May 13, 2015

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May 13, 2015

TOWN OF INDIALANTIC
Brevard County, Florida 32903
REGULAR TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
May 13, 2015 Town Hall
AGENDA NO. 15-08

MINUTES OF A TOWN COUNCIL MEETING HELD IN THE INDIALANTIC TOWN HALL ON MAY 13, 2015

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

ABSENT: Hon. Dick Dunn, Councilmember (Excused)

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

Loren Goldfarb, 320 Deland Avenue, noted problems with the Town’s website and suggested that it be evaluated. The Town Clerk presented an update on the status of the site and was requested to forward any proposals regarding the website to Mr. Goldfarb for review.

Town Attorney Gougelman introduced Attorney Anthony Soroka from his law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole and Bierman and gave a summary of his local government experience.

IV. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mayor Berkman read the following announcements:

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

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

V. CONSENT AGENDA

A. Minutes No. 15-07 – Regular Meeting – April 8, 2015

B. Appointments

1. Civil Service Board – 1 opening. Marlene Waclawski would like to be reappointed. Reappoint Ms. Waclawski

2. Code Enforcement Board – 3 openings. Todd Harrison would like to be reappointed. Reappoint Mr. Harrison

3. Heritage Committee – 1 opening. Anne Kaylor would like to be reappointed. Reappoint Ms. Kaylor

4. Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee – 3 openings. Bill Antonetz and Marge Schwanbeck would like to be reappointed. Reappoint Mr. Antonetz and Ms. Schwanbeck

5. Zoning and Planning Board – 1 opening. Dan Sullivan would like to be reappointed. Reappoint Mr. Sullivan

C. Approval of traffic signal maintenance agreement with FDOT

D. Authorize the Indialantic Boardwalk Triathlon on June 21, 2015 as a special event

E. Authorize requesting the Florida Department of Transportation to enable the closing of a portion of SR-A1A to accommodate the Turtle Krawl

Councilmember Hoffman requested that item D be pulled from the consent agenda.

Deputy Mayor Glass moved to approve items A, B, C and E. Councilmember Greer seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

D. Authorize the Indialantic Boardwalk Triathlon on June 21, 2015 as a special event

Councilmember Hoffman noted that proceeds from the event were previously pledged to help fund the holiday lights but that donations have not been received every year.

Councilmember Hoffman moved to approve the event with the understanding that a donation of $1,000 be made from the proceeds for the holiday lights. Mayor Berkman seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

VI. ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

A. Ordinance 15-03 – amending the Personnel/Civil Service Manual

1. Second reading – by title only

Attorney Gougelman read the ordinance by title only.

2. Public hearing and adoption

There were no public comments.

Deputy Mayor Glass moved to adopt Ordinance 15-03 on second reading. Councilmember Hoffman seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

B. Ordinance 15-04 – re-naming Sunset Park

1. First reading – by title only

Attorney Gougelman read the ordinance by title only.

2. Public hearing and adoption on first reading

Town Manager Chinault presented samples for a new sign to be installed.

There were no public comments.

Councilmember Hoffman moved to approve Ordinance 15-04 on first reading. Mayor Berkman seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

VII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

A. Discussion and possible action regarding the accreditation of the Police Department

This was tabled until later in the meeting.

VIII. NEW BUSINESS

A. Discussion and possible action regarding weekend hours of operation for lawn maintenance companies (Requested by Councilmember Greer)

Councilmember Greer advised that he has received a complaint regarding a commercial lawn service operating before 9 am on Sunday and suggested that a restriction be added to prevent such operations prior to 9 am on Sundays.

Council noted the difficulty with enforcing such a restriction and suggested that the resident who uses the lawn service be contacted to see if the Sunday hours could be adjusted.

B. Discussion and possible action in regard to actions taken by the Town Manager and Police Chief in supporting CBS news (Requested by Mayor Berkman)

Mayor Berkman advised that he had previously notified the Town Manager and Police Chief that there was no advantage to the Town to speak with representatives from “48 Hours” regarding an upcoming broadcast and that the Town took the position to discourage employees from talking with them. He advised that he later found out that at least one employee was interviewed and stated that he did not feel that his direction was followed. He also stated that previous instruction regarding an independent assessment of the Police Department has not been followed.

Deputy Mayor Glass stated that he felt communication was the issue.

The following members of the public spoke:

Dallas Henninger, 240 Eighth Avenue
Ann Bernick – 151 Miami Avenue
Loren Goldfarb – 320 Deland Avenue
Louis Postma – 112 Fourth Avenue

Mayor Berkman noted his concerns that the Manager was not receptive to some of Council’s directions and stated that he should be more proactive.

Deputy Mayor Glass recommended that this discussion be continued until the June meeting when Councilmember Dunn would be present.

Council agreed to add an agenda item to the June meeting to discuss possible action regarding terminating the Town Manager’s employment contract.

Discussion and possible action regarding the accreditation of the Police Department

Mayor Berkman and Town Manager Chinault discussed their interactions with Tim Elder relating to the accreditation of the Police Department noting different interpretations of Mr. Elder’s comments.

Mayor Berkman advised that he will contact Mr. Elder for a proposal on providing an assessment of the Department for Council’s approval noting that an analysis of the physical plant will not be included.

IX. ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

A. Report from Town Manager
Statistical Reports – April, 2015

Town Manager Chinault advised that ABC Liquors has purchased the Gina Realty property on N. Miramar and updated the Council on a pipe failure on South Ramona and the new generator.

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

X. REPORTS

A. Mayor Berkman had no report.

B. Deputy Mayor Glass

He and Fire Chief Flamm attended a community meeting with administrators of Indialantic Elementary and Hoover Jr. High.

C. Councilmember Dunn was not present.

D. Councilmember Greer had no report.

E. Councilmember Hoffman received an update on the requested crosswalk on A-1-A and advised that a car show is being held in the shopping center to support Honor Flight.

XI. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 pm.

TOWN OF INDIALANTIC

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Dave Berkman
Mayor

ATTEST: _____________¬¬¬______________
Laura Eaton
Town Clerk