Community Redevelopment Agency June 14, 2022

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Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting

June 14, 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, June 14, 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, Vice-Chairperson Robert Jordan and Members Joe Robinson, Jo Lynn Nelson, Jim Ball, Sarah Stoeckel, and Greg Aker. Executive Director Scott Larese, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells were also present. Sr. Administrative Assistant Emily Campbell completed the minutes of the meeting.


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. City Clerk Wanda Wells 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, May 10, 2022, as submitted. Vice-Chair Jordan seconded the motion.

The motion carried unanimously.


Special Recognitions and Presentations – None.


Old Business

Landscape Improvements – US#1 Corridor – Executive Director Larese advised the request was to recommend approval of budget amendment in the amount of $35,000 to fund additional landscape improvements within the US#1 corridor utilizing the plants listed and locations shown within the attachments. Additionally, approve creation of the new CRA project, as requested.


As discussed at the CRA meeting on May 10, 2022 the Public Works Department identified areas where additional landscaping would be installed along the US#1 corridor. The plantings would utilize the attached Florida friendly plants at the following locations:

  • US#1 South Bound Intersections:
    • Broad Street South-East and South-West
    • Julia Street North-East and North-West
    • Pine Street South-East and South-West
    • Palmetto Street North-East and South-West
    • Union Street North-East and North-West
    • Brevard Street North-West
  • US#1 North Bound Intersections:
    • Grace Street Point of Triangle
    • Brevard Street North-East and North-West
    • St Johns Street North-East
    • South Street South-East, South-West and North-West
    • Palmetto Street North-East and North-West
    • Broad Street South-West, North-East and North-West
  • Along US#1 North Bound from Stephen House Way to Main Street


Motion: Vice-Chairman Jordan recommended approval to Council for a budget amendment in the amount of $35,000 to fund additional landscape improvements within the US#1 corridor utilizing the plants listed and locations shown within the attachments, as recommended. Additionally, approve creation of the new CRA project. Member Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

                              Member Aker                   Yes

                              Member Robinson           Yes

                              Member Nelson               Yes

                              Chairperson Diesel          Yes

                              Vice-Chair Jordan            Yes

                              Member Ball                    Yes

                              Member Stoeckel             Yes

The motion carried unanimously.


New Business

Amendment to a Commercial Beautification Grant for Property Located at 301 S. Washington Avenue, North Brevard Historical Society Museum, to Authorize an Increase of $5,850 in Grant Payment – Executive Director Larese advised the request was to approve an amendment to the grant agreement with the North Brevard Historical Society Museum (NBHSM) to increase the award of a CRA Beautification grant by $5,850 for additional costs due to structural damage found after the canopy was removed at 301 S. Washington Avenue.

On October 12, 2021 the CRA approved a CRA Commercial Beautification Grant in the amount of $16,375 for the NBHSM to replace a deteriorated canopy at 301 S. Washington Avenue at a total estimated cost of $32,750. After the canopy was removed, it was found that horizontal and vertical support beams for the new canopy were damaged due to water intrusion and needed to be replaced with laminated beams on top of and at the bottom of the replacement canopy. The replacement of the supporting beams increased the cost of the project $11,700.

The NBHSM requested that the grant agreement between the CRA and the NBHSM be amended to include the additional cost and the grant award be increased $5,850 (50% of the cost increase) to a total grant amount of $22,225 from the previous total grant award of $16,375. The grant amount was below the maximum award of $40,000 and there were sufficient funds budgeted to pay for the increase.

Bill Baldwin, President of the North Brevard Historical Society Museum advised that he was available to answer any questions.

Motion: Member Nelson moved to approve an amendment to the grant agreement with the North Brevard Historical Society Museum (NBHSM) to increase the award of a CRA Beautification grant by $5,850 for additional costs due to structural damage found after the canopy was removed at 301 S. Washington Avenue, as recommended. Member Ball seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

                                     Member Robinson               Yes

                                     Member Nelson                   Yes

                                     Chairperson Diesel              Yes

                                     Vice-Chair Jordan                Yes

                                     Member Ball                        Yes

                                     Member Stoeckel                Yes

                                     Member Aker                      Yes

The motion carried unanimously.


Landscape Maintenance Services Contract – Executive Director Larese advised the request was for approval of contract award to JB's Lawn Control, Inc. of Titusville, Florida in the amount of $428,423 for landscape maintenance services for state road medians, state road right of ways, City facilities, City riverfront parks, stormwater facilities and CRA district during a one-year term with three (3) optional one-year renewals, and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract.

On April 5, 2022, the City solicited bids under Bid # 22-B-041. Twelve (12) firms, out of 568 firms notified, obtained bid documents. On April 27, 2022 bids were received from 6 firms.

It was recommended by the Community Redevelopment Agency that City Council approve award of contract to JB's Lawn Control, Inc. of Titusville, Florida in the amount of $428,423 for landscape maintenance services for state road medians, state road right of ways, City facilitiesCity riverfront parks, stormwater facilities and CRA district during a one-year term with three (3) optional one-year renewals, and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract.

Public Works Director Kevin Cook stated that the City would be reimbursed $86,000 per year from the state for the landscape maintenance. The CRA was only paying for the US 1 improvements and Julia Street parking lot commons, and the City picked up the rest of the state roads.

Motion: Vice-Mayor Jordan moved to approve the award of a contract award to JB's Lawn Control, Inc. of Titusville, Florida in the amount of $428,423 for landscape maintenance services for state road medians, state road right of ways, City facilities, City riverfront parks, stormwater facilities and CRA district during a one-year term with three (3) optional one-year renewals, and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract., as recommended. Vice Chair Jordan seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:

                                     Member Robinson               Yes

                                     Member Nelson                   Yes

                                     Chairperson Diesel              Yes

                                     Vice-Chair Jordan                Yes

                                     Member Ball                        Yes

                                     Member Stoeckel                Yes

                                     Member Aker                      Yes

The motion carried unanimously.


Petitions and Request from the Public Present

Stan Johnston discussed an email that he sent to the Community Redevelopment Agency and City Council regarding a survey at S&J Oaks. Mr. Johnston stated that the City of Titusville measured an angle incorrectly and it was off by 36 minutes.


John Berry advised that at Sand Point Park, there needed to be some type of concrete sidewalk or brick pathway added because the wheelchairs can not go through the sandy path toward the inlet and instead had to go through all the pavilions. Mayor Diesel stated that he would take it the North Brevard Parks and Recreation Commission to see if they could correct the issue.


Executive Directors 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 5:50 p.m.