Community Redevelopment Agency July 13, 2021

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Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting

July 13, 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, July 13, 2021.


Call to Order/Determination of a Quorum

Chairperson Diesel called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m. Present were Chairperson Daniel Diesel, Vice-Chairperson Jo Lynn Nelson, and Members Joe Robinson, Robert Jordan, Jim Ball, Sarah Stoeckel, and Greg Aker. Also present were Executive Director Scott Larese, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Attorney Richard Broome, and Sr. Administrative Assistant Emily Campbell 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 Emily Campbell read the procedure for public comment.


Approval of Minutes

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to approve the minutes of the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, as submitted. 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 – None.


Old Business – None.


New Business

Stormwater Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) Liner - Executive Director Larese advised the request was to recommend approval of the budget amendment in the amount of $130,000 to transfer funds and create a new project for stormwater Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) Liner within the CRA.

Member Robinson asked Public Works Director Kevin Cook if the condition of the current pipe affected how the insert would hold up. Public Works Director Kevin Cook explained that the type of insert being used could be heated and expanded, and has the ability to stand alone when the pipe was completely rotted out around it.

Motion: Member Jordan moved to approve the budget amendment in the amount of $130,000 to transfer funds and create a new project for stormwater cured in place pipe (CIPP) liner within the CRA, as recommended by staff. Member Ball 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.


American Rescue Plan Act – Farmers Market – 

Executive Director Larese advised the request was to recommend approval of the proposed American Rescue Plan Act – Farmers Market program and drafting of a contract for the Greater Titusville Chamber of Commerce to operate the Program for the City Councils consideration.

Member Robinson clarified with Community Development Director Peggy Busacca that there was going to be qualification criteria from the American Rescue Plan that the City will follow.

Motion: Member Jordan moved to approve the American Rescue Plan Act – Farmers Market Program and drafting of a contract for the Greaer Titusville Chamber of Commerce to operate the program, as recommended by staff. Vice-Chair Nelson 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                  Yes

                                                Member Robinson           Yes

The motion carried unanimously.


Petitions and Request from the Public Present

Julia Lombard from Breezeway Business Plans expressed that they had 48 businesses in Titusville that are part of their networking group. She let council know that they held their meetings the first Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at La Cita Country Club in Titusville, and invited them all to attend the August 5th meeting. Ms. Lombard also expressed Breezeway Business Plans were going to begin having an open to the public trade show once a month.

Erron Fayson, the owner of Space Coast Medical Supplies and co-founder of Urban Alliance expressed his concern for the recent gun violence in Titusville. He expressed that he was glad the City was putting on a farmer’s market for the people who have been adversely affected by COVID19, but expressed his concern for the people who cannot find jobs. Mr. Fayson explained the demographics for his organization are men ages 18-35 who are causing problems in our community. He asked the City to think about having a second chance program using AARP funds, or use them to help fund some of the programs for training and education for his Guns for Jobs Program.

Wendy Peterson, owner of the Space Coast Executive Jet Center at the Tyco Airport, explained that their center was the front line for people coming into Titusville in a private aircraft. Ms. Peterson expressed her interest to develop the areas around the airport to bring more business into the City of Titusville.

Stan Johnston invited council to come to Sand Point Park for a public forum on July 21st from 5:00-6:00 p.m. and July 28th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for people interest in saving and restoring the Indian River Lagoon Estuary. Mr. Johnston also discussed the sewage spill that occurred in the Community Redevlopment Agency’s District and expressed his concern for the affects it has had on the Indian River Lagoon.

Tuan Le discussed an under the sink grease trap and compared it to an underground grease trap, explaining that an under the sink grease trap was easier to clean and maintain. Mr. Le also explained that the underground grease traps can become very expensive for small business owners who want to open a restaurant in Titusville. He also suggested lifting up some regulations for small business and home owners to make it more affordable for them to make changes.

Community Development Director Peggy Busacca explained that there was an ordinance on the City Council meeting that will increase flexibility for grease interceptors.

City Manager Larese expressed that one of the agenda items for the city council meeting will allow $300,000 in grants for grease interceptors.


Executive Directors Report

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


With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m.