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City Council Special Meeting of the Council | COVID-19 Update & Ordinance 2020-235 (Legislation on Relief Funds)​

April 27, 2020
1:00 p.m. (Please join the meeting by 12:50 P.M.)
Online Meeting
No Physical Location
Meeting ID: 986 9843 4095
Meeting Password: 229213
 
Notice is hereby given that Honorable Scott A. Wilson hereby calls a Special Meeting of the Jacksonville City Council. The meeting will be held on Monday, April 27, 2020, at 1:00 P.M., and will be hosted virtually through the Zoom.US- computer application app. In an effort to encourage social distancing and in accordance with Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order Number 20-69, “Local government bodies may utilize communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing, as provided in section 120.54(5)(b)2., Florida Statutes.” 
 
The purpose of the meeting is to address the items listed below, COVID -19, and other issues pertaining to the status operational needs of the City of Jacksonville thereto pertaining:
             
ORDINANCE 2020-235
ORD 2020-235 AN ORDINANCE MAKING CERTAIN FINDINGS AND ACCEPTING AND APPROPRIATING: (1) $146,550,942.50 OF CARES ACT GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY TO THE GENERAL FUND – GENERAL SERVICE DISTRICT, AND $12,500,000 OF CARES ACT GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY INCIDENTS ACCOUNT (COLLECTIVELY, IN THE AMOUNT OF $159,050.942.50, THE “CARES GRANT”); (2) APPROPRIATING $40,025,000 OF THE CARES GRANT  TO BE DISBURSED TO ELIGIBLE CITIZENS OF DUVAL COUNTY PURSUANT TO THE COVID-19 MORTGAGE, RENT AND UTILITY RELIEF PROGRAM AUTHORIZED HEREBY; (3) APPROPRIATING $35,525,942.50 OF THE CARES GRANT TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO ESTABLISH AND OPERATE COVID-19 TESTING AND OTHER HEALTH NEEDS SITES WITHIN DUVAL COUNTY; (4) APPROPRIATING $12,500,000 FROM THE CARES GRANT TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY INCIDENTS CONTINGENCY ACCOUNT FOR CITY REVENUE LOSSES NOT REIMBURSED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND/OR THE STATE OF FLORIDA RELATED TO THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY; (5) APPROPRIATING $17,000,000 FROM THE CARES GRANT TO FULLY FUND THE COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF AND EMPLOYEE RETENTION GRANT PROGRAM AS PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED BY ORDINANCE 2020-201-E; (6) APPROPRIATING $9,000,000 OF CARES GRANT FUNDING TO THE GENERAL FUND TO REIMBURSE THE CITY FOR THE COSTS OF THE COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF AND EMPLOYEE RETENTION GRANT PROGRAM PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED BY ORDINANCE 2020-201-E; (7) APPROPRIATING $25,000,000 OF CARES GRANT FUNDING TO REIMBURSE THE CITY FOR LOST REVENUES AND INCREASED EXPENDITURES THAT WOULD OTHERWISE NO LONGER BE FUNDED DUE TO DECLINES IN PREVIOUSLY ANTICIPATED REVENUES AS A RESULT OF THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 RESPONSE MEASURES, THE COST TO THE CITY OF THE WAIVERS AUTHORIZED HEREIN AND LOSS OF RENTAL REVENUES, $4,000,000 OF WHICH WILL BE USED TO REIMBURSE THE CITY FOR THE COST OF THE MOBILITY FEE MORATORIUM AUTHORIZED HEREIN, AND $5,000,000 OF WHICH WILL BE USED TO REIMBURSE THE CITY FOR THE COST OF THE BUILDING INSPECTION FEE MORATORIUM AUTHORIZED HEREIN; (8) APPROPRIATING $20,000,000 OF CARES GRANT FUNDING (THE “REIMBURSEMENT FUNDS”) TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO ENTITIES THAT ARE MANAGING OR OPERATING CITY-OWNED FACILITIES OR FUNCTIONS ON BEHALF OF THE CITY, WITH ALL OF THE FOREGOING APPROPRIATIONS AS INITIATED BY B.T. 20-067; PURPOSE OF APPROPRIATIONS; PROVIDING A CARRYOVER OF FUNDS FROM YEAR TO YEAR UNTIL SUCH FUNDS ARE EXPENDED OR LAPSE, AND PROVIDING THAT ANY CARES GRANT FUNDING NOT EXPENDED PURSUANT TO THIS ORDINANCE BY NOVEMBER 1, 2020 SHALL REVERT TO THE FUND OF ORIGIN FOR REAPROPRIATION FOR AUTHORIZED EXPENDITURES UNDER THE TERMS OF THE CARES GRANT; WAIVING PORTIONS OF SECTION 106.304 (MAYOR’S TRANSFER POWER), SUBPART A (GENERAL PROVISIONS), PART 3 (APPROPRIATIONS), CHAPTER 106 (BUDGET AND ACCOUNTING CODE), ORDINANCE CODE, TO AUTHORIZE THE MAYOR TO TRANSFER THE $25,000,000 OF REIMBURSEMENT FUNDING WITHOUT FURTHER COUNCIL ACTION; AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO DISBURSE MORTGAGE, RENT AND UTILITY RELIEF PROGRAM GRANTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CRITERIA AUTHORIZED HEREIN; WAIVING PORTIONS OF SECTION 655.503 (MOBILITY FEE REQUIREMENT, CERTIFICATE, APPLICATION PROCESS AND CALCULATION), PART 5 (MOBILITY FEE), CHAPTER 655 (CONCURRENCY AND MOBILITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM), ORDINANCE CODE, TO AUTHORIZE A TEMPORARY WAIVER, UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, OF MOBILITY FEES FOR 6 MONTHS AND A PARTIAL WAIVER FOR AN ADDITIONAL 3 MONTHS; PROVIDING FOR A REQUIREMENT OF CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY BY DATE CERTAIN FOR PROJECTS BENEFITTED BY THE MOBILITY FEE WAIVERS; ESTABLISHING A SIX MONTH MORATORIUM ON THE FOLLOWING PERMIT, INSPECTION AND APPLICATION FEES AS TO: (1) THE BUILDING CODE, SECTION 320.402 (APPLICATION FOR PERMIT), PART 4 (PERMITS), CHAPTER 320 (GENERAL PROVISIONS), AND SECTION 320.409 (SCHEDULE OF PERMITS), PART 4 (PERMITS), CHAPTER 320 (GENERAL PROVISIONS); (2) THE CODE OF SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS, SECTION 654.108(E) (APPROVAL OF PRELIMINARY SITE PLAN; PROCEDURES FOR APPROVAL OF PRELIMINARY AND FINAL ENGINEERING PLANS FOR REQUIRED IMPROVEMENTS), AND SECTION 654.138(A), (C) AND (D) (FEES), EACH OF CHAPTER 654 (CODE OF SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS);(3) CHAPTER 744 (STREET CONSTRUCTION REGULATIONS), SECTION 744.110 (STREET EXCAVATIONS; WORK IN RIGHTS-OF-WAY; PERMIT; VIOLATIONS, CIVIL PENALTIES, ENFORCEMENT AND ABATEMENT); (4) THE ZONING CODE, SECTION 656.109 (ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT), SUBPART B (ADMINISTRATION), PART 1 (GENERAL PROVISIONS); (5) THE ZONING CODE, SECTION 656.121 (INITIATION OF AMENDMENTS TO THE ZONING CODE), SUBPART C (PROCEDURES FOR REZONING AND AMENDMENTS TO THE ZONING CODE), PART 1 (GENERAL PROVISIONS); (6) THE ZONING CODE, SECTION 656.147 (SCHEDULE OF FEES), SUBPART D (ZONING EXCEPTIONS, VARIANCES AND WAIVERS, AMENDMENTS TO FINAL ORDER, APPEALS OF WRITTEN INTERPRETATIONS OF THE DIRECTOR AND APPEALS OF FINAL ORDERS OF THE COMMISSION), PART 1 (GENERAL PROVISIONS); (7) THE ZONING CODE, SECTION 656.152(B) (CERTIFICATE OF USE APPLICATION FEE), SUBPART E (CERTIFICATES OF USE), PART 1 (GENERAL PROVISIONS); (8) THE ZONING CODE, SECTION 656.1206 (PERMIT PROCEDURE AND CRITERIA FOR TREE REMOVAL, RELOCATION AND REPLACEMENT OF PROTECTED TREES), SUBPART B (TREE PROTECTION), PART 12 (LANDSCAPE AND TREE PROTECTION REGULATIONS); (9) COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING, SECTION 650.413 (SCHEDULE OF FEES), PART 4 (AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN), CHAPTER 650; (10) SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT, SECTION 380.303 (RATES FOR DISPOSAL), PART 3 (GARBAGE DISPOSAL), SOLELY AS TO TIPPING FEES CHARGED DIRECTLY TO CUSTOMERS AT THE TRAIL RIDGE LANDFILL, AND NOT THOSE FEES INCLUDED IN THE SOLID WASTE USER FEES; (11) JACKSONVILLE FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT, SECTION 123.102 (FEES ESTABLISHED), PART 1 (IN GENERAL), CHAPTER 123 (PUBLIC FEES), SOLELY AS TO FIRE AND RESCUE PLAN REVIEWS FEES; AUTHORIZING AN UP TO SIX MONTH MORATORIUM ON THE COLLECTION OF RENT, ADDITIONAL RENT, AND OTHER SUMS OWED BY ELIGIBLE TENANTS OR LICENSEES UNDER ANY LEASE OR LICENSE AGREEMENT TO WHICH THE CITY IS A PARTY AS LANDLORD OR LICENSOR FOR TENANTS AND LICENSEES NEGATIVELY IMPACTED  BY COVID-19; ESTABLISHING A SIX MONTH  MORATORIUM ON LOAN PAYMENTS FOR ELIGIBLE BORROWERS OF THE CITY PURSUANT TO EXISTING LOAN DOCUMENTS BETWEEN THE BORROWER AND THE CITY FOR BORROWERS NEGATIVELY IMPACTED  BY COVID-19; WAIVING SECTION 122.202 (PARKING RATES AT MUNICIPAL PARKING LOTS), PART 2 (MUNICIPAL PARKING LOTS), CHAPTER 122 (PUBLIC PROPERTY), ORDINANCE CODE, TO AUTHORIZE THE CEO OF THE DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH DISCOUNT PARKING RATES AT CITY-OWNED PARKING FACILITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES NEGATIVELY IMPACTED  BY COVID-19; WAIVER OF PORTIONS OF SECTION 662.104 (FEES AUTHORIZED IN CERTAIN INSTANCES), CHAPTER 662 (LIBRARY SYSTEM AND SERVICES), TO WAIVE COLLECTION OF OUTSTANDING DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FINES CURRENTLY DUE AND PAYABLE, AND PROVIDING FOR TWELVE-MONTH RETROACTIVE APPLICABILITY AS TO FORGIVENESS OF OUTSTANDING LIBRARY FINES; APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OR HIS DESIGNEE AND CORPORATION SECRETARY TO EXECUTE AND DELIVER AN AGREEMENT (“AGREEMENT”) WITH FIDELITY NATIONAL INFORMATION SERVICES, INC. (“FIS”) TO PROVIDE PAY CARDS TO THE CITY TO DISBURSE TO ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS UNDER THE COVID-19 MORTGAGE, RENT AND UTILITY RELIEF PROGRAM, AND OTHERWISE TAKE ALL NECESSARY ACTION TO EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSES OF THE AGREEMENT AND THIS ORDINANCE; INVOKING THE EXCEPTION OF 126.107(G) (EXEMPTIONS), CHAPTER 126 (PROCUREMENT CODE), ORDINANCE CODE, TO DIRECT CONTRACT WITH FIDELITY NATIONAL INFORMATION SERVICES, INC. (“FIS”) TO PROVIDE PAYMENT CARDS TO THE CITY TO BE PROVIDED TO APPROVED GRANT RECIPIENTS UNDER THE COVID-19 MORTGAGE, RENT AND UTILITY RELIEF PROGRAM; REQUESTING THAT THE FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT AND OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OVERSEE THE COVID-19 MORTGAGE, RENT AND UTILITY RELIEF PROGRAM, AND THE DOWNTOWN INVESTMENT AUTHORITY TO OVERSEE THE DISCOUNT PARKING PROGRAM AUTHORIZED HEREIN; REQUESTING INTRODUCTORY EMERGENCY PASSAGE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.  
 
The meeting will begin promptly at 1:00 P.M., moving immediately into the action items on the Council Agenda. We have also cancelled all presentations. Public comments at the end of our meeting will be suspended. The public will be encouraged to share general comments with individual council members by email or telephone. Public hearings and public participation are required by state statute for specific legislation. We will conduct these hearings as required by state law.  CCMeeting04282020@coj.net is the designated email for general comments to be including as a part of this meeting.
 
Zoom Meeting format has been adopted  in an effort to encourage social distancing and in accordance with Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order Number 20-69, “Local government bodies may utilize communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing, as provided in section 120.54(5)(b)2., Florida Statutes.”  The Council will operate under the provisions of Ordinance 2020-200-E as adopted by the Council on April 6, 2020 and hereto attached.
 
                                          
 
WAYS FOR THE PUBLIC TO ACCESS THE MEETING:
 
  1. Sign up for Zoom.  Type - Zoom.US – with Chrome Internet BrowserGo to:  JOIN A MEETING On Dash Board Information regarding the Zoom meeting ID and meeting password is listed below:
 
Meeting ID:  986 9843 4095 Meeting Passwords: 229213.  (You can LISTEN to the meeting and VIEW the meeting this way.
 
ALL PARTICPANTS WHO WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN LEGALLY REQUIRED PUBLIC
 PARTICIPATION MUST LOG IN WITH (It would be helpful to identify bill to be addressed)
              Full Name – IE:  Cheryl L. Brown 2020-0200
 
 
2.  Watch it on your computer. Streaming site (or COJ streaming site):
 https://www.coj.net/city-council/city-council-meetings-online
 
3.  Joining a Zoom Meeting by phone:    

Dial:  1 646 568 7788 - Meeting ID: 986 9843 4095# Password: 229213 (Local); or

Find a local number: https://zoom.us/u/ad9VNV3pHM

WAYS FOR THE PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN LEGALLY REQUIRED PUBLIC HEARINGS OR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ZOOM MEETING
           
1.  Refer to:  City of Jacksonville Citizen Guide to Council Meetings (Attached)
2.  Legal Name must appear on Zoom to be recognized by the Chair;
3.  DO NOT state your residence- address as this is not required in this forum – only state
      County and Zip Code
4.  Timeframe set by Chairman – No more than 3 minutes per speaker.
5.   The Timer will be viewable.  Must be in “Gallery View” to see countdown; Sort those in
       meeting by going to “Participant” and typing in Timer.
6.   Chairman will “ONLY” call on speakers using the ELECTRONIC “RAISE HAND” feature
       located within the Zoom App.   This feature is found- Click on “Participants” scroll to the bottom
       click on “Raise Hand”… wait to be recognized.  (Must have a Microphone, Video, and Speakers
       to participate with the function.)

INSTRUCTIONS: JOINING A MEETING BY DIAL-IN PHONE ONLY

  1. Dial numbers provided above.  If you dial a toll number, your carrier rates will apply.
  2. You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID – the  Meeting ID:  986 9843 4095   Meeting Password:  229213
  3. If the meeting has not already started and join before host is not enabled, you will be prompted to press # to wait if you are participant.
  4. You will be prompted to enter your unique participant ID. This only applies if you have joined on the computer or mobile device or are a panelist in a webinar. Press # to skip.
If you join by computer or mobile device later, you can enter the Participant ID to bind your phone and device session together and show your video when you speak on the phone. To enter your participant ID once you are in the meeting, enter #Participant ID# on your phone.
PHONE CONTROLS FOR DIAL-IN PHONE ONLY PARTICIPANTS
The following commands can be entered via phone tones using your phone's dial pad while in a Zoom meeting:
  • *6 - Toggle mute/unmute  (While this is a function that is available the mute and unmute function will be controlled by the Host not the participant. To speak, the participant must use the *9 function to be recognized.)
  • *9 - Raise hand  (Electronic Zoom feature that “Must” be used to be recognized by the Chairman to Speak)
  • Refer to:  City of Jacksonville Citizen Guide to Council Meetings (Attached)
  • Legal Name must appear on Zoom to be recognized by the Chair;
  •  DO NOT state your residence- address as this is not required in this forum – only state
 County and Zip Code
  • Timeframe set by Chairman – No more than 3 minutes per speaker.
  • Phone in participate will be informed of remaining time.
  • Chairman will “ONLY” recognize or call on speakers using the ELECTRONIC “RAISE HAND” feature   located within the Zoom App  *9 … wait to be recognized.  (Must have a Microphone and Speakers on phone to participate with the function.)
 
4. Look at the digital recording of the meeting later on this website under available archives- City Council click
     link:   https://www.coj.net/city-council/city-council-meetings-online
 
It is important that you use one of the above remote ways to access the meeting; the Mayor has imposed rules on social distancing because of the COVID-19 Virus.  If you have any problems or questions about gaining access to the meeting, please call 904 255 5193 Leave your name number and brief message.
 
 
WAYS FOR THE PUBLIC TO MAKE COMMENTS AT THE MEETING:
  1.  You can email your comments to: CCMEETING04282020@COJ.NET 
  2. For some meetings, you will be able to call in to make a comment on the phone.
Many meetings, especially informational ones, may not have public comment. 
 
 
WAYS FOR THE PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN LEGALLY REQUIRED PUBLIC HEARINGS OR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ZOOM MEETING
           
1.  Refer to:  City of Jacksonville Citizen Guide to Council Meetings (Attached)
2.  Legal Name must appear on Zoom to be recognized by the Chair;
3.  DO NOT state your residence- address as this is not required in this forum – only state
      County and Zip Code
4.  Timeframe set by Chairman – No more than 3 minutes per speaker.
5.   The Timer will be viewable.  Must be in “Gallery View” to see countdown; Sort those in
       meeting by going to “Participant” and typing in Timer.
6.   Chairman will “ONLY” call on speakers using the ELECTRONIC “RAISE HAND” feature
       located within the Zoom App.   This feature is found- Click on “Participants” scroll to the bottom
       click on “Raise Hand”… wait to be recognized.  (Must have a Microphone, Video, and Speakers
       to participate with the function.)
 

ADA and TDD ASSISTANCE
 
Pursuant to the American with Disabilities Act, accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request.  Please allow 1-2 business days’ notification to process; last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to fulfill.  Please contact Disabled Services Division at: V 904-255-5466, TTY-904-255-5476, or email your request to KaraT@coj.net.
 
Please contact direct all legislative inquires to Jessica Matthews, Chief of Legislative Services at 904 255 5169 or JMatthews@coj.net.  Please contact Dr. Cheryl L Brown, Director/Council Secretary at CLBrown@coj.net  904 255 5193 or refer to the information provided within the notice for specific inquiries, information and/or details.
 

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