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Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

6:30 p.m.

 

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

date in the City Commission Chambers, City Hall.

 

Roll Call:

 

PRESENT:                Mr. Steve Gonot

                                                Ms. Sylvia Poitier - Tardy

                                                Mr. Marty Popelsky

                                                Vice Chair Pam Militello

                                                Chair Albert Capellini – absent

 

ALSO PRESENT:     Carlos Baia, CRA Director

                                                Ada Graham-Johnson, Acting City Manager

                                                Samantha L. Gillyard, Acting City Clerk

                                   

 

Approval of agenda

 

January 16, 2007

 

MOTION was made by Mr.  Gonot and Seconded by Mr.  Popelsky to approve the minutes of January 16, 2007.  Voice Vote: YEAS: All votes YEAS.  NAYS: None. 

 

Approval of minutes

 

December 19, 2006

 

MOTION was made by Mr.  Gonot and Seconded by Mr.  Popelsky to approve the CRA Minutes of December 19, 2006.  Voice Vote: YEAS: All votes YEAS. NAYS: None.

 

General Items

 

                                    ITEM 1                                               TAPE 1, COUNT 0076

 

CRA Resolution 2007/001 - A RESOLUTION OF THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH, APPROVING AN UNDERGROUND FACILITIES CONVERSION AGREEMENT WITH FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY (FPL)

 

 

 

 

General Items – continued

 

Carlos Baia, CRA Director, stated that all the resolutions presented this evening are necessary to continue with the Hillsboro Streetscape Project.  Florida Power & Light has submitted their electrical design; therefore, he recommended that the board enter into an agreement.  Mr. Baia introduced Tony Newbold, Florida Power & Light Representative, to entertain any questions by the Commission.

 

Continuing, Mr. Baia stated that Item 1 is a standard agreement set by the Public Service Commission, that any applicant for underground utilities must enter into.  He stated that he can summarize each agreement or provide a synopsis for all.

 

Andrew Maurodis, City Attorney, stated that all the resolutions, Items 1 – 3, can be grouped together.

 

                                    ITEM 2                                               TAPE 1, COUNT 0102

 

CRA Resolution 2007/002 - A RESOLUTION OF THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH, APPROVING A CITY/COUNTY RIGHT-OF-WAY AGREEMENT FOR UNDERGROUND CONVERSION WITH FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY (FPL)

 

Carlos Baia, CRA Director, stated that the subject agreement is necessary because FPL’s policy does not allow powerlines to be buried on their public right-of-way.  Therefore, the City negotiated with FPL, indicating that if relocation is necessary in the future, then the City would be responsible; however, the proposed Resolution would allow the Community Redevelopment Agency to be financially responsible.

 

Continuing, Mr. Baia stated that they recently met with FDOT representatives and inquired of the likelihood of any changes being made to the roadway.  They replied that they do not anticipate any changes for approximately 15 – 20 years; additionally, there are no current plans concerning this roadway, Hillsboro Boulevard. Thus, the City acting upon this agreement is unforeseeable.

 

                                    ITEM 3                                               TAPE 1, COUNT 0139

                                   

CRA Resolution 2007/003 - A RESOLUTION OF THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE CITY OF DEERFIELD BEACH, APPROVING A BINDING COST ESTIMATE BY FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY (FPL) FOR UNDERGROUND UTILITIES AS PART OF THE HILLSBORO STREETSCAPE PROJECT

 

Carlos Baia, CRA Director, stated that this Resolution consists of accepting the cost estimate by FPL in the amount of $414,073.77, to be paid by the Community Redevelopment Agency. He stated that this was a budgeted and anticipated cost.  Of that cost, $11,484.00 is the initial deposit; which would be credited towards the project. 

 

General Items – continued

 

Vice Chair Militello asked that the cost be explained to the general public.

 

Mr. Baia replied that the cost covers the conduits for the underground powerlines, switch cabinets, transformer cabinets, cost of FPL crews to pull electrical wires through the conduit, concrete pads for the easements, additional PVC material, handles, splice boxes, etc.

 

MOTION was made by Mr. Gonot and Seconded by Mr.  Popelsky to approve Items 1 – 3 in concert.  Voice Vote: YEAS: All votes YEAS.  NAYS: None.

 

Mr. Gonot stated that the Memorandum of Understanding that the City entered into with the Department of Transportation stated that the project would be completed by a certain date, which is quickly approaching; thus, no further delay can be spared.  With the current schedule, the project should be completed in a timely fashion; notwithstanding, he reiterated that there is no room for error.  He asked that the Board be notified immediately if anything were to occur.  Moreover, Mr. Gonot expressed concern that the City is not in compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department.

 

Continuing, Mr. Gonot stated that the City originally had five (5) years to construct the project; however, the Board never expected to use that amount of time.  Additionally, he stated that it is important to complete the project, as it helps the City obtain additional Local Area Projects (LAP) Agreements and Federal earmarks, which have been very beneficial to the City.

 

Ms. Poitier arrived at 6:45 PM.

 

In response to Vice Chair Militello’s question, Mr. Baia replied that he does anticipate the project beginning in July.

 

Commissioner Poitier asked that her vote be added in support of Items 1 – 3.

 

Adjournment

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:46 PM.

 

 

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

ATTEST:

 

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SAMANTHA L. GILLYARD, ACTING CITY CLERK