Regular City Council Meeting - August 11, 2020

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City Council

Regular Meeting

August 11, 2020

 

The City of Titusville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at Titusville City Hall, second floor, Council Chamber, 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida 32796. 

 

Mayor Johnson called the City Council meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Those present in the Council Chamber included Mayor Walt Johnson, Vice-Mayor Daniel Diesel, and City Council Members JoLynn Nelson and Robert Jordan. Also present were City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. Sr. Administrative Assistant Caitlin Rodriguez completed the minutes.

 

City Council Member Sarah Stoeckel participated in the meeting remotely (off site), using communications media technology, as allowed by Florida Statutes and State emergency orders during the COVID-19 pandemic and threat to public health and safety.

 



Mayor Johnson requested a moment of silence. He then led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. City Clerk Wanda Wells read the procedure for public comment and participation. City Attorney Broome read additional procedures for public comment and participation for City Council meetings during COVID-19, which were posted on the City website and the Council agenda and which were based on City of Titusville Resolution No. 16-2020.

 



APPROVAL OF MINUTES 

 

Motion: 

Member Nelson moved to approve the minutes of the regular City Council meetings on July 14, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., as submitted. Member Jordan seconded the motion and the roll call vote was as follows:

 

                                    Member Jordan                       Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.

 


 

SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS & PRESENTATIONS – None. 

 



BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS


2020/2021 Student Advisory Council AppointmentCity Manager Larese highlighted the request, as provided in the Council agenda packet. The request was to confirm Mr. Richie Dobbs as a member of the 2020/20201 Student Advisory Council and 9th grade representative of Titusville High School, as nominated by his school.

 

Motion: 

Member Nelson moved to confirm Richie Dobbs as a member of the 2020/20201 Student Advisory Council, as recommended. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows: 

 

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

                                    Member Jordan                       Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.  

 



Board of Adjustments and Appeals – The Board of Adjustments and Appeals semi-annual written report was included in the Council agenda packet. No action was required by Council on this item. 

 



Planning and Zoning Commission – Accept the Resignation of Regular Member Robin Taylor with a term to expire on January 31, 2021. Her resignation was effective on July 28, 2020. 

 

Stan Johnston stated that he supported the approval of Ms. Taylor’s resignation and that on August 26th, he would be considered as a possible replacement on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Johnston stated that he and the Council have differences and that the differences have to do with the clogged floodways. 

 

Member Nelson called for a point of order as Mr. Johnston’s comments were not related to the resignation of Ms. Robin Taylor. 

 

Mayor Johnson reminded Mr. Johnston that his comments needed to be relevant to the agenda item. 

 

Mr. Johnston continued with his comments. 

 

Motion: 

Member Nelson moved to accept the resignation of Planning and Zoning Commission Regular Member Robin Taylor, as recommended. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows: 

 

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

                                    Member Jordan                       Yes

                                    Member Nelson                      Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.  

 



Planning and Zoning Commission – The Planning and Zoning Commission semi-annual written report was included in the agenda packet. There was no action required by Council on this item. 

 



PETITIONS AND REQUEST FROM THE PUBLIC PRESENT (OPEN FORUM)


Nancy Albritton expressed her concern regarding her commercial properties located at 818 and 822 Garden Street and the issues her renters are currently having with the City as it pertained to Business Tax Receipts and permitted issues. 

 

Community Development Director Peggy Busacca explained the Business Tax Receipt (BTR) process and that the state law does not allow staff to process a pro-rated BTR. Community Development Director Busacca also advised that staff was currently reviewing the request to allow the concealed gun class and whether it meets the criteria of a vocational school. 

 

Stan Johnston stated that he was there regarding an e-mail he sent Council dated August 6th regarding the maintenance of City floodways. 

 

Nick Mckenzie and Jon Ellingson requested the last part of Heller Road, which turns into dirt and gravel be reviewed and possibly paved by the City. Public Works Director Kevin Cook stated that his staff would review the request.

 

Ellen Bridges stated that her property located on South Park Avenue was being flooded by the neighbor that lives behind her because he had a permit to pump the water off their property into a drainage easement that was not deep enough to hold the water. Staff stated that they would review her concern. 

 

Juanita Houston stated she was there regarding the paving of South DeLeon Avenue. Staff advised that it would be around fall of this next fiscal year to have funding for the paving of South DeLeon Avenue. 

 



CONSENT AGENDA 

 

City Clerk Wanda Wells stated that there were public speaking cards submitted for items A through F. 

 

City Manager Larese advised that on Consent Agenda Item E, staff would like to add the sentence to authorize the Mayor to execute the agreement with terms and conditions applicable to the City of Titusville upon former review by the City Attorney and City Manager.

 

City Manager Larese read Consent Agenda Items A through F, as followed:

 

  1. 2020 Urban and Community Forestry Grant

Authorize the Mayor to sign the letter in support of the “Titusville Urban Tree Canopy Assessment” project proposal being submitted for the 2020 Urban and Community Forestry grant program.

 

  1. Grant Agreement for the Titusville High School (THS) Baffle Box Project

Approve a cost-share agreement between the City of Titusville

and the St. Johns River Water Management District in the amount of $150,000 in funding toward the construction of the THS Baffle Box Project. Additionally, approve associated budget amendment and authorize the Mayor to execute the agreement.

 

  1. Advisability - On-Street Parking

Approve advisability for staff to review and recommend changes to the Land Development Regulations to address the use of on-street parking as part of private developments.

 

  1. Contract Award for the Osprey Water Reclamation Facility Operations Building Roof Replacement

Approve the award of contract for the Osprey Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) roof replacement to Ti-Con Roofing, LLC of Titusville, FL 32796 in the amount of $28,950; and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract.

 

  1. SCADA Upgrades and Maintenance Contract

Authorize the City to piggyback existing Rocha Controls Contract No. PW18-04 with City of Deltona, Florida entitled SCADA Upgrades and Maintenance. Authorize City Manager to approve Work Orders under the piggyback contract on as needed basis. Add Rocha Controls to the FY20 and FY21 Vendor of Record Lists for contracts over $15,000.

 

  1. Forest Park Apartments - Letter of Support

Authorize the Mayor to execute a letter of support for the rehabilitation of Forest Park South Apartments and preservation of affordable housing rental units.

 

Stan Johnston submitted public speaking cards on agenda items A through F. Mr. Johnston referenced an e-mail that he wrote to City Council on August the 6th that highlighted a number of Mr. Johnston’s concerns regarding decision-making by City Council. 

 

Member Nelson called for a point of order and stated that Mr. Johnston’s comments were not related to any item on the consent agenda. 

 

Council took a recess at 7:15 p.m. and returned at 7:20 p.m. 

 

Mayor Johnson reminded Mr. Johnston that he should be relevant to the agenda items. 

 

Mr. Johnston stated that due to Mayor Johnson’s actions, he requested that Mayor Johnson along with Member Jordan and Member Nelson resign.

 

Motion:

Member Nelson moved to approve Consent Agenda Items A through F, as recommended, with the additional language in Item E as requested by the City Manager. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The roll call vote was:

 

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes
Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.  

 


 

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING, PUBLIC HEARING AND RELATED ACTION – None. 



 

ORDINANCES-FIRST READING

 

Ordinance No. 9-2020 – Revocation of Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for Rocker Crafters, Inc.  – City Attorney Broome read AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA,

REVOKING THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AD VALOREM TAX EXEMPTION TO ROCKET CRAFTERS INC.; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

City Attorney Broome advised that the public hearing of Ordinance No. 9-2020 was scheduled for the regular City Council meeting on August 25, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card. Mr. Johnston advised that he had been a resident of the City of Titusville for close to 45 years. Mr. Johnston stated that he agreed with the revocation of the Ad Valorem Tax Exemption since Rocket Crafters was no longer in the City of Titusville.

 



OLD BUSINESS – None.

 



NEW BUSINESS

 

Solid Waste Rate Review – Public Works Director Kevin Cook provided a power point presentation and highlighted as follows:

 

  • Purpose
  • Observations
  • Proposed Budget
  • Rate Strategies
  • Service Area Breakdown
  • Rate Trends
  • Typical Bill (Residential)
  • Residential Rate Comparison
  • Typical Bill (Commercial)
  • Commercial Rate Comparison
  • Upcoming Improvements
  • Recommendations

 

Stan Johnston stated that the process Solid Waste had in place was saving the City of Titusville a lot of money.

 



Stormwater Rate Review – Public Works Director Kevin Cook provided a power point presentation and highlighted as follows: 

 

  • History 
  • Action Seeking Tonight 
  • Summary of Fees 
  • Rate Comparison 
  • Where is the FY21 budget going?
  • Where does the money go? CIPs
  • How are we helping the Lagoon?

 

Stan Johnston stated that he was opposed to this item because he felt the budget for the Stormwater Rate Review was lacking. 




Resolution No. 26-2020 – Certifying the Rate and Annual Stormwater Utility Assessment Roll – The request was to approve Resolution No. 26-2020 confirming and certifying the rate and annual stormwater utility assessment roll for the municipal fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020 and forwarding the same to the Tax Collector’s Office for collection, utilizing the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem special assessments levied within the incorporated area of the City. 

 

Stan Johnston stated that he felt the budgeting did not include what was required of the City. Mr. Johnston stated the funding should include maintaining floodways. 

 

Motion: 

Member Nelson moved to approve Resolution No. 26-2020 Certifying the Rate and Annual Stormwater Utility Assessment Roll, as recommended. Member Jordan seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows: 

 

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

                                    Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

 



PETITION AND REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC PRESNET (NON-AGENDA ITEMS) – None. 




MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

 

Mayor's Report – Mayor Johnson stated that if a Council Member had a concern to be addressed that Council would need to vote on, he would like for them to bring to Council under “Council Reports” so that the proper protocols can be followed and staff can put the item on the agenda at a future council meeting.  

 

Mayor Johnson requested Member Jordan read a Proclamation of the City of Titusville recognizing John Robert Lewis who spent his entire life and career battling for civil rights and justice for all Americans regardless of the color of their skin or the circumstances of their birth.   

 



Council Reports

 

Member Stoeckel gave an update for the Florida League of Cities and stated that they were still hosting meetings remotely.  

 



Vice-Mayor Diesel stated that Titusville had a tragic and unexpected loss the prior week of a Titusville resident and coach, Eugene (Jeep) Binderup. Vice-Mayor Diesel extended his condolences to the family and close friends of Mr. Binderup. 

 


City Manager's Report - City Manager Larese’s written report was included in the agenda packet.

 

All items were informational only.

 



CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT – None. 




With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

 

 

 Walt Johnson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

 

Wanda F. Wells, City Clerk