The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a special meeting on January 18, 1994, 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, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Dianne Avery, Keith Rehberg, and Buddy Joyner, Solid Waste Transfer Station, Nate Huntley, Boone Waste, Connie Conley, Diamond Waste, Karin Abbott, Alachua County Solid Waste Department, Dave Minton, BFI, All Milito, W. O. Clifton, and Kathryn Deen, City of Trenton, and Allen Powers, Solid Waste Task Force.

Chairman Wilkerson stated that the reason for this meeting is to discuss the possibility of implementing a county-wide collection system for solid waste and recyclables.

Mr. Barron stated that a request for proposal will need to be developed. According to Mr. Barron, there are enough funds in reserve to pay off the closure loan early, or the run a pilot program for 4 to 6 months free of charge to the county residents. Ms. Karin Abbott of Alachua County is present today to discuss the request for proposal. Ms. Abbott was key in developing the RFP for Alachua County. Ms. Abbott stated that they have been contracting with BFI and the hauler is responsible for marketing the recyclables. When questioned, Ms. Abbott stated that they grant exemptions for low income families, however, they have not received many applications for exemptions based on income level. In addition, Alachua County, exempts vacant properties, and grants partial exemptions for properties vacant for 3 months or more, however, each owner must pay the assessment up front and if exempted, the owner receives a refund.

The Board discussed the type of services to make available to county residents. Dave Minton, BFI, suggests once a week garbage pick-up, along with recycling pick-up the same day. As far as a pilot program to determine cost, Mr. Minton suggests at least a 6 months pilot, preferably 12 months given the rural density of this county.

Mr. Barron stated that each municipality in the county needs to be included if they so desire, however, a level of service must be determined first.

Following discussion, the Board determined that once per week garbage and recycling pick-up will be made available to county residents. Point of pick-up will be the nearest road to the home, with "back door" pick-up available for persons with disabilities.

Mr. W. O. Clifton stated that the residents in the City of Trenton are already paying for and receiving garbage pick-up twice per week (recycling once per week), at a cost lower than the county could offer.

The Board discussed offering the once per week pick-up as previously discussed above, with the exception of the City of Trenton, leaving their pick-up service as it currently exists.

The Board agreed to appoint Mr. Barron, Mr. Burt, Mr. Joyner, Commissioner Sheffield, and Mr. Powers, to meet with the municipalities to discuss county-wide, door-to-door garbage collection.

The Board advised Mr. Joyner run an advertisement in the Gilchrist County Journal, announcing the acceptance of white goods and tires to county residents for the remainder of January and the entire month of February. Following discussion, it was determined by the Board to accept up to 10 tires from residents, free of charge, however, they will not accept tires from a business free of charge.

The Board discussed lawn maintenance and asked Mr. Barron to bring the current contract to the next commission meeting.

Commissioner Cannon stated that he received a letter from the Division of Forestry regarding a truck that they have declared surplus property. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to assign the truck to the North Gilchrist Volunteer Fire Department. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Joyner asked if a drive-way fee is to be charged when there is no work needed to install a drive-way. The Board advised him that the only way to determine if work is needed is by Mr. Joyner going to the site. Since this takes time, a charge will be imposed to the resident whether or not any actual work is needed.

There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.