MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD JUNE 18, 1996
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a special meeting on June 18, 1996, at 7:00 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
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 Sam Ferguson, Deputy Clerks,
Mr. Burt informed the Board and others in attendance that if the Board wishes to impose special assessments for EMS, Solid Waste, and fire services, they must advertise as soon as possible and the initial rate resolutions should be adopted in July.
Results of the Fire Surveys:
Mr. McQueen reported that 4,100 surveys were inserted and circulated in the Gilchrist County Journal. A total of 51 surveys were returned, with the majority indicating support for the county's fire plan. The insurance premium savings ranged from $119 - $336. Of those people responding in favor of the fire services plan, 22% indicated they would not realize a significant savings. With only 1.2% response on the survey, this information has little if any credibility.
The proposed fire service plan would fund fire services with a 3% franchise fee and a special assessment of $7.00 per parcel, plus two cents per acre. The combined revenues of special assessments and franchise fees would yield approximately $200,000. The proposal also includes the deletion of a 1/2 mill ad valorem tax, which is currently imposed. If a property owner has several contiguous parcels, which appear on a single tax bill, only one $7.00 assessment would be applied (plus two cents per acre).
The Board also discussed the possibility of funding fire services at the current funding level (one percent franchise fee and 1/2 mill ad valorem tax). This funding level would provide the current fire departments with approximately $12,000 each, with the exception of the City of Trenton, which could be funded at a rate of $300 per call.
Several residents in attendance indicated that more participation from the public may be needed for the Board to make a decision which would reflect the public's desires.
Following discussion, Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to authorize Mr. Burt to advertise for a public hearing to consider rates for special assessments for EMS, solid waste, and fire, for fiscal year 1996-97, and to consider amending the privilege fee ordinance, setting the hearing for July 15th, at 7:00 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.
The Board agreed to hold a budget workshop on July 15th, at 1:00 p.m.
Proposed Kidney Dialysis Clinic:
Billy Rogers, Mayor of the City of Trenton, spoke to the Board about problems being encountered by the proposed Kidney Dialysis Clinic, seeking to locate within the city limits of Trenton. The Department of Transportation is requiring extensive drainage improvements, which could cause a delay in the acquisition and construction of the clinic. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to adopt a resolution encouraging DOT to timely obligate to reimburse the physicians for their expenses related to the drainage improvements. The motion carried unanimously.
A RESOLUTION OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY
WHEREAS, it has come to the attention of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that certain physicians desire to locate and construct a Kidney Dialysis Clinic within the city of Trenton, and
WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Transportation is requiring extensive drainage improvements as a result of DOT's needs and whereas DOT has verbally indicated a willingness to reimburse said physicians for the additional cost associated with said drainage, and
WHEREAS, it is our understanding that time is of the essence due to the financing arrangements and potential increase in interest rates, and
WHEREAS, failure to timely respond may jeopardize this project, said project representing forty (40) professional and semiprofessional jobs, representing a tremendous economic gain to the City of Trenton and Gilchrist County,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that the Department of Transportation be encouraged to respond in writing supporting this position of reimbursement, as soon as possible.
RESOLVED this 18th day of June, 1996.
GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF
/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman
/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk
Florida Crown Workforce Development Consortium:
Chairman Bush presented a resolution for the Board's consideration which would adopt an interlocal agreement creating the Florida Crown Workforce Development Consortium. Chairman Bush is the county commissioner representative for the 5 county consortium. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve the resolution. The motion carried unanimously.
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT CREATING THE FLORIDA CROWN WORKFORCE DEVELOP-
MENT CONSORTIUM AND THE FLORIDA CROWN WORKFORCE DEVELOP-
MENT BOARD; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, the Governor has designated the Counties of Baker, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, and Union, a Service Delivery Area under the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 as amended in 1992; and
WHEREAS, the above named counties desire to establish the Florida Crown Workforce Development Consortium to collectively carry out the responsibilities of each of the above named counties under the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 as amended in 1992; and
WHEREAS, the above named counties desire to establish the Florida Crown Workforce Development Board to provide policy guidance for, and exercise oversight with, respect to the job training program activities conducted pursuant to the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982 as amended in 1992.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA:
1. That the "Interlocal Agreement Creating the Florida Crown Workforce Development Consortium and the Florida Crown Workforce Development Board", incorporated herein as Exhibit A, by reference is made a part hereof.
2. That the undersigned hereby accepts the terms and conditions of this Agreement and hereby agrees to become a party to this Agreement, together with the other above named counties passing resolutions to such effect, until such undersigned party wishes to withdraw from this Agreement as provided for in Paragraph 12 of this Agreement.
3. This Resolution shall take effect upon its adoption, except that the Florida Crown Workforce Development Consortium and the Florida Crown Workforce Development Board do not become duly authorized bodies for purposes of service delivery under terms of the Job Training Partnership Act, until July 1, 1996.
DULY ADOPTED in Special session, this 18th day of June, A.D., 1996.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA
/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman
/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk
Request to stockpile C & D materials:
Chairman Bush stated that he received a request from Steve Pomeroy to stockpile some broken concrete blocks from White Construction near the Woodmen of the World building on S.R. 26. Chairman Bush asked Mr. McQueen to check with DEP to see if they would need a permit, as well as to check the zoning because it may require a special exception permit.
There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 9:50 p.m. was made by Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and unanimously approved.
WILBUR BUSH, CHAIRMAN
JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK