CITY OF PALMETTO
CITY COMMISSION MEETING
AND CRA BOARD MEETING
November 6, 2017
Elected Officials Present:
Shirley Groover Bryant, Mayor
Brian Williams, Vice Mayor, Commissioner, Ward 3
Tamara Cornwell, Commissioner-at-Large 2
Jonathan Davis, Commissioner-at-Large 1
Harold Smith, Commissioner, Ward 1
Tambra Varnadore, Commissioner, Ward 2
Mark Barnebey, City Attorney
Jeff Burton, CRA Director
Jim Freeman, City Clerk
Scott Tyler, Chief of Police
Amber LaRowe, Assistant City Clerk
Mayor Bryant called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m., followed by a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.
All persons intending to address the City Commission were duly sworn.
PROCLAMATION: Commissioner Williams presented the Veterans Day proclamation to Carl Hunsigner, President and Don Courtney, Immediate Past President, Veterans Council. Veterans Parade will be held on Saturday November 11, 2017 at Sutton Park.
PROCLAMATION: Commissioner Davis presented the Farm City Week proclamation to Patty Keen Freed, Martha Glenn and Amber LaRowe, Farm City Week Committee Members. Farm City Week is November 13th-19th.
PROCLAMATION: Commissioner Cornwell presented the Entre Nous 40th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes proclamation to Rachel Foy and Laurie Kermode, Club Members. The Tour of Homes is December 2nd and 3rd.
RECOGNITION: Mayor Bryant will recognize the following City Employees for their recent nomination for Employee of the Fourth Quarter:
Maria Sanchez Cpl. Micah Mathews
Det. Sgt. Ryan LaRowe Jammie Jewell
Scott VanderMolen Ryan Johnson
Sebastian (Sam) Smith Kim Cooper
Mayor Bryant and the City Commission recognized Det. Sgt. Ryan LaRowe as the Employee of the Fourth Quarter.
RECOGNITION: Chief Tyler recognized the recent promotion of Garrett Makeever to Sergeant.
1. CITY COMMISSION AGENDA APPROVAL
Mayor amended the Commission Agenda to include the purchases of protection gear for the Police Department from Reserves as item 4.A.
Motion: Commissioner Varnadore moved, Commissioner Davis seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to approve the November 6, 2017 Commission Agenda.
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
Penny Johnston, Mayor’s Assistant, reminded the Commission and the public of the Florida Department of Transportation visioning workshop tomorrow at the Woman’s Club from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. regarding the ideas for 10th Avenue West.
3. CONSENT AGENDA APPROVAL
A. Clerk’s Office
1. October 16, 2017 Minutes
2. IT Consulting Agreement 3. CORRECTED Budget Resolution 2017-20
4. Surplus of City Property
B. Public Works
1. Resolution 2017-29 Maintenance Agreement with FDOT for Sidewalk Project FPID# 436983-1-32/52-01
C. Police Department
1. Lex’s Automotive Contract
Motion: Commissioner Davis moved, Commissioner Smith seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to approve the November 6, 2017 Consent Agenda.
4.A. Police Department Purchase of Protective Gear
Mr. Freeman informed the Commission that the gear the Police Department needs to purchase was originally to come from the half cent sales tax money; however, the purchase is not a capital item as required. Mr. Freeman stated that the money for the purchase of the gear will need to come from the City’s reserves.
Motion: Commissioner Davis moved, Commissioner Williams seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to use the City’s fund balance reserves for a one time purchase not to exceed $50,000 for tactical gear for the Police Department.
4. 2nd PUBLIC HEARING ORDINANCE 2017-12 MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES
Commissioner Smith exited the meeting at 7:34 p.m.
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PALMETTO, FLORIDA, REGARDING THE REGULATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA TREATMENT CENTERS; AMENDING THE ZONING CODE (APPENDIX B OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES); PROVIDING FOR DEFINITIONS; PROHIBITING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA TREATMENT CENTER DISPENSING FACILITIES IN THE CITY; ESTABLISHING LIMITATIONS ON THE LOCATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA TREATMENT CENTER CULTIVATING AND PROCESSING FACILITIES; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Mayor Bryant opened the second public hearing.
Mayor Bryant announced that a letter was received by her and the Commission regarding opposition of the ordinance.
Mayor Bryant closed the second public hearing after hearing no public comment.
Motion: Commissioner Williams moved, Commissioner Davis seconded, and the motion carried 4-0 to adopt Ordinance 2017-12. Commissioner Smith was absent for the vote.
Commissioner Smith returned to the meeting at 7:39 p.m.
5. PUBLIC HEARING 2016-09 NOISE
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PALMETTO, FLORIDA, REGARDING THE EMISSION OF HARMFUL NOISE WITHIN THE CITY OF PALMETTO; AMENDING ARTICLE I OF CHAPTER 5 OF THE CITY CODE; DEFINING CERTAIN TERMS; PROVIDING FOR CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS; PROHIBITING THE MAKING, CAUSING OR ALLOWING OF HARMFUL NOISE WHICH CAUSES NOISE DISTURBANCES OR EXCEEDS CERTAIN SOUND LEVELS; PROVIDING FOR THE MEASUREMENT OF LEVELS OF HARMFUL NOISE; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Mayor Bryant opened the public hearing. After hearing no public comment, Mayor Bryant closed the public hearing.
Attorney Barnebey stated that the only corrections that will be made are to a couple typographical errors in the Ordinance.
Motion: Commissioner Davis moved, Commissioner Williams seconded, and the motion carried 3-2 to adopt Ordinance 2016-09. Commissioners Smith and Varnadore voted no.
Mayor Bryant recessed the City Commission meeting at 7:41 p.m. to open the November 6, 2017 CRA Board meeting.
Mayor Bryant reconvened the City Commission meeting at 7:58 p.m..
6. RESOLUTION 2017-30 FY2017 JOINT CAPITAL PROJECTS
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PALMETTO, FLORIDA, AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 2016-29, WHICH RESOLUTION ADOPTED THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017, AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Motion: Commissioner Cornwell moved, Commissioner Davis seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution 2017-30.
7. RESOLUTION 2017-31 FY2018 HISTORIC PARK GRANT
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PALMETTO, FLORIDA, AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 2017-23, WHICH RESOLUTION ADOPTED THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018, AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Motion: Commissioner Cornwell moved, Commissioner Davis seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution 2017-31.
8. TRAFFIC UPDATE
Mayor Bryant announced that she has been made aware of a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) meeting/presentation to the County Commission in January. She plans to attend and encouraged staff and Commission to go as well. When she receives the specific date in January of the meeting, Mrs. Johnston will send a meeting invite to everyone.
Commissioner Davis discussed the timing of the lights as you head south over the Green Bridge. Discussion ensued regarding the traffic lights and the City of Bradenton’s ability to control the timing.
9. PALMETTO POOL UPDATE
Mr. Burton indicated that he is still having discussions with the County.
10. CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL UPDATE
There is no new information; this will be removed from the agenda until further notice.
11. DEPARTMENT HEADS’ COMMENTS
Mr. Burton—informed the Commission about the House Bill that is being voted upon in November and will effect Community Redevelopment Agencies.
12. MAYOR’S REPORT
Reminded everyone of the FDOT meeting tomorrow.
13. COMMISSIONERS’ COMMENTS
Commissioner Cornwell—asked for a report on the Trailer Park Trust Fund.
She asked for a status on the storage of the Historical Fire Truck. Discussion ensued among staff and the Commission regarding an agreement with a museum in Bradenton. Mr. Tusing is to get the dimensions of the storage facility needed so he can determine if the City of Palmetto has space to store the Truck.
Commissioner Davis—reminded everyone of the after action review from Hurricane Irma at the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg Campus. He asked if anyone had anything that they would like brought up to email the Department Heads so that Commissioner Davis can bring it up at the meeting.
Commissioner Williams—there are conference calls for the Manasota League of Cities scheduled to begin in January. These calls will discuss upcoming legislation. Commissioner Williams will provide this information to Mrs. Johnston who will distribute to the Commission.
Mr. Williams stated he would like to see the Downtown Design Codes and the Waterfront Plan discussed. Mr. Burton stated he has been working with the City Planner and these codes/plans are with her at this time. Mr. Tusing was directed to discuss with the City Planner so that direction can be presented at the next meeting.
Mayor Bryant adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.
Minutes approved: December 4, 2017
James R. Freeman
James R. Freeman