Regular City Council - May 11, 2021

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City Council

Regular Meeting

May 11, 2021

 

The City of Titusville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, May 11, 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 6:35 p.m. Those present in the Council Chamber included Mayor Daniel Diesel, Vice-Mayor Jo Lynn Nelson and City Council Members Joe Robinson, Robert Jordan, and Sarah Stoeckel. Also present were City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. Sr. Administrative Assistant Emily Campbell completed the minutes.

 

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Mayor Diesel requested a moment of silence. He then led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. City Clerk Wanda Wells read the procedures for public comment and participation.

 

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APPROVAL OF MINUTES


Motion:

Member Jordan moved to approve the minutes of the regular City Council meetings on February 23, 2021 (6:30 p.m.) and March 23, 2021 (5:30 p.m.) as submitted. Vice-Mayor Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows: 

 

Member Robinson            Yes

Member Jordan                 Yes

Mayor Diesel                    Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson          Yes

Member Stoeckel              Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 

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SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS & PRESENTATIONS

 

City's Existing Debt Portfolio and Analysis of Potential Bonding Capacity – Jay Glover from PFM Financial Advisors, LLC presented an analysis of the City’s bonding capacity as well as recommendations for long-term funding for capital infrastructure. The presentation was highlighted as follows:

 

 

  • Current Operating Environment
  • Types of Bonds/Issuance Methods
  • Overview of Bondable Revenues
  • Existing Debt Portfolio – General Fund
  • Existing Debt Portfolio – GO/Enterprise Fund
  • Bonding Capacity
  • “Realistic” Financing Capacity
  • Potential Funding Scenarios

 

No action was required.

 

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BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 

Board of Adjustments and Appeals

City Manager Larese introduced the item and read from the report.  The request was to appoint one (1) regular member to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals for an unexpired term to expire on July 31, 2021.

 

Motion: 

Vice-Mayor Nelson moved to appoint Alternate Member Margaret Van Deven as a regular member to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals for an unexpired term to expire on July 31, 2021. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Member Jordan                    Yes

Mayor Diesel                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson             Yes

                        Member Stoeckel                 Yes

                        Member Robinson               Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

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PETITIONS AND REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC PRESENT (NONAGENDA ITEMS)

 

David Mandernack requested an amendment to the Code to allow temporary office space for Astrotech Space Operations.  This would allow additional area for spacecraft storage, staging, processing, and launch vehicle hardware.  Based on Council’s discussion, staff would review and prepare an ordinance change.  Discussion included adding this as a permitted use versus conditional use permit, limiting to the Industrial area, certain lot sizes, etc.

 

Laurilee Thompson discussed manatee deaths and the current condition of the Indian River Lagoon.  She also discussed the maintenance of the baffle boxes, etc.  Public Works Director Kevin Cook and Council discussed the maintenance of the baffle boxes.  Based on Council’s discussion, Vice-Mayor Nelson requested staff come back to Council with an update.  There was no objection from City Council.

 

Stan Johnston discussed the clean-up of the Indian River Lagoon, etc.

 

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CONSENT AGENDA

 

City Clerk Wanda Wells advised that there were six cards submitted from one individual. 

 

City Manager Scott Larese read Consent Agenda Items A through L, as followed: 

 

A. Annual Resurfacing Change Order #1 – Masci Construction - Approve Change Order #1 to the Annual Resurfacing Contract to Masci General Contractor, Inc. of Port Orange, Florida in the amount of $683,173 to resurface an additional 3.61 miles of streets and pave 0.45 miles of dirt streets. Additionally, authorize the Mayor and City Manager to execute the change order.


B. Approve Purchase Aquatic Plant Harvesting Boat - Approve the purchase of a plant harvesting boat from Weedoo of West Palm Beach, Florida utilizing the Florida Sheriffs Association Cooperating Purchasing contract in the amount of $90,238.40. Additionally, authorize the City Manager to approve the necessary purchase orders.

 

C. Replacement of Commons Light Pole - Approve award for purchase of replacement of damaged light pole in the commons parking light to Chrome Electric of Titusville, Florida in the amount of $18,438. Additionally, authorize the City Manager to approve all instruments necessary to approve this price quote and issue purchase order.


D. Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Budget Amendment - Approve the CRA Budget Amendment in the amount of $48,870 from Project CR1704, Concrete Streets to Project CR2101, Utility Infrastructure to fund utility infrastructure improvements in the CRA.


E. FY 21 Countywide JAG Grant for Prisoner Transport - Approve the distribution of the FY21 Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant - JAG County wide, in the amount of $131,689.00, to be used by Brevard County for their Prisoner Transportation Program.

            

F. Collective Bargaining Agreement between the International Association of Firefighters, Local 2445 and the City of Titusville, Florida, October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2022- Approve the wage reopener Collective Bargaining Agreement between the International Association of Firefighters, Local 2445 and the City of Titusville.

            

G. Property and Casualty Insurance Broker Contract for Services RFP Number: 21-P-09 - Approve the contract award to Acentria Public Risk of Daytona Beach, FL to provide general insurance and broker services for all lines of insurance during a three-year term in the annual amount of $32,500 with two (2) optional two (2) year renewals and authorize the Mayor to execute the contract subject to review and approval by City Manager and City Attorney from City staff.


H. Change Order to Work Order #3 - Annual Stormwater and Piping Installation- Approve Change Order to Work Order #3 to contract CN16B039, Annual Stormwater Piping & Installation to SDV Services, LLC, in the amount of $118,178 for repairs and upgrades to the stormwater system at Country Club Drive near La Cita Golf Course, approve the associated budget amendment and authorize the City Manager to execute the work order.

 

I. Amendment to Contract for the Install and Maintenance of Floating Wetlands Islands - Beemats LLC -  Approve Amendment 2 to contract SV19B006 between the City and Beemats, LLC of New Smyrna Beach, Florida for the addition of services to be provided at the Sand Point Park ponds and the Marina Park pond for the additional contract authorized amount as listed in Exhibit 1 $306,560 which increases the total authorized contract amount to $905,818.50 over the four year period of installation and maintenance, which runs from 2019 to 2023 for the floating wetland islands. This amendment adds the three additional ponds and authorize the Mayor to execute this amendment to the contract SV19B006, subject to review and approval by the City Attorney and City Manager. In addition, approve the associated budget amendments, project creation and allow purchase orders to be issued on an as needed basis not to exceed the authorized contract amount.


J. Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Budget Amendment - FY 2020 Carry Forward Funds - Approve a Budget Amendment to transfer $318,600 of FY2020 Carry Forward funds to existing CRA capital projects as recommended by the CRA. 

 

K. Stormwater Continuing Consultant A&E Services – Final Ranking - Approve the final ranking of consultants for Stormwater Continuing Consultant A&E Services and authorize staff to conduct contract negotiation with the Infrastructure Solution Services of Melbourne, Florida, CPH, Inc. of Orlando, Florida and Geosyntec of Titusville, Florida.

 

L. Final Design - Downtown Riverfront Walkway Project - Recommend that the City Council approve the award of contract for the Final Design for the downtown riverfront walkway project to Taylor Engineering of Jacksonville, FL in the amount of $92,833.36.

 

Stan Johnston discussed a report by Geosyntec and other consent agenda items. etc. 

 

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to approve Consent Agenda item A through L, in accordance with recommendations. Vice-Mayor Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

                        Mayor Diesel                          Yes

                        Vice-Mayor Nelson                Yes

                        Member Stoeckel                    Yes

                        Member Robinson                  Yes

                        Member Jordan                       Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

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ORDINANCES – SECOND READING, PUBLIC HEARING AND RELATED ACTION- None

 

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ORDINANCES-FIRST READING – None


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OLD BUSINESS – None


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NEW BUSINESS 


Financing Contract for Fiscal Year 2021 Vehicle Purchases and Resolution No. 17-2021 – City Manager Larese advised the request was to award and execute the Fiscal Year 21 Master Lease Agreement for the Fiscal Year 2021 vehicle purchases to Bank of America, which was an affiliate of Bank of America Public Capital Corporation (“BAPCC”), at a 5-year, tax exempt fixed rate of 0.8736% with a closing date of May 14, 2021 and approve Resolution 17-2021.

 

Finance Director Bridgette Clements reminded council that these purchases were already approved in the fiscal year 2020 budget to be financed, but that it has taken till now to complete the financing.

 

Nathan Slusher asked for clarification on how much was being spent on the vehicle purchases and what vehicles were being purchased. Finance Director Bridgette Clements explained that she did not bring the exact list with her, but it was predominately public safety vehicles, public works vehicles and fire department equipment.

 

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to approve Financing Contract for Fiscal Year 2021 Vehicle Purchases and Resolution No. 17-2021, as recommended. Vice-Mayor Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

                        Vice-Mayor Nelson                Yes

                        Member Stoeckel                    Yes

                        Member Robinson                  Yes

                        Member Jordan                       Yes

                        Mayor Diesel                          Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

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Petition for De-Annexation - Parcel Tax Account 2104747, Corner of Parrish Road and Singleton Avenue

 

City Manager Larese introduced the item and advised that staff recommended Council reject the petition by Roger J. Molitor for de-annexation of Parcel Tax Account 2104747 located at the southeast corner of Parrish Road and Singleton Avenue.

 

Roger J. Molitor requested that the City of Titusville contract the municipal boundary of the City to remove his 7.5 acres of vacant land on the corner of Parrish Road and Singleton Avenue. City Manager Larese stated that in accordance with Florida Statue 171.052 only the areas which do not meet the criteria for annexation in section 171.043 may be proposed for de-annexation by the municipal governing bodies.

 

Mr. Moliter asked council to help him convert the property to agricultural zoning so that he can do farming practices on the land. He explained that the previous owner of the property asked the City for a voluntary annexation. In addition, Mr. Moliter provided documents including:

 

  • The 2020 Florida Statutes chapter 171
  • Zoning Map showing County zoning Agricultural use
  • Subsequent Zoning map de-annexation petition
  • Email from Ashleigh Smith – Titusville Water Resources
  • Fire Flow Test by City of Titusville
  • BCPAO map showing water-sewer service is 4000 feet away from my site
  • F.S171 Discussion

 

 

Mayor Diesel clarified with Mr. Moliter that if he can get the property de-annexed, then Mr. Moliter would be able to apply to Brevard County for Agriculture zoning.

 

Community Development Director Peggy Busacca explained that from her analysis 100% of the boundary of Mr. Moliter’s property was either bounded by a boundary of the City of Titusville or meets the definition of urban, as it was showed in Section 171.0432 of the Florida Statutes.

 

Member Jordan clarified with Ms. Busacca that Mr. Moliter would need General Use zoning (GU) in order to sell the vegetables that are grown on his property as well as to have animals. Member Jordan also explained that the General Use zoning would allow him to get a pump for water.

 

Member Stoeckel asked Mr. Moliter what was the difference between de-annexation and going through Brevard County getting it rezoned Agriculture Use versus getting a General Use rezoning with the City. Mr. Moliter expressed that an Agriculture zoning gave him more freedom.

 

Vice-Mayor Nelson expressed that Mr. Moliter’s property would be surrounded by residential properties and that she did not believe the intent of that statute was to have a parcel of land zoned Agriculture that was surrounded by residential.

 

Member Robinson explained to Mr. Moliter that he could still grow the same things with the City or County zoning.

 

Motion:

Vice-Mayor Nelson moved to reject the petition for de-annexation parcel tax id, parcel tax account 2104747 because it does not comply with the statutory requirements, as recommended. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

                        Member Stoeckel                    Yes

                        Member Robinson                  Yes

                        Member Jordan                       Yes

                        Mayor Diesel                          Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson                Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 

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Farmers Market in Downtown – City Manager Larese stated that this item was an advisability on the City partnering with the Greater Titusville Chamber of Commerce to hold a Farmer's Market in the downtown in conjunction with the American Rescue plan funding. University of Florida institute of food and agricultural sciences would also assist to provide the fresh food for citizens with a Titusville address at the farmers market.


 

Motion:

Vice-Mayor Nelson moved to have the City partner with the Greater Titusville Chamber of Commerce to hold a farmer’s market in downtown Titusville, as recommended. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

                        Member Robinson                  Yes

                        Member Jordan                       Yes

                        Mayor Diesel                          Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson                Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.


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PETITIONS AND REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC PRESENT (NONAGENDA ITEMS)

 

Nathan Slusher requested Council review the possibility of allowing shipping containers to be converted into homes. Council asked that he review his request with staff.

 

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MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

 

Mayor's Report

 

Mayor Diesel submitted his written report.

 

Mayor Diesel stated that he would be attending and speaking at the Police Unity Tour as well as the first ever Young Artist Ball. He expressed that he was happy that people were starting to get together again. Mayor Diesel stated that the City has had a lot of ribbon cutting celebrations, which was a positive sign for Titusville.

 

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Council Reports

 

Member Stoeckel stated that she received a compliment for customer service in the water department when a citizen had to turn their water off. Member Stoeckel thanked the trash pick-up. She also mentioned that she was going on a baffle box tour with Public Works Director Kevin Cook and Public Works Assistant Director Sandy Reller.

 

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Member Stoeckel asked for approval to attend the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference in August of 2021.

 

Motion: Vice-Mayor Nelson moved to approve Member Stoeckel’s request to go to the Annual Conference in August of 2021. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

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Vice-Mayor Nelson mentioned that Hospice contacted her about finding and using an oak tree for their all-day ceremony in November, where people can come and pray and reflect on their loved ones.


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Vice-Mayor Nelson asked if trash cans can be installed at the bus stops located on State Road Highway 50.  Staff would review.

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Vice-Mayor Nelson commented on the Beautification Plan and the entrances to the City.  Staff advised the Beautification Plan would be presented to the City Council.

 

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Member Robinson mentioned that he attended the Space Coast League of Cities on a zoom call over the weekend.  Topics included Home Based Businesses.

 

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City Managers Report

 

City Manager reminded Council and citizens that the fourth of July celebration (Red White and Boom) was scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and the venue was moved to the Chain of Lakes. He also reminded staff that the budget hearings will begin in August and September.

 

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CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT – None.

 

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With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.