Opioid lawsuit, Hart Bridge study await Jacksonville City Council Tuesday – Florida Politics (blog)
Among Jacksonville City Council agenda items this week: moving forward on a lawsuit against Big Pharma for opioids and a study of the future of the Hart Bridge’s off ramps.
Opioid action: Resolution (2017-674) would allow the city’s general counsel to “investigate and pursue” a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers.
The bill allows the city’s general counsel to consider outside representation. Each firm’s financial capability to pursue the matter is among criteria considered.
The bill is on the consent agenda; barring someone deciding to pull it, there likely will be no discussion of the matter.
Total eclipse of the Hart: No, they don’t want to tear down the Hart Bridge. But they are looking at a way to get federal money to reconfigure the offramps from the Hart, with the current justification being to improve freight traffic headed to Talleyrand.
Chief Administrative Officer Sam Mousa pushed in committees last week for $1.5M for a “design criteria project,” a prerequisite for moving forward on this “shovel-ready project.”
This design criteria project could be done in as few as four months, or as many as eight.
This would include a survey of the current conditions, preliminary design alignments (such as lane location and speed rates), and other such basic criteria.
This $1.5 million is important, said Mousa, because the city is pursuing a federal infrastructure grant of $25 million, with $12.5 million from the state of Florida in matching money and $12.5 million from the city.
The bill cleared committees, and won’t get meaningful pushback Tuesday night.
Eureka, they’ll fund it: Jacksonville City Council resolution 2017-671, which would authorize $90,000,000 in Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority bonds for Millennia Housing Management (MHM) to “finance, acquire, rehab & equip four Multifamily Rental Housing Developments,” was approved by Council committees of reference last week.