MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD FEBRUARY 1, 1993



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on February 1, 1993, at 8:30 a.m., in the Commissioner's Meeting Room at the Courthouse in Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:



Fred Wilkerson, Chairman

Wilbur Bush

V. C. Cannon

Jimmie Sheffield

Sue B. Suggs



Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Sherree Pitzarell and Denise Troyer, Deputy Clerks, Richard Perryman, Civil Defense Director, Buddy Joyner, Transportation Superintendent, Marvin Weaver, County Agent, Jim Cooper, Chief Deputy, Sable Bolling, GCPHU Administrator, Albert Martin, Jail Construction Supervisor, Danny Hales, Regional Library Director, Wilma Mattucci, County Librarian, Mr. Bruce McElroy, United Fuels, Mr. W. O. Clifton, Mayor of Trenton, Martha Mahalick and Fred Fox, Fred Fox Enterprises, Joy Graham and Frederick Roberts, CATF members, Marion Mark, Coordinated Transportation Systems, Tommy Galloway, Galloway's Transportation Services, Mr. Martin, Southern Comfort Transportation, Ms. Jo Buckles, Medic-Ayers Nursing Center, Mr. A. B. Grandoff, Tri-County Health Center, Sara Collis, Bob Matusik, Mark Gluckman, Ernie Seacrest, Joe Blanchard, Bud Clapp, Larry Hills, Herbert Parrish, Gerald Roberts, and Rick Wolford, county residents.



MINUTES OF PRIOR MEETING(S)



Minutes of the meeting held January 4, 1993 were unanimously approved, following a motion from Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield.



ATTORNEY'S REPORT



Mr. Burt reported to the Board that he had been in contact with Earl Sanders, landfill employee, and Mr. Sanders will be going back to the doctor soon. Mr. Sanders is considering disability retirement.



Mr. Burt stated that he has contacted Dixie and Alachua counties regarding a joint agreement for a hazardous waste collection center. The state will pay up to 75%, with the county paying the balance. Since the county contracts with Alachua County for landfill use, it would be desirable for Alachua County to act as host for Gilchrist and Dixie counties.



Mr. Burt questioned the Board as to whether they intend to implement the installment collection method for this year. If so, the Board would need to take action by March 1st. The Board indicated that the collection method would begin next year.



Mr. Burt stated that the Transportation Advisory Committee are in need of direction. A motion was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Cannon to ask the Committee to come to the next Board meeting to review the Department of Transportation's grant application package. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Burt reported that visual interference on roads should be incorporated into the Land Development Regulations.



Chairman Wilkerson stated that he had received a petition from homeowners in his district, complaining about their neighbor's hog farm. In regards to the LDR's, a requirement for a buffer may be desirable. Mr. Burt stated that he would check with the zoning regulations, as well as the code enforcement for possible violations, and report back to the Board.



CLERK'S REPORT



Mr. Barron stated that the auditors are working on bonding information for new road construction and/or widening and resurfacing of existing roads.



Mr. Barron reported to the Board that he is upgrading the software for his finance office, and hopes to go to a purchase order system once the upgrade is complete, hopefully around June or July.



Bills were presented to the Board and unanimously approved, following a motion from Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Cannon. Budget transfers numbered 5 (new year) and 80 thru 85 (old year) were unanimously approved following a motion from Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Bush.



Mr. Barron reported that he disbursed $12,039.44 to the Board in fees and interest for the month of December 1992.



Mr. Barron briefly discussed the Board's need for a county administrator, with Chairman Wilkerson requesting Mr. Barron to compile some information for the next meeting.



Mr. Barron stated that several businesses were assessed incorrectly for solid waste and need to be refunded. Jon Bischoff & Lou Fason were assessed $162, and the correct assessment is $108; Ettie & H. M. Joyner, Jr., were assessed $162, and there should not have been an assessment; Verna Mae Eady was assessed $162, and the correct assessment is $108; and Linh Diana Tang Nguyen was assessed $162, and the correct assessment is $108. A motion was made by Commissioner Cannon, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield to refund the assessments. The motion carried unanimously.



LIBRARY REPORT



Ms. Mattucci stated that the railroad ties were placed at the library and look good. Mr. Hales presented the Board with a proposed contract from the State Division of Library and Information Services, in the amount of $45,830. Mr. Hales stated that he would like to get input from the Board, the library staff, the Friends of the Library and the public as to the possible expenditures for these unbudgeted funds. Mr. Hales requested that the Board send a letter of thanks to Senator Kirkpatrick, Representative Mackey, and Secretary of State, Jim Smith, for their efforts in securing these grant funds for rural libraries. A motion was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush to approve the proposed library grant contract. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Hales reported that the new software for the regional library will produce statement/invoice detail beginning October 1, 1993. Mr. Barron requested that Mr. Hales produce a total recap of the funds expended on the county library, compared to the regional library, during the upcoming budget period. Mr. Hales presented an annual report for 1992, indicating a 6% increase in book circulation.



TRANSPORTATION FOR DISADVANTAGED



Ms. Marion Mark, Executive Director of Coordinated Transportation Systems, appeared before the Board to answer complaints that the Board has received regarding the services provided by Southern Comfort, a company that contracts with CTS to provide non-emergency transportation. The Board stated that they had received complaints about the amount of time people are left waiting to be picked up following an appointment in Gainesville, as well as the amount of time it takes to be returned or picked up from their homes. Ms. Mark stated that she is aware that problems have occurred, and CTS is trying to correct them by obtaining more transportation providers. CTS is also taking control of the number of persons "assigned" to each transportation provider. Chairman Wilkerson recommended that the Transportation for Disadvantaged Committee work to resolve the problems.



STATE HOUSING INCENTIVES PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEE



Mr. Burt reported that several persons have indicated an interest in serving on the SHIP Committee, however, there are still vacancies. Mr. Burt stated that he would make some contacts and discuss again during the February l5th meeting.



A motion was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, and unanimously agreed to recess for the Emergency Medical Services Authority Board Meeting, at 11:00 a.m.



The Board of County Commissioner reconvened at 1:00 p.m.



COMMUNICATIONS REPORT



Mr. Brittin stated that he had met with Mr. Campbell, and explained some of the state's requirements regarding the moving of the communications from the current tower site to the microwave tower. According the those requirements an engineering study must be completed. Mr. Brittin presented several quotes for the Board's consideration for moving the transmitters. Mr. Brittin explained that Two-Way Communications is the only company that quoted the complete job, for $10,251. If the work was split between two companies, the total charges would be $9868. There followed discussion with the Board concluding that if one company completed the job, only one company would be responsible for repairs and maintenance, therefore, a motion was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to accept the proposal submitted by Two-Way Communications. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Brittin reported that a dispatching console would be needed and suggests that the Board lease one. A motion was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to authorize Mr. Brittin to bid the lease for a dispatching console. Mr. Barron stated that since the City of Trenton's Police Department and the various fire departments will be using the same communications system, interlocal agreements will be needed between the Board and those cities. In addition, the cities may need to appoint a representative to the 911 Committee.



Mr. Brittin and Mr. Jim Cooper, Chief Deputy Sheriff, discussed the possibility of a "trade-off" in regards to services provided to each department. Mr. Barron explained that due to accounting procedures, EMS must bill for inmate transport, even though the Sheriff's Department provide drivers occasionally for EMS. Mr. Barron recommended that Mr. Cooper establish a fee for providing drivers to EMS, based on the actual costs associated with the driver's position. Mr. Cooper stated that he would work on establishing such costs and bill EMS accordingly.



Commissioner Suggs questioned Mr. Cooper as to the protocol being used by the Sheriff's Department in dispatching fire calls. Apparently the City of Trenton has been dispatched to grass fires and a vehicle fire outside of the city limits recently. Mr. Cooper stated that they had received the protocols from Mr. Perryman, and hope to resolve the dispatching problems.



JAIL CONSTRUCTION



Mr. Cooper, and Sable Bolling, GCPHU Administrator, appeared before the Board to discuss some renovations at the county jail that were not previously budgeted. According to Mr. Cooper, two Sheriff's Department employees tested positive for TB, after coming into contact with an inmate with TB. Ms. Bolling suggests isolating new inmates until they are examined by a physician. Mr. Cooper requested the Board to allow Mr. Albert Martin to convert 2 three-man holding cells for isolation purposes. In addition, Mr. Cooper requested that the Board allow construction of a rest room for the inmates in the recreational yard. The cost of these improvements would be approximately $7000-$8000. The Board unanimously approved Mr. Cooper's request upon a motion from Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Cannon. Mr. Cooper stated that the amount the county receives for housing federal inmates is supposed to increase from $37.50 to $40.00 per day. In addition, the renovation at the county jail will allow for 15 more beds, which should boost the federal inmate population. Mr. Barron suggested that this information be reviewed by the Correctional Committee.



VACATE PLAT OF SUWANNEE RIVER SUBDIVISION



Mr. Burt stated that there are currently two subdivisions know by the name of Suwannee River Subdivision. Mr. Houston Babcock, owner of a portion of Suwannee River Subdivision, has petitioned the Board to vacate the plat of Suwannee River Subdivision. This is the portion of property purchased by Florida Power. Following discussion, a motion was made in the form of a resolution, by Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to vacate the plat as requested. The motion carried unanimously and the resolution is as follows:



RESOLUTION 93-02



RESOLUTION VACATING A PORTION OF SUWANNEE RIVER SUBDI-

VISION, A SUBDIVISION IN LOTS 2 AND 3, SECTION 18, TOWN-

SHIP 10 SOUTH, RANGE 14 EAST, PER PLAT THEREOF RECORDED

IN GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA.



WHEREAS, the owner of a portion of the lots in SUWANNEE RIVER SUBDIVISION, a subdivision of Lots 2 and 3, in Section 18, Township 10, Range 14 East, Gilchrist County, Florida, as recorded in the public records of Gilchrist County, Florida, is desiring to vacate that portion of the subdivision legally described as follows:

The South 1511.85 feet of the West 1154.06 feet of

Government Lot 3 in Section 18, Township 10 South,

Range 14 East, Gilchrist County, Florida.



The above described property includes the following Blocks and Lots of the described subdivision:

Block Lots

17 13-24

18 18-26

23 1-09

18-26

24 1-24

25 1-24

26 1-09

18-26

31 1-09

18-26

32 1-24

33 1-24

34 1-09

18-26

39 1-09

18-26

40 1-24

41 1-12

42 1-09



WHEREAS, there are no taxes due on the said lots, and;

WHEREAS, the vacation of the portion of the Plat as above described will not adversely affect the ownership or right of convenient access of persons owning any part of the subdivision,

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of County Commission in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, that portion of the Plat known as SUWANNEE RIVER SUBDIVISION, as above described, is hereby vacated and the Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to accept from the owner a certified copy of this Resolution for filing and duly recording in the public records of Gilchrist County, Florida.

RESOLVED this 1st day of February, 1993.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA



/S/FRED WILKERSON, CHAIRMAN



ATTEST:



/S/JACKIE R. BARRON,

EX-OFFICIO CLERK



PUBLIC HEARING: SUN SPRINGS BOATING ACTIVITIES



Mr. Burt reported that he had contacted the Department of Environmental Regulations, regarding the placement of a cable at Sun Springs, near the boil. He was advised that permits were needed from DER and the Corp of Engineers. Following discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to remove the cable until the permits were secured. The motion carried unanimously. There followed discussion as to who should pay for the permits, with the Board unanimously agreeing upon a motion from Commissioner Bush, which was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, that the homeowners would pay for the permits. Mr. Burt discussed with the Board an idle speed ordinance he drafted. Following discussion, the Board unanimously approved the resolution, after recommending some changes, upon a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon. The resolution is as follows:



RESOLUTION 93-03



A RESOLUTION LIMITING BOATING ACTIVITY ON THE SUN SPRINGS RUN INTO THE SUWANNEE RIVER BY IMPOSING AN IDLE SPEED, MINIMUM WAKE AREA ON THE SUN SPRINGS RUN AT ITS MOUTH THROUGH TO ITS SOURCE.



WHEREAS, it has come to the attention of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that unregulated boating activity on Sun Springs Run constitutes a potential hazard to the safety and welfare of the citizens of Gilchrist County; and

WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Commissioners desires to promote safety in water-related activities; and

WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, after hearing all testimony presented at several workshops and several noticed public hearings, finds that the designation of a "Idle Speed- Minimum Wake" is necessary from the mouth of Sun Springs Run to its source; and

WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 87-4 on May 4, 1987, which authorizes the Board to designate specific areas within which the operation of vessels may be regulated or prohibited and in which swimming, waterskiing, skindiving, and other water activity or any of them may be prohibited or regulated.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida:

1. That from the mouth of the Sun Springs Run to its source shall be designated as an "Idle Speed- Minimum Wake" zone all in accordance with Florida Statutes, Section 327.46.

2. That no motorized boats be allowed, except those boats owned by homeowners on or along the Sun Springs Run, beyond a point certain at the mouth of the Sun Springs Run.

3. Pursuant to this Resolution, the residents of the Sun Springs area will be responsible for obtaining necessary permits, State and Federal, for constructing and erecting the necessary signs which will indicate the placement of a cable or other barrier at or near the Sun Springs Boil as previously resolved by this Board, designation of the "Idle Speed- Minimum Wake" area, that no motorized boats beyond the point certain, and that the property along the run is all privately owned. Thereafter, maintenance of the signs will be accomplished by Gilchrist County.

RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners this 1st day of February, 1993.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA



/S/FRED WILKERSON, CHAIRMAN



ATTEST:



/S/JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK



VACATE WESTERN MEADOWS



Mr. Herbert Parrish, surveyor, and Mr. Larry Hills, developer, appeared before the Board to petition to vacate the plat of Western Meadows. Following discussion, the Board unanimously agreed to vacate the plat of Western Meadows, by resolution upon a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield. The resolution is as follows:



RESOLUTION 93-04



RESOLUTION VACATING WESTERN MEADOWS, A SUBDIVISION AS PER

PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 11 OF THE PUB-

LIC RECORDS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA.



WHEREAS, the owner of all of the lots in Western Meadows, a subdivision in Section 7, Township 10 South, Range 15 East, Gilchrist County, Florida, as recorded in Plat Book 2, page 11 of the public records of Gilchrist County, Florida, is desiring to vacate the subdivision known as Western Meadows, and;

WHEREAS, there are no taxes due on the said lots, and;

WHEREAS, the vacation of the said Plat will not adversely affect the ownership or right of convenient access of persons owning any part of the subdivision,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of County Commission in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, that the Plat known as Western Meadows, as recorded in Plat Book 2, page 11 of the public records of Gilchrist County, Florida, is hereby vacated and the Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to accept from the owner a certified copy of this Resolution for filing and duly recording in the public records of Gilchrist County, Florida.

RESOLVED this 1st day of February, 1993.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS,

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA



/s/FRED WILKERSON, CHAIRMAN



ATTEST:



/s/JACKIE R. BARRON,

EX-OFFICIO CLERK



Mr. Hills and Mr. Parrish presented information to the Board, requesting to re-plat the same property referred above (same legal description) as Western Meadows II. The Board unanimously approved their request, upon a motion from Commissioner Sheffield, which was seconded by Commissioner Bush, pending the Farmers & Merchants Bank's release of mortgage and the engineer's approval.



PUBLIC HEARING: IMPACT FEES



Mr. Burt spoke to the Board, explaining that he had readvertised the Impact Fee Ordinance, and asked for it to be placed on the agenda again, to assure that all persons had adequate notice. This ordinance, number 93-01, was adopted in the January 4, l993 Board Meeting, and Mr. Burt requests that since he readvertised it, he would like the Board to readopt this ordinance. The only change in the ordinance is the addition of the following language on page 2, section E: "This ordinance was considered first by the Board on January 4, 1993, but to assure that all persons had adequate notice, another hearing was scheduled and notice published". A motion was made by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and approved by split vote as follows:



Bush- Yes

Cannon- Yes

Sheffield- Yes

Wilkerson- Yes

Suggs- No



BUILDING DEPARTMENT



Mr. Rehberg, County Building Inspector, submitted a report for the month of January, indicating a total of 54 permits issued, including 26 permits for mobile homes and 10 permits for new construction.



CIVIL DEFENSE



Mr. Richard Perryman, Civil Defense Director, reported to the Board that a meeting was held January 28th with all fire chiefs in attendance. At the meeting Mr. Brittin explained that the communications system would be moved from it's current site in Bell to the microwave tower. According to Mr. Perryman, those in attendance were very receptive to the plan.



Mr. Perryman stated that he had contacted the Fire College in Ocala about training for fire fighters in our county. The basic 30 hour course is free, however, they cannot schedule Gilchrist County until July.



Mr. Perryman received a letter from the Division of Emergency Management regarding the Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant ingestion area county training program. The course will be held on March llth, and he and Mr. Brittin will be attending.



Mr. Perryman and Mr. Burt discussed with the Board a proposed agreement with the School Board for the use of the school gymnasiums for shelters, in case of natural disasters. Mr. Burt recommends that the Board accept the agreement, pending a change in the last paragraph. The Board unanimously accepted the agreement, upon a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Bush. A copy of this agreement is on file with the Clerk's office.



COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT



Mr. Marvin Weaver, County Agent, appeared before the Board to request the return of the old station wagon, which was given to the Road Department. The Board advised Mr. Weaver that they had no objections, however, it is their understanding that the vehicle is no longer running. Commissioner Cannon requested from Mr. Weaver the use of the 4-H van, for the FFA Judging team, for an out-of-town trip in the near future. Mr. Weaver stated that the had no objections, however, he expects the van to be clean upon return.



ROAD DEPARTMENT



Mr. Bruce McElroy, United Fuels, appeared before the Board, offering fuel at 10 cents per gallon over cost. Mr. Barron stated that the county would have to save 11 1/2 cents per gallon in order to break even installing the fuel storage facility. A motion was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to contract with United Fuels for the card lock system, to provide fuel and gas, waiving bid requirements upon the attorney's advise, as United Fuels is the only vendor providing this service. The motion carried unanimously. Further, the Board unanimously agreed, upon a motion was made by Commissioner Cannon, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to declare the 10,000 and 6000 gallon tanks as surplus property and bid same for sale.



Mr. Gerald Roberts was in attendance to discuss the county's agreement to purchase rock from his pit. Mr. Roberts would like to be able to retain some loads of rock for his own use, however, he could not tell the Board the number of loads he would require. Mr. Joyner was instructed by the Board to figure the cost of the rock, including the cost for labor to dig the rock, and report back to the Board. This information is needed in order to determine the amount to charge Mr. Roberts.



Mr. Rick Wolford appeared before the Board to discuss the county's road numbering project, and offer his services. Mr. Wolford is in the business of making signs, and brought a sample with him to the meeting. Chairman Wilkerson advised Mr. Joyner to meet with Gary Reeser, Property Appraiser's Office to determine the number of signs needed, including the number of signs that will have the same number.



Mr. Joyner reported to the Board that Larry Rogers has a small drag-line for sale, which can dig 15-18 feet. The price range is in the low 20's. Chairman Wilkerson requested Mr. Joyner to look at it and determine the condition.



Mr. Joyner stated that he would like to attend an auction in Kissimmee, Florida, where heavy equipment will be auctioned. There are several pieces of equipment that the road department needs, and he would like authorization to bid, should he find suitable equipment. A motion was made by Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to authorize Mr. Joyner to purchase equipment on the county's behalf. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Joyner asked the Board to clarify their policy regarding "rainy days" for the Road Department employees. Apparently there is no language in the personnel policy regarding this subject, however, it is Mr. Joyner's understanding that the Board has paid employees in the past whenever they are sent home due to rainy conditions. Mr. Joyner stated that he recently sent employees home because of inclement weather, with instructions to make the day up on Friday, however, several employees did not return that Friday. Following discussion, Commissioner Sheffield made a motion that if an employee is sent home due to inclement weather, with instructions to return on his day off to make up for being absent, and the employee fails to make up the day, he will not be paid for the "rainy day". The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon and approved by split vote as follows:



Sheffield- Yes

Cannon- Yes

Bush- Yes

Wilkerson- Yes

Suggs- No



This policy will become a part of the county's personnel policy, with an effective date of February 3, 1993.



Mr. Joyner stated that the landfill is operating in good condition, and recyclables collected from the City of Trenton increased from 240 pounds the first pick-up to 1400 pounds the second pick-up.



Commissioner Cannon advised Mr. Joyner that Robert Lee, from Levy County School District, is interested in purchasing the county's old dump truck, should the county decide to sell it.



CDBG PROJECT UPDATE



Mr. Fred Fox, grant administrator, appeared before the Board, requesting approval for three $250 penalties against C. B. Butler, contractor, due to his failure to complete the Labik, Brock, and Hilliard homes within the allotted time. This action has already been approved by the Task Force. Normally the penalty is more, however, the reason for delay is partially due to the rain and holidays, as well as change orders. A motion was made by Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Cannon to uphold the Task Force's recommendation. The motion carried unanimously. In light of the above, Mr. Butler is requesting an additional 15 days to complete work on L. Conner, P. Hines, and R. Douglas. A motion was made by Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve an extra 15 days to complete those homes. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Fox requested the Board to include the home of D. Stalvey to the list of possible homes to be rehabilitated. The Board unanimously agreed to add this home to the list, following a motion from Commissioner Sheffield, which was seconded by Commissioner Bush.



KENNETH FREY: HRS PLANNING BOARD



Mr. Kenneth Frey, county resident and nominee to the HRS Comprehensive Services Planning Board, appeared before the Board to refute comments made, or allegedly made by Commissioner Sheffield in a prior Board meeting, regarding Mr. Frey's qualifications. Mr. Frey presented a letter to the Board members which he read to them. A copy of this letter is on file with the Clerk's Office.



GILCHRIST COUNTY ASCS OFFICE



Mr. Barron presented a draft resolution, requesting the Board to consider it's adoption, which supports the local ASCS office in Gilchrist County. The Board unanimously agreed to adopt the resolution, following a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Bush. The resolution is as follows:



RESOLUTION 93-05



WHEREAS, the Secretary of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, has announced the proposed abolishing of many Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offices including the Gilchrist County ASCS-USDA Office, Trenton, Florida, and

WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County office is the focal point for over 300 farmers participating in various farm programs such as Tobacco Marketing Quotas, Peanut Marketing Quotas, Wheat, Feed Grain and Cotton, Agricultural Conservation, Forestry Incentive, Conservation Reserve, Wood, Disaster, etc., and

WHEREAS, if the Gilchrist County ASCS office is abolished, farmers will have to travel excessive distances to participate in ASCS-USDA programs, thus an additional expense, also, traveling to other areas will decrease farmers visits to municipalities in Gilchrist County, thus causing adverse harmful economic effects on the merchants in Gilchrist County, and

WHEREAS, Gilchrist county has three fertilize plants, a seed drying and processing plant, and tractor equipment dealer which serve the joining counties, and

WHEREAS, many farmers in Gilchrist County have a limited education, thus necessitating one-on-one explanations of complex programs which they now obtain at the Gilchrist County ASCS office, and

WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County ASCS office has dedicated employees that have homes near the office and are integral constituents of the county; it would be devastating to them to terminate or transfer to another location,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Gilchrist County ASCS-USDA office continues to operate as it is now, operating for the reasons stated herein and many other reasons.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, copies of this resolution be submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA), members of the U. S. Congress, Florida State Legislators, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Officials, and others as deemed appropriate.

DONE AND RECORDED IN REGULAR SESSION OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS THIS 1ST DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1993, BY UNANIMOUS VOTE.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS,

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA



/S/FRED WILKERSON, CHAIRMAN



/S/JIMMIE SHEFFIELD, VICE-CHAIRMAN



/S/SUE B. SUGGS, MEMBER



/S/WILBUR BUSH, MEMBER



/S/V. C. CANNON, MEMBER



ATTEST:



/S/JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK



GILCHRIST COUNTY COMPETENCY BOARD



The Gilchrist County Competency Board recommended reappointment of Mr. Lavaughn Sessions to serve on the Competency Board, and appointment of Mr. Bobby Kincaid, who will take the seat now held by Mr. Damon Leggett. The Board unanimously accepted the Competency Board's recommendations, following a motion from Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield.



9ll



Mr. Barron reported to the Board that last fiscal year, $5108.40 was collected in 911 fees. As of January 18, 1993, $4256.99 has been collected for fiscal year 92-93.



PROPERTY RECORDS



Ms. Beth Latner, Property Records Clerk, submitted a list of items for the Board to consider removing from the county's inventory. These items are either broken, or have been traded in:



item number description department



1418 calculator-broken clerk's office

183 stool-broken county agent

518 card cutter-traded county agent

797A cassette recorder-broken county agent

798A carousel projector-broken county agent

1212 copier-traded county agent

535 chain saw-broken road dept.

937 answering mach-broken soil cons.

994 calculator-broken elections office

998 calculator-broken tax assessor

1263 riding mower-traded park board



A motion was made by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield to remove these items from inventory, declaring them surplus property. The motion carried unanimously.



In addition, Ms. Latner submitted a list of items that have been assigned to the Sheriff's Office. Ms. Latner requests that the Board transfer these items to the Sheriff, since they have their own inventory system. The Board unanimously agreed to transfer these items, following a motion from Commissioner Bush, seconded

by Commissioner Sheffield.





MISCELLANEOUS



Mr. Barron stated that he and Mr. Burt, along with Don Thomas and Sheree Lancaster would meet to discuss the School Board's use of county offices. Mr. Barron located the agreement which was drawn up several years ago, however, it was not entirely executed by all parties.



Mr. Barron reminded Board members that the travel certification form has not been executed by the Board for the current fiscal year. The Board has the option of keeping track of their mileage for reimbursement. Mr. Burt stated that he would check the statutes to verify the previous travel certification method, and report back to the Board.



There being no further business to discuss, a motion was made to adjourn at 7:42 p.m., by Commissioner Cannon, seconded by Commissioner Suggs. The motion carried unanimously.



APPROVED:





FRED WILKERSON, CHAIRMAN



ATTEST:





JACKIE R. BARRON,

EX-OFFICIO CLERK