October 14, 2020 Minutes

The Titusville Environmental Commission (TEC) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber at City Hall, located at 555 South Washington Avenue on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 5:30pm.

 

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Vice Chairman Bobbitt called the meeting to order at 5:30pm. Present were Member Tucker, Member Perez, Member Yount, Member Rice, and Alternate Member Thompson. Chairman Myjak and Member Le were absent. Staff present was Sustainability Planner Eddy Galindo, and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.

 

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Member Perez made a motion to approve the minutes from the August 13, 2020 meeting with a correction. Member Tucker seconded the motion; there was a unanimous voice vote in favor. 

 

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Old Business

None

 

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New Business

 

LEED Building Rating System Presentation

John Constantinide, Chair, USGBC Brevard gave a PowerPoint Presentation regarding LEED Building Rating systems. 

 

Member Rice asked what type of incentives are given to local municipalities. Mr. Constantinide said tax incentives, subsidies, etc. Member Rice asked Mr. Constantinide if he could provide a list of incentive examples that are used for small cities to Mr. Galindo so that the Commission could review them. Mr. Constantinide said he will provide this list to Mr. Galindo. 

 

Member Rice asked if ARC, which was spoke about during the presentation, could be used to evaluate municipal city buildings. Mr. Constantinide said yes and explained what ARC evaluates. Mr. Constantinide said he will provide more information about ARC to Mr. Galindo to provide to the Titusville Environmental Commission.

 

 

Mr. Galindo asked Mr. Constantinide if he has a map that would show where LEED buildings are located in Brevard County. Mr. Constantinide said yes, and he will provide this to Mr. Galindo. 

 

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Public Comment

 

Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak. Mr. Johnston spoke about fraud, dishonesty, his e-mails, and back water and flooding.

 

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Reports

 

Mr. Galindo informed the Titusville Environmental Commission that he will need to reach out to one of the schools to find a substitute to receive the final report regarding the environmental educational grant, due to the recipient’s passing. Mr. Galindo said the final reports are due during the summer of 2021.

 

Mr. Galindo informed the Titusville Environmental Commission that there is roughly 40 acres of land near the Enchanted Forest that will be administratively rezoned from Single-Family (R1B) to Conservation Land. 

 

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Vice Chairman Bobbitt said he would like to see more items on the agenda. He said he would like for the Titusville Environmental Commission to work towards getting things achieved, such as composting, Fleet vehicles changed over to electric cars etc.

 

Member Perez would like to work towards the use of more solar energy.

 

Alternate Member Thompson said there is an issue regarding wetlands being filled-in when St. Johns River Water Management District issues a permit and then the land can be potentially rezoned. She said the wetlands ordinance needs to be reviewed. 

 

Member Rice said the Titusville Environmental Commission needs to address the environmental issues that are impacting the City of Titusville and prioritize those issues to work towards resolving them. Member Rice said he would rather the Commission take on two issues at a time and do them well, than try and tackle several of them and only get it half done. 

 

 

Member Rice said a huge problem in the City of Titusville is existing run-off going into the Indian River Lagoon from old infrastructure. 

 

Vice Chairman Bobbitt agreed with Member Rice about addressing the issue of run-off because it is a huge contributing factor of the deterioration of Indian River Lagoon. The Indian River Lagoon should be high priority. 

 

Mr. Galindo said that the Semi-Annual Report and Elections will be on the next agenda.

 

Future Agenda Items

Semi-Annual Report

Elections

Environmental issues prioritization 

 

Member Rice said he would like to see the prioritization document every quarter to keep on task.

 

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Adjournment 6:25pm