MINUTES OF A WORKSHOP OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD MAY 13, 1999.



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a workshop meeting on Thursday, May 13, 1999, at 5:00 p.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

Fred Wilkerson

Wilbur Bush

John Rance Thomas



Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Circuit Court, Samuel A. Mutch, County Attorney, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Sam Ferguson, Finance Director, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Dr. Roy Carriker, Bea Covington, University of Florida, Carol McQueen, Dewayne Spears, Roy Wilson, Mitchell Gentry, Chaille Wilson, Don Mills, Pete Butt, Frank Grant, Billy Rogers, Brad Smith, Dewayne Yates, Derrick Sanders, Roy Smith, Jim Troke, Jean Troke, Scott Guthrie, Mark Wilson, Tereasa Gentry, Ray Thomas, Darlene Borkowski, Glen Diamond and Howard Corbitt.



Chairman Durden welcomed the strategic planning committee members to the workshop and explained that the reason they were asked to be here was to assist the Board in discussing impact fees since the decision will affect the county in the future.



Dr. Roy Carriker stated that he has been asked to assist the county as a consultant for future growth and planning. By establishing a strategic planning committee, the Board is able to tap into the community's human resources in order to guide the county's future. He feels the group will meet about three times before the strategic vision is finalized. The next meeting will be set for June 14th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mr. McQueen will arrange a place for the committee to meet and serve as the point of contact for Dr. Carriker.



Information was distributed to the Board from Mr. Gilliam and Mr. Mutch regarding impact fees. The information submitted by the Clerk defines impact fees and outlines what those fees can be used for. The information Mr. Mutch submitted was the chart of proposed fees that the Board is currently considering. The current impact fee generates about $100,000 per year, which is assessed at a rate of $400 for residential and $500 for commercial construction. The Board is currently considering an impact fee for capital improvements, as well as road improvements. Mr. Mutch explained to those present that the commission is considering constructing a new jail facility, road department building and judicial building.



Mr. Mutch stated that it would be appropriate to ask the cities to join the county for impact fees for road improvements, establishing districts.



Several committee members expressed that basing the impact fee on square footage would be fairer for both commercial and residential construction.



The Board thanked the committee's members willingness to serve the county and adjourned the meeting.



APPROVED:







RANDY DURDEN, CHAIR



ATTEST:





JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK