MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD FEBRUARY 4, 2002.
The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Monday, February 4, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. in the courtroom, located in the Gilchrist County Courthouse, 112 South Main Street, Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:
Commissioner John Thomas, Chairman
Commissioner Wilbur Bush, Vice Chairman
Commissioner Randy Durden
Commissioner Sue B. Suggs
(Absent: Commissioner Wilkerson)
Others in attendance were: Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Court, John McPherson, County Attorney, Sam Ferguson, Director of Finance, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, Karen Hannah-Floyd, Cynthia Thompson, Robert Snyder, Ray Sims, William Park, Johnnie Martin, Edith Orsini, Lee Wood, Aline Kazokas, David Brooks.
Call to Order:
Chairman Thomas called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. Chairman Thomas delivered the Invocation and Commissioner Durden led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Additions: S.H.I.P. Subordination Agreement for Eugene Kitchens (Clerk’s Report)
Amendment of S.H.I.P. Loan for Henry Langford (Clerk’s Report)
Purchase Order, Loan Payment on Motor Grader
Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to accept the agenda with the changes noted. The motion carried unanimously.
1) Approval of Budget Entries:
#BE2-008 / General Fund, $40,026.02
#BE2-010 / Fire District Trust Fund, $72,00
#BE2-015 / Transportation Trust Fund, $4,415.00
#BE2-016 / State Attorney/Public Defender, $3,720.25
#BE2-017 / Capital Projects Fund, $3,600.00
#BE2-018 / Emergency Medical Services, $500.00
Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commission Bush, to approve the consent agenda. The motion carried unanimously.
Proposed Ordinances – The proposed ordinances for “Inspection of Mobile Homes Prior to Move-On” and “Exemption of Farm Buildings from Permitting” have been scheduled to go before the Planning and Zoning Board at its next meeting. Mr. McPherson has prepared an ordinance amending the Road Impact Fee ordinance. This ordinance will clarify that impact fees may be used to purchase capital equipment with road impact fees. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to schedule a public hearing on February 18, 2002 for the proposed impact fee ordinance. The motion carried unanimously. (2/028)
Animal Control – Mr. McPherson is waiting for additional information to prepare an interlocal agreement with the City of Trenton and the Town of Bell. (2/105)
Comprehensive Plan / EAR Amendments – The Regional Planning Council is preparing the draft EAR-based comprehensive plan amendments. (2/111)
Ring Power Contract – Mr. McPherson has reviewed the Ring Power contract which was approved by the Commission at its last meeting. He stated the contract contains a provision that could require the County to indemnify Ring Power for attorneys fees and damages awards arising out of litigation relating to the generators. The Florida Attorney General has issued an opinion stating that cities and counties may not enter into such agreements that purport to waive sovereign immunity beyond the statutory waiver. Mr. Gilliam stated that he had contacted Ring Power and found that this is a standard contract which they use. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to rescind the contract with Ring Power and pay for the services on an as needed basis unless they amend the contract. The motion carried unanimously. (2/121)
Associated Uniform Rental Service – Mr. McPherson reported that he has obtained legal services with Mr. Chris Curts in Miami to represent the County in the law suite filed by Associated Uniform Rental Service. He agreed to represent the County for a cost of $175.00 per hour. Mr. McPherson recommends the Chairman be authorized to sign the engagement letter from Mr. Chris Curts. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to authorize the Chairman to sign the engagement letter. The motion carried unanimously. (2/219)
Ginnie Springs v. Gilchrist County – Case No. 99-181: Ginnie Springs set a hearing on its Motion to Enforce the Settlement Agreement at 3:00 p.m. on January 29, 2002. The judge denied the Motion because the settlement agreement had not been executed by all parties. (2/240)
North Central Florida Environmental Summit – Mr. McPherson provided information regarding the North Central Florida Environmental Summit to be held on February 16th. (2/292)
Credit Card Policy – Mr. Sam Ferguson presented a draft policy regarding the use of the County’s credit card. He explained the purpose of the policy is to maintain control of the credit card and to make sure it is returned with the invoices in a timely manner to avoid finance charges. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to adopt the Credit Card Policy as submitted. The motion carried unanimously. (2/292)
Files from Sam Mutch’s Office – Mr. Gilliam reported that the files have been retrieved from Sam Mutch’s Office. These are old files which were not picked up by Mr. McPherson when he assumed the position of County Attorney. (2/550)
Revenue & Expense Report – Mr. Gilliam presented the Revenue and Expense Report for the first quarter. He stated that the expenditures were at approximately 25%. (2/575)
Resolution 02-06 / BE2-012 – This resolution amends the Local Housing Assistance Trust Fund Budget (180) by an increased amount of $114.25 which represents the escrow balance of the Worthington very low level mortgage. Chairman Thomas read aloud Resolution 02-06. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to adopt Resolution 02-06. The motion carried unanimously. (A copy of Resolution 02-06 is on file in the Clerk’s Office.) (2/615)
Resolution 02-05 / BE2-013 – The resolution amends the Local Housing Assistance Trust Fund (180) by an increased amount of $14,934.94 which represents the payoff of the A. Jordan low level mortgage. Chairman Thomas read aloud Resolution 02-05. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to adopt Resolution 02-06. The motion carried unanimously. (A copy of Resolution 02-05 is on file in the Clerk’s Office.) (2/670)
Purchase Order / Action Business Equipment – Mr. Gilliam presented a purchase order to Action Business Equipment in the amount of $2,781 for the purchase of 4-channel recorder, adaptor box and microphones for the Judicial Hearing Room. He explained the old Lanier recorders are no longer covered under service contract and they continue to have problems with them. Mr. Gilliam said Judge Philman is willing to pay $1,000 of the expense out of the County Court Budget and $1,000 out of the Circuit Court Budget. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the purchase order with $781 to be paid from General Revenue Reserve. The motion carried unanimously. (2/740)
Revised Architectural Agreement – Mr. Gilliam referred to a revised agreement for Architect Design Group (A.D.G.). Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to forward the proposed Architect Agreement. The motion carried unanimously. (2/806)
Construction Management Agreement – Mr. Gilliam received the proposed Construction Management Agreement and recommended that it be referred to Mr. McPherson for review. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to table the item until the afternoon. The motion carried unanimously. (2/903)
Judicial Complex Project – Mr. Gilliam discussed a letter received from Mr. Charles Nichols, U.S.D.A. Rural Development Program, in response to a letter regarding the use of a construction manager. Mr. Nichols indicated that Rural Development will be directing all questions through to the County and will not be communicating with the Construction Manager. The Board discussed the difficulties encountered with the Rural Development application and the possibility of financing through a local bank. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to put out request for proposals for the financing of the Judicial Complex Project. The motion carried unanimously. (2/924)
SHIP Subordination Request – Mr. Gilliam presented an Subordination Agreement for Mr. Eugene Kitchens. Mr. Kitchens received a SHIP Loan in 1997 in the amount of $22,500. He wishes to refinance with Centex Mortgage Company. The proceeds are to be used for home improvements and debt consolidation. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to approve the subordination agreement. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1148)
SHIP Loan / Amendment – Mr. Gilliam presented a purchase order in the amount of $17,525 to Gilchrist Title Company for a SHIP Loan to Mr. Henry Langford. He explained that the original loan in the amount of $17,025 was approved at the last Commission meeting. Since that time, the amount was amended to $17,525 due to an increase in the closing costs. Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the SHIP Loan up to $17,525 for Mr. Henry Langford. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1210)
Purchase Order / Tri County Bank – Chairman Thomas referred to purchase order #220808 in the amount of $9,959.79 to Tri-County Bank for the 1st loan payment on Motor Grader 6YN00241. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the first payment in the amount of $9,959.79 for the new motor grader. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1246)
Impact Fees – Mr. Gilliam discussed the recent decision to waive an impact fee and a decision in May 2000 in which the impact fees were not waived. Considering the circumstances were different but similar, Mr. Gilliam suggested that the Board consider adopting a policy for making the determination to waive impact fees. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to have Mr. McPherson, Mr. McQueen and Commissioner Durden to work together on a policy to provide guidelines for the waivers or refund of impact fees. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1294)
EMA / County Coordinator’s Report:
Chairman Thomas informed the Board that Ron McQueen is out of town for the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association annual conference. Mr. McQueen previously submitted his report for the Board’s review.
Impact Fee, Request for refund – Chairman Thomas referred to a letter from Mr. David M. Scott, Cars Plus Unlimited Inc., 12551-A N. HWY. 19, Chiefland, Florida, requesting a refund of impact fees and building permit fees for the fenced towing yard and tow vehicle shed constructed off of HWY. 26 last year. He does not intend to continue with construction but will be dismantling the shed and fence. The Board discussed the request and it was pointed out that a refund has not been granted in the past for these circumstances. Mr. McPherson read a portion of the Code which states “if a building permit expires without commencement of construction, then the fee payer shall be entitled to a refund.” Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to deny the request due to the fact that Mr. Scott had commenced construction and has been seen in operation. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1440)
Transfer of Impact Fees – A request was received from Mr. Shaun Johnson for a transfer of impact fees with the mobile home located at 6900 US HWY 129 to 2500 NW 94th Street. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to allow Shaun Johnson to transfer the impact fee from 6900 US HWY to 2500 NW 94th Street. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1578)
Royster Borrow Pitt II – The Board reviewed an annual report submitted by Mr. William Royster for the fill dirt borrow pit. Commissioner Durden stated that he would have Mr. Randy Wiggins visit the property and verify the report. (2/1700)
Land Clearing, NW 50th Street – Chairman Thomas referred to a letter from Suwannee River Water Management District to Mr. Rusty Taylor regarding the 160-acre and 80-acre tracts of land in Township 8 South, Range 14 East, Section 4, Gilchrist County. Commissioner Durden stated that he had visited the property with Water Management and everything is in compliance. (2/1809)
Modification of Emergency Management Grant – A modification to the FY 2001-02 EMPA Base Grant Agreement was received from the Department of Community Affairs. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to accept the modifications. The motion carried unanimously. (2/1843)
EMS, ALS Unit Converted to BLS Unit – Commissioner Suggs referenced a letter from Linda Walker, EMS Director, to Debbie Newton, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. Ms. Walker had inadvertently staffed an ALS unit with two (2) EMTs, once on May 19, 2001 and again on January 12, 2002. On these occasions, a paramedic was not available. Commissioner Suggs explained that Ms. Walker understands that the statute she used to allow this was a misinterpretation and she will not allow it to happen again. (2/1965)
Jail Inspection Report:
Sheriff David Turner reported that the jail is currently operating at capacity and discussed the reasons for the increase in the jail population. Some prisoners are transported to Levy, Dixie and Alachua Counties.
Sheriff Turner reviewed the fire inspection report from Mr. Ben Barron, State Fire Marshal. There were seven (7) notations this year. He explained that most of the notations have been resolved. The ventilation system had been overhauled since the last fire inspection but problems were still noted. Sheriff Turner stated that this is not something that can be easily corrected. Cell 9 must be remodeled to include vent openings, smoke shafts, or an engineered smoke control system. This could be accomplished by cutting a vent shaft into the ceiling and connecting it to the existing system. This expense was approved last year but the work was never carried out. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to have Ron McQueen meet with Sheriff Turner and bring a cost estimate back for the modifications to cell 9. The motion carried unanimously.
Commissioner Durden discussed the need for the Sheriff’s Office to be allowed to take care of the requests for repairs at the Jail and the Sheriff’s Office to submit the purchase orders to the Finance Department. Currently, these requests are handled through the County Coordinator’s Office. (2/2195)
SHIP Loan Procedures:
Mr. Dennis Radice presented the proposed SHIP Loan Procedures recommended by the SHIP Loan Review Committee.
1) Applicants wishing to purchase or build must include a written mortgage pre-qualification letter from a lender showing the maximum mortgage amount for which the applicant qualifies.
2) Applicants wishing to rehab an existing facility must first apply for, and be denied, a loan from a lender and provide a written denial as part of the SHIP application.
3) SHIP requires at least two written bids from qualified contractors for any non-emergency SHIP Loan requests. The SHIP Administrator will prepare the request for bids identifying the work to be done in the home and distribute the bids to interested contractors and the applicant. All bids must be returned to the SHIP Administrator who will review them for accuracy and completeness and then forward them to the applicant for selection.
4) The SHIP Administrator will present the contractor bids to the Loan Review Committee to use in making their recommendation regarding loan amount and approval to the Board. Once the Board has approved a loan amount, the applicant may select any qualified contractor who is willing to do all the work required for the amount approved by the Board.
5) SHIP repair and rehab loans are to be used to bring homes up to minimum health and safety standards, to repair any damage or defects that contribute to the deterioration of the property and to improve the assessed valuation of the home. The County Building Department and the SHIP Administrator are responsible for determining what work is needed to meet these standards.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to accept the SHIP Procedures as submitted. The motion carried unanimously. (2/3626)
Building Department Report:
Ms. Charissa Strickland presented the Building Department Report for the month of January 2002.
Mobile Homes 12 total / 4 replacements
8 impacts ($11,530.48)
New Construction 7 Total
7 impacts ($10,089.17)
(One additional impact fee was paid ($1,441.31) for a steel building that was converted into a residence.)
The Board discussed the status of the building inspections. Ms. Strickland explained that they are working out well with Mr. McQueen carrying out the inspections on Wednesday and Thursday and Mr. Wiggins does inspections on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Ms. Strickland stated that she is handling all of the zoning now. Commissioner Suggs suggested that the Board consider a pay increase for Ms. Strickland due to the increase in responsibilities. Commissioner Durden stated that he will address the issue and bring back information to the mid month meeting. (3/008).
Commissioner Bush reported that he and Mr. Martin went to Hawthorne to look at a rock crusher but did not think it was what they need. They will continue to look for a new crusher.
Commissioner Suggs advised that she will be going to Tallahassee this week regarding the Solid Waste Issue before the legislature. She reported that everything is going well at Hart Springs.
The meeting recessed at 12:00 noon and reconvened at 1:30 p.m.
Road Department Report:
Mr. Nathan Martin reported that they have hauled 196 loads of rock in January. He presented information for the purchase of a road widener. The cost of the equipment is approximately $30,000. The Board discussed whether or not the road widener could be purchased with impact fees. Mr. McPherson advised it would be possible if the Commission makes a finding that the equipment is needed due to the growth needs. In the case of the crusher, the County is replacing a piece of equipment and it would not be considered permissible to use the impact fees. It could be determined that the road widener is needed due to the growth in the County. Mr. Martin told the Board that this equipment will not be available much longer. It was pointed out that the equipment may be needed for CR 341 before it is repaved next year. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to suspend the policy to require a bid for anything over $10,000. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Martin explained that the road widener will be needed for future projects when any road needs to be recapped it would be best to widen it also. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to purchase the road widener subject to availability of funds in the impact fees and the Commission finds the equipment is needed due to the population growth and the increased travel on the County’s roads causing deterioration of the shoulders making it necessary to widen the roads. The motion carried unanimously. (3/366)
Bids / SE 75th Avenue:
Mr. Ferguson presented the bids received for the SE 75th Avenue (Union Church Road) paving project.
1) V.E. Whitehurst & Sons, Inc. $67,735.00
2) Anderson Columbia Co., Inc. $50,677.05
The specifications of the project includes 3,880 linear feet, which contains a portion of FDOT right-of-way at SR 26. Discussion was held regarding the financing of the project. Commissioner Durden suggested borrowing the funds for a 5-year period making annual payments of $10,000 out of impact fees. Chairman Thomas asked Commissioner Bush to meet with Mr. Gilliam and bring back a recommendation regarding the financing of the project. The Board postponed action on the bids. (3/1120)
Public Hearing / Resolution 02-07 / Speed Limits on County Roads:
Chairman Thomas read the short title of Resolution 02-07 which establishes policies and procedures relating to speed limits on County roads. Mr. McPherson reviewed the policies and procedures which will used to make a determination to post the statutorily imposed speed limit on segments of County roads. Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Durden, to approve Resolution 02-07. The motion carried unanimously. (A copy of Resolution 02-07 is on file in the Clerk’s Office.) (3/1574)
Public Hearing / Budget Amendment, General Fund (001):
(Notice of this public hearing was published in the January 31, 2002 edition of the Gilchrist County Journal and proof of publication is on file in the Clerk’s Office.)
Mr. Gilliam explained that the Board took action in July 2001 to approve an Ordinance increasing the Communication Service Tax and in October 2001 to approve an Ordinance imposing a Telecommunications Service Tax. These were not included in the FY 2001-02 budget. The resolution amends the General Fund Budget by an increased amount of $37,000. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve Resolution 02-04. (A copy of Resolution 02-04 is on file in the Clerk’s Office.) The motion carried unanimously. (3/1659)
Public Hearing / Ordinance re: Regulation of Right of Ways:
(This public hearing is continued from the January 22, 2002 meeting.)
Mr. McPherson read the short title of Ordinance 02-01:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA; REGULATING THE USE OF COUNTY RIGHT OF WAY; SETTING FORTH A PURPOSE AND APPLICABILITY; PROVIDING DEFINITIONS; REQUIRING A PERMIT FOR CONSTRUCTION WITHIN THE COUNTY RIGHT OF WAY; ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR CONSTRUCTION WITHIN COUNTY RIGHT OF WAY; REPEALING CONFLICTING RESOLUTIONS; PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; PROVIDING INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CODIFIER; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Mr. McPherson reviewed and discussed the proposed ordinance which included the requirements for permits and construction within the County right-of-way.
Mr. Bill Park, Service Coordinator, Florida Power, addressed the Board and asked for clarification of section 66.64.(d).(14) and suggested that it be reworded to state “the permit holder would only be required to pay for relocation within the right-of-way.” He explained that Florida Power would seek reimbursement for a pole in the instance that it was located on private property which became part of a right of way when a new road is put in.
Mr. Park also asked for clarification of section 66.64.(d).(17). He stated that Florida Power would be willing to provide drawings of intended work prior to permit issuance and that they build in accordance with the National Electric Safety Code and would not expect any issue with County inspections. They also would expect the permits would not be unfairly withheld based on existing statutes of utility work in POC jurisdiction. He stated for the record that Florida Power has several territorial agreements in place with other utilities in the POCs jurisdiction.
Commissioner Durden suggested that section 66.64.(d).(17) is vague and should be revised to allow an applicant to appeal to the Board of County Commissioners should they be denied by the County Coordinator.
Mr. McPherson responded to the question regarding section 66.64.(d).(14). stating that it only has a prospective effect. From this point forward these conditions will be placed on new permits for construction. He pointed out this ordinance would not apply to poles that are on private property.
The Board discussed revising section 66.64.(3).(17). Mr. McPherson suggested adding another subsection “g” to state “any denial of a permit or a condition placed on a permit may be appealed to the Board of County Commissioners.” Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to add subsection “g” which states “any denial of a permit or a condition imposed on the permit may be appealed to the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners by the applicant and such appeal must be brought within 30 days of denial.” The motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to adopt Ordinance 02-01. The motion carried unanimously. (3/1740)
North Central Florida Health Planning Council, Edith Orsini:
Ms. Edith Orsini, Executive Director, North Central Florida Health Planning Council (NCFHPC), appeared before the Board to discuss their various programs within the community.
Healthy Kids– NCFHPC expects the cap for this program to be reached by July 1, 2002. In Gilchrist County, there are 215 children enrolled in this program. Ms. Orsini asked the Commission to encourage people to help get more children enrolled. Ms. Orsini has been working toward getting the State to eliminate the local match. (House Bill 31 and Senate Bill 142).
Health & Human Services– She discussed Senate Bill 1276 which creates a Florida Health and Human Services Access Act. Several counties have been trying to coordinate their services (health services and social services). Citizens currently fill out forms for each of the services, this bill would provide a system that would allow an applicant to fill out only one form for all health and human services within the community.
Certificate of Need Process– Ms. Orsini discussed the Certificate of Need Process which pertains to nursing homes, hospitals and hospice. The Florida Legislature is seeking to eliminate the process and let the market control the need for new beds and new services. The NCFHPC has supported reform in this area but not the elimination of it.
Nursing Homes– The State has proposed to increase the cost of Medicaid beds to the counties. Currently, Gilchrist County pays $55 per Medicaid bed in the community. The proposed increase will cost from $150 to $365. This was not approved this budget year, but Ms. Orsini advised it is possibly going to be approved for FY 2002-03. Gilchrist County currently has approximately 200 licensed nursing home beds of which 154 are Medicaid beds.
Prescription Drugs– The State passed a Prescription Affordability Act for Seniors two (2) years ago. This program has not succeeded because to be eligible, an applicant had to be eligible for Medicaid and one approved for Medicaid, the prescriptions were covered. Ms. Orsini provided a brochure from Pfizer for a Share Card Program. The program is for citizens 65 years or older and provides a limited choice of prescriptions for a cost of $15.00 per prescription.
Ms. Orsini also commented on the Healthy Start Services, Ryan White Program and the Rural Health Network. (3/3700)
Resolution 02-08 – Commissioner Suggs presented a draft resolution urging the sponsors of House Bill 851 to reconsider their position and find a way to hold harmless rural counties and maintain the 5.8 million dollars in the Trust to facilitate the needs of Florida’s rural communities. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the resolution. The motion carried unanimously. (A copy of Resolution 02-08 is on file in the Clerk’s Office.) (4/735)
Construction Management Agreement – Mr. Gilliam advised the Board that the Mr. McPherson has reviewed the Construction Management Agreement and found no problems with it. Motion by Commissioner Durden, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to forward the agreement to Mr. Will Weathers, Gardnyr Michael Capital. The motion carried unanimously. (4/827)
Ms. Aline Kazokas, 5119 NW 70th Terrace, appeared before the Board and submitted a petition for a moratorium on clear cutting of floodways along the Suwannee River and Santa Fe River for a period of one year from this date. The petition addressed the land clearing being done by Mr. Rusty Taylor, Township 8 South, Range 14 East, Section 4 and Section 9. Ms. Kazokas also submitted a letter from December McSherry (Exhibit A) and a memorandum from Joann Mossa (Exhibit B) describing the potential damage to the Rock Bluff Conservation Area. Ms. Kazokas read the materials aloud.
Chairman Thomas asked Mr. McPherson about the process to impose a moratorium. Mr. McPherson advised that a moratorium would not be applicable since Gilchrist County does not regulate clearing of land for agricultural purposes, therefore, the County does not issue permits for the activity.
Ms. Kazokas told the Board that Rock Bluff Springs has been designated a conservation area. She contended that protection of these special areas are included in the Comprehensive Plan. The Board discussed with Ms. Kazokas, the difference between agriculture and intensive agriculture as it relates to the Comprehensive Plan.
Mr. John Ayers asked the Chairman where Suwannee River Water Management stands on this issue. Commissioner Durden stated that he had met with SRWMD twice on Mr. Taylor’s property. He has not cleared anything other than those areas approved by SRWMD. Chairman Thomas requested Mr. McPherson to find out about the designation of the Rock Bluff Conservation Area.
There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Durden moved to adjourn at 4:12 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Bush and carried.
ATTEST: John Rance Thomas, Chairman
Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk