March 9, 2022

  1. Minutes

The Titusville Environmental Commission (TEC) of the City of Titusville, Florida met in regular session at City Hall in the Council Chamber located at 555 South Washington Avenue on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 5:30pm.

 

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Vice Chairman Rice called the meeting to order at 5:30pm. Present were Member Perez, Member Tucker, Member Myjak and Alternate Member Flis were present. Chairwoman Thompson, Member Yount and Alternate Member Young were absent. Staff present was Sustainability Planner Rachel Muller and Recording Secretary Laurie Dargie.

 

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Member Perez made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 9, 2022 meeting. Member Flis seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor. 

 

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Petitions & Requests from Public Present

 

Kay St. Onge of 2360 Maryland Avenue Titusville, Florida came to voice her concerns about the increased manatee deaths and strongly urges for something to do be to help stop this.

 

Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak about the SNJ oaks and sewage spills concerns etc.

 

Vice Chairman Rice said he would like Ms. Muller to reach out to the FWC and ask if they have any information in regards to the increased manatee deaths. Member Perez said that Dr. Wanda Jones might have information regarding this.

 

Member Tucker said that the Marine Resource Council should be giving out the report cards soon. Ms. Muller said she will forward the information to the Titusville Environmental Commission once she receives the information.

 

Jeff Greenberg came and spoke regarding the need to engage the young people and to get them interested in environmental things.

 

The Titusville Environmental Commission would like to be sure that City Council is made aware of the Marine Resource Council report.

 

Jeff Greenberg came and spoke about the request to get the Titusville Environmental Commission and the City of Titusville to partner with the University of Florida and FIT to get an environmental grant for education. 

 

Discussion took place amongst the Titusville Environmental Commission and Mr. Greenberg regarding what is needed for the grant application and who would write it. Mr. Greenberg said that the University of Florida would write the grant. Mr. Greenberg said he is asking for an endorsement from the Titusville Environmental Commission and the City of Titusville as the endorsement would help a lot with the grant. Mr. Greenberg said that the grant would need to be submitted by April 5, 2022.

 

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Member Myjak made a motion to recommend to City Council that Mr. Greenberg be allowed to make a presentation at the 5:30pm City Council meeting on March 22, 2022. Member Tucker seconded. 

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Perez                         Yes

Vice Chairman Rice                Yes

Member Myjak                       Yes

Member Flis                            Yes

Member Tucker                       Yes

 

Motion passed.

 

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Member Myjak made a motion that the Titusville Environmental Commission strongly endorses Dr. Greenberg’s efforts to bring forward this National Science Foundation grant to Titusville and incorporate the City of Titusville in the research and that City Council acknowledge, accept and write a letter as required for the grant so we can participate. Member Tucker seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Flis                            Yes

Member Tucker                       Yes

Vice Chairman Rice                Yes

 

Member Myjak                       Yes

Member Perez                         Yes

 

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Old Business

None

 

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New Business

 

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Applications 

Ms. Muller gave an overview of this item.

 

Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak against this item.

 

Discussion took place amongst the Titusville Environmental Commission regarding the need to clarify who delineates wetlands.

 

Member Flis made a motion to allow Mr. Greenberg to come and speak since the public comment was closed on this item. Member Myjak seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.

 

Mr. Greenberg said he thought a wetlands specialist would be the one who is qualified to delineate wetlands.  

 

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Member Perez made a motion to change the language in 4.1.11 to say In the absence of an appropriate regulatory agency the owner contracts with a qualified wetlands specialist or environmental scientist to allow for a wetlands survey that is based upon a delineation utilizing F.A.C. Ch. 62-340.  Member Flis seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Flis                            Yes

Member Myjak                       Yes

Vice Chairman Rice                Yes

Member Perez                         Yes

 

Member Tucker                       Yes 

 

Motion passed.

 

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Update Approved Tree List in Technical Manual

Ms. Muller gave an overview of this item.

 

Kay St. Onge of 2360 Maryland Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item.

 

Toni Shifalo of 715 Tropic Street Titusville, Florida came to speak in favor of this item.

 

Stan Johnston of 860 Poinsettia Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak neither for nor against this item. 

 

The Titusville Environmental Commission said the would like to review all of the trees and plants on the lists to ensure they are Florida native.

 

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Member Myjak made a motion to recommend approval of the updated tree list in the Technical Manual as presented. Member Flis seconded.

 

Roll call was as follows:

 

Member Perez                         Yes

Vice Chairman Rice                Yes

Member Flis                            Yes

Member Myjak                       Yes

Member Tucker                       Yes

 

Motion passed.

 

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Functions of the Titusville Tree Board

Ms. Muller gave an overview of this item.

 

 

Kay St. Onge of 2360 Maryland Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak neither for nor against this item. 

 

 

Discussion took place amongst the Titusville Environmental Commission regarding the desire of a potential new master plan. 

 

Vice Chairman Rice said he would like more time to review the 2013 Urban Tree Forestry Plan.

 

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Member Myjak made a motion to table this item until the April 13, 2022 Titusville Environmental Commission meeting. Member Perez seconded. There was a unanimous voice vote in favor.

 

Petition & Requests

 

Toni Shifalo of 715 Tropic Street Titusville, Florida came to speak about the need to ask the County to stop using herbicides. Ms. Shifalo also encouraged the TEC to have public workshops to allow community input. Ms. Shifalo also encouraged the TEC to pursue monitoring of the Indian River Lagoon.

 

Kay St. Onge of 2360 Maryland Avenue Titusville, Florida came to speak and encouraged the TEC to pick the growth awards that they feel are important and pursue them.

 

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Reports

No reports

 

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Future Agenda items

 

  1. Functions of the Tree Board
  2. Approved tree and plant list  (Ms. Muller will provide IFAS recommended list)

 

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Adjournment 7:20pm