JULY 12, 1990

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Thursday, July 12, 1990, at 8:30 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 (arriving at 9:00 a.m.); Don Bailey; Richard Swartz; and Thomas J. Windram. Others present were: Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney; Alan A. Thelen, County Manager; Ava Kronz, Assistant to the County Manager; Beth Lange, Director of Courts Management; Neil Kelly, Director of Administrative Services; and Sandra Carter, Deputy Clerk.


Health and General Services

Mr. Lonnie Strickland, Director of Health and General Services, opened the Budget Workshop by reviewing the Medical Examiner's budget, which falls under his department, with the Board.

Dr. William Shutze, Medical Examiner for Lake County, was present and answered questions, presented by the Board, regarding his budget. The main topics discussed were autopsies and his contractual services.

Mr. Strickland then discussed other budgets under his department, answering questions presented by the Board regarding same, as follows:

Administration Medicaid Nursing Home

Medicaid Hospital Welfare Hospital Services

Welfare Other Pauper Burials

Emergency Food & Shelter Program State & County Shared Program

Lake County Public Health Unit Mental Health

Lake County Assn. for Retarded Lake County Assn. for Retarded

Citizens, Inc. - Housing Citizens - Sunrise Workshop

Lake County Assn. for Retarded Lake County Family Health

Citizens, Inc. - Sunshine Council

Child Development Center Lake County Rape Crisis Center

Community Services Block Grant Lake County Senior Services

Public Safety - EMS Veterans Service

Fairgrounds Animal Control

Countywide Library Public Safety - Fire

Public Safety - 911

It was noted that there is approximately $140,000, in the

Public Health Unit Trust Funds, that may possibly be credited to

the County's FY 1990-91 budget, however, it is not known, at this

time, whether or not said credit will be made. The credit may have to be applied to the FY 1991-92 budget.

No action was taken at this time.


At 10:35 a.m. the Chairman announced that the Board would take a five minute recess.

Administrative Services/Budget

Ms. Eleanor Anderson, Executive Director of Administrative Services/Budget, for the County, addressed the Board and reviewed her particular budget, being the Office of Management and Budget, as well as the various budgets for divisions which fall under her department, as follows:

County Purchasing Personnel

Insurance and Risk Management JTPA Administration

Present to answer questions from the Board pertaining to their various budgets were Ms. Robbie Baird, Private Industry Council; Mr. Bill LeHeup, Director of Purchasing; Ms. Lois Martin, Director of Personnel; and Mr. Gerry Jacobs, Risk Manager.

Ms. Anderson noted that there would be a credit, from fees, to the income side of the budget, for FY 1990-91, in the amount of approximately $373,000.

No action was taken at this time.

The Board commended Ms. Anderson and her staff for a well-prepared budget report and a job well done.

Board of County Commissioners

Ms. Ava Kronz, Assistant to the County Manager, reviewed the Board's budget, indicating that, pursuant to Section 125.01 of the Florida Statutes, a 5% budgetary increase was being requested for Board Operations, which represents an increase in salaries and corresponding benefits, noting that same is based on County

population - that it was not being requested by the Board members themselves.

No action was taken at this time.

County Attorney

Ms. Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney, reviewed her budget and answered questions presented by the Board regarding same.

Considerable discussion occurred regarding Ms. Lustgarten's budget, at which time she was requested by the Board to make several cuts, particularly in the area of Operating Expenses, noting that they would like her to reduce her allotment for computers and furniture (which she felt would be needed for the new County Attorney's Office), as well as indigent attorney costs.

No action was taken at this time.

County Manager

Mr. Al Thelen, County Manager, reviewed his budget with the Board, answering questions pertaining to same.

It was noted that there was a 32% reduction in his budget, due to the transfer of four (4) positions to the Administrative Support Division, during the 1990 fiscal year.

Mr. Thelen then reviewed the budgets for Administrative Support, Historical Museum (operating expenses only), and Capital Improvements, which fall under his department.

No action was taken at this time.

The Board recapped the various budgets, at which time Commr. Gregg made the following recommendations, requesting that they be readdressed at a later date:

. Reduce salary increases from 8 % to 6%

. Reduce the Sheriff's Operating Budget by $173,150

. Consider reasonable step on sewer/stormwater utility

. Consider reducing Contingency Accounts

. Reduce the County Attorney's Budget in the areas of computers ($3,000), furniture allotment ($3-4,000), and indigent attorney costs ($20,000), and increase fees

Commr. Swartz then made the following recommendations:

. Recreation Maintenance Budget to receive $50,000 from ad valorem taxes and $50,000 from Public Works

. Consider a utility franchise fee

Commr. Bakich made the following recommendation, as well:

. Increase the Building Budget by 10% rather than 30%

The consensus of the Board was unanimous for the above stated

recommendations to be readdressed at a later date, as requested.

A budget workshop was scheduled for Thursday, July 19, 1990, at 9:00 a.m., to further discuss changes requested this date.

It was noted that the Board was requesting the cooperation of the Clerk and the Sheriff in cutting the portions of their budgets pertaining to salary increases, from 8% to 6%, and that a time certain would be set for them to appear before the Board and discuss said cuts.

There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 12:35 p.m.