BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA
JUNE 23, 2015
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, June 23, 2015, 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 John Horan (District 2)
Commissioner Robert Dallari (District 1)
Commissioner Lee Constantine (District 3)
Commissioner Carlton Henley (District 4)
Clerk of Court & Comptroller Maryanne Morse
County Manager Nicole Guillet
County Attorney Bryant Applegate
Deputy Clerk Erin Leben
Pastor John Pierce, New Tribes Mission, Sanford, gave the Invocation.
Commissioner Constantine led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Business Spotlight video for One Senior Place was presented.
AWARDS AND PRESENTATIONS
Agenda Item #1 – A-0848-15
Motion by Commissioner Horan, seconded by Commissioner Henley, to approve appropriate Resolution #2015-R-103 congratulating Dr. E. Ann McGee for her outstanding leadership in Seminole County as the President of Seminole State College and being awarded the 2015 Leadership Legends Award.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
The Resolution was presented to Dr. McGee, who addressed the Board to express her appreciation.
Chairman Carey recessed the meeting of the Board of County Commissioners at 9:44 a.m., and convened as the U.S. Highway 17-92 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
U.S. HIGHWAY 17-92 CRA
Agenda Item #2 – A-0822-15
Sonia Fonseca, U.S. 17-92 CRA Program Manager, addressed the Board to present a request to approve the First Amendment to the CRA Redevelopment and Construction Grant Agreement between Dick Baird, Inc., d/b/a Bill Ray Nissan and the U.S. 17-92 Community Redevelopment Agency, related to the redevelopment of the property located at 2724 North U.S. Hwy 17-92, extending the project completion date to December 31, 2016. Ms. Fonseca presented the request as outlined in the Agenda Memorandum. She explained that due to the significance of the scope, the review process and design changes, the Applicant is requesting an extension of the completion time to ensure that they comply with their agreement. Ms. Fonseca stated staff is recommending approval of this request. She advised the Applicant is present to address any questions the Board may have.
Chairman Carey noted there was a recommendation from the RPA (Redevelopment Planning Agency) to approve this Amendment.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Horan, to approve the First Amendment to the Redevelopment and Construction Grant Agreement between the U.S. 17-92 CRA and Dick Baird, Inc. d/b/a Bill Ray Nissan, related to the redevelopment of the property located at 2724 North U.S. Highway 17-92, extending the project completion date until December 31, 2016.
David Leavitt, 1000 Ridge Pointe Cove, addressed the Board to express his concern with taxpayer money being distributed to companies for things other than goods or services. He believes that any company receiving such taxpayer benefits places an unfair burden on any other similar business not receiving those benefits, and in effect, local governments are selecting business winners and losers with taxpayer dollars.
Mr. Leavitt stated that aside from grants for business, he likes what the CRA program can do when used more appropriately. He feels it can invigorate the economy of an area that is truly blighted by making investments of taxpayer dollars on taxpayer-owned things such as road improvements, wider sidewalks, creative curbing and medians, creative landscaping, trail extensions and better lighting.
Mr. Leavitt stated he realizes this Commission is “on the hook” with granting this extension to Bill Ray Nissan; however, he hopes in the future they will work with the citizens to help show the rest of Florida that businesses can and should compete with other businesses on their own accord and without taxpayer help. He suggested they make 17-92 more appealing for businesses to locate in the corridor by using the CRA money for improvements that the taxpayers own.
Speaker Request Form was received and filed.
No one else spoke in support or in opposition and public input was closed.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Chairman Carey adjourned the meeting of the U.S. Highway 17-92 Community Redevelopment Agency at 9:49 a.m., and reconvened as the Board of County Commissioners.
COUNTY MANAGER’S CONSENT AGENDA
Nicole Guillet, County Manager, advised staff is requesting Item #28, Resolution implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #15-086 in the amount of $163,565,867 to recognize the Water and Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2015A transaction, and Item #31, Amendment #3 to RFP-601340-12/BJC, Fleet Management and Maintenance Services with Serco, Inc., be pulled from the Agenda.
Commissioner Constantine asked that Item #11, Steeple Chase Replat for lots 106 through 122 and Tract F, zoned PD (Planned Development); Item #12, Steeple Chase Replat for a portion of Tract N, zoned PD (Planned Development); and Item #25, Loan Resolution and Resolution implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #15-079 to appropriate budget of $3,250,000 from reserves to the Tourism Development Fund to complete an interfund loan for the purchase of lighting at the Sports Complex, be pulled for a separate discussion. Clerk of the Court & Comptroller Maryanne Morse stated she has a recommended change on Item #25.
Chairman Carey asked that Item #29, request to authorize the County Manager to execute all work orders over $100,000.00 and any associated amendments under Master Services Agreement PS-8186-13/DRR; and to approve previous Work Orders #1, #2, #7, #9, #10, #11, #12 and #14 and any amendments over $100,000.00 that were executed be pulled for a separate discussion.
With regard to public participation, no one in the audience spoke in support or in opposition to the Consent Agenda and public input was closed.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Constantine, to authorize and approve the following:
County Manager’s Office
Economic Development Division
3. Adopt appropriate Resolution #2015-R-105, revising Seminole County's Delegation of Authority to the City of Sanford with respect to the Lake Monroe Waterfront Downtown Sanford Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), extending the termination date of the CRA ten years, from November 13, 2015 to November 13, 2025. (A-0852-15)
4. Adopt appropriate Resolution #2015-R-106, revising Seminole County’s Delegation of Authority to the City of Casselberry with respect to the Casselberry Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), extending the termination date of the Casselberry CRA for two years, from December 11, 2015 to December 11, 2017. (A-0391-15)
5. Authorize the Chairman to approve the reappointments and appointment of six members to the Committee on Aging as follows: Randy Hunt, Walt Willis, Teri Rodgers, Nancy Squillacioti, Audrey Burnett, and Penny Seater. (A-0921-15)
6. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute the Agreement for Assumption of Mortgage (Seneta Williams) with Angeline Shepard, for a SHIP Affordable Housing Mortgage encumbering the real property located at 2950 Dixon Avenue, Sanford. (A-0919-15)
Community Development Division
7. Approve and accept the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) monthly snapshot/report and properties acquired by Seminole County Government. (A-0917-15)
8. Authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2015-R-107, ratifying the County Manager's execution of the Kathleen Anderson Comprehensive Work Center, Inc., d/b/a Seminole Work Opportunity Program (SWOP) Grant Agreement that provided $5,000 for emergency replacement of two air conditioning units for SWOP, a not-for-profit organization that provides training and work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. (A-0914-15)
9. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute the First Amendment to Subrecipient Agreement between Seminole County, the City of Sanford and Expressly You School of the Arts, Inc. for Program Year 2014-2015 to allow direct pay to vendors and update income certification forms. (A-0928-15)
Planning & Development Division
10. Approve the final plat for Westlake Subdivision for 3 lots on 8.4 acres located on the southeast corner of SR 46 and Orange Blvd.; Bruce Andersen, Applicant. (A-0885-15)
13. Authorize release of Roads, Streets and Drainage Performance Bond #1020567 in the amount of $306,681.65; and Roads, Streets and Drainage Performance Bond #1020598 in the amount of $39,545.00 with June 6, 2013 rider increasing bond amount to $43,499.50 for the Versailles Subdivision; M/I Homes of Orlando, Applicant. (A-0929-15)
14. Authorize the release of the original Maintenance Bonds, for Water & Sewer Facilities for the following: Alafaya Carrigan Infrastructure, Irrevocable Letters of Credit and Cash Maintenance Bonds with Escrow Agreements, $5,028.26; Brooks Cove, Bond #59BSBGL9794, $23,484.87; Colonial Grand at Lake Mary Phase 1, $4,955.00; Colonial Grand at Lake Mary Phase 2, $4,905.00; Enclave at Aloma Phase 1, Bond #0596256-M2, $43,661.00; Fern Park Plaza, $1,878.65; McDonald’s 46A, Bond #929561058, $1,067.03; TSO Warehouse, LOC #IS0013593, $4,062.18; Value Pawn, $540.00; Versailles, Bond #41246285, $33,579.02; WaWa 17-92, $627.00; and Wawa Alafaya & Carrigan, $2,216.79. (A-0907-15)
15. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a Distribution Easement to grant Duke Energy Florida, Inc. the right, privilege and easement to construct, reconstruct and maintain in perpetuity one or more electric underground distribution lines and related underground and aboveground facilities located at the County’s Lynwood Water Treatment Plant. (A-0905-15)
Tourism Development Division
16. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute an Agreement with United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) in the amount of $6,500 for the 2015 Men’s and Women’s Slow-Pitch Softball State Tournament to be held July 25 through 26, 2015. (A-0896-15)
Animal Services Division
17. Approve the First Amendments to Pet Rescue Cooperative Service Agreements for Central Florida Pug Rescue, Inc.; Project Paws; and T.E.A.R.S., Inc.; and delegate authority to the Animal Services Division Manager to execute the Amendments. (A-0922-15)
18. Adopt appropriate Resolution #2015-R-104 and authorize the Chairman to execute a Quiet Zone Improvement Agreement between Seminole County and the State of Florida, Department of Transportation; and a Three-Party Escrow Agreement for the design and construction of the Quiet Zone Safety Improvements located within the geographic limits of the SunRail Corridor in Seminole County. (FDOT - Financial Management Number 436014-1-52-06) (A-0862-15)
19. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute an Amendment to the Interlocal Agreement creating the Orlando Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization d/b/a MetroPlan Orlando. (A-0856-15)
20. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute an Interlocal Agreement between Seminole County and the City of Lake Mary to construct a turn lane and median improvements on Lake Mary Boulevard at Palmetto Street. (A-0930-15)
21. Adopt appropriate Resolution #2015-R-108 amending Section 20.45 of the Seminole County Administrative Code, updating Water & Sewer Connection Fees and User Charges. (A-0938-15)
22. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a Federally-Funded Subgrant Agreement with the Florida Division of Emergency Management in acceptance of $111,175 for the FY2015/16 Emergency Management Performance Grant; and approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2015-R-109 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #15-089 through the Disaster Preparedness Fund, in the amount of $111,175 to establish funding for the Emergency Management Program. (A-0910-15)
23. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a State-Funded Subgrant Agreement with the Florida Division of Emergency Management in acceptance of $115,806 for the FY2015/16 Emergency Management Preparedness and Assistance Grant; and approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2015-R-110 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #15-090 through the Disaster Preparedness Fund, in the amount of $115,806 to establish funding for the Emergency Management Program. (A-0911-15)
24. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2015-R-111 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #15-091 through the DCF Reinvestment Grant Fund in the amount of $544,968 to allocate grant funding for Years 2 and 3 of the Department of Children and Families Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Reinvestment Grant Program. (A-0915-15)
Budget and Fiscal Management Division
26. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2015-R-114 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #15-084 through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP) Fund, in the amount of $50,000 to establish budget for the repayment received from Tonia K. Vogel. (A-0904-15)
27. Approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2015-R-115 implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #15-085 through the 2001 Infrastructure Sales Tax Fund, in the amount of $134,358 to establish utility relocation funding for the Mitchell Hammock Turn Lane Project. (A-0906-15)
28. Pulled from the Agenda request to approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a Resolution implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #15-086 through the Water and Sewer Operating Fund in the amount of $163,565,867 to recognize the Water and Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2015A transaction. (A-0898-15)
Purchasing & Contracts Division
30. Award IFB-602286-15/TLR, Term Contract for UPS Preventive Maintenance, Maintenance, Repairs, and Battery Replacement to Precision Power Services, Inc.; and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the Agreement. (A-0916-15)
31. Pulled from the Agenda request to approve Amendment #3 to RFP-601340-12/BJC, Fleet Management and Maintenance Services with Serco, Inc., Reston, Virginia; and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the Amendment. (A-0897-15)
32. Award RFP-602242-15/GCM, Term Contract for Mosquito Control Aerial Adulticiding Services, to Clarke Environmental Mosquito Management, Inc., Kissimmee; and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the Agreement. (A-0886-15)
33. Award RFP-602268-15/BJC, HP Converged Server/Storage Solution, to Hewlett-Packard Company, Houston, Texas; and authorize the Purchasing & Contracts Division to execute the Agreement. (A-0878-15)
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Agenda Item #11 – A-0825-15
Agenda Item #12 – A-0946-15
Regarding Item #11, request to approve the Steeple Chase Replat for lots 106 through 122 and Tract F, zoned PD (Planned Development), located on the south side of Lake Mary Boulevard, east of Markham Woods Road; Taylor Morrison, Applicant; and Item #12, request to Approve the Steeple Chase Replat for a portion of Tract N, zoned PD (Planned Development), located on the south side of Lake Mary Boulevard, east of Markham Woods Road; Taylor Morrison, Applicant, Commissioner Constantine advised he voted against the additional units for this development and to be consistent, he would like to continue to vote against the plat on those additional units.
Motion by Chairman Carey, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to approve the Steeple Chase Replat for lots 106 through 122 and Tract F, zoned PD (Planned Development), located on the south side of Lake Mary Boulevard, east of Markham Woods Road; Taylor Morrison, Applicant; and to approve the Steeple Chase Replat for a portion of Tract N, zoned PD (Planned Development), located on the south side of Lake Mary Boulevard, east of Markham Woods Road; Taylor Morrison, Applicant.
Under discussion and upon inquiry by Commissioner Dallari, Commissioner Constantine advised there is not a technical problem with the plat and he will be voting against the items for philosophical reasons. Chairman Carey added the plat is in keeping with the Development Order.
No one spoke in support or in opposition to Item #11 and Item #12 and public input was closed.
Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Commissioner Constantine voted NAY.
Item #25 - A-0786-15
Regarding Item #25, Loan Resolution and Resolution Implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #15-079 through the Solid Waste Fund to appropriate budget of $3,250,000 from reserves to the Tourist Development Fund to complete an interfund loan for the purchase of lighting at the Sports Complex, Commissioner Constantine stated he is in support of LED lights for the Sports Complex, but he requested two weeks ago a long-term, true cost recovery analysis, not just including the potential savings, but the exact number of hours the LED lights would work compared to other lights and the cost of labor for replacing the lights. He is on the record requesting that analysis be provided to him as soon as possible.
Chairman Carey noted that the photometric consultant could provide the exact number of the anticipated cost recovery with LED versus traditional lights.
Joe Abel, Leisure Services Director, addressed the Board to explain LED lights are rated to last about 20 years or 100,000 hours and metal halide lights typically last between 5,000 and 6,000 hours. He stated he does not have a specific answer regarding a cost recovery analysis for lighting because both types of lights are covered under warranty in the agreement with Musco Lighting, so there will be no additional cost to the County over a 20-year period in either scenario.
Chairman Carey requested Mr. Abel ask the photometric consultant to provide the real cost recovery numbers for LED lights versus metal halide and noted the number can be given in today’s dollars. The Board briefly discussed cost recovery regarding LED lights versus metal halide.
Clerk of the Court & Comptroller Maryanne Morse advised that in Section 5 of the Loan Resolution, the language should read as “by the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller” rather than “by the Clerk”. Chairman Carey advised the language in the resolution will be changed.
No one spoke in support or in opposition to Item #25 and public input was closed.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Constantine to approve and authorize the Chairman to execute appropriate Resolution #2015-R-112, Interfund Loan Resolution, adding the designation of Comptroller when referring to the Clerk of the Circuit Court; and to execute appropriate Resolution #2015-R-113, implementing Budget Amendment Request (BAR) #15-079 through the Solid Waste Fund to appropriate budget of $3,250,000 from reserves to the Tourist Development Fund to complete an interfund loan for the purchase of lighting at the Sports Complex.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Agenda Item #29 – A-0918-15
Regarding Item #29, Request to authorize the County Manager to approve and execute all work orders over $100,000.00 and any associated amendments under Master Services Agreement PS-8186-13/DRR and to approve previous Work Orders #1, #2, #7, #9, #10, #11, #12 and #14 and any amendments over $100,000.00 that were executed, Chairman Carey stated she requested this item be pulled to clarify a prior action regarding the County’s continuing contracts. She explained that currently the County Manager has the authority to execute anything up to $100,000, and anything over that is to come to the Board of County Commissioners. Chairman Carey clarified this is a matter of checks and balances and through discussions with Ms. Guillet, she is not comfortable signing change orders over that amount so they start to accumulate.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Horan, Chairman Carey clarified the County Manager currently has the authority to sign work orders up to $100,000.00. Ms. Guillet explained that related to PS-8186-13, there was a prior action by the Board that authorized the County Manager to execute work orders over $100,000.00 and staff requested she approve and execute a work order over $100,000.00. So the question came up whether the Board’s intent was that she have the ability to execute work orders that the Board had approved versus approve and execute work orders over $100,000.00. Chairman Carey clarified that the Board has to approve the work orders and the County Manager can execute them.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Horan, Ms. Guillet advised she has not checked whether this policy is consistent with other counties the size of Seminole County but it is consistent with the Purchasing Department’s policy.
No one spoke in support or in opposition to Item #19 and public input was closed.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Henley, to deny request to authorize the County Manager to approve and execute all work orders over $100,000.00 and any associated amendments under Master Services Agreement PS-8186-13/DRR.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS’ CONSENT AGENDA
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Constantine, to approve the following:
34. Approve Expenditure Approval Lists dated May 11 and 18, 2015; Payroll Approval Lists dated May 7 and 21, 2015; and the BCC Official Minutes dated April 28, 2015; Clerk's "Received and Filed" is for information only. (A-0877-15)
The Board noted, for information only, the following Clerk’s “Received and Filed”:
1. Memorandum to Department of Children and Families requesting reallocation of $30,000 in funding from “Rapid Rehousing” to “Prevention” and associated Amendment #1 to Contract GPZ28, effective 5/1/15; Emergency Solutions Grant for “Rapid Rehousing” in the amount of $52,250 was approved by the BCC on 6/10/14.
2. Development Orders as follows: #15-27500018, Alcoholic Beverage License for Stone House Pizza, Robie Alan Finch; and #15-30000037, Setback Variance, Jean & Victor L. Gonzalez, Jr.
3. Developers Commitment Agreement for Parkdale Place Planned Development; DCA #15-20500007.
4. Utility Easement and Temporary Construction Easement with Laurence and Ellen Morrell, Grantors; Druid Hills Interconnect Project.
5. Florida Public Service Commission Order approving Duke Energy Florida’s request regarding Nuclear Cost Recovery Clause; Order No. PSC-15-0176-TRF-EI issued 5/6/15.
6. Pet Rescue Cooperative Service Agreements with American Bullmastiff Association Rescue Services and Florida Little Dog Rescue Group, Inc.
7. Parks Contracts for Services as follows: David Roberts; William Robillard, Jr.; Galid Nieves; Virginia Blackley; Daniel Hernandez; Ryan Lamkin; and Jody Mask; and Head Tennis Pro Agreement for Michael Koslik.
8. M-0164-15, Lake Emma Road Final Survey.
9. Amendment #5 to Work Order #15 to PS-1529-06.
10. Work Order #84 to PS-4388-09.
11. Closeout to Work Order #3 to RFQ-5888-10.
12. Work Order #12 to PS-8072-12.
13. Work Order #31 to PS-8047-12.
14. Amendment #3 to Work Order #1 to PS-8286-13.
15. Work Order #15 to PS-8286-13.
16. Work Order #16 to PS-8286-13.
17. Closeout to CC-9025-13.
18. Change Order #1 to CC-9170-13.
19. Change Order #4 to Work Order #1 to CC-9072-13.
20. Closeout to CC-9276-14.
21. Change Order #3 to RFP-9833-14.
22. Sixth Amendment to RFP-601745-13 with Apex Pest Control, Inc.
23. Fourth Amendment to IFB-601852-13 with Clarke Mosquito Control Products, Inc.
24. IFB-602237-15 with Stericycle, Inc.
25. Pet Rescue Cooperative Service Agreement with Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, Inc.
26. Work Order #18 to CC-9192-13.
27. Amendment #2 to Work Order #22 to RFP-5706-10.
28. Amendment #7 to Work Order #42 to PS-4388-09.
29. Change Order #4 to CC-9140-13.
30. IFB-602208-15, Term Contract for Inventory Parts Related Only to Water and Sewer Division Through Catalog Price List for the following: HD Supply Waterworks, Ferguson Waterworks, Lawson Products, Inc., Fortiline Waterworks, MSC Industrial Supply, and Sunstate Meter & Supply, Inc.
31. Amendment #1 to Work Order #1 to RFP-8721-13.
32. First Amendment to IFB-601429-12.
33. Maintenance Bond #CMS0281399 for Water & Sewer Facilities for the project known as Preserve at Lake Sylvan in the amount of $38,691.41.
34. Water and Sewer Improvements Cash Maintenance Bond and Maintenance and Escrow Agreement for the project known as Shoppes of Oviedo Spring/Mattress One in the amount of $2,642.50 (7915 Red Bug Lake Road).
35. Performance Bond for Water and Sewer Systems #59BSBGY6017 in the amount of $423,955.62; Performance Bond for Private Roads #59BSBGY6018 in the amount of $666,846.29; and Recording of Plats for the Hampton Estates Subdivision.
36. Bids for IFB-602258-15 from Temple, Inc.; Control Technologies, Inc.; and Rainbow Distributors USA, Inc.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Motion by Commissioner Horan, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to approve the following:
35. Approve expenditure of $10,000 from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund to provide for a contribution to Pathways to Home. (A-0943-15)
36. Approve expenditure of $5,000 from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund to provide for a contribution to the Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida, Inc. for the Sergeant Mark Johnson IV Memorial Endowed Scholarship. (A-0942-15)
37. Approve expenditure of $25,000 from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund to provide for a contribution to the Camaraderie Foundation in support of programs for military personnel and their families. (A-0944-15)
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
Agenda Item #38 – A-0863-15
Danny Trosset, Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Division Manager, addressed the Board to present a request to approve and authorize staff to proceed with the Tourism Division brand identity initiative and to service mark the new tourism logo and tagline as presented.
Commissioner Henley left the meeting at this time.
Mr. Trosset displayed a brief video explaining the Rebrand Initiative.
Commissioner Henley re-entered the meeting at this time.
Mr. Trosset displayed a PowerPoint presentation (copy received and filed) entitled “CVB/Destination Identity Recommendation” and reviewed “Research Background.” Mr. Trosset discussed the challenges staff has had when communicating with meeting planners, tour operators and the media in promoting their destination as the Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau at trade shows. He explained that at trade shows they are often asked if they are part of an Indian reservation, part of the Seminole Hard Rock Casino or part of the Florida State Seminoles. When they say they are just north of Orlando, the light bulb goes on.
Mr. Trosset displayed “3rd Party Recommendation” and advised when staff shared with the Tourism Development Council (TDC) both the recommendation of the focus group research and the difficulty promoting Seminole County at trade shows, the TDC agreed it needs to be easier for visitors to know and understand the location of Seminole County. Mr. Trosset discussed the bullet point listing of reasons to consider changing the destination identity/name for marketing purposes. Regarding Search Engine Optimization opportunities, Mr. Trosset advised over 65% of visitors utilize the internet when searching for travel destinations. He noted that via SpyFu.com, a website that provides data on search engine optimization results on key word searches, it indicates the term "Seminole County" is searched just over 9,000 times globally on a monthly basis while the term "Orlando" is searched over 300,000 times.
Mr. Trosset displayed examples of other CVB logos that do not utilize their County brand or name and advised that of the over 50 different CVB destinations across the state, most do not include the county name within their logo.
Mr. Trosset displayed “Options to Consider” and reviewed the suggestions staff presented to the TDC. The TDC voted to pursue “Orlando North” and staff set up individual meetings with the Commissioners to make certain it was okay to go down that path. Once that was complete, staff began vetting different logo options with the TDC.
Mr. Trosset displayed samples of the Chicago Northwest and Minneapolis Northwest CVB logos and noted they have both utilized large metropolitan cities in their name. He discussed the successful results Woodfield CVB experienced since rebranding.
Mr. Trosset displayed the “Orlando North” logo and explained staff felt it was the strongest icon to represent Seminole County as a destination. Mr. Trosset displayed an example of an ad and indicated the proposed logo and tagline of “Do North”.
Upon inquiry by Chairman Carey, Mr. Trosset advised that the word “Orlando” is currently in several taglines being used by Seminole County. He then displayed several sample advertisements and indicated the “Orlando North” logo.
Mr. Trosset displayed and reviewed “Transition to Orlando North” and “Additional Options Considered.”
Upon inquiry by Chairman Carey, Mr. Trosset advised he does not have an estimated cost of the campaign but staff is working with the advertising agency and trying to stay within their existing budget. Commissioner Horan confirmed with Mr. Trosset that this is for next year and then explained that since this rebranding request has not been approved yet, there has not been any costing done. The County already has Tourist Tax dollars that they budget and they have a budget promulgated for advertising for next year. He confirmed with Mr. Trosset that the areas the County will be advertising in will not change. Commissioner Horan stated it is important to clarify for the public that the amount of money that is paid for the advertising publicity does not just go to the advertising firm. The money will be spent in other markets and this particular branding will not really be used locally because it does not make any sense to use it locally.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Horan, Mr. Trosset stated there are almost 60 CVBs in Florida; and based upon his understanding of how they market and how they brand themselves, very few only use the name of the county.
Clara Lindsey, 104 W. 10th Street, addressed the Board to state she does not identify with the “Orlando North” branding or Orlando-Sanford International Airport. She expressed that she is opposed to this rebranding and thinks the County has spent a lot of tax dollars listening to Tampa-St. Petersburg.
James Windsor, 233 Yarmouth Road, addressed the Board to state he thinks this rebranding is a bad idea. He stated he chose to live in Seminole County when he moved to Central Florida 13 years ago and believes assets such as the springs, trails and lakes in the County are what should be promoted. He expressed his concern with the advice given from the marketing firm and urged the Board to vote against approval of this rebranding and reconsider the marketing agreement with Paradise Advertising.
David Leavitt, 1000 Ridge Point Cove, addressed the Board to discuss Google search results and stated that Seminole County actually has received 397,000,000 results, not 397,000. He advised that Google gives precedence over any community, city or county, when the name is searched, so Seminole County or Orlando North would not be displayed anywhere in the first several pages of search results because it has no relevance to Google.
Mr. Leavitt stated that the TDC can pay to display Seminole County whenever someone searches for Orlando just as easily and effectively as displaying “Orlando North” when someone searches for Orlando. He mentioned there is a church named Orlando North Community Church, who owns the URL www.OrlandoNorth.com as well as the Facebook page “Orlando North” which would cause confusion. He feels it is fine for churches and businesses who want to use “Orlando” in their branding, but what the TDC fails to recognize is the fact that Seminole County residents and businesses overwhelmingly hate the designation “Orlando North.”
H. Alexander Duncan, PO Box 620092, addressed the Board to discuss this rebranding being more than a catchy tourism slogan. He believes it is part of an agenda to slowly and methodically not only phase out “Florida's Natural Choice” in advertising but also in practice. He opined that as a lifelong resident of Seminole County, this proposal is an example of an ill-advised and shortsighted initiative, championed by the few at the expense of the many. Mr. Alexander stated it is one thing when a private business decides to do what they find to be in their best interest, but it is another thing altogether when some of those business owners have been appointed to positions by Seminole County’s elected officials and then attempt to sell the public their interest as being the public’s own best interest.
Theo Hollerbach, 1013 S. Myrtle Avenue, addressed the Board to state he is a business owner, resident of Seminole County, and he is also a member of the TDC. He described how his businesses have benefitted from tourism and how using “Orlando North” could benefit Seminole County. He stated he really wants the BCC to consider this change because it not only benefits the community, it will create jobs. He concluded by stating people like to have a better life for themselves and jobs are the way to do it.
John Casselberry, 700 South Lost Lake Lane, addressed the Board to express his concern with the slogan “Orlando North” being deceptive due to the actual distance between Seminole County and Orlando. He stated there also might be some legal risk with “Orlando North” being intentionally misleading or confusing. He stated he does not think it is all right to say it is Orlando in a direct way.
Speaker Request Forms were received and filed.
With regard to public participation, no one else spoke in support or in opposition and public input was closed.
Commissioner Henley stated he understands the concerns of citizens who love Seminole County but he wants them to understand this is not about the local citizens. He explained the County Attorney sits in on all of the TDC meetings and repeatedly warns the TDC it is prohibited to use tax dollars to advertise locally and they must be spent outside the region. He read a letter of support from Frank Hale, Executive Director of the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce, dated June 17, 2015 into the record (copy received and filed). He stated he has also received a letter (copy received and filed) from Jack Wert, former Executive Director of the Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in support of the rebranding.
Commissioner Henley stated he has sat through numerous discussions over several years regarding the problems staff has had with the lack of identity of the location of Seminole County. He opined it is time to recognize that they would not be doing away with anything the County is presently doing if they went with the rebranding and it would be an additional effort in attracting tourism to Seminole County. He thinks the Board needs to support the move and noted the Tourism Budget has just undertaken more than a $31 million debt service on behalf of the County and the Sports Commission that they are trying to develop in order to attract and help the local economy because of what sports can do. He added that the Zoo depends heavily on the contribution from the TDC; and without it, the Zoo would be in serious trouble.
Commissioner Henley stated the 15 youth sports events that Tourist Development sponsored this past year put 12,000 room nights in hotels and brought $11 million of economic development into Seminole County. He opined this step is important and he will be supporting it.
Commissioner Dallari submitted correspondence that his office received into the record and indicated he did not receive any correspondence in support of the rebranding. Commissioner Dallari asked Mr. Trosset if they vetted the Orlando North tagline to business travelers and sports travelers when the focus group was conducted. Mr. Trosset advised that when they did the focus group research, they were testing Seminole County; so the Orlando North tagline was not tested in the focus group research. He added the focus group research in Jacksonville was with leisure travelers and the focus group research in Tallahassee was with meeting planners. He advised they did that last summer and tested their existing messaging. From the result of that focus group research, staff determined Seminole County had very little identity and the members of the focus groups referred to the area as Orlando North. He explained staff took that information back to the TDC and that is where the process began.
Commissioner Dallari stated that because the intention has always been to go after the business traveler and sports tourism, he does not know how this rebranding can be judged on its success if the idea has not been vetted to those markets. He stated there has to be measurable goals and objectives to any plan to see if it is working or not. Upon inquiry by Commissioner Dallari, Mr. Trosset stated there are key performance indicators on all of their advertising initiatives, such as click-through rates and website traffic. Their job is to drive people to Seminole County’s CVB website through advertising.
Mr. Trosset confirmed for Commissioner Dallari that although the County does not own the website www.OrlandoNorth.com, they have purchased several other URLs such as “Visit Orlando North” and “Discover Orlando North.” Commissioner Dallari advised he has looked at the reports and starting in 2010 Seminole County’s occupancy rate has increased from roughly 59.6% to 79.5% so whatever marketing is being done currently is going in the right direction. He stated he wants to make sure that whatever they are going after now is the right direction and right now he does not see it.
Commissioner Horan opined that attaching Seminole County’s tourism to the best-recognized name in tourism is a smart thing to do and he does not need surveys and research to tell him what is obvious. He confirmed with Mr. Abel that this year Seminole County will receive $4.5 million in Bed Tax, which will be a record for the County. Commissioner Horan stated this year Orange County will collect about $200 million dollars in Bed Tax, which is more than Seminole County’s entire General Fund Budget. He clarified that the intent of this rebranding is not to get tourists to the theme parks but rather to effectively communicate with tourism professionals located in other regions who have the responsibility of siting events, festivals and sporting events in this particular area. He explained that the TDC, who is tasked by law to advise the Board concerning the best use of tourist development taxes for their industry, creates this tax. He added that there will not be any property taxes involved in this. Commissioner Horan stated the tourism professionals and the organizations that are related to tourism have all endorsed this particular initiative.
Commissioner Horan advised currently there are 5,100 hotel rooms in Seminole County, which is down about 300 or 400 hotel rooms since 2010. He advised Seminole County has about 2% of the hotel rooms in this region and about 20% of the population. He discussed Seminole County being a great place to have events and meetings. Commissioner Horan stated he supports the rebranding wholeheartedly because he wants people outside of the region to know what Seminole County has to offer.
Chairman Carey stated that although she understands the importance of having the word “Orlando” in Seminole County’s Tourist Development logo, she agrees with Mr. Leavitt’s earlier comments regarding search engine results. She stated if the goal is better search engine results, they can pay for that today, even with the Seminole County logo.
Chairman Carey stated every nationally recognized brand in Seminole County has the word “Orlando” in it, but only one has the word “Orlando” first in the name. She advised that there are plenty of choices that have the word “Orlando” in them to market Seminole County and she is disappointed that “Orlando North Seminole County” is the best option Paradise could come up with. She suggested taglines such as “Orlando's Natural Oasis,” “the Wild Side of Orlando,” “the Tranquil Side of Orlando,” “Orlando Oasis,” or simply saying “Seminole County, just north of Orlando.”
Chairman Carey stated that although Orlando has done a wonderful job evolving into a world-class destination, Seminole County is not Orlando. She advised most of the marketing collateral over the years has focused on Seminole County’s natural resources.
Regarding Mr. Trosset’s comments that people are confused at trade shows as to Seminole County’s location, Chairman Carey suggested displaying a map indicating the locations of Orlando, Seminole County and Daytona Beach.
Chairman Carey stated she appreciates the service of the volunteers on the TDC and reminded everyone the TDC is a recommending board and the members are not elected by the citizens of Seminole County to make choices regarding the county. She reiterated she was disappointed that this recommendation came out of the TDC with only one option.
Chairman Carey opined that the fact the other Commissioners rejected her recommendation for a workshop regarding this matter tells her that most of her colleagues will support this rebranding. She stated the reason she asked for a workshop is because she believes the decisions that impact Seminole County are the responsibility of the BCC and she would have liked to have an opportunity to have input.
Chairman Carey stated she will not be supporting this recommendation and reiterated she would have liked the opportunity to sit down with the Commissioners and see the options that went through the TDC. She understands the need and reasoning behind the recommendation and stated she is willing to consider something else that does not give away the prominence of Seminole County to North Orlando.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Constantine, Mr. Trosset clarified having the word “Orlando” in the tagline is very important. Commissioner Constantine stated he feels that with an issue like this, it is very important to build a consensus to work together to move forward. He opined this issue has been misunderstood due to the misdirection of some of the stories in the news media. He believes that it makes sense in Tourism to have the word “Orlando” in the slogan for other areas around the country, but he expressed his concern with two of his fellow colleagues having a problem with this slogan.
Commissioner Constantine agreed with Chairman Carey that he would love to see the word "natural" in the slogan because it is something Seminole County has worked and strived a long time for. He suggested taglines such as “Orlando's Natural Attraction” or “Orlando's Natural Adventure” in lieu of “Orlando North.” He discussed his concern with the work Paradise has done putting this together and suggested revisiting their contract. He advised that if the Board were to vote today, he would vote in support of “Orlando North” if it is done properly. He reiterated the importance of having a consensus, especially with two long-serving Commissioners that are concerned about this.
Upon inquiry by Chairman Carey regarding having a work session to explore options other than “Orlando North” for the slogan, Commissioner Constantine stated he did not think that a work session was necessary when Chairman Carey mentioned it at the last meeting and he is still not sure a workshop is necessary.
Commissioner Constantine questioned if this needs to go back to the TDC first and then come back to the Board. Mr. Trosset explained the biggest challenge they have is when they are at a trade show and labeling themselves as the Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Meeting planners and event organizers have an opportunity prior to the trade show to schedule their appointments and when they are going through the book to see who is attending the trade show, they see Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau and do not know where that is so they go to the next appointment. Staff and the TDC feel strongly that it is important to have “Orlando North” as the prominent message because that is what people are going to identify with. Chairman Carey asked Mr. Trosset if “Seminole North Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau” would accomplish the same thing. Mr. Trosset responded that it is a possibility.
Commissioner Horan stated that the point of “Orlando North” is to distinguish the County from Orlando, not to be a part of it. He advised this is not about search engine optimization or Google but making sure that people know that just north of Orlando there is Seminole County that has great tourist offerings. He agreed with Commissioner Constantine that if there is either a consensus or a material majority who believe that associating with an Orlando brand makes sense, it would make sense to go back to the TDC with that direction and ask them for additional options.
Commissioner Horan explained that now that the TDC has a better understanding, having communicated with the Board, he thinks giving this back to them is best. He also does not want the members of the TDC to think they were appointed to the board and make recommendations and then the BCC just does what staff wants after a workshop. Commissioner Horan advised the reason he did not concur with Chairman Carey’s workshop suggestion at the last meeting was because he did not want to cut the TDC out of this. Chairman Carey stated she would be happy to have a work session with the TDC. Chairman Carey explained that the TDC has done their job but she is not sure what was presented to TDC because she is not serving on the TDC and is not privy to that. She reiterated that all she has asked for all along is to just have some options.
Commissioner Dallari stated it is important to market the County correctly and he has not gotten an answer to the question of who they are intending to market towards. He explained he is not opposed to different variations of taglines; but from what was presented, he does not understand where this is going, how it will be measured, the goals and objectives, and how they will see if it works or does not work. Mr. Trosset advised he can share staff’s marketing plan that has that information. Commissioner Dallari advised he thinks it would be advantageous for the BCC to meet with the TDC for a joint work session to understand what the TDC’s issues are so they can see how this will work. He agreed with Commissioner Carey and Commissioner Constantine regarding variations of the tagline.
Chairman Carey stated she believes there is consensus to have a joint work session with the BCC and the TDC to further vet this rebranding and have Paradise come back with some ideas regarding what they have heard today.
Regarding Commissioner Dallari’s concerns with how this will be measured, Commissioner Henley stated that everything Tourist Development does is measured in “heads on beds,” room nights, and using the State formula on the amount of economic gain that it brings to Seminole County. He stated if the goals are not met, the Board reduces the amount of money that has been approved for them.
Commissioner Henley stated he feels Paradise has been unfairly criticized. First of all, they did not bring this forward. That was not their original idea. He explained that Paradise takes their direction from the TDC. Commissioner Henley discussed the negative criticism of the rebranding.
Commissioner Constantine reiterated that he would like to see all the information from the TDC and have them conduct a work session to present other options. He stated he is fully in support of the word “Orlando” in the tagline. He supports the joint meeting, but thinks it is important that the TDC meet first to kind of filter out all of these ideas before they have that work session.
Chairman Carey suggested Paradise make their rounds again. She stated she wants Paradise to do what they are expert at doing and that is bringing their expert opinion. She stated she wants Paradise to bring it all back and they can vet it through the TDC. Then they will have the joint work shop, look at all the options and then bring this back as an item for the Board to consider when they have different options.
Commissioner Horan stated both he and Commissioner Henley have attended the TDC meetings and he verified Commissioner Henley’s comment that this was not a recommendation that came out of Paradise; and it was proposed by other members of the TDC. He stated the minutes of the TDC meeting will reflect that when Paradise was asked, they advised this idea was proposed before and it did not fly due to opposition that is very similar to what has been heard today.
Commissioner Horan opined this is a smart thing to do, but if they are going to do this, it needs to be done with some speed because the Sport Complex will be up and running in May of next year. He expressed the importance of ensuring the focus, marketing and message are very surgical because it will be important to the success of the Sports Complex. He added that if the Sports Complex meets its pro forma and if Orlando City Soccer meets its pro forma, there will be three or four months of the year Seminole County will not have enough hotel capacity to support that volume and they will need more hotels. He added that it is important people understand the value proposition of tourism, which is not just bed taxes but sales taxes, increased property value for new hotels, new venues, et cetera. He stated he would like to get this done before summer is out.
Chairman Carey stated for the record, the Seminole County Sports Complex is being marketed already regardless of the County’s name by both staff and the Central Florida Sports Commission.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Horan, to table the request to approve and authorize staff to proceed with the Tourism Division brand identity initiative and to service mark the new tourism logo and tagline as presented.
Under discussion, Commissioner Constantine advised he hoped the motion would be more definitive. He would like to see the motion include that with all due speed, the TDC have a meeting and then come back and have a work session with the BCC.
Commissioner Dallari amended his motion to include Commissioner Constantine’s comment, that with all due speed, the TDC have a meeting and then come back and have a work session with the BCC. Commissioner Horan agreed to the amendment.
Chairman Carey clarified that the motion is to table the item, to have the item go back to the TDC with all due speed, to have Paradise Advertising meet with everyone concerned, to have the item come back for a work session with both the TDC and the Board of County Commissioners, and for the item to come back to the Board with whatever recommendation comes out of the work session.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
COUNTY MANAGER’S AND STAFF BRIEFINGS
Agenda Item #39 – A-0941-15
The Board noted, for information only, the Informational Budget Transfer Status Report for FY 2014/15 (May 2015).
The Board recessed the meeting at 11:21 a.m., reconvening at 1:30 p.m., with all Commissioners and all other Officials with the exception of Commissioner Henley and Clerk of the Court Maryanne Morse, who were absent, and Deputy Clerk Erin Leben who was replaced by Deputy Clerk Jane Spencer, who were present at the Opening Session.
PROOF OF PUBLICATION
Motion by Commissioner Horan, seconded by Commissioner Dallari, to authorize the filing of the proof of publication for this meeting's scheduled public hearing into the Official Record.
Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 voted AYE.
Chairman Carey announced that Commissioner Henley will not be present for the afternoon session.
SECURITY AVENUE REZONE FROM R-1 TO
R-1BB, Azhar M. Khan and Farhat Jahan
Agenda Item #40 – PH-2015-114
Proof of publication calling for a public hearing to consider adoption of an ordinance enacting a Rezone from R-1 (Single Family Dwelling) to R-1BB (Single Family Dwelling) district for 0.45 acres located on the east side of Security Avenue, approximately 300 feet south of State Road 426, more particularly known as 3035 Security Avenue, Azhar M. Khan and Farhat Jahan, received and filed.
Brian Walker, Planning & Development Division, addressed the Board to present the request as outlined in the Agenda Memorandum. Mr. Walker advised that the Applicant is requesting a rezone from R‑1, which requires 8,400-square-foot lots, to R‑1BB, which requires 5,000-square-foot lots. The current zoning district, which requires a minimum lot size of 8,400 square feet, would allow two lots within an area of 0.45 acres. The purpose of the rezone is to create smaller lots of 5,000 square feet each, which would allow the Applicant to create three lots within the 0.45 acres. Mr. Walker explained how the rezone is compatible with the area. He pointed out that the location of the project is within a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) target area as defined by Community Services. Mr. Walker stated one of the objectives of such an area is to increase access to affordable housing and this rezone is consistent with that objective by providing more density and potential housing in the target area.
Mr. Walker noted that the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval by a vote of 4 to 2 and added that staff is recommending approval.
Bruce Taylor, Dave Schmitt Engineering, addressed the Board to state he is representing the Applicant. Mr. Taylor displayed a Conceptual Lot Layout (copy received and filed) and advised the site plan shows they are meeting the minimum size lot. He added they are proposing three lots with a net density of 6.5 units to the acre.
Pastor Willie Nixon, 3036 Weston Street, addressed the Board to state he is the senior pastor of the Rockhill Missionary Baptist Church, which is located next to the subject property. Pastor Nixon advised that he has found when this is allowed to happen, they get people that rent that are drug dealers who like to use the property for just that purpose only. He stated it would really be in conflict with their worship service and they totally oppose splitting this 0.45-acre lot into three separate parcels.
At Chairman Carey's request, Pastor Nixon indicated on the aerial map where the church is located.
Beverly Ann Stewart, 1933 South Street, addressed the Board to state this area is known as unincorporated Jamestown. Ms. Stewart submitted a Petition in opposition to the Rezone Ordinance into the record.
Ms. Stewart advised she was born and raised in this community and she loves it. The other people who live there love it as well. She appealed to the Commissioners to say a resounding “no” to the Applicant's request to rezone the property because if they say “yes” to the request, it will open up the proverbial Pandora’s Box. Ms. Stewart described who she believes would be attracted to these buildings. She stated she believes the Applicants will bring all forms of crime, all forms of perversity, debauchery, ungodliness, and just plain sin.
Ms. Stewart reminded Commissioner Dallari that he has visited this community many times and seen the improvements they have made and he knows what they need to work on and correct. She stated they are hard‑working people, good people, and God‑fearing; and they only want peace, tranquility and a very happy quality of life in Jamestown. Ms. Stewart pointed out the average lot size in Jamestown is approximately 100‑by‑150 and they want to keep it that way, keep it to a single-family dwelling like it has always been. There have been generations in Jamestown and they have a history in Jamestown and they want to keep it a peaceful, little place.
With regard to public participation, no one else in the audience spoke in support or in opposition and public input was closed.
Speaker Request Forms were received and filed.
Chairman Carey questioned whether the Applicants could split the lot into two lots under the current zoning. Mr. Walker responded that is correct; the rezone would allow them to get one additional lot but currently they could get two. Chairman Carey confirmed with Mr. Walker that the minimum square footage for a house, 700 square feet, is the same in R‑1 and R‑1BB.
Discussion ensued with regard to current lot sizes in the community.
Commissioner Dallari stated he has studied this area quite extensively through the years; and it is a very good community, a very interesting community, and a very proud community. He was amazed how, over the years, there were things that needed to be done; and the County, as well as the community, stepped up to do what needed to be done. The County put in roads, water, sewers, and a playground; and the community is very proud of all of that. When they talk about transition and future land use, presently it is zoned R‑1. There is A‑1 to the west of it separated by Security Avenue. Commissioner Dallari stated he believes that Security Avenue is the transition from A‑1 to R‑1. He reiterated that, as the Chairman pointed out, under the existing code the Applicants can presently put in two lots and he sees no reason at this time to allow additional lots.
Motion by Commissioner Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Constantine, to deny adoption of an ordinance enacting a Rezone from R-1 (Single Family Dwelling) to R-1BB (Single Family Dwelling) district for 0.45 acres located on the east side of Security Avenue, approximately 300 feet south of State Road 426, more particularly known as 3035 Security Avenue, as described in the proof of publication, Azhar M. Khan and Farhat Jahan; Denial Development Order.
Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5 voted AYE.
Chairman Carey submitted her ex parte communication into the record.
Meloney Lung, Assistant County Manager, addressed the Board to give an update on the Legislative Session. She reported that in the next six weeks, she will be meeting with the Commissioners so they can come up with a priority list for the next Session, since it will be starting in January.
Alex Setzer, Lobbyist, addressed the Board to state they start committee weeks in 80 days, so it is important they get ahead of the ball. Mr. Setzer stated it has been a difficult Session, based on a variety of issues and culminating today in record vetoes. He noted that Central Florida saw a very substantial amount of vetoes on many projects.
Mr. Setzer advised that with regard to Water Resource legislation, the House passed theirs quickly in Session and the Senate passed theirs later in Session. Both were very far apart. Amendment 1 required about $750 million for water projects and $55 million were actually budgeted for, so now there is money sitting and waiting to be spent on water projects. As of now, they have seen a significant number of groups saying they are going to sue over Amendment 1, so there could be a prolonged battle on that. So far there is about $1 billion worth of water projects that have applied to be funded and they only funded $55 million. He noted that gives an idea of where water is right now, a little bit in limbo.
Mr. Setzer discussed fiscal sustainability regarding relocation of utilities, which managed to be back this year. He does anticipate that will come back next year in some variety or form. Regarding the Communication Services Tax (CST) which died this year, he anticipates that will come back again next year; so they need to be on their toes. The Governor had requested about $650 million in tax cuts, which he got a portion of, and the difference was the CST. Mr. Setzer stated he believes that will be proposed again next year, so the County needs to be cognizant of that and ready to fight it back.
With regard to homelessness, Mr. Setzer stated there was a pretty broad offering by the Senate; and a lot of that got caught up in the infighting between the two chambers. He anticipates seeing that come back again next year. He explained that it has to do with shifting some flexibility of funding to each individual local county or city so they can treat homelessness a little bit differently because they all have different issues as well as some additional flexibility as to how SHIP and SAIL funds are appropriated. Mr. Setzer advised that most of what the legislation this year proposed to do was to shift more from outputs to outcomes, and he hopes they see some movement on that next year.
With regard to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the juvenile detention costs, Mr. Setzer stated this is a very tricky and controversial issue. He explained that they made a tremendous amount of progress and the House offered it up on multiple occasions in multiple stops in budget conference. Unfortunately, they were unable to get the Senate to accept it into their budget. He stated they have a firm commitment again from the House that they want to see a resolution of this and to especially make Seminole County and the other two outstanding counties whole.
Chairman Carey stated it isn't like they are asking for a grant or some type of funding. They are asking to be repaid money that they overcharged the County. She stated the Governor had said if they could get it in the budget, he could protect it; and yet they can't even get it in the budget. She emphasized this has got to be the County's priority because they need to do some things at the Juvenile Detention Center that will cost several million dollars.
Mr. Setzer explained how Seminole County is being wrapped up with a lot of the remaining counties. He noted how hard they worked in the House to get the County pulled out of that conversation and added they need to keep having that conversation, that Seminole County is not part of the system and should be paid back.
Commissioner Constantine stated that getting it into the budget, even on one side, was a great success because it is a process as they all know. He stated after calling Senator Lee's office at Mr. Setzer's request, one of his impressions, which was not said directly, was that this was a throwaway item this year between the two chairs. In other words, they were giving things to take away things as they went through the negotiations. He advised this was one item that hadn't really made it to the level, in the consciousness of the two chairs, where both of them wanted it to stay. One threw it at the other one so they could give it away. Commissioner Constantine emphasized that at least it was in play and that is a start and that is the way that they do it eventually. One side putting it into the budget to recognize the fact that they do owe it is something to start working from. He stated his real concern is in regard to the vetoes that the Governor put in, which were pretty substantial. Discussion ensued with regard to some of the Governor's vetoes.
Commissioner Dallari congratulated Mr. Setzer, as well as the Central Florida delegates for Seminole County, and stated he believes they all did a phenomenal job. He stated it was a good start but they still need to finish it. He believes this needs to be the number one goal and priority for next year. He reiterated that all they are asking for is to just be paid back. He wishes the other counties would run their juvenile justice system like Seminole County does, with the Sheriff's Office.
Mr. Setzer stated he believes they made tremendous progress in getting both sides to acknowledge the fact that there is a difference between being in the system and being out of the system and that the ones that are not in system anymore should be rewarded and made whole. He stated he hears that consistently on both sides of the Chamber, which is a lot better than he heard in Session. Mr. Setzer closed by saying it is very important that it is the County's number one priority but they need to make sure it is their legislative delegation's number one priority because that is how it happens.
Commissioner Horan thanked Mr. Setzer for his hard work. He explained that the DJJ issue, which they have talked about many times, is wrapped up in a very complicated and multi‑level type of issue. He discussed the 64 counties that are still in the system and the 3 counties that are not in the system who are just trying to get paid back. Commissioner Horan told Mr. Setzer that he got the “card out of the deck” and into somebody's hand. It got discarded. The next step is making sure that it becomes meaningful enough that it doesn't get discarded in the bargaining. He stated the problem is that the issue is so multi‑leveled and so complicated with so many different players, and that is a very difficult job.
Chairman Carey reported that the National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is June 21 through 27 and Seminole County Mosquito Control is celebrating this week with the goal of educating their residents about the significance of mosquitos in their daily lives and the important service provided by the mosquito control workers. She noted if someone has an issue in their neighborhood, they can call and have someone come out to address the issue.
Chairman Carey stated that she, along with Ms. Guillet and Ms. Turner, met last Friday with the Leadership Seminole Board to discuss a community‑based task force board to address the homelessness issue. This will be a sub‑committee of the Central Florida Coalition of Homelessness made up mainly of business partners and community leaders. She pointed out this will continue to move forward because it is an important issue for them to address.
Chairman Carey reminded the Board that she had requested names for submittal for the MetroPlan Orlando Citizens Advisory Committee and has not heard from anyone. She stated unless someone has a name, she has an application from Adele Burney. Commissioner Dallari stated he spoke to Jay Zembower and he is interested. Chairman Carey noted he had not made an application. Commissioner Constantine stated he talked to someone with experience who said he filed an application on-line, Tony Tizzio. Chairman Carey stated it is not critical they do this today, but she requested they make the appointment at the next meeting.
Chairman Carey stated Labor Day falls on the second Monday of September this year and questioned whether the Board wants to cancel that Board meeting in light of the light agendas they have been having or have the Board meeting the day after Labor Day. Commissioners Horan and Dallari stated they were under the impression they had already made that decision. Chairman Carey stated if they already did it, that is fine. She just wanted to ensure everyone was aware of it.
Chairman Carey announced that the OBJ luncheon will be on June 26 at the Westin. It is a panel discussion regarding doing business with Seminole County and she will be on the panel along with Jason Brodeur, Randy Morris, Miguel De Arcos, Dr. Laura Ross, and Cindy Barth will be the moderator.
Chairman Carey reported that the Third Annual Peacemakers 2015 Peace Conference will take place on June 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North Branch Library in Sanford. She stated for those who desire to promote racial harmony within the Sanford community, they will be convening at 9:00 Saturday morning.
Chairman Carey announced the First Annual Sanford/Seminole County Veteran Celebration Luncheon at the Sanford Civic Center on July 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Chairman Carey reported on Independence Day activities. The Geneva Parade will occur at 10:00 a.m. The City of Sanford will be hosting the Star Spangled Sanford 4th of July on the Riverwalk from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Fort Mellon Park.
COMMUNICATIONS AND/OR REPORTS
The following Communications and/or Reports were received and filed:
1. Memo and attachment dated May 22, 2015 from Ray Valdes, Tax Collector, to Chairman Carey RE: NACo Annual Conference – July, 2015 voting credentials.
DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS
Commissioner Constantine reported that Leadership Seminole will have an Appreciation Reception on June 24 at the Longwood Community Building.
Commissioner Constantine announced that Altamonte Springs will have Red, Hot and Boom at Cranes Roost on July 3.
Commissioner Constantine stated he and Commissioner Dallari spent time with the folks regarding the rest stop on I‑4, and he believes they made significant progress with DOT and the moving of or the downgrading of that rest stop area. He is looking forward very much to DOT coming back and reporting some of the progress they have made. Chairman Carey stated that she suggested to Mr. Blackadar that if they are going to ultimately relocate that to another area in four or five years, that would be a great trail head for the County. She explained that her suggestion for DOT was if it is going to be a temporary situation, rather than building a wall, maybe they would plant several rows of Viburnum hedges on both sides of the fence or something that would grow quickly and actually just barricade that area from sound. When they abandon the area, the County could ask if they would contribute that to the County for a trail head.
Commissioner Constantine agreed that is a wonderful suggestion. He believes they have all said temporary as opposed to permanent. He stated the one thing he and Commissioner Dallari emphasized and more importantly the people that live there emphasized is that the number one priority is to get rid of the truck‑stop type of scenario. That is really not appropriate any longer. If a rest area, either now or for a period of time, is necessary, he believes that is kind of a down-zoning right there. Regarding the west side, they should do everything they can to minimize the amount of activity that is necessary as they move forward with the I‑4 corridor. Commissioner Constantine advised that the folks were rightly told and he believes there is a clear understanding now with the community that they are not really in control of closing the rest stop; that it is a federal scenario.
Commissioner Constantine stated he and Commissioner Horan attended the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) and there was a great deal of interest as far as what happened in the Legislative Session and some of the priorities that the counties had going forward.
Commissioner Dallari reported that they made great strides regarding the two rest stops, east and west of I-4. Regarding the one on the east side, DOT is going to do no improvements; and regarding the one on the west side, they will do very minimal improvements due to the I-4 expansion. They are talking to the Highway Administration to try to get the rest stop moved up to an area at I-4 and SR 44. Discussion ensued regarding the property located at I-4 and SR 44.
Commissioner Dallari stated with the two rest stops combined, it was a total budget of $20 million and just doing one with minimal improvement, it is a budget of $5 million to $8 million worth of improvements. He explained they have been talking to Congressman John Mica's office, which is very engaged. Congressman Mica's office, as well as FDOT, have been talking to the Highway Administration. Commissioner Dallari stated they are waiting to see how far they can get before they ask the Board to take action and he believes that is the right way to go.
Commissioner Dallari reported that the public input portion of the long-range plan for MetroPlan was last night, June 22. He noted there was very little public input but there were a lot of people there for the presentation.
Commissioner Dallari advised he attended the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) meeting in North Carolina on June 9 representing MetroPlan.
Commissioner Dallari stated over the past number of years this County has had concerns and issues with the property just to the south of Seminole County in Orange County called the Rybolt Property. He described the issues they have had as density, stormwater, increased transportation issues as well as the crossing of the Econlockhatchee (Econ) River.
Commissioner Dallari stated in the past week or so, the P&Z Board of Orange County made a recommendation to transmit both of those properties, Lake Pickett North and Lake Pickett South, to Tallahassee. They recommended to include the extension of McCulloch Road over the Econ River and also to extend it to SR 419. He added that both developers are not in favor of the river crossing. He discussed the concerns of extending McCulloch Road over the Econ River. Commissioner Dallari distributed and reviewed a letter (copy received and filed) the Board sent in 2009 to Orange County with their objections and concerns. He then requested the Board “update” the 2009 letter with the appropriate data talking about the east county rural area, the Econ River, transportation, emergency response, stormwater, and the regional growth vision; authorize the Chairman to execute the letter; and send the letter to Orange County for their hearing that is coming up in July. He also requested that a member of staff present the letter into the record.
Chairman Carey reminded the Board that they recently sent a letter very similar to this and she would like to talk about the letter. She cannot remember if it addressed the Econ River crossing or not. Commissioner Dallari stated that it did not. Chairman Carey stated because of the fact that Orange County's P&Z Board made reference that they thought the crossing should be part of the consideration, she believes just restating the County's position from the prior letter and adding the Econ River crossing would be appropriate. Chairman Carey does believe it should be read into Orange County’s public record to be more effective.
Motion by Commission Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Constantine, to approve and authorize the Chairman to execute a letter to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, Mayor, and County Manager regarding the Rybolt property in Orange County restating the Board’s previous concerns from their March 10, 2015 letter and adding their concern regarding the crossing of the Econlockhatchee River; and authorize staff to read the letter into the public record at the Orange County BCC meeting on July 28.
Under discussion, Commissioner Constantine questioned whether that would give the County's staff authorization to speak on this matter. Commissioner Dallari clarified he is requesting permission for staff to actually read the letter into the record, not just present it. Commissioner Constantine asked if there are any further meetings during this process with Orange County, should staff not have the ability to speak and to try to get the County's feelings known.
Ms. Guillet advised they have been interacting with Orange County staff. As the County Manager, she feels more comfortable having authorization from the Board to present the Board's position at a public hearing. She believes what the Board has been discussing today would be sufficient for that. Ms. Guillet emphasized they are continuing to interface with Orange County staff.
Chairman Carey stated that all that staff can do is to express the concern of the Board of County Commissioners; so by staff reading the letter into the public record, they can't then take a different position without the Board authorizing it. She summarized that she will restate the previous letter the Board sent to Orange County, add the Econlockhatchee River crossing issue; and she will send the letter to the Chairman, copy all of the County Commissioners in Orange County, the Mayor, and the County Manager. They will have staff read the letter into the public record the day of the hearing.
Commissioner Horan stated he was not here in 2009 and has not had an opportunity to examine specifically the extension of the McCulloch Road issue and the effects of it. He advised that back in 2009 when he was practicing law, he believes his law firm was involved with the Econlockhatchee River issue. Commissioner Horan stated he would like to abstain from the vote. Discussion ensued.
Commissioner Horan abstained from voting and submitted a Memorandum of Voting Conflict form.
Districts 1, 3, and 5 voted AYE.
Commissioner Constantine stated he thinks in the letter it is important that Orange County recognize that this would have been a DRI but for the change in the law; therefore, the standing that the citizens in Seminole County should have is a reasonable request at the least. Chairman Carey stated she will make sure the letter covers all of those points.
Commissioner Dallari announced that Oviedo will have a 4th of July celebration at the Oviedo Mall.
Commissioner Horan announced that the City of Winter Springs will have a July 4th celebration at Central Winds Park at 5:00 p.m. There will be entertainment, great food and just a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Jesup.
Commissioner Horan reported that he attended the Central Florida Partnership Leadership forum regarding building an outstanding regional talent pipeline with companies, communities and careers. He discussed the presentation from the President of Columbus State College regarding forging partnerships with a number of private entities and companies, which ended up with millions of dollars in funding. He noted he will forward the materials that were presented at the forum to the Commissioners' offices.
Commissioner Horan stated he attended the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) meeting last week at which time there was more than just interested discussion about what happened in the Legislative Session. He noted that at that meeting was the installation of County Attorney Bryant Applegate as the president this year of the Florida Association of County Attorneys. Commissioner Horan stated he interacted with a lot of the county attorneys and noted it is a great source of pride for him that Seminole County's County Attorney is so highly regarded and respected by his peers in the state.
COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT
Ms. Guillet noted she has met with each Commissioner individually regarding a request they received from the Central Florida Zoo regarding a revision to their lease agreement. They have requested that they be given the authority to issue an assignment relative to a loan they are pursuing to make some improvements at the Zoo. Ms. Guillet noted that she distributed a Memorandum (copy received and filed) and emphasized that the matter is time sensitive, which is why she is requesting the Board take action today.
Ms. Guillet stated the recommendation is to authorize staff to draft an amendment to the lease agreement between the County and the Zoo, authorize her to sign that amendment authorizing the Zoo to issue an assignment of the lease pursuant to correspondence that was received from Philip Flynn relative to the same and subject to requiring that any assignment be subject to all of the provisions and conditions that are in the existing lease agreement and any amendments thereto.
Motion by Commission Constantine, seconded by Commissioner Horan, to authorize staff to prepare, and the County Manager to execute, Second Amendment to the Lease Agreement with the Central Florida Zoological Society (the Zoo) and Seminole County, originally executed on December 12, 2012, and subsequently amended on April 2, 2013, authorizing the Zoo to execute a Temporary Lease Assignment pursuant to the terms and conditions discussed in the correspondence from Philip Flynn, President of the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, dated June 22, 2015, provided that such Assignment incorporate all the terms and conditions included within the Lease and any subsequent amendments thereto.
Districts 1, 2, 3, and 5 voted AYE.
With regard to vacancies for the Public Works Director and the Chief Information Officer, who serves as the Director of Information Services Department, Ms. Guillet advised she has selected two individuals to serve in those capacities and distributed a Memorandum (copy received and filed) to the Commissioners relative to both. Pursuant to the Administrative Code, she stated she is requesting Board confirmation of the appointment of John Jreij as the Public Works Director and the appointment of Semma Datta as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Services Department.
Motion by Commission Dallari, seconded by Commissioner Constantine, to confirm the appointment of John Jreij as the Public Works Director and the appointment of Semma Datta as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Services Department
Districts 1, 2, 3, and 5 voted AYE.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Dallari, Ms. Guillet stated that Ms. Datta will begin her employment at the end of July and Mr. Jreij will begin his employment in August. Ms. Guillet confirmed that Mr. McMenemy will continue to serve as the acting Public Works Director and Ms. Lung will continue to serve as the acting Director of Information Services.
Bishop Samuel Duncan, 1143 1st Drive, addressed the Board to discuss some concerns in the community. Bishop Duncan stated that when he raised his hand to the oath of honor, he solemnly swore to defend and to support the Constitution of the United States of America to the best of his ability. He did it because he realized that it came with a lot of benefits and a lot of opportunities; freedom and liberty. He stated there have been some things going on which raise some concerns, like politicians' power and the abuse of power where Commissioners use their powers in the community against residents. He explained that if a resident is behind with their taxes, he knows the Board has the power to go to the department and get paperwork or have information pulled and sent to them. Such powers have been used to abuse the residents because residents are behind with their taxes. He stated he has no idea when he became Public Enemy #1 on Commissioner Carey's list.
Chairman Carey stated that she has no idea what Bishop Duncan is referring to about being on her Public Enemy list and explained the Tax Collector is the one that deals with delinquent taxes, not the County Commission.
Bishop Duncan stated he believes Commissioners are elected into a position where they should represent the people. If a resident is having a problem, the Commissioner can reach out to the resident and say I understand there is a financial situation and is there anything I can do or we can do to assist. It shouldn't be the other way around where he is being victimized. Bishop Duncan discussed previous times he has addressed the Board and he believes that is his First Amendment right, to come before the Commissioner and bring things to her attention.
Bishop Duncan advised this is a formal complaint that he is making and he is asking the Commissioners to intervene because this needs to be stopped. Furthermore, he stated he would like to meet with all of the Commissioners. He closed by saying taxation without representation leaves them with no representation at all.
Speaker Request Form for Bishop Samuel Duncan was received and filed.
Arthur L. Jackson, 4521 Dubois Street, addressed the Board to state he is from the Bookertown community and is here on behalf of the Bookertown lighting system (MSBU) that they are trying to get out there. He pointed out that the way they are doing it is a bad deal and he doesn't like the way it is going because it is not good for the people. He explained that Bookertown is a farm area and most of the people there are migrant workers. He suggested if the Board looked at the taxes of the people in Bookertown, they would find that they can't afford the lights and most are behind on taxes right now.
Mr. Jackson referred to the papers that needed to be signed and sent back for the MSBU and discussed the fraud that he found was going on, how people were signing dead folks' names. He stated he hired a lawyer to look into the matter. He discussed his history with Bookertown. Mr. Jackson stated they don't need these lights bad enough to have “fraud and cheat” out in the community; they need to be honest. He stated they need lights but the lights need to be with each household, not a property. He owns 25 to 30 parcels, which means $45 a parcel and he believes that is wrong.
Chairman Carey stated the process the County has for an MSBU is that a community comes to the County and requests the County look at putting lights in the neighborhood, which is what happened. The community came to the County and asked for a presentation to the community about a special lighting district. She explained that the way it works is every property owner in that community got a petition and they could fill it out whatever way they wanted to and send them back to the County. She knows there have been some questions about that because she has seen some of the correspondence. Chairman Carey explained that all they can do is count the ballots as they come back as yes or no. If they don't get a ballot back, it is counted as a no.
Mr. Jackson stated he understands but added the MSBU documents were given to individuals. He described how Reginald Campbell, the president of the Bookertown Association, went to the MSBU office to get the paperwork and went around the community and asked people that he thought owned the property to vote on this. Mr. Jackson stated he "frauded" these votes.
Chairman Carey stated they are not going to allow fraudulent votes to count in the MSBU, which is why they have still not made a decision on this and are trying to determine that it is a legitimate vote.
Ms. Guillet stated they have a statutory process that they go through when they set up an MSBU for things like street lighting. She stated the County has been alerted that there may be an issue with the vote here and staff is reviewing that. She stated she appreciates Mr. Jackson bringing the information to the County's attention. Ms. Guillet stated they are going back and reviewing to ensure that any vote in favor of this, anything that would enact this Service Taxing Unit is a legitimate vote. They hope to get this straightened out and ensure everything is above board and as it needs to be legally.
Mr. Jackson stated the County has lawyers that work with the County and the lawyers sent papers out to try and help those people that had an error on the father's and mother's property and yet put their names down as heirs. The lawyers sent paperwork out from the County to get these people so they can approve the vote. He stated they need to be fair when it comes to doing stuff like this and be honest because some people can afford it and some can't.
Chairman Carey reassured Mr. Jackson that the County will make sure the votes are verified before they move forward in light of the comments that were raised, not only from him today but also earlier when he sent a letter and when his attorney sent a letter.
Speaker Request Form for Arthur L. Jackson was received and filed.
James Bradwell, Jr., 4681 Richard Allen Street, addressed the Board to discuss the MSBU lighting in Bookertown and stated he opposes it 100%. Mr. Bradwell stated he would like the lights as well as anybody else but he doesn't know why they can't get it out of a grant or why they can't get it out of taxpayers’ money. He owns 18 pieces of property and it started at $35 a parcel and has now escalated to $45. Next year, it will be $60 and on and on. They imposed the garbage on them and they asked for the lights. He is pretty sure the votes were tainted. Mr. Bradwell pointed out that most of the people are delinquent in their taxes. The way he sees it is if you don't pay your garbage, you don't pay your lighting, you don't pay your taxes. So guess what happens; the County gets it. There are only a few houses left. They have surrounded Bookertown. He stated they all know they want it. He believes the people out there are selling their own self, generation after generation. He questioned why they can't get the lights out of their taxpayers' money; he pays thousands of dollars a year. He questioned why it can't come out of the grant. He stated he wants the lights as much as anyone else but believes this is the wrong way of doing it.
Speaker Request Form from James Bradwell, Jr. was received and filed.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m., this same date.