August 13, 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, August 13, 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 and Member Le. Chairman Myjak attended the meeting via telecommunication. Member Yount and Member Nelson were absent. Staff present was Sustainability Planner Eddy Galindo, Assistant City Attorney Chelsea Farrell and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.

 

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Member Perez made a motion to approve the minutes from the July 15, 2020 meeting. 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

 

Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance

Mr. Galindo gave a PowerPoint Presentation regarding Low Impact Development (LID). 

 

Dwight Severs 1308 Riverside Drive Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item. Mr. Severs said he is strongly in favor of Low Impact Development. Mr. Severs said it should not be voluntary, it should be mandatory. Mr. Severs said we need to protect the Indian River Lagoon and the Area of Critical Concern. Mr. Severs said he would like to see the LID moved forward to City Council. 

 

Chairman Myjak asked if the Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) can be used as a chain of authority to stop pollutants into the Indian River Lagoon. Mr. Severs said relying on St. Johns River Water Management District has been a detriment to the Indian River Lagoon. 

 

Member Tucker said it is time to take action and move forward with LID.

 

 

Vice Chairman Bobbitt asked if there is a conflict of interest since he is with Keep Brevard Beautiful and promotes the Lagoon Friendly Lawns. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said that as long as there is no financial gain, then there is no conflict. 

 

Vice Chairman Bobbitt said it is time to stop the runoff into the Indian River Lagoon. Vice Chairman Bobbitt said he would like for LID to be mandatory and the incentive should be to save the Indian River Lagoon. 

 

Vice Chairman Bobbitt said he would suggest tabling this to allow time for more education on LID. Mr. Galindo said that the Titusville Environmental Commission could table this item, however it will still be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. 

 

Member Le said he helps to develop concepts to improve water systems and improve water quality. He asked if this is a conflict and if it is to please let him know. 

 

Chairman Myjak said that using LID is long overdue and this should be standard practices. Chairman Myjak said he would like to see this moved forward and take time to discuss it in more detail during future meetings. 

 

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Chairman Myjak made a motion to recommend adopting the ordinance and resolution encouraging the use of Low Impact Development and Basin Management Action Plans. The Titusville Environmental Commission would like to see the ordinance again when the final draft is complete. Member Perez seconded. 

 

Roll Call was as follows:

 

Member Le                             Yes

Member Tucker                       Yes

Vice Chairman Bobbitt           Yes

Member Perez                         Yes

Chairman Myjak                     Yes

 

Motion Passed.

 

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Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law and other laws related to board conduct

Assistant City Attorney Farrell gave an overview of this item by giving a PowerPoint presentation. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation was provided in the agenda packet. 

 

Member Tucker and Vice Chairman Bobbitt asked how long e-mails need to be kept. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said e-mails should be kept as long as they are Commission members. 

 

Assistant City Attorney Farrell said that all e-mails relating to City business should be kept.

 

Assistant City Attorney Farrell said that she is available to meet with any Commission member to answer questions in person, via e-mail or over the phone. 

 

Chairman Myjak asked for clarification regarding when two or more members have a conversation how is it determined if something will come before the Commission. The language is “will foreseeable”.   Assistant City Attorney Farrell said it would be up to the individuals to make that determination at that time. 

 

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Public Comment

None

 

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Reports

 

Mr. Galindo informed the Titusville Environmental Commission members that Member Nelson and Alternate Member Sallmen resigned from the Commission.

 

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Future Agenda Items

Low Impact Development

 

 

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Adjournment 7:00pm