Tampa City Council
Thursday, December 21, 2006
9:00 AM meeting
09:26:09 TAMPA CITY COUNCIL MEETING
09:36:04 >>GWEN MILLER: Tampa City Council is called to order.
09:36:06 The chair will yield to Mrs. Linda Saul-Sena.
09:36:10 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: It is my pleasure to introduce my
09:36:13 rabbi, the chef Rabbi of congregation Schaarai Zedek,
09:36:16 Richard Birnholz, who has done so much for our
09:36:19 Would everyone please rise?
09:36:20 And after the invocation, the pledge of allegiance.
09:36:25 >>> Let us pray.
09:36:26 Master of the universe, we begin this beautiful day
09:36:29 with trust in you.
09:36:31 We ask you to bless the mayor and City Council of our
09:36:34 great city along with all who serve together with
09:36:39 Help us to use the fullness of their humanity in the
09:36:45 service to our people.
09:36:46 Grant them a sense of purpose, that they may govern
09:36:49 with direction, a sense of duty that they may work
09:36:53 with conviction, and a sense of humor that they may
09:36:57 bring a touch of humility to all they undertake.
09:37:02 Help them to know that it is just as important to
09:37:06 apportion money and power with compassion as it is to
09:37:08 do so with precision.
09:37:11 Teach them to be grateful for the gift of diversity
09:37:14 which gives Tampa its character, and for the vision of
09:37:18 harmony which gives us a feeling of community.
09:37:22 Most of all, God, let them plant seeds of justice and
09:37:26 opportunity so that they build not only for us today,
09:37:31 but for our children who look toward tomorrow.
09:37:37 Be with us and our families in this joyous holiday
09:37:42 Enable us to remember the lessons of understanding
09:37:44 which the season teaches, and give us the courage to
09:37:48 apply these lessons throughout the coming new year.
09:37:52 For if we do, then all of us will be co-partners with
09:37:57 God in the building of a city and a world of peace.
09:38:04 [ Pledge of Allegiance ]
09:38:21 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Rabbi Birnholz, I just wanted to
09:38:27 acknowledge, if you want to go back in front of us, I
09:38:30 just wanted to acknowledge the fact that you just
09:38:32 celebrated, I believe, your 20th anniversary with
09:38:35 congregation in this community and you work so hard
09:38:39 not only with our congregation but also with the
09:38:41 entire community in bringing us all together.
09:38:44 And we thank you for your service, for your wife Donna
09:38:47 and her service as well.
09:38:48 Thank you.
09:38:49 >>> Thank you, John.
09:38:50 Thanks to the whole community for making our lives so
09:38:54 Thank you.
09:38:56 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Happy holiday.
09:39:00 >>GWEN MILLER: Roll call.
09:39:02 [Roll Call]
09:39:05 >>GWEN MILLER: At this time I would ask the mayor to
09:39:06 come up.
09:39:07 She has a presentation to make.
09:39:08 >>MAYOR PAM IORIO: Good morning, council members.
09:39:11 Thank you so much for allowing me just a few minutes
09:39:14 so that I can express on behalf of the city
09:39:16 appreciation to two outstanding lawmakers who are
09:39:19 ready to leave their seats, and one already has.
09:39:22 And I want them to know how much we appreciate their
09:39:24 service in the City of Tampa.
09:39:26 I would like to start with Congressman Jim Davis.
09:39:30 Jim, will you please come forward?
09:39:32 And your wife Peggy is here.
09:39:38 It is always a partnership when husband and wife are
09:39:41 in politics together.
09:39:47 Jim, I call you a friend.
09:39:49 You have been a friend of mine for many, many years
09:39:51 and I have been so proud of your service in Congress
09:39:53 for the past ten years, he has represented a district
09:39:56 that includes the City of Tampa.
09:39:58 And since I have been mayor, you were one of the first
09:40:02 visitors here to the mayor's office when I was first
09:40:04 sworn in pledging to do everything that he could to
09:40:07 help us on the congressional level.
09:40:08 And you have been very successful in doing so.
09:40:11 It's wonderful to have a Congressman who is so
09:40:13 engaged, who will call you and have suggestions on how
09:40:17 we can find funding for area projects, 40th Street
09:40:21 being one that he was very engaged on.
09:40:24 He served with tremendous integrity and dedication,
09:40:27 someone who cares about public policy, and you care
09:40:32 deeply about the City of Tampa.
09:40:34 I want you to know personally how much I appreciated
09:40:36 You're very -- your very honorable and dedicated
09:40:41 service to the citizens of Tampa and the City of Tampa
09:40:44 is better because you served.
09:40:45 Peggy, thank you for your partnership which enabled
09:40:50 your husband to do such a great job.
09:40:51 I certainly understand the great sacrifice.
09:40:55 You have two children and it takes everyone working
09:40:59 Your service will always be remembered.
09:41:00 You left a wonderful legacy.
09:41:02 On behalf of the city and council, I would like to
09:41:04 present to you a commemorative Tampa plate from the
09:41:13 wonderful city that you will always be a member of and
09:41:18 your wonderful work in Congress.
09:41:20 Thank you, Congressman.
09:41:22 [ Applause ]
09:41:23 >> The mayor and I often laughed at our toughest days
09:41:26 at public service, nothing more tougher than being the
09:41:29 parent of two teenagers.
09:41:30 And I have two boys that are either hungry or eating.
09:41:36 Thanks for the chance to stop by and thank you.
09:41:41 My councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena and I were talking
09:41:43 earlier about a piece of advice that she got and I got
09:41:46 when I was elected to Congress and I wish I had gotten
09:41:47 when I was a younger man.
09:41:48 Somebody told me never ascribe to conspiracy but you
09:41:53 can ascribe to incompetency.
09:41:56 Good advice.
09:41:57 One of the things I want to thank you for.
09:41:59 In my eight years in legislature and my ten years in
09:42:02 work in Congress, working with all of you, Congressman
09:42:07 Reddick on sickle cell issues, and councilman
09:42:13 I have always trusted your judgment.
09:42:15 I always knew you were trying to do what was right for
09:42:17 the community and that's what empowered me in
09:42:19 Washington and Tallahassee, to do the right thing.
09:42:21 That's what empowers your representatives, when you
09:42:23 have faith in the people you are representing, and
09:42:26 their representatives, and we come together.
09:42:29 The few times I came to the council, came to the mayor
09:42:33 and asked to you support some of my endeavors with
09:42:35 MacDill, with the poor, we worked together on the
09:42:38 pots program and you supported me, and I appreciate
09:42:41 And lastly, I just think that we continue to be a
09:42:44 model for the state, and sometimes for the country as
09:42:46 well, because the issues we face here in our
09:42:49 community, either are the issues of the state and
09:42:52 country or they will be.
09:42:54 One of the things I'm proud of having been involved
09:42:56 with you all on the special services district
09:42:59 legislation which has become a very powerful tool in
09:43:02 financing some of the redevelopment that you all will
09:43:03 be working on in the years to come.
09:43:07 This is our home.
09:43:08 My family has been here since the 1920s.
09:43:11 And Peggy has two boys here in high school and we need
09:43:18 to get ready for college.
09:43:20 I don't think there's been a more challenging time to
09:43:22 We know what you do.
09:43:24 We know your family.
09:43:25 We know what the mayor said, it's a family commitment,
09:43:28 a personal sacrifice.
09:43:30 And I know how important decisions you make each and
09:43:32 every day are to our future and to the future of my
09:43:36 So thanks for the chance to be your representative in
09:43:38 Washington, and in Tallahassee.
09:43:41 Mayor, I think you're great, and I'm glad you're going
09:43:44 to be my mayor for a long time to come.
09:43:47 Happy holiday.
09:43:56 [ Applause ]
09:43:57 >>MAYOR PAM IORIO: Senator Les Miller.
09:43:59 And of course his wife is already here.
09:44:06 I'm lucky to call you a friend also.
09:44:10 To have such wonderful representatives, so committed
09:44:13 to the City of Tampa.
09:44:14 Senator Miller, of course, spent eight years in the
09:44:17 House of Representatives state house and now six years
09:44:19 as a senator.
09:44:20 Many people don't know he spent about six weeks as a
09:44:23 Tampa City Council member, right?
09:44:23 A little known part of his career.
09:44:29 Senator, you have been an absolute soldier, a real
09:44:33 warier in the fight for what's right for the City of
09:44:38 In the legislature we have always been able to count
09:44:41 on senator Miller, whether as a co-sponsor of our
09:44:45 local bills or sponsor of our local bills, someone who
09:44:48 brought in over $700 that you for drainage for West
09:44:51 Tampa, someone who is always there.
09:44:54 Mayor, what do you need for the city?
09:44:58 And he would do anything he could to get that done.
09:45:01 That's a real friend to the people of the City of
09:45:04 Senator, I want you to know how much I appreciate your
09:45:09 You left a great legacy.
09:45:13 Like Congressman Davis, you and your wife are a
09:45:16 wonderful team together.
09:45:16 You care so much about this community.
09:45:18 You go everywhere, you're tireless in representing the
09:45:23 city and your district.
09:45:24 You and Gwen are a wonderful partnership.
09:45:26 And Gwen, it's just a real pleasure to be able to be
09:45:29 here today to honor your husband.
09:45:31 In doing so, I also acknowledge the very important
09:45:34 role you played as a partner and to you in your role
09:45:39 as chairman of City Council.
09:45:40 I wish you well.
09:45:41 I want you to know how much these services mean to all
09:45:46 of us.
09:45:48 [ Applause ]
09:45:54 >>> Les Miller: I want to thank you the mayor for one
09:45:57 of the great cities in this country and what a great
09:46:00 mayor we have, and look forward to you serving us
09:46:02 longer as mayor of the city.
09:46:04 The things that I did in the legislature and for the
09:46:06 City of Tampa has not been easy.
09:46:09 I appreciated it so very much, to make the city a
09:46:11 better place for everyone to live, work and play.
09:46:15 And it is my responsibility in public service to do
09:46:21 It was quite a job in Tallahassee.
09:46:23 And I enjoyed every minute of that job and working for
09:46:27 the people of the city and the state.
09:46:30 And I want to thank some people.
09:46:33 I want to thank my 91-year-old mother.
09:46:37 It takes sacrifices to serve.
09:46:40 And the mayor, City Council members, Congressman
09:46:43 My mother is 91 years old.
09:46:45 The sacrifices she made when I wasn't here, my
09:46:49 children, and my grandchildren.
09:46:52 But my wife specifically, because, you know, she was
09:46:55 there for me, when I had my public service ups and
09:47:00 And the best way to make sure that she stays busy is
09:47:03 to get her elected.
09:47:05 And you did that.
09:47:06 And I want to thank her for everything she did in my
09:47:10 public service career.
09:47:11 But it was the right thing to do.
09:47:14 A sponsor for legislation in the City of Tampa.
09:47:16 And one of the people, creating some bills that we
09:47:21 filed to make sure that people were safe in the city.
09:47:23 And I want to thank her for all the work that she's
09:47:26 done and coming to my office and doing that.
09:47:28 But it was a pleasure to serve in the legislature, it
09:47:33 was a pleasure to work with you, mayor, in making the
09:47:36 city a better place and working with City Council.
09:47:38 He want to congratulate the two new members,
09:47:41 councilman Fletcher and councilman Fred Reddick for
09:47:46 being willing to serve.
09:47:49 I realize it's a tough job, a thankless job at times.
09:47:53 But once you see fruition come to pass, you say, well,
09:47:57 I did the best I could.
09:47:59 Remember that people are first.
09:48:01 That's always important.
09:48:01 So, mayor, thank so very much.
09:48:03 Council members, thank you so very much.
09:48:05 The people of district 9 and the house, the people of
09:48:09 district 18, thank you for letting me Serb.
09:48:12 I appreciate it.
09:48:17 [ Applause ]
09:48:19 >>MAYOR PAM IORIO: Thank you for allowing me these few
09:48:22 I know that council member Alvarez is ill this morning
09:48:25 but she's so conscientious I'll bet she's watching.
09:48:29 Councilman Alvarez, I hope you're feeling better.
09:48:32 I wish all of you a happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas
09:48:36 and look forward to a 2007 where we all work together
09:48:38 to continue to solve the problems of this community
09:48:40 and make life better for every sings will person who
09:48:43 calls Tampa home.
09:48:45 Happy holidays.
09:48:48 [ Applause ]ding
09:48:52 >> I wanted to say, Madam Mayor, while senator Miller
09:48:56 and Congressman Davis are still here, my party's only
09:48:59 representative sitting up here, let me just say how
09:49:01 much of a pleasure it has been to work with both of
09:49:05 You are held in high, high esteem by members of our
09:49:10 legislative delegations here in Hillsborough County,
09:49:12 and it has been my honor to be able to serve with you
09:49:15 across the aisle over the years.
09:49:20 Tampa is a large city but it's a small town.
09:49:22 When I was involved in student government at USF, your
09:49:25 husband was a legend, Madam Chair, at USF, and
09:49:30 Congressman Davis.
09:49:31 When I got out of law school you were the first
09:49:33 campaign that I actually worked on while you were
09:49:35 running for the state legislature.
09:49:37 So it really has been an honor to work with both of
09:49:39 you and we look forward to whatever journey that you
09:49:44 now take, you being very much a part of the life of
09:49:50 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
09:49:53 Mr. Miller, I'm very proud of you.
09:49:56 You are so great and I really appreciate everything
09:49:58 you have done.
09:49:59 And we have done a lot of work together and continue
09:50:05 to do the work that you have done.
09:50:07 Thanks a lot to both of you.
09:50:09 [ Applause ]
09:50:10 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Senator Miller, Congressman Davis,
09:50:18 we have worked together for a long time, and you have
09:50:22 always been energetic, articulate, hard working.
09:50:27 This community has so benefited from your years of
09:50:29 leadership and service.
09:50:30 And I'm certain that this is just the hiatus.
09:50:35 And I look forward to working with you more in the
09:50:39 Thank you for your dedication to this community.
09:50:44 >>FRANK REDDICK: I am just going to go on record as
09:50:46 saying to Congressman Davis, thank you for the work
09:50:49 you have done in your tenure, Congressman as well as
09:50:57 state legislator.
09:51:02 To Senator Miller, as minority leader, I want to tell
09:51:08 everyone, he always had a lot of food, good food in
09:51:18 his office.
09:51:18 Thank you for your help and all that you have done to
09:51:20 help us as well
09:51:23 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
09:51:25 We now go to the Officer of the Month.
09:51:27 Mr. John Dingfelder, vice chair.
09:52:03 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: A lot of sermon but nothing as
09:52:07 important as honoring our police Officer of the Month.
09:52:09 Corporal Lisa Martina.
09:52:14 And I will let her officers speak to her for a minute.
09:52:17 And then we'll be back.
09:52:19 >>> I'm Tina Wright, assistant chief of the Tampa
09:52:23 Police Department here representing Chief Holder this
09:52:26 morning and the men and women of the Tampa Police
09:52:27 Department, just to congratulate Lisa for a job well
09:52:32 And what Lisa does is nothing more than just great
09:52:36 police work, a great concern, and care that she shows
09:52:42 for the community, that she's done for the past 20
09:52:44 years, and great police officers out there patrolling
09:52:48 our area, making sure that the area is safe for
09:52:50 everyone to live in.
09:52:52 And just her knowledge, experience, and just her care
09:53:00 that allows her to put a criminal away that has been
09:53:03 plaguing the particular area in district 2 with
09:53:07 burglaries, and I just want to say congratulations.
09:53:11 But she's always been that type of police officer.
09:53:14 And so nothing more than her being a great officer and
09:53:19 doing a great job for the citizens.
09:53:26 And I'll read the chief's write-up.
09:53:36 >> Led to the arrest of a serial burglar by patrolling
09:53:39 in north Tampa, she spotted a truck driving
09:53:42 The truck's tag was also obviously hidden.
09:53:45 She turned on her emergency lights and pulled the
09:53:48 truck over.
09:53:48 As she approached the truck she noticed Sherwin
09:53:54 Williams packaging in the back of the truck.
09:53:56 When she questioned the driver he became defensive and
09:54:00 Her training and experience led her to believe that it
09:54:04 might be stolen so she requested her supervisor to
09:54:07 check a nearby store.
09:54:10 When her supervisor arrived they discovered the back
09:54:12 door had been pride open and the business had been
09:54:17 Because of her quick action we recovered over 30
09:54:22 stolen supplies immediately.
09:54:24 The other thing I want to add.
09:54:26 This is good police work.
09:54:27 But I wanted to make sure that we all realize that
09:54:29 Lisa's supervisor on the street, this is setting an
09:54:34 example of police officers.
09:54:36 This is what we expect of our officers.
09:54:37 I was so proud when I read about this about Lisa
09:54:40 because she's setting an example for younger officers
09:54:42 out there, supervisors on the street.
09:54:45 Thank you.
09:54:50 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Lisa, we have some community
09:54:53 members here who have some wonderful things for you to
09:54:57 honor you.
09:54:57 And then I will be presenting the commendation.
09:55:01 I understand you have had some family members here.
09:55:07 >> Welcome.
09:55:08 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: I'm sure they are all real proud of
09:55:13 >>> Harrison Higginbotham from enterprise rent a car.
09:55:20 We want to give you a free weekend rental to any Tampa
09:55:23 Bay location.
09:55:24 Thank you again for everything.
09:55:32 >>> Lowry Park Zoo.
09:55:33 We wanted to thank you on behalf of the zoo.
09:55:36 Thank you very much for all that you do.
09:55:38 We appreciate it.
09:55:41 >>STEVE MICHELINI: I'm here on behalf of a variety of
09:55:45 folks, Stepp's towing isn't here this morning but they
09:55:48 have a little trophy for you, and gift certificate to
09:55:52 I believe your choice of Lee Roy Selmon's or Outback
09:55:56 so they will be presenting that to you.
09:55:57 I also have a photographic package, a certificate will
09:56:00 follow, to Bryn Allen studios.
09:56:03 You and your family can have your photographs taken.
09:56:06 Po Boy's creole cafe, $50 gift certificate.
09:56:14 Bern's steakhouse is presenting with you a $100 gift
09:56:17 certificate so you can go enjoy dinner at Bern's
09:56:20 The Hillsborough County towing association is
09:56:22 providing you with a $50 gift certificate for your
09:56:24 choice of Carrabas, Outback or Lee Roy Selmon
09:56:28 So don't gain too much weight.
09:56:31 Get your picture taken first and then go eat.
09:56:35 Anyway, enjoy it.
09:56:37 Congratulations for heads-up being out there on the
09:56:40 We really appreciate what you do.
09:56:42 And these restaurants have been advised to recognize
09:56:44 officers when they come in.
09:56:45 So don't be surprised if the managers come over and
09:56:49 say hi and thank you as well.
09:56:55 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: I was thinking when I was log at
09:56:57 your daughter, I was thinking if you're like a brownie
09:56:59 mom or Girl Scout leader or something like that, when
09:57:02 you come in uniform that troop probably shakes up
09:57:05 pretty quick.
09:57:06 But anyway, and why don't you come and join in, now
09:57:11 that you have taken enough pictures, I know how proud
09:57:14 you are of her as well.
09:57:17 We are going to present this commendation to you,
09:57:19 corporal Lisa Martina in, dedication of service,
09:57:28 Officer of the Month for 2006,.
09:57:30 December, your intuition led to an arrest which
09:57:33 stopped many more crimes from occurring.
09:57:35 From keeping our city safer the Tampa City Council
09:57:38 commends you on a job well done.
09:57:44 [ Applause ]
09:57:49 >> As major Teague said earlier, I just celebrated my
09:57:54 20th year of W the police department and I love my
09:57:59 job, I love coming to work every day, and it's still
09:58:02 And if it wasn't funny wouldn't be -- I plan on doing
09:58:08 ten more years.
09:58:09 My husband works in the private sector.
09:58:10 So sometimes he doesn't always appreciate some of the
09:58:13 things that occur with my line of work or within the
09:58:17 But sometimes I think he's a little bit jealous
09:58:20 because sometimes I don't shut up at night telling him
09:58:22 about how much fun I had during the day and how we put
09:58:24 bad guys in jail and whatnot.
09:58:26 I'm very thankful to the administration, particularly
09:58:30 within my division.
09:58:31 Major Teague has been very supportive, very
09:58:34 accommodating in my division assignment.
09:58:37 My sergeant is very understanding and supportive of
09:58:45 me. Regarding those other incidents, there Were other
09:58:46 officers that day who did assist me.
09:58:49 Officer Norris and Officer Fitzpatrick, they
09:58:53 interviewed the bad guy after he was arrested and got
09:58:56 a full confession out of him, which is really unheard
09:58:59 of, you know.
09:59:02 And he's also been named in other burglaries in the
09:59:08 county that they are still investigating.
09:59:15 But I love my job.
09:59:16 I love coming to work every day.
09:59:18 And I love being on patrol.
09:59:23 When it's not fun anymore then I'll put in my papers.
09:59:27 Thank you very much for the recognition.
09:59:29 [ Applause ]
09:59:36 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Corporal, we are very lucky to have
09:59:37 you and your fellow officers representing and
09:59:40 protecting us and we thank you very much.
09:59:44 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
09:59:45 We now have a presentation by Mr. Shawn Harrison.
10:00:17 >>SHAWN HARRISON: It's my honor this morning to
10:00:19 present a commendation to someone who we all know,
10:00:23 someone who is not only a great public servant of the
10:00:26 City of Tampa but somebody that I'm proud to call a
10:00:28 personal friend of mine.
10:00:29 I did notice, chief, that according to the agenda, he
10:00:34 is deputy chief and actually it's chief.
10:00:39 So I don't know whether that's a promotion or
10:00:41 demotion, but whichever one it was, I apologize for
10:00:43 that error.
10:00:51 Madam Chair, let me read this commendation and then I
10:00:53 am going to let Mike say a little about what he's done
10:00:56 for the City of Tampa.
10:00:58 Tampa City Council presentation presented to Michael
10:01:00 Gonzalez, chief of training fire rescue N.recognition
10:01:04 of your tireless hard work in obtaining through your
10:01:06 own efforts a grant from FEMA in the amount of
10:01:08 $500,000 to install video conferencing equipment for
10:01:12 distance learning in all of Tampa's fire stations,
10:01:15 because of your diligence and devotion to the safety
10:01:18 of all citizens of Tampa, Tampa's firemen and women
10:01:21 are free to answer emergency calls when needed.
10:01:24 Because of your vision and community spirit, Tampa
10:01:27 City Council City Council hereby commends you on a job
10:01:30 well done.
10:01:32 Chief Gonzalez took it upon himself to apply for a
10:01:36 FEMA grant so that City of Tampa firemen and women
10:01:41 could attend training sessions remotely from their own
10:01:44 fire stations.
10:01:45 That saves them from having to drive down to attend
10:01:47 those classes.
10:01:48 And so it keeps them in their stations where they
10:01:51 belong in the event of an emergency.
10:01:54 And it's that sort of entrepreneurship and self
10:02:00 motivation that I really think eliminates the citizens
10:02:07 and particularly the employees that protect us each
10:02:10 and every day.
10:02:11 It's my pleasure to present that to you.
10:02:13 Congratulations on a job well done.
10:02:23 Why don't you tell us more about the program?
10:02:25 We all want to hear about that.
10:02:27 >> First let me thank the council for this
10:02:31 I feel a little uncomfortable being here, being
10:02:33 singled out, because what started out as an individual
10:02:36 effort quickly grew into a group project starting with
10:02:40 the fire chief who served as editor of the grant and
10:02:43 had a vision to think that the grant committee would
10:02:46 see the value in distance learning and how it could
10:02:50 save response times.
10:02:51 It grew from there to the purchasing department where
10:02:53 Kevin did the request for proposal and very enteral
10:02:59 part of the process to allow us to accept bids for
10:03:02 From there the I.T. department, Karen Simms and Mike
10:03:06 and Debra Mueller, Steve Seroef and Donna Miller were
10:03:13 very important to the process to make sure the
10:03:14 equipment we were seeking out would be compatible with
10:03:17 the infrastructure we had existing in the city and on
10:03:20 down to my training staff, and learned the credo, very
10:03:24 important in getting the equipment installed in the
10:03:26 stations and the management of the software which runs
10:03:30 the equipment.
10:03:30 So I feel a little uncomfortable.
10:03:34 It really was a group effort.
10:03:36 I think councilman Harrison kind of explained it very
10:03:40 It allows us to increase our response time, allows to
10:03:43 us provide better, efficient, effective government
10:03:46 service to our community, allow to us save wear and
10:03:50 tear on these very expensive vehicles.
10:03:52 There's going to be some fuel cost savings there, some
10:03:55 soft costs associated with worker fatigue.
10:03:57 For example, our station in New Tampa 21 travels 47
10:04:02 miles round trip in order to get to the training
10:04:04 center and back.
10:04:05 And then we send them back after an all-day training
10:04:08 course at five, 5:30. It takes them sometimes an hour
10:04:12 or hour and a half to reach their station.
10:04:17 Fatigue builds up.
10:04:18 Obviously we also have some parts of our city that are
10:04:20 very high liability, for example, downtown, as we all
10:04:23 know the population greatly increases from not many to
10:04:28 over a million during the day and it's real important
10:04:30 that we keep these units downtown to provide service
10:04:33 when it's requested.
10:04:35 In addition to the airport, obviously, we have crews
10:04:37 there that cannot be taken out of their station and
10:04:40 away from the airport so we have to come up with a
10:04:43 mechanism that will allow them to be trained, and it
10:04:47 also provides them an outlet to be trained with their
10:04:51 We used to go out there and just train that group by
10:04:54 themselves and sometimes at night give the feeling of
10:04:58 being detached from the rest of the fire department
10:05:02 but now they can sit with some of their peers and
10:05:04 other stations that they are part of, and give them
10:05:08 some entitlement.
10:05:11 Not that they lost it but that's another residual
10:05:13 benefit of this program.
10:05:14 In addition, as you know, we protect a couple ports
10:05:18 and we have some marine vessels and it's very
10:05:20 important we keep those fire crews and their stations
10:05:23 so they can quickly respond, at training, and there's
10:05:26 a need for fire boats call out, and we have a delayed
10:05:31 response and every minute counts, not only street
10:05:35 emergencies but on the waterway emergencies also.
10:05:37 I need to thank the fire chief that allowed for this
10:05:41 grant to be put on the table and submitted because
10:05:45 again we had the vision, the a award committee is very
10:05:50 competitive but they saw this approach was right on
10:05:54 the mark because the grant review committee found the
10:05:57 importance also and luckily the City of Tampa was able
10:05:59 to benefit from that.
10:06:00 So thank you, councilman Harrison and the rest of the
10:06:02 council for this recognition.
10:06:04 I greatly appreciate it.
10:06:06 [ Applause ]
10:06:14 >> Thank you.
10:06:14 Mike is being humble but he saw the vision of this
10:06:17 before any of the rest of us did.
10:06:19 And his perseverance is what caused me to see the
10:06:23 great value of it.
10:06:24 We are still finding methods as yet undiscovered of
10:06:29 how this is going to benefit the city.
10:06:30 There is no other department in the southeast,
10:06:32 certainly, that has this type of technology.
10:06:36 And does provide a great benefit to the citizens, to
10:06:40 be able to keep your response personnel in their
10:06:43 station available to respond and still do training is
10:06:46 a tremendous benefit.
10:06:48 And he should be commended for all his work.
10:06:51 I would also like to say that I think Mr. Michelini
10:06:53 wants to come back to the podium and make an
10:06:55 announcement regarding this.
10:07:00 >>STEVE MICHELINI: I know that Mike remembers this,
10:07:05 because when bee were -- we were in the process of
10:07:08 redeveloping the site of rocky point for the Rocky
10:07:12 Point hotel with impact properties, they were looking
10:07:15 for a training center to give the combat experience to
10:07:18 the firefighters.
10:07:19 It was real hands-on experience that was controlled to
10:07:23 a certain degree, and not really putting all the
10:07:25 firefighters in danger.
10:07:27 So my client, working with Mike and myself, we donated
10:07:32 a building to them to demolish and have a lot of fun
10:07:35 with and get some real hands-on training for those
10:07:38 firefighters and rescue personnel, as well as the
10:07:43 sheriff's office and TPD.
10:07:44 So it was a great offer for them.
10:07:48 And Mike was intimately involved.
10:07:51 We met with them several times and also with the
10:07:54 He took the point and brought that home.
10:07:57 So it's not just one project that he's involved in,
10:07:59 it's several different projects.
10:08:01 And I would like to commend him for that.
10:08:05 And this recollection recognition we'll be providing
10:08:09 him with gift certificate to Bryn Allen studios, Po
10:08:12 Boy's cafe, Outback steakhouse, and Bern's steakhouse
10:08:17 So congratulations again to Mike and the officers and
10:08:21 we appreciate what they do.
10:08:23 I can tell you these guys don't rest.
10:08:25 When there's an opportunity out there they are going
10:08:27 to find it and go after them.
10:08:29 That's the kind of fire department and fire rescue
10:08:31 division we have.
10:08:32 And it really speaks a lot to the chief and his
10:08:35 So congratulations.
10:08:42 [ Applause ]
10:08:44 >>GWEN MILLER: We now go to our sign-in sheet.
10:08:50 We have first Mr. Bill Shoalt.
10:09:00 >>> I have before you a request for establishing a
10:09:02 public hearing for case V-06-51 located at 3716, 3717,
10:09:10 3718, 3719, 3721 east Paris street and 3805 east
10:09:17 Hannah Avenue.
10:09:20 Petitioner is star Tabernacle and the church located
10:09:23 at 3716 and the petition date public hearing is
10:09:29 February 8th, '07.
10:09:32 Request your consideration for setting the public
10:09:34 hearing since you have no additional hearings, hearing
10:09:38 time this year.
10:09:40 >> So moved.
10:09:41 >> Second.
10:09:41 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
10:09:43 (Motion carried)
10:09:47 Barbara LePore.
10:09:52 >>BARBARA LEPORE: Land development, Barbara LePore.
10:09:56 The petition number is WZ 07-26.
10:10:01 They are requesting a wet zoning for the event which
10:10:06 will take place on the 31st of December.
10:10:10 They are asking council to waive the 15 days filing
10:10:15 And they also would like day meeting with the council.
10:10:25 So the application is complete.
10:10:27 And the petitioner is here.
10:10:30 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Dingfelder?
10:10:31 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: What is the name of the
10:10:33 >> House of Hope Tampa Bay.
10:10:42 >> Were there some type of extenuating circumstances
10:10:44 that caused them to be late?
10:10:46 >>BARBARA LEPORE: I wasn't informed of this.
10:10:48 They filed on the 15th of December which was last
10:10:50 >>GWEN MILLER: We have the person.
10:10:54 We'll let them tell us.
10:10:55 >>BARBARA LEPORE: The agent is here.
10:10:59 >>> Good morning.
10:10:59 >>GWEN MILLER: Put your name on the record.
10:11:03 >>> I'm sorry, Verna Bartlett, Executive Director of
10:11:05 House of Hope Tampa Bay, 13018 Gunn Highway, Odessa,
10:11:11 We were unaware that the council did not have another
10:11:13 meeting set for next week or we would have been in
10:11:17 That's why this is our first time doing this.
10:11:19 And that's why we are requesting to be walked on
10:11:22 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: That seems like a reasonable
10:11:25 I'll move to put them on today's agenda at the end of
10:11:27 the -- wherever you think, Madam Chairman, is
10:11:36 >>GWEN MILLER: It's a temporary.
10:11:37 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Oh, one day?
10:11:40 Move to approve the one-day.
10:11:41 I move to waive the 15-day requirement.
10:11:44 >> Second.
10:11:44 (Motion carried).
10:11:45 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Move to approve the temporary wet
10:11:50 >> Second.
10:11:50 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
10:11:52 (Motion carried).
10:11:54 >>> Thank you so much.
10:11:55 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Good luck.
10:11:56 >> Mr. Rolando Santiago.
10:12:00 >>ROLANDO SANTIAGO: Legal department.
10:12:03 Madam Chair, here to request your permission to walk
10:12:07 on a resolution setting a public hearing on January
10:12:11 25th, 2007, at 10 a.m., on the petition to levy
10:12:17 special assessment for streetlights utilizing the
10:12:20 uniform ad valorem method for collecting nine
10:12:23 ad valorem assessments for the port City of Tampa
10:12:28 subdivision at south Fitzgerald and west Idaho street,
10:12:33 the petitioner's Port Tampa homes.
10:12:35 This will allow us by your approving it today the four
10:12:38 weeks to do the notice to get these done in time
10:12:40 within the statutory required period.
10:12:42 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: So moved.
10:12:43 >> Second.
10:12:44 (Motion carried).
10:12:47 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. David Smith.
10:12:49 >>DAVID SMITH: City attorney.
10:12:53 I would like to address item number 43 on the agenda.
10:13:00 I'm not sure how it got there.
10:13:02 It probably shouldn't have been on the agenda.
10:13:04 But the administration is asking that you join them in
10:13:08 supporting -- join them in opposing the special bills
10:13:14 being proposed with regard to the Tampa sports
10:13:17 theoretic and Hillsborough County, city-county
10:13:19 Planning Commission.
10:13:19 What I would like to do is briefly walk you through
10:13:22 that resolution.
10:13:24 Essentially, as you may know, there is a local bill
10:13:27 pending to suggest we alter composition of those two
10:13:32 The proposal is based upon the view that that
10:13:34 representation ought to be on the basis of population.
10:13:38 That concept, however, is a false premise.
10:13:40 Previously, these boards were not represented on the
10:13:45 For example, the PSA based on population would have
10:13:48 had two-thirds City of Tampa with less than a third
10:13:51 for Hillsborough County.
10:13:53 The point of these boards is to be management boards
10:13:55 to provide a forum in which these very important
10:13:58 jurisdictions can meet on equal footing and address
10:14:00 the issues that need to be addressed on those
10:14:03 particular venues.
10:14:06 For example, the city did not raise the issue of a
10:14:11 disparate population to form and that was because we
10:14:14 recognized the nature of this body.
10:14:16 In addition, the city has and remains the significant
10:14:22 economic influence in the region.
10:14:24 The primary additional entities lick the University of
10:14:27 South Florida, the Tampa Airport and the port
10:14:32 authority all of which are coordinated through the
10:14:34 Planning Commission are the most significant
10:14:38 It's not that city wants to have control.
10:14:41 It's just the opposite sit.
10:14:42 The city is very comfortable with the equal footing.
10:14:45 It is an opportunity for these jurisdictions to work
10:14:48 together to address these issues, and an alteration of
10:14:52 that could inject, unfortunately, a rivalry where we
10:14:58 do not need one.
10:14:59 For example, the change in the compensation --
10:15:01 compensation is to go from what I believe is a
10:15:04 4-4-1-1, 4 for the city, 4 for the county, one for
10:15:09 Temple Terrace, one for Plant City, and change that to
10:15:12 a 6 for the county, 3 for the city, 1 for Temple
10:15:16 Terrace and one for Plant City.
10:15:19 Clearly you are not going to have proportion Aal
10:15:21 representation if you are going to have representation
10:15:23 from Temple Terrace and Plant City.
10:15:24 So the concept is simply a mistake and doesn't really
10:15:28 need to be changed.
10:15:29 There isn't any evidence that the body isn't working.
10:15:32 It seems to be working fine, and the administration is
10:15:35 requesting that you join in that opposition to that
10:15:38 change, and has presented this proposal to you today
10:15:41 for your consideration.
10:15:42 I would be happy to attempt to answer any questions
10:15:45 that you may have.
10:15:46 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Thank you, Madam Chair.
10:15:48 Mr. Smith, we had a pending motion on this issue, I
10:15:53 think, from last week.
10:15:56 Didn't we have that discussion?
10:15:57 Maybe that was my imagination.
10:16:00 Anyway, I think it's a great idea.
10:16:05 Is there a resolution that's already been prepared?
10:16:10 >>> There is a resolution.
10:16:11 It is part of item number 43 in your agenda.
10:16:14 It is in your backup.
10:16:15 And that's essentially what I walked you through.
10:16:20 The view that the premise is based is mistaken.
10:16:24 >> And I know that the delegation is scheduled to
10:16:25 address all issues, including this one, I think in
10:16:30 >>> Yes, sir.
10:16:30 The 19th.
10:16:31 >> Madam Chairman, would you be speaking to the
10:16:34 delegation on this?
10:16:39 I wholeheartedly support it, when I first read about
10:16:44 this in the paper it just creates, like you said,
10:16:46 David, creates an adverse situation where there's not
10:16:49 one necessary.
10:16:50 And those organizations have been operating fine, and
10:16:53 I bet if you did a public presentation you couldn't
10:16:57 find one complaint on the composition of those
10:17:00 And I think as a community, as a county and as a
10:17:05 region, we need to go down to Tallahassee united and
10:17:08 have our delegation united.
10:17:10 And I think that's what they do in south Florida.
10:17:12 They unite on issues and then go up to Tallahassee and
10:17:15 they have great strength and power.
10:17:17 Instead, we have infighting and bickering.
10:17:20 And that's what we take to Tallahassee.
10:17:21 That doesn't make any sense at all.
10:17:23 Just preaching to the choir.
10:17:25 But, you know, I think it's a great idea.
10:17:27 And I would be glad to move -- well, I'll hold off but
10:17:33 glad to support when we get to it.
10:17:35 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.
10:17:36 If the administration hadn't brought this to us today
10:17:40 I would be bringing it up.
10:17:44 I thank you for bringing this forward.
10:17:55 (off microphone)
10:17:56 Thank you for bringing it forward.
10:17:58 >>DAVID SMITH: And Sal Territo actually prepared the
10:18:01 Did he an excellent job based upon the information he
10:18:03 was able to obtain from the various sources.
10:18:07 >>CHARLES FLETCHER: I just wanted to second the other
10:18:11 This is a very important issue.
10:18:13 To my knowledge, the county commission has not
10:18:15 actually asked that this change be made.
10:18:20 I think that the Planning Commission in particular
10:18:22 works very well, and to create a system where certain
10:18:28 regions of the county have a controlling vote, in
10:18:32 essence, is just a recipe for future problems where we
10:18:36 don't have them now.
10:18:38 And folks have probably read that there's a claim that
10:18:44 the county pays for all of this, so they should have
10:18:47 more representation, and I pay just as much in taxes
10:18:52 that go to the Planning Commission living in the City
10:18:54 of Tampa as some do living in Brandon or Ruskin or
10:18:57 anywhere else in the county, through the countywide
10:18:59 taxes, that everybody pays.
10:19:01 So I would just commend the mayor, and the staff, for
10:19:06 bringing this forward.
10:19:07 I actually had it on my list as well to raise today.
10:19:10 So if it hadn't been already prepared we would be
10:19:14 discussing it anyway.
10:19:15 And I guess just procedurally, do we leave it on the
10:19:19 consent agenda?
10:19:23 >>CHAIRMAN: Mr. Harrison.
10:19:24 >>SHAWN HARRISON: David, you gave the makeup of the
10:19:27 Planning Commission.
10:19:27 What is the makeup of the Sports Authority?
10:19:30 >>> The current makeup of the Sports Authority, I
10:19:31 believe, if I got this correct, is it 5-4?
10:19:40 There's a gubernatorial appointee to the Sports
10:19:44 Authority as well.
10:19:46 Dealing with this, I'm even foggier than usual. The
10:19:51 change is essentially, I believe, to add one to the
10:19:53 county rather than take one from the city.
10:19:57 I believe we are 4-4.
10:20:00 No, just add one to the county.
10:20:01 I think they are adding additional members.
10:20:04 >>SHAWN HARRISON: So on the Sports Authority they
10:20:07 would simply be adding one more representative that
10:20:09 would be a county.
10:20:11 >> I believe that's correct.
10:20:12 >> A representative.
10:20:18 >> Let's look in the legislation.
10:20:21 >> I would just say I agree wholeheartedly on Planning
10:20:25 If it ain't broke don't fix it.
10:20:27 I don't really see what the issue was.
10:20:29 And I think you're right, Mr. Fletcher.
10:20:32 I don't think this came from the county commission.
10:20:36 Just in the spirit of cooperation, say that the MPO,
10:20:40 which I chair, is made up of a majority of county
10:20:46 And the city does very well on that board.
10:20:49 And we always have our interests protected as well as
10:20:51 the smaller cities, because we work cooperatively with
10:20:55 one another.
10:20:56 And perhaps that's the key that the people who are
10:21:00 serving on these boards just have to learn to make
10:21:02 sure that they cooperate with each other and keep
10:21:05 everyone's best interests in mind.
10:21:07 But again go back to if it ain't broke don't fix it.
10:21:12 I don't see why this change needs to be necessary and
10:21:14 I'll support the resolution.
10:21:19 >> Question.
10:21:22 If the delegation failed to report this resolution,
10:21:26 what will happen?
10:21:30 The delegation when they meet in January, if they fail
10:21:33 to report.
10:21:36 >>> It's my understanding that with local bills you
10:21:39 need the support of a local delegation and you need
10:21:41 the support of both the representatives and the
10:21:43 senators in that delegation.
10:21:45 So if they fail to meet that requirement, it's also my
10:21:48 understanding that it will not be presented.
10:21:52 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: In terms of staffing, I have
10:21:56 requested that the city administration have a specific
10:22:04 staff member who would be our liaison to the
10:22:10 And I believe that the administration has decided not
10:22:13 to do that, but to continue what they have done last
10:22:16 year, which is to hire someone up in Tallahassee in
10:22:19 that role.
10:22:19 And I just would hope with something like this that
10:22:23 there would be a staff person designated locally to
10:22:29 work with our local delegation on this.
10:22:32 Do you know if that's happening?
10:22:34 >>> There is a staff person who provides a lot of the
10:22:37 coordination and liaison effort.
10:22:43 But we do have a person in Tallahassee as opposed to
10:22:47 our own employee, we have hired someone in Tallahassee
10:22:49 who has been very effective for us on the issues that
10:22:52 have been presented so far.
10:22:53 And as you know, that venue has its own unique
10:22:57 So I that's worked out well.
10:23:02 We coordinate effectively but present at least at the
10:23:04 state level with someone who has purview in that
10:23:09 >> And Mr. Stephenson will be the one who works
10:23:12 bringing this delegation --
10:23:15 >>> She certainly does all the coordination.
10:23:17 I'm not sure she's the public spokesman.
10:23:20 In this I am stance I believe it will the mayor and
10:23:23 from Tallahassee it's primarily the people but she
10:23:25 does stay on top of all of this and she's certainly
10:23:28 the person to call to get any information you need.
10:23:32 >>GWEN MILLER: I would like to thank you, Mr. Smith,
10:23:34 and Mr. Sal Territo, for this resolution because it is
10:23:37 something that I would agree with and I wholeheartedly
10:23:40 support it.
10:23:41 And go in and do a good job.
10:23:46 We'll leave it in the committee.
10:23:49 We need to approve the agenda.
10:23:50 Would anyone like to pull anything from the agenda?
10:23:54 >> Move to approve.
10:23:55 >> Second.
10:23:55 (Motion carried).
10:23:56 >>GWEN MILLER: Now we go to our staff reports.
10:23:59 Item number 4.
10:24:04 We need a motion.
10:24:05 >> So moved.
10:24:06 >> Second.
10:24:07 >> January 25th.
10:24:08 >> Motion and second.
10:24:10 Who seconded it?
10:24:11 We have a motion and second.
10:24:12 All in favor of the motion say Aye.
10:24:14 (Motion carried).
10:24:15 Item number 5.
10:24:24 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: on number 4 I wanted to actually
10:24:27 give them a little more time.
10:24:28 They had asked for 30 days or so?
10:24:31 I had a meeting with them this week.
10:24:33 And there's really no urgency on this.
10:24:36 So I wanted to give them 90 days.
10:24:42 So I'll move to withdraw that motion.
10:24:44 >> Second.
10:24:44 (Motion carried).
10:24:47 >> I would like to move to give them 90 days.
10:24:51 >> I have a motion and second.
10:24:52 All in favor of the motion say Aye.
10:24:54 Opposed, Nay.
10:24:55 (Motion carried).
10:24:56 Anyone here for item number 5, representative from the
10:24:59 Construction Services Center?
10:25:06 >> Not construction services.
10:25:07 >>GWEN MILLER: We need to have a representative speak
10:25:11 >>JULIA COLE: Legal department.
10:25:15 I understood a memo was being sent to you from John
10:25:18 Barrios regarding this issue.
10:25:20 And I believe was going to come down to discuss it.
10:25:27 You may want to skip over this item.
10:25:29 >>GWEN MILLER: We will hold it and see if he comes in.
10:25:32 We go to item number 6.
10:25:36 Mr. Smith.
10:25:39 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Mr. Golly, we'll come back to you
10:25:42 in a couple of minutes if Mr. Smith gets here.
10:25:46 >>GWEN MILLER: Still out in the hallway?
10:25:48 We are going to do it?
10:25:50 >> Good morning.
10:25:51 Cindy Miller, director of growth management
10:25:54 development services.
10:25:55 I think it would be helpful if I didn't to you a memo
10:26:00 that was prepared by Mr. John Barrios of our
10:26:02 construction services division.
10:26:03 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: With regard to number 5?
10:26:07 >>> 5.
10:26:19 >>> The memo you have before you is basically a time
10:26:22 line of the case as it has been reviewed by our
10:26:26 construction services division for 4303 South MacDill.
10:26:34 As you can see, it's a long history going back to
10:26:38 And I have also given Mr. Golly a copy of this memo as
10:26:46 Where there have been repeated instructions and at the
10:26:49 contractor back in August of 2005, charges were
10:26:54 brought against the contractor and a formal hearing
10:26:57 was conducted by the Hillsborough County building
10:26:59 board of adjustment appeals and examiners.
10:27:03 There was a finding against the contractor for a
10:27:07 violation of deviating from approved plans in order
10:27:10 for permitting to send it.
10:27:13 And for your information requirements for continuing
10:27:19 During 2006, and September, the permits have been
10:27:27 To continue with construction to the owner of the
10:27:31 property but at this point, the permits have expired.
10:27:37 So, therefore, new permits do need to be applied for
10:27:44 if there are revised plans.
10:27:46 Because this project has now been extended it is
10:27:50 something that has gone to code enforcement and it has
10:27:52 gone to the Code Enforcement Board.
10:27:55 And I do have information although other people can
10:27:59 address in greater detail is that there was a meeting
10:28:01 of the Code Enforcement Board on November 22nd.
10:28:06 And the respondent, Mr. AD Ed golly was present and he
10:28:14 has been given to March 28th of 2007 to comply
10:28:18 with completion of the project or to take other
10:28:23 So the information for construction service center,
10:28:27 our division has now completed what work it can to
10:28:31 this point and it is now before the Code Enforcement
10:28:36 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Thank you, Mrs. Miller, for your
10:28:40 thorough report as always.
10:28:43 I guess the question that I have is, I think that the
10:28:48 bottom line is, we are here, you know, for the people,
10:28:54 by the people and of the people.
10:28:56 We are hear to assist our residents and assist our
10:29:00 And having spoken with Mr. Golly, the owner of this
10:29:05 property, I don't think it's one of those
10:29:07 situations -- sometimes we have situations where
10:29:09 people just abandon a project for whatever reasons,
10:29:13 financial reasons, or personal reasons, or whatever.
10:29:16 And we see those.
10:29:17 And then you have a rundown house, a rundown project
10:29:22 that the city really needs to jump in, you know, and
10:29:26 enforce, enforce against that.
10:29:29 But here, we have a homeowner who was trying to build
10:29:35 a new home, got wrapped up with a contractor who
10:29:38 obviously, you know, messed up and was cited for
10:29:43 construction privileges were suspended for three
10:29:45 months, et cetera, et cetera.
10:29:48 I have a feeling that the homeowner probably no longer
10:29:50 wants to deal with that particular contractor.
10:29:54 I'm just wondering what can the city do to help Mr.
10:29:57 Golly so he can find a new contractor, get his plans
10:30:03 in order, get his project in order, and get it done,
10:30:07 so it's east habitable and he can either move into it
10:30:10 or sell it?
10:30:11 And definitely, we need to abate, while we look to see
10:30:17 what we can do to help Mr. Golly through this, we need
10:30:21 to abate or at least urge the code enforcement folks
10:30:25 to abate enforcement activities.
10:30:28 So that's not hanging over Mr. Golly's head.
10:30:30 He's got enough to worry about, you know, to get this
10:30:34 thing shaped up.
10:30:35 So have we looked into what we can do to help?
10:30:39 >> Councilman, I think I have to divide the question.
10:30:41 I can answer the first part.
10:30:44 It's my jurisdiction when it comes to code enforcement
10:30:46 action I am going to have to refer to legal council to
10:30:48 address that.
10:30:49 If Mr. Golly retains another contractor in order to
10:30:53 get the work complete, certainly our construction
10:30:57 services division will be very happy to meet with him,
10:31:00 meet with his contractor to be able to get the review
10:31:03 of residential plans appropriately permitted.
10:31:07 They'll be very happy to do that.
10:31:09 I think that my staff and I will be able to make that
10:31:12 When it comes to Code Enforcement Board, I am going to
10:31:16 have to defer to other parties on that.
10:31:20 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Usually what we hear from legal
10:31:22 staff the best we can do with code enforcement is just
10:31:24 to request.
10:31:25 So Julia, would that be your advice on that?
10:31:28 >>JULIA COLE: Legal department.
10:31:29 I'm sorry?
10:31:30 >> The best we can do is just request that code
10:31:32 enforcement abate the enforcement so we can work on
10:31:36 those issues?
10:31:37 >>> And I would ask Ernie Mueller to correct me if I
10:31:40 am wrong, but, yes, the most you can do is request
10:31:43 that they abate during the time.
10:31:45 It sounds to me that they have already given to March
10:31:51 in order for Mr. Golly to come into compliance.
10:31:54 In the meantime if Mr. Golly hires another contractor
10:31:58 and moves forward he would be able to request at the
10:32:00 time additional time.
10:32:01 But I think that the important point is some movement
10:32:04 does need to be moved forward and what Ms. Miller is
10:32:09 saying is the city is willing to work with him, to get
10:32:13 a contractor to get moving on the permits and get
10:32:16 moving on the construction in the quickest possible
10:32:17 way that they can.
10:32:21 >>CHARLES FLETCHER: From my perspective the important
10:32:23 thing is that Mr. Golly not be penalized because he's
10:32:27 hired a contractor who ultimately turned out to be
10:32:30 unscrupulous and unwilling to comply with the city
10:32:33 code and the city regulations.
10:32:35 And it sounds like we are moving in that direction.
10:32:39 But I would just encourage staff and support Mr.
10:32:42 Dingfelder's request that we assist to whatever extent
10:32:49 possible to make sure that he's done everything that
10:32:52 he's supposed to do, he's gotten in a situation where
10:32:55 he has had a contractor who has been unscrupulous, and
10:33:01 he go ahead and take action as he is able to correct
10:33:06 that problem but not to penalize him for having been
10:33:08 in that situation.
10:33:09 >>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Golly, have you retained another
10:33:14 contract er?
10:33:14 >>> I have no intention of completing the project.
10:33:17 The house was so poorly built, to such substandard
10:33:21 measures, that --
10:33:22 >>GWEN MILLER: Put your name on the record.
10:33:23 >>> My name is Ed golly, 3510 South MacDill, Tampa.
10:33:27 And City Council is missing the whole point of this
10:33:30 exercise, which is not that I want to proceed to
10:33:32 finish the house.
10:33:33 I have given up on the house.
10:33:34 It is so poorly built that from an economic standpoint
10:33:38 it's completely impractical to do it.
10:33:41 Like starting all over again.
10:33:42 The problem is that construction services so
10:33:47 hopelessly failed in their inspections of the house
10:33:50 that it was allowed to get to a point where I have now
10:33:53 essentially paid for the house, but we have to buy it
10:33:56 all over again to get it rebuilt.
10:33:58 It has so many structural flaws in it many of which
10:34:02 are not even known to Construction Services Center,
10:34:05 that it's not practical for me or anybody else to
10:34:07 finish it.
10:34:08 So the only permit I am going to be asking for is a
10:34:11 demolition permit to level a house, scrape it off the
10:34:15 lot and restore the lot to its original empty
10:34:17 condition and then try to sell the lot and recover
10:34:20 whatever I can from it.
10:34:21 >> When do you plan to get the permit for demolition?
10:34:23 >> As soon as I can salvage whatever I can out of it
10:34:26 to use in the house that I currently live in, which I
10:34:30 am trying to renovate so that I can stay there.
10:34:37 >> Do you think that code enforcement would give him
10:34:41 some time for demolition?
10:34:47 >>> Code enforcement already agreed to that.
10:34:49 That isn't the issue.
10:34:50 The issue is why did the building inspectors in the
10:34:53 community so hopelessly fail to inspect the property
10:34:56 that it ended up in this condition and why don't they
10:34:58 take responsibility for their incompetent?
10:35:01 That's what I'm questioning here.
10:35:03 That's what I brought before this board, this count.
10:35:06 And who takes responsibility for their incompetence?
10:35:12 >>> Earnest Mueller, assistant city attorney.
10:35:15 Briefly to address your question regarding the board,
10:35:18 and maybe give you an idea what the status is.
10:35:23 Mr. Golly was found guilty in violations.
10:35:25 He has until December 27th to clean up the
10:35:31 construction debris, tanned debris that's around the
10:35:34 And that is certainly one we would not want to abate.
10:35:39 I believe there's a hole outside that needs to be
10:35:42 filled in and piles of debris, whether or not that's
10:35:44 been cleaned up since November.
10:35:46 I don't know.
10:35:47 And the second part was the finishing of what we had
10:35:52 in this half-built house.
10:35:55 He has until March 28 to basically get that completed,
10:35:59 or it sounds like his intent is to demolish that.
10:36:04 And he's already been found guilty, that he's been
10:36:07 given time to come into compliance.
10:36:09 To abate is going to prolong it.
10:36:12 Remember there's people that live around there that
10:36:15 don't want to live around that construction site on
10:36:18 years end.
10:36:18 I would ask you to let the board process go forward.
10:36:21 We have the deadline out there.
10:36:23 And we need to get these violations into compliance.
10:36:27 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I have a question for staff.
10:36:29 And I don't know which staff person should answer it.
10:36:31 But the question is, the issue that Mr. Golly focused
10:36:36 on I think is a very important question, which is our
10:36:40 staff, unfortunately, failed to recognize this problem
10:36:45 until it reaches this huge level.
10:36:50 What ability does counsel or the administration or the
10:36:54 public have to hold staff accountable for failing to
10:36:59 recognize these problems?
10:37:10 >>> I respectfully disagree with Mr. Golly.
10:37:12 I do not believe that our inspection staff did
10:37:14 anything wrong.
10:37:16 I do believe that they were on top of what was in
10:37:20 their purview for inspection.
10:37:22 I believe that the true nature of this dilemma -- and
10:37:27 it is an unfortunate dilemma that I don't believe that
10:37:29 my department or division can cure -- is that this is
10:37:33 a dilemma between a property owner and their
10:37:38 So I do respectfully disagree.
10:37:40 I have met with Mr. Golly, probably about a year ago.
10:37:44 I have reviewed with my staff, their information and
10:37:48 their inspections.
10:37:49 And I respectfully disagree.
10:37:53 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Excuse me.
10:37:56 That was very specific to this case.
10:37:58 I guess my question is more, perhaps, universal, which
10:38:02 is what happens when a new sector fails -- an
10:38:10 inspector fails to recognize something done
10:38:13 So that the problem becomes compounded, is there a
10:38:19 Is there a review structure?
10:38:21 >>> There are review structures.
10:38:22 We have inspectors and various types of
10:38:27 Some of them are certified, have their licenses in
10:38:29 electrical contracting.
10:38:31 I think general contracting.
10:38:33 We do have inspection supervisors that review their
10:38:37 work, review their files.
10:38:38 We have chief inspectors all the way up to the manager
10:38:40 of the division.
10:38:41 So from that standpoint, it's difficult to elaborate
10:38:47 on a hypothetical situation.
10:38:48 But from the overall standpoint, we believe that there
10:38:51 is sufficient review and process.
10:38:54 If there is a complaint by a property owner, by a
10:38:58 contractor, we do review the file.
10:39:00 And in this particular case, it was brought to my
10:39:06 level during, I believe, 2005.
10:39:08 So from that standpoint we have reviewed it but I do
10:39:11 believe there is review process.
10:39:14 Not every inspection is going to have a review by
10:39:18 their supervisor but they certainly do it on a regular
10:39:22 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
10:39:22 Mr. Dingfelder?
10:39:24 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Thank you.
10:39:28 I guess, Mr. Golly, I apologize, I misunderstood what
10:39:32 your goal was in regard to council and the city.
10:39:35 Ms. Miller, there's a gap in your time line that says
10:39:38 August 21st, 2001, you pulled the permit.
10:39:43 In February 2005 he initiated complaints with the
10:39:50 construction investigation unit.
10:39:51 And the gap, I guess the gap that Mr. Golly is
10:39:55 referring to, is in regard to what happened, you know,
10:39:57 during that period of time.
10:40:04 I think at least he and council deserve perhaps a
10:40:07 written report to elaborate on those issues.
10:40:12 Inspector came out such and such a date, met with the
10:40:16 You know, the project was stopped, red tagged, what
10:40:20 have you, and at least so we can have a better feel
10:40:22 for what went right or what went wrong during that
10:40:26 period of time.
10:40:29 >> And we are talking August of 2003 to 2005.
10:40:33 >> Right.
10:40:33 Between the first two dates on your thing.
10:40:35 So Mr. Golly, I don't know if any of that is going to
10:40:41 help you.
10:40:42 And maybe you know all of that.
10:40:43 Maybe you have seen these files, et cetera, et cetera.
10:40:45 We haven't.
10:40:46 So at least if we have an understanding of what
10:40:50 happened and what went right and what went wrong
10:40:53 during that period ever time then make we can continue
10:40:55 to revisit that issue.
10:40:57 Either directly as related to this project or perhaps
10:40:59 more broadly, as Ms. Saul-Sena referred to.
10:41:06 I know that you needed a little bit of time S.45
10:41:13 days --
10:41:15 >>> We will submit a written report to you in that
10:41:17 >> Put it on the agenda to receive that written report
10:41:20 in 45 days, and then see where that goes.
10:41:23 That's a motion.
10:41:25 >> Second.
10:41:25 >>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second.
10:41:27 [Motion Carried Unanimously]
10:41:29 Item number 6, Mr. Greg Hart.
10:41:43 Gregory Hart, manager, minority business development
10:41:46 I'm present to provide you with the staff report on
10:41:50 the disparity study. This certainly is the season for
10:41:53 gift giving.
10:41:54 Because an associate did inform me that the report on
10:42:01 the additional 419 firms is complete.
10:42:06 The report document will be forwarded to us.
10:42:09 And hopefully should be under my office Christmas tree
10:42:12 after returning from the Christmas break.
10:42:19 As a matter of background for our new members, I did
10:42:22 want to just state that the objective for conducting
10:42:24 the supplemental study was to ascertain the
10:42:27 applicability of the additional 419 firms during the
10:42:30 study period, and for any firm validated as,
10:42:35 officially available during that study period, to add
10:42:39 them into the study methodology and then evaluate the
10:42:43 impact on the previous study findings.
10:42:46 So that's where we are.
10:42:47 And we have that report complete.
10:42:48 And they will be forwarding that to us.
10:42:51 Regarding ongoing action stats, the internal working
10:42:55 group will continue implementing activities in our
10:42:57 action plan that were already in place, such as expand
10:43:02 the internal task force to include additional
10:43:05 stakeholder representation, which is a major
10:43:08 recommendation in the existing study.
10:43:11 The task force will provide us with input and feedback
10:43:14 on the various recommendations in the original study,
10:43:18 and how to go about implementing them.
10:43:21 We will finalize the draft WMBE ordinance to legislate
10:43:28 new initiatives and program Monday -- monitor program
10:43:31 We are affirming the race-neutral and gender neutral
10:43:34 small business enterprise program by strengthening the
10:43:38 SPE implementing policies and regulations.
10:43:42 That will allow us to maximize opportunities to
10:43:46 increase or seize all of the possible opportunities
10:43:50 and contract participation, race initiatives.
10:44:01 That will conclude the update.
10:44:02 We are moving forward.
10:44:07 >>GWEN MILLER: When you come back you can make a
10:44:10 >> We hope so.
10:44:11 >> We wanted a Christmas present, too.
10:44:13 >>> Yes, ma'am.
10:44:15 >> A new year's present.
10:44:21 >> Thank you.
10:44:24 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: My question would be -- I know that
10:44:28 small contractors that oftentimes getting liability
10:44:31 insurance instead of stumbling to be competitive, city
10:44:42 That has been frustrating to small businesses, in your
10:44:45 time to participate in city contract.
10:44:47 And I hope that when you solicit feedback from some of
10:44:50 these business owners that you will look at that and
10:44:53 come -- creative solutions that possibly other cities
10:45:01 have used to help these small business owners and I
10:45:11 hope you will explore something that is a hometown
10:45:19 incentive or requirement that all things being equal
10:45:28 that we hire local businesses rather than out of town
10:45:31 I know other communities have done that.
10:45:32 I think it's something we should explore.
10:45:35 >>> Yes.
10:45:35 As a matter of fact, those two issues that you raise
10:45:37 are part of the recommendations presented to us for
10:45:44 study and we are log at those.
10:45:48 >>FRANK REDDICK: You mentioned about a task force,
10:45:53 >>> Yes, sir, a task force.
10:45:54 >>FRANK REDDICK: Task force.
10:45:59 Could you help me when you say task force,.
10:46:07 >>> Yes, sir.
10:46:08 At present we have internal working group.
10:46:10 We call the internal task force which is comprised of
10:46:14 staff from contract administration, myself, chief of
10:46:17 staff, key internal stakeholders, with the
10:46:22 recommendation from the disparity study suggests or
10:46:26 actually strongly recommends is that we expand that
10:46:30 task force once the study is complete, and that
10:46:35 expansion would include stakeholder representation
10:46:37 from members in the community who are actually small
10:46:40 business owners, prime business owners, so they have
10:46:44 an opportunity to review and read those
10:46:47 recommendations and provide us with some feedback and
10:46:51 >> That's my point.
10:46:52 I was wondering when are you expand --
10:47:01 >>> Yes, sir.
10:47:01 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you, Mr. Hart.
10:47:04 >>> Thank you.
10:47:04 And Merry Christmas.
10:47:05 >>GWEN MILLER: I look forward to you in the new year,
10:47:10 >> Put this on the agenda?
10:47:16 >>GWEN MILLER: Number 7.
10:47:21 Is anyone here to talk about the comprehensive plan?
10:47:25 Randy Goers?
10:47:25 >>RANDY GOERS: Community planning division.
10:47:31 Legal department is here as well to answer any
10:47:33 questions that pertain to specific questions on the
10:47:36 impact fee ordinance.
10:47:39 I wanted to talk a little bit about the relationship
10:47:41 of the comprehensive plan and transit improvements and
10:47:44 some of the other mechanisms that might be in place as
10:47:46 we move through the plan update.
10:47:49 We'll be able to talk a little about the impact fee
10:47:52 It's my understanding there are some very narrow uses
10:47:55 it can be used for physical improvements related to
10:47:58 In terms of the plan update which is now starting the
10:48:02 actual plan update, in fact by October of next year,
10:48:06 we will have a preliminary draft of the comprehensive
10:48:08 plan update that will address all the issues related
10:48:11 to growth management and livability in the community.
10:48:15 Part of the issue that we are going to be looking at
10:48:18 with Planning Commission, MPO and our staff is the
10:48:21 issue of transportation, and providing the capital
10:48:25 improvements and the mobility improvements necessary
10:48:28 to serve planned development.
10:48:31 The strategies of dealing with a variety of funding
10:48:34 mechanisms impact the proportionate fair share,
10:48:38 capital improvement projects, federal and state
10:48:40 dollars, and what other agencies can bring to the
10:48:42 table as well.
10:48:46 That's the MPO and Hartline.
10:48:48 So what we are going to be looking at is your main
10:48:52 question in the motion was expanding the comprehensive
10:48:55 plan and option.
10:48:59 That's part of the strategy we are going to be looking
10:49:01 at over the next six months is how the comprehensive
10:49:03 plan can be expanded to incorporate transit, all the
10:49:06 mobility improvements that are necessary in the
10:49:08 capital improvements that we need to serve the
10:49:12 projected development.
10:49:17 The knowledge of the transportation needs, more needs
10:49:19 than we can pay for.
10:49:20 So we are going to have to look for a variety of
10:49:22 different options and tray to focus development,
10:49:24 looking for maybe some regulation that is provide some
10:49:28 intensity bonuses in some areas.
10:49:30 But the answer to your basic question, the comp plan
10:49:33 update is going to look at all of those options and
10:49:35 will expand itself to look it a transit as part of an
10:49:38 integrated function of the protected comp plan.
10:49:42 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I was at a meeting the other day
10:49:45 dealing with the comprehensive plan, and I was shown
10:49:48 what the county is looking at in terms of
10:49:50 transportation improvements.
10:49:52 And it was the donut with the city being the hole,
10:49:58 they aren't even considering the improvements and how
10:50:00 they would impact the city and what the city's
10:50:03 increased density would do to them.
10:50:05 I was absolutely shocked that even though the county's
10:50:09 comprehensive plan is being determined now and we are
10:50:12 about eight months after them in terms of scheduling,
10:50:14 it's so obvious in terms of our transportation system,
10:50:18 they have to work together completely on the increased
10:50:22 density in one area would affect the -- for example,
10:50:25 the City of Tampa chooses to increase the density in
10:50:28 the city, attract more workplace activity, that's
10:50:31 going to affect the county, vice versa.
10:50:34 And I think that it's only responsible for us to be
10:50:38 looking at this as a community, not the county here,
10:50:42 the city there, when particularly in transportation
10:50:45 planning and in looking at density increases we are so
10:50:51 bound to pick up.
10:50:52 So my question is, couldn't we -- it seems to me it
10:50:55 needs to work on staff level as well as city level.
10:50:58 Couldn't we take the bold step of saying, let's all
10:51:00 talk together about our transportation planning?
10:51:06 >>> Yes.
10:51:06 I think part of that -- fortunately because of the
10:51:09 initiative that the MPO is moving forward with their
10:51:13 long-range public transit plan, that's involving a
10:51:17 countywide look at the role of transit in our
10:51:21 So, unfortunately, because even though the county's
10:51:26 comprehensive plan may have not spent enough time
10:51:28 looking at the city and integrating the city's growth
10:51:31 patterns with what they plan, what we are going to be
10:51:34 going through in the next year is going to force us
10:51:36 all to look at the countywide transit system and
10:51:39 update our plans.
10:51:41 They may have to come back and update their plan, if
10:51:43 we agree on a countywide strategy for transit, then I
10:51:49 would expect they would have to come back and process
10:51:52 an amendment to their plan.
10:51:54 But we are going to be --
10:51:58 >>> my question is rather shouldn't we be look looking
10:52:01 at this together and can't we?
10:52:03 And couldn't you, for example, come to us and show us
10:52:05 what they are thinking, and go to them and -- I mean,
10:52:09 why can't we do this together?
10:52:10 It just seems to me to be kind of crazy that we are
10:52:14 each pursuing our transportation planning for our comp
10:52:17 plans separately.
10:52:20 >>> Yeah, and I would agree to that.
10:52:21 Part of it is structural in terms of our schedule, in
10:52:26 the schedule that the state sets forth county, putting
10:52:30 their plan together.
10:52:32 We are now just starting to receive their drafts of
10:52:34 their comp plan, which we as local government have the
10:52:37 ability to be providing feedback into their plan, and
10:52:41 we'll begin doing that.
10:52:43 And we can go back and provide a summary of what's
10:52:45 being recommended, and if there is any recommendation
10:52:47 the council would like to make that to the county
10:52:51 commission or -- or the Planning Commission, that can
10:52:53 be done as well.
10:52:54 They have not had their public hearings yet to my
10:52:56 knowledge, or workshops at the Planning Commission,
10:52:59 where as the countywide LPA, some of those issues can
10:53:03 be resolved before it gets approved.
10:53:05 But, unfortunately, in this instance, they are at the
10:53:10 point of where they are at in terms of the plan being
10:53:15 We have to work with what we have at this point.
10:53:18 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I think it would be very productive
10:53:21 of if you would find out when they are having their
10:53:23 meeting and let us know so that if we are available we
10:53:29 could attend, certainly our staff should be, because
10:53:30 if we are planning -- if they are planning anything
10:53:33 that isn't congruent with what we are, vice versa, we
10:53:37 should be aware of it.
10:53:39 I feel like we need to do everything we can.
10:53:42 I know it's a wild idea, but to sit together around a
10:53:45 table and say, what are we planning on having to work
10:53:48 Because this was done, I know for a fact, and I was at
10:53:50 the table because it was my idea like 15 years ago
10:53:54 when we did our mass comprehensive plan.
10:53:56 And now I see the need for that level of coordination
10:53:59 to be even greater than it was 15 years ago.
10:54:02 So I would really like to see if we can't like all sit
10:54:05 down together and low at our comprehensive
10:54:07 transportation planning.
10:54:10 >>RANDY GOERS: We can do that.
10:54:12 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
10:54:15 >>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public that
10:54:16 would like to ask for reconsideration for legislative
10:54:21 We go to our audience portion.
10:54:22 Is there anyone in the public that would like to speak
10:54:25 to any item on the agenda that is not set for a public
10:54:27 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Mr. Knott, you can't fuss at us.
10:54:45 At this time holiday.
10:54:49 >>MOSES KNOTT, JR.: All I got to say this morning,
10:54:51 thank you.
10:54:51 My I reside at 2902 East Ellicott Street.
10:54:56 And I just thank God for his grace and his mercy.
10:55:02 And I thank God for his son's birthday, Jesus.
10:55:09 Now, you know, I get a little frustrated when we have
10:55:12 Christmas, "happy holiday."
10:55:16 It's like you can't say another name.
10:55:21 But I say happy birthday Jesus!
10:55:24 Now, I always say thank God for his grace and his
10:55:29 mercy because they is one.
10:55:31 But the son, he impress me.
10:55:36 He give up everything he had and came here, went to
10:55:39 the cross.
10:55:40 I wouldn't be standing here now, none of you wouldn't
10:55:42 be here this morning if he hadn't went to the cross
10:55:45 and paid for sins.
10:55:48 Oh, I sinned so much in my life and the man spared me.
10:55:53 Over at Tampa General Hospital three times, wasn't
10:55:55 supposed to come out of there. All the doctors walk
10:55:58 And his son got me standing here this morning.
10:56:00 And called another name.
10:56:04 Happy birthday Jesus.
10:56:10 Number one this morning, Mr. Davis, Mr. Les Miller.
10:56:14 Oh, my favorite politicians.
10:56:20 I just wanted to cry.
10:56:23 But I thank God for all those mens.
10:56:26 And, you know, I wanted to wave farewell.
10:56:34 But me and Mr. Mill her go way back in the association
10:56:41 in Belmont Heights and Jackson Heights civic
10:56:44 association over there, now.
10:56:45 And always tell you, got people that run everything
10:56:49 over there.
10:56:52 We sit down together and say we need a new middleton
10:56:57 And we sit down and say, what can we do?
10:56:59 And we say, let's write a letter.
10:57:01 We sat down and said, that was his dream and my dream
10:57:06 to bring in a new school.
10:57:11 That school mean everything to me.
10:57:13 But ain't got no money nowhere.
10:57:22 Way back when we started this here community thing,
10:57:25 voted for the stadium.
10:57:27 Dick Greco got together with the school board thing.
10:57:29 The only way we can get this thing passed, they are
10:57:33 going to build the stadium first.
10:57:36 And then I saw it.
10:57:38 We are going to build a stadium and get some money to
10:57:40 build the schools.
10:57:42 And showed a vision way before it ever happened.
10:57:49 And sure enough passed that thing.
10:57:51 We got a brand new stadium.
10:57:57 But Mr. Miller in Tallahassee working and I was here
10:58:01 working and the dream happened.
10:58:02 But then you City Councilmen, Mr. Fletcher, man, let
10:58:13 me tell you, you made a believer out of me.
10:58:15 I seen you two times.
10:58:18 I found out right away you were a man with an open
10:58:21 mind and a clean heart.
10:58:23 And you believe in grace and mercy.
10:58:28 >>GWEN MILLER: Would anyone else like to speak?
10:58:30 We now go to our ordinances for first reading.
10:58:34 Would you read item number 8, please.
10:58:36 >>FRANK REDDICK: Move an ordinance 2005-197 to replace
10:58:46 and approve revised legal descriptions of the
10:58:48 authorized encroachments, the revised legal
10:58:51 descriptions reflect the actual encroachments in their
10:58:54 final as-built configuration and include a balcony
10:58:57 that was omitted in the original ordinance the same
10:59:00 being more fully described in the attachment hereto
10:59:03 providing for severability, providing an effective
10:59:04 (Motion carried).
10:59:06 >>CHAIRMAN: We now go to committee reports.
10:59:07 Public safety, John Dingfelder.
10:59:12 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Move items 9 and 10.
10:59:15 >> Second.
10:59:15 (Motion carried).
10:59:16 >>GWEN MILLER: Parks, recreation, Mr. Frank Reddick.
10:59:19 >>FRANK REDDICK: Move 11 through 23.
10:59:28 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Number 12 is $500,000 to build a
10:59:34 10-foot wide trail on Manhattan Avenue south of Gandy
10:59:38 between Interbay and Tyson Avenue.
10:59:41 And I just think it's wonderful.
10:59:42 We are working on that trail system and the State of
10:59:44 Florida is going to help us build it to the tune of
10:59:48 half million dollar so that's great.
10:59:49 The other thing is actually a plug for Mr. Harrison
10:59:52 and his district.
10:59:53 Item number 17 is $800,000 out of our capital
10:59:56 improvement fund for the New Tampa community center
10:59:58 which I know Mr. Harrison has worked very hard for and
11:00:01 is near and dear to his heart.
11:00:03 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
11:00:05 (Motion carried).
11:00:09 >> Public works, Mr. John Dingfelder.
11:00:10 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: I'll move items 24 through 41.
11:00:19 >> Second.
11:00:20 [Motion Carried Unanimously]
11:00:21 >> Finance Committee, Mr. Charles Fletcher.
11:00:23 >>CHARLES FLETCHER: Move 42 through 46.
11:00:26 >> Second.
11:00:26 (Motion carried).
11:00:27 >>GWEN MILLER: Building and zoning, Linda Saul-Sena.
11:00:33 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Move resolution 47 through 57.
11:00:36 >> Second.
11:00:36 (Motion carried).
11:00:37 >>GWEN MILLER:
11:00:37 >>GWEN MILLER: Transaction, Shawn Harrison.
11:00:46 >>SHAWN HARRISON: Move 58 through 63.
11:00:48 >> Second.
11:00:48 (Motion carried).
11:00:50 >> Move new items 64 through 70.
11:00:57 >> Second.
11:00:57 (Motion carried).
11:00:57 >>SHAWN HARRISON: I'm sorry.
11:01:03 Through 66.
11:01:04 >> Second.
11:01:04 (Motion carried).
11:01:05 >>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone that's going to speak
11:01:20 on 67 through 76?
11:01:28 >> If you have ex parte communications please disclose
11:01:31 the substance and with whom prior to your vote.
11:01:35 Thank you.
11:01:35 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second to open.
11:01:39 (Motion carried).
11:01:40 Is there anyone in the public going to speak on item
11:01:44 >> Move to close.
11:01:45 >> Second.
11:01:47 (Motion carried).
11:01:47 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Move the following ordinance upon
11:01:51 second reading an ordinance vacating, closing,
11:01:52 discontinuing, abandon all that alleyway lying
11:01:56 alongside right-of-way south of Watrous Avenue
11:02:00 southeast of bridge and east of the Crosstown in New
11:02:04 Suburb Beautiful in Tampa, the same being more fully
11:02:09 described in section 2 hereof, providing an effective
11:02:13 >> We have a question on the motion.
11:02:14 Mrs. Saul-Sena.
11:02:15 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I apologize.
11:02:17 I was absent at the previous vote on this.
11:02:19 I received some calls from neighbors on the other side
11:02:22 of the railroad tracks in New Suburb Beautiful and I
11:02:27 wonder if this is to abandon it for public use.
11:02:30 It seems that's what it is.
11:02:32 >>GWEN MILLER: petitioner, can you explain that?
11:02:38 >>> I need to be sworn?
11:02:39 >>GWEN MILLER: Yes, you need to be sworn now.
11:02:41 (Oath administered by Clerk).
11:02:46 >> Move to reopen the public hearing.
11:02:48 >> Second.
11:02:48 (Motion carried).
11:02:53 >>> The question was, please?
11:02:55 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I received a call from someone in
11:02:57 New Suburb Beautiful who said why should we be giving
11:03:00 this property to -- this public property that might be
11:03:03 used in the future to a property own er? If you could
11:03:08 briefly address that.
11:03:09 >>GWEN MILLER: Name on the record, please.
11:03:11 >>STEVE MICHELINI: I was representing the property
11:03:15 >> How many feet was at long the rail track?
11:03:19 >>> About ten feet.
11:03:22 If there is a transit stop, it will occur on the other
11:03:24 side of the Crosstown where it previously was.
11:03:28 I don't know if you remember the light rail
11:03:31 >> I do.
11:03:32 >>> This will not interfere with that at all.
11:03:34 This is actually west of the stormwater pipes and all
11:03:41 that that runs back there.
11:03:43 This could not logically be used for a transit stop.
11:03:46 And the New Suburb Beautiful association endorsed this
11:03:51 There's like 20 property owners along the railroad
11:03:54 tracks and it moves along all the way up to Georgia
11:03:58 that were the petitioners.
11:03:59 And the property will go back to them because
11:04:04 originally the property came from the New Suburb
11:04:06 Beautiful subdivision.
11:04:08 There's no public purpose.
11:04:10 The problem is vagrants and vandals are accessing the
11:04:15 rears of the home and it's completely overgrown.
11:04:17 I don't have the photographs here this morning.
11:04:19 But I show the photographers where there were people
11:04:22 camping out behind the homes.
11:04:23 And they actually called for assistance from standards
11:04:27 and enforcement to help relocate some of those people
11:04:30 that were there.
11:04:31 And the standards folks cited all the property owner
11:04:38 for not keeping the alley clear of debris, et cetera.
11:04:41 So then they spent another 2 or $3,000 removing the
11:04:44 debris and undergrowth and all of that.
11:04:48 So they were at risk and they are concerned about
11:04:50 people accessing the rear of their home through that.
11:04:56 >> We need to close the public hearing.
11:04:59 >> motion and second.
11:05:02 (Motion Carried)
11:05:06 Make your motion.
11:05:08 >> I move item 67.
11:05:11 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
11:05:12 Voice roll call.
11:05:18 >> Voice roll call.
11:05:21 (Motion carried).
11:05:30 >>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public that
11:05:32 wants to speak on item 68?
11:05:33 >> Move to close.
11:05:34 >> Second.
11:05:34 (Motion carried).
11:05:35 >>SHAWN HARRISON: I move to adopt the following
11:05:39 ordinance upon second reading, an ordinance of the
11:05:41 city of Tampa, Florida authorizing establishment of an
11:05:44 amended boundary for the New Port Tampa Bay community
11:05:47 development district providing for amendment of the
11:05:49 boundaries of the district by adding additional
11:05:50 parcels of land that will be served by the district
11:05:53 and to remove a single parcel of land that will be
11:05:56 dredged and become submerged lands which will result
11:05:58 in a net gain of 2.87 acres more or less for a total
11:06:04 54.13 acres comprising the district and situated
11:06:08 entirely within the boundaries of the City of Tampa,
11:06:11 Hillsborough County Florida said district being
11:06:14 generally located near the intersection of Gandy
11:06:16 Boulevard and South Westshore Boulevard, the amended
11:06:20 boundary being more particularly described in section
11:06:23 2 hereof pursuant to chapter 190, Florida statutes,
11:06:27 providing for severability, providing an effective
11:06:29 >> I just assumed that this doesn't mean that we are
11:06:31 approving the dredging.
11:06:36 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: We are just amending the boundary
11:06:46 of a CGBD that we previously approved.
11:06:50 They are adding three acres.
11:06:53 >>GWEN MILLER: Voice roll call.
11:06:58 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried with Alvarez being absent.
11:07:00 >> Is there anyone in the public that would like to
11:07:03 speak on item 69?
11:07:04 >> Move to close.
11:07:05 >> Second.
11:07:05 (Motion carried)
11:07:10 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Move the following ordinance upon
11:07:11 second reading, an ordinance approving an historic
11:07:14 preservation property tax.
11:07:18 Exemption application relative to the restoration,
11:07:20 renovation or rehabilitation of certain property owned
11:07:23 by Glen H. Harris located at 1917 west LaSalle street
11:07:26 formerly located at 1924 west Laurel Avenue, Tampa,
11:07:29 Florida, in the West Tampa national historic district,
11:07:33 based upon certain findings, providing for notice to
11:07:36 the property appraiser of Hillsborough County,
11:07:38 providing for severability, providing for repeal of
11:07:40 all ordinances in conflict, providing an effective
11:07:44 >>GWEN MILLER: I have a motion and second.
11:07:46 Voice roll call.
11:07:50 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried with Alvarez being absent.
11:07:55 >>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public that
11:07:56 wants to speak on item 70?
11:07:58 >> Move to close.
11:07:59 >> Second.
11:07:59 (Motion carried).
11:08:00 >>CHARLES FLETCHER: Move an ordinance approving a
11:08:08 special use permit S-1 on appeal from a decision of
11:08:11 the zoning administrator, approving a single-family
11:08:15 attached residential in a CI commercial intensive
11:08:20 zoning district in the city of Tampa, Florida and more
11:08:23 particularly described in section 1, waiving the
11:08:27 required access to an arterial or collector street to
11:08:32 reduce the front yard setback from 25 feet to 10 feet,
11:08:36 Paul Avenue, and 20 feet to 20 feet McElroy Avenue,
11:08:45 providing an effective date.
11:08:46 Move to adopt this ordinance upon second reading.
11:08:51 >> Second.
11:08:51 >>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second.
11:08:53 Roll call vote.
11:09:01 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried with Alvarez being absent.
11:09:03 >>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public that is
11:09:06 going to speak on items 71 through 76?
11:09:08 Would you please stand and raise your right hand?
11:09:11 >>THE CLERK: Do you solemnly swear or affirm to tell
11:09:16 the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
11:09:19 >> Need to open number 71.
11:09:21 >> So moved.
11:09:22 >> Second.
11:09:22 (Motion carried).
11:09:22 >>MARTIN SHELBY: When do you state your name please
11:09:29 reaffirm that you have been sworn.
11:09:30 There's a little sign up there to remind you.
11:09:32 Thank you.
11:09:40 >>BARBARA LEPORE: Good morning, council.
11:09:52 >> A little louder.
11:10:10 Land development.
11:10:12 The staff report has a typing error.
11:10:17 I also brought a map of the site.
11:10:21 Petition WZ 06-125.
11:10:24 Petitioners decide 4(COP) wet zoning at 1002 South
11:10:34 Howard Avenue.
11:10:43 The petitioner would like to extend the wet zoning on
11:10:45 the site which will be 50% more which will be 42100
11:10:55 square feet of the wet zoning.
11:10:57 The sale of alcohol will be incidental.
11:11:01 And you can see in the report that there are some wet
11:11:04 zoning establishments within 1,000 feet working
11:11:08 distance -- walking distance and also residential
11:11:12 properties which are also in 1,000 feet walking
11:11:21 Land development has no objections.
11:11:27 I would like to show on the Elmo the location.
11:11:35 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: I have a question if you could
11:11:37 leave that for a second.
11:11:38 Right now you say they have 23,000 square feet of wet
11:11:42 They have the three buildings are wet zoned?
11:11:46 >> They are going to wet zone the whole parcel.
11:11:50 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: They want to wet zone the whole
11:11:52 parcel but right now they have the three buildings?
11:11:55 >>> Yes.
11:11:55 >> And they want to take in all the parking lots?
11:11:59 >>> That's correct.
11:12:09 What they already have, this was a request for the
11:12:15 parcel, 50% more than what they already have.
11:12:24 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Were you sworn, Ms. LePore?
11:12:28 I didn't hear.
11:12:29 >>MARTIN SHELBY: I was sworn.
11:12:32 >> Officer Don Miller, City of Tampa police
11:12:35 I have been sworn.
11:12:37 Police department has no objection.
11:12:38 >>SHAWN HARRISON: Thank you, sir.
11:12:44 >>STEVE MICHELINI: Representing Bern's, Sidebern's,
11:12:47 specifically at this location.
11:12:49 I have been sworn.
11:12:52 They currently have a 4(COP) at this location.
11:12:55 The difference is that -- there's a couple
11:12:59 One of them is that it specifies it was a dessert
11:13:01 room, and the dessert room has now become a full
11:13:04 service restaurant.
11:13:06 And the staff indicated that they had a concern about
11:13:10 that saying dessert room and not "dessert room and
11:13:14 restaurant" and they wanted that cleaned up.
11:13:16 I think that you know in the past that Bern's has
11:13:19 sponsored a number of wine tastings for charity
11:13:23 events, and it's become a problem in obtaining those
11:13:29 temporary wet zone licenses because they have more
11:13:33 than one charity operating out of the same location.
11:13:37 So what their concept was, was simply that the
11:13:40 building be wet zoned, their storage areas be wet
11:13:43 zoned, and that the parking lot be wet zoned to enable
11:13:46 them to conduct multiple charity unit provisions for
11:13:51 their wine tasting.
11:13:53 I have a letter that I would like to read into the
11:13:55 record from Dave Laxer who could not be here this
11:13:59 I have given you copies of this letter.
11:14:01 "As now from our application we are petitioning for
11:14:04 4(COP) zoning and for our property located at 1002
11:14:08 South Howard.
11:14:10 The years we have been proud to serve the Tampa
11:14:12 community and many guests.
11:14:14 Sideberns was established originally to fulfill one of
11:14:17 my father Bern Laxer's dreams.
11:14:20 His concept was to provide an outlook for fine wines
11:14:23 and liquor in combination with a separate location for
11:14:25 the renowned dessert room.
11:14:27 This concept involved, he found the patrons requesting
11:14:30 more than just desserts.
11:14:32 The wine shopper mentioned it a main component where
11:14:36 selections can be offered to the public.
11:14:37 Over time we have evolved with sideburns concept with
11:14:40 a fine dining but not in competition with Bern's
11:14:46 It will allow for the full restaurant, allow for the
11:14:50 movement of the storage of wines into and out of our
11:14:52 various store areas located on our property.
11:14:55 Our final component will allow the various charity
11:14:59 events to continue on our premises.
11:15:01 I would like to thank you in advance.
11:15:02 David laxer.
11:15:04 I have one letter from the Bayshore Gardens homeowners
11:15:07 association that was sent to City Council on October
11:15:10 the 9th indicating that they support the wet
11:15:14 zoning request to be heard.
11:15:15 And originally be heard on October 19th.
11:15:20 The parking lot area, the sideburns, we feel David
11:15:23 laxer has been a good neighbor during outdoor events.
11:15:27 Please include this letter for the public hearing.
11:15:30 As you probably know, South Howard experiences a
11:15:33 number of parking constraints.
11:15:38 This petition will not add to that parking problem.
11:15:41 They have 40-plus parking spaces on the premises.
11:15:46 During special events and also during the normal
11:15:49 operation of business day contract with off-site
11:15:54 parking areas so they have a private valet that is
11:15:56 designed not to interfere or disturb the neighborhood
11:15:58 in any way.
11:15:59 I understand that there may be some concerns about
11:16:01 other individuals parking underneath the Crosstown
11:16:05 expressway authority, and we have agreed to continue
11:16:08 working with the neighborhood to address and try to
11:16:10 alleviate the parking constraints that exist on South
11:16:13 Howard as best we can.
11:16:15 But you have a standing commitment from us to do that.
11:16:18 And I'll be happy to answer any questions that you
11:16:21 We certainly respectfully request any time for
11:16:26 I will be happy to answer any questions.
11:16:27 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I'll wait till after we hear from
11:16:31 the public.
11:16:31 >>GWEN MILLER: Does anyone in the public want to speak
11:16:33 on item 71?
11:16:37 >> This is the original.
11:16:39 I have given you copies.
11:16:43 >>> Roger Burn, Historic Hyde Park neighborhood
11:16:47 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Have you been sworn in?
11:16:50 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Yes, I have been.
11:16:51 I'm sorry.
11:16:51 We don't normally endorse projects.
11:16:53 We oppose projects if we find them undesirable.
11:16:58 However, we appreciate the facility on Howard Avenue,
11:17:05 the Bern's facility, sideburns, as we do all the small
11:17:10 neighborhood commercial shops, which really support
11:17:12 our residential neighborhoods.
11:17:19 The problem here is that of parking.
11:17:24 There is insufficient parking on the site now, and we
11:17:27 have a photograph -- these cars are parked on the east
11:17:38 side of the Selmon expressway, and they are in the
11:17:41 emergency right-of-way.
11:17:44 Now, who is parking there?
11:17:47 The staff from this restaurant.
11:17:50 So we already have a parking problem.
11:17:57 If you do not support this wet zoning, it's very
11:18:02 possible that the economic viability of the restaurant
11:18:06 will be diminished.
11:18:07 We don't want to see that.
11:18:10 But, on the other hand, we don't want parking in the
11:18:13 residential side of the neighborhood.
11:18:20 I have come here this morning to ask you, dear council
11:18:25 people, to work with the business people of Howard
11:18:28 Avenue and work with the administration to set aside
11:18:36 land, buy land for the much needed parking garages on
11:18:39 the corridor.
11:18:41 50% of the land is currently surface parking, and this
11:18:47 is a poor use of land.
11:18:48 If that land were developed there would be more than
11:18:58 enough room to take care of covered parking, parking
11:19:03 So again we don't support this project.
11:19:06 We are not opposing it.
11:19:07 But we are asking you to solve this problem right now
11:19:13 and work for the future.
11:19:14 Thank you.
11:19:15 >> Thank you.
11:19:16 Would anyone else like to speak?
11:19:19 I would like to make a motion to the administration to
11:19:21 go out and see if there's any land that we can
11:19:23 purchase and build a parking garage for that area.
11:19:26 Because like you say, parking is really needed down
11:19:30 And I make a motion after we finish this.
11:19:34 Ms. Saul-Sena?
11:19:35 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: I wanted to say that normally I
11:19:37 don't support rezoning an entire parcel for wet
11:19:41 Usually, I think that should be constrained to the
11:19:44 building itself.
11:19:45 But in this case, a parcel that backs up to the
11:19:52 Crosstown expressway doesn't have residential or
11:19:55 adjacent to it, it has commercial adjacent to it.
11:19:58 So I'll be supporting this.
11:20:00 But also, years ago when Mr. Smith was here we put
11:20:09 money aside to create additional parking along this
11:20:12 corridor and nothing happen with it.
11:20:14 I know this study has been done and I know that awhile
11:20:17 back, and perhaps Mr. Michelini remembers, we set
11:20:29 money aside for parking on the corridor.
11:20:34 >>STEVE MICHELINI: I would like to correct one of the
11:20:35 statements on the record.
11:20:36 There is sufficient parking by code for this
11:20:38 It's not deficient.
11:20:40 No waivers were ever asked for for this.
11:20:43 The problem is that a number of commercial
11:20:47 establishments along South Howard because of the way
11:20:49 they were developed in the 20s and 30s and later
11:20:51 in the 40s did not have on-site parking.
11:20:53 So what's happened is that all of the parking in the
11:20:58 area is probably underserved for all of the commercial
11:21:02 And as a result of that, people are starting to
11:21:04 migrate into the neighborhood areas.
11:21:06 That's why the parking study that was conducted and
11:21:09 the money that was put into the account from the CIT
11:21:13 originally was designed for a parking garage.
11:21:17 That was in the city budget.
11:21:18 I don't know what happened to that money with whether
11:21:20 the administration changed.
11:21:22 But I suspect that it got moved somewhere else.
11:21:25 It is difficult to address it on a singular project
11:21:29 issue basis.
11:21:30 It is an area-wide problem.
11:21:32 And we have committed to work with Roger and the other
11:21:34 neighborhood groups to try to come up with a parking
11:21:37 plan that makes sense, and also protects the
11:21:41 residential street.
11:21:42 So you know I'm here often enough to know if the issue
11:21:45 doesn't start getting a dressed you will call me on
11:21:48 Anyway, with that, I would close my remarks and
11:21:51 respectfully request your approval.
11:21:59 (Motion carried).
11:21:59 >>GWEN MILLER: Do we have an ordinance?
11:22:00 >>FRANK REDDICK: Move ordinance number 96-7-01 for
11:22:18 beer, wine and liquor, on the premises in the sealed
11:22:26 containers in connection with an establishment on that
11:22:30 present lot, plot or tract of land located at 1002
11:22:34 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, Florida more particularly
11:22:40 described in section 3 as to the distance, based on
11:22:46 certain findings, providing an effective date.
11:22:49 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
11:22:50 (Motion carried)
11:22:55 I hand the gavel to Mr. Harrison to make my motion.
11:22:59 I move 90 days to see if there is parking in Hyde Park
11:23:03 and do a parking garage.
11:23:04 I would like to have the information in 90 days.
11:23:07 >>SHAWN HARRISON: Motion and second.
11:23:08 Any discussion on the motion?
11:23:09 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Yes.
11:23:10 I think we should specify along the area of Howard --
11:23:16 South Howard.
11:23:16 >>GWEN MILLER: Amend that to South Howard.
11:23:19 >>SHAWN HARRISON: Further discussion on the motion?
11:23:23 [Motion Carried Unanimously]
11:23:23 >>GWEN MILLER: Number 72.
11:23:26 >> Move to open.
11:23:27 >> Second.
11:23:27 (Motion carried).
11:23:27 >>BARBARA LEPORE: Land development.
11:24:02 This is for wet zoning WZ 06-137 for the location of
11:24:07 2745 west Columbus drive. The parcel is on CG
11:24:12 commercial general.
11:24:13 The petitioner is requesting 4(COP-R) for sale of full
11:24:18 alcohol in connection with the restaurant.
11:24:21 At this time, the portion of the site is zoned 2(APS).
11:24:28 If you can look on the Elmo, on the drawing, the west
11:24:35 side -- I'm sorry, the east side is zoned 2(APS).
11:24:43 And on the west side, the petitioner has an ongoing
11:24:48 So right now this petition is rezoned from 2(APS) to 4
11:24:59 But the wet zoned property, which is 1(APS).
11:25:07 There are several residential between 35 feet to the
11:25:14 subject property and there are also establishments,
11:25:18 church of Scientology, and also the other, church of
11:25:25 Chapter 3 of the code of ordinances makes the
11:25:27 provision for to you make the waiver separation.
11:25:30 And land development has no objection to this.
11:25:37 >> Officer Don Miller, City of Tampa police
11:25:39 I have been sworn.
11:25:40 We have no objections to this wet zoning.
11:25:42 >>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner?
11:26:00 >>> I reside at 36th Avenue south.
11:26:08 We have been sworn in.
11:26:09 And we are here today to ask the City Council to a
11:26:13 4(COP-R) wet zoning for the wet zoning the premises
11:26:19 regarding a restaurant.
11:26:21 >> Sir, I was curious if we have any opposition.
11:26:24 >>GWEN MILLER: Does anyone in the public want to speak
11:26:26 on item 72?
11:26:27 >>: Move to close.
11:26:28 >> Second.
11:26:28 (Motion carried).
11:26:29 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: I move an ordinance repealing
11:26:37 ordinance number 88-51-A making lawful the sale of
11:26:40 beverages containing alcohol regardless of alcoholic
11:26:42 content, beer, wine and liquor 4(COP-R) for
11:26:46 consumption on premises only in connection with a
11:26:48 restaurant, business establishment on that certain
11:26:50 lot, plot or tract of land located at 2745 west
11:26:54 Columbus drive, Tampa, Florida as more particularly
11:26:57 described in section 3 waiving certain restrictions
11:27:00 based on distance on certain findings, providing for
11:27:06 conflicts, providing an effective date.
11:27:09 (Motion Carried).
11:27:09 >>GWEN MILLER: Item number 73 cannot be heard.
11:27:12 No affidavit was filed.
11:27:17 >>BARBARA LEPORE: They are going to request an
11:27:29 >>SHAWN HARRISON: I didn't understand.
11:27:32 >>> Number 06-161, petitioner is requesting an
11:27:35 extension of time.
11:27:35 >>GWEN MILLER: To when?
11:27:37 >>> For one year.
11:27:38 >>CHAIRMAN: For one year?
11:27:39 >>> Yes.
11:27:41 They are open for business.
11:27:45 And they will withdraw the application, the request.
11:27:54 >> Are they filing a new petition to wet zone it?
11:27:57 >>BARBARA LEPORE: No, they are not.
11:27:59 >>SHAWN HARRISON: Move to withdraw.
11:28:02 >> Second.
11:28:02 >>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second to withdraw.
11:28:04 (Motion carried)
11:28:05 We need oh open 74.
11:28:07 >> Second.
11:28:07 (Motion carried)
11:28:08 >>BARBARA LEPORE: Land development.
11:28:35 I have been sworn.
11:28:36 This is petition WZ 07-01 for the location of 6005
11:28:42 beacon shores street.
11:28:44 Currently, the property is zoned PD-A land
11:28:51 The petitioner is requesting 4(COP).
11:28:53 This is a development under the construction.
11:28:57 The petitioner is requesting a license to sell full
11:29:00 alcohol in the clubs.
11:29:02 The facility will have over 70,000 square feet of
11:29:09 land, in restaurant there will be 169 seats and 145
11:29:14 will be inside the restaurant.
11:29:16 If you would like to see, you have the map.
11:29:25 I would like to explain on exhibit A, you can probably
11:29:27 see that they are very close relationship to the
11:29:34 residential property.
11:29:39 So you can see that there are residential units that
11:29:43 come between this site and there are no wet zoned
11:29:50 establishments ordinance substitutional
11:29:54 Land development has no objection to the request.
11:30:01 >> Officer Miller, City of Tampa police department, we
11:30:03 have been sworn.
11:30:04 We have no objections to this.
11:30:06 >> Petitioner?
11:30:11 >> You can be brief.
11:30:14 >> Terry Shonte, Sun City, Tampa, Florida, I have been
11:30:19 sworn in.
11:30:20 We are requesting a 4(COP) for the property located at
11:30:24 6005 beacon shores which is the marina clubhouse.
11:30:28 >>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public that
11:30:30 wants to speak on item 74?
11:30:32 >> Move to close.
11:30:32 >> Second.
11:30:32 (Motion carried).
11:30:33 >>SHAWN HARRISON: Move an ordinance making lawful the
11:30:40 sale of beverages containing alcohol regardless of
11:30:42 alcoholic content beer, wine and liquor 4(COP) for
11:30:46 couples on premises and in sealed containers off
11:30:48 premises in connection with a restaurant business
11:30:50 establishment on that certain lot, plot or tract of
11:30:52 land located at 6005 beacon shores street, Tampa,
11:30:56 Florida as more particularly described in section 2
11:30:58 hereof waiving certain restrictions as to distance
11:31:01 based upon certain findings, providing for repeal of
11:31:03 all ordinances in conflict, providing an effective
11:31:05 >> I have a motion and second.
11:31:06 (Motion carried).
11:31:09 We need to open 75.
11:31:12 >>SHAWN HARRISON: So moved.
11:31:13 >> Second.
11:31:13 (Motion carried)
11:31:14 >>BARBARA LEPORE: Land development.
11:31:41 I have been sworn.
11:31:42 This is the WZ 07-02 for the location at 17501
11:31:50 preserve walk lane, the petitioner is requesting a
11:31:53 This is a establishment in the shopping area.
11:32:02 The request is 2(COP-R) to sell beer and wine in
11:32:07 association with the restaurant.
11:32:08 The wet zoning will contain 2100 square feet,
11:32:15 incidental use.
11:32:16 There are some wet zoned establishments within 1,000
11:32:21 walking distance.
11:32:22 There are no residential.
11:32:28 As you can see, the portion of the -- which will be
11:32:37 about 2400 square feet.
11:32:39 Land development has no objections to the request.
11:32:47 >>> Officer Miller, City of Tampa police department.
11:32:49 I have been sworn.
11:32:50 We have no objection to this wet zoning.
11:32:51 >>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner?
11:32:57 >>> Michael Dister, I have been sworn, Shane's rib
11:33:04 >>GWEN MILLER: Is there anyone in the public that
11:33:09 wants to speak?
11:33:11 >> Move to close.
11:33:11 >> Second.
11:33:12 (Motion carried).
11:33:12 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Move an ordinance making lawful the
11:33:15 sale of beverages containing alcohol more than 1% by
11:33:18 weight not more than 14% by weight and wines
11:33:21 regardless of alcoholic content beer and wine 2(COP-R)
11:33:24 for consumption on the premises only in connection
11:33:26 with a restaurant business establishment on that
11:33:29 certain lot, plot or tract of land located at 17501
11:33:33 preserve walk lane, Tampa, Florida, as more
11:33:36 particularly described in section 2 hereof waiving
11:33:39 certain restrictions as to distance based on certain
11:33:41 findings, imposing certain conditions, providing for
11:33:44 repeal of all ordinances in conflict, providing an
11:33:46 effective date.
11:33:47 >> We have a motion and second.
11:33:48 All in favor of the motion say Aye.
11:33:49 Opposed, Nay.
11:33:51 (Motion carried)
11:33:52 We need to open number 76.
11:33:54 >> So moved.
11:33:55 >> Second.
11:33:55 (Motion carried)
11:33:55 >>BARBARA LEPORE: Land development.
11:34:22 This is request WZ 07-15 for 2(COP-X) for the location
11:34:27 2006 north Morgan street -- 206 north Morgan street.
11:34:35 This is the Kelly's restaurant located at 2006 north
11:34:41 Morgan street.
11:34:42 They are requesting wet zoning only for the first
11:34:48 It will be for sale of beer alcohol.
11:34:53 The and be the usage will be only of incidental use.
11:34:59 You can see there are wet zoned establishments and
11:35:06 institutional establishments in the CBD, the downtown
11:35:11 There are no residential at this time.
11:35:15 Land development has no objection to the request.
11:35:22 >>> Officer Don Miller, City of Tampa police
11:35:24 We have no objection to this wet zoning.
11:35:26 I have been sworn.
11:35:27 >>GWEN MILLER: Petitioner?
11:35:33 >>> My name is Anna Stracey, owner of Kelly's
11:35:39 restaurant and I am requesting your approval for our
11:35:41 zoning 2(COP-X) for our restaurant.
11:35:45 >>GWEN MILLER: Does anyone in the public want to speak
11:35:47 on item 76?
11:35:48 >> Move to close.
11:35:48 >> Second.
11:35:49 (Motion carried)
11:35:49 >> Move an ordinance making lawful the sale of
11:36:02 beverages containing alcohol of more than 1% by weight
11:36:05 and not more than 14% by weight and wines regardless
11:36:09 of alcoholic content, beer and wine, 2(COP-X) for
11:36:14 consumption on the premises only at or from that
11:36:18 certain lot, plot or tract of land located at 206
11:36:22 north Morgan street, Tampa, Florida as more
11:36:25 particularly described in section 2 hereof waiving
11:36:28 certain restrictions as to the distance based upon
11:36:31 certain findings provided for -- repeal of all
11:36:36 ordinances in conflict, providing an effective date.
11:36:43 (Motion Carried).
11:36:43 >>GWEN MILLER: We now go to information from council
11:36:46 Mr. Reddick, do you have anything?
11:36:48 >>FRANK REDDICK: Just a small item.
11:36:53 I don't know if everybody received this,.
11:37:04 >>CHAIRMAN: Forwarded over to the housing authority.
11:37:07 >>FRANK REDDICK: Well, the civic association, our
11:37:16 annual Christmas gala this Friday from 6 to 9 and we
11:37:22 sent an invitation to anyone who can attend.
11:37:27 >>GWEN MILLER: Thank you.
11:37:27 Mr. Harrison.
11:37:28 >>SHAWN HARRISON: Only one thing.
11:37:29 I would like to have Cathy Coyle come in second week
11:37:34 when we come back which will be the 18th and give
11:37:36 us an update on the MacDill joint land use study.
11:37:40 I understand that really resolves probably 90% of the
11:37:46 issues and see if there's any way we can advance that
11:37:50 to get it out of the way.
11:37:51 >>GWEN MILLER: Motion and second.
11:37:55 All in favor say Aye.
11:37:55 (Motion carried).
11:37:56 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you, Madam Chairman.
11:37:59 I checked with Ms. Alvarez, and I would like to
11:38:03 schedule a special discussion meeting on January
11:38:05 9th, Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Mascotte room, to
11:38:09 discuss historic preservation emergency committees.
11:38:14 So if we have an emergency in the future, we would be
11:38:17 quicker mobilized to address it.
11:38:20 And the public is invited.
11:38:22 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9th in the Mascotte
11:38:25 Special discussion meeting.
11:38:26 The public is invited.
11:38:29 Move to set that.
11:38:30 >> Second.
11:38:30 (Motion carried).
11:38:31 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Secondly, received good news.
11:38:38 $400,000 was designated to do a study for the Courtney
11:38:42 Campbell scenic corridor to explore how pedestrians
11:38:46 and bicyclists could make a connection over the bridge
11:38:49 from Hillsborough to Pinellas County.
11:38:51 And what that would enable our community to do is
11:38:55 potentially link up in Pinellas County the Pinellas
11:38:59 And on the Hillsborough side, we would very much like
11:39:02 to hook up with the bike paths we have.
11:39:05 However, there's a stumbling block and I need legal's
11:39:07 help on this.
11:39:11 On the eastern side of the Courtney Campbell scenic
11:39:14 corridor is a veterans expressway.
11:39:18 They are planning to expand that.
11:39:19 And there has been no consideration made for a bicycle
11:39:22 or pedestrian path, because the legal department of
11:39:26 the department of transportation in our area has
11:39:29 interpreted that you can't spend turnpike money on
11:39:36 anything other than call facilities but in other
11:39:44 counties like Pasco, they did spend part of their
11:39:46 money on pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
11:39:48 So I would like our legal department's help in looking
11:39:53 at this and helping us figure out a way to help the
11:39:55 local people understand that it is to spend some money
11:40:01 on the bicycle and pedestrian facility so I suggest
11:40:04 that we give legal 90 days to explore this and to
11:40:08 report back to council.
11:40:10 >>GWEN MILLER: Do you want a written report?
11:40:12 >>> A written report will be fine.
11:40:13 And did I explain it clearly enough to the clerk?
11:40:17 >>GWEN MILLER: Did we get a second?
11:40:19 >> Second.
11:40:19 (Motion carried).
11:40:20 >>CHAIRMAN: Anything else?
11:40:22 Mr. Fletch er?
11:40:24 >>CHARLES FLETCHER: Thank you.
11:40:25 The only thing I have is a result of the presentation
11:40:28 that occurred earlier about the situation that Mr.
11:40:31 Golly was in.
11:40:33 And I guess I would ask for some guidance as to the
11:40:37 appropriate way to handle this.
11:40:41 Perhaps to report back from administration staff when
11:40:45 they come back with the additional report that we
11:40:47 But I would be very interested to learn what the
11:40:52 administration views their staff's role in terms of
11:40:57 consumer protection in dealing with contractors.
11:40:59 It seems to me that Mr. Golly is in a very difficult
11:41:06 situation with a contractor who is not doing what he
11:41:10 had contracted to do, and if I understood the memo
11:41:14 correctly, did not receive much of a significant
11:41:16 sanction from the city in terms of his licensing.
11:41:20 And I would be interested to know what the city's role
11:41:23 in consumer protection and that situation is, and what
11:41:27 the typical penalty for that type of infraction is
11:41:32 because in the memo it indicated that, if I understood
11:41:36 it, that there was an attempt to mislead the
11:41:40 inspection by the city, and that to me seems like a
11:41:43 very significant infraction.
11:41:44 And if that is accurate, what I read into that is
11:41:48 correct, I would like to know what the basis for the
11:41:52 action was.
11:41:55 >>REBECCA KERT: Legal department.
11:41:56 I wanted to make one clarification.
11:41:59 The Hillsborough County building board of examiners
11:42:01 and adjustment that actually reviews the contractors
11:42:04 and actually the interlocal agreement between the City
11:42:07 of Tampa and Hillsborough County that delegates, it
11:42:12 wasn't actually the city who ended up imposing that
11:42:14 However, I'm sure they would be happy to come out with
11:42:17 a report with more detail.
11:42:18 >>GWEN MILLER: Do you want a written report coming
11:42:23 >> That would be appropriate.
11:42:27 >> Do you want to set a time frame?
11:42:28 >>GWEN MILLER: Bringing a report back.
11:42:31 >> I think it was 45 days.
11:42:34 >>GWEN MILLER: We have a motion and second.
11:42:35 All in favor of the motion say Aye.
11:42:36 Opposed, Nay.
11:42:37 Anything else?
11:42:39 Mr. Dingfelder?
11:42:40 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Quick things.
11:42:43 One, I would like a report back from Brad Baird the
11:42:49 first meeting in January to give us a report on the
11:42:51 state of the reservoir, or state of our rainfall and
11:42:54 what water conservation measures he might suggest at
11:42:57 that time.
11:42:57 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Second.
11:42:58 (Motion carried).
11:43:00 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: The next issue is right on the edge
11:43:05 of Parkland Estates and Gulf view.
11:43:08 There's a whole series of mediums where it looks like
11:43:11 the city started on a project and we have these little
11:43:13 watering pipes through there.
11:43:15 But it's just been sitting idle for like the last year
11:43:19 or two.
11:43:19 So I want a report back from staff, written report
11:43:23 back from staff in 30 days on what the status of that
11:43:25 project is, and that includes Morris and McKay, melon,
11:43:29 Glen lakes, and what are he would doing in the median?
11:43:35 And I would also strongly suggest that they meet with
11:43:37 Mr. Steadman of Gulf view neighborhood association as
11:43:43 related to that.
11:43:44 >> Second.
11:43:44 (Motion carried).
11:43:45 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: Finally, I received a commentary
11:43:50 from a resident in Hyde Park, long-time civic
11:43:54 activist, and she asked us why we demand that people
11:43:59 wait till the end of the meeting to bring farther
11:44:02 their issues of -- for the their issues of general
11:44:05 She find it rather strange and contrary to first
11:44:07 amendment right of people that petition the government
11:44:09 openly and freely.
11:44:11 And I do recall the history on this probably goes back
11:44:15 ten or twelve years.
11:44:16 Frankly, I think it's -- I think we have a fiction
11:44:19 going on.
11:44:20 I think that what happened, people get around this by
11:44:23 standing up and pretending to talk to something that's
11:44:25 on the agenda.
11:44:26 So that's the way they get around it.
11:44:28 So therefore you have some people doing it then and
11:44:30 some people doing it at the end of the meeting.
11:44:32 And my motion would just be to direct Mr. Shelby to
11:44:36 revisit this issue.
11:44:38 I think we all believe in the Constitution, we believe
11:44:41 in the first amendment, we should allow the public to
11:44:43 speak freely at us during our meeting, during our open
11:44:47 meeting, and hopefully people will be polite enough
11:44:52 and respectful enough that it won't be a problem.
11:44:56 >>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Mr. Dingfelder, as a person who was
11:44:59 around before we changed the rules, can I just share
11:45:01 briefly that it was a problem, because some people --
11:45:07 the biggest distinction came with things being on
11:45:09 camera and off cam remarks people used their time on
11:45:12 camera to curse at elected officials, to try to get
11:45:15 people to buy their insurance, to run for public
11:45:18 office, and because of first amendment protections
11:45:20 they could do whatever they wanted.
11:45:22 And it was nonconstructive and wretched and didn't
11:45:27 really address issues that people had with the city.
11:45:29 Since we changed it, people who do wait till the end
11:45:33 to bring up off-agenda items are very focused on
11:45:37 substantive issues.
11:45:39 In terms of the quality of the comments, it has
11:45:41 improved 100%.
11:45:42 This is my experience.
11:45:43 And I would encourage you to talk with some other city
11:45:47 staffer who were around before the change, like Mindy
11:45:50 Snyder who can address that.
11:45:51 >>JOHN DINGFELDER: I remember it because I used to
11:45:56 watch and I do recall some of the difficulties that
11:45:57 council had.
11:45:58 I think in terms of cussing and other types of
11:46:04 impolite activities, I think that could be resolved
11:46:07 perhaps with a 15 second delay or 30 second delay on
11:46:10 our meetings, and if somebody starts cussing, then
11:46:13 they can do something about it in there.
11:46:17 But I don't know.
11:46:18 I feel kind of strongly, that I think it's a form of
11:46:23 censorship that we allow some people to speak at
11:46:26 certain times and other people to speak at other times
11:46:29 in the meeting and it kind of bothers me a little.
11:46:32 That's my motion that we would ask Mr. Shelby to
11:46:34 revisit that and Connell back with some options.
11:46:39 >> I have a motion and second.
11:46:40 (Motion carried).
11:46:42 Anything else?
11:46:44 I have a request from Mr. Salisbury of Lowry Park to
11:46:51 discuss the price increase that is Lowry Park is going
11:46:55 to have going on.
11:46:56 Motion and second.
11:46:56 (Motion carried)
11:46:58 I would like to give a commendation to officer Gary
11:47:03 Brad who is going to be retiring.
11:47:06 He's a big part of the TBA, I think a secretary over
11:47:12 I don't know what date he will come but I would like
11:47:15 him to give me a date.
11:47:17 I have a motion and second.
11:47:17 (Motion carried)
11:47:18 I would like to give a commendation to the Collins
11:47:24 academy, one of the first public schools in the City
11:47:26 of Tampa for African-Americans, built in 1867.
11:47:31 And they are having a banquet.
11:47:32 And I am going to present that to them.
11:47:34 I have a motion and second.
11:47:36 (Motion Carried)
11:47:37 And this one, I hate to keep harping on.
11:47:41 I have gotten many calls in that area.
11:47:49 They have had drug deals, busts over there, and this
11:47:53 is spilling into the neighborhood.
11:47:54 And department of enforcement has to clean up the
11:47:59 place before they can open their vendors.
11:48:02 Do we still have a nuisance abatement board?
11:48:05 If we do, I would like them, somebody to carry this to
11:48:09 the city abatement board because this has been going
11:48:12 on for many, many years and something needs to be
11:48:19 >>FRANK REDDICK: Or move to close it down?
11:48:21 >>MARTIN SHELBY: That council has come up with City
11:48:23 Council before.
11:48:23 The issue, as I recall, is that a lot of these
11:48:28 instances take place outside of Gene's Bar, not within
11:48:33 Gene's Bar.
11:48:35 >> But they start inside and then they come outside to
11:48:37 sell the drugs and inside in the neighborhood.
11:48:43 >> And it's gotten worse.
11:48:48 >>GWEN MILLER: everybody Congress gaits outside.
11:48:51 When you pass by, you have to stop at the four-way
11:48:54 stop sign because you don't know if they are coming
11:48:56 out or what, there's so many people congregating
11:48:59 around there. It's something that's got to be done.
11:49:01 >> If you make that request for perhaps a report of
11:49:05 the incidents around -- surrounding that location from
11:49:08 TPD, and perhaps any suggestions for an action plan.
11:49:15 >>GWEN MILLER: Can we get it to the Nuisance Abatement
11:49:17 Board, too?
11:49:20 >>MARTIN SHELBY: Is that the legal department?
11:49:21 Who usually brings things --
11:49:25 >>THE CLERK: Normally it's Tampa Police Department
11:49:27 that initiates.
11:49:30 They have to present a case that has petition evidence
11:49:32 over six-month consecutive period of time, on the
11:49:38 premises for prostitution or --
11:49:45 >>GWEN MILLER: We had a couple people gotten killed
11:49:49 >>MARTIN SHELBY: You ask then TPD to bring a report on
11:49:52 whether this can be brought with nuisance abatement.
11:49:56 >> That's the motion.
11:49:57 >> Exactly.
11:49:57 (Motion carried).
11:49:58 >>MARTIN SHELBY: When do you wish to have that?
11:50:07 >> January 11th?
11:50:10 Okay, January 11th.
11:50:16 Mr. Shelby, do you have anything?
11:50:18 >>MARTIN SHELBY: I wish everybody a happy holiday and
11:50:21 very happy new year.
11:50:23 Safe and happy new year.
11:50:27 And I look forward to seeing everybody again next
11:50:33 >>GWEN MILLER: Clerk?
11:50:36 >>THE CLERK: Receive and file.
11:50:38 >>CHAIRMAN: Motion to receive and file.
11:50:41 >> Second.
11:50:41 (Motion carried).
11:50:42 >>GWEN MILLER: Anything else coming before council?
11:50:44 I wish everybody a Merry Christmas and happy new year.
11:50:46 This is the last day till January 11th.
11:50:50 Everybody have a safe and happy holiday.
11:50:56 (City Council meeting adjourned)