Provided below are news brief from the February 16, 2022 Tallahassee City Commission meeting.
–The City Commission approved accepting a grant from the Florida Association for Career and Technical Education for $10,000 to add a cathodic protection component to the gas training yard.
–The Board approved the negotiations for a contract with Limelight Signs & Graphics and SuperSigns, Inc., for the StarMetro bus advertisement.
–Bob Guido was unanimously appointed to the Special Events Advisory Committee, whose term will end in March 2025. The Special Events Advisory Committee serves as an advisory board to the city and the Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs Department on issues related to annual funding for special events held on property owned by the city and co-sponsored by the city.
–In a 4-1 vote, city commissioners approved introducing the new noise ordinance and set a public hearing date of March 9, 2022. The proposed Ordinance No. 22-O-13 allows for police officers to initiate a complaint and provides different parameters based on land use designation. Commissioner Jack Porter was in opposition to the ordinance.
–The city commission heard an update on the sheriff’s Council on the Status of Men and Boys. They unanimously voted to approve the $140,000 in funding for startup costs and projected operational costs. Also, they amended the point of contact for the committee. Instead of Mayor John Dailey, the communication contact will be the city manager.
Mayor Dailey and Commissioner Williams-Cox mentioned that Leon County should consider $140,000 for program funding instead of the recently approved $70,000.
–The city approved the purchase of maintenance and lease hardware agreements associated with the operation of city technology for FY2022 in the amount not to exceed $3.5 million. The annual equipment lease agreements and renewals protect city resources from external threats. These agreements also provide ongoing hardware and software support and upgrades.
–The Board approved the resolution authorizing the purchase of natural gas from the Southeast Energy Authority. The annual savings are projected to exceed $600,000 per year depending on the final daily volume and actual discount. The proposed agreement will provide an approximate discount of 10% on the cost of natural gas.
–The Board heard an update on the current and ongoing state legislative session.
–During the “Sharing of Ideas” portion of the meeting, Commissioner Williams-Cox said she engaged with a citizen who suggested a bullet buyback campaign instead of a gun buyback campaign that was previously brought up in recent meetings.
Williams-Cox further noted that she had an acquaintance running for office at one time, and they said, let them keep their guns but make ammunition so expensive they can’t afford it. “This may be another way to do it,” Williams-Cox stated. She also suggested looking into requiring background checks to purchase ammunition.