Public Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners

Held on May 23, 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 May 23, 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

 

Mandy Hines

County Administrator

Present

 

Lauri Benson

Office Manager

Present

 

Jill Kersey

Transcribing Secretary

Present

 

Thomas Moran

Emergency Management Director

Present

 

Henry Grimes

Environmental Services Director

Present

 

Larry Taylor

Public Safety Chief

Present

 

Linda Waters

Library Director

Present

 

Latrinda Jones

Interim Human Resources Director

Present

 

Linda Nipper

Budget Coordinator

Present

 

Richard Metzger

Facilities Director

Present

 

Tara Anderson

Parks & Recreation Director

Present

 

Eddie Miller

Utilities Director

Present

 

Cindy Talamantez

Purchasing Director

Present

 

Jody Sullivan

Turner Center Director

Present

 

Earl Hahn

Development Director

Present

 

Deanna Thompson

Agriculture Agent/Interim CEO

Present

 

Michael Giardullo

County Engineer

Present

 

Shawn Edwards

Road & Bridge Director

Present

 

Peter Danao

Interim Finance Director

Present

 

 

              Call to Order                            3:00 PM

Chairman Elton Langford called the meeting to Order.

              TURN OFF OR SILENCE ALL CELL PHONES

              Prayer/Pledge of Allegiance

Pastor Greg Sullivan of Fort Ogden Baptist Church offered the innvocation, after which Chairman Langford lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

              Introduction of Elected Officials

Sheriff James Potter, Jae Williams with Senator Grimsley's office and Karen Whaley with Representative Ben Albritton's Office

              Set/Amend

A motion was made by Commissioner James Selph to set the Agenda as presented. Seconded by Commissioner Buddy Mansfield. Motion carried unanimously.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

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

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

              Public Forum for Non-Agenda Items

James Jacobs with Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater's office stated one of the main initiatives has been Florida's Unclaimed Property Fund efforts. This is a legitimate program that helps people obtain unclaimed funds they may not be aware of. Ms. Mandy Hines thanked Mr. Jacobs and Mr. Atwater for their outreach across Florida.

              Consent Agenda-Motion to Approve

A motion was made by Commissioner Buddy Mansfield to approve the Consent Agenda. Seconded by Commissioner James Selph. Motion carried unanimously.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

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

SECONDER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

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

2.              To approve Minutes of March 28, 2017 BOCC Public Meeting, April 25, 2017 BOCC Public Meeting and May 9, 2017 BOCC Public Meeting.

              Presentations

3.              Presentation/Eagle Vistas Flight School in Arcadia

Beverly Berry addressed the Board and stated along with her husband Randy Berry she has an existing business titled Fixed Base Operation/Operator as well as a flight school that includes training for crop dusters. Improvements were made to the existing facility for the comfort and convenience of students and pilots. The school brought the need for housing, shopping, fuel and entertainment which was acquired in DeSoto County. Operations of the airport are tracked for the purpose of grants as well as corporate, governmental and helicopter pilots.

RESULT:              PRESENTATION GIVEN

              Regular Business

4.              Resolution/Budget Amendment

Linda Nipper addressed the Board and requested adoption of a Resolution approving amendment #2017-78 Edward Bryan JAG Grant, #2017-81 Acella Program and #2017-88 Engineering Department Salary Adjustment. A motion was made by Commissioner Buddy Mansfield to adopt the Resolution as presented. Seconded by Commissioner James Selph. Motion carried unanimously.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

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

SECONDER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

5.              Resolution/Set hearing to vacate a portion of an alley

Earl Hahn addressed the Board and requested adoption of a Resolution setting a Public Hearing for July 25th, 2017 to vacate a portion of an alley generally located south of SE Baldwin Street between US 17 and SW Norton Avenue. A motion was made by Commissioner Buddy Mansfield to adopt the Resolution as presented. Seconded by Commissioner Judy Schaefer. Motion carried unanimously.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

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

SECONDER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

6.              Ordinance/Burn Ban

Mr. Donald Conn addressed the Board and request adoption of an Ordinance regulating burning during emergency drought conditions. The declaration may be issued by the Board or in the absence of a quorum by the Chairman, Vice-Chairman or Administrator. During a declared emergency, open burning will be prohibited except if authorized by the Division of Forestry.

Mr. George Lempenau stated he felt the language presented in the Ordinance was acceptable. A motion was made by Commissioner Judy Schaefer to adopt the Ordinance as presented. Seconded by Commissioner Buddy Mansfield. Motion carried unanimously.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

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

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

7.              Resolution/Burn Ban

Mr. Don Conn addressed the Board and requested adoption of a Resolution declaring an emergency condition at the current time if the Board felt necessary until rescended. Both the Ordinance and the Resolution would apply within City limits as well. Ms. Mandy Hines stated in the future the Division of Forestry Fire Index will be used to declare a burn ban. A motion was made by Commissioner Judy Schaefer to adopt the Resolution as presented. Seconded by Commissioner Buddy Mansfield. Motion carried unanimously.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

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

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

8.              Lease/Solar Now Project

Rae Dowling addressed the Board and stated she is pleased to present the Solar Now Program which is offered to all Florida Power and Light customers that allows for those who are not able to do solar on their own to participate or support the program for a small monthly fee. Ms. Kathleen Campenella stated the Solar Tree brings awareness to solar energy and gives people the opportunity to see solar up close. The Administration building was chosen due to it's visibility and the many residents who frequent the building and the Board agreed on the color blue for the solar trees. A motion was made by Commissioner Buddy Mansfield to approve the lease as presented. Seconded by Commissioner James Selph. Motion carried unanimously.

RESULT:              PRESENTATION GIVEN [UNANIMOUS]

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

SECONDER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

              Administrator's Report

Ms. Mandy Hines addressed the Board and gave an update on the Cedar Avenue culvert initiative which involved a major washout on a private road. The surrounding neighbors have expressed their desire for a larger culvert  as an MSBU and after a letter of intent, consulting with the Road & Bridge Department as well as the Engineering Department, there is no guarantee the road will not wash out again. The residents are interested in replacing the culvert with the size previously in place. Mr. Mike Giardullo stated in order to move forward there would be costs incurred for permitting and modeling which would be a few thousand dollars. Mr. Giarduulo recommended placing two double barrel 60 inch culverts; Board consensus to move forward.

Ms. Hines presented a request to change a position with the Road & Bridge Department by eliminating an open mechanic position and replace as a PW III position; Board consensus.

Ms. Hines presented a request to establish a $15,000 minimum bid on a specific County owned surplus property; Board consensus.

Ms. Hines reported she is assisting Charlotte Behavioral Health in locating alternative office space with the possibility of sharing with the Probation Department; Board consensus to continue.

Ms. Hines reported Sarasota County has preented a new surplus list with several items of interest and requested permission from the Board to have County mechanics and inspectors to look at specific items on the list as well as a $100,000 limit.

Ms. Hines stated Mr. Donald Conn, County Attorney has began a draft medical marijuana ordinance for the regulation of dispenseries in accordance with state law and feels a workshop is necessary following the June 13th Board meeting.

Ms. Hines stated currently Code Enforcement does not accept or investigate anonymous complaints, however she would like Board permission to accept County Observed if an employee observes a violation while on the job with no names given.

Ms. Hines requested Board approval for the Peace River Airboat and Sportsman Club to waive Landfill fees as well as assisting in the disposal of derelict vessels from the Peace River in support of the First Annual Peace River Clean Up Day; Board consensus.

Ms. Hines recognized the City of Arcadia for their help with a recent fire. Ms. Hines also recognized staff members Kim Casale,  Kandis Drymon for a job well done as well as the Building Department.

              County Attorney's Report

Mr. Donald Conn had nothing further to report.

              Board Member Comments

Commissioner Buddy Mansfield asked everyone to keep Johnny Patton in their prayers.

Commissioner James Selph commented on the turmoil in our Country and Manchester, England. Commissioner Selph also stated the Department of Environmental Protection stated they would work with the County on the matter of deepening the Peace River from the boat landing to allow traffic to move more easily. Ms. Mandy Hines stated she would contact someone from DEP to schedule a presentation.

Chairman Elton Langford stated Peace River Manasota Water Supply Authority records show DeSoto County has not been in a drought this severe for 103 years. Chairman Langford feels a meeting with the City of Arcadia is necessary to discuss a Fire Assessment. Ms. Mandy Hines suggested a joint workshop with the City.

              Adjournment

There being no further business, Chairman Langford adjourned the meeting at 4:19pm.

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                  BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION

                                                                                   DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA

             

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MANDY HINES                                                       ELTON A. LANGFORD

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR                              CHAIRMAN