CRA BOARD MEETING

November 7, 2016

7:00 PM

 

CRA Board Members Present:

Shirley Groover Bryant, Presiding Officer

Harold Smith, Chair

Tamara Cornwell, Vice Chair

Jonathan Davis

Brian Williams

Tambra Varnadore

 

Staff Present:

Mark Barnebey, City Attorney

Jim Freeman, City Clerk

Allen Tusing, Public Works Director

Scott Tyler, Chief of Police

Amber Foley, Assistant City Clerk

 

Mayor Bryant opened the CRA Board meeting at 9:13 p.m.

 

1.  CRA BOARD AGENDA APPROVAL

 

Motion:      Mrs. Cornwell moved, Mr. Davis seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to approve the November 7, 2016 CRA Board Agenda with the addition of the consideration of restricting affordable housing incentives located at Property ID#2580010409 AND #2580010509 as item 4.A.

 

2.  PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

 

3.  CRA CONSENT AGENDA

            A. September 12, 2016 Minutes                                                                                     

            B. Resolution 2016-03 EPA Brownfield-Edenfield Grant                                                  

            C. Blalock Walters Legal Bills                                                                                        

            D. O’Reilly Auto Part General Commercial Incentives Agreement                                     

                       

Motion:            Mr. Davis moved, Mrs. Cornwell seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to approve the November 7, 2016 CRA Board Consent Agenda with the removal of item 3.B. for discussion.

 

3.B. Resolution 2016-03 EPA Brownfield Edenfield Grant Discussion:

Mr. Burton explained that the CRA/City is one of five communities to receive the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to remove dirt and replace with clean fill; this will remove the property from the EPA list.  The CRA will expend $40 thousand to receive $200 thousand from the EPA.  $85 thousand has been budgeted towards the grant property to allow for anything else that may need to be done to the site before the end of the fiscal year.

 

Mr. Davis exited the meeting at 9:20 p.m.

 

Motion:            Mrs. Cornwell moved, Mr. Williams seconded, and the motion carried 4-0 to adopt Resolution 2016-03.  Mr. Davis was absent for the vote.

 

Mr. Davis returned at 9:21 p.m.

 

4.  CRA DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS

Mr. Burton has had some inquiries regarding incentivizing senior affordable housing in the Haben Boulevard area.  If this is not something the Board is interested in, he is requesting a motion made to not allow the CRA to incentivize that type of property.

 

He informed the Board that he and staff are currently working on a Store Front Grant (SFG) that would like to include paving to match the low impact design (LID) pavers the City has.  There will be no help from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).  The property owner would also like to install lights to match the lights the City has installed as well.  Mr. Burton is requesting confirmation from the Board that these two types of enhancements will be considered improvements and can be incentivized under the SFG program.  There are a total of three SFG for three different buildings.  Consensus of the Board was to allow incentivizing of the lights and the LID pavers.

 

4.A. Riviera West, LLC PID#2580010409 and #2580010509 (added):

Mr. Burton stated that, based on the discussions at the Commission meeting, the Board can make a motion to not allow the CRA to incentivize affordable housing at this specific location. 

 

Motion:            Mr. Williams moved, Mr. Davis seconded, and the motion carried 5-0 to not allow the CRA to incentivize affordable housing at PID#2580010409 and #25810509.

 

5.  PRESIDING OFFICER’S COMMENTS

Mayor Bryant commented on the progress of the project along the gateway; she is pleased with how it is coming along.

 

6.  CRA BOARD MEMBERS’ COMMENTS

Mrs. Cornwell—expressed her excitement with the projects going on at Riverside East and West.  Mr. Burton will bring an update to the next Board meeting regarding the progress.

 

Mayor Bryant adjourned the meeting at 9:32 p.m.

 

Minutes approved: December 19, 2016

 

James R. Freeman

 

James R. Freeman

City Clerk