June 6, 2017

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 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:  Timothy I. Sullivan, Chairman; Leslie Campione, Vice Chairman; Sean Parks; Wendy Breeden; and Josh Blake.  Others present were:  Jeff Cole, County Manager; Melanie Marsh, County Attorney; Wendy Taylor, Executive Office Manager, County Manager’s Office; Neil Kelly, Clerk of Court; Kristy Mullane, Chief Deputy Clerk, County Finance; and Angela Harrold, Deputy Clerk.

INVOCATION and pledge

Pastor Art Eaton from Real Life Church gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Agenda update

Mr. Jeff Cole, County Manager, stated that Tab 10 would be pulled from the Consent Agenda and would be added to the Consent Agenda for the Regular BCC Meeting taking place on June 20, 2017. 

Minutes approval

On a motion by Commr. Parks, seconded by Commr. Blake, and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Minutes of March 16, 2017 (Special Meeting) and March 23, 2017 (Special Meeting) as presented.



Board of Adjustment

Donald R. Schreiner, for service from 2000-2017


Children’s Services Council

Sandra Stura, for service from 2007-2017


Elder Affairs Coordinating Council

Colleen Kollmann, for service from 2005-2016


Parks, Recreation & Trails Advisory Board

Edward Waterman, for service from 2015-2017


Public Safety Coordinating Council

Terry Neal, for service from 2006-2017 (Not present)


Women’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee

Rick Reed, for service from 2008-2017 (Not present)

Debbie Boggus, for service from 2015-2017



Mr. Robert Anderson, Human Resources Director, recognized employees who have reached significant milestones in their careers with Lake County, as follows:


Thomas Muse, Firefighter/EMT (Not present)

Public Safety/Fire Rescue Division



Russell Boyd, Equipment Operator III

Public Works/Road Operations Division/Maintenance Area III (Umatilla)


Scott Burrows, Firefighter/EMT (Not present)

Public Safety/Fire Rescue Division


Dennis Owsley, Equipment Operator III

Public Works/Road Operations Division/Maintenance Area I (Leesburg)


Jeffrey Shrock, Firefighter/EMT

Public Safety/Fire Rescue Division



Sharon Hogan, Stormwater Technician (Not present)

Public Works/Environmental Services Division/Stormwater


Kathleen Pagan, Program Analyst

Economic Growth/Economic Development & Tourism Division



Steven Lee, Assistant Area Maintenance Supervisor

Public Works/Road Operations Division/Maintenance Area III (Umatilla)





Sharon Hogan, Stormwater Technician (Not present)

Public Works/Environmental Services Division/Stormwater



Mary Hamilton, Environmental Services Division Manager (Not present)

Public Works/Environmental Services Division


Mr. Bill Veach, Deputy County Manager, noted that the work of Ms. Sharon Hogan and Ms. Mary Hamilton was greatly appreciated and awards would be given to them at a later date since they could not attend the meeting. He stated that the Lake County Fire Rescue Pre-Incident Planning (PIP) Application Team received the TEAM of the Quarter Award for the second quarter of FY 2017. He noted that the team was comprised of employees from GIS (Geographic Information Services) and the Public Safety Department. He explained that due to growth in the County, Fire Rescue needed a new system to streamline and document the annual commercial fire inspection process. He elaborated that the Public Safety and GIS staff worked together to create a web based application that automatically identifies properties needing an inspection, which helps to save lives and lower insurance rates.

T.E.A.M. OF THE QUARTER – 2nd Quarter FY2017

Lake County Fire Rescue Pre-Incident Planning (PIP) Application Team:


Information Technology

Brandon Barnett, GIS Administrator

Sue Carroll, GIS Manager

Richard Helfst, Senior GIS Analyst


Public Safety

Brent Bentley, Data Technician

Mike Vitta, Fire Marshall/Fire Captain (Not present)


Mr. Robert Bonilla, Parks and Trails Division Manager, recognized Mr. Clarence Archie who would be retiring after 33 years of service to Lake County. He stated that Mr. Archie began his service in the Parks Services Division in May 1984, which was in the Public Works Department at the time, and then continued his service in what would later become the Parks and Trails Division for the Public Resources Department. He noted that Mr. Archie worked at every park and trail in the Lake County inventory at one time or another during his time as a Parks Attendant, and he was awarded the Excellence in Service Award in 2013.  He commented that Mr. Archie’s favorite park was Lake Idamere Park, where he had spent his last four years of service.  He wished Mr. Archie well in his retirement and thanked him for his service.

Commr. Sullivan thanked him for his service and presented him with a clock.


33 Years:      Clarence Archie, Park Attendant

                     Public Resources/Parks & Trails Division



Mr. Vance Jochim, a resident of Tavares and writer of a blog about fiscal and governmental issues, urged the Board to support the Lake County School Board in their efforts to make local schools more competitive in the education market. He noted that it would be beneficial for the County to support the School Board because school rankings that are high attract businesses.


On a motion by Commr. Parks, seconded by Commr. Breeden and carried unanimously by a 5-0 vote, the Board approved the Clerk of Courts’ Consent Agenda, Items 1 through 5, as follows:

List of Warrants

Request to acknowledge receipt of the 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.

Comprehensive Plan Amendment from City of Minneola

Request to acknowledge receipt of Ordinance 2016-30 of the City of Minneola amending the City’s Comprehensive Plan to create Policy 1-2.11.4, entitled “Johnson Mixed Use Development; providing for a Comprehensive Plan amendment amending the Land Use designation from “Urban Low Density” on the Lake County Comprehensive Plan to “Johnson Mixed Use Residential Development” on the Future Land Use Map of the City of Minneola.

Ordinance from City of Leesburg

Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of Ordinance 17-15 from the City of Leesburg annexing certain real property into the city consisting of approximately 62.8 acres and being generally located on the east side of US Hwy 27, north of the intersection of US Hwy 27 and Windmill Road.

Ordinances and Resolutions from Town of Lady Lake

Request to acknowledge receipt of the following ordinances and resolutions from the Town of Lady Lake:

Ordinance No. 2017-01 (annexation), Ordinance No. 2017-02 (Comprehensive Plan Amendment), Ordinance No. 2017-03 (rezoning), Ordinance No. 2017-04 (franchise agreement with People’s Gas System), Ordinance No. 2017-05 (amending Ordinance No. 2000-16 MOA for the Planned Commercial District for certain property), Ordinance No. 2017-06 (annexation), Ordinance No. 2017-07 (Comprehensive Plan Amendment), Ordinance No. 2017-08 (rezoning), and Ordinance No. 2017-15 (amending Ordinance No. 2013-06 MOA Agreement).

Resolution No. 2016-113 vacating a portion of Oxford Avenue lying east of the easterly right of way line of CR 25/Teague Trail and lying north of and adjacent to Lots 2, 3, 4, and 5, Block 16, in Conant, a subdivision within the town limits.

Resolution No. 2017-102 granting a variance from the provisions of Chapter 5, Section 5-4. n). 4). E). 3). A). of the Town of Lady Lake Land Development Regulations which requires the side yard setback adjoining another lot to be a minimum of 25 feet within the Industrial Zoning District.

Arlington Ridge Community Development District Proposed Budget for FY 2018

Request to acknowledge receipt of a copy of the proposed budget for FY 2018 from Arlington Ridge Community Development District, in accordance with Section 190.008(2)(b), Florida Statutes, along with Resolution 2017-7 which approved said budget and a transmittal letter dated May 16, 2017 stating that the District will schedule a public hearing not less than 60 days from the date of that letter for adoption of the proposed budget.


On a motion by Commr. Breeden, seconded by Commr. Parks and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the County Manager’s Consent Agenda, Tabs 3-5, Tabs 7 through 9, and Tabs 11 through 13, as follows:

Community Services

Request for approval and signature of the Partnership Agreement between Lake County and the City of Tavares for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) FY 2016-2017 for the Nature Park Restroom Project for reimbursement of services in an amount not to exceed $75,000. The fiscal impact is $75,000 (Expense: 100% Grant funded).

County Attorney

Request for approval of Utility Easement to the City of Leesburg for the Astor Tower.  There is no fiscal impact.

Request for approval of Resolution Nos. 2017-49 (Alderman), 2017-50 (Chen), 2017-51 (Davis), 2017-52 (Hardman), 2017-53 (Hill), 2017-54 (Kissinger), 2017-55 (Leaser), 2017-56 (Smith), 2017-57 (Luce), 2017-58 (Mattox, Allen), 2017-59 (Mattox, Michael), 2017-60 (Mattox, Sarah), 2017-61 (McAbee), 2017-62 (McNeely), 2017-63 (Schmidt), 2017-64 (Schultz), 2017-65 (Taratuta), 2017-66 (Valley View), 2017-67 (White), and 2017-68 (Browne) instituting Eminent Domain proceedings for acquisition of property needed for portions of the CR 466A Road Project (Phase 3A) and approval to proceed with pre-suit negotiations offers. The fiscal impact is not determinable at this time.

Facilities Development and Maintenance

Request for approval to award contract 17-0815 to Ryman Mechanical Services, (Zephyrhills, FL) to provide and install/replace a Rooftop Air Handler for the Lake County Sheriff’s Administrative Building in Tavares.  The fiscal impact for this contract is $54,729.32.

Fiscal and Administrative Services

Request for approval of award of contracts under Request for Statement of Qualifications (RSQ) 17-0212 for on-call civil engineering services to BESH (Tavares), CPWG (Tampa), and Kleinfelder (Mt Dora).  The estimated annual fiscal impact is $150,000.

Human Resources

Request for approval of contract extension with FloridaBlue for the provision of ASO services and pharmacy services in support of the Lake County Self-Insured Health Plan. The proposed renewal will hold increases flat for next four years.  The estimated fiscal impact for FY 2018 is $590,000.

Public Resources

Request for approval to award to three vendors under Request for Proposal 17-0433, Electrical Repair and Maintenance for Lake County Parks and Trails Facilities, to Bonjorn Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Advance Electric (Clermont), Frank Gay Plumbing, Inc. (Orlando), and Prime Electric, LLC (Leesburg). The estimated annual fiscal impact is $122,000 (Expenditure).

Request for approval to increase the estimated annual cost under contract 14-0429 for holding tank pump-out of waterless restrooms at various County parks from $24,000 to $30,000. The estimated additional annual fiscal impact is $6,000.

Public Works

Request for approval to accept the final plat for Just Us Farms and all areas dedicated to the public as shown on the Just Us Farms plat.  Just Us Farms is a replat of a portion of Tract B within the Royal Trails Subdivision.  It contains 1 lot and is located off Natchez Street within the Royal Trails Subdivision in East Lake County, in Section 28, Township 17 South, Range 29 East. There is no fiscal impact.  Commission District 5

Careersource sponsorship grant agreement (tab 6)

Commr. Blake stated that he felt that the sponsorship of CareerSource Central Florida was not a large expense; however, he felt that the Board needed to be mindful of spending funds on smaller items.

Mr. Cole explained that the sponsorship was for high school student summer internships, and a portion of the funding comes from Lake County’s General Fund, with the other portion funded by a variety of other sources.

Commr. Parks clarified that the internship was placement within local businesses.

Commr. Campione asked if there was an approval deadline.

Mr. Adam Sumner, Economic Development and Tourism Division Manager, explained that the program started in two weeks and contained up to 40 low-income students from Leesburg and Eustis High Schools, who would be placed at local businesses for a true summer internship.  He stated that the funds given by the County were matched with federal funds at a ratio of 5 to 1. He commented that it was an 8-week program, and applications had already been received. He noted that CareerSource staff had been in the schools for two to three months processing applications and working with the students to find the best suitable workplace environment for them. He pointed out that this would be the first year the program would be available in Lake County, and it had been done successfully in surrounding counties.

Commr. Campione asked that a report be presented to the Board on the success of the program if the grant funds were approved. She commented that she would like to hear from the students and possibly have them come before the Board and talk about their experience. She suggested looking at the program as a pilot program, and they could choose not to participate again if the Board was unhappy with the results and there was no positive impact on the local businesses. She opined that she liked the idea and would support it but would like to be presented the results.

Commr. Breeden suggested also hearing from some of the local businesses that were participating in the program.

Mr. Sumner responded that a survey would be completed by both the students and the businesses, and a report of those results would be generated at the completion of the program. He explained that the funds were not paid upfront but were distributed on a sliding scale based on how many students completed the program.

Commr. Campione wondered how many of the participating students went through the Lake County School Board’s programs as well.

Mr. Sumner pointed out that a majority of the students were CTE (Career and Technical Education) students.

Commr. Sullivan stated that this program was in addition to the CTE program that was already in the schools and allowed the students to go out and get experience in a business field they are interested in pursuing.

Commr. Campione pointed out that this would also give the Board a chance to hear from employers to determine if the students were being prepared for the soft skills needed in the business environment.

Commr. Parks commented that he had become more familiar with CareerSource, and he opined that it would be good to have CareerSource Central Florida present an update to the Board.

Commr. Blake stated that while he felt it was a good program, the upcoming budget needed to be kept in mind.

On a motion by Commr. Breeden, seconded by Commr. Parks and carried unanimously by a vote of 4-1, the Board approved Tab 6, the sponsorship grant agreement with CareerSource Central Florida for the Career Connextion’s Summer Youth Job Program with the understanding that results from the program would be brought back to the Board for review and that CareerSource Central Florida would present an overall update to the Board in the near future.

Commr. Blake voted no.

public hearing – CR437 Realignment and Multimodal Study

Mr. Fred Schneider, Lake County Engineer with the Public Works Department, presented the County Road 437 Realignment and Multi-Modal Study to provide the Board with the results of the study and to request approval of it.  He explained that Griffey Engineering had been contracted to conduct and oversee the study, which began in May 2016. He noted that within the study there were environmental assessments, archeological and cultural resources, important farmlands, traffic analysis, stormwater management and public involvement, which was one of the most important parts.

Mr. Don Griffey, representing Griffey Engineering, reviewed the project team and presented a map of the project corridor and a listing of the public input meetings. He stated that some of the public comments from the meetings included roundabout concerns; connectivity with the Wekiva Trail, which suggested a trail oriented community; and also more sidewalks construction. The residents thought the project should enhance and improve the business district and maintain the beauty and quality of the community, but they did expressed concern over property access during the road improvement. He commented that the project study addressed multi-modal/complete street improvements and the realignment of CR 437 and identified short-term improvements which the Public Works Department could start focusing on sooner. He noted that during the process, the policies within the Comprehensive Plan and both the County’s and the Lake Sumter MPO’s (Metropolitan Planning Organization) long range transportation plans were adhered to. He presented a map showing the planned trails and area destinations and the bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, and he reviewed all of the proposed Multi-Modal/Complete Street improvements as well as the two alternatives for the CR 437 Realignment. He noted that the recommended realignment alternative was 2A with a projected cost of $7,401,694. He also reviewed each of the four short-term improvements that were identified in the study, which included adding turn lanes at the intersection of Sorrento Avenue and CR 437, adding a sidewalk on Sorrento Avenue from the Wekiva Trail to CR 437, adding a sidewalk on CR 437 from Sorrento Avenue to the Wekiva Trail, and adding turn lanes on Shetland Trail and Palomino Trail.

Mr. Schneider reviewed the Project Funding Estimate and noted that there was an ongoing contract for the corridor study at a cost of $197,700.  He stated that the Board adopted a 5 Year Transportation Impact Fee Funding plan for the realignment section of CR 437, which was set up as $500,000 for design in 2018, $705,000 for right of way in 2019 through 2020, and $435,000 for construction in 2021, and a total budgeted impact of $1,837,700.  He pointed out that $3,000,000 of additional State and Federal Legislative funding had been requested for construction but was not approved; however, it would be recommended to the Board that the request be made again. He reported that it had been suggested that staff continue to work with the Lake Sumter MPO on the local priority projects list. He stated that the requested action was for the Board to approve the CR 437 Realignment and Multi-Modal Study, which included the recommended 2A Alternative for the realignment of CR 437.

The Chairman opened the public hearing.

Ms. Judith Crittendon, a resident of Sorrento, stated that she would be directly affected by the realignment and that she had already been negatively impacted by State Road 429 traffic. She explained that it was too difficult at certain times of the day to leave her property due to commuter traffic. She opined that completion of the Wekiva Parkway should alleviate some of the traffic pressure, specifically at the intersection of SR 46 and CR 437, and wondered if that had been taken into account in the study. She asked how soon the construction for the realignment would start.

Mr. Griffin responded that the traffic analysis had included the Wekiva Parkway being completed. He noted that the analysis looked at current as well as future patterns through 2040.

Mr. Schneider replied that the project was in early stages of funding, and her area would not be impacted first because the first primary focus would be in central Sorrento. He added that there would be a presentation given to the Board on August 8, 2017, which would identify short-term improvements at intersections. He stated that the expressway would pull away some of the traffic running east and west through Sorrento; however, the projections showed that it could also have some impact on the north and south directions, but this would continue to be monitored because there still seemed to be a funnel effect. He noted that the proposed project was to realign CR 437 in Sorrento, construct a complete street project, and make bicycle and pedestrian improvements for the remainder of the project, which would not take place for two to three years if all of the funding was in place.

Commr. Sullivan noted that the current funding in place was for the design, and the project start could be set back a couple of years due to the requested state and federal funding not being approved. He stated that the County was trying to keep up with the changes in that area due to the upcoming completion of the Wekiva Parkway construction.

Ms. Shirley Grantham, President of the East Lake Chamber of Commerce, explained that she had attended the previous public meeting and had learned a lot about the project. She pointed out that both properties owned by the Chamber would be greatly affected by the realignment, and while she thought it might be a difficult process, the end result would be beneficial. She asked the Board to let the Chamber know what they could do to help ensure that the neighborhoods and businesses were aware of what was taking place. She commented that she was aware of the public meetings, but a lot of the residents were not. She felt that attendance had been low at the public meetings and asked if property owners received notifications of the meetings by mail. She also wanted to know the right of way acquisition process.

Commr. Sullivan responded that based on his knowledge from a previous right of way situation, the residents would be contacted individually, and the process would be worked through with them on a one-on-one basis with the County’s Right of Way team that included the County Attorney. He stated that public hearings were advertised as per the law, and also mailings had been done for this particular project.

Mr. Cole commented that the staff would be in close contact with the East Lake Chamber as the project moved forward to ensure that they were well informed of the next steps.

Commr. Sullivan pointed out that the area was an older, standing community that had always provided good input, and the Board was working to maintain the community’s character as the area changed with the addition of the Wekiva Parkway.

Pastor Earl Hammond of the East Lake Community Church stated that he was excited about what he had seen in the plans, but he also felt a sense of urgency due to the increased traffic. He felt that the realignment was important to the area but also in regards to the traffic issue and that traction and movement were needed to get the project started.

Mr. Jim Tenney, a resident of Sorrento, stated he owned property on Central Avenue, which was in the middle of the realignment and was concerned that the proposed realignment would take away their parking area. He wondered what would happen to the property and if it would be closed off and become unusable. He also wanted to know if there was a way to determine how much right of way would be taken from the frontage section of his property.

Mr. Schneider stated that it would be determined if a driveway could be placed to access the property or if it would need to be removed during the design phase. He explained that staff would work closely with Mr. Tenney and any other property owners early in the process to start the discussions on how the property could be impacted and how to mitigate that. He stated that right of way had been identified on a planning level map, and it would be hard to give an exact amount until the final design process was completed; however, he relayed that he and staff would be willing to sit down with any property owner to give them an approximation of right of way needs for the project.

Commr. Campione asked if staff could reach out to the property owners who had specifically asked about impacts to their properties because she felt that a lot of the resident’s fears could be addressed though discussions, and it would also help them understand the process and know what to expect.

Ms. Beverly Clancy, a resident of Sorrento, noted that her home was on CR 437 South close to the road and asked if the realignment would be two or three years away. She stated she was concerned because her home was close to the road and an 8-foot wide sidewalk would take up her front yard. She explained that area meant a lot to them, they had been in the home for 39 years, and it was a little disconcerting.

Mr. Schneider reiterated that the realignment would be focused on first and would not begin for several years. He pointed out that there would be some minimal right of way requirements along the corridor where Ms. Clancy lived, but it would be hard to say exactly what the impact would be until the design was completed. He reiterated that staff would work with the property owners to minimize impacts to their property and that they would do their best to accommodate their concerns.

Commr. Sullivan stated that the funding needed to be in place for construction of any type. He explained that the current public hearing was to place the realignment project into the County’s 5-year plan, and staff would be able to give the residents more specific time frames when the project is funded.

There being no one else who wished to address the Board on this matter, the Chairman closed the public hearing.

Commr. Breeden clarified that the projected construction and design cost only included the realignment alternative 2A and the complete street and multi-modal improvements of the south section of CR 437, which was from Central Avenue to Sorrento Avenue, and it included the sidewalks and trails because it all needed to be completed at the same time. She further clarified that the additional improvements for areas further north and south on CR 437 were not included in the projected cost.

Commr. Campione suggested that those more rural areas be broken out into phases when approaching the Lake Sumter MPO for further funding. She wondered if some of the short-term improvements could be prioritized by largest impact first so they could be made sooner to alleviate some of the traffic issues.

Mr. Griffey responded that the short-term improvement suggestion to add a turn lane on SR 46 and CR 437 would be the one needed the most, and it could be added to the Public Works’ 5 Year Work Program. 

Commr. Campione asked whether the turn lanes on Sheltand Trail and Palomino Trail would be other important improvements.

Mr. Griffey replied that they would be helpful but not as critical as the turn lane on SR 46 as he suggested.

Mr. Schneider noted that there would be an area in the 5 Year Work Program presentation that would address intersection concerns.

Commr. Campione commented that she would like to have the highest priority items addressed as soon as possible. She asked if staff was still working with FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation) on incurring some of the improvement costs.

Mr. Schneider stated that the intersections and the sidewalks would all be sales tax projects. He relayed that staff was still working with FDOT, and there was a Memorandum of Understanding in place that stated that FDOT would resurface the roadway between the two interchanges as part of the transfer of SR 46 to Lake County. He pointed out that because the road was not in bad shape, staff approached FDOT and asked that the resurface funding be used in a complete street project instead, and FDOT was still considering the request. He stated that staff would approach them again because those funds could make a good start in getting improvements accomplished along that corridor. 

            Commr. Campione stated that she wanted to keep that high on the legislative priority list. She noted that the Wekiva Parkway opening was close, so she wanted to get ahead of it and put things in place for improving the area and to keep up with traffic pressures.

            Commr. Sullivan pointed out that the public can also help with the legislative funding by speaking out and letting their legislators know they are in favor of the projects the Board is trying to accomplish in the area.

On a motion by Commr. Campione, seconded by Commr. Blake and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board approved the CR 437 Realignment and Multi-Modal Study recommended alignment and improvements.

recess and reassembly

That Chairman called a recess at 10:34 a.m. for ten minutes.



Mr. Thomas Carpenter, Emergency Management Division Manager, presented to the Board an overview of the 2017 Hurricane Season, which takes place from June 1 through November 30 each year. He recapped that Hurricane Donna had been the last hurricane to directly hit Lake County in 1960, and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 was the last hurricane to affect Lake County.  He added that the last full activation of the Lake County EOC (Emergency Operations Center) was in 2007 in response to the Groundhog Day Tornadoes. He relayed that during Hurricane Matthew there were 779 general risk residents, 63 special needs residents, and 24 pets sheltered in total. He noted that the primary shelter locations were at the following elementary schools: Lost Lake, Mascotte, Round Lake, Astatula, Leesburg, Spring Creek, Treadway, Umatilla and the Villages. He reviewed weather terminology and the Saffir-Simpson Scale for hurricanes and added that in 2016 there were 16 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes. He reported that 2017 was forecasted to be an above-average season with Colorado State University forecasting 13 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes and the National Hurricane Center forecasting 11 to 17 named storms, 5 to 9 hurricanes and 2 to 4 major hurricanes. He stated that the County continued year-round preparation and communication and coordination with all communities, public agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Mr. Carpenter emphasized that all residents should create a disaster supply kit, have a plan for pets, get a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) battery powered weather radio, place all important documents in a waterproof container, and have cash available, as a lot of  ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) would be out of power. He stated that residents should know where the safest rooms in their homes are during a hurricane, they should monitor the NOAA weather radio, be prepared for a challenging home environment such as loud sounds, and stay away from doors, windows and skylights. He reported that information during a storm could be found on the AlertLake Emergency Notification System, local media, the County website of www.lakecountyfl.gov, Citizen’s Information Line at 352-253-9999, and through social media, such as Lake County FL Emergency Management on Facebook and @LakeEmergency on Twitter. He relayed that residents should be careful during a hurricane; use the weather radio or television to get the latest information; stay away from downed, loose, or dangling power lines; ensure food safety using the motto “when in doubt, throw it out;” and use proper safety equipment and clothing when cleaning up debris. He added that residents should also take photos of any damage to the home, furnishings or surrounding area for insurance purposes, drive only when necessary, treating intersections where traffic lights were out as a four-way stop, and contact family, friends and neighbors as soon as possible to let them know you are safe. He showed a photo depicting all of the storms that had crossed through the State of Florida from 1851 through 2013 and pointed out a red square where most of the activity had been, noting that Lake County was partially within the square, which was significant in showing that a hurricane could affect the county.

Commr. Parks thanked Mr. Carpenter for his and the Emergency Management Division’s service during Hurricane Matthew.

Commr. Sullivan noted that it is best to be prepared and specifically pointed out that having cash on hand was important.

Mr. Carpenter stated that Lake County was an inland county where residents from other counties can evacuate to, and that is why it is extra important for Lake County residents to have all of the tools necessary prior to the storm so that they are prepared to help others or themselves in case of fuel and cash shortages.

work sessions

public works fy 2018 budget

Mr. Jim Stivender, Public Works Director, presented the FY 2018 Budget Workshop Session for the Public Works Department and noted the purpose of the presentation was to provide the Board with an overview of the Public Works operations and their proposed FY 2018 budgets, excluding the Solid Waste Division, as it had already been presented. He stated that the mission of the Department was to provide timely services in a courteous and fiscally responsible manner, which included the engineering, construction and maintenance of roads and stormwater systems; solid waste collection; recycling and disposal; and to protect public health through effective and environmentally safe methods of mosquito and aquatic plant control. He reported that the Public Works Department was made up of the Engineering Division, Environmental Services Division, and the Road Operations Division and totaled 194 full-time employees.

Ms. Lori Koontz, the Road Operations Division Manager, stated that the mission of the Division was to directly or indirectly be responsible for the construction and maintenance of the roadways, right of way, and drainage contained in the county maintained road network. She pointed out that within the Division were the Road Operations, Maintenance Areas 1 through 3, Special Projects, and Construction sections; and the Division contained a total of 75 full-time employees. She reviewed that Maintenance Area I was located on Griffin Road in Leesburg, Maintenance Area II was located on Disston Avenue in Minneola, and Maintenance Area III was located on East Fifth Street in Umatilla. She stated that the County serviced 1,391 miles of roadway comprised of asphalt, clay, DST (Double Surface Treatment), concrete and brick surfaces and also provided services for 27 bridges, 197 miles of sidewalk, and 20 miles of guardrail. She stated that the Division provided annual clay road grading, right of way mowing, and right of way litter and debris removal every 5 weeks during the months of April through November. The Division also worked with the 44 Adopt-A-Roadway volunteer groups as well as supported the litter and debris removal efforts of the Keep Lake Beautiful Program. She reviewed that the Division annually inspected and evaluated 1,248 miles of paved roads, repaired pot holes, trimmed and removed trees, rehabilitated shoulders and restored swales, cleaned and repaired storm pipes, and conducted pavement preservation projects. She added that the Division bids, provides contract administration, and inspects construction projects in accordance with approved construction plans, engineering design, and permitting for compliance with County specifications, standards, applicable codes, and state guidelines. She stated that they also coordinate bidding and construction with FDOT on LAP (Local Agency Program) agreements and other grant projects. She noted that the Division developed the Five-Year Transportation Construction Program, and also issued Right of Way Utilization and Commercial Driveway Permits, coordinated development reviews pertaining to plan and final plat approval processes, and administered the Special Assessment Program. She pointed out that the Division worked as needed as an ESF-3 (Emergency Support Function) with the EOC Division during emergency events being the first to push open roadways and co-managed debris management contracts with the Solid Waste Division. She reported that the maintenance section received 2,887 citizen calls resulting in over 2,400 work orders, and the Division resurfaced 22 miles of roadway, restored 18 miles of shoulder, completed 13 drainage repair projects, processed permits, and bid, inspected and constructed 6 construction projects, which totaled $6.1 million. She stated that the Division also performed 118 commercial sale inspections and approved 7 subdivision construction plans.

Ms. Koontz explained that 42 percent of the Division’s expenditures were outsourced by consultants, maintenance vendors, and construction contracts; the asphalt overlay projects were estimated and evaluated for best value and response time; and heavy equipment was leased instead of purchased for cost savings. She reviewed the division benchmarks noting that there were 2,682 total paved jurisdictional miles, which took into account the total number of lanes on each road. She reported that the FY 2018 proposed budget totaled $8,676,536, was status quo, and maintained the current levels of service. She pointed out that there were mandated expenditures from the State of Florida for FDEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) Waste Tire Collector Registration for proper tire disposal and FDOH (Florida Department of Health) Limited Use Commercial Registered Well Test for the public well located at the Umatilla maintenance barn, and there was also a Lake County required expenditure for the annual mining site inspection for five County-owned clay pits. She commented that there were 571 miles of roads that were rated at a 6 or below, and although resurfacing them would reduce the maintenance cost, the budget did not support an adequate pavement preservation program. She elaborated that paving 117 miles of County maintained roads would reduce maintenance costs; however, the budget only identified one clay road to be paved. She added that work requests for Non-County maintained roads were unpredictable and diverted resources from the County Road maintenance system.

Mr. Schneider stated that the Engineering Division’s mission was to enhance and protect the quality of life, health and safety of the citizens of Lake County by delivering excellent engineering, surveying, and project management support through the efficient use of personnel and resources; and working to provide for the safe and efficient movement of pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicular traffic within Lake County. He explained that the Engineering Division was made up of 44 full-time employees in the Design and Permitting, Sidewalk Project Development and Review, Right of Way, Survey, and Traffic sections of the Division. He noted that the Division provided engineering support services to the Public Works Department and the County and provided many areas of expertise which were needed to implement and construct projects. The Division also searched out opportunities for public and private partnerships for construction of new roadways, which were presented to the Board for approval, and also coordinated projects with FDOT, LSMPO (Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization,) cities and towns; reviewed and coordinated right of way deeds and easements for capital improvement program projects; developed requirements, maintained right of way records, and provided citizen access to those records; managed county traffic operational infrastructure; and maintained signs, signals, and striping on County roads. He stated that the design and survey sections of the Division had completed project management for an estimated $47 million in road projects, surveyed 30 new projects for the Public Works Department, provided engineering for stormwater and drainage projects, and provided construction engineering assistance. He noted that the sidewalk development section had completed 137 sidewalk projects based on the ADA (American Disabilities Act) public right of way and Safe Access to Schools study, which resulted in new sidewalk construction, repairs, and retrofits that have been completed since FY 2011 at a cost of $3.5 million. He added that these repairs and new construction addressed 16 priorities based on the study. He reported that the Traffic Operations and Maintenance section of the Division maintained all traffic signals and devices in the county including 13 towns and cities, maintained all signage and striping on the county roads network, contracted out 67 centerline miles of roadway striping for a cost of $446,800, contracted temporary workers as traffic control flaggers, and coordinated with FDOT for funding of traffic signal maintenance, parts and equipment.

Mr. Schneider stated that through Transportation and Traffic Engineering, the Division evaluated current and future County Road network needs for inclusion in the Five-Year Transportation Construction Program, provided traffic study and safety evaluations resulting in safety improvements throughout Lake County, and supported the Community Traffic Safety Team, which assisted in bringing FDOT safety funds to the County. He explained that some of the routine maintenance on the Fuel Remediation Facility was being done by internal staff resulting in a $31,200 annual savings, and they were providing in-house surveying and engineering services to the solid waste program, saving $33,500. The Division was utilizing staff for the design of smaller projects, and they contracted out traffic signal services and acted as project managers over consultants. He reviewed the benchmarks of the Division versus the surrounding counties, specifically pointing out that 70 percent of the cost for traffic signal maintenance was reimbursed through agreements with the cities and FDOT. He reported that the proposed FY 2018 budget was $5,419,907 and maintained all levels of service; however, it did increase two percent overall which accounted for additional operating expenses and to cover capital item costs for six engineering computers, three digital cameras, and one signal ground tester. He noted that there were State and Federal mandated expenditures for the Fuel Remediation Facility at the Astatula Landfill, an ADA Transition Plan for sidewalk and curbs, and traffic signals and signage as well as Chapter 9 of the Lake County LDRs (Land Development Regulations) which addressed access management and traffic impact mitigation for new developments. He pointed out there were three unfunded challenges, which were in ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems), safety projects, and bridge replacement.

Mr. Stivender stated that the Environmental Services Division provides for the planning of design and construction of water quality related stormwater improvements and protects public health through effective and environmentally safe methods of mosquito and aquatic plant control. The Division also includes the Solid Waste collection and disposal programs, hazardous waste collection, and partners with local law enforcement for the collection of unwanted prescription medication. He explained that the Division employed 55 full-time employees and 13 part-time employees within the Stormwater/Water Lab, Mosquito and Aquatic Plant Management, Fiscal/Administrative Services and Solid Waste sections of the Environmental Services Division. He stated that not only does the Division spray for mosquitos, but they also try to identify the types of mosquitos to spray for by using traps for daily inspection, and they have also added nightly ULV (Ultra Low Volume) adulticide sprayings. He noted that the data collected showed that the numbers were low for the mosquitoes that carry the Zika Virus. He stated that the Aquatic Plant Management consisted of daily canal and lake inspections, scheduled treatments, plant identification and information, and public outreach to help control the spread of invasive plant species. He reviewed that the internal Water Lab processed 3,667 water samples and pointed out that most of the work completed there was samples being analyzed from the landfills. He explained that the Stormwater section worked with homeowners to determine how the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Floodplain Management maps affected their property and helped them solve any issues. He presented an image of Wolf Branch Pond B, which was a retention pond constructed for stormwater improvement. He reported that the Division sprayed a total of 1,570,694 acres, treated 9,932 tires, collected 7,555 of trap samples around the County, and deployed 4,500 mosquito fish into pools, lakes, ponds and swamps. The Division also treated 4,725 acres of invasive aquatic plants, responded to 321 service requests, and reconfigured the previous spray system to obtain a more effective treatment.

Mr. Stivender stated that there was continued growth in the number of customers served and analysis performed, and there had also been multiple clean-up events held, which resulted in over 2,100 pounds of litter removed from the County’s waterbodies. He reported that the Wolf Branch Drainage Improvement Project had been completed to address structural concerns with the existing culvert crossing of Wolf Branch Creek, and the Royal Trails drainage improvements had also been completed to address flood improvements. The Division hosted a Florida Department of Environmental Protection Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector Class at no cost to the public. He stated that internal staff developed mosquito collection devices that provided quick and easy deployment to suspected Zika Virus locations for under $15 by utilizing old trap parts, which saved the County money and made the process more efficient. He noted that there had been increased coordination between the Stormwater inspections and GIS mapping with targeted maintenance by Road Operations and also determining through methodology how much water was leaving the sites and how much could be controlled through efficiencies. He reviewed the benchmarks of the Division and pointed out that compared to the surrounding counties, the stormwater capital improvement expenditures could be improved upon. He noted that the overall Division budget would remain status quo and maintained the current levels of service at $5,354,212; however, there was a reduction of 47 percent in Capital Outlay within the Stormwater program. He reported that the FEMA Floodplain Management Program and the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Permit and Administration were the mandated Federal and State requirements. He reviewed that there were no grant match opportunities or capital funding in the Stormwater section, and the Division had to defer the replacement of two mosquito spray trucks and one air boat, which would be addressed through the Infrastructure Sales Tax Reauthorization.

Mr. Stivender explained that the total proposed Public Works FY 2018 budget was status quo and maintained the levels of service with a total of $19,450,655. He noted that the Transportation Trust Fund beginning fund balance had a reduction of $448,881 or an eleven percent decrease from FY 2017 and that there was an anticipated 3.9 percent increase in Gas Tax revenues. He summarized that the proposed budget maintained current levels of service for Road Operations, Engineering, and Environmental Services.

Commr. Breeden commented that the Road Operations Division does a lot with the funds that are available to them, and it had become evident to her that the road infrastructure maintenance was behind schedule. She asked for more information on the 5 Cent Gas Tax and wondered what the benefits would be if it were implemented, although she did not see the Board implementing the tax but would like to see it on the 2018 primary election ballot.

Commr. Parks noted that he receives a lot of questions regarding why road improvements are expensive, and he explained that was due to new standards by FDOT and the large cost associated with the retrofitting to make these adjustments. He asked if the cost to bring all of the roads up to the FDOT standards could be presented to the Board.

Mr. Stivender responded that the unfunded items would be discussed at the August 8, 2017 regular meeting, and at that time the sales tax projects and impact fee program would also be discussed.  He stated that the presentation would also provide an update on the Citrus Grove Road project.

Commr. Campione asked that Challenger Road be addressed during that presentation as well. She explained that the neighborhood had been interested in entering into an MSBU (Municipal Service Benefit Unit) agreement to get the road serviced because a Special Assessment was not an alternative for them.

Mr. Stivender responded that an MSBU was not available for the department to utilize, so it needed to be added as an available option, and then it could be determined how it would work in that scenario. He stated that he would review the presentation with the County Manager’s office to add that in there.

Commr. Campione felt that a tool needed to be in place that the Board could utilize if a neighborhood or community wanted to enter into one and would be a way to address some of the unfunded challenges.

Mr. Stivender explained that the challenge for the Board over the previous two years was the upfront capital costs to construct the roads.

Commr. Campione asked if the MSBU could be used as a revenue stream for a particular capital project.

Mr. Cole remarked that there were several scenarios being drafted to be presented to the Board on the matter.

Mr. Stivender explained that a lot of County maintained clay roads could be resurfaced by working with property owners and by asking them to donate the right of ways so the capital money could be used to resurface on the road; however that scenario would change when a community is participating financially.  He commented that if a 5 Cent Gas Tax was implemented, it could bring approximately $3.7 million into Lake County, and he suggested that it all be put towards road resurfacing.

economic growth department fy 2018 budget

Mr. Robert Chandler, Economic Growth Director, provided the FY 2018 Economic Growth Budget Work Session, noting that the purpose was to provide the Board with an overview of the Economic Growth Department operations and proposed FY 2018 Budget. He stated that the Department’s mission was to foster and guide the physical and economic growth of Lake County in partnership with the residents, business community, and local municipalities, while focusing on efficiency, quality of life and the balance between a diverse economic base and protecting Lake County’s natural resources and unique heritage. He explained that the department was made up of the Building Services Division, the Planning and Zoning Division, and the Economic Development and Tourism Division and contained 60 full-time employees.

Mr. Tony Lopresto, Building Services Division Manager, stated that the mission of the Building Services Division was to administer and enforce all building and licensing related laws, rules and regulations in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by providing precise, well organized, impartial, prompt and professional building code enforcement to the citizens of Lake County; and to provide the highest level of customer service by a fully-trained team dedicated to serving the public. He noted that within the Building Services Division there were five sections consisting of Building Inspections, Licensing Investigation, Fire Inspections, and Permitting and Plans Examinations, which contained a total of 35 full time employees.  He reviewed that the Division services included permitting, plans review, fire safety plan review, and contractor licensing and building inspections. He stated that there had been 40,332 permitting telephone calls received and pointed out that web permitting had started to gain popularity with 4,034 applications. He explained that the Division administered all building and licensing laws, rules, and regulations in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. He described that through Building and Fire Safety Plans Review, the Division performed technical reviews of construction plans to ensure that the proposed structures met the local, state, and national building codes and pointed out there were over 41,000 inspections completed in FY 2016. He stated that the Contractor Licensing section resolved 441 complaints regarding unlicensed individuals, unsafe structures and reports of work done without permits as well as issued local contractor licenses and verification of State registration insurance and worker’s compensation for 13,188 contractors in FY 2016. He reported that the Building Inspectors, Plans Examiners and Licensing Investigators earned a total of 20 additional State certifications through classes and testing and hosted nine continuing education classes for county and city inspectors as well as local contractors. He noted that the certification pay program had been instituted to ensure a consistent level of quality customer service, and the staff had also handled Special Master cases, allowing the Building Services Division to assist homeowners in clearing violations on their property before fines were issued. He stated that through improvement of the process, the average customer lobby wait time had dropped 65 percent, and there was a 40 percent decrease in turnaround time for residential permits and a 42 percent decrease in turnaround time for commercial permits. He noted that a process was created that allowed for digital review and approval of master construction plans, which expedited the time it took to issue permits, and they increased the number of licensing investigators, which led to decreased response time for resolving contractor complaints. The Division also established a cross training program for both inspectors and permit technicians to ensure that staff was equipped with the skillsets needed to answer questions. He reviewed the benchmarks, specifically pointing out that each inspector did an average of 4,000 inspections for FY 2016, which was a tremendous workload. He reported that the Building Services proposed budget for FY 2018 was $5,528,408 and was an enterprise fund with no funding from the County’s General Fund. He noted that the budget reflected an increase in personnel costs due to the certification pay program being implemented and the addition of two new senior building inspectors and a decrease in capital outlay costs due to vehicle purchases in FY 2017.

Mr. Chandler stated that the mission of the Planning and Zoning Division was to provide a better quality of life for Lake County citizens by facilitating development of a well-designed, efficient, healthy and safely built environment that enhances community identity and allows development to coexist with the natural environment. He noted that the Division held the Planning, Zoning, and GIS Analyst sections and contained 14 full-time employees. He explained that the Division ensured that applications were correct for quick and efficient processing and that permits met the LDRs (Land Development Regulations) and the Comprehensive Plan as well as educated customers on the LDRs and Comprehensive Plan. He added that the staff also reviewed and approved commercial site plans. He reported that during FY 2016 there had been 13,676 incoming telephone calls, 6,402 walk-ins, 419 web permitting applications, and a total 3,163 permits issued. The Division was able to create a new FLU (Future Land Use) category for the South Lake Regional Park, and staff updated the 5 year Capital Improvement program for the first time since the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan and also partnered with the SJRWMD (St. Johns River Water Management District) to get Landscape Irrigation Design Standards approved that met or exceeded all of the Florida Water Star standards. He stated that the Division had seen a 17 percent decrease in average customer lobby wait time, streamlined the Special Event process in coordination with the Emergency Management Division, and launched online permitting and checklists for irrigation applications to improve customer service and decrease the timeframe for approvals. He reviewed the benchmarks of the Division and pointed out that Lake County had one of the smaller staffs compared to the surrounding counties. He stated that the Planning and Zoning Division proposed FY 2018 budget was status quo at $1,134,391.

Mr. Adam Sumner, Economic Development and Tourism Division Manager, stated that the mission for the Economic Development Division was to aggressively retain, attract, and grow jobs in Lake County in partnership with others, while protecting and improving Lake County’s quality of life and unique character. The Tourism Division mission is to promote travel, drive visitation, and generate hotel room nights in Lake County for the purpose of facilitating ongoing, economic benefits for Lake County residents, the business community, and its 14 municipalities. He reported that within the Division there were the Economic Development, Tourism, and Fiscal and Administrative Services sections, which contained 9 full-time employees. He explained that the Economic Development Division operated under the Economic Action Plan, which contains seven key areas, and he pointed out that working with the Lake County School District to ensure that proper workforce training is taking place for local businesses to grow was one of the larger key areas. He stated that the Tourism Division followed the Tourism Marketing Plan, and recently an advertising agency was hired to help execute it. He reported that there had been several accomplishments within Economic Development such as the new Samsung Distribution Center, the completion of the vertical construction for Coreslab, the implementation of the Economic Development Incentive Plan, and the Teachers in Industry Institute. He recapped that the Tourism Division had executed the lease amendment for the Hickory Point Beach Fieldhouse, there were three major fishing tournaments held, a bid was won for the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship and the USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championship, and Akers Media and Watuaga Group were selected to develop and manage the tourism marketing plan. He reported that the Division had updated policies and procedures to streamline the Event Sponsorship Program. He reviewed the benchmarks, specifically pointing out there was currently over 7,700 businesses in Lake County. He stated that the proposed FY 2018 budget for the Economic Development and Tourism Division was $9,460,449 and reflected full funding for the construction of the Hickory Point Beach Fieldhouse and the Victory Pointe project in Clermont as well as the addition of $211,266 for 2.5 full time employees in the Communications Department. 

Mr. Chandler reviewed the Economic Development Department’s FY 2018 estimated revenue and noted the total revenue was projected at $14,337,870, which included an increase of eight percent in the Resort Tax Revenue, a two percent increase in the Building Permit Revenue, a decrease of 8.59 percent in the Resort Tax Fund Balance due to funding for Hickory Point Beach Fieldhouse and the Victory Pointe project, and also showed an increase of 10.58 percent in the Building Services Fund Balance. He reported that the proposed budget for FY 2018 for the Economic Growth Department was $16,303,371 and maintained the current levels of service for the Economic Development, Tourism, and Planning and Zoning Divisions; however, it reflects an increase in the levels of service for Building Services to accommodate for increased building activity. He added that the proposed budget also included funding for the Hickory Point Beach Fieldhouse and Victory Pointe capital funding projects and did not reflect potential Economic Development and Tourism reorganization, which was still being discussed.

other business


keep lake beautiful advisory committee

On a motion by Commr. Campione, seconded by Commr. Breeden and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board appointed Mr. Brent McCallister to the Keep Lake Beautiful Advisory Committee as a Citizen Representative, to serve a four-year term ending June 6, 2021.

library advisory board

On a motion by Commr. Blake, seconded by Commr. Breeden and carried unanimously by a vote of 5-0, the Board appointed Ms. Heather Crossley to the Library Advisory Board as the District 4 Representative, to complete an unexpired four-year term ending February 28, 2019, and Mr. Steve Berger to the Library Advisory Board, as the City of Mount Dora Alternate Member, to complete an unexpired four-year term ending February 28, 2019.

reports – county manager

state of florida budget update

Mr. Jeff Cole, County Manager, relayed that the State of Florida Budget had been signed by Governor Rick Scott on Friday, June 2, 2017, which included $10 million for construction of Phase I and Phase II of the Citrus Grove Road project. He noted that $200,000 was also included for the Veteran’s Court Treatment Program for expenses related to mental health and substance abuse treatment for veterans.

constitutional officer budgets for fy 2018

Mr. Cole reported that the budgets from the Constitutional Officers had been received, with the exception of the Lake County Tax Collector’s Budget, and they would be brought before the Board on June 20, 2017 for review.

animal services update postponed

Mr. Cole stated that an update was to be given on the Lake County Animal Services at the June 20 Regular BCC Meeting but requested that it be postponed until the new Shelter Director was hired.

reports – commissioner parks –district 2

city of clermont design guidelines

Commr. Parks requested to be able to meet with City of Clermont staff and Lake County staff in regards to the differing design guidelines between the City and the County to try to work together to improve the processes, which could help facilitate builders, and asked for a consensus of the Board to be able to do so.

Commr. Campione clarified that the area was a mixture of City of Clermont commercial property and Lake County unincorporated property, and because of this the County had to take into consideration the City’s requirements while reviewing County permit applications and vice versa.

Ms. Marsh stated that there was a joint LDR in place that had other items that staff had to abide by as well.

Commr. Parks commented that this had become an issue and noted as an example that Clermont’s parking lot size requirement was 10 feet by 20 feet, and the County’s requirement was 9 feet by 18 feet. He stated that the builders are being told from each side which requirements are the ones that needed to be followed, and that lead to confusion and delays.

Commr. Campione asked if the least restrictive requirements were what the developers would like to have.

Commr. Parks responded that typically they would like to see less restrictive requirements, but ultimately there needed to be one set at this time for that corridor.

Commr. Campione agreed that a solution needed to be created which would be as user friendly as possible for new businesses, while also being respectful of the possibility that those businesses could end up in the city limits in the future.

Commr. Sullivan clarified that there was a consensus on the Board for Commissioner Parks to work with County staff to determine a process solution and then have it brought back before the Board for review and approval.


new library services manager

Commr. Breeden reported that Ms. Ava Barrett, Library Services Manager, attended a community leadership dinner by invitation of First Lady Ann Scott on May 30, 2017 at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee. She stated that Ms. Barrett was honored for her work with children, and she was glad to have Ms. Barrett represent Lake County at the dinner.

lake county community action agency

Commr. Breeden inquired whether she would need to step down from the Lake Community Action Agency Board after the agency received a grant from Lake County.

Ms. Marsh responded that she would need to step down due to the conflict of interest.


library branch tours

Commr. Blake thanked Ms. Barrett for taking him on a tour of the Astor and Paisley libraries and noted that he had action items to review with the County Manager based on those tours.

memorial day

Commr. Blake noted that he attended the American Legion Post 21’s Memorial Day event at McTureous Park in Altoona at the invitation of Mr. Carl Ludecke. He stated that there was a good turnout, and he enjoyed it very much.

REPORTS – COMMISSIONER sullivan – chairman - DISTRICT 1

south lake hospital urgent care

Commr. Sullivan reported that he attended the groundbreaking for the new South Lake Hospital urgent care center in the Four Corners area.

Career and technical education program

Commr. Sullivan noted that he participated in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program meeting with Economic Growth Department staff member, teachers, and local industry professionals.

minneola turnpike exchange grand opening

Commr. Sullivan commented that the Board had received an invitation to attend the opening of the Minneola Turnpike Exchange on Saturday, June 10, 2017, and he encouraged everyone to attend.


There being no further business to be brought to the attention of the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 12:52 p.m.



timothy i. sullivan, chairman