A day in the life of St. Pete City Councilman Steve Kornell

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Editor’s note: St. Pete City Councilman Steve Kornell posted on his Faceboook page a glimpse of what a normal day for him looks like.  I thought it was worth re-posting here. Keep in mind, being a City Councilmember is suppose to be a part-time job.

8:00am – Budget, Finance, & Taxation (BF&T) Committee:

Committee passed a motion for staff to do further research on my proposal to help our local construction industry by using a small amount of our investment funds to do capital projects sooner.

9:15 am – Public Services and Infrastructure (PS&I) Committee:

Committee passed my proposal to create a Domestic Partner Registry to full council.

11:00 am – Arts Funding Committee:

I brought forward a compromise proposal to provide one million dollars of funding to create an endowment for the arts. I will support the first one million dollars going to the arts if the next one million dollars is reserved for youth employment and playcam programs. If my colleagues are willing to compromise, we will create permanent funding sources for each of these worthy needs in our city. The funding source will be earnings and interest from the Weeki Watchee Fund.

1:30 pm – Agenda Review:

At my urging the final vote on my request for an independent audit of TIF fees is scheduled for our council meeting on May 17th.

In response to my new business item, Mayor Foster announces that he is extending Domestic Partner Benefits to all city employees.

I inform administration that if their RFP (Request for Proposals) for a new vendor for curbside recycling is not successful, I will submit a plan for how the City can implement its own program.

3:00 pm – City Council Meeting:

I present an award to Eckerd College for Peing one of the small colleges with the most students participating in the Peace Corps.

I present an award to Ryan Salazar, a St. Petersburg resident and USF student who was one of only 35 students nationwide to receive a Fullbright Scholarship. He will spend the next year studying in London.

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