The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a special meeting on June 2, 1994, at 6:00 p.m., at Hart Springs Park, located near 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, Danny Hales, Suwannee River Regional Library Director, Wilma Mattucci, Gilchrist County Librarian, Anne Carraway, Library Clerk, Joe Hubert Allen, Dixie County Clerk of Circuit Court, Johnny Stephenson, James Valentine, Sammy Jenkins, Ralph Tyre, and Jerry Hill, Dixie County Commissioners, Winnie Hicks, Administrative Assistant, Dixie County, Buddy Buchanan, Bill Shaw, and Mitchell Hart, Lafayette County Commissioners, Joe Blanchard, consultant, David Branson, District Manager, Florida Power Corp., Jimmie and Sibyl Downing, Meveree Carlisle, Frank and Jean DaCosta, Ken and Shirley Frey, Jean McCartin, Betty Smith, and Mary Jane Davis, Friends of the Gilchrist and Dixie county libraries.

Chairman Wilkerson welcomed those in attendance and announced that in addition to discussing a three county regional library concept, which was advertised to begin at 7:00 p.m., the Board also advertised to meet at 6:00 p.m. to discuss several items of business.

Emergency Management/County Coordinator Position

Mr. David Branson, member of the Board's search committee for the emergency management/county coordinator position, appeared before the Board to report the committee's progress. According to Mr. Branson, the committee was able to eliminate 20 of the 39 applicants that did not meet the education and/or supervisory experience requirement. The committee discussed the desirable job elements the Board identified, however, the committee requests the Board's guidance in ranking those elements as to their importance. Mr. Barron reminded the Board that though growth management was an element identified by the Board, the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council provides technical and administrative services in that area. The Commission agreed that experience in emergency management should be the number one job element of those identified. The Commission also agreed that the applicants should have experience in public relations, personnel administration, and supervision. The remaining elements identified by the Board are grant writing, growth management, and budget experience. The Board also stressed to Mr. Branson that the applicants should understand that they will be required to live in Gilchrist County. Mr. Branson stated that the committee would like to request the remaining 19 applicants to send 20-30 minute videos, addressing the job elements identified by the Board as to their actual experience. Realizing there will be costs associated with the video taping, Mr. Branson requests the Board consider reimbursing the applicants upon receipt of the videos. The Board unanimously agreed to reimburse applicants responding to the video interview process, up to $100, providing they submit a paid receipt, upon a motion from Commissioner Bush, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.

County Jail- Water Pressure

Commissioner Suggs reported that she has spoken to someone from Levy County regarding their pump, which is surplus property, and was advised that because of the vacuum, the pump would not be suitable for purpose of increasing the water pressure at the county jail. Following discussion regarding the city's offer to install a new line to the jail, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to accept the city's offer to provide the labor to install the line, with the county purchasing the materials. The motion carried unanimously.


Mr. Barron reported that the state contract to purchase the 911 recording equipment expired yesterday, June 1st. In order to save approximately $10,000.00, Mr. Barron authorized David Brittin, EMS Director, to order the equipment, which cost approximately $30,000. Mr. Barron requests the Board's approval for the expenditure. Commissioner Bush made a motion to approve the expenditure of approximately $30,000 for the recording equipment. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.

The Board recessed for dinner and reconvened at 8:00 p.m.


Chairman Wilkerson stated that the reason for calling this special meeting between Gilchrist, Dixie, and Lafayette counties is to consider the possibility of forming a 3 county regional library system. The Chairman introduced Commissioner Suggs to those present. Commissioner Suggs is the Board's representative on the Regional Library Task Force, of which she serves as chairperson.

Commissioner Suggs stated that the Suwannee River Regional Library currently consists of 6 counties, including Gilchrist. The task force members from Dixie, Gilchrist, and Lafayette counties have been discussing a 3 county regional library system. State funding for a 3 county regional library would be approximately $259,830 for the first year, according to Danny Hales, Suwannee River Regional Library Director. Mr. Hales added that this estimate is based on the expenditures of the 3 counties involved, two years ago. Funding from the state is based on the expenditures of the counties. The less you spend to fund your library, the less you receive from the state. Accumulated assets of the 3 libraries would remain with those 3 libraries. Mr. Hales stated that the 6 county region is prepared to assist with funding should the 3 counties postpone the split until after the next fiscal year. In addition, the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council is preparing a draft interlocal agreement between the 3 counties.

Commissioner Suggs stated that the Dixie County Board of County Commissioners have already voted to split with the 6 county region, and form a 3 county region, consisting of Dixie, Lafayette and Gilchrist counties. Buddy Buchanan, Lafayette County Commissioner, stated that the Lafayette County Board of County Commissioners will vote on the issue June 13th.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Sheffield made a motion to adjourn at 9:00 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.