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Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chair Capellini on the above
date in the
City Commission Chambers, City Hall.
PRESENT: Mr. Steve Gonot
Sylvia Poitier - late
Chair Pam Militello
ALSO PRESENT: Carlos Baia, CRA Director
Ada Graham-Johnson, Acting City
L. Gillyard, Deputy City Clerk
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.
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.
ITEM 1 TAPE
1, COUNT 029
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Capellini abstained from voting.
ITEM 3 TAPE
1, COUNT 265
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
Continuing, the contractor will be
required to provide regular communication to the City
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Ms. Poitier stated that the message should
be sent that the City is not interested in purchasing a property for $7
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.
There being no further business, the
meeting adjourned at 6:55 PM.
CAPELLINI, P.E., CRA CHAIR
GILLYARD, ACTING CITY CLERK