A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
NOVEMBER 19, 2002
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, November 19, 2002, 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: Robert A. Pool, Chairman; Welton G. Cadwell, Vice Chairman; Catherine C. Hanson; Jennifer Hill; and Debbie Stivender. Others present were: William A. “Bill” Neron, County Manager; Sanford A. “Sandy” Minkoff, County Attorney; Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, Board of County Commissioner’s Office; Barbara Lehman, Chief Deputy Clerk, County Finance; and Judy Whaley, Deputy Clerk.
INVESTITURE/OATH OF OFFICE
Commr. Cadwell, Vice Chairman, officiated over the Investiture of re-elected Commissioners Catherine Hanson and Bob Pool.
The Reverend Doug Kokx of the First United Methodist Church of Clermont gave the Invocation.
George E. Knupp, Jr., Sheriff, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commr. Cadwell introduced Lake County Sheriff George E. Knupp, Jr.; Mr. Noel E. Griffin, Jr., Former Lake County Sheriff; Mr. Robert W. “Bob” Taylor, Board of Trustees, Lake County Water Authority; Mr. Robert “Bob” Speaks, Tavares City Council Member; Ms. Helen Pearce, Mayor of Montverde; Ms. Pam Saylor, Lake County Superintendent of Schools; Mr. Dennis Reid, Lake County School Board Member; Mr. Jimmy Connor, Lake County School Board Member; Mr. Scott Strong, Lake County School Board Member; Mr. Bob McKee, Tax Collector.
The Reverend Terry Jackson administered the Oath of Office to Commr. Catherine Hanson, who was accompanied by her son, Mr. Scott Hanson.
Ms. Lisa Pool Jensen administered the Oath of Office to her father, Commr. Bob Pool, who was accompanied by his son, Mr. Bob Pool, Jr.
Commr. Hanson introduced family members who were present at the meeting. She expressed her appreciation to her supporters and stated that it is a privilege to serve Lake County for another term.
Commr. Pool introduced family members who were present at the meeting and thanked the citizens of Lake County for the opportunity to serve.
RECESS & REASSEMBLY
At 9:20 a.m. the Chairman announced that the Board would recess for the Investiture Reception and reconvene at 9:45 a.m.
Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, announced a correction on Tab 3, Item 5, changing the amount from $192,380 to $266,073, and the addition of Addendum 1, Items I, II, III and IV.
Commr. Hanson stated that she will not be present for the Board of County Commissioner’s (BCC) zoning meetings in December 2002 and January 2003, and would like the item added to the agenda.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved to place said item on the agenda.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of October 15, 2002 (Regular Meeting), as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of October 22, 2002 (Regular Meeting), as presented.
CLERK OF COURTS’ CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Clerk of Courts’ Consent Agenda, Items 1 through 12, for the following requests:
List of Warrants
Request to acknowledge receipt of 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 for approval of Contractor Bonds - New and Cancellations, as follows:
4381-03 James W. White d.b.a. Jim White Electric
5359-03 Gregory Wayne David d.b.a. Greg David Electric
5375-03 Terry D. Hagen (Residential Home Builder)
5447-03 Walter D. McQuaig - American Masonry of Ocala, Inc.
5859-03 Nathan P. Johnson d.b.a. Johnson Pool Upkeep
6002-03 Thomas D. Kelley
6024-03 James A. Richardson d.b.a. Azalea Oaks, Inc. (Irrigation/Sprinkler)
6025-03 Frank Kman (General)
6026-03 Jim Wesela d.b.a. Elite Pool Care
6027-03 William Eiden - Pride Roofing, Inc.
6028-03 John E. Gregory (Plumbing)
6029-03 Williams Hudgins/Honest Irrigation and Landscaping Inc.
4383-02 Wilmon Ray Stevenson
4986-02 Alan Green Pools & Spas
5737-02 Dennis Guinn d.b.a. Guinn’s Electric
5995-02 Gregory Cardwell d.b.a. Four Corners Landscapes, Inc.
Deer Island Community Development District - Public Meeting Schedule
Request to acknowledge receipt of a public meeting schedule and a District map from Deer Island Community Development District, in accordance with Chapter 189, Florida Statutes.
Satisfaction of Judgments
Request for approval and authorizing signatures on Satisfaction of Judgments, as follows:
(1) State of Florida vs. Calvin Douglas Stewart - Case No: 2001 MO 4791 - In consideration of the sum of $100.00, Lake County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida fully releases and discharges the Final Judgment entered on the 29th day of April 2002, and recorded in OR Book 2113, Page 1562, of the Public Records of Lake County, Florida.
(2) State of Florida vs. Calvin Douglas Stewart - Case No: 2002 MO 1017 - In consideration of the sum of $50.00, Lake County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida fully releases and discharges the Final Judgment entered on the 17th day of June 2002, and recorded in OR Book 2129, Page 2262, of the Public Records of Lake County, Florida.
(3) State of Florida vs. Calvin Douglas Stewart - Case No: 2001 MO 4391 - In consideration of the sum of $50.00, Lake County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida fully releases and discharges the Final Judgment entered on the 26th day of April 2002, and recorded in OR Book 2123, Page 1368, of the Public Records of Lake County, Florida.
(4) State of Florida vs. Cherita Ward - Case No: 1989CF001331 - In consideration of the sum of $250.00, Lake County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida fully releases and discharges the Final Judgment entered on the 26th day of March 1990, and recorded in OR Book 1051, Page 0265, of the Public Records of Lake County, Florida.
(5) State of Florida vs. Russell Paul Cornell - Case No: 9801080CFA01 - In consideration of the sum of $750.00, Lake County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida fully releases and discharges the Final Judgment entered on the 17th day of August 1998, and recorded in OR Book 1645, Page 1396, of the Public Records of Lake County, Florida.
Ordinance No. 812 and No. 819 - City of Mount Dora
Request to acknowledge receipt of Annexation Ordinances from the City of Mount Dora, Florida, as follows:
Ordinance No. 812, annexing property generally located on Wardell Street, north of the Seaboard Coastline Railroad, into the City of Mt. Dora; providing for R-2 (Duplex Residential) zoning of the property; and providing for a medium density residential comprehensive plan land use designation. Passed and ordained the 18th day of June 2002, by the City Council of the City of Mt. Dora, Florida.
Ordinance No. 819, annexing property generally located south of the intersection of New U.S. Highway 441 and Donnelly Street; providing for R-3 (Multi-Family Residential) zoning of the property; and providing for a high density residential comprehensive plan land use designation. Passed and ordained the 1st day of October 2002, by the City Council of the City of Mt. Dora, Florida.
Ordinance No. 2002-10-24 and No. 2002-10-44 - City of Groveland
Request to acknowledge receipt of Annexation Ordinances from the City of Groveland, Florida, as follows:
Ordinance No. 2002-10-42, extending and increasing the corporate limits of the City of Groveland, Florida, pursuant to the provisions of Florida Statute 171.044; annexing 0.14 +/- acres of Lake County zoned LM to —1 zoning in the City of Groveland thereto a certain area of land contiguous to and not embraced within the present limits of the City of Groveland. Passed and ordained in regular session of the City Council of the City of Groveland, Florida, the 7th day of October 2002.
Ordinance No. 2002-10-44, extending and increasing the corporate limits of the City of Groveland, Florida, pursuant to the provisions of Florida Statute 171.044; annexing 8.5 +/- acres of Lake County zoned R-1 to R-3 zoning in the City of Groveland thereto a certain area of land contiguous to and not embraced within the present limits of the City of Groveland. Passed and ordained in regular session of the City Council of the City of Groveland, Florida, the 21st day of October 2002.
Satisfaction and Release of Fine
Request for approval of and authorizing signatures on Satisfaction and Release of Fine fully releasing and discharging U. S. Bank National Association f/k/a First Bank National Association arising from Order of Fine, in the amount of $4,000.00 dated February 28, 2002, and recorded in OR Book 2077, Pages 2332 through 2334, of the Public Records of the Clerk of Court of Lake County, Florida, on March 1, 2002.
Ordinance No. 02-70 - City of Eustis
Request to acknowledge receipt from the City of Eustis Ordinance #02-70, An ordinance of the City Commission of the City of Eustis, Florida; initiated by the property owner to annex a .81 +/- acre parcel on the east side of Wall Street between Grant Avenue and Pine Avenue; subject to the Lake County Land Use Map designation of “Urban,” pursuant to Florida Statute 171.062; providing for limitations and certain conditions; amending the Future Land Use Map pursuant to Florida Statute 163.3187; providing for redefinition of the land boundaries of the City of Eustis; providing for filing of this ordinance; providing for severability; providing for an effective date; and providing for publication by posting according to the law. Passed, ordained and approved in Regular Session of the City Commission of the City of Eustis, Florida, the 17th day of October 2002.
Southwest Florida Water Management District - Meeting Notice
Request to acknowledge receipt of Meeting Notice from the Southwest Florida Water Management District regarding a Governing Board Workshop - Southern Water Use Caution Area for Friday, November 8, 2002 at the District’s Sarasota Service Office, at 9:00 a.m. A separate Work Group meeting is being scheduled for December (tentative date of December 13, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. in the Bartow Service Office).
Ordinance No. 02-73 - City of Eustis
Received from the City of Eustis Ordinance No. 02-73 amending Section 94-147 District Boundaries of the Code of Ordinances, as described, which was passed, ordained, and approved in Regular Session of the City Commission of the City of Eustis, Florida, the 3rd day of October 2002.
List of Items to be Deleted from Fixed Assets
Request for approval of list of items to be deleted from Fixed Assets declared surplus, and to be disposed of in the most efficient and effective manner for Lake County, for the month of November 2002, in the amount of $239,901.53.
Ordinance No. 02-71 - City of Leesburg
Request to acknowledge receipt of Ordinance No. 02-71 from the City of Leesburg, Florida, annexing certain property owned by Christian Worship Center, as described, which was passed and adopted at the regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, on the 28th day of October 2002.
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA
Commr. Stivender clarified that Tab 10 is only to approve to advertise an Ordinance which would increase the Tourist Development Tax from 2 percent to 4 percent in Lake County.
Commr. Hill requested that Tab 7 be pulled for discussion.
Under discussion, Commr. Hill commented on Tab 7 which is the adoption of the FY 02/03 Annual Plan of Service (Plan) and Combined Budget for the Lake County Library System. She stated that the packet in the backup material will be submitted to the State, and she made note of several programs in Lake County for students as well as others who use the County’s libraries. She emphasized the reading programs, mentoring programs, and tutoring programs. She expressed hope that support will come from the State of Florida, the Federal government and the Cities in Lake County.
Ms. Wendy Breeden, Director of Library Services, explained that the Plan is based on a five-year plan of service. She stated that Library Services tries to provide support materials, including accelerated reader books, reference materials, and literary and tutoring services.
Under discussion on Tab 5, a request to extend the LifeStream Behavioral Center’s Transportation Operator Contract with the Lake County BCC and increasing the rate from $12.00 per trip to $14.00 per trip, Commr. Hanson inquired about the impact on the number of trips provided.
Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, explained that the increase in the rate by $2.00 per trip probably will not affect the number of trips. He stated that Community Services released a Request for Proposal (RFP) without any reduction in numbers of trips provided.
Commr. Stivender stated that some cut backs will be made and some trips will be lost and this extension of the contract is necessary during the RFP process.
Mr. Ken Harley, Public Transportation Manager, Community Services, stated that trips, such as those to beauty salons, might be lost and the number of grocery shopping trips per week might be limited. He added that vital services will still be provided.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the County Manager’s Consent Agenda, Tabs 3 through 22 (with the noted correction on Tab 3 Item 5), as follows:
Budget and Administrative Services - Budget
Request for approval of the following:
Fiscal Year 2001/2002 - Budget Transfer - Various Funds, Various Departments, in the amount of $218,929.00 is requested. County policy stipulates that actual expenditures cannot exceed the budget for a major object within a fund. A major object includes: Personal Services, Operating Expenses, Capital Outlay and Debt Service. Actual expenditures were in excess of the budget for several major objects in nine funds, totaling $218,929.00. The major areas included: payouts to departing employees ($16,028.00), overtime (road repairs - $40,202.00; West Nile Virus spraying - $21,030.00), salary accruals for the new Building Services Fund ($35,230.00), and payments to cities for the Ninth Cent Gas Tax ($45,550.00). The transfer, in each case, comes from the balance remaining in another line item within each Department’s budget.
Fiscal Year 2002/2003 - Budget Transfer - Stormwater Management Fund, Department of Public Works, Engineering Division, in the amount of $259,000.00 is requested. Transfer $259,000.00 from Land Acquisition to Improvements Other Than Buildings. Additional funds are needed for the Green Swamp and Tracey Canal culvert projects. Bids were higher than anticipated and an engineering firm has been retained for inspections. Funds are available in Land Acquisition, as it is anticipated that limited purchases will be made this year. Ten percent (10%) has been added to cover any change orders to the project.
Budget transfer - Sales Tax Capital Projects Fund, Department of Public Works, Capital Projects Division, in the amount of $53,000.00 is requested. Transfer $53,000.00 from Special Reserve to Buildings. Additional funds are needed for a fire suppression system and UPS backup system for the Clerk’s Records Center, in an amount not to exceed $53,000.00. The Board of County Commissioners approved the additional funds on October 15, 2002. Funds available in the Infrastructure Sales Tax Special Reserve.
Budget transfer - County Fire Control Fund, Department of Public Safety, Fire Rescue Division, in the amount of $10,198.00 is requested. Transfer $10,198.00 from Contingency to Machinery & Equipment. The grant application for three thermal imagers was approved. The Federal share is 70% or $23,798.00 of the approved amount. The County’s share is 30% or $10,198.00. Funds are needed for the County’s share of the cost of the three thermal imagers. Funds available in Contingency.
Fiscal Year 2001/2002 - Resolution 2002-193 to amend the Road Impact Fees Fund in order to receive unanticipated revenue for Fiscal Year 2001/2002 in the amount of $266,073.00 deposited into County Incentive Grant Program and provide appropriations for the disbursement to Roads for Permitting, Design & Engineering for C-470 and C-44.
Fiscal Year 2002/2003 - Resolution 2002-194 to amend the County Fire Control Fund in order to receive unanticipated revenue for Fiscal Year 2002/2003 in the amount of $23,798.00 deposited into Firefighters Grant Program and provide appropriations for the disbursement to Machinery & Equipment for three thermal imagers.
Budget and Administrative Services - Procurement Services
Request for approval for two Change Orders to Rispoli-Sosa for Summer Bay Fire Station and Astor Fire Station for additional architectural services in the amounts of $11,550.00 and $10,005.00, respectively.
Request for approval of the following:
Extend the LifeStream Behavioral Center’s Transportation Operator Contract with the Lake County Board of County Commissioners for three additional months and increasing the rate from $12.00 per trip to $14.00 per trip. This action also has to be approved by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged after approval by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners.
Purchase of automation equipment, software, and data services through epixtech, Inc. for merging Leesburg Public Library’s databases with the Lake County Library System’s automation system in the amount of $72,078.00.
Adoption of the FY 02/03 Annual Plan of Service and Combined Budget for the Lake County Library System.
Request for approval of the following:
Cultural Affairs Council to develop a Jazz Festival event for May of 2003, to seek local donations, involve concession vendors and apply for a State Grant.
Cultural Affairs Council to make a grant application to the Florida Department of State, execution of grant documents, if awarded, acceptance of funds, and approval of local in-kind match ($10,000.00 in publicity) for the development of a Jazz Festival in May of 2003.
Advertise an Ordinance which would increase the Tourist Development Tax from two percent (2%) to four percent (4%) in Lake County.
Request for approval of amendment to the Interlocal Agreement between Lake County Fire Rescue and Lake Sumter EMS related to advanced life support services that will provide a reimbursement of $200,000.00 to Lake County Fire Rescue for providing these ALS services.
Request for approval to accept four Statutory Quitclaim Deeds and three Statutory Warranty Deeds as follows:
Statutory Quitclaim Deeds
Jean A. Holt and Nelda S. Rossie, Far West Ave., Deerhaven Project
Fredrick and Nelda Rossie, Far West Ave., Deerhaven Project
Landsberg Family Trust, North Blvd./East Ave., Deerhaven Project
Frederick and Nelda Rossie, South West Ave., Deerhaven Project
Statutory Warrant Deeds
Chester C. Fosgate Company, N. Hancock, #2 1354, Trail Project
Chester C. Fosgate Company, Oakley Seaver Blvd., Road Project
Chester C. Fosgate Company, Oakley Seaver Blvd., Road Project
Request for approval of the following:
Authorization to advertise for bids for the CDBG Montverde Town Hall ADA renovation project at an estimated cost of $107,000.00.
Authorization to execute Project Change Order #3 for the Clerk’s Record Center in the amount of $8,970.00 for additional Architect design work for the building elevation modifications from within the project’s existing approved budget.
County Resolution 2002-195 Grade Crossing Traffic Control Devices and Future Responsibility for funding of safety improvements to the East Alfred Street (Old 441) rail crossing for the Highway Safety Improvement Program, Adopted Railroad Signal Safety Improvement Project.
Railroad Reimbursement Agreement, Grade Crossing Traffic Control Devices-County and the County Resolution 2002-196 for funding of safety improvements to the Fairview Avenue Crossing, Road #3-4158.
Railroad Reimbursement Agreement, Grade Crossing Traffic Control Devices-County and the County Resolution 2002-197 for funding of safety improvements to Boyd Road, Road #3-4262.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State of Florida, Department of Transportation and Lake County Board of County Commissioners regarding the County 470 Maintenance Agreement which is required to be implemented before Federal funding can be received for the construction of the CR 470 Interchange.
Authorization to accept the final plat for Marsh Hammock, Phase III, all areas dedicated to the public as shown on the Marsh Hammock, Phase III plat, a Letter of Credit for Maintenance in the amount of $24,800.00; execute a Developer’s Agreement for Maintenance of Improvements between Lake County and Marsh Hammock, Inc.; and execute Resolution 2002-198 accepting Switch Cane Street (County Road Number 1631F), Water Fern Circle (Part) (County Road Number 1631A), Water Orchid Avenue (County Road Number 1631B) into the County Road maintenance system all relating to the Marsh Hammock, Phase III subdivision. Subdivision consists of 48 lots - Commission District 2.
Authorization to execute change order #6 (and final) to the CR-448 Extension Project No. 2001-10 in the amount of $10,000.00 for soil cement required at the Groveland Library.
Provide Road Impact Fee Credits to the Lucas Clermont Limited Partnership (LCLP) in the amount of $68,888.59 for the construction of a part of Oakley Seaver Drive connecting State Road 50 to Citrus Tower Boulevard.
Authorization to execute a Service Agreement between Lake County and Southlake Utilities for utility service to Summer Bay Fire Station #94.
“DORI SLOSBERG DRIVER EDUCATION SAFETY ACT”
Ms. Desiree’ Morel, Legislative Assistant to State Rep. Irving Slosberg, gave a presentation regarding the “Dori Slosberg Driver Education Safety Act.” She explained that the Florida Legislature passed an Act in the name of Rep. Slosberg’s 14-year-old daughter, Dori, who died in a car crash in 1996, to generate money for driver education courses. She asked the Board to enact the “Dori Slosberg Driver Education Safety Act” which allows a $3 surcharge to be added to all civil traffic violations, except parking citations. She stated that the money is earmarked for enhanced driver education in county schools. She emphasized that this is not a tax, but is a charge to violators of the law. She stated that in the year 2000 this Ordinance, had it been in effect, would have brought $109,305 to Lake County for such programs. She stated that Rep. Slosberg has received a positive response from 29 of 32 counties contacted.
Ms. Pam Saylor, Superintendent of Lake County Schools, urged consideration of increasing the civil traffic fines, and explained that the School Board has had to considerably reduce the amount of driver education that is available to students. She added that only Umatilla High School currently has a driver education program in Lake County.
Mr. Jim Polk, Assistant Superintendent of Lake County Schools, stated that the School Board intends to offer a short course, which includes defensive driving and road rules, in every high school the second semester of this year if the proposed Ordinance is passed. The School Board will try to offer the driving portion in a few schools, in conjunction with local car dealers, next year. He stated that $110,000 would allow a quality program in one school.
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, stated that the proposed Ordinance provides that the funds are placed in a trust fund held by the Clerk’s Office, and the Board will make decisions about how the money is spent after advertising for proposals. The Act is written for both public and nonpublic schools, and all Lake County schools with high-school aged students could compete for the funds, and a contract would indicate how those funds would be spent.
ORDINANCE IMPOSING ADDITIONAL $3 FEE FOR EACH CIVIL TRAFFIC
PENALTY - “DORI SLOSBERG DRIVER EDUCATION SAFETY ACT”
Chairman Pool opened the public hearing.
Mr. Bill Deckman, a Pine Lakes resident, stated that there is a problem with sand trucks speeding on S.R. 42 and that citations are not being issued to the sand truck drivers.
Trooper Kim Miller, Public Information Officer, Florida Highway Patrol, stated that she has had the misfortune, in the last eight years, of witnessing several car crashes by teenage drivers in Lake County. She stated that the Highway Patrol supports any type of education for teenage drivers and urged the Board to approve the proposed Ordinance.
There being no further public comment, the Chairman closed the public hearing.
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, placed the proposed Ordinance on the floor for its first and final reading, by title only, as follows:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; CREATING SECTION 9-11 OF THE LAKE COUNTY CODE TO BE ENTITLED COLLECTION OF ADDITIONAL COSTS IN CIVIL TRAFFIC PENALTY CASES; PROVIDING FOR A THREE ($3.00) FEE TO BE COLLECTED BY THE CLERK OF THE COURT IN CIVIL TRAFFIC CASES; PROVIDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LAKE COUNTY TRAFFIC EDUCATION TRUST FUND; PROVIDING A SEVERANCE CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE LAKE COUNTY CODE; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Under discussion, Mr. Jim Polk, Assistant Superintendent of Lake County Schools, explained that the currently projected amount of funds would be sufficient for a program in one school, but the School Board will look at their funding to see if that could be expanded. He emphasized that the amount of funds, as well as whether any private schools receive any of the allotment, will determine what program could be put in place. He reiterated that the short course would be implemented in each school in the second semester of this school year.
Mr. Minkoff clarified that the funds would be for traffic education programs in public and nonpublic schools, and would not be limited to behind-the-wheel education.
Mr. Polk stated that the intent would be to try to go in the direction of behind-the-wheel education, but the driving program will depend on partnership by car dealers and others.
Ms. Desiree’ Morel, Legislative Assistant to State Rep. Irving Slosberg, stated that Rep. Slosberg hopes cars will be brought into the schools, but, according to the Act, the money can be used for textbooks, videos, simulators, and additional teachers. She added that the funds cannot be used by the County as a surcharge for collection.
Commr. Cadwell commented that having the short course in schools will make it easier to ask the community for participation.
Ms. Morel stated that Rep. Slosberg is willing to work with the County in talking with car dealerships, and gasoline dealers.
Commr. Hill inquired whether the program will be implemented in the private and charter schools, how many students will be served by the programs, and if the School Board is willing to include funding in their budget next year.
Mr. Polk explained that private schools can ask the County for a portion of the funds, but the School Board is only responsible for public schools and charter schools, which are public schools. He stated that during the second semester of this year, the defensive driving portion of the program should be available to any student who wants it, but the driving portion will be a major expense. He stated that the School Board will not be able to offer a driving program in every school next year, but that a pilot program in one school will probably be possible. He added that an overwhelming surge of support from the community, with automobiles, gasoline and insurance, will expand the possibilities.
Commr. Hill commented that she would not want the Board to implement a program that is not equal throughout the County for all students, and inquired if the School Board would be willing to make up the difference in funding if the revenues fall short of projections, even for the short course.
Mr. Polk stated that the philosophy is that something is better than nothing, and this is a start. He reiterated that the short course will be offered to any student who wishes to participate in the second semester of this year. He stated that students will be polled to determine the number who wish to participate, but if the Board approves the proposed Ordinance, the School Board will begin implementation immediately.
Commr. Hill stated that the County does not know how much will be collected for the upcoming second half of this school year. She suggested that a better plan would be to include the program in the budgets of the County and the School Board next year, if an Ordinance is passed. She suggested that the School Board talk to students and determine their interest level. Commr Hill stated that, by partnering with the Sheriff, $100,000 may go a little bit farther. She stated that a discussion with Sheriff Knupp determined it may be possible to send at least fifteen hundred students through the Sheriff’s defensive driving course annually.
Mr. Polk concurred that partnering with the Sheriff may be a better use of the money for the County. He pointed out that there are, however, certification issues with Sheriff’s Deputies and their ability to teach the driver education courses for credit.
Commr. Cadwell stated that the County should decide if it is interested in collecting this money for drivers’ education, and then decide at a later date where the money will be used. He added that high schools have been affected in the last few years, and he would encourage any group to come forward to make a presentation.
Ms. Morel stated that Palm Beach County’s School Board has partnered with the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Deputies are teaching on-road experience in the schools, and certified teachers are teaching the book work and simulators. She stated that the Palm Beach County School Board subcontracted with a private company to run the drivers education program. An option for private school students might be to offer the program to them during summer school sessions at public high schools.
Commr. Hanson commented that helping any students, whether in public or private schools, would make a difference in Lake County.
Commr. Hill stated that, by law, a drivers’ education course is required and parents currently must pay for the course through a private company, and learners’ permits are effective for one year before a permanent license is obtained. She expressed concern about raising taxes and implementing a program before a plan and details are in place, and added that it is premature to tax citizens before details are completed.
Commr. Pool remarked that this is a penalty rather than a tax, and persons who abide by the law would not pay this fee or penalty.
A motion was made by Commr. Cadwell and seconded by Commr Hanson to approve Ordinance 2002-87, imposing an additional $3 fee for each civil traffic penalty, effective January 1, 2003, and directing staff to move quickly to establish the process for Request for Proposals (RFP) to determine who will receive the funds.
Under discussion, Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, stated that if the Ordinance is approved today, staff will bring back RFPs to the Board, hopefully, in January 2003.
Commr. Cadwell expressed respect for the conservatism Commr. Hill brings to the Board and expressed appreciation for her comments, but added that the Board should move forward on this issue.
Chairman Pool called for a vote on the motion which carried by a 4-1 vote.
Commr. Hill voted “no.”
UPDATE ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Ms. Cheryl Thomas, Community Services, gave a presentation on the Affordable Housing Program Accomplishments and the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) program. She introduced staff members, Ms. Nicie Parks, Ms. Melanie Hicks, and Ms. Pat Trefethan, who have been instrumental in the success of the SHIP program. She explained the two components of the SHIP program, the home purchase program and the home repair program. Both programs are available to citizens on a countywide basis, and the basic eligibility criteria are low and very low income. The home purchase program provides financial assistance in the form of deferred payment loans. The funding can be applied to down payments, closing costs or to buy down a portion of a first mortgage. The loans, a second mortgage, are at zero percent interest, no payments are made on the loan as long as the applicant occupies the home, and if, at the end of ten years, all conditions have been met, the loan is forgiven.
Ms. Thomas stated that partners for that program are Affordable Housing by Lake, Homes in Partnership and Habitat for Humanity, and that the County works closely with the Lake County Agricultural Center and Consumer Credit Counseling. She stated that from 1992 through June 2002, almost $10,000,000 was allocated on a countywide basis and more than 1,000 homes were purchased by Lake County citizens through the program. The SHIP program is 100% consumer driven and citizens have total choice as to the area of the County in which they choose to purchase a home.
Ms. Thomas explained the home repair portion of the SHIP program. This assistance, for owner-occupied residences, is in the form of deferred payment loans, and also takes the form of a note and mortgage, at zero percent interest. No payments are required, and after ten years, if conditions are met, the loan is forgiven. Applicants apply for this program through the Lake County Housing and Community Development Office. She noted that more than $3,000,000 has been expended in Lake County for the home repair program, and 259 homeowners have received repair assistance. She stated that, because there are 298 applications on the waiting list, the list was recently closed to new applicants.
Commr. Hanson stated that getting information to unincorporated areas, where half of the County’s citizens live, is a challenge. She added that, according to today’s presentation, only 30% of the dollars for new home purchases and about 27% of the dollars for repairs go into the unincorporated areas. She commented that the Affordable Housing Program could provide an opportunity for replacement of older mobile homes with a conventional home.
Commr. Cadwell stated that staff does a fine job administering the program, and that the needs are so great and the dollars are so short.
Commr. Hanson stated that the Lake County Affordable Housing Program is a model for other areas.
Ms. Thomas stated that Lake County is one of the few jurisdictions in the State which uses all of its home purchase money every year, and the last two years the money was used before the program year ended.
Commr. Hanson suggested that staff use the new libraries to help reach the unincorporated residents with information about the program.
Commr. Pool stated that many churches and faith-based organizations are working within the local community rather than going out of the area. He suggested that churches might be able to meet some of the needs of the home repair applicants.
Ms. Deborah Boulware, Lake County Extension Service, stated that, since fall 1993, she has conducted home maintenance classes. Regarding the demand for the program, her last class of this year included more than 100 people. She emphasized that working with this educational program is one of the most gratifying things she has done as an extension agent.
CITIZEN QUESTION AND COMMENT PERIOD
Rich Dunkel/Trails Projects
Commr. Stivender introduced Mr. Rich Dunkel and asked that he address the Board. She pointed out that there are several committees working on the trails project and those committees, in the future, plan to work together to avoid duplication.
Mr. Rich Dunkel, a Lake County resident and President of Trail Friends, Inc., gave an overview of the ECHO SMART (Environmental Cultural Healthy Outdoor Safe Multi-Use And Recreational Tourism) Trails Project. He stated that the Economic Development Council and Trail Friends, Inc., a nonprofit trails group, made application to the National Park Service’s (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program in July 2002. He commented that this national program has done more master plans for trails, greenways and rivers than any single consulting firm in the State of Florida. He added that the RTCA is very well respected by state and federal agencies which bring money to projects. He congratulated the Board on the progress in South Lake County and the City of Leesburg with their trails program. He stated that the County needs a master plan to obtain special funding and recognition of projects. He stated that the ECHO SMART Trails Project wants to work with cities and schools. In September 2002 the Project was given an assistance grant by the NPS and the NPS wants to help work the program. He stated that a biannual National Trails Conference last week hosted more than 800 people from all over the country, including state agencies, and a new focus is health, recreation and trails. Mr. Dunkel reported that obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle, is the second leading cause of premature death and disease nationally, and Florida is the 43rd healthiest state. He stated that a 2001-2002 survey of Lake County schools showed 11% of kindergarten and 16% of third grade students are obese. Mr. Dunkel remarked that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is particularly interested in public health and societal issues, will award grants of up to $200,000 over five years to 25 qualifying community-oriented partnerships through its “Active Living by Design” program. He stated that an endorsement by the Board of the ECHO SMART Trails Project is the first step in the grant process. Proposed partners would be schools, hospitals and health services, parks and recreation, public works, Florida Greenways and Trails, Florida Department of Transportation, developers, the National Park Service, trail groups, the Economic Development Council and the Tourist Development Council. Mr. Dunkel commented that students are of particular concern and less than 10% of today’s students walk to school.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved placing the ECHO SMART Trails Project on today’s agenda.
A motion was made by Commr. Stivender and seconded by Commr. Hanson to endorse the ECHO SMART Trails Project, working with the Lake County Tourism and Economic Development Director, for the purpose of a grant application to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Under discussion, Commr. Stivender stated that this step should help the overall master plan for Lake County’s trails programs. Commr. Hanson stated that this issue should also be coordinated with the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department Director. Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, clarified that future efforts will be in a more cohesive fashion. Commr. Cadwell commented that this action circumvents other groups and, generally, issues such as this would first be presented to other committees such as the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (B/PAC). Mr. Dunkel stated that B/PAC has endorsed the project. Commr. Stivender stated that an information packet will be given to Parks and Recreation.
Chairman Pool called for a vote on the motion which carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote.
Mr. Bill Deckman, a Pine Lakes resident, asked that the County’s tax bills be itemized. He commented that the costs for the new firehouses are too high and asked to see the bids on the firehouses in Astor and at CR 474/US 27. He asked the Commissioners what their salary is, and asked how much the expenses were for Commr. Cadwell’s trip regarding the incinerator.
Commr. Pool offered to help Mr. Deckman find the answers to his questions after the meeting, and stated that all the information is a matter of public record.
John Engles/Retail Sales Licenses
Mr. John Engles, a businessman in Lake County, stated that the Lake County Zoning Department has issued some retail sales licenses in LM (Light Industrial District) zonings and denied a retail license to others, including himself. He stated that he is specifically talking about Old Highway 441 between Tavares and Mount Dora where the Zoning Department indicated there is an Employment Center designation. Mr. Engles asked for clarification on Employment Center designations and whether previous Boards intended to vest industrial uses in LM zoning. He asked that this issue be placed on the Board’s agenda.
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, stated that if a property owner is unhappy with staff’s interpretation of the Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) designation, the property owner could ask for a Comp Plan change to take the property out of the Employment Center and designate it as Urban or Urban Expansion, or the Board, on its own initiative, could approve a change.
Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, stated that a workshop will be scheduled on this issue.
Mr. Gregg Welstead, Deputy County Manager, stated that the Future Land Use Map should be updated to reflect existing land use. He stated that staff has researched the Old Highway 441 corridor and ensured that the actual license is in place for those businesses as was intended by vesting.
Commr. Pool pointed out that as Commissioners change, as positions, ideas and the community changes, the County may embrace a different Comp Plan. He remarked that a Board workshop to discuss these issues would be appropriate.
There being no additional citizens who wished to address the Board, the Chairman closed the Citizen Question and Comment Period.
At this time, Commr. Pool temporarily left the meeting.
COUNTY MANAGER’S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
Mr. Jim Stivender, Director of Public Works, presented the Board with a spreadsheet on the Timeline of Events for the County Road (CR) 25 Widening and Resurfacing Project No. 2002-03 and discussed Change Order #1 in the amount of $451,220.21. He stated that the project was bid with incomplete plans and with the realization that additional engineering would be required for stormwater, utility and access issues and to address Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) permit comments. With approval of this change order, he stated, an additional 120 days will be added to the contract’s original completion date of October 1, 2002, and the completion date will be changed to approximately February 1, 2003. He added that the Change Order includes intersection improvements associated with US Highway 441. He stated that there will be a Change Order #2 which will include a signal light at the intersection of Griffin Road and CR 25 and explained that the money for the light will be reimbursed in a couple of years by the State through a grant.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board approved Change Order #1 in the amount of $451,220.21 to the County Road 25 widening and resurfacing Project No. 2002-03 for construction changes and adjustments on Oak Street and CR 25 due to additional engineering design of the project and work related to addressing the FDOT permit comments.
Commr. Pool was not present for the vote.
At this time, Commr. Pool returned to the meeting.
APPOINTMENT TO COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE COMMITTEE
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the appointment of Dr. Kenneth Cohrn to the Comprehensive Health Care Committee as the representative of the Lake County Dental Association.
RESOLUTION/APPOINTMENTS TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved Resolution No. 2002-199 and reappointed the following Lake County residents as members of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee:
Mr. Michael J. “Mike” Cox - Actively Engaged in Banking or Mortgage Banking
Mr. Robert “Bob” Spector - Advocate for Low-Income Persons
Mr. Carl R. Ludecke - Actively Engaged in the Residential Home Building Industry
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed Mr. Mark Neese, who is actively engaged as a real estate professional, to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee.
APPOINTMENTS TO SALES SURTAX OVERSIGHT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed Mr. Tomas J. Kelley, as a member of the public at large as designated by the Board of County Commissioners, pursuant to Ordinance 2001-130, to serve as a member of the Sales Surtax Oversight Advisory Committee.
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed Mr. Shawn Hill, as a member of the public at large as designated by the Board of County Commissioners, pursuant to Ordinance 2001-130, to serve as a member of the Sales Surtax Oversight Advisory Committee.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed the following members to the Sales Surtax Oversight Advisory Committee, pursuant to Ordinance 2001-130:
Representatives of Lake County League of Cities
Mr. Keith Mullins
Mr. Robert Speaks
Representatives of Lake County School Board
Mr. H.D. “Dan” Robuck, Jr.
Ms. Martha Hartman
The Board agreed to send a letter from the Chairman to the Constitutional Officers asking if any of them are interested in serving, and, if not, asking for their three designees, pursuant to Ordinance 2001-130, as members of the Sales Surtax Oversight Advisory Committee.
REPORTS - COUNTY ATTORNEY
AGREEMENT BETWEEN LAKE COUNTY AND R. THOMAS CARLE, ESQ.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved renewal of the Agreement between Lake County and R. Thomas Carle, Esq., for legal representation for indigent criminal defendants in conflict of interest cases.
GRANT-IN-AID AGREEMENT FOR CHILD DEPENDENCY
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Grant-in-Aid Agreement for Child Dependency between the Justice Administrative Commission and the Lake Board of County Commissioners in an amount not to exceed $77,137.10, for the period beginning July 1, 2002, and ending June 30, 2003, to assist in the payment of costs incurred for Dependency Counsel in accordance with 39.013(11), Florida Statutes.
RESOLUTION/MT PLYMOUTH-SORRENTO SMALL AREA STUDY COMMITTEE
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, stated that the proposed, short-term Resolution would continue the Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento Small Area Study Committee that is in existence until a study can be completed by the consultant, and provides that the same committee members would be the members, and, if there is an issue about membership, the Growth Management Director would resolve that issue.
Commr. Cadwell inquired whether the committee would consist of all the original members, noting that some of the original members resigned.
Commr. Hanson stated that only the current members should be on the committee, noting that it is a large group and is representative of the community. She added that, while the study might be completed in a couple of months, there may be opportunities to add members at some future point should the committee evolve into a community organization.
Mr. Keith Schue, a resident of Mt. Plymouth, stated that he was one of the members who chose to resign because of the structure of the committee and the issue of compliance with the Florida Sunshine Law. He stated that he would welcome the opportunity to be on the committee in its current, formalized fashion.
Commr. Hanson stated that the committee will be holding public meetings and everyone is welcome to attend and have input. She reiterated that the community is adequately represented with the committee as it is.
Mr. Tim Bailey, a resident of Mt. Plymouth and currently Chairman of the Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento Small Area Study Committee, stated that he is concerned with the recommendation by Mr. Minkoff that the Growth Management Director would resolve any membership issues. He added that he would be encumbered to resolve those issues, given the situation with the County and the development arena.
Commr. Cadwell pointed out that the proposed Resolution indicates any dispute of membership shall be brought to the Board of County Commissioners for resolution.
Mr. Bailey stated that it is apparent that the membership will be disputed, and that no business has been conducted in the last five months by the committee. He commented that issues should have been resolved internally within the committee, rather than stopping the committee’s actions entirely. He added that critical time has been lost.
Commr. Cadwell, while recommending that the proposed Resolution be approved, requested a list of the original members as well as the current members, in the event the membership issue should be brought back to the Board at a later date.
A motion was made by Commr. Hanson and seconded by Commr. Cadwell to approve the County Attorney’s recommendation for the proposed Resolution and formalizing the appointments of the current, remaining members to the Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento Small Area Study Committee.
Under discussion, Commr. Cadwell reiterated any future concerns with the membership can be brought back to the Board.
Commr. Hill inquired as to whether or not this study was pulled from the 2002-03 budget, and whether there will be funding available for the consultant.
Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, clarified that the study that was pulled from the budget was a different, additional study that had no relationship to the Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento study.
Mr. Minkoff concurred that this study is almost complete and is funded.
Commr. Hanson stated that this rapidly urbanizing area has critical needs, environmentally and transportation wise, and everybody on the committee should be interested in moving forward in a progressive manner.
Mr. Bailey encouraged participation at the public meetings.
Chairman Pool called for a vote on the motion which carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, for Board approval of Resolution 2002-200 creating the Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento Small Area Study Committee, and formalizing the appointment of the current members of the committee.
ADDENDUM NO. 1
COUNTY MANAGER’S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT / TOURISM - RESOLUTION / ACT III SHED
Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, requested Board approval of a proposed Resolution finding that Act III Shed Company be approved as a Qualified Applicant for the Qualified Target Industry (QTI) Tax Refund Program. He explained that this QTI grant is different from the Jobs Growth Investment (JGI) Fund in that the State pays 80% and the County pays 20%, after the jobs are created. The County’s portion, $18,000, would be allocated over a four-year period and would be based on the actual number of jobs created. He stated that, although there was not a quorum, it was the consensus of the Industrial Development Authority members present at their November 14, 2002, meeting to recommend approval of the proposed Resolution.
Commr. Pool stated that the annual salary of the jobs to be created is expected to be in the $34,000 range, and that job performance is required in order for reimbursement to be made by the County.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved Resolution 2002-201, finding that Act III Shed Company be approved as a Qualified Applicant for the Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Program pursuant to Section 288.106, Florida Statutes; providing an appropriation of $18,000 over four years as the required “local participation” of 20%.
SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT - RESOLUTION TO REFINANCE $10 MILLION
SOLID WASTE LINE OF CREDIT NOTE
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, stated that this proposed Resolution is to refinance the $10 million Solid Waste Line of Credit Note with SunTrust over a ten-year period. It will have a fixed interest rate of 3.69 percent per annum and will call for principal payments of $1,000,000 per year. He stated that should there be significant changes to the tax code affecting banks it could cause a change in the interest rate and the loan would be reevaluated at that time. Mr. Minkoff stated that staff recommends approval of the proposed Resolution.
Mr. Bill Neron, County Attorney, stated that the repayment funds are currently budgeted and are sufficient to do so this next fiscal year.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Cadwell and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved Resolution 2002-192 accepting the proposal of SunTrust Bank to provide the County with a loan in an aggregate principal amount of $10,000,000 to refinance the Solid Waste Line of Credit Note over a ten-year period.
Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, thanked Ms. Barbara Lehman, Chief Deputy Clerk, County Finance, for her leadership, and commented that there was good cooperation between the County Attorney’s Office, the Clerk’s Office, and the County Manager’s Office on the timely preparation of this Resolution.
ADDENDUM NO. 1
APPOINTMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL LANDS MANAGEMENT AND
ACQUISITION STUDY COMMITTEE
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed Ms. Patricia Burgos as the Lake County Water Authority’s representative on the Environmental Lands Management and Acquisition Study Committee.
ADDENDUM NO. 1
REPORTS - COUNTY MANAGER
2002 LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE
Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, stated that Senator Anna Cowin’s office requested Lake County’s Legislative Proposed Package 2002 by November 24, 2002. He stated that most of the items that are included were not funded last year. He commented that it appears the State of Florida is in a severe financial condition, and he is not hopeful of obtaining any new funding from the Legislature. He added that, hopefully, there will be no further unfunded mandates from the State.
Commr. Cadwell commented that the items in the proposed package have had the support of the Board, in one form or another. He stated that the Astor-Astor Park Water System will probably report to the Board early 2003, as required under their grants.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the draft issues for the 2002 Legislative Packet for presentation to the Lake County Legislative Delegation.
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER HILL - DISTRICT #1
TAX COLLECTOR - UNUSED FUNDS
Commr. Hill thanked Mr. Bob McKee, Tax Collector, and his efficient staff for submitting $1.6 million in unused funds.
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Commr. Hill announced a Business After Hours in downtown Leesburg on Thursday, November 21, 2002, to benefit the Arts.
U.S. AIR FORCE BAND
Commr. Hill announced that the U.S. Air Force Band of the Rockies, The Falconaires, will perform in downtown Leesburg on Friday, November 22, 2002.
NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY
Commr. Hill reminded the Board of the celebration of National Adoption Day in Lake County on Saturday, November 23, 2002, at 9:00 a.m. at the Lake County Judicial Center.
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER STIVENDER - DISTRICT #3
FLORIDA WATER SYSTEMS
Commr. Stivender inquired whether there is any information from the November 18, 2002, meeting of the Florida Water Systems.
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, stated that a newspaper article mentioned that Senator Anna Cowin attended the meeting and spoke against the issue.
Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, stated that he will keep the Board updated as he gets further information.
LIGHT UP TAVARES
Commr. Stivender announced that Light Up Tavares/Lights of Lake will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2002, beginning with a parade at 6:00 p.m.
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER HANSON - DISTRICT #4
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETINGS
Commr. Hanson announced that she will not be present at the November 26, 2002, and December 17, 2002, BCC meetings due to attending the Wekiva Basin Task Force meetings.
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER CADWELL - DISTRICT #5
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING
Commr. Cadwell announced that he will not be present at the December 3, 2002, BCC meeting.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved placing the Election of Officers on today’s agenda.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board elected Commr. Cadwell as Chairman of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, effective December 3, 2002.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board elected Commr. Stivender as Vice Chairman of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, effective December 3, 2002.
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER POOL - CHAIRMAN AND DISTRICT #2
COUNTY MANAGER’S ANNUAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
Commr. Pool stated that, per the Annual Performance Evaluation sheet in the back-up material, Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, has met or exceeded expectations in every category. He expressed his appreciation for Mr. Neron’s professionalism and willingness to help during the recent, difficult budget process.
Mr. Neron thanked the Board for the opportunity to serve, stating that it has been an eventful, challenging, fun-filled first year and he hopes to continue as County Manager for several years.
Commr. Cadwell stated that, while the County Manager’s evaluation shows he has met or exceeded expectations, the County is under fiscal restraints and salary increases are limited for all County employees.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the County Manager’s Annual Performance Evaluation, and approved a $1,000 per year increase in compensation, per the County’s budget limitation for employee raises for Fiscal Year 2002/2003.
REPORTS - COMMISSIONER CADWELL - DISTRICT #5
DEDICATED FUNDING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LANDS
Commr. Cadwell requested a report from the staff on the number of Florida counties and/or cities that have approved dedicated funding for environmental land purchases.
Commr. Hanson stated that she can get that report from the Lake County Environmental Lands Management and Acquisition Study Committee. She stated that a Master Plan for recreation is being formulated and that land acquisition information might be incorporated into that plan. She commented that it is important that efforts and dollars are not duplicated by various planning committees.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m.
ROBERT A. POOL, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK