MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD DECEMBER 6, 1999.



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Monday, December 6, 1999, at 9:00 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

Wilbur Bush

Sue B. Suggs

John Rance Thomas

Fred Wilkerson



Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Circuit Court, Sam Mutch, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Sheriff David Turner, W. W. Welch, Tax Collector, D. Ray Harrison, Property Appraiser, Nathan Martin, Road Superintendent, Linda Walker, EMS Director, Gary Martin, Waccasassa VFD, Lee Schaltenbrand and Ron Mills, Spring Ridge VFD, Jeff Jordan, Bell VFD, Diane Avery, Solid Waste Supervisor, Wayne Spears, County Maintenance, Mike Edwards, Chief of Trenton City Police Department, Chief Judge Robert Cates, Ted McFetridge, Court Administrator, Pat Callahan, Assistant Court Administrator, Carol Zeigle, State Attorney's Office, Bill Clark, Division of Forestry.



Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Bush to approve the bills. Vote of the Board was unanimous.



Commissioner Bush made a motion to approve budget entries 99132 and 009-0010, 0012-0013, 0029-0031. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, and unanimously approved.



Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the minutes of the meeting held October 4, 1999. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved.



Mr. Marvin Weaver, county extension agent, introduced the national poultry judging team to the Board. These students represent both Trenton and Bell high schools. Ms. Ellis spoke to the Board about the need for a meeting room for various 4-H teams. The Board stated they may be able to use the training room at the Walker Curve.



Attorney's Report:



Mr. Mutch distributed a resolution for special assessments for the public hearing later this evening. Mr. Mutch stated that this resolution will allow the Board to collect special assessments through the ad valorem tax bill. This has been advertised four weeks.



EMS & Landing Zone Protocol- the Sheriff advised Mr. Mutch that he will implement the EMS protocol but he is not happy with it. He also contends that he does not have to implement the entire procedure according to advise from his attorney. Mr. Mutch advised him that if he dispatches according to this protocol adopted by the Board, there should be no liability.



Planning Services- Mr. Mutch met with Mr. McQueen and they have drafted an advertisement regarding this position. This position would be a full time employee at $28,000 per year. The current year contract for these services has not been renewed with the Planning Council. The Board agreed to advertise for a planner position.



County Park Ordinance- Mr. Mutch asked the Board if they wanted his office to train the Park employees on this ordinance. Chairman Durden reported there were four trailers parked at the Rock Bluff park this weekend. The Board will speak to the Sheriff about enforcement.



Bradley v. Stickles property- Mr. Mutch received a call from Sheree Lancaster stating that Mr. Bradley is interested in selling the property to the county for $16,000. The Board did not express any interest in purchasing the property.



Amendment to the Subdivision Regulations- The Planning and Zoning Board is looking at proposed amendments to address setback requirements for fences on right-of -ways.



Commissioner Suggs and Mr. Mutch spoke to the Board about negotiations with N & J Paint & Body Shop regarding the fire truck. N & J is willing to complete the truck repairs and have agreed to accept the county's previous payment of $989.00 plus an additional $1,400.00 (approximate) for the paint job. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the payment as negotiated. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson. Vote of the Board was unanimous.



Mr. Jeff Braswell contacted Mr. Mutch to set up a meeting regarding Blue Springs. Blue Springs would like the Board to pass an ordinance prohibiting motor boats from going into the spring run and springs. The Board discussed the fact that they do not have jurisdiction of the waters and that Mr. Braswell would have to contact the Department of Environmental Protection.



Mr. Mutch advised the Board that there is no news regarding Ginnie Springs vs. Gilchrist County. He is still waiting to hear from Judge Beauchamp.



The toilets for the jail have arrived and Wolfe's Plumbing has been contacted to install them.



Donald Demory contacted Mr. Mutch and would like to have his privilege fees refunded. Mr. Mutch advised the Board that an Ordinance is needed, rescinding the previous privilege fee Ordinance and recommends a hearing for a meeting in January.



A letter has been received from Michael Buchanan announcing his resignation as a Special Public Defender. Mr. Thomas Jaworski has suggested that a family visitation room be established. Mr. Mutch feels this should be Children & Family Services responsibility to provide space.



Mr. Leonard Ireland, on behalf of the Cravens, has threatened to sue the County because of the denial of a building permit. The permit's policy is stated and given to people who apply for a permit. This property is under the 10 year flood plain near the Santa Fe River. The Health Department will not issue a septic tank permit.



Mr. Mutch was notified by Mr. Ron Owens that Taylor vs. Gilchrist County has been settled and the suit against Gilchrist County has been dropped.





Clerk's Report:



Mortgage satisfaction has been executed on the Pat Holder home. Ms. Holder repaid the SHIP funds.



Motor Grader- the old grader is not here; Ring Power picked it up when they delivered the new grader, and has sold the old grader. The bid package did not call for a trade-in. Mr. Gilliam met with Ring Power and has agreed to accept their offer of $13,255 for a trade allowance. The county has not paid for the new grader. This makes the cost of the new grader $115,000. Commissioner Bush moved to authorize the Chair to send a letter stating the terms of the settlement. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson. Mr. Mutch will send a letter to Ring Power. Vote of the Board was unanimous.



Office space for the state attorney should be available today. Mr. Gilliam will get a lease agreement from Mr. Burt for $600 per month, which includes utilities.









Courthouse renovations- Mr. Reeves will be here at 1:15 today to talk about the new judicial building. Mr. Gilliam stated that the plans for renovations of this building have been revised. The revisions will displace the Property Appraiser's mapping room. The mapping room may need to be moved to the current board meeting room.



Mr. Gilliam reported that he hired Karen Heaton to do the Board minutes and payroll.



All easements have been received and recorded on the landfill road. Mr. Mills will contact the utility company about relocating phone and power lines. Mr. Mills is in the process of developing bid specs for CR 236 and CR 232.



Three Rivers Regional Library System- Proposed Amendments to the Interlocal Agreement. A guideline for the addition of new libraries into the Three Rivers Regional Library System has been developed by that Board and sent to each county commission for approval. Commissioner Suggs moved to accept the changes in the interlocal agreement. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas. Vote of the Board was unanimous.



Commissioner's Committee Reports:



Commissioner Suggs reported that the EMS grant has been approved. She also informed the Board that she will be leaving this month for Washington to meet with the Secretary of Agriculture about the development of a national rural policy.



Commissioner Wilkerson reported a road department employee's drug test revealed a foreign substance in his urine sample. This employee chose to go into the Employee Assistance Program in lieu of voluntary resignation or termination. Another employee was scheduled for a drug test, however, the employee had left to go home sick for the day. Chairman Durden stated the policy should provide that the employee will be escorted by the supervisor to the testing place. A motion was made by Commissioner Suggs and seconded by Commissioner Bush to add that statement to the policy. The vote of the Board was unanimous.



Commissioner Wilkerson advised the Board that the county has hauled rock to the school and will continue to do so but county work will be the priority.



Work is being done on the drag line and Mr. Martin has a question about one other item before releasing payment.



Commissioner Durden reported on a problem at Sun Springs. Mr. Buck Mitchell bought the property of the old Catfish Pond Restaurant, and is having a problem with the public coming in the road dumping trash and throwing bottles out, tearing up the signs and the restaurant. The Board discussed dumping sand at the private road to keep people out and having Mr. Mitchell pay for the cost of the sand.





Constitutional Officers:



Sheriff Turner submitted a check totaling $13,644.05 for housing federal inmates and $200 for CED education.



The Board advised Sheriff Turner that trucks are being parked over night at Rock Bluff park and should be cited under the county's new ordinance.



Commissioner Suggs asked the Sheriff if he had a problem with the new protocol for EMS and Fire that the Board adopted. The Sheriff stated he did not have a problem with it.



Commissioner Durden read a letter from the Transportation Disadvantage Program requesting funding assistance from the county. Commissioner Suggs will contact them.







Commissioner Durden proposed that the Board begin holding the mid-month meetings in the Town of Bell at the Depot. The Board agreed to schedule the next few mid-month meetings in Bell on a trial basis.







Commissioner Bush told the Board that he had talked with Mr. Sifferlen at Hart Springs about pumping the sand out of the boil. Mr. Sifferlen has a pump and they intend to start the project soon while the river is low.



Mr. Gilliam asked the Board about establishing a vehicle allowance, a set dollar amount, for Marvin Weaver. Commissioner Thomas stated that he had talked with Suwannee County and Lafayette County regarding their policy on vehicle allowances and that both of these counties pay their Extension Officer a set dollar amount. These allowances are included in the monthly salary. Mr. Mutch suggested that the Board contact the Dean of Extension at the University of Florida to see what he may suggest.



Keith Reeves- Architect Design Group:



Mr. Reeves addressed the revised space needs that have been established. The goal was to revise the plans so that the cost of construction would not exceed 3 million dollars. The Board discussed the various options, one being the Records Department remaining in the existing courthouse. Funding sources have not been completely identified. Mr. Reeves stated that it would be around 4 to 5 months to complete the design for the facility and suggested that the county proceed with a Request for Proposals for a construction manager. The construction manager would be hired to oversee the project and sub-contract the various jobs.



Road Department:



Commissioner Wilkerson asked Mr. Martin about the drag line repairs. According to Mr. Martin, M. D. Moody sent a repairman out Thursday and they did more than they initially agreed to do. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to approve payment to M. D. Moody. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved.



The clutch plate went out on the rock crusher recently, putting it out for about a week. A replacement was found at Tri-County Irrigation.



Mr. Martin stated they took 16 loads of rock to the new school site, but had to quit to work on county roads.



Mr. McQueen presented the Board with a "job description" prepared for the Road Superintendent position. Commissioner Wilkerson moved to table the discussion until the January meeting. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved. The record reflects that Commissioner Suggs was not in the room during the vote.



EMS Department:



Ms. Walker would like to purchase three or four 12 lead EKG monitors. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to authorize Ms. Walker to spend the grant of approximately $60,000 which includes a 10% county match. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved.



Division of Forestry Annual Report:



Mr. Bill Clark submitted a report to the Board and stated that conditions will be dry until June with moderate to high fire danger. Mr. Clark has been the county forester for about ten months. Lee Shaltenbrand stated Eric Black will be offering a class to the VFD's this month.







Solid Waste - Diane Avery:



Ms. Avery reported to the Board that the transmission went out on one of the garbage trucks Ring Power has submitted an estimate of between $5,000.00 - $7,000.00 for the repair.

The truck was purchased from Tampa for back up, however, it has been running 8 loads per week. Ms. Avery recommends repairing the truck and using it as a back up and consider purchasing a new truck. Mr. McQueen suggested a lease option plan. Mr. Mutch stated that since the tonnage has doubled with the closing of the landfill in Archer, the Board may want to consider increasing the tipping fee. Gilchrist County is paying $63.00 per ton and charging $45.00 per ton. It costs $30.00 per ton to recycle. Commissioner Thomas made a motion to waive the bid requirements and have the truck repaired by Ring Power. Commissioner Wilkerson seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous. The Board will consider purchasing a new truck in the January meeting.



Dan Taylor:



Mr. Taylor stated that he has had many World War II veterans visit his classroom and he would like to have a monument erected at the courthouse to commemorate veterans from Gilchrist County who served in World War II. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to allow the monument to be erected on the courthouse lawn. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved.



Mr. Taylor said this would be a community project, not just a Bell High School project. Chairman Durden appointed Commissioner Suggs to serve on this project along with Bill Brideson.



EMA/County Coordinator's Report:



Wayne Spears has provided an estimate of the cost for repairs needed at the jail. Sheriff Turner stated a jail inspection will be conducted on the 20th of the month. The Board agreed to table this issue until the January meeting.



Summit Professional Services- Jay Moseley:



Mr. Moseley gave the Board a status report on the Neighborhood Revitalization Project. The engineering drawings are at 90% completion. One issue is still outstanding. The elevation of some of the streets, which will be in flood zones. It will cost about $30,000.00 to bring them up to the minimum flood elevations. Commissioner Suggs moved to not elevate the streets. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved. A motion was made by Commissioner Suggs to bid the project. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved.



In regards to the Economic Development contract, the Board directed Mr. McQueen and Mr. Moseley to take care of the DCA amendment regarding the economic element, for the Comprehensive Plan.



Sam Ferguson presented the Board a Purchase Order for $750.00 to install the toilets at the jail. The new toilets have been received.



Commissioner Durden advised the Board that the Chamber of Commerce cleared $2,477.97 at Down Home Days this year.



Election of Chairman and Committee Assignments for 1999 - 2000:



Commissioner Wilkerson nominated Randy Durden to remain as chairman of the Board. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs. The vote of the Board was unanimous. Commissioner Bush nominated Commissioner Wilkerson to serve as Vice-Chair. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved.





Commissioner Durden will make appointments for the Commissioner Departments and present them to the Board at the next meeting in January.



Committees:



Transportation for Disadvantaged: Commissioner Suggs



Suwannee River Economic Council: Commissioner Thomas



Three Rivers Regional Library: Commissioner Durden



Nature Coast Greenway: Commissioner Bush



Chamber of Commerce: Commissioner Durden



Industrial Development Authority: Commissioner Durden



Area-Wide Economic Development Council: Commissioner Suggs



Small County Coalition: Commissioner Suggs, alternate Commissioner Thomas



Suwannee River Water Management District: Wilkerson



Regional Planning Council: Wilkerson



WAGES Board- Bush



Citizen appointment to the Three Rivers Regional Library System:



In regards to the letter from the Friends of the Library, signed by Shirley Frey and read in the October 4th Board meeting, the Board agreed to discuss this issue during the December 6th meeting. During the interim, the Three Rivers Regional Library Board elected the following officers for the upcoming year:

Chairperson - Sibyl Downing, Gilchrist County

Vice-Chairperson - Marion McCray, Lafayette County

Secretary-Treasurer - Pat Anderson, Dixie County



Mrs. Frey spoke to the Board stating the Friends of the Library appreciates the job Mrs. Downing has done as chairperson, however, they would like to see a new point of view on the Library Board. They would like the citizens to have a time limit to serve in an office on the Library Board. Chairman Durden stated that he received several phone calls last week stating they did not authorize the letter sent to the Board by Mrs. Frey. Commissioner Suggs stated that it is good to change board members from time to time, however, because Mrs. Downing has been elected chairman of the Three Rivers Library Board, they can not make a change at this time. Mrs. Frey is only asking for a term limit for the citizen appointee. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to appoint Mrs. Downing to serve another year on the Three Rivers Regional Library Board. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved.





EMA/County Coordinator's Report:



Mr. McQueen gave the Board an estimate from Gainesville Neon Signs for a sign to be placed by the Courthouse, identifying the building. The total cost will be approximately $1,000.00. The Board advised Mr. McQueen to obtain more quotes.



Mr. McQueen reported to the Board that the microwave tower has become overcrowded with items being stored. The Board asked that a list be compiled of items to be declared surplus, and the cost of materials to turn the tower into a lock and key storage is $1,307.04.



Mr. McQueen request that the scheduling of voting precinct houses be returned to the Supervisor of Elections Office. This responsibility was delegated to the County Coordinator's office at a time when the Supervisor of Elections did not have full time staff. The Board will speak with Susan Bryant about this issue.



During the last ground water monitoring tests at the landfill, a well was found to be damaged (casing caved in) and as a result was not sampled. FDEP was notified, which is a condition of the permit. per permit condition. Mr. McQueen has contacted Universal Engineering for an estimate to replace the well.









Mr. McQueen referred the Board to the Building Department Report for the month of November 1999. This is the first report that reflects the new impact fees. There were thirty-three permits issued and a total of $12,270.24 collected. Capital facilities fees will be distributed to the city of Trenton. An ordinance is needed from the City of Trenton to opt them out of the Transportation Impact Fees..



A letter from the Census 2000 Committee has been received requesting that the Board let citizens know that they would like to hire people to work as census takers.



Mr. McQueen has been in contact with Tetter in regards to repairing boat ramps. Commissioner Durden stated that the ramp at Log Landing is dangerous. Mr. McQueen received information from the regional clearing house regarding fishing access development, which includes construction or maintenance of boat ramps. Dixie and Lafayette counties received funding through this clearing house.



Mr. McQueen stated that the records for comp time needs to be clarified for his and Carl Rehberg's position. Their comp time had been accruing at regular time rather than time and a half. This is for the first 6 months of Mr. McQueeen's employment only, but it goes back further for Mr. Rehberg. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to authorize conversion of this comp time to time and a half, subject to Mr. Mutch's meeting with the personnel dept. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush. The vote of the Board was unanimous.



Budget Amendments:



Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to amend the Transportation Fund (140) by $128,758.00, by resolution, which represents debt proceeds from Tri-County Bank for the purchase of a motor grader. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99- 65 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Suggs made a motion to amend the General Revenue Fund (001) by $592,019.58, by resolution, which represents carry-forward funds from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-66 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Bush made a motion to amend the Fire Fund (122) by $78,640.79, by resolution, which represents carry-forward funds from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-67 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to amend the Court Facilities Trust Fund (125) by $99.42, by resolution, which represents carry-forward funds from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-68 is on file in the Clerks office.









Commissioner Bush made a motion to amend the Law Library Fund (129) by $1,701.68, by resolution, which represents carry-forward from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-69 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Bush made a motion to amend the Transportation Fund (140) by $90,162.77, by resolution, which represents carry-forward from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-70 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to amend the Impact Fee Fund (141) by $50,473.32, by resolution, which represents carry-forward from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-71 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Suggs made a motion to amend the Fine and Forfeiture Fund (150) by $2,504.69, by resolution, which represents carry-forward from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-72 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Bush made a motion to amend the State Attorney/Public Defender Trust Fund (160) by $10,238.40, by resolution, which represents carry-forward from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-73 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to amend the Current Capitol Obligations Fund (190) by $3,743.69, by resolution, which represents carry-forward from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-74 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Suggs made a motion to amend the Capitol Projects Fund (301) by $23,349.38, by resolution, which represents carry-forward from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-75 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Thomas made a motion to amend the Capitol Projects Fund (Jail Administration) (305) by $3,398.75, by resolution, which represents carry-forward from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-76 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to amend the EMS Fund (410) by $32,703.48, by resolution, which represents carry-forward from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-77 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to amend the Solid Waste Fund (434) by $133,918.53, by resolution, which represents carry-forward from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-78 is on file in the Clerks office.



Commissioner Bush made a motion to amend the Law Enforcement Education Fund (450) by $3,215.84, by resolution, which represents carry-forward from last fiscal year. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and unanimously approved. A copy of Resolution 99-79 is on file in the Clerks office.



Public Hearing- Preliminary Plat (SD 99-04) Meadow Wood Trails:



Mr. Ted Burt addressed the Board regarding Meadow Wood Trails. This will be a gated equine community, five acre tracts with a horse trail around the perimeter. It will have a private paved road maintained by the homeowners association, and the road will be built according to county specifications. The property is located behind Chub Nessmith's property. They would like to enter into a development agreement with the county. Mr. Mutch suggested a hold harmless agreement should emergency services have to break the gate to gain access for emergency services. One lot will require a variance at the flag lot near the entrance. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to approve the preliminary plat, providing a hold harmless agreement be executed and the plat shows the road to be a private road. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs and unanimously approved. This meets concurrency requirements and the comp plan elements.



Final Plat: Fifty-two Twenty(SD 99-5):



Mr. McQueen reviewed the concurrency plan for this minor subdivision. The zoning is A-1 which allows one unit per two acres. Because this is a minor subdivision, it does not go before the Zoning Board. This consists of two 2 acre tracts. There are two parcels broken out of a larger tract. Mr. Mutch stated the requirements of the A-1 zones requires 175 feet width for lots. The lot length can not exceed 3 times the width. The 60 foot corridor should be identified on the plat for future development. There are 26 additional acres plus the 60 foot corridor. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to approve Fifty-Two Twenty as a minor subdivision provided the 60 foot corridor is identified as not being eligible for future development. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs and unanimously approved.



Mr. Gilliam told the Board about a few changes to a lease agreement between the county and Ted Burt for office space for the state attorney. There is a provision regarding the supply of water. Mr. Mutch made some modifications. Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the lease agreement. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas. The vote of the Board was unanimous.



Public Hearing- Special Assessments for Fire Services:



Tonight's hearing is to allow the Board to impose a special assessment in the future for fire services. This does not mean the Board will impose an assessment, however, this must be done to consider one in the future. The most equitable manner could be the imposition of a special assessment. The resolution tonight, if passed, must be sent to the Department of Revenue, the Property Appraiser and the Tax Collector by January 10, 2000.



Jeff Jordan, Bell VFD, stated that the special assessment will allow everyone to pay for the service, rather than the current method.



Don Alexander, Spring Ridge VFD, stated the rate should be enough to cover fire services now and in the future.



Ron Mills stated to maintain the present services and to continue to upgrade services, due to growth in, the assessment should be advertised to educate the public.



William Smith stated that as a retiree his taxes are high and asked if this will replace the milage rate..



Mr. Gilliam explained that a half mil is collected for fire services. The County imposed a privilege fee at a rate of 1% on all electric accounts about three years ago. Those two fees funded fire services. Recently, the Board discontinued the privilege fee so that the revenue source has been lost. Because this happened during the budgeting process, the Board agreed to raise the MSTU to one mil for this current fiscal year. The Board has discussed imposing a special assessment, but discontinuing the collection of one mil.



Daniel Slaughter asked how much would be generated. The one mil generates $222,218. The current fire budget is $253,592 but that includes approximately $39,000 from last year's carry-forward.



Mrs. Meveree Carlisle stated she is not opposed if this assessment affects everyone.



Art Ingram stated the fire services has grown every year and he saved $160 on homeowners insurance because the fire department in his area has been upgraded in the ISO rating.



Miguel Ortiz stated the Board was wise to purchase the new fire trucks and the AED's.



Michael Klineman is in favor of upgrading fire services and equal assessments.



Commissioner Suggs made a motion to adopt the resolution. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas. The vote of the Board was unanimous. A copy of Resolution 99-80 is on file in the Clerk's Office.











There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Suggs made a motion to adjourn at 7:00 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved.



APPROVED:







RANDY DURDEN, CHAIR

ATTEST:







JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK