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Comments on agenda items should be submitted via email to
cityclerk@cityoffortpierce.com; comments must include your name and address to be read into the record.   The City Clerk will read all comments on agenda items submitted by the deadline. Please note that the decorum policy applies to both written and oral comments and all comments shall be limited to 3 minutes as read by the City Clerk.

C I T Y  O F  F O R T  P I E R C E
CITY COMMISSION AGENDA
 

Regular Meeting - Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 6:00 p.m.
City Hall - City Commission Chambers, 100 North U.S. #1, Fort Pierce, Florida
 
             
1.   CALL TO ORDER
 
2.   OPENING PRAYER - Reverend Ellis E. Brust, St. Andrews Episcopal Church 
 
3.   PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 
4.   ROLL CALL
 
5.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES
 
a.   Approval of Minutes from August 17, 2020 Regular Meeting Click to View
 
6.   PROCLAMATIONS
 
a.   Hunger Action Month Proclamation Click to View
 
b.   Constitution Week Proclamation being received by Linda Gallup.  Click to View
 
c.   Suicide Prevention Awareness Month  Click to View
 
d.   Proclamation recognizing Jeremy Pittman, Jr.  Click to View
 
7.   LETTERS TO COMMISSION
 
a.   Letter from Gary L. Robinson, Unit Manager, Staff Inspections/Accreditation Professional Compliance Bureau, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office commending Mr. Akeem Johnson, Accreditaton Manager, for his professionalism and exceptional representation of the Fort Pierce Police Department as a member of the Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department accreditation on-site assessment team. Click to View
 
b.   Thank you note from Joan Friedman, Executive Director and Holly Theuns, Grants and Marketing Manager, thanking Public Works Department employees: Troy Hall, Chris Dimaiio, Michael Amelca and Jose Sanchez for removing a fallen tree so that Heathcote Botanical Gardens could reopen to the public. Click to View
 
c.   Letter from Hortense Spivey, Hortense/ Mills Memorial Funeral Home, thanking Fort Pierce Investigator Clark and the Police Officers, who assisted with picking up the deceased from a residence, for their professionalism and compassion shown to the family.  Click to View
 
8.   COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON AGENDA ITEMS NOT REQUIRING PUBLIC HEARINGS

Any person who wishes to comment on an agenda item which is not under Public Hearings on the Agenda may be heard at this time and must sign up to speak in advance. Please limit your comments to three (3) minutes or less, as directed by the Mayor, as this section of the Agenda is limited to thirty minutes. The City Commission will not be able to take any official actions under Comments from the Public. Speakers will address the Mayor, Commissioners, and the Public with respect. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated.
 
9.   ADDITIONS OR DELETIONS TO AGENDA AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA
 
10.   MISCELLANEOUS REPORTS
 
a.   Presentation by CEO, Will Armstead, and COO, Melanie Wiles, of the partnership efforts with the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County. Click to View
 
b.   Presentation of Arts and Culture Advisory Board's recommendation to display donated 9/11 artifacts in a display case at the River Walk Center.   Click to View
 
c.   Monthly Financial Report for the Month Ending July 31, 2020 Click to View
 
11.   CONSENT AGENDA
 
a.   Approve request by the Fort Pierce Police Department to accept an award from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Oriented Policing Hiring Grant (COPS-HR) in the amount of $1,250,000.00 to hire 10 additional officers. The Department will modify the grant, once accepted, and utilize 50% of the original award to hire 5 officers. An email from the COPS Office is included explaining that the modification will be allowed. Click to View
 
b.   Approve acceptance of the AARP Community Challenge Grant and Memorandum of Understanding in the amount of $10,000 to assist residents 55 years and older in obtaining access to laptop computers or tablets to assist in navigating online benefits and to provide socialization through the RICH (Resources In Community Hope) House in the Lincoln Park neighborhood specifically and beyond. Click to View
 
c.   Approval of traffic equipment purchase from Econolite Group Inc. of Jacksonville, FL in the amount of $79,400.00. Click to View
 
d.   Approve awarding the bid for Property & Casualty Insurance, RFP #2020-027, to the Florida League of Cities thru Florida Municipal Insurance Trust (FMIT) in the amount of $2,092,411.00 representing a savings of $183,276.00. Click to View
 
e.   Approve award of Banking Services RFP #2020-005 to Center State Bank.  Click to View
 
f.   Approve of Florida Housing Finance Corporation Subrecipient Agreement to receive Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocation in the amount of $183,812.00. Click to View
 
12.   PUBLIC HEARINGS

Any Public Comment on these Public Hearing items, if not being offered in person, should be submitted by noon on the day of the meeting using the Sworn Public Comment Form which is available on the city's website at:  http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/DocumentCenter/View/8741/Sworn-Public-Comment-for-Public-Hearings
 
a.   POSTPONED TO 9/21/2020 MEETING AT REQUEST OF APPLICANT.  Quasi-Judicial Hearing - Review and approval of an application for Final Plat, submitted by Property Owner and Applicant, Lennar Homes, Inc., to subdivide approximately 23.32 acres of land for a portion of a Planned Unit Development lying in Section 7, Township 35 South, Range 40 East, City of Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida, being a replat of Tract "B-2," Bent Creek Master Plat, as recorded in Plat Book 47, Pages 9 through 14, Public Records of St. Lucie County, Florida. The property is zoned Planned Development (PD). Parcel ID: 2407-700-0026-000-2. Click to View
 
b.   Legislative Hearing - Ordinance 20-020 Amending Chapter 2, Police Officers Retirement/Pension Funds making appropriate changes to the Plan in order to maintain the Plan's tax qualified status.   FIRST READING Click to View
 
c.   Legislative Hearing - Ordinance 20-021 - extending the territorial limits of the City of Fort Pierce, to include a 1.50 acre unaddressed parcel abutting 3280 South 25th Street in Fort Pierce, Florida. SECOND READING Click to View
 
d.   Legislative Hearing - Ordinance 20-022 - Amending Chapter 103, Article IX, Section 103-343 - Clean and Safe Community Initiative.  FIRST READING Click to View
 
13.   CITY COMMISSION
 
a.   Resolution 20-R40 appointing members to the Police Community Advisory Board. Click to View
 
b.   Resolution 20-R41 accepting returns for the August 18, 2020 primary election. Click to View
 
c.   Submittal of applications for consideration for appointment to the Fort Pierce Utilities Board filling an at-large position. Click to View
 
d.   Submittal of applications to serve on the Communitywide Council Click to View
 
e.   Submittal of applications to fill a vacancy on the Board of Examiners of Contractors. Click to View
 
14.   COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC

Any person who wishes to comment on any subject may be heard at this time. Please limit your comments to three (3) minutes or less, as directed by the Mayor, as this section of the Agenda is limited to thirty minutes. The City Commission will not be able to take any official actions under Comments from the Public. Speakers will address the Mayor, Commissioners, and the Public with respect. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated.
 
15.   COMMENTS FROM THE CITY MANAGER
 
a.   Reports Click to View
 
16.   COMMENTS FROM THE COMMISSION
 
17.   ADJOURNMENT

Immediately following adjournment, please move toward the doors and exit the chambers.   This allows for the safe and courteous exit of all persons, and those on the dais.  Conversations after the meeting should be held outside of chambers, in the foyer or elsewhere, but not in the commission chambers where lights will be out as soon as the chambers are empty.
 
 
Pursuant to Sec. 2-49, Fort Pierce Code of Ordinances, persons desiring to place an item on the agenda may make written request to the city manager no later than 5:00 p.m. fifteen (15) days preceding the regular city commission meeting. Such request must state the subject matter of the individual's appearance and should include any background materials pertinent to the issue. The city manager shall review the request to determine if the item might be handled administratively or whether the subject matter is an item of city business. If appropriate, the city manager shall submit the item for placement on the agenda to the city clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. ten (10) days preceding the regular city commission meeting. The mayor may impose a time limitation of five (5) minutes, or allow such additional time he or she determines necessary and appropriate for such person to make presentation. All reports, communications, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, documents or other materials to be submitted to the commission shall, no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday prior to each meeting, be delivered to the city clerk and furnish each member thereof with a copy of the same prior to the regular meeting.

Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, the City hereby advises you that if you or another person decide to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at its meeting or hearing, that you or said person will need a record of the proceedings, and that for such purpose, affected persons may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.  This notice does not constitute consent by the City for the introduction or admission into evidence of otherwise inadmissible or irrelevant evidence, nor does it authorize challenges or appeals not otherwise allowed by law. 

 

    

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