Archer considers rate increases, amendments to land use and code ordinances

Editor’s Note: On the Agenda is a summary of high interest items to be decided on or discussed at upcoming local municipal meetings in Alachua County.

The Archer City Commission will convene on June 8th at 6 p.m. via Zoom meeting to address a full agenda.

Guest presentations will include upcoming special events, the 2018-19 Fiscal Audit report, Chris Bailey of the Rural Florida Water Association will provide direction and deliver a Drinking Water Asset Management and Fiscal Sustainability plan. 

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The commission will offer the outcome of the annual performance evaluation of City Manager Charles “Tony” Hammond. Hammond was rated by the commission on community communications, personal and professional traits, managerial effectiveness, leadership ability and community relations.

City-initiated amendments to Archer’s Comprehensive Plan will address future land use regarding agriculture, schools and community residential homes.

The commission will also look at amending the text of the Land Development Code of Permitted Uses by addressing storage within completely enclosed structures and storage inside or outside completely enclosed structures. These will be changed from allowance by conditional use permit to allowance by a zoning permit within a Commercial-2 zoning district.

An amendment to Ordinance No. 07-2020, LDC 20-02, the Land Development Code, will address issues identified by City staff and the North Florida Regional Planning Council. It proposes revision of the code to comply with Florida Statutes, the City’s Comprehensive Plan and “to remove barriers to development that are in the public interest.”

Water rate, residential waste rate increases

Resolution 2020-09 will increase water rates by 5 percent if approved. The proposed higher base rates are $14.73 for residential and $22.02 for Commercial.

If passed, the resolution will “become effective immediately” and the new rates will apply to the July billing cycle.

The commission is also poised to increase residential solid waste rates by 5 percent with a new base rate of $24.94 per month.

Property exchange and possible donation

The City of Archer will exchange approximately 74 acres of land for a 58-acre parcel owned by Frances S. Helpling and will use the 58-acre parcel located south of the railway line “to better plan for the development of such lands and the City’s wastewater collection system and treatment plant. CSX property donations is also listed under “New Business.” 

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Next meeting and for planning purposes

* City Commission Meeting on July 13th, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Archer City Hall

* City Hall will be Closed on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 for Fourth of July Holiday

* Set Two Budget Workshop Dates, City Staff is Suggesting – July 20th, 21st or 22nd and August 3rd, 4th or 5th.


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