MINUTES OF A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD AUGUST 25, 1997.



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a special meeting on August 25, 1997, at 6:00 p.m., in the Pavilion at Hart Springs Park, Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:



Sue B. Suggs, Chair

Wilbur Bush

Jimmie Sheffield

Randy Durden

Fred Wilkerson



Other persons in attendance were: Joseph Gilliam, Clerk of Court, Billy Rogers, Mayor of Trenton, Mike Edwards, Trenton Police Chief, Al Milito, Trenton City Commissioners, Sam & Rayanne Ferguson, Chamber of Commerce, John Waldron, Fanning Springs City Councilman, Mrs. John Waldron, Marvin Weaver, County Extension Agent, Bobbi Wray Suggs & Mark Wray, Ginnie Springs, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Carol McQueen, Mayor of Fanning Springs, Iris Roberts, Bell Town Councilwoman, John Ayers, Gilchrist County Journal, Becky Sanford, Fanning Springs City Councilwoman, Charlotte Kearney & Cloud Haley, Trenton City Commissioners, Gerald Blackwell, Bell Town Council, David Turner, Gilchrist County Sheriff, David M. Lang, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Mary Helen Blakesly and Steve Barron, Rural Economic Development Initiative.



Chairman Suggs introduced Mary Helen Blakesly and Steve Barron, from the Florida Rural Economic Development Initiative.



Ms. Blakesly stated that about five years ago, the Governor began working on streamlining some activities because so many were involving various state agencies. These agencies were not working together on issues, one of which was rural development. The Rural Economic Development Initiative was created to provide better services to local governments and non-profit agencies. They have two fundamental principles: they do not get involved in anything without first being asked, and they only work on issues that the community is interested in. They are available to gather resources to assist a community to meet an identified need. They also assist communities that have problems with various agencies (state or federal). First a community must make an assessment of what they have and where they want to go, identifying their resources. REDI is willing to set up a specialized workshop for Gilchrist County. Ms. Blakesly agreed that determining where to start is sometimes the hardest task and stated that REDI is available to assist Gilchrist County.



Following a dinner recess, the Board reconvened with the representatives from the cities of Bell, Trenton and Fanning Springs and briefly discussed animal control, DOT five year work plan, and impact fees.



Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to adjourn at 8:40 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield and unanimously approved.



APPROVED:







SUE B. SUGGS, CHAIR



ATTEST:







JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK