MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD MARCH 1, 2000.

 

The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at 9:00 a.m., in the County Commissioners Meeting Room, located in the Gilchrist County Courthouse, 112 South Main Street, Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:

 

Randy Durden, Chairman

Wilbur Bush

Sue Suggs

John Rance Thomas

Freddie Wilkerson

 

Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Circuit Court, Sam Mutch, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, Jeff Jordan, Sam Ferguson, Ben Portivent, Mark Litherland, Howard Corbett, Brian Roderick, Rick Kingliend, Richard Hall, Deborah Langford, Linda Walker, Kim Yozgatt, Diane Avery, Nathan Martin, Patrick Fischer, Wayne Gothard, Chief Harvey Montgomery, Sheriff David Turner, Ralph McLeod, James Thomas, Eugene Thomas, Cloud Haley, Ralph Poppell, David Poppell, Brenda Poppell, Ray Langford, Jerry Fletcher.

 

Attorney’s Report:

 

Mr. Mutch reported his findings on the Shady Bend Subdivision Road Closings.  The subdivision started in 1979 and had additions through 1983.  One road in the area was vacated in 1982.  All of the roads within the subdivision and its additions were dedicated to the public.  It can therefore be assumed that the roads with the exception of the road that was vacated in 1982, are open to the public and are owned by Gilchrist County.  Mr. Mutch recommended that the Board vacate the roads as public and require the roads to be maintained by the owners of the subdivision.  The Board agreed to review the plat maps of this subdivision at a later time before continuing with this issue.

 

Mr. Mutch informed the Board that he had received several phone calls regarding the Road Closure petitioned by Barbara Wray Suggs. He stated that because of pending litigations between family members he has refrained from discussing the issue of the road closing with any of the parties in interest.  Mr. Mutch recommends that no action be taken until all of the litigation between the family is settled. 

 

Mr. Mutch offered to prepare a report on the open meetings requirements and the Government in the Sunshine Law requirements for meetings.  His office has produced a version for another client government and can adapt it for Gilchrist County.  The Board agreed that he should prepare one for Gilchrist County.

 

 

Commissioner Suggs expressed concern that the Gilchrist County Recreational Authority has been added to the agenda without being advertised.  The Board agreed that these items should be noticed to the public and that the request from GCRA today should be postponed to the mid month meeting.

 

Ron McQueen asked the Board for clarification on impact fees.  The commercial impact fees are charged  per thousand square feet.  If a building is 1,200 sq feet, are they charged for 2,000 sq feet or for the first thousand then per feet for the remaining 200 sq feet.  The Board agreed anything over one thousand sq feet would be charged per foot. Impact fees are also charged for businesses that are expanding. 

 

Mr. Mutch has prepared an Ordinance Repealing the Utility Privilege Fee and it will be advertised prior to the mid month meeting.

 


Ginnie Springs I & II; Mr. Mutch had requested a case management conference. The attorney for Ginnie Springs filed a motion to dismiss for default on the County and on Watson.  In turn, Mr. Mutch will file a motion to dismiss because the issues are mute. 

 

The Board discussed a request from the Executive Director of Florida Defenders of the Environment, Incorporated.  They would like for the Board to adopt a resolution supporting the restoration of the Ocklawaha River.  The Board took no action on this matter.

 

 

Clerk’s Report:

 

Mr. Gilliam informed the Board that a preconstruction conference has been scheduled for Friday at 10:00 a.m.  The RFP’s will be passed out at that time.

 

Mr. Gilliam presented the following two SHIP loan applications for approval:

 

Johnnie Mae Jackson - Very low income, denied by Capital City Bank.  This is a rehabilitation to their existing home that was involved in a fire.  The total of the contractor’s proposal is $22,155.00, but was recommended for approval for up to the maximum award of $22,500.00.  (Due to closing costs) This will be a grant. Commissioner Bush made a motion to approve funding for up to $22,500.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs and unanimously approved.

 

Ann Wilks - Very Low Income, Denied by Tri-County Bank.  This is a rehabilitation in the amount of $17,428.00, but was recommended for approval up to the maximum award of $22,500.00.  (Due to closing costs and the contractor will submit a new bid to include Allen Luzader’s recommendations for the living room ceiling repair. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to approve the SHIP Loan to Ann Wilks for up to $22,500.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved.

 

 

 

Mr. Gilliam informed the Board that notice of award has been received for the Law Enforcement Block Grant for “Operation Safety.”  The Grant will be issued to the Board for the Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $3,234.  Commissioner Wilkerson moved to allow the Chairman to sign the certificate of acceptance and request for payment.  Commissioner Suggs seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous.

 

Mr. Gilliam referred the Board to a letter from Karl Thorne in regards to the architectural documents for the renovations of the Courthouse.  Mr. Thorne indicated that 90% of the construction documents would be complete for final review by Friday, March 31, 2000 and 100% of the construction documents would be available for bid on Friday, April 14, 2000.

 

Mr. Gilliam presented the Board with a check from the Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $6,865.66 for the housing of federal inmates.  The Sheriff’s Office also submitted the monthly report for February. The daily jail count has averaged approximately 34 inmates per day.  The Sheriff’s Office now has a Web page on-line for public information. 

 

The Board discussed the County’s health insurance provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield.  There have been a number of problems arise with claims.  Mr. Gilliam has met with Floyd Manny, the new account representative, and discussed the various complaints.  Mr. Manny has agreed to check into claims that have not been resolved.

 

Mr. Gilliam mentioned that there have been several request from residents for their additional homestead exemption.  Mr. Gilliam was asked to bring it to the attention of the Board to consider again.  The Board took no action.

 

Commissioner Bush made a motion to approve Budget Entries 058, 059, 060 and 061.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous.

 

 


Constitutional Officers:

 

Sheriff Turner reviewed the report submitted by the Sheriff’s Office for the month of February.  There have been some budgetary constraints due to medical bills, inmate prescriptions, fuel, utilities and food costs.  Sheriff Turner also informed the Board that he has filled the new position for a female correctional officer.

 

Commissioner Durden recounted the Boards discussion at the last Board meeting regarding the possibility of contracting with another county to house inmates.  The Board had considered the current state of repairs of the jail and the issue of liability. They also took into consideration the cost of repairs for the past year.  Commissioner Durden has contacted Sheriff Hatcher with Dixie County.  Sheriff Hatcher has indicated that he would work with the County and gave an estimate of $21.00 per day and Gilchrist County would provide two correctional officers to assist his staff.  Commissioner Durden read a tentative budget that would total $235,579.  The tentative budget was estimated with an average of 30 inmates per day for 1 year.  The current budget is $560,000 annually.  In 1999, the County paid $16,767 for repairs to the jail.  For the current year, the repairs have cost $7,361.67 with an additional $2,240 expenses encumbered.

 

Sheriff Turner contends that there would be additional cost that have not be considered if the inmates were housed in Dixie County.  Among these cost are transportation to court appearances, medical and dental trips.  Sheriff Turner suggested that the Board review the transportation log at the jail to help them determine additional cost that may be incurred by housing the inmates in Dixie County.

 

Following discussion of this issue, the Board requested Sheriff Turner to prepare a budget for the County Jail and a budget for housing inmates in Dixie County.  The Public Safety Council will review these budgets and make a recommendation to the Board.  Kim Yozgat recommended that the Board also meet with Judge Cates to discuss these options.

 

Mr. Gilliam informed the Board that he had contacted Mr. Ron Jorwarski, the county’s special public defender.  Of the cases that he currently has, only one has continued for over a year.  He currently has 27 cases for Gilchrist County.  At the last Board meeting, the issue was raised as to when the contract with the Special Public Defender’s would be in effect for those cases lasting for more than a year.  According to Mr. Jorwarski and Ms. See, it would apply to the dependency cases obtained last year or year before last.  Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to make it retroactive to October 1998.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs and unanimously approved.

 

 

The Board recessed for lunch at 12:00 p.m. and reconvened at 1:15 p.m.

 

 

Road Department:

 

Nathan Martin reported to the Board that the chipper motor is in Ocala for repairs.  All other equipment is in good repair. 

 

Commissioner Thomas stated that CR 340 would be closed on March 28th and construction will begin at the bridge of Cow Creek.  They are planning on completing the bridge in 35 to 40 days.

 

Mr. Martin also reported that the Road Department has hauled 36 loads of fill dirt for the construction of the FFA Alumni Rodeo Arena.

 

Mr. Martin informed the Board that Wayne Gothard is doing a good job in his new position.  The crew has agreed to keep a record of their work day as Mr. Gothard asked them. 

 

Mr. Gothard came before the Board and passed out copies of a form used as a safety checklist for the Road Department equipment.  This form meets the Florida Department of Transportation requirements.  He also gave the Board copies of a department news letter and a list of goals and objectives.  The newsletter will be published in the Gilchrist County Journal.


Signage on the River:

 

Commissioner Durden received a packet of information from Senator Mitchell’s Office regarding materials required for placement of uniform waterway markers in waters of the state.

 

Mr. Howard Corbett, President of “Save Our Suwannee” addressed the Board concerning the regulation of speeds of motor boats.  They are requesting the Board pass an Ordinance regulating the speed around swimming areas, boat ramps, bridges and at the mouth of springs.

 

Mr. Corbett told the Board that the Suwannee River Water Management would commit to putting up the signs and “Save Our Suwannee” would commit to purchasing the signs.  Areas in consideration would be Fanning Springs, Ira Bea’s Oasis, at the confluence of the Suwannee River and the Sante Fe,  Ellie Ray’s, Betty Springs (where the old bridge was located), the 129 bridge and boat ramp, and at the Rock Bluff bridge and boat ramp.  They would like “Limited Wake Signs”, “No Wake” signs, and “Resume A Speed Of Safe Operation” signs. The Sheriff’s Office and the Fish and Game Commission would determine the appropriate signs for each location.

 

Ron McQueen mentioned that the corresponding jurisdiction on the other side of the waterway would also have to pass the same ordinance for it to be enforceable. The Boat Club is not in favor of this ordinance but would consider it for seasonal and weekend nights.

 

Mr. Ben Portivent spoke to the Board in support of such an ordinance.  He stated that he has witnessed first hand that these signs make a difference.

 

Chief Harvey Montgomery stated that the Sheriff’s Office does patrol the rivers during the holidays.  Chief Montgomery explained that with no signs there, the only charge that can be made is “careless operation.”  If the signs are posted, an officer can give a warning or an infraction. He affirms that the signs do slow the boats down.  They would like “No Wake” zones at the public ramps and the active areas.  He also told the Board that the jet skis have become a major problem on these rivers.

 

After discussion, the Board decided to place the request on the agenda at a later date and review the ordinances that Dixie County, Lafayette County, and Columbia County have for “No Wake Zones” before determining a course of action. 

 

Solid Waste / Bids on Loader:

 

Diane Avery referred the Board to the bids received for the wheel loader.  The bids were as follows:

 

(1) Bobcat of Ocala                  $60,453                       $30,000 buy back @ 5 years, no hours

 

(2) Ring Rent                            $64,702                       $16,000 buy back @ 5 years, no hours

 

(3) Highland Tractor                 $64,473                       $38,083.80 buy back @ 5 years, 4,000 hours

 

The Board reviewed the Bids and compared the machines and specifications.  Ms. Avery recommends the TCM Wheel Loader from Bobcat of Ocala.  The Total Bid from Bobcat of Ocala is $32,403 ($60,453, less $30,000 buy back, plus $1,950 to fill the tires).

 

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to accept the bid from Bobcat of Ocala in the amount of $32,403 per the recommendation of Ms. Avery.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved.

 

Commissioner Suggs made a motion to authorize Joe Gilliam and Sam Ferguson to bid out the financing for the loader at five years with $15,000 down.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved.

 

 


Ms. Avery also requested that the Board consider providing the employees of the Solid Waste Department with the “Hepatitis” series of immunizations.  She stated that there are three (3) shots in this series.  This would be $123 per person.  The employees would be given an option to have the series. The Board suggested that Ms. Avery obtain more information on the cost for the next Board meeting.

 

The Board unanimously approved the minutes of the meeting held February 7, 2000, following a motion by Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Thomas.

 

USDA Community Development Specialist / Eugene Thomas & Jim Thomas

 

Mr. James Tomas addressed the Board regarding the construction of homes in Gilchrist County for the SHIP program.  Mr. Thomas is a general contractor interested in building homes financed through SHIP and the USDA program.  He offered to work with the County in preparing a package for contracting and financing in the future.

 

Mr. Jim Thomas,   USDA Community Development Specialist from Ocala, spoke to the Board about the program they have. Mr. Thomas explained that the USDA can provide loans similar to FHA and the VA and the program is not just for low income families.  They do work through Capitol City Bank and he will send a list of other lenders available. He indicated that USDA has targeted Gilchrist County for these services.

 

EMS Report:

 

Linda Walker submitted the EMS Report for February.

 

Ms. Walker requested that the Board approve the expense of “Direct T.V.” service for the Bell EMS station. The station had “Prime Star” for two years at no charge. (Prime Star is no longer in business).  The Trenton station has free cable service. Considering the number of hours per shift, Ms. Walker would like to have this service installed for the employees.  After discussion by the Board, Commissioner Bush made a motion that the Board authorize the installation of the basic  “Direct T.V.”service at $169 for installation and $24 per month.  Commissioner Wilkerson seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous.

 

Ms. Walker also requested approval of the Board to hire a part time employee to assist her office with the billing.  She is interested in hiring someone through the Co-op Program at the High School.  The Board agreed to this new position.

 

EMA/County Coordinator Report:

 

Ron McQueen referred the Board to the survey for the Economic Development Plan.  The Board discussed possible additions to the plan.  The Board requested that Mr. McQueen add Boat Ramps to the list of projects.

 

Mr. McQueen brought up the issue of SEDA cylinders for the fire departments. He stated that at one time the Board took action to approve up to $3,000.  The cost of new cylinders are $800 each. They have found a supplier who sells used cylinders with a two year warranty.  Most of these cylinders have a fifteen year life and these have approximately eight years left on them.  The used cylinders cost $235 each.  The Fire Chiefs request that the Board purchase 30 cylinders and provide each department with five of them.  After discussion by the Board, Commissioner Suggs moved to purchase them out of the District Fire Fund.   Commissioner Bush seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous.

 

Commissioner Durden recommended the following persons to serve on the  committee for the Special Assessment for Fire Services:

 

Randy Durden  Sam Mutch

Joe Gilliam                    Ron McQueen

Daniel Slaughter            Lee Schaltenbrand

 


 

Mr. McQueen submitted the Building Department report for the month of February 2000, indicating a total of 39 permits issued.   A total of 12 impact fees were collected, along with 2 impact fees for commercial.

 

Mr. McQueen reported to the Board on the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) conference held last month.  He mentioned that the State is establishing more guidelines for Emergency Management personnel.  These employees will have to meet more requirements for certification.

 

Mr. McQueen informed the Board that the Visioning Committee has changed some of the strategy for holding the meetings.  They will now be held in the Courthouse and will be directed to the Committee.  The Board of Commissioners are encouraged to attend these meetings.  The process is going forward but the number of meetings have been cut in half.  The presentations have been informative but attendance has been poor.

 

In regards to the Planner Position, four applications were received.  Two of the applicants have accepted other positions and the remaining two were interviewed by Mr. McQueen and Sam Mutch last week. It is Mr. Mutch’s recommendation that the position be readvertised and to increase the salary range.  After discussion by the Board, Commissioner Suggs made a motion to readvertise the position and increase the salary to $32,000 to $35,000.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous.

 

 

Old Business:

 

Sam Ferguson presented Resolution 2000-05 to the Board adopting a loan from Capital City Bank to purchase the roll-off truck.  Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve resolution 2000-05.  Commissioner Bush seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous.

 

                                                           RESOLUTION 2000-05

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCEPTING A LOAN FROM CAPITAL CITY BANK AND AUTHORIZING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TO EXECUTE A PROMISSORY NOTE FOR $54,870.00 TO CAPITAL CITY BANK IN ORDER TO PURCHASE A NEW STERLING L/LT 7500 ROLL OFF TRUCK.

 

Commissioner Suggs informed the Board that she had attended the Transportation Disadvantaged meeting.   Commissioner Suggs mentioned that several issues had been resolved concerning the program.  With the raise in gas prices, they are also facing a problem with funding. Commissioner Suggs moved that the Board fund $1,500 toward the program to offset the increase in fuel cost. Commissioner Wilkerson seconded the motion.  The Board discussed the program and the services provided.  It was suggested that someone from the Suwannee River Economic Council come before the Board to answer some of the questions.  Commissioner Suggs moved to table the motion.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion to table the motion until the first meeting in April.  The vote of the Board was unanimous.

 

Mr. McQueen requested that the Board appoint two persons to the Regional Haz Mat Board.  Mr. McQueen suggested that they appoint him and Jimmie Branning to this board.  Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and passed unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Public Hearing / Road Closure / Corbin:

 

The Board considered the petition from Kenny Corbin to close and vacate a public road.  Mr. Corbin was present to discuss the location of the road. The Board reviewed the plat map and petition submitted by Mr. Corbin.  Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the resolution, contingent to signatures of other property owners.  Commissioner Bush seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous.

 

                                                             RESOLUTION 00-06

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA CLOSING A PORTION OF AN UNIMPROVED ROAD FOUND IN SECTION 31, TOWNSHIP 10 SOUTH, RANGE 16 EAST IN GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, GIVING INSTRUCTIONS TO THE ATTORNEY THE NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSING; GIVING INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CLERK OF THE COMMISSION TO ADVERTISE THE NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSING IN THE GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL WITHIN THIRTY DAYS, AND THEN RECORD THE PROOF OF PUBLICATION, THE NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSING AND THE RESOLUTION IN THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY.

 

Whereas, the Board of County Commissioners received a request by all of the adjoining property owners along a portion of an unimproved road found in Section 31, Township 10 South, Range 16 East to vacate the road along the south and east sides of the NW 1/4 Section 31, Township 10 South, Range 16 East; and

Whereas, the Board of County Commissioners determined that the requirements for road vacation were met by the adjoining property owners, including the fact that the road is not required to provide access to any other property and is not required for any public purpose; and

Whereas, the Board of County Commissioners advertised the road closing to the people of Gilchrist County in the Gilchrist County Journal and has held a public hearing at which the public has had the opportunity to be heard.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida:

 

1.                  That portion of an unimproved road found in Section 31, Township 10 South, Range 16 East described as follows is hereby abandoned by the public:

the road along the south and east sides of the NW 1/4 Section 31, Township 10 South, Range 16 East, Gilchrist County, Florida

 

2.                  That portion of the unimproved road found in Section 31, Township 10 South, Range 16 East that has been abandoned by the public shall be conveyed to the adjoining property owners in a manner so that each of the property owners along that portion of the road that has been closed shall receive title to that portion of the right-of-way from their property line fronting the road that was closed to the centerline of the road;

 

3.                  The county attorney shall prepare the Notice of Road Closing for the appropriate section or portion of the road;

 

4.                  The clerk of the commission shall then advertise the Notice of Road Closing in the Gilchrist County Journal within thirty (30) days; and

 

5.                  The clerk of the commission shall then place the proof of publication, the Notice of Road Closing and the resolution closing the road in the official records of Gilchrist County.

 

 

The Board recessed at 5:10 p.m. and reconvened at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Public Hearing / Special Permit 99-3 (Loncala):

 

Ron McQueen read the Concurrency Assessment for Special Permit 99-3 and stated that the Concurrency Assessment was acceptable with no requirements of the Comp Plan exceeded and approved the 20 acres for which application was made.  He also explained that the site is in an existing phosphate pit. The permit is for 20 acres with the actual site being 5 acres.

 

Mr. Ralph Poppell, the petitioner, was present to address the Board regarding this petition.  Mr. Poppell (6007 NW 132nd Street, Gainesville, FL 32653),  was sworn in by Joe Gilliam, Clerk of Court, to give testimony to the intended operations and use.  Mr. Poppell submitted a signed affidavit from Loncala to the Zoning Board.

 

Mr. McQueen stated that the Zoning Board did review the application and it was the recommendation of that Board to approve Resolution 00-07 after determination of the following:

 

1.                  A need exists for an excavation and mining operation;

2.                  The location of an excavation and mining operation on the property described is in the public interest.

3.                  The application for a special permit for an excavation and mining operation on the property is in compliance with the provisions of Section 14.7 of the Land Development Regulations

 

Mr. Poppell proceeded with his testimony, relating to a need for the excavation and mining operation and that the location of an excavation and mining operation on the property is in the public interest.

 

Mr. Poppell explained that every building constructed requires fill dirt, several government type jobs need fill dirt to bring the paving up to grade.  The sources are few and they have found someone agreeable to allow them to mine on their property.  There is not always a source for fill dirt available near the location of the construction project and this involves hauling it over various distances. They intend to mine out of the existing pit and will enlarge the sides of it but not dig deeper.  He will be digging on a 5 acre track in a 20 acre field.  Loncala owns the property and many acres north and to the east of the site.  The closest residence is about 1200 to 1500 feet from the pit.  He will use the existing gate on 80th Avenue.  He estimates that 8 to 10 loads per day will be mined and hauled.

 

Mr. McQueen referred the Board to Sections 4 and Section 5 of the resolution regarding the conditions to be followed if approved by the Board of County Commissioners. Section 7 will be omitted. 

 

Commissioner Suggs expressed concern that the road that will be used is a high traffic area and that this would increase the possibility of accidents.

 

After review of the site map and discussion, Commissioner Bush made a motion to approve SP99-3 by Resolution in that the Board of County Commissioners have determined and found that a need exists for an excavation and mining operation; and the location of excavation and mining operation on the property described is in the public interest; and the application for a special permit for an excavation and mining operation on the property described is in compliance with the provisions of Section 14.7 of the Land Development Regulations; excluding Section 7 and adding to Section 5.a “A storage facility with a sealed concrete floor and containment area that complies with the State Statutes and Regulations shall be constructed on site for the storage of petroleum products. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and passed by a 4-1 vote as follows;

 

Bush                 Yes

Thomas            Yes

Wilkerson         Yes

Suggs               No

Durden Yes


                                                             RESOLUTION 00-07

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A SPECIAL PERMIT TO ALLOW A BORROW PIT AS AN EXCAVATION AND MINING OPERATION ON CERTAIN LANDS WITHIN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS AUTHORIZED UNDER SECTION 14.7 OF ORDINANCE J93-04, AS AMENDED, PROVIDING FOR REVOCATION OF THE SPECIAL PERMIT; REPEALING RESOLUTIONS IN CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

 

Public Hearing / Resolution SP99-4 / Langford

 

Kim Yozgat read the Concurrency Assessment for SP99-4 an application by Ray Langford, requesting a special permit for a borrow pit as an excavation and mining operation be granted as provided for in Section 14.7 of the Land Development Regulations in accordance with an application, dated December 6, 1999, in an AGRICULTURAL-2 (A-2) zoning district on the following property; a parcel of land lying within Section 35, Township 9 South, Range 16 East, Gilchrist County, Florida.  Being more particularly described, as follows: The East 1/4 of the South 1/3 of the Southeast 1/4 of said Section 35. 

 

The Planning and Zoning Board have reviewed the application and recommended that the Board of Commissioners approve SP99-4 after determination of the following:

1.                  A need exists for an excavation and mining operation;

2.                  The location of an excavation and mining operation on the property described is in the public interest;

3.                  The application for a special permit for an excavation and mining operation on the property is in compliance with the provisions of Section 14.7 of the Land Development Regulations

 

Mr. Ray Langford, the petitioner, was present to address the Board regarding this petition.  Mr. Langford, 6099 SE 70th Avenue, Newberry, Florida, was sworn in by Joe Gilliam, Clerk of Court, to give testimony to the intended operations and use. 

 

Mr. Langford proceeded with his testimony relating to a need for the excavation and mining operation and that the location of an excavation and mining operation on the property is in the public interest. Mr. Langford stated that this site is an existing phosphate mine that has been in existence for 40 to 50 years. This site, as it exist, cannot be used for any purpose.  He would like to have it accessible as some type of agricultural use.  He intends to remove the overburden and slope the sides to make it usable for agricultural. He needs a special permit because it is over ½ acre.  There are two pits together, totaling 10 acres.  The sides of the pit do not currently comply with the regulations and will need to be sloped. The nearest residence is 1/8 mile. He will sell fill dirt to someone to haul but not on a regular basis.  The public interest would be to provide fill dirt for construction and to improve his property.

 

After review of the Board, Commissioner Bush made a motion to approve SP99-4 by Resolution in that the Baord of County Commissioners have determined and found that a need exists for an excavation and mining operation; and the location of excavation and mining operation on the property described is in the public interest; and the application for a special permit for an excavation and mining operation on the propety described is in compliance with the provisions of Section 14.7 of the Land Development Regulations; excluding Section 7 and adding to Section 5.a, “A storage facility with a sealed concrete floor and containment area that complies with the State Statutes and Regulations shall be constructed on site for the storage of petroleum products.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs and unanimously approved.

 

 

 

 

 


                                                             RESOLUTION 00-08

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A SPECIAL PERMIT TO ALLOW A BORROW PIT AS AN EXCAVATION AND MINING OPERATION ON CERTAIN LANDS WITHIN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS AUTHORIZED UNDER SECTION 14.7 OF ORDINANCE 93-04, AS AMENDED, ENTITLED GILCHRIST COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; PROVIDING FOR REVOCATION OF THE SPECIAL PERMIT; REPEALING RESOLUTIONS IN CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

 

 

Public Hearing/ SP 99-5 / Bell:

 

Mr. Jerry Fletcher was present to represent Anderson Columbia..   Mr. Fletcher, Route 22, Box 2922, Lake City, Florida 32024,was sworn in by Joe Gilliam, Clerk of Court.

 

Ron McQueen read the Concurrency Assessment from the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council for SP99-5 finding this an acceptable use. They have filed a master plan with the Planning and Zoning Board.

 

This mining will only be done for the CR 340 project.  The site is located on a parcel of land lying within Section 18, Township 8 South, Range 15 East, Gilchrist County Florida.  Being more particularly described, as follows: The Southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4 of said Section 18. 

 

Mr. Fletcher stated that they have already secured the permits from Water Management and from the Department of Transportation.  He explained that they would clean the scrub oaks off of the site.  The trucks will have access to the property off of CR 340. 

 

After discussion, Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to approve Special Permit 99-5 by resolution whereas, the Board of County Commissioners have determined and found that a need exists for an excavation and mining operation; the location of an excavation and mining operation on the property described is in the public interest; the application for a special permit for an excavation and mining operation on the property described below is in compliance with the provisions of Section 14.7 of the Land Development Regulations; and the applicant has shown by competent substantial evidence that it meets or exceeds the requirements of the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations.  Commissioner Bush seconded the motion and the vote of the Board was unanimous.

 

                                                             RESOLUTION 00-09

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A SPECIAL PERMIT TO ALLOW A BORROW PIT AS AN EXCAVATION AND MINING OPERATION ON CERTAIN LANDS WITHIN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS AUTHORIZED UNDER SECTION 14.7 OF ORDINANCE 93-04, AS AMENDED, ENTITLED GILCHRIST COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; PROVIDING FOR REVOCATION OF THE SPECIAL PERMIT; REPEALING RESOLUTIONS IN CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

 

 

 


Public Hearing / SP 99-6 / Byrd

 

Mr. Fletcher was also the representative for Anderson Columbia for Special Permit 99-6.  This project is also for the CR 340 project.  The site only covers 1 acre and is located on a parcel of land lying within Section 6, Township 8 South, Range 16 East, Gilchrist County, Florida.  Being more particularly described, as follows: The Southeast 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southeast 1/4 of said Section 6.

 

Mr. McQueen stated that the Concurrency Assessment established that this application meets or exceeds the requirements of the Comp Plan and Land Development Regulations.

 

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve Special Permit 99-6 by resolution whereas, the Board of County Commissioners have determined and found that a need exists for an excavation and mining operation; the location of an excavation and mining operation on the property described is in the public interest; the application for a special permit for an excavation and mining operation on the property described below is in compliance with the provisions of Section 14.7 of the Land Development Regulations; and the applicant has shown by competent substantial evidence that it meets or exceeds the requirements of the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Regulations.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and unanimously approved.

                                                             RESOLUTION 00-10

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A SPECIAL PERMIT TO ALLOW A BORROW PIT AS AN EXCAVATION AND MINING OPERATION ON CERTAIN LANDS WITHIN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS AUTHORIZED UNDER SECTION 14.7 OF ORDINANCE 93-04, AS AMENDED, ENTITLED GILCHRIST COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; PROVIDING FOR REVOCATION OF THE SPECIAL PERMIT; REPEALING RESOLUTIONS IN CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

 

Public Hearing / Comprehensive Plan Amendment (School Board) Future Land Use Plan Map Amendment

 

The Board opened the public hearing for the Comprehensive Plan Amendment 99-3 for the School Board Future Land Use Plan Map Amendment.  Ordinance 00-03 has been prepared for adoption by the Board.

 

Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve Ordinance 00-03 for the Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the School Board Future Land Use Plan Map Amendment.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and unanimously approved.

 

                                                             ORDINANCE 00-03

 

AN ORDINANCE OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 94-01, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO CHANGING THE LAND USE CLASSIFICATION OF MORE THAN TEN ACRES OF LAND, PURSUANT TO AN APPLICATION BY THE PROPERTY OWNER OF SAID ACREAGE TO AMEND THE FUTURE LAND USE PLAN MAP OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, UNDER THE REGULAR AMENDMENT PROCEDURES ESTABLISHED IN SECTION 163.3161 THROUGH 163.3215, FLORIDA STATUTES; PROVIDING FOR A CHANGE IN LAND USE CLASSIFICATION FROM INDUSTRIAL TO PUBLIC OF CERTAIN LANDS WITHIN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA OF GILCHRIST COUNT, FLORIDA; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.


 

Public Hearing / Comprehensive Plan Amendment , Board of County Commissioners, Text Amendment for Economic Development:

 

Mr. McQueen referred the Board to Ordinance 00-04 amending Ordinance 94-01 and adding an Economic Development element to the Comprehensive Plan.  Kim Yozgat reviewed the Ordinance with the Board. 

 

 

                                                             ORDINANCE 00-04

 

AN ORDINANCE OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 94-01, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO AN AMENDMENT TO THE TEXT OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, UNDER THE REGULAR AMENDMENT PROCEDURES ESTABLISHED I SECTION 163.3161 THROUGH 163.3215, FLORIDA STATUTES; ADDING AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ELEMENT TO THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Commissioner Suggs moved to approve the Ordinance 00-04, subject to review of the Attorney and the Board Chairman reserving the right to make recommended changes at the next meeting.  Commissioner Thomas seconded the motion.  The vote of the Board was unanimous.

 

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 Bush and approved unanimously.

 

 

                                                                                                                                       APPROVED:                            

 

 

 

                                                                                                               RANDY DURDEN, CHAIR    

ATTEST:

 

 

 

JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK