MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 10, 1992
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a meeting at 9:00 a.m., in the Commissioner's Meeting Room at the Courthouse in Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:
Jimmie Sheffield, Chairman
W. B. Mathis, Jr.
Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Sherree Pitzarell and Kelly Johnson, Deputy Clerks, Ted Burt, County Attorney, D. Ray Harrison, Property Appraiser, Jim Floyd, Sheriff, Mary Kate Colson, Sheriff's Dept., George McMath, City Commissioner, Kathryn Deen, City Manager, W. W. Welch, Tax Collector, Susan Bryant, Supervisor of Elections, Martha Mahalick, Fred Fox Enterprises, Robert Matusak, county resident.
Mr. Harrison stated that his budget request reflects a 6% salary increase for his employees, and an overall increase in operations of 20%. Mr. Harrison explained that the GIS Mapping program has changed the structure of his budget and estimates that the cost of the first full year of operation will be approximately $l00,000.
City Commissioner, George McMath and City Manager Kathryn Deen discussed fire services provided by the City of Trenton, outside of the city limits. The city estimates that the cost per call is approximately $256. The Commission explained that they are interested in how much it would cost the city to operate their department, if they did not respond to fire calls outside of the city limits. Mr. McMath and Ms. Deen stated they would come back to the Board with this information. There followed discussion regarding the city responding to brush fires outside of the city limits. The Board advised Sheriff Floyd, who was also in attendance, was instructed to advise his dispatchers to refer brush fires to the Forrestry department.
Ms. Deen stated that the city had some areas of concern regarding the state's roads within the city limits. Chairman Sheffield stated that the county's Transportation Committee will review all the concerns, both in and out of the various city limits, and that Ms. Deen may submit her list to them.
Sheriff Floyd stated that his budget proposal reflects a l0% salary increase for his staff, and an overall increase in operations of l7%. Included in his request are three new vehicles.
The Board recessed for lunch at l2:25 p.m. and reconvened at l:35 p.m.
Mr. Welch explained that his budget request reflects a 6% salary increase for his staff, and a new half-time position, with an overall operational increase of 16%. Mr. Welch stated that he has included the cost of a new computer program in this budget request and anticipates the cost to be $20,000. He explained that the current program does not provide the information needed for special assessments, and that there is a balance of approximately $l0,000 still unpaid on this system, which is not included in his request for FY 92-93.
Ms. Mahalick discussed with the Board changes that need to be made on D. Wright's work write-up. She and Commissioner Sheffield have viewed the Wright's home and determined that the interior painting is not actually needed, however, due to possible health hazards, the kitchen sink should be replaced with a new stainless steel sink. In addition, the skirting replacement should be left in the write-up, and a hood for the stove should be added. This job had been previously approved subject to Commissioner Sheffield's inspection. Ms. Mahalick stated that due to the physical limitations of V. Strickland, a handicap shower would be appropriate, as well as a room addition for the washer and dryer, since they are currently outside. The Board advised Ms. Mahalick to have the contractor submit an estimate of the cost for the additional work. Following discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Philman, seconded by Commissioner Jones to require that all future bids be submitted with the cost of each task. The motion carried unanimously. The Board would like for Mr. Rehberg, county building inspector to accompany the estimator on all future work write-ups.
Ms. Bryant stated that her budget request reflects a 6% salary increase for her staff, and funding for a new computer system, which is needed due to a change in the state election laws.
Mr. Barron stated that his budget request does not reflect an increase. His budget request for Clerk to the Board of Commissioners and County Court are less than the current year's funding level. Mr. Barron stated that the carry-over from last year is not included in his request for next fiscal year, however, the other constutition officers have not backed their carry-overs out of their requests.
Mr. Barron reported to the Board that Blue Cross, Blue Shield anticipates a 20% rate increase for the next fiscal year, if coverages remain the same. The Board advised Mr. Barron to bid the health insurance coverage.
Mr. Barron stated that Morris Conner, Solid Waste Supervisor has been looking for VHF/UHF radios for the mobile units and have located some for $l200 installed with a trade-in.
There being no further business to come before the Board, it was unanimously agreed to adjourn the meeting, following a motion from Commissioner, which was seconded by Commissioner Mathis.
JACKIE R. BARRON,