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, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Sherree Pitzarell and Kelly Johnson, Deputy Clerks, Buddy Joyner, Road Department Supervisor, Carl Rehberg, County Building Inspector, Sheriff Floyd, Martha Mahalick, Fred Fox Enterprises, Bob Matusak, Ray and Joanna Thomas, county residents.
Mr. Joyner discussed his budget for the next fiscal year, requesting a l0% salary increase for his staff. The Board advised Mr. Joyner to reduce the amount for salaries to reflect a 6% across the board increase, and instructed Mr. Joyner to do annual evaluations on his employees. Upon a motion by Commissioner Jones, seconded by Commissioner Mathis, the Board unanimously agreed to budget $42,500 of the one cent sales tax revenues to the Transportation Trust Fund.
The Board discussed various revenue sources that may be available to them. Mr. Burt reported that he has contacted several counties regarding impact fees, as well as fees charged for various building permits. A motion was made by Commissioner Jones, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson to authorize Mr. Burt to advertise a resolution which would increase the fees for building permits as follows: single-wide mobile homes from $35 to $50, double-wide mobile homes from $45 to $75, and electrical, plumbing and heat/air from $l5 to $25. The motion carried unanimously.
The Board recessed for lunch at 12:05 p.m. and reconvened at 1:35 p.m.
Upon a motion made by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Jones, the Board unanimously agreed to authorize Mr. Burt to draft an ordinance to impose an impact fee on all new construction, with the fees to be used for road improvements and corrections. Fees collected will be deposited in a capital outlay fund.
Mr. Burt left the meeting at 2:00 p.m. and returned at 5:00 p.m.
Ms. Mahalick presented a change order for V. Strickland to add an 8 x 8 room addition @ $2500, and a handicap shower @ $650. A motion was made by Commissioner Jones, seconded by Commissioner Mathis to approve the change order. The motion carried unanimously. Ms. Mahalick reported that the items deleted from the D. Wright job would reduce the contract amount by $ll40. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Jones to accept the deletions. The motion carried unanimously.
The Sheriff discussed his budget request with the Board, stating that he would like to see the salaries increased for his corrections staff. He stated that he has a difficult time keeping correction officers because the pay is low, compared to Lancaster's correctional officers. The Board advised the Sheriff to cut the salary increases back to 6%, except for the correctional staff, which is to remain at the requested l0%.
The Board advised Mr. Welch to transfer the funds set aside for the new part-time position to the debt service account to pay for the current computer program, which was not previously budgeted.
Mr. Barron discussed with the Board the need to improve the budgeting process, to include the current year and previous year's expenditures for the elected officials. The Board's departments are currently showing this information, which is useful in establishing spending trends.
Mr. Barron advised the Board that contracts are needed between the Tax Collector and the Board and with the Property Appraiser and the Board for special assessments. Everything should be in place by January l, l993.
Mr. Barron presented a request from the Public Defender's office to increase funding from $333 to $400 per month. A motion was made by Commissioner Jones, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson to approve the request. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Barron discussed the William Sadowski Affordable Housing Act and the need to establish a trust fund for this program. A motion was made by Commissioner Mathis, seconded by Commissioner Philman to authorize Mr. Barron to establish the trust fund. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Barron presented a letter he received from Bobby Mikell, Division of Forrestry regarding possible railroad right-of-way fire hazard areas. According to the attached map, it appears that the entire railroad line running through Gilchrist County has been designated by the Division of Forrestry as right-of-way fire hazards. The Board instructed Mr. Barron to respond by letter advising Mr. Mikell that the Board does not agree nor disagree, however, they wish that Mr. Mikell, or his representative would attend the next regular board meeting to discuss this issue further. Mr. Burt stated that he would like the minutes to reflect that he has been retained by Florida Westcoast Railroad to represent them.
Mr. Barron stated that due to the resignation of Rosie Coats and Sherree Pitzarell from the Citizen's Advisorty Task Force, two vacancies need to be filled.
There being no further business to come before the Board, it was unanimously agreed to adjourn the meeting upon a motion by Commissioner Jones, which was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson.
JACKIE R. BARRON,