Below is a brief from the Tallahassee City Commission meeting on June 8, 2022.
–The City Commissioners heard a report on the City’s annual audit report for fiscal year 2021. The audit was conducted by MSL, PA, an external auditor. The result of the audit was an “unmodified opinion,” the highest opinion that auditors can express regarding an organization’s financial statements.
–The city reappointed Agustin Corbella to the Downtown Improvement Authority. The primary function of the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority is to preserve property values and prevent downtown deterioration through a self-help system.
–David Reid has been appointed by the City Board to fill a vacant seat on the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee has an advisory role to the City Commission and the Auditing Department on matters brought to the committee regarding the oversight or auditing activities of the City of Tallahassee.
–The city has approved the appointment of Zachariah White to the joint city/county bicycle task force. The Task Force operates as an ad hoc discussion group that provides collective input to staff regarding proposed cycling-related projects, improvements, events, and ordinances of community interest and for the betterment of the County of County community. Tallahassee-Leon.
–Elected officials heard a presentation on the status of the nomination of the Jake Gaither Golf Course to the National Register of Historic Places. The Florida National Register Review Board approved the golf course, and now the nomination proposal will be forwarded to Washington, DC, for national review.
–The Municipal Commission unanimously approved the adoption of the Community Human Services Funding Policy. Under the proposed policy, funding applications from social service providers would no longer be accepted outside of the formal CHSP and Bridge-to-CHSP processes.
– In a 5-0 vote, commissioners approved city staff’s recommendations for changes to the Lobbyists Registration Ordinance, excluding a $25 registration fee for lobbyists.
Commission Jack Porter then moved that an agenda item come back to the commission to discuss what other cities charge lobbyists for registration fees. She feared that a high cost would discourage lobbyists from registering.
–Finally, during the “idea-sharing” portion of the meeting, Porter accused the city manager of cronyism while criticizing the recent hiring of Thomas Whitley, the mayor’s chief of staff, as chief innovation officer. strategic. She went on to say that the position oversees the execution of the city’s strategic plan and that it is a critical position.
Porter condemned the city manager for hiring someone who has “no formal experience and no formal training.” “It stinks of cronyism,” Porter said, “it’s a slap in the face to city workers who worked for decades to get this kind of raise and promotion.”