Tallahassee City Commission Meeting Notes: April 20

Tallahassee City Commission Meeting Notes: April 20

Provided below are the meeting briefs from the April 22nd Tallahassee City Commission meeting.

-During the April 20th City of Tallahassee Commission meeting, Mayor John Dailey recognized Earth Day by presenting a proclamation for April 22nd.

-The city commissioners unanimously approved a two-year contract with Anytime Concrete, a one-year contract with Smyrna Ready Mix, and a one-year contract with Hale for Concrete Ready Mix. The services will be used on an “as needed” basis, thereby making the cost of the contract/services unknown. However, the expenditure for concrete ready mix for the 2018-2021/3-year term was $1.6 million. During that three-year term, the average cost per cubic yard was $123.00.

-The city awarded supplemental contracts for continuing Consulting Real Estate Appraisal Services and authorized contracts with Ketcham Appraisal Group, Inc., Diskin Property Research, and Deal Consulting, PA. These are supplemental contracts to be used on an as-needed basis. Rates for appraisal consulting services average approximately $237 per hour and $269 per hour for witness testimony. Based on prior demand, the city anticipates engaging appraisers for 20 to 30 appraisal/consulting assignments per year.

-In a 5-0 vote, the commissioners supported agreements with StarMetro for the “Dial-A-Ride” on-demand pilot program. The Dial-A-Ride Program provides door-to-door transportation to citizens who qualify for funding programs in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The pilot program would give Dial-A-Ride customers pre-approved access to independently book their travel with program providers with the Transportation Network Companies, such as Yellow Cab or Big Bend Transit. The citizen will continue to pay their regular fare of $2.50, and the city will pay the remaining trip cost.

-The city voted unanimously to have city staff seek the nomination of the original Lincoln High School to the Tallahassee-Leon County and National Registers of Historic Places.

-The commissioners heard a presentation from Tallahassee Police Department on the Juvenile Civil Citation Program and Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program. The citation program was created to “divert juveniles prior to arrest, hold juveniles accountable for delinquent behavior, involve parents in the sanctioning of juveniles, and prevent the juveniles’ further involvement in the juvenile justice system.”

The Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program provides officers and prosecutors additional options when addressing a person’s criminal behavior. Still, it does not supplant or limit the traditional criminal justice options available to officers, prosecutors, or judges.

-In a unanimous decision, the commission approved the acceptance of the Florida Department of State – African American Cultural and Historical Grant in the amount of $717,128. The grant will fund the renovation of the building at 507 West Brevard Street, formerly known as Ashmore’s Store, to provide a space that the community can utilize. In addition, a local match in the amount of $224,403 will come from funds previously allocated to the Frenchtown Neighborhood from the proceeds of the sale of the standard property on Macomb Street.

-The Board adopted Ordinance No. 22-O-16AA, which amends sections in the ethics code regarding misuse of public position, disclosure or use of non-public information, dismissal of complaints, and settlement of complaints. The full details can be viewed at the link above.

-The commissioners adopted a resolution, prepared by the city attorney, supporting maps preserving existing political geographic boundaries. Commissioner Jeremy Matlow stated the special session currently underway “threatens” representation of minority groups.

5 Responses to "Tallahassee City Commission Meeting Notes: April 20"

  1. “The commissioners adopted a resolution, prepared by the city attorney, supporting maps preserving existing political geographic boundaries.” ………………….

    SO, you just past a worthless Resolution to prove you are ALL Racists. Good for you. Drawing the Lines in a way to make SURE that only a Black Person will automatically become Elected BECAUSE of the color of their Skin IS Racist. ANYONE that is then elected wasn’t really Elected, they were GIVEN the Job and should feel ashamed to have been elected that way. Their Name should forever have an asterisk by it.

  2. “Commissioner Jeremy Matlow stated the special session currently underway “threatens” representation of minority groups.”

    Mr. Matlow apparently has the outdated belief that minority groups vote only for the Democrats and that only Democrats represent minority groups. MAGA has changed all of that. In fact, it’s a fast and growing change and it has only just begun.

    Btw, speaking of not being represented, the Republicans in Leon County, approximately 35% of the population and therefore a minority group, have no representation. I think this problem should be addressed. Maybe when the elected officials appoint citizens to committees, and boards, etc., they should appoint Republicans to be fair and to give our minority group representation.

  3. @ Pat… I could not agree more with your post. Continuing to throw money at these problem (particularly during election season) has not and will not solve the problem. Our communities of color are responsible for the mayhem that permeates the culture, and only they themselves are responsible for and capable of changing that culture. Politicians have turned perpetual poverty, crime, and homelessness into an economic model. The more of each that you have, the more federal dollars you can draw down to (insert wink here) help “address” the problem. So long as issues like race, crime, poverty, and homelessness have value in the political campaign arena, there will never be any real attempts to address them.

    As I’ve noted many times, you will never solve a problem you refuse to acknowledge.

  4. In reference to the “pre-adult arrest diversion program”, we are referring to the African American Community where the majority of crime, majority of un-wed mothers, majority of high school dropouts, majority of generational welfare recipients and the majority of generational convicted felons reside. The only way life in those neighborhoods change is when the residents decide to make a change. Taxpayer funds have been flowing into those neighborhoods for decades and the problem has only gotten worse.

    Last Thursday, April 21, a particular heinous murder took place in broad daylight, completely filmed by security camera and it provides great insight into the black community. Beware, it is a graphic news story.

    Change must come from within. We must stop attacking the police officers that keep our community’s safe and focus on the criminal that was on drugs and resisted arrest. Instead of having a Civilian Advisory Board tell cops how to use their batons and sending social workers to do police work we should be stressing being polite and cooperate with a police officer when detained.


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