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Commission Meeting - October 30, 2008

Item 8. CONSIDER A REQUEST TO CEASE ALL FUNDING AND EXPENSES FOR


NEW CITY HALL (CITY HALL AND/OR COMMUNITY CENTER AND/OR
MUSEUM) UNTIL SCHEDULED CITY ELECTION IN MARCH 2009. PLACING
ON CITY ELECTION BALLOT A CITIZENS REFERENDUM FOR A YES OR NO
VOTE ON ALL - JOHN MOYLAN: John Moylan asked for the City Hall item to be
placed on the ballot in March. He felt strongly the Citizens should have the right to vote
on this issue. Commissioner Vath preferred to see this issue on a referendum. Attorney
Smith reviewed the protocol necessary in order to for the item to be put to the voters in
March. Commissioner Vath informed the public of the two upcoming meetings regarding
City Center. Motion by Commissioner Vath we put the issue of the new City Hall on the
ballot the next voting ballot the language to be determined by the City Attorney in
concert with the Commission. Commissioner McGrew was encouraged by the citizen
input. She did feel however some citizens should attend and receive more information
before critiquing the City. She did think the City Center should go to the vote of the
people and hoped the citizens would make an educated decision. Mayor Baker suggested
the citizens attend the upcoming workshops. Commissioner Provencher wanted to hold
off on a decision regarding putting the item on the ballot until the completion of the
workshops. Commissioner Mealy was in agreement with Commissioner Provencher.
She indicated the Commission would be ready to make a decision regarding the
referendum after the workshops. The motion died for lack of a second. Rosemary Bates,
JoAnn Ricardi, Robert Chase, Clarence Groves, Don Deal, Dick Ricardi, Charles Trad
and Randy Busch gave their thoughts on this issue. Commissioner Provencher inquired if
there was enough time to have the workshops and craft the wording of the ordinance.
Attorney Smith suggested wording for the motion. Commissioner Vath rescinded his
previous motion. Motion by Commissioner Vath that we put the vote for City Hall on a
referendum contingent upon the building decided to be built. If it is not going to be built
than of course it would not go on as a referendum item. Commissioner Mealy questioned
the motion and felt the funding was contingent upon grant funding and the sale of the
property located in the city hall block. Commissioner Vath felt strongly there should be
no more spending on this item such as the amount discussed for the design of the
building.
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Attorney Smith suggested wording. Motion by Commissioner Vath seconded by


Commissioner Provencher, if the Commission after the workshops after all the vetting
process for this project determines that it would like to move forward; the next step in
moving forward would be to put out to a referendum to determine if the citizens of
Flagler Beach agree that they want this project. The motion carried unanimously.
2008