MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD AUGUST 5, 1996



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on August 5, 1996, 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, Sam Ferguson, & Denise Troyer, Deputy Clerks, Dick Edwards, CPC, Jeanette Burke, DOT, Sheriff Jim Floyd, Chief Deputy Jim Cooper, Steve Kattell, Davis, Monk & Co., Joe Wilson, subdivision developer, George Sandora, Tri-County Economic Development Partnership, Billy Smith, Park Board member, John Russell, Bell Volunteer Fire Department, Jim Ziegler, Hart Springs Park Manager, Lamar Hines, A.L. & Janie Cox, Mrs. George Dull, Albert Martin, and Jay Blanchard, county residents.



Attorney's Report:



Mr. Burt reported that securing ISTEA funds for historical restoration of the courthouse does not look promising. Mr. Burt stated that he is working on having the courthouse designated as an historical site. The best source of funds may be historical grants. The Board asked Mr. McQueen to look into the possibility of applying for an historical grant.



Mr. Burt stated that grant funds through the Department of Environmental Protection for $50,000 may be available (FERDAP). These funds can be used to acquire recreation lands or to rehabilitate recreational buildings and facilities. Mr. McQueen is applying for these grant funds.



Notices for the special assessments must go out by August 20, 1996, in order for the Board to adopt the rates by the September 9th public hearing. Mr. Barron added that he and Mr. Harrison have already been discussing the assessments with Business Records Corporation.



Mr. Burt stated that his research indicates that Rick Thompson is the title holder of property at Waters Lake. This information was supplied to the State Attorney's Office. In regards to the trespassing complaint, the county has no jurisdiction.



Commissioner Suggs spoke to the Board about USDA and Enterprise Florida and the need for local representation for rural economic development. There will be approximately $58,000,000 available (this is the old "Farmers Home" program). Commissioner Suggs stated that FAC has a sample resolution for rural counties to adopt, urging the placement of local elected officials on the board of directors.



Public Hearing- Ordinance Prohibiting Abandoned Appliances:



Mr. Burt presented a proposed ordinance which would prohibit the abandonment of junk appliances. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to adopt the ordinance. The motion carried unanimously.



ORDINANCE 96-05



AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING ABANDONED OR DISCARDED ICE

BOXES, REFRIGERATORS, DEEP FREEZE LOCKERS, CLOTHES

WASHERS, CLOTHES DRYERS OR SIMILAR AIRTIGHT UNITS

HAVING AN INTERIOR STORAGE CAPACITY OF 1.5 CUBIC

FEET OR MORE FROM WHICH THE DOORS HAVE NOT BEEN RE-

MOVED; PROVIDING FOR ENFORCEMENT; PROVIDING FOR EX-

CEPTION; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.



WHEREAS, the legislature of the State of Florida has enacted Section 823.07-09, Florida Statutes to prevent deaths due to suffocation of children locked in abandoned or discarded ice boxes, refrigerators, deep freeze lockers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, similar airtight units from which the doors have not been removed; and



WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 823.07 Florida Statutes, it is unlawful knowingly to abandon or discard or to permit to be abandoned or discarded on premises under his control any ice box, refrigerator, deep freezer locker, clothes washer, clothes dryer, or similar airtight unit having an interior storage capacity of 1.5 cubic feet or more from which the door has not been removed; and



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners deems it in the public interest and public safety that there be local enforcement provisions relating to abandoned or discarded ice boxes, refrigerators, deep freeze lockers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, or similar air tight units.



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners as follows:



1. Abandoned or discarded ice boxes, refrigerators, deep freeze lockers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, or similar airtight units from which the doors have not been removed and having an interior storage capacity of 1.5 cubic feet or more are hereby prohibited.



2. The provisions of this ordinance shall not apply to an ice box, refrigerator, deep freeze locker, clothes washer, clothes dryer or similar airtight unit which is crated or is securely locked from the outside or is in the normal use on the premises of a home, or rental unit, or is held for sale or use in a place of business; provided however that "place of business" as used herein shall not be deemed to include a junk yard or other similar establishment dealing in second hand merchandise for sale on open, unprotected premises.



3. Junkyard dealers or second hand furniture dealers with unenclosed premises used for display are prohibited from displaying second hand ice boxes, refrigerators, deep freeze lockers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, or similar airtight units without first removing the doors on such second hand units having an interior storage capacity of 1.5 cubic foot or more. This section will not apply to any dealer who has fenced and locked his premises.



4. Violations of this ordinance are subject to enforcement in accordance with law including imposition of civil and/or criminal penalties.



5. The imposition of a penalty does not prevent revocation or suspension of a license, permit, or franchise, the imposition of civil penalties or fines or other administrative actions.



6. In addition to all other penalties, the County Code Enforcement Department is empowered to enforce this ordinance.



7. This ordinance shall become effective in accordance with law.



ORDAINED in regular session of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners this 5th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Clerk's Report:



The Board unanimously approved the bills as submitted, upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield.



The Board discussed a request from the Tri-County Council for Senior Citizens to have the impact fee waived for their new administrative offices. A check of the records show that they paid the $500 impact fee, however, Woodmen of the World did not pay the impact fee for their new building. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to reimburse $500 to the Tri-County Council for Senior Citizens from general fund, and to pay $500 from general fund to the transportation impact fee fund, on behalf of the Woodmen of the World. The motion carried unanimously.



The Board unanimously approved the following journal entries, upon motion from Commissioner Wilkerson, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon: 1117-1125, 1127-1132, 1134-1136.



The Board unanimously agreed to amend general fund, by resolution, upon motion from Commissioner Sheffield, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.



RESOLUTION 96-18



A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE GENERAL REVENUE FUND BUDGET FOR

FISCAL YEAR 1995-96.



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 General Revenue Fund for Fiscal Year 1995-96; 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 $27,986.98 of unanticipated revenues for the General Revenue Fund (salary & fringe reimbursement from LETF for the firing range project);



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 $27,986.98.



RESOLVED this 5th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, the Board unanimously agreed, by resolution, to amend the transportation impact fee fund.



RESOLUTION 96-19



A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEE FUND

BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 1995-96.



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 Transportation Trust Impact Fund for Fiscal Year 1995-96; 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 $22,000 of unanticipated revenues, in the form of a cash carry-over;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that the Transportation Impact Fee Fund is hereby amended in an increased amount of $22,000.



RESOLVED this 5th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



The Board unanimously agreed to amend the transportation trust fund, by resolution, upon motion from Commissioner Cannon, which was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson.



RESOLUTION 96-20



A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND

BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 1995-96.



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 Transportation Trust Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 1995-96; 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 $12,500.00 of unanticipated revenues, in the form of reimbursement for services performed by the Transportation Department for the Sheriff's firing range project for the Transportation Trust fund budget;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, that the Transportation Trust Fund Budget is hereby amended in an increased amount of $12,500.00.



RESOLVED this 5th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



The Board unanimously agreed to amend general revenue, by resolution, upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield.



RESOLUTION 96-21



A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE GENERAL REVENUE FUND BUDGET FOR

FISCAL YEAR 1995-96.



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 1995-96; 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 $88,000 which represents carry-overs returned to the Board from the constitutional officers' fiscal year 94-95 budgets;



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 $88,000.00.



RESOLVED this 5th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Mr. Barron reported that the anticipated premium increase for AV-MED health insurance is 4.25%. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to keep coverage with AV-MED. The motion carried unanimously.



The Board discussed a joint meeting with the City of Trenton, suggesting the date of August 15th, at 7:00 p.m.



Mr. Barron reported that Clyde Forbes has not yet paid the county for the cost of road repairs made on his behalf by the county's transportation department. Mr. Burt billed Mr. Forbes in February for $2168.90. The Board advised Mr. Barron to bill Mr. Forbes again.



The Board unanimously approved a budget transfer for the Sheriff, moving $25,000 from Law Enforcement personal services to Law Enforcement operating expenses and $6000 from Selective Enforcement Unit operating expense to Selective Enforcement Unit capital outlay, upon motion from Commissioner Wilkerson, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.



The Board authorized Mr. Barron to draw an additional $2000 this year for SHIP administration, amending the line item, following a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield.



The Board unanimously agreed to authorize Mr. Barron to negotiate a line of credit with the local banks, by resolution, up to $150,000 to do road improvements on county roads 232 and 341, following a motion from Commissioner Wilkerson, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.



RESOLUTION 96-22



A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE NEGOTIATION OF A LINE OF

CREDIT, UP TO $150,000 FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS.



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, finds that it is in the best interest of the citizens of Gilchrist County to finance capital improvements for the purpose of surfacing roads in Gilchrist County; and



WHEREAS, funds derived from the transportation impact fee fund have been pledged for the use of repayment;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that the Clerk to the Board is hereby authorized and directed to negotiate and establish a line of credit, up to $150,000.00, for the use of surfacing county roads 232 and 341. Moreover, the Clerk is requested to secure the best terms that he can negotiate with a local financial institution.



RESOLVED this 5th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Commissioner Sheffield stated that he is concerned about the Chairman and Mr. Joyner obligating milled asphalt for the county line road without consulting the rest of the Board. Chairman Bush explained that he and Mr. Joyner agreed to surface the county line road in exchange for stockpiling milled asphalt on Roy Langford's property. Commissioner Sheffield stated that it was his understanding that roads to churches were to be addressed first.



The Board unanimously approved a request from the City of Fanning Springs for five breathing apparatus for its volunteer fire department, upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.



There are currently four vacancies on the Gilchrist County Housing Authority. The Board advised Mr. McQueen to place an advertisement in the local paper for possible letters of interest.



The Board unanimously agreed to adopt a resolution, which would allow the Suwannee River Water Management District to waive permit fees over $100 for the county, following a motion from Commissioner Sheffield, which was seconded by Commissioner Suggs.



RESOLUTION 96-23



REQUEST TO THE SUWANNEE RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

TO REDUCE PERMIT FEES.



WHEREAS, the 1994 Legislature enacted Chapter 94-278, Laws of Florida, allowing reduction of permit processing fees for counties with a population of 50,000 or less and municipalities with a population of 25,000 or less, or any county or municipality not included within a metropolitan statistical area upon certification by that county or city that the cost of the permit processing fee is a fiscal hardship; and



WHEREAS, the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District has adopted section 40B-1.706(3), Florida Administrative Code, to implement Chapter 94-278, Laws of Florida, regarding reduction of fees; and



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County has a population of 11,401; and



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County certifies that it qualifies for permit processing fee reduction for the Fiscal Year October 1, 1996, through September 30, 1997, due to the following factor:



Ad valorem operating millage rate for the current fiscal

year is greater than 8 mills;



WHEREAS, these factors are supported by the attached documents;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners hereby request that the Suwannee River Water Management District reduce the processing fee for public purpose projects to a fee not to exceed $100 per permit for the 1997 Fiscal year.



PASSED AND ADOPTED this 5th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



The Board unanimously approved the following SHIP loans, subject to acceptable appraisals, funding availability, and income verification, upon motion from Commissioner Wilkerson, which was seconded by Commissioner Suggs:



Name SHIP $$ Total Cost Type Project



Apone, T. $22,500 $47,400 Purchase/rehab

Gaidry, K. $10,000 $60,646 Purchase/rehab

Heaton, K. $10,000 $65,100 Purchase/rehab

Kitchens, E. $17,500 $35,000 Purchase/rehab

Balkcom, B. $15,505 $57,250 Purchase/rehab

Leggett, K. $10,000 $58,500 Purchase/rehab

Goolsby, L. $17,500 $51,648 Purchase/rehab

Waldron, K. $22,500 $47,244 New construct.



The Board received a request from Glades County to pass a resolution similar to their resolution, urging the governor to appoint commercial fishermen to the Marine Fisheries Commission. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to adopt a resolution urging the governor to not only appoint commercial fishermen to the Marine Fisheries Commissioner, but to make sure that 1/3 of the commission is comprised of commercial fishermen. The motion carried unanimously.



RESOLUTION 96-24



A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER, GILCHRIST

COUNTY, FLORIDA, SETTING FORTH POLICIES OF THE BOARD RE-

GARDING THE LACK OF REPRESENTATION COMMERCIAL FISHERMAN HAVE ON THE FLORIDA MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION.



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, recognize that the Marine Fisheries Commission does not have a commercial fishermen member; and



WHEREAS, the Net Ban Amendment has had a significant impact on commercial fishermen; and



WHEREAS, many members of the Gilchrist County community may be affected by the rules promulgated by the Marine Fisheries Commission; and



WHEREAS, input from a member of the affected community of commercial fishermen would be valuable to a rule-making commission;



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



1. The Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, strongly recommends that the Governor appoint commercial fishermen to comprise 1/3 of the membership of the Marine Fisheries Commission.



2. The Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, request that all counties in Florida adopt a similar resolution to encourage the Governor to recognize the interest of commercial fishermen by appointing commercial fishermen as representative to the Marine Fisheries Commission.



PASSED AND DULY ADOPTED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, in a public meeting, in Gilchrist County, Florida, this 5th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



The Board received an interlocal agreement with the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, which would join counties together to provide an economic development partnership. The Board took no action.



CDBG- Dick Edwards:



Mr. Edwards presented bid recommendations for replacement mobile homes, for the Boards consideration. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to award the bid of Wilson Mobile Homes for the R. Vaughn project, and to award the bids from Westgate Homes for the following projects: M. Hodge, W. Varcika, D. Stevens, J. Barron, Jr., C. Wilkinson, S. Ridgeway, R. Cissell, and M. Simmons. The motion carried unanimously.



Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to name G. Dull as a replacement for F. Williams, who has withdrawn from the repair program; repair the Dull trailer (estimated cost of $10,000); commit $12,000 to the J. Osteen SHIP project and count that project as the county's tenth permanent relocation project; use the remaining balance of $62,130 to repair as many as possible of the following homes: J. Langford, J. Bailer, L. Dingelstedt, L. Conner, and D. Simmons. The motion carried unanimously.



Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to delete Arnold Construction from the contractors list for the CDBG program, due to the many complaints received regarding the company's workmanship. The motion carried unanimously.



The Board recessed for lunch at 12:10 p.m. and reconvened at 1:25 p.m.



The Board discussed a possible agenda for the joint meeting with the city of Trenton, identifying the following topics for possible discussion: dispatch services, fire control, local option gas tax distribution, building inspections, economic development, impact fees and road improvements.



Mr. Barron reported that one of the air conditioners in his office is not working and since it is one of the oldest units, it may be a candidate for replacement. The Board advised Mr. Barron to accept the lowest quote submitted.



The Board agreed to set budget workshops on the following dates: August 8th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., August 20th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and August 29th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (if needed).



Emergency Management/County Coordinator's Report:



Mr. McQueen introduced the new park manager, Jim Ziegler. Mr. McQueen reported that this is Ms. Ferguson's last week at the park and Eudell Parrish has resigned as a member of the Park Advisory Board.



Ms. Ferguson spoke to the Board about the erosion problem occurring around the main boil. There followed discussion of the possible submission of a grant application to assist with this problem, as well as other capital improvements at the park.



Following discussion, Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to appoint Sherree Pitzarell to the Park Advisory Board. The motion carried unanimously.



Chairman Bush appointed Commissioner Suggs to serve on the Park Advisory Board as well.



DOT- Jeanette Burke:



Ms. Burke presented a five year work plan for Gilchrist County. Included in the plan is right-of-way acquisition from Trenton to Wilcox, turn lanes and flashing lights at Wacasassa road, milling and resurfacing CR 340 from U.S. 129 to S.R. 47, and the resurfacing CR 55A. Ms. Burke requested that the county develop a priority list and submit to it to her when she returns in October.



SRWMD- Delaney Faircloth:



Mr. Delaney Faircloth presented the Board with a check for $7768.00, which represents payment in lieu of taxes for property the district purchased in Gilchrist County.



Jim Cooper:



Chief Deputy Jim Cooper presented a request to transfer $25,000 from LETF to the firing range project. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to approve the request. The motion carried unanimously.



Following discussion, Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to transfer $4000 from corrections operating to corrections capital outlay. The motion carried unanimously.



Chief Cooper advised the Board that he has an opportunity to hire a secretarial position under the COPS grant program. The position will be for two months this fiscal year and the entire year next fiscal year. The grant amount for two months will be $2426, and the match ($2443) will come from the LETF. Following discussion, the Board unanimously agreed to transfer $2443 from LETF and $2426 from general revenue (where the grant funds are deposited) to the Sheriff's budget, upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson.



Davis, Monk & Co.- Steve Kattell:



Mr. Kattell presented the annual county wide audit to the Board. Overall the audit was a good report.



Countryside Subdivision- Joe Wilson:



Mr. Wilson stated that he learned after he constructed a road in his subdivision that it should have been engineered. Because of the language on the plat, an engineer must sign the plat, certifying that the road was built to county standards. Mr. Burt stated that he would speak to Mr. Bell and recommended that the Board approve a variance. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve a variance, providing Mr. Bell will provide a statement that the road will sufficiently serve the two lots. The motion carried unanimously.



George Sandora:



Mr. Sandora reviewed the proposed Tri-County Economic Development Partnership. The Board voiced interest in pursuing this project, as well as the NCFRPC effort.



Billy Smith- Park Board:



Mr. Billy Smith, park advisory board, expressed concern over a lack of meetings, given the number of changes in management at Hart Springs park. Mr. Smith reminded the Board of the agreement when the Park Board was abolished and the park advisory board was charged with making recommendations to the Commissioners. Mr. Smith feels the process is not working as originally agreed. The Commissioners expressed support in following through on and possibly expanding membership.



Emergency Management/County Coordinator's Report (cont.):



Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to authorize the purchase of a rear dumping machine, dividing the cost between transportation and solid waste. The motion carried unanimously.



The Board discussed and agreed to surface roads which lead to the following churches: Wayfair Baptist, Otter Springs, Jennings Lake, and Riverside.



The Board reviewed bids on roll-off containers:



United Truck & Body Corp. @ $31,850

TranStat Equipment @ $37,563



Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to award the bid to United Truck & Body Corp., after Mr. McQueen reviews the specifications. The motion carried unanimously.



The EMS union election day has been set for September 13, 1996. Mr. Burt asked the Board what level of involvement they expect from the labor attorneys. The Board gave no direction.



Mr. McQueen reported that the Lancaster inmates will be maintaining the lawns at the courthouse, Weeks building, and library.



Mr. McQueen spoke to the Board about hiring Lacey Tomlinson to do general building maintenance at the courthouse and other county buildings. Mr. Tomlinson is currently working at Hart Springs park. The Board advised Mr. McQueen to talk to Mr. Tomlinson.



Mr. McQueen discussed the use of administration funds for the CDBG grant. He also spoke to the Board about the $15,000 available for demolition, which could be used by the volunteer fire departments. Mr. Barron stated that the Board would need to enter into a contract with whoever is going to do the demolition.



John Russell- Noise Pollution:



Mr. Russell spoke to the Board about the enforcement of the county's ordinance regarding noise pollution. Mr. Burt stated that he would send a copy of the ordinance to the Sheriff's Department.



There being no further business to discuss at this time, a motion to recess at 6:30 p.m. and reconvene at 1:00 p.m. on August 8, 1996, was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and unanimously approved.



AUGUST 8, 1996



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners reconvened their regular meeting on August 8, 1996, at 1:00 p.m., in the County Commissioners Meeting Room, Gilchrist County Courthouse, 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 & Sam Ferguson, Deputy Clerks, Sheriff Jim Floyd



Sheriff Floyd's Budget Request for FY 96-97:



Sheriff Floyd reviewed his budget requests with the Board, pointing out an increase in the Resource Officer budget due to the addition of a school resource officer for Bell School. This budget is funded by the School Board and Law Enforcement Trust Fund (LETF) monies. The Drug & Education budget is funded by the LETF and the Bryne grant. The Bailiff budget is funded through the Fine & Forfeiture Fund, and it has increased due to the transfer of Mr. Yelvington from the jail to the courthouse. This budget also includes a vehicle. The Law Enforcement budget and the Corrections budget have both decreased from the current years budget. Following discussion, Sheriff Floyd agreed to reduce his Law Enforcement budget (capital outlay) by $14,000.00, which represents the cost of one vehicle.



Supervisor of Elections Budget Request for FY 96-97:



Ms. Bryant submitted her budget request, which indicates an increase over the current years budget of $9722. Ms. Bryant stated that this budget includes elections expenses and there is nowhere to reduce her request.



Clerk of Courts Budget Request for FY 96-97:



Mr. Barron reviewed his budget request with the Board, explaining that the total increase for both budgets (Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners and County Court) is $42,731 over the current years budget. Of that total, $24,000 represents an anticipated decrease in fee collections, due to legislative changes in traffic laws. According to Mr. Barron, salary increases were figured at $1000 or 6 percent.



Ted Burt- Retainer Fees:



Mr. Burt spoke to the Board about a proposed increase in his retainer fee from $9000 to $12,000 and an increase in his hourly rate from $75 per hour to $100 per hour. According to Mr. Burt, neither his hourly rate nor retainer have increased since he became the county attorney.



Budget Amendments:



The Board unanimously agreed to amend the general revenue fund, upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson.



RESOLUTION 96-25



A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE GENERAL REVENUE FUND BUDGET FOR

FISCAL YEAR 1995-96.



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 1995-96; 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 $15,776 of unanticipated revenues, in the form of a refund of salaries & fringe benefits associated with the firing range project;



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 $15,776.



RESOLVED this 8th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



The Board unanimously agreed to amend the Law Enforcement Trust Fund budget, upon motion from Commissioner Sheffield, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.



RESOLUTION 96-26



A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND

BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 1995-96.



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 Law Enforcement Trust Fund budget for Fiscal Year 1995-96; 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 $375,970 of unanticipated revenues;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that the Law Enforcement Trust Fund is hereby amended in an increased amount of $375,970.



RESOLVED this 8th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Emergency Management/County Coordinator's Report:



Mr. McQueen reported that he is in the process of applying for a FERDAP (recreation) grant for Hart Springs park. The application must be submitted by August 31st and will require a match of 25 percent. The match can be cash, in-kind or land value and the total amount of grant funds available are $100,000. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to apply for the grant and commit approximately $7000 in FBIP funds as a match. The motion carried unanimously.



There being no further business to discuss at this time, Commissioner Sheffield made a motion to recess at 5:03 p.m. and reconvene at 5:00 p.m. on August 20th.



AUGUST 20, 1996



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners reconvened their regular meeting on August 20, 1996, at 5:00 p.m., in the County Commissioners Meeting Room, in the Gilchrist County Courthouse, 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 and Sam Ferguson, Deputy Clerks, David Brittin, EMS Director, Jim Cooper, Chief Deputy, and Rayanne Ferguson.



Jim Cooper- Firing Range Project:



Chief Cooper spoke to the Board about the firing range project. According to Chief Cooper, when he made his last request for the transfer of LETF funds to the firing range project, he was not aware that there were outstanding purchase orders, and the project account balance did not reflect those purchase orders. Chief Cooper added that this request for funds should complete the project. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to transfer $25,000 from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund to the firing range project. The motion carried unanimously.



Chief Cooper stated that the inmate population is steadily increasing and county population growth does not indicate that this trend will change. An engineer with the Department of Corrections could design a 100 bed cell facility for about $350,000. Chief Cooper encouraged the Board to appoint a steering committee to study the possibility of constructing a new facility in the future. Mr. Barron stated that since it would require legislative approval to construct such a facility with Law Enforcement Trust Fund monies, the Board would need to hold a public hearing in December, prior to presenting the request to the legislative committee. Mr. Burt added that a Comprehensive Plan amendment may be needed, to include the project in the capital improvements schedule. The Board asked Mr. Barron to place the appointment of a steering committee on the September agenda.



Marvin Weaver- County Agent:



Mr. Weaver stated that he figured raises for himself and his secretary at a higher rate than 5 percent or $1000. According to Mr. Weaver, the proposed salary figure for his position would bring his salary in line with the other county agents. Mr. Barron stated that the budget before the Board reflects Mr. Weaver's request. The Board agreed to cut $2000 from repair and maintenance and $2000 from operating supplies (tools) in the county agent budget, and move those funds to the salary item in order to fund raises as requested.



General Revenue:



Mr. Barron announced that he received the state's estimates for county revenues, and according to their figures, he has under budgeted sales tax revenues, and can increase that revenue item by $46,462.



David Brittin- EMS Budget for Fiscal Year 1996-97:



Mr. Brittin spoke to the Board about raises for his staff. According to Mr. Brittin, the proposed raises being considered for other departments (5% or $1000, whichever is greater) would cost approximately $13,000 to fund for his staff. The increase would allow his department to be competitive with surrounding counties. In addition, the minimum wage increase will affect some of his staff. Mr. Brittin added that in his proposed budget, $32,500.00 has been budgeted for a grant match, which may not materialize. There is also a possibility that the match could be split between the next two fiscal years. Mr. Burt, county attorney, stated that if EMS receives the same raise as other county departments, it should not be a problem with the union process.



Mr. Burt presented a draft policy statement, regarding unions, which he recommends that the Board adopt. Following review of the policy, the Board unanimously agreed to adopt the policy, following a motion from Commissioner Wilkerson, which was seconded by Commissioner Cannon.



POLICY STATEMENT FOR

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA



The Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, operates its county government through a district and county-wide system of organization. The County has always maintained an open-door policy between its employees and their direct supervisors and department heads, from the very bottom all the way up to the top. Staff can use this system without fear of retaliation or reprimand.



We believe that imposition of an outside organization between the employees and the employer would be detrimental to the overall county operations, and that both employees and the employer would lose. At present, any employee can directly discuss any aspect of the terms, hours, conditions, or wages regarding their employment, without the necessity of going through an intermediary. The imposition of a union could restrict this right and privilege. The collective bargaining process can be time-consuming, expensive and ineffective.



It is not necessary for our employees to pay dues to a union in order to receive fair treatment and competitive wages and benefits.



It is therefore the policy of the county that we oppose unionization of county employees and encourage all of our personnel to work with us in providing a more efficient county operation serving all of our citizens.



Mr. Brittin advised the Board that in order to apply for the EMS Trust Fund monies, a resolution from the Board is needed. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to adopt a resolution to apply for and acknowledge the availability of EMS Trust Fund monies. The motion carried unanimously.



RESOLUTION 96-27



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners acknowledge the availability of Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund monies; and



WHEREAS, the grant of said trust fund monies available to the County in the amount of $3968.48;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, that the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners does hereby accept the Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund monies granted to the County in an amount of $3968.48, and FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED the grant so accepted shall be designated and used solely for the improvement and expansion of the Gilchrist County pre-hospital emergency medical service.



RESOLVED in regular session this 20th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



General Revenue:



Mr. Barron discovered that next years payment in lieu of taxes revenue had not been included in next years revenue projections, which will add an additional $6650 to general fund.



Mr. McQueen spoke to the Board about Mr. Brideson's salary request. The increase requested by Mr. Brideson is higher than 5% or $1000 and that figure is currently in the proposed budget. If his salary is raised to $18,500 it would be in line with other Veteran Service officers in surrounding counties, and Mr. McQueen believes that the increase would be justifiable.



The Board agreed to reduce funding for the Development Authority by $1500 and increase the Chamber by $572.



The Board agreed to reduce the Health Department contract by $2000.



The Board agreed to reduce funding for the special olympics and LARC to $880 each.



The Board advised Mr. Burt to draft a resolution for the next meeting, which would allow the adoption of a policy statement in regards to the county's pension roll.



The Board agreed to reduce the Tri-County Council for Senior Citizens' budget request by $2500.



Mr. Barron pointed out an item within the Library's budget for administrative services, provided by the Clerk's office. According to Mr. Barron, the library's grant funding is based in part on the amount of expenditures incurred by the library. The more they expend, the greater the grant amount. Mr. Barron offered to reduce his Clerk to the Board budget by that amount ($7500), and added that he can bill the Board for those services place those funds in his fee budget. This would allow the Board to save $7500 in their general revenue fund. The Board approved this change and also agreed to reduce the book item by $3000. The Board also agreed to raise Ms. Mattucci and Ms. Caraway's salary by $1000 each.



Mr. McQueen spoke to the Board about the grant application he is submitting to DEP for Hart Springs park. One of the criteria which would net the county more points in regards to scoring the application would be the inclusion of the proposed project in the county's comprehensive plan five year capital improvement schedule. Although a plan amendment can not be submitted at this time, and the actual amendment will take several months, the Board could adopt a resolution resolving to amend the comprehensive plan. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to resolve to amend the comprehensive plan. The motion carried unanimously.



RESOLUTION 96-28



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners have operated and maintained Hart Springs recreational park on behalf of the citizens of Gilchrist County; and



WHEREAS, it is the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners desire to provide recreational facilities and activities at Hart Springs recreational park; and



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners recognize that the facilities at Hart Springs recreational park must be maintained to service a growing county population; and



WHEREAS, said facilities are no longer adequate to serve the citizens of Gilchrist County; and



WHEREAS, the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners have identified Hart Springs recreational park as an element in its Survey of Identified Public Facility Need & Related Projects, as indicated in the North Central Florida Development District 1995 Annual Report Overall Economic Development Program;



NOW, THEREFORE the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners hereby resolves to amend the Gilchrist County Comprehensive Plan to include in its Five Year Schedule of Improvements the following:



TABLE VII-1



FIVE YEAR SCHEDULE OF IMPROVEMENTS



Project Projected General Revenue Consistency w/

Descript. Schedule Cost Location Source other elements



Hart 1996-98 $133,334 Gilchrist

Springs County Grant Yes

RESOLVED this 20th day of August, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



The Board agreed to fund the city of Trenton $750 next fiscal year to assist with their Fourth of July celebration. In addition, the Board agreed to fund the Suwannee River Fair Association at $750.



Mr. McQueen advised the Board that $4750 in revenues could be moved from the Solid Waste budget to the general fund budget for the Adopt-A-Shore program. A portion of these funds could be used to pay the salary for Lacey Tomlinson. In addition to doing courthouse maintenance, Mr. Tomlinson will also be maintaining the county parks/boat ramps.



Mr. Barron announced that with the above adjustments, General Revenue Fund is out of balance by approximately $14,000. He added that he will meet with the Sheriff and other constitutional officers and see if they can trim enough from their budget requests to equal that amount.



The Board discussed Mr. Burt's retainer fee and hourly rate. Following discussion, Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to increase Mr. Burt's monthly retainer fee to $1000 and his hourly rate to $90 per hour. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Barron presented quotes on behalf of Mr. Welch, for renovations to the Tax Collector's office. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the following bids for services: D. J. Daube for construction @ $1650; Pitts Custom Glass @ $1092.50; Fason Electric @ $1800; and Wood-Built Products for cabinets @ $3375. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Barron reported that he received quotes from Tri-County Bank and the Farmers & Merchants Bank for a line of credit for $150,000. Farmers & Merchants quoted a floating rate of 60% of New York Prime and a fixed rate of 5.50% for five years. Tri-County Bank quoted a floating rate of 53% of New York Prime and a fixed rate of 5.04%. Mr. Barron informed the Board that he accepted the quote submitted by Tri-County Bank.



There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 9:10 p.m. was made by Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.



APPROVED:







WILBUR BUSH, CHAIRMAN



ATTEST:







JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK