Below are the Tallahassee City Commission news briefs from the December 13, 2023 meeting.
The Commission presented the Proclamation of Florida State University Women’s Soccer 2023 NCAA National Championship Title. The FSU Women’s Soccer team was congratulated on their success this year, including being the first in FSU history to go undefeated, winning both the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and Tournament Championship, and scoring five goals in the NCAA Championship match which were the most scored since the title game since 2003.
The Commission elected Commissioner Curtis Richardson to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for a 1-year term. However, during discussion Commissioner Jack Porter stated, “I think it’s strange that we’ve had a few people be Mayor Pro Tem numerous times, some of us never.” Additionally, Commissioner Matlow claimed the action was, “Blatant disrespect and attack on my colleague (Jack Porter).”
Commissioner Jeremey Matlow reappointed Malik Ready for a partial term on the Citizens Police Review Board which will commence on December 13, 2023 and expire on December 31, 2024. Additionally, Matlow noted the importance of the reappointment, and claimed there had been a character assassination aimed at Mr. Ready after people witnessed him in a commercial for President Joe Biden.
Staff gave the Commission a Midtown progress update report. The Commission accepted the report and approved the recommendations made by the Midtown Stakeholders Committee to not sunset the Committee, move forward with the traffic mobility study for Midtown, to put out a Request for Proposal, and to hire a consultant to create a master plan for Midtown within the next Fiscal Year.
The Commission approved an ordinance which updates the Land Development Code regarding the allowed location of fraternity and sorority houses. The ordinance revises the allowed locations to be those areas where the majority of fraternity and sorority houses are known to be currently located. Additionally, these modifications prohibit fraternity and sorority housing in nine districts where they are currently permitted. The vote was 4-1 with Matlow against.
The Commission approved the adoption of an ordinance amending the Ox Bottom Meadows Planned Unit Development Plan (PUD), located on 36.37 acres at the Northwest corner of Ox Bottom Road and Thomasville Road. The application will amend the previous PUD to add fast food and fueling stations as allowable uses in the Thomasville Road commercial areas, add multi-family residential with an additional 99 dwellings units to the interior residential components, and decrease the frontage landscape buffer width on Thomasville Road from 35 to 20 feet. The motion passed 3-2 with Commissioners Jeremy Matlow and Jack Porter in dissent.
The Commission approved the leave buy-back option for general employees with Commissioners Matlow and Porter in dissent. The buy-back option allows employees to be compensated for benefits they have earned and could lose if they are not used.
The Commission unanimously approved to enter into a long-term guaranteed energy saving performance contract with Energy Savings Group for the implementation of cost saving and energy efficient capital projects at 30 City-owned locations at a cost not to exceed $15 million dollars.