A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
june 12, 2012
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 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: Leslie Campione, Chairman; Jennifer Hill, Vice Chairman; Sean Parks; Jimmy Conner; and Welton G. Cadwell. Others present were: Darren Gray, County Manager; Sanford A. “Sandy” Minkoff, County Attorney; Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, County Manager’s Office; Barbara F. Lehman, Chief Deputy Clerk, County Finance; and Courtney Vincent, Deputy Clerk.
INVOCATION and pledge
Reverend Ed Rose from Hearts and Hands Ministries gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mr. Gray requested that Tab 13 under the County Manager’s Consent Agenda be pulled. He stated that the agenda item related to the creation of a Sports Development Representative position and that he thought it would be prudent to consult the Tourist Development Council before filling the position. He stated it would be placed on the agenda for the July 10, 2012 meeting. He then asked to add to the Agenda under his business a request to fill two vacant positions in the Fleet Operations Division.
Commr. Campione requested that a presentation by Ms. Emogene Stegall, Supervisor of Elections, regarding the updated precinct maps be added to the Agenda under her business.
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the addition of a presentation by the Supervisor of Elections to the Agenda under Commr. Campione’s Report.
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the addition of a request to fill two vacant Fleet Operations positions to the Agenda under the County Manager’s Report.
Ms. Susan Irby, Employee Services Director, presented the following employee awards:
Russell Boyd, Equipment Operator III
Public Works/Road Operations Division
Scott Burrows, Firefighter/EMT
Public Safety/Fire Rescue Division
Ullyseus Jones, Delivery Service Driver/Operator
Public Resources/Library Services Division
Sidney Martin, Stormwater Inspector I
Public Works/Environmental Services Division
Dennis Owsley, Equipment Operator III
Public Works/Road Operations Division
Jeffrey Shrock, Firefighter/EMT
Public Safety/Fire Rescue Division
Sharon Hogan, Stormwater Technician
Public Works/Environmental Services Division
Kathleen Pagán, Tourism Program Supervisor
Office of Economic Development & Tourism
Brenda Quattlebaum, Probation Specialist
Conservation & Compliance/Probation Services Division
Mr. Jim Stivender, Public Works Director, presented the following award, commenting briefly about his service to the County:
Steven Lee, Assistant Area Maintenance Supervisor
Public Works/Road Operations Division
Mr. John Jolliff, Public Safety Director and Fire Chief, presented the following award, commenting briefly about his service to the County:
Braxton Bisceglia, Fire Lieutenant/EMT
Public Safety/Fire Rescue Division
Ms. Wendy Breeden, Public Resources Director, presented the following award, commenting briefly about his service to the County:
Charles Fedunak, Extension Agent IV
Public Resources/Agricultural Education Services Division
Chief Jolliff presented the following award, commenting briefly about her service to the County:
Dorothy Jackson, Emergency Management Associate
Public Safety/Emergency Management Division
Mr. Scott Blankenship, Economic Development and Tourism Director, presented the following award, commenting briefly about her service to the County:
Cheryl Thomas, Program Analyst
Economic Development and Tourism
board/committee certificate presentations
Ms. Irby presented the following awards and expressed gratitude for the services provided by the following individuals:
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
James E. Fischer, for service from 2007-2012 (Not Present)
Library Advisory Board
Jane Sewell, for service from 2009-2012 (Not Present)
Parks, Recreation & Trails Advisory Board
Michael Perry, for service from 2001-2012 (Not Present)
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Stewart, and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of April 24, 2012 (Regular Meeting) and May 8, 2012 (Regular Meeting) as presented.
Citizen question and comment
No one present wished to address the Board.
CLERK OF COURTS’ CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Parks and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Clerk of Courts’ Consent Agenda, Items 1 through 10, as follows:
List of Warrants
Request to acknowledge receipt of list of warrants paid prior to this meeting, pursuant to Chapter 136.06 (1) 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.
City of Clermont’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2011
Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of the City of Clermont’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, in accordance with Section 163.387(8) Florida Statutes, and a copy of the City’s CRA Annual Report which summarizes that agency’s information.
Founders Ridge Community Development District’s Proposed 2013 Budget
Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Founders Ridge Community Development District’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013, along with a cover letter dated May 9, 2012. The District will schedule a public hearing not less than 60 days from the date of this letter for adoption of the same.
Country Greens Community Development District Proposed 2013 Budget
Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Country Greens Community Development District’s proposed operating budget for Fiscal Year 2013, along with a cover letter dated May 10, 2012. The District’s public hearing is scheduled for June 25, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 19700 US Highway 441, Mount Dora, Florida.
Application for Original Certificate for an Existing Wastewater System
Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of an Application for Original Certificate for an Existing Wastewater System and initial rates and charges filed on May 18, 2012 for Harbor Waterworks, Inc., pursuant to Section 367.045, Florida Statutes, to operate a wastewater utility to provide service to territory in Lake County, Florida.
Cascades at Groveland Community Development District Proposed 2013 Budget
Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Proposed Budget approved by the Board of Supervisors of the Cascades at Groveland Community Development District and a cover letter stating that a public hearing to consider public comment and testimony on the Proposed Budget has been scheduled for August 15, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Shea Homes Construction Office, located at 229 Bayou Bend Road, Groveland, Florida 34736. Transmittal of the Proposed Budget is being made for purposes of disclosure and information, in accordance with the requirement set forth in Section 190.008(b), Florida Statutes.
Ordinances from the Town of Lady Lake
Request to acknowledge receipt of copies of Ordinances from the Town of Lady Lake as follows:
Ordinance No. 2012-01 amending Chapter 2 of the Town’s Code
Ordinance No. 2012-02 amending Chapter 1, Article III, of the Town’s Land Development Regulations (LDR)
Ordinance No. 2012-03 granting a special exception use for an auto salvage yard/motor vehicle towing and impoundment facility
Ordinance No. 2012-05 amending Chapter 3, Section 3-2, of the Town’s Code of Ordinances
Ordinance No. 2012-07 amending text in Chapter 5, Section 4 of the Town’s LDR’s
Ordinance No. 2012-08 amending the Chapter 2 of the Town’s LDR’s
Deer Island Community Development District Proposed 2013 Budget
Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Deer Island Community Development District’s proposed operating budget for Fiscal Year 2013, along with a cover letter dated May 18, 2012. The District’s public hearing is scheduled for August 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Deer Island Clubhouse, 18000 Eagles Way, Deer Island, Florida.
Pine Island Community Development District Proposed 2013 Budget
Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Pine Island Community Development District’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013, along with a cover letter dated May 18, 2012. The District will schedule a public hearing not less than 60 days from the date of this letter for adoption of the same.
Meeting Schedule for Cascades at Groveland Community Development District
Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of Resolution 2012-04 identifying the Fiscal Year 2012/2013 meeting schedule for Cascades at Groveland Community Development District.
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA
Commr. Conner requested that Tab 7 be pulled for discussion.
Commr. Hill clarified that, regarding Tab 8, the proposal for the Leesburg Neighborhood Stabilization Contract would have to meet all the criteria, rules, regulations, etc. before being any funds were awarded.
Commr. Parks commented that, regarding Tab 15, he appreciated the commitment the South Lake Chamber of Commerce had made to the South Lake Business Opportunity Center and how it would help the County’s efforts towards economic development and job creation.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Hill and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the County Manager’s Consent Agenda, Tabs 3 through 40, pulling Tab 7 for discussion and Tab 13 to be heard at a later date, as follows:
Request to approve and execute the attached revision of County Policy LCC-80 to include small business firms within the County's current Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program.
Request to approve advertising an amendment to the Ordinance regarding the membership of the Lake County Children's Services Council. Amending Chapter 2, Article IV, Division 8, Section 2-90.27 Lake County Code. There is no fiscal impact.
Request to approve and authorize the Chairman to sign the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) agreement with the West Leesburg Community Development Corporation, Community Redevelopment Agency for the Carver Heights/Montclair Area, and the City of Leesburg, in the amount not to exceed $75,000.00 (from CDBG fund) for improvements to Berry Park. The fiscal impact is $75,000.00 - 100% Grant Funded.
Request to approve the Amended and Restated Agreement between Lake County, Florida and Florida's Vision Quest, Inc. for Annual Grant Funding in the amount of $10,000.00.
Request for approval to award contracts in support of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP 3) to the four responding not-for-profit entities under Request for Proposals 11-0221, execute the attached three contracts, and authorize the chair to execute the remaining contract upon receipt. The fiscal impact is currently estimated at $1.3 million (100% grant funded).
Request for authorization to fill one vacant Program Supervisor position in the Community Services Department/Housing Services Division. The fiscal impact is $52,197. (The position is funded 80% by Section 8, 10% by CDBG Admin, and 10% by NSP3.)
Conservation and Compliance
Request for approval of Satisfaction & Release of Fine for Property Owner: William Murtaugh (Case# 2008090214) (Fiscal Impact is $ 1,000 – Revenue).
Request for approval to award under Invitation to Bid (ITB) 12-0806 to the vendors noted in the background summary for provision of fire equipment and supplies on an as-required basis, and authorize the procurement office to execute all associated implementing documentation. The estimated annual fiscal impact is $250,000.
Request to approve the attached Budget Change Requests for transfer of accumulated excess funds in each of the MSBU special reserve accounts to contractual services in order to distribute these excess funds back to each Homeowner’s Association. Fiscal Impact is $6,000 per MSBU, total $18,000.00 (100% MSBU funded).
Economic Development and Tourism
Request for approval to advertise Ordinance amending Section 13-47 of the Lake County Code regarding the tourism development tax, removing the provision that established a grant program, and update for consistency with Section 125.0104, Florida Statutes.
Request to approve the Agreement with South Lake Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and the Lake County Board of County Commissioners for annual funding to assist with the operation of the South Lake Business Opportunity Center. Approve Resolution No. 2012-63 for Unanticipated Revenue and appropriation of funds. Fiscal Impact is $3,500.
Request to approve changing the name of the Employee Services Department to the Human Resources Department.
Request for approval to award under RFP 12-0811 to Centra Care and to Life Scans Wellness Centers as described in the background summary for physical examinations and testing, and authorize the procurement office to execute all implementing paperwork. The estimated annual fiscal impact is $102,000.
Request for approval of the County's updated Section 125 Flexible Spending Account (Cafeteria Plan) document reducing the health reimbursement amount to $2,500 per changes in legislation, effective 10/01/2012. There is no fiscal impact.
Request to approve advertising an ordinance amending quorum requirements for the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) to provide for a majority of the appointed members rather than a majority of the membership.
Request to approve Responding Resolution No. 2012-64 to City of Lady Lake Resolution 2012-102 regarding the Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement (ISBA). Staff is also requesting the appointment of Commissioner Cadwell as liaison as this is his district. There is no fiscal impact.
Request to authorize the purchase of 80 replacement computers from Dell Computer Corporation. Fiscal impact is $41,932, using budgeted State Aid to Libraries operating grant funds.
Request for approval to award contract 12-0214 to Wal-Rose Inc. in the amount of $525,000 for the second phase of work associated with the construction of the East Lake Community Park, and approve the associated budget change request to support the award. The fiscal impact for Phase Two (2) is $525,000.
Request for approval to award contract 12-0807 for clay for County ballfields to Stephens Grading Service, and authorize the Procurement Office to complete all associated contract documentation. (Expenditure-Annual Fiscal Impact $120,000.00 estimated)
Request to approve Modification #1 to the FY2009 State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) Agreement, extending the expiration date to July 31, 2012. There is no fiscal impact.
Presentation of information from the Public Safety Department regarding the purchase of technology for the Emergency Communications and Operations Center. There is no fiscal impact.
Request for approval by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners of Modification #1 to the FY09 Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Funding Agreement; extending the expiration date of the Agreement to April 30, 2013. There is no fiscal impact.
Request for authorization to fill two positions within the Public Safety Department, Emergency Management Division; one vacant Disaster Assistance Specialist position and one vacant Emergency Management Associate position. The total fiscal impact for both positions is $94,755. ($71,686 is grant-funded and $23,069 is funded by the General Fund.)
Request to approve and execute the Structure Lease Agreement for the AT & T Tower and the Unanticipated Revenue Resolution No. 2012-65. Fiscal impact $1900.00 per month, $22,800.00 annually.
Request to approve Resolution No. 2012-66 designating the Holiday Haven Subdivision in Astor as a Golf Cart Community. There is no fiscal impact. Commission District 5.
Request to approve a contract for Operation and Maintenance, and Phase II Design of the Fuel Remediation Facility, at the Lake County Solid Waste Facility with SHAW Environmental utilizing budgeted funds. The fiscal impact is $150,237.21. Commission District 3
Request to authorize the execution of Resolution No. 2012-67 accepting the following road into the County Road Maintenance System: Hooks Street “Part” (County Road No. 1346) from a point 260’ east of Grand Highway to a point 37’ west of Sandhill View Boulevard as constructed as the Hooks Street Phase IV-B Extension Project No. 2011-06. Hooks Street is located in Commission District 2. There is no fiscal impact.
Request for authorization to execute a Second Temporary Easement Continuation Agreement, and execute a Second Amendment to Developer’s Agreement for Construction of Improvements between Lake County and Long Farms North, Inc. Park Hill Partial Replat and Tract B consists of 7 lots and is located in Section 28, Township 19 South, Range 25 East. Commission District 3. There is no fiscal impact.
Request for authorization to fill two Road Maintenance Operator positions in Public Works/Road Operations Division. The total fiscal impact for these two positions is $64,500.
Request for authorization to fill one vacant Right of Way Agent II position within the Public Works Department/Engineering Division. The fiscal impact is $53,224.
Request to approve and award contract 12-0809 for the sixty month lease of four wheel loaders to Highland Tractor Company, Ocala, Florida at the estimated annual fiscal impact of $139,662.72.
Request for approval to advertise for CR 445 Widening and Resurfacing from Kismet Road C-9081 to Deer Road East C-9080A at an estimated cost of $192,000.00 from the Road Impact Fee Benefit District 1 - Infrastructure - Construction (Expense). Commission District 5. The fiscal impact is $192,000.00.
Request for approval to advertise for CR 565A Widening and Resurfacing from Green Valley Boulevard C-1528 to Lake Minneola Shores C-1733 (CR-561) project at an estimated cost of $640,000.00 from the Road Impact Fee Benefit District 6 - Infrastructure - Construction (Expense). Commission District 1. The fiscal impact is $640,000.00.
Request for approval of award of contract 12-0426, Right of Way Shoulder Rehabilitation to Merrell's Grade-All, St. Cloud, Florida, and authorize the Procurement Office to execute all implementing documentation. The fiscal impact is $360,485.00.
Request to approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a satisfaction and release of lien for the attached three (3) special assessments. Commission District 5. There is no fiscal impact.
Request for approval to award to Rush Truck Centers, Orlando, Florida for a Dry Freight Box Truck with a lift gate for Public Works, Solid Waste Division, Hazardous Waste daily operations. The fiscal impact is $83,584.00.
Mt. Plymouth/Sorrento CRA Committee
Commr. Conner suggested that the Board should have a discussion prior to making a decision on a specific proposal as to whether or not it supported Community Redevelopment Areas (CRA’s) in general. He stated that he did not support CRA’s right now because he believed the timing was bad considering the current decline in property values. He remarked that it was inconsistent to consider going to the rollback rate while at the same time allocating future tax dollars. He clarified that he was not against investing in communities but that it could be done without being bound by the obligation of a CRA. He stated that if the Board was going to approve CRA’s it would be better to target places which had a greater decrease in property values in the last year.
Commr. Campione clarified that the agenda item was a request to advertise an ordinance creating the Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento Community Redevelopment Advisory Committee and that the discussion regarding the specifics of the CRA and whether or not to proceed with the CRA would happen during the hearing on the certificate of need. She noted that CRA’s had been beneficial to Lake County and mentioned that Tavares was an example of one of the most successful CRA’s in the County. She opined that CRA’s had worked in Lake County because of the oversight and the involvement of the elected official and the community in the process. She then reiterated that the discussion of whether or not to move forward with the CRA would not happen until after the hearing on the certificate of need and the fund would not be set up until they felt comfortable with the status of taxable values.
Commr. Cadwell stated that Commr. Conner made a good point and remarked that he was not sure if he completely supported the CRA. He opined that the creation of the advisory committee was the next logical step towards determining what the community needs.
Commr. Campione expressed that only a small amount of people were against the CRA and that the majority of the community supported it.
Commr. Conner asked Commr. Campione to outline the steps she was proposing regarding the CRA and where during the process there would be an opportunity for the Board to discuss CRA’s.
Commr. Campione replied that, after the ordinance was advertised, the Board would have a discussion on the certificate of need at the June 26, 2012 BCC Meeting and, depending on how the Board voted, the fund would not be set up until the Board reviewed next year’s taxable values. She stressed that it took a long time to create a plan for a CRA and the advisory committee would get the community partners involved in the process. She expressed her hope that the process would not take more than two years.
Commr. Conner remarked that it was the financial commitment and not the planning that he was most concerned about.
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Parks and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved advertising an ordinance creating the Mt. Plymouth-Sorrento Community Redevelopment Advisory Committee.
COUNTY ATTORNEY’S CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Hill, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the County Attorney’s Consent Agenda, Tabs 41 and 42 as follows:
Request for approval to advertise an ordinance extending the moratorium on simulated gambling establishments for three hundred sixty-five (365) days to July 31, 2013.
Request for approval to cancel the Mortgage and release the Note executed by Terry L. Anderson, Jr., on July 5, 2007, and recorded at O.R. Book 3466, Pages 1924 through 1932, upon receipt of the $3,000 payment. Fiscal Impact: The original loan amount was $30,000; recovery will be $3,000.
Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission Update
Mr. Scott Blankenship, Economic Development and Tourism Director, introduced Mr. Rick Weddle, President and CEO of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (Metro Orlando EDC).
Mr. Weddle gave a presentation to update the Board on the progress of the Metro Orlando EDC. He reviewed that the Metro Orlando EDC region included Lake, Seminole, Orange, and Osceola Counties. He stated that the focus of the EDC was to recruit new companies and jobs to the region, assist existing job growth, support entrepreneurial start-ups, and to attract film and television production. He listed targeted industry sectors such as aerospace and defense, energy, life sciences, and manufacturing and distribution. He reported that over the last year the EDC had undergone restructuring, seen an increase in resources for business development and an improvement in the business process, and engaged a regional economic developers (RED) team to serve as an advisory group to help develop an integrated approach to economic development. He outlined that the EDC value proposition was based on the region being the right frame for success and having an increased impact of public/private leverage, a fair and equitable public funding formula, a level playing field, transparency, support for product improvement, and a direct return on investments. He mentioned that funding for the EDC was comprised of 70 percent private investment and 30 percent public investment. He also noted that the EDC was making sure to charge all of their participants in a fair and equitable way and specified that, while currently Lake County was paying $0.97 per capita, they wanted to bring it down to $0.74 per capita to bring Lake County in line with Seminole County. He mentioned that in the last year the EDC had started to look at what the real revenue impact of economic development was to the region and to the communities. He gave an example using Lake County’s Fiscal Year 2010-2011 results and reported that for every dollar invested on the two projects of that year the County saw a $1.38 return. He then discussed the County’s positioning for the future, commenting that the County had engaged leadership, an enhanced Economic Development Department and improved product offerings. He also mentioned that the County’s Economic Development website and business opportunity centers were very impressive. He recapped the presentation by saying that the Metro Orlando EDC was there to work with the County to help create new and better jobs, to increase the capital investment and tax base, grow film production revenue, to create business opportunities and growth, and to create a more competitive County and region.
Commr. Parks thanked Mr. Weddle for the great presentation. He commented that the EDC could help Lake County with the Sector Plan by backing Lake County when they took the plan to the governor.
Commr. Campione noted that she would be meeting with the Mayor and City Manager for the City of Mount Dora regarding the Mount Dora Employment Center and the proposal to conduct a market analysis for the Center. She added that the parkway interchange and its proximity to the parcel for the Employment Center would also influence the County’s economic development and any help the EDC could offer would be appreciated.
Mr. Weddle replied that the EDC would love to help and stressed the potential for economic growth in the Central Florida region.
Commr. Campione remarked that it was important to have the direct involvement that the EDC offered. She then asked when the County would see the changes in the per capita funding.
Mr. Weddle answered that it would be discussed soon and over the next year they would look at broadening it across the scope of all their public partners.
Commr. Campione stated that she appreciated that the EDC was working on the fairness aspect of regional development and added that she recognized that many people in Lake County commuted to other counties in the region, so growth in other counties would still benefit Lake County and the region as a whole. She then asked how the EDC would market the region on a national or global basis and what benefits would Lake County receive as a result of those efforts.
Mr. Weddle answered that the work over the past several years had focused more directly on restructuring the business development part of the EDC and now they were in the process of establishing a new marketing and communications plan that would largely focus, not on advertising, but on communications, editorial marketing and merchandizing success stories as well as representing the region at meetings and through social media.
Commr. Parks asked if the EDC could help market Lake County’s efforts and advancements in online permitting.
Mr. Weddle replied that they should be able to.
Commr. Conner thanked Mr. Weddle on behalf of the City of Tavares for the help the EDC has given to the City. He then reiterated that people in Lake County benefitted from jobs in other counties.
Mr. Darren Gray, County Manager, noted that the commissioners would receive a full update on the South Lake Sector Plan during the July 10, 2012 BCC meeting.
RECESS AND REASSEMBLY
The Chairman announced that there would be a five-minute recess at 10:11 a.m.
Mr. Jerry Smith, Emergency Management Division Director, gave a presentation on the 2012 Hurricane Season and to review Lake County’s preparedness activities. He reported that Colorado State University predicted for the 2012 Hurricane Season that there will be 10 named storms, four of which will be hurricanes with three of those four as major hurricanes. He also reported that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted there will be between nine and 15 named storms with between four to eight of those being hurricanes and between one and three of those being major hurricanes. He clarified that any season with more than 10 named storms is considered an active season. He reviewed weather terminology, specifying that a “Watch” meant that conditions were favorable for the threat while “Warning” meant that the threat actually existed. He also reviewed the five categories of hurricanes as defined by the Saffir-Simpson Scale and noted that a major hurricane was any hurricane classified as a Category 3 or higher and the County always planned for a hurricane one category above what was predicted. He stated that the County’s Emergency Management Plans took an “all-hazards approach” since many consequences of disasters were the same regardless of the hazard. He then stressed that all disasters were local, explaining that State and Federal partners were there to assist in an emergency but not perform the duties provided locally. He reviewed the anatomy of a disaster, discussing the response phase and the recovery phase, and also reviewed the roll of the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). He stated that the EOC collaborated with all stakeholders and coordinated efforts with other jurisdictions to facilitate a countywide response typically done through supporting first responders and relief organizations. He listed the categories for subject matter experts who provide staffing in the EOC and in the field in response to an emergency. He noted that there were eight primary emergency shelters and that, of those eight, one was a pet-friendly shelter and three were pet-friendly and special needs shelters. He added that Spring Creek Elementary School would be added as a primary shelter by the end of July 2012. He discussed the coordination efforts involved in disaster recovery such as debris management planning and shelter management, as well as coordinating with non-governmental organizations such as the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. He mentioned that the EOC staff training had been moved to July 2012. He then discussed family disaster planning, stating that preparedness is a personal responsibility. He reviewed hurricane impacts such as inland flooding, high winds, and tornados as well as post storm impacts such as debris, live wires, and fire. He stressed the importance of having a family disaster supply kit that could last between three to five days and that should include a gallon of water per person per day. He informed the Board that the Florida Division of Emergency Management had a tool on their website called “Get a Plan” which would allow citizens to create and store a family disaster plan and the tool was available at www.floridadisaster.org. He noted that information on impending disasters could be obtained through weather radios and AM radio stations as well as occasionally through television news sources. He also remarked that there were public education brochures available at www.lakecountyfl.gov, keyword: emergency.
Commr. Cadwell commented that some of the County parks had been utilized in the past to assist with debris management and he asked if, now that the quality of the parks had been improved, they would still require the use of the parks.
Mr. Smith replied that they were working to eliminate County parks as an option and clarified that, as part of the RFP process, they were tasking haulers to identify alternate sites for debris management.
COUNTY MANAGER’S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
Lake county fairgrounds status update
Ms. Wendy Breeden, Public Resources Director, addressed updated the Board on the status of relocating the Lake County Fairgrounds. She reviewed information about the existing property located at the northwest corner of SR 44 and CR 452 in the City of Eustis and also reviewed the reasons for looking to relocate such as the property’s location in the 100 year Flood Zone and the lack of room for expansion. She reminded the Board that the Lake County Fair Association had made a presentation to the Board in December 2011, during which they submitted a proposal to move the Fairgrounds to a County-owned site at the corner of CR 488 and SR 19, and that the Board had reached a consensus to review details and funding sources available as well as to research similar fairgrounds for comparison. She reported that the proposed location was not appropriate for the Fairgrounds because it would encroach on existing landfill operations. She mentioned that County staff met with the Fair Association in March 2012 and it was agreed that the County should advertise for suitable properties based on criteria established by the Fair Association. She related that it was also the consensus of the group that the sale of the existing property would be needed in order to assist with financing of the new property. She stated that the property search was in progress and outlined the defined area of interest and the criteria needed, noting that the site would need to be more centrally located within the County, be at least 80 acres, and be flat terrain with access to a State Road or County Road highway as well as close proximity to utilities. She reported that the advertisement for property had been in the Lake Sentinel and the Lake and Sumter Realtors Digest and that responses would be reviewed first by the Fair Association for access, topography, environmental factors, and cost. She stated that, before a recommendation could be brought before the Board, the Fair Association would submit an analysis of funding and operations of similar county fairgrounds and complete the property evaluations, and then the Fair Association and County staff would study site and funding options before bringing their recommendation to the Board.
Commr. Cadwell suggesting having the current Fairgrounds property appraised in order to have a better idea as to how much the sale of the property would contribute towards the financing of a new site.
Commr. Campione agreed with Commr. Cadwell. She then apologized to the City of Eustis, opining that the Board should sit down with the City to discuss their vision for the future of the current Fairgrounds property.
Commr. Conner asked where the capital would come from to finance the relocation of the Fairgrounds.
Commr. Hill replied that she had thought it had been discussed that funds would be obtained through the Tourist Development Council (TDC).
Mr. Gray confirmed that the Board could look into getting help from the TDC and that staff was going to look at different funding options and the information would be disseminated during the presentation of the property analysis.
Commr. Conner remarked that he was unsure how the TDC would react to the Board’s request to assist in funding the relocation. He expressed concern as to whether or not the County could afford to relocate the Fairgrounds at this time, especially with projected costs around $2 million.
Ms. Breeden clarified that the first level of a phased approach towards the project had been estimated at under $1 million. She added that other options were being explored such as using generated revenue to help with funding or obtaining private funding.
Commr. Conner explained that he would be more comfortable if he had a better idea of what the budget would be for the relocation and where that money would come from. He stated that he had no objection to the appraisal but he did not want to mislead the Fair Association.
Commr. Cadwell agreed and remarked that the appraisal would help determine if the County could afford to relocate the Fairgrounds. He commented that the next steps would be to confer with the Fair Association about approaching the project in phases beginning with obtaining property to determine how realistic the project was.
Commr. Parks asked if there were other County-owned or School Board-owned lands that could be used for the Fairgrounds relocation as opposed to purchasing new property.
Ms. Breeden replied that the Fair Association was looking at other public partnership opportunities.
Mr. Gray added that the proposal to relocate the Fairgrounds was not County-initiated, it came from the Fair Association, which had submitted several different proposals to the County, and the County was currently going through those as well as looking at a few other options while working with the Fair Association in order to bring back a recommendation to the Board.
Commr. Cadwell clarified that the next steps in the process would not cost any money except the appraisal fee for the current Fairgrounds.
Commr. Campione stated that the next step for the Fair Association was to submit an analysis of funding and operations for similar county fairgrounds. She explained that the analysis would give a better idea about what type of revenue could be generated as a result of having the type of facility the Fairgrounds Association would like. She added that the analysis would also help determine if TDC funds could be used towards the project.
Commr. Conner clarified that he was not opposed with going forward with the appraisal but he did not want the Fairgrounds Association to think the Board was committing to anything at this point. He opined that the Board needed to have more oversight regarding the process because he did not understand why the consultants hired by the Fairgrounds Association did not realize the property they recommended was not suitable for the desired purpose.
Commr. Cadwell reiterated Commr. Campione’s earlier statement that the City of Eustis should be present at discussions regarding the current Fairgrounds.
Commr. Hill clarified that the existing facilities on the current Fairgrounds location would remain in place until the completion of the relocation project.
Commr. Campione suggested that, if a buyer was found for the current property, a stipulation could be added that the Fairgrounds operations would continue until a suitable alternative was secured. She reiterated the need to reach out to the City of Eustis to get their input on the future use of the current Fairgrounds property.
The Board reached a consensus to move forward with the appraisal of the current Fairgrounds property.
Solid waste business plan update
Mr. Jim Stivender, Public Works Director, gave an update on the Solid Waste Business Plan, provided the status of the disposal and collection request for proposal (RFP), and discussed the exclusive franchised commercial collection districts. He reviewed the Solid Waste Alternative Task Force (SWATF) Recommendations regarding residential and commercial solid waste collection and disposal. He displayed the initial timeline and mentioned that staff had met with the municipalities in March. He commented that the municipalities were waiting to see what the County would do regarding solid waste collection before determining if they would partner with the County. He reported that staff would be meeting with all of the vendors individually in the following week to discuss the collection and disposal processes in order to gain their input for the RFP that would be brought before the Board for approval in September with the goal of going out for bidding in October. He reviewed the data collected through the RFP’s of other counties and municipalities as well as meeting with those entities. He remarked that Orange County was also moving to single-stream collection and opined that it showed Lake County was on the right track by considering a switch to that collection method. He then summarized four options, the first two dealing with collection only while the other two dealt with collection and disposal. He noted that the main difference between the two collection options that called for once per week garbage collection designated to specific disposal sites, single-stream recycling with once per week collection, and once per week yard waste collection designated to specific disposal sites came down to automated collection with vendor-supplied containers versus manual collection with resident-supplied garbage bins and County-supplied 18 gallon bins for recycling. He noted that the main difference between the two collection/disposal combination options that called for once per week garbage, recycling and yard waste collection including all related collection and disposal costs was that with automated service the vendor would supply trash and recycling bins in multiple sizes versus with manual service where the residents would supply the trash containers and the County would supply 18 gallon bins. He mentioned that the 18 gallon bins were already in the County’s possession. He added that disposal-only vendors may choose to submit a price per ton for the disposal of municipal solid waste and yard waste debris for the unincorporated residential areas. He discussed the options for commercial franchises, stating that the SWATF had recommended continuing with exclusive franchised residential and commercial collection but that, based on further analysis, staff recommended de-franchising commercial accounts. He related that in the past the commercial waste was needed because of the contract with Covanta that required a specific tonnage of waste per day, but they would no longer need it once the contract ended. He stated that the advantages of de-franchising commercial hauling would be that it allows businesses to negotiate for the best rates, creates a competitive market, promotes economic development, and the County would have the option to implement a franchise/license fee. He stated that the disadvantages were that it could potentially increase the residential cost as well as the commercial cost for some locations. He then displayed the revised accelerated timeline, stating that the benefit of that was it would give whoever was awarded the contracts additional time to have everything ready before implementation. He requested the Board approve discontinuing with the exclusive franchised commercial collection districts.
Commr. Cadwell asked if Mr. Stivender had an idea how much the residential collection would be affected by de-franchising the commercial collection and how commercial collection would be handled in outlying areas where haulers either might not service or upcharge to an unreasonable rate.
Mr. Stivender replied that in other locations where areas had been de-franchised they had not seen a jump in price, but it did factor in, and he was concerned about that. He stated that they could bid it out both with and without franchises, though they were trying to avoid doing that.
Commr. Conner stated that he liked the idea of opening up markets and increasing competition, but they needed to find the right balance and do what they could to protect the people in rural areas from price gouging.
Commr. Cadwell suggested sharing the costs across an entire district.
Commr. Conner was concerned that this suggestion would result in one person subsidizing another person.
Commr. Campione also expressed concern that vendors could take advantage of people in the outlying areas and asked if it would be possible to have a hybrid model where certain areas were franchised while other areas were not.
Mr. Sandy Minkoff, County Attorney, answered that the issue of vendors not collecting waste could be addressed by requiring the haulers to do commercial pickup when no one was willing. He remarked that he did not think that would occur anywhere in the unincorporated parts of the County and added that he thought commercial customers would receive reduced rates, even in the more rural areas. He noted that there was a problem with un-franchised people who were coming into the area under the guise of recycling, and it was difficult for staff to manage.
Commr. Cadwell asked for Mr. Minkoff to include language in the contract requiring franchised residential haulers to collect commercial waste if no one else will do it.
Mr. Minkoff replied that it could be added to the contract.
On a motion by Commr. Parks, seconded by Commr. Conner, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the request to discontinue with the exclusive franchised commercial collection districts.
Right of way acquisition procedure
Mr. Stivender addressed the Board to provide an overview of the right of way acquisition process. He reviewed the history of right of way acquisition in the County, mentioning that property had been given to the County voluntarily in the past, but now the County had to pay for right of way property. He also mentioned that in the past the County had requested that the cities conduct Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Studies with the collaboration of local residents to develop road projects that were funded by impact fees and that were something the city actually wanted. He reviewed the process for road project development starting with planning, and then making the decision to proceed, designing the project, acquiring the right of way, and then construction. He emphasized that the project had to be completely designed before it was possible to move forward with any process of payment and/or eminent domain.
Mr. Fred Schneider, County Engineer for the Public Works Department, then explained that the project purpose and need were developed during the PD&E and preliminary engineering studies and mentioned that the right of way requirements were considered during the study and public hearing process. He stated that the typical cross section for the project had a significant impact on cost and right of way. He noted three different project types: new road construction, lane widening and trails and then gave an example for each of the project types such as the four-lane new road on Hooks Street in Clermont, the four-lane widening project on CR 466 in Lady Lake, and the South Lake Trail stretching from Clermont to Groveland. He stated that the right of way costs could equal or exceed the cost of construction and added that a project could not commence until all right of way was acquired, and he emphasized that right of way influenced the design of the project just as the design impacted the right of way issues and costs. He discussed the Right of Way Team and their purpose, which was to work with engineers to ensure that the project was planned and designed in a way to minimize right of way impacts and costs, make sure that right of way issues were considered and resolved during design, and to provide additional advice in certain cases needing special attention. He noted that the Right of Way Team was comprised of representatives from Public Works Engineering and Right of Way, Growth Management, the County Attorney’s Office, municipal representatives if a project was in or near a city, and outside consultants if needed. He explained that right of way purchase typically began after the PD&E was completed or when about 60 percent of the design has been planned. He added that Public Works usually coordinated the acquisition process while working closely with the County Attorney and that all purchases were approved by the County Manager and the County Attorney. He mentioned that federally-funded projects required the use of the federally-approved acquisition process through the Local Agency Program (LAP) process. He discussed the CR 466 project in the Lady Lake area as a case study for the right of way acquisition process, noting that the PD&E was done in 2003 by the Town of Lady Lake and that staff had been involved regarding right of way from 2003 until August of 2011. He also pointed out that the total project cost for that project was $18,727,800, which was 98 percent over the appraised value, and that $7,375,800 of that cost went towards right of way. He specified that the County’s fees might include title work, appraisals and appraisal reviews, environmental studies, consulting attorney fees, and other professional fees, as well as the property owner’s cost which might include legal fees, planners, engineers, and contractor fees.
Mr. Minkoff then explained that after voluntary acquisition, eminent domain could be utilized in order for a project to proceed if all right of way was not acquired. He mentioned that eminent domain, which was a relatively new process for the County, was when the County would compensate any landowners for any land and/or any buildings that were taken or other improvements to the property, as well as any property owner’s expert and legal fees. He added that when less than the entire parcel was taken, the County had to pay damages for the remainder of the property, and the County was required to pay business damages as well if the property was a business that had been located on the parcel for at least five years. He explained that it took approximately six months after the Board made the decision to obtain a title using eminent domain, since the plans and appraisals must be completed before that process begins; however, compensations issues could take up to two or three years after the acquisition of the title. He reviewed the advantages of eminent domain as having the assurance of timely right of way acquisition and having more flexibility in the design, but noted that a disadvantage was that it cost about twice the appraised value of the property. He added that the County Manager would have to get approval by the Board to pay more than 25 percent greater than the appraised value, not including property owner costs, or for any cost greater than $250,000.
Mr. Stivender requested for the Board to reaffirm the 2007 Board settlement authority and additional settlement practices granting the County Manager the authority to approve the right of way purchases up to those amounts.
Commr. Parks asked if there was a role for members of the BCC if they wanted to be involved with the Right of Way Team.
Mr. Stivender explained that that input would come during the PD&E process. He clarified that the parameters of the project were not part of the right of way and were all established before the Right of Way Team assembles.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Hill, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the 2007 BCC settlement authority and additional settlement practices for the acquisition of right of way.
Women’s hall of fame selection committee appointments
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Hill, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved reappointing Ms. Debbie Stivender (District 1), Mr. Rick Reed (District 2), Ms. Bernice Odums (District 3), Ms. Tracy Belton (District 4), and Ms. Jean Martin (District 5) to the Women’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Planning & zoning board appointment
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Parks, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the appointment of Ms. Debbie Stivender as the Alternate Member to the Lake County Planning & Zoning Board to represent the Lake County School Board, to serve remainder of a four-year term ending Jan. 31, 2015.
Enterprise zone development agency appointments
Ms. Amye King, Growth Management Director, addressed the Board to give an overview of the Lake County Enterprise Zone and to give staff’s recommendation for appointments to the Enterprise Zone Development Agency (EZDA). She reviewed that the enterprise zones were located in Eustis, Leesburg, and Mascotte and noted that Florida Statutes 290.0055 through 290.0065 on enterprise zone creation stated that at least 50 percent of the census geographic block group may not have less than a poverty rate of 30 percent, the average unemployment rate may not be less than the State’s average of unemployment, it may include poverty within a municipality, and the enabling legislation for Lake County limits the total size to ten square miles. She listed the incentives and benefits of enterprise zones such as job tax credits, business equipment refunds, building material refunds, property tax credits, property tax exemption for child care facilities, municipal utility tax emption upon adoption of ordinance, and community contribution tax credits. She stated that Lake County Ordinance 2011-58 stated that the Board may appoint at least one representative from each of the following to the EZDA: local chambers of commerce, local financial or insurance entities, local businesses, businesses operating within the nominated area, residents residing within the nominated area, non-profit community-based organizations operating within the nominated area, the regional workforce board, local code enforcement agencies, and local law enforcement agencies. She informed the Board that staff had requested that the cities of Eustis, Leesburg, and Mascotte recommend at least two appointees from the list of disciplines. She added that a notice of the vacancies was also posted on the internet and televised on LSCC Channel 13 along with the regularly scheduled airing of County Commission meetings. She listed the applicants and the disciplines they fall under, specifying that there were three applicants under local chambers of commerce, one for local financial or insurance entities, one for local business, no one for businesses operating within the nominated area, two for residents residing within the nominated area, four for non-profit community-based organizations operating within the nominated area, and no applicants from the regional workforce board, local code enforcement agencies, or local law enforcement agencies. She noted that staff had requested the Lake County Sheriff appoint someone, and there may be an appointment at a later date. She reported that the County had entered into an Interlocal Agreement with the cities of Eustis, Leesburg, and Mascotte to participate and adhere to the Strategic Plan for the enterprise zones. She also stated that the EZDA must meet and prepare a report to be sent to the Board and the DEO by the end of the calendar year. She asked for the Board to appoint the members to the EZDA and noted that there would not be a quorum at this time if one person was appointed to each category where there was an applicant but that they hoped they would receive more applications soon.
Commr. Campione clarified that more than one representative could be appointed from each discipline. She commented that there were many applicants who would be great additions to the EZDA and suggested attempting to move some of the applicants to different disciplines if they qualified
Commr. Parks agreed with Commr. Campione.
Mr. Minkoff clarified that the discipline categories were more aspirational goals, and if all of those categories could not be filled and the Board decided to appoint all 11 of the current applicants, then the EZDA would be in compliance.
Commr. Cadwell suggested that the Board wait to hear back from the Sheriff’s Office regarding a possible applicant for the representative of local law enforcement.
Commr. Campione suggested approaching Workforce Central Florida for a representative for the EZDA.
Mr. Minkoff stated that if the Board wanted to keep one space open for local law enforcement and one space open for someone representing Workforce Central Florida, they would have to appoint nine of the eleven current applicants.
Commr. Campione suggested that they appoint the eleven current applicants and reach out to law enforcement for input, but that a representative from law enforcement did not have to sit on the EZDA.
Ms. King commented that the Sheriff’s Office was working to figure out an appropriate person, but that they had not received confirmation as to whether or not the Sheriff’s Office wanted to be involved.
Commr. Cadwell suggested waiting on appointing Mr. Aaron Culp, District 5, as a representative for non-profit community-based organizations operating within the nominated area. He explained that they were trying to confirm his application and suggested that if the Sheriff’s Office did not wish to participate, then Mr. Culp, who was reported to be a corrections officer, could fill in as a representative of local law enforcement.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Parks, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the appointment of Ms. Nancy Muenzmay, Mr. Louis C. Ward, Mr. Robert A. Cronin, Ms. Kathryn S. McKeeby, Ms. Ginger Howard, Ms. Wynderlon O. Blue, Ms. Mary Marquard, Ms. Sue Cordova, Mr. Kent Adcock, and Ms. Emily Lee to the Enterprise Zone Development Agency.
Affordable housing advisory committee appointments
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Hill, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved Resolution No. 2012-68 and appointed Mr. Greg Beliveau as a resident who represents employers in Lake County and appointed Mr. John Jolliff as a resident who represents essential services personnel as defined in the Housing Assistance Plan members to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to serve unexpired two-year terms ending November 30, 2013.
reports – county attorney
restated loan agreement with hancock bank
Mr. Minkoff requested that the Board approve a resolution and amended and restated loan agreement with Hancock Bank as well as a budget transfer. He stated that there was about $5.5 million still left on this loan, which is backed by the sales tax which paid for the radio system loan and which goes through 2017. He mentioned that their financial advisor recommended that the loan be rebid, which prompted a discussion with Hancock Bank who then agreed to amend the documents and reduce the interest rate down to 1.45 percent. He remarked that the savings to the County over the remaining five years would equal $200,000 after costs.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Hill, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved Resolution No. 2012-62 and Amended and Restated Loan Agreement, authorization for Chairman to sign these documents in connection with the loan, and the corresponding budget transfer.
reports – county manager
Request to fill vacant fleet operations positions
Mr. Gray requested that the Board approve filling two vacant Fleet Operations, a Mechanic 1 position and a Mechanic/Welder/Fabricator position.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Conner, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved for two vacant Fleet Operations, a Mechanic 1 position and a Mechanic/Welder/Fabricator position to be filled.
reports – commissioner parks – district 2
Capital Facilities Advisory Committee Meeting
Commr. Parks reported that he had attended the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) last week, which would be meeting aggressively over the summer in order to create a recommendation for the BCC. He added that CFAC wanted to ask some of the State’s legislators to come in at some point during the summer to answer questions.
Cistern and Solar Panel Lighting Program project
Commr. Parks thanked staff for opening the Cistern and Solar Panel Lighting Program project at the Agricultural Center.
Lake County Rowing Association
Commr. Parks reported that the Lake County Rowing Association planned to hold their first regatta in either late summer or early fall of this year.
progress with online permitting
Commr. Parks requested that the County Manager stress the County’s progress with online permitting as well as rules and regulations during the next Economic Development Report scheduled in July.
Kids against hunger food drive
Commr. Parks reported that the County Commission had partnered with the other Constitutional Officers to collect donated food throughout the month of June for the Kids Against Hunger Program which donates food to children in need throughout the County.
reports – commissioner conner – district 3
The War of 1812 Remembrance Day
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Cadwell, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved Proclamation No. 2012-61 proclaiming June 18th as "The War of 1812 Remembrance Day".
Reception for commissionER hill
Commr. Conner suggested having a nice reception for Commr. Hill, who would not be returning as a County Commissioner next year.
The Board agreed to have a reception in November in her honor.
REPORTS – COMMISsIONER campione – CHAIRMAN & DISTRICT 4
precinct changes due to redistricting
Ms. Emogene W. Stegall, Supervisor of Elections, presented the new precinct changes that were made due to the state redistricting that had taken place. She stated that Lake County was now in Congressional Districts 5, 10, and 11; Florida Senate Districts 8 and 11; and Florida House Districts 31, 32, and 33. She stated that the County was required to report election results by Congressional District, and in order to do this, the Elections Office made several changes by creating five new precincts. She listed two of the new precincts and new polling places as the Harbor Hills Clubhouse at Harbor Hills in Lady Lake and Sorrento Church of God in Sorrento, and she explained that those areas were split by a Congressional District in Lady Lake and by the Congressional and House District in Sorrento. She stated that the Silver Lake and Bassfield Park areas were split by House Districts 31 and 32, and then reported that the polling place would be the Silver Lakes Community Church on Radio Road. She reported that the new lines allowed for some badly needed changes in South Lake County, specifying that the City of Clermont residents living south of King’s Ridge would have a polling place at Heritage Hills Clubhouse and those residents living south of Anderson Hill Road and North of Legends would have a polling place at Celebration of Praise Church. She reported that Precincts 3 and 52 in Paisley were combined; Precincts 89 and 124 in Ferndale were combined; and Precincts 40 and 59 in Mount Dora were combined. She stated that there were still 103 precincts using the old precinct numbers. She submitted the changes for Board approval and related that the map with the new precincts would be posted in the Elections Office.
On a motion by Commr. Conner, seconded by Commr. Hill, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the new precinct changes that were made due to the state redistricting that had taken place in 2011.
NACo 2012 Credentials for voting
Commr. Campione requested approval to complete and submit NACo 2012 Credentials (Voting) Form naming Lake County's Designated County Delegate and County Alternate authorized to pick up and cast the County's votes.
Commr. Cadwell explained that there had to be one person from the County who was designated as a voting member.
On a motion by Commr. Hill, seconded by Commr. Parks, and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the appointment of Commr. Cadwell as the Designated County Delegate for NACo and authorized the President of the State Association to pick up and cast the County’s votes.
Central Florida regional transportation authority
Commr. Campione reported attending a meeting at the request of Senator Andy Gardiner and Senator David Simmons regarding legislation that would establish a Central Florida regional transportation authority. She mentioned that Senator Gardiner and Senator Simmons had offered to come to a BCC Meeting to present their ideas and suggested extending an invitation to the senators to attend a future Board meeting.
The Board came to a consensus to extend an invitation to Senator Gardiner and Senator Simmons to attend a future BCC Meeting and present their ideas regarding a regional transportation authority.
Stump removal from the Dora Canal
Commr. Campione reported that the Lake County Water Authority was able to find a contractor that would go in and remove stumps from the Dora Canal which were a problem during periods of low water levels. She noted that the vendor selected was on the DEP’s approved list and that DEP was alright with the selection. She mentioned that it had been requested for the cities to be involved as well. She asked the Board to approve contributing $5,000 towards the contractor’s fees, noting that the Water Authority would also contribute $5,000 and then Eustis, Mount Dora, and Tavares would split the remaining $5,000 of the $15,000 project. She added a request that the County Attorney review the parameters of the contract to ensure what the vendor was providing for the $15,000 was for a comprehensive removal.
The Board agreed to contribute $5,000 to the stump removal project.
Alternative to traffic signal on hancock road
Commr. Campione asked Mr. Jim Stivender, Public Works Director, to look into what it would cost to put in a U-turn median on Hancock Road as an alternative to a traffic signal.
Mr. Stivender replied that the U-turn median had not been part of the original list of approved alternatives, but he would provide a cost estimate when the issue was brought back before the Board in August.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 12:29 p.m.
leslie campione, chairman
NEIL KELLY, CLERK