Chairman’s/Budget Discussion Meeting: September 9, 2019

Chairman’s/Budget Discussion Meeting: September 9, 2019

Chairman’s Meeting & Budget Discussion
Indian River County Hospital District
September 9, 2019

TRUSTEES: Marybeth Cunningham Tracey Zudans
Barbara Bodnar Karen Deigl
Dr. Michael Weiss

VIA TELEPHONE: Ann Marie McCrystal Allen Jones

STAFF: Ann Marie Suriano Jennifer Frederick
Kate Voss Jennifer Peshke, Esq.

OTHER ATTENDEES: Shannon Bowman Tara Beard
Tracy Griffis Shelley Stuven
Dan Bach Pat Knipper
Marie Andress Nick Coppola
Angela Guzenski Jeannie Shepperd
Andrea Fedock Vicki Soule
Jeff Shearer Carrie Lester

Convene Meeting – Marybeth Cunningham, Chairwoman

Mrs. Cunningham convened the chairman’s meeting of the IRCHD at 11:00 AM by welcoming those in attendance.

Approval of Aviation Blvd. extension – Phil Matson, MPO

Mr. Matson provide the Trustees with a background and analysis of the request concerning the conceptual approval of the Aviation Blvd and McCrystal Drive alignment at 37th Street in Vero. He explained that this area is a primary point of access to Cleveland Clinic Indian River and a large number of medical related facilities and businesses. According to the county concurrency management system, 37th street is currently at more than 90% capacity. Several years ago the MPO, and City of Vero Beach staff proposed developing a new two lane roadway directly from Aviation Blvd/US 1 Intersection to 41st Street, as an alternative to widening 37th Street. This would alleviate sufficient traffic to possibly eliminate the costly task of widening the road, while providing emergency access alternative and substantial capacity for future growth. In a preliminary presentation to the District, the conceptual roadway was well received and the county has now begun exploring right-of-way and maintenance options with the District. Recently county public works staff has developed a conceptual alignment for the roadway at the intersection of 37th Street that maintain a substantial distance from the Rehabilitation center. To do this, the county must purchase the former Vero Surgical building.

Mr. Matson stated that prior to undertaking this purchase, staff is seeking conceptual approval from the Hospital District. There was further Trustee discussion regarding the same and the Trustees suggested that whatever improvements and new construction that is conducted allow as much room for growth as possible and we in agreement with the conceptual proposal. Mr. Matson asked for a motion to approve the same which was made by Ms. Deigl and seconded by Ms. Zudans. The motion carried unanimously.

FY 2019-2020 Budget Discussion – All

The Trustee had a robust discussion concerning the FY 2019-2020 funding requests. A representative from each agency who requested funding, was in attendance at the meeting to answer specific Trustees questions relative to their agency request. Also Ms. Frederick had prepared a summary of each request, which was also referenced during discussions. Ms. Suriano stated she would update the budget with the discussed changes from the meeting, which will be voted on at the First Public budget hearing scheduled for September 12, 2019 at 5:01 PM.

Public Comment- There was no public comment.

Adjourn- The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 PM