Regular City Council Meeting - August 25, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

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City Council

Regular Meeting

August 25, 2020

 

The City of Titusville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, August 25, 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 5:30 p.m. Those present in the Council Chamber included Mayor Walt Johnson, Vice-Mayor Dan Diesel, and Regular City Council Members JoLynn Nelson and Robert Jordan. Also present were City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. 

 

City Council Member Sarah Stoeckel participated via communications media technology (telephone), as allowed by Florida Statutes and State emergency orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistant City Clerk Jolynn Donhoff completed the minutes. 

 

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City Clerk Wanda Wells read the procedure for public comment. 

                                                          

City Attorney Broome reviewed the procedures for public comment and participation for City Council meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on Florida Statutes, City of Titusville Resolution No. 16-2020, and State emergency orders. 

 

Mayor Johnson requested a moment of silence. He then led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

City Manager Larese advised that the YouTube live feed of the Council meeting was not working properly (a live visual and audio made available to the public and available via the YouTube website).  

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SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS & PRESENTATIONS:

 

Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance Presentation – Natural Resources Planner Eddy Galindo and City Engineer Kwabena Ofoso provided information and a presentation on Low Impact Development (LID), including picture comparisons (examples) of both conventional and LID methods for stormwater runoff systems, existing public and private projects in Titusville utilizing LID development tools, best management practices (BMPs) and some that were more costly, the impact of Senate Bill (SB) 712, other communities, next steps and alternatives that might occur to develop a low impact development ordinance for Titusville, etc. 

 

Council discussion ensued on the following:

 

  • Building height 
  • The status of where the State Department of Environmental Protection and State water  management districts were in writing new pending rules to be enforce on January 1, 2021
  • Whether using a consultant was desired to customize low impact development (LID) rules for Titusville soils, etc. or whether general rules might be written that did not require hiring a consultant
  • Rain barrels at residents’ homes 
  • Incentivizing LID
  • The difference between permeable and non-permeable pavement materials 
  • Advisory board recommendations
  • Whether to encourage LID now or wait until formal rules were developed by the State in 2021 

 

It was noted that staff would request direction and advisability from the City Council on this subject matter under the New Business portion of the agenda at the regular City Council meeting on August 25, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. 

                        

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Letters of Appreciation – City Manager Larese read the names of the employees that recently received letters of appreciation, as followed:

 

Community Development Department:

 

Kristin Ashbury, Administrative Assistant

Christ Enright, Senior Engineering Site Inspector

Eddy Galindo, Natural Resources Planner

 

Legal Department: 

 

Chelsea Farrell, Assistant City Attorney 

 

Water Resources Department:

 

            Mike Artelli, Meter Technology Coordinator

            Ashleigh Smith, Engineering Manager

 

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PETITIONS AND REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC PRESENT (NON-AGENDA ITEMS) 

 

Stan Johnston felt that a report did not exist that he was concerned with and the City was not being truthful. 

 

Toni Shifalo advised that she attended a stormwater informational seminar, which encouraged or requested innovative stormwater runoff designs. Ms. Shifalo felt low impact design (LID) was coming and Titusville had the opportunity to be a leader in this area. 

 

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With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.


Walt Johnson, Mayor

 

ATTEST:

Wanda F. Wells, City Clerk