Second Reading of Ordinance 18-665. Councilman Dittmer seconded the motion. All were in favor.
Councilwoman Sorrell inquired about the completion of the handicapped playground at Waterfront Park. A discussion took place about the playground and she requested that it be dedicated to Kristina Coolidge. She also asked about the location of the dog park at Waterfront Park. The City Manager discussed the location.
Vice Mayor Rowe made a motion to move the new playground equipment to a new location and be approved by Council. Councilman Bloom seconded the motion. Vice Mayor Rowe, Councilman Bloom, and Mayor Massad voted yea.
Councilman Dittmer and Councilwoman Sorrell voted nay.
Councilman Bloom made a made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Councilman Dittmer seconded the motion. All were in favor.