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Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

6:30 p.m.

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 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 

                                    Mr. Martin Popelsky

                                    Vice Chair Pam Militello

                                    Chair Albert Capellini

 

ALSO PRESENT:     Carlos Baia, CRA Director

                                    Ada Graham-Johnson, Interim City Manager

                                    Samantha L. Gillyard, Acting City Clerk

                                   

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

November 21, 2006

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

October 17, 2006

 

MOTION was made by Vice Chair Militello and Seconded by Mr. Popelsky to approve the CRA minutes of October 17, 2006.  Voice vote: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Militello, and Chair Capellini.  NAYS: None.

 

Approved after all items were addressed

 

GENERAL ITEMS

 

ITEM 1                                   TAPE 1, COUNT 018

 

UPDATE ON TAX INCREMENT PAYMENTS

 

Carlos Baia, Economic Development Manager, provided an update on tax increment payments.  He stated that the tax rolls received from the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office in July had a TIF revenue of $2.44 million; the final tax rolls had a TIF revenue of $3.5 million, which gives the CRA flexibility to handle additional projects for the upcoming year.  The contingency amount is now $1.689 million, for the operating budget, in addition to $1.6 million in the Trust Fund.

 

ITEM 2                                   Tape 1, COUNT 044

 

AUTHORIZATION TO ISSUE RFQ FOR COVE SHOPPING CENTER MASTER PLAN

 

Carlos Baia, Economic Development Manager, stated that Staff would like to issue a RFQ for the Cove Shopping Center Master Plan, which will allow the CRA to establish the architectural standards for current and future Cove projects.  Additionally, he stated that he and Vice Chair Militello met with the Cove Management Association approximately one (1) month ago to discuss this item; and was favored wholeheartedly by the Association.

 

Mr. Gonot stated that he is in support of the item; however, he would like the Association to come to an agreement that would be binding by 2/3, it would be helpful for consideration of the project. 

 

Vice Chair Militello stated that many property owners have joined the Association and there is a commitment from a major property for façade improvements.  She stated that a majority of the property owners are not in favor of mixed use condominiums that were bannered for the past several years.  She stated that the RFQ allows the Board to move forward with designs and as façade improvements are started, the property owners will have 6 to 7 design standards that can be chosen from.  She stated that the RFQ does not force anyone to move forward, but allows the opportunity for design criteria. 

 

In response to Ms. Poitier’s question, Mr. Baia stated that the funds come from the CRA, and is a dollar to dollar matching program; for every dollar that the CRA contributes, the property owner will match those funds, up to $100,000.00.

 

Chair Capellini stated that the amount of property owners interested should be taken into account before deciding whether to utilize the RFQ.  He asked if the property owners had been polled.

 

In response to Chair Capellini’s question, Mr. Baia replied that there are approximately 17 property owners at this time. 

 

Chair Capellini stated that in the RFQ, the firm should provide conceptual ideas, a small portion, as opposed to a myriad of ideas, and then receive feedback from the property owners.

 

MOTION was made by Vice Chair Militello and Seconded by Mr. Gonot authorizing the issuance of a RFQ for the Cove Shopping Center Master Plan.  Voice vote: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Militello, and Chair Capellini.  NAYS: None.

 

                                   

ITEM 3                                   TAPE 1, COUNT 196

 

                        UPDATE ON BEACH AREA MASTER PLAN

 

Carlos Baia, Economic Development Manager, stated that John DePalma, McMahon Associates, would provide a brief synopsis of the plan.

 

PowerPoint presentation was presented for Master Plan.

 

Mr. DePalma stated that there was material presented to the public at the workshop held on November 9, 2006, CRA Master Plan.  There was a plans aerial map, which illustrated the adopted plan presented by the Board in 2004.  The features on the plan include roadway widening on the east side of A1A, south of Hillsboro, a reconfiguration of the parking lot in between Hillsboro Boulevard and SE 2nd Street, lane additions on Hillsboro Boulevard east of A1A, a reliever road connecting to Hillsboro Boulevard and NE 2nd Street, a proposed signalized intersection at NE 20th Terrace and NE 2nd Street at A1A, which has smart technology and links to the existing signalized intersection of Hillsboro Boulevard and A1A.

 

Continuing, Mr. DePalma stated that the main feature of the plan is the pedestrian friendly section along NE 2nd Street, from 20th Avenue to 21st Avenue, which provides for modification of the adopted plan, elimination of on-street parking and wider sidewalk enhancements in that corridor.  Additionally, a left turn lane is proposed along northbound A1A in front of the restaurants and condominiums.

 

Additionally, Mr. DePalma stated that a questionnaire was provided to those in attendance.  He provided a brief synopsis of the feedback received from the questionnaire, which included the proposal of a bicycle and sidewalk paths; use of a shuttle, since on-street parking would be eliminated.  He stated that only 25 people attended; of those, 17 submitted responses, and no mail-ins have been received.

 

Moreover, Mr. DePalma stated that there was 82% support from the attendees on the improved pedestrian corridors.  Additionally, there was 88% of overall support of the project for public safety, i.e. narrowing of roadways, enhanced traffic calming features, and pedestrian roadways.  Based on the attendees that evening, 67% were residential property owners within the City of Deerfield Beach and the CRA, and 33% were of commercial origin, people who own businesses along the CRA corridor.  He continued to present information from the PowerPoint which included: frequent visitors to the beach for dining or shopping; the use of sidewalks for walking and/or biking; and the utilization of park and ride, if a shuttle service were provided.

 

Continuing, Mr. DePalma provided various features and alternatives that could be utilized in order to proceed with the current plan, i.e. extending sidewalks, installing a flashing pedestrian beacon, elimination of on-street parking wherein employee parking would be moved off-site, and improved destination signing to accommodate parking locations.  He stated that there will be coordination with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) concerning the main corridor.  The next workshop will be held on January 7, 2007.

 

Mr. Gonot asked if Mr. DePalma had communicated with FDOT in regards to advanced acquisition and property right-of-way.

 

Mr. DePalma replied that there was a preliminary discussion with the City’s engineering staff last November and there cannot be dialogue with property owners regarding preliminary acquisition until a plan is in place, as it could jeopardize the use of the $2.7 million earmarked by the Federal Government.

 

In response to Vice Chair Militello’s question, Mr. DePalma replied that he has spoken with Mr. Baia about opportunities to speak with the businesses regarding their expressed concerns.  He stated that after reviewing the businesses in the parking area, the possibility exists to produce connectivity and link those for better circulation and access; nonetheless, the business owners will be contacted.

 

Additionally, Mr. DePalma stated that both he and Mr. Baia met with the businesses along the NE 2nd Street corridor one-on-one in July, to inform them of the plan and receive their feedback for impact and support.  He stated that at that time, a majority of business owners supported the idea of spilling their business on the provided sidewalk.

 

Vice Chair Militello suggested talking with some of the business owners as a group, because when having a one-on-one dialogue, ideas and correspondence are likely different.

 

MOTION was made by Vice Chair Militello and Seconded by Ms. Poitier to approve dialogue with the business owners as a group. Voice vote: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, and Vice Chair Militello.  NAYS: None.

 

Chair Capellini abstained from voting.

 

                                    ITEM 4                                   TAPE 1, COUNT 453         

 

CRA RESOLUTION 2006/009 - McMAHON ASSOCIATES S- CURVE PHASE 2

 

Carlos Baia, Economic Development Manager, stated that Phase 2 of the A1A improvements were modified due to engineering challenges; however, since that time, there have been requests from the City’s Engineering Division for utility adjustments and wider sidewalks.  He stated that the proposed contract addresses those changes and allows for redesign on the project.  Additionally, he stated that John DePalma, McMahon Associates, was available to answer any questions.

 

Vice Chair Militello stated that she has spoken with Mr. DePalma and suggested that any new developers speak with someone in the CRA to make sure their plans do not conflict. 

 

MOTION was made by Vice Chair Militello and Seconded by Ms. Poitier to adopt CRA Resolution 2006/009.  Voice vote: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, and Vice Chair Militello.  NAYS: None.

 

Chair Capellini abstained from voting.

 

                                    ITEM 5                                   TAPE 1, COUNT 508

 

Request by Mr. Fran Marincola (owner of Luna Rosa)

 

Carlos Baia, Economic Development Manager, stated that this item was tabled at the last meeting regarding Mr. Fran Marincola’s request for relief and the commitment to pay for pavers in the drop off area as part of the North Boardwalk Extension. 

 

Vice Chair Militello stated that she suggested the drop-off area so that the road would not be blocked by people stopping to unload. Although, Mr. Marincola desired to pave the area, she stated that the City should accept the costs, as it was part of the City’s improvement project.

 

In response to Ms. Poitier’s question, Vice Chair Militello replied yes, this is the same project where the vendor wanted to charge Mr. Marincola more.

 

Additionally, Vice Chair Militello stated that this action would allow the area to be kept as public domain for utilization by beach/pier visitors.

 

MOTION was made by Vice Chair Militello and Seconded by Mr. Popelsky to pay for the upgraded paver installation.  Roll Call: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, and Vice Chair Militello.  NAYS: None.

 

Chair Capellini abstained from voting.

 

                                    ITEM 6                                   TAPE 1, COUNT 562

 

                        CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS UPDATE

 

Carlos Baia, Economic Development Manager, stated that the North Boardwalk Extension has been complete and is a beautiful addition to the beach area.  He stated that the Hillsboro Streetscape Project continues and there is still a struggle with Florida Power & Light.  He stated that the utility has found means for delaying the project; nonetheless, Staff and the City Manager are trying to reach a resolution. 

 

In response to Chair Capellini’s remark, Mr. Baia asked that the Board provide direction.

 

Ada Graham-Johnson, Interim City Manager, stated that she has spoken with Mr. Tony Newbold, FP&L, who indicated that Mastec, an FP&L contractor, has been contacted and a rush has been placed on the project.  The draft tech has been contacted and is moving forward with the design of the project.  She further stated that Mr. Newbold will be providing her with a completion date for the design. Moreover, she expressed her concerns with the delays on the project to Mr. Newbold and asked that ample time be allowed for his response.  Additionally, she asked that time be given to Mr. Newbold for his response.

 

In response to Vice Chair Militello’s question, Mr. Baia replied that the design should be ready by the next CRA Meeting.  He further stated that he has brought this matter to the Board’s attention because no date has been presented.

 

Chair Capellini suggested sending a letter to FP&L to move the project along.

 

In response to Chair Capellini’s question, Mr. Baia replied that construction was due to start in early 2004.

 

MOTION was made by Ms. Poitier and Seconded by Vice Chair Militello for Chair Capellini to forward a letter to Florida Power & Light to expedite the project.  Voice vote: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Militello, and Chair Capellini.  NAYS: None.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:02 PM

                                                                                               

 

 

 

 

 

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

ATTEST:

 

 

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SAMANTHA L. GILLYARD, ACTING CITY CLERK