Below are the news briefs from the Tallahassee City Commission meeting that took place on May 10, 2023.
The city commission approved an agenda item that moves forward the grant recommendations for the Tourist Development Tax funding to the Challenger Learning Center, LeMoyne Art Foundation and Indaba, Inc., Florida Litfest, Inc., Tallahassee Symphony, Inc. & Southern Shakespeare, Inc.
In total the varying groups will be receiving varying amounts of a $2.05 million grant. The agenda item with additional details can be viewed here.
The commission approved an agenda item that adopts a text amendment related to the Southside Action Plan as detailed in the 2030 Tallahassee-Leon County Comprehensive Plan. The Southside Action Plan can be described as a plan “developed and monitored to align with the community’s desire for a framework of action in the southern part of the Tallahassee urban area.” The plan contains components like “Beautification,” “Investment,” and “Engaged and Activated Citizens.”
The action plan can be viewed here.
The commission approved an agenda item that awards the Runway 18-36 Rehabilitation Project at Tallahassee International Airport to CW Roberts Contracting, Inc. The dollar amount of the project totals $8.23 million. The agenda item noted that the “Completion of this project will remove the existing weight restrictions imposed on Runway 18-36 and provide an alternative runway for air carrier operations.”
The project will take approximately five months to complete and will not hinder existing air travel in an out of TLH.
The notice of intent to award can be viewed here.
The commission approved an Annual Action Plan FY24 Overview which “requires Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement communities receiving funds through its Community Planning and Development Division (CPD)” from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) “to prepare a five-year Consolidated Plan describing how these federal funds will be allocated and used during this timeframe.”
The goal is to ensure Tallahassee is focused on affordable housing. During the short discussion, Commissioner Jack Porter said “I personally find the way we do housing in this country as completely dysfunction” and she wanted to ensure renters were taken care of.
The commission facilitated the first and only public hearing on a new noise ordinance “prohibiting excessive sound” within the Urban Core. The code prohibits “noise disturbance” which is “sound which is unreasonably loud, raucous, or jarring to a reasonable person of normal sensitivities and which is plainly audible to a police officer or code enforcement officer.” The window of time during which the excessive noise is prohibited is between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
The general direction of the discussion focused on not the businesses with liquor licenses within the Urban Core, but many of the parties facilitated by Greek life at the universities.
The proposed ordinance was passed unanimously and can be viewed here.
The meeting can be viewed here.