The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a special meeting on April 17, 1995, at 5:00 p.m., in the Commissioner's Meeting Room at the Courthouse in Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:

Wilbur Bush, Chairman

V. C. Cannon

Jimmie Sheffield

Sue B. Suggs

Fred Wilkerson

Other persons in attendance were: Ted Burt, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, Emergency Management/County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, John Duncan, Ring Power Corp., and John Ayers, Gilchrist County Journal.

Mr. McQueen and Mr. Duncan spoke to the Board about the 5 year lease/purchase agreement. The current agreement on the newest motor grader expires during the month of May, 1995, and Ring Power's guaranteed buy back price of that grader is $70,000. Ring Power is offering that buy back to the county and the opportunity to lease/purchase a new grader with a 5 year buy back price of $73,000. The total cost of the new 120G Caterpillar after the $70,000 buy back of the other grader with be $37,752.00. Caterpillar offers 3, 4, and 5 year payment plans. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to waive the bid requirement since Ring Power Corp., offers a buy back price on the current grader, authorizing the purchase of a 120G Caterpillar, accepting the buy back offer of $73,000 in five years, opting for a three year payment plan. The motion carried unanimously. Mr. Duncan added that the new grader can be delivered by June 15th.

Mr. McQueen stated that he met with Dick Edwards, CDBG consultant, to review the transition plan for 504 compliance. He and Mr. Edwards agreed to a plan to address the minor problems, such as lighted exit signs and lever handles for restroom doors. Mr. McQueen added that he will get estimates for the repairs and submit them to the Board.

Mr. McQueen discussed his 6 months evaluation with the Board, reviewing work performed during that period of time. Mr. McQueen stated that he would like the Board to consider the following, salary compensation, vacation benefits, and reimbursement on educational expenses. The current policy states that county employees get one week of vacation after one year of employment, two weeks of vacation after two years, and three weeks of vacation after three years. There are some department supervisors who were granted two weeks vacation after one year of employment, because there was no personnel policy at that time. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to amend the personnel policy to give two weeks vacation to exempt employees after one year of employment. The motion carried unanimously.

The Board discussed Mr. McQueen's job performance, with Commissioner Suggs stating that she feels that the Board has given Mr. McQueen too much responsibility and authority and is concerned with his ability to manage so many projects. Commissioner Sheffield stated that he feels Mr. McQueen has done a good job, even though they do not always see eye to eye. Commissioners Bush and Wilkerson both stated that they had checked with various people that Mr. McQueen works with and received good reports. Following discussion, Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to raise Mr. McQueen's salary to $37,500.00, retroactive to his 6 months anniversary date. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. McQueen stated that he would like to continue his education by taking classes on Saturdays through Nova University. He is not ready to begin at this time, but would like the Board to consider reimbursement of tuition and related fees when he completes courses. The Board advised Mr. McQueen that prior to beginning classes, he should talk to the Board again.

Mr. McQueen reported that there are electrical problems at the Scout Hut, and the repairs will be approximately $800. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, authorizing those repairs. The motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Burt stated that he has spoken to Simon Henderson regarding mining rock from the Rolling property. Mr. Henderson indicated that he would consider $50 per acre for mineral rights, providing the entire 160 acres are included. The Board took no action.

Commissioner Suggs reminded Mr. McQueen that rumble strips need to be re-installed on CR 337, and recommends they be added to the intersection of CR 344 and CR 341.

There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 7:50 p.m. was made by Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.