Below are the news briefs from the Tallahassee City Commission meeting held on November 8, 2023.
The Commission unanimously approved a number of consent agenda items awarding contracts for various engineering and construction services and consultants. One item was pulled from the consent agenda– the recommendation for a State and Federal Lobbying Contract — which the Commission approved after discussion.
The City Commission unanimously approved an amendment to the City Attorney Employment Agreement. City Attorney Cassandra Jackson gave notice of her intent to resign from the position of City Attorney and to continue serving as a consultant/employee through June 1, 2024.
The Commission approved (3-2, Matlow, Porter in dissent) a motion to schedule a public hearing in December related to an amendment to the Ox Bottom Meadows Planned Unit Development Concept Plan located on 36.37 acres at the Northwest corner of Ox Bottom and Thomasville Roads. The amendment will allow for fast food and fueling stations as uses in the Thomasville Road commercial areas. However, several Ox Bottom residents spoke out against the amendments. One resident noted there isn’t a need for more gas stations in the area and expressing her concern for the disruptions that fast food and gas stations would cause for the residents.
The Commission unanimously approved the renaming of the Gemini Building in honor of former Tallahassee Mayor John R. Marks, III. The item states that John Mark’s legacy is deeply rooted in the community, and holds the distinction of being the first African American elected to the position of Mayor in Tallahassee.
The Commission unanimously approved in-kind services in support of the 50 Years of Hip Hop Celebration Concert in the amount of $49,500. The in-kind services will come out of the remaining Fiscal Year 2023 Gun Violence Intervention Funding. The item states this event will provide a contest for local artists to write a song about stopping gun violence in the community, and the contest winner will be able to perform their written song at the concert in front if the community.
The Commission unanimously approved the 2023 Tallahassee Community Resilience Plan update as presented by Adam Jacobs, Chief Resilience and Sustainability Officer, and authorized staff to apply to FEMA for a BRIC Grant for the Lincoln Center Resilience Hub.