MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD MAY 1, 1995



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on May 1, 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

V. C. Cannon

Jimmie Sheffield

Sue B. Suggs

Fred Wilkerson



Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, Emergency Management/County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Jerry Scarborough, Executive Director- Suwannee River Water Management District, Don Thomas, Schools Superintendent, Jim Floyd, Sheriff, D. Ray Harrison, Property Appraiser, Gary Reeser, cartologist, Sam Ferguson, Sesquicentennial Committee Chairman, Joe Blanchard, consultant, Jesse Arnold, Bell Town Manager, and Ken Frey, county resident.



Agenda Changes:



Mr. Burt announced that the public hearing scheduled for 10:30 a.m. will be canceled because the parties involved in the tract vacation are not yet prepared.



Minutes of Meetings:



Commissioner Wilkerson asked Mr. Burt if he had the opportunity to review an ordinance which was referenced in a previous set of minutes last month. The ordinance amends the comprehensive plan and the Board questioned if the ordinance stated that the county "shall" develop a greenway, or if the ordinance stated "may" develop a greenway. Mr. Burt replied that he had reviewed the ordinance and it does state "shall". He does not recommend changing it at this time. Mr. Barron stated that Robert Moeller, attorney, had contacted him regarding a greenway from Dixie county which would continue east across the county line. Mr. Barron added that he referred Mr. Moeller to Mr. McQueen. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve the minutes of the meetings held March 6th, March 8th, March 16th, and March 27th, subject to corrections. The motion carried unanimously.



Consent Agenda:



Following discussion, the Board unanimously approved items numbered 1-3 on the consent agenda, directing Mr. Burt to research the legal responsibilities of item # 4, upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson.



1. Annual Cooperative Agreement with the Tri-County

Council for Senior Citizens.



2. Resolution amending Capital Outlay Fund #301.



RESOLUTION 95-28



A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE CAPITAL OUTLAY FUND # 301

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 Capital Outlay Fund # 301 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 $9,466.00 of unanticipated revenues, in the form of loan proceeds;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, that the Capital Outlay Fund # 301 is hereby amended in an increased amount of $9,466.00.



RESOLVED this 1st day of May, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



3. Resolution 95-29, adopting the Overall Economic

Development Program, 1994 Annual Report.



RESOLUTION 95-29



A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE NORTH CENTRAL

FLORIDA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT OVERALL ECONOMIC

DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 1994 ANNUAL REPORT, AS PREPARED BY

THE NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL;

PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County, Florida, is a member of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council; and



WHEREAS, a written report must be submitted annually to the U. S. Economic Development Administration to evaluate the progress made toward improving economic conditions in Gilchrist County during the past year; and



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners has previously adopted the North Central Florida Economic Development District Overall Economic Development Program; and



WHEREAS, the North Central Florida Economic Development District Overall Economic Development Program 1994 Annual Report accurately reflects economic conditions in the County and satisfactorily covers the County's own economic planning and programming;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA:



1. That the North Central Florida Economic Development District Overall Economic Development Program 1994 Annual Report as prepared by the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council be adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, as accurately reflecting the economic conditions in the County and satisfactorily covering the County's own economic planning and programming.



2. That the North Central Florida Economic Development District Overall Economic Development Program 1994 Annual Report be submitted to the U. S. Economic Development Administration with the understanding that this action meets the annual progress reporting requirements for the County.



3. This resolution shall take effect upon its adoption.



DULY ADOPTED in regular session this 1st day of May, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



4. Item 4 removed.



Attorney's Report:



Mr. Burt reported that the Animal Control Committee has drafted an ordinance for the Board's consideration. This ordinance would apply to the unincorporated areas of the county. Following discussion, the Board agreed to set a public hearing to receive public input at the next regular board meeting.



Mr. Burt spoke to the Board about franchise fees, stating that a 6% utility tax would generate approximately $315,000.00 in new revenues to the county. Nabors law firm has prepared a draft ordinance. The Florida Association of Counties are asking small counties to participate in Baker County's legal expenses in a suit against Florida Power Corp. Mr. Burt recommends that the county support Baker County in their efforts, since the outcome of that case will affect Gilchrist County and other small counties as to their ability to levy franchise fees. The estimated legal expenses is $40,000. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to support Baker County and authorized Mr. Burt to negotiate with the Association of Counties a fair and equitable amount of the legal expenses for Gilchrist County to contribute. The motion carried unanimously. The Board agreed to hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on June 5th.



Mr. Burt reported that the Supreme Court of Florida has directed the circuit courts to develop a plan to change the procedures for employing court reporters, effective July 1, 1995. Alachua County will be paying all of the costs of court reporting initially and bill each county quarterly for their pro rata share. The share for each county will be determined by the number of criminal filings in each county. Gilchrist County's share of will be $14,000. This is the amount that needs to be budgeted. Last year, Gilchrist County budgeted $24,000.00, and expended a little over $7000. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the budget of $14,000 for court reporting for fiscal year 95-96. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Burt presented an interlocal agreement for library services between Gilchrist, Dixie, and Lafayette counties. Lafayette County has signed the agreement and Dixie County is expected to sign next week. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the interlocal agreement for the Tri-County Regional Library System. The motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Suggs announced that a 6 county regional library meeting is scheduled for May 9th, at 7:00 p.m., in Live Oak.



Mr. Burt stated that a foreclosure has been filed against Elvin Matthews and the county has been named because of a special assessment lien. Following a brief discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to waive the services of summons. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Burt presented a resolution for the Board's consideration, which expresses the Board's intent to impose a local option gas tax. Mr. Burt recommends an ordinance be adopted at a public hearing in June, should the county decide to levy this tax. Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to adopt a resolution expressing their intent to impose a local option gas tax. The motion carried unanimously.



RESOLUTION 95-30



A RESOLUTION OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS EXPRESSING ITS INTENT TO IMPOSE A CON-

TINUING LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX FOR GILCHRIST COUNTY.



WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Florida has enacted legislation providing for the levy of local option gas tax; and



WHEREAS, said legislation further provides that each county shall be authorized to establish local option gas tax by ordinance; and



WHEREAS, the purpose of such tax is to provide for transportation expenditures within the county; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County has had in place since 1985, the Local Option Gas Tax at the rate of six cents upon every gallon of motor fuel and special fuel sold in Gilchrist County and taxed under the provision of Chapter 206, Florida Statutes; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County has carefully and fully considered the necessity of continuing the provision of revenue from the Local Option Gas Tax to aid in the continued funding of transportation for the County; and



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners considers the continued imposition of the Local Option Gas Tax for Gilchrist County to be in the interest of all citizens and tax payers of the County;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida that pursuant to Section 336.025(3) (a)2, Florida Statutes, expresses its intent to levy the tax as allowed by Section 336.025(1) (a), Florida Statutes.



RESOLVED this 1st day of May, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Mr. Burt distributed proposed language to regulate mobile homes as to their age and condition. In order to implement a standard, a change in the Land Development Regulations will be required. The Board took no action.



Mr. Burt stated that a resolution is needed supporting fair housing in conjunction with the county's CDBG application. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to adopt a resolution supporting fair housing. The motion carried unanimously.



RESOLUTION 95-31



A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING FAIR HOUSING CHOICE IN ALL

SEGMENTS OF THE COMMUNITY WITHIN GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA.



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County desires to insure that all segments of the Community have fair housing choices throughout Gilchrist County; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County wishes to insure that no one is discriminated against based upon their "race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, familial status, marital status, physical handicap, age or national origin"; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County have adopted a Fair Housing Ordinance, being Ordinance No. 90-07, and as amended; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County want to insure that the members of the real estate, mortgage lending and apartment rental communities are aware of the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County's commitments to see fair housing carried out throughout the County;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County directs the Chairman of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners to inform every realtor, lender, and apartment complex owner who operates within Gilchrist County that Gilchrist County is committed to nondiscrimination by providing to said realtors, lenders and apartment complex owners the follow:



1. A copy of this Resolution.



2. A copy of Gilchrist County's Fair Housing Ordinance.



This Resolution passed this 1st day of May, 1995.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Commissioner Suggs stated that the Florida Association of Counties is asking counties throughout the state to send letters of support to senators and representatives, for continued legislative funding for the Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations. Mr. Barron spoke in favor of the ACIR, stating that they provide statistical information to counties that is otherwise unavailable. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to authorize Mr. Burt to send a letter of support of the ACIR to legislature. The motion carried unanimously.



Clerk's Report:



Mr. Barron reported that the county has not received any reimbursements for the expenditures involved with the library project. So far, $67,693.00 of construction expenditures have been paid out of the Capital Outlay fund. Mr. McQueen is preparing grant reimbursement reports to send to the state, however, it will take several weeks before the state processes the request. Mr. Barron recommends that the Board loan the funds from Solid Waste to the Capital Outlay fund, with Solid Waste being reimbursed whenever the grant funds are received, in order to pay other Capital Outlay expenditures. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to loan $67,693 from Solid Waste to Capital Outlay, with a reimbursement to Solid Waste no later than 9-30-95. The motion carried unanimously.



The Board reviewed the bills presented by the Clerk. Commissioner Wilkerson asked Mr. Barron how much Mr. Blanchard is being paid for his computer consulting services. Mr. Barron stated that Mr. Blanchard is on his payroll at a rate of $25,000 per year. Commissioner Wilkerson asked how many hours Mr. Blanchard works for the Clerk. Mr. Barron replied that he will check his records and report back. Commissioner Wilkerson asked if this compensates Mr. Blanchard for the work he performs for the Board and the constitutional officers. Mr. Barron replied that $25,000 compensates his work for the Board and the Clerk. He added that Mr. Blanchard also works for other constitutional officers and is paid by them at a negotiated rate. Mr. Blanchard is an hourly employee of the Clerk and in that capacity performs work for the Clerk and the Board. The hours he works for the Clerk/Board are tracked and recorded. Mr. Barron stated that Mr. Blanchard has a computer consulting company and the work performed for other constitutional officers is between those officers and Mystic Systems, Inc. Mr. Barron added that the same services provided by companies such as IBM are at a rate of $100 per hour or more. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to pay the bills. The motion carried unanimously.



The Board recessed for lunch at 12:00 noon and reconvened at 1:15 p.m.



Clerk's Report (cont.):



Mr. Barron stated that according to his records, Mr. Blanchard works an average of 26 hours per week for the Clerk and Board.



Suwannee River Water Management District:



Mr. Jerry Scarborough, executive director, explained that it was his desire to introduce a new staff member, Peg McPherson, however, Ms. McPherson was unable to attend and since he canceled last month, he wanted to stop by and remind the Board that the SRWMD will be hold a town meeting next Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. here in the courthouse. The Board discussed with Mr. Scarborough the action recently taken by the Board to dissolve the Park Board and manage Hart Springs under the Board of County Commissioners. Mr. Scarborough stated that he believes that change will be beneficial to the park.



Clerk's Report (cont.):



Mr. Barron reported that fees remitted to the Board by the Clerk for the month of March totalled $11,283.24.



Mr. Barron stated that the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council has sent a 3 year proposed budget for the Regional Tourism Development Program. The county has participated in this program for 2 years at a rate of $1000 per year. The proposed budget for Gilchrist County is $1000 per year for the next three years. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to tentatively approve the proposed budget, subject to funds being available, to be determined during the Board's budget workshops this summer. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Barron presented journal entry 9543, which amends the general fund budget by increasing the reserve by $43,951.69. This amount reflects the carry-overs returned to the Board by all constitutional officers except the Property Appraiser. The Property Appraiser does not return his carry-over, rather, it is deducted out of his draws throughout the year. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to amend the general fund reserve, by resolution. The motion carried unanimously.



RESOLUTION 95-32



A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE GENERAL REVENUE 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 General Revenue 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 $43,951.69, which represents unanticipated revenues, in the form of carry-overs from constitutional officers for the fiscal year 1993-94;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that the General Revenue Fund is hereby amended in an increased amount of $43,951.69.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



The Board unanimously approved the following journal entries upon motion from Commissioner Wilkerson, which was seconded by Commissioner Suggs: 9538, 9540, 9542, 9544, 9545, 9546, 9547, 9548, 9549, 9550.



Mr. Barron spoke to the Board about quotes he receive from Tri-County Bank and Farmers & Merchants for an ambulance remount. On a $50,000 line of credit, Farmers & Merchants quoted a floating rate of 53% of New York Prime, or a fixed rate of 4.91% for 6 months or less. Tri-County Bank quoted a fixed rate of 7.25% or .78% of prime on a floating basis. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to accept the quote offered by Farmers & Merchants Bank. Commissioners Cannon and Wilkerson voted in favor of the motion and Chairman Bush abstained from voting, filing memorandum of voting conflict, a copy of which is attached and made a permanent part of the minutes.



County Coordinator's Report:



Mr. McQueen spoke to the Board about the 504 Compliance Plan, which is needed for the county's CDBG application. A list of items have been identified which require correction in order to be in compliance with the ADA: 13 lever handles are needed for various doors to county buildings, two lighted exit signs, three concrete thresholds, three handicap commodes with rails, and a lowered water fountain. DCA is scheduled to do an inspection on the 30th of May. The materials will be approximately $775. This does not include the replacement of the water cooler. To replace the cooler will bring the cost up to $1062. Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to authorize the repairs. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. McQueen announced that the Governor's Hurricane Conference is scheduled for June 6th - 9th. Commissioners Suggs, Wilkerson, and Bush expressed an interest in attending.



Mr. McQueen reported that Alltel has agreed to have 911 calls routed to Southern Bell.



Mr. McQueen spoke to the Board about the 911 addresses. Post cards were sent to county residents to verify their street addresses. The problem is that the cards were mailed back to the Property Appraiser and most people did not write down their house number. In order to inform the public of their proper street addresses and house numbers, another mail out will be needed. Mr. Barron stated that someone needs to discuss the addressing with the postmaster if they intend to adopt our 911 addresses. Chairman Bush directed Mr. McQueen to discuss the addressing requirements with the postmaster.



Mr. McQueen stated that he has spoken to Mr. Martin regarding the library construction and he indicated that $2016 in materials are needed to finish the project. He has some surplus sheetrock that he would like to trade for baseboards. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to declare the sheetrock surplus. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. McQueen stated that he met with the Friends of the Library. They would like to use the new library site for a book sale. The Board advised Mr. McQueen that any use of the building and site by the Friends is to be scheduled and coordinated with Ms. Mattucci.



Mr. McQueen has received notification that the Division of Safety will be here tomorrow to conduct a safety inspection.



Mr. McQueen stated that the Gilchrist Recreation Authority has requested the county to haul a load of clay from Hawthorne to the ball field. Apparently, they do not have a truck large enough to make the haul in one trip. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to authorize a dump truck to be used to haul one load of clay from Hawthorne to Bell. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. McQueen stated that Sheree Lancaster and Art McQuillian have a total of three subdivisions which will soon be eligible for county road maintenance. They are bringing the roads up to county specs. On the plat, it states that they are not responsible for drive-ways, and that the property owners will have that responsibility. Since that time, the county adopted a drive-way ordinance, and they feel they should not be responsible for installing drive-ways since it was not in effect at the time the plat was adopted. It is Mr. Burt's opinion that it is the property owners, not the developers responsibility to install the drive-ways.



Mr. McQueen reported that Dr. Cox came by his office on Friday and signed an agreement for Medical Director. His starting salary will be $8000 for the year ending September 30, 1995; at the rate of $12,000 for the year ending September 30, 1996; and $16,000 for the following year.



Subterranean termites have been found at the Osceola Precinct. The initial treatment will cost $250 and $50 per year annually for maintenance. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to have the Osceola Precinct treated and the remaining precincts checked for termites. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. McQueen stated that Charlotte Kearney contacted him regarding a trip for the school safety patrol. She has requested two paramedics be allowed to go on the trip and the county furnish their salary while they are gone. This would involve approximately 56 hours for each paramedic since that is their normal work week. Two paramedics have volunteered to go on the trip. According to Mr. McQueen, once they cross the state line, they do not have authority to act as paramedics. Both paramedics normally work together which could create a scheduling conflict. Chief Deputy Jim Cooper stated that the Sheriff's Department will be sending a deputy and paying his salary, and it is his understanding that the City of Trenton will be doing the same. Mr. Barron stated that it needs to be established whether these employees have volunteered because that could make a difference in whether or not they can be paid. The Board advised Mr. McQueen to discuss the trip with Mr. Brittin and the two employees involved to determine whether they are volunteering or whether they expect to receive a paycheck as if they were working a normal 56 hour week.



Commissioner Sheffield stated that he heard building inspections were not being performed on Thursdays and Fridays. Mr. McQueen replied that he is not aware of any such arrangement but will investigate.



Commissioner Sheffield advised Mr. McQueen that during a recent event he attended with the Tri-County Council for Senior Citizens, he was told that Mr. Brittin advised that group that the county has budgeted funds to operate a transportation for disadvantaged program and gave him the authority to inspect vehicles to be used for that program. Commissioner Sheffield stated that the Board has not taken any such action as described and that Mr. Brittin should be corrected and instructed not to make those statements.



School Board- Don Thomas:



Mr. Don Thomas, School Superintendent, spoke to the Board about his previous request that the county pave a portion of the road near Bell School, in conjunction with their grant application to build a new school. The School Board will not know if their grant application will be funded until 1997. In order for their architect to finalize the plans, he needs to know if a paved road will be in existence or not. The Board advised Mr. McQueen to meet with Lee Mills, engineer, to determine the cost of the county paving the road versus the county hiring a private contract to pave the road. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to issue a letter of intent to the School Board, stating that the county intends to pave that portion of the road requested by the School Board. The motion carried unanimously.



Sheriff Jim Floyd:



Sheriff Floyd spoke to the Board about a request from the Florida Highway Patrol for the county to purchase 5 new radars. The county will soon have 5 troopers and the Sheriff has agreed to purchase three radars from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund, along with a hand held radar. Mr. Barron stated that the other two could be purchase from the Fine & Forfeiture Fund. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to authorize the purchase of two radars. The motion carried unanimously.



Sheriff Floyd stated that he has received a bill for cabinets for the 911 console, in the amount of $4763. According to the Sheriff, he has already overspent his capital outlay funds for corrections, however, he has excess funds in his inmate food line item, and requests the Board to allow his to transfer $4763 from inmate food to capital outlay to cover the expense. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve the Sheriff's budget transfer. The motion carried unanimously.



Property Appraiser:



Mr. D. Ray Harrison spoke to the Board about the 911 system and work being performed by his cartologist, Gary Reeser. According to Mr. Harrison, Mr. Reeser is spending all day doing clerical work, verifying 911 addresses with Southern Bell. Mr. Harrison advised the Board that he can no longer spare Mr. Reeser's time on the 911 project because he needs to be working on the base map and certification of the yearly tax roll. Mr. Reeser has trained an EMS employee (currently on light duty due to a workers comp injury) to work with Southern Bell on the rechecks. He will still be available for problems and assistance. Chairman Bush asked what is lacking on 911. According to Mr. McQueen, XY coordinates need to be established before the addressing is complete. Mr. Harrison stated that establishing the XY coordinates was not a part of his agreement with the Board. Mr. Blanchard stated that he could have someone from DMS (Digital Matrix Systems) give the Board an estimate on establishing the XY coordinates. The Board suggested that Mr. Blanchard and Mr. Reeser call DMS by conference call to determine what would be required to establish the XY coordinates.



Sesquicentennial Committee:



Mr. Sam Ferguson, chairman of the county's sesquicentennial committee, presented a draft of a proclamation being recommended by the committee. In order to promote awareness of Florida's 150th year of statehood, sesquicentennial activities are being promoted throughout the state, many tagging onto other activities. The committee would like to present the graduating seniors at Trenton and Bell with a proclamation signed by the committee, the chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, and the chairman of the School Board, recognizing the class of 1995 as participants of this statewide celebration. The cost of producing the proclamations in a certificate form, along with two large framed proclamations for each school is approximately $300. Also included in that quote are pens at $7 per dozen to be attached to the proclamations. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to adopt the proclamation and authorize the expenditure up to $300. The motion carried unanimously.



Library- Ken Frey:



Mr. Frey spoke briefly with the Board regarding the distribution of assets from the 6 county regional library to the new 3 county library region, of which Gilchrist County is a participant. The Board advised Mr. Frey that they intend to secure more funds than the $70,000 offered by the Suwannee River Regional Library System. The Board suggested Chairman Bush meet with a Commissioner from Suwannee County to discuss the issue prior to making a formal request.



911 Addressing- Joe Blanchard:



Mr. Blanchard reported that he called DMS (Digital Matrix Systems) regarding the XY coordinates needed for the completion of the 911 addressing project. According to the DMS representative, they are unable to quote a price for establishing the XY coordinates until they know how the maps were made. If Mr. Reeser can pack up all the files, along with the paper maps and mail them to DMS, they can give the county an estimate as to the cost and time involved in establishing the XY coordinates. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to direct Mr. Reeser to send the necessary information to DMS. The motion carried unanimously.



Crime Watch Report- Joe Blanchard:



Mr. Blanchard reported that the Sheriff's Volunteers have agreed to expend $4000 for the cost of 911 communications. The organization has ordered "Crime Watch" signs, and have "divided" the county into 6 districts.



Old Business:



The Board discussed the reorganization of the Park Board and their responsibilities. Mr. Barron stated that he will provide the Board with a list of the Park Board's liabilities. The Board agreed to hold a special meeting on May 15th to define the role of the Park Board.



Attorney's Report (cont.):



Mr. Burt stated that a document recorded by the Clerk several months ago between the Board and Frances Dollar was an easement, which conveyed 14 feet of right-of-way to the county. It was originally conveyed to Dollar by W. C. Williams in 1976. The Dollars no longer have an interest in this piece of property. Mr. Barron stated he would file it in the county-owned property file.



Mr. Burt read a resolution adopted by Dixie County regarding the transport of water from one district to another. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to adopt the same resolution. The motion carried unanimously.



95-33



A RESOLUTION OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS SETTING FORTH POLICIES OF THE BOARD RE-

GARDING TRANSPORTATION OF WATER RESOURCES ACROSS

GROUND WATER AND SURFACE WATER BASIN BOUNDARIES.



WHEREAS, Chapter 373, Florida Statutes (F.S.), sets forth the water policy of the State of Florida; and



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners recognizes the inherent environmental consequences of the transfer of massive water supplies beyond groundwater and surface water natural basin boundaries; and



WHEREAS, groundwater supplies are necessary for the continued growth and development of Gilchrist County; and



WHEREAS, it is necessary to maintain adequate surface water levels for the benefit of Gilchrist County's environment, and flora and fauna; and



WHEREAS, it is necessary to maintain adequate surficial water table levels to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of improper or excessive withdrawals of water from concentrated areas; and



WHEREAS, it is the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners' position that when municipalities and counties have exceeded, through growth, their water supply and/or infrastructure system that appropriate moratoriums be enacted; and



WHEREAS, it is the position of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that water supplies for municipalities and counties should be obtained locally and without adverse environmental impact; and



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners are concerned that other entities may attempt unrestrained incursions upon the water resources in Gilchrist County; and



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners desires to make clear its position with regard to the transfer of water resources from Gilchrist County to other outside entities;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in regular session, duly assembled, this 1st day of May, 1995, hereby declares that the following principles represent the position of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners toward the transfer of water resources from Gilchrist County to destinations outside of Gilchrist County:



1. Groundwater and surface water should be used within natural water basins and not exported across water basin

divides. Transfer of water across basin divides is, in

effect, "mining" water.



2. State funds and efforts should be dedicated to assist

local governments in order to maximize their local water

resources. The State must take an active role in deve-

loping feasible and energy efficient desalination and re-

verse osmosis processes, now. Accordingly, the State must

resolve the debate on brine disposal and high energy con-

sumption in Calendar Year 1995. In addition, the State

must assist local governments with funding for stormwater

and wastewater reuse.



3. The State should expedite and fund studies to determine

the safety, both to public health and to the environment,

of the reuse of wastewater for aquifer rehydration. If

found to be safe, the, within natural groundwater basins,

water transferred from one geographic area to another

should be reclaimed and reused in the area of original

withdrawal (rehydration) to promote water resources renewal, particularly in periods of extended drought.



4. Local development must depend solely on local water re-

sources. Comprehensive growth management plans must

clearly identify sufficient local water sources to support

projected development. Growth planning must not be pre-

dicted on, nor dependant on, potential water importation.



5. At such time that all local water resources are considered

totally committed, allocated, or in use, and additional

local water is deemed not available, a "zero growth" policy

must be immediately implemented. Comprehensive growth

management plans must project "zero growth" to coincide with "zero increased water consumption". Again, water must

not be transported from Gilchrist County to support growth

in other areas. Growth planning must not be predicated on,

nor dependant on, potential water importation.



6. In areas where water is presently being imported from out-

side the water basin, alternative "new" water sources such

as desalination, reverse osmosis, conservation, and storm-

water must be developed and used to replace imported water

supplied. Once sufficient alternative water sources are

developed to the extend that imported water is no longer

needed, and no longer being imported, growth can resume

within the limits of available local water source(s).



DONE AND RESOLVED this 1st day of May, 1995, A.D., by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in regular session, duly assembled.



GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



The Board discussed the paving project of U.S. 129 by Luther White. If Mr. White purchases asphalt from Alachua, he may haul it across CR 340 from Alachua to U.S. 129. The weight of the asphalt will exceed the weight limits for CR 340 and it is the Board's opinion that Mr. White should be reminded of existing weight limitations.



There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 6:15 p.m. was made by Commissioner Cannon, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and unanimously approved.



ATTEST: APPROVED:







JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK WILBUR BUSH, CHAIRMAN