Community Redevelopment Agency March 8, 2022

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Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting

March 8, 2022

 

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, March 8, 2022.


Call to Order/Determination of a Quorum

Chairperson Diesel called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Chairperson Daniel Diesel, Vice-Chairperson Robert Jordan, and Members Joe Robinson, Jo Lynn Nelson, 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 Nelson moved to approve the minutes of the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, as submitted. Vice-Chair Jordan seconded the motion.

 

The motion carried unanimously. 


Special Recognitions and Presentations 

 

Community Policing Update – Lieutenant Josh Little presented the annual update of the Community Redevelopment Agency's (CRA) Community Policing activities. The presentation

highlighted as follows:

 

 

  • CRA Police Initiatives Oct 01, 2020 – Sept 30, 2021
  •  Enforcement Activities
  • Traffic Stops 1,269 Yearly CRA
  • Traffic Accidents – Total CRA
  • Traffic Tickets/Warnings CRA = 284
  •  Burglaries CRA = 17
  • Burglary Comparison – CRA/Citywide
  • Arrest CRA = 98
  • Top 15 Arrest Charges CRA
  • Points to Consider
  •  

Member Ball asked Lieutenant Little for more information and statistics regarding the traffic accidents in the CRA. Member Ball also expressed concern for the heavy traffic flow and speed

limit on U.S. Highway 1 in downtown Titusville.

 

Member Stoeckel asked Lieutenant Little for the age of the people who were pulled over and how many of them were residents. Member Stoeckel also asked Lieutenant Little if there was anything that the CRA could do to help the homeless. Lieutenant Little stated that most of the homeless that the police interact with are not violent and several of them have a mental disability that caused them to be homeless.


 Old Business – None. 


New Business 

Fiscal Year 2021 City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency Annual Report - Executive Director Larese advised the request was to review and approve the Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report for the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and approve transmittal of the report to the CRA's creating municipality (City of Titusville) to meet the March 31st deadline. After the financial audit information was completed, it would be added to the report, posted as required by Florida Statutes and courtesy copies would be sent to the taxing authorities in the county.

 

Stan Johnston discussed the sewage spill that occurred at Sand Point Park, etc. 

 

Motion: Member Nelson moved to approve the Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report for the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and approve transmittal of the report to the CRA's creating municipality (City of Titusville) to meet the March 31st deadline, as recommended. After the financial audit information was completed, it would be added to the report, posted as required by Florida Statutes and courtesy copies would be sent to the taxing authorities in the county. Member Ball seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Member Robinson                  Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Chairperson Diesel                 Yes

Vice-Chair Jordan                   Yes

Member Ball                           Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Aker                          Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.


American Rescue Plan Act - Extension of Farmers Market Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Greater Titusville Chamber of Commerce – Executive Director Larese advised the request was to recommend approval of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) extension for the Greater Titusville Chamber of Commerce to continue to operate a Farmers Market Token

Program to be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act to the City Council.

 

Due to available American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds budgeted for the Farmers Market Token Program and the popularity of the program that ran from August to December of 2021, staff recommended to continue the Farmers Market Token Program in 2022 with an extension to the agreement with the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce to operate the farmers market. Four (4) additional market events were proposed between March and May of this year. The events will be held on the second and fourth Fridays of the month.

 

Motion: Member Nelson moved to recommend approval of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) extension for the Greater Titusville Chamber of Commerce to continue to operate a Farmers Market Token Program to be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act to the City Council, as recommended. Member Stoeckel seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

Member Nelson                      Yes

Chairperson Diesel                 Yes 

Vice-Chair Jordan                   Yes 

Member Ball                           Yes 

Member Stoeckel                    Yes 

Member Aker                          Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes 

 

The motion carried unanimously.


FY 2023 Community Redevelopment Agency Proposed Preliminary Budget - Executive Director Larese advised the request was to provide direction to staff regarding the FY 2023 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Budget.

Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford presented the FY2023 Community Redevelopment Agency Proposed Preliminary Budget. The presentation highlighted as follows: 

  • Budget Process
  • Estimated Revenues
  • Debt Service 
  • Personnel/Operating Expenses
  • Summary Snapshot
  • Capital Projects Options

Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford stated that the estimated funding available was $491,000. The recommended capital projects for FY2023 funding were:

  • Building Grant Program $50,000
  • Trail Town Amenities (includes two new business directory signs) $50,000
  • Spaceview Park Pier $300,000
  • Stormwater Infrastructure $91,000

The Community Redevelopment Agency came to a consensus for approval for the recommended Capital Projects, but asked staff for details on the stormwater infrastructure improvements, details on the water exchange near the Spaceview Park Pier and asked staff to keep the business directory signs consistent with the trail system.

 

Stan Johnston stated that the money being spent on the Spaceview Park Pier could be used to clean the Indian River Lagoon and to research what caused the sea grass to die in the Indian River Lagoon. 


Petitions and Request from the Public Present

 

Roger Molitor stated that he would not be accepting reappointment to the Titusville Cocoa Airport Authority in July of 2022, but stated that Mitchell Pupa was interested in taking over his position.

 

Chairman Diesel and Vice-Chair Jordan thanked Roger Molitor for his positive service throughout the years.

 

Mitchell Pupa discussed his qualifications and experience working at the airport and expressed his interest in serving on the Titusville Cocoa Airport Authority. 


Stan Johnston discussed saving the manatees in the Indian River Lagoon and the health of the Indian River Lagoon.  


Executive Directors 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 6:31 p.m.