Tallahassee City Commission Meeting Briefs: February 7, 2024

Tallahassee City Commission Meeting Briefs: February 7, 2024

Below are the Tallahassee City Commission meeting briefs from the February 7, 2024 meeting.

Captain Allen Willis Jr. was recognized as the Career Firefighter of the Year. He oversees special operations for TFD, has worked with the urban search and rescue team since its inception, and has been with TFD for 21 years.

The Commission authorized the Mayor to execute agreements for the 2023 State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP), thereby accepting Federal Grant No. EMW-2023-SS-00058-S01. These two agreements will provide $211,858 of continued funding for the Mutual Aid Radio Communications (MARC2) equipment and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) special operations teams.

The Commission considered a contract extension for pipeline capacity with Florida Gas Transmission Company and to authorize the City Manager, or Designee, to execute the contract. City Commissioner Matlow asked about the plan to offset the use of natural gas to renewable energy due to climate change considerations and was concerned about the timeframe to consider the contract extension. Commissioner asked about the plan to phase out the use of natural gas. The Commission voted 3-2 to extend the contract. Porter & Matlow voted against the motion, preferring to delay action.

The Commission voted 5-0 to approve a request from the Office of the President, Florida A&M University, that the City waive all facility rental fees associated with the use of Cascades Park and the Parkview for the Harambee Festival, which will be held on February 24, 2024.  These fees are estimated to total $2,165 for the event. 

As this request falls outside of the policies and procedures for the provision of in-kind services for public events as outlined in the City’s Special Events Policy 610, Commission approval is requested.

The Commission voted 5-0 to schedule a public hearing for an application requests to change the zoning classification from the Critical Planning Area (CPA) zoning district to the Open Space (OS) zoning district on a 50-acre parcel (proposed Northeast Park) located on the southeastern side of the Centerville Road and Killimore Lane intersection. The applicant is the Leon County Real Estate Division.

The Commission voted 5-0 to terminate the Inclusionary Housing Agreement for the Canopy Planned Unit Development due to an amended state law in 2019. The amended law provides that if a city requires that a developer provide affordable housing at below market rates, the city “must provide incentives to fully offset all costs to the developer of its affordable housing contribution.”  The staff noted the City cannot identify incentives which have been realized to fully offset the costs of the inclusionary housing. 

The Commission heard an update on the 2024 Florida Legislative session, which convened on Monday, January 9, 2024, and runs through Friday, March 8, 2024. Dr. Thomas Whitley, Strategic Innovation, stated that the main concern for the City was legislation that threatened municipal revenue sources. Immediate concerns are required referendums for property tax increases and increases in the homestead exemption.

The Commission heard an update on the charter review process which is ongoing. A report is anticipated to be delivered to the city commission sometime in March.

5 Responses to "Tallahassee City Commission Meeting Briefs: February 7, 2024"

  1. Has anyone noticed that these Commissars are so clueless, they had to draw a straight line on the ground so they’d know where to stand? Smh…

  2. The climate changes at my house on a nearly constant basis as a result of two scientific realities:

    1. Menopause
    2. Thermostat

    I even feel my globes warming every time I turn on the seat heaters in my F-250

  3. For Decades you have been pushing Builders to use Gas Appliances in all their Homes, the City for well over a Decade have been giving Incentives to People who switch to Gas and NOW, you are wanting to end Gas use in Homes. Doesn’t the City even have Vehicles that run on Natural Gas still?

    What it costs to build the Cheapest House possible, any House Hold making under $60,000 a Year surely can not afford to buy a new House. So stop using the term “Affordable Housing” and go back to using “Subsidized Housing”, because that’s what it really is.

  4. Citizens should know that Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox, Mayor Dailey, and Curtis Richardson are attempting to misuse their positions (again) to weaponize TPD to take action against political opponents, (Commissioners O’Keefe and Matlow).

    Citizens should be aware that there is a divide on the city commission whereby Mayor Dailey, Commissioners William-Cox and Richardson take bundled contributions from developers whose projects are not always up to aesthetic or engineering standards. This has had a devastating effect on Tallahassee where these three commissioners put their special interests before the citizens. They are supposed to protect and serve not misuse their positions in an attempt to weaponize a law enforcement agency.

    Again, there is a breakdown because there is a weak city manager who is unqualified and led by special interests, is fiscally, irresponsible and doling out inappropriate salary increases, and numerous other misuses of office to carry over the corruption. .

    Another reason why there needs to be an immediate change and a nationwide search for a competent, unencumbered, qualified city manager.

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