The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at 9:00 a.m., in the Board of County Commissioner's Meeting Room, Lake County Administration Building, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Catherine C. Hanson, Chairman; Robert A. Pool, Vice Chairman; Welton G. Cadwell, Jennifer Hill; and Debbie Stivender Others present were: William A. Neron, County Manager; Sanford A. Minkoff, County Attorney; Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, Board of County Commissioner's Office; Barbara Lehman, Chief Deputy Clerk, County Finance; and Toni M. Riggs, Deputy Clerk.
Commr. Cadwell gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commr. Hanson noted that today was Student Government Day. At this time, she introduced the students from the various high schools.
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, noted that the Board has an Addendum to today's agenda with four consent items.
At this time, Commr. Hanson introduced Mr. William A. Neron, the new County Manager, and welcomed him to Lake County.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of September 18, 2001, Regular Meeting, as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Pool and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of September 25, 2001, Regular Meeting, as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Pool, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of October 2, 2001, Regular Meeting, as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Pool, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of October 9, 2001, Special Meeting - County Manager Interviews, as presented.
CLERK OF COURTS' CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Clerk of Courts' Consent Agenda, Items 1 through 8, as follows:
Request to acknowledge receipt of the list of warrants paid prior to this meeting, pursuant to Chapter 136 of the Florida Statutes, which shall be incorporated into the Minutes as attached Exhibit A and filed in the Board Support Division of the Clerk's Office.
Bonds - Contractor
Request to approve Contractor Bonds, as follows:
449-02 Randy L. Crouch d.b.a. Pools by Jack, Inc.
1507-04 G. Donald Watson (building contractor)
1884-03 W. Ivery Masonry, Inc. (masonry)
4431-02 Kenneth B. Coker d.b.a. Tech Services (Class B A/C)
4702-02 David McLeod
4718-02 Robert C. Arft/Arft's Electric, Inc. (electrical)
4761-02 Randy L. Qualls (electrical)
4867-02 Bradley Wightman d.b.a. B and D Construction Inc.
5008-02 Tommy B. Boles/Sync Plumbing,, Inc. (plumbing)
5030-02 Roger Williams d.b.a. Roger Williams Construction
5039-02 Golden Triangle Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Inc.
5140-02 Kenneth B. Coker d.b.a. Tech Services (electrical)
5280-02 Donald Reilly/Art-Kraft Sign Co., Inc. (sign)
5291-02 Scott A. Bruehl d.b.a. Apopka Plumbing (plumbing)
5404-02 Tom Duncan d.b.a. Duncan Air Conditioning (HVAC)
5491-02 George F. Crispi (electrical)
5518-02 Robert Russell Rydberg (building contractor)
5567-03 Griffin Concrete Construction Inc.
5573-02 John Cadwell/Affordable Roofing by John Cadwell, Inc. (roofing)
5599-02 Charles R. Depari, Jr./Ace Electrical Service, Inc. (electrical)
5599-02 Charles R. DePari, Jr./Aladdin Sign & Lighting, Inc. (electrical/sign)
5626-02 Jay O. Berry/J. W. Berry Signs, Inc. (sign installation)
5658-02 Brian K. Miller/Professional Electrical Services, Inc. (electrical)
5749-02 Michael Anderson d.b.a. Anderson Gas Service & Trucking Co., Inc.
(Natural gas installation & repair)
5861-02 Marks S. Page d.b.a. Advanced Aluminum & Concrete
5867-02 Matthew Kleber/Kleber Plumbing Services, Inc. (plumbing)
5868-03 John A. Woythaier
5870-02 Chidlow Electric (electrical)
5871-02 Tobias H. Wetzel II/Smith's Air Conditioning and Electric, Inc.
5267-01 Mike Hanna
5342-01 Gary T. Butler
5386-01 Dennis Fletcher d.b.a. Fletcher Heating & A/C
5661-00 Wayne Meadows/Meadows Properties, Inc.
449-02 Randy L. Crouch d.b.a. Pools By Jack, Inc. -
Amended to read Randy L. Crouch and Jack W. Eichenberg d.b.a Pools By Jack, Inc.
4741-02 Lange Construction, Inc. -
(a) Bond number 6867210 is changed to 206867210
(b) Travelers Casualty & Surety Company of America replaces United Pacific Insurance Company
(c) Certificate extends the life of the bond to September 30, 2002
5528-01 Mike Lauritoe -
Change Mike Lauritoe d.b.a. Dependable Heat & Air to
Mike Laurito d.b.a. Dependable Heat & Air Inc.
5867-02 Matthew Kleber -
Change name of principal from Matthew Kleber to Matthew Kleber and Troy G. Goins
5868-03 John A. Woythaler -
Amended for principal to read John A. Woythaler of Suter Air Conditioning
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Monthly Distribution of Revenue Traffic/Criminal Cases, Month Ending September 30, 2001.
Disbursements due to Board: $302,154.38
Same period last year: $88,230.10
Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Final Work Plan and Budget Book for the St. Johns River Water Management District adopted by the Governing Board on September 26, 2001.
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Annual Report for Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC) for the year ending June 30, 2001.
Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Southwest Florida Water Management District Budget In Brief - Fiscal Year 2002 Annual Service Budget, pursuant to the provisions of s. 373.536(6)(a)(1), Florida Statutes.
Request to acknowledge receipt of Ordinance No. 01-24 from the City of Eustis, to annex a vacant 31.4 acre parcel on the north side of CR 44 East of Hicks Ditch, as described, passed, ordained and approved in Regular Session of the City Commission of the City of Eustis, Florida, on October 4, 2001.
Accounts Allowed/County Property
Request to approve the List of items to be deleted from Fixed Assets for the month of November, 2001, in the amount of $68,257.60 and to approve for these items to be declared as surplus and that they be offered as a donation to the United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties and other 501(c)(3) organizations, to be included with Attachments A, B, and C, which were approved by the Board of County Commissioners on 8/21/01.
COUNTY MANAGER'S CONSENT AGENDA
Discussion occurred regarding the County Manager's Consent Agenda, with Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, noting the following corrections:
Tab 12 - Item 4 - Waste Tire Grant amount is $33,485
Playground Grant amount is $23,085.
Tab 33 - Contractor is Professional Dirt Service Inc. -
Proposed Contract amount is $248,630, which is the amount that the County will be encumbering.
Commr. Cadwell made a motion, which was seconded by Commr. Stivender, to approve the County Manager's Consent Agenda, Tabs 3 through 37, and Addendum No. 1, with the noted corrections.
Under discussion, Commr. Hanson stated that she was glad to see the special assessment road projects moving forward.
Commr. Stivender pointed out that there were a lot of projects under the consent portion of the agenda that have to do with the one cent sales tax and funds being given to the municipalities and other grant recipients. She noted that the one cent sales tax question is on the ballot today, and she encouraged everyone to take time to vote.
The Chairman called for a vote on the motion, which was carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, to approve the following requests:
Request from Community Services for approval of Resolution 2001-213 (Amending Resolution 2001-60) creating the Lake County Elder Ready Study Committee amending membership, quorum and term date of this Committee.
Economic Development/County Property
Request from Economic Development for approval of a request from VistaPak for an extension of the two year construction requirement on Lot 25, Phase 2 at the Lake County Central Park.
Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Emergency Services
Request from Emergency Services for approval of an Interlocal Agreement with the Villages relating to Fire and Rescue Services.
Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Emergency Services/State Agencies
Request from Emergency Services for approval of Modification Number 1 of Terrorism Annex Agreement between the State of Florida, Department of Community Affairs and Lake County to extend the term of the contract to November 30, 2001.
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Grants/Taxes
Request from Facilities and Capital Improvements for approval for the Chairman to execute an Agreement between Lake County and the South Lake Dixie Youth Baseball relating to contribution of Infrastructure Sales Tax Funds for Recreation Facilities Grant Projects in the amount of $11,000.00.
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Municipalities/Grants/Taxes
Request from Facilities and Capital Improvements for approval for the Chairman to execute an Agreement between Lake County and the City of Eustis relating to contribution of Infrastructure Sales Tax Funds for Recreation Facilities Grant Projects in the amount of $22,387.00.
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Municipalities/Grants/Taxes
Request from Facilities and Capital Improvements for approval for the Chairman to execute an Agreement between Lake County and the Town of Howey-in-the-Hills relating to contribution of Infrastructure Sales Tax Funds for Recreation Facilities Grant Projects in the amount of $3,500.00.
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Municipalities/Grants/Taxes
Request from Facilities and Capital Improvements for approval for the Chairman to execute an Agreement between Lake County and the City of Fruitland Park relating to contribution of Infrastructure Sales Tax Funds for Recreation Facilities Grant Projects in the amount of $27,500.00.
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Municipalities/Grants/Taxes
Request from Facilities and Capital Improvements for approval for the Chairman to execute an Agreement between Lake County and the Town of Lady Lake relating to contribution of Infrastructure Sales Tax Funds for Recreation Facilities Grants Projects in the amount of $12,877.55.
Accounts Allowed/Budget Transfers/Road Projects
Request from Fiscal and Administrative Services - Fiscal Year 2001/2002 - Budget transfer in the amount of $864,480.00 from Roads to Facilities and Capital Improvements, Roads. The Public Works agenda item on the October 16, 2001 BCC meeting for the award of CR-561 "Part" Widening and Resurfacing Project No. 2001-16 was approved. This project will be partially funded by Infrastructure Sales Tax in the amount of $864,480.00.
Accounts Allowed/Budget Transfers/Taxes
Request from Fiscal and Administrative Services - Budget transfer in the amount of $28,118.00 from Contingency to Non-Departmental, Communications & Freight - $18,000.00 and Non-Departmental, Printing & Binding - $10,118.00 (total $28,118.00). Additional funds are needed to pay for posting and printing of Infrastructure Sales Tax information brochure to be sent to citizens.
Accounts Allowed/Budget Transfers/County Buildings/County Employees
Request from Fiscal and Administrative Services - Budget transfer in the amount of $28,907.00 from Contingency to Board Administration, Board Office Salaries. Funds are needed for new Customer Service position for Information Desk. New security procedures have been established in the Administration Building since September 11th. The position is required to provide security for Lake County employees and citizens.
Request from Fiscal and Administrative Services - Fiscal Year 2001/2002 - Approval of Resolution 2001-214 to amend the Landfill Enterprise fund in order to receive unanticipated revenue for Fiscal Year 2001/2002 in the amount of $33,485.00 from the Waste Tire Grant and $23,085.00 from the Playground Grant and to provide appropriations for the disbursement.
Accounts Allowed/Impact Fees
Request from Fiscal and Administrative Services for approval of Impact Fee Refund request to Shamrock Homes, Inc. in the amount of $1,321.00 due to a three-bedroom home charged four-bedroom rate due to County error.
Accounts Allowed/Bids/Mosquito & Aquatic Plant Management
Request from Procurement Services for approval and authorization for Procurement Services to waive bid requirements and procure Fyfanon Malathion manufactured by Cheminova to be used by Mosquito and Aquatic Plant Management to control adult mosquitoes in the amount of $101,578.00.
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements
Request from Procurement Services for approval and authorization to award RFP 01-060, encumber funds in the amount of $449,989.51 and authorize a contract, subject to County Attorney approval, to TEI Engineers & Planners to provide engineering services for the CR 44 Corridor Transportation Study.
Accounts Allowed/Bids/Fire Stations
Request from Procurement Services for approval and authorization to award Bid #01-100 Astor Fire Station and Site Work to Genesis Construction in the amount of $621,950.00.
Accounts Allowed/County Employees/Suits Affecting the County
Request from Risk Management for approval of Workers' Compensation Settlement with Mary Ann Bardon, in the amount of $24,177.53, and authorization for the Chairman to execute the appropriate document(s) subject to County Attorney's review and approval.
Bonds - Mobile Home/Contracts, Leases & Agreements
Request from Growth Management for approval of revocation of agreement for Mobile Home Bond based on completion of mobile home for A. C. and Linda Keller at 32915 Ponderosa Avenue, Deland, Florida.
Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Growth Management/Subdivisions
Request from Growth Management for approval to accept and execute a Developer's Agreement to pull six building permits prior to the acceptance of the final plat for Sunrise Lakes.
Accounts Allowed/Bids/Road Projects
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to award the #2-1346 Hook Street Phase I Construction Project 2002-02, Bid No. 02-002 to Steven B. Counts, Inc., in the amount of $1,193,634.36 from the Impact Fee Fund. Commission District 2 - Benefit District 5.
Accounts Allowed/Bids/Road Projects
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to award the #5-8010 Marion County Road Paving Project 2002-01, Bid No. 02-003 to Pospiech Contracting, in the amount of $1,143,806.25 from the Impact Fee Fund. Commission District 5 - Benefit District 3.
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Subdivisions
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to accept the final plat for Palisades Phase 2E, accept a letter of credit for performance in the amount of $956,961.40, and execute a Developer's Agreement for Construction of Improvements between Lake County and CanAm Palisades, Ltd. - Commission District 2.
Deeds/Rights-of-Way, Roads & Easements
Request from Public Works for approval to accept three Drainage Easement Deeds, seven Statutory Quitclaim Deeds, seven Statutory Warranty Deeds, and four Temporary Non-Exclusive Easement Deeds, as follows:
Drainage Easements -
William R. Kiser - Bk 2015, Pg 726 - East Dewey Robbins Road - 2-2729 - Road Projects
Baker Groves, Inc. - Bk 2015, Pg 746 - Morningside Drive - Road Projects
Edith P. Dill - Bk 2014, Pg 1623 - Pine Ridge Drive - 5-6664 - Drainage Project
Statutory Quitclaim Deeds -
Travis Eugene Whigham, Jr. - Bk 2014, Pg 1634 - Big Foot Way - Road Project
Johnny and Deborah Owens - Bk 2014, Pg 1530 - Big Foot Way/Fonseca Lane - Road Project
Robert and Carol Ebert - Bk 2014, Pg 1620 - Fonseca Lane - Road Project
Eddie and Debra Bunn - Bk 2014, Pg 1626 - Fonseca Lane - Road Project
Leonard and Julie Larsen - Bk 2014, Pg 1641 - Fonseca Lane - Road Project
William J. Nolan - Bk 2014, Pg 1651 - Jewell Drive - Road Project
John and Judith Miller - Bk 2010, Pg 312 - Southwest Ave./Central Blvd. - Deerhaven Rd. Proj.
Statutory Warranty Deeds -
Ernest and Marion Fonseca - Bk 2014, Pg 1644 - Fonseca Lane - Road Project
Bruce E. Tatje - Bk 2014, Pg 1637 - Fonseca Lane - Road Project
Florida Rock Properties, Inc. - Bk 2015, Pg 741 - Green Swamp Road - 2-0439 - Realignment
Maynard K. Knapp - Bk 2014, Pg 316 - Hook Street - Road Project
Johnny and Betty Jackson - Bk 2014, Pg 1648 - Jewell Drive - Road Project
Maynard K. Knapp - Bk 2010, Pg 321 - S. Hancock - Road Project
Jeffery Feil - Bk 2015, Pg 733 - SR 50/CR 455 - Intersection Project
Temporary Non-Exclusive Easement Deeds -
William R. Kiser - Bk 2015, Pg 730 - East Dewey Robbins Road - 2-2729 - Road Project
Maynard K. Knapp - Bk 2010, Pg 330 - Hook Street - Road Project
Maynard K. Knapp - Bk 2010, Pg 326 - S. Hancock - Road Project
Jeffery Feil - Bk 2015, Pg 737 - SR50/CR455 - Intersection Project
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Road Projects
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization of Change Order, in the amount of $33,820.00, to existing contract with Bowyer-Singleton & Associates, Incorporated for the Alco/Dexter Road Paving Project.
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization for Chairman to execute Satisfaction of Assessment Liens for eight road assessments, as follows:
648905 Hollis & Wanell Neesmith 09/04/01
677035 Richard F. Morris 09/04/01
682004 Henry & Tammy Garver 09/04/01
688012 Horace Combee, Et Al 09/19/01
688018 Roger D. Payne 09/25/01
690014 Robert & Charlene Gatzke 09/04/01
691046 Louise Travis 09/17/01
694071 Ralph & Muriel Jude 09/11/01
Accounts Allowed/Bids/Assessments/Road Projects/Subdivisions
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to advertise for bids for Special Assessment Project No. 99 (W. Lakeside Drive), Forest Hills Subdivision located at Section 20, Township 17, Range 29, at an estimated cost of $82,080.00. CTT Funds - Commission District 4.
Accounts Allowed/Bids/Assessments/Road Projects/Subdivisions
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to advertise for bids for Special Assessment Project No. 98 (Thornhill Drive), Mt. Plymouth Fifth Addition Subdivision, located at Section 32, Township 19, Range 28, at an estimated cost of $47,900.00. CTT Funds - Commission District 4.
Accounts Allowed/Bids/Assessments/Road Projects
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to advertise for bids for Special Assessment Project No. 97 (Quiet Lane) located at Section 13, Township 23, Range 26, at an estimated cost of $240,061.00. CTT Funds - Commission District 2.
Accounts Allowed/Bids/Assessments/Road Projects/Subdivisions
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to proceed with the design and permitting by consultant and subsequent advertising for bids for Special Assessment Project No. 94 (Forest Drive "Part", Laurel Court & Hillcrest Drive "Part"), Forest Lakes & Hills Subdivision, located at Sections 8/17, Township 18, Range 29, at an estimated cost of $180,000.00 for design and $904,702 for construction. CTT Funds - Commission District 4.
Accounts Allowed/Road Projects
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to execute Change Order #2 in the amount of $26,136.46 for the realignment of swales and additional striping required for the CR-44 "Part" Widening & Resurfacing Project No. 2001-13.
Accounts Allowed/Public Works/Subdivisions
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to release a Letter of Credit for Maintenance in the amount of $26,216.83 that was posted for Sunburst Estates Phase 1 Subdivision.
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to release a Maintenance Bond in the amount of $52,539.00 that was posted for Greater Pines Phase 5 Subdivision.
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Deeds/Subdivisions
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to accept the final plat for Royal Highlands Phase 2-A; accept a Letter of Credit for Performance in the amount of $330,077.99; execute a Developer's Agreement for Construction of Improvements between Lake County and Pringle Communities, Inc.; and accept a Conservation Easement Deed from Pringle Communities, Inc. Subdivision consists of 144 lots - Commission District 2.
Accounts Allowed/Public Works/Stormwater
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to award the Astor Pipe Replacement Project No. 2002-08 to Professional Dirt Service Inc., in the amount of $248,630.00 and to encumber and expend $248,630.00 from the Transportation Trust Fund and Stormwater Management Fund (50/50 split).
Request from Public Works for approval of Authorizing Resolution 2001-215 that authorizes the Senior Director of Lake County Department of Public Works to sign the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged reimbursement invoices.
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Municipalities/Public Works
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to execute a Traffic Signal Maintenance Agreement between Lake County and the City of Eustis in the amount of $19,500.00.
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Municipalities/Public Works
Request from Public Works for approval and authorization to execute a Traffic Signal Maintenance Agreement between Lake County and the City of Umatilla in the amount of $1,500.00.
Landfills/State Agencies/Solid Waste
Request from Solid Waste Management for approval and authorization for the Chairman to sign letters supporting waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy inclusion in the definitions of renewable and green electricity sources in upcoming policy, regulatory and legislative actions. Authorization for staff to pursue participation in activities encouraging the inclusion of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy into definitions of renewable and green electricity generation sources. Authorization for Chairman to sign letter to the Florida Public Service Commission requesting that they not adopt changes that would limit the term of standard offer contracts to five year terms.
ADDENDUM NO. 1
COUNTY MANAGER'S CONSENT AGENDA
Economic Development/Contracts, Leases & Agreements
Request from Economic Development for approval of an amendment to the Jobs Growth Investment Trust Fund Agreement between Lake County and Handex Environmental, Inc. to grant an extension of time to the Company for requesting previously allotted funds until December 31, 2001.
Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Economic Development
Request from Economic Development for approval of an addendum to the Real Estate Purchase and Sales Agreement between Lake County and MDL & Associates and approval to subdivide the subject property after purchase thereof with the following conditions:
lot for ingress/egress and utilities to the rear lot.
Accounts Allowed/Emergency Services
Request from Emergency Services for approval of matching funds in the amount of $19,661.00 for the purchase of four sets of extrication equipment to be placed in the following fire stations: 47, 62 and 94 with one spare set wherever needed through the County (if grant approved the State will provide an additional $58,985.00).
Accounts Allowed/Grants/State Agencies/Sheriff's Department
Request from Fiscal and Administrative Services for approval of Sheriff's Office grant from the Department of Transportation in the amount of $25,540.00 for a Speed Enforcement Program, no matching funds by the County are required (the County is required to sign the grant document as subgrantee).
Commr. Hanson presented the following with their awards as Ms. Helena Osborne-Ponsi presented information on each employee.
Presentation of Award to Employee with Five Years of Service
Harrie P. Edwards, Landfill Attendant Supervisor, Solid Waste/MIS/Scales &
Dondre T. Collins, Environmental Technician, Solid Waste/Special Programs
Matthew Kalus, G.I.S. Analyst, Fiscal & Administrative Services/G.I.S (not present)
Lawrence Schmidt, Senior Building Inspector, Growth Management/Building Services
Presentation of Awards to Employees with Ten Years of Service
Bruce L. Talbott, Firefighter/Mechanic, Emergency Services/Fire Rescue (not present)
Edwin O. Kern, Equipment Operator I, Emergency Services/Maintenance Area I (not present)
Presentation of Awards to Employees with Fifteen Years of Service
Thomas Mitchell, Fire Lieutenant/EMT, Emergency Services/Fire Rescue
Norman Beserock, Code Enforcement Professional, Growth Management/Code Enforcement
David Block, Fire Lieutenant/EMT, Emergency Services/Fire Rescue (not present)
Recognition of heroic efforts to save a pilot in an airplane crash in the Groveland area
Carol Tomlinson, Groveland Postal Worker
Michelle Heister, Groveland Resident
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, placed the following proposed Ordinance on the floor, by title only, and noted that it would be Ordinance 2001-138, if approved by the Board:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING ARTICLE I, CHAPTER 16, ENTITLED IN GENERAL; CREATING SECTION 16-2, ENTITLED DEFINITIONS; CREATING SECTION 16-3, ENTITLED PARK OPERATING HOURS; CREATING SECTION 16-4, ENTITLED PARK ROADS AND PARKING AREAS; CREATING SECTION 16-5, ENTITLED PRESERVATION OF PARK PROPERTY AND WILDLIFE; CREATING SECTION 16-6, ENTITLED PERMITTED ACTIVITIES; PROVIDING FOR SWIMMING, BOATING, PICNICKING AND FISHING; CREATING SECTION 16-7, ENTITLED PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES; PROHIBITING SCUBA DIVING, HUNTING, GAMBLING, CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, HITCHHIKING, CAMPING; PROVIDING FOR OTHER PROHIBITED ACTS; CREATING SECTION 16-8, ENTITLED ANIMALS AND PETS; CREATING SECTION 16-9, ENTITLED APPLICATIONS; CREATING SECTION 16-10, ENTITLED PERMITS; CREATING SECTION 16-11, ENTITLED ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTIES; CREATING ARTICLE IV, CHAPTER 16, LAKE COUNTY CODE, ENTITLED REGULATIONS GOVERNING SPECIFIC PARKS; PROVIDING FOR REGULATIONS OF LAKE DALHOUSIE PUBLIC BOAT RAMP; PROVIDING FOR REGULATIONS OF SYLVAN SHORES PARK; PROVIDING FOR REGULATIONS OF LAKE JOANNA PARK; CREATING SECTION 3-6, CHAPTER 3, ARTICLE II, TO BE ENTITLED WARNING SIGNS TO BE PLACED IN PUBLIC PARKS; PROVIDING FOR NOTICE TO CONSENT TO INSPECTION FOR PUBLIC PARKS; PROVIDING FOR AN INSPECTION PROCEDURE; REPEALING SECTION 5-4, LAKE COUNTY CODE, ENTITLED LAKE DALHOUSIE PUBLIC BOAT RAMP; REPEALING SECTION 5-5, LAKE COUNTY CODE, ENTITLED SYLVAN SHORES PARK; REPEALING SECTION 5-6, LAKE COUNTY CODE, ENTITLED LAKE JOANNA PARK; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE LAKE COUNTY CODE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Mr. Bob Stevens, Director of Parks and Recreation, responded to questions of the Board and clarified that pets are allowed in the parks on a leash in areas of designation, which have not been determined at this time.
In response to Commr. Cadwell's question about Section 3-6, warning signs to be placed in public parks, Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, explained that a person will be faced with a choice, to either allow the inspection or leave the facility. If the individual refuses to leave the facility, then law enforcement will be called and the individual will be guilty of trespass. He clarified that it will not be a forced inspection.
Commr. Stivender stated that she did attend a couple of the Parks and Recreation Committee meetings, even though she is not the liaison, but she had a concern about the animals and she questioned how staff was going to designate acceptable parks.
Mr. Stevens stated that, unless staff finds a specific park with specific problems related to dog use and public use, then any park should be open to the public for walking their dogs. He stated that they have been requested by some of the public to allow a certain area of the park to be designated as a dog park site, to be fenced and enclosed for off leash use.
Commr. Stivender stated that, during the discussions, she was not really in favor of the ordinance, because she does not like extra regulations placed on people, and she is still not really in favor of it.
Commr. Cadwell stated that there are some parks that are certainly a problem, and the County has no way to enforce regulations without this ordinance. He did not think that anybody wanted extra rules and regulations, but there are people who cannot use the parks, because other people are abusing them.
Commr. Pool stated that Mr. Jim Myers, Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee, is present today, and he applauds their efforts in trying to set up rules for the parks and, when it benefits the majority of people, then this is what the Board needs to do.
Mr. Stevens stated that it is an important issue in the County, because staff has gotten a lot of calls from citizens complaining about the kinds of use at the parks, and he feels it is important to have this ordinance for the safety of everyone who wants to use the parks. At this time, Mr. Stevens explained their current maintenance schedule at the parks and, in response to Commr. Hill's question, Mr. Stevens stated that the ordinance will apply to 50% to 60% of the County's recreational parks right now, and to Lake Idamere, Twin Lakes, and the parks that are currently being developed. It is also applicable to the majority of the boat ramps for overnight use, alcohol consumption, and noise problems.
Commr. Hanson opened the public hearing portion of the meeting and called for public comment. There being none, the public hearing portion of the meeting was closed.
Commr. Hanson stated that she certainly supports the ordinance. She has gotten many of the calls about the use of parks, and the Sheriff is limited to what he can do when dealing with many of these issues, because the County does not have an ordinance in place.
Commr. Pool made a motion, which was seconded by Commr. Cadwell to approve Ordinance 2001-138, as read by title only.
Under discussion, Commr. Hill wanted it clarified that the section prohibiting bicycles, tricycles, skateboards and roller blades and other such recreational items did not include motorized handicap equipment used by individuals who are disabled.
Commr. Hanson called for a vote on the motion, which was carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote.
FINAL REPORT FOR THE NORTHWEST COMMUTER RAIL FEASIBILITY STUDY BY LYNX CONSULTANT "MANUAL PADRON & ASSOCIATES"
Mr. Jim Stivender, Senior Director of Public Works, addressed the Board and stated that Mr. Tony Walters with Lynx and Mr. Scott Wimberly with Florida Central Railroad (FCR)were present today. Mr. Stivender stated that, in April, Mr. Ben Biscan from the FCR appeared before the Board requesting that the Board participate in the Northwest Commuter Rail Joint Study with Lynx, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the City of Apopka, and Orange County, and the Board approved $12,500 for that study. The study was done by Lynx and has been completed and FCR has done some additional work beyond that study.
Mr. Tony Walters, Lynx, addressed the Board to make a presentation on the Northwest Corridor Commuter Rail Feasibility Study. He presented the Board members with a copy of the presentation, which he would briefly be reviewing with them. Mr. Walters stated that, over a year ago, FCR and the City of Apopka submitted a proposal for commuter rail on the Northwest Corridor that runs from downtown Orlando to Tavares. The proposal was for eight stations and was 33 miles in length, and Mr. Walters stated that Lynx was asked by FDOT to review this proposal and look at ridership to make sure it was consistent with the proposal, and to confirm some capital costs. Mr. Walters extended his appreciation to the Lake County staff and the City of Tavares and the Eustis staff for participating in this process. He stated that the project was funded by FDOT and, at their request, Metroplan Orlando was included, as well as the counties and cities along the right-of-way. They made several presentations, with this being the last of them, and there was one public workshop in July at the Apopka City Hall.
Mr. Walters continued his discussion by highlighting information in his slide presentation, which pertained to the following:
Evaluation of Alternatives (Fare Sensitivity Analysis)
Evaluation of Alternatives (Transit Travel Time Comparisons)
Existing Systems Comparison (Cost per Train-Hour)
Existing Systems Comparison (Cost peer Passenger Trip)
Existing Systems Comparison (Riders per Route-Mile)
New Starts Comparison
Funding Scenario 1: Maximum Federal Participation - Capital Requirements
Funding Scenario 2: Realistic Federal Participation - Capital Requirements
Operating & Maintenance Funding - Requirements
Mr. Scott Wimberly, Manager of Marketing for FCR, addressed the Board and stated that this study was completed based on their 1999 fast track application, which was completed at the beginning of August just in time for them to review it and make some modifications and file a TOP application for this year. He stated that the application was filed at the end of August and has gone to the State for review.
Mr. Murray Bullion with Ivey, Harris & Walls, stated that he will be reviewing the TOPS presentation, which takes the results of the study and suggestions and puts together the project that he will be showing the Board today. He stated that the Northwest Corridor Commuter Rail is two phases; the first phase will run from downtown Orlando to Zellwood; the second phase would run from Zellwood into Lake County and service Tavares and Eustis. He stated that, in 1991, the FCR was included in a major investment rail plan for the central Florida area. In 1999, the City of Apopka, through the FCR, submitted a fast track application to the FDOT, and they were awarded $8 million in funding. Later that year, the award was set aside pending the results of an updated ridership study. In 2001, the study was completed and this application is based on those study recommendations. Mr. Bullion explained that the costs will be as follows: track - $11.9 million; stations - $6.7 million; maintenance facility - $2 million; busses - $1.8 million; transit vehicles - $13.2 million; for a total project cost of $35.6 million. He asked the Board to compare that number to the $111 million number shown in the original FDOT study. They are proposing that FDOT will furnish the track; the local county/city jurisdictions will provide the stations; the FCR has committed to build and maintain the maintenance facility; Lynx will provide the busses; and the Federal Transit Agency will provide the vehicles; for a total of $35.6 million. He noted that the FCR is providing all of the right-of-way usage for zero dollars (worth about $2.8 million a year), which makes it a public/private partnership. Mr. Bullion stated that the FCR is warranting the track construction cost and guaranteeing that the track cost will not exceed $11.9 million. He further stated that the FCR has quotes in hand from the supplier for the vehicles. He explained that the project will relieve congestion, move freight, create jobs, create economic development; and serve two enterprise zones and the Orlando CRA. It will connect Orlando with Apopka and serve the Lake County area, with a train station in Tavares and in Eustis. Mr. Bullion stated that the advantages of this program includes the right-of-way, which exists for the complete system, and they do not have to negotiate with anyone for the use of this right-of-way. With funding in place, they could be operational in 12 to 24 months. He stated that they do provide an alternate route to US 441 and, as US 441 goes under construction, this is an excellent opportunity to take cars and people and congestion off of the US 441 right-of-way. It strengthens the freight service in Central Florida, and it provides a low cost rail service to Central Florida. It is consistent with the FDOT rail plan and the Lynx transit plan. At this time, Mr. Bullion showed pictures of the rail vehicles, which he noted travels at a maximum speed of 59 miles an hour.
Commr. Cadwell questioned whether there were other similar projects that have been successful that the Board could look at and see what their overall costs are yearly.
Mr. Walters referred to Page 6, the New Starts Comparison, and stated that Raliegh-Durham, NC, area would be comparable to the proposed project, as well as Charlotte, although they are doing light rail right now, but they are also looking at some commuter rail in their plan. He stated that he did not know of one that was up and operating, but he could find out and let the Board know.
Commr. Cadwell questioned who would own the track improvements and stations, once the project was built.
Mr. Walters stated that the stations would be built and owned by local jurisdictions; the track improvements would be owned by FCR.
In response to the question presented by Commr. Cadwell regarding County funds for the project, Mr. Stivender stated that staff has not yet determined a source of funding.
Commr. Cadwell stated that these projects generally cost a tremendous amount of money, and he would like to see a project that works and see how much the County will need to commit, because he knows that it will not make money but will cost the County money, but they will weigh that against the cost of new highways. He stated that he is supportive of the project, but he does not want the County to go in blindly, and he wants to see on paper what kind of dollars they are talking about committing from the transportation budget, which is limited as it is.
Mr. Stivender explained that there will be a lot of partners in this project, and staff has not assessed the number that has been given today, so there may be a way to reduce that number even further. He stated that staff will proceed to assess it, if this is the direction of the Board.
Mr. Wimberly explained that they did not refurbish all of the rail. They rebuilt the first nine miles of the rail where they carry 85% of the freight traffic rather than rebuilding all 33 miles of rail. They are actually running with few less vehicles, and they have quotes in hand for vehicles at $2.2 million, with the original figure being $3.5 million. Mr. Wimberly explained that the original study had a 35% contingency factor and that has been taken out, because the price is guaranteed. He stated that FCR is providing the maintenance facility, so that cost comes out of the equation, so there a lot of things that have happened that makes this project viable.
Mr. Lewis Rotundo addressed the Board and stated that there was an estimate of $20 million for the downtown Orlando station, and there has been some debate about whether that is a real cost for downtown property. He explained the process to resell the property, once the track is put down, and stated that the FDOT study showed a theoretical rail project that might be applicable in this corridor, if it is done as a new program start using the criteria. He stated that what is being shown right now is a real project in this corridor, based on real world costs that the FCR has assembled and have been committed to by partners. The estimation for the operating and maintenance (O&M) costs is about $3.5 million to $4 million total a year start up. By State law, the FDOT can fund up to 100% of those costs, but, as they have done with the light rail that was proposed two years ago, it will be more probable to see a number somewhere between 33% and 50% as the State share for a commuter rail start up project, and a local government share for this project to be about $2 million.
Commr. Pool stated that, if 82% of the ridership comes from the Orange County side, he did not know that the success, or failure, or the start or ending of this project is dependent upon the few riders in Lake County. He stated that they would probably want to go with their first phase and ask Lake County to come on board after it is successful. He felt it would make a lot more sense to make sure that it is successful before they add the lines and rails in Tavares.
Mr. Rotundo stated that the track already exists, and the corridor is still reserved, and the project is available at any time that the County determines it wants to come into the process and at the time that the numbers begin to show that it makes economic sense to be a partner in the process. He stated that today they simply wanted to update the Board on two different things, one, the study that FDOT did which was required, and two, based on that data and the information that they have gotten from the other quotes, they wanted to present the Board with a real world project for a two phased system and, with these numbers, it looks like it makes economic sense to them. Mr. Rotundo stated that FDOT is reviewing all of this information being shown to the Board, and they anticipate a meeting with them sometime in the next couple of weeks to go over it. He stated that this is not necessarily a federal rail new program start, and it is only one funding scenario. There are additional pots of money that freight rail systems have access to that a city government, or Lynx, or a new rail start does not have access to but it is also a possibility. It is possible that the FDOT, at this cost, will agree to come forward with the whole project, but they want to have conversations with them, based on these new numbers. Mr. Rotunda stated that this is information for the Board, and they will be back to them as soon as they have the meetings with the FDOT.
In response to the questions presented by Commr. Hill about the possibility of community partners, or community ventures, Mr. Rotundo stated that, if you look at the Northern Virginia Rail Line, the "Washington Post" just had an enormous article about it, and developers are clamoring to be allowed to build a station somewhere along the line, because they just realized how much money they can make around that station, not only from redevelopment of existing businesses, but building apartment complexes. He explained that the Board would make the decision about whether a station would be built and paid for by the County, or city, because the County would control that level of development and that level of land use around those stations, and they would hope that, as a partner, they would be maximizing that.
Mr. Wimberly explained that this system would be comparable to the CSX rail track, so for future use, it could connect to other systems.
Mr. Rotundo stated that FCR owns an east-west line already that runs from the West Town Center of Altamonte to Winter Garden and that is available for future phases for the same reason that the phase north of Zellwood would be available, because the track and the right-of-way is already there. Mr. Rotundo stated that he is representing FCR today.
Commr. Pool noted that Mr. Rotundo also serves as the liaison and the person trying to acquire dollars for the South Lake/West Orange Transportation Task Force, and he appreciates his efforts in Tallahassee.
Mr. Rotundo stated that they were successful on getting funding for Highway 50, and the Board probably owes some thanks to Representative Randy Johnson, and they also managed to get Hartwood Marsh onto the short list where it was eliminated along with about 150 other projects, but it was a very tight year for TOPS. There is a meeting on November 29, 2001 at the Expressway Office with Orange County and Lake County to discuss what they should do with Hartwood Marsh and the extension over to Clermont, so they may have some clarity on that issue within two weeks.
Commr. Hanson noted that Ms. Dottie Keedy, City Administrator, Tavares, was in the audience, but she had no comments to make to the Board at this time.
Commr. Hanson noted that Mr. Stivender will continue to get the numbers together, and Mr. Stivender noted that he and Mr. Noble Olasimbo, Transportation Engineer, will stay involved in this process.
RECESS & REASSEMBLY
At 10:10 a.m., Commr. Hanson noted that the Board would take a ten minutes recess.
TENTATIVE FIVE-YEAR WORK PROGRAM FY 2002/2003 THROUGH 2006/2007 BY DAVID MARSH, MPO/COUNTY LIAISON, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Mr. David Marsh, MPO/County Liaison, appeared before the Board and stated that, before he started on the tentative work program, he wanted to convey management's appreciation for being invited to the County's Transportation Task Force last week, which was a very informative process. They are looking forward to working with the Board in partnership as they have tried to do in the past and hopefully can be more successful at in the future.
Mr. Marsh stated that he will be presenting a brief overview of the main projects in their tentative work program. He stated that the package he presented to the Board includes a map that highlights nine projects. The full tentative work program including minor projects and fast track programs are in the citizen's report, as presented. He noted that, because of the budgetary problems that the State was experiencing, the basic orders that they received from Tallahassee this year from the Governor's Office was that the emphasis should be at the district level to try to maintain production and programming that has been established in previous years and, if possible, to ensure that those projects in program phases be continued to the next phase on those existing program projects. He stated that these orders caused them to cut back on any new projects that they could include in the work program.
Mr. Marsh stated that there are two new projects that they did add into their work program, which were listed as Project #1, to widen US 27/US 441 (0.914 miles) from Perkins Street to Griffin Road, and Project #2, to widen SR 50 (Design) from Hancock Road to Orange County Line, as shown on the map that had been presented to the Board. He noted that they have added an additional $13 million for Project #1 for right-of-way in FY 2004/05, with construction to take place in FY 2006/07. They also found additional funding for Project #2, with the help of TOPS, and the joint participation by Orange County and Lake County, for an additional amount of $2.3 million for the design of that project. Mr. Marsh stated that several additional major ongoing projects will receive additional funding from the Department for the next five years. All of these projects are related to widening of either US 441 or US 27. At this time, he reviewed the rest of the projects with the Board, as follows:
Project #3 Widen SR 500/US 441 (4.845 miles)
From Lake Eustis Dr. to CR 44B
Project #4 Widen SR 500/US 441 (3.965 miles)
From SR 44 (Leesburg) to College Rd.
Project #5 Widen SR 500/US 441 (3.800 miles)
From College Rd. to 0.2 miles West of Lakeshore
Project #6 Widen SR 25/US 27 (3.728 miles)
From SR 530/Polk Co. Line to Boggy Marsh Rd.
Project #7 Widen SR 25/US 27 (2.917 miles)
From West Bnd Ramp on SR 50 to CR 561A
Project #8 Resurface US 27 (8.007 miles)
From O'Brien Rd. to CR 33
Project #9 Resurface SR 19 (1.460 miles)
From Grove St. to Steven Ave.
Discussion occurred regarding signal synchronization with Mr. Stivender explaining the process used by the FDOT for the signals.
Mr. Stivender stated that the Highway 441 corridor is being addressed very heavily in this process in the next three years; the US 27 corridor in Clermont in the Four Corners area is being addressed; and Highway 50 is being addressed. There are a lot of areas with the heaviest traffic flow that are in the program for construction. Mr. Stivender stated that staff is very excited about working with FDOT on these projects as they come forward and especially with the incentive program.
No action was taken on the FDOT Work Program presentation.
CITIZEN QUESTION AND COMMENT PERIOD
No one present wished to present questions, comments or concerns to the Board.
COUNTY MANAGER'S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
Ms. Lee Bailey, Director of Cultural Heritage and Natural Tourism (CHAMP) was present to discuss the grant proposal for the renewal of the Local Arts Agency Program.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Pool and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the request from Cultural Heritage and Natural Tourism for approval of a grant proposal for the Lake County Cultural Affairs Council for the Renewal of the Local Arts Agency Program, in the amount of $10,000.00 per year for three years.
Commr. Cadwell addressed the request to appoint members to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and noted that Ms. Wendy Breeden, Library Services Director, was present for the discussion. He stated that there were a couple of areas where they did not receive enough applicants, so those are going to be readvertised, but there are a couple of positions that can be appointed.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Pool and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the request for approval and execution of Resolution 2001-216 appointing the following members to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee:
Shirley Darity (reappointment - real estate)
Mary Walker (reappointment - rural development)
Kelly Pisciotta (reappointment - provider)
Jayson Stringfellow (appointment - labor engaged in home building)
Betty Graham (reappointment - concerned citizen)
Commr. Hanson addressed the request to approve the appointment of an individual to the vacant position on the Environmental Protection Advisory Board. She stated that they had three individuals apply for the position, and she was not aware of whether or not the Environmental Protection Board had made a recommendation. She asked that this item be postponed, until the next Board meeting.
REPORTS - COUNTY ATTORNEY
CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENTS/SUITS AFFECTING THE COUNTY
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, addressed the request regarding the proposed Settlement Agreement concerning GCA Holding vs. Lake County. Mr. Minkoff stated that this case originally started when GCA Holdings sued the County in bankruptcy court to get the bankruptcy court to authorize development on the property. He explained that GCA was formerly known as Montverde Country Club and also Hillcrest Country Club. Mr. Minkoff explained that the County resisted that suit and was successful in having the case transferred back to state court, and they are in Circuit Court at this point. He stated that the case really involves vesting on one level, because the property owner is asserting that they are completely vested. They have a PUD on the project that was approved in the early 1990s. The biggest concern that the department had was that they wanted central water and central sewer to be used for the project. The property is almost right across the street from Pine Island. He pointed out that about two-thirds of this property is in the urban expansion land use, and there is only a small part in the suburban area, which is where the issue becomes involved, because most of the PUD currently meets the Comprehensive Plan. The Agreement recognizes the vesting of the PUD, however, it does require that no individual wells or septic tanks be used at the property at any time for any reason, and the only development that occurs there will have central water and sewer, and it does require that all development be platted, and it does allow for 368 single family homes. He believes that this property is under contract to the same developer as Pine Island and will probably be developed jointly using the same central water and sewer system. In the negotiations, staff tried to encourage them to talk to the City of Clermont, because staff had a big concern about the wells and septic tanks on the property, but this Agreement will preclude wells and septic tanks on this property. If the Board did not approve the Agreement today, then staff would go back into the Circuit Court and litigate the vesting, and the court would ultimately decide it is not vested, in which case they would have to start all over, or it would decide that it is vested and leave open the question of wells and septic tanks. Mr. Minkoff stated that, because a significant majority of the property is in the urban expansion land use, the vesting issue is not really relevant except to a small part, and staff was more concerned about the possibility of septic tanks than they were about the small suburban area being developed, and Ms. Sharon Farrell, Senior Director of Growth Management, felt it was a good compromise. Mr. Minkoff stated that the golf course ordinance will be coming before the Board, which will require standards for all new golf courses, and there may be a question about vesting in this area.
On a motion by Commr. Pool, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the request from County Attorney for approval of proposed Settlement Agreement concerning GCA Holding vs. Lake County.
REPORTS - COUNTY MANAGER
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/COUNTY EMPLOYEES/PERSONNEL
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, addressed the request from County Manager for approval of the establishment of a Customer Service position for the Information Desk in the amount of $28,907.00. Mr. Minkoff explained that this was a part of an overall security change that they are working on for the Administration Building. After September 11, 2001, staff decided to put someone at the front door, which helped to enhance security. He would like to make that position a permanent position. He consulted with the Sheriff on whether or not they should use a law enforcement officer there or a regular customer service type employee who could also provide a basic security level, and he came to the conclusion that he would rather have the employee there, which will allow them to be more pro-active on customer service, and to deal with people coming in and out of the building. Mr. Minkoff discussed other measures of security that will be taken and noted that more requests will be coming to the Board, in particular a request from the Sheriff for the purchase of a new security entry. He stated that staff will also set up protocols where, in addition to greeting people, the person will work at a basic security level and be able to call for assistance from the Sheriff, or the Tavares Police, if they foresee a problem.
Commr. Cadwell stated that this all started because of security concerns, but purely from a customer service standpoint, it has been great having someone at the front door.
Commr. Hanson suggested that a sign be placed in front of the building with "information" on it, and with an arrow that comes into the building.
Mr. Minkoff stated that it will be up to Mr. William Neron, County Manager, to implement the position and determine who is going to supervise it. He noted that the amount shown ($28,970.00) is the entire package, which includes benefits.
Commr. Stivender questioned whether this salary is adequate to get someone down there that is knowledgeable about the County, because it will be a very responsible position.
Commr. Hanson stated that she agrees with Commr. Stivender that they should have one of the best and most knowledgeable people in that position, because that is the front line, and those are the people meeting the public and providing that information.
Mr. Neron, County Manager, stated that he would like to have an opportunity to look into this position, and he felt that the money that is available and being allocated should be sufficient for the remainder of the fiscal year and, if they have to go a little bit higher, he will get information back to the Board. He did agree with the all of the Commissioners' comments that the individual needs to be a very knowledgeable person to be able to direct people and help solve problems at that location, so staff will be very sensitive to those needs in filling that position.
Mr. Minkoff stated that the position will be subject to a final decision, but he was leaning towards having the position report to Ms. Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, Board Office, so that she can supervise it.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the request from County Manager for the establishment of a Customer Service position for the Information Desk in the amount of $28,907.00.
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER HILL - DISTRICT #1
COUNTY EMPLOYEES/COUNTY MANAGER
Commr. Hill welcomed Mr. William A. Neron, County Manager, who is here for his second day in his position, and she welcomed the students and stated that it has been a pleasure having them, and she hopes that they enjoy the rest of the day.
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER POOL - DISTRICT #2
Commr. Pool noted that Mr. Glen Burns was present today, and he has provided the Board members with the Year 2002 Photo Calendar of the Sugarloaf Mountain area.
Mr. Burns addressed the Board and stated that, by the end of the month, the Scenic Highway Committee should be finished with the first phase of the project, which is the eligibility application, and they need to demonstrate local support for the project and that is the reason they are asking for the resolution.
Commr. Pool made a motion, which was seconded by Commr. Stivender, for the Board to approve the request for approval and execution of a Resolution to 2001-217 to attain Florida Scenic Highway designation for portions of Lake County Roads 455 and Old Highway 50 for the Lake County Roads 455 and Old Highway 50 Scenic Highway Corridor Advocacy Group.
Under discussion, Commr. Cadwell stated that, during the initial presentation by the group, at some point, there may be some dollars involved and he questioned whether staff is comfortable with the commitment it is making now.
Mr. Jim Stivender, Senior Director of Public Works, indicated that staff was comfortable with its position in this project.
The Chairman called for a vote on the motion, which was carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote.
Commr. Pool informed the Board that this weekend is the Pig on the Pond in South Lake County, and he invited everyone to come to the event. He noted that the event raises money for the South Lake County Community Foundation.
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER STIVENDER - DISTRICT #3
Commr. Stivender informed the Board that, after the company sent the mail out pertaining to the one cent sales tax, the company is now returning $2,522 that they did not spend on postage.
Commr. Stivender extended her appreciation to Ms. Wendy Taylor, Executive Assistant, Board Office, and Ms. Patti Michel, Community Outreach Coordinator, for all of their help with the mailings.
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER CADWELL - DISTRICT #5
Commr. Cadwell reminded the Board that the rededication of McTureous Park will be this Saturday at 10 a.m.
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER HANSON - CHAIRMAN AND DISTRICT #4
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Pool and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the appointment of the following four Lake County representatives to the WorkForce Central Florida Board of Directors: Lou Arasi, Leslie Longacre, Sandi Vidal, and Wayne Turner.
It was noted that, for the rest of the day, the students were scheduled for tours with the Constitutional Officers.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 11 a.m.
CATHERINE C. HANSON, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK