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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL

Thursday, April 25, 2013

5:01 p.m. session


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05:01:47 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: City Council is called to order.

05:01:48 Roll call.

05:01:49 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Here.

05:01:52 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Present.

05:01:53 >>FRANK REDDICK: Here.

05:01:55 >>HARRY COHEN: Here.

05:01:56 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.

05:01:58 Okay.

05:01:58 This is a public hearing on item number 1.

05:02:00 This is non-quasi-judicial proceedings.

05:02:05 Yes, sir.

05:02:11 >>THOM SNELLING: Good morning.

05:02:11 It's been awhile.

05:02:13 Good evening.

05:02:14 Thom Snelling, director of planning and develop.




05:02:17 We are here this evening to do a brief workshop presentation

05:02:20 of the one-year action plan.

05:02:25 And I was talking to city attorney Shelby, and he was asking

05:02:32 some of you were asking where is the backup plan, the actual

05:02:36 plan.

05:02:37 It occurred to me we have not written that plan yet.

05:02:39 The plan is not done.

05:02:40 This is the beginning of that process in order to craft it,

05:02:43 to develop that plan.

05:02:44 The only thing I would have been able to give you is either

05:02:47 broiler plate that said insert analysis here, insert

05:02:52 population data here.

05:02:53 There's a placeholder for all that raw data to have to come

05:02:56 in.

05:02:57 The two most important pieces that have yet to come in is,

05:03:01 one, the RFP that we put out to all the agencies that are

05:03:04 going to take advantage of the various funding sources I

05:03:07 want to talk about this evening.

05:03:09 That doesn't even close until the end of the month.

05:03:11 And that's going to close in another week.

05:03:13 So we don't even have that information yet.

05:03:15 Then it's going to take us approximately a week or eights

05:03:18 days or so to go through that, score them and see what that

05:03:21 is.

05:03:22 So that data won't be available for at least another two




05:03:25 weeks, perhaps three, number one.

05:03:27 The second thing is -- and you will also see in my

05:03:30 presentation, we don't have the final dollar values from HUD

05:03:34 yet.

05:03:34 They are estimating a 5% decrease, which is not good news.

05:03:38 But we don't have those final dollars calculated yet and

05:03:41 those are the two most important pieces.

05:03:43 So this is just the very beginning of that process, which is

05:03:47 why you don't have a plan, because we haven't written it

05:03:49 yet.

05:03:49 It has not been written, and really it cannot be written

05:03:53 until we open up this public hearing process, and we let

05:03:56 people know that it's out there, continues to have a couple

05:03:58 of other public hearings in the neighborhood, and to get our

05:04:02 RFP back and our final funding.

05:04:04 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I am going to ask for a motion at this

05:04:06 time, since -- we need to open this public hearing.

05:04:09 >> So moved.

05:04:10 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Motion by Mr. Suarez.

05:04:12 I have a second by Mr. Cohen.

05:04:13 All in favor of the motion please indicate by saying aye.

05:04:15 Opposed nay.

05:04:16 Public hearing is now open.

05:04:18 >>THOM SNELLING: Thank you.

05:04:26 This is a planning process.




05:04:28 And the HUD funds that we get on an annual basis based on

05:04:33 the five year consolidated plan that this council helped

05:04:37 prepare last year.

05:04:37 It included the aspects for the data and the input that you

05:04:42 see, the census data, the needs assessment that we have been

05:04:45 working on.

05:04:46 I will talk about that in a bit.

05:04:48 The various housing conditions and needs that was all part

05:04:51 of that very detailed plan that was done last year with the

05:04:54 consultant.

05:04:56 It also talked about the citizen participation, the various

05:04:58 forms of that participation, where the citizens advisory

05:05:01 committee, some of the other neighborhood and community

05:05:04 meetings that we have had.

05:05:06 And it also included a limited English proficiency plan,

05:05:10 primarily Spanish, because that's the area that we have the

05:05:18 most need for that.

05:05:19 And as you can see, the development and the implementation

05:05:23 of the one-year action plan must be consistent with that

05:05:26 five-year plan, and as I stated this is the very beginning

05:05:29 of that process.

05:05:30 So whatever comes out of the one-year action plan that you

05:05:33 will have when the draft is prepared, has to be consistent

05:05:37 and will be crafted with an eye toward maintaining the

05:05:40 consistency of the five year plan that's already been




05:05:42 adopted.

05:05:47 The first item I would kind of like to cover, and I touched

05:05:51 on it, the various program funding sources, the amount where

05:05:55 the money is coming from.

05:05:56 Everybody says it comes from HUD but it's really four

05:05:58 different grants.

05:05:59 And those are the four grant programs that comprise and make

05:06:03 up the five year consolidated plan.

05:06:07 The government decided instead of doing four separate plans

05:06:10 many years ago is to put them all in and consolidate.

05:06:13 Obviously it's a community development block grant, one of

05:06:16 the lions share that a lot of the programs are funded in,

05:06:19 and perhaps that funding source has the greatest degree of

05:06:22 flexibility in terms of what you can use that money for.

05:06:25 The Emergency Solutions Grant, ESG, is primarily for

05:06:31 homeless and homelessness prepares activities, fairly

05:06:34 limited -- they are limited to do exactly that.

05:06:38 The HOME program is exactly what it is, it's home.

05:06:42 You have to build the house, fix the house, repair a house,

05:06:44 develop housing, it must have a housing element included in

05:06:48 order to be used.

05:06:49 And the last one is the HOPA, Housing Opportunity for

05:06:54 Persons with Aids.

05:06:57 As we talked about in the past, Hillsborough County, because

05:06:59 we have the highest incidence of HIV-positive individuals,




05:07:04 we win the honor, if you want to call it that, as being

05:07:08 administrators of that money for the four cannot area

05:07:10 including Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas, I

05:07:13 believe.

05:07:14 So those are the funding sources and the programs that come

05:07:16 from that, that identify the consolidated plan, and from

05:07:20 which we will develop the one-year plan to address each of

05:07:23 those funding sources.

05:07:25 Let's talk about funding for a second.

05:07:28 Anticipated levels for the HUD grants funding, as you can

05:07:33 see in fiscal year '13 for those various programs, that's

05:07:38 the money that we receive.

05:07:39 And that was a decrease of approximately 36% from the

05:07:43 previous year from the 2012.

05:07:45 So we are going downhill in the wrong direction.

05:07:48 We are not taking a $2 million hit this year.

05:07:51 Fortunately it seems we are only going to take about a half

05:07:54 million dollar hit.

05:07:54 So we will hopefully be able to do very similar kinds of

05:07:57 assistance this year, in this one year plan as we did last

05:08:03 year.

05:08:03 It's a decrease not as big as last year.

05:08:07 A 36% reduction.

05:08:09 This year we are hoping it's just 5.

05:08:12 People tell me, worry about sequestration, and that may




05:08:15 cause other things, and frankly I'm just not sure I

05:08:18 understand what sequestration means in this regard.

05:08:21 I know what the word means, but meaning we don't have money

05:08:26 to do anything, it's probably not applied that way.

05:08:29 Those are the funding sources as you can see there in front

05:08:32 of you.

05:08:32 >>HARRY COHEN: After sitting on the tarmac at an airport on

05:08:41 Tuesday for about two hours watching planes lined up getting

05:08:44 ready to take off, I would just say that nothing would

05:08:48 surprise me in terms of what sequestration might mean for

05:08:51 the dollars that you are talking about here.

05:08:56 >>THOM SNELLING: Frankly, Councilman, we are hopeful that

05:08:58 it's only 5%.

05:09:00 And I am definitely going to at least maintain the services

05:09:04 that we did last year.

05:09:06 Okay.

05:09:08 Again, this is one-year process on the calendar which I will

05:09:12 cover in just a second.

05:09:13 One of the things that I will touch on is that the request

05:09:16 for proposal process has been out there.

05:09:19 Those RFPs went out in March, and as I said they are not

05:09:23 due back until the end of this month, April 30th.

05:09:25 Once that is done, the real work will begin of evaluating,

05:09:29 linking, and scoring those requests, and then the work about

05:09:34 coming up with recommendations and what kind of funding we




05:09:38 can apply and share with all those agencies.

05:09:42 Unfortunately we are going to find this year what we found

05:09:45 last year, that I have far more flexible funding in programs

05:09:48 than I have money to supply, and you will be a part of that

05:09:51 as that comes down the road.

05:09:53 The other reason for the overall public hearing process in

05:09:56 opening it up tonight and going out to some other community

05:10:01 meetings is to provide people and organizations the

05:10:03 additional ability to voice their opinions about what they

05:10:07 think the one year plan should look like, whether it's

05:10:10 homelessness, or owner occupied rehabilitation, or

05:10:14 acquisition and rehab, or emergency shelter programs,

05:10:18 whatever those happen to be, we will gather additional

05:10:21 information going out to the public over the next six to

05:10:24 eight weeks.

05:10:27 And then our calendar, the last slide here I have for you,

05:10:32 before any questions you might have, you can see in March I

05:10:34 have already talked about, we started the needs assessment

05:10:36 meetings in March, and RFP program on the 18th.

05:10:41 We did hold two technical workshops and they were both very

05:10:44 well attended by dozens of agencies wanting to understand

05:10:47 and make sure we were able to take advantage of every

05:10:50 competitive edge that they could find.

05:10:51 So those meetings were well attended.

05:10:54 April 21st, this is the first public hearing, which is




05:10:58 an official kickoff of the open period for continuing to

05:11:01 gather information.

05:11:03 As I said, the RFPs are due back on April 30th.

05:11:08 Hopefully I'll come back, have it cleaned up in May, and be

05:11:11 able to presents to council.

05:11:12 The second public hearing will be on June 20th.

05:11:15 Our desire is to have council a draft of that plan well in

05:11:19 advance of that, perhaps two to three weeks prior to that so

05:11:21 you have some time to digest it and understand it.

05:11:26 Then we are hoping for the final plan to give the council

05:11:30 approved by the 18th for our deadline to HUD on August

05:11:33 15th.

05:11:34 Again that's for this fiscal year of October 1st,

05:11:37 beginning October 1st, 2013.

05:11:40 With that I will answer any questions you might have.

05:11:43 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Reddick.

05:11:44 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you, Mr. Chair.

05:11:47 Mr. Snelling, what impact -- I don't know if you know, but

05:11:55 currently in the process of closing down the local HUD

05:11:58 office?

05:12:01 >>THOM SNELLING: Yes, sir, I heard that.

05:12:02 >>FRANK REDDICK: What potential impact would that have

05:12:04 on --

05:12:07 >>THOM SNELLING: On these programs?

05:12:09 >>FRANK REDDICK: Right.




05:12:11 >> Fortunately or unfortunately the office that we do most

05:12:14 of our business with in terms of our HUD funding and our

05:12:17 grants monitoring and our program monitoring is out of the

05:12:19 Jacksonville office.

05:12:20 And it is not out of the Tampa office.

05:12:23 Is that correct?

05:12:23 So all of our activities, monitoring, reporting, compliance,

05:12:28 everything that we do through all of these grants is

05:12:30 monitored through Jacksonville and not through Tampa.

05:12:33 So for this particular program, for these programs, I

05:12:37 imagine it will have very little effect.

05:12:40 There are other programs out there that I'm sure are going

05:12:44 to be affected in some fashion.

05:12:47 To those I can't really speak to.

05:12:50 On this program there won't be any effect that I can

05:12:52 actually --

05:12:53 >>FRANK REDDICK: From my understanding, they are only going

05:12:57 to keep Jacksonville and Miami, I believe.

05:13:00 >>THOM SNELLING: That's my understanding.

05:13:01 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay.

05:13:03 Thank you.

05:13:03 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Any other questions at this time?

05:13:06 This is a public hearing.

05:13:07 Anyone in the public care to speak on what we just presented

05:13:11 to this council?




05:13:14 Not all at one time now.

05:13:20 Okay.

05:13:20 Any council member, any comments?

05:13:22 And these things have been going down in value as far as

05:13:25 moneys, distribution to the local government for some period

05:13:28 of time.

05:13:29 I think the last seven, eight years have been going down

05:13:32 very drastically.

05:13:35 >>THOM SNELLING: If you remembered it was $7 million in just

05:13:38 community development block grant money.

05:13:41 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: You're right.

05:13:42 One last time, anyone in the audience care to speak on these

05:13:45 items that were presented by Mr. Snelling here this

05:13:47 afternoon?

05:13:50 I need a motion to close the public hearing, anything else

05:13:55 to be said.

05:13:57 I have a motion by Mr. Suarez.

05:13:58 I have a second by Mr. Cohen.

05:13:59 All in favor of the motion indicate by saying aye.

05:14:02 Opposed nay.

05:14:03 Public hearing is now closed.

05:14:05 >>THOM SNELLING: Council, thank you.

05:14:12 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you all very much for attending.

05:14:14 Okay.

05:14:15 Any information, new business from left to right?




05:14:18 Mr. Cohen?

05:14:21 >>HARRY COHEN: Thank you, Mr. Chair.

05:14:22 Just a clarification from this morning.

05:14:25 On Councilwoman Mulhern's motion this morning, we originally

05:14:30 set a 5:00 p.m. meeting for June 20th to discuss --

05:14:36 excuse me, June 13th to discuss the historic

05:14:38 preservation changes.

05:14:40 The clerk came to us after the meeting and indicated that

05:14:46 for a lot of reasons that we don't really need to go into,

05:14:49 we need to make a motion to change that item from 5:00 p.m.

05:14:55 on June 13th to 6:00 p.m. on June 20th.

05:14:59 And that's my motion.

05:15:01 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I have a motion by Mr. Cohen.

05:15:03 I have a second by Mr. Reddick on that changing of that time

05:15:05 and date.

05:15:07 I believe if I heard it, it will be June 20th at 6:00?

05:15:11 >>HARRY COHEN: Yes.

05:15:12 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Of the year 2013.

05:15:13 Am I correct?

05:15:14 >>HARRY COHEN: Yes.

05:15:15 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: All in favor of that motion?

05:15:16 Opposed?

05:15:17 Motion passes unanimously.

05:15:18 Anything else, sir?

05:15:19 >>HARRY COHEN: That's it.




05:15:20 Thank you.

05:15:21 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

05:15:23 This morning, I asked to remember Steve Burton, then I

05:15:29 realized it would be a nice thing to pass a resolution.

05:15:32 So I would like to make a motion to pass a resolution

05:15:36 commemorating Steven G. Burton for his significant

05:15:40 contributions to the City of Tampa through his lifetime of

05:15:43 accomplishments providing an effective date.

05:15:46 >> Second.

05:15:48 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I have a motion by Mrs. Mulhern, second

05:15:49 by Mr. Cohen on that.

05:15:51 All in favor of the motion?

05:15:53 Opposed?

05:15:53 The ayes have it unanimously.

05:15:55 Anything else?

05:15:56 Mr. Reddick?

05:15:57 >>FRANK REDDICK: One item, chair, and that is requesting a

05:16:01 commendation for global love day May 21st, 2013.

05:16:10 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: That sound like a good one.

05:16:12 I have a second.

05:16:13 All in favor of that motion?

05:16:15 Opposed?

05:16:15 The ayes have it unanimously.

05:16:16 Anything else?

05:16:18 Mrs. Capin?




05:16:19 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Nothing.

05:16:21 >>MIKE SUAREZ: No, nothing.

05:16:23 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: You are an excellent council member, Mr.

05:16:25 Suarez.

05:16:25 I need a motion to receive and file all the documents.

05:16:28 I have a motion by Mr. Reddick, seconded by Mr. Suarez.

05:16:31 All in favor of the motion please indicate by saying aye.

05:16:34 Opposed nay.

05:16:35 The ayes have it unanimously.

05:16:36 We stand adjourned.

05:16:37 >> (Meeting adjourned.)

05:16:41



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