January 20, 2011

3:00 PM




Welcome to the City of St. Petersburg City Council meeting.  To assist the City Council in conducting the City’s business, we ask that you observe the following:


1.            If you are speaking under the Public Hearings, Appeals or Open Forum sections of the agenda, please observe the time limits indicated on the agenda.

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January 20, 2011

3:00 PM


Council Meeting

A.          Meeting Called to Order and Roll Call.

Invocation and Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.

B.          Approval of Agenda with Additions and Deletions.

Open Forum


If you wish to address City Council on subjects other than public hearing or quasi-judicial items listed on this agenda, please sign up with the Clerk prior to the meeting.  Only the individual wishing to speak may sign the Open Forum sheet and only City residents, owners of property in the City, owners of businesses in the City or their employees may speak.  All issues discussed under Open Forum must be limited to issues related to the City of St. Petersburg government.


Speakers will be called to address Council according to the order in which they sign the Open Forum sheet.  In order to provide an opportunity for all citizens to address Council, each individual will be given three (3) minutes.  The nature of the speakers' comments will determine the manner in which the response will be provided.  The response will be provided by City staff and may be in the form of a letter or a follow-up phone call depending on the request.

C.          Consent Agenda (see attached)

D.          New Ordinances - (First Reading of Title and Setting of Public Hearing)

E.          Reports

1.         Renewal and amendment of an agreement with United Healthcare Insurance Company ("United") by exercising a renewal option and amending the agreement to accept their alternative proposal, included in their original response to the RFP, to switch to a group health plan administrative services at an estimated total cost of $2,352,184; authorizing the Mayor or his designee to pay claims associated with the self-funded program, estimated at $28,531,440; and authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this transaction.



F.           New Business

1.         Referring to the Committee of the Whole a discussion to establish an independent citizens group with the primary purpose of promoting open dialogue on all race related issues.  (Chair Kennedy)



2.         Referring to the Public Services & Infrastructure Committee for discussion the use of our Blue Ways, to increase public awareness, accessibility and consideration of its expansion and to promote eco-tourism.   (Chair Kennedy)



3.         Requesting the Mayor study, evaluate and report back to City Council on the long term sustainability of all of the City's pension plans.  (Chair Kennedy)



4.         Requesting Administration televise all Agenda Review sessions. (Councilmember Newton)



5.         Referring to the Budget, Finance & Taxation Committee for discussion and consideration a policy that all contested bids, proposals, awards and contracts be forwarded to City Council for full vetting and a final decision.  (Councilmember Newton)



6.         Requesting a report be provided to the Public Services & Infrastructure Committee regarding what can be done to expeditiously remove abandoned boats from our waterways and shorelines.  (Councilmember Kornell)



7.         Referring the Noise Ordinance to the Public Services and Infrastructure Committee for an update on the City's enforcement and any proposed revisions to that ordinance.  (Councilmember Polson)



8.         Referring to the Public Services & Infrastructure Committee for discussion an amendment to the St. Petersburg City Code for the St. Petersburg Tennis Center to allow the sales, service, dispensing, possession, use and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on Park property.   (Councilmember Nurse)



9.         Requesting nominations to fill an opening on the MPO Citizen Advisory Committee.  (Councilmember Danner)



G.          Council Committee Reports

1.         Budget, Finance & Taxation Committee.  (1/13/11)



(a)    Resolution authorizing the Mayor or his designee to forgive an emergency repair second mortgage loan in the principal amount of $6,762 on the property located at 2516 3rd Avenue South ("current home"), given to Vincent Jones, which will allow Mr. Jones to sell his current home to Habitat for Humanity and to purchase a new home through the City's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP-1) with financing from Habitat for Humanity; and authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute all documents necessary to effectuate these transactions.

2.         Public Services & Infrastructure Committee.  (1/13/11)




H.          Legal

1.         Appointment of Police Legal Liaison and Assistant Police Legal Liaisons as special counsel.



2.         Amending Charter Review Commission Resolution #2010-631 to reflect replacement of appointment (Council Chair's nominee).



I.             Public Hearings and Quasi-Judicial Proceedings - 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings

NOTE:  The following Public Hearing items have been submitted for consideration by the City Council.  If you wish to speak on any of the Public Hearing items, please obtain one of the YELLOW cards from the containers on the wall outside of Council Chamber, fill it out as directed, and present it to the Clerk.  You will be given 3 minutes ONLY to state your position on any item but may address more than one item.

1.         Confirming the preliminary assessment for Lot Clearing Number 1486.



2.         Confirming the preliminary assessment for Building Demolition Number 378.



3.         Confirming the preliminary assessment for Building Securing Number 1147.



4.         Ordinance 1023-V approving a vacation of multiple rights-of-way in the block bound by 23rd Street South, 7th Avenue South, 25th Street South and the I-275 right-of-way. (City File 10-33000015)



5.         Ordinance 1009-G amending Chapter 27 of the St. Petersburg City Code relating to cross connection control and water meter connections.



Quasi-Judicial Proceedings

Swearing in of witnesses.  Representatives of City Administration, the appli­cant/appellant, opponents, and members of the public who wish to speak at the public hearing must declare that he or she will testify truthfully by taking an oath or affirmation in the following form:


"Do you swear or affirm that the evidence you are about to give will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?"


The oath or affirmation will be administered prior to the presentation of testimony and will be administered in mass to those who wish to speak.  Persons who submit cards to speak after the administration of the oath, who have not been previously sworn, will be sworn prior to speaking.   For detailed procedures to be followed for Quasi-Judicial Proceedings, please see yellow sheet attached to this agenda.

6.         Ordinance 077-HL approving the designation of the Blocker Residence, located at 145 - 4th Avenue Northeast, as a local historic landmark. (City File HPC 10-90300002)



J.            Open Forum



K.          Adjournment

Consent Agenda I

Consent Agenda A

January 20, 2011


NOTE:  Business items listed on the yellow Consent Agenda cost more than one-half million dollars while the blue Consent Agenda includes routine business items costing less than that amount.


1.         Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Right of Way Landscape Improvements Project:



(a)    Awarding a three-year blanket purchase agreement to Morelli Landscaping, Inc. for landscaping services for the Engineering and Capital Improvements Department at an estimated first year cost of $1,715,000.

(b)   Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute a District Seven Highway Landscape Reimbursement and Maintenance Memorandum of Agreement between the City and the Florida Department Of Transportation for the purpose of performing highway beautification on State Road rights-of-way within the corporate limits of the City of St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, Florida at a maximum reimbursement amount of $1,000,000; and approving a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $1,000,000 from the increase in the unappropriated balance of the General Capital Improvement Fund (3001), resulting from these additional revenues, to the  FDOT Right of Way Landscape Improvements Project (13119).

Consent Agenda II

Consent Agenda B

January 20, 2011


NOTE:  The Consent Agenda contains normal, routine business items that are very likely to be approved by the City Council by a single motion.  Council questions on these items were answered prior to the meeting.  Each Councilmember may, however, defer any item for added discussion at a later time.


1.         Awarding a blanket purchase agreement to Riley Electric, Co., Inc. for installation and maintenance of city owned street lighting for the Public Works Administration at an estimated annual cost of $324,000.



2.         Awarding a blanket purchase agreement to Osburn Associates, Inc. for reflective sign material for the Stormwater Pavement and Traffic Operations Department at an estimated annual cost of $145,860.



3.         Approving the award of a blanket purchase agreement for purchase of medical bill review services from Corvel Healthcare Corporation for the Human Resources Department at an estimated annual cost of $124,000.



4.         Awarding blanket purchase agreements to Municipal Emergency Services, Inc. and Ten-8 Fire Equipment, Inc. for fire suppression supplies and equipment for the Fire Department at an estimated annual cost of $105,300.



5.         Accepting a proposal from Bank of America, NA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation, for banking services for the Finance Department at an estimated annual amount of $99,000.



6.         Approving a Resolution rescinding an unencumbered appropriation in the Recreation & Culture Capital Improvement Fund (3029) in the amount of $50,000 from the Northwest Pool Improvements Project (12876); approving a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $50,000 resulting from this rescission to the Swimming Pool Improvements FY11 Project (12883); and providing an effective date.



(Public Works)

7.         Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute annual Master Agreements and up to three one-year options between the City of St. Petersburg and Cardno TBE, Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., HSA Engineers & Scientists, and URS Corporation, Inc. to furnish professional engineering services for Environmental Services Projects.



8.         Approving a resolution appropriating funds in the amount of $59,000 from the unappropriated fund balance of the Water Resources Capital Projects Fund (4003) to the Cosme Header & Sequence Valves FY11 project (13113).



9.         Approving a resolution appropriating funds in the amount of $76,000 from the unappropriated fund balance of the Water Resources Capital Projects Fund (4003) to the Northwest Water Reclamation Electrical Rehab project (13114).




10.     Approving a supplemental appropriation from unappropriated fund balance and a transfer of $6,950 from the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Fund (1009) to the General Fund (0001); a supplemental appropriation of $6,950 from the unappropriated fund balance in the General Fund (0001), for the Audit Services Department and division (2601789) for an external audit of the FY 2010 EMS contracted budget expenditures.



End notes










Note:  An abbreviated listing of upcoming City Council meetings.



Budget, Finance & Taxation Committee

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 8:00 a.m., Room 100


Public Services & Infrastructure Committee

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 9:15 a.m., Room 100


Housing Services Committee

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 10:30 a.m., Room 100



CRA/Agenda Review & Administrative Updates

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 1:30 p.m., Room 100



City Council Workshop – Mahaffey RFP (with responders)

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 2:30 p.m., Room 100


























City Beautiful

5 Regular Members

(Terms expire 12/31/13 & 12/31/12)


Code Enforcement Board

1 Regular Member (Architect category)

(Term expires 12/31/11)


Commission on Aging

1 Regular Member

(Term expires 12/31/13)



International Relations Committee

1 Regular Member

(Term expires 12/31/13)


Nuisance Abatement Board

4 Regular and Alternate Members

(Terms expire 8/31/12, 11/30/12, 12/31/12 & 12/31/13))






End notes for Quasi (delete if unneeded)


End notes for Quasi (delete if unneeded)




1.       Anyone wishing to speak must fill out a yellow card and present the card to the Clerk.  All speakers must be sworn prior to presenting testimony.  No cards may be submitted after the close of the Public Hearing.  Each party and speaker is limited to the time limits set forth herein and may not give their time to another speaker or party.


2.       At any time during the proceeding, City Council members may ask questions of any speaker or party.  The time consumed by Council questions and answers to such questions shall not count against the time frames allowed herein.  Burden of proof: in all appeals, the Appellant bears the burden of proof; in variance application cases, the Applicant bears the burden of proof; in rezoning and Comprehensive Plan land use cases, the Owner bears the burden of proof except in cases initiated by the City Administration, in which event the City Administration bears the burden of proof. Waiver of Objection: at any time during this proceeding Council Members may leave the Council Chamber for short periods of time.  At such times they continue to hear testimony because the audio portion of the hearing is transmitted throughout City Hall by speakers.  If any party has an objection to a Council Member leaving the Chamber during the hearing, such objection must be made at the start of the hearing.  If an objection is not made as required herein it shall be deemed to have been waived.


3.       Initial Presentation.  Each party shall be allowed ten (10) minutes for their initial presentation. 


a.       Presentation by City Administration.


b.       Presentation by Applicant and/or Appellant. If Appellant and Applicant are different entities then each is allowed the allotted time for each part of these procedures.  The Appellant shall speak before the Applicant.  In connection with land use and zoning ordinances where the City is the applicant, the land owner(s) shall be given the time normally reserved for the Applicant/Appellant, unless the land owner is the Appellant.


c.       Presentation by Opponent.  If anyone wishes to utilize the initial presentation time provided for an Opponent, said individual shall register with the City Clerk at least one week prior to the scheduled public hearing.


4.       Public Hearing.  A Public Hearing will be conducted during which anyone may speak for 3 minutes.   Speakers should limit their testimony to information relevant to the ordinance or application and criteria for review.


5.       Cross Examination.  Each party shall be allowed five (5) minutes for cross examination.  All questions shall be addressed to the Chair and then (at the discretion of the Chair) asked either by the Chair or by the party conducting the cross examination of the speaker or of the appropriate representative of the party being cross examined.  One (1) representative of each party shall conduct the cross examination.  If anyone wishes to utilize the time provided for cross examination and rebuttal as an Opponent, and no one has previously registered with the Clerk, said individual shall notify the City Clerk prior to the conclusion of the Public Hearing.  If no one gives such notice, there shall be no cross examination or rebuttal by Opponent(s).  If more than one person wishes to utilize the time provided for Opponent(s), the City Council shall by motion determine who shall represent Opponent(s).


a.     Cross examination by Opponents.

b.     Cross examination by City Administration. 

c.     Cross examination by Appellant followed by Applicant, if different.


6.   Rebuttal/Closing.  Each party shall have five (5) minutes to provide a closing argument or rebuttal.

      a.       Rebuttal by Opponents.  

      b.       Rebuttal by City Administration. 

      c.       Rebuttal by Appellant followed by the Applicant, if different.