MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD JANUARY 22, 2002.

 

The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at 5:00 p.m. in Bell City Hall, located in the Bell Train Depot at 3240 W. Rail Road Lane, Bell, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:

 

Commissioner John Rance Thomas, Chairman       

Commissioner Wilbur Bush, Vice Chairman

Commissioner Randy Durden

Commissioner Sue Suggs

Commissioner Fred Wilkerson

 

Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Court, John McPherson, County Attorney, Sam Ferguson, Director of Finance, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, Ron McQueen, EMA/County Coordinator, Carmen Blake, Joy Chickering, Paul Bryant, Dave Curty, Ray Langford, Jim Suit, Will Weathers, Mike Walsh, Joey Mandese, David Brooks, Kenneth Brier, Ruth Brier, Jimmi Branning, Bud Riffle, Sheriff David Turner, Lucy Fryar, Michael Kern, Ben Poitevint, Mary Woodhouse, Aline Kazokas, Robert Jackson, Dorothy Jackson, Mono Whitmore, Edward Aderholt, Cloud Haley.

 

Call to Order:

 

Chairman Thomas called the meeting to order at 5:10 p.m.  Commissioner Durden delivered the Invocation and Commissioner Wilkerson led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

Agenda Changes: 

 

Additions:            

  Review of Bids for paving of SE 75th Avenue

                          Purchase Order / Wolfe Plumbing for Jail

  Invoice / Davis & Monk, audit services

  Invoice / Caterpillar, annual payment on motor grader

  Invoice / North Central Florida Regional Planning Council

  Invoice / Chamber of Commerce reimbursement

  Issue on Solid Waste Department (to be presented by Commissioner Suggs.)

 

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

 

Consent Agenda: 

 

1)                 Approval of Invoice / EMS, Medical Transport ($1,312)

2)                 Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting, December 10, 2001


Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the Consent Agenda.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/100)

 

Attorney’s Report:

 

Proposed Ordinances – The proposed ordinances for ‘Inspection of Mobile Homes Prior to Move-On’ and ‘Exemption of Farm Buildings from Permitting’ are scheduled to go before the Planning and Zoning Board in February.  (1/115)

 

Interlocal Agreement / Animal Control – Mr. McPherson has received the materials from Duke Lang regarding an interlocal agreement with the Town of Bell and the City of Trenton.  Commissioner Durden stated they have a meeting scheduled the first of February and they should be able to provide more information to Mr. McPherson at that time.  (1/143)

 

Interlocal Agreement / Building Permit Services – Mr. McPherson has prepared an interlocal agreement between Gilchrist County and the City of Fanning Springs for building permit services.  The draft has been sent to Ron McQueen for review. (1/160)

 

Associated Uniform Rental Service – Mr. McPherson contacted the attorney for Associated Uniform Service and made an offer of $1,500 which represents the total amount due on the invoices.  The deadline to file a reply has been extended 20 days.  Mr. McPherson located an attorney in Miami who will represent Gilchrist County for a cost of $175 per hour.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to refer the case to the attorney in Miami.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/171)

 

Ginnie Springs vs. Gilchrist County (Case NO. 99-181)  – Ginnie Springs has set a hearing on its Motion to Enforce the Settlement Agreement  at 3:00 p.m. on January 29, 2002.  (1/290)

 

Ginnie Springs vs. Gilchrist County (Case No. 97-213 & 97-258) – Ginnie Springs has agreed to voluntarily dismiss both of these cases if the County agrees not to seek reimbursement of its attorney’s fees from Ginnie Springs.   Mr. McPherson has notified Ginnie Springs that Gilchrist County is in agreement. (1/330)

 

Use of Roadway Impact Fees – The question has been raised on the use of Roadway Impact Fees as to whether or not equipment may be purchased with impact fees.   Mr. McPherson referred to the Roadway Impact Fee Ordinance which stipulates funds are to be used for improvements that are needed due to growth.  He explained that though the ordinance does not specify capital equipment, if the need for the equipment is due to growth, the impact fees may be used to purchase equipment.  The decision of the Board to purchase such equipment would need to be made by resolution to state the connection between the equipment and the need due to growth.  To eliminate any question, Mr. McPherson suggested that the ordinance be amended.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to authorize the County Attorney to draft an Ordinance amending the Road Impact Fee Ordinance to include Capital Equipment to be considered at the first meeting in February.  The motion carried unanimously.   (1/345)

 


Clerk’s Report:

 

EMS Write Offs – Mr. Gilliam presented a request from Sheriff David Turner for the write off of 22 invoices received from the Gilchrist County Emergency Medical Services for the FY 2000/2001.  The invoices are for non-transport calls and totaled $660.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the right offs for non-transport calls to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/585)

 

ITT Rayonier Property     Mr. Gilliam advised that the closing on this property was held on Friday, January 18th.  The total cost of the property was $22,505.50.  Gilchrist Title Services stated one (1) exception will be made on the Title Policy for the eight (8) foot trail road as shown on the survey dated January 16, 2002.

 

Mr. Gilliam received a request from Anderson Columbia regarding the use of this property.  They currently have a paving contract for SR 47 to the Sante Fe River and are requesting the use of the property for storage of materials and equipment.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to allow Anderson Columbia to use the Rayonier property for storage while working on the SR 47 paving project.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/608)

 

SHIP Recommendations – Mr. Gilliam presented the following SHIP Loan recommendations for the Board’s approval.

 

1) Henry Langford, Very Low Income Category ($17,500), Rehab.  Three bids were received from contractors in the amounts of $16,840, $17,025 and $21,575.  The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends approval of a loan for the rehab not to exceed $17,300 with the owner to select the contractor.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to approve the SHIP Loan subject to the conditions set forth by the SHIP Loan Review Committee.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

2) Joy Chickering, Subordination Agreement.  Ms. Chickering was granted a SHIP Loan ($17,350) in January 1999.  She wishes to obtain a loan from Affiliated Mortgage Company with the proceeds to be used for home improvements.   The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends approval subject to the proceeds being used for improvements. 

 

Ms. Chickering addressed the Board in regards to the request.  She explained that she is planning to refinance her home and use the extra cash to contract for home repairs.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the subordination agreement subject to the conditions set forth by the SHIP Loan Review Committee.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/684)

 

Purchase Order / Jail – Mr. Gilliam presented a purchase order in the amount of $2,250 to Wolfe Plumbing for the replacement of a toilet for the Jail.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the purchase order in the amount of $2,250.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/945)

 


Invoice / Davis Monk & Company – Mr. Gilliam referred to Invoice #00151602 in the amount of $10,000 from Davis Monk & Company for progress billing for audit work completed on the 2001 Annual Audit.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to approve payment of the invoice.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/961)

 

Purchase Order / Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce – Mr. Gilliam presented a purchase order in the amount of $4,521.30 to the Gilchrist County Chamber of Commerce for reimbursement for professional services, 1st Quarter (9/24/01– 12/28/01).  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the purchase order in the amount of $4,521.30.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/979)

 

Invoice / Caterpillar – An invoice dated January 7, 2002 was received from Caterpillar Financial Services in the amount of $24,921.38 for the annual payment on a motor grader.  Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to approve payment in the amount of $24,921.38 to Caterpillar Financial Services.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/ 979)

 

Public Hearing / Budget Amendment, Supervisor of Elections:

 

The State Department of Elections awarded Gilchrist County funds in the amount of $4,675.10 to be utilized by the Supervisor of Elections Office for voter education and training.  The proposed budget amendment will transfer these funds into the Supervisor of Elections Budget.  Motion by Commissioner Wilkerson, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to approve the amendment.  The motion carried unanimously.   (Resolution #02-03 is on file in the Clerk’s Office.) (1/1010)

 

Clerk’s Report (Continued):

 

Invoice / North Central Florida Regional Planning Council – Mr. Gilliam referred to Invoice #2460 in the amount of $3,052.50 for Council dues.  (This invoice covers January 1, 2002 through September 30, 2002).  Mr. Gilliam advised the current budgeted amount is $3,9000 and the total annual dues will be $4,090.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve payment and to increase the budgeted amount from $3,900 to $4,090.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1065)

 

Organizational Chart – Mr. Gilliam provided an organizational chart for the Board’s review.  The chart depicted each Commissioner, the County Coordinator and the Clerk with corresponding Departments.  The Board discussed the chart and noted one change, the Road Department should be included under the County Coordinator.  (1/1125)

 

SHIP Loan Review Committee – Mr. Dennis Radice prepared a list of recommended changes for the SHIP Loan Procedures.  The Board asked Mr. Gilliam to place the recommendations on the agenda of the next meeting for consideration.  (1/1193)

 


Notice of Lands Available for Taxes – Mr. Gilliam presented a list of the “Lands Available for Taxes” for the Board’s approval.  The list included the following tax deed sales: #01-17 through 01-19, 01-23 through 01-35, and 01-37.    Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to accept the list of Lands Available for Taxes.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1235)

 

Judicial Complex, Loan Application Update – Mr. Gilliam recognized Mr. Will Weathers, Gardnyr Michael Capital, Mr. Joey Mandese & Mr. Mike Walsh, M.M. Parrish and Mr. Rick Wiggins, County Building Official, who were present to discuss the Judicial Complex project.  Mr. Weathers provided a packet of information regarding the loan application for USDA Rural Development.  He explained some of the revisions made to the application prior to submitting it to Rural Development.

 

Mr. Weathers stated that he had discussed the legal services agreement with Mr. McPherson and he agreed it would cost less to pay for his services by the hour and he is willing to accept either a lump sum payment or an hourly rate.   Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to pay the County Attorney an hourly rate not to exceed $26,000 for this project.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Mr. Weathers stated that he had talked with Mr. Charles Nichols, Rural Development, again about the construction management process.  Rural Development has not had not had many projects using construction management and it may take a few months to review the application.  It will be necessary to execute an agreement with the construction manager as soon as possible.  

 

The Board addressed questions to Mr. Walsh and Mr. Mandese.  Mr. Walsh explained that MM Parrish no longer has shared ownership with  Perry Parrish Construction Management.  Mr. Walsh explained that if they were selected as construction managers, they would contract the work out and not use their own construction company.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to elect the construction management process for the Judicial Complex project and select M.M. Parrish as the construction manger on a fixed cost measure with the stipulation they do not bid on any jobs on the project.  Mr. Randy Wiggins requested that the building be designed under the new Building Codes.  Commissioner Durden amended the motion to include that the building will be designed under the new Building Code.  Commissioner Bush seconded the amendment and the motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Gilliam presented Resolution 02-02 which revises the annual payment amount stated in Resolution 02-01.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to rescind Resolution 02-01 and to approve Resolution 02-02.  The motion carried unanimously.    (1/1300)

 

Review of Bids / SE 75th Avenue:

 

Mr. McQueen presented the bids received to pave in place SE 75th Avenue.  He stated that this road is the Union Baptist Church Road and is approximately one half (½) mile. 

 

1.  John C. Hipp Construction Equip. Co.            (2520 LF)            $34,000.00

2.  Anderson Columbia Co., Inc.                                                   46,074.30

3.  V.E. Whitehurst & Sons, Inc.                         (3405 LF)              72,300.00


 

Commissioner Durden pointed out that the bids received do not include the same distance in linear feet.  Mr. McQueen explained the difference may have been a turn out which would take additional material.  The Board discussed the distance of the road which would require paving.   Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to reject all bids and to readvertise specifying the distance with a post and flag and specifying  a 20ft wearing surface and to include the DOT right of way on Hwy 26.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2490)

 

Public Hearing / EMS, Union Contract:

 

Mr. McQueen referred to the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners and the International Association of Firefighters Local No. 3665.  He explained that this agreement is a result of negotiations between two (2) Union representatives, Joe Gilliam, Linda Walker and himself. 

 

The Commission reviewed the proposed contract and directed questions to Mr. Jimmi Branning, Union representative.   Mr. Branning affirmed that the EMS Director and administrative staff are not included in this negotiation package.  He also affirmed that the EMTs and Paramedics would not strike for any reason.  The Board discussed the proposed contract and noted possible amendments.

 

Mr. Gilliam commented that he has worked with Ron McQueen and the Union representatives on the contract for two (2) years and believes it will protect the EMS employees and the County Commission. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to accept the collective bargaining agreement with changes to Section 7.1 to include “will be subject to random drug screens according to County policy” and Section 11.6 striking “in cash,” and changing to date of the contract to 2002.  It was pointed out that the contract presented to the Board does not include Article 18: Duration of Agreement or Attachment A, the “Dues Form.”   Commissioner Suggs amended the motion that acceptance is also contingent upon receipt of the two (2) pages.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/3111)

 

Workshop / Speed Limits on County Roads:

 

Mr. McPherson recognized Mr. Kenneth Brier, 5590 NW 50th Street, Bell, who had contacted him about the speed limit on NW 50th Street.  Mr. McPherson prepared a memorandum to the Commission outlining Section 316.189, Florida Statutes.  He pointed out that the maximum speed on any county-maintained road in any business or residence district is 30 miles per hour.    In a residential district, the County may reduce the speed limit to 25 miles per hour after an investigation determines that such a limit is reasonable.  In any other district, the speed limit is 55 miles per hour. 

 


Mr. McPherson explained that the speed limit in a business or residential district, whether posted or not, is 30 miles per hour.  Section 316.003, Florida Statutes, defines a residential district as – “The territory contiguous to, and including, a highway, not comprising a business district, when the property on such highway, for a distance of 300 feet or more, is, in the main, improved with residences or residences and buildings in use for business.”   He read a portion of Section 316.189(3) Posting of Speed Limits– “All speed zones shall be posted with clearly legible signs.  No change in speeds from 30 miles per hour or from those established in s. 316.183 shall take effect until the zone is posted by the authority changing the speed pursuant to this section and s.316.187.”  Mr. McPherson stated that it is unclear if this requirement includes statutory speed limits.  He contacted the Department of Transportation and Alachua County and found that neither entity considers it a requirement to post every residence district or business district.  This requirement applies if a study is done and the County sets a speed limit that deviates from the statutory speed limit.  Alachua County does not expect the Sheriff’s Office to enforce a portion of road not posted as a residential area as it is not the Sheriff’s Office responsibility to determine if the area is residential or not. 

 

Mr. McPherson explained that NW 50th Street does meet the definition of a residential district and therefore the statutory speed limit is 30 miles per hour whether posted or not.  However, the Sheriff’s Office cannot be expected to enforce the speed limit unless it is posted.  The Commission discussed the advice they had received from the prior County Attorney regarding graded roads.  It was his opinion that the DOT Standards did not include speed limits on graded roads.  Sheriff Turner commented that in order for them to put a case in court and to be successfully prosecuted, the speed limit must be posted.   

 

Mr. Kenneth Brier commented that the road directly behind his property, NW 55th Street, is posted 35 miles per hour. 

 

The Commission discussed the issue of posting the speed limits.  It was agreed that it is not necessary to post every graded road.  Chairman Thomas suggested that a determination be made to post a road when a citizen shows just cause and the road meets the definition of a residential area.  Sheriff Turner advised the Board that SE 55th Avenue and NE 80th Avenue are areas which need to be considered for posting.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to delegate the authority to post speed limit signs to the Commissioner over roads if they meet the criteria.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Mr. McPherson suggested that these procedures be placed in the policy and procedures manual.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Durden to prepare the policy and procedures in resolution form to be placed in the County’s Policy and Procedures Manual.  The motion carried unanimously.  Commissioner Bush stated he will have speed limit signs posted on SE 55th Avenue, NW 50th Street and NW 80th Avenue.  (2/819)

 

Ben Poitevint / Petition re: Noise Complaint:

 

Mr. Ben Poitevint, 3330 NW 93 Lane, Branford, came before the Board and submitted a petition for the Commission to adopt a noise ordinance.   Mr. Poitevint also submitted photographs for the record.  His complaint is in regards to a dirt-bike track put in on the property adjacent to him by Mr. Anthony Kortessis. 


Mr. McQueen advised he was contacted about the dirt bike track and had notified Mr. Kortessis that a special permit is required for the track.  Mr. Kortessis has picked up the application for a special permit and ceased running the bikes on the track until a permit has been granted.  Mr. McQueen discussed the complaint with Mr. Kortessis who indicated that he is willing to try and reach an agreement with his neighbors in regards to the hours and days they use the track.  The track is used by his son and their friends. 

 

Commissioner Durden stated that he has also discussed the track with Mr. Kortessis and he indicated that he is willing to work something out with the neighbors but they didn’t want him to have the bikes run on the track at all.  Commissioner Durden pointed this is a problem with neighbors and no action can be taken by the Board.  The Board took no action.  (2/1703)

 

Donald Moore / Code Enforcement Complaint:

 

Considering Mr. Moore was not present, the Board did not discuss the complaint. 

 

Commissioner’s Reports:

 

Commissioner Suggs excused herself from the meeting explaining that she will be traveling to Tallahassee to attend a Senate Committee Hearing Tuesday morning.  Mr. Chris Doolin, Representative of the Small County Coalition, requested her to attend the hearing in order to testify on behalf of the 34 small counties against Senate Bill 710.  She explained that this bill proposes to eliminate the base allocation from the Solid Waste Recycling Grants, Waste Tire Grants and Solid Waste Education Grants, a total of 5.2 million dollars.  (2/2520)

 

Commissioner Suggs left the meeting at 8:24 p.m.

 

Public Hearing / Ordinance 02-01, Regulation The Use Of County Right-of-Ways:

 

(Notice of this public hearing was published in the January 10, 2002 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)

 

Chairman Thomas suggested that the Ordinance be rescheduled to February.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to table the public hearing for Ordinance 02-01 until the first meeting in February.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Gilchrist County Recreational Authority:

 

Mr. Cloud Haley came before the Board in regards to the Suwannee Valley Bluegrass Festival scheduled to be held on March 1st and 2nd at McArthur Park.  The festival is being sponsored by the Gilchrist County Recreational Authority (G.C.R.A.) as a fund-raiser.  Mr. Haley requested the Commission to waive the permit fee for festivals.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to waive the fee for the Bluegrass Festival on March 1st and 2nd.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/2780)

 


EMA/County Coordinator’s Report:

 

Coastal Impact Assistance Program – The United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded Gilchrist County a grant in the amount of $42,228 through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program.  The grant application was submitted for Gilchrist County by Suwannee River Water Management.  Mr. McQueen provided copies of the grant for the Board’s approval.  He explained that Suwannee River Water Management intended the grant to be used to determine the elevation for base floods in flood zones marked “X.”  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to accept the Coastal Impact Assistance Grant.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/3048) 

 

Hart Springs Employees – Mr. McQueen asked for clarification on a decision the Board made in July 2001 regarding CPR training for Hart Springs Employees.  Mr. Philman wanted to know if he can hire someone without CPR training and if so, is the Board obligated to provide the training.  When the decision was made, it was for the employees of the Park at that time.  The Board agreed it is not be necessary to hire someone with the CPR training as long as there are other employees present who are certified. (2/3222)

 

Pending Litigation – Mr. McQueen referenced a letter to COREGIS, the County’s liability insurance carrier, regarding a pending lawsuit filed against the County by Richard Rudicil. (2/3328)

 

Grants – Mr. McQueen discussed two (2) available grants, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Program and the Florida Boating Improvement Program.  (2/3365)

 

Tri-County Tourism Task Force  DeWayne Yates and Becky Sandford have asked to be replaced on the Tri-County Tourism Task Force Board.  Mr. McQueen recommended that Mark Gluckman and Lois Fletcher be appointed to fill these vacancies.  Mr. Gluckman and Mrs. Fletcher have both been in attendance to every meeting of the Tourism Task.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to replace Becky Sandford and DeWayne Yates with Mark Gluckman and Lois Fletcher on the Tourism Task Force Board.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/3370)

 

Request for Transfer of Impact Fee – A request has been received from Mr. Michael Martin to transfer an impact fee with a mobile home from 3619 NW 46th Street to a corresponding lot in the subdivision.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to allow the transfer of the impact fee from 3619 NW 46th Street.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/3548)

 

Proclamation / Operation Cleansweep – Mr. McQueen provided information to the Board regarding Operation Cleansweep.  The event will be held on February 26, 2002.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the proclamation declaring February 26, 2002 as Operation Cleansweep Day.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/3690)

 


Ring Power / Maintenance Agreement – Mr. McQueen presented an annual maintenance agreement with Ring Power for the generator at the Jail and the generator at the 9-11 Dispatch Center ($2,050 and $2,680 annually). Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to accept the maintenance agreement with Ring Power for the two (2) generators.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/3700)

 

Commissioner’s Reports:

 

Commissioner Bush commented on the conditions of the roads since the recent rains.  (3/091)

 

Commissioner Durden reported that he and Ron McQueen are working on a recommendation for the Zoning Map issue.  (3/100)

 

Old Business: 

 

Mr. Gilliam mentioned that it will be necessary to schedule the Ordinance amending the Impact Fees on February 18th instead of February 4th to allow time for advertisement. 

 

Mr. Gilliam advised the Board that he has received two (2) recommendations from Air Conditioning services to replace the A/C unit in the Tax Collector’s Office.  The unit is an older unit and the heat strips are deteriorating.  He received a quote in the amount of $4,500 and expects to receive another quote from Akin’s Heating and Air.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the expenditure to replace the A/C unit in the Tax Collector’s Office at a cost not to exceed $4,500.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/140)

 

New Business:

(None)

 

Public Participation:

 

Mr. Michael Kerns, 5369 NW 70th Terrace, addressed the Board regarding property being cleared in the Shady Bend area .  He submitted a written complaint against Mr. Russell Taylor which included an outline of issues against the clearing and a description of the property in relation to the Rock Bluff Springs  and Suwannee River.  He contended that the clearing activity is within the flood plain and flood way and would present potential problems during flooding.  He asked the Commission to consider the comprehensive plan and get involved with stopping the clearing.

 

Mr. McQueen commented that this is a good issue to consider during the Evaluation and Appraisal Report process which will begin in February.  He explained that development does have more regulations placed upon it than agriculture.  Mr. Taylor intends to grow crops on the 80 acres already cleared.  The only provision to deny agriculture would be under Intensive Agriculture.  Mr. McQueen pointed out that Suwannee River Water Management permits these areas. 

 


Ms. Aline Kazokas, 5119 NW 70th Terrace, asked the Chairman to address questions for the record to the County Attorney stating that she is not able to address the County Attorney directly.  After relaying a few of her questions pertaining to this issue, Chairman Thomas advised Ms. Kazokas that she would need to submit the questions in writing.

 

The Board heard additional comments from Jim Suite, 4899 NW 63 Terrace, Mary Woodhouse, 6390 NW 55th Street, David Brooks, 12979 NE 5th Avenue, Mona Whitmore, 6250 NW 55th Street, and Robert Jackson, 6470 NW 55th Street, who were all in opposition to the clearing.  Chairman Thomas directed Ron McQueen to contact David Still with Suwannee River Water Management District and make an appointment for himself and Commissioner Durden to meet with him and discuss this issue.  (3/211)

 

North Gilchrist VFD:

 

Mr. Bud Riffle, North Gilchrist VFD, requested the Board to declare two (2) of the Department’s fire trucks surplus property.  The vehicles were purchased by the Association and the titles were given to the County.  Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to declare the trucks surplus with the stipulation that the funds have to be used for a public purpose.  The motion carried unanimously.  (3/1596)

 

Public Participation (continued):

 

Mr. David Brooks, 12979 NE 5th Avenue, and Mr. Edward Aderholt, 12409 NE 2nd Court, addressed the Board regarding an issue with setbacks.  Mr. McPherson explained the intent of Ordinance 00-06 as it relates to the setbacks for walls, fences and hedges.  Mr. Brooks contended that Mr. Aderholt is putting things within the five feet (5') of the fence he recently put up.   Mr. McPherson commented that Mr. Aderholt still owns that portion of property and the Ordinance only pertains to walls, fences or hedges.  After further discussion, Chairman Thomas explained that this is civil issue that must be addressed in the Courts, not the County Commission.

 

There being no further business to discuss, Chairman Thomas adjourned the meeting at 9:47 p.m.

 

APPROVED:

 

 

                                                                      

ATTEST:                                                                     John Rance Thomas, Chairman

 

 

                                                                   

Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk