Community Redevelopment Agency - April 13, 2021

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Community Redevelopment Agency
Regular Meeting
April 13, 2021

 

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.




Call to Order/Determination of a Quorum

Chairperson Diesel called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Chairperson Daniel Diesel, Vice-Chairperson Jo Lynn Nelson and Members Greg Aker, Joe Robinson, Robert Jordan, Jim Ball, and Sarah Stoeckel. Also present were Executive Director Scott Larese, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Attorney Richard Broome, and Sr. Administrative Assistant Caitlin Rodriguez who also completed the minutes. 




Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance 

Chairperson Diesel asked for a moment of silence and then led the entire assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Sr. Administrative Assistant Caitlin Rodriguez read the procedure for public comment.

 



Approval of Minutes 

Motion:
Member Jordan moved to approve the minutes of the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, as recommended. Vice-Chair Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:   

Member Aker                            Yes

Member Robinson                    Yes

Member Jordan                        Yes

Chairperson Diesel                   Yes

Vice-Chair Nelson                    Yes

Member Stoeckel                     Yes

Member Ball                             Yes

 The motion carried unanimously.

 



Special Recognitions and Presentations – None. 

 



Old Business- None. 

 



New Business 

 FY 2022 Proposed Preliminary Budget – At the March 2021 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting, the CRA provided input to staff regarding budget objectives for the preparation of the FY 2022 CRA Budget. A preliminary budget was required to be submitted to the City Budget Office by April 9, 2021. Staff prepared a power point presentation to go over the proposed budget highlighting the following information: 

  • FY 21-22 Preliminary Budget Community Redevelopment Agency
  • Budget Process
  • Estimated Revenues 
  • Debt Service
  • Personnel/Operating Expenses
  • Summary Snapshot
  • Capital Projects Options 
  • Questions?

 

The budget was based on no increase in tax increment revenue and $50,000 of roll-over funds. Based on the March meeting discussion, a Redevelopment Plan update had been added to Professional Services in Operating Expenses. Regarding Capital Projects staff was proposing to reduce the Spaceview Park Pier line item $50,000 to $200,000, add $50,000 to the Concrete Street Repair, and increase the Utility Infrastructure item to $47,005 from what was initially shown to the Board at the March meeting. The Spaceview Park Pier item could be budgeted next year at $250,000 which should be enough to start construction of the pier if the Board chose pending the outcome of the consultant's scope and design cost estimate.

Julia Lumbard spoke briefly on behalf of her business, Breezeway Business Plans, LLC. She introduced several small business owners that accompanied her at the meeting. 

Chairman Diesel requested that any other small business owner’s that would like to speak on behalf of their small business, to please do so under Petitions and Request since the topics did not relate to the items on the agenda. 

Stan Johnston commented on the proposed budget item regarding the proposal of a new City Hall. He stated that he felt the public needed to be more involved in the decision to move forward because it was such a large and costly project. 

 

Motion: 

Member Jordan moved to approve the FY 2022 Proposed Preliminary Budget, as recommended. Vice-Chair Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Member Robinson                    Yes

Member Jordan                        Yes

Chairperson Diesel                  Yes

Vice-Chair Nelson                    Yes

Member Stoeckel                     Yes

Member Ball                             Yes

Member Aker                            Yes

 The motion carried unanimously. 

 



Waivers and Design Review for the Horizon at Sand Point Development at 22 N. Washington Avenue – The request was to review and approve the waivers and design appropriateness and conformance to the Downtown Mixed Use Zoning Code and Urban Design Manual for the Horizon at Sand Point Park Development as recommended by the Development Review Committee (DRC).  

Attorney Broome read the procedures for the Quasi-Judicial public hearing. 

Woody Rice distributed a few handouts to the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). He briefly discussed and reviewed the waivers and design review and asked for any questions that the CRA had for him regarding this project. 

Jen Murray stated she lived down the street from the new development. She was in favor of the new development and was excited to see something like this move forward in the City of Titusville. She also requested for the construction company to divert their construction traffic off of Lemon Avenue and use Palm Avenue or to enter and exit the property directly off of Washington Avenue. 

Stan Johnston stated that he was against tall buildings coming into the City of Titusville, but he wanted to applaud Mr. Rice’s work on the project. He thought he did an outstanding job. 

 Motion: 

Member Jordan moved to approve the Waivers and Design Review for the Horizon at Sand Point Park Development at 22 N. Washington Avenue, as recommended. Member Ball seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows: 

 

Member Jordan                       Yes

Chairperson Diesel                  Yes

Vice-Chair Nelson                   Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Ball                            Yes

Member Aker                           Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes

 The motion carried unanimously. 

 

 



Vice-Chair Nelson requested that the construction workers stay off of Lemon Avenue. She stated it was just a request and not part of the motion. 

 



Parking in the Downtown – Executive Director Larese requested that the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) table this item until the next regular CRA meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. 

Motion: 

Member Ball moved to table item 8C Parking in the Downtown to the next regular Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows: 

 

Chairperson Diesel                  Yes

Vice-Chair Nelson                    Yes

Member Stoeckel                     Yes

Member Ball                             Yes

Member Aker                            Yes

Member Robsinson                  Yes

Member Jordan                        Yes

 The motion carried unanimously. 

 



Petitions and Requests from the Public Present

 

Nathan Slusher wanted to propose seeing part of the American Rescue money go towards the small businesses in the City of Titusville by waiving Business Tax Receipts and Occupational Licenses fees for the City of Titusville small businesses. 

Tuan Le expressed his difficulties with only qualifying for one business grant even though he owned and operated three separate businesses. 

Pedro Herrera spoke briefly on behalf of Titusville Business Friends and his small business Olive You that had recently opened up in Downtown Titusville.

Spring Francoeur spoke regarding the need to give the downtown area a little bit of a facelift by freshening up some of the buildings and the landscaping. 

Lisa Baker stated that she worked with Spring Francoeur at the Well Spring in downtown Titusville. She stated that they had a great vision for this community, but that they needed the CRA’s help to keep their small business up and running due to the difficulties that the COVID-19 pandemic brought them. 

Stan Johnston stated his concerns regarding a previous Community Redevelopment Agency meeting he attended and was escorted out of the meeting. 

Ricardo Santos stated he was opening up a new gym in the downtown Titusville area for individuals that had any kind of limitation – cognitive or physical. 

Carolyn Schmidt, owner of Baby’s Breath Imaging Studio, stated that she has had people come from all over to visit her business and that she was so proud of the uniqueness of the small businesses within Titusville and the growth of the community.  

  



Executive Director’s Report 

 

Executive Director Larese submitted his written report and advised that all items were informational only.
 



With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 7:06 p.m.