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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL
September 29, 2005
5:30 p.m. Public Hearing

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>>GWEN MILLER: Tampa City Council is called to order.
The chair will yield to Mr. Kevin White.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Thank you, Madam Chair.
This evening for our invocation, we will ask the Reverend Al
Davis to come and give us our invocation.
He's well known throughout the community as a participant in
several civic activities including areas dealing with the
community, education, voter responsibility.
He's also an alumnus of the University of South Florida and
completed an active military career in the United States Air
Force.
At this point in time, we have reverend Al Davis to come before
us and give us an invocation.
And we'll remain standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.
>> Thank you, councilman White, and members for inviting me.
After the pledge, I do want to have a post invocation remark, if

I may.
Just very briefly.
Dear Lord, here I am again, but this time it's on the behalf of
our gathering here this evening.
The City Council is about to come into session.
You know each one of them.
You know their hearts.
You know their minds.
As we as citizens selected them to govern us and in their
governance, it is our prayer that they will govern according to
what is good for all of us.
Keep them strong.
Keep them sound.
Even though sometimes we may be surrounded by attitudes,
behavior that is inconsistent with good order, let them rule
with justice.
Tonight we come specifically for a way by which we want to spend
our money.
And I think one of the earlier -- says money is the answer to
all things.
Let us use it well.
Let us use it wisely.
And this is our prayer, amen.
(Pledge of Allegiance)
>>GWEN MILLER: Go ahead, Mr. Davis.

>> Thank you Madam Chairman, members of the Council.
Councilman White, you did a nice job in that introduction.
And I'm about to make a presentation to him and also to each of
you.
As you may recall, a few years ago, the congress of the United
States authorized the U.S. mint to issue five-year cycle, rather
a five-state cycle that -- the state quarters.
So far, this is 2005, and we have four more years to go.
Last year, in 2004, Florida state quarter was issued.
I don't know if you all are coin collectors or your children are
coin collectors, but I think it's commendable that the United
States thought to honor each state with the quarter of their own
choosing by design.
Councilman White, I'm going to ask you, if you will accept seven
State of Florida quarters and pass one to each of your
colleagues.
[ APPLAUSE ]
>>KEVIN WHITE: That is so nice of reverend Davis.
The article this morning in the paper that doesn't violate our
hundred dollar gift law.
>> And I do have one for the --
>>KEVIN WHITE: I greatly appreciate that, Mr. Davis.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: Madam Chair, Mr. Davis, I just wanted to say
one thing.
I've known you for a long time, as have many of us up here.

I notice there's a boy scout in the back, and he's studying
citizenship.
He told me on the elevator.
And you, sir, are the definition of "citizenship."
In this community.
As long as I've known you, AL, you've been so involved, and I'm
sure long before I knew you, you were so involved in this
community in every aspect of our government as a volunteer.
And just tireless efforts on your part, and we thank you.
[ APPLAUSE ]
>>GWEN MILLER: Roll call.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: Here.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Here.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Here.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Here.
>>ROSE FERLITA: Here.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Here.
>>GWEN MILLER: Here.
We need to open the public hearing.
I have a motion and second.
All in favor of the motion, say aye.
Opposed, nay.
[ MOTION CARRIED ]
Mr. White, will you read the statement into the record?
>>MARTIN SHELBY: Are you opening the public -- the public

hearing for all the items tonight?
>>GWEN MILLER: Yes.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: Thank you.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Thank you, Madam Chair.
This is the second public hearing of the City of Tampa budget
fiscal year 2006 budget.
This is the second public hearing for the City of Tampa, fiscal
year 2006 budget.
The proposed millage rate is 6.5390 mills which is 11.22 more
than the rollback millage rate of 6.1453 mills.
Property tax funds are used to support the general fund
operating budget of the City of Tampa.
This fund includes such departments as fire rescue, police,
human resources, parks, recreation, and public works.
>>GWEN MILLER: Anyone from the staff like to speak?
>> Good evening, Council members.
I'm Bonnie Wise, Director of Revenue and Finance for the city.
I'd like to go over a few points regarding our budget this
evening.
As you know, this is the second public hearing.
I want to thank you once again for your input throughout the
various workshops we've had, the meetings with the department
heads as well as with me individually.
I want to thank the department heads also for meeting with the
Council members, with Jim and me throughout the process.

And to the entire budget staff who has worked so diligently
throughout the process.
As I mentioned last time, the newspaper insert was already in
the newspaper in the Tampa Tribune.
It was also in La Gaceta in Spanish and the sentinel bulletin on
September 19th.
And all those are available on the city's web site as well as
all the volumes of the budget.
As I've previously mentioned, the theme of this year's budget is
"people first."
This budget emphasizes public safety, parks and recreation,
maintaining our assets, and building reserves and fund balances.
Several of you have asked me recently regarding our hurricane
expenditures from last year.
And if I can just give you a quick summary in that regard.
The hurricane expenses last year were in excess of about
$12.5 million.
We expect that 11.6 million or so will be reimbursed.
So far to date we have been reimbursed 7.9 million.
So to give you a feel for where we are in that process, which
has significantly impacted our interest earnings this past year
and further emphasizing our needs for adequate reserves and fund
balances.
We have our budget this year, and I have on the ELMO, the chart.
Our budget this year is $674 million.

It is made up of tax operating funds of 389 million.
Enterprise funds of 248 million.
Internal service and other funds of 27 million.
And bond loan funds of $10 million.
And you can see there how our funds get spent.
With almost half of our funds going towards public safety.
The millage rate remains at 6.539 mills for the 17th year with
one mill generating just in excess of $21 million.
For a home valued at $75,000 with a $25,000 homestead exemption,
the total mills for City of Tampa property would be about
$1,210.
27% of that total tax bill goes to the City of Tampa.
37% of that tax bill would go to the School Board.
29% to Hillsborough County, and 11% to other.
I really want to emphasize that because people often think that
the city receives the predominant share of all the taxes when,
in fact, we're only receiving 27%.
Tonight, before you, you have five items actually on your
agenda.
Four items that were originally on your agenda, and then a
separate resolution that I have provided for your consideration
pursuant to feedback that you gave me at the first public
hearing.
In addition, several of you have contacted me during the
two-week period, and that information is reflected in that

resolution.
No other matters would require your action at this time.
I will open it up for any questions, and I respectfully request
your approval of the city's budget.
Separately I can speak to the capital improvement budget when we
get to that part of the agenda.
>>GWEN MILLER: Mr. White.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Thank you.
Ms. Wise, I see the other resolutions here for the zoo match and
the poet laureate position.
Just real briefly, one of the other items that we mentioned last
week was the one that Mr. Gabremariam brought forward.
From all of our conversations with Mr. Stefan, what has been the
resolution to that?
>> Mr. Gabremariam did deliver next day a package to Mr. Stefan
and me to review.
We do have staff reviewing that package.
Also to see if it's perhaps something eligible for CDBG.
At this time, really because of the late time in which it was
submitted, we're not going to be able to address it at this
time.
We're really looking forward in the future year if whether we
could provide funds for that purpose, either from city funds or
through the CDBG process.
Most of the applications or the requests for funding did come in

from the nonprofit agencies really prior to April.
And so we had many to evaluate.
If you could give me time to evaluate during this process and
then we'll look for it for next year perhaps.
>>KEVIN WHITE: The type of funding that would be available I
guess at this late hour.
It's one of the things spoke about earlier during the week that
I guess the budget staff being what it was.
>> I think if we look at an ongoing basis where our contingency
levels are.
>>KEVIN WHITE: There's a possibility we might be --
>> We need to do further analysis, yes, sir.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I wanted to share with Council members, at
our last budget hearing, I raised the issue of hundred thousand
dollars for emergency preservation rehab funds.
And Cindy Miller came up with a great potential source of
funding that it doesn't appear in the budget because we haven't
quite finished this yet.
But it's from the sale of some more houses that are F.D.O.T.
houses moved on to city lots.
When those are sold, we can create a fund to address that.
It's money that's not out of the city coffers, but it's
addressing, I think, a very real local need.
And that I think will solve the problem.
In the interim, the good news about Gary School, the School

Board is getting an estimate of the value and putting it out to
bid very quickly.
Hopefully it won't rain until somebody buys it and fixes it.
>>ROSE FERLITA: I thought Ms. Saul-Sena was going to add to what
Mr. White was saying.
You were talking about another subject.
Ms. Wise, how realistic is it?
We don't really know?
You are just looking at it?
And is there any other source of money that perhaps
Mr. Gabremariam's request could qualify for instead of just not
now and maybe next year, is there anything in between?
>> Well, that's why we're really looking at it for CDBG
eligibility.
Then that opens up another funding source for it.
It does take time to see if it is CDBG eligible.
As you know, the staff does extensive research on all CDBG
eligible processes.
We just need more time.
>>ROSE FERLITA: So I think that the sense here is that we're
going to take you at your word's worth and you said we'll look
at it so we're really going to look at it.
>> We're going to look at it, yes, ma'am.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: Couple of questions.
Mr. Harrison, do you want to go first?

>>SHAWN HARRISON: Doesn't matter.
Bonnie, the -- have we negotiated the $12,000 for Mr. Tokley's
position?
Do we know what that's going to entail or is that a work in
progress?
>> It is a work in progress.
Jim Stefan spent a fair amount of time actually talking to Robin
Nye, and we got some information on the city photo laureate
problem.
Robin has some great ideas on how we can get the poet laureate
into the community into, the school system, into the parks and
recreation program.
So exactly what will be the deliverables, we have not determined
that yet.
But we are going to prepare a contract for you in the future.
But we wanted to be sure to get the money moved, and we'll work
out the scope.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Okay.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: Couple of things, I think we all probably
received similar e-mails about the budget.
And I just wanted you to address some of these issues.
First, one theme of the e-mails we received, gentleman
specifically on Davis Island in my district and another district
talked about why are we not rolling back the millage.
If the total amount that we're collecting is increasing because

of the increased assessment value across the city and the
county, then why aren't we rolling back the millage?
>> Yes, sir.
The amount that we are collecting for property taxes is, in
fact, increasing, and I think I showed you last time some
charts.
I can pull those out if we need to again.
But we do have some revenues that are not increasing.
And so as you know, the cost of doing business in the city is
increasing significantly.
We talk about the cost of fuel.
I like to use that one for an example.
You know, $26,000 for every penny increase in fuel costs.
The cost of concrete.
The cost of construction.
So every project that we are bidding now in the city is costing
us more.
So in order to do the same amount of sidewalks, for example,
it's going to cost us more.
So in order to provide our citizens with the public safety that
we address first, the investing in neighborhoods, all those
programs that we want to provide to our citizens, we need to
maintain that millage at that same rate.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: And another common theme of e-mails and phone
calls that I've received has to do with code enforcement.

It appears that we're slightly reducing the budget for code
enforcement by maybe a hundred thousand from last year,
something like that.
I don't know if you want to address that or if Mr. Lane is here
to address that.
>> I could do that.
If you could give me just a moment.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: Of course, code enforcement is, you know, a
big issue to a lot of folks in the city.
>> I think was some confusion because the code enforcement
budget actually increased from last year's budget.
Last year's budget code enforcement was 4.59, and it increased
to 4.66.
What you're looking at is the page in this year's budget that
shows the carryover monies that were included for '05 that we
showed.
But there was not a reduction in code enforcement.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: We're just about static then.
>> Right.
Increased slightly.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: All right.
The third question I had related to stormwater.
I noticed that the Hogues are here from Paxton street as they
were last year right after the flooding on their street and in
their house.

And last year we assured them that we would do the engineering
to improve their flooding issue.
And I wanted to make sure that as we promised last year that
this year in our budget that the money is there for the
construction and it's not just their street.
It's actually their whole neighborhood.
>> Yes, sir.
It is in there.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: It's in the budget.
>> Yes, it is.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: And it will be done this year?
Mr. Daignault is shaking his head yes, okay.
Then my last question arises from Art Keeble, who is the Arts
Council coordinator, director, something like that, and he
mentioned something that's called "The Community Cultural Plan,"
$30,000.
I'm not familiar with that.
He says it was in the budget, out of the budget, back in.
Santiago?
>> Actually, we're going to accommodate that request.
And it's now $25,000.
We're not needing to do it tonight, but that will be
accommodated.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: So it will be some type of amendment that
will come to us?

>> Right.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: Okay.
That's all.
Thank you, Madam Chair.
>>GWEN MILLER: Other questions from Council members?
Ms. Ferlita?
>>ROSE FERLITA: Just a follow-up in terms of concern about code
enforcement and the budget, et cetera.
And I think that the administration has said loud and clear that
the number one focus is public safety.
And I sure preach the same thing.
So if I said something different today, then it would be even
confusing myself.
I understand that there are just a certain number of dollars,
and they have to go around and they have to be allocated
someplace and somebody else will want them to be allocated
someplace else.
Going back to code enforcement.
We still have a ton of stuff that's not getting done.
We still have not a ton but many on that list of egregious
violators that have been out there, that neighborhoods complain
to my legislative aide and probably to some of the other Council
member aides about things that have been hanging around for a
long time.
If a department has a budget, they can only do so much.

Can do better, worse, depending on the efficiency level you
maintain in that operation.
And I know that it's too late now to even talk about a
resolution for an increase, but what I might suggest is this.
Your manpower can be used different ways.
And I'm not going to have somebody remember for me, but I will
remember perhaps on a monthly basis to ask Mr. Lane -- and he's
not here and I understand Mr. Doherty is here for him, I don't
need to put bill on the spot up front.
I'm just making a statement, observation and suggestion.
I think we ought to have monthly reviews about what they have
targeted in terms of their proactive code enforcement
procedures, what types of violations we have our manpower
targeting.
And when we look at that, if we have some things that are more
severe, then maybe we should have a conversation with Mr. Lane
about where they should look instead of the more minor
violations.
And so in saying that, what I'm trying to accomplish and what
I'm trying to suggest in terms of helping Mr. Lane is that we
utilize our personnel and our manpower where it helps the most,
which is the most obvious that it needs attention, and we could
have an ongoing conversation monthly to see what's being done
and how we should retarget those dollars and that personnel.
That's not anything for you to take forward, but I think we

ought to look at that.
Lots of times we talk about, well, look at all these things and
see what percentage is in compliance.
That's fine.
But even if we had less compliance percentage and it was the
more egregious offenses, I bet that would clean up our community
a little bit more.
So just as public safety Chairman, I think that that's
important.
I know that the dollars can just go so far.
And that's just a suggestion, Bonnie, and I'll follow through.
And I hope that I will have the administration's cooperation
when we look at that and we analyze it and then we make some
suggestions based on the data and the report that Mr. Lane
brings back to me.
Let her finish.
I think she's got --
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: Bonnie, you weren't the audiovisual girl in
junior high?
>> High-tech.
I actually did find that chart from code enforcement for my
presentation last time.
So I wanted you to see that fiscal year '03 actual for the code
enforcement budget was a little over $3.1 million.
And budgeted for fiscal year '06, 4.66.

But I completely agree, it's efficiently using the resource in
code enforcement.
>>ROSE FERLITA: I think that will be a good compromise.
I'm not asking you for any other dollars that you don't have.
But at the same time, an ongoing comprehensive review of what
we're doing and what makes our Civic Association and our
constituents happy about how we're directing that personnel.
You can only do so much with the same personnel.
Mr. Doherty, you are more than welcome to come up.
You probably agree with that, huh?
Easier than coming up here.
All right.
Come on.
>> Good evening.
Bill Doherty, deputy director for the City of Tampa's code
enforcement department.
Just to let you know, the most egregious offenders are being
taken into criminal code court.
And we actually are now average being 35 new cases each month.
And shortly within the next couple of months we're going to
begin the foreclosure process against most egregious folks as
well.
And we also have in place now our advisory committee.
I think it's up to 12 folks now from the neighborhoods.
And each month we meet, and we're constantly reprioritizing the

most egregious offenders.
>>ROSE FERLITA: All I'm saying, Mr. Doherty, I would like the
opportunity for this Council to reevaluate this every month.
We don't need to make this long because this is not a code
enforcement workshop.
I do want to tell you, there are issues that Ms. Curry dealt
with just last week that have been a nuisance to a particular
neighborhood for 14 years.
So we're cleaning up some; we're not cleaning them up -- I'm not
pointing the finger.
I'm just saying that maybe by having some continuing
discussions, we can refocus what is most important.
That's all I'm saying.
>> We're certainly open to that.
>>ROSE FERLITA: Okay.
>>GWEN MILLER: Ms. Alvarez.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Thank you, Madam Chairman.
I think that once the hanson system comes into play, which
should be in January now.
Is that right?
Is Mr. McGrath here?
Mr. McGrath, is it coming on line in January for sure?
>> He said that's correct.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: All right.
Because I think that once all the code inspectors get their

laptops, they will be able to pinpoint who the repeat violators
are.
And this will help them free up some of their time that they are
having to spend coming in and out and doing their reports and
everything.
So I think we'll see an improvement in code enforcement at that
time.
Is that right, Mr. Doherty?
>> Yes.
As a matter of fact, that's happening right now.
They are all deployed out in the field with laptops.
The hansome system is a much better system, much better software
program.
But as a matter of fact, the inspectors are all deployed out
there with their laptops now.
That's been a valuable resource for us.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Good.
Thank you.
>>GWEN MILLER: Ms. Saul-Sena.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.
To follow up on what Ms. Ferlita suggested, I think that monthly
reports would be great, and I think that as these cases make
their way to civil court, our goal is to clean things up and not
be punitive.
But if we get some forfeitures and they start generating some

money, I would like to be tracking that also.
That I think should be part of the monthly report.
Because that might be a way to then have the additional staff
to, you know, really make inroads.
And I think that seeing how much these cases are throwing off
would be very useful to us.
>>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public who would like to
speak?
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move to close the public hearing.
>>GWEN MILLER: Have a motion and second to close the public
hearing.
All in favor of the motion, aye.
Opposed, nay.
[ MOTION CARRIED ]
Mr. White, would you move the resolution?
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move the resolution.
This is going to take 35 minutes to read this whole thing.
Move a resolution levying an ad valorem tax at the rate of six
and five hundred thirty-nine thousandths (6.539) mills upon all
real and personal taxable property in the City of Tampa, fiscal
year 2006, authorizing the Mayor and city clerk to certify such
millage; providing an effective date.
Be it resolved by City Council of the City of Tampa, Florida,
Section 1, that an ad valorem tax at the rate of six and five
hundred thirty-nine thousandths (6.539) mills to raise the

amount of money as fixed in the Annual Budget of the City of
Tampa for the fiscal year commencing October 1, 2005, and ending
September 30th, 2006, for the General Fund for the maintenance
and operation of the City of Tampa is hereby levied as provided
by law on all real and personal property taxable for that
purpose in the City of Tampa.
Section 2, that the Mayor and the City Clerk, as the proper
authorities of the City of Tampa, are duly authorized,
empowered, and directed to certify to the Property Appraiser of
Hillsborough County, Florida, the millage to be levied for all
purposes for the fiscal year 2006, in the City of Tampa,
Florida, to wit: 6.539 mills, which exceeds the "Rolled-Back
Rate" as defined in Section 200.065 (1) of the Florida Statutes
by 11.22 percent, and to request the levy of the millage as set
forth upon all real and personal property in the City of Tampa
as above set forth, in accordance with the provisions of the
Constitution and Laws set forth by the State of Florida.
Section 3, that the other proper officers of the City of Tampa
are authorized to do all things necessary and proper in order to
carry out and make effective the terms and the conditions of the
Resolution which shall become effective immediately upon its
adoption.
Passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of Tampa,
Florida, on September 29th, 2005.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.

Roll call vote.
Question on the motion?
>>SHAWN HARRISON: Just comment.
The last month we've had the opportunity to have ideological
debates on the fee increases.
I think that's sort of fun that we don't have the opportunity
very often at this level of government to have ideological
debate.
I think it was quite a good exercise in government to have the
ability to do that.
Where we are now is the point where we need to all come together
and support the budget.
And I think we have a fair and reasonable budget.
I do appreciate the addition of the money for Lowry Park Zoo.
That was matched unanimously by the county commission.
That was a very good use of our money being able to leverage
that same amount from the county commission.
And I think what we have all in all is fair.
I like the idea of rolling back the millage, but that's not a
debate we need to have tonight.
I will be able to support the budget and I want to thank
everyone for working so hard over the year for getting us to
this point and being responsive to the requests of the Council
members.
>> Well said.

>>GWEN MILLER: You said it well for all of us.
So we'll vote.
All in favor of the motion, aye.
[ MOTION CARRIED ]
>>ROSE FERLITA: Just one quick comment, much of the same.
I'm sorry.
Ms. Curry set me up for this.
In terms of the millage, I agree with Mr. Harrison.
I think because there's an increase in the valuation of
properties that we did experience an increase, and I would
certainly be up here opposing this and asking for some amount of
a decrease in millage.
Given all the extra expenses that wonderful weather and
catastrophes has given the city to contend with, that I think
this is a fair response and I'm supporting it as well.
Thank you.
>>GWEN MILLER: Item number 2.
Need to move the resolution.
Just read the ordinance, Mr. White.
>>MARTIN SHELBY: Just so I'm clear and the record is clear,
Council, the vote that Council just took was relative to which
number on the agenda?
>> [INAUDIBLE]
>>MARTIN SHELBY: That's fine.
So they move the resolution.

Now we're at number 3.
>>GWEN MILLER: Number 3.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move the resolution making certain changes in the
budget and the City of Tampa for the fiscal year ending
September 30, 2006, approving the transfer, reallocation and
appropriation --
>>MARY ALVAREZ: That's the wrong one.
>>KEVIN WHITE: I'm sorry.
Move an ordinance adopting -- adopt -- sorry -- move to adopt
the ordinance adopting the budget for fiscal year beginning
October 1, 2005 and ending September 30, 2006 as presented by
the Mayor providing for the levy as provided by the law tax on
all taxable property in the City of Tampa and fixing the millage
within said city making appropriations in accordance with the
provisions of said budget, authorizing and directing the Mayor,
city clerk and proper authorities of the City of Tampa to
certify to the property appraiser of Hillsborough County,
Florida, the millage to be levied for all purposes for the
fiscal year of 2006 in the City of Tampa, providing an effective
date.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
Question on the motion, Mr. Dingfelder.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: Thank you, Madam Chair.
Just a quick comment.
I, too, want to reiterate about the money for the zoo.

I think it was a very important issue.
I'm glad we were able to resolve it amicably.
The second thing I want to say, I think pretty much as I look
out on the crowd there, I send out about 10 to 15 e-mails or
make phone calls a week to virtually every person out here,
every department head, the Mayor, Chief of Staff Darrell Smith.
And I want to say, and I'm probably remiss after a couple of
years of not saying it, but I want to say thank you.
I look out in the crowd, and I don't see one person out there
who is not extremely responsive, extremely professional and very
pleasant to deal with on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis.
I know I for one -- and I speak for all the Council I'm sure --
we appreciate your hard work, your dedication and your loyalty
to the city and thank you.
>>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second.
Roll call vote.
Vote and record.
>>CLERK: The motion carried unanimously.
>>GWEN MILLER: Mr. White, need to move the resolution, number
four.
We have a motion and second.
All in favor, aye.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: You are all invited to Mr. Dingfelder's house
for a party.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: The Tampa museum of art has an opening that

started right now.
>>KEVIN WHITE: I wanted to mention one thing, the resolution
that was just passed, part of that was the zoo in which we all
know -- I'm talking about the resolution.
I'm talking about number 4.
That's the one we just did.
I'm talking about the one for the zoo --
>>MARTIN SHELBY: That's an add-on.
That's number five.
What would be added on would be number five.
>>KEVIN WHITE: I was going to make a comment on it.
>>GWEN MILLER: You'll make a comment and then we'll vote.
I don't mind.
Go ahead.
>>KEVIN WHITE: Anyway, the one for the 150,000, I want to say
once again for the zoo, we have the number one zoo in the
country as voted last year.
Also, before we adopt that one, also included in that
resolution, we've had Mr. James Tokley as the poet laureate for
the City of Tampa now for over ten years, and at this juncture
or until this juncture, it has basically been a ceremonial
position.
It has never been anything official for the City of Tampa.
If this resolution passes, Mr. Tokley will be the official poet
laureate for the city of Tampa, and I think this is something

that has been long overdue.
He has been doing this and volunteering his time and
volunteering his services for many a year, and Madam Chair, I
believe I spoke with Mr. Tokley out in the hallway earlier.
He has written a special poem for today.
And I think it might be appropriate if he would read it before
we move the resolution.
I don't think it would take but a moment.
>>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Tokley, would you come up, please.
>>SHAWN HARRISON: You are now officially on the clock.
[ LAUGHTER ]
>>GWEN MILLER: How many minutes does he get?
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: However long it takes.
>> On behalf of the -- I thank you for your kindness, humbly do
I thank you.
I shall endeavor to continue to do what I can do for the art and
for the city.
I wrote a poem entitled "we."
When the art of public service shall appear no more upon this
Earth, and all that can be found are merely fragments of what
once had been, may the names that serve this Council and upon
whose words we claim our worth, be remembered in the sunlight
and recited on the rolling wind!
May the ears that come to hear our words be filled with
fairness, when they leave, content that we have done our part to

represent the People's will, and may the eyes who sit and watch
what moves we make, come to perceive that in this place, resides
the flame of friendship that is burning, still to warm the
hearts of them who seek to listen, as the people speak!
When the embers of democracy have dwindled down and have grown
cold, and the dust of countless centuries, erased where men and
women spoke in counsel and conciliation, as was done, since days
of old, may the names of them who stand here now, be remembered
like the mighty oak, who does not bow nor does it bend, though
faced by an impending wind, but stands against the stormy night,
in faith that it will see daylight!
We are the names the People speak, whose name is "Justice,"
which they seek!
And until that day we turn to dust, may the people's voice
remain, in us!
[ APPLAUSE ]
>>KEVIN WHITE: Would you give that to the clerk so we can have
that in the record, please.
With that, I move the resolution.
Hopefully it will be unanimous.
>>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
All in favor of the motion, aye.
[ MOTION CARRIED ]
Is there anything else to come before Council?
>>ROSE FERLITA: Yes, one quick thing.

We got this late this afternoon.
Perhaps maybe my colleagues have not read it.
As a courtesy to one of my colleagues, Ms. Saul-Sena, like to
tell you congratulations.
We got this news release just this afternoon.
Tampa City Council member receives award.
Tampa, Florida.
The Florida chapter of the American planning association, FAPA,
recognized Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena with the
2005 FAPA distinguished public service award at their annual
conference September 9th.
Congratulations.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you so much.
[ APPLAUSE ]
>>KEVIN WHITE: Move to receive and file all documents.
>>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second.
All in favor of the motion, aye.
Anything else to come before Council?
We stand adjourned.