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CITY OF MELBOURNE, FLORIDA MINUTES – REGULAR MEETING BEFORE CITY COUNCIL APRIL 27, 2004

Ms. Twigg stated that she lives near Baker Road and every week she moves more than one gopher tortoise so it doesn’t get run over. She said she knows there is more than one gopher tortoise on the property. She explained that after a hard rain, water leaves the subject property and impacts everyone in the neighborhood. She stressed that they can’t handle any more water; they are at capacity.

Liz Adesso, 265 Baker Road, pointed out her property on the map. She said that when it rains water from the subject property fills her yard. She commented that a family of

gopher Cranes

tortoises is live in the

in her backyard; tortoises are

swamp.

She

said

that

she

everywhere. Also, a knows that the area

pair of Sandhill is going to be

developed; however, she wanted to correct the information and the fact that there is more than one bird on the property. units per acre is unacceptable. The property will have to be and it will not be conducive to the surrounding area.

about the gopher tortoises Ms. Adesso stated that 15 developed either up or out

Mrs. Walker asked Ms. Adesso the size of her property. Ms. Adesso said it was built in 1986 and is almost half an acre.

Mrs. Poole asked if people in the area can be considered expert witnesses, especially since they have seen flooding and wildlife. Mr. Gougelman said yes.

Mayor Buckley read the condition of the zoning ordinance, which requires area residents to be re-notified when a site plan is submitted for approval.

Moved by Walker/Poole to postpone this item for 30 days – at least two meetings. Motion carried. Mayor Buckley voted nay.

Mayor Buckley announced that this item will return on the May 25 agenda.

COUNCIL ACTION RE:

Authorization for the City Manager to petition the Corps

Engineers for assistance with the Crane Creek assume responsibility as financial project sponsor.

Dredging

project

and

for

the

City

of to

From the agenda report: This item is provided at the request of Friends of Crane Creek

and specifically adjacent property owners.

The specific plan is to

technical

assistance

from

the

Corps

of

Engineers

and

encourage

apply for

no-cost

placement

of this

project in the share only if a

queue for federal funding. The City would need subsequent specific plan based agreement occurs.

to

commit

for

the

local

The recommendation is to authorize the City Manager to communicate the City’s interest and request the Corps of Engineer’s assistance with the City of Melbourne as a local sponsor.

Mr. Schluckebier said that this item is to ask the Corps of Engineers to do the preliminary work. If they ultimately decide to proceed with the project, the City’s portion would be 35%. This could be partially offset by the City’s ownership of the spoil site and would not preclude the City from finding co-sponsors to help with the 35% share.

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