Elected Officials Present:
Shirley Groover Bryant, Mayor
Jonathan Davis, Vice Mayor, Commissioner-at-Large 1
Tamara Cornwell, Commissioner-at-Large 2
Harold Smith, Commissioner, Ward 1
Tambra Varnadore, Commissioner, Ward 2
Brian Williams, Commissioner, Ward 3
Mark Barnebey, City Attorney
Jeff Burton, CRA Director
Jim Freeman, City Clerk
Allen Tusing, Director of Public Works
Scott Tyler, Chief of Police
Amber LaRowe, Assistant City Clerk
Mayor Bryant called the meeting to order, followed by a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.
All persons intending to address the City Commission were duly sworn.
Proclamation: Commissioner Davis presented the Patriot Day Proclamation to Chief Scott Tyler. Patriot Day is September 11th.
1. CITY COMMISSION AGENDA APPROVAL
Mayor Bryant requested the removal of Consent Agenda Item B.1. This item will be presented at the next Commission meeting.
Motion: Commissioner Davis moved, Commissioner Cornwell seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to approve the September 10, 2018 Commission Agenda with the removal of Agenda Item 3.B.1.
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
Betty Sayles Rhodes, Palmetto resident, spoke regarding a recent event whereby a family member had contact with the Police Department. She opined racial profiling was involved.
3. CONSENT AGENDA APPROVAL
A. City Clerk’s Office
1. Minutes: August 13th and Workshop August 27th
2. Resolution 2018-29 Council of Governments Meeting
B. Public Works
Traffic Regulation 17th Avenue and 7th Street West Removed
C. Police Department
1. 2018-2022 Police Benevolent Association Agreement
Motion: Commissioner Davis moved, Commissioner Williams seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to approve the September 10, 2018 Consent Agenda with the removal of item B.1.
4. PUBLIC HEARING—TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATE AND TENTATIVE FISCAL YEAR 2019 BUDGET
Mayor Bryant opened the public hearing to discuss the tentative millage rate and tentative FY 2019 budget.
· We are here tonight to adopt the City of Palmetto tentative millage and budget for FY 2019 that begins October 1, 2018.
· The City proposes to adopt a FY 2019 millage of 5.9671 per $1,000 of taxable value, which is 4.60% greater than the rolled back rate of 5.7049. The rolled-back rate is the rate that will allow the City to collect the same amount of revenues in comparison to the prior year.
· Taxable value in the City for the FY 2019 budget is $851,616,557 which represents an increase of 4.93% compared to the prior year.
· The overall City-Wide budget is $29,187,704 which is 7.4% higher than last year. The General Fund Budget is $12,085,714. Additional revenues are being used to fund capital expenditures, personnel costs, public safety and utility infrastructure needs within the City.
Mayor Bryant closed the public hearing after hearing no public comment.
A. RESOLUTION 2018-25 TENTATIVE MILLAGE (read in its entirety)
Motion: Commissioner Varnadore moved, Commissioner Williams seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution 2018-25.
B. RESOLUTION 2018-26 TENTATIVE FY 2019 BUDGET (read in its entirety)
Motion: Commissioner Davis moved, Commissioner Williams seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to adopt Resolution 2018-26.
5. INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT RELATING TO SCHOOL IMPACT FEES
Attorney Barnebey explained that this Agreement will allow the School Impact Fees to be paid at the City of Palmetto along with the other impact fees the City already collects. The City is allowed a reasonable fee for the collecting and processing of the Fee pursuant to Chapter 163, Florida Statutes. Based on discussions with the City Clerk, the City will receive a $75.00 fee for the cost of processing and remitting each fee to the Manatee County School Board. Remittance of the Fees is done on a quarterly basis. If approved by the City Commission, the Agreement will be forwarded to the School Board and Manatee County for action.
Motion: Commissioner Varnadore moved, Commissioner Davis seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to approve the Agreement for the Collection of Educational Facility Impact Fees.
6. PUBLIC HEARING ORDINANCE 2018-21 ANNEXATION
An ordinance of the City Commission of the City of Palmetto, Florida, annexing two parcels totaling 2.47 acres of unincorporated Manatee County, Florida into the City of Palmetto, which parcels are reasonably compact and are properties contiguous to the City of Palmetto; redefining the boundary lines of the City of Palmetto, Florida to include said parcels; providing for severability and an effective date. (Oxendine)
7. PUBLIC HEARING ORDINANCE 2018-22 MAP AMENDMENT
An ordinance of the City of Palmetto, Florida approving a small scale future land use map amendment to the City’s Comprehensive Plan; changing the future land use map designation for the territory hereinafter described from County future land use map designation IH (Industrial-Heavy), to City future land use map designation HCOMIND (Heavy Commercial Industrial), consistent with the goals, objectives, and policies of the adopted Comprehensive Plan, as required by Section 163.3187, Florida Statutes; providing for conflict, severability, and an effective date. (Oxendine)
8. PUBLIC HEARING ORDINANCE 2018-23 REZONE
An ordinance of the City of Palmetto, Florida rezoning approximately 2.47 acres of property generally located at 1119 19th Avenue East and 1150 19th Avenue East, Palmetto, Florida, from County zoning LM (Light Manufacturing) to City zoning CHI (Heavy Commercial and Light Industrial), and as more particularly described in this Ordinance; providing for severability, and an effective date. (Oxendine)
Mayor Bryant opened the public hearing on Ordinances 2018-21, 2018-22, and 2018-23.
Karla Owens, Development Services Director, informed the Commission that the subject property contains two separate parcels under one single ownership. Both are located north of U.S. 301, one on the west, and one on the east side of 19th Avenue East. The property immediately to the west of the subject parcel is zoned City CG, Business and Light Commercial and is the location of the new Detwiler’s Farmers Market. The property to the southwest of the subject parcel is currently vacant, zoned City CG, Business and Light Commercial, and is owned by the Palmetto Retail, who has the property advertised for sale for retail use. The properties located on the east side of 19th Avenue East, south of the subject property, are both zoned County LM, Light Manufacturing, and are both owned by T. Cannon. They contain a radiator repair business and outdoor storage of equipment. To the immediate north of the subject properties is 4.5 acres of vacant land owned by Canal Properties, which is zoned CHI, Heavy Commercial and Industrial. Finally, to the northwest of the subject properties, there is a 1.48 acre parcel owned by Palmetto Property, zoned CHI, Heavy Commercial and Industrial, and is currently used for industrial purposes. This entire area, other than the Detwiler property, has a future land use designation of industrial on parcels in both the City and County, respectively.
Mrs. Owens went on to further state that on June 7th, Ray Oxendine, the new owner of the properties, submitted an application for annexation, future land use map amendment, and rezoning. The 1.03 acre parcel on the west side of 19th Avenue East is, and has been, actively used as a scrap metal collection and recycling business. There was an asphalt business formerly located on the 1.44 acre parcel on the east side of 19th Avenue East; however, that business has since been relocated and the property is used now for vehicle and equipment storage. The property, if annexed, would continue as industrial uses or may be sold and/or used in conjunction with adjoining properties or as a new use.
The Planning and Zoning Board met on August 16th and voted unanimously to recommend approval of these Ordinances; staff recommends approval.
Mayor Bryant closed the public hearings on Ordinances 2018-21, 2018-22, and 2018-23.
Motion: Commissioner Varnadore moved, Commissioner Davis seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to adopt Ordinance 2018-21.
Motion: Finding the request consistent with Chapter 163, Florida Statutes and the City of Palmetto Comprehensive Plan, Commissioner Williams moved, Commissioner Davis seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to adopt Ordinance 2018-22.
Motion Based upon the staff report, the comments made at the Public Hearing and finding the request to be consistent with the City of Palmetto Comprehensive Plan, Commissioner Williams moved, Commissioner Davis seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to adopt Ordinance 2018-23.
9. AUGUST CHECK REGISTER (Informational Only)
10. TRAFFIC UPDATE
Mr. Tusing was asked to talk to Manatee County regarding signage before 3rd Avenue in Bradenton noting that it is closed for construction.
11. PALMETTO POOL UPDATE
12. POLICE DEPARTMENT BUILDING UPDATE
13. DEPARTMENT HEADS’ COMMENTS
Mr. Freeman—reminded the Commission that on September 24th the Final Millage and Final FY 2019 Budget hearings will be held at 7:00 p.m. He thanked the Commission for adopting the Tentative Millage and Budget Resolutions tonight.
Mr. Burton—has been having discussions regarding the intersection of Canal Road and U.S. 301. There may be the possibility of applying for a Community Development Block Grant of up to $1.5M for the redevelopment of this intersection. The CRA will be meeting with Mr. Mollazanar with Manatee County to find out what work, if any, is planned for Canal Road.
He discussed the possibility of using State Revolving Funds (SRF) for some of the projects planned in the CRA.
Mr. Burton stated that the Mayor and Commissioners Davis and Varnadore all have a shortcut on their laptops that allow access directly into the CRA’s SharePoint. If any other Commissioners would like to have this on their laptops, please let him know.
At the September 24th Workshop, a LinkedIn training will be had for all staff and Commission on different trainings and tools that LinkedIn provides.
Attorney Barnebey—informed the Commission that Mr. Lassen has withdrawn his application for Annexation into the City; the public hearing will still be placed on the agenda for October 1st as advertised. During that meeting, it will then be noted of the applicant’s formal withdrawal.
14. MAYOR’S REPORT
Mayor Bryant informed every one of the Tribute to Heroes Memorial Service that will be held at the Riverwalk in Bradenton tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.
She stated that the County Commission will have discussion regarding the environmental issues involving red tide on their agenda tomorrow.
Mayor Bryant announced that there is an event planned for November in the City regarding open streets and multimodal transportation. That Special Function Permit will be coming forward shortly with more information.
15. COMMISSIONERS’ COMMENTS
Commissioner Williams—commented on the Agenda and the various page sizes. Requested that someone from IT take a look at how the documents are appearing on the laptops.
Commissioner Davis—attended the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Commission meeting today where red tide was a topic of discussion.
In regards to Historical Park maintenance, Mr. Tusing indicated that it depends on the type of work needed. Mr. Davis commented that the trees and bushes are in need of trimming. Mr. Tusing will send someone over.
Mayor Bryant commented on the Aquaventures Beach and Reef cleanup event that was held over the weekend at the Bradenton Yacht Club. There were several middle school teams that collected over 2,000 pounds of trash throughout the Manatee River. She complimented their efforts.
Mayor Bryant adjourned the meeting at 7:53 p.m.