MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD JUNE 18, 2001.
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Monday, June 18, 2001, at 5:00 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:
Commissioner Randy Durden, Chairman
Commissioner Wilbur Bush
Commissioner Sue Suggs
Commissioner John Rance Thomas
Commissioner Fred Wilkerson, Vice Chairman
Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Court, Sam Mutch, County Attorney, Sam Ferguson, Director of Finance, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, Valerie Anderson, Nick Camuccio, Jedidiah Reeser, Amos Philman, Charles Bryant, John Ayers, Bryant Frye, Mark Lithherland, Sheriff David Turner, Chief Harvey Montgomery, Delight Curtis, J.B. O’Steen, Nina O’Steen, Tommy Philman.
Call to Order:
Chairman Durden called the meeting to order at 5:04 p.m. The Invocation was delivered by Commissioner Bush and the pledge of allegiance was led by Commissioner Suggs.
Additions: EMA/County Coordinator’s Report
Resolution / Small County Road Assistance Program
Restrictions on Right of Ways
Proposed Ordinance on Water Removal Restrictions
Vacation Accrual, EMS Employees
GCRA , McArthur Park / FRDAP
SHIP Subordination Agreement, Barbara Wiley
Ring Power Motor Grader
J. B. O’Steen
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the Agenda with the changes mentioned. The motion carried unanimously.
(1) Minutes; Regular Meeting May 21, 2001
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the consent agenda. The motion carried unanimously.
Ginnie Springs - Gilchrist County has received notice of a scheduled hearing on September 13, 2001 to hear a motion from Ginnie Springs to enforce the settlement agreement. Mr. Mutch recommended that the Commission allow him to take depositions of the litigates prior to the hearing. (1/140)
Taylor vs. Gilchrist County - Mr. Mutch reported that the County’s prior insurance carrier has withdrew the request for $2,500 in the Paula Jean Taylor case. The claim had been submitted in error regarding a deductible that did not apply in this case. (1/193)
Expanding Membership in the Planning and Zoning Board - This item has been tabled by the Planning and Zoning Board until all members are present to discuss it. (1/221)
Uniform Contract - Mr. Mutch drafted a letter to Associated Uniform regarding the continuing problems with the service. Mr. Mutch explained that this letter will put Associated Uniform on notice to correct the problems. If Associated Uniform fails to improve the service within thirty days, they will be in breach of contract and the agreement may be terminated by the County. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the letter to Associated Uniform. The motion carried unanimously. (1/226)
Animal Control Ordinance - A meeting has been scheduled for Monday, June 25, 2001 at 4:30 p.m. at the Health Department to discuss administration of animal control, quarantine and rabies vaccination. Chairman Durden told the Board that he and Ron McQueen had met with Cloud Haley, City Commissioner and Michael Lamar, Manager, City of Trenton regarding county-wide animal control. It was suggested than an interlocal agreement be prepared between the County and the municipalities. A proposal will be prepared within the next thirty days for the Board’s consideration. (1/300)
Lot Splits and Combination of Adjoining Lots - This item went before the Planning and Zoning Board on June 14, 2001 and was tabled until the meeting in July. (1/389)
Policy for Storm Debris Removal - Mr. Mutch prepared a policy concerning Storm Debris Removal for the Board’s approval. The policy specifies that in the aftermath of a storm, the County Road Department will be responsible for removing debris from the public right-of-way. The debris would then be cut into manageable lengths and placed back onto the private property from which it came. Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to adopt the policy (Policy #01-02). The motion carried unanimously. (1/400)
Telecommunications Ordinance – Mr. Mutch referred the Board to a memorandum from Peter Brigham regarding the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The intent of this Act was to “promote competition and reduce regulation in order to secure lower prices and higher quality services.” In order to address this, the Florida Legislature passed the Communications Services Tax Simplification Law. All local telecommunications taxes will be collected by the Department of Revenue and will then be distributed to the local governments. Mr. Mutch referred to a sample Ordinance which increases the tax rate by .24% for the interim period between October 1, 2001 and December 31, 2001. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to advertise a public hearing for this proposed ordinance to be held July 2, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. The motion carried unanimously. (1/466)
Model Airplane Flights at the Landfill - The Attorney’s office received a call from Mr. Koval regarding the noise from the model airplane flights at the landfill. Mr. Koval complained that the noise was disrupting their business raising livestock. Mr. Brigham referred him to Ron McQueen’s office. Mr. McQueen told the Board that an agreement had been reached between Mr. Koval and the model airplane owner that the model planes would not be flown when the Koval’s were not at home. (1/608)
Interlocal Agreement with Dixie County - Mr. Mutch referred to a copy of the proposed Interlocal agreement with Dixie County for the Building Official. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the Interlocal agreement with Dixie County for the provision of the services of a building official from June18, 2001 until September 26, 2001. The motion carried unanimously. (1/696)
Hart Springs / Presentation:
Mr. Amos Philman, Hart Springs Manager, and Jedidiah Reeser gave a power point presentation on the changes in progress to the Hart Springs Park. The presentation included photographs of the park during the flood stages and the resulting damages. The Master Plan includes a new managers residence to be elevated out of the 100-year flood level, new operations building (for equipment and supplies), expanded day-use parking, two (2) new air-conditioned pavilions, new concessions building with a bathhouse, relocation of the existing campground, additional picnic shelters and other improvements. (1/840)
Motor Grader / RingPower:
Mr. Mark Litherland, with RingPower appeared before the Board to discuss a lease purchase agreement for a Caterpillar Grader. The lease on one of the graders is due to end on June 27, 2001. Mr. Gilliam explained that when the lease purchase was entered into five (5) years ago, it was the intent of the Board to rotate the equipment off with RingPower with the buyback and repurchase. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to continue the lease purchase originally entered into five (5) years ago with RingPower on the motor grader. The motion carried unanimously. RingPower is offering the lease agreement at the GSA Contract price. (The new unit is $130,055, buy back on current unit is $85,000, purchase price $45,055. The buy back on the new unit will be $92,500.) Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to go out for bid for the financing of the Caterpillar Grader. The motion carried unanimously. (1/1250)
Mr. J.B. O’Steen addressed the Board concerning building permits for individuals who are in the process of building their home for over a one (1) year time period. Mr. O’Steen’s daughter, Nina O’Steen, started construction on her home in 1998. Since 1998, Ms. O’Steen has been required to renew the permit at full price. The Board discussed the permitting requirements for instances when construction is partially completed. For instance, if the plumbing is done but not the electrical, the individual should not have to pay for the plumbing permit again when renewing the permits. Ms. O’Steen stated that she was told she would only have to pay half of the cost to renew the permits but when she recently went in to pull them, she paid the full cost. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to refund half of the building permit to Ms. Nina O’Steen. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. O’Steen also discussed the requirement for homeowners to obtain a permit for a roof-over. He was noticed by the Building Inspector that he owed $35.00 for a roof-over. Mr. O’Steen contended that it was not right to make individuals pay this for a new roof when it is impossible to make everyone pay. Commissioner Durden explained the necessity of roof inspections to protect the homeowner by making sure the work is done by a licensed contractor. Mr. McQueen added that it also protects the homeowner from a liability suite if the contractor does not carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance. (1/1567)
Public Hearing / Ordinance, LDR 01-1, Off-Street Parking and Off-Street Loading Facilities:
(Notice of this public hearing was published in the May 31, 2001 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)
This is the second public hearing for LDR 01-1. The first public hearing was held by the Board of County Commissioners on May 21, 2001.
Mr. Mutch stated that this Ordinance was heard by the Planning and Zoning Board and that it was their recommendation to adopt the Ordinance with the condition that the provisions do not apply to handicapped parking. Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to adopt the Ordinance with one (1) change to Section 2.b, taking out the word positive. The motion carried unanimously. (1/2330) ( A copy of Ordinance 01-05 is attached and made part of these minutes.)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING ORDINANCE 93-04, AS AMENDED, ENTITLED THE GILCHRIST COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, BY AMENDING SECTION 220.127.116.11(2), GILCHRIST COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS, ENTITLED OFFSTREET PARKING AND LOADING; SPECIFYING THE PURPOSE; PROVIDING STANDARDS FOR THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO USE WHEN REQUESTING WAIVER OF PAVING REQUIREMENTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Public Hearing / Ordinance, LDR 01-2, Certificate for Final Plat Review:
(Notice of this public hearing was published in the May 31, 2001 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)
This is the second public hearing for LDR 01-2. The first public hearing was held by the Board of County Commissioners on May 21, 2001.
Chairman Durden read the short title of Ordinance 01-06. Mr. Mutch stated that the County Engineer recommended approval of this ordinance which will permit the engineer to sign off on final plats without being required to do an extensive review. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the Ordinance amending the Land Development Regulations. The motion carried unanimously. (1/2570) (Ordinance 01-06 is attached and made part of these minutes.)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING ORDINANCE 93-04, AS AMENDED, ENTITLED THE GILCHRIST COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS BY AMENDING APPENDIX A, PAGE 11, BY AMENDING THE LANGUAGE CONTAINED FOUND IN THE “CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL BY THE COUNTY REVIEWING ENGINEER OR LAND SURVEYOR” OF FINAL SUBDIVISION PLATS; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE
Attorney’s Report (cont.):
Recommended Action on Building Inspection - Mr. Mutch reported that he has been working with Allen Luzader to determine if an architect and a master electrician could provide affidavits to the building inspector which would take the place of the building inspection for a single family residence. Recently a builder/owner of a home went forward with construction without the necessary inspections for structural and electrical work. It is the opinion of the Attorney for the Department of Business and Professional Regulations that the construction should not continue without the proper inspections. (1/2778)
Code Enforcement Ordinance Modifications - Nick Camuccio is working on modifications to bring the Ordinances to statutory requirements. This was heard by the Planning and Zoning Board and will be forthcoming the Board of County Commissioners. (1/2805)
Special Public Defender Costs - Mr. Mutch received a call on June 12, 2001 from an attorney who had been appointed as a special public defender for a mother on her appeal of termination of parental rights. The Special Public Defender told Mr. Mutch that his expenses to date were approximately $1,800. He wanted Mr. Mutch to agree to $400 to $500 in additional costs at the rate of $50 per hour. Mr. Mutch also received a call from Court Cost Containment requesting that a private attorney be appointed as a special public defender in a particular case where the client had been determined to be indigent. The private attorney had already been representing the client but now wanted to be paid by the County. In both instances, Mr. Mutch would not agree to authorize the costs.
Environmental Resource Permit - Mr. Mutch advised the Board that Craig Watson has requested a new environmental resource permit for construct of a barn. The Department of Environmental Protection does not consider this an expansion. (1/3160)
Flag Folding Ceremony - Commissioner Suggs mentioned an article in the Gainesville Sun about the flag folding ceremony for the United States Flag. The article described the process in which the flag is folded when it is taken down. Commissioner Suggs recommends that a copy of the ceremony be posted somewhere in the County Courthouse. Mr. Gilliam will obtain a copy of the ceremony for the next regular meeting. (1/3264)
Letter to County Attorney - Chairman Durden referred to a letter he had sent to the County Attorney regarding his actions at the Board meeting held on June 4, 2001and the lack of communication and cooperation between the attorney’s office and County staff. Chairman Durden opened the floor to the Commission for discussion of these issues.
Commissioner Suggs stated that she had discussed the issues with Mr. Mutch and that he had apologized to her about the outburst. She mentioned that there is a lot of history of communication problems between Mr. Mutch and Valerie Anderson, but that in regards to his response, she does not have any problems with what he is doing. Commissioner Thomas commented that he had also talked with Mr. Mutch and expressed his concerns about not having information available prior to the meetings. Commissioner Wilkerson told the Board that he had also talked with Mr. Mutch about the incident at the last meeting. Commissioner Bush stated that he was not present at the last meeting but that he heard about it as soon as he returned from his trip. He stated that this incident was an embarrassment to the Board and that these issues need to be resolved in order to continue the work for the County in a professional manner. Mr. Gilliam discussed the necessity of communication between his office and the County Attorney’s office in order to prepare the agenda and provide information to the Commission in a timely manner. He stated that this communication has improved. Mr. McQueen told the Board that he has asked Mr. Mutch to meet with him to discuss the communication problems that exists between his office and Mr. Mutch. Mr. McQueen stated that there is some confusion that exists that needs to be clarified. Mr. Mutch contended that the communication has not broken down on his side. He believes that the communication problems began after the meeting to evaluate Valerie Anderson and that since that time he has only received email or faxes. Mr. Mutch stated that he and his office have responded in every way to items received from Ms. Anderson or Ron McQueen. In regards to the issue at the last meeting, Mr. Mutch stated that Valerie Anderson should have called him for the information she needed. He contended that the Planner should make the necessary changes to the resolution from the comments he had provided.
Chairman Durden told the Board that he had wrote the letter because something needs to be done. He recommended that one of the Commissioners meet with the Attorney and staff members to resolve these issues as soon as possible. Commissioner Suggs told the Chairman that she shares the concerns of the County Attorney about the communication past the evaluation of Ms. Anderson. Chairman Durden replied the he bases his evaluation of County employees by the comments he receives from the citizens and that he has heard favorable comments of Valerie. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to have the Vice Chairman meet with Ron McQueen, Sam Mutch, Joe Gilliam and Valerie Anderson this week to work these issues out. The motion carried unanimously. Commissioner Wilkerson stated that he would not be able to meet with them this week. Commissioner Thomas stated that he would take his place. (1/3350)
Public Hearing / Ordinance amending Ordinance on NW 10th Street:
(Notice of this public hearing was published in the June 7, 2001 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)
Nick Camuccio told the Board that School Zone limits are statutorily set for certain time periods. The lowest speed limit for a county road is 30 mph. There is a special provision that allows you to move it to 25 mph upon investigation by the Department of Transportation. The proposed ordinance modifies the speed limit to 15 mph during the 30 minutes before and the 30 minutes after school and 25 mph at all other times in the school area.
Sheriff Turner told the Board that he had discussed this issue with the Department of Transportation and found that they will not do an engineering study on a county road. Sheriff Turner testified that it is imperative to have the speed limits modified in this section of NW 10th Street.
Mr. Mutch advised that the Short Title would have to be amended and re-advertised to read “from HWY 129 to the end of the School Zone.” Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to re-advertise the short title and schedule a public hearing on July 2, 2001 at 2:30 p.m. The motion carried unanimously. (2/949)
Tax Roll 2000 / Information - Mr. Gilliam presented the “Errors and Emissions Report for the Tax Year 2001 for the Tax Collector’s Office. The report indicated a net decrease in the tax roll in the amount of $20,638.35. He also presented a report for the Tax Certificate Sale for all delinquent properties. The County held certificates for Tax Year 2001 total $53,930.94. (2/1280)
ADG Invoices - Mr. Gilliam submitted Architects Design Group, Inc. invoices #10 and #13 for the Board’s approval.
Invoice #10 / $739.50, for services on the ADA compliance issues that were outside the original scope of the project.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve payment of invoice #10 in the amount of $739.50. The motion carried unanimously.
Invoice #13 / $5,228.99, for reimbursable expenses ($548.99) and services for the Architects Feasability Study ($4,680).
Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve payment of Invoice #13 in the amount of $5,228.99. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1349)
CDL License - At the regular meeting held June 6th, the Board discussed whether or not it was mandatory for new employees with the Road Department to have a CDL license at the time of hire. Mr. Gilliam researched the minutes from 1994 to 1997 and found that no action had been taken by the Commission concerning this requirement. The issue had been discussed on several occasions and it had been suggested that the new employees be required to hold a CDL license at the time of hire or that the employee would have six (6) months, the probationary period, to obtain the license. Considering that this has been an issue, Mr. Gilliam recommended that action should be taken.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, to add to the personnel policy, to require a CDL license prior to hire. The motion died for a lack of a second.
Commissioner Wilkerson expressed concern that an applicant would go to the expense of obtaining the CDL license and then for various reasons not be hired or not be retained after the probationary period. Commissioner Thomas contended that some positions with the Road Department would not need a CDL license. The Board discussed the positions within the Department that may not need a CDL license at hire and that when these positions are filled, the employee should obtain the license within the probationary period to be qualified to perform other duties or substitute as a driver when needed. Motion by Commissioner Thoms, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to require, in the Road Department, a new employee to hold a CDL license at the time of hire when that job description requires it and for other positions in the Road Department, the new hire will be required to obtain the CDL license within the 90 day probation period. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1428)
NCFRPC / Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2000-2001 Annual Report - A copy of the 2000-2001 Annual Report was submitted by The North Central Florida Regional Planning Council. To meet the County’s reporting requirement for 2001, the report must be adopted by the Board of County Commissioners by resolution. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the resolution adopting the North Central Florida Economic Development District Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2000-2001 Annual Report. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1825) (A copy of Resolution #01-36 is attached and made part of these minutes.)
SHIP Subordination - Mr. Gilliam presented a SHIP Loan Subordination agreement for approval. Ms. Barbara Wiley, the SHIP Loan recipient, is applying for a loan through Sunset Mortgage Company, in the amount of $18,000 to $20,000 to pay off and consolidate bills. Mr. Gilliam advised that the balance on the SHIP Loan is $9,500 and the request is below the 80% guideline. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the subordination of the SHIP Loan for Ms. Barbara Wiley. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1885)
G.C.R.A. / McArthur Park - Mr. Sam Ferguson provided copies of the purchase orders from G.C.R.A. relating to the FRDAP Grant. The purchase orders total $28,064. Mr. Ferguson also advised the Board that a grant reimbursement check has been received in the amount of $20,000. Another reimbursement check is expected. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to reimburse G.C.R.A. $20,000 less $8,064 until the next reimbursement check is received. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1945)
EMS / Vacation Accrual - Mr. Gilliam referred the Board to a memorandum from Ron McQueen requesting that the EMS employees accrual rate for annual leave be changed. Mr. McQueen explained that the work week for EMTs and Paramedics is 56 hours. Currently, the accrual rate is 54 hours. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the request to change the vacation accrual rate for EMTs and Paramedics from this date forward. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1945)
P.P.I. Change Request - Mr. Gilliam received a change request from P.P.I. to redesign the arch in the hallway on the judicial side of the courthouse. P.P.I. recommends that the arch be redesigned to conceal electrical conduit pipes. The estimated cost is $1,131.17. Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the request. The motion carried unanimously. (2/2300)
Road Closure - At the meeting held on May 21st, the Board approved a temporary road closure of
CR 307 (from CR 344 to US 129) on June 30th for the G.C.R.A. Independence Day celebration. Sheriff Turner asked Chairman Durden for clarification on who is responsible for the barricades and the deputies. The Board affirmed that volunteers may be used for the road blocks instead of deputies. (2/2350)
Ambulance Repairs - Commissioner Thomas advised that one of the newer ambulances needed a new engine. Ms. Walker obtained a quote in the amount of $9,917 from White Ford and a quote from Milton Weeks in the amount of $9,033. The quote from Milton Weeks includes a two year unlimited milage warranty. Ms. Walker has requested approval of the expenditure from the “lease” line item in the EMS Budget. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded y Commissioner Suggs, to approve the request for a new engine in the amount of $9,033 from Milton Weeks to be paid from “lease”/EMS Budget. The motion carried unanimously. (2/2541)
EMA/County Coordinator Report:
Purchase Order / Toxic Roundup - Mr. McQueen submitted a reimbursement request from Alachua County in the amount of $2,960.18. This amount represents 25% of the total cost associated with the waste management and 25% of the advertisement costs for the toxic round-up. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the request for payment in the amount of $2,969.18. The motion carried unanimously. (2/2715)
SUNCOM Contract - Mr. McQueen referred to the SUNCOM Network Services Agreement and explained that the contract will need to be renewed as some of the services have been changed. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the agreement upon review by the County Attorney. The motion carried unanimously. (2/2755)
Reimbursement Agreement / Resolution Small County Road Assistance - Mr. McQueen provided copies of the Small County Road Assistance Program Reimbursement Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for the resurfacing of CR 341 from SR 26 to CR 340 (Financial Project #4107031-58-01) to be approved and executed by the Board. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to adopt the resolution authorizing the County to enter into the Small County Road Assistance Program and authorizing the Chairman to execute the agreement. The motion carried unanimously. (2/2831) (A copy of Resolution #01-37 is attached and made part of these minutes.)
Interagency Work Squad Agreement - This agreement is between the State of Florida, Department of Corrections, through Lancaster Correctional Institution and Gilchrist County. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the interagency/public works agreement. The motion carried unanimously (2/2980)
Friends of Fanning, Inc. - A request has been received from Lynetta Griner, President of the Friends of Fanning, Inc. asking the County Commission to pledge $225 towards Naturefest. This contribution may be matched with a VISIT FLORIDA advertising grant. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the request. The motion carried unanimously. (2/3053)
Shady Grove Road - Commissioner Bush met with the Levy County Road Department regarding the Shady Grove Road Project. A portion of this road is in Levy County. Commissioner Bush stated that he will contact Suwannee River Water Management and bring back additional information to the Board. (2/3250)
Sheriff’s Administration Building - A general permit has been received from Water Mangement for the Sheriff’s Administration Building (Phase I). (2/3310)
North Gilchrist VFD / Well - Considering that the water levels have come back up, Mr. McQueen asked the Board if it was still their intention to put in the grouted well at the North Gilchrist VFD station. The Board affirmed that this was their decision. (2/3337)
Hurricane Shutters for Shelters - Mr. McQueen advised the Board that they have worked with the School Board to find a shutter that they would approve. The shutter that they approved will cost approximately $229,000. This particular type shutter is on the SNAPS contract. Mr. McQueen requested authorization to prepare an agreement for the Chairman’s signature. The Board agreed.
Proposed Ordinances - Mr. Mutch requested authorization from the Board to advertise an ordinance regarding the regulation of the sale of bulk quantities of water and the environmental impact. Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to advertise this Ordinance for July 2nd at 4:00 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Mutch also requested authorization to advertise an Ordinance regarding the regulating of public right-of-ways. Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to advertise the ordinance for July 16th at 6:15 p.m. The motion carried unanimously. (2/3500)
Commissioner Durden was asked by the Chamber of Commerce to express their appreciation for the future use of the building offered to them for office space. (3/3600)
Commissioner Suggs reported that she had met with Pandion Systems. This company specializes in eco-tourism marketing strategies and grant writing. Commissioner Suggs plans to attend the Tri-County Tourism meeting this week and will recommend that Pandion Systems be invited to make a presentation to that Board. (2/3720)
Mr. Gilliam discussed the scheduling of budget workshops in the month of July and August. The Board scheduled the first budget workshop on July 16th at 3:00 p.m. (2/3788)
Commissioner Suggs stated that she has submitted a budget for the Gilchrist County Historical Society in the amount of $1,500. Commissioner Suggs contacted Chris Doolin, representative of the Small County Coalition and discussed placing the Courthouse and the Church Building on the Historical Landmark List. (3/165)
Commissioner Thomas gave a report on the mock fire drill held at the old Bell High School. He stated that he was pleased with the training exercise and the attendance. The firefighters learned many things through this exercise. (3/207)
Commissioner Thomas asked Mr. McQueen about the status of the construction of the Southeast Gilchrist fire house. Mr. McQueen replied that they are trying to get bids for the slab.
Mr. Tommy Philman addressed the Board about the trash on NW 10th Street. He suggested that an inmate crew be assigned to this road on a monthly basis to help clean pick it up. The Board directed Mr. McQueen to contact Diane Avery to have someone from the Solid Waste Department pick up the trash on this road. (3/307)
Ms. Delight Curtis, Treasurer of the Southeast Gilchrist VFD, came before the Board to discuss a problem with members of the Southeast Department. She related an incident in which a firefighter allegedly made a comment to her brother-in-law which could be interpreted to be a threat against her and her family. The Board discussed these actions with Mr. McQueen, Mr. Mutch and Sheriff Turner. Ms. Curtis would not disclose the name of the firefighter for the sake of her brother-in-law. As a precaution, Sheriff Turner advised her to document any unusual actions. Commissioner Thomas and Ron McQueen will meet to discuss what action needs to be taken.
There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Suggs moved to adjourn at 8:51 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and carried.
Randy Durden, Chairman
JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK