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.
5. Please be courteous to other members of the audience by keeping side conversations to a minimum.
6. The Fire Code prohibits anyone from standing in the aisles or in the back of the room.
7. If other seating is available, please do not occupy the seats reserved for individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing.
GENERAL AGENDA INFORMATION
For your convenience, a copy of the agenda material is available for your review at the Main Library, 3745 Ninth Avenue North, and at the City Clerk’s Office, 1st Floor, City Hall, 175 Fifth Street North, on the Monday preceding the regularly scheduled Council meeting. The agenda and backup material is also posted on the City’s website at www.stpete.org and generally electronically updated the Friday preceding the meeting and again the day preceding the meeting. The updated agenda and backup material can be viewed at all St. Petersburg libraries. An updated copy is also available on the podium outside Council Chamber at the start of the Council meeting.
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.
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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.
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. Ordinance 66-H amending the St. Petersburg City Code, Chapter 16 (Land Development Regulations) providing for additional residential density, intensity (floor-area-ratio) and building height for property located within an activity Center and designated with CRT-1 (Corridor Residential Traditional) and CCT-1 (Corridor Commercial Traditional) zoning. (City File LDR-2012-04)
2. Ordinance 1046-V approving the partial street vacations of 2nd Avenue South and 5th Street South abutting the southern and western sides of 116 - 5th Street South (Lots 11-14, Block 38, Revised Map of the City of St. Petersburg), being more specifically described as the northern 35 feet (MOL) of 2nd Avenue South, the eastern 35 feet (MOL) of 5th Street South and the associated portion of the intersection (City File 12-33000018), and providing for an exception to certain conditions in the City Code.
3. Resolution authorizing the removal of the existing hexagon block sidewalk located within a portion of the 2nd Street North right-of-way between 3rd Avenue North and 4th Avenue North. This request is related to the applicant's proposal to develop the southern half of the block with a new 8-story, 309-unit multi-family project.
6. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute an agreement between the City of St. Petersburg, Florida and the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Inc., to provide the school readiness program for qualified families for one year commencing April 1, 2013, and ending March 31, 2014.
7. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to enter into a Cooperative Funding Agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District for the City of St. Petersburg Phase Toilet Replacement Program Phase 13 in the amount of $150,000.
8. Approving all programs/projects as approved by the Chief of Police as a part of the FY2013 Law Enforcement Fund Grant Award Program; authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute agreements and all of the documents necessary to effectuate these awards; and authorizing a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $42,347.40 from the unappropriated balance of the Law Enforcement Fund (1023), to the Police Department, Local Law Enforcement State Trust (140-2857) to fully fund the awards.
9. Approving a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $58,200 from the unappropriated balance of the Law enforcement Fund (1023) to the Police Department, Local Law enforcement state fund (140-2857) to pay monetary awards to citizens for criminal tips pertaining to the illegal gun bounty program; and authorizing the Mayor or is designee to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this transaction.
2. Referring to the Committee of the Whole, or alternatively to the Budget, Finance & Taxation Committee for discussion the proposed Eleventh Amendment Use Agreement between the City of St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Rays. (Councilmember Gerdes)
(a) Resolution authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute a Mortgage Assumption Agreement, a Mortgage Modification Agreement, and an Agency Agreement between the City of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Inc. ("Free Clinic") to allow the Free Clinic to assume the operation of the property located at 423 - 437 11th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida previously operated by ASAP Homeless Services, Inc.; and authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this Resolution.
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.
2. Accepting a proposal from Federal Property Registration Corporation to create a foreclosure registry and collect registration fees for the Codes Compliance Assistance Department. [MOVED to Reports as E-4]
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.
4. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to sell the surplus, improved City-owned property located at 2901 Fairfield Avenue South, St. Petersburg, to Christopher J. Cantrelle for $50,000, subject to the City’s affordable housing program requirements.
5. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute a First Amendment to Lease Agreement with VK, Inc., a Florida profit corporation, for the use of facilities located at 421 Eighth Avenue S.E., St. Petersburg (“Premises”), within Albert Whitted Airport for a period of five (5) years at a rental rate of $1,027 per month, with the right to request extensions for two (2) additional five (5) year terms, subject to approval by City Council; and authorizing VK, Inc. to sublease variable space within the Premises to Aristiz, Inc. for the operation of an aircraft upholstery fabrication and repair service. (Requires affirmative vote of at least six (6) members of City Council.)
6. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute an agreement between the City of St. Petersburg, Florida and the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Inc., to provide the school readiness program for qualified families for one year commencing April 1, 2013, and ending March 31, 2014. [MOVED to Reports as E-6]
7. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to accept a grant of $96,539 from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) for FY 2012-2013 to fund the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (“SHIP”) Program for the purpose of providing affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons; authorizing the submission of the 2012-2013 SHIP Funding Strategies Summary Certification form to FHFC; authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute a grant agreement with FHFC and all other documents necessary to effectuate this transaction; and approving a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $96,539 from the increase in the unappropriated balance of the SHIP Fund (1019), resulting in these additional revenues to the SHIP Program, Housing and Community Development Department (082) Division (1089).
8. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to enter into a Cooperative Funding Agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District for the City of St. Petersburg Phase Toilet Replacement Program Phase 13 in the amount of $150,000. [MOVED to Reports as E-7]
10. Approving all programs/projects as approved by the Chief of Police as a part of the FY2013 Law Enforcement Fund Grant Award Program; authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute agreements and all of the documents necessary to effectuate these awards; and authorizing a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $42,347.40 from the unappropriated balance of the Law Enforcement Fund (1023), to the Police Department, Local Law Enforcement State Trust (140-2857) to fully fund the awards. [MOVED to Reports as E-8]
11. Approving a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $58,200 from the unappropriated balance of the Law enforcement Fund (1023) to the Police Department, Local Law enforcement state fund (140-2857) to pay monetary awards to citizens for criminal tips pertaining to the illegal gun bounty program; and authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this transaction. [MOVED to Reports as E-9]
12. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to accept $47,604 from Pinellas County as the City’s share of the FY2009 JAG ARRA Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant earmarked for the Countywide Prison Transport Service to fund special project overtime, and to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this transaction.
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PROCEDURES TO BE FOLLOWED FOR QUASI-JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS:
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.