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Posted on: April 1, 2021

City Council Work Session Meeting Agenda Overview - April 5, 2021

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The Gulf Shores City Council Work Session meeting, also known as a Committee of the Whole meeting, will be held on Monday, April 5, at 4 p.m. at the Erie Hall Meyer Civic Center.

This meeting is open to public attendance. Masks and social distancing are required. Questions and comments will be taken in person at the meeting. Meetings will also be streamed live via Facebook for viewing only. All comments or questions must be presented in person. 

Please see the following overview of noteworthy agenda items that will be discussed during the work session below. An Agenda Item Summary with additional information for each item can be reviewed at https://www.gulfshoresal.gov/agendacenter.

COUNCILMAN DISCUSSION PERIOD - Councilman Joe Garris, Jr.
During this time, a Councilmember can bring forward any topic he would like to discuss with other councilmembers and the public.

PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Sgt. Josh Coleman with the Gulf Shores Police Department to propose the Council adopt an amendment to the Golf Cart Ordinance allowing for authorized operation of golf carts on certain city streets.  The certain city streets to be considered in this amendment are:
    • West 19th Avenue -  stops @ West 1st Street
    • West 22nd Avenue - stops @ West 1st Street
    • West 23rd Avenue
    • East 24th Avenue
    • West 1st Street
    • West 2nd Street
    • West 3rd Street
    • West 4th Street
    • West Canal Drive
    • Clubhouse Drive - stops @ West 1st Street
    • Professional Lane
    • Office Park Drive
    • Lakewood Court
    • Hogan Drive
    • Wedgewood Drive
    • West Fairway Drive
    • East Fairway Drive
    • Bear Creek Drive
    • Bear Creek Cove
    • Bear Creek Court
    • Mossy Oak Drive
    • Heron Cove Lane
    • Lopez Court
    • Trevino Drive
    • Heritage Drive
    • Twisted Oak Circle
    • Camelia Circle
    • Royal Oak Circle
    • Pineridge Drive
    • Forestwood Drive
    • Holly Lane
  • Police Chief Ed Delmore to propose the Council award a bid in the amount of $37,009.84 to Dana Safety Supply for Police Vehicle Emergency Equipment.

ZONING AMENDMENT

  • Lee Jones, Director of Planning and Community Development, to seek approval of the Council for the following zoning proposals designated as approximately 22 acres located at 350 Waterway West Boulevard:

1.  Zoning Amendment ZA21-000015 – Bon Secour Village – Rezoning

  • Apply Intracoastal Waterway-North (ICW-N) Zoning for approximately 22 acres located at 350 Waterway West Boulevard. 
    • The ICW-N Zoning District is intended to encourage the creation of a unified and continuous mixed-use area that emphasizes a maritime theme and which takes advantage of the natural beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway. The District's goal is to help facilitate the development of the area with "Mixed-use" developments that include residential, commercial, marina, and tourist uses. The original RPC did not have underlying zoning. However, the PUD serves as an overlay to the underlying zoning classification, in which modifications to the use, intensity, and design regulations of the base zoning district may be considered a part of the PUD Master Plan approval. An underlying zoning district must be applied to the property in order for the existing PUD.

 2. Zoning Amendment ZA21-000012 – Bon Secour Village – PUD Amendment: 

  • Amend the Bon Secour Village PUD Master Plan Overlay
    • The PUD amendment request is to permit a marine facility consisting of a ±750 space dry boat storage facility, boat sales and service uses, 45-slip marina, restaurant, clubhouse, and an area of future mixed-use development. The applicant proposes to amend the Bon Secour Village PUD Master Plan Overlay and associated Development Handbook to replace a portion of the “T6 Urban Core” area with a “Special District” designation. The Special District standards aren’t inherently walkable, and don’t fit in the rural-to-urban Transect on which the Bon Secour PUD standards are based. The Special District designation is being proposed for this area because due to the boat storage use, function, and configuration, it cannot conform to the requirements of the existing urban PUD standards.

RECREATION & CULTURAL AFFAIRS

  • Grant Brown, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director, seeks Council approval of a franchise agreement between Suncoast Beach Service, Inc. and the City to provide beach equipment rental concessions (beach chairs and umbrellas) to the general public.
  • Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director, Grant Brown, to propose the Council approve the assembly permit application of Mark Berte with the Alabama Coastal Foundation for the 2021 Good Life Bicycle Ride to be held on May 8, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Grant Brown, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director, to propose the Council award a non-exclusive franchise to JJM Food Service LLC dba Repicci’s Italian Ice and Gelato.

AIRPORT

  • Airport Authority Manager Scott Fuller to propose the Council ratify a Lease Agreement between Joiner & Byars LLC and the Airport Authority for the construction of a 12,936sf multi-aircraft storage hangar facility.
  • Airport Authority Manager Scott Fuller to propose the Council ratify a Lease Agreement between Alabama Skyway LLC and the Airport Authority for construction of a 90 x 90sf aircraft hangar.

GULF SHORES CITY SCHOOLS DEVELOPMENT

  • City Administrator Steve Griffin to propose the Council authorize the Mayor to execute a professional services contract with Goodwyn Mills and Cawood to complete a preliminary geotechnical study on the City’s 200 acre educational campus in an amount not to exceed $19,700.00.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

  • Director of Finance and Administrative Services Cindy King to propose the Council consider approval of the 2021 Budget Amendment #1.  
    1. Total All Funds Revenue increased by $6,652,268 to $97,446,037
    2. Total All Funds Expense increased by $8,733,776 to $98,616,373
    3. Total Expenses exceed Revenues by $1,170,336 for Amendment #1 reflecting expenses for Hurricane Sally to be paid from borrowed funds and with FEMA and staff match to be added once received.
  • Director of Finance and Administrative Services Cindy King to propose the Council approve the renewal of a franchise agreement with Eastern Shores Company, Inc. to continue the operation of coin-operated telescopes at Gulf Place.

ENGINEERING

  • City Engineer Mark Acreman to propose the Council award a bid to McElhenny Construction LLC to enhance the Beach Walking District by constructing a new sidewalk and brick paver pedestrian improvements to enhance the walkability of the district in an amount not to exceed $949,488.77.
  • Mark Acreman, City Engineer, and Police Chief Ed Delmore to propose the Council consider authorizing an increase of the posted speed limit for Coastal Gateway Boulevard from 35 MPH to 45 MPH.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The City was awarded $21.7 million by the Alabama RESTORE Council to improve connections from the Foley Beach Express to Highway 59, including improvements along Canal Road, Waterway East Boulevard and other ancillary connections. The projects are intended to provide additional connectivity to and from these major roadway arteries and reduce congestion in these areas.  
  • Blake Phelps, Economic Development Coordinator, to propose the Council authorize the Mayor to execute the proposed First Amendment to the Funding and Development Agreement with Coastal Resort Properties LP for the right-of-way acquisition and construction of Waterway East Boulevard through CRP property.

ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTS

  • FY2022 ACAMP Grant Program Application – 6th Street Beach Access Improvements: The wooden ramp, boardwalk, and steps at the City’s public beach access at 6th Street are in need of replacement after nearly 20 years in the harsh beachfront environment. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is accepting proposals for the FY2022 Alabama Coastal Area Management Program (ACAMP) funding for projects that improve public access to coastal resources. Staff proposes to apply for funding through ACAMP to replace the wooden structures at the site, to add an ADA parking stall, add ADA beach access mats, and to replace the aging beach shower as well. The total cost for these improvements is estimated to be $159,000.  Staff seeks authorization to apply for $50,000 in ACAMP funding that will be used to offset this cost.
  • Dan Bond, Environmental Grants Coordinator, to propose the Council authorize staff to pursue ACAMP Grant funding from ADCNR for construction of public access improvements at the 6th Street Beach Access.  The grant requires a 1 to 1 match with a maximum grant award of $50,000 which would require a minimum match of $50,000.
  • Dan Bond, Environmental Grants Coordinator, to propose the Council authorize the Mayor to execute a Right of Entry Agreement with the University of Georgia’s Department of Marine Sciences to allow researchers to access the City’s wetland properties for ecological research on the Oyster Bay Nature Preserve and the Wenzel Wetland Preserve properties to enhance the understanding of habitat conditions and ecological functions thereby improving the City’s ability to achieve its management goals.

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