MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, HELD FEBRUARY 1, 1999.
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on February 1, 1999, at 9:00 a.m., in the County Commissioner's Meeting Room, 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
Others in attendance were: Joseph Gilliam, Clerk of Circuit Court, Samuel A. Mutch, county attorney, Sherree Pitzarell, deputy clerk, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator.
Minutes of the meeting held 11-17-98 were unanimously approved, following a motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson.
Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush to approve the bills and budget entries numbered 99015 - 99020. Vote of the Board was unanimous.
Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson to approve budget entry number 99023 to transfer $365 from general fund reserve to the Guardian Ad Litem's budget for office supplies. These supplies were ordered in the old year, however, the bill was not received until recently. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Mutch stated that he needs to meet with Mr. Gilliam and Mr. McQueen to begin establishing numbers for impact fees.
Mr. Mutch reported that he sent a letter to Patrice Boyse, informing her of the Board's intent to discuss intensive agriculture at 5:00 p.m. this evening.
Commissioner Suggs stated that USDA and the National Association of Counties has developed a working document, defining intensive agriculture. She has asked for copies to be sent to the Board.
Mr. Mutch prepared resolutions for Dr. Carriker and the other participants thanking them for their assistance with the intensive agriculture workshops. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson to approve the resolution thanking Dr. Carriker. Vote of the Board was unanimous. A copy of resolution 99-05 if on file in the Clerk's Office.
Commissioner Suggs made a motion to adopt a resolution thanking the staff from the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agriculture. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved. A copy of resolution 99-06 is on file in the Clerk's Office.
Mr. Mutch reminded the Board to set a date for strategic planning with Dr. Carriker and Dr. Mulkey.
Mr. Mutch reported that he has not heard from Ms. Gallager, SHIP recipient and asked that a county staff member inspect the property to determine that she is not living in the home. A similar situation exists with another recipient, David Lindsey. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Thomas to authorize Mr. McQueen or Mr. Rehberg to inspect the properties to determine if the SHIP recipients are occupying the homes.. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Royster contacted Mr. Mutch in regards to the items requested by the Board for his special permit. Mr. Mutch informed him that he would need to provide a written reclamation plan and the proper permits or a letter in writing from the permitting agency stating that permits are not required.
The School Board has provided a contract between the County and the School Board for the purchase of property at the firing range site for a sum of $7500. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Thomas to accept the contract. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Lang, city attorney, has not replied to Mr. Mutch regarding the interlocal agreement for road maintenance in the city of Trenton.
Mr. Mutch received a quote from Parrish Surveying to survey the Shady Grove Road for $4950. Gilchrist Titles has provided a quote of $3600 to do the title work. Mr. Mutch, along with Commissioner Suggs are going to meet with Mr. Rogers, Mr. Read and Mr. Wilson to discuss some of the issues involved with this road. Mr. Gilliam reminded the Board that they had previously agreed to have a title search done on the Corbin property to determine whether an easement was given.
Mr. Mutch's firm has a contract with SREC to provide estate planning documents, including wills, living wills, and durable power of attorneys for anyone over 60 years of age living in the county. Someone from his firm will be in Gilchrist County twice each month.
Residents in Spring Ridge would like to establish a homeowners association and he asked the Board for permission, just in case there may be a possible conflict of interest in the future. He would only be preparing the articles of incorporation and by-laws and would not be acting on behalf of the association. He has also been requested to do the same for a non-profit organization called Gilchrist Gleaners. Mr. Mutch stated that he will not be charging either organization and stressed again that he would not be acting as their attorney. Commissioner Suggs is president of Gilchrist Gleaners, which provides food, clothing and other items to needy families in the county. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Thomas to authorize Mr. Mutch to work on behalf of Gleaners. Vote of the Board was unanimous. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush to approve Mr. Mutch's involvement in preparing by-laws and articles of incorporation for the Spring Ridge homeowners. Vote of the Board was unanimous.
Chairman Durden stated that the Department of Environmental Protection, through the Water Management Districts, will be issuing permits this year on a trial basis to individuals interested in removing logs from the Florida rivers. The permit fee is over $5000. Chairman Durden is concerned about any liability the county may have if the logs are removed from the county boat ramp areas.
Chairman Durden spoke to Don Thomas and several others about students smoking on or near school property and the School Board is working on establishing a teen court.
Commissioner Suggs stated that Linda Walker, EMS Director, received a call from a county resident who had a used rescue unit he wanted her to look at. She went to the person's home and looked at the unit, however, before she could return to town, she was called to give a deposition on an accident that occurred on CR 232 (Taylor case). The person who wanted to sale her the unit was Mr. Taylor. Mr. Mutch will speak to Ms. Walker and will send a letter to the county's insurance attorney. This may have been a ploy to put Ms. Walker in a certain place in order to serve papers on her. Even though she could have been served anywhere at anytime, this situation appears a little suspicious.
Mr. Gilliam presented a request on behalf of the Tax Collector, to delete a special assessment on a parcel of property that was double assessed in error. Commissioner Bush made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson to delete one assessment on a parcel number 15-10-16-0561-3280-0020. Vote of the Board was unanimous.
Florida Local Government Investment Trust has been invited to speak to the Board at a future meeting, about their investment services.
Mr. Gilliam reminded the Board that at a previous meeting they agreed to postpone action on DOT's request to renumber some county roads. They would like the Board to change CR 342 to CR 341 and take CR 341 from that point on the curve all the way up to CR 340 and rename it CR 341A because it conforms with their numbering. Mr. McQueen does not recommend a change because it will affect between 80-100 resident's addresses. The Board took no action on the request.
Mr. Gilliam reported that there is a roof leak at the Roberts house. He asked Mr. Spears to check the leak and he feels it needs attention. If the Board wishes to keep the house, it needs to be repaired as soon as possible. If not, the Board should offer it for sale. Mr. McQueen stated that Mr. Spears repaired the ridge cap, however, a high wind could do further damage. The price to move the house is $15,000-$23,000 without a foundation. The foundation would cost an additional $4000-$9000. The brick siding and chimney can not be moved with the house and the carport would have to be moved separately. In addition to the moving cost, there will be renovation costs as well. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to advertise for sealed bids for the sale of the house, with the bidder assuming the cost of moving the house. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved.
Commissioner Suggs spoke to the Board about Spring Ridge's request for funding. They would like to enlarge their fire station, approximately 1600 square feet. She has spoken to Mr. Mutch and he agrees with her that if the Board is going to fund construction, they would need a vested interest in the building. To date, Spring Ridge has spent approximately $3300 of their funds. They are requesting assistance from the county for approximately $17,500. Ms. Suggs stated that after speaking to Mr. Mutch, she advised the VFD members that they would need to convey the building to the county, with a reverter clause stating that if the use of the building is ever used for other than public purposes, it would convert back to the original owners, or that they lease the building to the county for a period of 25 years for $1.00 per year. Chairman Durden stated that if the Board approves their request for $17,500 and they use the building for something else in the future, then the funds would have been spent improperly. Mr. Mutch suggested that the reverter could be that the building reverts back to the county if it is used for anything other than a fire department in the future. Mr. McQueen stated that he is in favor of increased fire protection and the station could also be expanded for emergency medical services, however, he reminded the Board that Wacasassa VFD is also in need of another building. With the road construction in progress on CR 340, the Board could have the road paved from the fire house to the highway. With Whitehurst Construction already in the area, the cost should be reduced. Mr. McQueen spoke to people in Clay county and they have three trucks that may be available for $15,000-$20,000 each. These trucks are only 4 or 5 years old and cost about $120,000 each (originally). There is nothing wrong with the trucks except they were under powered. Clay county is using them for rescue trucks at this time and are considering an upgrade to the motors. Commissioner Suggs stated that Spring Ridge is considering what they should do in regards to expanding their facility and will contact her once a decision has been made.
Commissioner Suggs stated that in regards to drafting language for the Board to consider for employees to continue their education, she feels it should be expanded to other areas than EMS and Fire Departments. She will continue to work with Mr. Mutch to develop a policy.
Commissioner Suggs has received a request for the donation of computers for students using the library at Bell. Commissioner Suggs stated that she could look for surplus computers, however, they would need Internet access. Mr. Gilliam stated that Internet access would cost approximately $20 per month. Several Board members indicated they would like to assist the Bell library with their computer needs. Commissioner Suggs added that the Bell library has funded itself for three years without assistance from the county and she feels the Board should consider assisting them.
Chairman Durden reported that the regional library board voted to not construct a new facility for at least two years. Mr. Hadden spoke to Chairman Durden about a resident in Lafayette County wishing to donate $225,000 for a new library.
Mr. Gilliam reported that he found a reference in the minutes of a meeting held in December 1973 regarding paving in the Shady Grove area. At the following meeting, the Board accepted a bid from Whitehurst for paving, however, no discussion was found regarding right-of-ways. In the actual bid, it is stated that the width will be 18 feet.
Commissioner Wilkerson reported that Tommy Parrish has been working on installing street signs and a part time student has been hired to assist Mr. Parrish. A portion of the student's salary will be paid with 911 funds.
Commissioner Wilkerson stated that the Board needs to consider doing some improvements on the county line road. Mr. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is willing to donate some clay for the south end of that road. The clay must not be mixed with limerock and dirt. Mr. Martin will need some direction.
Commissioner Wilkerson reported that he feels the county would be better off purchasing a drag line, rather than leasing one.
Commissioner Wilkerson stated that mailboxes are a big problem in the county because residents are not preparing or maintaining the area for the mail delivery person to ride on. Mr. Mutch stated that it is not the county's responsibility to maintain that area and could only intervene if the edge of the road is being damaged. Usually mailboxes are installed on county or state right-of-way. Clustering of mailboxes may be a feasible solution to limit the road damage, however, if mail carriers get paid according to the number of stops they make, clustering may cut the delivery person's wages. Mr. Mutch suggests that the postmasters in Trenton and Bell be contacted to discuss the problem and to clarify whether delivery persons get paid by the number of boxes or stops.
GCRA has requested that the county haul some clay for them and Commissioner Wilkerson is concerned about the wear and tear on the county's trucks. The clay is located in Melrose. Commissioner Wilkerson would rather make a donation to GCRA than put wear and tear on the county's trucks. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson to fund GCRA a one time, annual donation of $3.00 per participant, up to $1500 this year, moving the funds from general reserve. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Thomas reported that he visited the Spring Ridge area and he was informed by some of the residents in that area that the former commissioner for that district had promised that their roads would be resurfaced when CR340 is paved. The Board advised Commissioner Thomas that the Board had not taken any action in regards to the roads in the Spring Ridge subdivision.
Commissioner Thomas reported that the Alachua County Recycling Center is a state of the art operation. The tires are being sold to a vendor, who in turn grinds them up for reuse. The yard debris is mulched and given to Alachua County residents at no cost. They have 9 trucks that are continuously hauling garbage from their facility to the New River Landfill.
Commissioner Bush reported that there are problems with reunion schedules at Hart Springs park. They are working on changing the current method to 1st Saturday, 2nd Sunday, etc. Commissioner Bush stated that he will be meeting with Mr. McQueen and Mr. Sifferlin about adding some more buildings for reunions.
Chairman Durden received a call from someone from the professional divers association. The Board had previously taken action to ban cave-diving and gave the group 30 days to remove any of their equipment. They would like to donate the gate which was installed near the Black Hole.
Sheriff Turner submitted an annual report for the year 1998, which reflects the activities for his department. They are currently averaging 38 inmates per day.
Commissioner Suggs received a call from a member of a local volunteer fire department who reported an open (apparently abandoned) septic tank. Commissioner Suggs called the Sheriff's Office and because the location was on private property, they had no enforcement options. The cap was lying near the tank and the hole was full of water and debris. The Sheriff's staff covered the hole to prevent someone from falling in.
Commissioner Wilkerson asked Mr. McQueen about what type of procedures he may have in the building department regarding septic tanks. He has received a complaint that septic tanks are not being inspected. According to Mr. McQueen, when a person goes to the Building Department to get a permit, the zoning is checked and they are given a receipt to take to the Health Department. The Health Department has the responsibility to verify whether a new septic tank is needed or whether the existing tank can be repaired. The Health Department gives the property owner a form, which indicates their decision (i.e. new drain field needed, new septic tank needed, etc.). The state requires the Building Department to have that decision in hand when they issue a building permit. If a new septic tank is needed, there is no problem, however, if there is an existing septic tank which requires repairs, there is no way to know if the Health Department has done a final inspection. They have discussed this with the health inspector. They are working on a solution to the problem. Chairman Durden stated that he would like to have a meeting with Mr. McQueen and the Health Department to resolve the issue.
Mr. McQueen brought to the Board's attention a problem with mobile homes being placed on properties prior to permits being issued. Levy County is imposing a double permit fee when this occurs. Mr. Mutch stated that there may be a provision in the Standard Building Code whereby permit fees can be doubled in these instances. Commissioner Suggs moved to double the permit fees when mobile homes are placed on properties prior to permits being secured. Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion. Vote of the Board was unanimous. The Board agreed a statement should be placed in the local paper notifying potential homeowners.
Commissioner Bush stated that Gilchrist County needs a licensing category for minor repairs. There are many people in the community that are unable to do their own minor repairs or work, such as installing ceiling fans. The majority of the general contractors in the area are too busy to do minor jobs. The Board reviewed criteria used by Levy County for general maintenance occupational licenses.
The Board recessed at 12:00 p.m. and reconvened at 1:15 p.m.
Wacasassa Volunteer Fire Department:
Mr. Gary Martin spoke to the Board about the EMT/paramedic classes previously approved by the Board. The price has increased because the number of hours for the class has increased by 31 hours. The total increase is $157 for each participant. Commissioner Suggs stated that she brought the issue before the Board last week and they took no action regarding the increase, and directed her to draft language regarding educational classes for employees and/or volunteers. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Thomas to approve the increase of $304, to be paid from the Wacasassa VFD budget. The motion passed unanimously.
A 1983 American dragline with a 60 foot boom is available for $150,000 if the county uses their dragline for a trade-in ($170,000 without the trade-in). The company is willing to bring it here and set it up for no additional cost. This dragline has a 1 ½ yard capacity. There is a 1976 American dragline with an 80 foot boom and 2 ½ yard bucket available for $200,000 with the trade-in. With the heavier bucket, more cable is needed, which is expensive. The lease will soon expire on the 1976 and leased machines are generally kept in good condition. Both an operator and a mechanic would need to look at them. A new dragline will run at least $500,000. The 1983 dragline is located in Tampa and the 1976 is in Mayo. The Board asked Mr. McQueen to get some specifications for a new dragline for the next Board meeting.
The Board discussed problems created by logging activities to the county roads.
The Board discussed purchasing a back hoe. Ring Power has a 4 wheel driver Caterpillar back hoe for approximately $42,000. A back hoe is needed to install culverts and one will be needed at Hart Springs park to install the seawall. Ring Power offers a lease purchase plan for $2000 per month and they will deduct 100% of the lease payment from the purchase price. It is estimated that the work at Hart Springs will be 6-8 weeks. It is possible that the lease price could be paid from the FERDAP grant for the work performed at the springs. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to authorize Mr. McQueen to bid for the purchase and lease/purchase of a back hoe. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved.
Mr. McQueen reported that he and Mr. Martin met with Paul Paris, representative from parks & recreation to discuss what crossings across the greenways will be authorized. They have tentatively agreed that the existing crossings would be at the Lonnie Downing crossing and the Boyd crossing. According to Mr. McQueen, we will have to apply for a crossing permit. When a road crosses the greenway, the application must be reviewed by DEP and state owned lands department.
Mr. McQueen presented a maintenance agreement resolution prepared by Mr. Mutch for the Board's consideration. This agreement addresses maintenance on CR 340 from US 129 to SR 47. Commissioner Suggs moved to adopt the resolution. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved. A copy of resolution 99-07 in on file in the Clerk's Office.
Commissioner Thomas complimented the Road Department for the recent repairs on the "Little Lake City Road".
Chairman Durden asked Bill Parks if he had any knowledge regarding the Royster mining permit application and Florida Power's right-of-way. As long as they have access to their lines for maintenance and construction, they have no problem. Chairman Durden asked if he could have a statement to that effect for the February 15th meeting.
Trenton Medical Center/Gilchrist County Public Health Unit:
In a previous board meeting, the health department administrator expressed concern about Trenton Medical Center's intention to build a facility in Bell because it may duplicate services provided by the county's health department. According to Scott Guthrie, the executive director of the TMC, several things have occurred since the last meeting. Trenton Medical Center does not compete for the same funding as the county's health department. Trenton Medical Center receives federal funds through the Bureau of Primary Healthcare. Prior to opening the pediatric office in September 1997, they surveyed the community to determine the needs of the community in regards to health care. This clinic was opened within their current operating budget. Since that time, they have received increased federal grant funding, based on the level of care they provide to uninsured patients in the area. Ms. Bolling called John Awalt and Ann Moen from the Bureau of Primary Healthcare and led them to believe that there was a public health unit in Bell. TMC's most survey shows that 61% of county residents living in the north end of the county, leave the county for medical care and one out of five residents in the north end of the county do not have a doctor. Currently 30-35% of the patients at TMC are residents of the Bell area. Another concern Ms. Bolling raised at the last meeting was the number of health care providers currently in the county. Of the residents leaving the county for health care, 69.5% indicated they would visit the new site in Bell. The new facility would initially provide primary care, with an ultimate goal of providing OB/GYN services. Commissioner Suggs stated that Ms. Bolling previously expressed concern about a duplication of OB/GYN services and asked if TMC could have an agreement to refer some patients to the health department if necessary. Mr. Guthrie replied that they could do that. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to authorize Chairman Durden to send a letter to John Awalt to possibly clear some of the misunderstanding as a result of Dr. Rich's letter and to state the Board's support of the expansion effort. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas. Vote of the Board was unanimous.
County Engineer- Lee Mills:
Mr. Mills spoke to the Board about the cost of repairing CR232 east of SR47 to CR337. Mr. Mills stated that the road tends to act like a mix in place asphalt road, even though borings do not support that theory. Mr. Mills included the following in his estimate: mobilization (includes bid bonds, performance bonds and moving equipment to the site), maintenance of traffic, silt screens, widening of roadway, extension of drainage pipes and drainage improvements, seeding, mulching, striping, mill existing asphalt out, construct a crack relief layer, layer with one inch of type three asphalt for a total cost of $425,000. This is for 3 ½ miles of CR232. Chairman Durden stated that he and Mr. McQueen and Mr. Gilliam would continue to look for funding for this paving. The construction on CR340 is scheduled to be complete in June or July. On the above estimate, Mr. Mills stated that some of the cost were figured on the mid to high end.
Mr. Mills reported that the Board should not pave the county line road in its current condition, unless additional right-of-way can be obtained and the road can be built back up. The Board asked Mr. Mills if he would recommend putting clay on that road. Mr. Mills replied that it depends on several conditions; clay and limerock can stabilize a road, however, the quality of the clay is crucial. He would prefer overburden to clay, providing there is no vegetation in it. The road will have to be raised or someone will have to accept the drainage, according to Mr. Mills. Commissioner Suggs will meet with Mr. Mills to look at the county line road, along with Mr. Martin.
Lancaster Correctional Institute:
Major Dewayne Spears spoke to the Board about the services available through inmate labor. They would like to centralize their services closer to their home base. Citizens can call either Major Spears or Lt. Woodard whenever there is a problem or request for additional services.
Use of Voting Precinct:
Several senior citizens appeared before the Board to request permission to use the Cruise Precinct on Monday nights for game nights (specifically bingo). According to the written request, which accompanied the verbal request, no gambling or prizes will be allowed. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Thomas to approve the request. The Board advised them to check with the person in charge of scheduling use of the building to make sure there are no conflicts. The motion passed unanimously.
EMA/County Coordinator's Report:
The Board discussed various items which could possibly be purchased with seizure funds.
Mr. McQueen reported that two wells at the solid waste transfer station were retested; one has tested normal, however, the other still has slightly elevated levels of cadmium. Mills Engineering would like to purge some of the silt and cloudiness out of the wells. All wells were re-sampled yesterday and they will wait for the results prior to pumping out or developing the wells. Recently the sampling techniques were changed, which may be contributing to the problem.
The North Central Florida Regional Planning Council has requested the Board's overall economic development needs. Mr. McQueen recommends that courthouse renovations be added this year. Mr. McQueen asked each commissioner to identify any needs in their district. Commissioner Suggs stated that she was contacted by Dannon Yogart about expansion of their facility with the installation of a sewage treatment facility. Commissioner Suggs informed him that funds may be available through CDBG if they expand their number of employees.
A response has been received from the labor attorney regarding the EMS union contract.
Mr. McQueen and Commissioner Thomas spoke to the Board about an additional vehicle for hauling garbage to Alachua County. Mr. McQueen presented a list of short bodied trucks in varying conditions, which could be purchased for this purpose. Currently, it takes 3-4 hours to haul a load of waste to the facility in Alachua County. The need exists for another truck to increase the county's hauling capacity. Ms. Avery recommends a 1990 Ford L9000, which costs $45,900. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to authorize Commissioner Thomas to spend up to $50,000 on a truck for solid waste, suspending the bid requirement, due to the emergency situation currently existing at the county's transfer station; authorizing the Clerk to move the funds from reserve if necessary. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush. Vote of the Board was unanimous.
Mr. Mutch reviewed the agreement for harvesting timber from the county rivers and there is no provision where the county will be protected if boat ramps are damaged. They are required to have insurance, however, only the state is named as an insured. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to authorize Mr. Mutch to draft an ordinance prohibiting the removal of trees or logs from the river on county property, and to hold a public hearing on February 15th at 5:00 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas. Vote of the Board was unanimous.
The Board recessed at 4:00 p.m. and reconvened at 5:00 p.m.
Chairman Durden stated that Intensive Agriculture was placed on the agenda for discussion by the Board. There were two recommendations from the Planning and Zoning Board that the Board agreed to consider. Save Our Suwannee has also provided some information this past week as well as the recommendation provided by the attorney for Ginnie Springs. Commissioner Bush made a motion to leave the land use as it is and add Best Management Practices, established by the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas. Commissioner Suggs stated that USDA will be providing new language regarding the definition of intensive agriculture. She feels the problem is that the definition of what intensive agriculture is has not been established. The Board reviewed language from Suwannee County regarding the definition of intensive agriculture (requiring an industrial waste permit or a permit from the Dept. of Agriculture for dairy farms).
Sven Lindscold spoke to the Board submitting that all agriculture is not intensive agriculture. The Suwannee County definition he submitted defines intensive agriculture, however, it could be fine tuned by Gilchrist County. The waste water permit required by DEP can be changed overnight and currently only regulates dairies. It does not address anything concerning land use except water.
Patrice Boyse stated that she received notice this morning of this afternoon's hearing. She feels the Board is trying to bail out in the eleventh hour and requests the Board consider the issue further. She also commented that Board members may want to declare conflict of interest.
Doug Crawford stated that BMP's are based on the newest information from the USDA who is constantly monitoring the industry.
One resident asked if farmers will be required to change their practices as the BMP's change and who will monitor whether the farmers are following the BMP's. The Department of Agriculture would be the department who would monitor the use if a complaint is issued.
According to Mr. Mutch, the special exception could be addressed through conditions incorporated into the LDR's.
Commissioner Bush restated his motion to amend the Land Development Regulations, adding Best Management Practices for Intensive Agriculture. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas. Mr. Mutch could incorporate the BMP's into the LDR's as well as any other criteria which must be met for a special exception for intensive agriculture. Chairman Durden asked Commissioner Bush to add to his motion the 6 criteria outlined by Florida Farm Bureau, which were also recommended by the Planning & Zoning Board and Ginnie Springs. Commissioner Bush agreed and amended his motion. The amended motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas. The motion passed by a vote of 4-1, with Commissioner Suggs voting in opposition.
Commissioner Thomas made a motion to refer to the committee as a whole the responsibility to draft the language to include the criteria established by the committee as criteria for the Land Development Regulations, which may include recommendations from the Farm Bureau, Ginnie Springs and the Planning and Zoning Board. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs. Vote of the Board was unanimous. The Board will workshop the issue on February 11th at 5:30 p.m.
Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to adjourn at 6:17 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs and unanimously approved.
RANDY DURDEN, CHAIR
JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK