Student Advisory Council
October 15, 2019
The 2019-2020 Student Advisory Council (SAC) met in regular session on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in the Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida. Co-Chair Isabella Almiñana called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. Present were Co-Chairpersons Isabella Almiñana and Josiah Johnson, Vice-Chairperson Caleb Phillips, Secretary Taylor Batson, and Members Aliyah Deimeke, Isaac Gutman, Ben Hamilton, Savannah Sevor, and Aiden Sperr. Co-Chair Simon Recicar and Members Emilee Ellis and Jacob Phillips were absent. Recording Secretary Staff Liaison Jolynn Donhoff was also present.
COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC PRESENT – None.
Vice-Chair C. Phillips moved to approve the minutes of the regular Student Advisory Council (SAC) meeting of September 17, 2019, as submitted. Secretary Batson seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
NEW BUSINESS – None.
Support the Chamber of Commerce with hosting the 2020 Longest Table Event – Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce President Marcia Gaedcke was unavailable; therefore, staff would reschedule the item on the SAC’s next regular meeting agenda.
Host a Leadership Seminar (Event date February 27, 2020) – Facilitator Mr. Geo Ropert and the City’s Senior Planner Gabriel Quintas, an Urban Planning Professional, reviewed information with the SAC to assist them with developing the seminar’s main activity, which included the seminar’s guests working in groups to create a “model city”. Mr. Quintas highlighted essential components of cities, including having an urban core, commercial areas, residential with mixed uses (areas), recreational areas, etc. A fundamental principle of urban planning was to create and facilitate various areas to not only support growth and development (jobs and new development), but to attract new residents that desired living and remaining in the area to enjoy quality of life and recreational activities outside of work. This also supported sustainable cities that thrived into the future.
Co-Chair Almiñana and the guests discussed Co-Chair Almiñana’s questions on how the Student Advisory Council (SAC) could make the group exercise (main activity) simple for their peers.
Mr. Ropert recalled that in approximately 2004 or 2005, during his employment or affiliation with Lead Brevard, Brevard County completed an exercise with the community called the Brevard Tomorrow Initiative. The idea was to facilitate cities that were partly walkable, easy to understand and navigate, and which provided planning for schools, entertainment, etc. Mr. Ropert would research what information he could retrieve on the 2004/2005 Initiative and report back to the Student Advisory Council (SAC). Mr. Ropert also discussed leadership and how the SAC and he would intertwine concepts of leadership into the seminar’s program.
In addition, Mr. Ropert, a marketing professional, was interested in the SAC receiving press exposure for the Leadership Seminar. He desired media outlets like the Florida Today Newspaper and Space Coast Living Magazine cover the leadership seminar.
Co-Chair Almiñana asked Mr. Ropert how the SAC could assist, to which he replied “be available”.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS - Member Batson and Co-Chair Almiñana could not confirm their desired keynote speakers and would report back on this status at next month’s meeting.
ADVERTISING - These SAC Members undertook the following elective assignments:
DONATIONS AND DOOR PRIZES - These SAC Members undertook the following elective assignments to solicit donations or door prizes for the 2020 Youth Leadership Seminar:
Aiden Sperr Mr. Submarine and Domino’s Pizza
Ben Hamilton – Sonny’s BBQ
Caleb Phillips – Perrine’s Fruit Stand (formerly known as Perrine’s)
Isabella Almiñana – Walmart and Home Depot
Josiah Johnson – Downtown business and Brewster’s Ice Cream
Taylor Batson – Precision Garage Doors and Sunrise Bakery
Staff – Publix (requests must be made online)
The Student Advisory Council would come back together on November 19, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. and review the status of their individual elective assignments, etc.
Participate or organize a beach clean-up (Event date October 26, 2019) – Details on the project were included on the meeting agenda. The participants would arrive at Playalinda Beach and begin at parking area No. 1 and the others at parking area No. 8. Then, all participants would work toward each other and meet in the middle. It was reported to City staff that the Seashore Office would provide gloves and garbage bags to participants at the beach entrance gate/booth.
Improve the DrinkDriveDie.com webpage and initiate related projects, such as updating the 2008 The Last Dance Prom Video – Co-Chair Isabella Almiñana highlighted a basic storyline that via a consensus vote, the Student Advisory Council approved for further development over the coming weeks or months.
The basic storyline: The two main characters include Sophie and Trevor, who plan on attending their high school prom together. On the same night as prom, the couple are also invited or learn of a house party where alcohol and drinking would occur. The students attend both events, with the house party being the second place they go on prom night. Both drink alcohol and Trevor gets very intoxicated. Then, the couple eventually leave the party together to go home; however, while on the road, Sophie realized that she would not be home by her parent’s curfew time, so she picks up her cell phone and begins to send a text message to her parents. That’s when tragedy strikes and Sophie and Trevor’s car crashes headfirst into a telephone pole. Sophie died instantly. Emergency responders arrive on scene minutes later, as well as family members and young siblings that see the horrific scene.
Next, Vice-Chairperson and Webmaster C. Phillips made recommended turning-over partial control of the prom video project to City staff to solicit actresses and actors for the video and to delegate responsibilities.
City Media Specialist Kurt Korwan indicated his desire for the Student Advisory Council to produce a video that was professional quality. He would need help from the SAC/the Council to get talent, but the project would also require “extras” (students) to be in the background at the prom scene, etc. Mr. Korwan also advised that he would donate his time outside of work to assist the Council with their project, due to he had technology at his home based business that he did not have access to at work, which could further assist the Council to produce the highest quality video as possible.
Vice-Chair C. Phillips moved to turnover partial control of the pending video’s creation and management to City Media Specialist Kurt Korwan and allow Mr. Korwan to delegate responsibility of soliciting volunteers for the project. Member Sperr seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
Next, City Media Specialist Korwan highlighted a few of many details that would need to occur during the project (determining the filming locations, talent, permissions, etc.). City Liaison Donhoff suggested the Council and Mr. Korwan utilize and modify as necessary the planning guide that was provided in the Council’s agenda packet, due to it was difficult for most to remember what was verbally said, but if it was recorded and written into a working plan, then everyone could track the project’s progress.
On the matter of screenwriters to develop the detailed storyline, all were agreeable to delegate this responsibility to Co-Chair Almiñana and Vice-Chair C. Phillips. Mr. Korwan estimated that one page of written script took approximately one minute to read aloud. The tentative plan was for the screenwriters to carry-out the exact instructions provided at this public meeting and write the detailed script. A plan for the screenwriters to meet with Mr. Korwan at the Fire Department Headquarters (Media Office location) was tentatively planned for November 7, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Member Batson of AHS, Vice-Chair C. Phillips of THS, and Member Gutman of NBHSA would individually notify their respective school administrative offices about the Council’s video project. They would also discuss getting permissions to film scenes on high school properties. Liaison Donhoff would also formalize a letter and mail the letter to each school indicating the same information and seeking a response or permissions.
MEMBER REPORTS – None.
STAFF LIAISON REPORT
Action items: None
Available Budget - General Acct/#GFCC001 $406. DDD Webpage/#GFCC04 $1,898.
Personal Meeting & Project Preparation Time Sheet – Members wishing to track personal hours preparing for meetings and events (monthly basis), were encouraged to submit their time sheets to the City liaisons.
Agendas_(Reminder) – Responsibility and method of delivery of the Council’s meeting agendas provided in the meeting’s agenda packet.
At 5:01 p.m. and with no further business to discuss, Co-Chairperson Alminana adjourned the meeting.