The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a special joint meeting with the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, on March 9, 1998, at 7:00 p.m., at the Trenton Woman's Club, located on CR 337, Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:

Jimmie Sheffield, Chair

Wilbur Bush

Randy Durden

Sue B. Suggs

Fred Wilkerson

Alachua County BoCC

Leveda Brown, Chair

Chuck Clemmons

Charles Chestnut

Bobby Summers

Penny Wheat

Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Court, Samuel Mutch, Gilchrist County Attorney, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Mary Marshall, Alachua County Attorney, Richard Tarbox, Alachua County Manager, Norm Thomas, Alachua County Solid Waste, and Ed Culpepper, Alachua County Public Works Director.

Chairman Sheffield opened the meeting, announcing to those present that the special meeting was called to discuss several topics of concern for both counties. The meeting was not called to discuss Watson's Dairy or water contamination problems. Chairman Sheffield added that neither Board was prepared to discuss those issues and if anyone present wished to speak to those issues, they should call the Clerk's Office and ask to be put on the agenda for a future meeting.

Mr. Ed Culpepper advised the Boards that the dividing line between Alachua County and Gilchrist County was also the center line on the county line road. In the past, there was an unofficial agreement as to the maintenance of the county line road. Alachua County currently maintains the portion of the county line road beginning at SR 26 continuing north. Gilchrist County currently maintains the portion of the county line road beginning at SR 26 continuing south. The Boards discussed establishing a formal interlocal agreement for maintenance. Commissioner Suggs stated that she does not like the idea of having to tell a Gilchrist County resident to call an Alachua County commissioner if they have a road maintenance request or problem. Following discussion Commissioner Durden made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to designate Alachua County as the responsible county for maintenance of the county line road from SR 26 north to Poe Springs and Gilchrist County as the responsible county for maintenance of the county line road from SR 26 south, with the understanding that at such time as funds become available, the road will be paved. The motion carried unanimously. Both chairs directed their respective attorneys to prepare an interlocal agreement for execution by both Boards.

Mr. Gilliam spoke to the members of the Alachua County Commission about a bill Gilchrist County received from the Alachua County Animal Shelter for $4239.58. This bill is approximately 2 years old and is a result of animal cruelty case. The Levy County court ordered that the animals be picked up and disposed. Mary Marshall, Alachua County Attorney, stated that Alachua County incurred expenses but could negotiate a settlement with Gilchrist County. Their staff will research the problem and make a recommendation.

The Boards discussed their current agreement for disposal of solid waste, which expires when the Southwest Landfill closes at the end of this fiscal year. Alachua County is opening a new transfer station near Waldo Road and is willing to maintain the same agreement with Gilchrist County as in the past. They distributed copies of an interlocal agreement for consideration. Chairman Sheffield stated that Gilchrist County will review the agreement and make a decision at their next meeting.

Commissioner Suggs stated that several years ago Alachua County sold Gilchrist County a surplus vehicle for one dollar and thanked them for their assistance.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Clemmons made a motion to adjourn at 8:05 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved.