Regular City Council Meeting - January 28, 2020 at 5:30 PM

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City Council

Regular Meeting

January 28, 2020


The City Council of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. 

Mayor Walt Johnson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Mayor Johnson, Vice-Mayor Dan Diesel, and Members Robert Jordan, Jo Lynn Nelson, and Sarah Stoeckel. Also in attendance were City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. Sr. Administrative Assistant Debbie Denman completed the minutes. 

Mayor Johnson requested a moment of silence and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  

City Clerk Wells read the procedure for public comment.



Employee(s) of the Month for November 2019, December 2019, and January 2020 – Police Chief John Lau highlighted the nomination that recognized Mickey Wright from the IT Department as the City of Titusville's Employee of the Month for November 2019. Mayor Johnson presented Mr. Wright with a plaque and gift.


Building Official Steve Adams highlighted the nomination that recognized Darsi Floss from the Building Department as the City of Titusville's Employee of the Month for December 2019. Mayor Johnson presented Ms. Floss with a plaque and gift.


Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson highlighted the nomination that recognized Officer Parker Landis of the Titusville Police Department as the City of Titusville's Employee of the Month for January 2020. Mayor Johnson presented Officer Landis with a plaque and gift.

Low Impact Development – Fred Milch, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council – Fred Milch of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council provided a powerpoint presentation on Low Impact Development to the City Council that included as followed:


  • Low Impact Development (LID)
  • Examples of LID
  • Significantly Increase the Volume of Surface Runoff
  • Development
  • Avoid Compaction of Soils
  • Florida Land Development Conventional Practices
  • “Conventional” Planning and Design
  • LID Design Planning Process
  • LID Site Design
  • Better Site Design on Roadways and Driveways
  • Lake Alice Stormwater Pond, University of Florida, Gainesville Campus
  • Drainage Designs
  • Capturing Roof Runoff
  • Vegetated Swales
  • Bioretention Applications
  • Vegetated Filter Strips Pretreatment and Attenuation
  • Code Considerations
  • Existing Outside Regulations
  • Other Suggestions

Letters of Appreciation – City Manager Larese read the names of the employees that recently received letters of appreciation as followed:


City Clerk’s Department

  • Jolynn Donhoff, Assistant City Clerk 
  • Brenda Evans, Records Manager   


Fire Department

  • Mike Abernathy, Lieutenant 
  • Kyle George, Firefighter 
  • Jeff Harris, Battalion Chief   



Stan Johnston provided a handout to Council and commented on nonsense, dishonesty, corruption, and fraud.

Bill Klein spoke on Low Impact Development (LID) and stated that he felt that Mr. Milch’s presentation was very informative. He volunteered to help develop ideas and programs for LID development, as he thought it would be a great for Titusville.

David Botto stated that he served on the Board of Marine Resources Council. He advised that LID was not new and had been around for decades and that it was cost effective. He believed it was crucial to the future of the Indian River Lagoon for LID to be adopted throughout the basin. 



A motion was made and approved to allow David Botto an additional minute to speak.


Mr. Botto stated that LID was completely engineered and all the engineering data was available. He advised that the writing of the ordinance to require LID was not hard to do because the best management practices for LID spelled out all the engineering. 

Laurilee Thompson commented on the 23rd Annual Space Coast Birding Festival and that she felt that it had been the best festival yet. She advised that people from all over the world attended the festival and that they were astounded by the amount of birds there were in the community. She stated that she felt LID would help to retain the wonderful assets that were in Titusville.  

Kay St. Onge thanked Council for the presentation by Fred Milch on low impact strategies. She provided some of the advantages of LID and stated that she hoped Mr. Milch’s presentation would assist in launching LID in Titusville. 

Lisa Ruckman commented on an area in Arizona that practiced LID. She stated that the houses and properties in that area cost more and stayed in the higher value range, but were desired more because of the benefits from LID.

Mary Sphar stated that she was excited about LID and thanked Council for their consideration for LID. She felt that LID needed to be practiced to maintain and improve the health of the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Johns River. She thanked Community Development Director Peggy Busacca for providing the draft for Tree Regulations.  

With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:38 p.m.

Walt Johnson, Mayor



Wanda F. Wells, City Clerk