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BOCC Regular Meeting – September 20, 2011

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

Comm. Marsha Drew

            Also present were:

Clerk of Court – Danny J. Shipp

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator–Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.  Mr. Greenlee 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

 105990-106136

FUND

        AMOUNT

GENERAL REVENUE

        509,031.63

ROAD

        291,277.03

COURT TECH/CRIM PREV

               442.86

TRANSPORTATION

          36,960.31

COURT FACILITIES

                   8.00

PROGRESS ENERGY

          10,543.65

EMS

63,248.26

FIRE

8,917.69

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

3,729.63

UTILITIES

5,855.91

DRUG TASK FORCE

6,692.00

CAPITAL PROJECTS

13,865.79

LANDFILL

82,717.99

TOTAL $  1,033,290.75

 

 

 LIBRARY

 

Ms. Brasher requested Board approval of the State Aid to Libraries Grant Agreement as requested in the prior years.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve and sign the State Aid to Libraries Grant Agreement.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Mr. Moody stated the electric forTri-CountyHospitalwill be shut off if the bill is not paid today by 10:00 A.M.  If any of the Commissioners received any calls, he wanted them to be aware.

 

Comm. Bell stated he received a call from the Inspector Generals office regarding a need for vehicles if the county has any to be donated.

 

Moody gave information on the Legislative Delegation meeting to be held on Monday in the courthouse.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 9:08 A.M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                             BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting – September 20, 2011

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

Comm. Marsha Drew

            Also present were:

Clerk of Court – Danny J. Shipp

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator–Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 9:02 A.M.  Mr. 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. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

CHECK NUMBER

 105873-105989

FUND

        AMOUNT

GENERAL REVENUE

          93,411.63

ROAD

          72,465.42

SHIP

          14,848.50

TRANSPORTATION

            5,155.35

COURT FACILITIES

               244.33

PROGRESS ENERGY

               306.98

EMS

          21,144.47

FIRE

            7,324.79

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

            1,138.27

UTILITIES

               595.41

ADD COURT COSTS

               461.90

CAPITAL PROJECTS

               383.20

LANDFILL

            9,576.54

TOTAL $     227,056.79
ONLINE TRANSFER -EMS

      $200,000.00

 

 

 

 

MINUTES

 

Approval of minutes for the following meetings:

 

August 16, 2011 – Regular Board Meeting

June 27, 2011 – Budget Workshop – TABLED

July 5, 2011 – Budget Workshop – TABLED

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the minutes for the Regular Board meeting held August 16, 2011 with changes as stated by Comm. Stevens.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

Barbara Locke, Administrator

A.    Request approval of 2011-2012 Contract betweenLevyCountyand Department of Health for the operation of the Health Department.

 

 

Mrs. Locke requested Board approval of the 2011-2012 Contract betweenLevyCountyand Department of Health for the operation of the Health Department.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the 2011-2012 Contract as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

911 ADDRESSING

 

Michael West, 911 Coordinator

A.    Request approval for rural county grant GEO COMM.

B.    Request approval for rural county grant 911 Information Management System.

C.    Request approval for rural county grant Supplemental ALI Database.

 

Mr. West requested Board approval for the above listed grants.  Each of the grants are non-matching and the amounts are as follows:

 

E911 GeoComm Map Maintenance               $13,100

E911 Information Management System        $55,480

E911 Supplemental ALI Database                 $25,000

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve application for the three above listed Grants as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

CLERK OF COURT

 

Danny J. Shipp, Clerk of Court

A.    Request approval for the renewal of Lease Agreement between Hudson Properties, Inc. andLevyCounty.

 

Mr. Shipp requested Board approval for the renewal of the Guardian ad Litem Lease with Hudson Properties.  He stated there is a change in the Real Estate taxes increasing the amount by $147.48 and supplies reduced by $5 making the total lease amount $1,712.48 per month.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve the renewal of the Lease Agreement between Hudson Properties, Inc. andLevyCountyas presented.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

 

Anne Bast Brown,CountyAttorney

A.    Request approval of Resolution 2011-51 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 2011-51 certifying the County meets the criteria for reduction of Department of Environmental Protection and Water Management District fees.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve Resolution 2011-51 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody,CountyCoordinator

A.    Presenting request by Supervisor of Elections, Connie Asbell to place a portable storage building behind the Elections Office at the Courthouse.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval for Mrs. Asbell to utilize a portion of the courthouse property located behind the Supervisor of Elections office to place a 24’ x 36’ metal storage building.  The building will be used to store Elections equipment currently stored at the Bronson Self Storage.  The cost of renting the storage units at Bronson Self Storage is about $3,000 per year.  The cost to purchase the metal building and the concrete foundation will be $7,800 – $8,000.

 

The Commissioners agreed by consensus to permit the request.

 

B.    Request motion for approval to donate equipment no longer in use to the Suwannee Valley Transit Authority.

 

Mr. Moody stated he had received a letter from Gwen Pra, General Manager, Suwannee Valley Transit Authority requesting one or two of the Levy County Transit vehicles which are past their useful life.  She also requested PC’s with monitors not in use.  Mr. Moody stated there are 3 PC’s with monitors which have been on the Transportation Department’s asset list not in use and the hard drives have been cleaned.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to approve donation of the equipment to the Suwannee Valley Transit Authority.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

 

Rob Corbitt, Director

A.    Request signature for the NFIP, AW 214 Annual Re-certification due to FEMA by October 1st each year.  The AW 214 requires us to certify the continued implementation of credited activities required by the County’s participation in the Community Rating System (CRS).

 

Mr. Corbitt requested Board approval and signature for the NFIP, AW 214 Annual Re-certification.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve with signature for the NFIP, AW 214 Annual Re-certification subject to concerns to be addressed by Atty. Brown.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Superintendent

A.    Lee Mills from Mills Engineering to present the award for CR 318 SCRAP Grant project.

 

Mr. Mills presents the bids received for CR 318 SCRAP grant project to resurface CR 318 from US 27 to NE 220 Ave. as follows:

 

Bidder                                                                                                                         Amount

 

Oldcastle Southern Group, Inc. d/b/a APAC-Southeast, Inc.,Gainesville,FL            $199,601.02

V.E. Whitehurst & Sons, Inc.,Williston,FL                                                             $213,538.55

John C. Hipp Construction Equipment Co.,Alachua,FL                                         $213,786.29

Anderson Columbia Co., Inc.,Ocala,FL                                                                   $244,400.00

 

Mr. Mills stated a condition was added in this bidding process requiring “only” DOT pre-qualified bidders eligible to do projects in excess of $250,000 be qualified to bid.  The bidders were required to submit a copy of the Certificate of Qualifications issued by the Florida Department of Transportation and the required bond with their bid.  Mr. Mills stated not all of the bidders complied with this requirement.  His recommendation is to award the project to V.E. Whitehurst & Sons, Inc. as they were the only bidder to fully comply.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to award the bid to V.E. Whitehurst & Sons, Inc. as recommended.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson.

Mr. Mills requested it be added to the motion when the contract is returned to him, the Chairman be authorized to execute the contract in order to move the process along without waiting for the next Board meeting.

 

Comm. Drew amends her motion to include Mr. Mills’ request.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.    Request to purchase used Mack grapple truck.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval to purchase a used Mack grapple truck which would assist in the Road Department’s tree trimming operations.  The cost of the truck would be $44,000.

 

Mr. Moody stated Ms. Painter had informed him since their busses travel the county roads and they constantly call the Road Department for trimming to make the roads passable to pick up passengers, the Transit Department would be able to pay for this piece of equipment.

 

Mr. Shipp stated a piece of equipment costing $44,000 will require documentation, unless it is a sole source.  He recommended finding three comparable quotes for a similar piece of equipment before approval is done.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to have the Road Department to find three comparable quotes for similar piece of equipment before approval of purchase which will be done on 30th.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SOLID WASTE

 

Benny Jerrels, Director

A.    Request permission to purchase a trailer tanker for the purpose of hauling leachate water.

 

RodHastings, for Mr. Jerrels requested Board approval to purchase a trailer tanker for the purpose of hauling leachate water from Morris Dean in the amount of $9,500 which has been used for this specific job and well-maintained.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to purchase the trailer tanker from Morris Dean as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

 

Desiree Painter,

A.    Request signature for the revised Sub Contract known as Title III-B Transportation Contract betweenLevyCountyand Transit/Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersand Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.

 

Ms. Painter requested the Board Chairman’s signature for the revised Sub Contract known as Title III-B Transportation Contract between LevyCountyand Transit/Levy County Board of CountyCommissionersand Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc.  Ms. Painter will provide the exact amount at the meeting on September 30th.

Comm. Drew made a motion to allow the Board Chairman to sign the revised Sub Contract as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

MOSQUITO CONTROL

 

Matt Weldon, Director

A.    Request approval of the Contractual Services Agreement with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services andLevyCountyacting for and on behalf of Levy County Mosquito Control.

 

Lee Williams, for Matt Weldon requested Board approval of the Contractual Services Agreement with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services andLevyCounty.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve the Contractual Services Agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

SHIP

 

Dick Tummond, Assistant toCountyCoordinator,

A.    Request Board to approve Satisfaction of Mortgage for Timothy W. and Joy S. Satta. #4.

 

Mr. Tummond requested Board approval for the Satisfaction of Mortgage for Timothy W. and Joy S. Satta in the amount of $9,705.

 

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

 

B.  Request contract approval for administration services with Roumellis Planning and Development Servicers, Inc. for the NSP3 grant.

 

Mr. Tummond requested Board approval of Contract for Administration Services with Roumellis Planning and Development Services, Inc. for the NSP3 Grant (Neighborhood Stabilization Program) and to authorize the Chairman to execute the contract.  The grant amount is $1,029,884.  The General Administration allowable is 6.8% or $70,029.  Roumellis Planning and Development Services, Inc. has proposed a fee of 5.923% or $61,000.  The Project Activity fee allows 10% of the Activity budget for the acquisition, rehab and disposition of the homes.  Roumellis Planning and Development Services, Inc. proposed fee is 9%.  The fee covers the administration for 10 homes to be purchased with this grant.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the Contract for Administration Services with Roumellis Planning and Development Services, Inc. as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Mr. Tummond informed the Board application has been submitted to DCA, it has been reviewed and they have returned a contract within the last few days.  It is now being reviewed by Atty. Brown.  Mr. Tummond stated once the documents have been reviewed by Atty. Brown and by Ms. Belcher he will need it signed by the Chairman as authorized in a Resolution approved in May of this year.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Ms. Debra Belcher from Roumellis Planning and Development Services, Inc. thanked the Board and stated she has the documents to be signed with her today.

 

Renate Cannon thanked the Board for selecting V.E. Whitehurst & Sons, Inc. for complying with the bid request of the Road Department.

 

Ms. Brasher, Library Director stated she had two non-agenda items for the Board’s consideration.

The Commissioners decided by consensus to review the material presented and make a decision on the September 30th meeting.

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Johnson spoke of Sunshine Law requirements regard to local preference with the County’s purchasing policy.  The Commissioners were in favor of researching this and addressing at a later meeting.

Comm. Johnson states October 8th is the Levy County Education Foundation Beast Feast.  He is working with Leslie Sturmer to get clams for the Commissioners to serve and invited everyone to attend.

Comm. Johnson stated he will be attending a North Florida Broadband special meeting tomorrow and will report to the Board at a later meeting.

 

Comm. Drew stated she would like to re-address the Fire Sub-Committee and Fire Advisory Board’s recommendations at a meeting sometime in the near future.

 

Comm. Bell reported he had attended a CLM Workforce phone meeting and reported the old Chiefland Post Office will be the new hub for this area.

Comm. Bell stated the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council’s Governor Appointee is Stoney Smith, a local businessman from Chiefland.

Comm. Bell stated Mr. Tummond was successful in getting a rate study done on the Water Department and will be bringing information to the Board at a later meeting.

Mr. Moody reminded everyone the Board meeting to pay year end bills will be September 30th at 9:00 A.M.

He also reminded everyone of the Legislative Delegation meeting on Monday in the Board Room at 3:00 P.M.

 

 

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

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                            BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

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

 

BOCC Public Hearing – September 8, 2011

PUBLIC HEARING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

 

 

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

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

Comm. Marsha Drew

            Also present were:

Clerk of Court – Danny J. Shipp

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator–Dick Tummond

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

 

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

 

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

 

 

SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                            BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

____________________________________                                    ____________________________________

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

 

BOCC Regular Meeting – September 6, 2011

REGULAR MEETING

LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011

 

 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on September 6, 2011 at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board ofCountyCommissionersmeeting room, with the following Commissioners present:

 

Chairman Danny Stevens

Comm. Ryan Bell

Comm.ChadJohnson

Comm. Marsha Drew

            Also present were:

Clerk of Court – Danny J. Shipp

CountyAttorney– Anne Bast Brown

CountyCoordinator– Fred Moody

Assistant to theCountyCoordinator–Dick Tummond

 

 

Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.  Mr. Greenlee 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

 105712-105872

FUND

        AMOUNT

GENERAL REVENUE

     1,061,045.29

ROAD

        108,316.12

COURT TECH/CRIM PREV

            1,515.02

TRANSPORTATION

          33,920.84

911

          10,583.34

COURT FACILITIES

                 63.89

PROGRESS ENERGY

            2,013.86

EMS

          13,792.16

FIRE

          18,048.21

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

               649.04

UTILITIES

            5,726.48

COMMUNICATION

               241.64

DEBT SERVICE

            1,000.00

CAPITAL PROJECTS

          13,230.39

LANDFILL

          78,090.94

TOTAL $  1,348,237.22

 

 

 

 

SOLID WASTE

 

Benny Jerrels

A.    Request approval to accept rebid for roof replacement on the Recycling building.

 

Andrew Carswell presented the following bids to the Board for roof replacement on theRecyclingBuilding:

 

J & L Custom Construction               $35,444

Union LaSteel                                     $38,452

Marion Service Roofing Unit            $62,650

 

Mr. Carswell recommended accepting the bid from J & L Construction and to allow the Chairman to sign the contract after Atty. Brown’s review.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to accept the bid from J & L Construction and to allow the Chairman to sign the contract after Atty. Brown’s review.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.    Request approval to open and accept bid for Leachate hauling.

 

Mr. Jerrels requested Board approval to open and accept bid for leachate hauling.  No bids were received.  Mr. Jerrels stated he would like for the Solid Waste Department to purchase their own trailer to haul the one to one and a half loads per week.  Mr. Jerrels estimates the cost of a new trailer would run about $5,000 to $10,000.  The Board agreed by consensus for Mr. Jerrels to advertise for bids for a trailer.

 

C.    Request approval to hire anon-DepartmentofCorrectionswork squad supervisor for the Solid Waste Department (Recycling).

 

Mr. Jerrels requested Board approval for the Solid Waste Department to advertise for anon-DepartmentofCorrections Work Squad Supervisorat Recycling.  Mr. Jerrels stated they have been supervising the Work Squads themselves since about January as the Department of Corrections had been phasing out this program due to financial cuts.

The Board agreed by consensus for Mr. Jerrels to advertise for an inmate Work Squad Supervisor.

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

Bruce Greenlee, Road Department Administrative Superintendent

A.    Consider Resolution 2011-44 approving the petition to vacate, abandon and close NE 135th Avenue as requested by petitioner, Sandra Hall.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of Resolution 2011-44, approving the petition to vacate, abandon and close NE 135th Avenue as requested by petitioner, Sandra Hall.

 

Comm. Stevens asked if there was anyone in the audience to speak for or against the petition.  There was none.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to approve Resolution 2011-44, approving the petition as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.    Consider adoption of Resolution 2011-45 approving the petition to vacate, abandon and close a portion of SE 31 Lane as requested by petitioners, Alan and Cindy Kendall.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of Resolution 2011-45, approving the petition to vacate, abandon and close a portion of SE 31 Lane as requested by petitioners, Alan and Cindy Kendall.  He recommended the road closure not become effective until the Unity of Title has been recorded.

 

Comm. Stevens asked if there was anyone in the audience to speak for or against the petition.  There was none.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve Resolution 2011-45, approving the petition to vacate, abandon and close a portion of SE 31 Lane contingent upon the recording of the Unity of Title.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

Anne Bast Brown,CountyAttorney

C.    Conduct first Public Hearing on Ordinance 2011-05, repealing and amending Levy County Code sections relating to firearms.

 

Atty. Brown spoke to the Board regarding Ordinance 2011-05, repealing and amending Levy County Code sections relating to firearms.  This is the first of two required Public Hearings.  The next Public hearing is scheduled for September 19th at 6:30 P.M.  Atty. Brown stated the new legislation amends Section 790.33, Fla. Stat., clarifying and reorganizing the statute and restating and expanding the Legislature’s intent to preempt the field of regulation of firearms and ammunition.  The new law becomes effective October 1, 2011.

 

Comm. Stevens asked if anyone would like to speak for or against the item.

 

Renate Cannon requested clarification on “pre-empting firearms”.

Atty. Brown answered and stated pre-empting means the State Legislature has said we are the only body which can regulate in this area.  The goal of Legislation is to keep further regulations from happening by individual counties.

 

A.D. Andrews asked if this means county cannot pass more restrictive Ordinances than the State already has?

Atty. Brown answered it’s not only more restrictive, but no regulations at all.

 

 

ROAD DEPARTMENT

 

Bruce Greenlee, Administrative Superintendent

A.     Approve application and release of easement for Lester and Charlayne Underwood.

 

Mr. Greenlee requested Board approval of the application to release a Public Utility Easement for Lester and Charlayne Underwood.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the application to release a Public Utility Easement as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.     Disposition of Public Records for the Town ofBronson.

 

Mr. Greenlee stated he had been contacted by the Town ofBronsonrequesting assistance to burn some records in need of disposal in accordance with Florida Law in the County incinerator.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to assist the Town ofBronsonwith disposal of records using the County incinerator as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY

 

Anne Bast Brown,CountyAttorney

A.    Approve Amendment to Agreement with Bricklemyer, Smolker & Bolves, P.A. for special counsel services in proceeding related to litigation against levy County initiated by Town of Yankeetown and Withlacoochee Area Residents, Inc.

 

Atty. Brown requested Board approval of an Amendment to the Agreement with Bricklemyer, Smolker & Bolves, P.A. in the amount of $10,000 to make the total amount not to exceed $20,000.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to approve the Amendment to the Agreement with Bricklemyer, Smolker & Bolves, P.A. for $10,000 as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Drew votes NO.

 

Atty. Brown informed the Board on the Tarmac litigation stating there will be a hearing scheduled on September 12th at 11:00 A.M.

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY COORDINATOR

 

Fred Moody,CountyCoordinator

A.    Request to Ratify Supplemental Lease Agreement, Supplemental Agreement No. 3; to lease toLevyCountyUSDAServiceCenter.

 

Mr. Moody requested the Board ratify the Supplemental Lease Agreement, Supplemental Agreement No. 3 to lease theLevyCountyUSDAServiceCenter.  Effective 9/01/11 through 6/30/13, the Government will pay the annual rent of $32,696.40.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to ratify the Supplemental Lease Agreement as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.    Request to amend Resolution # 01-05; Restate its Retirement Plan under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval to amend Resolution #01-05, to restate its Retirement Plan under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Mr. Moody then read the title of Resolution 2011-50 into record.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve Resolution 2011-50 as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C.    Request approval of application for Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program for vehicle acquisition and authorize Fred Moody,CountyCoordinator, to sign and submit application electronically on behalf of the Board.

 

Mr. Moody requested Board approval of the application for Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program and allow him to sign and submit the application electronically in order to acquire a tanker for the Fire Department.  The total amount is $275,000 and it is a 95/5 match.  The tanker will be available for use by other departments withinLevyCounty, as well as by Division of Forestry and other agencies, as needed.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the application for Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

Karen Blackburn

A.    Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council requesting changes to the Levy County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board.

1.     Remove Gwen Pra as Primary Voting member; and

2.     Replace with Sandra Collins who currently serves as the Alternate Voting member; and

3.     Add Phil Worth as the Alternate Voting member.

 

Ms. Blackburn requested Board approval of the above listed changes to the Levy County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the changes to the Levy County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board as requested by the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.    Requesting letter of support for the North Florida Economic Development Partnership to be submitted with a grant application.

 

Ms. Blackburn presented a request to the Board for a letter of support for the North Florida Economic Development Partnership to be submitted with a grant application.  As stated in the sample letter provided, the North Florida Economic Development Partnership is submitting an Economic Adjustment Assistance grant application on behalf of the North Central Florida Rural Area of Economic Concern.  The funding will be used for an Inventory Asset and Web Site project.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to prepare a letter of support for the North Florida Economic Development Partnership as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

FIRE

 

Joe Renaudo

A.    Request approval to purchase four (4) sets of bunker gear; total purchase exceeds $2,500.

 

Mr. Renaudo requested Board approval to purchase four (4) sets of bunker gear from Municipal Equipment Company, LLC for a total cost of $4,652.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the purchase of four (4) sets of bunker gear as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

Mark Johnson, Director

A.    Request to accept the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Agreement.

 

Mr. Johnson requested Board approval to accept the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Agreement in the amount of $53,371.  This is a dollar-for-dollar match Grant.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to accept the Emergency Management Performance Grant Agreement as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.    Request to accept the Agreement for Professional Services betweenLevyCountyand the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council (WRPC).

 

Mr. Johnson requested Board approval to accept the Agreement for Professional Services betweenLevyCountyand the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council (WRPC) for the sum of $1,624.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to accept the Agreement for Professional Services betweenLevyCountyand the Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C.    Permission to purchase a radiological decontamination shower system.

 

Mark Johnson requested Board approval to purchase a radiological decontamination shower system.  The following three (3) bids were received:

 

EMS Innovations, Inc.                        $  7,646

First Responder Network.Com          $11,875

Lab Safety                                          $13,078

 

Mr. Johnson’s recommendation is to make the purchase through EMS Innovations, Inc.  The purchase will be made using Progress Energy funds.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the purchased of a radiological decontamination shower system from EMS Innovations, Inc.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

LEVY COUNTY TRANSIT

 

Connie Conley

A.    Request approval of Resolution authorizing & ratifying the filing of the Shirley Conroy Rural Area Capital Assistance Support Grant application.

 

Ms. Conley requested Board approval of Resolution 2011-49 authorizing and ratifying the filing of the Shirley Conroy Rural Area Capital Assistance Support Grant application.  The total amount is $69,223 and this is a 90/10 Grant.  The funds will be used to purchase a bus which will accommodate four (4) wheel chairs and four (4) or 14 ambulatory persons.  This will replace an existing high mileage bus.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve Resolution 2011-49 authorizing and ratifying the filing of the Shirley Conroy Rural Area Capital Assistance Support Grant application as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.    Request approval for the Service Agreement for work on Tiger Grant by Tocknell Services.

 

Ms. Conley requested Board approval of the Service Agreement for work on the Tiger Grant by Tocknell Services in the amount of $4,000.  There will be an additional amount due of $4,000 if the grant application is approved.  The funds will be used to acquire property and the construction of a new maintenance facility for the Transit Department.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the Service Agreement with Tocknell Planning Services as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C.    Request approval for the Service Agreement withNatureCoastMiddle Schoolto continue to provide transportation for upcoming school year.

 

D.    Request approval for the Service Agreement withCreeksideChristianSchoolto continue to provide transportation for the upcoming school year.

 

Ms. Conley requested Board approval of the Service Agreements withNatureCoastMiddle SchoolandCreeksideChristianSchoolto continue to provide transportation for the upcoming school year.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the Service Agreements withNatureCoastMiddle SchoolandCreeksideChristianSchoolas presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

David Knowles, Director

A.    Request approval to apply for the Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

 

Mr. Knowles requested Board approval to apply for the Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant, a 90/10 match grant.  These funds will be used to purchase two (2) transport units, one operational vehicle, and communications equipment.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve applying for the Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant, as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

B.    Request approval for the Plum Creek Foundation Grant.

 

Mr. Knowles requested Board approval to apply for the Plum Creek Foundation Grant, a non-matching grant in the amount of $10,000.  The funds from this grant will be used to purchase items for a Public Relations and Education Program.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to approve applying for the Plum Creek Foundation Grant as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

C.    Request approval to purchase Telestaff scheduling software.

 

Mr. Knowles requested Board approval to purchase new scheduling software called Telestaff in the amount of $24,000.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to approve the purchase of the new scheduling software, Telestaff as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

D.    Present State Department of Health inspection results.

 

Mr. Knowles presented the Board with results of the State Department of Health inspection and stated they received an “excellent” rating on their records and vehicles.

SHIP

 

Dick Tummond, Assistant toCountyCoordinator

A.    Request to approve Satisfaction of Mortgage for Melissa Screws, PA #282.

 

Mr. Tummond requested Board approval of the Satisfaction of Mortgage for Melissa Screws in the amount of $13,540.

 

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

 

 

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

 

Comm. Johnson spoke to the other Commissioners about the Levy County Education Foundation Beast Feast and stated he had contacted Leslie Sturmer about getting clams and to help the Commissioners cook and serve them.

 

Comm. Drew presented to the Commissioners for approval the recommendations from the Fire Sub-Committee to the Fire Advisory Board.

Commissioners Stevens and Comm. Johnson stated they would like to review the recommendations and vote at a later date.

 

 

NON-AGENDA ITEM

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to hear a non-agenda item from Helen Kohler.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Johnson votes NO.

 

Helen Kohler spoke to the Commissioners regarding the Equestrian event in Black Prong coming up in which she operates.  She states she is having trouble with the insurance requirements and permitting needed for the event.

 

The Board agrees by consensus to allow Ms. Kohler to submit the application for the event with the condition of showing proof of insurance closer to the date of the event.

 

The meeting recessed at 11:07 A.M.

The meeting reconvened at 1:00 P.M.

 

 

BUDGET WORKSHOP

 

Comm. Stevens called the Budget Workshop to order at 1:01 P.M.

 

Sheila Rees presented the Board with budget amounts stating by using the rolled back rate this gave $1,108,406 additional in ad valorem taxes.  The total projected Revenues increased from the preliminary amount is $1.9 million.  By using the rolled back rate, this will leave $2,011,766 in reserve.

 

 

LARC

Betty Walker requested the same amount as last year, $30,393 for the LARC budget.  Ms. Walker also introduced Nick, who will be taking her place when she retires soon.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the LARC budget at the same amount as last year.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, INC.

The Commissioners discussed cutting funding toMeridian.

 

Comm. Bell made a motion to cut the budget request forMeridianby 50%.  Second was made by Comm. Drew.  The votes were cast as follows:

 

Yes                              No

Comm.Bell                Comm. Drew

Comm. Stevens          Comm. Johnson

 

The MOTION FAILS.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to cut the budget request forMeridianby 10%.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Stevens votes NO.

 

 

NATURE COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Comm. Bell made a motion to approve at the budget request for Nature Coast Business Development in the amount of $39,940, withholding the amount designated for the Director’s salary until someone is hired for this position.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY

Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the budget amount requested for the Community Action Agency at the same amount as last year, $4,750.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Funding for the Health Department will be at $150,000 per their contract.

 

 

RECREATION FUNDS

Mrs. Rees stated the Recreation fund amount for each Commissioner is $11,400 currently.

Comm. Drew stated she could reduce her amount by $5,000 as there are fewer children in her district and the need is not as great for youth league contributions.

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to reduce the overall amount for the Commissioner’s Recreation Funds by $5,000, making the fund amount $52,000.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

FIRE

The following individuals spoke on behalf of the different Fire Departments in the county:

 

Rick Bloom

Brent Barris

Joe Renaudo

Otter Creek Mayor

Ronnie McQueen

Robert Curr

Gene Stockman

Teresa Barron

 

Funding from the Town of Otter Creek’s budget given to City ofChieflandfor Fire Service was discussed.

Ronnie McQueen gave information regarding an increase in calls for the Fanning Springs Fire Department as a result of growth in population and requested their budget be increased by $38,113.  The increase in their budget is possible due to a reduction in the other Fire Departments budget.

 

After discussion Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the Fire Department budget as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

 

PROPERTY APPRAISER

There were no questions by the Commissioners as the Property Appraiser had reduced his budget by 14% already.

 

 

 

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff Smith stated his current budget amount is $10,831,058.  To date they have cut $661,498 from their budget which brings the total proposed budget amount to $10,169,560.  Sheriff Smith stated he was asked to make additional cuts by doing away with the bottled water service and coffee supplies to employees reducing the budget further by $6,102.  The total budget request is now $10,163,458.  Sheriff Smith states he can make no further cuts other than personnel.

Comm. Stevens requested Sheriff Smith to look at his budget again to see if there are any more cuts he could make.

 

 

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS

Connie Asbell states she operates with two budgets, the Office Budget and the Elections Budget.  She has cut $9,000 from the Office Budget.

Comm. Stevens requested Mrs. Asbell to take another look at her budget to see if she can make any further cuts.

 

 

TAX COLLECTOR

Michelle presented the Tax Collector’s requested budget amount of $981,435 for Mrs. Fugate.  She stated this reflects a reduction of 5.95%.

 

 

CLERK OF COURT

Danny Shipp stated he has reduced his budget by $26,845 and will not be asking for an additional $80,000 for a State mandated expense.

 

 

Comm. Drew made a motion to set the Property Appraiser and Tax Collector Budget.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Johnson made a motion to approve the budget for the Clerk of Court as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

 

Comm. Stevens reminded everyone of the Budget Meeting on Thursday at 6:30 P.M. to set the tentative budgets for those not approved today.

 

Comm. Drew asked about the fiscally constrained money in Road Department and Mrs. Rees responded there was $385,000 in ½ cent fiscally constrained money budgeted for next year in the Road Department.  There is $1,373,662 in ad valorem money which is in the General Revenue fund.

 

Mrs. Rees stated the calculated budget is currently based on the rolled-back millage rate which is 8.0614.  The Commissioners agreed to vote on the millage rate at the meeting on Thursday evening meeting.

 

 

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 3:35 P.M.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                                            BOARD OFCOUNTYCOMMISSIONERS

LEVY COUNTY,FL

 

 

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