MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD MAY 19, 2003.

 

The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County Florida, convened in a regular meeting on Monday, May 19, 2003 at 4:00 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room located at 210 South Main Street, Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:

 

Commissioner Randy Durden, Chair

Commissioner Wilbur Bush

Commissioner Mitchell Gentry

Commissioner Tommy Langford

Commissioner Suggs, Vice-Chair

 

Others in attendance were:   Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk of Court, John McPherson, County Attorney, Karen Heaton, Deputy Clerk, Sam Ferguson, Director of Finance, Dennis Radice, Diane Avery, Diane Rondolet, Lyndsay Parrish, John Ayers, Duke Lang, Peter Butt, Donnie Ellington, Ray Fitzgerald, Leon Wyszkowski.

 

Call to Order: 

 

Chairman Durden called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.  Commissioner Langford delivered the Invocation and Commissioner Gentry led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

Agenda Changes:

 

Additions:        

1) Letter of Agreement, Gilchrist County Health Department (Clerk’s Report)

2) Approval of distribution of Federal FY 2003 Byrne Formula Grant Program funds

    ($37,212).  (Clerk’s Report)

3) Memorial Day Celebration (Commissioner Suggs)

4) Resolution 03-48, Suwannee River Partnership (Clerk’s Report)

5) Invoices:  CR 337 project/ Lee Mills, $11,254.65; SE 70th Avenue/Lee Mills      $31,669.50; CR 337/Whitehurst, $222,204.28 (Clerk’s Report)

 

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

 

Consent Agenda:

                                                                  Consent Agenda

 

1) Approval of Budget Entries: #BE3-043 and #BE3-045

2) Approval of Minutes: Regular Meetings held April 7, 2003 and April 21, 2003

 

 Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to approve the Consent Agenda.  The motion carried unanimously. 


Attorney’s Report:

 

Special Assessment Ordinance – Mr. McPherson reported a public hearing to consider this ordinance has been scheduled for the June 16th meeting.  (1/145)

 

Martini Grade, Status Report – Commissioner Gentry advised he has provided the contracts for sale and purchase to Mr. Edgar Langford, Mr. Ray Langford and Ms. Carol Mixon.  Commissioner Gentry explained that he is also having a survey carried out for a row of pine trees on Mr. Edgar Langford’s property.  In negotiations, Mr. Langford had asked to be compensated for the trees as well as the property.  Commissioner Gentry also received notice from Ms. Walling that she does not agree to sign the quit claim deed.  He stated the value of her interest in the right-of-way is $1,200 and suggested the Board also offer her a contract for sale and purchase at that amount.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Langford, to send Ms. Walling a contract for sale and purchase not to exceed $1,200.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/154)

 

Pending Litigation – Mr. McPherson reported there has been no activity in any of the cases pending against the County.  (1/355)

 

Licensing Agreement for Groundwater Monitoring – Mr. McPherson advised he has reviewed the licensing agreement with CCDA Water, LLC for groundwater monitoring wells and recommended approval.  Motion by Commissioner Langford, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to enter into the licensing agreement for groundwater monitoring with CCDA Water, LLC.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/362)

 

Amendments to the Right to Farm Act – Mr. McPherson recalled that he was asked to report on the “Agricultural Lands and Practices Act” passed by the 2003 Legislature.  He provided the following summary of the Act: 

 

“[A] county may not exercise any of its powers to adopt any ordinance, resolution, regulation, rule, or policy to prohibit, restrict, regulate, or otherwise limit an activity of a bona fide farm operation on land classified as agricultural land pursuant to s. 193.461 [property tax classification], if such activity is regulated through implemented best-management practices, interim measures, or regulations developed by the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services , or a water management district and adopted under chapter 120 as part of a statewide or regional program; or if such activity is expressly regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, or the United States Environmental Protection Agency.”

 

Commissioner Suggs suggested that the Commission start looking at changing the zoning in some areas of the County to Neighborhood Residential.  Mr. McPherson explained that this act pertains to the land use and not the zoning.  After discussion, the Board agreed the County needs to consider changing some of the areas of the County to Rural Residential. 

 


Mr. McPherson asked for the Board’s direction regarding the proposed changes to the Land Development Regulations to be brought before the Planning and Zoning Board.  He asked if the Commission would rather be provided copies of the articles as they are approved by the Planning and Zoning Board or at the conclusion in one document.  The Board asked Mr. McPherson to provide a copy of each article as they are approved.  (1/447)

 

Workshop on Fire and EMS Funding – Mr. McPherson recommended the Board schedule a workshop for Fire and EMS funding.  Motion by Commissioner Gentry, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to schedule a workshop on June 2nd at 10:00 a.m.  The motion carried. 

 

Site Maintenance at County Facilities – Mr. McPherson presented a draft of a request for proposal for site maintenance services for various county facilities.  The Board reviewed the properties listed and noted that #8, Field of Dreams and #7, Hart Springs should be deleted.  It was also pointed out that Philpot Park needed to be added to the list.  The Board asked Commissioner Suggs to bring back information for two (2) properties listed, West and Johnson (SW 86th Street, Trenton) and WLB Krigsman (SW 25th Street, Bell).  (1/717)

 

Clerk’s Report:

 

SHIP Program – Mr. Dennis Radice, SHIP Administrator, advised the Board of potential problems regarding the wording pertaining to maximum value of properties eligible for SHIP assistance.  The current Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) uses the word “sales price.”  In instances of straight rehabilitation, there is no defined standard of valuation in the LHAP.  In the past, SHIP has used the assessed value provided by the Property Appraiser’s Office.  There are instances where the assessed value is less than the “just” value. 

 

The Ship Loan Review Committee has recommended the following for purposes of determining property eligibility for SHIP assistance: 1) for new construction on property already owned by the applicant the value shall be based on the price stipulated in the signed build contract that must include all work and improvements needed to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy.  2) for new construction on property being purchased by the applicant the value shall be based on the combined value of the purchase price for the land stipulated in a signed purchase agreement and the amount stipulated in a signed build contract which must include all work and improvements needed to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy.  3) for purchase of an existing property, the value shall be based on the purchase price as stipulated in a signed purchase agreement plus the cost of any required SHIP rehabilitation.  4) for straight rehabilitation and emergency assistance, the value shall be construed as the current “just value” of the property as established by the Gilchrist County Property Appraiser’s Office. 

 

Mr. Radice stated the Committee has also recommended that the applicant be allowed to obtain an appraisal at their expense if the “just value” exceeds $75,000.  Motion by Commissioner Gentry, seconded by Commissioner Langford, to use the “just value” as a determination factor and to allow the applicant to obtain an appraisal if the “just value” is over $75,000.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 


Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Langford, to approve the recommendations by the SHIP Loan Review Committee for the eligibility language.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/995)

 

SHIP Loan Applications – Mr. Radice presented the following SHIP Loan applications for approval:

 

1) Joe and Sabrina Jury – New Construction, Low Income Category, SHIP Loan amount, $8,182, Lender, Market Street Mortgage.  The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommended approval subject to applicant’s $500 contribution, appraisal of $74,900 or greater, closing of first mortgage, SHIP funds availability and hold back of $200 for C.O.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the SHIP Loan to Joe and Sabrina Jury subject to the conditions set forth by the Committee.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

2) Mr. And Mrs. Joe Scott – Rehab, Very Low Income Category, SHIP Loan amount, $22,500.  The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends approval subject to verification of insurance, a signed contract from the contractor and SHIP funds availability.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to approve the SHIP Loan to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Scott subject to the conditions set forth by the Committee.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

3) Shawn and Larisa Manders – Purchase, Low Income Category, SHIP Loan amount, $17,500, Lender, Capital City Bank.  The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends approval subject to an appraisal of value equal to or in excess of purchase price, closing of first mortgage, cash to close, completion of SHIP repairs, owner’s contribution and SHIP funds availability.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Langford, to approve the SHIP Loan to Shawn and Larisa Manders subject to the conditions set forth by the Committee.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

4) Garrett McKenzie – New Construction, Very Low Income Category, SHIP Loan amount, $22,500, Lender, Capital City Bank.  The SHIP Loan Committee recommends approval subject to an appraisal of $75,000 or greater, availability of SHIP funds, closing of first mortgage, hold back of $500 until receipt of C.O., verification of car loan payoff, verification of coaching income and deed restrictions qualified.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to approve the SHIP Loan to Garrett McKenzie subject to the conditions set forth by the Committee.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

5) Paul and Grace Waite – Rehab, Low Income Category, SHIP Loan amount, $16,219.50.  The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends approval subject to applicant’s contribution, signed contract from contractor, availability of SHIP funds, Resolution as to definition of maximum SHIP property value.  Mr. Radice pointed out the assessed value is $73,400 and the just value is $76,300.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to approve the SHIP Loan to Paul and Grace Waite subject to an appraisal of $75,000 or less and the conditions set forth by the Committee.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

 


 

6) Glen Thigpen – Subordination Agreement, Drummond Bank.  Mr. Radice pointed out this is for a straight refinance.  The current interest rate is 7.25% and the new rate is 5.3%.  The current payment is $511 and the new payment is $445.  The SHIP Loan Review Committee recommends approval though it exceeds the 80% guideline.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the subordination agreement based on the recommendation by the Committee.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/1490)

 

Mr. Radice asked for the Board’s direction regarding those who receive SHIP Loans and at some point let their insurance lapse.  He suggested that if the situation is not resolved after he notifies them they are in default, the County Attorney also send them a letter advising them of a time limit they are to obtain the insurance.  After discussion, Commissioner Suggs asked Mr. Gilliam to meet with Mr. Radice and bring back a sample letter for the Board’s review. (1/1810)

 

Mr. Radice also advised that there are two property owners in default of their deferred payment status because they have vacated the property as a primary residence and rented those properties out over the past year.  He has sent them a letter advising them that the mortgage stipulates they owe the County’s portion of the loan at 18% interest.  He suggested that the Commission consider implementing a policy on how the SHIP Program is to handle these cases if restitution is not made.  Chairman Durden asked Mr. Gilliam and Mr. Radice to meet regarding this issue and bring back a recommendation.  (1/2000)

 

Mr. Gilliam advised of a pending foreclosure on a SHIP Loan for Eva M. Crooms and a Tax Deed Sale for David L. Weatherspoon for special assessments on a SHIP house.  He advised in the past, the Board has not pursued claiming funds before the first mortgagee but at times has entered into an agreement with the lender for a certain amount.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to authorize Mr. Radice and Mr. Gilliam to negotiate with the lenders an amount to be paid back to the County.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2048)

 

Request from Judge Philman – Mr. Gilliam presented a request from Judge Philman for the purchase of office furniture:

 

a.  County Judge Secretary, $2,648 (to be paid from Courthouse Operations)

b.  Circuit Judge Secretary, $2,101 (to be paid from Court Facilities)  

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the request to purchase the office furniture for the County Judge’s secretary at a cost of $2,648 to be paid out of Courthouse Operations.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Langford, to approve the request to purchase the office furniture for the Circuit Judge’s secretary at a cost of $2,101 to be paid from Court Facilities.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2340)

 

Court Facilities Committee – Mr. Gilliam recommended the appointment of Mr. Duke Lang to the Court Facilities Committee.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to appoint Mr. Duke Lang to the Court Facilities Committee.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2484)  


 

Retirement Reception – Mr. Gilliam advised Judge Philman is holding a retirement reception for Mrs. Hazel Bryant on June 20th at the Woodmen of the World Building.  Judge Philman has requested the Board declare her office chair surplus and allow him to give it to her.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to declare the chair surplus and to give it to Mrs. Bryant.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2530)

 

Request to Oppose the Elimination of the “Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium” – For the Board’s information, Mr. Gilliam provided a copy of a letter from Robert M. Jones, Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium regarding the threatened elimination of the Consortium.  (1/2582)

 

Hart Springs Rock Payment – Mr. Gilliam presented Purchase Order #301387 in the amount of $2,275.56 to Clyde Townsend for the rock hauled from Townsend Pit to Hart Springs in February and March.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to approve payment of $2,275.56 to Clyde Townsend.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2617)

 

Proclamation #03-08 – Mr. Gilliam presented Proclamation #03-08 to Sgt. Frank A. Chestelson upon his retirement from Lancaster Correctional Institution.  Mr. Gilliam advised that he had prepared the proclamation and presented to Sgt. Chestelson at his retirement reception at Lancaster.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the proclamation to Sgt. Frank Chestelson.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2740)

 

Resolution #03-46 – Mr. Gilliam presented Resolution 03-46 for approval.  This resolution amends the Emergency Medical Services Budget (410) by an increased amount of $85,950 which represents the grant awarded by the Florida Department of Health (R2014) to provide funding for an ambulance, radios and stretchers.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Langford, to approve Resolution 03-46.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2785)

 

County Health Department – Mr. Gilliam referred to a letter of agreement with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for a grant award to the Gilchrist County Health Department.  The term of the agreement is from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003.  Ms. Bolling has requested approval to remit the $25,000 match to the Agency for Health Care.  Mr. Gilliam requested the Board approve the transfer of $3,550 from Reserve into the Health Departments budget to bring that budget to $25,000 and to meet the match requirement.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to approve the transfer of $3,550 and to authorize the Chairman to execute the letter of agreement.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/2826)

 

Public Hearing / Petition to Vacate an Easement:

 

Mr. Duke Lang presented a petition from R.R. Royster, Marcia H. Royster, Martin L. McLellan, Connie R. McLellan, William R. Royster and Sheila L. Royster to vacate an easement shown on the recorded plat of Lot 2, Spring Ridge, Unit 6, a subdivision in Section 4, Township 8 South, Range 16 East.  Along with the petition, Mr. Lang provided the proof of publication of Notice of

 


Intention and the original paid tax receipt for the ad valorem taxes paid in 2002.  Mr. Lang also  provided a copy of Resolution 03-47 for the Board’s consideration.

 

                                                         RESOLUTION NO. 2003-47

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA VACATING AN EASEMENT IN LOT 2, SPRING RIDGE, UNIT 6, A SUBDIVISION OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 8 SOUTH, RANGE 16 EAST, GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF ON FILE AND OF RECORD IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 36 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA.

 

Motion by Commissioner Langford, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve Resolution 03-47 vacating an easement in Lot 2, Spring Ridge, Unit 6.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/3056)

 

Clerk’s Report (continued):

 

FY 2003 Byrne Formula Grant – Mr. Gilliam presented a request from Sheriff Turner requesting approval of a letter approving the distribution of Federal Fiscal Year 2003 Byrne Formula Grant Program funds in the amount of $37,212 for the “Levy-Gilchrist Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force.”  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to approve the letter to Mr. Wilder approving the distribution of the FY 2003 Byrne Formula Grant Program funds and to authorize the signature of the Chairman.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/3530)

 

Resolution 03-48 – For the Board’s approval, Mr. Gilliam presented Resolution 03-48 enabling the Gilchrist County Commission to become a partner with the Suwannee River Partnership.

 

                                                              RESOLUTION #03-48

RESOLUTION ENABLING THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO BECOME A PARTNER WITH THE SUWANNEE RIVER BASIN NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT WORKING GROUP MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE SUWANNEE RIVER PARTNERSHIP

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Langford, to approve Resolution 03-48.  The motion carried unanimously.  (1/3620)

 

Approval of Invoices – Mr. Gilliam presented the following invoices for approval.

 

1.  Mills Engineering                  CR 337                                                $11,254.65

2.  V.E. Whitehurst                   CR 337 (2nd draw)                               $222,204.28

3.  Mills Engineering                  SE 70th Avenue (Martini Grade)           $31,669.50

 

Motion by Commissioner Bush, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to approve payment of the invoice from Lee Mills in the amount of $11,254.65 for CR 337.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 


Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to approve payment to V.E. Whitehurst in the amount of $222,204.28.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Langford, to approve payment to Mills Engineering Company in the amount of $31,669.50 for professional services for SE 70th Avenue.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/002)

 

Diane Avery,  Solid Waste Building:

 

Ms. Avery provided information regarding modular buildings for the Solid Waste drop-off site on Hwy 47.  Commissioner Gentry advised that he had talked to Todd Gray about constructing a metal building.  Mr. Gray told him he could build a metal building that is larger at a reasonable price.  Motion by Commissioner Gentry, seconded by Commissioner Langford, to go out for bid on a metal building.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/102)

 

Ms. Avery recalled the Commission had discussed a well at the drop-off site and the possibility of putting one in large enough for the fire departments to use.  She explained she talked to Mr. Schaltenbrand and he advised her they had a storage tank at the Spring Ridge VFD that they use to fill the trucks.  She suggested that since the Spring Ridge VFD was in close proximity to the drop-off site it would not be necessary to put in the larger well.  She stated there would also be a problem with the fire departments having access to the well after hours.  She asked that the Board allow her to obtain prices for a well only large enough to serve the Solid Waste Departments purposes.  The Board agreed.  (2/240)

 

Mr. McQueen referred to a letter from New River Landfill regarding a contract with Gilchrist County.  He explained that New River has not yet entered into a contract with Levy County.  They have suggested that Gilchrist County negotiate a contract with Alachua County as well as New River for use of their facility during emergency situations.  (2/278)

 

Resolution 03-49, Florida Citrus Growers:

 

Chairman Durden read the short title of Resolution 03-49.

 

                                                              RESOLUTION 03-49

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA SUPPORTING THE FLORIDA CITRUS GROWERS BY GOING ON RECORD OPPOSING THE REMOVAL OF THE TARIFF ON IMPORTED CITRUS JUICE.

 

 

Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve Resolution 03-49.  The motion carried unanimously. (2/340)

 

Commissioners’ Reports: 

 


Commissioner Suggs discussed the Memorial Day celebration planned for Monday, May 26th.  She explained that during the ceremonies, wreaths would be placed at each of the memorials.  She asked that the Commission contribute $120 to pay for the wreaths.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to approve the expenditure of $120 out of General Reserve for the wreaths.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/381)

 

Public Hearing / Preliminary Plat, “Magnolia Meadows”:

 

Mr. Chumley reviewed the Preliminary Plat for “Magnolia Meadows” for approval.  Mr. Chumley pointed out the subdivision consists of 23 lots and is located off of CR 340 approximately ˝ mile East of SR 129.  He stated that he has reviewed the preliminary plat and construction drawings and found them to be in compliance with the Comprehensive Plan and the LDRs. He recommended approval with the following conditions: 1) a permit from the Water Management District and 2) the County not sign the final plat until the improvements shown on the construction plans are completed.  The Planning and Zoning Board has also reviewed the plat and has recommended approval.

 

Motion by Commissioner Gentry, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve the preliminary plat and construction plans for Magnolia Meadows Subdivision subject to the conditions stated by the County Planner.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/483)

 

 

EMA/County Coordinator:

 

SE 70th Avenue – Mr. McQueen recalled at the last meeting, the Board had authorized him to contact DOT regarding a time extension for the SE 70th Avenue (Martini Grade) paving project.  He referred to a letter from DOT and pointed out they have granted a time extension until June 30, 2004.  (2/614)

 

FRDAP Grant Close Out – Mr. McQueen referred to a letter from the State regarding the close out for the Hart Springs FRDAP Grant.  He explained the County is required to record the legal description, with the deed to for the campground property, that will be used by the general public for a minimum of 25 years.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve the letter.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/635)

 

Hart Springs   Mr. McQueen presented two (2) bids received for the Hart Springs Park groundwater monitoring well: Geoengineering & Testing, Inc., $1,550 and JRS Geoservices, $2,736.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to approve the bid from Geoengineering & Testing, Inc. in the amount of $1,550.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/689)

 

South Sante Fe Avenue – Mr. McQueen provided a copy of a map of the proposed paving project for South Sante Fe Avenue from CR 319 to CR 339.  He advised there is one property owner, Janice Beach, that he has not contacted yet.  He asked the Board to authorize Mr. Mills to prepare the legal description contingent upon the approval of Ms. Beach.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to authorize Mr. Mills to prepare the legal description subject to the approval of Janice Beach.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/746)     

 


Purchase of Loader – Mr. McQueen advised that he had talked with RingPower regarding the purchase of the loader that had been leased for the Hart Springs project.  The purchase price is $43,400 ($71,000 less the lease amount paid over the past 12 months of $27,600).  Mr. McQueen recommended the loader be purchased for the Solid Waste Department.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to purchase the loader for a cost of $43,400 from RingPower with the cost to be paid from Solid Waste.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/822)

 

Hart Springs Sewer Treatment Plant – Mr. McQueen advised, because of time constraints, he has put out a request for proposal for a sewer treatment plant operator.  He explained the permitting requires that someone with a Class C license to work a minimum of an 1 ˝ hours per week within three (3) non-consecutive days per week.  Once the operator has been hired, he will be able to train other County employees to work under him.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Langford, to approve the request for proposal for a sewer treatment plant operator at Hart Springs.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/869)

 

Public Hearing / Budget Amendment:

 

Mr. Gilliam presented Resolution 03-45 for approval.  This resolution amends the Transportation Impact Fund Budget (141) by an increased amount of $80,000 which the Board of County Commissioners approved to be used to acquire land for the paving of SE 70th Avenue (Martini Grade) to be transferred from General Fund reserve for contingency.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Bush, to approve Resolution 03-45.  The motion carried unanimously.  (2/1070)

 

Waters Lake FRDAP (update):

 

Mr. McQueen advised he has talked with Mary Ann Lee regarding an amendment to the grant for an allocation of funding.  Currently the specifications are for the construction of a new pavilion, a boat ramp and renovations to the restrooms.  Mr. McQueen advised he will bring back more information to the June 2nd meeting.  (2/1100)

 

Commissioners Reports:

 

Commissioner Langford asked about the status of the siding on the Week’s Building.  Mr. McQueen advised he has asked Mr. Wiggins to prepare a quote for it.

 

Commissioner Langford asked if a letter had been sent to BellSouth asking them to provide the name and number for a contact person.  Mr. Gilliam advised he had sent a letter to BellSouth and is waiting for a reply.

 


Commissioner Langford stated he had been asked to mention that the employees who supervise inmates are required to have 40 hours of training and during training they were told they may be required to wear a special uniform to protect them from exposure to Aides.  These employees have asked if the Board would approve a raise in pay to compensate them for the training and for the risk of Aides.  Chairman Durden pointed out that some that have had the training do not supervise the inmates.  The Board agreed this was a legitimate request for those who do supervise the inmates.  Commissioner Langford stated he would bring back a recommendation regarding the pay increase. 

 

Commissioner Langford asked if there were any regulations that would prevent someone from running a generator in a subdivision while they are building a home.  Commissioner Langford stated he receives a phone call about twice per week regarding an individual in the Spring Ridge subdivision running a generator.  The Board discussed the fact there are no regulations against it. 

 

Mr. Gilliam advised that there were no bids received on the mobile home at the Sheriff’s Office.  Chairman Durden suggested putting out for bid again with a deadline of June 2nd.   The Board agreed. 

 

Commissioner Bush reported that he had attended a workshop in Orlando for the Selective Service. 

 

Mr. McQueen told the Board about a donation made to the EMS Station in Bell.  A man who works with Badcock in High Springs donated two (2) recliners, a microwave, two (2) beds, lamps and a television.  He is also trying to get a new stove and a refrigerator.  He donated half of the items and Badcock donated the other half.  Ms. Walker has asked if she can order a plaque in appreciation to him for the donations.  The Board agreed.  

 

Commissioner Durden asked Mr. McQueen to report on the Animal Control Program.  Mr. McQueen advised the committee held a meeting last week.  He reported they are waiting on an interlocal agreement with Alachua County for disposal services.  Commissioner Gentry asked about adopting out the animals.  Chairman Durden stated the Humane Society was at the meeting and they will be placing some of the animals on “Pet Finders.”  They will also put a page on the Chamber of Commerce’s and the County’s websites.  Chairman Durden advised another issue that will need to be addressed by the Board is how to handle animals other than cats and dogs.  The Animal Control Ordinance only addresses cats and dogs.  Commissioner Langford mentioned the removal of dead animals.  Motion by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Gentry, to make it a policy for the Road Department to dispose of the dead animals on County road right-of-ways.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Commissioner Durden commended Ms. Rondolet for the job she is doing as Code Enforcement Officer.  He advised there will be another Code Enforcement Committee meeting this week. 

 

Commissioner Durden referred to a letter from the City of Trenton regarding annexation and another letter from Michael Lamar, City Manager, apologizing for a statement made in the letter to the citizens regarding the levy of impact fees.

 

Commissioner Durden advised the Three Rivers Regional Library System is still advertising for a librarian. 

 

Old Business:

(None)


 

New Business:

 

Mr. Chumley presented a letter from Ted Burt, representing Doug King, offering to convey the County a portion of SW 73rd Terrace (a private road), located in NE 1/4 of Section 8, Range 14E.  Motion by Commissioner Langford, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to reject the offer to convey the roadway to the County.  The motion carried unanimously. 

 

Public Participation:

 

(None)

 

There being no further business to discuss, Commissioner Suggs moved to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Langford and carried. 

 

 

APPROVED:

 

 

                                                                       

ATTEST:                                                                     Randy Durden, Chairman

 

 

                                                      

Joseph W. Gilliam, Clerk