The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, February 3, 1998, 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: G. Richard Swartz, Jr., Chairman; Welton G. Cadwell, Vice Chairman; William "Bill" H. Good; Catherine C. Hanson; and Rhonda H. Gerber. Others present were: Valerie Fuchs, Assistant County Attorney; Sue B. Whittle, County Manager; Wendy Taylor, Administrative Assistant; Barbara Lehman, Chief Deputy Clerk, Finance Department; and Marlene S. Foran, Deputy Clerk.
Commr. Cadwell gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager, informed the Board that an update on the Christopher C. Ford Central Park Development of Regional Impact would be added to the agenda under County Manager's Reports.
Commr. Hanson stated that she would be discussing a survey by the United Way under Reports.
Commr. Good informed the Board that he would be distributing a position paper titled Lake County Agricultural Initiative '98 under Reports.
Regarding the Minutes of January 6, 1998 (Regular Meeting), the following changes were requested:
Page 20, Line 26 - delete "at government level" and insert for firefighters.
Page 12, Line 24 - delete "2" and insert 10.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Gerber and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of January 6, 1998 (Regular Meeting), as amended.
Regarding the Minutes of January 9, 1998 (Emergency Special Meeting), the following change was requested:
Page 3, Line 13 - delete "Gerber" and insert Good.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Good and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of January 9, 1998 (Emergency Special Meeting), as amended.
On a motion by Commr. Gerber, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of January 13, 1998 (Special Meeting), as presented. CLERK OF COURTS' CONSENT AGENDA
Ms. Barbara Lehman, Chief Deputy Clerk, Finance Department, requested that the following Budget Transfers be pulled from the Consent Agenda:
1. Budget Adjustments for FY 97/98 from the Office of County Finance.
3. Fund: Sales Tax Capital Projects
Department: Facilities and Capital Improvements
From: Buildings $25,000
To: Professional Services $25,000
Transfer #: 98-087
Justification: Transfer needed to pay consultant of Historical Museum and a transportation study for the Lake County Government Center.
4. Fund: Christopher C. Ford Industrial (Central) Park
Department: Facilities and Capital Improvements
From: Construction in Progress $51,300
To: Improvements other than Buildings $51,300
Transfer #: 98-088
Justification: Transfer is needed for a sign at the entrance of the park and the landscape architect for preparing the design.
On a motion by Commr. Good, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the following requests, with the exception of Item 1.A.3 and Item 1.A.4:
Accounts Allowed/Budget Transfers
1. Budget Adjustments for FY 97/98 from the Office of County Finance, as follows:
1. Fund: Landfill Enterprise Fund, Solid Waste Capital Projects, Solid Waste Closure and Care
Department: Solid Waste Management
From: Several $141,082
To: Several $141,082
Transfer #: 98-085
Justification: Transfer to move funds originally budgeted for the purpose of engineering services with Grace and Radcliffe, Inc., to appropriate accounts.
2. Fund: Landfill Enterprise Fund
Department: Solid Waste Management
From: Contractual Services $74,873
To: Professional Services $74,873
Transfer #: 98-086
Justification: Transfer to move funds to appropriate accounts for tracking purposes.
5. Fund: General
Department: Facilities and Capital Improvements
From: Contingency $1,500
To: Buildings $1,500
Transfer #: 98-089
Justification: Transfer needed for a concealed-in-the-ceiling electric screen in the training room.
Request to acknowledge receipt of 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 acknowledge receipt of Monthly Distribution of Revenue Traffic/Criminal Cases, Month Ending December 31, 1997. Disbursement made to Board: $139,656.75; Same period last year: $158,458.22.
Request to acknowledge receipt City of Groveland Annexation Ordinance 97-11-14 enacting the voluntary annexation of a reasonably compact area contiguous with the southern boundary of the City of Groveland. Passed and adopted by the City Council of Groveland, Lake County, Florida, on the 5th day of January, 1998.
Request to acknowledge receipt of City of Fruitland Park Ordinance No. 97-010, annexing property to the City of Fruitland Park, Florida; providing for the annexation of property generally located south of the intersection of South Dixie Avenue and U.S. Highway 441 generally known as the Wal-Mart property. Passed and ordained by the City Commission of the City of Fruitland Park, Florida on the 8th day of January, 1998.
Request to acknowledge receipt of North Lake County Hospital District meeting schedule for the fiscal year, and Annual Financial Report dated September 30, 1997.
Request to acknowledge receipt of Green Swamp Land Authority Audit Report dated September 30, 1997.
Request to acknowledge receipt of copy of Section 373.069, Florida Statutes, concerning the creation of water management districts, and a copy of SJRWMD Rule 40C-1.0015, Florida Administrative Code, that illustrates the District map received from the St. Johns River Water Management District to satisfy the requirements of Section 189.418, Florida Statutes.
COUNTY MANAGER'S CONSENT AGENDA
Commr. Gerber requested that Tab 5, request for acceptance of $10,732.20 bequest to the Lake County Animal Shelter from Sadie Miles, be pulled for discussion.
On a motion by Commr. Gerber, seconded by Commr. Good and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the following requests with the exception of Tab 5:
Accounts Allowed/Grants/State Agencies
Request for approval for Social Services to apply for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant in the amount of $24,332.
Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Health Department
For Your Information: Amendment to Agreement between Lake County and the Lake County Health Department. The contract can be amended provided there is no written objection filed. This amendment brings in additional revenue for the Healthy Start and Family Planning programs.
Fire & Emergency Services
Request for Florida Regional Emergency Medical Services to trade in three LifePak 10 Defibrillators toward the purchase of three LifePak 11's.
County Employees/Human Resources
Request for approval and execution of Certificates for employees with one and three years of service.
Request for approval of the addition of the position of Water Quality Services Director, Department of Growth Management, Water Quality Services Division.
Deeds/Rights-of-Way, Roads & Easements
Request for acceptance of Non-Exclusive Easement Deeds, Statutory Quitclaim Deeds and Statutory Warranty Deeds, as follows:
Non-Exclusive Easement Deeds
Lewis A. Townsend - Mt. Homer Road (#3-4865)
Lewis A. Townsend - Mt. Homer Road.(#3-4865)
Statutory Quitclaim Deed
Alan Joel & Sherry A. Menahem - C-42 (#5-8990)
Statutory Warranty Deed
Bruce A. & Lisa A. Mason - Lake Unity Nursery Road (#1-6313)
Jay C. & Pearl E. Anderson - South Buckhill Road (#2-2439)
Accounts Allowed/Contracts, Leases & Agreements/Subdivisions
Request for acceptance of Final Plat for Meadow Crest Subdivision; acceptance of a Letter of Credit in the amount of $40,000; approval and execution of Developer's Agreement for construction of improvements between Lake County and Ta-Ku Corporation - Commission District 2.
Assessments/Roads-County & State/Road Projects
Request for approval and execution of Satisfaction of Assessment Liens, as follows:
Assessment # Name Date Paid
669030 Terry & Patricia Scott 12/09/97
669052 Carolyn & A.P. Hurley, Jr. 12/02/97
671017 Willie C. Hendricks 12/31/97
671022 Michael Wojtkowiak 12/09/97
671026 Donald & Eva Barnes 12/23/97
671032 Donald & Ruth Trop 12/10/97
671079 Donald & Ruth Trop 12/17/97
671096 Adrich & Hazel T. Foote 12/10/97
679002 Winfred Williams & Gloria Thibert 12/12/97
682025 Doris Hanley 12/12/97
685076 Jeanne D'Arc Witover 12/04/97
685103 Jeanne D'Arc Witover 12/04/97
686001 Steven & Tammy Lukander 12/04/97
686005 Jack L. & Nancy L. Buehring 12/04/97
689002 Carl Blanton 12/16/97
689021 Joseph & Sharon Myers 12/30/97
689042 Raymond & Ellen Myers 12/30/97
689043 Raymond & Ellen Myers 12/30/97
689061 William E. Foster 12/30/97
791955 Mark R. Carson 12/08/97
ACCOUNTS ALLOWED/ANIMAL SHELTER
Commr. Gerber expressed appreciation to the Estate of Sadie Miles for the bequest, in the amount of $10,732.20, to the Lake County Animal Shelter. It was noted that said bequest would be going into the Sterilization Fund.
On a motion by Commr. Gerber, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the request for acceptance of a $10,732.20 bequest to the Lake County Animal Shelter from Sadie Miles.
PERSONAL APPEARANCES/TIMES CERTAIN
Mr. Mike Trosper, Umatilla Middle School, appeared before the Board and introduced the 8th Grade Florida Challenges and Choices Class at Umatilla Middle School. There were approximately 150 students present in the audience. At this time, he introduced Mr. Jim Polk, Principal at Umatilla Middle School.
At this time, Commr. Swartz presented the following awards and plaques as Ms. Lourdes Ramos, Personnel Manager, provided information on each individual:
Plaque to Employee with Five Years of Service
Wayne Ackerman, Mechanic II, Public Works, Special Services Division, Fleet Maintenance Services
Plaques to Employees with Ten Years of Service
Susan K. Dugan, Contracts Specialist, Office of Purchasing
Randolph C. Jones, District Chief, Fire & Emergency Services, Operations Division, Fire/Rescue
Thomas R. Osebold, Assistant Veterans Service Officer, Community Services, Veterans Services Division
Plaques to Employees with Twenty-five Years of Service
Doris M. Taylor, Extension Agent IV, Agricultural Education Service, Cooperative Extension Service
Thomas J. Ivey, Chief Mechanic, Public Works, Special Services Division, Fleet Maintenance Services
Plaque and Bond to Employee of the Quarter - 1st Quarter
Christine C. Stephens, Sign Fabricator II, Public Works, Roads Division, Signs, Signals & Striping
Plaque to Retiring Employees
Charles W. "Bo" Carlton, Area Maintenance Supervisor, Public Works, Roads Division, Maintenance Area II, Minneola - Thirty Years, Five Months - Not Present
Joseph B. Mordini, Construction Inspection Supervisor, Public Works, Engineering Division Eleven Years, Ten Months
Frankie L. Thorpe, Animal Control Coordinator, Fire & Emergency Services, Special Services Division, Animal Shelter - Twenty-Two Years, Ten Months
At this time, Commr. Swartz and Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager, presented "Pride" Certificates to the following individuals:
Department of Community Services
Brenda E. Quattlebaum - Administrative Division
Department of Solid Waste Management Services
Margaret "Carol" Griffin - Scales and Drop-off Division
Cindy Strickland - Recycling Services Division
PRESENTATION OF "OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE" PINS
At this time, Commr. Swartz and Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager, presented "Outstanding Employee" pins conveying appreciation to those Public Works employees who worked through the night upon the collapse of the Montverde Dam on Thanksgiving Day 1997, as follows:
Jim Stivender, Jr.
PRESENTATION OF RESOLUTIONS
Commr. Hanson presented Resolution No. 1998-1 to Thomas Lee Wetherington in appreciation for his service on the Comprehensive Health Care Committee and the unselfish donation of his time and knowledge for the betterment of the community.
Commr. Cadwell informed the Board that a Community Clean-up Program took place on the south side of the City of Umatilla on January 31, 1998. He expressed his appreciation to Code Enforcement employees for their participation in planning and participating in the clean-up program in the City of Umatilla.
At this time, Ms. Sharon Farrell, Senior Director, Department of Growth Management, presented a video of the activities during the Umatilla Clean-up Program.
Mr. Tommy Leathers, Chief Code Enforcement Officer, appeared before the Board and briefly discussed the current Community Clean-up Program and a new program that will be called the Community Program Coordination. He expressed his appreciation to Ms. Wanda Williams, Code Enforcement, for planning the Community Clean-up Program in the City of Umatilla and to the following employees and individuals who participated in the program:
Commr. Welton Cadwell
Mr. Dave Whitty, Code Enforcement Officer
Mr. Wayne Frank, Code Enforcement Officer
Ms. Sharon Farrell, Senior Director, Department of Growth Management
Mr. Allan Hewitt, Water Quality Services
Mr. Bruce Duncan, Attorney Commr. Welton Cadwell
Mr. Ryan Farrell
Commr. Good stated that he had attended a meeting in December 1997 to discuss the Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Seminole Creek Wild & Scenic River Study. He explained that, if the Wild & Scenic River Study indicates that the Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Seminole Creek meets the designation for the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, said designation would provide another level of protection for the rivers' natural resources. He stated that Mr. Joe Cooley, National Park Service, was present to make a presentation on the Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Seminole Creek Wild & Scenic River Study.
Mr. Joe Cooley, National Park Service, appeared before the Board and explained that the Wild & Scenic River Act was enacted by Congress in 1968 and was intended to preserve selected free-flowing rivers in their natural condition for the use and enjoyment of the public and was intended to balance the nation's water-resources development policies with river conservation and recreation goals. He stated that Congress authorized the National Park Service to undertake a study of the Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Seminole Creek for inclusion into the National Wild and Scenic River System on October 19, 1996. He explained that to be eligible for the National System the river must be free flowing as determined by standards set by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture and must possess one or more outstanding remarkable resource. He further explained that, after determining a river's eligibility for inclusion in the National System, it must be given the classification of a Wild River Area, Scenic River Area, or Recreational River Area, and the classification was based on the degree of naturalness and extent of development of the river and its adjacent lands as they exist at the time of the study. He stated that the Wekiva River was an outstanding natural resource and that the proposed designation would provide an overlay protection to the river. At this time, Mr. Cooley distributed a handout, which briefly discussed issues pertaining to the Wekiva River, Rock Springs Run, and Seminole Creek Wild & Scenic River Study, and addressed questions presented by the Board.
No action was required at this time.
RECESS & REASSEMBLY
At 10:10 a.m., the Chairman announced that the Board would recess and reconvene at 10:30 a.m.
ROADS-COUNTY & STATE/RIGHTS-OF-WAY, ROADS & EASEMENTS
Mr. Jim Stivender, Jr., Senior Director, Public Works, appeared before the Board and explained that this request was for acceptance of a maintenance map for a portion of C-455 in conjunction with the Meadow Crest Subdivision. He displayed on the monitor a drawing of the vicinity map and stated that the maintenance map addresses the issue of access to the subdivision.
No one present wished to discuss this request with the Board.
On a motion by Commr. Good, seconded by Commr. Cadwell and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the request for acceptance of a Maintenance Map for a portion of C-455 (#2/3-2354).
CITIZEN QUESTION AND COMMENT PERIOD
At this time, the Chairman announced that the Board would hear questions, comments and concerns from the citizens who were present in the audience.
Mr. Mathew Modica, a resident of the City of Clermont, appeared before the Board to express his opposition to the grant application that was filed by the City of Clermont requesting an award of $62,500 to the City of Clermont through the Parks and Recreation Boating Improvement Program. He explained that misleading information had been presented by the City of Clermont indicating that the Save Our Lakes Committee was a positive support of reference. He expressed concern that to grant funding to the City of Clermont was not fair to other legitimate grant applicants who were not making misrepresentations, and who were stating the facts, and playing by the rules.
Commr. Swartz noted that the contract for the grant from the Parks and Recreation Boat Improvement Program would be coming back to the Board for approval; at which time the Board would further discuss the grant application for the City of Clermont.
COMMUNICATIONS/ROADS-COUNTY & STATE
Commr. Cadwell informed the Board that a letter in opposition had been received from Mr. Glenn E. Cottom, Cottom's A-1 Sod, dated January 22, 1998, in regard to the renaming of the northern portion of Sherydan Glenn to Shea's Cove. He requested that the request to rename the northern portion of Sherydan Glenn to Shea's Cove be postponed until February 17, 1998 to allow him time to discuss the issues of concern with Mr. Cottom.
It was the consensus of the Board to postpone this request until February 17, 1998.
Mr. Fletcher Smith, Senior Director, Department of Community Services, appeared before the Board to present this request.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Gerber and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the request for approval of Lake County Cultural Affairs Council's request to remove Ms. Maria Fernandez Martinez from the Council due to her lack of attendance at meetings; and approval to advertise the vacant position this removal has created.
Mr. Fletcher Smith, Senior Director, Department of Community Services, appeared before the Board to present the request to co-sponsor the first Human Services Showcase with the Lake Services Council to be held on March 27, 1998 and stated that Lake Sumter Community College has agreed to provide space at no cost for the event to be held in their gymnasium. He explained that the college requires liability insurance for all activities that are held in the gymnasium and discussion has occurred regarding the option of covering the event under the County's general liability policy or the option to purchase a special event liability coverage.
Commr. Swartz stated that he has been given a letter that requires the Chairman's signature, dated February 3, 1998, which provides direction to proceed with the County handling the liability insurance.
Commr. Cadwell made a motion, which was seconded by Commr. Hanson, to approve the recommendation that the Lake County Board of County Commissioners co-sponsor the first Human Services Showcase with the Lake Services Council to be held March 27, 1998; to approve for the County to provide the liability insurance under the County general liability policy or to purchase a special event liability coverage; and to direct the County Manager and staff to determine applicable coverage.
In response to a question presented by Commr. Gerber, Mr. Smith explained that the Lake Services Council was a confederation of different social service and health service agencies in Lake County that meet on a monthly basis to discuss various issues facing the County.
Commr. Good stated that, as we move forward with the Human Services Showcase, it would be very important to include agencies and providers who provide indigent health care based on the fact that we have prepared a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an indigent health care study that will be undertaken in the near future. He stated that, with the changes affecting welfare reform and the impending layoff of farm workers by June 1998, there was a need to include those workers.
Mr. Smith stated that a mailing list will be provided to the Lake County farm workers that will be layoff and said workers will receive an invitation to the event. Commr. Cadwell interjected that information regarding transportation to the event be provided to the indigent workers.
Ms. Robbie Hollenbeck, Special Projects Coordinator, appeared before the Board and commended the Lake Services Council team that has been working on the Human Services Showcase. She stated that currently the mailing list stands at approximately 200 people who represent all facets of social work in the County including indigent health, hospitals, and ACLFs that provide for Medicaid services for residents in the community. She briefly discussed ways in which they plan to target the market to get people involved in the showcase.
Commr. Swartz requested that the mailing notices be bilingual.
The Chairman called for a vote on the motion, which carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote.
CONTRACTS, LEASES & AGREEMENTS/STATE AGENCIES
Ms. Sharon Farrell, Senior Director, Department of Growth Management, appeared before the Board and explained that the Settlement Agreement between Lake County, the State of Florida, Department of Community Affairs, and Chester and Doris Durden involves two (2) Groveland Farms Tracts designated Rural Conservation, limiting development to a maximum of one (1) dwelling unit per ten (10) acres. The Settlement Agreement provides for a lot line deviation to reconfigure the two (2) Groveland Farms Tracts to allow one (1) five (5) acre tract and one (1) fifteen (15) acre tract.
Mr. Mark Knight, Principal Planner, appeared before the Board and responded to a question presented by Commr. Hanson, and explained that the County handles approximately five (5) to ten (10) vested rights cases during a two (2) week period, and that the majority of those cases were resolved with the property owner's cooperation through a lot line adjustment, a lot split, or an administrative procedure. He stated that those that cannot be resolved through the property owner's cooperation are addressed through a Vested Rights Determination or through a Special Master proceeding. He noted that there were three (3) pending appeals at this time.
Commr. Hanson questioned if the County was required to honor a lot split that has been ordered by the Courts through bankruptcy proceedings; at which time, Ms. Valerie Fuchs, Assistant County Attorney, stated that she would research the law and provide an answer this week. Commr. Hanson stated that, if the County was going to find a way to make it work, perhaps the Board should reevaluate the policies.
Commr. Good stated that he would hope that the County was abiding by the rules and regulations and using occum's razor in finding the simplest solution that fits within the rules and regulations rather than quote "make it work". He stated that there was a tremendous difference in the way that government was perceived by the people and, if the process is standard and the rules are applied, people tend to be more happy even though, at times, it may be more complicated.
On a motion by Commr. Good, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the Settlement Agreement between Lake County, the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs, and Chester and Doris Durden.
Mr. Mike Miller, Chief Planner, Department of Growth Management, appeared before the Board to present a request to extend the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) Executive Advisory Committee until March 1, 1999; and approval of a format and preliminary schedule for EAR Workshops through September 1998. At this time, he distributed a copy of the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) Schedule and briefly discussed the status of the EAR work to date and projected EAR activities for the second and third quarters of Fiscal Year 1997/1998. He stated that the Planning and Zoning Commission public hearings, and the Board of County Commissioner public hearings would be held in June and July 1998. Discussion occurred regarding the Executive Advisory Committee, and it was noted that the duties and responsibilities were to provide consistency among the recommendations of the other advisory committees related to the EAR process. Mr. Miller directed the Board's attention to the 1998 Year Planner and explained that the deadline for transmitting the Evaluation and Appraisal Report to the Department of Community Affairs was May 1998; however, DCA has approved the extension of the deadline to September 1998 to allow submittal of a complete report. Discussion occurred regarding workshops for the Board and for the Planning and Zoning Commission and appropriate public hearing dates. The Board requested that Board workshops be scheduled as soon as substantial information on major issues was available, and that the BCC public hearings be scheduled on June 9, July 14, and September 8, 1998. The Board further directed that the Planning and Zoning Commission workshop and public hearing be scheduled based on direction form the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Commr. Swartz directed the Board's attention to Section 3, 1. Membership, which changes the Executive Advisory Committee from nine (9) members to eight (8) members and deletes the Lake County Education Element Advisory Committee from the membership. He suggested that the Committee remain at nine (9) members and that the Vice Chairman of the Lake County Future Land Use Element Advisory Committee serve as a member of the Executive Advisory Committee.
Mr. Miller explained that the Lake County Education Element Advisory Committee has been deleted because the focus and mission of the Committee was to look at the feasibility of establishing an Education Element as opposed to making recommendations. Discussion occurred regarding the Education Element; at which time, Mr. Miller stated that the School Board approved unanimously a resolution in favor of proceeding with the establishment of a Lake County Education Element at the last School Board meeting.
On a motion by Commr. Good, seconded by Commr. Cadwell and carried unanimously
by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the request for approval and execution of Resolution No. 1998-18 extending the Evaluation and Appraisal Report Executive Advisory Committee until March 1, 1999, as amended deleting the Lake County Education Element Advisory Committee and adding the Vice Chairman of the Lake County Future Land Use Element Advisory Committee as well as the Chairman; and approved the format and preliminary schedule for Evaluation and Appraisal Report workshops in May and June of 1998.
Commr. Swartz requested that a letter be prepared, for the Chairman's signature, addressed to the Lake County School Board indicating that removal of the Lake County Education Element Advisory Committee from membership on the Executive Advisory Committee was in no way a negative action and that the Board continues to stand ready to work with the School Board to formulate a Comprehensive Plan Education Element.
Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager, explained that the request for the procurement and installation of the computer software, hardware and peripherals from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) to implement the County's Geographic Information System (GIS) has been added to the Agenda under County Manager's Department Business because staff was recommending ESRI as sole source. She stated that this request has been reviewed by the Department of Purchasing and the County Attorney's Office.
Ms. Kelly Cooper, Director of Lake County Geographic Information Systems, appeared before the Board and explained that Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) has state contracts with the State of Kentucky, State of Tennessee, and the State of Mississippi to bundle their hardware and software. She explained that the purchasing policy allows the County to use those contracts to piggyback in on contracts which allows the County not to go out to bid.
On a motion by Commr. Good, seconded by Commr. Gerber and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the request for authorization for the procurement and installation of the computer software, hardware and peripherals from Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) necessary to implement the Lake County Geographic Information System (GIS) recommended by the GIS Team's September 9, 1997 report to the Board.
The following information was provided to the Board as backup material: The recommended software ESRI's ARC/INFO, Sun Microsystems' hardware, and peripherals were chosen by the GIS Team because they are used by the majority of governmental agencies that GIS will deal. Also, current GIS staff has been trained on the noted software, hardware and peripherals and to procure other brands would require extensive and costly retraining. The recommended single provider strategy will insure the successful integration of all components into the operation of the ARC/INFO software and provide a single source of contact for the implementation of the required configuration of hardware, peripherals and software devices.
Purchasing the bundled software, hardware and peripherals from ESRI affords a $12,395.70 savings over buying the software from ESRI (sole source), the Sun hardware from Advanced Information Systems Group, Inc., (from a State of Florida contract), and the Textronic and Hewlett Packard peripherals directly from the manufacturers and CalComp peripherals from CAD Warehouse. ESRI pricing for the hardware and software is from a State of Kentucky contract while the peripherals are discounted from the manufacturer's pricing. $159,040.00 funding will be from Account #301.08057620.8600640 (Sales Tax Capital Projects Fund).
Commr. Good stated that the Lake County Library Board was recommending the appointment of Melanie T. Griffey to the Lake County Library Board.
At this time, it was the decision of the Board to postpone the request for appointment of a individual to the Lake County Library Board until February 17, 1998.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Gerber and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the appointment of Ann Osborne as the Umatilla Library representative on the Lake County Library Board to complete a term ending October 1, 1999.
COMMISSIONER GOOD - DISTRICT NO. 2
On a motion by Commr. Good, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved Resolution No. 1998-16, expressing appreciation and gratitude to Joshua McQuinn and Matthew McQuinn for volunteering many hours of service in the Department of Community Services.
Commr. Good presented the request for a resolution urging the Florida Legislature to enact legislation to repeal the preemption language in the Florida Clean Air Act, Florida Statute 386.209, and explained that the law contains a clause that specifically forbids city and county governments from passing laws that are stronger than the state law. He noted that this action was on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
On a motion by Commr. Good, seconded by Commr. Cadwell and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved Resolution No. 1998-17, urging the Florida Legislature to enact legislation to repeal the preemption language in the Florida Clean Air Act, Florida Statute 386.209.
Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager, informed the Board that the Department of Growth Management, at this time, would be presenting an update on the application for the Christopher C. Ford Central Park Development of Regional Impact (DRI).
Ms. Sharon Farrell, Senior Director, Department of Growth Management, appeared before the Board and distributed an agenda item cover sheet, and the Christopher C. Ford Central Park Development of Regional Impact Project Synopsis. She explained that the Board directed staff to move forward on January 13, 1998 with the DRI process for Phase II of the Christopher C. Ford Central Park. She expressed appreciation to staff members and commended them for their dedication in preparing the application for the DRI.
Mr. Mark Knight, Principal Planner, Department of Growth Management, appeared before the Board and displayed on the monitor the Schedule of Meetings, outlining the time frame from an engineering aspect as well as a planning aspect for going forward with the Development of Regional Impact and discussed same. He stated that a preapplication conference has been set with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council on February 20, 1998 and that a Project Synopsis must be made available by February 6, 1998 for the preliminary review by state agencies prior to the February 20, 1998 meeting. He stated that the formal Application for Development Approval (ADA) should be prepared and submitted to the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council by the first week in March and that the adoption date for the DRI development order has tentatively been set for June 16, 1998. He briefly discussed the engineering schedule and noted that June 16, 1998 was the completion schedule for engineering. At this time, he discussed the Project Description, outlining the existing and proposed land uses of the Christopher C. Ford Central Park, by phase; the Permitting and Approval Process; Proposed ADA Methodologies, comprised of Environmental, Housing, Transportation; and ADA Questions to be Deleted. He explained that the Transportation Methodology was comprised of Phasing, Propose Study Area and Project Traffic, Trip Generation, Background Traffic, Evaluation of Traffic Conditions, and Roadway Improvements. He stated that Petroleum Facilities should be included in the ADA Questions to be Deleted.
Commr. Good stated, for the record, that he spoke in favor of the U.S. Highway 27 and State Road 19 Traffic Study at the Florida Department of Transportation Five Year Work Plan held in the City of Orlando, and that there was a misstatement made that he had spoken in favor of the U.S. Highway 470 interchange. He stated that, as a clarification for the record, he did not speak in favor of adding said interchange to the Traffic Study but did speak in favor of the proposed Traffic Study Areas before the Board at this time.
At this time, Mr. Knight displayed on the monitor a Vertical Aerial Photo; at which time, Commr. Swartz suggested that the residents in the area be advised that the County was proceeding with the Development of Regional Impact. He explained that the DRI does not change the activities that are currently taking place and does not result in negative ramifications. Mr. Knight displayed maps illustrating topography, existing and approved land use, soils, natural communities, and significant wildlife and plant resources. He stated that the February 20, 1998 preapplication conference would be held at the Town of Howey-in-the-Hills Town Hall and that there was a preapplication review fee in the amount of $15,000.
Ms. Whittle stated that the Board has authorized her to proceed with the Christopher C. Ford Central Park DRI and that the action required by the Board, at this time, was approval of the expenditure of $15,000 for the preapplication review fee and authorization of other necessary fees and expenditures. She stated that a Request for Proposal (RFP) has been prepared with a response date of February 6, 1998 and that the recommendation of the engineering firm would be presented to the Board on Feburary 17, 1998.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Good and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved to put on the agenda authorization to proceed with a preapplication conference on February 20, 1998, regarding the Christopher C. Ford Central Park Development of Regional Impact; and payment of the $15,000 review fee.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Good and carried unanimously by a 5 - 0 vote, the Board approved the request for authorization to proceed with a preapplication conference on February 20, 1998, regarding the Christopher C. Ford Central Park Development of Regional Impact; and payment of the $15,000 review fee and other fees as necessary.
COMMISSIONER GOOD - DISTRICT 2 (CONTINUED)
Commr. Good distributed a position paper to the Board, tilted Lake County Agricultural Initiative '98, which had been prepared by himself as the liaison to the Lake County Agricultural Advisory Board. He stated that he would be distributing Lake County Agricultural Initiative '98 to the Lake County Agricultural Advisory Board for discussion purposes and to provide his perspective on agriculture and production agriculture in Lake County. He noted that the position paper has been submitted to the University of Nebraska as a case study which he wrote for a book that would be published in 1998 called "Under the Blade".
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Commr. Good informed the Board that Celebrity Baggers were needed for the American Cancer Society on February 5, 1998, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., at the Winn Dixie Supermarkets. He stated that all of the Winn Dixie Supermarkets in Lake County and Sumter County were participating in the Celebrity Baggers program.
COMMISSIONER GERBER - DISTRICT NO. 1
Commr. Gerber congratulated Mr. John Christian and the Men of Distinction for a successful City of Leesburg Black Heritage Festival during the weekend of January 30, 1998.
COMMISSIONER HANSON - DISTRICT NO. 4
Commr. Hanson informed the Board that the United Way was preparing a survey of needs in Lake County and has requested permission to survey Board employees subject to the approval of Ms. Sue Whittle, County Manager.
Commr. Hanson requested that the Lake County Charter Committee recommendation be brought forward for discussion as an agenda item in the near future.
COUNTY EMPLOYEES/HUMAN RESOURCES
Commr. Hanson briefly discussed the position of a full-time Lake County Economic Development Manager and expressed concern that the salary range of $45,552 to $63,752 for said position had not been presented to the Board at the time that said position was approved, and that the salary of $53,850 had been presented at time of approval. She stressed the importance of hiring an individual that was aggressive and assertive in helping the businesses in Lake County to be more successful and to grow as well as having a good relationship with the Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida, Inc. She stated that she does not have a concern with the salary range provided that the County hires the most qualified person available for the position. She stated that the County needs to be very careful to avoid duplication in the job.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 11:55 p.m.
G. RICHARD SWARTZ, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK