February 12, 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, February 12, 2020 at 5:30pm.

 

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Chairman Myjak called the meeting to order at 5:30pm. Present were Member Tucker, Member Yount, Member Perez, Member Chamberlain, Member Nelson and Alternate Member Young. Vice Chairman Bobbitt was absent. Staff present was Natural Resources Planner Eddy Galindo and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.

 

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Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in regards to this item. Mr. Johnston stated that he remembers that Vice Chairman Bobbitt requested information back from Staff regarding the canals and this request was not mentioned in the minutes.

 

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Member Nelson made a motion to table the minutes from the January 15, 2020 meeting due to Vice Chairman Bobbitt not being present. Member Tucker seconded the motion; there was a unanimous voice vote in favor. 

 

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Public Comment 

None

 

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Old Business

None

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New Business

 

Sunshine Law Presentation

Assistant City Attorney Farrell gave a presentation on the Sunshine Law.

 

 

Bill Klein of 3 Indian River Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in regards to this item. Mr. Klein asked if members of the public can volunteer to sit with a Titusville Environmental Commission member at events to help handout information and educate the public. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said that the person would need to be very careful about not being a conduit or a go between to other members with information. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said that the Titusville Environmental Commission members can not ever discuss topics that will be coming before the Commission for discussion, these types of conversations must be done during a public meeting that is noticed. 

 

Member Chamberlain asked if the Legislature who made the guidelines of the Sunshine Law have to abide by the Sunshine Law. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said she does not think so but the Sunshine Law does apply to the Titusville Environmental Commission. 

 

Chairman Myjak asked if volunteers could sit in place of the Titusville Environmental Commission members to hand out information and help educate the community about the Commission. Assistant City Attorney Farrell said she can look into this more and would be happy to answer any questions from the Titusville Environmental Commission regarding participating in future events.

 

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Mr. Galindo requested that the Titusville Environmental Commission discuss item 7C: Award Elementary School Environmental Education Grant before item 7B.  The Titusville Environmental Commission decided to hear item 7C first as requested.

 

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Award Elementary School Environmental Education Grant

Mr. Galindo gave a brief over view of this item. Mr. Galindo handed out that scoring sheets to each of the Titusville Environmental Commission members.  The schools that participated and will be scored are St. Teresa Catholic School, Imperial Estates Elementary School and South Lake Elementary School. 

 

The Titusville Environmental Commission took time to review the school grant applications and score them. 

 

Mr. Galindo announced the scores for each school. The total maximum score that could be received was 560 points.

 

  • St. Teresa Catholic School received 505 points.

 

  • Imperial Estates Elementary School received 365 points.

 

  • South Lake Elementary School received 500 points.

 

Member Nelson asked if any photos or information will be presented once the projects are complete. Mr. Galindo said that a full report is required once the project is complete and is due back by sometime in May 2020. Mr. Galindo said he can provide this information to the Titusville Environmental Commission once he receives it back from each school. 

 

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Member Nelson made a motion to approve the full grant amount for all three schools who participated. Alternate Member Young seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.

 

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Tree Protection Ordinance

Mr. Galindo gave an overview of this item.

 

Member Yount suggested looking at the Tree Ordinance once section at a time.

 

Mr. Galindo handed out the Tree Team Ordinance that citizens have drafted. 

 

The Titusville Environmental Commission decided to take each section of the ordinance one at a time to review easier.

 

Kay St. Onge of 2360 Maryland Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in regards to this item.

 

Mary Sphar of 825 Cliftons Cove Court Florida came to speak in regards to this item. 

 

Ms. St. Onge and Ms. Sphar spoke at the same time and went over the Tree Team Ordinance section by section.

 

Mr. Galindo informed the Titusville Environmental Commission that Jacob Begley with the City of Titusville is now a certified ISA arborist. 

 

Member Nelson said she has concerns with language in the ordinance that talks about the diseased trees and the requirements for having approval by four persons/entities before the tree can be taken 

 

 

down if it presents a life/safety hazard. Member Nelson said this is discussed in Section 2 (C) and Section 2 (d)(6) and it is confusing. Member Nelson suggested that the ordinance should separate out the language pertaining to diseased trees into its own section to avoid confusion. 

 

Simon Stratford of 4852 S. Hopkins Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in regards to this item. Mr. Stratford cautioned against tree planting without making sure that the trees have plenty of space for their roots to extend in the ground to survive and also to be sure that the correct types of trees are planted together otherwise the trees will not make it. 

 

Rick Kern of 3700 S. Washington Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak against this item. Mr. Kern said he is a developer who has to work with this ordinance and the purposed ordinance creates a hardship with regards to the mitigation requirements.  Mr. Kern said it creates a huge financial burden to mitigate the trees as it is being purposed.

 

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Member Yount made a motion to table the Tree Ordinance to the March 11, 2020 Titusville Environmental Commission to allow time for more discussion.  Member Nelson seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.

 

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Solar Powered Vehicles Presentation

Mr. Galindo said that there is a guest speaker on this item.

 

Phil Stasik with Space Coast EV Drivers came to give a presentation on electric vehicles. Mr. Stasik gave a PowerPoint presentation. 

 

Mr. Stasik invited the Titusville Environmental Commission to come and look at and ride in the electric vehicles that were brought to tonight’s meeting.

 

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Solar Panels on New Single-Family Residences

Chairman Myjak said he would like for the Titusville Environmental Commission to make a recommendation to City Council that solar panels be required on every new single-family home built in the City of Titusville. 

 

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Member Nelson made a motion to request advisability from City Council to look into the solar panels being required on single-family residents. Member Yount seconded. 

This motion was withdrawn.

 

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Member Young made a motion to recommend to City Council that all new single-family homes built in Titusville be required to have solar panels. Member Perez seconded.

This motion was withdrawn.

 

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Mr. Galindo suggested that the Titusville Environmental Commission take the time to make a recommendation with a more detailed analysis before recommending it to City Council.  

 

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Member Nelson made a motion to table this item until the March 11, 2020 meeting for further discussion. Member Perez seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.

 

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Resolution Supporting Brevard Zoo’s Port Canaveral Aquarium

 

Member Nelson made a motion that the Titusville Environmental Commission supports the Resolution supporting Brevard Zoo’s Port Canaveral Aquarium. Member Perez seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor. 

 

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Public Comment

 

Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak. Mr. Johnston said water flows downhill. Mr. Johnston spoke about the issues and his concerns regarding the Flood Water Management Plan.

 

Chairman Myjak said they are the Water Resources Board and he asked Mr. Galindo if they should be looking at the water flow issues. Chairman Myjak asked for a report regarding water flow in Titusville. Mr. Galindo said that this information would come from Public Works and has been provided to Mr. Johnston. 

 

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Reports

 

Mr. Galindo said that the Keep Brevard Beautiful trash bash event is on April 4, 2020. 

 

Mr. Galindo said that at the February 25, 2020 City Council meeting the City of Titusville will be presented with their silver certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition. Mr. Galindo invited the Titusville Environmental Commission to come and join in the celebration. 

 

Mr. Galindo said the city is working on the Trail Trifecta. 

 

Member Chamberlain announced that tonight will be his last meeting serving on the Titusville Environmental Commission. Member Chamberlain provided his resignation letter. Member Chamberlain said he enjoyed serving as a Commission member and was thankful to have been able to serve for many years. 

 

The Titusville Environmental Commission thanked Member Chamberlain for his years of service and said they would miss him.

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Future Agenda Items

Tree Ordinance

Solar panels on new single-family homes

Earth Day

 

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Alternate Member Young said that the Florida Energy Solar Center has an Earth Day event that the Titusville Environmental Commission can potentially participate in.

 

Member Nelson said that Kennedy Space Center also has an Earth Day event that she will find out more information about regarding participation.

 

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Adjournment 8:40 pm