- Titusville Environmental Commission
- Titusville Environmental Commission 08/11/21
Titusville Environmental Commission 08/11/21
CITY OF TITUSVILLE
TITUSVILLE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
August 11, 2021
Fire Department Multi-Purpose Room
550 S. Washington Avenue Titusville, Florida 32796
All persons who anticipate speaking on any Public Hearing item must fill out an Oath Card to be heard on that agenda item and sign the oath contained thereon. These cards are located on the table near the entrance to the Council Chamber or may be obtained from the Recording Secretary. This meeting will be conducted in accordance to the procedures adopted in Resolution #24-1997
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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. June 9, 2021 Minutes
B. July 14, 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.
B. Environmental Metrics Recommendation
Explore the topic of environmental metrics and send a recommendation to City Council if necessary.
7. NEW BUSINESS
A. Election of Officers
Elect new TEC officer(s)
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 Fire Department Multi-Purpose Room, located at 550 South Washington Avenue on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 5:30pm.
Vice Chairman Thompson called the meeting to order at 5:30pm. Present were Member Perez, Member Rice, Member Le, and Alternate Member Young. Member Myjak, Member Tucker, and Member Yount were absent. Staff present was Senior Planner Eddy Galindo, Sustainability Planner Rachel Muller and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.
Member Rice made a motion to approve the minutes from the June 9, 2021 meeting. Member Perez seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.
Member Perez made a motion to approve the minutes from the July 14, 2021 meeting. Member Young seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.
Mr. Galindo introduced Rachel Muller as the City of Titusville’s new Sustainability Planner and the new liaison for the Titusville Environmental Commission.
Mr. Galindo gave an overview of this item.
Discussion took place amongst the Titusville Environmental Commission (TEC) members regarding stormwater budget funds, BMP’s, baffle boxes, tree boxes, treatment options for stormwater, and stormwater quality projects (page 15 of 25 of agenda packet), etc.
Vice Chairman Thompson said she would like to invite Dr. Eban Bean from the University of Florida to come and speak to the Titusville Environmental Commission about stormwater etc.
Member Perez made a motion to table the discussion on Stormwater Runoff until the October or November Titusville Environmental Commission meeting to allow for an invitation to Dr. Bean to be extended and hopefully a presentation can be made by Dr. Bean before a recommendation to City Council is made from the Titusville Environmental Commission. Member Le seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.
Mr. Galindo and Ms. Muller gave an overview of this item.
Mr. Galindo asked for input as to the type of metrics that the Titusville Environmental Commission would like to have tracked.
Discussion took place amongst the Titusville Environmental Commission members regarding metrics and the Sustainability Action Plan that is forth coming.
Mr. Galindo said that staff is looking for input regarding the types of metrics that the TEC would like to have included in the Sustainability Action Plan. Mr. Galindo said that the city will be hiring a consultant to actually work on the Sustainability Action Plan.
Ms. Muller said that there will be two phases to the process regarding the Sustainability Action Plan. The first phase will be community engagement. The second phase is hiring the consultant to work on the plan. Ms. Muller said that feedback from the TEC will be important information for the consultant to have when working on the Sustainability Action Plan.
Member Young said he is a member of the Workgroup for Innovative Solar Energy Resources (WISER) Committee and he can provide input from their plans.
The Titusville Environmental Commission asked if staff could obtain Sustainability Action Plans from other municipalities such as Satellite Beach, Cape Canaveral, etc. for review.
Member Le asked if he would be allowed to present a presentation to the TEC regarding a treatment system that he has been involved with developing. Mr. Galindo said Member Le could present this to the TEC, however he would need to recuse himself from the item and all future votes pertaining to the item on any potential future meetings. Member Le agreed and would like to present this in October 2021.
Member Le had to leave the meeting at 6:30pm
The Titusville Environmental Commission said that the following items are important to have metrics on:
- Recycle materials
- Tree canopy (preserved canopy)
- Reuse water
- Redevelopment versus New development
- LID Ordinance – All BMP’s that are used
- Solar Power
- Electric vehicles / Charging stations
- Pedestrian walking trails
- Alternative transportation (street legal golf-carts)
- Outflow into the Indian River Lagoon (IRL)
- Water quality
These are just some metrics that the TEC thought of during the meeting.
Member Young made a motion to table the discussion on the Environmental metrics until a future Titusville Environmental Commission meeting to allow time to review other Sustainability Action Plans from other municipalities and gather additional information on metrics. Staff will determine what future meeting to bring this agenda item back to for discussion. Member Perez seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.
Election of Officers
Member Perez nominated Laurilee Thompson to be Chairman. Member Young seconded. Laurilee Thompson accepted the nomination. There were no other nominations for Chairman. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor of Laurilee Thompson as Chairman.
Member Perez nominated Woody Rice to be Vice Chairman. Chairman Thompson seconded. Woody Rice accepted the nomination. There were no other nominations for Vice Chairman. There was a unanimous voice vote of Woody Rice as Vice Chairman.
Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak. Mr. Johnston spoke about the recent boil water alert and the issue regarding the sewage spill at Sandpoint Park.
Ms. Muller said that she sent e-mails to seven of the nine schools regarding the Environmental Education Grant program that the City of Titusville encourages. Ms. Muller said she is getting the contact information to touch base with the additional two schools. The grant program is open from now until October 2021 for submissions.
Mr. Galindo reminded the Titusville Environmental Commission members about the Boards & Commissions recognition dinner, and said they will receive invitations in the mail.
Chairman Thompson said she would like to know if the Public Comment part of the meeting can be moved to the top of the agenda for all future meetings. Chairman Thompson wants to allow for public comment to take place first so that the public does not have to wait through an entire meeting to speak if they would like to leave. Vice Chairman Rice asked if staff would check to see if the TEC By-Laws have set rules for the layout of the agenda to ensure that TEC is following protocol. The TEC members agreed that if there are no set rules for the layout of the agenda to move Public Comment to the start of the meeting. Mr. Galindo said he will check the By-Laws and if there are no rules he will have this change be made.
Member Young spoke briefly about what the WISER committee that he is a member of is working on.
Vice Chairman Rice gave a brief update regarding the Strategic Planning Activity that the Planning and Zoning Commission did and listed the topics that the Planning and Zoning Commission members came up with.
Chairman Thompson spoke about the concerns that Mr. Johnston brought up regarding the sewer spill. Vice Chairman Rice said he would like to know if the City of Titusville has an action plan in place now for sewer spills. The TEC members would like to know if the City of Titusville has an action plan in place for sewer spills and if they do, they would like to have a copy of it to review.
Chairman Thompson gave a brief report regarding the meetings she attended with the FWC Commission and the IRL National Estuary meetings.
Discussion of future agenda items
Action plan for sewer spills