MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD FEBRUARY 19, 2001.

 

The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on February 19,2001, at 4:30 p.m., in the School Board Meeting Room, located at 310 NW 11th Avenue, Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:

 

Commissioner Randy Durden, Chair

Commissioner Fred Wilkerson, Vice Chair

Commissioner Wilbur Bush

Commissioner John Rance Thomas

 

 

Absent: Commissioner Suggs 

 

Others present: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Court, Sam Mutch, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, Lee Shaltenbrand, Ron Mills, Leslie Sapp, Wesley Carter, Diane Avery, Robert Wray, Joan Williams, Ruth Harlan, Allan Mincey, Sr., Allan Mincey, Jr., Shannan Cannon, Billy Cannon, Kendrick Thomas, Carolyn Thomas, Muriel Cannon, Sharon Batson, James Batson, Krystal Batson, James Cannon, Melissa Bell, Paul Bryant, Gene Parrish.

 

Call to Order: 

 

Chairman Durden Called the meeting to order at 4:40 p.m..  The Invocation was led by Commissioner Wilkerson and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commissioner Thomas.

 

Agenda Changes:        

 

Deletions:          ADG at 5:00 p.m.  (Mr. Gilliam stated that this item would be rescheduled for a later date.)

 

Additions:          Kelly Philman

Loncala  – 5:00 p.m.

 

Consent Agenda:  

 

C-1       Approval of Budget Entry BE1-056 (This entry transfers budgets associated with Article V and Grants-In-Aid monies from the Judicial Complex Department to the Courthouse Renovations Department.)

 

C-2.      Approval of Minutes of the Regular Meeting held January 8, 2001

 

C-3       Approval of Minutes of the Emergency Meeting held January 26,2001

 

C-4.      Approval of   Maritza T. Arroyo to the Conflict Attorney List

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the Consent Agenda.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/100)

 

 

 

Clerk’s Report: 

 

Gilchrist County Foster Parents Association - Mr. Gilliam has received a request from the Gilchrist County Foster Parents Association for the funds approved in the FY 2000/2001 Budget in the amount of $400.  At the time the Budget was approved, this line item was for the Tri-County Foster Parents Association.  Mr. Gilliam was advised that the Tri-County Foster Parents Association is no longer in existence.  Before sending the funds to the Gilchrist County Foster Parents Association, Mr. Gilliam will make certain that this is the case and will advise the Board.  (1/148)

 

Suwannee River Economic Council - The Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc. is submitting a proposal to Rural Development for the Housing Preservation Grant Program and requests the Board of County Commissioners to send a letter of support.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the letter of support for the Suwannee River Economic Council.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/200)

 


Predisposition Detention Costs for Juveniles - Mr. Gilliam provided the Board with information regarding the Governor’s proposed budget.  The Governor has proposed that the counties be required to pay a fee based on the number of juveniles arrested in a county awaiting disposition.  The Florida Association of Counties has estimated that this would cost Gilchrist County approximately $43,184 annually.  It has also been proposed through the courts that the parents be assessed for these costs.  Mr. Gilliam would like to send a letter in opposition.  The Board agreed.  (1/248)

 

Article V Funds - Gilchrist County is in receipt of half of the monies from Article V in the amount of $50,000 for the first and second quarter.  (1/296)

 

Architects Design Group / Invoices - Mr. Gilliam reviewed invoices #8 and #10 from A.D.G. for approval by the Board. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve payment of invoice #8 in the amount of $1,000 for the life safety and ADA portion of the renovations.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve payment of invoice #10 in the amount of $327.83 for additional expenses for travel, copies, and telephone.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/310)

 

Loncala Incorporated:

 

Mr. Wesley Carter, with Loncala Incorporated, came before the Commission in regards to their recent request to have the tipping fees waived or reduced.  At the meeting of February 5th, the Commission had denied the request to waive the fees and approved putting a dumpster on the property.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to reconsider the dumping fees for Loncala.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Mr. Carter explained that the Department of Environmental Protection has required Loncala to clean up a pit on their property which has been used by unknown individuals for dumping.  Loncala is requesting the County help with the cost of cleaning up this dumping area by waiving or reducing the tipping fees.  In order to prevent future dumping, Loncala has built a berm around the dumping area and will also place a fence on top of the berm so that trash cannot be thrown over the top of it.  The Board discussed reducing the fee to $37.00 per ton, this is the cost the County would incur by taking it to the Alachua County Transfer Station.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to reduce the fees to $37.00 per ton.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/403)

 

HAL Industries / Request:

 

Diane Avery advised the Board that HAL Industries had brought in a mixed load on February 8, 2001 which was picked up from the home of Ms. Juanita Adkins.   Mr. Anthony Blanton,  contacted Ms. Avery and explained that Ms. Adkins was his mother and the load came from her home which was burned in the wildfire on January 19th.  Considering her loss, he request she be charged the regular rate of $55.00 per ton instead of the mixed load rate of $225.00 per ton.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to adjust the rate to $55.00 per ton rate instead of the $225.00 per ton mixed load rate.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/852)

 

Kelly Philman:

 

Ron McQueen explained that Mr. Kelly Philman was present in regards to the property Suwannee River Water Management recently acquired from Mrs. Vera Lindsey.  Mr. Philman has been leasing a portion of this property from Mrs. Lindsey for crop production.  Now that the County has a lease on the property, Mr. Philman requests the Board to consider allowing him to put one more crop on it.  If this is permissible, the crop would be out by the end of July.  Mr. Philman offered to pay the County the same rate he was paying Mrs. Lindsey and to provide some ground cover when he vacated the property.  Lee Mills has advised that this will not interfere with the County’s plans for the piece of property as it would take that much time to get the plans and permits finalized.   Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to authorize the County Attorney to draw up a lease through August 1st.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/960)

 

Planning and Zoning Board Vacancy:

 

A notice of vacancies for the Code Enforcement Board, Zoning Board and License Board was published in the Gilchrist County Journal on February 1, 2001.

 


Letters of application for the Planning and Zoning Board were submitted by the following individuals:

 

Leslie Sapp

Jonathan S. Kincaid

Ronald Mills, Sr.

Johnnie Martin

 

A letter of application for the Code Enforcement and Competency Board was received from Mr. Randolph Wiggins, Jr. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to appoint Randolph Wiggins Jr. to the Code Enforcement Board and the Licensing Board.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Commissioner Wilkerson commented that it has been the practice in the past to appoint members to the Planning and Zoning Board from each district.  The Board reviewed the applications received and agreed that all of the applicants were well qualified.  In order to keep the Planning and Zoning Board equal to the districts, Commissioner Wilkerson recommended Jonathan Kincaid to fill the vacancy.  Mr. Kincaid resides in District 1.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to appoint Jonathan Kincaid to the Planning and Zoning Board.  The motion carried unanimously.  

 

Mr. Mutch advised the Board that the State Statutes do permit a Planning and Zoning Board to have up to seven members. The Board discussed the possibility of increasing the Planning and Zoning Board to seven (7) members.  If increased, Commissioner Thomas recommended having two of the members represent the County at large.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to table the discussion until the March 12th meeting at 5:00 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1464)

 

Public Hearing / Ordinance to Increase Speed on CR 232:

 

(Notice of this public hearing was published in the February 8, 2001 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)

 

The proposed ordinance is to increase the speed on a portion of County Road 232.  Commissioner Wilkerson has discussed the proposed ordinance with several individuals including law enforcement officers. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the ordinance increasing the speed limit on CR 232 from SR 26 North on CR 232 for 1.5 miles from 30 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour.  The motion carried unanimously.   (1/1646) (A copy of Ordinance 01-02 is attached and made part of these minutes.)

 

Public Hearing / Resolution re: SHIP Program:

 

(Notice of this public hearing was published in the February 15, 2001 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)

 

Chairman Durden read the short title of the resolution establishing a Maximum Cost Per Housing Unit for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program.  Mr. Gilliam commented that the established maximum cost per housing unit has been at $65,000 since 1997.  Due to the increased prices in land and the increased cost for construction, the SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends to the Board of County Commissioners an increase from $65,000 to $75,000.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the resolution increasing the Maximum Cost Per Housing Unit for the SHIP Program from $65,000 to $75,000.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1772) (A copy of Resolution 01-13 is attached and made part of these minutes.)

 

Attorney’s Report:

 

Waccasassa VFD - At Chairman Durden’s request, Mr. Mutch prepared a letter to Mr. Rick Weder in regards to his threat of litigation.  Mr. Mutch stated that Mr. Weder has indicated that he will not proceed with the issue.  Nick Camuccio, with the County Attorney’s office met with Mr. Ivines, Mr. Martin and Judge Smith at Small Claims Court.  Mr. Ivines and Mr. Martin stated that they no longer have any of the County’s equipment and they are making a counter claim that the County took some of their equipment from the firehouse.  This case will go to trial in April. (1/1886)

 

Southeast Gilchrist VFD - Mr. Mutch reported that his office is no longer need to participate in the establishment of the Southeast Gilchrist VFD but they would like to participate in the construction as volunteers.  (1/1919)

 

 


Fowler v. Watson and Gilchrist County- Mr. Mutch prepared a petition and a resolution for the road closing for the Fowler v. Watson and Gilchrist County case.  Mr.  Mutch read the short title of the resolution.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to adopt the resolution closing the old lane which runs east from CR C-337 to the Northeast corner of Lot 34, Hickory Bluffs.

Mr. Mutch read the short title of the Resolution.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1930) (A copy of Resolution 01-11 is attached and made part of these minutes.)

 

Fire Special Assessment Proposal - The Board of County Commissioners convened in a workshop on this date at 4:00 p.m. to discuss Fire Special Assessments.  Mr. Mutch has contacted Ms. Delegal with Neighbors, Giblin and Nickerson in regards to their proposal for services.  Ms. Delegal indicated that they would include in their proposal that EMS and Fire Special Assessments can be split if the Court so decides. (The issue of combining EMS and Fire special assessments is currently before the Florida Supreme Court and the ruling is not expected until July 2001.)  Ms. Delegal will check with Greg Stuart, the attorney in their firm that does litigation, to see if the County would be able to get a lower rate for defense.  She will prepare and send a contract according to the proposed changes. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to authorize the Chair to execute the contract with Neighbors, Giblin and Nickerson, PA after review by the County Attorney.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1990)

 

Special Public Defender Contracts -   Mr. Mutch received an executed contract from Ms. Candace Brower.  Mr. Gilliam stated to Mr. Mutch that a question has been posed regarding the previous years contract.  When referring to the one (1) year renewal, the contract states “after the first year” but no mention is made of the second or third year.  There is now a case going into the third year and Court Cost Containment contends that the County’s contract does not authorize paying for a third or fourth year.  Mr. Gilliam suggests the contracts be amended to address the third and fourth year. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to authorize Joe Gilliam and Sam Mutch to negotiate an addendum to the contract permitting dependency cases going into the third and fourth year to be compensated at the same rate as the second year.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2087)

 

Suwannee River Water Management District - Mr. Mutch referred the Board to a memo regarding the SRWMD Emergency Rule (40B-ER2001.2) which went into effect on February 13, 2001. 

 

The Suwannee River Water Management District Declares a 90-day moratorium on all existing and future applications for the withdrawal of water from all springs and surfacewaters of the Suwannee, Santa Fe, Aucilla, Alapaha and Withlacoochee Rivers within the district until the District amends Chapter 40B-2, Florida Administrative Code, to provide adequate protection for said water resources.

 

In his memorandum, Mr. Mutch addresses questions regarding pending applications with the County which would be affected by this emergency rule.  The Otter Springs Corporation has requested that their application for special permit be placed on the agenda for the March 19th meeting.  Mr. Mutch stated that the moratorium of the SRWMD is directly related to the land use application submitted by the Otter Springs Corporation and he suggest the Commission postpone any public hearing for this application until the moratorium is lifted. Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to comply with the Suwannee River Water Management Districts 90-day moratorium on permitting for  withdrawal of water from the springs and rivers.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2234)

 

Ginnie Springs v. Gilchrist County - Ms. Patrice Boyes requested a copy of the minutes from the January 8, 2001 meeting.  Mr. Mutch reminded the Board and staff to refer any future requests from Ms. Boyes office to him except for public records requests which should be in writing.

 

Capital City Bank v. Sieg and Gilchrist County - Mr. Mutch contacted Mr. Beauchamp, Attorney for Capital City Bank, in regards to Gilchrist County’s position with the pending SHIP Loan foreclosure on the Sieg property.  Mr. Mutch offered that Gilchrist County will grant a release of the lien and receive $400.  (1/2473)

 

Communication from the Office of the Attorney General - Mr. Mutch received a call from Pat Gleason, with the office of the Attorney General, concerning a public records request from Fred Herdon to the Supervisor of Elections.  Mr. Herdon claimed that Susan Bryant had not responded to his public records request which was submitted by email.  Ms. Bryant stated that she had not received the request.  Mr. Mutch will set up a conference call with Pat Gleason and Susan Bryant this week.  (1/2549)

 


Small County Outreach Program - Mr. Mutch presented a resolution to the Board authorizing the County to enter into the Small County Outreach Program for funds for the construction of SE 70th Avenue from CR 337 to SR 26.  The agreement was approved at the last Board of County Commissioners meeting held on February 5th.  The Board reviewed and discussed the conditions of the agreement with DOT for this portion of road.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the resolution with the stipulation that it does not bind the County and modifying the resolution to include the stipulation.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2548) (A copy of Resolution 01-12 is attached and made part of these minutes.)

 

Public Hearing / Minor Subdivision /Rosemary Hills:

 

Mr. Gene Parrish appeared before the Board to represent Mr. Paul R. Bryant, the developer of Rosemary Hills.  Mr. Ron McQueen explained that this is a minor subdivision at the end of NW 30th Street. It is in an area zoned A-1, allowing at least two (2) acre lots.  The subdivision contains approximately 9.12 acres and is subdivided into three (3) lots of approximately equal size.

 

Mr. McQueen stated that there are two issues before the Board concerning the road in this subdivision.  The first issue is whether or not the existing road can remain a rock road.  The second issue is whether the driveway turn outs must be installed by the developer.  It is the recommendation of the Road Department and the Building Inspector, that the driveways be installed by the developer  before the final plat is approved.

Mr. Gene Parrish spoke to the Board about the requirements for the driveways. Mr. Parrish recommended the Board consider adopting a resolution addressing this issue.  Mr. McQueen stated that it is currently the option of the Board at the time of approval but that it would be better to have a written policy.  The Board directed Ron McQueen and Sam Mutch to meet and bring back a recommendation to the Board at the meeting on March 12th at 5:30 p.m. 

 

The Board reviewed the plat and discussed the issue of driveways.  It was the consensus of the Board that the driveways for this plat will not be required.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the subdivision, Rosemary Hills.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2709)

 

Public Hearing / SP 01-1, Allen Mincey (Barrow Pit):

 

(A notice of this public hearing was published in the February 1, 2001 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)

 

Chairman read the recommendations of the Planning Department as follows:

 

This application for Special Permit was submitted by Allen Mincey d/b/a/ Mincey’s Equipment Rental.  Mr. Mincey is requesting a special permit to allow him to locate a barrow pit on CR 340.  Mr. Mincey is currently operating his trucks out of the Royster pit.  R. Mincey’s pit, which is located within two (2) miles of the Royster pit, if approved will be for an area of 17.85 acres.  The location Mr. Mincey is applying for the special permit for, is directly across the street from the Danone water bottling operation and in the path of the directional flow of water being utilized at the Danone operation and Ginnie Springs.  It is in the high recharge area for the Springs.

 

It is the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Board that Mr. Mincey’s request for a special permit to allow a barrow pit at this location, be approved with conditions as noted in the Resolution.

 

 

Chairman Durden asked Mr. Allen Mincey if he had reviewed the conditions included in the resolution and if he agreed with these conditions.  Mr. Mincey affirmed that he did agree with the conditions.

Mr. Mutch stated that this is a Quaisi Judicial Hearing and explained the procedures to be followed.  Chairman Durden determined that a formal quaisi judicial hearing is not requested.

 

Mr. Robert D. Wray, 5770 CR 340, High Springs, Florida, spoke to the Board in regards to the proposed borrow pit.  Mr. Wray stated that he is in favor of the pit and he has discussed this issue with Trina Coggins, Plant Manager of Danone, who is also in favor of the special permit.  Mr. Wray referred to a letter he had submitted and a letter from Ms. Coggins in regards to the pit.  Mr. Wray resides two acres across CR 340 from the pit.

 

Chairman Durden noted that the Board did not have the letters mentioned or the site plan for this pit and he recommended the item be tabled so that the Board may have more time to review all of the information available.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to table this item to the March 19th meeting at 6:00 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/3660)

 

Clerk’s Report (continued):

 


Budget Entry #BE1-055 / Resolution - This resolution amends the General Fund (001) by an increased amount of $11,293 which represents funds received from the Law Enforcement Block Grant.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the resolution.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/300)

 

Tree Removal / Road Department - Nathan Martin informed Mr. Gilliam that approximately 46 trees need to be removed around the Road Department shed and the Drivers License Office.  Mr. Martin had also discussed this with Sheriff Turner and it was agreed these trees need to be removed since several of them are dead.  Kincaid’s Lumber will remove the trees at no cost but in exchange for the lumber.  The County would need to provide a ‘hold harmless’ agreement and assistance with traffic control.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the request.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/316)

 

Procedures for the Board - Mr. Gilliam advised the Board, that he and Sam Mutch have been working on a set of Board Procedures.  The Board scheduled this item for a public hearing at the March 12th meeting at 3:00 p.m.  (2/379)

 

Public Officers Bonds - The Public Officials Bonds have been received for Commissioner Durden, Commissioner Suggs and Commissioners Bush.  These Bonds have been filed in the Clerk’s Office.  (2/445)

 

Sheriff’s Office / Prom Promise - Sheriff Turner has submitted a request to support the Prom Promise for Bell High School and Trenton High School.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve funds out the State Law Enforcement Trust Fund in the amount of $1,000 for support of Prom Promise.  (1/513)

 

Public Hearing / Clark Cannon Family / Presentations:

 

The Board scheduled this public hearing to honor Mr. Clark Cannon, employee of the Road Department, who recently passed away.  Chairman Durden spoke to the family and those present, commending Mr. Cannon’s work and dedication.  Commissioner Wilkerson, Commissioner Bush, Commissioner Thomas, and Joe Gilliam each offered comments to Mr. Cannon’s family.  Chairman Durden announced that the Board of County Commissioners have retired Mr. Cannon grader number (#13) by proclamation.  Chairman Durden read the proclamation and presented Mrs. Murial Cannon with a plaque in appreciation of Mr. Cannon’s loyal service and dedication to the citizens of Gilchrist County. (2/545) (A copy of the Proclamation is attached and made part of these minutes.)

 

Clerk’s Report (continued):

 

Correction of Information in Minutes - Mr. Gilliam stated that clarification needed to be made for information provided at the meeting of January 8, 2001.  In regards to the invoices totaling $27,000, these invoices were submitted to the Clerk’s Office as informational purposes for contingency billing.  These were included on the monthly billing of $144,000.

 

Also in the minutes of January 8th, Mr. Gilliam had recommended Red’s Old Fashioned Telephone Service.  Two additional bids had been received.  It was discovered later that the three bids were not for the same requirements.  After the bids were reviewed again for the same requirements, Fagin Electric had submitted the low bid.  (2/906)

 

Dental & Vision Plan  - For the Board’s consideration, Mr. Gilliam provided information for an employee dental plan with Florida Municipal Trust Insurance Co.  The Board currently carries dental insurance with American Dental Plan.  Florida Municipal Trust is the dental and vision insurance provider for the Clerk’s Office and although they are not willing to take on a new large group, they will now consider taking Board employees under the Clerk’s plan.  Mr. Gilliam pays the employee’s entire premium with the employee paying dependants.  Mr. McQueen commented that a number of the Board’s employees have not been satisfied with the American Dental Plan.  After discussion, the Board directed Ron McQueen to prepare a memo to the employees to ascertain how many persons would be interested in this plan and what the cost would be to the Board.  (2/958)  

 

V.E. Whitehurst / Invoices - Mr. Sam Ferguson presented two (2) invoices from V.E. Whitehurst to the Board for approval.

 

Pay Request #4, in the amount of  $40,268.60, final payment less the retainage ($9,333.63) on the landfill road.  Lee Mills has advised Mr. Ferguson that this project is substantially complete at this time. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve payment to V.E. Whitehurst in the amount of $40,268.60.  The motion carried unanimously.

 


Pay Request #2, CR 232 Road Project (from SR 47 to the Alachua County Line) in the amount of $356,130.42.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve payment of pay request #2 in the amount of $356,130.42.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/1112)

 

Reading Enhancement Grant / Peggy Sue Hilliard:

 

Mrs. Peggy Sue Hilliard came before the Board in regards to the Reading Enhancement Grant which was recently awarded to the Gilchrist County School District in the amount of $5,000.  Mrs. Hilliard teaches first grade at Bell Elementary School and had submitted the application on behalf of the schools. The Department of Education had received a $1.1 million settlement agreement with a textbook firm and made these funds available to the classrooms through this grant.

 

In the application, Mrs. Hilliard had proposed to put books in the school to loan to the local public libraries.  The books selected are books that correspond with the Accelerated Reader Program the current reading program used by all four schools. The Board discussed the program and commended Mrs. Hillard for her initiative in seeking this grant for the children. (2/1260)

 

EMA/County Coordinator’s Report:

 

Fire Report - Mr. McQueen reported that he had attended the Area Three Wildfire Issues Meeting on February 13th .  Gilchrist County currently is at a drought index of 642 and is considered to be the driest County in North Florida.  There have been a total of twenty (20) call outs in the past seven (7) days. 

 

Local State of Emergency - Mr. McQueen recommended that the Local State of Emergency be extended an additional seven (7) days.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to extend the Local State of Emergency and the ban on burning.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/1600)

 

Alachua County / Animal Control - Mr. McQueen received a proposal from Alachua County Public Works Department Animal Services Division to enter into an interlocal agreement with Gilchrist County to assist with animal control.  Mr. McQueen stated that currently these services are contracted and it would not be necessary to enter into an agreement with Alachua County.  (The Board took no action at this time) (2/1790)

 

Community Development Block Grant- A Certificate of Substantial Completion has been received for the CDBG Neighborhood Project (#99DB-4Z-03-31-01-NO8). 

 

Three proposals for CDBG consultants have been received.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to appoint Chairman Durden, Joe Gilliam and Ron McQueen to a review committee for the CDBG proposals.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/1873)

 

DOT / Turn Lanes -   Mr. F.M. Lynch, with the Department of Transportation, notified Mr. McQueen that the request for turn lanes at the Bell Post Office has been denied. (2/1922)

 

Employee Issues - A letter of resignation has been submitted by Kevin Dowel with the EMS Department. He requests his resignation be effective Friday, February 23rd.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to accept the resignation.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Mr. McQueen advised the Board that an employee has been suspended without pay and required  to undergo an anger management class.  This same employee has had misdemeanor charges filed against him for the same occurrence.  (2/1970)

 

Old Business:

(None)

 

New Business:

 

Chairman Durden received a request from the School Nurses of Okaloosa County to adopt a resolution in support of State Funding for school nurses in all Florida public schools. The Board agreed to consider the resolution at the meeting scheduled March 12th.   (2/2079)

 

Commissioner Reports:

 

Commissioner Wilkerson reported that the tractor recently purchased for the Solid Waste Department has problems with the clutch and will be repaired.  He also stated that Charlene Caraway has expressed thanks to the Board and the EMS Department for what they did on behalf of their mother. Commissioner Wilkerson asked the Board to consider helping Bobby Kincaid with some of the cost incurred for road improvements on the road next to his business.  (2/2155)


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Commissioner Thomas reported that the Southeast Gilchrist VFD is awaiting their new building.  The EMS Department has had two employees resign. 

 

Commissioner Bush stated that he will be attending meetings for the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council and the Florida Crown Workforce.

 

Public Participation:

(None)

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Thomas moved to adjourn at 8:07 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and carried. 

 

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

 

 

 

                                                                               ATTEST:

 

 

 

                                                                                 

JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK