Community Redevelopment Agency August 10, 2021

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Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting

August 10, 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, August 10, 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, July 13, 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 

American Rescue Plan Act – Farmers Market Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Greater Titusville Chamber of Commerce – Executive Director Larese advised the request was to recommend approval of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the greater Titusville Chamber of Commerce to operate a Farmers Market Token Program to be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act.

City Manager Larese advised the Community Redevelopment Agency that this approval would be pending the third-party auditors review.

Member Robinson expressed concern that people would abuse the system.

Marcia Gaedcke, President of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, explained to the Community Redevelopment Agency that one of the changes that was made to prevent people from abusing the system was switching to a fully digital application that would scan for duplicate addresses and notify her if the same address was used more then once. Ms. Gaedcke stated that they were also setting up a resource station with 211 and the Homeless Coalition to be located at the farmers market.

Motion: Member Jordan moved to approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the greater Titusville Chamber of Commerce to operate a Farmers Market Token Program to be funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, 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.


 

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 for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to discuss and provide direction to the staff on proposed improvements at Marina and Sand Point Parks as proposed by the staff of the North Brevard County Parks.

The proposed projects for parks within the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) include the following: Marina Park Pavilion Replacement - $400,000, Marina Park Skate Park Lighting - $15,000 and Sand Point Park Pavilion Replacement - $629,500. The current FY21 Community Redevelopment Agency Budget has $45,000 available in the Trail Town Amenities capital projects account to provide improvements to benefit visitors at Sand Point and Marina Parks. Park staff indicated that the top request they received from park users was for a shade structure at the dog park in Marina Park. Installation of one (1) shade structure was estimated to cost a maximum of $40,000. Another need indicated by Park Staff was benches in both Sand Point and Marina Park. The CRA would purchase twelve (12) benches at an estimated total cost of $3,600 or $300 per park bench.

Another possible project the CRA considered was appropriating the funds toward a viewing structure at Scobie Park near the intersection off Main Street and Indian River Avenue, which was estimated to cost $125,000. 

Member Robinson asked Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford if these improvements would have a positive effect on Titusville. Redevelopment Planner Ford explained that he believed it would have a positive effect and that the dog park was used by a lot of people. Redevelopment Planner Ford also stated that he has received complaints over the years about the condition of the dog park. Member Robinson expressed his concern for people sleeping on benches and Redevelopment Planner Ford advised that benches in the past had an arm bar in the middle to deter people from sleeping on the bench. 

Mayor Diesel stated that he had visited the dog park and seen around thirty (30) dogs there at once. 

Member Aker stated that he supported the benches, as well as the shade structure if it was possible to do both.

Redevelopment Planner Ford stated that the Scobie Park project would be budgeted out over multiple years.

Member Stoeckel asked what Parks and Recreation would do if the CRA decided not to approve these park improvements. Redevelopment Planner Ford stated that other than the lighting and pavilion replacements, the park improvements were all that was budgeted by Parks and Recreation for the next fiscal year. Member Stoeckel stated that her concern was mixing the Parks and Recreation money with CRA money and setting a precedence for the years to come.

Member Robinson stated that he supported spending the money on Scobie Park instead of the park improvements at Sand Point Park and Marina Park. Executive Director Larese stated that the City was awarded a grant for Scobie Park improvements of $43,000 for the Tourist Development Council. The improvements included the planting of mangroves, educational signage, and a pervious walkway toward the water. 

Vice-Chair Nelson expressed her support for funding the park improvements at Sand Point Park and Marina Park.

Member Ball expressed his support for funding the park improvements at Sand Point Park and Marina Park. He stated that the residents of Titusville would enjoy the improvements at the parks and stated that Scobie Park already had funds for improvements. Member Ball stated that he did not want to set an expectation for CRA to fund projects for Parks and Recreation.

Mayor Diesel stated his concern for mixing CRA funding with Parks and Recreation funding.

Stan Johnston distributed a handout to the Community Redeployment Agency on the Indian River Lagoon. Mr. Johnston discussed the lifetime of pavilions and suggested using the funding to remove the bee-mats in the detention ponds. 

Motion: Member Ball moved to approve the funding of the park improvements at Sand Point Park and Marina Park, as presented. Vice-Chair Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Member Jordan                       No 

Chairperson Diesel                 Yes 

Vice-Chair Nelson                  Yes 

Member Stoeckel                    No 

Member Ball                           Yes 

Member Aker                          No

Member Robinson                  Yes

The motion carried 4-yes and 3-no.


New Business

Conditional Use Permit (CUP) No. 4-2021 – Rental Car Agency – Executive Director Larese advised that the request was to review and make recommendation to the City Council to approve the CUP No. 4-2021 rental car agency at 1026 South Hopkins Avenue within the Midtown Sub-district of the Downtown Mixed Use (DMU) zoning district.

The applicant was requesting a Conditional Use Permit to locate a rental car agency at 1026 South

Hopkins Avenue. The applicant was proposing to lease the front 1.1-acre portion of the parcel to operate the rental car agency. The property was zoned Downtown Mixed Use (DMU), Midtown Sub district. Section 28-107(a) of the Land Development Regulations that required rental car agencies to obtain a Conditional Use Permit approval in the Midtown Sub-district of the DMU zoning district. The property had been used as a new/used car sales use since the 1960s. Per the submitted plan, the applicant proposed to utilize the existing building, parking, and ingress/egress points for vehicular access.

Redevelopment Planner Ford stated that staff was in support of the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) No. 4-2021 for the rental car agency. 

Council came to a consensus that a rental car agency would make a good fit in this location and was in support of the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) No. 4-2021.

Bob Ziegenfuss represented the property owner and applicant who was, Enterprise Holding, a civil engineering firm for the Conditional Use Permit No. 4-2021. He stated that he was there to answer any questions.

Vice-Chair Nelson asked Bob Ziegenfuss if the rental car agency would be keeping the original roof. Mr. Ziegenfuss stated that they would have it looked at and if it was repairable, they were going to try and keep it.  

Motion: Member Jordan moved to recommend to City Council to approve the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) No. 4-2021 – Rental Care Agency at 1026 South Hopkins Avenue within the Midtown Sub-district of the Downtown Mixed Use (DMU) zoning district, as recommended Member Aker 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 Robinson                  Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

The motion carried unanimously. 


Award of Contract – Julia Street Lighting – Executive Director Larese advised that the request was for the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to approve the award bid of #21-PQ-043 for Julia Street Lighting Improvements to Rush Facilities, LLC of Titusville, Florida in the amount of $60,253.24 to construct pedestrian lighting improvements along Julia Street near the Emma Parrish Theater. Additionally, authorize the Mayor to execute the contract or necessary purchasing instrument and approve associated budget amendment. 

The City solicited price quotes under #21-PQ-043 on May 24, 2021 for the project in accordance

with Public Works Department’s request to engage an experienced contractor to provide lighting

installation along Julia Street. Six vendors, out of 55 notified, obtained bid documents. The City received one (1) bid submittal, which was opened on June 10, 2021 from Rush Facilities, LLC of Titusville, Florida.

Member Robinson expressed his support for the Julia Street Lighting to make Titusville’s downtown area brighter.

Mayor Diesel expressed his support and excitement for Julia Street Lighting.

Stan Johnston stated that $60,000 was a lot of money and suggested that the CRA use the money for upkeep and maintenance.

Motion: Member Jordan moved to approve the Award of Contract – Julia Street lighting to Rush Facilities, LLC of Titusville, Florida in the amount of $60,253.24, as recommended. The approval would allow construction of pedestrian lighting improvements along Julia Street near the Emma Parrish Theater. Additionally the approval authorized the Mayor to execute the contract or necessary purchasing instrument and approved the associated budget amendment. Vice-Chair Nelson seconded the motion. The Roll call vote was as follows: 

Vice-Chair Nelson                  Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Ball                           Yes

Member Aker                          Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

Chairperson Diesel                 Yes

The motion carried unanimously.


Petitions and Requests from the Public Present

Stan Johnston discussed the boil water alert notice that occurred on Saturday, August 7, 2021. He stated that the water samples were from well sites and did not think Titusville should have had a boil water alert, if the water was treated.


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 6:20 p.m.