The July 18 City Commission is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 204 Ash St. in downtown Fernandina Beach. To view the agenda, visit www.fbfl.us. For information call the clerk’s office at (904) 310-3115.
According to the agenda, here are some important matters before the board:
FY 2017-2018 Budget Presentation City Manager Dale Martin is expected to give a presentation on the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget. Current budget is about $118 million.
LignoTech Presentation Executives from LignoTech Florida are expected to offer a brief update on a large heavy manufacturing facility it is building along the Amelia River. The project is a joint effort between Borregard USA and Rayonier Advanced Materials. The company has received a tax break under a promise to make the capital improvement and provide 50 jobs.
Vacating City ROW to Accommodate Bigger Subdivision along Citrona Dr. Commissioners are expected to consider a plan to clear the way for a developer to build more houses on forested acreage along Citrona Dr. across from Fernandina Beach High School by vacating a city right-of-way on Gum St. The property is located between Citrona Dr. and Egans Creek Greenway. Staff recommends approval. It’s the first reading of the ordinance.
Beach Renourishment Project The US Army Corps of Engineers is expected to begin at the end of the year a $30 million beach renourishment project. The local funding request is $1.6 million and it is to be split equally by the city and Nassau County at $432,000. Money is expected to come out of the joint taxing fund and that would bring a reduced cost to the city and county of $280,000 each.
Airport Terminal Liftoff Officials are expected to approve a resolution to proceed with construction for the new terminal at the municipal airport. The cost: $4.3 million. Revenue sources: FAA, FDOT, FDEO, Airport (internal), Financing (external).
Expanding City Marina through Grant Effort City officials expected to submit an application for the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (Big-P) to fund a $3 million effort to expand the marina northward. The local match is hefty: a bit more than 51 percent of the project cost, or $1.59 million. According to the grant proposal, the project will add dockage for bigger boats, add 1,600 boat nights and generate $140,800 per year. If approved, construction would begin late next year and the new docks would open in spring 2019.
The city is also pursuing an $89,306 grant from the Florida Inland Navigation District to repair the marina’s Fuel Dock.
Hitting Print The commission is expected to sign an estimated $174,000 four-year contract for 30 new Canon copiers. (Parks and Rec spends the most on copies, according to cost estimates at $5,138, while Facilities Maintenance spends the least at $237.)
Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week July 29 to Aug. 6, by proclamation. Chieftess Queen Quet expected to attend the meeting and accept the proclamation.