December 12, 2023

  1. Minutes

Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting

December 12, 2023

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, December 12, 2023.

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 Joe Robinson and Members Herman Cole, Jr. Col USAF Retired, Jo Lynn Nelson, Dr. Sarah Stoeckel, Greg Aker and Jim Ball, Executive Director Scott Larese, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Attorney Richard Broome, and Sr. Administrative Assistant Emily Campbell 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. 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, November 14, 2023, as submitted. Member Ball seconded the motion.

The motion carried unanimously. 

Special Recognitions and Presentations – None. 

Old Business – None. 

New Business 

Intersection and Crosswalk Art - Executive Director Larese advised that the request was to review the research on intersection/crosswalk pavement art, consider an appropriate location(s), and direct the staff to solicit proposals.

During the FY 2024 Budget Workshop, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) expressed interest in crosswalk and intersection art.

Staff contacted the City of Cocoa and the City of Daytona to obtain information such as cost and feedback based on their experience. Cost depends on design, size, number of colors utilized, how intricate the design(s) chosen, and placement of design area; specifically, state roads versus local roads. If the design was placed on an FDOT maintained road, or an adjacent road, the cost was significantly higher, and the maintenance would then become the responsibility of the CRA.

Redevelopment Planner Sue Williams provided a handout to the CRA with examples of street art in the City of West Palm Beach and St. Petersburg. She stated that the cost of street art began around $15,000. 

Member Ball stated that there was street art in front of the Cocoa Village Playhouse and there was an expectation that the Playhouse was going to pay for the maintenance of the art. Member Ball expressed concern for safety of the pedestrians because of the high rate of speed and traffic in downtown Titusville.  

Member Nelson stated that there was a Bloomberg Philanthropies study that showed traffic accidents and speed went down when there was asphalt art. Member Nelson stated that she was in support of the asphalt art and the cost was worth it, if it slowed down the traffic. 

Member Cole stated that he was an architect by training and studied art when he was in school. Member Cole expressed concern for the maintainability of the art and if it could become a distraction for drivers. 

Member Stoeckel stated that she did not think the CRA was ready for the asphalt art yet. She was in support of spending money on incentivizing people and tenants in the downtown area. 

Vice-Mayor Robinson stated that he agreed with Member Stoeckel and he did not believe the asphalt art was going to add value to the downtown area. 

Member Aker expressed concerns for the maintainability over time, but stated that he was in support of the stamped brick crosswalk. 

Mayor Diesel stated that he was concerned with spending that much money and the maintenance of the art. 

Stan Johnston submitted a card on this item, but chose not to speak. 

There was no action by the CRA. 

Downtown Business Directory Kiosks – Executive Director Larese advised that the request was to replace the downtown business directory kiosks.

The downtown business directory kiosks were purchased in spring of 2017. They need to be replaced due to weather, major storms, vandalism, etc. Staff was requesting advisability to research types of signs and approximate cost to bring back to the CRA.

Member Stoeckel stated that she wanted the sign to be similar to the newly purchased signs in front of City Hall and a digital kiosk was her preference. 

Member Ball stated that he was in support of a kiosk that was able to be readily updated for the growth and new businesses in downtown Titusville. 

Member Nelson stated that she was in support of updating the kiosk. 

Stan Johnston stated that he was in support of this item, etc. 

Member Cole stated that he was in support of the kiosk being digital if it was affordable. 

Redevelopment Planner Sue Williams stated that she would reach out to the company that Public Works used for signs and request to piggyback their contract. 

The Community Redevelopment Agency directed staff to research kiosks for replacement of the downtown business directory kiosks.

Petitions and Request from the Public Present – None. 

Stan Johnston said a prayer, etc. 

Toni Shifalo discussed the train noise and vibration pollution by the Florida East Coast Railroad in Titusville. Ms. Shifalo stated that the train passed by her house at all hours of the day and night, shaking her house and waking her up with the train horns. 

Executive Directors Report

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

Member Ball stated that the Downtown Redevelopment Plan included a goal of seeking silent zones, but the Florida East Coast Railway had liability issues if they did not sound the train horns. 

With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:02 p.m.