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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.
Invocation and Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America.
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.
(a) Resolution in support of legislation to extend Florida Statute 327.4105, which established an Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program that will sunset on July 1, 2014, for three (3) additional years (July 1, 2017) to allow more time to assess the local anchoring and mooring regulations being tested by the five (5) pilot program participants.
3. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce wherein the City will provide the Chamber $30,000 for the development of an economic development strategy that will address business recruitment.
4. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute a Memorandum of Understanding/ Agreement to Participate with the National League of Cities for a new pilot program called the Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment through Utility Payments (LIFT-UP) initiative; to accept a grant in the amount of $20,000; and to execute all other documents necessary to effectuate this transaction; approving a supplemental appropriation from the increase in the unappropriated balance of the Billing & Collections Fund (5021) resulting from these additional revenues to the Billing & Collections Department (350) Customer Service (2025).
5. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to accept a Walmart Foundation grant in the amount of $1,000 for the enhancement of life safety programs managed by St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue; and to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this transaction.
(b) Skyway Marina District.
(a) Resolution approving a recommendation from the Youth Services Committee to hold a Youth Incarceration Summit (“Summit”); and authorizing the Youth Services Committee Chair to coordinate with staff to schedule the Summit.
(a) Resolution approving the applications for co-sponsored event status “in name only” for the West Central Florida Chapter of Concerns to Police Survivors, Inc. (“COPS”) for an event entitled Cops Walk to be held on May 19, 2014, in Demens Landing from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.;, Directions for Mental Health, Inc. (“Directions”) for an event entitled Ride to Keep Kids Safe to be held on May 4, 2014 in Spa Beach and adjacent City streets, from 6:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.; Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association, Inc. (“Kenwood”) for an event entitled Pinot in the Park to be held on April 19, 2014, in Seminole Park, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; and American Cancer Society, Florida Division, Inc. (“ACS”) for an event entitled Relay for Life – Lakewood to be held from 4:00 p.m. May 2, 2014 through 10:00 a.m. May 3, 2014, at Lakewood High School 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. 2000-562, and the payment of the waiver fee required by City Council Resolution No. 2009-353 as to Kenwood; and authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this resolution.
(b) Ordinance providing for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in Seminole Park on April 19, 2014.
2. Resolution of the St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Agency finding "The Hermitage" project, an eight-story, 348-unit apartment complex proposed in the block bound by 1st Avenue South, 7th Street South, 2nd Avenue South and 8th Street South, consistent with the Intown Redevelopment Plan, as reviewed in the Community Redevelopment Agency report IRP 14-1a, subject to conditions of approval. (City File IRP 14-1a)
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. Awarding a contract to Highway Safety Devices, Inc. in the amount of $2,495,580.30 for Mast Arm Traffic Signals FY12 and FY13. (Engineering Project Nos. 12027-112 and 13027-112; Oracle Nos. 13285, 13763 and 14153)
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.
3. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce wherein the City will provide the Chamber $30,000 for the development of an economic development strategy that will address business recruitment. [MOVED to Reports as E-3]
4. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to sell a portion of the surplus unimproved City-owned property located at approximately 101 - 36th Avenue Northeast, St. Petersburg, to Bozidar and Sharon Brown, for $10,000.
5. Confirming the reappointment of Suzanne Castonguay, Jason T. Martino, David J. McDaniel and Jay Marshall as regular members to the Commission on Aging to serve three-year terms ending December 31, 2016.
6. Confirming the appointment of Gerald Junevicus, currently an alternate member, Paula S. Orandash and William Wright as regular members and confirming the reappointment of Renee A. Brown as a regular member to the Committee to Advocate for Persons with Impairments to serve three-year term endings December 31, 2016.
7. Confirming the appointment of Sean K. McQuaid and Keith V. Benson, currently alternate members, and Charlene R. Sanders as regular members to the Nuisance Abatement Board to serve three-year terms ending December 31, 2016.
8. Confirming the appointment of Janet Stoffels and Rick Nale as regular members and confirming the reappointment of Carol J. Smith as a regular member to the City Beautiful Commission to serve three-year terms ending December 31, 2016.
12. Appointing Jenny Armstrong, currently an alternate member, as a regular member to the Civil Service Board to fill an unexpired three-year term ending June 30, 2015 and reappointing Michael R. Roush as a regular member to the Civil Service Board to serve a three-year term ending June 30, 2016.
14. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute a Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement to Participate with the National League of Cities for a new pilot program called the Local Interventions for Financial Empowerment through Utility Payments (LIFT-UP) initiative; to accept a grant in the amount of $20,000; and to execute all other documents necessary to effectuate this transaction; approving a supplemental appropriation from the increase in the unappropriated balance of the Billing & Collections Fund (5021) resulting from these additional revenues to the Billing & Collections Department (350) Customer Service (2025). [MOVED to Reports as E-4]
15. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to accept a Walmart Foundation grant in the amount of $1,000 for the enhancement of life safety programs managed by St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue; and to execute all documents necessary to effectuate this transaction. [MOVED to Reports as E-5]
16. Authorizing the Mayor or his designee to execute Amendment No. 1 to the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant (Grant) from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Parks Service, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the Lake Maggiore Park Improvements Project, which decreases the Grant amount by $7,000 for a maximum reimbursement amount of $193,000; to execute all other documents necessary to effectuate the Grant, as amended; and rescinding an unencumbered appropriation in the General Capital Improvement Fund (3001) in the amount of $7,000 from the Lake Maggiore/Boyd Hill FY08 Project (11756).
17. Resolution appointing current City Council Member from the Zone (District 4) as the representative for the “City Council Member from the Zone (District 4)” category on the Board of Commissioners of the Enterprise Zone Development Agency (EZDA); appointing current or Acting Director of the Codes Compliance Assistance Department as the representative for the “Local Code Enforcement Agency” category on the Board of Commissioners of the EZDA; and appointing current Police Chief (or Acting Police Chief) as the representative for the “Local Law Enforcement Agency” category on the Board of Commissioners of the EZDA.
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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.