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City Commission Minutes 11-17-2015
MINUTES
CITY COMMISSION MEETING
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
6:30PM

A.  CALL TO ORDER- Mayor Surrency
1.  Invocation- Vice Mayor Howard
2.  Pledge of Allegiance- Commissioner Floyd

B.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Moved to approve the agenda
Motion- Commissioner Bouie      Second- Vice Mayor Howard

Commissioner Bouie
Yes
Commissioner Floyd
Yes
Commissioner Roberts-Cheatham
Yes
Vice Mayor Howard
Yes
Mayor Surrency
Yes
Vote 5-0

C.  RECOGNITIONS & GUESTS
Mayor Surrency recognized and thanked Principle Libby Hartwell for the use of the High School.

D.  COMMITTEE REPORTS/PRESENTATIONS/PROCLAMATIONS- None

E.  CITIZEN COMMENTS- None

F.  ROUTINE ITEMS
1.  City Commission Minutes (November 3, 2015)
Moved to approve the minutes
Motion- Vice Mayor Howard               Second- Commissioner Bouie

Commissioner Bouie
Yes
Commissioner Floyd
Yes
Commissioner Roberts-Cheatham
Yes
Vice Mayor Howard
Yes
Mayor Surrency
Yes
Vote 5-0


2.  Resolution- Sewer Hook Up
The City Commission formalized its position that it has no intention of requiring City or Alachua County residents to hook up to any extension of the City sewer lines as a result of the potential annexation of Plum Creek’s land into the city limits.
City Attorney Hoehn read the Resolution by title only.
Moved to adopt the Resolution
Motion- Commissioner Roberts-Cheatham   Second- Commissioner Floyd

Commissioner Bouie
Yes
Commissioner Floyd
Yes
Commissioner Roberts-Cheatham
Yes
Vice Mayor Howard
Yes
Mayor Surrency
Yes
Vote 5-0

G.  PUBLIC HEARING
SECOND READING
1.  Ordinance 2015-17 A 15-1 Envision Alachua Annexation
Mr. Chris Dougherty of Littlejohn an S&ME Company presented the staff report for the 2nd reading for Ordinance 2015-17 A 15-1 Envision Alachua Annexation.  The annexation does not include the right-a-way of CR2082.

A.  Alachua County Staff Presentation
Mr. Kenneth Zeichner of Alachua County Department of Growth Management presented a report on what Alachua County believe annexing this property would create certain concerns relating to land use compatibility, etc.

B.  Plum Creek Presentation
Mr. Tim Jackson of Plum Creek announced Plum Creek is merging with Wearhouser but he is here to represent Plum Creek only.  Mr. Jackson explained the incentives of annexing this property an expanding the City of Hawthorne boundaries.

Ms. Frances Marino, President of Land by Design, LLC- She reviewed Alachua County Boundary Adjustment Act.  The proposed annexation area is located in the City of Hawthorne reserves area.  In her findings the property does not create enclaves and fully complies with the Boundary Adjustment Act.

Mr. Lowell Garrett, ACP Senior Planner of EDA in Gainesville- Agree with the responses from Ms. Frances Marino that the annexation fully complies with the Boundary Adjustment Act.

Citizen comments on the Envision Alachua Annexation Ordinance 2015-17
Mr. Gib Coerper
Mr. Steve Oelrich
Mr. Jeff Knee
Mr. Robert Richardson
Mrs. Heather Surrency Bristow
Mr. Kamal Latham
Ms. Susan Baird
Ms. Lauri Newsom
Pastor Joseph Lewis

Moved to adopt the Ordinance for annexation A 15-1 Envision Alachua Ordinance 2015-17 on 2nd Reading.
Motion- Commissioner Floyd              Second- Vice Mayor Howard
City Attorney Hoehn read the Ordinance by title only.

Commissioner Bouie
Yes
Commissioner Floyd
Yes
Commissioner Roberts-Cheatham
Yes
Vice Mayor Howard
Yes
Mayor Surrency
Yes
Vote 5-0

2.  Ordinance 2015-16 EA-Hawthorne Comprehensive Plan Amendments
Mr. Chris Dougherty of Littlejohn an S&ME Company gave the staff report on the 2nd reading of Ordinance 2015-16 for EA-Hawthorne Comprehensive Plan Amendments with the proposed changes to the original amendments.  Littlejohn staff recommends approval of the EA-Hawthorne Comprehensive Plan Amendments (Power point presentation on file)

A.  Alachua County Staff Presentation
Mr. Ben Chumley, Senior Planner with Alachua County Growth Department, summarized major issues Alachua County has with the EA-Hawthorne Comprehensive Plan Amendments. (Power point presentation on file)

Mr. Stephen Hofstetter, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department explained how Alachua County thinks the EA-Hawthorne Comprehensive Plan will adversely affect water use in Alachua County. (Power point presentation on file)

Mayor Surrency questioned Mr. Chumley about the funding of Fire Services in Alachua County.  In section i.5.1 The City of Hawthorne Commission is more than happy to change that language to show Alachua County we are more than happy to work with them.  Mayor Surrency asked for any suggested language changes from Alachua County staff.  

Alachua County staff suggested to amend the language in i.5.1 to read as follows; “any extensions of water and sewer lines into the unincorporated rural agriculture area would require approval by the Board of County Commissioners based on policies in the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan”.  

B.  Plum Creek Presentation
Mr. Tim Jackson of Plum Creek gave the Comprehensive Plan Amendment results.  If approved it will attract small and large industries that will bring jobs to the eastside of Alachua County.  It will also add more tax base inside the city and bring in more revenue to the City of Hawthorne.  This property is defined in the County Comprehensive Plan to be urban which was adopted in Alachua County Resolution 06-10.
Citizen comments on EA-Hawthorne Comprehensive Plan Amendments Ordinance 2015-16
Ms. Cheryl Haufler
Ms. Memree Stuart

Moved to adopt Ordinance 2015-16 EA-Hawthorne Comprehensive Plan Amendments with the noted changes on 2nd reading.
Motion- Vice Mayor Howard               Second- Commissioner Roberts-Cheatham
City Attorney Hoehn read the Ordinance by title only.

Commissioner Bouie
Yes
Commissioner Floyd
Yes
Commissioner Roberts-Cheatham
Yes
Vice Mayor Howard
Yes
Mayor Surrency
Yes
Vote 5-0

H.  DISCUSSION ITEMS
1.  Old Theatre
The old theatre is being sold for taxes.  The opening bid is $8700.00.  It has termite damage and staff recommends not to purchase.
Moved to do nothing and take no action.
Motion- Vice Mayor Howard               Second- Commissioner Bouie

Commissioner Bouie
Yes
Commissioner Floyd
Yes
Commissioner Roberts-Cheatham
Yes
Vice Mayor Howard
Yes
Mayor Surrency
Yes
Vote 5-0

I.  CITIZEN COMMENTS- None

J.  REPORTS/ANNOUNCEMENTS/INFORMATION
1.  City Manager Vause- None
2.  City Attorney Hoehn- None
3.  City Commission
Commissioner Roberts-Cheatham- None
Commissioner Floyd- None
Commissioner Bouie- Thank you to everyone that came out.
Vice Mayor Howard- None
4.  Mayor Surrency- None

K.  ADJOURN 2 9:30PM

These minutes are submitted for approval.


                                                                                        
LaKesha H. McGruder, CMC                        Matthew Surrency, Mayor
City Clerk