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                                MINUTES OF THE
                        REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING
                           NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA
                           TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
                         CITY HALL, COUNCIL CHAMBERS
              5919 MAIN STREET, NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA 34652
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              ROLL CALL

            The meeting was called to order by Deputy Mayor Bob Consalvo at 7 p.m.
         Those in attendance were Deputy Mayor Bob Consalvo, Councilwoman Marilynn
         deChant, Councilman Rob Marlowe, and Councilwoman Judy DeBella Thomas.
         Mayor Scott McPherson was not present as he was in Washington, D.C.

             Also in attendance were City Manager Thomas O’Neill, City Attorney Thomas
         Morrison, City Clerk Linda Kann, Public Works Director Sherman Applegate,
         Library Director Susan Dillinger, Development Services Director Gerald Engel,
         Planning & Zoning Manager/City Planner Lisa Fierce, Acting Fire & Emergency
         Services Director Alex Onishenko, Police Chief Martin Rickus, Parks and
         Recreation Director Elaine Smith, Finance Director Richard Snyder, Personnel
         Director Jeffrey Sutton, and ITC HelpDesk Operator Jacklyn Smith.

              The Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag was followed by a Moment of
         Silence recognizing our troops serving around the world.

         COUNCIL BUSINESS:

         1.   Consideration of the Minutes for the Regular Meeting of January 6, 2009.

            Motion by Councilwoman deChant, seconded by Councilman Marlowe to
         approve the minutes of the regular meeting of the City Council held on January 6,
         2009. Motion carried 4-0.

         2. Vox Pop for Items Not on the Agenda.

               No one came forward; thus, the Deputy Mayor closed Vox Pop.

              RECOGNITION

         3. Parks and Recreation Department Youth Advisory Board

             Parks & Recreation Director Elaine Smith thanked the Council for inviting the
         Parks and Recreation Department Youth Advisory Board to the meeting this
         evening. She said that as a Board, these young men and women are outstanding
         and want to help the quality of life in our City. They decided to help a family in
         need during the Christmas Holidays and delivered the gifts to the family. The
         Youth Advisory Board ran a concession stand during the Holiday Joy and
         Children’s Art Festival at Sims Park. The only items on the menu were snow cones
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         and popcorn. The Youth Advisory Board received $700 in donations. With these
         funds they purchased food, clothes and toys for a single mother with two young
         boys. Without this help, the mother would not have been able to provide a nice
         holiday for her children this year.

             Corey Smith, Randy Road, New Port Richey, said that he loves to be on the
         Youth Advisory Board and they can come up with their own ideas of what to do.
         Charles Timony, Pennsylvania Avenue, likes being able to help members of our
         community. He said that it’s cool to help others, and they are nice to me.
         Rebeka Giordano, Van Buren Street, said that it’s a pleasure to be on the Youth
         Advisory Board and to help the community and make it a better place. They
         provided each of the Council members with a new Parks and Recreation
         brochure.

    CONSENT AGENDA:

         4. Consideration of Approval of Police Department Employee Union Labor
            Contract.

             Councilwoman deChant noted that Jeff Sutton did a great job working with
         the Police Department and the Chief to negotiate a contract and also keeping the
         Council informed and updated on the status of the negotiation process.

              A tentative monetary agreement for fiscal year 2008-2009, the second year of
         the current three (3) year collective bargaining union contract. Under the terms of
         the agreement both negotiating teams agreed to recommend that in accordance
         with Florida State Statute 447 both the Police Department Bargaining Unit
         employees and the City Council formally vote to ratify the complete collective
         bargaining contract agreement. The City’s Police Department Bargaining Unit
         employees have formally voted to ratify the contract agreement under the terms
         as listed below.

             All bargaining unit employees shall receive a lump sum payment of $500
              equal to that payment given to the City of New Port Richey general city
              employees. (Total for Police Bargaining Unit would be approximately
              $17,500). That amount stated does not include the increase in the cost of
              benefits (Pension or social security). There are sufficient fund available within
              the City’s General Fund’s Reserves-Contingency. In addition, the City will
              reassess the financial situation of FY2008-2009 and on approximately April 1,
              2009 may award an additional pay adjustment for all general city employees
              as approved by City Council. Should the City Council approve any such
              increase, then members of Police Department Bargaining Unit employees
              should also receive that increase. The agreement also provides for an
              additional floating holiday.

            Motion by Councilman Marlowe, seconded by Councilwoman DeBella
         Thomas to support the resolution. Motion carried 4-0.

         5. Consideration of the License and Hold Harmless Agreement for Polling Place.

             A memorandum regarding the upcoming municipal election to be held on
         Tuesday, April 14, 2009 was received last week. The License and Hold Harmless
         Agreement for Polling Placed needs to be completed by the City and returned to
         Brian Corley, Pasco County Supervisor of Elections. New contact information will
         be included. They need time to have telephones installed and tested before
         election day, which will involve being allowed into our facility to complete the
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         work.

              The City’s Recreation Facility will be the one polling location for all resident
         registered voters as it was last year. The City will receive $100 for use of our
         building.

                 Motion by Councilman Marlowe, seconded by Councilwoman DeBella
         Thomas to approve the license and hold harmless agreement for polling place
         with the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections. Motion carried 4-0.

         6. Purchases, Payments, and Recurring Expenses Over $10,000.

               JH Williams Oil Company Inc.
                  Fuel                                                       $ 11,625.86

               Pospiech Contracting
                  Sewer Utility Improvement 2008                             $ 106,081.43

               Tampa Bay Water                                               $ 199,846.95

                                RECURRING EXPENDITURES OVER $10,000

              Board of County Commissioners (3 Redevelopment Grants)         $    15,000.00
              Fiduciary Trust Intl. of the South (Police Pension)            $    26,805.58
              Fiduciary Trust Intl. of the South (Police Pension)            $    32,288.60
              Pasco County Utilities (Sludge)                                $    35,753.97
              Public Risk Management of FL (Insurance)                       $   101,711.25
              United Rentals (Modular Trenching System and
                 DBI Salalift Winch)                                         $ 11,359.00

                Motion by Councilman Marlowe, seconded by Councilwoman DeBella
          Thomas to approve the Purchases, Payments, and Recurring Expenses Over
          $10,000. Motion carried 4-0.

         PUBLIC READING OF ORDINANCES/PUBLIC HEARINGS.

         7. First Reading of Ordinance #1916 Amending the Capital Improvements Element
           of the New Port Richey Comprehensive Plan Pursuant to the Capital
           Improvement Plan FY2008/09 Through FY 2012/13; Providing for Severability
           and Providing for an Effective Date.

              The City Attorney read Ordinance #1916 by title only.

             City Manager O’Neill stated that this is first reading of Ordinance #1916. If
         approved upon first reading this evening, second and final reading will be
         scheduled for February 3, 2009. This annual update is a requirement of the
         Department of Community Affairs.

              Zoning and Planning Manager/City Planner Lisa Fierce stated the Capital
         Improvements Element (CIE) is the part of the Comp Plan that identifies capital
         projects that are needed to maintain the adopted level of service standards within
         the other elements of the Comp Plan. She added that the premise of the element
         is basically to make sure that City have facilities in place to keep up with growth
         and to make sure they have a plan for financing to pay for those improvements.
         They’ve coordinated with the MPO and the Schools. One of the projects includes
         the US 19 continuous right-turn lane that is funded by FDOT. There a good
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         amount of language changes throughout the text to reflect the current estimates of
         the City’s financial resources to fund the capital projects. It includes a couple of
         changes to the tables.        Table 2 includes the Pinehill Road Paving and
         Reconstruction Project and the new Public Works facility. Some completed
         projects have been removed. Table 3 was changed. Table 4 was deleted. New
         tables 4, 5, and 6 were updated. Policy 1.3.5 was changed. The updated Pasco
         County Schools Five-Year Work Program is included. After second and final
         reading, it will go to DCA and hope they agree that it is financially feasible. Ms.
         Fierce thanked Mr. Snyder for his help and said that he was very generous with his
         time.

             Councilman Marlowe commented that the tables indicate property valuation
         of 4% increase which may be a bit off. Finance Director Snyder stated that they
         did average it as has been done in the past and that number remained the same.

            Public Hearing: With no one coming forward, the Deputy Mayor closed the
         public hearing.

            Motion by Councilwoman deChant, seconded by Councilman Marlowe to
         approve Ordinance #1916 upon first reading. Motion carried 4-0.

         COUNCIL BUSINESS:

         8. Consideration for Renewal of the City Attorney Contract between the City of
            New Port Richey and Thomas K. Morrison, Esquire, City Attorney.

             City Manager O’Neill explained that the City Attorney’s contract is renewed
         on an annual basis per the City Charter. City Attorney Morrison would like to
         renew his contract at its current rate as City Attorney for the 14 th year. City
         Manager O’Neill stated that Mr. Morrison has continued to provide expert legal
         advice to the City and he is highly accessible to the City Manager, the Council,
         and staff. He highly recommends renewal of the contract with City Attorney
         Morrison.

            Public Hearing: With no one coming forward, the Deputy Mayor closed the
         public hearing.

              Motion by Councilwoman deChant, seconded by Councilwoman DeBella
         Thomas to approve the renewal of the City Attorney Contract for one year
         between the City of New Port Richey and Thomas K. Morrison, Esq. Motion
         carried 4-0.

         9. Consideration of Addendum No. 1 to Agreement for Community
            Development Block Grant/Funds (CFDA 14.218) for the Pine Hill Road
            Drainage and Resurfacing Project.

             City Manager O’Neill stated the next two agenda items are related. The first
         is an addendum to the CDBG agreement with the County for an additional
         $172,572 for the Pinehill Paving and Drainage Project. With last year’s CDBG
         funding included the City will receive nearly $350,000 for the project.

            Public Hearing: With no one coming forward, the Deputy Mayor closed the
         public hearing.

             Motion by Councilwoman deChant, seconded by Councilwoman DeBella
         Thomas to approve Addendum No. 1 go the Agreement for Community
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         Development Block Grant/Funds (CFDA 14.218) for the Pine Hill Road Drainage
         and Resurfacing Project. Motion carried 4-0.

         10. Consideration of the Engineering Services Proposal – Pine Hill Road Paving
             and Drainage Improvements.

             City Manager O’Neill stated that this is the engineering task order with
         Genesis Group, the City’s Engineer, for the Pinehill Road Paving and Drainage
         Improvement Project. The total cost is not to exceed $49,750.60 and the total
         cost of the project is estimated at $300,000. City Manager O’Neill explained that
         he also included a minor drainage improvement with this project in the alleyway
         behind the buildings on Main Street and Grand Boulevard that are adjacent to the
         City-owned property and the Bank Street parking lot. He noted that during
         heavy rainfall, there is a flooding problem, and they need to upsize the
         Stormwater collection system in that area. He said that design work can begin in
         a month following Council approval.

            Public Hearing: With no one coming forward, the Deputy Mayor closed the
         public hearing.

              Motion by Councilwoman deChant, seconded by Councilwoman DeBella
         Thomas to approve the Engineering Services Proposal for Pine Hill Road Paving
         and Drainage Improvements at a cost not to exceed $49,750.60. Motion carried
         4-0.

         11. Consideration of North River Reclaimed Water Distribution Project –
             Application Withdrawal.

              City Manager O’Neill stated that the City has not received the required
         number of customer commitments in the North River Neighborhood in order to
         qualify for the funding. SWFWMD has asked the City to withdraw its application
         for funding for the project since it does not have the required number of customer
         commitments so that the District can provide funding to other entities who qualify
         for the funding.

              City Manager O’Neill stated that Tammy Antwin from SWFWMD has been
         the City’s contact person, and she is present at the meeting tonight to answer any
         questions that Council may have regarding this issue.

             Public Hearing: With no one coming forward, Deputy Mayor Consalvo
         closed the Public Comment.

            Councilwoman DeBella Thomas asked why 50% haven’t signed up with the
         drought.

                  City Manager O’Neill stated that they have tried to contact residents in
         the North River Neighborhood on three different occasions to get this project
         alive and moving; however, he said that did not succeed. He noted that if they
         don’t have the 50% participation, then they don’t get the funding. He said that
         the only other option is to require the residents to hook-up to this water when it
         is made available. One of the reasons he added that residents may not be
         responding favorably at this time is because of economics. He added that there
         are alternatives. He said that they can try again to get 50% and reapply for
         funding. City Manager O’Neill stated that the other option would be to require
         residents to connect to the reclaim system when it became available, but it doesn’t
         require them to connect. He reminded Council that they will save money in the
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         Water and Sewer Utility Enterprise Fund in the coming year as the City had to
         commit 50% of the funding as well.

             Tammy Antoine, SWFWMD representative, spoke to the members of the
         Council stating that some withdrawals for funding have occurred during economic
         times. She said that most of their projects that they are funding are for new
         developments. She added that this particular neighborhood in New Port Richey is
         a retrofit as the neighborhood is already developed. She noted that in a couple of
         years, there may be a demand. Right now, she said that larger projects such as
         industrial and commercial are still ongoing. She said that City staff has been
         excellent in communication and if the project is withdrawn, maybe in a couple of
         years if economic trends change, the City can once again apply for funding.

             Motion by Councilman Marlowe with regret, seconded by Councilwoman
         DeBella Thomas with regret to approve the application withdrawal of the North
         River Reclaimed Water Distribution Project. Motion carried with regret 4-0.

              Councilwoman deChant said that residents need to be reminded that we are
         in a drought situation, and we all need to be mindful of our water usage.

               Deputy Mayor Consalvo asked if we could target another area of the City.

             City Manager O’Neill stated that a Master Plan had been done with targeted
         areas. We went to those neighborhoods with a higher rate of targeted areas. The
         North River Neighborhood was next on the list. He added that if another area is
         interested in getting reclaimed water in their area and can get 50%, they need to
         get a petition together and present to the City.

         12. Communications and Reports.

             Councilwoman deChant acknowledged the Parks and Recreation Department
         and also the Genesis School for the wonderful Arbor Day celebration at Sims Park.
         She also acknowledged the Library having a large screen available in the Library
         for patrons to watch the Inauguration on January 20th. She said that she stopped
         by the Library that day.

             Councilman Marlowe also thanked the Parks and Recreation Department for
         the Arbor Day presentation. He said that we are blessed to live in a country
         where we can have a transfer of power in leadership without having to go to war
         and fight each other. We are lucky when we look around the world. He wished
         the best to the new administration and said they need all the luck and prayers
         they can get for the next few months.

             Councilwoman DeBella Thomas spoke about the great historic day we were
         able to participate in and thanked the Deputy Mayor for his chairmanship this
         evening sitting in for the Mayor.

         13.    Adjournment.

             There being no further business to consider, upon proper motion, the meeting
         adjourned at 7:35 p.m.



                                                   CITY OF NEW PORT RICHEY

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   ATTEST:



                                             ___________________________________
                                             SCOTT MC PHERSON, MAYOR


   ___________________________________
   LINDA I. KANN, CMC
   CITY CLERK




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