MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD NOVEMBER 20, 2000.

 

The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Monday, November 20, 2000, at 4:15 p.m. in Bell City Hall, located in the Bell Train Depot at 3240 W. Rail Road Lane, Bell, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:

                                               

                                                Randy Durden, Chairman

                                                Wilbur Bush

                                                Sue B. Suggs

                                                John Rance Thomas

                                                Fred Wilkerson

                                               

 

Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Court, Sam Mutch, County Attorney, Sam Ferguson, Director of Finance, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Judge Edward Philman, Mark Suggs, Sheriff David Turner, Sgt. John Webster, Allen Luzader, Aline Kazokas, Michael Kern, L.J. Teague, Brenda Scruggs, Joseph Simmons, Terry Teague, Wanda Roland, Juanita Carter, Ruth Harlan, Edward Futral, Cindy Futral, Nick Camuccio, Margie Grant, Sharon Bard, Bill Bard, Gene Parrish, Teresa Parrish, James Bollinger, Delight Curtis, William Royster, Sheila Royster, Alice Spears, Bryan Doyle, Dorothy Jackson, Robert Jackson, Lettie Roberts, Hoyt Roberts, Sherrie Jackson.

 

 

Call to Order:

 

Chairman Durden called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m. 

 

Swearing-In of New Commissioners:

 

The Honorable Edward Philman, County Judge, gave the Oath of Office to Commissioners/Elect Wilbur Bush, Randy Durden and Sue Suggs. (1/050)

 

Judge Philman congratulated Commissioners Bush, Durden and Suggs. 

 

            The meeting recessed at 4:25 p.m.

 

            The meeting reconvened at 4:40 p.m.

 

Amendments to the Agenda:

 

            Additions:          South East Gilchrist Volunteer Fire Department

                                    S.H.I.P. Loans

 

Consent Agenda:

 

Motion by Commissioner Bush, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to accept the Consent Agenda.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/160)

 

 

 

Attorney’s Report:

 

Ginnie Springs vs. Gilchrist County - The Board convened in  Executive Session at 3:00 p.m. today to discuss the proposed settlement. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Bush, to accept the settlement agreement and authorize the Chairman and the Attorney to sign on behalf of Gilchrist County.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/175)

 

Waccasassa VFD - Mr. Mutch has contacted the City of Winter Haven and Prince Georges County, Maryland concerning the donations of equipment to the Waccasassa VFD.  Mr. Mutch read and submitted copies of the correspondence to the City of Winter Haven and Prince Georges County.  

 

Mr. McQueen reminded the Board that Rick Weder is, technically, not considered an ex-member of the fire department.  He was not on the roster and had not completed the paperwork required to sign up. Mr. Ivines will meet with Mr. McQueen this week to help resolve the issues with the equipment. Considering that Mr. Weder was not officially a member of the fire department, the Board agreed that he would no longer be dealt with concerning the department.  (1/210)

 


Risk Management - Mr. Mutch received the risk management packet from COREGIS. Mr. Mutch will meet with Chairman Durden to review the risk management procedures in the County. (1/735)


                                                                                                                                               

Academy of Model Aeronautics - A request has been received from the Academy of Model Aeronautics to set up an air field on County property.  Mr. Mutch reported that he has reviewed their insurance and found it to be sufficient.  They will provide a hold harmless agreement. Mr. Mutch advised the Board to consider the noise created by the model airplanes.

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to permit the attorney to negotiate a hold harmless agreement with AMA.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/744)

 

Association of County Attorney’s Meeting - Mr. Mutch attended the Association of County Attorney’s meeting, in conjunction with the Florida Association Meeting, on November 16, 2000. Mr. Mutch reported that one of the sessions covered the regulating of ‘Pay Day Loan Companies.’ Mr. Mutch recommends the Board consider an Ordinance to regulate these companies in Gilchrist County. (1/885)

 

Karl Thorne & Associates - Mr. Mutch related information regarding Karl Thorne & Associates.  Mr. Mutch believes their may be a case for A.D.G. negligently selecting Mr. Thorne and creating a situation that has cost the County a great deal of money.  Mr. Gilliam recommends a Commissioner attend the next construction meeting on December 6th.  Chairman Durden stated that he would attend. (1/945)

 

            The meeting recessed at 5:00 p.m.

 

            The meeting reconvened at 5:15 p.m.

 

 

Clerk’s Report:

 

Lands Available for Sale - A request has been received to purchase two parcels listed on the Lands Available for Sale list.  Mr. Gilliam provided the Board with a copy of the Tax Collector’s Certificate dated May 20, 1994 which indicates a total amount of $14,770.36 due to the Tax Collector’s Office for these parcels.  The offer was made for a total of $8,000 for both parcels.  Due to the opening bid and the delinquent taxes, it is Mr. Gilliam’s recommendation to not accept this offer.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, second by Commissioner Thomas, to reject the bid on the lands available for sale and to direct Joe Gilliam and Sam Mutch further investigate.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1044)

 

Tax Collector / Postage Reimbursement - Mr. Gilliam submitted two (2) invoices for the Tax Collector’s postage reimbursement for the tax bills. (Postage -  $2,585.95, Smart Mail - $3,596.77).

 

Motion by Commissioner Bush, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to reimburse W.W. Welch, Tax Collector, in the amount of $2,585.95 for postage.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Suggs, to reimburse W.W. Welch, Tax Collector, in the amount of $3,596.77 for Smart Mail Services.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1140)

                                               

Architects Design Group, Inc. - Mr. Gilliam received a memo from ADG in regards to on-going discussions with the Judiciary and Court’s Administration concerning the design of the new Judiciary Complex.  While working with the Judiciary in the design process, it has been directed that the approved Space Needs Assessment needs to be revised.  Commissioner Durden plans to attend the next construction meeting to discuss these changes. (1/1195)

 

Clerk’s Fees - Mr. Gilliam submitted a check to the Board in the amount of $114,167,23 as a refund for FY 1999/2000. (Court Budget - $11,620.16, Board Budget - $13,117.89, Fee Budget - $89,429.18) (1/1298)

 

Special Assessment’s / Hardship’s - Mr. Gilliam explained that the Board has guidelines for financial hardship’s.  These guidelines are derived from State guidelines for indigent and poverty levels.  An individual has applied for this assistance that does not meet the age requirements or the financial requirements.  However, this individual is totally blind and disabled.  Mr. Gilliam recommends that he be granted the hardship based on the medical disability.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Bush, to approve the hardship and pick up the Special Assessment.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1420)

 

Courthouse Renovations - Mr. Gilliam reported that the Judge’s Office and the Court facilities have been relocated to the modular buildings. The third modular building will be delivered this week for the Clerk’s Office. (1/1580)

 

A change order has been received from Karl Thorne Associates for additional work requested by ADG.  The change order is to provide roof curbs for the mounting of the condensing units on the roof.   The change order is in the amount of $1,211.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the change order in the amount of $1,211.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1630)

 

Article V / Grant-in-Aid Agreement - Mr. Gilliam reported that the Article V Grant-in-Aid Agreement has been received in the amount of $100,000. Mr. Gilliam met with Judge Cates and submitted the spending plan.  The plan included $50,000 for relocation expenses and $50,000 for the new Judicial Complex.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the spending plan for the Grant-in-Aid Funds.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1685)

 

S.H.I.P. Loans - Mr. Gilliam presented the S.H.I.P. Loan applications as follows:

 


1)                  Susie Mae Gray, denied by Capital City Bank (County only), very low income, $22,500, for repairs.  The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommended approval, subject to new income verification certificates, in an amount not to exceed $22,500.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the SHIP Loan in the amount of $22,5000 to Susie Mae Gray, subject to new income verification and certification.  The motion carried unanimously. (1/1788)

 

2)                  Betty Workman, Capital City Bank, low income, $17,500, purchase w/rehab. The bank holds a $40,500 mortgage in addition to it.  The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends approval subject to a building inspection, purchase agreement and Contractor’s Proposal.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the SHIP Loan for Betty Workman, subject to building inspection and contractor’s proposal.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1815)

 

3)                  Marvin Stancil, denied by Capital City Bank (County only), very low income, $22,500, rehabilitation only.  The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends approval in the amount of $22,500.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Bush, to approve the SHIP Loan for Marvin Stancil, up to $22,500.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1815)

 

4)                  Debbie Jones, Chase Manhattan Bank, moderate income, $10,000, purchase.  There is an existing bank mortgage in the amount of $36,000.  The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends approval subject to a building inspection.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Bush, to approve the SHIP Loan for Debbie Jones in the amount of $10,000 subject to the Building Inspector approving all of the previous rehab.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1890)

 

5)                  Glen Thigpen, Capital City Bank, low income, $17,500, purchase w/rehab.  The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends approval.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the SHIP Loan for Glen Thigpen.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1920)

 

6)                  Otte Pedersen, Capital City Bank, Moderate Income, $10,000, purchase w/rehab.  The SHIP Loan Committee recommends approval subject to Capital City Bank’s final approval of rehab costs.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, second by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the SHIP Loan for Otte Pedersen, subject to Capital City Bank’s approval of rehab costs.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1960)

 

Tax Deed Sale - On March 28, 2000, there was a Tax Deed Sale that had a bid of $4,054.35 over the amount due at the time of sale.  In October 2000, this amount was remitted to the Board of County Commissioners.  Since that time, a claim of lien on this property has been discovered in the amount of $500.00.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Bush, to pay $500.00 to clear the claim of lien.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1990)

 

Wilson vs. Bryant - Ms. Susan Bryant, Supervisor of Election, request the Board to pay an invoice received from Ronald A. Labasky, Attorney.  These expenses were incurred in the Wilson vs. Bryant case in August 2000. Motion by Commissioner Bush, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to pay the invoice in the amount of $4,792.85 out of the General Fund. The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2095)

 

Subordination Agreement - Mr. Gilliam presented a request for a subordination agreement for Barry and Diane Balcombe.  This request meets with the guidelines set by the Board.  The house was appraised at $72,000.  The new mortgage will be $46,000.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the subordination agreement with Baryy and Diane Balcombe.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2095)

 

Constitutional Officers:

 

Sheriff Turner submitted a letter and spoke to the Board in regards to the jail inspection. There were five (5) deficiencies noted.  Sheriff Turner reported that the following actions have been taken to correct those deficiencies.

 

-           New bulbs were replaced in the cell area to bring up the illumination.

 

-           Regarding the inmate screening form, proper signatures have been updated and signed

               for.

 

-           A policy change has been initiated for the allergy notations on prescriptions.

 

- In addition to the existing jail log, a specific disciplinary confinement form has been           prepared and will be utilized.

 

A fire inspection was also carried out at the jail.  Mr. McQueen addressed some of the findings for the jail inspection, stating that these were of a more serious nature; the fire alarm system, the rear exit, and the ventilation.  Sheriff Turner will write a letter of response once he receives a copy of the report.  (1/2356)

 

Sheriff Turner related a situation with his staff during a court sentencing this past week in which extra security was required.  Sheriff Tuner asked the Board to consider paying for the deputies overtime.  Mr. Gilliam explained that the new modular buildings present different concerns with security.  Normal court days, the regular staff will be sufficient, but with jury trials and high profile cases extra security will be necessary.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, second by Commissioner Thomas, to pay the overtime out of court funds when such situations arise.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2760)

 

 

Public Hearing / Building Department / Proposed Increase in Fees:

 

Allen Luzader reviewed the list of proposed increases in the Building Department fees. 

 

                Permit Type:                                          Current Fee                           Proposed Fee

 

                Re-roofing                                             $1.5 per square                     $3.00 per square

                Roof-overs                                            $0.02 sq ft.                             Same

                Swimming Pools                                   $75.00                                     $100.00

                Pole Barns                                             $0.03 sq ft (open) Same

                                                                                $0.05 sq ft (closed)               Same

                                                                                $35.00 min. fee                      Same

                Sheds                                                     $0.03 sq ft                              Same

                Masonry Fence Walls                         $35.00                                     Same

                Sign Permits                                          $50.00                                     Same

                Re-inspection Fee                                $30.00                                     $50.00

                Minimum Fee Single Family N/C      $35.00                                     $100.00

                New Construction

                                (homes/commercial)             $0.05                                       $0.10

                Radon

                                (homes/commercial)             $0.01                                       Same

                Fire (commercial)                  $0.01                                       $0.05 max. $500.00

                Residential Plan Review                      $25.00                                     $50.00

                Commercial Plan Review                     $50.00                                     $100.00

                Electric Permits                                     $30.00                                     $60.00 each/per panel

                Plumbing Permits                 $30.00                                     $60.00 each/per bathroom

                Heat/Air Permits                                   $30.00                                     $60.00 each/per unit

                911 signs                                               $10.00                                     Same

                Single Wide Move On Permits          $75.00                                     Same

                Double Wide Move On Permits        $100.00                                   Same

                Triple Wide Move On                         $125.00                                   Same

                Quad Wide Move On                          $150.00                                   Same

                Remodeling/Renovations                   $50.00                                     $75.00

                Decks/Porches/Misc.                          $0.03 sq ft                              Same

                                                                                ($35.00 Minimum)

 

The Board discussed the increases with Mr. Luzader.  The fees have not been increased since February 1994. Commissioner Suggs stated that these increases should be made available to the public prior to making a decision.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Bush, to schedule and advertise a Public Hearing for these proposed increases on December 4, 2000 at 5:30 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.  The Board directed Mr. Luzader to have the list of proposed fees published in the Gilchrist County Journal. (1/3019)

 

Public Hearing / Ordinance 00-16 / Truck Parking:

 

(A notice of Public Hearing appeared in the November 9, 2000 issue of the Gilchrist County Journal and Proof of Publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)

 

Sam Mutch reviewed the provisions of Ordinance 00-16.  The Board discussed the Ordinance and agreed it was too restrictive.  Mr. Gilliam recommended that Judge Philman and Sheriff Turner be consulted for changes to the ordinance.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to table Ordinance 00-16 for Truck Parking on Property until December 4, 2000 at 6:00 p.m..  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/3815)

 

Public Hearing / Resolution 00-67 / Special Permit / William Royster:

 

Valerie Anderson addressed the Board regarding the application for a Special Permit by William Royster.  This special permit is to allow for the enlargement of an existing barrow pit.  Ms. Anderson stated that the application does meet all of the requirements. 

 

Chairman Durden asked if anyone present requested a formal Quasi Judicial Hearing.  It was determined that this would be an informal Quasi Judicial Hearing.  Mr. Mutch read the short title of Resolution 00-67. One of the major issues brought out at the Planning and Zoning Board meeting was an expansion of the hours of operation.  The current hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  Mr. Royster is requesting that the hours now be from ‘sun up until sun down.’  There were also questions concerning the dumpster site and rather or not the collection site and the concrete floor for containment area for petroleum oil and lubricants was being met.  Mr. Royster gave testimony that he does not refuel or does not change oil at the site.  The Planning Commission made a recommendation to approve the expansion of the site from approximately 10 acres to approximately 30 acres of site.

 

Mr. Gene Parrish came before the Board and reviewed a copy of the master excavation plan.  Mr. Parrish explained that when Mr. Royster made his original petition to the Board with the 10 acre site, he did not know that he would be required to have a 200 ft. buffer from that 10 acres.  This allows him only 1.55 acres of workable area.  With the 30 acre site, it would provide 8.04 acres of workable area.  He currently holds a permit with Suwannee River Water Management District which allows him to excavate less than 10 acres. 

 

Mr. Ed Futral addressed the Board regarding this barrow pit.  Mr. Futral expressed concerned about this pit being expanded closer to his home and property.  The Futral’s property line is 390 feet from the edge of the excavation line of the pit.  He explained that his home is currently on the market and the pit has been a concern with potential buyers.  He is also concerned that if this pit were expanded, it would decrease the value of his own property.

 

Commissioner Suggs asked Mr. Parrish what benefit the expansion of the pit would be to Gilchrist County.  Mr. Parrish replied that most of the homes in the Spring Ridge are supplied with dirt from this pit.  Commissioner Suggs contended that allowing this pit to expand would not be fair to the other property owners in the area.  Mr. Parrish explained that this is not a large operation but only approximately three (3) to four (4) truck loads per day.

 

The Board heard further testimony from Mr. Futral, Mr. Royster, Mr. Parrish, Juanita Carter, Realtor and Ruth Harland, Realtor.  Chairman Durden reminded those present that if this Special Permit were approved it would have to be found to promote the public health, safety, morals, order, comfort, convenience, appearance, prosperity or general welfare.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to deny the request for expansion of the barrow pit.  Commissioner Suggs stated that she does not believe this barrow pit promotes the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Gilchrist County; the reclamation plan is inadequate and does not meet the requirements of the LDR’s; the expansion will not promote or protect the groundwater system in that area.  Commissioner Thomas reminded those present that when the first petition came before the Board, the question was asked “do you plan on expanding this pit?”  The answer was no. This is one of the reasons Commissioner Thomas agreed to grant the first Special Permit. 

 

Mr. and Mrs. Royster contended that when the first permit was granted, they did not understand that it would include the 200 ft. buffer. Mr. Mutch stated that Mr. Royster was on notice that the requirement for a 200 ft set back was included in the Land Development Regulations.  Mr. Royster referred to a portion of minutes of the BOCC that stated that this is not a mining operation and therefore is not under those requirements.  Chairman Durden referred to the proposed resolution (#00-67) which identifies the pit as an “excavation/mining operation.”

Mr. Royster provided a copy of the minutes from one of the meetings in 1999.  (The portion of minutes provided did not have a date) Chairman Durden pointed out that this was not an official copy of the minutes and read “Commissioner Suggs pointed out that this is not a mining operation but rather an excavation operation,” “Commissioner Wilkerson stated that this excavation operation does not fall under the mining laws.” Chairman Durden explained that this is not the full set of minutes and the context cannot be determined at this time.  Ron McQueen commented that he did not remember the full context of this portion of minutes but some of those questions came out because of lime rock mining and the Bureau of Mines and his excavation does not fall under the Bureau of Mines.  

 

Motion by Commissioner Bush, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to table the motion to deny the special permit until December 4, 2000 at 6:30 p.m. in order to clarify the actual definition of a mining operation. The motion carried unanimously. (2/197)

 

 

Public Hearing / Ordinance 00-17 / NW 55th Street / Speed Limit Reduction:

 

(A notice of this public hearing appeared in the November 9, 2000 issue of the Gilchrist   County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)

 

Sam Mutch read the short title of Ordinance 00-17.  This Ordinance will decrease the speed limit from 55 mph to 35 mph on NW 55th Street (from NW 55th Avenue West to the end of NW 55th Street).  Commissioner Suggs reported that the Road Department has conducted a count and recommends the reduction in speed in that specific area.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Bush, to approve Ordinance 00-17, reducing the speed limit on NW 55th Street from 55 mph to 35 mph.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/2127) (A copy of Ordinance 00-17 is attached and made part of these minutes.)

 

Public Hearing / Ordinance 00-15 / Resolution 00-57 / Special Permit (Pinnacle Towers):

 

(A notice of this public hearing appeared in the November 9, 2000 issue of the Gilchrist   County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)

 

Sam Mutch read the short title of Ordinance 00-15.  This Ordinance makes various modifications of the text of the Land Development Regulations which would permit the replacement of a tower as long as it is within 30 ft. of an existing tower.  This is the second and final reading of Ordinance 00-15.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve Ordinance 00-15.  The motion carried unanimously.  (Ordinance 00-15 is attached and made part of these minutes.)

 

Sam Mutch read the short title of Resolution 00-57 granting a Special Permit to allow the replacement of a telecommunications tower.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve Resolution 00-57.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/2266)

(Resolution 00-57 is attached and made part of these minutes.)

 

 

South East Gilchrist VFD:

Mr. Hoyt Roberts addressed the Board concerning the new South East Gilchrist VFD.  Mr. Roberts asked for a time frame for the construction of their new fire station.  Mr.  McQueen replied that the preliminary plans have been received.  After the Building Inspector reviews these plans, Mills Engineering will do a site plan and obtain a permit from Suwannee River Water Management. A date will then be determined to begin construction.  Construction should be completed by the end of January.

 

The Board discussed with Mr. Roberts, the plans for the building.  The Board has approved $7,500 for this building project. 

 

Mr. Gilliam brought it to the Board’s attention, that the budget from the previous department will need to be transferred to the South East Gilchrist VFD.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to transfer the remaining balance from the Waccasassa VFD to the South East VFD, setting up a budget for the remaining fiscal year.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/2266)

 

 

General Business:

 

Waccasassa VFD - Mr. Ferguson informed the Board that several bills have been received from NAPA for the Waccasassa VFD.  These expenses were incurred by Gary Martin in 1999. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to deny the bills from NAPA incurred by Gary Martin in 1999.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/3600)

 

December and January Meetings - Due to the holidays, it was suggested that the mid month meeting in December be canceled and the January 1st meeting be rescheduled.`            `

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to cancel the December 18, 2000 meeting.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to reschedule the meeting on January 1, 2000 to Monday, January 8, 2000.  The motion carried with Commissioner Durden voting ‘no.’

 

Holidays for 2001 - Ron McQueen submitted a schedule of holidays for County employees. 

 

                        Holiday                         Date

New Year’s Day          January 1

                        M.L. King, Jr.               January 15

                        Good Friday                  April 13

                        Memorial Day               May 28

                        Independence Day        July 4

                        Labor Day                    September 3

                        Veterans Day               November 12

                        Thanksgiving                 November 22, 23

                        Christmas Eve/Day       December 24, 25

 

Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the holidays as submitted.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/398)

 

 

EMA / County Coordinator:

 

Amendment / Disaster Relief Funding Agreement  - This agreement is with the Florida Department of Community Affairs (#98-RM-M9-03-31-01-054).  The amendment covers the changes necessary to the funding agreement to permit the State to pay a portion of the 12.5 percent local share up to a maximum amount of $115,720 on the County’s behalf. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the Disaster Relief Funding Agreement Amendment #1.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/410)

 

Small County Road Assistance Program - Mr. McQueen referred the Board to a memorandum from the Small County Coalition in regards to the Small County Road Assistance Program.  This program is in the third year of funding.  Gilchrist County is listed second on the FY 2001/2002 Approved Projects list for CR 341, from SR 26 to CR 340 (25.26 miles) with an estimated construction cost of $1,336,500.00.  The following year, CR 138 is listed from US 129 to SR 47 (16.15 miles) with an estimated cost of $34,579.28.

 

Mr. McQueen added that the County has another project under the Small County Outreach Program.  The reconstruction of 70th Avenue, from CR 337 to SR 26. (3/480)

 

Mine Safety and Health Administration - The Gilchrist County Road Department has received citation/orders from MSHA.  The Board reviewed all citations and discussed necessary actions to be taken by the Road Department supervisors to bring comply with these orders.

 

Chairman Durden recommends the Board send a memorandum to the supervisors directing them to provide a daily update on the progress being made to resolve these problems.  They will also be required to report to the Board at the next scheduled meeting on December 4, 2000.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the memo to Wayne Gothard and Nathan Martin directing them to report to Ron McQueen daily until the December 4th meeting that substantial progress should be made by December 4th and the berm issue must be completed by December 4th.  Ron McQueen will draft the memo for the Chairman’s signature. The motion carried unanimously.  (3/660)

General Business:

 

Sam Ferguson reported that he had been contacted by an individual who is interested in buying the microwave tower.  Mr. Ferguson recommends an advertisement be placed in the Journal for the sale of the microwave tower.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to place an advertisement the sale of the microwave tower. The motion carried unanimously.  (3/1185)

 

Commissioner Suggs has been asked to seek the office of Second Vice President of the Florida Association of Counties.  Sam Mutch will prepare a resolution in support of Commissioner Suggs’s candidacy for this office.  (3/1240)

 

Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman:

 

Chairman Durden relinquished the Chair to Joseph Gilliam for the nominations and election of Chair and Vice Chair.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Bush, to elect Commissioner Durden, to continue serving as Chairman.  The motion carried unanimously.   (3/1780)

 

Motion by Commissioner Bush to elect Commissioner Wilkerson as Vice Chair.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/1780)

 

Committee Assignments - Chairman Durden requested each Commissioner to identify the first two  Departments they would prefer to be appointed to.

 

            Commissioner Suggs                  EMS and Fire or Parks and Recreation

            Commissioner Wilkerson            Solid Waste, County Extension

            Commissioner Thomas               Solid Waste and County Extension

            Commissioner Bush                   Building Department

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Bush moved to adjourn at 9:33 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and carried.

 

                                                                        APPROVED:

 

                                                                                                                                                 

ATTEST:                                                          Randy Durden, Chairman

 

                                                              Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk