MINUTES OF A SPECIAL JOINT MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a special joint meeting with the Gilchrist County Park Board, on April 24, 1995, at 4:20 p.m., in the Pavilion at Hart Springs Park in Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:
Wilbur Bush, Chairman
V. C. Cannon
Sue B. Suggs
Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ron McQueen, Emergency Management/County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Earl Rogers and Eudell Parrish, Park Board Members, Sam Ferguson, Park Manager, and Mark Gluckman, County Resident.
Mr. Ferguson stated that it is his hope that the concession stand will be operated by the county, rather than contracting with someone. He feels the county can make money on concessions. He has been unable to locate a grease trap, which is needed in order to get a permit to prepare food. According to Mr. Ferguson, there has not been a permit for the last few years to prepare food at the concession stand. The Board suggested a portable grill system. Commissioner Suggs suggested using a hot dog grill, such as the ones seen in convenience stores. Commissioner Wilkerson stated that a portable grease trap may be a solution. He has noticed that a truck routinely picks up grease from a local restaurant. Mr. Ferguson stated that he would pursue the various options. Mr. Ferguson has received inquiries to sell live bait for fishing.
Mr. Barron stated that it is his opinion that the main issue before the Board is whether or not they want to be in the recreation business. The park has tremendous potential, however, in order to tap those resources, money will need to be dedicated to its development. There are those who would like to see the park developed and those who wish the park was the way it existed 20 or 30 years ago. That is why he feels the Board's decision must be to get in the recreation business or get out. Commissioner Suggs suggested a public hearing to receive input from the public.
Following a discussion of the future role of the Park Board, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to keep the Park Board in an advisory position to the Board of County Commissioners, and directed Mr. McQueen, Mr. Ferguson, Mr. Burt, and the Park Board chairman to meet to develop guidelines and bring back recommendations to the Board within 2 months.
There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 5:30 p.m., was made by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.
WILBUR BUSH, CHAIRMAN
JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK