Regular City Council - July 27, 2021 at 5:30 PM

 

City Council

Regular Meeting

July 27, 2021

 

The City of Titusville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, July 27, 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 5:30 p.m. Those present in the Council Chamber included Mayor Daniel E. Diesel, Vice-Mayor Jo Lynn Nelson, City Council Members Robert L. Jordan, Jr., Joe C. Robinson, and Dr. Sarah Stoeckel. City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. Assistant City Clerk Jolynn Donhoff completed the minutes of the meeting. 

 

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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SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS & PRESENTATIONS

 

Titusville Fire Department – Titusville Fire & Emergency Services Operations Chief John Hustoles played a video that highlighted various aspects of the Department, including the delivery of services to the public, staff training and education, logistics, fire safety inspections, etc. 

 

Discussion occurred on medical transport versus fire engine response calls, response times, Insurance Services Office (ISO) rankings and benchmarks to achieve the Class One (highest) ranking, reduced insurance costs for citizens, fire safety inspections, less visible ways the Fire Department served the community, etc. 

 

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FY 22 North Brevard Parks & Recreation Budget – North Area Parks and Recreation Operations Manager Jeff Davis distributed and presented information on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 North Brevard Parks & Recreation proposed budget. The request was to accept the presentation. 

 

Brief discussion occurred on proposed park improvements, improvement concepts, activities, etc. 

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card. He distributed information and reviewed his concerns on the meeting agenda packet and the information that he distributed that concerned Sand Point Park.


Motion:   

Member Jordan moved to accept the presentation on the FY 2022 North Brevard Parks & Recreation proposed budget. Vice-Mayor Nelson seconded the motion and the roll call vote was: 

 

Member Robinson                  Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

Mayor Diesel                          Yes

Vice-Mayor Nelson                Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 

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Low Impact Development (LID) - Presentation by Dr. Leesa Souto, Executive Director, Marine Resources Council - Dr. Leesa Souto, Executive Director of the Marine Resources Council distributed information. She discussed the poor quality and habitat health of the Indian River Lagoon and how these matters could be improved by the use of low impact development practices or requirements. Dr. Souto also reviewed information provided under the education tab of the Marine Resources Council website (website address: https://savetheirl.org/education/low-impact-development/). Dr. Souto summarized that the lagoon’s health could be improved by the use or implementation of LID practices, which would ultimately reduce the peak-flow of stormwater. Dr. Souto explained that peak flow caused pollution, flooding, volume, etc. 

 

To the above, Dr. Souto advised that using LID practices would require a paradigm shift or cultural shift in thinking. The City as an institution could influence and incentivize the use of LID in its Codes or policies to improve the lagoon’s health and more. Thinking on these matters differently than in the past could influence new processes. Achieving these goals would mean a re-charged aquifer, improved soil health, encouraged redevelopment, protected floodplains, prevented saltwater intrusion, and which ultimately increased coastal resiliency and benefitted everyone. 

 

To begin, Dr. Souto recommended that cities set goals before writing policy language. One example used as a goal was protecting wellfields, which would allow re-charging of the aquifer, etc. Additionally, Dr. Souto reviewed other government agencies, like Pinellas and Escambia Counties, and the City of Winter Haven that were addressing LID in their Codes. She advised that an upcoming conference would be held on these matters in Rockledge. 

 

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Low Impact Development (LID) - Staff Presentation – Senior Planner Eddy Galindo gave a presentation on Low Impact Development (LID) and highlighted the following information. No action was requested.

 

  • LID Ordinance timeline
  • Community comparisons
  • Analysis 
  • Best practices
  • Incentive categories
  • Parking
  • Open space, landscape, buffer and setback
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Future timeline

 

Member Jordan commented on incentivizing low impact development (LID), so that developers would not take their projects elsewhere to attain a larger economic benefit, etc. 

 

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"Explore Historic Titusville" Booklet, Website & Mobile Application - Community Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford gave a presentation and highlighted information on the "Explore Historic Titusville" booklet, website, mobile application, and $30,000 grant. No action was requested.

 

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PETITIONS AND REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC PRESENT

 

Stan Johnston commented on an upcoming event at a small pavilion at Sand Point Park to discuss the Indian River Lagoon. He also commented on a prior sewer spill at Sand Point Park and his concern how these matters may have impacted the lagoon, pumping ponds, etc. 

 

Kay St. Onge read from a prepared statement. She commented on the purpose of the Marine Resource’s Council, stormwater runoff polluting the Indian River Lagoon, the desire to attract others to live and work on the space coast, an unhealthy lagoon negatively impacted the community and the environment, low impact development (LID) would allow for more condensed housing in one area and reduced traditional development costs, etc. 

 

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With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:41 p.m.