BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA
The following is a non-verbatim transcript of the BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING OF SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLORIDA, held at 10:03 a.m., on Thursday, September 2, 2004, in the SEMINOLE COUNTY SERVICES BUILDING at SANFORD, FLORIDA, the usual place of meeting of said Board.
Chairman Daryl McLain (District 5)
Vice Chairman Grant Maloy (District 1)
Commissioner Randy Morris (District 2)
Commissioner Dick Van Der Weide (District 3)
Commissioner Carlton Henley (District 4)
County Manager Kevin Grace
County Attorney Robert McMillan
Deputy Clerk Eva Roach
Pastor Bryan Wenger, Upsala Community Presbyterian Church, Sanford, gave the Invocation.
Chairman McLain led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Continuation of a public hearing to consider request to adopt an Ordinance proposing amendments to the Seminole County Home Rule Charter, through referendum vote, that will designate a Rural Boundary, establish a Rural Area and provide that the Seminole County Comprehensive Plan shall control Land Use within said Rural Area until January 1, 2007, as described in the proof of publication.
Matt West, Planning Manager, addressed the Board to advise the City Council of Oviedo met at 5:00 p.m. last night and discussed several alternatives regarding the Home Rule Charter
Amendment. He stated the City Council passed a resolution (received and filed) and he understands that the intent of that
resolution is to have the County Commission participate in future Land Use Amendments, but it was not a moratorium on annexations, rezonings, or land use amendments in the Rural Area. This resolution was different from the City of Winter Springs’ resolution. At the last Board meeting, the County Attorney provided an alternative ordinance that would include a sunset provision. Staff has included in the backup an alternative ballot language that includes the sunset language and one without the sunset language. This would allow the Supervisor of Elections to act either way. The advertising is in accordance with including properties that were annexed into the cities subject to Board approval. The Board could opt to excluding those properties in the rural area that already have been annexed into the cities.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Morris, Mr. West advised the City of Winter Springs’ resolution indicates that they would consider moratoriums and that issue was passed by a 3-2 vote. That Resolution had a condition that Oviedo would do the same language.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Morris, Mr. West advised he understands that the City of Oviedo’s resolution isn’t binding and the City could repeal it.
At the request of Commissioner Morris, Mr. West discussed staff’s recommendation of the Deleon Street property that is being annexed.
Mr. West informed Commissioner Henley that he feels that former Planning Manager, John Dwyer, felt that those things existed prior to the 1991 rural area being established. He stated the access issue is a direct interpretation.
Commissioner Morris stated the Board was approached by Commissioner Blake in trying to reach some type of agreement and they would work towards a moratorium on three areas and that was annexation, land use and urban services. He stated the recent actions started with urban services reaching into Black Hammock. The City Council of Oviedo has opted for something totally different. He stated he feels the County has given everyone the time to discuss this issue before putting it on the ballot.
No one spoke to this issue.
Motion by Commissioner Morris, seconded by Commissioner Van Der Weide to adopt Ordinance #2004-36, as shown on page ________, proposing amendments to the Seminole County Home Rule Charter, through referendum vote, that will designate a Rural Boundary, establish a Rural Area and provide that the Seminole County Comprehensive Plan shall control Land Use within said Rural Area, as described in the proof of publication.
Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 voted AYE.
At the request of Commissioner Maloy, Kevin Grace, County Manager, gave an update on Hurricane Frances. He stated the County is concerned with this storm as it is very dangerous. Seminole County will be on the right side of the storm, which is a dangerous side to be on. The County is working diligently to prepare. A number of shelters will be opened later today and there will be mandatory evacuations of mobile homes later today. There will also be mandatory evacuations for low-lying areas probably tomorrow. Since this is a serious storm, the County is encouraging people to prepare.
Commissioner Maloy stated some of the other counties are urging their residents to haul the debris from Hurricane Charley themselves.
Mr. Grace stated the County had planned having the contractors remove the debris, but he found out this morning that a lot of them have already moved out. He stated staff is revisiting what other alternatives they can do in getting the debris hauled away. Some of the residents can bring the small limbs to the landfill. He said he might extend the hours of that facility.
Upon inquiry by Chairman McLain, Mr. Grace advised he believes the County is well prepared for this storm.
Commissioner Morris stated he spoke to Mr. Grace relative to a service on the Internet called “Weather Underground” and they have published maps that show every storm that originated from the Atlantic Ocean to this area over the last 100 years. He stated he informed Mr. Grace that he needs to present that to the EOC staff.
Mr. Grace stated he visited that site and he has looked at the history based on where the storm was last night.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Maloy, Mr. Grace advised all of the fire stations and Sheriff’s substations, including the cities, have water. He stated staff is working with the cities coordinating where those stations will be. He said he would encourage anyone to call the hurricane hotline at 407-665-2650 to get the best information.
Commissioner Morris stated he knows that everyone has been listening to the County Manager as he has been seeing the County’s briefings on TV.
Mr. Grace stated the County has gotten good support and coverage from the media attending the press briefings.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Henley, Mr. Grace advised staff is working with the Sheriff’s Office with regard to taking care of the special needs list.
Commissioner Morris stated he feels the people need to know that if the decision is made again to shut the electricity down.
Mr. Grace informed the Board that radio station WFLA (540 a.m.) will be providing hurricane coverage for Seminole County 20 minutes after each hour. He stated he is talking with other radio stations to get them to do the same thing.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner Henley, Mr. Grace advised staff has contacted the Hispanic radio station on Celery Avenue (1400) and they have agreed to provide information to Spanish residents.
There being no further business to come before the Board, the Chairman declared the meeting adjourned at 10:21 a.m., this same date.