Five Things to Know About City Council's Thursday Agenda
Increased parking fees, rejected bids for dredging and the City Hall Annex project and more.
City Council has a full agenda (see revised agenda) for its public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 12) in Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall. But here are five agenda items that might be of special interest:
- City Council will consider an amended ordinance (first of two readings) that would raise public parking fees. Under the proposed ordinance, the maximum summertime fee in municipal parking lots climbs from $15 to $20. Parking meter fees in the downtown area would double — from 25 cents per hour to 25 cents per half-hour (and the maximum parking time would change from two hours to three hours). The proposed ordinance also would add meters on the 1300 blocks of Asbury and West avenues.
- City Council will consider an amended ordinance (first of two readings) that would change certain police and fire department fees — including smoke detector inspections (reduced from $125 to $100), ambulance service (increased by $50), boat ramp fees and airport fees.
- City Council will consider a resolution rejecting bids for a dredging contract. City Council President Michael Allegretto said the specifications of the bid request had to be reworded. But he said the city still hopes to start dredging lagoon mouths (between 17th Street and Waterway) in June.
- (UPDATE: This resolution was removed from the agenda at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 10) ... (UPDATE: This resolution was resubmitted at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11) City Council will consider a resolution rejecting bids for the design and construction of a modular building at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Allegretto said the city received two bids that were higher than what the city had budgeted for the project. He said he anticipates the debate over what to do with the property at the prime downtown intersection will continue (now that City Hall Annex has been demolished). Meanwhile, work crews at the site on Monday were removing underground gas tanks at the former site of a gas station (see photo above).
- City Council will vote to reappoint Stanley Pszczolkowski to the Ethics Board, giving the six-seat local volunteer board a fourth member and the quorum it needs to continue work.
(Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that a proposed ordinance would add parking meters to only one side of the 1300 block of West Avenue.)