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November 13, 2000
Monday, November 13, 2000, at 2:00 p.m., the City Council met in regular
session in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 400 South Orange Avenue,
Orlando, Florida. Mayor Glenda E. Hood called the meeting to order. City
Clerk Grace A. Chewning announced there was a quorum.
1. It was moved by Commissioner Patty Sheehan, seconded by Commissioner Ernest Vargo and carried that the reading of the minutes be waived for the October 23 Workshop, Agenda Review and regular City Council Meetings, with minutes approved as written.
2. City Planning Bureau Chief Richard Unger brought forward Margaret A. Adams, Growth Management Staff Assistant for recognition of her retirement and 25-year Service Award. Mayor Hood presented Mrs. Adams with a service pin, Resolution, Proclamation and personal gift from the City Council.
3. Appearing before Council were the FBVA Orlando Raptor’s boy’s basketball team whose championships have included the President’s Day Tournament, Raptor’s Challenge Tournaments, Lakers Invitational Tournament, Florida State Tournament and the AAU 11 & Under National Basketball Tournament. Mayor Hood Proclaimed today as “Orlando Raptor’s Recognition Day” and presented copies of her Proclamation to Coach John Calathes, Coach Dave Krazit, Statistician Susan Calathes, and players Stephan Babb, Adam Brill, Michael Cecchini, D. J. Ferguson, Eric Nuxol, Austin Riddick, Marcel Williams, Jordan Bolton, Nick Calathes, Ryan Clark, Danny Krazit, Billy Pratsch, John Roberson.
4. Mayor Hood reviewed criteria used by the Urban Land Institute in selecting the NorthLake Park Community School for an Award of Excellence, one of 11 presented World-wide. As a public-private partnership between the City, the Orange County Public Schools, the Central Florida YMCA, Orlando Regional Healthcare System and Lake Nona Property Holdings, Mayor Hood called on the following for remarks regarding this unique venture: Randy Lyon/Lake Nona Property Holdings, Inc., John Hillenmeyer/ORHC and Jim Ferber/YMCA.
5. It was moved by Commissioner Lynum, seconded by Commissioner Vargo and vote carried that the Consent Agenda be approved as follows, with Commissioner Ammerman abstaining on the Southern Warehouse Annexation Agreement in PP] due to Conflict of Interest (Form filed Documentary #33350):
Chapter 18A Permit Applications for: 1) Mrs. Vicki No Limit Hair
& Nail Salon’s 1-yr Anniversary Celebration, December 2, 4 p.m.-2
a.m., 410 S. Parramore Ave.; 2) Blue Room Street Party, December 16-17, 1
p.m.-11 p.m., Pine Street between railroad and Orange Ave.; and 3) Beers
Construction Company Open House, November 16, 5:30-8 p.m., 60 N. Court
B] Accepting October 25 Civil Service Board minutes, filed Documentary #33351;
C] October 10 Nuisance Abatement Board minutes, filed Documentary #33352;
D] Accepting September 27 Mayor’s Senior Citizen Advisory Committee minutes, filed Documentary #33353;
E] October 19 minutes of public hearing held by Vehicle for Hire Administrator, filed Documentary #33354;
F] October 5 Long-Term Disability Review Committee minutes, filed Documentary #33355;
G] October 23 minutes of teleconference with Commissioners Ammerman, Wyman, Sheehan, Lynum & Page, filed Documentary #33356;
H] October 17 Community & Youth Services Board minutes, filed Documentary #33357;
I] October 25 Certification Board minutes, filed Documentary #33358;
J] October 25 Downtown Development Board & Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board minutes, filed Documentary #33359-60;
K] Accepting October 10 Orlando Utilities Commission minutes, filed Documentary #33361;
L] October 31 Budget Review Committee minutes, filed Documentary #33362;
M] October 26 Human Relations Board minutes, filed Documentary #33363;
N] Accepting September 20 Greater Orlando Aviation Authority minutes; specific approvals of October 18 Items 3-G, 3-J, 3-M & 6, minutes filed Documentary #33364;
O] Quit Claim Deeds for Multi-Modal Parcel and FAA Parcel #5 associated with Naval Training Center - McCoy Annex property (170 acres), authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute closing documents following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #33394 (see Doc. #30014);
HUD Grant Agreements for FY2000-2001 CDBG, HOME, ESG, HOPWA
Programs, authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute closing
documents following appropriate staff review;
Q] October 16 minutes of meeting attended by Commissioners Lynum and Page, filed Documentary #33365;
Parks Initiative: 1) Specific Authorization not exceeding
$29,683.50 with Inwood Consulting Engineers for Professional Services on
renovations to recreation field adjoining Lake Como Elementary School; 2)
Authorization #3 at a lump sum fee of $23,800 to MSI for Lake Baldwin Park
Concept Plan Development; 3) Change Order #1 at $100,788 to Hunter-Nelson
for Engelwood Neighborhood Center Phase IIB Project, authorizing execution
by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, and
authorizing Public Works Director to approve Change Orders up to 10% of
the Contract amount for additional services with Hunter-Nelson and MSI,
filed as Documentary#32841, #33211 & #33023;
S] Traffic Signal Installation Promise to Escrow Agreement with Dover Green Condominium Association (Dover Green) at $10,400 for traffic signal at Curry Ford Road and Frederica Drive, authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute closing documents following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #19406-1;
T] Revocation of No Rental Policy for Wall Street Plaza based on projected uses for the new Orange County History Center and adjacent Heritage Square area;
General Wastewater Consulting Services Agreement with PBS&J not
exceeding $25,000, authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute closing
documents following appropriate staff review, filed as Documentary #32779;
V] Contract award to Wharton-Smith at $3,282,000 for Crane Strand Lift Station #249, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, and authorizing Public Works Director to approve Change Orders up to 10% of the Contract amount, filed Documentary #33366;
W] Contract award to Prime Construction Group, Inc., at $5,249,000 for Water Conserv II Reclaimed Water Rapid Infiltration Recharge Sys expansion project, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, and authorizing Public Works Director to approve Change Orders up to 10% of the Contract amount, filed Documentary #33367;
X] Sub-License Agreement relating to space at the Orlando Science Center wherein the Science Center sub-license a portion of property at 777 E. Princeton St. at $17.25 sq. ft. for the purpose of audio/visual and television production, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #26325-4;
Y] Parking Validation Program to allow Downtown History Center visitors to park in the Library Garage;
Z] Adoption of “A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Orlando approving a plan of financing the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority for purposes of Section 147(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended,” authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed as Documentary #33395 (see Doc. #14362);
AA] Selection Committee’s ranking of Design/Build teams for Orlando Wetlands Park Improvement Project with DCC Constructors for subsequent submission to Council;
BB] October 17 Municipal Planning Board minutes except Items D, 13, 18 & 19, filed Documentary#33368;
CC] Consulate Lease with Venezuela Trade Office for space on City Hall 9th Floor at $200 per month, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review;
DD] Sidewalk Agreements with: 1) Express Shop at 7018 Narcoossee Rd.; 2) Gary R. and Jacqueline K. Keymont at 1411 W. New Hampshire St.; and 3) Russell L. and Deborah A. Mills at 917 LaSalle Ave., authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #33369-71;
EE] Street Right-of-Way Encroachment Agreement for Automated Teller Tubing with SunTrust Bank at 2300 E. Colonial Dr., authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #33372;
FF] November 4 McNamara Employee of the Year Committee minutes, filed Documentary #33373;
GG] November 6 minutes of City Commissioners’ Orlando International Airport Tour and Luncheon, filed Documentary #33374;
HH] November 8 Nominating Board minutes, filed Documentary #33375;
II] Binding Lot Agreement with Universal Studios Water Park (fka Wet n’ Wild), authorizing execution by the Permitting Services Director, filed Documentary #33376;
JJ] Short Form Plats for: 1) Airport Industrial Park at Orlando Addition No. 5 (Replat No 2/Palmbay Center at AIPO at 10900 Palmbay Drive/platting into four lots for industrial development); 2) Airport Industrial Park at Orlando Addition No 11 at 10264 Boggy Creek Rd., (platting into four lots and a tract for industrial development on each new lot. One lot is site of Cumberland Land Holdings); 3) Eckerd at Dover Shores at 4021 Curry Ford Dr. (replatting to allow commercial redevelopment);
KK] Developer’s Agreement with Lincoln Property Company of Florida providing intensity bonus of .5 FAR and public art contribution for the project at 300 S. Orange Ave., authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #33377;
LL] Authorizing staff to prepare City-initiated Annexation Ordinance for properties within Michigan Street Corridor Annexation Area, approving Annexation Report for filing with Orange County Board of Commissioners as required by FS 171.042(2);
MM] November 1 Finance Committee minutes, filed Documentary #33378;
NN] Economic Development Incentive Package with Kobrin Builders Supply for subsequent submission to Council;
OO] Economic Development Incentive Agreement with Daimler Chrysler Motors Corp, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #33379;
PP] Annexation Agreements with: 1) Southern Warehousing & Distribution, Ltd., et. al., for 50.9 acres on the west side of S. Orange Ave., south of W. Michigan St.; and 2) Colonial Acquisitions, Inc., and Reed Motors for property on southside of Colonial Dr., west of Ferguson Ave., authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #33380-81;
QQ] Cross-Access and Through-Access Agreement for The Coffee House at 712 E Washington St., authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #33382;
RR] Declaration of Official Intent in connection with reimbursement from Notes/Bonds issued to finance projects under the City’s Parks Initiative, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed as Documentary #25329;
SS] Change Order not exceeding $2,608,273.30 with Hubbard Construction for I-4-Conroy Road Interchange Project, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review (see Notice to Proceed issued 9/29/98);
TT] Inter-local Agreement between the City and Orlando Utilities Commission for Western link of LeeVista Boulevard improvements, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #33383;
Relocating Billboard on I-4 entrance ramp from northbound Kirkman
Rd. further north along Kirkman Rd., conditioned upon structure being a
one-or two-sided single-faced billboard with a maximum face size of 400
sq. ft. and a maximum height of 30’, and subject to any restrictions of
general utility easement and requirements of all appropriate departments,
other regulatory agencies and provisions of the Land Development Code; a
Trivision face not being permitted;
WW] Wireless Communication Tower Review & Code Revisions: 1) retain a qualified consultant to (a) review wireless communication tower applications for technical and legal compliance with City and Federal regulations (cost is $3,000- $4,000 per application); and (b) assist in revising the City’s current communication tower regulations (cost is $5,000); 2) amend the City’s communication tower regulations in order to reflect technological changes in the wireless communication industry; 3) adopt a Resolution authorizing the City to charge applicants for the cost of reviewing tower applications; 4) consider the adoption of a City-wide Wireless Facility Master Plan, if the revised tower regulations do not meet the needs of the City or the Community;
XX] Purchasing: 1) Annual Agreement Extensions for Cellular Mobile Telephone Equipment and Services with BellSouth Mobility at $70,000; 2) Annual Purchase Agreement with Allied Universal Corporation at $91,548.90 for Sodium Hypochlorite at Wastewater Treatment Facilities; 3) Advisory Committee’s ranking and negotiating for Development and Establishment of Job Evaluation and Pay Plan(s) with Palmer & Cay Consulting Group, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Arthur Anderson LLP and Public Sector Personnel Consultants; 4) Purchase of Servers, Network Infrastructure Equipment, Computers & Routers at $1,190,000 in accordance with State of Florida Contract 250-040-99-1, authorizing execution of foregoing by the Purchasing and Materials Management Director upon satisfactory staff review;
AAA] Services Authorization not exceeding $14,375.83 with Transportation Engineering Inc., for traffic signalization at LeeVista Blvd. and Narcoossee Rd., authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #33384;
BBB] Amendment 4 not exceeding $72,636.89 with Kimley-Horn & Associates Agreement for Colonial Dr Corridor Project, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #25190-1D;
CCC] Agreement at $64,509 with Malcolm Pirnie for Conserv I Flow Diversion Plan Force Main Project, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #33385;
DDD] Collocation of Bike Path and Transmission Line Agreement and Easement Agreement with Florida Power, Orange County and OOCEA, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed Documentary #33386A&B;
EEE] Amendment #1 not exceeding $54,882.72 with Wilbur Smith Associates for LeeVista Blvd.-Judge Rd. Improvements Project, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate staff review, filed as Documentary #29877-2; and
FFF] November 9 City Operations Committee minutes, filed Documentary #33387.
6. Consideration was given to Item D in the October 17 Municipal Planning Board minutes, which was removed from Consent Agenda BB] at Commissioner Ammerman’s request for concerns he outlined on possible impact to adjacent Villages of Southport by noise and lighting emanating from the recently annexed Hausman Bus Sales property. Business Assistance Team Director Sherry R. Gutch and Barron Owen, Jr., Esq., representing the firm, assured Council of the company’s commitment to be a good neighbor, that their objective is not to make any matters of this nature an issue and that they will work with the neighborhood association in helping assure such result. It was moved by Commissioner Ammerman, seconded by Commissioner Lynum and carried that cited Municipal Planning Board action be approved.
7. Commissioner Ammerman asked to address Council with a presentation he had put together with accompanying photographs that he took during personal tours of the Parramore area over three trips spanning 6½ hours. The photos provided graphic testimony on the obvious and dire need for immediate remedial actions in various enforcement categories. Staff was directed to investigate each of the sites submitted for subsequent report to Council.
City Clerk Grace A. Chewning announced this a time set to consider
application from LeeVista Center for Notice of Proposed Change to the
previously approved Development of Regional Impact pursuant to Section
380.06, Florida Statutes, located north of BeeLine Expressway, south of
Hoffner Ave., east of Conway Rd. and west of Narcoossee Rd. consisting of
l,890.1+ acres. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by
Commissioner Ammerman, seconded by Commissioner Lynum and vote carried
that Amendment #5 to the Development Order be approved, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk following appropriate
staff review, filed Documentary #16262.
HEARING/ORDINANCE/2nd READING/ZONING/LaVINA PROPERTY
9. Mrs. Chewning submitted an Ordinance establishing the Zoning Classification as PD and C, Planned Development and Conservation District on property known as LaVina Trust, located northeast of Narcoossee Rd., south of unplatted land extending north to the Bee Line Expressway, and East of the Randall Johnson Trust property, as requested by the property owners. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by Commissioner Ammerman, seconded by Commissioner Sheehan and carried that Ordinance be adopted, filed Documentary #33388.
HEARING/ORDINANCE/2nd READING/CORRECT SCRIVENER’S ERROR
10. Mrs. Chewning presented an Ordinance to correct a scrivener’s error in the legal description of the Annexation Ordinance for property located at the SEC of Michigan St. and Taylor Ave., adopted by City Council on August 14, 2000, Documentary #33152, as requested by the City of Orlando. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by Commissioner Lynum, seconded by Commissioner Sheehan and carried that Ordinance be adopted, filed Documentary #33152-1.
11. Mrs. Chewning submitted an Ordinance amending the City’s Growth Management Plan by repealing Figure CI-14 and replacing it with a new Figure CI-14. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by Commissioner Ammerman, seconded by Commissioner Sheehan and carried that Ordinance be adopted, filed Documentary #33389.
READING/GMP/4840 HOFFNER AVE
12. Mrs. Chewning presented an Ordinance amending the City’s Growth Management Plan by amending Official Future Land Use Map 15 to assign the Office Low Intensity (+/-1.89 Acres) and Industrial (+/- 7.03 Acres) Future Land Use Designations to property generally located on the south side of Hoffner Ave. between Semoran Blvd. and Conway Rd. (4880 Hoffner Avenue), as requested by the property owners. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by Commissioner Ammerman, seconded by Commissioner Sheehan and carried that Ordinance be adopted, filed Documentary #33390.
READING/CODE CHAPTERS 66 & 68/SE ORLANDO SECTOR PLAN
13. Mrs. Chewning submitted an Ordinance amending City Code Chapter 66, Part 2 (Definitions) to add new definitions for “Convenience Store (Small Grocery)” and “Drug Store”; amending Chapter 68 (Southeast Orlando Sector Plan Development Guidelines and Standards), Part 1 – Section 68.106 to amend the special definitions for “Retailing – Big Box”, “Full Service Grocery Store”, “Mixed Use Precinct (MUP) Overlay District”, and “Support Retail and Service Uses”; amending Part 2, Section 68.207 and Figure 68-D (Airport Support District Guidelines and Standards) to add language clarifying allowable land use types in the Airport Support Districts; amending Part 3 – Section 68.312 and Figure 68-H (Additional Applicable Residential Design Standards) to clarify standards related to driveway location and width within residential development. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by Commissioner Lynum, seconded by Commissioner Sheehan and carried that Ordinance be adopted, filed Documentary #33391.
READING/GMP/LEE VISTA CENTER
14. Mrs. Chewning presented an Ordinance amending the City’s Growth Management Plan by amending Future Land Use Maps 14, 15 and 16 to change the Future Land Use designations for property located within the Lee Vista Center Development of Regional Impact generally located east of Conway Rd., south of Hoffner Ave., north of S.R. 528, and west of Narcoossee Rd., from Office Medium Intensity to Industrial, Neighborhood Activity Center to Industrial, Industrial to Neighborhood Activity Center, and to correct and accurately delineate Conservation Use Area. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by Commissioner Ammerman, seconded by Commissioner Lynum and carried that Ordinance be adopted, filed Documentary #33392.
15. With anticipatory excitement, followed by enthusiastic applause from Council members and the audience, Mayor Hood announced she had just been handed information that Florida University System Chancellor Adam Herbert has recommended to the Florida Board of Regents that the City of Orlando be designated for the Florida A&M University College of Law!
HEARING/ORDINANCE/1st READING/LDC/CHAPTERS 58, 61, 62, 66
16. Mrs. Chewning submitted an Ordinance amending the Land Development Code, City Code Chapter 58 (Zoning Districts and Uses), by amending Figure 2A.LDC, Figure 2C.LDS, and footnotes; by adding new Part 2AG “ID Intensity Decrease Overlay District”; by adding a new Section 58.499.3 “Relationship to the Growth Management Plan”; by adding a new Section 58.499.4 “Purpose of the District”; by adding a new Section 58.499.5 ”Rezoning Applications”; by amending Section 58.511 “Review Standards”; by amending Section 58.513 “Development Site Standards and Principal Building Setbacks”; by amending Part 3C ”Tandem Single Family Developments”; by amending Section 58.514 “Purpose of Tandem Single Family Development Regulations”; by amending Section 58.515 ”Review Standards”; by amending Section 58.516 “Procedural Requirements”; by amending Section 58.517 “Development Site Standards and Principal Building Setbacks”; by amending Section 58.901 “Location”; by amending Chapter 61 (Historic Preservation and Architectural Design), by amending Section 62.706 “Standards for new Construction”; by amending Chapter 66 (Definitions), by amending Section 66.200 “Definitions”; providing for repeal of Infill Moratorium Ordinance Documentary #33227. It was moved by Commissioner Lynum, seconded by Commissioner Wyman, that Ordinance be approved on first reading. The following voiced their opposition to proposed tandem housing provisions being applied within the Colonialtown and Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhoods and requested they be exempted therefrom, along with other Historic Districts: Martha Stone Kozlick, Ann Berendzen (also read letter dated 11/11/00 from Mike Trexler), Ron Blair, Raymond Cox, Sue Macnamara, Gary Mandino, Michael Spencer. Offering comments on other aspects of the matter were: David Van Gelder, Michael Halpin, Bill Murphy and Ezell Harris. Discussion ensued. A substitute motion was made by Commissioner Sheehan, seconded by Commissioner Lynum and carried that this Hearing be continued to February 5, 2001, 2 p.m. Staff was directed to include an evaluation of duplexes in studies conducted by Districts during the interim.
ORDINANCE/2ND READING/REZONING/1943 BRUTON BOULEVARD
17. Mrs. Chewning presented an Ordinance changing the zoning classification from AC-1 District to O-1 District at 1943 Bruton Blvd., as requested by the property owners. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by Commissioner Page, seconded by Commissioner Sheehan and carried that Ordinance be adopted, filed Documentary #33393.
18. A] David Van Gelder: various issues, especially in the Parramore Heritage area
B] Vencina Cannady: Parramore area matters and damage to her mother’s residence at 775 Weaver Court from City-owned dwelling at 769 in Parramore Village.
C] Ezell Harris: Parramore items; distributed copies of June 13 Interoffice Memo from Commissioner Lynum to the Police Chief.
D] Ade Ademji Fatila: Vehicle for Hire situation.
E] B. David Miller, Jr.: diverse military armed forces subjects.
F] Philip T. Cowherd: conditions and crime rate in the Parramore area.
There being no further business to come before Council, Mayor Hood
declared the meeting adjourned at 5:25 p.m.
Mayor-Commissioner Glenda E. Hood
City Clerk Grace A. Chewning
Monday, November 13, 2000, at 1:05 p.m., the City Council met in the City
Council Chambers, City Hall, 400 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida.
In reviewing the City Council Agenda, Mayor Hood noted that Items UU and ZZ on the Consent Agenda have been deleted. She also clarified that on Consent Agenda Item WW on wireless communication towers that no blanket approval is being given and that individual requests would come back for public hearings.
Commissioner Ammerman asked about the trolley payments, and Mayor Hood responded to his question. Commissioner Ammerman thanked staff for their work on Consent Agenda Item RR, commented on Item S, and asked that Item D, regarding the Hausman Bus facility, in Consent Agenda Item BB be pulled for separate discussion. He also stated he was pleased to see Item LL. Commissioner Ammerman declared a conflict of interest on Consent Agenda Item PP. He also questioned Director of Purchasing and Materials Management Jon Mead regarding the rates on the renewal of the State cellular mobile telephone contract that was part of Item XX.
Wyman expressed her pleasure that Engelwood Phase II was ready to go.
Commissioner Vargo asked a question regarding Item VV on billboard relocation that Planning Director Dean Grandin answered. She also asked whether Item YY reflected a policy change on multifamily housing. Commissioner Page then inquired as to whether the Item YY changes would apply City-wide to which Mr. Grandin responded that they would, but that each case would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Commissioner Vargo asked for clarification regarding cell tower terms. Mr. Grandin and fellow Council members responded. She also asked that Item WW be pulled. Discussion ensued, and the consensus of Council was that they needed a workshop session scheduled only cell tower issues. After Council questioned staff as to the effect of passing Item WW today, the Mayor noted that it was the consensus of Council to leave Item WW on the Consent Agenda.
Mayor Hood noted that Ordinance/2nd Reading #2 should be added to Hearings/Ordinances/2nd Reading as #6.
Meeting concluded at 1:45 p.m.
Amy T. Iennaco
Interim Deputy City Clerk
Monday, November 13, 2000, at 10:10 am, the City Council met for a
Workshop session in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 400 South Orange
Avenue, Orlando, Florida.
Public Works Director David Metzker gave a presentation on the status of the Parks Initiative as outlined in the attached handout. Mr. Metzker highlighted the completed projects, works in progress, new and future projects. Mr. Metzker called on Susan Blexrud, Director of Communications, to introduce Barbara Knous, the new Parks Initiative Coordinator.
The Mayor and Commissioners thanked staff for their efforts on the project. Mayor Hood also stressed the importance of the partnerships that the City has developed with Orange County, Orange County Public Schools and the State of Florida and expressed that the City should encourage more private sector involvement to continue leveraging the City’s investment.
After a brief recess, Solid Waste Management Bureau Chief Michael Carroll began a presentation, as outlined in a handout, on the Performance Improvement Team’s (PIT) recent work. Mr. Carroll emphasized that the goal of PIT is to give a thorough analysis of the cost of performing certain types of work and compare that to the costs of outsourcing that work. That analysis is then provided to the department management for them to analyze and make their own business decision.
Discussion ensued regarding involvement of the City employees in the process and keeping them informed in order to quell fears of job elimination. Mayor Hood commented that the growth the City is experiencing, particularly in new parks, increases the service needs and our focus is on becoming more efficient in meeting those needs while maintaining the same high level of customer service and citizen satisfaction we have seen in Neighborhood Report Card Surveys. In response to Com. Page’s question regarding the Parks Bureau’s conclusions after review of the PIT information, Bureau Chief Denny Scott stated that Parks is pursing outsourcing of grounds maintenance for locations that have the farthest travel times from their headquarters. CAO Richard Levey stated that, on a City-wide basis, the PIT is an on-going process and he believes its information will ultimately indicate a business model combining in-house services and outside contractors.
After further discussion and comments by Commissioners, the Workshop concluded at 12:20 p.m.
Amy T. Iennaco
Interim Deputy City Clerk