A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
may 18, 2010
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 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: Welton G. Cadwell, Chairman; Elaine Renick, Vice Chairman; Jennifer Hill; Jimmy Conner; and Linda Stewart. Others present were: Sanford A. “Sandy” Minkoff, Interim County Manager; Melanie Marsh, Acting County Attorney; Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, County Manager’s Office; Neil Kelly, Clerk of Court; Barbara F. Lehman, Chief Deputy Clerk, County Finance; and Brenda Press, Deputy Clerk.
INVOCATION and pledge
Reverend Karen Burris from the Morrison United Methodist Church gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mr. Minkoff reported that there is a carry over item from the last meeting, and that there was an additional application received for the Children’s Services Council on Tab 25. He stated that he would like to add a discussion under his business regarding the rezoning ordinance that was scheduled to be heard at the Tavares City Council tomorrow.
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the addition of said item to the Agenda.
On a motion by Commr. Renick, seconded by Commr. Stewart, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the Minutes of March 29, 2010 (Special Meeting) as presented, and the Minutes of the April 20, 2010 (Regular Meeting) as presented.
CLERK OF COURTS’ CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Stewart, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the Clerk of Courts’ Consent Agenda, Items 1 through 5, 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.
Arlington Ridge Community Development District’s Operating Budget for FY 2011
Request to acknowledge receipt of Arlington Ridge Community Development District’s Proposed Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2011, along with cover letter relating that the public hearing to adopt the proposed budget has been tentatively scheduled for August 17, 2010.
Sumter County Public Works
Request to acknowledge receipt of notice from Sumter County Public Works of a public hearing to be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. at the Sumter County Government Annex located at 910 Main Street, Bushnell, Florida 33513 regarding the County Road 470 Preliminary Engineering Study from Interstate 75 to the Lake County Line.
Cascades at Groveland Community Development District
Request to acknowledge receipt of proposed Fiscal Year 2010/2011 Budget for Cascades at Groveland Community Development District.
City of Mascotte Public Meeting
Request to acknowledge receipt of notice from the City of Mascotte for Public Meeting for the County Road 33 Preliminary Engineering Study to be held on May 6, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Tedder Thomas Memorial Civic Center, 121 Sunset Avenue, Mascotte, Florida.
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the County Manager’s Consent Agenda, Tabs 3 through 18, pulling Tabs 11 and 18 as follows:
Request for approval of an Interlocal Agreement between Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the Lake-Sumter MPO for the Transit Development Plan annual update. Fiscal Impact: $14,780.71
Request for approval of the Standard Coordinator Contracts with several transportation providers who transport our developmentally disabled citizens for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. No fiscal impact.
Request for approval and authorization for the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners to sign the Letter of Understanding Regarding the Lake County Board of County Commissioners Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Arrangement with the State of Florida. Fiscal Impact: $1,000.
Request for reassignment of an operating lease from Nortrax Equipment Company-Southeast, L.P. to Deere Credit Inc. subject to County Attorney approval.
Request for approval and award of ITB# 10-0810 for up to 10,000 each, 18 gallon yellow curbside recycling containers at $5.52 each, for a total amount of $55,200.00 to Rehrig Pacific Company; and authorization for the Procurement Officer to execute confirming documentation.
Fiscal and Administrative Services
Request for declaration of the items on the submitted list(s) surplus to the County needs, authorization for the removal of all of the items on the submitted list(s) from the County’s official fixed asset inventory system records, and authorization for the Procurement Services Director or designee to sign vehicle titles. No fiscal impact.
Report covering purchasing actions over $25,000 completed within County Manager authority provided for information only. No fiscal impact.
Request for approval of Budget Change Request to transfer funds to Community Services Administration to cover the difference in allocation of lease costs for Buildings B and E. No fiscal impact.
Request for approval of the submitted contract and Resolution 2010-54 to accept grant funding from the Florida Department of Community Affairs, CDBG Disaster Recovery Grant Program, for the purpose of implementing a disaster recovery project as a result of Tropical Storm Fay, 2008. The project will install a generator and related infrastructure at Spring Creek Elementary School in Paisley to allow the facility to have electrical redundancy and make it a primary shelter during times of emergency. Fiscal Impact: $290,487.
Request to award to low bidder under Invitation to Bid (ITB) 10-0406 for upgrade of the existing storm water management infrastructure at the Sheriff’s vehicle maintenance facility located in Eustis. Fiscal Impact: $83,605.75.
Request for approval to award a contract with Boykin Construction, Inc., on a limited competition basis for additional work under the Hooks Street Phase IV and Grand Highway project in the amount of $41,153.80 to be expended from the Road Impact Fee Benefit District 5 fund. Commission District 2.
Request for approval to award under ITB# 10-0803 for the purpose of one (1) Tree Trimming Truck for a total amount of $112,731.00 to Orlando Freightliner and authorize the Procurement Office to execute the confirming documentation.
Request for approval to award for the purchase of one (1) each Dump Truck, 64,000 GVW, 4 x 6, 12 CY, Tandem Axle to Atlantic Truck Center utilizing the Florida Sheriff’s Association Contract for a total amount of $87,947.00.
Request for approval to award for the purchase of one (1) each 52,000 lb GVWR, 4 x 6 Tandem Axle, Road Tractor to Atlantic Truck Center, utilizing the Florida Sheriff’s Contract for a total amount of $78,021.00 and authorize the Procurement Office to execute confirming documentation.
Commr. Renick commented that she was happy to see that the County received the grant funding on Tab 11. She asked if the Board would have the information from this work product before the committee finishes their decision making on Covanta.
Commr. Cadwell stated that the Board should have that information available prior to the committee’s decision.
Mr. Minkoff stated that the first meeting of the task force was advertised for next week. He commented that the task force has been directed to review the current operations and to submit a proposal for the future. He noted that the task force is expected to be in session for an 18 to 24 month period, and anticipates the information being provided to them prior to their recommendation.
Commr. Renick commented that she wanted to ensure that the committee received the information resulting from the activity sheets, and noted that she was happy to point out the financial incentive program under activity four. She stated that regarding Tab 18, it was her understanding that the Board was limiting sidewalk projects to only those projects near a school.
Mr. Jim Stivender, Director of Public Works reported that Tab 18 is for two separate projects with one being associated with the curve on CR 48 where the County received calls from residents concerning the paved shoulder drop off, and the other project is related to the missing link of sidewalk in the Golden Triangle Office near the Tax Collector’s Office and residential homes.
Commr. Renick commented that she thought these were good projects, but asked if the Board wanted to allot money to these projects when the goal has been to prioritize sidewalk projects near schools.
Mr. Stivender stated that some of the projects require millions to acquire right-of-way to install sidewalks, and noted that these two projects could be completed economically. He explained that there is a substantial amount of right-of-way needed to access Lost Lake Elementary, and opined that it is a matter of deciding to complete a few projects as clean up around the County versus not completing any projects.
On a motion by Commr. Renick, seconded by Commr. Conner and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the County Manager’s Consent Agenda, Tabs 11 and 18, as follows:
Request for acceptance of Award and Special Terms and Conditions for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, and approval of Resolution No. 2010-53 for unanticipated revenue. Fiscal Impact: $2,807,500.
Request for approval to advertise bids for CR-48 Bike Path Addition and #4858 Dillard Road Sidewalk Project No. 2010-19 at an estimated cost of $30,000.00 for CR-48 Bike Path Addition and $62,000.00 for #4858 Dillard Road sidewalk from Renewal Sales Tax Capital Projects – Sidewalks. Commission Districts 3 and 4.
COUNTY ATTORNEY’S CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Renick, seconded by Commr. Stewart, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the County Attorney’s Consent Agenda, Tabs 19 through 22, as follows:
Approval to cancel the Mortgage and release the Note executed by Rodney Barnett on August 1, 2001, and recorded at O.R. Book 1984, Pages 1945 through 1952, upon receipt of the $750.00 payment.
Approval to have a Closed Session of the Board of County Commissioners.
Authorize the Chairman to sign and file a Proof of Claim form with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as it pertains to the Retreat at Silver Creek Development. No fiscal impact.
Approval of Termination of Shopping Center Lease between Clermont Center, Ltd. And Lake County. Fiscal Impact: $3,360 est. savings.
Ms. Amye King, Growth Management Director, stated that the Commission asked staff to prepare a series of maps of the south Lake County area that would depict both Horizons West and the proposed South Lake Rural Protection Area (RPA). She presented the requested map, and outlined the boundaries of the RPA and other developments.
Commr. Cadwell commented that the map presented is the one that he wanted to see, and noted that the comparison chart of the RPA requirements to the rural land requirements was also helpful.
Commr. Conner stated that the second map that staff provided outlines the South Lake RPA and the sections that Clermont is requesting which are labeled 25, 26 and 27.
Commr. Cadwell noted that Clermont is also requesting sections 34, 35 and 36.
Commr. Conner commented that it was his understanding that the original compromise did not include sections 25, 26 and 27.
Commr. Renick clarified that the compromise included lifting the RPA from 4,700 acres.
Commr. Conner commented that the topography of sections 25, 26 and 27 are significantly different than sections 34, 35 and 36, and opined that he could understand the logic of treating the sections differently based on topography.
Commr. Cadwell asked how many acres are in each section.
Mr. Brian Sheahan, Planning and Community Design Director responded that each section consists of 640 acres.
Commr. Renick opined that the Board already made a huge compromise when it lifted the RPA from the 4,700 acres. She commented that although she does not usually respond publicly, she wanted to address an email she received that stated that she does not care about the farming community, and noted that there is not anything she is more proud of than being a farmer’s daughter. She stated that her family farmed for generations and that she understands the pressures of farming. She commented that it is unreasonable to not protect an area that is known to be environmentally sensitive. She stated that she did not foresee Clermont outgrowing the area of the already lifted 4,700 acres anytime in the immediate future. She explained that this is the County’s Comp Plan which should outline where the County foresees growth. She commented that the City of Clermont is only 9,300 acres and opined that the additional land is sprawl. She stated that there have been comments that the RPA changes the land use process, and explained that the land use change process is not affected by the RPA.
Commr. Stewart asked staff to display the comparison chart of the area with the RPA requirements versus the current rural land use requirements, and noted that the only difference is that the RPA restricts the building of any roads over two lanes. She stated that there were comments that the TIPS Strategy suggested the south Lake area, and clarified that the TIPS Strategy promoted sites for mixed use office development especially in close proximity to downtown areas in southern Lake County sites with infrastructure near Orlando. She pointed out that there is not any infrastructure in that area. She commented that the TIPS Strategy also directed that once a short list of suitable sites was created, property owners should be encouraged to create conceptual site plans that focus commercial development in a concentrated location without requiring more than 50 to 100 acres. She reported that she attended the South Lake Chamber of Commerce luncheon a few weeks ago and listened to the guest speaker, Mr. Rasesh Thakker from the Tavistock Group that developed the Lake Nona Medical Center, who commented that large amounts of land are not a requirement for successful economic development. She commented that the TIPS Strategy recognized the importance of protecting the rural areas in an effort to attract good corporations to the County. She stated that the RPA should remain in tact, especially since there is not an immediate need or specific plans for the land. She opined that the City of Clermont could present this issue to the Board at a later date when there was a need for the additional land.
Commr. Stewart asked why the additional acreage is being requested.
Commr. Renick explained that the topography of the area is important because it is part of the water recharge. She opined that the Board has already made a huge compromise, and relayed a past situation in Clermont where a hill was cut down and years later there was a request for another cut in the hill because people had forgotten how big the hill was originally so it appeared to be a good compromise. She commented that the Board should remember where the boundaries began compared to the current boundaries, and asked the Board to leave the RPA as it is.
Commr. Stewart reiterated that the RPA does not affect Clermont’s economic development.
Commr. Hill commented that it was her understanding at the beginning of this process that the RPA applied to public owned land in an effort to protect the area regardless of geographic location. She stated that the RPA requirements and the rural land use requirements do not encourage planning, and noted that if the overlay was removed it would encourage planning for that area. She reported that there is a smart scorecard document for development projects that should be completed by all of the project partners, and recommended removing the overlay and preparing the scorecard to plan the entire area. She commented that development is happening in five or ten acre tracts creating rural sprawl rather than a planned development, and opined that there should be certain measures and standards for the development of this area.
Commr. Renick stated that the Comp Plan includes measures and standards to discourage the five acre development and rural sprawl. She commented that the density is one dwelling per five acres, and explained that the development could be clustered when appropriate. She opined that the rural protection area designation sends a clear message that the development measures and standards should be strictly adhered to in this area.
Commr. Hill remarked that there is not any planning for commerce within the RPA, and opined that commercial strip malls are being promoted with the current standards.
Commr. Stewart commented that it cannot be ignored that the County and staff has spent years on the Comp Plan which was developed based on hundreds of public meetings with citizens who gave the Board direction for the Comp Plan. She stated that this is not going to hurt economic development, and the only difference is that a four lane road cannot be built.
Commr. Hill expressed concern that the area allows for non-residential commercial, religious organizations, and schools which do not generate ad valorem tax revenue.
Commr. Stewart noted that the RPA does not affect the allowable land uses mentioned by Commr. Hill.
Commr. Hill commented that she would like to remove the RPA and require planning with standards and measures with agreement from the community.
Commr. Stewart opined that the community has elected to protect the rural areas, and stated that the County can have economic growth while protecting the rural areas. She reported that the TIPS Strategy emphasized protecting the rural areas to attract business to this county.
Commr. Renick stated that she first saw a presentation on the RPA at an LPA meeting before she was a commissioner, noting that this discussion has been ongoing for years. She explained that by designating this area as a rural protection area it clearly defines the area to potential developers that this is a special area that requires caution in developing.
Commr. Conner stated that the Board can give direction today and change their mind next week at the final hearing.
Commr. Renick commented that she thought that the public would be able to have input at this meeting.
Commr. Cadwell explained that public input was allowed at the end of the workshop, and that the discussion today is to finalize this issue from last week’s workshop.
Commr. Conner commented that there is one other difference between the RPA and rural land designation which allows the land owners to sell their development rights to someone else under the RPA. He opined that the area is going to be protected with or without the RPA, and recommended removing the overlay from sections 25, 26 and 27.
Commr. Stewart agreed with Commr. Conner, and stated that is how she felt when Clermont made the first request which the Board compromised and voted to accommodate them. She commented that no one has been able to explain how the removal of the RPA will help Clermont’s economic development.
Commr. Conner stated that he received an email noting that businesses that may be considering locating in Lake County may perceive this as an issue.
Commr. Stewart commented that Clermont has been granted 5,000 acres, and encouraged businesses to come to Lake County.
Commr. Conner warned that the perception is that Lake County has a bad reputation with businesses. He recommended removing the overlay because the Comp Plan protects this area, and opined that the Lake County Comp Plan protects land in this county better than any other comp plan in the state.
Commr. Stewart stated that anti-business perception is false.
Commr. Renick opined that the Board has compromised, and stated that there has to be a point in which the County stops compromising on this issue.
There was a motion by Commr. Renick, seconded by Commr. Stewart to leave the South Lake Rural Protection Area in tact as it is written in the Comp Plan, which failed by a vote of 2-3.
Commr. Hill, Commr. Conner and Commr. Cadwell voted “no.”
Commr. Hill confirmed with Mr. Sheahan that the 5,000 acres that was referenced was owned by Conserve II, and noted that the land owned by Conserve II will not be developed because there is not road access. She reported that the County had contemplated purchasing the Conserve II land but decided against it because of the road issues. She opined that the development for this area needs to be planned, and feared that there is going to be rural sprawl.
Commr. Stewart clarified that voting for the motion on the table would remove the overlay from sections 25, 26 and 27, and asked if the next motion would be to remove the entire RPA.
Commr. Conner stated that he would not support removing the overlay from the entire area.
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Hill, and carried by a vote of 4-1, the Board approved the removal of the rural protection area on sections 25, 26 and 27.
Commr. Renick voted “no.”
stormwater program update
Mr. Stivender reported that the Stormwater Program update was last presented to the Board in January of 2009, and commented that there has been a lot of construction on various Lake County projects. He stated that the County has been able to obtain excellent prices and extend the funding because of the prices and the County partners.
Ms. Mary Hamilton, Public Works Department, stated that she would provide an update of the current Stormwater programs and review the Stormwater projects that have been completed and are planned for this upcoming year.
Ms. Hamilton reported that the Floodplain Program has been in existence for a number of years. She stated that in November 2009 FEMA initiated the Risk Mapping Assessment and Planning effort which is a two year process and requires a significant amount of public involvement. She commented that one of the successes of the Floodplain Program is the elevation of a residential home in Astor which received substantial damage during Tropical Storm Fay, and noted that the residents are receiving reimbursement from their insurance company and FEMA.
Lot Grading Program
Ms. Hamilton stated that the Lot Grading Ordinance was adopted in September 2008, and explained that staff performs two inspections which has reduced neighbor to neighbor flooding complaints. She commented that residents are contacting the County prior to the building permit process to avoid costly errors.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program
Ms. Hamilton reported that the County is in the second permit cycle of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program. She stated that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is initiating new rule making to make the Phase I and Phase II permits more equitable which will result in specific performance measures that the County will have to track and maintain, and noted that currently the EPA lists six guidelines and accept whatever action the County decides. She commented that the EPA wants to require all storm water projects to have a monitoring program which will require changes to the Clean Water Act. She reported that this is the second year that the County has been participating in the Storm Drain Marking Program which is a cooperative effort with the Boy Scouts, Watershed Action Volunteer (WAV) Program and the Lake County Water Authority (LCWA).
Watershed Action Volunteer (WAV) Program
Ms. Hamilton stated that in 2002 Lake County became a partner in the WAV Program which is spearheaded by the Water Management District. She reported that Lake County uses this program to satisfy the public education requirement for the NPDES permit which is accomplished through school presentations, civic events, storm water drain marking and staff training.
Lake County Water Atlas
Ms. Hamilton stated that the Environmental Utilities Department is the lead on the Water Atlas project which is another tool used for the NDPES permit. She reported that the site has a storm water library where citizens can access data about different storm water projects. She commented that the site includes a feature where citizens can anonymously report suspected illicit discharges for the County to inspect. She displayed a graph depicting the Stormwater Program funding since 2000.
Lake John Drainage Improvements
Ms. Hamilton stated that the Lake John Drainage Improvements was a joint project with the City of Mount Dora that was completed in June 2009 to resolve some flooding issues with the Dogwood Mountain Stormwater Pond and floodplain enhancement for Lake John. She commented that the total project cost approximately $720,000 which the County contributed almost $70,000.
Hollondel Stormwater Pond
Ms. Hamilton reported that the Hollondel Stormwater Pond project was completed in September 2009 for a total cost of $868,000 which included funding of $415,000 from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and $75,000 from LCWA. She stated that the monitoring program for this project has been started, and the County expects to be reimbursed $60,000 from DEP at the completion of the monitoring program.
Dead River Stormwater Pond
Ms. Hamilton stated that the Dead River Stormwater Pond project was recently completed this month for approximately $1.3 million, and noted that a grant reimbursement request has been submitted to LCWA and another will be submitted to the DEP in July in accordance with their quarterly reporting requirement.
Getford Road Stormwater Pond
Ms. Hamilton stated that the Getford Road Stormwater Pond project is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in July 2010 with a project cost of $1.4 million. She noted that the County is partnering with the City of Eustis which will be responsible for the maintenance of the pond.
Astor Flood Study
Ms. Hamilton stated that the Astor Flood Study was completed a couple of years ago and as a result Wild Hog Road and Hazelnut Road were raised approximately two feet in December 2009 to improve drainage conveyance.
Eustis/Lakeshore Drainage Improvements
Ms. Hamilton reported that the design for the Eustis/Lakeshore Drainage Improvements was completed in July 2009, and noted that estimated construction costs are $720,000. She stated that the County is working with the City of Eustis to address any outstanding issues before starting construction on this project.
Washington Avenue Drainage Improvements
Ms. Hamilton stated that the Washington Avenue Drainage Improvements were a result of the Yale Basin Study, and noted that the project is currently in the design and permitting stage. She reported that there have been some delays due to right-of-way issues. She commented that the project is scheduled to begin in October with an estimated cost of $1 million which includes the paving of Oak Street.
Harbor Oaks Drainage Improvements
Ms. Hamilton reported that the Harbor Oaks Drainage Improvements are scheduled to begin next month with a projected cost of $61,000. She stated that the County was waiting on final easement documents which will include an exfiltration system along Harbor Oaks Drive to offset the impacts to Lake Griffin.
Royal Trails Flood Study
Ms. Hamilton stated that the Royal Trails Flood Study has been in progress for the past three years to look at flooding and water quality issues. She reported that a detailed floodplain delineation was done and submitted to FEMA as part of the current mapping updates. She noted that the County was trying to address the TMDLs for the Wekiva River, Blackwater Creek and the Wekiva Parkway & Protection Act. She stated that there was extensive public involvement through three public meetings, an ongoing project website, comment cards and multiple field visits. She mentioned that the study was completed in March 2010, and the County has prioritized the major and minor improvement projects to be scheduled for future years.
Blue Lake Flood Study
Ms. Hamilton stated that Blue Lake is a small landlocked lake located off of Bates Avenue in Eustis which is currently two feet higher than the FEMA established 100 year elevation. She commented that any changes to the lake would require FEMA’s approval, and noted that the County is currently in the process of applying for an emergency pumping permit.
Lower Palatlakaha Basin Study
Ms. Hamilton reported that the Lower Palatlakaha Basin Study was the final study to complete the Ocklawaha Basin which was completed in December 2009. She stated that the study resulted in the CR 33 Swale Improvements and Villa City Road Improvements which are currently in the design stage.
Wolfbranch Road Drainage Improvements
Ms. Hamilton stated that the Wolfbranch Road Drainage Improvements are needed for a flume near Robert D Road which drains directly into Wolfbranch Sink. She reported that the County is designing this project and evaluating either a storm water pond or a water quality structure in the right-of-way, and noted that there is limited right-of-way with a high pressure gas line on the north side.
Pending Cooperative Projects
Ms. Hamilton stated that staff anticipates submitting an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Eustis to the Board later this year for the downtown Eustis storm water pond. She commented that staff has had several meetings with the City of Clermont and LCWA and noted that staff anticipates submitting an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Clermont and LCWA for the Hooks Street Drainage Improvements. She reported that staff has been meeting with the City of Umatilla and their consultants regarding the Yale Basin priorities in an effort to satisfy water quality goals for Lake Yale and assist with the City’s reuse mandate.
COUNTY MANAGER’S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
motorola contract – 800 mhz radio system maintenance
Commr. Hill thanked staff for the detailed notes. She opined that the Board’s lack of response when asked about the knowledge of the maintenance agreement was interpreted that the Board was not aware of the maintenance agreement, and noted that the Board was aware of the agreement but not the specifics of it.
Commr. Conner stated that the purpose of the report was to learn from past mistakes to ensure that they did not happen again. He opined that the Board achieved its objective to ensure that similar issues are presented to the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Renick and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board accepted the report from the County Attorney and County Manager on the Motorola Contract – 800 MHz radio system maintenance.
children’s services council
Commr. Hill stated that she would appreciate if the Board would reappoint Ms. Yandell for District 1. She opined that it would be nice to have someone from law enforcement on the council, and asked if the Board could create a law enforcement seat.
Mr. Minkoff stated that there is a vacant At-large position. He explained that there are vacancies for each of the county commission districts and the At-large position. He stated that staff presented the Board with information for all applicants, and noted that there were two applicants for commission district 3.
Commr. Conner noted that the leadership on the council would like to have the law enforcement seat.
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the reappointment of Ms. Julie Yandell for District 1; Mr. Charles Crane for District 2; Ms. Debbie Thomas for District 3; Mr. Byron Thompson for District 4; Ms. Lorrie Ann Simmons for District 5; Mr. Jay Marshall for Lake County Schools; Ms. Kimberly Grabert for the Department of Children and Families; and the appointment of Mr. Jack Holder to the At-large position for the Children’s Services Council with all terms expiring May 14, 2012.
library advisory board
Commr. Cadwell stated that he received an email from Ms. Sue Michaelsen requesting the withdrawal of her application for the Library Advisory Board. He nominated Mr. John Nystrom for District 5.
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Stewart and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board appointed John Nystrom to the Library Advisory Board for District 5 with a term expiring February 28, 2013.
reports – county attorney
Hooks Street Road Project
Ms. Marsh requested the Board approve the resolutions to institute the eminent domain process for the Hooks Street project.
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved Resolution No. 2010-55 (Ford of Clermont), Resolution No. 2010-56 (Fox Hill Builders, Inc.), and Resolution No. 2010-57 (Rocky Mount Development Co., Inc.) to institute the eminent domain process for the Hooks Street project.
REPORTS – COUNTY MANAGER
City of Tavares Rezoning Ordinance
Mr. Minkoff stated that the rezoning ordinance regarding the judicial center will have its second reading with the City of Tavares tomorrow. He reported that the current ordinance requires the Clerk’s Record Center to be listed for sale at the completion of the judicial center. He stated that staff will present to the council tomorrow a request to change the ordinance to provide an option to sell the building to the city in four and a half years with the stipulation, that if the city chooses to purchase it, then they would lease it back to the County for an additional year, which would prevent the Clerk’s Record Center from being relocated for five and a half years.
Mr. Neil Kelly, Clerk of Court, commented that the building was retrofitted to meet the needs for the official record keeping and asked that the Board plan well in advance to allow for adequate space and functionality in the new location.
Commr. Conner commended the County Manager for his efforts on this agreement with the City of Tavares, and thanked the Clerk for his assistance in the redesign and downsizing of the courthouse.
There was a consensus of the Board for the County Manager to present the request to the City of Tavares.
Mr. Minkoff stated that an agreement will be presented to the Board if the city council approves this request.
reports – commissioner hill – district 1
Law Enforcement Plaque Presentation
Commr. Hill thanked Commr. Conner for attending the Law Enforcement Plaque Presentation in her absence.
reports – commissioner renick – vice chairman and district 2
Baseball Fields in South Lake County
Commr. Renick asked the Board to direct staff to meet with Ms. Dot Richardson regarding her ideas to build ball fields in south Lake County, and asked for this issue to be put on an agenda for a future meeting.
Commr. Cadwell reported that the County hosted the Girls High School Softball State Championships in Clermont, and noted that the County needed to do a better job advertising events like this in the future.
reports – commissioner conner – district 3
Law Enforcement Memorial Service
Commr. Conner thanked Commr. Hill for allowing him to represent her and the Commission at the Law Enforcement Memorial Service. He stated that it was a great honor to represent the Commission at the National Memorial in Washington DC.
Commr. Conner stated that he made a visit through the Lake Sumter Business Resource Center to Americraft Cookware. He thanked Mr. David Hurley, Mr. Russ Sloan, Mr. Cary Pierce and the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce for participating in the site visit.
Commr. Renick commended the Economic Development staff for doing a good job, and noted that she was very impressed at her site visit to Hunt Industrial Park last week.
REPORTS – COMMISsIONER CADWELL – CHAIRMAN AND DISTRICT 5
EMS and Mobility Center
Commr. Cadwell reported that the Republican representatives are not doing any earmarks, but noted that the Republicans vowed to support the Lake County EMS Center and mobility center when presented for a vote.
CITIZEN QUESTION AND COMMENT PERIOD
There was no one present who wished to address the Board.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:07 a.m.
welton g. cadwell, chairman
NEIL KELLY, CLERK