Special City Council - March 11, 2021

City Council 

Special Meeting

March 11, 2021


The City of Titusville City Council met in special session on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Titusville City Hall, second floor, Council Chamber, 555 South Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida 32796. The City Council meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. Those present in the Council chamber included Mayor Daniel Diesel, Vice-Mayor JoLynn Nelson, City Council Members Robert Jordan, Joe Robinson, and Sarah Stoeckel, City Manager Scott Larese, City Attorney Richard Broome, the City’s Executive Leadership Team and City department representatives, Executive Assistant Virginia Blaylock, and Assistant City Clerk Jolynn Donhoff, who completed the minutes of the meeting. 


Mayor Diesel called for a moment of silence, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Assistant City Clerk Donhoff read the procedure for public comment and participation. 

 The purpose of the meeting was, as followed:


  1. Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Strategic Planning and Budget Workshop – 


Meeting facilitator Kristin Bakke of LEAD Brevard reviewed the purpose of the special City Council meeting. She briefly summarized the citizens’ feedback at the special City Council meeting and community workshop on Saturday, February 27, 2021. She also asked the Council this question; “If you could improve one item over the next year, what would this be?” 


Vice-Mayor Nelson desired continuing to improve the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) for a variety of reasons (quality, lagoon access, marketing, etc.). 


Member Robinson desired seeing a greater commonality related to infrastructure and doing a better job on mitigating its effects on the environment. 


Mayor Diesel desired improving the health of IRL, infrastructure, communication with citizens, and having more attractive electronic signage in front of City Hall. 


Member Stoeckel desired staying the course (momentum) with the current Council goals. She desired having a sustainability plan for infrastructure that was sensitive to environmental improvements. She also discussed the IRL, the environment, pending tree protection ordinance, low impact development, and a concern to keep up with population growth. 


Member Jordan indicated the City was on the right path in various areas. His focus was capital improvements, specifically replacing City Hall and building a parking garage. 

Facilitator Kristin Bakke next asked the Council to discuss the City’s current formalized goals and objectives for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. She interpreted that Council desired continuing the current five overarching goals for the FY 2022 budget year, but they may wish to discuss or modify the objectives for FY 2022. The current five goals included: 


  1. Quality of Life
  2. Effective and Efficient Services
  3. Financial Stability
  4. Economic Development
  5. Effective Governance


Council discussion ensued on the aforementioned five goals, but more specifically on each goal’s associated objectives. The City Manager’s Executive Assistant Virginia Blaylock was at the meeting and captured the necessary edits to the objectives during Council’s discussion. A summary of the Council discussion with staff follows below.    


1. Quality of Life


Council discussed the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), City entryways along main routes (roads), enhancing opportunities for youth, and enhancing emergency preparations. 


2. Effective and Efficient Services


Council and staff discussed developing a sustainability plan for City-wide operations. Staff would provide this to City Manager Larese following the meeting. Council also discussed infrastructure, communication, the City’s history of incorporating social media into their communications, a desire to have a sole, single-source, calendar that captured all private and City (public) sponsored events in the City and the challenge of doing this or whether this was possible. 

3. Financial Stability


Council and staff discussed the City’s financial or fiscal health and implementation of strategies, a new City hall could cause an impact to long-term financial strategies, financial stability was built into the City’s culture, planning for future offerings and financial obligations concerning infrastructure, etc. 

4. Economic Development


Council and staff discussed marketing the bike trails, the City had a comprehensive economic development plan, employing youth during summers and how this assisted with long term sustainability and the current workforce aging out of the working class, homelessness, the nature of commercial and retail businesses was rapidly changing, blighted buildings, consideration of having more flexibility with land use, such as mixed use development areas (for nimbleness). These matters were multifaceted and tied with roads and with land use. 


5. Effective Governance


Council and staff discussed supporting advisory boards and their effectiveness, increasing policy advocacy, un-bolding the objectives as they were all important, staff reporting back to the City Manager and Council with strategies how to spend available funding, tracking and measuring performance measures against the City Council’s goals and objectives, the upcoming FY 2022 budget workshop and public hearings, where Council would decide where and what they desired allocating funding. 

2. Public Comment – 


Dwight Severs commented on his concerns on whether water retention ponds were being inspected to see if they were functioning properly, concerns for discharge into the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) and reviewing the City’s development standards to protect the IRL, allocating funding to rehabilitate the sewer utility system, and periodically reviewing the purpose and funding allocated to the North Brevard Economic Development Zone, etc. 


Brief Council discussion ensued on the City working on the items mentioned by Mr. Severs, as well as available funding sources could be restricted by the terms of use. 

Stan Johnston distributed information to the Council. He reviewed his concerns on dishonesty, floodways outside the City that were not maintained by his estimate and the problem this could create for citizens during huge storms, communications with his attorney, etc.   

With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.