BOCC Regular Meeting – June 23, 2015

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REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JUNE 23, 2015

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on June 23, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

Also present were:

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

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

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

CHECK NUMBER  119991-120227
FUND         AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE201,250.66
ROAD449,538.53
SHIP23,097.00
PAL LIBRARY58,900.08
TRANSPORTATION25,113.97
COURT FACILITIES96.50
EMS73,669.98
FIRE24,966.25
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT16,865.10
UTILITIES5,432.49
DRUG TASK FORCE54.42
COMMUNICATION15,923.34
ADD COURT COSTS637.62
CAPITAL PROJECTS190.00
LANDFILL79,431.38
TOTAL    $    975,167.32
EFT PAYMENT    $      31,726.29

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board Meetings held on May 5, 2015 and May 19, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on May 5, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on May 19, 2015 with corrections as stated.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

Comm. John Meeks, Chairman

A. Presenting Proclamation 2015-18 recognizing the Chiefland High School Varsity Softball Team as the 2015 FHSAA Class IA State Champions, holding the title for 2 years.

Comm. John Meeks read Proclamation 2015-18 into public record and congratulated the Chiefland High School Varsity Softball Team on their recent accomplishment of winning the 2015 FHSAA Class IA State Championship, holding the title for 2 years.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Proclamation 2015-18 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Presenting Proclamation 2015-21 recognizing the Williston High School Varsity Baseball Team as the 2015 FHSAA Class IA State Champions, holding the title for 2 years.

Comm. John Meeks read Proclamation 2015-21 into public record and congratulated the Williston High School Varsity Baseball Team on their recent accomplishment of winning the 2015 FHSAA Class IA State Championship, holding the title for 2 years.

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Proclamation 2015-21 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

The meeting recessed at 9:12 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 9:18 A.M.

 

C. Presenting Certification of Appreciation.

 

Comm. Rooks presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Mark Johnson for his years of service as the Emergency Management Director.

 

 

YANKEETOWN/INGLIS HEALTHY COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

 

Helen Ciallella, President Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber.

Presenting and explaining the Healthy Community Initiative Program that has been implemented in Inglis and Yankeetown.

 

Helen Ciallella, Withlacochee Gulf Area Chamber President spoke to the Board explaining the Healthy Community Initiative Program which has been implemented in Inglis and Yankeetown.  She stated the two communities are working together to improve the area and provide programs to assist residents.

Marilyn Ladner also spoke to the Board explaining how ideas for the various community projects came about.  She introduced several individuals involved in the projects in attendance.

 

 

MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, INC.

 

Margarita Labarta, PH.D, President and CEO

Presenting prior year service report for the Levy County residents.  Requesting an increase in funding for 2016.

 

Mrs. Labarta spoke to the Board and presented their prior year service report for Levy County residents.  Mrs. Labarta stated they would be asking for an increase in the County’s funding for them in the upcoming budget discussions.

 

 

CARRER SOURCE

 

Rusty Skinner, Citrus/Levy/Marion

Requesting approval of the revised Inter-Local Agreement and Resolution 2015-26.

 

Mr. Skinner presented and requested Board approval of the revised Inter-Local Agreement and Resolution 2015-06.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the revised Inter-Local Agreement and Resolution 2015-06 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

 

David Pieklik, Director

A. Recap of Big Bend economic analysis report presentation in Dixie County.

 

Mr. Pieklik gave a recap of the Big Bend economic analysis report presentation in Dixie County.  The Big Bend meeting presented several potential projects which could impact the county/region.

 

B. Presentation on proposed formula for REV grants incentive program.

 

Mr. Pieklik gave a presentation to the Board on the proposed formula for the REV (Recaptured Enhanced Value) grants incentive program.  Marilyn Ladner also spoke to the Board.

 

 

REGIONAL GENERAL HOSPITAL

 

JT Lander, Chief Compliance Officer

An informational presentation on current hospital changes, upgrades and expenditures.

 

Mr. Lander gave an update to the Board on current hospital changes, upgrades and expenditures.

 

 

CARR, RIGGS & INGRAM, LLC

 

Martha Garcia-Baker made a presentation of the 2014 Audit to the Board.

 

The meeting recessed at 10:51 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 10:59 A.M.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

A. Approval from the Board on the Memorandum of Agreement for the River Cost Share Agreement.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the Memorandum of Agreement for the River Cost Share Agreement for the Levy County University Oaks Water System Improvement Project.  The total project cost will be $156,390. And the District reimbursable amount is not to exceed $151,390.

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

B. Request approval to appoint John MacDonald Interim Emergency Management Director, with salary adjustments.

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to appoint John MacDonald as the Interim Emergency Management Director, with salary adjustments.  The annual salary would be adjusted to $51,500.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to appoint John MacDonald as the Interim Emergency Management Director, with salary adjustments as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

COUNTY AGENT

 

Albert Fuller, Director

Request approval and signature on a consent letter for the use of the Agricultural Center property for maintaining European honey bee colonies.

 

Mr. Fuller requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature on a consent letter for the use of the Agricultural Center property for maintaining European honey bee colonies.  This will allow educational opportunities for 4-H members, county school children and the general public in learning about honey bees and their importance in agriculture and the ecosystem.  Mr. Fuller stated Kathy Johnson is a 4-H volunteer and will be tending to the bees.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Chairman’s signature on a consent letter for the use of the Agricultural Center property for maintaining European honey bee colonies as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

 

Carol McQueen, Director

Request approval of contract for another six (terms in a 4 week period) with 3 Clear Channel Outdoor billboards along I-75 for $9,636.00.  One billboard facing North and 2 billboards facing South prior to Levy County road exits.

 

Mrs. McQueen requested Board approval of a contract for another six (terms in a 4 week period) with 3 Clear Channel Outdoor billboards along I-75 for $9,636.00.  The contract will run from July 7, 2015 through December 19, 2015.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the contract with Clear Channel Outdoor as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

John MacDonald

Requesting approval of the Board to make a purchase of 10 Flame-Sim Incident Command Software Seats, using the funds from EMPG Grant.

 

Mr. MacDonald requested Board approval for the purchase of 10 Flame-Sim Incident Command Software Seats in the amount of $17,990.  This purchase will be made using EMPG Grant funds.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the purchase of 10 Flame-Sim Incident Command Software Seats as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

 

Connie Conley, General Manager

Requesting approval of the Board to submit Transportation Disadvantaged Trip & Equipment Trip & Equipment Grant Application.

 

Mrs. Conley requested Board approval to submit the Transportation Disadvantaged Trip & Equipment & Equipment Grant Application in the amount of $405,290.  This is a 90/10 grant used for medical trips for those meeting the 125% poverty level.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve submitting the Transportation Disadvantaged Trip & Equipment & Equipment Grant Application as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LIBRARY

 

Lisa Brasher, Director

Requesting approval of the Autographic invoice amount.

 

Ms. Brasher requested Board approval for renewal of the automated circulation software from Autographics in the amount of $6,561.38.  This software is required in order for the Library to be eligible for State Aid to Libraries.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the invoice from Autographics for automated circulation software as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

Requesting approval from the Board and signature of the Chairman on the Technical Service Support Agreement between Physio Control and Levy County.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval and Chairman’s signature on the Technical Service Support Agreement between Physio Control and Levy County in the amount of $3,214.00.  The agreement will provide and warrant repairs and preventable maintenance for two (2) of the heart monitors place for use on LCDPS apparatus.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Technical Service Support Agreement with the Chairman’s signature as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

A. Requesting approval to pave NE 127 Ct. (LCR 1073). – TABLED –

B. Requesting permission of the Board to approve Austin Powder Company to blast for Gulf Hammock rock pit.

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of Austin Powder Company to blast for the Gulf Hammock rock pit.  This was the only bid and the quoted price was $21,353.67.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Austin Powder Company for blasting at the Gulf Hammock rock pit as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

C. Requesting permission of the Board to approve Florida Department of Environmental Protection Guidance for Storm Debris Staging Area Guidance.

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Guidance for Establishment, Operation and Closure of Disaster Debris Management Sites with or without Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Drills.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Florida DEP Guidance for Storm Debris Staging Area Guidance as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

 

Atty. Brown requested the Board hear a Non-Agenda item.

 

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

 

Atty. Brown stated there had been a complaint filed in Federal court, the American Atheists vs. Levy County.  She stated Levy County had not yet been served yet but requested the Board approve an agreement with Liberty Counsel for legal representation in anticipation of service.  The agreement states there will be no charge for attorney fees or costs except if the Board retains any other attorney or cancels with Liberty Counsel.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the agreement with Liberty Counsel as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Mrs. Cannon questioned the status of the North Florida Broadband Authority.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated the North Florida Broadband Authority is currently in negotiations with a private sector company who will be taking over their assets and network.

 

Sheriff McCallum presented a check to the Board from the Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $84,300.  The money is a result of a contract the Sheriff’s Department has with the Levy County School Board used to offset the salaries for two (2) School Resource Officers.  The funds will go back into the Sheriff’s budget.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Joyner reported the request for a traffic study at the intersection of CR 326 and SR 121 had been done by the Florida Department of Transportation.  The outcome of this study is there will be no action taken at this time.

 

Comm. Rooks reported she had attended the FAC Conference last week.  She stated Chairman John Meeks was elected to the FAC Board of Directors for District 5.

 

Comm. Stevens stated Mrs. Jones, Supervisor of Elections had approached him with a request for Commissioners to serve on the Canvassing Board for the Presidential Preference.  He suggested he and Comm. John Meeks serve as a member and alternate along with the Judge and Mrs. Jones.  When the elections come up next year for the Primary and General election, then others can serve.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to appoint Comm. Stevens and Comm. John Meeks as member and alternate to the Canvassing Board for the Presidential Preference as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to re-appoint Jerry Orenchak to the Construction Industry Licensing Board, District.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. John Meeks reported of the First Annual Blueberry Festival held this past Saturday in Bronson and stated it was well attended.

Comm. John Meeks stated he had received his advanced County Commissioner Certificate at the FAC Conference he had attended last week.  He stated in addition to being elected to the District 5 seat, he was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Growth Management, Agriculture and Environment Committee.

Comm. John Meeks stated he had attended a recent Gulf Consortium Meeting.  There is another meeting for regional plans to begin work on disseminating the “pot 3” money scheduled for August 26th.

 

The meeting recessed at 11:58 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 1:37 P.M.

 

2015-2016 BUDGET WORKSHOP

 

The following Elected Officials presented their proposed budgets to the Board:

 

Clerk of Court, Danny Shipp

Mr. Shipp stated his budget shows an increase of $30,000 due to insurance and retirement increases and a 3% raise for employees.

 

Sheriff Robert McCallum

Sheriff McCallum stated his total budget request is $11,631,548.  This is an increase of $294,000 from last year’s budget due to mandated costs such as health insurance and retirement.  This budget also reflects a 4% raise for employees.

 

Supervisor of Elections, Tammy Jones

Mrs. Jones stated the Supervisor of Elections budget is increased from the prior year’s budget due to an additional election, health insurance and retirement, employee raises and additional expense to make the voting equipment more secure.  Mrs. Jones stated a new building to store the voting equipment would cost around $200,000 to construct.

 

Property Appraiser, Osborn Barker

Comm. John Meeks stated the Property Appraiser’s requested budget is $1,070 less than last year.

 

The following County Agency presented a budget to the Board:

 

Nature Coast Business Development

David Pieklik presented the proposed budget for Nature Coast Business Development stating there is a small increase due to health insurance, retirement and salary increase.  Mr. Pieklik stated there is a one-time cost of $25,000 included in the budget for an industry cost or analysis.

The following Departments presented their proposed budgets to the Board:

 

Animal Services, David Weatherford

Mr. Weatherford stated the budget for the Animal Services Department reflected an increase of $2,409.

 

Agriculture Extension Office, Albert Fuller

Mr. Fuller stated the budget for the Agriculture Extension Office reflected an increase of $43,100 for the following:

$2,500 for the purchase of a commercial oven to prepare meals for children attending day camps during the summer.

$9,000 for a storage building for items such as tables and chairs.

$4,500 for three (3) desktop computers.

$30,000 for a new tractor with two (2) implements (mower and disc) for agriculture demonstrations and research.

 

Board Office, Fred Moody

Mr. Moody stated the increase for the Board insurance went up this year by 2.3% overall.  The budget request for the Board office this year is $299,000, a $60,000 reduction from last year’s request.

 

Construction/Maintenance/Water, Jimmy Jones

Mr. Jones stated the budget for the Construction/Maintenance Department reflects an increase for the purchase of a small dump-truck for use by the Water Department, a cleaning van.  The total increase for the Maintenance budget is $154,601 which includes the equipment purchase of $107,580.

Mr. Jones stated there is an increase in the Water Department budget for the purchase of a mini-trackhoe in the amount of $37,000.  The total increase for the equipment line for University Oaks is $35,625 and $11,875 for Manatee Utilities.  The total budget increase for University Oaks is $120,195 and the total increase for Manatee Utilities is $44,578.

 

Development Department, Bill Hammond

Mr. Hammond stated the budget request for the Development Department is $602,000, which is close to last year’s amount.

 

Emergency Management, John MacDonald

Mr. MacDonald stated the budget request for the Emergency Management Department reflects an increase to hire two additional employees.  The total salary amount of $70,337 will be the increase and Mr. MacDonald stated he is researching how a portion of this can be funded through grant money.

 

Grants/RESTORE

Fred Moody spoke regarding the budget for the Grants/RESTORE Department and stated this is a new department and there is currently one (1) salary being paid from this budget

 

Legal, Atty. Brown

Atty. Brown stated the budget request for the Legal Department is increased $7,000 due to an increase for insurance, retirement and salary increases.

 

Library, Lisa Brasher

Ms. Brasher stated the budget request for the Library Department reflects an increase of $53,420.  Included in this amount is $35,000 for the purchase of a new vehicle.

Parks & Recreation/Mosquito Control, Matt Weldon

Mr. Weldon stated the budget request for the Parks Department $314,252, which is reduced by $28,795 from last year’s budget.

Mr. Weldon stated he is requesting an increase in the Mosquito Control budget for the purchase of two (2) new spray trucks.  The total increase for this department is $17,400.  The total budget request for the Mosquito Control Department is $283,625.

 

Planning Department/SHIP, Shenley Neely

Ms. Neely stated the budget request for the Planning Department is reduced from last year.

Ms. Neely stated the SHIP budget reflects no increase.

 

Public Safety, David Knowles

Chief Knowles stated the budget request for EMS reflects an overall increase of $569,252.

 

Chief Knowles stated the budget request for the Fire Department is contingent upon the decision by the Board of how much to budget for the City Fire Departments.

Road & Bridge, Bruce Greenlee

Mr. Greenlee stated there is money budgeted for capital purchases for Road Department equipment.

 

Soil & Water, Wilbur Dean

Mr. Dean stated the budget request for the Soil & Water Department is the same as last year.

 

Veteran’s Services, Robert Lowyns

Mr. Lowyns stated there is an increase in the budget request for the Veteran’s Services Department in the amount of $2,863 as a result of increases in insurance, retirement and salary increases.

 

Tourist Development, Carol McQueen

Mrs. McQueen stated the budget for the Tourist Development Department is increased only due to increases in insurance, retirement and salary increases, however, the Tourist Development budget is funded by the Tourist Development Tax Ordinance and not from the General Fund.

 

Note:  Municipal Fire Departments Workshop scheduled for July 7, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.

 

 

Mrs. McQueen informed the Board the cost for the Clear Channel contract sign stated earlier did not include illumination.  Illumination of the sign would greatly increase the cost.  Mrs. McQueen stated the sign will not be illuminated and the amount is $700 per period.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to amend the contract with the change as stated by Mrs. McQueen.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Comm. Stevens requested Mr. Moody send a letter to each department instructing them to limit their requests for increases in their budgets and prioritize their needs.

 

Comm. John Meeks recommended each of the Commissioners consult with their assigned departments to discuss their budgets.

 

Mrs. Rees spoke to the Board stating the General Revenue fund alone using the estimated cash forward and estimated revenues vs. the budget presented with all department requests is out of balance by $1.6 million.  Listed below are the other funds which are also out of balance:

 

General Revenue         -$1,600,000

Road Department       -$   337,000

EMS                            -$   659,000

Fire                              -$       8,000

 

Mrs. Rees requested each Commissioner schedule some time to come to her office and discuss the budgets with Mr. Shipp and Mr. Moody.

 

Mr. Moody stated there is one date confirmed to adopt the Assessments.  It is Monday, September 14th at 6:00 P.M.

 

The meeting recessed at 4:11 P.M.

The meeting reconvened at 6:00 P.M.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

County Attorney, Anne Bast Brown

A. Request permission from the Board to conduct a Public Hearing and adopt Ordinance 2015-06 for local implementation of year-round water conservation measures and temporary water shortage restrictions recognizing related rules of the Suwannee River Water Management.

 

Atty. Brown requested Board permission to conduct a Public Hearing and adopt Ordinance 2015-06 for local implementation of year-round water conservation measures and temporary water shortage restrictions recognizing related rules of the Suwannee River Water Management.

 

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

 

Questions were asked by Renate Cannon.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2015-06 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Concur with Interagency Agreement between Southwest Florida Water Management District and Suwannee River Water Management District and authorize Chair to sign.

 

Atty. Brown requested the Board concur with the Interagency Agreement between the Southwest Florida Water management District and the Suwannee River Water Management District and authorize the Chairman to sign.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to concur with the Interagency Agreement as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C. Conduct a Public Hearing and adopt Ordinance 2015-07 for restrictions regarding sexual offenders/predators.

 

Atty. Brown requested a Public Hearing be conducted and adoption of Ordinance 2015-07 for restrictions regarding sexual offenders/predators.  The Ordinance title was then read into public record and Atty. Brown explained the provisions of the Ordinance.

Atty. Brown thanked Shenley Neely and staff at the Planning Department for their assistance with the mapping for this Ordinance.

 

Sheriff McCallum spoke to the Board regarding the efforts which went into getting the Ordinance to this point.  Sheriff McCallum also stated there are currently 187 offenders/predators registered in Levy County.  Of this number, 21 are registered predators.  There are 3 registered predators living in the house in Williston which had been identified earlier as housing large numbers of sexual offenders/predators along with 7 other offenders.  Of the ten (10) in this one (1) home, two (2) were sentenced, convicted or have any connection in Levy County.  Sheriff McCallum stated the number of offenders/predators living in Levy County is three times the national average.

 

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

 

Those who spoke are listed below:

 

For                                                       Against

Dawn Bies                                          Vanessa Thomas

Renate Cannon

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2015-07 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:27 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

BOCC Regular Meeting – July 7, 2015

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JULY 7, 2015

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on July 7, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

 

Also present were:

 

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

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

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

CHECK NUMBER  120228-120383
FUND         AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE1,846,983.73
ROAD17,359.00
PAL LIBRARY7,624.34
TRANSPORTATION21,842.55
91111,845.25
COURT FACILITIES38.99
EMS56,438.52
FIRE23,372.40
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT1,533.46
UTILITIES366.64
DRUG TASK FORCE6,175.00
CAPITAL PROJECTS11,985.63
LANDFILL3,614.63
MSBU’S215,055.25
TOTAL    $ 2,224,235.39

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on June 2, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on June 2, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

 

Bill Hammond, Director

Request motion to hear Special Exception 15-02 application for a Special Exception use permit for an existing establishment known as “Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.” and adoption of an order to approve or deny. – TABLED –

 

 

PLANNING

 

Request to adopt Ordinance 2015-08 amending the schedule of capital improvements for Levy County as required annually by Florida statute. –TABLED-

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Carl Carnegie questioned if there had been any progress regarding his request to have a sidewalk constructed near Vision Christian Academy in Raleigh.  The area is near the intersection of SR 41 and CR 335.

 

Mr. Greenlee stated he will re-submit a State funding request by changing the scope of work.

 

Comm. Rooks requested Mr. Greenlee set up a meeting with State officials to discuss funding for this project.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

A. Requesting permission to advertise for bid on the yearly operating supplies for the Levy County Road Department.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval to advertise for bids on the following yearly operating supplies for the Levy County Road Department:

 

Asphalt S I, Asphalt S III and Type “C” Colmix                   Safety Items

Galvanized Culvert Pipe                                                         Sign Materials

Emulsion Prime (Tar)                                                              Sod

Motor Oil                                                                                    Striping

Porta Potty

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the advertising for bids on the items as requested by Mr. Greenlee.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Requesting permission to pave NE 127 CT (LCR 1073).

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval to add the remainder of NE 127 Ct. (LCR 1073) to the paving list.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to add the remainder of NE 127 Ct. (LCR 1073) to the paving list as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C. Request to adopt Resolution 2015-24 to schedule a public hearing on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. for the closure of a portion of SE 73rdLane, located in Fox Grove Farms as requested by the petition.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-24 to schedule a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. for the closure of a portion of SE 73rd Lane, located in Fox Grove Farms as requested by petitioners Earl E. and Jessie F. Sims.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-24 to schedule a Public Hearing as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Greenlee announced the Town of Bronson had hired Eric Wise as the new Public Works Director replacing Jimmy Dunsford and introduced him to the Board.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

A. Request a motion to set health insurance premiums paid by the Board for employee’s coverage for Fiscal Year 2015-16.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to set health insurance premiums paid by the Board for employee’s coverage for fiscal year 2015-2016 and a decision if Board will pay the increase in dependent coverage as had been done in prior years.  There is a 2.3% increase this year totaling $18,448.32 for dependent coverage.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the health insurance premiums paid by the Board for employee’s coverage and for the Board to pay the increase in dependent coverage for fiscal year 2015-2016 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Request approval of letter terminating Purchasing Card Service with Bank of America.

 

Mr. Moody requested a letter from the Board terminating purchasing card services with Bank of America as the new purchasing card service is now with Regions Bank.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the letter terminating purchasing card services with Bank of America as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C. Requesting direction on adopting a Resolution opposing the move of the Southwest Water Management Districts headquarters from Brooksville to Tampa.

 

Mr. Moody stated a letter had been received from the Public Information Officer for Hernando County, Virginia Singer asking for support of a resolution opposing the Southwest Florida Water Management District relocation of their office from Brooksville to Tampa.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to direct staff to prepare a resolution opposing the relocation of the headquarters office for the Southwest Florida Water Management District as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

D. Request approval of Standstill Agreement between Levy County and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of a Standstill Agreement between Levy County and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The agreement is to give additional time to prepare the lease for the next ten (10) years as it is quite extensive.  Currently, the USDA leases 1,006 square feet at the Ag. Center at a rate of $16.36 per square foot which totals $16,458 in revenue.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Standstill Agreement between Levy County and the USDA as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

E. Request approval of Resolution 2015-31 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for Roadway Maintenance Service Assessments.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-31 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for Roadway Maintenance Service Assessments.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-31 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for Roadway Maintenance Service Assessments as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Rooks voted NO.

 

Mr. Moody stated there is a Public Hearing scheduled for Monday, September 14th at 6:00 P.M. for the final adoption of the Preliminary Rate Resolutions.

 

F. Request approval of Resolution 2015-30 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for Solid Waste.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-30 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for Solid Waste.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-30 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for Solid Waste as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

G. Request approval of Resolution 2015-29 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for Fire Protection Services.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-29 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for Fire Protection Services.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-29 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for Fire Protection Services as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

H. Request approval of Resolution 2015-28 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for EMS Tax.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-28 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for EMS Tax.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-28 for Preliminary Rate Resolution for EMS Tax as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

 

Connie Conley, General Manager

 

A. Requesting Board approval to purchase a bus under the Section 5339 Capital Joint Participation Agreement.

 

Mrs. Conley requested Board approval to purchase a bus under the Section 5339 Capital Joint Participation Agreement.  The agreement provides a total of $116,000 for the purchase of a 23’ bus to be reimbursed at 100%.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the purchase of a 23’ bus as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Requesting Board approval of Resolution 2015-32 authorizing the execution of Transportation Disadvantaged Grant and approval of the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Trip & Equipment Grant Agreement.

 

Mrs. Conley requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-32 authorizing the execution of a Transportation Disadvantaged Grant and approval of the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Trip & Equipment Grant Agreement.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-32 and approval of the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Trip & Equipment Grant Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

MOSQUITO CONTROL

 

Matt Weldon, Director

Requesting approval of Mosquito Control Contractual Service Agreement for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

 

Mr. Weldon requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature on the Mosquito Control Contractual Service Agreement with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the Mosquito Control Contractual Service Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PLANNING

 

Shenley Neely, Planning Director

Requesting approval of Resolution 2015-27, enacting corrections and providing technical clarification to the County’s Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) for fiscal years 2013/2014, 2015/2016 approved July 16, 2013, with corrections retroactive to FY 2013/2014.

 

Ms. Neely requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-27, enacting corrections and providing clarification to the County’s Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) for fiscal years 2013-2014, 2015/2016 approved July 16, 2013, with corrections retroactive to FY 2013/2014.  Ms. Neely explain explained a technical revision to an existing table within the County LHAP is necessary to make clearer the intent of the Purchase Assistance with Rehabilitation Strategy as a result of the County Annual Audit.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-27 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

Request approval to donate one (1) surplus chassis to the Town of Bronson.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval to donate one (1) surplus chassis to the Town of Bronson.  The surplus chassis, Unit 101, is a 2003 Ford F350 with 373,413 miles.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to donate one (1) surplus chassis to the Town of Bronson as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

John MacDonald, Director

 

A. Request approval to accept the Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance Grant (EMPA).

 

Mr. MacDonald requested the Board accept the Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance Grant (EMPA).  The agreement period is from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 in the amount of $105,806 and it is a dollar for dollar match grant.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to accept the Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance Grant as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Request approval to accept the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG).

 

Mr. MacDonald requested the Board accept the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG).  The agreement period is from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 in the amount of $58,981 and it is a dollar for dollar match grant.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to accept the Emergency Management Performance Grant as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Stevens reported Scott Lipman is recovering from surgery and doing well.

Comm. Stevens stated the parade held on July 3rd in Williston went well.

 

Comm. John Meeks reported the fireworks in Bronson went well and the retirement party for Dennis Voyles was well attended.  Comm. John Meeks reported Levy County has been tentatively accepted to the North Florida Regional Planning Council effective October 1st.

Comm. John Meeks stated the Levy County Republican Club will be meeting at the Gathering Table on July 20th at 7:00 P.M.

 

The meeting recessed at 10:01 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 11:04 A.M.

FIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET WORKSHOP

 

Comm. John Meeks stated the Fire Departments may make their budget requests today, however they will be approved at a later meeting.

 

The following Municipal Fire Departments made budget presentations to the Board:

 

Bronson Fire Department

Chief Dennis Russell stated the budget request for the Bronson Fire Department is the same as last year, including the 10% increase to the standard contract plus assistance with the purchase of brush gear in the amount of $9,696 and additional radios in the amount of $5,000.

 

Cedar Key Fire Department

Chief Robert Robertson stated the budget request for the Cedar Key Fire Department is the same as last year with the same additional amount of $5,000 to be permanently made a part of their budget.

 

Chiefland Fire Department

Chief James Harris stated the budget request for the Chiefland Fire Department is $22,300.  He stated they will need to replace a 1 ton truck and some turnout gear along with the purchase of new radios in the coming year.  Chief Harris stated they have submitted for FEMA assistance with the purchase of the new gear.

 

Fanning Springs Fire Department

Comm. John Meeks stated the budget request had been received and there was no change from last year.

 

Inglis Fire Department

Chief John MacDonald stated the budget request for the Inglis Fire Department is the same as last year and requested the district money which had been previously given to the South Levy Fire Department be added to their budget as they are covering this area now.  The requested amount is $20,000.

 

Williston Fire Department

Chief Lamar Stegall stated the budget request for the Williston Fire Department is increased by $28,000 from last year.  Chief Stegall stated they will be replacing a rescue vehicle in the upcoming year as well.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated the next budget workshop will be on July 21st following the Regular Board meeting.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:21 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

BOCC Regular Meeting – July 21, 2015

 

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JULY 21, 2015

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on July 21, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

 

Also present were:

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

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

CHECK NUMBER120384-120564
FUNDAMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE94,097.17
ROAD153,429.94
SHIP15,730.00
PAL LIBRARY6,178.61
TRANSPORTATION4,515.59
COURT FACILITIES7,600.00
EMS50,626.28
FIRE91,265.35
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT7,578.63
UTILITIES2,539.55
ADD COURT COSTS637.62
CAPITAL PROJECTS21,412.67
LANDFILL87,063.99
TOTAL$    542,675.40
EFT PAYMENT$      26,104.37

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

 

 

DEVELOPMENT

 

Bill Hammond, Director

Requesting approval to allow Mr. Brad Heilwagen with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. to speak on the Risk MAP project and updates to the FEMA Flood Maps (new FIRMS).

 

Mr. Hammond introduced Brad Heilwagen with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. who spoke and gave a power point presentation to the Board on the Risk MAP project and updates to the FEMA Flood Maps.

 

Questions were asked by the following members of the audience:  Renate Cannon, Terry Witt, Toni Collins and Dana Sheffield.

 

WITHLACOOCHEE REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL

 

Fredick Landt, Atty.

Review of an Interlocal Agreement, as amended, and discussion of cancellation due to realignment of Regional Planning Councils due to June, 2015 legislative action.

 

Atty. Landt spoke to the Board and requested their review of an Interlocal Agreement, as amended, and discussion of cancellation due to realignment of Regional Planning Councils due to June, 2015 legislative action.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Interlocal Agreement cancelling the July 3, 1973 Charter Agreement of the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council having the appropriate parties execute the agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

 

A. Request approval of Resolution 2015-33, Expressing opposition to the moving of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s headquarters.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-33 expressing opposition to the moving of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s headquarters from Brooksville to Tampa.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-33 with correction as stated by Atty. Brown.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Request approval of task order 15-002 with Preble-Rish, Inc. (PRI) to provide professional engineering services for the University Oaks Water System improvements.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of task order 15-002 with Preble-Rish, Inc. (PRI) to provide professional engineering services for the University Oaks Water System improvements.  PRI has applied for and obtained a Suwannee River Water Management District RIVER grant for $151,390 in reimbursable monies in order to complete the work.  The work consists of replacing approximately 2,310 linear feet of 6 inch water main and 20 service connections in order to reduce water losses within the deteriorated water distribution system within the University Oaks subdivision.  The cost will be $26,420 and will come from the grant.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve task order 15-002 with Preble-Rish., Inc. as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C. On behalf of Linda Fugate, Tax Collector, presenting Recapitulation for Board signatures.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval on behalf of Linda Fugate, Tax Collector, of the 2014 Recapitulation Report.

 

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

 

 

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

 

Connie Conley, General Manager

Requesting Board approval for the Service Agreement to provide transportation services to Nature Coast Middle School for the upcoming school year, 2015/2016.

 

Ms. Conley requested Board approval of the Service Agreement to provide transportation services to Nature Coast Middle School for the upcoming school year, 2015/2016.  Ms. Conley stated the fee for students has increased this year from $5 per student, per day to $7.

 

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

 

 

SHIP

 

Shenley Neely, Director

A motion to approve State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Funding Certification to be submitted to Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

 

Ms. Neely requested Board approval of the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program for fiscal year 2015-2016 Funding Certification to be submitted to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.  The funding amount for Levy County will be $315,000; $120,000 goes to Purchase Assistance and $195,000 goes to owner occupied rehabilitation

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature on the Funding Certification form and approval of the State Housing Initiative Partnership Program for fiscal year 2015-2016 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SOLID WASTE

 

Benny Jerrels, Director

Request approval to accept bid for Household Hazardous Waste Disposal.

 

Mr. Jerrels requested Board approval to accept the bid submitted by Perma-Fix of Florida, Inc. for Household Hazardous Waste Disposal.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to accept the bid for Household Hazardous Waste Disposal with Perma-Fix of Florida, Inc. as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

Request approval of Resolution 2015-34 adopting a Title VI Non-Discrimination Policy and Plan.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-34 adopting a Title VI Non-Discrimination Policy and Plan for county departments and operations other than Transit Department which has a separate Title VI policy and plan.  Mr. Greenlee read the Resolution title into public record.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-34 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

 

Carol McQueen, Director

Request approval of 2015-2016 Tourism Marketing Plan.

 

Mrs. McQueen requested Board approval of the 2015-2016 Tourism Marketing Plan as presented.  Mrs. McQueen also introduced Cassandra Petrakos, her new assistant.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the 2015-2016 Tourism Marketing Plan with changes as discussed.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

 

Anne Bast Brown

Requesting approval and authorize increase in amount for engagement letter with Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A., for assistance with appeal of Levy County v. Taaffe, to $7,500 for attorney fees, plus costs.

 

Atty. Brown requested Board approval for an increase in the amount for the engagement letter with Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A. for assistance with the appeal of Levy County v. Taaffe, to $7,500 for attorney fees, plus costs.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the increase for engagement letter with Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A. as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. John Meeks asked Sheriff McCallum to research what recourse there could be for someone reporting false animal cruelty complaints due to an incident he was recently informed of.

Comm. John Meeks reminded everyone of the FEMA Open House to be held in the Commission Meeting Room from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Mr. Grant requested the flag be lowered halfway due to the recent event involving the deaths of military personnel in Tennessee.  Mr. Grant also questioned the status of the lawsuit filed against Levy County regarding the Ten Commandments monument.

 

Mr. Gaither questioned the availability of parking handicap accessibility spaces along the street in front of the Courthouse.

 

 

The meeting recessed at 10:37 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 1:02 P.M.

 

 

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS BUDGET WORKSHOP

 

Atty. Brown stated the Resolution adopted earlier opposing the moving of the Southwest Florida Water Management District Headquarters was adopted with a correction.  She stated the Resolution needed to be adopted as is, without any corrections.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to adopt Resolution 2015-33 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. John Meeks began the budget workshop with the Fire Departments.

 

Bronson Fire Department

Chief Dennis Russell stated the budget request for the Bronson Fire Department had no changes.  The total budget request is $24,208.

Comm. Rooks questioned if Chief Russell had applied for any Forestry Grants which would help with their budget request.

Chief Russell stated he had not applied for any grants at this time.

Comm. Rooks provided paperwork for Chief Russell to fill out and submit for the Forestry Grants.

 

After discussion, the Commissioners agreed to hear the budget requests and make decisions on budgets at a later date after reviewing all department requests.

 

Cedar Key Fire Department

Chief Robert Robertson stated the budget request for the Cedar Key Fire Department had no changes.  The total budget request is $71,219.

 

Chiefland Fire Department

Chief James Harris stated the budget request for the Chiefland Fire Department had no changes.  The total budget request is $228,814.

 

Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Department

John Lake from Rainbow Lakes Volunteer Fire Department spoke to the Board and requested the amount of $15,000 to cover the expense of calls made in Levy County.  From January 1st they had responded to 34 calls in Levy County.

 

Williston Fire Department

Chief Lamar Stegall stated the budget request for the Williston Fire Department had no changes.  He stated no money received from the county is used for capital purchases.

 

 

 

Mrs. Rees presented a balanced budget to the Board from the requests submitted previously stating it is currently balanced due to cutting the following:  new hires, new equipment purchases, new vehicle purchases, the building request from the Supervisor of Elections, and various line items.  The current budget is calculated at the current millage rate of 8.2741 and the rolled back rate is currently 8.1662 bringing the total figure to $57,034,596.  Mrs. Rees recommended the Board at least keep the current millage rate of 8.2741 which will need to be tentatively set at the next Board meeting on August 4th.   Mrs. Rees stated there are still more expenditures budgeted than expected revenue.  The Capital Projects is down to $85,000 and be completely gone next year.

Mrs. Rees urged the Board to consider the Road Department’s budget as once they spend the small amount in carry-forward money, there will not be enough in revenue left to help with their budget for next year.  She stated the EMS and Fire Departments budgets will also be difficult to balance next year if there is not some effort to curb spending this year.  If spending is not curbed, the only other option is to increase Assessments.

 

September 3rd at 6:00 P.M. will be the date set for a budget meeting and Monday September 14th at 6:00 P.M. is the date for the Final budget meeting.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 2:04 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting – June 2, 2015

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JUNE 2, 2015

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on June 2, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

 

Also present were:

 

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

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

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

CHECK NUMBER 119865-119990
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE1,365,092.66
ROAD151,191.61
SHIP19,358.00
PAL LIBRARY7,782.30
COURT TECH/CRIM PREV12,630.87
TRANSPORTATION24,359.26
91111,845.25
COURT FACILITIES337.50
PROGRESS ENERGY456.00
EMS34,815.58
FIRE33,945.65
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT3,379.04
UTILITIES635.91
DRUG TASK FORCE485.95
ADD COURT COSTS4,981.23
CAPITAL PROJECTS2,375.49
LANDFILL12,654.44
TOTAL $ 1,686,326.74

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on April 21, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on April 21, 2015 with correction as indicated by Comm. John Meeks.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

 

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

 

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

 

Toni Collins of the Levy County Historical Society made a presentation to the Board about the “Helen Denham”, a vessel built in 1889 and is now resting at the bottom of the #4 channel in Cedar Key.  It was a cypress stern-wheeler and was a workhorse for the Tillman Cypress Company out of the area known as Lukens, Florida which is where the Cedar Key Plantation is now.  She stated the Levy County Historical Society has submitted a grant to the Florida Department of Historical Preservation, a Maritime Cultural Resources Site Assessment of the waters around the Cedar Keys.  Mrs. Collins approve with the Chairman’s signature a letter of support for this grant.

Mrs. Collins also reported to the Board, the Levy County Historical Society has secured 3.3 acres of land in Lukens, Florida which will be a wayside park, a portal to the Cedar Keys.  Mrs. Collins stated she would like to eventually see the Cedar Keys listed with the Florida Maritime Trail as it is one of the last maritime communities in the State of Florida.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the letter of support as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

Request approval of Resolution 2015-20, an agreement with FDOT for maintenance of Traffic Signals and Intersection Control Beacons in Levy County.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-20, an agreement authorizing the execution of a Traffic Signal Maintenance and Compensation Agreement with Florida Department of Transportation for Maintenance of Traffic Signals and Intersection Control Beacons in Levy County.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-20 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

Lt. Scott Finnen

Request a one-time withdrawal of Board controlled Crime Prevention fund imposed at trials on defendants in the amount of $13,362 to acquire three (3) more informational Kiosks to be set up around the county.

 

Sheriff McCallum requested on behalf of Lt. Finnen Board approval for a one-time withdrawal of Board controlled Crime Prevention funds imposed at trials on defendants in the amount of $13,362 to acquire three (3) more informational Kiosks to be set up around the county.  The kiosks can have separate information placed on them such as wanted persons, amber alerts and allow for more citizen interaction on a local basis.  There will be one placed in Inglis, Williston and Chiefland.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the one-time withdrawal of Crime Prevention funds as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Sheriff McCallum also reported to the Board his Executive Assistant, Kaye Mikell has retired and introduced Robin Hardee McCracken who will be filling this position.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

a.) Request to re-appoint Charles “Billy” Hinote to the Construction Industry Licensing Board.

 

Mr. Moody requested the Board re-appoint Charles “Billy” Hinote to the Construction Industry Licensing Board.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to re-appoint Charles “Billy” Hinote to the Construction Industry Licensing Board as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

b.) Request to appoint Wilbur Dean to the Small County Coalition Board as Staff Liason.

 

Mr. Moody requested the Board appoint Wilbur Dean to the Small Coalition Board as Staff Liason.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to appoint Wilbur Dean to the Small Coalition Board as Staff Liason as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

Connie Conley, General Manager

Request approval of Joint Participation Agreement (JPA) a Rural Capital Grant 5311/5339 Federal DU Program 18 Capital Assistance for purchase of one 23’ gasoline bus.  “Grant is 2014-2015 fiscal year.”

 

Mr. Moody requested the Board hear a non-agenda item concerning the Transit Department which is part of the item on the agenda.

 

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

 

Atty. Brown stated Resolution 2015-23 is an authorizing resolution for the Joint Participation Agreement and the application which will be filed later.

 

Mr. Moody stated Mrs. Conley was recently advised by FDOT of the availability of funds to acquire a bus.  Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the JPA, a Rural Capital Grant 5311/5339 Federal DU Program 18 Capital Assistance in the amount of $116,000 for Purchase of one 23’ gasoline bus.  The funds expended by the county will be reimbursed 100% by the State.  Mr. Moody also requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-23 authorizing the Joint Participation Agreement and the application.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-23 as well as the Joint Participation Agreement as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Mr. Moody requested the Board schedule a Budget Workshop on June 23rd, the next Board meeting date, immediately following the regular meeting.

 

The Board agreed by consensus to schedule a Budget Workshop on June 23rd, immediately following the regular meeting.

 

 

ANIMAL SERVICES

 

David Weatherford, Director

Request approval to adopt Resolution 2015-22, revising fees and charges for services such as spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations, microchipping.

 

Mr. Weatherford requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-22 to revise prior fees and charges for services such as spay/neuter, rabies vaccinations, microchipping as these services are now being performed in-house.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-22 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COUNTY AGENT

 

Albert Fuller, Director

Approval of Central Florida Community Action Agency (CFCAA) Agreement pertaining to day camp scholarships.

 

Mr. Fuller requested Board approval of the Central Florida Community Action Agency Agreement to provide scholarships for needy kids to attend summer day camps.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Central Florida Community Action Agency Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Lou Elliott stated the Community Action Agency will be honoring Mr. Fuller on June 18th.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

  1. Requesting approval to accept the donation of a 53’ trailer from Mobile TV Group.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval to accept the donation of a 53’ trailer from Mobile TV Group.  The trailer will be used to facilitate housing of emergency crews either displaced and/or deployed during disasters.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to accept the donation of a 53’ trailer from Mobile TV Group as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

  1. Requesting approval and signature to proceed with a contract between Staley Construction Group, Inc. and Levy County for a 50 x 125’ vehicle storage facility at the Levy Public Safety Complex. Also, complete a line transfer to Capital Projects to expend a total amount of $79,329.66 in budgeted funds from the 2014-2015 budgets.

Chief Knowles requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature to proceed with a contract between Staley Construction Group, Inc. and Levy County for a 50 x 125’ vehicle storage facility at the Levy County Public Safety Complex.  Chief Knowles also requested Board approval to complete a line transfer to Capital Projects to expend a total amount of $79,329.66 in budgeted funds from the 2014-2015 budgets.

 

The bids received are as follows:

 

Staley Construction Group, Inc.                     $  79,329.66

Nooney Construction, Inc.                              $128,500.00

Gray Construction Services, Inc.                    $  96,760.00

Ayers Carpentry, Inc.                                        $  89,600.00

Foundation Services                                        $100,220.00

D & S Steel, Inc.                                                $117,836.00

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the contract with Staley Construction Group, Inc., the lowest bid and approval of the line transfer to Capital Projects as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Chief Knowles thanked the Commissioners for their visits during EMS Week.

 

Chief Knowles stated he had attended the first Planning Commission meeting with the North Central Florida Planning Council last week and reported this meeting went well as the resources they have to offer will be beneficial.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Albert Rese spoke to the Board regarding volunteers and presented a copy of an Alachua County Animal Services Volunteer application for their review.  He urged the Board to consider allowing volunteers at the Animal Services facility.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated he will look into the process for volunteering at Animal Services to see what can be done.

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Joyner called to everyone’s attention the red, white, and blue banners placed at the front of the courthouse and thanked Jimmy Jones and Rod Hastings for placing them.

Comm. Joyner stated he had requested staff to explore the possibility of being under one water management district, the Suwannee River Water Management District.

The Commissioners agreed by consensus to have staff explore the possibility of Levy County being under one water management district as stated by Comm. Joyner.

Comm. Joyner reported the Ranch Rodeo held recently was a success.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks stated the Chiefland Watermelon Festival is coming up this Saturday with the parade beginning at 11:00 A.M.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated he and Comm. Rooks will be attending the Florida Association of Counties conference the week of June 16th.

Comm. John Meeks announced Bronson will have its first Blueberry Festival on June 20th and invited everyone to attend.

Comm. John Meeks informed the Commissioners they have a seat at the table at the National Association of Counties Conference coming up in Charlotte, North Carolina July 10-13 if anyone was interested in attending.

 

Comm. John Meeks requested Board approval for Military Veterans to receive discount admission at the County Parks.  Currently, the standard park admission is $2 and he requested it be reduced to $1 with valid military ID.

 

After discussion, Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Military Veterans and active Law Enforcement employees to receive discount admission at the County Parks as requested.

 

The Motion dies for lack of a Second.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Military Veterans to receive discount admission at the County Parks as stated by Comm. John Meeks.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. John Meeks read a letter received from the City of Chiefland dated May 27, 2015 regarding Chiefland ALS, non-transport.  The letter indicated the City of Chiefland has decided not to proceed any further with Chiefland ALS for a period of two (2) years, at which time, they will re-evaluate their status and may propose a detailed ALS plan to the Board.

 

Comm. John Meeks reminded everyone the next Regular Board Meeting will be on June 23, 2015 at 9:00 A.M.  The first Budget Workshop will be on this day following the Regular Meeting and there will be a Public Hearing for the Water Ordinance and Sexual Predator Ordinance at 6:00 P.M.

 

Atty. Brown commented on the question previously regarding the number of Budget Workshops held last year stating there was only one.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated the Chiefland Softball booster club will be holding a cake auction on June 9th at 6:30 P.M. to raise money to purchase championship rings for the team members.

 

Mrs. Gaither reported the Trenton Masonic Lodge burned yesterday.

 

 

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

 

ATTEST:                                                                                               BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

BOCC Regular Meeting – May 19, 2015

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

MAY 19, 2015

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on May 19, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

 

Also present were:

 

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

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

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

CHECK NUMBER119710-119864
FUND         AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE142,696.12
ROAD81,833.38
SHIP13,500.00
PAL LIBRARY20,435.50
TRANSPORTATION1,660.35
COURT FACILITIES132.00
EMS181,306.01
FIRE33,063.05
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT4,850.44
UTILITIES2,447.24
DRUG TASK FORCE1,322.10
ADD COURT COSTS637.62
CAPITAL PROJECTS1,662.50
LANDFILL145,311.83
TOTAL   $    630,858.14
ONLINE TRANSFER – UTILITIES   $      50,000.00

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board meetings held on March 17, 2015 and April 7, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on March 17, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on April 7, 2015 with changes.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

David J. Elliott spoke to the Board expressing his concern about the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dog Kennel operating without a license.

 

Comm. John Meeks introduced to everyone, Wilbur Dean, the recently hired Assistant to the County Coordinator.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING – ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

Requesting approval of Gas Tax Ordinance 2015-02.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of the $.06 per gallon Gas Tax Ordinance, 2015-02.

 

Questions were asked by Terry Witt and Toni Collins from the audience.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Ordinance 2015-02 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM – ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Mr. Greenlee requested the Board hear a non-agenda item.

 

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

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of the Interlocal Agreement for the shared distribution of the $.06 local option motor fuel and diesel fuel tax.

 

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

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

Mr. Greenlee requested permission from the Board to advertise for bids for blasting at the Gulf Hammock rock pit.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve advertising for bids for blasting at the Gulf Hammock rock pit as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

 

Jordan Green

A. Presenting Florida Department of Transportation’s County Work Program Priorities.

 

Mr. Green spoke to the Board and presented the Florida Department of Transportation’s County Work Program Priorities.

 

Mr. Green stated there will be a meeting similar to their work program workshop scheduled in Lake City on June 22nd from 1:30-4:30 P.M. for public input.

 

Nelson Bedenbaugh

B. Updates on the Cedar Key Bridges budgets.

 

Mr. Bedenbaugh spoke to the Board giving updates on the Cedar Key Bridges budgets.

 

 

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

Mike West, 911 Addressing

Requesting approval for CenturyLink Products and Service Agreement.

 

Christine Sheppard requested Board approval on behalf of Mike West of the CenturyLink Products and Service Agreement.  This Agreement provides yearly maintenance for the mapping software and the cost is covered by the Rural County Grant awarded in April, 2015.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the CenturyLink Products and Service Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

 

David Pieklik, Executive Director

Mr. Pieklik presented the Quarterly Report of the Nature Coast Business Development Council.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

A. Requesting approval to award Bid of the Waccasassa Bay Channel Markers.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to award the bid for the Waccasassa Bay Channel Markers to Marlin Marine Construction, Inc. in the amount of $41,000, the lowest qualified bidder, as recommended by Preble-Rish, Inc.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to award the bid for the Waccasassa Bay Channel Markers to Marlin Marine Construction, Inc. as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Requesting direction and approval of the letter to the City of Chiefland regarding ALS funding issues.

 

Mr. Moody requested direction and approval of the letter to the City of Chiefland regarding ALS funding issues.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the letter presented by Mr. Moody to the City of Chiefland with the Chairman’s signature as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

A. Presenting the Quarterly Report for the Department of Public Safety.

 

Chief Knowles presented the January-March Quarterly Report for the Department of Public Safety to the Board.

 

B. Requesting approval for the FY 2014-2015 second quarter write-offs.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval for the FY 2014-2015 second quarter write-offs in the amount of $212,349.36.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the FY 2014-2015 second quarter write-offs as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Rooks voted NO.

 

C. Requesting approval on the Subscription Agreement between Acid Remap, LLC and Levy County for $250.00.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature of the Subscription Agreement between Acid Remap, LLC and Levy County in the amount of $250.00.  This agreement will provide a mobile software platform to digitally distribute protocols to First Responders, EMT’s and Paramedics in Levy County.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the Subscription Agreement between Acid Remap, LLC and Levy County as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Rooks voted NO.

 

D. Requesting approval for the Technical Service Support Agreement between Physio Control and Levy County for $13,537.00.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval of the Technical Service Support Agreement between Physio Control and Levy County in the amount of $13,537.00.  This Agreement will provide and warrant repairs and preventative maintenance for seven (7) of the heart monitors and all of the AED’s placed for use on LCDPS apparatus.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Technical Service Support Agreement between Physio Control and Levy County as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

E. Requesting approval to identify the week of May 17-23 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

 

Chief. Knowles requested Board approval of Proclamation 2015-19 identifying the week of May 17-23 as Emergency Medical Services Week.

 

Chief Knowles introduced Kelly Beauchamp who works at Chiefland High School with the HOSA Program and stated there were nine (9) students which had completed dual enrollment at the College of Central Florida in Chiefland EMT program.  Chief Knowles introduced Dillon Jones and William Raff, students who had competed and won a Regional EMT competition in January as well as in the State Finals in March.  They will be travelling to California this summer to compete in a National EMT competition.

Mrs. Beauchamp spoke to the Board and encouraged the Board and the community to support this program and the students participating in it.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Proclamation 2015-19 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Dana Sheffield asked for clarification of what would constitute a “mass casualty incident” and an update of the Fanning Springs station.  Questions were answered by Chief Knowles.

 

 

SHIP PROGRAM

 

Shenley Neely, Planning Director

Request approval of a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Tina Bracewell-PA #528, an existing unit in Inglis, FL.

 

Ms. Neely requested Board approval of a Deferred Payment Loan Agreement for Tina Bracewell-PA #528, an existing unit in Inglis, FL.

 

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

 

 

SOLID WASTE

 

Benny Jerrels, Solid Waste Department Director

Request approval and signature of the Chair for the use of PayPros Merchant credit card application agreement for the operational use at the Landfill Department.

 

Mr. Jerrels requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature for the use of PayPros Merchant credit card application agreement for operational use at the Landfill Department.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the PayPros Merchant credit card application agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

 

Anne Bast Brown

Request motion to adopt Proclamation 2015-17 proclaiming the month of May, 2015 as Civility Month.

 

Atty. Brown requested Board approval of Proclamation 2015-17 proclaiming the month of May, 2015 as Civility Month and read the title into public record.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Proclamation 2015-17 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Mrs. Reese spoke of the fence to be placed at Animal Services.

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Joyner addressed a comment made by Terry Witt in the Levy County Journal regarding the county holding the City of Chiefland “hostage” and questioned if this was a quote made by an individual.

Mr. Witt stated it was a quote.

Comm. Joyner stated the Ranch Rodeo in Williston is coming up next Friday and Saturday, May 29th and 30th.

 

Comm. Rooks announced yesterday was the 1 year anniversary of her stroke and thanked the EMS for their work as she is glad to be back.

 

Comm. Stevens congratulated the Williston Baseball Team and the Chiefland Softball Team for back to back State Championships.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks stated the sports programs in Levy County have produced many youth players who have gone on to the College level and encouraged everyone to come out to support them.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated there was a Pet Adoption event this past Saturday at the Bronson Ace Hardware location and reported it was well attended.  He thanked those who helped.

Comm. John Meeks reported of the Hurricane Conference he recently attended along with Comm. Rock Meeks and Comm. Joyner.

 

Atty. Brown added information regarding the adoptions of 4 of the dogs from the event stating they were animals taken in the animal hoarding case.

Atty. Brown also stated there will be Proclamations presented to each of the team players for the Williston Baseball team and the Chiefland Softball team at the last meeting in June.

 

Terry Witt asked how many Public Budget Workshops would be scheduled.

Comm. John Meeks answered typically there are three (3) specifically scheduled evening Workshops but budget discussions will be coming up in the Regular Board meetings soon.

 

Sallie Ann Collins spoke to the Board regarding the intersection of CR326 and SR121 and concerns with the potential for increased traffic accidents as there is a new store being construction on this corner.

 

After discussion by the Commissioners, it was agreed to have the Board office contact DOT regarding this issue.

 

The meeting recessed at 10:40 A.M.

 

The meeting reconvened at 10:59 A.M.

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL PRESENTATION

 

David Pieklik, Executive Director

The Recapture Enhanced Value (REV) Grant, a program for new or expanding businesses.

 

Mr. Pieklik gave a second update to the Board regarding the Recapture Enhanced Value (REV) Grant program for new or expanding businesses.

 

The meeting recessed at 11:37 A.M.

 

The meeting reconvened at 6:00 P.M.

 

 

 

WATER MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

 

Mr. Moody spoke to the Board regarding a proposed Ordinance providing for local implementation of year-round water conservation measurement.

 

Atty. Brown spoke regarding the purpose of the Ordinance.  She informed the Board upon approval of the Ordinance they will also need to consent to the Inter Agency Agreement between the two Water Management Districts.

 

Steve Minnis spoke briefly to the Board regarding water conservation within the county.

 

The Board agreed to schedule the Public Hearing for June 23rd at 6:00 P.M.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:15 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

 

BOCC Regular Meeting – May 5, 2015

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REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

MAY 5, 2015

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on May 5, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

 

Also present were:

 

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

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

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

CHECK NUMBER119389-119554
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE1,386,555.72
ROAD172,540.67
PAL LIBRARY7,896.15
TRANSPORTATION41,775.81
91111,845.25
COURT FACILITIES15.00
PROGRESS ENERGY30.36
EMS20,757.79
FIRE81,482.31
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT2,303.01
UTILITIES46,833.76
LANDFILL28,854.07
TOTAL   $ 1,800,889.90

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on March 17, 2015 were presented for approval.  – TABLED –

 

 

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

 

Carol McQueen, Director

Request review of City of Williston’s Resolution to recommend City Councilman Danny Ethridge to the ‘open’ position for City Government Seat.  This seat was vacated by Councilman Cal Byrd.  Seat is scheduled to expire on 4/16/2016.

 

Mrs. McQueen requested the Board appoint Williston City Councilman Danny Etheridge to the vacant government seat on the Levy County Tourist Development Council.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to appoint Danny Etheridge to the Levy County Tourist Development Council as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mrs. McQueen invited everyone to stop by the reception table set up in the lobby recognizing Tourism Week.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

Swearing-in of audience members was administered by Atty. Brown.

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

 

Planning Department

Shenley Neely

Request the Board proceed to adopt Ordinance 2015-03, amending the future land use map of the County’s Comprehensive Plan on approximately .75 acres of land.  The proposal is to change the land use designation from Urban Low Density Residential (LDR) to Commercial (C).

 

Ms. Neely requested the Board adopt Ordinance 2015-03 amending the future land use map of the Comprehensive Plan on approximately .75 acres of land and read the Ordinance Title into public record.

 

Clay Sweger, a land planner with EDA Engineers-Surveyors-Planners, Inc., representing the current property owner, Drummond Community Bank, spoke to the Board stating there was interest by a business wishing to buy the property for the purpose of establishing a business which creates high-tech safety devices for fuel pipelines. This would be a light industrial type of activity done inside the building.

 

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

 

Questions were asked by Renate Cannon, Toni Collins, Juanita Pickens Terrell and Terry Witt.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2015-03 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Development Department

Bill Hammond

A. Request the Board to proceed to adopt Ordinance 2015-04, approval for Drummond Community Bank, rezoning .75 acres more or less located in Section 27, Township 11 South, Range 14 East, Levy County, Florida from Forestry/Rural Residential (F/RR) to Moderately Intensive Commercial (C-3), Petition CZ 15-01; providing for exclusion from codification; providing an effective date.

 

Mr. Hammond requested the Board adopt Ordinance 2015-04 as stated above and relating to the item previously approved.  This item pertains to rezoning the property from Forestry/Rural Residential (F/RR) to Moderately Intensive Commercial (C-3).

 

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

 

Toni Collins asked for clarification of “exclusion from codification” and was answered by Atty. Brown.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2015-05 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B. Request the Board to approve SE 15-01, Drummond Community Bank petitioning the Board for a Special Exception to allow the assembly and distribution of proprietary safety gauges (for installation within fuel pipes) for the petroleum industry, on a parcel of land located in Drummond Estates, Block B, N178’ of the E 185’ of Lot 1, in Section 27, Township 11 South, Range 14 East, in Levy County. Said parcel containing .75 acres more or less.  This parcel is located within the Chiefland Municipal Service District.

 

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of SE 15-01, Drummond Community Bank petitioning the Board for a Special Exception to allow the assembly and distribution of proprietary safety gauges (for installation within fuel pipes) for the petroleum industry, on a parcel of land located in Drummond Estates, Block B, N178’ of the E 185’ of Lot 1, in Section 27, Township 11 South, Range 14 East, in Levy County.  Said parcel containing .75 acres more or less.  This parcel is located within the Chiefland Municipal Service District.

 

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

 

Questions were asked by Renate Cannon and Art Maruna.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Order to Approve for SE-15-01 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C. Request the Board to proceed to adopt Ordinance 2015-05, approving a rezoning for Carol Jean Kearns, rezoning 7.54 acres more or less located in Section 26, Township 11 South, Range 14 East, Levy County, providing for exclusion from codification; providing an effective date.

 

Mr. Hammond requested the Board adopt Ordinance 2015-05, approving rezoning for Carol Jean Kearns, rezoning 7.54 acres more or less located in Section 26, Township 11 South, Range 14 East, Levy County, providing for exclusion from codification; providing an effective date.  The property owner wishes to subdivide the property into one (1) acre parcels.

 

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

 

Questions were asked by Toni Collins.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2015-05 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

D. Request the Board to approve PPV 15-01 S & S Farms and Leland and Vicki Ritter, petitioning the Board as joint applicants for a Partial Plat Vacation of Fugate’s Addition No. 2 to Williston, Section 18, Township 13 South, Range 19 East, Levy County Florida.

 

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of PPV 15-01, S & S Farms and Leland and Vicki Ritter, petitioning the Board as joint applicants for a Partial Plat Vacation of Fugate’s Addition No. 2 to Williston, Section 18, Township 13 South, Range 19 East, Levy County Acres.

 

Atty. Norm Fugate, representing the Petitioners spoke to the Board of PPV 15-01 and of the next item, PV 15-01.

 

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

 

Questions were asked by Renate Cannon.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-15 regarding PPV 15-01 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

E. Request the Board to approve PV 15-01, Connie Scanlon, petitioning the Board for a Plat Vacation of “Hipp’s Addition No. 1”, (Plat Book 3, Page 2), in Section 18, Township 13 South, Range 19 East, in Levy County. Said parcel contains 31 acres more or less and is located within a Forestry/Rural Residential “FRR” zoning.

 

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of PV 15-01, Connie Scanlon, petitioning the Board for a Plat Vacation of “Hipp’s Addition No. 1”, in Section 18, Township 13 South, Range 19 East, in Levy County.  Said parcel contains 31 acres more or less and is located within a Forestry/Rural Residential “FRR” zoning.

 

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

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-16 regarding PV 15-01 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

F. Request the Board to approve King Road Mine, Application to Transfer Order to Approve Special Exception Application SE 3-10.

 

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of King Road Mine, Application to Transfer Order to Approve Special Exception Application SE 3-10.  Mr. Hammond explained the request is to change the name on the mining application from Tarmac America, LLC to King Road Aggregates, LLC.

 

Susan Stephens with Hoppping Green & Sams representing King Road Aggregates, LLC spoke to the Board and gave a presentation regarding the Application.

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

 

Questions were asked by Lou Elliott, Terry Witt, Ron Grant and Renate Cannon.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to adopt the Amendment to the Order to Approve as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

Request permission to budget increase for FAC dues 2015-16.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval for a budget increase for FAC dues for 2015-16.  The amount will increase from $4,550 to $4,641.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the request for a budget increase for FAC dues as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Moody advised the Board the bids for the Waccasassa Bay Channel Markers project are to be received by 3:00 P.M. today.  They will be opened at 3:30 P.M. in the Board office.  Mr. Moody stated he may be hopes to come back to the Board with a recommendation at the May 19th meeting.

 

Mr. Moody advised the Board there had been 13 applications received for the Assistant to the County Coordinator received and he will be setting up interviews in the upcoming week.

 

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

 

Mr. Moody requested the Board hear a non-agenda item.

 

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

 

Mr. Moody requested the Board set a date for a Water Conservation/Shortage Ordinance Workshop.  Mr. Moody explained adopting an Ordinance is required in order to receive the cost share grant in the amount of $151,000 which will be used to update the University Oaks water system.

 

The Board agreed by consensus to schedule the Water Conservation/Shortage Ordinance Workshop for May 19th at 6:00 P.M.

 

Questions were asked by Renate Cannon.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

Update on C326 SCOP Grant Project.

 

Mr. Greenlee gave an update to the Board on the SCOP grant project for C326 (Shell Mound Road).

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Joyner asked Sheriff McCallum to give an update of the Crab Fest in Williston.

Sheriff McCallum stated there were few arrests, few injuries and it was a peaceful event.  Sheriff McCallum thanked staff and mutual aid from other law enforcement agencies for their work.

 

Comm. Rooks stated she had recently attended the FEMA meeting in Trenton and requested they come to Levy County for a meeting.

 

Comm. Stevens stated the Williston FFA clay shoot was a success.

 

 

Comm. Rock Meeks reminded everyone of the Pet Adoption event coming up in Bronson on the 16th.  Comm. Rock Meeks stated the Rodeo in Chiefland went well and there was a large turnout.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks stated the CAAA tournaments will begin this Thursday.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks stated the Chiefland Softball team will be playing in Vero Beach tomorrow night for the State Championship.

 

Comm. John Meeks reported the Bronson Baseball team won the District Tournament recently and will play tonight against Hamilton County in Bronson.

 

Comm. John Meeks gave an update of the WRPC and reported it has now been disbanded as of the last meeting which he recently attended.  He stated they will now be attending the North Florida Regional Planning Council meetings in Lake City.

 

Comm. John Meeks gave information regarding the RESTORE Act.

 

Mr. Lipman announced the National Day of Prayer is this Thursday and there will be a ceremony at the pavilion at Heritage Park in Williston at noon for those wishing to attend.

 

Dana Sheffield reminded everyone this Friday at 6:00 P.M. in the Fort Fanning Park there will be an outdoor family movie.

Dana Sheffield also stated on Saturday, May 16th at the Cross City Airport there will be an expo and invited everyone to attend.

 

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

 

Roger Crossman requested the Board hear a non-agenda item regarding South Levy Fire Department.

 

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

 

Mr. Crossman requested financial assistance for the South Levy Fire Department from the Board in the amount of $8,610.   He stated there is an insurance bill in the amount of $5,946 due by May 11th and the remainder is for other repairs.

 

After discussion, Mr. Crossman was advised by the Commissioners to utilize the recently issued quarterly payment from the Board, do away with unnecessary expenses and pay the insurance bill.  Additional expenses may be brought back to the Board on an as needed basis.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:38 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting – April 21, 2015

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REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

APRIL 21, 2015

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on April 21, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

 

Also present were:

 

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

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

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

CHECK NUMBER  119389-119554
FUND         AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE185,773.56
ROAD78,500.19
PAL LIBRARY13,110.53
TRANSPORTATION9,799.93
COURT FACILITIES37.00
PROGRESS ENERGY1,252.03
EMS28,332.32
FIRE66,785.97
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT7,413.01
UTILITIES2,837.26
DRUG TASK FORCE2,066.63
ADD COURT COSTS2,924.59
CAPITAL PROJECTS1,615.00
LANDFILL228,364.53
TOTAL   $    628,812.55

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on March 3, 2015 were presented for approval.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board Meeting held on March 3, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

WILLISTON CITY COUNCIL

 

President Jason Cason requested the Board approve Resolution 2015-13 renaming a portion of CR 316 as Robert Philpot Avenue; directing a street sign to be created and installed reflecting the revised street name upon payment of costs; providing an effective date.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-31 renaming a portion of CR 316 as Robert Philpot Way rather than Avenue and to waive the cost.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

W.A.R., INC.

d/b/a WITHLACOOCHEE AQUATIC RESTORATION

 

d/b/a Withlacoochee Aquatic Restoration

President Dan Hilliard

To address the Commission regarding ongoing activities of the organization concerning the Withlacoochee River.

 

Mr. Hilliard provided updated information to the Board regarding the Withlacoochee Aquatic Restoration’s ongoing activities concerning the Withlacoochee River.

 

Questions were asked by Toni Collins and answered by Mr. Hilliard.

 

 

CAREER SOURCE CITRUS LEVY MARION

 

Rusty Skinner, Chief Executive Officer

Request approval to adopt Resolution 2015-12; designation of workforce area by Governor to “grandfather” the area and approving the Inter-local Agreement with Citrus and Marion Counties.

 

Mr. Skinner requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-12; designation of workforce area by the Governor to “grandfather” the area and approval of the Inter-local Agreement with Citrus and Marion Counties.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-12 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

Request to move the Regular Board Meeting from June 16th to Monday, June 15, 2015 at 9:00 A.M.

 

Mr. Moody requested to move the Regular Board Meeting from June 16th to either the Monday prior to this date, Monday, June 15th or to Tuesday, June 23rd at 9:00 A.M.  The Florida Association of Counties 2015 Annual Conference & Education Exposition begins on June 16th.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to move the Regular Board Meeting from June 16th to June 23rd as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ANIMAL SERVICES

 

David Weatherford, Director requested Board approval for reduced rates at the next pet adoption event being held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Bronson Ace Hardware in Bronson.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the reduction of rates for the pet adoption event scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

Mark S. Johnson, Director

Request approval to purchase two (2) solar powered message signs.

 

Mr. Johnson requested Board approval to purchase two (2) solar powered message signs using Emergency Management Performance Grant monies.  The quotes received are as follows:

 

Ver-Mac                                  $24,400.00

K & K Systems                       $29,180.46

QPR ShopWorkx                    $39,300.00

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to purchase the two (2) solar powered message signs from Ver-Mac in the amount of $24,400.00, the lowest bidder.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

Request approval to alter the items requested on the Florida Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant for the EMS Stations.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval to alter the items requested on the Florida Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant previously approved on January 7, 2014.  This 50/50 grant was approved by the Division of Forestry for mobile and portable radios on April 7, 2015.  Chief Knowles stated there is a higher priority need for interoperability communications equipment at the LCSO Dispatch Center.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the altering of items requested on the Florida Forest Service Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

  1. Request Board permission to submit CIGP Grant for CR 341.
  2. Request Board permission to submit CIGP Grant for CR 345/347.
  3. Request Board permission to submit SCRAP Grant for CR 32B.
  4. Request Board permission to submit SCOP Grant for CR 330.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval to submit for the above listed roads for Grant funding.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

  1. Request Board permission to submit subdivision information to GSG for Ocala Highlands West.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval to submit subdivision information to GSG for Ocala Highlands West.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve submitting subdivision information to GSG for Ocala Highlands West as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

  1. Request Board approval to enter into an agreement with Mauldin International Trucks of Ocala.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval to enter into an agreement with Mauldin International Trucks of Ocala for diesel exhaust fluid (DEF).  The agreement would be from March 3, 2015 to December 31, 2016.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve entering into an agreement with Mauldin International Trucks of Ocala as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Greenlee provided information to the Board of the inmate work squad.  He stated they had removed nearly 13 tons of trash from the roadside since January and the sign crew had picked up 5 tons of trash.

 

Comm. Rooks asked Mr. Greenlee to provide a report on the paving of Shell Mound at an upcoming meeting.

 

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 

David Pieklik, Executive Director

Presentation on Economic Development Funds for new or expanding businesses.

 

Mr. Pieklik gave a presentation to the Board on Economic Development funds for new or expanding businesses.

 

The Board agreed to have Mr. Pieklik come back on the day of the next regular Board Meeting, May 19, 2015 to conduct a Water Management Workshop at 6:00 P.M.  This Workshop will be for a proposed Ordinance providing for local implementation of year-round water conservation measurement.

 

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

 

Susan Haines, Legal Assistant

Request motion to authorize escheated land sale on May 18, 2015 with advertising to run April 23 and May 7, 2015 in the Levy County Journal and authorize Fred Moody, County Coordinator to place 3 improved properties with an online auction.

 

Mrs. Haines requested Board approval to authorize the escheated land sale on May 18, 2015 for 9 properties with advertising to run April 23 and May 7, 2015 in the Levy County Journal and to authorize Fred Moody, County Coordinator to place 3 improved properties with an online auction.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve advertising of the escheated land sale on May 18, 2015 with advertising as requested and approval for Mr. Moody to place 3 improved properties with an online auction.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Lucille Reese spoke on behalf of Donna Rowe regarding fencing at Animal Services for the animals stating the goal is $2,000.  Ms. Rowe is independently trying to raise the money to have this fence put in place for the animals.  Ms. Reese stated the website for anyone interested in making a donation.

 

Terry Witt asked of the status of Sexual Predator Restrictions.  Atty. Brown stated an Ordinance is being drafted.

 

Comm. John Meeks also stated the Planning Department is also working on this.

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Joyner reported the Levy County Fair went well.  He also reported of a recently attended meeting of the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council.

 

Comm. Rooks stated the Wild Hog Canoe Race Saturday was a success.  Comm. Rooks also stated the Chiefland FFA Rodeo will be in Chiefland this Friday and Saturday.  Comm. Rooks stated she will be in Chiefland at City Hall from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

 

Comm. Stevens reminded everyone of the Williston FFA shoot coming up Saturday at 9:00 A.M. at the Whitehurst Lodge.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks invited everyone to come to Chiefland for youth baseball games to be taking place this weekend at Strickland Park.  Comm. Rock Meeks stated on April 28th at 6:00 P.M. the FWC is conducting a meeting for public input on River Flow at the Suwannee River Fair Building.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated a letter of appreciation was received from the Suwannee River Fair expressing thanks for permission to dispose of trash from the Fair at the Landfill for no charge.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated there will be a FEMA meeting for Floodplain re-mapping April 30th at 10:00 A.M. at the Trenton Community Center.

 

 

 

Comm. John Meeks requested Board approval to adopt Resolution 2015-14 supporting solar photovoltaic energy and the Florida Solar Financing Action Plan:  A Menu of Options.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-14 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Renate Cannon asked if there was any news regarding the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council and was answered by Comm. John Meeks.  Comm. John Meeks stated it appears the Planning Council may be dissolved.

 

 

NON AGENDA ITEM

 

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

 

Comm. John Meeks stated he had letters of appreciation prepared for Dr. Amit Rawal and Dr. Jason Jones for their attendance at the City/County ALS Workshop in Chiefland on Monday, April 13, 2015.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve sending letters of appreciation to Dr. Amit Rawal and Dr. Jason Jones signed by Comm. John Meeks as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:10 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                                  BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting – March 17, 2015

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REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

MARCH 17, 2015

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on March 17, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

 

Also present were:

 

Clerk of Court – Danny J. Shipp

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

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

 

 

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 NUMBER119031-119196
FUND        AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE113,443.78
ROAD134,677.91
SHIP15,000.00
PAL LIBRARY21,090.45
TRANSPORTATION36,535.69
COURT FACILITIES22.00
PROGRESS ENERGY478.36
EMS18,637.42
FIRE7,773.96
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT1,615.47
UTILITIES1,643.30
ADD COURT COSTS607.26
LANDFILL73,521.50
TOTAL   $    425,047.10

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on February 17, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on February 17, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Mrs. Gaither spoke to the Board regarding the Care for Retired Law Enforcement K-9’s Bill, HB 711-SB 1016.  This bill will give law enforcement police K-9’s veterinary benefits in retirement.

 

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

 

Atty. Brown administered swearing in procedures to the audience.

 

Comm. John Meeks asked if any of the Board members had any ex-parte communication with any of the petitioners.   Comm. Rock Meeks stated he had ex-parte communication with the two (2) petitioners for Hardship Variances.

 

Bill Hammond, Director

  1. Hardship Variance 01-15: Gail Raven petitioning the Board for a Hardship Variance to allow a second dwelling in order to care for her mother.

 

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of Hardship Variance 01-15 for petitioner Gail Raven to allow a second dwelling in order to care for her mother.

 

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

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Hardship Variance 01-15 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

  1. Hardship Variance 02-15: Timothy Pederson, petitioning the Board for a Hardship Variance to allow a second dwelling in order to care for his parents.

 

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of Hardship Variance 02-15 for petitioner Timothy Pedersen, to allow a second dwelling in order to care for his parents.

 

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

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to approve Hardship Variance 02-15 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

  1. Final Plat 01-15: Steve McMillen of McSurveying representing Jessica Maass-Hudson, petitioning the Board for a Final Plat of “Flint Rock Estates” a residential subdivision consisting of one 12 acre lot.

 

Mr. Hammond requested Board approval of Final Plat 01-15: Steve McMillen of McSurveying representing Jessica Maass-Hudson, petitioning the Board for a Final Plat of “Flint Rock Estates” a residential subdivision consisting of one 12 acre lot.

 

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

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Final Plat 01-15 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Toni Collins asked what the filing fee is for a Hardship Variance.

 

Mr. Hammond answered the filing fee for a Hardship Variance is $150.

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 

David Pieklik, Executive Director

Progress Report for February-March, 2015.

 

Mr. Pieklik gave a Progress Report for February-March to the Board and provided project updates.

 

 

 

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

Mike West, 911 Addressing

Request approval and signature on the Rural County Grant application for E911 System Maintenance 2015-2016.

 

Mr. West requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature on the Rural County Grant application in the amount of $42,959.48.  This Rural County Grant will cover yearly costs on the PSAP equipment and software and no matching funds are required.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature, the Rural County Grant application for E911 System Maintenance as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LYNN E. SLAUGHTER

 

  1. Request to consider having a Civilian Board to review Sheriff’s Office.

 

Ms. Slaughter spoke to the Board and requested they consider having a Civilian Board review the Sheriff’s Office and provided information for them to review concerning issues she has with the Sheriff’s Department.  Ms. Slaughter requested the Board review the information so she may come back at the next meeting and discuss it further.

  1. Request Road Department to pave King Ranchettes.

 

Ms. Slaughter requested the Board allow the Road Department to use the road paving equipment which is currently near King Ranchettes to pave a road within the subdivision.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

  1. Announce Suwannee River Water Management District award of the Local Government RIVER Cost-Share Program.

 

Mr. Moody announced the Suwannee River Water Management District award of the Local Government RIVER Cost-Share Program for the University Oaks Water System Improvement project.  The total project cost will be $156,390 of which the District will pay $151,390 leaving $5,000 as the cost share amount for Levy County to pay.

 

  1. Discuss and direction for a proposed Water Conservation Ordinance.

 

Mr. Moody requested direction for a proposed Water Conservation Ordinance which had been drafted by Atty. Brown as required by the Suwannee River Water Management District in order to receive the Local Government RIVER Cost-Share Program funding.

 

Atty. Brown addressed points within the Ordinance to the Board.

 

The Board directed Mr. Moody to contact Steven Minnis regarding a date in which he could attend a Workshop to discuss this matter.

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

Satori Days

  1. On behalf of the Levy County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board, request approval to appoint Barney Cannon, Jr. to serve as a representative in the 60+ Category. -TABLED –

 

  1. Request approval to adopt Proclamation 2015-10 recognizing April, 2015 as “Water Conservation Month”.

 

Ms. Days requested Board approval of Proclamation 2015-10 recognizing April, 2015 as “Water Conservation Month”.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to adopt Proclamation 2015-10 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

  1. On Behalf of the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club, request approval to adopt Proclamation 2015-07 recognizing the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club 50th Jubilee on March 29, 2015.

 

Ms. Days requested on behalf of the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club, Board approval to adopt Proclamation 2015-07 recognizing the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club 50th Jubilee on March 29, 2015.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to adopt Proclamation 2015-07 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Lynn Tate stated there will be an open house on March 29th from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and it is open to the public.

 

 

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

 

Bill Hammond, Director

Flood Insurance Rate Map update.

 

Mr. Hammond spoke to the Board regarding the Flood Insurance Rate Map update.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

  1. Request approval and authorization for Mr. Moody to sign any necessary forms for the Department to participate in the Florida Fire Chief’s Association Cadet Program.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board authorization for Mr. Moody to sign any necessary forms for the Department to participate in the Florida Fire Chief’s Association Cadet Program.  The Cadet Program will promote youth involvement in our community and assist with recruitment of local individuals.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks made a motion to authorize Mr. Moody to sign any necessary forms for the Department to participate in the Florida Fire Chief’s Association Cadet Program as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

  1. Request approval for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 first quarter write-off’s.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 first quarter write-off’s in the amount of $305,185.45.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Fiscal Year 2014-2015 first quarter write-off’s as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Rooks votes NO.

 

  1. Quarterly Report presentation.

 

Chief Knowles presented the Quarterly Report for the Department of Public Safety to the Board.

 

Comm. Rooks requested Chief Knowles to show the response times for each individual station as well as the cost of repairs.

 

Chief Knowles stated he would provide this information in the next Quarterly Report.

 

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

 

Anne Bast Brown

Discuss and direction regarding Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission consideration of changes to Captive Wildlife Rules.

 

Atty. Brown discussed and requested direction from the Board regarding the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s consideration of changes to Captive Wildlife Rules.

Comm. Rooks stated she would like to know the work which had been done in the past regarding the Captive Wildlife Rules would stay in effect.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated the next meeting on Captive Wildlife Rule review will be on March 30th at the Ocala Hilton from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Mr. Gaither thanked Comm. Stevens for attending his birthday party held over the weekend.

 

 

COMMISSIONER’S REPORTS

 

Mr. Moody recognized Chris Sajak, Government Affairs Program Manager for the Southwest Florida Water Management District.  Mr. Sajak spoke to the Board stating he has been in contact with Steve Minnis regarding adoption of a Resolution for Levy county to follow one set of rules as Levy county is divided between two water management districts.

 

Comm. Stevens asked if the Board wished to write a letter in support of the WRPC.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated he will be attending a meeting this Thursday of the WRPC in order to gain an understanding of what is going on with the possibility of it being dissolving as Levy County greatly benefits from the work of the Commission.

 

Comm. Stevens stated he would like to also attend this meeting to find out what they are planning to do before sending a letter.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks stated the Suwannee River Fair is going on at this time and invited anyone interested to attend the sale on Wednesday.

There will be youth baseball games taking place on Saturday in Chiefland at Strickland Park for anyone interested.

 

Comm. Rooks reported the pet adoption event held Saturday in Chiefland was a success.  Comm. Rooks stated the surgery room at Animal Services is almost completed.

 

Comm. John Meeks reported of Tourism Day he had attended with Carol McQueen in Tallahassee recently.

 

Toni Collins asked of the status of Pure Water Wilderness.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated Pure Water Wilderness is still moving forward.

 

Ron Grant invited the Commissioners to attend the next meeting of the LAPC meeting to be held at the WRPC building on April 15th at 10:00 A.M. in Ocala.

 

Comm. John Meeks commended the Parks Department as he had recently attended a family reunion at Blue Springs Park and reported the Parks in Levy County will be open for swimming beginning April 1st.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated he will be attending the Gulf Consortium meeting on the 25th.

 

Comm. John Meeks reported of the Civil War re-inactment held at Kirby Farms over the past weekend.  He encouraged anyone who had not had a chance to visit Kirby Farms to do so.

 

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

 

Comm. John Meeks requested the Board consider hearing a non-agenda item.

 

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

 

Comm. John Meeks requested the Board approve appointing Tisha Whitehurst, Grants Coordinator as the alternate representative to the Gulf Coast Consortium in place of Mr. Moody.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the position of Grants Coordinator as the alternate representative for Levy county to the Gulf Coast Consortium as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

The meeting recessed at 10:46 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 10:57 A.M.

 

 

TAX ORDINANCE WORKSHOP

 

David Pieklik spoke to the Board giving a tax exemption follow up.  He thanked Ms. Neely and Frank Rose for their help in compiling the information which was provided to the Board.

 

Sheila Watson, City Clerk with the City of Fanning Springs spoke regarding Fanning Springs being situated between two counties.  She asked if Mr. Pieklik would be willing to come to a City Council meeting to answer questions.  Mr. Pieklik stated he would be glad to attend.

 

Shenley Neely and Atty. Brown spoke.

 

After discussion, Atty. Brown stated she had enough information to prepare a final version of the Ordinance.

 

The Board agreed to hold a Public Hearing at 1:00 P.M. after the next regular meeting on April 7th.

 

Reminder:  RESTORE Act Meeting Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at the Levy County Courthouse in Commissioners Meeting Room.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 11:26 A.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                                BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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

 

 

BOCC Regular Meeting – April 7, 2015

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REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

APRIL 7, 2015

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on April 7, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

 

Also present were:

 

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

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

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

CHECK NUMBER119197-119388
FUND         AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE1,879,333.39
ROAD301,482.45
SHIP16,850.00
PAL LIBRARY16,430.53
TRANSPORTATION160,849.03
91111,845.25
COURT FACILITIES15.00
PROGRESS ENERGY613.23
EMS171,512.76
FIRE7,628.51
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT5,493.36
UTILITIES8,632.48
DRUG TASK FORCE985.00
IMPACT FEES – EMS4,987.00
LANDFILL18,066.58
TOTAL    $ 2,604,724.57

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

Request approval to adopt Resolution 2015-09, a petition to vacate, abandon, and close a portion of NE 123 Terr., located in Oak Ridge Estates Subdivision, as requested by petitioner, Ellen Corbitt.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-09, a petition to vacate, abandon, and close a portion of NE 123rd Terrace located in Oak Ridge Estates Subdivision, as requested by petitioner, Ellen Corbitt.

 

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

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-09 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

Request approval to present quote and approval for repair for a John Deere Grader Model #670B.

 

Mr. Greenlee stated he had received a quote for repairs on one of the John Deere Graders from Highland Tractor Company which included parts and labor in the amount of $30,133.11.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the request as presented by Mr. Greenlee to get repairs done to the motor grader.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

Sheriff Robert McCallum

Discussion of transportation costs and reimbursements for federal inmates house at the Levy County Detention Center.

 

Sheriff McCallum requested Board approval for the reimbursement of federal inmate transportation costs housed at the Levy County Detention Center.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to allow reimbursement of the Sheriff’s Department for federal inmate transportation costs as requested and going forward without budget amendments.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Sheriff McCallum announced next week will be National Tele-communicators Week and recognized Donna Capps, Communications Supervisor for the Sheriff’s Department.

 

Sheriff McCallum also announced they are weeks away from have a completely certified medical and fire dispatch staff.

 

 

LYNN SLAUGHTER

 

Follow up on requesting police (Sheriff) Civilian Review Board.

 

Ms. Slaughter referred to her previous request check the road in her neighborhood stating no one from the Road Department had been out to check anything as of yet and the equipment had been moved.

 

Ms. Slaughter requested the Board appoint a Civilian Review Board of the Sheriff’s office.

 

Comm. Joyner advises Ms. Slaughter of numerous Review Boards in Tallahassee available for such a problem, but the Board had no authority to take action on this matter.

 

Comm. John Meeks advised Ms. Slaughter the Board could take no action on her requests.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

Request permission to advertise for ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY COORDINATOR position.  Position has been vacant since April 12, 2012.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to advertise for the position of Assistant to the County Coordinator as this position had been vacant since April 12, 2012.

 

Comm. John Meeks stated he would like to change the requirement of Bachelor’s Degree to “recommended or preferred”, not “required”.

 

After discussion, Comm. Joyner made a motion to give Mr. Moody permission to advertise for the position of Assistant to the County Coordinator with the change in requirement as stated by Comm. John Meeks.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Stevens voted NO.

Ms. Cannon asked if Comm. Stevens would give an explanation for his “NO” vote.

 

Comm. Stevens stated he did not feel it was necessary to fill the position at this time and the money for this salary could be used elsewhere.

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

Karen Blackburn

  1. Request approval to reappoint H. Vaughn Lee and Jeff Edison of District 1 to the Planning Commission, appointment to expire April, 2019.

 

  1. Request approval to appoint David Carter of District 2 to the Board of Adjustments, appointment to expire April, 2018.

 

Mr. Moody requested on behalf of Ms. Blackburn Board approval to re-appoint Vaughn Lee and Jeff Edison of District 1 to the Planning Commission, appointment to expire April, 2019.

 

Mr. Moody also requested Board approval to appoint David Carter of District 2 to the Board of Adjustments, appointment to expire April, 2018.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve re-appointments of Vaughn Lee and Jeff Edison of District 1 to the Planning Commission and appointment of David Carter of District 2 to the Board of Adjustments as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

  1. Request approval to donate one (1) surplus patient module to Gilchrist County.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval to donate one (1) surplus patient module to Gilchrist County for a training prop.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve donation of one (1) surplus module to Gilchrist County as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

  1. Request approval to accept a donation of a Fire Engine from Dixie County.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval to accept the donation of a Fire Engine from Dixie County.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to accept the donation of a Fire Engine from Dixie County as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Michael Gaither spoke of the Sheriff’s Department stating he feels they are doing a good job of protecting and serving the citizens under the current leadership.

 

Albert Reese spoke of a tribute recently done for a War Dog.  He thanked Comm. Rooks and Sheriff McCallum for their attendance of the event.

 

Sheriff McCallum recognized the new Mayor of Inglis, Drinda Merrit and Comm. Pat Tully who were in the audience.

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Joyner reminded everyone the Levy County Fair begins this week on Thursday with opening ceremonies at 6:00 P.M.

Comm. Joyner stated the Easter Cantata at the Williston Church of God was very well done.

 

Comm. Rooks stated she attended a meeting on March 30th in Cedar Key with FDOT regarding the bridges.  She stated she invited the DOT spokesperson Mr. Henderson to give an update to the Board.

 

Comm. Stevens invited everyone to a fundraiser golf tournament on May 2nd at the Williston Golf and Country Club for the Levy County Prevention Coalition.

Comm. Stevens announced the Williston FFA will be having their annual fundraiser April 25th at the Whitehurst Lodge.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks announced the Harmony Baptist Association will be hosting a fundraiser golf tournament at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club on April 25th.

 

Comm. John Meeks invited everyone to attend the LARC Wild Hog Canoe Race coming up on April 18th.

 

Comm. John Meeks requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-11 opposing Senate Bill 484, requesting Legislature and Governor to retain existing Florida Regional Planning Council Structure, particularly Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-11 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Moody reminded the Commissioners of a public meeting coming up next Monday evening in Chiefland at 6:30 P.M. at the Tommy Usher Center regarding ALS.

 

The meeting recessed at 10:32 A.M.

 

The meeting reconvened at 1:07 P.M.

 

 

TAX ORDINANCE PUBLIC HEARING

 

Comm. John Meeks called the meeting back to order at 1:07 P.M.

 

Atty. Brown read the title of Ordinance 2015-01 into public record.

 

David Pieklik spoke to the Board regarding the Ordinance.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve Ordinance 2015-01 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 1:39 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________        ________________________________________

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

 

 

BOCC Regular Meeting on March 3, 2015

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

MARCH 3, 2015

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on March 3, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman John Meeks

Comm. Rock Meeks

Comm. Danny Stevens

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Mike Joyner

 

Also present were:

 

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown
County Coordinator – Fred Moody

 

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

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

 

CHECK NUMBER  118895-119036 
FUND         AMOUNT 
GENERAL REVENUE1,462,018.98
ROAD38,384.28
SHIP5,000.00
PAL LIBRARY24,886.96
COURT TECH/CRIM PREV10,352.76
TRANSPORTATION6,086.96
91111,845.25
COURT FACILITIES1.50
PROGRESS ENERGY244.09
EMS36,216.11
FIRE11,081.53
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT4,696.95
UTILITIES304.79
DRUG TASK FORCE184.62
ADD COURT COSTS3,020.98
LANDFILL72,122.41
TOTAL    $ 1,686,448.17  

 

 

MINUTES

 

The minutes for the Regular Board Meeting held on February 3, 2015 were presented for Board approval.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held on February 3, 2015 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

Comm. Mike Joyner

Discuss and direction for a proposed noise ordinance.

 

Comm. Joyner spoke to the Board requesting an Ordinance be adopted limiting the noise level of music played in vehicles.

 

Chief Douglas of Chiefland Police Department and Chief Strow of Williston Police Department both spoke giving information regarding the Noise Ordinances they currently have in place.

 

Members of the audience who spoke regarding this issue were:  Juanita Terrell, Dana Sheffield and Ron Grant.

 

Sheriff McCallum and Chief Sandlin of Cedar Key Police Department also spoke regarding this issue.

 

After discussion, the Board agreed by consensus to have Atty. Brown prepare an Ordinance to be voted on at a later meeting date.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

Mike West, 911 Addressing

Request approval and Chair’s signature on the CenturyLink hardware/software upgrade contract and Scope of Work.

 

Mr. West requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature on the CenturyLink hardware/software upgrade contract and Scope of Work.  This upgrade will refresh hardware installed in 2009 and replace Windows XP, which has passed its end of support.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve with the Chairman’s signature the CenturyLink hardware/software upgrade contract and Scope of Work as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

Request approval to donate eight (8) pews to the Resurrection Fellowship Church.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to donate eight (8) pews which had been removed from the courtrooms to the Resurrection Fellowship Church.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve donation of eight (8) pews to the Resurrection Fellowship Church with the condition they be given to another church if they no longer need them.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Moody stated information to the Board from DOT regarding the Cedar Key bridge replacements.  A new meeting date for public input has been scheduled for Monday, March 30th at the Cedar Key Community Center.  Open House will be from 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. and the public comment period will begin at 6:30 P.M.

 

Mr. Moody stated information had been received from the Suwannee River Water Management District regarding the project titled “University Oaks Water System Improvements” for funding consideration from the fiscal year 2015 River Cost Share Program.  The evaluation team has reviewed this application and intents to recommend this project to the District Governing Board at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, March 10th at 9:00 A.M. at the District Office.  Mr. Moody stated he plans to attend this meeting.  If the funding is granted, a Water Shortage Regulation Ordinance would need to be adopted.

 

 

LIBRARY

 

Lisa Brasher, Director

Request approval and authorization of the Library Director to sign for a “no match” Neflin grant in support of teen literacy.

 

Ms. Brasher requested Board approval and authorization of the Library Director to sign a “no match” Neflin grant in the amount of $10,000 in support of teen literacy.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the application for the “no match” Neflin grant with the Chairman’s signature.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Ms. Brasher also recognized Scott Lipman, Williston City Manager for the installation of bicycle racks at the Williston Library.

 

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

 

Matt Weldon, Director

Request approval and Chair’s signature for the Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP) Grant Agreement for the Waccasassa Bay Channel Markers.

 

Mr. Weldon requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature on the Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP) Grant Agreement for the Waccasassa Bay Channel Markers in the amount of $41,250 to replace 25 channel markers.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the Florida Boating Improvement Program (FBIP) Grant Agreement with the Chairman’s signature for the Waccasassa Bay Channel Markers as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Rock Meeks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

Request approval to transfer surplus Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) compatible radios to Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Chief Knowles requested Board approval to transfer surplus Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) compatible radios to Levy County Sheriff’s Office.  These mobile and portable radios are not compatible with the new radio communications system as a result of narrowbanding requirements.

 

Comm. Joyner made a motion to approve the transfer of surplus Statewide Law Enforcement Radio System (SLERS) compatible radios to Levy County Sheriff’s Office as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Road Superintendent

Request approval to adopt Resolution 2015-08 to schedule a Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. for the closure of a portion of NE 123rd Terrace, located in Oak Ridge Estates Subdivision as requested by the Petitioner, Ellen Corbitt.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of Resolution 2015-08 scheduling a Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. for the closure of a portion of NE 123rd Terrace, located in Oak Ridge Estates Subdivision as requested by the Petitioner, Ellen Corbitt.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-08 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SOLID WASTE

 

Benny Jerrels, Director

A.) Request approval and Chair’s signature for the 2014-2015 Small County Consolidated Grant Agreement for State Assistance.

 

Mr. Jerrels requested Board approval and the Chairman’s signature for the 2014-2015 Small County Consolidated Grant Agreement for State Assistance in the amount of $90,909.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the 2014-2015 Small County Consolidated Grant Agreement for State Assistance with the Chairman’s signature as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.) Request approval to purchase two (2) Mack Trucks through the Florida Sheriff’s Association of Counties.

 

Mr. Jerrels requested Board approval to purchase two (2) Mack trucks through the Florida Sheriff’s Association of Counties from Nextan Truck Center in Lake City by trading in two (2) Mack trucks and using the previously approved Small County Consolidated Grant for State Assistance.  The summary of the purchase is listed below:

 

Total purchase price for (2) Mack Trucks                               $242,266.00

Less:  Trade in for two (2) existing Mack Trucks                   $ -89,000.00

Less:  Small County Consolidated Grant                               $ -90,909.00

 

Total amount to be expended from budget                            $  62,357.00

 

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

 

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

 

Susan Haines, Legal Assistant

Request approval to adopt revised Escheated Lands Policy.

 

Mrs. Haines requested Board approval to adopt the revised Escheated Lands Policy.

 

Comm. Rooks made a motion to adopt the revised Escheated Lands Policy as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Joyner and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Ron Grant questioned Mr. Moody about the new podium.

 

Mr. Moody stated he will contact the Maintenance Department about getting the podium lip repaired.

 

Dana Sheffield announced the Cross City Airport show will be on May 16th for those interested.  There will be a car show going on at the same time and the public is invited.

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Joyner announced Herman Allen had passed away this past week and services are being planned.  Comm. Joyner stated the Annual Greg Weldon Trail Ride Saturday on Freddie Bell’s property on the Prairie.

 

Comm. Rooks stated the meetings with the public at the Town Halls have been successful and gave the next scheduled meeting dates.  Comm. Rooks reminded everyone of the Pet Adoption event scheduled for March 7th from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Tractor Supply in Chiefland.

 

Comm. Rock Meeks announced CAAA youth baseball will begin this Saturday at Strickland Park.

 

Comm. John Meeks announced the Suwannee River Fair will begin this Saturday and will end on the 18th with the sale.  Comm. John Meeks stated the FFA Food Fest held this past weekend was successful.

 

The meeting recessed at 10:56 A.M.

 

The meeting reconvened at 11:00 A.M.

 

 

TAX ORDINANCE WORKSHOP

 

Comm. John Meeks spoke

 

David Pieklik, Executive Director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council presented background information regarding the Tax Ordinance.

 

Members from the audience who spoke were:

 

Scott Lipman, City of Williston

Randy Rutter, Levy County Property Appraiser’s Office

Doug King

Sally Collins

Carol McQueen

Renate Cannon

 

Atty. Brown presented a draft Ordinance for the Board’s review.  She stated they would need to define what the county would require in the Ordinance and what they do not want.  This Ordinance can be made effective for up to ten (10) years from the referendum which would be November, 2024.

 

It was agreed by the Board to schedule a Tax Ordinance Workshop following the regular Board Meeting on March 17th to further discuss this topic.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 12:17 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                     BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

________________________________________                    ________________________________________

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