MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD AUGUST 6, 2001.
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Monday, August 6, 2001, at 1:15 p.m., in the courtroom, located in the Gilchrist County Courthouse, 112 South Main Street, Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:
Commissioner Randy Durden, Chairman
Commissioner Sue Suggs
Commissioner John Rance Thomas
Commissioner Freddie Wilkerson
(Absent: Commissioner Wilbur Bush / Note: Commissioner Suggs arrived at 5:04 p.m.)
Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Circuit Court, Sam Mutch, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, John Ayers, Laura Pedersen, Glenn Wood, Marge Wood, Charlotte Pedersen, Johnnie Martin, Nathan Martin, Roy Wilson, Jim Jones, David Still, Jerry Scarborough, Frances Brooks, Robert Mayer, Peter Butt, Kim Davis, Lois Fletcher, John Frazier, James Winters, Betty Walker, Rosa Bowers.
Call to Order:
Chairman Durden called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. The Invocation was delivered by Commissioner Wilkerson and the pledge of allegiance was led by Commissioner Thomas.
Mr. Gilliam advised the Board of the following agenda changes:
Additions: – Charlotte Pedersen, regarding property issue
– Conflict Attorney List / approval of Tracey Carlise & Robert Moeller
– Resolution / Planning & Zoning Board appointments
– Building Department Report
– Purchase Order Request, Chamber of Commerce
– Susan Bryant regarding Employee Parking
– Approval of Invoice from Baily Bishop & Lane for Sheriff’s Complex
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas to accept the Agenda. The motion carried unanimously.
1) Approval of Bills
2) Approval of Budget Entries: BE1-111 through BE1-116
3) Approval of Purchase Orders:
a. GCRA / Hugh’s Concrete & Masonry, $9,070
b. GCRA / Alachua County Fence, $3,925
– Regular Meeting held July 2, 2001
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the consent agenda with clarification for the record on item #4-a that three (3) quotes were received from Hugh’s Concrete for the work for GCRA and the Purchase Order request is for the lowest quote. The motion carried unanimously. (1/120)
Ginnie Springs v. Gilchrist County - Mr. Mutch is scheduling depositions in this case and intends to take the depositions of Bobbie Wray Suggs and the president of Blue Springs, Inc. (1/140)
Expanding Membership in the Planning & Zoning Board - Mr. Mutch reported that the Planning and Zoning Board does not wish to expand it’s membership to a seven (7) member board. They will bring that recommendation to the meeting scheduled August 20th. (1/145)
Animal Control Ordinance - Mr. Mutch reported that he has not received the requested protocols from the Sheriff’s Office or from Ron McQueen. He believes it is more appropriate for those departments to provide the protocols and then for him to combine them. Mr. McQueen stated that he and the Sheriff are using the County’s Ordinance as their protocols. Chairman Durden stated that he will meet with Ron McQueen and Sheriff Turner to discuss the protocols. (1/151)
Hart Springs Recreational Equipment Contract - Mr. Mutch prepared a contract for the equipment rentals at Hart Springs which has been executed by Chris Philman and Commissioner Suggs. (1/232)
Florida Gas Transmission Pipeline Need for Permits - Mr. Mutch is researching the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Legislation and Authority on pipelines and will provide a report on August 20th. (1/236)
Technical Assistance Grants - Mr. Mutch provided copies of the technical assistance grant letters for the Board’s review. (1/250)
Special Public Defender Issues - Mr. Mutch reported that a meeting was held with Judge Cates to discuss Special Public Defender Costs. There were six (6) attorney’s present who had represented six (6) defendants. The statutory cap that they were permitted to have was $1,000 per defendant or a total of $6,000, but the County was billed for approximately $11,504. One of the charges was for approximately $4,900. Judge Cates said that he did not want to have hearings on cases that were less than $1,800. Mr. Mutch concluded that the attorney’s would be compensated at approximately $50 per hour outside of court and $60 per hour inside court. They also discussed the issue of streamlining the cases. (1/254)
Issue of Cost Containment - Mr. Mutch challenged a request for a transcript for which an attorney was going to use the transcript in an appointed case as well as a private case. An agreement was reached for the County to pay two-thirds and the private individual would pay one-third of the transcript cost. (1/393)
Effect of Deed Conveying two Adjoining Pieces of Property on Overall Size of Parcel - Mr. Mutch provided a copy of a memorandum stating his opinion on the status of two pieces of property that were deeded to Mr. Mantalo on June 26, 2001. (1/412)
Letter from Chris Raider - Mr. Chris Raider contacted Mr. Mutch in regards to a claim of property damage to his 1985 Honda. Mr. Raider explained that a large tree fell on his automobile while it was parked at the Boat Ramp located at NE 102nd Place on June 17th. The County’s insurance company has denied the claim and Mr. Raider is threatening to file a Small Claims Case. The car is a 1985 Honda. (1/437) The Board directed Mr. Mutch to write a letter of response to Mr. Raider.
Conflict Attorney List:
The Board reviewed letters and resumes from Tracey Darr Carlisle and Robert Moeller who have requested to be added to the conflict attorneys list. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve Robert Moeller and Tracey Darr Carlise to the conflict attorney list. The motion carried unanimously. (1/500)
Supervisor of Elections:
Mrs. Susan Brant requested authorization to contact the State regarding the County’s data voting system in order to disburse it. No one in the State will be able to utilize the data voting system but it could be used by other states. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the request. The motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Susan Bryant provided the Board with a packet of information on the Global Election Systems. She recommended purchasing the optical scan system verses the touch screen system. Two (2) proposals were received for the optical scan system. Mrs. Bryant recommended that the Board declare the Global Election System a single source. She explained that this system is used by Levy, Alachua and Columbia counties and the Dixie County Commission is currently reviewing it.
Mrs. Bryant discussed the proposed contract with the Division of Elections in which $90,000 will be awarded to Gilchrist County for the purchase a new voting system. Global Election Systems submitted a proposal in the amount of $82,500.
Mrs. Bryant prepared a letter for approval by the Board, declaring the Accu Vote Voting System by Global Election Systems for vote tabulation to be the sole source available. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, that the Board of County Commissioners find and determine Global Elections Systems to be the only single source for suitable equipment for the Gilchrist County Supervisor of Elections to purchase. The motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to authorize the Chairman to execute the letter to Mr. Clay Roberts, Division of Elections. The motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Bryant reviewed the contract with Global Election Systems. Mr. Mutch pointed out that the contract does not include the purchase price or a delivery date. He recommended that he meet with Mrs. Bryant to revise the contract. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the contract upon the approval of the Supervisor of Elections and the County Attorney. The motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Bryant also submitted a request to transfer $3,800 from Personnel Services to Capital Outlay in order to purchase equipment. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the transfer. The motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Bryant asked the Board to consider designating the parking area near the courthouse as visitor parking. She expressed concern for the elderly citizens who need a parking area close to the courthouse entrance. The Board discussed possible parking areas for employees and visitors and decided to bring back recommendation at to the mid-month meeting (August 20th). (1/560)
Zoning Issue / Laura Pedersen:
Mrs. Charlotte Pedersen appeared before the Board on behalf of her daughter, Laura Pedersen, regarding a lot split. She explained that her daughter had recently qualified with the SHIP Program to build a home. She found a piece of property that she wished to purchase for the construction of the house. The property is owned by Mrs. Marge Wood and is located in Gilcrest Farms Limited (an unrecorded subdivision). Mrs. Wood was willing to sell five (5) acres of the ten (10) acre tract to Ms. Pedersen. Mrs. Pedersen and her daughter contacted Valerie Anderson, County Planner to inquire about any restrictions in dividing this property. Ms. Anderson advised them that the property could be divided North and South. When Laura Pedersen was later advised by a banker to obtain something in writing prior to signing the contract. Since Ms. Anderson is no longer employed by the County, Ms. Pedersen contacted Ron McQueen who informed her that this lot split would not be permitted. Considering that they had proceeded on the advice of the County Planner and spent money on a survey, Mrs. Pedersen requested the Board to grant a variance for this lot. She asked that if it were not possible, would the Board reimburse Mrs. Wood for the amount paid for the survey.
Mr. McQueen explained that Mrs. Anderson was in error and he had contacted the County Attorney’s office to find out if a variance would be possible. The County Attorney provided a written opinion for the Board’s consideration in which he suggests that the interpretation be made that the lot spit of this property is appropriate. Mr. Mutch advised the Board that this would not be a variance but that the Commission could grant the lot split based on the fact that an official of Gilchrist County gave misinformation to the Pedersen’s and the Wood’s and thus they relied upon that information, even though incorrect and considering the County could face a suit for estoppel it would therefore be appropriate to grant a lot split to Mrs. Wood according to the survey done by Mr. Wayne Chance on June 29, 2001 for the lots at the Northwest Quarter of Section 36, Township 10 South, Range 18 East. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, due to the misinformation given by a County Employee and subsequently a survey was done, the County Commission declares these two lots, legal lots of record which will be indicated on the Section Map. The motion carried unanimously. (1/2478)
Proposals for Financing of Grader:
Mr. Sam Ferguson presented three (3) proposals for the interest rates for the payoff in the amount of $45,055 on the Caterpillar grader purchased from RingPower. The three (3) written proposals each included a fixed rate for five (5) annual payments.
(2) Caterpillar 5.5%
(3) Capital City Bank 4.48%
(4) Tri-County Bank 4.45%
Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to accept the proposal from Tri-County Bank at 4.45%. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Mutch read the short title of Resolution #01-46.
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A NOTE TO TRI-COUNTY BANK, TRENTON, FLORIDA, IN THE AMOUNT OF $400,000; AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE PROCEEDS TO PAY DOWN THE PRESENT LINE OF CREDIT AT CAPITAL CITY BANK WHICH IS AT A RATE OF 5.48%; AUTHORIZING THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE LOAN FROM TRI-COUNTY BANK FOR $400,000 FOR EIGHT YEARS AT A FIXED INTEREST RATE OF 4.45%; AUTHORIZING REPAYMENT OF THE NOTE AT THE RATE OF $60,000 PER YEAR FOR YEARS ONE THROUGH SEVEN, AND A FINAL PAYMENT IN THE EIGHTH YEAR OF $60,526.64; PLEDGING GENERAL REVENUE AND/OR TRANSPORTATION IMPACT FEES FOR REPAYMENT OF THE FY 2001/2002 AND FY 2002/2003; AND AUTHORIZING THE USE AND PLEDGING OF THE 80% GAS TAX FOR FY 2003/2004 THROUGH FY 2009/2010; REPEALING ANY RESOLUTIONS IN CONFLICT; AUTHORIZING THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO EXECUTE THE NOTE AND ACCEPTING THE BOND OPINION LETTER AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE BORROWING OF THE MONEY FROM TRI-COUNTY BANK IN TRENTON, FLORIDA.
Mr. Mutch also prepared a promissory note which requires the Board of County Commissioners to pay $60,000 per year the first through the seventh year and $60,526.64 in the eighth year. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the resolution. The motion carried unanimously. (A copy of Resolution #01-46 is on file in the Clerk’s office.) (1/3383)
Building Department Report:
Mr. Allen Luzader presented Building Department Report for July 2001.
Mobile Homes 12 Total / 6 Replacements
5 Impact Fees @ $1,441.31 = $7,206.55
1 Impact Fee @ $515.79 (City/Trenton Medical)
(Transportation = $5,357.15 / Capital= $2,365.19)
New Construction 6 Total / 1 Replacement
5 Impact Fees @ $1,441.31= $7,206.55
(Transportation = $5,357.15 / Capital= $1,849.40)
Remodeling & Additions 2
Commissioner Wilkerson asked Mr. Luzader to explain why a farmer was charged double permit fees for a barn. This individual had contacted Commissioner Wilkerson and stated that he did not know beforehand that he had to have a permit since the barn was an agricultural building. He constructed the barn and when notified to pay the permit fee, he was charged double. Mr. Luzader explained that this was standard policy to charge the double fees under these circumstances. Commissioner Wilkerson suggested that the County be more lenient on citizens when they are unaware of the need for permits for such buildings.
The Board discussed the necessary inspections for barns. Mr. McQueen commented that Ag buildings are different because the State has exempted them from inspections. Currently the Building Department charges a minimum fee for agricultural buildings. Mr. Luzader stated that the Ordinance could be revised if the Board wished to change the permit requirements. After further discussion, the Board agreed to place this issue on the agenda of the next meeting and directed Ron McQueen to bring back additional information. (2/150)
State Attorney’s Office - Mr. Gilliam presented a request from the State Attorney’s Office for shelving. An estimate was received from Office Concepts and Furniture Design, Inc. in the amount of $1,676.25. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to pay up to 50% of the cost of shelving. The motion carried unanimously. (2/362)
Community Budget Issue Request - Mr. Gilliam referred the Board to a memorandum from Representative Dwight Stansel regarding the Community Budget Issue Request. Representative Stansel has requested that these forms be returned for the upcoming legislative session. Mr. Gilliam has completed a form for the Small County Courthouse Fund ($500,000.). (2/460)
Architects Design Group, Inc. - Mr. Gilliam presented A.D.G. Invoice #14 in the amount of $258.47 for reimbursable expenses. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve payment of Invoice #14 in the amount of $258.47. The motion carried unanimously. (2/469)
Delinquent Tax Certificates - The Tax Collector submitted a letter to the Board requesting permission to proceed with 60 Delinquent Tax Certificates held by Gilchrist County for the 1995 Tax Year. He is also requesting the Board to pay $7,125 to cover the cost of Title Search Fees. Mr. Gilliam explained that most of the proceeds will be reimbursed when the Tax Deeds are redeemed. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the request for $7,125 to cover the cost of the Title Search Fees to be paid out of General Reserve. The motion carried unanimously. (2/499)
Associated Uniform Rentals - On June 18, 2001, the County Attorney sent a letter to Associated Uniform Rentals notifying them of Gilchrist County’s intent to terminate the contract in thirty (30) days if reasonable steps to correct all the deficiencies were not taken. Mr. Mutch informed the Board that he has received a letter of response from Associated Uniform denying the claims made by County personnel regarding their uniforms and service. Chairman Durden directed the County Attorney to write a letter to Associated Uniform to cancel the contract. (2/529)
Notice of Grant Fund Availability - Mr. Gilliam referred the Board to two (2) letters regarding grant fund availability; (1) the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for the Year 2001 Florida Emergency Medical Services Rural Mating Grant Program, (2) the Department of Environmental Protection for the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program. The information will be referred to the EMS Department and the County Coordinator. (2/605)
Purchasing Policy / Resolution - Mr. Gilliam presented Resolution #01-44 for the Board’s approval.
A RESOLUTION OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION GRANTING AUTHORITY FOR DEPARTMENT HEADS TO EXECUTE PURCHASE ORDERS UP TO $500.00.
Chairman Durden read the short title of the Resolution. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the resolution. The motion carried unanimously. (A copy of Resolution #01-44 is on file in the Clerk’s Office.) (2/636)
Request to Transfer Funds - Mr. Gilliam requested permission to transfer $8,500 from the Clerk’s Operating Capital Outlay Budget and $2,000 from Reserve to Personnel Services/Regular Salaries. He stated that this is a result of over-time accumulated over the budget. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the request to transfer funds in the amount of $10,500 (BE 01-09) within the Clerk’s Budget. The motion carried unanimously. (2/673)
Transportation Disadvantaged Program - A letter was received from the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council requesting the Commission to reappoint Commissioner Suggs or a new Chairperson to the Gilchrist County Coordinating Board. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to reappoint Commissioner Suggs to the Gilchrist County Transportation Disadvantaged Program. The motion carried unanimously. (2/705)
Request from Sheriff Turner - Mr. Gilliam presented a request from Sheriff Turner to waive two (2) invoices received from the Gilchrist County EMS for two (2) inmates. These were non-transport at $30.00 each. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to write off the two (2) calls that EMS made to the Sheriff’s Office. The motion carried unanimously. (2/740)
Bay County Housing Finance Authority - Mr. Gilliam requested the Board’s authorization to schedule and advertise a public hearing for the Bay County Housing Finance Authority to be held on September 6th at 9:30 a.m. The motion carried unanimously. (2/770)
Public Hearing / Ordinance re: Bulk Water Removal:
(This public hearing is a continuation of the public hearing held on Monday, July 2, 2001 at which time the item was tabled for this meeting.)
Mr. Mutch stated that it was his understanding that the Commission does not want to go forward with this issue. He explained that if this Ordinance were adopted, it would require anyone wishing to transfer bulk water outside of the County to prepare and environmental impact report that would come to the Board of County Commissioners. The Commission would then make their position known to the Suwannee River Water Management District. This would not apply to agricultural groups within the County but only where there is a bulk water transfer. The Water Management District Attorney does not feel it is in the best interest of Water Management to have this ordinance passed.
Mr. David Still and Mr. Jerry Scarborough from Suwannee River Water Management District were present to discuss the proposed ordinance. SRWMD already requires that the applicant meet many of the requirements set forth in the ordinance. Mr. Still spoke to the Board regarding the issue of permits for water removal. He referred to Florida Statute 373.223 which provides for the Districts evaluation of a permitting process to look at a use to be reasonably beneficial and make sure it doesn’t interfere with any existing legal users and to make sure it consistent with the public interest.
Mr. Still explained that the permit issued to the Otter Springs Corp. allows 400,000 gallons of water be withdrawn per day. The permit is for a privately owned bottling plant and not a bulk water transfer plant.
The applicant will be required to cease operations during extreme low flow conditions. Otter Springs Corp. has agreed to extensive monitoring under this permit.
The Board took no action on this ordinance. (2/778)
Clerk’s Report (cont.):
Renovations Update - Mr. Gilliam reported that the Supervisor of Election’s Office has moved back into their office space and that the other offices are scheduled to move in this week. He also reported that 95% of the punch list has been completed. (2/1340)
Chamber of Commerce / Purchase Order - For the Board’s approval, Mr. Gilliam presented a purchase order in the amount of $5,021.30 to the Chamber for reimbursement for professional services ($4,521.30) and reimbursement for the copier lease and expenses ($500). Chairman Durden noted that these expenses are within their budget request. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the purchase order in the amount of $5,021.30. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1380)
County Coordinator Report:
Time Extension Hart Springs FRDAP Grant - Mr. Ron McQueen referred the Board to a letter from DEP regarding a time extension of one (1) year for the FRDAP Grant (#F98087). Also submitted were amendments to the agreement. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the time extension on the Hart Springs FRDAP Grant. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1425)
Contract to Resurface CR 341 from SR 26 to R 340 - Mr. McQueen presented an executed contract with the Department of Transportation to resurface CR 341 from SR 26 to CR 340. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to go out for bid on the widening of CR 341 from SR 26 to CR 340 which includes widening from CR 342 to CR 340. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1482)
Request for Waiver or Reduction of Project Match Requirements - Mr. McQueen referred to a letter from the Florida Department of Transportation regarding “Request for Waiver or Reduction of Project Match Requirements.” The letter included requirements which must be met by eligible counties and communities. Mr. McQueen stated that Gilchrist County may be eligible and he has completed two (2) applications for submission. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to submit the requests. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1540)
Gilchrist County Employee Handbook - Mr. McQueen provided a copy of the Gilchrist County Employee Handbook which included all recent amendments made by the Board. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the amended employee handbook. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1674)
Alachua County Wage and Salary Survey - Mr. McQueen provided copies of the Alachua County Wage and Salary Survey in which Gilchrist County participated. (2/1740)
Hazardous Analysis Contract - For the Board’s approval, Mr. McQueen presented a copy of the Hazardous Analysis Contract with the Department of Community Affairs. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the Contract. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1755)
Planning & Zoning Board Appointments / Resolution #01-47 - Chairman Durden read Resolution #01-47 temporarily reappointing Roosevelt Stalvey, Michelle Crawford, Don Alexander and Jimmy Ray Downing to the Planning and Zoning Board until December 30, 2001.
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, TEMPORARILY REAPPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD.
Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the Resolution. The motion carried unanimously. (A copy of Resolution #01-47 is on file in the Clerk’s Office.) (2/1800)
Clerk’s Report (cont.):
Legislative Hearing - Mr. Gilliam advised the Board that the Legislative Hearing has been rescheduled to August 23rd at 2:00 p.m.. This hearing will be held in the Courtroom.
Baily, Bishop & Lane - The Sheriff received an estimate in the amount of $5,900 from Baily Bishop & Lane for the engineering cost of the Sheriff’s Administration Complex. Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, second by Commissioner Thomas, to authorize the Sheriff to expend $5,900 from the funds he holds for the Administration Complex. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1934)
(Commissioner Suggs arrived at 5:04 p.m.)
Jeanne Payne & Joseph Fink / Dairy Wastes:
Mr. Joseph Fink, a resident of Gilchrist County, addressed the Board regarding the proper disposal of dairy waste county wide in order to prevent problems with flies and insecticides. He presented a petition to the Board signed by over 100 persons requesting the County Commission to assist in preventing this problem.
Mrs. Jeanne Payne also spoke to the Board regarding the issue of dairy waste. She expressed concerns about dumping the wet lands. The Board heard and discussed these issues. In regards to the wetlands, Commissioner Thomas explained to those present that Suwannee River Water Management has marked out boundaries to determine areas where it is not permissible to dump dairy waste. Mrs. Payne also addressed issues of road safety on CR 232 and the problem with mosquitos in the area because of old tires piled by the dairies.
The Board heard and discussed comments relating to these issues and recommended that these be referred to the Ag Committee. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to refer these concerns and written questions to the Agricultural Advisory Committee to bring back a recommendation. The motion carried unanimously. (2/2013)
Public Hearing / Ordinance Amending Article V, Changing Construction Standards for Roads in Subdivisions:
(Notice of this public hearing was published in the July 5th edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)
Mr. Mutch read the short title of Ordinance #01-11. Mr. Mutch informed the Board that this Ordinance includes the new standards for road materials in subdivisions. He recommended that the Ordinance be revised to read “S-III” in Section 5.26.2. instead of “I III.” Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the Ordinance amending Article V, changing the construction standards for roads in new subdivisions. The motion carried unanimously. ( A copy of Ordinance 01-11 is on file in the Clerk’s Office.) (3/690)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING CHAPTER 5, GILCHRIST COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE BY CHANGING THE CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS FOR ROADS IN NEW SUBDIVISIONS; PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICT WITH OTHER ORDINANCES; PROVIDING INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CODIFIER; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Chairman Durden read a letter received from Reginald Castor requesting the County’s assistance with problem in the Waccasassa community. The Board viewed a video included with the letter which was narrated by Mr. Castor. The tape revealed problems in the community with illegal dumping and abandoned mobile homes.
The Commission discussed the problems with the dumping which is on private property. The mobile homes are owned by Mr. Mac Johnson who has been cited with numerous code violations on this property. Fines and assessments have also been placed on the property. Mr. Mutch suggested that the Board foreclose on the property. The Board directed Mr. Gilliam to contact the Property Appraiser’s Office and bring back the appraised value of the 14 lots owned by Mr. Johnson. (3/950)
Commissioner Suggs reported that she met with Mr. Jerry Scarborough and Amos Philman at Hart Springs and discussed possible funding for the Park. (3/1560)
Commissioner Thomas reported that the Southeast Gilchrist VFD took action to approve their bylaws which included the recommendations submitted by the Board of County Commissioners.
Commissioner Thomas stated that he went to the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday at Spring Ridge and he did not see a problem with the flies at that time. He attended a meeting with the Fire Chiefs in Fanning Springs. At this meeting, they discussed a county wide fire reporting program. Commissioner Suggs recommended that he contact the Florida State Rural Development Council to receive computers for each of the fire departments.
In regards to the County Attorney’s position, Commissioner Thomas was asked by the Board to bring back a recommendation at the end of the probationary period. Commissioner Thomas stated that it is his recommendation to go out for proposals for attorney services. Having discussed this with Mr. Mutch, he suggested that the County hire attorney services on an as needed basis. The Board agreed to review the proposals and interview with the attorneys applying at the mid-month meeting in September. Motion by Commissioner Thomas, second by Commissioner Wilkerson, to put out a request for proposals for attorney services with selection of an Attorney by October 1, 2001. The motion carried unanimously. (3/1729)
There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Wilkerson moved to adjourn at 6:56 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and carried.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA
JOSEPH W. GILLIAM, CLERK