A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
JANUARY 7, 1986
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, January 7, 1986, at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of County Commissioner's Meeting Room, Lake County Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Glenn C. Burhans, Chairman; James R. Carson, Jr.; Claude E. Smoak, Jr.; Thomas J. Windram; and C. A. "Lex" Deems. Others present were: Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney: James C. Watkins, Clerk; Michael C. Willett, County Administrator: Katherine A. McDonald, County Administrator's Office: Robert Wilson, Finance Director; and Sandra Carter, Secretary.
James C. Watkins, Clerk, gave the Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was led hy Commr. Smoak.
TRANSFER OF CHAIRMANSHIP
At 9:03 a.m. Commr. Rurhans announced that he was turning the Chairmanship over to the 1986 Chairman-Elect, Commr. Carson. At this time the actual transfer of seats took place.
Commr. Burhans stated that he had received a check from the Department of Law Enforcement in the amount of $8,813.50 and presented it to Mr. Watkins, Clerk, who turned it over to Mr. Wilson, Finance Director, advising him to correct the address and make any necessary changes, as Commr. Rurhans had received the check at home rather than at the Courthouse.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Hoard accepted a check received by Commr. Burhans from the Dept. of Law Enforcement, in the amount of $8,813.50, to he turned over to the Finance Dept., to he deposited into the proper account.
Mr. Woodrow Lee, a resident of Shademoor Acres, appeared before the Board representing the residents against the blockade of Shademoor Drive. He stated that the residents signed the petition because it did not mention anything about the street being blockaded. He also mentioned that with the street being blockaded, it caused an inconvenience to the residents, and when the traffic count was taken, it was during the Christmas rush. He did not have a solution to the speeders, but felt that the children should not be playing in the street - that the street was not a playground.
Commr . Carson stated that the petition mentioned earlier by Mr. Lee requested speed bumps or some other method of slowing down the speeding traffic. According to the County Attorney's Office speed bumps could not be installed due to possible law suits resulting from the speed bumps. He stated that if we can save the life of one child or the injury of one child by stopping a speeder from going down that street, it would be worth it.
No further action was taken at this time.
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Minutes of December 17, 1985, as corrected.
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Minutes of the Special Meeting held December 19, 1985, as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Minutes of the Special Meeting held December 27, 1985, as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board approved the following Contractor Bonds:
357-86 Jerry J. Smith (Tile Contractor)
1606-85 Jack Osborn/Brightwater Pools, Inc. (Swimming Pool)
4324-86 Nancy Ford dba Screen Master, Inc. (Aluminum)
4325-86 John M. Roberts (Residential Contractor)
0070 Herman Tietgens
0157 L. H. Baird, Inc. d/h/a Leonard H. Baird (Painting)
1771 Harvey A. Rowe (Handyman)
1835 Mark D. Pierson
1913 Donald Evans (General Contractor)
1948 Harold Ramey (Insulation)
3081 Larry E. Ballard d/b/a Larry E. Ballard Plumbing Co.
and General Contractor (Plumber)
4145 Edwin R. Insalaco d/b/a ZAP Electric Service (Elect.)
4235 Richard E. Schultz (Air Conditioning)
LICENSES AND PERMITS
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Burhans and
carried unanimously, the Board approved the following Gun Permits
Tommy Smith Edward Burris
Judy C. Swails
Thomas L. Benefield
Douglas Arthur Young
DeWayne M. Kreeger
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board approved payment of Warrant #53355 through Warrant #53838 for the following accounts:
Paisley Fire District
Bassville Fire District
Northwest Fire District
Private Industry Council
Fine L Forfeiture
Pasco Fire District
County Transportation Trust
Mt. Plymouth Fire District
Countywide Fire District
South Lake Fire District
Included in the motion was approval for payment of the following indigents for the month of January, 1986:
Perry Kelley for Iola Williams/$50.00/District #1
Robert Roush for Raymond Blair/$50.OO/District #4
Lorene Bridges for Lena Weatherspoon/S50.00/District $4
Azlaee Holt for Ernest Fuller/S50.OO/District #4
APPOINTMENTS-RESIGNATIONS/FIRE DISTRICTS-FIRE DEPARTMENTS
On a motion by Commr. Rurhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the appointment of Mr. George Morse to the Northwest Lake County Fire District Advisory Board to replace Mr. David Januchowski's vacant board seat.
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved and authorized the necessary signatures on the Satisfaction of Judgment for Mark Gregory Stoffel,.Juvenile Division, Case No. 85-807-CJ, in the amount of $50.00.
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board acknowledged receipt of the Distribution of Revenue, Traffic/Criminal Cases for the week ending December 13, 1985, in the amount of $11,732.14 and for the week ending December 20, 1985, in the amount of $19,721.14.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board accepted a check from James C. Watkins, Clerk of the Circuit Court, for unclaimed excess proceeds due landowners on applications for tax deeds totaling $5,349.37.
APPOINTMENTS-RESIGNATIONS/FIRE DISTRICTS-FIRE DEPARTMENTS
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board accepted the Letter of Resignation for Ms. Joan Irwin, Secretary of the Mt. Plymouth Advisory Committee and directed that a Letter of Appreciation be sent to Ms. Irwin for services rendered.
Discussion occurred regarding the absenteeism of Ms. Joan Asmus, Treasurer of the Mt. Plymouth Advisory Committee, and what actions should be taken regarding this matter. Commr. Windram stated that Ms. Asmus has missed three consecutive meetings and has indicated verbally that she is going to resign from the Committee but, as yet, has not notified the Commission, in writing, of her resignation.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved that a Letter of Appreci- tion be sent to Ms. Joan Asmus, Treasurer of the Mt. Plymouth Advisory Committee, thanking her for services rendered, and to indicate in the letter the operational procedures concerning absenteeism.
COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request for Final Plat approval on Waterwood Patio Homes.
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/ROAD PROJECTS
Discussion occurred concerning some problems which have evolved due to the roads being paved in the Hilltop #3 area.
Mrs. Wanda Hazen, a resident of the Hilltop #3 area, appeared before the Board to discuss these problems and to work out some sort of solution. She stated that Paquette Paving had done a beautiful job on the roads except for the driveways, where they had poured five feet of blacktop and left dirt from the road to the resident's property line. She stated that the contract did not indicate that the roads would be done this way. Another problem Mrs. Hazen mentioned was the fact that Paquette Paving had dug out her street and the wales drop off now rather than slope so that they can be mowed.
Mr. Wade Curtis, Chief Construction Inspector, appeared before the Hoard to give some input on the problem of the swales. He stated that his department had received the plans showing how the roads and swales were going to be done and that he had approved those plans. He also stated that he, as well as Mike Willett and Ben Benedum, had inspected the work that had been done and found it to be done properly.
Mr. Ben Benedum, Director of Public Works, appeared before the Hoard and stated that the design is to County standards. The depth of the swale is not excessive and it is there to require the necessary drainage, as far as the street is concerned. The swale is approximately one foot below the elevation of the center line of pavement and the pavement is approximately another foot below the elevation of her yard. He feels that Paquette Paving did their job properly and should be paid.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request for final payment to Paquette Paving Company for Project. No. SA-40, Grant Avenue, Moore Street, Lee Avenue, and Washington Avenue, in the amount of $37,013.25 and to accept the following roads in Hilltop #3 into the County maintenance system: Grant Avenue -#3-5336A, Lee Avenue -#l-5237B. Moore Street -#l-5437, and Washington Avenue -#l-.5336 and directed the Public Works Department to work with the property owners in trying to resolve whatever problems there may be.
The Board directed Mike Willett, County Administrator, to review the County policy concerning the apron extending all the way to the property line on improved driveways and a small apron on the edge of an unimproved driveway, and see if a policy change is in order.
PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL
Ms. Robbie Baird, Director of the Private Industry Council, appeared before the Board to request approval of the Job Training Plan for Program Year 1986-87 and to answer any questions there might be regarding this plan.
Discussion occurred regarding the placement and the length of time an individual remains in the position. Ms. Baird stated that, at present, about seventy-five to eighty-five percent (75- 5%) of the people who enter employment are retaining employment for a minimum of thirty (30)days. She also stated that "placement" is a full-time job of thirty (30) hours or more per week expected to last at least one hundred and eighty (180) days or longer at a minimum wage or above. Currently wages are averaging around $4.00 per hour per adult range of placement.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to accept the Lake County Private Industry Council Job Training Plan for Program Year 19 6-87 (July 1, 1986 through June 30, 1987) and authorized that it be submitted to the VLF-PIC for inclusion in the Comprehensive Service Delivery Area Training Plan and authorized the necessary signatures on the necessary documents.
The Chairman announced that the advertised time had arrived for the public hearing on an ordinance amending Ordinance 1978-3 regarding the regulation of child care facilities. It was noted that the proper proof of publication was on hand as it appeared in the November 28, December 10, December 15, and December 31, 1985, editions of The Orlando Sentinel, Lake Little Sentinel.
Mr. Lonnie Strickland, Director of Division of Health and General Services, appeared before the Board to discuss the ordinance and answer any questions there might be. He stated that he met with representatives from HRS, Dr. Marino from Childhood Development, and Dr. June Atkinson, County Health Director, and developed the present ordinance. This ordinance allows the County to be able to control, as well as establish, the educational standards that were placed before and utilizes the State regulations as minimum standards.
Dr. June Atkinson, County Health Director, appeared before the Board to give an explanation for the changes made in the ordinance. She stated that the reason for changing the hours was that the previous ordinance listed 600 hours and, in fact, 450 hours is spent in a classroom per semester. In the previous ordinance it stated that there had to be one person with the educational requirements and made no reference to the amount of time that they had to be hired for. The National Association for Day Care Centers believes that there should be one adult with the required educational background for eighteen children, and being that the Committee felt that this was being unduly restrictive, and since the State ordinance also re-quires education of other day care workers, they arbitrarily doubled that number to thirty- ix. After the ordinance had been drafted they realized that they had another requirement in the day care regulations regarding the number of bathrooms per forty-five children; therefore, day care centers do not admit more than forty-five children. The Committee was polled and it was agreed that the Committee would ask the Hoard to change this requirement to one full-time person meeting the educational requirements per forty-five children rather than thirty-six children.
Ms. Ann Pimble, Owner and Operator of the Childrens Country Club Day Care Center in Leesburg, appeared before the Board to inquire about the educational requirements.
Dr. June Atkinson answered that the individual had to have a year's experience by 1979, so they would have to have experience from 1978. The ordinance states that any individual who had been working and has had experience from 1978 through today will qualify.
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board approved to amend Ordinance 1978-3, to change the number of children from thirty-six (36) to forty-five (45), on the second page of the ordinance, per one full-time person meeting the educational requirements.
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved to place the amended ordinance on the floor for its first and final reading by title only as follows:
AN ORDINANCE OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING LAKE COUNTY
ORDINANCE 1978-3 RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF CHILD CARE
FACILI'TIES AND OTHER SIMILAR ESTABLISHMENTS IN LAKE COUNTY,
FLORIDA; ADOPTING MINIMUM STATE STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS
FOR REGULATION OF CHILD CARE FACILITIES AND OTHER SIMILAR
ESTABLISHMENTS; CREATING ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
IN ADDITION TO MINIMUM STATE STANDARDS REPEALING PROVISIONS
OF LAKE COUNTY ORDINANCE 1978-3 IN CONFLICT WITH MINIMUM
STATE STANDARDS; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING
AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board adopted amended Ordinance 1978-3, as read by title only on its first and final reading, Ord. No. 1986-1.
COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR'S AGENDA (CONT.)
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request for Michael C. Willett, County Administator, to attend a meeting on "Financing Infrastructure: Confronting the Future" on January 31, 1986, in Orlando, at a cost of $35.00.
BONDS - MOBILE HOME
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to cancel the mobile home bond for Cy Mescher - South Lake County - District #3.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to have a data quality phone line installed between the Tavares and Clermont offices.
CONTRACT, LEASES & AGREEMENTS/FIRE DISTRICTS-FIRE DEPARTMENTS
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to cancel the lease, dated January 3, 1984, with the Woodlea Area Volunteer Fire Department, for property at the Ag Center.
DEEDS/FIRE DISTRICTS-FIRE DEPARTMENTS
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Smoak and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to accept a Warranty Deed from the Pine Lakes Volunteer Fireman's Association, for the Pine Lakes Fire Department property.
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/FIRE DISTRICTS-FIRE DEPARTMENTS
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to purchase three each of the following: Sharp 19 inch color T.V. and Symphonic VCR, for training purposes, at an estimated cost of $1,360.00.
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/FIRE DISTRICTS-FIRE DEPARTMENTS
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Smoak and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request from the Pasco Fire District to purchase one Midland programmable radio and antenna, at an estimated cost of $700.00.
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/ROAD PROJECTS
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request for final payment to Lake Contracting, for Project No. 14-85, Poe Street, in the amount of $28,505.39.
ROADS-COUNTY & STATE/SIGNS
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to change the name of #l-4119 Sunnyside Cut-Off to Tuscawilla Drive.
ROADS- COUNTY & STATE/SIGNS
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to post 25 m.p.h. speed limit signs on the following roads:
#5-8992 Kathryn Circle
#5-8991 Pennsylvnia Street
#l-5408 Indian Trail
#l-5308 Hialeah Avenue
#l-5309 Keukah Avenue
ROADS-COUNTY & STATE/RESOLUTIONS
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Smoak and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to accept Frederick Road #l-5214, into the County maintenance system.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the following deeds:
Non- exclusive Easement Deed
T. K. Carson & Sons, Inc. (Large Lot Waiver)
Roper McAllister, Inc. Anderson Hill Rd. #3-1146
James Scobie Lake Burns Rd. #5-7573
Edward H./Diane Davis Lake Unity Nursery Rd. #l-6313
Franklin D. Resmondo, Sr./ Jeanette B. Resmondo Lake Unity
Nursery Rd. #l- 313
Charlotte Rotenburg Anderson Hill Rd. #3-1146
Right-of-Way Deeds - Hilltop Sorrento Subdivision
Oliver K. Lesher Appaloosa Trail
William G. Milroy Appaloosa Trail
John B. Nordick Appaloosa Trail
Karl J. Gebhardt Appaloosa Trail
Carolyn F. Eaton Appaloosa Trail
Patricia M. Rusico Welsh Trail
Archie W. Rose Welsh Trail
William A. Bragg Welsh Trail
Carl K. Thompson, Jr. Welsh Trail
Jack A. Williams Welsh Trail
Wm. R./Janet M. Ellison Welsh Trail
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/PLANNING DEPARTMENT
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board granted permission for the County Administrator's Office to hire a Senior Planner, at an annual salary of $22,000.00, whose duties will he primarily transportation planning and traffic engineering.
Mr. Chris Ford, County Attorney, brought to the attention of the Board that Sheriff Griffin wanted an outside door or gate, in order to meet the State rules regarding contact visitation, for the Jail exercise yard. The Board will be receiving a Change Order on the original bid for $500-600.00, regarding this project, in the near future.
No action was taken at this time.
SUITS AFFECTING THE COUNTY
Discussion occurred regarding several suits by the Federal
Government regarding the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County versus a County prisoner by the name of Charles Steven Richards.
Chris Ford, County Attorney, stated that he has not had a chance to review the suits, therefore, no action was taken at this time.
SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT/ACCOUNTS ALLOWED
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request from the Sheriff's Department to he reimbursed monies in the amount of $1,038.50, pursuant to Florida Statute 943.25 (8) A, Lake County Ordinance 1982-1, for expenses incurred in sending Sheriff Griffin to the Summit Meeting in Tallahassee, Florida, held November 1, 1985, $13.50; Investigators Denise Anderson, Jack Tomson, Rocky Harris, Gloria Terry, Charles Johnson and Lieutenant Claude Gnann to Lake Sumter Community College for training in Child Abuse Prevention held November 19, 1985, $3.50 each totaling $21.00; Deputy James Willis to Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Florida, for training in Case Preparation and Court Presentation held November 11 through November 22, 1985, $140.00: Deputy Nathan Smith to EVOC in Deland, Florida, for training in Emergency Vehicle Operations held November 4 through November 8, 1985, $30.00; Captain Jimmy Horner to the Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel in Tampa, Florida, for a training conference on the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Pornography held November 1, 1985, $9.00; for a one year's subscription to the Florida Police Advisor, $825.00.
Commr. Deems directed Chris Ford, County Attorney, to look into lien assessment bonds and as to how they are handled regarding delinquency from
Commr. Carson informed the Board of a letter he had received Mr. Walter Cole, Manager of Brittany Estates, requesting the purchase of two (2) stop signs and five (5) 15 m.p.h. speed limit signs.
The Board directed Mike Willett, County Administrator, to answer the letter from Mr. Cole, informing him that the County does not sell to private individuals, and refer him to private vendors in this type of business.
RECESS AND REASSEMBLY
At 10:30 a.m. the Chairman announced that being there was no
further business to be brought before the Board, the Board would
recess until 11:OO a.m.
CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENTS/LANDFILLS
Mr. Jan Swiger, representing NRG/Recovery Group, Inc. appeared before the Board to discuss some amendments to the contract with the County and NRG. He stated that GECC expressed dissatisfaction with Page 3 - Section 3b of the contract, and in particular, the last sentence of the paragraph which allows the County to terminate the Agreement in the event of any judgment against any one of the interlocal agreements, or part thereof, by any court.
GECC proposes the following substitute language to 3b, as stated previously:
"The County agrees to deliver or cause to be delivered to the facility, a minimum of one hundred and twenty thousand (120,000) tons of acceptable waste per operating year. It is understood and agreed that the County's obligation to deliver such minimum tonnage is not contingent upon the existence or continuance of any of the interlocal agreements or the performance of any of the parties under any of the agreements or any other conditions."
Mr. Swiger stated that the above language was discussed with Chris Ford, and if this did happen, that a mandatory waste treatment program could be passed to take care of this problem.
Mr. Chris Ford, County Attorney, stated that this was a very material change from what was agreed on in the past. It was all contingent on the interlocal agreement. He also stated that there appears to be five (5) possible changes that GECC would like to the contract, and that he would recommend to the Board that they send it back to the Committee and see if the Committee can work out the changes. There are some changes that possibly can be made and some that probably cannot.
Commr . Windram inquired as to who would have title to the land on which the plant is going to operate, and Mr. Swiger answered that the title will be held by another company and the land will be leased. Mr. Swiger also stated that it could be put in the contract, that if the County wished to exercise there option to purchase, at fair market value, the land would not be unduly tied up.
Other problems brought up for discussion were Paragraphs 10 and 16 of the contract. Mr. Swiger stated that as they are worded, it is not legal according to IRS rules and guidelines under a lease. NRG has no objections to the Board's suggestion, as far as revenue sharing or the ownership of the plant, but if GECC is to finance it at the rate that has been quoted and pass those savings on to the County in the form of a lower tipping fee, NRG has to adhere to the rules of leasing, according to IRS.
GECC's attorneys indicate that Paragraph 10 can be solved by making the County's purchase option a "fair market" rather than a "one-dollar" option, and Paragraph 16 by conditioning it on a "breach of contract" by NRG rather than a mere "dispute". They also state that, if the County did exercise its rights under such a revised version of Paragraph 16 and took over NRG's leasehold in the facility, their lease rental would have to be adjusted at that time, to reflect the tax consequences of the facility becoming "tax exempt" property at that time.
Chris Ford stated that he saw no problems regarding the above mentioned changes in wording: however, he felt that the land problem needed to be clarified, and suggested that it be referred back to the Committee for them to work out and bring back before the Board one last time.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board approved for the amendments to the contract with the County and NRG be referred back to the Committee for report to the Board at their earliest convenience and that GECC, through their representatives, be informed that the Lake County Board of County Commissioners will not entertain any additional contractual modifications to this agreement other than those things listed in the memo of December 19, 1985, signed by Ms. Jennifer Laity.
The Committee is to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 1986, in the Conference Room, to try and resolve these amendments.
RECESS AND REASSEMBLY
At 11:30 a.m. the Chairman announced that the Board would recess for lunch and reconvene at 2:00 p.m.
COMMUNICATIONS/FIRE DISTRICTS-FIRE DEPARTMENTS/EMERGENCY
Mr. Chuck Sowers, Fire Coordinator, appeared before the Board to discuss the Lake County Master Plan for Fire/Rescue Communications and to seek approval of the plan from the Board. He stated that the County is in the process of implementing as they make a contract with Waterman Medical Center to do the dispatching for all the fire service. He also stated that, even though this plan will eventually become a part of the 911 system, it really stands on its own, and the County will not he asking for any additional funds, as the plan will be financed by the fire structure tax.
Considerable discussion occurred regarding the benefits of the plan, once it is implemented.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Lake County Master Plan for Fire/Rescue Communications and that the Fire Chief be authorized to begin the implementation procedures of the Plan, including the purchase of the necessary equipment.
Mr. Joe Stephany, Emergency Services, appeared before the Board to discuss the 911 Plan and to answer any questions there might be concerning this plan. He recognized individuals in the audience who Broadway, have worked with him on the 911 system, such as Ms. Sharon Representative of United Telephone, as well as representatives the Sheriff 's Department, to give some input and to answer there might be any questions there might be
Mr. Stephany asked that the Board approve the resolution imposing a fifty cent ($.50) surcharge for establishing the implementation of 911, to authorize the County Attorney to negotiate a Letter of Intent with United Telephone Company, and to approve the plan for presentation of the cities in Lake County.
Mr. Chris Ford, County Attorney, stated that he saw no reason why Commr. Carson could not participate in these discussions. Mr. Stephany briefed the Board on the benefits and background of the 911 Plan.
Considerable discussion occurred regarding how the 911 Plan will work, the benefits of having this plan, and how the funds will be generated.
Sheriff Griffin appeared before the Board and stated that he felt the 911 Plan is a good plan and feels that eventually all the towns will be hooked into the system.
Mr. Dick Sarong, Tavares, addressed the Board from the audience and stated that since there is a cost factor right now for all the types of services that are being performed, with the many numbers and telephone personnel that we have throughout the County, with this being a more efficient system there is bound to be some savings; therefore, will some of the savings be available to offset recurring costs throughout the County?
Mr. Watkins, Clerk, responded that the County may acquire some savings if, in fact, dispatching can be consolidated.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Resolution for the implementation of the fifty cent ($.50) per month surcharge during the eighteen (18) month time frame and that a Letter of Intent to United Telephone be prepared and that Mr. Joe Stephany be authorized to begin negotiation with the cities to determine their interests and needs and their level of participation in the 911 system and for him then to report back to the Board of County Commissioners.
Commr. Carson declared a Conflict of Interest and did not participate in the voting due to him being on the Board of Directors of United Telephone.
Commr. Windram brought to the attention of the Board the fact that he had received a letter from Mr. Bill Hall, Operations Manager with Central Utilities, Ltd., Lakeland, Florida, stating that they wished to sell a wastewater treatment plant and potable water plant in Tavares that is currently servicing Summit Chase Retirement Villas.
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Burhans and carried unanimously, the Board approved to refer the letter received from Central Utilities, Ltd., regarding the sell of a wastewater treatment plant and potable water plant, to the City of Tavares.
There being no further business to be brought before the Board for discussion, the meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.
JAMES R. CARSON. JR., CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK