Community Redevelopment Agency April 12, 2022

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Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting

April 12, 2022

 

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, April 12, 2022.


Call to Order/Determination of a Quorum

Chairperson Diesel called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Chairperson Daniel Diesel, and Members Joe Robinson, Jo Lynn Nelson, 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. Vice-Chairperson Robert Jordan was absent. 


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 Nelson moved to approve the minutes of the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, as submitted. Member Ball seconded the motion.

 

The motion carried unanimously. 


Special Recognitions and Presentations – None. 

 


Old Business 

Fiscal Year 2021 City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency Annual Report – Executive Director Larese advised the request was to approve the Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report for the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) with the added Financial Audit and approve transmittal of the report to the CRA's creating municipality (City of Titusville).

 

The CRA Annual Report Activities section of the FY 2021 CRA Annual Report was provided to and approved by the CRA without the Financial Audit section as it was not completed in time for the March 8, 2022 meeting. The Financial Audit was received and added to the Annual Report. The FY 2021 Annual Report was on the April 26, 2022 City Council meeting agenda for their acceptance pending the recommendation of the CRA.

 

Member Robinson asked why the liabilities had increased from last year. Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford advised that Finance Director Teri Butler would have that information at the City Council meeting. 

 

Motion: Member Ball moved to approve the Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report for the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) with the added Financial Audit and approve transmittal of the report to the CRA's creating municipality (City of Titusville), as recommended. Member Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Member Aker                          Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes 

Member Nelson                      Yes 

Chairperson Diesel                 Yes 

Member Ball                           Yes 

Member Stoeckel                    Yes 

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 


FY 2023 Proposed CRA Budget – Executive Director Larese advised the request was to review and accept the proposed FY 2023 CRA Budget

 

At the March 8, 2022 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting, the CRA came to a consensus regarding the proposed FY 2023 CRA Budget, but asked staff for details on the storm water infrastructure improvements and the effects, if any, on water circulation within the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) that might be caused by the proposed observation/walkway pier.

 

Public Works reported that the storm water infrastructure improvements would include a combination of pipe slip lining and tree box inlets in the commons parking area and drainage basins in the Indian River Avenue area in the CRA (see attached map & Tree Box information sheet). With regard to the effects of the proposed pier pilings, the Engineers reported that the pilings had minimal effect on water circulation within the IRL.

 

Motion: Member Nelson moved to approve the proposed FY 2023 Community Redevelopment Agency Budget, as recommended. Member Stoeckel seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Member Robinson                  Yes 

Member Nelson                      Yes 

Chairperson Diesel                 Yes 

Member Ball                           Yes 

Member Stoeckel                    Yes 

Member Aker                          Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 


New Business 

Commercial Beautification Grant for Property Located at 315 South Hopkins Avenue – Executive Director Larese advised the request was to approve the award of a Commercial Beautification Grant in the amount of $12,225 to KH Holdings of Brevard, LLC (Hannah Cairns, Sunrise Bread Company) for property located at 315 South Hopkins Avenue.

 

This project was located within the Downtown Sub-district of the Community Redevelopment District. The owner applied to reroof the building. Roof repairs were listed as an eligible expense in the Commercial Beautification Façade Improvement Program. The total cost of the low bid to re-roof the building was $24,450. The total amount of the reimbursement grant was 50% of the total which comes out to $12,225. Funds were available in the CRA Building Grants FY2022 budget to cover the grant amount.

 

Motion: Member Ball moved to approve the award of a Commercial Beautification Grant in the amount of $12,225 to KH Holdings of Brevard, LLC (Hannah Cairns, Sunrise Bread Company) for property located at 315 South Hopkins Avenue, as requested. Member Stoeckel seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Member Nelson                      Yes

Chairperson Diesel                 Yes

Member Ball                           Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Aker                          Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 


Advisability on Hearing a Presentation from the Titusville Playhouse, Inc. (TPI) on TPI's Development Plans – Executive Director Larese advised the request was to provide advisability on whether to hear a short presentation from TPI representatives regarding TPI's development plans at the May 10, 2022 CRA meeting.

 

Representatives of the Titusville Playhouse, Inc. requested to make a five (5) minute presentation to the CRA at the CRA's May 10, 2022 meeting to update the CRA on the status of TPI's future development plans in the CRA district.

 

Member Nelson stated that she supported a presentation from the TPI and wanted to help them work on creating a more unified downtown area. 

 

Chairman Diesel stated that he was in support of the presentation.

 

Member Robinson stated that he recently went to a show at the TPI and enjoyed it. Member Robinson stated that the age group that attended the show was around his age group and older, but he wanted to discuss ways to attract the younger age groups to the theater.  

 

Member Stoeckel stated that she was in support of the presentation. 

 

Liz Mikitarian stated that Member Robinson was correct about the age group. Ms. Mikitarian explained that she was speaking on behalf of the Humanity Task Force for Social Justice and wanted the Titusville Playhouse to be the cultural mecca for North Brevard county. 

 

Motion: Member Nelson moved to approve a five minute presentation to the CRA at the CRA's May 10, 2022 meeting to update the CRA on the status of TPI's future development plans in the CRA district. Member Aker seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Chairperson Diesel                 Yes

Member Ball                           Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Aker                          Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.


Ordinance No. 13-2022 - Marinas and Yacht Basin – Executive Director Larese advised the request was to review the proposed ordinance and make a recommendation to City Council.

Section 28-143 of the Code does not permit marinas and yacht basins as a use within the Uptown subdistrict of the Downtown Mixed Use (DMU) zoning district. Research into the history of the DMU zoning district indicated that the exclusion of marinas from the Uptown subdistrict may have been based upon the intent to redevelop the site of the Westland Marina into a mixed-use development. However, the multi-family project was not materialized and the code as written does not reflect the continued operation of the existing marina east of North Washington Avenue.

 

(This item will be considered by City Council on April 12, 2022 and April 26, 2022 beginning at 6:30 PM.)

 

Motion: Member Nelson recommended approval to council for Ordinance No. 13-2022, as recommended. Member Aker seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Member Ball                           Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Aker                          Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Chairperson Diesel                 Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.


Hanging Basket & Artificial Plants Contract Award – Executive Director Larese advised the request was to recommend approval of award of bid #22-B-029 for the installation of Hanging Baskets & Artificial Plants to JB Lawn Control Inc, Titusville, FL in the amount of $34,491.24 for the initial year installation and $20,661.48 annually for plant replacement for a term of one year with the option of four one year renewals. Additionally, approve the associated budget amendment, project creation, and issuance of purchase order.

 

Motion: Member Nelson moved to approve the award of bid #22-B-029 for the installation of Hanging Baskets & Artificial Plants to JB Lawn Control Inc, Titusville, FL in the amount of $34,491.24 for the initial year installation and $20,661.48 annually for plant replacement for a term of one year with the option of four one year renewals. Additionally, approve the associated budget amendment, project creation, and issuance of purchase order. Member Aker seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

 

Member Aker                          Yes

Member Robinson                  Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Chairperson Diesel                 Yes

Member Ball                           Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.


Petitions and Request from the Public Present

 

Nicholas Stamos stated that he was the associate artistic director and education director at the Titusville Playhouse. Mr. Stamos stated that he was at the meeting to discuss the Titusville Playhouse facility expansion project survey and request feedback from the public. 

 

Member Ball stated that the Titusville Playhouse enlisted the assistance of one of the best theater consulting firms in the country and they led the Titusville Playhouse in putting the survey together.


Stan Johnston discussed the sewage spill that occurred in December 2020 at Space View Park. Mr. Johnston also discussed a dam that was built by the Water Resources Department. 

 


Executive Directors Report

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

Executive Director Larese advised that there were 654 families served at the Farmers Market in downtown Titusville on March 25, 2022. 


Member Nelson asked if the mangroves were planted in Scobie Park. Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford stated that the mangroves were planted. Public Works Director Kevin Cook stated that they were planted by the Streets Department.


Member Ball reminded the CRA members that the consultant, S&ME, Inc. scheduled a Walk-in Workshop on April 14, 2022 from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm at the Welcome Center at 419 South Hopkins Avenue to obtain input from the public on the CRA’s redevelopment plan.


With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:04 p.m.