MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD JULY 10, 2000.
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Monday, July 10, 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
Fred Wilkerson, Vice Chair
John Rance Thomas
Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Circuit Court, Sam Mutch, County Attorney, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Sam Ferguson, Director of Finance, Sheriff David Turner, Jeff Jordan, James Gift, John Ayers, Tom Crittenden, Lavern Bradley, Nathan Martin, Joye Brown, Ed Bayer, Lee Shaltenbrand, Ron Mills, Gary Martin, Phil Chauncey.
Approval of Bills, Budget Entries & Minutes:
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the bills as submitted. The motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve budget entries BE 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123 and 127. The motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the minutes of the Emergency Meeting on June 12, 2000. The motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on May 15, 2000. The motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on June 19, 2000. Commissioner Suggs wanted to clarify for the record that under “Old Business in the issue of the NAPA store,” she did not tell the Road Department employees not to go to the NAPA store in Trenton and that she had problems with warranty issues not personal problems with them. The motion carried unanimously.
Hazardous Materials Cost Recovery Ordinance - Mr. Mutch reported that he is still waiting for a reply from the City of Trenton regarding the City and County HazMat Ordinance.
Ginnie Springs vs. Gilchrist County - Mr. Jim Quinn, Department of Community Affairs, will contact Mr. Mutch in regards to arranging a mediation in this case.
Fowler Litigation - This case went to mediation two weeks ago, with eight parties present. Mr. Mutch explained that Mr. Fowler wants access to his property through an old road that he contends is a public right-of-way. It was agreed in mediation, to straighten out the road granting access to Mr. Fowler. The old fence line followed the path of the road and not the actual property lines. Each of the property owners on the North and the South are giving 15 feet of easement. They are asking the Board of County Commissioners to grant an easement to each of the adjoining property owners along the road way. They have also requested that the road closure fee in the amount of $500 be waived. The property owners agree to pay $250 for the advertising fees. They also request assistance from the County Road Department, for a maximum of eight (8) hours, to realign the road. Mr. Mutch further explained that if the County would assert that the road is a public right-of-way, by maintenance, the road can be closed.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to accept the Fowler litigation settlement and waive the $500 road closure fee with the property owners paying $250 for advertising cost. The motion carried unanimously.
Request for Easement - Mr. James Gift has requested that an easement be granted over a public right-of-way to allow him to run a sewer line from a building site located along the Santa Fe River to his property East of the road. This property is located in Ira Bea’s Oasis.
Mr. James Gift was present and addressed the Board regarding this matter. He stated that the petition submitted by residents of Ira Bea’s Oasis was in opposition to placing a mobile home on this property and that he has changed his plans to build a home instead. He cannot run a septic tank and field on this property.
Ron McQueen explained to the Board that if an easement was granted for this purpose, it would be setting a precedent for anyone owning a lot along the river, unable to obtain a permit for septic purposes, would expect the same opportunity for off site disposal.
The Board agreed that a public hearing should be scheduled for this issue. Commissioner Durden reminded the Board that another meeting should be scheduled for the month of July to comply with the requirements of the TRIM Budget Hearings.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to schedule a meeting on Monday, July 31, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners meeting room. The motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to set Mr. Gift’s request for a public hearing at 6:00 p.m., Monday, August 21, 2000 at Bell City Hall. The motion carried unanimously.
Request by Mary Myers - Ms. Myers requested to be placed on the agenda for August 7, 2000 to discuss enforcement of deed restrictions. The Board agreed to schedule this for Monday, August 21, 2000 at 5:30 p.m. at Bell City Hall. The Board directed Mr. Mutch to notify Ms. Myers that they will discuss the issue but not deed restrictions.
County Planner - Mr. Mutch reported that after interviews there are three possible candidates for the Planner position. Mr. Mutch suggest that the chairman sit in on an interview of these three individuals.
Mr. Mutch read the short title of Resolution 00-29 concerning a promissory note to Capital City Bank for $55,758.00 to purchase a new Caterpillar 120 H Motor Grader. This permits the Board of County Commissioners to borrow this amount to be paid in four installments of $12,702.95 with one installment of $12,702.94. The fixed rate of interest is 5.7% per annum.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the resolution to borrow the money from Capital City Bank for a new grader. Mr. Gilliam confirmed that there was a public bid opening with Capital City Bank being the low bid. The motion carried unanimously. (A copy of Resolution 00-29 is attached and made a part of these minutes.)
Commissioner Suggs /
Massage Business (request) - A local resident, who owns a massage business, has asked Commissioner Suggs for the use of one of the voting precinct. He would like to hold classes in the building for “pain management” and “stress management.” He would charge for these classes. The Board agreed that although the precinct buildings are for public use, they may not be used for business use.
Road Issue - Commissioner Suggs informed the Board that a previous road issue at the Lenny and Ralph Smith property has not been resolved. A resident had placed a fence in the road preventing the school bus from turning around. The fence had been removed but the resident has placed another one in the road three weeks before the end of school. Sam Mutch will take a deputy and see the resident today about the problem.
Sheriff Turner - Sheriff Turner submitted his report for the month of June. Lt. Lombard has contacted Ron McQueen about painting the Jail. There will be a jail inspection in 90 days.
Sheriff Turner asked the Board to authorize Chairman Durden to sign the “Deputy Blanket Bond” for 35 sworn deputies. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve and authorize the Chairman to sign the Blanket Bond. The motion carried unanimously.
Sheriff Turner submitted a check to the Board in the amount of $1,979.60 for Civil Fees.
Ron McQueen will provide ten (10) gallons of latex paint for the jail. Sheriff Turner will obtain a price on the fifteen (15) gallons of enamel paint.
Church Property - No written response has been received at this time, however, Mr. Gilliam has been speaking with a church representative.
Budgets - Mr. Gilliam refereed the Board to a recap of the tentative budgets. The current deficit in revenue projection is $993,930.
A meeting has been approved and scheduled for July 31, 2000 to decide the proposed millage rates for MSTU and AD Valorem Taxes. Mr. Gilliam will project the current year roll back rate with those proposed rates. The current rate is 10% on Ad Valorem and 1% on MSTU.
The Board agreed to reschedule the first meeting in September from the 4th to the 5th and to schedule the tentative budget hearing for that meeting.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to maintain the 10 mills for the proposed millage rate. The motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to maintain 1 mill for the proposed MSTU rate. The motion carried unanimously.
Courthouse Renovations - The plans have been received for review. The Construction Manager indicated that these plans were not 100% complete. A meeting was held Friday with Karl Thorne, M.M. Parrish, and the electrical engineer to finalize changes. Once the changes have been completed, PPI an submit the bids.
The Board discussed the problems with the progress of this project. The Board directed the County Attorney to draft a letter of concern to Mr. Ken Reeves and Mr. Karl Thorne to be faxed today.
Mr. Gilliam informed the Board that he had also met with A.D.G. on the Site Plan for the Judicial complex.
Judicial Complex Financing - Gardnyr Michael Capital, Inc. has been providing assistance in developing possible sources of financing. It currently appears that the USDA Rural Development loan would be the best choice considering the amount the County would need to utilize. Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to proceed with Gardnyr Michael Capital inc. The motion carried unanimously.
SHIP Loan / Christine Potter - The Board had previously approved a SHIP Loan for Ms. Christine Potter for $17,500. This application exceeded the 120 day limit to close because of the finance institution she chose. At the time of application, Ms. Potter qualified for $17,500 because of her son’s income. He has since moved out and she now qualifies for $22,500. The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends to recertify her loan at $22,500. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the Ship Loan for Christine Potter in the amount of $22,500. The motion carried unanimously.
North Central Florida Health Planning Council - The terms of office of the members of the Board of Directors of the North Central Florida Health Planning Council expire September 30, 2000. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to reappoint Scott Guthrie to the North Central Florida Health Planning Council. The motion carried unanimously.
Road Projects - Sam Ferguson put out a RFP for a line of credit for the planned road projects. The bid was for a line of credit for $1,000,000. Monies paid out on these projects will be reimbursed. Capital City Bank submitted the lowest interest rate of 5.48%. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to accept the line of credit with Capital City Bank for $1,000,000 at 5.48% interest. The motion carried unanimously.
Tax Deed Sale - A Tax Deed Sale was held on January 25, 2000. There was a bid of $61.73 over the amount due at the time of the sale. According to the RULES OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE DIVISION OF AD VALOREM TAX MANUAL, Chapter 12-D-12.38, DISBURSEMENT OF PROCEEDS OF SALE; attempts have been made to notify the owner. The end of the 90 day waiting period has passed, therefore these funds are to be transferred to the Board of County Commissioners. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to transfer the overage of $61.73 to the Board of County Commissioners. The motion carried unanimously.
Health Department / Property - At the joint meeting with the City of Trenton, the Board of County Commissioners did not agree to purchase the property offered for the Health Department facility. Commissioner Wilkerson informed the Board, that since that time, several individuals have contacted him in regards to properties they would be willing to sell the County for this purpose. Mr. Gilliam indicated that there are at least four (4) possible sites that could be considered. The Board directed Joe Gilliam to meet with Sable Bolling to prioritize these sites by location and price before presenting them to the Board.
Courthouse Renovations - Chairman Durden read a letter drafted by Sam Mutch to Ken Reeves and Karl Thorne. This letter is in reference to the lack of progress to date on the Courthouse renovations. Mr. Mutch asked both firms to give a new schedule with an addendum to the original contract which provides penalties if the deadlines are missed. The Board directed Mr. Mutch to send the letter as written.
Tom Crittenden / Auto Parts:
Mr. Tom Crittenden addressed the Board in regards to the County Road Department. He stated that it was brought to his attention that several of the members of the Road Department had asked them to clarify a situation where they had been told not to purchase from his NAPA store. He wanted the Board to tell him the reason for this.
Commissioner Suggs explained to Mr. Crittenden that the employees were never told not to buy from the Trenton store. She had told them that she had had an issue over a warranty problem with him and that if he would do business with her that way he would do business with the County that way. She told them that she wanted them to start spreading the business around to the two other parts stores as well.
After further discussion, the Board concluded that it was not the policy of the County to prohibit a department from purchasing from a vendor and if the need did arise it would be a Board decision. The Board agreed that there would not be a problem with the County purchasing from the Trenton NAPA store. Chairman Durden stated to Mr. Crittenden that this would be conveyed to the employees.
Jim Brantley / Tri-County Tourism Project:
Mr. Jim Brantley came before the Board to present the Community Rural Action Plan. Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie Counties had secured one of the pilot projects from the Florida Association of Counties. In all three applications were submitted as a tri-county effort to create a tourism program that would serve the region.
Mr. Brantley provided the Board with a copy of the action plan and reviewed the steps in the
process for local strategy development.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the County Rural Development Project. The motion carried unanimously.
The meeting recessed at 11:50 a.m.
The meeting reconvened at 1:20 p.m.
DOT / Joye Brown / 5 Yr. Work Program:
Ms. Joye Brown addressed the Board regarding the Florida Department of Transportation Adopted 5 Year Work Program.
1. Nature Cost Greenway; from Dixie County to Levy County and Trenton
2. SR 26; at CR 341 and at Lancaster, left turn lanes.
3. SR 47; from CR 232 to Columbia County line, resurfacing.
4. SR 47; from Trenton, to CR 232, resurfacing.
Ms. Brown also asked the Board to submit new project request in writing Oct 1, 2000. The Board discussed the need to four-lane SR26. Ms. Brown recommends that a letter be submitted to request D.O.T. to do a study on this portion of road.
Nathan Martin reported that the mine has been blasted with 76 holes. He also reported that the Road Department worked overtime hours the past week because of the weather. They were called out for a number of downed trees.
Commissioner Suggs mentioned that Marvin Blankenship, an asphalt contractor, has offered to donate his equipment and labor for two days to overlay some of the roads in the Spring Ridge Subdivision, if the county will purchase the asphalt.
Mr. Don Alexander will meet with Wayne Gothard to determine the distance needed and the cost.
EMA / County Coordinator Report:
Carolina Power and Light - Mr. McQueen informed the Board that this company is considering a location in Gilchrist County for a peak performance generating plant. It would burn on LP gas and require a large line transmission. It would be a clean burning plant. A special exception would be required.
Hazardous Materials Recovery Interlocal Agreement - A signed copy of the Interlocal Agreement for Hazardous Materials Recovery has been received by the City of Fanning Springs for approval by the Board of County Commissioners. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the Interlocal Agreement for Hazardous Materials Recovery with the City of Fanning Springs. The motion carried unanimously.
Lt. Barry Lombard / Code Enforcement Board - Because of his responsibilities with the Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Lombard has resigned his position with the Code Enforcement Board. Mr. McQueen request that the Board make a recommendation to fill two (2) vacancies on this Board. Commissioner Bush recommends Joseph Fink. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve Joseph Fink to the Code Enforcement Board. The motion carried unanimously.
Economic Development Grant with OTTED - The grant has been closed out with OTTED for the AquaPenn Spring Water Company (now Dannon International) and the County has two (2) years to meet the final monitoring of the number of employees for the Dannon Company. The plant manager has advised that with the last expansion they are close to that number.
Small County Outreach Program - Mr. McQueen has submitted two roads for the Small County Outreach Program. 1) SE 70th Avenue (Martinz Grade) from CR 337 to SR 26. 2) SE 90th Avenue, including SE 110th Street from SR 26 to CR 337.
Waters Lake Park & McArthur Park Phase II - The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded grants for the Waters Lake Park project and McArthur Park Phase II. Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to accept the grant for Waters Lake Park in the amount of $50,000 and the grant for McArthur Park in the amount of $111,750. The motion carried unanimously.
Comp Plan / Economic Development - The Economic Development portion of the Comp Plan is in the review process. It had been altered to meet the funding criteria for the project at Waccasassa.
Emergency Management Base Grant - The Department of Community Affairs has notified the County that the FY 2000-01 Emergency Management Base Grant Funding will be awarded in the amount of $105,806 for full time programs.
Landfill Road / NW 10th Street Bid Award / Mills Engineering:
Mr. Phil Chauncey presented the bids submitted to the Board for the Landfill Road project. The low bidder was V.E. Whitehurst and Sons.
V.E. Whitehurst & Sons $381,402.40
Anderson Columbia 407,120.80
S&T Services 461,401.32
John Hibb 475,741.18
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the bid from V.E. Whitehurst and Sons for the Landfill Road project in the amount of $381,402.40 per the recommendation of the County Engineer. The motion carried unanimously.
The Board directed the County Attorney to prepare a contract to be executed by V.E. Whitehurst and the Board of County Commissioners.
Tom Scott Road / Paving :
(This item was tabled at the meeting of June 19, 2000)
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to remove the Tom Scott Road discussion from the table. The motion carried unanimously.
It is the policy of the Board of County Commissioners for anything over $10,000 to be bid. However, Mr. Mutch explained the policy may be suspended if the Board concludes that there is a public purpose to do so. Considering that the contractor, Anderson Columbia, is already near the site, there may be a considerable amount of savings to the County to have them pave the Tom Scott Road at this time.
Mr. Chauncey commented on the necessary preparations of the road to have it paved in place. This road is approximately 1/3 mile in distance.
The Board discussed other County roads that would be a priority over the Tom Scott Road. Joe Gilliam and Sam Ferguson will review the budget for available monies for paving. The Board took no action at this time.
(Commissioner Suggs left the meeting at 3:05 p.m.)
Solid Waste Report:
Roll Off Truck / Repairs - Diane Avery reported that repairs are needed for one of the roll off trucks. Last week, one of the drivers was in route to the Transfer Station in Gainesville when the right front brake ignited. The truck was towed to Ring Power in Gainesville for repairs. Ring Power gave an estimate of $2,300 for the brake repairs. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the repairs. The motion carried unanimously. (Commissioner Suggs absent).
(Commissioner Suggs returned to the meeting at 3:15 p.m.)
Garbage Containers - Ms. Avery request permission from the Board to purchase two additional garbage containers. One (1) for the garbage compactor and one (1) for the yard lifts. The estimated cost is $7,208 for both boxes plus $100 per crate. Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the purchase of two roll off containers in the amount of $7,208 plus $100 for the crates. The motion carried unanimously.
Fanning Springs Wayside Picnic Area / Resolution 00-30:
Mr. McQueen explained the Resolution before the Board. This resolution opposes the Fanning Springs State Recreation Area Revised Conceptual Land Use Plan. The plan includes closing the current entrance to the wayside park and picnic area and re-routing traffic through a ranger station where a fee would be charged to all those wishing to enter the wayside park.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve Resolution 00-30, opposing the closing of the park. The motion carried unanimously.
(Resolution 00-30 is attached and made a part of these minutes.)
Preliminary Plat / Deer Meadows Subdivision:
Mr. Pardue was present to resubmit the preliminary plats for SD 00-5, Deer Meadows and SD 00-6 (Quail Meadows). Ron McQueen explained that these subdivisions interconnect for the purpose of emergency vehicles. There are two outside entrances separate for each of the subdivisions.
It is the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Board to approve this plat. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the preliminary plat for Quail Meadows. The motion carried unanimously.
Preliminary Plat / Quail Meadows Subdivision:
Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the preliminary plat for Quail Meadows. The motion carried unanimously.
Commissioner Rudy Malloy Candidacy to NACo / Resolution 00-25:
Commissioner Suggs explained the Resolution before the Board regarding the candidacy of Commissioner Rudy Malloy for the NACo Vice Presidency. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve Resolution 00-25 in support of Commissioner Maloy. The motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to permit Commissioner Maloy of Leon County, to vote the proxy of Gilchrist County at the NACo meeting. The motion carried unanimously.
Sable Boling / Health Department:
Ms. Sable Boling came before the Board in regards to the acquisition of property for the Gilchrist County Health Facility. Mr. Gilliam explained that a committee including Ms. Boling would meet to prioritize a list of properties that have been offered for sale to the County for the Health Department facility.
Ms. Boling stated that she has eight (8) weeks to finalize the grant application. She prefers that the new location for the facility be on SR 26. Commissioner Wilkerson, Joe Gilliam, Ron McQueen and Ms. Boling will meet this week to obtain more information on the properties available for consideration.
Hart Springs Manager Position:
Commissioner Thomas and Ron McQueen interviewed two applicants for the Hart Springs Manager position. Commissioner Thomas commented that with both applicants, the salary was negotiable. It is their recommendation to offer the job to Mr. Amos Philman at a starting salary of $23,000.
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to offer the position to Mr. Philman, based on the recommendation of Commissioner Thomas, with a starting salary of $23,000 . The motion carried unanimously.
Considering the problems encountered in the past, Commissioner Bush recommended that the Boards policy should prohibit the manager at Hart Springs to have pets at the Park or residence.
The Board discussed the various problems and current disrepair at the park.
Don Alexander / Spring Ridge VFD:
Mr. Don Alexander came before the Board to request approval for work to be done at the Spring Ridge Fire Station. He has obtained a bid in the amount of $2,500 for labor, stucco for the building and plastering the ceiling. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush to approve the purchase order in the amount of $2,500 to Charlie Schoshler for this work. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Alexander also advised the Board of a situation in the Spring Ridge Subdivision in which individuals have bought lots and then two persons have bought a lot between their individual lots and split this lot down the middle. Then each one will own 1 ½ acres. This will leave a 30 ft utility easement down their property. Mr. Alexander ask if a change in the Land Development Regulations be made rather than to have this property replatted. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to refer this to the Planning and Zoning Board for review and recommendation.
A.D.G. / Conceptual Site Plan:
Mr. Joe Gilliam brought the Conceptual Site Plan for the Judicial Facility before the Board for their review.
(The meeting recessed at 5:15 p.m.)
(The meeting reconvened at 6:15 p.m.)
Public Hearing / Amending the Budget:
(A notice of Public Hearing appeared in the July 6, 2000 issue of the Gilchrist County Journal and Proof of Publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)
Motion by Commissioner, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, adopt Resolution 00-026 amending the Transportation Project/Impact Fee Fund (141) by an increase of $15,018.88 in the form of cash carry forward for the previous fiscal year. The motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to adopt Resolution 00-27 amending the Law Enforcement Trust Fund (120) by an increase of $28,015.02 in the form of cash carry forward from the previous fiscal year. The motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to adopt Resolution 00-0-28 amending the General Fund (001) by an increase of $66,577.42 which represents $45.594.27 from the Sheriff’s Office; $17,175.54 from the Tax Collector’s Office; and $6,807.61 from the Property Appraiser’s Office in the form of cash carry forward from the previous fiscal year. The motion carried unanimously.
(Resolutions 00-26, 00-27 and 00-28 are attached and made a part of these minutes.)
Public Hearing / Ordinance adopting Code of Ordinances:
(The Notice of Public Hearing for Ordinance 00-11 appeared in the June 29, 2000 issue of the Gilchrist County Journal and Proof of Publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office)
The County Attorney read the short title of Ordinance 00-11 adopting the Gilchrist County Code of Ordinances. Mr. Mutch explained the use of this Code for the County and for the public’s use. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to adopt Ordinance 00-11. The motion carried unanimously.
(A copy of Ordinance 00-11 is attached and made a part of these minutes.)
Commissioner’s Committee Reports:
Commissioner Suggs request on behalf of the Gleaner’s organization that the pews from the Cruise precinct building be removed. Commissioner Suggs recommended that they be distributed among the voting precincts. The Board agreed.
Commissioner Bush informed the Board that the Charlie Smith has been appointed chairman of the Florida Crown Workforce.
Mr. Gilliam stated that Sam Ferguson will be scheduling workshops with the Departments and the Commissioners over the next two weeks.
Mr. Philip Russell, SE 80th Street, addressed the Board regarding problems with SE 80th Street since the mud bog has been opened. He has had at least six (6) accidents occur in front of his home and had to replace his mail box twice. He states that the road is in serious disrepair. He would ask that the Board consider paving this road.
Ms. Judith Revero, SE 80th Street, was also present in regards to the road. Commissioner Suggs replied that this road is not a current priority for paving but may be within the next few years.
Ms. Michelle Crawford came before the Board in regards to the Hart Springs Park. Ms. Crawford submitted a list of items that needed to be taken care of at the Park. Commissioner Thomas advised Ms. Crawford and others present that the Board has decided to offer the Manager position to Mr. Amos Philman.
Ms. Crawford and her family have been camping at the Park this summer and wanted the Commission to know the problems that exist. She is embarrassed by the condition of the park and contends that some of these problems are a matter of safety. She proposes that the County sell the park, close it down, or find someone who can take care of it.
The Board discussed several of the problems that exist and explained that with the new Park Manager and other plans that are in place, these issues will be resolved. The safety issues will take priority.
There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, moved to adjourn at 7:05 p.m.
JOSEPH W. GILLIAM RANDY DURDEN