MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD JULY 16, 2001.

 

The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Monday, July 16, 2001, at 4:30 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, Pete Bringham, Sam Ferguson, Director of Finance, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, Valerie Anderson, Camille Tharpe, Virginia Delegal, Penny Marken, Jeanne Payne, Troy Payne, Alan Welsh, Stephen Floyd.

 

Call to Order:

 

Chairman Durden called the meeting to order at 4:36 p.m.  The Invocation was led by Commissioner Bush and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commissioner

 

Agenda Changes:

 

Additions:          -  Discussion of Planning and Zoning Board members terms of office.

-  NCFRPC, Transportation Disadvantaged Program

 

Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second, by Commissioner Suggs, to accept the Agenda.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Consent Agenda:

 

1.                  Budget Entries:

1.                  #BE1-110, State Attorney/Public Defender Fund (160)

2.                  #BE1-109, General Government Fund (001)

 

2.                  Approval of Purchase Order and Invoices to Mills Engineering

 

3.                  Approval of Invoice from Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A.

 

4.                  Approval of Minutes / Regular Meeting June 18, 2001

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Bush, to approve the Consent Agenda.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Attorney’s Report:

 


Ginnie Springs - Mr. Mutch advised the Board that he is scheduling depositions with Bobby Wray Suggs and the president of Blue Springs, Inc. before the next hearing which is scheduled in September. (1/080)

 

Planning and Zoning Board - Mr. Mutch reported that the Planning and Zoning Board does not recommend expansion of that Board from five (5) to seven (7) members.

 

Animal Control Ordinance - Mr. Mutch is waiting to receive the protocols from Ron McQueen’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office in order to prepare an interlocal agreement.. (1/090)

 

Lot Splits and Combination of Adjoining Lots - The Planning and Zoning Board has recommended combination of adjoining lots but is still reviewing the issue of lot splits. (1/100)

 

Draft Ordinance Policy - Mr. Mutch presented a policy for “Regular Ordinance Procedure.”  This policy is to be followed by staff in the preparation, advertising and filing of ordinances.  Mr. Mutch explained that the only exception to this policy would be an emergency ordinance.  Mr. Gilliam asked if this policy also pertained to ordinances recommended by the Planning and Zoning Board.  Mr. Mutch stated that he would revise the policy to include the Planning and Zoning Board recommendations for ordinances.  (Mr. Mutch will bring the revisions at the next regular meeting.)  (1/120)

 

Philman Lease - Mr. Mutch told the Board that it was his understanding that the County would collect the same amount of money that was due under the lease held by Kelly Philman for the period of October 31, 2000 through July 30, 2001.  Chairman Durden stated that Mr. Philman had agreed to continue paying the lease amount that he had been paying Mrs. Lindsey and at the end of the lease he would plant a ground cover.  Mr. Mutch will prepare the lease and have it delivered to Mr. Philman for his signature.  (1/270)

 

Performance Bond for Hart Springs Park Contractor - Mr. Mutch prepared a performance bond for the recreational equipment contractor to provide to the County.  Mr. Mutch told the Board that it may cost the contractor $16,000 to obtain a bond.  He recommends that the Board accept $1,000 to be held in escrow in lieu of a bond.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Bush, to authorize her to proceed with the contract and to accept a $1,000 cash bond to be held in escrow.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/340)

 

Florida Gas Transmission Pipeline - Mr. Mutch provided a memorandum stating an interpretation of the LDR’s concerning special permits for an extension of the Florida Gas Transmission pipeline.   (1/430)

 

Morgan Request for Interpretation of LDR-   Mr. Mutch provided a memorandum regarding an interpretation requested by Ron McQueen on whether or not Mr. Morgan needs a driveway permit in order to obtain a building permit on a lot adjacent to his present home.  Mr. Mutch explained that he does have to obtain the permit but is not required to put the driveway in before a Certificate of Occupancy is issued for the second lot.  (1/633)

 

Letter to Legislative Delegation - As requested by the Board on June 18th, Mr. Mutch prepared a letter to the Legislative Delegation requesting amendment to the statute on school traffic zones.  The Board authorized Mr. Mutch to send the letters.

 

Right-of-Way Ordinance - Mr. Mutch met with Commissioner Bush, Nathan Martin and Ron McQueen to discuss the proposed ordinance creating regulations for the utilization of County rights-of-way.  Mr. Mutch stated that the committee will meet again and bring a recommendation back to the Board. (1/663)

 


Community Planning Technical Assistance Grant - Mr. Mutch advised that the Florida State Department of Community Affairs has funds available for planning technical assistance grants for small communities.  Mr. Mutch prepared three proposals; new Comprehensive Plan, new Land Development Code and a Growth Management Statement.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Bush, to authorized the County Attorney to apply for the grant.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/765)

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield / Floyd Manny:

 

Mr. Floyd Manny with Blue Cross Blue Shield presented the proposed renewal rates for the County’s health plan .  The County currently offers two (2) Care Manager plans to employees.  Mr. Manny reviewed the proposal which included the benefits, claims experience by month, profit/loss analysis, renewal analysis, summary of large claims, hospital claims by providers, renewal history, and alternative plans with rates.

 

Mr. Manny explained that the renewal reports have been pulled early for the purpose of providing them to the Commission at this time.  The renewal analysis does not reflect a full year and the rates are subject to change as the profit and loss comparison changes.  The proposed renewal rates reflect a 53.5% increase over the current rates and are based on the adjusted income and incurred claims.

 

Mr. Manny recommended that the County drop the C-1 plan and move the entire group to the C-14.   He also recommended changing the plan to include a three (3) tier prescription card.  Mr. Manny will continue to revise the rates based on the history until final proposal is submitted.  If the County chooses to put out request for proposals, Blue Cross can provide a one month extension to the current rates.

 

The Board reviewed the proposal and discussed the alternative plans.  Chairman Durden recommended that the Commission consider going out to bid in order to compare other plans and rates.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to advertise for bids to be received in 30 days.  The motion carried unanimously.   Mr. Manny stated that he would be able to update the rates by the middle of August.  (1/850)

 

Public Hearing / Resolution, Fire Special Assessments:

 

Ms. Virginia Delegal and Ms. Camille Tharpe addressed the Board regarding the initial assessment resolution prepared by Neighbors, Giblin & Nickerson and Government Services Group.   Ms. Delegal provided a list of examples of assessments based on a rate of $56.00 for residential.  This rate is based on generating $438,000.

 

The Board reviewed the examples and discussed the methodology by which the figures were derived.  Ms. Tharpe stated that the properties were assessed using the DOR code received from the Property Appraiser’s Office.  It was pointed out that some of the examples were not correct. 

 

Mr. Mutch read the short title of the resolution.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the resolution with amendments to change “Fire Rescue Services” to “Fire Protection Services” and stating in Appendix D “the estimated Fire Protection Service to be assessed for the Fiscal Year commencing October 1, 2001, is $485,000.”  The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 


The Board scheduled a public hearing on August 20, 2001 to consider the final resolution for fire special assessments.  (A copy of Resolution 01-45 is attached and made part of these minutes.) (1/2225)

 

                                                                 Resolution 01-45

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF FIRE RESCUE SERVICES, FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS IN GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA; CREATING THE GILCHRIST COUNTY MUNICIPAL SERVICE BENEFIT UNIT FOR FIRE RESCUE SERVICES; DESCRIBING THE METHOD OF ASSESSING FIRE RESCUE SERVICE ASSESSED COSTS AGAINST ASSESSED PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE GILCHRIST COUNTY MUNICIPAL BENEFIT UNIT FOR FIRE RESCUE SERVICES; DIRECTING THE PREPARATION OF AN ASSESSMENT ROLL; AUTHORIZING A PUBLIC HEARING AND DIRECTING THE PROVISION OF NOTICE THEREOF; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

 

Public Hearing / Ordinance amending Article XV entitled Enforcement and Review of the LDRs:

 

(Notice of this public hearing was published in the July 5, 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 ordinance amending Article XV entitled Enforcement and Review of the LDRs.  Mr. Mutch stated that the proposed ordinance will amend Section 15.3 of the Land Development Regulations to provide that an order may be brought before the code enforcement board in order to conduct a hearing on the matter.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the ordinance.  The motion carried unanimously.  (A copy of Ordinance 01-10 is attached and made part of these minutes.) (2/360)

 

Ordinance 01-10

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING ARTICLE  XV, ENFORCEMENT AND REVIEW, OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS; PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT WITH OTHER ORDINANCES; PROVIDING INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CODIFIER; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

 

 

Public Hearing / Ordinance Amending Article V Changing Construction Standards for Roads in Subdivisions:

 

(Notice of this public hearing was published in the July 5, 2001 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)

 

A copy of the Ordinance was not available for review at this time.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Bush, to table the public hearing to August 6, 2001 at 6:00 p.m.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/520)

 

 

 


Policy for Planning and Zoning Department RE: Information To Be Provided For Land-use Petitions Coming Before The BOCC:

 

At its meeting on June 14, 2001, the Planning and Zoning Board reviewed a recommended list of materials or items to be included in applications for land-use approval to the BOCC.  The Planning and Zoning Board recommends the following materials be included in any recommended materials on planning or zoning items to the Board of County Commissioners.  The information should also be provided to the Planning & Zoning Board prior to the Planning & Zoning Board meeting on specific issues:

 

1.                    The application which would include the name of the property owner and a sworn statement that the applicant has permission from the property owner or is the property owner and thus has permission to apply for the land-use action.

 

2.                    General description of the property, including a property appraiser’s map showing ownership of adjoining properties, zoning of adjoining properties, land-use plan of adjoining properties and notation of any land-use action on adjoining properties or the subject property within the past five years, if available.

 

3.                    An aerial photograph of the subject property from the Property Appraiser’s office.

 

4.                    A copy of the Notice published in the paper and/or sent to adjoining property owners.

 

5.                    A list of all goals, objectives and policies of the Gilchrist County Comprehensive Plan which are pertinent to the subject request.

 

6.                    The site plan or subdivision plat of the proposed land-use action, if a site plan or subdivision plat is required.

 

7.                    Any supporting documentation from the applicant which is relevant to the application.

 

8.                   The discussion by the Planning & Zoning Board of the request when it was before the Planning & Zoning Board.

 

9.                   No proposed resolution or ordinance shall be prepared until a recommendation has been forwarded to the BOCC.  The Motion recommending approval, recommending approval with conditions or recommending denial of the application by the Planning & Zoning Board.  (The staff recommendation may or may not be included based on the request by the BOCC.)

 

10.                The recommendations from the County Engineer and County Attorney, if required.

 

11.                Photographs of the subject property and surrounding properties.

 

Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the list of items to be submitted for land-use approval by the Board of County Commissioners and to include the list as part of the Policy and Procedures of the BOCC.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/600)

 

 

 

 

 


Planning & Zoning Board / Membership:

 

Mr. McQueen advised the Board that some of the Planning & Zoning Board member’s terms have expired.  Each Planning & Zoning Board member is to serve three (3) year terms.  Mr. Mutch stated that when appointing to fulfill unexpired terms the termination date of the unexpired term is the date in effect.  Mr. McQueen reviewed the list of Zoning Board members and dates appointed.  According to records of the Board of County Commissioners, terms have expired for Roosevelt Stalvey, Michelle Crawford, Don Alexander and Jimmy Ray Downing.  Chairman Durden recommended that these members be temporarily reappointed and the positions be advertised.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to reappoint Don Alexander, Michelle Crawford, Roosevelt Stalvey and Jimmy Ray Downing to serve on the Planning and Zoning Board until December 30, 2001.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Bush, to advertise for these positions on the Planning and Zoning Board.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/714)

 

Clerk’s Report:

 

Health Insurance - Mr. Gilliam advised that he will proceed with the request for proposals for Health Insurance.

 

Courthouse Renovations - The inspection scheduled July 17th has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.  The tile work has not been completed and the elevator has not been certified.  The Tax Collector’s Office has been completed and they have moved back in.  The other offices will also be moving back in within the next few weeks.  Commissioner Suggs mentioned the tile needs to be sealed.  Mr. Gilliam stated that he is checking into this.   (1/983)

 

Legislative Delegation - The Legislative Delegation Hearing has been scheduled for August 23, 2001.  (1/1064)

 

Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.- Mr. Gilliam referred to a letter received from Ms. Frances Terry, Executive Director, requesting a letter of support for an Economic Development Project.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to send a letter of support if the program is not in conflict with any program managed by Marvin Weaver’s office.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1070)

 

Resolution / Purchasing - Mr. Gilliam presented a resolution authorizing department heads to execute purchase orders up to $500.  It was his recommendation to table the resolution until August 6th in order to make revisions.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to table the resolution until August 6, 2001.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/1165)

 

Mrs Jeanne Payne / Issues RE: Dairies and Dumping:

 

Mrs. Jeanne Payne submitted photographs  of dead flies that had been collected on her property.  She read a prepared statement about the problem they have been experiencing with flies.  She contends that this problem is caused by the Aurora Dairy dumping waste on the property of Irwin Bruce.  Mrs. Payne contends that this dumping is a health hazard and should be considered ‘solid waste.’ 

 

Chairman Durden referred the issue of animal waste being considered solid waste to the Peter Bringham, Assistant County Attorney.  Mr. Bringham explained that Florida Statute 403.706 specifically excludes wastes from agriculture operations as the County’s responsibility.  He referred to two (2) Florida court cases regarding agricultural waste.  These cases involved the Florida Right-to-Farm Statute.  Mr. Bringham prepared a memorandum regarding this issue and advised the Board to use caution in taking any action in this regard.  

 


Mr. Bringham referred Mrs. Payne to LDR 4.5.3 (1) which states that “all agricultural activities” includes “the production of dairy and poultry products.”  He explained that this clearly contemplates the handling and use of dairy and poultry wastes.  LDR 4.5.3 (1)(a) permits “uses which are customarily accessory and clearly incidental and subordinate to permitted uses.”   There is no special permitting required in this case as long as a dairy waste is used on another agricultural land.

 

Mrs. Payne asked Mr. Bringham to sum up what he had said.  He explained that in regards to the statement that she had read, the County does not have any responsibility in this situation.    

 

Mr. Paul Welsh also addressed the Board.  He stated that he is Mr. and Mrs. Payne’s neighbor and that he is the one who made the original complaint regarding this issue to the Department of Environmental Protection.  He understands that the dumping is legal but he is asking the Commission to help them find a solution to this problem.  He described the situation that he and his family have with the flies in and around their home.  Mr. Welsh also told the Board that the dairy has been cooperating and taking measures to help solve the problem with the flies. 

 

The Board discussed the situation with Mrs. Payne and Mr. Welsh.  Commissioner Bush stated that he would contact Marvin Weaver, the County Agent for possible assistance.  Mr. Mutch also offered to provide a list of professors at the University of Florida who may be able to help find a solution to the flies.  Chairman Durden assured Mrs. Payne and Mr. Welsh that the Commission will make contacts to help find a solution to this problem.   (2/1245)

 

EMA / County Coordinator’s Report:

 

County Planner -  At the last Commission meeting, the Board directed Ron McQueen and Commissioner Suggs to meet with Michael Grogan, the County’s labor attorney, regarding the job description and the education requirements for the County Planner position.  Mr. McQueen reported that following a conference call, Mr. Grogan came over to review records and to meet with the Chairman and the Clerk.  In regards to the application, it was Mr. Grogan’s conclusion that there was no “intent” on the part of the applicant, Mrs. Anderson.

 

Mr. Grogan offered three (3) suggestions to be considered by the Board.  1) to maintain the status quo, 2) reclassification & reduction in salary and 3) not extending probation to full time employment.  Mrs. Anderson has been employed with the County (under probation) since July 25, 2000.  Mr. McQueen met with Mrs. Anderson last week and discussed the option of reclassification and reduction of salary.  She expressed that in fairness for her job description and her job performance she should be given full benefits and that she is not willing to take a reduction in salary.

 

Commissioner Suggs stated that based on what she had discussed with Mike Grogan, she recommends that employment not be continued since Mrs. Anderson does not want to take the reduction in salary and reclassification.   Mr. McQueen told the Board that it was his preference to work with the Planner, to reclassify the position and to work something out. 

 


Commissioner Thomas asked for an explanation of the degree held by Mrs. Anderson.  Mrs. Anderson explained that she currently holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.  This degree was awarded to her from a university that is not accredited by the State of Florida.  The university is licensed within the State of Wyoming.  She explained that at the time she applied for this position, there were several employment notices placed in various newspapers.  One of the notices was in the March 24th edition of the Gainesville Sun.  This notice stated that the position required experience and that a job description was on file.  She also stated that she had four interviews with County personnel prior to being hired for the position.  The information that she placed on the application and resume stated that she does have a BS degree in Business Administration.  She did not know that this university was not accredited by the State of Florida.      She pointed out that the job description lists “a Bachelors degree or a combination of education and experience.”  Prior to taking this position with Gilchrist County, she had over three (3) years experience with other municipalities.   She stated that a majority of her educational requirements were acquired through two Florida universities and regardless of the origin of her degree, she more than meets the qualifications for this position.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, based on the labor attorney’s recommendation and other issues, to not extend the probation to full time employment and to  readvertise for a planner.  The motion died for a lack of a second.  

 

Commissioner Thomas asked Mrs. Anderson to describe the experience she had as a planner.  She replied that she had worked with the City of Altamonte Springs and Orange County.   Mr. Mutch commented that these two (2) positions were that of a planner technician and not a planner.  Mrs. Anderson stated that she had the same job and duties that she currently has with Gilchrist County.  Commissioner Thomas asked Mrs. Anderson about the time period in which she received her degree.  She worked for the City of Altamonte Springs from August 1982 until April 1985 and took maternity leave.  She worked for Orange County from the later part of 1987 until October 1988 at which time she again took maternity leave.  She took classes from the University of Central Florida beginning 1981 until 1983 and then took classes from Florida Municipal University.  In 1999, she was awarded a degree from Kennedy Western University in Wyoming.  She received her degree from this university through an internet correspondence degree program.  

 

In regards to the advertisement for a planner, Commissioner Bush asked Mrs. Anderson if she had stated that she held the degree required.  She replied that she did include the degree in Business Administration on her application.  Mr. McQueen added that this position was advertised three (3) different times and there were changes in each advertisement.  Mr. McQueen, Sam Mutch and Randy Durden interviewed Mrs. Anderson on a few occasions.  At the end of eight (8) months they were unable to find an applicant with a planning degree and decided to hire someone without a planning degree.  He stated that Mrs. Anderson has been working the past eleven months to fulfill the requirements.  Mr. McQueen checked with the Small County Technical Assistance Service regarding the job description of a planner and found that the position now held by Mrs. Anderson is that of a ‘planner technician.’  The difference in salary between a ‘planner technician’ and a planner is approximately fifteen percent (15%). 

 

Commissioner Wilkerson asked Mrs. Anderson if she is willing to take the demotion with the 15% decrease in salary.  Mrs. Anderson stated that she did not feel that was a fair and just proposition on the part of this Board of this County.  She stated that she has done and accomplished what was asked of her.  

 

Commissioner Thomas asked Ron McQueen if the County needs a planner or a planner technician and what the difference is between the two.  Mr. McQueen explained that when the Board convenes as the Board of Adjustment, they are quasi judicial in nature and because of this they must make findings of fact and conclusions of law.  If a planner has a planning degree, they have standing in those circumstances whereas a planner technician will rely on legal opinion.  A planner in most cases has a Master’s degree and a certain amount of experience.  A technician is not expected to do what a planner does.  A planner is supposed to have the ability to write and to participate in the comp plan changes.  Mr. McQueen added that he believes the Attorney is to be involved in ordinances and resolutions. 

 

Mr. Mutch stated that a planning technician is someone who doesn’t have a degree, who answers questions at the front counter, assists in the paperwork, getting out the notices and putting the packets together.  He contends that the job Valerie Anderson has been doing is that of a planner technician.  A planner should know the law in Florida, the relationship between different types of land uses, how to do public participation and prepares recommendations for the Planning and Zoning Board.  The planner is supposed to go through the Comprehensive Plan and make sure that requests are within conformance with the Plan and LDR’s.

 

 


The Board discussed the issue of the need for a planner vs. a planner technician and the qualifications of a planner.  Chairman Durden related the conversation with Mike Grogan.  Mr. Grogan did not recommend that Mrs. Anderson’s position remain status quo but suggested that the job be reclassified or that probation not be extended.  Considering that Mrs. Anderson has refused to accept reclassification, Chairman Durden stated that he sees no other choice but to not extend the probation.  Commissioner Wilkerson asked Mrs. Anderson if she declined to take the reclassification.  She replied that she did decline to accept the lower salary.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, based on the conversations with the Labor Attorney, to not extend the probation of Mrs. Anderson’s employment.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/187)

 

Florida Gas Transmission Line - Mr. McQueen referred the Board to a letter from the Florida Gas Transmission Company regarding an extension. (3/1734)

 

Interlocal Agreements / Solid Waste - Mr. McQueen presented Interlocal Agreements with the City of Fanning Springs and the Town of Bell for the Solid Waste Recycling and Education Grants.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the Interlocal Agreements with the City of Fanning and the Town of Bell for Solid Waste Recycling and Education Grants.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/1745)

 

Proposed Sheriff’s Administration Building - Mr. McQueen referred the Board to an estimate received from Bailey, Bishop & Lane, Inc. for the engineering costs for completing the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Complex.  The total estimated cost is $5,900.  This is in addition to the remainder of the original contract.  This effort includes completion of the construction plans, preparation of the technical specifications and acquisition of renew3ed permits from Suwannee River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Transportation.  The Board will discuss this item with the Sheriff at the meeting scheduled August 6, 2001.

 

Department of Environmental Protection - Mr. McQueen provided a copy of a ‘buzz word’ list for the DEP.  The list includes names and phone numbers for corresponding departments.  (3/1823)

 

Health Advisory - Mr. McQueen provided information on the West Nile Virus.  As of this date, three (3) infected birds have been found in Monticello. 

 

911 Addressing - Mr. McQueen advised that the Property Appraiser’s Office has completed the 911 addressing points.  (3/1900)

 

Commissioner’s Reports:

 

Commissioner Thomas commented on the issue of the fly problem.  He stated that the problem is worse in his district than any of the others.  He has listened to the concerns of the citizens and sympathizes with them.  However, he agrees with the county attorney’s interpretation of the Florida Right to Farm Act and the County is not able to regulate the dumping of the dairy waste.  (3/2040)

 

Commissioner Wilkerson mentioned that Mr. Grant is trying to sell a certain property within the city limits.  He was told to go to the County for permits but was sent back to the city to determine if there were any code violations outstanding on the property.  Mr. McQueen suggested that this might have been for the impact fees instead and stated that he would check into it. (3/2107)

 

Commissioner Suggs discussed the application submitted by Mr. Leo Gauthier to the Florida Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board.  Mr. Gauthier is not a resident of Levy County and Commissioner Suggs questions whether or not he should be appointed to the Coordinating Board to represent Gilchrist County.  Commissioner Suggs will find out additional information and report back to the Board.  (3/2250)

 


Commissioner Durden referred to a letter from Scott Gutherie regarding his resignation from the North Central Florida Health Planning Council and his recommendation for Dwayne Yates to be appointed in his place.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to appoint Dwayne Yates to the North Central Florida Health Planning Council.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/2390)

 

Commissioner Durden discussed the advertising for another planner.  He stated that a definition of a planner needs to be determined before the position is advertised to prevent these circumstances from developing again.  The Board discussed the two (2) job descriptions of a planner and a planner technician and the pay ranges.  Mr. Gilliam discussed the time spent by the County Attorney’s office and the cost of planning issues.  Mr. McQueen recommended a pay range of $32,000 to $34,000 for a certified planner.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to hire a Planner.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/2413)

 

Commissioner Durden advised that he received a call from Rick Carnley about NW 10th Street.   He explained that since the paving of this street, there is a problem with the water running onto the  property owned by Mr. Carnley across from Bell Elementary School.  Before the paving project was completed, the County Engineer had indicated that there would not be a problem with the draining of water onto this property.  Since the road was paved, a culvert was put in from the side of the school which drains directly into Mr. Carnley’s property.  Another culvert on the other side of the road also drains onto this property.  Commissioner Durden will contact Mr. Carnley to see what can be done to resolve the problem.  (3/3000)

 

Commissioner Durden related a conversation he had with Mike Grogan, the County’s Labor Attorney regarding the Personnel Policy.  Mr. Grogan recommends that Commissioners not get involved in personnel issues in order to prevent a potential conflict should an employee bring an appeal to the Board of County Commissioners.  Commissioner Durden recommended that the Commission develop a policy to address this issue.   (3/3185)

 

Old Business:

 

Mr. Gilliam reminded the Board to schedule times with their departments to prepare and review budget requests.

 

New Business:

 

Ron McQueen advised the FRDP grant will not be extended until December 31st.  

 

Public Participation:

(None)

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Suggs moved to adjourn at 9:46 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson and carried. 

 

APPROVED:

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                                                                                     RANDY DURDEN, CHAIRMAN

 

 

                                                                            

JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK