The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a special meeting on December 29, 1994, at 7:00 p.m., in the Commissioner's Meeting Room at the Courthouse in Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:

Wilbur Bush, Chairman

Fred Wilkerson

V. C. Cannon

Jimmie Sheffield

Sue B. Suggs

Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Eudell Parrish, Billy Smith, and Craig Watson, Park Board Members, Valdeen Fletcher and Frances Walker, county residents.

Mr. Barron stated that the reason for calling a special meeting is to discuss the possible dissolution of the Gilchrist County Park Board as a independent district. Both the County Commission and the Park Board have discussed the possibility in recent meetings, due to the financial position of the Park Board. Mr. Watson, Park Board member and Chairman of the School Board, stated that the School Board voted to deed their interest in the Hart Springs property to the Board of County Commissioners, providing that the Board assure the School Board that they will not sell the property or ship water from the springs, without prior approval of the School Board. In addition, the School Board asks that the County Commission make the park available to them for educational purposes.

Mr. Smith, Chairman of the Park Board, stated that the Park Board is out of answers for Hart Springs problems. Mr. Smith added that if the Board takes over the management of the park, he would like for it to stay a high priority.

Commissioner Wilkerson asked if the county could manage the park and appoint a Park Board similar to other boards, such as the Code Enforcement or Compentency boards. Mr. Barron replied that the Commission could establish such a board.

When asked whether there would be any savings by the Commission assuming management of the park, Mr. Barron replied that there would be an annual savings of approximately $6000-$7000.

Mr. Barron stated that since the Park Board was established by special legislative act, the legislature would have to dissolve the Park Board. If all three boards agreed to dissolution, the legislative delegation could hear the issue January 17th, when they are scheduled to be in Gilchrist County. Mr. Barron recommends that the Park Board be abolished and that the race track funds for the Park Board be redirected to the Board of County Commissioners.

Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to accept the School Board's proposal; directing Mr. Burt and Mr. McQueen to present information for the legislative delegation to dissolve the Park Board, redirect the race track funds to the Board of County Commissioners, and establish a dependent board to oversee the management of Hart Springs park. The motion carried uananimously.

Mr. Frances Walker spoke to the Board about transporting Paul Yates, county resident, from a hospital in Georgia, to a hospital in Gainesville. Mr. Yates was involved in a hunting accident and is hospitalized in Georgia. He and his family would like him moved to a hospital in Gainesville, however, the hospital in Georgia will not release him without the availability of medical transport. Some EMT's and paramedics working for the county have indicated that the would be willing to work without pay to transport Mr. Yates back to Gainesville, if the Board will allow the use of the county's emergency transport vehicle. Mr. Barron stated that Mr. Yates has provided post autopsy transport from Gainesville to Trenton, without charging, for several years. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to authorize our ambulance to go to Albany, Georgia, to transport Mr. Yates to a hospital in Gainesville. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burt announced that the meeting with the intervenors regarding the county's comprehensive plan, has been rescheduled until April 24th and 25th.

There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 8:15 p.m. was made by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.