The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a joint workshop meeting with the Trenton City Commission, on March 29, 1993, at 4:00 p.m., in the Trenton Community Center, 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, W. O. Clifton, Mayor-Commissioner, City of Trenton, Charlotte Kearney, George McMath, John Helton, and Al Milito, Trenton City Commissioners, Kathryn C. Deen, Trenton City Manager, William Whitley, City Attorney, Joyce Perryman, City Clerk, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, David Brittin, EMS Director, Buddy Joiner, County Road Superintendent, Richard Perryman, County Civil Defense Director, Mike Edwards, City Police Chief, and John Russell, Bell Volunteer Fire Chief.

Mayor Clifton opened the meeting, stating that the Trenton City Commissioners invited the Board of County Commissioners to meet with them in a workshop, to discuss items of mutual concern.


Mr. Brittin spoke to the Boards about the progress being made with the 911 system. Mr. Brittin expects the system to be operational by March 1994. All the county roads have been numbered on maps and the county is in the process of purchasing the new road/street signs. These signs will be similar to the ones used in Alachua County. According to Mr. Brittin, the county will be divided into quadrants, and call locations will be displayed whenever the caller uses 911. The board members discussed the problems with the current mapping, which displays streets running north/south, and avenues running east/west, within the city limits, and the opposite outside of the city limits. In addition, there will be streets and avenues outside the city limits with the same street number as those within the city limits. Commissioner Bush is currently serving on the 911 Committee, and would like to see a representative from the cities within Gilchrist County also serving on the committee. Mayor Clifton appointed City Commissioner Al Milito to represent the city of Trenton.


Mr. Brittin reported to the Boards that a paramedic is now stationed at the new EMS station at the county jail 24 hours per day. Mr. Brittin stated that the paramedic acts as a first responder. Mr. Brittin would like to see 2 more positions added to his budget, however, he can maintain a good level of service with the current staffing.


Mr. Richard Perryman, Civil Defense Director, reported that Gilchrist County was one of the counties declared a disaster area by the state, following the recent storm. Mr. Perryman stated that FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, will reimburse the counties and cities for the expenditures they incurred due to the recent storm. Mr. Perryman has run a notice in the local paper, requesting people with storm damage to contact his office. Ms. Deen, City Manager, stated that the county needs to designate a shelter for Red Cross to respond to, should the county ever need them. Since Gilchrist County is a designated evacuation area for the Crystal River Nuclear Power Plant, the county could be in the position of having to provide shelter, which should include food, blankets, etc. The Boards asked Mr. Perryman to provide them with a peace time plan, which designates duties of each member of the disaster preparedness team.


City Manager, Kathryn Deen, reminded the Board that the city and county were operating under a verbal agreement, whereby the county pays the city $300 per call that the city responds to outside of the city limits. Mr. Barron stated they were still waiting on the city to provide them the with cost break down previously requested by the Board of County Commissioners. According to the annual report, the city's fire department responded to 70 calls, of which eleven were within the city limits.


The City is pleased with the response from it's citizens with the recycling program. The amount of recyclables has increased during each collection. Mr. Burt spoke to the Boards regarding the collection of hazardous waste. He reported that the county is entering into a joint agreement with Alachua and Dixie to establish a hazardous waste collection center. This will eliminate the need for amnesty days, since the collection center will be operational several hours each week.


The city would like to have some of it's limerock streets graded on a routine basis, and have identified a few areas in the city where water stands. Their engineer is working on a solution to the problem.


The city has an animal control person who also performs other duties for the city. In addition, the city also has a pound to shelter the animals and charge fees whenever they are returned to their owners. The county does not have an animal control program, however, they are aware of a need for such a service in the unincorporated areas of the county.


Mr. Barron and Mr. Burt spoke to the Boards regarding the SHIP program. Mr. Burt stated that the tentative plan has been sent to the state for approval. Funds in this program may be used as direct grants, or for loans and closing costs. This program will emphasis site-built homes rather than mobile homes, and will be available to the residents in and out of the city limits. The county anticipates receiving at least $250,000 each year, and can be administered in-house.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the workshop adjourned at 8:30 p.m.