BOCC Regular Meeting December 22, 2015

REGULAR MEETING
LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
DECEMBER 22, 2015

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on December 22, 2015 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

 

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:04 A.M.  Comm. Joyner gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

CHECK NUMBER122037-122184
FUND       AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE667,962.94
ROAD66,937.41
PAL LIBRARY26,441.02
MOSQUITO CONTROL487.14
TRANSPORTATION17,679.26
COURT FACILITIES15.00
EMS31,812.14
FIRE9,054.88
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT10,128.51
UTILITIES1,606.80
ADD COURT COSTS637.62
IMPACT FEES – PARKS125.41
CAPITAL PROJECTS229,148.90
LANDFILL59,060.39
TOTAL  $ 1,121,097.42

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on October 20, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on October 20, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Renate Cannon spoke to the Board requesting information regarding the next union negotiation meeting for the Department of Public Safety.

Mr. Moody responded the next date had not been set, but it is expected to be after the holidays.

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 

David Pieklik

Presentation of regular activities and projects status report for the months of October-December, 2015.

 

Mr. Pieklik a presentation of regular activities and a status report to the Board for the months of October-December, 2015 for Nature Coast Business Development.

 

 

MILLS ENGINEERING COMPANY

 

Andrew Carswell, P.E.

Request approval of quote from Huss Drilling, Inc. to install monitoring well at Levy County Solid Waste Management Facility (Bronson Landfill) and to enter into contract with the Contractor.

 

Mr. Carswell spoke to the Board informing them the FDEP has requested additional groundwater monitoring due to the presence of chromium in one (1) detection well near the Class I disposal area.  The proposed well will be located at the zone of discharge and will be used for compliance as well as to determine if the analyte has moved away from the disposal area.  Mr. Carswell requested Board approval of a quote to install a monitoring well at the Levy County Solid Waste Facility (Bronson Landfill) and to enter into contract with the contractor.  The two bids received are as follows:

 

Huss Drilling, Inc.                  $5,450.51 + $27.50 per additional foot > 62.5’

Cascade Drilling, L.P.            $9,500.00 + $25.00 per additional foot > 62.5’

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the quote from Huss Drilling, Inc. and to enter into a contract with them as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SOLID WASTE

 

Benny Jerrels, Director

Request approval to purchase a used 613C Pan Caterpillar from Ring Power for $15,000.00 to be utilized in Class III.

 

Mr. Jerrels stated the Landfill’s current Pan is in need of repair and the motor needs to be rebuilt.  In order to stay in compliance with the permit, FDEP requires the Class III site to be compacted and covered weekly.  The rental cost for this type of equipment per month would be $12,500.  Mr. Jerrels requested Board approval to purchase a used 613C Pan Caterpillar from Ring Power in the amount of $15,000 to be utilized in leveling at the Class III site.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the purchase of a used Caterpillar 613C Pan from Ring Power as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

CHRISTOPHER AND DIANA TOPPING

 

Requesting a letter of support from the County to Suwannee River Water Management District for the exchange of real property for land adjacent to Topping’s Tract.

 

Mr. Topping made a presentation to the Board and requested a letter of support to the Suwannee River Water Management District regarding the exchange of real property for land adjacent to their tract near Cedar Key.

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the audience who spoke regarding this item were:

 

Toni Collins                            Frank Offerle                          Steve Stackhouse

Sue Colson                              Mandy Offerle                        Brack Barker

Margarete Hall                        Jay Bushnell                            Donna Bushnell

Jeri Treat                                 Tom Liebert

 

Andrew Gode, representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spoke to the Board giving the National Wildlife Refuge’s perspective regarding this issue.

Noah Valenstine, Executive Director of Suwannee River Water Management District also spoke.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to send a letter to the Suwannee River Water Management District requesting them to address the issue presented to the Board as they own and manage the land surrounding the tract in question.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner.

 

Comm. Stevens rescinds his motion and Comm. Joyner rescinds his Second upon Mr. Valenstine stating an extension would be given for comment from the Board until after the next Water Management District meeting on January 12th.

 

The meeting recessed at 10:58 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 11:10 A.M.

 

 

ANIMAL SERVICES

 

David Weatherford, Director

Request adoption of Policies and Safety Procedures for volunteer program and general public kennel access.

 

Mr. Weatherford presented a proposed Policies and Procedures for Levy County Animal Services Department Volunteer Program and Kennel Access for Board approval.

 

Mary Taaffe spoke regarding the proposed Policies and Procedures and questions were asked by Linda Cooper and Terry Witt.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Policies and Procedures for the Animal Services Department Volunteer Program and Kennel Access adding “with Board approval.”  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Weatherford gave a quarterly report to the Board of the number of animals taken in at the Animal Services Department, adopted, micro-chipped, spayed and neutered, vaccinations administered, as well as the number which were euthanized.

Mr. Weatherford stated a verbal commitment had been given by an individual for a donation of $10,000 to assist with the construction of a building for cats at the Animal Services location.

 

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

John MacDonald, Director

Discuss the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Project List.

 

Mr. MacDonald spoke to the Board regarding the Local Mitigation Strategy Project List noting there are some county projects which need to be revisited for their priority, or any additions or subtractions.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the LMS Project List with the addition of the Inglis project.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to hear a non-agenda item from Sheriff McCallum.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Sheriff McCallum requested the Board send a letter of support to Senator Dean, Representative Stone and to SLRS expressing the need for an E-Tower on the East side of Levy County.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to send a letter of support as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

1. Request approval from the Board and the Chairman’s signature on the Non-Institutional Medicaid Provider Agreement and Finger-Printing Exemption Form.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature on the Non-Institutional Medicaid Provider Agreement and Finger-Printing Exemption form.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Non-Institutional Medicaid Provider Agreement and Finger-Printing Exemption form with the Chairman’s signature as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

2. Requesting approval from the Board for a First Amendment to the License Agreement with American Tower, LLC for Licensor Contract Number 452689 for the American Tower Site identified as “Hay Farm” in Williston, Florida.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval for a First Amendment to the License Agreement with American Tower, LLC for Licensor Contract Number 452689 for the American Tower Site identified as “Hay Farm” in Williston, Florida.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the First Amendment to the License Agreement with American Tower, LLC as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Alice LaLonde

1. Ratification of Levy County Air Permit Renewal for the Air Curtain Incinerator.

 

Mrs. LaLonde requested ratification by the Board of the Levy County Air Permit Renewal for the Air Curtain Incinerator.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to ratify the Levy County Air Permit Renewal for the Air Curtain Incinerator as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

2. Request approval for the purchase of a 1993 Gradall 660E.

 

Mrs. LaLonde requested Board approval for the purchase of a 1993 Gradall 660E from a private individual, Ken Edwards in the amount of $18,500.  This piece of equipment will be used in the clean-up in the flooded areas around Inglis and Yankeetown as well as other areas of the county.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the purchase of a 1993 Gradall 660E as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PLANNING DEPARTMENT

 

Shenley Neely, Planning Director

Staff presentation on overview of legislative changes to the Comprehensive Planning process, the seven (7) year update process, changes in local conditions, and to hear recommendations made by the Planning Commission at their December 7th regular meeting concerning these issues.

 

Ms. Neely presented to the Board an overview of legislative changes to the Comprehensive Planning process, the seven (7) year update process, changes in local conditions, and recommendations made by the Planning Commission at their December 7th regular meeting concerning these issues.

 

 

 

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

All Commissioners wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Comm. Stevens stated the Christmas Cantata at the Williston Church of God was a success.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks stated the Christmas Parade in Chiefland went well and many people came out for it.  Kirby Farms is still going on if anyone would like to attend.

 

Comm. Rooks stated the Boat Parade in Cedar Key went well.

 

Comm. John Meeks reported Wreaths Across America was a huge success this year.  Comm. John Meeks stated a letter was received from Jack Hudson, District Commander of the AmVets District 16 thanking the Board for the donation of a bus recently.

 

Comm. John Meeks gave an update on the Restore Act and the amount Levy County could receive from the “Pot 3 Money” pending approval by the Governor.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 12:35 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting December 8, 2015

REGULAR MEETING
LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
DECEMBER 8, 2015

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on December 8, 2015 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

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

CHECK NUMBER121844-22036
FUND      AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE1,546,557.85
ROAD114,034.76
SHIP14,704.92
PAL LIBRARY17,602.75
TRANSPORTATION1,961.41
91139,042.43
COURT FACILITIES4,925.00
EMS81,095.73
FIRE12,164.23
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT800.83
UTILITIES1,270.72
DRUG TASK FORCE339.59
LANDFILL13,924.11
TOTAL $1,848,424.33

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on October 6, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on October 6, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Renate Cannon spoke to the Board regarding the Department of Public Safety benefits such as pay increases, insurance and retirement eligibility and cost of fuel for Chief Knowles’ vehicle.

Chief Knowles stated raises are not something he can comment on as they are still in Union negotiations at this time.

Mr. Moody advised Mrs. Cannon the Department of Public Safety full-time employees are eligible for the same insurance and retirement benefits as all other Board employees.  Mr. Moody also stated the Board covers the fuel expense for all County vehicles and he would be happy to speak with Mrs. Cannon further if she would like to stop by his office later.

PUBLIC HEARING

Bill Hammond, Development Director

Atty. Brown swore in any members of the audience wishing to speak for or against the petitions being presented.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was any ex-parte communication with any of the Commissioners.  Comm. Stevens stated he had ex-parte communication regarding one of the petitions.

  1. Darlene H. Geiger, petitioning the Board for a Hardship Variance 15-06, to allow a second dwelling in order for her granddaughter to help care for her.

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of Hardship Variance Ha.Va. 15-06 by petitioner Darlene H. Geiger to allow a second dwelling in order for her granddaughter to help care for her.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Hardship Variance Ha.Va. 15-06 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

  1. Ken and Karen Arnold, petition the Board for a Hardship Variance 15-07, to allow a second dwelling in order to care for her mother and sister.

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of Hardship Variance Ha.Va. 15-07 by petitioners Ken and Karen Arnold to allow a second dwelling in order to care Mrs. Arnold’s mother and sister.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Hardship Variance Ha.Va. 15-07 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC HEARING

Anne Bast Brown, County Attorney

Adopt an Ordinance amending noise regulations.

Atty. Brown requested Board approval of Ordinance 2015-09 amending the County Code for Noise Regulations pointing out items within the ordinance addressing the concerns spoken of previously.  The Ordinance title was read into public record.

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

Members of the audience who spoke regarding the Ordinance were:  Renate Cannon and Art Maruna.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Ordinance 2015-09 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Rob Batsel

Updates on the College of Central Florida, Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus.

Mr. Batsel gave an update to the Board regarding the College of Central Florida, Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus in Chiefland, FL.  He along with Marilyn Latner and Katie Hunt provided information of the progress being made at the campus location North of Chiefland and explained the future plans of how the campus will look once completed.  If all goes well, the campus is expected to open in August of 2017.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Fred Moody

A. Request direction on non-payment of fees by Mr. Robert Nichols, Country Music Fest Event.

Mr. Moody requested direction from the Board concerning the non-payment of fees by Mr. Robert Nichols regarding the Country Music Fest Event.  Mr. Moody stated the reduced amount of $910.00 agreed upon by the Board has not been paid and he reminded them Mr. Nichols had stopped payment on the original check in the amount of $2,730.00.

After discussion, Comm. Stevens rescinded his earlier motion to accept the amount of $910.00 and to legally pursue the original amount of $2,730.00, included any additional costs which may incur in this effort.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

B. Presenting proposal of hauling un-stabilized sludge to A-Able Septic’s BTF for processing and land application.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the proposal for the hauling of un-stabilized sludge to A-Able Septic’s BTF for processing and land application at the rate of $175.00 per hour as per the proposal received.

After discussion, Comm. Stevens made a motion to table this item until bids can be received.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

C. Requesting approval to donate asset number 4899 (Chevy Cavalier) to the Alachua County Health Department.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to donate Asset No. 4899 (1995 Chevy Cavalier) to the Alachua County Health Department.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the donation of Asset No. 4899 (1995 Chevy Cavalier) to the Alachua County Health Department as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Jacqueline Martin, Manager

Presenting proposed Worxtime Service Agreement for reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Mrs. Martin presented the proposed Worxtime Service Agreement for reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act and explained what it includes.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Worxtime Service Agreement as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIRES.

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

Connie Conley, General Manager

A. Requesting approval of Resolution 2015-58 authorizing the signing and submission of grant application Section U.S.C. 5311 for Operational Funds in the amount of $300,000.00. The match for this grant is 50/50.

Mrs. Conley requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-58 authorizing the signing and submission of grant application Section U.S.C. 5311 for Operational funds.  Mrs. Conley stated this is a 50/50 grant in the amount of $300,000.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-58 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

  1. Requesting approval of Resolution 2015-59 authorizing the signing and submission of grant application Section U.S.C. 5339 for Capital Funding in the amount of $157,348.00 for two 23’ wheelchair accessible busses. The purchase price of the busses will be paid up front and reimbursement will be 100%.

Mrs. Conley requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-59 authorizing the signing and submission of grant application Section U.S.C. 5339 for capital funding.  Mrs. Conley stated this is a 100% reimbursable grant in the amount of $157,348 which will be used to purchase two (2) 23’ wheelchair busses.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-59 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC SAFETY

David Knowles, Director

A. Requesting 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 2015-61.

Chief Knowles requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-61 and the Chairman’s signature for the annual County Award Grant for the improvement and expansion of EMS services.  The amount of the grant is $4,691 and these funds will be utilized to provide EMS training to County Emergency Responders.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-61 and the Chairman’s signature on the annual County Award Grant as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

B. Request approval from the Board and the Chairman’s signature for Amendment 2 between Levy County and Town of Inglis for fire services.

Chief Knowles requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature for Amendment 2 between Levy County and the Town of Inglis for fire services.  This Amendment will obligate the Town of Inglis to cover Fire Districts 1 and 2.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Amendment 2 between Levy County and the Town of Inglis with the Chairman’s signature as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

C. Request approval from the Board and the Chairman’s signature for Amendment 2 between Levy County and Williston for fire services.

Chief Knowles requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature for Amendment 2 between Levy County and the City of Williston for fire services.  This Amendment will obligate the City of Williston to provide first response fire services to Fire District 10 and “additional coverage area.”

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Amendment 2 between Levy County and the City of Williston with the Chairman’s signature as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

ROAD DEPARTMENT

Casey Duquette

Presenting proposal and information regarding culvert replacement in Inglis, “Butler Road”.

Mr. Duquette presented information to the Board regarding culvert replacement in Inglis, “Butler Road” stating the estimated cost is $106,388.55 and this is not a budgeted item.  Mr. Duquette spoke of the expense of renting a piece of equipment which would be needed for this job which the Road Department does not have and the comparison of the cost of purchasing the equipment.  Mr. Duquette stated he will check with the County Grants Coordinator to see if there are any grants available.

Comments were made by Mayor Weiss of Inglis, Renate Cannon and Terry Witt.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to direct Atty. Brown to send a letter to the Florida Department of Transportation requesting funding assistance with this project.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

Carol McQueen, Director

Request approval of agreement between the Conservation Fund and Levy County Board of County Commissioners for $20,000.00 for the production of a Shellfish Trail Map, kick-off advertising campaign, and website map.

Mrs. McQueen requested Board approval of the agreement between the Conservation Fund and the Levy County Board of County Commissioners in the amount of $20,000.00 for the production of a Shellfish Trail Map to include clams, oysters, pink shrimp, recreational scallop harvesting, blue crab and stone crab for the coastal communities of Levy, Dixie, Taylor and Jefferson counties within the Big Bend region of Florida.  This will be the first regional Shellfish Map in Florida.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the agreement between the Conservation Fund and Levy County Board of County Commissioners as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

NON-AGENDA ITEM

Comm. John Meeks asked if Sheriff McCallum would like to speak to the Board.

Sheriff McCallum stated the Sheriff’s Department was returning to the Board a check in the amount of $178,678.46, but stated there will be a need in the near future for a new 911 Dispatch center.

Comm. John Meeks asked if the Board would consider hearing a non-agenda item.

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

Comm. Stevens made a motion to earmark the money returned to the Board from the Sheriff’s Department for a Capital Building project of building a new 911 Dispatch Center.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Mr. Lipmann of the Town of Williston announced Williston will be hosting Joel Chandler who will be doing a seminar on Public Records Requests on January 28th from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Ron Grant thanked John MacDonald for the work done through Emergency Management regarding ham radio operation in Levy County.

Atty. Brown spoke to the Board advising them of the discussion she had with Mr. Moody regarding law enforcement options for the matter with Mr. Nichols.

The Board agreed by consensus for staff to look into law enforcement options in the matter.

Toni Collins informed everyone the Levy County Historical Society has purchased the caboose on the way to the Waccasassa boat ramp and would like to develop it into a Levy County Welcome Center, moving it to where the Wild Hog Canoe Race ends.  She also invited everyone to attend the Writer’s Festival this Saturday in Sumner.

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Appoint Chairman and Vice Chairman and Vice-Chairman for 2015-16.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to re-appoint Comm. John Meeks as Chairman and Comm. Joyner as Vice-Chairman for 2016.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. John Meeks

Adopt Resolution 2015-62 withdrawing membership in North Florida Broadband Authority and rescinding prior Resolutions 2009-41, 2010-71 and 2013-10 related to such Authority.

Stu Willaker from the Columbia County Observer spoke regarding the North Florida Broadband Authority.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-62 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

The Commissioners discussed filling Bruce Greenlee’s position at the Road Department and agreed to postpone filling the position at this time.

Comm. Stevens announced the Williston Church of God will be performing a Christmas cantata next Saturday and Sunday.  He also reported the Williston Christmas parade went well this past Saturday.

Comm. John Meeks reminded everyone of the Chiefland Christmas festival and the Inglis Christmas Parade coming up on December 12th and reported of the Fanning Springs boat parade as well as the Wreaths Across America ceremony also planned for December 12th at Rosemary Hill Cemetary in Bronson.

Comm. John Meeks reported he had attended the Department of Public Safety’s Firefighter I Ceremony held on Friday night.

The meeting recessed at 12:25 P.M.

The meeting reconvened at 12:35 P.M.

IMPACT FEE WORKSHOP

Heather J. Encinosa, Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson

Jim Duncan, Duncan Associates

Amending Chapter 47 of Levy County Code Ordinances

Jim Duncan, President of Duncan Associates spoke to the Board regarding Amending Chapter 47 of the Levy County Code Ordinances.

Heather Encinosa of Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson also spoke to the Board and presented a draft for Board review.  She suggested bringing it back at a Public Hearing to adopt after any changes are made.

The Board agreed they will conduct a Public Hearing in February on a date to be determined later.

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 1:51 P.M.

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting November 17, 2015

REGULAR MEETING
LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
NOVEMBER 17, 2015

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on November 17, 2015 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

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

CHECK NUMBER121661-121843
FUND       AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE1,182,806.23
ROAD53,598.95
SHIP27,866.00
PAL LIBRARY1,605.20
MOSQUITO CONTROL210.37
COURT TECH/CRIM PREV16,202.20
TRANSPORTATION26,340.12
COURT FACILITIES15.00
EMS42,380.17
FIRE12,336.71
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT3,889.24
UTILITIES1,838.30
ADD COURT COSTS4,760.72
LANDFILL67,895.82
TOTAL  $ 1,441,745.03

MINUTES

The minutes for the Special Board meeting held on September 30, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the minutes for the Special Board meeting held on September 30, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Patricia Flynn spoke to the Board regarding the condition of SE 185th Avenue in Whispering Oaks.  She and Maureen Kelsey spoke of the excessive dust, poor drainage speeding of vehicles and ATV’s on the road and requested the road be paved.  They encouraged the Board to move the paving of this road up from 20th on the paving list.

Comm. John Meeks stated they are not able to move the road up on the paving list, but he can speak to Sheriff McCallum regarding the excessive speeding of vehicles and use of ATV’s on the roadway.

PUBLIC HEARING

Bill Hammond, Development Director

Requesting approval of PP 15-01, West Point Acres, a subdivision consisting of four one (1) acre residential lots.

Atty. Brown swore in members of the audience wishing to speak regarding the Petition.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was any ex-parte communication by any of the Commissioners.  There were none.

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of PP 15-01 West Point Acres, a subdivision consisting of four one (1) acre residential lots.

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

Com. Joyner made a motion to approve PP15-01 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Kathryn Frank

Presentation of findings and recommendations from a recently completed research project conducted by UF with funding by Florida Sea Grant:  Reimagining the Form of Rural Coastal Communities in Response to the Sea Level Rise.

Ms. Frank gave a presentation to the Board on the findings and recommendations from a recently completed research project conducted by UF with funding by Florida Sea Grant: Reimagining the Form of Rural Coastal Communities in Response to Sea Level Rise.  Ms. Frank stated the geographic areas of concern for the Board included Rosewood-Sumner, as well as the unincorporated areas of Cedar Key.

Comments were made by Toni Collins and Renate Cannon regarding the presentation.

TOWN OF INGLIS AND YANKEETOWN

Helen Ciallella

Request approval for the Towns of Inglis and Yankeetown to plant Crepe Myrtles down the Levy County right of way, HWY 40 East (Town of Inglis line to the General Store of Yankeetown) secured funding for this project will be from FDOT.

Wilbur Dean requested Board approval on behalf of Helen Ciallella for the Towns of Inglis and Yankeetown to plant Crepe Myrtles down the Levy County right of way, HWY 40 East (Town of Inglis line to the General Store of Yankeetown).

The Commissioners expressed concerns for maintenance of the roadway once the crepe myrtles are in place.  After discussion, the Commissioners agreed by consensus to have Atty. Brown prepare an Agreement between the Town of Inglis, Town of Yankeetown and Levy County defining the roadway maintenance responsibilities.

CHIEFLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Ryan Watson

Request approval to temporarily close County streets in the City of Chiefland, West Park Avenue (from 2nd Street to CR 341) and CR 341 (from West Park Avenue to NW 11th Avenue) for the Rudolph Run 5K on December 12th as part of the Chiefland Christmas Festival.

Mr. Watson requested Board approval to temporarily close West Park Avenue (from 2nd Street to CR 341) and from CR 341 North to NW 11th Avenue in Chiefland for the Rudolph Run 5K on December 12th not to exceed two (2) hours, as part of the Chiefland Christmas Festival.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the temporary road closure of West Park Avenue as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

CRIME STOPPERS OF LEVY COUNTY, INC.

Paula Sprague

Request Chair’s signature on a letter to the Office of the Attorney General in support of Crime Stoppers of Levy County, Inc.

Comm. John Meeks requested on behalf of Mrs. Sprague Board approval of the Chairman’s signature on a letter to the Office of the Attorney General in support of Crime Stoppers of Levy County, Inc.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Chairman’s signature on a letter to the Office of the Attorney General as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

INGLIS RECREATIONAL COMMITTEE

Lisa Flanders

Request approval to close/block a portion of HWY 40 West to accommodate the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 4:00 P.M.

Ms. Flanders requested Board approval to close/block a portion of HWY 40 West to accommodate the Inglis Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 4:00 P.M.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the road closure for a portion of HWY 40 West as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Fred Moody

A.Request approval of the letter between Levy County School Board and Levy County Board of County Commission to enter an agreement for the purpose of picking up and transferring four (4) loads of clay from Frostproof to Chiefland. The School Board of Levy County will be reimbursing or resupplying the County’s fuel for transportation.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the letter between Levy County School Board and Levy County Board of County Commission to enter an agreement for the purpose of picking up and transferring four (4) loads of clay from Frostproof to Chiefland.  The School Board will reimburse or resupply the County’s fuel for transportation.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the letter between the Levy County School Board and Levy County Board of County Commission entering into an agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

B. Request approval of the Letter of Support for North Florida Economic Development Partnership (NFEDP) for the Regional Rural Development Grant.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the Letter of Support for the North Florida Economic Development Partnership (NFEDP) for the Regional Rural Development Grant.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the Letter of Support as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

Mr. Moody reminded the Board of the Impact Fee Workshop scheduled for December 8th at 11:00 A.M., following the Regular Board meeting.

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

Connie Conley, General Manager

  1. Request approval of FDOT Florida Statewide Drug & Alcohol Testing Service Contract #BE054.

Ms. Conley requested Board approval of the FDOT Florida Statewide Drug & Alcohol Testing Service Contract #BE054.  The contract is effective from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018 and the rates are as follows:

Urine Drug Test          $32.25

Breath Alcohol            $29.95

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the FDOT Florida Statewide Drug & Alcohol Testing Service Contract #BE054 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  1. Request approval to purchase a bus in the amount of $73,259.00 to be reimbursed 100%, under the Board approved Shirley Conroy Rural Area Capital Assistance Program Grant.

Ms. Conley requested Board approval to purchase a bus in the amount of $73,259 to be reimbursed at 100%, under the Board approved Shirley Conroy Rural Area Capital Assistance Program Grant.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the purchase of a bus as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

SHIP

Shenley Neely, Planning Director

Request a motion to approve a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Bradley Parker, PA #530 for an existing unit in Chiefland, FL.

Ms. Neely requested Board approval of a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Bradley Parker, PA #530 in the amount of $13,950 for an existing unit in Chiefland, FL.

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

PUBLIC SAFETY

David Knowles, Director

  1. Requesting approval to purchase seven (7) modems for heart monitors from Physio Control for $5,003.20. The Department is also requesting approval to accept reimbursement for the modems from UF Health Shands Hospital ($2,501.60) and North Florida Regional Medical Center ($2,501.60).

Chief Knowles reported to the Board of a State Inspection done on November 2nd of the Department of Public Safety and sated they received an outstanding report and there were no deficiencies.

Chief Knowles requested Board approval to purchase seven (7) modems for heart monitors from Physio Control in the amount of $5,003.20.  The Department is also requesting approval to accept reimbursement for the modems from UF Health Shands Hospital ($2,501.60) and North Florida Regional Medical Center ($2,501.60).

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the purchase of the seven (7) modems and acceptance of the reimbursement from UF Health Shands Hospital and North Florida Regional Medical Center as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

  1. Requesting approval to purchase the following Capital Equipment:

One (1) 2016 Ford F-450 Chassis from Coggins Ford in Jacksonville, FL, $38,650.44

One (1) Light Rescue Module from Emergency Tactical Vehicles in Sanford, FL, $104,581.00.

Chief Knowles requested Board approval to purchase the above listed Capital Equipment items.  Charlie Bedford also spoke to the Board regarding the quality and durability of the Ford chassis.

Members of the audience who commented on this item were:  Renate Cannon, Kay Gaither, Terry Witt, Dana Sheffield, Jimmy Jones.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the purchases as requested by Chief Knowles.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner.  The votes were as follows:

Yes                                          No

Comm. Joyner                         Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. John Meeks                Comm. Rooks

Comm. Stevens

The MOTION CARRIES.

COUNTY ATTORNEY

Anne Bast Brown

  1. Authorize Chair to execute and submit comments to Consent Decree in U.S. v BP Exploration and Production, et al., Civil No 10-4536 (E.D. La.)(centralized in MDL 2179: In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010.), based on comments prepared for submission by Bay County and by the Gulf Consortium, as recommended by the RESTORE Act Advisory Committee.

Atty. Brown requested Board approval for the Chairman to execute and submit comments to Consent Decree as stated above.  Based on the $5.5 billion settlement in the Consent Decree, Levy County’s share of the Pot 1 would amount to approximately $2,998,380.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to authorize the Chairman to execute and submit comments to Consent Decree as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  1. Request approval of Contract for Professional Services between State Attorney and Levy County for prosecution of County Ordinances.

Atty. Brown requested Board approval of the Contract for Professional Services between the State Attorney and Levy County for the prosecution of County Ordinances.  The fee according to statute will be $250 initially and $50 per hour for their administrative costs.

Toni Collins commented regarding County Ordinances and whether this contract allows the State Attorney to prosecute individuals leaving political signs out long after an election.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Contract for Professional Services between the State Attorney and Levy County as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Mr. Gaither thanked Comm. Rooks for attending the Chiefland Veteran’s Day Parade as she was the only Commissioner to attend

Renate Cannon questioned why Chief Knowles would not be the Chairman for the committee he formed.  Atty. Brown responded to the inquiry.

Comments were also made by Toni Collins, Ron Grant and Terry Witt.

Toni Collins announced the Levy County Historical Society will be sponsoring a Florida Authors and Books Festival on Saturday, December 12th from 9:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. at the Cedar Key RV Resort in Sumner.

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Joyner commented on the earlier statement made regarding few Commissioners attending a Veteran’s Day parade stating there were many other events taking place on the same day making it impossible for all Commissioners to attend each event.

Comm. Rooks announced there will be a pie auction taking place in Cedar Key on November 23rd at 6:00 P.M. to benefit the Cedar Key Junior Class.

Comm. Stevens stated he had attended the Veteran’s Day Memorial in Williston with Comm. Joyner.

Comm. John Meeks read to everyone a letter to Mr. Moody from Bruce Greenlee announcing his resignation from the Road Department.

 

Comm. John Meeks announced several of the upcoming events in the area:

  • Inglis and Yankeetown will have their annual Seafood/Arts Festival and Quilt Show on November 21st and 22nd.
  • November 21st Two Hawk Hammock Aquatic Dream in Williston will be open from 12:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
  • November 27th is the kick off weekend at Kirby Farms of the Christmas Express and will continue through December.
  • November 27th Cedar Key will have their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.
  • December 5th the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce will present their Annual Festival of Lights and Boat Parade. December 5th is also date for the Light up Williston Festival and Parade.
  • The Sons of AmVets will be hosting their annual Wreaths Across America program on December 12th at the Rosemary Cemetery in Bronson beginning at 12:00 P.M. John Meeks stated there are 192 Cemetery’s involved with this project this year.
  • On December 12th is the Chiefland Christmas Festival and Parade; the Cedar Key Christmas in the Park Festival and the Inglis Christmas Parade.

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:46 A.M.

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting November 3, 2015

REGULAR MEETING
LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
NOVEMBER 3, 2015

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on November 3, 2015 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

 

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

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

CHECK NUMBER121532-121660
FUND       AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE471,251.77
ROAD164,557.52
SHIP10,200.00
PAL LIBRARY2,009.20
TRANSPORTATION8,637.23
COURT FACILITIES31.00
EMS26,272.37
FIRE2,367.26
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT5,677.14
UTILITIES54.66
LANDFILL3,094.62
TOTAL  $    694,152.77
EFT PAYMENT  $      40,101.81
ONLINE TRANSFER – MOSQUITO CONTROL  $      15,000.00

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Drinda Merritt of Inglis and Debra Weiss, Mayor of Yankeetown requested the Board leave Inglis and Yankeetown with SWFMD when the request is made to the State Legislature to completely remove Levy County from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and go with Suwannee River Water Management District only.

 

Ms. Merritt and Ms. Weiss informed the Board Inglis and Yankeetown had recently received funding from the Florida Department of Transportation to plant crepe myrtles along a portion of HWY 40.  They will also be planting perennial peanuts between the crepe myrtles, which will reduce the amount of mowing needed, as this is a county maintained roadway.

 

Mr. Moody suggested this item be brought back to the Board at the next meeting in order for action to be taken.

 

Kay Gaither announced the “Critter Crusaders” will have a dog wash at Tractor Supply in Chiefland on Saturday, November 7th from 9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

 

David Pieklik, Director

Request Board to proceed to adopt Ordinance 2015-10 for economic development by establishing the Economic Development Fund.

 

Mr. Pieklik requested the Board to adopt Ordinance 2015-10 establishing the Economic Development Fund.

 

Atty. Brown read the title of the Ordinance into public record.

 

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak regarding the Ordinance.

Terry Witt spoke.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Ordinance 2015-10 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

 

David Pieklik, Director

Request approval to adopt Resolution 2015-56, recognizing the creation of a related incentives guide and application, as well as identify qualified targeted industries.

 

Mr. Pieklik requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-56, requesting the creation of a related incentives guide and application, as well as identify qualified target industries.

 

Those in the audience who spoke regarding this Resolution were:  Renate Cannon, Terry Witt, Ron Grant, Dana Sheffield, and Toni Collins.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-56 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Request approval to accept original invoice amount of $910.00 for a special Event at Bronson Speedway promoted by Robert J. Nichols, Jr.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to accept the original invoice amount of $910.00 for the special Event at Bronson Speedway promoted by Robert J. Nichols, Jr.

 

Comm. Stevens pointed out the amount of $2,730, the amount agreed upon after determining the amount of EMS coverage needed for the event, was paid by a check which Mr. Nichols later stopped payment on.   This was done after the event, which did not go as well as expected due to low public turnout as there were numerous events taking place on this particular weekend in the county.

 

Those in the audience who spoke regarding this issue were Renate Cannon, Kay Gaither, Mr. Lipman, Lou Elliott, Ron Grant, Dana Sheffield and Toni Collins.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to accept the amount of $910.00 for the special event at Bronson Speedway as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the votes were as follows:

 

 

 

YES                                        NO

Comm. Joyner                         Comm. Rooks

Comm. Rock Meeks               Comm. Stevens

Comm. John Meeks

 

The MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Wilbur Dean

Request approval of Proclamation 2015-55 recognizing November 13, 2015 as “World Pancreatic Cancer Day”.

 

Mr. Dean requested Board approval of Proclamation 2015-55 recognizing November 13, 2015 as “World Pancreatic Cancer Day.”

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Proclamation 2015-55 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PLANNING

 

Shenley Neely, Planning Director

A. Request approval of Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Jennifer Fugate, PA #529 for an existing unit in Williston, FL.

 

Ms. Neely requested Board approval of a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Jennifer Fugate, PA #529 for an existing unit in Williston, FL.

 

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

 

  1. Requesting approval and the Chairman’s signature on attached letter: Notice of Intent to Amend Levy County’s Comprehensive Plan and direct staff to send the letter to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity before the State’s deadline date December 1, 2015.

 

Ms. Neely requested Board approval with the Chairman’s signature on the “Notice of Intent to Amend Levy County’s Comprehensive Plan” letter and to direct staff to send the letter to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity before the State’s deadline of December 1, 2015.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the letter, “Notice of Intent to Amend Levy County’s Comprehensive Plan” with the Chairman’s signature as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

B. Request approval and signature of the Chairman to proceed with the vendor agreement with Central Florida Community Action Agency (CFCAA) to undertake lead paint test for SHIP Program.

 

Ms. Neely requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature to proceed with the vendor agreement with Central Florida Community Action Agency (CFCAA) to undertake lead paint testing for the SHIP Program.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the vendor agreement with Central Florida Community Action Agency as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

Requesting Board approval and the Chairman’s signature for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Host Agency Agreement.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) Host Agency Agreement.  This is a federally funded volunteer work program and the only cost to the county is for the drug testing of the applicants which must be 55 years of age or older.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the Senior Community Service Employment Program Host Agency Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT – TABLED

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

Requesting approval of Resolution 2015-54 authorizing the execution of a Small County Road Assistance Program (SCRAP) with the Florida Department of Transportation for the Resurfacing and Reconstruction of C40A / SE 193rd Place from C40 to US 19/98 in Levy County, Florida.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Michael Gaither announced there will be a Veteran’s event at Haven Hospice at 10:00 A.M. in Chiefland this Friday and Representative Dennis Baxley will be making a presentation.

 

Terry Witt asked about an item tabled from a previous agenda regarding a purchase for the Road Department.

 

Mayor Weiss announced there would be a Nature Coast Paddling event in Inglis/Yankeetown this weekend.

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Joyner stated the events from the past weekend were successful.  He announced there will be a Veteran’s Day Parade in Chiefland on November 12th at 4:00 P.M.

 

Comm. Stevens invited everyone to Williston on November 10th for a Veteran’s Day event at Heritage Park beginning at 6:30 P.M.  Dennis Baxley will be the guest speaker.

 

Comm. John Meeks gave an update from the request made on October 20th by Pastor Carl Carnegie regarding sidewalk access to Vision Christian Academy.  He stated there are two alternative ways to secure State funding they are looking into.

 

Pastor Carnegie also spoke regarding this item stating the sidewalk would be used by more than just the students travelling to and from school.

 

It was the consensus of the Board to have Mr. Greenlee re-submit the request for funding to the Florida Department of Transportation, removing the crossing at SR 40.

 

Comm. John Meeks reported he had recently attended the North Florida Regional Planning Council meeting on October 22nd.

Comm. John Meeks stated there will be a Transportation Summit on January 26, 2016 at the DOT office in Lake City at 8:00 A.M.

 

Comm. John Meeks reported the Trunk of Treats event held in Bronson was a huge success with over 1,000 children participating.

Other upcoming events are:  The Inglis/Yankeetown Seafood, Art Festival and Quilt Show will be on November 21st and 22nd.  There will be an event at Two Hawk Hammock Aquatic Dream in Williston on November 21st from12:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.  The Kirby Farm events will begin on the weekend of November 27th – 29th for the Christmas Express.  Cedar Key will have their annual tree lighting on November 27th.

 

 

IMPACT FEES WORKSHOP – TABLED

 

Heather J. Encinosa, Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson

Jim Duncan, Duncan Associates

 

Amending Chapter 47 of Levy County Code Ordinances. – Rescheduled for December 8th.

 

Mr. Moody made an announcement informing every one of the new business hours for the Clerk of Court.  They are 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M., Monday-Friday beginning November 9th.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 10:37 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

 

BOCC Regular Meeting October 6, 2015

REGULAR MEETING
LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OCTOBER 6, 2015

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on October 6, 2015 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:

 

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court
County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:00 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. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER  121318-121371
FUND         AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE1,553,781.85
ROAD4,178.77
PAL LIBRARY15,349.17
TRANSPORTATION77.00
91112,560.17
COURT FACILITIES492.00
EMS2,871.26
FIRE983.72
DRUG TASK FORCE233.28
LANDFILL1,107.19
TOTAL   $ 1,591,634.41

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board Meeting held on September 8, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held September 8, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

Bill Hammond, Development Director

Presenting SEP 15-01 Special Entertainment Event Permit application (no alcohol sales) by T Town Concerts/Robert Nichols, Jr. for an event held October 16th & 17th at Bronson Motor Speedway “Country Music Fest/Mud Bog Races”-entertainment will include magicians, fun games for kids, food & drink vendors and country music bands.

 

Atty. Brown administered swearing in procedure for those wishing to speak for or against the proposed Special Event Permit.

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was any ex-parte communication by any of the Commissioners.  Comm. John Meeks stated he had ex-parte communication regarding the petition.

 

Mr. Hammond presented Special Entertainment Event Permit application SEP 15-01 for Board approval.  The “Country Music Fest/Mud Bog Races” event will be held at the location of the Bronson Motor Speedway and will include magicians, fun and games for kids, food and drink vendors (no alcohol sales) and country music bands.  The gates will open from 6:00 P.M. on Friday, October 16th and from 1:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.

 

Mr. Nichols spoke to the Board regarding the fees to have EMS personnel and units at the event.

 

Chief Knowles spoke and explained the hours and fees charged to T Town Concerts for the event.  The fee total fee could be reduced if the Board chooses by reducing the rate for a non-transport unit.  The original bill is listed at $3,640.  The reduced amount would be $2,730.

 

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the proposed application.  Those who spoke are listed below:

 

Robert Nichols, Jr.                 Kay Gaither
David Knowles                       Wayne Wilson
Dennis Russell                       Dana Sheffield
Lou Elliott Jones                    Terry Witt

 

Questions were asked by Commissioners for clarification of whether or not alcohol would be sold at the event.

 

Mr. Nichols stated the car race scheduled for Saturday evening normally has alcohol for sale during their races, but there would be no alcohol sales at the infield Concert or Mud Racing event, which would be done before the car racing would begin.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the amount of $2,730 to be charged for EMS personnel and units.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve SEP 15-01, Special Entertainment Event Permit application by T Town Concerts, Robert Nichols, Jr. as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

A. Request approval of Resolution 2015-48, to accept Construction Easement and Construction/Drainage                      Easement for Persimmon Bend Properties, LLC.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-48 to accept Construction Easement and Construction/Drainage Easement for Persimmon Bend Properties, LLC.  The purpose of this Easement is for the removal of a collapsed storm water drainage culvert; construction and maintenance of replacement storm water drainage facilities in Treasure Camp Addition No. 1.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-48 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

B.Request approval for yearly Blanket Utility for New Buried Service Drops Permit with CenturyLink-Florida.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval for yearly Blanket for Utility New Buried Service Drops Permit with CenturyLink-Florida.  The permit is good for one year dating from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the yearly Blanket Utility for New Buried Service Drops Permit as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

 

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

A. Requesting approval of Proclamation 2015-47, recognizing the month of October, 2015 as Florida                               Manufacturing Month.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of Proclamation 2015-47, recognizing the month of October, 2015 as Florida Manufacturing Month.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Proclamation 2015-47 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

B. Request approval of Resolution 2015-46 certifying that Levy County, Florida meets criteria for reduction of               Department of Environmental Protection and Water Management District Fees.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-46, certifying Levy County meets the criteria for reduction of the Department of Environmental Protection and Water Management District Fees.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-46 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

C. Request approval of the Agreement for Auctioneering Services between Levy County and Atkinson Realty                and Auction.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the Agreement for Auctioneering Services between Levy County and Atkinson Realty and Auction.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the Agreement for Auctioneering Services with Atkinson Realty and Auction as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

D. Request approval of the Second Amendment to the Third Party Agreement between Levy County and the                 University of Florida Board of Trustees and William F. Hamilton, M.D. District Medical Examiner Services,                   University non-physician support service and facility use.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the Second Amendment to the Third Party Agreement between Levy County and the University of Florida, Board of Trustees and William F. Hamilton, M.D. District Medical Examiner Services, University non-physician support service and facility use.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Second Amendment to the Third Party Agreement as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

John MacDonald, Director

Request approval of the Board to post Assistant Director Position.  This position will be funded 100% from Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Funds.

 

Mr. MacDonald requested Board approval to post the Assistant Director Position stating the position would be funded 100% from Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Funds.  The salary range will be between $42,000-$45,000, depending upon education and experience.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve posting of the Emergency Management Assistant Director Position as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

A. Requesting approval of Proclamation 2015-49 identifying the week of October 4th-10th, as Fire Prevention                 Week.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval of Proclamation 2015-49 identifying the week of October 4th-10th, as Fire Protection Week to raise awareness about fire protection with the slogan “Hear the Beep where you sleep!”

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Proclamation 2015-49 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Requesting approval to purchase two (2) complete sets of extrication equipment from Ten-8, the sole                           source Florida dealer, for $44,821.36.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval to purchase (2) complete sets of extrication equipment from Ten-8 which is the sole source Florida dealer in the amount of $44,821.36.  One set will replace old extrication equipment at the Morriston Station and the other will go to the Yankeetown Station.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the purchase of (2) complete sets of extrication equipment as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

C. Requesting approval to purchase an ice machine and bin from Johnstone Supply for $3,348.83.-TABLED-

 

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

 

Anne Bast Brown

Request approval to purchase a Workgroup Server from Computer Support Resources, Inc. to be used by the Office of the County Attorney in the amount of $3,084.00 to protect data software.

 

Atty. Brown requested Board approval to purchase a Workgroup Server from Computer Support Resources, Inc. in the amount of $3,084.00 to protect data software.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the purchase of a Workgroup Server as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Kay Gaither thanked Mr. Moody for placement of “No Littering” signs at the recycle trailer near her residence.

 

Sheriff McCallum provided updated information regarding Inmate Medical to the Board.

 

Drinda Merritt stated there will be a Memorial service Thursday at 11:00 A.M. for the bystander who was shot and killed in Inglis last Thursday.

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Joyner reminded everyone of the upcoming Fall Festival at Morriston Baptist Church on October 24th.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to re-appoint Linda Jane Cramer to the Board of Adjustments in the Realtor position.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks reminded everyone of the LARC Ride to Provide on October 24th; the Bronson First Baptist Church will have a Fall Festival on October 24th; the Chiefland First Baptist Church will have a Fall Fun Festival on October 28th

 

Comm. John Meeks reminded everyone of the Levy County Education Foundation Beast Feast also coming up on October 24th at the Etheridge Cracker House in Williston.

 

 

The meeting recessed at 10:29 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 11:00 A.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEVY COUNTY BUSINESS INCENTIVES PROGRAMS WORKSHOP

 

David Pieklik, Director, NCBD

Mr. Pieklik provided information to the Board regarding the Levy County Business Incentives Program and a proposed Guide and Application.

 

After discussion the Board agreed by consensus an applicant could get points for using local contractors on a construction job if 51% of its contractors were local or 51% of the cost of the project was to be performed by local contractors.

 

 

NON AGENDA ITEM

 

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

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to make application for Phase 2 funding to continue the improvements to the University Oaks Water system.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve application for Phase 2 funding for the University Oaks Water system as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Reminder:  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today at 1:00 P.M. at Fanning Springs EMS Station with Fanning Springs Town Council.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:45 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting October 20, 2015

REGULAR MEETING
LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OCTOBER 20
, 2015

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on October 20, 2015 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

 

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

 

CHECK NUMBER 121372-121531
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE905,883.98
ROAD82,450.00
PAL LIBRARY813.43
MOSQUITO CONTROL130.00
TRANSPORTATION18,288.11
COURT FACILITIES21.00
EMS30,347.92
FIRE106,675.91
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT6,673.87
UTILITIES2,377.65
ADD COURT COSTS637.62
CAPITAL PROJECTS17,344.07
LANDFILL80,732.28
TOTAL  $ 1,252,375.84 

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Special Board meeting held on September 14, 2015 and the Regular Board meeting held on September 22, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Special Board meeting held on September 14, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on September 22, 2015 with changes as stated.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Renate Cannon spoke to the Board regarding Department of Public Safety employee raises, specifically why they did not receive a raise in 2013.

Comm. John Meeks explained the Department of Public Safety employees are represented by a union which negotiated their raises separate from the rest of the Board employees.

Mr. Moody also explained how the union negotiation process works for pay increases for these employees.

 

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

John Meeks, Chairman

A. Recognizing Mr. Robert E. Lowyns as 2015 County Veterans Service Officer of the Year by the                                     Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

 

Comm. John Meeks made a presentation to Mr. Lowyns for being named the 2015 County Veterans Service Officer of the Year by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

B. Request approval to adopt Resolution 2015-52 supporting proposals by Citrus County, FL, to improve                        and expand recreational facilities around the Cross Florida Barge Canal and surrounding areas.

 

Comm. John Meeks presented Resolution 2015-52 for Board approval.  This Resolution supports Citrus County in the improvement and expansion of recreational boating facilities, trails, and other recreational improvements in and around the Cross Florida Barge Canal and the surrounding region.

 

Toni Collins asked if there were any plans included in this Resolution to extend the Nature Trail south to the Withlacoochee River.

Comm. John Meeks stated extending the Nature Trail was not part of the expansion at this time.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-52 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

HAVEN HOSPICE

 

Anita Howard, Haven Hospice Administrator in Chiefland, Florida requested Board approval of Proclamation 2015-51, recognizing November, 2015 as National Hospice Palliative Care Month.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Proclamation 2015-51 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Ms. Howard provided an update of the “Fall at the Putnam Lodge” Haven Hospice event held recently in Cross City.

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

 

David Pieklik, Directo

A. Request approval of 2015-2016 Annual Contract between Levy County and Nature Coast                                              Business Development Council.

 

Mr. Pieklik requested Board approval of the 2015-2016 Annual Contract between Levy County and Nature Coast Business Development Council.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the 2015-2016 Annual Contract between Levy County and Nature Coast Business Development Council as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

B. Review progress report for September to October, 2015.

 

Mr. Pieklik provided a progress report for September to October, 2015 as requested by the Board.

 

 

 

VISION CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

 

Pastor Carl Carnegie

Pastor Carnegie spoke to the Board regarding sidewalk access to Vision Christian Academy in Raleigh.  He stated he is concerned for the safety of the children attending school and for those in the community walking to the park as well.  Pastor Carnegie stated there is a large volume of constructions trucks which pass through this area regularly.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated he and some others will be visiting the area today to see if anything can be done with regard to any alternatives which could be utilized.

Mr. Moody stated he will research this situation and give an update to the Board at the next meeting the possibility of other funding sources.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody,

A. Request approval of Funding Agreement between Levy County and Meridian for fiscal year 2015-2016.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the Funding Agreement between Levy County and Meridian for fiscal year 2015-2016.  The funding amount agreed upon by the Board during budget discussions was $18,750 per quarter, which is the same amount as last fiscal year.

 

Comm. Stevens stated he did not agree with the amount of funding for Meridian and would like to see it reduced.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Funding Agreement between Levy County and Meridian for fiscal year 2015-2016 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Request date and workshop for proposed ordinance amending Chapter 47 of the Levy County Code of                      Ordinances pertaining to Impact Fees.

 

Mr. Moody requested the Board set a workshop date for a proposed Ordinance amending Chapter 47 of the Levy County Code of Ordinances pertaining to Impact Fees.

 

It was agreed by the Board to set a Workshop for November 3rd at 11:00 A.M. or immediately following the Regular Board meeting.

 

 

ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Wilbur Dean

A. Requesting approval of the Board and signature of the Chair on the USDA Rural Development Grant                          Letter of Support for the Town of Inglis.

 

Mr. Dean requested Board approval and signature of the Chairman for the USDA Rural Development Grant Letter of Support for the Town of Inglis.  If approved, the Grant funds will be used for the addition of bays at the existing fire station in Inglis.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Letter of Support for the Town of Inglis with the Chairman’s signature as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Request approval of the Board to accommodate the City of Williston’s request to waive Waste-Pro,                               USA dumping fees for the City clean-up event that will be held on October 24, 2015.

 

Mr. Dean requested approval of the Board of the City of Williston’s request to waive Waste-Pro, USA dumping fees for the City Clean-up event to be held October 24, 2015.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to waive the Waste-Pro, USA dumping fees as requested by the City of Williston as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

 

Tammy Jones

Request approval of the Board to alter precinct lines for future elections (Florida Statute 101.001).

 

Mrs. Jones requested Board approval to alter precinct lines for future elections (Florida Statute 101.001).  Altering the precinct lines will enable voters more convenience when voting at their polling place on Election Day.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the request to alter precinct lines as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the motion carries.

 

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

John MacDonald, Director

Request approval to contract with the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council for the 5 year LMS (Local Mitigation Strategy) Plan Re-write.  Agreement will be paid out of 2015 SHSGP (State Homeland Security Grant Program) Funds.

 

Mr. MacDonald requested Board approval of the contract with North Central Florida Regional Planning Council for the 5 year LMS (Local Mitigation Strategy) Plan Re-write.  This Agreement will be paid from the 2015 SHSGP (State Homeland Security Grant Program) Funds.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the contract with the North Florida Central Florida Regional Planning Council as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

 

Connie Conley, General Manager

Request Board approval of an agreement for a grant award of the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Shirley Conroy Rural Area Capital Assistance Program Grant.

 

Mrs. Conley requested Board approval of an Agreement for a grant award of the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Shirley Conroy Rural Area Capital Assistance Program Grant in the amount of $73,259.  This grant was approved at 100% for the purchase of one cutaway vehicle with seating capacity of 12 and 2 wheelchair positions.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the Agreement for a grant award of the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Shirley Conroy Rural Area Capital Assistance Program Grant as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PARKS & RECREATION

 

Matt Weldon, Director

Request approval to apply for the RIVER Funding Assistance grant through Suwannee River Water Management District for the Blue Springs Project.

 

Mr. Weldon requested Board approval to apply for the RIVER Funding Assistance grant through Suwannee River Water Management District for the Blue Springs Project.  The funding amount requested for this phase is $300,000 and would be used for the dredging of Blue Springs and Little Blue Springs as well as restoration around the spring wall.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the application for RIVER Funding Assistance grant as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PLANNING

 

Shenley Neely, Planning Director

Staff respectfully requests the Board hear a follow up report and provide further direction on the issue of transferring lands currently within the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) into the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) creating a single WMD for Levy County.

 

Ms. Neely requested Board direction regarding the issue of transferring lands currently within the Southwest Florida Management District (SWFWMD) into the Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD), creating a single WMD for Levy County.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to direct staff to draft a letter to both Water Management Districts informing them of the County’s proposal.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to direct staff to work with appropriate parties to draft proposed legislation as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

SHIP DEPARTMENT

 

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

 

Ms. Neely requested Board approval for the SHIP Annual Reports for 2013/2014 to be submitted to Florida Housing Finance Corporation with the Chairman’s signature.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the SHIP Annual Reports for fiscal year 2013/2014 with the Chairman’s signature as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

Requesting approval to purchase the following Capital Equipment, two (2) 2016 Ford F-550 Chassis from Coggins Ford, in Jacksonville, Florida, $79,046.00, one (1) light rescue module from Emergency Tactical Vehicle in Sanford, Florida $104,581.00, one (1) remount/recondition Pierce mini-pumper (squad) from Emergency Tactical Vehicles in Sanford, Florida $56,517.00. – TABLED –

 

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

 

Anne Bast Brown

Request consideration of an offer of $1,500 to settle an outstanding SHIP mortgage for Maggie and Gregory Allen with a balance due of $8,470.05 and if accepted, approve a Satisfaction of Mortgage contingent on receipt of the settlement offer amount.  The settlement and Satisfaction will allow a sale of the Allen property and conclude the County’s interest in the foreclosure in Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, v. Allen, Case No. 38-2015-CA-000085, in the Circuit Court for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, Levy County.

 

Atty. Brown requested the Board consider an offer of $1,500 to settle an outstanding SHIP mortgage for Maggie and Gregory Allen with a balance due of $8,470.05 and, if accepted, approve a Satisfaction of Mortgage contingent on receipt of the settlement offer amount.

 

Natalie Thomas, the Realtor for this property spoke to the Board and encouraged them to accept the offer.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to accept the $1,500 offer to settle the SHIP mortgage for Maggie and Gregory Allen and approval of a Satisfaction of Mortgage as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Ron Grant commented on the Billboards placed along I-75 advertising Levy County.

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Rock Meeks reminded everyone of several upcoming events:

 

October 24thLARC Ride to Provide:

Levy County Education Foundation Beast Feast
Morriston Baptist Church Fall Festival

October 28thChiefland First Baptist, Fall Fun Night

 

Comm. John Meeks invited everyone to the Bronson Trunk of Treats event on October 31st at the Youth League field starting at 6:00 P.M.  The Addams Family musical is playing at the Chief Theatre in Chiefland.

 

 

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

 

ATTEST:    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________     ________________________________________

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

 

Special Meeting September 30, 2015

 

SPECIAL MEETING
LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

The Special Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 30, 2015 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:

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court
County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

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

CHECK NUMBER 121179-121317
FUND AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 94,977.75
ROAD 279,629.68
PAL LIBRARY 4,706.64
TRANSPORTATION 8,984.17
911 1,515.46
EMS 163,941.10
FIRE 104,830.49
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 562.91
UTILITIES 156.86
DRUG TASK FORCE 13,370.00
CAPITAL PROJECTS 70,527.72
LANDFILL 5,386.47
TOTAL $ 748,589.25

FINANCE

Sheila Rees
Request approval of Resolution 2015-50 amending the final budget for fiscal year 2015-2016.

Mrs. Rees requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-50 amending the final budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. The total budget increase is $110,360,000 in the two funds, General Fund and E911 Fund due to four (4) grants.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-50 amending the final budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 as presented. Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Fred Moody
A. Present proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the Board and Laborers International Union of North America Local 630 and a proposed 3% salary increase for consideration.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of County Commissioners and the Laborers International Union of North America Local 630 and a proposed 3% salary increase effective October 1, 2015 and a comp time accrual protocol for a 1 year trial period.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of County Commissioners and the Laborers International Union of North America Local 630, a 3% pay raise and comp time accrual protocol as requested. Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

B. Request approval of Lease, Addendum A, and updated Disclosure Statement between Levy County and Fresh from Florida.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the Lease, Addendum A, and updated Disclosure Statement between Levy County and Fresh from Florida. The lease is for two years at $150.00 per month.

Comm. Joyner made a motion made a motion to approve the Lease, Addendum A, and updated Disclosure Statement between Levy County and Fresh from Florida as requested. Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

C. Request approval of proposed write-offs of uncollected, past due University Oaks and Manatee Utilities water bills.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the proposed write-offs of uncollected, past due University Oaks and Manatee Utilities water bills for 2010 through 2013. The amounts are as follows:

University Oaks $ 1,024.03
Manatee Utilities $ 60.54

Total $ 1,085.57

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the write-offs as requested. Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean
Ratification of September 23, 2015 letter to Natural Resource Conservation Service requesting Federal assistance.

Mr. Dean requested ratification by the Board of a letter dated September 23, 2015 to the Natural Resources Conservation Service requesting assistance with the flooding in the Inglis/Yankeetown area.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to ratify the letter with the Chairman’s signature to the Natural Resources Conservation Service as presented. Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

ROAD DEPARTMENT

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent
Request approval for easement to Central Florida Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Casey Duquette requested on behalf of Mr. Greenlee Board approval if an Easement with Central Florida Electric Cooperative, Inc. to allow power to be provided to a new customer of CFEC.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the Easement with Central Florida Electric Cooperative, Inc. as requested. Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

Carol McQueen, Director
Request approval to submit an application to the Big Bend Seed Grant for $20,000 maximum amount (non-matching) to the Conservation Fund by October 8, 2015.

Mrs. McQueen requested Board approval to submit an application to the Big Bend Seed Grant for $20,000 maximum amount to the Conservation Fund by October 8, 2015. The project would be a Shellfish Trail, a map/brochure and web development. The Shellfish trail would tell, 1) where to learn about shellfish – i.e., areas to tour, fish or harvest shellfish, 2) buy shellfish and, 3) eat shellfish like oysters, clams, scallops in restaurants within the coastal communities of Levy, Dixie, Taylor and Jefferson counties.

Comm. Rooks requested the recreational harvesting of clams be added to the list of shellfish which could be harvested.
Mrs. McQueen stated this could be added as well as an addition within the budget to advertise for the programs “kick-off”.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve submittal of an application to the Big Bend Seed Grant as requested. Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Joyner stated there will be several events taking place on October 24th:
LARC “Ride to Provide”
Morriston Baptist Church Fall Festival and Fish Fry
Levy County Education Foundation “Beast Feast” at the Etheridge Cracker House, Williston

Events taking place on October 17th are:
Cedar Key Seafood Festival, October 17th & 18th
Haven Hospice “Fall at the Putnam Lodge” in Cross City

Comm. Joyner stated the Williston Peanut Festival will be this weekend, October 3rd beginning with the Purple Pinkie 5K.

Comm. John Meeks stated the Commissioners had been asked to participate at the Beast Feast. Leslie Sturmer has informed him clams will be provided for the Commissioners to serve.

Carol McQueen reminded everyone the “Taste of Cedar Key” will take place this weekend in Cedar Key and the Florida High School Rodeo will be in Williston at the Horsemen’s Park.

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 9:35 A.M.

ATTEST: BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
LEVY COUNTY, FL

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

BOCC Regular Meeting September 22, 2015

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 22, 2015 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:

 

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court 

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown 

County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:00 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. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER  120844-121039
FUND         AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE349,830.80
ROAD43,530.87
PAL LIBRARY21,762.84
TRANSPORTATION24,597.98
COURT FACILITIES23.00
EMS28,677.58
FIRE13,856.68
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT1,422.42
UTILITIES2,176.46
DRUG TASK FORCE1,696.19
ADD COURT COSTS637.62
LANDFILL85,694.22
TOTAL   $    573,906.66
EFT PAYMENT   $      21,682.06
ONLINE TRANSFER – LANDFILL   $        2,725.00

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on August 18th, 2015 and the Tentative Budget Hearing held on September 3, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on August 18th, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the minutes for the Tentative Budget Hearing held on September 3, 2015 with corrections.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Renate Cannon requested more meeting agendas be made available for the public.

 

Elijah Williams spoke to the Board regarding his concerns from a recent 911 call he made.  Mr. Williams stated the operator attempted to ask numerous health questions regarding the patient he felt were unnecessary.

 

Kay Gaither suggested the Animal Services Department use more volunteers the next time a pet adoption event is held instead of paid employees.  She also commented on some of the dogs not being bathed before being brought to the event.

 

 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

 

Bill Henderson

Presentation of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) County Work Program Priorities.

 

Mr. Henderson spoke to the Board of the Florida Department of Transportation County Work Program Priorities and also extended an invitation for the Public Workshop to be held in Lake City District Office on October 8th from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

 

Mr. Henderson stated Jordan Green has been promoted from his position as the rural liaison for this area and introduced Barney Bennett who will be taking his place.

 

 

ANIMAL CONTROL

 

David Weatherford gave a report to the Board of the recent Pet Adoption event held in Chiefland.  He stated there were 9 dogs and 4 cats adopted.  Mr. Weatherford also stated all animals brought to the event were given de-wormer.

 

Albert Reese, Lucille Reese and Donna Rowe spoke regarding volunteering at Animal Control.

Toni Collins spoke positively regarding the efforts of the Animal Control Department.

 

 

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

 

Carol McQueen, Director

Request approval of an amendment to the original 2014-2015 contract with Collinson & Company d/b/a Interfuse Media.  The Amendment will continue our contract with them to provide media marketing for another twelve (12) months, for our 2015-2016 fiscal year.  The Levy County Tourist Development and Levy County Board of County Commissioners approved the 2015-2016 Marketing Plan which includes this contract.

 

Mrs. McQueen requested Board approval of an amendment to the original 2-14-2015 contract with Collinson & Company d/b/a Interfuse Media.  This Amendment to Agreement is to allow for another year, (12 months) starting October 1, 2015 for Collinson & Company d/b/a Interfuse Media to provide digital media marketing according to the Interfuse Complete Deliverable Schedule for a contract price of $24,000.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Amendment to Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

Barbara Locke, Administrator

Presenting the Annual County Contract between the Florida Department of Health, Levy County and the Board of County Commissioners, Levy County for fiscal year 2015-2016.

 

Mrs. Locke requested Board approval of the Annual County Contract between the Florida Department of Health, Levy County and the Board of County Commissioners, Levy County for fiscal year 2015-2016.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Annual County Contract as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

WAR, INC. D/B/A WITHLACOOCHEE AQUATIC RESTORATION

 

Dan Hilliard, President

A presentation to update the County Commission regarding changes to the Lower Withlacoochee River Environmental Assessment project.  Discussion will include identification of new partnerships with State agencies and the community.

 

Mr. Hilliard gave an update to the Board regarding changes to the Lower Withlacoochee River Environmental Assessment project.  He also updated the Board about partnerships with State agencies and the communities and Yankeetown and Inglis.

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

 

David Pieklik, Executive Director

Presenting proposed business incentives guide and application, as well as discuss a draft ordinance.

 

Mr. Pieklik presented the two (2) proposed business incentives program guides and applications for new and existing businesses; the Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemptions (EDATE) program, and the Economic Development Fund (EDF).  The applications would be reviewed by the Levy County Property Appraiser, Nature Coast Business Development Council and Levy County staff prior to being presented to the Board of County Commissioners for final determination.

 

After discussion, the Board agreed by consensus to conduct a Workshop following the next Regular Board meeting scheduled for October 6th.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

Mike West, 911 Addressing

Request signature on CenturyLink Agreements for Centurion and Evergreen.

 

Mr. West requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature on the CenturyLink Agreements for Centurion and Evergreen.  Approval of the Agreements will provide coverage for one year on the PSAP equipment and software.  Funding for this coverage will be paid from funds received from the E911 Board through a Rural County Grant.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the CenturyLink Agreements for Centurion and Evergreen as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

1. Request approval of the Board to accommodate the City of Fanning Springs request to waive Waste Pro USA dumping fees for the City clean up event that will be held on October 3, 2015.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to grant the City of Fanning Springs’ request to waive Waste Pro, USA dumping fees for the City clean up event to be held on October 3, 2015.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to waive the dumping fees for the City of Fanning Springs for their clean up event as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

2. Request approval of the Board to remove Interim from John MacDonald’s job title and place him as Director of Emergency Management at current rate of pay.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to remove “Interim” from John MacDonald’s job title and place him as Director of Emergency Management at the current rate of pay.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to remove “Interim” from John MacDonald’s job title and place him as Director of Emergency Management as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

3. Request approval of the Board and signature of the Chairman on a letter to Mrs. Linda Fugate giving Board approval to send out tax deed warning letters on impending tax deed application, as requested.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval with the Chairman’s signature on a letter to Mrs. Linda Fugate, Tax Collector giving Board approval to send out Tax Deed warning letters on impending Tax Deed Applications.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature a letter to Mrs. Linda Fugate, Tax Collector giving Board approval to send out Tax Deed warning letters as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

4. Request approval to award the bid for auctioneering services to Atkins Realty and Auction.

 

Mr. Moody requested the Board award the bid for auctioneering services to Atkins Realty and Auction.  After advertising bid or auctioneering services, the Board Office received one submittal, Atkins Realty and Auction with fees of 7.92% of the final bid price.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to award the bid for auctioneering services to Atkins Realty and Auction as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

 

Jacqueline Martin, Manager

Present proposed Privacy Policy and Procedures as they pertain to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. (HIPPA)

 

Mrs. Martin presented the proposed Privacy Policy and Procedures as they pertain to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) for Board approval.  The purpose of this document is to outline the County’s policy on the privacy of employee protected health information under the HIPPA rules.  Mrs. Martin stated Addendum A has not been finalized and requested Board approval for the Chairman to sign upon completion.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Privacy Policy and Procedures as they pertain to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act with the Chairman’s signature on Addendum A as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

 

1. Request approval by the Board and the Chairman’s signature to execute the first two (2) year option to renew the Agreement between Levy County and the University of Florida, Board of Trustees for Medical Director Services.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval with the Chairman’s signature to execute the first two (2) year option to renew the Agreement between Levy County and the University of Florida, Board of Trustees for Medical Director Services.

 

Dr. Jason Jones, Medical Director and Dr. Tindall spoke to the Board and addressed Mr. Williams’ concerns regarding the call made to Levy County 911.  He stated the questions the dispatcher asked of the caller were part of a new system called “Emergency Medical Dispatch” which is the international gold standard for dispatching.  Dr. Jones stated when the dispatcher is asking questions, an ambulance is already on its way.  The questions being asked are to determine if anything can be done before the ambulance arrives to assist the person in need.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Chairman’s signature on the Agreement between Levy County and the University of Florida, Board of Trustees for Medical Director Services as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

2. Requesting the Board to ratify acceptance of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $50,486.00 from the Department of Homeland Security for a health and wellness program to include exercise equipment and physical exams.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval to ratify acceptance of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) in the amount of $50,486.00 from the Department of Homeland Security for a Health and Wellness Program to include exercise equipment and physical exams.  The County’s obligation is $2,524.00 and will come from the Capital Equipment line of the Fire budget.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to ratify acceptance of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

3. Request approval of the Board to purchase equipment for the Department.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval to purchase the following:

 

8 self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA’s)

from Ten-8 Fire Equipment                                                                                                    $44,509.80

3 power stretchers from Stryker                                                                                             $50,414.94

4 stair chairs from Stryker                                                                                                       $10,509.78

 

Chief Knowles stated the purchases will be made by expending funds from the Capital Equipment line item budget for FY 2015/2016. Two of the three stretchers can be traded-in toward the purchase of three new stretchers.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the purchases as listed above and to use the two old stretchers as trade-in.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

4. Request approval to purchase two (2) new Type III Ambulance units from Emergency Tactical Rescue Vehicles in Sanford, Florida, manufactured by American Emergency Vehicles.

 

Chief Knowles 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 in the amount of $287,264.00.  The purchase price is from the Florida Sheriff’s Association Bid Contract.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the purchase of two (2) new Type III ambulance units from Emergency Tactical Rescue Vehicles in the amount of $287,264 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE

 

Jim Jones, Director

Request approval of the Board to purchase a truck through State Bid.

 

Mr. Jones requested Board approval to purchase a service body 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 through State Bid in the amount of $32,179 using current year funds.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the purchase of a new truck as requested in the amount of $32,179 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SOLID WASTE

 

Benny Jerrels, Director

Request Board approval of Levy County’s service agreement with the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council for the new fiscal year 2016.

 

Rod Hastings requested on behalf of Mr. Jerrels Board approval of the Levy County Service Agreement with the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council for the new fiscal year, 2016.  This agreement is renewed annually for the annual verification of hazardous waste management practices.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Service Agreement with the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Toni Collins stated she had received notification the grant which she had submitted an application to the State for the Levy County Historical Society to fund the water archaeological study would not be granted.

Mrs. Collins also reminded everyone of the LARC “Ride to Provide” event coming up on October 24th and of the “Taste of Cedar Key” event on October 3rd.

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Joyner reminded everyone the LARC “Ride to Provide” event and the Levy County Education Foundation Beast Feast will both be taking place on October 24th.  The Cedar Key Seafood Festival is scheduled for October 17th and 18th.

 

Comm. Stevens stated the Williston Peanut Festival will be on October 3rd.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated the Haven Hospice event “Fall at the Lodge” will be on October 17th in Cross City at the Putnam Lodge.

 

Comm. John Meeks requested Board approval to re-appoint Skipper Henderson to the Value Adjustment Board.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to re-appoint Skipper Henderson to the Value Adjustment Board as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. John Meeks stated the School Board is scheduled to select their two individuals to serve on the Value
Adjustment Board today.

 

Comm. John Meeks announced there will be a VAB organizational meeting on October 6th at 8:30 A.M. where a Chairman and Vice-Chairman will be selected.  October 19th has been selected as the Hearing Date for VAB.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated there is a planning/visioning meeting scheduled for Thursday morning at the Cedar Key Museum which he serves as Chairman.

Toni Collins added there is a Public Meeting for the Cedar Key Museum scheduled for Wednesday evening from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

 

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

 

Comm. Rooks requested the Board consider hearing a non-agenda item regarding G Street in Cedar Key.

 

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

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to allow the Grants Coordinator, Tisha Whitehurst to write a grant for the re-paving of G Street in Cedar Key.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

  • Reminder: Executive Session at the office of the County Attorney at 11:00 A.M.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:03 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

Special BOCC Final Budget Hearing Meeting September 14, 2015

FINAL BUDGET HEARING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

 

 

The Final Budget Hearing of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 14, 2015 at 6:00 P.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:

 

Clerk of Court – Danny J. Shipp 

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown 

County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 6:00 P.M.  Comm. Joyner gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

Non Ad-Valorem Special Assessments

 

1. Requesting approval of Resolution 2015-37, Annual rates for Fire Protection Services.

 

Comm. John Meeks presented the Annual Rate Resolution for Fire Protection Services, Resolution 2015-37 for Board approval.  Mr. Moody stated the rates for each of the Resolution are the same as last year.

 

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the Annual Rate Resolution for Fire Protection Services.  There were none.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-37 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

2. Request approval of Resolution 2015-38, Annual rate for EMS Tax Assessment.

 

Comm. John Meeks presented the Annual EMS Tax Assessment Rate Resolution, Resolution 2015-38 for Board approval.

 

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the Annual EMS Tax Assessment Resolution.
Renate Cannon and Dana Sheffield spoke.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-38 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

3. Request approval of Resolution 2015-39, Annual rate for Solid Waste Assessment.

 

Comm. John Meeks presented the Annual Rate Resolution for Solid Waste Assessments, Resolution 2015-39 for Board approval.

 

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the Annual Solid Waste Assessment Resolution.

Dana Sheffield spoke.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-39 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

4. Request approval of Resolution 2015-40, Annual rate for Roadway Maintenance Service Assessments.

 

Comm. John Meeks presented the Annual Rate Resolution for Roadway Maintenance Service Assessments, Resolution 2015-40 for Board approval.

 

Comm. John Meeks asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the Annual Rate Resolution for Roadway Maintenance Service Assessments.

Sallie Ann Collins spoke.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-40 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Finance

Sheila Rees

 

1. Request approval of Resolution 2015-44 for adopting the Final Millage for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

 

Mrs. Rees requested the Board approve Resolution 2015-44, adopting the Final Millage for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.  Mrs. Rees stated the millage rate had been tentatively set at 8.2741, which funds the budget as currently calculated, with the rolled back rate of 8.1662.  The tentative millage rate is 1.32% over the rolled back rate.

 

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

Renate Cannon spoke.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-44, adopting the final millage rate at 8.2741 with the rolled back rate of 8.1662 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

2. Request approval of Resolution 2015-45 for the adoption of the Final Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

 

Mrs. Rees requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-45 for the adoption of the Final Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.  Mrs. Rees provided information to the Board members of amendments to the tentative budget previously approved.  The total amount for the amendments will increase the budget by $1,104,854.  If approved, the total budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 will be $60,523,360.

 

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

Dana Sheffield spoke.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the amendments as presented and to approve Resolution 2015-45 adopting the fiscal year 2015-2016 final budget in the amount of $60,523,360.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 7:00 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting September 8, 2015

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 8, 2015 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

 

 

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. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

CHECK NUMBER

120844-121039
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE1,159,182.96
ROAD197,752.89
PAL LIBRARY17,666.69
COURT TECH/CRIM PREV12,272.20
TRANSPORTATION3,345.76
911126,647.04
COURT FACILITIES352.00
EMS34,100.61
FIRE33,110.10
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT5,829.76
UTILITIES6,246.53
ADD COURT COSTS3,242.15
DEBT SERVICE2,500.00
CAPITAL PROJECTS10,889.50
LANDFILL86,654.41
TOTAL   $ 1,699,792.60
 
EFT PAYMENT   $      24,459.95
ONLINE TRANSFER – GENERAL FUND1,000,000.00
ONLINE TRANSFER – EMS412,903.00
ONLINE TRANSFER – FIRE193,145.00
ONLINE TRANSFER – UTILITIES80,211.00
TOTAL ONLINE TRANSFERS   $ 1,686,259.00

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on August 4, 2015 were presented for approval.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on August 4, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Ivan Chubb presented to the Board an American flag honoring those who died on 9/11/01 in the World Trade Center terrorist attack.

Director of Veterans Services, Robert Lowyns stated the flag will be on display at the Levy County Veterans Services office.

Michael Gaither questioned the removal of the handicap parking space which had recently been marked in front the courthouse.

Comm. John Meeks stated there are guidelines set by the ADA which must be complied with and the location along the street did not comply with these guidelines.

Kay Gaither thanked Mr. Moody for the call notifying herself and Mr. Gaither of the removal of the handicap space.

Mrs. Gaither commented on the Animal Services Department not giving worm medication to adult dogs.

PUBLIC HEARING

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

Atty. Brown administered the swearing in procedures for those wishing to speak for or against any of the items to be presented.

Bill Hammond, Director

A. Request the Board to proceed to approve Hardship Variance Ha. Va. 15-05 for John McGowan II.

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of Hardship Variance Ha. Va. 15-05 for John McGowan, II.

Comm. John Meeks asked if any of the Commissioners had any ex-parte communication with the petitioner.  There were none.

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

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Hardship Variance Ha. Va. 15-05 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

B. Request the Board to proceed to adopt Resolution 2015-41 for Ronald and Linda Gillman.

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-41, Plat Vacation of “US 19 No. 10 Addition” for Ronald and Linda Gillman.

Comm. John Meeks asked if any of the Commissioners had any ex-parte communication with the petitioners.  There were none.

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

Ronald Gillman spoke.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-41 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

C. Request the Board to proceed to adopt the Order to Approve for Frank A. Marino, Jr. and Scott P. McKinley, Trustee. (SE 15-03).

Mr. Hammond requested Board proceed to adopt the Order to Approve or Order to Deny for Frank A. Marino, Jr. and Scott P. McKinley, Trustee (SE 15-03).  The Special Exception is to allow on-premise sales and consumption of alcohol at Scooter Haven Country Club, Inc. in Inglis.

Comm. John Meeks asked if any of the Commissioners had any ex-parte communication with the petitioners.  Comm. Stevens, Comm. Rock Meeks, Comm. Rooks, Comm. Joyner and Comm. John Meeks all stated they had ex-parte communication with the petitioners.

One of the applicants, Lewis Falco presented information to the Board regarding the petition.

Comm. John Meeks asked if anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the petition.  Those who spoke are listed below:

            For                                                                  Against

            Cheryl Eckert                                                  Carl Roof

            Mitch Gerardi                                                 Juanita Roof

            Lewis Falco                                                     Carl Roof, Jr.

            Lisa Flanders                                                   Eldridge Fowler

                                                                                    Gary Jones

                                                                                    Renate Cannon

                                                                                    Robert Roar

                                                                                    Kay Gaither

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Order to Deny for SE 15-03.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

The meeting recessed at 10:15 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 10:26 A.M.

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

Bill Hammond, Director

Request signature of Chairman for the NFIP, AW 214 Annual Re-certification.

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of the Annual Re-Certification, Form AW-214-1 due to FEMA by October 1st each year.  This form requires the Development Department to certify the continued implementation of credited activities required by the County’s participation in the CRS. (Community Rating System)

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the NFIP, AW-214-1 Re-certification as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

SOUTH LEVY RESIDENTS

Ms. Pam Willis and Mr. Eldridge Fowler

Request more assistance with flood control in Inglis and South Levy County.  (CR 40A and Butler Road)

Pam Willis and Eldridge made a presentation to the Board regarding the flooding in the area of CR 40A and Butler Road near Inglis.  They stated they wanted the Board take action to replace the culverts or add a bridge north of C40A and to clean out the mosquito control ditch located north of C40A on US19.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Fred Moody

A. Presenting proposed addition to “Assistant to the County Coordinator” job description.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the proposed addition to the “Assistant to the County Coordinator” job description.  The requested addition is:  In the absence of the County Coordinator the Assistant to the County Coordinator is authorized to sign internal documents such as payroll, purchase orders, budget transfers, leave and travel requests or other internal documents as determined by the County Coordinator.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the addition to the Assistant to the County Coordinator job description as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

B. Request approval to partner with Town of Bronson in paving of NE 80th Street also known as “School Street”.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to partner with the Town of Bronson in the paving of NE 80th Street, also known as School Street.  The county portion of this street is already scheduled to be paved.  The Town of Bronson has agreed to pay the amount of $34,058.15, the estimated cost for the Road Department to include the portion of the street maintained by the Town.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Road Department partnering with the Town of Bronson in the paving of NE 80th Street as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

C. Request approval of Renewal and Amendment of Lease made as of October 1, 2015 between Hudson Properties, Inc. and Levy County, for Guardian Ad Litem.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the Renewal and Amendment of Lease made as of October 1, 2015 between Hudson Properties, Inc. and Levy County, for Guardian Ad Litem.  The monthly lease amount is shared by Levy and Gilchrist County.  Mr. Moody stated the monthly portion to be paid by Levy County is $1,078.86.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Renewal and Amendment of Lease as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean

Request approval to donate a surplus vehicle to AMVETS of Levy County, District 16.  Asset #6697, VIN# 1FDWE35S95HA30285, 2005 Ford, formerly LCT 14.

Mr. Dean requested Board approval to donate a surplus vehicle from the Transit Department to AMVETS of Levy County, District 16.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the donation of a vehicle from the Transit Department to AMVETS of Levy County, District 16 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

CLERK OF THE COURT

Danny J. Shipp

Update on Value Adjustment Board, (VAB).

Wilbur Dean gave an update on behalf of Mr. Shipp on the Value Adjustment Board to the Commissioners and stated it is time for the Board to select which Commissioners would serve for 2015.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to appoint Comm. John Meeks and Comm. Joyner to the VAB.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

COUNTY AGENT

Albert Fuller, Director

Requesting a donation from the County Commissioners for building an apiary education exhibit at the Levy County Extension Office address.

Mr. Fuller introduced Kathy Johnson who will be maintaining the bees in the apiary education exhibit at the Ag. Extension property.  Ms. Johnson gave a presentation to the Board of the plans for the apiary exhibit and requested a donation from the Board to install an 8 ft. wall around the exhibit with glass for viewing.  The cost for this wall enclosure would be $4,085 and Ms. Johnson stated there is someone willing to match the Board’s contribution.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve donating $2,042.50 toward the expense of building the wall around the apiary exhibit.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

GRANTS COORDINATOR

Tisha Whitehurst

Ratify the approval and submittal by Fred Moody, County Coordinator, of the application for Planning Assistance for the RESTORE Act Direct Component Non-Construction Activities, and authorize the County Coordinator to approve and submit any amendments to the application.

Mrs. Whitehurst requested the Board ratify and approve Fred Moody, County Coordinator to submit the application for Planning Assistance for the RESTORE Act Direct Component Non-Construction Activities, and to authorize the County Coordinator to approve and submit any amendments to the application.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to ratify and approve submittal by Mr. Moody of the application as requested and to approve Mr. Moody to approve and submit any amendments to the application as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

LIBRARY

Lisa Brasher, Director

Request approval of State Aid to Libraries Grant Agreement for FY 2015/16.

Ms. Brasher requested Board approval of the State Aid to Libraries Grant Agreement for FY 2015/2016.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the State Aid to Libraries Grant Agreement for FY 2015/2016 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC SAFETY

David Knowles, Director

A. Presenting Public Safety quarterly report.

Chief Knowles gave a presentation of the quarterly Public Safety Report.

B Requesting approval of the Board for FY 2014-2015 third quarter write-off’s.

Chief Knowles requested Board approval of the FY 2014-2015 third quarter write-off’s in the amount of $95,321.52.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the FY 2014-2015 third quarter write-off’s as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

C. Requesting approval for the purchase of a server from Dell for $3,819.42.

Chief Knowles requested Board approval for the purchase of a Dell server in the amount of $3,819.42.  Chief Knowles stated the cost of the server is according to State contract and will be purchased directly from Dell as all of the other equipment for their system at the Department of Public Safety is also Dell.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the purchase of a Dell server as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

ROAD DEPARTMENT

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

Request permission of the Board to seek Right of Way for SE 160th Ave.

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval to seek 60 ft. Right of Way for a portion of SE 160th Ave not currently county maintained.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve seeking Right of Way for a portion of SE 160th Ave. as requested by Mr. Greenlee.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Rooks requested information from Mr. Greenlee regarding the bridges in Cedar Key.

Mr. Greenlee stated he had spoken with someone from Universal Engineers recently and is waiting for a call to schedule a time in which someone can come out to look at the approach to the bridge.

COUNTY ATTORNEY

Anne Bast Brown

Request approval of waiver of requirements of SS.122.313 (3) and (7), Fla. Stat. for Chris Cowart and Marilyn Ladner as members of the RESTORE Act Advisory Committee.

Atty. Brown requested Board approval for the waiver of requirements of SS.122.313 (3) and (7), Fla. Stat. for Chris Cowart and Marilyn Ladner as members of the RESTORE Act Advisory Committee.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the waiver of requirements of SS.122.313 (3) and (7) as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Toni Collins requested there be clearer information be added to the Board meeting Agenda’s.

Dana Sheffield echoed Mrs. Collins’ request for clearer information on the Board meeting Agenda’s.

Donna Rowe spoke to the Board regarding the requirement of drug testing and background checks for Animal Service volunteers.

Lucille Reese also spoke regarding volunteering at Animal Services.

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Joyner stated the local Ranch Rodeo Team will be competing in the State Finals held in Kissimmee on September 25th and 26th.

Comm. Rooks stated Friday, September 11th there will be a prayer service held at the Episcopal Church in Cedar Key at 12:00 P.M. and all are welcome to attend.

Comm. Rooks stated there will be an Animal Service Report given every three (3) months instead of monthly.

Comm. John Meeks announced the next Legislative Delegation meeting will be on Monday, September 21st at 9:30 A.M. at the Dogan Cobb Municipal Building in Bronson.

Comm. John Meeks stated he had recently attended a RESTORE Act meeting where “Pot 3” money was discussed.

Comm. John Meeks brought up the issue of videotaping of Board meetings for discussion.

Terry Witt stated there would be transparency if the meetings were videotaped and would like to see it available on the Clerk’s website along with the meetings audio and minutes.

Ms. Jones stated she was videoing from her phone and it was available live on the Chiefland Citizen website at no charge.

Other audience members who spoke were:  Kay Gaither, Lucille Reese, Albert Reese, Mrs. Meeks.

It was agreed by the Commissioners videoing done for the meeting would not be necessary as it was already being done by different members of the audience.

  • The meeting to adopt the Final Budget is scheduled for September 14th at 6:00 P.M.

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 12:21 P.M.

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

                                                                                                    LEVY COUNTY, FL

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