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From: Woodward, Mike, Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 10:51 AM
To: Fire Dept All Team Members; Cc: Executive Leadership Team
Police Dept, All

Subject: FW: FFCA FLASH - Wildfire Executive Order

Hello all,
Yesterday, Governor Scott issued a Declaration of Emergency for the State of Florida due to the wild fires and the continuing drought conditions. The Executive Order Signed by Governor Scott is attached. In addition, at the County Commission meeting yesterday, Brevard County has instituted a county wide burn ban in effect immediately to which all municipalities are supporting. Effective immediately, there is no burning of any kind to include camp fires, fire pits, bon fires, etc. authorized in the City until further notice.
Thanks, Michael Woodward, Fire Chief
Titusville Fire and Emergency Services -- 321-567-3800


Your Sprinkler System – Check It Out!
Daylight Saving Time Irrigation Schedule

Spring - Summer 2017 lawn watering regulations.
CLICK HERE for detailed Press Release.




Titusville Police Official Facebook Page




ARCHIVED PUBLIC INFORMATION


Titusville will celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2017. Click here for information.


The Many Faces of Preservation Conference
April 28 - 30, 2017
Titusville, Florida
CLICK for the PROGRAM

A Melding And Meeting Of Like Minds Involved In The Professions Of Historic Preservation & Restoration, Historic Home Ownership And Museum Management


Welcome Center & Bike Shop

Discover Titusville's new Welcome Center
A Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce Information Center & a Bicycle Shop that rents, sells, & services bicycles and hosts local bicycling excursions.


HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS - AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS

The City anticipates receiving grant funds of approx. $180,000 from the State to implement housing programs to assist Titusville homeowner's with minimum housing repairs to their home, beginning July 1, 2017.

Click here for the Public Notice. The application period begins March 1st and runs through June 30th.


We Need Your Input!
Have you recently interacted or conducted business with the Neighborhood Services and/or Community Development Department? If so, we would like you to take a moment and complete a brief "Voice of the Customer" survey to let us know how we are doing.
Customer Service Feedback Survey link: http://www.titusville.com/FormPage.asp?FormID=80


Water Quality Titusville's Primary Focus
Titusville Chlorine Dosing Update
January 31, 2017

Fall & Winter Irrigation Schedule


City of Titusville
Fiscal Year 2017 PROPOSED BUDGET


If you are low-income (at or below $35,000 annual salary), live in public housing, participate in the free or reduced lunch program, participate in SNAP, or participate in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families you can find internet for your home as low as $10 a month.


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Customer Satisfaction Surveys


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2015 Titusville Water Quality Report, June, 2016


Titusville Police Department
2016 Annual Report

2015 Titusville Police Department Year In Review
Published on March 6, 2017 -- Titusville Police Department 2016 Annual Report. It highlights the different programs and efforts of the department over the past year. Click for full report.

Titusville Fire and Emergency Services
2015 Year in Review

Titusville Fire & Emergency Dept. Year in Review.
Titusville Fire and Emergency Services presented this video to City Council on 24-Nov-2015, as part of their year-end report.


Your Sprinkler System – Check It Out!
Daylight Saving Time Irrigation Schedule

TITUSVILLE, FL - (March 2, 2017) – Spring is heading our way and soon the sound of sprinkler systems will be heard throughout our neighborhoods. Before you flip the switch on your sprinkler system, take a moment to check it out.

Check to make sure your controller is set on the correct irrigation schedule. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 12, and we will set our clocks forward. With the change in time comes a change in the irrigation schedule. During Daylight Saving Time, March 12 through November 4, the irrigation restrictions limit outside irrigation to no more than twice a week. Homes with even-numbered addresses can irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays. Homes with odd-numbered addresses can irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Businesses can irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays. The irrigation restrictions apply whether you are using reclaimed water, well water, or city water.

Next, check your sprinkler heads. The heads should match in any one zone to prevent over- or under-watering plants and turf. Plants and turf should be in separate zones since they have very different watering needs. Broken heads should be replaced.

Check to make sure your rain sensor is operating correctly. Florida law requires rain sensors on automatic irrigation systems so that the system turns off when it is raining.

Finally, check to see that your sprinklers are putting water where you need it. Irrigation water that constantly hits a wooden structure will promote rot. Sprinklers directed towards impervious surfaces such as driveways, streets, or sidewalks send water down the storm drains, not onto your lawn.

According to Maureen Phillips, Titusville Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, if homeowners give their sprinkler systems a checkup to make sure they were operating properly, they will find that irrigating no more than twice a week is sufficient to maintain a healthy lawn. Phillips said that simple steps such as setting the controller correctly, fixing broken heads, installing a rain sensor, and directing heads towards turf greatly increases the efficiency of an irrigation system. An efficient irrigation system means less water wasted through runoff or evaporation into the air, and more water getting to plant roots.

Titusville residents can learn more about the irrigation restrictions and how to create an attractive water-saving yard by contacting the Titusville Conservation Office at 321-567-3865 or by visiting the Water Resources Department's Conservation Program pages at www.titusville.com.


2016 Brevard Healthcare Update


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Water Quality Titusville's Primary Focus
Titusville Chlorine Dosing Update

TITUSVILLE, FL - (January 31, 2017) – Providing the highest quality water possible to its water consumers is the primary focus of the City of Titusville's Water Resources Department. To ensure that quality, Titusville began a chlorine dosing of its entire distribution system on December 12. Although originally anticipated to be completed by February 3, the dosing will continue through mid-March. The flushing of mains throughout the water system will also be continued during this period. Chlorine dosing is a common maintenance practice used by utilities.

During the dosing, Titusville's drinking water treatment process has changed from using chloramines (a combination of ammonia and chlorine) to using free chlorine. Due to this change, Titusville water customers may experience a slight change in both the taste and smell of their water. After the chlorine dosing is completed, the City will return to using chloramines as its normal method of disinfection treatment.

Titusville's water remains safe for drinking, cooking, bathing, and other everyday uses during the dosing. The dosing has been and continues to be performed in compliance with all applicable Florida Department of Environmental Protection regulations, with water quality monitored throughout the process.

Persons currently undergoing dialysis or with a compromised immune system should consult their health care provider to determine whether the change in disinfection will affect their treatment. In addition, anyone who has a fish tank or pond (including grocery stores, restaurants, and bait shops) that uses City water should contact a pet or aquarium professional to determine the need for any adjustments to their aquariums.

Titusville Water Resources appreciates the cooperation of its customers during the dosing process. Information on the chlorine dosing is available at www.titusville.com. Customers with specific questions or concerns should call the Chlorine Dosing Hotline at (321) 567-3878.

For Further Information Contact:
Maureen Phillips, Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager
(321) 567-3865 or maureen.phillips@titusville.com


Fall Back
Fall & Winter Irrigation Schedule

TITUSVILLE, FL - (October 26, 2016) -- Fall in Florida is a bit more subtle than in the northern states, but we still experience reduced sunlight, cooler temperatures, and reduced rainfall. Fall is also when clocks are turned back to return to Eastern Standard Time. When you turn back your clock on November 6, you also need to reset your irrigation controller. November 6 not only marks the beginning of Eastern Standard Time, but also the beginning of the fall and winter irrigation schedule.

During Eastern Standard Time (November 6 through March 11), outside irrigation is reduced to only one day per week. Odd-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Saturdays; even-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Sundays; and commercial and non-residential properties may irrigate on Tuesdays only during this period. In Titusville, well water, city water, and reclaimed water all fall under the irrigation restrictions.

During the fall and winter, plants and grass growth rates slow down. This reduced growth rate reduces the need for irrigation. Watering your landscape when it is not needed encourages fungal growth, as well as disturbs the normal growth cycle. A plant with new growth is more susceptible to damage during a cold snap. New growth also increases the plant's need to produce more food, which is tied to the amount of sunlight, water, and nutrients available. If any of these elements are missing, the plant becomes stressed and more susceptible to disease.

Landscape irrigation schedules are set by the St. Johns River Water Management District and have been tied to time zone changes for over 7 years.

According to Maureen Phillips, City of Titusville Water Resources' Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, the irrigation schedule mirrors what naturally occurs in the environment. Irrigation is reduced during the fall and winter because of the growth rate of plants and grasses is reduced. Irrigation is increased during the spring and summer when growth rates increase. "People often think that the answer to any plant or lawn problem is to add more water," Phillips explained. "What they don't realize is that too much water can be the cause of many of the problems going on in their yard. Titusville is not in a tropical zone. Although our yards don't experience the same degree of dormancy that northern plants experience, growth rates slow down considerably during this time of year. Bahia grass goes dormant and turns brown in the winter. Watering and fertilizing during this time is only going to encourage weeds."

Titusville residents can find out more about the irrigation restrictions and Florida-Friendly landscaping by contacting Titusville's Water Resources Conservation Office at 321-567-3865 or visiting the Water Resources Conservation Program's pages at www.titusville.com/irrigation.


EDC Announces RUAG's Selection of North Brevard

International technology company selects Titusville to strengthen its U.S. presence

Brevard County FL (November 29, 2016) -- Today, the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast (EDC) announced RUAG's selection of Brevard County for its RUAG Space USA Inc. production facility in Titusville. RUAG Space USA Inc., a supplier of spacecraft structural and thermal equipment, will operate at the Port Canaveral Titusville Logistic Center.

"The aerospace industry is undergoing a disruptive transformation," explains Peter Guggenbach, CEO of RUAG Space USA Inc. "In what's known as the new space segment, innovative start-ups and private investors are developing new commercial business models for aerospace applications. We want to be a competitive player in this segment too. The current order from Airbus OneWeb Satellites proves that we're on the right path," he says.

The company will begin with 10 employees in 2017 at an average wage of $50,261 and may ultimately reach 60 full-time workers by 2025.

The EDC worked closely with RUAG to communicate the competitive advantages of a Brevard County location by presenting the best business case and meeting significant requirements. In addition, the EDC guided the company through the State and North Brevard Economic Development Zone incentive programs.

"RUAG Space USA Inc. is a leading supplier of space products within the European space market," stated Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the EDC of Florida's Space Coast. "Competition across the space industry breeds excellence and RUAG's selection of Titusville for their U.S. production facility, further strengthens Brevard County's standing as a premier location for aerospace businesses throughout the world."

"RUAG Space USA Inc. is a strong addition to Florida's aerospace industry and we welcome them and their global expertise to the Space Coast," said Enterprise Florida Executive Vice President, Mike Grissom. "Florida is a pioneering state for aerospace and continues to be the home of innovation for the industry, thanks to the more than 85,000 Floridians who work in the industry."

"Space Florida is excited to welcome RUAG to the State of Florida and Brevard County," said Frank DiBello, president and CEO of Space Florida. "Our state's iconic space legacy is ever-expanding as RUAG will play a key role within a growing supply chain for the aerospace and satellite industry here in Florida. We look forward to being a partner in RUAG's success, and continuing to work with the community on Florida's Space Coast to further solidify Florida as a world leader in aerospace."

"The transformation happening in North Brevard is because of the vision and mission of the North Brevard Economic Development Zone and the partnership with the EDC," stated Robert Jordan, secretary, North Brevard Economic Development Zone. "The goal of NBEDZ is to ensure North Brevard maintains economic sustainability for years to come. Our regional strength has been demonstrated in just two years capturing over 1,200 jobs with an average annual wage of $62,000 and $300M in capital investments from a broad base of industries and services."

"The North Brevard area is filled with opportunity for businesses looking to expand and relocate here," stated Commissioner Rita Pritchett. "I look forward to maintaining the level of success the NBEDZ has had to establish North Brevard as a pro-business friendly region throughout the nation."

RUAG Space USA Inc. plans to start manufacturing the satellite structures early next year.

About the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast
The Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast EDC) is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high tech companies. The EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida's Space Coast. Visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org.

About RUAG Space
RUAG Space is Europe's leading supplier of space products to the industry. With 1,200 people employed at 10 locations in Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Finland and the USA the RUAG Space Division achieved some total sales of 310 million Swiss Francs in 2015. RUAG develops and markets internationally sought-after technology applications in the fields of aerospace and defense for use on land, in the air and in space. 55% of RUAG's products and services are destined for the civil market and 45% for the military market. The Group is headquartered in Berne, Switzerland. It has production sites in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Australia and the USA. Around 8,200 employees – of whom 410 are trainees – generate sales of some CHF 1.75 billion. Contact Hendrik Thielemann, Hendrik.thielemann@ruag.com


Water Quality Titusville's Primary Focus

Water System Maintenance to Begin in December
TITUSVILLE, FL - (November 28, 2016) — Providing the highest quality water possible to its water consumers is the primary focus for City of Titusville Water Resources Department. To ensure that quality, Titusville will begin a chlorine dosing of its entire distribution system on Monday, December 12. The dosing will be performed over an eight-week period (from December 12, 2016 through February 3, 2017) and will include the flushing of mains throughout the water system.

"Titusville has great drinking water," said Sean Stauffer, Titusville's Water Resources Director. "We want to ensure that quality. Chlorine dosing is a common maintenance practice that will help us to do that. We are also combining the dosing with system flushing, which improves our water distribution system, and in turn enhances the quality of the water our customers receive."

During the dosing, Titusville's drinking water treatment process will change from using chloramines (a combination of ammonia and chlorine) to using free chlorine. An additional chlorination point on the south end of the city will also be established. Due to these changes, Titusville water customers may experience a slight change in both the taste and smell of their water. After the chlorine dosing is completed, the City will return to using chloramines as its normal method of disinfection treatment.

Titusville's water will remain safe to drink, to cook with, to bathe in, and for other everyday uses during the dosing. The dosing will be performed in compliance with all applicable Florida Department of Environmental Protection regulations; and, water quality will be monitored throughout the process.

Persons currently undergoing dialysis or with a compromised immune system should consult their health care provider prior to the dosing to determine whether the change in disinfection will affect their treatment. In addition, anyone who has a fish tank or pond (including grocery stores and restaurants with lobster tanks and bait shops with fish containers) that uses City water should contact a pet or aquarium professional to determine the need for any adjustments to their aquariums.

Titusville appreciates the cooperation of its customers during the dosing process. Information on the chlorine dosing is available at www.titusville.com. Customers with specific questions or concerns should call the Chlorine Dosing Hotline at (321) 567-3878.


Titusville Focuses on Water Quality
Titusville Water Quality Report

TITUSVILLE, FL - (June 7, 2016) – Water quality has been in the news a lot lately, and the City of Titusville wants to assure its water customers about the quality of drinking water that it provides.

Each year Titusville publishes an annual water quality report, also known as a consumer confidence report (CCR). This year's report focuses on the steps the City takes to ensure the quality of the water it provides and ways that consumers can help to ensure the quality of water once it enters their homes.

One of the tips listed in the report to ensure water quality in your home is to only use cold tap water for drinking or cooking. Hot tap water should not be used as it may contain metals, sediment, and bacteria that build up in the water heater.

Maureen Phillips, Water Conservation and Public Outreach Manager, noted that one of the first things she asks someone when they complain their water tastes "funny" is whether or not they use any water filter cartridges. "Filters usually are continuously damp and don't get exposed to light, that makes them a perfect breeding ground for organisms that can affect the taste and quality of your water," Phillips explained. Often in order to save money or simply because they forget, consumers fail to change out their filters on a regular basis. An often overlooked filter is one that may be on the water line to your ice maker. Failure to maintain this filter can affect the taste of your ice cubes, which in turn affects the tastes of drinks.

Sean L. Stauffer, P.E., Titusville's Water Resources Director, explained that this year's report provides readers with much more than the required water quality information. "With all of the news about Flint and other water issues, we wanted Titusville water customers to feel confident about the safety of Titusville's water."

The 2016 edition of Titusville's annual water quality report, The Water We Drink 2015, is available online at titusville.com/ccr or by going to the Water Resources Department's main page on titusville.com. The report includes information on water sources and contaminant testing results. To request a mailed copy of the water quality report, call the City of Titusville Water Conservation Office at (321) 567-3865. For questions about water quality or the data presented in the report, Titusville customers should call (321) 567-3877.

For Further Information Contact:
Maureen Phillips
Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager
(321) 567-3865
maureen.phillips@titusville.com


Rail Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (May 13, 2016) --The City of Titusville is proud to announce the completion of the Garden Street Trail Bridge, which spans all four lanes of Garden Street (SR406).

The City will be hosting a celebratory event on May 20, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the NORTH entrance of the bridge.

Cyclists, pedestrians and interested citizens are encouraged to join us! There will be parking available off Park Avenue, north of Garden Street, near the bridge for attendees. The ceremony will conclude with a ribbon cutting, followed by fellow cyclists and pedestrians crossing and officially opening the bridge for traffic. The first 100 attendees will receive a commemorative water bottle.

The Bridge will be part of the Coast-to-Coast Connector Trail. Once gaps in the trail completed, the trail will extend to the west coast of the state linking Titusville and the Atlantic Ocean to St. Petersburg and the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast-to-Coast Connector will highlight Central Florida's beautiful scenery, wildlife, small towns and urban cities.

The trail bridge (Titusville Trail Network) will also be part of the St. Johns to Sea Loop Trail linking Titusville to St. Augustine, Palatka, Deland and Daytona Beach and the East Coast Greenway Trail linking Maine to Key West, Florida.

Titusville Rail Trail Bridge Ribbon Cutting

City of Titusville, FL - Garden Street Bridge Grand Opening - CLICK

Published on Jun 1, 2016
On Friday, May 20, 2016, the City of Titusville held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Rail Trail bridge that crosses over Garden Street.


North end of the Garden St. bridge.
Approximate: Latitude: 28.616312, Longitude: -80.816749


PRESS RELEASE


Donors to the Titusville splash pad.
Titusville Mayor Jim Tulley accepts a donation check to help fund the Titusville Splash Pad.


Civic Groups, Private Donors help fund Titusville Splash Pad

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (May 11, 2016) — Titusville City Council recently received a large donation from various civic groups and private donors totaling $211,799 to fund and build a splash pad at Sand Point Park (corrected from original press relesase).

The initiative was truly a community-driven effort with donations ranging from one dollar to several thousand. In all, there were over 40 different civic organizations, churches, schools and businesses involved in raising the money. Some of the civic organizations involved included the Kiw anis Club, both Rotary Clubs, and the "40 Days of Generosity." The effort also received large donations and support from Health First and the Severs family of Titusville.

Mayor Jim Tulley stated that he had never seen anything like the community-led effort since he has been on the city council. Dwight Severs pointed out that in 1932 citizens banded together to raise money to buy Sandpoint Park in a similar effort and that he was very encouraged by the generosity of the citizens working for the betterment of our community.

Speaking about his family contribution, Severs stated that, he wanted to give back to the community that had been so generous to him and his family, pointing out that his donation was in memory of his late son, Mathew. Severs thanked Marcia Gaedcke of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, for her leadership and support, and thanked Titusville City Manager Scott Larese and the City Council for their efforts with the project.

CLICK HERE - Renderings open in a new window.

Titusville Splash Pad Facebook Page


Less is More When It Comes to Watering Your Lawn
Daylight Saving Time Irrigation Schedule

TITUSVILLE, FL - (March 11, 2016) -- If you want a healthy, sustainable yard, one of the most important things you can do for it is to water it correctly, says Maureen Phillips, City of Titusville Water Resources' Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager. Sunday, March 13, starts the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and with the change in time comes a change in the number of days outside irrigation is allowed.

During Daylight Saving Time, March 13 through November 5, the irrigation restrictions allow outside irrigation no more than twice a week. Homes with even numbered addresses can irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays. Homes with odd-numbered addresses can irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Businesses can irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays. The irrigation restrictions apply to all properties in the St. Johns River Water Management District, unless specifically exempted.

According to Phillips, too much water promotes shallow root systems, leaches nutrients from the soil, and causes fungal growth. The weakened turf then becomes more susceptible to pests. By giving their sprinkler systems a checkup to make sure they were operating properly, homeowners would find that two days a week irrigation would provide sufficient water to support their lawns. Phillips said that homeowners could take simple steps such as fixing broken sprinkler heads, matching types of heads in any one zone, installing rain sensors, turning off systems on windy days, and directing heads towards turf, not driveways or sidewalks, to greatly increase the efficiency of their irrigation systems. An efficient irrigation system would mean less water wasted through runoff or evaporation into the air, and more water getting to plant roots.

Titusville promotes the efficient use of all water and restricts the use of well water, city water, and reclaimed water for outside irrigation. The restrictions also limit irrigation on watering days to before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.

Titusville residents can learn more about the irrigation restrictions and how to create an attractive water-saving yard by contacting the Titusville Conservation Office at 321-567-3865 or by visiting the Water Resources Department's Conservation Program pages at www.titusville.com.


February 8, 2016

Poised for the Future
Titusville's New Wellfield Completed

TITUSVILLE, FL - (February 8, 2016) -- The Area IV Wellfield project has been completed. "It took a bit longer than we originally anticipated, but it is now completed and working beautifully," said Titusville's Water Resources Director Sean Stauffer describing the completion of the second and final phase of Titusville's newest wellfield, Area IV.

The initial phase of the Area IV Wellfield came online in late 2012. At startup, approximately 245,000 gallons of raw water per day was pumped from the wellfield to Titusville's Mourning Dove Water Treatment Plant. The rate increased to 0.75 million gallons of water per day (mgd) when the first phase was completed. With the completion of the final phase, that flow rate has increased to 2.75 mgd.

The new wellfield provides Titusville with another source to tap for its water supply. The Area IV wellfield pumps water from the Floridan Aquifer; while Titusville's two other wellfields pump water from the Surficial Aquifer. Water from the new wellfield is blended with water from the City's existing wellfields at Titusville's water treatment plant, the Mourning Dove. Blending the water makes the new water source transparent to customers, who have not experienced any difference in the taste of the drinking water they have received since the wellfield first came online.

One of the strongest reasons for choosing to develop the new wellfield was that this new water source would not require Titusville to change any of its current treatment processes or cause any substantial changes to the treatment facility.

Titusville has worked for over twelve years to develop the wellfield to ensure water for its future. Titusville joined with Farmton Water Resources to create a public-private company known as TIFA, LLC in order to make the wellfield a reality. The city also overcame physical obstacles to the project by constructing a twelve-mile transmission line from the wellfield to the Mourning Dove facility. The Area IV Wellfield, located in northwest Brevard County, is anticipated to provide significant long-term water supply benefits to current Titusville area residents, as well as future residents.


November 12, 2015

Park Avenue Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study from South Street (SR 405) to Garden Street (SR 406)

City of Titusville, Brevard County, Florida
City Project ID: RS1405

Dear Government Leader:
The City of Titusville has scheduled a public kickoff meeting for the Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study along Park Avenue from South Street (SR 405) to Garden Street (SR 406). This is the first public meeting to be held as part of a community-based evaluation to provide for the long-term multimodal needs of the corridor.

The purpose of this public meeting is to present and explain the study process, seek public and agencies input, and provide interested persons an opportunity to get involved in the study.

The public kickoff meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the City of Titusville City Hall in the Council Chambers located at 555 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida 32796. The meeting begins with an open house at 5:30 p.m., and will include a presentation at 6:00 p.m. The meeting ends at 7:00 p.m. Staff members from the study team will be available to discuss the project and answer your questions. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input to the study team during the meeting, or in writing using the provided comment forms. You may also submit comments by mail no later than December 21, 2015 to Kevin Cook, P.E., Public Works Director, 555 S. Washington Ave, Titusville, Florida 32796.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Nikki Doyle at 407-839-4006 or via email at ndoyle@vhb.com at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).

For more information, please contact Kevin Cook, P.E., Public Works Director, at kevin.cook@titusville.com. Media inquiries should be directed to Jim Thomas, City Community Advocate, 321-567-3689.

Sincerely,
Kevin Cook, P.E.
Public Works Director
Attachment- Project Location Map


After You've Eaten the Candy, Reset Your Controller
Fall & Winter Irrigation Schedule

TITUSVILLE, FL - (October 30, 2015) -- After you have eaten the candy, put away the costume, and set the clocks back, take the time to reset your irrigation controller.

November 1 marks the change back to Eastern Standard Time, as well as the change back to only once-a-week irrigation. During Eastern Standard Time (November 1 through March 12), outside irrigation is reduced to no more than one day per week. Odd-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Saturdays; even-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Sundays; and commercial and non-residential properties may irrigate on Tuesdays during this period.

During the fall and winter plants and grass growth rates slow down due to reduced sunlight, cooler temperatures and reduced rainfall. This reduced growth rate reduces the need for irrigation. Watering your landscape when it is not needed can harm your grass and plants because it can encourage fungal growth, as well as disturb the normal growth cycle. A plant with new growth is more susceptible to damage during a cold snap.

Landscape irrigation schedules are set by the St. Johns River Water Management District and have been tied to time zone changes for over 6 years.

According to Maureen Phillips, City of Titusville Water Resources' Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, well water, city water, and reclaimed water all fall under the irrigation restrictions in Titusville. "People often think that the answer to any plant or lawn problem is to add more water," Phillips explained. "What they don't realize is that too much water can be the cause of many of the problems going on in their yard. Titusville is not in a tropical zone. Although our yards don't experience the same degree of dormancy that plants up north experience, growth rates do slow down considerably during this time of year. Bahia grass goes dormant and turns brown in the winter. Watering and fertilizing during this time is only going to encourage weeds."

Titusville residents can find out more about the irrigation restrictions and Florida-Friendly landscaping by contacting Titusville's Water Resources Conservation Office at 321-383-5669 or visiting the Water Resources Conservation Program's pages at www.titusville.com.


No dumping in channels, ditches, canals, curbing, or storm drains, or the house you flood may be your own! Dumping in this manner is a violation of city code. Unfortunately, many lawn maintenance companies and some homeowners dump or blow grass clippings into the street, curb, or storm drains. The accumulation of grass clippings can cause plugging with the drainage systems and also contributes to the level of chemicals and/or fertilizers within the city's stormwater that flows to the Indian River Lagoon.


City of Titusville Details Bill, Rate Basics For Water and Sewer Customers

You may have heard a lot of talk lately about Titusville water bills and rates, but have you ever taken a really good look at your monthly water bill (formally known as your Water/Sewer/Solid Waste Services bill)?

You may have heard a lot of talk lately about Titusville water bills and rates, but have you ever taken a really good look at your monthly water bill (formally known as your Water/Sewer/Solid Waste Services bill)?

You will see a lot of fees included on your bill that have nothing to do with your water or sewer services. Most of these fees are for your garbage and recycling services.

The fees related to water and sewer services include water fixed monthly, water usage charge, sewer fixed monthly, sewer usage charge, and, finally, public service tax.

WATER & SEWER CHARGES

Fixed monthly charges. These charges are based on the actual cost to provide you with water and sewer service. These costs include billing, meter reading, debt service, system maintenance, and future water supply needs. This charge should stay the same from month to month.

Consumption/Usage charges. These charges are based on variable costs to provide you with water and sewer service, such as the amount of electricity and chemicals used in treating, collecting, and distributing water. This charge may vary each month depending upon how much water you use.

Public service tax. This is a 10 percent utility tax. It is applied to the water charges, not the sewer charges on your bill. This tax also appears on metered or bottled gas bills, electric bills, and fuel oil bills.water &sewerchargesmeters &readings METERS & READINGS There are 21,700 water meters in our system. Titusville uses two different methods for reading meters: radio read and manual read. Radio read meters can be read by the meter reader just driving down the street; while manual read meters required a meter reader to open the meter box and input the consumption into a handheld device.

On the average, only 0.39 percent of our water meters have estimated readings on any given month due to adverse conditions such as the meters are inaccessible, meter failure, etc. Estimated readings are based on a previous six-month average for the account. (City of Titusville image) On the average, only 0.39 percent of our water meters have estimated readings on any given month due to adverse conditions such as the meters are inaccessible, meter failure, etc. Estimated readings are based on a previous six-month average for the account.

Meters are read in thousands of gallons and are read down. What that means is if you used 3,995 gallons of water in one month, your consumption will only be billed at 3,000 gallons. If next month, you used 6 gallons more than your usual 3,995 gallons, your consumption would be billed at 4,000 gallons. The consumption shown on your bill may look like you somehow used a thousand more gallons than the previous month, but it just means that you used enough more water to bump you to the next thousand gallon mark.

Your sewer consumption will always match your water consumption because we do not meter the wastewater flowing from your house. So if your water consumption drops, the sewer consumption also drops and your bill will reflect reduced charges for both.

RATES & INCREASES

The City of Titusville is proposing a 3 percent increase in both water and sewer rates beginning October 1, 2015. Titusville's current rates and proposed rates are about average for utilities in our area.

To see a comparison of Titusville's rates with 17 other utilities, as well as a sample bill showing how the proposed rate increase will affect a typical single-family residential customer in Titusville who uses 5,000 gallons per month, visit the City of Titusville's Water Resources web page, Water and Sewer Rates - What You Should Know.

  • Utilities increase their rates because the cost to provide water and sewer service continues to increase. Some of the reasons that Titusville is proposing a rate increase include the following:
  • Inflationary increases in the cost of operations such as chemicals, insurance, personnel, etc.;
  • Renewal and replacement costs associated with maintaining an aging infrastructure;
  • Preserve a 90-day cash balance for operations and maintenance;
  • Debt service coverage requirements and credit rating maintenance;
  • System projects such as water line replacements; water plant pump and motor replacements; sewer pipe and manhole lining; wastewater plant upgrade/rehabilitation/refurbishment projects; water tank rehabilitation; sewer upgrade (SR 405); emergency generator retrofit; telemetry replacements and upgrades; and south area water main.
For further information about water or sewer rates, please contact the Water Resources Director, City of Titusville Water Resources Department at 321-567-3855.

By Maureen Phillips, Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, City of Titusville Water Resources // September 11, 2015


The City of Titusville, Florida / News

City of Titusville, FL launches the
Ascend Business Retention, Expansion Program

City of Titusville's Ascend Business Retention, Expansion (BRE) Program is designed primarily to assist local businesses, but also serves multiple purposes aiming to enhance the competitiveness of conducting business in Titusville.

Commercial businesses in Titusville will be asked to participate in an on line survey or schedule a site visit this summer/fall. The Economic Development Department will obtain specific information on the needs of the company. The information will be used to identify any potential problems and opportunities that could be addressed. The survey/visit allows the City of Titusville Economic Development Department to proactively assess and act on challenges and opportunities affecting our local business community and to provide follow-up and services based on needs. The data is also tracked in a database that can later be used to identify trends, problem areas and growth segments of the business community. Results will also equip City management and City Council with information about the City's business community that will assist in policy decisions in the future.

Edyie McCall, Director Economic Development with City of Titusville, serves as the contact for the program, if you would like additional information please call 321-567-3774, Edyie.mccall@titusville.com


Top 10 cities for STEM grads
PB-MLB-Titusville MSA

Consumer finance site NerdWallet released a study that found the best cities for STEM grads - and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville MSA came in tenth (out of 354 of the largest metros). To conduct this analysis, they looked at:
  • STEM employees per 1,000 total jobs
  • Annual mean wage for STEM jobs
  • Median gross rent
The STEM job market is expected to continue to outpace other sectors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Check out the study here: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/cities/best-places-stem-grads-2015/


Click to view the entire trail map. DOWNTOWN MOBILITY COMMITTEE

The Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is seeking interested citizens who are willing to serve on the Downtown Mobility Committee.

As directed by the CRA, staff is working to position the City of Titusville as a Trail Town. With the construction of the Coast to Coast Connector and the Welcome Center project underway, it seems advisable to ensure that a review of travel within and through Titusville be conducted. To that end, it is recommended that the CRA created a Downtown Mobility Committee to analyze connectivity from the Coast to Coast Connector trail head to downtown and other trails, as well as routes through the downtown and other mobility issues.

The Committee will be comprised of seven (7) residents with interest in transforming Titusville into a community that serves trail enthusiasts. The CRA is seeking residents with an interest and experience in the many recreational uses that trails support, including hiking/walking, running, biking, observing nature and horseback riding. The committee will be asked to consider issues such as access and safety issues, signage, parking and the multi-use nature of trails.

Contact: Peggy Busacca, Community Development Director, City of Titusville: 321-567-3778
Qualifications to serve.


The Water We Drink (2014)

The 2015 edition of Titusville's annual water quality report, The Water We Drink (2014), is available online at titusville.com/ccr. Take a moment to review the report and learn about the excellent quality of our drinking water, including where it comes from and how it is treated.

The report is formatted as a pdf in a series of ten 8.5" x 11" landscaped pages, so that you can easily print out a copy. If you would prefer to receive a mailed copy of the water quality report, or wish to receive multiple copies, please call the City of Titusville Water Conservation Office at (321) 383-5669.

We want to keep you informed about our water utility and great tasting drinking water. Please call (321) 567-3877 with any of your water quality questions.

Sincerely,
City of Titusville Water Resources Department


May 1, 2015

Mobile Vendors

Currently mobile vendors are not permitted within the downtown, except as part of a special event. I am not certain why this requirement is in place, although I am sure it was done for a specific reason. Council has received a request to permit mobile vendors in Marina Park to serve the people who utilize the skateboard park. I am seeking your opinion on whether mobile vendors should be permitted in the downtown. Please note that the code requires that mobile vendors (not part of a special event) be located no closer than 500 feet from a permanent business of the same type (for example, food trucks and restaurants).

I would appreciate any input that you have on this issue.

Thank you,
Peggy

Peggy Busacca
Community Development Director
City of Titusville
PO Box 2806
555 S. Washington Avenue
Titusville, FL 32781-2806
321-567-3778 – New Phone Number
321-383-5700 (fax)


April 29, 2015

Update to the CRA Supplemental Plan

Staff has developed draft amendments to the CRA Supplemental Plan Update. The highlights of the plan include a Vibrant Community Initiative, including the goal of becoming a "Trail Town;" construction of a welcome center including public restrooms; increasing residential development downtown; and funding of park improvements and additional grants for property owners. Changes to the previous update are shown in strikethrough and underlining.

This draft document is scheduled to be considered by the CRA at its next meeting on May 12. You are invited to attend to participate in the discussion of this report. In addition, I would appreciate any input you have on the content of the report by the May 12 meeting. I am available to answer questions or discuss the report if you would like.

Thank you for your assistance as your input is valued in guiding the plan for the downtown area.

Peggy Busacca
Community Development Director
City of Titusville
PO Box 2806
555 S. Washington Avenue
Titusville, FL 32781-2806
321-567-3778 • 321-383-5700 (fax)


VETERAN'S HOME OWNERSHIP PROGRAM

Brevard Community Partnership, Inc. has announced a special program made available to Veteran's.

If you are a Veteran or a Veteran household and are interested in becoming a first-time homeowner, the Inspiration Village Development Team would like to invite you to tour the homes available through this special program for Veterans.

  • 5 homes available
  • 3 bedroom
  • all appliances
  • energy star rated
  • new construction
For more information, contact Bobby Mutter with Real Living Mutter Real Estate at 321-269-9855.


The City of Titusville, Florida / City Manager's Office / Economic Development / News / February 25, 2014

INTERSPACE Florida, to create interactive space themed destination at the Titusville Cocoa Airport.

NewSpace Center, LLC, a 4Frontiers Corporation subsidiary, launched an initial private placement offering today that is intended to finance the first phase of INTERSPACE Florida, a real science interactive space themed destination located on a 75 acre master planned and zoned spaceport territory site eight miles from Kennedy Space Center at the Titusville Cocoa Airport (TICO).

A highly experienced core team of Central Florida based aerospace, financial, and themed entertainment professionals have assembled to support the offering and underscore INTERSPACE credibility. The company's target is to raise $15-$20 million in equity to provide for the first tier of a three tier financing approach that also includes both public bonds and commercial debt. A total of $80 million is required to fund the first phase of INTERSPACE and bring the initial expansion to profitability. The company plans to raise the total amount this year and open INTERSPACE in 2016. The company expects a high return on equity, projecting a five year simple payback that includes a two year period for initial design and construction.

The first phase of INTERSPACE is estimated to create 300 jobs including 200 in the company and 100 secondary positions within the local economy. Titusville and Brevard County have provided a combined ad valorem tax incentive of $1.4 million in support of this expansion. This initial development will build out one third of the site, leaving plenty of space for future planned expansions including supporting technology businesses, light manufacturing, and education facilities. 4Frontiers is also actively negotiating for a local Florida university on-site business incubator operation targeted to open with INTERSPACE.

INTERSPACE will immerse its guests in a dynamic, visceral, hands-on adventure, training with high-tech tools of the space frontier and glimpsing into the future by visiting the largest indoor Mars simulation in the world. Guests themselves will become Explorers and Settlers, bringing visions of our future into current reality. Technical accuracy comes from a 4Frontiers three year unpublished study by 70 engineers, researchers, and scientists that addressed the first two generations of a real Mars settlement. INTERSPACE incorporates study results, including the characteristics and technologies of an expanding 2,000 resident settlement. • Click Here to View Press Release.


200+ acre Titusville Logistics Center
to be Developed in Titusville

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF THIS EXCITING DEVELOPMENT
Click here for their website.


Ceremony for the East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013 — 10:30 - 11:30am
The ceremony was held on the site of the planned trail located across the street from the Titusville Art League at 1421 Draa Road,

A ceremony to mark the funding of a bicycle and pedestrian trail from Draa Street/Road to Canaveral Avenue, which will include an overpass at State Road (SR) 406/Garden Street in Titusville. This section of trail will be part of the East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail and will link to other trail sections, creating a coast-to-coast trail system.

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Peggy Busacca
Planning and Growth Management Director
Planning and Growth Management
City of Titusville
PO Box 2806
555 S. Washington Avenue
Titusville, FL 32781-2806
321-383-5825
321-383-5700 (fax)

Adrian Kilgore, Media Services
City of Titusville, Florida
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