MINUTES OF A WORKSHOP MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD APRIL 15, 1996



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a workshop meeting on April 15, 1996, at 5:30 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: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, Emergency Management/County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell, Tammy Davis, & Sam Ferguson, Deputy Clerks, John Russell, Bell Volunteer Fire Department, Clarance Feagle, North Gilchrist Volunteer Fire Department, and Craig Watson, county resident.



The Board, along with others in attendance, discussed future fire services in Gilchrist County. Mr. Barron presented a draft of the proposed mail out to county residents. This mail out will allow each person to do a self-evaluation of their insurance coverage, based on the county's current ISO ratings, as well as future lower ISO ratings. Mr. McQueen pointed out that in order for county residents to receive the benefit of lower city ISO ratings, the county must contract with the city for fire services.



Mr. Burt stated that impact fees could be used for capital expenditures. Mr. Barron added that a one percent franchise fee will generate $54,000 - $55,000 on an annual basis, and three percent would generate $160,000.



Mr. Barron estimates that the mail out will cost approximately $3800, which is figured on 10,000 parcels, plus the cost of postage, which should be about $2200.



The Board discussed the possibility of dropping the half mill ad valorem tax for fire services, and collecting franchise fees, special assessments, or a combination of both. Mr. Barron stated that a special assessment could be collected on unimproved parcels and franchise fees for parcels with electric service.



The Board discussed the possibility of placing an insert in the Gilchrist County Journal, rather than a postal mail out. The Board would like to include information about possible funding sources, i.e. special assessments, franchise fees, etc.



Mr. Barron stated that this information could be available by the first of next month.



Chairman Bush stated that David Swain spoke to him about paving a road in Ayers Meadows. According to Mr. Swain, they are willing to pave the road to county specs at their own expense, if the county could provide them with milled asphalt. They are willing to haul, load and spread the asphalt. The Board members indicated that they did not have a problem with Mr. Swain's request.











There being no further business to conduct, a motion to adjourn at 8:00 p.m. was made by Mr. Wilkerson, seconded by Mr. Cannon, and unanimously approved.



APPROVED:







WILBUR BUSH, CHAIRMAN



ATTEST:







JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK