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



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on March 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, Ron McQueen, Emergency Management/County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell and Carolyn Thomas, Deputy Clerks, Jean Ridgeway, Ted Burt Law Office, Sheriff Jim Floyd, Chief Deputy Jim Cooper, Chief Investigator Darrell Williams, Susan Bryant, Supervisor of Elections, Lee Mills, Mills Engineering, Sheree Lancaster, School Board attorney, Dick Edwards, CPC, Sarah Collis and Dan Hendrix, county residents.



Consent Agenda:



Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to approve all items on the consent agenda. The motion carried unanimously.



1. Resolution supporting a bill imposing a fifty cents

(.50) per phone fee on cellular phone users to pro-

vide 911 funding.



RESOLUTION 95-20



A RESOLUTION OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS SUPPORTING A BILL IMPOSING A FIFTY CENTS

($.50) PER PHONE FEE ON CELLULAR PHONE USERS TO PRO-

VIDE 911 FUNDING.



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County has implemented an Emergency 911 telephone system; and



WHEREAS, the funding for said Emergency 911 telephone system is partially provided by the imposition of a fifty cent ($.50) per line fee on ground based telephone service within the County; and



WHEREAS, a House Bill to be entitled "An Act Relating to the Florida Emergency Telephone Act" amending section 365.171, Florida Statutes has been introduced; and



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County is in need of additional funding for the continued operation of its Emergency 911 System;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that it supports the bill to be entitled "An Act Relating to the Florida Emergency Telephone Act" amending Section 365.171, Florida Statutes which would impose an extra fifty cents ($.50) per month on cellular phone users of which counties would receive eighty percent (80%) of the cellular phone user fee and twenty percent (20%) would go to a state fund to help finance a state-wide system.



BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the County Coordinator for Gilchrist County is hereby authorized and directed to send a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, members of the Cabinet, Senator Charles Williams, Representative Allen Boyd and Randy Mackey.



RES0LVED this 6th day of March, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



2. Resolution increasing the Law Enforcement Trust

Fund.



RESOLUTION 95-21



A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT 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 Law Enforcement 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 $16,700 of unanticipated revenues, in the form of confiscated properties;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, that the Law Enforcement Trust Fund is hereby amended in an increased amount of $16,700.



RESOLVED this 6th day of March, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



3. Request from the Clerk to write off the delinquent

assessments on Henry Wilson's property, which was

sold during a tax deed sale.



Minutes of Previous Meetings:



Upon motion from Commissioner Sheffield, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, the Board unanimously approved the following minutes of previous meetings:



September 26, 1994

October 3, 1994

November 7, 1994

December 5, 1994

December 29, 1994

January 12, 1995



The Board discussed ordinance 95-02 in regards to the word "shall", where it appears in Policy VI.1.2 of the Recreation and Open Space Element of the County's Comprehensive Plan. The Board questioned whether the word "shall" obligates them to develop a greenway. Mr. Burt stated that he would look at the ordinance and report back to the Board.



Attorney's Report:



Mr. Burt stated that Mr. Dan Hendrix, local realtor, was in attendance to discuss the definition of a parent tract. Mr. Hendrix would like large acreage tracts (i.e. 160 acres or more), exempt from the parent tract definition. The Board agreed to hold a meeting on March 27th at 1:00 p.m. to continue their discussion of unrecorded subdivisions and other land development regulations.



Mr. Burt stated that a meeting has been scheduled between Florida Power, Central Florida Electric, and representative of the county, to discuss franchise fees. The meeting will be held in Mr. Burt's office, and will include Mr. Barron, Mr. McQueen, Chairman Bush, and Mr. Burt.



Mr. Burt reported that the local option gas tax renewal will be up for consideration in September. He recommends interlocal agreements with the municipalities by June and a public hearing in September if the county adopts an ordinance to impose a local gas tax. The need for such a tax must be evaluated every ten years. The Board agreed to meet with the municipalities on April 24th at 6:00 p.m., at the Hart Springs Park. This meeting will be in conjunction with a previously scheduled meeting at the park at 7:00 p.m.



Mr. Burt announced that May 27th has been scheduled for the next toxic waste round-up day. The city of Trenton is interested in hosting a site inside the city limits.



Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion to accept white goods and waste tires during the month of April at the county's recycling & transfer station, at no charge, with a limit to the number of tires accepted. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.



Mr. Burt asked if the Board would pay the cost for him to attend a seminar on cable franchise fees. There have been several in the past that he was unable to attend due to schedule conflicts. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to pay the cost associated with the seminar, scheduled for March 21st. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Burt and Mr. McQueen discussed culvert and drive-way installations with the Board. Dixie County uses the method whereby a drive-way permit is applied for at the same time application is made for a building permit. If it is determined that a drive-way is not needed, a waiver could be recorded, along with the deed, which states that there is currently no need for a drive-way, however, if in the future a drive-way is needed, it will be the property owners responsibility to install the drive-way. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to adopt the same policy, designating Mr. Joyner to make the drive-way and culvert determinations. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Burt reported that a meeting was held with Southern Bell regarding underground cables. During the course of road grading, or other road maintenance, cables are occasionally cut. Southern Bell has agreed to waive all prior charges for servicing their lines, however, they will enforce charges in the future. State law requires that a call for a locator be made prior to digging in the right-of-ways.



Public Hearing- Proposed Real Property Purchase:



Mr. Burt stated that the FFA has purchased 10 acres and the American Legion has purchased 5 acres individually, from the tract of land that the Sheriff is interested in purchasing for a firing range. The Sheriff would like to purchase the remaining acreage of this tract, which is approximately 25 acres. The Sheriff will pay for the property with Law Enforcement Trust Fund monies. Mr. Burt added that before the sale can take place, a special exception permit will be needed from the Board of Adjustment, in order to establish a firing range. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to purchase the property for $37,500.00, by resolution, subject to the Board of Adjustment's approval of a special exception permit. The motion carried unanimously.



RESOLUTION 95-22



A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA AUTHORIZING THE PURCHASE OF

PROPERTY UNDER LEASE OPTION; SAID PROPERTY LOCATED IN

SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE 15 EAST, GILCHRIST

COUNTY, FLORIDA.



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County and the Gilchrist County Sheriff have received an offer to enter into a Lease Option with Daphne E. Lake, said Lease Option being attached hereto; and



WHEREAS, notice has been provided for the purchase of said property by the County pursuant to Florida Law; and



WHEREAS, it appears that the best interest of the County would be served by the purchase of the said property under the Lease Option with Daphne E. Lake; and



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Sheriff intends to use the said property primarily for a firing; and



WHEREAS, the property is to be purchased utilizing proceeds from the Special Law Enforcement Trust Fund; and



WHEREAS, the purchase of said property for a firing range would benefit the Sheriff's Office deputies in their firearms training and continuing firearms training and is not already budgeted in the Sheriff's Office normal operating need;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that



1. The Lease Option as attached hereto is approved and the appropriate officials of Gilchrist County are authorized to enter into that Lease Option, carrying out the terms thereof, provided; however, that the Gilchrist County Board of Adjustment first approve a Special Exception for a firing range being located on the said property.



2. That the said property be purchased utilizing proceeds from the Special Law Enforcement Trust Fund.



RESOLVED this 6th day of March, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Sheriff Floyd stated that his facility is not equipped to house prisoners testing HIV positive, and asked permission to house them in another county. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to transport and house HIV positive prisoners in another county. The motion carried unanimously.



Public Hearing- Road Vacation/Kirkpatrick:



Mr. Burt presented a petition submitted by Frances Kirkpatrick, to close a portion of a road, which exists only on the plat. Commissioner Cannon made a motion to close the road, by resolution. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved.



RESOLUTION 95-23



RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, VACATING THAT PORTION OF

A ROAD IN SUWANNEE HAVEN SUBDIVISION, GILCHRIST COUNTY,

FLORIDA.



WHEREAS, ZELLA FRANCES KIRKPATRICK, has petitioned this Board to vacate the following described property:



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 Be-

ginning, containing .04 acres more or less, all lying and

being in Gilchrist County, Florida.



and



WHEREAS, notice has been provided pursuant to Chapter 336, Florida Statutes, and



WHEREAS, it appears that the vacating of the road will not affect the ownership or right of convenient access of persons owning other parts of nearby lands, and the road is not being otherwise utilized and there being no taxes due against the land on which the roadway is located,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida that:



1. The Petition of ZELLA FRANCES KIRKPATRICK to close and vacate that portion of a road described as follows:



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,

66.00 feet to the Point of Beginning, containing

.04 acres more or less, all lying and being in

Gilchrist County, Florida.



is here granted.



2. The roadway as above described is hereby vacated, and the Clerk of the Board is authorized and directed to record a certified copy of this Resolution in the Public Records in Gilchrist County, Florida and publish a Notice of Adoption of the Resolution within thirty (30) days of the date of this Resolution in the Gilchrist County Journal. Thereafter, the Clerk to the Board is directed to record in the Official Records of Gilchrist County, Florida the following:



a. Proof of Publication of Notice of Hearing on the

Resolution.



b. The Resolution.



c. Proof of Publication of Notice of Adoption.











RESOLVED at the regular meeting of the board of the Gilchrist County Commissioners on March 6th, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Mr. Burt reported that he received a letter from Sheree Lancaster, attorney representing D. Ray Harrison, Property Appraiser, regarding the tax exemption granted by the Board for the expansion of Ginnie Springs. Ms. Lancaster and Mr. Harrison do not believe that the business qualifies for the exemption, based on the number of employees, both current and future. Mr. Burt recommends that the ordinance be repealed. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to authorize Mr. Burt to draft an ordinance which would repeal ordinance 94-15, to be heard in public hearing at the next regular meeting in April. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Burt spoke to the Board about an offer he has received from James Quincey, on behalf of Jay Williams, to purchase 3 lots in Wannee, owned by the Board of County Commissioners. The county acquired the lots through a tax certificate for $296 each. Mr. Williams has offered $300 for each lot. Two of the lots are contiguous. The Board unanimously agreed to advertise the lots for sale, notifying adjacent property owners, upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield.



Mr. Burt discussed with the Board their recent appointment of Mr. McQueen to serve as the Land Development Coordinator, and asked if they would also consider appointing him to serve as the Code Enforcement Officer. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to appoint Mr. McQueen to serve as the Code Enforcement Officer for Gilchrist County. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Burt stated that Sunshine Pipeline has inquired of the county's requirements regarding property usage for their pipeline project. Mr. Burt supplied them with the same information that was given to Florida Gas Transmission. Commissioner Sheffield asked about the damage on CR 340, caused by FGT. According to Mr. Burt, FGT has indicated that they will pay for the repairs to the road, using a contractor of the county's choice. HIPP construction has quoted $5000. Mr. McQueen is seeking other quotes.



Mr. Burt submitted a copy of the proposed bill which would reorganize the Park Board. The effective date needs to be determined, and the role of the Park Board will need to be defined as soon as possible. Mr. Burt suggests a joint meeting between the two boards. The Board agreed to meet with the Park Board on April 24th at 4:00 p.m., at Hart Springs park.



Clerk's Report:



Mr. Barron reviewed with the Board a letter from DCA, issuing a Notice of Intent to find the plan amendments in Compliance. The amendments were adopted by the Board in January by ordinances numbered 95-01, 95-02, and 95-03.



Mr. Barron reported that he has received a request from Johnny Mack Thomas to exempt a travel trailer from special assessments. According to Mr. Thomas, he uses the trailer as a `pool house' for changing and showering. Mr. Barron stated that there is no clear method of taking this unit off the roll without setting precedence. Mr. Burt suggested that the Board could consider the travel trailer as a permitted accessory use in this instance. The Board indicated that they did not have a problem with Mr. Thomas' request.



The Board recessed for lunch at 12:05 p.m. and reconvened at 1:15 p.m.



Mr. Barron reported that Mr. Martin purchased a concrete saw on state contract. Mr. Barron reminded the Board that this saw was purchased to replace Mr. Martin's saw, however, in order to give it to Mr. Martin, the Board must take action. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to transfer the saw to Mr. Martin. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Barron presented the bills for the Board's consideration. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the bills. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and unanimously approved.



Mr. Barron presented journal entry 95-21, which establishes a budget for the Selective Enforcement Unit at $126,259.00, journal entry 95-21A, which is a balancing entry for general revenue fund, and journal entries 95-22 through 95-27, which balance line items within various funds. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve all journal entries presented. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, and unanimously approved.



Commissioner Suggs spoke to the Board about adding Earl Grey Sanders to the county's `pension roll'. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to add Mr. Sanders to the roll, since he is a former county employee, and has a great deal of medical expenses. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson. There followed discussion regarding the number of people currently on the roll. Mr. Barron reported that there are more people currently on the roll than there are adequate funds. The motion carried by split vote as follows:



Suggs- Yes

Wilkerson- Yes

Cannon- Yes

Sheffield- No

Bush- Yes



Commissioner Sheffield stated that he could not vote in favor of the motion because the Board decided several months ago to not add anyone to the roll. The Board questioned Mr. Barron about the availability of funds for the pension roll, with Mr. Barron replying that there are already more participates on the pension roll than there are funds. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to reconsider her previous motion. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and unanimously approved. Commissioner Suggs restated her previous motion, which was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson. The Chair called for a vote, and the motion failed as follows:



Suggs- No

Wilkerson- No

Cannon- No

Sheffield- No

Bush- No



Mr. Barron stated that he is concerned that there are not enough funds remaining to complete the library construction project. There was a total of $81,693 available for construction, which consists of $67,693.00 in grant funds and $14,000.00 in cash carry-over. Preliminary estimates indicate that the cost incurred so far, is near $82,000.



Mr. Barron stated that he is also concerned about the cost of the 911 system.



Mr. Barron reviewed the revenues and expenditures for transportation trust, indicating that the same amount of revenues are anticipated this year, as were received last year.



Mr. Barron received a request to fund a re-mount for an emergency response vehicle, from Mr. Brittin. In looking at the EMS budget it was discovered that three positions were inadvertently not budgeted. Mr. Barron stated that he feels there is sufficient funds in the EMS reserve to fund the three positions, and he will monitor the spending in this fund.



The Board approved an interagency agreement with the School Board and the Sheriff's Department for the School Resource Officer position.



Mr. Barron stated that he has been made aware of people entering the landfill with firearms in their vehicles. The Board suggested that a sign be installed advising people to keep vehicles locked when unattended.



Mr. Barron reported that the 2nd round of tests at the landfill were acceptable with no significant findings.



Dick Edwards- CDBG report:



Mr. Edwards stated that a 2nd public hearing needs to be held and suggested March 16th at noon. Mr. Burt spoke to the Board about an ordinance adopted to satisfy grant requirements, during the last CDBG application process. At that time, the Board adopted ordinance 90-07, which is a fair housing ordinance, which prohibits discrimination. After reviewing the ordinance with Mr. Edwards, it was determined that the ordinance did not provide anti-discrimination for age or ancestry. Due to the time constraints involved in submitting this CDBG application, Mr. Burt recommends that the Board adopt an emergency ordinance, which would amend 90-07 to include age and ancestry. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to waive the notice requirement to adopt an ordinance on an emergency basis. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.



Commissioner Suggs made a motion to adopt ordinance 95-04, amending the Fair Housing Ordinance by adding the categories of ancestry, marital status, and age. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and unanimously approved.



ORDINANCE 95-04



AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE FAIR HOUSING ORDINANCE OF

GILCHRIST COUNTY, BEING ORDINANCE NO. 90-07, BY ADDING

THE CATEGORIES OF ANCESTRY, MARITAL STATUS, AND AGE;

PROVIDING FOR LIMITED INVALIDATION; PROVIDING FOR LIMITED

INVALIDATION; PROVIDING FOR AN EMERGENCY AND EFFECTIVE DATE.



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, enacted its Fair Housing Ordinance under Ordinance No. 90-07, on or about September 10, 1990; and



WHEREAS, since enactment of that Ordinance, additional categories have been mandated for compliance in order to insure equal opportunity; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners considers it expedient and in the best interest of the residents of Gilchrist County that the categories of ancestry, marital status, and age be added to its Fair Housing Ordinance.



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED as follows:



SECTION 1. Gilchrist County Ordinance No. 90-07, commonly referred to as the "Fair Housing Ordinance", shall be and is hereby amended to include the categories of ancestry, marital status, and age and the Ordinance is so amended to reflect the addition of those categories as applicable throughout the said Fair Housing Ordinance.



SECTION 2. If any provision of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the Ordinance and the application of the provisions to other persons not similarly situated or to other circumstances, shall not be affected thereby.



SECTION 3. This Board having found and declared that an emergency exists and that immediate enactment of this Ordinance is necessary, the notice requirement provided by Section 125.66, Florida Statute, be and is hereby waived.



This Ordinance shall be deemed to be filed and shall take effect when a copy has been accepted by the Postal Authorities of the Government of the United States for special delivery by Registered Mail to the Department of State, State of Florida.



ORDAINED in regular session on this 6th day of March, 1995, by a vote of five (5) ayes and no nays.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Constitutional Officers- Susan Bryant:



Ms. Bryant spoke briefly to the Board about possibly changing the polling place for 1B, which is currently located at the Farm Bureau building. Ms. Bryant is also concerned that each of the polling places meet ADA requirements. Ms. Bryant added that she would discuss her concerns in more detail at the next monthly meeting.



Lee Mills Engineering- County Road 232:



Mr. Lee Mills spoke to the Board about the area of county road 232, which runs in front of North Florida Holsteins. North Florida Holsteins is concerned about the condition of the road as well as the traffic hazard which exists, due to the location of the hill. They would like to remove the hill, and have indicated that they would be willing to bear a portion of the cost. Heavy truck traffic has caused the edges of the pavement to break off. Mr. Mills prepared an estimate which would include the following: widen approximately 2000 feet and resurface, remove 1000 feet of paving, cut the road out and install a limerock base and concrete, adding a widening strip and resurface for approximately $82,644. This figure does not include mobilization or maintenance and traffic control. Mr. Mills added that the dairy is willing to work with the county. Chairman Bush stated that he understood that the dairy would like for this work to be done and is willing to bear the expense. Chairman Bush asked Mr. Mills to figure the cost of that portion of the project that would benefit the county and that portion of the project that would benefit the dairy. Mr. Mills added that he will meet with Mr. Bennick to determine their participation in the project.



Commissioner Suggs talked to Mr. Mills about problems with the recently repaved county road 337. Mr. Mills reminded the Board that it was his suggestion that the road be remilled, however, the county choose to resurface only.



County Coordinator's Report:



Mr. McQueen spoke to the Board about the space problem which exists in the courthouse offices. He spoke to the School Board, giving them notice that they may need to relocate their offices when their current lease expires. The Board toured the offices inside the courthouse to assess the space problem.



Sheree Lancaster:



Ms. Lancaster spoke to the Board on behalf of Johnny Lee McGee. Mr. McGee is interested in purchasing a small piece of property that the Board owns in the City of Trenton. The property is located near Mr. McGee's property and is too small to develop, however, Mr. McGee would like to use it to plant a garden. The Board took no action on this request.



Ms. Lancaster spoke on behalf of the FFA Alumni, Inc. The Alumni requests that the Board waive the special exception permit fee for upcoming annual rodeo. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to waive the permit fee. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.



County Coordinator's Report (cont.):



Mr. McQueen reported that Mr. McGee has paid for the surplus vehicles in full, however, he has not yet removed them from the county's property. Mr. McGee claims that some items have been removed from the vehicles since he turned in his bid. According to Mr. McQueen, he spoke to Mr. Joyner, and Mr. Joyner has not seen anyone removing items from the vehicles, and has not knowledge of anything missing. The Board instructed Mr. Burt to send a letter to Mr. McGee, allowing him 30 days to transfer the titles and remove the vehicles from the county's property.



Mr. McQueen stated that he received a letter from Cherry Tree Recycling, Inc., offering to lease the conveyer belt for 24 months at a rate of $50 per month with an option to purchase it at the end of that period for $1300. Even though the county has not used the conveyer belt for two years, the purchase price was $5000. The Board advised Mr. McQueen to reject the offer.



Mr. McQueen reported that the Oaks & Meadows Subdivision meets the county's specifications in regards to road maintenance and the bond may be released.



Mr. McQueen reported that he met with representatives from Southern Bell and they have agreed to waive all past charges for cable damages. If a county employee nicks a line, they request that we call them and they will send someone out right away to repair it without charging the county. They also request that prior to digging, they be notified so they can send someone out to locate the line(s). Failure to follow this procedure could result in fines. The Board advised Mr. Burt to draft an ordinance which would require a permit fee from the utility companies whenever they request permit approval from the county. The Board suggested a $500 permit fee.



Mr. McQueen stated that Altel wants to rescind their position on 911 for Gilchrist County. Jim Martin, State 911 Coordinator, will present Altel's letter to the Public Service Commission. According to the letter, Altel claim that they never intended to participate in Gilchrist County's 911 system.



Mr. McQueen reported that Alachua County decided not to purchase the "old" 911 console. The county may be able to sale it to another county/municipality or keep it as a back up.



Mr. McQueen spoke to the Board about Clark Cannon's retirement. Mr. McQueen told Mr. Cannon that he could continue to participate in the group's health insurance program, for a year, at the same rate of contribution from both the employee and employer. Since that time, Mr. McQueen discovered that the information he gave Mr. Cannon was incorrect. Mr. Cannon selected his retirement date, based on the information Mr. McQueen gave him. As a result, if Mr. Cannon retires in August as planned, he will be without health insurance for a year before he is eligible for medicare. The only other option would be to participate in COBRA coverage, which Mr. Cannon claims he cannot afford. Following discussion among the Board members, Mr. McQueen, and Mr. Barron, the Board unanimously adopted the following policy, upon motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon: Any employee having a vested retirement (10 years creditable service) and having attained 64 years of age at retirement or any employee having 30 or more years of creditable service at any age will be entitled to receive the same premium rate and the same premium participation by the Board of County Commissioners, as existed for that employee on the date of his/her election to retire. This benefit will continue for a period of 12 months, commencing with the first day of retirement. During the extended benefit period, any premium changes will be passed to the retiree or paid by the Board, entirely at the option of the Board, provided however, that premium increases to this class will be treated the same as increases to other insureds in the county health insurance program.



The Board restated its policy regarding life insurance: any employee retiring with 10 years of service and having attained 62 years of age, or any employee having 30 or more years of service at any age, may continue their life insurance coverage, with the Board paying the premium on behalf of the retiree.



Mr. McQueen spoke to the Board about the 911 addressing. The verification process is continuing with good progress. Each residence and business will be assigned a "house number". Mr. McQueen recommends the Board establish the house numbering by ordinance, providing for the specifications of the numbers and designating the responsibility for compliance. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to authorize Mr. Burt to draft an ordinance and advertise for a public hearing. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and unanimously approved.



Mr. McQueen stated that he has received a request from the governor's office, to appoint a five member committee to coordinate activities in conjunction with a state wide celebration of Florida's 150 year statehood anniversary. Chairman Bush appointed Sam Ferguson to chair the committee, giving him authority to select other members to serve on the committee.



Mr. McQueen reported that the rock pit is flooded. Gerald Roberts has a pit that the county can mine for $7 per load. Mr. Burt stated that the mineral rights may be available on the Erris Roland rock pit. The Board advised Mr. Burt to check on all the old rock pits for mineral rights and access.



Mr. McQueen reported that the satellite link is installed at the communications center. There will be a planned hurricane exercise on June 19-21, 1995. Mr. McQueen will provide more information at the next meeting.



Commissioner Wilkerson reported a tree at Donnie precinct needs to be removed and asked Mr. McQueen to have someone remove it.



The Board unanimously approved the EMA agreement (old civil defense) for a total of $11,646.00, upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.





Commissioner's Committee Reports:



Commissioner Suggs reported that the Transportation for Disadvantaged committee has experienced problems with its transportation provider, CTS. CTS has resigned and the committee is working on locating a new provider.



Commissioner Sheffield reported that the first animal control committee meeting was well attended and informative.



Miscellaneous:



The Board asked Mr. Burt to send a letter to the U.S. representatives, supporting the continuation of the ASCS office in Trenton.



Mr. Barron reminded the Board that they have a CDBG public hearing scheduled for March 16th at 12:00 noon, and a meeting on unrecorded subdivisions scheduled for March 27th at 1:00 p.m.



There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 7:40 p.m. was made by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.



APPROVED:







WILBUR BUSH, CHAIRMAN



ATTEST:







JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK