The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Thursday, February 8, 1996, at 7:00 p.m., at the East Lake County Chamber of Commerce, Sorrento, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Welton G. Cadwell, Chairman; William "Bill" H. Good, Vice Chairman; Catherine C. Hanson; and G. Richard Swartz, Jr. Staff members present were: Sanford A. Minkoff, County Attorney; Sue Whittle, County Manager; Ava Kronz, BCC Office Manager; Craig Haun, Senior Director, Fire & Emergency Services; Alvin Jackson, Economic Development Coordinator; Fletcher Smith, Director of Community Services; Jim Stivender, Jr., Senior Director, Public Services; Donald Post, Solid Waste Director; Paul Bergmann, Senior Director, Department of Planning & Development Services; David Crowe; Hazardous Waste Management Coordinator; Bruce Thorburn, Director of Information Services; Sarah LaMarche, Budget Director; and Marlene S. Foran, Deputy Clerk.
It was noted that, in addition to the department heads and staff members, there were approximately 75 individuals from the local community present.
Ms. Dee Myslik, President, East Lake County Chamber of Commerce, welcomed those present.
Mr. Johnny Treadwell gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
At this time, Ms. Lynn Anderson, Program Chairman, East Lake County Chamber of Commerce, turned the meeting over to Commr. Cadwell, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
Commr. Cadwell (District 5) opened the meeting by introducing Commr. Hanson ( District 4); and Commr. Good (District 2). He noted that Commr. Swartz (District 3) would be arriving late due to a prior commitment. At this time, Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager, introduced staff members that were present in the audience.
Commr. Hanson introduced Dr. Robert Sindler, State House of Representatives, and Mr. Bob Miller, a member of the Lake County Library Advisory Board; and noted that the East Lake County Chamber of Commerce Board Directors were present in the audience.
At this time, the Board members and County staff responded to questions presented by individuals in the audience in regard to the following issues: Deputy County Manager position; mobile homes in the Orlando Hills Subdivision; impact fees on residential and commercial; economic development in Lake County; journeymen card for electricians; Department of Agricultural; charter form of government; Windload Standards; road paving and alternatives for unmaintained roads; shoulder maintenance program; public boat ramps and restrictions for air boats; solid waste fees; recycling; and well water testing.
Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager, explained that the Deputy County Manager position would handle the responsibilities of an eliminated department head position as well as being an assistant in the County Manager's Office. She stated that this reorganization would allow her time to be involved in the community, and to work with the Board of County Commissioners on policy issues and long range planning issues for the County.
Ms. Gloria Keptheart, a resident of Orlando Hills Subdivision, questioned why she had been required to have two (2) lots for placement of a mobile home in the Orlando Hills Subdivision and residents, at this time, were only required to have one (1) lot for a mobile home. Mr. Paul Bergmann, Senior Director, Planning and Development Services, responded that he would be in touch with Ms. Keptheart in regard to this issue.
Dr. Robert Sindler, State House of Representatives, responded to a question presented by Mr. Allen Spain, a resident of Paisley, in regard to the requirement that construction of a shed must meet "Windload Standards". Dr. Sindler stated that the "Windload Standards" have an exemption on residential if the construction was performed by the resident.
Mr. Bergmann stated that he would review the state laws in regard to the "Windload Standards" to determine if there were exemptions available to the County.
Mr. K. A. Young, a resident of Plymouth, expressed concern that Lake County did not require a journeymen card for electricians and discussed the issue of unlicensed electricians working on new construction. Mr. Bergmann stated that he would review this issue.
Mr. Doug Kimble, a resident of Paisley, discussed the deteriorated road conditions in the Paisley and Lake Kathryn areas and requested information on what could be done to improve said roads.
Mr. Lane Bryant, President, Air Boat Club, expressed concern with the closure of boat ramps that have deteriorated, and the restrictions that have been placed on boat ramps. He discussed the request for closure of the boat ramp on Lake George to air boats between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and stated that, as President of the Air Boat Club, he strongly opposed any restrictions placed on public boat ramps on any lake in the County.
Mr. Allen Spain addressed the recycling program and expressed concern that recyclable items were not being picked up by Browning Ferris Industries (BFI).
Mr. Don Post, Solid Waste Director, discussed significant changes in the solid waste program and stated that the Board of County Commissioners have approved expansion of the recycling program. He noted that recycling containers would be placed at the transfer stations for collection of white goods, and metals, and that the County would begin collecting waste tires, and utilizing waste tire grant funds.
Commr. Hanson expressed her appreciation to the East Lake County Chamber of Commerce for hosting the Townhall meeting, and to the audience for the constructive questions and comments.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
WELTON G. CADWELL, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK