September 18, 2012

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September 18, 2012

TOWN OF INDIALANTIC
Brevard County, Florida 32903
REGULAR TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
September 18, 2012 Town Hall
MINUTES NO. 12-14

MINUTES OF A TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE INDIALANTIC TOWN HALL ON AUGUST 21, 2012

PRESENT: Hon. Dave Berkman, Mayor
Hon. Loren Goldfarb, Deputy Mayor
Hon. Stuart Glass, Councilmember
Hon. Randy Greer, Councilmember
Hon. Jill Hoffman, Councilmember
Bob Wattwood, Acting 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. FINAL PUBLIC HEARING ON TENTATIVE 2012-2013 MILLAGE RATE AND BUDGET

A. Resolution 12-08 – Adoption of millage rate for 2012-2013

1. Announcement – the millage rate to be levied for the Town of Indialantic is 6.7395 which is the roll back rate

2. Public hearing – there were no public comments.

3. Adoption

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb moved to adopt Resolution 12-08. Councilmember Glass seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

B. Resolution 12–09 – Adoption of the 2013 budget with a General Fund budget in the amount of $3,190,668 and a total budget of $4,066,736

1. Public hearing – there were no public comments.

2. Adoption
Mayor Berkman suggested that Council consider offering a cost of living increase to employees who have worked for the Town for at least a year. He recommended a cap of $1,0000 and noted that employees have not received increases in several years.

It was noted that members of the PBA would have to agree and that four new employees in the union would not be eligible for the increase.

After discussion, Council agreed to add this to the October agenda.

IV. PUBLIC

There were no public comments.

V. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Town Clerk read the following announcements:

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

B. There will be openings, including reappointments, on the Code Enforcement Board, Heritage Committee, Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee and Zoning and Planning Board in October

C. Incumbents Mayor David Berkman, Loren Goldfarb, Council Seat 2, and Stu Glass, Council Seat 4, are unopposed in the November 6, 2012 election

VI. CONSENT AGENDA

A. Minutes No. 12-12 – Regular Meeting – August 21, 2012

B. Minutes No. 12-13 – Special Meeting – September 4, 2012

C. Approval of 2013 art show on January 19 and 20, 2013 in Nance Park

D. Approval of the pest control bid and award of contract to TruGreen LP in the amount of $8,370 per year

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb moved to remove item D and to approve A, B and C. Mayor Berkman seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

D. Approval of the pest control bid and award of contract to TruGreen LP in the amount of $8,370 per year

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb received information on the bid process and length of the contract.

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb moved to approve item D. Mayor Berkman seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

VII. APPOINTMENTS

A. Civil Service Board – 1 opening. Irene Quilleux would like to be reappointed

Mayor Berkman moved to reappoint Ms. Quilleux. Deputy Mayor Goldfarb seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

VIII. ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

A. Ordinance No. 12-14 – Amending Sec. 8-16 relating to disposal of garden trash

1. Second reading – by title only

Attorney Wattwood read the ordinance by title only.

2. Public hearing and adoption

John B. MacNeill, 1320 S. Riverside Drive, spoke in favor of placing more emphasis on preventing people from blowing yard trash into the streets.

Councilmember Hoffman moved to adopt Ordinance 12-14. Councilmember Greer seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

B. Ordinance No. 12-16 – Amending Sec. 15-18.1(e)(1) relating to metered parking

1. First reading – by title only

Attorney Wattwood read the ordinance by title only.

2. Public hearing and adoption on first reading

There were no public comments.

Councilmember Glass moved to adopt Ordinance 12-16 on first reading. Deputy Mayor Goldfarb seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

C. Ordinance No. 12-17 – Amending Sec. 15-23 – Penalties for parking violations

1. First reading – by title only

Attorney Wattwood read the ordinance by title only.

2. Public hearing and adoption on first reading

There were no public comments.

Councilmember Glass moved to adopt Ordinance 12-17 on first reading. Councilmember Greer seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

IX. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A. Discussion and possible action regarding accepting credit card payments (continued from the August 21, 2012 meeting)

Council discussed providing the option for accepting credit card payments and agreed that it would be beneficial to the Town to provide this service.

Staff was requested to review various providers and report back to Council at the October meeting.

B. Status report – windmills

Council reviewed input from the Zoning and Planning Board regarding a resident’s interest in having a windmill on his property as an alternative energy source.

John B. MacNeill, Chairman of the Zoning and Planning Board, advised that the Board is still reviewing the issue with input from Jim LaRue, the Town’s Planner.

After discussion regarding the limits recommended by the Board, Council agreed to take no further action.

X. NEW BUSINESS

A. Discussion and possible action regarding an employee satisfaction survey (continued from the August 21, 2012 meeting)

Council reviewed the three sample surveys and noted that the questions were very subjective.

Dick Dunn, 330 Tampa Avenue, stated that the survey should identify any personnel problems and that Council could then develop an action plan to resolve them.

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb recommended that the survey be limited to five multiple choice questions and allow employees to provide general areas of concern and/or satisfaction. He agreed to provide a sample survey at the October Council meeting for approval.

B. Discussion of fundraising opportunity offered by Andretti Thrill Park (Requested by Deputy Mayor Goldfarb) (continued from the August 21, 2012 meeting)

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb advised that the Park teams with nonprofit agencies for fundraising opportunities and requested input from Council.

Town Manager Chinault suggested that funds raised could be used for play equipment in Orlando Park.

Deputy Mayor Goldfarb will contact the Park for more detailed information relating to the time frame to schedule an event.

C. Discussion and possible action regarding the boardwalk renovation and Tampa Avenue crossover

Mayor Berkman and Town Manager Chinault gave background information on the status of the boardwalk renovation and the condition of the Tampa Avenue crossover.

Mayor Berkman requested that crossover be renovated and that a seating area be added.

The Town Manager advised that there is approximately $9,900 available for an additional project and noted that permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection would be required.

Lisa Peters, 164 Tampa Avenue, and Peter Ince, volunteered to help with the permitting procedure.

Council agreed to provide a sidewalk and replace the steps and rails at the Tampa crossover.

D. Discussion and possible action regarding a voter exit survey

Council reviewed a sample voter exit survey. It was the consensus that the survey should address only the question relating to a millage increase to build the Town’s reserves.

The following members of the public spoke on the issue:

Dick Dunn, 330 Tampa Avenue
Vince Benevente, 427 Oakland Avenue
Peter Ince, 139 Eighth Avenue

Council agreed that volunteers would be used to canvas residents as they exited the polling place and will review a revised survey at the October meeting.

E. Discussion of health insurance benefits

Council reviewed a comparison of insurance benefits offered by other governmental agencies in the County and noted that the Town’s benefits were in line with the other agencies. It was recommended that the Town Manager contact other municipalities regarding the possibility of combining insurance coverage to lower premium costs.

XI. ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

A. Report from Town Manager
Statistical Reports – September, 2012

B. Report from Town Attorney – Attorney Wattwood had no report.

XII. REPORTS

A. Mayor Berkman had no report.

B. Deputy Mayor Goldfarb had no report.

C. Councilmember Glass had no report.

D. Councilmember Greer received information regarding a recent storm drainpipe failure and noted that the Town needs to look at future funding for repairs.

E. Councilmember Hoffman advised that the Holiday Lights committee is continuing its fundraising efforts.

XIII. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 9:15 pm.

TOWN OF INDIALANTIC

____________________________
David Berkman
Mayor

ATTEST: _____________________
Laura Eaton, CMC
Town Clerk