MINUTES OF A WORKSHOP MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD APRIL 16, 1998.



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, held a workshop meeting on Thursday, April 16, 1998, at 6:00 p.m., in the County Commissioner's Meeting Room, located in the Gilchrist County Courthouse, Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:



Jimmie Sheffield, Chair

Fred Wilkerson

Sue B. Suggs

Randy Durden



Others in attendance were: Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell and Sam Ferguson, deputy clerks, Lisa Alday, Corbett Alday, Marie Dingman, Dennis Dingman, and Bill Andrews, Sumitt Professional Services, and Mitchell Gentry, county resident.



Ms. Alday discussed the grant possibilities for Gilchrist County, specifically in the economic development area. According to Ms. Alday, the county is eligible for $600,000 in CDBG grant funds for economic development projects. Economic development projects must generate jobs, half of which are for low to moderate income individuals. For a $600,000 grant, 21 new jobs would need to be created. Economic development projects include the installation of sewer, water, and roads to encourage new businesses or the expansion of existing businesses.



Commissioner Durden stated that he was aware of a peanut facility looking to locate in Gilchrist County soon and there will be a need for some road work and drainage. Ms. Alday stated that those types of activities would be eligible for economic development grant funds, depending on the number of jobs that will be created.



Mr. Ferguson stated that he received a call from an individual interested in locating in Gilchrist County and is looking for a warehouse. The company would employ 10-12 people and would require a 25,000 - 40,000 square foot facility.



More information is needed regarding both projects and Ms. Alday stated that they will return on May 4th, to meet with the Board.



There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to adjourn at 7:00 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Durden and unanimously approved.



APPROVED:







JIMMIE SHEFFIELD, CHAIR



ATTEST:







JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK