Community Redevelopment Agency November 9, 2021

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Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting

November 9, 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, November 9, 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, October 12, 2021, as submitted. Member Stoeckel 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. 


Executive Director Larese stated that staff recommended tabling Item 8A – Update to 2015 Supplemental Community Redevelopment (CRA) Plan and TenYear Strategic Initiatives Plan to the CRA meeting on December 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Motion

Member Ball moved to table Item 8A – Update to 2015 Supplemental Community Redevelopment (CRA) Plan and TenYear Strategic Initiatives Plan to the CRA meeting on December 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. as requested. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously. 


Special Recognitions and Presentations 

 North Brevard Trails Wayfinding and Amenities Master Plan Presentation 

The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) contracted with Tindale Oliver and AECOM consultants to prepare a North Brevard Trails Wayfinding and Amenities Master Plan. The purpose of the Master Plan was to provide a comprehensive guide that was cohesive across all of the maintaining agencies, including the City, the County and the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. The SCTPO's consultants presented the North Brevard Trails Wayfinding and Amenities Master Plan to the CRA.

Senior Transportation Planner from The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization Sarah Kraum stated that a few years ago, it was requested that the TPO take on funding and administering a project across north Brevard’s regional trail system including a regional wayfinding and amenities plan. 

SCTPO consultants Kim Norberg and Michelle Aguiar presented a power point on the North Brevard Trails Wayfinding and Amenities Master Plan. The presentation was highlighted as follows:

  • Trail Network Study Area
  • Project Purpose & Timeline
  • Stakeholders
  • Discover          
  • Analysis and Recommendations 
  • Conceptual Design – Sign Family Option 1
  • Conceptual Design – Sign Family Option 2
  • Conceptual Design – Site Furnishings Options 1
  • Conceptual Design – Site Furnishings Options 2
  • Master Plan
  • Design, Fabrication, Flexibility & Cost
  • Sign Type Family 
  • Sign Type Technical Drawing 
  • Color Coding
  • Site Furnishings 
  • Next Steps 

Member Ball asked if these were voluntary standards that were going to be held by the stakeholders. Senior Transportation Planner Sarah Kraum stated that the municipalities chose what they wanted to do. Member Ball asked what the frequency was for the signage. SCTPO consultant Michelle Aguiar stated that the signage was located where people make decisions not specific increments, including where trails converge, at trail heads and streets. Member Ball also asked if the expectation was that stakeholders would be funding for only their areas.  Senior Transportation Planner Sarah Kraum stated that she did not have an answer yet, but the next step was to figure out the funding mechanism. 

Member Stoeckel asked for clarification on these plans and if they were for the North Brevard area only. Senior Transportation Planner Sarah Kraum stated that their scope of work was North Brevard only. Member Stoecekel also asked if it was possible to guarantee a cohesive look for the different municipalities that were part of this plan. Senior Transportation Planner Sarah Kraum stated that she did not have the authority for that, but if the CRA wanted to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the other entities, it would be a possibility.   

Vice Mayor Nelson asked what the time line was for the space coast trail near the beach. Senior Transportation Planner Sarah Kraum stated that it would be presented to the SCTPO governing board in December, but the funding was tentatively scheduled for 2027.

Mayor Diesel stated that his main concerns for the project was the cost, funding timeline, and usage. 


Farmers Market Update - Marcia Gaedcke, Greater Titusville Chamber of Commerce C.E.O., provided an update on the Farmers Market Token Program to the CRA.

Marcia Gaedcke provided a handout that included statistics about the citizens in Titusville that attended the Farmers Market. The statistics included annual household income, ethnicity, female head of household, elderly and special needs.

Marcia Gaedcke stated that 859 households were currently registered for the program. Ms. Gaedcke also stated that this program helpED 16 homeless families and 18 homebound clients that received benefits from the Farmers Market with help from meals on wheels. 

Member Stoeckel asked if the City was able to extend the program since it was underbudget.

Executive Director Larese stated that the City would need to renew the partnership and that the City would possibly start the Farmers Market again in March.

Member Jordan asked if the Farmers Market would do something special for thanksgiving and Christmas with the extra money, like handing out turkeys to the citizens. 

Marcia Gaedcke stated that the last day of the Farmers Market would be held on December 10, 2021 and the market was going to remain open later than usual to allow more families to attend and ensure they all have the opportunity to spend the tokens they received. Ms. Gaedcke stated that they would increase the amount distributed, if council approved it.  

Mayor Diesel stated that Marcia Gaedcke was the best person to find a way to help these households that were visiting the Farmers Market, using the extra money that was not used from the project’s budget.  

Council came to a consensus that Marcia Gaedcke would provide her recommendations to staff for approval and it would not need council’s approval on how the extra money in the budget would be spent on a project to assist the households who were visiting the Farmers Market.


Old Business – None.


New Business 

Update to 2015 Supplemental Community Redevelopment (CRA) Plan and TenYear Strategic Initiatives Plan – This item was tabled to the CRA meeting on December 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.


Petitions and Request from the Public Present

Stan Johnston discussed his handout regarding the sewage spill from December of 2020. 


Executive Directors Report

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


With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:27 p.m.