Town Manager’s Report

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Town Manager’s Report
  1. Melbourne Causeway: FDOT has included in the Tentative Five-Year Transportation Plan replacing the easternmost relief bridge (bridge number 700037) and the parallel pair of relief bridges (bridge numbers 700173 & 700175), which are east of the Ernest Kouwen-Hoven Bridge on US-192.  The plan includes monies in FY-06 for design and monies in FY-10 ($8.223 million) for construction.  For the tentative FDOT Five-Year Plan the construction cost has been projected at $15.7 million.  The Brevard County Causeway Vulnerability Study will impact this project but it appears that the Indian River Lagoon North Restoration Feasibility Study will not.  A temporary bridge will be constructed south of the existing bridge, which will protrude about 45 feet south of US-192 along Douglas Park.  Staff has requested that a separated 10-foot bike path be constructed on the bridges for traffic moving in both directions and four-foot bike lanes along the outer lanes of the new bridges.  It is expected that the current pedestrian and bicycle traffic thruways will be maintained during construction.  Preliminary plans provided by FDOT’s consultant on 2/28/07 reflect six-foot wide temporary bike/pedestrian bridges along the south side of the causeway south of the westernmost relief bridge and the easternmost relief bridge.  The project proposes to have a five foot wide protected sidewalk along the north side of the westernmost relief bridge and an eight foot wide protected sidewalk along the south side of the easternmost relief bridge.  A public meeting was held 6/11/07 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church from 5 to 7 pm.  The FDOT Proposed Five-Year Plan for FY-10 through FY-14 reflects no change in year for replacing these three relief bridges; however, the amount included in the budget is $15.875 million.  Technical proposals are due to FDOT by December 22, 2009.  FDOT expects to issue a notice to proceed in early March, 2010.  (11/17/09)
  2. Beach Re-nourishment Project:  The Army Corps of Engineers issued the bid for beach re-nourishment to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock.  The project is expected to start the week of December 21, 2009, and last until sea turtle nesting season begins. This effort is expected to widen the beach consistent with the width enjoyed after the first beach re-nourishment effort in 2003.  Prior to the 2003 effort the Town had to close dune crossovers due to sand being washed away from the bottom of the beach side of the crossover steps.  Staging areas will be the dune cut in the vicinity of Watson Drive, east of SR-A1A, and state land, east of SR-A1A, across from Ocean Terrace.  (11/17/09)
  3. Orlando Park: The see saw was removed due to a significant member of the apparatus rusting which caused the item to be inoperable.  Public Works had a new piece fabricated and reinstalled the see saw.  (11/17/09)
  4. Orlando Park:  A bay tree that appeared to have laurel wilt fungus died and was removed from the east side of the park.  (11/17/09)
  5. Storm Sewer Pipe:  Storm sewer pipe under S. Shannon Avenue at Ninth Avenue that demonstrated failure (i.e. a hole in the top of the metal pipe) was replaced.  The contractor also replaced an eight-foot section of failing pipe at the northwest corner of S. Ramona Avenue and Melbourne Avenue.  (11/17/09)
  1. Comprehensive Plan/Evaluation & Appraisal Report (EAR): A workshop for the public and Zoning & Planning Board to provide input for development of the EAR to meet State requirements was held on February 27, 2007.  On August 28, the Z & P authorized transmitting the EAR to DCA for informal review and to Council, which adopted the EAR on November 20, 2007.  The Town has until May 20, 2009 to adopt the EAR based amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.  Council agreed on November 18, 2008, to have the planning consultant prepare the EAR based amendments.  The consultant presented the amendments to the Zoning & Planning Board on May 26, 2009.  The EAR based amendments were approved on June 16, 2009, and then sent to DCA.  Council will consider final adoption of the amendments on November 17, 2009.  (11/17/09)
  2. SR-A1A Outfall @ Watson Drive: The County is attempting to decrease the amount of SR-A1A street right-of-way water than runs onto the beach.  They plan to place permeable pipes parallel to the existing pipe that runs along Watson Drive from SR-A1A to the beach.  The improvement is needed to ensure that the Town will be eligible to receive beach sand in the future.  The County expects to begin work after the first of the year installing the pipes in Watson Drive east of SR-A1A or placed within the grass portion of Sunrise Park.  Concerns especially regarding access to and from the Indialantic One condominiums have been conveyed to the County.  (10/20/09)
  3. Dispatch Services:  The Town currently dispatches police and fire/rescue services to the residents.  The County has undertaken a study to determine if it is feasible to have a unified dispatch center with all dispatch services coming from that center.  Town staff has opposed this unification due to the expectation that new dispatch personnel will be less familiar with the Town and Town residents.  Additionally, the centralization will result in there not being a person in Town Hall at all times.  A partial centralization might occur with Melbourne and Palm Bay joining in a united dispatch service and the Sheriff’s Department and County Fire/Rescue joining in a united dispatch service.  (06/16/09)
  4. Fire Station Hazard Mitigation Grant:  A $35,000 grant application was submitted for FEMA Hazard Mitigation money available to the County from TS Fay to harden the station bay doors and shutter the windows ($26,250 FEMA/$8,750 local).  FEMA approved the grant project, which was ranked #1 by the Local Mitigation Strategy Steering Committee, on October 28, 2009.  (11/17/09)
  5. Artificial Surfing Reef:  The County conducted a feasibility study regarding the construction of an artificial surfing reef.  The following three sites were considered:  south of the Cocoa Beach pier, east of Lori Wilson Park, and east of Sunrise Park.  The study does not appear to project that, based on cost, the construction of such a reef made of geotextile with sand filled containers (design and permitting cost of $.46 million and construction cost of $5.65 million) and with a useful life of 25 years is feasible.  The study’s intent was to determine if there could be a benefit to surf conditions and a reduction in beach erosion.  (11/18/08)
  6. Parking: The Knights of Columbus have secured approval from Gina Realty, the owner of Lots 12 through 15, Block 65 (bounded by SR-A1A to the east, 2nd Avenue to the north and 3rd Avenue to the south), to utilize the property as a parking lot during the Art and Craft festivals.  This is being considered as a fund-raising opportunity for the K of C.  They currently use the property to sell trees in November/December each year.  Council previously approved the use of the property for the selling of Christmas trees.  The Knights of Columbus will present a formal request that will go to Council for consideration.  (06/16/09)
  7. Web Site:  The vendor provided on February 17, 2009, an agreement to provide services toward a new web site for the Town as well as to provide hosting services.  The agreement is being restructured and technical information is being secured.  The Town was advised on August 26th that support personnel intended by the vendor to provide this service were no longer available to her and that she would not be able to enter into an agreement with the Town to provide the service.   A different vendor has approved the agreement was executed with a copy sent to the vendor on October 20, 2009.  (10/20/09)
  8. Solar/ArcStar: Three documents were provided to the Town on September 2, 2008, with one of them calling for an exclusive easement to be provided to ArcStar.  Mr. Draa was advised that consideration of these documents would be a much longer process in that the Town Code (i.e. Section 11-5.5) requires voter determination for Council to consider giving away any interest in Town property.  (9/16/08)  Some substitute documents have been provided.  (10/21/08)
  9. TS Fay:  The State notified the Town that it is not recommending funding the full amount for the replacement of the failed storm drain pipe under S. Ramona Avenue immediately north of Orlando Boulevard.  The State believes a patch to be sufficient.  BSE prepared a response that was included in the Town’s appeal to DEM on April 21st.   FEMA has indicated approval of the Town’s appeal, which should result in the addition of $12,287 to the Town.  (09/15/09)
  10. Stimulus Projects:  The Florida League of Cities conducted a survey of member jurisdictions for the National League of Cities requesting information regarding projects that can start quickly.  Based on the request, a list of projects that can commence quickly was submitted—i.e. construction of 800 linear feet of pipe to connect 6th Avenue to 9th Avenue along S. Riverside Drive for storm water drainage purposes at an estimated cost of $100,000; replacing 40,000 linear feet of existing storm water drainage pipe at an estimated cost of $3.6 million; and South Reach Beach Renourishment (requested to be included in the list by Brevard County) at an estimated cost of $15 million.  The Orlando Boulevard portion of the existing storm water drainage pipe project, which comprises about 20 to 25 percent of the pipe system, was explored as a possible water quality improvement project should grant money be available for water quality improvements.  The projected cost is $2.13 million factoring in certain Federal requirements. Water quality money is being channeled into loan efforts.  (03/17/09)
  11. Fifth Avenue:  FDOT responded to the Town’s request for consideration of having YIELD paddle signs installed at pedestrian crossings on US-192.  FDOT determined not to install these signs noting that it tries to use signs sparingly and that the paddle signs are not appropriate for raised landscaped medians, which serve as a refuge for pedestrians.  (11/17/09)
  12. Orlando Park:  The FRDAP application for $50,000, which was approved by Council, was sent to FDEP on September 1, 2009.  The application is intended to provide improved park access at the northeast and southeast corners of the park as well as providing for additional play items.  (09/15/09)
  13. Mast Arms:  The base of the mast arm signal at the southeast corner of Riverside Drive and Fifth Avenue will be replaced shortly.  A motorist collided with the base and broke it.  A new one was ordered and has already been paid for by the motorist’s insurance carrier.  It is to be delivered November 12, 2009. (10/20/09)
  14. Nance Park:  Portions of the Fun Semble play item in Nance Park have been broken.  Replacement parts have been ordered and will be installed by Public Works personnel.  (10/20/09)