BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA
MARCH 8, 2011
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, March 8, 2011, in Room 1028 of the SEMINOLE COUNTY SERVICES BUILDING at SANFORD, FLORIDA, the usual place of meeting of said Board.
Chairman Brenda Carey (District 5)
Vice Chairman Carlton Henley (District 4)
Commissioner Bob Dallari (District 1)
Commissioner John Horan (District 2)
Commissioner Dick Van Der Weide (District 3)
Acting County Manager Joe Forte
County Attorney Robert McMillan
Deputy Clerk Eva Roach
Major Tim Roberts, Salvation Army, gave the Invocation.
Commissioner Dallari led the Pledge of Allegiance.
AWARDS & PRESENTATIONS
Larry Strickler, Workforce Central Florida, addressed the Board to state the State of the Workforce is a survey that Workforce Central Florida does of employers in five counties every couple of years or as needed. He submitted a copy of his presentation as well as the results of the State of the Workforce 2010 Report (both received and filed). He stated he will provide the County Manager the website link so that everyone can see the responses from all the counties. He began by reviewing the Study Objectives; a Chart showing the Direction of the Business Environment; the Direction of the Economy; and Issues Elected Officials Should Consider. He stated the numbers indicated in the Top Trends Indicating Economy Back on Track show that the numbers are similar county to county. He continued by reviewing the Top Reasons Businesses are Located in Central Florida; Top Challenges for Employers; Negative Impact from Economic Downturn; Most Important New and Emerging Industries; Training Opportunities for Employees; Important Soft Skills; Hiring Qualified Workers a Challenge; Areas of Concern When Hiring; Expanding/Reducing Workforce; and Percentage of Industries Participating in Survey.
Upon inquiry by Chairman Carey, Mr. Strickler advised the types of training that employers say they need is available, but the issue is whether the employers are willing to pay part of the training costs. They have a program called “Employed Worker Training” in which they can pay half the cost for certain types of training and that depends on the salary level (under $40,000) of an employee. The bottom line is it is still an issue for employers as they are not willing to spend as much as they were spending three or four years ago.
Chairman Carey stated the County has tried to work with various organizations to make sure they have those types of programs.
Mr. Strickler stated most employers are very willing to pay for specific types of training for higher-wage jobs and less likely for those in an entry-level job.
Commissioner Henley stated in looking at the percentage that deals with training of employees, he feels that the industries that participated in the survey are quite small. He said there are five categories and he would like to know what category is experiencing specific problems and not being able to get the training that is needed.
Mr. Strickler stated he will check to see if there is a report on that and he will provide same to the Board.
Chairman Carey stated the State of the Workforce report can be provided to the Board.
Commissioner Henley stated the thing that concerns him in these surveys or studies is that there is never an action plan developed as to what they can do to meet the needs and how great is that need.
Chairman Carey stated the Economic Development Planning Task Force is working on those issues.
Mr. Strickler stated Workforce Central Florida uses the survey as one of their instruments in developing strategic plans for Workforce development.
At the request of Chairman Carey, Mr. Strickler spoke on the status of the Economic Development Planning Task Force meetings and when the Board can expect to receive the final report.
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA
Joe Forte, Acting County Manager, addressed the Board to state he is pulling Item #23, Adopt Resolution increasing speed limit on McCulloch Road, and it will be brought back at a later date.
Chairman Carey requested clarification on Item #5, Award RFP-5706-10.
Ray Hooper, Purchasing Manager, addressed the Board to state he submitted a revised e-mail and attachment (received and filed) for Connect Consulting. Staff was successful in getting the subcontracting markup from 5% to 0%. Therefore, that enhancement makes Connect Consulting highly advantageous for the County under the RFP process.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Henley to authorize and approve the following:
County Manager’s Office
Purchasing & Contracts Division
2. Approve Change Order #3, as shown on page ________, to CC-4186-09/JVP - Lake Emma Road Construction Project (Longwood Hills Road to Sand Pond Road) with Cathcart Contracting Company of Winter Springs, Florida in the amount of $50,971.50; add an additional forty-eight (48) calendar days to Substantial Completion; and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the Change Order.
3. Approve an increase to the Board approved Estimated Term Usage for PS-4572-09/VFT - Construction, Engineering & Inspection Services under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act 2009 Master Services Agreement (MSA) by an additional $900,000.00 over the term of the Agreement.
4. Approve the ranking list and award DB-6152-10/JVP, as shown on page ________, CST Red Bug Lake Road Pedestrian Overpass Design Build Project to the team of American Bridge Company/Ayres & Associates of Tampa, Florida in the not-to-exceed amount of $3,360,447 for Option Two (City of Oviedo Enhancements); and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the Agreement.
5. Award RFP-5706-10/DRR, as shown on page ________, Master Services Agreement (MSA) for Hydrogeological Services related to Seminole County's Potable Water Systems Projects under $200,000 to Connect Consulting, Inc. of High Springs, Florida; and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the Agreement. (Estimated Usage of $2,000,000 over the term of the MSA)
6. Award RFP-601035-10/TLR, as shown on page ________, Vending Services for Hot/Cold Foods and Beverages to Snacktime Vending, Inc., Longwood, revenue generating agreement at 21% for cold drinks and snacks; and authorize the Purchasing and Contracts Manager to execute same.
7. Mutual Termination of RFP-600616-09/BJC Agreement, as shown on page ________, with Extech, LLC, Deep River, Connecticut - Term Contract for Cleaning and Inspection Services of Pre-Stressed Concrete Tank, Steel Storage Tanks and Pressure Vessels; and authorize the Purchasing and Contracts Manager to execute same.
Human Resources Division
8. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a Memorandum of Understanding, as shown on page ________, between Seminole County and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to participate in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify). E-Verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee's eligibility to work in the United States after completion of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9).
9. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute the Amendment, as shown on page ________, to Specialized Treatment, Education and Prevention Services, Inc. Agreement with Seminole County.
Community Assistance Division
10. Approval to appoint Vice-Mayor Patricia L. Mahany (City of Sanford) to serve on the CSBG Advisory Board.
11. Approve acceptance of Utility Easement, as shown on page ________, in Jamestown Subdivision, Mattie Bell, and authorize Community Assistance staff to process payment of $4,185.57 for said Utility Easement.
12. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Rental Property Donation and Acceptance Agreement, as shown on page _________, among Seminole County, Miller Construction Services, LLC and Community Based Care of Seminole, Inc.
Solid Waste Management
13. Approve the annual consumer price index for all urban consumers adjustments (CPI-U) and semi-annual fuel index adjustments (CPI-F) for residential solid waste collection services, as set forth in Sections 13(d) and (e) of the Residential Franchise Agreements, with new rates to become effective on April 1, 2011.
14. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a Grant Agreement, as shown on page _________, with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in acceptance of $200,000 in funding through their FY 2010-11 Land and Water Conservation Program.
15. Approve to submit a Grant Application to the St. Johns River Water Management District requesting $100,000 through their Water Conservation Cost-Share Program, and authorize the Acting County Manager to execute any documents as may be required for the application.
16. Approve to resubmit a Grant Application to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection requesting $810,000 through their TMDL Water Quality Restoration Program; and authorize the Acting County Manager to execute any documents relative to the application.
17. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2011-R-38, as shown on page _________, implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #11-38 through the Public Works Stimulus Grant Fund in the amount of $1,924,303 to recognize revenue from the Florida Department of Transportation and budget the funds for the resurfacing of Longwood-Lake Mary Road.
18. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2011-R-39, as shown on page _________, implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #11-40 through the Leisure Services Grant Fund in the amount of $200,000 to appropriate funds for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant for the C.S. Lee Park Boating Improvement Project.
Planning & Development Division
19. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute the Release of Lien, as shown on page ________, in the amount of $7,700, Case No. 10-05-CEB, on 320 Marker Street, Altamonte Springs, Tax Parcel #07-21-30-509-0A00-0120, previously owned by Kenneth S. & Gloria D. Brown and currently owned by Hancock Bank, successor in interest to Peoples First Community Bank.
20. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute an Agreement, as shown on page _________, with United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) in the amount of $24,616 for the 2011 Veterans Cup to be held on July 5-10, 2011, at Sylvan Lake Park and the Seminole Soccer Complex.
21. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute an Agreement, as shown on page _________, with Hall of Fame Baseball Inc. in the amount of $6,607.20 for the 2011 Hall of Fame Sunshine Classic to be held on March 15-18, 2011, and the 2011 Hall of Fame National Classic to be held on April 18-21, 2011, at Sanford Memorial Stadium and Seminole State College Baseball Stadium.
22. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute Purchase Agreement, as shown on page _________, for the purchase of an easement to redesign and construct a drainage outfall system as part of the Howell Creek Drive Outfall Improvement Project, Thomas & Cathy Dewitt.
Traffic Engineering Division
23. Pulled from the Agenda request to adopt Resolution increasing the speed limit from 30 mph to 35 mph on McCulloch Road between Rouse Road and State Road 434, a distance of approximately 1.0 mile.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICER’S CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Henley to authorize and approve the following:
24. Approval of Expenditure Approval Lists, as shown on page _________, dated February 7 and 14, 2011; and Payroll Approval List, as shown on page _________, dated February 3, 2011; approval of BCC Minutes dated February 8, 2011; and the Board noted, for information only, the following Clerk's "Received and Filed":
1. Agreement, as shown on page _________, with the city of Casselberry relating to Boating Improvement.
2. Re-Recorded BOA Development Order #10-50000007, as shown on page __________, Donald & Audrey Ograyensek.
3. Release of Lien, as shown on page _________, for Case #09-160-CEB, Morris & Karen Bean, Homes For You, LLC & Fernco Group LLC, as authorized for execution by the BCC on January 11, 2011.
4. Work Order #9, as shown on page _________, to CC-2183-07.
5. Amendment #3, as shown on page __________, to Work Order #49 to RFP-4277-09.
6. Amendment #2, as shown on page __________, to Work Order #58 to RFP-4277-09.
7. Work Order #62, as shown on page __________, to RFP-4277-09.
8. Change Order #2, as shown on page __________, to CC-5083-10.
9. Amendment #1, as shown on page _________, to Work Order #37 to M-5004-09.
10. Amendment #4, as shown on page _________, to Work Order #5 to M-5004-09.
11. Amendment #3, as shown on page _________, to Work Order #3 to M-5004-09.
12. Change Orders #5, #6 & #7, as shown on page _________, to CC-3709-08.
13. Assignment of Conditional Utility Agreements, as shown on page _________, for water and sewer service, SunTrust Bank and Hill/Gray Seven, LLC, for the project known as Bojangles.
14. Amendment #1, as shown on page _________, to Work Order #22 to RFP-0013-05.
15. Letter to David Butler, Department of Revenue, from Jane Spencer, Deputy Clerk, forwarding a certified copy of the Certifications of the 2010 Value Adjustment Board for Real and Tangible Personal Property, as shown on page ________.
16. Follow-up Review of Seminole County Library Fines and Fees from Maryanne Morse, Clerk of Circuit Court.
17. Change Order #1, as shown on page ________, to Work Order #24 to CC-2184-07.
18. Third Amendment, as shown on page _________, to M-4617-09.
19. Amendment #2, as shown on page _________, to Work Order #6 to PS-5147-03.
20. Work Order #41, as shown on page _________, to PS-1501-06.
21. Work Orders #15 & #16, as shown on page _________, to PS-1020-05.
22. Amendment #3, as shown on page _________, to Work Order #50 to PS-1529-06.
23. Title Opinion, as shown on page ________, for Lake Mary Westin.
24. Change Orders #1, as shown on page _________, to Work Orders #22 & #23 to CC-2184-07.
25. Work Order #19, as shown on page ________, to PS-3914-08.
26. Work Orders #71, #72 & #73, as shown on page _________, to CC-1741-07.
27. Work Order #79, as shown on page _________, to PS-1529-06.
28. Amendment #1, as shown on page __________, to Work Order #8 to PS-5438-10.
29. Work Orders #32 & #34, as shown on page __________, to CC-2184-07.
30. Work Order #24, as shown on page _________, to RFP-0013-05.
31. Amendment #1, as shown on page _________, to Work Order #37 to PS-1501-06.
32. Letter to Steve Miller, South Seminole North Orange County Wastewater Transmission Authority, from Joseph Forte, Acting County Manager, advising of the appointment of Carol Hunter, and Gary Rudolph, as alternate, to the SSNOCWWTA.
33. Letter to Marianne Gurnee, Florida Department of Transportation, from Joseph Forte, Acting County Manager, advising of the appointment of Brett Blackadar, and Jerry McCollum, as alternate, to the Technical Advisory Committee for the Central Florida Commuter Rail (SunRail) Transit System.
34. Second Amendment, as shown on page __________, to IFB-600806-10.
35. Home Ownership Assistance Program Corrective Mortgage Deed, as shown on page _________, Charlotte Malanowski and Thomas Malan.
36. Assignment, as shown on page __________, of Conditional Utility Agreements for water and sewer service, Suncor Properties and D.R. Horton, Inc. for the project known as Riviera Townhomes.
37. Bill of Sale, as shown on page __________, approving Potable and Reclaimed Water System for the replatted Alaqua Clubhouse Subdivision, n/k/a Reserve at Alaqua Country Club.
38. BOA Development Orders, as shown on page _________, as follows: #10-30000122, Vicki Rossler variance; #10-30000121, Venture Thirty-Two Inc. variance; #10-30000120, Timothy & Gayle Gordon variance; #10-30000119, Mary Mackey variance; #10-30000117, Raquel & Richard Castilloveitia variances; #10-30000114, Juan & Delia Cukier variance; #10-30000112, Thomas & Judy Harasit variance; #10-30000111, David & Diana Moore variances; #10-30000109, Daniel & Mary Nolan variances; and #10-30000096, Stephen & Barbara Chontas variance.
39. Memorandum to Joe Forte, Acting County Manager, through Albert English from Kim Ornberg, Road-Stormwater, re: requesting time extension of Work Order #4 to PS-2051-07, as shown on page ________.
40. Work Order #38, as shown on page _________, to PS-5438-10.
41. Amendment #4, as shown on page _________, to Work Order #4 to RFP-4277-09.
42. Human Resources Division Review of Criminal Background Investigation Process for Seminole County from Maryanne Morse, Clerk of Circuit Court.
43. Bids as follows: RFP-601033-11; RFP-5847-10; 601077-11 and CC-6365-11.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Continuation of a request to authorize scheduling and advertising a public hearing for an Ordinance adopting Section 20.39, “Use of a Fixed-Point Restraining Device”, was presented.
Motion by Commissioner Van Der Weide, seconded by Commissioner Henley to authorize scheduling and advertising a public hearing for an Ordinance adopting Section 20.39, “Use of a Fixed-Point Restraining Device”.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Request to schedule and advertise a public hearing for the proposed Ordinance amending Chapter 235, Seminole County Code, with updates addressing insurance requirements, agency names and allowable sizes of residential garbage cans, was presented.
Motion by Commissioner Henley, seconded by Commissioner Dallari to authorize scheduling and advertising a public hearing for the proposed Ordinance amending Chapter 235, Seminole County Code, with updates addressing insurance requirements, agency names and allowable sizes of residential garbage cans.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Tina Williamson, Planning & Development Manager, addressed the Board to present request for a Public Information Sign for the Jolly Gator Fish Camp to be placed on County-owned property located on the north side of SR 46 at C.S. Lee Park. The applicant has submitted a justification statement for the size and content of the sign. Staff recommends denial of the request because the sign exceeds the limitations of the Land Development Code.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Horan, Ms. Williamson advised staff has had discussions with Jolly Gator Fish Camp regarding putting up a sign on the property that says “restrooms this way”.
Upon further inquiry by Commissioner Horan, Roger Butcher, owner of Jolly Gator Fish Camp, addressed the Board to advise whatever concessions he needs to make to get something on the road, he will likely do so. He stated his camp is the gateway to Seminole County and this type of business will promote the County.
Commissioner Horan stated he would like clarification that if the County allows the applicant to have a sign on the road, bigger than what is usually approved, that he would have no problem putting a sign on the path indicating where the restroom is located.
Mr. Butcher stated he doesn’t have a problem with that.
Commissioner Dallari stated he feels this is a good partnership between public and private entities. He thanked Mr. Butcher for working with staff and the Board in trying to bring the best product to the community.
Mr. Butcher stated he would like the word “restaurant” added to the sign.
District Commissioner Horan recommended approving the sign as submitted in the agenda packet.
Motion by Commissioner Horan, seconded by Commissioner Dallari to approve request for a Public Information Sign for the Jolly Gator Fish Camp to be placed on County-owned property located on the north side of SR 46 at C.S. Lee Park, with the caveat that a sign is allowed on the path indicating that the public can use restroom facilities at the Jolly Gator Fish Camp site.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Sabrina O’Bryan, Assistant County Manager, addressed the Board to remind the Board that noon today is the deadline for filing bills for this Legislative session. She stated a Growth Management workshop is scheduled this morning that the County’s lobbyist is attending. There is a reform effort underway to take a look at the 1985 Act which will be discussed today and tomorrow. The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) and the County’s lobbyist will be submitting a summary on the bill’s language as soon as they get a handle on that. Staff has been following SB 7050, TABOR and Smart Caps. FAC is calling for a listing from each of its counties of its community leaders who might be willing to work on a grassroots effort if the need arises. The current language is geared towards State revenue limitations and not necessarily to local governments. If something changes, they are asking that the counties be up-to-speed on that topic.
Chairman Carey asked whether there have been any discussions about if caps are placed on State spending then a lot of things are going to get pushed down to local governments as unfunded mandates.
Ms. O’Bryan stated there are concerns on that as well as a House Bill moving forward that may be worded slightly different. There is a potential that the language could lend itself towards local government, and if so, they need to reconcile between the House and Senate.
Chairman Carey requested that staff submit an update summary from the lobbyist as well as from FAC so the Board can be aware of the bills that are out there now.
Ms. O’Bryan stated one bill (Senate Joint Resolution 300) relates to term limits and it appears that limit is 12 years. The language in the bill applies to County officers, which in the Florida Statute is defined as Constitutional Officers and not the BCC, unless it is stated in the charter.
Robert McMillan, County Attorney, addressed the Board to state the County can make Constitutional Officers charter officers by amending the charter and that has not been done.
Chairman Carey stated based on the County’s Charter, it will not affect the County Commissioners, but it will affect the five Constitutional Officers.
Ms. O’Bryan stated SB 270, filed by Representative Bennett, is for property tax discounts for early payments; and they are proposing to increase that range from 4% to 10% depending how early the tax bill is filed. This will impact the County’s assessments for residential garbage and street lighting.
Chairman Carey stated it will be interesting to see what that will do to the $13 million that they are going to decline in revenues this year for those mortgage companies making the payments in November so they can save.
Ms. O’Bryan advised it looks like that will have a significant impact based on staff’s preliminary review.
Chairman Carey stated the Tax Collector can inform them what it has looked like and staff could contact him regarding same so they can determine what the financial impact will be.
Ms. O’Bryan advised staff will be looking into pre-trial programs (HB 1379) and bring that back to the Board. She stated FAC did a more detailed summary on the Emergency Medical Services Bill, HB 589, and has provided that to staff. She said that bill would allow for 400 municipalities, 65 fire departments and 600 community development districts to establish an advanced life support type of transport without coordinating with the counties. There could be overlapping coverage and that will increase the cost of transport in Seminole County as a whole. She stated she will provide that summary to the Board later on today.
Susan Dietrich, Assistant County Attorney, addressed the Board to state this bill will exempt certain types of life-support services from the COPCN process. The County would not have any way to coordinate that.
Ms. O’Bryan stated staff has coordinated a letter with the Federal lobbyist regarding the language of vehicle weights on the roads and infrastructure systems, and they supported moving that forward.
Chairman Carey stated the increased weight of the trucks will have an impact on the bridges and their structures, and it will be interesting to see where that will end up.
Ms Dietrich stated HB 4195 deals with local business taxes and that will repeal Chapter 205, Florida Statutes, which allows counties to collect local business taxes.
Ms. Dietrich informed Chairman Carey that proposal will repeal the bill completely, and that means Occupational Licenses will no longer be required to be in business.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Henley, Mr. McMillan advised the tax would have to be authorized by the Legislature for the County to levy it. If the Statute that allows the County to levy the tax is repealed, then it is over.
Chairman Carey stated that could create some problems for Seminole County and how could they deal with that if they repeal the whole chapter.
Commissioner Horan stated he would be interested in finding out what committees this bill was referred to and where it is going.
Ms. Dietrich referred to the Juvenile Detention cost-sharing cost (SB 1354, HB 983), and stated it would change the points system used to determine whether the juveniles should be in detention or be released home. That would not be in the County’s favor because basically it would cause more children to be detained, which is the County’s share of the pre-deposition cost.
Chairman Carey stated this is an issue that the Sheriff is looking into. The Sheriff has discussed this issue with the new secretary that oversees that department about potentially taking it over instead of having the State run it.
Ms. Dietrich stated Marion County has taken that over and their cost is about $47 a day while other counties are paying $270 to the State. A similar cost for a child sitting next to another child, but in a post-detention status, is $150 a day. The Legislature gives the department a certain budget and whatever they can’t pay out of that budget is pushed onto the counties. If the counties fight amongst themselves, they are only increasing another county’s share.
At the request of Mr. McMillan, Ms. Dietrich updated the Board on the 08/09 litigation intervening in the 08/09 costs and stated that the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) have been postponed until August.
Mr. McMillan stated DJJ has proposed that the County hold off until after the session because they are supposedly going to be working a bill through trying to solve the problem; and it was set aside by agreement of all the parties.
Ms. Dietrich advised that Seminole County has filed a petition for 09/10 for an administrative hearing that was just assigned to DOAH. At this point the County is responding to the initial order from the judge and those cases may also be consolidated. There are six other counties that have objected to the 09/10 reconciliation by DJJ.
Chairman Carey reminded the Board that they will reconvene at 1:30 p.m. in the Chambers. A special meeting will then be held; and after that, they will have the Budget work session.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Van Der Weide, Mr. Forte advised staff will get into a lot of questions and suggested changes at the March 22, 2011 Budget work session. At that time, staff will try to seek some directions from the Board and come to a consensus as to how he is going to put this budget together.
Chairman Carey recessed the meeting at 10:20 a.m., reconvening at 1:31 p.m. with all Commissioners and all other Officials, with the exception of Deputy Clerk Eva Roach, who was replaced by Deputy Clerk Carylon Cohen, who were present at the Opening Session.
Chairman Carey stated the first item is a closed meeting and this is the Attorney-Client Strategy Session concerning Allied Veterans of the World, Inc., Item #29 of the agenda. She advised this is the case of Allied Veterans of the World, Inc., et al. v. Seminole County, Case No. 6-11-CV-155-ORL-28DAB. The public session of the Board of County Commissioners meeting will now be closed so that the Commissioners may meet in a closed strategy session in Conference Room 3024 with the County Attorney staff and provide counsel to discuss pending litigation in the case in accordance with Section 286.011(8) of the Florida Statutes. Those present at the meeting will be the five County Commissioners; Acting County Manager Joseph Forte; County Attorney Robert McMillan; Assistant County Attorneys David Shields, Arnold Schneider and Donna Wysong; Christopher C. Skambis of the Skambis Law Firm; and a Court Reporter. She said the meeting will be approximately one hour.
Chairman Carey recessed the meeting at 1:34 p.m. to convene the Attorney-Client Strategy Session in Room 3024, and reconvened the Board of County Commissioners meeting at 2:29 p.m.
Chairman Carey said she had a couple of phone calls from Mike Snyder regarding the appointment to the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority Right-of-Way Committee. She asked if any member of the County Commission was interested in serving. She said most other counties have appointed an employee or former employee. She thinks Mr. Forte has a recommendation if the Board wants to appoint a staff person. None of the Board expressed an interest.
Mr. Forte recommended Brett Blackadar.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Van Der Weide, to appoint Brett Blackadar to the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority Right-of-Way Committee.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Chairman Carey stated she has received a request from the State Librarian to issue a letter in support of the Central Florida Memory Project. This digitizes and provides ready access to historical documents and images. There is no financial commitment on the part of the County. If there is no objection, she will do that. Also, she has a similar request from Cathy Jackson, Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, for a letter of support for a grant for Homeless Services Network Supportive Services for Veteran Families. The grant will assist the homeless and the precariously housed veterans. There is no financial commitment on the part of the County.
Commissioner Dallari said he has no issue with the request, but just wants to make sure the money is distributed equally per the need throughout the Central Florida area.
Chairman Carey said she can put that in the letter. She stated by the sheer numbers, Seminole County has a smaller number than Orange County, but she can word something to that effect as part of the letter.
Chairman Carey said next Thursday is St. Patrick’s Day; and since the Board won’t meet together before that, she wished all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
COMMUNICATIONS AND/OR REPORTS
The following Communications and/or Reports were received and filed:
1. Letter dated February 15, 2011 to Brenda Carey, Chairman, from Kevin Smith, City Manager, Winter Springs, re: approval of nomination of Patty Mahany, Commissioner, City of Sanford, to serve on the Seminole County Expressway Authority.
2. Copy of letter dated February 16, 2011 to Ken Mickenberg, Project Manager, Seminole County Engineering, from Monica Sovacool and Rick Ottesen, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, re: Brisson Avenue improvements from SR 46 to Pinefield Dr., App. No. 40-117-101864-2.
3. Letter dated February 17, 2011 to Brenda Carey, Chairman, from Clayton Wilder, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, re: Contract #2010-ARRC-SEMI-3-W7-070 – Criminal Justice Grant.
4. Notice of Public Hearing received February 21, 2011 from the City of Lake Mary Planning and Zoning re: Final PUD Preliminary Subdivision Plan for the Enclave at Tuscany located north of Via Tuscany Loop, south of CR 46A, east of Silver Pine Loop and west of Rantoul Lane – 33 single family residential lots.
5. Notice of Public Hearing received February 22, 2011 from the City of Lake Mary re: Conditional Use Approval to allow a dormitory, associated with Lake Mary Preparatory School, within Office and Light Industrial (M1-A) located at 1097 Sand Pond Road.
6. Notice of Public Hearing received February 22, 2011 from the City of Lake Mary re: Conditional Use Approval to allow a day care operation, associated with No Limits Church, within Agriculture (A-1) zoning district located at 390 Longwood-Lake Mary Road.
7. Copy of letter dated February 22, 2011 from Chairman Brenda Carey to Representative Sandy Adams re: Lake Jesup Interagency Restoration.
8. Letter dated February 23, 2011 to Brenda Carey, Chairman, from John Maingot, Mayor, City of Longwood, re: draft letter for consideration re: TABOR.
9. Letter dated February 24, 2011 to Chairman Brenda Carey from Jim Flynn re: thank you for letter in support of restoration of Lake Jesup.
10. Letter dated February 25, 2011 to Brenda Carey, Chairman, from Diane Culpepper, Bright House Networks re: programming changes.
11. Letter dated February 28, 2010 to Brenda Carey, Chairman from Selma Jaskowksi, Assistant Director for Systems & Technology, University of Central Florida, re: request for letter of support for Central Florida Memory Grant.
12. Notice of Public Hearing received March 3, 2011 from Seminole County Engineering re: widening of Dean Road.
13. Notice of Public Hearing received February 21, 2011 from the City of Lake Mary City Commission re: Final PUD Preliminary Subdivision Plan for the Enclave at Tuscany located north of Via Tuscany Loop, south of CR 46A, east of Silver Pine Loop and west of Rantoul Lane – 33 single family residential lots.
DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS
Commissioner Henley reported that yesterday afternoon, he met with five representatives of the South Seminole Community Association for Progress; and they wanted to express their thanks to the Board and staff for the work they have done to try to improve their community. They were very appreciative to the Board for appropriating some funds to help them accomplish that. They have also been working with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC), Phil Lauren, who has offered to try to help them do some assessments of what the needs and improvements could be for no charge. They were writing a letter to support the ECFRPC’s application for the healthy impact assessment funding, which part of it would be used in that area. They asked if he would write a letter in support of this. He has no problem and said, if the Board would be interested, he would include their names on that letter. He will draft the letter for everyone’s signature. There were no objections.
Commissioner Henley said he hopes each of the Commissioners saw the 60-Minutes segment on the homeless in Seminole County. He hopes the Board will be getting an update before long on what the County is doing, what the needs are and the possibility of trying to help that situation in this County.
Chairman Carey said she serves on the Regional Homeless Commission and they are making some headway. Also, the County has its own Community Services group that have meetings going on and one is being held today on the Pathways to Home dealing with the homeless issue. She has had a number of phone calls from friends of hers who wanted to help. She is anticipating a $10,000 contribution that will come to Seminole County to go to Community Services to help in that situation. She is trying to talk to Beth Davalos from the School Board, who was interviewed, and she is the one who actually deals with it. She has asked Dede Schaffner what the Commissioners should do when people call their offices on what they can do. Chairman Carey stated Jeno Paulucci will be donating food and there will be a truck coming in next Wednesday with 5,000 cases of food. They have set aside 300 cases for the School Board for those needs. She is trying to coordinate that with Ms. Davalos.
Commissioner Henley said he thinks it is important for the people of Seminole County to know that the Board is not just sitting back ignoring this problem. It is a big challenge. When Seminole County is said to be the second wealthiest County in the State, he thinks that’s an indictment to the community if they are not able to deal with this. He thinks it is good that the Chairman has reported some of the things that are going on in the County. He also wants to make sure the County does not have resources that are not being utilized.
Chairman Carey noted that the Board put an additional $50,000 in those funds for one-time assistance requests for rent, mortgage payments, and utility bills to help keep people in their homes.
Commissioner Dallari stated over the past three years, he believes the County did take big steps to do exactly what is being talked about. He said a lot of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds have been designated to Pathways to Home. There is about 16 different organizations all working as one group. He said one of the things the TV program didn’t talk about is all the things the County is trying to do.
Chairman Carey said Seminole County is the wealthiest county in the region and because of that, she thinks that is why this County was spotlighted.
Commissioner Dallari said one of the biggest problems Pathways has is the ability to have transitional facilities for people to live in while they get themselves back on their feet.
Commissioner Henley said he thinks it is important to continue to publicize the various resources the County has to help people with their needs.
Commissioner Van Der Weide stated he agrees with everything being said and he doesn’t want to discount what the local churches are doing. The churches are doing a big job of working with handing out food to the people in need.
Commissioner Horan stated he has been in touch with Beth Davalos, Dede Schaffner and Father John Bluett; and he sent out an e-mail yesterday letting anyone who wants to get involved with these families know to contact his office or the FIT program at the schools. He said several people have called today and he has tried to put them in contact with some families. He stated Pathways is doing an incredible job helping about 50 to 60 families, but they need more case workers. The problem now is they have 1,503 homeless children in schools in Seminole County. His point is the programs are great, but so much of it is one-on-one. If there is a family or an individual that wants to get involved with one of these families, they can contact his office, and he will coordinate with the Commissioners or the programs to make sure the people who want to help get to the people who need the help.
Chairman Carey said the Board will also coordinate amongst themselves. She is trying to coordinate this food effort with Ms. Davalos to move the 300 cases of food.
Commissioner Van Der Weide said he thinks it is important that they mention the Christian Sharing Center and Loaves and Fishes, who are doing a wonderful job. Chairman Carey added the Rescue Outreach Mission. Commissioner Dallari noted that most of the 16 or 17 organizations are churches. Whereupon, Commissioner Van Der Weide said they need to put that information out because these groups are doing a wonderful job, and it’s one that the local government doesn’t have to do.
Chairman Carey stated in all the shelter scenarios in the TV story, they had to split the families because the women and children and families can’t be together, so how do you deal with that. That becomes a management issue. A lot of people don’t want to have to split their families. She thinks Michele Saunders has a compassionate heart and is working well.
Commissioner Van Der Weide said he thinks Ms. Saunders does a wonderful job and everybody respects her; and she is one of the County’s better employees.
Commissioner Dallari reported that 4-H wrapped up their event with the livestock auction this Sunday at the Central Florida Fair. There were quite a few children from Osceola, Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties, and it went very well.
Commissioner Van Der Weide said he wants to discuss insurance and prescription drugs. Mr. Forte stated he met with Meloney Lung, Central Services Director, and provided her some information; and she is going to look into the different prescriptions. He said he is going to put information in the next County newsletter under his article about the insurance and how to compare prices, especially on prescriptions. From this point forward, he will have a “health corner” in the newsletter to continuously remind the employees and provide them with information on how they can compare some of their prescriptions and other things available, even avoiding some emergency room costs by going to other outside physicians that are available during off hours.
COUNTY ATTORNEY’S REPORT
Mr. McMillan reminded the Board that the discussions in the closed session today were confidential and they are not to share them with anyone unless it be determined they have waived the privilege of the confidentiality of the transcript. He requested to have an additional “shade” meeting at the next Board meeting on March 22 to discuss the same case. Those present at the meeting will be the five County Commissioners; ACM Joe Forte; himself; Assistant County Attorneys David Shields, Arnold Schneider, and Donna Wysong; Christopher C. Skambis of the Skambis Law Firm; and the Court Reporter. He said he will schedule that on his Briefing agenda for 10:00 a.m. or as soon as possible thereafter.
Chairman Carey asked Mr. Forte if he could advertise the Budget Work Sessions in such a way that if the BCC meeting ends in the morning at 10:00 a.m., they can go ahead and begin the Budget Work Sessions, at least the first part, and finish up in the afternoon. She said this would be a better use of everyone’s time.
Chairman Carey reminded the Board they will meet upstairs at 3:00 p.m. in Room 3024 for the Budget Work Session.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m., this same date.