Tampa City CRA
Thursday, February 14, 2013
9:00 a.m. session
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09:06:00 >>FRANK REDDICK: Good morning.
09:06:02 We are going to start with the Community Redevelopment
09:06:05 Agency board meeting.
09:06:08 And I'm going to yield to Councilman Mike Suarez.
09:06:12 >>MIKE SUAREZ: It's my pleasure to introduce our invocation
09:06:17 speaker this morning.
09:06:19 The person that's going to be doing our invocation is
09:06:22 minister Jacqueline Coffey Leaks.
09:06:26 She is a Tampa native and graduated from Hillsborough high
09:06:29 school which my son will hopefully be attending next year.
09:06:31 She attended the University of Florida, received her B.S.
09:06:34 degree and received her degree from Moody Bible Institute,
09:06:39 the mother of three children, Tia, Eric and Keandra and the
09:06:44 daughter of Ronald Coffey, Sr, and Marilyn Streeter, who is
09:06:48 here with us today, too.
09:06:49 She's a member of 34th Street Church of God.
09:06:51 And if anyone remembers that title, it's because that's
09:06:54 where the Reverend Thomas Scott is the pastor, and of course
09:06:58 a former member of this board.
09:07:00 She serves our community in several capacities including
09:07:03 being part of the Mayor's African-American Advisory Council,
09:07:06 and a member of the Tampa Metro Alumnae chapter of Delta
09:07:10 Sigma Theta.
09:07:13 Pastor, thank you for coming over here and please stand for
09:07:15 the invocation and stay standing for the pledge of
09:07:19 >> It is indeed an honor to be here.
09:07:23 Before God.
09:07:23 We thank you for this day.
09:07:25 We thank you for waking us.
09:07:26 We thank you for keeping us.
09:07:28 We ask that you move in a mighty way among this city, that
09:07:31 you bless each council member individually and collectively
09:07:34 as they make decisions about our community.
09:07:36 Keep them and anything, goo guide them in our way that our
09:07:41 city will be blessed.
09:07:42 Help them as they work with our mayor to be in one accord
09:07:46 that nothing will cause strife among them and even if they
09:07:49 disagree that they may agree.
09:07:50 Thank you for their service.
09:07:52 Keep them and all things that they do and bless the City of
09:07:55 Tampa that we may be a city that shines not only in this
09:08:00 place but in the state and in the nation.
09:08:02 Guide us in all things.
09:08:03 And we thank you for giving us one more chance.
09:08:06 In Jesus' name we pray, amen.
09:08:09 [ Pledge of Allegiance ]
09:08:30 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Here muscle.
09:08:37 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Here.
09:08:38 >>HARRY COHEN: Here.
09:08:40 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.
09:08:42 >>FRANK REDDICK: Here.
09:08:43 Got a memo from Councilwoman Mary Mulhern who stated that
09:08:46 she will be unable to attend this morning's CRA meeting.
09:08:49 I want to state that for the record.
09:08:51 All right.
09:08:57 >> Good morning.
09:08:58 I always just like to say that part of being successful is
09:09:01 managing expectations, and I noticed that Mr. Suarez said
09:09:08 nothing about graduating from Hillsborough high school.
09:09:10 So it's all about managing expectations.
09:09:14 As is our custom, we have a chair from one of our advisory
09:09:20 And today we are pleased to have Essie Simms from the East
09:09:25 Tampa advisory board.
09:09:26 >> Thank you, Bob.
09:09:37 Essie Simms, chairman of the Tampa partnership.
09:09:40 Thank you once again for allowing me to stand before you
09:09:43 this morning.
09:09:44 I come with a simple report.
09:09:46 The last time I was here, I thought maybe I was in church
09:09:49 and I kept you too long.
09:09:50 But I promise not to do that today.
09:09:55 The committee has voted on to move forward and to different
09:09:58 initiatives, one in our infrastructure process.
09:10:02 We have approved in the access about $750,000 to bring some
09:10:08 road improvements to East Tampa neighborhoods, as we did
09:10:12 some months ago.
09:10:14 We approved another $300,000 as well in improvements.
09:10:20 We also allocated about $600,000 to our environment
09:10:23 protection officer, and to combat illegal dumping, and to
09:10:28 get him another camera to help in that fight.
09:10:31 We are looking at bringing in some lights into the pond
09:10:36 where many of our residents walk at night.
09:10:38 Hopefully we can eliminate that area as they go around that
09:10:43 22nd street project as you have seen is improving and is
09:10:48 almost in completion.
09:10:51 They have already started on the round-about.
09:10:53 I'm excited about that.
09:10:55 Longing to see when that day and the ribbon is cut.
09:10:58 The Hillsborough and 30th street project that we had
09:11:01 undergoing for about the last year or so has come to
09:11:04 completion, and understand we will be getting a few dollars
09:11:09 back from that project as well, and hopefully as we get
09:11:12 those dollars back, the partnership in this community, to be
09:11:15 very prudent in how we spend our taxpayer dollars.
09:11:20 There are new developments that have come in our area in the
09:11:23 last few months.
09:11:25 We have a business that opened up on the Hillsborough,
09:11:28 O'Reilly auto parts, family center market on Hillsborough
09:11:33 and 46th street.
09:11:38 We are moving forward in our public safety agenda.
09:11:40 We want to thank Chief Castor, Major Burns of East Tampa
09:11:44 district 3 for all the help in helping us with some perilous
09:11:52 things we have, particularly with drugs and crime
09:11:55 And they have been very aggressive in helping us stamp out
09:11:57 some of that stuff.
09:11:58 And I know there's much work to do, and we'll continue to
09:12:01 work with them, and we thank the men and women of blue who
09:12:06 serve each day, who help serve and protect.
09:12:09 Also, our public safety initiative, we had our 2012 first
09:12:16 annual event where we invite all the children of East Tampa
09:12:19 Thank you chairman Reddick for come out and being there to
09:12:24 support us in that initiative.
09:12:25 We will be undergoing a 2013, and I want to at this point
09:12:32 give every one of you an invitation, May 25th.
09:12:36 We would love to have you come out and mingle with our
09:12:39 residents, as well as an opportunity to speak to our
09:12:42 We would love to do so.
09:12:43 This year we hope to have at least 1200 or more.
09:12:47 We want to make it bigger and better.
09:12:49 We gave away 10 bicycles last year, one free laptop.
09:12:53 This year we want to give away about 20 bikes, three laptops
09:12:56 and about $3,000 in gift cards.
09:12:59 We have a clean-up initiative.
09:13:01 You may know me.
09:13:03 I'm not one for just having a conversation just to move
09:13:07 words around.
09:13:08 I'm pretty straight to the point.
09:13:09 We have an issue with beautification in our community.
09:13:14 I ride all over this city.
09:13:16 And I'm disheartened a lot of times in what I see.
09:13:19 It could be a combination of many things that causes an
09:13:23 But what we want to do is rally our residents, challenge our
09:13:27 residents, our business owners to come out on February
09:13:30 23rd of this month, and we will assemble as Cuscaden
09:13:37 We partnered with keep Tampa Bay beautiful on a couple of
09:13:40 initiatives in the past year.
09:13:42 We will be working with them again, as well as 100 USF
09:13:46 students from USF who are doing a black history event, and
09:13:50 they want to come out and help clean our community.
09:13:52 But at the end of the day it's the responsibility of our
09:13:54 association president, our association residents to do a
09:13:59 better job.
09:14:00 We are working on some different initiatives with the new
09:14:03 enhancement department, solid waste, Jake Slater with code
09:14:08 enforcement, as well as environmental protection officer,
09:14:12 and how we get that message across, better for our community
09:14:17 that we need to help as well to help stamp out a lot of the
09:14:20 problems we have.
09:14:23 That's pretty much it other than the fact that I will be
09:14:25 sitting with the mayor the next couple of days to talk over
09:14:30 some of the initiatives and how we can help our community as
09:14:33 I'm often reminded when he speaks at different events when
09:14:37 he says that if there's one part of our city that is down,
09:14:40 that means the whole city is down.
09:14:42 And East Tampa is down.
09:14:43 And if that's the case, then we need to pull owl the
09:14:47 resources, I believe, into our community to bring us up to
09:14:50 that standard as the rest of the community.
09:14:54 I would like to see if we could get $200 million, but that
09:14:57 might not be prudent.
09:14:59 But if you give me 2 million I think I can work with that as
09:15:04 If there is any questions, I our community, as you well
09:15:08 know, with the housing department, throughout this state,
09:15:12 city, many places in the country have a real serious problem
09:15:15 when it comes to resident homes being destroyed, roofs
09:15:21 leaking, things of that nature.
09:15:24 We have had some vigorous debates in the last six months or
09:15:27 We have recently had a document back in 2009 approved by
09:15:33 this ABC for rehab, acquisition, resale.
09:15:37 We understand that didn't go well two years ago.
09:15:40 We recently voted to take those -- recently voted to take
09:15:47 those funds and reallocate them back.
09:15:49 At that time, Councilman Mr. Reddick was onboard to approve
09:15:54 I gave each one of you a document here, e-mail, that was
09:15:58 sent to me by Mr. Johnson, housing, which for CRA on our
09:16:08 house, when rehabilitation is available.
09:16:11 This policy is still valid as written.
09:16:13 I'll stop there.
09:16:15 One of the reasons, what we have now is that this document,
09:16:18 we would like to point back to this agency also to try to
09:16:24 solicit help from the housing department and how do we amend
09:16:28 this document?
09:16:28 There are a few things that need to be amended.
09:16:31 I think we need to take out the language when it talks about
09:16:34 the HOME and SHIP funding because as now we do not have
09:16:39 those agencies now.
09:16:40 We would like to in the future bring that before you for
09:16:43 And as we move forward, I was thankful to hear Ed tell me --
09:16:50 Mr. McDonaugh, thank you -- in the housing line item, we
09:16:54 should move forward and can move forward and try and help.
09:16:59 I shared with Mr. Snelling with the housing department.
09:17:02 If we don't help anybody, then that's more residents going
09:17:06 to be displaced.
09:17:09 Public safety, some issues that are at stake.
09:17:12 I know that the list is long.
09:17:14 I do believe that once the process goes forward that that
09:17:18 1100 people may not be 1100.
09:17:21 We want to try to help somebody today.
09:17:24 If we have 20 residents we can help today.
09:17:27 I think what our community is trying and saying we want to
09:17:30 move forward, because if we have 20 residents displaced in a
09:17:33 home, for lack of TIF funding, that becomes a public safety
09:17:37 issue as well.
09:17:38 At this time, I will field any questions or concerns you may
09:17:41 >>FRANK REDDICK: Mr. Simms, you just stated that you wanted
09:17:49 an amendment, and then you stated that Bob and yesterday
09:17:54 informed you to move forward.
09:17:56 So do you still need an amendment?
09:18:00 >> Well, the document as written still has the language of
09:18:03 how we used to leverage money with SHIP and the HOME
09:18:09 We would have to take that language out and move forward.
09:18:13 That's a house department situation that we work with.
09:18:17 You know, the process could take a long time.
09:18:21 But I believe just taking out a few words shouldn't take
09:18:25 that long.
09:18:26 That's one of the things, again we had a discussion for
09:18:28 quite awhile.
09:18:29 And how do we proceed?
09:18:33 How do we move forward?
09:18:35 We understand, we have the blessings of our mayor, and I
09:18:42 would hope that as I speak with the mayor concerning it, we
09:18:45 will definitely get his blessing as well.
09:18:49 I understand the CRA agency, the agency that oversees our
09:18:55 funding, but I would like to have the blessing of our mayor.
09:18:58 That's why I stated I would like to ask for $200 million.
09:19:01 >> Mr. Johnson, it's stated in this memo received from you,
09:19:10 and he stated that he's prepared to discuss on November 13.
09:19:16 Is this in reference to what Mr. Simms is speaking of?
09:19:20 >> Ed Johnson, CRA manager, City of Tampa.
09:19:25 The document that he's referring to is a program that we had
09:19:28 in place a few years back that was addressing owner occupied
09:19:35 rehabilitation for seniors and low-income individuals.
09:19:38 And it definitely is addressed in the document how we would
09:19:44 leverage our TIF dollars with the Federal HOME and state
09:19:49 SHIP program that would then become eligible for use on each
09:19:53 individual home, and at that time, when obviously
09:19:57 construction prices were a lot higher back in those days for
09:20:01 construction work.
09:20:03 We put approximately $80,000 per home.
09:20:07 That was the maximum that would go into each individual home
09:20:09 that we were rehabbing, and the max that we would take out
09:20:12 of our TIF program was $30,000. So we matched $30,000 from
09:20:17 TIF with funding from SHIP and HOME to make whatever the
09:20:22 need of a house would be up to a maximum of $80,000.
09:20:25 All of that language is written within this document.
09:20:27 So now to go back to a homeowner occupied rehab program,
09:20:33 with no other leveraging opportunity, it would be strictly
09:20:37 TIF dollars, you are going to have to write a new program
09:20:40 that would really spell out how you are going to use those
09:20:43 TIF dollars and how much you are going to allocate per
09:20:46 And that should be clearly defined in that document.
09:20:49 >>FRANK REDDICK: So this is November 13, 2012.
09:20:55 I just saw that.
09:20:57 When do you plan on submitting that to the CAC?
09:21:00 >> Ed Johnson: The CAC has already been in discussion with
09:21:05 the item itself.
09:21:07 And what we have to do now is get our housing department,
09:21:13 because that's who manages the program, who writes the new
09:21:16 program, helps us create the language with that new program.
09:21:21 And just talked last week or so about moving forward.
09:21:24 It's going to probably take a couple of weeks to rewrite
09:21:28 >>FRANK REDDICK: So we have it on the agenda for review at
09:21:33 our next CRA meeting?
09:21:35 >> Yes.
09:21:36 >>FRANK REDDICK: What month is it, February?
09:21:38 So March.
09:21:39 Is it possible we would have that for March 14th?
09:21:42 >> I don't see that being a problem.
09:21:45 >>HARRY COHEN: So moved.
09:21:51 >>FRANK REDDICK: Moved by Councilman Cohen, seconded by
09:21:57 Councilman Miranda.
09:21:57 All those in favor of the motion?
09:22:01 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Can we have discussion first?
09:22:05 This is going to be pertaining, since the motion is on the
09:22:10 floor, I would like the motion to include, since Mr. Johnson
09:22:13 did correctly mention that housing has to be part of this
09:22:15 conversation, they are the ones who really are the center of
09:22:20 this discussion, along with Mr. McDonaugh and the economic
09:22:25 development department.
09:22:26 I would request that Mr. Snelling or one of his staff
09:22:28 members from the housing department be here since we don't
09:22:31 have a manager yet.
09:22:32 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay.
09:22:35 >>HARRY COHEN: I'll accept that.
09:22:36 >>SAL TERRITO: (off microphone) so my suggestion would be
09:22:54 if you approve it today is bring it back before City
09:22:56 Council, make a recommendation to the administration that
09:22:58 they bring that back buff to change the policy, because --
09:23:04 >>BOB McDONAUGH: If I may interrupt, or make a correction.
09:23:07 In this particular case we are speaking specifically of CRA
09:23:10 TIF funds.
09:23:11 We are not talking about federal funds.
09:23:13 Because as you recall, there were some issues about
09:23:15 homeowner occupied repairs that we ran into using HUD money.
09:23:19 So this is specifically talking about East Tampa TIF funds.
09:23:23 And what I had conversations with yesterday and the other
09:23:28 folks about is that we are more than happy to assist in the
09:23:31 administration of this, the inspections and all of those
09:23:36 other things that help them administer the dollars and give
09:23:41 them as much bang for the buck.
09:23:45 >> The old policy includes all three.
09:23:48 >> It's very similar.
09:23:49 It's just the leveraging of those other two.
09:23:52 >>SAL TERRITO: The agreement was approved by all the
09:23:55 So if you want to bring a separate one back before the CRA
09:23:58 independently that's perfectly fine as long as you don't
09:24:01 involve the SHIP and HOME money.
09:24:06 >>BOB McDONAUGH: It will be specifically East Tampa TIF
09:24:09 >>FRANK REDDICK: So come back to the CRA on March 14th.
09:24:12 >> And we'll have a representative from housing.
09:24:14 >> You may not be able to see.
09:24:19 >> Jim Crew, city clerk's office.
09:24:23 May I ask the motion be formally restated for the record?
09:24:26 >>HARRY COHEN: Okay.
09:24:28 The motion is to discuss this item on March 14th at
09:24:36 9:00 a.m. and to have a representative of the housing
09:24:42 department present at that time.
09:24:43 >>THE CLERK: And, Mr. Cohen, particularly, what is the
09:24:54 Stated in the motion.
09:24:55 >>HARRY COHEN: The housing rehab program.
09:25:00 >>THE CLERK: Thank you.
09:25:03 >>FRANK REDDICK: We have a motion and second is.
09:25:07 Any further discussion?
09:25:09 All those in favor of the motion say aye.
09:25:11 Yes, sir.
09:25:11 >> One more thing for this conversation in the essence of
09:25:19 time due to the fact these dollars are ready to expire, and
09:25:22 if we don't move in some kind of time, date, we would have
09:25:25 to eventually move those dollars to some other line item.
09:25:28 So I want to ask you to consider that as well.
09:25:31 >>FRANK REDDICK: We'll take that up in our discussion on
09:25:34 March 14th.
09:25:36 Any other comments or questions for Mr. Simms?
09:25:40 All right.
09:25:40 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Monthly reports.
09:25:44 Last month was our month for parades.
09:25:47 This is our month for festivals.
09:25:49 But I would like to talk first about economic development
09:25:52 initiatives that have been taken on by Ms. Montelione.
09:26:02 If folks are not aware of it, tomorrow morning there is a
09:26:05 workshop at the Tampa Convention Center.
09:26:07 This is the second annual.
09:26:10 Last year it was a meeting between the federal banking
09:26:12 regulators and local banks to talk about ways of getting
09:26:15 more money out into the community for small businesses.
09:26:18 This year, probably the biggest difference is the fact that
09:26:20 we have small businesses invited as well.
09:26:23 And we'll have the federal government represented.
09:26:27 We have local banks represented.
09:26:29 We'll have the SBIC.
09:26:31 We have really most of the folks that people need to talk
09:26:34 And this is a great initiative.
09:26:37 We'll be taking some of these results back to our rules and
09:26:40 regulations on the enterprise fund to see how we can modify
09:26:44 some of the rules, and perhaps some incentives in our
09:26:47 But it's a nice opportunities for folks to come out and
09:26:52 learn a little bit more about small business lending and
09:26:55 what kind of opportunities there are in the community for
09:26:57 >>LISA MONTELIONE: I want to thank everybody.
09:27:05 I see some of the sponsors and presenters that are listed.
09:27:08 But I especially want to thank the mayor's office and the
09:27:12 staff, because without -- as Mr. Johnson knows, we have been
09:27:16 everything conference calls and forums for a year now.
09:27:20 And without the help and the guidance of some of the
09:27:24 individuals that have been working with me on this, and the
09:27:28 mayor's office helping secure the convention center, and
09:27:33 pick up some of the tab, I just -- it just would not be
09:27:37 I also want to make one correction.
09:27:40 Ms. Ortega is the regional information network director, and
09:27:45 she is with the federal reserve bank of Atlanta.
09:27:47 She's flying in tonight from Atlanta.
09:27:50 And we lowered the cost this year to $25 because in this
09:27:57 time of economic challenges, with the small businesses being
09:28:02 invited, we wanted it to be cost affordable for everyone to
09:28:07 Registration will close today at 2:00 for online
09:28:12 But you can always call my office.
09:28:14 We are taking registrants at the door.
09:28:16 And thank you to the downtown partnership, because if it
09:28:20 weren't for them, and their expertise in handling large
09:28:24 events like this, again, it would have been quite a
09:28:28 So thank you everybody for your help and assistance, and I'm
09:28:32 really looking forward to tomorrow.
09:28:33 Thank you.
09:28:34 >>BOB McDONAUGH: I would like to thank some of the members
09:28:38 who were able to make it yesterday to the groundbreaking for
09:28:41 the classic federal courthouse which is an important
09:28:44 redevelopment effort here in our downtown.
09:28:47 We have some very fun events coming up.
09:28:49 And I hope folks are able to attend.
09:28:51 Very interesting tradition at the Florida museum of
09:28:57 photographic arts, on February 21st from 5:30 to 7:30,
09:29:01 Tampa's rock 'n roll history.
09:29:05 I can remember when Elvis Presley showed up at Curtis Hixon
09:29:11 It was quite the scrum to get tickets.
09:29:14 >>FRANK REDDICK: You go back that far?
09:29:16 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Oh, yes, sir.
09:29:17 Yes, sir.
09:29:17 >> You know how far back I go?
09:29:25 At the armory, 1968, '7 or $7.
09:29:31 My mother made my aunt take me.
09:29:35 So, yes, Elvis' first visit to Tampa.
09:29:38 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Essentially, Bob, what we are saying is you
09:29:44 saw the bad old Elvis.
09:29:47 Actually at 6 years old you were there at the same time my
09:29:50 mother was there who was with my sister, and the rock and
09:29:54 roll stars, to see a pregnant woman in the audience.
09:29:57 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Some other things to put on your
09:30:02 calendars, the Gasparilla music festival is March 9th at
09:30:06 Curtis Hixon park.
09:30:08 The Gasparilla festival of the arts is March 2nd.
09:30:14 Fiesta today and Kwanza, this is the 56th year for
09:30:20 Fiesta day.
09:30:21 And as I said we'll move from parades to fiesta.
09:30:26 So we have a lot of activities going on, as Mr. Simms
09:30:29 mentioned the 22nd street project is going on very well.
09:30:32 We have road projects in Drew Park, and the 12th Street
09:30:40 And the Channel District.
09:30:40 So lots being done with the TIF dollars in each of the
09:30:46 >> Ms. Capin, you were looking at me and I looked at her,
09:30:57 and I said, Cuban sandwiches.
09:31:00 You know, Mr. McDonaugh, I have to tell you, that is an
09:31:03 oversight of immense proportions with the festival coming
09:31:07 >> I'm sorry, the Cuban family festival is coming up on
09:31:13 >> Or Setima.
09:31:18 [ Laughter ]
09:31:21 >>HARRY COHEN: In all seriousness I was a judge in the
09:31:24 Cuban sandwich festival last year and I wasn't invited this
09:31:28 year and I want to inquire of the organizers if I did
09:31:33 something to disqualify myself from being able to
09:31:36 [ Laughter ]
09:31:37 >>BOB McDONAUGH: There's a story about a judge going home
09:31:39 with sandwiches in his pocket.
09:31:44 That concludes my report, sir.
09:31:50 >>FRANK REDDICK: All right.
09:31:51 Public comments.
09:31:52 Anyone wishing to speak on any matter on the agenda?
09:31:55 You have three minutes.
09:31:56 Please state your name and address.
09:31:59 And please try to stick to items on the agenda.
09:32:08 >> I'm ed, Ed Tillou, Sulphur Springs.
09:32:15 Okay, there are other things I really wanted to speak to.
09:32:19 But the thing is, at the evening meeting, there's about the
09:32:23 Ybor City historic district, and this is pretty close to it.
09:32:26 In any case, this is where item 1 and possibly item 4, in
09:32:32 other words, a construction company that works with CRA.
09:32:35 And this is about a secondary blind spot of the mayor, which
09:32:39 is light pollution.
09:32:41 Now, I realize that he's probably saying what he thinks TECO
09:32:44 wants to hear, which is something good for their business,
09:32:47 put a roundabout, 8500 lights around town, $2 million a year
09:32:52 in electricity costs, which good for them.
09:32:56 Instead of electrical vehicles.
09:32:59 Although they are working with that.
09:33:01 One came by my neighborhood the other day with the Web site
09:33:05 on it.
09:33:06 But with respect to light pollution, I saw that first hand
09:33:10 this week.
09:33:11 I went to the festival.
09:33:15 I didn't go up around is ath or 16th street but I
09:33:19 stayed back around 12th because it's closer to the buses
09:33:22 and I have been having trouble with my leg.
09:33:24 And what happened was a lot of floats went by this seemed
09:33:28 interesting, and I couldn't read what it said on them,
09:33:31 because they were big streetlights across the way.
09:33:35 And if a streetlight is up here, you can't see -- I mean,
09:33:41 you just can't.
09:33:41 And the thing is, a lot of them are interesting, little Web
09:33:46 sites, you can find out more about that.
09:33:50 For instance, putting more lighting around Drew Park.
09:33:53 Well, Drew Park is fundamentally an airport, and as a pilot,
09:33:57 I know that the night vision is very important.
09:34:00 In fact, the importance of night vision, I think for a lot
09:34:06 of the bicycles and pedestrians fatalities.
09:34:10 Because after one of these bicycle or pedestrian fatalities,
09:34:13 this should be checking of the night vision of the driver,
09:34:18 and over time you would have the knowledge base to maybe
09:34:22 start testing for this.
09:34:24 You know, on people's licenses, not just what a stop sign is
09:34:29 and things like that, but people still have night vision.
09:34:31 Because these headlights are indications, these halogen
09:34:35 headlights years ago were illegal because they destroyed
09:34:40 everyone else's night vision.
09:34:42 These are now legal.
09:34:43 So apparently there are people who have night vision
09:34:46 problems on the road, and running over bicyclists and
09:34:52 But I started thinking about this.
09:34:57 Take them down, put them in East Tampa.
09:34:59 East Tampa might be glad to get them, and work on designing
09:35:04 light posts, and not as obstructive of the ambience.
09:35:11 As I say, this is a planning redevelopment issue.
09:35:14 >>FRANK REDDICK: Next.
09:35:16 >> I'm Al Davis, Community Redevelopment Agency, community
09:35:36 at-large citizen partner.
09:35:39 My interest this agency and its rolls that it has in the
09:35:44 community covers the entire geographic area of the City of
09:35:54 I know all CAC, that is your community advisory committee,
09:36:05 as the community redevelopment area, they are not all the
09:36:13 And we look at different ways by which the objective of
09:36:18 getting those areas out of the slum and blight requires
09:36:28 diligence, and its goals as well as being able to pay for
09:36:36 It's all some kind of matter of "do you have the dollars to
09:36:43 do what you want to do?"
09:36:45 And Mr. Chairman, I want to extend to you all a happy
09:36:53 Valentine's day.
09:36:58 Also, as you perhaps are aware, that this is what they call
09:37:01 black history month, and that's marvelous that has taken
09:37:10 place and I hope you get an opportunity to celebrate and to
09:37:13 commemorate the accomplishments of, if you will, black
09:37:19 people, even for the development as a history of this city.
09:37:27 I'll be looking forward to the mayor's annual state of the
09:37:33 city message sometime, I guess that's going to be in April.
09:37:38 And both the concern of the people that live here and the
09:37:54 area in which they live.
09:37:55 (Bell sounds)
09:37:57 I will be back next month because I want to see what this
09:37:59 policy is about that requires some particular attention in
09:38:05 terms of its language.
09:38:07 I'm looking at some of your policies, and I tell you, some
09:38:11 of the language in there is rather ghastly. I still don't
09:38:21 like the idea that you all are called CRAB rather than
09:38:21 "agency." Thank you.
09:38:25 >>FRANK REDDICK: Happy Valentine's day to you.
09:38:30 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Item number 3 on the agenda is the
09:38:35 acceptance and ratification of Susan Collins as ex-officio
09:38:45 appointee to the Drew Park advisory board.
09:38:49 Her application is included in the information.
09:38:52 >> So moved.
09:38:54 >> Second.
09:38:54 >>FRANK REDDICK: I have a motion from Councilwoman
09:38:58 Montelione, seconded by Councilman Miranda.
09:39:00 All in favor?
09:39:02 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Item number 4 is the acceptance of a
09:39:09 contract which will then be taken to City Council for
09:39:11 Ferrill construction for work on the facade grant program.
09:39:20 The offering was -- an RFP was published on 10-1.
09:39:27 We had two recipients or two people apply.
09:39:30 And Ferrill construction partners and the group of employees
09:39:37 looked at this and scored Ferrill construction company with
09:39:41 a higher number.
09:39:42 So we are asking for the board acceptance of Ferrill
09:39:47 >> Move the resolution, Mr. Chairman.
09:39:48 >>FRANK REDDICK: Moved by Councilman Miranda, seconded by
09:39:53 Councilman Suarez.
09:39:54 All in favor?
09:39:56 Motion carried.
09:39:56 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Item number 5 is a facade grant
09:40:07 What we have today are existing conditions.
09:40:09 And they are asking for facade grant of $45,000.
09:40:14 And they will be spending approximately $52,000.
09:40:18 And so on this project in Ybor City.
09:40:24 And I'm looking for approval from the board for the facade
09:40:27 >> So moved.
09:40:29 >> Second.
09:40:29 >>FRANK REDDICK: We have a motion from Councilman Cohen,
09:40:32 seconded by Councilman Suarez.
09:40:35 Discussion on the motion?
09:40:37 All in favor of the motion?
09:40:39 Opposed? Motion carried.
09:40:40 >> Item 6 is again a facade grant application, this in Drew
09:40:51 Park, and the applicant is asking for $48,452, and they
09:40:53 anticipate spending $164,683 on this project.
09:41:02 I'm asking the board's approval for this facade grant.
09:41:04 >> Second.
09:41:11 >>FRANK REDDICK: Motion by Mr. Cohen, seconded by Mr.
09:41:16 All in favor?
09:41:17 >> Item number 7 is a facade grant application for a project
09:41:21 in Ybor City.
09:41:21 It's located 1602 north 21st Street, which is a very visible
09:41:27 location, asking for a $33,835, and their anticipated
09:41:32 investment is 126,165.
09:41:40 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Move the resolution, Mr. Chairman.
09:41:41 >> Second.
09:41:43 >>FRANK REDDICK: Motion from Mr. Miranda, seconded by Mrs.
09:41:45 Discussion on the motion?
09:41:46 All those in favor say aye.
09:41:49 >>BOB McDONAUGH: That concludes my report.
09:41:53 >>FRANK REDDICK: I want to yield to Mr. Territo.
09:42:00 >>SAL TERRITO: I had something off the agenda and I
09:42:03 We had a facade grant for Mr. Capitano in May of last year,
09:42:08 and when we do a facade grant it was -- with he woo he do a
09:42:13 facade grant naturally we come behind all of the previous
09:42:17 They are now refinancing.
09:42:18 So that will put our lien in front of their lien.
09:42:21 And they are asking us to subordinate and put it back in the
09:42:23 position it was when we originally did it.
09:42:25 So this would be a subordination of our lien putting it back
09:42:28 in the previous position, because they want to have the
09:42:30 ability to refinance.
09:42:31 >> So moved.
09:42:33 >> Second.
09:42:34 >>FRANK REDDICK: Motion from Mrs. Montelione, second by Mr.
09:42:38 Any discussion on the motion?
09:42:40 All those in favor say aye.
09:42:43 Thank you.
09:42:47 Bob, let me bring up an item and get your feedback.
09:42:51 Many residents in West Tampa, business owners in West Tampa,
09:42:56 have requested by instituting a CRA in the West Tampa
09:43:03 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Yes, sir.
09:43:05 >>FRANK REDDICK: I spoke with commissioner Les Miller.
09:43:07 He's willing to move that forward to the Board of County
09:43:12 What is the process we need to do to start the process?
09:43:17 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Legally, there are a couple of things that
09:43:20 have to be done.
09:43:21 First you have to determine the geographic boundary.
09:43:23 Then you have to do a finding of the condition of blight.
09:43:26 And then we would have to enter into an interlocal agreement
09:43:30 with Hillsborough County.
09:43:31 I believe --
09:43:38 >>SAL TERRITO: Legal department.
09:43:41 We have two steps involved in this thing.
09:43:42 Once you find the condition of blight the City Council has
09:43:45 to approve a plan be created.
09:43:47 The plan is created, give to the CRA, and since we have an
09:43:51 interlocal agreement with the county indicating that we will
09:43:53 not create, expand, or change the timing on CRCRAs, we have
09:44:01 to get our interlocal amended to allow us to do that.
09:44:04 It's a fairly complex process because the finding has to be
09:44:08 done prior to all of this happening.
09:44:10 And the timing, if the county commission is willing to amend
09:44:14 the agreement to allow us to go forward, that's probably the
09:44:16 first step, because it doesn't make any sense to go through
09:44:20 the expense of going through the study if the county is not
09:44:22 amenable to making a change in the CRA and local agreement
09:44:26 that we have with them.
09:44:27 >> Okay.
09:44:28 So the board of county commission needs to amend their
09:44:33 interlocal agreement to move forward?
09:44:37 >> Correct.
09:44:39 What I can do is draft an interlocal agreement to cover that
09:44:42 particular area, if they are okay with it.
09:44:44 Because what they have done in the past, they may not want
09:44:46 to let it be clean because normally we get all the funds.
09:44:49 As you know, you have a CRA which we basically lock in the
09:44:52 existing property values.
09:44:54 And any increase we get, not only our increase in property
09:44:57 taxes, but we get theirs as well.
09:45:00 And sometimes we have done this, and they may give it all to
09:45:04 us. So there's a negotiation that takes place, and that's
09:45:06 what the interlocal agreement would have to cover.
09:45:08 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Thank you, chair.
09:45:09 In terms of the analysis that's done -- and this is more of
09:45:13 a political question than anything else, but when is the
09:45:18 last time we had an agreement, or made an agreement with
09:45:21 Hillsborough County?
09:45:22 And when is the last time that they approved a CRA going
09:45:27 >>SAL TERRITO: (off microphone).
09:45:46 >>MIKE SUAREZ: How long of a process was it, if you can
09:45:50 >>SAL TERRITO: It was somewhat contentious, because
09:45:55 basically ... and it has political aspects as well.
09:46:13 As well as the majority of the county commission to amend
09:46:15 >>MIKE SUAREZ: And one last question.
09:46:17 Did they ask for economic detail prior to approved CRA?
09:46:25 I know what your point is, which is why go forward with the
09:46:28 analysis to determine whether or not a CRA can be created by
09:46:34 our rules, or by the federal law?
09:46:37 But did they have the discussion that said, hey, we want to
09:46:41 look at this and see if this is a viable CRA?
09:46:44 >>SAL TERRITO: Yes, we did, and a really large property was
09:46:46 removed from the Central Park area because they didn't want
09:46:50 to give that particular development rights to us, they
09:46:53 wanted to continue to collect all the taxes on that issue.
09:46:56 So they may be carved out, we don't want to go that far
09:47:01 east, west, or whatever, so there's all those discussions
09:47:03 that need to take place.
09:47:04 >>MIKE SUAREZ: And may I suggest -- and I'm not sure if
09:47:07 this is going to be the right process.
09:47:08 I agree with what Mr. Territo is saying about making sure
09:47:12 that before we go forward that we do have some kind of
09:47:15 buy-in from the county, but at the same time I think we
09:47:17 might have to do a two-track way of doing this, in which
09:47:21 there is going to be some analysis to present to them,
09:47:24 because they may push back on us and say, what's the need
09:47:27 for CRA?
09:47:30 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Also, what Mr. Territo did not mention, in
09:47:33 some of our agreements we also have a sliding scale, which
09:47:35 is another point of negotiation with the county, where a
09:47:38 certain percentage of the proceeds from the CRA district
09:47:42 would then go back to the county.
09:47:45 So it's not 95% or 100% N.some cases it goes all the way
09:47:51 down to a considerable less amount.
09:47:52 >> Would you say based on what you just said about the
09:47:54 sliding scale that it probably would be best to have some
09:47:56 economic numbers to show to the county before?
09:47:59 >> We have base numbers now.
09:48:01 Yes, we do.
09:48:03 >> But we have still determined the boundaries in which
09:48:05 those are included?
09:48:07 >> That's correct.
09:48:07 We have taken a look at that.
09:48:09 And again, you know, the redevelopment of the North
09:48:13 Boulevard homes, public properties that are owned up there,
09:48:19 and the importance of bringing Main Street back, the Main
09:48:22 Street for the community, there are a lot of very positive
09:48:26 forces at work, and it has been something that has
09:48:32 considerable conversation about because it's of importance
09:48:34 to this community.
09:48:35 But I think they just wanted to bring up the fact that it's
09:48:37 not just as simple as saying we want to have a CRA.
09:48:40 There are a lot of other folks that we need to get involved.
09:48:43 The process has already been looked at, and some
09:48:46 consideration has been had.
09:48:48 But, again, what I will do is come back to you with a time
09:48:55 line, and give you an idea of when we can take first steps
09:48:59 and how those things can be accomplished and that type of
09:49:05 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you for all that.
09:49:06 I did look -- the Housing Authority did send me the -- I
09:49:13 guess a study of the 140 acres, and in there, their
09:49:20 conclusion was, amongst other things, was a suggestion to
09:49:26 form a CRA.
09:49:27 >> That was from the ULA study.
09:49:31 That was not the Housing Authority.
09:49:34 >>YVONNE CAPIN: No, the Housing Authority -- sends me the
09:49:37 ULI study, and on there it had the suggestion of the -- it
09:49:42 has been in conversation for a while.
09:49:43 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Yes.
09:49:45 >>YVONNE CAPIN: And that would be -- I think that's a great
09:49:48 idea to move forward and look at the steps that need to be
09:49:53 taken to bring that, as it was stated.
09:49:55 And so Tampa workshop last week or the week before, the
09:50:00 people there are very much in favor.
09:50:03 I know that it was attempted back -- wasn't there an attempt
09:50:07 to form a CRA in West Tampa back in the 80s, 90s?
09:50:11 >> Not that I'm aware of.
09:50:14 >>YVONNE CAPIN: No?
09:50:15 >>BOB McDONAUGH: What a lot of people don't understand,
09:50:17 they think it's a panacea and it's automatically going to
09:50:20 generate dollars.
09:50:21 What it does is -- if you look at, you know, certain CRAs,
09:50:27 like Central Park and the Heights, they have been in place
09:50:31 several years now and so just doing a CRA is not in itself
09:50:37 the answer, it's having a CRA and a plan to provide some
09:50:43 impetus to generate development, which in turn generates
09:50:48 dollars which can be reinvested in that community.
09:50:54 >>YVONNE CAPIN: The plan for redevelopment is already
09:50:56 happening in West Tampa, or --
09:51:06 >> Again, public housing pays no taxes so whether they are
09:51:09 in a CRA makes no difference.
09:51:11 >>YVONNE CAPIN: If it was just for public housing it would
09:51:13 have been 40 acres, not 112 acres.
09:51:16 You are looking at 112 acres which is 60-some acres more
09:51:21 outside of the public housing.
09:51:23 So that part, yes, and that does generate tax dollars.
09:51:27 That part would generate tax dollars.
09:51:30 >> 95% of that property is owned by public entities which do
09:51:33 not generate any tax dollars.
09:51:35 It's owned either by the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County
09:51:38 or the school board.
09:51:41 >>YVONNE CAPIN: And Tampa is doing what with their property?
09:51:43 >> Right now, little league field and a public park.
09:51:48 >> And the plans for it is to stay that way?
09:51:52 >> We haven't finished the plan yet.
09:51:54 But the idea is to hopefully, like you say, develop a plan
09:51:58 which will enliven that neighborhood and bring private
09:52:03 investment in.
09:52:04 >> This Columbus court apartment privately owned?
09:52:08 That's not public housing.
09:52:12 So when you make that statement, it is a little bit
09:52:16 misleading because the plans are to develop that area.
09:52:21 There is in a doubt that that is exactly what the plans are.
09:52:24 So it's a little bit misleading.
09:52:27 It is 95% owned.
09:52:29 But that is not -- if we are to do anything with that area,
09:52:35 obviously, that land that is owned by the city would be up
09:52:46 for development.
09:52:46 >> And again, just to expand on your thought, that the
09:52:50 geographic boundaries, because the West Tampa people feel
09:52:54 very strongly about corridors and Howard and Armenia as
09:52:59 well, so we have a lot of discussion points there.
09:53:10 >>YVONNE CAPIN: (off microphone)
09:53:12 Sorry, I didn't Vermont my microphone on.
09:53:15 >>FRANK REDDICK: Bob, there have been two groups and
09:53:20 basically working on boundaries, and I think they almost
09:53:24 came to agreement on the boundaries over there.
09:53:26 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Yes, sir.
09:53:28 >>FRANK REDDICK: So if you can provide us some guidance on
09:53:32 what you mentioned earlier about the time line, and what we
09:53:35 need to do to move forward with the interlocal agreement,
09:53:40 from my understanding, there are commissioners who want to
09:53:49 be examples in West Tampa and what I am getting back from
09:53:51 the Chamber of Commerce over there, the business community,
09:53:54 the residents who I have had self meetings with, they are
09:53:59 all saying they want to see this take place, and he wanted
09:54:09 also to getting that to the Board of County Commissioners.
09:54:16 So let me try to -- and no rush -- but when can we expect --
09:54:24 >>BOB McDONAUGH: On March 14th.
09:54:25 >>FRANK REDDICK: That will be a good time.
09:54:29 >>BOB McDONAUGH: I could probably have a rough schedule
09:54:32 drawn out by then.
09:54:33 And again, because we are going to involve members of the
09:54:39 community and Hillsborough County government, some of these
09:54:42 dates are subject, but again the first idea is generating a
09:54:47 map, and then the second is the blight study.
09:54:50 >> And if you get the information that you want, that you
09:54:56 make a motion, because the city is the one that has to
09:54:59 initiate that process, and then they adopt a plan, then they
09:55:03 bring it back to you for your use, to actually adopt a plan.
09:55:08 >> So once we receive that information we can make a motion
09:55:13 for council to move forward.
09:55:14 Is that correct?
09:55:16 >>SAL TERRITO: That's correct.
09:55:17 Then it goes to the Planning Commission as well for their
09:55:19 review and we can spell out the steps for you.
09:55:22 It's somewhat complex, unfortunately.
09:55:26 It's a complex process.
09:55:28 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Can you give us a time line?
09:55:34 How long does something like this take?
09:55:35 You mentioned 2005, 2006.
09:55:38 Obviously that was a different commission.
09:55:40 But --
09:55:43 >> You are probably talking about a 90-day process because
09:55:46 it requires a plan to be put together, a study has to be
09:55:48 done to determine whether it meets blight standards.
09:55:52 Once that is done the CRA plan has to be in conformance with
09:55:56 the comprehensive plan.
09:55:59 And once the reviews are done, then the plan is created,
09:56:02 brought back to the City Council for their approval, they
09:56:04 approve it, and then say, CRA, here is the plan you are
09:56:07 going live with.
09:56:08 So there are a lot of steps involved and you have a lot of
09:56:10 entities involved.
09:56:11 >>LISA MONTELIONE: And the 90 to 120 days is thinking that
09:56:15 everything is going to go --
09:56:19 >>SAL TERRITO: That's right.
09:56:20 >>BOB McDONAUGH: Excuse me.
09:56:25 I think that 90 to 120 days is entirely too optimistic.
09:56:29 >>LISA MONTELIONE: You will probably want to double that.
09:56:34 >>BOB McDONAUGH: At least because it takes 60 days just for
09:56:36 the planning of blight.
09:56:39 Again, we think we can give you a rough outline and proceed
09:56:43 as expeditiously as we can.
09:56:44 But I wouldn't want to give you some false hopes about how
09:56:48 quickly cost accomplished.
09:56:49 >>FRANK REDDICK: That would be fine.
09:56:56 It's not 100 years -- all right.
09:57:00 Any other comments?
09:57:03 All right.
09:57:05 Thank you, Bob.
09:57:11 We will have information and reports at this time.
09:57:14 Ms. Montelione, anything?
09:57:15 >>LISA MONTELIONE: No new business, thank you.
09:57:18 >>HARRY COHEN: No, thank you.
09:57:20 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: None, sir.
09:57:22 >>YVONNE CAPIN: No, sir.
09:57:23 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I just -- yesterday when we were at the
09:57:26 courthouse, we were at the courthouse -- I am going to make
09:57:32 it even longer now.
09:57:37 Shirley Foxx-Knowles, our clerk, made a comment when we
09:57:41 entered into that main courtroom after you go up the steps
09:57:45 that maybe we can have a meeting there, a CRA meeting
09:57:49 probably is the best.
09:57:50 I had asked Bob, and maybe we could ask him to come back,
09:57:53 whether or not it is inhabitable for an hour for us to do a
09:57:57 CRA meeting.
09:57:58 I know that there's a lot of hoops to jump through.
09:58:01 But I'm not sure if our agency would be amenable to doing
09:58:06 Maybe just sort of as a farewell to the way the courthouse
09:58:11 looks now and how it's going to be transformed.
09:58:14 If I could make a motion for Bob to come back and to whether
09:58:16 or not we actually can do something like that, I would
09:58:19 appreciate it.
09:58:20 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Second.
09:58:20 >>FRANK REDDICK: Make sure it meets control standards.
09:58:25 [ Laughter ]
09:58:27 We have a motion from Mr. Suarez --
09:58:33 >>LISA MONTELIONE: The longer you give me to think.
09:58:35 >>FRANK REDDICK: We have a motion by Mr. Suarez, second by
09:58:44 Mr. Miranda.
09:58:44 All in favor?
09:58:45 Thank you.
09:58:46 >>LISA MONTELIONE: And I did want to mention.
09:58:49 It's not that I am in a hurry but there are events going on
09:58:52 around the world today.
09:58:53 And it's to recognize that although today is Valentine's
09:58:59 day, as we were graciously reminded, one in three women are
09:59:03 affected by domestic violence or harassment or abuse, not
09:59:09 just domestic violence but abuse.
09:59:12 One in three women.
09:59:14 And there are again events going on around the world.
09:59:21 I'm taking part in one.
09:59:22 It's called one billion rising because that is the estimated
09:59:25 number of women that will be affected by some type of abuse
09:59:27 in their lifetime.
09:59:29 So in honor and respect of those victims, women around the
09:59:33 world are standing up and saying no more.
09:59:36 So I just wanted to add that.
09:59:38 Thank you.
09:59:39 >>FRANK REDDICK: We appreciate your PSA.
09:59:42 Any other.
09:59:45 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Move to receive and file.
09:59:47 >> Second.
09:59:48 >>FRANK REDDICK: Thank you.
09:59:51 We stand adjourned.
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