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Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 17, 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:                            Mrs. Pam Militello 

                                          Ms. Sylvia Poitier

                                          Mr. Martin Popelsky

                                          Vice Chair, Steve Gonot 

                                          Chair, Albert Capellini, P.E

 

Also Present:                   Larry Deetjen, City Manager

                                          Andrew Maurodis, City Attorney

                                          Ada Graham-Johnson, CMC, City Clerk

                                          Carlos Baia, Economic Development

 

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

 

January 17, 2006

 

MOTION was made by Ms. Poitier and seconded by Vice Chair Gonot to approve the agenda of January 17, 2006 as submitted. Roll Call: YEAS: Mrs. Militello, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Gonot, and Chair Capellini. NAYS: none.

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

 

December 13, 2005

 

MOTION was made by Vice Chair Gonot and seconded by Ms. Poitier to approve the minutes of December 13, 2005 as submitted. Roll Call: YEAS: Mrs. Militello, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Gonot, and Chair Capellini.  NAYS: none. 

 

GENERAL ITEMS

 

                                    Item 1                                     Tape 1, Count 047

 

RESOLUTION 2006/001:  A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY AUTHORIZING THE APPROVAL OF AN ADDENDUM TO THE EXISTING AGREEMENT WITH KEITH AND ASSOCIATES, INC. FOR AN UPDATE TO THE BEACH/COVE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN

 

The resolution was read by title only.

 

Carlos Baia, Economic Development Manager, stated as mentioned during budget meetings last year, there was discussion to update the CRA Plan and the statistics of the Capital Improvement Program to reflect changes in the private sector.  Keith & Associates have provided a proposal for a total fee of $22, 540.  Mr. Baia advised the Board that this fee was approved in the budget.

 

MOTION was made by Mrs. Militello and seconded by Ms. Poitier to adopt Resolution 2006/001. Roll Call: YEAS: Mrs. Militello, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Gonot, and Chair Capellini. NAYS: none.

 

                        Item 2                                                             Tape 1, Count 71

 

            CONSIDERATION TO APPROVE A1A STREETSCAPE PHASE 3.

 

Carlos Baia, Economic Development Manager, stated that A1A Streetscape Phase 1 has been completed and Phase 2 will begin in approximately three months.  Mr. Baia requested authorization to commence discussions with the property owner’s commercial business consultants to proceed on completion of Phase 3.

 

Mr. Baia also stated that requests have been received from Deerfield Manor at the Boca/Deerfield line for streetscaping.  He requested that the Board approve the process so that things would go forth.

 

Ms. Poitier asked what areas would be included in Phase 3.

 

Mr. Baia replied that the commercial area around the S-curve, on the south side of NE 2nd Street and A1A.  There are a number of cars that back out into the right-of-way.  He further stated that the use of sidewalks would allow pedestrians to have safe and easy access to the beach area.

 

Ms. Militello asked if there was parallel parking in the area.

 

Mr. Baia replied that there is parallel parking only as part of the existing Phase 2 design.  Moreover, Mr. Baia stated that it was envisioned that there would be parallel parking as part of Phase 3.

 

Mr. Popelsky asked if there will be new RFP’s on Phase 2 or if existing plans would be used.

 

Mr. Baia suggested requesting proposals from current consultants.  He said that the construction process would be a normal City bid process.

 

MOTION was made by Vice Chair Gonot and seconded by Ms. Poitier to approve Item 2.  YEAS: Ms. Militello, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Gonot, and Chair Capellini.  NAYS: None.

 

                        Item 3                                                 Tape 1, Count 140

 

            CONSIDERATION OF REQUEST BY EDWARD WALSON

 

Carlos Baia, Economic Development Manager, stated that he met with Mr. Edward Walson, owner of the Rettger Resort and the adjacent vacant property to the south of the resort, at the suggestion of Mrs. Militello.  The meeting was to inform him of the timing of the A1A reliever road project based upon federal funding that has been received.  He said that $2.8 million have been earmarked for the project; however, pursuant to the State guidelines, it would take approximately 8 years before the reliever road can be constructed. 

 

Mr. Baia further stated that Mr. Walson would like to pursue development of the vacant land and expressed having to wait 8 years to find out how the area would be constructed was frustrating.  He said that Mr. Walson is seeking the Board’s direction to accept an offering of either a loan or grant to expedite the process and asks what is the pleasure of the Board.

 

Continuing, Mr. Baia stated that he also discussed Mr. Walson’s suggestion with Mrs. Militello in regards to using the vacant lot as a park. Mr. Walson has no desire to sell the property to the City, but would entertain the idea of having a park in the interim, if he had to wait for eight to ten years. However, Mr. Walson impressed that he would like to have some guarantees for development rights after the term had expired.

 

Vice Chair Gonot stated that he did not think the City would want to consider such an offer, but if Mr. Walson wishes to submit a defined plan to the City on how that would occur, the Board would review it.  Vice Chair Gonot further stated that accepting funds from Mr. Walson and acquiring certain property could jeopardize federal funding on the project; therefore, he suggested that the City not take any action at this time.

 

Mr. Popelsky asked if Mr. Baia had discussed this with Andrew Hyatt, Grants Administration, as to what his recommendations would be.

 

Mr. Baia replied no, he has not.  He said that this project has not been mentioned for any residential component and would not require Mr. Hyatt’s assistance.

 

Mr. Popelsky asked how much money will be used for the project.

 

Mr. Baia replied that $2.8 million is earmarked for the project; however, Mr. Walson has not given a specific amount that he would be willing to donate or grant.  This is only a request for direction from the Board.

 

Mrs. Militello agreed with Vice Chair Gonot that the offer is generous, but is not a good idea to pursue.

 

Vice Chair Gonot recommended that the City take no action in attempting to acquire property rights through private means at this time.

 

Mr. Baia asked for clarification purposes, not only for property rights, but for a financial donation, that if Mr. Walson wanted to make a financial donation, would the Board be opposed to such an offer.

 

Vice Chair Gonot stated that his concern is property rights.  If property rights are being taken, there are certain notifications that must be made to the property owner and it is unknown whether Mr. Walson made them in the appropriate fashion, so he would not want to take the property, as it could jeopardize federal funding in the right-of-way acquisition phase or in the construction phase.  However, if Mr. Walson wishes to donate money to the City, he has no objection.

 

Ms. Poitier requested clarification that as long as there are no strings attached to a donation of land, then we have no objection, but there are to be no present considerations of him negotiating property back after eight years.

 

MOTION made by Vice Chair Gonot for the City not to consider an offer made by the property owner and seconded by Ms. Poitier.  YEAS: Mrs. Militello, Ms. Poitier, Mr. Popelsky, Vice Chair Gonot, and Chair Capellini.  NAYS: None.

 

Ms. Poitier asked if all the easements have been acquired on Hillsboro Boulevard up to US 1.

 

Mr. Baia replied that 16 easements have been acquired of which 14 have already been secured.  He further stated that the last 2 will be complicated.  He explained that relative to SE 15th Avenue, FP&L will not allow the City to locate an easement in a public right of way; however, there is a large swath of right of way in this area, that the City will take some of the right-of-way and vacate it to the adjacent property owners and they will immediately turn it over as an easement to FP&L.  Mr. Baia further stated it will come before the City Commission for action and a meeting has been scheduled with the City Attorney and Planning Director.  The final easement will be east of the Intercoastal and involves a residential co-op.  There will be complications because there’s a landowner that is separate from the co-op board.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

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ADA GRAHAM-JOHNSON, CMC, CITY CLERK