Below are the Tallahassee City Commission news briefs from the January 17, 2024 meeting.
The Commission approved a number of consent items including a grant award to provide $320,000 in funding for mountain bike trail improvements at Tom Brown Park.
The Commission unanimously accepted the 2022-2023 annual report on the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CSWG). The CSWG Chair noted that CSWG would be returning to the Commission with policy recommendations. She said main policy recommendations currently in process include maternity policies, childcare access and affordability, mental health of women and girls, menstruation hygiene supplies accessibility and more.
The Commission reviewed a proposed ordinance to revise the definition of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to allow for an ADU to have a unique address and utility connection from that of the principal residence on the property, improving the feasibility of using it as rental housing and making it a more appealing investment for property owners to pursue. The Commission unanimously voted to not introduce the ordinance and gather further information.
The Commission unanimously authorized the City Manager to finalize negotiations and execute the necessary agreements with “Wawa” for the lease and development of airport property and facilities at the Tallahassee International Airport. The fiscal impact of this item is $7 million in investment plus an additional $5.7 million in Airport Lease Revenue to the Aviation Operating Fund over the term of the agreement.
The Commission unanimously authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute two FY2023-2024 grant agreements with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the Spring Restoration Grant and Water Quality Grant totaling $11,752,207 for the Southside Triangle septic to sewer expansion project. These grant agreements provide funding to design and construct sanitary sewer mains where sewer service is not available within areas of the Southside Triangle.
The Commission unanimously approved an employment agreement with Amy Toman for the position of City Attorney. The proposed agreement provides for an annual salary of $230,048, severance pay of 20 weeks, use of a City automobile during the term of the agreement, and the City’s contribution to Ms. Toman’s retirement account in the maximum amount permitted annually for deferral.