Community Redevelopment Agency - March 10, 2020

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             Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting

March 10, 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, March 10, 2020.


Call to Order/Determination of a Quorum – Chairman Walt Johnson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Chairman Walt Johnson, Vice-Chairman Dan Diesel and Members Greg Aker, Jim Ball, Robert Jordan, and Sarah Stoeckel. Also, present were Executive Director Scott Larese, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. Sr. Administrative Assistant Debbie Denman completed the minutes. Member Jo Lynn Nelson was absent.


Invocation/Pledge of Allegiance – Chairman 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 regular Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting on February 11, 2020, as submitted. Vice-Chairman Diesel seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.  


Special Recognitions and Presentations

 

Community Policing Update - Lieutenant Josh Little of the Titusville Police Department, provided an update on Community Policing activities within the Community Redevelopment District in the past fiscal year that included: CRA Police Initiatives October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019, Enforcement Activates – Property Checks – Traffic Stops – Suspicious Persons/Vehicles/Incident, Burglaries – Maps for Vehicle – Residential – Commercial, Traffic – Maps for Traffic Stops, Accident w/o, and Accidents w/.

 

Chairman Johnson requested that he be advised of any accidents that occurred at the flashing yellow light at the intersection of US Hwy 1 and Julia Street in the Downtown so that he might advise the Transportation Planning Organization to assist in determining whether additional precaution was needed at that intersection.  


Old Business 

 

Feasibility Study & Conceptual Design - Consultant Selection – Executive Director Larese advised that on November 11, 2019, the City solicited Statements of Qualifications from consultant firms to perform consultant services.

 

At a meeting held February 3, 2020, a City Committee comprised of Mr. Kevin Cook, PE, Public Works Director; Vanessa Maldonado, Public Works Project Engineer and Tim Ford, Redevelopment Planner heard presentations from and interviewed both consulting firms; and after discussion and deliberation evaluated the Statements of Qualifications submitted to the City by the firms. April Chapman, Procurement Contracts Coordinator, was a non-voting member of the committee and coordinated the evaluation process. The results of the evaluations were as followed:  

 

Taylor Engineering                   271 Points

CPH, Inc.                                  256 Points

 

It was recommended that the Community Redevelopment Agency recommend that the City Council approve the final ranking of consultants for the Feasibility Study and Conceptual Design for the downtown riverfront walkway project and authorize staff to conduct contract negotiation with the top ranked firm, Taylor Engineering of Jacksonville, FL the number one ranked firm; and; if an agreement is not reached with the number one ranked firm, terminate negotiations with said firm and conduct negotiations with the second ranked firm.

 

Stan Johnston stated that he felt this was an ideal situation for the City to use an design-built project rather than hire an engineering firm and asked that it be considered.  

 

Motion: 

Member Jordan moved to recommend that the City Council approve the final ranking of consultants for the Feasibility Study and Conceptual Design for the downtown riverfront walkway project and authorize staff to conduct contract negotiation with the top ranked firm, Taylor Engineering of Jacksonville, FL the number one ranked firm; and if an agreement is not reached with the number one ranked firm, terminate negotiations with said firm and conduct negotiations with the second ranked firm, as recommended. Member Stoeckel seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously. 


New Business 


Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report and Financial Report for the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency – Executive Director Larese advised that the recommended action was to review and approve the Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report and Financial Report for the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency and approve transmittal to the taxing entities.

 

Stan Johnston stated that he was concerned with what was going on with the CRA and that he felt there were hidden agendas. He commented on an article from November 2019 in the Florida Today Newspaper regarding a proposed sports arena for Titusville.

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to approve the Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report and Financial Report for the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency and approve transmittal to the taxing entities, as recommended. Member Aker seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously. 


Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Strategic Budget Objectives for FY2021 – Executive Director Larese advised that staff was in the process of preparing the Fiscal Year 2021 CRA Budget. Direction was requested from the Board regarding the funding of possible capital projects in the CRA District. The past year's emphasis had been on funding lighting, sidewalk infill, street resurfacing, security cameras, and the Agency's Building Grant Program.

 

Staff requested that the CRA Board provide direction to staff regarding FY2021 Strategic Budget Objectives.

 

Member Ball stated that he felt the Concrete Street Repair (Residential Historic District) was not an immediate need. He recommended that the money allocated for the Concreate Street Repair go toward the Sewer Infrastructure Assistance.

 

Chairman Johnson advised that he was in favor of the Spaceview Park Connecting Pedestrian Pier and Sewer Infrastructure Assistance.

 

Member Aker advised that in the future, he would like there to be an option to increase parking in the Downtown.

 

Member Ball stated that he was also in favor of the Building/Renovation Grants and Spaceview Park Connecting Pedestrian Pier.

 

Member Stoeckel stated that she would be interested in looking at properties for sale within the CRA District for additional parking. 

 

The CRA recommended the following projects for FY2021; Sidewalk Infill, Building/Renovation Grants, Trail Town Amenities, Spaceview Park Connecting Pedestrian Pier, and to defer Concrete Street Repair $50,000 and add that money to Sewer Infrastructure Assistance.

 

Member Ball was in favor of the Scobie Park Viewing Structure.

 

Stan Johnston commented on repairs to Indian River Avenue and recommended using river rock for the road, the CRA FY 2021 possible projects, and hidden agendas. 


Petitions and Requests from the Public Present 

 

Stan Johnston commented on not receiving responses to his phone calls and emails and on fraud.


Executive Director’s Report 

 

Executive Director Larese submitted a written report that included the following information:


Capital Projects in the Downtown

  • Sidewalk Infill & Repair
  • Street Resurfacing
  • Street Lights
  • Downtown Cameras
  • Spaceview Park Observation/Walkway Pier
  • Commons Parking Lot Landscaping
  • Hanging Vegetation Baskets

Ongoing Projects

  • US Highway 1 and SR 406 Corridor Studies
  • Historic Preservation Board
  • CRA Projects Chart

 The meeting adjourned at 6:26 p.m.