BRADENTON – At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, long-term flooding issues in the Village of the Arts area and its economic effects were brought up during public comments. A first reading for an ordinance proposing to impound cars in which illicit and lewd activity takes place was approved unanimously, as were Special Use Permits for operating a daycare center on 7th Street East and a lounge on State Road 64 East, respectively.
1. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Invocation by Pastor Tom Winter of Elwood Park Baptist Church.
- Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month – May 2013 City Clerk Callahan gave the proclamation for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month on behalf of Mayor Wayne Poston. Representatives from Manatee County Youth Coalition, Healthy Teens Coalition, Manatee County Health Department, Manatee County Substance Coalition were present to officially request that the council proclaim the month of May TPPM.
- Salvation Army Week – May 12-18, 2013 Callahan gave the proclamation recognizing Salvation Army Week. Regional Coordinator for Salvation Army Manatee. Dwayne Durham was present, and thanked the council. “This year we celebrate 90 years of ministry, and we're grateful for all of the support we've received over the years ... and we look forward to the future.”
Callahan also proclaimed May 15 for Police Officers' Memorial Day and the week of May 12-18 as Police Week. Retiring Deputy Chief Keith Davis Davis accepted the proclamation.
4. ADMINISTERING THE OATH
5. CITIZEN COMMENTS Kimberly Hoffman, resident and business owner of Charisma Cafe and Art in the Village of the Arts, spoke to council members about the chronic flooding problems the Village has experienced "for the past 7 years." Full story to follow.
6. CONSENT AGENDA (passed unanimously)
a) Resolution 13-17: SHIP rehabilitation of a single-family home.
b) Resolution 13-18: CDBG rehabilitation of a single-family home.
c) Minutes: April 10 City Council meeting.
d) Request to authorize the Mayor to execute a contract with Mega Waters Inc. for upgrades to the City’s ASR degasification system.
e) Public Event: 2013 Florida Neighborhoods Conference on July 11 at Riverwalk. (Requested to be removed from consent agenda for discussion purposes. Motion to approve item passed unanimously)
7. BUSINESS/ADVERTISING, PETITIONS, HEARINGS AND COMMUNICATIONS
ORDINANCE 2949 FIRST READING (First hearing passed unanimously. Public hearing scheduled for meeting on May 22)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRADENTON, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 54, ARTICLE IV, IMPOUNDMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES BY REPEALING SUCH ARTICLE IV IN ITS ENTIRETY AND ADOPTING A NEW ARTICLE IV RELATING TO IMPOUNDMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES USED TO FACILITATE CERTAIN CRIMES INCLUDING PROSTITUTION ASSIGNATION, LEWDNESS OR SOLICITATION OF SAME OR UNNATURAL OR LASCIVIOUS ACTS OR EXPOSURE OF SEXUAL ORGANS OR CONTAINING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AS DEFINED IN FLORIDA STATUTE 893.02 AND 893.03 OR COMMISSION OF ANY VIOLATION OF CHAPTER 893 OF THE FLORIDA STATUES AS AMENDED; PROVIDING FOR DEFINITIONS; PROVIDING FOR EXCEPTIONS, PROVIDING PROCEDURES; PROVIDING FOR PRELIMINARY HEARING AND ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES; PROVIDING ADMINISTRATIVE FINES AND FINAL HEARINGS; PROVIDING FOR POSSIBLE SETTLEMENTS; PROVIDING FOR APPEALS; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
SU.13.00102 WARD 5 NEIGHBORHOOD 7.03 PUBLIC HEARING (passed unanimously)
Request of Terri Curry, agent for Leonard McCue, owner, for a Special Use Permit allowing a Day Care Facility at 607 7th Street East (zoned T5).
Terri Curry, agent for Mr. McCue, and Cynthia Fobb, serving as consultant, requested the council pass the Special Use Permit. Business owner Chester Scott, owner of the property adjacent to the project, was also present to support approval of the Permit.
SA.13.00025 WARD 4 NEIGHBORHOOD 20.04 PUBLIC HEARING (passed unanimously)
Request of Ed Smith, agent for Ronald Benderson 1995 Trust, owner, for a Special Use Permit to operate a Lounge at 4402 State Road 64 East (zoned SCC).
AB.13.00025 WARD 4 NEIGHBORHOOD 20.04 PUBLIC HEARING (passed unanimously)
Request of Ed Smith, agent for Ronald Benderson 1995 Trust, owner, for a 4-COP Alcohol Beverage License for use at a Lounge at 4402 State Road 64 East (zoned SCC).
8. NEW BUSINESS BY DEPARTMENT HEADS, CITY ATTORNEY AND COUNCIL
Councilman Gene Brown said he recently had an opportunity to work with the Bradenton Police Department, and stated they and Police Cheif Radzilowski “are doing a great job.”
Councilman Patrick Roff praised last week’s well-attended 4th Annual Bar Camp held in Bradenton, noting that attendees were techies and entrepreneurs, “the type of people we want (coming to the city.)”
Councilman Bemis Smith spoke of activities he saw at the Riverwalk on Tuesday night, saying the skate park probably had 30 people, and softball and volleyball players were in the park as well. “It’s amazing, the youth we get down there...I want to commend Claude (Tankersley, Public Works Director) for continuing to improve it,” he said.
9. BUSINESS BY APPOINTMENT
10. COUNCIL REPORTS
11. DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS