GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Tuesday night’s 50-minute city council meeting had a-last-day-of-school feel with most of the meeting addressing staff.
Council members honored former Mayor Connie Butler, said goodbye to longtime Planning and Zoning board member Bob Lewis, welcomed new City Clerk Erin West, and appointed or retained residents on boards.
Butler, who began her second three-year term in April, called being the mayor a great feeling for someone who grew up in the city. Butler was joined by her family as each council member spoke on her year as mayor.
“It’s something special,” Butler said.
Mayor Steven Kelley said Butler served as an example for him as he assumes his year as mayor.
“I saw what [Butler] was able to do and it gave me confidence to get up here and hopefully do this job well over the next year,” he said.
Food Truck Friday’s 2020 schedule was approved in the consent agenda. The event dates are March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 17, Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 2 and Nov. 13.
At Spring Park, last month’s Food Truck Friday crowd was estimated at 5,000. Organizer Ed Gaw said the 13 food trucks sold out of their signature items.
“There’s a combination of things working at the park,” Gaw said. “Everybody enjoys it, and everybody loves it. We’ll see what this Friday brings.”
The city also received its Annual Water Quality Report for 2018. The report is mandated by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
There were no violations. The city tested well below the Maximum Contaminant Levels for inorganic contaminants, disinfectants and disinfectant byproducts in the water.
“It’s just a normal requirement and our folks do a great job keeping an eye on that,” City Manager Steve Kennedy said.