Special City Council Meeting - September 9, 2020 at 5:30 PM

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City Council
Special Meeting
September 9, 2020

 

The City of Titusville City Council met in special session on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at Titusville City Hall, second floor, Council Chamber, 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida 32796. Mayor Johnson called the City Council meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Those present in the Council chamber included Mayor Walt Johnson, Vice-Mayor Dan Diesel, City Council Member JoLynn Nelson, City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. City Council Member Robert Jordan was absent. 

City Council Member Sarah Stoeckel participated via communications media technology (telephone), as allowed by Florida Statutes and State emergency orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Assistant City Clerk Jolynn Donhoff completed the minutes of the meeting. 

 



Mayor Johnson requested a moment of silence, followed by leading those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

City Clerk Wells read the procedure for public comment and participation. 

City Attorney Broome read additional procedures for public comment and participation for City Council meetings during COVID-19, which were posted on the City website and the Council agenda, which were based on City of Titusville Resolution No. 16-2020.



City Manager Larese reviewed the purpose of the special City Council meeting, as provided in the Council agenda packet. The request was to conduct the first of two public hearings on the City's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2021; read the related Ordinances to adopt Tentative Operating and Voted Debt Service millage rate; read the Resolution adopting the schedule of fees for water and sewer; conduct the first reading of Ordinances proposing the Fiscal Year 2021 Solid Waste rates; and adopt Tentative Operating, Enterprise and Capital Budgets.

City Attorney Broome read the following ordinances and resolution for the first time, by title only, as followed:

Ordinance No.  12-2020 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA, PROVIDING FOR THE MILLAGE FOR THE OPERATION OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE; AND VOTED DEBT SERVICE LEVY FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 

Ordinance No.  13-2020 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE GENERAL AND RELATED BUDGETS OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2021; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Resolution No.  28-2020 - A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE SCHEDULE OF FEES FOR WATER AND SEWER SERVICE BY INCREASING THE CHARGES AND RATES; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ordinance No. 14-2020 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA; AMENDING SECTION 16-116 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING AND ESTABLISHING AN INCREASE TO THE RESIDENTIAL MONTHLY CHARGE FOR SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING FEES AND ADDING A FEE FOR AN ADDITIONAL CART; AND BY AMENDING SECTION 16-117 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY AMENDING AND ESTABLISHING AN INCREASE TO THE COMMERCIAL DUMPSTER AND COMMERCIAL CAN MONTHLY CHARGES FOR SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING FEES AND INCREASING THE COMMERCIAL DUMPSTER RENTAL FEES; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Ordinance No. 15–2020 - AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE ENTERPRISE FUND AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM BUDGETS OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2021; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.



City Manager Larese gave a presentation that reviewed the following information:

  • Budget process and millage rate
  • Use of millage over the rollback rate
  • Strategic Plan Priority Objectives Fiscal Year (FY) 2021
  • FY 2021 Budget environment
  • FY 2021 budget priorities 
  • General Fund millage rate comparison
  • FY 2021 Proposed per capita ad valorem taxes
  • Proposed property tax on a residential home in Titusville based on $7.2145 mils
  • Tentative property tax on a residential home in Titusville based on $7.9360 mils
  • General Fund Changes Proposed to Adopted
  • Additional funding considerations from General Fund 
  • Additional funding considerations from other funds 
  • Budget related ordinances scheduled for first reading 
  • Recommended actions and final public hearing on the FY 2020 budget scheduled for September 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.  

 



Ordinance Nos. 12-2020 and 13-2020 –

Mayor Johnson opened the first public hearing on Ordinance Nos. 12-2020 and 13-2020. 

Russ Bausch commented on the rationale for the rolled-back millage rate and the tentative proposed 10% above rolled-back rate; Council typically did not adopt the 10% above rolled-back and the rationale why the Council tentatively adopted this from year-to-year; and water and sewer rates. 

Stuart Buchanan expressed concern on providing adequate funding for roadways, infrastructure, and police and fire pensions. He requested Council adopt a higher millage rate to fund these matters.  

Christopher Childs clarified that the proposed, employee, 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) was calculated based on the urban consumer price index (CPI) by the U.S. Department of Labor. This CPI was the standard for municipalities. 

Concerning employee cost of living adjustments (COLAs), City Manager Larese advised that information was provided to the Council on other employee COLA increases for municipalities, which ranged from 1% to 3%. 

Trenton Mansfield supported the rolled-back millage rate and self-imposed restrictions that were more restrictive than Florida Statutes concerning adopting the millage rate or budget. He also expressed concern on present economic challenges that residents faced during the Coronavirus (pandemic). 

Susan Canada expressed concern on the cost of water. She also expressed concern on present economic challenges that residents faced during the Coronavirus (pandemic). Water was a necessity and residents were frequently washing and cleaning more so because of the pandemic. Her suggestion was to add an additional impact fee on new homes that cost $250,000 or more rather than to burden residents that were struggling financially. 

Mayor Johnson commented on a water chart that he recently received from City Manager Larese. Mayor Johnson requested making this chart available at the second and final public hearing (September 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.).  

Stan Johnston distributed information to Council. He advised that he was a professional engineer. He commented on previous requests he made, prior City Council meetings, advising that a document did not exist or confusion about its existence, dishonesty, etc. 

As there were no additional persons that wished to speak, the first public hearing on Ordinance Nos. 12-2020 and 13-2020 was closed.

Motion:

Member Nelson moved to tentatively adopt Ordinance No. 12-2020 providing for a millage rate for the operation of the City of Titusville at $7.9360 mils and a Voted Debt Service levy millage rate for Fiscal Year 2021 at $0.3147 mils, as recommended. 

City Attorney Broome clarified with Finance Director Bridgette Clements that a tentative millage rate of $7.9360 mils was an increase of 10% above the revenue neutral rolled-back rate of $7.2145 mils. Additionally, the tentative Voted Debt Service Levy millage of $0.3147 mils was a reduction of 0.316 mils from the Fiscal Year 2020 millage rate of $0.3463 mils. 

Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

Member Nelson          Yes
Mayor Johnson           Yes
Vice-Mayor Diesel      Yes
Member Stoeckel       Yes

The motion carried unanimously. 



Motion

Member Nelson moved to tentatively adopt Ordinance No. 13-2020 adopting the General and Related Budgets of the City of Titusville for Fiscal Year 2021, as recommended. Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 Mayor Johnson        Yes
Vice-Mayor Diesel    Yes
Member Stoeckel     Yes
Member Nelson       Yes

The motion carried unanimously.



Resolution No. 28-2020 – The vote on this item was scheduled for the special City Council meeting on September 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.



Ordinance No. 14-2020 – 

Motion

Member Nelson moved to tentatively adopt Ordinance No. 14-2020, as recommended. Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

Vice-Mayor Diesel       Yes
Member Stoeckel        Yes
Member Nelson           Yes
Mayor Johnson            Yes

The motion carried unanimously.



Ordinance No. 15-2020 –  

Motion

Member Nelson moved to tentatively adopt Ordinance No. 15-2020, as recommended. Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion and the roll call was:

 Member Stoeckel         Yes
Member Nelson             Yes
Mayor Johnson              Yes
Vice-Mayor Diesel         Yes

The motion carried unanimously. 

 



City Manager Larese advised that the second and final public hearing on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget related ordinances and resolution was scheduled for the special City Council meeting on September 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.



Petitions from the Public Present – None.



Vice-Mayor Diesel commented on appreciating questions from citizens, receiving information, and the budget cycle. Member Nelson appreciated staff’s assistance on number crunching. Mayor Johnson commented on other public meetings to prepare the upcoming fiscal year budget. Vice-Mayor Diesel commended the City for not borrowing from its catastrophic reserve funds whereas some cities this past year had to borrow from their reserve funds.



With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:16 p.m. 


Walt Johnson, Mayor

ATTEST:
Wanda F. Wells, City Clerk