THE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
FOR PORT ORANGE TOWN CENTER
1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE
JULY 17, 2012
THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE TOWN CENTER REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY was called to order by Chairman Allen Green at 7:42 P.M.
Pledge of Allegiance
Invocation – Silent
ROLL CALL: Present: Ben Talluto
Chairman Allen Green
Also Present: Kenneth W. Parker, City Manager Margaret Roberts, City Attorney
Donna Steinebach, Assistant to the City Manager
Robin Fenwick, Deputy City Clerk
4. Approval of Minutes
a. May 22, 2012 – Special Meeting
Motion to approve minutes made by Member Burnette, and Seconded by Member Ford. Motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
5. Quarterly Update – 3rd Quarter FY 2011/2012
Verbal overview and written quarterly update was provided to the CRA by Ms. Steinebach. Margaret Roberts, City Attorney, advised the contract regarding Riverwalk is in progress and moving forward to the proposer. Member Ford asked about the timeframe (120 days running out). Ms. Roberts said the time is running and advised that the CRA can extend the timeframe.
Ms. Steinebach continued with the update. Member Ford asked how the CRA can trade land for land that is being developed by the proposer. Ms. Steinebach explained there are ideas for development but nothing submitted yet. Ms. Roberts explained that the proposals for rezoning must go to the City Council before being finalized. Discussion was held relating to the zoning of the properties. Ms. Steinebach explained that anyone can request an amendment but it needs to meet the adopted City plan and CRA plan.
Ben Talluto asked if the "point" is going to still be available for negotiating since it is being developed. Mr. Parker advised that the CRA can build a park today. They have the land that the private sector would like to have. Member Ford believes the developer is driving the bus. Chairman Green explained that the developer has the right to ask for changes, and the CRA and City Council have the final say.
Member Pohlmann asked about the properties that cannot have any development; it must be parkland. That land can help solve Member Talluto's concerns about parks.
Member Kennedy asked if the marina being constructed would affect the negotiating. Ms. Roberts said yes. Chairman Green said there has been a marina in the concept plans from the being.
Member Blahnik believes change must happen to get development moving forward.
Ms. Roberts asked questions about the marina area and the options available relating to there actually being a marina. Specifically, does the CRA/City want to own the land, provide a marina; own the land, and lease it back to the marina owners; or own the land and do no marina at all?
Member Ford would like a workshop to understand the details of the rezoning and development plans.
Member Talluto feels like part of the deal is being pulled out from under them. Ms. Roberts said Staff is working within the RFP.
Mr. Parker asked if he should schedule a workshop. All said yes after the negotiating is done.
6. Proposed FY 2012-2013 Agency Budget
Ms. Steinebach provided the FY13 proposed budget. The projected revenue and expenses were discussed. The debt service is down due to a one-time payment release from construction fund and debt service fund. The mowing is included in the Parks budget instead of this one.
Member Pohlmann asked how the land swap would affect the debt service and revenue. Mr. Parker said there could be an increase in values but it depends on the swap.
Member Burnette said debt service needs to be taken seriously, need to get some revenues.
Member Talluto would like the CRA to consider which properties to sell.
Corey Berman agrees with Member Ford. He thinks the CRA should put out a new RFP. He doesn’t believe the deal is good for the City/CRA.
Member Blahnik said she thought they waited already and thought the RFP was put out to see what comes back. It doesn't mean they have to accept anything.
Member Kennedy agrees and wants to see the proposals consistent with the RFP.
Member Pohlmann also agrees, and believes Staff has done exactly what they were instructed to do.
Chairman Green wants the budget cut as much as possible.
Motion to approve proposed budget was made by Member Ford, and Seconded by Member Burnette. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
7. Public Comments
Chairman Green asked for public comments; there were none.
8. CRA Member Comments
Chairman Green asked for CRA member comments; there were none.
ADJOURNMENT: 8:26 P.M.
Chairman Allen Green