- Titusville Environmental Commission
- Titusville Environmental Commission 03/10/21
Titusville Environmental Commission 03/10/21
CITY OF TITUSVILLE
TITUSVILLE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
March 10, 2021
City Hall in Council Chambers
555 S. Washington Avenue Titusville, Florida 32796
In order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to comply with all local, state, and federal laws and guidelines regarding social distancing rules, designated seating shall be provided for the public at Titusville Environmental Commission and other City Boards meetings. Individual speakers shall, when directed to do so, be given the opportunity to speak on agenda items during the meetings in accordance with City of Titusville policies and Resolution No. 36-2020. No tripods, easels, props, or other demonstrative aids shall be brought into public meetings of Titusville Environmental Commission and City Boards. Speakers are permitted to have a sign with them during their designated speaking time provided that the sign is held by the speaker and is to be removed at the conclusion of their speaking time. Speakers who appear in person will be subject to screening for symptoms of COVID-19 and any persons exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter City Hall or public meetings of Titusville Environmental Commission and City Boards. As an additional method for public participation, the public may submit written comments, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail to Titusville Environmental Commission's attention at City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796. Written comments must be received by noon (12:00 p.m.) prior to the start of the meeting and include the senders name, address and the subject line must specify the agenda item being addressed. All comments will be disseminated to the Titusville Environmental Commission members and made a part of the public record prior to any action being taken.
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1. CALL TO ORDER
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. ROLL CALL
4. DETERMINATION OF A QUORUM
5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A. February 10, 2021 Minutes
6. OLD BUSINESS
A. Stormwater Runoff Recommendation
Review the information provided by the Public Works Department and provide a recommendation to City Council regarding stormwater runoff if necessary.
(Time for discussion: 20 minutes)
7. NEW BUSINESS
A. 2021 Arbor Day Celebration
Consider planting five (5) bald cypress tree along the banks of the east stormwater pond in Sand Point Park in commemoration of National Arbor Day.
(Time for discussion: 20 minutes)
8. PUBLIC COMMENT
10. DISCUSSION OF FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
A. Discussion of Future Agenda Items
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The City desires to accommodate persons with disabilities. Accordingly, any physically handicapped person, pursuant to Chapter 286.26 Florida Statutes, should at least 48 hours prior to the meeting, submit a written request to the chairperson of the meeting that the physically handicapped person desires to attend.
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, March 10, 2021 at 5:30pm.
Chairman Bobbitt called the meeting to order at 5:30pm. Present were Vice-Chairman Thompson, Member Perez, Member Yount, Member Rice, Member Myjak and Member Le. Alternate Member Young was also present. Member Tucker was absent. Staff present was Sustainability Planner Eddy Galindo and Recording Secretary Kim Amick.
Member Perez made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 10, 2021 meeting. Member Myjak seconded the motion; there was a unanimous voice vote in favor.
Member Le arrived late.
Mr. Galindo gave a brief overview of the TEC Stormwater Recommendation. Mr. Galindo summarized the information that was provided by the Public Works Department and that was emailed to the commission members.
Member Perez suggested that a letter go out to all the landscape businesses regarding blowing grass clippings into the street.
Chairman Bobbitt suggested that it be enforced with the Business Tax Receipt.
Member Rice suggested that an educational document be sent on an annual basis with the Business Tax Receipt Renewal Notice.
Member Myjak suggested they be proactive about monitoring the stormwater and sanitary sewer system. He would like to make a proposal that they do something and make a suggestion to City Council.
Member Myjak made a motion to identify all out falls and those that produce abnormal results should be followed regularly with continual testing. Member Young seconded.
Member Myjak recommended that someone from UCF stormwater or FIT come and speak about the kinds of things they should be testing and monitoring of their outfalls so they can understand what is being put into the lagoon.
Member Myjak withdrew the motion.
Member Rice made a motion to reach out to other communities to see what they have for education material for landscape debris being blown in stormwater, sample of home-based business affidavit as a model to add language for landscape purposes and the cost to send out the educational material on an annual basis to all landscape companies along with their Business Tax Receipt Renewal. Member Perez seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote.
Chairman Bobbitt passed the gavel to Vice-Chairman Thompson.
Chairman Bobbitt made a motion to have someone come speak on the aging infrastructure within the City of Titusville, what is being done to improve and prevent future issues regarding sanitary sewer, stormwater, underground infrastructure and potable water. Member Yount seconded.
Member Rice asked to request a copy of the 5-year capital improvement program.
Member Yount stated the second held.
There was a unanimous voice vote.
2021 Arbor Day Celebration
Mr. Galindo gave a brief overview regarding planting five bald cypress trees along the banks of the east stormwater pond in Sand Point Park in commemoration of National Arbor Day.
Member Rice made a motion to support this event and the funds should be identified from the Landscape Trust Fund. Member Perez seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote.
Member Rice stated he has been made the liaison from TEC to report directly to P&Z.
Vice-Chairman Thompson stated she has been working with Dr. Todd Osborn from the University of Florida and he is doing the super clam around the river and he said there is a high-profile site that they would do a high profile clam restoration and sea grass project. There will be a presentation to the City Council at the end of March.
Vice-Chairman Thompson stated she has concerns about the parking lot on the north side of the causeway.
Chairman Bobbitt stated he is involved with Keep Brevard Beautiful who partnered with Space X on an educational project for Earth Day at Coquina Elementary. Space X had committed to picking up the check, they will be planting native plants, repainting different areas, putting in a digital sign and updating the playground the week of Earth Day on the 24th.
Member Myjak stated he attended the Native Plant Society meeting this month and the meeting is available on YouTube and there was a good presentation from the University of Florida about native plantings.
Member Yount stated he is on the Wiser Board for the county and it has to do with the county buildings being powered by solar and they are making a plan which will be out in about three months. It will have a promotional program to try and educate the public and inspire the public to follow what the county is doing. Member Yount said this might be something that the TEC may want to look into following also.
Vice Chairman Thompson stated she heard a presentation from a professor at the University of Florida, Dr. Bean, and he has invented a buoy with sensors. The sensors may make it is possible to detect heavy metals. She said he is willing to do a zoom presentation to TEC if they are interested.
Future Agenda Items
Tree Protection Ordinance will come before the TEC at the next meeting.
Adjournment 7:23 pm