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November 20, 2000
On Monday, November 20, 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 Lynum, seconded by Commissioner Page and carried that the reading of the minutes be waived for the November 13 Workshop, Agenda Review and regular City Council Meetings, with minutes approved as written.
2. “Keep Florida Beautiful” Board Member and “Keep Orlando Beautiful” Founding Board Member Ivan Lawyer, accompanied by Past KOB Chairman Mark LeFebvre, KOB Coordinator Jane Ferry and Vickie Campbell from KFB, presented Mayor Hood with the “Keep Florida Beautiful” Board of Directors Award for her support and efforts in helping “The City Beautiful” live up to its name.
3. Noting attendance of Denise Epps from the YMCA with Committee members Police Chief Jerry Demings, Fire Chief Charlie Walker and Deputy CAO Kevin Edmonds, Mayor Hood recognized the following employees chosen by the YMCA as this year’s Hispanic Achievers: Tony Blanca and Michael Garcia, and Black Achievers: Vincent Jones, Charles Robinson and Kevlon Kirkpatrick.
4. Interim Community & Youth Services Director Walter Hawkins previewed the “NBA Team-Up” joint effort with the RDV Sports Orlando Magic. Additional comments were offered by RDV Community Relations Manager Cari Conley who presented the appreciation Plaque that will be displayed at the Northwest Community Center. Also acknowledged for participation in this project were Chris Caruso from Weekends of Central Florida and Artist Everett Spriull.
5. It was moved by Commissioner Vargo, seconded by Commissioner Ammerman and carried that the RFP for the Regional Computerized Signal System in U] be moved to New Business. It then was moved by Commissioner Sheehan, seconded by Commissioner Lynum and carried that the Consent Agenda be approved as follows:
Agreement with the Orlando Utilities Commission for installation of
various facilities request in connection with Princeton St. and Orange
Ave. improvements at a net payment from the City of $380,000, authorizing
execution by the Mayor and City Clerk after legal review;
Agreement with Vista East Improvement Corporation for construction
of a potable water system in LeeVista Blvd. at an estimated cost of
$190,975, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk after legal
review (see #5-YY, 6-29-98 Council minutes, and #5-TT, 11-13-00 Council
November 1 Historic Preservation Board minutes, filed Documentary #33396;
October 27 Employee Suggestion Committee minutes, filed Documentary
October 10 Risk Management Committee minutes, filed Documentary #33398;
Accepting November 8 Orange County Civic Facilities Authority
minutes, filed Documentary #33399;
November 9 Vehicle for Hire Appeal Board minutes, filed Documentary
Accepting #6, November 2 Board of Zoning Adjustment minutes;
November 14 Budget Review Committee minutes, filed Documentary #33401;
Sale of City-owned vacant lot at 5181 Lescot Lane to Dave/Maureen
Angard, the highest bidder, for purchase price of $5,555, authorizing execution of all
related documents by the Mayor and City Clerk after legal review, copy
filed Documentary #33402;
Acquisition of property at 4300 Rixey St. resulting from a
foreclosure action by the mortgage holder for purchase price of $25,500
plus customary closing costs, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City
Clerk of appropriate documents after legal review, filed Documentary #33403;
Specific Authorization for electrical engineering services in
amount of $3,000 plus expenses not exceeding $300 with Brian Cumming &
Associates for work at Signal Hill Park and an Agreement with PMA
Consultants for professional services related to the Ben White Park
Improvements Project at a lump sum fee of $18,894, authorizing
the Public Works Director to approve additional services up to an
additional 10% and authorizing executions thereof by the Mayor and City
Clerk after legal review, filed as Documentary #33085 & #31862;
Employment Agreement with Elmo Torres as a Construction Inspector I
in the Project/Construction Management Bureau at $15.13 an hour for period
November 20,2000-September 30, 2002, authorizing execution by the Mayor and City Clerk
after legal review;
Award of $540,000 in SHIP funds to Demetree Builders, Inc., for
construction of at least 20 detached single family units in Vista Largo
off Raleigh St., authorizing
preparation of an Agreement thereon for subsequent submission to Council;
First Amendment to Local Housing Assistance Plan, 7-1-00/6-30-03,
and adopting a Resolution setting maximum selling prices for the City, authorizing
execution by the Mayor and City Clerk after legal review, filed
Accepting for processing Annexation Petition from Carter Tabernacle
C.M.E. Church for property at the SEC of W. Central Blvd. & N. Cottage
Hill Rd., authorizing staff to initiate a Growth Management Plan amendment
to adopt a Residential Medium Intensity Future land use designation for
Disposition of two small parcels of land on the opposite shore from
Turkey Lake Park less than ˝-acre to Trammell Crow Residential NF
Properties for $35,500, authorizing
execution of appropriate documents by the Mayor and City Clerk after legal
review and authorizing Office of Legal Affairs to sign applications and
documents in connection with development approvals for the property;
Policy for Banners along Edgewater Dr. from Lakeview to Par Sts.,
whereby banners will be permitted to be displayed on light poles located
within the public right-of-way associated with an event or program whose
principal goal is to increase awareness of and promote the economic
vitality of the College Park Business District, at no cost to the City and
subject to approval by the Chief Administrative Officer;
November 7 Board of Zoning Adjustment minutes, filed Documentary #33404;
Installation of a maximum 12 banners November 21-29 on buildings
within the Downtown Arts District which are participating in the November
28th Grand Opening of the District sponsored by the City and
the Downtown Development Board;
Amendment to Agreement with Tidemark Solutions for Permitting
System at a cost not exceeding $260,000; RFP ranking for Revenue
Collection Software and negotiating with 1) Systems Innovators, Inc.,
($388,028/$22,500 annual maintenance) or if unsuccessful, with 2)
Professional Consultancy International, Inc. ($420,937/$48,000); RFP for
Computer Aided Dispatch/Records Management System with Printrak
International, Inc., at a total amount exceeding $2,442,554 and procuring
various items of equipment from State contracts for approximately
$700,000; Extension of Agreements with Coastal Courier, Inc., for Mail
Services Workers through November 30, 2001, in the amount of $56,886 and
with Argenbright Security, Inc., for Armed & Unarmed Guard Services
through January 16, 2001, in the amount of $176,994; Annual Agreement for
Paging Services with Metrocall Wireless, Inc., in total amount of
Consulate Lease with The Government of the Netherlands, December 1,
2000-May 31, 2001, at $200 per month, authorizing
execution by the Mayor and City Clerk after legal review;
Continued support of the City of Gainesville, the Florida League of
Cities and the International Municipal Lawyers Association in seeking
reconsideration by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the case
styled Cannabis Action Network v. City of Gainesville; and
Electing Thomas Boroughs to the Orlando Utilities Commission for
term expiring 12/31/2004 pursuant to nomination by OUC; confirming Mayor
Hood’s appointments of Jean Werth and Ted Maines to Historic
Preservation Board [TE 10/31/01], Frank Campbell to Board of Zoning
Adjustment [7/31/01], David Carazana, Stephen Chun and Alfreda Gary to
Citizens Police Review Board [10/31/02], Susan Gantt to Municipal Planning
Board [7/31/02], Ellen Avery and Andrew Serros to Orlando Loch Haven Park
Board [7/31/02], Tom Cox to Certification Board [5/30/02], Helen Kirst to
Harry P. Leu Gardens Board of Trustees [1/31/03]; accepting with regret
resignations by Kenneth Hastings from the Building and Fire Codes Board of
Appeal and Sandra Hostetter from the Affordable Housing Advisory
6. Commissioner Ammerman related calls he has received from certain School Board members regarding safety issues at the proposed Nap Ford Charter School in the John H. Jackson Community Center. Mayor Hood advised that there will be no co-mingling of activities and that some may be moved into portable units on site, such as the Senior Program. Interim Community & Youth Services Director Walter Hawkins was asked to provide Council members with a written outline on the specifics.
Consideration was given to Item removed from Consent Agenda U] on
the RFP for Regional Computerized Signal System. Transportation
Engineering Bureau Chief Harry Campbell reviewed various technical
criteria pertinent to this matter. Assistant Purchasing & Materials
Management Director/MBE Officer Kevin Walsh reported that the second
ranked firm was notified Friday of its disqualification based on contacts
made in violation of RFP provisions. Robert Zaitooni, Seminole County
Public Works/Traffic Engineering Division, spoke in support of the
Selection Committee’s action, as did Trey Tillander, Florida Department
of Transportation. Following some discussion, it was moved by Commissioner
Vargo, seconded by Commissioner Page and carried that the Purchasing
Director be authorized to enter into negotiations with Naztec, Inc., for
an Agreement subject to satisfactory legal review (amount proposed [base
line] is $1,938,675).
8. City Clerk Grace A. Chewning presented an Ordinance annexing property owned by The Hughes Supply, Inc., on the W/S of Ferguson Dr., south of W. Colonial Dr.; on S/S of W. Colonial Dr., west of Ferguson Dr.; on W.S of Ferguson Dr., south of W. Colonial Dr.; and on W/S of Ferguson Dr., west of Ferguson Dr.-Edna St. intersection, as initiated by the City. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by Commissioner Ammerman, seconded by Commissioner Lynum and carried that Ordinance be approved on first reading.
9. Mrs. Chewning submitted an Ordinance annexing property owned by The Hughes Supply, Inc., on the N/S of Old Winter Garden Rd., east of Mercy Dr. and west of Ferguson Dr.; on the N/S of Old Winter Garden Rd., east of Mercy Dr. and west of Ferguson Dr.; on S/S of Old Winter Garden Rd., east of Lamar St., west of Dobson St. and north of W. Ridgewood Ave.; on NS of W. Ridgewood Ave. between Lamar St. and N. Ortman Dr.; and on E/S of Ferguson Dr., south of Edna St., as initiated by the City. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by Commissioner Lynum, seconded by Commissioner Vargo and carried that Ordinance be approved on first reading.
10. Mrs. Chewning presented an Ordinance annexing property on the W/S of N. John Young Parkway, south of W. Livingston St. and north of the East-West Expressway; on W. Washington St., north of the East-West Expressway and east of the W. Washington St.-N. Cottage Hill Rd. intersection; on the N/S of Old Winter Garden Rd., west of N. John Young Parkway and east of DeLeon Ave.; on the E/S of DeLeon Ave., south of Edna St. and north of Old Winter Garden Rd., as initiated by the City. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by Commissioner Ammerman, seconded by Commissioner Wyman and carried that Ordinance be approved on first reading.
Mrs. Chewning submitted an Ordinance rezoning from PD to I-P
District property at 5325 L. B. McLeod Rd., as requested by the property
owner. No one appeared in opposition. It was moved by Commissioner Page,
seconded by Commissioner Vargo and carried that Ordinance be approved on
12. A] Philip T. Cowherd: requesting a copy of the Orlando Police Department crime reduction plan for the Parramore area and urging that all sites brought forward last meeting in photographs taken by Commissioner Ammerman be investigated by Code Enforcement, especially those involving City-owned properties.
B] David Van Gelder: questioning legality of joint uses at the John H. Jackson Neighborhood Center under stipulations of 1994 FRDAP Grant Agreement.
C] Mercerdese Clark: asking that direct community input be a priority before decisions are made affecting the Parramore area and opining that the proposed Nap Ford Charter School at the John H. Jackson Neighborhood Center is not the best use of the facility.
D] Bonnie Carrilon: regarding cell phone tower considerations and alternatives.
E] Rev. Floyd Irwin: commenting on various topics.
13. There being no further business to come before Council, Mayor Hood declared the meeting adjourned at 3:18 p.m.
Mayor-Commissioner Glenda E. Hood
City Clerk Grace A. Chewning
Monday, November 20, 2000, at 10:08 a.m., the City Council met for a
Workshop session in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 400 South Orange
Avenue, Orlando, Florida.
Police Chief Jerry Demings called on Capt. Bob Gregory of the Orlando Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Division to make a presentation. Capt. Gregory presented information, as outlined in a power point presentation. He reviewed the 2000 goals, highlighted the success of prostitution mapping zones, and cooperative efforts with other agencies. Capt. Gregory also explained an initiative targeting the top 50 area drug dealers. Within the “Resolve” area, the City experienced a 35.79% crime reduction. Capt. Gregory reviewed the 2001 goals, particularly targeting the Callahan area. He noted the Weed and Seed program success and its planned expansion to the Hiawassee Road area.
Commissioners Ammerman and Page asked questions regarding sentencing of drug offenders. Com. Lynum commented concerning the culture that allows the drug problem to continue and the need for the stakeholders from the neighborhoods to get involved. Mayor Hood and Council members indicated that they supported publication of the names of drug offenders despite the Orlando Sentinel’s lack of cooperation in that regard. Capt. Gregory stated that the downtown nightclubs persistently have drug problems. Chief Demings recognized that OPD receives tremendous support for its enforcement efforts from club owners.
Paul Rooney and Amy Pierce passed out a pamphlet developed by OPD. Det. Pierce stated that the pamphlet is an educational tool for parents, youth and OPD officers to recognize and learn about the effects of all types of narcotics. Det. Pierce indicated that this educational pamphlet was especially important in Orlando since this is where the drug trends start. Chief Demings summarized OPD’s holistic approach to drug enforcement and the successes of that approach thus far. Discussion ensued by Mayor and Commissioners regarding the effects of drug on bodies and lives and the positive impact of OPD’s efforts on the problem. Com. Vargo noted that despite crime being down 10% in the City overall, crime is up 10% in Rosemont. She noted and asked for support of the new Court Watch program, the goal of which is to obtain tougher sentences for prostitutes. In response to a question from Com. Page, Chief Demings stated that block grants and other federal grants allowed the City to use existing officers, but to fund overtime necessary to aggressively fight the drug problems in our City.
Public Works Director David Metzker outlined the sidewalk initiative plan and introduced Project Director Kristi Derato. Ms. Derato introduced the team members from Gomez Construction and Ivey, Harris and Walls. She stated that the Orange County Public Schools (“OCPS”) sidewalks list is the first priority. She expects that 65% of the funds allocated by the City will be expended on construction of the sidewalks on the OCPS list. Construction will start on December 4, 2000 in two locations, All American Blvd. and College Park. Thirty-five percent of the funding will be left for priorities set by the neighborhoods.
Ms. Derato stated that she will have an office on the 8th floor of City Hall and will be available at extension 3309 for the duration of the sidewalk project. She indicated that the sidewalks will be the standard 5’ width. Com. Vargo stated that she supported the prioritization of All American Blvd.’s sidewalks. Mayor Hood and Com. Ammerman requested a map of the sidewalk installation areas for each Council member as well as periodic updates from the sidewalk team. Mr. Metzker explained that this project was bid as a design-build project because it was important for the Project Manager to be hands-on and to meet with citizens.
Landscape Project Coordinator Nancy Caskey presented a slide show about a project initiated by Jane Ferry, Coordinator of Keep Orlando Beautiful, Inc. (“KOB”). Big Tree Park, named for a 500 year old live oak tree that is the centerpiece of the park, was given a facelift using City and KOB grant funds.
The Workshop adjourned at 11:10 a.m.
Amy T. Iennaco
Interim Deputy City Clerk
Monday, November 20, 2000, at 1:03 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 Item W has been deleted from the Consent Agenda and that the Planning Department provided additional information regarding Item O. Com. Sheehan questioned Mayor Hood about an appointment to the CYS Board that was part of Item Y.
Vargo stated that she had some questions regarding Item U relating to the
Regional Computerized Signal System procurement. Mayor Hood called on
Deputy CAO Kevin Edmonds and Traffic Engineer Harry Campbell to answer the
questions. Com. Lynum stated that she was impressed by the evaluation team
and did not question their work except why they recommended an
out-of-state vendor over a local vendor. Mr. Campbell explained that the
local company is just a distributor of a product made in Austin, TX. He
also explained that none of the contentions previously raised by Control
Specialists were found to have any merit. Mr. Edmonds stated that the
evaluation committee members unanimously chose Naztec as their number one
recommendation. Com. Ammerman asked whether Control Specialists has done
business with the City before. Mr. Campbell indicated that they had, but
not for the product under discussion.
Com. Lynum asked why the Wells’Built Museum was not mentioned in Item T as part of the Downtown Arts District. Brenda Robinson responded that the Arts District is being introduced in two Phases and that the Wells’Built will be in Phase 2. Discussion ensued about adding a banner to the Wells’Built Museum if it desires to do so. Com. Lynum also stated that she was glad to see us supporting our sister City, Gainesville, in Item X.
Com. Ammerman asked about the quality of the houses in Item N. Lelia Allen responded that they were concrete block construction built by Demetree Builders who have done good work in the past. Com. Ammerman asked about Item R, the College Park banners. Mayor Hood responded that the City does not have a City-wide banner policy and that banner requests will come to Council for approval of each individual request.
Mayor Hood commented about the great week Orlando had last week, citing the School Board’s approval of the charter for the Nap Ford Community School, Orlando’s selection as the site for F.A.M.U.’s law school and the sell-out Florida Classic football game. She thanked Council for their support and everyone involved in working on those projects.
The meeting concluded 11:25 a.m.
Amy T. Iennaco, Interim Deputy City Clerk