A REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
may 20, 2014
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 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: Jimmy Conner, Chairman; Sean Parks, Vice Chairman; Timothy I. Sullivan; Leslie Campione; and Welton G. Cadwell. Others present were: David Heath, 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 Susan Boyajan, Deputy Clerk.
INVOCATION and pledge
Lieutenant Matt Hedgren, Corp Officer of the Salvation Army for Lake and Sumter County, gave the Invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mr. David Heath, County Manager, stated that they needed to pull Tab 14 regarding the interlocal agreement for the local option gas tax renewal from the Consent Agenda so that they could have a separate vote for Commr. Campione.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Sullivan, and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes for the BCC Meetings of April 8, 2014 (Regular Meeting) and April 22, 2014 (Regular Meeting), as presented.
citizen question and comment period
Ms. Carolyn Maimone, a resident of Tavares and President of the Home Builders Association (HBA), addressed the Board regarding Animal Services. She related that she had approached her HBA board about an animal services-related community service project, but more information was requested, such as findings of the engineering staff and project management-type information. She commented that the HBA has not turned down this project, although they have not given approval to go ahead with it yet. She added that their HBA had a meeting scheduled with some staff and engineers on May 28, and their Remodelers Council Chair wants to visit Animal Services sometime in June. She indicated that the group will make a final decision in June, and she encouraged everyone to be optimistic and supportive of a possible solution to the problem at the animal shelter without having to change the County budget or use money out of the County coffers. She assured the Board that they had a lot of people on board, including businesses such as Lowe’s and Ro-Mac Lumber, that were willing to donate materials and labor towards construction at the shelter.
Commr. Campione asked whether she was saying that even if the Home Builders Association board does not formally take action, there were contractors and businesses that are still willing to participate in doing some of the upgrades.
Ms. Maimone replied that her hope is to get the HBA board behind this effort so that she could garner help for this effort as Executive Director of the HBA, but she assured the Commissioners that she will do what she could personally to help get things organized.
CLERK OF COURTS’ CONSENT AGENDA
On a motion by Commr. Sullivan, seconded by Commr. Parks and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Clerk of Courts’ Consent Agenda, Items 1 through 7, 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.
Property Placed on the Lands Available List
Request to acknowledge receipt of property placed on the Lands Available List. Lake County has until July 21, 2014 to purchase property from the Lands Available List before it is available to the public.
Request to acknowledge receipt of property placed on the Lands Available List. Lake County has until July 28, 2014 to purchase property from the Lands Available List before it is available to the public.
Inspector General Audit Report of BCC-117 Audit of Probation Services
Request to acknowledge receipt of the Inspector General Audit report of the BCC-117 Audit of Probation Services.
Annexation Ordinance from the City of Tavares
Request to acknowledge receipt of Annexation Ordinance No. 2014-01 from the City of Tavares.
Pine Island CDD Proposed Budget for FY 2015
Request to acknowledge receipt of Pine Island Community Development District’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 for purposes of disclosure and information only. The District will schedule a public hearing at a later date for adoption of the same.
Founders Ridge CDD Proposed Budget for FY 2015
Request to acknowledge receipt of Founders Ridge Community Development District’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 for purposes of disclosure and information only. The District will schedule a public hearing at a later date for adoption of the same.
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA
Commr. Cadwell commented that the construction on CR 466A is beginning to move at a pace similar to CR 466, and he expressed appreciation to the County Attorney’s office and the Public Works Department for their work on those right of ways.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Sullivan and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the County Manager’s Consent Agenda, Tabs 3 through 13 as follows:
Request for approval of Proclamation No. 2014-65 designating June 2014 as Tobacco-Free Parks Month, per Public Resources.
Request for approval of Proclamation No. 2014-66 proclaiming June 2014 as Elder Abuse Awareness Month, per Commissioner Parks.
Community Safety and Compliance
Request for approval of the satisfaction and release of the $100.00 Code Enforcement Lien. The fiscal impact is $100.00 (Revenue) received in Fiscal Year 2012-2013.
Request for approval of the Purchase Agreement between Lake County and Larry and Linda Phillips and Purvis and Julie Taylor for a portion of property located on CR466A, and for the Chairman to execute any necessary closing documents. The fiscal impact is $179,377.50.
Request for approval of a request from the Supervisor of Elections to create Precinct 104 for the Lakes of Mt. Dora. The fiscal impact is $800.00.
Request for approval of an Agreement between Lake County and Express Shop II, Inc. for Public Service Access. The fiscal impact is to be determined.
Request for approval and execution of a Settlement Agreement and a Release of Lien and Satisfaction of Mortgage for property owned by Donald R. Haven. The fiscal impact is $100.00.
Fiscal and Administrative Services
Request for approval for the Board to 1) declare the items on the attached list surplus to County needs, 2) authorize the removal of all of the items on the list from the County’s official fixed asset inventory system records, and 3) authorize the Procurement Manager to execute any required title documents.
Request for approval of Workers' Compensation claim settlement in the amount of $55,750.00 for Annette Williams. The fiscal impact is $55,750.00 (Expenditure).
Request for approval to award contract 14-0415 in the amount of $83,990.00 for Common Area Lawn Maintenance and Related Services for Astor Park, Paisley Park, PEAR Park and Pine Forest Park to CF Landscaping and Lawn Care (Ocala, FL), and authorize the Procurement office to execute all implementing documentation. The fiscal impact is $83,990.
Request for approval of the Agreement between Lake County and Orlando Medical Institute, Inc. (OMI) for On-The-Job EMT Training. There is no fiscal impact.
interlocal agreement for local option fuel tax
Commr. Campione explained that she would be voting against this interlocal agreement out of principle, because she felt that it would be a very harsh transition for the Cities of Leesburg and Eustis, although she had hoped that it would be a gentler transition. She commented, however, that she realizes this would be a welcomed change for the other cities as they go forward with their transportation improvements in the future, and she was glad about that aspect of it.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Sullivan and carried by a vote of 4-1, the Board approved the execution of an Interlocal Agreement between Lake County and the Municipalities relating to the Local Option Fuel Tax. There is no fiscal impact.
Commr. Campione voted “no.”
presentation by recipients of human services grants
Ms. Rebecca Foley-Kearney, Children and Elder Services, introduced the speakers and explained that the Human Services Grants they would be hearing about during this presentation are utilized for rent or mortgage, utilities, deposits for utilities and housing, food, and achieving economic self-sufficiency.
Ms. Paula Whetro, Executive Director of Building Blocks Ministries Inc., commented that the County’s funding has positively impacted the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, and the reason that the Health and Human Services Grant award for transportation was so important for the population that they serve was because of the very large waitlist for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, resulting in over 21,000 people getting no funding for services. She explained that 15 of those individuals attend their center, and the grant award helps provide transportation for them to do so. She pointed out that their program is making an impact, helping their attendees learn life and job skills which will prepare them for independent living and self-sufficiency in the future. She added that five of those individuals are completing community training activities as a part of their job-readiness program and volunteering at Lake County Animal Services and Back to School is Cool Lake County, accumulating together a total of 342 hours of community service. She noted that one of those individuals is also dual-enrolled and actively seeking employment in the community, and she thanked the Board for their support for this segment of their population.
Mr. Alan Rettig, Regional Director of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, related that Catholic Charities serves nine counties across Central Florida, and he pointed out that their group was very involved in the recovery operation in the Lake Mack area after the tornadoes in 2007. He stated that they had three free medical and dental clinics agency-wide, one of which is in Eustis, and they had a variety of different programs. He specified that the Board helps to fund their Emergency Family Assistance Program, which focuses on preventing homelessness by assisting with rent, mortgage, and utilities to keep people in their homes when they are having a financial crisis because of a loss of a paycheck, an unforeseen medical situation, spousal abandonment, or a car repair. He told a story about a family with a six-year old that needed help to pay their rent because of a loss of a couple of paychecks due to a medical condition and how this family was able to make use at Christmastime of the badly-needed clothes donated by a woman whose granddaughter had been killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary incident in New Town, Connecticut in 2012 and who had coincidentally been the same size as the six-year old requesting assistance. He commented that they sincerely believe at Catholic Charities that sometimes the Lord brings everything all together and that individual people do not see the whole picture. He also commented that they know what they do is vital and consider it a privilege to work with the poor, and they also endeavor to be good stewards of the resources that they have been entrusted with. He thanked the Board and the Lake County community for their support.
Ms. Amy Johnson, Executive Director of Deaf Services of Lake County, thanked the Board for all of the support they have given her agency throughout the years and commented that it would be hard to do what they did without their support. She noted that they are the only agency in the community that serves the deaf and hard of hearing, and she specified that they provide services such as sign language interpreters and support and advocacy for the deaf and hard of hearing. She explained that one of the programs that the County helps support is their Hear Again Program which provides hearing aids and assisted listening devices for individuals who cannot afford them, explaining that the hearing aids are donated from the community and then refurbished, refitted, and recalibrated to meet the needs of the individuals who receive them. She noted that they also have an audiologist who donates her time to educate individuals on how to cope with their particular hearing loss and choose the correct and most beneficial hearing aid for them. She specified that they have provided 300 people with hearing aids over the last four years and about 12,000 hours of interpreting services.
Mr. Jerry Colyer, Executive Director of FAITH Neighborhood Center, thanked the Board for the support the County has given their agency through the years, and he related that the program they were funding this year was their Utility Assistance Program. He gave some background information about the FAITH Neighborhood Center, including that they were founded in 1972 with a mission to provide assistance to low-income families throughout South Lake County and that they give direct support such as food, clothes, and financial support for utilities and medical needs to those who qualify. He added that some of their other programs in conjunction with the County Extension Agency and the University of Florida are life skill workshops in nutrition, meal planning, resume writing, and budget planning; and they offer scholarships for academic and job training. He mentioned that clients can apply for food stamps directly through their center’s computer system, and they have a toy drive and provide fruit baskets to families at Christmas. He specified that the center sees about 700 to 750 families every month or about 31,000 people a year. He related that their utility assistance program typically offers up to $50 for clients who are facing loss of their utilities, and the program provided support to about 200 families throughout South Lake County last year. He concluded that they do not charge their clients anything, were a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and rely on donations, grants, foundation support, and fund raisers.
presentation of the historical society annual report
Mr. David Heath, County Manager, recapped that the Historical Society had some internal leadership issues several years ago and had just come out of a negative audit by the Clerk’s Office, which required the Board to get involved; however, the Historical Society was able to successfully solve their problems with new leadership that took control headed by Mr. Rick Reed, who promised to give the Board an annual report about the activities of the Historical Society.
Mr. Reed mentioned that Ms. Sanna Henderson, who was well known in the community for her activities over the years, is Vice President of their society and noted that he would address four areas in this presentation. He assured the Board that their organization is stable with 121 members after adding 8 new members this year, and he reported that 24 people have donated 513 volunteer hours to them. He recapped that they had originally addressed 11 of the 16 concerns that the auditors had highlighted and presently have completed 14 of those 16 areas, noting that the area of fundraising will be an ongoing effort. He related that in the area of inventory, securing the artifacts has been successfully done in the museum, but the renovation currently going on in the building has caused unanticipated problems, such as the loss of one-third of their space, although they have taken care of that by reorganizing their items. He related that their major problem was that after starting their inventory, their computer crashed without adequate backup, so they are in the process of getting a better and faster computer, and they have also hired a contractual employee who will help them achieve what they need to do. He mentioned that there will be another audit in the summer, which they welcome, and that they had a ribbon cutting and grand reopening on April 17, which was well attended and well received. He stated that they were asked to put displays out during the Viva Florida 500 celebration in the rotunda of the administration building, and the County Manager asked them to continue putting up displays there. He noted that the Historical Museum has had 511 visitors since its reopening, although the museum presently has effectually closed because of the construction work going on, but they will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. after that work is complete. He indicated that the last issue he would address would be finances, stating that last year they had $11,600 in their general fund and $45,000 in their restricted account, but since taking control of their finances, they have gotten rid of petty cash and time cards and now have $28,600 in their general fund, with a modestly-increased savings of $45,600.
Commr. Sullivan, the liaison to the Historical Society, pointed out that this is a long-term project and that the new members had to straighten out years of difficulties. He commented that the museum is a great historical monument to this county, and he appreciates their efforts.
Commr. Campione stated that although she could not attend the opening for the museum because of a conflict with a Partners for Success event at Lake Sumter, she wanted Mr. Reed to know that they were proud of what he has been able to accomplish despite the challenges he faced, and she opined that the museum is a wonderful asset for everyone which gave residents an opportunity to get a better view of Lake County’s history.
Commr. Conner thanked Mr. Reed, Mr. Bob Grenier, and the leadership of the Historical Society, and he opined that Mr. Reed was the right person to unify that group.
presentation for outlook of 2014 hurricane season
Mr. Tommy Carpenter, Emergency Management Division Manager, stated that he would give an overview of the 2014 hurricane season, and he mentioned that the last hurricane that affected Lake County was Hurricane Donna in 1960, since there was no empirical evidence that the county had hurricane-force winds from the 2004 hurricanes. He also mentioned that the last major hurricane to strike the U.S. was Wilma in 2005, and the last time that Lake County opened shelters was 2004. He reported that the last full activation of the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) was during the Groundhog Day tornadoes in 2007 and that there was currently shelter space for 5,917 general risk residents who live in unsafe structures such as a mobile home. He displayed a map that showed the locations of the County’s nine shelters, which are all in elementary schools, including an indication of whether they are pet friendly or for those with special needs. He explained that storms were categorized based on an organized weather system pattern with a counterclockwise motion and how strong the sustained winds were, and forecasters use the Saffir-Simpson Scale to categorize hurricanes in five categories based on wind ranges, with Categories 3 through 5 considered major hurricanes. He commented that although last year was forecast to be an above-average season with 13 to 20 named storms, including between 7 and 11 hurricanes and between 3-6 major hurricanes, the actual outcome was 14 named storms, two hurricanes, and no major hurricanes. He related that this year’s forecast is predicted to be below average, since El Nino is expected to create conditions in the Caribbean and the Atlantic which will make it unfavorable for hurricane development. He cautioned that even though 1992 was an extremely below-average year, Hurricane Andrew, which was devastating to South Florida, occurred in that year, and it was imperative for people to be aware that it only takes one hurricane to cause devastating destruction.
Mr. Carpenter advised everyone to have a personal and family disaster plan, know their risk and whether they need to evacuate, find friends or family that they could stay with in a site-built home, take First Aid/CPR classes, develop a communications plan to keep friends and family informed, update important contact numbers, create a disaster supply kit with non-perishable food and water, plan for pets, have a NOAA battery-powered weather radio, take enough cash, and take important documents in a waterproof container. He also advised residents to know where a “safe room” is in their home with no windows or doors and to monitor local media and the weather radio, noting that the county website to check for information is www.lakecountyfl.gov and that the citizen information line is 352-253-9999. He added that they were launching their social media efforts with Facebook and Twitter this year to get out the most updated information. He cautioned for everyone to be careful of downed, loose or dangling power lines; to ensure food safety; and to use proper equipment and clothing when cleaning up debris. He suggested that residents take photos of damage to their homes, furnishings, and surroundings for insurance purposes and to contact family and friends as soon as possible.
Commr. Sullivan asked how many days a person should be prepared to be self-sufficient.
Mr. Carpenter responded that they should be prepared with five to seven days’ worth of food, water, and essentials until help could arrive.
COUNTY MANAGER’S DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS
advertisement of seawall ordinance amending ldr’s
Mr. Chris Schmidt, Planning Manager, Growth Management Department, presented the Land Development Regulation Amendment in regard to the Seawall Ordinance. He recapped that at the March 25 BCC meeting, issues regarding the current Seawall Code were brought up by the Board, and staff reviewed and proposed modifications to that Code. He related that the proposed Seawall Ordinance was considered and unanimously approved by the Planning and Zoning Board on April 30. He explained that the LDR’s currently allow seawalls along the shoreline of canals as well as along springs, lakes, rivers, and streams when no reasonable alternative exists. He pointed out that currently the LDR’s require erosion from upland runoff to be controlled by shoreline vegetation or berm and swale systems, but do not specify the amount of runoff to be contained or controlled. He stated that the ordinance proposes to clarify the LDR’s to allow seawalls along springs, lakes, rivers and streams when no reasonable alternative exists or when there are existing seawalls on both sides of the neighboring properties. He added that the proposed ordinance also adds minimum criteria for containing or controlling upland runoff by stating that the first one inch of stormwater runoff caused by the development on the parcel shall be contained or controlled and that plans and calculations shall be submitted to illustrate how this will be accomplished; also, it needs to be consistent with existing practices. He requested approval to advertise the ordinance for a public hearing.
Commr. Cadwell explained that there were some instances where the County’s current ordinance did not make common sense or result in what was intended, and this new ordinance makes practical sense. He added that there was language added in the ordinance to deal with the issue of runoff where there were small swales between the residences, and he specified that this was mainly becoming a problem in the Astor area. He noted that the industry which builds the seawalls and the citizens having the problems were consulted, and he opined that the ordinance maintains the integrity of the County’s intent when they first started the process. He pointed out that their county was one of the few counties that still permitted seawalls, and he commented that he believed they needed to continue to regulate them.
Commr. Campione clarified that one of the main issues concerned properties that were surrounded on each side by other residences that had a seawall.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Parks and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved to advertise the public hearing regarding the Seawall Ordinance amending the Land Development Regulations.
clermont interlocal service boundary area
Ms. Amye King, Growth Management Director, stated that the purpose of this presentation was to provide the Board with a detailed review of the proposed Clermont Interlocal Service Boundary Area (ISBA) and to request approval to advertise it. She recapped that an ISBA is an agreement adopted between a county and one or more municipalities, which may include one or more independent special districts such as a Community Development District (CDD) as parties to the agreement. She related that annexations require the land owners’ consent, but that noncontiguous annexations would be allowed with a fire agreement, and utilities will be required for all noncontiguous parcels. She pointed out that the agreement will prohibit the municipalities from annexing outside the ISBA. She went over other components of the ISBA, including a term of 20 years, consistency with the LDR’s and the Comprehensive Plan, and shared services such as solid waste and fire services. She noted that Montverde, Minneola, and Groveland agreed to the proposed boundary, although the parties to the agreement were just Clermont and Lake County, and she displayed a map illustrating the ISBA, noting that it roughly runs along US Hwy 27 and is basically the same as the JPA boundary.
Commr. Parks pointed out that the ISBA contained Clonts Grove.
Ms. King noted that the only change to the boundary was that the area between the two lakes that was west of Hwy 27 was previously further to the west.
Commr. Cadwell explained that the difference between an ISBA and a JPA is that the ISBA is more specific to certain joint matters, whereas the JPA is more general and shows the big picture.
Commr. Campione asked if another difference was the ability for noncontiguous annexation.
Commr. Cadwell replied that it would be dependent on what the cities wanted, since some cities wanted to use an ISBA to be able to do that better, and some cities might want to utilize it just for enclaves and certain areas, which is why they are negotiating individually.
Commr. Parks added that the keys to this ISBA agreement is that it is requiring a noncontiguous fire agreement, which he thinks is great, as well as the utility portion of it.
Ms. King clarified that would be the case if it is a voluntary annexation and elaborated that in Clermont there were probably over 100 parcels that have some sort of utility agreement with the City of Clermont already which have not yet been annexed until they have met the Chapter 171 annexation rules of the Florida Statutes. She pointed out, however, that they would be able to annex those parcels immediately if this was approved.
Commr. Campione commented that they should think about who may be affected by this agreement and she cautioned for them to think through everything as they go forward with these agreements and not to forget that there may be County residents who would not be happy that the County is not in control of the Land Development Regulations and those kind of decisions, since they would be turning those over to the cities in the situations regarding noncontiguous annexations.
Commr. Conner commented that he believed they were doing it mainly to provide utilities.
Commr. Cadwell opined that he agrees with those comments and that one of the effects of the ISBA is for some things to happen quicker than expected. He pointed out, however, that they were only asking for permission to advertise during this meeting and that residents will have an opportunity during the public hearing to come forward and comment on this issue.
Ms. King mentioned that she had a map she could give the Commissioners of where those utility agreements with the City of Clermont are located, noting that they were mostly along Highways 50 and 27. She reminded the Board that the ISBA’s were about service provision and an understanding of where the cities want to grow. She added that another aspect of the ISBA are issues such as the community of Ferndale expressing that it wanted to be in a non-annexation area.
Commr. Cadwell opined that the ISBA is a better tool than the JPA for the County, since the ISBA makes it clear who is going to provide the services. He pointed out, however, that the County is giving up some of their ability to control that particular area, but there was some give-and-take negotiation resulting in the parties having to give something up.
Chief John Jolliff, Public Safety Director, explained that the proposal in the Clermont agreement will be similar to the Groveland agreement with response of the closest unit. He elaborated that they would use the AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) system, the common run cards with Lake EMS dispatching the calls, and quarterly true-up; and they would make sure the costs are reevaluated within a two-year period. He related that the City of Clermont agreement will be effective July 1, and the funds have been budgeted in the Public Safety budget this year.
Commr. Parks opined that the fire agreement part of the ISBA was very good, made sense, and was the most efficient use of services.
Commr. Sullivan commented that he believed this was a step forward in the right direction as they try to deal with growth, and the providing of utilities and services is always going to be a contentious issue, but this is a way to try to control that and make sure they provide those services in the most expedient and financially efficient way.
Commr. Campione expressed concern about consequences regarding the effect on some property owners, and she commented that she wanted the Board to find out from Clermont which property owners they have agreements with, since this would change some of their County constituents’ expectations about how soon they would come into the city limits. She opined that ISBA’s and JPA’s are great from the standpoint of facilitating coordination with their LDR’s for consistency and that utilities are the key to ensuring that they have water and sewer in the areas that need those services before development is in place. She also pointed out that the County would lose some control on land use decision making.
Commr. Parks agreed that they should get information on the 53 properties mentioned previously and make sure those property owners are aware of what is going on before they approve the agreement. He commented that the biggest component of this is the fire agreement, which he believed was a very good thing.
On a motion by Commr. Parks, seconded by Commr. Sullivan and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the request for authorization to advertise public hearing regarding adoption of the Clermont Interlocal Service Boundary Area (ISBA).
fire and ems agreement with city of minneola
Chief Jolliff explained that his presentation will give the Board a review for their consideration of the Automatic Aid Agreement with the City of Minneola, and he emphasized that this is significant and was different than an ISBA, since this agreement covers only the boundary area and does not authorize any annexations. He specified that the components of the automatic aid agreement are the response of the closest unit, use of the AVL system, Lake EMS dispatch of all calls, utilization of common run cards, and charges of $100 per call for medical and $400 for fire. He stated that the agreement covers the Minneola portion of the South Lake ISBA and would be a two-year agreement with a one year notice. He noted that funds have been included in his department’s budget this year, and the City of Minneola has approved the agreement effective July 1, 2014. He displayed a map of the fire agreement boundary, and he mentioned that there were also similar pending agreements with the Town of Lady Lake, the City of Groveland, and the City of Mascotte. He pointed out that they are starting to see a huge area of over 100 square miles that will have automatic aid, which was very progressive, and he requested approval of the Automatic Aid Agreement with the City of Minneola.
On a motion by Commr. Parks, seconded by Commr. Sullivan and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Agreement between the City of Minneola and Lake County. The fiscal impact is undetermined.
commissioner discussion/action items
discussion and update regarding route 55
Commr. Cadwell commented that the discussions with Polk County went very well and that they liked the concept and the idea of joint transportation service with Lake County. However, Commr. Cadwell pointed out that the problem is that since Polk County is in the middle of a county transportation funding referendum, they are not in a position to do anything until they know the outcome of that effort in November. He elaborated that Polk County representatives indicated that they could be out of the transportation business completely if the referendum does not pass. He related that he met with Lake County staff and that there would be a presentation made to the Board on June 10 to present the options that were still possible for Route 55.
Commr. Campione suggested that they might look into whether there was any public support of a referendum in Lake County as well, noting that transportation was also a big issue in this county and that there were a lot of similarities between the two counties.
Commr. Cadwell added that the regional approach to increase ridership made sense to Polk County, and he pointed out that it was a long way from Lake Wales to the Four Corners area.
reports – county manager
appointment of new health department director
Mr. David Heath, County Manager, reported that the appointment of Mr. Aaron Kissler as the new Health Department Director who will be replacing Ms. Donna Gregory is scheduled for the June 10 BCC Meeting, and he added that he could arrange a meeting with Mr. Kissler for any Commissioner who would like to meet him prior to that meeting.
Commr. Cadwell added that he served on the committee that reviewed the applicants, and he opined that he believes the Board will be impressed with Mr. Kissler, who originally came to Lake County as a tourist but was impressed with the area and decided he wanted to move here. He mentioned that Mr. Kissler also had a background in emergency management.
reports – commissioner sullivan – district 1
chamber alliance legislative update
Commr. Sullivan mentioned that he and some of the other Commissioners attended a Chamber Alliance legislative update in the Clermont Community Building, and he noted that it appears that a number of items they looked to the legislature to help them with are on track, subject to the signature of the Governor, including funding for CR 466A and Citrus Grove Road, which will be a tie-in from the Minneola Turnpike to Highway 27.
dedication of hope springs apartment complex
Commr. Sullivan commented that the dedication of the Hope Springs apartment complex in Leesburg, which is a joint project with LifeStream Behavioral Center, will provide low-income housing, and he opined that this will be a positive situation for a number of their constituents who will be able to get housing as well as some of the services that they need. He commended staff for their efforts to bring in some of those dollars for this project.
reports – commissioner parks – vice-chairman and district 2
addressing issues on lakeshore drive
Commr. Parks thanked the Public Works Department staff for quickly addressing the issues on Lakeshore Drive.
heavy truck traffic through montverde on cr 455
Commr. Parks mentioned that he had received a number of emails regarding heavy truck traffic through Montverde on CR 455 from trucks owned by the Indian River company carrying water to and from Niagara Bottling Company which were speeding through the town and tearing up the roads, and he stated that he wanted that issue taken care of as quickly as possible. He indicated that staff was working on asking the company to use Highways 27 and 50 instead of speeding through Montverde.
water safety day
Commr. Parks thanked all of the cities, Lake EMS, the fire departments, and the volunteers who participated in Water Safety Day. He mentioned that he attended the demonstration in Clermont this past weekend and that he heard that all of the events went well. He reminded everyone that four people drowned in Lake County last year and that there were probably other water-related accidents that were not reported in the media, which illustrated the importance of the promotion of water safety.
personalized urology and robotics clinic event
Commr. Parks invited all of the Commissioners to attend an event on June 12 at the PUR (Personalized Urology and Robotics) Clinic, which will promote Lake County as a place to go for this very advanced robotics technology surgery, and he believed this is a great event to show that they want to promote this business in Lake County.
REPORTS – COMMISsIONER campione – DISTRICT 4
hope springs project
Commr. Campione reiterated that she appreciates their staff working on supporting the Hope Springs project, and she was hopeful that it will be a positive opportunity for people who need those services as well as a model for other facilities in Lake County in the future.
Commr. Cadwell added that the partnership effort for this project was amazing, and he commented that it had a positive effect on the neighborhood as well.
chamber alliance meeting
Commr. Campione opined that the Chamber Alliance meeting on May 19 was a great and fruitful event which gave them a legislative update, including legislation which affected education as well as updates from Senator Alan Hays and Representative Larry Metz. She added that she appreciated the Chamber Alliance’s efforts in putting that together.
sign at animal shelter
Commr. Campione related that she has received an email from a constituent about the possibility of using a large sign at the Animal Shelter to let the public know that they had a lot of animals that are available for adoption and that the shelter was very full right now, and she opined that she thought it was a great idea.
reports – commissioner cadwell – district 5
property near trout lake designated for future trail
Commr. Cadwell asked for staff to monitor an issue regarding the City of Eustis looking at possibly selling a piece of property near the 19 and 44 corridor by Trout Lake, since he was concerned about whether that would interfere with long-range plans to construct a trail that would tie Lake May to Trout Lake, and to make sure there was still some connectivity for that trail.
REPORTS – COMMISSIONER conner – CHAIRMAN AND DISTRICT 3
scott strong scholarship program
Commr. Conner related that he and Commr. Campione both attended the School Board meeting to support the Scott Strong Scholarship Program, where they gave out $11,000 in scholarships to 12 students. He mentioned that one of the recipients was Commr. Campione’s daughter, Alex.
recess and reassembly
The Chairman announced at 10:30 a.m. that there would be a recess until 11:00 a.m. and then a closed session before they reconvene again at 1:30 p.m. for the rezoning public hearings.
A closed session relating to collective bargaining was held pursuant to Section 447.605, Florida Statutes.
public hearings: rezonings
rezoning consent agenda
Ms. Amye King, Growth Management Director, related that staff is recommending approval of the Rezoning Consent Agenda, and she noted that on the non-consent agenda MSP#13/3/1-2 relating to the Four Corners Sand Mine/Cemex Materials Florida LLC was withdrawn; and MCUP#14/5/1-5 for Goose Prairie Peat Mine has been postponed until June 24.
Commr. Cadwell expressed concern about the public confusing the two different mining cases that were pending and asked whether the applicant was reaching out to the community to explain the difference.
Ms. King replied that her staff has been doing their best to straighten that out and to explain that there is clearly a distinction between sand and peat, and she added that she believes that the applicant has also been trying to educate the public.
The Chairman opened the public hearing.
There being no one who wished to address the Board regarding any of the rezoning cases, the Chairman closed the public hearing.
On a motion by Commr. Cadwell, seconded by Commr. Parks and carried unanimously by those present by a vote of 4-0, with Commr. Campione absent for the vote, the Board approved the Rezoning Consent Agenda, Tabs 1 through 3 as follows:
Tab 1. Ordinance No. 2014-22
Verde Park PUD Amendment
To amend a development condition pertaining to buffer requirements and replace Ordinance 2012-57 with a new PUD ordinance.
Tab 2. Ordinance No. 2014-23
Skyline Ranch CUP
Request approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for an outdoor small-scale sport recreational camp.
Tab 3. Ordinance No. 2014-24
Lisbon Rural Support Corridor
Request to amend Future Land Use Element, Sub-policy I-18.104.22.168, Rural Support Corridors, creating the Lisbon Rural Support Corridor and amending the Future Land Use Map to create a Rural Support Corridor on the north side of CR 44, encompassing parcels or portions of parcels designated with alternate key numbers 1177103, 2598280, 2689749, 2598328, 2585030, 1388406, 1388104, and 1779171.
There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 1:34 p.m.
jimmy conner, chairman
NEIL KELLY, CLERK