THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
FOR PORT ORANGE TOWN CENTER
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE
JANUARY 10, 2012
THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TOWN CENTER REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY was called to order by Chairman Allen Green at 5:30 P.M.
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation – Silent
ROLL CALL: Present: Ben Talluto
Bob Pohlmann (arrived at 6:00pm)
Chairman Allen Green
Absent: Dennis Kennedy
Also Present: Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager Margaret Roberts, City Attorney
Donna Steinebach, Assistant to the City Manager
Robin Fenwick, Deputy City Clerk
4. Authorization to Issue Riverwalk RFP
Donna Steinebach, Assistant to the City Manager, gave details of the changes in the RFP. She advised that this process is required by state statute. The timetable dates were discussed. Staff needs authorization to issue the RFP and needs the CRA to designate themselves or appoint a committee on their behalf to review, evaluate, and rank proposals.
Member Talluto asked about the expense of the first RFP. Ms. Steinebach advised that it cost the CRA approximately $20,000 in advertising fees because they chose to advertise in several magazines, not just the newspaper, which is all that is required. Member Talluto asked what was spent for this RFP. Ms. Steinebach said nothing other than the advertising in the newspaper. Member Talluto suggests the CRA designates themselves for the ranking committee. All members present agreed.
Member Ford is happy with the RFP proposal.
Member Burnette asked about the difference between a selection committee and evaluation committee. Ms. Steinebach explained the committees roles and advised that Staff will also help the committee. Member Burnette asked about having Staff on the committee. Mr. Parker said he can't because he would be required to serve as the hearing officer if a protest is filed, and he believes it would be better to have Staff serve as Staff not actually on the committee.
Member Pohlmann asked about development on the property. Ms. Steinebach said there's no requirement to bring a commitment for development, but someone can. Member Pohlmann asked about the appraisal process. Ms. Steinebach explained the process.
Mr. Parker explained that there are several (12) appraisers in Volusia County who are on the state list and approved to do the work.
Member Talluto wants to stay close to Volusia County for the appraiser.
Phil Klema asked if any environmental studies are needed. Mr. Parker said there may be some contamination on the site so it may come up later. Ms. Steinebach said phase 1 evaluation doesn't show any signs of contamination, the appraisal will work with the RFP.
Buddy Lacour said as a developer, they have questions and need answers. Their response will have questions that need to be answered.
Attorney Roberts explained that the timeframe can be extended and there can also be a clause of due diligence with a timeline.
Member Burnette wants to move forward not backward.
Ted Noftall asked how much the City/CRA is willing to spend on this project. Mayor Green said they don't know until a proposal is submitted.
Member Pohlmann believes they need to make the first step and keep it simple. He wants to move forward.
Member Burnette believes this makes sense because the CRA gets the park land.
Attorney Roberts explained the changes made to the RFP relating to the selection committee.
Motion to authorize the issuance of the Riverwalk RFP by Member Talluto, and Seconded by Member Burnette. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
5. Presentation on Riverwalk Park Development
Mr. Parker asked the CRA if they want staff to clean and fix property for public use.
Ms. Steinebach presented costs that would be incurred for clearing and grubbing of the property, as well as fencing, signage, etc.
Mayor Green wants the trailer park area cleaned up. He wants areas in the middle and on both ends.
The consensus of the CRA is to clean up/clear those 3 "pockets" only. Mayor Green says it also needs lighting.
6. Public Comments - Nothing additional. Comments taken throughout meeting.
7. CRA Member Comments – Nothing additional. Comments taken throughout meeting.
ADJOURNMENT: 6:30 P.M.
Chairman Allen Green