The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, July 3, 1990, at 9:00 a.m., in the Board of County Commissioner's Meeting Room, Lake County Courthouse, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Michael J. Bakich, Chairman; C. W. "Chick" Gregg; Don Bailey; Richard Swartz; and Thomas J. Windram. Others present were: Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney; Alan A. Thelen, County Manager; Ava Kronz, County Manager's Assistant; Neil Kelly, Director of Administrative Services (representing the Clerk); and Linda Springston, Deputy Clerk.
Commr. Bailey gave the Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commr. Windram.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Gregg and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Special Minutes of June 5, 1990, as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Gregg, seconded by Commr. Swartz and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Regular Minutes of June 12, 1990, as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Special Minutes of June 26, 1990, as presented.
Commr. Bakich presented Ms. Nicie Mae Parks, Insurance Specialist, Administrative Services Department, with a plaque and savings bond for June "Employee of the Month".
Commr. Bakich presented the following employees with Years of Service and Retirement plaques:
Mr. Johnny Bates - 30 years of service - Equipment Operator II - Public Works Department
Ada Tyndell - 10 years of service - Custodial Worker - Public
Commr. Bakich presented the following employees with Years of Service plaques:
Five Years Service
Francis Merrow - Landfill Attendant I - Environmental Services
Ten Years Service
Nettie Bryant - Custodial Worker - Public Works Department
Mary Thumforde - Secretary III - Agricultural Center -
Environmental Services Department
CLERK OF COURTS CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved the following:
Request for payment of Warrant No. 122198 through Warrant No. 122779, for the following accounts:
County Transportation Trust Countywide Fire District
Countywide Library Fine & Forfeiture
General Revenue Mosquito Control
Land Private Industry Council
Section 8 South Lake Fire District
Aquatic Weed Northwest Fire District
Pasco Fire District Landfills
Mt. Plymouth Fire District Capital Outlay
Bassville Fire District Operating Supplies
Self Insurer's Fund Northeast Hospital
Northeast Ambulance Northwest Ambulance
Commissary Trust Fund Emergency 911 Fund
Paisley Fire District Revenue Sharing
Law Enforcement Trust Fund Road Impact
Law Library Builders Escrow
1545-90 Kenneth R. Huchingson (General Contractor)
4314-90 James Allen Paul dba James Paul Electric
4320-90 Claude E. Krug dba Forest Electric (Electrical)
4701-90 Floyd J. Bradshaw (Electrical)
4732-90 Douglas Wieckhorst (Electrical)
4849-90 Larry D. New (Electrical)
4850-90 Robert M. Weeks (Electrical)
4851-90 Bara Electric, Inc. (Electrical)
4852-90 C. B. Larramore (Class A General Contractor)
4853-90 Roger D. Ausburn dba Ausburn Electric
4854-90 William Mark Wesson (HVAC)
4855-90 C. Ron Duff (Class A Air Conditioning)
4856-90 Todd S. Scudder dba Scudder & Co., Inc.
(Residential & Commercial Building)
4857-90 Clarence Cook Aluminum (Aluminum)
4858-90 Chriss H. Knotts dba Al Quality Alum
4859-90 Dependable Air Conditioning, Inc. (Air
Conditioning Service & Repair)
4860-90 Richard Griffith dba R & R Electrical
4861-90 Jimmie L. Johnson (General)
4862-90 Emery Builders, Inc./Michael Emery
4863-91 Stuart Campbell dba Campbell Construction
4864-90 A. K. Shoemaker, Jr. dba Shoemaker Construction
Company, Inc. (General)
4865-90 Al Roberge (Electrical)
4867-90 B & D Construction (General) (Duplicate)
4868-90 David A. Lee dba Sunburst Investments
(Class B Building Contractor)
4869-90 Ronald L. Hagadorn (Swimming Pool Service)
4870-90 James J. Cooke (Aluminum)
4871-90 James A. Croson (Plumbing)
1579-90 Peterson Outdoor Advertising (License)
2026-90 Lamar Dixon dba Dixon Plumbing (Plumbing)
4424-90 Ellis B. Mears, Jr. (Electrical Contractor)
Accounts Allowed/County Property/Sheriff's Department
Finalized list of equipment transferred from the Sheriff's Department to the Board of County Commissioners, which have been inventoried and re-tagged with Property of Lake County stickers. There is a total of 66 items, amounting to $141,275.73.
Budget Transfers/Sheriff's Department
Request from the Lake County Sheriff to transfer, from his Contingency Reserve $15,000 to Law Enforcement Expenses, and $5,000 to Law Enforcement Equipment, for use in Expenses and Equipment per Florida Statute 30.49.
Request to acknowledge receipt of City of Leesburg Ordinance Number 90-12, adopted at the June 11, 1990, Leesburg City Commission meeting, concerning annexing certain property owned by Earl Stockwell and located north of State Road 44 and the City of Leesburg Municipal Industrial Park.
COUNTY MANAGER'S CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved the following:
Request for approval of an signature on Certificates for employees with one year and three years of service.
Budget Transfers/Corrections Department
Request for a budget transfer, Fine and Forfeiture Fund, Corrections Department, from Contingency Reserve to Repair and Maintenance, in the amount of $15,000.00.
Communications/Contracts, Leases & Agreements
Request to issue a 60 day notice of noncompliance to Southern Cable Group, Inc.
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/ Fairgrounds
Request for authorization and approval of an agreement which permits the Lake County Fair Association to utilize the Fairgrounds from March 25 to April 27, 1991, for the sum of $1.00.
Request for acknowledgment of the Lake County Public Health Unit - Activities and Expenditures Report, for the period ending March 31, 1990.
Request for authorization to pay the monthly 911 charges to United Telephone for tandem, circuit and data base updates, in the amount of $10,133.10, for the month of May, 1990.
Request to cancel the existing Mobile Home Bond by Tammy Long, East Umatilla area, District 5.
Accounts Allowed/Planning & Development/Subdivisions
Request to release an Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit, in the amount of $752,279.00, for performance, of Plantation At Leesburg, Casa Del Lago.
Accounts Allowed/Planning & Development/Subdivisions
Right-of-Ways, Roads & Easements/Roads-County & State
Request to accept an Irrevocable Letter of Credit, in the amount of $14,170.60, for maintenance of Wedgewood Club, Third Addition; and acceptance of the following roads into the County maintenance system: Extension of Wedgefield Drive (5-6343), Birdie Court (5-6443), Par Court (5-6442), and an environmental easement.
Accounts Allowed/Planning & Development/Subdivisions
Request to release Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 89-4 and replace it with Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 90-3, both in the amount of $16,500.00, for performance of driveways on Lake Yale Cove subdivision.
Accounts Allowed/Roads-County & State
Request to release a CD, in the amount of $41,382.00, for performance on Somerset Place; and accept a CD, in the amount of $3,762.00, for maintenance; and accept the following road into the County maintenance system: Droylsden Lane (4-5269).
Request for preliminary approval of Quail Pointe subdivision (51 lots - District #1).
Request for preliminary approval of Oak View on the Lake subdivision (15 lots - District #3).
Request for preliminary approval of Oak Forest subdivision (30 lots - District #4).
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements
Request to execute an Interlocal Agreement between Lake County and the Town of Astatula for use of Federal Revenue Sharing Funds, for Recreational purposes, in the amount of $3,216.79.
Deeds/Right-of-Ways, Roads & Easements
Request to accept the following Right-of-Way Deeds:
For Site Plan:
Lake County Assoc. for Retarded
Citizens, Inc. Poe Street #5-5834
Catherine C. Hanson S.R. 46
For Road Projects:
Richard F. Prokop Estes Rd. #4-5876
John K. Prokop & Marion F. Prokop Estes Rd. #4-5876
Mary C. Schultz Thomas Boat Landing
Robert W. Watts Thomas Boat Landing
Cleo T. Larking, Trust Peru #5-7961
Robert W. & Hazel M. Maxwell Peru #5-7961
For Lot Approval:
Marcia L. Smith & Donna L. Smith Florida Boy's Ranch
Stephen H. Smith & Dale L. Smith Florida Boy's Ranch
COUNTY MANAGER'S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENT/COUNTY ATTORNEY
Mr. Mike Anderson, Capital Improvements Director, stated that, this lease is intended to house the County Attorney's Office on the first floor of the building, and some other department (such as Engineering) that does not require public access on the second floor.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request for authorization and approval of the lease agreement between Lake County and David B. Weis and Marilynn L. Weis, in the amount of $2,660.00, per month, for a three year term, and a total amount of $95,760.00; also included in the lease will be an amendment for the ability for the County to give the lessor a 30 to 60 day notice prior to the
annual renewal should it wish to terminate the lease (escape clause).
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/MOSQUITO-AQUATIC PLANT MANAGEMENT
Mr. Don Findell, Director of Environmental Services, appeared before the Board to discuss the request to purchase one Ford F150 4x4 Pickup truck, in accordance with specifications, in the amount of $12,999.00. The Board questioned the reasons why he is not recommending purchase of the lowest bid, which was Vann Gannaway Chevrolet, Inc., in the amount of $12,936.67.
Mr. Findell noted that, he recommended the Ford because it has a longer wheel base and heavier suspension. He also noted that the Chevrolet met the specifications in the bid request.
On a motion by Commr. Gregg, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved to accept the lowest bid, which was Vann Gannaway Chevrolet, Inc., in the amount of $12,936.67.
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENTS
Mr. Don Findell, Director of Environmental Services, appeared before the Board to discuss the selection of a contract with Brown and Caldwell, Inc., to monitor the in-plant operations and evaluate the environmental impact of the operation of the waste-to-energy facility. He noted that the estimated cost is between $100,000.00 to $250,000.00.
Mr. Findell stated that two types of sampling will be performed, air quality monitoring and biota and soil monitoring.
Commr. Windram stated that he had sent the proposals from Brown and Caldwell to Bill Worrell, Deputy Public Works Officer, Solid Waste Division, San Diego, California (who was formerly in Dade County), and Mr. Worrell felt that the price for the work is consistent, and that the first two tests are the most important.
Mr. Findell noted that Task 1 is required by permit and Task 2 is required by contract with the lending institutions. It was
noted that Ogden Martin is to perform Task 1, and if it is not satisfactory, an independent contractor may also perform it.
Mr. Findell noted that, by allowing Brown and Caldwell to perform Task 1, the County is providing an enhanced level of comfort as far as the compliance testing is concerned.
Commr. Swartz stated concerns to the amount of money which will be spent on these tests, and noted that, since interviewing with the consultants the most important tasks have been increased, in order to determine what the environmental aspects are.
Commr. Swartz suggested performing Tasks 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the Operational monitoring; and Task 1 and 2 of the Environmental monitoring, for a total of $243,000.00. He added that, concerning Task 1, the County would not be performing the testing, it would only be monitoring it by a staff person within the County, and Task 2 is a quarterly review. He further added that, Tasks 3 and 4 are important tests, and will probably be required under new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. He suggested that the Board approve Option 1 of the Operations monitoring, and Option 1 of the Environmental monitoring, and to indicate that Tasks 3 and 4 of the Operations monitoring be optional dependent on whether EPA requires them.
Discussion occurred regarding the necessity of the County duplicating certain tests.
Commr. Bailey noted that, in his observations of the residents in the area of the incinerator, most would like to see an independent monitoring program.
Commr. Windram suggested that the County test the soils of the nearby ferneries before the incinerator is in operation in order to alleviate any question that those soils have been contaminated by the incinerator.
Commr. Gregg questioned the rationality for deleting Tasks 3 and 4, whereby, it was noted that, if EPA concludes to require those tests, they will be incorporated in the tests performed by Ogden Martin.
Mr. Hal Turville, a member of the Environmental Coalition, appeared before the Board to clarify the Board's discussion and state his concerns to the County's responsibility to regulate the environmental and operational tests.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved to negotiate a contract with Brown and Caldwell, in an amount not to exceed $243,261.00, to perform the Operational monitoring shown in Tasks 1 through 4, and the Environmental monitoring shown in Tasks 1 and 2, and that Tasks 3 and 4 be optional at the discretion of the County, and to work with Ogden Martin to see if those Tasks could be accomplished at a price that would save the County money; and, in addition to Tasks 1 and 2, Brown and Caldwell is to include a review of those tests in Task 1 (compliance testing) and Task 2 (quarterly review).
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/ANIMAL CONTROL/HEALTH & GENERAL SERVICES
Mr. Lonnie Strickland, Director of Health and General Services, appeared before the Board and stated that it has been several years since the fees paid for veterinarian services have been increased. He added that the County will not be paying for the total increase because there is a charge to the client who is adopting the animal ranging from $22.50 to $7.50.
On a motion by Commr. Gregg, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request for authorization and approval for an increase of fees paid for veterinarian services and an expanded sterilization program.
HOUSING FINANCE AUTHORITY/PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT/RESOLUTIONS
Mr. John Swanson, Director of Planning and Development, appeared before the Board and noted that Jack Marotta, Director of Lake Community Development, Inc., has, in the past, provided the County with a self-help housing program, and is requesting support from the Board for this program.
Mr. Jack Marotta, Director of Lake Community Development, Inc., appeared before the Board to discuss the self-help housing program. He noted that Lake Community Development, Inc., was
started in 1979, and is a private non-profit self-help housing program, which services the very low income (family size of three, making less than $12,000.00 per year). He further noted that, all families work on all of the houses, which take approximately six months to construct. There is no money down, no closing costs, and the first payment begins when the home is completed.
Mr. Marotta stated that the Resolution is needed because the government wants to see a partnership between the State, County and Cities.
Mr. Marotta noted that they mostly do new homes but also some rehabilitative homes, which they would like to expand further into. He discussed the areas in which they have constructed new homes and rehabilitated homes.
Mr. Marotta stated that Lake Community Development, Inc. pays the impact and permitting fees. He noted that his administrative costs run approximately $6,000.00 per unit. He discussed homes that they do not receive credit for, the auditor's that need to be hired in order to keep track of the money received from the government, and the necessary employees to run the organization.
Discussion occurred regarding the agreement the County has entered into with the Orange County Housing Finance Authority and how it relates to Lake Community Development, Inc.
Mr. Marotta stated that, if Lake Community Development, Inc., had the partnership of the State and local governments behind them, they could leverage $3 million at one percent interest from the federal government, which can be turned into mortgage money, because each million dollars represents 25 mortgages.
Commr. Swartz noted that the proposed Resolution does not commit the County to anything other than to try to help where possible. He felt that the County has the ability to assist in clearing the lots to save some costs to the program.
Mr. Marotta discussed a problem he is currently experiencing where they are in need of 13 feet of property, by which the County has a 25 foot right-of-way on Pruitt Street. He noted that they
have been to the Variance Board, and discussed it with the Building Department, and were informed that they could not help them. He further noted that the footers have been poured, which are 28 feet from the road, and if the County were to deed Lake Community Development, Inc. 13 feet, they would be able to build on the lot.
Mr. Swanson noted that he was not prepared to discuss this issue at this time, due to several extenuating circumstances, and would suggest discussing it another time.
Commr. Swartz made a motion, which was seconded by Commr. Bailey to approve the Resolution providing for support of Lake Community Development, Inc., to furnish affordable housing to the citizens of Lake County.
Under discussion Commr. Windram noted concerns to the County supporting the Resolution and the fact that he is concerned that the County will end up having to provide monies to the program. He added that he would like to have more information on the program.
Commr. Swartz noted that the Resolution does nothing more than encourage and support Lake Community Development, Inc.
Commr. Gregg stated that, his only objection to the Resolution, is the indication that, if the County has funds available in the budget, they would provide such.
The Chairman called for a vote on the motion, which was carried.
Commr. Windram voted "No".
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT/REPORTS
Mr. John Swanson, Director of Planning and Development, appeared before the Board to discuss the Housing Element of the Comprehensive Plan. He noted that the affordable housing issue is addressed in that plan.
Commr. Bakich noted that a great deal of effort has gone into the preparation of the draft report and stated that he appreciates those efforts.
Mr. Ron Abbey, Chairman, Housing Element of the Comprehensive Plan, stated that Linda Marsh, of the Planning Department, deserves
considerable credit for the amount of work that she has contributed to this report.
Mr. Abbey noted that, the most important aspect of providing low cost housing is to ensure that it is furnished to those that need it most.
Commr. Gregg indicated that, a one-stop permitting process would help somewhat, but part of the problem with building affordable housing is that it takes the same effort to permit a $35-40,000 home as it does to permit a more expensive home, and the overhead is the same as it is with the more expensive price homes, which derives more of a profit.
Mr. Swanson discussed the Section 8 rent subsidy program that the County is currently involved in, which identifies the majority of the low income households. Those who have gainful income, but are borderline, could take advantage of programs, such as, the Orange County Housing Authority bond issue, or the County could establish a housing authority as Orange County has done.
Commr. Swartz questioned what could be done to bring some of the substandard housing up to code. To which Mr. Swanson responded that some recommendation could be made prior to re-renting or re-leasing, for an inspection to be carried out.
Discussion occurred regarding the need to ensure that there are alternative places for people to reside before substandard dwellings are condemned.
No action was necessary on this issue at the present time.
Mr. John Swanson, Director of Planning and Development, appeared before the Board to discuss the authorization to demand payment of the existing Mobile Home Bond of Adrian Loper, Eustis area, District #4. He stated that, this request is no longer intended to demand payment, because those initial problems have been taken care of. Therefore, the request is now to cancel the existing Mobile Home Bond.
On a motion by Commr. Bailey, seconded by Commr. Gregg and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to cancel the existing Mobile Home Bond of Adrian Loper, Eustis area, District #4.
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENTS
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Mr. John Swanson, Director of Planning and Development, appeared before the Board to discuss the request for authorization for payment to RS&H for additional expenses, in the amount of $5,475.86; and to authorize future expenses on an hourly basis. He noted that the additional expenses are the result of work concerning the Transportation Impact Fee study.
Discussion occurred regarding the justification for payment of the costs incurred beyond the amount allocated for the study. It was noted that these costs were the result of the consultants being directed by the Board to study additional aspects other than what was initially outlined in the agreement. Discussion also occurred concerning the quality of work performed and the lack of communication which was encountered.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved to authorize staff to negotiate with RS&H to arrive at a compensation no greater than $5,475.86, with attempts to reduce; and to approve hourly charges for the completion of the work product and for them to provide estimates, based on the scope of work, so that the County staff can outline for them what those charges will be; including a cap on the hourly rate, and present those findings to the Board at the July 10, 1990 meeting.
It was noted that all other impact fee studies are complete, with the exception of the libraries.
Commr. Gregg directed Ms. Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney, to be prepared, no later than August, to do what is necessary to bring all of the cities in Lake County under the current impact fees.
Mr. Alan A. Thelen, County Manager, stated that the request for review of the legal opinion with regard to the Wekiva River Protection Ordinance for Sand Lake Estates, a proposed subdivision, located within the Wekiva River Protection area, be postponed until a future meeting.
Mr. John Swanson, Director of Planning and Development, appeared before the Board to discuss the request for approval to advertise an amendment to CP Ordinance #46-88 for Barnett Bank in Lady Lake. He noted that this request is the result of the County needing additional property for right-of-way for road improvements. He noted that the amendment would change the buffer area from 75 feet to 22 feet.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried, the Board approved the request to advertise an amendment to CP Ordinance #46-88 for Barnett Bank in Lady Lake.
Commr. Gregg declared a conflict of interest, due to his being on the Board of Directors at Barnett Bank, and abstained from voting on the issue.
COUNTY ATTORNEY MATTERS
COURTS-JUDGES/SUITS AFFECTING THE COUNTY
Ms. Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney, informed the Board, that concerning the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority versus Lake County and Guy Gannett Publishing Company, there was an appeal hearing held on June 21, 1990, on Guy Gannett's motion to dismiss the suit, and the motion to dismiss was granted by the Court.
Ms. Lustgarten noted that the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority will probably appeal that dismissal.
No action was necessary at this time.
On a motion by Commr. Gregg, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved the appointment of Joseph Parisian to the Board of Zoning Appeals replacing Carl R. Ludecke, for a period of three years, expiring April 30, 1993.
Commr. Bakich stated that it has been brought to his attention that there is no city representation on the Executive Committee for the Comprehensive Plan, therefore, he recommended appointing Ken Harley, a Planner in the City of Mt. Dora, to that Committee.
Commr. Bakich also recommended appointing Al Fogle to the Impact Fee Committee.
Mr. Alan A. Thelen, County Manager, noted that staff would like Tim Sullivan to remain on the Impact Fee Committee, and proposed that he stay on that committee in a position other than Chairman, such as At-Large. He also suggested presenting a Resolution acknowledging such to Mr. Sullivan.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Gregg and carried unanimously, the Board approved to appoint Ken Harley to the Executive Committee for the Comprehensive Plan; and Al Fogle to the Impact Fee Committee; and that a Resolution be provided to reflect an At-Large position for Tim Sullivan.
MUNICIPALITIES/PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Commr. Bakich expressed the Board's sympathy to the family of Dan Kotulla, who recently passed away. Mr. Kotulla was previously an employee of Lake County, and more recently employed by the City of Eustis.
Commr. Bailey brought up for discussion his attempts to find an adequate location to hold a Town Hall Meeting in District Two. He was unsuccessful in locating such place, due to the fact that the incorporated areas have already had meetings there, and there were not any appropriate locations in the unincorporated areas. Therefore, he recommended that the meeting be held in Fruitland
Park, which is in District One, because there has not been a meeting held there yet.
Considerable discussion occurred regarding the appropriate date and time to schedule that meeting, and it was determined to schedule it on Tuesday, July 24, 1990, at 7:00 p.m., at the Fruitland Park Community Center, subject to its availability.
Commr. Windram brought to the attention of the Board of the need for a four way stop sign at Greenway Drive, in the Sylvan Shores area, due to it being on the school bus route. This request was referred to the County Engineering Department.
Commr. Windram brought to the attention of the Board a problem at the park in Sorrento where the original placement location for the well for the concession stand could not be achieved, and, therefore, a well for it was drilled in another location, which is 54 feet from the centerline of the road, and 24 feet from the property line, before proper approval was granted.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Gregg and carried unanimously, the Board approved the action taken at the park in Sorrento, where the well was drilled 54 feet from the centerline of the road and 24 feet from the property line.
RECESS & REASSEMBLY
At 11:10 a.m., the Chairman announced that the Board would take a brief recess until the scheduled agenda item at 11:30 a.m.
Commr. Swartz brought the Board up to date on the meeting which was held with the current libraries that participate in the County library system and the Lady Lake and Leesburg libraries. The key elements of the meeting was that the County not participate in the State system, initiate a user fee, and tentatively budget the present funds that are available in the library system budget (approximately $400,000.00) using a funding of $25,000.00 to each participating library, and $125-150,000, based on the user fee
paying $7.50 for each adult to use the library. The grants would cover the cost of people using the library under 18 years of age and those unable to afford the user fee. He added that the acceptance of that plan varied due to the user fee; the librarians disliked the fee and the city representatives were in favor of it.
Commr. Swartz stated that, since that meeting, he has received comments of concern over the user fee, the County dropping out of the State system, and the inability to receive grant monies, by some of the libraries.
Commr. Swartz noted that, the cities have been concerned with the way the library funds have been collected and disbursed in the past. He noted that the State has indicated that they are going to change their guidelines which would allow the cities to maintain the funds for their normal operation, and only require control of the monies in a central system, by the County, for book purchases and other programs, such as, the administration of the Young Adult, Elderly, and Automation grant. The State would also require the County to meet certain operating standards, which the County is presently doing according to its bylaws.
Commr. Swartz discussed the aspect of working with the libraries during the preparation and adoption of their budgets, which most of the libraries will welcome.
Commr. Swartz noted that, after discussing this issue with some of the libraries, they would like to explore the possibility of remaining in the statewide system, avoiding the user fees, and being supplied with the State revenue.
Commr. Swartz suggested, based on the State recommendations, to compile an interlocal agreement, to remain in the State system, provide additional funds, and to avoid user fees. He noted that, through the use of computers, the libraries can determine the impact of the County residents on the libraries. He added that, by being in the State system, the County would acquire an additional $118,000.00, which would offset the need for a user fee.
Commr. Swartz noted that, there is a basic State aid grant of approximately $118,000.00, which is a direct allocation, divided between the County and the libraries. There is also an Automation grant of $45,000.00; an Elderly grant of $30,000.00; and a Young Adult grant of $27,000.00, which are funds that come from the State for those programs to pay for those programs. Those grants make up the $220,000.00 which the County is to receive.
Commr. Swartz noted that the libraries will receive more money by remaining in the State system, and the benefit of not having to institute a user fee is worthwhile. He added that there are currently five participating cities, plus Cooper Memorial in Clermont, and if other cities would like to participate, they can be accommodated.
Mr. Mike Stearman, Eustis City Manager, appeared before the Board to discuss his concerns to being in the State system and the problems associated with such.
Ms. Vi Schnitz, Secretary for the Lady Lake Library Board, appeared before the Board and noted that they are in the process of completing their new library building and hope to be in operation within six months. She noted that they are budgeted by the Lady Lake Commission and have met with representatives of the County system.
Mr. Robert Brinson, Chairman of the Lake County Library Board, appeared before the Board and reiterated the comments made by Commr. Swartz, stressing the fact that users should not be charged for library cards.
Commr. Bakich stated that, he feels that the County is moving in the right direction to devise a solution that best suits the cities and the County as a whole.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bailey and carried unanimously, the Board approved to authorize staff to work with the libraries currently in the system, and new libraries that are considering entering into the system, as well as the State library coordinator, to develop an interlocal agreement that allows
continuance within the State system, in an effort to avoid user fees, and to make commitments to the cities and libraries indicating the County's efforts to avoid the double taxation question and the County's efforts to continue to fund the fair share of the library system.
RECESS & REASSEMBLY
At 12:12 p.m., the Chairman announced that the Board would recess for Lunch until the scheduled 1:30 p.m. budget workshop.
Ms. Emogene Stegall, Supervisor of Elections, appeared before the Board to discuss and present her FY 90/91 proposed budget.
Ms. Stegall stated that the budget includes two elections (primary and general election); and in the registration budget it includes the Supervisor of Elections salary (set by Florida Statutes), personal services (temporary and full time employee), and the operation of the office. She also noted that the elections budget includes personal services, operating (office supplies, voting stands and transportation), and capital outlay (voting machines purchased in FY 89/90).
Ms. Stegall stated that poll workers currently earn $80.00 per day, and the inspectors receive $65.00 per day.
Ms. Stegall noted that the 1991 requested budget for the Supervisor of Elections is $330,443.00; and the requested budget for the Elections of $444,892.00.
No action was taken by the Board at this time.
RECESS & REASSEMBLY
At 1:50 p.m., the Chairman announced that the Board would recess until the 2:00 p.m. agenda item.
Lake County Sheriff George E. Knupp, Jr. and Linda Maresca, Finance Director for the Sheriff's Department, appeared before the Board to discuss the Sheriff's proposed FY 90/91 budget.
Ms. Maresca stated that, under personal services they are requesting $6,776,419.00, which implements a new career service
plan and the hiring of eight additional staff. Under operating, they are requesting $1,098,474.00 which encumbers the Sheriff assuming the Suncom telephone responsibility for his department, insurance, fuel, and EPA taxes. Under capital outlay $408,365.00 is requested, which includes the new communications center and a cash register for the civil section.
Sheriff Knupp stated that he will be replacing 20 vehicles, not including any additional vehicles.
Commr. Swartz questioned the number of employees employed by the Sheriff and the mileage on the vehicles to be replaced. To which Sheriff Knupp responded that, as of October 1, 1989, there were 177 employees, and as of June 15, 1990, there were 181 employees; and information concerning the mileage would be forthcoming.
Commr. Swartz then requested a break down of where the current employees are. To which Sheriff Knupp responded that he would provide that data.
Commr. Swartz also requested more information concerning overtime wages and incentive pay, such as projected expenditures for the budget year. To which Sheriff Knupp responded that he would provide that data also.
Commr. Bakich questioned whether there was any way to restructure the shifts to result in no overtime pay. To which Sheriff Knupp responded that the only way to achieve that is to restructure the Sheriff's Department by hiring more employees.
Commr. Gregg questioned the last time automobile insurance was put out for bid. To which Sheriff Knupp responded that he has reviewed costs with other carrier's, but the present carrier is the only one that will provide law enforcement insurance.
Discussion transpired concerning transportation of inmates, in other states and statewide, by which the Sheriff noted that, the cheapest method of transportation is aircraft when the inmate is a considerable distance away and, in those instances, they try to
schedule several inmates to be transported at the same time; and when the distance is not too great, automobiles are utilized.
Commr. Swartz encouraged the Sheriff to scrutinize his budget searching for ways to decrease the proposed budget if need be.
Sheriff Knupp stated that it is his responsibility to provide the level of law enforcement necessary to police the County effectively, and that his budget, as proposed, is essential for that degree of service.
No action was taken by the Board at this time.
COMMISSIONER BUSINESS (CONT'D.)
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/MUNICIPALITIES/OUTDOOR RECREATION
Commr. Windram stated that, when the Board previously allocated recreation funds to the municipalities, the City of Mt. Dora was not allocated any. At this time, he recommended allocating the $20,000.00 previously earmarked for Mt. Dora to the newly constructed children's park in that City.
On a motion by Commr. Windram, seconded by Commr. Gregg and carried unanimously, the Board approved the recommendation to allocate $20,000.00 to the children's park in Mt. Dora.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 2:35 p.m.
MICHAEL J. BAKICH, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK