BOCC Regular Meeting – September 30, 2010

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 30, 2010, at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

Vice Chairperson Danny Stevens

Comm. Marsha Drew

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm. Chad Johnson

            Also present were:

County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown

County Coordinator – Fred Moody

Assistant to the County Coordinator – Dick Tummond

 

 

Vice-Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

 

 

EXPENDITURES

 

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

CHECK NUMBER

102586-102738

FUND

        AMOUNT

GENERAL REVENUE

418,093.93

ROAD

7,140.15

SHIP

2,233.21

LIBRARY

1,251.06

PERMANENT MOSQUITO

357.69

COURT TECH/CRIM PREV

414.88

TRANSPORTATION

1,862.24

COURT FACILITIES

54,588.00

PROGRESS ENERGY

10,593.32

EMS

22,242.26

FIRE

9,463.77

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

1,147.20

UTILITIES

344.44

CAPITAL PROJECTS

3,743.25

LANDFILL

126,783.40

TOTAL  $     660,258.80
TRANSFER TO EMS  $     200,000.00

 

E911 RURAL COUNTY GRANT APPLICATION CORRECTIONS

 

Mike West requested the Board to rescind approval of the two E911Grant Application previously approved on 9/21 and approve a combined Grant.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to rescind the previously approved Grant Applications from 9/21 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Rooks then made a motion to approve the combined E911 Rural County Grant Application as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

FINAL BUDGET AMENDMENTS

 

Sheila Rees presented budget amendments for the Board’s approval.  The Mosquito Control Department has an increase of $23,760 in the Chemicals line item and a decrease of the same amount from the Overtime line item.  In the Maintenance Department there is an increase of $10,000 in the Rep/Maint-Equipment line item and a decrease of the same amount from the Wages line item.  In BOCC-Operations there is an increase of $100,000 in Inmate Medical, $50,000 in Rep/Maint-Major $50,000 and $38,000 in LCSO Transfer-Jail.  There is a decrease of this combined total of $188,000 in Reserve.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the Budget Amendments as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

Berlon Weeks spoke to the Board and presented a letter for their review from the Town of Bronson to FEMA proposing the Town of Bronson be allowed to gauge the ditches to determine if it does or does not flood.  If flooding is found to take place, they will pay the amounts assessed for flood insurance, and if not, then they will go back and look at it again to see if this is truly not what is happening.  If a moratorium is granted, it would allow Bronson to do a master stormwater plan on the ditch, to get rights to it and clean it out and use it as it was originally designed.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to join with the Town of Bronson in their letter of request to FEMA.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Comm. Johnson asked the Commissioners able to attend the Beast Feast if they would like to do clams or if there area other suggestions.

Comm. Rooks stated she would check with the Aquaculture Association about getting clams.

The Commissioners agreed to check into serving clams.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 9:15 A.M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY, FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                          Chairperson, Nancy Bell

 

 

BOCC Regular Meeting – September 21, 2010

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REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 21, 2010, at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairperson Nancy Bell

Vice Chairperson Danny Stevens

Comm. Marsha Drew

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm.ChadJohnson

            Also present were:

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator– Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairperson Bell called the meeting to order at 9:10 AM.  Comm. Bell 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. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER

102430-102585

FUND

        AMOUNT

GENERAL REVENUE

206,281.09

ROAD

305,416.64

SHIP

47,895.90

LIBRARY

1,242.08

PERMANENT MOSQUITO

6,742.80

COURT TECH/CRIM PREV

977.54

TRANSPORTATION

24,172.08

COURT FACILITIES

26.99

PROGRESS ENERGY

17,137.12

EMS

189,688.02

FIRE

2,447.85

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

3,974.73

UTILITIES

2,765.95

ADD COURT COSTS

439.90

DEBT SERVICE

1,000.00

LANDFILL

114,223.17

TOTAL $      924,431.86

 

 

MINUTES

 

Approval of Minutes for the Regular Board Meeting held August 17, 2010.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SUWANNEE RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

 

Steve Minnis

A.     Payment in Lieu of Taxes.

 

Mr. Minnis presented a check to the Board for payment in lieu of taxes in the amount of $25,108.88 from the Suwannee River Water Management District.  Mr. Minnis also wanted to let the Board know the Water Management District will have a public meeting on October 12th, at 7:00 P.M. at the City Hall in Fanning Springs regarding the water supply assessment.

Mr. Minnis stated the Bronson north ditch, south ditch and long pond area maps have been revised and submitted to the respective communities.  The date on the maps is September 30th at which time there will be a 90 day appeals and protest period.

 

 

CHILDREN’S TABLE

 

William Brown

A.     RecognizeBronsonHigh Schoolstudent’s community service and present an award.

 

Mr. Brown called the Beauchamp family forward and recognized Tyler Beauchamp for his efforts through his involvement in FFA in planting produce which he provided to the Children’s Table.  Mr. Brown presented Mr. Beauchamp with a plaque and thanked him for his work.

 

B.  Report and plan a county wide food drive and food bank.

 

Mr. Brown informed the Board of plans for a community outreach project and asked Mrs. Barbara Locke from the Levy County Health Department to explain.

Mrs. Locke explained the Health Department will be conducting health screenings, assistance with food stamp and medicaid applications and will also have people with information to help the elderly at various locations within the county in cooperation with the Children’s Table.

Mr. Brown explained how the Levy County Food Bank had been established and stated Comm. Rooks had been elected the Chairperson of this project.

Comm. Rooks spoke about the Levy County Food Bank and recognized people in attendance from within the county involved with the project.  She asked if the communities and businesses would place drop-off boxes to collect canned goods.

The Board decided by consensus to assist Mr. Brown with the efforts of the Children’s Table.

 

 

The meeting recessed at 9:35

The meeting reconvened at 9:43

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

Major Evan Sullivan

A.     Request approval and signature on the Certificate of Acceptance for the 2011 Application of the Levy County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force 19 Grant.

 

Major Sullivan requested approval and signature on the Certificate of Acceptance for the 2011 Application of the Levy County Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force 19 Grant.  Major Sullivan explained this is the Edward Byrne Grant in the amount of $75,725.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the Certificate of Acceptance as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Major Sullivan explained this grant helps to pay for salaries for the Drug Task Force.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NON AGENDA ITEM – LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

 

Major Sullivan requested approval for the Board to hear a non-agenda item.

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

 

Major Sullivan requested on behalf of Sheriff Smith approval from the Board to move $38,000 from the contingency money in the Sheriff’s budget to the inmate medical line item.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve moving $38,000 from the Sheriff’s contingency fund to the inmate medical line item.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

911 ADDRESSING OFFICE

 

Mike West

A.     Request Board approval and signature to apply for E-911 Rural County Grant to cover the cost of Evergreen maintenance for a period of one year.

 

B.     Request Board approval and signature on the E-911 Rural County Grant Application to cover the cost of maintenance for our GeoComm software products.

 

Mr. West requested Board approval and signature to apply for the E-911 Rural County Grant to cover the cost of Evergreen maintenance for one year and the E-911 Rural County Grant Application to cover the cost of maintenance for their GeoComm software products.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve both E-911 Grants as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 

Pat O’Neal

A.     Ratification of letter of support and commitment of dues for the North Florida Economic Development Partnership (NFEDP) for Fiscal Year 2010/2011.

 

Mr. O’Neal requested a letter of support and commitment of dues in the amount of $2,041 for the North Florida Economic Development Partnership (NFEDP) for Fiscal Year 2010/2011.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the letter of support and commitment of dues as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ZONING

 

Rob Corbitt, Director

A.     Petition No. PP 4-10, Preliminary Plat of “Crane Acres” – TABLED

 

B.     Petition No. FP 4-10, Final Plat of “Rejoli Acres.”

 

Atty. Brown swore in members of the audience wishing to speak for or against the Final Plat of “Rejoli Acres.”

Comm. Bell asked if there were any ex-parte communications by the Board members.  There were none.

Mr. Corbitt presented Petition No. FP 4-10, Final Plat of “Rejoli Acres” to the Board for approval.  He stated Jason Murphy of Croft Land Surveying was present to represent Jorge Alfonso and Renan Garcia.

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone to speak for or against.  There were none.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the petition as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEVY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

Barbara Locke

A.     Request approval of the 2010/2011 contract betweenLevyCountyand the Department of Health.

 

Mrs. Locke requested approval of the 2010/2011 contract betweenLevyCountyand the Department of Health and presented a booklet of services for each Commissioner.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the contract betweenLevyCountyand the Department of Health as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody,CountyCoordinator

A.     Proposed Interlocal Agreement withGilchristCountyfor Guardian ad Litem.

 

B.     Commercial Lease for office space for the Guardian ad Litem program.

 

Mr. Moody requested approval of the proposed Interlocal Agreement withGilchristCountyfor Guardian ad Litem and the Commercial Lease for office space with Hudson Properties in Chiefland.

Comm. Johnson made a motion to approve the Interlocal Agreement withGilchristCountyand the commercial lease as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C.     Resolution 2010-53 requesting an extension of time for performance under a Joint Participation Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for the design and construction of an airport security fence at theGeorgeT.LewisAirport.

 

Mr. Moody requested approval of Resolution 2010-53 requesting an extension of time for performance under a Joint Participation Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for the design and construction of an airport security fence at theGeorgeT.LewisAirport.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Resolution 2010-53 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

D.     Request approval of annual contract for H. Lee Mills, Mills Engineering Company as Consulting Engineer for the County.

 

Mr. Moody requested approval of the Annual Contract for H. Lee Mills, Mills Engineering Company as Consulting Engineer for the County.  He stated the amount for Principal Engineer has not changed and is $95 per hour.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the Annual Contract as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

Mark Johnson, Director

A.     Request to accept the Progress Energy Contract for Fiscal Year 2010/2011 and Fiscal Year 2011/2012.

 

Mr. Moody requested on behalf of Mr. Johnson for the Board to accept the Progress Energy Contract for fiscal year 2010/2011 and fiscal year 2011/2012.

Comm. Drew made a motion to accept the Progress Energy Contract as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIBRARY

 

Lisa Brasher, Director

A.     Request to approve an application for State Aid.

 

Ms. Brasher thanked Mr. Moody and the Maintenance Department for helping to move the books for the book sale held on Friday and Saturday.  She also thanked Mr. Ivan Chubb for taking all the remaining books to distribute among the Veterans.

Ms. Brasher requested Board approval for an application for State Aid for the Library System.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve the application for State Aid as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.     Request to approve an Interlocal Agreement with the City ofChiefland.

 

Ms. Brasher requested Board approval for the Interlocal Agreement with the City ofChiefland.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Dick Tummond

A.     Service and Maintenance Contract – 800 MHz Communication Equipment:  Williams Communications, Inc.       – TABLED –

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Superintendent

A.  Request permission to seek right-of-way for SW 110 Avenue.         – TABLED –

 

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

 

Anne Bast Brown,CountyAttorney

A.     Request approval of Resolution 2010-50 certifying that the County meets the criteria for reduction of Department of Environmental Protection and Water Management District fees.

 

Atty. Brown requested Board approval of Resolution 2010-50 certifying the County meets the criteria for reduction of Department of Environmental Protection and Water Management District fees.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2010-50 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COMMISSIONER’S REPORTS

 

Comm. Johnson stated the Levy County Education Foundation’s Wild Beast Feast will be held at Black Prong on October 23rd.  He stated they are seeking different groups and organizations to help cook and serve.  Tickets are $25 each and there will also be a live auction.  The Commissioner’s discussed cooking and/or serving as a group.

 

Comm. Stevens stated there will be a Rodeo this Friday and Saturday at the Horseman’s Park in Williston.  There will be a BBQ dinner available at 5:30 P.M. and the events will start at 7:00 P.M.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Marie Daldine asked the Board if they could do something about the excessive noise from barking dogs in her neighborhood.  She asked if there could be stiffer laws made or current laws enforced more to deal with the noise.

 

 

MOSQUITO CONTROL

 

Matt Weldon, Director

A.     Request approval of contract betweenLevyCountyand the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

 

Mr. Moody requested on behalf of Mr. Weldon approval of the contract betweenLevyCountyand the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the contract betweenLevyCountyand the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Comm. Bell stated there will be a meeting on September 30th at 9:00 A.M. to pay final bills for the fiscal year.

 

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 10:29 A..M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                 Chairperson, Nancy Bell

 

BOCC Budget Hearing – September 20, 2010

BUDGET HEARING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 20, 2010

 

 

The Budget Hearing of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 20, 2010, at 6:30 P.M. in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairperson Nancy Bell

Vice Chairperson Danny Stevens

Comm. Marsha Drew

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm.ChadJohnson

            Also present were:

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator– Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairperson Bell called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.  Mr. Shipp gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Comm. Bell stated the purpose of this meeting was to adopt the Resolutions for the final millage and final budget for fiscal year 2010/2011.

 

A.  Resolution 2010-54, Adopting Final Millage Rates.

 

Sheila Rees stated the actual rollback rate is 7.8436 and the proposed millage rate is 7.4212 which is 5.39% less than the rollback rate.  Resolution 2010-54 is to adopt the final millage rate.

Comm. Drew made a motion to adopt Resolution 2010-54 setting the final millage rate as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.  Resolution 2010-55, Adopting Final Budget for Fiscal Year 2010/2011.

 

Mrs. Rees stated the budget had been advertised as required and requested the Board consider some budget amendments before adopting the budget.  She stated this involved combining some funds.  The Library had been combined into the General Fund and the Mosquito Funds had been moved as well as some of the Sheriff’s Funds.  In addition to these changes, there were some line item changes in the Road Department and the Planning Department.  Changes were also made to the SHIP Fund and for Progress Energy.  The total amount for the amendments is $302,889 less than what was last approved.  Mrs. Rees stated the total budget is now at $58,531,978.

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone to speak for or against.  There were none.

Comm. Johnson made a motion to approve Resolution 2010-55 setting the final budget for fiscal year 2010/2011 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:36 P.M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                 Chairperson, Nancy Bell

 

BOCC Trim Hearing – September 9, 2010

TRIM HEARING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

 

 

The Trim Hearing of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 9, 2010, at 6:30 P.M. in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairperson Nancy Bell

Vice Chairperson Danny Stevens

Comm. Marsha Drew

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm.ChadJohnson

            Also present were:

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator– Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairperson Bell called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.  Mr. Shipp gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Mr. Shipp presented for Board approval Resolution 2010-51 for a tentative trim hearing to levy ad valorem taxes.  Mr. Shipp stated the rollback rate is 7.8436 and the proposed millage rate is 7.4212, which is a -5.39% change of the rollback rate.

Comm. Bell asked if anyone would like to speak for or against.  There were none.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Resolution 2010-51 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Shipp presented for Board approval Resolution 2010-52 to adopt a tentative budget.  Mr. Shipp stated the total budget amount is $58,834,867.

Comm. Bell asked if anyone would like to speak for or against.  There were none.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve Resolution 2010-52 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the votes were as follows:

 

Yes                                          No

Comm. Stevens                        Comm. Johnson

Comm. Rooks

Comm. Bell

Comm. Drew

 

The MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Comm. Stevens spoke to the Board regarding a pay raise for all full-time Board and Constitutional employees, excluding the Sheriff’s Department and part-time employees.  Comm. Stevens stated he had excluded the Sheriff’s Department because they had been given a raise earlier this year already.  He stated after speaking with Mrs. Rees, the amount necessary for this would be $332,000.  The funding for this could be supplemented by using $200,000 of the fiscally constrained money, leaving roughly $100,000 to come from Reserve.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to give a 3% pay raise to all Board and Constitutional officer full-time employees, excluding the Sheriff’s Department.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks.  As Comm. Bell called for a vote, Comm. Johnson asked if discussion could be done before voting.  Comm. Bell then called for discussion.

Comm. Johnson stated if the raises were given, this would pull from the current reserve amount which is $1,297,849, leaving a balance of $967,845 with a total budget of nearly $59 million.

Comm. Stevens explains where the money had been found within the current budget to fund the raises.

Comm. Johnson explains his view of why he is not in favor of giving the raises.  He states he is afraid if reserves are used up with no additional revenues projected to come into the budget, people will be sent home and does not feel giving a raise is the right thing to do right now.

Comm. Bell asked if anyone from the audience would like to speak.

Pam Owens from the Mosquito Control Department spoke in favor of raises.

Larry Feldhusen from Yankeetown spoke against raises.

Comm. Rooks stated the funding Comm. Stevens had identified would not have been possible had it not been for her work inTallahasseeto get the fiscally constrained money for this county in the amount of $2.7 million over the past three years and is in favor of using this money for raises.

Comm. Johnson stated he would like to fight for State funding sources for some of the unfunded State mandates and wait until after March to then look into the possibility of giving raises to all employees, full and part-time.

Comm. Bell called for a vote and the votes were cast as follows:

 

Yes                              No

Comm. Stevens            Comm.Bell

Comm. Rooks              Comm. Drew

Comm. Johnson

 

The MOTION FAILS.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 7:15 P.M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                 Chairperson, Nancy Bell

 

BOCC Regular Meeting – September 7, 2010

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 7, 2010

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 7, 2010, at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairperson Nancy Bell

Vice Chairperson Danny Stevens

Comm. Marsha Drew

Comm. Lilly Rooks

Comm.ChadJohnson

            Also present were:

Danny J. Shipp – Clerk of Court

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator– Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairperson Bell called the meeting to order at 9:01 AM.  Mr. Shipp 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

 102258-102429

FUND

        AMOUNT

GENERAL REVENUE

1,034,291.79

ROAD

87,924.56

SHIP

150.00

LIBRARY

2,483.34

PERMANENT MOSQUITO

3,042.85

COURT TECH/CRIM PREV

2,063.90

TRANSPORTATION

18,501.70

911

16,583.37

COURT FACILITIES

692.69

PROGRESS ENERGY

2,046.76

EMS

25,667.41

FIRE

45,446.34

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

582.19

UTILITIES

1,581.46

CAPITAL PROJECTS

48,000.00

LANDFILL

86,115.69

TOTAL  $  1,375,174.05

 

MINUTES

 

Approval of Minutes for the Regular Board Meeting held August 17, 2010. – TABLED

 

 

 

 

 

ZONING

 

Rob Corbitt, Director

A.     Request Chair’s signature on the NFIP, AW 214 Annual Recertification.

 

Mr. Corbitt requested the approval to have the Board Chairperson’s signature on the NFIP, AW 214 Annual Recertification due by October 1st.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the Board Chairperson to sign the NFIP, AW 214 Annual Recertification.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.     Special Event, SEP 1-10, Goethe Benefit Challenge.

Mr. Corbitt requested approval of Special Event, SEP 1-10, Goethe Benefit Challenge, to be held at the Black Prong Equestrian Facility on December 17th and 18th from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Comm. Drew pointed out items within the packet given to the commissioners not completed or information missing.  Mr. Corbitt stated he would let his office know to check applications more thoroughly before submitting to the Board for approval.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve Special Event, SEP 1-10, Goethe Benefit Challenge.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C.     Special Event, SEP 1-10, Eerie Acres Haunted Attraction.

 

Mr. Corbitt requested approval of Special Event, SEP 1-10, Eerie Acres Haunted Attraction on behalf of Ms. Susan Watson to be held on property owned by Joe Giglia located on CR 321 near Chiefland.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Special Event, SEP 1-10, Eerie Acres Haunted Attraction as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS

 

Fred Heinrich, Disabled American Veterans

A.     Proclamation

 

Mr. Heinrich, requested the Board make a Proclamation to set aside a day to recognize disabled American Veterans.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve a Proclamation in support of Disabled American Veterans similar to one approved by the City of Chiefland as provided by Mr. Heinrich, changing the wording to reflect Levy County.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

Toni Collins

A.    LevyCountyRailroad Days

 

Ms. Collins presented information about Levy County Railroad Days to the Commissioners and stated the Levy County Historical Society is planning a celebration on Saturday, March 19, 2011 called Levy County Railroad Days.  The daylong event will be staged in the three communities still standing along the 42 mile segment of the Levy County Rail Line; Bronson, Otter Creek and Cedar Key.

 

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

 

LIBRARY

 

Lisa Brasher, Director

A.     Request to approve the PAL Public Library Cooperative Interlocal Agreement.

 

Ms. Brasher requested approval of the PAL Public Library Cooperative Interlocal Agreement.

Comm. Rooks asked Brasher to confirm they would not be entering into the same situation as they had withMarionCounty.  She also wanted to make sureLevyCountywould have a say and would not have to put any money into it.

Comm. Stevens stated he is in favor of entering into the Cooperative on a trial-period.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the PAL Public Library Cooperative Interlocal Agreement.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.     Request for appointments to the PAL Public Library Cooperative Governing Board.

 

Ms. Brasher named two individuals willing to serve on the Governing Board; Virginia Meizenheimer from the Bronson Library and David Kendall from the Williston Library and recommended them to be appointed.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Ms. Meizenheimer and Mr. Kendall to the Governing Board as recommended.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks.

Comm. Stevens rescinded his motion.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve the Governing Board members as presented for a three month appointment.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

 

Matt Weldon, Director

A.     Request approval to accept bid for Devil’s Hammock Check Station.

 

Mr. Weldon requested Board approval of DuBois Resources, LLC for the Devil’s Hammock Check Station.  Mr. Weldon stated they received one bid from the above named company in the amount of $22,550.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to accept the bid from DuBois Resources, LLC for the Devil’s Hammock Check Station as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Superintendent

A.     Presentation and request for bid awards for road department materials.

 

Mr. Greenlee presented the following bid awards for Road Department materials to the Board for approval:

 

Bid Item                                  Vendor                                                Awarded

 

Asphalt                         Central Materials                                  Colmix – Yes

V.E. Whitehurst                                    Asphalt – Yes

Duval Asphalt                                       No

John C. Hipp                                        No

Sod                                          Scherer Quality                         Yes

Signs                                        Hall Signs                                             Yes

Rocal                                                   Yes

Vulcan                                                  Yes

Safety Items                             Safety Products                                    Yes

Safety Zone                                          Yes

Porta Potty                               Jones Plumbing                         Yes

Culvert Pipe                             Contech Const. Prod.                           Yes

Gulf Atlantic                                         No

Metal Culverts                                      No

Emulsion Prime             Blacklidge                                            No

EA Mariani                                           Yes

Motor Oil                                 Rozier’s                                                Yes

Lewis Oil                                              No

United Fuel                                           No

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the bids as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.     Adoption of Resolution 2010-46 to schedule a public hearing on October 5, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. for the closure of a portion of SE 137th Terr. as requested by petitioners, Allan and Carol Ward.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested the Board adopt Resolution 2010-46 to schedule a public hearing on October 5, 2010 at 9:00 A.M. for the closure of a portion of SE 137th Terr. As requested by petitioners, Allan and Carol Ward.

Comm. Drew made a motion to adopt Resolution 2010-46 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

UNION CONTRACT

 

Mark Levitt, Allen, Norton, and Blue P.A.

A.     Ratification of Union Contract.

 

Mr. Levitt presented approval from the Board for Ratification of the Union Contract.  He explained the modification to Article 8 – Leave Plans, which gives 14 hours/month to employees with 15 years or more of service.

Comm. Drew made a motion to accept Ratification of the Union Contract.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

 

Robert Hastings, Superintendent of Schools

A.     Proposed Resolution calling a referendum election regarding the two year continuation of a .25 mills levy of School District Critical Operating Needs.

 

Mr. Hastings requested approval of a proposed Resolution calling a referendum election regarding the two year continuation of a .25 mills levy of School Districtcritical operating needs.  This will be placed on the November 2nd ballot for the citizens to vote on.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the Resolution as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SOLID WASTE

 

Benny Jerrels, Director

A.     Request approval to extend leachate hauling contract for one year as approved in the original contract to Dean Trucking.

 

Mr. Jerrels requested Board approval to extend the leachate hauling contract with Dean Trucking for one year.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to extend the leachate hauling contract as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ATTORNEY’S REPORT

 

Anne Bast Brown,CountyAttorney

A.     Discussion and direction on inclusion of recordable orders for Hardship Variances.

 

Atty. Brown requested direction from the Board regarding the inclusion of recordable orders for Hardship Variances.

After discussion, Comm. Drew made a motion to have Atty. Brown provide written recommendation for how many documents would be needed to record a Hardship Variance in order to bring it back to the Board for discussion at an open meeting.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the votes were as follows:

 

Yes                                          No

Comm. Drew                           Comm. Stevens

Comm. Johnson                        Comm. Rooks

Comm. Bell

 

The MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.     Update onCity of Weston,Florida, et al., vs. Crist, et al, litigation challenging 2009 SB 360 (Ch.2009-096, Laws of Fla.)

 

Atty. Brown gave an update on the City ofWeston,Florida, et al, vs. Crist, et al, litigation challenging 2009 SB 360 (Ch. 2009-096, Laws of Fla.).

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Johnson asked if the Guardian ad Litem contract would be ready by the next Board meeting.  Atty. Brown responded it is her plan to have it ready at the next meeting for approval.

 

Comm. Bell

A.  Proposed re-appointment to the Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. Board of Directors.

 

Comm. Bell read to the Board members a letter from the Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. requesting re-appointment of Dick Tummond, who has agreed to remain on their Board of Directors for an additional year.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to re-appoint Mr. Tummond to the CFCAA Board of Directors.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Drew thanked Mr. Greenlee and the Road Department employees for their work regarding recent flooding in Inglis and Yankeetown.

Comm. Drew had also been in touch with Mark Johnson from Emergency Management and Kirk Scraggins from the Division of Emergency Management about programs for disaster mitigations for repetitive loss.  Mr. Johnson is trying to set up meetings in Comm. Drew’s district as well as Comm. Rooks’s district for homeowners to come out to find out what programs might be available for them for either raising their buildings out of the flood or possibly purchasing other properties available

Comm. Drew stated she had met with the Fire Advisory Board regarding consolidating some of the smaller fire departments and also doing some re-districting.  She also discussed possibly in the distant future having a fire-rescue service combining the two services.  She stated she along with Mayor Hethcoat, Comm. Darren, Rick Bloom, and Paul Shear volunteered to read the report done by Mizell, Hodges and Associates in 2005 and report back to the Fire Advisory Board with their recommendations.  Comm. Drew stated all of the Fire Departments were present with the exception of Fowler’s Bluff.

 

Comm. Rooks gave update on the Class I and Class II animals after attending a final hearing for FWC inPensacola last Wednesday.  She stated they took the “solely residential” out of the rule and have since added a notification which requires the applicant to give a project description as well as a disclaimer to acknowledge the applicant’s signature to FWC indicating they are aware if they fill out the application with false information it will be a first degree misdemeanor.  As a result of this progress, the Building and Zoning officials will be notified when an application is filed.  Also, First Responders, Law Enforcement,EMS and Emergency Management will have notification if such animals are kept on a person’s property.

 

 

The meeting recessed at 10:48 A.M.

 

The meeting reconvened at 1:03 P.M.

 

 

BUDGET WORKSHOP

 

 

Mrs. Rees explained the adjustments she had made to the budget as requested by the Board.  She left the Emergency Management budget as it was with no cuts, as any cuts to the County portion of this budget meant equal cuts from the State portion.  TheEMStransfer is down about $500,000 due to an increase in revenue of $50,000 each month for the last three months.   All reserve money has been combined and with the new adjustments, there will be over $1.2 now in reserve under the General Fund.

 

 

 

 

 

LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

 

Sheriff Smith spoke to the Board and stated he had cut his budget by $250,000 and stated “God forbid if we have a major event in our county.”  He requested the Board approve his budget as presented.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the budget for the Sheriff’s Department as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

Dick Tummond

A.J. Smith, Williams Communications

A.  Narrowbanding       – TABLED –

 

B.  Communication Equipment Maintenance Service Agreement.

 

Mr. Tummond provided information to the Board regarding a Communication Equipment Maintenance Service Agreement with Williams Communications.  Mr. Tummond stated the County has a total of 330 radios at $132 each.  The total charge to cover all of the equipment would be $56,640 per year.  If they only service the dispatch center equipment, the cost would decrease to $32,496.

After discussion, the Board decided to re-discuss this issue at a future board meeting.  A.J. Smith stated he would relay the Board members’ concerns and get back to Mr. Tummond.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Mr. Greenlee requests permission from the Board to hire one new employee to burn debris at the landfill within the budget for this next year.  Mr. Greenlee stated they have a DEP mandate to operate an incinerator site.  This requires a full-time certified individual at the site.  He asked if the position could be hired as an Equipment Operator I so the individual might also be used elsewhere.  Money could be moved within his budget to accommodate this person’s salary.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to allow the Road Department to hire an employee to the incinerator site.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Greenlee let the Board know he would need to purchase three new dump trucks in the next year as the present trucks have high mileage and require constant expensive repairs.  The cost with trading in the present trucks would be about $113,000 each.

 

Mr. Greenlee let the Board know he would need to purchase two new tractors in the next year for mowing.  The tractors used currently used are breaking down often and are in need of replacement parts difficult to find.  The cost would be around $40,000 to $50,000 each.

 

Mr. Greenlee stated he would also like to liquidate the Road Departments Drag Line in the next year as it is inefficient and expensive to repair.  He stated he would like to replace it with a Track Hoe with an extended boom.  The cost would be around $260,000.

 

 

EMS

 

Trish Siebold gave an update to the Board regarding their service.  They have had two medics leave recently and now she has received news of a third and fourth medic leaving as well.  Ms. Siebold stated she has 25 medic positions open for next month and no one to fill them.  Applications are not coming in due to low wages.  The current starting rates of pay are as follows:

 

$10.04 – Paramedic      8.88 – EMT     Levy County pay rate

$12.70 – Paramedic      10.28 – EMT   State and Area Localization Average pay rate

 

Ms. Siebold asked the Board if they could give some direction as to what she could do to keep the six current ambulances running and consider increasing the starting rate of pay.

 

Comm. Stevens made a motion to give a 3% pay raise to all Board employees and constitutional officers excluding the Sheriff’s Department as they received a 3% raise in May.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks.

Comm. Stevens identified two sources from which the raises could be funded; 1) Constraints Money and 2) the interest from Debt Service.   He stated there are three areas which are self-sufficient and would not need to be included in this raise amount.

Comm. Bell stated she would rather give a one-time cost of living adjustment to full-time employees only.

Comm. Rooks suggested Comm. Stevens and Mrs. Rees identify if there is money available to give a 3% raise and come back to the Board with an answer.

After discussion, Comm. Stevens withdrew his motion.

Comm. Stevens made a motion for the Board to allow him to speak with Mrs. Rees to identify if there is funding for a raise of 3% or less or a one time cost of living adjustment and come back with an answer to the Board on the 9th.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the votes were as follows:

 

Yes                                          No

Comm. Stevens                        Comm. Drew

Comm. Rooks

Comm. Bell

Comm. Johnson

 

The MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Mrs. Rees mentioned the Capital Projects Fund to the Board members and stated some money would need to be moved into different funds to cover the expense of some major repairs being done to the courthouse.

 

Important Meeting Dates and Times

Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:30 P.M.:  Trim Hearing

Monday, September 20, 2010 6:30 P.M.:  Final Budget Hearing

 

 

The meeting recessed at 2:52 P.M.

The meeting reconvened at 6:31 P.M.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING:  ANNUAL RATE RESOLUTIONS

 

After Comm. Bell called the meeting to order, Atty. Brown stated the purpose of the meeting was to conduct a public hearing and to adopt the Annual Rate Resolutions.  Atty. Brown then presented each of the Resolutions for the Board’s approval.

 

A.  Resolution 2010-42, Fire Protection Services.

 

Atty. Brown stated the rates reflected the amount adopted at the preliminary hearing of $31 for residential and varying rates based on square footage for commercial.

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone to speak for or against.  There were none.

Comm. Rooks made a motion to approve Resolution 2010-42, Fire Protection Services as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.     Resolution 2010-43, Solid Waste Assessments.

 

Atty. Brown stated the rates for Solid Waste Assessments are the same as last year at $25.

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone to speak for or against.  There were none.

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve Resolution 2010-43, Solid Waste Assessments as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C.  Resolution 2010-44, Roadway Maintenance Service Assessments.

 

Atty. Brown stated the rates for Roadway Maintenance Service Assessments are the same as last year.

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone to speak for or against.  There were none.

Comm. Stevens made a motion to approve Resolution 2010-44, Roadway Maintenance Service Assessments as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Rooks and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

D.  Resolution 2010-45,EMSTax Assessments.

 

Atty. Brown stated the rates for EMS Tax Assessments are the same as last year with $38 for residential, and varying rates by square footage for commercial.

Comm. Bell asked if there was anyone to speak for or against

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve Resolution 2010-45, EMS Tax Assessments as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Stevens and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Moody reminded everyone of the next meeting to be held on Thursday, September 9th at 6:30 P.M. for the Trim Hearing.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:36 P.M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

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Clerk of Court, Danny J. Shipp                                                 Chairperson, Nancy Bell