Special City Council - September 15, 2021

City Council

Special Meeting

September 15, 2021

 

The City of Titusville City Council met in special session on Wednesday, September 15, 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 5:30 p.m. Those present in the Council Chamber included Mayor Daniel E. Diesel, Vice-Mayor Jo Lynn Nelson, City Council Members Robert L. Jordan, Jr., Joe C. Robinson, and Dr. Sarah Stoeckel. City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells were also present. Assistant City Clerk Jolynn Donhoff completed the minutes of the meeting. 

 

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.

 

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City’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 - City Manager Larese reviewed the purpose of the special City Council meeting, as provided in the Council agenda packet. The request was to conduct the final public hearing on the City's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2022; read the related ordinances to adopt a final Operating and Voted Debt Service millage rate; conduct the final reading of the ordinances proposing the Fiscal Year 2022 Water/Sewer and Solid Waste rates; and adopt the final Operating, Enterprise and Capital Budgets.

 

City Attorney Broome read the following proposed ordinances for the second time, by title only, as followed:

 

Ordinance No. 22-2021 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA, PROVIDING FOR THE MILLAGE FOR THE OPERATION OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE; AND VOTED DEBT SERVICE LEVY FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 

 

Ordinance No. 23-2021 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE GENERAL AND RELATED BUDGETS OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2022; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 

 

Ordinance No. 24-2021 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA, AMENDING UTILITY SERVICE RATES AND CHARGES; AMENDING ARTICLES II & IV OF CHAPTER 21, UTILITIES, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES; AMENDING § 21-27 RELATED TO THE CROSSCONNECTION CONTROL PROGRAM; AMENDING §§ 21- 241, 21-243 & 21-244 RELATED TO WATER & SEWER RATE SCHEDULES, WATER METER CHARGES, UTILITY BILLS & RELATED MATTERS; PROVIDING FINDINGS, RATIFICATION, INCORPORATION INTO THE CODE, SEVERABILITY, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

  

Ordinance No. 25-2021 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA; AMENDING SECTION 16-116 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING AND ESTABLISHING AN INCREASE TO THE RESIDENTIAL MONTHLY CHARGE FOR SOLID WASTE, RECYCLING AND ADDITIONAL CART FEES; AND BY AMENDING SECTION 16-117 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING AND ESTABLISHING AN INCREASE TO THE COMMERCIAL DUMPSTER AND COMMERCIAL CAN MONTHLY CHARGES FOR SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING FEES AND INCREASING THE COMMERCIAL DUMPSTER RENTAL FEES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND INCORPORATION INTO THE CODE. 

 

Ordinance No. 26–2021 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE ENTERPRISE FUND AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM BUDGETS OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2022; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

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City Manager Larese gave a presentation that reviewed the following information:

 

  • Budget process and millage rate
  • Budget related ordinances for final reading
  • Public Hearings and Florida Statutes, Chapter 200
  • FY 2022 Proposed Budget All Funds - Revenues and Expenditures
  • Millage Rate - $7.2145 mils proposed, which was 5.19% above the rollback rate of $6.8586 (an increase)
  • Use of millage over rollback rate
  • General Fund proposed budgeted revenues and expenditures pie graphs
  • FY 2022 Proposed per capita ad valorem taxes
  • Proposed property tax on a residential home in Titusville based on $7.2145 mils and $8.2461 (max)
  • FY2022 Unfunded priorities
  • FY2022 Funding considerations – General Fund
  • Additional funding considerations – Other Funds

 

And

 

  • Utility rate changes
  • Stormwater and solid waste rate proposals
  • Stormwater rate comparison (single family)
  • Solid Waste rate comparison (residential and commercial)
  • Typical residential and commercial monthly bills for ¾” meter at existing and proposed FY 2022 rates
  • Typical commercial bill for 1.5” meter at existing and proposed FY 2022 rates
  • Current rate comparison – FY 2021
  • Public Hearing – FY 2022 Proposed Budget
  • Fiscal Year 2022 Follow Up Items
  • Council Actions

 

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Mayor Diesel highlighted the formal procedures related to the ordinances and the meeting. 

 

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Ordinance No. 22-2021 –

 

Vice-Mayor Nelson discussed her questions with staff on the items covered by the cost of lighting on U.S. Highway 1 and the cost to the typical household depending on the adopted millage rate. 

 

Mayor Diesel opened the final public hearing on Ordinance No. 22-2021. 

 

Stan Johnston distributed information. He expressed concern for engineering issues that he felt existed and needed to be corrected. He also critiqued and disliked the information provided in the legal advertising on the City’s proposed budget that was recently published in the local newspaper. 

 

Trenton Mansfield distributed information and expressed concern on the homesteaded properties vs. non-homesteaded properties and their taxable values. He also expressed concern for an increase in the millage rate and landlords that may pass on tax increases to their renters. 

 

As there were no additional persons that wished to speak, the final public hearing on Ordinance No. 22-2021 was closed.

 

Ordinance No. 23-2021 –

 

Mayor Diesel opened the final public hearing on Ordinance No. 23-2021. 

 

Stan Johnston commented on the General Budget and the portion of costs belonging to public safety. On public safety, he commented on his concerns related to a prior sewer spill and his recommendations on the use of funding for public safety purposes. 

 

As there were no additional persons that wished to speak, the final public hearing on Ordinance No. 23-2021 was closed.

 

Vice-Mayor Nelson desired designating funding toward a lighting project identified along U.S. Highway 1. Member Jordan did not like the lights that were presently along U.S. Highway 1, indicating their being inherited; however, he did not think the lighting was a necessity during the upcoming budget adoption. Mayor Diesel and Member Robinson felt similarly. 

 

City Attorney Broome advised that a revised ordinance was distributed to the Council on Ordinance No. 22-2021, due to the copy in the Council agenda packet had Sections 1, 2, and 4.  This area of the ordinance was cleaned-up and provided a Section 3 for the Voted Debt Service, etc.  

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to adopt Ordinance No. 22-2021 providing for a millage rate for the operation of the City of Titusville at $7.2145 mils, which was 5.19% above the rolled-back millage rate of $6.8586 mils, and the Voted Debt Service levy millage rate for Fiscal Year 2022 at $0.2941 mils, as revised and recommended. Member Stoeckel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was: 

 

Member Robinson                  Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

Mayor Diesel                          Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson                Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 

City Attorney Broome advised and indicated that Council’s adoption of Ordinance No. 22-2021, was characterized as an increase in property taxes. 

 

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Motion

Member Jordan moved to adopt Ordinance No. 23-2021 adopting the General and Related Budgets of the City of Titusville for Fiscal Year 2022, as recommended. Member Stoeckel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 

Member Jordan                       Yes

Mayor Diesel                          Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson                Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

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Ordinance No. 24-2021 – 

 

Mayor Diesel opened the final public hearing on Ordinance No. 24-2021. 

 

Stan Johnston expressed concern on Water Resources. He highlighted 11 items on the information that he distributed earlier in the meeting and requested the items be considered as part of the adoption of the budget. Mr. Johnston also felt he was not getting answers on information that he was seeking. 

 

As there were no additional persons that wished to speak, the final public hearing on Ordinance No. 24-2021 was closed.

 

Member Robinson thanked staff for providing a breakdown with clear information related to the proposed ordinance and costs. 

 

Motion

Member Jordan moved to approve Ordinance No. 24-2021 amending the schedule of fees for water and sewer utility services, by increasing the charges and rates, as recommended. Member Stoeckel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 

Mayor Diesel                          Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson                Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

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Ordinance No. 25-2021 –  

 

Mayor Diesel opened the final public hearing on Ordinance No. 25-2021. 

 

Stan Johnston supported the proposed ordinance and the Public Works Department. 

 

As there were no additional persons that wished to speak, the final public hearing on Ordinance No. 25-2021 was closed.

 

Motion

Member Jordan moved to approve Ordinance No. 25-2021 amending Sections 16-116 and 16-117 of the Code of Ordinances, by increasing the Solid Waste service charges and rates, as recommended. Member Stoeckel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 

Vice-Mayor Nelson                Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

Mayor Diesel                          Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 

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Ordinance No. 26-2021 –  

 

Mayor Diesel opened the first public hearing on Ordinance No. 26-2021. 

 

Stan Johnston commented on his conversations with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on a prior sewer spill, his concerns for public health and safety, etc. He requested this matter and items like capital improvements be considered in the proposed ordinance or budget. 

 

Nathan Slusher commented on his understanding and the purpose of State funding; however, he felt the Council should first ask the citizens for the funding (voluntarily indicated) and/or in subsequent order also ask the citizens whether the City should accept particular funding from the State.  

 

As there were no additional persons that wished to speak, the final public hearing on Ordinance No. 26-2021 was closed.

 

Motion

Member Jordan moved to approve Ordinance No. 26-2021 adopting the Enterprise Fund and Capital Improvements Program Budgets of the City of Titusville for the Fiscal Year 2022, as recommended. Vice-Mayor Stoeckel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

Mayor Diesel                          Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson                Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 

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Petitions from the Public Present – 

 

Stan Johnston was pleased with the services provided by several City departments; however, he felt the City government was dysfunctional.   

 

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City Manager Larese commended staff on their hard work preparing the FY 2022 budget. He also recognized Fire & Emergency Services Chief Michael Woodward on his upcoming retirement. 

 

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With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.