The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, March 5, 1996, at 9:00 a.m., in the Board of County Commissioner's Meeting Room, Lake County Administration Building, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Welton G. Cadwell, Chairman; William "Bill" H. Good, Vice Chairman; Rhonda H. Gerber; Catherine C. Hanson; and G. Richard Swartz, Jr. Others present were: Sanford A. Minkoff, County Attorney; Sue Whittle, County Manager; Ava Kronz, BCC Office Manager; and Toni M. Riggs, Deputy Clerk.
Commr. Cadwell gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commr. Swartz requested that the Board members get their calendars sometime during the day, so that their meeting dates could be reviewed, and a Town Hall meeting could be scheduled.
Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager, informed the Board that there were no changes to the agenda.
CLERK OF COURTS' CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Good and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the following requests:
List of warrants paid prior to this meeting, pursuant to Chapter 136 of the Florida Statutes, which shall be incorporated into the Minutes as attached Exhibit A and filed in the Board Support Division of the Clerk's Office.
Request to approve and signature authorization on the Satisfaction and Release of Lien against Marshall Gaard, from any claims, demands, causes of action and judgments arising out of the Order Reducing an Order of Find, in the amount of $500.00 dated January 10, 1996, and recorded in Official Records Book 1409, Page 2490 on January 12, 1996.
Bonds - Contractor
Request to approve Contractor Bonds, cancellations and new, as follows:
4755-96 Donnie Daniels Plumbing Inc.
5441-96 Joseph S. Bosi (Roofing Contractor)
5442-96 Dennis P. Solomon (Carpentry)
Request to acknowledge receipt, from Sunrise ARC of Lake County, Inc., Rose Rispoli, Financial Manager, the Sunrise ARC of Lake County, Inc. and Financially Interrelated Organization Combined Financial Statements, Supplementary Financial Information and Independent Auditors' Reports as of and for the Year Ended September 30, 1995.
Request to acknowledge receipt, from Greenlee, Kurras, Rice & Brown, P.A., Balance Sheets of Green Swamp Land Authority's, General and Acquisition Funds, as of January 31, 1996, and the related statement of Revenues and Appropriation Expenditures, General Fund, and the accompanying supplemental information contained in the schedules of Accounts Payable and Cash Receipts and Disbursements for the months indicated, in accordance with Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Request to acknowledge receipt from Lee Ryals, Director, Division of Finance & Accounting, St. Johns River Water Management District, a copy of the Annual Financial Statements for the year ended September 30, 1995, including the Report of Independent Auditors, Ernst & Young. The Report was accepted by the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board on February 14, 1996.
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Ordinances received from the City of Minneola, as follows:
a. Ordinance No. 95-15 adopted by the City of Minneola Council on January 9, 1996, amending the boundaries of the City of Minneola by including within the City Limits property known as African Inland Mission, Inc. generally located in the vicinity west of Park Ridge Subdivision and located on CR 561A and Media Road; rezoning the property from County Agricultural to R1 Residential District.
b. Ordinance No. 95-16 adopted by the City of Minneola Council on January 23, 1996, amending the boundaries of the City of Minneola by including within the City Limits property generally located in the vicinity west of U.S. Highway 27; North of CR 561A; and east of East Apshawa Road and Jalarmy Road; rezoning the property from County Agricultural to R1 Residential District; providing for a residential Comprehensive Plan Use Designation as Residential, Single Family Low Density.
Request to acknowledge receipt of Ordinances received from the City of Leesburg, as follows:
a. Ordinance No. 96-02 adopted by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg on February 12, 1996, annexing certain property owned by John C. Thomas and Susan K. Thomas, said property being generally located east of U.S. 27, west of Picciola Road, and south of Eureka Avenue, lying in Section 15, Township 19 south, Range 24 east, Lake County, Florida.
b. Ordinance No. 96-03 adopted by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg on February 12, 1996, annexing certain property owned by Dale E. Bartch and located near Picciola Road and Michigan Avenue, lying in Section 15, Township 19 south, Range 24 east, Lake County, Florida.
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Notice Before the Florida Public Service Commission; In Re: Application for amendment of Certificates Nos. 441-W and 371-S in Lake County by J. Swiderski Utilities, Inc.; Order Amending Certificates Nos. 441-W and 371-S To Include Additional Territory and Closing Docket; Docket No. 950321-WS; Order No. PSC-96-0131-FOF-WS.
Request to acknowledge receipt from the Florida Public Service Commission, the following notices:
a. Notice of Commission Hearing and Prehearing Before the Florida Public Service Commission To All Parties and All other Interested Persons; Docket No. 950984-TP; In Re: Resolution of petition(s) to establish nondiscriminatory rates, terms and conditions for resale involving local exchange companies and alternative local exchange companies pursuant to Section 364.161, Florida Statutes. Notice is hereby given that a prehearing conference will be held on March 1, 1996; and a public hearing will be held on March 20-21, 1996, at 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, Tallahassee, Florida.
b. Notice of Commission Hearing and Prehearing Before the Florida Public Service Commission To All Parties and All other Interested Persons; Docket No. 950985-TP; In Re: Resolution of petition(s) to establish nondiscriminatory rates, terms and conditions for interconnection involving local exchange companies and alternative local exchange companies pursuant to Section 364.161, Florida Statutes. Notice is hereby given that a prehearing conference will be held on March 1, 1996 at 1:30 a.m.; and a public hearing will be held on March 11 and 12, 1996, at 9:30 a.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, Tallahassee, Florida.
Request to approve the following Budget Transfer:
Department: Constitutional Officer/Sheriff
From: Contingency/Sheriff $10,000
To: Transfer/Law Capital $10,000
Justification: Pursuant to F.S. 30.49, the Sheriff is requesting that $10,000 of his Contingency money be transferred into Law Enforcement Capital Outlay.
COUNTY MANAGER'S CONSENT AGENDA
Discussion occurred regarding the County Manager's Consent Agenda, with Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager, requesting that Tab 3 be pulled for discussion.
Commr. Hanson made a motion to approve Tabs 2-15, with the exception of Tab 3.
Commr. Gerber stated that Tab 5 did not need to be pulled, but she wanted the Board to know that the donation of the surplus fire engine to the Boggy Creek Gang Camp was a great and worthwhile gesture by the Board. She then seconded the motion.
The Chairman called for a vote on the motion, which carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, for the following requests:
Accounts Allowed/Community Services
Request for approval of payment of monthly Medicaid Hospital bill in the amount of $42,650.01, and the Medicaid Nursing Home bill in the amount of $37,742.93 for the month of December.
Accounts Allowed/Facilities and Capital Improvements
Request for approval to solicit Request for Proposal necessary to replace H.V.A.C. system at the County morgue, at an estimated cost of $72,000.
Fire and Emergency Services
Request for approval of the donation of surplus fire engine, 1962 American LaFrance Ford F800, to the Boggy Creek Gang Camp.
Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Fire & Emergency Services
Request for approval and execution of Lease Agreement between Lake County and Astor Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. relating to Lake County property. Estimated Fiscal Impact: $3,229.00
County Employees/Human Resources
Request for approval of Certificates for employees with one and three years of service.
County Employees/Human Resources
Request for approval of transfer of the Accounting Technician I position in Solid Waste Management from Drop-off Facilities to Support Services effective February 6, 1996.
Deeds/Rights-of-Way, Roads & Easements
Request for approval to accept a public Non-exclusive Easement Deed from Jerry and Patricia Mabie.
Deeds/Rights-of-Way, Roads & Easements
Request for approval to accept a public Non-exclusive Easement Deed from Charis Craven.
Deeds/Rights-of-Way, Roads & Easements
Request for approval to accept a public Non-exclusive Easement Deed from Mark Savage and Arnold Jackson.
Accounts Allowed/Resolutions/State Agencies/Parks & Recreation
Request for approval and execution of Resolution requesting $130,000 from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Boating Improvement Program for Palatlakaha River Park parking lot improvements.
Contracts, Leases & Agreements/State Agencies/Water Resources
Request for approval and authorization for Chairman to execute an Amendment to the Agreement between Lake County and the State of Florida, DEP, for the project known as Palatlakaha River Park, Project No. F94022.
Deeds/Roads-County & State
Request to approve to accept the following deeds:
Statutory Warranty Deed
The Plaza 561 Trust, William J. Reithel and Catherine Reithel, Trustees
The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Rue S. Hestand, III and Virginia Lee Hestand
Burhans Rd. #4-6981
Quit Claim Deed
Lakebreeze Tavares, Ltd.
Helen J. Harper, individually and as attorney in fact, Norma J. Rucker, Dorothy J. Searcy
No. Two Rd. #3-3024
Blue Sink Rd. #3-2928
James C. White
Request for approval to advertise for bids, proposals and professional services; award and issue Purchase Orders for quotes, bids, proposals, annual bids, State Contract, G.S.A. Cooperative Bids, OEM Repairs, sole source and proprietor source; approve and execute contracts and encumber funds, as follows:
F) Approve and Execute Contracts, Agreements, Amendments, Chairman's Signature and Encumber Funds.
SOLID WASTE ASSESSMENT $70,381.00
Greater Construction Corp/Authorization to encumber funds within budget for the provision of maintenance services within the Greater Groves Municipal Service Benefit Unit. This is a continuing contract that the Board originally approved on 9/27/94. Funding for this is from Account #137.4526310.541.8300340.
SOLID WASTE ASSESSMENT $80,300.00
Greater Construction Corp/Authorization to encumber funds within budget for the provision of maintenance services within the Greater Hills Municipal Services Taxing Unit. This is a continuing contract that the Board originally approved on 9/1/92. Funding for this is from Account #129.4526300.541.8300340.
PERSONAL APPEARANCES/EMPLOYEE AWARDS
Presentation of Plaques to Employees with Ten Years of Service
Commr. Cadwell presented the following employees with plaques, as Mr. Joe Grawet, Personnel Manager, presented information about each:
Joseph B. Mordini, Construction Inspection Supervisor, Public Services/Special Services Division/Director's Office/Support Services
Jimmy L. Price, Equipment Operator II, Public Services/Roads Division/Maintenance Area I
Lonnie L. Smith, Equipment Operator III, Public Services/Roads Division/Maintenance Area II (not present)
Mary L. Williams, Secretary III, Planning & Development Services/Development & Regulation Services Division
PRESENTATION OF PROCLAMATION
Commr. Cadwell presented Proclamation 1996-34 declaring the period of March 1 through March 31 as American Red Cross Month in Lake County to Mr. Rick Tagliaferri, Service Center Administrator of the Lake/Sumter Service Center, and Mr. Tagliaferri extended his appreciation to the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Gerber, seconded by Commr. Good and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved to fly the American Red Cross Flag beneath the American Flag in front of the Lake County Administrative Building during March to symbolize Lake County's recognition of American Red Cross Month.
ADDENDUM NO. 1
COUNTY PROPERTY/SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
Commr. Cadwell noted that Sheriff George E. Knupp, Jr. would be making a presentation on the proposed Lake County Work Farm.
Sheriff Knupp addressed the Board and stated that he had with him Officer Robert Tretter, Major Gary Borders, and Captain Kevin Drinam, and he, as well as his staff would be presenting detailed information regarding the Work Farm being proposed. Sheriff Knupp stated that he had received confirmation from the Federal Government that it would begin to pay $60 per inmate per day that was housed in the Lake County Jail Facility. He stated that, as of April 1, 1996, the Sheriff's Department would have 32 additional inmates. In this fiscal year, the Department would be able to generate approximately $691,000. Sheriff Knupp stated that it would cost approximately $64,000 to begin the farm. He noted that the Sheriff's Department had some of the equipment, but additional equipment would be needed. Sheriff Knupp stated that, before coming into the meeting, he and his staff reviewed another site that the County would like him to use, rather than the site where the soil samples had already been done, but before he agreed to the other site, he wanted to have soil samples taken on it. He wanted the Board to take some of the funds generated from the additional inmates and allow him to hire civilian clerks in the booking area, in order to utilize the Correctional Officers in the additional Pod, and to help fund the Pod that had to be opened recently, because of the increase in the inmate count. It was noted that currently there were approximately 520 to 560 inmates being housed in the jail facility. Sheriff Knupp stated that an additional Pod had to be opened, and he brought forward information, during the last budget year, which indicated additional manpower was needed in the jail. At that time, the Board did not feel the request was necessary, but it had now become necessary, because of the increase in inmate population. He was currently paying Correctional Officers overtime to man the Pod. Sheriff Knupp stressed that he did not want the Work Farm Program to be run from ad valorem tax funds, and he wanted the Board to consider funding the project from the Federal monies, as well as the Weekend Program. Last year approximately $12,000 was turned over to the Board from the Weekend Program, and an estimated $25-30,000 would be turned back to the Board this year.
Captain Kevin Drinan addressed the Board to discuss the proposed 11 acre site for the Work Farm Program. He stated that ten (10) acres would actually be used for the farm. He explained that the purpose of the work farm was to provide the inmate population with as much food as possible from the garden, and to provide trees and shrubs for the County's landscaping needs. He noted that the site being proposed on County Road 561 would be more of a permanent site for the Sheriff's Department.
Commr. Cadwell explained the buffering already in place at the newly proposed site and stated that soil tests needed to be done. He stated that another advantage was the irrigation well that was already in existence, which would need to be upgraded, but there would not be the expense of drilling a new well, which would save approximately $10,000.
Sheriff Knupp informed the Board of new bills being proposed before the Legislature, which would allow longer sentencing of prisoners, and would allow the Sheriff to charge the inmates in the facility $1.00 per day toward their food.
Commr. Hanson discussed the possibility of the Sheriff's staff working closely with the Vo-Tech School, in terms of education, or rehabilitation, but specifically training through the horticultural program currently in place at Vo-Tech, so that there was more training for an inmate, once he was released, to not only be able to grow a garden, but to work in the industry itself. It was noted that, because this would be a training process, some of the funds from the Inmate Trust Account could be used.
Major Gary Borders informed the Board that approximately $31,000 was being spent a year on fresh and canned vegetables. Approximately $650 was spent in January for fresh vegetables, and after picking the vegetables grown by the Sheriff's Department, approximately $400 was spent on fresh vegetables.
Sheriff Knupp envisioned giving any excess food product to the soup kitchens to feed the homeless in the community, and if there was any additional excess, it could be sold for more seed. He explained that the citizens were ready to help with the program, because he had already received donations including bean seed and tomato plants.
Commr. Hanson stated that this could be another opportunity where the adopt-a-road program could be expanded to the beautification program, with a major need for the plants and shrubbery.
Sheriff Knupp explained that there were 14 cities in the County that could utilize the shrubs and trees that would be grown on the site, but he wanted the Board to know that the program would start slowly, in order to make sure it was productive.
Commr. Swartz addressed the comments made earlier about the bills that might be passed by the Legislature and questioned whether there would be enough room for the work camp on the site being proposed, as well as the work farm, or any additional facilities that would be needed in the future to house additional inmates, because it would be reasonable to have them co-located, if possible. He stated that there was adjacent property that could be considered, in order to determine which site might meet the longer term needs.
Discussion occurred regarding the types of prisoners that would be working in the program, and the number of inmates currently serving time in the Pod. It was noted that Prelude would be used in the future, as the inmate population grows.
Commr. Good stated that this would be a nice opportunity to have cooperation with the Sheriff's Department, and the expertise that the County has at the Agricultural Center, through the Horticultural Learning Center and the Master Gardener Program.
Commr. Cadwell stated that the Board should tentatively approve the proposed site and have the soil samples done, even though the Sheriff may have to come back with a different site. He stated that the concept for the work farm, and the monies, could be addressed by the Board today.
Commr. Good noted that it was the intent to do the production for the jail, and not get into competition with the private sector.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Good and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved to authorize staff to work with the Sheriff to review the alternate site; to do the necessary samples and come back to the Board with the results; to approve the funds requested, as modified by the reduction in costs for well, etc.; and to use the Inmate Funds where they were available to be used, to use excess fees from Federal prisoners for the balance of those funds, and in addition the work release funds that were projected.
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENTS
FACILITIES & CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
Mr. Mike Anderson, Director, Facilities & Capital Improvements, addressed the Board to discuss the request for approval and execution of Change Orders to Metric construction and Odell's design contracts. He asked that the Board take action on all of the items except for the Odell fees, in the amount of $66,496.00.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the execution of the Change Order to the Metric Construction contract, with the exception of Odell & Associates's adjusted base fee for change orders in the amount of $66,496.00, for work associated with the Sheriff's Building and the County Administration Building.
COUNTY MANAGER'S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
Mr. Fletcher Smith, Director, Community Services, addressed the Board to review the request from Lake Community Action Agency (LCAA) and appoint a representative from the Lake Community Action Agency's Board of Directors. Mr. Smith noted that the other public officials who currently serve on the LCAA Board were Lester Cole - Clermont; Robert "Bob" Lovell - Leesburg; Milton Weston - Eustis; and Guy White - Mt. Dora. The LCAA's bylaws require public officials to make up one third of its Board. The LCAA Board meetings were held on the last Wednesday of each month except November and December. Mr. Smith stated that the County has provided funding to LCAA for the past two years. In FY 94/95 the amount of $10,000 was allocated, and in FY 95/96, the amount of $7,500 was allocated.
Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager, informed the Board that the County was no longer appointing staff members to Boards of agencies that the County funded, because there was a conflict in doing so.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Good and carried by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the appointment of Commr. Swartz to serve as the representative from the Board of County Commissioners on the Lake Community Action Agency's Board of Directors.
RESOLUTIONS/SOLID WASTE/STATE AGENCIES
Mr. David Crowe, Contracts Administrator, Department of Solid Waste Management Services, addressed the Board to discuss the request for approval and execution of a Resolution urging the Florida Legislature and Environmental Regulatory Commission to support the renewal/continuation of the moratorium on new medical waste incinerators in the State of Florida. He informed the Board that, in 1992, the State of Florida imposed a moratorium on the permitting of new medical waste incinerator units, due to a concern that there was more capacity being permitted than there was current need in the State of Florida. In 1994, the State extended the moratorium another two years, which was due to expire October, 1996. Mr. Crowe stated that staff felt it would be in the best interest of both Lake County and the State of Florida, if the State, during its current legislative session, urged them to continue the moratorium, until such time there was a need in the State of Florida, and there was some scientific basis through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Commr. Hanson made a motion to approve the request, as presented by Mr. Crowe.
Mr. Don Post, Senior Director, Solid Waste Management Services, informed the Board that the issue was supported by the Citizens Solid Waste Study Committee.
Commr. Gerber seconded the motion, and under discussion, she requested that a copy of the Resolution go to each one of the members of the Legislative Delegation, and she wanted to see a cover letter written, either by the Chairman or Mr. Post, so that they would all know that the Board was very serious about the issue.
Commr. Swartz stated that the Board had requested some Land Development Regulations (LDRs) that would be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, because the Plan had some language in it, with regard to additional incineration, and he wanted to see this before the Board as soon as possible. Commr. Swartz stated that the request was consistent with staff's review of the issue.
The Chairman called for a vote on the motion to approve Resolution 1996-38, with the motion being carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote.
Commr. Swartz stated that the Board might want to include a copy of the Resolution to the Environmental Regulatory Commission members.
CITIZEN QUESTION AND COMMENT PERIOD
Ms. Bonnie Roof, representing Mr. Rob Granger, addressed the Board to discuss a problem involving a lot of record. Ms. Roof explained that, approximately a year ago, Mr. Granger's Attorney went to the Zoning Department, to determine whether Mr. Granger's lot at Lake Joanna, in Eichelberger Estates, was a lot of record. Mr. Granger was selling his house with less land, and it encompassed all of Lot 5 and part of Lot 4. The attorney had been satisfied with the information he received from the County, because it was determined that this was an existing residence in a platted subdivision. Mr. Granger currently has a contract to sell his house, less a portion of Lot 4. Ms. Roof stated that now the Zoning Department was saying that the property was not considered a lot of record, and he would have to do a replat. To replat would be very costly and not necessary, because the lot was bigger that 90 percent of the lots that currently exist in the subdivision, and it fronted on a paved road. Ms. Roof stated that the Board needed to look at the procedure being used in situations like this where you were not increasing the density; you have an existing structure; you were not going to intensify the use at all; and to have some type of administrative procedure where the property owner could do some type of lot line adjustment without having to go through replatting.
Commr. Hanson informed the Board that she had spoken to Mr. Granger and had suggested that he, or Ms. Roof, come forward today and present the issue. She stated that the County was working on such issues, but the problem Ms. Roof had today was wanting to do something immediately. It was noted that a Land Development Regulation (LDR) amendment had been advertised, which would be a time problem for Ms. Roof, because the closing on the property had been scheduled for the first of April.
The Board suggested that Ms. Roof meet with the County Attorney, and if she found no relief, she could come back before the Board under public comment.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Good and carried by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the appointment of Mary N. Williamson to "Local Private for Profit Transportation Industry" or "Local Non-Profit Representative" position on the Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board for a three year term expiring March 2, 1999, as recommended by staff.
Discussion occurred regarding the appointment of 15 individuals to serve on the Lake County Charter Development Committee.
Commr. Gerber presented the following names: Joe Stephany; Steve Richey; and Tim Sullivan.
Commr. Hanson presented the following names: Mike Bakich; Frank Gaylord; and Billy Spikes.
Commr. Good presented the name of Mark Schneider.
Commr. Swartz presented the following names: Charlene Foster; Jerry Clutts; and Bert McDonald.
Commr. Cadwell presented the name of Sandra Scott.
Commr. Hanson made a motion, which was seconded by Commr. Good, to approve those names presented by each Commissioner, as stated above.
Under discussion, it was noted that the League of Cities had recommended Robert Moore, and Ed Havill had been designated as the Constitutional Officers' Representative.
Commr. Cadwell and Commr. Good informed the Board that they would have their other two names to submit for appointments next week.
The Chairman called for a vote on the motion, which was carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote.
On a motion by Commr. Good, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the reappointment of Judson Stringfellow, Carl Lunderstadt, Joe Knowles, Denise Wolf-Anastasia, and Billy Spikes, and the appointment of Ray Gilley to the Lake County Industrial Development Authority (IDA), which would have two year terms expiring March 10, 1998.
ADDENDUM NO. 1
On a motion by Commr. Good, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the appointment of Charles Fedunak to serve as a District 2 representative on the Solid Waste Study Committee for a term ending June 14, 1996.
REPORTS - COUNTY ATTORNEY
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/COUNTY EMPLOYEES/ORDINANCES
SUITS AFFECTING THE COUNTY
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, informed the Board that two of the Workman Compensation cases had been settled, as follows: Robert Plouffe in the amount of $77,400; and Kimberly Newsom in the amount of $19,900.
Mr. Minkoff stated that copies of the proposed Impact Fee Ordinance had been delivered to the Commissioners and staff, and he and Mr. Mark Knight, Chief Planner, wanted to meet with each of them, in the next week, to review the procedural and language changes, in advance of the meeting on March 19, 1996.
Mr. Minkoff directed the Clerk to release the transcripts from the Plouffe and Newsom cases, when they were received from the court reporter, and to attach them to the minutes of this meeting.
REPORTS - COUNTY MANAGER
MEETINGS/PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager, updated the Board on the LUFNET Planning process and noted that the meetings would be at 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. each day of this week.
REPORTS - Commissioner Gerber - District #1
Commr. Gerber extended her gratification to Commr. Good for leading the St. Johns River cleanup, which turned out to be a great success.
Commr. Good requested that the Chairman draft a letter to the Secretary of Interior, Bruce Babbit, and the Lt. Governor, Buddy MacKay, and Representative Everett Kelly and thank them for coming to visit with the County on Saturday at the St. Johns River celebration, and to remind them of the value of this resource and touch base with them on the fact that any funding that they may be able to make available for Lake County this year, for the cleanup of Lake Apopka, or the lake chain in general, would be greatly appreciated.
REPORTS - Commissioner Swartz - District 3
Commr. Swartz had requested that the Board members bring their calendars to the meeting, in order to schedule a Town Hall Meeting in Eustis.
After reviewing the Board's calendar of meetings, the Board tentatively scheduled a Town Hall Meeting in Eustis on May 8, 1996, at 7 p.m.
Commr. Swartz stated that he would hold off on his comments regarding the Workforce Development Systems in Florida, until the Chairman reviewed the letter he had received from Governor Lawton Chiles.
Commr. Swartz informed the Board that he would be presenting a Resolution to the group of people coming from Hanover, Germany, as a part of a cultural exchange.
On a motion by Commr. Swartz, seconded by Commr. Good and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved Resolution 1996-40 welcoming 27 people from Hanover, Germany, who will spend a week in Lake County as part of a cultural exchange.
REPORTS - Commissioner Cadwell - District #5
PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL/STATE AGENCIES
Commr. Cadwell reported that a letter had been received from Governor Lawton Chiles, which designated Lake County has part of the five county substate area. Those counties included Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Sumter. Commr. Cadwell stated that he had requested that Commr. Swartz attend the Workforce Development meeting, on the Board's behalf, to represent the Board's position.
Commr. Swartz noted that there was a representative from Lake Sumter Community College, and a representative from the School Board, the Vo-Tech Director, in attendance of todays meeting.
Commr. Swartz informed the Board that the State Workforce Development Board met in Tampa, and he had the opportunity to talk with Lt. Governor MacKay's staff person, Mr. Bob O'Leary, who has been involved in the process. He stated that the Governor had designated Lake and Sumter counties as a Service Delivery Area (SDA) under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) for Title II, and a five county substate area for the Title III (dislocated worker) program. Commr. Swartz stated that he then attended a meeting in Orlando where he met with the working group that has been trying to put together both the charter that was required and other things that were on a tight time frame to be approved. At this time, additional language was made to an interlocal agreement, which the five counties would be receiving to review and approve. The modifications were along the lines of clearly setting up a local Workforce Development Council in Lake County to overview those Title II JTPA funds, and from those members, they would be members on the larger five county group in the same proportions. He stated that there would be additional local review and control, and the school system and the community college would then be a part of the five county area, which would probably be beneficial to those agencies as they pursue education goals. Commr. Swartz stated that he had asked Ms. Whittle to make sure that Mr. Alvin Jackson, Assistant County Manager, or whoever she chose, to continue to update the Board on this issue.
Commr. Cadwell explained that the letter had indicated that a new local board was going to be established, there would be steps that the County would be going through, and that staff would be keeping the Board abreast of the issues.
Commr. Swartz, stated that, upon the request of the Chairman, he would continue to serve as the interim representative for the Board.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 10:28 a.m.
WELTON G. CADWELL, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK