A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD
APRIL 1, 2008
The Lake County Board of
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE
Reverend Karen Burris from
Ms. Cindy Hall,
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a 4-0 vote, the Board moved to add the aforementioned items by Ms. Hall on the Agenda.
Commr. Hill stated that she would like to add to her business an update and a request from the Economic Development Strategic Planning Steering Committee, with a possible vote or direction.
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board moved to put Commr. Hill’s item on the Agenda under her business.
Commr. Renick related that she would be reporting on some information from a meeting at the St. Johns River Water Management District last Wednesday, which might take some direction from the Board as well.
On a motion by Commr. Renick, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board moved to add Commr. Renick’s item on the Agenda.
Mr. Sandy Minkoff,
Commr. Renick stated that she
had changes on the Minutes of February 26, 2008 and March 7, 2008. She explained that on February 26, they were
talking about the tower and the flag in
Commr. Cadwell asked that the Minutes of February 26, 2008 and March 7, 2008 be brought back and that they would not include those in the motion today.
On a motion by Commr. Renick, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of February 22, 2008 (Special Meeting), March 4, 2008 (Regular Meeting), and March 4, 2008 (Value Adjustment Board Meeting) as presented.
CLERK OF COURTS’ CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board approved the Clerk of Courts’ Consent Agenda, as follows:
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 Monthly Distribution of Revenue Traffic/Criminal Cases, for the month ending February 29, 2008, in the amount of $234,212.33. Same period, last year: $200,543.83.
Agenda – Workshop of Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board
to acknowledge receipt of Agenda – Joint Workshop of Southwest Florida Water
Management District (SWFWMD) Governing Board and Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply
Authority (WRWSA) Board of Directors on March 24, 2008, at the Ocala Hilton
Agenda – Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board Meeting
to acknowledge receipt of Agenda – Southwest Florida Water Management District
Governing Board Meeting, March 25, 2008, 9:00 a.m.,
to acknowledge receipt of Town of
to acknowledge receipt of City of
Ordinance No. 2007-12-455
Ordinance No. 2007-12-456
Ordinance No. 2007-12-457
to acknowledge receipt of City of
Ordinance No. 2008-A
Ordinance No. 2008-B
to acknowledge receipt of City of
to acknowledge receipt of City of
Southwest Florida Water Management District’s 2008 Consolidated Annual Report
Request to acknowledge receipt of Southwest Florida Water Management District’s 2008 Consolidated Annual Report, pursuant to section 373.036(7), Florida Statutes.
St. Johns Water Management District Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Request to acknowledge receipt of St. Johns Water Management District Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2007.
On a motion by Commr. Renick, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 4-0 vote, the Board approved Tabs 3 through 10, pulling Tab 7, as follows:
Request for approval of the following Budget Change Request and Unanticipated Revenue Resolutions:
Budget Transfer – General Fund, Department of Community Services, Citizens Support Division. Transfer $45,000 from Reserve for Operations to Grants and Aids. The Active Military Combat Duty Reimbursement Program was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on November 6, 2007. This new program will reimburse combat duty military members, for those who qualify, a portion of the ad valorem taxes paid. This transfer is required to fund the program for the remainder of the fiscal year. After this transfer is posted, the balance in the General Fund Reserve for Operations account will be $303,290.
No. 2008-44 to amend the General
Fund in order to receive unanticipated revenue for Fiscal Year 2008 in the
amount of $975 deposited into Donation - HLC and to provide appropriations for
the disbursement for Office Supplies. Reimbursement funding has been received
for the purchase of tables at the
No. 2008-45 to amend the General
Fund in order to receive unanticipated revenue for Fiscal Year 2008 in the
amount of $10,000 deposited into Donations and provide appropriations for the
disbursement for Grants and Aids to assist in the purchase of National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios. Lake County Emergency
Management is sponsoring a new weather radio program to provide NOAA weather
Request for approval of the amended Memorandum of
Understanding with the City of
Request for approval to 1) declare the items on the attached lists surplus to County needs, (2) authorize the removal of all of the items on the attached lists from the County’s official fixed asset inventory system records, and (3) authorize the Procurement Services Director or designee to sign vehicle titles.
Request for approval of Resolution
No. 2008-46 authorizing the posting
of "No Parking on Right of Way" signs on
Request for authorization to execute
Resolution No. 2008-48 accepting
Request for approval and acceptance of the list of public right of way deeds that have been secured in conjunction with roadway and / or stormwater projects. (Commissioner Districts 1, 2, 3, 5)
Request for approval and execution of a right of way purchase agreement with Journey Circle M Ranch, LLC, for right of way, and authorization for Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners to sign any and all documents necessary for closing in conjunction with Busby Road (#3021) and Number Two Road (#3024) drainage and paving improvements. This includes a Budget Change Request to transfer the funds. Commission District 3.
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved the County Attorney’s Consent Agenda, Tabs 11 through 16, as follows:
Request for approval of agreement with William S. West for right-of-way needed for CR 466 Road Widening Project. Commission District 5.
Request for approval to advertise ordinance for expansion of Country Greens Community Development District and consent to District’s power to maintain additional facilities and systems for security. Commission District 4.
Request for approval to advertise ordinance creating the Plaza Collina Community Development District. Commission District 2.
Request for approval of
Interlocal Agreement with the City of
Request for approval of
Amendment to Lease Agreement between
For Information Only - Vested Rights Determinations for the Developments of Arbor Ridge, Drew's Landing, Drew's Estates, Pebble Creek, and Park Haven. Commission Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Commr. Renick wanted to point out that Tab 13 was just for approval to advertise the Plaza Collina Development District, but some people wanted to know what the actual date was that it was coming back.
Mr. Sandy Minkoff,
The Chairman presented the following Employee Awards, with Ms. Kasie McAdams, Employee Services Manager, commenting briefly about each employee’s service to the County:
Presentation of Award to Employees with Five Years of Service
Karen Burt, Office Associate III, Public Works/Road Operations
Jeffrey Coulthart, Firefighter/EMT, Public Safety/Fire Rescue
Scott Covington, Firefighter/EMT, Public Safety/Fire Rescue
Michael Dinkins, Librarian II, Community Services/Library Services/Marion Baysinger Memorial Library
Debra Dyer, Tourism Specialist, Tourism & Business Relations/Tourism
William Holtzman, Firefighter/EMT, Public Safety/Fire Rescue
Edward Johnson, Firefighter/Paramedic, Public Safety/Fire Rescue
Robert Perry, Firefighter/Paramedic, Public Safety/Fire Rescue
Matthew Roudabush, Firefighter/EMT, Public Safety/Fire Rescue
Dennis Smolarek, Librarian I, Community Services/Library Services/Cooper Memorial Library
Presentation of Award to Employees with Ten Years of Service
Brenda Likely, Financial Analyst, Community Services/Transportation Disadvantaged
Debra Padgett, Associate Plans Examiner, Growth Management/Building Services
Katherine Reardon, Animal Euthanasia Technician, Public Safety/Animal Services (not present)
Presentation of Award to Employees with Fifteen Years of Service
John Heffler, Senior Maintenance Worker, Community Services/Agricultural Education Services/Cooperative Extension Service
Gerald Langsdorf, Traffic Data Technician, Public Works/Engineering/Transportation
Susan Michaelsen, Commissioners Aide,
Presentation of Award to Employee with Twenty Years of Service
Randy Jones, Battalion Fire Chief, Public Safety/Fire Rescue
PRESENTATION – UNITED WAY AND HUMAN CARE NETWORK
Mr. Fletcher Smith, Community Services Director, commented
that Mr. John Provance, Executive Director of
Mr. Provance mentioned that Mr. Jim Judge, who was the Campaign
Mr. Provance related that the Human Care Network was created
in 2002 to resolve the major community problem of hunger through the efforts of
the Lake County Commission, the Salvation Army, the
Mr. Provance talked about the future, and stated that they
were currently having some issues with being able to get food, since there was
more than a 50 percent reduction nationally from some of the major food
banks. To proactively prepare themselves
for the future, they have been meeting with some farmers and other individuals
in both Lake and
Commr. Stewart stated that the Human Care Network was impressive and that it was heartwarming to see the volunteers giving so much of themselves to the people that needed it. She also commented that they ran it very efficiently, and they thought outside the box to keep their expenses down and to prepare for the future. She stated that they were working hard to provide a very successful service to the community.
Mr. Provance commented that there were 400 to 500 people involved, and they were doing an incredible job taking care of the needs of their people.
INDUSTRIAL USE ORDINANCE
Mr. Sandy Minkoff,
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF LAKE COUNTY, FLORIDA; AMENDING LAKE COUNTY CODE, APPENDIX E, LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS CHAPTER II, ENTITLED DEFINITIONS; SECTION 3.01.02, ENTITLED CLASSIFICATION OF USES; SECTION 3.01.03, ENTITLED SCHEDULE OF PERMITTED AND CONDITIONAL USES; SECTION 3.01.04, ENTITLED KEY TO CONDITIONS IN TABLE OF PERMITTED AND CONDITIONAL USES; SECTION 3.05.00, ENTITLED SCREENING FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL USES; SECTION 9.01.04, ENTITLED LANDSCAPE REQUIREMENTS; SECTION 9.01.04, TABLE 9.01.04.B.2.A, ENTITLED LANDSCAPE PLANTS FOR BUFFERS BETWEEN LOTS AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY; SECTION 9.01.04, TABLE 9.01.04.B, ENTITLED LANDSCAPE BUFFERS BETWEEN ZONING TYPES; SECTION 9.01.10, FIGURE 2, ENTITLED LAND USE BUFFERING STANDARDS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE CODE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Mr. Brian Sheahan, Planning and Community Design Director, recapped that on June 18, 2007, the Board gave staff direction to initiate an amendment to the Land Development Regulations (LDR) to address situations where residential uses were impacted by heavy industrial uses and that on September 20, 2007, the Local Planning Agency (LPA) considered those amendments and requested some additional modifications that were included in the attached ordinance to the Agenda. He summarized that the ordinance better defined light industrial and heavy industrial uses and provided additional performance criteria when heavy industrial uses were adjacent to residential uses. He specified that the changes included the definitions for industrial use, industrial use light, and industrial use heavy; a proposed requirement for conditional use approval for heavy industrial uses within 500 feet of the residential uses so that impacts could be addressed through the site-appropriate conditions; a proposed screening requirement to require screening of nonstructural equipment in addition to parking, loading, and storage areas, because these tended to be where the greatest noise impacts were; and creation of a type E 50-foot buffer to be installed between heavy industrial and residential uses with greater width, vegetation, and a berm.
Mr. Sheahan reported that since the LPA hearings, staff had met with many affected parties, including the industrial use owners as well as affected residential owners, and based on this input, staff requested the amendments to the ordinance that were contained in the packets. He specified that one of those changes was the request on Page 2, Line 28, that the definition of “Residential Area” be added as “Land designated in the applicable comprehensive plan or zoning map, or currently used, for residential purposes at a density of greater than one dwelling unit per acre of land.” Also, on Page 4, Line 21, Section 5, Note 24, they requested that the term “or PUD zoning” district be deleted, and in its place, staff requested to insert the word “area” to reflect the new definition that was added. He also stated that on Page 5, Line 5, Section 5, Note 24 (b), staff was requesting to delete the noise provision, since those issues would be addressed in a separate noise ordinance. Alternatively, with the Board’s direction if they did not want to delete that provision, staff requested that they add a provision to cross-reference the noise ordinance. He reported that the last change would be on Page 5, Line 41 in Section 6 which was an addition of the sentence “Screening shall be required between heavy industrial uses and residential uses of 8 to 12 feet,” as the second sentence to the paragraph, which would provide a specific standard.
The Chairman opened the public hearing.
Ms. Leslie Campione, Attorney, stated that they were a little concerned that the distance requirements in this ordinance did not give them the level of comfort that they were looking for, since the specific noise levels that would be adopted were still unknown. She explained that if they went with the levels that they recommended at the workshop, they felt that there would be adequate protection. She pointed out that during a CUP review, the Board could impose requirements that exceeded their minimum noise levels, and she thought that the ordinance should state that they had the ability to do that. She also asked that during the review of site plans that were outside the CUP area, staff be given the authority to ensure that the site plans were designed in such a way as to meet the minimum requirements. She added that the screening was important, but they felt that a wall was probably more appropriate to mitigate noise than a fence and thought that staff should have the ability to determine which should be used depending on the circumstances. She also believed that screening should be built in instances where an industrial zoned property was not immediately adjacent to a residential property, since there may be land in between, and she was concerned about whether the ordinance addressed that.
Mr. Bob Merriam, a resident of Arlington Ridge, Leesburg, stated that they had put a lot of time and effort into this ordinance not just to protect themselves, but other County residents as well, and that this was a county-wide initiative. He commented that Mr. Tom Lang of Prestige Ready Mix has made all of the accommodations already that were outlined in the ordinance and for the most part has become a very good corporate citizen. He emphasized that this ordinance was not anti-business, and they believed this ordinance was good for business because it gave clear common-sense guidelines of how businesses could be good neighbors. He opined that any responsible business wanted to know what it would take for them to co-exist and be good corporate citizens. He urged the Commissioners to vote for this ordinance as well as working with them on the upcoming noise ordinance for the future. He also expressed appreciation for all the support the Board has given them.
Mr. Keith Schue, a resident of Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento, the Nature Conservancy advocate, and a member of the LPA (Local Planning Agency), addressed the Board and mentioned that staff made the recommendation that the term “residential development” be defined as “development greater than one unit per acre.” He stated that he did not know the context in which that recommendation was made, and he wanted to know whether that somehow affected the applicability of this ordinance to residential development of one per acre or higher.
Commr. Cadwell assured him that they would get that question answered.
Mr. Gary Cooney, Attorney with the law firm of Richey and Cooney, commented that Mr. Merriam was correct about businesses wanting to know the guidelines going in. He commented on two concerns he had regarding the ordinance, one of which was that if businesses were already zoned heavy industrial in the County and there was a vacant piece of agricultural property next to it, it would be unfair to then have a residential development get approved on that adjacent property and have the site plan suddenly become nonconforming. He pointed out that that would also make it more difficult for that business to expand. His other concern had to do with property being within 500 feet of residential subdivisions, which was that there could be an instance where there was a large piece of property that allowed businesses to locate their use where they would be 1000 feet away from the subdivision, but because they owned the entire piece, they would then be subject to the 500-foot restriction. He urged the Board to take a look at those potential concerns.
There being no further individuals who wished to address the Board, the Chairman closed the public hearing.
Commr. Cadwell asked Mr. Sheahan to respond to Mr. Schue’s question.
Mr. Sheahan stated that if they required a buffer when the site was not immediately adjacent, they ended up with a buffer on the industrial property in addition to screening. When another business went in at the vacant industrial property, it would require another buffer and another screen, resulting in a buffer to an industrial use as well as a buffer to a residential use, which staff thought was repetitive and over-kill. He explained that the ordinance had a provision in it under the mandatory conditions which could be increased during the conditional use process to address unique circumstances. He stated that the mandatory conditions included that all outside storage materials be screened so that they were not visible, any soil-like materials had to be treated so that they did not create dust and debris problems, all on-site travel lanes and maneuvering lanes must be paved to reduce vehicle noise, and lighting provisions were also mentioned. He also indicated that Mr. Schue’s question was a good one and had come up after the LPA hearing and stated that the way the ordinance was currently written would only apply to those residential zoning districts and PUD’s within the County. He added that many times the municipalities were also county residents, so the new definition of residential area was a much broader definition, which does include those residential properties within the municipalities.
Commr. Renick thought that the question was regarding the densities.
Mr. Sheahan clarified that this would not apply to densities of one home on more than an acre, which was intentional because typically many industrial uses such as mines and things of that nature started off in agricultural areas of five, ten, or even 20-acre tracts where the impact could be mitigated because of orange groves, woodlands, and things of that nature in addition to the distance between the homes. He emphasized that the ordinance provided a new standard of an 8 to 12-foot wall for screening for industrial uses, which would take care of the larger properties, in addition to any naturally occurring buffers on the property which would provide a substantial barrier.
Mr. Minkoff commented that the standard was also a dual standard, and was not just size of lots or zoning, but also comprehensive plan category, so if they were adjacent to property in the comprehensive plan or the zoning map that called for a density greater than 1, it would trigger that requirement.
Commr. Renick asked if the County was able to add conditions that might be stricter than what was normally in the noise ordinance.
Mr. Minkoff responded that they could, but noted that the CUP hearing was a quasi-judicial hearing, so there had to be evidence that would show the basis for that.
Commr. Renick stated that she wanted them to include the provision as far as compliance with the noise ordinance, either by cross-referencing it or by stating the language in this ordinance as well, once they had the noise ordinance worked out.
Cadwell stated that they liked the idea of referencing the noise ordinance in
there, and he also directed Mr. Sheahan to meet with the
On a motion by Commr. Renick, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved for staff to come back with the language that they had discussed and the additional amendments that staff brought forward.
SUPPORTING THE DESIGN OF LAKE-WEKIVA TRAIL TO BE INCLUDED
Mr. Tom Eicher, Parks and Trails
Division, Public Works, stated that they were in the final stages of the Trails
Master Plan and would be coming before the Board sometime next month to give
them the final rendition. He explained
that the Trails Master Plan started out with them identifying major regional
trails within the County that connected to all the surrounding counties and
giving those trails a priority depending on their stage of completion. He related that once they started giving
things priority, they realized that the Wekiva Trail, which went from the
On a motion by Commr. Stewart, seconded by Commr. Renick and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved Tab 7, request from Public Works for approval of Resolution No. 2008-47 to support the Lake-Wekiva Trail to be included within the design and construction of the Wekiva Parkway.
Commr. Renick wanted to point out that the County kept including the Karlton DRI on all of their maps, and she thought they might need to clean up their maps.
Mr. Eicher assured Commr. Renick that they could take care of that.
UPDATED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM SAFETY POLICY
Ken Harley, Public Transportation Manager, stated that Tab 18 was an update to
their System Safety Program Plan (SSPP).
He recapped that in 2001, the Board adopted the SSPP, which was required
by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as well as the Federal
Transit Administration. He explained
that that plan ensures that the vehicles were operated with minimum safety
standards, that drivers undertook physicals each year, that the vehicles were
inspected on a daily basis before the drivers started their route and that they
posted inspections when they got back, that they followed certain guidelines
regarding drug and alcohol testing of employees, and that annual certification
was provided to FDOT at the end of each year showing that they were in
compliance with those requirements. He
reported that the update to the plan would ensure that they had included these
proper designations of federal registered guidelines into the policy. He noted that the most significant changes to
their policy were the Environmental Protection Agency 40 CFR, Part 261 that
related to hazardous waste and adding
On a motion by Commr. Stewart, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved Tab 18, the request from Community Services for approval of the updated Lake County Public Transportation System Safety Policy.
Harley requested that Tab 19 and Tab 23 be heard together since they were tied
together and explained that the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was a
federal law that prohibited discrimination to persons who had
disabilities. He specified that under
the transportation section of the ADA, the law required that fixed route transportation
systems be accessible to persons with disabilities, and the law provided that
complimentary services be provided to people within three-quarters of a mile
who were unable to access the fixed route due to a disability or they were not
able to navigate the system due to a mental or physical disability. He related that normally
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved Tabs 19 and 23, the request from Community Service for approval of the Lake County ADA Paratransit Rider’s Guide and approval of the ADA application, guidelines, ID card, and letters as required by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
BCC CHARTER TRANSPORTATION POLICY
Mr. Harley explained that Tab 20
related to charter transportation services and that their buses were funded by
the FTA. He specified that under 5307 the
buses were basically paid 100 percent and under 5310 there was a 90/10 match
that the County paid. He related that as
a result of receiving the vehicles from the FTA, one of the stipulations was
that they could not engage in charter transportation services unless there was
no other agency within the area that was willing to provide those services, and
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Renick and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved the request from Community Services for approval of the BCC Charter Transportation Policy.
INTERLOCAL AGREEMENTS TO SELL LAKEXPRESS BUS PASSES
Mr. Harley stated that Tabs 21 and 22 were
basically identical, and they were working with the libraries throughout the
County for them to sell passes for the fixed-route run. He reported that so far
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a 4-0 vote the Board approved Tabs 21 and 22, a request from Community Services for approval of the interlocal Agreement between the BCC and the Cities of Fruitland Park and Leesburg respectively to sell LakeXpress Bus Passes.
RECESS AND REASSEMBLY
At 10:10 a.m., the Chairman announced a recess until 10:30 a.m.
OF GRANT APPLICATIONS TO
David Hanson, Public Lands Manager, stated that the request this morning was to
submit two applications to the Florida Communities Trust (FCT) for properties
that the County already acquired, which were the Ellis Acres property in
Paisley and the Kuharske (or “Pasture”) property in the
On a motion by Commr. Renick, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved the request from Growth Management for approval and authorization to submit two grant applications to Florida Communities Trust that will partially reimburse the County for properties that have been acquired. Commission Districts 2 and 5.
CONTRACT WITH WILSONMILLER FOR FINANCIAL FEASIBILITY ANALYSIS
Mr. Brian Sheahan, Planning and Community Design Director, stated that this item was a request to allow staff to put forward a Scope of Services with WilsonMiller, Inc. to perform statutorily required financial feasibility analysis of the 2025 Comprehensive Plan. He mentioned that the LPA was nearing completion of the Future Land Use Element, and staff needed to provide the Board with a fiscal analysis of that plan for the workshops that would follow that transmittal.
Commr. Hill asked if this was just for the land acquisition portion or the entire Comprehensive Plan.
Mr. Sheahan responded that this was for the entire Comprehensive Plan.
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved Tab 25, the request from Growth Management for approval to execute the contract with WilsonMiller, Inc. consistent with the attached Scope of Services to perform financial feasibility analysis for proposed Comprehensive Plan required pursuant to 163.3191 Florida Statutes.
APPOINTMENTS TO PARKS, RECREATION AND TRAILS ADVISORY BOARD
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by vote of 4-0, the Board appointed Ms. Dawn McDonald as Lake County School Board representative, Mr. Michael Perry as Lake County Water Authority representative, and Mr. Mike Stone as an at-large representative to upcoming vacant positions on the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board.
RESOLUTION REGARDING PROPERTY NEEDED FOR CR 466 ROAD WIDENING
Minkoff stated Tab 28 was the approval of the resolution which would authorize
them to engage in eminent domain, and this was only one parcel on the CR 466
project. He recapped that they had been
working with Public Works diligently trying to acquire the parcels for the CR
466 project, particularly those that were in the “A” Phase, which was from
Rolling Acres Road westerly to the
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved the request from the County Attorney for approval of Resolution No. 2008-49 regarding property owned by Z.M.S.S., LLP needed for the CR 466 Road Widening Project. Commission District 5.
CLOSING ON PRESTIGE SITE
Mr. Minkoff informed the Board that
the closing on the Prestige site on US Hwy 27 was set for about the 17th
or 18th of April and that they would be acquiring that parcel,
pursuant to the settlement agreement. He
commented that the
PURCHASE OF FORMER AUTO DEALERSHIP ON SR 50 IN CLERMONT
Mr. Minkoff stated that as of March 31, they had gotten a contract for the State Road 50 site of the former auto dealership that they had discussed last week, which contained a very aggressive 90-day due diligence period which gave the Board almost complete discretion within that time to decide whether to purchase or not. He added that they would begin the due diligence process on it, so they would be spending some monies for things like surveys and building and environmental reviews while the County Manager looked at the facility.
OF HUGH KENT AND
Minkoff reported that on the Hugh Kent parcel, they had a contract that was
signed by that seller and by the
Mr. Minkoff related that they had also gotten a contract on Thursday or Friday, March 27 or 28, regarding Akron Meadows, and they had reduced the purchase price offer by $7500 to include the cost of taking down the house that was on the property, if they decided to do that. He related that the seller was providing them with surveys and updated environmental in that case, which were in the works as well. He mentioned that the County should be able to acquire both the Kent and Akron Meadows parcels within the 60-day timeframe that they had.
Cadwell asked Mr. Minkoff to get back with them regarding any information on
the cabin that was on the
Mr. Minkoff responded that he thought Mr. Hanson was interested in looking at it, and the only agreement they made was that if they elected that they did not want it, then they would let them move it over to his property to the south. He also informed the Board that on the Kent and Akron Meadows parcels, all the appraisals and offers were public for anyone to come in and see those, and he was holding the other offers and appraisals confidential to allow them to go back to those properties if something came up that would result in them not being able to close on one of them. He stated that with the Board’s permission for this 60-day period, they would consider those pending negotiations on the other properties.
Commr. Cadwell asked if Public Works was satisfied with the right-of-ways.
Minkoff responded that they were, and some of the money for the ones on the
GROVELAND ANNEXATION UPDATE
Mr. Minkoff reaffirmed with the Board that Groveland had the first reading on an annexation ordinance next week and that the Board has directed him to appear at the council and oppose. He did not think there was a substantial change to the ordinance, and unless he heard otherwise, he would be going to that meeting next week.
Commr. Cadwell commented that on Monday, April 7, he, Mr. Minkoff, and Ms. Hall would meet with the people from Umatilla, but they were watching all of the annexations, and he thought they were slowing down to some extent.
Mr. Minkoff stated that several years ago, the Board had them do a systematic check on every annexation, but he did not believe they were currently doing that. He stated that the Board now usually gave them direction to act at a Board Meeting.
Commr. Cadwell thought that they needed some type of system, since sometimes things flew under the radar.
Mr. Minkoff assured the Board he would look into coming up with some kind of system for that.
ALTERNATIVE WATER SUPPLY MEETINGS
Mr. Minkoff reported that they had met on March 31 with the St. Johns River Water Management District, the municipalities, and with OUC (Orlando Utilities Commission) to talk about the alternative water supply. He commented that they were facilitating those meetings, but it was mainly a discussion between the municipalities and OUC that was occurring.
LETTER TO LEGISLATORS REGARDING IMPACTS TO HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Ms. Cindy Hall,
Commr. Cadwell directed Ms. Hall to
mention in the letter that the types of programs and people that this would
affect were the ones that needed it the most, and it would cost the system one
way or the other. He also asked Ms. Hall
to give them the actual cost to
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried
unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved the request of the
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER HILL – VICE CHAIRMAN AND DISTRICT 1
DISSOLUTION OF THE IDA AND ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW COMMITTEE
Commr. Hill related that the
Economic Development Strategic Planning Steering Committee (the committee)
voted to recommend to the Board to dissolve the IDA (Industrial Development
Authority) and to establish a combined commission or committee comprised of
themselves and the membership of the IDA, implementing the economic development
partnership plan that they have approved, and creating a future-broad based
Lake County economic commission of partnerships. She explained that they wanted to utilize this
new committee to reorganize and identify non-government interest groups to
support the targeted sectors and to set criteria for a nominating process to
fill those seats. She reported that the
committee had also requested that they be allowed to continue to meet and that
they wanted an organizational meeting to be scheduled within two weeks. She asked if the
Ms. Hall thought that two weeks might be a little bit optimistic as far as getting that pulled together, but suggested that she; Commr. Hill; Mr. Minkoff; and Ms. Dottie Keedy, Economic Growth and Redevelopment Director, work together to draft an ordinance that would be consistent with the results of the Economic Development Strategic Plan that the Board adopted and to bring that back to the Board, as well as to get some input from the committee.
Commr. Cadwell commented that he was excited that the IDA members still wanted to participate in the process and that the IDA has done a great job for them over the years, but the focus has changed.
Mr. Minkoff stated that if he had just the number of the members, he thought he could create an ordinance fairly quickly, because they were using almost the same format for all of their boards and committees.
Commr. Cadwell directed that as a starting point, they should create an ordinance that takes the recommendations from the economic development strategic plan, and then take it to that group and get input from them.
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board moved to have the County Attorney draw up an ordinance dissolving the IDA and creating the new steering partnership committee.
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER RENICK – DISTRICT 2
DOMESTIC SELF-SUPPLY STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS
Commr. Renick reported that she went
to the St. Johns River Water Management District last Wednesday to get the
results of their domestic self-supply study, and she pointed out a map which
showed that there was a large drawdown in the Plymouth-Sorrento area. She asked the Commissioners to go over the
report she handed out and stated that they were going to have to talk about it
in detail at some later time. She shared
some of the recommendations that came out of the meeting, one of which was a meeting
with the Lake County Water Alliance, which had already been arranged for April
9. She noted that
On a motion by Commr. Renick, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board moved to have staff look into and do some analysis on the aforementioned recommendations made by Commr. Renick and come back to the Board.
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER STIVENDER – DISTRICT 3
HEALTHY START DAY PROCLAMATION
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved the execution of Proclamation No. 2008-50 proclaiming April 8, 2008 as Healthy Start Day.
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER STEWART – DISTRICT 4
Commr. Stewart expressed concern regarding Florida Forever being cut from the State budget, despite the fact that it was supposed to be funded through 2010.
Mr. Keith Schue addressed the Board
regarding this issue, commenting that
Commr. Cadwell stated that this item fell under the approval the Board had given him during the session to write letters on issues they have already taken a stance on, and he directed Mr. Hanson and Ms. Hall to draw up a letter and get it off to them.
COMMISSIONER CADWELL – CHAIRMAN AND DISTRICT 5
BETA SIGMA PHI FOUNDERS DAY PROCLAMATION
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved the execution of Proclamation No. 2008-51 proclaiming April 26, 2008 Beta Sigma Phi Founders Day.
SALVATION ARMY DAY
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-0, the Board approved the execution of Proclamation No. 2008-52 proclaiming April 25, 2008 Salvation Army Day.
CITIZEN QUESTION AND COMMENT PERIOD
Mr. Keith Schue thanked Commr.
Renick for attending the green printing meetings and commented that what would
hopefully emerge from the green printing exercise was a solution that
recognized the advantages of looking at more than just one piece of information
regarding the natural resources in
Commr. Renick mentioned that she
thought April 15 would be a good date for a discussion of that topic and to
share what she learned at the
Commr. Cadwell commented that he thought that would be a good time to discuss what the Board as a group thought regarding this issue. He also wanted to discuss a resolution to support the funding and endeavors of the St. Johns River Alliance group at that time.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m.
WELTON CADWELL, CHAIRMAN
NEIL KELLY, CLERK