MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD APRIL 2, 2001.
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Monday, April 2, 2001 at 9:00 a.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 Sue Suggs
Commissioner John Rance Thomas
Others present: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Court, Sam Mutch, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, Sam Ferguson, Finance Director, John Ayers, Amos Philman, Leamon Wells, Diane Avery, Will Weathers, Charissa Strickland, Allen Luzader, Charles Bryant, Chief Harvey Montgomery, Sheriff David Turner, Jay Mosely, Toby Weeks, Don Alexander, Margot Alexander, Lee Schaltenbrand, Nathan Martin, Valerie Anderson, Don Thomas, Ted McFetridge, Rodney McManus, Judge Edward Philman, Jeff Jordan, Susan Bryant, Mark Suggs, Charlotte Kearney, Mike Ortiz, JoAnn Ortiz, Frances Brooks, Bernard Everson, Jean Everson, Lorraine Brenner, Joseph Fink, Kathy Fink, John Arthur, George Cole, Sheree Lancaster, Georgia Shemitz, Cora Moorhead.
Call to Order:
Chairman Durden called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.
Additions: Approval of P.P.I. Invoice / Clerk’s Report
· Approval of Budget Entries #BE1-061, 062, 063, 065, and 066
· Approval of Minutes of Workshop held February 19, 2001
· Approval of Minutes of Regular Meeting held March 12, 2001
· Approval of Vera L. Page to Conflict Attorney List
· Approval of Bills (March 2001)
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion carried unanimously. (1/085)
Waccasassa VFD - The Small Claims Action against Jim Ivines and Gary Martin is scheduled for this afternoon. Nick Camuccio will be representing the County in this case. (1/090)
Southeast Gilchrist VFD - Mr. Mutch reported that all is going well with the department at this time. (1/105)
Fire Special Assessment - Virginia Delegal with Nabors, Giblin and Nickerson met with Joe Gilliam, Ron McQueen and Sam Ferguson. Mr. Mutch sent a letter to Mr. D. Ray Harrison, Property Appraiser, requesting his assistance in obtaining information for the consultants. (1/111)
Special Public Defender Contracts - All contracts have been executed and are on file in the Clerk’s Office. These contracts are for a period of approximately eighteen (18) months. (1/120)
Capital City Bank v. Sieg and Gilchrist County - Mr. Mutch prepared a resolution authorizing the acceptance of $400 from Capital City Bank for full satisfaction of a second mortgage executed by Kimberly Sieg. Ms. Sieg defaulted on the first mortgage. In lieu of foreclosure the County was asked to sign a Satisfaction of Mortgage. Mr. Mutch negotiated with the banks attorney, Greg Beauchamp, an amount of $400 to be paid to the County for release of the lien. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the resolution accepting $400 from Capital City Bank for full satisfaction of a second mortgage. The motion carried unanimously. (1/174) (A copy of Resolution #01-20 is attached and made part of these minutes.)
Expanding Membership in the Planning and Zoning board - Mr. Mutch will be present at the next Planning and Zoning Board meeting to discuss expanding the membership of that Board from five (5) members to seven (7) members. (1/250)
Issue of Enforcement of Deed Restrictions - Mr. Mutch submitted a copy of a letter addressed to Mike and Mary Myers in regards to the enforcement of deed restrictions. (1/255)
Single Member Voting Districts - Mr. Mutch provided the Board with information regarding Florida counties which have “at large” and “single member” districting. (1/290)
Land Development Regulations - Mr. Mutch spoke to the Board about a manual his office prepared for the Town of Micanopy for their Land Development Regulations. The manual has been assembled in tabular form with an index. The manual is in a three ring binder which makes it easier to make modifications. Mr. Mutch stated that this format is easier to understand and recommended that a similar manual be produced for the County’s LDR’s.
Hold Harmless Agreement - Mr. Mutch will prepare a “hold harmless” agreement for the removal of the trees at the Road Department and the Jail. (1/325)
Disbursement Report - Mr. Gilliam submitted the Disbursement Report for the month of February 2001. (Total / $17,816.71). (1/486)
Tax Deed Sale - On September 5, 2000, there was a Tax Deed Sale that had a bid of $323.50 over the amount due at the time of sale. The Clerks office attempted to notify the previous property owner of the overage, by certified mail. After a lapse of ninety (90) days, with no response, the excess funds are to be turned over the Board of County Commissioners. After filing and postage fees were deducted, a total amount of $297.54 is to be transferred to the County. Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the transfer of excess funds in the amount of $297.54 to the Board of County Commissioners General Revenue Fund. The motion carried unanimously. (1/490)
Budget Entry #BE1-063 (Resolution 01-21) - This resolution amends the Transportation Trust Fund (140) in the amount of $100,000 which represents receipt of debt proceeds from Capital City Bank for the purchase of the 2001 John Deere 670C Motor Grader (loan #5606603152). Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve Budget Entry #BE1-063 by Resolution. The motion carried unanimously. (1/510)
Budget Entry #BE1-067 (Resolution 01-22) - This resolution amends the Transportation Projects/Impact Fee Fund (141) in the amount of $406,555 which represents receipt of debt proceeds from Capital City Bank for the County Road 232 Road Project #0030 (CR w232 from SR 47 to the Alachua County Line). Mr. Mutch recommended that the short title of this resolution and of the previous resolution be amended to read “A RESOLUTION OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PLACING $406,555 IN DEBT PROCEEDS FROM CAPITAL CITY BANK FOR THE CO0UNTY ROAD 232 PROJECT INTO TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS/IMPACT FEE FUND (141).” Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the resolution with the changes in the short title. The motion carried unanimously. (1/555)
Architects Design Group - Mr. Gilliam referred the Board to a letter to Mr. Keith Reeves from the Eighth Judicial Circuit regarding the plans for the new Judicial Complex. The letter from the court includes a list of modifications to be made to the plans for the second floor. (1/617)
Perry-Parrish, Inc. / Invoice #7 - Mr. Gilliam submitted invoice #7 from P.P.I. for approval in the amount of $66,820.49. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve payment of Invoice #7. The motion carried unanimously. (1/667)
Relocation of A/C - The Board discussed the Air-conditioning unit in the Tax Collector’s Office. Mr. Gilliam will obtain quotes to relocate the Air-conditioning unit in the Tax Collector’s Office. (1/736)
Perry-Parrish, Inc. / Invoice #19 - Mr. Gilliam submitted invoice CPR #19 from P.P.I. for approval. This invoice is for the installation of insulation over the second floor ceiling. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve payment of Invoice CPR #9 to P.P.I. in the amount of $1,525. The motion carried unanimously. (1/870)
Recommended Salary Increase - Mr. D. Ray Harrison, Property Appraiser, received a letter from the Florida Department of Revenue recommending a 2% salary increase as a guideline for state and county employees. Mr. Gilliam suggested that this guideline also be approved by the Board for budget purposes. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to recommend approval of 2% salary increases for budget purposes. (1/918)
Storage/Trenton Post Office - Gilchrist County has a one (1) year lease with the City of Trenton for the old Trenton Post Office. This lease will end on June 30, 2001 but may be extended on a month to month basis. Mr. Gilliam explained that with the renovations, it may be necessary to continue the lease for several months. (1/1031)
Financing of CR 232 Project - Mr. Gilliam submitted the following as the proposed funding of the CR 232 Project.
CR 232 PROJECT
Total Cost of CR 232 Project $1,121,722.99
Grant-In-Aid D.O.T. 330,000.00
Sub Total $ 729,722.99
Transportation Impact Fees $200,000.00
($330,000 x 60%= $200,000)
Carry forward in Transportation $ 75,000.00
In addition to Budgeted Amount
General Revenue Reserve $116,722.99
Balance Due $400,000.00
** General Revenue or Transportation Impact
$60,000 for Payment FY 2001/2002
$60,000 for Payment FY 2002/2003
Pledge 80% Gas Tax @ $60,000 per year as repayment.
Current obligation will be paid of in FY 2002/2003
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approved the proposed funding for the County Road 232 Project as submitted. The motion carried unanimously. (1/1130)
Lighthouse Community Church:
Mr. Leamon Wells came before the Board to request a thirty (30) day extension on the permit for the their tent revival. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the request for the extension. The motion carried unanimously. (1/1398)
Solid Waste Department:
Recycling Containers - Ms. Avery submitted information to the Board regarding the purchase of recycling containers. She explained that her department receives a Litter Control Grant that is used for “Adopt a Road” and “Adopt a Shore.” For the “Adopt a Shore” Project, Ms. Avery request to use these funds to purchase recycling containers for the Hart Springs Park and an additional 30 yard recycling roll-off container. She would like to implement a recycling program at the park to collect plastic and aluminum containers. The additional roll-off container requested will be used for the recycling program at the land fill.
50 Triple R Recycling Cans @ $32.50 each $1,625.
1 20 Yard Recycling Roll-off Container @ $2,650.00 2,650.
Additional 30 Yard Recycling Roll-off Container 3,250.
Total Amount $7,525.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the purchase of the recycling containers through the Liter Control Grant in the amount of $7,525.00. The motion carried unanimously. (1/1440)
Quarterly Groundwater Report - Mr. Ron McQueen referred the Board to a copy of letter to D.E.P. from Lee Mills, the County Engineer, regarding the landfills Quarterly Groundwater Report. The wells were retested on February 28, 2001. The results include Cadmium and Lead. Ms. Avery told the Board that the County’s permit would be up for renewal soon and it was likely, because of these results, that D.E.P. will include additional requirements for the next year. (1/1636)
Mr. Gilliam discussed the recent decision by the Board to enter into an agreement with Mr. Amos Philman’s father for the paddle boats, boards and tube rentals. Mr. Mutch stated that it would be more appropriate to put out a Request for Proposal for this service. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to put out a request for proposals for the paddle boats, boards and tube rentals service for a five year period with a thirty (30) day cancellation clause. The motion carried unanimously. (1/1688)
Gardnyr Michael Capital / Will Weathers / Judicial Complex:
Mr. Will Weathers came before the Board to review a cost analysis for financing of the proposed Judicial Complex. The cost analysis was produced for an application with Rural Development for financing. Mr. Weathers projected the total cost of the project to be approximately $6,671,000.
Mr. Weathers reviewed the projected costs for each aspect of the project and explained that these were only preliminary. He expects that the County will receive a notice from Rural Development stating that the County is eligible for funding but at a lower amount than requested.
The Board reviewed the findings and discussed possible resources for funding and terms of various types of loans. (1/1847)
Building Department Report - Mr. Allen Luzader presented the Building Department Report for the month of March 2001. (1/3049)
Mobile Homes 11 Total / 4 Replacements / 7 New
(Impact fees) 6 @ $1441.31= $8,657.86 ($2,219.28 / Capital, $6,428.58 Transp.) 1 City, $369.88
New Construction 6 Total / 3 Replace
(Impact fees) 3 @ $1441.31 = $4,323.93 ($1,109.64 Capital, $3,214.29 Transp.)
Remodeling / Additions 7
Barns 4 / 1 Impact ($102.03 Capital, $2,235.00 Transp.)
Proposed move of the Building Department - Mr. Luzader proposed to the Board that the church parsonage (recently acquired by the County with the church property) be renovated to house the Building Department. He submitted estimates for the cost of renovations with a total cost of $25,843.62.
The Board discussed proposals. Considering the status of the proposed Judicial Complex and available funds and space, Commissioner Durden suggested this project be included in the FY 2001/2002 budget process. Mr. Gilliam suggested that the Constitutional Officers meet with representatives of the Board and the Judge to develop a strategic plan for the best utilization of space until it is determined if the County can proceed with the proposed Judicial Complex. (2/400)
Purchase of Vehicle - Commissioner Suggs recommended that a new vehicle be purchased for the Building Department for Allen Luzader. Commissioner Suggs suggested putting out an Request for Proposal or to purchase on state contract. The Board agreed to authorize Commissioner Suggs and Allen Luzader to bring back a price at the next scheduled meeting. (2/115)
Sheriff’s Office / Proposed Administration Building:
(Discussion of this item was tabled at the meeting of March 19th until this date.)
Sheriff Turner request direction from the Board regarding the proposed Law Enforcement Administration Complex. (Three options were submitted to the Commission at the March 19, 2001 meeting.) Currently, the Sheriff’s Office has $600,000 in Federal Drug Forfeiture funds which may be used to pay for this project. Sheriff Turner discussed reasons the current facility is not adequate. Chairman Durden asked Sheriff Turner if the proposal (Option 1) included the cost of running fiber optic cable to the site. Sheriff Turner replied that the proposal did not include that cost but that he would pay this cost.
The Board discussed the need for a new sewer system at the current facility and the jail. The Sheriff also discussed the need for a new jail in the future. The original site plan of the Law Enforcement Administration Complex includes plans to expand with the addition of a new jail.
The proposal submitted by Bailey, Bishop and Lane estimates the cost of the project to be $672,000. Sheriff Turner explained that the cost may be reduced if the County Road Department provides the rock and some of the labor for the paving included in this project. The Board asked Sheriff Turner to bring back an estimated total cost of the project to the meeting scheduled April 16, 2001. (2/285)
Public Hearing / Small Cities Community Development Block Grant:
(Notice of this public hearing appeared in the March 22, 2001 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)
Mr. Jay Mosely, with Summit Professional Services, Inc., reviewed the program objectives, categories and activities. Mr. Mosely asked that the Commission select one of the categories in which to make application to the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant.
(1) benefit low and moderate income persons ( a minimum of 70%)
(2) aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
(3) other community development needs.
Program Categories and Activities:
(1) Housing Rehabilitation – Assists low and moderate income residents with physical improvements that address code, safety and other rehabilitation items. In some cases, severely damaged structures may be demolished and replaced.
(2) Neighborhood Revitalization – Assists communities with infrastructure improvements, such as paving, fire protection, drinking water, sewer, flood and drainage, handicap accessibility in public facilities, and other similar activities. It is required that no less than 70% of the residents who benefit from these activities must be low and moderate income.
(3) Economic Development – Provides communities with funds to address infrastructure needs for new or expanding businesses. Job creation is a requirement of this category. A minimum of 51% of the jobs created must be available to low to moderate income persons. For purposes of this activity, low to moderate income jobs are defined as positions that require no more than a high school diploma as a requirement. If additional training is required, then the company must provide this training at no cost to the employee.
(4) Commercial Revitalization – Provides funds to address improvements to downtown or commercial districts.
It was pointed out that SHIP funds may be used in combination with the Housing Rehabilitation category. SHIP funds may only be used for site built homes or rehabilitation of site built homes.
Ron McQueen asked Mr. Mosely to clarify that Summit has agreed to submit the grant application for Gilchrist County at no cost and if the County is awarded the grant a consultant would then be selected to administer it. Mr. Mosely affirmed that this was his understanding also.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to select the Housing Rehabilitation category and to develop criteria that will be used. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1579)
Fair Housing Public Information Meeting:
Mr. Mosely provided the Board and those present with information on the Fair Housing Program. (A copy of “Local Elected Officials and General Public Fair Housing Training Agenda” has been submitted for the record and is on file in the Clerk’s Office.) (2/1890)
The meeting recessed at 12:15 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 1:15 p.m.
Spring Ridge Civic Association:
Mr. Don Alexander came before the Board along with several members of the Spring Ridge Civic Association to thank the Commission, Mr. Nathan Martin and the Road Department for the work done on the Spring Ridge Subdivision paving project. Mr. Alexander read a letter of appreciation from the Spring Ridge Civic Association to be placed in Mr. Martin’s personnel file. Ms. Francis Brooks presented the Board with a certificate of appreciation to the Gilchrist County Road Department. (2/1910)
Road Department Report:
Spring Ridge Paving Project - Mr. Martin reported that the Spring Ridge paving project has been completed at a cost of approximately $14,000. The Board agreed to send a letter of appreciation to Mr. Marvin Blankenship for the work he did on the project and for the use of his equipment. (Mr. Blankenship donated both his services and the use of his equipment to the project.) (2/2156)
Debris Removal - On Thursday, April 29th, the County received extended damage from a severe thunder storm. Mr. Martin recommended the Board develop a policy regarding debris removal. The Board directed the County Attorney to meet with Mr. Martin and draft a policy which will address debris removal. The Road Department is responsible for clearing the County right-of-ways. (2/2250)
NW 10th Street (Landfill Road) - The Board received a letter from Tommy and Karen Philman regarding the speed limits on NW 10th Street. They request the Board to reconsider the speed limits for the different zones along this street. A portion of this road is within a school zone. Mr. Charles Bryant suggested installing speed bumps at the school zone. The Board discussed the request and scheduled a public hearing for May 21, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. to consider an Ordinance changing the speed limits on NW 10th Street and to discuss the placement of speed bumps in the school zone. (2/2515)
Clerk’s Report (Continued):
Cobra Serve Problem - Mr. Gilliam advised the Board of an issue concerning an employee who has Cobra Serve. The employee, after termination of employment, had elected to continue coverage with Blue Cross Blue Shield through Cobra Serve. The employee has been paying premiums to Cobra Serve since May 2000. The employee was paying the C-14 premium and Cobra Serve has submitted checks to the County for the C-14 premium. It was recently discovered that Blue Cross and Blue Shield had been billing for the C-1 coverage and providing this plan of coverage to the employee. The County has been paying the difference totaling $853 since May 2000. Mr. Gilliam stated this problem has been corrected and recommends the County absorb the cost. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to absorb the cost with the employee not being required to pay the difference. (2/3195)
Evaluation / County Planner:
At the meeting held on March 19, 2001, Mr. McQueen requested the Board to consider changing Valerie Anderson’s probationary status to permanent. Considering that Commissioner Suggs, who is Commissioner over that department was not present at that meeting, the Board agreed to postpone discussion until this meeting.
Commissioner Suggs requested the Boards permission to meet with Ron McQueen and Sam Mutch to do an evaluation of Ms. Anderson’s position and bring back a recommendation to the meeting scheduled April 16, 2001. The Board agreed. (2/3445)
Architects Design Group /Rodney McManus:
Mr. Rodney McManus came before the Board to present the preliminary plans of the new Judicial Complex. Mr. McManus reviewed the changes that have been made to the first and second floor of the building. The entire building is fully secured with security checkpoints at the entrance of the building.
Mr. McManus reviewed drawings of the proposed North elevation and the West elevation of the facility. The building is to be constructed using concrete block, with security filled block in the secured areas and other areas being metal stud backup. The exterior will be finished with stucco.
Judge Philman discussed portions of the plans with Mr. McManus. He expressed concerns with the roof of the building being a “flat” roof and potential problems this may present regarding maintenance.
The Board discussed the project and determined that the exterior of the building will need to be revised. The Board asked Mr. McManus to redraw the design with a sloped roof instead of a flat roof, an oval entry, and to change the exterior of the building to coordinate with the existing church building and the existing courthouse. (2/3497)
Review / Attorney Proposals:
At the meeting held March 12, 2001, the Board appointed Commissioner Durden, Ron McQueen and Joe Gilliam to serve as a review committee for the three (3) proposals received from Sam Mutch, Marty Smith and David Coffey for County Attorney services .
On March 29th, the review committee conducted an interview with Sam Mutch, Pete Bringham and Nick Camuccio and held telephone interviews with Mr. David Coffey and with Mr. Marty Smith. Chairman Durden stated that it is the recommendation of the committee to select Mr. David Coffey as #1 choice for the County Attorney Services.
The Board discussed the recommendation and the current services provided by Mr. Mutch. Concerns were expressed regarding the timeliness of items referred to Mr. Mutch and the current billing process used by Mutch and Bringham. Chairman Durden suggested that each Commissioner provide Mr. Gilliam a list of concerns and recommendations to be included in a job description for Mr. Mutch. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to retain Sam Mutch as County Attorney and to provide a list to develop a job description for the County Attorney services and reevaluate Mr. Mutch the first of August. The motion carried unanimously. (3/1658)
Mr. Mutch returned from the court hearing for Gilchrist County vs. Jim Ivines, Chief of the Waccasassa Fire Department and Gary Martin, Vice-Chief of the Waccasassa Fire Department. He advised the Board of the verdict; the defendants are to return the file cabinet, spray gun, air compressor, wet/dry shop vac, the sander and $97.50 to cover court costs. (3/2980)
Mr. Gilliam advised the Board that the Warranty Deed has been received for the microwave tower and and recorded on March 28, 2001. Request for bids will be put out for the sale of this property and the bids will be reviewed at the meeting scheduled May 7, 2001. (3/2900)
EMA/County Coordinator’s Report:
City of Fanning Springs - The City of Fanning Springs has planned to develop an Historic Park between the Suwannee River and the Nature Coast State Trail. They have requested the Board of County Commissioners to donate the Carriage House to the Historic Park. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to donate the Carriage House to the City of Fanning Springs with the City of Fanning Springs paying for the relocation cost. The motion carried unanimously. (3/3015)
Fire Special Assessment - Joe Gilliam, Ron McQueen and Sam Mutch met with Ms. Virginia Delegal, Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson in regards to the Fire Special Assessments. County staff as well as the Fire Chiefs are providing necessary information for the assessment study. (3/3222)
Small County Road Assistance and Small County Outreach Program - The Florida Department of Transportation has notified the County that one project on each of the Small County Programs needs to be replaced for the FY 2002. The Board agreed to the following changes: (3/3268)
- Small County Road Assistance Program:
County Priority Highway
1 CR 138
2 CR 337
3 (Added) CR 344 (West from CR 341 to Hart Springs)
- Small County Outreach Program:
County Priority Highway
1 SE 90th Avenue
2 (Added) SW 10th St. (from Hwy 129 West to CR 341)
Transportation Enhancement Program - Information has been received from the Department of Transportation regarding the Transportation Enhancement Program. Notices have been sent to all of the municipalities. Applications should be submitted by the County by June 1, 2001. (3/3911)
County Incentive Grant Program - Mr. McQueen reviewed the County Incentive Grant Program, a new State program offered by FDOT. (4/235)
Building Permits / Storm Related - Mr. McQueen advised the Board that many individuals have come in to obtain building permits for repairs due to the storm on March 29th. He recommends the Board approve waiving the fees for permits related to this storm. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to waive the permit fees related to the storm which occurred on March 29th. The motion carried unanimously. (4/510)
Commissioner Suggs reported that she is to meet with Jerry Scarborough, SRWMD, at Hart Springs on April 3rd to discuss the Hart Springs project. (4/725)
Commissioner Wilkerson advised the Board that Commissioner Durden will be taking his place as representative to the Chamber of Commerce.
Commissioner Thomas reported that he would be meeting with the Southeast Gilchrist VFD to help resolve some issues. He also stated that he will have each fire department develop and keep an inventory of County property. (4/968)
Mr. Gilliam reported that the mens group from the Trenton Methodist Church met with the Bell Volunteer Fire Department last Thursday and presented them with a check in the amount of $1,000. This amount was raised from donations and the spaghetti dinner held February 23, 2001.
Commissioner Bush commended the work of the Road Department following the severe storm last week.
Commissioner Durden commented on the way the community pulled together to help Howell and Sherre Lancaster after their home was hit by a tornado last week. Ms. Lancaster was present and expressed her appreciation for the County emergency services and all who assisted them. (4/1153)
Public Hearing / Resolution / Single Member District Representation:
(Notice of this public hearing was published in the March 29, 2001 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)
Mr. Sam Mutch prepared a resolution for the Board’s consideration to add Single Member District Representation to the Ballot during the next general election as permitted under Chapter 124.011, Florida Statutes.
Ms. Georgia Shemitz, Mr. Jeff Jordan, and Mr. Charles Bryant each spoke to the Commission in favor of placing the Single Member District Representation on the ballot.
Mrs. Susan Bryant, Supervisor of Election discussed Single Member District Representation. She stated that several counties had law suits in the 80's that forced them to go into single member representation due to the equal rights issues. Once a County does go to single member representation, it is more difficult to go back to “at large” districts.
Commissioner Suggs stated for the record that for the past nine (9) years she has represented the citizens of all of the districts. The Board heard comments and discussed the advantages and disadvantages to single member district representation.
Chairman Durden read the short title of Resolution 01-19. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve Resolution 01-19 amending #1 to read “Shall the five members of the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, be elected to office from single-member districts by electors residing in each of those districts only?” The motion carried unanimously. (4/1400) (A copy of Resolution 01-19 is attached and made part of these minutes.)
Mr. Jeff Jordan asked the Commission to send someone to grade the Ginnie Springs Road. Commissioner Bush will contact Nathan Martin to schedule this.
There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Wilkerson moved to adjourn at 6:00 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and approved.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA
RANDY DURDEN, CHAIRMAN
JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK