MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD JUNE 9, 1994
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on June 9, 1994, at 8:30 a.m., in the Commissioner's Meeting Room at the Courthouse in Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:
Fred Wilkerson, Chairman
V. C. Cannon
Sue B. Suggs
Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Sherree Pitzarell and Carolyn Thomas, Deputy Clerks, Wilma Mattucci, County Librarian, Anne Carraway, Library Clerk, Danny Hales, Regional Library Director, Robert Beauchamp and Martha Garcia, CPA, Davis, Monk & Company, Carl Rehberg, Building & Zoning Official, Buddy Joyner, Solid Waste & Road Superintendent, Gene Parrish, Parrish Land Surveyors, Dan Winchester, Phil Simpson, Rick Lavoy, and John Miller, Sunshine Gas Pipeline, Joe Wilson, Howell and Sheree Lancaster, Sarah Collis, county residents.
Mr. Burt stated that he had spoken to representatives from the Sunshine Gas Pipeline project, and suggested that they attend today's meeting to discuss the project with the Board. Mr. Dan Winchester briefed the Board on the project, stating that the gas line will run 550 miles in the state of Florida, entering and exiting Gilchrist County in the Fanning Springs area. The project must go before the Public Service Commission to determine the need for the project. This process has been completed and it must now be approved by the Department of Environmental Protection. They will need 100 feet of right-of-way for construction purposes, which will be reduced to 50 feet of permanent right-of-way, after construction is completed. Mr. Barron suggested that this issue should be brought back to the Board after proper advertisement, since they were not placed on today's agenda, and the public has not been notified. The Board agreed to hold a special meeting on June 21, 1994, at 7:30 p.m. to hear Sunshine Gas Pipeline's project description.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
The Board unanimously approved the minutes of the meetings held February 7th, 22nd, 28th and 28th, following a motion from Commissioner Sheffield, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.
Attorney's Report (cont.)
Mr. Burt presented an agreement for the Board's consideration, between the Department of Transportation, Dixie and Alachua counties, for the use of DOT's property for the Hazardous Waste Collection Site. The agreement will need to be executed by the other two counties as well. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to approve the agreement with DOT. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burt presented a draft notice which will be published in the Gilchrist County Journal regarding the placement of mailboxes. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to set a public hearing to discuss this issue on June 21st. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved. The Board advised Mr. Burt to invite the postmasters from Trenton, Bell, Old Town, Newberry, High Springs, and Branford.
Mr. Burt briefed the Board on the Courthouse Security Committee's recommendation. According to Mr. Burt, the committee unanimously agreed to the following: (a) the west entrance door near the Property Appraiser and Tax Collector's offices will remain open to the public, (b) the security position will physically be moved back in front of the courtroom, as it was originally placed, (c) the security position will be manned only when court is in session, and (d) cameras will be installed in the Tax Collector and Clerk's offices. Following discussion, the Board unanimously approved the committee's recommendation, upon a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Bush.
Mr. Burt presented a resolution for the Board's consideration, which would allow the county's road department to repair road edges which are damaged due to agriculture vehicles. There followed discussion regarding the melon trucks currently in the area, and the road damage caused by the heavy loads. Mr. Barron pointed out that the Board has required timber companies to fix the roads whenever their vehicles caused damage. Timber companies are also agriculture in nature. Commissioner Sheffield voiced his concern over the county changing their policy and its effect on drive-way permitting. Mr. Burt stated that drive-way permitting can still be enforced, since this resolution does not address drive-ways. Realizing the economic value of agriculture to this area, Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the resolution, requiring the county's road department to repair damaged road edges caused by agricultural vehicles. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved. The resolution follows:
WHEREAS, the primary industry in Gilchrist County remains that of agriculture, and
WHEREAS, there is substantial use of the county roadway system by the agricultural industry in Gilchrist County, and
WHEREAS, during certain harvest seasons, there is increased traffic between the roadways and the agricultural fields, and
WHEREAS, this increased activity has a tendency to deteriorate the road edges, and
WHEREAS, it is county responsibility to assure that roads are maintained in an adequate and safe condition,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, that where the agriculture traffic has caused deterioration of the road edges on the county road system, that the Gilchrist County Road Department is hereby directed to apply sufficient limerock or other materials to reestablish that road edge and the access to that road edge to lessen the impact of the agricultural traffic.
RESOLVED this 9th day of June, 1994.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA
/s/Fred Wilkerson, Chairman
/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk
The Board unanimously agreed to advertised for the vacancy of the Zoning Board, upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.
Mr. Burt stated that he has Mr. Rehberg's application for state certification and it requires a fee of $25.
Mr. Burt reported that he has received employment policy recommendations from Bill Andrews (whose firm wrote the Board's current personnel policy), addressing the areas of the Family Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Barron stated that he has not had the time to review the policy and asked the Board postpone action until the July meeting. The Board agreed.
Mr. Burt requested the Board's authorization to hire Glenda Hagan to work by the hour to codify the county's ordinances, during the last week of June. It is his understanding that she will be on vacation that week and able to work on the project for 40 hours, if necessary. In addition, he requests that the Board pay Ms. Hagan at a rate of $10 per hour, which is the same rate she receives in her position with the school board. The Board unanimously approved Mr. Burts request, upon motion from Commissioner Bush, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.
Mr. Burt advised the Board that he has reviewed the agreement between the county and Southern Bell for the implementation of an enhanced 911 system, including the contract for the Positron PSAP hardware. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the agreement. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burt stated that he has received a letter from Wayne Martin requesting the county maintain a road. Mr. Burt stated that he would check to see if the county holds title to the road.
Mr. Burt received a letter from Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, advising that the county could impose a franchise fee for utilities, which would generate approximately $340,000 per year in revenues. The Board advised Mr. Burt to ask Nabors to continue to research the feasibility of franchise fees.
Mr. Burt stated that he has received a letter from the state fire marshall's office requesting the county identify it's fire inspector. The Board discussed the need for a fire inspector and agreed to contact Levy County to see if they could use their inspector on an as needed basis.
Mr. Burt requested the Board's direction in handling the buzzard problems at Waters Lake. Commissioner Suggs stated that she has received many phone calls from area residents complaining about the shooting of buzzards. Some residents stated that the buzzards were being shot at while flying over the lake. The residents are concerned over their safety and the noise created by the shooting. The Board advised Mr. Burt to contact the Florida Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission and refer the problem to them.
Mr. Burt stated that he has received the lease agreement with the Division of Motor Vehicles, for use of the county's property for the drivers license office. They have chosen to renew the agreement for an additional three years. Commissioner Cannon made a motion to accept the agreement, seconded by Commissioner Suggs. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Barron presented bills for the Board's consideration. Commissioner Cannon made a motion to approve the bills. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved.
Mr. Barron stated that the exact amount of the recording system he ordered from Dictaphone, which was approved June 2nd, totaled $36,481.50.
Commissioner Sheffield advised the Board that he had spoken to Charlotte Kearney regarding the pension roll for Step Kearney, and recommends adding Mr. Kearney to the roll. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to add Mr. Kearney. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved.
Mr. Barron advised the Board that a letter from Tri-County Council for Senior Citizens has been received, requesting support from the Commission, for their grant application to construct a senior citizens apartment complex in Chiefland. There followed discussion regarding the location, and the Board agreed to table the issue until later in the day, when a representative from the Council will be present.
Mr. Barron reported that Hipp Construction began working on resurfacing CR344 while it was raining. He stopped the crew from further work, and recommends to the Board that they tear out what was laid during the rain and start over.
Mr. Burt advised the Board that proof of competitive negotiation needs to be on file for engineering services. Mr. Burt recommends the Board request proposals for engineering services and the Board agreed.
Mr. Barron stated that he has received a request from Beth Latner, property custodian, to remove the following items from the property records and store them at the tower site:
item # description cost purchase date condition
635 cassette recorder 54.88 8-21-72 broken
634 typewriter 567.00 2-14-72 broken
1023 typewriter 460.00 8-20-79 broken
992 typewriter 481.28 9-30-82 broken
948 typewriter 643.50 8-07-78 broken
139 typewriter 441.00 12-02-63 broken
Commissioner Suggs made a motion to declare the above items as surplus property, authorizing their removal from property records, transferring those items to storage at the tower. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon and unanimously approved.
Commissioner Suggs advised the Board that she was successful in acquiring surplus property from Lee County. Among the items she acquired were a pick-up truck, and some portable radios, for a total of $250. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion to approve payment to Lee County. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.
Mr. Barron stated that he has received a request from Norman & Nancy Czarniak, for the Board to waive the interest, on unpaid special assessments on parcel no. 15-10-16-0562-0610-0010, for 1988 and 1990. According to the Czarniaks they attempted to pay the bill at the Tax Collector's office, however, they were advised that their records did not indicate that the Czarniaks had outstanding assessments. In addition, a title search on their property did not reveal any liens. They are not requesting a waiver on the assessments or other related charges, just the interest. Following discussion, the Board agreed to waive half of the interest due.
Mr. Barron informed the Board that the Department of Environmental Protection has requested the Board to adopt a resolution in recognition of Safe Boating Week. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to adopt a resolution in support of Safe Boating Week. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved.
WHEREAS, water-related recreational activities are vital elements in the lives of Florida's citizens; and
WHEREAS, the State's 8,426 miles of saltwater tidal coastline, over 3 million acres of inland lakes and 1,700 miles of rivers and streams provide for many of the needed outlets for recreation and relaxation; and
WHEREAS, recreational boating is one of Florida's leading outdoor activities with more than 4 million residents participating in this pastime; and
WHEREAS, Florida is the fastest growing recreational boating state in the nation with over 715,000 registered vessels; and
WHEREAS, every year lives are lost in boating accidents, due to alcohol, in spite of the educational efforts of the U. S. Coast Guard, the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U. S. Power Squadrons, the Florida Marine Patrol, the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and local agencies; and
WHEREAS, the Florida Marine Patrol, the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, the U. S. Coast Guard, the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U. S. Power Squadrons and other cooperating agencies and groups have developed and are now executing campaigns in this field; and
WHEREAS, the sponsors of these safety programs have addressed their efforts to the youth and general public of Florida, urging them to enhance boating pleasure and avoid possible loss of life and property damage;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, do hereby designate June 5 through June 11, 1994, as
in Florida and urge all citizens to join in learning and practicing safe boating through boating education courses and in operating their vessel responsibly and not drinking and driving.
RESOLVED this 9th day of June, 1994.
/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk
Mr. Barron stated that he has requested and received information from the county health department regarding the possibility of reestablishing a bacteriologic water testing laboratory at the county's health department. The approximate cost to reestablish this program would be $6600 initially, with an annual cost of $3000 per year. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to request the Health Department to reestablish this program, funding it by the Health Department's reserve, and establishing a charge for performing such tests. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Barron presented SHIP loan applications for the Board's consideration. These loans have been approved by the SHIP Loan Review Committee and come to the Board with their recommendation for approval. Following discussion, the Board unanimously approved the SHIP loans listed below, upon a motion from Commissioner Sheffield, which was seconded by Commissioner Suggs:
applicant income SHIP $ total cost
Cater, J. low $17,500 $43,000 purchase
Coarsey, C. very low $17,500 $24,350 rehab
Lindsey, J. very low $17,500 $61,400 purchase
Taylor, D. low $17,500 $48,000 purchase
Conrad, J. very low $22,500 $54,353 construct
Blank, H. very low $22,500 $32,400 purchase
Mr. Barron presented journal entries for the Board's consideration. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve journal entries numbered 9341, 9343-9350, and 9352. The motion carried unanimously.
Annual Financial Audit- Davis, Monk & Company
Robert Beauchamp and Martha Garcia presented the annual audits for fiscal year ending 9-30-93, to the Board. Both reported that they are pleased with the county's financial and cash position. They pointed out that the Transportation Trust Fund is the only fund with a steadily decreasing fund balance. Following discussion, Commissioner Bush made a motion to accept the audit. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.
Ms. Mattucci, county librarian, reported that book circulation has dropped due to the temporary relocation of the library. The summer program will begin on June 21st, along with a Citizens Against Crime Program.
Mr. Hales, regional library director, submitted his annual report to the Board. He reported that he has not yet received the plans from the architect for the library addition.
The Board recessed for lunch at 12:00 noon and reconvened at 1:40 p.m.
Public Hearing: Building Codes
Mr. Burt reported to the Board that after further consideration, he recommends that the Board adopt building codes by resolution, rather than by ordinance. If the Board adopts the building codes by ordinance, public hearings would be required to make any changes to those codes in the future. However, if the Board adopts the codes by resolution, a public hearing would not be required. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to authorize Mr. Burt to advertise the Board's intent to adopt building codes by resolution, during the next regular Board meeting. The motion carried unanimously.
Public Hearing: Family Mediation Program
Mr. Barron stated that he has spoken to Judge Sanders regarding the Family Mediation Program, and has no problems with the proposed ordinance to adopt the program. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield to adopt the ordinance providing for a Family Mediation Program. The motion carried unanimously and the ordinance follows:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, RELATING TO A CIRCUIT COURT
FAMILY MEDIATION PROGRAM CHARGE; PROVIDING FOR A SUR-
CHARGE OF FIVE DOLLARS TO BE LEVIED IN CIRCUIT COURT
PROCEEDINGS; PROVIDING FOR THE LEVY OF A FORTY-FIVE
DOLLAR SURCHARGE ON ANY PETITION FOR MODIFICATION OF A
FINAL JUDGEMENT OF DISSOLUTION; PROVIDING THAT SUCH
SERVICE CHARGES BE UTILIZED TO FUND THE OPERATION OF THE
GILCHRIST COUNTY FAMILY MEDIATION PROGRAM; PROVIDING FOR
REPEAL IN CASE OF CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY;
PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida wishes to provide funding for a family mediation program; and
WHEREAS, such mediation should be accessible to all persons regardless of financial status; and
WHEREAS, Florida Statute, Section 44.108 provides that the Board of County Commissioners may support mediation by appropriating monies from county revenues and by levying, in addition to other service charges levied by law, a service charge of not more than five dollars ($5.00) on any circuit court proceeding and a service charge of not more than forty-five dollars ($45.00) on any petition for modification of a final judgement of dissolution of marriage;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA as follows:
SECTION 1. PURPOSE.
The declared public purpose of this section is to provide funding to a family mediation program.
SECTION 2. LEVY.
There is hereby levied a service charge of five dollars ($5.00) on any circuit court civil or probate proceeding commenced in the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Gilchrist County, Florida. There is also hereby levied a service charge of forty-five dollars ($45.00) on any petition or counter-petition for modification of a final judgement of dissolution of marriage in the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court of Gilchrist County, Florida.
SECTION 3. COLLECTION.
The service charge imposed by Section 2 above shall be collected by the Clerk of the Circuit Court at the time any civil, probate proceeding or modification action is commenced in the Circuit Court. The funds so collected shall be deposited in the court's mediation account fund under the supervision of the Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Gilchrist County, Florida and shall be utilized to fund the operation of Gilchrist County's Family Mediation Program. For the service charge hereunder, the Clerk of Court shall be entitled to five ($5.00) for it's fee for handling the collection of the said service charge on any Petition for Modification and Counter-Petition for Modification and one dollar ($1.00) on other Circuit Court and Probate Proceedings.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall forward one dollar ($1.00) of each charge to the Office of the State Court's Administrator to be deposited in the state mediation and arbitration trust fund to be used by the Supreme Court to carry out its responsibilities set forth in Florida Statute, Section 44.106.
SECTION 4. REPEALING CAUSE.
All ordinances, resolutions, or parts thereof of Gilchrist County in conflict with the provisions herein contained, are hereby superseded and repealed.
SECTION 5. SEVERABILITY.
It is declared to be the intent of the Board that, if any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or portion of this ordinance is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision, and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this ordinance.
SECTION 6. EFFECTIVE DATE.
This ordinance shall take effect as provided by law.
THE FOREGOING ORDINANCE was duly adopted in regular session the 9th day of June, 1994.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA
/s/Fred Wilkerson, Chairman
/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk
Road Department Report
Mr. Joyner reported that in order to dig more rock from the Townsend Pit, blasting will be required. He has received a verbal quote for blasting, at a rate of $175 per hole. Mr. Barron stated that he would contact Junior Kelly, and suggested that Mr. Joyner contact Craig Watson about the possibility of entering into an extraction agreement for rock.
Commissioner Sheffield questioned Mr. Joyner about the recent use of chemicals used to reduce dust on graded roads. According to Mr. Joyner, 22 tons of lactate will make about 44 tons, once it is mixed with water. The cost is approximately $1800 per mile. Commissioner Sheffield suggested that the next application be applied to the Weeks Flea Market road. Chairman Wilkerson reminded the Board that they had previously determined to spray a small portion of the road next to Gilchrist Building Supply, and the graded road next to Irvette Marine.
Commissioner Sheffield stated that a grader operator reported to him that his grader has not been serviced since December 1992. Mr. Joyner suggested that servicing of equipment could be tracked though the computer.
Commissioner Sheffield stated he has received complaints about some employees leaving early on "rainy days", while other are required to hand around the shop. He suggested that the policy be applied consistently with all employees. In addition, Commissioner Sheffield asked Mr. Joyner why Clark and Billy Cannon are allowed to leave early each day. Mr. Joyner stated that those two grader operators begin an hour earlier than the rest of the road crew.
Mr. Joyner reminded the Board that the lease on the motor grader with Ring Power has expired. The Board has the option of keeping it or trading it in on a new one. The lease is approximately $29,000 per year. The Board agreed to keep the grader, rather than trade it in.
Mr. Joyner stated that Ring Power has offered to purchase 2 graders from the county for $8500 and $9000. These are old graders in need of repairs. The Board suggested that Mr. Joyner contact Ring Power and inquire as to how much it would cost to repair the graders.
Mr. Joyner stated that he would like to keep the "new" truck, recently acquired from Lee County's surplus property, rather than giving it to the Park Board. He stated that his department could repair the Park Board's truck if necessary.
Mr. Joyner reported that he will advertise the vacancy in his department, due to the recent retirement of Marvin Harris.
Commissioner Suggs stated that Billy Cannon's employment was contingent upon him obtaining a CDL license within his 6 months probation. She asked Mr. Joyner to check to see if Mr. Cannon had received his CDL.
Mr. Joyner reported that several places in the Wacasassa area need culverts. In addition, there are places where the drive-ways are in such ill repair that the edges of the road are being damaged. Mr. Joyner stated that these drive-ways were installed prior to the Board's drive-way permit policy. Commissioner Bush suggested that the edge of the road be repaired, and limerock added to the bottom of the ditch, however, the county is not to install drive-ways.
Solid Waste Report
Mr. Joyner reported that each recycling truck had 11 customers last Saturday, which was the first Saturday the trucks were available for recycling. He expects the numbers to increase once the public is aware that the trucks are available on Saturdays.
Mr. Joyner spoke to the Board about the county's Waste Tire Grant. Mr. Joyner would like to purchase a skid steer loader on state contract, for approximately $17,000. The Waste Tire Grant is approximately $6000 and these funds could go toward the purchase price. The Board advised Mr. Joyner to check with Ford Tractor for a state contract price.
Building Department Report
Mr. Rehberg submitted his report for the month of May, indicating a total of 43 permits issued. Of that total, 22 permits were issued for mobile homes, and 3 were issued for new construction.
Mr. Rehberg reported that there is a roof leak in the Clerk's office and he suggested the Board have the entire roof over the Clerk's office replaced. The Board advised Mr. Rehberg to get a quote for re-roofing the Clerk's office.
Suwannee River Ranch Estates- Sheree Lancaster
Ms. Lancaster appeared before the Board to discuss a problem she has encountered with the platting of Suwannee River Ranch Estates. According to Ms. Lancaster, a lot owner was turned down for a building permit because it is in violation of the subdivision ordinance. Several years ago, a plat was submitted and approved for nineteen (19) five acre lots. The lots numbered 20 and above (which are ten acre lots) were not platted at that time, because lots ten acres or larger were not required to be platted. A survey of the ten acre lots was filed with the Building Department. Since that time, all the lots have sold except five and all the property owners have signed an agreement to maintain the roads in that subdivision. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion to accept the original survey, which shows all lots, granting a variance to the subdivision ordinance. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush, and unanimously approved.
Preliminary Plat- Countryside Subdivision
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Wilson appeared before the Board, seeking approval of a preliminary plat for Countryside Subdivision. According to Mr. Rehberg, the Zoning Board approved the plat, subject to the tracts being changed from four (4) five acre tracts to two (2) ten acre tracts, with the easement extending to the east side of the 10 acre property and the cul-de-sac ending at the west entry of the ten acre tracts. The Zoning Board also recommended that the limerock road meet the county's road requirements. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve the preliminary plat, with the Zoning Board's recommendations. The motion carried unanimously.
Final Plat- Country Oaks
Mr. Gene Parrish, Parrish Land Surveyors, appeared before the Board, representing Ms. Lorene Thomas. The Board reviewed the final plat with Mr. Parrish. Following discussion, Commissioner Cannon made a motion to approve the final plat, subject to the number of drive-ways on CR340 being reduced from 4 to two (2). The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.
Variance to Subdivision Ordinance-Owen Baynard
Mr. Ed Harris appeared before the Board, representing Mr. Owen Baynard, regarding lots in Spaghetti Farms. In 1985, the Board of County Commissioners approved the survey of this subdivision, with lots 10 & 11 combined. Since that time the lots were sold separately due to a foreclosure. Now, Mr. Harris is unable to get a building permit because of the lots being sold separately. Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to grant a variance to the subdivision ordinance, reversing the Board's previous requirement of the two lots being combined. The motion carried unanimously.
Transfer Station Lease
Ms. Connie Conley, HAL Industries, spoke to the Board about the possibility of HAL Industries leasing the transfer station from the County. They have heard that Alachua County intends to increase its tipping fee at the Archer landfill, and they can haul garbage to a landfill in Valdosta for less. The Board suggested that this topic be discussed in a workshop, and advised Ms. Conley that she would be contacted after a date had been set.
Tri-County Council for Senior Citizens
Janice Woods spoke to the Board about the need for establishing a meal site in the Bell area. The Tri-County Council for Senior Citizens have been using the Bell Community Center, however, it is too costly for them to use it as a permanent site, and she requests the use of the Cruse Community/Voting Center. They would need to use the building 5 days/week, for approximately 3 hours per day. Because they would be the only group using the building on a daily basis, the Council is willing to pay the electric bill for that building. Following discussion, the Board unanimously agreed to allow the Cruse Community/Voting Center to be used as a meal site, upon a motion from Commissioner Sheffield, which was seconded by Commissioner Bush.
The Board questioned Ms. Woods about the letter received from the Tri-County Council for Senior Citizens, requesting a letter of support for their grant application, to construct a senior citizens apartment complex in Chiefland. According to Ms. Woods, one of the grant requirements is that the county in which the complex is to be located, must have in place a "Comprehensive Affordable Housing Strategy". Dixie and Gilchrist counties did not have this strategy in place. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to send a letter of support of the grant application to the Council. The motion carried unanimously.
Correspondence from homeowners in the Suwannee Gil Farms subdivision has been received regarding the maintenance of roads, however, since that time, the problem has been resolved with the developer, Nassau-Stokes.
Mr. Barron reported that a letter from the Correctional Privatization Commission had been received. This commission is looking for possible future prison sites, and are soliciting letters of interest from counties throughout the state. The Board advised Mr. Barron to contact them, requesting more information.
A letter from the Industrial Development Authority, seeking the Board's approval for their membership in the Florida Economic Development Council, has been received. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve their membership. The motion carried unanimously.
A letter from the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council has been received, offering the county the ability to adopt by resolution, the Council's district report for economic development, since the county is a member of the council. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to adopt by resolution, the district's report. The motion carried unanimously and the resolution follows:
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE NORTH CENTRAL
FLORIDA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT OVERALL ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 1993 ANNUAL REPORT, AS PREPARED BY
THE NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL;
PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, Gilchrist County, Florida, is a member of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council; and
WHEREAS, a written report must be submitted annually to the Economic Development Administration to evaluate the progress made toward improving economic conditions in Gilchrist County during the past year; and
WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners has previously adopted the North Central Florida Economic Development District Overall Economic Development Program; and
WHEREAS, the North Central Florida Economic Development District Overall Economic Development Program 1993 Annual Report accurately reflects economic conditions in the County and satisfactorily covers the County's own economic planning and programming;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA:
1. That the North Central Florida Economic Development District Overall Economic Development Program 1993 Annual Report as prepared by the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council be adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, as accurately reflecting the economic conditions in the County and satisfactorily covering the County's own economic planning and programming.
2. That the North Central Florida Economic Development District Overall Economic Development Program 1993 Annual Report be submitted to U. S. Economic Development Administration with the understanding that this action meets the annual progress reporting requirements for the County.
3. This resolution shall take effect upon its adoption.
DULY ADOPTED in regular session this 9th day of June, 1994.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA
/s/Fred Wilkerson, Chairman
/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk
Mr. Barron reported that Mr. Welch, Tax Collector, had submitted the E & I report for 1993, indicating a net change of negative $14,331.02.
Mr. Burt presented the interlocal agreements between the county and the municipalities, for recycling and education grant funds. Commissioner Cannon made a motion to approve the agreements with Trenton, Bell and Fanning Springs. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.
Commissioner Sheffield stated that Ms. Mable Covington's pilot light does not work properly. Ms. Covington received a new heater through the CDBG program, and the contractor has attempted to correct the problem, however, he has not been successful. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to contact Vernon Layfield, as he may be able to repair it. The motion carried unanimously.
The Board agreed to designate one hour at the next regular monthly meeting to discuss the Transfer Station Lease with HAL Industries, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 5:30 p.m. was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.
FRED WILKERSON, CHAIRMAN
JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK