FEBRUARY 1, 2002

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in special session on Friday, February 1, 2002, at 9:00 a.m., at the Highlander Hut, Clermont, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were:  Robert A. Pool, Chairman; Welton G. Cadwell, Vice Chairman; Catherine C. Hanson; Jennifer Hill; and Debbie Stivender. Others present were: William A. Neron, County Manager; Gregg Welstead, Deputy County Manager; Sanford A. Minkoff, County Attorney; Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, Board of County Commissioners' Office; and Kathryn A. Schwartz, Deputy Clerk.

Commr. Pool noted that Mr. E. Michael Lillibridge, Ph.D., founder and president of the Peoplemap Company, was present and would be assisting the Board in its discussions this morning. For the benefit of Dr. Lillibridge, those present introduced themselves.


Mr. William A. Neron, County Manager, thought it would be helpful to review the results of the Peoplemap exercise, conducted by Dr. Lillibridge at the Board Retreat of December 1, 2000, and to then move forward with the results of the Peoplemap study that was recently conducted on himself and Mr. Gregg Welstead, Deputy County Manager. He set forth a framework by which the Board could conduct itself through the retreat, suggesting that it might be advantageous for the Board to discuss the direction it would like to see itself moving in over the next five years and to then address the areas of critical concern, which would assist the Board in its long-range planning.

Those who participated in the December 2000 Peoplemap Questionnaire reviewed their personality types, as determined by the study, ranging from Task, Leader, People, or Free Spirit.


Dr. Lillibridge discussed the creative process of individuals and teams and how goals are set. He suggested that the Board members get started by discussing goals that they would like to reach or, at the very least, articulating some possible goals and arriving at a general consensus on what to focus on over the next five to ten years.

Dr. Lillibridge set forth a model for the Board to use as its starting point. He discussed the four arenas that individuals or teams will usually put themselves, and he summarized by stating that teams should strive to articulate two sets of goals: those that seem to be practical, realistic and within grasp, and those that are beyond the immediate grasp but are exciting and meaningful and that, if they could be realized, would accomplish something that would really be powerful. After some discussion regarding the length of today's meeting, it was thought that by lunchtime they would be able to wind up their discussions.

Commr. Hill gave a brief overview of the four focus areas, and related goals, that were developed at the January 30, 2001, Board retreat. There was some discussion on whether or not these goals had been accomplished.

Commr. Pool stated, for the record, that at several of the prior workshops and retreats where the Board had spoken about the importance of passing and extending the one-cent sales tax, former Commr. G. Richard Swartz, Jr., had stated that it would not pass and that the one-cent tax had not been used wisely. Commr. Pool pointed out that the tax did pass, however, with a two-to-one ratio, at the November 6, 2001, referendum and that it has and will continue to be of great benefit to the cities, schools, and the County.

The Board members began to outline what they thought to be their achievable goals, with the intention of setting forth some of the more broad areas and then working into some specifics within those broad areas, and then progressing into the future, five to eight years from now, with the dream-type goals. Ms. Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, Board of County Commissioners' Office, kept track of these goals and dreams by displaying them on the easel. They are as follows: