The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a workshop meeting on February 28, 1994, at 10:20 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, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Jim Floyd, Gilchrist County Sheriff, James Cooper, Chief Deputy, David Brittin, EMS Director, Lily Wilkerson, Levy County Commissioner, John McCathrin, Levy County 911 Coordinator, and Isella Ingram, county resident.

Chairman Wilkerson stated that the reason for this workshop is to discuss a possible 911 system for Gilchrist County, and Commissioner Lily Wilkerson, from Levy County, along with their 911 Coordinator, John McCathrin, have been invited to speak to the Board regarding their 911 system.

Commissioner Lily Wilkerson introduced their 911 coordinator, and advised the Board that Levy County is now on-line with an enhanced 911 system.

Mr. McCathrin stated that the difference between basic 911 and advanced 911 is that with basic, you are provided with the caller's phone number, however, with advanced 911, you are provided with directions to the caller, as well as the caller's phone number. According to Mr. McCathrin, they financed their 911 system with their general fund. Levy County signed with Positron through Southern Bell, for their equipment. Positron waived the installation fee. This equipment is available at a special price for a limited time. Because Levy County was able to provide the phone company with names and addresses of their residents, the data preparation charge was reduced. The postal service was very helpful to them with their addressing. Levy County has passed an ordinance which requires developers to install all road signs within the subdivision they develop, in accordance to the county's adopted road numbering system.

Mr. Barron stated that the county has grant funds to purchase the necessary equipment, however, there are no funds for operating. The operating expenses could be shared with general, MSTU, EMS and transportation funds. The Board asked Mr. Barron to see how much each fund can provide for 911 services.

Mr. McCathrin stated that the county must first send a letter of intent indicating the desire for Positron's equipment, so that the special price can be locked into place for Gilchrist County. This action also meets Southern Bell's requirement to make a commitment to use the 50 cents surcharge collected through monthly billing.

The Board discussed problems they've experienced in some sections of the county, where county residents are taking the road numbering signs down. It was suggested that any resident that does not want a road sign installed which identifies their road be required to sign a waiver, holding the county harmless, should the resident call 911, and the responder is unable to find the resident.

There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 12:05 p.m., was made by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved.