Community Redevelopment Agency - January 14, 2020

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     Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting

January 14, 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, January 14, 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, Jo Lynn Nelson, and Sarah Stoeckel. Also, present were Executive Director Scott Larese and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Attorney Richard Broome. Sr. Administrative Assistant Debbie Denman completed the minutes.


Chairman Johnson advised that there was a new CRA Member, Greg Aker and City Attorney Broome swore Mr. Aker into the CRA.


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 November 12, 2019, as submitted. Member Stoeckel seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.  


Special Recognitions and Presentations - None


Old Business - None


New Business 

 

All Abilities Playground at Sandpoint Park – Executive Director Larese advised that local residents who were partnering with a local non-profit organization, that would be called Worthy Works, had been involved with Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Playgrounds by Leathers, and local social organizations in the planning to construct an All Abilities Playground at Sand Point Park. An all-abilities playground was a space that provided inclusive play opportunities for children of all ages and abilities. Those types of playgrounds were designed to promote the healthy development of all children's physical, social, cognitive, and sensory abilities. Funds to construct the playground were proposed to come from fund raising by social organizations in the region. No funds were being requested from the CRA or the City. The playground was proposed to be located either at or near the existing playground at Sand Point Park nearest the Washington Avenue driveway. A map showing possible locations was included in the agenda package.  

 

The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation heard the request at the Commission's January 9, 2020 meeting and unanimously approved the concept.

 

Ms. Ann Burton and Mr. Matthew Hudson representing Worthy Works provided their background information, what the playground would mean to the community and provided a powerpoint presentation as followed:

 

  • Destination Possible Playground at Sand Pont Park
  • Safe, unique and built to last, Materials, Safety, Design
  • Is your kids can imagine it, we can design it?
  • Design Day Powered by Children
  • Imagine, Dream, Draw?
  • Sample Schematic
  • Construction Plan View
  • Sample 3D Rendering
  • The Leathers Process
  • Count on It!
  • The playground can incorporate ART…
  • …LOCAL THEMES…
  • …And lots of opportunities to PLAY and LEARN!
  • It provides VISIBLITY…
  • …and accessibility & INCLUSIVE PLAY!
  • Who Makes it Happen?
  • Funraising Opportunities:
  • The Community Build: Something for everyone!
  • The Community Build: A snapshot

 

Member Jordan asked what type of budget and timeline for the playground was being considered.

 

Ms. Burton advised that they were looking at one (1) year and a budget of $500,000, but hoped to apply for grants and to get donations to go bigger and better.

 

Member Jordan asked who would be responsible for maintenance of the playground.

 

Chairman Johnson advised that Brevard County Parks & Recreation had committed to taking care of the maintenance for the playground.

 

Larry Donavon provided information on securing funding for the playground that included applying for grants and seeking donations. He asked for CRA’s approval to begin the project.  

 

Member Ball asked who the client was for the proposal.

 

Mr. Donavon advised that the client was Worthy Works.

 

Stan Johnston stated he felt that the playground was a great project. He was concerned that there were a number of projects that had been permitted, but not reviewed by the appropriate authority and would like to make sure the playground project was reviewed by City Staff, that drainage problems could hinder use of that area, and the life expectancy of plastic playground equipment. 

 

Consensus of the CRA was to recommend to City Council to approve the concept of an All Abilities Playground at Sand Point Park.


Budget Amendment – CRA Observation Pier Connecting Space View Gemini Park to Space View Mercury/Veterans Park – Executive Director Larese advised that at the November 12, 2019 CRA meeting, the CRA provided advisability for a budget amendment to appropriate the CRA's FY2020 Fund Balance of $207,010 to a proposed observation pier connecting Space View Gemini Park to Space View Mercury/Veterans Park. A Budget Amendment was included in the agenda package for the CRA's recommendation for approval to transfer $207,010 from the CRA Fund Balance to a new project account for the observation - connecting pier to City Council.

 

CRA discussed parking concerns in the downtown and utilizing the funds for parking in the downtown. It was recommended to include advertising the areas available for parking in the downtown in the Titusville Talking Points and to contact area churches etc. to secure agreements to utilize their parking lots and to post signs in their parking lots that parking was available.  

 

Stan Johnston recommended that the CRA consider utilizing a professional dock builder for the project. 

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to approve the Budget Amendment in the amount of $207,010 to create and fund a project for the construction of the proposed pier connecting Space View Gemini Park to Space View Mercury/Veterans Park, as recommended. Vice-Chairman Diesel seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously. 


Petitions and Requests from the Public Present 

 

Stan Johnston stated that he was before the CRA for a number of reasons that included; Council Members and the City Manager would not communicate with him, bad engineering in the City, dams that flood private property, fraud of $70,000 and asked that action be taken.  


Chairman Johnson highlighted a letter that was provided to the CRA addressed to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Five - Secretary, Commissioner Rita Pritchett (Vice-Chair) - Brevard County District 1, Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization - Georganna Gillette - Executive Director, Senator Tom Wright, and Representative Rene Plasencia regarding Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon crosswalks county-wide and requested approval.

 

Member Ball advised that it was brought to his attention that Secretary Mike Shannon was no longer the Secretary and that there was now an Interim Secretary.

 

Chairman Johnson stated that the letter had not been sent yet and that a correction to the name would be made. 

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to approve a letter to Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Five - Secretary, Commissioner Rita Pritchett (Vice-Chair) - Brevard County District 1, Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization - Georganna Gillette - Executive Director, Senator Tom Wright, and Representative Rene Plasencia endorsing the removal and replacement of all of the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon crosswalks and to request the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon crosswalk located at the intersection of US-1 North and Julia Street in Titusville be removed and replaced with the High-Intensity Activated crosswalk (HAWK) beacon system and authorize Mayor Johnson’s signature, as requested. Member Ball seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.


Executive Director’s Report 

 

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

 

Informational

  • Fulltime Maintenance Position


Capital Projects in the Downtown

  • Sidewalk Infill & Repair
  • Street Resurfacing
  • Street Lights
  • Downtown Cameras
  • Spaceview Park Observation/Walkway Pier

Ongoing Projects

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

 The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.