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City Council Meeting Minutes
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April 19, 2016
City of Minneola
Council Meeting
Minneola City Hall
6: 30 P.M.
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The City of Minneola Council Meeting was called to order by Mayor Pat Kelley. Also present
were Vice Mayor Pam Serviss, Councilor Lisa Jones, Councilor Kelly Price, Councilor Joe
Saunders, Scott Gerken ( City Attorney), Mark Johnson ( City Manager), and Christina Stidham
City Clerk).
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A moment of silence was observed, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vice Mayor
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Serviss.
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AGENDA REVIEW
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No changes.
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PUBLIC COMMENT
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Lynn Anoa' i presented a donation on behalf of the WXW Wrestling Family to the City Council
for the Gilliam family.
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Afa Anoa' i mentioned their program for community groups raising money selling tickets for
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wrestling events.
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Platt Loftis &
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Rick Chancey, Waste Pro representatives, presented a proposal for the solid
waste service franchise including upgrades, new equipment, and new services. They requested
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permission to move forward with the franchise agreement.
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Mark Johnson confirmed that he was satisfied with the present service, the rate discussed, and
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the benefit of consistency for the residents.
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City Council discussed the proposal and determined that Waste Pro has reached the City' s
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expectations.
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Wally Szkwarko (resident) spoke about Waste Pro' s services.
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Scott Gerken explained that the City will move forward with the ordinance adoption for a short
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term extension. In the meantime, we can complete the contract negotiations.
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CONSENT AGENDA
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ITEM 1:
City Council Meeting Minutes from April 5, 2016
ITEM 2:
City Council and P & Z Workshop Minutes April 12, 2016
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MOTION by Councilor Jones, SECONDED BY Councilor Price, to approve the consent
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agenda.
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AYE:
Serviss, Jones, Kelley, Price, Saunders
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NAPE: None
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MOTION PASSED:
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COUNCIL DISCUSSION & ACTION ITEMS
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ITEM 3:
Planning and Zoning Commission Reappointment
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MOTION by Vice Mayor Serviss, SECONDED by Councilor Jones to reappoint Ms.
Debbie Flynn to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
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AYE:
Serviss, Jones, Kelley, Price, Saunders
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NAYE: None
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MOTION PASSED: 5 -0
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ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS
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ITEM 4:
Ordinance 2016 -01 —Tree Protection —1st Reading
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Scott Gerken read Ordinance 2016 -01 by title only.
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Scott Gerken explained the Planning and Zoning staff and Commission have recommended
some changes including:
Any tree greater than 6 inches D.B. H. must have a permit or a written determination from
the City stating they are exempt from a permit
Clarify language regarding property improvements to protect trees when possible
Clarify that when a tree permit is obtained properly, no replacement trees will be required
if there are adequate trees on the property for code compliance
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Councilor Jones asked for definitions to be included in the ordinance.
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Mayor Kelley suggested having alternatives to tree replacement on lots.
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Councilor Saunders commented that trees add a lot to the community, but this has become a
complicated issue for residents including property rights concerns. We are over reaching with the
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requirements of trees on private property and the permit requirements to remove trees are too
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complex.
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Vice Mayor Serviss agreed with Councilor Saunders regarding tree removal.
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PUBLIC COMMENT
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Resident Wally Szkwarko spoke regarding the tree issue and suggested making Minneola a
Tree City" in the future.
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Scott Gerken mentioned that the Planning & Zoning Commission had discussed ways to find a
balance between private property rights and the community' s desire to have trees. He said they
felt this proposed tree protection ordinance would be a good balance.
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Councilor Jones commented that trees are a crucial part of the ecosystem and should be
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protected.
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Vice Mayor Serviss said we need to make the process to get a tree removal permit easier.
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Councilor Saunders suggested leaving the current tree ordinance the way it is.
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Nathan Focht, Lake County resident, spoke about water consumption and protecting the water
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table.
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ITEM 5: Ordinance 2016 -02 — Outdoor Vending Machines —1st Reading
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Scott Gerken read Ordinance 2016 -02 by title only.
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Scott Gerken stated it was the opinion of Planning & Zoning Commission that outdoor vending
machines should be prohibited and should be placed only within a structure or building.
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Councilor Saunders commented that there should be a balance between convenience to the
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residents, profitable business, and the appearance of the City.
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Mayor Kelley mentioned buildings being designed to house vending machines within the
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business.
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Vice Mayor Serviss suggested moving all of the vending machines inside the businesses.
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Councilor Jones was concerned with the current businesses not having room to house the
vending machines inside without having to remove other items. She suggested permitting outside
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vending machines rather than prohibiting them.
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More discussion ensued regarding the placement of vending machines including:
Grandfathering in vending machines already within the city
A moratorium on standalone vending machines
Requiring outdoor vending machines have an annual permit and /or business tax receipt
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PUBLIC COMMENT
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There were no comments.
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ITEM 6:
Ordinance 2016 -03 — Right of Way Maintenance Responsibility —1st Reading
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Scott Gerken read Ordinance 2016 -03 by title only.
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Scott Gerken explained that this ordinance requires non -residential property owners must
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maintain the adjacent right of way.
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Council discussed the ordinance and requested that business owners not be responsible for
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sidewalk maintenance unless they damage the sidewalk.
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ITEM 7:
Ordinance 2016 -04 — Urban Backyard Chickens —1st Reading
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Scott Gerken read Ordinance 2016 -04 by title only.
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Scott Gerken explained this is a first step in allowing urban chickens within the City of
Minneola. There are currently less than a dozen properties identified as meeting the 5 acre
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requirement to allow chickens. No roosters will be allowed.
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PUBLIC COMMENT
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Nathan Focht, Lake County resident & local chicken farmer, stated
offered his expertise to answer any questions regarding this subject.
he has 850 chickens and
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Wally Szkwarko, resident, suggested a permit, maximum number of chickens, and coop
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location setbacks be required.
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Scott Gerken explained that this ordinance addresses requiring a permit, the number of chickens
allowed, and the location of the coop on the property.
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ITEM 8:
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Reading
Ordinance 2016 -06 — Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement Amendments —1St
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Scott Gerken read Ordinance 2016 -06 by title only.
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Scott Gerken explained that nothing changes for the City of Minneola, but this ordinance allows
Howey -In- The -Hills and Groveland the ability to annex some additional properties within their
area.
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FINAL PUBLIC COMMENT
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There were no comments.
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REPORTS /COMMENTS
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Mark Johnson reported:
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The Kicking Cancer Kickball Tournament raised $ 3, 000. 00 for the families and $ 400 for
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the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation
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Hideaway Court residents requested to plant shrubs in the City' s right of way
Councilor Price is coordinating with Minneola Elementary 4th graders to plant a butterfly
garden in the community garden and a cleanup Trailhead Park project on Friday, April
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Requested May 2nd off to attend an event in Tallahassee
o Vice Mayor Serviss suggested Mr. Johnson take off May 3' as well
A staff member having difficulty with child transportation is requesting an exception to
the vehicle policy offering to sign a liability release
Oak Valley water rate update
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Vice Mayor Serviss suggested moving the date of the May
19th° so the City Manager and Mayor Kelley could attend.
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meeting to May 10th or May
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After Council discussion, it was decided that the meeting be held on May 3rd as scheduled with
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the absence of Mayor Kelley and Mark Johnson.
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Councilor Jones commented that the kickball event was absolutely phenomenal, and she was so
happy we raised so much money. She is looking forward to next year and the upcoming
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dodgeball event.
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Councilor Saunders asked about the April 14th Code Enforcement Hearing.
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Mark Johnson explained this was the first meeting with the Magistrate. He allowed The Surf
restaurant 90 days to either obtain a variance for the boat or remove it. On the 91 St day fines of
125. 00 a day will begin if it is still out of compliance. The Magistrate also gave The Surf
restaurant 30 days to remove the other two signs. If these are not removed a $ 125. 00 per day fine
will be assessed on the 31St day going forward until removal.
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Scott Gerken asked if Council wanted all of the ordinances read at this meeting to still be
scheduled for the second reading on May 3rd.
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It was the consensus of Council that the ordinances stay on schedule for 2nd readings on May 3,
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2016.
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Vice Mayor Serviss thanked everyone including Lt. Patton for their help with the kickball event
and said they are now working on the Kid Connect event.
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Mark Johnson commented that Lt Patton' s sister took around 500 pictures at the event.
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Councilor Jones thanked residents and Nathan Focht for attending the meeting.
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She asked that a discussion regarding the Trailhead Park playground be an agenda item in May.
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MOTION by Vice Mayor Serviss, SECONDED by Councilor Price to adjourn the meeting.
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AYE: Serviss, Jones, Kelley, Price, Saunders
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NAY: None
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MOTION PASSED: 5 -0
Meeting adjourned at 9: 07 RM.
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Christina Stidham, City Clerk
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