BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA
August 27, 2019
The following is a non-verbatim transcript of the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING OF SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA, held at 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, in Room 1028 of the SEMINOLE COUNTY SERVICES BUILDING at SANFORD, FLORIDA, the usual place of meeting of said Board.
Chairman Brenda Carey (District 5)
Vice Chairman Jay Zembower (District 2)
Commissioner Robert Dallari (District 1)
Commissioner Lee Constantine (District 3)
Commissioner Amy Lockhart (District 4)
County Manager Nicole Guillet
Assistant County Attorney Desmond Morrell
Deputy Clerks Terri Porter and Chariti Colón
Pastor Andy Searles, Our Church Together, Casselberry, gave the Invocation. Commissioner Lockhart led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Business Spotlight video for Palmer Natural Health was presented.
AWARDS AND PRESENTATIONS
Agenda Item #1 – 2019-1586
Chairman Carey introduced a video showing the move of Mr. Nygren’s buggy collection to the Seminole County museum.
Motion by Commissioner Zembower, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to approve appropriate Resolution #2019-R-137 in appreciation to William Nygren for his generous donation of historical carriages to the Seminole County Historic Museum.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
County Manager Nicole Guillet advised staff is pulling Item #12 regarding the Natural Lands Resident Caretaker Lease Agreement. Also, staff is revising Item #22 regarding a Term Contract for Plans Examiners & Inspection Services, and plans to place it on the September 10 BCC Agenda.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Zembower, to authorize and approve the following:
County Manager’s Office
2. Approve travel and mileage reimbursement to Commissioner Constantine for miscellaneous travel from April - June, 2019. (2019-1512)
3. Approve and authorize the Chairman to appoint Ana Scuteri, as a new representative, to the vacant position on the Committee on Aging in accordance with the guidelines established by Administrative Code Section 4.6. (2019-1564)
4. Approve and accept the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Snapshot/Report, pursuant to Seminole County Resolution #2013-R-61, and the HOME Program Activity Report, pursuant to Seminole County Resolution #2015-R-51 for the month of July 2019. (2019-1572)
5. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program Annual Report and Local Housing Incentives Certification form for The State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program, SHIP, Annual Performance Report, APR. (2019-1578)
6. Approve the issuance of a Notice of Determination that the unoccupied structure located at 351 West Hornbeam Drive, Longwood, is a Public Nuisance; and authorize the Building Official to: (a) serve Notice of this determination, pursuant to Sections 168.5 and 168.6 Seminole County Code; and (b) set a date for a "Show-Cause" public hearing, as prescribed in Sections 168.5-168.7, Seminole County Code, based on the Building Official's certified findings. (2019-1519)
Planning and Development Division
7. Approve the plat for the Broadstone Parkway subdivision containing two (2) lots on 17.04 acres zoned PD, Broadstone Parkway Planned Development, located southwest of the S.R. 46 and International Parkway intersection. (2019-1499)
8. Authorize the release of Road, Streets, and Drainage Performance Bond #1067984 in the amount of $257,542.50 for Towns at White Cedar subdivision. (2019-1542)
9. Authorize release of Performance Bond (Off-Site Road Improvements) #1039659 in the amount of $403,775.20 for Right-of-Way utilization of Lake Mary Boulevard. (2019-1539)
Solid Waste Management
10. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute the First Amendment to Landfill Gas Purchase Agreement to implement the 10-year rate adjustment for the purchase price of the landfill gas as required by the Agreement. (2019-1517)
Greenways and Natural Lands
11. Approve and authorize the execution and recording of (2) electrical service easements to Duke Energy Florida, LLC on the Rolling Hills property. (2019-1451)
12. Pulled from the agenda the request to approve a Seminole County Natural Land resident caretaker agreement with Adam Gentry for the Chuluota Wilderness Area. (2019-1552)
13. Approve and authorize Chairman to execute a Seminole County Natural Lands Resident Caretaker Agreement with Stephen Pitts for the Lake Proctor Wilderness Area. (2019-1553)
14. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute the Traffic Enforcement Agreement between Seminole County, Seminole County Sheriff's Office, and The Springs Community Association, Inc. (2019-1560)
15. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2019-R-138 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) 19-095 through the Major Projects Fund for an accounting adjustment related to the Countywide Radio Project in the amount of $4,531,983. (2019-1540)
16. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2019-R-139 implementing the Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #19-096 through the Fire Protection Fund to appropriate budget of $211,751 from reserves and through the Fire/Rescue-Impact Fee Fund to appropriate budget of $258,249 from reserves in the total amount of $470,000 for pre-acquisition expenses and the acquisition of land for Fire Station #39. (2019-1556)
17. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a Grant Agreement with the Florida Division of Emergency Management in acceptance of $6,229 through the Hazards Analysis Program; and to execute appropriate Resolution #2019-R-140 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) 19-097 through the Public Safety Grant (State) Funds in the amount of $6,229 to establish funding. (2019-1554)
18. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2019-R-141 implementing the Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #19-098 through the General Fund to appropriate budget of $50,822 from reserves for the new Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD) System’s annual maintenance. (2019-1558)
19. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2019-R-142 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #19-099 through the 2014 Infrastructure Sales Tax Fund to allocate funds in the amount of $79,000 for the Goldie Manor Area Sidewalk (CIP#01785260). (2019-1574)
20. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2019-R-143 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #19-101 through the General Fund to allocate funds in the amount of $496,764 from reserves for the Seminole State College Parking Lot Repairs project. (2019-1581)
Purchasing & Contracts Division
21. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2019-R-144 approving revisions to the Seminole County Purchasing Administrative Code, Section 3 County Administration, 3.55 Purchasing Policy, to reflect changes in the operational procedures and policies relating to Procurement. (2019-1576)
22. Pulled from the agenda the request to award RFP-603520-19/TLR, Term Contract for Plans Examiners & Inspection Services to Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale; GFA International, Inc., Port St. Lucie; and NOVA Engineering & Environmental, LLC, Tampa. (2019-1543)
23. Approve Work Order #17 for CEI Services for Osceola Road Landfill Scale House and Entrance Road Improvements under PS-1832-18/AEJ, Continuing CEI Services for Construction Projects less than $2,000,000, with CDM Smith, Inc., Maitland, in the amount of $116,962.60; and authorize the Purchasing and Contracts Division to execute the Work Order. (2019-1562)
24. Approve Work Order #18 for Construction Engineering and Inspection Services (CEI) for Landfill Gas Collection and Control System Expansion at Osceola Road Landfill, under PS-1832-18/AEJ, Continuing CEI Services for Construction Projects less than $2,000,000, with CDM Smith, Inc., Maitland, in the amount of $108,834.20; and authorize the Purchasing and Contracts Division to execute the Work Order. (2019-1575)
25. Approve a change from the estimated Term Usage of $2,000,000 to estimated Annual Usage of $2,000,000 under PS-1832-18/AEJ, Continuous CEI Services for Construction Projects less than $2,000,000, with CDM Smith, Inc., Maitland; England-Thims & Miller, Inc., Lake Mary; and Tierra, Inc., Winter Garden. (2019-1565)
26. Approve the ranking list; authorize staff to negotiate rates in accordance with Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, the Consultants Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA); and authorize the Purchasing and Contracts Division to execute one (1) Master Services Agreement (MSA) for PS-2552-19/GCM, Slavia Road Capacity Improvements Project. (2019-1570)
27. Award CC-2466-19/RTB, Generator Replacement at various Seminole County locations in the amount of $860,000, to Morrissette Electric, Sanford; authorize the Purchasing and Contracts Division to execute the Agreement; and approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2019-R-145 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #19-100 in the amount of $374,272 from General Fund Reserves. (2019-1569)
With regard to public participation, no one in the audience spoke in support or opposition to the Consent Agenda, and public input was closed.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
Clerk & Comptroller’s Consent Agenda Item #28
Motion by Commissioner Lockhart, seconded by Commissioner Zembower, to approve Expenditure Approval List dated August 5, 2019; Payroll Approval List dated August 8, 2019; and BCC Official Minutes dated July 23, 2019. (2019-1571)
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
Clerk & Comptroller’s “Received and Filed” Documents
1. Letter dated July 25, 2019, from Carly J. Schrader, Nabors Giblin & Nickerson, to County Attorney Bryant Applegate, regarding Seminole County v. Department of Juvenile Justice, Enforcement of Interest on Final Judgment.
2. Memorandum dated July 30, 2019, from Desmond Morrell, Senior Assistant County Attorney, to Seminole County Board of County Commissioners and the County Manager’s Office, regarding Section 24.10, Pay Administration, of the Seminole County Administrative Code, which was modified to include adoption dates for its creation and any changes to that section.
3. Development Order #19-30000069, 4651 Gilbert Street, Bessie Hardy.
4. Maintenance Bond #013127Y (Streets, Curbs, Storm Drains) in the amount of $2,340 for the project known as Lakeview Drive Right-of-Way; Axios Construction Services, LLC.
5. Cash Maintenance Bond (Water and Sewer Improvements) in the amount of $1,076 for the project known as Epic Retail Phase 2; Strategic Commercial Construction, LLC.
6. Maintenance Bond #CMS335514 (Water and Sewer Facilities) from the original amount of $2,631.19, with an Increase Penalty Rider to the amount of $26,311.92, for the project known as Legacy Estates; Pulte Home Company, LLC.
7. Maintenance Bond #107031911 (Water and Sewer Facilities) in the amount of $12,000 for the project known as FDOT – RTMC (Regional Transportation Management Center); Halifax Paving, Inc.
8. Conditional Utility Agreement for water and sewer with Pulte Home Company for the project known as Brookmore Estates Phase 3.
9. Tourist Tax Funding Agreement with Nations Baseball, LLC d/b/a DS Sports Ventures for the August Tournaments.
10. Parks Contract for Services with James Crumrine and Caleb Cox; Tennis Instructor Agreement for Caleb Cox.
11. Work Orders #50 and #51 to PS-0009-15 with Pegasus Engineering, Inc.
12. Work Order #14 to PS-0157-15 with S2L, Inc.
13. Closeout to Work Order #21 to CC-0559-15 with Central Florida Environmental Corp.
14. Closeout to Work Order #9 to RFP-1294-17 with Pat Lynch Construction, LLC.
15. Work Order #4 to CC-1391-17 with P&S Paving, Inc.
16. Work Order #7 to PS-1998-18 with Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.
17. Closeout to CC-1988-18 with Construction Partners, LLC.
18. CC-2498-19, Construction Services Agreement, with Mid-South Contractors, LLC.
19. Amendment #5 to Work Order #3 to PS-8827-13 with Metric Engineering, Inc.
20. First Amendment to IFB-603217-18 with Good Sports of Central Florida, Inc.
21. RFQ-603240-18, Mobile Concessions Services Agreement, with Curbside Streatery LLC d/b/a Curbside Streatery, as approved by the BCC on December 11, 2018.
22. RFP-603459-19, Term Contract with Universal Engineering Sciences, Inc.
23. Bids as follows:
IFB-603563-19 from AKC Companion Animal Recovery; Pethealth Services (USA) Inc.; Datamars, Inc.;
IFB-603547-19 from Teleflex LLC;
BID-603568-19 from Binder Lift LLC; Bound Tree Medical, LLC; Medline Industries, Inc.; and
CC-2498-19 from Mid-South Contractors; U.S. Veteran Contractors, LLC; Linton Enterprises, Inc.; Dorothy Harris; BlackStreet Enterprises, LLC d/b/a BSE Construction Group; East Coast Commercial.
Agenda Item #29 – 2019-1538
Code Enforcement Lien Amnesty Program
Mary Moskowitz, Planning and Development Division, addressed the Board to review the item and the conditions of qualifying for the program. In addition, she advised they will include in the mailing notices to all property owners with outstanding Code Enforcement liens language advising property owners that if they are unable to bring their property into compliance due to financial or medical reasons, they may contact the County and they will be provided with contact information for agencies and program opportunities that may be able to assist them in bringing the properties into compliance. Staff will also post information on the County website. Staff recommends adoption of the resolution.
Ms. Moskowitz stated that staff is seeking input and direction as to whether the Board wants to include a provision that the proposed resolution allow further reduction to a lien from the reduced maximum amount of $1,000; for example, to just pay the administrative costs if the applicant proves a medical or financial hardship.
Commissioner Zembower suggested they also publish the information in newspapers and Ms. Moskowitz responded that they can certainly look into that. Commissioner Constantine added he has been receiving phone calls from the Press and believes they will be picking this up. He wanted to clarify, though, that this does not relate to serial offenders; you have to bring the property into compliance; you have to pay all liens and taxes, so everything else will be paid up and in good order in the County.
Ms. Guillet noted with respect to communicating the program, staff is going to focus on direct mailing to those that have liens because this program is really only open to them. They want to make sure they don’t confuse the public and people that are maybe in the Code Enforcement process now because this program does not apply to them, and they still need to bring their properties into compliance.
Commissioner Constantine questioned how many would be eligible for the amnesty program and Ms. Moskowitz advised they have about 250 existing violations.
Commissioner Lockhart noted she would like to look at the MOU again because it has been a long time. She is excited that the Sheriff’s Office does code enforcement on the County’s behalf, but she thinks something they should re-instill is that it is on behalf of the County. Chairman Carey agreed that it is time because it has probably been 25 years or so. Ms. Guillet advised they looked at it a few years ago, but they have not reviewed it since there has been a change in leadership at the Sheriff’s Office. Commissioner Zembower concurred and reiterated that a lot of these properties are already in compliance and they just did not know because there was no protocol to follow up. He opined they need to be very sensitive to people that have legitimate financial hardships, family hardships, in an attempt to make sure they work with those property owners, whether it be their families or their faith-based groups or other organizations.
Chairman Carey expressed her concern in the way it is written right now that there is no ability to apply for financial hardship because $1,250 to a lot of seniors, for example, who live on a fixed income would not be a possibility. They may not make the application for $100 knowing that they are going to have to pay up to $1,250 because they cannot afford to do that. She believes they need to add the financial hardship ability for somebody to apply and prove that they have the financial hardship. With some of these cases that are not in compliance, it is because they are elderly or disabled and they cannot afford to hire someone. She opined it would be a great opportunity for them to make a community effort and get some volunteer groups together to go out and assist those who really need the help. She thinks that point needs to be made in the notification to make sure that those who may not be able to afford it can still apply for the amnesty and clear their title. For some of the liens that are from the 80s, for example, if the property ends up going into an estate, then the family has to deal with that even though the property may be in compliance. She said she feels these are two important things that need to be added to the document along with maybe even a payment plan, because if you are a young single mother with children, to pay $1,250 at one time would be an impossible task, and they couldn’t even get a loan on their home with the lien on it.
Chairman Carey stated there are two additions to make, the financial hardship application process and a payment program of some sort for those who might need to make monthly payments to pay it off. Ms. Guillet recommended the Board go forward with approving the program today and if it is the desire of the Board to have some policy for financial, medical or some other legitimate hardship with respect to being able to pay the reduced fee, and if they also want to be able to provide a payment plan, they can bring back another resolution on a future agenda and have that apply to this. That way they can get the program in place and they can start advertising it. They want to give people enough time to be able to bring their property into compliance.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Constantine, to adopt appropriate Resolution #2019-R-146 to establish a one-time Code Enforcement Lien Amnesty Program beginning on January 1, 2020 and ending on July 1, 2020; bring back additional information in connection with hardships and payment plans; and information as to what to do with the remaining parcels that are still outstanding.
With regard to public participation, no one in the audience spoke in support or opposition, and public input was closed.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
Agenda Item #33 – 2019-1598
Issuance of Water and Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2019
Ms. Guillet introduced the new CEO and Director of the Resource Management Department, Lorie Bailey Brown.
Ms. Bailey Brown addressed the Board to present the request to adopt a supplemental resolution authorizing the issuance of the Water and Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2019, in the amount not-to-exceed $71 million to provide for the refunding of the Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds, Series 2010B.
Chairman Carey requested that Hilltop Securities speak to the County’s rating results from S&P and Moody’s. Alex Bugallo addressed the Board stating he is here with Angela Singleton as financial advisors to the County. He talked about the rating presentations they made on August 12 to Moody’s and Standard & Poors, which were about two hours each. Moody’s affirmed Seminole’s very strong rating of Aa2, and S&P upgraded their rating to AA+ on the Water and Sewer, which he said is terrific news. He congratulated the County and staff along with the Board. He explained the importance of having this credit upgraded for the benefit of the public, per Chairman Carey’s request. Mr. Bugallo talked about the Debt Service Reserve Fund. Commissioner Zembower then requested he talk about the Reserves as they have to do with this particular issue versus their General Fund and that this is an Enterprise Fund. Questions were posed by several Commissioners and answered by Mr. Bugallo.
With regard to public participation, no one in the audience spoke in support or opposition, and public input was closed.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Lockhart, to approve the request to adopt Supplemental Resolution #2019-R-147 authorizing the issuance of the Water and Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2019, in the amount not-to-exceed $71,000,000, to provide for the refunding of the Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds, Series 2010B.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
INVESTMENT ADVISOR’S REPORT
Scott McIntyre, Hilltop Securities, addressed the Board to present the Investment Advisor’s Report (received and filed).
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Zembower, to adopt the recommendations of the County’s financial advisor based upon the report submitted today and to direct the Clerk to implement said Board-adopted recommendations.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
COUNTY ATTORNEY’S REPORT
Desmond Morrell, Assistant County Attorney, updated the Board in connection with the opioid litigation. He advised they filed their initial complaint in federal court. They have been updating their outside counsel on a monthly basis. They want to thank the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office for all the work they have done, particularly Sheriff Lemma and Chief Spriggs. He also gave a big thank you to Chief Oakes and his staff at the Fire Department. They are seeking to recover just under $20 million in damages, but that number does continue to rise.
Chairman Carey recessed the meeting at 10:35 a.m., reconvening at 1:30 p.m. with all Commissioners and all other Officials, with the exception of Assistant County Attorney Desmond Morrell who was replaced by Deputy County Attorney Lynn Porter-Carlton, Clerk of Court Grant Maloy who was replaced by Chief Deputy Clerk of Court Brent Holladay, and Deputy Clerk Terri Porter who was replaced by Deputy Clerk Chariti Colón, who were present at the Opening Session.
Steve Fussell, Office of Organizational Excellence, addressed the Board to present The Employee Spotlight video featuring Meredith Walker, Public Safety Enhancement Program Team.
Commissioner Dallari inquired when the CAD rollout would be happening. Tricia Johnson, Deputy County Manager, addressed the Board and advised an event is being planned with a tentative date of October 1st.
PROOFS OF PUBLICATION
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Zembower, to authorize the filing of the proofs of publication for this meeting's scheduled public hearings into the Official Record.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
Item #30 – 2019-1503
Seminole County Port Authority Fiscal Year 2020 Presentation
Andrew Van Gaale, Port Authority Administrator, addressed the Board and introduced Port Authority Board Chairman Cliff Miller and Vice Chairman Matthew Criswell. Mr. Van Gaale stated the Seminole County Port Authority (SCOPA) approved their FY 2019/2020 budget on May 15th and unanimously recommended approval to the Board of County Commissioners. Out of the FY 2018/2019 budget, $700,000 of surplus funds is being provided to the BCC for use in the general budget.
Mr. Van Gaale reviewed the budget as outlined in the agenda memorandum. He explained there has been quite a bit of work done on the drainage infrastructure and road network which will continue next year. The capital improvement plan of $1.4 million is to complete the master drainage plan improvements, some building renovations, and some initial design and site work on a redevelopment project located at 1500 Dolgner Place, which is currently a vacant site. Mr. Van Gaale stated the total budget for FY 2019/2020 is $4,471,174 with projected revenues of $1,941,383. Operational expenditures are projected to be $2,198,064. He explained revenue is down a little bit with the loss of the tenant at 1500 Dolgner Place and the site being redeveloped. Mr. Van Gaale stated the Port's board has come up with a contribution next year to the BCC in the amount of $450,000, which will leave the Port with a cash balance at the end of the fiscal year of $1,823,000. Mr. Van Gaale requested approval of the budget and stated he, Mr. Miller, and Mr. Criswell were available for any questions.
Commissioner Zembower confirmed with Mr. Van Gaale that he met with consultants regarding the Orange Boulevard project and there is going to be an opportunity to do some design changes with some of the drainage. Mr. Van Gaale added a potential stormwater pond for the project has been identified on Port Authority property. He explained they will work together on the conveyance of water through the Port to that site.
Commissioner Lockhart inquired what amount the reserves are currently. Mr. Van Gaale responded they will have $1.8 million at the end of the year. Commissioner Lockhart asked what the reserves projection is for next year. Mr. Van Gaale responded they are also looking at about $1.8 million at the end of FY 2020 after a $450,000 contribution back to the County. Chairman Carey advised that the County funds $150,000 every year towards the Port's business incubator partnership with Seminole State College, and those funds come from the Port's surplus-fund contribution to the County. Ms. Guillet inquired what the Port's operating budget minus capital is and confirmed with Mr. Van Gaale that their reserves will keep them operating for about six months.
Commissioner Lockhart requested clarification on the projected $450,000 contribution back to the County in 2020 in comparison to this year's $700,000 contribution. Mr. Van Gaale explained there is approximately a half million dollars more in FY 2020's budget for capital improvements. Commissioner Zembower clarified if their numbers end up being better than what is projected, the Port will have the ability to contribute more than $450,000 next year. Chairman Carey stated she would like to have the commitment from the Port board that they will look at the budget midyear to see if there's an opportunity to increase the contribution to the County.
Chairman Carey inquired if the Port would be donating to the County any right-of-way on Orange Boulevard by Dolgner Place. Mr. Van Gaale responded the right-of-way acquisition is in contact with Mr. Coover regarding potential right-of-way acquisition and for the retention pond that is going to be used for the project. He stated they are willing to be a partner if it will help get the Port's drainage taken care of on that section. Chairman Carey inquired where the proposed retention site is located. Mr. Van Gaale explained it will be in existing wetlands adjacent to the SunRail and just north of the Port's last facility on the extreme east side of the property. The Chairman clarified with Mr. Van Gaale that would be a donation of right-of-way for the retention pond and not an acquisition. Mr. Van Gaale expressed it is ultimately a decision of the board since he, as the director, cannot make that decision. Mr. Criswell advised they also gave a little bit to CFX and SunRail as well.
Chairman Carey inquired if there is an annual increase in the Port's leases. Mr. Van Gaale responded it is 5% every two years. A discussion ensued regarding rental space demand and rates.
Chairman Carey stated she would like to hear from the Port’s board chairman the commitment to look at their midyear budget to see if there is the possibility of increasing the contribution to the County. She requested they also do some long-term planning of what they think that contribution is going to look like because the County is doing five-year forecasting, and it would help staff in the planning process to have some idea of what the Port's projected contribution will be for the next five years. Commissioner Zembower advised his commitment as part of the Port board is a midyear review, and any excess of revenue that can be determined to come back to the County absolutely would be given back.
With regard to public participation, no one in the audience spoke in support or opposition, and public input was closed.
Motion by Commissioner Constantine, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to approve the Seminole County Port Authority’s FY 2019/2020 budget.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
Item #31 – 2019-1589
Ordinance Amending Chapter 250 of the Seminole County Code
Richard Durr, Leisure Services Director, presented the request as outlined in the agenda memorandum. Mr. Durr stated this will give the Sheriff's Office the ability to enforce public parking lots that already have restrictions on them, such as libraries and parks, and will allow them to address areas that have had issues in the past, such as overnight parking or parking in areas that are designated no parking zones.
Lynn Porter-Carlton, Deputy County Attorney, advised there are two changes to what was provided in the agenda memorandum. Section 250.116 that was entitled private property has been deleted and the remaining sections renumbered, and then the phrase "pursuant to" was added to the first whereas clause on line 15 on page 1 of the ordinance.
Upon request of Chairman Carey for why these amendments are being requested, Mr. Durr gave the examples of a commercial vehicle recently parking overnight and on the weekends at one of the library branches. During the school year, students from the high school next door to Greenwood Lakes Park will park there rather than buying a parking sticker to park at the high school. Even though it says no student parking at the park, there is nothing in the ordinance that allows the Sheriff's Office to be able to address the issues. There has also been an issue at the county facility on First Street where it is posted no parking between certain hours of the day to allow for county business, people have been parking there, and it becomes difficult to find parking behind the county buildings on First Street.
Motion by Commissioner Lockhart, seconded by Commissioner Zembower, to adopt Ordinance #2019-34 amending Chapter 250, Traffic, of the Seminole County Code; Amending Part 1, Traffic Ordinance, Article VII, Parking Regulations; Establishing Section 250.77, Parking in Public Lots; Establishing Section 250.78, Overnight or Overtime Parking; Amending Article XI, Parking Citations; and Amending Section 250.115, Impounding.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
Item #32 – 2019-0019
Crestwood Estates LSFLUA and Rezone
Ex parte communications were received and filed from all five districts.
Danalee Petyk, Planning and Development, presented the request as outlined in the agenda memorandum. A PowerPoint presentation was displayed (received and filed).
Chairman Carey confirmed with Jean Jreij, Public Works Director, that improvements to Michigan Avenue and Markham Woods will be addressed in final engineering.
Charlie Madden, Madden, Moorhead & Stokes, Applicant, distributed and displayed a packet of documents (received and filed). Mr. Madden explained there were several community meetings and their proposal reflects changes made as a result of those meetings. They are proposing 20 lots which includes the five-acre estate lot. There is no open space required. They are at 25% minimum perimeter buffers. They have a building setback line that is 45 feet against the Heathrow property lines. They are committed to one-acre lots on Lake Marietta; 80 by 125 against Heathrow, which has minimum lot sizes of 75 by 120; and they are proposing two lots on the lakefront lot, one that is one acre and the other that is five acres. There is no tree preservation required. However, they are doing some natural buffers against Heathrow and there will be some trees preserved on the estate lot. They are proposing a minimum house size of 2,000 square feet.
Mr. Madden reviewed the allowable uses for the property if it were to remain A-1. Mr. Madden noted this property is not in the WRPA or the East Lake Sylvan Transitional area. Mr. Madden stated Michigan Street will function as a typical cul-de-sac with approximately 25 homes on it with five of those being existing homes. Per the development order, the five-acre lot cannot be subdivided further, and there is a deed restriction that has been signed by all parties. The deed restriction says that in order for the five-acre lot to be subdivided, all of the property owners that are in the subdivision, the other 19 homeowners, would all have to sign off on that. Mr. Madden reviewed the surrounding densities and stated their proposal is compatible with all of the neighbors.
Chairman Carey confirmed with Mr. Madden he is aware of the road improvements on Markham Woods with the modified right-turn lane and left-turn lane accessing on Michigan. Mr. Madden responded the final survey is being done of the right-of-way. They are glad to do the modified right-turn lane as long as there's adequate right-of-way for them to fit it in there.
Commissioner Zembower confirmed with Mr. Madden the deed restriction will be filed with the Clerk of the Courts at the time the development order is being exercised. Chairman Carey suggested it could be recorded as part of closing. Mr. Madden assured it will be recorded at the appropriate time. Commissioner Zembower requested staff be provided a copy as well.
With regard to public participation, Blaine Darrah, 1624 Cherry Ridge Drive, spoke in support and also requested assurances that there will be ground level drainages in the buffer between the Heathrow homes and the Crestwood Estates homes.
Martin Alpert, 792 Preserve Terrace (photograph received and filed); Judy Woodward, 1218 Sunshine Tree Boulevard; Robert Methven, 3515 Michigan Street; and Steven Confield, 3550 Michigan Street, spoke in opposition.
Lillian Liparulo, 1573 Cherry Lake Way; Lois Alpert, 792 Preserve Terrace; Ruth and Steven Confield, 3550 Michigan Street; and Stacey Vandewiele, 1532 Sunshine Tree Boulevard (Petition received and filed), provided Written Comment Forms in opposition.
Public Comment Forms were received and filed.
Chairman Carey requested Mr. Jreij address the comments and questions about the road right-of-way and the width. Mr. Jreij responded Michigan will be brought up to standard of being 20 feet wide. The Chairman inquired if sidewalks will be required on both sides of the road. Mr. Jreij stated there will only be a sidewalk on the north side next to the school. Chairman Carey confirmed everything will be fleshed out during engineering. Mr. Jreij advised they are putting in a drainage system, conveyance system on the south side. Commissioner Lockhart inquired if a right-of-way survey for Michigan has been recently done. Mr. Jreij stated the developer will be doing one because they are designing the road and the drainage system. Chairman Carey confirmed with Mr. Jreij staff is looking at how much right-of-way is along Markham Woods to see if it can accommodate the left- and right-turn lane there.
Mr. Madden advised they will have a full right-of-way survey done of Michigan and Markham Woods when they get into final engineering. Mr. Madden, in response to Mr. Darrah's request for assurances that there will be drainage buffers, stated that HH in the development order says existing stormwater flows from adjacent properties will be collected and directed to the on-site stormwater management areas within the community. They are aware they will have to take care of it, and it will be addressed in final engineering.
Commissioner Constantine inquired if anything has changed in the development order from the transmittal. Mr. Madden responded he did not believe so.
Chairman Carey requested Ms. Porter-Carlton address Mr. Alpert's public comment that all the Commissioners should be stating their position before voting. Ms. Porter-Carlton responded there is no such requirement. When the Commissioners make their vote, they can simply vote yay or nay. They do not have to explain their vote or provide a comment.
Motion by Chairman Carey, seconded by Commissioner Lockhart, to adopt Ordinance #2019-35 enacting a Large Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment from Suburban Estates to Planned Development; adopt associated Ordinance #2019-36 enacting a Rezone from A-1, Agriculture, to PD, Planned Development; and approve the associated Development Order and Master Development Plan for approximately 20.96 acres, located east of the Markham Woods Road and Michigan Street intersection
Under discussion, Commissioner Constantine stated they are still looking at 1.9 units per acre. The Commissioner opined this is not an improvement in the area and they are still asking for the same amount of development that they would have had before. Therefore, he does not see any compelling reason to vote to increase the current zoning and will be voting against it.
Districts 1, 2, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
District 3 voted NAY.
Motion passes 4 to 1.
Ms. Johnson discussed priorities for the 2020 legislative session which will begin in January. Ms. Johnson stated this is the second year for Senate President Bill Galvano. This is the final term due to term limits for both Senator David Simmons and Speaker of the House Jose Oliva, so they will be looking for new leadership in both the House and Senate in 2021. The Florida delegation members from the House are Representative Scott Plakon and freshman Representatives David Smith and Joy Goff-Marcil.
The legislative delegation is scheduled to meet on Friday September 13th at 1:00 p.m. in BCC chambers. Anybody who would like to attend or speak will need to complete a speaker form and submit it to Representative Smith's office by September 6th. Committee weeks begin the week of September 16th and go through December. Regular session begins on January 14th. The Florida Association of Counties Legislative Day is January 29th. Regular session is scheduled to conclude on March 13th.
Ms. Johnson stated they work with a number of departments internally to talk about items that may be of concern moving into session, as well as community partners, and education partners. She distributed a draft copy of legislative priorities (received and filed). Consistent with previous years, the top three priorities are listed as well as items to monitor and suggested appropriation requests.
Ms. Johnson stated the first legislative item priority listed is preserving Home Rule, local government funding sources, maintaining existing authority for zoning and permitting. She explained they see a lot of issues at the state level with respect to preemptions, particularly on the House side, and they anticipate seeing some of this during the upcoming session as well. They have included language regarding affordable housing and the protection of the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Another concern related to affordable housing is included in House Bill 7103 which was approved by the Governor in June and amends various state statutes all dealing with development in Florida. Ms. Johnson distributed a copy of House Bill 7103 as well as a staff analysis (received and filed).
Ms. Johnson stated Article V is also included in the top three priorities. There are two issues related to Article V. The first issue is per statute a county may adopt an ordinance, which the County did in 2004, to assess an additional court cost, not to exceed $65, to be imposed by the court for felony, misdemeanor, delinquent acts, and traffic offenses. Revenues generated by these fees are distributed equally 25% into innovations, legal aid programs, law library, and teen court programs. The area of concern is legal aid. Per statute, legal aid is permitted to increase expenditures by 1.5% annually, but the fee remains flat and has since the ordinance was enacted in 2004. The proposed budget for legal aid for FY 2020 is $356,377 and projected revenues are $105,000 which will require the County to subsidize with general fund dollars more than $250,000 net fiscal year.
The proposed recommendation is in two parts. First, that they seek to amend the statute so the revenues divided into the four categories are not divided into 25% per category, rather allowing each county to have the flexibility to determine how the monies are divided into the four categories. Ms. Johnson explained that in order to cover the County's costs, the fee would need to be increased from $65 to $105. She stated since this is a statute that applies to all counties, it would be her recommendation to keep the priority high level and then work with the lobbyists and others to talk about the best information to put in the statute so that it's flexible for all counties that are utilizing the fee and impacted by the fee.
Ms. Johnson stated the second issue also related to Article V is the technology fee, which is a $2 fee. The Clerk’s Office collects a $4 fee per page for designated instruments including deeds, leases, bills of sale, and so forth. $2 of this fee goes to the BCC to be used exclusively for court-related technology needs. Similar to the first issue, the proposed budget for the technology needs in FY 2020 is $1.1 million with projected revenues at $720,000. Therefore, more than $400,000 would be subsidized by the general fund. Ms. Johnson expressed they would like to work with the lobbyists and the Clerk's Office to talk about how they can best approach increasing this fee. Ms. Johnson stated it is her recommendation to keep the legislative priority high level and then determine the best language that benefits all parties impacted as they work through session.
Ms. Johnson stated those are the recommended top three priorities based on conversations. There are also some recommended appropriations requests, as well as additional legislative priorities that may be considered lower on the list.
Commissioner Dallari advised there could be some potential legislation with utilities in South Florida requiring them to put so much money into their infrastructure. He requested that be monitored to see if there is any movement to regulate local utilities to talk about how much money needs to be put into the infrastructure.
Chairman Carey stated they have to keep issues high level but to brief the delegation on particular items, such as where the County is subsidizing almost $700,000 in the upcoming year out of the general fund to support courts, which is clearly a responsibility of the State. The Chairman suggested rather than naming a dollar amount, to see what it would have been if CPI had been applied since it was adopted in 2004 at $65 and then ask for that as the adjustment.
Commissioner Dallari inquired what the cost is for. Ms. Johnson responded the statute enumerates a number of things the cost can go to. The majority of the costs are associated with computer equipment, software, hardware, and those type of technologies. She explained the cost for technology continues to go up, but the fee remains flat. Commissioner Dallari inquired if the state statute says what type of computer system has to be provided, and Ms. Johnson responded it does not. Chairman Carey opined technology will be an important part of relocating the courts back together and building the new facility, and they should not be subsidizing it. They should have the ability to adjust those fees however is needed in order to pay for the courts. The Chairman stated the main thing is to talk to the legislators, because a number of them are freshman legislators, so they understand. Ms. Guillet advised the judicial partners have been very conservative in their requests. They have been very cognizant of the lack of funding, and they are probably going without some things that would make their jobs easier and more effective and efficient.
Commissioner Lockhart suggested challenging the status quo a little bit and departing from how things have been looked at in the past. The Commissioner recalled the most successful legislative sessions she had encountered while at the School Board were when they did something unique and different from every other county and when they put together a collaborative effort. She stated they had heard the legislature say time and time again "we need workforce, we need workforce, we need workforce." The Commissioner opined Seminole County has incredible workforce building entities in the community between Seminole County Public Schools, Seminole State College, and the local private sector community that has already come together and built this incredible workforce. Now there is not any housing for that workforce.
Commissioner Lockhart suggested coming up with a collaborative solution to propose and then asking the legislature to work on it with them together. The Commissioner opined taking a completely different tone and tact over the course of two or three legislative sessions could result in some significant movement. Commissioner Constantine stated whenever a legislator sees someone willing to put their money where their mouth is, they are more accessible to the idea of including that in a budget request. Commissioner Constantine stated showing the legislators that the County is willing to put something in will make them more willing to take that up to their fellow members. He opined that is a good short-term idea, and Commissioner Lockhart's suggestion is a good long-term idea.
Chairman Carey inquired of the Board if they agreed to the three recommended subjects being the priorities. No objections were voiced.
Chairman Carey stated there is not any money in the budget for the four items listed for appropriation requests. Ms. Johnson stated the Lake Jesup restoration and the Monroe Trail would be matched out of sales tax. The bear-resistant refuse containers are not matched at this time. Ms. Guillet explained it is a competitive process to get the funding for the containers. There was a match from the private side, but there wasn't a County match.
Commissioner Dallari inquired about the Department of Juvenile Justice project. Ms. Guillet responded this is a project that has been before the legislature multiple times, and they have received a million dollars in funding. They are working on extending that funding agreement. This was always loosely associated with the DJJ money, and the $2 million they received for CAD was loosely associated with the DJJ money. Ms. Guillet stated she is a little concerned they might aggravate them by putting this project forward now that they have resolved the DJJ issue. Commissioner Dallari stated he would not bring this project forward because of that issue.
Ms. Guillet stated separate from the legislative priorities, they did receive $4 million in settlement money. Prior Board discussions were that they wanted to use some of that money for the Juvenile Assessment Center relocation. Chairman Carey recalled County Attorney Bryant Applegate came to the Board and asked if they wanted to pursue the interest income that was lost by not having the money to invest with the overpayment. The direction that was given was to make the demand and see what happens. The Chairman stated she has received calls from the lobbyists about their concern of the County threatening to sue the State over interest earned when they got paid back the money.
The Chairman inquired if they have received a response to the demand. Ms. Porter-Carlton responded the demand letter did go out, and they requested a response from the DJJ by September 9th. Chairman Carey stated there is no statute of limitations if they decide to file suit later. She would like for that to be cleared up because it may save a lot of conversations with the lobbyists about their concern of the County suing the State. Commissioner Dallari stated he does not believe they should be threatening a lawsuit if they are asking for appropriations. Commissioner Constantine agreed and stated if they still feel inclined to file suit after the legislative meeting this year, they can always do it then. At this point before they hear an answer and before the legislative session, he thinks they can defer. Chairman Carey stated the next BCC meeting is after the 9th and they will see if there has been a response then.
The Chairman stated the Board did talk about when and if they received a settlement that it would be allocated to the JAC relocation. The Sheriff's Department’s costs, which is funded by the County, would be more efficient if that project is moved forward. The Chairman directed staff to remove it from the legislative list.
Chairman Carey inquired of the Board if they agreed to the three policy priorities and the three requests. No objections were voiced.
Commissioner Constantine inquired if the money they are getting back for the bear-resistant cans had been spent. Ms. Guillet responded they are short approximately $90,000 to finish the existing requests from the neighborhoods that were started and then never received additional appropriations. Commissioner Constantine suggested they may have a better opportunity to get money if they demonstrate to the legislators how the County has put money back into the program by giving the discount. Chairman Carey stated they could prepare a summary of how much was received from FWC, how much was matched in the beginning, and what was reinvested to buy more cans. The Chairman stated she would like to see the $90,000 funded this budget year to complete the neighborhoods that were started. She stated there are enough reserves in solid waste to fund it. That will show the County is making the investment even without appropriations funding. However, they will need additional funding to expand the program.
Commissioner Lockhart stated she would like to make sure they are engaging the lobbyists to give their expert advice and feedback. Chairman Carey responded that is the next step. They have to decide what the policy priorities and appropriations requests are going to be first, and then they can give the lobbyists that information and ask for their feedback. Ms. Johnson advised she has spoken with the lobbyists. She is also meeting with the representatives for both Seminole State and the school system next week. She has met with Dr. Lorenz as well as attended the school system legislative priorities brainstorming session. She explained the two common threads are affordable housing and workforce. However, she has not brought all of the lobbyists together, but that is something she is happy to do.
Chairman Carey suggested giving the legislative delegation white papers on each subject and what has been invested will get them up to speed without having to do a lot of research on their own. The Chairman inquired of the Board if they agreed with that strategy. No objections were voiced.
COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT
Ms. Guillet stated Alan Harris, Office of Emergency Management, will be providing an update on Tropical System Dorian. Chairman Carey expressed using group text to keep all of the Commissioners informed is working very well. She suggested to continue doing that. The Chairman inquired of the Board if they agreed. No objections were voiced.
Mr. Harris advised the Board they have been monitoring a tropical system. The Governor looks to sign an executive order sometime today to mobilize National Guard units so they can start to do logistical support. Mr. Harris stated his office is working on getting shelter supplies ready. The superintendent of schools will be making notification to those schools that are going to being placed on standby for opening if emergency shelters are needed. The finance department has created a sub ledger to account for preparedness actions over the next few days as Dorian gets closer.
Commissioner Constantine inquired of sandbag locations. Mr. Harris responded the cities will not be opening locations until the storm gets a little closer. He advised Lake Harney is already at action stage so the County is opening up sandbag locations Wednesday.
Upon request of Ms. Guillet to give a forecast, Mr. Harris displayed the projected forecast (received and filed). If it continues on track, tropical-storm-force winds are expected to hit the Central Florida area Saturday at 8:00 a.m. with the eye expected Sunday morning. However, the forecast continues to change. Mr. Harris reviewed possible tracks and scenarios. He recalled prior hurricanes and tropical storms and stated they need to prepare for heavy winds and serious rain.
Mr. Harris advised the County Attorney's Office has been working on a local state of emergency to allow certain activities to prepare for the event. They are conducting "just in time" training tomorrow for all staff, all municipal staff, all support agency staff, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and all the other agencies that come in and help.
Mr. Harris advised they will continue to monitor the storm and send out situation reports. He stated Alert Seminole will also provide notifications. Ms. Guillet added if there is anything critical or anything that significantly changes, they will contact the Commissioners directly.
Ms. Guillet reminded everyone of the work session scheduled Thursday afternoon. Commissioner Dallari stated if it needs to be postponed and rescheduled due to the storm, he thinks the Board should allow that. Chairman Carey responded they will if it is warranted. Ms. Guillet stated staff will be sending out the final agenda. However, depending on the storm, they may send something out rescheduling.
Commissioner Zembower reported Senator Simmons was in the Oviedo area with St. Johns Water Management, DEP, and other stakeholders discussing approximately $15 million of Lake Jesup budget funding from the legislators that he will be pushing for to get the additional cut put into Lake Jesup. The Commissioner requests the lobbyists to dovetail on that.
Commissioner Zembower stated they had an update on the Lake Harney basin study, and they met with the community to advise them of the update.
Commissioner Zembower stated there have been requests from the east side of town in his district and Commissioner Dallari's district for a Boys and Girls Club. The Commissioner requested staff meet with him to discuss the request.
Commissioner Dallari reported Chris Snow, Utilities, Inc., sent him an email regarding some improvements being done in the Longwood facility. The Commissioner distributed the email to the Board (received and filed).
Commissioner Dallari advised Nicola Liquori, Chief Executive Officer of Central Florida Commuter Rail, will be reassigned to the Turnpike and Mike Shannon from District 5 will be taking her place.
Commissioner Dallari stated there have been some issues in the past couple of months about the noise ordinance and enforcing the noise ordinance. He advised staff, the County Attorney's Office, and the Seminole County Sheriff's Office have been working on one of the problems in his district and has recommended the noise ordinance be revised. The primary noise ordinance, which is in Chapter 165 of the Seminole County Code, has not been revised since 1992. The Commissioner opined the ordinance needs to be brought up to date to respond to development of new laws and dealing with effectiveness and new emerging problems. The ordinance should also address Chapter 30, Part 68 of the Seminole County Land Development Code which needs to be changed to perform with revisions needed in Chapter 165. The Commissioner stated that not only do they need to have the County Attorney revise that, but they also need to bring in an acoustical engineer so that whatever they do write can actually hold up in court.
Chairman Carey stated they can put that on one of the workshops to talk about it, bring in the acoustical people, the attorneys, let everybody be prepared to come in and brief the Board and provide recommendations. Commissioner Dallari responded he would first like to have the County Attorney brief each Commissioner and the County Manager individually. Ms. Porter-Carlton stated her office will be happy to do that, and they are working on proposed revisions to the noise ordinance and looking at prospective expert witnesses.
Chairman Carey summarized there is a request for the County Attorney's Office to brief all of the Commissioners and the County Manager and staff about the issue and to provide some suggested recommendations. The Chairman inquired of the Board if they agreed to be briefed. No objections were voiced.
The Chairman advised that will be done and then they will figure out where to go from there. Ms. Porter-Carlton expressed her office agrees that the noise ordinance needs to be addressed and updated.
Commissioner Constantine stated on August 17th at Crane's Roost the Indian community of Central Florida celebrated their 73rd Independence Day.
Commissioner Constantine thanked Tim Jecks, Resource Management, for being part of the LYNX Transportation Oversight Committee and helping with the drafting of the budget.
Commissioner Constantine reported he would like to appoint Harry Ellis to replace Mike Bowdoin, who is retiring, on the Seminole County Port Authority Board of Directors. The Commissioner stated he would also like to send a resolution of appreciation to Mr. Bowdoin for his service.
Motion by Commissioner Constantine, seconded by Commissioner Zembower, to appoint Harry Ellis in place of Michael Bowdoin on the Seminole County Port Authority Board of Directors; and adopt appropriate Resolution #2019-R-148 recognizing Michael Bowdoin for his service on the Seminole County Port Authority Board of Directors.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
Commissioner Lockhart reported she continued her tour of the county by visiting Public Works Traffic Engineering. She will next be visiting Extension Services, Animal Services, and Environmental Services.
Commissioner Lockhart stated there will be a community meeting in Winwood on Thursday September 12th at 6:00 p.m. at New Bethel Church. Staff will be attending to answer questions and to proactively help the community figure out what is coming next. They will be addressing topics like Rosenwald, Winwood Park, Lillie H. Green Community Center, code enforcement, et cetera.
Commissioner Lockhart advised Commissioner Zembower that the Boys and Girls Club are having challenges right now meeting their commitments with their current facilities in Seminole County.
Commissioner Lockhart suggested adding or redefining what is permitted in terms of public comment, such as political commentary or allowing candidates to perform stump speeches. The Commissioner stated there are some comment guidelines in some other communities and some school districts around the state that might be a good example which she will be happy to share if there's interest.
Chairman Carey stated she received a letter from the Sanford Aviation Authority regarding the Sanford Aviation Noise Abatement Committee, SANAC. Rocky Harrelson has been serving on that committee for the last four years and has indicated he does not want to be reappointed. Mr. Harrelson is recommending Mark Austin take his place. The Chairman stated she would like to send a resolution of appreciation to Mr. Harrelson for his service on SANAC and appoint Mark Austin as the SANAC representative.
Motion by Chairman Carey, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to appoint Mark Austin to the Sanford Aviation Noise Abatement Committee; and adopt appropriate Resolution #2019-R-149 recognizing Rocky Harrelson for his service on the Sanford Aviation Noise Abatement Committee.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 voted AYE.
Chairman Carey stated she received a letter from Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, who is also the chairman of the FAC Urban County Caucus, inquiring if the Board had any topics they would like to focus on during the Urban Caucus Committee work that she will be leading. The only topic outside of the top three that was discussed earlier for legislative priorities is a local option tax referendum. The Chairman stated there is the opportunity to serve on that Urban Caucus Committee if any of the Commissioners would like to do that. The Chairman advised she wants to respond to Ms. Heyman with their top priorities. She inquired of the Board if they wanted to include the local option tax referendum.
Ms. Guillet explained the options for local funding and the ability to be more flexible is being constricted more and more. She opined focusing on having more flexibility to fund local issues is really important and the legislature is moving the other direction.
The Chairman inquired of the Board if they agreed to her advising Ms. Heyman of the top three priorities. No objections were voiced. The Chairman expressed the local option tax referendum really gets back to Home Rule. Commissioner Lockhart agreed.
Chairman Carey reminded everyone that September 11th and September 24th are the two budget hearings with the final budget being adopted on September 24th.
COMMUNICATIONS AND/OR REPORTS
RECEIVED FROM THE CHAIRMAN’S OFFICE
The following Communications and/or Reports were received and filed:
1. COPY of a letter and attachments dated July 26, 2019 to Chairman Carey from Patrick “Rick” Sacbibit, Branch Chief, Engineering Services Branch, FEMA, RE: Case No.: 18-04-7306R Conditional Letter of Map Revision. C: Frank Consoli; Christopher Holmes, Wantman Group, Inc.; Larry Smith, LIfespace Communities, Inc.
2. Letter dated August 5, 2019 to Chairman Carey from Brian Garrity, Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award Officer, National Procurement Institute, Inc. RE: Seminole County awarded the 2019 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. C: Ray Hooper.
3. Letter dated August 9, 2019 from City of Longwood Community Development RE: Site Plan & Community Awareness Participation Plan (CAPP) Meeting Notification for the development of a Circle K gas station at 1290 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd.
4. COPY of a letter and attachments dated August 13, 2019 to Chairman Carey from Patrick “Rick” Sacbibit, Branch Chief, Engineering Services Branch, FEMA, RE: Case No.: 19-04-3092P Letter of Map Revision. C: Frank Consoli; Scott Johnston, Park Square Homes; Claude Cassagnol, GTC Engineering Corporation.
5. Letter dated August 16, 2019 to Chairman Carey from Natasha Durkins, US DOT Federal Aviation Administration RE: Clarification to South-Central Florida Metroplex Notice of Preparation of Environmental Assessment (EA).
There being no further business to come before the Board, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 4:34 p.m., this same date.