The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in an emergency meeting on June 17, 1993, at 5:30 p.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, Deputy Clerk, Carl Rehberg, Building Inspector, and Emory Philman, Philman Enterprises.


Mr. Philman appeared before the Board to discuss final payment of the septic system at the county jail. The Board asked questions regarding the bills received from Smith Sales & Services and Fason Electric for the same job. Mr. Philman explained that once he began work on the septic system, it was discovered that electrical work was needed. Do to a lack of communication between Chief Deputy Cooper, Mr. Rehberg, and Mr. Philman himself, both of the above electricians were called and both have billed the Board. There is a charge of $50 from Smith Sales & Services, and a charge of $354.77 from Fason Electric. Commissioner Bush made motion to pay the bills received from Smith and Fason, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved.

The Board questioned Mr. Philman regarding his initial quote given May 10, 1993. The Board members agreed that they understood Mr. Philman's quote included all work, except for the hauling of fill dirt, by the county road crew. The Board understood his quote to include the spreading of the fill dirt. Mr. Philman stated that his quote did not include the hauling or spreading of the fill, and thought the Board understood his quote. Following discussion, the Board unanimously approved final payment to Mr. Philman, per the quote he submitted, plus $176 additional expense, not included in the original quote, upon a motion from Commissioner Bush, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.


Mr. Rehberg reported to the Board that he has received a letter of resignation from his secretary, Michelle Rose. Mr. Rehberg stated that she has given two weeks notice, but indicated that she would be available to assist in training a replacement, beyond that time. Mr. Rehberg is concerned about the amount of time that it takes to find a replacement, and requested the Board allow him to hire someone temporarily, until the vacancy can be filled. He further stated that he knows a lady, Charissa Strickland, who willing to work temporarily. The Board advised Mr. Rehberg that the position would have to be advertised, and that if Ms. Strickland was hired, she would need to understand that the position would only be temporary. She would need to file an application for the position, along with anyone else that may be interested. Commissioner Suggs stated that she was opposed to hiring someone temporarily, because that it is unfair to the person in the temporary position. Mr. Burt recommended that if the Board hires someone temporarily, they set a limit to the number of days that person can work. Following discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to accept Mrs. Rose's resignation, and hire

Ms. Strickland temporarily, up to 45 days, at $4.50 per hour. The motion passed by a split vote as follows:

Sheffield- Yes

Bush- Yes

Cannon- Yes

Wilkerson- Yes

Suggs- No


Commissioner Bush stated that the Lafayette County Commission have agreed to put in a landfill in the southern portion of the county, about one mile from the river, and it will adjoin Dixie County. According to Mr. Bush, being familiar with that area, it is subject to flooding and has several sinkholes. The land has been approved for rezoning, however, they have not started the permitting process. Commissioner Bush would like for Mr. Burt to draft a resolution on behalf of the Board, stating their opposition to the proposed site. Chairman Wilkerson advised Mr. Burt to draft the resolution.

Commissioner Suggs presented a petition from people opposed to the recent closing of N. W. 90th Street. Mr. Barron reminded the Board that this meeting was an emergency meeting, and no action can be taken on items not specifically advertised.

There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 6:30 p.m. was made by Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Bush, and unanimously approved.