THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

FOR PORT ORANGE TOWN CENTER

MEETING MINUTES

 

COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE

APRIL 17, 2012

 

THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN CENTER REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY was called to order by Chairman Allen Green at 8:35 P.M.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Invocation – Silent

 

ROLL CALL:             Present:                     Ben Talluto

Bob Ford

                                                                        Don Burnette

                                                                        Dennis Kennedy

Bob Pohlmann

                                                                        Chairman Allen Green

 

                                    Absent:                      Suzette Blahnik (excused)

                                   

Also Present:            Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager           

                                    Margaret Roberts, City Attorney

Donna Steinebach, Assistant to the City Manager

                                                                        Robin Fenwick, Deputy City Clerk

 

DISCUSSION/ACTION

 

4.    Approval of Minutes

a.    January 24, 2012 – Regular Meeting

b.    February 7, 2012 – Special Meeting

c.    February 21, 2012 – Special Meeting

d.    March 27, 2012 – Special Meeting of the Board acting as the Proposal Evaluation Committee for Riverwalk RFP #12-2

e.    April 3, 2012 - Special Meeting of the Board acting as the Proposal Evaluation Committee for Riverwalk RFP #12-2

 

Motion to approve all minutes made by Member Pohlmann, and Seconded by Member Kennedy. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

 

5.    Annual Report Presentation – FY 2010/2011

 

Verbal overview and written annual report was provided to the CRA by Donna Steinebach, Assistant to the City Manager. Tax revenue declined about 50%. The fund balance improved but is still in a negative situation. Operating expenses were cut. The focus has been on obtaining activity in the Riverwalk area. Member Ford is concerned with the tax increment debt. Member Burnette is also concerned with the amount being borrowed from the General Fund each year. Member Pohlmann asked how any exchange of lands would help the tax increments. Ms. Steinebach explained the values would have to be determined before a true answer could be determined.

 

Motion to approve the Annual Report as presented made by Member Pohlmann, and Seconded by Member Talluto. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

 

6.    Quarterly Update – 2nd Quarter FY 2011/2012

 

Verbal overview and written quarterly update was provided to the CRA by Ms. Steinebach. Member Burnette asked how the budget is going based on last year. Ms. Steinebach said overall on par, but over budget on mowing. 

 

Motion to approve Quarterly Update Report made by Member Ford, and Seconded by Member Burnette. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

 

7.    Bid Award – Clearing of Underbrush in Riverwalk, Bid #12-22

 

Ms. Steinebach advised Council that Bid #12-22 is ready for their approval. She gave the specifics of the bid. Staff is prepared to execute contracts if CRA approves the award. Mr. Parker explained that the Australian Pines will be removed since they are invasive plants. Discussion held regarding what is to be removed and the specs in the RFP. Attorney Roberts asked for a consideration that award be conditioned with contractor providing all documents required, including the bond documents.

 

Motion to approve award of the bid as recommended by staff and conditioned by Attorney Roberts made by Member Pohlmann, and Seconded by Member Kennedy. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

 

8.    Recommendation from Proposal Evaluation Committee – RFP #12-2/Riverwalk Land Sale and/or Trade

 

Mr. Parker advised of details of the item.

 

Motion to approve the recommendation from the Proposal Evaluation Committee and authorize the City Manager and City Attorney to negotiate a contract relating to RFP #12-2/Riverwalk Land Sale and/or Trade made by Member Pohlmann and Seconded by Member Kennedy.

 

Member Burnette wants staff to negotiate relating to land swap only based on the RFP. Member Ford is not comfortable with negotiating at all. He wants land swap only. Discussion held regarding parcels included and not included in the RFP. Buddy LaCour advised the CRA that the companies are willing to negotiate the RFP and proposal. They are not excited about a lease agreement for the marina but they will consider it. They are ready to negotiate. Member Ford asked if Attorney Roberts knows who owns what properties and what the financial situation is for the companies involved. Attorney Roberts explained the contract and closing processes and title to the properties.

Attorney Roberts discussed the item relating to the financial records of the proposer that was withheld from the proposal. Mr. LaCour explained that they are willing to provide financial information pertaining to these properties and these companies only, not all of their financial information since it does not pertain to this transaction.

 

Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.

 

9.    Public Comments

 

Chairman Green asked for public comments; there were none.

 

10. CRA Member Comments

 

Chairman Green asked for CRA member comments; there were none.

 

ADJOURNMENT: 10:00 P.M.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ________________________

                                                                                    Chairman Allen Green