Regular City Council Meeting - January 26, 2021

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City Council

Regular Meeting

January 26, 2021

 

The City of Titusville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Titusville City Hall, second floor, Council Chamber, 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida 32796. Mayor Diesel called the City Council meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Those present in the Council Chamber included Mayor Daniel E. Diesel, Vice-Mayor Jo Lynn Nelson, City Council Members Robert L. Jordan, Jr., Joe C. Robinson, and Dr. Sarah Stoeckel. City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk City Wanda Wells. Assistant City Clerk Jolynn Donhoff completed the minutes of the meeting. 

 

Mayor Diesel requested a moment of silence. He then led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. City Clerk Wanda Wells advised that a citizen’s email was distributed to the Council that, per the citizen, addressed all of the meeting’s agenda items.  


SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS & PRESENTATIONS

 

1. Employee(s) of the Months - September 2020

Community Development Director Peggy Busacca recognized Sr. Administrative Assistant Laurie Dargie from the Planning Department as the Employee of the Month for September 2020. She highlighted the nomination and presented Ms. Dargie with a plaque and gift.


2. Department Monthly Presentation - Support Services – 

Assistant City Manager Tom Abbate provided an informational presentation on the Support Services Departments and their services. No action was requested.

 

Council expressed their appreciation to the Support Services staff, their “can do” attitudes, performance excellence, coping through challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, etc.


3. Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan

 

Planning Manager Brad Parrish provided background information. He then gave a presentation on the Draft 2040 Comprehensive Plan (plan), as distributed and provided at the meeting.


During the meeting, Member Robinson expressed concern on plan language, specifically verbs (and adjectives) and their differences in meaning (authoritative directives versus indirect or passive), like the words “shall” versus “should”. His point and desire were to use assertive plan language or emphasize certain geographical areas in the draft plan, such as near Carter, Rock Pit Road area, etc.  

 

Planning Manager Parrish interpreted that Member Robinson was referring to a section in the draft plan that was carried over from the current Comprehensive Plan. The section concerned proposed Neighborhood policies that were related to multi-family development. The question indicated by Member Robinson then was whether the Council desired enacting the word “shall” within the draft 2040 plan, which meant the Council would be required to stringently enforce what was written or if Council used the word “should”, per staff, this provided the Council flexibility when writing or adopting ordinances to carry out the purpose of the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan.

 

During the presentation, Planning Manager Parrish indicated that the format of the draft plan had been significantly overhauled to that of prior plan versions. The current draft copy of the proposed 2040 Comprehensive Plan introduced or included mixed use zoning areas (versus all exclusionary zoning categories) to prepare for future population growth that, per staff, would mitigate the circumstances of very little vacant land remaining in the City for new development. The vacant land that was still in existence was undeveloped because it they were marginal or had environmental issues or challenges. For these reasons, urban design standard solutions were proposed by staff in the draft plan to meet future population growth and density needs. If the Council went this direction, the caveat was that the Council would need to amend the City’s Land Development Regulations (LDRs) to accommodate some mixed land use categories.

 

Staff continued and reviewed other issues that the Council may consider in the draft plan. Proposals in the draft plan included changing methods of vehicle and pedestrian connectivity between geographical areas (as opposed to one long drive around to get to another area), adding more blocks and pedestrian pathways, reducing or re-distributing road capacity more evenly versus one or two roadways taking the brunt of vehicle traffic, moving away from old or conventional land development patterns to different or new patterns, having more urban design centers that also aided how agencies like the Florida Department of Transportation viewed the types or cost of improvements in areas. These ideas complimented other City plans approved by Council like Complete Streets, Economic Development, etc.

 

Staff advised the ultimate theme of the proposed changes served to create a future “place-making” atmosphere throughout the City (where possible). Once Council adopted a 2040 plan, the City Council would likely also have to approve a series of ordinances that amended the Land Development Regulations, which staff highlighted examples with the Council. Staff also highlighted the major or infrastructure elements required or proposed in the proposed plan, as well as options the Council may consider how to move forward.

 

No action was requested at this meeting; however, Council discussion and direction was scheduled and requested at the regular City Council meeting on January 26, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. (New Business Item 12 C).


4. Fiscal Year 2021 First Quarter Financial Review

 

Staff presented a Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, first quarter, financial review, as distributed and reviewed at the meeting. City Manager Larese advised the first quarter review was unusual or outside of the normal mid-year update to Council (given in May each year); however, staff was providing this update, due to revenue sources from the State could be impacted negatively by COVID-19 (pandemic or crisis). He also advised that he and staff would continue to report more frequently to Council on these matters during the pandemic. No action was requested.  


5. Letters of Appreciation – 

City Manager Larese reviewed the following list of employees that recently received letters of appreciation.

 

Community Development:

            

Kristin Ashbury          Administrative Assistant        

            Tracy Davis                 Neighborhood Services Planner

            Rosemarie Koenig      Program Specialist

            Terrie Franklin            Neighborhood Services Director

            Jas’n Pouncy               Rehab Specialist


Fire Department:

            

Dana Hersey               Firefighter

Gabriel Tonkins          Firefighter 


PETITIONS AND REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC PRESENT – Stan Johnston distributed information. He expressed concerns on truths related to a force main break, sewage flow, etc.  


With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.