Quincy commissioners passed a resolution expanding its Enterprise Zone as required by recent state-mandated legislation. Resolution #1308-2013 states the expansions of all of the county’s municipalities’ Enterprise Zones will “enhance the quality of existing businesses and promote the creation of new business” in the zone.
Quincy’s zone will increase to include additional land for annexation on the south side of State Road 267 (Pat Thomas Parkway) and just north of I-10, said city manager Jack McLean.
The board also approved the 2014 Quincy-Byrd Landfill Monitoring Report contract with Trinity, Inc. and The Water Spigot, Inc. State law requires monitoring for water contaminants two times a year, said Building and Planning director Bernard Piawah.
Jack McLean said the city will begin street sweeping starting at 5:00 a.m. “We can get more done with less interference with traffic,” he said.
Commissioner Andy Gay and others had questions for the manager about city financials, including queries as to why the city had not made a payment due on its Line of Credit. McLean said he’d prioritized paying several large companies money due them, including $272,000 to Waste Pro, $92,000 to OMI, $260,000 to CEPA and $15,314 to the Florida Department of Revenue.
“Our cash flow was used for these bills because our income was lower than estimated. We made payroll and made a big effort to pay off all of the smaller vendors, about $100,000,” said McLean. He had previously said utilities income was lower than estimated because last summer was cooler than expected and the winter warmer, requiring people to use lower amounts of utilities. The Line of Credit due date was extended to January 28th.
Andy Gay brought up the city manager’s contract, saying it had lapsed as of October 31st, 2011, and asked the city’s attorney if a January review of this contract was still a requirement. Attorney Jerry Miller said there is a six-month window of each anniversary of the contract to make changes. The city is required to provide six months’ notice of any thoughts of termination. Gay said he wanted to open negotiations for a new contract.
Motions to re-negotiate were withdrawn after the attorney told the members that they must put it on the agenda and would require four out of five votes for passage.
Commissioners said they wanted to review the city’s mobile vendor ordinance to enable state-certified food sellers to be able to operate.