Community Redevelopment Agency - February 9, 2021

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Community Redevelopment Agency
Regular Meeting
February 9, 2021


The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, on Tuesday, February 9, 2021.


Call to Order/Determination of a Quorum

Chairperson Diesel called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Chairperson Dan Diesel, Vice-Chairperson Jo Lynn Nelson and Members Jim Ball, Robert Jordan, Greg Aker, Joe Robinson, and Sarah Stoeckel. Also present were Executive Director Scott Larese, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Attorney Richard Broome, and Sr. Administrative Assistant Caitlin Rodriguez who also completed the minutes. 


Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance

Chairperson Diesel asked for a moment of silence and then led the entire assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Sr. Administrative Assistant Caitlin Rodriguez read the procedure for public comment.


Approval of Minutes 

Motion:
Member Robinson moved to approve the minutes of the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, as recommended. Vice-Chair Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:  

Member Aker - Yes
Member Robinson - Yes
Member Jordan - Yes
Chairperson Diesel - Yes
Vice-Chair Nelson - Yes
Member Stoeckel - Yes
Member Ball - Yes

The motion carried unanimously.


Special Recognitions and Presentations

Presentation on Grease Interceptors – Water Resources Department Engineering Manager Ashleigh Smith provided a presentation on the City of Titusville Ordinance and Codes requiring a grease interceptor, impacted businesses, details on the technical information on grease interceptors, permitting and regulations. The presentation was outlined as follows:  

    FOG: What is it and why does it matter?

    FOG: Examples

    City of Titusville FOG Program

    Facility Examples

    What is a Grease Interceptor?

    Regulations

    Ultimate Why

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) came to a consensus and directed staff to gather more specific criteria for new businesses who need grease interceptors and a potential change to the language in the code.  


Old Business 

Feasibility Study & Conceptual Design Spaceview Park Pier Connection – Consultant Presentation – On July 17, 2020 the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) recommended award of the contract and the City Council awarded a contract to Taylor Engineering of Jacksonville, FL to provide a feasibility study for Spaceview Park pier connection. During the meeting, a representative from Taylor Engineering provided a presentation into this projection and highlighted the following: 

    Project Location

    Space View Park

    Veterans Memorial Park

    Embayment 

    Submerged Resources

    Wetlands 

    Conceptual Design 1

    Conceptual Design 2

    Estimated Construction Cost

    Permitting 

    Recommendation of Conceptual Design 1

Stan Johnston distributed a handout to the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). He expressed his concerns with the CRA spending a large sum of money on a ran-down park when there were other things in the City he felt would be a better use of City funds. 

The Community Redevelopment Agency approved the presentation, as recommended and came to a consensus on Conceptual Design 1.


New Business 

Awarded US1 Beautification Project – South to Grace – The request was for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to approve award bid of #21-B-03 for US1 Beautification Project – South to Grace Project to JB’s Lawn Control of Titusville, Florida in the amount of $34, 824.56 to provide nursery plantings, landscape material, and installation services to designated downtown Titusville areas. Additionally, authorize the Mayor to execute the contract. 

Executive Director Larese advised that 16 firms out of 361 that were notified, obtained bid documents. The City received one (1) bid submittal document, which was opened on 12/09/2020 from JB’s Lawn Control of Titusville, Florida.  

Stan Johnston briefly spoke regarding his concerns with the CRA spending a large sum of money on projects that he felt were an unnecessary use of City funds. 

Motion:
Member Ball moved to approve the Award US1 Beautification Project – South to Grace to JB’s Lawn Control of Titusville, Florida in the amount of $34,824.56. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

Member Robinson - Yes
Member Jordan - Yes
Chairperson Diesel - Yes
Vice-Chair Nelson - Yes
Member Stoeckel - Yes
Member Ball - Yes
Member Aker - Yes

The motion carried unanimously. 


Member Ball requested that City staff to check into why fifteen other contractors requested the paperwork, but did not submit a bid.


Budget Amendment – CRA Repair & Maintenance Services, Landscaping Mulch – The request was to approve additional funding that was needed to purchase landscape mulch for the CRA District. Due to the one-time cost of installing vegetation in the landscape beds on South Washington Avenue and South Hopkins Avenue between Grace Street and South Street, it was estimated that there would be insufficient funds to spread mulch to landscape beds in the CRA District. The Budget Amendment proposed to transfer $15,000 from the CRA Fund Balance to the Repair and Maintenance account under CRA Operating Expenditures would ensure that there were funds to provide mulch for the landscape beds in the CRA District. 

Stan Johnston presented the Community Redevelopment Agency with a few issues he felt the City of Titusville needed to address. 

Motion:
Vice-Chair Nelson moved to approve the Budget Amendment in the amount of $15,000 to fund the purchase of landscaping mulch in the beds on South Washington Avenue and South Hopkins Avenue between Grace Street and South Street, as recommended. Member Robinson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows: 

Member Jordan - Yes
Chairperson Diesel - Yes
Vice-Chair Nelson - Yes
Member Stoeckel - Yes
Member Ball - Yes
Member Aker - not present during vote
Member Robinson - Yes

The motion carried unanimously. 


Petitions and Requests from the Public Present

Stan Johnston distributed a handout to the Community Redevelopment Agency. Mr. Johnston spoke on concerns he had regarding the Special City Council meeting on January 12, 2021 regarding the sewage spill at Sand Point Park. 


Executive Director’s Report 

Executive Director Larese submitted his written report and advised that all items were informational only. 


With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:46 p.m.