BOCC Regular Meeting – January 18, 2011

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JANUARY 18, 2011

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on January 18, 2011 at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Marsha Drew

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

            Also present were:

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator– Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.  Bruce Greenlee gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

 

CHECK NUMBER

 103628-103773

FUND

        AMOUNT

GENERAL REVENUE

1,027,591.24

ROAD

668,468.49

SHIP

298.71

TRANSPORTATION

6,200.40

COURT FACILITIES

77.95

PROGRESS ENERGY

2,473.86

EMS

89,096.03

FIRE

68,231.75

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

2,818.80

UTILITIES

206.12

COMMUNICATION

7,391.10

ADD COURT COSTS

439.90

LANDFILL

59,442.38

TOTAL  $  1,932,736.73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES

 

Approval of minutes for the regular meetings held December 21, 2010 and January 4, 2011.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meetings held on December 21, 2010 and January 4, 2011 with amendments to the December 21, 2010 meeting as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SPRINGS AND WATER SUPPLY

 

Annette Long

A.    Presentation of educational materials relating to our springs and water supply.

Annette Long gave information to the Commissioners and presented them each with a copy of the book “Mirage” written by Cynthia Barnett as well as a copy of the DVD “Water’s Journey.”  She also gave a printout to each Commissioner and spoke about concerns of our water resources.  On February 9th from 9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Tommy Usher there will be a Springs Working Group meeting and she invited the Commissioners to attend.

 

 

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

 

Bill Henderson

A.    Discuss Cedar Key Bridges.

 

Mr. Henderson from the Florida Department of Transportation,LakeCityoffice spoke to the Board regarding their request to look at four bridges inLevyCountyin need of repair or replacement.

Brandi Vittur spoke to the Board regarding the three bridges in Cedar Key in question:  theCStreetBridge, the bridge over Daughtry Bayou on CR 456, and theLewisPassbridge on CR 456.

 

The repair recommendation for theC Streetbridge is to install Crutch Bents which will improve the load rating and add 20-25 years of service life.  The cost of this project would be approximately $300,000.

The replacement option would be done through staged construction.  This would eliminate load rating issues and add approximately 50 years of service life.  The cost of this project would be approximately $838,000.

 

The repair option for the CR 456 bridge over Daughtry Bayou is to sandblast, clean, repair rebar and recast the concrete which will add 10-15 years of service life.  The cost for this project would be approximately $1,176,000.

The replacement option would require temporary construction easements and would add approximately 50 years of service life.  The cost of this project would be approximately $4,245,221.

 

The repair option for the CR 456 bridge over Lewis pass is to install structural pile jacket with cathodic protection which would add 20-25 years of service life.  The cost for this project would be approximately $100,000.

No replacement alternative was recommended at this time.

 

Rick Valeer from Florida Department of Transportation spoke regarding the bridge on CR 326 over theWaccasassaRiver.  He stated the State would replace this 160’ bridge with a larger bridge of 180’.  It will also be widened and 8’ shoulders will be added and the travel lanes will be 12’.

Mr. Henderson stated this project will be fully funded by the State and construction will begin in 2015 but there is no funding for the Cedar Key bridges at this time.

Scott Hamilton spoke regarding the process for selecting bridges to be repaired or replaced.

 

 

911 ADDRESSING

 

Chris Sheppard,

A.    Request Board approval of and signature on the GeoComm Dispatch Mapping Support Project Agreement with a cost of $9,980.00.

 

Mrs. Sheppard requested Board approval and signature on the GeoComm Dispatch Mapping Support Project Agreement

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the GeoComm Dispatch Mapping Support Project Agreement and to allow the Chairman to sign.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

 

Desiree Painter, General Manager

A.    Request approval to submit with authorizing Resolution, FY 2011/2012 US Section 5310 Grant Application.

 

Ms. Painter requested Board approval of Resolution 2011-01 for FY 2011/2012 US Section 5310 Grant Application.  This is an 80/10/10 Grant in the amount of $72,928, of which the County’s portion is $7,293.  These funds will be used this year for the purchase of security equipment to monitor the area where busses are parked in the evenings.

Comm. Johnson made a motion to approve Resolution 2011-01 authorizing FY 2011/2012 US Section 5310 Grant Application.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.     Request approval to submit with authorizing Resolution, FY 2011/2012 US Section 5311 Grant Application.

 

Ms. Painter requested approval of Resolution 2011-02 for FY 2011/2012 US Section 5311 Grant Application.  This is a 50/50 soft match grant used to offset payroll expense in the amount of $324,716 of which the County’s portion is $162,358.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve Resolution 2011-02 for FY 2011/2012 US Section 5311 Grant Application.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C.     Request approval to submit with authorizing Resolution, FY 2011/2012 US Section 5317 Grant Application.

 

Ms. Painter requested approval of Resolution 2011-04 for FY 2011/2012 US Section 5317 Grant Application.  This is a 50/50 soft match grant used to provide transportation service to the disabled population of the County in the amount of $87,824 of which the County’s portion is $43,921.  A fare of $1 per trip is charged to the rider.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve Resolution 2011-04 for FY 2011/2012 US Section 5317 Grant Application.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Superintendent

A.    Request Board Direction regarding Paving on LCR 206.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board direction regarding paving on LCR 206.  He stated Whitehurst Construction is already in place and he asked them to give an estimate on resurfacing this road.  The cost for this project would be $17,400.  Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of Whitehurst Construction to resurface LCR 206.

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve Whitehurst Construction to resurface LCR 206 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SOLID WASTE

 

RodHastings, Solid Waste

A.    Request permission to purchase a new Mack tractor for hauling garbage from the transfer station toNew River.

 

Mr. Hastings representing Benny Jerrels in his absence requested Board approval to purchase a new Mack tractor for hauling garbage from the transfer station toNew River.  The County’s portion will be $32,996 using the 2010-2011 Small County Consolidated Grant Agreement.  The Grant will pay $70,588 of the total cost of $103,584.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the purchase of a new Mack tractor as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

Heather Lombardo

A.    Notification of a Public Hearing for Andrews Wildlife Management Area scheduled for Thursday, January 27, 2011 in Fanning Springs at 7:00 P.M.

 

Mrs. Lombardo stated the Board office had received a request from the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission to announce a Public Hearing for the Andrews Wildlife Management Area to be held Thursday, January 27, 2011 at the City of Fanning Springs office from 7:00 P.M. 9:00 P.M.

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve notification of the Public Hearing as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SHIP/WATER

 

Dick Tummond

A.    Proposed write-off uncollected bills for University Oaks Water System for Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009.

 

Mr. Tummond requested the Board approve the proposed write-off of uncollected bills for University Oaks Water System for Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009 in the amount of $1,259.46.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the proposed write-off of uncollected bills for University Oaks Water System for Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.     Satisfactions of Mortgages.

 

Mr. Tummond requested Board approval of the following Satisfactions of Mortgages:

 

Shirley Young                                                 $15,000

Johnny A. and Nita A. Martin, Sr.                 $12,500

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the Satisfactions of Mortgage as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Johnson stated he had attended the Broadband Authority meeting last Wednesday and indicated there is concern with in-kind contributions from counties and whether or not those contributions were obtained through Federal funding.  Otherwise this is on schedule and should be in the construction phase by the middle of March.

 

Comm. Drew stated she had attended the Citrus County Task Force meeting and had requested notification of any future meetings.  The focus of the meeting was environmental issues such as water quality inLakeRusseauand the lowerWithlacoocheeRiver.  A topic of interest discussed was minimum daily flows on the rivers, which she felt was something to keep an eye on.

Jack Schofield spoke in regard to the minimum daily flow issue.

Comm. Drew stated she had attended the Fire Sub-Committee meeting and reported the meeting went well.

Comm. Drew announced the Wild Hog canoe race is coming up April 30th and challenged any of the Commissioners to a race.

 

Comm. Bell gave information on the Andrews Wildlife meeting he recently attended.  He also stated he is working on cash flow report with University Oaks and Manatee Utilities to present to the Commissioners at a later date.

Comm. Bell also stated he rode with theEMSunit Med 2 yesterday and was able to see first hand how they operate and stated he plans to ride again with Med 4 at a later date.

 

Comm. Stevens stated the 30th of this month is the one year anniversary of having the Ten Commandments placed at the Courthouse.  There will be a circle prayer at 3:00 P.M. on that day.

Comm. Stevens addedLevyCountyhas a Water Resolution in place to prevent water from this county leaving its borders except for the need of fire suppression.

 

 

The meeting recessed at 10:16 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 1:09 P.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORKSHOP

 

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

 

Connie Conley

D.    Request approval to submit with authorizing Resolution, FY 2011/2012 US Section 5316 Grant Application.

 

Ms. Conley requested Board approval of Resolution 2011-03 for FY 2011/2012 US Section 5316 Grant Application.  This is a 50/50 match Grant in the amount of $203,234, of which the County’s portion is $101,617.  This allows them to provide transportation to individuals for job training and runs seven days a week.  The rider pays a $1 per trip fee to ride.

Comm. Drew made a motion to Resolution 2011-03 for FY 2011/2012 US Section 5316 Grant Application as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

NABORS, GIBLIN & NICKERSON / GOVERNMENT SERVICES GROUP

 

Non-Ad Valorem Assessments Programs

 

Mr. Moody stated the purpose of the Workshop is to give the newer Commissioners a better understanding of how these programs work and introduced Ms. Encinosa.

Heather Encinosa from Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson gave a brief legal overview of the material given to the Commissioners.

Jeff Rackley, Senior Project Manager from Government Services Group spoke about the four programs in which GSG works with the County:  Fire,EMS, Road Maintenance and Solid Waste.

EMSand Fire Assessment methodology was discussed in detail.  The Commissioners expressed an interest in looking at a tier system for assessments as it seems with the current system inLevyCountythe commercial businesses are being hit the hardest.  The Commissioners are interested in achieving a reasonable solution.

Members of the audience who spoke were:

 

Larry Feldheusen

Barney Cannon

Renate Cannon

 

Mr. Rackley and Ms. Encinosa indicated they would work on this system and notify the Commissioners of an estimated cost before proceeding.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 3:08 P.M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

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

 

 

BOCC Regular Meeting – January 4, 2011

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

JANUARY 4, 2011

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on January 4, 2011 at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Marsha Drew

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

            Also present were:

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator– Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.  Pastor Billy Keith gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

CHECK NUMBER

103516-103627

FUND

        AMOUNT

GENERAL REVENUE

     1,219,207.85

ROAD

        249,194.48

SHIP

            7,350.00

COURT TECH/CRIM PREV

            2,420.00

TRANSPORTATION

            1,307.27

911

          16,250.00

COURT FACILITIES

               627.00

PROGRESS ENERGY

               805.83

EMS

          31,025.83

FIRE

            3,787.31

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

               243.04

UTILITIES

               525.65

COMMUNICATION

          27,289.28

LANDFILL

               138.78

TOTAL  $  1,560,172.32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONING

 

Rob Corbitt, Director

A.    CUP 1-10, Development of a “CowboyChurch.”

 

Atty. Brown swore in members of the audience and Commissioners wishing to speak for or against the Conditional Use Permit.

 

[1]Comm. Johnson stated he had spoken to Mike Smith and Ginny Keith.

[2]Comm. Drew stated she had spoken to Ms. Neely.

[3]Comm. Bell stated he had spoken to Ginny Keith.

[4]Comm. Stevens stated he had spoken to staff and to the petitioners.

 

Mr. Corbitt requested Board approval of CUP 1-10, Development of a “CowboyChurch.”  He stated William E.  Keith III had requested a Conditional Use Permit for Cross Brand Cowboy Church, Inc. to develop aCowboyChurch.  It is a place of worship in which sermons may be preached from horseback. He stated the petition comes to the Board from the Planning Commission with a recommendation for approval with several conditions.

 

Mike Smith spoke to the Board and explained what the CrossBrandCowboyChurchrepresents and stated its purpose is to offer a non-denominational soul winning and soul saving mission to the community and to the world.  After addressing the recommendations made by staff and the Planning Commission, Mr. Smith asked the Board to consider eliminating the time constraints requirement as well as the requirement to pave NE 162nd Court.

 

Comm. Stevens asked if anyone from audience would like to speak for or against.

The following individuals spoke in favor of the Conditional Use Permit for theCrossBrandCowboyChurch:

 

Dr. Jerry Nash             Sandy Haddock

Ginny Keith

 

Discussion followed regarding the hours of operation.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to change Condition #5 to read:  the suggested hours for outdoor equestrian events shall be the following dates and times:

 

Monday – Thursday    7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

Friday – Saturday       9:00 P.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Sunday                        9:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

 

In the event of residential complaints, concerning noise and/or lighting, this Board reserves the right to implement set hours of operation.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Discussion followed regarding the condition of the road.

Atty. Brown stated conditions she had roughly prepared with regard to the road and stated there could be a 4a. and a 4b.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion for Condition 4a. to read:  if at any time during the subject property under the application approved herein, the State DOT requires improvements to the connection of NE 162nd Court and US Alt 27, the applicant or its successors or its assigns or any one of them shall provide the necessary improvements consistent with the construction requirements of the State DOT.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Corbitt questioned if the Sanctuary would be build first or the arena.  Pastor Keith responded the arena would be constructed first as it is the family life center.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion for Condition 4b. to read:  in the event of obvious road deterioration as documented by Road Department staff or CountyEngineer, the applicant is responsible to make repairs or reconstruction of the road from connection of NE 162nd Court up to the Northern most access driveway connection.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to accept an amendment to Condition 4b as stated by Atty. Brown to read:  the road construction shall be performed consistent with the construction requirements of the Levy County Road Department.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve CUP 1-10 based on the conditions previously approved.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Drew votes NO and stated her reason for voting no was based strictly on the intensity of use.

The meeting recessed at 10:44 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 10:58 A.M.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Mr. Schofield asked if the Board could appoint someone to attend the meetings of the Lake Restoration Task Force which includes LakeRousseauon the boundary of LevyCounty.  The next meeting is scheduled for January 10th at 2:00 P.M. at the Lecanto county headquarters.  Comm. Drew stated she would be willing to attend.

 

Pat O’Neil reminded the Commissioners the Nature Coast Business Development Council would be holding an Economic Development Summit called “Building Stronger Businesses” on January 20th atBronsonHigh School from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

 

 

NATURE COAST REGIONAL WATER

 

Randy Durden, Chair

A.    Update on recent activities regarding the Nature Coast Regional Water Supply Authority.

Mr. Durden spoke to the Board and gave an update on recent activities regarding the Nature Coast Regional Water Supply Authority.  He stated the Feasibility Study had been completed.  Steve Minnis from the Water Management District also spoke.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

 

Desiree Painter, General Manager

A.    Title III-B Transportation Contract betweenSuwanneeRiverEconomic Council, Inc. andLevyCountyTransit.

 

Ms. Painter requested Board approval of Title III-B Transportation Contract between Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc. and Levy County Transit to provide the Senior meal trips to the meal sites in Williston and Chiefland.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the Title III-B Transportation Contract between Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc. and Levy County Transit.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody

A.    Proposed Letter of Support for “The Reel Rosewood Documentary” project.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of a proposed letter of support for the “Reel Rosewood Documentary” project as requested by Lizzie Jenkins.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve a proposed letter of support for the “Reel Rosewood Documentary.”  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Drew wished everyone a Happy New Year.

Comm. Bell asked if the other Commissioners could attend the Summiton the 20th as he will be attending the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Board meeting on the same evening.

Atty. Brown gave an update to the Board and stated the County had won the hearing on the exotic animals issue and the code was upheld.  Also, the City ofWestonissue has been appealed.

 

The meeting recessed at 11:43 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 1:03 P.M.

 

 

COMMISSIONER AND DEPARTMENT HEAD WORKSHOP

 

A.    Department Head Introductions and Department Overview.

 

Mr. Moody stated the purpose of the Workshop was to give the new Commissioners a chance to meet all of the Department heads get an overview of the Departments.

Comm. Drew stated she had wanted to have a chance to talk to all the Department heads and pass along some things she felt were important as well as some goals she would like to see from the Departments such as monthly reports.

Comm. Bell stated his biggest concern was communication between the Commissioners and the Departments.

Comm. Johnson stated he would like to get input from the Department heads as to what can be done better with what they have control over and for the Department heads to be honest with their input.

Comm. Stevens stated he felt more could be accomplished by the Commissioners visiting each Department individually.

 

Listed below are the Departments and representatives in attendance:

 

Department                                         Representative

 

Fire                                                      Chief Rick Bloom

LevyCountyTransit                          Desiree Painter

Animal Services                                  David Weatherford

Soil Conservation                                Wilbur Dean

Parks/Mosquito Control                      Matt Weldon/Lee Williams

Emergency Management                    Mark Johnson

Library                                                Lisa Brasher

Road Department                               Jessie Durrance/Bruce Greenlee

County Agent                                                 Albert Fuller

Construction/Maintenance                  Chuck Cook

 

The meeting recessed at 3:10 P.M.

The meeting reconvened at 3:24 P.M.

 

Legal                                                   Anne Bast Brown

Emergency Medical Services              Trish Siebold

Tourist Development                          Carol McQueen

Planning                                              Shenley Neely

Building & Zoning                              Rob Corbitt

Water/SHIP                                        Dick Tummond

 

Mr. Moody read a portion of a letter prepared by Chris from Veterans Affairs as Mr. Lowyns was unable to attend.  Benny Jerrels from Landfill was also unable to attend.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:18 P.M.

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                          Chairman Danny Stevens

 



1  Ex-parte communication Comm. Johnson

2   Ex-parte communication Comm. Drew

[3]   Ex-parte communication Comm. Bell

[4]   Ex-parte communication Comm. Stevens