A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
JULY 23, 1985
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in special session for a Budget Workshop on Tuesday, July 23, 1985, at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room, Lake County Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Glenn C. Burhans, Chairman; James R. Carson, Jr.; Claude E. Smoak; and C. A. "Lex" Deems. Commr. Windram was not present for the meeting. Others present were: Michael C. Willett, County Administrator; Robert L. Wilson, Finance Director; Donald Smalt, Director of Administrative Services; Bill LeHeup, Budget Analyst; and Mary C. Grover, Secretary.
Mr. Glenn Timmons, Personnel Manager, addressed the Board and gave a presentation on overtime costs, in regards to employees with a pay period every two weeks, once a month, fireman's schedule, and Sheriff's Office with double 12 hour shifts and law enforcement. Mr. Chris Giachetti, Sheriff's Department, was present to discuss the payment of overtime in the Sheriff's Department. Mr. Timmons also presented the Board with a copy of A Manual Detailing Department Policy for Implementation and Maintaining Compliance with the Federal Wage and Hour Act fran the Seminole County Sheriff's Department.
Landfills - Amended budget to $1,827,402.00 (previously
Emergency Services - Reduced the proposed budget request
$40,000.00, total amount tentatively approved being $120,880.00.
Building & Zoning
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board approved to include an additional position in the Building and Zoning Department, approved that the budget be amended, and the salary range of that position be set at the discretion of the County Administrator. The budget for the Building & Zoning Department being tentatively approved at $670,743.00.
Commr. Smoak suggested the Building Committee review the space available in the Courthouse complex to accanmodate those departments that need additional space.
Pollution Control - Tentatively approved budget request.
Northeast Hospital District
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the Board tentatively approved to set the millage for the Northeast Hospital District at 1 mill.
Northeast Ambulance District/Northwest Ambulance District
Discussion occurred regarding the budget requests for the
Northeast Ambulance District and the Northwest Ambulance District. The Board discussed the consolidation of the contracts of the ambulance districts. Commr. Smoak stated that he felt the Board should take a position on the consolidation of the ambulance services after it has been investigated thoroughly. Mr. Watkins, Clerk, stated that one approach would be to request sealed proposals for consolidated ambulance services. Mr. Willett stated that he felt that the sealed proposals should be limited to the hospitals which are currently located in Lake County. He stated that he would not recommend private individuals operating the system. Commr. Deems stated that he felt the situation at the morgue facility should be handled at the same time. Discussion occurred regarding the meeting with Dr. Shutze regarding his budget request.
At this time Commr. Burhans turned the Chairmanship over to Commr. Carson.
On a motion by Commr. Burhans, seconded by Commr. Smoak and carried unanimously, the Board approved to investigate the possibility of the consolidation of the Northwest and Northeast Ambulance Districts, with sealed proposals being submitted by the Districts for both one (1) year and three (3) year contracts on or before September 1, 1985, and with the morgue operations included. Commr. Carson suggested that Mr. Willett and staff prepare a letter to be sent to the Districts regarding the proposals for the Board's review.
Commr. Carson turned the Chairmanship over to Commr. Burhans. Board of County Commissioner's Millage Rate Discussion occurred regarding the Board's millage rate. Mr. Wilson informed the Board that the required millage for 1935-86 was 3.492 and the rolled back millage for 1985-86 was 3.050.Mr. Willett informed the Board that the proposed budget did not include funds for the information clerk or merit increases for the Planning Department. Mr. Watkins stated that if the Board would budget the equipment for the information clerk, then he would place the information clerk's salary in his budget.
FIRE DISTRICTS-FIRE DEPARTMENTS
Mr. Willett, County Administrator, informed the Board that there was a problem with the proposed structure tax in regards to the travel trailer parks. Be stated that the problem was that the tangible tax roll was picking up trailers which are located in travel trailer parks. Be stated that originally, the Board had set up that travel trailer parks would pay 40% of the occupied rental spaces. Mr. Willett recommended that the Board bill the individuals who are listed on the tangible tax rolls and that 40% of the remaining lots in the travel trailer park would be billed to the owner.
Board of County Commissioners Millage Rate
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Deems and carried unanimously, the Board tentatively approved to set the countywide millage rate for 1985-86 at 3.492 mills.
RECESS & REASSEMBLY
At 12:05 p.m. the Chairman announced that the Board would recess for lunch. The Board reconvene at 1:30 p.m. for the remainder of the Budget Workshop.
Economic Development Council
Mr. Willett presented the Board with copies of information pertaining to the operational expense (including Better Business Division) and the proposed income for 1985-86 as submitted by the Economic Development Council. It was the feeling of the Board that the Economic Development Council should supply the Board with back up material as to what has been expended to date.
Commr. Smoak informed the Board that he has recommended to the Economic Development Council to give the Board and the public a report on their activities.
Northeast Ambulance District
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Smoak and carried, the Board tentatively approved to set the millage for the Northeast Ambulance District at 0.276 mills.
Commr . Burhans voted "No".
Northwest Ambulance District
On a motion by Commr. Carson, seconded by Commr. Smoak and carried unanimously, the Board tentatively approved to set the millage for the Northwest Ambulance District at 0.345 mills.
At this time the Board scheduled the Budget Hearing for
September 10, 1985, at 5:05 p.m.
FIRE DISTRICTS-F-IRE DEPARTMENTS
Discussion continued regarding the fire structure tax.
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the Board indicated that it was their intent that the structure tax ordinance application for 1985-86 be restricted to the first two categories as listed on the ballot question as follows:
I. Residential & Tangible Tax Roll
II. Institutional, Commercial, & Industrial
On a motion by Commr. Smoak, seconded by Commr. Carson and carried unanimously, the Board approved, based upon the recommendation of the County Administrator, that the County would bill the individuals who are owners of R.V. units appearing on the tangible tax rolls as a residential unit and then bill the owners of travel trailer parks a rate of 40% on the balance of allocated spaces.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
GLENN C. BURHANS, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK