January 10, 2024

  1. Minutes

The Titusville Environmental Commission (TEC) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session at City Hall in the Council Chamber located at 555 South Washington Avenue on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 5:30pm.

 

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Chairwoman Thompson called the meeting to order at 5:30pm. Present were, Vice Chairman Myjak, Member Yount, Member Perez, Member Delgado, Member Flis and Alternate Member Young.  Member Tucker was absent. Staff present was Principle Planner Eddy Galindo, Sustainability Planner Abby Trout, Senior Planner Christie Anderson and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie. 

 

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Chairwoman Thompson asked that the Commission hear item 8C: Landscape Technical Manual Ordinance after item 5A: Approval of the Minutes. The Commission agreed to hear item 8C first.

 

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Member Perez made a motion to approve the October 11, 2023 meeting minutes with a correction. Member Flis seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.

 

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New Business

 

Landscape Technical Manual Ordinance

Mr. Galindo gave an overview of this item.

 

Kay St. Onge of Titusville came to speak in favor of this item. Ms. St. Onge spoke about the importance of Florida natives being planted which supports the native species.

 

Toni Shifalo of Titusville came to speak against this item. Ms. Shifalo shared her displeasure with the consultant’s work.

 

Kim Gibbs of Merritt Island came to speak neither for nor against this item. Ms. Gibbs encouraged the use of Florida native species when plantings take place and also brought Florida native plants to show to the Commission. 

Bill Klein of Titusville came to speak neither for nor against this item. Mr. Klein stressed the importance of Florida native plants. 

 

Ted Garrod of Titusville came to speak neither for nor against this item. Mr. Garrod suggested that the Commission take time to research the species and identify their tolerance level and whether or not they will thrive in Titusville. Mr. Garrod also suggested an incentive program for developers to promote Florida native plantings.

 

Vice Chairman Myjak asked for suggestions from Mr. Garrod as to how he thinks the city might incentivize using Florida natives. Mr. Garrod suggested square foot ratio adjustments for density adjustments, or allowing for landscaping in retention areas. 

 

Stan Johnston of Titusville came to speak neither for nor against this item. Mr. Johnston spoke about growing up in Titusville and how things have changed. 

 

Sheema Laguerre consultant with Kimley-Horn came to provide feedback to the Titusville Environmental Commission relating to questions and concerns that have been brought to her attention. Ms. Laguerre said that Kimley-Horn was asked to provide a list of recommended species for Titusville.  Ms. Laguerre said this is not a required list. Ms. Laguerre said that the zone for Titusville has changed since the initial request, therefore changes to the list will need to take place and species will be removed and added to the list. Ms. Laguerre said that the list can be revised to reflect the desire of the Commission to only recommend the Florida natives and Florida friendly species that should thrive in the 10A and 9B zones.

 

Member Yount suggested that the plants that attract the native wildlife should also be identified on the list. 

 

The Titusville Environmental Commission had lengthy discussion regarding the importance of promoting and incentivizing Florida native and Florida friendly plantings in all development. The Titusville Environmental Commission desires that Florida natives be highly recommended and that the consultant refer to the Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) for specified species. The Titusville Environmental Commission would like any species that will not thrive in Titusville to be taken off the list.

 

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Member Myjak made a motion to recommend that the Landscape Technical Manual Ordinance list is made up of Florida natives and Florida friendly species that belong in zones 10A and 9B only. 

 

A friendly amendment to the motion is to add a grouping that identifies the species that feed the wildlife (supports native caterpillars, butterflies, bees, birds, etc.). 

 

Member Perez seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Young                       Yes

Member Flis                            Yes

Member Delgado                    Yes

Member Yount                       Yes 

Vice Chairman Myjak             Yes

Member Perez                         Yes

Chairwoman Thompson          Yes

 

Motion passed.

 

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A motion was made by Member Perez and seconded by Vice Chairman Myjak to extend the meeting until 8:00pm. Unanimously approved.

 

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Petitions & Requests from Public Present

 

Bill Klein of Titusville came to speak. Mr. Klein suggested coming up with a program to incentivize the local nurseries to grow the plants on the recommended list to help with availability. 

 

Stan Johnston of Titusville provided a handout to the Commission.  Mr. Johnston spoke about the handout relating to sewage spills.

 

Chairwoman Thompson responded to Mr. Johnston with sharing the Titusville Environmental Commission’s actions that they have taken with regards to the sewage spills and his concerns.

 

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Old Business

None

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New Business

 

Titusville Environmental Commission Election of Officers

 

Stan Johnston of Titusville spoke against this item. Mr. Johnston said all Titusville Environmental Commission members should be removed from the Commission.

 

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Member Flis nominated Laurilee Thompson to continue as the Chair. Member Yount seconded.

 

Member Perez nominated Michael Myjak to be Chair. Chairwoman Thompson seconded.

 

The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Member Perez                         Myjak

Vice Chairman Myjak             Myjak

Member Young                       Thompson

Member Delgado                    Thompson

Member Flis                            Thompson

Member Yount                       Thompson

Chairwoman Thompson          Myjak

 

Motion for Chair was a 4 vote for Laurilee Thompson and 3 vote for Michael Myjak. Laurilee Thompson is voted to remain as Chairwoman.

 

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Member Perez nominated Michael Myjak to continue as the Vice Chair. Member Flis seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Yount                       Yes

Member Young                       Yes

Member Delgado                    Yes

Member Flis                            Yes

Vice Chairman Myjak             Yes

Member Perez                         Yes

Chairwoman Thompson          Yes

 

There was a unanimous voice vote for Michael Myjak to continue as Vice Chairman.

 

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Audubon Florida Greenhouse Gas Inventory Cohort Report

Ms. Trout gave an overview of this item.

 

The Titusville Environmental Commission had brief discussion about the report.

 

Stan Johnston of Titusville said this was an important topic.

 

The meeting was extended to 8:15pm.

 

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Titusville Environmental Commission Semi-Annual Report 

Ms. Trout gave an overview of this item.

 

The Titusville Environmental Commission said they would like for their discussion regarding the Landscape Trust Fund and tonight’s discussion to also be added to the semi-annual report.

 

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Member Myjak made a motion to approve the Titusville Environmental Commission’s semi-annual report with the requested additions. Member Young seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Young                       Yes

Member Flis                            Yes

Member Delgado                    Yes

Member Yount                       Yes

Vice Chairman Myjak             Yes

Member Perez                         Yes

Chairwoman Thompson          Yes

Motion passed.

 

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The meeting was extended to 8:20pm.

 

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Reports

None.

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Discussion of Future Agenda Items

Review the Titusville Environmental Commission’s scope of abilities and duties in the code of ordinances.

 

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Mr. Galindo said that in the future staff will be bringing policies from the environmental portions of the comprehensive plan before the Commission for review. 

 

Mr. Galindo informed the Commission that there is an opening on the Planning and Zoning Commission as a dual member.

 

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Adjournment 8:23p.m.