BOCC Regular Meeting March 21, 2017

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

MARCH 21, 2017

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on March 21, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Wilbur Dean

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:02 A.M.  Comm. Rock Meeks gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

EXPENDITURES

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the following expenditures presented for payment.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER 126793-126922
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 80,308.86
ROAD 121,509.48
MOSQUITO CONTROL 228.95
TRANSPORTATION 16,416.94
COURT FACILITIES 15.00
EMS 25,971.09
FIRE 65,322.93
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 6,785.20
UTILITIES 414.98
ADD COURT COSTS 669.50
IMPACT FEES – PARKS 1,559.50
IMPACT FEES – RD DIST II 456,279.50
LANDFILL 82,579.81
TOTAL   $    858,061.74

 

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on January 17, 2017 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Brooks made a motion to approve the minutes from the Regular Board meeting held on January 17, 2017 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Amanda Henderson, President of the Levy County Fair announced the Levy County Fair will begin on Thursday, March 30th with the opening ceremony at 6:00 P.M.  The Fair will run through April 2nd.  Ms. Henderson provided the Commissioners and elected officials with invitations to the Fair.

 

CITY OF CEDAR KEY

Heath Davis, Mayor requested approval from the Board and signature of the Chairman on a letter supporting the City of Cedar Key’s Annex onto County owned property.  The City of Cedar Key would like to have this brought to the citizens for a vote.  Mayor Davis stated the City of Cedar Key would like for the incorporated area to be more clearly defined.

Comm. Rooks expresses concerns of the Board of County Commissioners taking a position on City business and questioned how this would affect the City in the future with another CRA.

Mayor Davis stated the support of the annexation by the Board would not have an effect of the CRA within the City lines.

Comm. John Meeks questioned a portion of the report of the annexation which states there will be no guarantee the City provided fire services will continue if the annexation does not occur.

Mayor Davis assured the Commissioners he would never tell the Fire Department not to go outside the annexed area to provide Fire service to the citizens.

 

After discussion, Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Chairman’s signature on a letter of consent for the City of Cedar Key to seek annexation of county owned property as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Rooks votes NO.

 

Members of the audience commenting on this item were:  Dana Sheffield and Jeff Hardison.

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

  • Mike West, 911 Addressing requested signature of the Chairman on the Rural County Grant Application for GIS Refresh & Improvement. West stated this will update their current GIS files, correct discrepancies and synchronize data to improve accuracy and response time.  No matching funds are required.
  • Mr. West requested signature of the Chairman on the Rural County Grant Application for E911 System Maintenance, 2017-2018. Mr. West stated this Grant will cover yearly costs on the PSAP equipment and software.  No matching funds are required.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve items A and B as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHAD MUNN

Mr. Munn requested improvements of the roads in Cedar Key Plantation.

The Commissioners stated there are many other residents on county maintained roads which are on a waiting list for paving or upgrades.  The roads in Cedar Key Plantation have not been dedicated to the county and are not part of the County’s road maintenance system.

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to hear a non-agenda item as requested by Comm. John Meeks.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

Wilbur Dean presented the Board with a check in the amount of $34,304.28 from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for distribution of the Goethe State Forest receipts for fiscal year 2015-2016 in the amount of $34,304.28.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

  • Wilbur Dean requested direction from the Board with moving forward on Gas Tax Ordinance using either Option 1; the ninth cent $193,000 or Options 2; ELM’s on one cent to 5 cents $903,000.

The Commissioners agreed by consensus to move forward with the Gas Tax Ordinance using the option of ELM’s on 5 cents.

Members of the audience who spoke regarding this item were:  Dana Sheffield and Linda Cooper.

  • Mr. Dean requested Board approval of Proclamation 2017-010, Levy County recognizes April, 2017 as “Water Conservation Month”.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Proclamation 2017-010 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Mr. Dean informed the Board of the letter received from the City of Chiefland regarding voluntary annexation.
  • Mr. Dean requested Board approval of the Agreement between Levy County and Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson for 2017-2018 Annual Assessments preparations.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Agreement between Levy County and Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson for the 2017-2018 Annual Assessments preparations as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

ANIMAL SERVICES

David Weatherford, Director requested Board approval for the purchase of a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 in the amount of $31,387.25 by utilizing the Florida Sheriff’s Association bid.  This would replace the truck he drives which has over 300,000 miles on it and is 12 years old.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the purchase of a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 including the budget amendment as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Rock Meeks voted NO.

Questions were asked by Linda Cooper concerning the storage of donated animal food which were answered by Mr. Weatherford.

 

LIBRARY

Jeanine Turner requested Board approval to appoint Jim Pasteraro to the PAL Governing Board.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to appoint Jim Pasteraro to the PAL Governing Board as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

TRANSIT

  • Connie Conley, Director requested Board approval of the revised Grant application for 2016 from two (2) busses to three (3). This is a 5339 Grant to be reimbursed at 100%.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the revised Grant application as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Mrs. Conley requested Board approval for the update to the Levy County Transit Substance Abuse Policy, Zero Tolerance. Changes include footer and Board Chairman but there were no changes to the policy itself.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the update to the Levy County Transit Substance Abuse Policy, Zero Tolerance as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

  • Matt Weldon, Director requested ratification of the Agreement with Florida Department of Health pertaining to Zika funding. This agreement has enable the department to invoice for Vector control and education measures due to the outbreak of the Zika virus.  To date, $31,000 has been received with an expected $1,500 for recently invoiced education fees.
  • Mr. Weldon requested Board approval of Resolution 2017-007 for final budget/fiscal year 2016-17 due to additional revenue from the Florida Department of Health in the amount of $32,500.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve ratification of the Agreement with Florida Department of Health and approval of Resolution 2017-007 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

Alice LaLonde, Office Manager requested Board approval to present quotes for bulldozer repair/parts.  The two (2) quotes received from Ring Power total $34,507.42.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the repairs to the bulldozer as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

Anne Bast Brown

11:00 A.M. Executive Session. – CANCELLED –

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Dana Sheffield spoke of the gas tax item concerning additional funding for the Road Department.  He questioned if this additional amount could be used for all departments.  Linda Cooper also spoke regarding the gas tax item.

There will be a water ski show in Fanning Springs on April 8th at 4:00 P.M.  Admission to the State Park will be free for that afternoon.  There will be a movie shown at the Park later that evening.

The following weekend is the Cross City Airport event from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Sallie Ann Collins spoke of the I-75 expansion project.

Sheriff McCallum spoke to the Board of the large number of recent drug arrests made in Levy County which resulted from a lengthy investigation.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Rooks expressed thanks to the Road Department for their quick and efficient work done on Dock Street.

Comm. Rooks spoke to the Board of a call from a citizen regarding dividing their land and issues they are now encountering in trying to get permits to build.

After discussion, Mr. Dean was directed to speak with Bill Hammond, Building and Zoning Director to schedule a Workshop to discuss and situations similar to this in an effort to come to a solution.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Chairman to sign a letter to the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners thanking them for their recent donations to the Cedar Key Library.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Brooks reported of his attendance of a REDI Executive meeting which was held in Williston recently. (Rural Economic Development Initiative).

Comm. Brooks stated this Saturday will be the first “Team Up to Clean Up” initiative he has begun to get communities in his district involved in cleaning up the area roadways.  They will meet up at the Williston City Hall at 2:00 P.M. before heading out to a pre-determined area.

Comm. Rock Meeks stated the CAAA Baseball Bash will be this weekend.

Comm. Rock Meeks reminded everyone the Suwannee River Fair Livestock Show and Sale will conduct its sale tomorrow and invited everyone to support the youth of the Tri-County area.

Comm. John Meeks congratulated Lee Williams for his new position as the County Procurement Director.

Comm. John Meeks announced the opening ceremonies for the Bronson Youth League will be this Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at the James H. Cobb Park.

Comm. John Meeks stated the offer made by Mr. Hardison for the link for the public to access the Delinquent Tax List through HardisonInk had been accepted.

Comm. John Meeks provided Legislative updates and spoke of HB 9 reporting it had passed.  This is the House Bill which eliminates Enterprise Florida as well many other incentive programs for tourism based industry in Florida.  The budget for Visit Florida was also drastically cut.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:52 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                  Chairman, John Meeks

BOCC Regular Meeting March 7, 2017

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

MARCH 7, 2017

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on March 7, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Wilbur Dean

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.  Comm. Rock Meeks gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

EXPENDITURES

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the following expenditures presented for payment.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER 126654-126792
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 1,501,555.91
ROAD 50,733.28
SHIP 18,972.00
MOSQUITO CONTROL 4,850.00
COURT TECH/CRIM PREV 8,423.61
TRANSPORTATION 882.01
911 13,563.83
COURT FACILITIES 48.00
EMS 19,466.70
FIRE 2,248.94
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 2,015.29
UTILITIES 659.53
ADD COURT COSTS 1,687.37
CAPITAL PROJECTS 60.00
LANDFILL 5,573.71
TOTAL  $  1,630,740.18
EFT PAYMENT  $       14,720.75


MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board meetings held on December 20, 2016 and January 3, 2017 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on December 20, 2016 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on January 3, 2017 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Sallie Ann Collins spoke of Mr. and Mrs. Gaither and the health issues with their service dog, Miss Honey.

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean requested Board approval and signature of the Chairman for the letter of support for the distribution of funds by the JAGS grant for the following projects within Levy County:

 

City of Williston, Police Dept.          PD Equipment Grant              $13,697

City of Chiefland, Police Dept.          PD Equipment Grant              $10,000

City of Cedar Key, Police Dept.         PD Equipment Grant              $10,000

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the signature of the Chairman on the letter of support as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

Tammy Jones requested the Chairman’s signature for matching funds for the Federal Election Activities Grant.  (HAVA-Help America Vote Act Funds) The matching money has already been approved in this current budget and is available for use.  The Federal Election Activities Funds are used for voter education and poll worker training.  The State provides $6,371.50 if the county matches 15%, which is $955.72.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the Chairman’s signature on the Federal Election Activities Grant as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

David Pieklik

Presentation of regular activities and accomplishments reports from January – March, 2017.

Members of the audience who spoke were:  Drinda Merritt and Toni Collins.

 

HARDISONINK.COM

Jeff M. Hardison, Owner

Sunny Baynard, Attorney representing Mr. Hardison spoke to the Board regarding a request Mr. Hardison had previously made on the February 21, 2017 meeting regarding advertising of the Levy County Delinquent Tax Notices.

Questions were asked by audience member, Linda Cooper and answers were given by Atty. Brown.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to Table this item to allow Atty. Brown time to review the request made by Atty. Baynard.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean

  • Mr. Dean Requested Board approval and Chairman’s signature on a letter approving Levy County Solid Waste to waive dumping fees for Cedar Key Trash Tour which will be held on March 25, 2017.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Chairman’s signature on the letter waiving dumping fees for the Cedar Key Trash Tour as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Mr. Dean requested Board approval and signature of Resolution 2017-008 requesting the protection of the historical Suwannee River in North Florida.

Comments were made by audience member, Toni Collins.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-008 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Mr. Dean requested direction from the Board concerning agriculture hook-ups with 911 Addressing. Mr. Dean stated Duke Energy requires a 911 Address and Central Florida Electric Coop. does not as they use a different tracking system for their electric hook-ups.

After Discussion, it was agreed to have Mr. Dean communicate with CFEC in an effort to ensure there are 911 addresses for each electrical hook-up.

  • Mr. Dean requested Board approval of Resolution 2017-009 opposing House Bill 17.

Comm. John Meeks read the title of the Resolution into public record.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-009 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Rooks requested Mr. Dean fax a copy of the Resolution to the office of Chris Doolin.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Matt Weldon, Director requested Board approval for work performed on Mosquito Control chemical storage tank leak by AAG Environmental in the amount of $4,850.00.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the expenditure for work done on a Mosquito Control chemical storage tank for AAG Environmental as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

SHIP

Shenley Neely, Planning Director requested Board approval of a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Andred Gongora Alfara and Brandi Strickland for the purchase of an existing housing unit in the amount of $18,972 in Fanning Springs, Florida.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the Deferred Payment Loan Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

  • Alice LaLonde, Office Manager requested Board approval for the yearly Blanket Utility New Buried Service Drops Permit with CenturyLink-Florida.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the yearly Blanket Utility New Buried Service Drops Permit with CenturyLink-Florida as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Joyner commended the Road Department for their completion of the Humpback Bridge re-construction in Yankeetown.

  • Mrs. LaLonde requested the Board conduct a Public Hearing and adopt Resolution 2017-004 approving or denying the petition to vacate, abandon, and close a portion of SE 128th Terrace, located in Morgan Farms, as requested by petitioner, Dawn Piecura.

Members of the audience who spoke regarding the petition were:

For                                                      Against

Dawn Piecura                                     Charles Bataglia         Paul Shaver

Robert Klumsky                                 Robert Jordan             Deanna Donovan

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-004 approving the petition to close a portion of SE 128th Terrace as requested.  The motion dies for lack of a second.

  • Request approval of bulldozer repairs. – TABLED –
  • Request permission to contract Passero Associates, LLC to fix the damages to George T. Lewis Airport, Cedar Key, FL from Hurricane Hermine. – TABLED –

 

CLERK OF COURT

Jared Blanton, Finance Director presented a Budget update to the Board.

Atty. Brown provided information to the Board regarding the implementation of a gas tax which was spoken of by Mr. Blanton.

Connie Conley reported to the Board of some 5311 reimbursement Grant money which is due to the Transit Department from the State which should eliminate the deficit in this department.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Dawn Piecura asked what the Board was planning to do about the trash and condition of the road in which the closure was no approved earlier.

Comm. Rooks asked Casey Duquette to have this road included in the schedule of road clean-up done by the Inmate Crew managed by Ms. Jenkins at the Road Department.

Sallie Ann Collins reported the construction of a road in Steeple Chase Farms appears to be starting soon as there has been equipment moved to the area.

Atty. Brown informed the Board a new date had been set for an Executive Session which will be on March 21st at 11:00 A.M. in Hearing Room B concerning the American Atheists case.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Rooks called Casey Duquette to the podium to give an update on the Dock Street construction and road closure.  He stated there will be a portion of Dock Street closed to the public for safety reasons for the duration of the construction.

Comm. Rooks stated the Cedar Key Arts Festival is scheduled for April 8th & 9th and the Dock Street construction is expected to be completed before this date.

Comm. Rooks also reported the Cedar Key Library is scheduled to re-opened tomorrow.

Comm. Brooks reported he had attended a Shoreline Visioning Workshop in Cedar Key held by UF IFAS.  Comm. Brooks stated he will be speaking at the Williston Rotary meeting this Thursday and the Williston Police and Fire banquet will be this Friday evening.

Comm. Brooks stated the Clean-up day previously scheduled had to be postponed and will now be on March 25th if anyone is interested in helping out.

Comm. John Meeks stated he had attended the Railroads and Riverboats event hosted by the Levy County Historical Society and reported is was very informative and entertaining.

Comm. John Meeks announced the Suwannee River Fair begins on March 9th and runs through the 19th.  The Levy County Fair begins on March 30th and will run through April 2nd.

The dates for the Chiefland Farmer’s Market are March 11th and March 25th.  March 25th is also the date for the South Levy Marketplace in Yankeetown.

Comm. John Meeks reported he had recently attended the National Association of Counties Conference in Washington D.C. representing Levy County and Florida.

Comm. John Meeks reported of a recently attended Economic and Workforce Development Steering Sub-Committee meeting.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 12:06 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                  Chairman, John Meeks

BOCC Regular Meeting FEBRUARY 21, 2017

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

FEBRUARY 21, 2017

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on February 21, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Wilbur Dean

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

 

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.  Comm. Rock Meeks gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

EXPENDITURES

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the following expenditures presented for payment.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER 126520-126653
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 76,242.72
ROAD 469,404.40
SHIP 18,395.00
MOSQUITO CONTROL 1.86
TRANSPORTATION 18,745.43
911 11,872.00
COURT FACILITIES 15.00
EMS 23,727.05
FIRE 6,694.22
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 4,757.63
UTILITIES 3,067.84
ADD COURT COSTS 669.50
IMPACT FEES – PARKS 4,652.50
CAPITAL PROJECTS 10.50
LANDFILL 84,942.92
TOTAL   $    723,198.57
EFT PAYMENT   $      16,046.34
PRIOR YEAR VOID – ALLIANCE BUS   $   (84,631.00)
         CHECK #124759

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board meetings held on November 22, 2016 and December 6, 2016 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on November 22, 2016 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on December 6, 2016 and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

HARDISONINK.COM

Jeff M. Hardison requested the Board approve the purchase of $5,000 worth of delinquent Tax Notices advertisement from HardisonInk.com (a daily news website that serves Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties) for this one year.

After discussion, Comm. Joyner made a motion to Table this item to allow time for Atty. Brown to research this proposal further.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Levy County Tax Collector, Linda Fugate spoke regarding a link being added to the Tax Collector website to direct users to access the Delinquent Tax Notices.  She stated the paper advertising of Delinquent Tax Notices is required by Florida Statute.

Others in the audience speaking regarding this item were:  Bill Bowen of the Chiefland Citizen, Dana Sheffield, Linda Cooper and Ron Grant.

 

BARBARA (ROBBIE) BLAKE

Ms. Blake presented a petition and questioned the Board for information relating to safety, fire protection, emergency planning in the event of a pipeline leak or explosion along the Sabal Trail pipeline which is under construction through Levy county.  Ms. Blake expressed concerns of the lack of information and opportunity for public input regarding the planning of the pipeline given to the property owners affected.

Others who spoke regarding this item were:  Robin L. Koon, Laura Catlow, Mary Helen Wheeler, Matt Zamora, Toni Collins.

Mike Laycock, representing Florida Gas Transmission Company spoke to the Board and gave a presentation of how Florida Gas Transmission Company transmits natural gas through their pipelines.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean requested Board approval of the Interlocal Agreement between Levy County and the City of Williston for the collection of impact fees.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Interlocal Agreement between Levy County and the City of Williston as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

TRANSIT

Connie Conley, Director requested Board approval of Resolution 2017-006 which will replace Resolution 2014-59 for the revision of the Vehicle Advertising Policy.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-006 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

SHIP

Shenley Neely, Planning Director requested Board approval of a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement in the amount of $13,545.00 for John Henry, PA #536 for the construction of a housing unit in Williston, Florida.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Deferred Payment Loan Agreement, PA #536 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Mitch Harrell, Public Safety Director

A.  Harrell requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature to terminate the prior agreement with CentreLearn and enter into a new agreement for their training platform at a cost of $5,635.30 for a one-year term.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve terminating the prior agreement with CentreLearn and entering into a new agreement with the Chairman’s signature as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

B.  Harrell requested Board approval and Chairman’s signature on the Service and Product Agreement between Levy County and Icom. Services will be provided by Ashtin Communications from Gainesville, which is the company Icom uses in this area.  This Services and Product Agreement is for the radio system at a cost of $61,677.00 for one year, billed quarterly.  Mr. Harrell requested a budget amendment to cover this expense as it was not budgeted for the 2016/2017 fiscal year.  Mr. Harrell stated he had consulted with Jared Blanton in Finance and the recommended fund to transfer from is Fund 127.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature, the Service and Product Agreement between Levy County and Icom and approval to transfer funds from Fund 127 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT – PUBLIC HEARING

Alice LaLonde, Office Manager requested Board approval of Resolution 2017-005 electing to use the uniform method of collecting Non-Ad Valorem Special Assessments levied within the unincorporated areas of Levy County, Florida stating the need for such Levy; providing for the mailing of this resolution and providing for an effective date.  All property owners have agreed to dedicate right-of-way to the county.

Atty. Brown gave additional explanation for the Resolution to the Commissioners.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the item presented.

Those speaking regarding this item were:  Dana Sheffield, Jeff Hardison, and Sallie Ann Collins.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-005 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Rooks voted NO.

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

Atty. Brown provided notification to the Board an Executive Session is desired to discuss settlement or strategy related to litigation expenditures in American Atheists, Inc. and Charles Ray Sparrow v. Levy County.  The executive session is requested to convene on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Hearing Room B, Levy County Courthouse, 355 South Court Street, Bronson, Florida.

Members of the audience speaking regarding this item were:  Toni Collins, Robert Jordan, Renate Cannon and Dana Sheffield.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Barney Cannon spoke regarding the Sabal Trail pipeline project.

Toni Collins announced on March 3rd, 4th & 5th there will be a Railroads and Riverboats presentation at Cedar Key RV Crossings from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  Mrs. Collins also stated the Cedar Key light station guided tours will begin February 25th.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Joyner stated the Humpback Bridge in Cedar Key which had been washed out during Hurricane Hermine has been repaired and is now open again.  He commended the Road Department for their work.

Comm. Rooks stated she is getting back to her Town meeting schedule.  Comm. Rooks also stated she is watching Senate Bill 596 and House Bill 687 and would like to send a letter in opposition.

Comm. Brooks stated his quarterly “Team up to Clean up” program will be meeting at Williston City Hall at 9:00 A.M. Saturday morning before going to an area to clean a section of roadway which has been selected.

Comm. Brooks reported of a Water School he attended recently in Citrus County.

Comm. Rock Meeks stated CAAA sign-ups were last weekend and they are still accepting those wishing to participate.  Coaches and volunteers are welcome.

Comm. Rock Meeks reported of the FWC meeting he attended recently in Citrus County.  He shared information of the scallop harvesting season opening in a small portion of Dixie and Taylor County a month earlier on June 16th.   Comm. Rock Meeks also shared information regarding the black bear issue other counties are dealing with and expressed concern for this to Levy county.

Comm. John Meeks stated he will be going to Tallahassee tomorrow during the Legislative Session.  Two bills he is interested in are:  HB 7005 and HB 17.

Comm. John Meeks reported of the Animal Control Association Training he had attended recently.

The meeting recessed at 11:49 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 12:03 P.M.

 

PROPERTY ASSESSMENT CLEAN ENERGY WORKSHOP

Introduction was given by Atty. Brown informing the Board the PACE program is an alternative to funding certain types of improvements to private property owners.  Atty. Brown stated Section 163.08 of the Florida Statutes allows for this type of financing for qualifying improvements by imposing special assessments by a qualifying local government on the improved property and these special assessments are voluntary for the property owner.

Those presenting are listed below:

 

  1. Mike Antheil with Renovate America (Florida Resiliency and Energy District)
  2. Jonathan Houston with Alliance NRG (Florida PACE Funding Agency)
  3. Terry Stark with Ygrene Energy (Green Corridor PACE District)
  4. Devesh Nirmul with Renew Financial (Florida Green Finance Authority)

Cindy Babione with Babione’s Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. in Williston spoke to the Board stating she is a local HVAC contractor and is in support of the PACE program.

Levy County Tax Collector, Linda Fugate spoke regarding implementing the special assessment on the tax bills for those participating in the PACE program.

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 2:22 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                  Chairman, John Meeks

 

BOCC Regular Meeting FEBRUARY 7, 2017

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

FEBRUARY 7, 2017

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on February 7, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Coordinator – Wilbur Dean

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

 

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.  Comm. Rock Meeks gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

EXPENDITURES

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the following expenditures presented for payment.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER 126338-126519
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 1,690,117.85
ROAD 68,300.16
SHIP 4,650.00
MOSQUITO CONTROL 6.59
TRANSPORTATION 15,905.07
911 13,563.83
COURT FACILITIES 45.00
EMS 32,985.51
FIRE 74,199.04
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 3,476.39
UTILITIES 1,939.18
ADD COURT COSTS 1,545.18
CAPITAL PROJECTS 4,172.50
LANDFILL 88,246.41
TOTAL   $ 1,999,152.71
EFT PAYMENT   $      16,046.34

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board Meetings held on October 18, 2016 and November 8, 2016 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the minutes from the Regular Board meeting held on October 18, 2016 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the minutes from the Regular Board meeting held on November 8, 2016 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Will Kendrick spoke to the Board on behalf of Congressman Neal Dunn providing information of office hours, contact information and availability.  Mr. Kendrick also spoke of the committee’s in which Congressman Dunn has been appointed to.

PUBLIC HEARING – DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

Bill Hammond, Development Director

A. Request approval of Hardship Variance 16-03 for Larry Wilcox.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was any ex-parte communication by any of the Commissioners regarding either of the two (2) Hardship Variance petitions to be presented.  There were none.

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp administered swearing in of audience members wishing to speak for or against either petition to be presented.

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of Hardship Variance 16-03 for Larry Wilcox.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the Hardship Variance as presented.  There were none.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Hardship Variance 16-03 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

B.Request approval of Hardship Variance 16-04 for Frankie Douglas.

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of Hardship Variance 16-04 for Frankie Douglas.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the Hardship Variance as presented.  There were none.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Hardship Variance 16-04 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

C.  Request approval of Special Exemption 16-03 for Eli and Meghann Jerrels.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to Table the Special Exemption until the next meeting as requested by Mr. Hammond.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC HEARING – COUNTY ATTORNEY

Anne Bast Brown, County Attorney

Conduct a second Public Hearing on Ordinance 2017-002 for moratorium on medical marijuana activities and adopt Ordinance 2017-002.

Comm. John Meeks conducted the second Public Hearing on Ordinance 2017-002 on behalf of Atty. Brown for a moratorium on medical marijuana activities and read the Ordinance title into public record.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the Ordinance as presented.  There were none.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Ordinance 2017-002 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Col. Mike Sheffield

A.  Request approval of quotes for purchase of a dishwasher in Detention Facility.

Col. Sheffield presented quotes for the purchase of a dishwasher in the Detention Facility as follows:

Webstaurant Store                              $17,970.26

Central Restaurant Products               $11,320.00

KaTom Restaurant Supply, Inc.            $11,349.62

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the purchase of a new dishwasher from Central Restaurant Products in the amount of $11,320 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Col. Sheffield stated there is an attachment table required for the dishwasher and the quotes are listed below:

Central Restaurant Products               $2,829.00

KaTom Restaurant Supply, Inc.         $2,306.45

Comm. Brooks made a motion to approve the purchase of an attachment table for the dishwasher from Central Restaurant Products in the amount of $2,829.00 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

B.  Request approval of quotes for alarm system for entire Detention Facility and Administration Building of LCSO.

Col. Sheffield presented quotes for Fire Alarm Panel for the entire Detention Facility and Administrative Building of the LCSO as follows:

TYCO Simplex Grinnell                     $25,577.77

WW Gay                                             $22,700.00

JSC Systems                                      $24,350.00

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the purchase for alarm system from WW Gay in the amount of $22,700.00 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

ROAD DEPARTMENT

Alice LaLonde, Office Manager requested Board approval of Resolution 2017-003 to schedule a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. for the closure of a portion of SE 128th Terrace located in Morgan Farms Subdivision requested by petitioner Dawn Piecura.

Robert Jordan spoke to the Board stating the road closing had been improperly noticed as the area in question is not in Morgan Farms.

Mrs. LaLonde explained the location of the road closing on a map provided by Mr. Jordan.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-003 scheduling a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean requested Board approval for the re-appointment of Skipper Henderson to the Value Adjustment Board, holding his current seat, Home Owner.  Mr. Dean also requested Board approval of Chairman John Meeks and Comm. Joyner to be re-appointed to the Value Adjustment Board (VAB).

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the re-appointment of Skipper Henderson and the re-appointment of Chairman John Meeks and Comm. Joyner to the Value Adjustment Board as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. John Meeks stated there will be a VAB meeting on February 21st to close-out the prior year and begin any new year business.

 

HUMAN RESOURCE

Jacqueline Martin, Manager requested appointment by the Board of Wilbur Dean to serve as the County’s Representative on the Public Risk Management of Florida Property/Casualty and Group Health Board of Directors.  Mrs. Martin stated this position was held previously by Mr. Moody and she would remain as the alternate.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to appoint Wilbur Dean as the County’s Representative on the Public Risk management of Florida Property/Casualty and Group Health Board of Directors as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

ANIMAL SERVICES

David Weatherford, Director requested Board approval to purchase a new software program from Shelter Pro, a records management software.

Mr. Remington spoke to the Board stating the initial cost of the software will be $5,030.00, after which there will be an annual fee of $1,650 for software licensing, support and upgrades.  The funding for the initial software will come from the IT Fund and the annual fee will then be paid each year from Animal Services.

Those in the audience speaking regarding this item were:  Renate Cannon, Robert Jordan, Toni Collins, and Jack Schofield.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the purchase of a new software program from Shelter Pro as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Joyner requested the Animal Service fee amounts be reviewed.  Comm. Rooks stated the Ordinance would need to be re-written in order to change the fine amounts.

 

GRANTS

Tisha Whitehurst, Coordinator requested Denny Voyles be approved as the replacement for Gail Gold as the Tourism Industry Representative position on the RESTORE Act Advisory Committee.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to appoint Denny Voyles as the Tourism Industry Representative on the RESTORE Act Advisory Committee replacing Gail Gold.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

SHIP

Shenley Neely, Director requested Board approval from the Board and Chairman’s signature to proceed with the renewal of Vendor Agreement with Central Florida Community Action Agency (CFAA) to undertake lead paint test for the SHIP Program.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to renew the Vendor Agreement with Central Florida Community Action Agency as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Chief Mitch Harrell, Public Safety Director requested Board approval to purchase two (2) new Type III Ambulance units from Emergency Tactical Rescue Vehicles in Sanford, Florida, manufactured by American Emergency Vehicles for a total of $303,832.00.  These vehicles are a planned purchase for the 2016-2017 budget year and the quoted price is in line with the State contract bids from the Florida Sheriff’s Association Contract bid.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the purchase of two (2) new Type III Ambulance units as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Toni Collins informed Chief Harrell of a dry hydrant at the Camp Azalea boat ramp.

NON AGENDA ITEM

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to hear a non-agenda item.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Joyner expressed concerns regarding the CR326 and SR 41 intersection in Morriston as there had been another accident at this location.  Mr. Dean had compiled information in a packet which could be sent to Representative Stone requesting action be taken to make this area safer by the addition of traffic signals.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to have a letter prepared to be signed by Chairman John Meeks to send with the packet of information compiled by Mr. Dean to Representative Stone.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Rooks invited Toni Collins to speak regarding an upcoming event.  Mrs. Collins announced this coming Saturday at the Cedar Key RV Resort beginning at 2:00 P.M., there will be a Civil War presentation and the public is invited to attend.

Comm. Brooks reported he had attended the Florida Association of Counties New Commissioner Workshop last week.

Comm. Brooks stated he had attended a Career Source meeting in which a new Board was selected. This Board includes one Commissioner from Levy, Marion and Citrus county’s.

Comm. Brooks stated he will be continuing his campaign of “Team Up to Clean Up” in various areas around the county where there is a need to clean roadways.

Comm. Brooks congratulated the Williston girls Basketball Team on their back to back District win.  They will play in the Regional Tournament next.

Comm. Brooks stated he will be attending a “Water School” this Thursday in Citrus County which will bring together policy makers and leaders regarding water conservation efforts.

Comm. Rock Meeks stated he will be attending an FWC meeting this Thursday in which dog hunting regulations will be one of the items on the agenda.

Comm. Rock Meeks stated CAAA youth baseball and softball will be starting and stated they could always use volunteers for coaching.

Comm. John Meeks reported of new Scallop harvesting regulations by the FWC.

Comm. John Meeks announced the Bronson FFA Food Fest will be at the First Baptist Church in Bronson on February 17th.  The annual Superintendent’s Gala will be on February 18th.

Comm. John Meeks stated he had recently learned the sidewalk project on CR32 had been approved by FDOT.

Comm. John Meeks stated the Suwannee River Water Management District is looking to purchase a large parcel of land in Levy County.  There will a meeting in Tallahassee next week concerning this so he and Matt Weldon will be in attendance to offer their support.

Comm. John Meeks spoke of the Marijuana Summit he and Comm. Brooks attended along with Wilbur Dean and shared information learned concerning the use of Marijuana as a medicine.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 10:47 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                  Chairman, John Meeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOCC Regular Meeting JANUARY 17, 2017

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JANUARY 17, 2017

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on January 17, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
Interim County Coordinator – Wilbur Dean

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

 

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.  Comm. Brooks gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

EXPENDITURES

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the following expenditures presented for payment.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER 126179-126337
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 1,651,523.63
ROAD 308,312.78
SHIP 15,965.00
MOSQUITO CONTROL 649.00
TRANSPORTATION 728.18
911 13,563.83
COURT FACILITIES 15.00
EMS 20,688.47
FIRE 62,767.86
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 17,681.23
UTILITIES 3,529.01
ADD COURT COSTS 669.50
LANDFILL 8,964.40
TOTAL   $ 2,105,057.89

MINUTES

The following minutes were presented for Board approval:

 

Public Hearing                        September 8, 2016                   Special Meeting          September 30, 2016

Special Budget Meeting         September 13, 2016                Regular Meeting         October 4, 2016

Special Budget Meeting         September 19, 2016

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Board meetings listed above as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Toni Collins spoke to the Board giving an update on the recent approval of an application submitted for a State Historical Marker for the Pat-Mac locomotive in Gulf Hammock.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

Bill Hammond requested Board approval of Ordinance 2017-01 amending Flood Damage Prevention Regulations.

Atty. Brown read the Ordinance title into public record.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak regarding this item.  Renate Cannon spoke.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Ordinance 2017-01 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – COUNTY ATTORNEY

Atty. Brown presented and read into public record, Ordinance 2017-002, Temporary Moratorium for Medical Cannabis Activities.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak regarding this item.  There were none.

Atty. Brown stated the next Public Hearing will be conducted during the Regular Board meeting on February 7, 2017, at which time the Board will be requested to adopt the Ordinance.

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

David Pieklik, Executive Director presented the activities and projects status report for October, 2016-January, 2017.

Renate Cannon spoke regarding activities and projects mentioned by Mr. Pieklik.

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean, Interim County Coordinator presented information as requested by the Board of the Bids for Legal Advertising for the delinquent tax roll for Levy County.

Members of the audience speaking regarding this item were:  Linda Cooper, Dale Bowen and Renate Cannon.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to Table this item until later in the meeting when the contract duration is researched by staff.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

At 11:20 this item was brought back for discussion after information was obtained indicating the contract term is for 4 years.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to accept the bid made by the Chiefland Citizen, the only qualifying bid for the contract term of 4 years and finding the other bidder, Hardison Inc. unresponsive.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

Jacqueline Martin, Manager requested direction from the Board on how to proceed with filling the vacancy left by Mr. Moody’s retirement.

Comm. Rooks made a motion for Mr. Dean to take over the job of County Coordinator, effective immediately.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner.

After discussion by the Commissioners concerning the job title and if it would remain “County Coordinator”, and interest in accepting applications for the position, the votes were as follows:

 

YES                                        NO

Comm. Rooks                         Comm. Brooks

Comm. Joyner                         Comm. John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

The MOTION CARRIES.

 

SHIP

Marlon Gayle requested Board approval of the Deferred Payment Loan Agreement with Kaylene Duncan, PA #541 in the amount of $15,965, for an existing unit in Bronson, Florida.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Deferred Payment Loan Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

  1. Mitch Harrell, Director requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature for submission of three (3) applications for the 2017 Department of Health (DOH) EMS Matching Grants. Chief Harrell stated they are requesting the 10% matching amounts for the County’s responsibility.  The items included in the applications were as follows:
  • 11 Stretcher Auto Load Systems in the amount of $297,000.
  • 4 LUCAS CPR Devices in the amount of $101,045.
  • 2 High Fidelity Simulation Manikins in the amount of $171,400.

 

Chief Harrell stated they expect only one of the three applications to be awarded and there are funds available in the Department of Public Safety’s budget for any one of the above listed items if awarded at a 25% match rather than the 10% requested match.

Dana Sheffield, Ron Grant and Sallie Ann Collins spoke regarding this item.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the three (3) applications as requested with the Chairman’s signature.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

A. Chief Harrell presented the Quarterly Report for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016/2017 for the Department of Public Safety to the Board.

B. Chief Harrell requested Board approval of Resolution 2012-27 for the fiscal year 2016-2017 first quarter write-off’s in the amount of $230,319.66.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2012-27 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Rooks voted NO.

The meeting recessed at 11:01 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 11:12 A.M.

ROAD DEPARTMENT

Alice LaLonde, Administrative Office Manager requested Board approval of:

A.  Resolution 2017-001 authorizing the execution of an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for a SCRAP Grant for C335A in the amount of $638,000.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-001 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

B. Resolution 2017-002 authorizing the execution of an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for a LAP Grant to construct a sidewalk along C40 in the amount of $1,080,681.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2017-002 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

IT

Darin Remington, Director requested Board approval to purchase a core network switch in the amount of $7,932 and wireless access points for the Levy County Courthouse in the amount of $8,675.  These items will be purchased with a portion of the $50,000 set aside by the Board for IT improvements for the courthouse.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the purchase of items as requested by Mr. Remington.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Dana Sheffield stated he had a pleasant experience in his recent visit to the Regional General Hospital in Williston.

Toni Collins questioned why there are so many minutes outstanding and not yet approved, expressing concern if there is a need for an approved copy for a grant application.

Mr. Shipp addressed Mrs. Collins’ concerns.

Mayor Weiss invited everyone to the South Levy marketplace coming up in the Inglis-Yankeetown area.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Rooks stated the Cedar Key Library had been cleaned out and is being repaired as a result of Hurricane Hermine.

Comm. Rooks reported of an Animal Adoption Event held at the Landfill on Saturday.

Comm. Rooks stated a recent inventory of the Chiefland Library has resulted in many older books which will be available if anyone is interested.

Sallie Ann Collins asked if the Cedar Key Library was in need of books to replace the ones lost.

Comm. Brooks reported of the Martin Luther King Parade held this past Saturday stating it was well attended.

Comm. Brooks stated he had met with Rusty at Career Source of Citrus/Marion/Levy recently and discussed moving forward to better prepare workforce for targeted industries.

Comm. John Meeks thanked Lou Elliott Jones for her years of reporting as she will be retiring.

Comm. John Meeks reported of a recently attended Planning Council meeting.

Comm. John Meeks asked the Commissioners could agree by consensus to schedule a PACE Workshop.  The Commissioners agreed by consensus to conduct a PACE Workshop at the February 21st Regular Board meeting.

The meeting recessed at 11:58 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 1:06 P.M.

INSURANCE WORKSHOP

Public Risk Management of Florida (PRM)

Bonnie Mims, Executive Director gave a presentation to the Board of an overview for the Public Risk Management of Florida Insurance Pool.

Andy Cooper spoke regarding Property and Casualty coverage; Paul Hebert spoke regarding Group Health coverage.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 2: P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                  Chairman, John Meeks

 

 

BOCC Regular Meeting JANUARY 3, 2017

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JANUARY 3, 2017

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on January 3, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
Interim County Coordinator – Wilbur Dean

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.  Comm. Rock Meeks gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Comm. Brooks.

EXPENDITURES

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the following expenditures presented for payment.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER 126070-126178
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 182,186.26
ROAD 43,357.47
SHIP 18,600.00
COURT TECH/CRIM PREV 10,957.81
TRANSPORTATION 2,581.12
EMS 11,380.21
FIRE 5,894.48
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 406.64
UTILITIES 1,432.90
COMMUNICATION 17,979.00
ADD COURT COSTS 2,195.79
LANDFILL 145,388.86
TOTAL   $    442,360.54
EFT PAYMENT   $      11,168.14

MINUTES

The Minutes for the Budget Workshop held on July 13, 2016 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Budget Workshop held on July 13th as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

SWEARING IN CEREMONY FOR CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS

The meeting recessed at 9:01 A.M. for the swearing in ceremony in Courtroom A.

The meeting reconvened at 9:23 A.M.

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

Comm. Joyner made a motion to hear a non-agenda item from Mayor Merritt of Inglis.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Mayor Merritt requested a letter of support from the Board for the Town of Inglis and Yankeetown regarding their efforts to secure funding for a wastewater treatment for the two (2) communities.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve a letter of support prepared by Atty. Brown for the wastewater treatment plant for Inglis/Yankeetown/South Levy as requested by Mayor Merritt.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE – 911 ADDRESSING

Mike West, 911 Addressing requested the Chairman’s signature on the Products and Services Agreement for two new MapFlex servers with Century Link.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Chairman’s signature on the Products and Services Agreement with Century Link as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

TRANSIT

Connie Conley, Director

A.  Mrs. Conley requested Board approval for Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Shirley Conroy Rural Area Capital Assistant Grant also known as the RCAP Grant to purchase a bus in the amount of $77,879.00 to be reimbursed at 100%.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the RCAP grant as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

B.  Mrs.Conley requested Board approval for the 5311 Joint Participation Agreement in the amount of $443,060.00. This funding is used for operational expenditures at 50%.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the 5311 Joint Participation Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

SHIP

Shenley Neely, Director, requested Board approval of a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for James O. Rice, III and Shari Rice – PA #540 for an existing unit in Bronson, FL 32621 in the amount of $18,600.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the Deferred Payment Loan Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

IT

Darin Remington, Director

Discuss County internet proposal. – TABLED –

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to hear a Non-Agenda item concerning the advertising of Delinquent Tax Notices.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

Wilbur Dean reported of the bids received for advertising of delinquent tax notices to the Board.  Information was provided to the Commissioners of the results.  Mr. Dean stated of the bids received, one met the criteria set by statute, the Chiefland Citizen.

Jeff Hardison of Hardison Ink and Dale Bowen of the Chiefland Citizen spoke to the Board regarding this item.

After discussion, the Commissioners agreed by consensus to have this item placed on the agenda for the February 7th regular Board meeting.

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

Anne Bast Brown requested direction from the Board regarding a time of day they would like to conduct a second hearing on the Ordinance for moratorium on medical marijuana activities.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to add this item to the agenda for the February 7th regular Board meeting.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Dana Sheffield announced there will be an Air Show/Car Show in April at the Cross City Airport for anyone interested.

Renate Cannon spoke expressed her gratitude for the Commissioners saying the Pledge of Allegiance and praying before each meeting.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Rooks announced there will be a Pet Adoption Event on January 14th from 8:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and also announced the Cedar Key Library is open once again.

Comm. John Meeks announced on Saturday, January 14th at 2:00 P.M. the Levy County Historical Society will present a portion of their Civil War series, “Blood, Guns and Germs” at the Cedar Key RV and Resort.  This is the first of a three-part Civil War series which will feature Warren Feldman, M.D., who portrays the Colonel and Chief Surgeon in the Confederate Medical Corps.  The second part will be on February 11th and will focus on Civil War Blockade Running on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  The third part will be on March 18th on Embattled Executive Governor John Milton and the Civil War in Florida.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 9:55 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                  Chairman, John Meeks

 

 

 

BOCC Regular Meeting DECEMBER 20, 2016

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

DECEMBER 20, 2016

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on December 20, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
Interim County Coordinator – Wilbur Dean

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.  Comm. Rock Meeks gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

EXPENDITURES

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the following expenditures presented for payment.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

CHECK NUMBER 125927-126069
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 1,014,477.46
ROAD 90,628.62
MOSQUITO CONTROL 6.99
TRANSPORTATION 13,569.25
COURT FACILITIES 15.00
EMS 36,807.87
FIRE 40,242.09
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 6,639.55
UTILITIES 1,549.90
COMMUNICATION 491.36
ADD COURT COSTS 669.50
LANDFILL 1,438.47
TOTAL   $ 1,206,536.06

PUBLIC COMMENT

Comm. John Meeks introduced Ed Jennings, County Extension Director and Genevive Mendoza, County 4-H Director spoke to everyone.  Mr. Jennings spoke to the Board expressing his and Genevive’s thanks for the opportunity to work with UF IFAS and Levy County.

Sara Potavinski spoke to the Board regarding the possibility of extended hours for Animal Control or for them to be open on Saturday.  Ms. Potavinski stated she believed there would be more animal adoptions if the hours were more convenient for the public.

David Weatherford spoke and Comm. Lilly Rooks stated there is a possibility of an adoption event at the Animal Control kennel.

Those in the audience speaking regarding this item were:  Toni Collins and Dr. Darlene Esler.

 

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Comm. John Meeks recognized and presented a plaque to Harry Vaughn Lee for his years of service on the Planning Commission.

LEVY COUNTY CONSTITUTIONAL AND COURT FACILITIES COMMITTEE

Eighth Judicial Circuit, Paul Silverman

Mr. Silverman requested Board approval of a recommendation made by the Constitutional and Court Facilities Committee to the Board of County Commissioners.  Their recommendation is to retain an architectural firm to develop plans to either re-furbish the existing courthouse or to develop plans for a new courthouse, giving the estimated cost of both.  Mr. Silverman spoke of $1.3 million in Grant Aid funds received from the Legislature prior to 2008 for court improvement and asked for this money be allocated for use in retaining an architectural firm to develop plans.  If it is not possible to utilize these funds for the study and development of plans, Mr. Silverman requested funds from the Court Facility Fund be used.

Comm. Joyner made a motion allow Mr. Silverman to use the $1.3 million in Grant Aid funds, if allowable, for retaining an architectural firm to develop plans for re-furbishing the Levy County Courthouse.

The motion dies for lack of a second.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to Table this item pending clarification of what the Grant Aid funds can be used for.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Joyner voted NO.

Mr. Dean was asked by Comm. John Meeks to contact the Legislators for Levy County to inquire of the use of Grant Aid funds in order to have an answer by the next Legislative Delegation meeting coming up on January 18th.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

INTERIM COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean

A. Request approval to re-appoint Paula Kennedy to the Construction Industry Licensing Board, Seat

B. Request approval to re-appoint Thomas J. Inman to the Construction Industry Licensing Board, Seat

C. Request approval to appoint John Lott as Alternate Planning Commissioner member replacing Jeff Edison.

Mr. Dean requested Board approval to re-appoint Paula Kennedy to the Construction Industry Licensing Board, Seat 1; re-appointment of Thomas J. Inman to the Construction Industry Licensing Board, Seat 5; appointment of John Lott as Alternate Planning Commission member replacing Jeff Edison.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the above requested appointments made by Mr. Dean.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

BUILDING AND ZONING

Mr. Dean requested on behalf of Bill Hammond Board approval to Schedule a Public Hearing for Levy Stone.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to set a Public Hearing for February 21st at 6:00 P.M.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. John Meeks reminded everyone to document any ex-parte communication the Commissioners may have regarding this item.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Sallie Ann Collins stated she was glad there were signs indicating construction would begin soon on a road in Steeplechase near her home.

Barney Cannon spoke regarding the discussion of re-furbishing or new construction of a new courthouse.

Dana Sheffield spoke to the Board expressing his gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the Commission meetings and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Joyner, Comm. Rooks and Comm. Rock Meeks wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

Comm. Brooks thanked the other Board members for their warm welcome to him as a new Commissioner and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

Comm. John Meeks announced the upcoming Legislative Delegation meeting to be held at the Bronson Town Hall on January 18th and the public is welcome to attend; the “Wreaths Across America” held at Rosemary Hill Cemetery recently was a success; there will be a mural dedication at the Bronson Ace Hardware this Friday, December 23rd at 4:30 P.M. for the mural painted by Ed Rowe.

Comm. John Meeks stated he had been appointed to serve as a member on the Clearing House Committee for the North Central Florida Planning Council.

Comm. John Meeks announced he had received a letter indicating the Emergency Medical Services grant had been awarded to Levy County in the amount of $47,007.

Comm. John Meeks wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 10:54 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                  Chairman, John Meeks

 

BOCC Regular Meeting DECEMBER 6, 2016

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

DECEMBER 6, 2016

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on December 6, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
Interim County Coordinator – Wilbur Dean

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

 

 

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.  Comm. Joyner gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

EXPENDITURES

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the following expenditures presented for payment.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER 125808-125926
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 1,427,378.92
ROAD 46,572.16
SHIP 3,048.09
TRANSPORTATION 15,444.02
911 40,046.09
COURT FACILITIES 52.00
EMS 9,092.92
FIRE 3,056.68
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 241.82
UTILITIES 117.68
LANDFILL 6,846.83
TOTAL   $ 1,551,897.21
EFT PAYMENT   $      18,300.01

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

A.  Wilbur Dean, Interim County Coordinator requested Board approval of Ordinance 2016-05 for the adoption of Procurement Regulations for Procurements funded by Federal Grants.

Atty. Brown read the Ordinance title into public record.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the item presented.

Renate Cannon asked questions and was answered by Comm. John Meeks.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Ordinance 2016-05 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

B.  Bill Hammond, Development Director requested Board approval of Hardship Variance 16-02 for Robert Gosselin.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was any ex-parte communication regarding this item.  There was none stated.

Atty. Brown swore in members of the audience wishing to speak for or against this item.

A question was asked by Sallie Ann Collins and answered by Mr. Hammond.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Hardship Variance 16-02 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

BUILDING AND ZONING

Bill Hammond, Development Director requested a date be scheduled for a Public Hearing for Levy Stone, an application for a Special Exception for a mine in the Morriston/Montbrook area.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to set a date for the Public Hearing at the next regular Board meeting.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Atty. Brown reminded the Commissioners to keep track of any ex-parte communication regarding this item.

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE – 911 ADDRESSING

Mike West, 911 Addressing requested Board approval to purchase two (2) MapFlex Servers with West Professional Services and CenturyLink labor out of 911 Carry-Forward Funds.  This project is to refresh the single server used for E911 Mapping to two (2) servers for redundancy.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the purchase two (2) servers as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA – DR. PETER FREDERICK

Dr. Peter Frederick gave a brief presentation to Commissioners about a new University of Florida $8.3 million Oyster Restoration Project approved for Levy County waters which will take place in Suwannee Sound over an eight (8) year period.  This project is supported by monies from RESTORE funds, but does not compete with county funding sources.

 

Those in the audience speaking regarding this item were Renate Cannon and Sallie Ann Collins.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

TRANSIT

Connie Conley, Director requested Board approval of the following Resolutions for Grant Applications:

Resolution 2016-076 authorizing the signing and submission of a Section 5339 Grant Application with supporting documents and assurances for fiscal year 2017.  This Grant application is for Capital assistance and the requested amount is $145,854.00 which will be used to purchase two (2) buses at 100%.

Resolution 2016-074, authorizing the signing and submission of a grant application and supporting documents, certifications and assurances for fiscal year 2017.  This Grant application is for Operating assistance and the requested amount is $500,000 at 50%.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolutions 2016-76 and 2016-74 for Grant Applications as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Matt Weldon, Director requested Board approval of the new estimate from Marlin Marine for repairs to Waccasassa Channel Markers.

Rob Davis of Preble-Rish, Inc. explained the amount of the estimate increased after closer investigation of damages by $8,500.00.  The total estimated cost for replacement of the Channel Markers and repairs after Hurricane Hermine is now $33,500.00.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the increase of $8,500 for Channel Marker replacement and repair to be done by Marlin Marine as requested.   Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM/ROAD DEPARTMENT

Comm. Rooks made a motion to hear a non-agenda item concerning the Road Department as requested by Mrs. LaLonde.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Mrs. LaLonde stated at the last meeting Casey Duquette was instructed to assist with Wilbur Dean, Interim County Coordinator and Atty. Brown to present a letter to the Florida Department of Transportation as a result of their request for the Board’s approval and Chairman’s signature on an Application for National Highway System Change.  This would update the 11.823 mile segment of US 41 from the Marion County Line to US 27 Alt. to be classified as “rural principal arterial-other”.  The letter Mrs. LaLonde presented requests action be taken by the Florida DOT regarding placing traffic control devices at the intersections of US 41 and CR 326 and US 41 and CR 323.  This request is made as a result of numerous accidents at these intersections recently.  If and when the Board receives some positive feedback regarding the methods for addressing the safety concerns in the area, and any benefits or definitive proposals for improvements derived from the Application for reclassification, the Board will be able to adequately consider providing support to the Application.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the letter with the Chairman’s signature to be sent to the Florida DOT as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Alice LaLonde, Administrative Office Manager requested Board approval to purchase plastic drain pipe for Cedar Key Mobile Home Village as a result of flooding issues created by Hurricane Hermine.  An estimate was provided by HD Supply Waterworks in the amount of $8,214.80

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the purchase of drain pipe from HD Supply Waterworks as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

Anne Bast Brown requested direction from the Board regarding regulations governing applications, processing and issuance of development permits or other approvals or regulations for medical marijuana use, cultivation, processing, transport, or dispensing, including direction for preparation of moratorium on issuance of such permits.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to set a moratorium on issuance of permits or other approvals or regulations regarding medical marijuana in Levy County for nine (9) months.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Audience members speaking regarding this item were:  Robert Jordan, Renate Cannon.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Brett Beauchamp reported to the Board there has been a new Ag. Deputy named, Bubba Wells.

Mayor Weiss invited everyone to the Inglis/Yankeetown Boat Parade coming up on December 17th.  The Inglis Christmas parade will be this Saturday at 4:00 P.M..

Mayor Weiss stated Inglis had received several donated sewing machines from A-1 Sewing Machines for an after school program.

Scott Lippman announced there will be a “Cookie and Milk with Santa” event on December 22nd in Williston at 6:00 P.M.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. John Meeks requested direction and appointments for Chairman and Vice-Chairman for the upcoming year.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to re-appoint Comm. John Meeks as the Chairman of the Board.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to appoint Comm. Rock Meeks as Vice-Chairman.  Comm. John Meeks passed the gavel to Vice-Chairman, Comm. Joyner and made a second to the motion.  The MOTION CARRIES.

 

Department/Committee Appointments                      Board Appointments

Ag. Center – Comm. Joyner                                            Canvassing Board – no appointment needed at this time

Animal Services – Comm. Rooks                                    Co. Agent Advisory Board – Comm. Joyner

Courthouse Space – Chairman John Meeks               FL Leaders Organized for Water – Comm. Rock Meeks

Development (B & Z) – Comm. Joyner                         Nature Coast Business Dev. Council – Comm. Brooks

Emerg. Mgmt. – Chairman John Meeks                       Nature Coast State Trail – Comm. Rock Meeks

Finance/Insurance-Chairman John Meeks                  Nature Coast Oyster Alliance – Comm. Rooks

Human Resources – Chairman John Meeks               NFEDP Board of Directors – Comm. Brooks

Legal – Chairman John Meeks                                      RESTORE Act/Gulf Consortium – Chairman John Meeks

Library – Comm. Rooks                                                   Small Co. Board of Directors – Chairman John Meeks

Maintenance/Construction – Comm. Brooks                                                                Comm. Rooks

Parks/Mosquito – Comm. Rock Meeks                       Tourist Development Council – Chairman John Meeks

Planning – Comm. Brooks                                            Transportation Disadvantaged – Chairman John Meeks

Plat Review – Comm. Brooks                                                                      Alternate – Comm. Brooks

Public Safety – Chairman John Meeks                       Value Adjustment Board – Chairman John Meeks

Road Department – Comm. Rock Meeks                                                               Comm. Joyner

Solid Waste/Landfill – Comm. Rooks                          N. FL Regional Planning Council – Chairman John Meeks

Transit – Chairman John Meeks                                   Workforce Connection – Comm. Brooks

Veterans – Chairman John Meeks

Water/SHIP – Comm. Rock Meeks

 

Comm. Brooks made a motion to approve the above listed Commissioner assignments.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. John Meeks announced there will be a tour of the lighthouses of Cedar Key Saturday.  This is an all-day event and there will be boats to transport people to the lighthouses.

Comm. John Meeks stated he had attended the Florida Association of Counties Legislative Conference along with Comm. Rooks and Comm. Brooks this past week highlighting some of the items which were discussed.

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

Comm. Joyner made a motion to hear a non-agenda item as requested by Comm. John Meeks.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. John Meeks stated the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 25th – March 1st in Washington D.C. and requested the Board pay the cost of his registration and stated he is paying for his travel expenses.  Comm. John Meeks stated he serves as a member of the Community Economic and Workforce Development Steering Committee.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the expense of registration for the conference as requested by Comm. John Meeks.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Joyner announced the Christmas Cantata at the Church of God will be on December 17th and 18th beginning at 6:00 P.M.

Comm. Rooks announced the “Santa Clam” Boat Parade will be at 5:00 P.M. in Cedar Key on December 17th.

Comm. Brooks reported of his attendance in Orlando this past week of the Florida Association of Counties Legislative Conference and stated he will begin his 18 month Certified County Commissioner training.

The meeting recessed at 10:57 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 2:00 P.M.

 

RFQ INTERVIEWS

The following Engineering Firms presented proposals to the Board in order to be selected to the Library of Engineers which the Board will utilize according to what each firm specializes in:

Mittauer and Associates, Inc.

Dewberry, Preble-Rish

Amec Foster Wheeler

Jones Edmunds

DRMP, Inc.

CHW Professional Consultants

Passero Associates

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 4:07 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                  Chairman, John Meeks

 

BOCC Regular Meeting NOVEMBER 22, 2016

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on November 22, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast-Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

 

 

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.  Comm. Rock Meeks gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

EXPENDITURES

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the following expenditures presented for payment.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER 125644-125807
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 104,943.89
ROAD 55,623.52
PAL LIBRARY 11,968.00
MOSQUITO CONTROL 679.09
TRANSPORTATION 24,161.34
COURT FACILITIES 15.00
EMS 39,006.92
FIRE 25,956.22
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 3,431.10
UTILITIES 2,009.67
COMMUNICATION 163.79
ADD COURT COSTS 669.50
LANDFILL 85,749.97
TOTAL   $    354,378.01

 

 

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on September 20, 2016 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on September 20, 2016 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

SWEARING IN OF COMMISSIONERS

Swearing in of Comm. Mike Joyner and newly elected Comm. Matt Brooks was done by Judge Browning.  Swearing in of Comm. John Meeks was done by Judge Smith.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Renate Cannon stated she had recently attended the Levy County Constitutional and Court Facilities Committee meeting and shared her concerns of funding sources for construction of a new courthouse which was recommended by the Chief Judge.

Chris Smith with Likwid Communications spoke to the Board of offering fiber optic broadband services for Levy County.  He stated he will come back with a presentation at a later date.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

David Pieklik, Executive Director

A.  Request adoption of Ordinance 2016-03 amending provisions of the Economic Development Fund Incentive Program; adopt Resolution 2016-072 adopting amended Guide and Application for Economic Development Incentives Program.

Mr. Pieklik presented and requested Board approval of Ordinance 2016-03 amending provisions of the Economic Development Fund Program.

Atty. Brown read the Ordinance into public record.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there were any members of the audience wishing to speak regarding the Ordinance as presented.  There were none.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Ordinance 2016-03 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Atty. Brown stated Resolution 2016-072 adopts the revised application form for the Economic Development Incentives Program.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-072 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES

B. Consider Economic Development Fund Incentives Application from Beall’s Outlet Stores, store #175, Chiefland.

Mr. Pieklik requested, based on the submitted application, the Board to make the determination if the applicant, Beall’s Outlet Stores #175 in Chiefland is entitled to the requested incentive.  If so, Mr. Pieklik requested the Board determine an appropriate award amount.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the applicant’s incentive application with no amount set at this time.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LINDA COOPER  

A. Request the County to leave the price of printing the Levy County Delinquent Tax List at the bid price of $.06 per line for which the Levy County Journal printed it for the last two (2) years.

B. .How is the County now addressing only the Delinquent Tax List printing but to my knowledge have not addressed or bid out the regular County or Board legal advertising

C..Request to form a committee to place on electronic bulletin board all legal advertising for taxpayers to view at their leisure and not have to hunt for the information such as zoning changes, public meeting, etc.

 

Atty. Brown and the Commissioners addressed questions and concerns indicated above by Ms. Cooper.

Members of the audience speaking regarding this item were:  Barney Cannon, Toni Collins and Robert Jordan.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to submit for bids for advertising and to allow Mr. Dean to set the corresponding dates.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

U.S. WAR DOG ASSOCIATION, CHAPTER 2

Barbara Snow presented the Board with a shadow box for MWD Jukon, a military working dog belonging to Judie Mindrum.  The shadow box is placed on the Veteran’s wall located in the Courthouse lobby.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean, Interim County Coordinato

A. Request to allow County Attorney freedom to negotiate items up to $2,500. – TABLED –

B. Dean requested direction from the Board regarding Board meeting dates which fall on the Tuesday directly following a holiday on a Monday. He asked if they would consider holding this particular meeting in the evening instead of at 9:00 A.M.  Mr. Dean pointed out there is a meeting coming up in January which will fall under such circumstances.  The second meeting in January is on the 17th which follows a Monday Holiday, Martin Luther King Day.

After discussion and input from the audience, it was agreed by the Commissioners to keep the January 17th meeting time as it is scheduled at 9:00 A.M.

 

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

 

Matt Weldon requested Board approval of RIVER Cost Share Agreement with Suwannee River Water Management District.  Approval of this agreement will give permission to move forward with the Blue Springs Renovation Project.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the RIVER Cost Share Agreement with Suwannee River Water Management District as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

Carol McQueen

Request approval and signature of the Chairman on the Amending Agreement with the Conservation Fund.  The Amendment is to change the deadline of the agreement from November 30, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

Comm. John Meeks presented on behalf of Mrs. McQueen the Amending Agreement with the Conservation Fund used to compile a shellfish trail map.  The amendment is to change the deadline of the agreement from November 30, 2016 to March 31, 2017 and as it has been signed and submitted, requires ratification by the Commissioners.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to ratify the Amending Agreement with the Conservation Fund as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

GRANTS

Tisha Whitehurst requested Board approval to adopt Resolution 2016-073, amending the powers and duties of the RESTORE Act Advisory Committee to include review of Pot 3 Projects.  Currently, the Committee meets monthly to discuss the progress with Pot 1 funds only for the RESTORE Act.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-73 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Mrs. Whitehurst added Levy County is to receive over $2 million for Pot 1 funds and she is expecting Levy County to receive $12.6 million for Pot 3 monies.  She stated Levy County was not expecting to receive any Pot 2 money as this was a completely different category and the county was not eligible, but the University of Florida had applied and were awarded $8.3 million for a Levy County Oyster Reef project.  There will be a representative present at the December 6th meeting with a presentation.

 

SHIP

Marlon Gayle requested Board approval for the Finance Department to issue a refund payment of $3,048.09 to Security Title regarding a SHIP Rehabilitation mortgage for the Estate of Lavonda Kennedy.  The attorney for the estate and the title company were unaware Ms. Kennedy’s death would automatically trigger a satisfaction once the death certificate was recorded.  Once aware of this, they requested a refund.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the refund to Security Title as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Alesha Renaudo, Assistant to the Public Safety Director

Request approval from the Board and Chairman’s signature for the annual County Award Grant for the improvement and expansion of EMS Services as well as adoption of Resolution 2016-075.

Mrs. Renaudo requested Board approval and Chairman’s signature for the Annual County Award Grant in the amount of $4,707.00 for the improvement and expansion of EMS services as well as adoption of Resolution 2016-075.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-075 and the Chairman’s signature on the annual County Award Grant as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Brooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

Casey DuQuette, Administrative Field Manager

Mr. Duquette requested Board approval to submit:

A.  CIGP (County Incentive Grant Program) application for CR 347 beginning at Alt. 27 and ending at US 19/98 for approximately 4.01 miles with authorization of Mrs. LaLonde to sign. This project consists of widening and re-surfacing the roadway from the existing lane width of 20’ to 22”.

B. CIGP (County Incentive Grant Program) application CR 345 beginning at Alt. 27 and ending at SR 129 for approximately 2.53 miles with authorization of Mrs. LaLonde to sign. This project consists of widening and re-surfacing the roadway from the existing lane width of 20” to 22”.

C. SCRAP (Small County Road Assistance Program) application for C32-B beginning at SR 24 and ending at C32 (NE 90th) with authorization of Mrs. LaLonde to sign. The road is approximately .61 miles long and the project consists of re-surfacing the roadway.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the three (3) above listed Grant applications with approval for Mrs. LaLonde to sign.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Duquette reported to the Board construction on Shell Mound Road has begun.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Dana Sheffield spoke to the Board and welcomed Comm. Matt Brooks.  Barney Cannon also spoke.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Joyner and Comm. Rock Meeks wished everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Comm. Brooks reported a recently attended Small County Coalition meeting pointing out several items of interest to Levy County.  He also wished everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Comm. J. Meeks gave dates and times of upcoming events:

Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce annual auction will be Saturday, November 26th from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Cedar Key Community Center.

Clay Landing Days will be Friday and Saturday, November 25th and 26th from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Manatee Springs State Park.

Christmas Tree Lighting in Cedar Key will be in the City Park on November 25th.

There will be a Color Run 5K on Saturday, December 3rd at the City Park sponsored by the Bronson Middle High School Travel Club starting at 8:30 A.M.

The Light Up Williston event will be at Heritage Park and Christmas Parade is on December 3rd.

Festival of Lights and Boat Parade in Fanning Springs will be on December 3rd at the Fanning Springs State Park.

Chiefland Christmas Festival is on December 10th.

Discussion of letter from FDOT; National Highway System update to US 41 from the Marion County line to US 27 Alt. Roadway, ID: 34040000 from MP 0.000 to MP 11.823.  This roadway segment is 11.823 miles in length is functionally classified as “rural principal arterial-other”, which is defined as a highway which provides access between an arterial and a major port, airport, public transportation facility, or other intermodal transportation facility.  Comm. John Meeks stated the letter is accompanied by an Application for National Highway System Change, which requires his signature.

Those in the audience speaking regarding this item were:  Renate Cannon, Robert Jordan and Sallie Ann Collins.

Comm. John Meeks asked if Casey Duquette could assist Atty. Brown to prepare a letter indicating the Board’s interest in a stoplight at the intersection of CR 326 and SR 41 in return for signing the application as requested.

Comm. John Meeks provided lists of 2017 Board appointments to each of the Commissioners for their review.  Decisions would be made at a later date.

Comm. John Meeks stated if there are any Legislative priorities they have as a Board, they should be discussed in upcoming meetings so they may be presented as a clear and concise package to the Legislative Delegation meeting which will be in January.

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 12:11 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                  Chairman, John Meeks

BOCC Budget Workshop July 13, 2016

BUDGET WORKSHOP

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JULY 13, 2016

The Budget Workshop of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on July 13, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.  Comm. Rock Meeks gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

BUDGET OVERVIEW

Jared Blanton spoke to the Board and provided an overview of the budget, pointing out for the past several years, savings has been used to balance the budget.  Mr. Blanton stated this is an unsustainable pattern.

Sheila Rees stated the current rolled back rate is 8.1598 and the assessed values increased by only 2%.  There was less than a $250,000 increase in Ad Valorem taxes calculated by using the current millage rate of 8.2741.  Mrs. Rees stated a 3% raise to employees was calculated into the budget as presented.

Mr. Moody stated the increase to health insurance this year is 6.1%.

 

ELECTED OFFICIALS

Mrs. Rees presented the budget request for the Clerk of Court which is less than a $39,000 increase.  The increase is due to there being less fees the Clerk is able to collect.  The total amount requested includes the increase for insurance and a 3% raise for employees.

Daren Remington spoke to the Board regarding the budget request of $52,000 for IT and the possibility of linking all outside Board offices for internet connection through AT&T to be centralized at the courthouse.

Mrs. Rees stated Property Appraiser, Oz Barker was unable to attend, but his budget request reflected an increase for computer software.  His budget does not include a raise for employees or increase for insurance.

Under Sheriff, Brett Beauchamp spoke regarding the budget for the Sheriff’s Office which is increased by $451,528.  This amount reflects a 4% raise for employees and a $25,000 increase to their vehicle line.

Comm. Joyner asked if a letter could be sent from the Commissioners to the Sheriff’s Department expressing their appreciation of the job being done by the Sheriff’s Department employees.  It was agreed by consensus to have a letter prepared by the Chairman and all Commissioners will sign.

Supervisor of Elections, Tammy Jones spoke to the Board regarding the budget request for her department stating her budget request is reduced from last year by $24,900.

 

AGENCIES

Jonathan Lewis, representing the Levy County Prevention Coalition spoke to the Board and requested a matching percentage of their $187,000 Federal Drug Free Communities Grant in the amount of 5%, 7% or 10% rather than a set amount.

Barbara Locke, representing the Levy County Health Department spoke to the Board stating she had gotten no indication of any changes coming for their budget for the upcoming year.

Steve Kay, Director of Weatherization and Housing for the Central Florida Community Action Agency spoke to the Board and requested an increase of $14,250.

Mr. Moody spoke on behalf of LARC, stating they are requesting a $10,000 increase from last year which was $57,200.

Maggie Labarta, representing Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. requested an increase of $10,000.

David Pieklik, representing Nature Coast Business Development stated the increase for his department is $275.

The meeting recessed at 10:39 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 10:48 A.M.

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Mr. Moody gave an update and requested approval and direction on the Department of Public Safety Director position.  An offer was made to Mr. Stegall of a starting salary of $79,000 and after six (6) months a base salary of $85,000.  This was rejected by Mr. Stegall and a starting salary of $85,000 with a 3% increase after six (6) months was requested.
Comm. Rooks made a motion to re-offer the original salary and options to Mr. Stegall.  If this offer is refused, move to the second choice applicant and make the same offer.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

HUMAN RESOURCE

Jacqueline Martin requested Board approval to set the health insurance premiums paid by the Board for employees’ coverage(s) for fiscal year 2016-2017.

Mrs. Martin stated overall pool average for Levy County was 6.1.  Using this amount, the budget increase for the insurance premiums paid by the Board would be $167,140.

Comm. Joyner made a motion for the Board to absorb the increase to the insurance premiums.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENTS

Animal Services

Construction/Maintenance

University Oaks/Manatee Utilities

Mosquito Control

Mr. Weldon presented the total budget for their State Mosquito Control budget at $44,967.65.  This budget is partially grant funded in the amount of $32,467 and must be submitted to the State by July 30th.  Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the State Mosquito Control budget as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Parks & Recreation

Transit

 

The meeting recessed at 12:33: P.M.

The meeting reconvened at 2:00 P.M.

 

Road Department

 

FIRE DEPARTMENTS

Mrs. Rees stated the information presented to the Board reflects the Fire Departments budget requests which had been received.  The Fire budget as presented is out of balance by more than $700,000.

Fire Chiefs from Cedar Key, Williston and Inglis spoke to the Board regarding their budgets.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 3:26 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                  Chairman, John Meeks