Special City Council Meeting - April 2, 2020 at 5:30 PM

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City Council

Special Meeting

April 2, 2020


The Titusville City Council met in special session on Thursday, April 2, 2020 in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida.

The meeting was called to order at 5:38 p.m. Those present were Mayor Walt Johnson, Vice-Mayor Dan Diesel, and Council Members Robert Jordan, Jo Lynn Nelson and Sarah Stoeckel. Members Jo Lynn Nelson and Sarah Stoeckel attended via telephone.  Also, in attendance were City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells.  City Clerk Wanda Wells completed the minutes.

Mayor Johnson led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The purpose of this meeting was for Council to discuss the procedures for future public meetings due to the State of Emergency, as a result of COVID-19.

City Manager Larese advised that the temporary meeting rules were established for the meeting on April 2, 2020 and published in the lobby of City Hall, the City website, as well as our social media sites.   These rules included: (1) Only one member of the public would be allowed in the Council Chambers at a time to speak; (2) Seating for those members of the public wishing to speak in the Council Chambers would be provided within City Hall in accordance with policies from federal, state, and local health officials for social distancing and group gatherings; (3) Individual speakers shall enter the Council Chambers when directed to do so and shall be heard in accordance with the City’s policies for public participation; (4) No tripods, easels, props, or other demonstration aides shall be permitted within the Council Chambers; Speakers were permitted to have a sign with them during their designated speaking time provided that the sign was held by the speaker and was to be removed at the conclusion for their speaking time; (5) Speakers who appear in person would be subject to be screened for symptoms of COVID 19 and would not be permitted to enter City Hall.


 City Manager Larese also advised that the special meeting was being held to determine the following:  (1) How many regular City Council meetings would City Council like to have in the month of April; (2) If City Council would like to continue with the cancellation of all advisory boards during the month of April; and (3) How City Council would like to conduct the upcoming regular City Council meeting.  


Council discussion ensued.


City Attorney Broome advised the Council would also need to approve a resolution establishing procedures for conducting the City public meetings during the declared State of Emergency as a result of COVID 19; providing for use of communications media technology to conduct public meetings; providing procedures for public comment consistent with executive order 20-69; providing for repeal of prior inconsistent resolutions; and providing for an effective date.  


City Manager Larese advised that based on the discussion, he understood that Council would like to continue the next meeting on April 28, 2020 in the same format at this meeting; cancel all advisory boards for the month of April; City Manager would call a special meeting if needed; not include quasi-judicial items on the agenda to the extent possible; Council authorized email comments to be gathered and made part of the public record (not read at the meetings).


City Attorney Broome also advised that the resolution would be revised based on the discussion and motion from this meeting.


Member Jordan moved to hold one meeting on April 28, 2020 using the format from this meeting; cancel all advisory board and Community Redevelopment (CRA) meetings for the month of April; City Manager would call a special meeting for City Council or any advisory board or CRA if needed; allow alternative form for citizen input; and approve the resolution consistent with the discussion.   Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion and the roll call was:


Member Jordan                       yes

Member Nelson                      yes

Mayor Johnson                       yes

Member Diesel                        yes

Member Stoeckel                    yes


The motion carried unanimously.


It was also understood that no quasi-judicial items would be included in the upcoming agendas to the extent possible.   

With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.



Walt Johnson, Mayor


Wanda F. Wells, City Clerk