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City Manager Notes

City Manager Notes

Madison, FL City Commission Meeting of 5/13/14

Call to Order

Agenda adopted.

No items removed from the Consent Agenda.

Consent Agenda:

  • Approved: Minutes of April 8, 2014

  • Approved: Minutes of May 5, 2014 Special City Commission Meeting

  • Approved: Fire Report

  • Approved: Police Report

  • Approved: Copier Contract for Police Department

  • Approved: Amendment to Energy Vision Contract for a Natural Gas Public Awareness Program

  • Approved: Water Fluoridation Grant

  • Approved: RIVER Grant / Memorandum of Agreement with Suwannee River Water Management District

  • Approved: Host for July’s Meeting of Suwannee River League of Cities

  • Approved: Proclamation – Jacobbi McDaniel Day / Florida State Seminoles / College Football Champions

  • Approved – Proclamation – David Thomas Thigpen Day / Bible Deliverance Church

Citizen Participation:

  • Tamika Brown briefed about the upcoming weekend’s 20th of May Jubilee Celebration.

  • Cindy Vees, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, thanked the city for its support of Down Home Days. She also briefed about the magazine “850”, a regional business publication whose recent edition features Madison County and the Madison County Business Journal.

  • Jay Lee, of the Madison Lion’s Club, briefed about July 4, 2014’s Lions Club event “God and Country.”

  • Octavious Tookes, a resident of Gilcrest Trail, requested sewer service.

  • Eddie Luster, a resident of Gilcrest Trail, requested Gilcrest Trail be maintained

The City Commission approved installation of speed bumps on Georgetown Road.

The City Commission approved City Attorney Clay Schnitker working with the Woman’s Club attorney to prepare wording that, as part of a future agreement, allows for flexibility in who conducts grounds-keeping at the Woman’s Club building and on adjacent parking parcels and who pumps the building’s septic tank.

The City Commission will revisit proposed golf-cart crossings during the Fiscal Year 14-15 budget cycle.

City Attorney Schnitker briefed that a portion of the state fuel tax received by the city can be allocated toward operations and maintenance of public transportation facilities if such a use is within the Capital Improvement element of the city’s Comprehensive Plan. He also stated such public transportation can be relegated to another agency. In question was whether the city can allocate funds to the Madison In-Town Shuttle. If such a use is not in the city’s Comprehensive Plan, the plan can be amended to include it.

A presentation about water and wastewater impact fees is scheduled during the City Commission’s June 10, 2014 meeting. The Florida Rural Water Association will conduct the presentation.

City Manager Tim Bennett discussed the city’s financial status.

City Manager Bennett, in his monthly report, reported the following:

  • That he is working with the Department of Corrections concerning a water-service issue at Madison Correctional Institution.

  • That the city’s Water Department will replace a water valve on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the intersection of Sumter and Meeting during nighttime hours to minimize the impact on residents and businesses in a 35-block area north of U.S. 90. The scheduled time of the work is 10 p.m., until midnight.

Other Items of Interest to the Commission:

  • Commissioner Cooks addressed Mr. Tookes’ request for sewer service on Gilcrest Trail by saying the city has contracted with the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council to study whether the city can expand its current Tax Increment Finance District to include areas in and around Gilcrest Trail. If so, a revenue stream possibly would result to finance the sewer service.

  • Commissioner Catron placed Don Ashley’s name in consideration to fill the vacancy on the Police Pension Board.

  • Commissioner Thompson briefed about her recent community meeting.




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