BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA
FEBRUARY 25, 2014
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, February 25, 2014, in Room 1028 of the SEMINOLE COUNTY SERVICES BUILDING at SANFORD, FLORIDA, the usual place of meeting of said Board.
Chairman Robert Dallari (District 1)
Vice Chairman Brenda Carey (District 5)
Commissioner John Horan (District 2)
Commissioner Lee Constantine (District 3)
Commissioner Carlton Henley (District 4)
Clerk of Circuit Court Maryanne Morse
County Manager Jim Hartmann
County Attorney Bryant Applegate
Deputy Clerk Erin Leben
Reverend Wayne Thomas, GracePointe Church of the Nazarene, Sanford, gave the Invocation.
Commissioner Carey led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Business Spotlight video for Power Grid Engineering, LLC, was presented.
AWARDS AND PRESENTATIONS
Valmarie Turner, Community Services Director, addressed the Board to present the Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award to Ellen Parcell. The Community Services Department recommended and nominated the Heart to Heart Program for all their hard work and their efforts. Community Services partnered with Heart to Heart in 2011 and 2012 to help rehabilitate a facility for low-income women and children. She said Community Services thought it was such a wonderful project that they chose to nominate them for this award.
Ms. Turner stated that this award is given to agencies that do exemplary work with Community Development Block Grant money. The award was named after Audrey Nelson, the first Deputy Executive Secretary of the NCDA.
Ms. Turner said one of the reasons they decided to nominate Heart to Heart is not only because of what they do, but because of the heart behind what they do. Seminole County made national headlines as it relates to homelessness in 2011. There are a number of nonprofits that work through the Continuum of Care who do an excellent and wonderful job. She added that Heart to Heart has done a lot for the young women and children involved in the program.
Ellen Parcell, President & CEO of Heart to Heart, addressed the Board to state they have fulfilled the obligation of the grant that the Board of County Commissioners awarded. She said they rehabilitated six free-standing apartments and houses with the grant money. The project itself was $27,400, but they were able to get an additional $5,000 through BB&T, $3,000 of which they used to make really great swing sets for the play yards, and $2,500 was donated and used for in-kind services.
Ms. Parcell advised that Heart to Heart is a nonprofit organization serving Central Florida since 1992 and they are dedicated to the needs of homeless and low-income women and children overcoming abuse issues. Many of the women have had felonies, drug and alcohol addictions, and are now in recovery. The program helps women become self sufficient and able to live in this community independently. She added they reunite the children with their mothers, provide housing, professional case management and support, and they invest in their future with education and employment. She stated all of the women in the program are working within the first four weeks of starting the program. She added that the grants, such as the CDBG and NSP, are key to ending homelessness in the community because it’s only through housing that they can actually offer stability to the families in the program.
Ms. Parcell stated Heart to Heart likes to think of themselves as fulfilling the national objective for low-income persons including those with special needs and disabilities. There are quite a few children in the program who are wheelchair-bound and have special needs. The housing they provide is a sound investment socially and economically in the community. They feel it is the first step to providing safety for the families, relieving emotional and financial stress in their lives, and helping to support the independence of the family through their program.
Ms. Parcell advised that 100 percent of the women in the Heart to Heart Program have experienced severe losses, mental illness, abuse, violence, along with living in poverty and some have legal issues. She stated the average age of the women is 29 and of the children is 6 years. She stated the project provides safe, stable and economic housing, and 100 percent of the families have food, transportation, and healthcare. All of the women are working and in the job force with appropriate childcare. She stated 70 percent of the women in the program are in school, 10 percent are getting their GED, and the other 60 percent are getting a certificate in allied arts, health, or a college degree. There are women in the program attending Rollins College, Seminole State College and the University of Central Florida.
Ms. Parcell stated 100 percent of the women are poised to be independent and financially self-sufficient. It is only through housing that the family has stability, while education and jobs are the way out of poverty. The PowerPoint Presentation was received & filed.
Ms. Parcell thanked the Board for the funding they have committed so they can do the work to end the poverty and homelessness that is so pervasive.
Commissioner Carey stated she has had the honor to work closely with Ms. Parcell over the years. She said she remembers when Ms. Parcell took over Heart to Heart and commended her on doing a great job. She thanked Ms. Parcell for making a difference in the lives of the women and children participating in the program.
Ms. Parcell stated she thinks it is really important that people are making such an incredible difference in this country regarding homelessness. She is hoping to partner up again with Ms. Turner and the County to implement some larger projects that can help sustain this effort nationally.
Ms. Parcell introduced Joan Randolph, Chairman; Danny Williams, Vice Chairman; and Bruce Provonost, Treasurer of Heart to Heart.
Valmarie Turner displayed a video about the new campaign “Rethink Homelessness” for the Homeless Plan Program.
Ms. Turner displayed a PowerPoint Presentation (received & filed) and stated in January of 2013, they kicked off the Seminole County Homeless Prevention Program. She said within that short time, they have had over 885 applicants. As of January 30, 2014, they have housed 102 families. Of those families, 101 of them have received utility allowance, 98 have also received emergency housing vouchers, which allow them to live in a hotel temporarily to get them off of the streets. She added there are an additional 10 families that have been approved for the program and they are working toward housing for them. There have been 603 families that have been denied, which is the same number they had at the last report. There are 170 that are currently on the waiting list. She stated everyone on the waiting list or who has been denied has received some type of service or referral. Out of the 102 housed, there are 9 families that have exited the program; they either did not participate or fulfill their obligations. There are four households that have successfully completed the program and there are 89 families currently active.
Ms. Turner stated they have expended about $530,000. Their balance is $877,000, of which there is $551,000 currently encumbered by the leases they have for the 89 families. There is a balance of $340,000. Ms. Turner stated they have been partnering with Harvest Time International (HTI). She said the Board was clear about wanting $450,000, a 1:2 match for the $900,000 of General Fund. To date, they’ve only expended $130,000.
Ms. Turner stated they have been working with Harvest Time and they have some areas of concern, particularly as it relates to the intensive case management. She stated they have HTI on a 90-day work plan and they are working with them on a viable leverage plan.
Ms. Turner stated with the remaining $340,000 that they have unencumbered, she would like to extend the current agreement to August of 2015. She stated she has some budget adjustments, but they are not asking for any additional General Fund dollars. She would like to increase the Case Management line item from $298,000 to $408,000 and the utility and emergency housing vouchers by $5,000 each. They are going to remove the $100,000 in that particular contract for training and will handle that program internally. They are going to increase the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance budget line by $65,000, which will be coming from HOME funds. Staff is working with them to include additional community partners. They are currently partnering with Rescue Outreach Mission and SafeHouse for the $50,000 in emergency shelter funds.
Upon inquiry by Chairman Dallari, Ms. Turner stated the $100,000 intended for training funds was CSBG money and they handle that program in her department. She advised there was a separate program they’ve been working with and they would be covering the cost of internal training completely by grant dollars.
Ms. Turner displayed the new recommended budget and stated that Tenant-Based Rental Assistance would be approximately $837,000; Case Management would increase to $408,000; utility assistance and the emergency housing vouchers both increase by $5,000. She said there would still be $50,000 for emergency shelter and they still have the leverage of $450,000. Ms. Turner displayed a map showing the locations of the current housing. She stated there are 89 families currently housed.
Ms. Turner stated that Windy Maldonado, one of the graduates from the program, wanted to thank the Board in person, but was unable to attend today.
Commissioner Horan stated he feels putting more funding into case management was anticipated because when they originally came up with the approach of taking $1.3 million of the County’s money and trying to address the problem of homelessness, they discussed what they wanted to prioritize first and case management was discussed, but they ultimately settled on housing. He feels their approach is intelligent and he is glad they’ve made those particular adjustments. He commended staff on doing a tremendous job.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Constantine, Ms. Turner stated that 154 children are currently housed.
Commissioner Carey stated she is the representative on the Central Florida Regional Commission on Homelessness and they have studied this very extensively. She stated that housing the applicants is the first step to a solution. They are all moving in the same direction in the region, but Seminole County is moving faster than some of the other regional partners. She said she told Mr. Hillenmeyer, Chairman of the Board, they have to expend their dollars because they have dates and deadlines on them and if they don’t get that pushed out into the community, then they have a chance of losing those federal dollars. She commended Ms. Turner and her team on doing a great job and said she is looking forward to continuing to work with their community partners.
Commissioner Henley stated he thinks with the leadership that has been provided, the community has rallied to attempt to meet the challenges faced, using programs like the Red Bag Program. He feels the priority has to be getting them off the streets and out of their cars and motels and into housing. He thinks the resources are being used wisely. He commended Ms. Turner and her crew for the efforts they are putting forward.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Constantine, Ms. Turner stated they have been monitoring the Harvest Time International contract and have been working with them closely. She stated they put some of their concerns relating to case management in writing. She stated homeless people require seasoned case managers that are very well-versed in the community and in the resources that are available in the community. She said they have had some very strong conversations with Harvest Time International and they are on a corrective action plan. She stated Pastor John Murphy has committed to working through those issues. Ms. Turner said if she sees where they are not doing the job appropriately, she will request the contract be terminated.
Pastor John Murphy, Harvest Time International, addressed the Board to state there is a big learning curve in this program and Ms. Turner and her staff have constantly given them great advice and direction. He stated they are working hard and they want to see the program succeed as much as everyone. He stated they now know what is expected of them and they are going to give it their best shot to make sure it is right.
Commissioner Carey stated there is a big demand now for seasoned case managers. She stated she believes they have to find the right people and get them proper training so they can help these homeless people. She stated case management is important, but rapid housing has to be the first step to even get that started.
Chairman Dallari stated it is important to get people off the streets, back to work, and into the mainstream of life. He said one of the ways they do that is by trying to leverage dollars with private and not-for-profit organizations. He thanked Pastor Murphy for his help.
Pastor Murphy stated that when they entered the contract, they thought they could use certain things for leverage, but found out later some of those things weren’t acceptable because some of the people they wanted to collaborate with for that leverage were receiving dollars from the government. He stated they have learned how to add to that and believes at the next report, the Board will see a significant change. He said they have all the confidence that they can more than meet that leverage.
Nora Washington addressed the Board to state this program has helped her a lot. She said due to an injury, she resided with her daughter for assistance. She stated her doctor advised her she likely wouldn’t work for about a year. Someone told her about the program and it helped her get an apartment. She thanked the Board for the program, as it has helped her a lot.
Commissioner Carey stated success stories like Ms. Washington’s are the reason they support people that live in this community. She stated they need to work at all levels including the federal government to try to streamline the process. She said she knows they have to be careful because there are a lot of people who would abuse the system, but there are a lot of people who truly need the assistance.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Ms. Turner stated she will add the agreement to the consent agenda for the next Board meeting.
Commissioner Constantine stated he knows the members of the Board are big supporters of the University of Central Florida (UCF) and it is wonderful to have the hometown university’s coach with them today. He stated it was a great honor to read the resolution. He was asked to do some research on the university’s numbers relating to Seminole County and said that one tenth of the students at UCF are from Seminole County and 21,000 graduates live in Seminole County.
Motion by Commissioner Constantine, seconded by Commissioner Carey, to adopt appropriate Resolution #2014-R-49, as shown on page ______, congratulating the University of Central Florida and the UCF Knights football team, under the leadership of Coach George O’Leary and Athletic Director Todd Stansbury, on their outstanding season.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Coach George O’Leary displayed a video and addressed the Board thanking them for the resolution. He stated the people who should be here to accept it are the assistant coaches, support staff and players. He thanked the Board for everything they do for UCF and stated the resolution will be displayed in their trophy room.
Commissioner Constantine stated it was an honor being a UCF graduate and that he looks forward to going to Ireland with UCF later in the year to open up the season.
Nina Chatham, Chairman for Wekiva Paint Out, and Mary Weinaug, Co-Chair, addressed the Board to present information about their event. She stated they are strong supporters of Seminole County and added Ms. Weinaug is the owner of Wekiva Island and has lived in Seminole County the majority of her life.
Ms. Chatham said they specifically supported the county for this event by partnering with the Hampton Inn in Altamonte Springs, and their artists will be staying there Friday and Saturday nights of the event.
Ms. Chatham stated this is the 8th Annual Wekiva Paint Out that benefits the Wekiva Wilderness Trust and Keep Seminole Beautiful. She said the trust supports the State Park and Keep Seminole Beautiful organizes river and road cleanups all over the county.
Ms. Chatham said the Paint Out is a plein air event, which means painting in plain air outside. The plein air movement originated in France, and they feel it is a perfect way to foster a relationship between people and the environment. She stated there will be 35 artists joining them this year, both local and from around the country. She said many of the artists teach painting to other artists and many are award winners, including last year’s National PleinAir Salon Award Winner. She added this is becoming known as a national show and they are humbled and grateful.
Ms. Chatham stated they house and provide food for all the artists all week long thanks to donations from sponsors, the majority of which are in Seminole County. She said the gallery is set up and all major events take place at Wekiva Island. The artists are predominantly housed in the State Park in the cabins and others stay at the Hampton Inn. She added the artists paint in and around the park, Wekiva Island, and up and down the river. The event is from March 3rd through March 8th, and the artists arrive on the 2nd and depart on the 9th. She said the purpose of their event is to bring awareness to the protected Wekiva River and support the two nonprofits.
Ms. Chatham stated when the artists arrive in town on Sunday, they have an artists’ welcome dinner that’s catered by Caffe Positano. She said on Tuesday there is a live auction. Friday they are partnering with Seminole Harley Davidson for a ride from their location to Wekiva Island, and Saturday at noon there is a quick draw event where local artists paint and compete for prizes. Saturday night they have a gala that is catered by Carabba’s. They will also be offering painting demonstrations, workshops, and environmental lectures. Also, on Thursday morning they will be hosting a group from the Village on the Green.
Ms. Chatham said that Wekiva Island, Wayne Densch, Graffiti Junktion, Hark Productions, Adjectives Market, Advanced Demolition, Heart of Wekiva Cleaners, All Benefit Auctions, Lake Mary Healthy Living, Fleet Financial, Skip’s, and Without a Paddle Café are all additional sponsors specifically from Seminole County.
Chairman Dallari recessed the BCC meeting at 10:21 a.m. and convened as the U.S. Highway 17-92 Community Redevelopment Agency.
U.S. HWY 17-92 CRA
Sonia Nordelo, U.S. 17-92 CRA Program Manager, addressed the Board to present the request to approve a U.S. 17-92 CRA Redevelopment and Construction Grant Agreement with the City of Winter Springs for Gateway/Streetscape improvements at U.S. 17-92 and Florida Avenue in the amount of $765,000; to approve the associated Resolution implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #14-039 appropriating $133,905 in the fund balance revenue and providing the balance of $631,095 from U.S. 17-92 CRA Fund reserves (Contingency Projects $400,000; Capital Improvements $158,316 and Development Grants $72,779); to approve request from the City of Winter Springs in the amount of $485,000 for the SR 434 Gateway/Streetscape project; and to adopt the associated Resolution implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #14-038 providing funding from U.S. 17-92 CRA Fund reserves (Contingency Projects $175,000 and Development Grant $310,000).
Steven Richart, City of Winter Springs Community Development Department, addressed the Board to state both projects that Ms. Nordelo presented will help achieve the goals and objectives of the CRA Master Plan by eliminating blight, reversing decline and encouraging other economic development.
Mr. Richart displayed a PowerPoint Presentation (received & filed) and advised that the SR 434 project features decorative asphalt treatments at the intersection of U.S. 17-92 and SR 434 as well as safety enhancements. He said it will bring the crosswalks up to full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. There will also be roadway and median beautification, and wide sidewalks, which will enhance pedestrian mobility and safety, and it is budgeted at $485,000.
Mr. Richart displayed a photograph depicting the site and stated it was a blighted area that is dated and not pedestrian-friendly.
Mr. Richart displayed an aerial photograph that depicts a concept overview of the project area. He said they will have thermoplastic coating on the intersection of SR 434 and U.S. 17-92 to give an enhanced safety effect as well as a beautification effect. There will also be gateway landscaping heading towards the City of Winter Springs. In addition, there will be a gateway monument, preferably in the median.
Mr. Richart displayed an aerial photograph depicting the thermoplastic coating on the intersection and brick pavers on the sidewalks. He said they need to meet with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to work out the approvals on several aspects of the project, but he thinks they will be fine. He expects the gateway monument will be the issue. He said they are planning to design a breakaway monument that will meet their speed ratings in the median, so it will have an aluminum powder coat that will look similar to brick.
Mr. Richart displayed a photograph depicting the eastbound view coming from U.S. 17-92 into the City saying there will be a monument in the center with trees and landscaping, and on the sides, there will be minor monuments. He stated they have selected an engineering company to help them with the project and assist them in meeting DOT’s requirements for the monument.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Mr. Richart stated they have had preliminary discussions with County staff and DOT, and until they go into the engineering phase of this project, they are not able to “nail things down.”
Upon inquiry by Chairman Dallari, Brett Blackadar, County Engineer, stated he has not looked at this project in any detail. He said because these are two state roads, they will have to defer to DOT on what they would and would not allow for U.S. 17-92 and SR 434. He stated DOT changes the standards often on what they do and do not allow on the right-of-ways. He thinks the monument and the brick pavers will be a challenge because typically they do not allow structures on the right-of-ways.
Commissioner Horan stated he thinks they can do a lot of streetscape improvements without the monument. He said they discussed it at the RPA and it was a concern.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Henley, Mr. Richart stated they are anxious to move forward with the project, but it isn’t something they can work through if there were more questions. He stated right now they have over 10 feet available in that median for a monument. They had discussed potentially widening the median slightly for more space. If DOT doesn’t allow them to put the monument on the median, their plan is to negotiate an easement just off of the right-of-way for the monument. He stated their preference is the median because it captures the traffic going eastbound and westbound. If they go into an easement off of the right-of-way, then they have an issue of then needing two monuments. He stated with projects like this, there is no way of knowing what you’re getting into before you get to the engineering phase.
Commissioner Henley stated the area by the Fifth Third Bank on SR 434 is beautifully landscaped and he would hate to see that torn down for something else.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Henley, Mr. Blackadar stated Florida Avenue is the County’s roadway, but he wasn’t sure if it was on the five-year program for paving or if it was one of the items that was going to be considered for the one-cent sales tax. He stated if it is on their maintenance list, it will be paved at some point.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Henley, Mr. Richart stated Florida Avenue is a county road and they had intended to ask for a maintenance agreement from the County to take care of that. He stated there have 138 residential homes going in adjacent to Florida Avenue. He also stated that in the permitting of those 138 homes, he does not believe their development order requires them to improve the roadway. He said they are installing an entranceway to the subdivision, sidewalks and landscaping.
Mr. Richart stated in this area of U.S. 17-92, there will be a 78 percent increase of traffic by 2015. Winter Springs has future plans to do more development in that area adjacent to the Winter Springs Golf Course. He added that Florida Avenue needs to be repaved. They would like to install a stormwater management system, large sidewalks, curb and gutter. He said the area is currently neglected and they would like to put a decorative fence and monument at the corner of the Mitsubishi auto dealership. They would also like to come out onto U.S. 17-92 and landscape the medians and bring that area “up to snuff” with other areas of the corridor in Sanford and in Casselberry.
Mr. Richart displayed a photograph showing the appearance of the site today. He stated there is nothing in the medians indicating there is any kind of beautification effort and that Florida Avenue has been neglected for some time. There are about 60 homes back in that area off of Florida Avenue.
Mr. Richart displayed a photograph depicting the changes they would like to make. He stated that depending on what DOT will allow, they can do thermoplastic treatments which seem to be lasting quite a long time. They will be requesting a left turn out of Florida Avenue onto U.S. 17-92 from DOT. He said they’re not very receptive, so they might continue with the right turn; however due to the projected increase in traffic, someday it might be warranted.
Mr. Richart stated that regarding the medians, no other city has taken up the task of redeveloping the medians and Winter Springs would like to do that. There are a total of 14 medians on U.S. 17-92 between SR 434 and Shepherd Road. He believes their effort along with the support of the County will start to spur redevelopment all throughout this part of the corridor.
Mr. Richart displayed a map indicating the position of the monument to Florida Avenue and the Mitsubishi dealership.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Mr. Richart stated they do not have an easement yet. They’ve already had some preliminary meetings with Mitsubishi and the other commercial property across the street.
Mr. Richart displayed a picture of what the decorative fence on Florida Avenue will look like and said they want to filter the view of the dealership.
Chairman Dallari stated the dealerships they have dealt with before in Seminole County are usually hesitant to accept landscaping that’s going to be high enough to block their product. Mr. Richart stated it would be a point of negotiation. Commissioner Carey stated that birds and maintenance are also an issue.
Mr. Richart stated currently on Florida Avenue they are unloading their cars into the dirt right-of-way, and they plan to put in three or four parallel parking spaces to the side of the road where there will be a place for people to unload their vehicles as well as parking. There will be benches along the sidewalk, street lighting to increase safety, which will bring up the whole area and make it more usable. Mr. Richart said that if possible, they would also like to put the overhead power lines underground.
Commissioner Carey stated that typically if a development is going to be the impact, then they require the developer to make those improvements if they are the biggest impact to the road. She felt like the City of Winter Springs is asking for CRA money to enhance a developer’s product.
Mr. Richart advised that the City of Winter Springs has been paying into the CRA since it was started. He stated they are not supplementing any money for this project.
Commissioner Carey stated that by the end of the CRA, the City of Winter Springs will have paid about $1 million into it. They have already gotten $584,000 and they are currently asking for $1.2 million. She stated she doesn’t have a problem supporting a project, but feels they don’t know if they can even do the project because they haven’t gotten to the engineering aspect. She suggested if they need to do the engineering first, maybe the City of Winter Springs can invest the money in the engineering to understand what they’re able to do. She said she feels this project is premature.
Commissioner Constantine agreed with Commissioner Carey as far as this project being premature. He wants to do everything he can to help the City of Winter Springs and thinks their concept is admirable. He feels they are trying to tie up the money before it gets allocated someplace else and thinks a lot of the ideas need to be put together more tightly; the City of Winter Springs and the developer need to put together how much they are going to contribute and bring a workable package back to the CRA and the BCC.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Mr. Blackadar stated that these projects were not on the list the County received from the City of Winter Springs for projects they wanted considered for the one-cent sales tax.
Commissioner Carey stated she agrees with Commissioner Constantine that they want to do what they can in the County to enhance the County’s appearance. She would be supportive of a project for SR 434 rather than Florida Avenue since SR 434 gets more attention than Florida Avenue.
Upon inquiry by Chairman Dallari, Mr. Blackadar stated there is no reason why they can’t do the whole intersection rather than half.
Chairman Dallari stated one of the things the Board has always prided themselves on is not doing things piecemeal. He said when looking at an intersection, road or project, this Board has always gone to the next step to ensure it’s done right so they don’t have to go back. He feels if they are doing an intersection, they should do all four corners instead of just a piece of it. He advised that even though there are two jurisdictions, there are ways to complete it and feels they need to look at it holistically.
Commissioner Horan stated this discussion identifies a structural problem they have with the U.S. 17-92 CRA. He said it is true that Winter Springs and the other partners have been paying into the fund for a number of years and there is money in the fund right now. He said there aren’t standards as to when they come and get the money, what kind of projects they are supposed to have, and the stage at which those projects are supposed to progress before they apply for the money. He said he was unsure of what those particular standards are and what they apply to in terms of allocating money, but this demonstrates a number of the problems that have been identified in the master plan by the Miller Sellen firm as to whether or not this particular CRA should be localized and compartmentalized in such a way so that the money is being spent where it is generated.
Commissioner Horan stated he agrees with the comments made by the Commissioners, but in fairness to the applicants, the County needs to establish some sort of criteria as far as how they are going to look at these things. He stated the City of Winter Springs has put a lot of work into these projects. He said he was unsure whether or not they did the right thing with the developer, as he was not there, didn’t review the development agreements, and doesn’t know what kind of a development it was. He said he is not sure there is a way of undoing that right now. He stated regarding that particular housing project, he feels it is going to open up a nice gateway in that area and will improve and certainly enhance the property values in that area. He stated he knows for some time the City of Winter Springs has wrestled with the issue of what to do with that golf course. He said he knows this would also be a catalyst for commercial development.
Commissioner Henley commended the City of Winter Springs on beginning to look to try to improve this area. He said this situation has been there a long time and didn’t happen overnight. He stated this highlights the need to go back and revisit the County’s policies. He advised most of the CRA money that has been spent has gone for landscaping, signs, and mast arms, none of which created any new developments coming in or any new capital projects to bring in new people, which is the goal of the CRA. He feels they need to set some priorities.
Commissioner Henley said he hopes the City of Winter Springs can go back and revisit some of this and work with Mr. Blackadar since he hasn’t been involved at all. He stated there are three possibilities for dealing with this project.
Commissioner Carey stated she feels that if the City of Winter Springs would have had their engineering department talking to the County Engineer, they might have been able to have a project that came forward to do a complete decorative wayfinding approach to that intersection. She said the County is looking at Lake Mary Boulevard and the other intersections that come up CR 427. As far as what they require to come before them, she is unsure she’s ever had a request as a CRA member that wasn’t very specific; they are usually very detailed and their policy does require that before granting any money.
Commissioner Carey stated she would like to see a plan that everybody is on board with. She said she doesn’t want to allocate $1.2 million when they just discussed at the last meeting about needing to look at infrastructure to get something to really happen.
Commissioner Constantine stated he feels the County needs to start emphasizing public infrastructure in the CRA and allow the applicants to concentrate more on the landscaping, doing it themselves, whether it is private or public. He said he loves the idea of the CRA and the cities along that CRA trying to figure out the major intersections and coming up with a plan. He said the different cities might want different things, but the economy of scale in putting that together will result in better prices.
Commissioner Carey stated if the goal is to do wayfinding signs, it’s supposed to be consistent.
Commissioner Constantine stated that cities might want variations to the entryways, but there would be an economy of scale potential that they could put together.
Chairman Dallari stated he feels the City of Winter Springs has done a phenomenal job presenting the projects to the Board. He said they need more information and feels there will be support from the Board once they have a better understanding. He thinks the first step in getting this started is to apply for engineering dollars to do the engineering aspect of it so they can actually see holistically how the full intersection is going to look and what they will need.
Commissioner Horan stated they must be mindful that these projects are consistent with the master plans that have already been approved for the CRA and the refinement of those master plans that were done by the Miller Sellen firm that identified the catalyst areas. He stated that if they are going to execute these projects and they are on the master plan, they should tell the cities or the developers the better way to go about it. He said in this situation there are so many imponderables that he isn’t sure they have the right budget at all. He stated if the engineering is done first, they can then identify whether there are other funding sources.
Commissioner Horan added that they know they need infrastructure on Hwy 17-92 in order to promote development. He stated this is frustrating, but it is an evolving process. He said he agrees with the Chairman that there will be support, but he understands the other commissioners’ concerns about whether or not they are really putting the right dollars in the right place at the right time because there are so many imponderables.
Commissioner Carey stated she does not have a problem allocating $50,000 for engineering to look at the SR 434 intersection today so they can at least start moving that forward. She does not think the Florida Avenue idea will benefit a lot of people. She believes that building the community alone will start to change the complexion and makeup of that roadway. She stated if the City of Winter Springs would like to talk about taking over the maintenance of that from the County, that is something the County Engineer could discuss. She said she supports a $50,000 engineering allocation to the SR 434 intersection because she’d like the intersection to be looked at so they know what can be done. She suggested they direct staff to work with the Cities of Winter Springs and Longwood.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Henley, Mr. Richart stated they had hired VHB Miller Sellen to do engineering work and their approval to move forward was based on this being approved today.
Chairman Dallari agreed with Commissioner Carey that the whole intersection needs to be looked at. He said he knows a portion of it may not be in the CRA, but they need to figure out how to make that happen.
Commissioner Carey said she feels that regarding the $50,000 she is suggesting, that between working with Seminole County staff, City of Winter Springs staff and their consultant, she believes they could get the entire intersection looked at and get DOT to buy in also. She stated that undergrounding utilities are a lot of money and believes that’s why most people haven’t done it.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Mr. Richart stated he thinks the $50,000 she is suggesting is fine. He said their numbers are based on doing both projects with the same firm.
Mr. Richart stated the Shepherd Road project the Board approved in 2011 was for $535,000. He said they followed the exact same format that was given today, but as they continued, DOT changed requirements. He said things will change throughout the entire process and it’s impossible to know what will happen.
Mr. Richart stated Meritage Homes became interested in buying property that was for sale off of Shepherd Road because of that project. He said that will bring $33 million in taxable value to the City of Winter Springs and Seminole County. There are seven parcels involved in last year’s tax bill and it totaled $19,965. When it’s built out and on the tax rolls, it’s $660,000. He added most of that goes back into the CRA.
Mr. Richart said the Board brought up some good issues. He stated they see these as seed projects to spur other redevelopment. They had a 3,100 percent increase in taxes coming in from the Shepherd Road project because of the $535,000 investment that the CRA made into them.
Commissioner Horan stated when they extend Florida Avenue, there is a right-of-way that would connect and also open up more development along the golf course because it connects Florida Avenue.
Mr. Richart advised their long-term plan is to continue Florida Avenue around the golf course to SR 434.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Mr. Richart stated the golf course does have a conservation easement over it. It is one of their hurdles, but not something they can’t get around.
Upon further inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Mr. Richart stated they are working toward trying to get the conservation easement lifted so that the golf course can be developed, but they don’t know if that will happen.
Commissioner Horan stated the proposed development would not take up all of the golf course. He said there may be a future developer down the road that can also contribute toward improvements.
No one spoke in support or opposition.
Motion by Commissioner Horan, seconded by Commissioner Henley to table the funding request from the City of Winter Springs in the amount of $765,000 for the Gateway/Streetscape improvements at U.S. 17-92 & Florida Avenue and associated Resolution implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #14-039 appropriating $133,905 in fund balance revenue.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
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Commissioner Carey stated staff may be able to submit an amendment to the SR 434 Gateway/Streetscape Project agreement at the next Board meeting.
Motion by Commissioner Carey, seconded by Commissioner Henley, to approve $50,000 for the engineering aspect of the whole intersection of U.S. 17-92 and SR 434, and direct the City of Winter Springs to work with Seminole County staff and DOT to come back with a plan that is financially feasible.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Ms. Nordelo presented request to consider approval of a funding request in the amount of $10,000 to engage an Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel, to obtain plan and policy critique from commercial developers experienced in building mixed-use projects in association with the Oxford Road Area Redevelopment Study, and to consider the associated Resolution #2014-R-51 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #14-044 providing funding from the U.S. 17-92 CRA Fund, Contingency Reserve for CRA Special Studies.
Commissioner Carey stated when they put the ULI (Urban Land Institute) groups together, they gave some good information because it is the people that are putting their money into these developments. She thinks that whatever principles come out of this can be applied to every intersection up and down Hwy 17-92. She said SR 434 and Hwy 17-92 happens to be an intersection where this Board has already approved some pretty generous height and density that has not been taken advantage of. She believes that is probably what will be heard from the people in the ULI groups. She said she would be curious to see what their recommendations are and she believes you can take those principles and apply them up and down the corridor. She said it may cause them to want to go back and look at the corridor and see where else they may want to put height and density in place for future development. She said if they don’t have to go through that whole process not knowing the outcome of it and put it on there as Future Land Use, they have a good indication that they’ll be able to come in and get those amendments. She feels it is helpful if this Board is proactive in that role.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Constantine, Commissioner Carey stated ULI will coordinate all of the meetings and the discussion that is going to occur and at the end, ULI will have a recommendation as well as the committee.
No one spoke in support or in opposition.
Motion by Commissioner Horan, seconded by Commissioner Carey, to approve funding request in the amount of $10,000 to engage an Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel, to obtain plan and policy critique from commercial developers experienced in building mixed-use projects in association with the Oxford Road Area Redevelopment Study, and adopt the associated Resolution #2014-R-51, as shown on page ______, implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #14-044 providing funding from the U.S. 17-92 CRA Fund, Contingency Reserve for CRA Special Studies.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Chairman Dallari adjourned the U.S. 17-92 CRA meeting at 11:29 a.m. and reconvened as the Board of County Commissioners.
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA
Jim Hartmann, County Manager, informed the Board of add-on #7A, Industrial Revenue Bonds for Masters Academy. He stated staff would like to pull Item #12, Amendment #1 to the Department of Environmental Protection Agreement. Commissioner Horan requested that Item #19, approval to move forward with Nationwide Retirement Solutions (NRS) unsolicited proposal, be pulled for a separate vote.
Motion by Commissioner Carey, seconded by Commissioner Horan, to authorize and approve the following:
5. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute the following Satisfactions of Second Mortgage, as shown on page ______, for households assisted under the County's SHIP/HOME Home Ownership Assistance Program and the Rehabilitation Assistance Program: Walter Lee Bradley and Barbara J. Washington; Ronald B. and Barbara A. Browne; Claretha Campbell; Betty Jo Clark; William Ray and Betty H. Dale; Lafonda T. Elkins; Rachel Elise Escobar; Edna M. Gordon f/k/a Edna M. Harris; Phyllis M. Hall; Patricia A. Jenkins; Kathy Loretta King; Lashanna Lowery; Darlene Parker Blair; Kimberlee A. Pay a/k/a Kimberlee A. Baker; Frances M. Richardson; Susan Kay Rouis; Curtis and Karen Worth; Sean and Rebecca Sheehan; Anne Marie Smith; Darren Wendroff; and Lorenzo Williams.
Community Development Division
6. Approve and accept the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) monthly Snapshot/Report and properties acquired by Seminole County Government.
7. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Subrecipient Agreement, as shown on page ______, in the amount of $260,000 to rehabilitate the current Catholic Charities facility a/k/a Pathways to Care in Casselberry.
Economic Development Division
7A. Adopt appropriate Resolution #2014-R-52, as shown on page ______, approving the issuance of Industrial Development Revenue Bonds in an amount not to exceed $11,000,000 for the benefit of The Master’s Academy of Central Florida, Inc.
Planning & Development Division
8. Authorize the Chairman to execute the Release of Lien, as shown on page ______, for Case No. 99-78A-CEB, on 117 Salem Street, Altamonte Springs, Tax Parcel #07-21-30-300-072T-0000, previously owned by Danford M. & Pattie Swain and Centrex Home Equity Co., LLC and currently owned by Federal National Mortgage Association.
9. Approve the Release of the original Water & Sewer Improvements Cash Maintenance Bond for the project known as Enclave at Bear Lake in the amount of $32,179, M/I Homes.
Greenways & Natural Lands Division
10. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute the Right-of-Way Lease, as shown on page ______, with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the continued operation and maintenance of Cameron Wight Park and C.S. Lee Park that fall within the existing State Road 46 Right-of-Way within Seminole County. The term of the lease is twenty-five (25) years with a twenty-five (25) year renewal option.
Tourism Development Division
11. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute an Agreement, as shown on page ______, with the University Athletic Association (UAA) in the amount of $6,341 for the 2014 UAA Baseball and Softball Championships to be held March 9-16, 2014.
12. Pulled from the agenda request to approve Amendment No. 1 to the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Agreement No. S0540 for a no-cost extension of time to September 1, 2015 to allow the newly constructed Cassel Creek Regional Stormwater Facility additional time to reach equilibrium to allow for more accurate water-quality monitoring.
13. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a Mitigation Reservation and Purchase Agreement, as shown on page ______, in the amount of $42,500 for the mitigation units required to modify the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) Permit and bring the Kewannee Trail into compliance.
Traffic Engineering Division
14. Adopt and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2014-R-53, as shown on page ______, to decrease the speed limit from 25 mph to 20 mph on Northridge Drive from Myrtle Lake Hills Road west 2,200 feet.
15. Rescind the following item inadvertently approved by the Board of County Commissioners on February 11, 2014 due to an omission in the agenda process and to correct the record: Preliminary authorization for staff in conjunction with Seminole Behavioral Healthcare to submit a request for an administrative hearing to appeal the Notice of Award for the Florida Department of Children and Families – Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment Grant.
16. Approve and authorize the Chairman to re-execute the Certificate Regarding Matching Funds and Certificate of Equipment for Casting and Counting Ballots, as shown on page ______, contained within the Memorandum of Agreement between the Florida Department of State and the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections to clarify compliance requirements.
Budget and Fiscal Management Division
17. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2014-R-54, as shown on page ______, implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #14-034, in the amount of $15,641, through the Library Designated Fund to adjust Beginning Fund Balance, allocate unexpended donated funds carried forward from FY 2012/13 to FY 2013/14 for the Libraries Upgrades & Enhancement project #70000020, recognize a donation received from Friends of the Library, and establish funding for the 2014 Friends of the Library project #90000120.
18. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution 2014-R-55, as shown on page ______, implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #14-040 recognizing $316,119 in program revenue for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) 3 Grant, and to appropriate those funds in order to further the aims of the program.
Purchasing & Contracts Division
20. Exercise Renewal Option #1, as shown on page ______, for PS-5190-05/DRR, Consultant Services Agreement: Program Management for Capital Improvement Program with CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc., Orlando, FL; extending the Agreement from March 7, 2014 through March 6, 2015, per Board direction on 2/11/14.
21. Approve Amendment #1, as shown on page ______, for an increase to Work Order #48 for Master Service Agreement (MSA) PS-4388-09/VFT, Design of Minor Projects with Construction Cost less than $1,000,000 with Pegasus Engineering, LLC, Winter Springs, FL; and authorize Purchasing and Contracts to execute the amendment.
22. Award CC-9184-13/RTB, as shown on page ______, Small Utility Projects and Pipeline Renewal, Rehabilitation and Repairs to Affordable Development, a Division of Driveways, Inc., Titusville, FL; Central Florida Environmental Corp, Winter Springs, FL; and Stage Door II, Inc. of Apopka, FL; and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute three (3) Master Services Agreements (MSA). (Estimated Annual Usage is $800,000, and the maximum amount for individual Work Orders will not exceed $350,000.)
23. Approve an increase to the Board-approved Estimated Term Usage for Master Service Agreement (MSA) PS-8186-13/DRR, for Continuing Engineering Services for Utility Improvement Projects, with a revised Estimated Usage of $5,000,000 for the Base Three-Year Term of the MSA.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Request to move forward with the Nationwide Retirement Solutions (NRS) unsolicited proposal dated January 16, 2014, was presented. Commissioner Horan stated they had a workshop in which they received some materials that were not necessarily relevant to the unsolicited proposal, but generally to the performance of Nationwide Retirement Services, who has been the administrator of the County’s 457 plan, and also an annual report effective the end of the fiscal year September 30, 2013. This particular contract ends January of 2015 at which time they have the option to go out with an RFP. He added they can always renew the agreement before then.
Commissioner Horan stated when he looked at the agenda item, he noticed there was no staff analysis. He said he has also been consulting with some experts in this particular area. He expressed he was uncomfortable about what they are doing. He distributed a document (received & filed) displaying a summary of the points he wanted to make. He believes Nationwide is a very good vendor for them and thinks they do a wonderful job. He stated that as a new employee in 2010, he had direct experience with setting up his plan. He does not feel that Nationwide is the problem. He believes there are a number of problems that need to be addressed before the County enters into what amounts to a six-year agreement extension with this administrator.
Commissioner Horan stated the environment in terms of the administration of these direct contribution plans has changed quite a bit in the last year. In addition to there being no staff analysis of this unsolicited proposal, there is no staff analysis of whether in the present market the County is better off going out with an RFP when the NRS contract expires in January. He believes they need to evaluate whether it makes sense to tie themselves down with one administrator right now that’s using an architecture that the industry is moving away from.
Commissioner Horan stated all they have on the agenda item is the three-page proposal, which wants to keep the administrative fee at zero and move towards a target of .25 basis points in terms of cost. He feels the County needs to address this in such a way that they have some kind of analysis of what that means. In the memo that he distributed to the Board, he addressed a number of different questions with regard to the proposal that he wants answered because he feels this is the information he would need to make an intelligent decision on whether or not this particular proposal is good or bad for them.
Commissioner Horan advised in the proposal, there is a target on mutual fund revenue of .25 basis points, and he doesn’t know if that is calculated only using the fixed account or whether it is calculated using the variable accounts. He said they have a plan that basically has a wide range of revenue-sharing situations across the funds, so consequently if they don’t go to a fixed fee, participants would pay a different amount depending on which particular fund they buy into. He said they have not received Nationwide’s funds and the revenue sharing arrangements they have.
Chairman Dallari explained the reason Mr. Hartmann brought this up was because he received a document from Nationwide since the County will be going out to bid within the next month or so and there would be a cost associated with that. He said in that letter, it stated they would take their fees to zero as an additional savings to the participants.
Commissioner Horan stated the administrative fee is already zero, but he is unsure whether or not this is a good deal going forward in terms of where the industry is going right now. He said most of the administration of these plans is going to a level amount in terms of the revenue share and then you negotiate about the services you need.
Commissioner Carey stated she served on the committee when they started looking at the investments. There was no investment policy and they wanted to work on that. There have been a number of times that commissioners have brought up issues at the annual meetings and Nationwide has been very good to go back and add plans the Board wanted to see. She advised with the new policy in place, there are quarterly meetings where discussion will take place about the cost and those types of things. They are proposing the variable rate would have an average of 25 percent as the administrative fee for the participants, which is less than they had before. She thinks their investment committee is going to be asking a lot of the questions and learning a lot as they go along because that is going to be their fiduciary responsibility to bring back recommendations to the Board based upon what they find out.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Ray Hooper, Purchasing & Contracts Manager, stated there is a 90-day termination provision in the current contract.
Commissioner Carey stated the percentage of their employees that participate in this plan is very small and they have worked very hard over the last couple of years to try and engage their employees to save money through the plans offered to them. She added that Commissioner Henley has advised their administrator that there are different plans that might be more familiar to their employees and they made the adjustments.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Angela Buchanan, Nationwide Retirement Solutions, addressed the Board to state they could offer options. She said through the investment policy, the statement, and the past committee that Commissioner Carey served on and others, and the new committee, they can work with them to add any type of mutual fund. If they put in a Vanguard situation where they don’t give them revenue sharing or reimbursements back, then they would simply add on an administrative fee of 25 basis points or whatever they work out with the committee to make up that revenue since they are at zero pricing and have been for the past five years.
Upon inquiry by Chairman Dallari, Ms. Buchanan stated a basis point is the cost or fee that is associated with participating in or purchasing of that mutual fund, whether in a retirement fund or outside in an independent mutual fund.
Commissioner Carey stated if it isn’t working out, they can always terminate it. Nationwide has worked very hard with the County to get their employees to seminars to bring Social Security in and to educate their employees on the importance of it. She said if they’re going to have an outside consultant come in and make recommendations, she thinks they need to go through a process for that.
Chairman Dallari agreed that at this point there is no issue with moving forward. He said they have the advantage of the termination clause and the committee will be reviewing this in great depth and the whole process has now been defined.
Commissioner Henley stated when he was elected to the Board 16 years ago, he was the one to question the contract. He said they were able to get legislation through committees that would allow their investments to be invested by the State retirement system, which was doing great at that time. He said he was concerned about an exclusive contract. From the school system he was accustomed to having three or four agencies to choose from instead of being tied down to one. He said he thinks things have improved, but when they are talking about the reductions on the various funds, the small print states they don’t control them and they are subject to change. He doesn’t think Nationwide will give them a separate guarantee that those will remain through the contract.
Ms. Buchanan advised that working through the committee they have established, they would do quarterly reviews, look at what those expense ratios are, and if they have changed, then they would bring them to the attention of the committee. Using their investment policy statement, they could come in and switch out those funds or look for lower share classes for the fees.
Commissioner Henley stated that Nationwide is at a disadvantage on the programs because any one of those particular funds that become successful drop out because they don’t want to continue to pay to be listed and they can’t control that. He says that’s why they have changes from time to time when a fund no longer wants to pay to be listed. He feels that this is going to be a continuing problem.
Commissioner Carey stated when she served on the committee before and they looked at this, the reason they developed their investment policy was to say if the fund was nonperforming for so many quarters, it automatically was up for consideration to be removed from the fund and replaced by something else. She said they worked to develop an investment policy that would be somewhat clear about how they were going to do this. She understands Nationwide has collected their fee by monitoring the fees and adjusting their percentages to get to net 33 percent. They are proposing to do the same thing on a quarterly basis in line with their investment policy so it remains constant at 25 percent. She believes the investment committee’s responsibility in making recommendations to this Board is to monitor the funds that are being offered to make sure they are performing to a certain degree so that anybody who is investing their money has a certain amount of comfort that the funds are all performing to a certain level.
Commissioner Horan stated his point was to make sure that when the plan participants pick “Fund A” or “Fund B”, they are paying the same amount. He added that under the architecture that Nationwide has at the present time, they are not. He stated the industry is going towards an architecture where if you buy “Fund A” or “Fund B”, or there’s a fixed asset, that cost is the same. He said unless they get that information, Mr. Pennisi and Mr. Hooper can’t make an intelligent decision as to whether every one of their participants is actually getting the best value for a particular selection of an investment choice. He stated there is not a proposal to reduce it to .25 basis points; it says the cost referred to in the proposal is a target of .25 basis points. The funds in the current plans have revenue sharing arrangements that vary widely and this causes the participants to pay a different fee even under the target basis points. He said they have to know all of the funds that Nationwide has, their revenue share arrangement on those funds, in order to intelligently audit where the cost is.
Commissioner Carey stated she thinks if this Board wants to set the fee at .25 basis points across the board for every transaction that happens, all they have to do is say that’s what they’re going to do and Nationwide would administer the plan that way.
Commissioner Horan stated if they had a list of the zero-revenue fee amounts, they could construct a portfolio of investment choices from the fixed accounts that would be zero and then they could charge .25, but they don’t have that information right now.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Commissioner Horan stated under the County Manager procedures, the investment committee can get an outside consultant if they want. He stated Mr. Pennisi is very experienced and might be able to handle it himself, but he won’t be able to do anything unless they have the information that he’s outlined. He believes if Mr. Pennisi had all the information concerning all the revenue share of all the funds, he could do an intelligent analysis of exactly whether or not it’s better to go with all the fixed account choices.
Upon inquiry by Chairman Dallari, Ms. Buchanan stated when they talk about the investment policy statement, it’s almost like a marriage with the fees and what they offer to the employees because it looks at the peer group, fees and management tenure, and that’s what guides them through what the investments come to look like.
Commissioner Horan stated they need to know what revenue they’re getting back from the various funds in order to construct an amendment that makes sense.
Ms. Buchanan stated the fees tied to the lineup of investments, which is one thing a participant pays regardless of what plan they are in and that is outlined in the prospectus, are disclosed on statements and are also part of the quarterly report. She said they are in a position that they have contracts with every mutual fund house and they can bring in any company that the investment group decides they want to see. She advised Fidelity offered zero revenue-sharing funds through Freedom Funds, and if that is the direction the Board wants to take, Nationwide is in a position to administer that.
Ms. Buchanan advised that their proposal states they are reducing the revenue they make today because the assets have grown. She said they are already at zero, so the next step is seeing how to change that and make it more beneficial from a fee standpoint for employees. She stated what they are offering today is a $60,000 savings and a target of .25 basis points revenue back to Nationwide to cover their administrative costs. She said they need to work with the committee because right now the fund letup has not been changed in several years while the County was working through their ordinance and investment policy statement.
Commissioner Carey said based on her discussion with Mr. Pennisi, she thinks that he and his group can see if they should continue to do the percentage to get to .25 basis point or if they just say it’s a flat fee. She said she understands from Nationwide they can do it however the Board wants them to do it.
Commissioner Horan stated he has no problem with it as long as they have full knowledge of all of the funds and what the revenue share is on each one of the funds. He stated the problem with it is that he hasn’t heard a commitment that they are going to give them a full list of the expenses. He said without knowing what the revenue share is on the funds, not only can they not negotiate an intelligent deal, but they can’t audit whether the deal is being complied with. He said if they give the revenue share information on all of them, they may identify a portfolio of zero revenue-share funds that they will include in their plan, and then it’s just the matter of negotiating the fee for Nationwide’s services.
Commissioner Constantine said he would like to ask Mr. Pennisi and Mr. Hooper’s opinion on this discussion and what they feel the right move to make is at this time.
Joe Pennisi, Resource Management Director, stated when they received the unsolicited proposal they had hoped to be able to take some time to sit down with NRS and look at a couple of different things so they would be able to come back and recommend to the Board where they felt they should go. He stated one issue is to find out if .25 basis points is the appropriate number. The second issue is how to get to the basis points in the best possible way. He thinks if the fixed fee arrangement is an option they can get to, it works for them very well. He said his concern was the process of working toward a target of .25 basis points and not being clear of whether they can get there across the board or if the review committee would be making recommendations to the Board, and whether the Board would be put in the position of getting to the .25 by reducing the revenue sharing in selected funds. He feels that forces them to make choices that disadvantage certain portions of the participants of the plan based on where they choose to invest. He thinks what they would be looking for is some kind of transparency with respect to the fees and hopefully making the ultimate choices of what investment options they offer as part of the plan without having to be concerned about whether or not it paid a certain amount to NRS as the record keeper for the plan. It’s a matter of transparency, but ultimately that transparency is in the interest of equity across all of the participants in the plan.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Constantine, Mr. Pennisi stated staff is hoping to sit down with NRS to be able to come back and give the Board their recommendation as to how they should be responding to the unsolicited proposal from NRS and then tweaking it if necessary. He said after that conversation, they might be able to say what NRS has proposed is a great deal and they should accept it, but they would like the opportunity to have a conversation with NRS.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Mr. Pennisi stated that if they continue this to the next meeting, they would make it a point to have a conversation with NRS and bring a suggestion back to the Board.
Upon inquiry by Chairman Dallari, Ms. Buchanan stated the Board could make an amendment to the contract that the information requested be reported on a quarterly basis.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Horan, Ms. Buchanan advised they will get a full list of all the funds in their portfolio and the revenue share arrangement that Nationwide has with the fund. Because they are moving into this new arrangement, they will have full disclosure transparency on a quarterly basis in meeting with the committee, and they would monitor that because they don’t want to excessively go over the revenue target they settle on, which they propose is .25. She said they will need to monitor that on a regular basis, so they don’t exceed or fall too short, so as the plan moves and grows over the years, they stay within that. She advised the assets move every day as people make trades and decisions about their retirement.
Commissioner Horan stated they are the plan sponsor. They have a statutory obligation to pick a plan so their participants participate in it in a way where everybody is paying the same amount for an investment. He stated he would need to know not only what the revenue share arrangement is with all the funds that are in their platform, but what the revenue share arrangement is for all of NRS’s available funds. He added they could construct a plan that had all fixed amount funds in it and then it just becomes a matter of negotiating the fee.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Constantine, Ms. Buchanan stated they don’t have a problem with what Mr. Pennisi wants to do. She said they have tried to be fully transparent all along; they have participated in the process and listened to the direction of the Board over the years and will continue doing that.
Motion by Commissioner Constantine, seconded by Commissioner Carey, to continue request to move forward with NRS unsolicited proposal dated January 16, 2014 to the March 11, 2014 Board meeting to allow Mr. Pennisi and Ms. Buchanan time to take into consideration the comments that have been made by the commissioners and to bring something back to the Board.
Under discussion and upon inquiry by Commissioner Horan, Mr. Pennisi stated having the information back by the next meeting will be tight, but if it is the request of the Board, they will fit it into that timeframe. Ms. Buchanan stated they have her commitment to get that information to Mr. Pennisi in a timely fashion.
Chairman Dallari stated a lot of the information staff is asking for is done through the review process through the committee and not the contract.
Commissioner Carey stated the administrative fee portion is a consideration. She said she saw that Nationwide was lowering their fee to the benefit of their employees. She added that at the time they went into this, the industry standard was to do the various plans and the different reimbursement fees, so that was the direction they went.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS’ CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Commissioner Constantine, seconded by Commissioner Carey, to authorize and approve the following:
24. Approval of Expenditure Approval Lists, as shown on page ______, dated January 21, 27 and February 3, 2014; and Payroll Approval List, as shown on page ______, dated January 25, 2014; and the following Clerk's "Received and Filed" – for information only.
1. Work Order #27, as shown on page ______, to PS-1020-05.
2. Amendment #2, as shown on page ______, to Work Order #102 to PS-5120-02.
3. Certificate of No Recall, as shown on page ______, for Orlando Jai Alai.
4. RFP-601887-13, as shown on page ______, Term Contract for Consultant Services, Asbestos and Indoor Air Quality Testing, Professional Service Industries, Inc.
5. Amendment #1, as shown on page ______, to CC-8825-13, Shoemaker Construction Company, Inc.
6. Amendment #1, as shown on page ______, to Work Order #10 to PS-2051-07.
7. Work Order #7, as shown on page ______, to PS-8186-13.
8. Letter dated January 29, 2014 from Chairman Dallari to Mary Lou Andrews regarding her appointment to the MetroPlan Transportation Study Citizens Advisory Committee to finish out an unexpired term ending January 1, 2016.
9. Amendment #2, as shown on page ______, to Work Order #18 to RFP-7423-12.
10. Work Order #4, as shown on page ______, to PS-8146-12.
11. Work Order #62, as shown on page ______, to PS-4388-09.
12. Recorded Developer’s Commitment Agreement, as shown on page ______, Ganesh Business Center PD.
13. Denial Development Order, as shown on page ______, #13-30000087, Jason W. Brown.
14. Recorded Development Orders, as shown on page ______, as follows: #13-30000088, Rafael Patron; #13-30000089, Johnny L. and Patricia L. Johnson; #13-30000090, Kim J. Lanier; #13-30000091, Wilson W. Claretti & Donald S. Hetzell; #13-30000093, Congregation Ahavas Yisrael Corporation; #13-30000080, Marion A. Demaria; #13-30000082, Karl M. Schweinberg; #13-30000084, Scott Freeburn; #13-30000085, Michael C. Sumner; and #13-80000086, Robert & Kay Hazzard.
15. Denial Development Order, as shown on page ______, #13-30000059, Reza Sedaghat & Katia S. Ferdowski.
16. Amendment #2, as shown on page ______, to Work Order #31 to PS-5190-05.
17. Amendment #2, as shown on page ______, to M-390-03, Metropolitan Systems, Inc.
18. Amendment #1, as shown on page ______, to BID-601823-13, Sitesecure LLC.
19. PS-8827-13, as shown on page ______, Engineering Consultant Services Agreement, Metric Engineering, Inc.
20. Letter dated January 14, 2014 from Chairman Dallari to Mayor Jeff Triplett regarding his appointment to the Tourism Development Council as the most populous city (Sanford) representative for a 4-year term ending January 1, 2018.
21. Change Order #1, as shown on page ______, to Work Order #17 to CC-8199-12.
22. Change Order #1, as shown on page ______, to Work Order #19 to CC-5075-10.
23. Work Order #2, as shown on page ______, to PS-6980-11.
24. Recorded Satisfaction of Lien, as shown on page ______, 12-14-CESM, Hans and Henriette Pistor, as approved by the BCC on March 12, 2013.
25. Recorded Corrected Satisfaction of Lien, as shown on page ______, 10-03-CEB, Robert C. Malcomb, as approved by the BCC on December 10, 2013.
26. Recorded Release of Lien, as shown on page ______, 11-54-CEB, Betty Drury, as approved by the BCC on December 10, 2013.
27. IFB-601852-13, as shown on page ______, Term Contracts for Purchase of Adult and Larval Mosquito Control Pesticides, Univar USA, Clarke Mosquito Control Products, Inc., HPI Products, Inc. d/b/a Allpro Vector Group and Adapco, Inc.
28. Amendment #4, as shown on page ______, to Work Order #2 to PS-5116-10.
29. Work Order #1, as shown on page ______, to PS-8595-13.
30. Amendment #3, as shown on page ______, to Work Order #10 to PS-4736-09.
31. Amendment #1, as shown on page ______, to Work Order #12 to PS-4736-09.
32. Recorded Special Warranty Deed, as shown on page ______, Bay Valley Foods, LLC.
33. Florida Public Service Commission Consummating Order Regarding Petition for approval of tariff sheets reflecting gas service to customers in the City of Ft. Meade, by Florida Public Utilities Company.
34. Amendments #3, as shown on page ______, and #5, as shown on page ______, to IFB-601516, Bound Tree Medical, LLC.
35. Amendment #1, as shown on page ______, to Work Order #1 to PS-8148-12.
36. Associate Tennis Pro Agreement, as shown on page ______, for Scott Runda.
37. Parks Contract for Services, as shown on page ______, for Andrea Lukonic.
38. Assistant Tennis Pro Agreement, as shown on page ______, for Matthew Gutkin.
39. Amendment #1, as shown on page ______, to Work Order #14 to RFP-3261-08.
40. Change Order #5, as shown on page ______, to RFP-7687-12.
41. Work Order #63, as shown on page ______, to PS-4388-09.
42. Bids as follows: PS-9092-13, CC-9140-13, RFP-601887-13 and RFP-601803-13.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Motion by Commissioner Carey, seconded by Commissioner Henley, to authorize and approve the following:
25. Approval to contribute $2,000 from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund to provide funding in support of the Rising Achievers Program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Seminole County South.
26. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2014-R-56, as shown on page ______, implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #14-043 to increase the Sheriff's Office, BCC Facilities budget by $170,000 utilizing a transfer from General Fund Reserves, which are currently budgeted at $45,657,396.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Tony Matthews, Development Services, addressed the Board to present request to consider a Special Event Permit for the Wekiva Green Camp, LLC, for their Wekiva Paint Out & Spring Kickoff from March 2 through March 31, 2014. Staff recommends approval of the request.
Motion by Commissioner Carey, seconded by Commissioner Horan, to approve the Special Event Permit for the Wekiva Paint Out & Spring Kickoff at 1014 Miami Springs Drive from March 2 through March 31, 2014.
Under discussion, Commissioner Carey thanked Commissioner Constantine for serving as the Honorary Chair because she thinks this is an important project.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Commissioner Constantine added that they are making a lot of progress on putting Wekiva Island back together after the fires.
Chairman Dallari thanked staff for helping Wekiva Island get to that point. He also thanked Seminole County Sheriff’s Office for policing the arsons that occurred at Wekiva Island.
COUNTY MANAGER AND STAFF BRIEFINGS
The Board noted, for information only, the Budget Transfer Status Report for FY 2013/14.
COUNTY ATTORNEY BRIEFING
Mr. Applegate stated he distributed a letter (not received & filed) addressed to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, in regard to attempting to receive a reimbursement of nearly $5 million for the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) overbilling.
Motion by Commissioner Carey, seconded by Commissioner Horan to give authorization to the County Attorney to send a letter addressed to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, requesting reimbursement to Seminole County of nearly $5 million that resulted from overbilling by the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS
Chairman Dallari advised the Legislative Update, Chairman’s Report, and District Commissioners’ Reports will be moved to the afternoon session.
ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDA
Theresa Henderson, 1113 South Park Avenue, addressed the Board to state in 2006 she invested in property at 1205 West 15th Street and she has been paying the tax on that property for approximately eight years. She said without a certificate from the Property Appraiser’s Office, she is unable to have the house placed in her name. She said this house was an abandoned house and she acquired it out of delinquency tax.
Ms. Henderson said she spoke with Robert Hagey and told him that she would like to own the property. She said she was unaware she would have to put the property in adverse possession or file a special paper with the IRS in order to get the certificate she needs to put the house in her name. She said they want her to continue paying the taxes for another seven years before she can become the owner of that property.
Ms. Henderson said she spoke with several attorneys and received several different answers. She said one attorney told her he cannot ask for the deeds for the house without having her certificate. That attorney informed her that tax receipts would not qualify her for adverse possession. She stated she spoke with Commissioner Carey and they tried to handle it together.
Mr. Applegate said he would be happy to look into the issue.
Commissioner Carey stated there have been many times she has tried to assist Ms. Henderson. She said this is not something that is the business of this Board; it is the business of the Tax Collector and the Property Appraiser. She said she thinks the County Attorney could give her some advice as to how to go about this. She said she tried to refer Ms. Henderson to different attorneys, but they had differing opinions.
Ms. Henderson stated she put the house in adverse possession and she does not understand why the Property Appraiser can’t override the process.
Chairman Dallari stated there is a commitment from Mr. Applegate to meet with Ms. Henderson to try and address this issue. He stated Mr. Applegate will work with the District Commissioner and will report back to the rest of the commissioners so everyone will understand exactly what is happening.
Chairman Dallari recessed the meeting at 12:08 p.m.; reconvening at 1:30 p.m., with all Commissioners and all other Officials, with the exception of Clerk of Court Maryanne Morse who was replaced by Chief Deputy Clerk Bruce McMenemy, and with the exception of Deputy Clerk Erin Leben who was replaced by Deputy Clerk Terri Porter, who were present at the Opening Session.
AWARDS AND PRESENTATIONS (Continued)
Tim Jackson, Chairman of 1000 Friends of Florida, addressed the Board to state that this is a statewide, not-for-profit organization that has been advocating smart growth across the State since 1986. Information packets (received and filed) were distributed prior to the meeting. Since 1990, they have been presenting awards to individuals, organizations and communities that have done an outstanding job of saving special places and building better communities. He said the award recipients must reflect an innovative approach to smart growth that has resulted in major tangible accomplishments that can be replicated elsewhere in Florida. The Bill Sadowsky Award is presented to public servants at the state level whose work exemplifies a high level of commitment to growth management and the philosophy of negotiation for which Bill Sadowsky, the former Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs, was known. He announced that Commissioner Lee Constantine is being recognized with the 1000 Friends 2014 Bill Sadowsky Award.
Mr. Jackson stated he cannot really do justice to all that Lee Constantine has contributed to this State and then listed some of his accomplishments including his leadership and vision, his ongoing commitment to conservation and water resource protection in Florida, and his distinguished career in public service. He reviewed a timeline stating the Commissioner was first elected to the Altamonte Springs City Commission in 1978, being the youngest person elected in the City’s history. Lee Constantine most recently co-founded the Florida Conservation Coalition which brought statewide recognition and workable solutions to better protect the State’s imperiled water resources. As a legislator, he sponsored the Wekiva Parkway and Protection Act in 2004 to protect the river and associated ecosystems while building a beltway for Central Florida. Other groundbreaking legislation he sponsored includes Save Our Everglades, Affordable Housing Front-Porch Florida, Growth Management Reform, The Florida Energy Act, legislation that authorized the purchase of the SunRail Commuter Rail System, and the Springs and Water Resources Protection Act. In addition, he was also a leader in sponsoring legislation that led to unifying the morass of building codes in Florida by establishing the Florida Unified Building Code and the Florida Building Commission to implement that Code.
Mr. Jackson presented the award, a framed photograph of the Wekiva River by noted photographer John Moran, and Commissioner Constantine expressed his appreciation and stated that this is a great honor.
Chairman Dallari thanked the 1000 Friends of Florida and congratulated Commissioner Constantine.
Nicole Guillet, Deputy County Manager, addressed the Board to advise that one week from today the Legislative Session officially begins.
Ms. Guillet stated she forwarded the latest draft of the “springs” bill to the Board a couple of weeks ago. The bill has not been filed yet; the deadline for filing is at noon on March 4th. She said that version 7 was very similar to version 6, while it is moving in the right direction, they still have concern believing that it diverts resources from the water management district and duplicates efforts. She said it also places some unfair burdens on utilities for keeping the springs clean; there are some restrictions on uses adjacent to springs, and there is also a concern about the switching over of septic tanks to sewer within the spring protection zones. Although there is an attempt to make funding available for all of those items, the funding is nebulous; there is a funding source but the exact amount of money that will be available is still not clear. She said they will continue to work with Senator Simmons on those issues. She added that as soon as something gets filed, they will let the Board know.
Ms. Guillet advised that Senator Simmons’ Expressway Authority Bill is still moving forward and there have not been any changes in the composition of the board. It is now in the last of three committees and the companion bill in the House is just starting to “get some play.”
Ms. Guillet stated other bills of interest include an environmental bill that has some Home Rule issues and some mandates and a fair association bill. Upon inquiry by Chairman Dallari, Ms. Guillet advised that if you have fair property you cannot assess impact fees, mobility fees, or any fees at all. It is getting “a lot of play” with the Association of Counties because it is a significant Home Rule issue. She added that there was a retirement reform bill filed last week from the Community Affairs Committee in the Senate and there is also a House companion bill. They are still waiting for a report on that. It creates what they are calling a “cash balance” retirement system and that would be for new employees in FRS. She said there has been no actuarial report on that, but they will watch it closely to see what sort of impact it may have on the County.
Ms. Guillet stated as some of the other bills start to get traction, they will keep the Board up to date on all of the activities, and once the Legislative Session kicks in, things will start to move pretty quickly.
Ms. Guillet said they are keeping track of the Legislative Priorities that the Board put together, and one of those priorities relates to the sales tax, so they may want to discuss that at the next meeting depending upon the direction they want to go and how hard they want staff to push that. She added that this is one they would have to advocate proactively, so they will need direction. Commissioner Carey clarified that the push would be to use that tax for operations, some portion or all, at the local jurisdiction’s discretion.
Ms. Guillet said that at the last Board meeting, Chairman Dallari asked Commissioner Constantine to work with staff and to lend some of his expertise in moving things through and getting particularly the appropriations issues addressed in the Legislature this session. She advised that she met with Commissioner Constantine and put a plan of action together with visits to Tallahassee. There is a cost associated with that and they put together a schedule of what would be the most effective, which includes up to four trips maximum. They are requesting authorization on a not-to-exceed travel budget based on a maximum of four trips, one night per trip if necessary, per diem for eight days, and mileage back and forth totaling $2,200; plus an additional $500 for hotel and per diem for staff to join him on a maximum of two of the four trips.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Carey, Ms. Guillet advised the Legislative Session lasts 60 days. Commissioner Carey stated there is other discussion to be considered, i.e. what they want the message to be. She added she knows that Commissioner Constantine goes to Tallahassee for other purposes during the term of the Session and wondered how much of this he could do during that period.
Commissioner Constantine advised there would be no other purpose for travel to Tallahassee other than for the County and they would be very specific. He said he would also try to limit the time to one day and at the behest of what Ms. Guillet felt was necessary. The Regional Planning Council advised they may also share in the expense, and Ms. Guillet will pursue that potential also.
Commissioner Horan stated they should stay in communication because he will be in Tallahassee too, and one reason is for the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Legislative Conference which is already budgeted.
Chairman Dallari asked Ms. Guillet to coordinate when in the Session various folks will be going up there and what the message will be. He added that what is going on with Juvenile Justice and the amount the State owes them is obscene. He added they need to start positioning themselves with not just Commissioner Constantine, but with his contacts there, on how to reap some of the money the State owes them. Commissioner Carey opined they need to come up with a coordinated effort. The Chairman requested that Ms. Guillet write up a plan and report back to them.
Chairman Dallari advised of a vacancy on the Animal Control Board for a veterinarian and recommended Dr. Lawrence Pultz from the Town & Country Veterinarian Clinic in Oviedo.
Motion by Commissioner Carey, seconded by Commissioner Henley, to adopt appropriate Resolution #2014-R-57, as shown on page _______, appointing Dr. Lawrence Pultz to the Animal Control Board for a one-year term ending January 1, 2015.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS
Commissioner Carey advised she had another meeting with Florida Fish and Game, Joe Forte and staff about the bear-proof trash cans. She said that Mr. Forte and staff are following up with the two trash haulers that are involved around the Wekiva Basin. They are trying to come up with a plan that would be the same for all citizens and coordinate that effort. As soon as they get the answer on that, which she is hoping is later this week, they will bring that back to the Board.
Commissioner Carey stated that at the Seminole County Port Authority meeting, there was some discussion in taking a look at potentially putting a conference center at the Port along the waterway. One of issues that she brought to Matt Brown’s attention is that the City of Sanford and the County have both looked at conference centers over the years and they haven’t been able to figure out how to make them work financially. She is not sure that driving through an industrial port to get to a location in the back would be appealing. In addition, it is under lease right now to a tenant for another three years and that tenant has several options after that, and she is not even sure they would be willing to give up that space.
Commissioner Carey suggested that within the next month or two, she thinks it would be appropriate to have the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness address this Board and give an update on where they are. Also, their Certificate of Need is held with HSN (Homeless Services Network) and there has been a lot of discussion and questions about that, i.e. whether they should really have them holding their Continuum of Care of about $1.4 million. Chairman Dallari requested that Mr. Hartmann get with appropriate staff and figure out the appropriate time to put that on the agenda. Commissioner Carey said it is not time sensitive, but they are starting to develop that plan.
Commissioner Carey opined that Chairman Dallari did a great job at the State of the County representing the county and she thanked him for his leadership along with the business community that supported the event.
Commissioner Horan advised the Transportation Disabled Local Coordinating Board met and they do an annual assessment of transportation disabled services. He said the Board is comprised of about 21 different groups and those groups evaluate the transportation coordinator, LYNX and MetroPlan, for transportation disabled services. Under all of the core competencies, they were rated either “good” or “excellent.”
Commissioner Horan stated the U.S. 17-92 RPA (Redevelopment Planning Agency) met last week and they addressed three projects: the Paw Park Village project in Sanford; the City of Sanford former police department clean-up site; and a corridor-wide appropriation concerning landscaping.
Commissioner Horan stated that due to other business requirements, Chuck Drago can no longer serve on the Parks & Preservation Advisory Committee.
Motion by Commissioner Horan, seconded by Commissioner Henley, to adopt appropriate Resolution #2014-R-58, as shown on page _______, appointing Matt Criswell to the Parks & Preservation Advisory Committee serving the unexpired term of Mr. Drago; and to adopt appropriate Resolution #2014-R-59, as shown on page _______, in appreciation of Charles Drago for his service on the Parks & Preservation Committee.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Commissioner Constantine advised he attended the special meeting that Congressman Mica held concerning the Sanford Housing Authority. As reported in the newspaper today, he was quite concerned about the money being spent on that, although there were a lot of compliments about the Seminole Housing Authority. The Congressman is suggesting that they pursue asking people to consider putting the two housing authorities together. Commissioner Constantine stated he believes that the Congressman is going to have continuing conversations with the Sanford Housing Authority, the City of Sanford, and certainly the Seminole Housing Authority to see if that is viable.
Commissioner Constantine said that he feels Chairman Dallari did a very fine job at the State of the County and congratulated him.
Commissioner Constantine said that the Zoo has new occupants, two interesting and beautiful giraffes, and they had a huge spike of interest and attendance. He added he believes on the 15th of March, they will start a program where people will be able to feed them.
Commissioner Constantine stated that Commissioner Henley asked him to represent him and the County at the Seminole Health Department’s 125-year anniversary and he was honored to do so.
Commissioner Constantine advised that he and Commissioner Carey will be attending a meeting of the Wekiva River Basin Commission tomorrow. They have moved the meeting location from the Regional Planning Council offices to Wekiva Island so that many of the members can see that beautiful site in Seminole County.
Commissioner Constantine announced that this week, the Babe Ruth Little League is opening up in Altamonte Springs and he will be there.
Commissioner Constantine said he will attend the Veterans’ Resource that former Mayor Tom Walters is holding at the Zoo on Saturday.
Commissioner Constantine said he believes they received a letter from Richard Creedon concerning some valuation and property taxes they paid, and he asked that the Chairman add that to the agenda for the next meeting. The Board voiced no objections.
Commissioner Constantine advised they were monitoring the 5,000-house development that would be about the same size as Longwood, and would be right on the border in East Orange County up against Lake Pickett. He has heard that it may or may not be brought back again in the near future, but he believes this would be a good time that they consider and pursue with Orange County a joint planning agreement of that area, with both Orange and Seminole Counties. Chairman Dallari stated he thinks it is appropriate to reach out to Orange County to find out, not just the status, but how they would go about that. The Chairman asked that staff reach out to Orange County and report back to the Board.
COUNTY MANAGER’S BRIEFING
COUNTY ATTORNEY’S BRIEFING
Commissioner Carey asked Chairman Dallari and the rest of the Commissioners to sign the letter that is being circulated on the dais. Chairman Dallari explained that the letter is in regard to the State owing Seminole County somewhere around five million dollars from the Department of Juvenile Justice and they are requesting payment.
Chairman Dallari thanked staff and SGTV for all their help at the State of the County. He said they received a lot of compliments and a lot of those had to do with the hard work of staff.
Commissioner Horan stated the Board approved an item today with regard to NSP (Neighborhood Stabilization Program) funding where staff has done an incredible job of purchasing a number of houses and expending the funds that needed to be expended before they were extinguished by the federal government. He wanted to give kudos to the Community Services Director and her staff and also, to the County Attorney’s office, in particular Ms. Olga Sanchez de Fuentes, who was the attorney on all the closings.
Chairman Dallari reminded everyone of the joint work session with the School Board in approximately 15 minutes.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m., this same date.