Town of Glen St. Mary 

Florida's Outstanding Rural Community of the Year-2004

August 20, 2019

The Town of Glen St. Mary held the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday,
August 20, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall with Council Members Davis, Foster and Rhynehardt present.  Mayor Juanice Padgett presided over the meeting.  Council Member Davis opened with prayer followed by the flag salute.  Council member Hodges was not present.

 

Note: These meeting minutes are a summarized version of the actual discussions at the meeting.  These are not verbatim transcripts.  For a complete audio recording of the discussion please contact Donna Loadholtz at glenstmary3777@glenstmary.org.

 

Public Hearing:

A)    Ordinance 2019-01 An Ordinance Granting Florida Power & Light Company, Its Successors and Assigns, an Electric Franchise, Imposing Provisions and Conditions Relating Thereto, Providing for Monthly Payments to the Town of Glen St. Mary, and Providing for an Effective Date. – Mayor Padgett asked Attorney Bense to read the title aloud.  Mayor Padgett then asked if anyone had any comments.  Larry Payne addressed Council and asked if they had researched or spoken with any residents.  Mayor Padgett responded this agreement is basically the same as the agreement from thirty years ago with the exception of the percentage rate previously being 5.9% and now being 6%.  In the past they would pay ten months and then do a true-up payment of the difference they had collected.  Now they will pay monthly.  Larry Payne then told Council of his experience with FPL a few years ago with Hurricane Irma damages.  Mr. Jim Bush, a local manager with FPL reassured everyone that they value their relationship with the Town, which they have serviced for about ninety years.  (Council member Hodges joined the Town meeting at 7:05 PM) They are one of the most affordable and efficient power companies in the state.  The agreement is essentially the same, but with a few better features.  Everything they do is regulated by the Florida Public Service Commission.  The rates, tariffs, and territories are all assigned by the Florida Public Service Commission.  He added FPL has done quite a bit of work since Hurricane Irma and that Hurricane Irma was a worst-case scenario.  They employed the largest workforce effort in the history of the US when it hit Florida.  Larry Payne shared problems his tenants since the hurricane that still haven’t been resolved.  Mayor Padgett explained the franchise fee is money FPL gives the Town.  This is a basic ordinance that is done statewide.  Attorney for FPL, Patrick Bryan added that FPL geographically serves over half the state of Florida.  The Town of Glen St. Mary is within the exclusive franchise boundaries of FPL.  If state laws change, they would not be able to stop others from being able to come in and compete.  Mr. Terry Clardy asked the amount of the franchise fee.  Mayor Padgett replied it will be 6% and generates about $29,000 annually.  Mayor Padgett then closed the public hearing and reopened the regular meeting.

 

 

 

Minutes:  Consideration:

A)    Approval of minutes of July 16, 2019 – Regular Monthly Meeting:  On a motion by Council member Hodges, second by Council member Davis, the Board voted to approve theminutes as presented. (Vote 4-0)

 

Policy Agenda Items:

A)    Vote to Approve Second Reading of Ordinance 2019-01 – An Ordinance Granting Florida Power & Light Company, Its Successors and Assigns, an Electric Franchise, Imposing Provisions and Conditions Relating Thereto, Providing for Monthly Payments to the Town of Glen St. Mary, and Providing for an Effective Date. – On a motion by Councilman Rhynehardt, second by Council member Hodges, the Board voted to approve the First reading of Ordinance 2019-01 as presented. (Vote 5-0)

B)    Vote to Adopt Ordinance 2019-01 – An Ordinance Granting Florida Power & Light Company, Its Successors and Assigns, an Electric Franchise, Imposing Provisions and Conditions Relating Thereto, Providing for Monthly Payments to the Town of Glen St. Mary, and Providing for an Effective Date. – Mayor Padgett told Council the blank line has been filled in to read April 27, 1990.  On a motion by Council member Davis, second by Councilman Rhynehardt, the Board voted to adopt Ordinance 2019-01 with the mentioned change adding the date of April 20, 1990 to the blank line. (Vote 5-0)

C)    Primary Election to be Held at Town Hall on September 10, 2019.  We are not Allowed to be On Site During Election, so Town Hall will have to be Closed for Normal Business.  Discuss Whether Council Would Like to have General Election at Town Hall or Advertise to Have it Moved to Glen Primitive Church. – Mayor Padgett told Council no employees are allowed to be here during election so we will have to be closed on September 10th.  We can put a flyer in the next bill out for September notifying the residents.  On a motion by Councilman Rhynehardt, second by Council member Davis, the Board voted to close the office on September 10th for the primary election being held at Town Hall.  (Vote 5-0) Mayor Padgett then addressed the general election that will be held on September 24th,should there be a runoff.  She asked Council if they wanted to have the general election at Town Hall or advertise to have it moved to the Glen Primitive Church.  Council member Davis made a motion to put a sign out front and move the general election to the Glen Primitive Church.  After a brief discussion Council member Hodges stated she thought it would cause confusion and may deter some from voting.  Council member Davis’ motion died from lack of a second.  Councilman Foster made a motion to close the Town hall on September 24th and keep the election site at the Town Hall as previously advertised, second was made by Council member Hodges.  The Board voted to keep the election site at Town Hall on September 24th.  (Vote 3-1) Mayor Padgett refrained from voting due to her receiving an extra day off with pay.

 

Mayor Padgett addressed political signs being put on the Town’s right of way.  She explained the light poles are a good guide to use as they are at or near the property lines.  She stated she would send a courtesy notice.  Councilman Foster was present as well as Terry Clardy and Charles Reneau.  Diana Reneau was not present and Larry Payne had left the meeting earlier.  They will be notified of the requirements.

 

D)    Review Prior Month’s Expenditures (Check Register) – No one had any questions on the prior month’s expenditures.  

 

Attorney Bense told Council he would discuss the issues of condemning the house in disrepair and code enforcement at the next town meeting.

 

Mayor Padgett told Council there will be another workshop next month.  She will let everyone know.

On a motion by Council Member Davis, second by Council member Hodges, the Town meeting was adjourned at 7:25 P.M.

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