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Lake City, Fla., – Due to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, the City of Lake City will hold the September 9, 2020 City Council Workshop and the Special City Council Meeting via telephonic and video conferencing communications media technology.  To participate:  instructions for the City Council Workshop are located on Page 2 of the agenda and for the Special City Council Meeting instructions are located below in this agenda.
5:00  P. M.     City Council Workshop – Discuss Affordable Housing  

Special City Council Meeting
                                                 September 9, 2020
      6:00 P. M.  via Communications Media Technology


INVOCATION – Mayor Stephen Witt




3.       MINUTES

Regular Session-June 1, 2020
Regular Session-June 15, 2020
Regular Session-July 6, 2020


Fair Housing Workshop and First Public Hearing for the FY 2019 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Fair Housing Workshop (virtual)

    Ms. Melissa Fox, Fred Fox Enterprises, Inc.

To explain the Fair Housing Ordinance for all of the protected classes (race, color, familial status, handicap, national origin, religion and sex).

Open First Public Hearing (virtual)

Receive citizen views concerning the community’s economic and community development needs

Close Hearing


Open Public Hearing (Virtual) on the Proposed Fire Protection Assessment Rates

Public Comment on the Proposed Fire Protection Assessment Rates for Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2020.

Close Hearing
City Council Resolution No. 2020-080, if adopted, constitutes the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Annual Fire Assessment Resolution, relating to the provision of fire protection services, facilities and programs in the City of Lake City, Florida; reimposing fire protection assessments against assessed property located within the City of Lake City for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2020; approving the  rates of assessment; approving the final assessment roll; confirming and supplementing the 2020 Preliminary Rate Resolution; providing for severability; and providing an effective date.

Open Tentative Hearing (Virtual) of the FY2020-2021 Budget

City Council Resolution No. 2020-081, if adopted, will adopt a millage rate for the levy of Ad Valorem Taxes for the City for Fiscal Year 2020-2021; and provide an effective date.

City Council Resolution No. 2020-082, if adopted, will adopt the Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021; and provide an effective date.

Close Hearing
Citizens are encouraged to participate in City of Lake City meetings. The City of Lake City encourages civility in public discourse and requests that speakers direct their comments to the Chair. Those attendees wishing to share a document and or comments in writing for inclusion into the public record must email the item to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than noon on the day of the meeting.  Citizens may also provide input to individual council members via phone calls, letters and e-mail that will become public record.


Approval to award Bid ITB-022-2020 Fire Hydrants and Fittings to Consolidated Pipe & Supply for $19,783.00.          



Open Public Hearing (Virtual)
Ordinance No. 2020-2164 (final reading), if adopted, will repeal Ordinance No. 2016-2081; providing for severability; providing for codification; and providing an effective date.

                 First reading August 17, 2020
Close Hearing

Adopt Ordinance No. 2020-2164 (final reading)



Ordinance No. 2020-2165 (first reading), if adopted, relates to voluntary annexation; making findings; annexing certain real property located in Columbia County, Florida, which is reasonably compact, and contiguous to the boundaries of the City of Lake City, Florida, into the boundaries of the City of Lake City, Florida; providing severability; repealing all ordinances in conflict; and providing an effective date.  This property is located at Alligator Park.

Adopt Ordinance No. 2020-2165 (first reading)

Ordinance No. 2020-2166 (first reading), if adopted, will amend City Code Chapter 70, Article V, Firefighter’s Retirement, amending Section 70-130, compliance with the Internal Revenue Code; providing for severability; providing for a repealer; and providing an effective date.

Adopt Ordinance No. 2020-2166 (first reading)


City Council Resolution No. 2020-076, if adopted, will authorize the City to enter into an Amendment to a Grant Agreement with Florida Department of Transportation amending the grant funding to $415,334.00 for the allowable costs related to the replacement of the lighting system of Runway 5-23 at the Airport.

City Council Resolution No. 2020-074, if adopted, will accept the Bid (ITB 021-2020) from Trinity Electrical Services, Inc., for Lighting System Replacement on Runway 5-23 and authorizes the City to execute an agreement with the contractor.    

City Council Resolution No. 2020-079, if adopted, will adopt a policy for placement and use of affordable housing; applying the Affordable Housing Policy to Petition PAF 20-01; and providing an effective date.

City Council Resolution No. 2020-083, if adopted, will authorize the execution of Task Assignment Eleven with Passero Associates, LLC, for professional services related to the construction administration of the Runway 5-23 Lighting System Replacement for an amount not to exceed $32,000.00.

City Council Resolution No. 2020-084, if adopted, will authorize the acceptance of a Department of Justice Grant in the amount of $43,455.00 to purchase equipment for the use and benefit of the Lake City Police Department.

City Council Resolution No. 2020-085, if adopted, will ratify the Mayor’s extension of the State of Emergency arising from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

City Council Resolution No. 2020-086, if adopted, will declare certain personal property owned by the City to be either surplus to it needs and sold at public noticed sale or determined to be  obsolete, non-serviceable, or beyond economic repair pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions and requirements of Section 2-183 of the City Code, and authorizes the City to remove such surplus property when sold or disposed of from the Fixed Assets of the City.

City Council Resolution No. 2020-088, if adopted, will offer certain tangible property as a donation to the Board of County Commissioners of Columbia County, Florida for use through the Columbia County Fire and Rescue Department and authorizes the removal of the tangible property from the Fixed Assets of the City.

City Council Resolution No. 2020-089, if adopted, will accept a Utility Easement from Delta Omega Properties, Inc., for the purpose of extending a water main and enabling future utility system improvements and routine operation and maintenance.

City Council Resolution No. 2020-090, if adopted, will accept two Utility Easements from the Windswept Land Trust for the purposes of constructing a lift station and extending a water main utility line near the intersection of Interstate 75 and State Road 47.

Update on Rotary Christmas Parade  (Joe Helfenberger)

Celebration of 100th Anniversary of  Women’s Suffrage Event (Joe Helfenberger)  


Pursuant to 286.0105, Florida Statutes, the City hereby advises the public if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at its meeting or hearings, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Pursuant to 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing special accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact the City Manager's Office at (386)719-5768.  

Communications Media Technology Instructions
Members of the public may attend the meeting online at: or
Telephonic by toll number (no cost to the city), audio only: at 1-346-248-7799
Webinar ID:  847 9151 9026#   Then it will ask for Participant id, just press #.
Telephonic by toll-free number (cost per minute, billed to the city, zero cost to the caller), audio only:  
Webinar ID:  847 9151 9026#   Then it will ask for Participant id, just press #.
The public may participate at the appropriate time via:  (i) video conference by utilizing the software chat function or raise hand function to request to speak; or (2) telephonically by using dialing *9 to raise hand.  The Chair will allow for sufficient time for all participants to be heard.