A BUDGET WORKSHOP OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
JULY 23, 1981
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners convened in Special Session on Thursday, July 23, 1981 at 9:00 A.M. in the Board of County Commissioners' Meeting Room, Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present were: Glenn C. Burhans, Chairman: Thomas J. Windram; Claude Smoak; James R. Carson, Jr.; and C. A. "Lex" Deems. Others present were: James C. Watkins, Clerk; Christopher C. Ford, County Attorney; Sanford Minkoff, County Attorney's Office; Donald Smalt, Executive Assistant: Robert Wilson, Finance Director; and Mary Grover.
Mr. Glenn Timmons, Personnel Director, was present to discuss the pay schedule 1981/82 for County Employees.
Mr. Timmons stated Mark Burgess, Soil Conservation, requested the Secretary II position be reclassified to Executive Secretary. Mr. Burgess also requested the title of Soils Engineer be reclassified as Resource Planning Engineer. The Board tentatively approved to reclassify the Secretary II position to Executive Secretary. The Board tentatively approved not to reclassify the Soils Engineer position until Will Davis returns to the County upon the conclusion of the Upper Palatlakaha River Basin Study.
The Board further agreed to delete the $1,716.00 in reserve for upgrading the Soils Engineer position: bringing the total salaries budgeted plus the reserve for merit increases to $24,984.00.
The Board authorized the Personnel Department to develop a pay plan with minimum and maximum ranges for each position.
The Board tentatively approved the Agriculture Center's request for a new Clerical Assistant II position.
The Board reviewed the pay schedule for each County Department.
The Board tentatively approved for a portion of the salary pool, which had been created, to be distributed among the County Employees at the rate of $300.00 per position and the remainder of the salary pool be set aside for merit increases to be recommended by the various individual department heads, not to exceed an overall total of ten (10) percent excluding department heads.
Commr . Carson suggested the Board consider creating an Insurance Department. He suggested removing Sherry Puckett from Personnel into full-time Insurance.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved to create an Insurance Department with Sherry Puckett as Director at a salary of $14,200.00; with Ms. Puckett reporting to the Board through the Clerk's Office and a secretary/clerk typist be added to the Insurance Department.
The Board further agreed the Assistant to the Personnel Director position be left in the Personnel Budget at a salary of $12,500.00 and agreed for a Clerk Typist at $8,000.00 for the Insurance Department.
The Board tentatively approved the proposed salaries for Emogene Stegall's, Supervisor of Elections, Office.
The Board tentatively approved the following salaries for department heads as listed below:
NAME DEPARTMENT 81/82 BUDGET
Dixon, Eugene Admin. of Bldgs. $15,855.00
Kelly, Earl Agriculture Center 11,528.OO
Lewis, Robert Emergency Services 13,860.OO
Ragland, Arthur Veteran's Service 15,400.00
Showley, Norma Purchasing 14,520.OO
Smith, Myra Welfare 14,520.OO
Strickland, Lonnie Nursing Home 21,500.OO
Thorp, Frankie Animal Shelter 14,520.OO
Timmons, Glenn Personnel 18,840.OO
Webb, Lou Custodial 11,880.OO
Yoder, Philip Mosquito Control/
Aquatic Weed 18,755.OO
Willett, Michael Division of Development
& Public Works 30,140.00
The Board discussed the Sheriff's Budget.
Commr . Windram read the following worksheet that had been suggested by the Board at their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 1981, regarding the proposed Sheriff's Budget.
#l Salaries Deputies
Prior Year $1,161,808
10% Increase 116,181
(11) C.O. to $9,083 7,413
10% Increase - (11) C.O. 741
4 New C.O. @ $10,200 40,800
6 New Deputies @ 12,000 Base
Incentative 1,170 79,020
13170 x 6
#2 Expenses & Supplies
Prior Year 825,720
6 New Deputies
Matching Cost - Ins.
Uniforms 3717 x 6 22,302
(4) New C.O. & (11) Increased
C.O. Matching Cost 12,239
Matching Cost on 10% Increase 29,045
Increase Cost of Ret. & S.S. 21,842
Increase Ret. Deputies 6,536
Balance - To be adjusted for
Sheriff By Categories 194,381
Radio, Jail and Other 20,000
Automobile Replacement 150,000
6 New Deputies - Car & Radio 69,000
Salaries Deputies $1,405.963 #1
Expenses & Supplies 1,112,065 #2
Equipment 239,000 #3
Sheriff - Salary 37,912
Commr. Smoak questioned if the Board could designate part of the funds from the airplane sale to fund the six (6) new deputies, cars, and equipment. The Board directed Mr. Ford, County Attorney, to contact Mr. Jack Madigan, State Association of County Sheriff's Attorney, for an opinion.
Commr . Windram suggested the Board formally adopt the Sheriff's Budget, submit it to the Sheriff and state in the accompanying letter if the Sheriff should feel that his office can better function by shifting some of the categories around, as long as he stays within the Budget, that the Board would consider the request.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved the appropriation as indicated on the worksheet of $2,821,940 be made for the Sheriff's Office, indicated & delineated as it is presented on the worksheet
On a motion by Commr. Deems, seconded by Commr. Windram and carried unanimously, the Board accepted the roll back millage for the Board of County Commissioners Budget be set at 3.753.
The Board approved the millage be set for the Northeast Hospital District at 1 mil as set by the Florida Statutes.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board tentatively approved the Budget for the Northeast Ambulance District in the amount of $260,000 and recommended the millage be advertised at .4100.
Mr. Don Smalt, Executive Assistant, informed the Board the City of Leesburg would like to get out of the ambulance service. Mr. Smalt stated Mr. Taylor, City Manager, informed him the City would run the ambulance service for one (1) more year in the amount of $275,000. Mr. Smalt stated if the Board agreed, Mr. Taylor would be willing to start transferring the service over to the Northwest Hospital. Mr. Smalt further stated a Medical Director was also included in the Budget.
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board tentatively approved the Budget for the Northwest Ambulance District in the amount of $275,000 and recommended the millage be advertised at .5043.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 12:05 P.M.
Glenn C. Burhans, Chairman
James C. Watkins, Clerk