Community Redevelopment Agency - September 8, 2020

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Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting

September 8, 2020

 

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, September 8, 2020.


Call to Order/Determination of a Quorum

 

Chairperson Walt Johnson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Chairperson Walt Johnson, Vice-Chairperson Dan Diesel and Members Jim Ball, Robert Jordan, and Jo Lynn Nelson. Member Sarah Stoeckel attended via telephone and Member Greg Aker was absent. Also present were Executive Director Scott Larese, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. Sr. Administrative Assistant Caitlin Rodriguez completed the minutes. 


City Clerk Wanda Wells read the procedure for public comment. CRA Attorney Broome read the temporary meeting rules for public comment and participation during the current COVID-19 pandemic, which were published on the CRA meeting agenda.


Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance

 

Chairperson Johnson asked for a moment of silence and then led the entire assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


Approval of Minutes 

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to approve the minutes of the Community Redevelopment Agency meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Member Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote was as follows:  

 

Member Jordan                       Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Chairman Johnson                  Yes

Vice-Chairman Diesel             Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Ball                           Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 


Special Recognitions and Presentations – None. 


Old Business – None.                                


New Business 

 

FY 2021 CRA Budget – Executive Director Larese gave an overview of the item that was included in the agenda packet. It was requested that the CRA approve the FY 2021 budget and Resolution No. 29-2020 to transmit the budget to the City Council for adoption on September 17, 2020 as part of the City’s adopted budget. 

 

Stan Johnston distributed a handout to Council and to staff that was present at the meeting. Mr. Johnston stated that he had concerns with the CRA proposed budget. He stated that his concerns were regarding the CRA building grants, OPEB liability, and the sewer that was needing replacement and repair in downtown Titusville. 

 

Discussion ensued by the CRA and City staff about the FY 2021 CRA Budget. 

 

Motion: 

Member Ball moved to adopt Resolution No. 29-2020 to transmit the CRA Budget to the City Council. Member Nelson seconded the motion. The roll call vote is as follows:

 

Member Nelson                      Yes

Chairman Johnson                  Yes

Vice-Chairman Diesel             Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Ball                           Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes 


Pedestrian Street Lamp Posts on Julia Street – Cost Estimates – The request was for the CRA to review the cost analysis proposals to replace the existing purple pedestrian lamp posts on Julia Street in front of the Titusville Playhouse and provide the following direction to staff: Determine whether to replace the existing pedestrian lamp posts with lamp posts that were similar to the Hopkins Avenue lamp posts, and if so, determine whether to opt for the two (2) light pole proposal or the six (6) light pole proposal.

 

Member Jordan inquired on whether or not the current pedestrian lights that were located outside of the Titusville Playhouse were still working and whether or not the lights had been looked at by staff to repair. Staff advised that only one (1) light was working and the other two (2) flickered. 

 

Mayor Johnson advised that from what he understood the lights would have to be totally refurbished to work properly again. 

 

Member Jordan stated that he felt $20,000.00 for one light post was exorbitant. He requested that staff get a price quote on the cost of just painting the light posts and restoring the old ones to look similar the current downtown pedestrian lamp posts. 

 

Member Ball stated that he knew the money was not in the budget to purchase all six (6) of the pedestrian lamp posts, but that he felt this was a needed investment in the downtown area west of Hopkins. He stated he felt that making the repairs would only defer the replacement for a short time. 

 

Vice-Chairman Diesel stated that he felt this was a valuable investment in the Gateway to Nature and Space. Vice-Chairman Diesel also stated that he wanted to be certain that staff had completed their due-diligence and that the City was getting the best deal on the lamp posts. 

 

Public Works Director Kevin Cook stated that the quote included $5,000 per lamp post and City staff would install. Where the additional cost came from was dropping service and running the conduits, etc. to the new pedestrian lamp posts. This was a contracted service and it required tearing up sidewalks and putting in new concrete, etc. to run the new service to the lamp posts. 

 

Member Stoeckel stated that she would like to the see the pedestrian lamp posts replaced, but she was also interested to know where the money would be pulled from in the budget to allow the CRA to move forward with replacing the lamp posts. She stated she did not want to see it pulled from the Grants Program as she was more interested in seeing the downtown with more businesses. 

 

Redevelopment Planner Tim Ford advised that the budget included $50,000 for lighting per the CRA’s request in last year’s budget.

 

Motion: 

Member Nelson moved to replace the existing pedestrian light posts on Julia Street with two (2) new light poles. Member Jordan seconded. The roll call vote was as follows: 

 

Chairman Johnson                  Yes

Vice-Chairman Diesel             Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Ball                           Yes

                                    Member Jordan                       Yes

                                    Member Nelson                      Yes

 

The motion passed unanimously. 


Petitions and Requests from the Public Present

 

Stan Johnston read a portion of a handout that he distributed to members of the CRA regarding some concerns he had with City Council members and City Staff. 


Executive Director’s Report 

 

Executive Director Larese advised that all items were informational only.


Member Ball stated that he reviewed the street resurfacing notice to proceed for Pine Street, Orange Street, and Lemon Avenue and he did not have any interest in redirecting any of the street resurfacing plans. He stated that he did not want to stop with that effort. He requested that at a later time, City Staff and the CRA review putting together prioritization criteria so that the CRA can focus on streets that are drawing a lot of traffic and visitors versus streets that are rarely traveled. 

 

Member Ball also stated that he would like to see the CRA focus on two or three projects every year that can be completed quickly rather than doing a number of projects a little at a time. 


With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m.