Regular City Council - November 28, 2023 at 5:30 PM

City Council

Regular Meeting

November 28, 2023

 

The City Council of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 555 South Washington Avenue, on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. 

 

Mayor Diesel called the City Council meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Mayor Daniel E. Diesel, Vice Mayor Joe C. Robinson, and City Council Members Jo Lynn Nelson, and Dr. Sarah Stoeckel. Also present were City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, and City Clerk Wanda Wells. Senior Administrative Assistant Emily Campbell completed the minutes of the meeting. Member Herman A. Cole, Jr., Col USAF Retired was absent. 

 

Mayor Diesel requested a moment of silence. He then led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. City Clerk Wells read the procedures for public comment and participation. 

 

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SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS & PRESENTATIONS

 

Monument and Welcome Signs - No action was requested. Operations Director Sandy Reller presented an update on the monument and welcome signs.

 

In August the City put out a request for proposal for the monument signs and pole mounted signs and received four proposals back. There was a selection committee put together to evaluate the proposals and rank the submittals based on experience, qualifications, designs, technical specs and pricing. The selection committee requested City Council to approve the rankings and move forward with the highest-ranking firm Don Bell Signs. 

 

Staff provided the next steps, which included:

 

  • Monument Gateway & Pole Mounted Signs
  • Request for Proposal
  • Next Steps
  • Concept A
  • Concept B
  • Concept C

 

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Draft Comprehensive Plan Amendments to the Future Land Use, Transportation and Housing Elements and Draft Land Development Regulations - No action was requested. Community Development Director Brad Parrish presented amendments to the Future Land Use, Transportation and Housing Elements of the Comprehensive Plan for purposes of scheduling Transmittal Hearings. 

 

Vice-Mayor Robinson discussed the Live Local Act and asked if the residents were aware of the changes and what those changes meant. Community Development Director Brad Parrish stated that if council chose to go forward with the transmittal hearings, staff planned on having more conversations with the public and were going to continue to work on the code changes, which would give them another opportunity to discuss the specifics of the Live Local Act.

 

Member Stoeckel discussed the transmittal and the changes to the comprehensive plan. Member Stoeckel stated that she was in support of leaving the strike throughs in the transmittal to ensure that the comprehensive plan encouraged commercial development. She supported the policy to encourage commercial development and the reuse of residential properties for commercial uses to orient the development at intersection and deter dependency on collective and arterial road frontage. 

 

Member Nelson stated that staff was transmitting only pages 12-69, but she had questions on the pages after that referring to removing the minimum lot size for what staff called West Titusville. Member Nelson discussed the plans for setbacks and stated that she was not in support of cutting down the trees along Main Street and Tropic Street for an eight-foot sidewalk. Member Nelson discussed a grant that President Biden had for solar energy for low income people. 

 

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Petitions and Requests from the Public Present (Open Forum) – 

 

Stan Johnston discussed a handout and letter that he provided to council. Mr. Johnston discussed his felony arrest, etc. Mr. Johnston also discussed the regular City Council meeting on September 26, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. 

 

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Jean Caramanna Collins stated that the City had beautiful riverfront City Parks, but they were in deplorable conditions specifically Sandpoint Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Rotary Park and Kirk Point Park. Ms. Caramanna stated that the Parks were filled with people sleeping in the mornings as well as trash left by them, making the parks unusable by Titusville Citizens. Ms. Caramanna also discussed the torn-out sidewalk and shoreline at Kirk Point Park. 

 

Mayor Diesel stated that most of Titusville parks were maintained by Brevard County Parks and Recreation. City Manager Larese stated that there was no camping allowed in the park. Titusville Police patrolled the parks at night and asked people to leave or cited them, but during the day there was nothing they could do.  Public Works Director Kevin Cook stated that the sidewalk, shoreline and pier at Kirk Point Park were under Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) repairs.  The sidewalk and shoreline were removed for safety reasons and were going to be repaired within the next few months since hurricane season was over. The pier was going to be contracted out. 

 

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Kathleen O’Rourke asked if the consultant who was assisting with the plans for downtown had completed this previously for other Cities and if so, how successful they were in the past. The consultant stated that they worked throughout Florida in a variety of communities including Windemere, Downtown Orlando and Orange County on a variety of different projects. The consultant discussed the cost and stated that in Titusville, it was primarily regulatory changes which did not have a significant direct cost to the City.  

 

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Nick Herring from SCP Development for the Framework Group in Tampa, Florida stated that he was in support of what was being considered for the comprehensive plan amendment, Mr. Herring stated that staff and the developers were doing a great job developing the plan and solicitating input from Titusville citizens. Mr. Herring discussed the density pool concept in Downtown Titusville and stated that there was significant demand for downtown living. 

 

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With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m.