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Deerfield Beach Community
Redevelopment Agency Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to
order by Chair Capellini at 6:50 p.m. on the above date in the City Commission
Chambers, City Hall.
Chair Sylvia Poitier
Albert R. Capellini, P.E.
Also Present: Michael Mahaney, City Manager
Charles Seaman, Assistant City Attorney
Ada Graham-Johnson, CMC, City Clerk
made by Ms. Militello and seconded by Vice Chair Poitier to approve the agenda
Voice Vote: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Militello, Mr.
Popelsky, Vice Chair Poitier, and Chair Capellini. NAYS: None.
made by Ms. Militello and seconded by Vice Chair Poitier to approve the May 20,
2008 minutes as submitted.
Voice Vote: YEAS: Mr. Gonot, Ms. Militello, Mr. Popelsky,
Vice Chair Poitier, and Chair Capellini. NAYS: None.
ITEM 1 tape
1, count 037
Update on A1A “S” Curve Project
Charles DaBrusco, Assistant Director
of Public Works and Environmental Services, provided an update on the A1A “S”
Curve Project. He commented on initial construction, which began in May, as
well as issues with existing services. He said the biggest issue was the
sewers being 13 or 14 feet deep; laterals being 10 feet deep. He explained the
importance of maintaining the laterals at 4 feet. He stressed the importance of
making sure the public and business owners can continue to operate and explained
the steps that had been taken to rectify the issues. Further, Mr. DaBrusco
referenced photos concerning 12” and 6” mains heading toward 20th Avenue.
Continuing, Mr. DaBrusco stated that
closing off the roadway section of 20th Avenue has reduced cut
through traffic, as it is being used for storage of materials and equipment.
He explained the procedures that are being utilized in order to boost pressure
in the general vicinity. He said there was a 12” main installed, but there was
no tie in to the existing 6” main heading toward the pier. To successfully
complete the tie in, the water had to be shut off. Due to operating businesses
and homeowner usage, the water was shut off at 3:00 a.m. and was completed by
5:00 a.m. The last photo shows the sheet piling installation. He explained
that there were initial issues with traffic patterns, because people were not use
to them; however, the signs have been modified which has assisted in resolving
the issues. Mr. DaBrusco stated that striping will be modified as to not
interfere with the businesses. Lastly, Mr. DaBrusco stated that there was a
request for payment, but was rejected; as of now, there is no request for
payment. Nevertheless, he believes the project will be completed on time.
Thereafter Mr. DaBrusco entertained questions by the
ITEM 2 tape
1, COUNT 203
Resolution 2008/003 - A Resolution
of the Board of Commissioners of the Community Redevelopment Agency to Approve
Work Authorization #21 for Construction Administration Services Related to the
Hillsboro Boulevard Improvements Project to Keith and Associates, Inc.(Project
Charles DaBrusco, Assistant Director
of Public Works and Environmental Services, explained the purpose of the
Resolution, to approve a work authorization for Hillsboro Boulevard. He said
that the project is 14 months at a total expenditure of $7 million. He stated
that since it is a large project, it will require much inspection time. He
stated that the City does not have the staff to perform complete construction
made by Vice Chair Poitier and seconded by Ms. Militello to adopt Resolution
2008/003, approving Keith & Associates to act as project manager on the Hillsboro Boulevard project.
In response to Ms. Militello’s question, Mr. DaBrusco
replied that the start date is July 7, 2008. There will be a preconstruction
conference the week before.
Ms. Militello asked how the residents and businesses
would be informed.
Mr. DaBrusco replied that the same communication used
for the A1A Streetscape Project will be used. He further advised that there will
be a meeting for the residents, most likely a day after the preconstruction
meeting, because construction schedules and other information will be needed to
present to the residents. Also, with regard to the sheet pilings on the S-curve,
the piling will not come up during the 4th of July event but will
remain the same; one-way traffic.
Mr. Gonot said that the City received a letter from Alcade
& Fay regarding the transportation bill up for reauthorization in 2009. He
stated that it is important that A1A is part of the transportation bill. He
asked Mr. DaBrusco if he planned on contacting the City’s lobbyist in Washington.
Mr. DaBrusco replied no. He said that the PD&E
Study must be done, as FDOT must approve the process of performing the PD&E
Study for A1A.
Mr. Gonot said that they are working on the PD&E;
however, if the City wants design or construction dollars, he hopes that it can
be addressed. Further, he asked the City Manager who would handle the issue of
obtaining future Federal funds for the A1A project.
Chair Capellini recommended that the City make
connection with the City’s lobbyist Alcade and Fay in Washington.
Mr. Gonot stated that this is a CRA issue and not City related. He stated that with the CRA and City being two (2) separate entities,
the resources should be kept separate. He said it is not appropriate to have
City Staff working on the project.
Michael Mahaney, City Manager, said that Mr. DaBrusco’s time would be charged to the CRA. Further, he stated
that the PD&E Study is a three (3) year process and communication can begin
with Alcade and Fay, but it is very far down the line.
Ms. Militello said that there is no certainty as to
what the Board will decide.
Mr. Gonot said that the reissuing of the
transportation bill is every six (6) years and is due in 2009. He said the
next opportunity would not be until 2015 and it would not be prudent to wait
until that time; thus, it is necessary to have something in place for 2009. He
reiterated that it is necessary to have the dollars in place; nonetheless,
there does not have to be a set plan.
Vice Chair Poitier said that the two entities must be
kept separate. She asked if the City is allowed to have the Washington lobbyist
work on the project.
Mr. Gonot replied yes, the lobbyist can assist. He explained
that the TIF Funds that fund CRA cannot be used to fund operations. It is a
bookkeeping issue and they must remain separate. He stated that with Mr.
DaBrusco working on the project, it can become an administrative headache.
Vice Chair Poitier stated that during her last
communiqué with Alcade & Fay, they asked that she submit items to work on.
Chair Capellini explained that Mr. Gonot’s concern is
that the bookkeeping be kept separate, to keep track of where the money is
Vice Chair Poitier stated that she wants to make sure
the Alcade & Fay is assisting on projects for the City.
Chair Capellini said that we must make sure the
services are billed to the CRA.
There being no further business, the
meeting was adjourned at 7:02 p.m.
ALBERT R. CAPELLINI, P.E., CRA CHAIR
CMC, CITY CLERK