Community Redevelopment Agency October 12, 2021

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Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting

October 12, 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, October 12, 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, September 14, 2021, as submitted. Vice-Chair Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

                                           

Member Aker                          Yes

Member Robinson                  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 

Commercial Beautification Grant for Property Located at 301 South Washington Avenue - Executive Director Larese advised the request was for the Community Redevelopment Agency to approve the award of a Commercial Beautification Grant in the amount of $16,375 to the North Brevard Historical Society Museum located at 301 South Washington Avenue. 

The City of Titusville’s Community Redevelopment Agency’s Commercial Beautification Program allows for the use of Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) grant funds to be utilized for general improvements to the exterior of commercial structures located within the boundaries of the CRA. Eligible applicants can receive grant funding up to $40,000 for each property with 75% of the grant paid at the project's completion and 25% of the grant paid at the first year of occupancy after completion of the improvements.

The applicant, the North Brevard Historical Society, was applying to replace the front canopy of the building which was showing signs of deterioration and poses a safety risk. The total cost of the low bid to replace the canopy is $ 32,750 The total amount of the reimbursement grant was 50% of the total which came to $16,375.

President of the Historical Society Bill Baldwin asked the Community Redevelopment Agency to help repair the highly damaged marquee that was estimated at 75-100 years old. 

Member Robinson asked Mr. Baldwin if the canopy and marquee were the same thing. Mr. Baldwin explained that Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford suggested that he use the term marquee. 

Stan Johnston stated that he was concerned with the Community Redevelopment Agency spending money on other projects instead of on the fountains near the Indian River Lagoon. Mr. Johnston stated that he supported this grant. 

Motion: Member Jordan moved to approve the award of a Commercial Beautification Grant in the amount of $16,375 to the North Brevard Historical Society Museum located at 301 South Washington Avenue, as recommended by staff. Member Ball seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

Member Robinson                  Yes 

Chairperson Diesel                 Yes 

Vice-Chair Nelson                  Yes 

Member Stoeckel                    Yes 

Member Ball                           Yes 

Member Aker                          Yes 

 

The motion carried unanimously.


Petitions and Request from the Public Present

Lisa Mosier commented on the splash park and the downtown area including the sidewalks, etc. Ms. Mosier asked if the Community Redevelopment Agency could use funding for pressure washing the sidewalks in the downtown area. 

Executive Director Larese stated that pressure washing was scheduled for next month. 

Member Aker stated that the concrete used to be stained the same color throughout the downtown area and that doing that again would improve the downtown area.

Executive Director Larese stated that the shade structures in downtown would need to be replaced in the future and the planters along the street were currently being replaced. 


Stan Johnston discussed fraud and crime, etc.


Member Robinson discussed the City Managers background including his 28 years of service in the US Army. 


 Executive Directors Report

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


 

Member Ball thanked the North Brevard Historical Society for all the work they have completed without the help of the city and stated the he was very happy to help them.


 

 With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 5:53 p.m.