By Chris Falkowski, Managing Editor
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Donna Hart at 6:30 PM. All Council members were present. The following Presentations were made:
- Proclamation in recognition of March for Meals Month, March 2010, to Council on Aging representatives.
- Presentation of Employee of the Month Award to Ms. D. Barbosa, St. Cloud Police Department.
First Citizen’s Forum – A resident requested that Council consider an ordinance change allowing residents to own a pet miniature Vietnamese pot-bellied pig within the city limits. The change would mirror the City Kissimmee ordinance. Council will take the item under advisement. Two neighbors spoke in support of the miniature Vietnamese pot-bellied ordinance change.
A representative from the Bataan-Corregidor Foundation requested permission to hold the Friendship Day Celebration at the Veterans Memorial Park, waiving any fees, providing set up of tents and chairs, electric power and invited Mayor Hart to be a guest speaker. Council agreed to sponsor the event.
The Council recognized Boy Scout Scott Carpenter, BSA Troop 192 attending the meeting to meet the requirements for a Communications merit badge.
SECOND AND FINAL PUBLIC HEARING FOR ORDINANCE NO. 2010-05, an ordinance amending the Land Development Code of the City of St. Cloud, Florida by: amending Table III-7 to delete "Real Estate Brokerage and Sales". Motion to approve passed by a vote of 5/0.
SECOND AND FINAL PUBLIC HEARING FOR ORDINANCE NO. 2010-06, an ordinance amending the Land Development Code of the City of St. Cloud, Florida, by amending Article III, Division 20, Alcoholic Beverage Establishments and Nonconforming Uses and Structures. Motion to approve passed by a vote of 4/1, with Mayor Hart voting Nay.
SECOND AND FINAL PUBLIC HEARING FOR ORDINANCE NO. 2010-09, an ordinance amending the Land Development Code of the City of St. Cloud, Florida, by amending Section 3.20.16, “Temporary Storage, Office Trailers, and Construction Trailers”. Motion to approve passed by a vote of 5/0.
SECOND AND FINAL PUBLIC HEARING FOR ORDINANCE NO. 2010-11, an ordinance assigning a Future Land Use designation of "Commercial" to approximately 1.08 +/- acres identified as Narcoossee Center, located at the northwest corner of Narcoossee Road and Rummell Road at 1400 South Narcoossee Road. Motion to approve passed by a vote of 5/0.
SECOND AND FINAL PUBLIC HEARING FOR ORDINANCE NO. 2010-12, an ordinance assigning a Zoning District of "NB" Neighborhood Business, compatible with a "Commercial" Future Land Use designation change adopted by Ordinance No. 2010-11, for approximately 1.08 +/- acres identified as Narcoossee Center, located at the northwest corner of Narcoossee Road and Rummell Road at 1400 South Narcoossee Road. Motion to approve passed by a vote of 5/0.
SECOND AND FINAL HEARING OF ORDINANCE NO. 2010-15, an ordinance related to Article VI, Construction and Design Standards, Section 220.127.116.11 “Wireless Internet (CyberSpot”) of the Land Development Code of the City of St. Cloud related to the imposition of a capital expansion charge for new projects by suspending the collection of the charges until September 30, 2010. Motion to approve passed by a vote of 5/0.
FIRST PUBLIC HEARING FOR ORDINANCE NO. 2010-21, an ordinance directing a Non-Binding Advisory Referendum be included on the November 2, 2010 General Election Ballot with regard to the reinstatement of the City of St. Cloud’s city-wide public access Wi-Fi System known as “CyberSpot”; providing the title and explanatory statement of the ballot for the referendum; providing that the results of the referendum shall be considered by the City Council at its December 9, 2010 Council Meeting. Motion to approve passed by a vote of 5/0.
Consent Agenda – Pull Item “A” for questions and Item “C” for separate vote. The Consent Agenda was approved as presented, except for Item “C”. Motion to approve passed by a vote of 5/0. Item “C” Parks and Recreation fees would have a sliding-scale fee for camps, based upon financial need. Motion to approve Item “C” passed by a vote of 5/0.
1. Discussion and possible action regarding temporary signage. Council directed staff to prepare a non-codified language to allow one sign per business, on the business property for a period of 6 months.
2. Discussion and possible action regarding appointments to committee vacancies. Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee applicant Charles Backus approved by Council by a vote of 5/0.
City Attorney – None.
City Manager – The City Manager reported that at the recent County Commissioners workshop they decided to increase the number of members on the Gateway Committee and he wanted to know if Council wished to increase the number of city members from 2 to 3? Council agreed. He then advised that the realtor selling the property at 10th Street and Massachusetts Avenue advised the price for the property had been reduced to $775,000.00. Council gave no direction. The City Manager then informed the Council that the Commander of the VFW Post 3227 had invited the Council to attend the celebration of the posts 75th chartered year on March 6 at 12 Noon. He asked for direction from the Council concerning the violation by the family that owned the pot-bellied pig. Council agreed that all actions would be suspended until there was a review of the existing ordinance and a decision by City Council.
Mayor and Council Members – Councilman Fertic recommended that any development seeking annexation into the City, that records are checked that impact fees have been paid.
Councilwoman Hopper announced that she would be attending the Little League Opening Ceremony and invited the president of the Little League to speak. There are 900 children registered for this year. She then thanked the City Manager for arranging the funding for Parks and Recreation through OUC.
Councilman Polachek asked about the contract for Sprint/Nextel and staff discussed the latest events. He then asked for more information on the possible public/private partnership for CyberSpot and questioned the need for a private consultant to review the situation. Staff will report back to Council at the next Council meeting. Councilman Fertic asked if there were any other funding mechanisms for CyberSpot? The City Attorney expressed there were many restrictions set against government competing with private industry and doesn’t believe there is another way to fund CyberSpot. Councilman Polachek then asked about the paving on 17th Street and the new maintenance facility. Mr. Swingle, Public Works Director reported that the rehabilitation is on budget, but there is no final completion date. The training facility schedule may slip some, but the project, so far is on budget.
Deputy Mayor Griffin had no comments.
Mayor Hart announced that she is co-chair with Mayor Swan of Kissimmee the March of Dimes, March for Babies event on May 1, 2010 at Valencia Community College. She discussed the importance of the Census and challenged the citizens to reach 80% participation.
Second Citizen’s Forum – David Lane from the Chamber of Commerce reminded the Council that on March 6, 2010 the St. Cloud Life event will be held at the Civic Center and invited Council to attend.
- Census forms will be mailed out on March 15, 16 and 17, 2010. It is very important that residents fill out and return the completed form to maximize any funds the City may be eligible to receive.
- Thursday, March 11, 2010 – City Council Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. – City Hall Council Chambers.
The meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.
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