Palm Coast City Council Business Meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at 9 a.m.

Topics include Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month, Employee Recognitions, and Cultural Arts grants.

The Palm Coast City Council meets regularly to discuss and vote on official City business. These meetings are open to the public and Palm Coast residents are strongly encouraged to attend. An increase in public engagement helps to build a stronger sense of community, increases valuable discussions, and decreases division.

A business meeting will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Details of the items on the agenda are listed below.

  • The Palm Coast City Council will present a proclamation for Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month at the request of the International Multiple Myeloma Foundation. Palm Coast has recognized this month for the past eight years through the efforts of Jenny Hack, a local resident who lived her most beautiful life until February 2020. Ms. Hack courageously continued to provide comfort and kindness as an ambassador for the Palm Coast Multiple Myeloma Support Group.
  • The Communications & Marketing Department will present an Employee Recognition video highlighting employees of the City of Palm Coast who have gone beyond the scope of their job to assist residents and our community.
  • The Financial Services Department will present a resolution to approve the annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021. The annual audit was completed by James Moore & Co., P.L. James Halleran, CPA and Webb Sheppard, CPA from James Moore & Co., P.L. will present the audit report for review and acceptance by City Council.
  • The Parks & Recreation Department will present a resolution to approve an additional applicant for the Cultural Arts Grant for fiscal year 2021-2022. Earlier in this Fiscal Year 2021-2022, the City accepted twelve grantees to support their programs and events for the citizens of Palm Coast. After approving the FY 2022 recipients, one grantee withdrew their application, leaving those grantee funds available. Similar to 2015, on March 1, 2022, the Cultural Arts Team reviewed an additional grantee application. Staff will present a recommendation for Council’s consideration at this meeting.
  • The Planning Division will present a resolution to approve the St. Joe Canal partial right-of-way vacation. B. Paul Katz as Manager of Equity Holding Company of Flagler, LLC who owns the 2.5 +/- acre-developed property at 1 Florida Park Drive South has submitted a petition to vacate the northerly 50 feet of the 100-foot wide St. Joe Canal right-of-way adjacent to the south boundary line of their property. City staff has analyzed the request and determined the City has sufficient right-of-way for any future drainage improvements and any widening of Palm Coast Parkway SE.
  • The Stormwater & Engineering Department will present a resolution to approve the submission of a Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) grant application for the construction of Phase A, Part 3 providing water access at Waterfront Park. On April 7, 2020, City Council gave approval to submit a grant application to further enhance the recreational uses within the park and contiguous waterways, a non-motorized boat access through a floating pier structure, shoreline stabilization and dredging activities are proposed for the park. The improvements are associated with a larger conceptual plan to expand parking and traffic circulation within the site.
  • The Stormwater & Engineering Department will present a resolution approving a work order with England-Thims & Miller Inc for engineering services for an east-west connector feasibility study. The Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) runs north/south just west of US-1, bisecting Palm Coast. There are approximately 12,000 acres of land within the City limits and west of the railroad tracks, with limited access. The City believes that one or more western roadway extensions are needed to provide additional access to this western portion of the City to promote economic opportunities. Transportation access to the west is part of the Northeast Florida Regional Council’s 2022 Legislative Priorities as adopted by City Council.
  • The Utility Department will present a resolution approving a work order with CPH Inc to provide engineering services to replace the oxygen generator with a liquid oxygen (LOX) system. The City of Palm Coast Water Treatment Plant (WTP) No.3 operates an Ozone system to treat the concentrate stream for color reduction prior to sending the concentrate to WTP No.1 for potable water production. The Ozone system utilizes oxygen generated from an oxygen generator which has been costly regarding maintenance and service. After thorough research and comparisons, City staff determined to replace the oxygen generator with a liquid oxygen (LOX) system located at WTP No.3. This would be the best long term decision for maintenance.
  • The Community Development Department will present the results of the Fair Housing Assessment. The most obvious observation is that the City continues to grow at a robust phase. Between 2010 and 2020, the City grew at an average annual rate of 2.33% or about 25% over the decade. The comparison indicates that Palm Coast fares comparatively with the region as a whole, other than Transit Index, Low Transportation Cost Index, and Jobs Proximity Index. The lower score compared to the region is likely an indication of the lack of fixed transit routes within Flagler County/Palm Coast and the need for a greater number of the labor force to commute to other areas.
  • The Planning Division will present a resolution approving the affordable housing incentives report for the state housing initiatives partnership program. As required by State Statutes every three years, the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), who serves as the advisory board for the SHIP program, shall review and recommend incentive strategies to promote affordable housing as required by Florida Statutes Chapter 420.9076. After the preparation of a report on the local housing incentives, the local government shall incorporate the local housing incentive strategies into the Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) for the SHIP Program.
  • The City Manager will present Emergency and Sole Source purchases for February 2022. In accordance with Sec 2.25 of Chapter 2, Article 1 Division 3 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Palm Coast (Procurement Policy), the City Manager reports these purchases to City Council.

Public Comments will be opened at the beginning and end of the business meeting in accordance with Section 286.0114 Florida Statutes and pursuant to the City Council’s Meeting Policies and Procedures. Each speaker will approach the podium, provide his/her name and may speak for up to 3 minutes.

Meetings of the Palm Coast City Council typically occur three times per month. A 6 p.m. business meeting on the first Tuesday of the month, a 9 a.m. workshop meeting on the second Tuesday of the month, and a 9 a.m. business meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. All meetings take place in the Community Wing at City Hall at 160 Lake Avenue in Palm Coast.

Business meetings and workshops are open to the public and are streamed live on the City’s YouTube channelMeeting agendas for all public meetings are posted in advance of each meeting on the City’s websiteAll agendas can be viewed here.

If you wish to obtain more information regarding the City Council’s agenda, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 386-986-3713. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing assistance to participate in any of these proceedings should contact the City Clerk at 386-986-3713, at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

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The Authors

Brittany Kershaw

Director of Communications & Marketing