BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
(Rescheduled from September 12, 2017)
The following is a non-verbatim transcript of the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING OF SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA, held at 1:30 p.m., on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, in Room 1028 of the SEMINOLE COUNTY SERVICES BUILDING at SANFORD, FLORIDA, the usual place of meeting of said Board.
Chairman John Horan (District 2)
Vice Chairman Brenda Carey (District 5)
Commissioner Robert Dallari (District 1)
Commissioner Lee Constantine (District 3)
Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller Grant Maloy
County Manager Nicole Guillet
County Attorney Bryant Applegate
Deputy Clerk Jane Spencer
Commissioner Carlton Henley (District 4)
Chairman Horan gave the Invocation and Commissioner Dallari led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chairman Horan announced that there will not be a Business Spotlight video because The Goldfish Swim School was unable to attend the afternoon session. He also noted that there will be no public hearings today.
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA
With regard to public participation, no one in the audience spoke regarding the Consent Agenda and public input was closed.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Carey, to authorize and approve the following:
County Manager’s Office
Emergency Management Division
1. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute Interlocal Agreements between Seminole County and Brevard County, Lake County, Martin County, Orange County, Osceola County, St. Lucie County, Volusia County, and the City of Orlando for use of the WebEOC Emergency Management Software System. (2017-0299)
2. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute Memorandum of Understanding between Seminole County and Northland Church to provide shelter space and support during disasters. (2017-0300)
Community Development Division
3. 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). (2017-0288)
Planning & Development Division
4. Authorize the Chairman to execute the Satisfaction of Lien for Code Enforcement Board Case No. 14-58–CEB, at 3068 Timpana Point, Longwood, Tax Parcel #14-20-29-5JC-0000-0260, Harminder and Jasvendar S. Nandra (previous owner), Global Computer Sales Inc. (current owners), Ahmed Nurmohamed (Registered Agent). (2017-0208)
5. Approve the plat for the Steeple Chase Replat 2B single-family residential subdivision containing forty-two (42) lots on 14.29 acres zoned PD (Planned Development), located on the south side of Lake Mary Boulevard, east of Markham Woods Road; Taylor Morrison, Applicant. (2017-0261)
6. Authorize the Chairman to execute the Satisfaction of Lien for Code Enforcement Board Case No. 06-09–CEB, 195 W. Highland Street, Altamonte Springs, Tax Parcel #01-21-29-5CK-670B-0170, C & K Property Holdings (previous owner), Cote Property Holdings LLC (current owners). (2017-0222)
7. Approve the plat for the Retreat at Lake Brantley single-family residential subdivision containing ninety-four (94) lots on 39.75 acres zoned PD (Planned Development), located on the south side of W. Lake Brantley Road, approximately one (1) mile north of Sand Lake Road; Pulte Home Corp., Applicant. (2017-0264)
8. Approve the plat for the Somerset at Sanford Farms single-family residential subdivision containing twenty-six (26) lots on 9.44 acres zoned PD (Planned Development), located on the north side of Orange Boulevard, approximately ¾ mile west of Oregon Street; D.R. Horton, Inc., Applicant. (2017-0265)
9. Authorize the Releases of Water & Sewer Facilities Maintenance Bond #SUR0031818 in the amount of $65,553.90 for Astor Grande at Lake Forest, M/I Homes; Water & Sewer Facilities Maintenance Bond #CMS0281399 in the amount of $38,691.41 for Preserve at Lake Sylvan, Park Square Enterprises LLC; Water & Sewer Facilities Maintenance Bond #929608922 in the amount of $11,335.00 for Queens Club, Standard Pacific of Florida GP, Inc.; Water & Sewer Facilities Maintenance Bond #SU1128357 in the amount of $93,768.49 for Steeple Chase Phase 1, Taylor Morrison of Florida; Water & Sewer Facilities Maintenance Bond #SU1133489 in the amount of $25,158.88 for Steeple Chase Phase 2A, Taylor Morrison of Florida; Water & Sewer Improvements Cash Maintenance Bond in the amount of $1,834.00 for Hidden Creek Phase 2, Robert Wendorf; Water & Sewer Improvements Cash Maintenance Bond in the amount of $1,159.80 for Westlake Center Parcels A and B, Dafflyn Corporation; Water & Sewer Improvements Cash Maintenance Bond in the amount of $1,004.20 for Westlake Center Parcel C Vet Clinic, Carmen Almirall & Albert Nunez; and Water & Sewer Improvements Cash Maintenance Bond in the amount of $901.00 for Bliss Medical Center, Bliss by Design. (2017-0251)
10. Approve Application for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission BearWise Cost Share Funding program. (2017-0307)
Greenways and Natural Lands
11. Approve and authorize Chairman to execute Spring Hammock Preserve Agreement with the School Board of Seminole County for joint use and maintenance of the facility. (2017-0282)
12. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a Lift Station Easement to the City of Longwood for their Island Lake Sanitary Sewer Project. (2017-0260)
13. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2017-R-142 and an Interlocal Agreement between Seminole County and Florida Department of Transportation concerning Monroe Road, a/k/a C-15 (State Road 46 to Orange Boulevard). (2017-0306)
Budget & Fiscal Management Division
14. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2017-R-143 implementing Budget Amendment Request BAR #17-081 in the amount of $37,405 through the Sports Complex/Soldiers Creek Bond Fund 30700 to allocate current fund balance for two potential project tasks, as well as account cleanup for closeout of the Soldiers Creek Park Renovation project. (2017-0220)
15. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2017-R-144 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #17-086 through the Enhanced 911 Fund in the amount of $50,000 to recognize revenue for Special Disbursements from the Florida E-911 Board. (2017-0309)
16. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2017-R-145 implementing the Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #17-087 to reallocate $38,194 in the Transportation Trust Fund for the replacement of a water tank in the Roads-Stormwater Program. (2017-0278)
17. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2017-R-146 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #17-088 to reallocate $5,495 in the General Fund for the replacement of an A/C Recycling Machine in the Fleet Program. (2017-3488-17)
18. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2017-R-147 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #17-089 to reallocate $6,935 in the General Fund for upgrading fuel pedestals at the Fuel Station at the Five Points Complex. (2017-0281)
19. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2017-R-148 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #17-091 through the 2001 Infrastructure Sales Tax Fund in the amount of $2,426,704 from Project Contingency for additional construction and CEI Services funding for the Snowhill Road Pavement and Drainage Project. (2017-0284)
20. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2017-R-149 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #17-092 through the Transportation Trust Fund to appropriate budget of $8,647 from reserves for a replacement plotter. (2017-0286)
21. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2017-R-150 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #17-093 through the General Fund to reallocate $15,244 of budget for a Latex 335 64” Printer. (2017-0289)
Purchasing & Contracts Division
22. Approve Amendment #1 to Work Order #30, North East Wastewater(NE WW)Collection/Transmission System under PS-8186-13/DRR, Continuing Engineering Services for Utility Improvement Projects with Reiss Engineering, Inc. of Winter Springs in the amount of $10,383.41; and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the Work Order Amendment. (2017-0279)
23. Approve Amendment #1 to Work Order #55 (North Street, Seminola Boulevard, and Dog Track Road Paving and Curb Replacement) under PS-8148-12/JVP, Continuing Services Contract for Minor CEI Services with CDM Smith of Maitland in the amount of $24,476.00; and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the Work Order Amendment. (2017-0277)
24. Approve an increase to the Board approved Estimated Annual Usage Amount for PS-9742-14/RTB, General Engineering Services Agreement with CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc., by an additional $500,000 for the remainder of the current Agreement period ending 1/20/2018. (2017-0274)
25. Approve ranking list and authorize staff to negotiate rates in accordance with Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, the Consultants Competitive Negotiation Act (CCNA); and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the Master Services Agreement (MSA) for PS-1405-17/AEJ, MSA for Professional Engineering Services for Orange Boulevard (CR 431) Safety Improvements Project. (2017-275)
26. Award CC-1385-17/AEJ, Snow Hill Road Drainage and Paving Improvements Project, in the amount of $2,926,568.79 to P & S Paving, Inc. of Daytona Beach; and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the Agreement. (2017-0272)
27. Award IFB-602905-17/TLR, Term Contracts for General Roofing Services to RMS Orlando, Inc., Orlando, and to Precision Roofing Solutions, Inc., Tampa, for the estimated annual amount of $50,000; and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the agreement. (2017-0262)
Districts 1, 2, 3, and 5 voted AYE.
CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS’ CONSENT AGENDA
Clerk and Comptroller’s Office
Motion by Commissioner Carey, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to approve and authorize the following:
28. Approve Expenditure Approval Lists dated August 7, 14, and 21, 2017; Payroll Approval Lists dated August 10 and 24, 2017; and the BCC Official Minutes dated August 8, 2017. (2017-0292)
Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 voted AYE.
The Board noted, for information only, the following Clerk and Comptroller’s “Received and Filed”:
1. Fully executed Local Agency Program (LAP) Agreement with the State of Florida, Department of Transportation (FDOT), for the CR 46A Intersection improvements from west of Ridgewood Avenue to east of Marshall Avenue; as approved by the BCC on 3/14/17.
2. Fully executed Local Agency Program (LAP) Agreement with the State of Florida, Department of Transportation (FDOT), for the CR 46A Sidewalk project from east of Old Lake Mary Road to west of Club Road; as approved by the BCC on 3/14/17.
3. Development Order #17-27500023, I Planet, LLC, 707 Progress Way; Tim Syneg Ho Jang.
4. Certificate of Costs of Abatement, 2012 Hawkins Avenue, Christopher and Madelyn Peterson.
5. Pet Rescue Cooperative Service Agreement with Paradise for Pets Rescue.
6. Tourist Tax Funding Agreement with Perfect Game Youth Florida, Inc., for FTB Instructional Camp.
7. Parks Contract for Assistant Tennis Pro with Brittany Ann Wheatley.
8. Closeout to Work Order #4 to CC-0559-15 with Southland Construction, Inc.
9. Change Order #1 to Work Order #5 to CC-0559-15 with Central Florida Environmental Corp.
10. Closeout to Work Order #7 to CC-0559-15 with C.E. James, Inc.
11. Change Order #2 to CC-1002-16 with Killebrew, Inc.
12. Change Order #1 to CC-1313-17 with SanPik, Inc.
13. CC-1439-17 with West Construction, Inc.; as approved by the BCC on 7/25/2017.
14. CC-1442-17 with Black Street Enterprises LLC d/b/a BSE Construction Group.
15. CC-1453-17 with Black Street Enterprises LLC d/b/a BSE Construction Group.
16. CC-1458-17 with Linton Enterprises, Inc.
17. Amendment #1 to Work Order #3 to PS-8005-12 with CDM Smith, Inc.
18. Work Order #56 to PS-8047-12 with Nodarse (a Terracon Company).
19. Work Order #60 to RFP-8312-12 with Chief Inspection Services.
20. Amendment #2 to Work Order #3 to RFP-8721-13 with Renaissance Planning Group.
21. Closeout to CC-9072-13 with Blackstreet Enterprises.
22. Closeout to Work Orders #26 and #27 to CC-9192-13 with Corinthian Builders, Inc.
23. Third Amendment to IFB-602286-15 with Precision Power Services, Inc.
24. Amendment #2 to SS-602349-15, Platform License and Services Agreement, with Plansource Benefits Administration, Inc.
25. RFP-602827-17 with Geographic Technologies Group, Inc.
26. Bids as follows:
IFB-602905-17 from Precision Roofing Solutions, Inc.; Hodges Brothers, Inc.; Southland Rowe Roofing, Inc.; RMS Orlando, Inc.;
BID-602940-17 from Tampa Contract Floors, Inc.; Spectra Contract Flooring; MVB & Associates, Inc.;
CC-1442-17 from Dager Construction, Inc.; Linton Enterprises, Inc.; BSE Construction Group; Corinthian Builders, Inc. (Notice of No Bid Form);
RFP-602875-17 from MuniciPAY, LLC; Paymentus Corporation; Wells Fargo Merchant Services, LLC; Payment Service Network, Inc.; Smart Energy Systems, LLC; Point and Pay, LLC; First Billing Services, LLC; Automated Merchant Systems, Inc.; JetPay Payment Services, FL, LLC; and
CC-1458-17 from Linton Enterprises, Inc.; BSE Construction Group; Corinthian Builders, Inc.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Carey, to approve and authorize the following:
29. Approve execution and submittal of a grant application to the U.S. Department of Justice, FY 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program; and authorize the Sheriff to sign future documents relating to the grant. (2017-0302)
30. Approve expenditure of $5,000 from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund to provide for a contribution to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida. (2017-0303)
Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 voted AYE.
COUNTY MANAGER AND STAFF BRIEFINGS
Agenda Item #31 - 2017-0308
The Board noted, for information only, the Informational Budget Transfer Status Report through July 2017.
Meloney Lung, Assistant County Manager, addressed the Board to review the draft of the State Legislative Priorities 2018 (received and filed). Ms. Lung pointed out that the list of state priorities is quite lengthy; and typically, the Board likes to focus on three or four topics that they want to prioritize. She reviewed the bullet points regarding Home Rule, Reimbursement of DJJ Predisposition, Homelessness/Affordable Housing, Transportation, Public Health, and Water Resources.
Commissioner Carey stated that several of the priorities listed are the same priorities set by MetroPlan and she believes they should let MetroPlan take the ball with those. She stated that from her standpoint, Home Rule and dealing with funding sources are at the top of the list. Reimbursement from DJJ continues to be a priority. With regard to Homelessness and Affordable Housing, Commissioner Carey talked about being at the point where they need to focus on how they are going to fund those. She summarized that those would be her priorities and the rest would be things the County supports. She discussed Water Resources and why it is bigger than just a Seminole County issue.
Chairman Horan stated that all of issues are important. Commissioner Dallari agreed that they are all important. He added that if the Board is supporting them, that should be acknowledged; but it should not be their primary concern. The Chairman agreed with Commissioner Dallari and stated that some of the regional types of concerns are being advanced by regional agencies.
Commissioner Constantine advised it is important to focus on local issues knowing that the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), MetroPlan, and whatever group the County is associated with are also going to be working on many of the issues. He stated that one concern that is not in the hopper is the whole problem they are having with the utilities. He wants to make sure that the County is at the forefront of supporting this problem with the utilities and what is happening with the hurricane recovery. He talked about why he thinks the hurricane response they have had has not been sufficient and stressed that this is not a local issue but rather a statewide issue. Commissioner Constantine explained why he thinks there should be a Governor’s Commission or a statewide Task Force.
Commissioner Constantine remarked that he thinks everyone is proud of County staff and their emergency preparedness. He stated he does not want to take away from the positives of what the State did to prepare for the hurricane but thinks there is a bigger preparation needed prior to going out and getting batteries and ice and water. There is a bigger picture; and he thinks that bigger picture is that the State of Florida (in response to this hurricane and others that will come) really needs to look at the big picture of utilities, emergency preparedness, alternative energy, and everything else. Commissioner Constantine stated he believes the County should support whatever move there is to do that as it goes forward.
Chairman Horan advised that during the Legislative Delegation meeting, Commissioner Carey made a presentation regarding a couple of hurricane-related issues that are not part of the County’s legislative priorities. He pointed out that representatives from both Duke and Utilities, Inc. were present and went through quite a grilling from the legislative delegation. He believes there is no doubt that the Legislature is focused on this issue.
Commissioner Carey reviewed the two issues that she discussed at the Legislative Delegation meeting; the Utilities, Inc. situation and nursing homes/assisted living facilities. She pointed out that 20 years ago Seminole County made the decision to require new developments to have underground utilities. She then talked about the feeder lines that are still above ground and the need for utility companies to look at that. Commissioner Carey believes there will be some type of effort statewide and also believes those two things should be in the County’s support list. She emphasized that any public utility company should be required to be at the EOC so their information can get out to the public. She gave an example regarding Utilities, Inc. and the boil water notice. Discussion ensued regarding Utilities, Inc.’s customer service and the need for accurate information.
Commissioner Constantine reiterated that he believes the State and the Governor will take the lead on this, and he hopes they look at not only the short-term punch list but also the big picture alternatives of how to make normalcy come back as quickly as possible. With regard to legislative priorities, Commissioners Constantine, Carey and Dallari stated they want these issues on the support list. Commissioner Dallari stated he believes it should also be spelled out that it is not just electrical and not just water but also roads, utilities, and the aging population. Commissioner Constantine added the building code and Commissioner Carey added nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Commissioner Dallari shared an example in Chuluota where a water line broke during the storm and the utility company would not go out to fix it. The County and the City of Oviedo (working together with the Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Department) had to go out during the storm and fix the line and then repair the road. Commissioner Dallari stressed that there is a whole litany of things that need to be addressed.
Commissioner Carey discussed nursing homes and assisted living facilities (both large and small) and stated she hopes at the meeting in Tallahassee on Friday they will convene some type of task force to get input from all of the people. She then detailed the issues there could be if even one nursing home in Seminole County had to be evacuated and a brief discussion ensued regarding the shortage of nurses during a hurricane. Chairman Horan stated the on-the-fly problem solving that goes on at the EOC is amazing and gave some examples. Commissioner Dallari stressed that the hurricane issues need to be on both the state list and federal list and the other Commissioners agreed. Commissioner Constantine referred to the issues as long-term preparation for disasters. Ms. Lung agreed to make those additions to the lists.
Continuing her Legislative Update, Ms. Lung referred to the draft of the Federal Priorities 2018 list (received and filed) and reported that their lobbyist let them know there was some noise about getting rid of the tax exempt bonds, so they are supporting legislation to keep that as well as supporting sales tax collecting on online retailers.
Chairman Horan requested that Ms. Lung circulate a second draft of the priorities.
COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT
Ms. Guillet expressed her gratitude and admiration for County staff and talked about their efforts before, during, and after the hurricane. She pointed out that they are on Day 15 of the event and the EOC is still activated. Ms. Guillet stated that she heard some comments this morning at the Legislative Delegation meeting about how coordinated and professional Seminole County’s response was to the storm. She stressed that, in large part, is because of the partnerships the County has with other agencies in the county and then discussed some of those partnerships, such as the Sheriff’s Office, Department of Health, the School Board (who provided shelters and helped transport evacuees to the shelters), and the municipal partners. FPL was at the EOC before, during, and after the storm. They also had two crews (that could be deployed) stationed at the EOC in case there was an emergency during the storm. She talked about some of the volunteer agencies that helped before and after the storm, such as the Red Cross and Northland Church. Ms. Guillet stated that if anything good came out of this event, it was seeing the spirit of Seminole County and seeing people pull together and really take care of one another.
Ms. Guillet referred to the “Irma Response by the Numbers” handout (copy received and filed) and detailed some of those statistics. At Commissioner Dallari’s request, Ms. Guillet compared the storm debris from Irma versus Matthew. With Matthew, there was 15,000 cubic yards of debris; and with Irma, there is 1,000,000 cubic yards of debris. She asked that the community be mindful of that and explained how the County will be sharing information concerning debris management with the public. Ms. Guillet pointed out that there are four residential drop-off areas for unincorporated residents to drop off their debris. The Citizens Information Line was discussed, and Ms. Guillet advised that those folks (who are just people who work in all of the different departments) did a phenomenal job in a very stressful and emotional situation. Chairman Horan stated it is amazing what their people do, their resourcefulness and how they adapt to the situation. He saw people being creative in what they were doing, which shows the County has a lot of people on staff who are very smart and know how to solve a problem.
Alan Harris, Chief Administrator of Emergency Management, addressed the Board to thank the Commissioners for all of their support throughout the entire process. He stated he appreciates the County Manager and County Attorney staying at the EOC the entire time and providing some great guidance. He thanked the employees of Seminole County and emphasized that they really stepped up to the plate. Mr. Harris relayed several stories illustrating the outstanding actions of people during the hurricane. He talked about the County Directors, the Chief Administrators, and the staff under them and how amazing everyone was. He stated all of the County’s partners were amazing and stressed that the reps they had in the EOC did what they could. The team really came together; and to the best of their ability, they did the impossible in some cases.
Commissioner Constantine congratulated Mr. Harris, his entire crew, and the staff of Seminole County. He pointed out it wasn’t just the professionals that are trained to do this type of work but it was also the folks that were in there all day every day. Mr. Harris reminded everyone that this disaster is nowhere close to being over. The recovery phase of a disaster is always the longest. He discussed the amount of debris and pointed out there are many more homes damaged or destroyed than in Hurricane Matthew. They are looking at opening a “Blue Tarp” program with the Army Corps of Engineers. DCF is working on a food stamp program to help people that have lost their food. Mr. Harris stressed Lake Monroe has not yet crested and discussed some of the other flooding that is occurring.
Commissioner Dallari stated he is amazed how not just Mr. Harris and his team but the entire staff had the “can do” attitude, which is what makes it happen, and stressed that he cannot thank everyone in the County enough. He mentioned that the citizens were helping right along with County staff and then several examples were given.
Ms. Guillet presented a short video regarding Hurricane Irma. She noted that the initial estimates were for about $2.5 billion in damage to the county. Commissioner Constantine reiterated that in looking at all of the damage that occurred even with sustained winds of 73 miles per hour, it makes it all the more important that there is a statewide comprehensive plan to prepare for this in the future. A brief discussion ensued with regard to how many people still do not have power. Commissioner Carey stated that once things settle down, she believes they need to have an arborist look at the trees in the right-of-way. With regard to some of the old Live Oak trees, when the ground is as saturated as it has been and disease starts, the County really needs to look at that closely. Commissioner Carey thanked Mr. Harris and all of the County staff for the way they pulled together and did a wonderful job.
Ms. Guillet reported that the County had about 50,000 man-hours so far in the pre-storm and post-storm effort. Most of the employees are getting paid for that. Ms. Guillet stated there are a group of employees (division managers, directors, and senior administrators) who, under the Disaster Pay Policy, don’t get paid for the time they are there and some of them were there around the clock from beginning to end. She advised there were about 4,000 to 5,000 hours from senior staff that were put into the storm. Ms. Guillet requested authorization to be able to provide senior staff with some administrative leave in recognition of the time they put in with regard to the event.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Carey, to authorize the County Manager to develop a plan for providing senior staff with some administrative leave in recognition of the time they put in regarding Hurricane Irma and then report back to the Board with her findings.
Districts 1, 2, 3, and 5 voted AYE.
Chairman Horan requested that Ms. Guillet bring back a directive to the Board regarding what the parameters are. Commissioner Dallari suggested that they change the policy to allow that to be included in the future because if the policy is changed, it would be covered by FEMA in the future.
COUNTY ATTORNEY’S REPORT
Bryant Applegate, County Attorney, thanked all of his staff who pitched in and went “above and beyond.” Mr. Applegate pointed out that Desmond Morrell got a great learning experience at the EOC and made Mr. Applegate’s job easier. Ms. Guillet stated they were very fortunate to have Mr. Morrell at the EOC to respond to anything that they might need.
Commissioner Constantine announced there will be a Florida Association of Counties (FAC) conference call tomorrow and explained how they have changed to one chairman, one vice-chairman, and a lot of policy leaders. The Commissioner stated he is now chairman of the Gate Committee, which is growth, environment, agriculture, and transportation. He advised he will take the County’s requests for legislative priorities and incorporate them into FAC’s list. FAC goes with much wider policy statements and initiations for their basic long-term policies. He suggested that any Commissioner that has anything they would like to include let him know. Chairman Horan noted the policy conference is September 27, the day after the next BCC meeting. He stated if anyone has something that needs to be brought up at the policy conference, they can concretize that and mention it at the next BCC meeting on September 26.
Commissioner Carey discussed the tolls that were suspended statewide by Governor Scott and advised they will be reinstated on Thursday, September 21, at 12:01 a.m. The Commissioner thanked Adam Putnam, Agricultural Commissioner, for providing free meals for all school students throughout the state until October 21. Commissioner Carey reiterated her special thanks to staff, team members, and partners.
Commissioner Dallari repeated his thanks to both the staff and the citizens. He referred to the “Irma by the Numbers” handout and stated he believes it is important to keep posting the updated numbers of what the storm actually cost. Ms. Guillet agreed and stated they have a whole team working on that. Commissioner Dallari stated he knows she is keeping track of the amount but he feels it is important to publicize what the number is to date. Chairman Horan agreed that they should tell the public what these kinds of things cost. Ms. Guillet stated it doesn’t just cost the County but it also cost the School Board, the Sheriff’s Office, the cities; everybody. Commissioner Dallari reported that Charley, Frances and Jeanne cost them $58 million at the end of the day. He stated by the end of the week he would like to know what the number is to date and suggested they start posting the number on a weekly basis.
Commissioner Carey asked Ms. Guillet if the “Irma by the Numbers” information was on the website and Ms. Guillet advised it was not yet on the website but they will post it. Commissioner Dallari requested they add information about the bridges that washed out.
Chairman Horan reported that he has signed a second extension of the Executive Order declaring a local state of emergency. It will extend through September 26 and he suspects he will be signing several more of those.
Chairman Horan announced that there will be a board meeting for the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness next month and the location has been changed from MetroPlan to the Foley & Lardner office.
Commissioner Dallari stated that he knows they will be posting the information regarding Irma but he believes they should also post information about what Matthew cost and what the wildfires out by the Girl Scouts’ camp cost.
Chairman Horan reported that he delivered the County’s legislative priorities this morning to the legislative delegation. He believes now that they have the priorities concretized and once they are approved by the Board, they should have a formal submission to the legislative delegation.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Carey to authorize the Tax Collector to begin collection of the 2017 tax roll prior to the completion of the Value Adjustment Board’s hearings.
Districts 1, 2, 3, and 5 voted AYE.
The Chairman asked Ms. Guillet whether she needed a resolution or if she would send a letter and Ms. Guillet stated her office would respond.
COMMUNICATIONS AND/OR REPORTS
The following Communications and/or Reports were received and filed:
1. Letter dated August 22, 2017, from Gray Wilson, Chair, Lake Forest Community Relations Committee, to Board of County Commissioners re: proposed ER/Hospital rezone on International Parkway.
2. Letter dated August 22, 2017, from Chairman Horan, to Matthew Welbes, Executive Director, Federal Transit Administration re: FY 2017 5339 Bus/Bus Facilities Program: Rolling Stock and Paratransit Facility Expansion and Construction.
3. Letter dated August 23, 2017, from UCF Foundation, to Carlton Henley re: appreciation for donation of $5,000 to WUCF FM (NPR).
4. Letter dated September 6, 2017, from Henrika Buchanan, Associate Administrator, Office of Program Management, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, to Chairman Horan re: appreciation for letter supporting the proposal submitted by the Central Florida Regional Transit Authority under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bus and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Grants Program.
Commissioner Carey noted that apparently the Tax Collector’s offices in the building are still closed. Chairman Horan advised there is a sign downstairs that states the Tax Collector won’t be operating out of the offices in this building until further notice. Ms. Guillet stated she was unaware that the Tax Collector’s Office was closed today. She advised that she was contacted by him during the storm with some concerns about some water damage in his offices. The County’s facilities folks have been working with the Tax Collector’s Office. She reiterated that she was not aware that his offices were not open today but advised that she will find out and get some information posted online. Chairman Horan suggested that putting the same information that the Tax Collector has on his door on the County’s website will save people a trip coming to the building. Ms. Guillet stated that she knew there were some concerns right after the storm. She reported there were power issues in the building so they were closed up. There was a lot of humidity and some dampness. There was some leaking and wind-driven rain coming in through windows so she knows there were water issues in his offices. Ms. Guillet confirmed that she will check on the matter.
With regard to public participation, no one in the audience spoke regarding Items for Future Agenda and public input was closed
There being no further business to come before the Board, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m., this same date.