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Tampa City Council
Thursday, November 16, 2006
8:30 a.m. CRA Meeting


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(8:54 a.m.)
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Good morning.
[Sounding gavel]
The Community Redevelopment Agency is now called to
order.
Roll call, please.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Here.
>>GWEN MILLER: Here.

>>KEVIN WHITE: Here.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Here.
Mr. Huey, you're up.
>>MARK HUEY: (Off microphone)
This year we have budgeted about $650,000.
Our purpose this morning is to approve an interlocal
agreement that will authorize city staff to expertise
this program on behalf of the CRA.
I'm going to turn it over to Sal who is going to lead
you through the document.
We have Ed Johnson here to answer questions, Cindy
miller from housing department, as well as Diana Hart
from the neighborhood to answer any questions.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Mr. Territo.
Starting with the resolution, the only change we made
from the last one that you received is in the last
recital, the last whereas clause.
We added languages that says to provide new housing or
to serve both purposes, to provide assistance for a
larger group of eligible participants.
And then we changed the low income because we do have
a provision in our regular housing programs that

allows us to get assistance to people up to 120% of
the area median income.
So we added that language in there to make sure that
was clear that we could do that with this program.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Good.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Looks good.
We on council and the CRA see this in bits and pieces.
We see funding here.
We see approval here.
And I think we would benefit from a big picture look
at how we are doing, or how we have done, let's say,
this past fiscal year in terms of housing.
I'd like to look at how many -- the variety of
programs that we offer.
And I guess this is mostly directed toward Cindy
because she's in charge.
>> Cindy Miller, growth management development
services.
I believe a couple of weeks ago there was a motion
from council to submit a year-end report.
So I believe that is due the first meeting of
December.

So I have a written report and then be available for
questions that you may have on that report.
>> Thank you.
That is absolutely excellent.
But I know as part of our CRA activity one of the
things we have done is we had properties that were
trying to allow people to go and redevelop.
We have a variety of activities.
So in addition to your report, I think perhaps with
CRA we should ask Mr. Huey to give us sort of a
parallel report, not right now, but at a date in the
future, perhaps next month's meeting.
Because I know we have some things in Drew Park, we
have some things going on, and Ybor City.
We have a part of different levels of housing
initiatives.
And it would be helpful, I think, as sort of an
overview of where we are.
We would --
>>> We are planning to do a year round CRA to the
board and emphasis the housing program as part of
that.

>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Thank you.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Any other questions?
I would like a motion.
>>> On the interlocal agreement itself we made the
same recital languages to make them correspond with
one another.
The only other change we did was on item number 5,
page 2 of the interlocal agreement.
It required the city and the CRA to cancel the
contract.
We changed that to either the city or the CRA.
Since they are the same people.
But there was a concern that one or the other should
be allowed to do that.
>>GWEN MILLER: Mr. Dingfelder.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: I had a question on that item.
Item number 5 in the change.
If we are just going to leave it open like that until
canceled by the city or the CRA, but it doesn't talk
about, you know, for due cause, or any conditions.
>> There's nothing different.
It's simply allowing us to use the money.

The problem we were having in the past, we had the
city signing the agreement, the CRA, and the city has
authorized the city to sign on your behalf.
As far as cancellation, it's in your control.
You're the CRA, and the City Council.
So it shouldn't be a problem on cancellation.
There isn't anything in there that calls for
provision.
>>JOHN DINGFELDER: Move the resolution.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: We have a motion.
>> Second.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: All in favor please indicate by saying
Aye.
(Motion carried).
Okay.
The motion is passed.
Mr. Huey, anything else?
>>MARK HUEY: No other official business.
I did want to acknowledge -- Kevin and Rose is not
here, their last CRA.
Badness for us.
Good news for you as you are moving onto the county.

Thank you for all you have done to support the efforts
of the city.
I know you have met monthly on the progress in East
Tampa.
And we know you will keep us accountable to progress
in East Tampa.
And we look forward to giving you lots of updates on
our continued progress.
So thank you.
Thanks Rose who is not here as well.
She's also done a lot for redevelopment efforts.
We appreciate both of your leaderships in that regard.
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: You all scheduled a really
excellent tour for the CRA members of Drew Park a
couple of months ago.
And I thought we said we were going to do this on an
ongoing basis.
I wonder if we have another one scheduled.
>>MARK HUEY: The tour for Drew Park is part of our
strategic action plan that we are working on for Drew
Park.
It's currently in internal review.

I know the comment was helpful.
We would like to schedule more of those reviews, sort
of tours.
One CRA at a time.
Is that what you think?
>>LINDA SAUL-SENA: Yes.
I think it's really valuable to see projects that we
have approved, projects that we are considering in the
future.
And I know that Mr. Johnson's staff members, East
Tampa --
>>> East Tampa could be our next one.
We would be glad to.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: When are we planning to get the
strategic action plan on Drew Park?
>>> It is presently finishing its internal review.
I know we updated you regularly on that.
My hope is that we will be able, before year end, to
get it to the advisory board, Drew Park, that's our
goal.
And I believe we'll be able to accomplish that.
We are wanting to make sure that all of the various

city departments who have been working on the plan are
supportive of its recommendation before it goes to the
mayor.
You as a board, you will get it before it goes
actually to the advisory committee.
We'll make sure that you have a copy of it.
Our goal is to be able to get to the our advisory
group in Drew Park prior to year end.
>> After we get the strategic action plan and the
advisory board, will there be changes in there to send
to the Planning Commission or have they already done
that?
>>MARK HUEY: there are recommendations relating to
land use and zoning that are part of the planned
recommendation.
That's actually one of the things we are discussing
internally, to make sure we are comfortable with the
consultant's recommendation.
And then we'll see if you as a board, CRA board and
council, are comfortable.
But, yes, ultimately there would be a requirement, if
the consultant's recommendations were embraced, to do

a comp plan change in a portion of Drew Park, and
subsequently zoning.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Anything else to come before the
board?
Then we are adjourned.
Thank you very much.
>>> Yes.
Ed would like to introduce a new staff member.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Mr. Johnson.
Sorry, I didn't see you there.
>>> Good morning.
I would just like to take a moment to recognize and
introduce the two new members of our East Tampa staff,
Lorna Austin and Kerry, joined our team in the last
month.
And looking forward to working with you in the future.
>>MARY ALVAREZ: Very good.
Thank you, Mr. Johnson.
Welcome.
Okay.
We are adjourned.
(CRA meeting adjourned)