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SJC BCC Action Item Report – April 2, 2013 Meeting

Highlighted Action Items from the April 2, 2013 St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting:St_Johns_County

Retirement Recognitions

  • Special Retirement presentations were made for:
  • Library Services employee, William “Bill” Anderson
  • Purchasing Director, Joe Burch
  • Public Works Director, Joe Stephenson

Proclamations

  • The Board proclaimed April 2013 as Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • The Board proclaimed April 2013 as Motorcycle Safety Month
  • The Board proclaimed April 2013 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Regular Agenda Item One A – Northrop Grumman Economic Development Grant Application

The St. Johns County Economic Development Agency recently received an application from Project Green, also known as Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, for economic development incentives to construct three manufacturing and office buildings to serve as its new Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence. The project represents a proposed expansion of an existing operation, currently located at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport within St. Johns County. It was noted the company intends to maintain their estimated 1,100 employees and hire 400 new employees within the next four years at a minimum of 125% above the County’s average wage. The Board moved to instruct the County Attorney to prepare the grant agreement.

Regular Agenda Item One – Funding of Debt Service Reserve Subaccounts for the PV Utility System

Originally, Financial Security Assurance Inc. (FSA) provided a Reserve Subaccount Insurance Policy in the amount of $2,019,100.00 for the Series 2006 Bonds and a Reserve Subaccount Insurance Policy in the amount of

$2,130,643.76 for the Series 2007 Bonds, which amounts equal the maximum annual debt service on such Bonds. FSA was acquired by Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp. (AGMC) in 2008. Recently, Moody’s Investor Service has downgraded AGMC from Aa3 to A2. As a result of the ratings downgrade of AGMC, Resolution No. 006-21, as amended and restated by Resolution No. 2007-360, adopted by the County authorizing the issuance of the Series 2006 Bonds and the Series 2007 Bonds (the “Bond Resolution”), requires that the Ponte Vedra Utility System fund Debt Service Reserve Subaccounts for the Series 2006 Bonds and the Series 2007 Bonds, in the manner provided in the Bond Resolution, in amounts equal to the maximum annual debt service on such

Bonds. The Board approved a resolution authorizing the cash funding of a Debt Service Reserve Subaccount for the Series 2006 Bonds and the cash funding of a Debt Service Reserve Subaccount for the Series 2007 Bonds, with such funding to come from existing legally available reserves of the Ponte Vedra Utility System.

Regular Agenda Item Two – Rezone 2012-10, Boardwalk

The Board was presented with a request to rezone 1.07 acres of land from planned unit development to commercial general. The subject property is located just north of the State Road 16 and I-95 interchange. The Planning and Zoning Agency issued a unanimous recommendation of approval to the Board at the February 21 meeting. The Board enacted an ordinance approving the rezoning of the property.

Regular Agenda Item Three – Planned Unit Development 2012-02, Mill Creek Plantation

The Board was presented with a request to rezone 37 acres of property on the north side of Greenbriar Road from open rural to lanned unit development in order to develop a 41 lot subdivision. The Planning and Zoning Agency issued a unanimous recommendation of approval to the Board at the February 7 meeting. The Board enacted an ordinance approving the rezoning of the property.

Regular Agenda Item Four – Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Amendment 2013-01, Irriscape

The Board was presented with a request for a small scale comprehensive plan amendment (CPA SS) to amend the future land use map from rural silviculture to intensive commercial. The subject property contains approximately 3.73 acres located at 11390 U.S. 1 North and was developed with the now closed Irriscape Landscape Maintenance Business. Staff noted the intensive commercial future land use designation would

create consistency between the future land use designation and the zoning of the property. The Planning and Zoning Agency recommended approval to the Board at the March 7 meeting. The Board enacted an ordinance approving the CPA SS.

Regular Agenda Item Five – Amendment of Ordinance 2008-45, Summer Haven

Ordinance 2008-45 discontinued a temporary moratorium on certain building permits with a portion of the particular area of St. Johns County known as Summer Haven. The County recently approved a settlement arrangement making section 3 of ordinance 2008-45 inapplicable. In an effort to sunset ordinances or provisions that are superseded, ineffective, or no longer necessary, the Board approved an ordinance repealing section 3 of ordinance 2008-45.

Regular Agenda Item Six – Consideration of the County Attorney Contract

The County Attorney contract was scheduled to expire October 15, 2013. The Board authorized the Chairman to execute a new 4-year employment contract on behalf of the County with Patrick F. McCormack, as County Attorney of St. Johns County.

Regular Agenda Item Seven – Transfer of VCB Reserve Funds for Advertising

This item was previously designated as consent agenda item seven. The Visitor’s Convention Bureau (VCB) presented the Board with a request to transfer funds from category I – VCB reserve and category I – VCB contingency reserve to fund VCB advertising efforts for the 500th anniversary of St. Augustine. The Board approved the transfer of funds.

Regular Agenda Item Eight – Acceptance of U.S. Department of HUD Small Cities CDBG Grant Award

This item was previously designated as consent agenda item nine. Staff presented the Board with a request to accept a U.S. Department of HUD grant award in the amount of $750,000 for development of infrastructure improvements for the Silver Creek Assisted Living Facility. It was noted Silver Creek would be located along the State Road 207 corridor, offering future patrons convenient and timely access to medical and social service facilities and other daily amenities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Real Estate

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Outdoors

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