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Thursday, March 25, 2010

6:00 p.m. session


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18:03:39 >>THOMAS SCOTT: The Council will now come to order.

18:03:41 Roll call.

18:03:43 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Here.

18:03:47 >>GWEN MILLER: Here.

18:03:48 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.

18:03:52 >>MARY MULHERN: Here.

18:03:54 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Here.

18:03:57 We have our number one item, resolution for executive

18:04:02 order relating to -- we have a substitute rather.

18:04:07 >> Yes, the Legal Department, the resolution, correct.

18:04:10 The substitution to the executive order and changes to

18:04:10 title.

18:04:13 We had words in there, "art program" -- "art program"

18:04:15 which is now changed to "art programs."

18:04:19 And the title "Santiago" is now the word "Art

18:04:24 Administrator" has been added in there as well.

18:04:25 Cultural Arts Administrator.

18:04:27 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: With honor, I will move the

18:04:32 resolution of the members who have taken the department

18:04:32 over.

18:04:36 I want to say thank you to Mr. Robert Rose who has been

18:04:39 there a long time and without Jean Metcalf, we wouldn't

18:04:40 be here today.

18:04:45 She has done an outstanding job there, and Santiago is

18:04:47 there and has a wonderful staff and has been there for

18:04:49 some period of time.

18:04:52 The only thing is I don't know what business card is

18:04:54 big enough now to have all these names on it.

18:04:57 [Laughter]

18:04:58 Carry a placard or what.

18:05:00 Oh, that's good.

18:05:03 I move the resolution.

18:05:04 >> Seconded.

18:05:05 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Moved and seconded.

18:05:10 Do you want to say anything?

18:05:13 >>MARY MULHERN: I wanted to say that -- I think Mr.

18:05:17 Corrada will do a great job as Convention Center

18:05:21 Director, I assume, I trust.

18:05:26 But it is a huge job, and you already have a huge job,

18:05:34 and I feel a little -- I don't know what to say.

18:05:38 It just seems like this is too much responsibility for

18:05:40 one person.

18:05:47 And you are getting smaller and smaller, so --

18:05:47 [ Laughter ]

18:05:52 I mean, I -- I certainly support you taking on that

18:05:55 job, but I just don't think it is physically, mentally

18:06:00 possible for anybody to handle all this responsibility.

18:06:06 So I would hope that we are going to see from the Mayor

18:06:10 some -- some rethinking about some of your other

18:06:12 responsibilities.

18:06:16 Because I -- you know, I think you will do a great job

18:06:20 over there, and I just think -- it's a lot.

18:06:23 And you know, we are saving a lot of money, but you are

18:06:26 not making two salaries either by getting two jobs.

18:06:28 So, anyway.

18:06:30 Good luck.

18:06:31 >> Thank you.

18:06:33 Thanks.

18:06:37 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Mr. Corrada, did the Mayor take

18:06:40 some of your positions away?

18:06:41 >> Yes.

18:06:43 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: What did she take away?

18:06:45 >> Honorable members of City Council, thank you for

18:06:47 this opportunity.

18:06:49 First of all, let me thank you for always being so

18:06:51 supportive and appreciate what I do and being concerned

18:06:53 with the number of duties and responsibilities that I

18:06:53 have.

18:06:56 As you know, we have all been taking on more and more

18:06:57 responsibilities.

18:06:59 I don't think there is one department head or division

18:07:03 head or administrator that has not taken on more, and

18:07:05 in fact, some of my responsibilities with this

18:07:07 executive order are being moved to other

18:07:13 administrators, Community Affairs, Code Enforcement.

18:07:16 Business tasks are going over to Cindy Miller.

18:07:19 Clean city to Steve, and Community Neighborhood

18:07:24 Relations is going over to Daryl Smith, the Chief of

18:07:24 Staff.

18:07:27 I am retaining those things have a synergy and

18:07:27 connection.

18:07:30 As you know, my background is in parks and recreation,

18:07:33 and they have lots of events that bring lots of folks

18:07:34 to our fair city.

18:07:36 The arts, of course, have a connection to everything we

18:07:38 do and now the Convention Center.

18:07:41 And in fact, it is interesting when looking at the old

18:07:44 job duties of the Convention Center Director, I was

18:07:48 really involved in a lot of those things as the city's

18:07:51 point person on Super Bowl, Women's Final Four,

18:07:52 Republican National Convention.

18:07:56 So there really is a very, very good connection between

18:07:57 the things that I am keeping.

18:08:00 I happen to be blessed with good people in good

18:08:02 positions.

18:08:07 As was already mentioned, Mr. Rose and Miss Metcalf at

18:08:09 the Convention Center are incredibly talented.

18:08:12 The Parks and Rec Department, we have strong leadership

18:08:15 and in art programs, we have strong leadership.

18:08:18 I am blessed with the areas that I am keeping that they

18:08:20 are strong leadership to provide me with that support

18:08:22 to focus on the Convention Center.

18:08:25 So I am very comfortable with what I am taking on and

18:08:28 those connections make it an easy job to do although a

18:08:31 lot more than just being the Convention Center

18:08:32 Director.

18:08:35 Of course, I want to thank the Mayor for providing me

18:08:37 this opportunity to grow professionally and personally.

18:08:40 That is what motivates me, challenges and growing.

18:08:42 So I am thrilled with this opportunity.

18:08:45 Again, thanks to all of those department heads that I

18:08:47 mentioned who are moving because they are just dynamic

18:08:48 people.

18:08:51 Convention Center staff, which is just remarkable.

18:08:53 I had an opportunity for the last week to go over and

18:08:55 work with them and watch them in action.

18:08:58 We just said farewell to a huge convention that brought

18:09:00 in almost 7,000 people to our city.

18:09:04 And they are breaking down and leaving us today in

18:09:04 fact.

18:09:08 And so just a great -- a great group of folks to work

18:09:08 with.

18:09:12 So I feel very, very comfortable that we can make it

18:09:12 work.

18:09:15 And if I can, I just want to thank my family because my

18:09:19 wife and daughter put up with me taking on all these

18:09:21 duties and responsibilities that mean longer nights and

18:09:24 more weekend work, and they do it with love and support

18:09:25 and patience.

18:09:28 So, again, thank you to this -- to this City Council

18:09:31 for always being so supportive of me in my almost six

18:09:34 years here.

18:09:35 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Mr. Chairman, I have one other

18:09:36 question.

18:09:39 Does your wife recognize you when you go home at night?

18:09:43 >> A few people who haven't recognized me since I

18:09:44 shrunk my hair.

18:09:46 [Laughter]

18:09:46 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Okay.

18:09:51 There is a motion, and we congratulate you.

18:09:53 We have a lot of confidence in what you do.

18:09:55 You have done an excellent job.

18:09:55 >> Thank you.

18:09:57 Thank you so, so much.

18:09:58 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.

18:09:59 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Moved and seconded.

18:10:02 All in favor signify by saying aye.

18:10:03 Opposed.

18:10:05 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Take vitamins.

18:10:07 [Laughter]

18:10:10 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Okay.

18:10:16 We have -- we have Miss Abbey Feeley to come up.

18:10:21 Take item 8 and 9 first.

18:10:25 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Want to dispose of 8 and 9.

18:10:26 >> You can do the resolutions.

18:10:27 >> You can move all the resolutions.

18:10:28 >> Okay.

18:10:31 All right.

18:10:37 >>GWEN MILLER: I move resolutions 2-6 -- through 7.

18:10:39 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Through to 7.

18:10:40 Moved and seconded.

18:10:44 All in favor signify by saying aye.

18:10:45 Opposed?

18:10:46 Okay.

18:10:51 Public hearing now.

18:10:54 Open your public hearing and swear in our witnesses.

18:10:57 >>ABBYE FEELEY: Abbye Feeley, Land Development.

18:11:01 Number 8 on our agenda this evening came to our

18:11:04 attention it was misnoticed.

18:11:06 The signs on the property was for a rezoning and not a

18:11:07 special use.

18:11:10 I did confer with Miss Cole earlier, and that case will

18:11:14 need to be renoticed and rescheduled.

18:11:20 Item number 9 was a request for a continuance from Mr.

18:11:21 Allen Taylor.

18:11:22 He is here this evening.

18:11:26 This is another special use that we need to make some

18:11:27 changes to the site plan.

18:11:29 It was not ready to move forward before you this

18:11:30 evening.

18:11:35 So it was our intent to have the one case but

18:11:35 unfortunately --

18:11:39 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Do we need to do anything from 8?

18:11:40 Just strike it from the agenda.

18:11:43 >>GWEN MILLER: Move to strike it from the agenda.

18:11:45 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Moved and seconded.

18:11:46 All those in favor.

18:11:47 Item 9.

18:11:48 >>GWEN MILLER: Move to open.

18:11:49 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.

18:11:50 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Moved and seconded.

18:11:55 All in favor signify by saying aye.

18:11:58 Take public comment on this.

18:12:01 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: If anyone is opposed to it.

18:12:04 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Anyone want to say anything to the

18:12:05 continuance?

18:12:06 Move to May 13.

18:12:09 >>GWEN MILLER: Move to continue to May 13.

18:12:11 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: 6 p.m.

18:12:12 >>THOMAS SCOTT: A second.

18:12:13 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.

18:12:16 >>THOMAS SCOTT: All in favor signify by saying aye.

18:12:17 Opposed.

18:12:19 Okay, one other thing -- one other thing we have here.

18:12:23 We have a -- I guess a request here relative to the

18:12:26 U.S. Census Bureau.

18:12:31 There are a number of questionnaire assistance centers

18:12:34 that are throughout the city and Hillsborough County.

18:12:38 These offices are open to assist citizens who may need

18:12:41 assistance in coming in and helping to fill out these

18:12:43 forms or have questions.

18:12:46 Of course Mr. Jim crew is working -- helping out with a

18:12:50 couple of these, and he cites that one of the best ones

18:12:52 to go throughout in Thonotosassa is the recreation

18:12:59 center, 1032 Schooly Road in Thonotosassa.

18:13:03 The one out there is open from 6 to 8 p.m. for the next

18:13:04 three weeks.

18:13:06 We certainly want to encourage all of the citizens

18:13:09 because it is very important during this period of time

18:13:12 for them to fill out these questionnaire relative to

18:13:15 the census, because they have a great effect on the

18:13:18 representation that goes to Washington, funding, so

18:13:19 forth and so on.

18:13:23 So we are certainly going to encourage them and they

18:13:27 can go to these different various locations or they can

18:13:32 go to the web site,


18:13:37 Okay.

18:13:40 Then type in your zip code, and it will come up and

18:13:41 help you from there.

18:13:42 All right.

18:13:43 Just want to stress that.

18:13:45 And we need to do this again at our next meeting as

18:13:46 well.

18:13:48 So we don't mind doing that.

18:13:49 Okay.

18:13:52 Councilwoman Saul-Sena.

18:13:55 You had your hand up so -- you forgot.

18:13:57 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: The last zoning meeting we had one

18:14:02 until midnight so this is poetic justice.

18:14:05 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Like 1:00 -- like 1:00 in the morning.

18:14:06 Okay.

18:14:08 Councilwoman Mulhern.

18:14:09 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.

18:14:12 I would like to ask for reconsideration of the motion

18:14:16 that was made at the March 18 Council meeting for a

18:14:21 letter to be sent to the Tampa City Council chair --

18:14:25 from the City of Tampa council chair to the Tampa

18:14:30 Hillsborough Expressway Authority as worded in the City

18:14:33 Council meeting which I think we E-Mailed you a copy of

18:14:36 what the wording was in the action agenda as the letter

18:14:38 has not been sent, I understand.

18:14:42 I propose the following substitute language be sent in

18:14:46 the letter to the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway

18:14:47 Authority.

18:14:49 I am going to read it to you, but I gave you all copies

18:14:51 so you can read along.

18:14:55 The Tampa City Council wishes to advise the Tampa

18:14:57 Hillsborough Expressway Authority that a majority of

18:15:00 our constituents residing and doing business in the

18:15:02 neighborhoods of Gandy between Dale Mabry and the Gandy

18:15:05 bridge do not support the construction of an elevated

18:15:07 roadway across Gandy Boulevard.

18:15:10 The following neighborhood civic and homeowner

18:15:13 associations have voted to oppose the overhead road.

18:15:17 Gandy Sun Bay South, Bayside West, Virginia Park,

18:15:21 Regency Cove, Culbreath Key Condos and Westshore Condo

18:15:22 One.

18:15:24 There are 1500 signed petitions from the community

18:15:28 opposing the road on file with the Clerk of the City of

18:15:29 Tampa.

18:15:33 The following businesses operating on or adjacent to

18:15:35 the portion of Gandy Boulevard have also recorded their

18:15:37 opposition to the proposed road.

18:15:44 Mayco, Mexican restaurant Tequila, Maria Ossey

18:15:47 Insurance, Inc., Bait and Tackle, the Ranch House

18:15:55 Grill, Gandy Citgo, Triage Consignment, La Quinta, Scan

18:15:57 Designs and Gandy Retail LCC.

18:16:01 And I would also like to note that these letters are

18:16:06 also on file -- or will be on file with the Clerk.

18:16:08 If they are not, I will get them all the letters

18:16:11 supporting this information.

18:16:20 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.

18:16:21 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Okay.

18:16:24 There is language I added in there before about -- that

18:16:27 I requested to be added that should this project move

18:16:29 forward, that it will continue to remain open and work

18:16:30 with the community.

18:16:35 I think that sentence still needs to be added in there.

18:16:37 >>MARY MULHERN: That was my problem with the language

18:16:40 is that -- that isn't what we were asking for.

18:16:43 What I was asking for and what I told the neighborhoods

18:16:46 -- you don't have to agree with this, but what I had

18:16:50 told the neighborhood associations that I was going to

18:16:53 ask for that we express their opposition to the

18:16:54 project.

18:16:59 So that language was not what I was --

18:17:00 >>THOMAS SCOTT: That's fine.

18:17:02 >>MARY MULHERN: Sorry.

18:17:02 >>THOMAS SCOTT: A motion.

18:17:05 All in favor signify by saying aye.

18:17:06 Opposed.

18:17:08 So moved.

18:17:10 >> That is the motion to reconsider.

18:17:11 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Yes.

18:17:13 Vote on the language -- you want to vote on the

18:17:14 language.

18:17:15 >> Now it is an open question.

18:17:18 What is your motion now then?

18:17:20 >>MARY MULHERN: I read the language.

18:17:23 My request was to reconsider and also I propose --

18:17:27 okay, my request is to use the following substitute

18:17:29 language that I just read.

18:17:31 >> That was your motion.

18:17:31 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.

18:17:34 >>THOMAS SCOTT: I would suggest also that the letter

18:17:38 also then come from Councilwoman Mulhern signifying a

18:17:39 vote from Council.

18:17:41 A letter she drafted.

18:17:46 I think I will feel comfortable with that.

18:17:49 >>MARY MULHERN: Well, I wanted Council to support it,

18:17:51 so we can have our names on there and sign it.

18:17:52 But --

18:17:55 >>THOMAS SCOTT: I think -- the original motion was

18:17:55 from the Chair.

18:17:57 This is a letter that she drafted.

18:17:59 The Chair didn't draft this letter.

18:18:03 I propose to add language and it was rejected.

18:18:06 I am saying let her write the letter, sign her name and

18:18:09 in the motion this was voted --

18:18:11 >> By motion and vote of City Council.

18:18:12 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay.

18:18:15 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Okay.

18:18:16 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay.

18:18:19 >> You accept that amendment then?

18:18:20 >>MARY MULHERN: That's fine.

18:18:20 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Fine.

18:18:22 Okay.

18:18:22 So second.

18:18:23 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.

18:18:25 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Moved and seconded.

18:18:28 All in favor signify by saying aye.

18:18:28 Opposed?

18:18:30 Any other questions?

18:18:30 Any other comments?

18:18:32 Anything?

18:18:34 >>JOSEPH P. CAETANO: Motion to receive and file.

18:18:35 >>MARY MULHERN: Second.

18:18:39 >>THOMAS SCOTT: All those in favor signify by saying

18:18:39 aye.

18:18:41 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Anyone want to speak?

18:18:43 >>THOMAS SCOTT: Anyone in the audience want to speak?

18:18:45 No, nobody wants to speak.

18:18:46 [Laughter]

18:18:47 So we stand adjourned.

18:18:48 Thank you.



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