Community Redevelopment Agency June 8, 2021

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Community Redevelopment Agency
Regular Meeting
June 8, 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, June 8, 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 Joe Robinson, Robert Jordan, Jim Ball, Sarah Stoeckel, and Greg Aker. Also present were Executive Director Scott Larese, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Attorney Richard Broome, and Sr. Administrative Assistant Emily Campbell 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 Emily Campbell 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, May 11, 2021, as submitted. 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

Grease Interceptor Ordinance – Executive Director Larese advised the request was for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to review and make recommendations to the City Council.

On February 9, 2020 the Water Resources Department provided a presentation to the Community Redevelopment Agency, CRA, on grease interceptors. The CRA requested the grease interceptor code be revised to promote flexibility. The Water Resources Department reviewed other municipalities’ codes, options, and risks and revised the Code that addressed existing facilities. The revisions removed the case by case evaluation process, and allowed the design and sizing for new interceptors in existing facilities to be constructed by design professionals’ recommendations, Florida Building Code, and sizing calculations. These factors determined the devices size and if the device was internal or external.

Staff proposed to extend the existing advisability granted for the allocation of federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Funding for Community Development Initiatives to assist small businesses which included a reimbursement grant program for installation of approved grease interceptors.

Johnny Herrera studied Palm Bay and Melbourne’s grease traps and stated that when he completed the case study he could share the results with Tim Ford so the City could learn from other communities’ problems and issues that arose with their grease traps.

Motion:

Member Robinson moved to approve the Grease Interceptor Ordinance, as recommended. Vice-Chair Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

Member Robinson Yes

Member Jordan Yes

Chairman Diesel Yes

Vice-Chair Nelson Yes

Member Stoeckel Yes

Member Ball Yes

Member Aker Yes

The motion carried unanimously.




New Business

Advisability Re: Funding Park Improvements at Marina and Sand Point Parks in the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) District -

Executive Director Larese advised the request was to approve the CRA investigating the funding of proposed improvements at Marina and Sand Point Park as proposed by North Brevard County Parks staff.

Brevard County Parks staff indicated one of the top requests they have received from park users is for shade structures near the dog park in Marina Park. The Brevard County Park staff indicated that the instillation of two (2) 15 foot by 30 foot cantilever shade structure is estimated to cost $40,000 or $20,000 per structure. The State could research and find the contract that provides the lowest cost for the shade structures to piggyback.

Brevard County Parks staff also indicated the need for park benches in both Sand Point and Marina Parks. The CRA was able to fund twelve (12) park benches at Sand Point Park for an estimate cost of $3600 or $300 per park bench.

Stan Johnston discussed a sewage leak that occurred in the Community Redevelopment Agency district, and asked the City to turn off the fountains or tape them off.

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) gave advisability to staff to communicate with North Brevard Parks and Recreation to discuss funding and projects at Marina and Sand Point Park.




Petitions and Request from the Public Present

Thomas Altif discussed the proposed viewing platform (the downtown riverfront walkway project). He expressed that he would rather have the funds spent on the downtown infrastructure improvement such as sewage improvement, rather than a viewing platform.

Stan Johnston discussed sewage that was sprayed at Sandpoint Park and Space View Park. Mr. Johnston also discussed an administrative hearing regarding the consent order with Florida Department of Environmental Protection.




Executive Directors Report

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




With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m.