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City Manager Notes / Madison, FL City Commission Meeting 10/13/15


1. Call to Order. Police Chief Ken Moore introduced ‘Josey’, the city’s new narcotics dog. Josey was accompanied by dog-handler Police Corporal David Myers.

2. Citizen Participation:

Realtor Jessica Webb briefed the City Commission about the recent purchase of the Wardlaw-Smith-Goza Mansion. She also briefed about the upcoming screening of a new movie shot in Madison.

Representatives from the Kiwanis Club briefed the commissioners about December’s Light-Up Madison event.

3. Adoption of the Agenda:

Item 12 was removed from the agenda and will be placed on a future agenda. Item 12 was First Reading of Ordinance 2015-6 Hazardous Materials Response Cost Recovery.

Item 16 was removed from the agenda and will be placed on a future agenda. Item 16 was Natural Gas Services / Beyond the Meter.

The following item was added to the agenda: Renaming of Southwest Brooklyn Street.

The following item was added to the agenda: Delay Execution of a Contract for Grant-Writing Services until a Further Vote by the City Commission.

4. Items Removed from Consent Agenda: None.

5. Consent Agenda

Approved: Minutes of September 10, 2015.

Approved: Minutes of September 22, 2015.

Approved: Agreement between the City of Madison and North Central Florida Regional Planning Council for Local Government Comprehensive Planning Services.

6. The City Commission approved the following: An agreement between the City of Madison and the Department of Environmental Protection regarding a $50,000 grant from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). The grant provides funds to build tennis courts and install other features at the city’s Lanier Field.

7. The City Commission approved the following: An agreement between the City of Madison and the Department of Environmental Protection regarding a $50,000 grant from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). The grant provides funds to add additional playground equipment and other features at the city’s Sumpter A. James, Jr., Park.

8. The City Commission approved accepting new commercial playground equipment from the Florida Department of Health in Madison County. The new playground equipment will be installed at the city’s Sumpter A. James, Jr., Park.

9. The City Commission approved applying for a Regional Initiative Valuing Environmental Resources Grant from the Suwannee River Water Management District. The purpose of the grant is to fund the installation of devices to remove stormwater debris flowing into Lake Frances and thereby improve the lake’s water quality.

10. The City Commission and city staff discussed the city’s proposed participation in the Department of Economic Opportunity’s Competitive Florida Partnership Program grant, whose goal is to increase job opportunities in the city.

11. The City Commission, through consensus, authorized City Manager Bennett to negotiate an agreement between the city and Dr. Helen Miller of White Springs for her to facilitate the city’s participation and implementation in DEO’s Competitive Florida Partnership Program.

12. The City Commission removed the following item from the agenda: First Reading of Ordinance 2015-6 Hazardous Materials Response Cost Recovery. This agenda item will be placed on the agenda of a future meeting.

13. The City Commission and city staff discussed the following Hazard Mitigation priorities: (1) A new generator for one of the city’s wells; and (2) Gravity sewer for a portion of the city’s wastewater system on U.S. 90 West. Further discussion will take place at November’s City Commission meeting.

14. The City Commission directed City Manager Bennett to request assistance from the city’s planning agency, the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, to prepare options for the City Commission to review concerning tractor-trailers parking overnight in residentially-zoned areas of the city.

15. The City Commission approved discontinuing repair and maintenance of a sewer lift station owned by North Florida Community College.

16. The City Commission removed the following item from the agenda: Natural Gas Services / Beyond the Meter. This agenda item will be placed on the agenda of a future meeting.

17. The City Commission discussed renaming Southwest Brooklyn Street and possibly will revisit the topic at a future City Commission meeting.

18. The City Commission approved delaying execution of a contract for grant-writing services until a further vote by the City Commission. During the upcoming November 2015 City Commission meeting, City Manager Bennett will request the City Commission approve a solicitation of proposals for full-scale engineering services that would include a grant-writing services component.

19. The City Commission approved First Reading of Ordinance 2015-7 regarding administrative revisions to the City of Madison Police Department’s pension program.

20. The City Commission approved First Reading of Ordinance 2015-8 regarding administrative revisions to the Madison Fire/Rescue Department’s pension program.

21. Fire/Rescue Chief Bruce Jordan and Police Chief Ken Moore provided Public Safety Reports.


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