The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, February 12, 1991, 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: Donald B. Bailey, Chairman; C. W. "Chick" Gregg; Richard Swartz; Catherine Hanson; and Michael J. Bakich. Others present were: Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney; Alan A. Thelen, County Manager; Ava Kronz, Assistant to the County Manager; Robert K. McKee, Chief Deputy Clerk; and Marlene Foran, Secretary.
Commr. Bakich gave the Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commr. Gregg.
Discussion occurred regarding the Minutes of January 15, 1991 (Regular Meeting), with the following changes being made:
On Page 2, Line 1, the name "Hanson" should be changed to "Bakich".
On Page 21, Line 2, delete "in opposition to the Future Land Use Element".
On Page 24, Line 15, delete "in opposition to the Future Land Use Element".
Commr. Hanson and Commr. Bailey presented corrections made to the spelling of names of individuals who appeared before the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Bakich, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Minutes of January 15, 1991 (Regular Meeting), as amended.
Discussion occurred regarding the Minutes of January 22, 1991 (Regular Meeting), with a change being made on page 8, Line 33, inserting the word "not" between "would be".
Commr. Hanson and Commr. Bailey presented corrections made to the spelling of names of individuals who appeared before the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Swartz and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Minutes of January 22, 1991, as amended.
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS, PLAQUES AND RESOLUTIONS
Presentation of the 1990 Employee of the Year Plaque and Savings Bond to:
Nell Terry, Senior Buyer, Purchasing Division, Administrative Services Department.
Presentation of Plaque for Service as Chairman for the Year 1990 to:
Commissioner Michael J. Bakich.
Presentation of Gavels to:
Chairman Donald G. Bailey by Commr. Swartz.
Vice Chairman Richard Swartz by Commr. Bailey.
CLERK OF COURT'S CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Bakich, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, the Board approved the following requests:
Request for payment of Warrant No. 131126 through Warrant No. 131624, for the following accounts:
Landfills Mt. Plymouth Fire District
Pasco Fire District County Transportation Trust
General Revenue Countywide Fire District
Mosquito Control Animal Shelter Trust Fund
Commissary Trust Fund Aquatic Weed
Capital Outlay Paisley Fire District
Private Industry Council Northwest Fire District
Law Library Northeast Hospital
Countywide Library South Lake Fire District
Revenue Sharing Resort & Development Fund Tax
Miscellaneous/Gas Fund Bassville Fire District
Certificate of Indebtedness Road Impact
Emergency 911 Fund Section 8
Northeast Ambulance Northwest Ambulance
Criminal Justice Trust Fund
Request for seven items to be deleted from Fixed Assets, for the month of January, 1991, in the amount of $72,389.45.
Satisfaction of Judgments, Case No. 84-14958TT00154, Ronald Allen Knab, Jr., in the amount of $250.00.
Satisfaction of Judgments, Case No. 83-24659TT00142, Leonard Valido, Jr., in the amount of $250.00.
Monthly Distribution of Revenue Traffic/Criminal Cases, in the amount of $149,043.95, for the month ending January 31, 1991.
COUNTY MANAGER'S CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Gregg and carried unanimously, the Board approved the following requests:
Request for approval of specifications, quotes, encumbering funds previously authorized, payments to be made and other services that do not require bids or quotes.
|All goods or services from $1,000 to $5,999 require written quotes (Department Heads authorized up to $1,000 for approval in accordance with current procedures adopted by the Board and authorized by County Manager).|
|VENDOR/DESCRIPTION OF ITEM||
|(1) BCC -
|Miracle Copy and
Annual Budget Manual printing.
|(2) Public Works -
Conversion of township maps to auto cad format.
(3) Public Works -
A.G. Equipment Inc.
Gaskets for aluminum 10" Racebilt linklock pipe.
(4) Public Works -
Howell's Typewriter Inc.
(2) IBM Wheelwriter 6 typewriters. (2) dust covers.
(5) Public Works -
Howell's Typewriter Inc.
(2) IBM Wheelwriter 15 typewriter. (2) dust covers. (2) conversion kits to interface w/computer.
|(4) Encumber Funds Previously Authorized:|
|VENDOR/DESCRIPTION OF ITEM||
|(1) Public Works -
|Larson Drainage System.
Corrugated pipe and couplings.
County Bid # 005-235-091.
|(5) Approve Other Payments and Encumber Funds:|
|VENDOR/DESCRIPTION OF ITEM||
|(1) Planning &
316SX computer system with network card, printer and cable.
State Contract # 250-040-091-1.
|(6) Approve Services That Do Not Require Bid or Quotes and Encumber Funds:|
|(1) BCC||Summit Realty &
Tavares Tag Agency. Property taxes and maintenance cost.
(2) BCC -
Services - Risk
Florida Department of Labor.
Self insurer assessment.
(3) BCC -
Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum Inc.
Supplemental requisition to P.O. # 58132 to cover architectural expenses associated with Wetlands.
(4) BCC -
Jammal & Associates Inc.
Professional services rendered on Criminal Justice Project.
(5) Health & General Svc Fire Department
Orlando Gear & Wheel.
Repair property # 11,679 1974 INT Tanker.
The Requisitions for the Corrections Division have been processed in the same manner as they were done prior to Lake County Board of County Commissioners assuming responsibility. At present, the Jail Administrator is in the process of bringing these procedures in
compliance with County purchasing policy and procedures. Request permission to waive the bid and quote process at this time.
(5) Approve Other Payments:
DEPARTMENT/DIVISION VENDOR/DESCRIPTION OF ITEM
(1) BCC - Corrections
Dr. Josephine Martin.
Doctor for inmates for March and April 1991. $ 7,260.00
AT THIS TIME, PURCHASING IS WORKING ON THE FOLLOWING BIDS FOR THE CORRECTION DIVISION:
1. STAPLE FOODS.
2. CHIPS, COOKIES, PASTRIES, ETC., INDIVIDUALLY PACKED.
3. MEATS AND RELATED PRODUCTS.
4. COFFEE, TEA, BEVERAGES (LIQUID CONCENTRATE).
5. PREPARED SALADS, PUDDINGS AND JELLOS.
6. 2 PLY TOILET TISSUE (WHITE ONLY).
7. WHOLE PASTEURIZED FROZEN EGGS.
8. FROZEN FOOD PRODUCTS.
9. BREAD AND ROLL PRODUCTS.
10. MILK AND ICE CREAM.
Budget Transfers/Accounts Allowed
Request the transfer of funds as follows: General Fund, Public Works, Parks & Facilities, from Operating Expenses to Operating Expenses, in the amount of $30,000.00.
Request for a Proclamation, which proclaims February 1 through February 28, 1991 as Viola Days, to honor veterans of all the wars in which the United States of America has participated.
Health & General Services/Mental Health
Request for acceptance and approval of the 1990-91 Comprehensive Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Plan.
Subdivisions/Planning & Development
Request preliminary approval of Forestdel, Second Addition,
approval of Wedgewood III.
Request for preliminary approval of Wedgewood III.
Accounts Allowed/Bonds/Planning & Development/Subdivisions
Request to release a maintenance bond, in the amount of $2,000.00, for Saw Mill Run.
Right-of-Ways, Roads and Easements
Request to accept non-exclusive easement dedications related to large lot waivers from: Lyle A. Freitag, District #1; Robert Eulett, Jr., District #2; Christopher P. Cox, District #3.
Contracts, Leases and Agreements/Private Industry Council
Request for authorization for the PIC Director, Personnel Director or Executive Director of Administrative Services/Budget to execute agreements and other documents necessary to the operation of Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) programs.
COUNTY MANAGER'S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
On a motion by Commr. Bakich, seconded by Commr. Swartz and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request for approval of the enhanced employee of the month program.
PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL
Ms. Robbie A. Baird, Private Industry Council Director, appeared before the Board to present the comprehensive training plans and accompanying projected budgets for the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) for the 1991-1992 program year, with submission of the plans to the Volusia, Lake Flagler - Private Industry Council on or before the due date of February 28, 1991, for their approval and inclusion in the Service Delivery Area Plan.
Ms. Baird reviewed the planning allocations for the Title IIA & III and Title IIB programs, and stated there is a total, in the amount of $1,265,230.00, for JTPA.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Gregg and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Plan for Services for the 1991 - 1992 JTPA programs, for submission to the Volusia, Lake, Flagler - Private Industry Council, Inc., and authorized proper signatures on same.
On a motion by Commr. Gregg, seconded by Commr. Swartz and carried unanimously, the Board approved a Resolution establishing application fees relative to the Lake County Cable Communications Ordinance.
CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENTS/JAILS
Mr. Mike Anderson, Capital Improvements Director, appeared before the Board to present the request to amend the existing HOK contract for additional architectural services for the Criminal Justice Facility.
Mr. Anderson stated that the three work orders, making up the change order request, are for the Main Jail Kitchen storage study, the Design of Bridge Connection and Main Jail Value Engineering,
with the cost of the added design work, in the amount of $90,905.00.
On a motion by Commr. Gregg, seconded by Commr. Bakich and carried unanimously, the Board approved the request to amend the existing HOK contract for additional architectural services for the Criminal Justice Facility, with the added design work cost, in the amount of $90,905.00.
CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENTS/LANDFILLS
Mr. Don Findell, Director of Environmental Services, appeared before the Board to present the request for authorization to suspend negotiations with Jones, Wood and Gentry, Inc. and proceed with negotiations with Dyer, Riddle, Mills and Precourt, Inc. for surveying services for the Site K Landfill.
Commr. Bakich suggested that, if negotiations with Dyer, Riddle, Mills and Precourt, Inc. appear not to be competitive with what the County is expecting in terms of dollars, staff should be prepared to present to the Board, at the next meeting, alternatives to expedite this process.
On a motion by Commr. Bakich, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, the Board approved to suspend negotiations with Jones, Wood and Gentry, Inc. and proceed with negotiations with Dyer, Riddle, Mills and Precourt, Inc., for surveying services for the Site K Landfill.
Mr. Don Findell, Director of Environmental Services, appeared before the Board to present a Resolution establishing the "Lake County Natural Resources Advisory Committee".
Mr. Findell stated that staff recommends members be solicited from five categories - Environmental Sciences, Agricultural/ Development, Private Citizens, Business, and Government/ Institution, with a recommendation that twelve (12) members be appointed to the committee.
After discussion regarding the process of choosing committee members to serve on the committee, it was the decision of the Board
to review all applications and, at that time, make their decision on who shall be appointed to serve on the committee.
At this time, discussion occurred regarding a "Sunset" and the term of office for the Natural Resources Advisory Committee, with the decision of the Board to add appropriate language that states "the Board of County Commissioners shall review the committee in a two (2) year time frame and determine whether to continue", and the term of office be set for a period of two (2) years.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried, the Board approved the Resolution to establish the Lake County Natural Resources Committee, with an amendment addressing the two (2) year time frame for review, and an amendment stating the term of office will be two (2) years.
Commr. Bakich was absent for the vote.
ORDINANCES/PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Gregg and carried unanimously, the Board approved to advertise an ordinance to allow landscape architects to submit stormwater management system design plans.
ORDINANCES/PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT/REPORTS
Mr. John Swanson, Executive Director of Planning & Development, appeared before the Board to present the workshop on the Impact Fee Report Study, which was prepared by Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc.
Mr. Swanson stated that the study was performed to assess the use of impact fees to partially finance capital improvements in the areas of Transportation, Fire Protection, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, Education, Parks and Recreation, Libraries, Potable Water and Wastewater Treatment.
Mr. Tim Sullivan, a member of the School Board and Chairman of the Impact Fee Advisory Committee, appeared before the Board stating that the Committee's goal is to make sure the quality of life presently in Lake County continues on the same path into the future.
Mr. Tom Jackson, consultant with Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc., appeared before the Board and stated that the fees, in all areas, are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, and briefly reviewed final changes.
Commr. Swartz brought up for discussion the issue of costs that relate to the education impact fee, stating that it is his understanding that the only costs involved relate to buildings and grounds, and the numbers do not include cost of furnishing the facility, such as furniture and laboratory equipment. Commr. Swartz suggested that Mr. Sullivan ask the School Board to refine and review the numbers as they relate to this issue.
Discussion occurred regarding capital expenditures in the Fire Protection area, with impact fees proposed as a means to finance new fire and rescue equipment to meet the needs of future development, as stated in Section 2 of Fire Protection/Rescue.
Commr. Swartz stated that it appears the majority of the capital expenditures are being used to maintain the capital stock and are not being used to expand the stock for the new growth demand and the new service requirements. He further stated, if this is true, it does not justify as much of a credit. At this time, Commr. Swartz directed staff to evaluate the $1,500,000.00, shown as capital, to determine if this capital is providing for the level of service for the new growth that is expected, or just maintaining the existing level of service.
Discussion occurred regarding the use of the gas tax credit for capital improvements, with Mr. Jim Stivender, Director of Public Works, responding that the County has used gas tax credit for road improvements in the past and are presently doing so.
At this time, Commr. Swartz directed staff to provide a list of projects where gas tax money has been used for road improvements in the past.
Addressing the issue of fire protection, Commr. Gregg stated that, if a sprinkler system is installed in a building, the sprinkling of that building should be an allowed reduction. Mr.
Jackson responded that this is an issue that should be addressed by the Board.
At this time, the Board scheduled public hearings on Impact Fees, for March 12, 1991 and April 2, 1991, at 5:00 p.m.
Discussion occurred regarding an effective date of the Ordinance, at which time, the Board agreed to July 1, 1991 as the effective date, with Ms. Lustgarten stating it is her understanding the Ordinance is to address impact fees for Education, Parks, Fire/Rescue, and Sheriff.
RESOLUTION/COMMITTEES/HEALTH & GENERAL SERVICES
Mr. Lonnie Strickland, Director of Health and General Services, appeared before the Board to present a Resolution establishing a Children's Services Study Committee, and a proposed budget report.
Commr. Swartz brought up for discussion Section 5. Termination, which addresses the length of term of the committee, with the decision of the Board to insert six (6) months and delete twelve (12) months, on Page 3, Line 30 of the Resolution.
Discussion occurred regarding the financial terms of the Committee with emphasis on the cost of clerical support. At this time, Commr. Hanson stated a savings could be obtained by having the Committee elect their own Secretary to take minutes.
Commr. Swartz suggested that Commr. Hanson meet with the Clerk's office to determine the impact of providing clerical support.
Ms. Linda Rozar, a member of Concerned Citizens of Florida, was present in the audience and requested a copy of the Resolution.
Discussion occurred regarding a time frame for appointments to the Committee, with the decision of the Board to have a March 15, 1991 deadline for presenting applications, and have appointments made by March 19, 1991.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Swartz and carried unanimously, the Board approved the Resolution, as amended,
with authorization to advertise the selection of members to the Committee.
STATE AGENCIES/PUBLIC WORKS
Mr. James Kimbler, District Planning Manager for the Department of Transportation, appeared before the Board to present an update on the long range planning activities, of the Florida Department of Transportation, that affect local government.
Mr. Kimbler stated that DOT has the authority to purchase and protect rights-of-way for future use, but, before acquisition can occur, corridors must be formally designed by a local government, or by DOT. He further stated that DOT is in the process of prioritizing and evaluating corridors for acquisition, focusing on the Florida Intrastate Highway System Plan.
Mr. Kimbler reported that Rule 14-97 sets up a classification system for all roads on the State Highway System and becomes effective in February, 1991. Mr. Kimbler stated that Rule 14-97 addresses the issue of property management of access to State highways, to preserve the highest level of capacity for each transportation dollar invested.
Mr. Kimbler further commented that the Legislature commissioned the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) to develop criteria for determining the functional classification of roads, at which time a recommendation will be made to the Florida Transportation Commission.
Mr. Kimbler stated that, if the Florida Transportation Commission is pleased with the classification system, a determination of the physical impact to local governments will be made.
Mr. Kimbler informed the Board that the present Federal Classification System is due to sunset in September, 1991; however, a bill has been filed to extend the existing Federal System for a two year period, so that an evaluation can be made on the proposal to change the system.
COUNTY ATTORNEY MATTERS
Ms. Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney, informed the Board that the County has been successful in receiving a 1979 lien, in the amount of $83.00, including interest, for a total of $263.00.
Ms. Annette Star Lustgarten, County Attorney, addressing the issue of redistricting, informed the Board of a requirement, that appointees to the Planning & Zoning Commission must be residents of the District for which they are representing. Therefore, if an appointee is no longer a resident of the District for which that appointee is representing, that term of office will terminate.
On a motion by Commr. Bakich, seconded by Commr. Swartz and carried unanimously, the Board approved the ratification of financial items which needed to be paid prior to the Board meeting.
APPOINTMENTS-RESIGNATIONS/PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT/ZONING
On a motion by Commr. Gregg, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, the Board approved the appointment of Mr. Thomas Chapman to replace Mr. Ray Robbins, who has resigned from a District No. 2 slot on the Planning & Zoning Commission. The term of the appointment is to run through February 28, 1992.
COUNTY MANAGER/COUNTY ATTORNEY/PERSONNEL
Ms. Lois Martin, Director of Personnel, appeared before the Board to present the proposed "Process for County Manager and County Attorney Annual Employee Performance Appraisal and Compensation".
Ms. Martin stated that the Employee Performance Appraisal Document, which was prepared by Slavin, Nevins & Associates, Inc., Management Consultants, includes a listing of major responsibilities, performance criteria, and a performance appraisal rating scale to enable the Board to rate the performances and
determine compensation for the County Manager and the County Attorney.
At this time, Commr. Bakich requested that the Board have their appraisals completed by March 5, 1991, at which time Ms. Martin will summarize each appraisal, and then present her summary to the Board at the March 19, 1991 meeting.
Mr. Al Thelen, County Manager, appeared before the Board to address the issue of staffing the Special Revenue Office for Special Assessments, and to present his review of the positions that were recommended by the consulting firm of David M. Griffith & Associates, Inc. (DMG) in the Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Study, Phase I.
Mr. Thelen stated that, after his review, it continues to be his recommendation that the special assessment office report directly to the County Manager's office, and would include two permanent positions and one part time position as follows:
1. A special revenue technician to replace the coordinator's position, therefore, lowering the salary range from the original $30,127.00 - $45,120.00 annually to $26,000.00 - $38,000.00 annually.
2. The computer operator position would remain in the salary range of $21,000.00 - $31,000.00.
3. The secretarial position could be a part time position at a salary range of $12,000.00 - $18,000.00, with determination, at a later time, if this position needs to be a full time position.
At this time, Mr. Thelen presented a survey of counties, who are currently collecting non-ad valorem assessments, showing a variety of staffing levels within each of the counties.
It was the decision of the Board to defer making a decision on this matter until the afternoon session, at which time there will be further discussion on the alternatives.
RECESS AND REASSEMBLY
At 11:30 a.m., the Chairman announced that the Board would recess for lunch and reconvene at 2:00 p.m.
WATER AUTHORITY/ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES/COMMITTEES
Mr. Don Findell, Director of Environmental Services, appeared before the Board to present the workshop on the Standards and Specification for Water and Wastewater Improvements.
Mr. Don Findell stated that the document was prepared by Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan, Inc. to provide guidance in the construction of water and wastewater system improvements in Lake County, with the primary purpose being to insure that system improvements are constructed to standards that promote long-term physical and environmental integrity of the improvements.
Mr. William Whidden, representing Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan, Inc., appeared before the Board to briefly review the document, stating that the document is divided into three parts - Part 1. - Standards, Part 2. - Specifications and Part 3. - Standard Drawings.
Mr. Whidden stated that Part 1 - Standards presents general requirements governing review and approval of plans, construction inspection and acceptance, and minimum levels of service and design standards for wastewater and water facilities in Lake County. Mr. Whidden further reviewed Part 2, Specifications, which contains detailed technical specifications governing construction of said facilities, and Part 3, Standard Drawings, contains drawings associated with the installation of said facilities.
Commr. Gregg noted that the document does not address the issue of casings, for pressure lines extending under roads in new developments, with Mr. Whidden commenting that the specifications address only lines extending under existing roads, but stated that specifications can be added to the document addressing this issue, at the direction of the Board.
At this time, Commr. Hanson brought up for discussion the possibility of forming an advisory committee to review highly
technical material before it is presented to the Board for their review.
Commr. Swartz suggested that one way, in which to receive the input needed in evaluating the technical aspects of water and wastewater, is to set up advertised meetings that will give people, in the development community, the opportunity to share their technical expertise with staff in determining what is necessary, at which time staff will then present their findings to the Board.
Discussion continued regarding the makeup of a committee and the various interest groups that might be beneficial to such a committee, with representation from the public facilities and city engineers being suggested.
Commr. Swartz stated that a letter be sent to all engineering firms in Lake County, private utilities and cities that have utilities, informing them that a review is being done and their input would be appreciated, inviting them to participate. Commr. Swartz then requested that staff prepare a cost analysis of forming such a committee.
Commr. Hanson commented that she does not feel the committee needs to be a formal committee, therefore, cutting down on the expense of said committee.
At this time, Commr. Gregg directed staff to contact Mr. Robert Farner, of Farner-Barley & Associates; Mr. Bruce Phillips, Springstead Engineering, Inc.; Mr. Jim Bible, Greater Construction Corporation; Southern States Utilities, Inc.; and representation from the Cities of Eustis, Mt. Dora, Leesburg and Tavares asking if they would participate on the committee.
At this time, Commr. Hanson stated that she would like to table the suggestion of an advisory committee.
RECESS AND REASSEMBLY
At 2:45 p.m., the Chairman announced that the Board would recess and reconvene at 3:00 p.m., for the Budget Report.
Mr. Al Thelen, County Manager, appeared before the Board to present the budget report, stating that the final expenditure and revenue figures for 1989-90, ending in September, indicate a "Budget Shortfall" for the current year.
Mr. Thelen stated that the cash carried forward from the combined General Fund and Fine and Forfeiture Fund on October 1, 1990 was $967,103.00 short of the projections. Mr. Thelen further stated that the anticipated shortfall, for 1990-91, is $1,727,810.00, for a total amount of $2,694,913.00.
Mr. Thelen reviewed his recommendations to accomplish the task of reducing the budget expenses with the following recommendations being made: Contingency - $1,538,299.00; Land Purchase - $250.000.00; Freeze Vacant Positions - $113,300.00; Salary Saving Vacant Positions - $500,000.00; Reduce Library Budgets - $175,000.00; Capital Purchase Second (2nd) Half of Year - $189,601.00; Stormwater/Sewer Study - $125,000.00; and Building/Maintenance - $80,000.00.
Mr. Thelen reported that the Contingency account has a total amount of $1,538,299.00, and should be the first funds used to meet the shortfall.
Mr. Thelen reported that an additional $113,300.00 could be obtained by not filling six vacant positions: two in Environmental Services, scheduled for April; and four in Planning and Development, that are currently vacant.
Mr. Thelen stated that a salary savings to date, from positions not being filled, will provide an additional $500,000.00 savings, with $97,000.00 still available for merit adjustments to General Fund employees in April. Mr. Thelen further stated that, if the Board's goal of holding the line on property taxes in 1990-92 is to be met, a salary and wage freeze will be required next year.
At this time, Mr. Thelen recommended that four (4) positions in the Transportation Fund, one (1) position from the Housing Fund
and one (1) position from the Landfill Fund also be frozen, thereby, reducing expenditures by another $90,573.00 and bringing the total of the recommended frozen positions to twelve, and the total reduction in expenditures to $3,061,172.00.
Mr. Thelen noted that only two libraries have joined the County system, therefore, leaving a balance of $175,000.00 that has not been programmed.
Discussion occurred regarding the deletion of $125,000.00 for the consultant's study to establish a stormwater utility, how this deletion will delay the implementation of the utility, and delay the agreement with the St. John's Water Management District to assume their stormwater permitting responsibilities.
At this time, Commr. Swartz brought up for discussion the suggestion that the Chairman, who acts as liaison with the Constitutional Officers, contact the Officers and inform them of what the Board is doing to address the budget shortfall, asking if they would share in the shortfall.
Commr. Gregg suggested that, when the new budget is addressed, a "bare bones" budget be developed, including a freeze on wages, further commenting that the County can no longer count on user fees and impact fees to support staff, building and zoning. Commr. Gregg requested that the Commission entertain the idea of a freeze on Commissioners' wages next year, with the Board in agreement.
On a motion by Commr. Gregg, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, the Board approved the recommendations, as stated in the memo, dated February 8, 1991, regarding "Budget Shortfall", and include contacting the Constitutional Officers.
Ms. Eleanor Anderson, Executive Director of Management/Budget, appeared before the Board to present the Sheriff's request for $110,000.00 to cover higher than anticipated health insurance costs.
Ms. Anderson stated that it is staff's recommendation that the Sheriff use his $100,000.00 Contingency Fund and other budget transfers, within his budget, to cover the above stated costs.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bakich and carried unanimously, the Board moved to accept the staff recommendations and conclusions regarding the Sheriff's request for $110,000.00, with staff advising the Sheriff that the funds are not available.
ASSESSMENTS/REPORTS/TAX COLLECTOR (CON'T)
At this time, the Board resumed discussion on staffing of the Special Revenue Office for Special Assessments, with Commr. Bakich stating that he feels the only positive alternative is to move forward with staffing recommendations.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Bakich and carried, the Board approved the staff recommendations, as modified in the memo, dated February 12, 1991, from Mr. Al Thelen, to establish an office for special assessment.
The motion carried 4 - 1 with Commr. Bailey voting "No".
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 3:55 p.m.
DONALD G. BAILEY, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK