BOCC Public Hearing – September 11, 2014

PUBLIC HEARING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

 

 

The Public Hearing of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 11, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room of the Levy County Courthouse with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Ryan Bell

Comm. John Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Mike Joyner

Comm. Chad Johnson

 

Also present were:

 

Clerk of Court – Danny J. Shipp

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown

County Administrator – Fred Moody

 

 

Comm. Bell called the Public Hearing to order at 6:02 P.M.  Comm. Johnson gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Comm. Meeks.

 

  1. Resolution 2014-39, Annual Rate Resolution for Fire Protection Services.

 

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

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2014-39 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

  1. Resolution 2014-40, Annual EMS Tax Assessment Rate Resolution.

 

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the Annual EMS Tax Assessment Rate Resolution.  There were none.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2014-40 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

  1. Resolution 2014-41, Annual Rate Resolution for Solid Waste Assessments.

 

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the Annual Rate Resolution for Solid Waste Assessments.

 

Dana Sheffield questioned his assessment rate for Solid Waste and was answered by Mr. Moody.

 

Comm. Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2014-41 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

  1. Resolution 2014-42, Annual Rate Resolution for Roadway Maintenance Service Assessments.

 

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the Annual Rate Resolution for Roadway Maintenance Service Assessments.  There were none.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2014-42 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Adopt tentative millage rate, Resolution 2014-44.

 

Sheila Rees stated the Board had set a proposed millage rate at 8.2741 which is the rolled-back rate.  Resolution 2014-44 will adopt a tentative millage rate.

 

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the millage rate Resolution.  There were none.

 

Comm. Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2014-44 adopting the rolled-back millage rate of 8.2741.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Adopt tentative budget for 2014-2015, Resolution 2014-45.

 

Mrs. Rees stated the total budget amount is $65,646,026.

 

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the Resolution adopting the budget amount as presented.  There were none.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2014-45 adopting the budget as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE PUBLIC HEARING ADJOURNED AT 6:14 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                          Chairman, Ryan Bell

BOCC Public Hearing – September 5, 2013

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

 

 

The Public Hearing of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 5, 2013 at 6:00 PM in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Ryan Bell

Comm. John Meeks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Chad Johnson

            Also present were:

 

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown

County Coordinator – Fred Moody

Clerk of Court – Danny Shipp

 

 

Comm. Bell called the Special Meeting to order at 6:06 P.M.  Comm. Joyner gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Sheila Rees requested Board approval of Resolution 2013-44 adopting the tentative millage rate at 8.3307, which is the rolled back rate.

 

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak regarding the tentative millage rate.

 

Robert Kerr representing Fanning Springs Fire Department spoke to the Board and asked if the Board would consider a 6% one-time amount for their budget.  Mr. Kerr stated Fanning Springs has a brush truck and a fire/rescue watercraft in need of repair and cannot be used at this time.  It would cost around $2,500 to repair the brush truck and between $2,000 and $3,000 to repair the watercraft.

 

Comm. Bell advised Mr. Kerr the Board would consider his request once the tentative millage rate had been adopted.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to approve Resolution 2013-44 adopting the tentative millage rate at 8.3307, which is the rolled back rate.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to provide Fanning Springs with 1/3 of the amount to pay for repair of the watercraft up to $1,000 as the funding for Fanning Springs Fire Department comes from Levy County, Gilchrist County and the City of Fanning Springs.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mayor Cheryl Nikola and Dana Sheffield spoke to the Board.

 

Comm. Meeks made a motion to adopt Resolution 2013-45 adopting the tentative budget of $66,105.32 for fiscal year 2013-2014.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mrs. Rees asked the Board how they would like to proceed with work at the Public Safety Complex.  The approximate budget set previously for work to be done had been depleted due to unforeseen repairs.

Mr. Moody stated the Administration building will be up and running by next Tuesday and the College of Central Florida will be using one of the buildings by converting the space into four (4) classrooms.

Mrs. Rees stated with the Board’s approval, work on the facility can continue and the line items can be adjusted for both this fiscal year and next fiscal year budget amounts to cover expenses which will be around $170,000.  The total budget will not change, only money amounts within the budget.

 

The Board agreed by consensus to allow Chief Knowles to get P.O.’s and sign off verifying work and materials purchased when bills are sent in for payment.

 

Mr. Moody reminded everyone there is a Public Hearing set for Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30 P.M. for adoption of Non-Ad Valorem Assessment and there is a Budget Meeting set for Monday, September 16th at 6:00 P.M. to approve the final budget and millage rate.

 

The Board agreed to meet on September 30th at 9:00 A.M. to pay year end bills.

 

Mrs. Rees asked for clarification with regard to bills submitted for payment by the City of Williston and the City of Chiefland on the additional amounts previously approved.

The Commissioners agreed the bills would go to Chief Knowles for approval before being submitted for payment.

 

Comm. Bell stated Tuesday, September 10th is the RESTORE Act drop in application workshop.

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE PUBLIC HEARING ADJOURNED AT 6:48 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                                 Chairman, Ryan Bell

 

Public Hearing – July 30, 2013

PUBLIC HEARING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JULY 30, 2013

 

 

The Public Hearing of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on July 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Ryan Bell

Comm. John Meeks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Chad Johnson

            Also present were:

 

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown

County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

 

Comm. Bell called the Public Hearing to order at 9:02 A.M.  Comm. Joyner gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, INC.

 

Magarita Labarta, Ph.D., President/CEO

Affilliation follow-up and funding request presentation.

 

Ms. Labarta spoke to the Board regarding funding for Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. from Levy County for the upcoming fiscal year.  Ms. Labarta informed the Board Levy County they are short in their funding for Levy County by $19,000.  The statutorily required Baker Act match amount for Levy County is $69,000.  Statistics were given of services provided to citizens of Levy County.

 

Atty. Brown stated the requirement for funding is not so much by the county to provide the match amount, but for Meridian to find the funding for this match amount.  She stated she would research the State statutes to verify this information.

 

 

BUDGET PRESENTATION

 

Sheila Rees presented amended budget information to the Board regarding grants received this year, additional cash forward and fund balances.  Approval of Resolution 2013-36 will approve the changes as provided by Mrs. Rees.

 

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the proposed budget information.

 

Renate Cannon questioned which funds were decreased.

 

Mrs. Rees answered the NSP3 fund decreased by $6,932.

 

After no further questions, Comm. Bell closed the floor to public comment.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2013-36 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mrs. Rees stated the budget of $62,730,153 is calculated based on the millage rate of 8.01 and there is $1,387,299 in Reserve.  The rolled back millage rate is 8.3307.  Mrs. Rees requested Board approval of a millage rate.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to set the tentative millage rate at 8.3307.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

INTERVIEWS – PROFESSIONAL AND ENGINEERING RELATED SERVICES FOR RESTORE ACT

 

Interviews for Request for Proposals for Engineering and Related Services for RESTORE Act.

 

The following Engineering and Consulting firms provided presentations to the Board explaining their qualifications and experience related to professional and engineering related services for the RESTORE Act:

 

Mittauer & Associates, Inc.

Joe Mittauer, PE, President

Greg Lang, President of Community Development

 

AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc.

Jennifer Sagan, MS – Senior Scientist/Project Manager

Charlene Stroehlen, PE – Senior Associate Engineer

Chris Mickler, PE – Senior Water Resources Engineer

Bonnie Bernardo, RLA – Landscape Architect

Lance Lumbard, MS, MBA, CLP – Senior Scientist

 

Tetra Tech, Inc.

Michael Bomar, PE – Project Manager

Tim Vanderwalker, PE – Civil Engineering

Mark Nixon

 

The meeting recessed at 10:48 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 10:55 A.M.

 

After discussion, the Commissioners ranked the presenters as listed below:

 

Comm. Meeks         Comm. Stevens           Comm. Joyner              Comm. Johnson            Comm. Bell

1. AMEC                     Tetra Tech                   Tetra Tech                    AMEC                         Tetra Tech

2. Tetra Tech                AMEC                        AMEC                         Tetra Tech                    AMEC

3. Mittauer & Assoc.    Mittauer & Assoc.       Mittauer & Assoc.        Mittauer & Assoc.        Mittauer & Assoc.

 

Comm. Meeks made a motion to rank the presenters in the following order:

 

  1. Tetra Tech
  2. AMEC
  3. Mittauer & Assoc.

 

Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

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

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                 Chairman, Ryan Bell

 

 

 

 

BOCC Public Hearing – September 17, 2012

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

The Public Hearing of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 17, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

Comm. Mike Joyner

            Also present were:

Clerk of Court – Danny Shipp

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the Public Hearing to order at 6:07 PM.

 

Set Millage

 

Sheila Rees stated the millage rate currently adopted is 8.5759, which is the rolled back rate reflecting a 0% increase from the previous year.  The millage rate for fiscal year 2012-2013 can be adopted by approving Resolution 2012-61 at the rate the Board sets.

 

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

 

The following individuals from the audience spoke and requested the Board lower the millage rate:

 

Renate Cannon

Dana Sheffield

Barney Cannon

 

Comm. Stevens then closed the floor to public comments and asked for discussion among the Commissioners.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to set the millage rate for fiscal year 2012-2013 at 8.01.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

The meeting recessed at 7:00 P.M.

 

The meeting reconvened at 7:26 P.M.

 

 

 

Mrs. Rees stated to the Board the adopted millage rate of 8.01 is 6.60% less than the rolled back rate.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve Resolution 2012-61 approving the millage rate for fiscal year 2012-2013 at 8.0100 for the General Fund which is 6.60% below the rolled back rate.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Adopt Budget for fiscal year 2012-2013

 

Mrs. Rees spoke to the Board stating the tentative budget amount approved was $62,351,856.  With all calculations, including the reduction of the millage rate, the total budget will be $1,116,073 less than the tentative budget amount.  The budget amount, calculated at the new millage rate will be $61,235,783, if adopted.

 

 

Comm. Stevens asked if there was anyone in the audience wishing to speak for or against the proposed budget.  There were none.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve Resolution 2012-62 adopting the budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 at $61,235,783.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 7:32 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                 Chairman, Danny Stevens

 

BOCC Public Hearing – September 6, 2012

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 6, 2012

 

 

The Public Hearing of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 6, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Marsha Drew

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

Comm. Mike Joyner

            Also present were:

Clerk of Court – Danny Shipp

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 6:03 PM.  Comm. Stevens gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

Adopt Tentative Millage and Resolution for fiscal year 2012-2013

 

Mrs. Rees stated the budget before the Commissioners was calculated using the rolled back rate of 8.5759 and can be approved by Resolution 2012-58.

 

Comm. Stevens opened the hearing to public comments.

 

The following individuals from the audience spoke against any increase in the millage rate:

 

Barney Cannon

Renate Cannon

Sam Barrett

Jack Schofield

 

After everyone from the audience wishing to speak had done so, Comm. Stevens closed the public comment portion of the hearing.  Discussion followed among the Commissioners.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve Resolution 2012-58 as presented setting the tentative millage rate at 8.5759.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Stevens votes NO.

 

 

Adopt Tentative Budget and Resolution for fiscal year 2012-2013

 

Mrs. Rees stated the total budget presented to the Commissioner including all grants is $62,351,856 and can be approved by Resolution 2012-59.

 

Comm. Stevens opened the hearing to public comments.

 

The following individuals from the audience spoke in favor of the Board lowering the budget in order to prevent tax increases:

 

Barney Cannon

Debra Pemberton

Sam Barrett

Jack Schofield

 

Dana Sheffield stated he supports the efforts of the Commissioners.

Teresa Barron questioned the cost of the video visitation system and narrow banding.

After everyone from the audience wishing to speak had done so, Comm. Stevens closed the public comment portion of the hearing.  Discussion followed among the Commissioners.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve Resolution 2012-59 as presented setting the tentative budget for fiscal year 2012-2013.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:57 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                                 Chairman, Danny Stevens

 

BOCC Public Hearing – September 8, 2011

PUBLIC HEARING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

 

 

The Public Hearing of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 8, 2011 at 6:30 PM in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

Comm. Marsha Drew

            Also present were:

Clerk of Court – Danny J. Shipp

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator–Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.  Comm. Johnson gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Sheila Rees presented the Board with a Resolution to set the proposed millage rate at 8.0614, which is the rolled back rate.

 

Comm. Stevens asked if there was anyone in the audience to speak for or against the item of setting the proposed millage rate.

 

Renate Cannon requested the Board to keep the millage rate at the current rate and not go to the rolled back rate.

Betty Wolf spoke and stated she was against the Board raising the millage rate.

 

After discussion, Comm. Johnson made a motion adopt Resolution 2011-46 amending paragraph 1 to fill in the blank with the 8.0614 millage rate for the General Fund which is the rolled back rate.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mrs. Rees stated the total budget calculated at this rate is $59,231,955.

 

 

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

 

Connie Asbell informed the Board she had reduced her budget by another 3%.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve the Budget for the Supervisor of Elections.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

Ms. Pendray from the Sheriff’s Office was in attendance and informed the Board Sheriff Smith would not be in attendance and there was no presentation from the Sheriff’s Department.

The Commissioners all expressed their disappointment of the Sheriff not attending this meeting.

Comm. Stevens spoke suggested the Board set the Sheriff’s budget at $9.95 million.  This would be a further reduction of $216,380, not counting the retirement amount reduced like everyone else.  The total amount reduced from the Sheriff’s original budget would be 8.13%.

 

The Commissioners discussed a 7% reduction in the Sheriff’s budget.  This would be $758,174, which includes 3% for retirement, making the total budget amount $10,072,884.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to set the Sheriff’s budget at $9.95 million.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Stevens asked if anyone from the audience would like to speak as this is a Public Hearing.

 

Sherry Houston, Sr. Vice President of Advancement at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare spoke to the Board and requested they reconsider reducing their budget.  She requested they make a lesser reduction, making their reduction proportional to all the other departments.

The Commissioners stated they would like to see a better patient care facility instead of a new administration building, which is currently planned for construction.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve Resolution 2011-47 to approve the 2011-2012 FY budget in the amount of $59,231.985.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE PUBLIC HEARING ADJOURNED AT 7:48 P.M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                            BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                          Chairman, Danny Stevens