A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
JUNE 6, 2006
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, June 6, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., in the Board of County Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Lake County Administration Building, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Catherine C. Hanson, Chairman; Welton G. Cadwell, Vice Chairman; Debbie Stivender; Jennifer Hill; and Robert A. Pool. Others present were: Sanford A. (Sandy) Minkoff, County Attorney; Cindy Hall, County Manager; Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, County Manager’s Office; Barbara Lehman, Chief Deputy Clerk, County Finance; and Sandra Carter, Deputy Clerk.
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE
Reverend Jim Lively, from the St. Matthias Episcopal Church, in Clermont, gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ms. Cindy Hall, County Manager, informed the Board that there was an Addendum No. 1 to the Agenda, containing two consent items, one regarding World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and the other one being a request for approval to renovate some leased property. She stated that Item No. 22, under the County Manager’s Consent Agenda, having to do with Alameda Sandra Road, was being pulled from the Consent Agenda, to be presented by Mr. Jim Stivender, Jr., Public Works Director; and that Item No. 31, under the County Manager’s Departmental Business, a request from Procurement Services for approval of the contract for the Construction Manager for the renovation of the Judicial Center, Detention Center, Energy Plant, Parking Garage, and the Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building, was being pulled until a later date, noting that staff is working out some final issues involving the contract.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of March 28, 2006 (Regular Meeting), as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Pool and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of April 4, 2006 (Regular Meeting), as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of April 25, 2006 (Regular Meeting), as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Pool, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of May 2, 2006 (Regular Meeting), as presented.
CLERK OF COURT’S CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Pool and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the following requests:
Request for approval of Contractor Bonds – New and Surety Rider, as follows:
6479-06 Demetrio Martinez d/b/a Unico Irrigation, Inc.
6480-06 Clifford J. Gardiner d/b/a J & C Gardiner, Inc. d/b/a Gardiner Concrete
6481-06 Elliott M. Thomas d/b/a Elliott’s A/C Service
6482-06 Greg Wooley d/b/a Wooley Brothers, Inc.
6483-06 Roger F. Hunt d/b/a C. J. Hunt Construction Co., Inc.
6479-06 Change name of Surety Company from Old Republic Surety Company to International Business & Mercantile Reassurance Company – Effective April 20, 2006
List of Warrants
Request to acknowledge receipt of list of warrants paid prior to this meeting, pursuant to Chapter 136.06 (1) 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.
Monthly Distribution of Revenue Traffic/Criminal Cases
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Monthly Distribution of Revenue Traffic/Criminal Cases, for the month ending April 30, 2006, in the amount of $173,459.18. Same period, last year: $146,171.63.
Operational Audit from State of Florida Auditor General
Request to acknowledge receipt of Report No. 2006-173 (April 2006), the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program, Operational Audit, from the State of Florida Auditor General.
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report from City of Tavares
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report from the City of Tavares, for the year ended September 30, 2005.
Information Technology Audit from State of Florida Auditor General
Request to acknowledge receipt of Report No. 2006-171 (April 2006), an Information Technology Audit of the Lake County District School Board Total Educational Resource Management System, from the Auditor General, State of Florida.
Central Lake Community Development District’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2007
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Central Lake Community Development District’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2007, in accordance with Chapter 190.008(2)(b), Florida Statutes.
Pine Island Community Development District’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2007
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Pine Island Community Development District’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2007, in accordance with Chapter 190.008(2)(b), Florida Statutes. The District will schedule a public hearing not less than 60 days from May 11, 2006, for adoption of same.
Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board Meeting Agenda and
Minutes of March 28, 2006 Governing Board Meeting
Request to acknowledge receipt of Meeting Notice – Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board Meeting Agenda for May 30-31, 2006, to be held at 9:00 a.m., at the Tampa Service Office, 7601 U.S. Highway 301 North, Tampa, Florida; and Approved Minutes of the Meeting of the Governing Board, held on March 28, 2006.
Annexation Ordinance from City of Clermont
Request to acknowledge receipt of Annexation Ordinance No. 552-M, from the City of Clermont, annexing a vacant parcel of land, contiguous to the present City boundaries, into the City limits of Clermont. Passed and ordained by the City Council of the City of Clermont, Lake County, Florida, on the 9th day of May, 2006.
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA
Commr. Hanson stated that Tab 31 was pulled until a later date; Tab 22 was moved from the Consent Agenda to the Regular Agenda, for a presentation by Mr. Jim Stivender, Jr., Public Works Director; and that she would like to have a brief discussion on Tab 27.
Commr. Stivender asked that Tabs 4, 5, 13, and 21 be pulled for discussion.
The Chairman stated that they could be addressed at this time.
Commr. Stivender stated that she wanted to make sure the public understood what the County was doing, with regard to Tab 4, and asked that staff explain it.
Ms. Regina Frazier, Budget Director, addressed the Board stating that the Resolution under Tab 4 sets the County’s preliminary rates for the Fire Rescue Assessment that is sent out to homeowners in August of each year on their annual trim notices, at which time she noted that this year it will indicate a 25% increase in each category.
Commr. Stivender stated that she would like to have an explanation as to what the “Disclosure of Lobbying” form is, with regard to Tab 5.
Mr. Fletcher Smith, Community Services Director, informed the Board that, when the County files for federal grants, staff has to file said form, indicating that the County is not using the funds to lobby the legislators. He stated that it is a standard requirement, when the County applies and receives federal grants.
Regarding Tab 13, Commr. Stivender stated that this was a request for approval to rename North Libby Road to Wilson Lake Parkway, at the request of the City of Groveland, and that she wanted to make sure the residents that live on said road understand that the name of the road is being changed.
Mr. Jim Stivender, Jr., Public Works Director, addressed the Board stating that said section of roadway is new construction that the County paved and that he does not believe anyone lives on that section of roadway.
Regarding Tab 21, Commr. Stivender stated that it pertained to the purchase of a CD-Plus Growth Management Module for Lake County and questioned whether it was for the Public Works Department, or the Growth Management Department.
Mr. Stivender stated that it was for the Public Works Department, noting that they have been limited to what they can respond to and this will allow them to better respond.
Regarding Tab 27, Commr. Hanson questioned Mr. Stivender about the interlocal agreement between the City of Mt. Dora and the County, for the final design of the Lake Gertrude and Lake John Stormwater Improvements Projects, and as to when they are scheduled to be completed.
Mr. Stivender stated that the City of Mt. Dora is taking the lead role and handling said projects for the County and have hired the consultants. He stated that they have started the design work, but he was not exactly sure of the timeframe, and would have to get back to the Board with that information at a later date.
Ms. Cindy Hall, County Manager, interjected that the Scope of Services states that it will require eight months to complete the design.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Pool and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the following requests:
Request for approval of Budget Transfer – General Fund, Department of Public Works, Fleet Maintenance Division. Transfer $70,000.00 from Reserve for Contingency to Improvements Other Than Buildings. Funds needed for the purchase of a jet fuel tank for the Astatula fuel site and the installation and necessary site improvements for its operation and use by the Sheriff’s Office. Funds available in Reserve for Contingency.
Request for approval of Budget Transfer – General Fund, Office of Procurement Services, Document Services Division. Transfer $41,401.00 from Operating Supplies and $13,599.00 from Machinery and Equipment to Repair and Maintenance. Additional funds are needed to cover maintenance costs for Xerox color copies, due to actual charges for prints, per month, exceeding the budgeted amount. Funds available in Operating Supplies, due to cost for paper that the department ordered being credited to this object code. Funds available in Machinery and Equipment, as the cost of the document folder/inserter and booklet maker was less than budgeted.
Request for approval of Budget Transfer – General Fund, Department of Environmental Services. Transfer $40,553.00 from Reserve for Contingency to Contractual Services. Funding is needed for environmental remediation projects at the following Lake County sites: Minneola Barn initial site investigation - $6,734.00; SR 33 accident site limited environmental assessment - $13,710.00; PEAR Park soil sampling - $3,540.00; and PEAR Park excavation - $16,569.00. Funds available in Reserve for Contingency.
Request for approval of Resolution No. 2006-90, which initiates the annual process for preparation of the Assessment Roll, authorizes the publication of the advertisement for the public hearing, provides direction to notice all affected parties of the proposed rates, and directs the imposition of Fire and Rescue Assessment fees for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2006.
Request for approval to apply for Economic Development Initiative (EDI) Special Project Grant, in the amount of $198,000.00, authorizing BCC Chair to sign and certify “Disclosure of Lobbying” form, for submission and approval for James Bannon to execute other grant related documents.
Request for approval of distribution of Byrne grant funds among local jurisdictions applying for funding; signature by Chairman on original letters of support; approval for submission of applications for the Sheriff for School Resource Officer IV, and the Lake County Detention Center, for Technology Improvement; and signature on grant documents, including application, certificate of acceptance, EEO certifications, and subsequent grant related documents.
Request for approval of an offer to settle Ms. Nichole Forde’s claim for property damage (County vehicle accident of 4-27-06), subject to the County Attorney’s review and approval.
Request for approval of Amendment No. 1, amending State Funds, due to unanticipated revenue and a mid-year adjustment for cash carried forward from Fiscal Year 2004/2005; Resolution No. 2006-91, to recognize unanticipated revenue from vehicle sales; and Amendment No. 1, amending Local Funds, due to a mid-year adjustment.
Request for approval of Resolution No. 2006-92, constituting the Initial Assessment Resolution relating to the Collection, Management, and Disposal of Solid Waste and Recovered Materials for Fiscal Year 2006/2007, and each fiscal year thereafter, until discontinued or changed.
Request for approval of a Satisfaction and Release of Fine for Thomas E. Huffstutler and Patricia Vinson, Code Enforcement Case No. 2004090010.
Request for approval of contracts with BCI Engineers & Scientists, Inc., Inwood Consulting Engineers, Inc., and Professional Engineering Consultants, Inc., for continuing on-call stormwater engineering services; and Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc., for the Astor Flood Study, in the amount of $144,723.00.
Request for approval to waive the bidding process and contract through the Purchase Order process with PCE and Associates on a month to month basis, for the rest of this fiscal year, in an amount not to exceed $35,000.00, for fulfillment services and related postage costs; and approval to place advertising with the Orlando Sentinel for twenty-six advertisements, beginning June 30, 2006 and ending June 29, 2007, in the amount of $50,000.00.
Request from Public Safety for approval of Resolution No. 2006-93, renaming North Libby Road to Wilson Lake Parkway, for the City of Groveland.
Request for approval to release a Letter of Credit for Performance, in the amount of $3,168,074.00, posted for road improvements on Citrus Tower Boulevard, in conjunction with an Agreement between Lost Lake Reserve, L.C., and Lake County; and execute Resolution No. 2006-94, accepting the following road into the County Road Maintenance System: Citrus Tower Boulevard “Part” (CR No.1350).
Request for approval of the final plat for Biscayne Grove, and all areas dedicated to the public, as shown on the Biscayne Grove plat; to accept a maintenance bond, in the amount of $26,159.15; to execute a Developer’s Agreement for Maintenance of Improvements between Lake County and M/I Homes of Lake County, LLC; and to execute Resolution No. 2006-95, accepting the following road into the County Road Maintenance System: Biscayne Grove Lane (CR No. 6549D). Biscayne Grove consists of 27 lots – Commission District 4.
Request for approval to release a Letter of Credit for Maintenance, in the amount of $31,027.00, for Biscayne Heights, Phase III, which consists of 56 lots – Commission District 4.
Request for approval to release a Letter of Credit for Maintenance, in the amount of $40,161.00, for Glenbrook, Phase II, which consists of 92 lots – Commission District 2.
Request for approval to release a Letter of Credit for Maintenance, in the amount of $93,234.00, posted for Orange Tree, Phase IV, which consists of 100 lots – Commission District 2.
Request for approval to release a cash escrow, in the amount of $1,650.00, posted for Lake Nellie Shores, which consists of 38 lots – Commission District 2.
Request for approval of Resolution No. 2006-96, Facilitating the Supplemental Local Agency Program Agreement for the Reconstruction of CR-561 Paved Shoulders and Seawall Damage Caused by Hurricane Jeanne; and execution of the Supplemental Local Agency Program Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for the Reconstruction of CR-561 Paved Shoulders and Seawall Damage caused by Hurricane Jeanne (FDOT FPN 418576-2-58-01 and 418576-2-68-02) – Commission District 2.
Request for approval to purchase a CD-Plus Growth Management Module for Lake County from Perconti Data Systems, Inc.; and approval to transfer the funds, in the amount of $40,000.00, from the Public Works Special Reserve Fund.
Request for approval of the Agreement between the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Clermont, regarding Legends Way, Phase II. Legends Way is a two-lane collector road between Citrus Tower Boulevard and North Hancock Road. Phase I of the project has been completed.
Request for approval of a Purchase Agreement with Mr. Robert E. Allison and Mr. Samuel L. Allison, for right of way; and authorization for the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners to sign any and all documents necessary for closing, in conjunction with the Lake Shore Drive (CR No. 1040)/Oswalt Road (CR No. 0840)/Loghouse Road (CR No. 0835) Intersection Project, located in Clermont. This project is located in Impact Fee Benefit District 5, Commissioner District 2.
Request for approval of a Purchase Agreement with Ms. Kathleen L. Padgett, for right of way; and authorization for the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners to sign any and all documents necessary for closing, in conjunction with the Edwards Road (CR No. 7009) Project, located in the Lady Lake area, in Section 28, Township 18 South, Range 24 East. This project is located in Impact Fee Benefit District 3, Commissioner District 5.
Request for approval of a Purchase Agreement with Mr. Tony Evans, for right of way; and authorization for the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners to sign any and all documents necessary for closing, in conjunction with the Edwards Road (CR No.7009) Project, located in the Lady Lake area, in Section 22, Township 18 South, Range 24 East. This project is located in Impact Fee Benefit District 3, Commissioner District 5.
Request for approval of the Interlocal Agreement with the City of Mt. Dora, to fund the final design for the Lake Gertrude and Lake John Stormwater Improvements Projects.
Request for approval to accept the final plat for Sorrento Springs, Phase 4, and all areas dedicated to the public, as shown on the Sorrento Springs, Phase 4, final plat; accept a Performance Bond, in the amount of $286,836.76; and execute a Developer’s Agreement for Construction of Improvements between Lake County and EMF Fund 1, LLC. Sorrento Springs, Phase 4, consists of 277 lots – Commission District 4.
Request for approval of additional funds, to complete the Minneola Fuel Tank Project, and the transfer of said funds, in the amount of $5,205.00, from Special Reserve.
ADDENDUM NO. 1
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA (CONT’D.)
Request for approval of Proclamation No. 2006-97, recognizing June 15, 2006, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Request for approval of the contract to renovate leased property to Custom Contracting Corporation, in accordance with Quote No. 06-118, for $27,638.89, plus $2,362.22 for contingency.
The Chairman presented the following Board/Committee awards:
Cultural Affairs Council
Pat Huizing - for service from 2003-2006 (Not Present)
Stanley North - for service from 2004-2006
Jennifer Phillips - for service from 2004-2006
Elder Affairs Coordinating Council
Sue Tucker - for service from 2003-2006 (Not Present)
Historical Museum Advisory Committee
Virginia Barker - for service from 2003-2006
Jacquelyn Hester - for service from 2000-2006 (Not Present)
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
Jimmy Conner - for service from 2004-2006 (Not Present)
Sales Surtax Oversight Advisory Committee
Shawn Hill - for service from 2002-2006 (Not Present)
Thomas Kelley - for service from 2002-2006 (Not Present)
Dan Robuck, Jr. - for service from 2002-2006 (Not Present)
Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento Planning Advisory Committee
Tommy Hight - for service from 2004-2006
The Chairman presented the following Employee Awards, at which time Ms. Sharon Wall, Employee Services Director, gave brief remarks about each individual and their service to the County.
Presentation of Award to Employees with Five Years of Service
Thomas J. Schmedes, Senior Building Inspector, Growth Management/Building Services/South Lake Annex (Not Present)
Jennifer L. Lowe, Permitting Specialist, Growth Management/Building
Services/South Lake Annex (Not Present)
David M. Sumner, Animal Control Officer, Public Safety/Animal Services (Not Present)
Presentation of Award to Employee with Ten Years of Service
Steve R. Race, Fire Captain, Public Safety/Fire Rescue (Not Present)
Presentation of Award to Employee with Fifteen Years of Service
Donald D. Stewart, Survey Technician II, Public Works/Engineering/Survey/Design
Presentation of Award to Employee with Twenty Years of Service
Roseann M. Johnson, Contracting Officer, Procurement Services
Presentation of Award to Retiring Employee with 16 Years, 3 Months of Service
Deann C. Schultz, Organizational Development Analyst, Employee Services
Presentation of Award to Retiring Employee with 13 Years, 11 Months of Service
Allan Hewitt, Water Resources Director, Environmental Services/Water Resources and Environmental Programs (Not Present)
NURSING ASSISTANTS’ WEEK PROCLAMATION
Commr. Stivender presented Ms. Betty Luckhardt, Ms. Sharon Kofoed, and Ms. Kathleen Wynn, from the Florida Association of Nurse Assistants, Inc., Chapter 3, with a Proclamation declaring June 15 through 22, 2006, as Nursing Assistants' Week.
COUNTY MANAGER’S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
SELECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL AND EXTERIOR ENVELOPE OF TAX
COLLECTOR/PROPERTY APPRAISER BUILDING
Mr. Jim Bannon, Facilities Development and Management Director, addressed the Board stating that the schematic design of the proposed Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building has been completed and the architects would be presenting it to the Board this date. He stated that the design was developed, in consultations with the Tax Collector and the Property Appraiser, and they are now asking for the Board’s input and approval, to allow the architects to move on from the schematic design to design development. He stated that the Board will still have an opportunity to tweak the design, as the architects move from the schematic design to design development and on to the construction documents, noting that the Board is not approving for the building to be built at this stage. He stated that they will come back to the Board at the design development phase, which will probably be in two to three months, when they will present the Board with some cost breakdowns, so that they will understand some of the future costs associated with the project. He stated that the architects would be presenting the Board with some images of the building, at which time the Board will have an opportunity to talk about the overall aesthetic and envelope of the building, as well as the finishes and materials associated with it, at which time he noted that some of the finishes and materials that they will propose will be somewhat similar to what they will eventually propose for the Judicial Center, as the Board looks at that expansion. He noted that they will address the schedule for the project, as well.
Commr. Stivender stated that, although the proposed project is a countywide project, as the District Commissioner, she has had representatives from the City of Tavares and Community Redevelopment Agencies contact her about said project, stating that they have not seen anything about it, to date, and, since they are working diligently on a downtown redevelopment plan, they want to make sure that the building matches what they are doing. She stated that the City has not been an integral part of said project and she had a concern about that, because she feels, if they are spending extensive amounts of money on a redevelopment project for the downtown area, the County needs to be working hand in hand with them, in order for the County’s projects to mesh with what they are proposing.
Ms. Cindy Hall, County Manager, interjected that she had been in contact with Ms. Nancy Barnett, with the City of Tavares, and was informed that the City Council would be discussing the matter at a meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 7, 2006.
Commr. Cadwell stated that, so far, it has been a County Manager to City Manager type thing, even though it has been at the Board’s request, but, since the Board is the one that is going to make the decisions, he feels they all need to sit down together, as elected officials, and hash things out. He suggested that the Chairman write a letter to the City, on behalf of the Board, urging them to meet with the Board, rather than at the staff level.
Commr. Stivender stated that the Tavares City Council is the one that needs to make the final decision on whether the project is a go or not and whether Maud Street will be closed, etc., because the project is going to be in their city. She stated that the City feels it is going to be pressured into doing what the Board wants and they want to have time to review the project first.
Mr. Doug Kleppin, Project Designer, HLM Design Heery International, Inc., gave a brief power point presentation on the design for the Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building, at which time he reviewed the building plans and layout, with regard to space planning; the exterior building elevations; and 3D renderings of the building. He stated that the plan is simple and straightforward, with the Tax Collector’s Office being located on the west side of the building and the Property Appraiser’s Office being located on the east side, both of which will be joined together with a shared lobby space and organized so that the public interaction will occur at Main Street. He stated that the public areas are being highlighted with a lot of glass, which makes for a nice environment, as far as welcoming the public is concerned, and it will be open and transparent, allowing the public to see what goes on in the offices. He stated that the central lobby area will have a stairway, as well as elevators, that will lead up to the second floor, where both the administrative components and support spaces will be located. He stated that they have gone through a number of iterations and feel that everybody is satisfied with the final plans that have been developed, so they are prepared to move forward. He stated that, with regard to the exterior of the building, they are hoping to find a brick the scale and color of that used on the Historical Courthouse and compliment it with a cast stone masonry unit, to be introduced at the base of the building and on the colonnade, at which time he noted that their hope is that said materials will also find a place in the Judicial Center expansion, so that there will be a common language among said buildings, creating an architectural campus that will tie them all together.
Commr. Hanson questioned whether it would not be more practical for the building to have three stories, rather than two, to break up the scale of the parking garage (7 stories) and the Administration Building (5 stories), as well as for future growth of the County. She questioned whether upper floors could be constructed at a later date and was informed by Mr. Kleppin that the building’s structure could be designed to hold additional floors, however, pointed out the fact that, realistically, in order to do so, the building would almost have to be vacated, in that it is a real imposition to individuals trying to utilize the building.
Commr. Stivender stated that they are running out of space in the downtown area, so, in the future, the buildings are going to have to go up.
Commr. Hanson stated that a three story building would not be out of place, noting that she feels it is almost inappropriate to have two stories, when everything else on either side of the building is going to be much higher, and the third floor could be utilized by departments that will be placed elsewhere. She noted that she was just throwing the question out, for the Board’s consideration.
Mr. Bob Eggleston, Project Manager, addressed the Board and discussed some of the factors that are going to impact construction of the building, at which time he noted that the last time they made a presentation to the Board about said project, they talked about the schedule and there was an interest in moving the project along quickly enough to where the Tax Collector and the Property Appraiser could be in the building by July or September of 2007. He reviewed some of the things that would have to take place, in order to meet an early schedule date for completion of the project, being acquisition of needed property; surveys, such as property, topographic, utility, geotechnical, and environmental; environmental remediation of soil contamination and asbestos abatement; approval of the planned development, with regard to variances, rezoning, and the vacation of Maud Street; and the permitting process, which involves the St. Johns River Water Management District, site plan approval, and the building permit, at which time he noted that, when all those things are factored together, they are pushing well beyond September of 2007, in order to complete the project. He stated that, at this point in time, it would be very difficult to meet that schedule, because there are so many things that are still outstanding that have not been completed that are out of their control.
Commr. Stivender questioned whether, if the acquisition of needed property were to fall through, or the County was involved in a two or three year battle with the property owners, in trying to obtain it, the Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building could be constructed on existing county property and the County could have some kind of an agreement with the City regarding the issue of parking, until the matter of acquiring needed property for the parking garage could be worked out.
Mr. Bannon interjected that the footprint of the proposed Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building goes beyond county owned property, onto the Belton property, so it could not be constructed right away, although it was noted that the County would only be dealing with one entity, the Beltons, and not with Beef O’Brady’s, the closing of Maud Street, etc.
Mr. Eggleston stated that the way the building functions at the present time is optimal, noting that, in working with Mr. McKee and his staff, it was determined that it needs to be a long, narrow building, the way the operations are split. He stated that, if they were to scrunch the building in and try to construct it all on county owned property, it may cause the Tax Collector some issues in how his office functions.
Mr. Bob McKee, Tax Collector, who was present in the audience, was questioned as to how the timeframe would affect his office. He addressed the Board stating that there had been a suggestion that August of 2007 would be good timing for his office to move into the new building, however, noted that it was a gross understatement. He stated that, from August through the first of the year, neither his office, nor the Property Appraiser’s Office, would be in a position to shut down their systems, in order to transition to a new building. He stated that there is an essential consideration, in terms of a time line – it is not open ended. He reminded the Board that, at their last workshop, when this issue was presented to them, he was fairly adamant that there needed to be additional discussion, to nail down how essential that date was and the ability to meet that timeliness, and was told at that time that it was doable. He stated that, since that time, they have had several meetings with the architects and never has this issue been brought to their attention. He stated that he was informed by Mr. Bannon on Friday, June 2nd, that the issue was going to be discussed this date and that August of 2007 was no longer a realistic date, in terms of completion of the building. He stated that, in answer to the Board’s question about how said timeframe was going to affect his office, as well as the Property Appraiser’s Office, it was going to affect them in a very negative way.
Commr. Pool questioned whether there was another window of opportunity that would work for them, if August of 2007 does not work, and was informed by Mr. McKee that there will have to be, if due diligence does not allow them to use August of 2007 as a realistic date.
It was noted that the timeframe between August of 2007 and January of 2008 definitely would not work.
Mr. McKee stated that they have very small windows of opportunity to actually transition a move, where their systems can be down, at which time he noted that the next best date would probably be after the first of January, 2008. He stated, for the record, that he and Mr. Havill have very strong feelings about the exterior aesthetic design of the proposed buildings, noting that they feel the Board needs to be the exclusive determining entity in what all the buildings are going to look like, because, if the City Council and the Constitutional Officers, inclusive of the Tax Collector, the Property Appraiser, the Clerk of the Court, and the Judiciary, all start to suggest what their personal preferences are, the architects and the Board will never accomplish the goal of having uniformity. He stated that they were deferring to the Board’s good judgment and feel that everyone else should, as well. He stated that whatever window they are given to move they will accommodate and are grateful that the Board is addressing their space needs, but, at the same time, pushing a window out in order to just have a little more casual time is not acceptable, by any means. He stated that the Board needs to be vigilant, do due diligence, and get the buildings going, if they are going to do them at all.
Mr. Eggleston stated that his firm, too, is ready to move forward, but, unfortunately, all the things he covered need to take place and it is somewhat out of their control. He stated that, as soon as those things are lined up and taken care of, they will try to expedite them as quickly as possible and can continue moving forward with the project.
Mr. Bannon addressed the Board stating that the architects had a schedule that he felt might be worth sharing with the Board, at which time Mr. Eggleston displayed a chart containing the timeframe for the proposed projects, noting that the schematic package for the Judicial Center will be done within the next month. He stated that they are currently advancing the Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building to have the design development accomplished this Fall, probably around September, and, at that time, the County will get some pricing information from Centex for both facilities, so the Board will have a good handle on the cost of the Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building and the Parking Garage and will have some preliminary cost information on the Judicial Center and Detention Center expansion, as well. He stated that, by the first of the year, they will have a design development package ready for the Judicial Center and Detention Center expansion and will have completed construction documents on the Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building and the Parking Garage. He stated that, at the present time, they are pushing out to the first of next year, which means that construction will start about that time, however, noted that all the activities will run them out to around March, April, or May, when all the permitting and city approvals are scheduled to be completed. He stated that they will have construction documents completed, but have been told that they need to have the plan development approved, before they submit to the City for a building permit and site plan approval. He stated that Centex has indicated that they need approximately 10 to 12 months to complete the Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building and the Parking Garage.
Commr. Hanson stated that the Board had talked about the possibility of having some commercial available, tied in with the proposed buildings, and questioned whether that was not an option at this point in time.
Ms. Hall, County Manager, stated that the County had not been proceeding in that light and that, if they did, it would complicate the financing a little bit, due to the fact that it would not be purely governmental and would add to the space and parking requirements, as well.
Commr. Hill questioned whether the exterior envelope being shown this date was a done deal, or whether it was something the Board could tweak, as they approve the other buildings, noting that the Board has not yet looked at any schematics for the Judicial Center and she would hate for them to be locked in with the exterior envelope presented this date.
Mr. Eggleston stated that they would be getting into the aesthetics of the Judicial Center expansion next week and that the Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building will probably not be far enough along to where the Board could make some adjustments, should they wish to do so. He stated that the building will go through some refinement, as the design progresses, and, as the Judicial Center comes along, it will be adjusted slightly. He noted, however, that once they get past the design development phase, that is almost the point of no return, as far as having to rework a bunch of design elements.
Mr. Bannon informed the Board that that was one of the reasons for the presentation this date, noting that the architects wanted the Board’s blessings on the direction that they are going with the aesthetics of the building.
Commr. Hill stated that she was concerned that the Judicial Center may end up having a pitched roof, while the Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building has a flat roof, which may look out of character, even though the exterior envelope of the buildings will have the same brick.
Commr. Cadwell stated that the architects know the Board wants an architectural campus type setting for all the buildings, so they will make it all flow together and look like it is supposed to.
A brief discussion occurred regarding the possibility of constructing a third story on the building; however, it was determined that, although it was a great idea, it would slow the process down and would cost additional money that the County does not have.
A motion was made by Commr. Cadwell and seconded by Commr. Pool that the Board approve the architectural and exterior envelope of the proposed Tax Collector/Property Appraiser building, as presented.
Under discussion, Commr. Stivender stated that, while she felt the architects had done an excellent job, she would be voting against the motion, because the City of Tavares has not been involved in the process.
The Chairman called for a vote on the motion, which was carried, by a 4-1 vote.
Commr. Stivender voted “No”.
Ms. Hall stated that she felt the County was extremely fortunate to have the expertise that it has, not only on staff, with Mr. Bannon, but with the architects, HLM Design Heery International, Inc., noting that they have done an outstanding job, in working with the building’s occupants and moving forward with the project. She stated that this is the County’s first opportunity to do a major construction project and there are a number of elements involved that take time, but that she wanted to personally thank them for doing an outstanding job.
CEASE ROAD MAINTENANCE AND REMOVE SECTION OF ALAMEDA SANDRA ROAD
Mr. Jim Stivender, Jr., Public Works Director, addressed the Board stating that approximately three years ago the Board placed barricades at two locations on Oswalt Road, one where it intersects with Alameda Sandra Road and the other one at The Vistas. He stated that this request pertains to the barricade located at the intersection of Oswalt Road and Alameda Sandra Road, in the Crescent Lake Club subdivision, which was barricaded to prevent traffic from cutting through the subdivision. He stated that the residents have requested that the County cease maintenance to said section of roadway and install a berm and, since the County is in the middle of acquisition and closing on a house at the corner of Oswalt Road and Lakeshore Drive, in order to signalize the intersection, staff felt it would be the appropriate time to eliminate said section of roadway and install an earthen berm, as well as cease maintenance on it, but not vacate it. He stated that the County would still own the right of way, the road just would not have vehicular access.
On a motion by Commr. Pool, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved a request from Public Works for approval to cease road maintenance on a section of Alameda Sandra Road, where it intersects with Oswalt Road, and allow a berm and landscaping to be installed at said intersection.
COUNTY MANAGER’S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS (CONT’D.)
PLACEMENT OF ROUND ABOUT OR CUL-DE-SAC ON SULLIVAN ROAD
Mr. Jim Stivender, Jr., Public Works Director, addressed the Board stating that the County has been working on trying to find a solution for a problem involving Sullivan Road and Grassy Lake Road, in the Minneola area, for several years and has an interlocal agreement that will be going before the Minneola City Council next week, for approval. He stated that the City of Minneola is planning to do a PD&E Study from U.S. 27, through Minneola, south to SR 50. He displayed an aerial, pointing out a couple of parcels of property that front Sullivan Road, one owned by the Lowndes (proposed to be utilized by the School Board for a school) and the other owned by the Ladds (proposed to be developed into a subdivision), noting that both of said parcels are proposed to be annexed into the City of Minneola. He stated that, in meeting with the City of Minneola, North Grassy Lake Road is to be a principal road and Sullivan Road is to be minimized, to the best of the County’s ability. He discussed what the County has planned for Sullivan Road, in trying to solve a problem that the residents are having with through traffic encroaching into their neighborhood. He stated that it is scheduled to be resurfaced this year, at a cost of $150,000, and staff is proposing that, should the Board approve to do so, the County could construct a cul-de-sac, where the road intersects with Seminole Trail, with the understanding that a portion of it will need to encroach into right of way that is owned by the Ladds. He stated that he spoke with Mr. Dale Ladd about the matter, but he was not pleased with the idea, because of access and the types of homes in the area, noting that he planned to do some density issues along the road that more matched the area, versus those sections located to the south and east, however, noted that, since their discussion, Mr. Ladd seems to be a little more palatable with the idea. He noted that, from a legal standpoint, the School Board and the Ladds would have access to Sullivan Road.
Commr. Pool questioned whether the City of Minneola had commented, formally, on the matter and was informed that they had not. He stated that he wanted to make sure all parties, including the property owners, were included in the discussions, noting that, as the County moves forward, they are trying to do what is best for the majority of the people involved.
Mr. Stivender stated that he would like to work with the developers, as they annex into the City of Minneola and start to develop the property, and incorporate designs that would minimize Sullivan Road, however, noted that some of the citizens expressed a concern that that was not adequate enough - that there was too much flexibility in it, and they wanted a definitive answer sooner than later on the use of Sullivan Road. He stated that the road is currently county maintained, with most of it having prescriptive rights, which means that the County maintains what it owns. He noted that there are some right of way deeds associated with the road, but not for the entire length of the road. He stated that there is a deep dip in the road and staff is concerned about its approach to Hwy. 27, noting that it is an area where the County will have to obtain a large amount of right of way, to construct, cut, and fill each of the segments. He noted that it is a clay based road and approximately 300 to 400 cars travel it per day.
Mr. Mark Brionez, Attorney, McLin & Burnsed, representing the Lake County School Board, addressed the Board stating that they wanted to strongly oppose any action the Board would make this date, which would provide a single access to the proposed school site. He stated that there were several reasons for that, noting that there is currently a school bus route that travels North Grassy Lake Road, as well as the entire length of Sullivan Road, and, if the County ends that and constructs a cul-de-sac on Sullivan Road, the bus will have to go to that cul-de-sac, come all the way around to Hwy. 27 and go back down North Grassy Lake Road, in order to obtain access to the rest of the student drop-off points, and the existing bus route will need to be changed. He stated that there is going to be an increase in travel time for the students and the amount of time that it takes them to get home, so they will be getting home later. He stated that it increases the travel risk for the students, as well, because, not only are they going to be on Hwy. 27 once, they are going to have to be on it twice. He stated that another reason the School Board opposes it is the fact that they have a proposed school site in the area and there is an increased possibility that they will not be able to utilize said site for a school, if a cul-de-sac is constructed at the portion of Sullivan Road in question, because they will not have the two access roads that they would have had before – they will only be able to access a portion of Sullivan Road, whereas, at the present time, they have access to the entire length of Sullivan Road, as well as North Grassy Lake Road. He stated that, in the event the School Board is able to gain some sort of release from an agreement that currently exists between the School Board and the owner of the property, which states the School Board must utilize said site for school purposes, so that they can sell the property, if they are not going to utilize it, to purchase another parcel of property, it is going to effect the property’s value, because there will only be one road access, as opposed to two.
Commr. Cadwell interjected that, in discussions with the School Board regarding said property, they stated that they were not going to use Sullivan Road as an access back to Hwy. 27.
Mr. Brionez stated that he understood that conversation took place and that there was talk that a cul-de-sac would have been acceptable, but that it was in the spirit of compromise, in hopes that the Board would approve the site for a school, noting that, at the time, the property was not approved - it was not approved until later, and, in the meantime, the School Board had prepared bus routes and other things, which will require access from both roads.
Commr. Pool questioned staff regarding the fact that, should the City of Minneola annex said property into the City limits, would it not allow them to make any changes they so desired.
Mr. Stivender stated that the City is looking for direction from the Public Works Department, as well as from the Board, on how to handle said roads.
Ms. Teresa Bowman, who lives on Sullivan Road, addressed the Board and rebutted the comment that was made by Mr. Brionez about the school bus going all the way down Sullivan Road, noting that the school bus pulls onto Seminole Trail, picks up a student, backs up, and goes back down Sullivan Road – it does not continue on down the entire length of the road. She noted that traffic currently flies down Sullivan Road, creating a very dangerous situation, and something needs to be done to curtail it.
Mr. Richard Jarzemski, who lives on Sullivan Road, addressed the Board and verified the statement made by Ms. Bowman about the school bus not traveling down the entire length of Sullivan Road, but turning onto Seminole Trail, backing up, and traveling back down Sullivan Road. He rebutted the comments made by Mr. Brionez about the School Board’s concerns, noting that the City of Minneola denied their request, so he did not know why they were still trying to manipulate the City.
Mr. David James, who lives on Sullivan Road, addressed the Board stating that the biggest issue involving Sullivan Road is that of safety, noting that the road is hilly and narrow. He stated that he did not know what is going to happen, with regard to the proposed school, but is concerned about what the residents have to deal with at the present time.
Ms. Lorraine Frankenfield, a resident of Victorian Estates, in Minneola, addressed the Board stating that she was in favor of just dead-ending Sullivan Road, noting that it is a non-standard road and there is no need for a major cul-de-sac on a non-standard road. She noted that she was speaking not only for herself, but on behalf of five other residents of Victorian Estates, as well. She discussed something that students do in the state that she came from called “hill hopping”, where cars full of students try to wipe each other out, and she feels Sullivan Road is a prime road for hill hopping. She stated that, once construction starts on additional homes in the area, traffic down Sullivan Road is going to be worse than it is now, which is bad. She stated that the County has got to do something about the situation, before somebody dies.
Mr. Floyd Almander, addressed the Board stating that his family recently purchased 15 acres in the area in question, with approximately 900 to 1,000 feet of road frontage on the north side of Sullivan Road. He questioned why the County would cut off another access road, when there are so few access roads in the area as it is, noting that, if he were injured in an accident, he would want emergency vehicles to be able to get to him as fast as they could and did not see how a cul-de-sac would benefit that in any way. He noted that the properties in the area are not environmentally sensitive and it is an ideal place for future growth.
Mr. Steve Richey, Attorney, representing Mr. John Lowndes, as Trustee and Agent for 152 acres that Mr. Lowndes owns in the area, and Ladd Development, Inc., which has the property in question under contract for a proposed development, addressed the Board stating that, currently, his clients are requesting annexation into the City of Minneola and are requesting a rezoning for the 152 acres. He stated that they do not support or oppose the request before the Board this date, because they feel it is premature. He stated that their major access out to Hwy. 27 is by way of Sullivan Road and, if they are not successful in getting development rights on the property, they would like to reserve the right to be able to use Sullivan Road to get out to Hwy. 27. He stated that Mr. Ladd was not aware of this meeting and was not happy when he learned that right of way was being extracted from him, for purposes of helping other people, in their request to limit access to Sullivan Road. He stated that, if his client does a development on the property, and is successful in doing it in Minneola, the City is asking that they be given almost 23 acres of undeveloped open space, as part of a trail system that they are proposing, which will take away from the 152 acres of developable land that his client owns. He stated that, according to Mr. Stivender, the City of Minneola would like to take 120 feet of right of way on Sullivan Road, however, noted that that is not what his client has been talking about, because Sullivan Road would never be their major access point. He stated that it would be North Grassy Lake Road; therefore, his client would never provide 120 feet of right of way across the north property line, as Mr. Stivender had indicated.
Commr. Pool clarified the fact that the southwest quadrant of the proposed School Board property is where the cul-de-sac would be constructed on Sullivan Road.
Mr. Richey stated that, once his client gets through the development process, he might be able to accommodate a limited cul-de-sac situation, for purposes of Sullivan Road – that he was not saying that his client would not work with Mr. Stivender to do that. He stated that what is being proposed, in relation to the approval process with the City of Minneola, is something that his client would not be in a position to support this date, however, noted that, in the future, he might be able to support it, as part of the development process. He stated that it is premature at this time for his client to commit to give that kind of acreage, in relation to the development plan that his client is still going through with the City of Minneola, but, if the project fails and his client is not allowed to develop his property in Minneola, it is obvious that he is going to be stuck with the zoning that is currently on the property, which is PUD (Planned Unit Development). He stated that some density has been approved, with a limiting factor on it, but it is currently classified as Suburban, and, over the next several months, as the County goes through the process of doing away with Suburban, his client’s property enjoys a higher density, under the JPA that the City of Minneola has proposed to the County. He stated that his client is willing to work with the County, but is not willing to commit giving three or four acres to the County this date, in addition to the 20 plus acres that they are already giving to the City of Minneola, until they get through the process, which he anticipates will take four to five months. He stated that they feel staff needs to continue to monitor the situation and work with the City of Minneola and the residents, to make sure that, if, in fact, increased density occurs in the area, they are not adversely affected. He stated that they all acknowledge the fact that Sullivan Road is an inferior road, with a limited ability to be improved, however, adversely affecting his client’s property, by having to take right of way from them, before they know what their development plans are and their ability to provide it, is premature. He stated that the Board directing staff to continue to work and bring those back, as the development plans and the PD&E takes place, makes sense to him and his clients would cooperate with doing that. He stated that he also feels it is important that people be contacted and participate in this process and not have to read about it in the newspaper, which will minimize problems in the long run, and that is all he would ask the Board to do. He noted that his clients would be able to accommodate a “T” closure of the road better than they could Mr. Stivender’s suggestion for a cul-de-sac.
Commr. Cadwell stated that, knowing the need for a transportation network in the area, and the fact that, even if the County needs to redo the network, Sullivan Road is not going to be a part of it, because of the topography when it hits Hwy. 27, felt the Board should give the residents closure and not go with the cul-de-sac, but do a “T” type closure instead. He noted, however, that he would like to have the design come back to the Board at a later date, for approval.
Commr. Pool stated that he would like to have the School Board come back to the Board, as well, and tell them the truth about whether or not their buses go all the way down Sullivan Road, or just to Seminole Trail. He stated that conflicting statements have been made regarding the matter and he would like to get to the bottom of it.
Mr. Brionez, Attorney, readdressed the Board stating that it was his understanding from the School Board that there is an existing bus route that goes all the way down Sullivan Road, but whether the bus drivers actually take that route or not was something that he was going to have to look into. He noted, however, that they should be taking said route, because it is a platted route by the School Board. He stated that he would obtain said information and let Mr. Stivender and the Board know what the facts are at a later date.
Ms. Susan Hill Brandt, a resident of the area in question, addressed the Board stating that she had a petition containing the names of approximately 95% of the residents that live on Sullivan Road, should the Board wish to have it. She stated that no one had talked about the issue of eminent domain, noting that there is no such thing as friendly condemnation. She stated that it would be very unfriendly and that all the residents have strong feelings about that issue. She stated that there is an adequate amount of space to make some sort of a dead end turnaround on Sullivan Road, where it intersects with Seminole Trail, without having to take property from the Ladds, as discussed earlier. She stated that she took a tour of her area, looking for other roads that had been barricaded, without property being taken from individuals, at which time she listed said roads and submitted, for the record, a number of photographs that she had taken of said roads. She asked that the Board approve to close off the section of Sullivan Road in question and not wait to find out if the Ladd’s property will be approved and take right of way from them to do it.
On a motion by Commr. Pool, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board directed staff to proceed with a design for closure of a portion of Sullivan Road, where it intersects with Seminole Trail, as discussed this date, to be brought back to the Board on July 11, 2006, for their approval.
APPOINTMENT TO PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD
On a motion by Commr. Pool, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed Ms. Nancy Hurlbert to serve as the District 4 representative on the Lake County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, to complete an unexpired term ending May 20, 2007.
APPOINTMENTS TO WELLFLORIDA COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Pool and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed individuals to vacant positions on the WellFlorida Council Board of Directors, as follows:
Dr. Mary Anderson
APPOINTMENTS TO ELDER AFFAIRS COORDINATING COUNCIL
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Pool and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed individuals to two vacant positions on the Elder Affairs Coordinating Council, for the completion of unexpired terms, ending January 31, 2007, as follows:
APPOINTMENTS TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES COUNCIL
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Pool and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed one representative from County Commission District 1 and one At-Large representative to the Children’s Services Council, to complete unexpired terms ending May 14, 2007, as follows:
APPOINTMENTS TO MT. PLYMOUTH-SORRENTO PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed individuals to two vacant positions on the Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento Planning Advisory Committee, as follows:
Clark Morris (to complete unexpired term ending October 11, 2008)
Jeff Richardson (to complete unexpired term ending October 11, 2006, and to serve consecutive four-year term)
REPORTS - COUNTY ATTORNEY
LEASE AGREEMENT FOR SPACE AT LAKE SQUARE MALL FOR SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Ms. Melanie Marsh, Deputy County Attorney, explained that this was a request for approval to lease space at the Lake Square Mall, to enable the Sheriff’s Office to have a Public Information Officer and a Victim’s Advocate available there.
On a motion by Commr. Pool, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved a request from the County Attorney for approval of a Lease Agreement between Lake County and SDG Macerich Properties, L.P., for the Sheriff's Office to have space at the Lake Square Mall; and approval of the associated budget transfer, in the amount of $9,450.00.
REPORTS – COUNTY MANAGER
INTRODUCTION OF COUNTY’S NEW PLANNING DIRECTOR
Ms. Carol Stricklin, Growth Management Director, introduced to the Board Mr. Wayne Bennett, the County’s new Planning Director for the Growth Management Department, at which time she gave them a brief background history of Mr. Bennett, noting that he was returning to his Lake County roots, having graduated from Mt. Dora High School. She stated that, upon completing his graduate degree at the University of Florida, his first job in the Planning field was with Lake County. She stated that, during his career, he had moved to Kentucky, but she was very pleased that he had decided to come back to Florida and to Lake County. She stated that he was highly qualified for the position and would be in charge of the functions involving the County’s Comprehensive Plan.
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER STIVENDER – DISTRICT 3
Commr. Stivender informed the Board that it appears cities in the County are treated according to which Commissioner represents them, which concerns her, at which time she noted that the projects involving the various facilities that are currently being proposed are major projects that will affect the entire County, they just happen to be in the City of Tavares, of which she is the District Commissioner, and she feels that said projects are not being treated the same as projects in other cities. She stated that the point she was trying to make was how the Board, at a meeting, addresses each individual.
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER HANSON – CHAIRMAN AND DISTRICT 4
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY PROCLAMATION
Commr. Hanson pointed out the fact that there was a Proclamation on Addendum No. 1, under the County Manager’s Consent Agenda, recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and that she felt it was something that was noteworthy. She noted that she appreciated staff putting it together.
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER HANSON – CHAIRMAN AND DISTRICT 4
SHETLAND TRAIL SPECIAL ASSESSMENT
Commr. Hanson informed staff that she would like to bring the issue of the Shetland Trail Special Assessment project back before the Board as soon as possible, for discussion, noting that it has been somewhat of a fiasco and she would like to have the problem resolved.
Mr. Jim Stivender, Jr., Public Works Director, stated that the Public Works Department sent a memorandum to the County Manager’s Office, with the Board being copied, explaining what their plan is, with regard to the Shetland Trail project, at which time he noted various reasons why the project was delayed. He stated that staff is looking at reformatting some of their bids, to make them more appealing to contractors.
It was noted that a public hearing will be held on July 11, 2006, regarding said issue.
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER STIVENDER – DISTRICT 3 (CONT’D.)
LASHER FAMILY PROCLAMATION
Commr. Stivender stated that Lasher Feed, in Okahumpka, has closed its doors, after almost 50 years of helping the FFA (Future Farmers of America), 4-H programs, etc. She noted that she has staff working with some of the residents in Okahumpka, in putting together a Proclamation to be presented to the Lasher family at a later date, possibly in July of this year.
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER STIVENDER – DISTRICT 3
WILDWOOD TRAIL WORKSHOP
Commr. Stivender informed the Board that a workshop is scheduled to be held this date at the Leesburg Community Center, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., regarding the Wildwood Trail and Phase II of the Tav-Lee Trail, for anyone interested in attending.
CITIZEN QUESTION AND COMMENT PERIOD
Mr. Roy Hunter, Northeast Lake Chamber of Commerce, addressed the Board and distributed a copy of an old newspaper article that he had cut out of the Boca Raton News, dated December 24, 1979, containing a story about the possibility of gasoline rationing in the United States, if the Iranian crisis or production cuts by oil-producing countries force it, noting that the United States has all kinds of crisis facing it, currently the gasoline crisis, due to the Iranian government. He again recommended, as he had at a previous Board Meeting, that the elderly population in the County boycott their local gasoline stations and stay home for three weeks, noting that the working class would not be able to do so, but the elderly and retired could do it. He stated that he feels it will send a message to the government that it has got to do something about the gasoline situation. He suggested that the public start the boycott July 19, 2006.
Commr. Hanson stated that the point Mr. Hunter brings up goes beyond what he stated, noting that there are so many things that can be done in the designing of communities, making them more walkable and closer to jobs. She stated that counties need to do better planning, but it goes beyond that, noting that it also takes the general public accepting that concept.
Mr. Hunter again thanked the Board for the new Deland Express, a free bus service that currently runs from Paisley to Deland. He stated that the residents are trying to participate, so the ridership is increasing, at which time he noted that he would like to see the bus route head west, as well as east.
Ms. Pat Congdon, a resident of Crows Bluff, addressed the Board and thanked them for “The Smartest Card” library card campaign, however, pointed out the fact that the libraries’ computers are crowded, because the school children are using them at the same time that the seniors are trying to use them, now that school is out for the Summer, preventing the seniors from getting much use out of them. She stated that she wanted to thank the residents of Crows Bluff and Forest Hills for repairing some of the roads in the area, at which time she displayed photographs of some of the residents doing so. She displayed some photographs of the Deland Express, alluded to earlier, as well, showing some of the ridership and signs that were made for the bus and the roads in the area, with funds donated by some of the residents in the community. She then questioned the status of the switches that were supposed to have been obtained for the generators for the septic system for Spring Creek Elementary and was informed that staff would check into the matter.
Commr. Stivender requested Ms. Congdon to attend the next Transportation Disadvantaged Board Meeting and give them the presentation that she gave the Board this date, noting that they never get to see what they have accomplished, by making the motions they do.
Mr. Chris Wagner addressed the Board and questioned the status of Dwight’s Road, noting that the residents have been trying to get the road paved for the last 15 years. He stated that, from what he understands, the project went out for bid, but it was going to cost too much to pave it, so it is now scheduled to be resurfaced by the County.
Mr. Jim Stivender, Jr., Public Works Director, informed the Board that staff is working on taking care of the project inhouse; therefore, it is being treated just like a contract. He stated that the project will be awarded to the County’s Road Department and will probably be completed near the end of this year.
Mr. Wagner questioned whether it included Lake Nellie Road, as well, since it connects to Dwight’s Road and was informed by Mr. Stivender that Lake Nellie Road is still tied to the State’s property and he did not know the status of it, but would get back with Mr. Wagner regarding it.
Mr. Kenneth Johnson, Assistant Operations Manager, MV Transportation, Lake County Connection, addressed the Board, in response to some comments that Ms. Congdon made, earlier in the meeting, about the new Deland Express bus service. He stated that the service is on a trial basis for 90 days and only runs one day per week, however, noted that they are getting a good response to it.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 11:45 a.m.
CATHERINE C. HANSON, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK