JOINT CITY COUNCIL AND TOWN CENTER CRA MEETING MINUTES

COUNCIL CHAMBERS – CITY HALL

1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE

SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

 

THE JOINT CITY COUNCIL AND TOWN CENTER CRA MEETING of the City of Port Orange was called to order by Chairman Allen Green at 5:30 p.m.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Silent Invocation

 

Roll Call:                    Present:                     Member Ben Talluto

Member Bob Ford

                                                                        Member Drew Bastian

Member Dennis Kennedy

                                                                        Member Donald Burnette

                                                                        Chairman Allen Green

 

                                    Absent:                      Member Suzette Blahnik

 

                                    Also Present:            Greg Kisela, City Manager

                                                                        Margaret T. Roberts, City Attorney

                                                                        Robin Fenwick, City Clerk

 

DISCUSSION ITEM

 

            4.         Riverwalk Timeline

 

Mr. Kisela provided information regarding the proposed timeline for the Riverwalk park and development project. There are three phases – Phase A is between the northern City limits to Ocean Avenue; Phase B is between Ocean Avenue and Herbert Street; and Phase C is between Herbert Street and Dunlawton Avenue. Staff determined which grants would fall under the timelines for the park and project. A FIND grant application has already been submitted for a portion of Phase A. Phase A would be projected to be completed by the end of 2015. Phase B completion timeframe is the end of 2016 and Phase C the end of 2017. Staff is prepared to release an RFP for design if the timeline is approved. There are a lot of issues to be worked out still. The Adult Center has some title issues to be cleared up. The development plans include closing Halifax Avenue and the funeral home. The timeline is doable but diligent work is necessary.

 

Member Ford is somewhat apprehensive but supports the timeline. He hopes the details will work out.

 

Member Burnette asked what options there are if the private development falls through. Mr. Kisela said flexibility is needed but the plan is doable on both sides. Member Burnette wants the Council/CRA to be involved in the design of the park. Mr. Kisela said there are several renderings over the years that he would suggest including in the RFP and let the designers submit their ideas. Member Burnette wants the RFP provided to Council/CRA well in advance so they can provide input. Two appraisals must be performed.

 

Member Bastian is good with the timeline. He asked the developer about the timeline for Phase B. Buddy LaCour discussed the timeline for his development. There is one more federal permit to obtain for the riverboat, marina, and café.

 

Member Kennedy asked about the marina opening. Mr. LaCour said once they receive the final permit, the marina will open. He’s opening to open it within 90 days.

 

Member Talluto is good with the timeline but not the Adult Center. He’s concerned with the ability to transfer the Adult Center. Mr. Kisela said he believes the developer understands the issues with the Adult Center. The map plan may have to change if the Adult Center cannot be included. Member Talluto asked if anything will be done to obtain the properties in Phase C that are not already owned by the City. Mr. Kisela advised that this plan works from the easier sections to the harder areas. He agrees all sections need to be worked simultaneously.

 

Chairman Green thinks it will be difficult with some of the property owners.

 

Mr. Kisela asked that Council/CRA authorize Staff to proceed.

 

Chairman Green asked if the schedule can be compressed regarding the Adult Center. Margaret Roberts, City Attorney, said that will be worked on early because it is a key part of the plan. Chairman Green would like the limits of the Adult Center determined.

 

Motion to authorize Staff to proceed was made by Member Burnette, and Seconded by Member Kennedy. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.

 

ADJOURNMENT: 5:58 p.m.

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                    Chairman Allen Green