Tallahassee City Commission Meeting Briefs: December 13, 2023

Tallahassee City Commission Meeting Briefs: December 13, 2023

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.

11 Responses to "Tallahassee City Commission Meeting Briefs: December 13, 2023"

  1. The city has never looked better. Jack voted out, and Commissioner Matlow recalled. Their hatchet women are abandoning their sinking ship. They should be prosecuted for the millions they’ve given through the CRA and the City to line the pockets of local “community leaders” and former crooks to buy southside cred / vote. It is amazing that good people say nothing. The silence is deafening.

  2. I am sick of Matlow. Beyond disappointing. Beyond hypocritical. You name someone to the review board who obviously has an agenda. “Malik Ready – Political Advisor – Dream Defenders” You know, Monique Gillum’s Dream Defenders. You know, the Dream Defenders that former Rep. Alan Williams secreted into the capitol building after hours. Yes.

    But he loves him some Biden. All of them do. They will take the day off on your dime to stump for a doddering old fool because, well, he isn’t trump. They will even declare voting day a local government-wide holiday because employees are too ignorant to figure out how to vote in one hour, despite there NEVER having been an issue voting in Leon County. But virtue signal n’ stuff.

    The manipulation, misinformation, and lack of information provided to you should be a crime.
    (see http://www.thefallofminneapolis.com if you don’t belive me)

  3. I watched the last 15 minutes of the meeting and the speakers were using verbal bombs at the council in regard to demanding they call for a ceasefire between Palestinian and Israel. Like the COT’s proclamation would matter. However, I wish one of the members would have said there are 8 American hostages still being held by Hamas, who are murderous killers and must be put down. Israel will get the hostages back, one way or another. I think the Mayor did the right thing.

  4. No mention by TR that the meeting was abruptly ended by Dailey because, in his opinion, the comments from the public speakers did not fit his self-proclaimed “decorum standard.”

    That’s like the little kid taking his football and going home because he was loosing the game.

    Mr. Mayor, “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

    This whole meeting was a “circus.” Shame on Tallahassee!

  5. The city has never looked worse. Reese Goad should resign, Curtis voted out, and Mayor Dailey and Commissioner Williams-Cox recalled. They all should be prosecuted for the multi million dollar stadium seat giveaway in return for kickbacks.

    It is amazing that good men say nothing and the silence is deafening.

  6. “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.”

    THIS is more Proof that you DON’T listen to your Voters.

  7. I thought the “Midtown Stakeholders Committee” were the consultants to create a master plan for Midtown.

    Why not make it where the Fraternity and Sorority Housing must be ON the respective College Campus? Let the Colleges worry about it.

    If it is Cost SAVING and Energy EFFICIENT, then WHY is it costing us $15,000,000? If you don’t implement ANY of the cost savings and energy efficient projects, and continue as is, how long will it be to use up that $15,000,000 on top of the actual Costs? Instead of doing all 30 Properties now, do just ONE. Give them a Check for $100,000 and tell them them to Prove they can Save Costs and make it Energy Efficient and Show it. I will bet, to get that $100,000 Back in Savings will take a lot longer than you think. It always does.

  8. In my opinion, Malik Ready’ anti-police beliefs and past actions will hinder stopping crime. Unlike Portland and Seattle who have learned that anti-police actions lead to out of control crime, Tallahassee leadership doesn’t see it. His past statements linking slavery to not enforcing crime committed by black people today is idiotic. Crime in the black community, across the Country, is a real problem that is getting worse. Pushing Critical Race Theory and Restorative Justice isn’t helping any communities especially the black community. But Tallahassee will have to learn first hand being soft on crime doesn’t work.

  9. Everything is personal with Matlow, one day someone is going to stomp him into a mudhole so he will have something to really cry about. And if Curtis had one hair on his backside…

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