- Titusville Environmental Commission
- Titusville Environmental Commission 02/10/21
Titusville Environmental Commission 02/10/21
CITY OF TITUSVILLE
TITUSVILLE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
February 10, 2021
City Hall in Council Chambers
555 S. Washington Avenue Titusville, Florida 32796
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1. CALL TO ORDER
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. ROLL CALL
4. DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A. January 13, 2021 Minutes
6. OLD BUSINESS
A. Stormwater Runoff Recommendation
Review the information provided by the Public Works Department and provide a recommendation to City Council regarding stormwater runoff if necessary.
7. NEW BUSINESS
8. PUBLIC COMMENT
10. DISCUSSION OF FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
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The Titusville Environmental Commission (TEC) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber at City Hall, located at 555 South Washington Avenue on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 5:30pm.
Vice Chairman Thompson called the meeting to order at 5:30pm. Present were Member Perez, Member Tucker, Member Yount and Member Myjak. Chairman Bobbitt joined via telecommunication. Member Le was absent. Staff present was Sustainability Planner Eddy Galindo and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.
Member Perez made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 13, 2021 meeting with a correction. Chairman Bobbitt seconded the motion; there was a unanimous voice vote in favor.
Mr. Galindo gave a brief overview as to why the Titusville Environmental Commission requested that stormwater run-off be on the agenda for discussion. Mr. Galindo said Public Works Director, Kevin Cook and Deputy Public Works Director, Sandra Reller were at tonight’s meeting to answer questions from the Titusville Environmental Commission relating to stormwater.
Member Perez asked who maintains ditches in Titusville. Mr. Cook said it depends on the location of the ditch.
Vice Chairman Thompson said she provided many questions via e-mail to Mr. Galindo to receive answers back and she said she was impressed with the quick response and answers from the City of Titusville. Mr. Galindo sent the questions and answers from Vice Chairman Thompson to the Titusville Environmental Commission via e-mail before tonight’s meeting for review. Vice
Chairman Thompson had a few copies of the questions and answers and provided them to the Commission members. A copy of the questions and answers will be a part of the public record.
Chairman Bobbitt asked about the ponds at Sandpoint Park and when they were last cleaned out. Ms. Reller said that the ponds are going to be tested by a consultant to determine the health of the ponds. Ms. Reller said that the city does not want to do any mucking of the ponds until they hear back from the consultant.
Member Myjak said he has concerns about stormwater ponds not being cleaned out as often as they should be. Member Myjak said he also has concerns about stormwater ponds not being monitored or tested for a spectrum of tests. Mr. Cook said that each pond has to be looked at individually to determine when it would need to be mucked out. Mr. Cook said that stormwater ponds are occasionally tested but not always with a spectrum of tests. Member Myjak said it sounds like the testing that is done is more reactionary than monitoring. Member Myjak said the stormwater ponds need to be tested so that there is base line data to compare over time to see what is happening in the ponds.
Ms. Reller said that there isn’t enough funds to do the kind of monitoring and testing that Member Myjak would like to see done. Ms. Reller said that the Titusville Environmental Commission can make a recommendation to City Council and request more funds be given for testing and monitoring.
Member Perez said he has concerns about Titusville not having their own Health Department. Mr. Galindo said that Titusville falls under the Health Department in Viera and Titusville does work closely with them regarding health concerns. Mr. Galindo said they do not actually do the cleanup but advise as to what needs to be done.
Chairman Bobbitt asked what the purpose of the ponds at Sandpoint Park are. Mr. Cook said they were installed for water quality treatment during projects that were done.
Chairman Bobbitt asked what the discharge quality requirements are. Mr. Cook said that post impact is less than pre impacts. Chairman Bobbitt asked whose requirements are being followed. Mr. Cook said St. Johns River Water Management or whoever is more stringent.
Chairman Bobbitt said he had several questions to ask from citizens who provided him questions. Chairman Bobbitt said he will submit the questions to Mr. Galindo. Chairman Bobbitt asked several of the questions. Mr. Cook and Ms. Reller said some of the questions need to be answered by the Water Resources Department.
Vice Chairman Thompson said most of the time testing is done for e-coli when testing for stormwater ponds at Sandpoint Park. Vice Chairman Thompson asked if there is any testing done for nitrogen and phosphorus.
Mr. Galindo reminded the Titusville Environmental Commission that the stormwater agenda item on tonight’s agenda was brought up by the Titusville Environmental Commission before the sewage spill at Sandpoint Park because the Titusville Environmental Commission wanted to learn
more about the overall master stormwater system. Mr. Galindo wanted to be sure the Commission understood that this agenda item is not specifically regarding the ponds at Sandpoint Park and that Mr. Cook and Ms. Reller are here to answer any questions pertaining to the overall stormwater system.
Vice Chairman Thompson said that according to the charts that were provided to the Titusville Environmental Commission in the agenda packet, it appears that baffle boxes and plantings work way more efficiently and are a much lower in cost than stormwater ponds. Mr. Cook said that is correct.
Vice Chairman Thompson asked how often are baffle boxes cleaned. Mr. Cook said once a month or more depending on rainy season.
Vice Chairman Thompson asked if a baffle box could be installed in the Sandpoint Park ponds. Ms. Reller said this is certainly something that they can look into doing.
Vice Chairman Thompson asked for an explanation for online and offline systems. Mr. Cook said online directly connects and offline is not directly connected.
Member Myjak said he has concerns about Titusville not using more curbs and swales. Mr. Galindo said that the city is working towards using more of this within the Low Impact Development (LID). Member Myjak said the City of Titusville needs to double down on their efforts to help save the environment.
Vice Chairman Thompson said that the Town of Indialantic has a 100% compliance. Ms. Reller said that it is unfair to compare the City of Titusville to the Town of Indialantic because they are very different in size, Titusville is much larger.
Member Yount asked if there is any biological monitoring or biological identification being done. Ms. Reller said not on a regular basis.
Member Tucker asked what happens to the alum. Mr. Cook said it goes to the lift stations, to the sewer system and then to the sewage treatment plant.
Member Myjak said he wanted to take a broader approach to a healthier environment. Member Myjak suggested recommending to City Council that they give more funding to Public Works and the Water Resources Departments for stormwater service projects. Ms. Reller said they spend a lot of time pursing grant funds. Mr. Cook said they take in about 2.6 million dollars for stormwater service projects.
Member Yount said it is not the Titusville Environmental Commission’s job to figure out funding, however he feels that if the Titusville Environmental Commission makes a recommendation to City Council for more funding, that there should be justification provided as backup. Mr. Cook said that they can provide a broad spectrum number for projects but getting the detailed amounts would be much harder because there are so many moving parts to figure out the actual costs. Ms. Reller agreed that it would be easier to provide generic numbers. Member Myjak asked if Mr. Cook and Ms. Reller can work on providing some numbers to Mr. Galindo so that the Titusville Environmental Commission can review and make a recommendation to City Council.
Vice Chairman Thompson asked that Mr. Cook and Ms. Reller look into installing baffle boxes in the Sandpoint Park ponds.
Vice Chairman Thompson thanked Mr. Cook and Ms. Reller for coming to tonight’s meeting and answering so many questions from the Titusville Environmental Commission.
Member Myjak asked if there is a designated budget to update the existing stormwater infrastructure in Titusville. Mr. Cook said that the city addresses updating old infrastructure as problems arise.
Vice Chairman Thompson asked if volunteers can be used to help clean out stormwater ponds. Mr. Cook said that is something that can be looked into. Chairman Bobbitt said that there are many volunteers with Keep Brevard Beautiful that would help with projects like this.
Member Myjak made a motion to table the Stormwater Run-off discussion until the March 10, 2021 meeting to allow additional information be provided to the Titusville Environmental Commission in order to make a recommendation to City Council. Member Perez seconded.
Roll call was as follows:
Member Yount Yes
Member Tucker Yes
Vice Chairman Thompson Yes
Member Myjak Yes
Member Perez Yes
Chairman Bobbitt Yes
Chairman Bobbitt said he was excited to announce that Keep Brevard Beautiful is opening a composting facility in Titusville. The facility should be open in July 2021. Chairman Bobbitt said that residents who compost can receive compost material back twice a year.
Chairman Bobbitt said he would like to know the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and monitoring that is done by the Water Resources Department.
Mr. Galindo said that the Water Resources gave a very good presentation to City Council in January 2021 about the Sandpoint Park ponds and he suggested that if any Commission members did not get a chance to see it, that that can view it on YouTube.
Future Agenda Items
TEC’s Priorities list