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BOCC Minutes March 7, 2007

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

            MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA

 

                                                         COURTHOUSE ANNEX

 

                                         MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

 

                                                  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2007

 

                                                                      9:00 A.M.

           

           

The Board of County Commissioners of Madison County, Florida met this day in Regular Session with the following members present: Ricky Henderson (District 1), Wayne Vickers (District 2), Ronnie Moore (District 3), Alfred Martin (District 4) and Roy Ellis (District 5).  Also present were County Coordinator Allen Cherry, County Attorney George T. Reeves, and Deputy Clerk Phyllis Lawson.

 

The Chairman, Honorable Roy Ellis, called the meeting to order and Emergency Management Director Jim Stanley opened with prayer and pledge to the flag.

 

Upon a motion by Commissioner, seconded by Commissioner, the Board voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the agenda as amended: at the request of  Mr. Cherry, add to New Business – Item #7 – Unplatted Subdivision for Madison Timberlands LLC and Itera Group of Jacksonville.

 

The minutes of the Regular Meeting held on February 21, 2007 were presented for review.  Upon a motion by Commissioner, seconded by Commissioner, the Board voted unanimously to approve said minutes as presented.

 

Under “Petitions from the Public”, Mrs. Marianne Green expressed concerns regarding the appointment of members to the Planning and Zoning Board, consideration of the ordinance to amend the Madison County Land Development Code, and the local option wet/dry referendum.

 

Mr. Barry Parsons of the Madison Environmental Committee addressed the Board regarding filing a formal objection to the Comprehensive Plan amendment process in Taylor County in regards to the proposed coal-fired power plant.  Attorney Reeves stated that he had contacted the County Attorney for Baker County and Baker County had not filed a formal complaint and he had not been asked to prepare one.

 

In regards to this same matter, Mr. Sully Economou recommended that the Board become pro-active and be a leader and not have a “put things off and maybe it will go away” attitude.

 

 

Commissioner Moore recommended that Mr. Mike Lawson of the Taylor County Energy Center and someone from CSX Railroad be invited to attend the next meeting to give the Board information on the proposed rail traffic and how it will effect Madison County.  Commissioners Henderson and Martin agreed. 

 

Attorney Reeves advised the Board to ask Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a study on the amount of our current rail traffic, how many new signals will be needed and how Madison County will be affected.  The Board agreed by consensus for staff to contact DOT and Mr. Lawson.

 

Mr. Larry Gallon appeared before the Board regarding a drainage problem with the ditch in front of his house in Oak Estates.  Commissioner Moore advised Mr. Gallon that Mr. McClune, Public Works Director, would be attending the meeting later and the matter would be addressed with him.

 

Emergency Management Director Jim Stanley updated the Board on storm damage that occurred in the county on March 1, 2007. 

 

Commissioner Martin left the room at this time.

 

Upon a motion by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Henderson, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Consent Agenda (1. Emergency Management Federally-Funded Subgrant Agreement for $9,000.00 to update the COOP and Terrorism Annexes; and 2.  Status Report for the Madison County SHIP Program through January 2007.)

 

Commissioner Martin returned to the meeting.

 

In the matter of Unfinished Business, Commissioner Henderson advised that he will ask Mr. Paul Hames to move up from Alternate Planning and Zoning member to Member At-Large.  Commissioner Ellis stated he would have a nomination from District 5 at the next meeting.

 

At this time, the Board entered into a Public Hearing to consider adoption of AN ORDINANCE OF MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE MADISON COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, AS AMENDED; PURSUANT TO AN APPLICATION, LDC 07-1, BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS; PROVIDING FOR AMENDING SECTION 4.4H.2, ENTITLED LAND USE DISTRICT REGULATIONS-HIGHWAY INTERCHANGE, ALLOWABLE USES, BY DELETING SPECIAL EXCEPTION USES EXCEEDING 50,000 SQUARE FEET IMPERVIOUS LAND COVERAGE AND USES WITH A TOTAL LAND AREA OF FIVE OR MORE ACRES; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.    Chairman Ellis opened the hearing for public comment.  Hearing none, the hearing was closed to the public and Deputy Clerk Phyllis Lawson read the title of the ordinance for the record.  A motion was made by Commissioner Henderson and seconded by Commissioner Moore that the Ordinance be approved.  The motion carried 5-0.

 

Ms. Diann Douglas, Madison County Extension Agent, asked the Board to approve a Proclamation designating the second week of March 2007 (03/11-17/07) as “Extension Living Well Week”.  Ms. Douglas read portions of the Proclamation for the record.  A motion was made by Commissioner Martin and seconded by Commissioner Moore that the Proclamation be approved.  The motion carried 5-0.

 

Commissioner Moore asked County Attorney Reeves for information on requirements for a Local Wet/Dry Referendum.  Commissioner Moore stated for the record that he was addressing this issue on behalf of a constituent and did not necessarily mean that he supported the sale of alcoholic beverages.  Mr. Reeves handed out copies of the Florida Statutes in reference to this question and explained that a person would need to: (1) file a petition with the Clerk of Circuit Court; (2) secure the signature of one-fourth of the registered voters in the County within 120 days of filing the petition; (3) present Petition and signatures to Board; and (4) Board of County Commissioners would call for a special election.  The election would decide whether the sale of alcoholic beverages shall be permitted or prohibited in the county and, if approved, if sales would be by the package or by the package and by the drink.

 

Mr. Cherry asked that New Business Item #3 – Process to change road name – be re-agendaed for the next meeting.

 

Mr. Cherry stated that his staff is still researching with other counties regarding development fees and asked that this item be re-agendaed for the next meeting also.

 

Chairman Ellis presented the Board with a handout regarding proposed state tax reform issues.  Sheriff Pete Bucher expressed his concerns also regarding the proposed changes.  Chairman Ellis reminded the Board of Legislative Day in Tallahassee on March 28, 2007. 

 

County Attorney Reeves advised the Board of land sales being made in Lee, Florida in an unplatted subdivision by Madison Timberlands LLC and Itera Group of Jacksonville.  After discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Henderson and seconded by Commissioner Martin that the County Attorney write a letter to both entities advising them of their noncompliance with Madison County’s Land Development Codes.  The motion carried 5-0.

 

Public Works Director Jerry McClune asked the Board to approve paving approximately 1900 feet of Persimmon Street in connection with the Rails to Trails project in Pinetta.  Mr. McClune stated that Persimmon Street would also be re-aligned at the point where it connects to State Road 53.  After discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Vickers and seconded by Commissioner Moore that a budget amendment in the amount of approximately $31,000.00 be made and that the paving be approved.  The motion carried 5-0.  The Board suggested that Mr. McClune take the cost of the needed limerock out of his Capital Projects budget rather than his regular budget.

 

 

 

 

Madison County Engineer Bill Steves of Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Inc. presented the results of a Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) study on the Old County Camp Road Flooding Project.  He presented a list of properties and the landowners that this has affected and will need to be negotiated with. The City of Madison has acquired a $300,000 grant for land purchase only and will contribute this amount toward buying certain properties in the area.  Suwannee River Water Management District will contribute $150,000 if Madison County also contributes $150,000 to the project.  After much discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Martin that Madison County partner with Suwannee River Water Management District as well as the City of Madison to attempt to buy these properties.  The motion carried 5-0.

 

Commissioner Martin left the meeting at 11:50 a.m.

 

Solid Waste/Recycling Director Jerome Wyche updated the Board on the relocation of green boxes at the corner of State Road 53 and County Road 146.  He stated that a signed six-month lease had been executed by Ms. Dollie McCall with the understanding that if more time was needed that an extension could be requested. He also advised that the green boxes at the corner of Flowers Road and County Road 146 had been removed. 

 

Sheriff Pete Bucher stated that during the budget process approximately $45,000 had been set aside to hire two (2) additional persons beginning in April 2007.  At this time, he recommended not hiring these two additional people until the State tax reform issues are decided and asked the Board for permission to move the $45,000 from Salaries and related line items to Capital Outlay to purchase new firearms and other needed equipment.  A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Vickers that the agenda be amended to include this item and to approve a budget adjustment of approximately $45,000 from Salaries and other related line items to Capital Outlay.  The motion carried 4-0.

 

Mr. Cherry updated the Board on the infrastructure projects at the three I-10 intersections.

 

Commissioner Moore also mentioned to the Board that non-emergency transportation on our ambulances was a matter that would need to be addressed at some point. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the meeting at 12:15 P.M.

 

                                                                        Board of County Commissioners

                                                                        Madison County, Florida

 

By:_________________________

                                                                              Roy Ellis, Chairman

                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                   

ATTEST:

 

_____________________________

Tim Sanders, Clerk to the Board of

County Commissioners


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