December 16, 2010

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December 16, 2010

TOWN OF INDIALANTIC
Brevard County, Florida 32903
REGULAR TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
December 16, 2010 Town Hall
MINUTES NO. 11-04

MINUTES OF A REGULAR TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE INDIALANTIC TOWN HALL ON DECEMBER 16, 2010

PRESENT: Hon. Dave Berkman, Mayor
Hon. Loren Goldfarb, Deputy Mayor
Hon. Chris Campbell, Councilmember
Hon. Stuart Glass, Councilmember
Hon. Randy Greer, Councilmember
Paul Gougelman, Town Attorney
Christopher W. Chinault, Town Manager
Laura Eaton, Town Clerk

This meeting was tape recorded. Records are indexed and filed for ready reference where such have been summarized in typed minutes.

I. CALL TO ORDER AT 7:00 PM

Mayor Berkman called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. PUBLIC

A. Presentation of checks to the Nature Conservancy and the Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee from the Witch Way 5k Committee

Mayor Berkman presented a check representing half of the proceeds from the Witch Way 5K Race to Ann Birch, Anne Mayer and Carl Greene of the Brevard office of the Nature Conservancy. The proceeds were split with the Town’s Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee. Bernie Gott, Cathy Berkman, Andee McCoy, Brooke Deratany Goldfarb and Larry Michelson were present representing the Committee.

B. Eligere – 2011 Legislative issues – Matt Dupree

Mr. Dupree requested that Council provide a list of issues it wishes to to be addressed to the state legislature during the up coming year.

Councilmember Campbell noted that the Space Coast League of Cities is unhappy with the raiding of the transportation retirement system fund.

Council agreed to present a list to Mr. Dupree.

C. Others

Howard Cohen and his family presented posters of snowmen and snow flakes as alternatives for the Town’s holiday decorations. Mayor Berkman noted that he had received letters from Mr. Cohen and his daughter Brooke requesting more holiday neutral decorations. Mayor Berkman requested that this be added to the January agenda for discussion.

IV. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Town Clerk read the following announcements:

A. There are currently openings, including reappointments, on the Board of Adjustment, Civil Service Board, Code Enforcement Board, Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee and Zoning and Planning Board

B. There will be openings, including reappointments, on the Budget and Finance Committee, Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee, and Zoning and Planning Board in January

C. Town Hall will be closed December 23rd and 24th for Christmas and December 31st for New Year’s

V. CONSENT AGENDA

A. Minutes No. 11-03 – Regular Meeting – November 16, 2010

B. Approval of a Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) application in the amount of $1,387

C. Sanction the 2011 Witch Way 5k to be held on October 15, 2011 and approve banner placement

D. Approve setting the date for the 2011 Halloween Party for October 29, 2011

E. Approval to change the January 21, 2011 Friday at Fifth to July 15, 2011 and sanction it as a special event

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb moved to approve the consent agenda. Councilmember Campbell seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

VI. APPOINTMENTS

A. Board of Adjustment – 3 openings. Bud Evans and Doug Wright would like to be reappointed

Mayor Berkman moved to reappoint Mr. Evans and Mr. Wright. Councilmember Campbell seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

B. Civil Service Board – 1 opening. Charles Allsopp would like to be reappointed

Councilmember Campbell moved to reappoint Mr. Allsopp. Councilmember Glass seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

C. Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee – 3 openings. JoAnne Nadeau would like to be reappointed

Councilmember Campbell moved to reappoint Ms. Nadeau. Deputy Mayor Goldfarb seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

D. Zoning Board – 3 openings. Rick Bertel, John B. MacNeill and Mike McCabe would like to be reappointed

Councilmember Greer moved to reappoint Mr. Bertel, Mr. MacNeill and Mr. McCabe. Councilmember Campbell seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

VII. ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

A. Ordinance 11-02 – Amending Sec. 17-106.3(5) relating to political signs

1. Second reading – by title only

The Town Clerk read the ordinance by title only.

2. Public hearing and adoption

Councilmember Campbell moved to adopt Ordinance 11-02. Councilmember Glass seconded.

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb would like to see the clutter of signs lessened in the Town.

A roll call vote on the motion to adopt Ordinance 11-02 carried with Mayor Berkman, Councilman Campbell and Councilman Glass voting “aye” and Deputy Mayor Goldfarb and Councilman Greer voting “nay.”

B. Ordinance 11-03 – Amending the Comprehensive Plan relating to the Public School Facility Element and the Capital Improvement Element

1. First reading – by title only

The Town Clerk read the ordinance by title only.

2. Public hearing and adoption on first reading

There were no public comments.

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb moved to approve Ordinance 11-03. Councilman Campbell seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

VIII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A. Discussion and possible action regarding planning for the 2011 Halloween party (Requested by Mayor Berkman)

Scott Smith, 321 Seventh Avenue, discussed the scope of responsibilities for planning the party and stated that he would like to be the sole coordinator. Mr. Smith advised that he updated the haunted house from previous years with volunteer help and some donations.

Town Manager Chinault advised that he would provide a budget with a break down of expenses at the January meeting.

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb stated that this should be a self-funded event and suggested getting more sponsors to help cover the costs and possibly asking participants for donations at the event.

IX. NEW BUSINESS

A. Prioritization of TCC items

Mayor Berkman presented a spreadsheet of recommendations from the Town Centre Committee as prioritized by Council members. He noted that low rated items (highlighted in red) will not be addressed and requested that each Council member select one of the highly rated items (highlighted in green) to work on.

Council members agreed as follows:

· Deputy Mayor Goldfarb – a welcome monument
· Mayor Berkman – large planters
· Councilmember Campbell – parking plan
· Councilmember Glass – lighting
· Councilmember Greer – landscaping on 4th, 5th and 6th avenues and the median

It was noted that Town Manager Chinault is reviewing the sign ordinance for discussion with the Zoning and Planning Board.

Council requested that the Committee provide a contact sheet to staff and that the Committee be advised of individual Council members’ area of concentration.

B. Discussion and possible action regarding the local option tax exemption for low income seniors (Requested by Councilmember Greer)

Councilmember Greer advised that he has been requested by residents to look into the additional homestead exemption option for certain senior citizens. Town Manager Chinault gave background information on the local option.

Councilmember Greer moved to have an ordinance prepared allowing for the local option low income senior exemption. Deputy Mayor Goldfarb seconded. Motion carried with Mayor Berkman, Deputy Mayor Goldfarb, Councilmember Glass and Councilmember Greer for “aye” and Councilmember Campbell voting “nay”.

X. ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

A. Report from Town Manager
Statistical Reports – November, 2010

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb requested that dates denoting updates be kept in the Manager’s report.

B. Report from Town Attorney – Attorney Gougelman wished everyone a happy holiday

XI. REPORTS

A. Mayor Berkman had no report.

B. Deputy Mayor Goldfarb wished everyone a happy new year.

C. Councilmember Campbell wished everyone a happy holiday.

D. Councilmember Glass noted that the South Beaches Coalition will be having a meeting January 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm. Representative Posey will be holding an Entrepreneurial Summit on January 11, 2011 at 8:30 am at the TRDA Business Innovation Center.

E. Councilmember Greer noted that the EPA has published new regulations and that he would like to review them in the future.

XII. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm.
TOWN OF INDIALANTIC

____________________________
David Berkman
Mayor

ATTEST: _____________________
Laura Eaton, CMC
Town Clerk