MAY 10, 2005

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at 9:00 a.m., in the Board of County Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Lake County Administration Building, Tavares, Florida. Commissioners present at the meeting were: Jennifer Hill, Chairman; Catherine C. Hanson, Vice Chairman; Welton G. Cadwell; Debbie Stivender; and Robert A. Pool. Others present were: Sanford A. “Sandy” Minkoff, County Attorney; Cindy Hall, Interim County Manager; Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, Board of County Commissioners’ Office; and Toni M. Riggs, Deputy Clerk.


Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

            AGENDA UPDATE

            Ms. Cindy Hall, Interim County Manager, stated that the Board has before them Addendum No. 1.


            On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the County Manager’s Consent Agenda, Tabs 1 through 3, as follows:

            Budget Transfer/Voting Machines


            Request from Budget for a budget transfer – Renewal Sales Tax Capital Projects Fund, Department of Facilities Development and Management, Renewal Sales Tax Division, is requested. Transfer $174,000.00 from Special Reserve to Machinery and Equipment. Additional funds are needed to purchase the required voting machines. There is $226,000.00 available in the current year budget. Sufficient funds are available in Special Reserve.


            Budget Transfer/Reprographics


            Request from Procurement Services for approval to purchase a Xerox 3535 color copier to replace the existing Xerox Doc 12 copier for Document Services and approval of the associated Budget Transfer Form in the amount of $27,605.00. Funds are available with the Reprographics budget.


            Local Hazard Mitigation Plan


            Request from Public Safety for approval of the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan for Lake County by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners.


            ADDENDUM NO. 1 –


            On a motion by Commr. Pool, seconded by Commr. Stivender and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the execution and presentation of Proclamation 2005-66 honoring the East Ridge High School Basketball Team.

            Commr. Pool read and presented Proclamation 2005-66 to members of the East Ridge High School Basketball Team, the Knights, who won their first district championship at the Class 5-A State Basketball Championship.  Congratulations were extended to Head Coach Mike Clutter and Assistant Coaches Mike Winters, Steve Benson, Grant Mollett and Al Peterson; and players and managers:  Axel Bermudez, Gabe Martinez, Jose Rodriquez, Rafael Rondon, James Bailey, Richard Jackkson, Quentin Layne, Chris Bishop, Corey Godzinski, Jonathan Riffle, Brian Robertson, Chris Haye, Kelli Kincaid, Katie Arnold, Jessica Marks and Mallory Palmer.

            Coach Clutter addressed the Board and stated that, on behalf of East Ridge High School and the boys’ basketball program; he would like to thank the Board for this honor.  He stated that, not only are there some fine young men that play basketball, all of them have very good academics in the classroom, with three students on the team having over a 3.5 grade average. 



            On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the execution and presentation of Proclamation 2005-56 honoring the Leesburg High School Boys Basketball Team.

            Commr. Hill read and presented Proclamation 2005-56 to members of the Leesburg Basketball Team, the Yellow Jackets, who won the Class 4-A District Basketball Championship.  Congratulations were extended to Head Coach Brandon Scott and Assistant Coach Colt McDowell and team members:  Jarrell Douglass, Tyron Evans, Devon Grant, Tory Harrison, Scott Labelle, Rodney McIntyre, Marquez Porter, Matt Shepherd, Mark Smith, Randall Sullivan, Maurice Shuler, Anthony Saincilaire and Cedric Watkins.

            Coach Brandon Scott addressed the Board and stated that this is the finest group of young men he has ever been around in his life.  He noted that, because of grade point averages, many students have been recruited by different colleges, and the stories are just incredible about these young quality human beings, and he really looks forward to the future.

            ADDENDUM NO. 1 – (CONTINUED)


            On a motion by Commr. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Pool and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved Proclamation 2005-68 recognizing the Special Olympics Athletes.

Commr. Stivender read and presented Proclamation 2005-68, and she recognized those individuals who were here for the presentation:  Karen Heffner, Tavares High School, teacher and coach; Marjorie Benedict, Mount Dora High School, teacher and coach; and Sandy Ranhorn, assistant. 

Proclamation 2005-68 extended congratulations to Jessica McConaghy, 100 meter run and shot put; Jamie Chavis, softball throw and 100 meter walk; Donnell Simmons, 100 meter run and running long jump; and Lauren Carter, bocce, for winning medals in their respective events at the State level.  The athletes for bowling at State level were Skyler Cook, Jessica Love, Nikki Jennings, Lauren Carter, David Hammond and Cicely Sheffield.  The Board also joins all of Lake County in congratulating the following athletes who participated in Special Olympics this year at Tavares High School: Anne Pillows, Titus Dunnell, James Wheeler, Brad Ammeraal, Ernest Mikells, Deondray Woods, Jessica Coleman, David Mann, Mike Sinkovich and Chris Sinkovich and D.J. Cherry at Mount Dora High School.

            Ms. Heffner, Tavares High School, addressed the Board and stated that this is her last year teaching and, out of these fine individuals, seven of the students here today are hers.  She wanted to recognize coaches that have done everything, Sandy Ranhorn, Rebecca Wombles and Coach Charlie Birdsong.  Ms. Heffner stated that, over her 30 plus years teaching this class, and the individuals in Tavares and Lake County, have given her the best experience of her life and taught her some of the finest lessons of living life to the best and knowing the value of just being with people on a daily basis.  She is very proud of every person in the class, she is very proud of the Lake County school system, and she loves every one of her students.




            Ms. Cindy Hall, Interim County Manager, stated that staff has an exciting presentation for the Board this morning. For a number of months, members of staff and some very strong members of the community who have been very supportive and very helpful in this process have been working diligently to develop a playground for children of all abilities.  Today Ms. Emily Lee, Director of the Citizens’ Commission for Children, and Mr. John Bringard, Interim Director, Parks and Recreation, are going to give the Board an update on the progress of this project. 

            Ms. Emily Lee, Director, Citizens’ Commission for Children, addressed the Board and stated that she and her assistant, Ms. Peggy Norman, are service staff to the Citizens’ Commission for Children, an advisory board to each of them.  Ms. Lee explained that the Citizens’ Commission for Children receives funding from the Board to assist agencies providing services to Lake County, and those funds are expended through a grant allocation process.  The Children’s Foundation of Lake County (Foundation) was founded in 2002, and it is a non-profit, independent organization governed by an active Board of Directors; B. E. Thompson currently services as their President.  The Foundation’s mission is to generate and manage financial resources in support of Lake County’s children and families as identified by the Lake County Citizens’ Commission for Children.  The Foundation’s current project is to assist in raising funds to build the Boundless Playground for children of all abilities in Lake County.  On a Boundless Playground, at least 70% of the play activities can be enjoyed by children with physical challenges without leaving their support equipment.  Governor Jeb Bush thinks this is so important that he has established a Boundless Playground Initiative for the State of Florida, and this will be the first Boundless Playground in Central Florida that is open to the public.  She thanked the Board for the donation of land at Lake Idamere in Tavares, and she thanked Commr. Stivender and Commr. Hill for their work on the project, and their support.  Ms. Lee stated that Mr. Bringard would like to share what progress has been made at the County level.

            Mr. John Bringard, Interim Parks and Recreation Director, addressed the Board stated that the County has received the land and water grant through the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which was signed on December 15, 2004.  It is a three year grant, for a fishing pier, a picnic facility, hiking trails, restroom, playground, and landscaping.  So far the County has received the in-kind services for the survey, and they have a company donating their services to get the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) permit.  He stated that the County has contracted with a tree contractor to remove the trees that have been highlighted, as shown in the drawing presented to the Board, which would be in the way of the playground, but the oak canopy will remain there.  The contract for the fishing pier is being signed and construction should start soon.  Mr. Bringard explained the design of the park, as shown, noting that this will accommodate children and adults.

            Commr. Stivender wanted to point out that it is a three year grant, so it will get done in the appropriate time, and they hope to start the construction in the spring of 2006.

            Commr. Cadwell extended his thanks to Mr. Bringard for filling in and doing this job for the department noting that the Board really appreciates it.

            Ms. Lee stated that the Foundation has worked hard to get fundraisers done.  On March 30, 2004, they had their groundbreaking ceremony, and it was attended by Governor Bush, who promises to come back when they have their ribbon cutting ceremony.  Governor Bush did say that his goal for Florida is to have 50 Boundless Playgrounds in the next three years, more than any other state in the nation.  He encourages them to work in partnership to accomplish this task.  The Foundation has received an exempt status from the IRS, and this is dated back to December, 2002.  The Foundation maintains a donor fund with Community Foundation of Central Florida, and these funds specifically are donated for the Boundless Playground; there is currently $35,500 in that fund.  The Foundation also maintains a depository account with United Southern Bank, and their current balance is about $5,000.  They have a promotional video that can be lent to others; the current fund raiser initiatives include the Play to Live wristbands and the flock of 32 pink flamingos, as explained; and they have backpacks for sale and informational brochures for distribution.  She explained that people in the community can actually buy the equipment, and their names will be placed on a plaque and attached to the equipment, and they will be putting this information out to the public.  She was thrilled to inform the Board that Treadway Elementary students put together a pinewood derby and donated $600.  She stated that this is a community effort and that is their purpose for being here today.  The Foundation is seeking donations of time, money, and ideas for fundraisers from the community, and they will be scheduling construction days where community volunteers can help construct the equipment, which will help them alleviate some of the costs.

            Commr. Hill questioned whether there was any way that people can see a visual of the money being collected over time, perhaps a thermometer on the playground area, and Ms. Lee noted that, as one of their projects, they will be constructing a thermometer and, as they raise funds, it will show the status of their goal.  They may be able to do two of these, one being place in a more visible spot for the general public.

            Commr. Hill stated that the County now has another government access channel, and they may be able to play the video and provide more visibility of the project.  She appreciates Ms. Lee bringing this forward and for all of her hard work, and she noted that Commr. Stivender has gone to numerous meetings.  They wanted to give the community an update to let them know that they have not forgotten it; it is right on track; and they are going to get it done.

            Ms. Lee wanted to make everyone aware of the Foundation, because this is a perfect opportunity for people to make a contribution on behalf of children.

            Commr. Stivender requested that Ms. Hall look into placing the information regarding donations to the Foundation on the County’s web site.



            Commr. Cadwell reported that the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) staff is putting together, in writing, a synopsis of what has happened with certain bills noting that they need more time to analyze the growth management bill.  He pointed out that they will have a little more in depth discussion about it, in the next couple of weeks.  He wanted to give the Board a brief update on some of the other items, as follows:  the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) bill failed; the annexation bill failed; the agriculture enclave bill failed again.  In regards to the growth management bill, he can tell them that there is no impact fee language in there other than the Governor wants to set up an impact fee study commission.  There was some language in the last couple of days that would have prevented them, if they ever became a charter county, from enacting countywide land use rules, which he feels would severely limit their ability, and the charter counties were upset because the only thing in the language that kept if from including the 19 counties now was the effective date.   Commr. Cadwell explained that their local delegation, while they could not vote on their side on every issue, at least sought information and stayed in contact with them.  He noted that Representative Alan Hayes and Senator Roy Baker were obtaining as much information as possible and they are always available to them.  He stated that they will have a little more in-depth information in writing to the Board before the end of the week.

            Commr. Hill stated that the whole local delegation diligently stayed in contact with all of them through this whole process, and she wanted to commend staff for putting together in a very timely fashion the answers to their questions, a lot of it being about impact fees and different aspects of not only growth management, but other bills that came through.  Staff did a very good job getting that information back to them.  She wanted everyone to know that they have responded to everything that was sent to them from their delegation.

            Commr. Pool noted that the Board wanted to express their gratitude to Commr. Cadwell for the numerous trips he made to Tallahassee.



            Commr. Pool and Commr. Hill reported that they both attended the Cinco de Mayo celebration in Mascotte, which was very nice.



            Commr. Hanson reported that the Second Annual Elder Affairs Symposium was held last Thursday, and it was very successful.  The Secretary of Elder Affairs was there and presented the County with a plaque for their ongoing work on communities for a lifetime, and Mascotte was also recognized by the Secretary.  She stated that Mascotte has taken the challenge as a city and is the first one that has done this along with the County.  Commr. Hanson stated that she cannot say enough about the great job that Ms. Robbie Hollenbeck, Special Projects Coordinator, did as always; it was very well planned and well attended and the press was also there.  Lake County does a lot of things of which they can be proud and maybe next year some of them will be able to attend.



            Commr. Hill stated that the Board wants to thank Commr. Stivender for putting together today’s program, and the presentations with all of the schools, and Ms. Wendy Taylor, for her hard work.

            Commr. Stivender stated that there are still some teams playing softball/baseball, and they may still try and get them here.

            Commr. Hanson noted that all of this coordinates with healthy communities and keeping the young people exercising, hopefully up into their adult lives.


            On a motion by Commt. Stivender, seconded by Commr. Hanson and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the execution of Proclamation 2005-67 designating the month of May as Community Action Month.


            Commr. Stivender wanted to thank the Educational Foundation and note that she had the opportunity to play in their golf tournament on Friday, and her teammates were the Superintendent of Lake County Schools, Anna Cowin, and Chairman of the School Board, Scott Strong.  She noted that Commr. Pool was there, but he did not play golf.

            BOARD MEETINGS

            Commr. Hill noted that the Board has a regular meeting scheduled for next week, May 17, 2005.


            There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting adjourned at 9:50 a.m.