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Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

6:30 p.m.

 

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chair Capellini on the above

date in the City Commission Chambers, City Hall.

 

Roll Call:

 

PRESENT:                Mr. Steve Gonot

                                    Ms. Sylvia Poitier - late

                                    Mr. Marty Popelsky

                                    Vice Chair Pam Militello

                                    Chair Albert Capellini

 

ALSO PRESENT:     Carlos Baia, CRA Director

                                    Ada Graham-Johnson, Acting City Manager

                                    Samantha L. Gillyard, Deputy City Clerk

                                    Charles Seaman, Assistant City Attorney

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

June 20, 2006

 

MOTION was made by Mr. Gonot and Seconded by Vice Chair Militello to approve the agenda of June 20, 2006 as submitted.  Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Militello, and Chair Capellini. NAYS: None.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

April 18, 2006

 

MOTION was made by Vice Chair Militello and Seconded by Mr. Gonot to approve the minutes of April 18, 2006 as submitted.  Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Militello, and Chair Capellini. NAYS: None.

 

GENERAL ITEMS

 

ITEM 1                                   TAPE 1, COUNT 029

 

CRA RESOLUTION 2006/07 – A Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of the City of Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) accepting the bid of Tenex Enterprises for construction of the north boardwalk extension project in the amount of $272,999; directing the CRA attorney to draft a contract; and authorizing the Economic Development Manager to execute said contract.

 

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Carlos Baia, CRA Director, stated that there were three (3) bidders.  Tenex Enterprises has been checked out and reference checks were received from the City of Weston, Fort Lauderdale, and Margate, all giving high marks to the company’s performance.  Mr. Baia stated that he is ready to move forward if the Board will approve the bid.

 

Additionally, he stated that the project will start after the 4th of July holiday and the construction period should only be two (2) months, since it is not very extensive.

 

MOTION to approve was made by Mr. Gonot and Seconded by Vice Chair Militello for discussion purposes.  Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Militello, and Chair Capellini.  NAYS: None.

 

Vice Chair Militello asked if the location was the parking lot at the pier and if it would be out of commission for the entire time frame.

 

Mr. Baia replied that Staff would work with the contractor on maintenance of traffic and is not sure how long it will be out of commission, as he has not discussed it with the contractor.  Nonetheless, he stated that it is their goal to minimize the lot’s inaccessibility.  Further, he stated that the lot would be repaved and restriped.

 

MOTION was made by Mr. Gonot and seconded by Mr. Popelsky to adopt CRA Resolution 2006/07 to accept the bid from Tenex Enterprise.  Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Steve Gonot, Mr. Marty Popelsky, Vice Chair Pam Militello, and Chair Capellini.  NAYS: None.

 

ITEM 2                                   Tape 1, Count 090

 

HOWARD JOHNSON HOTEL REQUEST

 

Mr. Baia stated that the Howard Johnson facility was previously approved for funding in the amount of $20,000 funding for the Luna Rosa and Pink Moon Restaurant. Although those improvements were undertaken by the tenant, Howard Johnson ownership contacted the CRA and asked if the CRA would be willing to consider additional funding for permits that the actual ownership would be undertaking.  There is nothing in the CRA’s application that provides direction on this issue; therefore, he asked that direction from the Board be provided.

 

Mr. Gonot asked what their proposal is.

 

Mr. Baia stated that there would be improvements to the patio, bar, east side, and the wall/fence currently there.  Mr. Baia stated that he will not see the specific details, cost

 

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estimates, or an application, until direction is provided by the Board.

 

Mr. Gonot stated that these are two (2) different entities who operate differently; however, if the improvements are worthwhile, then he would be willing to support the project.

 

Vice Chair Militello asked if it was the Admiral Building that requested multiple facade improvements since they have several businesses in the building.

 

Mr. Baia replied that the program offers $10,000.00 per business; thus, a building that has multiple bays could request funding in excess of $10,000.00.  For example, Luna Rosa and Pink Moon could receive $20,000.00 since they are technically two (2) different businesses.  For clarification, these funds have not been disbursed.

 

Further, Mr. Baia stated that the only difference is that they are asking for the funding two (2) different times.  He stated that he is willing to accept the pleasure of the Board.

 

Mr. Gonot stated that he would like to see the owner’s proposal.  Additionally, he stated that he would hope that the Board agrees to explore this option, but would like to see a physical proposal.

 

Mr. Baia stated that he is not requesting the Board to approve the application, but to allow them to apply.

 

Mr. Popelsky asked if this includes the raised sidewalk.

 

Mr. Baia replied that the raised sidewalk was a part of Item 1, the bid previously approved.

 

Vice Chair Militello stated that the Board should be open for consideration.

 

In response to Mr. Popelsky’s question, Vice Chair Militello stated that Howard Johnson requested $30,000.00, but it is not guaranteed. 

 

Mr. Gonot stated that they are functioning as separate entities; considering the elevation, the previous request was on the north side, this one is on the east side.  Additionally, he stated that he could see the attractiveness moving around the area.

 

Mr. Popelsky asked Mr. Baia if he was receptive to the terms, since they have many existing businesses.

 

 

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Mr. Baia replied yes, the money for the program is available and he prefers that it be used in the community. 

 

Chair Capellini asked if this is at the Howard Johnson’s where Luna Rosa is a tenant.

 

Mr. Baia replied yes.

 

Chair Capellini stated that he would abstain from discussion since he performed structural work with Luna Rosa after the hurricane.

 

Mr. Popelsky stated that he would make a Motion to accept, with the condition of plans being presented to the Board.

 

MOTION was made by Mr. Popelsky and Seconded by Mr. Gonot to accept with conditions.  Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Mr. Popelsky, and Vice Chair Militello.  NAYS: None.

 

Chair Capellini abstained from voting.

 

ITEM 3                                   TAPE 1, COUNT 265

 

HILLSBORO BOULEVARD STREETSCAPE

 

Mr. Baia stated that this was previously discussed, but he would like to have it on the record and for the public that may not have been in attendance at the previous meeting.

 

Mr. Baia stated that the Hillsboro Boulevard Streetscape project is underway.  The plans have been received by Florida Power & Light for electrical design.  This project will entail burying of all overhead power lines along Hillsboro Boulevard from Federal Highway, east to A1A.  The construction is slated to begin in April 2007.  The heaviest construction is planned during the off season and the corridor will not be dark at any time.

 

Further, the second eastbound turn lane from southbound Federal Highway will be added as part of the project.  The forced westbound travel lane issue will be eliminated.  The project will be worked on during normal construction hours, and all four (4) lanes will be open in the evening.  Additionally, the traffic signals on Federal Highway at 12th Avenue and the Cove Shopping Center entrance are currently supported by cables, which will be removed and replaced with mast arm traffic signals.

 

Continuing, the contractor will be required to provide regular communication to the City

 

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staff. Staff will in turn provide communication to the residents and business owners.  The approximate construction time line will be 18 - 24 months, as it is a large project.

 

Chair Capellini again reiterated that it is a two year construction period.

 

ITEM 4                                   TAPE 1, COUNT 340

 

PREQUALIFICATION OF BIDDERS FOR THE HILLSBORO STREETSCAPE CONSTRUCTION

 

Mr. Baia stated that the City’s consultants have strongly advised Staff to use a prequalification process, to avoid receiving a less than reputable contract.  Mr. Baia suggested working with the CRA Attorney to prepare prequalification language and allow as many companies an opportunity to apply. Only contractors who have been screened, with strong references, will be allowed to bid in December.

 

Mr. Gonot stated that it would be useful to review or follow the FDOT’s process, if their plans are not to his liking, he can revise various portions.

 

Mr. Baia accepted Mr. Gonot’s plan of action.

 

MOTION was made by Mr. Gonot and Seconded by Vice Chair Militello with direction to contact FDOT to follow their plan of action.  Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Militello, and Chair Capellini.  NAYS: None.

 

ITEM 5                       TAPE 1, COUNT 388

 

FY 2007 PROPOSED BUDGET – APPROVAL OF BUDGET REVIEW SCHEDULE

 

Mr. Baia stated that the budget review schedule for this year is proposed as follows: submit to the Board August 1st, along with City budget; proposed budget presentation will be held during the regularly scheduled meeting on August 15th.  At that time, there will be a presentation, as well as a workshop for the CRA Board.  The first reading of the CRA budget ordinance will be September 5th, and the second reading will be September 19th.  There will be an opportunity to approve the budget in September.

 

MOTION was made by Vice Chair Militello and Seconded by Mr. Gonot to accept the schedule.  Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Militello, Chair Capellini.  NAYS: None.

 

 

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Mr. Baia stated that he received a letter from Landry’s Restaurant and it was discussed

at the Cove Workshop Meeting; he would like to receive minimal direction of authorization from the Board to enter into contact with the representative and explore their proposal.  He also stated that he welcomes direction from the Board since another meeting will not be held until August.

 

Vice Chair Militello stated that she supports Mr. Baia and that the property has been on the market for quite some time.

 

Mr. Popelsky asked how firm Landry’s is with their proposal of $7.5 million. 

 

Mr. Baia replied he is not sure; the only communication he has had with them is the E-mail and letter from yesterday.

 

Mr. Gonot stated that his concern is based on last night’s workshop regarding the parking garage and the improvements in the Cove area.  To use approximately $8 million places a strain on the proposed plan.  He stated that he is not overly excited about purchasing the property, as it has been on the market for several months since it was last offered to the City at the same price.  The market has not shown that it is worth that amount at this time.  He stated that he is more interested in the development of the property that the City currently owns than purchasing another property.

 

Vice Chair Militello stated that she is in agreement with Mr. Gonot, but this is not something that has to be done.  She further stated that she has no intention on meeting their offer.  Moreover, she stated that the City can move forward with improvements there without this site.

 

Mr. Popelsky stated that it might be worth something and if Mr. Baia is a good negotiator, maybe he could receive it as a donation, for example.

 

Chair Capellini stated that the area is only 41,000 square feet and when Landry’s wanted to improve their restaurant, the City was interested in partnering with them because they would donate land to build the garage and the City would pay for the construction costs through revenue bonds.  Additionally, revenue was guaranteed through CRA funding.

 

Mr. Baia stated that if the Board pleases it could be addressed.

 

Mr. Popelsky stated that he would like to leave this avenue open.

 

 

 

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Ms. Poitier stated that the message should be sent that the City is not interested in purchasing a property for $7 million.

 

Mayor Capellini asked if the Board was still interested in a partnership with a garage.

 

Ms. Poitier stated that the City should not become overly involved with this project, as she was very pleased with the outcome of last night’s meeting.  She stated that if the Board leaves the project as a public/private venture, then it will work itself out.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:55 PM.

                                                                                               

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ALBERT R. CAPELLINI, P.E., CRA CHAIR

ATTEST:

 

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SAMANTHA L. GILLYARD, ACTING CITY CLERK