Special City Council Meeting - January 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM

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City Council Meeting

Special Meeting

January 21, 2020

 

The Titusville City Council met in special session on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida.


The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. Those present were Mayor Walt Johnson, Vice-Mayor Dan Diesel, and Council Members Robert Jordan, Jo Lynn Nelson and Sarah Stoeckel. Also, in attendance were City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome. Administrative Assistant Debbie Denman completed the minutes.


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


The purpose of this meeting was to hold a public hearing on the CDBG FY19 Grant Annual Report, CDBG FY21 Request for Proposals, and FY 20 HOME Disbursement Agreement with Brevard County.


CDBG FY19 Grant Annual Report and CDBG FY21 Request for Proposals - City Manager Larese advised that the recommended action was to conduct a public hearing on CDBG FY19 grant performance, and receive oral presentations from non-profit agencies seeking CDBG FY21 grant funding.

 

Annually, the Neighborhood Services Department was tasked with developing an Action Plan to administer the City's federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). As part of that process, the Department advertised Request for Proposals (RFPs) to allocate funds to eligible non-profit agencies or organizations providing public services in the community, to assist the Department in the administration and expenditure of program funds. Additionally, during the annual Action Plan process, the Department provided an opportunity for public comment on the previous year's grant performance.

 

The purpose of this meeting was to conduct a public hearing on the performance of the City's FY19 CDBG grant program year, and to provide an opportunity for agencies and organizations seeking funding through the RFP process to provide a brief presentation on their request. Although presentations were not mandatory to receive funding, staff encouraged each agency applying for funds to attend this meeting.

 

Neighborhood Services Director Terrie Franklin advised that this meeting was to begin the process to develop the next years action plan for the City’s CDBG program. The plan when developed would state how the federal funds would be used that were received from HUD. She advised that the City would also receive HOME grant funds through the HOME consortium with Brevard County.

Neighborhood Services Director Franklin provided a powerpoint presentation and highlighted as followed:

  • City of Titusville Neighborhood Services Department FY 2018/2019 Annual Performance Report
  • Who is the Neighborhood Services Department?
  • Organizational Chart
  • Mission
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Revitalization Objectives
  • Preservation Objectives
  • Serve the Needs of Citizens
  • Housing Objectives
  • Methods of Implementation
  • Plan for Change
  • Available Resources and Constraints
  • CDBG Grant Program
  • HOME Grant Program
  • FY 18/19 Available Revenues ($899,246.33)
  • Funds Expended in FY 18/19 ($491,121.15)
  • FY 18/19 CDBG Public Service Programs Completed
  • FY 18/19 CDBG Projects Completed
  • On-Going Funded Programs/Projects
  • FY 18/19 Accomplishments
  • Questions

            

Neighborhood Services Director Franklin then highlighted the following information:

  • City of Titusville’s Consolidated Plan Strategies
  • Grant History 10-Year History of CDBG & Home Revenues
  • Breakdown of Propose FY 2020-2021 CDBG 
  • Breakdown of FY 20-21 HOME 

The following agencies provided requests for FY 2020/2021 CDBG funds:

 

Public Service Programs:

  • Aging Matters in Brevard, Senior Nutritional Program (Meal on Wheels) -    Craig Edmonson-Wood, Program Director and Josh Jenson, CEO - $10,000.00

 

  • Early Learning Coalition - Subsidized Child Care Program, $12,000.00 (There was no representative present.)

 

  • South Brevard Women’s Center – Domestic Violence Program, Becky Lemstrom - $16,300.00   

 

  • Victory Kids Sports, Youth Recreational and Educational Program - Stanley Patton, Chief Innovation Officer - $14,590.00

Neighborhood Services Director Franklin provided a PowerPoint presentation that reviewed the Community Development Block Grant Program FY 2020/2021, Community Development, Neighborhood Services Department request as followed:

  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • South Street Target Area
  • Street Improvement Program
  • P.R.I.D.E. Beautification Program

 

Member Jordan stated that the Inspiration Subdivision was a great project, but expressed concern that it was not maintained properly. He asked who owned the common property in the subdivision and whether anything could be done about having it maintained.

 

Neighborhood Services Director Franklin advised that the Homeowners’ Association owned the common property and that each individual homeowner owned their own lot. She stated that the homeowners could be encouraged to make improvements in that area. She advised that she would reach out to Inspiration Homeowners’ Association to determine the issue.


FY 20 HOME Disbursement Agreement with Brevard County – City Manager Larese advised that the recommended action was to approve FY 20 HOME Disbursement Agreement with Brevard County, and authorize the Mayor and staff to execute the Agreement as written.

 

Annually, the City received HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) grant funds through the Brevard County HOME Consortium, which consisted of Brevard County, and the cities of Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Titusville.

 

HUD regulations required Brevard County to enter into a Disbursement Agreement with each Consortium member to manage and expend the HOME funds.

 

The FY 20 Disbursement Agreement stated the methods and amount of funds to be reimbursed to the City for various housing programs between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020.  The Agreement included FY 20 allocation of $112,628.92 and carry over unexpended funds of $392,919.42, for a grand total of $505,548.34 covered under the Agreement.

 

Staff reviewed the Agreement and concurred with the amounts stated and the conditions of the grant. Staff was seeking Council's approval to accept the funds and authorization to execute said Agreement, and for the Mayor and staff to execute the Agreement as written.


Motion: 

Member Nelson moved to approve FY 20 HOME Disbursement Agreement with Brevard County, and authorize the Mayor and staff to execute the Agreement, as written. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously. 


Public Comment

 

Stan Johnston objected to the meeting for a number of reasons. He advised he was in favor of the request from Aging Matters in Brevard. He felt the road project was a very good project as the City’s roads needed repaved and the City should be budgeting for the repaving of roads.


With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:28 p.m.


Walt Johnson, Mayor


ATTEST:

Wanda F. Wells, City Clerk