MINUTES OF AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD SEPTEMBER 14, 1999.



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in an emergency meeting on Tuesday, September 14, 1999, in the Emergency Management Office, located at 209 S. E. 1st Street, with the following members present to-wit:



Randy Durden, Chair

Wilbur Bush

Sue B. Suggs

Fred Wilkerson



Others in attendance were: Joseph Gilliam, Clerk of Circuit Court, Ron McQueen, Emergency Management Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Linda Walker, EMS Director, Don Thomas, School Superintendent, Bill Brideson, Emergency Management, Kathryn Deen, City Manager, David Turner and Harvey Montgomery, Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office, Sable Bolling, Martha Harmon, and Jana Land, Gilchrist County Health Department.



A tele-conference was held with the state Division of Emergency Management for the latest news regarding Hurricane Floyd. Following the up date, Commissioner Suggs made a motion to declare a state of emergency, by resolution. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved. A copy of resolution 99-50 is on file in the Clerk's Office.



Discussion was held regarding whether or not to open an emergency shelter. The new Bell Elementary School lunchroom has been designated an emergency shelter, and is equipped with a generator. The school can provide three personnel who are trained to operate an emergency shelter. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs moved to activate an emergency shelter in Bell, at 6:00 p.m., providing the School Superintendent closes schools tomorrow. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved. School Superintendent Don Thomas stated he will be meeting with school board members and staff later to determine whether or not to close schools tomorrow.



Commissioner Suggs made a motion to close county offices tomorrow. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved.



There being no further business to discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion to adjourn. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved.



APPROVED:







RANDY DURDEN, CHAIR



ATTEST:







JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK