Mayor John Dailey presented a proclamation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month beginning September 15th through October 15th.
The item on the resolution supporting reproductive healthcare was pulled from the Wednesday September 22, 2021, meeting.
William Landing and William Leseman were appointed to the Science Advisory Committee. The Science Advisory Committee is comprised of nine members with seven appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and two appointed by the city. The purpose of the Committee is to safeguard the area’s natural resources and the public health and safety
Nicole Nicolas, selected by Commissioner Jeremy Matlow, and Inika Williams, selected by Commissioner Diane Williams-Cox, as well as Cicely Brantley, Wachell McKendrick, and Marcella Torres were appointed to the Tallahassee-Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
Agustin G. Corbella was appointed to a vacant Downtown Improvement Authority seat. The primary function of the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority is to preserve property values and prevent deterioration in the downtown area by a system of self-help.
The Citizens Police Review Board has recently had two board members resign, one is the mayor’s appointee, and the other is Commissioner Matlow’s appointee. During the meeting the commissioners appointed Adner Marcelin to fill one of the vacancies. Marcelin serves as the Communications Director for the Tallahassee law firm, Ben Crump Law.
The commissioners approved the Griffin Heights Neighborhood First Plan and funding in the amount of $2,250,000. Griffin Heights neighborhood is located northwest of downtown Tallahassee. The Griffin Heights Neighborhood First Plan has five priority areas including community beautification, economic development, neighborhood infrastructure and land use, neighborhood safety/crime prevention, and funding.
The Land Development Code exemption for a certified affordable housing project on property owned by Abundant Life and Restoration Ministries International was approved. Currently, zoning designation for the property allows for a maximum of 20 dwelling units per acre, which would allow for up to 79 dwelling units. However, with the approved exemption and 25 percent density bonus, 99 dwelling units will be allowed.
The Interlocal Agreement regarding the provision of fire services was approved 5-0.
The city approved in a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Dailey in dissent, for the contract negotiations with the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee to administer a resident ID card program for two years, for a cost of $75,000 for each year. The item was amended slightly, to require an update on the programs status after six months of implementation. The ID cards will be used as an alternative to State of Florida ID cards or Driver’s Licenses.
The commissioners heard an update on the Southside Action Plan. For the past five months, staff has engaged members of Southside neighborhood communities to identify their needs and vision for the Southside. Areas of focus, include beautification, investment, and engaged and active citizens.
The city heard comments by some citizens regarding the budget, specifically the Ordinance number 21-O-29, which will change the water and wastewater rates, fees, and charges. The change will result in an estimated increase of $0.85 cents per month per household. The ordinance was passed unanimously.
The city commissioners unanimously approved the FY22 millage rate and budget for the city of Tallahassee.
During the sharing of ideas at the end of the meeting, Commissioner Matlow made comments after hearing a presentation by a concerned citizen on the recent corruption trial and ethics of the government officials. Matlow said that he agreed with some of the points in the presentation and he told the room, “If I do anything in elected office, it’s going to be to fix this system and the City of Tallahassee.”
Matlow said he would make a motion, if supported by his colleagues, to have an item brought back to establish a Citizens Committee to make additional recommendations to protect the public interests of the citizens of Tallahassee. The motion was not supported nor made.