MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD OCTOBER 1, 2001. 

 

The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Monday, October 1, 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 Wilbur Bush

Commissioner Sue Suggs

Commissioner John Rance Thomas

Commissioner Freddie Wilkerson

 

Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Circuit Court, John McPherson, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, Dennis Radice, John Ayers, Jeff Jordan, Linda Walker, Nathan Martin, David Lowery, Charissa Strickland, Wesley Sanitation, Allen Luzader, David MacKaye , George MacKaye. 

 

Call to Order:

 

Chairman Durden called the meeting to order at 1:25 p.m. and led the Invocation.  The pledge of Allegiance was led by Commissioner Suggs. 

 

Agenda Changes:

 

Additions:            Bell VFD, Jeff Jordan and Wayne Akins

   S.H.I.P.  Program / Subordination Agreements

 

Mr. Gilliam introduced Mr. Dennis Radice, the new S.H.I.P. Program Coordinator. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to accept the agenda with the changes mentioned.   The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Consent Agenda:

 

1)                  Approval of Bills

2)                  Approval of Alison W. Talbert to the conflict attorney list

3)                  Approval of Minutes / Regular Meeting held August 6, 2001

4)                  Approval of Purchase Orders

a.  Best Power                          $5,597

b.  Bailey, Bishop & Lane         $9,194

c.  Chamber of Commerce        $2,786

5)                  Approval of Budget Entries / #BE1-138 thru BE1-148

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the Consent Agenda.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/085)

 

Chairman Durden welcomed Mr. John McPherson as the new County Attorney.                                  


Bell Volunteer Fire Department:

 

Mr. Jeff Jordan came before the Board on behalf of the Bell VFD to request assistance with repairs of their tanker.  The tanker is a 1961 “International” which needs brake repairs and other mechanical repairs.  Commissioner Thomas stated that he has looked at the tanker and it is in good repair except for the brakes.  He reviewed the departments call reports and found that 60% to 70% of the calls were outside of Bell City Limits.  Mr. Jordan obtained quotes from various sources ranging from $3,600 to $6,033.  Their mechanic, David Lowery, has advised them that the actual cost would be closer to $3,600. 

 

Mr. Jordan also stated that the department needs 2,000 feet of hose for the engine.  Mr. Jordan provided the following quotes;  Buddy Grey / $2,745 and TEN-8 / $3,000. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to fund the two (2) projects out of the District Wide Fire Fund in the amount of $6,345.  After discussion, Commissioner Thomas amended the motion to be paid of out Contingency, seconded by Commissioner Suggs.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/103)

 

Attorney’s Report:

 

Mr. McPherson expressed appreciation to the Board for selecting their firm to represent Gilchrist County. 

 

Ginnie Springs v. Gilchrist County – Mr. McPherson told the Board that he has reviewed the files for the three different cases pending with Ginnie Springs.  He recommends that the Board meet in executive session to provide him with direction on how to proceed with each case.  The Board scheduled an Executive Session at 4:00 p.m. on October 15th.  (1/642)

 

Associated Uniform Rental Service   This contract has been terminated by the County and breaches in the contract have been documented.  Mr. Gilliam explained that the company refused to pick up the uniforms on the delivery date scheduled.  Subsequently the uniforms were then shipped to Associated Uniform but they refused to accept the delivery. The uniforms are currently being stored by the County.  (1/730)

 

Exemption of Non-Residential Agricultural Buildings from Building Code Requirements– Mr. McPherson stated that he would like to obtain more information on this issue from staff.  Mr. Mutch had previously sent a letter to the Attorney General requesting an opinion regarding the permitting of agricultural buildings.  Mr. McQueen commented that according to the statutes they are exempt from the building code but this should not exempt them from having a permit which would provide a record that a structure has been placed on their property.  Inspections are a courtesy.  The Building Department also notifies the Property Appraiser’s Office when an agricultural building is constructed.   (1/802)

 

Financing from Tri-County Bank for Purchase of new Motor Grader /  (Resolution #01-71) – Mr. McPherson presented Resolution #01-71 for the Board’s approval.  Chairman Durden read the short title of the resolution:

 

 


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 $45,055.00; AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE PROCEEDS TO PURCHASE A NEW MOTOR GRADER; AUTHORIZING THE REPAYMENT OF THE LOAN TO BE SECURED BY AND PAID FORM THE TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND OF GILCHRIST COUNTY; AUTHORIZING THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE LOAN FROM TRI-COUNTY BANK FOR $45,055.00 FOR FIVE YEARS AT A FIXED INTEREST RATE OF 4.45%; AUTHORIZING REPAYMENT OF THE NOTE AT THE RATE OF $9,959.79 PER YEAR FOR FIVE YEARS; PLEDGING TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND REVENUES FOR REPAYMENT OF THE NOTE; 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.

 

Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the resolution. The motion carried unanimously with Commissioner Bush abstaining from the vote and filing a conflict of interest.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to authorize the Chairman to execute the Promissory Note.  The motion carried unanimously with Commissioner Bush abstaining from the vote and filing a conflict of interest. (A copy of Resolution #01-71 is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)  (1/960)

 

Turnover of Files – Mr. McPherson reported that he had met with Mr. Mutch to discuss outstanding issues and to obtain the County’s files.  The active files were turned over to Mr. McPherson and the files in storage will be picked up by County Staff.  (1/1041)

 

Contract for Attorney Services – Mr. Gilliam provided a contract for Attorney Services received from Mr. McPherson.  He reviewed the terms of the contract which included a flat fee of $1,500 per month and $100 per round trip for meetings.  This is a one (1) year contract.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thoms, to accept the contract.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1080)

 

EMS Department:

 

Write-offs, FY 2000/2001  Mrs. Linda Walker, Supervisor of the EMS Department, submitted a list of write-offs for FY 2000/2001 totaling $36,055.15.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the write-offs for the EMS Department in the amount of $36,055.15.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1269)

 

Resolution #01-66 / County Awards Grant – Chairman Durden read the short title of Resolution

#01-66 accepting the 2001-2002 Emergency Medical Services Grant awarded to the County in the amount of $3,567.42.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the resolution.  (1/1300)

 

Computer System/Billing Program – Mrs. Walkers discussed a new computer program she is considering to purchase for billing and collections.  (1/1395)

 

 

 


Collections Report FY 2000/2001 – Mrs. Walker submitted and reviewed a chart which depicted the collections for the past year totaling $264,480.73.  (1/1550)

 

                                                       2000 – 2001 EMS Collections

 

 

Ginnie Springs

 

$2,632.50

 

Av Med

 

4,309.50

 

U.S. Treasury

 

191.25

 

Special

 

3,221.10

 

Secondary Insurance

 

13,272.30

 

State of Florida

 

2,406.12

 

Primary Insurance

 

50,821.83

 

Private

 

20,941.29

 

Medicaid

 

24,349.56

 

Medicare

 

125,894.27

 

Veterans Administration

 

4,229.53

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield

 

2,725.98

 

Auto

 

9,485.50

 

Total

 

$264,480.73

 

Wesley Sanitation / Vendor Request:

 

Mr. Dale Wesley appeared before the Board to request permission to be placed on the County’s vendor list in order to pay tipping fees on a monthly basis.  Wesley Sanitation has contracted with the City of Trenton for garbage pickup.  Mr. Gilliam explained that a bond would need to be posted prior to placing them on the vendor list.  Mr. Wesley told the Board that they also pick up in rural areas of the County as well as other counties but only garbage from Gilchrist County will be taken to the County’s transfer station.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to authorize Diane Avery, Ron McQueen and Commissioner Wilkerson to meet with Mr. Wesley to  work out an agreement for the amount of the bond and to set up an account.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1705) 

 

Road Department:

 

Mr. Nathan Martin gave an update on the operations of the Road Department.  The pit has been blasted and the crusher has been prepared.

 

Commissioner Suggs mentioned that John Philman and the inmate crew have picked up trash on a portion of the right-of-way in the Waccasassa area and recommended that the tipping fee be waived for the loads taken to the transfer station.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to waive the tipping fee for that collection.  The motion carried unanimously.   (1/1900)

 

Chairman Durden advised that he received a fax from Mr. Clyde Forbes requesting permission to close the railroad crossing on SE 60th Street at Rolling Oaks for repairs.  They have offered to work around the bus schedule.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to close the SE 60th Street railroad crossing on Monday, October 15th.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2233)

 


Building Department: 

 

Mrs. Charissa Strickland reviewed the Building Department Report for the month of September.  (1/3000)

 

                                               Gilchrist County Building Department

                                                     Summary for September 2001

 

Mobile Homes                          17 Total / 3 Replacements       

14 Impacts = $10,178.34

(Transportation $15,000.02 / Capital $5,178.32)

 

New Construction                    2 Total / 1 Replacement

1 Commercial (Bell Medical Center, no impact fee)

 

Remodeling & Additions                       1

Barns                                       6

Sheds                                       0

Pools                                        2

Roofing                                                2

House Move-on                                   4 Total / 2 Replacements / 2 impacts= $2,882.62

(Transportation $2,142.86 / Capital $739.76)

 

Garages                                                3

Miscellaneous                           3

 

Mr. McQueen advised the Board that Mr. Allen Luzader received a letter from the Board of Professional Regulation denying his provisional license.  Mr. McQueen received a phone call from the Executive Director who recommended that Mr. Luzader submit a request for an informal review.  Currently, the Dixie County Building Official is reviewing the plans and permits for Gilchrist County.  

 

The Board discussed complaints received regarding Mr. Luzader’s attitude and unwillingness to work with the public on scheduling permits.  Chairman Durden asked Mr. McQueen if he had to do some of the inspections for Mr. Luzader at various times.  Mr. McQueen replied that he had made   scheduled inspections when Mr. Luzader was unavailable to make them.  Chairman Durden stated that Mr. Luzader has been given opportunity to improve on his attitude, his work ethic and to improve on helping the citizens of the County.  Chairman Durden recommended that the Board proceed with hiring a building inspector.  (1/3076)

 

Chairman Durden told Mr. McQueen that Ordinance #99-05 regarding pre-inspections of used mobile homes needs to be placed on the agenda.  He stated the ordinance is vague concerning the requirements.  The Board scheduled this item for review on October 15th at 7:00 p.m.  (1/3336)

 

 Clerk’s Report:

 


S.H.I.P. Loan Foreclosure – Mr. Gilliam presented information regarding a S.H.I.P. Loan Foreclosure.  Tri-County Bank has filed a foreclosure action against Laverne Deneen Jones.  Tri-County Bank has offered to pay the sum of $400.00 in return for the Satisfaction of Mortgage from the County.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the offer of $400.00 which will be placed back into the S.H.I.P. Program.  The motion carried unanimously.  With Commissioner Bush abstaining from the vote and filing a conflict of interest.  (1/3444)

 

Courthouse / Exterior Cleaning – Mr. Gilliam obtained a quote from Pro Tech Coatings for the exterior cleaning of the Courthouse.  The base bid price is $10,625.00.  Considering the current legislative issues with the State’s budget, Mr. Gilliam recommended that this item be postponed until a future date at which time, the Board would accept sealed bids for the service.   The Board agreed to postpone the work.   (1/3590)

 

Architects Design Group / Invoice #11 – Mr. Gilliam presented invoice #11 from A.D.G. in the amount of $2,183.50 for approval.  This invoice includes the long term space needs and life safety improvements to existing courthouse.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve payment of Invoice #11 in the amount of $2,183.50.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/3744)

 

Architects Design Group / Invoice #15 – Mr. Gilliam presented invoice #15 in the amount of $323.75 from A.D.G. for reimbursable expenses.  Motion by Commissioner Thomas, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve payment of invoice #15 in the amount of $323.75.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/3797)

 

Value Adjustment Board Meeting – Mr. Gilliam advised the Board that the Value Adjustment Board meeting has been scheduled at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 5th.  This meeting will be held in the School Board Meeting Room.  (1/3888)

 

Courthouse Renovations – Mr. Gilliam reported that the Courthouse renovations are 99% complete. A stain is being applied to the grout on the first floor.  On Wednesday, the Fire Marshall carried out a follow up inspection.  The Fire Marshall indicated that all items had been approved and a written report will be forthcoming.  (2/158)

 

Risk Management Associates / Insurance Renewal – Notification of renewal has been received from Risk Management Associates for the County’s Worker’s Compensation Insurance and Liability Insurance.  They had previously estimated a 15% increase which was included in the FY 2001/2002 budget.  The final proposal for this year’s premium is $247,949 which represents a 48% increase over last year’s premium.   Mr. Gilliam explained that the Worker’s Comp accounts for a large portion of the increase.  These cost are related to the increased cost in health care.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve renewal of the Risk Management Insurance policy.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/220)

 

Tax Deed Overage – Mr. Gilliam referred the Board to a request to accept the transfer of a Tax Deed Overage in the amount of $12.66 to the Board of County Commissioners.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the transfer of the Tax Deed overage in the amount of $12.66.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/292)

 


Finalized Salaries of Constitutional Officers – Mr. Gilliam received a copy of the finalized salaries of Constitutional Officers and Elected Officials from the State.  He pointed out that the list was finalized after approval of the Budgets.  Instead of revising the budget, Mr. Gilliam recommended that the Board authorize the Constitutional Officers to move the difference from Personnel Services to Operating Expenses.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the request.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/310)

 

Proposed Judicial Complex – Mr. Gilliam advised the Board that Mr. Will Weathers with Gardnyr Michael Financing is finalizing the application to Rural Development.  He had requested a list of indebtedness which was provided by the Finance Department.  He also requested a letter from the Board of County Commissioners specifying the terms of loan repayment.  Mr. Gilliam prepared a list of amounts to be derived from Impact Fee funds and Court Fines pledged toward the loan.  After this list was calculated a balance of $300,000 remained.  Mr. Weathers recommended not using General Revenue funds but to pledge sales tax revenue for this purpose.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to send a letter to Mr. Will Weathers pledging sales tax as revenue for the Judicial Complex project.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/377) 

 

Air Conditioning Unit / Judge’s Offices – Last week an A/C unit was replaced in the Judge’s Offices.

It was discovered that there is a potential problem with a unit that serves half of the building.  It is currently operational but the air handler unit needs to be changed.  This will cost approximately $5,000.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to proceed with the repairs to the A/C at a cost of $5,000.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/495)

 

Building Department (continued):

 

Mr. Allen Luzader appeared before the Board, at their request, to discuss issues with his position.  Commissioner Thomas asked Mr. Luzader to bring them up to date on getting inspections done.  Mr. Luzader replied that they were currently using the Dixie County’s Building Official.  He explained that he had applied for his provisional license but received notice of denial.  Today, he sent a letter requesting an informal hearing to appeal the decision.  The reason given for denial was that he did not have 10 years experience.  Mr. Luzader stated that he had included 10 years of experience on his application. 

 

At this time, Mr. Luzader is only licenced to inspect one (1) and two (2) family dwellings.  The Building Official must issue the permit and Mr. Luzader may sign off on it at inspection.  The Board discussed with Mr. Luzader the test and requirements to get his license.  Chairman Durden told Mr. Luzader that he had received complaints about inspections not being made on time, on his attitude and individuals scheduling inspections and he doesn’t show up.   Mr. Luzader replied that when Mr. Rehberg was with the County, they always did them in the afternoon.  Chairman Durden stated that he needs to work around the citizens schedules.  Commissioner Wilkerson told Mr. Luzader that he too received a phone call from an individual who complained about the way she was treated by him.  Chairman Durden stated that most of the complaints he has received concerned Mr. Luzader’s attitude.  Mr. Luzader replied that he does not understand these complaints as he does not know of anyone that he has offended. 

 

Commissioner Thomas stated that his main concern was the County being without a Building Official.  The Board discussed the fact that Mr. Luzader was hired three (3) years ago with the understanding that he would work to acquire the necessary licenses.  Commissioner Suggs recommended that the Board advertise for a Building Official.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to advertise for a building official.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/560)

 


Clerk’s Report (continued):

 

S.H.I.P. Program / Subordination Agreements – Mr. Gilliam presented two (2) subordination agreements for the Board’s approval, the first for Kathy Kuntz and the second for Brantley and Amy Studstill.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the subordination agreement for Kathy Kuntz.  The motion carried unanimously.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the subordination agreement for Brantly and Amy Studstill.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/1076)

 

County Policy / Ordinance and Planning & Zoning Ordinances:

 

Chairman Durden recommended that this item be tabled to the mid-month meeting in order for Ron McQueen, Joe Gilliam and the County Attorney to meet and prepare a recommendation.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to table the County Policy regarding Ordinances and Planning & Zoning Ordinances to the mid-month meeting, October 15th at 6:45 p.m. (2/1119)

 

Ron McQueen advised the Board that he had placed a phone call to the Department of Regulation and found that the Executive Director will determine if Mr. Luzader may be placed on the agenda for their meeting this week.  Mr. McQueen stated that he will advise the Board of their findings at the mid-month meeting. (2/1147)

 

Public Hearing / Discussion, Regulating Right-of-Ways: 

 

Chairman Durden opened the floor for discussion.  Mr. McQueen explained that in the past, the use of right-of-ways has been limited to the crossing of County Roads for agricultural purposes and required a permit.  Mr. David MacKaye has been working on a project that would involve using a County right-of-way for a distance of two (2) miles to place a six inch (6") water main line from the Otter Springs road down CR 232 to SR 26, then from CR 313 to the Durrance property.  This property is zoned industrial which will permit the use of their project.

 

Commissioner Thomas asked Mr. MacKaye about the long range plans for their water facility.  Mr. MacKaye explained that they have been issued a permit from the Suwannee River Water Management District.  Initially, the Otter Springs Corporation had applied for a special use permit to allow the location of a water plant on the Otter Springs property.  During meetings with the Planning and Zoning Board, issues arose over the roads they would use.  There were also issues with residents in the area and the traffic.  Since that time, they have entered into a contract to purchase the Durrance property which is zoned industrial and withdrew their request for the special use permit. 

 

They have talked with the Department of Transportation which has approved the use of the State right-of-way.  Before they begin engineering they wanted to discuss the issue with Gilchrist County regarding the use of the County right-of-way.  They propose to install an underground pipeline along the right-of-way which would not include a pump station.  Mr. MacKaye referred to Resolution #98-03 which set a policy for the issuance of permit or licenses for the cutting or use of County rights-of-way. They would be required to obtain a bond or a letter of credit for the cost and to restore the road back to the original condition.  He proposed that they would be able to bore under the road. They would be willing to post the required bond and enter into an agreement with the County. 


Mr. MacKaye explained that the Otter Springs Corporation proposes to extract the water from the spring, transport it through the pipeline to the industrial property and then bottle the water at that location.  Chairman Durden asked Mr. MacKaye what the proposed facility will mean to the County.  He replied that they have already purchased the Otter Springs R.V. Park, the pipeline is estimated to cost $400,000.  The Durrance property will be purchased for an approximate cost of $200,000.  They would expect the facility to grow which would provide jobs and tax revenue to the County.  

 

After discussion regarding the facility, the Board agreed to schedule a public hearing to consider the proposed ordinance regulating County right-of-ways.  The public hearing will be advertised for 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2001.  Commissioner Bush, Ron McQueen and the County Attorney will meet in order to bring back a recommendation concerning the ordinance.  (2/1165)

 

EMA/County Coordinator’s Report:

 

Chairman Durden asked Mr. McQueen to clarify the process and length of time it would take for Allen Luzader to obtain his provisional license if he is turned down this time.  Mr. McQueen stated that it takes three years to qualify for the provisional.  He has not taken the Building Officials test but he has taken the Building Inspectors test.  There are prerequisites that he must take prior to taking the Building Officials test.  Mr. McQueen estimated that he could have it done in approximately 1 ½ years.  The Board discussed the fact that they are now advertising for a Building Official and concluded that once a Building Official is hired, the County would not continue to pay for Mr. Luzader’s classes and tests.

 

Mr. McQueen stated that the reason given by the Board of Professional Regulation for denying Mr. Luzader the provisional license was that he did not have 10 years experience.  However, on his application, he has seven (7) years in construction and three (3) years with the County.  They require five (5) years of experience in supervisory experience.  Mr. McQueen explained that they may accept part of his supervisory experience while working in construction.  At their upcoming meeting, they are asking for clarification on these issues.  (2/2860)

 

Florida Crown Workforce – Mr. McQueen received a request from the Florida Crown Workforce for the County to participate in their Community Service Work Experience Agreement.  Under this agreement, Florida Crown will provide employees for specified positions.  The employee would be paid by Florida Crown while working for the County.  If the employee does not accomplish the job function, they will replace them with another employee.  The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for these individuals to enhance their employable skills.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to enter into an agreement with the Florida Crown Workforce.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/3348)

 

North Central Florida Regional Planning Council / Contract – For the Board’s approval, Mr. McQueen presented an Agreement for FY 2001/2002 with the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council for Planning Services.  He recommended approval with an amendment specifying that they itemize services rendered on invoices prior to payment.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the agreement with an amendment that they itemize the invoices to the County.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/3696)

 

 


Division of Forestry – Mr. McQueen received a phone call from the Division of Forestry regarding two (2) grant requests.  They have approved the first set of grants for two(2) fire pumps and approval is pending on the second grant submitted for radios for the Spring Ridge VFD and pagers for the North Gilchrist VFD.  The cost of the two (2) pumps will be approximately $2,000.  Mr. McQueen stated that this is 50% reimbursement and requested approval to make the purchase from the General Fire Fund.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve the request.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/3769)

 

Public Hearing / Budget Amendments / General Fund and Capital Projects Fund:

 

(Notice of this public hearing was published in the September 27, 2001 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)

 

Chairman Durden opened the public hearing at 5:00 p.m.

 

Resolution #01-69 – This resolution amends the Federal Law Enforcement Trust Fund Budget by an increased amount of $500,000 which represents the balance brought forward from FY 2000/2001.    Motion by Commissioner Suggs, second by Commissioner Thomas, to approve Resolution #01-69.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/800)

 

Resolution #01-70 – This resolution amends the General Fund (#001) by an increased amount of $65,730 which represents balances brought forward in the amount of $20,730 and additional anticipated revenue from the State of Florida in the amount of $45,000 provided by the CS/SB 1118 Florida Election Reform Act of 2001 to purchase hardware, software and training.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve Resolution #01-70.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/843)

 

Resolution #01-68 – This resolution amends the Capital Projects Fund (#301) by an increased amount of $42,370 which represents the balance of the FRDAP/Waters Lake Grant which was not included in the FY 2001-2002 Capital Projects Fund Budget.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve Resolution #01-68.  The motion carried unanimously.

(3/873) 

 

Resolution #01-67 – This resolution amends the Capital Projects Fund (#301) by an increased amount of $71,051 which represents the balance brought forward from FY 2000/2001 for the FRDAP/McArthur Park-Phase II reimbursement grant.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Thomas, to approve Resolution #01-67.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/897)

 

(Copies of Resolutions #01-67 thru #01-70 are on file in the Clerk’s Office.)

 

Commissioners Reports:

 

Commissioner Suggs told the Board that she received a phone call from Carol Bracy, Florida Association of Counties regarding a special session of the legislature and budget cuts.  (3/940)

 

Commissioner Wilkerson reported that he had received a phone call from the Lancaster Correctional Facility requesting permission to take tires to the Solid Waste Facility before the collection date.  Commissioner Wilkerson approved the request and approximately 50 tires were collected.  (3/1145)

 


Commissioner Thomas stated that he had attended the monthly meeting of the Southeast Gilchrist VFD.  They are pleased with their new building.  (3/1223)

 

Commissioner Bush reported on the operations of the Road Department.  Commissioner Bush has requested a list of surplus equipment with the City of Jacksonville.  He plans to go and inspect equipment for the Road Department.  (3/1236)

 

Public Hearing / Resolution #01-65, Increasing the Minimum Tax Bill:

 

(Notice of this public hearing was published in the September 27, 2001 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)

 

Chairman Durden opened the public hearing at 5:30 p.m. and read a copy of Resolution #01-65 increasing the minimum tax bill to be transmitted to taxpayers from $5.00 to $12.00.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve Resolution #01-65.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/1300)

 

Public Participation: 

 

Mrs. Payne came before the Board regarding the issue of dairy wastes being dumped by local dairies.  She advised the Board that she is corresponding with the Department of Environmental Protection regarding a draft on this issue to be presented to the legislators. 

 

Mrs. Payne also stated that she would like to meet with the Agricultural Advisory Committee   regarding their recommendations submitted to the Board on September 17th.  She stated that she does not think the questions addressed by the committee covered all of the issues with dairy wastes. (3/1322)

 

Clerk’s Report (continued):

 

Mr. Gilliam referred the Board to the County’s Policies and Procedures regarding the election of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman which is to take place the second Tuesday of November each year or as soon thereafter as practical.  The Board discussed the schedule and agreed to schedule only one (1) meeting in November and one (1) meeting in December.  Election of the Chair and Vice Chair will be held in November with assignments of Committees and Departments to take place in December.   (3/1563)

 

 

 

Old Business:

(None)

 

New Business:

(None)

 

 

 

 


 

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Wilkerson moved to adjourn at 5:45 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Thomas and carried.

 

APPROVED:

 

 

                                                                         

Randy Durden, Chairman

 

ATTEST:

 

 

                                                                       

Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk