MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD AUGUST 21, 1995
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a special meeting on Monday, August 21, 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
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 Cheryl Watson, Deputy Clerks, Joe Blanchard, MIS Director, W. W. Welch, Tax Collector, Susan Bryant, Supervisor of Elections, Jim Floyd, Sheriff, and Albert Martin, construction supervisor.
Sheriff Floyd spoke to the Board about a bill he needs to pay for a 6" well drilled at the firing range. The total cost of the well and pump is $5700. Mr. Barron stated that there are sufficient funds in the Law Enforcement Trust Fund to pay the bill. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve payment of the well. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. McQueen informed the Sheriff that the city of Fanning Springs has a surplus 1000 gallon tank that they may be willing to donate to the Sheriff's department. The tank could also be used for fire departments to fill their tanker trucks.
Commissioner Sheffield asked if the transportation department would be reimbursed by the sheriff's department for the work performed at the firing range. Mr. McQueen replied that the fuel and any equipment repair would be reimbursed.
Commissioner Sheffield spoke to the Board about a letter he asked Mr. Burt to send to Larry Martin, requesting that he remove a sprinkler system from the county's right-of-way. Commissioner Sheffield asked the Board to take formal action to request Mr. Martin to remove the sprinkler system. According to Mr. Sheffield, it is his understanding that Mr. Martin made a remark to a county employee mowing the right-of-way, that if the sprinklers were damaged, he would make the county pay for them. Mr. Burt stated that he represents Mr. Martin in some active cases, and it would be a conflict of interest for him to be involved in any litigation against Mr. Martin. Commissioner Sheffield stated that Mr. Martin has not removed the sprinklers even though he has received the letter. Chairman Bush asked Mr. Burt if he had the authority to send a letter on the request of one commissioner. Mr. Burt replied that he sent the letter only on Commissioner Sheffields behalf. Chairman Bush stated that he looked at the sprinkler system and it is a nice addition to Mr. Martin's entrance drive. According to Chairman Bush, Mr. Martin said you can run over the sprinklers with a mower and will not damage them, however, he further stated that he would mow the right-of-way that adjoins his property. Commissioner Sheffield stated that allowing Mr. Martin to keep the sprinkler system on county right-of-way would set a precedence for others in the future. Mr. Burt cited two cases that have been in court and added that it can make a difference if the right-of-way was acquired by deed or easement. Mr. Burt stated that he will try to determine how the title is held on the right-of-way.
Transportation Trust Fund:
Mr. Barron reported that the $104,000 of projected sales tax revenues for fiscal year 95-96 were removed from the transportation budget fund and put back into general fund where they were originally budgeted, along with a $28,713 transfer amount from general to transportation. The Board reviewed the expenditures budgeted for next fiscal year. The commissioner's travel amount increased because of the per diem reimbursement rate increase. Commissioner Sheffield suggested that the amount be reduced to the amount they have been receiving in the past. Commissioner Sheffield also stated that the overtime hours need to decrease; there are too many hours being worked on Fridays and Saturdays. Commissioner Sheffield also stated that when it is necessary for someone to work overtime, the work should be distributed among all employees, rather than one or two employees being the only employees to work overtime.
The Board discussed the price currently being paid for fuel. Mr. Barron reported that they are currently paying 99.5 cents per gallon for unleaded, 95.4 cents per gallon for diesel, $1.04 cents per gallon for plus, $1.11 for premium, and 83.1 cents per gallon for off road fuel.
Mr. Burt reported that a legislative act guaranteed the school board $100,000 in 1990 in racing tax funds.
Mr. Barron reported that the budgets would balance if 12% was cut from all department and constitutional officers requests.
The Board called in the Supervisor of Elections, the Tax Collector, and the Sheriff, (the Property Appraiser was out of town), and advised each of them to cut their budgets by 12% and to let the Board know what services they will have to eliminate by cutting their budgets. Mr. Barron stated that they could not continue to provide services at an adequate level, and at an increased rate, (due to the population growth) if the Board does not take action to increase revenues.
Mr. Martin reported that termites have been detected in the Osceola Precinct. The Board advised Mr. McQueen to check the A-1 pest control and see if they provided a guarantee against termites when they last treated the building.
The Board discussed the annual livestock fair contribution and asked if it was set by ordinance, and stated they will look at the possibility of changing the ordinance.
The Board asked Mr. Barron to cut the proposed EMS budget by 12%.
There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 5:55 p.m. was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.
WILBUR BUSH, CHAIRMAN
JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK