TAMPA CITY COUNCIL
April 21, 2011
9:00 a.m. session
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09:03:40 >> VICE-CHAIR MARY MULHERN: The chair will yield to
09:03:43 Ms. Montelione.
09:03:44 >> Thank you, madam vice chair.
09:03:47 I would like to welcome Rev. Shelor from St. Andrews
09:03:52 Presbyterian church to provide the invocation this
09:03:56 Thank you, Reverend.
09:03:58 Everyone please rise.
09:03:59 >> Rev. David Shelor: Please pray with me.
09:04:06 Holy God, this week your people gather.
09:04:09 They gather around dinner tables.
09:04:11 They gather around altars and communion tables, they
09:04:17 gather to worship to remember to give thanks.
09:04:20 Some of your people gather this week to remember how
09:04:23 you heard their cries in oppression and slavery in
09:04:28 Egypt, how you heard them and delivered them to a new
09:04:35 place, how you heard the cries of the oppressed and
09:04:38 gave them hope and promise.
09:04:40 Others gather this week, O Lord, and today in fact
09:04:43 gather around tables where they remember your
09:04:45 sacrifice, how you have given yourself, body and blood
09:04:50 for all of your people.
09:04:52 Dear God, we pray as we gather this day around this
09:04:55 table, as this City Council gathers around this table,
09:04:59 that they too will hear the cries of the oppressed,
09:05:03 that they will hear voices that are often violent, that
09:05:07 they will be about liberation and hope and life.
09:05:10 We pray that they also will gather around this table
09:05:14 and hear the calls of sacrifice to service and not to
09:05:22 Gracious God we pray as this City Council gathers that
09:05:25 all the city will benefit from the greatest to the
09:05:28 least, and that you and your grace, your love, will be
09:05:31 made known.
09:05:33 And we pray this in your name.
09:05:35 (Pledge of Allegiance)
09:06:01 >>MARY MULHERN: Roll call.
09:06:01 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Here.
09:06:04 >>FRANK REDDICK: Here.
09:06:04 >>HARRY COHEN: Here.
09:06:13 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Here.
09:06:19 >>MARY MULHERN: Here.
09:06:20 I would like to read into the minutes a letter from
09:06:20 Chairman Miranda. He writes: I regret that I will be
09:06:24 unable to attend the City Council meeting on April
09:06:27 21st, 2011.
09:06:35 I'll entertain a motion to adopt the minutes.
09:06:38 >> So moved.
09:06:40 >> Second.
09:06:42 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
09:06:47 And I will also entertain a motion to approve the
09:06:53 And hear from the clerk on any changes.
09:06:55 >> So moved.
09:06:57 >>MARY MULHERN: I guess we should hear the changes
09:07:01 Sorry, Shirley.
09:07:02 >>SHIRLEY FOXX-KNOWLES: Items on the agenda, we have
09:07:09 an off-agenda item.
09:07:11 A new business item, development administrator,
09:07:18 requesting that a two-hour workshop subpoena scheduled
09:07:20 to discuss economic development including the
09:07:28 Development Corporation and Tampa Bay partnership it.
09:07:30 The dates available for the workshop would be May
09:07:33 26th, 2011, or June 16, on council's calendar.
09:07:42 We also have items that cannot be heard.
09:07:52 Item 42 through 45 that cannot be heard due to
09:07:59 And lastly, we have a special note to the agenda.
09:08:05 We have regarding item number 1, we have an e-mail from
09:08:09 Mark Huey transmitting handouts entitled City of Tampa
09:08:15 economic development, ad valorem tax exemption program.
09:08:20 And item 35, we have an e-mail from Barbara Lynch
09:08:25 transmitting an affidavit to authorize agent pertaining
09:08:30 to the item.
09:08:30 It's a closure.
09:08:33 Move for approval of the agenda.
09:08:34 >>MARY MULHERN: Yes.
09:08:38 I'd like to hear -- perhaps we can set the date for
09:08:43 the -- if someone would like a motion to set at date
09:08:48 for the economic development workshop.
09:08:52 >> Motion to accept May 26th, 20 is 1 as the
09:08:58 workshop date.
09:08:59 >>THE CLERK: You do have a workshop at 9:00 that date.
09:09:07 So it would have to be after that.
09:09:09 >> And the other date was June -- we don't have any
09:09:13 workshops scheduled on June 16th, do two in one
09:09:28 I mean --
09:09:37 >> Motion to accept May 26th for a workshop for
09:09:40 economic development at 10 a.m.
09:09:42 >> Second.
09:09:45 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
09:09:48 Thank you.
09:09:56 >>MARY MULHERN: A motion to approve the rest of the
09:09:58 agenda changes?
09:09:59 Thank you.
09:10:24 It's time for public comment.
09:10:26 We'll have a motion to open public hearings.
09:10:28 So this would the time to speak on those.
09:10:33 And I would like to hear any item that's on the agenda
09:10:39 And then there is time to speak on --
09:10:44 >>THE CLERK: On the public comments, that would be for
09:10:46 anything on the agenda, not the public hearings.
09:10:50 Those are set for time certain.
09:10:51 >>MARY MULHERN: Oh, okay.
09:10:54 I'm sorry.
09:10:55 So anything that is not set for public hearing, this is
09:10:57 the time -- sorry.
09:11:01 It this would the time if anything is listed on the
09:11:04 agenda as a staff report.
09:11:06 For instance, the New Tampa bridge is a staff report, I
09:11:13 Then if we could have a motion to open the public
09:11:16 >>THE CLERK: Don't need it.
09:11:23 >>MARY MULHERN: We don't have to open for public
09:11:27 >>THE CLERK: No.
09:11:28 Public hearings.
09:11:29 >> Good morning.
09:11:35 My name is Warren Dixon, a resident of 16006 Berman way
09:11:40 in Tampa Palms.
09:11:42 I'm addressing agenda item 39, a contract award for the
09:11:47 New Tampa Boulevard bridge over I-75.
09:11:49 First, I am not criticizing or contest ting the award
09:11:54 of the contract or requesting any change to it or to
09:11:58 the RFP.
09:11:59 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Can you speak up into the microphone?
09:12:04 >> I understand that the bridge will be a reality.
09:12:08 Again, I will restate, I am not contest ting the
09:12:11 contract award.
09:12:13 I understand the bridge is a reality.
09:12:15 But I am seeking the cooperation of the council to take
09:12:17 steps to protect the safety and the quality of life in
09:12:21 two prime neighborhoods, while at the same time
09:12:24 providing the benefits of the bridge.
09:12:27 Our concerns are and have always been the safety
09:12:30 factors related to the introduction of AP major
09:12:35 commuter bypass past three public schools, early
09:12:40 learning center, and the dangers to our residents and
09:12:43 to the wildlife, because of using a roadway system
09:12:46 designed as a collector instead as an arterial highway
09:12:54 An arterial highway coming through a residential area
09:12:59 is a concept that is discouraged by the long range
09:13:01 transportation plan and the MPO guidelines.
09:13:04 May I see the Elmo?
09:13:06 May I have that displayed?
09:13:13 This shows what we are talking about generally.
09:13:15 In 1988, the Tampa tech center west DRI described a
09:13:23 connector route, a route from I-275 including a bridge,
09:13:28 and including New Tampa Boulevard going to county road
09:13:33 5781, Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
09:13:36 Since 2006 and 2007 time frame, the east-west connector
09:13:43 portion has been delayed.
09:13:45 The east-west connector and that roadway would have
09:13:48 been the arterial highway.
09:13:50 Our concern is that by creating the start of an
09:13:54 arterial highway in this area, which is New Tampa
09:13:58 Boulevard, traffic going across the bridge can no
09:14:00 longer vice-president in the arterial portion of the
09:14:05 east-west connector of 275, will then drop down past
09:14:10 liberty and freedom schools, an early learning center,
09:14:13 going down to Tampa Palms Boulevard from commerce park
09:14:20 In particular, Tampa Palms Boulevard has been admitted
09:14:23 by the city not to be suitable for use as an arterial.
09:14:28 It's a collector.
09:14:28 It's too curvey.
09:14:30 It has poor sight lines.
09:14:32 It has 19 road cuts for neighborhoods and access.
09:14:41 I have submitted earlier, in talking to each of you
09:14:44 analysis by an expert traffic engineer, which indicates
09:14:48 that if you leave New Tampa Boulevard -- leave it at
09:14:54 two lanes, the traffic through 2025, the traffic load
09:14:58 will be such that the roadway system can handle it, in
09:15:02 fact, easily.
09:15:03 (Bell sounds)
09:15:05 I'm asking you, therefore -- and while there are no
09:15:09 plans currently to widen New Tampa Boulevard to four
09:15:12 lanes, there have been in the past.
09:15:18 I'm asking you, therefore, to link any future widening
09:15:22 of New Tampa Boulevard to completion of the east-west
09:15:28 connector, the east-west road, or by whatever other
09:15:32 terms you want to consider it.
09:15:35 By doing so -- I'm sorry, I can't see if I am --
09:15:40 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
09:15:41 Your time is actually up.
09:15:42 So if you want to wrap this up.
09:15:43 >> Okay, I'll do that.
09:15:45 Thank you very much.
09:15:46 By doing so, you will provide the benefits of the
09:15:48 bridge, but also demonstrate to your constituencies
09:15:52 that you are addressing their concerns over safety and
09:15:54 quality of life in these neighborhoods.
09:15:56 Thank you very much.
09:15:57 >> I'm Ed Tillou from north Tampa.
09:16:12 I come every week to see if panhandling will be on the
09:16:15 ballot and it isn't, so I have other things I always
09:16:18 I have a class about two weeks away from here, USF
09:16:25 With respect to that latter point, there was an article
09:16:27 in the paper letter to the editor, a beggar having an
09:16:33 This is somebody probably with a car and a house and
09:16:36 things like that.
09:16:37 And I know you want those votes.
09:16:39 I ran for City Council myself in Madison, Wisconsin,
09:16:42 and you want every vote you can get, but still you
09:16:45 should draw the line at some point.
09:16:53 There are many people around Tampa that are hard of
09:16:56 hearing and it gets dismissed as something cultural but
09:17:00 I think they are genuinely hard of hearing, and this
09:17:03 gets in schools like the kids are tested.
09:17:05 My question, are they well tested?
09:17:07 In other words, a lot of you are probably on PTA's and
09:17:11 things, how to win votes.
09:17:13 >>MARY MULHERN: Excuse me, are you speaking on an
09:17:15 agenda item?
09:17:15 >> Okay, I'll come to that.
09:17:17 But in any case, there's got to be more attention to
09:17:19 people that are hard of hearing, need to be put up
09:17:22 front rather than get special education instructors.
09:17:26 Item 39 is a symptom of urban sprawl.
09:17:29 And what you have got to do is try to work against
09:17:32 urban sprawl, because even though Hart works well, it
09:17:35 can only deal so well with urban sprawl.
09:17:39 And I look at the shopping center at Nebraska and
09:17:43 I look at the empty houses in the area of Florida and
09:17:47 Columbus and Nebraska and Fowler, I meant.
09:17:53 And these people who are no longer really in Tampa,
09:17:56 they have sprawled out to the north, and now there's
09:17:59 12.5 million for a bridge.
09:18:03 With respect to item 1, last time I spoke about
09:18:05 community redevelopment and economic development is
09:18:08 very closely related to that, and it's interesting that
09:18:11 the project across from the Amtrak, catty-corner across
09:18:18 from Amtrak, has nothing to do with Amtrak.
09:18:21 County have a hotel, it can have places for people to
09:18:24 buy food to take on Amtrak, but there's next to no
09:18:29 This is done with public transportation.
09:18:31 And that also is something that's got to be changed.
09:18:34 So I come to try to address these things.
09:18:37 In hopes I'm not dealing with other people that are
09:18:40 hard of hearing.
09:18:42 So as I say, money is spent to test for that in the
09:18:46 schools, but maybe the person doesn't even come in and
09:18:49 just fills out formats saying, okay, okay, okay.
09:18:53 And these kids need to be put in the front row.
09:18:56 They might not need special education instructors for
09:19:00 an extra $10,000 a year.
09:19:02 Okay, thank you.
09:19:03 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
09:19:06 >> Good morning, council members.
09:19:10 My name is Russell Versaggi. I'm here to speak in
09:19:17 support of item number one.
09:19:18 As a business owner and as a resident, and as somebody
09:19:22 who is involved in the neighborhood as a stakeholder, I
09:19:27 want to encourage you to very strongly support the
09:19:30 economic development program that the mayor has
09:19:39 I served for the last three years on the City of Tampa
09:19:41 enterprise zone board, and they have asked me to come
09:19:43 this morning to speak to you in support of this program
09:19:47 as well as some of the others that may be available to
09:19:52 you as part of the city's economic development enacting
09:20:08 As the enter pertain zone board involvement has led up
09:20:11 to some very helpful agendas, one being that we have
09:20:15 recently joined our efforts with Hillsborough County,
09:20:24 we applaud Mark Huey and his office for creating that
09:20:27 interlocal agreement.
09:20:28 It has been fantastic.
09:20:29 It has been wonderful.
09:20:31 And the pertain is because it's not only leveraged the
09:20:36 few dollars that we had, which is very critical in
09:20:40 today's environment, but it's also spurred a lot of
09:20:46 creativity and collaboration with the county enter
09:20:50 praise zone board.
09:20:51 So any opportunities to mimic that type of ordinances,
09:20:57 I would very strongly support.
09:21:00 I think my board would also support.
09:21:09 Just one quick example that the county has done that
09:21:12 perhaps will show up for the city to follow, they have
09:21:16 a small business, job creation program.
09:21:25 It was an incentive for small businesses to generate
09:21:29 new jobs, up to three new jobs for small business, and
09:21:35 up to 50% of that employees cost, payroll cost is
09:21:42 reimbursed back to the employer.
09:21:44 But the it's a very strong incentive, and being in the
09:21:47 real estate business, I have had to endure some pretty
09:21:50 tough times out there, and I can say this type of thing
09:21:57 is very strongly encouraged and I appreciate your
09:22:00 Thank you.
09:22:00 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
09:22:04 >> Lise, P.O. Box 7636 Tampa, Florida here to talk
09:22:12 about the red light camera thing we were speaking about
09:22:15 a couple of weeks ago.
09:22:16 Now is the time for that?
09:22:18 >>MARY MULHERN: If we could hear from people who are
09:22:21 speaking on agenda items first.
09:22:22 >> How do we know who those persons are?
09:22:25 >> They will tell us when they come up.
09:22:27 If -- I don't believe that's on the agenda.
09:22:30 >> No, it's not.
09:22:31 But how do I know who is?
09:22:35 >> Because they will tell us when they come up.
09:22:38 There's only a few people here.
09:22:39 We'll figure it out as we go.
09:22:41 >> Garrison Urette, 5323 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa,
09:22:51 Florida, here to speak regarding agenda item 39, the
09:22:54 New Tampa Boulevard bridge.
09:22:56 In particular I'm here to talk about how our
09:23:00 infrastructure affects our communities, made up of
09:23:02 residents, businesses, community services such as
09:23:04 hospitals, schools, et cetera.
09:23:07 Grew up in Tampa, the new Tampa area when it was still
09:23:12 cattle fields, and watched it be planned, developed
09:23:15 over the last few decades.
09:23:17 Currently work in New Tampa, have to travel there every
09:23:19 day, and one of the things that strikes me about the
09:23:22 area is all the infrastructure that was planned to make
09:23:25 New Tampa a thriving community, except for one item.
09:23:29 You have your water which works, you have your sewer
09:23:32 which works, your electricity, your telephone, your
09:23:35 The one thing that is missing, which if anybody has
09:23:38 been to New Tampa is very evident, is a transportation
09:23:43 When New Tampa was designed and laid out, the MPO said,
09:23:47 well, we are going to need so much water, sewer,
09:23:51 What's been missing has been a major component of the
09:23:53 road system in New Tampa which causes the headaches
09:23:57 that we all experience currently.
09:23:59 Item number 39 addresses an integral piece, the New
09:24:03 Tampa Boulevard bridge, which will provide additional
09:24:06 means of getting from one side of 75 to the other.
09:24:09 This is also key for businesses.
09:24:12 A lot of people work in the Bruce B. Downs, I-75
09:24:16 interchange, which has -- and USA, depository trucks,
09:24:24 people from all over Tampa come there to work, but they
09:24:27 also fight every day the transportation problems.
09:24:31 And the addition of this project, the completion of
09:24:34 this project, which has been planned for over 20 years,
09:24:37 has been delayed, unfortunately, for at least -- I know
09:24:41 it's got sat in the EPC for at least two years and had
09:24:45 other delays prior to that, and is part of the
09:24:48 transportation that was originally planned and
09:24:50 desperately needed to bring some relief to New Tampa.
09:24:56 Please vote for this project so we can have some relief
09:24:59 in New Tampa.
09:25:07 >>ANDREA ZELMAN: Fowler White, also here to speak about
09:25:09 item 39.
09:25:11 I am here on behalf of the owners of commercial
09:25:13 property in New Tampa, the Tampa Palms commercial park.
09:25:16 I just want to make sure that council understands some
09:25:18 of the history, you know.
09:25:20 There's a small but local group of opponents who
09:25:23 continue to use different legal maneuvers to delay this
09:25:27 We want to make sure that you understand that they
09:25:30 don't represent all of the property owners in New Tampa
09:25:34 and all the people who will benefit from this bridge.
09:25:40 There's large employers in that area like MetLife and
09:25:43 USAA who have been counting for years on this bridge
09:25:46 helping to alleviate the traffic out there and get
09:25:49 their employees to work.
09:25:51 There are other people here to speak who are business
09:25:53 owners who will attest to the impact this delay has had
09:25:57 on their business, and the need for additional access
09:26:00 in the area.
09:26:02 You know, we keep hearing about economic development
09:26:04 which is probably the most important thing in our city
09:26:06 right now.
09:26:09 You know, to further delay the bridge is standing in
09:26:13 the way of that, standing in the way of progress and
09:26:15 improved opportunities for economic development.
09:26:18 I served here as an assistant city attorney from '96 to
09:26:23 2002 when a lot of New Tampa was being actively
09:26:26 And the reason I bring that up is I do have some
09:26:29 personal knowledge of the history of this bridge and
09:26:32 it's important to understand, and I believe your staff
09:26:35 has told you that this has been part of the city's
09:26:39 transportation plans for more than 20 years.
09:26:40 There are a number of development agreements and DRI
09:26:43 development orders and so on that all contemplate this
09:26:47 bridge being part of the transportation network, and
09:26:52 that's significant because part of the development that
09:26:54 is there today wouldn't be there but for the fact that
09:26:57 this road network was planned.
09:27:00 You know, development West Meadows would not have been
09:27:03 allowed, or been built as it is without that being in
09:27:08 the plans.
09:27:09 In addition, developers were required to contribute
09:27:12 money toward the construction of the bridge.
09:27:14 They went out there in reliance on the fact that this
09:27:17 bridge was coming and have expectations that the bridge
09:27:22 would move forward, and here it is 20 years later,
09:27:25 still not there.
09:27:26 Now Mr. Dixon with, all due respect, is telling you he
09:27:29 doesn't oppose the bridge.
09:27:30 He spent over two years and cost the city hundreds of
09:27:33 thousands of dollars in legal fees objecting to the
09:27:36 wetland permit for this bridge.
09:27:39 My concern today is what he's asking you to do, talking
09:27:43 about a possible road widenings that even he admits
09:27:48 isn't on the books, is yet just another delay tactic.
09:27:51 I know he gives you a lot of numbers and a lot of
09:27:53 charts and he's a very impressive speaker, but let's
09:27:56 not let ourselves be fooled.
09:27:58 I think this is just another delay tactic.
09:28:00 And I ask you to please not delay this any further and
09:28:03 let it the contract go forward, let the bridge be
09:28:06 Thank you.
09:28:06 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
09:28:09 >> David singer with Holland and Knight here to speak
09:28:18 very briefly on agenda item 45.
09:28:21 Which is a review of the zoning administrator which
09:28:26 will not be heard today due to a misnotice.
09:28:38 So we are asking that on June 16th or June
09:28:43 23rd, this be set for hearing.
09:28:45 This has been going on for over two years and the
09:28:48 residents would very much like resolution to this
09:28:52 We have on the agenda asked for June 2nd.
09:28:55 That date is no longer okay with our residents.
09:28:59 So if it would be amenable to City Council amenable we
09:29:03 would like June 16 or June 23rd for this hearing.
09:29:05 >>MARY MULHERN: I think we are going to need to hear
09:29:10 from legal on this.
09:29:11 >>JULIA COLE: This is a 10:30 item so you would need
09:29:19 to take it up at 10:30.
09:29:21 Between now and then let me have an opportunity to
09:29:23 discuss with petitioner and Mr. Singer those specific
09:29:25 dates you don't open this but this is on your agenda
09:29:38 for 10:30.
09:29:39 >>THE CLERK: Also on that request for June 15th,
09:29:45 that is not a regular session.
09:29:47 That is a workshop session.
09:29:49 Your next regular meeting is the 23rd of June.
09:29:57 >> I'm Richard Ragg, in Tampa.
09:30:11 My wife and I are the owners operators of the child
09:30:13 care center that you heard about several times
09:30:15 discussing item 39, the bridge.
09:30:21 When we bought our property in 2000 it was with full
09:30:24 understanding that that bridge was approved and funded
09:30:27 and the engineering was done and construction was going
09:30:29 to start virtually immediately.
09:30:32 Our target market area always was Tampa, new Tampa
09:30:35 north, and the West Meadows area.
09:30:38 And that connector bridge provides a link between
09:30:42 Today what ends up happening is our sponsors from the
09:30:47 West Meadows area, they are forced to drive about six
09:30:49 or seven miles around instead of coming across a half
09:30:52 mile bridge to our facility, they have to go six, seven
09:30:56 miles around.
09:30:59 The parents form friendships, the children have bonds
09:31:06 with other children, right across from Freedom and
09:31:09 Liberty high schools.
09:31:13 People want to conduct their lives in an orderly manner
09:31:15 with conveniences.
09:31:16 That connector bridge allows people to come to our
09:31:18 facility without excessive travel.
09:31:21 It allows their children to play together, to have
09:31:23 sleepovers without driving around and allows us access
09:31:28 to the shopping areas at New Tampa and Bruce B. Downs.
09:31:44 They should be able to travel back and forth and enjoy
09:31:47 their business friendships.
09:31:48 We speak very highly in favor of that bridge and have
09:31:50 been waiting years for it to get built.
09:31:52 So urge you to vote in favor of it.
09:31:54 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
09:31:57 Can anyone who is planning to speak, please stand up so
09:32:00 we have an idea how many people?
09:32:02 >> Sandy Morris, I'm actually a Wesley chapel resident.
09:32:17 I work in New Tampa and most of the businesses that I
09:32:24 support, restaurants, spas, are in New Tampa.
09:32:28 And I used to work for an engineering company, and
09:32:31 frankly, I thought this bridge was going to be a done
09:32:33 deal years ago, so it's somewhat of a surprise that
09:32:37 this is still going on.
09:32:38 And if anyone that drives in New Tampa can attest,
09:32:42 anything that can be helped to relieve some of the
09:32:45 congestion that has to right now go on Bruce B. Downs
09:32:49 There's no option available for people and it's a
09:32:53 As Councilwoman, when you had your town hall meeting on
09:32:56 Monday, there was a major -- not even a major accident
09:32:59 but it caused people to be late to the meeting itself,
09:33:03 and that is not -- that's a daily occurrence.
09:33:06 It's multiple time of the day occurrence.
09:33:10 I strongly support this bridge and I hope it will go
09:33:13 forward with expediency and not be stalled anymore.
09:33:16 Thank you.
09:33:24 >> Dennis Cherr, Tampa.
09:33:31 I'm a business owner in Tampa Palms of five and a half
09:33:33 years, over a million dollars in business and expect
09:33:37 that bridge to be built within a year, and here we
09:33:40 still are.
09:33:40 Monday night at the Cross Creek library I heard again
09:33:46 the phrase a bridge to nowhere and I looked it up and
09:33:47 it means an insignificant place.
09:33:49 First off, neither Tampa Palms or West Meadows or Cross
09:33:52 Creek residents are nowhere citizens and they are not
09:33:58 It's really kind of insulting.
09:34:00 This is truly a bridge to somewhere.
09:34:02 It is a bridge that is another piece of the
09:34:06 infrastructure growth of New Tampa, a bridge to reduce
09:34:08 the response times or aid in backup, a bridge to our
09:34:13 children in Tampa Palms schools in an emergency
09:34:18 Secondly, I keep hearing it will destroy the quality of
09:34:21 life, and I have to ask, what does that mean?
09:34:24 I live in Cross Creek, and I was terrified when they
09:34:26 were going to widen Cross Creek to four lanes in front
09:34:30 of an elementary and a middle school.
09:34:32 But the truth was it improved our quality of life.
09:34:35 This whole project is about improving the quality of
09:34:38 safety and communability of an entire community, not
09:34:43 just Tampa Palms and West Meadows.
09:34:45 And I, along with a lot of other people, you know, have
09:34:48 confidence in the professional studies that have been
09:34:52 The experts who were brought in have been brought in
09:34:54 several times using tried and proven standards sifting
09:34:59 through the emotions to get to the facts.
09:35:02 So many professionals from local council members to
09:35:04 state legislators say this is a good plan for the
09:35:08 future of New Tampa.
09:35:10 They see the thousand-foot view, and I trust the
09:35:14 democratic system that has gotten us here thus far.
09:35:17 I trust this isn't a perfect plan, but it is a good
09:35:20 solid growth decision that we can continue to tweak as
09:35:24 we go along hopefully with both sides working together.
09:35:28 And, you know, I don't feel it's right when people try
09:35:31 to move the voting by saying you won't be satisfied
09:35:35 until some child is killed.
09:35:36 There is nothing that will keep a mom from worrying
09:35:39 about her grade school kids walking to school.
09:35:42 But if the studies that went into this are like the
09:35:45 ones that they did four laning Cross Creek, then I feel
09:35:48 good because I have a first and second grader that go
09:35:51 to Hunter's Green.
09:35:52 The intersection of commerce park and Tampa Palms
09:35:55 Boulevard will need some work but progress is never
09:36:06 And now let's do a study of widening New Tampa
09:36:12 It's very obvious that this is another stalling
09:36:15 strategy, but it's time to stop talking, build the
09:36:18 bridge to somewhere, and let's start supporting the
09:36:21 process that this council has kept approving based on
09:36:26 the findings of a lot of study, hard work, planning and
09:36:29 forward thinking.
09:36:30 Let's start building the bridge and work together as a
09:36:34 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
09:36:37 >> I'm Barbara Beal.
09:36:47 I live at 138 major park in Tampa Palms in the Tampa
09:36:55 Palms professional center.
09:36:57 Four years ago, I moved my business to Tampa Palms at
09:37:02 the professional center knowing that the bridge was
09:37:04 going to be built and this would help my business.
09:37:07 The bridge has not come through, and at this point it
09:37:11 is a detriment to my business.
09:37:14 I get delivery from various vendors throughout the
09:37:16 city, and they all the time get lost, have trouble
09:37:20 getting there, they don't want to come bring deliveries
09:37:24 to my store because the traffic is horrendous.
09:37:26 And they are right.
09:37:28 It takes me many days, 15 to 20 minutes, just to get
09:37:33 from my office to Bruce B. Downs before I go to an
09:37:37 appointment, and that's two miles or less.
09:37:39 And the reason it takes so long is because of all the
09:37:42 traffic and congestion.
09:37:45 Once I get to Bruce B. Downs, I actually move faster
09:37:48 than I do just getting there, which is amazing, because
09:37:51 Bruce B. Downs is a mess.
09:37:53 Anything you can do to get this bridge built for us and
09:37:57 help alleviate some of this traffic and help the small
09:38:00 businesses in the area would be appreciated.
09:38:03 So, please, pass this and get it moving and get the
09:38:07 bridge built to help the small businesses that are
09:38:10 suffering because of congestion.
09:38:12 Thank you.
09:38:12 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
09:38:19 >> My name is Evelyn Romano, 191-7917 Lakeland place,
09:38:27 West Tampa, West Meadows.
09:38:28 I didn't plan to speak today but I feel compelled to
09:38:31 given some of the comments that I have just heard.
09:38:34 Warren Dixon earlier mentioned that we were putting
09:38:38 forth a proposal to have the New Tampa Boulevard not
09:38:43 widened to four lanes from the current two lanes until
09:38:46 the east-west connector would be built.
09:38:48 We are in no way trying to delay the building of this
09:38:53 bridge right now.
09:38:54 What we are proposing has nothing to do with that.
09:38:57 It has to do what if you build this bridge, please do
09:39:02 not turn your eyes away from the concerns of the
09:39:06 residents of West Meadows and Tampa Palms.
09:39:08 This is not something, we heard business, business,
09:39:14 We respect that, but we live in the neighborhood, and
09:39:16 to compare Cross Creek Boulevard to New Tampa Boulevard
09:39:19 is absurd.
09:39:21 One is a road that has commercial development,
09:39:23 churches, schools, libraries, commercial development
09:39:27 all along the corridor.
09:39:29 New Tampa Boulevard is one community, has one entrance.
09:39:32 That's the area with a community center on one side and
09:39:37 arterial highway being proposed at four lanes right to
09:39:40 the residents on the other side.
09:39:42 What we are asking is that, okay, the bridge, it will
09:39:45 be a reality, but please do not turn your backs on the
09:39:48 residents of both of these communities.
09:39:50 Our safety issues, our concerns, and anybody who one
09:39:52 take the time to go out there and see what we are
09:39:55 talking about, look at the photos that Mr. Dixon put
09:39:59 together, will realize this is nothing to do with
09:40:01 delaying tactics.
09:40:02 This is to do with our communities that we care about
09:40:05 very, very much.
09:40:08 To just turn your backs on us, it has been done,
09:40:11 unfortunately, by the city staff for the last three
09:40:13 years, which drove us to the legal ramifications we had
09:40:16 to take to try to get somebody to listen to us.
09:40:19 Please, I'm asking you, do not turn your backs on the
09:40:22 residents of these two communities.
09:40:24 It is not strictly a question of businesses and
09:40:27 convenience for them.
09:40:28 These are the lives of our residents, our children.
09:40:31 Thank you very much.
09:40:31 >> Rebecca bass, on Packwood Avenue in Tampa, I am also
09:40:45 a realtor here in Tampa, and one of the major issues I
09:40:48 have had actually, just had a resident who moved into
09:40:51 West Meadows and the real estate market is already
09:40:57 affected poorly through the economy, but this is
09:41:01 something a year from now he planned to purchase and
09:41:04 he's been there less than a month and he said the
09:41:06 traffic through there is just horrendous to get in and
09:41:09 out of his community.
09:41:10 I told him about the bridge and also an entire
09:41:17 community for the bridge to GOP through and a lot of
09:41:20 residents are from West Meadows who say they are
09:41:23 against it.
09:41:23 I have two places.
09:41:27 Both of them are pushing strongly for this so there are
09:41:28 residents of West Meadows.
09:41:29 They couldn't be here today so I wanted to represent
09:41:30 them, that there is some of them in there that are
09:41:32 strongly supporting this as a way to get around.
09:41:35 If there is an accident, they are on Bruce B. Downs.
09:41:38 They have to sit and wait.
09:41:39 This would be something for their community and they
09:41:45 are strongly for it.
09:41:46 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
09:41:48 >> Good morning.
09:41:50 My name is Michael Urette, 532 Riviera drive.
09:41:57 I also am a participant in Tampa Palms professional
09:42:00 I'm co-owner with my son who has already spoken.
09:42:03 And I applaud Mr. Dixon and Mrs. Romano for joining in
09:42:11 the effort to get the bridge built.
09:42:15 I think we are neighbors.
09:42:17 They are residential neighbors.
09:42:18 We are business neighbors.
09:42:20 And I think that this is a very positive step going
09:42:24 forward for the community.
09:42:29 I would say that, of course, there will always be more
09:42:32 studies done, and the city traffic department is very
09:42:36 open to considering alternatives as they are needed.
09:42:42 And I would certainly support that effort in the
09:42:48 It's right now is the issue at hand.
09:42:53 We know that construction is at a low point.
09:42:56 We know that the bid for the bridge came in
09:43:00 significantly below the budgeted amount, expected
09:43:05 We know that the economy is improving.
09:43:09 And as it improves, construction prices are going to go
09:43:12 And that would be a detriment to the any future effort
09:43:18 to build the bridge.
09:43:20 Now is the time to build the bridge.
09:43:24 I respectfully ask that you vote to approve the
09:43:30 contract to build the New Tampa extension bridge.
09:43:34 Thank you very much.
09:43:34 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
09:43:37 >> I want to make remarks about that red light
09:43:45 conversation we had a couple weeks ago.
09:43:47 In the push to make it an already overpoliced community
09:43:52 with these red light cameras, there was something said
09:43:55 by you, council person Cohen, that the reason why
09:43:59 persons who were in violation of the red light camera
09:44:02 and received citations didn't have their driving record
09:44:05 impacted, because the nature was noninvasive and you
09:44:11 also said not sophisticated enough to capture anything
09:44:13 other than photographs of license plates.
09:44:16 Is that correct?
09:44:16 >> Madam Chair, if you could direct the direct to
09:44:23 council and not to individuals, I appreciate that.
09:44:25 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you for that suggestion.
09:44:29 This is a time for you to give us public comment, not
09:44:33 for conversation.
09:44:34 >> Okay --
09:44:36 >>MARY MULHERN: You can ask what you like.
09:44:39 >> I understand.
09:44:40 I just thought it was important.
09:44:41 Thank you for that.
09:44:42 I want to be sure that the public was informed, that
09:44:44 apsol.com, a Web site of the company that the police
09:44:51 department proposed a contract to install these red
09:44:55 light cameras, says quite clearly they are capable of
09:44:57 24/7 digital video.
09:45:01 They also expressed the system can be installed with a
09:45:03 second camera to capture driver images.
09:45:05 They also in direct opposition to your suggestion that
09:45:09 they are sophisticated, the camera technology is user
09:45:14 friendly and highly advanced.
09:45:16 And so that's the kind of stuff that this council moved
09:45:19 to put in these communities, not unsophisticated
09:45:24 picture taking things but things that can monitor us 24
09:45:26 hours a day, seven days a week.
09:45:28 So no investigation, no right to speak, and expressions
09:45:33 of concern were pointed.
09:45:35 So I just want to say to you, sir, that it's misplaced
09:45:40 on the citizens that you were elected to represent.
09:45:42 Thank you.
09:45:42 >>MARY MULHERN: Excuse me.
09:45:46 Can just because I know you said your name earlier but
09:45:49 because this is getting captioned --
09:45:52 >> Lise, P.O. Box 7636 Tampa, Florida.
09:45:56 >> Thank you.
09:45:58 And I feel that when I'm running the meeting, every
09:46:02 citizen has a right to speak and say what they like,
09:46:05 and sometimes they are not going to be happy with us
09:46:08 and they have a right to state that.
09:46:10 Thank you.
09:46:15 Are there any requests by the public for
09:46:27 reconsideration of legislative matters?
09:46:33 Seeing none, we'll move on to our committee reports
09:46:54 Councilman Reddick.
09:46:56 >> Do you want to do the ordinances first?
09:47:01 >>MARY MULHERN: We do those first?
09:47:03 I'm sorry.
09:47:03 We'll come back to that.
09:47:04 We have an ordinance for first reading, item number 1.
09:47:10 I believe Mr. Huey would like to speak to that.
09:47:12 >>MARK HUEY: Economic development administrator.
09:47:15 Good to be with you, honorable council members.
09:47:18 Before you this morning is a new ordinance that will
09:47:22 put a new tool in place that we believe will help us to
09:47:30 grow local businesses to our community.
09:47:37 The first of March, authorized council and the mayor to
09:47:42 put in place an incentive program that would exempt
09:47:48 incremental tax assessment for economic development
09:47:54 When Mayor Buckhorn took office, he made it a operator
09:47:57 for us to make this a top priority and to bring it to
09:48:02 you today for implementation.
09:48:06 Many of you campaigns pained around the importance of
09:48:08 incentives like this, and I know you have been anxious
09:48:12 to see this come forward to council as well.
09:48:16 Everyone appreciates in these difficult economic times
09:48:19 how important it is for the city to have all the tools
09:48:23 it needs to help bring jobs to many of our citizens who
09:48:27 are struggling with unemployment and to help position
09:48:30 our local economy to grow as the national economy
09:48:36 The ordinance is before you this morning for a first
09:48:41 I am just going to make a few brief comments and then I
09:48:43 would be glad to answer any questions that you might
09:48:47 First of all, understand that the ordinance allows you
09:48:51 to exempt ad valorem -- related to property taxes as
09:48:58 well as tangible personal property, 100 percent of that
09:49:02 new assessment for a particular business for up to ten
09:49:06 years, on a case-by-case basis.
09:49:09 So the ordinance does on a case-by-case basis give a
09:49:13 lot of latitude to work with the business opportunity
09:49:17 that we think is important for our local economy.
09:49:20 Having said that, the ordinance also provides some
09:49:23 framework and structure, and it creates a tier of
09:49:28 different types of projects, and the basic idea behind
09:49:31 the tiering is the better the project the more
09:49:35 incentive we are willing to provide as a city.
09:49:37 So it's a basic, simple, straightforward idea.
09:49:42 You will also note within the different tiering that we
09:49:46 have also created opportunities for special areas in
09:49:48 the city like our community redevelopment area, like
09:49:52 the enterprise zone, and like brownfield projects to
09:49:56 receive extra incentives.
09:50:01 The program targets all the kind of businesses that we
09:50:06 talk about frequently that we would like to attract to
09:50:09 our economy, those that have good growth prospects and
09:50:13 who have the ability to provide well-paying jobs to our
09:50:17 And those businesses ranges across clean-tech
09:50:21 businesses, defense industries, manufacturing,
09:50:24 financial services, professional services, a wide
09:50:28 variety of industry that again represents opportunities
09:50:32 for long-term growth in our economy.
09:50:39 The goal, as we have developed this ordinance, has been
09:50:41 to make it in all material respects as much as possible
09:50:47 consistent with the similar ordinance that the board of
09:50:50 county commissioners passed earlier this year.
09:50:53 We felt that was important because it would avoid
09:50:57 confusion between businesses in the City of Tampa
09:51:02 limits and businesses in the county.
09:51:06 As the county developed its ordinance earlier this
09:51:09 year, we certainly had a chance to observe that and to
09:51:12 provide them feedback as to elements of the ordinance
09:51:15 that might or might not be in the best interest of the
09:51:18 City of Tampa.
09:51:19 And there were a couple of items that came up in that
09:51:22 review earlier this year.
09:51:24 One of them was addressed by this board, actually
09:51:27 sitting as the redevelopment agency.
09:51:29 You might remember that we asked that the redevelopment
09:51:32 agency be included in the approval process of a project
09:51:38 that might be in one of our community redevelopment
09:51:41 And the county did address that in their final
09:51:46 We also shared at the time that the county developed
09:51:50 their ordinance there was one category of targeted
09:51:53 industry that was not appropriate for the City of
09:51:54 Tampa, and that was destination retail, and that was
09:51:59 included in the county's ordinance, but because retail
09:52:02 wants to be in the urban core in the city, we didn't
09:52:05 think that was going to be an appropriate activity to
09:52:10 Keep in mind this ordinance allows council to exempt
09:52:22 the value but only incremental effect value associated
09:52:25 with a new opportunity.
09:52:26 So the existing assessed base of the city and the tax
09:52:31 revenues associated with those would not be implemented
09:52:33 on a going-forward basis by this ordinance.
09:52:37 And furthermore, if you recall how the tiering
09:52:43 structure works in the ordinance, we are not exempting,
09:52:47 suggesting on a routine basis that we would in fact
09:52:50 exempt all of the property taxes a are associated with
09:52:56 the project.
09:52:57 You can see in the tiers that it could be 50% and at
09:53:00 most 75%.
09:53:01 And that's what we would expect on a repeat basis.
09:53:03 So even with new growth we would expect still some
09:53:06 revenues to come to the city associated with that new
09:53:12 Finally, I would like to suggest that the county has
09:53:16 worked very hard to structure this ordinance, and we
09:53:20 appreciate being able to look over their shoulder.
09:53:26 In their process they put a lot of work into study how
09:53:29 other communities have adopted ordinances like these.
09:53:33 We thought a lot about our community and our particular
09:53:36 need, but we also acknowledged that we are going to
09:53:39 learn from our experience in implementing the
09:53:41 And so it would be our expectation over the years that
09:53:44 we work with this ordinance, that we would work with
09:53:48 Hillsborough County, we would work with Plant City, who
09:53:50 has also implemented this ordinance, to again improve
09:53:53 it and make sure it's meeting all of our intended
09:53:57 purposes and goals over time.
09:53:59 So those are the three comments that I wanted to make
09:54:02 for you.
09:54:03 I appreciate the fact that each of you have taken time
09:54:05 to learn about the ordinance, ask a lot of good
09:54:08 questions of me over the past week, and I would be
09:54:12 happy to answer any other questions or more questions
09:54:14 this morning.
09:54:14 >>MARY MULHERN: Councilwoman Capin.
09:54:19 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Could you address the annual filings --
09:54:25 could you address the Al annual filings of this section
09:54:29 9 so the public knows that we have accountability?
09:54:33 >>MARK HUEY: The ordinance describes the process of how
09:54:35 it would impact the business and how they would be
09:54:38 involved in the program.
09:54:39 And it starts with an application.
09:54:41 And that application would then come, once it is
09:54:44 approved, would come to you in the form of an
09:54:46 ordinance, an agreement with that company, that would
09:54:49 put in place the incentives for the company.
09:54:52 But then they would be required to report.
09:54:56 And this is the point that Councilwoman Capin was
09:55:00 making, that they would be required to report annually
09:55:03 whether they are meeting the obligations of their
09:55:05 agreement, which is to create jobs and to -- and/or to
09:55:10 make capital investment.
09:55:11 So they would be required to do that.
09:55:13 And if they don't do that, then the incentive would be
09:55:22 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Revoked.
09:55:23 Thank you.
09:55:23 >>MARY MULHERN: Councilman Reddick.
09:55:26 >>FRANK REDDICK: This would allow small businesses to
09:55:35 participate, correct?
09:55:37 >>MARK HUEY: Yes.
09:55:38 This doesn't exclude anyone.
09:55:39 >>FRANK REDDICK: How would you define a small
09:55:45 How many employees would consist of small?
09:55:47 What would you consider a small business?
09:55:51 >>MARK HUEY: Throws many different -- in the ordinance,
09:55:56 the tier 1, the first tier of jobs, has to do with 10
09:56:01 or more full time jobs.
09:56:03 So talking about a business that is creating 10 or more
09:56:06 So that's the size of job growth that we are talking
09:56:11 >>FRANK REDDICK: And when we had discussion, one of
09:56:14 the things I raised to you, and this is one of the
09:56:19 things I did campaign on in my district, is about
09:56:25 economic programs that the county has that the city was
09:56:26 trying to get approved, and thankful that the voters of
09:56:32 the city voted to approve this.
09:56:36 But I was concerned about the mom and pops operation.
09:56:40 If they wanted to expand.
09:56:45 Will they have the opportunity to have some incentives
09:56:47 to expand their business if they have one or two
09:56:49 employees, an opportunity where they can go and hire
09:56:52 seven or eight more?
09:56:53 And would it fit into this ordinance as and allow their
09:56:58 business to grow?
09:56:59 That's one of my concerns.
09:57:02 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, under the ordinance you have broad
09:57:05 But the way the tiering structure works is that it
09:57:08 starts at about ten employees for an expansion.
09:57:14 So if it is a small business expanding, ten employees,
09:57:18 they would be able to take advantage of this program.
09:57:22 >> All right.
09:57:24 Finally, I heard you mention somewhere, is there going
09:57:32 to be any type of collaboration with the county?
09:57:34 For example, if a business a wanted to apply for this
09:57:38 incentive, they apply to the county program with, city
09:57:42 and county working in con Sol indication with each
09:57:46 other so there won't be duplication?
09:57:51 >> A God point, councilman Reddick.
09:57:54 To be in the City of Tampa is to be exempted from our
09:57:57 property taxes as well as those assessed by the county.
09:58:00 And the City Council can only exempt those taxes that
09:58:04 the city levies, and the county can only assess those
09:58:11 that are levied by the county.
09:58:13 So they will need to go before a vote of the body.
09:58:16 But, yes, we are collaborating with the staff at
09:58:20 Hillsborough County to create an application that is a
09:58:23 common application that would simplify the process for
09:58:27 a small business and a sure that they are having --
09:58:31 aren't having to do different kinds of applications for
09:58:34 each institution.
09:58:34 We are working very hard to streamline the process.
09:58:38 It's never easy working with government.
09:58:40 Wohl have to admit that.
09:58:41 But again we are working very hard to create a
09:58:44 streamlined application and make it as easy as possible
09:58:46 for a business owner to work with both entities as well
09:58:51 as our Community Redevelopment Agency board if they are
09:58:54 within a CRA.
09:58:55 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Thank you, madam vice chair.
09:59:04 Mark, we did have a conversation as well, and I echoed
09:59:07 the sentiments of councilman Reddick, and having a
09:59:10 small business that is very small, in some case it is
09:59:15 expansion by ten employees would more than double the
09:59:19 workforce of a very small business, and that's one of
09:59:25 my concerns.
09:59:28 Is there an opportunity for us to perhaps lower that
09:59:31 number during our review from council?
09:59:36 If an application is made for, say, an expansion,
09:59:40 existing employees, maybe four or five, and they are
09:59:43 adding another four or five employees?
09:59:46 That would also double the size of the business.
09:59:48 >>MARK HUEY: Yes, there is.
09:59:50 I think what you have to keep in mind with small
09:59:52 businesses, and to be very candid with everyone, if we
09:59:55 are talking about a business with a couple of
09:59:57 employees, remember what we are providing to the
10:00:00 company is an exemption of the new property assessment.
10:00:05 So essentially it's about employees, but it's also
10:00:08 about the fact that they are adding to -- tangible
10:00:15 personal property.
10:00:16 >> They would be expanding a location.
10:00:17 >> Our attorney has reminded me that actually the
10:00:22 standard we have is the lowest allowed understood the
10:00:25 Florida statute.
10:00:25 >> I see.
10:00:27 So that's where the ten came from.
10:00:32 >> I want to share with you earlier one of your
10:00:35 speakers, the guest who was here, talked about an
10:00:38 additional program the county put in place which is a
10:00:41 grant program to help with the kinds of things that you
10:00:43 are talking about, smaller businesses, who aren't
10:00:46 really expanding their business footprint, their
10:00:52 physical plant but are adding a couple of employees,
10:00:54 and they did it through a different grant program.
10:00:56 This program again is geared more around a little bit
10:00:59 larger-scale expansion of a company's facility
10:01:03 footprint that adds -- that's when it becomes
10:01:06 meaningful for a company to begin to exempt their
10:01:09 property taxes.
10:01:13 >> Understood.
10:01:13 And because I'm a detail person, I notice that on page
10:01:18 4 of the ordinance we talk about expansion of an
10:01:22 existing business and the definition, and we have got
10:01:27 item A-1, item A-2, and then item B under that
10:01:35 Under the definition of now business on the next page,
10:01:38 page 5, there is duplication of A-1, A-2, and it adds
10:01:45 number 3, office space.
10:01:49 Why is an office being expanded under the new business
10:01:56 qualifying but not an office expansion of an existing
10:02:00 business being considered?
10:02:07 >> Again it's in the statute that way.
10:02:09 And I think in your resource we provided you copies of
10:02:13 the Florida statute, again because property tax
10:02:18 exemptions are such a sensitive matter, the state
10:02:20 really regulates in a significant way and puts
10:02:26 boundaries on what local municipalities can and can't
10:02:31 Some of the things that seem a little awkward, know
10:02:35 that they come out of the state statute and we are
10:02:38 required to implement it.
10:02:40 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Again I want to make sure that the
10:02:43 business owners out there understand why they are not
10:02:45 being included in some cases but not in others, because
10:02:49 as someone who owns an office, back office function
10:02:54 type company might want to realize why they are not
10:02:57 included in their expansion efforts as a new business
10:03:01 coming in.
10:03:03 Some of this is just for clarification of the record.
10:03:08 And I believe we also have some time frames that are
10:03:11 indicated in various places within the ordinance, but I
10:03:17 did not see a time frame for the property appraiser.
10:03:21 This is page 8, section 7, consideration of
10:03:24 application, under item A, property appraiser review
10:03:30 and report.
10:03:36 It's my age 8, section 7, City Council consideration of
10:03:46 >>MARK HUEY: And which number?
10:03:47 >> This would be item A.
10:03:49 It's the last line of the section that says the
10:03:52 property appraiser shall provide a report to the city
10:03:54 which shall include the following.
10:03:57 But there's in time frame referenced.
10:04:01 In the interest of expediency, when someone makes an
10:04:05 application, I don't want them to have to be waiting
10:04:09 and waiting and waiting, which we find some of the
10:04:12 instances complaints that we have with process of the
10:04:17 time involved between an application and review of that
10:04:21 >>SAL TERRITO: Legal department.
10:04:24 You're correct.
10:04:25 The statute does not set out any time for them to
10:04:28 respond to us with that information.
10:04:29 And since they are a separate government we can't
10:04:31 mandate what we want them to do.
10:04:33 We can ask them to expedite.
10:04:34 The only time you have the 45-day time from the time we
10:04:38 get the information back that we have to approve or
10:04:39 disapprove the application.
10:04:41 >>MARK HUEY: Paragraph B, labeled review, it spells
10:04:47 out that within ten days of submission -- an it goes on
10:04:52 to say that it has to come before City Council.
10:04:55 >> That's why I did see time frames in some section bus
10:05:01 not in others.
10:05:02 I wanted to clarify why that was.
10:05:04 >>MARK HUEY: And the work I was describing and how we
10:05:06 are collaborating with the county on the application
10:05:08 process, the property is appraised as part of that team
10:05:13 as well, so they are already thinking about how they
10:05:15 are going to serve service our needs and respond to
10:05:18 these applications on a timely basis, and they have
10:05:21 agreed to certain forms and approaches to how we are
10:05:23 going to do this.
10:05:25 So far all of that is working well.
10:05:27 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Understood.
10:05:30 That is all I have.
10:05:31 Thank you very much.
10:05:31 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
10:05:35 I just wanted to follow up on a couple of things I
10:05:40 The question about the smaller businesses, less than
10:05:43 ten jobs, and also councilman Montelione's question
10:05:48 about the expansion which actually sound like it was
10:05:52 written into one of our ordinances we could change it.
10:05:56 But are you working with the state?
10:05:58 Because that just doesn't make any sense.
10:06:02 If you have an existing business, then you might not
10:06:06 If you are putting in a new business, it's not an
10:06:10 You're building it.
10:06:12 So can we talk to the state legislature?
10:06:16 >>MARK HUEY: I think that fits under the category of
10:06:18 gaining experience with us.
10:06:20 Yet we are implementing it so we are working within
10:06:23 their structure.
10:06:23 But I think, again, as we learn and work with our
10:06:26 partners here, we may jointly approach the state about
10:06:30 making modifications.
10:06:32 Again, there's many other municipalities around the
10:06:34 state who are implementing ordinances like these.
10:06:37 And so it wouldn't surprise me if we all have some
10:06:41 similar collective experiences that mate recommendation
10:06:44 some changes to the program.
10:06:46 >>MARY MULHERN: And that could be also a topic for our
10:06:50 But I also think councilman Reddick brought up a very
10:06:54 good point about small businesses which are really what
10:06:58 create most of our jobs.
10:07:01 So I don't want them to be left out.
10:07:06 And maybe we could put that on the agenda.
10:07:08 And that also -- for the workshop meeting, but also
10:07:12 that's something that I think we should be talking to
10:07:14 the state about, if they are creating these -- at that
10:07:20 level of creating state statutes, they are helping the
10:07:22 big guys.
10:07:23 They are not helping our local neighborhood businesses.
10:07:26 So we need to figure out -- we need to lobby for that,
10:07:30 I think.
10:07:33 Also, I would like to -- I'm not sure if you remember
10:07:39 this, but I'm checking on it.
10:07:42 Kristina is checking on it.
10:07:44 I just want to point out that this council at this
10:07:47 point, and myself and councilman Capin were here, but
10:07:54 we did place this by resolution on the ballot in the
10:07:59 election, and so council has been in support of this,
10:08:04 and I believe-I can't remember who it was.
10:08:11 I want to give credit to whoever made that motion and
10:08:14 brought it up.
10:08:15 But I know the council of the last four years, as soon
10:08:19 as the county had passed this, our council actually
10:08:23 brought up asking this and put this forward.
10:08:28 So they and we deserve some credit for it, too.
10:08:34 But thanks for all your work on this.
10:08:35 >>MARK HUEY: Absolutely.
10:08:37 The former council last September agreed to put it on
10:08:42 the referendum and with great enthusiasm, and voters
10:08:45 approved it with enthusiasm as well.
10:08:47 So I know they are pressuring your thoughtful
10:08:49 deliberations today.
10:08:50 >> And hopefully it will help create jobs.
10:08:53 I have concern because just over the weekend, I was
10:08:57 reading about the idea for Florida that our business
10:09:02 climate and our tax climate is already very, very
10:09:08 favorable, our tax climate to businesses.
10:09:12 So not that the we in these tough times don't want to
10:09:15 But we need to realize what it is that really brings
10:09:19 people to want to live and work here.
10:09:21 And I think our public discussion about the congestion
10:09:26 up in New Tampa is a good illustration of what really
10:09:30 would encourage people to want to live and work and
10:09:33 bring a business here is really about the livability
10:09:36 and the infrastructure and the environment.
10:09:39 So we need to work on that if we really want to get the
10:09:43 new jobs.
10:09:44 >> All the work you do every day has huge impacts on
10:09:48 economic development and that's a great example.
10:09:49 This is just one more tool that we have.
10:09:51 And we do think it's going to have a positive impact on
10:09:54 our local economy.
10:09:55 So we appreciate your support.
10:09:56 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you, Mr. Huey.
10:10:01 >>MARTIN SHELBY: A motion is in order.
10:10:06 >>MARY MULHERN: A motion is in order.
10:10:11 >> Moved to accept item 1.
10:10:13 >> Second.
10:10:15 >>MARTIN SHELBY: And that's to be read by title only.
10:10:18 The item is on the agenda.
10:10:19 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I have already slipped to item
10:10:25 number 2 so bear with me.
10:10:27 >>MARY MULHERN: Did we get a second?
10:10:36 >> Yes.
10:10:38 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:10:40 >>MARTIN SHELBY: No, it needs to be read first.
10:10:41 >> An ordinance of the city of Tampa, Florida
10:10:44 establishing an exemption for certain new business and
10:10:47 expansions of existing businesses, providing a short
10:10:51 title, providing for enactment authority, providing
10:10:54 findings of fact, providing for definition of terms,
10:10:58 providing for the establishment of an economic
10:11:01 development of ad valorem tax exemption, providing for
10:11:03 an application for an exemption, providing for the City
10:11:06 Council and the mayor's consideration of such
10:11:10 application, providing for no application fee,
10:11:14 providing for continuing performance, providing for
10:11:17 City Council revocation of exemption, providing for
10:11:21 applicability, providing for severability, providing
10:11:24 for sunset date, providing an effective date.
10:11:28 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Second.
10:11:29 >>CLERK: Motion carried with Miranda being absent.
10:11:32 >>MARY MULHERN: Motion passed unanimously.
10:11:38 >>MARK HUEY: Thank you.
10:11:39 As I'm leaving, getting it on your agenda this quickly
10:11:41 took a lot of work, and I want to thank Jeanette Fenton
10:11:45 and Sal for a Yeoman's effort that this is before you
10:11:50 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
10:11:56 Item number 2.
10:11:57 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Just needs to be read by title,
10:12:02 >>FRANK REDDICK: So moved.
10:12:09 An authorization authorizing the encroachment of
10:12:12 decorative brick work over a portion of right-of-way
10:12:15 known as 1915 East 7th Avenue as more particularly
10:12:18 described herein subject to certain terms, covenants,
10:12:21 conditions and agreements as more particularly
10:12:23 described herein, providing an effective date.
10:12:25 >> Second.
10:12:27 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:12:33 >> Motion carried with Miranda being absent.
10:12:37 May 5th, 2011 and 93:09 a.m. second reading.
10:12:42 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Number 3 is an ordinance for a
10:12:46 scrivener's error.
10:12:46 >>FRANK REDDICK: Move an ordinance number 2011-106
10:13:04 passed and ordained by the City Council write approves
10:13:08 a special use permit 4(COP), 2112, 2116, 2118, 2122,
10:13:17 2124, and 2312 west main street correcting a
10:13:21 scrivener's error by correcting the address to read
10:13:25 2112, 2116, 2118, 2122, 2124, and 2132 wrest Main
10:13:32 Street, providing for severability, providing an
10:13:35 effective date.
10:13:35 >> Second.
10:13:37 >>MARY MULHERN: Sorry.
10:13:40 Seconded by Councilwoman Capin.
10:13:42 All in favor.
10:13:44 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried with Miranda being absent.
10:13:47 Second reading and adoption will be on May 5th,
10:13:50 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
10:13:52 >> We will move to our committee reports.
10:13:57 Councilman Reddick, Public Safety Committee.
10:13:59 >>FRANK REDDICK: Move item 4.
10:14:03 >> Second.
10:14:04 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:14:09 Parks and recreation.
10:14:11 Councilwoman Montelione, if you could.
10:14:15 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I move to accept items 5 and 6.
10:14:21 >> Second.
10:14:23 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:14:27 Public Works Committee, councilman Suarez.
10:14:29 >> I would like to move items 7 through 10.
10:14:35 >> Second.
10:14:35 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:14:37 All opposed?
10:14:43 Finance Committee.
10:14:43 >> Move items 11 through 12.
10:14:46 >> Second.
10:14:47 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:14:49 All opposed?
10:14:49 Anyone opposed?
10:14:59 Building and zoning committee.
10:15:01 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Move 13 through 26.
10:15:03 >> Second.
10:15:04 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:15:06 Anyone opposed?
10:15:10 And transportation committee, Councilwoman Capin.
10:15:16 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I move item 27 through 29.
10:15:19 >>FRANK REDDICK: Second.
10:15:23 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:15:25 Anyone opposed?
10:15:30 Councilman Reddick, could you move the items set for
10:15:33 public hearing?
10:15:34 >>FRANK REDDICK: Yes.
10:15:43 Resolution of city --
10:15:45 >>MARTIN SHELBY: I'm sorry to interrupt.
10:15:46 All you have to do is move the item.
10:15:48 >>FRANK REDDICK: I'm sorry.
10:15:50 Move 30 and 31.
10:15:51 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:15:53 Anyone opposed?
10:15:55 We will move to our -- we are early.
10:16:06 9:30 public hearings.
10:16:09 We'll move to our 9:30 public hearings
10:16:13 Item number 32.
10:16:14 >>MARTIN SHELBY: If you wish you can have a motion to
10:16:29 open 32 through 36.
10:16:30 >>THE CLERK: 32 and 33 were moved and are already
10:16:38 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I move to open public hearings 34
10:16:42 through 36.
10:16:42 >> Second.
10:16:44 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:16:46 Anyone opposed?
10:16:47 >>MARTIN SHELBY: I ask that all written material which
10:16:49 has been available for public inspection at City
10:16:51 Council's office be received and failed into the record
10:16:54 prior to --
10:16:59 >> I haven't received anything.
10:17:00 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Witnesses need to be sworn in.
10:17:03 Thank you.
10:17:03 >>MARY MULHERN: Item number 32.
10:17:13 I would like to ask that anyone who wishes to speak at
10:17:17 this public hearing be sworn in at this point.
10:17:20 Please rise and raise your right hand.
10:17:31 >>CATHERINE COYLE: Zoning administrator for the city.
10:17:33 I'm swearing for 32, 33 and 36.
10:17:37 I have certified the site plans.
10:17:39 They are on file with the city clerk.
10:17:41 >>MARY MULHERN: And anyone who wishes to speak on any
10:17:48 public hearing can be sworn in now.
10:17:50 So hopefully everyone heard that.
10:17:53 >>STEVE MICHELINI: For the new council members, this
10:18:00 was the old seven seas on Kennedy Boulevard, which was
10:18:04 in litigation for many, many years, and is being
10:18:07 converted to a restaurant, and we are respectfully
10:18:10 requesting that you approve that.
10:18:14 It's 183-seat restaurant with 39 seats on the outside
10:18:21 patio, and they are going to be placing about a half
10:18:25 million dollars in renovation into this establishment.
10:18:27 The permits have already been obtained and they are
10:18:29 under construction.
10:18:39 It is consistent with the Kennedy guidelines.
10:18:42 It is adjacent to Miguels which you approved the wet
10:18:45 zoning for that a few months ago.
10:18:47 And on the east side is the ABC liquor store.
10:18:53 I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
10:18:55 >>MARY MULHERN: Any questions?
10:19:03 Thank you.
10:19:04 Measure of council?
10:19:05 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Do you want to inquire for members of
10:19:08 the council oh who wish to speak before you close the
10:19:11 public hearing?
10:19:12 >>MARY MULHERN: Does anyone else wish to speak on this
10:19:20 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Motion to close then, please?
10:19:23 >> Motion to close.
10:19:24 >> Second.
10:19:25 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:19:26 Anyone opposed?
10:19:29 The pleasure of council?
10:19:31 >>MARTIN SHELBY: It would be in order for someone to
10:19:37 make the motion to read it as the title is.
10:19:40 For instance, this being number 32, it would be an
10:19:45 ordinance being presented for second reading and
10:19:47 adoption to state that as the motion and read the title
10:19:49 and then it would be a vote and record that you have in
10:19:51 front of you.
10:19:51 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you, Mr. Shelby.
10:19:56 Motion to move file number --
10:20:03 >> Item number 32.
10:20:06 An ordinance being presented for second reading and
10:20:09 An ordinance approving a special use permit S-2 for
10:20:12 alcoholic beverage sales, small venue and making lawful
10:20:15 the sale of benches containing alcohol regardless of
10:20:17 alcoholic content, beer, wine and liquor, 4(COP-R), for
10:20:21 consumption on the premises only in connection with a
10:20:23 restaurant business establishment at or from that
10:20:26 certain lot, plot or tract of land located at 3023 West
10:20:29 Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida, as more particularly
10:20:32 described in section 2 hereof, providing for repeal of
10:20:35 all ordinances in conflict, providing an effective
10:20:37 >>THE CLERK: Need a second.
10:20:43 >> Second.
10:20:44 >>MARY MULHERN: Moved by councilman Montelione,
10:20:49 seconded by councilman Cohen.
10:20:56 Please record your vote.
10:21:11 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried with Miranda and Reddick
10:21:13 being absent and Mulhern voting no.
10:21:16 >>STEVE MICHELINI: Thank you very much, council.
10:21:19 >>MARY MULHERN: Item number 33.
10:21:29 >> Truth Gardner, 400 North Tampa Street.
10:21:33 This is a second reading, a new pizza concept out of
10:21:37 Athens, Georgia, and our request is just for the sale
10:21:40 of beer and Wayne, nothing more than that.
10:21:42 And we received unanimous support from the council
10:21:45 before and ask for your support as well.
10:21:47 Thank you.
10:21:48 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
10:21:52 Does anyone in the public wish to speak on then?
10:21:55 >> Motion to close.
10:21:56 >> Second.
10:21:57 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:21:59 Anyone opposed?
10:22:00 >> Move item number 33, ordinance being presented for
10:22:09 second reading and adoption.
10:22:11 An ordinance approving a special using permit for
10:22:14 alcoholic beverage sales small venue and making lawful
10:22:16 the sale of beverages containing alcohol of more than
10:22:19 1% by weight and not more than 14% by weight and wines
10:22:23 regardless of alcoholic content, beer and wine,
10:22:26 2(COP-R) for consumption on the premises only in
10:22:30 connection with a restaurant business establishment on
10:22:33 that certain lot, plot or tract of land located at 2219
10:22:38 through 2227 South Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, Florida,
10:22:41 as more particularly described in section 2 hereof,
10:22:44 providing for repeal of all ordinances in conflict,
10:22:47 providing an effective date.
10:22:48 >> Second.
10:22:52 >>MARY MULHERN: Seconded by Councilwoman Capin.
10:22:56 Please record your vote.
10:22:57 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried unanimously with Miranda
10:23:06 and Reddick being absent.
10:23:08 >>MARY MULHERN: And we opened the other public
10:23:15 hearings, correct?
10:23:17 Second reading.
10:23:18 So item number 34.
10:23:30 We already opened.
10:23:31 >>MARTIN SHELBY: If anyone wants to speak.
10:23:36 >>MARY MULHERN: If anyone would like to speak on item
10:23:38 number 34.
10:23:39 Seeing no one --
10:23:44 >> Motion to close.
10:23:45 >> Second.
10:23:45 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:23:47 Anyone opposed?
10:23:48 >> Item 34.
10:24:02 An ordinance correcting a scrivener's error, in
10:24:04 ordinance 20117-3 ordained by the City Council City of
10:24:08 Tampa on January 26, 2011 vacating, closing,
10:24:11 discontinuing, abandoning a certain right-of-way all
10:24:14 that alleyway lying south of Hiawatha street, north of
10:24:19 Pocahontas Avenue, east of welling ton Avenue and west
10:24:23 of branch Avenue, in map of JOSIAH Richardson's center
10:24:27 hill subdivision, a subdivision in the City of Tampa,
10:24:30 Hillsborough County Florida amending said ordinance to
10:24:32 correct a scrivener's error by changing the legal
10:24:35 description to correct said legal description providing
10:24:38 an effective date.
10:24:41 Original motion to approve said ordinance on first
10:24:43 reading has been initiated -- initiated by Capin
10:24:48 Mulhern on April 7th.
10:24:50 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Motion to adopt.
10:24:55 >> Second.
10:24:57 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried with Miranda being absent.
10:25:13 >>MARY MULHERN: Item number 35.
10:25:18 Does anyone wish to speak on it?
10:25:20 >> Michael Cass, 1505 North Florida Avenue.
10:25:23 This is the second reading for the closing or vacating
10:25:26 of an alleyway just off of Florida Avenue.
10:25:29 It's been previously passed unanimously.
10:25:32 >> Move to close.
10:25:45 >> Second.
10:25:46 >>MARY MULHERN: (off microphone) all in favor?
10:25:59 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you, Madam Chair.
10:26:01 Ordinance being presented for second reading and
10:26:03 adoption, an ordinance vacating, closing,
10:26:04 discontinuing, abandoning a certain right-of-way all
10:26:07 that alleyway area lying south of east Henderson
10:26:12 Avenue, north of Estelle street, west of North Florida
10:26:15 Avenue, east of North Franklin Street, in plan of
10:26:18 Bourquardez subdivision in the City of Tampa,
10:26:26 Hillsborough County Florida the same being more fully
10:26:28 described in section 2 hereof, subject to certain
10:26:32 covenants, conditions, restrictions as more
10:26:34 particularly described herein, providing an effective
10:26:36 >>THE CLERK: Noticed a second.
10:26:41 >> Second.
10:26:41 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:26:47 Roll call vote.
10:26:48 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried with Miranda being absent.
10:26:53 >>MARY MULHERN: (off microphone) item number 36.
10:27:00 Does anyone wish to speak on this item?
10:27:03 >> Move to close.
10:27:09 >> Second.
10:27:10 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:27:20 >>FRANK REDDICK: Move to adopt an ordinance approving
10:27:21 a special use permit S-2 for alcoholic beverage sales,
10:27:25 small venue and making lawful the sale of beverages
10:27:27 containing alcohol regardless of alcoholic content,
10:27:30 beer wine and liquor, 4(COP-R), for consumption on the
10:27:35 premises only in connection with a restaurant business
10:27:37 establishment at or from that certain lot, plot or
10:27:41 tract of land located at 1919 East 7th Avenue, Tampa,
10:27:45 Florida, as more particularly described in section 2
10:27:47 hereof, imposing certain conditions based upon location
10:27:50 of property, providing for repeal of all ordinances in
10:27:53 conflict, providing an effective date.
10:27:55 >> Second.
10:27:57 >>MARY MULHERN: Motion moved and seconded.
10:28:00 Please record your vote.
10:28:10 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried with Miranda being absent.
10:28:12 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you thank you.
10:28:17 We will move to our 10:00 staff reports.
10:28:24 Item number 37.
10:28:25 >>KAREN PALUS: Parks and recreation, department
10:28:34 director, here on item 37 regarding establishing a
10:28:39 specialty camp in the East Tampa area and I'm happy to
10:28:41 report that we have added an additional week to our
10:28:46 summer camp series which hosts typically a nine week
10:28:51 program but we are going to add a tent week and host a
10:28:54 football camp at the facility, and staff has been
10:28:56 working really hard on that.
10:28:58 We got a couple of retired players that are going to
10:29:01 come in and help support that program, and we made some
10:29:03 additional requests to our NFL yet Tampa Bay, Inc.,
10:29:08 which works with this particular facility, and I'm
10:29:11 hoping that they will fulfill the underwriting of that
10:29:13 program and help with the additional week of that
10:29:16 So we look forward to that.
10:29:18 Staff is participating this weekend in a youth sports
10:29:21 Expo that will be held at the Tampa Convention Center
10:29:24 which will be promoting all of our sports camps and our
10:29:27 golf camp, soccer, cheerleading, Tae Kwon Do.
10:29:30 We actually have tennis instructors that will be out
10:29:34 there as well so should be a great program and great
10:29:36 opportunity for the kids.
10:29:37 >>FRANK REDDICK: I want to thank you for following
10:29:43 I think this is something that Curtis Stokes was very
10:29:48 fond of having in East Tampa.
10:29:50 But I just want to add, this will be a summer program,
10:29:53 from my understanding, correct?
10:29:55 Will there be a fee attached to this?
10:29:58 >> Yes, our summer camp series for the sports camp
10:30:01 there is a fee attached to that.
10:30:02 However, what we are doing with did NFL yet piece is
10:30:05 that we'll have the financial assistance available.
10:30:07 So we will be working with any students in that area
10:30:09 that need assistance.
10:30:10 >>FRANK REDDICK: What will be the cost?
10:30:13 >> The normal fee for the special series are $85 per
10:30:18 >> And will that fee be -- each participant will have
10:30:24 to pay $85?
10:30:26 >> For those specialty series, that is the praising we
10:30:28 are doing.
10:30:29 With the NFL yet we are underwriting is for those
10:30:32 children that need assistance, we'll need they can come
10:30:35 whether it's for free oar $25, whatever the case may
10:30:38 be, we are going to work with them.
10:30:39 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
10:30:42 >>MARY MULHERN: Did you want to mention anything
10:30:44 that's going on today since --
10:30:48 >>KAREN PALUS: That would be great.
10:30:50 Thank you very much.
10:30:51 Actually, you gays are working through your agenda
10:30:53 quite swiftly so at 11:45 this morning there will be a
10:30:58 slew of city departments downstairs in the Lykes park
10:31:01 for earth day, we will be celebrating, we'll have a
10:31:04 great event out there, and bringing officers, all the
10:31:11 other departments have great initiatives.
10:31:13 Please come join us and take the opportunity.
10:31:17 Staff will be planting some trees as well.
10:31:19 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you, Ms. Palus.
10:31:22 Item number 38.
10:31:28 >>VINCE PARDO: City of Tampa, Ybor development.
10:31:31 Item 38 was continued from the last meeting.
10:31:35 We had a discussion at your CRA.
10:31:38 And look for your approval this morning.
10:31:42 If you have any questions of the contract or the
10:31:46 principal that group is here this morning.
10:31:48 But we had a good litany of discussion from the last
10:31:52 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
10:31:55 And thank you for all the time and the information you
10:31:58 have given me.
10:32:04 I met it with you.
10:32:05 And although my questions -- I feel as if -- I guess
10:32:14 maybe you can just answer these on the record.
10:32:21 What I would have liked to have seen in this contract
10:32:24 would have been -- oh, actually, this is my first
10:32:29 As I was looking it over, I thought when we talked,
10:32:34 this was a three-year contract with one-year extension?
10:32:41 >>VINCE PARDO: Actually two.
10:32:43 We are starting off in this fiscal year.
10:32:45 You usually have three fiscal years.
10:32:48 The balance of the current fiscal year, and two
10:32:50 projected fiscal years.
10:32:52 And that is if the budget gets approved at that
10:32:56 particular level.
10:32:57 >> So we are approving this for really a year and a
10:33:00 half, at this point going forward.
10:33:02 So does that mean the contract is retroactive?
10:33:06 >>VINCE PARDO: No.
10:33:07 It will actually be two years from the point it's
10:33:12 Approved by the council, executed by the mayor, and
10:33:15 what we have identified is before that 12-month period,
10:33:17 which will be April of 2012, we will come in with a
10:33:22 report sitting as a CRA with evaluation criteria which
10:33:31 gives you full timing in the budget process at the
10:33:35 approval level or projected or some other level.
10:33:38 So you will have data to look at before you even enter
10:33:41 your budget process.
10:33:42 >>MARY MULHERN: So the contract is dated when we pass
10:33:46 it and when the mayor signs it.
10:33:48 >> When the mayor signs it, correct.
10:33:50 >>MARY MULHERN: And if it passes it will be a
10:33:51 couple --
10:33:54 >>VINCE PARDO: Yes.
10:33:54 >>MARY MULHERN: So it will be a two-year process, and
10:34:02 then it's a two-year -- sorry.
10:34:04 Two-year contract.
10:34:06 >>VINCE PARDO: Yes.
10:34:07 >>MARY MULHERN: But the budget allocation will come to
10:34:11 us at budget time.
10:34:14 >>VINCE PARDO: We'll be starting off with a balance of
10:34:18 this current year, which is $100,000 from Ybor 1 and
10:34:18 54,000 in Ybor 2 which is specifically for developing a
10:34:23 residential marketing program.
10:34:25 That is the budget for the current fiscal year.
10:34:29 Even the year 2 of this funding has not been approved
10:34:32 by you yet, so that will come to you as it comes
10:34:34 through the budget process which is projected to be at
10:34:37 the same level as originally, 175.
10:34:42 My community committee will be looking very sharply at
10:34:46 this and see how we live within that budget.
10:34:49 >> I think what I would have liked to have seen, really
10:34:56 probably are more CRA issues.
10:34:57 So I can bring them up at the next meeting at the CRA
10:35:05 But I think that in general, and not just with, you
10:35:12 know, with all the CRA, if -- and probably in general,
10:35:19 with any large appropriation, not for development or
10:35:23 anything else, if we are saning a contract, I think
10:35:28 that we need to have measurable -- metric, but I think
10:35:35 I have come to believe that this is really more the
10:35:38 responsibility, not so much of the contractor, but of
10:35:43 our economic development team, in this case Ybor.
10:35:47 That would be really what the YCDC should be doing in
10:35:51 order to, you know, approve this.
10:35:54 So I think we are going to need to talk about at the
10:36:06 And my questions about it.
10:36:07 But going forward, I would like to see a large -- when
10:36:10 there's an RFP going out for a large amount, multiyear
10:36:14 contract, or possible renewal of contract, that the RFP
10:36:19 is actually reviewed by the board.
10:36:26 And I don't think that's what is happening.
10:36:33 In this case, that's a discussion for the CRA.
10:36:37 I do really think that it's the responsibility of
10:36:41 economic development to have the benchmark, set the
10:36:46 benchmark, for instance, for this, and be able to show
10:36:50 that the contract appropriation is really, you know,
10:36:56 returning, delivering the results, whatever that is.
10:37:00 And I think there are many ways to measure it.
10:37:03 I think you are probably doing that already, the
10:37:06 missing peaces we don't know about it and we are not
10:37:09 able to --
10:37:12 >>VINCE PARDO: Present that message.
10:37:14 >>MARY MULHERN: Yeah, and hold anyone accountable that
10:37:16 we are sending these tax dollars, TIF money in this
10:37:20 case, make sure it's a good investment for Ybor.
10:37:24 So those were my questions.
10:37:27 And I don't know if anyone else has.
10:37:32 Thank you very much.
10:37:33 >>VINCE PARDO: Okay, thank you.
10:37:34 >>MARY MULHERN: Motion to move item 38.
10:37:40 >> So moved.
10:37:41 >> Second.
10:37:41 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:37:43 Anyone opposed?
10:37:48 Item number 39.
10:37:49 >> Jean Dorzback, transportation manager.
10:38:07 We appreciate the opportunity that you gave myself and
10:38:09 Mr. Daignault to come give you some information about
10:38:12 that project.
10:38:14 As you know, the project is located up in the New Tampa
10:38:17 It will connect New Tampa Boulevard with commerce park
10:38:23 Boulevard, connecting the West Meadows and Tampa Palms
10:38:28 This is a bridge and not a fly-over, will not have a
10:38:32 connection to the interstate.
10:38:33 We will be constructing this bridge as a four-lane
10:38:38 structure, anticipating at some point in the future
10:38:41 when there is a need for expansion and we have got the
10:38:45 structure in place.
10:38:46 However, at this current time, we will be -- it's a
10:38:53 function of a two-lane bridge, two-lane roadway.
10:38:55 We do have a bid that we have accepted from a reputable
10:39:02 They came in a good amount lower than what we
10:39:05 estimated, so we are happy about that.
10:39:08 We can use those excess funds for other projects that
10:39:10 we need to do in the area.
10:39:15 We have a schedule of probably June we are looking at,
10:39:20 once this contract is approved.
10:39:21 We get the contract started.
10:39:23 And just another point of information.
10:39:27 This will be a two-year construction project.
10:39:29 So the current Bruce B. Downs construction that is
10:39:32 ongoing will be completed probably at least a year
10:39:35 before this project is completed.
10:39:37 So we are sensitive to the various construction that's
10:39:40 in the area.
10:39:41 But we are excited that we have got another project
10:39:44 that's going to help the transportation network for the
10:39:48 So if you have any questions, I can answer those.
10:39:51 Again, we are seeking approval on this contract that we
10:39:55 have before you today.
10:39:55 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I would like to thank the public
10:40:04 works department for putting their best foot forward
10:40:11 with the citizens of New Tampa.
10:40:13 We had a public meeting as council had a special
10:40:17 discussion meeting with council this past Monday, and
10:40:19 thank you for indulging me, fellow council members.
10:40:23 And I can say that it went quite well.
10:40:27 We had approximately 40 residents and business owners
10:40:31 that attended that meeting.
10:40:33 Everyone had a chance to speak and be heard.
10:40:37 And we also had reports from contract management, Mr.
10:40:44 Rahm was there.
10:40:45 We had reports from the engineering firm, and we also
10:40:48 had -- I was very honored to have Chief Forward in
10:40:51 attendance to have a report from the fire department as
10:40:57 So with the opportunity to represent the citizens in
10:41:00 New Tampa, and for north Tampa as well, transportation
10:41:05 has been a challenge.
10:41:06 And everyone at the meeting understood that the item
10:41:09 before us today was not whether or not the bridge would
10:41:12 be approved or disapproved.
10:41:18 It would be for the contract award for that project.
10:41:21 Everyone, as you heard from Mr. Dixon, is onboard with
10:41:26 this project going forward.
10:41:27 And I believe that we should acknowledge the hard work,
10:41:33 the patience and understanding of all the residents,
10:41:37 both those in opposition and those in support, and of
10:41:41 the design work of -- fine work of our staff.
10:41:45 So I would like to, as we hear this item, hear from
10:41:49 contract administration, because that is the focus of
10:41:52 this meeting today, and this agenda item to maybe run
10:41:55 through the final point of the contract.
10:41:58 I was happy to see that the low bidder, the prince
10:42:04 contracting, is a local contractor, so they are
10:42:07 headquartered in Hillsborough County, not within the
10:42:09 city limits, but close.
10:42:11 And I would just like to hear from Mr. Vaughan on the
10:42:16 basics of the contract.
10:42:17 >> Good morning.
10:42:22 Dave Vaughan, contract administration.
10:42:25 Some of the information has been presented by Jean, but
10:42:29 we opened bids on March 15th, had eleven bids, low
10:42:33 bid was prince contracting at just under $12.5 million.
10:42:38 You actually had two items before you to approve this
10:42:42 morning related to the construction of the bridge.
10:42:44 The first is the item that we are talking about now,
10:42:46 which is the award for construction.
10:42:50 There's also a companion award for certain
10:42:53 construction, inspection services that need to happen
10:42:56 during the course of construction.
10:42:59 That's the next item on your agenda that we are also
10:43:01 asking you to approve.
10:43:02 That involves our engineer of record, and it's
10:43:05 necessary in order services associated with the project
10:43:07 of this size and complexity.
10:43:10 What you are doing this morning, of course, is
10:43:13 approving the establishment of the contract.
10:43:17 Following your action we will send a notice of award to
10:43:19 the contractor.
10:43:21 And at that point, actions will be in his court to
10:43:24 provide us with insurance, performance bond, and we
10:43:29 will receive those and have them reviewed and approved
10:43:33 prior to sending them to the mayor for signature.
10:43:37 This is an ordinary check and balance that we do to
10:43:40 ensure that we don't have an uninsured contractor on
10:43:45 one of our job sites.
10:43:47 That process typically takes two to four weeks for them
10:43:49 to purchase those items, get us the certificates and
10:43:53 have them reviewed.
10:43:54 So we are looking at a notice to proceed based on
10:43:56 action today of mid to late May.
10:44:00 Again, on a project of this size, the early steps in
10:44:04 the process include various meetings, development of
10:44:07 the detailed schedule, various products submittals that
10:44:11 have to be reviewed.
10:44:12 So we expect to see our first on-site activity towards
10:44:16 the mid to late June, and being that that's right
10:44:19 before the 4th of July, it is likely that the
10:44:23 actual start of significant activity will be right
10:44:26 after the 4th.
10:44:27 And as you heard, it's a two-year construction
10:44:31 I can answer any questions that you may have.
10:44:33 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
10:44:40 And I was want to commend you for having a local
10:44:44 But I also want to ask you, does that contract meet the
10:44:49 city minority business specifications?
10:44:54 >> The goal was for 8.2%.
10:44:59 As you will see in the agenda package that you were
10:45:03 provided, he is asserting a position of 8.4%.
10:45:09 So he's exceeded the goal, and certainly in our role as
10:45:15 management of the contract, we will receive those
10:45:17 executed subcontracts and check to see that that
10:45:21 participation occurs.
10:45:21 >>MARY MULHERN: Councilman Montelione.
10:45:33 >> I would like to move item 39 and 40.
10:45:39 >>MARY MULHERN: I had one question.
10:45:41 I thought you had a question.
10:45:42 I just wanted -- Jean, maybe you could clarify.
10:45:46 When you said the construction, is it the -- the
10:45:52 beginning of construction?
10:45:54 You were talking about between Bruce B. Downs and the
10:45:59 >>JEAN DORZBACK: There is currently a construction
10:46:00 project ongoing on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, extends to
10:46:05 Palm Springs.
10:46:06 That construction will be completed well before this
10:46:13 project construction is completed.
10:46:15 >>MARY MULHERN: That's what I thought.
10:46:17 Thank you.
10:46:17 >>FRANK REDDICK: I just want to raise just to clear
10:46:23 something up.
10:46:25 Mr. Dixon brought up a point when I met with him, and
10:46:29 he also brought up the point again today.
10:46:36 The proposal that he presented to you, leaving that
10:46:44 bridge to two lanes and expanding -- that's the
10:46:50 proposal that he presented.
10:46:51 What is the city's position for that proposal?
10:46:54 >>STEVE DAIGNAULT: Administrator for public works,
10:46:58 utility services.
10:47:00 He's talking about the new Tampa Boulevard, which is
10:47:04 currently a two-lane road, and the bridge would also be
10:47:08 in a two-lane mode when it's constructed.
10:47:11 On the other side of the bridge currently on commerce,
10:47:15 it mostly is four-lane, it will be four-lane from the
10:47:18 bridge, and his proposal was to link the four-laning of
10:47:26 the New Tampa Boulevard road from Bruce B. Downs to the
10:47:30 bridge, to the future development of the east-west road
10:47:34 which would go from the bridge over to I-275.
10:47:39 And we have no problem with doing that.
10:47:45 Again at the city location, at the city level.
10:47:47 I can tell you right now that the funds that would be
10:47:50 used to widen that are transportation impact fees.
10:47:54 Those funds that we have are currently targeted for the
10:47:58 four laning of Cross Creek, that complete the Cross
10:48:01 Creek four laning.
10:48:03 So any thought of even doing it would be certainly out
10:48:06 in the future.
10:48:08 And unless the community wanted it done, again from a
10:48:12 transportation perspective, we think that it would be
10:48:14 done also associated with the east-west road, whenever
10:48:17 that was constructed.
10:48:25 We have just a little bit of a concern that we not link
10:48:28 formally like in an MPO project as one project.
10:48:32 There are some problems there associated with the
10:48:36 Again, the funding on our side would be impact fee
10:48:38 funding, the funding of the other part would probably
10:48:42 include some federal funding.
10:48:44 So you have to do an environmental study, a an
10:48:49 evaluation, and we have done a good bit of that for the
10:48:52 east-west road again from the base of the bridge out to
10:48:56 So again from the city's transportation perspective, we
10:48:59 have no objection whatsoever with saying -- and our
10:49:04 future plans would be to only do that four laning of
10:49:06 New Tampa Boulevard when the east-west road came up
10:49:12 into being.
10:49:14 We would just again suggest that we mate want to not do
10:49:18 that as a formal process in the MPO process, just
10:49:21 because, again, we think throws going to be some extra
10:49:25 costs to us, perhaps some delay on that east-west road.
10:49:29 >> And one last question.
10:49:32 I notice once that connector, that once you makes the
10:49:35 connector, with the bridge, there's about four or five
10:49:40 schools out there in that area.
10:49:44 And have you received any representation from the
10:49:51 school district?
10:49:54 >>STEVE DAIGNAULT: As you know, schools throughout the
10:49:56 city, and in our transportation area we have a couple
10:49:59 of engineering folks that work with the school board
10:50:03 about the traffic around those schools all the time.
10:50:06 So we are in touch with all of those schools up there.
10:50:11 In fact, Jean has a meeting coming up with Kathy Valdez
10:50:22 and the two principals at the school right there.
10:50:24 There's going to be a new signal there.
10:50:26 We are going to talk to them about their circulation
10:50:29 So we work with the schools not just there in New
10:50:31 Tampa, but throughout the city on a regular basis with
10:50:34 regard to traffic and transportation, and the movement
10:50:38 around the schools, and they are all critical.
10:50:41 Yes, sir.
10:50:41 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
10:50:43 >>MARY MULHERN: Yeah, I want to ask a few questions
10:50:48 before we proceed.
10:50:50 I just wanted to make sure from -- you can probably
10:50:54 answer this, Ms. Dorzback -- but will the bridge
10:50:58 have -- it's going to -- it's going to be striped for
10:51:02 two lanes.
10:51:02 Are there going to be bike and pedestrian sidewalks?
10:51:09 >> There will be on both sides.
10:51:10 >> There's an existing eight foot trail and also an
10:51:17 existing sidewalk, and we are going to carry that over
10:51:19 the bridge so it will connect with both sides of the
10:51:22 neighborhoods with the trail and the sidewalks.
10:51:26 So the bridge is designed to be a combination
10:51:30 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay, good.
10:51:32 Then my other question for either of you is, you know,
10:51:39 we didn't really hear -- I haven't really heard even
10:51:42 today public comment what specifically with this bridge
10:51:48 safety concerns might be out there.
10:51:50 But is there anything you want to tell us about how you
10:51:54 are addressing any of those?
10:51:56 >> Certainly.
10:51:57 >> basic concerns of the neighborhood.
10:51:58 >> From prior meetings that we had out in the
10:52:01 community, we did hear general concerns about safety.
10:52:06 And so we actually hired a consultant, and we did a
10:52:09 traffic safety study that looked at West Meadows and
10:52:15 Tampa Palms.
10:52:15 We went out to both communities on the front end and
10:52:18 heard their concerns directly and factored those into
10:52:21 our project scope, did our study, and we went back out
10:52:24 to both communities.
10:52:26 When we completed the study and shared the
10:52:28 recommendations we came up with, we have implemented
10:52:32 some of those recommendations.
10:52:33 Others were working on.
10:52:35 And then a third set of those, we will be doing some
10:52:39 reevaluation once the bridge goes in to see what
10:52:42 further adjustments need to be made.
10:52:44 So and we continue to work with those two neighborhoods
10:52:48 through their DBDs or other neighborhoods
10:52:53 associations on pedestrian or safety issues that come
10:52:55 So we are tuned into safety concerns and doing
10:52:59 everything we can to make changes that we are aware of
10:53:02 now and will be looking at things in the future as we
10:53:04 go along.
10:53:05 >>MARY MULHERN: Okay, thank you.
10:53:09 I did have a question for Mr. Fletcher, I think.
10:53:16 To follow up on Mr. Dixon's proposal, which councilman
10:53:22 Reddick mentioned, I didn't see a way that approving a
10:53:35 contract we could tie it into future transportation
10:53:41 Is there a way to do that?
10:53:44 >> No, not through the contracts with the vendor.
10:53:48 Even if council had the authority to amend the
10:53:50 contract, I'm not sure what he would put in the
10:53:52 contract that would make that happen, quite honestly.
10:53:56 I think it's an issue that you need to work through the
10:53:58 MPO and the long range transportation plan.
10:54:01 And the representatives of council on the MPO, we need
10:54:05 to bring it up in that regard.
10:54:06 I would just caution that when you start linking
10:54:09 different parts of roadways to each other, to the
10:54:12 extent that they need an environmental impact
10:54:15 statement, and any federal NEPA approvals, you start
10:54:21 changing the scopes of those projects.
10:54:23 So that would be something that would need to be looked
10:54:26 at through the MPO process and evaluated if that's
10:54:29 >>MARY MULHERN: Thanks for backing up what I told them
10:54:36 way thought he was the case.
10:54:41 I just want to say before we are done that this has
10:54:47 been an odd thing for council to deal with, because
10:54:50 when I was elected four years ago, this was something
10:54:54 that was being talked about during our campaign for
10:55:01 But since I was on council, I don't believe it's ever
10:55:06 come in front of us.
10:55:07 So throws always been sort of discussions in the
10:55:10 neighborhoods, if I go to Tampa Palms, and hear
10:55:12 neighborhood discussions, so especially with the new
10:55:19 council people are presented with this bridge that's
10:55:24 only a piece of the bigger puzzle, as Ms. Zellman
10:55:30 talked about for more than a decade, the whole process
10:55:34 of trying to get the roads up in New Tampa that we
10:55:39 need, and not disturb the neighborhoods.
10:55:41 So I just want everyone to know, I want to thank
10:55:46 Councilwoman Montelione for holding that public
10:55:49 meeting, and the fact that I think we all have reviewed
10:55:57 all this, and I read through these e-mails, and all of
10:56:01 the opposition to it, any opposition -- and I'm not
10:56:05 even sure there was opposition to the bridge.
10:56:07 The questions about it were almost all from 2009.
10:56:11 But I'm going to a sure you in my case, I reviewed all
10:56:16 of that, red all the old articles.
10:56:19 So I think this council has done the best we can to
10:56:23 really listen to everybody and make this tough
10:56:26 And I think if you have the problems going forward with
10:56:32 the not having the east-west road, and, you know, not
10:56:38 having the bigger connection or any widening of any of
10:56:42 Tampa Bay Boulevard, you are just going to have to, you
10:56:45 know, be vigilant and watch what's coming in front of
10:56:49 the MPO.
10:56:51 And if I'm on the MPO, I'll be paying particular
10:56:54 attention to it.
10:56:54 >> Madam Chair, at this time I would like to ask your
10:57:02 I would like to go forward and move items 39 and 40 and
10:57:06 also make a related motion.
10:57:07 Or would you like me to hold the motion to new
10:57:10 >>GWEN MILLER: I would like to see the motions move
10:57:17 And then anything not relating to specifically to
10:57:21 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Yes, this would be related.
10:57:24 The third motion I would make would be related to the
10:57:26 first two.
10:57:27 >>MARY MULHERN: Yes, if you could hold for new
10:57:31 business and hopefully we'll be there soon.
10:57:33 >>LISA MONTELIONE: So at this time I would like a
10:57:36 motion to move item 39.
10:57:41 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Second.
10:57:42 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:57:43 Anyone opposed?
10:57:44 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Resolution accepting the
10:57:49 proposed -- I don't have to read the whole thing.
10:57:54 So at this time then I would like to move item 40.
10:57:56 >> Second.
10:57:58 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:58:01 Anyone opposed?
10:58:24 >> Item 41.
10:58:26 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Motion, please.
10:58:27 Motion to open the public hearing.
10:58:28 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
10:58:31 (off microphone).
10:58:34 >>MARTIN SHELBY: This is quasi-judicial.
10:58:36 >>MARY MULHERN: Anyone that wishes to speak on 41
10:58:41 please stand and be sworn in.
10:58:42 (Oath administered by Clerk)
10:58:50 >>DENNIS FERNANDEZ: Historic preservation, urban design
10:58:52 manager for the city.
10:58:53 I'm here today on item number 41 which is the
10:58:57 recommendation from the Historic Preservation
10:58:58 Commission that the property located at 1613 North
10:59:02 Franklin street shall designated as a local landmark
10:59:07 and be added to our North Franklin Street downtown
10:59:10 multiple properties listing that has already been
10:59:13 I have a short PowerPoint just to orient you with the
10:59:16 And I believe the property owner and agents are here to
10:59:20 speak on it as well.
10:59:25 You see on your screen a historic picture of north
10:59:30 franking lien street, in approximately 1922, this area
10:59:35 is located at north of current day interstate 275.
10:59:41 And as you can see it was a thriving commercial
10:59:43 district at this particular time.
10:59:46 The property that we are dealing with today is located
10:59:48 just at the base of the arrow on the left, in the 1929
10:59:53 Sanborn map which we use through our department to
10:59:57 determine certain specifics about historic buildings
11:00:01 and density levels, that they reside in.
11:00:05 The building is located just to the immediate south of
11:00:09 the former theater which is currently vacant.
11:00:14 Once again, the building was constructed in 1920, is a
11:00:18 simple one-story vernacular brick building.
11:00:22 Traditionally, this area was utilized for auto-related
11:00:29 In this particular instance this building was
11:00:31 constructed by the traffic sales company, and at the
11:00:34 time this photograph was taken, you can see there is a
11:00:38 tire company that was located within the building.
11:00:41 Many of the buildings within this area are constructed
11:00:44 of a yellow, smooth brick, that is very consistent with
11:00:49 the commercial buildings in the area.
11:00:50 I believe at the time they were trying to emulate a
11:00:53 certain character feature architecturally with the
11:00:56 district, and I think many excellent examples exist
11:01:01 The building has been vacant for a number of years.
11:01:04 You can see the current elevation on the left, the
11:01:07 storefront, and all has been closed, modified in some
11:01:13 The proposal that you see, the elevation to the right,
11:01:17 will reestablish the storefront in the opening, and
11:01:19 also incorporate a new business into this area, which I
11:01:22 think is a great thing to strive for.
11:01:26 Some of the simple details, the late tile details of
11:01:31 the facade, make this a very -- feature of this
11:01:40 somewhat modest structure.
11:01:41 I just wanted to show this picture which is of the
11:01:44 adjacent building which has been previously designated
11:01:46 and gone through rehabilitation, very similar situation
11:01:49 with the storefronts being enclosed.
11:01:52 In fact, these buildings were at one time utilized for
11:01:55 They are connected.
11:01:56 And today we have the fine wood works business in that
11:02:01 building and I think you can see what a dramatic change
11:02:04 that the investment by these property owners make in
11:02:07 the overall experience of individuals who travel along
11:02:10 Franklin Street.
11:02:13 These buildings and the recommendation of the Historic
11:02:15 Preservation Commission qualify under our criteria
11:02:19 under criterion A, which deals with its role in
11:02:23 commerce of the city and the development of the city's
11:02:26 economic base, especially downtown, and along North
11:02:29 Franklin Street, and criterion C, architecture.
11:02:34 So it is the recommendation of the Historic
11:02:35 Preservation Commission that this does receive local
11:02:38 designation, and therefore allows the owners to receive
11:02:42 the benefit of that designation.
11:02:45 Here are some other buildings which have been
11:02:47 previously designated by this council and have
11:02:51 subsequently gone through renovation.
11:02:54 Thank you.
11:02:55 That concludes my presentation.
11:02:56 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
11:03:05 Anyone else?
11:03:05 >>THE CLERK: Is the petitioner present?
11:03:12 >>MARY MULHERN: Would petitioner like to speak?
11:03:14 >> My name is Richard Hartman, Hartman architecture,
11:03:20 the agent for the company that will be moving in is
11:03:23 off-site technologies, an I oat 2 company,
11:03:29 approximately 3800 square feet, and Dennis has done a
11:03:32 very good job describing what he wants to do, and we
11:03:35 are looking at a total investment with purchase costs
11:03:39 of a little over half a million to $600 that you.
11:03:43 It's just a good solid injection into that particular
11:03:49 Thank you.
11:03:49 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
11:03:54 We had the beautiful storefront for auto parts.
11:04:02 Any other public comment?
11:04:05 Does anyone wish to speak?
11:04:06 >> Move to close.
11:04:11 >> Second.
11:04:12 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
11:04:13 Anyone opposed?
11:04:14 >>FRANK REDDICK: Move an ordinance of the city of
11:04:29 Tampa, Florida, North Franklin Street, downtown
11:04:34 multiple property groups to include vintage auto
11:04:39 building number is located at 1613 North Franklin
11:04:42 street, Tampa, Florida as a local landmark, providing
11:04:47 for repeal of all ordinances in conflict, providing for
11:04:51 severability, providing an effective date.
11:04:52 >> Second.
11:04:55 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
11:05:01 Any opposed?
11:05:03 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried with Miranda being absent.
11:05:05 Second reading and adoption will be held on May
11:05:08 5th, 2011 AP at it 93:07 a.m.
11:05:11 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Items 42, 43 and 44 are misnoticed
11:05:18 and cannot be heard.
11:05:20 And two have been rescheduled, and I guess one could be
11:05:23 rescheduled if they -- but the motion in order would be
11:05:30 to remove from the agenda items 42, 43 and 44.
11:05:34 >> So moved.
11:05:34 >> Second.
11:05:35 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
11:05:36 Anyone opposed?
11:05:39 Item number 45, I think we had.
11:05:46 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Ms. Cole was here, and she did relay
11:05:49 to me that all parties agree to a rescheduling of this
11:05:53 review hearing.
11:05:54 Obviously, it cannot be heard today because it's
11:05:56 But it is to be reset to June 23rd, 2011 at 10:30
11:06:04 And that is the agreed-upon date.
11:06:08 A motion, please?
11:06:10 >> So moved.
11:06:12 >>FRANK REDDICK: Second.
11:06:14 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
11:06:16 And that is a motion to reschedule to June 23rd at
11:06:21 >>MARTIN SHELBY: 10:30 a.m.
11:06:25 >>MARY MULHERN: All right.
11:06:32 We are ready for new business.
11:06:35 Ms. Montelione?
11:06:37 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I know there was some discussion
11:06:38 earlier about the timing of the widening of New Tampa
11:06:45 Boulevard and the project, the east-west connector
11:06:49 project, and understanding that there are many factors
11:06:53 that play into those projects, and understanding the
11:07:00 weight and sensitivity of those tapes of large road
11:07:03 projects, I would like to consider -- have legal staff
11:07:09 make a motion to have legal staff and public works
11:07:13 staff work to craft a resolution, just that we as
11:07:16 council be able to address the issue of the timing,
11:07:19 planning and funding through a workshop to be set
11:07:22 sometime in the future when it would be appropriate.
11:07:27 So I don't want to necessarily at this time tie those
11:07:30 projects together, but I would like the opportunity for
11:07:33 council to come back and review those projects.
11:07:39 So I'm not sure exactly.
11:07:43 Mr. Shelby might be able to --
11:07:48 >> Madam Chair, if I may.
11:07:50 I'm not sure if -- do we have to wait for MPOs
11:07:54 discretion in terms of that particular -- those
11:07:56 particular road projects, and then set a workshop?
11:08:00 I'm not sure of the process on that.
11:08:02 >>MARY MULHERN: I don't know that we have to wait for
11:08:06 the MPO to look at the issue.
11:08:09 I mean, we'll know when these projects are coming
11:08:11 forward on the calendar for funding purposes.
11:08:14 I mean, nothing is going to happen until funding is in
11:08:20 But it will be either one or both of those projects
11:08:25 will be set on a timetable for contracts to go out to
11:08:31 study for appointments for, you know, the different
11:08:33 application processes, and maybe Mr. Daignault can
11:08:37 speak to that.
11:08:43 >>STEVE DAIGNAULT: Public works and utility services.
11:08:46 Right now, neither of those are on any necessary term
11:08:53 It would be quite some time even before any of those
11:08:57 types of contracts are contemplated or funded.
11:09:00 They are mentioned, I think, in the 2035, the east-west
11:09:06 road is mentioned in the 2035 build-out plan.
11:09:11 But, again, funding is not identified for design
11:09:14 permitting construction or anything at this point.
11:09:25 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I'm just concerned this is going to
11:09:27 fall off the map into the black hole of projects, and
11:09:29 something may occur without our weighing in on this
11:09:34 So we may or may not be sitting here as a council when
11:09:39 these roads come forward.
11:09:40 >> In 2035, I don't think so.
11:09:47 [ Laughter ]
11:09:50 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I'm hoping that our transportation
11:09:53 issues in New Tampa will be addressed before 2035.
11:10:01 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Just to clarify in my mind, we are
11:10:03 looking at Tampa four laning of the bridge?
11:10:09 >>LISA MONTELIONE: No, in a, no.
11:10:10 This is new Tampa Boulevard is the road running up to
11:10:13 the bridge.
11:10:13 The bridge is going to be built as a four-lane bridge.
11:10:21 >>YVONNE CAPIN: What the workshop is, please repeat it.
11:10:23 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Okay.
11:10:24 The two roads on either side of the bridge.
11:10:26 The one leading up to the bridge from the east to the
11:10:30 west is new Tampa Boulevard.
11:10:33 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Right.
11:10:34 >>LISA MONTELIONE: An additional road called the
11:10:35 east-west connector comes off of east to west on the
11:10:40 other side.
11:10:41 That project at one time was on the books.
11:10:45 It was planned but then there was no financing for it
11:10:48 and that east-west road more or less died.
11:10:52 I would like to be able -- some council at some point
11:10:58 when these projects go forward make sure that we look
11:11:03 at both of those projects as not one, not tying them
11:11:09 together as one project, because they are two separate
11:11:12 And we do have a lot of studies already completed on
11:11:15 the east-west road which would just require updating.
11:11:19 So some engineering firm at some point can update the
11:11:24 studies that have already been done for the east-west
11:11:27 The studies for the New Tampa Boulevard widening would
11:11:30 be a new study.
11:11:31 So that's one of the reasons why I don't want to
11:11:33 necessarily tie them together at this point by
11:11:35 resolution or by motion.
11:11:37 But I do want the council to be able to work with the
11:11:43 entities involved, whether it's the MPO, whether it's
11:11:45 the state, whoever it is at the time, to make sure that
11:11:48 the planning, the timing and the funding come forward
11:11:52 together so that we are not having one four-lane road
11:11:56 dump into a bridge that dumps into a new commerce
11:12:05 >>YVONNE CAPIN: So, again, what's going into the bridge
11:12:08 is four laned right now.
11:12:11 So it has nothing to do with that.
11:12:13 The bridge is built for four lanes, striped for two
11:12:17 We are talking about the east-west.
11:12:19 >> The east-west road and new Tampa Boulevard.
11:12:24 >>YVONNE CAPIN: And new Tampa Boulevard.
11:12:25 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Right.
11:12:26 >>MIKE SUAREZ: May I make a suggestion that -- and I'm
11:12:32 not sure if we can do it this way, but make a
11:12:34 resolution to go to the MPO about those particular
11:12:36 issues and have them report to us about those roads and
11:12:42 future developments, and that we can make a workshop
11:12:44 based on those recommendations?
11:12:53 >> There's a board outside if you are inned in seeing
11:12:59 where these two roads are.
11:13:00 I have that available.
11:13:01 I want to let you all know right now, the widening of
11:13:04 new Tampa Boulevard at some point in the future, it's
11:13:09 not even on our five year plan, certainly beyond that,
11:13:14 that is a property that we anticipate will be done with
11:13:17 city impact fees because that is a city controlled
11:13:20 City right-of-way, city funds.
11:13:22 The east-west road project is on the long-range plan is
11:13:27 currently not active at this time.
11:13:29 The city owns the right-of-way for that project.
11:13:33 And the retention and the wetland mitigation that's
11:13:36 already in place.
11:13:37 So the city basically is controlling both of those
11:13:39 projects in terms of any energy to get them started.
11:13:44 I believe you all have the discretion here at this
11:13:46 council, without going to the MPO, to make some
11:13:49 decisions to direct staff to work to make sure that
11:13:54 these things are done in a time frame that is conducive
11:13:57 to the citizens and also to the natural evolution of
11:14:00 the traffic which would dictate that we more than
11:14:04 likely do not need to widen New Tampa Boulevard, unless
11:14:08 there would be an east-west road.
11:14:10 That is why we are currently not widening it today and
11:14:12 why we are only striping the bridge to have two lanes.
11:14:15 I believe you could make some decisions and motions
11:14:18 here to ensure that your staff is doing these things in
11:14:24 the proper timing that is acceptable to everyone.
11:14:26 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Jean, the point I'm trying to make is
11:14:33 that are we putting the cart before the horse in this
11:14:37 If it's not on the plan, is the it's not on the
11:14:39 long-range plan right now, we are not connecting the
11:14:42 two projects together, even though we have the -- we
11:14:46 have the power to look at these two projects, that's
11:14:50 still going to be studied by staff and by MPO, correct?
11:14:54 In order to fit into the fund?
11:14:58 >> These two projects are on the MPO long-range plan as
11:15:01 are many other projects.
11:15:02 That plan involves multiple agencies, Hart, D.O.T., the
11:15:06 city, the county, and so it's the individual agency
11:15:11 that would be moving those projects forward that the
11:15:14 MPO's plan reflects.
11:15:16 So in this case, these two projects are in the
11:15:18 long-range plan at some point in the future to either
11:15:22 be built or widened, and they currently reside within
11:15:26 the City of Tampa's control.
11:15:29 So that's my point that you all could make a motion
11:15:31 here to ensure that as we move forward at some point in
11:15:35 the future, for either of these projects, that we would
11:15:38 do so with the proper timing as is being suggested
11:15:46 >>MIKE SUAREZ: One more, if I may.
11:15:52 My point, Lisa, is whether or not a workshop is the
11:15:55 right mechanism now to go forward.
11:15:57 I mean, I'm not sure we are going to necessarily
11:16:00 discuss at the workshop.
11:16:01 That's the only question I have about the workshop.
11:16:07 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Again to reiterate, the city controls
11:16:11 both of these roads, or properties.
11:16:15 Therefore, it would be before the city and the City
11:16:20 Council with any project, any proposals, anything
11:16:27 that's coming forward would come to the city.
11:16:32 >>JEAN DORZBACK: Yes.
11:16:32 Any first steps to get these going will come to the
11:16:36 Now it is likely once the city completes a project
11:16:40 development study that another agency may come in and
11:16:43 actually take the project over from the city on the
11:16:47 east-west road portion.
11:16:48 But the city would have to initiate and be in agreement
11:16:51 for that to happen, because we own the right-of-way for
11:16:54 the east-west road.
11:16:56 So anything that's going to happen would have to have
11:16:58 your approval anyway.
11:17:03 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Correct.
11:17:03 That was my point in the beginning.
11:17:05 It would have to have our approval anyway.
11:17:06 So it would come before this council.
11:17:10 >>JEAN DORZBACK: So you sort of have a built-in
11:17:13 assurance anyway that as your desires and timing are
11:17:16 that you would have that opportunity to speak about
11:17:18 that before anything goes forward.
11:17:21 >>YVONNE CAPIN: So the motion, you're saying, we
11:17:23 could -- or amend the motion to that?
11:17:27 Is that what we are looking at?
11:17:33 To amend the motion to -- well, I'll let Lisa amend her
11:17:41 own motion.
11:17:42 I'm sorry, thank you.
11:17:43 >> This is big picture, long-term planning, the kind of
11:17:56 planning that our transportation and our land use
11:17:58 people do, and as Planning Commission goes and that the
11:18:05 MPO does.
11:18:05 So I think a workshop, just listening to what everyone
11:18:12 has to say, a workshop makes sense, because this is
11:18:14 such a big picture.
11:18:16 So if the public, if the people in New Tampa want to,
11:18:24 you know -- part of the problem is having -- if you
11:18:27 wait until Councilwoman Capin, if you wait until it
11:18:32 comes before council, it's going to always be a smaller
11:18:36 It's not going to be the whole big picture of
11:18:39 connecting things.
11:18:40 So a workshop to me makes sense.
11:18:42 And also the MPO representative, just keeping their eye
11:18:50 on it.
11:18:51 I think obviously there are different agencies that
11:18:53 have different ideas, strikes me that New Tampa should
11:18:59 have a community plan for all of New Tampa.
11:19:06 And it seems like what we had over the years with all
11:19:12 the different neighborhoods, and not having, you know,
11:19:16 being on the same page.
11:19:18 I think a workshop would be helpful because I don't
11:19:20 think -- I think that's the only way you can have a
11:19:24 discussion and get information out there other than,
11:19:30 you know, what we did, you know.
11:19:31 >> Well, that's my concern.
11:19:35 >>MARY MULHERN: Maybe you want to schedule a workshop
11:19:37 a ways off.
11:19:38 >>LISA MONTELIONE: And I'm not sure.
11:19:45 >>MARY MULHERN: Like six months.
11:19:46 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Again, I am hopeful that the
11:19:51 funding for these projects to alleviate some of the
11:19:57 angst of congestion that, you know, residents not
11:20:02 only -- Councilwoman Mulhern talked not only about the
11:20:07 big picture but we have to remember that we have our
11:20:09 neighbors to the north in Pasco County who utilize our
11:20:12 roads within the City of Tampa.
11:20:15 So when we talk about big picture, we are talking about
11:20:18 not only a local issue with, you know, the City of
11:20:20 Tampa, Hillsborough County, the state is involved in
11:20:24 this, but also, you know, Pasco County is involved in
11:20:27 And again, I want to be sure -- and I understand
11:20:32 Councilwoman Capin's issue that this will be coming
11:20:38 before us but a lot of things can happen between now
11:20:40 and then.
11:20:41 And changes can be made, modified in the appeals plans,
11:20:47 and the state's plans, and affect the roads and the
11:20:57 studies that are required.
11:20:58 But I want to make sure that we have the opportunity to
11:21:00 bring all the stakeholders together and to look at the
11:21:07 big picture, and because again, we may not be sitting
11:21:10 here when this happens.
11:21:12 So if we are looking at a project that is going to
11:21:17 happen beyond our control, I personally would like to
11:21:20 be sure that a council has the opportunity to tie all
11:21:25 these plans together, and that the citizens of the New
11:21:29 Tampa area -- again we have someone here from Wesley
11:21:33 chapel speak.
11:21:34 But individuals, whether they resaid within the City of
11:21:39 Tampa city limits, or have the necessity to travel
11:21:42 these roads, have the opportunity to be heard.
11:21:45 And I think a workshop is really the only place where
11:21:50 that happens.
11:21:53 So I know that workshops -- do they have to be set for
11:21:57 time certain?
11:21:58 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Yes.
11:21:59 >>MARY MULHERN: I just want to say, Councilwoman
11:22:09 Capin, if you want to take some kind of action, I think
11:22:11 the workshop needs to precede that, because we don't
11:22:15 have all the information.
11:22:16 We haven't heard from, you know, all the agencies that
11:22:20 are doing the planning.
11:22:21 So I just think that would make sense.
11:22:24 And then maybe if there is some kind of legal way that
11:22:31 council could give direction, we would get it out of
11:22:35 that workshop.
11:22:42 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Then I move to have staff and legal
11:22:44 work to craft a resolution that we as council be able
11:22:48 to address the issue of timing and planning as I have
11:22:52 stated in my initial motion and amend that to workshop
11:22:56 to be sometime after October 2011.
11:23:11 >>MARTIN SHELBY: October 27?
11:23:12 I don't believe you have workshops in November and
11:23:14 December because of the way the calendar falls with
11:23:16 your holidays.
11:23:17 >> October 27th.
11:23:23 >>LISA MONTELIONE: October 27, 9 a.m.
11:23:27 >>MARY MULHERN: Second?
11:23:35 In a second.
11:23:36 So council doesn't want to have a workshop.
11:23:45 Did you have any other new business?
11:23:52 >> Yes, thank you very much.
11:23:54 I understand that our friends in the Board of County
11:23:55 Commissioners, Hillsborough County, have directed staff
11:23:58 to and legal to craft a letter to their legislative
11:24:03 delegation, and I would recommend council do the
11:24:07 same -- that we direct a letter for the support of our
11:24:13 Tampa Hillsborough expressway authority.
11:24:16 Right now, there is legislation pending.
11:24:18 Senate bill 2152, consolidation of regional authority
11:24:22 under the turnpike, and I would like to show our
11:24:25 support for our Tampa Hillsborough expressway authority
11:24:28 in that our legislative delegation consider the needs
11:24:32 of our citizens and our roads and our toll authority
11:24:37 for the Tampa Hillsborough expressway authority.
11:24:42 >> Second that request.
11:24:44 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
11:24:46 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Is it the maker of the motion's
11:24:56 intent to have that letter come from the chairman?
11:24:59 >>FRANK REDDICK: Yes.
11:25:00 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Yes.
11:25:02 >> Then I will work with the chair to help with that.
11:25:08 >> And time is of the essence.
11:25:13 I understand this is headed for committee in the state
11:25:15 legislature, and I believe it might be as early as
11:25:19 >>MARTIN SHELBY: I'll talk with chairman Miranda's
11:25:26 legislative assistant.
11:25:27 Thank you.
11:25:27 >>MARY MULHERN: We already voted on it.
11:25:35 Were you done?
11:25:47 >>MIKE COHEN: We had an incident in my neighborhood
11:25:48 where a historic monument was damaged and the city
11:25:51 moved very, very quickly to secure the brick and to
11:25:54 make sure that the monument could be fixed, and that
11:25:58 none of the historical pieces of it disappeared.
11:26:02 And the neighbors really appreciated how quickly
11:26:05 everyone responded.
11:26:06 So thank you very much.
11:26:07 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you, Madam Chair.
11:26:14 Just two things.
11:26:17 I want to give a commendation to Rear Admiral Barry
11:26:19 Black, the chaplain in the United States Senate.
11:26:25 He will in Tampa speaking to the 7th day adventist
11:26:31 I would like to present a commendation to him.
11:26:33 >>MARY MULHERN: Do you want to do that at council?
11:26:40 >>FRANK REDDICK: No, in person.
11:26:41 >> Second.
11:26:43 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
11:26:44 Anyone opposed?
11:26:45 >>FRANK REDDICK: And the second one is that I had the
11:26:48 chance to read where police captain Eric Wilkinson, who
11:26:57 smashed into a locked home and burglar bars to save a
11:27:05 family, and would like to give a commendation for him
11:27:09 saving this family from dieing in their home, and would
11:27:13 like for -- on the 28th and do a commendation.
11:27:20 >> Second.
11:27:21 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
11:27:23 Anyone opposed?
11:27:26 >>YVONNE CAPIN: No new business.
11:27:28 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I would like to make a motion to
11:27:32 recognize drinking water week to be presented to the
11:27:34 water department on the April 28th workshop.
11:27:37 >> Second.
11:27:40 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
11:27:41 Anyone opposed?
11:27:42 >>MIKE SUAREZ: And the second commendation to Wit
11:27:45 Ostrenko to come before council to announce the name of
11:27:53 the 2011 scientist of the year on May 19th.
11:27:56 >>MARY MULHERN: Scientist of the year?
11:28:04 >>MIKE SUAREZ: It should say Hispanic scientist, but I
11:28:07 don't know.
11:28:07 >>MARY MULHERN: Maybe they are doing a scientist.
11:28:15 >> Second.
11:28:15 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
11:28:19 Anyone opposed?
11:28:20 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Madam Chair, I had an opportunity to
11:28:24 speak with Mary Bryant.
11:28:26 As you know, chairman Miranda is not available today.
11:28:29 So I would ask council to make a motion to have the
11:28:32 letter come from the chair pro tem.
11:28:35 I think if time is of the essence.
11:28:39 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Absolutely.
11:28:41 So moved.
11:28:41 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
11:28:43 Anyone opposed?
11:28:47 Receive and file?
11:28:49 >> motion to receive and file all the documents from
11:28:52 today's meeting.
11:28:52 >>MARY MULHERN: All in favor?
11:28:53 Anyone opposed?
11:28:56 We are adjourned.
11:28:56 (Meeting adjourned.)
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