Special City Council Meeting - September 17, 2020 at 5:30 PM

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City Council 

Special Meeting

September 17, 2020

 

The City of Titusville City Council met in special session on Thursday, September 17, 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 Members Robert Jordan and JoLynn Nelson, City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and Assistant City Clerk Jolynn Donhoff, who completed the minutes of the meeting. 

 

Regular 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. 

 


 

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

 

Assistant City Clerk Donhoff 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 final public hearings on the City's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2021; read the related ordinances to adopt a final Operating and Voted Debt Service millage rate; conduct the final reading of the Resolution adopting the schedule of fees for water and sewer; conduct the final reading of the Ordinance proposing the Fiscal Year 2021 Solid Waste rates; and adopt the final Operating, Enterprise and Capital Budgets.

 

City Attorney Broome read the following ordinances and resolution for the second 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.



 

Assistant City Clerk Donhoff advised that a citizen, Guin Johnston, submitted electronic mail (e-mail) with comments for the meeting and Petitions and Requests from the Public. The email was forwarded and distributed to the City Council and would be made part of the public records of the City Council meeting.

 




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

 

  • Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Annual Operating and Capital Budget Public Hearing
  • Budget Process, proposed and related ordinances, and proposed resolutions for final reading
  • Public Hearings Florida Statutes Chapter 200
  • Fiscal Year 2021 City of Titusville Strategic Goals and Objectives 
  • Fiscal Year 2021 Proposed Budget All Funds Expenditures $126,189,205
  • Fiscal Year 2021 General Fund Proposed Budgeted Expenditures $48,051,411
  • Millage Rate
  • General Fund Millage Rate Comparison
  • Fiscal Year 2021 Proposed Per Capita Ad Valorem Taxes
  • Proposed and Current Property Taxes on a Residential Home in Titusville
  • Tentative Property Tax on a Residential Home in Titusville
  • General Fund Proposed Changes to Adopted 
  • Additional Funding Considerations General Fund (Total $465,616)
  • Additional Funding Considerations Other Funds
  • Public Hearing FY 2021 Proposed Budget, Utility Rate Changes
  • Stormwater and Solid Waste Rate Proposals
  • Stormwater Rate Comparison (Standardized)
  • Solid Waste Rate Comparison (Single Family)
  • Solid Waste Rate Comparison (Commercial)
  • Typical Residential Monthly Bill for ¾” Meter at Existing and Proposed FY 2021 Rates
  • Typical Commercial Monthly Bill for ¾” Meter at Existing and Proposed FY 2021 Rates
  • Typical Commercial Monthly Bill for 1.5” Meter at Existing and Proposed FY 2021 Rates
  • Current Rate Comparison – FY 2021
  • Proposed Budget Action Items 
  • Fiscal Year 2021 Follow Up Items
  • Council Actions



 

Ordinance Nos. 12-2020 and 13-2020 –

 

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

 

Russ Bausch commented on the City Manager’s transmittal letter on the proposed budget and items associated with the proposed FY 2021 budget. He requested City Council to adopt the rolled-back millage rate. 

 

Stu Buchanan expressed his concerns on aging roads and infrastructure and funding police and fire employee pensions. He requested Council adopt the higher, tentatively proposed, millage rate, in order to provide additional funding for the items that concerned him. 

 

Jason Reichman supported minimal higher taxes, for the purpose of providing additional funding for police and fire employee pensions and roads and making the community more attractive and usable. 

 

Alex McNitt, an engineer at the space center, requested raising taxes to benefit the community. 

 

Trenton Mansfield requested Council not to raise taxes, due to he felt there was always room to make cuts in government spending and because the Coronavirus (pandemic) had caused an economic hardship for some citizens.  

 

Stan Johnston was opposed to the two ordinances. He expressed concerns on Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) and unfunded liability costs, sanitary sewer costs, flood ways and concern for their maintenance and following regulations pertaining to storm water, etc.  

 

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

 

City Manager Larese advised that the proposed millage rate was $7.2145 mils and the proposed Voted Debt Service levy millage was $0.3147 mils. There were also the additional proposed items discussed (earlier at this meeting), as State revenues came in higher and adjustments were made to the School Resource Officer (SRO) contract, the additional items in the proposed budget should be part of the motion of approval as well, if this was the Council’s desire. 

 

Brief Council discussion ensued. Member Nelson advised that she understood it was a bad year to raise taxes, due to the Coronavirus (pandemic). She also understood the perspectives of the other speakers that requested adopting higher taxes (millage rate). 

 

Motion:

Member Nelson moved to adopt Ordinance No. 12-2020 providing for a millage rate for the operation of the City of Titusville at $7.2145 mils and a Voted Debt Service levy millage rate for Fiscal Year 2021 at $0.3147 mils, as recommended. Member Jordan seconded the motion.

 

For clarification purposes, City Attorney Broome advised that the motion on the floor proposed to adopt the rolled-back millage rate, which generated no additional revenue. 

 

 The roll call vote was:

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

 

The motion carried unanimously.  



Motion

Member Nelson moved to adopt Ordinance No. 13-2020 adopting the General and Related Budgets of the City of Titusville for Fiscal Year 2021, as recommended. 

 

City Manager Larese advised or recommended adding to this, the approximate and additional $465,000 of consideration to the General Fund, and as described in his slide packet and presentation given earlier in the meeting. 

 

Member Nelson agreed to include the City Manager’s information in her motion. Member Jordan seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 

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

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 



Resolution No. 28-2020 - 

 

Mayor Johnson opened the public hearing on Resolution No. 28-2020.

 

Russ Bausch waived his right to speak. 

 

Aimee Burns requested City Council not raise water and sewer service fees. She gave an example of monthly water consumption at her home and compared the proposed resolution’s rates to other cities in Florida. Ms. Burns added that the Coronavirus (pandemic) also presented additional economic stress to citizens---something to consider in FY 2021. 

 

Susan Canada read from a prepared statement. She expressed concern on the cost of water, her research on tiered assistance programs, and citizens’ ability to pay these costs. Ms. Canada requested Council explore other options to avoid increasing water and sewer costs and/or if possible, reduce these costs during the year. 

 

Stan Johnston expressed concern on the aforementioned ordinances and funding. He was opposed to the proposed resolution. Mr. Johnston further expressed concern on mismanagement of water wells, an issue with a south well in the City, over pumping a well, a penalty of not meeting deadlines, etc. 

 

As there was no one else that wished to speak, Mayor Johnson closed the public hearing. 

 

Member Nelson advised that she understood the citizens’ concerns and difficulties that it may cause citizens. She also discussed the requirement to improve the system (water and sewer). 

 

Mayor Johnson distributed a one-page, current rate, comparison chart for various Florida based cities and counties, which he provided several copies, should the citizens wish to take a copy and view the information. 

 

 

Motion:

Member Nelson moved to approve Resolution No. 28-2020 amending the City’s schedule of fees for water and sewer service by increasing the charges and rates, 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 Jordan                       Yes

Member Nelson                       Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 




Ordinance No. 14-2020 – 

 

Mayor Johnson opened the public hearing on Ordinance No. 14-2020. 

 

Russ Bausch waived his right to speak.

 

Stan Johnston was in favor of Ordinance No. 14-2020. He felt the Solid Waste Division, under the stewardship of the City’s Public Works Director, was doing a great job. Mr. Johnston briefly referenced Ordinance No. 15-2020. He then praised trash and debris being picked-up throughout the City via the efforts by the Solid Waste Division.   

 

As there was no one else that wished to speak, Mayor Johnson closed the public hearing. 

 

Motion

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

 

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

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 



Ordinance No. 15-2020 – 

 

Mayor Johnson opened the public hearing on Ordinance No. 15-2020. 

 

Stan Johnston was opposed to Ordinance No. 15-2020 for reasons he explained. 

 

As there was no one else that wished to speak, Mayor Johnson closed the public hearing. 

 

Motion

Member Jordan moved to adopt Ordinance No. 15-2020 adopting the Enterprise Fund and Capital Improvements Program budgets of the City of Titusville for the Fiscal Year 2021, as recommended. This included a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) increase for City employees whose salaries or wages were funded by enterprise funds. 

 

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

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

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 


Petitions from the Public Present – Stan Johnston advised that his wife, Guin Johnston, had emailed the City with her requests for a number of items, which he reviewed. He then expressed his own concerns on how he felt others perceived him concerning his claims of a 2019 report that he perceived may or may not exist, but was told did not exist (if such a report was written or published in 2019).  He was dissatisfied with matters and asked for City officials to resign.   




City Manager Larese thanked staff for their hard work with preparing the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. He advised this was a challenging budget to prepare based on the uncertainty of State revenues and other factors. Mayor Johnson echoed the praise of staff. 

 



As there was a disturbance from the back of the Council chamber, City Attorney Broome addressed the issue that he interpreted concerned a citizen that was present in the Council chamber. City Attorney Broome advised that at the beginning of the special City Council meeting, Guin Johnston was recognized as a citizen that submitted electronic mail (e-mail) with comments for this meeting and Petitions and Requests from the Public. Ms. Johnston’s email was forwarded and distributed to the City Council and would be made part of the public records of this City Council meeting.

 



With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:36 p.m. 

 


Walt Johnson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

Wanda F. Wells, City Clerk