The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in an emergency meeting on November 4, 1993, at 5:00 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, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, and Buddy Joyner, Transportation Superintendent.

Chairman Wilkerson stated that the reason for calling an emergency meeting was to consider the purchase of a 50 ton mobile crane to be used as a dragline, for sale at the Division of Surplus Property, in Starke. Chairman Wilkerson asked Mr. Joyner to describe the dragline to the Board.

Mr. Joyner stated that Surplus Property was willing to hold the dragline for a few days, in order to give him enough time to meet with the Board. The cost exceeds the amount that a supervisor can purchase without Board authorization. Mr. Joyner stated that the dragline is made by a company called "Lorraine", and it is in good condition, except that it needs a fair lead, which can be purchase from Moody Equipment in Jacksonville. Mr. Joyner added that he ran the dragline for a couple hours and it appears to be in good working condition. It has a 130 ft. boom, and originally the price was $8900, however, they agreed to sale it to us for $6000. Following discussion, Commissioner Bush made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to authorize the purchase of the dragline. The motion carried unanimously.

Chairman Wilkerson stated that David Martin had spoken to him about leasing a firetruck from the Division of Forestry. It is Mr. Martin's understanding that the truck is surplus and he would like to secure the truck for Crossroads Fire Department. Ms. Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, stated that she spoke to Tom McMullen, Director of Surplus Property for the Division of Forestry, and according to Mr. McMullen, they have one truck and it has been committed to the City of Micanopy, however, if they do not pick up the truck, Gilchrist County could then be considered. Mr. McMullen further stated that the truck can only be sponsored by a governmental entity, with an established fire department, which has elected a chief.

Mr. Barron added that he had spoken to Will May about assisting in the location of the new department and Mr. May stated that he was not aware that someone from his office had already completed a site study. He further stated that he would be available to assist the county if needed.

Mr. Barron stated that the Tri-County Council for Senior Citizen's meal site building was damaged over the weekend, due to high winds. It appears the building has shifted from it's foundation, and a claim has been filed with the insurance carrier. The Board advised Mr. Barron to have Mr. Martin look at the building and furnish the Board with an estimate for repairing the damage.

Mr. Barron spoke to the Board about a local families storm damage, sustained over the weekend. According to Mr. Barron, the Faircloth family lost their home and the majority of their personal belongings. They want to rebuild, and are requesting the impact fee be waived by the Board, due to the unusual circumstances. Following discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Suggs to waive the $400 impact fee. Mr. Burt stated that the Ordinance does not provide for a waiver. Mr. Barron stated that there are funds available in the county's pension fund, which is a direct cash subsidy. Commissioner Suggs then changed her motion to pay Mr. Faircloth the amount of the impact fee, which is $400, from the county's pension fund. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved.

There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 6:15 p.m. was made by Commissioner Cannon, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.