BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA

REGULAR MEETING

February 28, 2006

 

 

 

The Board of County Commissioners of Leon County, Florida, met in regular session February 28, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. with Chairman Proctor presiding. 

 

Present were Commissioners Thaell; Sauls; Winchester; Grippa; Rackleff; and DePuy.  Also present were County Attorney Herb Thiele; County Administrator Parwez Alam;  and Deputy Clerk Diane F. Norvell.

 

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

 

The Invocation was provided by Commissioner Grippa who then led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

           

 

Awards and Presentations

 

Resolution

 

  • Commissioner Rackleff presented a Resolution to Ms. June Vickers, recognizing her years of service on the County’s Code Enforcement Board.

 

Resolution

 

  • Chairman Proctor presented a Resolution to Lawrence Heitmeyer, Leon County Cooperative Extension Director recognizing his 33 Years of dedicated service to Leon County.
  • Mr. Heitmeyer expressed what a wonderful experience working for Leon County has been because of the administration and introduced the new Cooperative Extension Director, Dr. Betty Miller.

 

 

Proclamation

 

  • Chairman Proctor presented a Proclamation to Ms. Aurora Torres-Hansen, VolunteerLeon’s Youthcorps, and recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have a DREAM” Award.  February 28, 2006 will be known as Aurora Torres-Hansen Day in Leon County.

 

 

Consent   

 

ACTION TAKEN:   Items # 9  and # 21 were pulled for discussion.

 

Commissioner_Sauls moved, duly seconded by Commissioner Thaell to approve staff recommendation of the remainder of the Consent Items.  The motion carried 7-0.

 

 

 

1.  Approval of Minutes of the January 24, 2006 Regular Meeting

 

The Board approved Option 1:  Approve the minutes of the January 24, 2006 Regular BCC Meeting.

 

 

2.  Approval of Payment of Bills and Vouchers Submitted for Approval for

     February 28, 2006 and Pre-approval of Payment of Bills and Vouchers for

     the Period March 1, 2006 through March 11, 2006

 

   The Board approved Option 1:  Approve payment of bills and vouchers

               submitted for approval for February 28, 2006 and pre-approve payment of

               bills and vouchers for the period February 29 through March 13, 2006.

 

 

3.      Approval to Establish the Department of Corrections Adult Drug Court

     Budget for FY 2006, Providing for an Increase in Funding

 

The Board approved Options 1 and 2:  1) Approve the establishment of a FY  2006 Budget for Department of Corrections Adult Drug Court as well as an increase in funding and 2) Approve the Budget Resolution and associated Budget Amendment Request.

 

 

4.      Approval to Renew the Agreement with A Life Recovery Center, Inc. and

     Modification of Contract Cost Reimbursements

 

The Board approved Option 1:  Approve the renewal of the Agreement with A Life Recovery Center, Inc. and the modification of the contract cost reimbursements.

 

 

5.      Acceptance of First Quarter, FY 2006 Status Report for the Tourist

     Development Council

 

 

     The Board approved Option 1:  Accept the First Quarter, FY2006 Status

     Report for the Tourist Development Council.

 

6.      Adoption of Revisions to Leon County Personnel Policies and Procedures

     Manual (Section 5.06 – Educational Attainment Compensation and Section

     6.06 – Tuition Assistance)

 

     The Board approved Options 1 and 2:  1)  Adopt the proposed revisions to

     the  Leon County Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual-Section 5.04

                 Educational Attainment Compensation and Section 6.06 Tuition

     Assistance, and 2)  Approve a budget amendment request in the amount of

    $29,000 from the General Fund Contingency to sustain the Tuition

    Assistance Program for the remainder of the 2005/06 fiscal year.

 

 

7.      Acceptance of Leon County Citizens Water Resources Committee 2005

     Annual Report

 

The Board approved Option 1:  Accept the Leon County County-wide Citizens Water Resources Committee 2005 Annual Report.

 

 

8.      Acceptance of Service Learning Impacting Citizenship/Points of Light

     Foundation Grant

 

The Board approved Options 1 and 2:  1)  Approve the Memorandum of Understanding accepting the $5,000 grant from Points of Light Foundation, and authorize the Chairman to execute, and 2)  Adopt the Resolution and associated Budget Amendment.

 

 

9.      Approval of Agreement with the City of Tallahassee for Funding of the

2006/07 Pretrial/Probation GPS Tracking Program and Approval of Allocation of 2006/07 Justice Assistance Grant

 

              Chairman Proctor pulled this item for discussion.

 

·        Commissioner Proctor stated he was concerned over whether or not the courts are actually using the ankle bracelets that the Board is being asked to provide additional funding for.  His understanding is that the courts are not allowing inmates who qualify to be assigned the bracelets.  Commissioner Proctor asked why are we adding money to a project the court is not participating in.

·         Ms. Wanda Hunter, Director of Probation and Pretrial stated the courts are indeed using the GPS units.  The issue that came from the Board was requesting increased utilization of the Program.  There are currently 67 defendants wearing the monitor.  In 2001 there were only 17 defendants on the units. 

·         Commissioner Proctor stated the Board was informed the capacity for use of the units was 120 or 125 people. Commissioner Proctor is asking why we are adding more money to this program when there are only 67 units in use.

·          Ms. Hunter stated her department is drafting an agenda item for the March 14, 2006 agenda that speaks to this issue.  The issue of capacity is based on the types of defendants that are actually eligible to use the GPS units.  Some of the factors dictating use of the units are not driven by the courts.

·        Commissioner DePuy, the Board’s Appointee to the Public Safety Coordinating Council reported the courts are enthusiastically supporting the increased use of the units.  The people wearing the units are pre-trial defendants -  carefully screened -  who can continue to work, go to school, etc. while awaiting trial.  This system frees up beds in the jails for defendants who have yet to be found guilty of charges.

·         Commissioner Rackleff stated he is very pleased with the program.  He also reminded everyone that someone is required to monitor the units. Commissioner Rackleff asked if the constraint on increased use is a staffing problem that needs to be addressed.

·         Ms. Hunter reported that is a large part of the problem.  When the initial request was made, her department was hoping the majority of the use would be for ‘passive units’ that didn’t require the intricate monitoring the ‘active units’ require. 

 

 

Commissioner Rackleff moved, seconded by Commissioner DePuy to approve Option 1:  Approve the Agreement with the City of Tallahassee for proposed allocation of 2006/07 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to fund the 2006/07 Pretrial/Probation GPS Tracking Program and authorize the Chairman to execute.  Motion carried 7-0.

 

 

10.  Acceptance of the Board of Adjustment and Appeals 2005 Annual Report

 

      The Board approved Option 1:  Accept the 2005 Board of Adjustment and

                  Appeals Annual Report.

 

 

11.  Adoption of Proposed Revisions to the Temporary Uses Regulations

 

The Board approved Option 1:  Authorize staff to present the proposed revisions to the Leon County Citizens’ GEM User Group for review and recommendations; the Planning Commission for a Comprehensive Plan consistency determination; and schedule the required Public Hearings to consider adoption of the recommended revisions to the Temporary Uses Regulations.

 

12.  Acceptance of Concurrency Management Annual Report

 

The Board approved Option 1:  Accept the 2005 Concurrency Management Annual Report.

 

13.     Request to Schedule a Public Hearing Regarding an Amendment to the

       Leon County Flood Protection Ordinance on Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at

       6:00 p.m.

 

The Board approved Option 1:  Schedule a public hearing on a proposed Amendment to the Leon County Flood Protection Ordinance for March 14, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

14.     Approval of an Agreement with Peter R. Brown Construction Manager At-

       Risk Services for Phase 1B Renovation to the Leon County Courthouse

 

      The Board approved Option 1:  Approve the Agreement with Peter R.

       Brown Construction for Construction Manager At-Risk Services for Phase

      1B renovations to the Leon County Courthouse and authorize the

      Chairman to execute.

 

15.     Approval of Architectural Design Service Agreement with Johnson

Peterson Architects, Inc. for Continued Renovations of the Leon County

Courthouse, Stage 2 of Phase 1B

 

The Board approved Option 1:  Approve the Architectural Design Service Agreement in the amount of $154,768 with Johnson Peterson Architects, Inc., for continued renovations of the Courthouse, Stage 2 of Phase 1B, and authorize the Chairman to execute.

 

 

16.     Request to Schedule a Workshop on Management Information Services

      Technology Update for May 9, 2006 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

 

       The Board approved Option 1:  Schedule the MIS Technology Update

Workshop for Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

17.     Approval of a Resolution and Budget Amendment Request for Solid

       Waste Recycling Program

 

 

 

      The Board approved Option 1:  Approve the Resolution and Budget

                  Amendment Request for the Solid Waste Recycling Program.

 

18.     Approval of a Resolution for Authorization to Submit Application for a

       Wetland Reserve Program Grant for the Copeland Sink Property

 

       The Board approved Option 1:  Approve the Resolution authorizing staff to

       submit an application for a Wetland Reserve Program Grant for Copeland

                   Sink.

 

19.     Approval of a Resolution for Authorization to Submit Application for an

       Upland Invasive-Exotic Plant Control Grant for the Greenways

 

       The Board approved Option 1:  Approve the Resolution authorizing staff to

submit application for an Upland Invasive-Exotic Plant Control Grant.

 

20.     Approval of a Resolution for Authorization to Submit a Florida  

       Recreational Trail Program Grant Application for Miccosukee Greenway

 

The Board approved Option 1:  Approve the Resolution authorizing staff to submit a Florida Recreational Trails Program Grant for the construction of a trailhead rest room at Miccosukee Greenway.

 

 

21.     Approval of Resolution Adopting the Fee Schedule for the Division of

       Parks and Recreation Facilities

 

                   Commissioner Proctor pulled this item for discussion.

 

 

·        Commissioner Proctor stated the fees for the Woodville Community Center are greater.  Why is there a differential scale for a county park.

·        Mr. Pat Plocek, Director of Parks and Recreation reported the fee for the Woodville is greater because of the size of the room.  Also, staff was unable to get Woodville’s input.

·        The County Administrator added that these fees do not come to the County general fund.  The fees collected go to the Committee or the group operating the Center. 

·        Commissioner Proctor asked why Woodville did not participate – were they notified.

·        Mr. Pat Plocek reported due to vacancies on the Woodville Committee they have not met.

 

 

 

Commissioner Thaell moved, seconded by Commissioner DePuy to:  1) equalize  the fees for  the Centers – making them equal to the rates at the Chaires-Capitola Community Center for the half room and full room - (when the Woodville Committee meets they can request an agenda item if necessary to request additional funding) ; and 2) approve the Resolution adopting a Fee Schedule for the Division of Parks & Recreation with an effective date of March 1, 2006.  Motion carried 7-0.

 

 

22.     Revocation of the City of Tallahassee Sewer Franchise for Covington

Creek Subdivision in Accordance with the Water and Sewer Agreement with the City of Tallahassee, and Request to Schedule a Public Hearing to Consider any Forthcoming Request from a Sewer Utility Provider for the Sewer Franchise for March 28, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.

 

The Board approved Options 1 and 2:  1) Revoke the Sewer Franchise Granted to the City of Tallahassee by the Water and Sewer Agreement of May 10, 2005 for the proposed Covington Creek Subdivision, and 2) Schedule a Public Hearing for March 28, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. to consider a pre-application for authorization of a sewer service area for the proposed Covington Creek Subdivision.

 

 

 

Citizens to be Heard on Non-Agendaed Items (3-minute limit;non-discussion by Commission)

 

 

Speakers:

 

 

Dr. Willie Butler, representing Tallahassee and African Sisters Cities Coalition (TASCC) stated that TASCC is a non-profit organization whose primary function is to involve citizens of Tallahassee in exchange programs and business opportunities between the Caribbean and Africa Sub Sahara. He announced a Conference and Essay Contest TASCC will be holding and invited the Commissioners to attend.  Dr. Butler informed the BCC that the Ambassador from Tanzania, Mr.  Andrew Daraja would be in attendance at the conference and he distributed information on TASCC to the Board.  Dr. Butler reported there are many new emerging business opportunities and markets in Africa with expanding globalization the Commission should become aware of to expand economic development. Dr. Butler made a request for funding.

 

Mr. Arturo Lugisse reported that China and India are moving into Africa.  The rest of the world that doesn’t move into the African market within the next ten years will wonder why they did not.  There are economic development opportunities for Tallahassee in this market we should take advantage of now.

 

  • Commissioner Thaell recommended that Turbocorps create a connection with the representatives from Tanzania to open up a market.
  • Commissioner DePuy stated the Tourist Development Council exists for the very purposes the TASCC are speaking to.

 

Commissioner DePuy moved, seconded by Commissioner Grippa to forward the funding request made by the Tallahassee and African Sisters Cities Coalition to the Tourist Development Council for consideration.  Motion carried 7-0.

 

            Speakers:

 

Mr. Gregg Holgate, volunteer for the Corey Simon Success Center located on the south side of town stated he was pleased to introduce Mr. Corey Simon who has returned to this community to give something back.  Mr. Simon is a Florida State University National Champion Defensive Back who is now an NFL Player with the Indiana Colts.

 

Mr. Corey Simon, stated he saw a need for young people in Leon County to have a real chance for success.  Three important aspects of his life contributed to his success –1) athletic component, - promoting teamwork; 2) education – he has a Degree in Information Studies, Minor – Computer Science/Business – (there are more things to learn than what is taught in school) – and 3)  spiritual - letting young people know God has a purpose for them in life.

 

  • Commissioner Grippa thanked Mr. Simon and stated Mr. Simon represents the true definition of ‘leadership’.  Mr. Simon uses his own time, position, and financial wherewithal to help those less fortunate to achieve similar goals.  Commissioner Grippa asked Mr. Simon if there was a way his organization could team up with the Laura Lee Girls and Boys Club.
  • Mr. Simon stated the Laura Lee Program can only facilitate so many youths, and there is an overwhelming number of youths needing this type of program in that area. 
  • Commissioner DePuy thanked Mr. Simon for what he is accomplishing.
  • Commissioner Thaell stated he would like to discuss a challenge – asked if Mr. Simon would be open to a ‘challenge’.  If the BCC were to find $50,000 or more  perhaps private businesses could match or double that money. Commissioner Thaell stated he realizes Mr. Simon’s goal is to raise $800,000 and this could possibly be one way to make a real effort toward reaching that goal.  Commissioner Thaell thanked Mr. Simon for his work in the community.

 

Commissioner Grippa moved, seconded by Commissioner Thaell to consider bringing an agenda item to the Board to discuss funding possibilities for the Corey Simon Center at the appropriate time.  Motion carried 7-0.

 

 

General Business

 

 

23.     Board Review of the Leon County Supervisor of Elections Response to the  Secretary of State

 

·        County Administrator Alam distributed three packets of information from Mr. Ion Sancho, Supervisor of Elections regarding “Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuBasic Interpreter” and a copy of the Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction in the case of  People of California v. Diebold Election Systems, Inc.

 

Speaker:

 

·        Mr. Ion Sancho, Supervisor of Elections announced that Sequoia Elections Company has agreed to sell Leon County voting equipment.  They are one of three certified companies that jurisdictions are allowed to buy equipment from in the state of Florida. Mr. Sancho stated he will present the contract to the County Attorney Thursday that will bring Leon County into compliance with state and federal guidelines and to Section 301 of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

·        Commissioner Rackleff wanted to verify that Mr. Sancho is:

      • Buying the voting systems – Contracting to buy the systems later this week
      • The voting equipment will be in place
      • He will have the money from the state

·        Mr. Sancho stated he would have to take issue with the last point – the money has to be requested from the legislature.  Mr. Sancho stated the Secretary of State Staff indicated she would seek those funds as soon as they become available.

 

Commissioner Rackleff moved, seconded by Commissioner Thaell  to approve Option 1 (with a word change):  Approve the resolution and associated budget amendment reducing the County budget by $564,422 for the suspension of the State ADA Voting Systems grant funding.

 

Commissioner Thaell asked the maker of the motion to include a friendly amendment :  that the Board encourage the County’s legislative team to work with the Secretary of State’s Office to restore the $564,000 to the Supervisor of Elections Office. 

 

Commissioner Rackleff accepted the friendly amendment.

 

·        Commissioner Sauls asked if Mr. Sancho’s office had the funding to purchase the new system in their existing budget with the exception of the $564,000.

·         Mr. Sancho stated his office does not have the funds.

·         Commissioner Sauls asked if Mr. Sancho is making a presentation to the Board at this time to purchase this equipment.

·         Mr. Sancho reported that depends on information that Mr. Griego, representing Sequoia has not yet provided him.

·         Commissioner Sauls asked Mr. Sancho how much this new system would cost.

·         Mr. Sancho stated this system is considerably more expensive than the Diebold system – estimates it will cost less than $5 million and more than $2 million.

·        Commissioner Grippa asked the County Administrator when the current voting system was purchased.

·         Mr. Sancho reported it was purchased in1992.

 

Mr. Sancho detailed the history of the voting equipment and gave an overview of Diebold’s involvement including how ‘secure’ their system is.

 

·        Commissioner Grippa stated he appreciated Mr. Sancho’s response but, for the record he was asking the County Administrator the initial question.

 

Commissioner Grippa asked Mr. Sancho a number of questions regarding:

 

    • Voting systems used in 2004
    • Supervisor of Elections attempts to resolve this issue
    • Letters from Secretary of State
    • Flaws in Diebold’s system
    • Optical scan systems
    • Mr. Sancho’s contingency plan
    • Where the funding for the new system would come from

 

Commissioner Rackleff – on point. 

 

·        Commissioner Rackleff stated he would like to clarify his motion. The BCC is not approving a ‘contract’ they are approving a ‘resolution’ to amend the budget for a specific amount.  When there is a contract prepared the BCC will have a chance to approve or disapprove it.

·        Commissioner Proctor asked Staff about funding for the new system.

·        Mr. Alan Rosenzweig reported about $1.2 million would be available.

 

Commissioner Thaell moved, seconded by Commissioner Rackleff to call the question.  Motion to call the question failed 2-4, with Commissioners DePuy, Grippa, Proctor, and Sauls opposed and Commissioner Winchester out of Chambers.

 

·        Commissioner DePuy stated they Board received letters from the Secretary of State informing them Leon County is not in compliance with the state law and asked Mr. Sancho if this was correct.

·         Mr. Sancho reported that is correct.

·        Commissioner DePuy stated he believes that Leon County is out of resources and the proper venue for this matter at this point is the grand jury.

 

Commissioner DePuy offered a substitute motion, seconded by Commissioner Grippa to request the State Attorney to convene a Grand Jury to investigate why Leon County is not in compliance with the voting regulations.

 

 

                        Lengthy board discussion ensued regarding:

o       Security of voting systems

o       Companies available to choose from for purchasing voting equipment

o       Diebold’s refusal to sell equipment to Leon County

o       ES& S’s refusal to sell equipment to Leon County

o       Funding availability for expensive new system

o       Retrieval of $564,000 spent

o       Need to call for a grand jury

 

·        Commissioner DePuy asked the County Attorney and County Administrator if Diebold said they would not sell equipment to Leon County or if they would not sell equipment to Mr. Sancho.

·        County Attorney Thiele reported Diebold indicated they would be more than willing to sell the voting equipment to Leon County; but, not if Leon County allowed Mr. Sancho to operate the equipment.

 

 

Lengthy Board discussion ensued.

 

·        Commissioner Sauls asked the County Attorney if there is anything the
Grand Jury can do that would force the 2 companies that won’t sell equipment to Leon County to sell the equipment to us.

·        County Attorney Thiele reported no.

·        Commissioner Sauls suggested this item be continued for two weeks and have staff try to come up with a solution, see what type of contract Mr. Sancho can come up with and return to the next meeting.

·        Commissioner Proctor asked Commissioner DePuy to consider withdrawing his motion and consider what Commissioner Sauls just stated – either continue this matter or workshop it.

 

Commissioner DePuy withdrew his motion.

 

Commissioner Grippa moved a substitute motion, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to continue this item two weeks for a workshop on March 14, 2006 and at that time review any proposal for a contract the Supervisor of Elections may have ready for the Board’s Review.  Motion carried 3-2, with Commissioners Rackleff and Thaell opposed, and Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

 

24.     Consideration of Retroactive Sponsorship Request for the John G. Riley

Center/Museum Gala in the Amount of $1,000

 

·        County Administrator Alam presented the item to the Board.

 

Commissioner Thaell moved, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to approve Option 1:  Approve retroactive sponsorship for the John G. Riley Center/Museum’s “Applause for Pioneers Gala” in the amount of $1,000 from the General Fund Contingency and approve the associated budget amendment request.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

                 

25.     Consideration of $26,000 funding Request from Emergency Care Health

       Organization Ministries to Provide Affordable Housing

       

·        County Administrator Alam presented the item to the Board.

 

Commissioner Rackleff moved, seconded by Commissioner Thaell to approve Option 1:  Approve the funding request by Emergency Care Health Organization in the amount of $26,000 to renovate eight apartments and approve the associated budget amendment request.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

 

26.     Consideration of Funding Request for the Old West Florida Enrichment

Center Programs in the Amount of $50,000

 

·        County Administrator Alam presented the item to the Board.

 

 

 

Commissioner Grippa moved, seconded by Commissioner Thaell to approve Option 1:  Approve the funding request from The Old West Florida Enrichment Center in the amount of $50,000 and approve the budget amendment. Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

 

·        Commissioner Grippa stated he would like to see a formalized process for approving these budget requests. 

·        Mr. Alan Rosenzweig stated Staff would speak to the Board on this very issue on the next agenda item #27.

·        Commissioner Rackleff stated he agreed completely with Commissioner Grippa. Commissioner Rackleff stated the pace of unrestrained spending seems to be accelerating and if everything approved just at this meeting goes through the BCC would be approving $125,000 in funding at one meeting.

 

 

27.       Approval of Preliminary Policy guidance for the Development of the FY07

  Operating and Capital Budget, Including the Setting of Discretionary

  Funding Levels for Outside Agencies

 

·        County Administrator Alam reported this item sets direction for the

upcoming fiscal year – 2007 Budget.  The County Administrator asked Mr. Rosenzweig, Director, Office of Management and Budgeting (OMB) to detail the item for the Board.

 

·        Mr. Rosenzweig reported it is the time of year when his office comes before the Board to seek preliminary guidance in setting ground rules for the upcoming budget cycle.  Mr. Rosenzweig referred to the tables and information included in the agenda item and gave a brief overview of them.  Mr. Rosenzweig wanted to make it clear that the figures before the Board do not equal what the agencies will actually receive.  The OMB is simply ‘setting a base’ and attempting to establish a list of agencies who the County receives applications from.  The OMB is also recommending the Board include requests they have typically funded over the past few years now to avoid them going through the process for event sponsorship later.

 

Mr. Rosenzweig reviewed the recommended Options for the item.  He reported there was additional information from Representative Ausley requesting the Board consider funding $45,000 toward the Whole Child Initiative.  If the Board chooses to fund the Whole Child Initiative the OMB would include this request as an Application that would be added to Option #3. 

 

He wanted to remind the BCC his office has attached their Discretionary Funding Policy.  The policy clearly states that no entity that is eligible for  CHSP funding should be able to receive funding from the Board. 

 

Tonight the OMB is specifically seeking guidance in an effort to control the Budget process.  They would like to set a specific figure, and set the number of agencies that can submit applications.  They would then treat funding requests like CHSP does.

 

·        Commissioner Proctor asked about the $1.6 million set aside for Turbocorps that was not spent.  He does not see it reconciled in the figures before the Board.

·         Mr. Rosenzweig stated those funds are still appropriated in the current year budget.  Those were funds the Board took out of excess reserved and from fund balance when the original Turbocorps deal came before the Board.  Those funds, they had assumed were going to be coming forward for Board direction as to their use at the upcoming Economic Development Workshop.

·        Commissioner Proctor stated they don’t have anything in this report for the level of economic development the Board said previously they wanted to explore.

·        County Administrator Alam stated the report reflects $210,000 in next year’s budget for economic development.

·        Commission Thaell stated his understanding is the $210,000 earmarked in the current budget report for economic development in the report is in addition to the $1.6 million available. Commission Thaell stated he thinks staff has done an outstanding job on the budget.  Commissioner Thaell reported he has distributed information on four programs that deserve consideration to be added to the list for line-item funding.

 

Commissioner Thaell moved, seconded by Commissioner Rackleff to add four programs to the line-item funding for agencies:  $5,000 for Kids Voting; $20,000 for the United Partners for Human Services; $20,000 for the Domestic Violence Task Force; and $10,000 for the Early Learning Coalition equaling a total amount of $55,000 to be added to the line-item funding for agencies.

           

·        Commissioner Rackleff asked if this motion was to actually approve the funding now.

·        Commissioner Thaell stated this motion was simply to add these four organizations for consideration of funding by the Board.  The items would still have to come before the Board for approval at the appropriate time.  He simply wants to add them to the list for consideration in the future.

·        Commissioner Grippa stated each Commissioner has organizations they would like to add to the list.  The question is where does the Board hold the line.  Commissioner Grippa stated he does fund raising for private money, not taxpayer money.  Commissioner Grippa reminded the Board more people die in our emergency rooms than anywhere in the entire state of Florida. 

 

Commissioner Grippa made a substitute motion, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to approve Options #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, and include the funding request from Whole Child Leon for $40,000:  Option 1)  Direct staff to develop the tentative budget given the following guidance:

Address Board Retreat priorities as established December 13, 2005; Provide second year funding of a three year implementation for the Sheriff’s Salary Study; Request positions in areas of critical need; Continue to review programs for areas of opportunity to provide high levels of service at reduced costs, and 2) Direct staff to provide discretionary funding levels for the development of the tentative FY07 budget as follows:

                        CHSP                                                 $671,000

                        CHSP Emergency                                61,000

                        Midyear Funding                                   15,000

                        Youth Sports Teams                   5,000

                        Event Sponsorship                             23,500

                        Line Item Funding for Agencies    1,249,851

3) Direct staff to seek applications for line item funding from the following agencies:  Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Cultural Resources Comm. – Art Agency, Cultural Resources Comm. – Grants, Disc Village, Keep Tallahassee/Leon County Beautiful, Legal Services – Low Income Families, Legal Services – Team Child, San Luis Mission, St. Francis Wildlife Association, Tallahassee Senior Citizen Foundation, Tallahassee Trust – Historic Preservation, United Partners for Human Services, Whole Child Leon, and 4) Direct staff to include direct funding in the budget for the following events:  Celebrate America 4th of July Celebration ($2,500), Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration ($4,500), Celtic Festival ($5,000), Capital City Classic ($5,000), Friends of the Leroy Collins Public Library ($2,500), NAACP Freedom Funds Award ($1,000), After School Jazz Jam ($2,000), Soul Santa ($1,000); and 5)  Direct staff to develop a budget discussion item for the June 13, 2006 workshop regarding the provision of operational funding to the Trauma Center at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center, and 6) Direct staff to allocate $210,000 in funding for economic development.

 

·        Commissioner Proctor confirmed that this process basically takes two steps out of the budget process.

·        Mr. Rosenzweig stated yes and that it also takes two steps out of the weekly meeting process.

·        Commissioner Proctor noted some of the organizations Commissioners like to give support to are not listed in the report and asked if there would be other opportunities to add items, i.e., the Tallahassee Urban League.

·        The $15,000 is put aside for this type of item. 

·        Commissioner Proctor  asked a policy question regarding June 13th, 2006 page 5 in the report that addresses the Trauma Center.  This report indicates there will be a workshop on the Trauma Center on June 13th, 2006.  He thought the Board wanted to move more quickly on the Trauma Center and felt more urgency was needed regarding this matter.

·        Mr. Rosenzweig stated that Workshop would be to set up funds for next year’s budget.

·        Commissioner Proctor  asked to what extent is it possible the Trauma Center might be funded by a half cent tax.

·        County Administrator Alam stated this report does not specify where a Trauma Center would receive funds from – when staff brings the Board the actual Budget they will have those details.  Also, all the funding represented in this report is for next fiscal year, not this year.  If there is a desire to look at funding a Trauma Center this year that would have to be a separate item the Board would approve or disapprove.

·        Commissioner Proctor stated this report then anticipates that by June the Board will know whether this measure will go before the voters.  He also expressed concern over only $210,000 being set aside for Economic Development especially given it was named one of the Board’s top priorities at the 2005 Annual Retreat. 

·        County Administrator Alam reminded the Board the $210,000 is a preliminary figure, a starting point.  If the Board feels this amount is insufficient they can increase it.  Also, the $1.6 million not spent on Turbocorps is still in the budget this year for economic development.

·        Commissioner Rackleff stated the Board should fund the CHSP more so they can make these types of decisions with oversight, accountability and balancing of interests.

 

Commissioner Thaell called for a point of information.

 

·        Commissioner Thaell wanted to point out that the items he brought forward are not eligible for CHSP funding.

 

Board discussion ensued over how to distribute the funds for economic development.

 

               Speakers:

 

Ms. Kelly Otte, new Executive Director of United Partners for Human Services (UPHS) wanted to inform the Board that UPHS is comprised of 75 of the agencies that consistently approach the Board for funding.  UPHS wants to stand in partnership with the Board in looking at these difficult decisions as to who to give funding to.  A coordinated, consolidated voice from the Human Services group is needed.  UPHS is also focusing on the efficiency and the effectiveness of the agencies that seek funding.  UPHS wants the Board to get more for their money with the Human Services agencies because they will be able to produce more with the same amount of money.  UPHS will be a non profit alliance center providing supportive and technical assistance to every non profit agency.  All they need is one time funding to keep them funded long enough for she and their President, Buddy Streit and their Board members to get funding from other sources i.e. grants, donations, etc.

·        Commissioner Grippa expressed concern over what CHSP is actually doing if there is a need for another organization to do what CHSP is supposed to be doing.

·        Ms. Otte stated she was not there to compete with CHSP, but to add to it to make it better.

 

Board discussion ensued.

 

Commissioner Rackleff withdrew his second of the original motion. 

 

The motion on the floor is Commissioner Grippa’s substitute motion.

 

Commissioner Grippa amended his substitute motion, agreed to by the seconder, Commissioner Sauls to include the UPHS request for consideration of $25,000 in funding – one time only – as a line item request for the FY07 budget.  Motion, as amended carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

  • Commissioner Sauls thanked the UPHS representatives for coming and informing the BCC what their organization does.  She was glad Ms. Otte and Mr. Streit made the Board aware of just what the UPHS does so the Board could make a much more informed decision on funding this organization.

 

Speakers:

 

Mr. Buddy Streit, Director of UPHS stated UPHS will be the best return on investment the BCC makes in CHSP.  Agreed with Commissioner Rackleff that the BCC needs to ask why the County Investment in CHSP has remained flat for four years.  Why is the total human services investment one half of item three.

 

Mr. Bill Moeller, Director of FSU’s Center for Civic Activity, representing Kids Voting stated Kids Voting stimulates young people’s involvement in the election process, their knowledge of the process and candidates, then urges them to go to the polls with their parents.  About 15,000 students do that each election.  Encouraging students to practice voting is done so that voting will become a habit for them in the future.  Many of the students are now encouraging their parents to vote, so they can vote.  Mr. Moeller asked for the BCC’s financial support.  This organization is entirely volunteer.

 

28.  Consideration of Staff Report on Consolidation of Law Enforcement

 

Commissioner Thaell moved, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to continue this item to the March 14, 2006 Board meeting.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

 

29.    Acceptance of Status Report on the Development of Stormwater

 Standards for Large Residential Lots

 

·        County Administrator Alam presented the item to the Board.

 

Commissioner Grippa moved, seconded by Commissioner Thaell to approve Option 1:  Accept the status report on the development of stormwater standards for large residential lots and direct staff to waive the initial operating permit fee of $523.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

           

Commissioner Thaell stated he was asked to continue this item for two weeks from Mr. Bill Krona who is developing a large lots subdivision on Centerville Road because they are making an effort to work with  Florida Department of Environmental Protection on some issues.  Commissioner Thaell asked Mr. Robert Weinstein if that would cause him a problem.

 

Speaker:

 

Mr. Robert Weinstein stated he and his wife are retired and purchased property   out of town – a ten acre parcel.  He stated the Board encouraged the purchase of large lots with the intention of minimizing urban sprawl and protecting the environment.  He is trying to comply with the state water protection rules of groundwater protection and surface water.  They are only developing 2% of the 10 acres.  He is an engineer and helped write the first stormwater rule for the state of Florida, worked in permitting, etc.  Referred to the County’s own brochure that stated one should use natural vegetation to reduce polluted runoff, etc.  Single family homes are being treated like commercial developments.  He strongly objects to this.  Mr. Weinstein detailed the lengthy process he must go through that he would very much like to see eliminated.  Simply waiving fees is not enough.  They are on a fixed income and believe these numerous requirements for single family homes to be unreasonable.

           

 

 

Schedule Public Hearings 6:00 p.m.

 

 

30.    Second and Final Public Hearing to Amend the Environmental

Management Act (EMA) to Allow Certificates of Occupancy to be Issued to Homes in Public Subdivisions Prior to Final Inspection Approval

 

·        Commissioner Thaell asked the County Attorney if these should be temporary Certificates of Occupancy.

·        The County Administrator reported the County would have a performance bond that would be equal to or greater than what would be needed to complete a subdivision.

·        Commissioner Thaell asked what limitations a temporary Certificate of Occupancy puts on a home owner’s rights.

·        County Attorney Thiele reported they could occupy it; but there is a fair chance that the lender won’t close on the loan. 

 

Commissioner Thaell moved, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to approve Option 1:  Conduct the second public hearing and adopt the proposed Ordinance amending Article VII (Environmental Management Act), Chapter 10, Section’s 10-362 and 10-363 of the Leon County Code of Laws.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

 

31.    First of Two Public Hearings to Adopt Ordinance Designating the

Boundaries of the Hopkins Crossing North Regional Activity Center

 

·        The County Administrator reported the representatives requested this

      matter be continued to March 14, 2006.

 

Commissioner Thaell moved, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to continue the Public Hearing to March 14, 2006.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

           

 

32.    First of Two Public Hearings on a Proposed Ordinance Amending Chapter 10 of the Leon County  Code of Laws to Revise the Purposes and Intensities Associated with the Lake Protection Zoning District

 

·        County Administrator Alam reported the Planning Staff is working on requirements regarding this matter and request this matter be continued to March 14, 2006.

 

Commissioner Sauls moved, seconded by Commissioner Thaell to continue the Public Hearing to March 14, 2006.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

 

33.    First of Two Public Hearings Regarding Two New Proposed Zoning

Districts (Mahan Residential Corridor and Mahan Residential Corridor

Node)

 

·        County Administrator Alam presented the item to the Board.

 

Commissioner Rackleff moved, seconded by Commissioner Thaell to approve Option 1:  Conduct the first of two public hearings on a proposed Ordinance creating the Mahan Residential Corridor and Mahan Residential Corridor Node Zoning Districts and schedule the second public hearing for March 14, 2006.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

           

 

·        Commissioner Thaell stated this item puts into Ordinance design standards for development – commercial and residential – because the Board wants to preserve Mahan as a beautiful gateway into our community.

·        Commissioner Proctor asked if this item in any way anticipates the six- laning of Mahan Drive.

·        Staff reported this item does anticipate the widening that is why they proceeded with the Corridor Study.

·        Commissioner Proctor stated he was glad Staff anticipated and considered the widening in this study.

 

 

34.  First of Two Public Hearings on a Proposed Zoning Change from Rural to

       M-1 Light Industrial on 17-acre Property Located on the West Side of

       Woodville Highway

 

·        County Administrator Alam presented the item to the Board.

 

Commissioner Grippa moved, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to approve Option 1:  Conduct the first of two public hearings on a proposed rezoning Ordinance from Rural to M-1 Light Industrial Located on Property on the West side of the Woodville Highway South of Capital Circle and schedule the second public hearing for March 14, 2006.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

 

 

35.   First and Only Public Hearing on a Proposed Ordinance to Amend the

       Official Zoning Map to Change the Zone Classification from the MR-1

       (Medium Density Residential) to the CP (Commercial Parkway) Zoning

       District (RZ #507)

                       

Commissioner Sauls moved, seconded by Commissioner Thaell to    approve Option 1:  Conduct the first and only public hearing and adopt the proposed Ordinance, amending the Official Zoning Map from the MR-1 (Single Family Detached Residential) to the CP (Commercial Parkway) zoning district, based on the findings of fact and conclusions of law contained herein and in the hearing hereon.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

 

 

            Presentation to the Chairman by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,  Inc.

 

 

Ms. Julia Bronson, Chapter President of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter presented a Resolution to the Honorable Chairman William C. Proctor, Jr. recognizing him for his extensive community service and achievements.  Ms. Bronson stated Chairman Proctor is being honored for his serious commitment to the initiatives held most dear to the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health and for his election as Chairman to the Leon County Board of County Commissioners.  Ms. Bronson also gave a brief history of the Delta Sigma Sorority and listed several of Chairman Proctor’s achievements.

 

 

Citizens to be Heard on Non-Agendaed Items (6 minute limit)

 

            Speakers:

 

 

Mr. Bud Clark, President of CRA Consulting distributed a letter and information on the Leon County Economic Development Initiative and requested the Board place an agenda item on this matter for the next BCC meeting.  He noted this is the property he and the late Mr. Terry Fregley were working on.

 

Commissioners expressed their condolences to Mr. Fregley’s family and spoke to the high quality of developer he was.  Mr. Fregley will truly be missed and remembered with honor by Leon County.

 

Commissioner Grippa moved, seconded by Commissioner Thaell to put the aforementioned item on the agenda for the March 28th, 2006 Meeting. 

 

Staff reported this issue will be addressed at the March 28th, 2006 Workshop on Economic Development.

 

 

Ms. Heather Rodriguez accompanied by her mother Mrs.Gloria Rodriguez stated she and her mother own two houses on a street that is a private non-County maintained single land dirt road – where there are four residents total.  A business owns 1.06 acres at the beginning of their road.  They object to the approval of permits allowing this business to block the residents from entering and exiting their road.  In case of any emergency, i.e. a fire, they would not be able to get out.  The business owner’s construction is also destroying plants and tearing up the road.  She and her mother own about 75% of this road and have invested about $2,000 in this road.  They have talked to the City permit office and others.  They don’t have a remedy and are seeking the Board’s advice.

 

·        Commissioner Sauls reported she has been in contact with the Rodriguez’ regarding this issue and asked Staff if they had any suggestions as to how to resolve these problems.

 

·        Mr. David McDevitt, Director of Growth and Environmental Management reported both properties are zoned Commercial Parkway – which is the most intense commercial zoning district.  Mr. McDevitt gave a history of the 1.06 acre zoning.  The business owner was granted a non-exclusive access easement to their property from the previous owner of the Rodriguez property.  The 1.06 acre property did receive a modification to their site plan to do some adjustments to their building.  This is a private road the County does not have jurisdiction over.

 

·        Commissioner Sauls asked if the County had any jurisdiction over the road being blocked.

·        Mr. McDevitt restated the business owners have a non-exclusive access easement over the property – approved by the County.

·        Commissioner Thaell inquired about the zoning of this property.

·        Ms. Gloria Rodriguez stated she owns the other half of the property and the road.  She maintains the road.  There is no room for semi tractor trailers.  This business is encroaching on the environmental aspect of the property and the property itself.  Where can they go for assistance.

·        County Attorney Thiele stated he does not think the County can assist the Rogriguez family with this problem other than suggesting they may have grounds for trespassing or traffic abatement complaints they could take up as a civil issue.

 

 

 

County Administrator

 

No additional comments.

 

 

            County Attorney

 

No additional comments.

 

 

            Discussion Items by Commissioners

 

 

Commissioner Rackleff

 

Went to Washington D.C. to attend a forum on Katrina Recovery at the Brookings Institution.  The discussion was discouraging because it seemed as though the people discussing the problems actually knew very little about them.  He reiterated what the area needs is 3 things – sewer and water, electricity and gas, and insurance checks to solve 80% of the problems.  Mentions this because if Leon County faces a disaster we will really basically be ‘on our own’, so we need to push for real reforms and work with NACO, etc.

 

Funding of Mahan Drive and Buck Lake Road.  It looks like there is money available to borrow through reprogramming to complete Mahan and start on it 2 or 3 years earlier.The money needed for Mahan is approximately $5.3 million.  Buck Lake Road requires another $8 million for a total of $13.3 million.  After discussion with the County Administrator he thinks this matter should be brought back as an agenda item.

 

  • Commissioner Sauls asked if Tharpe Street could be included in this plan.
  • Commissioner Rackleff stated yes, all these projects need completion.

 

Commissioner Rackleff moved, seconded by Commissioner Thaell to agenda an item to discuss the possibility of funding Mahan Drive, Buck Lake Road and Tharpe Street through monies that may be available through reprogramming.

Motion carried 4-0, with Commissioners Grippa, Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

  • Commissioner Thaell reported this is money that may be available through Blueprint 2000 since they have just been awarded $60 million in grants.  Commissioner Thaell urged the BCC to address this issue as soon as possible.
  • Commissioner Proctor agreed with Commissioner Thaell and wanted to underscore the point that one of these roads needing funding serves as an emergency evacuation route for citizens on the east side.  He asked the County Administrator to expedite getting this item on the agenda.
  • County Administrator Alam reported an agenda item will be brought to the Board on March 14th; but the process will take a little longer because there will have to be two public hearings; individually by the City and the County, and there will have to be a supermajority vote by both the City and the County.
  • Commissioner Rackleff added this funding would allow the BCC to look at funding the very necessary greenway and greenspace purchases.  Also, we should be eligible for some state funding toward these projects.

 

 

 

Commissioner Sauls

 

Reported the Big Bend Pop Warner Football Program held a kick-off event last week.  The BCC assisted with funding toward some of the equipment they needed.  She and Commissioner DePuy attended.  Leon County was presented an award for their generous contributions to Pop Warner Football.  She wanted to send it to Chairman Proctor so he can place it among the BCC’s other Awards. 

 

 

 

            Commissioner Thaell

 

Requested a Resolution for Mr. Terry Fregley, posthumously recognizing his great contributions to this community.  His philanthropy, his role in economic development of this community.  This request was made without objection.

 

Reported the City’s Chief Building Inspector, Mr. Ron Spooner has done a load test on the parking garage of the Renaissance Building to determine whether it met the requirements of the building code.  The contractor performed the load test.  The load tests were successfully completed.  We need to get the people on Tharpe Street in a more productive environment. 

 

Commissioner Thaell moved, seconded by Commissioner Rackleff to direct County Staff to proceed immediately to complete the joint purchase of the Frenchtown Renaissance Building.

 

·        County Attorney Thiele indicated this is a substantive issue that should be agendaed.

·        Commissioner Thaell asked why.

·        County Attorney Thiele stated there is a divergent view on this matter and before the Board decides to occupy a structure he thinks they should hear from the other side and agenda the matter.

·        Commissioner Grippa stated he supports Commissioner Thaell wholeheartedly in his motion; but he does think this matter needs to be put on an agenda.

 

Board discussion ensued.

 

 

Commissioner Grippa made a substitute motion, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to agenda the purchase of the Renaissance Building and he does not want to hear why the BCC should not buy the building, but why they should buy the building.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

                        Board discussion ensued.

 

·        Kim Dressel, Management Services Director stated the load tests completed does not look at the issue raised by the structural engineer

That did the original testing.  This has to do with the potential for a certain failure.  That report along with other reports from the Renaissance Building’s Engineers substantiated that same finding.  The load test she is speaking about is a completely separate test.

 

·        Mr. Tom Brantley, Facilities Management Director the issue they have with code is not with the Florida Building Code it is with the American Concrete Institute (ACI) design code which as an engineer he respects as a higher level code than the Florida Building Code.  The issue of whether this structure complies with ACI 31810.5.4 has not been responded to.  Staff believes this building is deficient per the section of that code.  Mr. Spooner has not addressed this issue in his letter regarding the structural safety of this building.

 

Board discussion ensued regarding the safety of the Renaissance Building according to different safety, structural, engineering, state and ACI codes, load tests, standards, and public safety.

 

·        County Administrator Alam indicated Staff would bring back an agenda item on this matter on March 14, 2006.

·        Commissioner Proctor asked if the issue of liability could be addressed at that time.

·        County Administrator Alam stated that is really the issue.  On record, the County now has three or four engineers who have reported the Renaissance Building does not meet the A.C.I. code.

 

 

Commissioner Grippa

 

The Leon County Mobile Health Unit will no longer travel outside the City limits.          the Senior Center reported this to the BCC.  He thought the Mobile Units were

meant for the unincorporated area.

  • Ms. Andrea Simpson, Health & Human Services Director indicated she had been hearing there was very low usage of the Units at the County Community Centers; however she will look into this matter.

 

Mr. Bill Montjoy is resigning from the Civic Center Board. 

 

Commissioner Grippa moved, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to appoint Mr. Phil Blank to the Civic Center Board.  Motion carried 5-0, with Commissioners Winchester and DePuy out of Chambers.

 

Velda Oaks – Is there a way to convey to staff – Perhaps the whole issue could be settled if they would do the cut on Bradfordville Road rather than on Velda Dairy Road in order to mitigate traffic impacts.  Can they convey that legally to the Development Review Committee.

 

  • County Attorney Herb Thiele reported eventually the BCC will see that.  It’s a PUD re-zoning.

 

At that point, Commissioner Grippa asked if they can work with them to change the access ingress/egress.

 

  • Mr. David McDevitt reported this matter will go to the Planning Commission their first meeting in March and then coming back before the Board.

 

Commissioner Grippa asked if Cavendish Cove would be coming before the Board.

 

Mr. McDevitt reported it would not since it is a Type B, it will stop at the DRC.

 

Commissioner Grippa stated that was a shame because they will have to meet all the Bradfordville standards, densities.  A number of town houses will be going up among single family homes.  Three to an acre.  Everything else out there is about 1 to 5.

 

Mr. McDevitt stated some are 1 to 1, 1 to 3, etc.  They have been able to demonstrate compliance with the stormwater standards.

 

Commissioner Grippa asked Mr. McDevitt if the Board had any way to have any control over this now would be the time.  He would like to look at this matter since initially there were supposed to be eight residences built, and now the number has grown to 18 or more. 

 

County Attorney Thiele stated they would take a look at this matter, but it is not coming before the Board.

 

Commissioner Rackleff would like to appoint Debo Powers to the Code Enforcement Board.  The request was made without objection.

 

 

 

ADD ON:

 

Request to Approve Travel Expenses for Commission Aide to Attend the National Association of Counties Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 4 – 8, 2006

 

Commissioner Rackleff moved, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to approve Option 1:  Approve travel expenses.  Motion carried 4-0, with Commissioners Winchester, DePuy, and Thaell out of Chambers.

 

 

Commissioner Grippa moved, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to direct Staff to bring to the Board some options of how the County is going to pay for the Sequoia voting equipment.  Motion carried 3-1, with Commissioner Rackleff opposed, and Commissioners Winchester, DePuy and Thaell out of Chambers.

 

Asked the County Administrator how they would hold a federal election right now if there was one called.

 

  • County Administrator Alam indicated the County could not hold a federal election right now.

 

Commissioner Grippa asked what culpability the County had within this obligation if it could not be fulfilled.

 

  • County Attorney Thiele stated the County is statutorily obligated to provide the compliance equipment and the County is not in compliance.

 

Commissioner Grippa asked if the County has an obligation to inform the Secretary of State they cannot hold a special election if one would be necessary.

 

  • County Attorney Thiele stated that would be a good idea.

 

Commissioner Grippa moved, seconded by Commissioner Sauls to direct the County Attorney obtain a contingency plan from the Supervisor of Elections.  If the County Attorney does not receive a contingency plan by Thursday of this week; the County Attorney will notify the Secretary of State that Leon County does not have a contingency plan in place.  Motion carried 3-1, with Commissioner Rackleff opposed, and Commissioners Winchester, DePuy and Thaell out of Chambers.

 

           

 

 

 

            Commissioner Proctor

 

 

Referred to a letter from Mr. Terry Fregley distributed at the February 14, 2006 Special Meeting asking the Board to consider economic development initiative for the expansion of the Tallahassee Freightliner Operation as well as an amount for Capital Circle Commerce Park.

 

             Asked Staff to join these measures for consideration.

 

  • Staff will address the economic development initiative at the Workshop on March 28, 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting

adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next Board of County Commissioners Meeting is scheduled for

 Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at 3:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            Receipt and File

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        Approved:    _____________________

                                                                                                Bill Proctor

                                                                                                Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

            ATTEST:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            ___________________________

            Bob Inzer

            Clerk of the Court