The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, held a special meeting on Monday, May 26, 1998, at 5:45 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

Wilbur Bush

Fred Wilkerson

Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Court, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Sam Ferguson, Finance Director, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, and Lewis Overstreet, county resident.

Ms. Alday presented the Neighborhood Revitilization CDBG application for the Board's approval. The proposed application will provide street improvements to the Sun N Fun subdivision, located in the Wacasassa area. Improvements will include developing some roads that are currently "2 rut" roads, which provide little or no access for emergency vehicles. These roads will be widened, rocked and drainage will be provided. Because of the hazard mitigation this application provides, scoring is expected to be high. The Board will provide a match of $100,000 in SHIP funds. This project will provide approximately 3 miles of improvements. This area has been identified as having problems with property lines, and any mobile homes found to be on the rights-of-ways will be relocated. Following discussion, Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to approve the application. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved.

Ms. Alday presented the Economic Development CDBG grant application for the Board's approval. The grant, if approved by DCA will provide turn lanes for Overstreet Mulch and street paving and turn lanes for Williston Seed. Overstreet Mulch is an established business and Williston Seed will be a new business, constructing a peanut plant on state road 26, west of Trenton. Between the two businesses, 18 new jobs will be created. According to Ms. Alday, this grant application is low scoring, however, it is her hope that the scoring will be sufficient for funding. Ms. Alday stated that the county needs to include an economic development element in their comprehensive plan and at least one of the above mentioned businesses will need to employ a WAGES individual. The application proposes that the county will provide limerock as a match. Commissioner Bush made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson to approve the application. The motion passed unanimously.

Clerk's Report:

Mr. Gilliam announced that Mr. Ferguson has been promoted to the position of county finance director.

Mr. Gilliam spoke to the Board about the governor's recent veto of a bill that would have provided $50 for each Floridian with homestead exemption. Because the funding for courthouse renovations was reduced by the legislature, he would like to write a letter to the legislative delegation asking them for additional funding (which could possibly be available due to the above referenced bill vetoed by the governor). The Board indicated their approval.

EMA/County Coordinator's Report:

Mr. McQueen reported that Allen Luzader has been hired for the new position in the Building Department. Mr. Luzader's first priority will be developing the local mitigation strategy. He will also be trained by Mr. Rehberg to do building inspections.

The disaster recovery team identified $224,000 total damages at Hart Springs Park. In addition, the county has a FERDAP grant, totaling $100,000 for improvements at the park. This grant will require a $33,000 match by the county; FEMA funds could be used for the match. The septic and water system have been identified as priorities. In addition, other repairs and clean up are needed, due to the flood.

Mr. Al Sifferlen has been hired as the park manager, however, he will not be able to move into the mobile home until some repairs are completed.. Currently, the electricity is on in the mobile home, pavilion, and campgrounds.

Mr. McQueen advised the Board that the maintenance position has not been filled. One applicant is a certified air conditioner repairman and he is willing to accept the position, starting out at $7.50 per hour until October 1st. At that time, he would expect his pay rate to be increased to $9.00 per hour. According to Mr. McQueen, the county spent approximately $16,000 in AC repairs last year. The Board took no action.

There being no further business to come before the Board, Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to adjourn at 6:35 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush, and unanimously approved.