Provided below are brief notes for items addressed at the January 26, 2022 Tallahassee City Commission.
–Mayor John Dailey read a proclamation recognizing January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
–The mayor also acknowledged Honor Flight Tallahassee. Honor Flight is a program that flies veterans to Washington D.C. to view the memorials and dedications built in honor of U.S. veterans. The next flight is scheduled for April 2022.
–The commissioners appointed Delaitre Hollinger to the Special Events Advisory Committee seat. Also, Remera Haynes was reappointed to the Special Events Advisory Committee. Both appointees’ terms will end in March 2025.
–Matt Cooper was appointed to the Architectural Review Board, and his term will expire in June 2024. The Architectural Review Board is a joint City/County board.
–Donna Cotterell was appointed by the city commissioners and was chosen by Commissioner Matlow to the Citizens Police Review Board. Her term will end on December 31, 2025.
–The city approved the introduction of Ordinance No. 22-O-02 and set the public hearing for March 9, 2022. The ordinance is regarding a parcel of land owned by Frank Dorsey, who submitted a petition for annexation into the City of Tallahassee. His property is located at Woodville Highway and Capital Circle SW.
–The Board heard an update on the construction efforts of the Northwood site. The update included information on the design and construction activities associated with the TPD headquarters building project and the master planning process.
Additionally, the Board approved the proposed Performing Arts Center into the master planning efforts for the Northwood site. The arts center will be paid for by the Michael H. Sheridan and Judy W. Sheridan Center for the Arts Foundation, Inc.
–During the discussion about the performing arts center, Commissioner Williams-Cox amended the motion to approve the center but also to have a satellite center on Tallahassee’s Southside.
–The City of Tallahassee’s TEMPO program is partnering with the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) and Tallahassee Community College (TCC) to have access to technical assistance and subgrant funding, up to $50,000, to address equitable credential attainment locally. The grant “aims to demonstrate increased credential attainment and to provide a roadmap for continuing to increase credential attainment, particularly for black, indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) workers.”
–The Board also approved the partnership between GII, Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc., and the TEMPO Program as part of the Young Adult Reentry Partnership (YARP) grant awarded to GII. The partnership seeks to increase educational, employment, and training opportunities for 110 formerly incarcerated disconnected youth, ages 18 to 24, engaged in the city’s TEMPO program.
–The commissioners authorized the City of Tallahassee to participate in the Council on the Status of Men and Boys, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office and Leon County Schools to address the issues brought forth in the “Anatomy of the Homicide Project” report by Sheriff Walt McNeil.
–City staff was recently made aware of an award that will provide the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) with additional software and equipment to be utilized at the Capital Region Real Time Crime Center (RTCC). The commissioners unanimously approved the expenditure of the grant for $120,811.
–The Board approved the Interlocal Agreement with Leon County for debris removal after a catastrophic event. A project is established from the Deficiency Fund to track costs and pay for storm cleanup. The price is submitted to FEMA and the State of Florida for reimbursement, generally 87.5%.
–The commissioners voted to accept the city attorney’s opinion as to the city’s position on the jurisdiction of the Board. The city attorney’s interpretation of the city charter is that elected officials of the City of Tallahassee are not subject to the Independent Ethics Board’s jurisdiction. In other words, when an elected official is functioning as a member of the CRA or Blueprint, they are held accountable by the State Ethics Commission. The vote passed 3-1 with the mayor in dissent, and Commissioner Matlow recused himself.
–During the Sharing of Ideas portion of the commission meeting, Matlow motioned to have city staff bring back an agenda item to the Board to understand better how to expand the ethics board’s jurisdiction over CRA, CRTPA, and Blueprint. Commissioner Porter seconded the motion. However, the motion failed in a 3-2 vote with Williams-Cox, Richardson, and the mayor in opposition.