Regular City Council - March 9, 2021

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City Council

Regular Meeting

March 9, 2021

 

The City of Titusville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Titusville City Hall, second floor, Council Chamber, 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida 32796. Mayor Diesel called the City Council meeting to order at 6:55 p.m. Those present in the Council Chamber included Mayor Daniel Diesel, Vice-Mayor Jo Lynn Nelson and City Council Members Joe Robinson, Robert Jordan, and Sarah Stoeckel. Also present were City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. Sr. Administrative Assistant Caitlin Rodriguez completed the minutes.


Mayor Diesel requested a moment of silence. He then led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. City Clerk Wanda Wells read the procedures for public comment and participation.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES


Motion:

Member Jordan moved to approve the minutes of the regular City Council meeting on January 12, 2021 (6:30 p.m.) and the special City Council meeting on February 27, 2021. Vice-Mayor Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows: 

 

Member Robinson            Yes

Member Jordan                 Yes

Mayor Diesel                    Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson          Yes

Member Stoeckel              Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 


SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS & PRESENTATIONS – None. 


BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS 


Code Enforcement Special Magistrate – The Code Enforcement Special Magistrate Semi-Annual written report was included in the agenda packet. No action was required from Council. 


North Brevard Hospital District Board – The Hospital District Board’s Semi-Annual report was presented by Mr. Herman Cole, Jr. The presentation was highlighted as follows: 

 

  • Highlights
  • New Board Officers
  • New Board Officers (Continued)
  • COVID Update
  • Triennial Accreditation Survey
  • Cardiovascular Program Excellence Highlight
  • Services Continue to Expand with 29 Recent Additions to Medical Staff & Parrish Medical Group

 

No action was required from Council. 


Board of Adjustments and Appeals – The Board of Adjustments and Appeals Semi-Annual written report was included in the agenda packet. No action was required from Council.


PETITIONS AND REQUEST FROM THE PUBLIC PRESENT (OPEN FORUM)

 

Jim Ford distributed a handout to Council. Mr. Ford expressed concern on his client’s property located at the corner of Singleton Avenue and Parrish Road (Lot 750) not being marketable due to the lot split provision language in the Code.  Council provided advisability for staff to review the lot split provision language in the Code and provide recommendations to Council.

 

Stan Johnston distributed a handout to Council. He spoke of his concerns regarding issues he has with unmaintained floodways that are outside of the City limits. 

 

Michael Cadore expressed his appreciation to the City Council for their service and the work that they are doing in the City of Titusville. 


CONSENT AGENDA 

 

City Clerk Wanda Wells advised that there was one card submitted for all items. 

 

City Manager Larese read Consent Agenda Items A through E, as followed:

 

  1. Student Advisory Council Scholarship Policy Expenditure – Approve Titusville Student Advisory Council Scholarship Policy expenditure not to exceed $2,000 and direct staff to forward pending disbursement forms to the City Manager and Finance Department for preparation of two individual scholarship checks, as prescribed by the policy. Pending this request, the scholarships will be awarded at the regular City Council meeting on April 27, 2021 (6:30 p.m.).

 

  1. Mass Spectrometer Equipment for Laboratory Services – Approve a budget amendment in the amount of $26,800 to fund the following capital outlay accessories and facility improvements associated with the purchase of the inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer for Laboratory Services: $5,310.79 to Boggs Gases of Titusville, FL to supply Argon gas manifold and control equipment, $9,420 to Altman's Cooling and Heating of Titusville, FL to supply and install a ventilation system including roof penetrations, and $2,619 from Fisher Scientific of Waltham, MA to supply a laboratory bench to hold the mass spectrometer. Also, authorize the City Manager to execute the purchase of the accessories and necessary services for proper installation and operation of the Mass Spectrometer.

  1. Purchase of Fire Department Rescue Belts and Accessories – Award bid # 21-B-022 to Fire-Tec Incorporated in Margate, Florida for the purchase of Fire Department Rescue Belts and Accessories in the amount of $23,023.40, and approve budget amendment to transfer $5,228.00 from the fire department operating budget to the project. Authorize the City Manager to execute the steps necessary to complete the acquisition.

  1. Interlocal Agreement with Space Florida Providing for Site and Building Plan Review and Inspection Services for Spaceport Territory Projects – Authorize the Mayor to execute an Interlocal Agreement with Space Florida providing for site and building plan review and inspection services for spaceport territory projects subject to final review and revision by the City Attorney. Should substantive changes be required, the Interlocal Agreement will be returned to Council for further consideration.
     
  2. Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Annual Report – Acknowledge receipt of the FY 2020 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Annual Report, as recommended by the CRA with the financial audit information to be added to the Report once it is complete.


Stan Johnston stated his concerns regarding the testing of the ponds after the sewage spill at Sand Point Park. 

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to approve Consent Agenda items A through E, in accordance with recommendations. Vice-Mayor Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Member Jordan                 Yes

Mayor Diesel                    Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson          Yes

Member Stoeckel              Yes

Member Robinson            Yes

 

The motion passed unanimously.  


ORDINANCES – SECOND READING, PUBLIC HEARING AND RELATED ACTION


City Attorney Broome read the quasi-judicial rules of procedures. Second Reading, Public Hearing and Related Action (Quasi-judicial) THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO QUASI-JUDICIAL RULES OF PROCEDURE. ANYONE WISHING TO SPEAK ON AN ITEM MUST FIRST COMPLETE AN AGENDA SIGN-UP CARD AND SIGN THE OATH CONTAINED THEREON. THOSE SPEAKING IN FAVOR OF A REQUEST WILL BE HEARD FIRST. IF YOU HAVE PHOTOGRAPHS, SKETCHES, OR DOCUMENTS THAT YOU DESIRE FOR CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER, THEY MUST BE SUBMITTED INTO EVIDENCE AND WILL BE RETAINED BY THE CITY. SUBMIT THESE EXHIBITS TO THE CITY CLERK.


Request to Vacate Easement (EAS) Vacation Application No. 5-2020 - 2820 St. Mark's Drive – City Manager Larese outlined the information that was included in the agenda packet. The request was to approve the request to vacate ten (10) feet of the fifty-four (54) foot wide Public Utility and Drainage Easement (P.U.D.E.) on property located at 2820 St. Mark's Dr. and approve related Resolution No. 9-2021. (This item was tabled at the City Council meeting on February 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.)

 

City Manager Larese advised that during their meeting of February 17, 2021, the Planning and Zoning Commission tabled the request to allow consideration of additional information on the request including: (1) As-built drawings for the stormwater pond; (2) Documentation that was submitted to the SJRWMD providing that the encroachment would not cause an increase in the designed storage volume of the pond; (3) requested the presence of the engineer of record at the following meeting. The motion passed unanimously. At their March 3, 2021 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval as proposed with the condition that the owner restores the pond to the original permitted condition from his property line to property line and the equal compensating storage to offset the fill (approved 7:0). 

 

Sid Chehayeb was representing the applicant and advised that he was available to answer any questions. 

 

Stan Johnston stated concerns he had with dams within the City of Titusville that he felt did not contain any compensatory storage.   

 

Motion: 

Vice-Mayor Nelson moved to approve the Request to Vacate Easement (EAS) Vacation Application No. 5-2020 - 2820 St. Mark's Drive, as recommended with the following condition: (1) The owner restores the pond to the original permitted condition from his property line to property line and the equal compensating storage to offset the fill. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows: 

 

Mayor Diesel                    Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson          Yes

Member Stoeckel              Yes

Member Robinson            Yes

Member Jordan                 Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.


ORDINANCES-FIRST READING – None.


OLD BUSINESS – None.


NEW BUSINESS – None.


PETITION AND REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC PRESNET (NON-AGENDA ITEMS) – None. 


MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

 

Mayor's Report –  

Mayor Diesel submitted his written report. 

 

Mayor Diesel stated he attended both the Mims Little League and Indian River City Little League opening days. He also took a moment to congratulate the Astronaut Boys Basketball team for making it to the final four in the State and also to the Astronaut Bowling team for winning the state championship.  

 

Mayor Diesel stated he would like to look at the expense of putting information like this up on a billboard for the residents of Titusville. If not a billboard, looking at some other options to get this information out to the residents. 

 

Mayor Diesel commented on the electronic sign in front of City Hall and the possibility of it being replaced. City Manager Larese advised that this sign was connected to another sign located at a different facility on Hopkins Avenue; therefore, two signs would need to be replaced.  Council supported staff researching the possibility of replacing the signs and providing the costs.  In addition, staff would provide information as to whether funds can be allocated from the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to purchase the signs.  


Council Reports

 

Member Jordan requested a proclamation for Pastor Peter Lord of Park Avenue Baptist Church that recently passed away on March 4, 2021. The proclamation would include his accomplishments. Council supported this request.  


Vice-Mayor Nelson requested allowing the Eagle Scouts to attend a future City Council meeting and be recognized during the meeting.  Council discussed the Scouts leading in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Vice-Mayor Nelson advised she would discuss a date with them to attend a future meeting.  


Member Robinson stated he had the opportunity to work with Pastor Lord in several capacities over the years and that he would be greatly missed. Member Robinson felt that anything Council could do to share with the citizens of Titusville the great impact that Pastor Lord had on the City of Titusville as a whole. 


Member Stoeckel reiterated how much Pastor Peter Lord meant to her and her family over the year’s and the impact he has had on countless of people.  


City Manager's Report – 

City Manager Larese submitted his written report and all items were informational only. 


CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT – None. 


With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.