REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COMMISSION
January 13, 2020
Mayor Steve Leary
Commissioner Greg Seidel
Commissioner Sarah Sprinkel
Commissioner Carolyn Cooper
Commissioner Todd Weaver
City Manager Randy Knight
City Attorney Kurt Ardaman
City Clerk Rene Cranis
1. Meeting called to order
Mayor Leary called the meeting of the Winter Park City Commission to order at 3:34 p.m.
2. Invocation and Pledge of AllegiancePeter Moore, Division Director of Office of Management and Budget, provided the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Approval of Agenda
Motion to approve the agenda made by Commissioner Seidel; seconded by Commissioner Sprinkel and carried unanimously with a 5-0 vote.
4. Mayor’s Report
a. Appointment of Michael Dively to the Transportation Advisory Board (alternate)
b. Appointment of John Miller to the Code Compliance Board (alternate)
Motion to appoint Michael Dively as alternate member to the Transportation Advisory and John Miller as alternate to the Code Compliance Board made by Mayor Leary; seconded by Commissioner Sprinkel and carried unanimously with a 5-0 vote.
5. City Manager’s Report
6. City Attorney’s Report
7. Non-Action Items
8. Citizen Comments
9. Consent Agenda
a. Approve the minutes of December 9, 2019
b. Approve the following purchase:
1) Dobbs Equipment: John Deere 410SL 4x4 Backhoe Loader & 330G Skid Steer Loader replacing units 4450 & 4998, respectively; $151,352.25.
c. Approve the following contract items:
1) Thomson Reuters: Renewal of CLEAR online investigative services subscription (3- year renewal term); $15,541.
2) Advanced Demolition: Award of IFB-21-2019 and Notice to Proceed with the Demolition of Progress Point; $89,765. (Pulled by Commissioner Weaver)
3) Gerhartz & Associates: Amendment to renew RFQ-16-2012 – Continuing Contract for GIS Services; Not to exceed $175,000.
d. Approve the following piggyback agreements:
1) Office Depot: OMNIA Partners/City of Tamarac contract #19-12R – Office Supplies, Products & Related Services; Total expenditure under the contract not to exceed $75,000 per year.
2) Granite Inliner: City of Casselberry contract #RFP-2019-0467 – Sanitary Sewer, Manhole & Lift Station Wet Well Rehabilitation; FY20 expenditure under the contract not to exceed $725,000.
3) ABM Industry Groups: Pasco County IFB-TB- 16-131 – Ongoing & As-Needed Janitorial Services & Equipment; Total expenditure under the contract not to exceed $525,000 per year.
4) Shaw Industries: Sourcewell contract #080819 – Flooring Materials with Related Supplies & Services; FY20 expenditure under the contract not to exceed $100,000.
e. Public Emergency Management Transportation Letter of Agreement
Commissioner Weaver asked to remove Item 9.c.2.
Motion made by Commissioner Sprinkel to approve the Consent Agenda except 9.c.2; seconded by Commissioner Seidel.
There were no public comments.
Commissioner Weaver stated he would like to table this item until after the public hearing on the Orange Avenue Overlay to discuss the scope and redevelopment of this property.
Motion made by Commissioner Weaver to remove Consent Agenda Item 9.c.2; seconded by Commissioner Cooper.
There were no public comments on Item 9.c.2.
Discussion ensued on the scope of the demolition and potential reuse of the existing buildings. Mr. Knight confirmed that demolition is for all four buildings on the property.
Upon a roll call vote on the motion to remove Consent Agenda Item 9.c.2, Mayor Leary, Commissioners Seidel, Sprinkel, Cooper and Weaver voted no. Motion failed with a 0-5 vote.
Upon a roll call vote on the motion to approve the Consent Agenda, Mayor Leary, Commissioners Seidel, Sprinkel, Cooper and Weaver voted yes. Motion carried unanimously with a 5-0 vote.
10. Action Items requiring Discussion
a. Final approval of Canopy Project
Mr. Knight provided a brief history of the project and cost. He explained that the Community Redevelopment Area Advisory Board added a condition of pervious paving which increased the budget but is still within budget due to some construction changes. This is ready for final approval of the project, the gross maximum price and moving forward.
Russell Crader, Senior Director, Adjaye Associates, gave a presentation on the site layout, building location and floor plans of library with auditorium, computer lab, children’s library, archive room, and administrative offices. The events center will have a ballroom on the first floor and a ballroom and outdoor venue on the second floor. He showed renderings of building from different sides, outdoor venue, interior of buildings, and materials. He responded to questions regarding details of the design, children’s safety, stair rail, exterior materials and color, and connection to the existing bridge.
Commissioner Seidel asked for clarification on the exclusions from the contract. Mr. Knight advised that some of the exclusions are items that the city is doing in-house, are non- construction components, or were not and will not be part of the design.
Jim Ellspermann, Vice President, Brassfield & Gorrie, introduced their professional staff present to address the GMP and exclusions.
Michelle Whiteside, Senior Lead Manager, Brassfield & Gorrie, explained that some exclusions tell the history of the design process. She stated that it is important to list the exclusions to show the full scope of the project including owner responsibilities for the cost.
Mr. Ellspermann provided information on the structure of the GMP and reasons for listing the exclusions. He stated the cost will not exceed the GMP unless there are items added or unforeseen issues arise. Mr. Knight explained the components of the overall budget of approximately $41,148,848 with a construction cost of approximately $41,148,848, non- construction costs (furnishings, fixtures, etc.) of approximately $7.4 million, and value of work performed by the City of approximately $229,000.
In response to questions, Mr. Ellspermann stated that he will provide their projects that have exceeded the GMP. He confirmed that the GMP would increase unless the owner adds items or unforeseen conditions arise and that the exclusions are those not part of their scope and as a result, not part of the GMP.
Mr. Knight advised that the exclusions were reviewed by staff and the design team and staff is comfortable in the list of inclusions and exclusions.
Commissioner Weaver expressed his concern about the exclusions and that the contract is labeled “draft” and said that he cannot accept the GMP labeled as a draft.
Jacob Stern, Preconstruction Manager, Brassfield and Gorrie, explained the components of GMP: history of the process showing what was included but are not any longer, soft costs such as furnishings and equipment, tasks performed by city. He stated the exclusions simply clarify the scope of work.
After discussion on the exclusions and responsibility for cost of items, Commissioners Weaver and Cooper suggested a work session to go through each exclusion and to understand what is being taken out and the liability if the city performs some tasks.
Upon comments by Commissioner Seidel regarding the exclusion for demucking and rigid inclusion/soil improvement, Public Works Director Troy Attaway explained that demucking and rigid inclusion/soil improvement is in an area with pavers not a building. This process is part of the city’s scope and expense.
The list of exclusions was reviewed by the commission with staff providing the basis for each exclusion and Mr. Stern, Ms. Whiteside and Carlo Burns, Project Manager, Pizzuti Solutions, providing additional information in response to questions.
Commissioner Cooper asked for clarification on the contingency cost. Mr. Stern stated that the industry standard is 3-5% with this project at the lower end due to extensive project review over the past three years and knowledge of the design team.
Mr. Knight reviewed the Cost Management Log which shows Brassfield and Gorrie’s original bid for the project and soft costs for a total project cost of $43,073,356. Staff, consultants and the design team reviewed the project list to determine whether any items could be eliminated to reduce the overall cost. He reviewed the items recommended to be removed from or included in the project and the associated costs or cost savings. He responded to questions regarding vertical concrete finish and maintenance/cleaning and demucking.
Mayor asked for commission recommendations for removal or inclusion.
Commissioner Weaver said he has no additions.
Commissioner Cooper commented on the prioritized ranking of potential value engineering add-backs and supported Adjaye’s top five value-added items as follows:
1. Eliminate the extruded aluminum special profile at the portals
2. Provide standard finish on all vertical concrete
3. Eliminate precast bench around plinth and install more traditional type benches
4. Provide alternate light fixture package
5. Replace oculus with roofing and EIFs
She stated she feels demucking should be done through professional contracts (net addition of $350,000). She spoke in favor of using quality materials due to the significance of this project.
Commissioner Sprinkel spoke in favor of the Adjaye’s top five recommendations.
Commissioner Seidel addressed the south parking area on Harper Avenue and building parking garage in order to keep the south parking lot as greenspace. He suggested that CRA funds could be used for a parking garage for the events center and area businesses. Following discussion on the parking lot/garage options and cost, consensus was for staff to investigate parking opportunities in the area and with area businesses.
Commissioner Seidel and Mayor Leary spoke in support of Adjaye’s top five recommendations and of city staff performing the demucking.
In response to questions by Mayor Leary, Mr. Knight stated the target budget was $41,148,848 and the changes added $567,226 for a total budget of $42,716,074, which creates a shortfall of $2,740,792. Options to cover the shortfall include issuance an additional $2 million in bonds and additional CRA funding of approximately $750,000, which could be addressed in the Agency’s meeting on Monday, January 27th. He added that issuing theadditional bonds would impact property taxes by approximately $2.70/per year for each $100,000 of assessed value.
(Main) motion made by Commissioner Sprinkel to add back into the project the five recommended value-added items at additional cost of $567,226 and to fund the shortfall of $2,740,792 by issuance of additional $2 million in bond issue and approximately $750k in CRA funds (pending approval by CRA Agency in 1/27 meeting)
Discussion ensued on the budget, additions and funding. Mr. Knight advised the total CRA contribution, if the additional $750,000 is approved, would be $2,132,775. He added that furniture costs for both the library and events center are included in the overall budget.
Commissioner Seidel commented on signage and suggested inclusion of Martin L. King Jr. Park on the signage. He suggested removing the referral to the Canopy and renaming it Winter Park Library and Winter Park Events Center at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Commissioner Weaver agreed.
Discussion followed on the naming of the facilities, reference to MLK Park and signage.
Main motion seconded by Commissioner Seidel.
Motion made by Commissioner Seidel to amend the main motion to remove reference to the name Canopy; seconded by Commissioner Cooper.
Mr. Knight advised that the total GMP with amendments is $34,072,395.
Motion made by Commissioner Seidel that Brassfield and Gorrie provide their projects that were over budget prior to signing final contract; seconded by Commissioner Weaver. After discussion, motion was withdrawn.
Commissioner Weaver stated he will vote against this due to the cost, lack of parking structure and lack of funds raised from public donations and his belief that this violates public trust.
Mayor Leary summarized the motions and cost and next steps.
The following spoke in favor of the project:
• Nancy Shutts, 2010 Brandywine Drive
• Brad Dosser, President Winter Park Library Board of Trustees, 1581 Magnolia Avenue
• Rachel Simmons, archivist, Winter Park Library.
• Sabrina Bernat, Director, Winter Park Public Library
• Ann Murrah, 1600 Alabama Avenue, #402
• Tom McMacken, 1829 Shiloh Lane
• Frank Hamner, 405 Balmoral Road
The following spoke in opposition of the project citing high cost, budget, design:
• Marty Sullivan, 901 Georgia Avenue
• Laurie White, Raintree Place
• Bonnie Hanson, Kilshore Drive
• Jim Fitch, 1820 Via Genoa
• Bill Rosenfelt, 1642 Lookout Landing Circle
• Amgali Vaya, 1717 Pine Avenue
• Elizabeth Bosserman, 818 Antonette Avenue
• Charley Williams, 757 Antonette Avenue
• Rochelle Kolin, 225 Trismen Terrace
• Kim Allen
• Vicki Krueger, 200 Carolina Avenue #201
• Scott Campbell, 1690 Cypress Point Lane
Attorney Ardaman advised that anybody that was downstairs were offered the opportunity to speak.
Mayor Leary advised that the bond referendum was site specific to this location and that additional funding will come from CRA funds and other sources without increasing ad valorem taxes.
Commissioner Seidel said that due to misinformation there have been divisive opinions and expressed his displeasure with the disrespect of different views. He expressed his concern about the budget and that project will go over budget. He suggested a work session to discuss the contract and then discuss additional funding from the CRA at the scheduled CRA Agency meeting on January 27th.
Mayor Leary said that the contract needs to be approved and a work session will need to be held before the CRA Agency meeting in order to address additional funding that may be needed from the CRA.
Commissioner Sprinkel said she feels the library sets the stage for community support of literacy and that the city has to do this for children and grandchildren. She said she is ready to move forward and that the citizens have waited long enough.
Commissioner Cooper expressed her discomfort with the budget that exceeds the $30 million bond. She spoke in support of the new library and appropriate facilities but also supported scheduling a work session for further discussion.
Commissioner Weaver expressed his concern with the budget, parking, lack of function, and safety with insufficient handrails and the open children’s section. He said he feels this is not what the citizens voted for.
Mayor Leary stated he feels there is misinformation, but the city needs to move forward. He asked Randy to review the GMP.
Mr. Knight explained that the GMP does not include non-construction (soft) costs or tasks completed by city staff. The total budget including these costs totals $41,618.074 and causes for going over-budget would be owner-directed changes or unanticipated problems that arise. He stated that staff is comfortable with contract as is the city attorney.
Mayor Leary stated that he would prefer to move forward as he feels delays will create angst if the project is not moved forward.
Commissioner Seidel expressed his concern about greenspace and with the footprint of the project smaller than the original plan, removal of the southern-most parking area from the plan should be considered. Mayor Leary agreed that the southern parking area does not need to be a part of this; however, it may jeopardize additional funding from the grant.
Discussion followed on the risks with delaying a decision which include possibility of increased materials and construction costs.
Motion made by Commissioner Seidel to table to the next commission meeting andto schedule a work session before the CRA Agency meeting on January 27th; seconded by Commissioner Weaver. Upon a roll call vote, Commissioners Seidel, Cooper and Weaver voted yes and Mayor Leary and Commissioner Sprinkel voted no. Motion carried with a 3-2 vote.
Due to tabling of this item, no vote was taken on other motions.
Mayor Leary called for a recess at 7:25 and reconvened the meeting at 7:50 p.m.
8. Citizen Comments
Tom McMacken, 1821 Shiloh Lane, thanked city staff for efforts on coordinating the many holiday events.
11. Public Hearings
Public Hearings were taken out of order.
b. Request of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation for:
Conditional Use approval to demolish their existing 3-story building and rebuild a new 3- story 19,602 square foot building at 199 East Welbourne Avenue, zoned C-2.
Principal Planner Jeff Briggs reviewed the request to demolish the existing building and build a new 3-story building which received unanimous recommendation for approval from the Planning and Zoning Board.
David Odahowski, President and CEO of Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, provided the biography of Mr. and Mrs. Bush and the creation and goals of the Foundation.
Rebecca Wilson, attorney representing the applicant, responded to questions regarding current and proposed parking needs, which will be diminished with this new building and use. She stated the parking spaces could not be leased for payment as it would affect the Foundation’s non-profit status.
Motion made by Commissioner Cooper to approve the conditional use; seconded by Commissioner Sprinkel. There were no public comments. Upon a roll call vote, Mayor Leary and Commissioners Seidel, Sprinkel, Cooper and Weaver voted yes. Motion carried unanimously with a 5-0 vote.
c. Request of Lundev Homes for:
Subdivision approval to split the property at 1666 Chestnut Avenue into two single- family lots. No variances are requested.
Principal Planner Jeff Briggs reviewed this subdivision request and stated the Planning and Zoning Board recommended approval with the condition that the architecture of the houses varies.
Brett Lundequam, applicant, was present to answer questions.
Motion made by Commissioner Sprinkel to approve the subdivision with the condition as recommended, seconded by Commissioner Weaver. There were no public comments. Upon a roll call vote, Mayor Leary and Commissioners Seidel, Sprinkel, Cooper and Weaver voted yes. Motion carried unanimously with a 5-0 vote.
a. RESOLUTION 2225-20 - A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF WINTER PARK, PROVIDING AUTHORIZATIONS TO THE ORANGE COUNTY CANVASSING BOARD WITH RESPECT TO THE CITY’S MARCH 17, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Motion made by Mayor Leary to approve the resolution; seconded by Commissioner Sprinkel. There were no public comments made. Upon a roll call vote, Mayor Leary and Commissioners Seidel, Sprinkel, Cooper and Weaver voted yes. Motion carried unanimously with a 5-0 vote.
d. Request of the City of Winter Park for:
• Ordinance - Amending Chapter 58 “Land Development Code” Article I, "Comprehensive Plan” to adopt new goals, objectives and policies of the future land use element to establish the Orange Avenue Overlay District. (1)
• Ordinance - Amending Chapter 58 “Land Development Code” Article III, "Zoning” to adopt a new zoning district Section 58-83 Overlay Districts (OD). (1)
A simultaneous public hearing was held on these ordinances.
Attorney Aradman read the ordinances by title.
Planning and Community Development Director Bronce Stephenson reviewed the non-substantive edits made by the City Attorney in the zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan ordinance. Attorney Ardaman advised that these changes corrected inconsistencies in the density transfer language in Subarea D and J.
Commissioner Seidel suggested that the property owners be removed and properties be referenced by parcel number.
Mr. Stephenson recognized and thanked members of the OAO Steering Committee and Planning and Zoning Board for their work and input. He gave a presentation on the Overlay including the purpose and the boundaries of the overlay. He summarized the topics of community concerns that the process was rushed, increased height and scale, lack of transportation analysis and modeling, and lack of visualization of development scenarios. He reviewed the process that included public input, online survey, dedicated e-mail address, individual meetings with homeowners’ groups, property owners, and stakeholders, meetings with other city boards, an Orange Avenue walkshop, public hearings and numerous work sessions.
Mr. Stephenson provided details on building heights and setback concerns and stated that staff went above and beyond to avoid “canyonization” as is seen neighboring cities. He displayed renderings of existing buildings and proposed buildings which show setbacks and stepbacks.
Stephen Stansbury, Kimley Horn, provided data on traffic patterns which shows that cut- through traffic dominates Orange Avenue and data on crash patterns which shows that the traffic characteristics are influencing the safety by higher speeds and driving behavior. He stated that once the code is adopted, then it is an applicant’s responsibility as part of their change of use or intensity to do a traffic impact study to support their application, identify deficiencies and provide mitigation and implementation strategies. He advised that if roads are designed to accommodate more traffic then more traffic will result; however, if the area is designed for people a more vibrant and safer conditions will result.
Commissioner Cooper asked what traffic improvements need to be made and the cost associated with those improvements. Mr. Stansbury stated that there are opportunities to improve critical movements and suggested looking both documents for guidance incremental improvements. He stated that timing of the improvements would depend on development. He stated that they will be providing additional forecasting to support developers along the corridor when the present requests for rezoning and project approval. Commissioner Cooper asked for recommendations on traffic infrastructure improvements based on projects using entitlements. Mr. Stansbury stated that it is difficult to implement improvements based on unknown entitlements and that it would be more appropriate to incrementally create partnerships to implement changes.
Mr. Stephenson stated that two areas are being studied for immediate improvements: the intersection of Minnesota/Orange/Denning and the intersection of Denning and Fairbanks Avenue. He showed conceptual renderings of potential development but reminded everyone that these are what-if models not an expectation of what is planned. He showed conceptual site plans for the Progress Point property and the property on the corner of Fairbanks and Denning with opportunity to acquire right-of-way for dedicated turn lanes on Denning and Fairbanks as part of development approval.
Commissioner Seidel disclosed that he has worked with Kimley Horn with some of his clients.
Mr. Stephenson played a video of public process. He stated that the steering committee recommended approval by a vote of 8-2 due to absence of unanimous agreement on the use of Progress Point property. He reviewed the support and approval by city boards and responded to questions.
Motion made by Commissioner Seidel to approve the ordinances amending the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code as presented and including city attorney revisions; seconded by Commissioner Sprinkel.
Commissioner Seidel commented on architectural guidelines and suggested implementation of peer review of architecture by consultant or in-house staff. Mr. Stephenson stated that there are licensed architects on staff but the city also has continuing services contracts with architects that could provide the review. Discussion followed on the professionals needed on the review committee to include a landscape architect and civil engineer to review parking and access and the scope of the review.
Amendment #1: Motion made by Commissioner Cooper, seconded by Commissioner Seidel, to amend the main motion to add a new section 3.1.i.10, Architectural Review:
In addition to meeting the architectural standards as set forth in this section, for developments requiring a conditional use approval having a land area of more than80,000 square feet, having more than 25 residential units, or having structures exceeding 35,000 gross square feet above grade, professionally prepared fully rendered 3-D digital architectural perspective images and elevations that show all sides of the proposed building(s), parking areas, parking structures and any other site improvement shall be submitted to and reviewed by and commented upon by a City retained professional architect or by a City established architectural review committee consisting of two licensed architects, a licensed landscape architect, and a licensed professional engineer (only if project involves a parking garage), to ensure high quality architecture consistent with the goals and objectives of the OAO. The comments and recommendations of such professional architect, or architectural review committee shall be transmitted to the planning and zoning board and city commission for consideration in rendering a decision on the proposed conditional use sought for the proposed development.
Commissioner Seidel expressed his concern about the inclusion of Subarea E parcels adjacent to 17-92. He feels these parcels should be part of the 17-92 study as redevelopment would impact 17-92 more than Orange Avenue.
Mr. Stephenson explained that that these areas were included since they are for sale and their redevelopment would be an opportunity for the city to apply Orange Avenue Overlay standards. Discussion followed on inclusion of properties adjacent to 17-92.
Amendment #2: Motion made by Commissioner Seidel to amend the main motion to remove Subarea E adjacent to 17-92 between Miller Avenue and Indiana Avenue and Subarea E south of Minnesota between 17-92 and Balch Avenue (the location of the former Orchard Supply and all parcels on the east side of Orlando Avenue); seconded by Commissioner Cooper.
Commissioner Seidel commented on the city-owned property in Subarea C (Progress Point) and the need to establish standards for redevelopment of the property when/if sold. Discussion followed on development standards and placing requirements on future redevelopment proposals within the ordinance or at a future date.
Amendment #3: Motion made by Commissioner Seidel to amend the main motion to require on city-owned property, Subarea C, a minimum of 1.5 acres of parkland, maximum of 20,000 square foot footprint at 2-story maximum, and parking; seconded by Commissioner Weaver.
Commissioner Seidel spoke on the intent to add a parallel road to Orange Avenue to remove trips from Orange Avenue to Palmetto Avenue and Harmon Drive. Mr. Stephenson stated language is included in the ordinance. Commissioner Cooper said she feels the city should own the roads.
Mayor Leary paused the discussion and asked for a show of hands of those in support and in opposition to the overlay (approximately 50/50). He advised that that public comments on these ordinances will be taken after the amendments are made so the public can provide their comments based on the amendments.