MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD JULY 11, 1994.
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on July 11, 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, Carolyn Thomas, and Cheryl Watson, Deputy Clerks, Carl Rehberg, Building & Zoning Official, Bill Brideson, VA Service Officer/Civil Defense Director, Jim Cooper, Chief Deputy Sheriff, Danny Hales, Regional Library Director, Susan Bryant, Supervisor of Elections, Buddy Joyner, Transportation & Solid Waste Supervisor, D. Ray Harrison, Property Appraiser, Gary Reeser, Cadastrialist, George Cole, Spring Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, Ken Corbin, Maintenance Superintendent, City of Trenton, David Branson, Search Committee member, Butch and Connie Conley, HAL Industries, Gene Parrish, Parrish Land Surveying, Scott Koons, North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, Sue NesSmith, Edwin & Joan McAlpin, and James Moore, county residents.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the meetings held March 7th, March 21st, and March 24th, were unanimously approved, following a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield.
Mr. Burt stated that he has spoken to Gary Reeser from the Property Appraiser's office about county roads 340 and 341. Where county road 341 north veers to the northeast and continues until it reaches the Town of Bell, it is suggested that this road be changed to county road 342. This number would be consistent with the other county road numbers. Commissioner Cannon made a motion to set a public hearing for changing the road number. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved.
Mr. Burt presented a draft of a letter to Don Martin, regarding his code violation with the junkyard. The Board advised Mr. Burt to send the letter.
Mr. Burt advised the Board that he had spoken to Lee Mills, county engineer, about whether the county has ever gone through competitive negotiations for engineering and surveying services. Mr. Burt recommends the county request proposals for those services. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to authorize Mr. Burt to advertise for proposals for engineering and surveying services. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush, and unanimously approved.
Mr. Burt advised the Board that the county referendum allowing an advalorem tax exemption for new and expanding businesses, expires in November 94. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion to put the referendum on the November 94 ballot. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.
Mr. Burt spoke to the Board about information he has received on the Preservation 2000 Trust Fund program. These funds are available to local governments to purchase property for preservation purposes. Some properties the Board may want to consider are the boat ramp located near 90th Street, the Houston Babcock property and the Gilchrist Greenways properties.
Mr. Burt reported that an administrative hearing on the comprehensive plan with the intervenors has been set for November 3, 1994.
Mr. Burt stated that he has received a request from Tom Brown, for a refund of special assessments paid in error. Mr. Brown has paid assessments on parcel number 04-09-16-0000-0004-0070 for 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992, prior to realizing that this particular parcel is unimproved and therefore not subject to an assessment. Deputy Tax Collector, Edgar Langford has verified that there are not improvements on this parcel. The total of the refund would be $529.74. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to refund the assessments to Mr. Brown. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burt advised the Board that he has drafted an ordinance related to water activities, at the request of the Department of Environmental Protection. He submitted the draft to the Board and added that he will send a copy of the draft to DEP for their review, prior to any further action.
Chairman Wilkerson announced that he and Vice-Chairman Sheffield were scheduled to attend a ground breaking ceremony for the City of Fanning Springs. Chairman Wilkerson appointed Commissioner Bush to act as chairman during their absence, and he and Commissioner Sheffield departed the Board meeting at 9:37 a.m.
Mr. Burt advised the Board that he has drafted letters to the cities explaining the proposed special assessment ordinance.
Bills were reviewed by the Board and unanimously approved, following a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.
Mr. Barron advised the Board that authorization was given to Mr. Burt and himself to negotiate a loan for the purchase of a communications console. In addition, the Board authorized Mr. Burt to draft a resolution to borrow funds. According to Mr. Barron, the resolution was never presented to the Board and approved, and he requests the Board consider a resolution today. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to authorize the financing of capital improvements by resolution. The motion carried unanimously and the resolution follows:
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE FINANCING OF CAPITAL
IMPROVEMENTS ON COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS IN AND FOR
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA.
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, at public hearing on July 11, 1994, finds that it is in the best interest of the citizens of Gilchrist County to finance capital improvements on communications systems within Gilchrist County; and
WHEREAS, the Sheriff of Gilchrist County has made previous arrangements to finance the purchase of communication equipment with Tri-County Bank, located in Trenton, Florida; and
WHEREAS, the equipment being purchased qualifies under the Moving Violation Surcharge Ordinance of Gilchrist County, Florida; and
WHEREAS, Tri-County Bank, Trenton, Florida, has approved the lending of monies to Gilchrist County for said improvements; said financing to be repaid from revenues generated from moving violation surcharges imposed in Gilchrist County, Florida, as established by Gilchrist County Ordinance No. 93-02; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has reviewed the proposed interest bearing note, a copy of which is attached hereto; and
WHEREAS, the Board determines that the terms in that note, as attached hereto, are acceptable in form and content and represent the best interests of the citizens of Gilchrist County as providing the means to secure the funds to make capital improvements to the communication systems within the county;
IT IS, THEREFORE, RESOLVED, that the note as proposed be, and is hereby, granted approval and the appropriate officials of Gilchrist County are hereby authorized to execute that note with Tri-County Bank in order to secure the necessary funds to finance capital improvements to the communication system within Gilchrist County, Florida.
FURTHER RESOLVED, that said promissory note to Tri-County Bank is hereby secured by the pledge of a sufficient amount of funds derived from the moving violation surcharges imposed by Ordinance No. 93-03, as adopted June 1, 1993, to pay that obligation, as the same becomes due and payable with interest, until the balance is paid in full.
FURTHER RESOLVED that all payments to the Tri-County Bank shall be made from the funds established by said Ordinance No. 93-03, each year until the note as referenced herein is repaid in full. During the term of this note, the Board of County Commissioners shall determine and appropriate sufficient funds from the moving violation surcharge in Gilchrist County to cover the repayment costs of the referenced note for each budget year.
FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, shall not repeal or refuse to enforce the imposition of the moving violation surcharge as provided for in said Ordinance No. 93-03, so long as the obligation to Tri-County Bank remains unpaid.
FURTHER RESOLVED that it is the intent of this Board that the promissory note for $9800 attached to the Resolution is a tax exempt bond or note and it not issued or to be issued for arbitrage purposes;
FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Resolution shall be attached to and made a part of the original promissory note, executed and delivered to the Bank as assurance to the Bank that the promissory note is legally secured and enforceable under the laws of Florida and the Ordinance of this Board.
RESOLVED this 11th day of July, 1994, at the regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA
/s/Fred Wilkerson, Chairman
/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk
Mr. Barron advised the Board that the capital outlay fund # 350 budget needs to be increased by the amount of funds borrowed for the road construction project ($350,000.00). The funds have been received; this action will accommodate those funds into the budget. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve the budget increase by resolution. The motion carried unanimously and the resolution follows:
A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE CAPITAL OUTLAY FUND
NUMBER 350 BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 1993-94.
WHEREAS, Chapter 129, Florida Statutes, sets forth the requirements for adoption of the annual county budget; and
WHEREAS, Gilchrist County did lawfully and appropriately adopt an annual budget for the Gilchrist County Capital Outlay Fund Number 350 for Fiscal Year 1993-94; and
WHEREAS, Chapter 129.06, Florida Statutes authorized amendments of the budget by resolution to lawfully expend unanticipated revenues; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County are in receipt of $350,000.00 of unanticipated revenues, in the form of debt proceeds for the Capital Outlay Fund Number 350;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, that the Capital Outlay Fund Number 350 is hereby amended in an increased amount of $350,000.00.
RESOLVED this 11th day of July, 1994.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA
/s/Fred Wilkerson, Chairman
/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk
Mr. Barron presented journal entries numbered 9353, 9355-9360, and 9362-9365, for the Board's consideration. Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the journal entries. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Barron stated that according to the March 7th minutes, discussion occurred regarding the width to length ratio for lots within the Suwannee Shores Subdivision, and asked Mr. Burt if he has had an opportunity to draft an amendment to the current requirements. Mr. Burt replied that he has not.
Mr. Barron discussed revenue alternatives with the Board and recommended that the Board look at franchise fees from utility companies, specifically Florida Power and Central Florida Electric. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to authorize Mr. Burt and Mr. Barron to get more information on franchise fees. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Barron stated that the Chamber of Commerce has asked that the lawn near their building be included for mowing. Commissioner Cannon made a motion to add the lawn at the Chamber of Commerce/Agriculture Building and the lawn at the administrative building to be added to the lawn schedule for the courthouse. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.
Mr. Barron stated that the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council has requested a letter of intent from the county for planning assistance. According to Mr. Barron, the county currently contracts with the Planning Council at a rate of $12,000 per year. For that sum, the Planning Council provides technical assistance with the county's comprehensive plan and land development regulations. Commissioner Cannon made a motion to contract with the Planning Council at a rate of $12,000 per year, for fiscal year 1994-95. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.
Mr. Barron reviewed the letter from Lee Mills, engineer, regarding Mr. Mills' estimate of the annual maintenance and testing costs for the Gilchrist County Landfill. According to Mr. Mills, the cost for the first year following closure is $42,328.24. For each subsequent year, the cost will be approximately $31,476.32. Mr. Barron added that should the landfill go through a series of bad tests at it's monitoring wells, the cost associated for compliance testing could easily exceed $100,000.
Mr. Barron presented recommendations from the SHIP Loan Review Committee. The Committee recommends the following for approval:
Income Total SHIP $
Applicant Level Cost Requested Description
Ruggles, C. Low 40,805 17,500 rehab
Sundberg, J. Moderate 50,521 10,000 purchase
Brown, L. Low 47,350 17,500 purchase
Davis, J. Low 47,222 17,500 construction
Pitzarell, J. Moderate 28,025 10,000 rehab
Mr. Barron stated that the Sundbergs are purchasing a modular home, and is waiting on certification from the state that a modular home qualifies for the program. In addition, Mr. Barron stated that there are some minor changes needed on the contractor's proposals for Ruggles and Davis. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve the SHIP loans presented, contingent upon certification from the state on Sundberg, and contract changes on Davis and Ruggles. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Barron stated that he has received a request for the Board to "forgive" the interest that has accrued on a special assessment lien for 1990 and 1991 on parcel no. 02-10-16-0000-0002-0020, for William A. Sievertsen. Mr. Barron added that apparently there was a problem with the Tax Collector's computer system whenever the owner can in to pay the 1992 taxes, and was unable to learn the amount of interest due. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to forgive the interest. The motion carried unanimously.
Building Department Report
Mr. Rehberg submitted his report for the month of June 1994, indicating a total of 37 permits issued. Of that total, 15 permits were issued for mobile homes, and 5 were issued for new construction.
The Board discussed the need for a fire inspector with Mr. Rehberg. Mr. Barron suggested that Mr. Rehberg call Will Gray May, Jr., in Alachua County for assistance.
Public Hearing: Standard Building Codes
Mr. Burt presented a resolution for the Board's consideration. According to Mr. Burt, this resolution does not address the wind load, rather, the state minimum requirements as they exist and as they may be amended. The statutes addresses the 1988 building codes as does the resolution before the Board. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion to adopt the Standard Building Codes by resolution. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.
A RESOLUTION TO ADOPT VARIOUS STANDARD CODES RE-
LATING TO INSPECTION ACTIVITIES OF THE COUNTY OF
GILCHRIST AND ENFORCEMENT OF BUILDING PROVISIONS
AS PROVIDED IN SAID CODES; PROVIDING FOR SEVER-
ABILITY; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners is authorized, pursuant to Section 125.56, Florida Statutes, to adopt a building code to provide for the safe construction, erection, alteration, and repair of any building within its territory outside the corporate limits of any municipality; and
WHEREAS, Section 553.73, Florida Statutes, requires local governments to adopt one of the State Minimum Building Codes; and
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, to adopt, in all respects, the various Standard Codes relating to building, gas, mechanical and plumbing; and
WHEREAS, the adoption of these Codes is done to facilitate proper inspection activities by Gilchrist County relating to construction and to maintenance of buildings within Gilchrist County and relating to public safety, health and general welfare;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, that the State Minimum Building Code as defined under Section 553.73 (2) (a) is hereby adopted and as may hereafter be amended and shall be known as the "Gilchrist County Building Code".
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that within said Codes, when reference is made to the duties of a certain official named therein, that designated official of Gilchrist County, Florida who has duties corresponding to those of the named official in said Code shall be deemed to be the responsible official insofar as enforcing the provisions of said Code are concerned;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if any provision or portion of this ordinance is declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be void, unconstitutional or unenforceable, then all remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect.
This Resolution shall take effect upon passing.
PASSED AND APPROVED by unanimous vote this 11th day of July, 1994.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA
/s/Fred Wilkerson, Chairman
/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk
Chairman Wilkerson and Commissioner Sheffield returned to the Board meeting at 11:00 a.m.
Zoning Board Vacancy
Mr. Barron reported that four letters of interest were submitted for the Zoning Board vacancy. Chairman Wilkerson stated that the Zoning Board should be represented by individuals with varied backgrounds. There followed discussion regarding the current board members, with acknowledgement that most of the current members have an agricultural background. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to appoint Reese Rowland to the Zoning Board. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush, and passed by split vote as follows:
Commissioner Sheffield stated that although Mr. Rowland is not his first choice, he does not have a problem with his appointment to the Zoning Board.
Emergency Management/Veterans Services Report
Mr. Brideson reported that 26 veterans were served during the month of May and June. A Veterans Service Officer school will be held in August, and the Board agreed that Mr. Brideson should attend if possible.
Mr. Brideson reported that in conjunction with his scope of work he has submitted a report to the state regarding the hurricane exercise conducted last month and mailed out Critical Facility Inventory forms to various agencies.
Mr. Brideson stated that there are several conferences scheduled over the next months that he needs to attend, most of them related to emergency management.
Mr. Brideson recommends the county purchase, through the nine eleven grant the following: mobile phone with portable and fixed antenna, answering machine for alternate EOC office, small portable TV with built-in VCR, cable weather channel hook-up to office and Sheriff's department, new fax machine at the EOC, separate phone lines in the office, and EOC, because during an emergency with so many calls coming in, it is difficult to make out-going calls, updated pagers, and radio activated sirens throughout the county.
Mr. Brideson stated that the Marine Recruiter office would like to install a sign on the courthouse property, giving direction to their office. The Board advised Mr. Brideson that they did not have a problem with this request.
Supervisor of Elections
Susan Bryant, Supervisor of Elections, spoke to the Board about their plans for library renovations. Since the library is used as a polling place, Ms. Bryant is concerned with the condition of the building at the time of the elections. If another polling place needs to be established for voters in 1-A, it should be done as quickly as possible, in order to inform the public. The Board agreed that the construction would not begin on the library building until after the November 8th general election.
Library Report- Danny Hales
Mr. Hales reported that the plans for the new construction at the library were completed by the architect, and mailed to the state library office. Originally, the state library office indicated that specs for the construction were not needed, however, since that time, they have asked that specs be provided. In addition, they also advised that the county will need to bid out the subs for this job. Danny stated that we will need to apply for an extension on the grant, and he recommends a 6 months extension. Mr. Hales added that the state has not determined if the county will need to bid the materials Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to apply for a 6 months extension. The motion carried unanimously.
Water Line Extension to Jail
Mr. Ken Corbin, maintenance superintendent for the City of Trenton, appeared briefly to advise the Board that they are ready to begin water line installation, as soon as the permit from DOT is received.
Mr. Albert Martin, construction supervisor, spoke to the Board about the toilets at the county jail. Mr. Martin stated that the water lines going into the jail toilets need to be changed, as well as the toilets themselves. It will cost approximately $550 each to rebuild them, compared to $1200 each for replacement. There are 9 more toilets that need replacement/repair. He is waiting on valves, which will take 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Firing Range- Jim Cooper
Mr. Jim Cooper, Chief Deputy Sheriff, requests the use of the western portion of the landfill property, to establish a firing range. This firing range could be utilized by his staff to facilitate their training. In addition, it could also be used in conjunction with hunter safety training courses. Chief Cooper added that he would like to use monies in the Law Enforcement Trust Fund to construct the range. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve his request, contingent upon DEP's approval. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Cooper briefly discussed with the Board the possibility of acquiring more federal inmates that are low security. The reimbursement rate for housing these inmates is $43 per day, and a barracks type building could be constructed to house them. The Board stated they were interested in Mr. Cooper providing more information.
Mr. D. Ray Harrison, Property Appraiser, spoke to the Board about the county's road numbering system. Mr. Harrison stated that someone, possibly the 911 Committee, needs to meet with the city of Fanning and the town of Bell, regarding their road numbers and how they intersect with the county's roads. Mr. Harrison stated that he has encountered a problem with the "Tom Scott Road", near the city of Trenton. This road was identified as an avenue on the county's system, however, it intersects with a city road, which is also an avenue. According to the postal service, avenues can not intersect with avenues, and likewise, streets cannot intersect with streets. With the Board's permission, he would like to change the county's avenue in this case, to a court. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to authorize Mr. Harrison to change avenues to courts and streets to boulevards, whenever necessary. The motion carried unanimously.
Transportation & Solid Waste Reports
Mr. Joyner reported that Chris Robinson sustained damage to his vehicle, due to dirt being piled in the middle of a graded road, which was being graded. The repair bills total over $700. Commissioner Bush spoke to the Board about damage to a truck owned by Pritchett Trucking, Inc. According to Commissioner Bush, the windshield and mirror were broken because of a vine hanging from the trees at the intersection of CR 337 and S.E. 40th Street. The estimated repairs is $91.37. The Board advised Mr. Barron to pay the costs for repairing Pritchett's truck and file a claim with the county's liability carrier for the Robinson's vehicle.
Mr. Joyner stated that Larry Boyd has agreed to allow the county to enlarge his rock pit.
Mr. Joyner discussed the need for a better maintenance schedule for the county parks/boat ramps. According to Mr. Joyner, Lancaster has cut back on the number of crews they send, and they are not working on a consistent schedule. The Board agreed that a problem exists with the maintenance of county parks/boat ramps, and community centers. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to bid maintenance of parks and community centers as follows: mowing at the parks, boat ramps, and community centers two times per month, garbage pick-up, including any scattered around on the property, at the community centers two times per month, and two times per week at the county's parks and boat ramps, and cleaning of the restrooms at Waters Pond and Rock Bluff two times per week. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush, and unanimously approved.
Mr. Joyner stated that the state contract price for a new bobcat is $15,360. He would like to use waste tire and small county grant funds to purchase the equipment. Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to authorize Mr. Joyner to purchase the bobcat. The motion carried unanimously.
The Board asked Mr. Joyner to look at the boat ramps on 90th Street and at Butler's on the Santa Fe River, to determine the repair needs, after the river goes down.
Emergency Management Position
Mr. Barron reported that the Search Committee has viewed the videos of the applicants for the Emergency Management position, and recommends seven applicants to the Board. The Board agreed to view the videos in a special meeting July 26, 1994, at 5:00 p.m. In addition, the Board set the date of August 2, 1994, at 6:00 p.m. to interview applicants.
Mr. Barron presented the budgets to the Board and briefly reviewed the requests from various departments. If funded as requested, general revenue would be $166,000 short of balancing without a reserve or cash carry-over. The Board agreed to set dates for budget workshops at the regular August meeting.
Mr. Barron reminded the Board that the public hearing for initial special assessment rates, as well as consideration of the master ordinance for special assessments, has been set for August 9th, at 6:00 p.m.
Public Hearing: Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan
Scott Koons, North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, appeared before the Board, for the purpose of presenting amendments to the county's comprehensive plan. According to Mr. Koons, the issue before the Board today is to determine whether the proposed amendments will be transmitted to the Department of Community Affairs. The Zoning Board has heard the issues involved with the amendments before the Board, and recommends approval of those amendments. If the Board approves the amendments, they will be transmitted to the Department of Community Affairs, and that department has 60 days to make recommendations on the proposed amendments.
Amendment Application #94-01 has been submitted by Joan Strong McAlpin and Edwin McAlpin, to amend the Future Land Use Plan Map of the county's comprehensive plan by changing the land use from silviculture/agriculture (less than or equal to 1 dwelling unit per 160 and less than or equal to 1 development unit per 80 acres) to agriculture-3 (less than or equal to 1 dwelling unit per 10 acres). This property is located on the eastern edge of the Wacasassa Flats. The individual potable water wells or an on-site water supply system will meet or exceed the adopted level of service standard established within the County's Comprehensive Plan. The individual septic tanks or a package treatment plant will meet or exceed the adopted level of service standard established within the County's Comprehensive Plan. The McAlpins submitted a copy of the septic tank application for the records. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve transmittal of Amendment Application #94-01 to the Department of Community Affairs. The motion carried unanimously.
Amendment Application #94-02 has been submitted by the Board of County Commissioners to amend the Future Land Use Plan Map of the County's Comprehensive Plan by changing the land use on county property from agriculture-2 (less than or equal to 1 dwelling unit per 5 acres) to commercial. This parcel contains approximately 23.88 acres. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to transmit Amendment Application #94-02 to the Department of Community Affairs. The motion carried unanimously.
Amendment Application #94-03 has been submitted by the Board of County Commissioners to amend the Future Land Use Plan Map, to address public lands, which were in existence at the time the Comprehensive Plan was adopted, but (with the exception of two properties) were too small to be depicted on the County's Future Land Use Plan Map. The Board unanimously approved transmittal of Amendment Application #94-03 to the Department of Community Affairs, upon a motion from Commissioner Cannon, which was seconded by Commissioner Suggs.
Amendment Application #94-04 has been submitted by the Board of County Commissioners to address recreations lands, which were in existence at the time the Comprehensive Plan was adopted, but were too small to be depicted on the County's Future Land Use Plan Map. Designation of these lands are desirable for possible future grant funding. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the transmittal of Amendment Application #94-04. The motion carried unanimously.
Transfer Station Lease Proposal
Ms. Connie Conley, HAL Industries, met with the Board to discuss the possibility of leasing the transfer station in Bell to HAL Industries. Ms. Conley stated that it is her understanding that the Archer landfill will increase its tipping fees to $50 per ton effective October 1, 1994. HAL Industries has located a landfill in Valdosta, Georgia, with a tipping fee of $24 per ton. In HAL's proposal, they offer to pay the county 50 cents per ton host fee for Gilchrist County garbage and $1.00 per ton host fee for out-of-county garbage. HAL is willing to discuss and participate in the cost of locating 4 convenience sites for permanent drop-offs. In addition, HAL is also willing to handle the recyclables, if the County so desires. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to advertise lease negotiations on the transfer station, with a deadline for proposals set for July 29, 1994. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Burt departed from the meeting at 6:45 p.m., in order to attend the City of Trenton's meeting on the county's behalf.
Mr. Barron stated that AV-MED has proposed a rate increase of 5% for employee health insurance. It is his recommendation that the county renew its contract with AV-MED.
Commissioner Suggs spoke to the Board about her phone bills, which are somewhat inflated, due to long distance calls she makes on the county's behalf. Commissioner Suggs requests that the county reimburse her for those charges. Mr. Barron stated that the county has phone credit cards, and she should use one of those cards when making calls on the county's behalf.
Chairman Wilkerson departed the meeting at 7:25 p.m.
Health Liaison Position
An agreement has been submitted for the Board's consideration, to hire Gary Rexroat as the county health liaison. The Medical Center has previously been designated to serve the county for workers compensation injuries, as well as providing medical services to inmates at the county jail. The Medical Center is willing to pay the total wages for this position, as well as for any retirement benefits. Mr. Barron stated that Mr. Rexroat would be available to the county to review contracts for medical services. Commissioner Cannon made a motion to approve the contract. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush, and unanimously approved.
Mr. Barron stated that he has spoken to Barbara Wray, regarding their proposed bulk water plant. He has received a request for the Board to apply for an Economic Development grant, should they be successful in establishing the plant. Funds from such a grant could be used to build a turn lane off state road 47, as well as provide road improvements. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to apply for an economic development grant on behalf of Ginnie Springs. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush, and unanimously approved.
The Board discussed possible franchise fees that may be available in connection with transporting bottles of water out of the county, and upon a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, directed Mr. Burt to research the possibility. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Joyner advised the Board that there are several items no longer in use by the Road Department, and asked if those items need to be declared surplus prior to disposing. The Board advised Mr. Joyner that those items would need to be declared surplus, and to make a list of those items for the Board's consideration. The Board also advised Mr. Joyner that the items will need to be bid, once declared surplus.
Library Task Force
Commissioner Suggs reported that the both Dixie and Lafayette counties are prepared to enter into an agreement with Gilchrist County, to form a 3 county regional library system. Before further progress can be made, it must be determined whether the agreement will be cooperative or consolidated. So far, the sentiment appears to be cooperative. The Board advised Commissioner Suggs that a cooperative agreement would be the most desirable.
Small Quantity Hazardous Waste Generators
Mr. Barron spoke to the Board regarding Small Quantity Hazardous Waste Generators. Several years ago, the Civil Defense Director coordinated a program, which identified Small Quantity Hazardous Waste Generators in the county. Once completed, those individuals or businesses must be monitored once every three years. According to Mr. Brideson, Civil Defense Director, this program has not been active. The North Central Florida Planning Council can provide the services needed to reimplement the program at a cost of $4790. The Board agreed to enter into a contract with the Planning Council to provide these services, upon a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon. The motion carried unanimously.
There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 8:30 p.m. was made by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.
FRED WILKERSON, CHAIRMAN
JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK