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BOCC Minutes April 4, 2007





                                                         COURTHOUSE ANNEX


                                         MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING


                                                    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 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 County Clerk Tim Sanders.


The Chairman, Honorable Roy Ellis, called the meeting to order and Veterans Service Officer Oliver Bradley opened with prayer and pledge to the flag.


Upon a motion by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Martin, the Board voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the agenda as amended: at the request of Mr. Cherry add to New Business item No. 5.  Update on marketing Madison County by Mr. Brett Wattles.


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


Under “Petitions from the Public” Ms. Joan Keene of 5283 Hickory Grove Road reported since the last meeting the county wetted down the limerock cover of her road as a temporary fix, but said the dust is a health hazard.  To reduce the dust she asked the Board to close the road, except for local traffic until it can be paved.  Ms. Keene also produced a signed petition to pave the road, but postponed presenting it to the Board to see how the road performs after the wetting and packing.


Upon a motion by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Martin, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Consent Agenda (1.Status Report for the Madison County S.H.I.P. Program through February 2007; 2.Budget Amendment Request for Administration – Asbestos Abatement Monitoring; 3.Budget Amendment Request for Administration - SCTAS (Small County Technical Assistance Services) Grant).



Mr. Jim Flournoy, representing Keep Madison Clean Coalition, referred to a letter from him and Lisa Flournoy to the Board dated March 22, 2007 and information found in the Commissioners’s Packet regarding Taylor Energy Center’s plan to dispose of coal combustion waste from their 800-megawatt pulverized coal plant proposed for Taylor County in the regional landfill located south of Greenville.  Mr. Flournoy referred to Taylor County’s Comprehensive Plan Amendment (5.2.2 SOLID WASTE), which refers to disposal of said waste at the Aucilla Area Regional Landfill.  Mr. Flournoy also referred to negative impacts associated with Jacksonville Electric Authority’s coal fired power plant.  Mr. Flournoy also presented information on the regional landfill’s geological characteristics associated with the Florida Acquifer.  In closing he asked the Board to protect the citizens of Madison County and to not allow coal combustion waste in the landfill.  Chairman Ellis stated the Regional Landfill’s engineer has been notified of the concerns presented.


Mrs. Jackie Johnson stated it was up to the Board and the citizens of the county to continue efforts to keep air and water clean in Madison County.


Mr. Stephen Pike read a letter for the record dated April 2, 2007 from Field Director Holly Binns of Environment Florida regarding proposed disposal of coal combustion waste from Taylor Energy in to the Regional Landfill located in Madison County.


Mr. Rudy Hamrick reviewed issues of pollution due to innocence and ignorance in Madison County over the past fifty years and suggested that the Board protect Madison County and not rely upon the Landfill Board made up of representatives of other counties.


The County Attorney advised the Board and citizens of the Board of County Commissioners’ veto power of out of district waste in to the Regional Landfill and the landfill’s prohibition of hazardous waste disposal.  Mr. Reeves recommended the Board write a letter to the Aucilla Area Solid Waste Administration stating opposition to the proposed disposal of coal combustion waste and await its reaction.


Mr. Barry Parsons asked the Board to proceed with said letter to the landfill governing board and reviewed Florida’s high rankings of cancer causing and reproductive/developmental toxin releases.


Mr. Sully Economou suggested the Board designate one of its members to keep it and the public abreast of the negative impacts of the proposed Taylor Energy plant.


Dr. Mike Cargile presented a power point presentation (and disc dated March 2007) on toxicology data and pollution records of the Upper Florida Acquifer entitled ANATOMY OF MASS PUBLIC POISONING.  Dr. Cargile reviewed the location and structure of the Florida Acquifer, solid waste disposal sites and groundwater contamination sites in Georgia, especially in Richmond and Lowndes Counties, well contamination in South Georgia and north Madison County, and methane contamination around Valdosta.  Dr. Cargile also presented a map of North Florida and South Georgia showing a high deposition of mercury centered in Taylor County.


Commissioner Henderson stated that the Board has in the past demonstrated Madison County does not want its air and water destroyed and made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Martin, to submit said letter to the Aucilla Area Regional Landfill Board.  Motion carried 5-0.


At 10:15 A.M. Chairman Ellis directed the Board’s attention to a Public Hearing scheduled for 9:00 A.M. concerning a Road Closure Application for a portion of NW Whippet Trail located in sections 2, 3, and 10, township 1 north, range 6 east by Mr. James H. Dahl.  The Chairman opened the meeting for public comment.  Mr. Walter Hatchett, Manager of Mr. Dahl’s River Ridge Plantation, reported that the road section subject to closure is located within Mr. Dah’s property and henders no other property owner.  He also added that accommodations will be made for road graders to turn around at the dead end.  Upon a motion by Commissioner Martin, seconded by Commissioner Moore, the Board voted unanimously to approve closure of said portion of NW Whippet Trail and A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA VACATING AND ABANDONING CERTAIN ROADS LOCATED WITHIN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA OF MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR ADVERTISEMENT THEREOF; PROVDING FOR RECORDATION, AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.


Madison County Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer David Abercrombie gave an update on the site selection of the new hospital.  He reported a Site Selection Committee made up of twelve members representative of the county ranked the North Florida Community College/Madison School District Excel properties the number one site to build upon.  He stated the college is agreeable to a long-term lease and the School District and Hospital Board have opened negotiations on the school’s portion of the site.  Mr. Abercrombie reported a team is currently working on a design of the new facility, which will be about 50,000 square feet in size and having 25 beds.


Madison County’s Economic Development Consultant Brett Wattles reported the following progress made since he began work six months ago: Policom Study completed and presented to the community; development of an information guide brochure and tri-fold hand-out about Madison County by county staff; meeting with Columbia County Economic Development staff and tour of Columbia County new businesses; application by Mr. Jim Parrish for $50,000 grant to market the county; with resignation of Paula Arnold, transfer of Enterprise Florida direct contact from Madison County Development Council (MCDC) to Board Administrative Offices and Mr. Wattles;  Mr. Cherry on RACEC Executive Committee;  and, billboard proposal for MCDC Interstate 10 property to generate income.  Mr. Wattles suggested the Board consider a partial tax abatement used in other counties as a tool to help new and existing companies and offered to share information with Mr. Cherry and the County Attorney.


The Chairman asked Mr. Cherry to re-agenda Unfinished Business #1.Appointment of Alternate to the Planning and Zoning Board.


Resolution No. 2007-04-04 concerning Development Fees was presented by Mr. Cherry for Board consideration.  Mr. Cherry reported the necessity to amend the county’s schedule of fees to provide revenues to pay for review and analysis of various applications submitted pursuant to the Land Development Code.  He also added that the amended fees are similar to surrounding counties.  A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Vickers to approve said Resolution.  Motion carried 5-0.


The Clerk reported riding the north portion of the Four Freedoms Trail and commended the Board for this wonderful linear park.  In reference to that portion of the bike trail, Mr. Sanders noted in 2001 the Board approved naming that portion of the trail, The Roy Milliron Trail, for his work and suggested signage reflect such.  The Board by consensus approved said signage.  He also reported a good meeting with his Finance Director Sandy Bass and the county’s outside auditors, Lanigan and Associates, regarding the 2005-2006 fiscal year audit.  Mr. Sanders stated that a formal presentation of the audit to the Board is scheduled for the April 18th Regular Meeting.


Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Jerome Wyche presented to the Board for approval a Purchase Agreement between the County and Commercial Plastics Recycling, Inc. for the purchase and installation of a Harris-Selco Model HLO-128AT50NB Horizontal Baler.  Mr. Wyche reported review and approval by Public Works Director Jerry McClune, Mr. Cherry, Mr. Sanders, and Mr. Reeves.  Upon a motion by Commissioner Henderson, seconded by Commissioner Martin, the Board voted unanimously to approve said Purchase Agreement.


Commissioner Henderson reported the resignation of Mr. Edward Meggs from the Tourist Development Council.


Chairman Ellis reported on a productive Legislative Day in Tallahassee, along with a good meeting with staff and representatives of Enterprise Florida.


The County Attorney recommended and the Board by consensus approved review of a draft of his letter to the Aucilla Area Regional Landfill at the next Regular Meeting.


Commissioner Moore suggested a workshop with the MCDC Board after the Legislative Session to determine revenue streams for Madison County.







There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the meeting at 11:00A.M.


                                                                        Board of County Commissioners

                                                                        Madison County, Florida



                                                                              Roy Ellis, Chairman






Tim Sanders, Clerk to the Board of

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