A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OCTOBER 1, 2002
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, October 1, 2002, 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: Robert A. Pool, Chairman; Welton G. Cadwell, Vice Chairman; Jennifer Hill; Catherine C. Hanson; and Debbie Stivender. Others present were: Sanford A. “Sandy” Minkoff, County Attorney; William “Bill” Neron, County Manager; Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, Board of County Commissioner’s Office; Barbara Lehman, Chief Deputy Clerk, County Finance; and Sandra Carter, Deputy Clerk.
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE
Commr. Cadwell gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
PRESENTATION OF AWARD TO STEVE NASH, CHAIRMAN, SEPTEMBER 11TH
MEMORIAL CEREMONY COMMITTEE
The Firefighters Honor Guard held a brief ceremony, at which time the Board presented Mr. Steve Nash, Public Safety Director and Chairman of the September 11th Memorial Ceremony Committee, with an award, in appreciation of his efforts, with regard to the memorial ceremony that was held at Hickory Point on September 11th of this year, in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF DISTRICT V MEDICAL EXAMINER
Dr. Valerie Rao, District V Medical Examiner for Lake, Marion, Hernando, Sumter and Citrus Counties, addressed the Board and introduced herself to those Commissioners that she had not been formally introduced to previously, as well as the County Manager, Mr. Bill Neron, at which time she thanked the Board, the County Manager, and the County Attorney for all their help and support during the past two and one half years since she has been the Medical Examiner for District Five.
Commr. Cadwell informed those present that Dr. Rao has brought the Medical Examiner’s Office so far from where it was when she was hired to where it is today and that he was proud to be Chairman of the District V Medical Examiner’s Committee. He thanked Dr. Rao for a job well done.
Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, informed the Board that there was an Addendum No. 1 to the Agenda, containing items under the County Manager’s Consent Agenda, the County Manager’s Departmental Business, and Reports. He stated that the following language should be added to Tab 16, under the County Manager’s Consent Agenda, with regard to Fiscal Impact, “plus $4,500.00 for ancillary improvements.”; and that, under Personal Appearances, Employee Awards, the Ten Years of Service for Mr. Robert A. Chase should be changed to Fifteen.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of July 23, 2002 (Regular Meeting), as presented.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Cadwell and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of August 27, 2002 (Regular Meeting), as presented.
CLERK OF COURTS’ CONSENT AGENDA
Ms. Barbara Lehman, Chief Deputy Clerk, County Finance, informed the Board that the amount noted in Item No. 2, under the Clerk of Courts’ Consent Agenda, should be changed from $56,486.00 to $54,005.00.
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the following requests:
Bonds - Contractor
Request for approval of Contractor Bonds - New, as follows:
1174-03 Clifford C. St. Louis, Sr. d/b/a St. Louis Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.
1761-03 William D. Kimmins d/b/a Classic Plumbing, Inc.
4220-03 Connie Martin d/b/a C. L. Martin Roofing, Inc.
4519-03 Edward W. Kern d/b/a The Screen Doctor of Central Florida, Inc.
4525-03 William D. Warshaw d/b/a American Electric of Central Florida, Inc.
4616-03 Stephen W. Rust d/b/a Rust Electric Services
4749-03 Jimmy Eubanks d/b/a Jimmy Eubanks Plumbing, Inc.
4753-03 L. Norman Adams d/b/a L. Norman Adams Home Builders, Inc.
4757-03 Gordon Williams d/b/a Gordon Williams Plumbing, Inc.
4819-03 Robert M. James (Electrical)
4882-03 Richard C. Copeland, Jr. d/b/a Copeland Electric, Inc.
4938-03 Theodore A. Mapes, Jr. d/b/a Mapes Roofing Company, Inc.
5030-04 Roger Williams d/b/a Roger Williams Construction, Inc.
5232-03 David Rauh d/b/a Brierhill Homes, Inc.
5280-03 Donald Reilly d/b/a Art-Kraft Sign Company, Inc.
5383-03 Alan D. Brotz d/b/a Swim Systems, Inc.
5540-03 Paul Getchell d/b/a Paul Getchell Electric
5714-04 Chris A. Solazzo d/b/a Solazzo Electrical Contractor, Inc.
5869-03 Laurier A. Poirier, III d/b/a Direct Electric, Inc.
5911-03 James Watson d/b/a Quality by Design
5573-03 John Cadwell d/b/a Affordable Roofing by John Cadwell, Inc.
5575-04 Pedro B. Luna d/b/a Mas-Crete, Inc. (Concrete/Masonry)
5633-03 Ricky Wayne Jarvis d/b/a Mechanical Refrigeration, Inc.
5961-04 Ray Jones d/b/a Home Connection (Home Improvement)
6014-03 Robert L. Riley d/b/a Allpro Landscaping and Irrigation Tec
7202-03 Richard Lee Perkins d/b/a Pro-Line Electric, Inc.
List of Surplus Items
Request for approval of List of Surplus Items to be donated to Lake-Sumter Community College, in the amount of $54,005.00.
Satisfaction of Judgment
Request for approval of Satisfaction of Judgment for Aaron Carroll, in the amount of $500.00 - Case No. 0101013CJ00101, fully releases and discharges the Final Judgment against Aaron Carroll, entered on the 11th day of October, 2001, and recorded in Official Records Book 02015, Page 2027, of the Public Records of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County, Florida; and authorized proper signatures on same.
Release of Fine
Request for approval of Release of Fine, which fully releases and discharges Judgment-Debtor, Timothy Wayne Willoughby, from any claims, demands, causes of action and judgments arising to of the Reduction of Order of Fine, in the amount of zero dollars ($0.00), dated August 20, 2002, and recorded in Official Records Book 2161, Pages 1266 through 1267, of the Public Records of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County, Florida, on August 22, 2002. The Judgment-Creditor directs that said Judgment be canceled of record; and authorized proper signatures on same.
Satisfaction and Release of Fine
Request for approval of Satisfaction and Release of Fine, which fully releases and discharges Judgment-Debtors, Frank and Ruth Dixon, from any claims, demands, causes of action and judgments arising to of the Reduction of Order of Fine, in the amount of two hundred ninety dollars ($290.00), dated August 20, 2002, and recorded in Official Records Book 2161, Pages 1268 through 1270, of the Public Records of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County, Florida, on August 22, 2002. The Judgment-Creditor directs that said Judgment be canceled of record; and authorized proper signatures on same.
Clerk of Courts’ Semi-Annual Investment Report for FY 2001/2002
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Clerk of Courts’ Semi-Annual Investment Report for FY 2001/2002, dated June 30, 2002.
List of Warrants
Request to acknowledge receipt of the 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.
Monthly Distribution of Revenue Traffic/Criminal Cases
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Monthly Distribution of Revenue Traffic/Criminal Cases for the month ending August 31, 2002, in the amount of $146,471.67. Same period last year: $155,539.31.
Final Budget of Village Center Community Development District for FY 2002/2003
Request to acknowledge receipt of Resolution No. 02-09, adopting the Final Budget of the Village Center Community Development District for Fiscal Year 2002/2003, adopted by the Village Center Community Development District on August 30, 2002.
Corrected Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Fiscal Year 2003Board
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Corrected Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Fiscal Year 2003 Board Meeting Calendar and map depicting the District’s boundaries, pursuant to Chapter 189.417, Florida Statutes.
Annexation Ordinance from the City of Leesburg
Request to acknowledge receipt of Ordinance No. 02-59, from the City of Leesburg, annexing certain property owned by Patricia B. Thompson, Martha Bolles Bouis, and Stephanie Bailey Bouis, said property consisting of approximately 9.7 acres and being generally located North of the Florida Turnpike, South of A.C.L. Railroad, and West of U.S. Highway 27, lying in Section 14, Township 20 South, Range 24 East, Lake County, Florida, which is contiguous to the City limits of the City of Leesburg, Florida; providing that said property so annexed shall be liable for its proportionate share of the existing and future indebtedness of said City; providing that such annexed property shall be subject to all laws and ordinances of said City, as if all such territory had been a part of the City of Leesburg at the time of passage and approval of said laws and ordinances; providing that such annexed territory shall be rezoned from County LM (Light Manufacturing) to City C-3 (Highway Commercial); and providing for an effective date. Passed and adopted at a Regular Meeting of the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, held on the 10th day of September, 2002.
Notice of Public Hearings from the Florida Public Service Commission
Request to acknowledge receipt of Notice of Public Hearings from the Florida Public Service Commission, regarding Docket No. 020384-GU: Petition for Rate Increase by Tampa Electric Company d/b/a Peoples Gas System. Five public customer service hearings will be held by the Florida Public Service Commission at the following times and locations, concerning a request by Peoples Gas Company to increase its rates and charges for natural gas services: Tuesday, September 17, 2002,12:00 p.m. (ET), Hollywood Beach Cultural and Community Center, 1301 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL; Tuesday, September 24, 2002, 12:00 p.m. (ET), DoubleTree Hotel Tampa-Westshore, 4500 W. Cypress Street, Tampa, FL; Wednesday, September 25, 2002, 12:00 p.m. (ET), Orlando City Council Chambers, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL; Thursday, September 26, 2002, 12:00 p.m. (ET) Holiday Inn - Baymeadows, 9150 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL; and Tuesday, October 22, 2002, 5:00 p.m. (CT), Holiday Inn Select, 2001 N. Cove Boulevard, Panama City, FL.
The Florida Public Service Commission staff is scheduled to make a recommendation to the Commission on this case on February 6, 2003, and the Commission vote is scheduled for February 18, 2003.
Notice of Public Hearing for Comprehensive Plan Amendment from City of Groveland
Request to acknowledge receipt of Notice of Public Hearing for Comprehensive Plan Amendment from the City of Groveland, for adoption of proposed Ordinance No. 2002-09-33, notifying property owners that the first reading of the proposed Ordinance will be considered at the following public meetings:
Groveland City Council Meeting, at the Local Planning Agency, on September 5, 2002, at 7:00 p.m.; and Groveland City Council Meeting, on September 5, 2002, immediately following the LPA Meeting.
The meetings will be held at the Puryear Building, 243 S. Lake Avenue, Groveland, Florida.
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the following requests:
Budget and Administrative Services - Budget
Request from Budget and Administrative Services - Budget for approval of the following:
FISCAL YEAR 2001/2002 - Resolution No. 2002-155, amending the General Fund, in order to receive unanticipated revenue for Fiscal Year 2001/2002, in the amount of $10,000.00, deposited into Orthophotography Revenue; and to provide appropriations for the disbursement for Professional Services for the GIS division.
FISCAL YEAR 2001/2002 - Check Request (Direct Pay) from the Clerk’s Office, for payment of Criminal Court costs for August, 2002. The request exceeds the County Manager’s approval limit of $25,000.00. Total payment is for $40,362.00.
FISCAL YEAR 2001/2002 - Impact Fee Refund request to Shamrock Homes, Inc., in the amount of $2,464.00, due to Development Restrictive Covenants provided after school impact fees were paid and permit issued.
Budget and Administrative Services - Procurement Services
Request from Budget and Administrative Services - Procurement Services for approval and authorization to amend contracts for Bid No. 02-006, Job Order Contract, to assist the County with construction and renovation of projects estimated at a cost of $50,000.00 or less; and authorize contract amendments, subject to the County Attorney’s approval, to correct the Term 1.6 in the contract, which was stated incorrectly.
Request from Community Services for approval of the following:
Request for approval of the contract with the Florida Department of Transportation Safety Office for Bus Wraps/Public Safety Information (advertising on outside of buses).
Request for approval to continue the direct pay procedure during FY 2002/2003, for the monthly Medicaid Nursing Home and Hospital bills, as well as the direct pay for the monthly Health Care Responsibility Act (HCRA) bills received by the Department of Community Services, effective with the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2002.
Request for approval of annual grant funding for 13 children’s service providers who submitted applications for county funds through the Citizens’ Commission for Children’s (CCC) Request for Proposal (RFP) process; and request permission to expend funds and authorize signatures on subsequent agreements, contingent upon County Attorney approval.
Request for approval to sign a host agency agreement between Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement (EASI) “Senior Environment Corps” and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, as the host agency.
Request from Public Works for approval of the following:
Request for approval of a grant contract, in the amount of $45,000.00, with the Florida Department of Transportation Safety Office, to purchase three sign sheeting retroreflectometers and one road striping retroreflectometer.
Request for approval and signature on the Certified Budget for Arthropod Control FY 2001/2002 Mid-Year Adjustment, in the amount of $34,328.00.
Request for approval and signature on the Tentative Certified Budget for Arthropod Control FY 2002/2003, in the amount of $46,989.50.
Request for approval and signature on Resolution No. 2002-156, recognizing observance of “Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day” on October 10, 2002.
Request for approval and authorization to accept the final plat for Park at Wolf Branch Oaks, Phase 3, and all areas dedicated to the public, as shown on Park at Wolf Branch Oaks, Phase 3 plat; and to execute Resolution No. 2002-157, accepting Oak Cluster Drive “Part” (CR 4885A) into the County Road Maintenance System. Subdivision consists of 19 lots - Commission District 4.
Request for approval to award Culvert Replacement Project No. 2002-16, Bid No. 02-125, to Built-Rite Construction; and to encumber and expend funds, in the amount of $444,924.38, from the Stormwater Management Fund - Commission Districts 2 and 4.
Request for approval and authorization to execute Change Order No. 3, in the amount of $97,879.78, for additional work, to correct a stormwater erosion control problem and to install a chain link fence, relating to Hook Street Phase 1 Construction Project No. 2002-02.
Request for approval of the Railroad Reimbursement Agreement, Grade Crossing Traffic Control Devices-County, for funding of safety improvements to the East Alfred Street rail crossing (Old 441-Tavares), for the Highway Safety Improvement Program and the Adopted Railroad Signal Safety Improvement Project.
Request for approval of the Interlocal Agreement between Lake County and the City of Umatilla, regarding the funding for roadway improvements to Trowell Avenue with impact fees.
Request for approval to accept the following deeds:
Statutory Quitclaim Deeds
Richard and Gail Kelly
Jeffrey and Kayla Dubois
William and Jeanne Bragg
Shetland /Welsh Trails
Fredrick and Shirley Finger
South West Avenue
Fredrick and Shirley Finger
South West Avenue
Betty Ann and Frank Christian
Fred and Minnie Henson
Temporary Non-Exclusive Easement Deed
Statutory Warranty Deeds
Gary and Laurie Schilling
Blue Sink Road (2-2928)
Elizabeth and Donald Stewart
Benjamin and Elizabeth Bochiardy
Request for approval and signature on Proclamation No. 2002-158, recognizing observance of the National “Walk Your Child to School Day” on October 2, 2002.
Request for approval of Resolution No. 2002-159 and execution of the Local Agency Program (LAP) Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), for Griffin Road/CR 44A Sidewalk Construction Project FM. No. 409365-1-38/58-01.
Request for approval of Resolution No. 2002-160 and execution of the Local Agency Program (LAP) Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), for CR 44/Grand Island Shores Northbound Left Turn Lane Construction Project FM. No. 409048-1-58-01.
Request for approval of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) Project recommendations for the October 18, 2002 meeting of the Central Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Alliance (CFMPOA).
ADDENDUM NO. 1
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA (CONT’D.)
Budget and Administrative Services - Risk Management
Request from Budget and Administrative Services - Risk Management for approval of the following:
Request to accept the contract renewal for Dental Insurance Coverage from CompBenefits and to sign the agreement for continued dental insurance, at the proposed rates from CompBenefits, for both the Managed Care (DHMO) and PPO plans.
Request for approval to accept the contract renewal for Excess Insurance Coverage for the Health Insurance Program through RMTS and to sign the agreement for continued excess insurance benefits, at the proposed rates from RMTS, for specific and aggregate coverage on the health insurance plan.
Solid Waste Management Services
Request from Solid Waste Management Services for approval of the revised Recycling Processing Contract with SP Recycling; and authorization for the Chairman to execute the contract, subject to County Attorney approval, for processing of recyclable materials.
The Chairman presented the following Employee Awards:
Award to Employee with Fifteen Years of Service
Robert A. Chase, Survey Technician II, Public Works/Engineering/Survey/Design
Award to Employee with Twenty Years of Service
Beverly J. Amerson, Office Associate II, Human Resources/Personnel
FLORIDA YARDS & NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM
Ms. Teresa Watkins, University of Florida/IFAS, Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Multi-County (Orange, Lake, Seminole) Coordinator, addressed the Board and gave a presentation on the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program, which she noted is an environmental education program that particularly targets water conservation, stormwater runoff, and the responsibilities of living on a lake front. She referred to a brochure that had been distributed to the Board, noting that it lists nine principles that can create and maintain beautiful lawns and gardens, being: Right Plant, Right Place; Water Efficiently; Fertilize Appropriately; Mulch; Attract Wildlife; Control Yard Pests Responsibly; Recycle; Reduce Stormwater Runoff; and Protect the Waterfront. She stated that the program targets homeowners and educates them on what they need to know about landscaping in the yard, but also calls attention to water conservation needs. She stated that not only do people need to worry about global warming, the ozone layer, and depletion of the rain forest, but water conservation and the use of water quantities and qualities is a major issue in the world. She stated that the State of Florida has a great responsibility, because it produces so much fresh water, noting that a fraction of 1% of the potable water in the world is available in Florida and 50% of it is used to irrigate lawns. She stated that something people do not understand is that watering lawns does not necessarily make the grass green, it makes the grass healthy enough to absorb nutrients, which makes the grass green. She stated that a study that was conducted by the University of Florida shows that St. Augustine grass, which is found in abundance in Florida, only needs one inch of water per week during the Summer months and only one inch every 10 to 14 days during the Winter months.
Ms. Watkins discussed the issue of xeriscaping, noting that it is not just rocks and cactuses, it is using drought tolerant plants and low maintenance afterwards. She stated that education regarding the issue of creating and maintaining attractive landscapes to enhance our communities and protect Florida’s natural environment is very vital, noting that people are moving into Lake County every day and it is important that they understand how much they need to water. She stated that, hopefully, in working with the utilities in Lake, Orange, and Seminole Counties and continuing the FYN (Florida Yards & Neighborhoods) Program, they can educate the people who already live in said counties, the commercial and professional businesses that depend on landscaping, and the homeowners who will be moving into the County during the next five to ten years. She stated that this program is funded only through the support of cities, municipalities, and counties. She stated that she currently has nine sponsors and noted that the Lake County Water Authority has taken the lead in supporting the program in Lake County and supports the program financially. She asked the County to inspect its facilities and make sure that they are using the proper restrictions and going along with what the program is asking people in the County to follow and make sure that every sprinkler has a state mandated rain sensor installed on them.
Commr. Hanson stated that the Board had asked that the County Manager look at energy efficiency in the County, which he is doing, but, along with that, the County is also looking at the types of measures that Ms. Watkins covered, for conservation of water.
Commr. Stivender questioned whether Ms. Watkins was working with the cities, with regard to ensuring that they are using water conservation measures.
Ms. Watkins stated that the cities recently contacted her, with regard to the WAV (Watershed Action Volunteers) Program and with the clean up of the lakes (Ibini Tera) and noted that she would be working with them. She stated that any time any of the cities have concerns they can contact her and she will help them. She stated that the cities and everyone who supplies water have CUP and NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permits that they need to follow, which requires them to provide environmental education. She stated that not only do they have to worry about getting water to their customers, but they have to tell their customers not to use it, which creates a little conflict. She stated that she can help them in that respect, by educating homeowners associations and going out to problem areas that do not seem to understand why they need to use less water. She stated that, before the restrictions were put in place, Lake County had the distinct honor of using the most water of any county in the St. Johns River Water Management District’s 19 counties. She stated that there is no need for that, noting that this program teaches homeowners to assess their yards and determine how much water is appropriate and teaches them to make good decisions.
Commr. Hanson stated that she took the course that Ms. Watkins offers and suggested that the Public Works staff take the course, as well, due to the fact that they are very much involved in the landscaping of the County. She suggested that Mr. Stivender get the Public Works staff from the cities and the County together and have Ms. Watkins put on another seminar.
Mr. Stivender addressed the Board and informed them that most of the facilities in the County have had motion sensor faucets installed in the restrooms and the sprinklers that are installed in the landscaping are on timers. He stated that the County has been revamping and renovating the existing irrigation systems, so that they work efficiently.
Commr. Stivender questioned whether Public Works had installed rain sensors on the sprinkler systems throughout the County and was informed by Mr. Stivender that he could not answer that question at this time, but would check into the matter.
Commr. Hanson suggested that the County plant wild flowers in the landscaping around the county buildings, rather than those types of plants that require more water, and was informed that the County has been introduced to doing just that by some of the cities.
WATERSHED ACTION VOLUNTEER (WAV) PROGRAM
Ms. MaryAnn Utegg, Lake County Watershed Action Volunteer (WAV) Coordinator, addressed the Board and distributed a packet of information containing various brochures, such as one from the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD)on how to Help Protect Florida’s Water; a Neighborhood Guide to Stormwater Systems on maintaining, landscaping, and improving stormwater ponds; a Waterfront Property Owners Guide from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; and a booklet from Florida’s water management districts, titled “Waterwise - Florida Landscapes” on Landscaping to Promote Water Conservation Using the Principles of Xeriscape. She then gave a power point presentation regarding the activities of the Watershed Action Volunteer Program in Lake County. She stated that the WAV Program is an effort by the SJRWMD to enlist citizens to help monitor and protect the St. Johns River and to help maintain all of Florida’s vital water resources. She stated that over 1,000 WAV volunteers in 13 of the 19 counties volunteer their time each month. She stated that they perform a variety of valuable tasks as individuals, or as groups. She stated that they are trained to use field test kits to monitor water quality; survey water bodies for sources of pollution; participate in revegetation projects and shoreline cleanups, help out in the field, laboratories, and offices, and prepare and give educational presentations to school groups, civic associations, clubs, and other organizations.
Ms. Utegg stated that the WAV Program has many sponsors in each county, noting that in Lake County they partner with the SJRWMD, the Lake County Water Authority, and with the Lake County Public Works Stormwater Division. She stated that there are 62 plus volunteers in Lake County, with 9 of them monitoring water quality in a lake near their home on a monthly basis. She stated that the samples are analyzed at the Lake County Water Resource Lab in Astatula, with the data being collected for the Watershed Atlas. She stated that monitors receive semi-annual quality assurance checks, to be sure their chemicals and their practices are up to standards. She stated that, with another training scheduled for November of this year, they hope to bring on another six monitors within the next year. She stated that, through a revegetation project, the WAV Program, in conjunction with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, has greatly improved the Emeralda Marsh conservation area and will be working on selected sites in Lake Griffin.
Ms. Utegg stated that their second partner is the Lake County Water Authority, for whom they provide docents and educational programs. She reviewed the various programs and activities that the WAV Program and the Lake County Water Authority participate in together, such as the Trout Lake Nature Center, a 230 acre wild life preserve on the north edge of Eustis, which is open to the public from October 1 to April 30 of each year. She stated that WAVs act as docents for the many visitors to the nature center, they provide office support, they help maintain the library and gift shop, and they handle displays during special events on and off site. She stated that last year and again this March 15, 2003, 10 to 15 WAV volunteers will participate in the Waterfest that is held at the Hickory Point Recreational Facility, where they will assist with water resources education activities. She stated that 8 volunteers acted as mentors for 30 school children, during each week long summer camp called Blue Marble, where they assisted campers with soil samples, native plants, hydrology, local wildlife, and outdoor skills, such as canoeing and pitching a tent. She stated that the Bugg Spring Museum, located within the Okahumpka Marsh acquisition area, has been owned since the 1920s by the Branham family and is currently leased to the U. S. Navy for sonar calibration. She stated that a large, new, unused building on the site will house the future museum. She stated that Mr. Joe Brahnam, who lives on the site and is a volunteer, has a wealth of historical knowledge about the area and, with his insight, they hope to have a history of the Native Americans in the area, the settling of the spring, some underwater photographs of the spring, and some artifacts indicative of the area. She stated that WAVs will act as docents for the museum and provide educational programs on site and in school classrooms. She stated that WAVs is also acting as Preserve Pals, by monitoring some of the Water Authority’s open preserves on a regular basis and reporting any of the problems they find to the Water Authority staff. She stated that local groups can also act as Preserve Pals, by adopting a preserve.
Ms. Utegg stated that, as of January 1, 2002, the WAV Program’s other Lake County partner is the Public Works Stormwater Division. She stated that the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Final Rule has six requirements, two of which are met by the WAV Program, being Public Education and Outreach and Public Participation and Involvement. She stated that stormwater runoff is rainwater that drains over all surfaces, which picks up pollutants along the way and ultimately ends up in lakes, rivers, and wetlands. She stated that the first inch of runoff carries with it approximately 90% of the pollutants. She stated that untreated runoff is now considered the State’s leading source of water pollution. She stated that it contributes 80% to 95% of heavy metals, such as lead, copper, and cadmium that enter the State’s waterways. She stated that the amount of nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus in runoff is comparable to those in treated sewage, noting that restoration projects have demonstrated that, with proper treatment, the detrimental effects of stormwater pollution can be reversed. She stated that, through public education, WAV informs residents about the effects of stormwater runoff and teaches them ways to use best management practices to help prevent water pollution. She stated that WAV uses several types of presentations, including hands on models, such as the Enviroscape and Don’t Teach Your Trash to Swim; slide presentations, such as Xeriscape Landscaping, and video series, such as Pollution: The Dirty Details, Watersheds, Wetlands & Wildlife, and Neighborhood Watersheds & Ponds. She stated that, in conjunction with the Lake Griffin Stormdrain Retrofits, area residents are now participating in the Adopt-A-Stormdrain Program. She stated that using many of the previously described educational programs, residents receive information on stormwater runoff and, in return, agree to keep stormdrains clear of debris.
Ms. Utegg stated that the WAV Program’s newest public participation program comes in the form of the Stormchasers. She stated that volunteers recruited in the Upper Palatlakaha Basin will monitor storm events and gather samples from one of five remote sampling stations in the Basin. She stated that other public events include stormdrain and shoreline cleanups, such as the recent Ibini Tera Lakes Clean Up. She stated that, with clarity gradually increasing in Lake Griffin, two things are happening, eel grass beds are growing, but so is the hydrilla. She stated that area WAVs will be monitoring the lake, via boats. She stated that they will be monitoring the size and location of hydrilla and eel grass beds, using GPS, and reporting their findings to the SJRWMD staff. She stated that district staff will also be reviewing areas for possible future revegetation projects. She stated that the Lake County Envirothon is a natural resource education program for high school students. She stated that it is a field event, where they use critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills to answer written questions, or conduct hands on investigations about environmental issues. She stated that the event is co-sponsored by many agencies and WAV volunteers assist with the formulation of questions and provide support to each resource agent during the day-long event. She stated that WAV volunteers are also involved in the development of the PEAR site on Hwy. 27, noting that they are helping to restore the vegetation along the Palatlakaha River and they plant trees and monitor trails. She stated that, when the site is up and running, they will also act as some of the docents for the educational center. She stated that, regardless of where one lives in Lake County, a water body is not far away. She stated that the new Resident Education Program will help to broaden awareness on the causes, effects, and prevention of water pollution, at which time she noted that the DEP’s new Waterfront Property Owners Guide will be one of the companion booklets (contained in the packet of information she distributed to the Board this date).
Ms. Utegg stated that another new WAV Program is the Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program (MRRP). She stated that monofilament is an important issue in Florida, because Florida is the fishing capital of the world, and with this designation comes responsibility to protect Florida’s environment and resources. She stated that the MRRP Program is a statewide effort to educate the public about the problems caused by monofilament line left in the environment. She stated that the program’s goals are to encourage recycling, through a network of line recycling bins and drop off locations, and to conduct volunteer monofilament line clean up events. She noted that monofilament is a single strand, high density, virtually invisible nylon fishing line used on fishing reels and nets, which persists for years in the environment. She stated that discarded monofilament fishing line often catches more than its intended target, noting that various species are impacted, such as sea turtles, manatees, dolphins, fish, birds, invertebrates and more, which ingest the line, causing illness or starvation. She stated that they can also become entangled in it, causing injury, drowning, starvation, strangulation, and amputation. She stated that, from 1980 to 1999, one in every five manatee rescues was a result of entanglement in monofilament line. She stated that each year thousands of birds of numerous species are rescued, because of entanglement in monofilament lines and hooks, and many of them die, at which time she noted that at one facility over 265 birds were recovered in one year. She stated that there is no way to count the number of animals that die, but are never recovered or counted. She stated that it is not just a hazard to wild life, but to divers and swimmers as well, who can become entangled in it and be injured or even drown. She stated that outboard propellers can also be damaged by it and require costly repairs. She stated that there will soon be recycling bins for monofilament line at local boat ramps and bait shops, where one can place their discarded fishing line. She stated that WAV volunteers, in conjunction with the Legacy Program, are constructing the bins and local groups will sponsor and empty them on a regular basis. She stated that monofilament line can last in the environment for 600 years, however, with the help of the public, it can be safely removed and recycled into other useful objects. She stated that all the programs she covered and more are how the WAV Program is striving to help protect Lake County’s natural resources, which is worth saving.
FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR 2002-2004 LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BLOCK
Mr. Fletcher Smith, Senior Director, Community Services, addressed the Board and explained this request, stating that Congress authorized the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Act in 1996 and has instructed the Bureau of Justice Assistance to provide local funds to local governments to address crime and public safety in local areas. He stated that, since 1996, the County has been receiving the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant dollars, however, noted that one of the requirements, before the County can proceed, is to conduct a public hearing. He stated that this year the County is expecting to receive $190,274.00 in Federal dollars, with a $21,142.00 local cash match that the Sheriff’s Office will be providing. He stated that the block grant dollars this year are going to be used to purchase a digital photo lab, equipment, and supplies for the Special Response Team, and night vision equipment for the SWAT Team. He stated that staff was requesting approval of the request.
The Chairman opened the public hearing.
No one was present in opposition to the request.
There being no one present who wished to address the Board, the Chairman closed the public hearing.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Federal Fiscal Year 2002-2004 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant, as submitted.
REAPPOINTMENTS TO LAKE COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT BOARD
Commr. Hanson informed the Board that the individual who applied for a position on the Code Enforcement Board, under the category of Realtor, is not a licensed real estate broker and does not work in the real estate field; therefore, she feels that the County needs to continue looking for an individual that fully meets the requirements. She questioned whether staff had contacted the Lake County Board of Realtors, regarding the matter.
Mr. Tommy Leathers, Senior Director, Code Enforcement, addressed the Board stating that he was not sure whether the County had contacted the Board of Realtors, however, noted that the normal procedure was used for the advertising of said position.
Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, interjected that the Board Office handles said advertisements.
Commr. Hanson suggested that the County contact the Lake County Board of Realtors for some recommendations.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board reappointed individuals to the Lake County Code Enforcement Board, as follows:
Mr. Steve Rothschild
Ms. Bonnie Roof
APPOINTMENTS/REAPPOINTMENTS TO LAKE COUNTY LIBRARY ADVISORY
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed/reappointed individuals to the Lake County Library Advisory Board, as follows:
Unincorporated District 1
Ms. Barbara Newman - Reappointed
Unincorporated District 2
Ms. Kelly Orozco - Appointed
Tavares Public Library
Ms. Dottie Keedy - Member - Reappointed
Ms. Harriett Schwanke - Alternate Member - Reappointed
Umatilla Public Library
Ms. Karen Howard - Member - Appointed
CITIZEN QUESTION AND COMMENT PERIOD
Mr. James Padi, a resident of Paisley, addressed the Board and discussed a concern he has about a ditch that has been dug along Washington Drive, the road that his house fronts on, and the fact that he is concerned about mosquitos breeding in the ditch, along with the fact that said ditch will be hard to keep mowed. He stated that a mud hole has been left from the digging of the ditch, which he has to cross every time he enters his driveway, carrying mud onto his driveway and into his house. He stated that he has talked to several county employees about the problem and was informed that something would be done about it, to no avail. He noted that he did not have said problem, until the County dug the ditch. He informed the Board as to how he thought the problem could be solved and stated that he hoped to hear from the County regarding a solution to the problem very soon.
Mr. Jim Stivender, Jr., Senior Director, Public Works, addressed the Board stating that one of the options that the County is looking at, with regard to the matter, is to assess areas that habitually flood and determine if there is a retrofit that the County can do and/or purchase. He stated that staff would be bringing the matter back to the Board at a later date and that he has informed his staff to meet with Mr. Padi, to try to resolve the problem.
RESOLUTIONS RELATING TO WATERWAY SIGN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
FOR CLERMONT CHAIN OF LAKES
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, explained this request, stating that his office received the request from the Lake County Water Authority, which is approval of some modifications to three existing Resolutions and adoption of two new Resolutions, relating to the Waterway Sign Management System for the Clermont Chain of Lakes.
Commr. Pool stated that the Resolution pertaining to Lake Palatlakaha indicates that the speed requirements will become effective when the elevation of the lake reaches 97 feet. He stated that the average boater is not going to know if the elevation is 96 feet or 98 feet and questioned how they will know when it is 97 feet.
Mr. Lance Lumbar, Lake County Water Authority, addressed the Board stating that a gauge will be mounted adjacent to the signs, indicating the depth of the water.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the following Resolutions, relating to the Waterway Sign Management System for the Clermont Chain of Lakes:
Resolution No. 2002-161, establishing a slow speed/minimum wake zone on a canal between Lake Emma and Lake Lucy.
Resolution No. 2002-162, establishing a slow speed/minimum wake zone on a canal between Lake Hiawatha and Lake Minneola.
Resolution No. 2002-163, changing a slow down minimum wake zone to a slow speed/minimum wake zone on a portion of the Palatlakaha River between Lake Susan and Lake Louisa.
Resolution No. 2002-164, changing a slow down minimum wake zone to a slow speed/minimum wake zone on portions of the Palatlakaha between Cherry Lake and Cook Lake, Cook Lake and Wilson Lake, and Wilson Lake and Lake Minneola.
Resolution No. 2002-165, amending the area of a previously established idle speed/no wake zone for Lake Palatlakaha.
INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH CITY OF TAVARES RELATING TO
ANNEXATION OF ENCLAVES
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, explained this request, stating that it was a request from the City of Tavares to renew an Interlocal Agreement that they have with the County, which will allow them to annex enclaves within the City, however, noted that it will require a public hearing before that can be done. He noted that the City was requesting that the words “or ordinance” be added to the sentence under Item d., at the top of Page 3 of the Agreement, after the word “resolution”.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved a request from the County Attorney for approval of an Interlocal Agreement with the City of Tavares, relating to the Annexation of Enclaves, as amended.
RESOLUTION DECLARING COUNTY PROPERTY OF NO COUNTY PURPOSE
AND SELLING TO CITY OF LEESBURG
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, explained this request, stating that it was for approval of a Resolution authorizing the sale of the fire station at Jim Rogers Industrial Park to the City of Leesburg for $75,000.00.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Cadwell and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved a request from the County Attorney for approval of Resolution No. 2002-166, declaring specific county property no longer needed for county purposes and selling said property to the City of Leesburg for use as a fire station.
ADDENDUM NO. 1
COUNTY MANAGER’S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS (CONT’D.)
PUBLIC WORKS - PURCHASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN LAKE COUNTY AND
CHESTER C. FOSGATE COMPANY
Mr. Bill Neron, County Manager, explained this request, stating that it was a request for the County to enter into a Purchase Agreement with Chester C. Fosgate Company for 20 acres of land for a South Lake Annex north and adjacent to the South Lake Hospital in Clermont, noting that $2 million of local option sales tax has been allocated to purchase property for a South Lake Annex. He stated that approval of the request will allow the County to do its due diligence and have appraisals done on the property, however, noted that staff will bring the final price back to the Board for approval, before the transaction is closed. He stated that staff was recommending the site in question for the Board’s consideration this date.
Mr. Jim Stivender, Jr., Senior Director, Public Works, addressed the Board and displayed an aerial of the property. He stated that the property is high and dry and staff does not anticipate having to do a lot of work on the site, it is just a matter of figuring out how to best develop it.
Commr. Stivender questioned whether staff had an estimate of what the appraisals might cost for the site and was informed by Mr. Stivender that they would be approximately $7,000.00. He noted that the County has to obtain two appraisals on anything over $500,000.00.
Commr. Cadwell stated that this project has been on the books for six or seven years. He stated that property in that area of the County is just going to get more and more expensive, so the County needs to get serious about it and do something soon.
Mr. Neron interjected that, just during the last ten months, the cost per acre has gone up in that area. He stated that staff feels, by buying a 20 acre site, it will allow the County to master plan for future growth, to fit the County’s needs for many years into the future.
Commr. Pool stated that he felt the site was a good location for a South Lake Annex, noting that it will benefit many people.
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, informed the Board that the Agreement provides for a deposit to be made on the property, however, noted that, at the end of the 90 days, if the conditions are not satisfied, the County will get the deposit back.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved a request from Public Works to enter into a Purchase Agreement between Lake County and Chester C. Fosgate Company, for 20 acres of land for a South Lake Annex north and adjacent to South Lake Hospital in Clermont, in the amount of $2 million.
COMMISSIONER POOL - CHAIRMAN AND DISTRICT 2
COUNTY ATTORNEY EVALUATION
The County Attorney’s Annual Performance Evaluation was discussed and a $1,000.00 per year raise was approved for the County Attorney, Mr. Sandy Minkoff, as per the County’s budget limitation for raises for FY2002/2003.
The Board noted that Mr. Minkoff has been doing a fine job for the County and the Board is pleased with his performance. They thanked him for acting as Interim County Manager, during the time that the Board was searching for a new County Manager, and for making himself available to the new County Manager, Mr. Bill Neron, during the transition period. He was thanked for a job well done.
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the County Attorney’s Annual Performance Evaluation, as stated, and a $1,000.00 per year raise, as per the County’s budget limitation for raises for FY2002/2003.
COMMISSIONER STIVENDER - DISTRICT 3
PROCLAMATION FOR FLORIDA 4-H WEEK
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved Proclamation No. 2002-167, proclaiming October 6-12, 2002, as Florida 4-H Week in Lake County.
COMMISSIONER STIVENDER - DISTRICT 3
PROCLAMATION PROCLAIMING OCTOBER 2002 AS BREAST CANCER
AWARENESS MONTH IN LAKE COUNTY
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved Proclamation No. 2002-168, proclaiming the month of October, 2002, as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Lake County.
ADDENDUM NO. 1 (CONT’D.)
COMMISSIONER CADWELL - DISTRICT 5
APPOINTMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL LANDS MANAGEMENT AND
ACQUISITION STUDY COMMITTEE
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board appointed Mr. Robert Curry to the vacant District 5 position on the Environmental Lands Management and Acquisition Study Committee.
COMMISSIONER HANSON - DISTRICT 4
PROCLAMATION PROCLAIMING OCTOBER 1-31, 2002, AS UNITED WAY
MONTH IN LAKE COUNTY
On a motion by Commr. Hanson, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved Proclamation No. 2002-169, proclaiming October 1-31, 2002, as United Way Month in Lake County.
ADDENDUM NO. 1 (CONT’D.)
COMMISSIONER POOL - CHAIRMAN AND DISTRICT 2
APPOINTMENT OF COMMR. HANSON TO GOVERNOR’S SR 429 TASK FORCE
On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Cadwell and carried unanimously, by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved a request that a recommendation be made to Governor Jeb Bush that he appoint Commr. Catherine Hanson as the County Commissioner Representative to the Governor’s State Road 429 Task Force.
COMMISSIONER STIVENDER - DISTRICT 3
LAKE COUNTY CHRISTMAS LIGHT COMMITTEE
Commr. Stivender informed the Board that the County’s Christmas Light Committee will be starting to string Christmas lights on the various buildings in downtown Tavares this Friday and every Friday thereafter, until the lighting is completed, and that they would welcome the help of any employee wishing to participate. She noted that they will be stringing lights on the Hunter Building and the Law Library this Friday.
DISCUSSION OF FIRE UNION NEGOTIATIONS
At this time, the Chairman announced that the Board would go into a Closed Session, to discuss fire union negotiations.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 10:25 a.m.
ROBERT A. POOL, CHAIRMAN
JAMES C. WATKINS, CLERK