Regular City Council - April 28, 2020 at 6:30 PM

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City Council

Regular Meeting

April 28, 2020

 

The City of Titusville City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at Titusville City Hall, second floor, Council Chamber, 555 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida 32796. Mayor Johnson called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Those physically present in the Council chamber included Mayor Johnson, Vice-Mayor Daniel Diesel, and regular City Council Member Robert Jordan. Also physically present were City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells.

 

Regular City Council Members JoLynn Nelson and Sarah Stoeckel participated remotely (off site), using communications media technology, as allowed by Florida Statutes and State emergency orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Assistant City Clerk Jolynn Donhoff completed the minutes. 


Mayor Johnson requested a moment of silence. He then led 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 at City Hall, the City website, the Council agenda and which were based on City of Titusville Resolution No. 16-2020.  


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Member Nelson advised a correction was necessary to the special City Council meeting minutes of March 12, 2020. She stated that she was not present at the meeting on March 12, 2020. 

 

Motion:

Member Nelson moved to approve the minutes of the regular City Council meetings on January 28, 2020 (5:30 p.m.), January 28, 2020 (6:30 p.m.), February 25, 2020 (5:30 p.m.), February 25, 2020 (6:30 p.m.), and March 10, 2020, and the special City Council meetings on March 12, 2020 and April 2, 2020, as corrected. Member Jordan seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.  


SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS & PRESENTATIONS 

 

FY 2019 City Comprehensive Financial Audit Report (CAFR) - A PowerPoint presentation of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 annual audit of the City of Titusville was provided in the Council agenda packet and presented via video by a representative of the firm of James Moore, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. Mayor Johnson advised that if any of the Council had questions for the accountants on the information in the video presentation, to submit them to City Manager Larese following the meeting.


Letters of Appreciation – City Manager Larese read the list of employee names that recently received letters of appreciation, as provided in the Council agenda packet. This included:

 

Community Development Department – Tim Ford, Redevelopment Planner

 

Fire and Emergency Services Department – Michael Schettino and Tyler Walker, Firefighters


BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation – The request was to accept the North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation's Semi-Annual Report, as written and provided in the Council agenda packet.

 

Vice-Mayor Diesel praised the good things this commission was doing in the community. 

 

Motion:

Vice-Mayor Diesel moved to accept the North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation's Semi-Annual Report, as written. Member Jordan seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 

Member Jordan                       Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 


Titusville Housing Authority - The request was to accept the Titusville Housing Authority's Semi-Annual Report, as written and provided in the Council agenda packet. 

 

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to accept the Titusville Housing Authority's Semi-Annual Report, as written. Member Jordan seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 


Titusville Municipal Code Enforcement Board - Ms. Jean Caramanna-Collins, a regular member of the Titusville Municipal Code Enforcement Board, was requesting a leave of absence for the period of May 2020 until October 2020, due to travel outside the state of Florida. 

 

Member Nelson recalled that at the Council meeting in which Ms. Caramanna-Collins was appointed to her position, Ms. Caramanna-Collins had indicated that she typically travelled out-of-state during summer, to which the Council indicated should not be an issue.  

 

Motion:

Member Nelson moved to approve Municipal Code Enforcement Board Regular Member Jean Caramanna-Collins’s request for a leave of absence for the period of May 2020 until October 2020, as requested. Member Jordan seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 

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 requests were to accept the resignation of Planning and Zoning Commission Alternate Member Susan Idtensohn, with a term to expire on January 31, 2022. Her resignation was effective on March 4, 2020; and appoint one alternate member to the unexpired term to expire on January 31, 2022.

 

There were two applications on file for Council’s consideration from Mr. Jan Cary and Mr. Robert (Stan) Johnston, who desired serving on this board as an alternate member, with an unexpired term that would expire on January 31, 2022. Their applications were included in the agenda packet. There were no other applications on file for Council’s consideration.


Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card and came into the Council chamber to address the Council on the requested actions. He expressed personal thoughts of why individual members of Council may not want to appoint him to the Planning and Zoning Commission, his belief the City had committed fraud related to other matters that he was concerned with, etc. Mr. Johnston was also concerned with the meeting’s audio that was available in the City Hall lobby for the public to listen to the Council meeting. 

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to accept the resignation of Planning and Zoning Commission Alternate Member Susan Idtensohn, with a term to expire on January 31, 2022. Ms. Idtensohn’s resignation was effective on March 4, 2020. Member Nelson seconded the motion and 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. 

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to appoint Jan Cary as an alternate member on the Planning and Zoning Commission, for an unexpired term to expire on January 31, 2022. Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was. 

 

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 


In response to Stan Johnston’s comments, City Manager Larese advised that staff checked the meeting’s audio in the City Hall lobby and it was working properly.  


Student Advisory Council Annual Report – The request was to accept the 2019/2020 Student Advisory Council (S.A.C.) Annual Report, as written and provided in the Council agenda packet. 

 

 

 

Motion:

Member Nelson moved to accept the 2019/2020 Student Advisory Council (S.A.C.) Annual Report, as written. Member Jordan seconded the motion and the roll call vote was. 

 

Member Jordan                       Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.  


2020/2021 Student Advisory Council Appointments - The request was to confirm a proposed slate of students as members of the 2020/2021 Student Advisory Council, as appointed by their respective schools, and as provided in the Council agenda packet. 


Motion:

Member Jordan moved to appoint the following students to the 2020/2021 Student Advisory Council, as appointed by their respective high schools: North Brevard Home School Association - 12th Grade: Isaac Gutman, 11th Grade: Ben Hamilton, and 10th Grade: Aliyah Deimeke. From Titusville High School - 12th Grade: Caleb Phillips, 11th Grade: Jacob Phillips, and 10th Grade: Aiden Sperr. Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Receipt of the remaining nominations from the City’s high school partners were still pending (not complete), for the following seats on the 2020/2021 Student Advisory Council:

 

  • Astronaut High School - 12th grade, 11th grade, 10th grade, and 9th grade seats. 
  • North Brevard Home School Association – 9th grade seat.
  • Titusville High School – 9th grade seat.

 

Once received, staff would schedule the remaining and pending nominations of students to the 2020/2021 Student Advisory Council on an upcoming City Council agenda(s), for formal confirmation. 


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

 

Stan Johnston expressed concern on rising water, dams and pumps at the senior center, his prior efforts to address Council on his concerns, his dissatisfaction with members of Council and others, etc. 


CONSENT AGENDA

 

City Manager Larese read Consent Agenda Item Nos. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X and Y, as provided in the Council agenda packet and as followed:

 

  1. Engineering Services for Area III Wellfield Electrical System Repairs and Improvements - Approve the award of Work Order #WR010 to AECOM Technical Services, Inc. in the amount of $111,562 to provide engineering consulting services including, but not limited to, the preparation of the final design of the necessary electrical improvements to the Area III Wellfield, authorize the Mayor to execute the Work Order, approve the creation of new capital improvement project WR2007 named Area III Wellfield Electrical Repairs, and approve the associated budget amendment.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 A. He commented on a personal complaint he had about staff, his belief the City was acting fraudulently on other matters, etc.  

 

  1. FY20 Annual Resurfacing Project Contract Award - Approval the contract award of FY20 Annual Resurfacing Project to VA Paving, Inc from Cocoa, FL in the amount of $766,105.27 for the construction of paving improvements at various locations within the City of Titusville, and authorize the Mayor to execute said contract.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 B. He advised that he supported the proposed project for reasons he explained. 

 

  1. Grant Agreement with the Florida Division of Emergency Management to Fund Installation of Seven (7) Standby Generators at City Lift Stations - Authorize the Mayor to execute Grant Agreement H0410 for Project 4337-309-R in the amount of $846,493.50 with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) that will fund the construction and installation of seven (7) standby generators at City lift stations and approve the related budget amendment.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 C. He was opposed to the request and expressed concern for particular lift station that he believed allowed raw sewage to flow through for two weeks at a time. 

 

  1. Professional Aircraft Accessories Approval - Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Request for Tax Year 2019 and Remittance of 2020 Annual Ground Lease Incentive - Approve the continuation of Ordinance No. 5-2011, Economic Development Ad Valorem Exemption for Tax Year 2019, for Professional Aircraft Accessories at 100 percent, and approve remittance of the 2020 Annual Ground Lease Incentive Payment of $12,500.00 as set forth by the April 26, 2011, Memorandum of Understanding between City of Titusville and PAA.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 D. He supported the request. 


  1. Eckler Industries, Inc. (Project Circle) - Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Request for Tax Year 2019 - Approve the continuation of Ordinance No. 18-2013, Economic Development Ad Valorem Exemption for Tax Year 2019, for Eckler Industries, Inc., at 90 percent.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 E. He supported the request. 


  1. Paragon Plastics, LLC - Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Request for Tax Year 2019 - Approve the continuation of Ordinance No. 23-2015, as amended by Ordinance No. 6-2019, Economic Development Ad Valorem Exemption for Tax Year 2019, for Paragon Plastics, LLC, at 60 percent.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 E. He supported the request. He also spoke on other matters that were not related to this request.


Member Jordan expressed concern that citizens were being allowed to speak on issues not related to the request(s) at hand. City Attorney Broome read aloud and reviewed the procedures for public comment, comments being relevant, not speaking on an issue more than once, etc. 


  1. Barn Light Electric Company, LLC - Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Request for Tax Year 2019 - Approve the continuation of Ordinance No. 19-2013, Economic Development Ad Valorem Exemption for Tax Year 2019, for Barn Light Electric Company, LLC, at 85 percent.


Bryan Scott submitted a public speaking card on 8 G. He requested Council approve the request on behalf of Barn Light Electric Co., LLC., for reasons he explained. 

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 G. He felt that certain members of Council were being dishonest and corrupt. He held up a picture(s) that concerned him regarding water and water flow.

 

It was noted that Mr. Johnston’s comments were not relevant to the request at hand, to which there were continuous reminders. 


  1. Brix Project Brewery, LLC - Ad Valorem Tax Abatement Request for Tax Year 2019 - Approve the continuation of Ordinance No. 27-2015 Economic Development Ad Valorem Exemption for Tax Year 2019 for Brix Project Brewery, LLC, at 100 percent.

 

Bryan Scott submitted a public speaking card on 8 H. He requested Council approve the request on behalf of Brix Project Brewery, LLC., for reasons he explained and for business growth that he anticipated following COVID-19.  

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 H. He was unsure how he could get information from staff on agenda items, to which he followed by making remarks not related to the agenda item. Mr. Johnston redirected his comments and felt neutral on the proposed request and was unsure about assisting this particular business. Mr. Johnston then deviated from the subject matter and began discussing staff and Council credibility, water, and unrelated issues. 

 

  1. Amendment No. 1 to Work Order No. CDMWR005 for Engineering Services for Bayview and Seminole Lift Stations Alternatives Evaluation - Approve Amendment No. 1 to Work Order #CDMWR005 to CDM Smith, Inc. in the amount of $19,378.40 to provide engineering consulting services for additional alternatives to relocate the existing Bayview and Seminole lift stations away from the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and authorize the City Manager to execute the work order.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 I. He was unsure how the item was being funded, getting information, dissatisfaction with City government, flooding, etc. 

 

  1. Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Annual Report and Financial Report - Acknowledge receipt of the FY 2019 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Annual Report and Financial Report, as adopted by the CRA.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 J. He was opposed to the request, citing concerns on the CRA itself, funding during 2012 for a proposed parking garage, difficulty understanding the CRA budget, etc. 

 

  1. COVID-19 FEMA Signature Authorization - Approve the Mayor to sign letter authorizing staff to sign for COVID-19 related FEMA reimbursement.


Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 K. He commented on Council members taking oaths to serve in office, property being taken from him, etc.

 

Member Jordan called for point of order. He felt that a citizen’s comments were going farther and farther away from the request at hand each time the citizen spoke on an agenda item, which took away from the ability to conduct business and wasted the public’s time. City Attorney Broome reviewed the general rules for public comment and provided advices to ask the speaker to be relevant and not restate the same thing again and again. The purpose at hand was to conduct business. 


City Clerk Wells advised that Mr. Johnston had two minutes remaining on the clock for this agenda item.

 

Mr. Johnston commented on his belief that a Council member had negative feelings toward him. He then redirected his comments to a typical floodway and then made insulting comments toward Council. 


It was felt or noted that Mr. Johnston’s comments were continuously and seemingly not relevant to the requests at hand on agenda items. On this particular agenda item, 8 K, Member Jordan desired the citizen to sit down, unless the citizen’s comments were relevant to the request. 


  1. Award of Contract for Marina Lift Station Improvements - Approve award of a Contract for Bid No. 20-B-017 to SDV Services, LLC. of Titusville, FL for the Marina Lift Station Improvements in the amount of $448,900 and authorize the Mayor to execute the Contract.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 L. He stated he was from West Virginia and loved Titusville. He felt that City representatives would not speak to him about items of concern.


Mayor Johnson asked Mr. Johnston to make his comments relevant to the request.

 

Mr. Johnston commented on his concerns on lift stations in the City, raw sewage, and for the monetary cost of the requested action. He was opposed to the request. 

 

  1. Work Order for Engineering Services for Review of Plan - Review and Inspections Services - Approve the award of Work Order #AECOMMRSA01 to AECOM Technical Services, Inc. of Orlando, Florida in the amount of $50,000 to provide engineering consulting services for the review and inspection services, and authorize the Mayor to execute assigned work order.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 M. He was opposed to the request and felt the work should not be outsourced. He then began to comment on other items he was concerned with such as deficiencies, dams, weirs, flood zones, etc.

 

Member Nelson called for point of order, indicating that the citizen’s comments were not relevant to the request. 

 

In response to comments made by Member Stoeckel on receiving public comments on Consent Agenda items, City Attorney Broome would research options for public comment on consent agenda items and report back at the next regular City Council meeting. Member Jordan was also interested in this subject and public comment, which he would discuss at the end of the meeting.  

 

Mayor Johnson reviewed his familiarity and background on Consent Agenda Item 8 L for any citizens that may be listening to the meeting. 

 

Member Nelson explained her reason for calling for point of order. City Attorney Broome and Mayor Johnson reviewed the procedure for public comment and comments being relevant to each agenda item.

 

Stan Johnston continued and felt that City representatives would not talk to him. He also began to speak about Council Member Stoeckel or something he interpreted about her, to which the discussion was redirected to the next agenda item, due to the indication was that Mr. Johnston was not commenting on the request at hand.    


  1. Work Order for Engineering Study for Chlorine Demand and Disinfection Byproducts - Approve the award of Work Order #11 to AECOM Technical Services, Inc. in the amount of $24,107.07 to provide engineering consulting services including, but not limited to, the study of the chlorine demand and disinfection byproducts at the Mourning Dove Water Treatment Plant, and authorize the City Manager to execute the Work Order.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 N. He advised that he was under duress, but was trying to be logical. He advised that he was neutral on the request and felt he could not get more information on the item. He then began negative comments toward individual Council members and felt others were against him. 

 

Member Nelson called for point of order.

 

Mayor Johnson asked Mr. Johnston to sit down because his comments were not relevant to the request. 

 

  1. Right-of-Way Use Agreement with Verona of Brevard County Property Owners Association, Inc. – Willow Creek Boulevard - Approve the Right-of-Way Use Agreement with Verona of Brevard County Property Owners Association, Inc. for the placement of a sign in the median of Willow Creek Boulevard close to its intersection with Grissom Boulevard.


Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 O. He felt many issues were nonsense. He began speaking on his belief that City representatives would not talk to him, etc.

 

Mayor Johnson asked Mr. Johnston to sit down because his comments were not relevant to the request. Mr. Johnston did so, but he protested the request asking him to sit down. 


  1. Approve Award of Purchase of a Replacement Dump Truck - Approve the award of Bid # 20-B-018 to Maudlin International of Palm Bay, FL in the amount of $134,322 for the purchase of an 18-yard dump truck and authorize the issuance of a purchase order.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 P. He supported the request, but then began commenting on his dissatisfaction on how the meeting was being run, etc. 


Member Jordan called for point of order indicating the citizen’s comments were not relevant to the request. Mayor Johnson asked Mr. Johnston to sit down for this reason.

 

Mr. Johnston advised that he would bring a lawsuit for not being given his three minutes to speak on this or the last item, indicating he was not able to speak as he wished on other issues. 


  1. FEC Crossing Improvements Funding - Approve the associated budget amendment to fund three (3) Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) Crossing Maintenance to Country Club Drive, Knox McRae Drive and Coquina Avenue totaling $456,500. In accordance with the City's agreement with FEC dated October 20, 1983, December 12, 1967 and July 14, 2003 respectfully. These agreements for the crossing require the City fund 100% of the maintenance cost.


Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 Q. He had experience as a professional engineer with the FEC and felt the cost associated with the request was nonsense. He felt the FEC had substantial power and could charge what they wanted to charge, to which he felt cities should protest. He also felt it was nonsense the City was not maintaining floodways that he felt they should and which he was concerned with, to which he felt this was fraud. He asked City official to recuse themselves for not addressing floodways as he felt the City should. 

 

Mayor Johnson asked Mr. Johnston to sit down because his comments were not relevant to the request.


  1. Work Order for Engineering Services to Complete a Reclaimed Water Master Plan - Approve the award of Work Order #07 to Barnes, Ferland, and Associates, Inc. in the amount of $78,586.38 to provide engineering consulting services including, but not limited to, the evaluation of expansion of the reclaimed water system further into the areas of critical concern to promote aquifer recharge, and authorize the Mayor to execute the Work Order.


Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 R. He advised he was a registered engineer. He did not support the City using the proposed vendor for reasons related to a wellfield south of State Road 50 or wellfield related business and excessive costs. Mr. Johnston then repeated that he could not get more info as he felt staff would not speak to him. 

 

Mayor Johnson indicated Mr. Johnson’s last comments were not relevant to the request. 


  1. Acceptance of Easement from Garden Street Redevelopment, LLC for the Cumberland Farms on Garden Street - Accept Easement from Garden Street Redevelopment, LLC for the Cumberland Farms on Garden Street and authorize the Mayor to execute.


Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 S. He advised that he did not know if this (the request) was correct or not and began with negative comments directed toward a particular Council member, indicating that he or she (a Council member) had made big mistakes. He referred to a meeting he had with a Council member to discuss flooding issues. 

 

Mayor Johnson asked Mr. Johnston to return to the subject at hand. In protest, Mr. Johnston asked Mayor Johnson to recuse himself. Mr. Johnston sat down in protest.


  1. Acceptance of Easement from HTG Luna, LLC for the Luna Trails Apartment Complex on Deleon Avenue - Accept Easement from HTG Luna, LLC for the Luna Trails Apartment Complex on Deleon Avenue and authorize the Mayor to execute.


Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 T. He advised that he was a registered professional engineer and the City had not been able to produce an engineer to dispute the facts that he had presented on matters that he was concerned with in the past. He felt that he was enduring harassment and negativity when trying to communicate with the City. 

 

In response to Mayor Johnson’s request for the citizen’s comments to be relevant to the agenda item, Mr. Johnston advised that he supported the requested action, but felt the City had made deficiencies and errors with other easements. 

 

Mr. Johnston desired expanding on deficiencies. Mayor Johnson indicated that Mr. Johnston had made his point on deficiencies. When asked, Mr. Johnston sat down under protest. 


  1. Acceptance of Easements from 810 Cheney, LLC for Titusville Storage on Cheney Highway - Accept Easements from 810 Cheney, LLC for Titusville Storage on Cheney Highway and authorize the Mayor to execute subject to final review by the City Attorney.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 U. He advised he was a resident since 1971 and his wife’s family had five generations of family that lived in the area. 

 

Discussion ensued on whether Mr. Johnston’s family history was germane to the requested action.

 

Mr. Johnston continued and advised that if he could live anywhere in the world, it would be Titusville. The City was where his parents had lived until their passing. He indicated sharing his family history was important.

 

Mayor Johnson requested Mr. Johnston sit down due to the citizen’s comments were not relevant to the request. 

 

  1. Acceptance of Easement from Top Shelf Titusville - Country Club Drive, LLC for the Top Shelf Car Wash on South Washington Avenue - Accept Easement from Top Shelf Titusville - Country Club Drive, LLC for the Top Shelf Car Wash on South Washington Avenue and authorize the Mayor to execute the easement.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 V. He advised that he loved Titusville, but did not like the government and it was tyrannical. 

 

Mayor Johnson advised that the citizen’s comments were not relevant. Mayor Johnson also asked Mr. Johnston to tell him the present agenda item number under review or discussion, to which Mr. Johnson indicated 8 U. 

 

Mr. Johnston continued and advised that he was neither for or against the requested action, but he was concerned with any and all errors or arbitrary decisions that might be made concerning easements and questioned whether the easement from agenda item was wide enough. Mr. Johnston continued. 

 

Mayor Johnson advised that the citizen’s comments were becoming irrelevant to the request, to which Mr. Johnston disagreed. Mr. Johnston also felt the council meeting would become null and void and stated that the audio in the lobby for citizens was not clear. 

 

  1. Work Order #1 - Annual Stormwater and Piping Installation - Approve Work Order #1 to contract CN20B015, Annual Stormwater & Piping Installation in the amount of $115,300.00 to SDV Services, LLC for the repair and replacement of the alum supply tank located in Space View Park. Additionally, approve the attached budget amendment; and authorize the Mayor to execute the work order.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 W. He advised that he was a professional engineer and that no engineer had come forth to dispute his findings on matters that concerned him. He also felt that no representatives at the City would speak to him. Mr. Johnston then quoted a book on ethics and professionalism. 

 

Mayor Johnson asked Mr. Johnston to make his comments relevant to the subject at hand. 

 

Mr. Johnston commented on liners installed in piping and his concerns that this raised the water table. 

 

  1. Right-of-Way Use Agreement - South Carpenter Estates Homeowners Association, Inc. - Approve the Right-of-Way Use Agreement with South Carpenter Estates Homeowners Association, Inc. to allow signage and landscaping in the right-of-way of Kite Street.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 X. He advised he was a professional engineer and he shared a quote about ethics and scruples. 

 

Mayor Johnson advised that thus far, Mr. Johnston had said nothing about the request at hand. 

 

Mr. Johnston read the request, word-for-word, as it appeared on the Council agenda, but then Mr. Johnston also felt the council meeting would become null and void and stated that the audio in the lobby for citizens was not clear. 

 

Mayor Johnson requested Mr. Johnston sit down due to the citizen’s comments were not relevant to the request. 

 

  1. Consent Agreement with Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) for Hope Hammock Pre-Construction Loan - Approve execution by the Mayor of Consent Agreement with FHFC for a pre-construction loan, for the Hope Hammock affordable housing project located at 550 S. Brown Avenue.


Staff provided City Council a revised agreement for Consent Agenda Item 8 Y prior to the meeting.  

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card on 8 Y. He questioned the validity of the Council meeting being public, due to in his opinion the audio in the lobby for citizens was not clear. 

 

Mayor Johnson asked Mr. Johnston to sit down as his comments were not relevant. Mr. Johnston did so, but did not agree. 


Mayor Johnson called for a recess at 8:57 p.m. The meeting was called back to order at 9:30 p.m.


Motion:

Member Nelson moved to approve Consent Agenda Items A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X and Y, as recommended. Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously.  


ORDINANCES – SECOND READING, PUBLIC HEARING AND RELATED ACTION


Substantial Amendment to the City's CDBG 19/20 Action Plan to Incorporate the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT) CDBG-CV Grant  City Manager Larese highlighted the request as provided in the agenda packet and report to Council, which was to hold a public hearing on amendment to the 2019/2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan to receive and utilize the CDBG-CV grant allocation for public services.

 

Other information from within the agenda packet included that in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT) was enacted and provided $5 billion in supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for grants across the US to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (CDBG-CV grants).  As a result, the City had been allocated $185,292 through the CDBG-CV grant program.

 

In order to utilize these supplemental funds, the City must prepare an amendment to its 2019/2020 CDBG Action Plan by adding the CDBG-CV allocation to its plan as an available resource for the year, and identify the proposed uses of the funds and how the funds would be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus.

 

Additionally, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was authorized to provide waivers and alternative requirements to provide flexibilities with the allocation that made it easier to use CDBG-CV grants for fiscal years 2019 and 2020.  Some of the highlights of these waivers/flexibilities included:

 

  • Eliminated the 15% cap on the amount of grant funds that could be used for public service activities. This also applied to the City's current CDBG allocation.
  • Eliminated the requirement to amend the 5-year Consolidated Plan.
  • Reduced the public notice period from 15 days to 5 days; and
  • Allowed virtual public hearing alternative versus in-person.

 

In the award Notice from HUD, Grantees were advised to amend or prepare their plans as soon as possible and not to wait for the pending Federal Register notice.  However, staff continued to work with HUD on the available uses of these funds and further guidance was forthcoming in the Notice. In the interim, staff was seeking Council's authorization on the acceptance and proposed uses of  the CDBG-CV grant funds. 

 

The Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities issued by HUD, provided Grantees a range of eligible activities that prevent and respond to the spread of infection diseases such as the coronavirus. Staff reviewed these examples and believed the following activities could benefit the community considering the amount of funds available:

 

  • Assistance to Business
    • Grants or loans to small businesses to provide short-term working capital to avoid job loss for low-income persons as a result of social distancing
    • Technical assistance, grants, loans to establish, stabilize, and expand microenterprises that provide medical, food delivery, cleaning, and other services to support home health and quarantine

 

  • New or Expanded Public Services    
    • Provided equipment, supplies, and materials necessary to carry-out a public service
    • Deliver meals on wheels to quarantined individuals that need to be maintain social distancing due to medical vulnerabilities
    • Other public services which may be eligible that support the community

 

  • Develop non-project specific emergency infections disease response plans.

 

Staff had identified a critical need in our community and recommended focusing on expanding public services by assisting citizens with rent and utilities payments, through North Brevard Charities Sharing Center, an approved provider, who have been laid off or furloughed from their job, experiencing loss of income during recovery from the virus, or other virus related circumstances, which affected their ability to pay rent and/or utilities to sustain their current home, provided it is an eligible use in the Federal Registry Notice once issued. Payments through this program were made directly to landlords or utility providers. 

 

For those homeowner's who may be experiencing difficulties in paying their mortgage, Council previously approved a Foreclosure Prevention Program to assist homeowners who had fallen behind on mortgage payments under the SHIP grant program with the adoption of the Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) last year.  This strategy was approved and could be implemented in response to the coronavirus should the need arise.

 

Staff had prepared an amendment to the City's CDBG Action Plan to incorporate the CDBG-CV funds to provide rent/utility assistance as recommended.  However, it was understood that based upon the final Federal Registry Notice that a revision may be necessary to remove the rent/utility assistance and incorporate other eligible public services, as discussed by Council, in the Plan prior to submittal to HUD.  The highlighted sections of the Action Plan in the Council agenda packet represented the amended sections incorporated in response the CDBG-CV grant allocation at this time.

 

Community Development Director Peggy Busacca advised that it was unfortunate that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) told the City to move quickly on use of the funding (to be used in full by December 2020), but had not provided more concrete criteria on the funding’s use   by the City. For this reason, staff was awaiting additional information from HUD. To this, she outlined information that staff did have from HUD on use of the funding, which included:

 

  • Assistance to businesses
  • New or expanded public services
  • Develop non-project specific emergency infections disease response plans

   

Community Development Director Busacca further advised staff desired an immediate amendment to the 2019/2020 Community Development Block Grant (CGBG) Action Plan and granting staff some flexibility on use of the funding, for such uses as new or expanded public services or public utility assistance or public rental assistance (during COVID-19). If staff later learned these were not the kind of funding uses that were acceptable to HUD (relevant agencies), then staff would return to Council to amend the CDBG Action Plan. 

 

Member Nelson asked when the City would receive the funding. Neighborhood Services Director Terrie Franklin participated in the meeting via telephone. She advised staff did not have an anticipated date of when the register or funding would be available from HUD. 

 

Per Vice-Mayor Diesel’s request, staff and he discussed how and where the City was communicating the pending available funding to the community. Vice-Mayor Diesel was also interested in pastors and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) receiving this information. Community Development Director Busacca added that the City worked with and shared information with local community service providers like North Brevard Charities 

 

Mayor Johnson opened the public hearing.

 

Stan Johnston felt the request was important. He felt the Neighborhood Services staff did a great job. Mr. Johnston then deviated and discussed speculation or an estimate that Council may have talked about him when the meeting was in recess. 

 

Member Stoeckel called for point of order. She desired the citizen speak about the request at hand. 

 

Mr. Johnston advised that sometimes he did not follow directions. He advised life was good and he supported Neighborhood Services’ request.

 

Mayor Johnson granted Mr. Johnston an additional 30 seconds to speak. During this time, Mr. Johnston commented on a Council member taking his time by calling for point of order and the difficulty of hearing the meeting from the lobby in City Hall. 

 

With no additional persons that wished to speak, Mayor Johnson closed the public hearing. 

 

Motion:

Member Nelson moved to approve the amendment to the 2019/2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan to receive and utilize the CDBG-CV grant allocation for public services, as requested. Member Jordan seconded the motion and 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-FIRST READING – None. 


OLD BUSINESS – None.


NEW BUSINESS

 

Status of 2020 RWB! Event – City Manager Larese highlighted the item as provided in the Council agenda packet. The request was for Council to provide staff guidance on whether to cancel the 2020 Red, White, and Boom (RWB)! Event. The COVID-19 pandemic social distancing requirements, stay at home mandates, and current economic recession conditions state-wide was impacting City's ability to conduct large scale events such as the annual RWB! July 4th celebration. This annual celebration was typically held at Sand Point Park and routinely drew crowds in excess of 5,000 people, but in a relatively closed-in area of the park.

 

In view of current public health and safety concerns, staff requested Council direction on whether to proceed with this event. The City’s pyrotechnics vendor had indicated that the majority of their clients had already cancelled their respective events. The City’s $22,500 contract allowed cancelling the event with a 10% restocking/cancellation charge. It was also noted that several other cities in Brevard County were also considering cancelling their respective events. Additionally, in view of the current economic stress facing the citizens and businesses, the City had deferred its annual fund-raising drive for the event.

 

Member Stoeckel desired cancelling or rescheduling the event further back to avoid close public gatherings. Member Nelson desired having the fireworks as scheduled, but cancelling gatherings and vendors in the park and instead, promoting citizens watching from their vehicles and from various places where the fireworks could be seen (as done many years ago). Member Jordan desired rescheduling the event or having citizens view the fire works while inside their vehicles. Vice-Mayor Diesel supported Member Nelson’s idea and having the fireworks on the 4th of July and only rescheduling if in a month or so, it was determined canceling or postponing was the best thing to do to protect the public from further spreading the COVID-19 virus. Mayor Johnson desired postponing the decision until June 2020. 

 

Discussion ensued. It was noted that the decision could be postponed until June 2020. 

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to tentatively schedule the 2020 RWB (Fireworks only) on July 4, 2020 and would make the final decision at the 1st City Council meeting in June of 2020. The motion also included not holding the normal celebration at Sand Point Park with vendors and citizens gathering in the park. Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card. He was glad that he had the ability to address Council at meetings and commented on his belief that City representatives would not speak to him outside of Council meetings. He also felt City representatives violated their oaths of office. He did not support having the 4th of July fireworks, due to it represented democracy and independence, which he did not feel the City was demonstrating toward him. Otherwise, he did support Council deferring the decision to hold the fireworks. Additionally, Mr. Johnston felt the public in the City Hall lobby could not clearly hear what was being said in the Council Chamber during the meeting. 

 

The roll call vote was:

 

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 


Member Nelson requested pausing and verifying that the audio in the City Hall lobby had been working and had been checked and individuals in the lobby heard and could hear what was being said in the Council chamber during the City Council meeting. Member Nelson further requested identifying these persons for the record. 

 

Police Chief John Lau advised that he was downstairs when the Council meeting began and the audio was clear, except at the very beginning during the Pledge of Allegiance to the, due to the microphones were behind the Council members that stood and turned for the Pledge (Council members that were physically present in the Chamber). Also, there was electronic feedback during the video presentation under Special Recognitions and Presentations that affected the audio, but everything else that was said during Council’s discussion on agenda items was clear. 

 

Assistant City Manager Tom Abbate had been downstairs and came upstairs into the Council chamber to state for the record the meeting’s audio was working in the lobby of City Hall. He mirrored the Police Chief’s comments about the video presentation under Special Recognitions and Presentations was difficult to hear; otherwise, the audio was working well and the meeting discussion could be heard clearly by those watching and listening in the City Hall lobby. Assistant City Manager Abbate also advised that another police officer and a public safety staff member (J. Hustoles), and a couple or few citizens indicated they did not have any difficulty hearing the meeting from the City Hall lobby. 


Resolution No. 17-2020 - Amending Community Development Fee Resolution - City Manager Larese highlighted the item as provided in the Council agenda packet. The request was to adopt Resolution No. 17-2020 that amended the schedule of fees for Community Development and established a fee refund/waiver policy. The proposed fee resolution would accomplish the following per the report provided in the agenda packet:

 

  • Created a fee refund/waiver policy.

 

    • Requests for fee refunds or waivers shall be provided to the City Manager or designee in writing, and the request shall be evaluated based upon the following criteria:


      1. Advertising fees will be refunded if an application is withdrawn in writing prior to the City submitting the advertisement to the newspaper.
      2. With the exception of building permit fees and advertising fees, waivers may be approved by the City Manager or designee for public projects or affordable housing projects.
      3. The City Manager may waive fees during declared emergencies, for projects or situations related to the said emergency.
      4. The City Manager may waive all or a portion of a fee, if the fee is the result of staff error. 
      5. The City Manager or designee may waive the double building permit fee when justifiable cause has been demonstrated in writing.

 

  • Amended the fee schedule to eliminate unneeded fees and consolidated certain land development fees with the concurrency review fee.  The proposed resolution created one new fee when an applicant desired to utilize a private provider for building code plan review and inspection services. This fee would offset the cost to the City for review of the private provider services prior to issuance of the Certification of Occupancy/Certificate of Completion. There were no other changes to the amount of fees paid by a project as a result of the changes in the resolution.

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card. He advised that his wife had been downstairs in the City Hall lobby earlier during the meeting and could not hear what was being said during the Council meeting. He advised that his wife took her own recording of the meeting or a part of the meeting. To this, he made negative remarks about staff being untruthful. On the matter of the proposed resolution, he thanked Council for allowing him to speak and was neither for or against the resolution. 

 

Motion:

Member Jordan moved to approve Resolution No. 17-2020 amending the schedule of fees for Community Development and established a fee refund/waiver policy, as recommended. Vice-Mayor Diesel seconded the motion and the roll call vote was:

 

Member Jordan                       Yes

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 


Advisability - Emergency Regulatory and Enforcement Policies – City Manager Larese highlighted the item as provided in the Council agenda packet. The request was to approve advisability for staff to review regulatory and enforcement policies during the declared COVID-19 emergency. During declared emergencies for hurricanes, the City Manager had waived certain permit fees for repairs related to hurricane damage. The nature of the COVID-19 emergency declaration was significantly different in duration and scope from a hurricane. For this reason, staff was seeking advisability to analyze the legal, operational and financial implications of waiving certain fees during the declared COVID-10 emergency. Staff would also return with recommendations to Council before proceeding with further action on this issue.

 

In addition, staff was requesting approval of code enforcement policies during the ongoing health emergency.

 

City Manager Larese advised that since the State’s Governor was moving faster than anticipated on reopening the State, he was requesting more than Council to approve advisability to report back with more information and requested Council to make decisions on these pressing matters. He added that additional information was distributed to City Council prior to the meeting on what other cities and counties were doing in response to COVID-19. 

 

Member Stoeckel was in favor of assisting businesses and which she explained under the current circumstances. She and Community Development Director Busacca discussed special event permits (not presently being issued during COVID-19) and the City of Melbourne had something different for business promotion and waiving fees in this or a similar area, etc. Member Nelson supported member Stoeckel’s comments during the discussion with staff. 

 

Community Development Director Busacca reviewed her opinions and recommendations on these matters. 

 

City Manager Larese recommended a ninety-day trial period for any decisions the Council may make at this meeting on these matters.  

 

Stan Johnston submitted a public speaking card. He was concerned with the request and emergency procedures in general. He gave an example of another emergency that he felt the City was not handling well. Mr. Johnston held up a picture of a dam and two pumps on it. Then, he held up a second picture of a floodway that he advised was clogged with vegetation, which he felt was an emergency due to there was no flood relief and no proper identification of the particular drainage or floodway since the widening of Interstate I-95. Per Mr. Johnston, there were five or six floodways like this one. 

 

Per Mayor Johnson’s request, Mr. Johnston indicated the area in a second picture that concerned Mr. Johnston was located in the County’s jurisdiction. Mr. Johnston advised the drainage area was included in the City’s stormwater master plan and needed the City’s attention.  

 

Council discussion returned to the request at hand, being Advisability - Emergency Regulatory and Enforcement Policies.

 

Member Jordan supported all of the ideas on the additional information that was provided to Council. He discussed his view points and questions with Community Development Director Busacca, including the concept of a refund after a permit was issued. 

 

Vice-Mayor Diesel discussed his view points and questions with Community Development Director Busacca, including aiding the public, outside seating, the effects on businesses with imposed and reduced regulations during the current pandemic, etc. Vice-Mayor Diesel added it was uncertain what the State’s Governor would do next in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Discussion on Code Enforcement fines and related items ensued, including who had the authority to set the fine fee schedule, the City Attorney having the authority to negotiate Code fines, Code Enforcement staff were only enforcing items that were a substantive risk to the public’s health and safety during the pandemic, versus enforcing items like expired business tax receipts, snipe signs, etc. To this, Vice-Mayor Diesel was not sure he desired utilizing all of the options on the information that was distributed that provided what other cities were doing to assist the community. 

 

Community Development Director Busacca reviewed information on restaurants creating or expanding or providing outdoor seating beyond current restrictions. As it went now, outdoor seating required a conditional use permit and Council could temporarily waive or modify the Code requirements on these matters. She further reviewed other items that Council may consider like review fees, repairs, improvements related to cost thresholds, fees related to existing or new construction, etc. 

 

Vice-Mayor Diesel desired helping small businesses and assisting restaurants with outdoor seating. 

 

Member Nelson supported Vice-Mayor Diesel’s view points on these matters. She also discussed her view points and questions with Community Development Director Busacca, including aiding the public with the deferral of fire inspection fees, waiver of review fees for small and existing businesses and architecture and historic review board fees, fines related to Code Enforcement fines except for serious matters affecting the public’s health and safety, waiver of outdoor seating process and allowance in landscape and parking areas, and implementing these assistance tools now and for a ninety day period. 

 

City Manager Larese advised that Code Enforcement fees and fines were levied by another board. 

 

Member Nelson clarified that she desired any Code Enforcement violation cited during the upcoming ninety days be waived, but in contrast, for Code fines imposed prior to this meeting, those fines would still be relevant and due.  

 

Member Stoeckel supported Member Nelson’s recommendations. 

 

City Attorney Broome reviewed and advised that matters pertaining to Code Enforcement or Code Enforcement Boards and activities were governed under a different statute(s). He was especially concerned with the authority and criteria that applied to any items that Council desired to aid the community during the pandemic. 

 

Motion:

Member Nelson moved to approve advisability on the following, including establishing waivers/programs for 90 days starting now to include the following: Deferral of the fire inspection fees; Waiver of review fees for building and fire for small existing business repairs or improvements under $25,000; Waiver of review fees for Historic and Architectural Review Board; a waiver of any special activities application fees for business promotion; a waiver of a Conditional Use Permit for outdoor seating; and allow restaurants to place outdoor seating within parking or landscaped areas, as approved by the City. Member Jordan seconded the motion for discussion. 

 

Member Jordan requested postponing the fees for the renewal of business tax receipts until September 30, 2020, which was aligned with Code or statute requirements of when business tax receipts were due renew or expire, except as provided by law per City Attorney Broome.

 

Member Jordan next asked about contractor licenses, which was covered through the County’s assistance procedures at this time, due to the City contracted with the County on these matters. 

 

Member Stoeckel did not feel that the “waiver of any special activities application fees for business promotion” was necessary in the current motion that was on the floor. 

 

Second, Member Stoeckel desired knowing what actions or items related to Code Enforcement were under the City Council’s authority, to which City Attorney Broome replied and indicated he felt the City Council had given appropriate direction to the City Manager and Code Enforcement staff, as staff may be looking at cases and using their discretion with property owners on items like tall grass versus or indicating issues that were serious threats to public health and safety, etc. 

 

Discussion of whether to include Code Enforcement matters in a formal decision at this meeting was briefly discussed, but which City Attorney Broome reassured the Council had provided direction to the City Manager at this meeting to direct Code Enforcement (staff) to focus their efforts on cases related to serious health or safety concerns during this time.

 

In response to Mayor Johnson’s inquiry on outdoor seating (restaurants), Community Development Director Busacca advised that the outdoor seating would be limited to the grassy areas of the property and/or parking lot and there would be no approval for the removal of trees or other landscaping required by the City.

 

Member Jordan desired incorporating any other ideas that may be possible to aid the community at this time, to which staff indicated not at this time; however, staff also indicated that if they received additional ideas or requests from the public that no one had thought of, the City Manager could raise the ideas to Council’s level at a special City Council meeting for their consideration. 

 

Member Nelson advised that she agreed with Member Stoeckel that the motion on the floor should be amended to remove “a waiver of any special activities application fees for business promotion”. 

 

Member Nelson moved to amend the current motion under consideration and the amended motion was:

 

Member Nelson moved to approve advisability on the following, including establishing waivers/programs for 90 days starting now to include the following: Deferral of the fire inspection fees; Waiver of review fees for building and fire for small existing business repairs or improvements under $25,000; Waiver of review fees for Historic and Architectural Review Board; a waiver of a Conditional Use Permit for outdoor seating; and allow restaurants to place outdoor seating within parking or landscaped areas, as approved by the City. Member Jordan seconded the motion for discussion. 


Member Jordan’s second held and the roll call vote was:

 

Member Nelson                      Yes

Mayor Johnson                       Yes

Vice-Mayor Diesel                  Yes

Member Stoeckel                    Yes

Member Jordan                       Yes

 

The motion carried unanimously. 


PETITIONS AND REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC PRESENT (NON-AGENDA ITEMS) – None. 


MAYOR AND COUNCIL REPORTS

 

Mayor's Report – Mayor Johnson submitted his written report.


Council Reports – 

 

Member Jordan reviewed the following information:

 

  • The City would work with citizens having difficulty paying their water bills
  • Mortgage contract details were important to citizens that may struggle to pay their mortgages during COVID-19
  • The City’s current ordinance and procedures for public comment and participation, procedures for conducting city council meetings during COVID-19 per Resolution No. 16-2020, and his inquiry how the City might modify public speaking procedures    

 

Discussion ensued on public speaking procedures and being guided by the City Attorney, if the City modified its public speaking procedures. Member Stoeckel desired granting advisability to receive options for public comment on Consent Agenda items. Each of the Council supported this and a consensus was reached. Council directed the City Attorney to report back and provide options on the public speaking during Consent Agenda items. 


Vice-Mayor Diesel reviewed different ways high schools were recognizing graduating seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Member Stoeckel reviewed addressing the public comment and participation rules to ask if pictures of signs and photos could be emailed to the Council during COVID-19 pandemic.  


CITY MANAGER’S REPORT

 

City Manager's Report - City Manager Larese submitted his written report. All items were informational only.


Revised CRA/City Council Meeting Schedule City Manager Larese advised that a table provided under his report and in the agenda packet provided the recommended date and time of the City’s next regular Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and City Council meetings. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in compliance with the City Charter and the State of Florida meeting guidelines during this national health emergency, City Manager Larese facilitated that the City Council were agreeable to hold one regular CRA and one regular City Council meeting during May 2020, as followed:

 

  • Regular Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting on May 26, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. (Rescheduled from May 12, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. to May 26, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Regular City Council meeting on May 26, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. 

City Manager Larese also received a consensus from the City Council that all City advisory boards were cancelled for May 2020. This also included the Municipal Code Enforcement Board. 


City Manager Larese advised that Brevard County had received $105 million dollars to be used amongst cities. For this reason, he advised that he may need to schedule a special City Council meeting to discuss allocating any of this funding and the implementation of its use. 


FY21 St John’s River Water Management District (SJWMD) Baffle Box Project Award - In the Council agenda packet was a letter dated April 17, 2010 from the SJWMD that announced that the City’s Titusville High School Baffle Box project had been approved for funding in its fiscal year 2021 budget. This was provided for informational purposes only. 


CITY ATTORNEY’S REPORT – None. 


With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 10:43 p.m. 

 

 Walt Johnson, Mayor


ATTEST:

Wanda F. Wells, City Clerk