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January 10, 2013

8:30 AM




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.

2.        Placards and posters are not permitted in the Chamber.  Applause is not permitted except in connection with Awards and Presentations.

3.        Please do not address Council from your seat.  If asked by Council to speak to an issue, please do so from the podium.

4.        Please do not pass notes to Council during the meeting.

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If you are deaf/hard of hearing and require the services of an interpreter, please contact the City Clerk, 893-7448, or call our TDD Number, 892-5259, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and we will provide that service for you.


January 10, 2013

8:30 AM

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.       Election of City Council Chair and Council Vice Chair

1.      Administration of Oath of Office to City Council Chair and Council Vice Chair by the Honorable Judge Jack Helinger.

(a)   Subject Text

E.       Reports

1.      2013 City Council Meeting Schedule/Calendar

(a)   February 2013 - January 2014 Council Schedule

2.      Tourist Development Council. (Oral) (Councilmember Curran)

3.      Ordinance amending the St. Petersburg City Code by amending Chapter 2, Article V by adding Division 5 to create a Local Hiring Program.

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

Setting January 24, 2013 as the public hearing date for the following proposed Ordinance:

1.      Ordinance amending Chapter 12-6 relating to construction permit fees.

2.      Ordinance providing for the sale and consumption of beer and wine in Flora Wylie Park on February 10, 2013.

G.       New Business

1.      Referring to the Legislative Affairs & Intergovernmental Relations Committee a discussion regarding how the City of St. Petersburg can lobby to tighten gun laws. (Councilmember Kornell)

2.      Council appointments to various Intergovernmental Agencies and recommended Mayoral appointments.  (Chair Nurse)

H.       Council Committee Reports

1.      Budget, Finance & Taxation Committee. (12/20/12)

2.      Public Services & Infrastructure Committee. (12/20/12)

3.      Housing Services Committee. (12/20/12)

4.      Co-Sponsored Events Committee. (12/20/12)

(a)   Approving the applications for Co-Sponsored Event status in name only for Playsmart, Inc. (“Playsmart”) for an event entitled 2013 Spin For Kids to be held February 2, 2013, in Vinoy Mole from 9:00 2:00 p.m., and Extremetix, Inc. (“Extremetix”) for an event entitled Tampa Bay Music Festival to be held May 3 – 5, 2013, in Vinoy Park from 11:00 a.m. To 8:00 p.m., daily (collectively, “applicants”) in accordance with City Council Resolution No. 2000-562, as amended (“Resolution 2000-562”); provided all City fees are paid 10 days prior to the event taking place; waiving the six month requirement of Section “D” of Resolution No. 2000-562, as to the applicants; waiving the non-profit requirement of Section (A)8 of Resolution No. 2000-562(A) 8 as to the applicants; and authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this resolution.

I.         Legal

1.      Announcement of an Attorney-Client Session, pursuant to Florida Statute 286.011(8), to be held January 17, 2013 at 3:30 p.m., or soon thereafter, in conjunction with the lawsuit styled 15,652 Petitioners and Kathleen Ford v. City Council, etc. Case No. 12-10312CI-19. 

J.        Open Forum

K.       Adjournment


St. Petersburg

Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)

January 10, 2013



1.      City Council convenes as the Community Redevelopment Agency.

2.      Resolution of the St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) finding "URBAN EDGE," located at 300 - 4th Avenue South, consistent with the Intown Redevelopment Plan, as reviewed in Community Redevelopment Agency report IRP 12-12a.  (City File IRP 12-12a)

3.      Adjourn Community Redevelopment Agency.



Consent Agenda A

January 10, 2013


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.      Renewing a blanket purchase agreement with UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company for group health plan administrative services at an estimated annual cost of $1,539,766; authorizing the Mayor or his designee to pay claims and fund health reimbursement accounts associated with the self-funded program, estimated at $34,295,369; and authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this transaction.

2.      Approving the purchase of 40 replacement vehicles from Duval Ford, LLC for the Fleet Management Department at a total cost of $1,183,400.

3.      Awarding a contract to Trias Construction LLC, in the amount of $844,845.72 for the construction of the Northwest Pool Additions and Alterations Project; rescinding an unencumbered appropriation in the Recreation and Culture Capital Improvement Fund (3029) in the amount of $197,000 from the Swimming Pool Improvements FY12 Project (13250); and approving a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $197,000 from the unappropriated balance of the Recreation and Culture Capital Improvement Fund (3029), resulting from this rescission, to the Northwest Pool Improvements Project (12876).  (Engineering Project No. 11209-017; Oracle No.12876)

4.      Accepting a proposal from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for voluntary dental DHMO and PPO insurance at an estimated annual premium of $784,495; and authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this transaction.

5.      Renewing a blanket purchase agreement with Standard Insurance Company for group ancillary insurance at an estimated annual premium of $734,254.



Consent Agenda B

January 10, 2013


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 Dell Marketing Limited Partnership for desktops, laptops and computer peripherals at an estimated annual cost of $300,000.

2.      Awarding a three-year blanket purchase agreement to Kirby Grinding Services, Inc. for yard waste grinding services for the Sanitation Department at an estimated annual cost of $421,850.

3.      Awarding a Contract to Avatar Construction, Inc. in the amount of $237,823 in the Housing Capital Improvement Fund (3000) for the Jamestown Renovations FY12 Project (13653).

4.      Renewing a blanket purchase agreement with Custom Concepts of St. Petersburg, Inc. for work uniforms at an estimated annual cost of $215,000.

5.      Renewing blanket purchase agreements with Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc. and Electrical Engineering Enterprises, Inc. for electrical maintenance and repairs at an estimated annual amount of $200,000.

6.      Accepting a proposal from CompBenefits Company for voluntary vision insurance at an estimated annual premium of $162,794; and authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this transaction.

7.      Renewing a three-year blanket purchase agreement with Enterprise Leasing Company of Florida, LLC d/b/a Enterprise Fleet Management for automobile leasing for the Police Department at an estimated annual cost of $154,300.

(City Development)

8.      Authorizing the Mayor or his designee, to purchase six (6) unimproved lots located at 1) 807 - 14th Avenue South, 2) 820 - 15th Avenue South, 3) 810 - 15th Avenue South, 4) 835 - 15th Avenue South, 5) 759 - 14th Avenue South, and 6) 850 - 15th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (“NSP3”), for the sum of $77,220, in the aggregate, subject to the required Environmental Review Record Report result being a Finding of No Significant Impact; to waive approximately $90,000 in interest on outstanding City liens; to pay closing related costs not to exceed $10,000 in the aggregate; to assemble, temporarily manage, and dispose of the property for the purpose of stabilizing the neighborhood; and to sell the property in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Section 2301(b) of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, as amended, and NSP3 funding provided under Section 1497 of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

9.      Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute a Subordination Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (“FDOT”) to subordinate the City of St. Petersburg’s interest in a portion of a water main easement at Interstate 75 and State Road 52 in Pasco County associated with FDOT’s Roadway Improvement Project No. 258736-2-52-01.

10.    Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to grant a Public Utility Easement to Florida Power Corporation d/b/a Progress Energy Florida Inc., a Florida corporation, for the installation, operation and maintenance of electrical service for the City-owned Bayfront Medical Center property located at 701 – 6th Avenue South, St. Petersburg.

11.    Approving the plat of Twin Brooks Apartments, generally located at 3450 - 24th Avenue South. (City File 09-20000009)

12.    Resolution certifying that the St. Petersburg Opera Company's project to renovate a building and make site improvements to their future headquarters at 2145 - 1st Avenue South, located in the St. Petersburg Enterprise Zone, and soliciting contributions to assist in completing the improvements, is consistent with local plans and regulations.

13.    Approving a $25,000 contribution to the Urban land Institute (ULI) as the City’s portion of the cost of ULI conducting an Advisory Service Panel (ASP) about the Downtown Waterfront in 2013; and approving a transfer in the amount of $25,000 from the General Fund Contingency to the Planning and Economic Development Department. 

14.    Approving the expansion of the scope of Airport Fuel Tank System Project (13967) in the General Capital Improvement Fund (3001) to include other general Airport facility maintenance and repair items as needed.  


(Public Works)

15.    Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to accept $190,470 from Pinellas County as the City's share of the FY2012-2013 Municipal Recycling Reimbursement Grant Program to offset City expenses associated with the brush recycling program; and to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this transaction.



16.    Authorizing the adjustment of pension benefits payable by the Employees' Retirement System as provided by the City Code and establishing an effective date. 

17.    Approving the minutes of October 4, October 11 and October 18, 2012  City Council meetings.







Note:  An abbreviated listing of upcoming City Council meetings. Meeting Agenda

Budget, Finance & Taxation Committee

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 8:00 a.m., Room 100

Public Services & Infrastructure Committee

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 9:15 a.m., Room 100

Council Bayfront Lease Modifications Workshop

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 11:00 a.m., Room 100

CRA/Agenda Review & Administrative Updates

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 1:30 p.m., Room 100

City Council Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 3:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Youth Services Committee

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 8:30 a.m., Room 100

City Council Workshop

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 10:00 a.m., Room 100


FY 2014 Council Budget Priorities

Allocation of $500,000 Contingency Funding




Board and Commission Vacancies

Arts Advisory Committee

1 Regular Member

(Term expires 9/30/15)

City Beautiful

3 Regular Members

(Terms expire 12/31/13, 12/31/14 & 12/31/15)

Civil Service Board

1 Regular & 2 Alternate Members

(Terms expire 6/30/13, 6/30/14 & 6/30/15)

Code Enforcement Board

2 Regular Members (engineer & Non-Category)

(Terms expire 12/31/13 & 12/31/15)

Commission on Aging

2 Regular Members

(Terms expire 12/31/13)

Community Preservation Commission

1 Regular Member

(Term expires 9/30/14)

International Relations Committee

3 Regular Members

(Terms expire 12/31/14 & 12/31/15)

Planning & Visioning Commission

1 Regular Member

(Term expires 9/30/13)

Social Services Allocation Committee

4 Regular Members

(Terms expire 9/30/15)




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.