Public Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners

Held on June 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

in the County Commissioners' Meeting Room

Room 103, Administration Building

Arcadia, Florida

 

 

The Board of County Commissioners held a Public Meeting on June 13, 2017.

 

              Roll Call

 

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Juril "Buddy" Mansfield

County 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

 

Mandy Hines

County Administrator

Present

 

Donald Conn

County Attorney

Present

 

Jill Kersey

Transcribing Secretary

Present

 

Richard Metzger

Facilities Director

Present

 

Lauri Benson

Office Manager

Present

 

Linda Waters

Library Director

Present

 

Thomas Moran

Emergency Management Director

Present

 

Tara Anderson

Parks & Recreation Director

Present

 

Shawn Edwards

Road & Bridge Director

Present

 

Henry Grimes

Environmental Services Director

Present

 

Peter Danao

Interim Finance Director

Present

 

Debra Goodson

Senior Staff Accountant

Present

 

Jody Sullivan

Turner Center Director

Present

 

Cindy Talamantez

Purchasing Director

Present

 

Linda Nipper

Budget Coordinator

Present

 

Larry Taylor

Public Safety Chief

Present

 

Latrinda Jones

Interim Human Resources Director

Present

 

Peggy Waters

Social Services Director

Present

 

Earl Hahn

Development Director

Present

 

Michael Giardullo

County Engineer

Present

 

Deanna Thompson

Agriculture Agent/Interim CEO

Present

 

 

              Call to Order                            9:00 AM

              TURN OFF OR SILENCE ALL CELL PHONES

              Prayer/Pledge of Allegiance

Louie Mabrey with Trinity United Methodist Church.

              Introduction of Elected Officials

Kathryn Hill, Tax Collector; Karen Whaley with Representative Ben Albritton's Office; Tara Poulton with Southwest Florida Water Management District and Jae Williams with Senator Denise Grimsley's Office.

              Set/Amend

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

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

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

SECONDER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

              Public Forum for Non-Agenda Items

Karen Ankerstar addressed the Board and requested consideration of a Retail Pet Sales Ordinance prohibiting stores that would sell puppies or kittens in an attempt to prevent puppy mills. This will not effect small, private or local breeders. Ms. Ankerstar feels this would help stop animal abuse.

Stewart David addressed the Board and stated he has witnessed the horendous treatment of animals in puppy mills. The Animal Welfare Act sets very minimal standards. Mr. Stewart also stated pet stores do not use private breeders when they can buy from puupy mill much cheaper. There are 50 jurisdictions in Florida that have this Ordinance. Ms. Mandy Hines stated she will forward the draft Ordinance to County Attorney Don Conn for review.

              Consent Agenda-Motion to Approve

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

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

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

SECONDER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

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

2.              Approve Minutes of May 23, 2017 BOCC Public Meeting.

              Presentations

3.              Distinguished Citizen Award

Chairman Elton Langford along with the rest of the Board of County Commissioners presented Ms. Kay Reed with the 2017 Second Quarter Distinguished Citizen Award. Ms. Reed thanked the Board and the citizens of DeSoto County.

RESULT:              PRESENTATION GIVEN

4.              Presentation/2015-2016 Audit

Peter Danao introduced Tim Westgate & Tiffany Mangold with Purvis Gray & Co. They stated the 2017 Audit meets requirements. Some of the financial highlights include an Increase in the General Fund balance. The GFOA recommends having an assigned and unassigned fund balance of 2 months of revenues or expenditures at minimal. There is a requirement to amend a budget within 60 days of year end if needed. Ms. Mandy Hines gave a three year cash balance review and stated the budget is trending in the right direction. 

RESULT:              PRESENTATION GIVEN

5.              Presentation/Morgan Park Erosion & Stabilization Issue

Tara Anderson addressed the Board and introduced Jennifer Hecker who gave a presentation regarding the Morgan Park Erosion and Stabilization program. Jennifer Hecker, Executive Director of the Charlotte Harbour National Estuary Program. The program was formed in 1995 designated by Congress and receives special funding from the Federal Government through the US Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act to Protect and Restore Water Resources in their entire study area. The Peace River North Bend is eroding severly; the vegetation is beginning to lean and fall into the river as a result. The next step is a preapplication meeting with regulatory agencies to discuss and prepare draft permits ready for submittal when funding is available. CHNEP has budgeted and is prepared to fund the preparation of the permit application; funds are not available for submittalFurther dicussion ensued regarding objectives, integrated countermeasures, monitoring, next steps and permitting.

Commissioner James Selph commented he does not like riprap and wants the river snagged, opened up and cleaned out. Further discussion ensued.

George Lempenau feels the river would not flood or erode if the relief channel was cleared and maintained.

RESULT:              PRESENTATION GIVEN

              Regular Business

6.              Resolution/Budget Amendment

Linda Nipper addressed the Board and requested adoption of a Resolution approving budget amendments 2017-82, 2017-84, 2017-86, 2017-87, 2017-96, 2017-98, 2017-99 and 2017-102. 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, County Commissioner, District 1

SECONDER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

7.              Resolution - Agreement/Turner Ave. Intersection Improvements

Mike Giardullo addressed the Board and requested adoption of a Resolution approving the agreement for Turner Avenue  improvements at the intersection of Roan and Gibson. Don Conn stated this a LAPP Project with maintenance done by the City at the intersection as well as the curbing through an Interlocal Agreement. 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, County Commissioner, District 1

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

8.              Transportation Plan/Department of Children and Families, Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Mary Kay Burns addressed the Board and requested approval of the submitted plan for the DeSoto County Baker Act/Marchman Act Transportation Plan with support from Sheriff James Potter. A motion was made by Commissioner James Selph to approve the submitted plan as presented. Seconded by Commissioner Buddy Mansfield. Motion carried unanimously.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

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

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

9.              Agreement/American Red Cross

Thomas Moran addressed the Board and requested approval of an agreement with American Red Cross to use the Turner Center for disaster relief services. A motion was made by Commisioner Buddy Mansfield to approve the agreement as presented. Seconed by Commissioner Schaefer. Motion carried unanimously.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

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

SECONDER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

10.              Lease Agreement/Vertical  Bridge Option

Mandy Hines addressed the Board and requested approval of the Option and Lease Agreement  between the County and Vertical Bridge Development, LLC. This would be for space to allow the construction and operation of a communications tower at the corner of Kings Highway and 763. A motion was made by Commissioner James Selph to approve the agreement as presented. Seconded by Commissoner Judy Schaefer. Motion carried unanimously

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

SECONDER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

11.              Ordinance/Vessel Registration

Request to adopt an Ordinance establishing an annual county vessel registration fee as presented.

Don Conn addressed the Board and requested adoption of an Ordinance establishing an annual county vessel registration fee. Hardee County recently adopted this Ordinance which is optional. Charlotte, Manatee, Sarasota and Hardee Counties all have this fee. Commissioner James Selph stated he is not in favor of the request. Further discussion ensued.

Residents spoke in favor and in opposition of the proposed fee. Chairman Elton Langford commented the funds will go to General Fund and the correct issues. Further discussion ensued. Commissioner James Selph suggested the Board table this Ordinance. A motion was made by Commissioner James Selph to table the agenda item presented until July. Seconded by Commissioner Judy Schaefer. Motion carried unanimously.

RESULT:              TABLED [UNANIMOUS]              Next: 7/11/2017 9:00 AM

MOVER:              James Selph, County Commissioner, District 2

SECONDER:              Judy Schaefer, County Commissioner, District 3

AYES:              Mansfield, Selph, Schaefer, Langford, Hill

              Administrator's Report

Mandy Hines addressed the Board and reported Seminol Gulf Railway will begin mandated repairs on a portion of the railroad at Pricechild that will require non- budgeted funds. Ms. Hines reported the Purchasing Department submitted bids for several items on the Sarasota County surplus list. Ms. Hines requested Board direction allowing the Road & Bridge Department move forward in purchasing a forklift through a 5 year lease; Board gave consensus for forklift.

              County Attorney's Report

Nothing further to report.

              Board Member Comments

Commissioner Buddy Mansfield had nothing further to report.

Commissioner Judy Schaefer expressed her condolences to the Delshay Turner family and was pleased that Kay Reed received the Distinguished Citizen award. Commissioner Schaefer also wished Richard Metzger the best.

Commissioner Terry Hill thanked staff and wished Richard Metzger the best.

Commissioner James Selph expressed his condolences to the Delshay Turner family. Commissioner Selph feels Kay Reed is very deserving of the Distinguished Citizen award and wished Richard Metzger well.

Chairman Elton Langford expressed his condolences to Delshay Turner family. Chairman Langford met with Gil Bertie regarding a water issue on a certain property and would like a test completed.

Commissioner James Selph expressed that reaearchers have found a new method of extracting nitrate that is not as expensive. Further discussion ensued.

              Adjournment

There being no further business, Chairman Langford adjourned the meeting at 11:35am

 

 

ATTEST:                                                                  BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION

                                                                                   DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA

             

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MANDY HINES                                                       ELTON A. LANGFORD

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR                              CHAIRMAN