MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD FEBRUARY 6, 1995.



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on February 6, 1995, at 9:00 a.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, Sherree Pitzarell, Jean Ridgeway, Ted Burt Law Office, Beth Latner, administrative assistant, Sheriff Jim Floyd, Chief Deputy Jim Cooper, Albert Martin, construction supervisor, Buddy Joyner, road superintendent, Dick Edwards, CPC, John Russell, Bell Volunteer Fire Dept., Sheree Lancaster, School Board Attorney, Sarah Collis and Lamar Hines, county residents.



Consent Agenda:



The Board unanimously agreed to remove item # 5 on the consent agenda; approving the remaining items, upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson:



1. Application from Anthony Miller for the private transit representative position on the Transportation

Disadvantaged Coordinating Board.



2. Request from Ron McQueen for the Board to submit his

name for consideration for the State's Matching Grant

Evaluation Team (EMS).



3. Resolution to proclaim "Hazardous Materials `EPCRA'

Awareness Week".



RESOLUTION 95-14



HAZARDOUS MATERIALS `EPCRA' AWARENESS WEEK

FEBRUARY 26 - MARCH 4, 1995



WHEREAS, the safe use of hazardous materials is essential to citizens, business, industry and local governments to maintain economic stability and the public health; and



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County recognizes the importance of community awareness of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCEA) of 1986 enacted by the Congress and joins the North Central Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and numerous other local governments and the State of Florida; and



WHEREAS, it is essential for local governments and the Local Emergency Planning Committee to plan and prepare for responding to accidental releases of hazardous materials and to implement programs that help prevent the accidental release of hazardous materials in order to protect the well being of all citizens and visitors to this area; and



WHEREAS, first responders, such as fire fighting, law enforcement, and emergency medical services personnel, must be informed of reportable types and amounts of hazardous materials and chemicals that are present in our community and properly trained to safely respond in the event of an accident or emergency; and



WHEREAS, all citizens have a right-to-know of the types, location, and quantity of certain hazardous materials and chemicals in their community and to know proper procedures to take in case of an accident or emergency; and



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY GILCHRIST COUNTY THAT:



The week of February 26 through March 4, 1995, is declared as

Hazardous Materials `EPCRA' Awareness Week.



PASSED AND DULY ADOPTED by Gilchrist County, at a regular meeting held on the 6th day of February, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



4. Agreement with Premium Research Services to review our

workers compensation insurance to verify correct position classifications for possible premium savings.



5. Removed for discussion.



6. SHIP loan applications for David Lindsey and William

Wester.



The Board discussed item # 5, which was removed from the consent agenda. Item # 5 is a request from the FDLE to approve or disapprove reappointment of the current medical examiner, Dr. William F. Hamilton. Mr. Barron reported that he is not aware of any complaints regarding Dr. Hamilton. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson to reappoint Dr. Hamilton. The motion carried unanimously.



Minutes of Previous Meetings:



Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve the minutes of the meetings held September 9th and September 12th. The motion carried unanimously.



Attorney's Report:



Mr. Burt reported that in order to fulfill the state's requirements, the Board needs to appoint someone as their Emergency 911 Coordinator. Mr. Burt recommends Mr. McQueen for this appointment since it parallels with his current position as emergency management coordinator. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to appoint Mr. McQueen, by resolution, to serve in this capacity. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and unanimously approved.



RESOLUTION 95-15



A RESOLUTION OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS APPOINTING THE OFFICE OF THE EMERGENCY

MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR AS THE EMERGENCY 911 COORDINATOR.



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida (the "County") has enacted Ordinance 92-05 relating to a "911" telephone system; and



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County has now implemented an Emergency 911 System; and



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County has appointed an Emergency Management Coordinator; and



WHEREAS, for efficient coordination of services, the Emergency Management Coordinator should also act as the Emergency "911" Coordinator.



NOW, THEREFORE BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Emergency Management Coordinator of Gilchrist County shall also act as the Emergency "911" Coordinator in and for Gilchrist County, Florida.



RESOLVED this 6th day of February, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Following discussion, the Board unanimously agreed to increase the limit of emergency repairs for SHIP from $2500 to $5000, by resolution, upon a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield.



RESOLUTION 95-16



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners has adopted the Gilchrist County Local Housing Assistance Plan for the State Housing Initiative Partnership Program; and



WHEREAS, the SHIP Plan, as amended, has been reviewed by the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee; and



WHEREAS, the SHIP Plan presently provides for emergency repairs in the amount of $2500 and said allocation for repairs should be raised from $2500 to a maximum of $5000 for each recipient; and



WHEREAS, the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee has recommended amendments to the Local Housing Assistance Plan for the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program, increasing the said maximum for emergency repairs from $2500 to $5000;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that the SHIP Plan, be, and is hereby amended by increasing the maximum for emergency repairs from $2500 to $5000. The Gilchrist County Local Housing Assistance Plan of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP), as amended, is attached hereto. This Resolution shall become effective upon adoption.



DONE AND RESOLVED this 6th day of February, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Mr. Burt reported that the Stewarts defaulted on their SHIP loan with the county and Tri-County Bank. The bank has qualified another couple to assume the loan, and requests the Board's approval to allow Frank Pelaez to assume the loan. Mr. Barron recommends the Board's approval. Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to approve the SHIP loan for Mr. Pelaez. The motion carried unanimously.



Dick Edwards, CPC- CDBG update:



Mr. Edwards spoke to the Board about the CDBG application process, stating that it will probably be August before applications will be accepted. Mr. Edwards stated that the Board will need to hold a public hearing in March, which is part of the application requirement.



Public Hearing- Uniform Method of Collection:



Mr. Burt presented a draft resolution for the Board's consideration, which upon adoption, allows the Board to impose a special assessment for fire services, if the Board elects to impose such an assessment. Adoption of the resolution does not obligate the Board to impose an assessment, however, without the resolution, the Board would not be able to consider an assessment. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to approve, by resolution, the uniform method of collection of special assessments for fire services. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved:



RESOLUTION 95-17



A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, ELECTING TO USE THE UNIFORM

METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS

LEVIED IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA OF THE COUNTY AND WITH-

IN THE BOUNDARIES OF ALL MUNICIPALITIES; STATING A NEED FOR

SUCH LEVY; PROVIDING FOR THE MAILING OF THIS RESOLUTION;

AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida (the "County") has enacted an ordinance providing for imposition of a non-ad valorem special assessment for the cost of providing fire protection services and facilities and is contemplating the imposition of special assessments for these essential services; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County intends to use the uniform method for collecting non-ad valorem special assessments for the cost of providing fire protection services and facilities to property within the unincorporated area and within the boundaries of all municipalities within the County as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, as amended because this method will allow such special assessments to be collected annually commencing in November 1995, in the same manner as provided for taxes; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County held a duly advertised public hearing prior to the adoption of this Resolution, proof of publication of such hearing being attached hereto as Exhibit A;



NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, as follows:



1. Commending with the 1995-1996 Fiscal Year and with the tax statement mailed for such Fiscal Year, the County intends to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessments for the cost of providing fire protection services and facilities. Such non-ad valorem assessments may be levied within the unincorporated area of Gilchrist County and within the boundaries of all municipalities within the County. A legal description of such area subject to the assessment is attached hereto as Exhibit B and incorporated by reference.



2. The County hereby determines that the levy of the assessments is needed to fund the cost of fire protection services and facilities within the unincorporated area and within the boundaries of all municipalities within the County.



3. Upon adoption, the County Clerk is hereby directed to send a copy of this Resolution by United States mail to the Florida Department of Revenue, the Gilchrist County Tax Collector, and the Gilchrist County Property Appraiser by March 1, 1995.



4. This Resolution shall be effective upon adoption.



DULY ADOPTED this 6th day of February, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Clerk's Report:



Mr. Barron presented bills for the Board's consideration. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the bills. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved. During discussion of the bills, the Board determined that they would like Mr. McQueen to look at possible fuel tanks for mobile transport to other equipment requiring fuel.



The Board unanimously approved journal entries 9515-9519, upon motion from Commissioner Wilkerson, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.



Mr. Barron presented journal entry 9514, which would increase the Transportation Trust budget by $3150, representing the proceeds of the sale of surplus road equipment. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to approve the journal entry, by resolution. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.



RESOLUTION 95-18



A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND

BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 1994-95.



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 Transportation Trust Fund for Fiscal Year 1994-95; 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 $3,150 of unanticipated revenues, in the form of proceeds from the sale of surplus equipment (JE#9514);



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that the Transportation Trust Fund is hereby amended in an increased amount of $3,150.



RESOLVED this 6th day of February, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Mr. Barron presented journal entry 9440, which transfers $68 from reserve for contingency in general fund to conflict cases. Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs to approve the transfer. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Barron distributed various financial reports for the Board's review. Board members expressed that they would like these reports included in their agenda packages.



The Board discussed purchase orders issued for volunteer fire departments, specifically Spring Ridge Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. George Cole stated that he is having to wait a long time to receive a purchase order and must drive quite a distance to get them. Mr. Barron stated that purchase orders can not be issued if the money is not available. He further explained that the MSTU funds several volunteer fire departments and money must be distributed in an equal manner. Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to raise the petty cash fund for volunteer fire departments, by resolution, from $200 to $300. The motion carried unanimously.



RESOLUTION 95-19



A RESOLUTION OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS INCREASING THE PETTY CASH FUND TO BE USED

BY THE COUNTY'S VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS.



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County sponsors several volunteer fire departments throughout the unincorporated areas of the County; and



WHEREAS, a petty cash fund was established for each volunteer department in November, 1994; and



WHEREAS, said volunteer fire departments are in need of an increase in said fund from $200 to $300;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that the petty cash fund of $200 be increased to $300 for each volunteer fire department of the County, including North Gilchrist, Wacasassa, and Spring Ridge.



RESOLVED this 6th day of February, 1995, by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners in regular session.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Mr. Barron presented the Emergency Management Assistance agreement for fiscal year 94-95, which provides a total of $11,646 (old civil defense grant) in grant funds. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the agreement, subject to Mr. Burt's review. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved.



Mr. Barron presented a request from the office of the County Veteran's Service Officer of Florida, requesting that the Board recognize 50 years of service to the community by the VA with a proclamation. The Board took no action.



Mr. Barron projects that approximately $24,000 will be collected in impact fees between now and the end of September. There has been a decrease in collections, possibly due to a rise in the interest rates. The cost of the asphalt to widen CR 341 will be approximately $26,000 to $32,000. The Board could possibly borrow more money to do the widening project, however, if collections continue to be low, it may be hard to repay the loan. Another option would be to negotiate the current loan with the bank to borrow more money or make the interest payment only for one quarter. The Board took no action.



David Branson- Florida Power:



Mr. Branson stopped by the Board meeting to let the Board know that they have a new phone system at Florida Power, and will be changing their computer system on March 17th. Due to these changes, the Board may receive some initial complaints, however, Mr. Branson hopes the changes will enhance their operations.



The Board recessed for lunch at 12:15 p.m. and reconvened at 1:15 p.m.



Bid Opening- Surplus Lumber:



Bids on surplus lumber were opened by Mr. Barron and read aloud:



Bidder Bid Amount



Roderick Crossland $167.77

Billy Hurst $512.00

Tim Hastings $325.00

Wilbur Brindle $551.95



The Board discussed the bids, determining that the lumber is worth more than the highest bid. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to table further discussion until later in the day, and ask Mr. Martin if there may be other uses for the lumber. The motion carried unanimously.



Clerk's Report:



Mr. Barron spoke to the Board about a SHIP application he has received for emergency repairs. Mr. Barron stated that the applicants are his aunt and uncle, Frank & Francine Grant. The bank has pre-qualified their application and they appear to be eligible for assistance. They are in need of a new roof and Mr. Barron wanted the Board to know that this application has been received and processed in the same manner as all other applications. The Board members stated that they did not have a problem with Mr. & Mrs. Grant applying for assistance.



County Coordinator's Report:



Ms. Beth Latner, administrative assistant, spoke to the Board on behalf of Mr. Ron McQueen, who was unable to attend the meeting. Ms. Latner reported that the Division of Emergency Management is requesting a meeting with the local elected officials, similar to one held in the past. The Board suggested April 17th or 18th.



Mr. Joyner, road superintendent, and Lee Mills, county engineer, met with North Florida Holsteins about the condition of CR 232 and the ditch at the dairy. They agreed to define two crossover areas for the crossing of 232. They also wish to comply with the recommendations of Lee Mills in eliminating the run condition by the silage bin. They have a further request to eliminate the hill in front of their office, because he causes a traffic hazard. There will be engineering costs involved. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to have Mr. McQueen, Mr. Mills and Mr. Bennick attend the next Board meeting to further discuss North Florida Holsteins' request. The motion carried unanimously.



The finance department has requested that the Board review its budgets that would be affected before beginning further repairs at Water's Lake.



Mr. McQueen received two quotes for the repair of the recycling trailers. J & M Welding submitted a quote of $4000 per trailer and Shep's Welding in Chiefland quoted $7895 per tailer. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to accept the quote submitted by J & M Welding. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Albert Martin, construction supervisor, appeared before the Board. When questioned, Mr. Martin agreed that the bids received for surplus lumber were too low. Mr. Martin added that there is enough lumber to construct a 30 x 40 shed, which could be used at the road department. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to authorize Mr. Martin to construct a shed with the surplus cypress lumber, following the completion of the library project. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Martin spoke to the Board about replacing his concrete saw. According to Mr. Martin, he purchased the saw to work on the sheriff's administrative building, and has used it on the library job. The cost to repair the saw is nearly as much as the cost of replacing it. The Board advised Mr. Martin to shop around and secure the best price for possible replacement.



Mr. McQueen anticipates that the new dispatch center will be on line for switchcover the 27th and 28th. Though this will not be the enhanced system, it will have greater capabilities. In order to complete this project, a loan in the amount of $9466 is needed. Of that total, $5000 will be spent on radio equipment and the balance will be spent on console furniture to house the radio equipment. The Sheriff intends to sale the current console to Alachua County for approximately $5000. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to authorize the Clerk and Chairman to negotiate a loan for the console/cabinet. The motion carried unanimously.



The main entrance door to the courthouse has been re-keyed and each person issued a key was required to sign for it. There followed discussion of the number of keys made and back in circulation.



Attorney's Report (cont.):



Mr. Burt stated that the advertisement in the Gilchrist County Journal for the Kirkpatrick road closing, contained an incorrect legal description of the property. The public hearing on the road closing has been set for March 7th. Since the notice must be published 30 days prior to the hearing, the public hearing must be postponed until the April meeting, or the Board can waive the 30 day requirement, correct the legal description, and hold the public hearing on March 7th, as originally planned. Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to authorize Mr. Burt, by resolution, to advertise for a public hearing for March 7th, correcting the legal description, and waiving the 30 days notice requirement. The motion carried unanimously.



RESOLUTION 95-05A



A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, SETTING PUBLIC HEARING ON

A VACATION OF A PORTION OF A ROAD IN SUWANNEE HAVEN

SUBDIVISION LOCATED IN SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP 7 SOUTH,

RANGE 14 EAST, GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA.



WHEREAS, ZELLA FRANCES KIRKPATRICK has petitioned the Board of County Commissioners to vacate a portion of a road known as Northwest 84th Lane and described as follows:



All that part of described as: Begin at the Southeast corner of Lot 9, Suwannee Haven Subdivision as recorded

in Plat Book 1, page 20 of the public records of Gilchrist

County, Florida, for and as a Point of Beginning; thence

North 79 degrees 53 minutes 16 seconds East, 85.56 feet to

the East Right-of-Way of Riverside Avenue; thence South 49

degrees 36 minutes 53 seconds West, 54.44 feet, to the

Southeast corner of said Suwannee Haven Subdivision; thence

run North 40 degrees 22 minutes 30 seconds West, 66.00 feet to the Point of Beginning, containing .04 acres more or less, all lying and being in Gilchrist County, Florida.



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, that at 10:30 a.m. on March 6th, 1995, at the County Commission Room, Gilchrist County Courthouse, Trenton, Florida, the Board of County Commissioners will consider the advisability of exercising its authority regarding the vacation of the road as above described.



RESOLVED this 6th day of February, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



County Coordinator's Report (cont.):



Mr. McQueen requests that the Board adopt an ordinance, which would establish houses addresses for 911 purposes. Mr. Burt stated that he would prepare a draft ordinance for the Board to review.



Mr. McQueen met with representative from Alachua County regarding the "county line" road. The agreement between the two counties states that Gilchrist County will share the cost of any substantial improvement to that road. Alachua County is preparing to spend $6000 in calcium chloride application to that road, and requests that Gilchrist County provide 3 inches of lose limerock where needed. According to Mr. McQueen's calculations, it will take approximately 900 yards of limerock. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to accept Alachua County's offer. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and unanimously approved.



Mr. McQueen reports that the crank shaft of the fuel truck is broken and they are having a difficult time locating the part needed to repair it. Mr. McQueen understands that the Sheriff has an old ambulance with a 454 engine (the same as the fuel truck) that may have been transferred to him from the EMS department around 1990-1992. Records of the transfer have not been located, and if the Sheriff is willing to let the Board have the unit back, it would solve the problem. Sheriff Floyd, stated that he will transfer the unit back to the Board.



Tri-County Council for Senior Citizens:



Commissioner Sheffield received a call from Janice Woods, regarding their need for a hot water heater at the Cruise precinct, which is currently being used for the Bell Meal Site. Commissioner Sheffield stated that he would like for the county to purchase a new hot water heater or reimburse the Tri-County Council if they have already purchased one, since it is an improvement to the county's property. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to purchase a new hot water heater for the Cruise precinct, or reimburse the Council. The motion carried unanimously.



Sheriff Floyd & Chief Deputy Cooper:



Sheriff Floyd and Chief Deputy Cooper spoke to the Board about a new account and budget they would like to establish, the Selective Enforcement Unit. Funds for this budget are from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund. The original budget was submitted during the January meeting, however, there were some incorrect numbers on that budget. Chief Cooper submitted a new budget with correct figures for the Board's consideration, adding that no money has been drawn from the budget at this point. The proposed budget is for a period of 8 months for a total of $126,259.00. Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to establish a Selective Enforcement Unit budget, using Law Enforcement Trust Funds, at an amount of $126,259.00. The motion carried unanimously.



The Sheriff and Chief Cooper spoke to the Board about establishing a crime watch organization with LETF funds. According to the Sheriff, 15% of the funds collected in the LETF may be used for a crime watch organization. The Sheriff would like to open a Gilchrist Sheriff Volunteer Account, and fund that program with $15,000 from the LETF. Chief Cooper stated that he is waiting on an opinion from the Sheriff's Associations' attorney, as to whether the crime watch organization should be a not for profit or for profit organization. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to establish the Gilchrist Sheriff's Volunteer Account. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.





School Board:



Ms. Sheree Lancaster, attorney for the School Board, requested that the county move a portion of fence near its landfill property, to accommodate a school bus turn around. The property is located at the west side of the landfill and the bus needs 83 x 83 to turn around and head in the opposite direction. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve the movement of the fence to accommodate the bus turn around. The motion carried unanimously.



County Road 341:



Mr. Joyner, road superintendent, reported that his initial estimates for widening CR 341, extends from SR 26 to CR 344. His estimate did not include tack, which will add an additional $3000-$4000 to the previous estimate. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to complete the widening program from CR 344 to SR 26. The motion carried unanimously.



Old Business:



Mr. Burt reported that he is still waiting on Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson Law Firm, regarding the pursuit of franchise fees. That firm is currently involved in litigation involving Baker County and Florida Power & Light. Local utilities recognize that the county has the authority to impose a franchise fee, however, they want credit in the amount of franchise fees to off-set their ad valorem taxes.



Commissioner Suggs stated that during the last regular meeting, the Board approved the establishment of a new position, shop foreman, within the road department. Commissioner Suggs stated that she was the one to make the motion approving the position, however, at this time she moved to rescind her previous motion, freezing the hiring of a shop foreman until the Board can meet with Mr. McQueen and Mr. Joyner. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, who was not in favor of establishing the position. There followed discussion regarding the position and the type of work that will be required from the shop foreman. The motion failed by split vote as follows:



Suggs- Yes

Sheffield- Yes

Cannon- No

Wilkerson- No

Bush- No



Commissioner Wilkerson asked Mr. Barron about Mr. McQueen's use of a county vehicle for personal business. Complaints have been received about Mr. McQueen driving his son to school in the county's vehicle. Mr. Barron stated that Mr. McQueen is on call 24 hours per day as emergency management coordinator, which is different from someone using a county owned vehicle for travel to and from a nine to five position.



Commissioner Cannon requests that the Board add a Ms. McPhearson to the pension roll. According to Commissioner Cannon, Ms. McPhearson has had financial difficulties since her husband passed away. Commissioner Cannon made the motion to add Ms. McPhearson to the pension roll. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.



Commissioner Suggs stated that a group of people in the Wacasassa area are interested in adopting the strip from SR26 to Wacasassa, as an adopt-a-road project.



The Board discussed exempt and nonexempt personnel in regards to overtime and comp time. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to amend the policy so that salaried personnel are not eligible for overtime or comp time. Mr. Barron stated that he would like the Board to discuss this and other topics with Mr. McQueen, rather than taking action, during his absence. Motion on the floor was withdrawn by Commissioner Suggs.



Commissioner Sheffield made a motion to increase the commissioner's mileage reimbursement rate to 25 cents per mile. There followed discussion regarding the formula and whether or not the rate covers the commissioner's expense. The motion died for lack of second. Commissioner Sheffield added that he would like some comparison information from other counties.



There being no further business to come before the Board, a motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Cannon, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and unanimously approved.



APPROVED:







WILBUR BUSH, CHAIRMAN



ATTEST:







JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK