Public Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners

Held on April 25, 2017 at 3:00 PM

in the County Commissioners' Meeting Room

Room 103, Administration Building

Arcadia, Florida

 

 

The Board of County Commissioners held a Public Meeting on April 25, 2017.

 

              Roll Call

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Juril "Buddy" Mansfield

Commissioner, District 1

Present

 

James Selph

County Commissioner, District 2

Present

 

Judy Schaefer

County Commissioner, District 3

Present

 

Elton Langford

Chairman, District 4

Present

 

Terry Hill

County Commissioner, District 5

Present

 

Donald Conn

County Attorney

Present

 

Jill Kersey

Transcribing Secretary

Present

 

Richard Metzger

Facilities Director

Present

 

Lauri Benson

Office Manager

Present

 

Henry Grimes

Environmental Services Director

Present

 

Latrinda Jones

Interim Human Resources Director

Present

 

Thomas Moran

Emergency Management Director

Present

 

Larry Taylor

Public Safety Chief

Present

 

Peggy Waters

Social Services Director

Present

 

Tara Anderson

Parks & Recreation Director

Present

 

Earl Hahn

Development Director

Present

 

Linda Nipper

Budget Coordinator

Present

 

Shawn Edwards

Road & Bridge Director

Present

 

Peter Danao

Interim Finance Director

Present

 

Cindy Talamantez

Purchasing Director

Present

 

Michael Giardullo

County Engineer

Present

 

Jody Sullivan

Turner Center Director

Present

 

Mandy Hines

County Administrator

Absent

 

 

              Call to Order                            3:00 PM

              TURN OFF OR SILENCE ALL CELL PHONES

              Prayer/Pledge of Allegiance

Pastor Brian Russell with Pine Level Methodist Church

              Introduction of Elected Officials

Sheriff James Potter

              Set/Amend

Item #4 was pulled from the agenda.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Juril "Buddy" Mansfield, Commissioner, District 1

SECONDER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

              Public Forum for Non-Agenda Items

None.

              Consent Agenda-Motion to Approve

Item #4 was pulled from the agenda.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Juril "Buddy" Mansfield, Commissioner, District 1

SECONDER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

1.              Declaration of surplus property.

2.              Accounts and Warrants Drawn Per Schedule of Bills Payable.

3.              Sufficiency of Surety Bond for County Administrator.

4.              Amendment to COPCN with West Coast - Southern Medical Service, Inc. for Morgue Transport Fees.

5.              Lease Extension with Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association.

6.              Resolution establishing a policy and procedure for Indigent Cremation.

              Presentations

7.              Proclamation/Day of Prayer 2017

Don Conn read the Proclamation into record. Pastor Brian Russell with Pine Level Methodist Church accepted the Proclamation on behalf of the Minesterial Association.

RESULT:              PRESENTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Juril "Buddy" Mansfield, Commissioner, District 1

SECONDER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

8.              Presentation/Housing Element & Workforce Housing Update

Stan Gebherer with Fishkind & Associates gave the presentation on the Housing Element and Support Documents for the Future Land Use Elements and Map in order to facilitate the development of market rate workforce housing. Further discussion ensued.

Jim Karas spoke on planning, overarching goals, Housing Element Change Overview, Future Land Use Element main changes and Joint Planning Agreement.

Commissioner Selph feels we need to protect agriculture as our base and prefers higher density.

RESULT:              PRESENTATION GIVEN

              Regular Business

9.              Resolution/ADA Transition Plan

Latrinda Jones presented a request to adopt a Resolution approving the DeSoto County American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. The Federal Highway Administration could audit and withold federal transportation funds if an ADA Transition Plan was not provided to the Florida Department of Transportation by April 9, 2017. This plan is to correct any accessability barriers.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

SECONDER:              Juril "Buddy" Mansfield, Commissioner, District 1

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

10.              Bid Award-State Housing Initiative Partnership/Community Development Block Grant

Peggy Waters presented a request to approve the bid award to Jewel Contracting for the construction of one replacement home under the SHIP and CDBG Program.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Juril "Buddy" Mansfield, Commissioner, District 1

SECONDER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

11.              Bid Award-Contract/ Fiscal Year 16/17 Culvert Restoration Project

Michael Giardullo presented a request to approve the contract for fiscal year 16/17 Culvert Restoration Project to Excavation Point, Inc.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

SECONDER:              Juril "Buddy" Mansfield, Commissioner, District 1

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

12.              Resolution/Outdoor Event Permit

Earl Hahn presented a request to adopt a Resolution granting to Mark Moulton d/b/a DeSoto Productions, Inc. an outdoor event permit (OEP#2017-01) with conditions to allow on May 20, 2017 the Watermelon Festival at DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park. Staff recommends approval.

Mark Moulton requested Board approval for a 5 year permit. Chairman Langford stated the Board could not make a decision on that matter without being an agenda item.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

SECONDER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

13.              Agreement/Law Enforcement Municipal Services Taxing Unit Study

Cindy Talamantez presented a request to approve the Agreement with Tindale Oliver & Associates to perform a study to determine eligable costs of services and maximum rates for the Law Enforcement MSTU. This will determine all allowable costs in the unincorporated area.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Juril "Buddy" Mansfield, Commissioner, District 1

SECONDER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

              Administrator's Report

Mr. Conn presented  a request to declare fire hazard areas to limit burning in certain areas due to drout conditions. This can be done by adopting an Ordinance. Commissioner Selph is concerned with enforcement and feels the Ordinance should include the City. Sheriff Potter commented his department would enforce as any other Ordinance. Randy Coldiron with Division of Forestry stated the issue is resources and feels the Ordinance would be a deterant. Consensus of Board to proceed with the Ordinance.

A letter was received from Mr. Womack of Womack's Sanitation requesting an increase on solid waste collection for 2017/18. He has the right under the Ordinance to petition for an increase. Mr. Conn suggested a workshop or public hearing to discuss the matter.

              County Attorney's Report

Mr. Conn had nothing further to report.

              Board Member Comments

Commissioner Mansfield had nothing further to discuss.

Commissioner Schaefer had nothing further to discuss.

Commissioner Hill had nothing further to discuss.

Commissioner Selph questioned the completion date of Hwy 17 south? Mike Giardullo stated he will send him the schedule. During the Community Conversation at Exhibit Hall he had spoke with a representative from DEP that he would like to see on the river side from bridge south cleared of snags. He feels it would allow more economic opportunity.

Chairman Langford commented everyone nneds pray for our country, rain and our firemen.

              Recess until 6:30 pm Public Hearing

4:05pm

              Public Hearing

14.              Resolution/Vacate NE Theatre Street

Earl Hahn presented a request to adopt a Resolution approving a petition filed by Cross Creek of Arcadia III, LLC for the closure and abandonment of NE Theatre Street right-of-way.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

SECONDER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

15.              Ordinance - First Reading/Lake Suzy Overlay Zoning District

Earl Hahn presented a request to deny the Lake Suzy Overlay Zoning District which would establish suburban development standards for new development as well as some maintenance standards for new and existing development. Planning Commission requested denial. Further research by staff found mistakes and Mr. Hahn recommends denial for the reasons given. George Wojtkiewicz gave a statement on behalf of Moreen Stassi as she could not attend. Mr. Wojtkiewicz stated he would like to withdraw and make amendments after hearing Board comments. Chairman Langford stated he would not hear public comment on this item since it is being withdrawn. The Board was not comfortable with this. Mr. Conn suggested to Mr. Wojtkiewicz to hold one or more public meetings to gather more input and bring back to Board when complete. The agenda item was offically pulled by the applicant to come back at a later date.

RESULT:              PULLED

16.              Ordinance/Code of Ordinances - Second Reading

Mr. Conn presented the 2nd reading of the Ordianance to codify the Code of Ordianances. The Code of Ordinance will become effective on May 15, 2017 and available on the County website.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Juril "Buddy" Mansfield, Commissioner, District 1

SECONDER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

              Adjournment

There being no further business, Chairman Langford adjourned the meeting at 7:15pm.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                  BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION

                                                                                   DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA

             

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MANDY HINES                                                       ELTON A. LANGFORD

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR                              CHAIRMAN