The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on January 4, 1999, at 9:20 a.m., in the County Commissioner's Meeting Room, located in the Gilchrist County Courthouse, 112 South Main Street, Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:

Randy Durden, Chair

Sue B. Suggs

John Rance Thomas

Fred Wilkerson

Wilbur Bush

Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Circuit Court, Samuel Mutch, County Attorney, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, John Ayers, Gilchrist County Journal.

Commissioner Bush made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs to approve the minutes of the meetings held October 13th and October 19th. The motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the bills and journal entries numbered 99 010-99012 and 99014. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved.

Attorney's Report:

Walker Curve Property: Mr. Mutch advised the Board that they can transfer or sale the property located at Walker's curve in a private sale, without going to bid. Since this property was purchased with Law Enforcement Trust Funds, the use of the property must serve a law enforcement purpose, or the funds will need to be reimbursed to the Trust Fund. The alternative school serves a law enforcement purpose. The Board could stipulate that the School Board must use the property for the alternative school and if used for any other purpose, the property would revert back to the county. The School Board is interested in purchasing five acres. Ms. Lancaster, attorney for the School Board, feels that they would be willing to pay the cost of the survey, as well as the closing costs. Ms. Lancaster stated that she would talk to the School Board and report back to this Board on the 21st of January.

Grant Fund RFP: two proposals have been received and Mr. Mutch would like Mr. Gilliam, Commissioner Suggs and Mr. McQueen to rank them for a recommendation to the Board on the 21st of January.

Impact Fees: Mr. Mutch stated that he needs figures on the cost of road and facilities construction for the impact fees study. He will meet with Mr. Gilliam and Mr. McQueen and will have the information for the Board in February or March.

Intensive Agricultural Uses: Mr. Mutch has requested that Ms. Boyes send any written materials they wish to present to the Board on the 21st prior to that date. Chairman Durden announced that the second meeting of the month will be held at 5:00 p.m. on the 21st of January, since the third Monday falls on a holiday.

Strategic Planning: Mr. Mutch will set a workshop up with Dr. Carriker for February or March.

SHIP recipient- Dorothy Gallagher: Mr. Mutch sent her a letter as the Board directed, regarding the fact that she is no longer living in the home, which is a violation of the SHIP program. It is his understanding that the home is being rented.

Special Exception 98-3: Mr. Mutch reminded the Board that this is a quasi-judicial proceeding, which will come before the Board on the 21st of January.

Divers Access to Hart Springs Underground: Mr. Mutch presented a resolution for the Board's consideration, which would prohibit diving in underground cave systems located in and on county property . Chairman Durden read the short title of resolution 99-01. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Thomas to adopt the resolution. The motion passed unanimously. A copy of Resolution 99-01 is on file in the Clerk's Office.

Severance Tax on Water: Mr. Mutch reported that he has researched this issue and severance taxes in Florida are paid to the state government and the tax applies only to oil, gas, sulfur and solid minerals (including phosphate). He is still researching whether or not the county can collect severance taxes as a non-charter county. Chapter 205 permits the county to impose an occupational tax for engaging or managing any business. The fee could be based on the number of gallons bottled or extracted during the last year. Another possibility is to see if there are any other taxes available to a non-charter county government. The legislature may grant the county the ability, through a special act to impose a tax. Mr. McQueen stated that the occupational tax was increased last year.

City of Trenton: Mr. Mutch reported that a meeting was held with the City of Trenton to discuss road maintenance. Mr. Mutch was instructed to prepare an interlocal agreement and the draft has been prepared. He would like to have it reviewed by the city's attorney before presenting it to the Board. The agreement would provide that the county would give to the city the responsibility of maintaining county paved streets within the city of Trenton if they are entirely within the city limits. If it is a boundary road, where half the street is within the city and half is outside the city limits, the county would maintain the road. The agreement also provides that the county would maintain the graded roads within the city. Chairman Durden stated that the city hopes to have all their roads paved within the next few years. Discussion of fire service was held, as well as extending the sewer line out to the county jail. It will probably take another meeting to finish discussion of these items, as well as animal control and emergency dispatches.

Shady Grove Road: Commissioner Wilkerson spoke to Wendell Corbin about the Board's need for an easement on that road. Mr. Corbin indicated that he would be willing to give an easement and asked how much the county was interested in. Commissioner Wilkerson advised him that the county would like at least eight feet. Commissioner Wilkerson told Mr. Corbin that the county attorney would contact him. Commissioner Wilkerson stated that easements are also needed from the other 32 property owners. There are trees currently two feet from the pavement. Mr. Mutch stated that the county may be able to just have the centerline of the road surveyed, and have the property owners sign off a certain number of feet from the centerline for an easement. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to authorize Mr. Mutch to proceed with securing the easements on the Shady Grove Road. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved by the Board.

Clerk's Report:

Mr. Gilliam pointed out that one budget entry, number 99014 in the amount of $7440 is for the interest payment on the Robert's property. The principle payment was budgeted, however, the interest was not, therefore, the interest must be paid from General Fund reserve.

Mr. Gilliam presented a resolution for the Board's consideration which addresses reimbursements and incentive payments from the federal government and/or the Department of Revenue. Previously, the Clerk's Office collected fees for processing Title Four payments and that is no longer the case. Now, the Clerk's Office submits a monthly billing to DOR and they reimburse 60% of the Clerk's actual cost. The Board agreed several months ago to allow those funds to be placed into the Clerk's budget and this resolution will authorize that process. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to adopt the resolution. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and vote of the Board was unanimous. A copy of resolution 99-02 is on file in the Clerk's Office.

Mr. Gilliam submitted a resolution for the Board's consideration, which adopts criteria for SHIP subordination agreements. The Board approved the draft language at the last meeting. Commissioner Bush made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Thomas to adopt the criteria by resolution. Vote of the Board was unanimous. A copy of resolution 99-03 is on file in the Clerk's Office.

Mr. Gilliam reminded the Board that the re-scheduled legislative delegation hearing will be held January 11th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the county library.

Mr. Gilliam presented affidavits for property owners to sign, for exemptions from the Solid Waste and EMS special assessments for financial hardships and vacant property. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the affidavits as to form and content. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved.

Mr. Gilliam reported that the construction cost for Joy Chickering's SHIP project has increased due to a recommendation for tie down anchors by the building inspector. The total increase is $225. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush to approve the increase. Vote of the Board was unanimous.

Mr. Gilliam informed the Board that a budget hearing needs to be scheduled for the January 21st meeting to budget 911 carry-forward.

The Board discussed the letter sent from the Sheriff regarding the interior and exterior doors for the courthouse holding cell. Mr. McQueen stated that a bonded locksmith is needed to change the locks.

Mr. Gilliam stated that each year the Suwannee River Economic Council requests a donation of building space from the county to use as a match for their grant application. The value of the building space match for the Bell meal site is $5400 and the value for the building space match for the Trenton meal site is $10,500. Mr. McQueen stated that this issue came up last year, when SREC became the provider for the Transportation for Disadvantaged program. That program was bid and the county is allowing them to run the program with no overhead. Mr. Gilliam stated that these requests do not apply to the weatherization office. Commissioner Suggs stated that the county's donation of space for the office used to coordinate the Transportation for Disadvantaged program is not reflected in the cost charged to the participants. The Board agreed to table this request until contact can be made with the program administrator.

EMA/County Coordinator's Report:

Mr. McQueen presented two original contracts with V. E. Whitehurst Construction for the road work to be done on CR 340. Mr. Yozgat has reviewed the contract, which is a DOT contract. Mr. Mills has also reviewed the contract. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to approve the contract with Whitehurst. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved. They hope to begin the project this month and finish in June or July.

Ms. Trina King has requested that a flashing light be installed on CR 340, at the county line road and/or a double yellow no passing line and a sign stating no passing. Commissioner Bush made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs to have the contractor include double yellow lines and no passing signs, and to request Alachua County to install rumble strips on that paved county line road. Vote of the Board was unanimous.

Mr. McQueen distributed information regarding the drug free workplace. According to Mr. McQueen, it is very important that each commissioner and employee read this material because it is part of the education portion of the program. Chairman Durden advised Mr. McQueen that each employee should sign a statement that they have read the material.

March 24th is legislative day in Tallahassee.

The Sheriff sent Mr. McQueen a letter, expressing his concern about reports of packs of stray dogs in various areas of the county. Several near accidents have occurred on SR 26 near Rolling Oaks, however, since these are not vicious animals, he can not send an animal control officer. The Sheriff asked the Board to address the problem if possible. Commissioner Suggs stated that in that particular area, those dogs belong to people and it should not be difficult to find their owners. Chairman Durden stated that the Sheriff could find the owners and instruct them to not let their dogs run loose.

The federal DOT representatives perform spot checks on roads paved by DOT and county road 55A failed the inspection. The following were found deficient: object markers were covered by weeds, roadside mowing, litter removal and turf condition. Mr. McQueen will contact Lancaster about having a work squad clean the roadside.

The risk control specialist with the county's workers compensation insurance carrier visited the county on November 24th and reported that the number of workers comp claims dropped from 18% to 12%.

Mr. McQueen stated that the new governor sees the fee imposed for wireless communications carriers as a tax, rather than a use fee and he has plans to defeat this effort. These phones access 911 and due to the great volume of wireless phones in Gilchrist County, this could have a significant negative impact. The federal government has mandated that wireless 911 phones be located for emergency dispatch calls.

In order to receive FEMA reimbursement for repair work performed at Hart Springs park, flood insurance is required. The premium for the concession and the bathhouse at the campground is $1133.

The Board discussed the consulting services agreement for the 1999/2000 FRDAP grant application with Summit Professional Services. Specifically, attachment A, Fee Schedule has a statement that needs clarification. There are others areas on the agreement, such as limits of liability that warrant clarification. Commissioner Suggs and Mr. Mutch will contact Summit and report back to the Board on the 21st of January.

Sam Ferguson, finance director, reported that he spoke to Francis Terry about the request from Suwannee River Economic Council, tabled earlier today by the Board. According to Ms. Terry, the issues before the Board today are grant matches in the form of building space donated by the county for the Trenton and Bell meal sites. There is a match for the weatherization program, which is divided into two separate program, one rated at 10% and one at 20%. There is no match for the Transportation for Disadvantaged program. Commissioner Suggs stated that the riders should get credit for the benefit provided by the county in the form of building space. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the building space donations for the Trenton and Bell meal sites. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved. The Board asked Mr. Gilliam to invite Ms. Terry to the February 1st meeting.

Commissioner's Report:

Commissioner Suggs spoke to the Board about continuing efforts to lobby the legislature for 911 funding. This issue is critical for rural counties and is supported by the Florida Association of Counties.

Commissioner Suggs reported that a total of 135 families (approximately 300 people) were served by the Food Bank. The Sheriff's Volunteers and the Chamber of Commerce were involved. They have signed a one year contract to operate from the state farmer's market office. They are in need of a chest freezer for storing perishable items.

Chairman Durden stated that he read the new Best Management Practices from the USDA, which are quite extensive. These BMP's will target intensive agriculture uses, including dairies, poultry production, swine production, fertilize plants and farmers that use nitrates. A certain amount of time will be allowed to come into compliance, however anyone not in compliance will be out of business. Commissioner Suggs stated that it is her understanding that even the dairies and other farming operations that were grand-fathered in must be in compliance. Commissioner Wilkerson asked if there is a record of how many nitrates are used by farmers. Chairman Durden stated that there is a difference between the amount sold and the amount used and there is a great difference among various nitrates. For instance, Dixie County does not have a fertilize plant so their usage will appear low, however, farmers in Dixie County use nitrates sold in other counties.

Commissioner Suggs stated that Jerry Brown has opened a pit to mine clay and he has offered the county clay to mix with limerock for the county line road. Mr. Brown is wetting the road from his house to SR 26 once or twice each week to keep the dust down. Mr. McQueen stated that he has talked to the county's engineer, Lee Mills, and the old fashioned gravel type road may work.

Commissioner Wilkerson reported that Mr. Sifferlin's evaluation was favorable. Commissioner Wilkerson, Mr. McQueen and Mr. Ferguson did the evaluation and recommend that Mr. Sifferlin be employed on a permanent basis. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush to employ Mr. Sifferlin on a permanent full time basis.

Commissioner Wilkerson would like to have a traffic count on some of the county roads to determine which roads are the most traveled.

Commissioner Wilkerson led discussion about hiring an administrative position to assist Mr. Martin in the Road Department. Better record keeping is needed for tracking when road signs and street signs are installed and when roads are graded and equipment serviced. Chairman Durden stated that Mr. Martin can not possibly do all the work involved and he feels Mr. Martin has been underpaid for quite some time. Commissioner Suggs stated that the Board has previously hired individuals to do the same type of work. Chairman Durden stated that this position should answer directly to the county coordinator, rather than the road superintendent. Chairman Durden recommends that Commissioner Wilkerson, Mr. McQueen and Mr. Martin develop a job description for an administrative position. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to raise Mr. Martin's salary by 10%, effective immediately. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson. Vote of the Board was unanimous.

Mr. McQueen reported that the county engineer is almost finished writing legal descriptions on the easements for the landfill road. There are a few property owners that still do not want to grant the county an easement.


Sheriff Turner submitted a check in the amount of $24,424.51, which represents payment for housing federal inmates from October 1st to December 1st.

The Sheriff reported that transports last month were high, with one to Michigan. Over the past weekend, an inmate suffered a massive heart attack and while he was in the hospital, the Sheriff was required to provide a guard at the hospital on a 24 hour per day basis.

Sheriff stated that the three toilets requisitioned in July still have not arrived. Mr. McQueen stated that they were ordered, however, they have not arrived. Mr. McQueen will follow up on the order.

The Sheriff stated that many homes throughout the county do not have their 911 house numbers and this has caused a problem in locating calls.

The Board discussed modifying the animal control ordinance.

The Board recessed for lunch at 12:00 p.m. and reconvened at 1:20 p.m.

Road Department:

Commissioner Wilkerson advised Mr. Martin to hold off working on the county line road because the Board is considering applying mixed clay on that road.

A back hoe will be needed to install culverts. A new back hoe (4 wheel drive) from Ring Power will cost $42,000. It can be purchased on a lease purchase option. Mr. McQueen stated that there has been no response from the RFP for a used drag line. Mr. Martin stated that Moody has a Northwestern and an American drag line for sale or lease. According to Mr. Martin, it will cost approximately $17,000 per month to lease a drag line, plus the cost for moving the machine, which is approximately $600. Commissioner Wilkerson and Mr. Martin will get together and determine how many loads the county needs and the cost of renting vs. purchasing a drag line. This will be discussed again on the 21st of January.

Mr. Martin reported that the Bureau of Mining Safety fined the county for not having first aid preparations, including first aid training. Since that time, the county's EMS department has provided first aid training.

Chairman Durden thanked Susan Bryant on behalf of the Board for the decoration of the courthouse during the Christmas holidays.

EMS Department:

Ms. Walker reported that they have received the new truck (remount) and are pleased. All positions have been filled with the department except one.

EMA/County Coordinator's report (cont.):

Mr. McQueen submitted the building department report for the month of December, indicating a total of 45 permits issued, and 9 impact fees collected.

Lancaster Correctional has requested that a concrete block wall be installed at the transfer station for safety purposes because the county uses inmate labor. Three estimates were received; the lowest from Wes Weber for $3893. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to accept the bid from Wes Weber. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas. Vote of the Board was unanimous. Commissioner Suggs stated that Mr. Ruggles and Mr. Rehberg advised her that the conveyor belt has been used less than 25 hours in the past two months. Ms. Avery, solid waste supervisor, stated that the belt is running nearly every day and she does not understand by Commissioner Suggs was supplied with false information.

Mr. McQueen stated that a situation arose at Solid Waste over the holidays. HAL delivered five loads of garbage to the transfer station on a Saturday during the holidays, rather than taking it to the transfer station in Alachua County. The immediate problem was resolved, however, HAL is picking up two loads on Tuesday and two loads on Friday in the Trenton area that they want to deliver to the county's facility (approximately 30 tons per week). Also, there is an additional two tons of Gilchrist County garbage that they would like to divert to the county's transfer station. Several years ago, HAL tried to deliver all their garbage to our transfer station, but that did not work well. At that time, HAL verbally agreed to take the garbage to the landfill in Archer. They posted a bond to haul to the Archer landfill, and the price per ton to deliver garbage there last year was $28. The rate per ton at the new transfer station near Waldo is $37. HAL has not complained about the increase in the per ton rate. Their increase in the cost of operation is the time involved in hauling to Waldo, as opposed to Archer. They can not make as many trips to Waldo per day. There are two other private haulers that deliver garbage to our transfer station and have not posted a bond. Our facility can not handle a significant increase at its current level of operation. Where our truck could deliver four loads to Archer each day, only two loads are going to Waldo, so in that regard, the county is experiencing the same difficulties as HAL. There are funds in the budget to purchase an additional truck for hauling, and for the purchase of another compactor roll-off. A self contained compactor at the southeast satellite station is needed as well. Mr. McQueen recommends that the rate structure be addressed for the tipping fees at the county's transfer station. A self contained compactor will cost between $9000-$10,000. The Board discussed the possibility of increasing the tonnage rate. The Board agreed that a cost study should be done to determine the county's cost for sorting and transporting garbage to the transfer station in Alachua County, with the results submitted to the Board at the February 1st meeting. Commissioner Bush made a motion to order a compactor for the southeast satellite station and a container for the transfer station in Bell. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas. The cost for the container will be between $5000-$6000. Vote of the Board was unanimous. The Board advised Ms. Avery to get some prices on another truck for the February 1st meeting.

Ms. Avery explained that she received a blanket purchase order in the amount of $500 to haul C&D materials to the Florence Landfill. They are the only C&D landfill in Alachua County and are willing to work on a purchase order basis. The transfer station in Alachua County does not accept C&D materials.

Ms. Avery stated that she would appreciate being informed whenever an employee from the Solid Waste Department has a complaint. Chairman Durden stated that employees should contact Mr. McQueen if their supervisor is unavailable, rather than contacting board members.

Commissioner's Reports (cont.):

Commissioner Bush stated that it is his intention to try to get as much work completed at Hart Springs while the water is low.

Commissioner Bush stated that CR 232 needs to be assessed closely because of its poor condition and would like to get some estimates on what it would cost to at least widen and top the road from SR 47 east to the county line. At the very least, the worst section of that road needs attention (about 1 miles). Mr. Martin stated that there is no base under that road, which was constructed in the early 1950's.

Mr. Gilliam announced that he received a contract or award for the Article V Trust Fund grant in aid, which is $100,000 this fiscal year and possibly $100,000 for the next three years. We must apply for continued funding and meet certain criteria. Mr. Mutch reviewed the document and gave his approval.

Commissioner Suggs presented a purchase order in the amount of $90 for two physicals for EMT school for members of the Wacasassa Volunteer Fire Department. In the past, the Board has paid tuition for EMT/paramedic school. Commissioner Suggs stated that she has a difficult time approving this expenditure since the EMS director has indicated that she does not need any EMT's at this time. Commissioner Suggs added that she will sign the purchase order only upon Board approval. In the past, physicals were not paid by the Board for EMT's and paramedics. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to deny approval of the purchase order. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and vote of the Board was unanimous.

Commissioner Wilkerson spoke to the Board about a bill submitted for a CDL license and asked if it was paid. Mr. McQueen replied that it was paid. Commissioner Suggs asked if Mr. Meece had his CDL license. Chairman Durden stated that he has a regular license, but can not get a CDL license. There followed discussion regarding whether or not Mr. Meece, who is a mechanic, should be required to have a CDL. According to the county's policy, all road department employees should have a CDL. Some road department employees were grandfathered in and not required to have one, however, this employee was hired after the policy was effective. Mr. Mutch asked if there is a need for this individual to have a CDL if he works as a mechanic. Mr. Mutch stated that the policy needs to be changed to reflect which positions should be required to have CDL licenses. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to table the issue until the February 1st meeting, allowing time for Mr. McQueen, Mr. Martin and Commissioner Wilkerson to prepare a policy for the Board's consideration. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush. Vote of the Board was unanimous.

Chairman Durden reported that he attended his first meeting on the Regional Library Board. It appears that some board members are interested in building a regional library office in a centrally located area, such as Rock Bluff. Some of the funding for Three Rivers Regional Library could possibly be reduced or eliminated this coming fiscal year, and building a regional library office may not be feasible. Commissioner Suggs reminded the Board that she chaired the regional library board of directors for three years and there was a move by the Dixie County representatives to build the new office. Even though the area they have targeted is centrally located, it is essentially in the middle of nowhere. It is her opinion that the current location in Mayo is best location, at this time. Chairman Durden stated that whatever county the new regional office would be located in, that county would have to apply for the grant. Following discussion, Commissioner Bush made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to ask the Three Rivers Regional Library Board to wait at least 18 months before making a decision on relocating the regional library office. Vote of the Board was unanimous.

Sable Bolling- Gilchrist County Public Health Unit:

Ms. Bolling spoke to the Board, stating that they have a very good OB program and OB care in the community has improved. They also have a full time pediatrician on staff and a good working relationship with the University of Florida. It distresses her to come to the Board to discuss a problem, which she feels the Board should be aware. When Scott Guthrie became the CEO at the Trenton Medical Center, she provided them a letter of support, however, she did not know at the time, that the kid care program was included. Had she known, she would not have supported that grant application. Since the kid care program was instituted by the Trenton Medical Center, she has experienced a 20% reduction in the pediatric patients served. She feels that they are duplicating services provided by the Gilchrist County Public Health Unit. She is concerned about the Medical Center's plans to expand to the Town of Bell. This would reduce their number of patients. Commissioner Suggs interrupted Ms. Bolling, asking Mr. Ferguson to call Mr. Guthrie and invite him to the meeting so that he too could be aware of Ms. Bollings concerns.

The Board took a short recess to allow time for Mr. Guthrie to come to the meeting. After Mr. Guthrie's arrival, Ms. Bolling was asked to review some of her previous discussion with the Board. Ms. Bolling added that their physician services are limited to OB and pediatric care at this time.

Ms. Bolling circulated a survey which was sent to people in the Bell area. According to Mr. Guthrie, the Trenton Medical Center funded the survey. Mr. Guthrie stated that they have made no specific applications except for ongoing funding. Mr. Guthrie stressed that Trenton Medical Center is a business and they are mandated to provide certain services, one of which is pediatric care. One area they have not met is providing OB services. Chairman Durden asked Ms. Bolling if she would be opposed to a private practice physician opening an office in Bell. Ms. Bolling stated that she would not be opposed to that because they are using their funds and are at risk for the loss of profit. Chairman Durden stated that it would be difficult to explain to people in the Bell community that he could not support a medical center in Bell. Ms. Bolling stated that progress is where everyone wins and progress is certainly not giving to one and taking from another. She added that she would prefer the Board to be neutral, rather than supporting an effort that may reduce funding for the county's health department.

Mr. Guthrie stated that his board has looked at the future needs of the community and based their decisions upon the increased demand. Their expansion plans for the Bell area has not been formalized. Approximately 30% of their patients live in the Bell area. Mr. Mutch stated that it sounds as though there is room for collaboration.

Chairman Durden suggests that the Board of County Commissioners and the Board of Directors for the Trenton Medical Center hold a joint meeting. Commissioner Suggs recommends that Chairman Durden meet with Ms. Bolling and the Trenton Medical Center board of directors. Mr. Gurthrie stated that the Trenton Medical Center plans to go forward with their expansion efforts, even if they lose a letter of support. Chairman Durden stated that he could meet with them on February 4th at 6:00 p.m.

Commissioner Wilkerson would like the public informed about the availability of 911 signs and asked Mr. McQueen to place an article in the local paper. available.

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Suggs made a motion to adjourn at 4:20 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved.