BOCC Regular Meeting DECEMBER 20, 2016

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

DECEMBER 20, 2016

 

 

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

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

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

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

 

EXPENDITURES

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

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

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

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

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

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

 

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

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

LEVY COUNTY CONSTITUTIONAL AND COURT FACILITIES COMMITTEE

Eighth Judicial Circuit, Paul Silverman

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

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

The motion dies for lack of a second.

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

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

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

INTERIM COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean

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

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

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

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

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

 

BUILDING AND ZONING

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

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

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

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

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

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

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

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting DECEMBER 6, 2016

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

DECEMBER 6, 2016

 

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

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

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

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

 

 

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

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

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

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

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

Atty. Brown read the Ordinance title into public record.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BUILDING AND ZONING

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

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

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

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE – 911 ADDRESSING

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

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

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA – DR. PETER FREDERICK

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

 

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

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

TRANSIT

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

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

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

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

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

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

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

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

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM/ROAD DEPARTMENT

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

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

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

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

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

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

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

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

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

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

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

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

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

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

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

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

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

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

 

Department/Committee Appointments                      Board Appointments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maintenance/Construction – Comm. Brooks                                                                Comm. Rooks

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

Planning – Comm. Brooks                                            Transportation Disadvantaged – Chairman John Meeks

Plat Review – Comm. Brooks                                                                      Alternate – Comm. Brooks

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

Road Department – Comm. Rock Meeks                                                               Comm. Joyner

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

Transit – Chairman John Meeks                                   Workforce Connection – Comm. Brooks

Veterans – Chairman John Meeks

Water/SHIP – Comm. Rock Meeks

 

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

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

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

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

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

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

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

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

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

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

The meeting recessed at 10:57 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 2:00 P.M.

 

RFQ INTERVIEWS

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

Mittauer and Associates, Inc.

Dewberry, Preble-Rish

Amec Foster Wheeler

Jones Edmunds

DRMP, Inc.

CHW Professional Consultants

Passero Associates

 

 

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

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting NOVEMBER 22, 2016

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

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Matt Brooks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

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

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

 

 

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

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

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

 

 

MINUTES

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

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

 

SWEARING IN OF COMMISSIONERS

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

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

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

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

 

PUBLIC HEARING

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

David Pieklik, Executive Director

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

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

Atty. Brown read the Ordinance into public record.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LINDA COOPER  

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

U.S. WAR DOG ASSOCIATION, CHAPTER 2

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

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean, Interim County Coordinato

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

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

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

 

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

 

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

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

 

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

Carol McQueen

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

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

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

 

GRANTS

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

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

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

 

SHIP

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

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

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Alesha Renaudo, Assistant to the Public Safety Director

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

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

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

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

Casey DuQuette, Administrative Field Manager

Mr. Duquette requested Board approval to submit:

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

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

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chiefland Christmas Festival is on December 10th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

BOCC Budget Workshop July 13, 2016

BUDGET WORKSHOP

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JULY 13, 2016

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

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

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

 

BUDGET OVERVIEW

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

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

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

 

ELECTED OFFICIALS

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

AGENCIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

The meeting recessed at 10:39 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 10:48 A.M.

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

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

 

HUMAN RESOURCE

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

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

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

 

DEPARTMENTS

Animal Services

Construction/Maintenance

University Oaks/Manatee Utilities

Mosquito Control

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

 

Parks & Recreation

Transit

 

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

The meeting reconvened at 2:00 P.M.

 

Road Department

 

FIRE DEPARTMENTS

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

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

 

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

 

ATTEST:                                                                                    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting September 20, 2016

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

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

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

 

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.  Comm.  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  124930-125120
FUND         AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 529,025.01
ROAD 81,726.20
SHIP 32,740.00
PAL LIBRARY 2,442.79
MOSQUITO CONTROL 139.40
TRANSPORTATION 2,563.88
COURT FACILITIES 15.00
EMS 20,629.08
FIRE 24,411.41
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 2,175.00
COMMUNICATION 669.50
LANDFILL 80,451.01
TOTAL  $     776,988.28
EFT PAYMENT  $       19,572.14

 

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board meetings held on July 19, 2016 and August 2, 2016 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on July 19, 2016 and August 2, 2016 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Stevens asked Atty. Brown if she had received any information from the Clerk IT Department regarding internet access and she responded no information had been received at her office.

Comm. Rooks stated she would like to have the internet access item placed on the next agenda and for the Clerk’s IT representative to be present at the meeting.

 

NON AGENDA ITEM – EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

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

Mr. MacDonald Board approval to extend the Local State of Emergency in order to continue the process.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the extension of the Local State of Emergency Declaration 2016-064 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

John MacDonald, Director

Mr. MacDonald request the Board ratify Hurricane Hermine Local State of Emergency Declaration 2016-060.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve ratification of Emergency Declaration 2016-060 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

ALLEN, NORTON & BLUE

Wayne Helsby, Labor Attorney

  • Request to ratify the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Levy County Board of County Commissioners and Levy County Professional Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians IAFF Local #4069.

Mr. Helsby requested the Board ratify the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Levy County BOCC and the Levy County Professional Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians IAFF Local #4069.  Mr. Helsby explained several items which needed provisions for clarification and other changes.

Questions were asked by the following members of the audience:  Renate Cannon, Robert Jordan.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to ratify the Collective Bargaining Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request to ratify the Memorandum of Understanding between Levy County Board of County Commissioners and Northeast Florida Public Employee’s Local 30 Laborers’ International Union of North America, AFL, CIO.

Mr. Helsby requested the Board ratify the Memorandum of Understanding between Levy County BOCC and Northeast Florida Public Employee’s Local 30 Laborers’ International Union of North America, AFL, CIO.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to ratify the Memorandum of Understanding as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Comm. John Meeks presented a plaque to Cathy Wilson in appreciation of her years of service with the Department of Public Safety as she is retiring.

 

LEVY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Barbara Locke, Administrator

Request approval of the 2016-2017 County contract between the County and the Health Department.

Wesley Asbell, Environmental Health Director requested Board approval on behalf of Barbara Lock for the 2016-2017 Contract between Levy County Board of County Commissioners and the Levy County Health Department.  Mr. Asbell informed the Board the Health Department has a new Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Hill, who is currently available two (2) days a week in Bronson.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the 2016-2017 County Contract with the Levy County Health Department as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Mike West, 911 Addressing

Mr. West requested Board approval and Chairman’s signature on the Centurylink Agreements for Centurion and Evergreen.  These agreements provide coverage for one year on the PSAP equipment and software.  Funding for this coverage will come from money received from the E911 Board through a Rural County Grant.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the Centurylink Agreements for Centurion and Evergreen as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DIVISION OF RECREATION AND PARKS, OFFICE OF GREENWAYS AND TRAILS

Liz Sparks, Paddling Trail Coordinator

Present Resolution 2016-069 and letter of support to BOCC for signature supporting application for the Suwannee River National Water Trail designation. – TABLED –

 

RENEW FINANCIAL:  FLORIDA GREEN FINANCE AUTHORITY RENEW PACE

Devesh Nirmul, Senior Director

Request Levy County to voluntary opt-in to the Florida Green Finance Authority Interlocal Authority to enable qualifying residential and commercial property owners to access the PACE financing mechanism to fund qualifying energy efficiency, renewable energy and wind mitigation improvements.

Mr. Nirmul spoke to the Board explaining what PACE is and requested the Board consider voluntarily opt-in to the Florida Green Finance Authority Interlocal Authority.  This would enable qualifying residential and commercial property owners to access the PACE financing mechanism to fund qualifying energy efficiency, renewable energy and wind mitigation improvements.

Cindy Babione of Babione’s Air Conditioning and Heating spoke to the Board stating having this option available for the homeowners in our community would be a great benefit.  The homeowner would be able to afford high quality workmanship and the work would be done in accordance with building code standards.  Doing this would support our local licensed contractors and will help minimize unlicensed activity in our area.

The following members of the audience spoke regarding this item:  Robert Jordan, Renate Cannon, Mayor Weiss, Sallie Ann Collins, Dana Sheffield.

Lisa Miller with the Florida PACE Funding Agency spoke to the Board providing additional information on the benefits of PACE financing.

After discussion, the Board agreed they would like to have more information before making a decision.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to Table this item until additional information can be received.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Fred Moody requested Board approval of Renewal and Amendment of Lease made as of October 1, 2016 between Hudson Properties, Inc. and Levy County, for Guardian Ad Litem office space.  Mr. Moody stated the lease amount is the same as last year at $1712.48 per month.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the renewal and Amendment of Lease between Hudson Properties, Inc. and Levy County as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LANDFILL

Rod Hastings requested Board approval on behalf of Benny Jerrels, Director Board of Levy County’s Service Agreement with the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council for the new fiscal year, 2017 in the amount of $16,500.  This Agreement is for the annual verification of hazardous waste management practices.

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

 

TRANSIT

Connie Conley, Director requested Board approval of a Non-Exclusive Software License Agreement with CTS Software, Inc. to replace the current RouteMatch Software.  There will be a savings of $18,000 per year to make this transition.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Non-Exclusive Software License Agreement with CTS Software, Inc. as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

SHIP

Shenley Neely, Director

  • Request a motion to approve a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Tanya Murillo, PA #534 for an existing unit in Bronson, FL 32621.

Ms. Neely requested Board approval of a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Tanya Murillo, PA #534 for an existing unit in Bronson, Florida in the amount of $14,790.00.

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

  • Request a motion to approve a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Wesley Joyner, PA #537 for an existing unit in Chiefland, FL 32626.

Ms. Neely requested Board approval of a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Wesley Joyner, PA #537 for an existing unit in Chiefland, Florida in the amount of $13,260.00.

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

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Debbie Goad spoke to the Board and provided a sample drawing of options for how to make navigating at the Landfill more consumer friendly.

Barney Cannon suggested the meeting agendas be printed double sided to save paper.

Mayor Weiss reported the number of homes damaged in Inglis/Yankeetown as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Commissioner John Meeks

  • Discussion of letter requesting Federal assistance for damages caused by Hurricane Hermine.

Comm. John Meeks discussed sending a letter requesting Federal assistance for damages caused by Hurricane Hermine which had been prepared.

 

  • Discussion of Beast Feast.

Comm. John Meeks stated clams would be donated for the Commissioners to serve at the Levy County Beast Feast on October 1st.  He invited all Commissioners to attend and help serve.

Comm. John Meeks stated the LARC Ride to Provide event will be on October 22nd.  Commissioners have been asked to provide water, ice and to cook hot dogs.

Comm. John Meeks reported the Pirate Invasion in Cedar Key went very well, considering the recent storm.

Other local events announced by Comm. Meeks were:  Elephant Appreciation Days at Two Tails Ranch, September 24th & 25th; Lost Railroads, October 6-29; Peanut Festival in Williston, October 1st; Cedar Key Seafood Festival, October 15th & 16th; Harmony House Gala, October 15th.

Comm. John Meeks read into public record a letter from Greg Evans, Florida DOT regarding investigation into areas of concern as requested by the Commissioners.

Comm. John Meeks also stated he had been appointed to a National Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties.  The Committee is the Community, Economic and Workforce Development

Comm. Rooks stated the Pet Adoption Event went well in Chiefland recently.

Atty. Brown reported the County was awarded a judgement regarding the Nichols case.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:33 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

BOCC Regular Meeting September 6, 2016

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

 

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

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

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

 

EXPENDITURES

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

 

CHECK NUMBER 124796-124929
FUND         AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 1,058,545.24
ROAD 53,716.26
SHIP 14,806.84
PAL LIBRARY 5,461.17
MOSQUITO CONTROL 94.00
TRANSPORTATION 13,540.80
911 12,560.13
COURT FACILITIES 33,331.40
EMS 20,280.63
FIRE 10,619.97
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 8,435.05
UTILITIES 70,695.45
COMMUNICATION 8,248.00
LANDFILL 115,230.90
TOTAL   $ 1,425,565.84
EFT PAYMENT   $      19,981.45

 

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on July 19, 2016 were presented for Board approval.

– TABLED –

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

John MacDonald, Director

  • Mr. MacDonald requested ratification by the Board of Emergency Declaration 2016-56 enacted on August 31, 2016.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to ratify Emergency Declaration 2016-56 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Mr. MacDonald requested Board approval of the renewal between Levy County and Grubbs Emergency Services, LLC dated August 19, 2008. This extends the contract to October, 2017.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to ratify the extension which had been done between Levy County and Grubbs Emergency Services, LLC as requested.   Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM/EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to hear a non-agenda item as requested by John MacDonald concerning an Emergency Management item.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

Mr. MacDonald requested the Board approve extending Emergency Declaration 2016-56 for seven (7) days.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to extend Emergency Declaration 2016-56 for seven (7) days as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM/ BUILDING & ZONING

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to hear a Non-Agenda item as requested by Bill Hammond.  Second was made by Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of the Chairman’s signature on the yearly Community Rating System (CRS) cover letter.  The CC-213-1 Form Annual Re-Certification is due to FEMA by October 1st each year.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Chairman’s signature on the CRS cover letter as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Fred Moody

  • Mr. Moody announced the County Auction is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Levy County Road Department facility beginning at 9:00 A.M.
  • Mr. Moody requested Board approval of a Third Amendment to Three Party Agreement between Levy County and the University of Florida Board of Trustees and William F. Hamilton, M.D. for District Medical Examiner Services, University Physician Support Services, University non-Physician Support Services, and facility use. The Agreement is effective October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017 and the annual amount is $50,472.00.

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

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

Alice LaLonde, Administrative Office Manager

  • Request approval of Agreement with Mills Engineering for Annual Contract.

Fred Moody requested Board approval on behalf of Alice LaLonde the Agreement with Addendum for the Mills Engineering Annual Contract and stated the contract remains unchanged from last year.  The Addendum was read into public record and includes the following:

Re-surfacing and widening C343

Re-surfacing and widening C40A

Reconstruction/Resurface Clay Landing

Re-surfacing and widening C326

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Agreement with Addendum for the Mills Engineering Annual Contract as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request adoption of Resolution 2016-044 to schedule a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. for the closure of portions of SE 110th Terrace and SE 4th Street located in Levy Ranchettes requested by petitioner Larry Myers.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of Resolution 2016-044 scheduling a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. for the closure of portions of SE 110th Terrace and SE 4th Street located in Levy Ranchettes as requested by petitioner Larry Myers.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-044 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

Mr. Moody reminded the Commissioners of the following upcoming Special Meeting dates for year-end business:

Trim Hearing, September 8, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.

Annual Rate Resolution Adoption, September 13, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.

Final Budget Adoption, September 19, 2016 at 6:00 P.M.

Meeting to pay Year End Bills, September 30, 2016 at 9:00 A.M.

 

ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean requested the Board re-appoint Marlon Gayle, Levy County Housing Planner, as the Levy County Representative to the Central Florida Community Action Agency Board (CFCAA) for October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017 and approve a motion for staff to prepare a letter for submittal to CFCAA.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to re-appoint Marlon Gayle as the Representative to the CFCAA Board and to have staff prepare a letter for submittal to CFCAA.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Matt Weldon, Director

Request approval of the Florida Communities Trust’s Parks and Open Space Program Grant application for the Waccasassa Basin Preservation Project.

Mr. Weldon requested the Board ratify the Florida Communities Trust’s Parks and Open Space Program Grant application for the Waccasassa Basin Preservation Project.  The amount of the grant if $1.775 million.

Questions were asked by Dana Sheffield, Renate Cannon and Robert Jordan.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to ratify the Grant application as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Mr. Weldon provided information mosquito control efforts in Cedar Key after the storm stating he was not in favor of aerial spraying.

 

SHIP

Shenley Neely, Planning Director

Request a motion to approve SHIP Annual Reports to be submitted to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

Ms. Neely requested Board approval of the SHIP Annual Reports to be submitted to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the SHIP Annual Reports to be submitted to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

Anne Bast Brown

  • Request motion to approve order form and renewal terms for Thompson Reuters/WestLaw subscription.

Atty. Brown requested Board approval of the order form and 5-year renewal term for the Thompson Reuters/WestLaw subscription.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the order form and renewal for Thompson Reuters/WestLaw subscription as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request approval of Amendment to Agreement for legal services with Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A. for legal services related to employment issues.

Atty. Brown requested Board approval of the Amendment to the Agreement for legal services with Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A. for legal services related to employment issues.  There is a $15 per hour increase making the total fee per hour $245.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Amendment to the Agreement with Allen, Norton & Blue, P.A. as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Mr. Jordan expressed concerns for the amount charged for services.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Sallie Ann Collins stated she was not aware or notified of the Landfill being closed when the storm came through.

Wilbur Dean stated interviews will take place this Thursday for a 4-H Director for Levy County by the University.

Brett Beauchamp spoke on behalf of Sheriff McCallum of the work done by all agencies working together during the storm.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. John Meeks welcomed the newly hired Department of Public Safety Director, James Harrell to the meeting.  Comm. John Meeks stated the Levy County CERT Program will have a meeting on September 12th at 6:00 P.M.

Comm. Joyner spoke of water run-off in the area near CR326 and 115th Street.  Comm. Joyner stated the Love Levy Clothes Closet at the Morriston Baptist Church is open for those in need of clothes and non-perishable food items.

Comm. Rooks stated she would like to have a fly-over done in the area of CR345/CR247/SR24 concerning water drainage.  Comm. Rooks stated there are meals being served at the Rosewood Baptist Church beginning at 5:00 P.M.  Comm. Rooks stated Animal Service shelter is able to keep pets during a storm.  She also informed everyone there is a Pet Adoption event scheduled for September 17th.

An announcement was made informing everyone of the passing of Chiefland City Commissioner, Teal Pomeroy as the result of a diving accident recently.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 10:30 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting August 16, 2016

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

AUGUST 16, 2016

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on August 16, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

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. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER   124635-124795
FUND          AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 500,380.12
ROAD 50,827.90
PAL LIBRARY 27,056.27
MOSQUITO CONTROL 246.07
TRANSPORTATION 85,449.36
COURT FACILITIES 15.00
EMS 56,480.16
FIRE 27,762.22
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 3,407.18
UTILITIES 7,560.18
ADD COURT COSTS 669.50
DEBT SERVICE 538,623.75
CAPITAL PROJECTS 277.42
LANDFILL 16,277.00
TOTAL    $ 1,315,032.13

 

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on July 5, 2016 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on July 5, 2016 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

The Commissioners presented retiring Paramedics James Foran and Steve Severance with Certificates of Appreciation for their years of service with the Department of Public Safety.

 

NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL

Scott Koons, Executive Director

Request approval to adopt a Resolution to amend the Interlocal Agreement creating the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council to become a member local government of the Council and appoint a County Commissioner to be the County’s Representative to the Council.

Mr. Koons spoke to the Board stating the Florida Legislature had dissolved the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council and assigned Levy County to the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council.  By adopting Resolution 2016-043, Levy County will become a member local government of the Council.

Questions were asked by Renate Cannon, Toni Collins and Ron Grant.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-043 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to re-appoint Comm. John Meeks as the County’s Representative to the Council as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

David Peiklik

  • Request approval of Resolution 2016-048 repealing Resolutions 2006-51 and 2006-52, granting power and responsibilities to the Enterprise Zone Development Agency. Accepting by the county of remaining funds for the agency.

Mr. Pieklik requested Board approval of Resolution 2016-048 repealing Resolutions 2006-51 and 2006-52 which granted power and responsibilities to the Enterprise Zone Development Agency.  With the Board’s approval, the County will accept remaining funds for the agency.  Skipper Henderson also spoke.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-048 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to accept the remaining funds for the EZDA.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Presentation of NCBDC progress report on activities and project status.

Mr. Pieklik gave a brief recap of significant accomplishments and activities to the Board of the Nature Coast Business Development Council for June-August, 2016.

 

DEWBERRY-PREBLE-RISH

Rob Davis, PE

Request approval of Task Order for Phase II of University Oaks (SR 24) and Assignment Letter transitioning Dewberry/Preble-Rish into the existing engineering services position.

Atty. Brown spoke on behalf of Dewberry-Preble-Rish stating a Task Order for Phase II of University Oaks had been previously approved, but to remain within the requirements of the contract, an Assignment Letter transitioning Dewberry/Preble-Rish into the existing engineering services position requires Board approval.  The Task Order to complete the engineering is under the new company name, (formerly Preble-Rish) so with approval of the Assignment Letter the paperwork and current contracts will be consistent.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Assignment Letter as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Fred Moody

  • Request approval of amendment to agreement between Levy County and Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC to extend for an additional (3) three years of audit services.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the Amendment to the Agreement with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC to extend for an additional (3) three years of audit services.  The amounts charged are as follows:

2016                      2017               2018

 

$119,000               $122,000         $125,000

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Amendment to the Agreement with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Presenting Recapitulation for Board signatures on behalf of Linda Fugate, Tax Collector.

Mr. Moody presented the Recapitulation Report from Linda Fugate, Tax Collector for Board approval and signatures.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Recapitulation Report with signatures as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean

Request approval of Resolution 2016-069 supporting the designation of the Suwannee River in Levy County, Florida as a National Water Trail.

Mr. Dean requested Board approval of Resolution 2016-069 supporting the designation of the Suwannee River in Levy County, Florida as a National Water Trail.  A letter of Support and Consent for Public Access to the Office of Greenways & Trails in Tallahassee was also presented for signature by the Chairman if approved.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-069 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks.  Discussion followed.

Toni Collins stated she had concerns about supporting the Suwannee River being designated as a National Water Trail by the State.  Concerns were also spoken by Renate Cannon.

After discussion, Comm. Rock Meeks rescinded his motion and Comm. Rooks rescinded her Second.

The Commissioners agreed to seek further information as to what the designation of the Suwannee River as a National Water Trail includes and if there could be any negative impacts to the County as a result.  This item will be placed on the next regular meeting agenda.

 

LIBRARY

Lisa Brasher, Director

Request approval and signature of State Aid to Libraries Grant.

Ms. Brasher requested Board approval and signature of the Chairman for the State Aid to Libraries Grant application.  The estimated amount to be awarded to Levy County is $109,000.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the State Aid to Libraries Grant application with the Chairman’s signature as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PARKS AND RECRATION

Matt Weldon, Director

Request approval to award bid of Devil’s Hammock Management Area-Hunter’s Check Station Operation to Dubois Resources, LLC.

Mr. Weldon requested Board approval to award the bid for Devil’s Hammock Management Area-Hunter’s Check Station Operation to Dubois Resources, LLC as they were the only bidder to respond.  Mr. Weldon stated their proposed bid amount was $21,450.00.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to award the bid for Devil’s Hammock Management Area-Hunter’s Check Station Operation to Dubois Resources, LLC as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Alesha Rinaudo, Assistant to Public Safety Director

Request approval from the Board and the Chairman’s signature on Amendment 3 between Levy County and the Town of Inglis.

Mrs. Renaudo requested Board approval and Chairman’s signature on Amendment 3 between Levy County and the Town of Inglis.  The Amendment will provide for additional coverage area, in addition to Fire Districts #1 and #1 for the Town’s obligations; additional coverage area is District #3.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Amendment 3 between Levy County and the Town of Inglis with the Chairman’s signature as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

Alice LaLonde, Administrative Office Manager

  • Request approval of Resolution 2016-042 to rename NE 140th Avenue, (aka Olive Drive) to U-Pick Lane.

Mrs. LaLonde requested Board approval of Resolution 2016-042 renaming NE 140th Avenue, (aka Olive Drive) to U-Pick Lane.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-042 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request permission to accept vendors from the yearly bid request for operating supplies for Levy County Road Department.

Mrs. LaLonde requested Board approval to accept the bidders listed below as vendors for the yearly bid request to purchase operating supplies for the Road Department:

Material                                  Vendor

Asphalt and Colmix                Central Materials

Emulsion Prive (tar)               No Bid

Motor Oil                                Jack Becker Distributor

Porta Potty                              Jones Plumbing

Safety Items                            Safety Zone

Sign Materials                        Lighte, Osburn, Universal

Sod                                          Scherer Quality Farms

Striping                                   Jenkins Painting

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the above listed vendors to purchase yearly operating supplies for the Road Department.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks.

Comm. Stevens recommended using both Central Materials and Whitehurst Construction for Asphalt and Colmix, according to the location of the project requiring these materials.

Comm. Rock Meeks amended his motion to include the two (2) vendors: Central Materials and Whitehurst Construction for purchase of Asphalt and Colmix.  Second was amended by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request approval of Resolution 2016-049 authorizing the execution of an amendment to the Traffic Signal Maintenance and Compensation Agreement with the FDOT for maintenance and continuous operation of traffic signals and devices in Levy County, FL and providing for execution of annual exhibits.

Mrs. LaLonde requested Board approval of Resolution 2016-049 authorizing the execution of an Amendment to the Traffic Signal Maintenance and Compensation Agreement with FDOT for maintenance and continuous operation of traffic signals and devices in Levy County.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-049 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM/ROAD DEPARTMENT

Comm. Rooks made a motion to hear a non-agenda item as requested by Mrs. LaLonde.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

Mrs. LaLonde stated she had received an e-mail indicating Impact Fee money could be used to widen and re-surface Shell Mound Road.  Mrs. LaLonde requested Board approval of the lowest bid received from Whitehurst Construction to re-surface the road without the bridge and culvert extensions.  The bid does include the guard rails at the bridge.  The bid amount is $1,391,234.50 and $551,750.00 of Impact Fee funds will be used.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to accept the bid from Whitehurst Construction for the re-surfacing of Shell Mound Road using Impact Fee funds as requested and to authorize the Chairman to sign the standard Agreement for this.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Scott Lippman announced the dedication for the new Williston Middle-High School will be this Friday at the Football field.

Steve Atwater spoke to the Board and the audience of some of the resources available at his office, one of which is from the Division of Unclaimed Property where individuals can check their website for any unclaimed money due to them at fltreasurehunt.org.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Joyner stated there is a “Bull Bash” at Carter’s Store this Saturday night in Chiefland.

Comm. Rooks discussed a letter from the City of Cedar Key requesting use of BOCC owned land, located on Dock Street in Cedar Key when construction begins on the bridge.

Atty. Brown suggested an Agreement be done with the City of Cedar Key for approval by the Board.  The Commissioners agreed this could be approved at a meeting once prepared.

Comm. Joyner then made a motion agreeing with the “concept” of the City of Cedar Key utilizing the county owned land located on Dock Street as requested for the duration of construction of the bridge.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Stevens shared a letter from the City of Williston thanking the Board for waiver of tipping fees.

Comm. John Meeks requested to appoint Karen Smith, a local Real Estate agent to Seat 1 of the Planning Commission in place of Vaughn Lee.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to appoint Karen Smith to Seat 1 of the Planning Commission in place of Vaughn Lee as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. John Meeks recognized and made a presentation to Susan Haines for her involvement with the “Military Order of the Cooties”, and her position as President of the Year for Group 3.

Comm. John Meeks also announced Atty. Brown was voted as the President of the Florida Association of County Attorneys in July.

Comm. John Meeks reported of the Final I-75 Task Force meeting held recently in Ocala.

Comm. John Meeks stated he had received a letter from the Florida Department of Transportation regarding the Construction and Maintenance Agreement for bridge replacement on C456.  He stated it was an explanation of the project.  In addition, there was another letter from FDOT regarding the reduction of the speed limit to 45 on SR 41, South of 121 beyond the school.

The meeting recessed at 11:16 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 11:35 A.M.

 

BUDGET WORKSHOP

Jared Blanton gave a budget overview to the Board emphasizing the deficit still present in the General Fund.

The Board heard budget concerns from the Fire Chiefs from several of the municipalities.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 12:54 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting November 8, 2016

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

NOVEMBER 8, 2016

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on November 8, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

 

Chairman John Meeks called the Meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.  Comm. 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. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER 125451-125643
FUND         AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 1,718,390.31
ROAD 91,814.60
PAL LIBRARY 4,947.19
MOSQUITO CONTROL 4,207.50
TRANSPORTATION 1,660.72
911 13,563.83
COURT FACILITIES 15.00
EMS 27,805.17
FIRE 115,306.78
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 8,626.89
UTILITIES 21,065.02
LANDFILL 4,721.76
TOTAL   $ 2,012,124.77
EFT PAYMENT   $      15,805.80

 

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on September 6, 2016 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board Meeting held on September 6, 2016 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Mayor Weiss spoke to the Board regarding trees on the right-of-way in Yankeetown on Riverside Drive which are in need of pruning or removal due to safety concerns.  She stated they are asking for assistance from the Road Department.

Comm. John Meeks stated he would contact the Road Department to check into this request.

 

HAVEN HOSPICE

Anita Howard, Chiefland Administrator

Ms. Howard requested Board approval of Proclamation 2016-067 declaring November National Hospice Month.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Proclamation 2016-067 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Ms. Howard reported of the Annual Veteran’s Luncheon held recently stating there were over 200 in attendance.

 

LEVY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC.

Toni C. Collins, President

  • Mrs. Collins requested permission by the Board to have the 28 volumes of “Search for Yesterday” digitized by the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries Digital Productive Services and to post the information of the University’s website. Mrs. Collins also requested permission to disseminate any leftover copies.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to grant permission to digitize and publish the 28 volumes of “Search for Yesterday” as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • On behalf of the Historical Society, Mrs. Collins requested Board approval to avoid future copywright issues pertaining to “Search for Yesterday”, to notify the U.S. Copywright Office the Levy County Archives Committee (the claimant of copywrights on Volumes 14, 15, 19, 20, a Table of Contents and an All Name Index) has passed out of existence. Collins stated she would prepare the letter to be sent.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to allow Mrs. Collins to prepare and send a letter dissolving the Copywright as requested upon review of the letter by the Board.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

INGLIS RECREATIONAL COMMITTEE

Betsy Webb requested on behalf of the Inglis Recreation Committee Board approval of road closures in Inglis in order to accommodate the Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 10, 2016, starting at 4:00 P.M.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the road closures in Inglis as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE/911 ADDRESSING

Mike West requested Board approval to purchase replacement parts for work stations in dispatch out of 911 Carry Forward monies.  The quote received from the original vendor, Dispatch Products Company is in the amount of $11,872.00.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the purchase of replacement parts using 911 Carry Forward money as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

Matt Weldon, Director

Mr. Weldon requested Board approval of the quote from Marlin Marine in the amount of $25,000 to perform repairs to the Waccasassa Channel Markers destroyed/damaged during Hurricane Hermine.  Marlin Marine previously installed the Channel Markers in November of 2015.

Rob Davis with Preble-Rish also spoke to the Board regarding the damages done to the Channel Markers.  Mr. Davis stated the quote valid until November 26, 2016.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Marlin Marine to make repairs to the Waccasassa Channel Markers as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Fred Moody

  • Request direction for advertising of delinquent tax notices since Levy County Journal is no longer in business.

Mr. Moody requested direction for advertising of Delinquent Tax Notices stating they had gone out for bids two years ago and asked if the Board wished to advertise for bids for the upcoming year as the Levy County Journal was awarded this bid and is no longer in business.

Linda Cooper, former employee of the Levy County Journal spoke to the Board and encouraged them to wait until February to make this decision.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to move forward with advertising for bids for this item.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request approval of the attached Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Engineers/Engineering Consultants and advertise for the same.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the Request for Qualification (RFQ) as provided for Engineers/Engineering Consultants and to advertise for the same.  Mr. Moody explained the purpose of this is to establish a library of pre-qualified providers.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Request for Qualification (RFP) for Engineers/Engineering Consultants and advertise for the same as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request to appointing Wilbur Dean as Interim County Coordinator during transition process.

Mr. Moody requested the Board appoint Wilbur Dean as the Interim County Coordinator during the transition process of his retirement.

Toni Collins questioned the Interim County Coordinator position and questions were answered by Comm. John Meeks and Mr. Moody.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to appoint Wilbur Dean as the Interim County Coordinator as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Update on review of County Commission Board Meeting schedule/times.

Mr. Moody provided an update of the review of the County Commission Board Meeting schedule/times as requested by the Commissioners.  Copies of County Commission meeting schedules for counties in the Small County Coalition in Florida with a population less than 150,000 were provided.

The Board agreed by consensus to Table this item.

Mr. Moody stated the recent County Auction brought in $18,887.91.

 

ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean requested Board approval of Proclamation 2016-071 proclaiming November 17, 2016 as World Pancreatic Cancer Day and read the Proclamation into public record.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Proclamation 2016-071 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Alesha Renaudo, Assistant to the Public Safety Director

  • Presenting Quarterly Report update for the second, third and fourth quarters of FY 2015/2016.

Mrs. Renaudo presented the Department of Public Safety Quarterly reports for the second, third and fourth quarters of FY 2015/2016.

  • Presenting FY 2015/2016 second, third and fourth quarter write-offs to the Board for approval.

Mrs. Renaudo requested Board approval of the Department of Public Safety write-offs for the second, third and fourth quarter of FY 2015-2016.  The amounts are as follows:

2nd Quarter                  $431,701.08

3rd Quarter                  $237,023.20

4th Quarter                   $187,078.27

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the Department of Public Safety write-offs as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

Atty. Anne Bast Brown

  • Consider and make decision on settlement offer in the Estate of Nancy Romagnolo of $200 for bill of $412.38 for ambulance services and to authorize County Attorney to sign the Release of Claim, if approved.

Atty. Brown requested the Board consider and make a decision regarding a settlement offer in the Estate of Nancy Romagnolo of $200 for a bill of $412.38 for ambulance services and to authorize her to sign the Release of Claim, if approved.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to accept the settlement offer as presented and to authorize Atty. Brown to sign the Release of Claim.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Authorization and ratification for County Attorney to sign Release of Claim in the Estate of Gaylia Kay McLeod based on payment of 75% of bill for $1,143.79 for ambulance services received.

Atty. Brown requested the Board authorize and ratify her signing a Release of Claim for the Estate of Gaylia Kay McLeod based on a payment of 75% of the bill for $1,143.79 for ambulance services received.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to authorize and ratify Atty. Brown signing the Release of Claim in the Estate of Gaylia Kay McLeod as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Toni Collins questioned if the Department of Public Safety notifies the Attorney’s office when someone passes away leaving an unpaid bill to them.

Mitch Harrell, Director of Public Safety answered HIPAA laws prevent the release of any patient information, even if the person is deceased.

Comm. John Meeks recognized and presented a Certificate of Appreciation to outgoing Comm. Stevens for his years of service as a Commissioner and thanked him for the knowledge he has shared over the 16 years he has served.  The other Commissioners thanked him as well and shared their appreciation for his work and dedication to the people of Levy County.  Atty. Brown also thanked Comm. Stevens for the opportunity to work with him over the years.

Comm. Stevens expressed his gratitude for the working relationships of the other fellow Commissioners over the years and was thankful for the opportunity to serve the people of the County.

Sheriff McCallum spoke to the Board informing them of criminal activity the Sheriff’s Department is dealing with in the area of East Williston associated with large gatherings of people.  He stated a large number of the people gathering are from outside Levy County.

Mayor Weiss stated the Withlacoochee Area Chamber of Commerce will hold an event this Saturday called “Rock The River” starting at 2:00 P.M.  There will be bands and groups performing. Mayor Weiss stated the Yankeetown Seafood Festival will be on November 19th and 20th.

Mayor Weiss also stated the first Yankeetown Boat Parade will be on December 3rd beginning at 6:00 P.M.

Dana Sheffield thanked Comm. Stevens for his years of service and announced the Fanning Spring Festival of Lights and Boat Parade will be on December 3rd.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Joyner stated he would like to give Atty. Brown authority in dealing with items regarding the acceptance of payment less than what is owed to the County.  It was agreed to bring this item back at the next meeting for further discussion before making a decision.

Comm. Rock Meeks announced there will be a “Cookie Walk” at 8:00 A.M. this Saturday at the Chiefland Methodist Church, there will be a historical re-enactment at Manatee Springs State Park Thanksgiving Weekend.

Comm. John Meeks stated there is a Craft Bazaar and lunch at the Bronson Methodist Church today.  There will be a Veteran’s Day Parade in Bronson on Friday at 11:00 A.M.  An event will follow at the James Cobb Park.  The Chiefland Farmer’s Market will be on November 12th and 26th.  There will be a Christmas Tree Lighting event at the Cedar Key Park on November 25th.  The Kirby Farm Christmas Express will begin November 25th and 26th.

Comm. John Meeks stated the first conference call was held for the Growth Management of Agriculture and Environment Committee on which he serves for the Florida Association of Counties.  Some of the big items this year are the Regional Planning Council and Local Fuel Tax Indexing.

Comm. John Meeks stated a letter had been received from the City of Fanning Springs Mayor Tripp Lancaster thanking the County for waiving the dumping fees for Waste Pro for their recent garbage and debris cleanup.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:40 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting October 18, 2016

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

OCTOBER 18, 2016

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on October 18, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

 

 

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

 

EXPENDITURES

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

 

CHECK NUMBER 125321-125450
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 1,328,438.75
ROAD 48,387.16
SHIP 10,200.00
PAL LIBRARY 5,010.00
MOSQUITO CONTROL 169.66
TRANSPORTATION 13,314.37
COURT FACILITIES 415.17
EMS 28,436.23
FIRE 65,304.98
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 4,114.51
UTILITIES 1,376.46
DRUG TASK FORCE 2,313.37
ADD COURT COSTS 254.33
LANDFILL 64.70
TOTAL   $ 1,507,799.69

 

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on August 16, 2016 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on August 16, 2016 with corrections/changes as stated.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Bill Henderson and Barney Bennette, Planning and Environmental Management Office

Mr. Bennette presented the Florida Department of Transportation’s county work program priorities to the Board.

Mr. Henderson spoke regarding a planned bridge replacement on CR339 and the possibility of re-aligning the road in the process.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – PLANNING

Shenley Neely, Planning

Request approval by Levy County Board of County Commissioners to recommend transmittal of the County’s proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, as recommended by the Levy County Planning Commission.

Ms. Neely requested Board approval to recommend transmittal of the County’s proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, as recommended by the Levy County Planning Commission.

Comm. Rooks requested language be added to page 6, Coastal Management Element, Infrastructure, on Policy 1.1 to add the word “drainage”.

Ms. Neely stated this could be added.

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

Those who spoke were:  Dana Sheffield.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the transmittal of the County’s proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan with changes as stated.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

RUBIN ROTHSCHILD

  • Request to pave area in front of cluster of mail boxes. (North West 140th Street and 76th Avenue)

Mr. Rothschild requested paving in front of the cluster of mail boxes located at NW 140th Street and 76th Avenue.

Mr. Rothschild also requested improved grading and repair of potholes and ruts on NW 87th Avenue.

Comm. John Meeks stated the Road Department is working toward a solution for the problem with the area at the mail boxes and the road in question.

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

David Pieklik, Executive Director

Mr. Pieklik requested Board approval of a proposed letter of support of the upcoming legislative session for priorities endorsed by the North Florida Economic Development Partnership.  It was requested to confirm FAC, FLC, and other groups are on board with this, which was approved at the October 4, 2016 Board Meeting.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the proposed letter of support as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM/PARKS & RECREATION

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

Matt Weldon spoke to the Board regarding quotes for repairs of the handicap ramp at the Big Dock in Cedar Key as a result of storm damage from Hermine.  The two (2) quotes received were from:

Billy Stanley Marine Products                         $6,500 (repair including materials and labor)

Gator Docks                                                    $7,040 (replacement of ramp, not installed)

Comm. Joyner made a motion to use Stanley Marine Products for repair of the handicap ramp at the Big Dock in Cedar Key as requested upon verification this vendor is properly licensed and insured.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Fred Moody

  • Request approval to waive tipping fees for City of Fanning Springs cleanup day October 22, 2016.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval for tipping fees to be waived for the City of Fanning Springs for their cleanup day scheduled for October 22, 2016.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve waiving tipping fees as requested for the City of Fanning Springs.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request approval to declare attached County inventory surplus and dispose at auction October 29, 2016.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to declare the list of County inventory surplus as provided and to dispose at the auction scheduled on October 29, 2016.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the County inventory surplus list as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request approval to write off water utility unpaid bills from 2014.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to write off the unpaid water utility bills from 2014 in the amount of $1,050.96 for University Oaks and $307.70 for Manatee Utilities.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to Table this item.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner.  Discussion followed.

Comm. Rooks rescinded her motion and made a new motion to approve writing off the unpaid water utility bills from 2014 as presented with the amendment of checking into filing liens against those leaving their accounts unpaid.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request approval of revised 2017 County Holidays.

Mr. Moody presented and requested Board approval of the revised 2017 County Holidays list.

 

            New Year’s Day (observed)               Friday, January 1, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day               Monday, January 16, 2017

President’s Day                                   Monday, February 20, 2017

Good Friday                                        Friday, April 14, 2017

Memorial Day                                     Monday, May 29, 2017

Independence Day                              Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Labor Day                                           Monday, September 4, 2017

Veteran’s Day (observed)                  Friday, November 10, 2017

Thanksgiving                                      Thursday, November 23, 2017 &

Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas                                           Monday, December 25, 2017 &

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the above holiday schedule as presented including the addition of President’s Day.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

There was discussion by the Commissioners regarding changing dates of some Regular meetings.  It was suggested to have one of the two meetings held each month to be an evening meeting and recommendations would be brought back to present to the Board for consideration.

  • Request approval and signature of contract between Levy County Board of County Commissioners and Meridian.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval and signature on the contract between Levy County BOCC and Meridian for the fiscal year 2016/2017 in the amount of $75,000 to be distributed quarterly.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the contract and signature with Meridian as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY COORDINATOR

Wilbur Dean requested Board approval of Resolution 2016-067 supporting the designation of the Suwannee River in Levy County, Florida as a National Water Trail.

Questions were asked by Comm. Rooks and answered by Ms. Sparks.  Comm. Rooks stated she was in favor of there being some Town meetings to hear community input before making a decision.

Ms. Sparks assured everyone this designation is for the sole purpose of adding the Suwannee River to the National Water Trail list and stated she would be glad to present this information to the public at a Town meeting.  Ms. Sparks agreed to work with Mr. Dean and Comm. Rooks to determine a date and time for a Town meeting.

Audience members speaking regarding this item were:  Toni Collins and Renate Cannon.

Mr. Dean introduced the applicant for the Levy County Extension Director and Livestock Agent position, Ed Jennings.  Dr. Eric Simone, UF Extension Agent also spoke to the Board and stated a 4-H Director had been recently hired, Genevive Mendoza.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to accept Ed Jennings as the Levy County Ag. Extension Director and Livestock Agent.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LANDFILL

Benny Jerrels, Director

Request approval of Resolution 2016-50, authorizing Chair to sign application for “Consolidated Small County Solid Waste Management Grant” and appointing the Director of Solid Waste as authorized representative under the grant.

Mr. Jerrels requested Board approval of Resolution 2016-50, authorizing the Chairman to sign the application for the “Consolidated Small County Solid Waste Management Grant” in the amount of $90,909.00 and appointing the Director of Solid Waste as authorized representative under the grant.  Mr. Jerrels stated this year’s grant is the same as last fiscal year.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2016-50 and to appoint the Director of Solid Waste as authorized representative as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

SHIP

  • Marlon Gayle requested Board approval of the Subordination Agreement for Edgardo and Luz Manalastas, SHIP Purchase Assistance, Case PA #417.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the Subordination Agreement on Case # PA 417 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Marlon Gayle request Board approval of a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Saretta Appling, PA #538 for an existing unit in Williston, FL in the amount of $10,200.00.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the Deferred Payment Loan Agreement, PA# 538 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PLANNING

Shenley Neely, Planning Director, requested Board approval to appoint Mr. Vaughn Lee as the Alternate Planning Commissioner for the Levy County Planning Commission, the County’s Local Planning Agency (LPA).

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Vaughn Lee as the Alternate Planning Commissioner for the Levy County Planning Commission as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

John MacDonald, Director

  • Mr. MacDonald requested Board approval of Emergency Declaration 2016-068 to rescind all hurricane Hermine Emergency Declarations.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Emergency Declaration 2016-068 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Mr. MacDonald requested Board approval to ratify Emergency Declaration 2016-069.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to ratify Emergency Declaration 2016-069 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Mr. MacDonald requested Board approval of Emergency Declaration 2016-070 to rescind Hurricane Matthew Local State of Emergency Declaration 2016-069.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Emergency Declaration 2016-070 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

James Harrell, Director requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature on the Levy County Department of Public Safety (EMS) Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN).  Mr. Harrell explained this certificate is necessary for renewal of the County Advanced Life Support (ALS) license renewal and to continue operating as an ALS provider.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature, the Levy County Department of Public Safety (EMS) Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

The meeting recessed at 10:57 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 11:08 A.M.

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)

Daren Remington gave a summary of the proposal to have AT&T provide internet connections to all County Departments to be centralized at the courthouse which he would maintain.

Questions were asked by Comm. Joyner, Comm. Rooks and Comm. John Meeks concerning cost and accessibility.

Questions from members of the audience were asked by Toni Collins, Robert Jordan, Renate Cannon and Michael Whiting.

After discussion, it was requested for Mr. Remington to bring a full contract with attachments to Atty. Brown for review before they will consider approving.

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

Anne Bast Brown presented and requested the Board consider accepting a settlement offer on Estate of Gaylia Kay McLeod of 50% of the bill of $1,143.79 for ambulance services.  She explained the Board has the option of accepting the offer, declining the offer, or making a counter offer for a larger settlement amount.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to counter offer at 75%.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

Audience member Robert Jordan spoke regarding this item.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Renate Cannon requested clarification of the Clerk’s budget increase being done as a non-agenda item at the last budget meeting.

Mr. Shipp explained this was requested at the first budget meeting and was not voted on until the last meeting.

Toni Collins requested the meeting agendas be made available online by the Friday before each meeting.

Mayor Weiss announced the South Levy Marketplace will be celebrating its 1-year Anniversary this Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Dana Sheffield gave updated information regarding the Fanning Springs City Council elections.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Joyner announced the LARC Ride to Provide event will be this Saturday beginning at 8:00 A.M.  The Haven Hospice event is this Friday evening and the Morriston Baptist Church Fish Fry and Gospel Sing will be on Saturday afternoon beginning at 5:00 P.M.

Comm. Rooks stated she is still working on flood issues in the Cedar Key area.

Comm. Rock Meeks announced on Friday, October 21st & 22nd a Haunted House at the location of the Central Florida Electric Coop. building in Chiefland will open.  There will be a Trunk of Treat event in Chiefland on the 29th. A fund-raising horse ride in Goethe Forest benefiting Breast Cancer research will also take place Saturday, the 22nd.  Lunch is provided with registration and there will be raffles.

Comm. Rock Meeks announced on Friday, October 28th there will be a Retirement party for Sheila Rees at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Bronson.  The FFA Alumni Fish Fry will also be on the 28th beginning at 6:00 P.M. in Chiefland.

Comm. John Meeks announced the Kirby Farm “Lost Railroad” event begins this weekend in Williston and will run through Halloween.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 12:27 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting March 22, 2016

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

MARCH 22, 2016

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

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

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

 

EXPENDITURES

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

 

CHECK NUMBER 123033-123210
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE 178,226.49
ROAD 56,250.73
SHIP 33,524.40
PAL LIBRARY 8,839.08
MOSQUITO CONTROL 244.53
TRANSPORTATION 16,289.11
COURT FACILITIES 56.30
EMS 33,216.61
FIRE 21,339.99
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT 1,675.62
UTILITIES 2,177.40
ADD COURT COSTS 637.62
IMPACT FEES – PARKS 1,900.58
LANDFILL 29,868.69
TOTAL  $    384,247.15
 

 

MINUTES

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on February 16, 2016 were presented for Board approval.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on February 16, 2016 with corrections.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Amanda Henderson, President of the Levy County Fair spoke to the Board announcing the Levy County Fair will begin on March 31st with opening ceremonies at 5:00 P.M. running through Sunday, April 3rd.

 

TOWN OF BRONSON

Pamela Whitehead

Request County assistance to administer SCOP Grant.

Ms. Whitehead requested assistance from the Board to administer a Small County Outreach Grant for the Town of Bronson.  The grant covers the paving of Hardee, Blitch and Cobb Streets within the Town limits.

Comm. John Meeks stated Mrs.Whitehurst, the Grants Coordinator had volunteered to assist with administering this grant.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to assist the Town of Bronson with administering the SCOP Grant as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Mike West, 911 Dispatch

  1. Requesting signature on the Rural County Grant application for E911 system maintenance 2016-2017.
  2. Request signature on the Rural County Grant application for additional EMD, EFD licenses.

Mr. West requested Board approval on the Rural County Grant application for E911 system maintenance for 2016-2017 and the Rural County Grant application for additional EMD, EFD licenses.  There are no matching funds required.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the Rural County Grant application for E911 system maintenance, 2016-2017 and the Rural County Grant application for additional EMD, EFD licenses as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

SHAUNNA LAMB

Requesting to have remaining SHIP loan balance either forgiven or reduced.

Darlene Barnhill requested on behalf of her daughter Shaunna Lamb complete forgiveness or a reduction of Mrs. Lamb’s SHIP loan.  Mrs. Barnhill stated there is pending sale on the home at this time.

After discussion, it was agreed by the Commissioners to consider Mrs. Lamb’s request after the sale has been completed of the home if there is any amount still owed.

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

Fred Moody

Request approval for Department of Public Safety to follow the succession plan currently in place until further notice.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval for the Department of Public Safety to follow the Succession Plan currently in place until further notice.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the request for the Department of Public Safety to follow the Succession Plan currently in place until further notice as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

Those in the audience speaking regarding this item were Kay Gaither and Terry Witt.

 

PLANNING

Shenley Neely, Planning Director

Request approval of Deferred Payment Loan Agreement, Yadira DeJesus, PA #532.

Ms. Neely requested Board approval of a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Yadira DeJesus, PA #532 in the amount of $19,210.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Yadira DeJesus, PA #532 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Alice Renaudo

  • Request approval from the Board to renew the Extended Service/Annual Maintenance Plan with Priority Dispatch.

Mrs. Renaudo requested Board approval to renew the Extended Service/Annual Maintenance Plan with Priority Dispatch in the amount of $6,336.  This renewal is required to continue the version, software, and protocol updates for Emergency Medical Dispatch and Emergency Fire Dispatch.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the renewal of the Extended Service/Annual Maintenance Plan with Priority Dispatch as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request approval from the Board to purchase a skid unit from NAFECO for $17,320.58 to replace the skid unit in squad 11.

Mrs. Renaudo requested Board approval to purchase a skid unit from NAFECO in the amount of $17,320.58 to replace the skid unit in squad 11.  Half of the purchase amount will be reimbursable under the Volunteer Firefighter Assistance Grant awarded from the Division of Forestry back in November, 2015.

Questions were asked from the following audience members:  Katie Grajek, Dana Sheffield and Terry Witt.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the purchase of a skid unit from NAFECO as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

Casey Duquette

  • Request approval of an Adopt-A-Road Agreement with the Litter Busters on CR 337.

Mr. Duquette requested Board approval of an Adopt-A-Road Agreement with the “Litter Busters” on CR 337.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Adopt-A-Road Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

  • Request approval to purchase a mover head (Alamo 60” Machete Rotary Cutter) attachment for $15,342.00.

Mr. Duquette requested Board approval to purchase a mower head (Alamo 60” Machete Rotary Cutter) attachment in the amount of $15,342 from AgPro in Ocala.  This is a sole source provider for the item needed.

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the purchase of an Alamo 60” Machete Rotary Cutter as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Scott Lipman invited everyone to attend the Williston Church of God’s Easter Cantata which will be this Saturday at 7:00 P.M. and again on Easter Sunday at 10:30 A.M.

Terry Witt questioned if there was anything being done regarding the spouse/supervisor situation at the Department of Public Safety.

Mr. Moody stated there are steps being taken to ensure there is no conflict within the department regarding this issue.

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

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

Comm. Joyner made a motion to re-appoint Andrew Carswell to the Board of Adjustments for a three (3) year term to District 3.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

PLANNING COMMISSION

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

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to re-appoint Tommy Harper to the Planning Commission for a four (4) year term.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

Comm. Joyner announced there will be a Sunrise Service at the Morriston Baptist Church this Sunday followed by a community-wide breakfast.

Comm. Rock Meeks reminded everyone the Suwannee River Fair will conclude this week with the sale tommorrow.  The steer show began this morning at 9:30 A.M.  He commended the children in the Tri-County area for their hard work with their swine entries after watching the show last night.

Comm. John Meeks announced the Bronson Church of God will have an Easter egg hunt this Saturday

Comm. John Meeks requested Dr. Rayanne Giddis be appointed as the replacement for Marilyn Ladner in the Higher Education/Institution position on the RESTORE Act committee; re-appoint John Meeks, Leslie Sturmer and Chris Cowart to the RESTORE Act committee; Bruce Wilson will not be appointed, but we are currently seeking his replacement.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to appointed as the replacement for Marilyn Ladner in the Higher Education/Institution position on the RESTORE Act committee, re-appointment of John Meeks, Leslie Sturmer and Christ Cowart to the RESTORE Act committee as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

PROCLAMATION

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

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Proclamation 2016-06 recognizing April, 2016 as Water Conservation Month as presented by Comm. John Meeks.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

In connection with this Proclamation there are events scheduled at the Cedar Key Public Library from April 2nd to May 6th, 2016 focused on the deep connections between Cedar Key and water.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 9:52 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                    BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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