Thursday, May 5, 2016

City Council Meeting Highlights - May 3, 2016

Here is a brief recap of the May 3, 2016 Belle Isle City Council meeting. Please note that this is not intended as a comprehensive review of everything that happened at the meeting, but just an overview of some of issues discussed and actions taken by the council. If you'd like more detail about what happened at the meeting, please look to the official city minutes and audio recordings (once available).

New Meeting Schedule

The council took an first vote approving a new meeting schedule that will allow better access for residents. Once this schedule is formalized by a second council vote, regular meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Additional workshop meetings will be held on an as-needed basis. Consistent with this new schedule, there is a specially-called meeting coming up on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Advertisement of City Manager Position

In the few months since accepting the position, interim city manager Richard Anderson has been doing an excellent job helping our city run more smoothly. He is ready to move forward with the search for a permanent Belle Isle city manager. To this end, the council approved a new job description and discussed salary guidelines for all current and future city employees. Over the coming weeks, we will be advertising the open city manager position and accepting applications for council review.

Cornerstone Service Learning Club

The council recognized the Cornerstone service learning club for its great work in promoting student volunteerism and community involvement. Thanks for helping to make our community a better place!

Vice Mayor Election

The Belle Isle vice mayor position has been vacant since former vice mayor, Lydia Pisano, took office as our new mayor. A vice mayor is selected each year by consensus of the city council. At the May 3 meeting, the council elected Commissioner Harvey Readey as our new vice mayor. Commissioner Readey has the most council experience of any present commissioner, having served on the Belle Isle City Council since 2006.

Future Construction

Construction on Gene Polk Park / Delia Beach will begin soon. Residents expressed satisfaction with the city's plans to improve the park aesthetics and stormwater treatment functions. The council also considered a number of potential future projects, including possible completion of the roundabout fountain on Nela that began so many years ago, but no specific proposals were presented or voted upon. The council also discussed reinstatement of a Belle Isle neighborhood grant program to fund small neighborhood improvements throughout the city.

Code Enforcement

Code enforcement officer Robyn Winters gave a thorough presentation on the enforcement process, including some suggestions about how this process can be improved in the future. April Fisher also gave a brief presentation regarding the city's plans for revising and updating our city code to make it more effective and enforceable in the future.

And More...

Of course, there was quite a bit more discussed than what is recounted above. For complete meeting records, please refer to the city minutes and audio recordings (once available).

For those of you who haven't attended a city council meeting lately, I highly recommend taking advantage of the new 6:30 p.m. meeting schedule and attending a meeting. Learn more about your city and take part in the process!

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