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BOCC Minutes April 2, 2008

                                         BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

                                                  MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA

 

                                                         COURTHOUSE ANNEX

 

                                         MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

 

                                                    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2008

 

                                                                      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 Clerk Tim Sanders, and for County Attorney George T. Reeves, his associate Mr. Clay Schnitker.

 

 The Chairman, Honorable Alfred Martin, called the meeting to order and Commissioner Ellis opened with prayer and pledge to the flag.

 

Upon a motion by Commissioner Ellis, seconded by Commissioner Moore, the Board voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the agenda as amended: Mr. Cherry asked to delete New Business items #4 (Update on Madison County Memorial Hospital By Mr. Davis Abercrombie) and #5 (Public Hearing for Amending Resolution concerning Madison County Memorial Hospital Spending Plan – 5:30 p.m.); and to add Consent Agenda item #7. April Is Water Conservation Month Proclamation from the Madison Soil and Water Conservation District.

 

Under “Petitions From The Public” Madison County Development Council (MCDC) Chairperson Cheryl Archambault presented and read a letter from MCDC in support of Madison County Memorial Hospital’s request for the Board to amend the New Hospital Construction Spending Plan to use the one-half cent surtax for “Phase I” of the hospital construction project to renovate a portion of the Old Excel School buildings for implementation of a telemedicine and visiting physician specialists program, and offices for recruitment of hospital-employed physicians.  MCDC Member Edward Meggs also spoke in favor of the revised spending plan and recommended the Board support the hospital in this endeavor.

 

Mr. Sully Economou stated the voters of Madison County approved construction of a new hospital and the question of using the one-half cent sales tax for other purposes should be placed on a ballot for the citizens to decide. 

 

Me. Economou also inquired about the county’s request of an opinion from the Attorney General regarding a Cost Recovery Program for county emergency response expenses.  Mr. Schnitker was unable to offer any information.

 

Mr. Economou also asked about county emergency response procedures relating to owner notification of a subject property.  Chairman Martin reported the Sheriff is responsible for the protocol and at this time is not interested in placing the notification of property owners in the protocol of emergency response procedures.

 

Mr. Warren Irwin, in response to the MCDC letter of support, stated the title of the ballot measure was “new hospital construction”.  He referred to Chapter 125.01(5)(a), Florida Statutes, and stated the construction of a new hospital with a one-half cent sales tax started with the voters and a change in the use of the tax proceeds should go back to the voters.

 

Chairman Martin directed the Board’s attention to a Public Hearing to consider a request for a Special Exception under Section 4.4A of the Madison County Land Development Regulations to permit a Public Service Emergency Operations Center on a 5.01 acre parcel in section 33, township 1 north, range 9 east.  Board Administrative Office Manager Sherilyn  Pickles reported the Planning and Zoning Board recommended approval of said request.  The Chairman opened the meeting for public comment.  Hearing none, the Public Hearing was closed.  Upon a motion by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Vickers, the Board voted unanimously to approve said Special Exception.

 

Regarding a proposed INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN SUWANNEE RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT AND MADISON COUNTY FOR OLD COUNTY CAMP ROAD FLOODING and Madison County’s commitment of $150,000 for the purchase of flood prone dwelling properties, Mr. Cherry reported the District advised it could not proceed with contacting homeowners about sales until the Agreement is signed.  The Board by consensus agreed to proceed with the Agreement and possible purchase of said properties in the “West Farm Low” area.

 

Upon a motion by Commissioner Ellis, seconded by Commissioner Henderson, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Consent Agenda (1. Letter of Support for Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern Re-Certification; 2. Budget Amendment Request for Tourist Development Council; 3. Budget Amendment Request for Emergency Medical Services; 4. Budget Amendment request for Mosquito Control; 5. Approval of Contract with North Central Florida Regional Planning Council to provide deliverables for Department of Community Affairs Grant; 6. Emergency Medical Services sale of 2006 Ford F-350 Chassis and approval to advertise for bid; 7. April Is Water Conservation Month Proclamation).

 

Discussion on the Madison County Extension Office Fact Finding Committee followed.  Commissioner Ellis referred to a letter dated March 27, 2008 from University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Professor and Northeast District extension Director John A. Baldwin, Ph.D. and suggested the MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) between IFAS and The Board of County Commissioners of Madison County, Florida be amended to allow the county to have a greater stake in the Extension Office operations.  A motion was made by Commissioner Ellis and seconded by Commissioner Vickers to allow the County Coordinator to work with IFAS to allow the county a greater stake in operations of the County Extension Office and to address the issues of goals in those operations.  Motion carried 5-0.  In discussion one of the issues to address in the MOU was “Exit Interviews”.

 

Mrs. Pickles referred to a letter dated March 27, 2008 from Sirmans Volunteer Fire Department and reported the Fire Department’s request to close an abandoned road or alley adjacent to their property in the original Plat of the Town of Sirmans to allow the expansion of their existing building.  Upon a motion by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Vickers, the Board voted unanimously to waive the boundary survey and description of the subject road, since it was part of a platted subdivision, and to also waive the $150 application fee.  It was understood the $200 publication fees would still be applicable.

 

Chairman Martin asked that New Business item #3 (Letter of Support for Greenville Volunteer Fire Department) be deleted and re-agendaed for a later meeting.

 

Commissioner Vickers reported Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc. Executive Director Frances Terry stated at a recent meeting all SHIP applicant’s addresses will be updated for future reports to the Board.

 

Commissioner Ellis suggested the Board revise its current policy for driveway turnoffs on low volume county graded roads.  Chairman Martin asked Commissioner Ellis to meet with the Road Department, County Engineer, and County Coordinator to look into the matter and bring a proposal back to the Board for consideration.  Commissioner Ellis also reminded the Board of the upcoming Lee Day Celebration on Saturday, April 5th.

 

Chairman Martin recognized Madison County Senior Citizens Council Executive Director Rosa Richardson and congratulated her for the grant awarded to the Council from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs in the amount of $1,271,607 for a new Senior Center in Madison.  Ms. Richardson thanked everyone for their help in securing funds for this much needed improvement in providing services to Madison County’s senior population.

 

The Clerk reported plans to meet with Mr. Cherry and all County Departments regarding a proactive approach to decreases in County revenues as a result of the state’s economic downturn and the state voter-approved Amendment One.

 

Florida House of Representatives District 10 candidate and Madison County resident Leonard Bembry addressed the Board on his run for the seat being vacated by Representative Will Kendrick due to term limits.

 

Commissioner Henderson reported a video was being shot in Madison County, as he spoke, which will be incorporated in the Tourist Development Council (TDC) website.

 

Mr. Cherry reported the new Love’s Auto/Truck Plaza located at Interstate 10 and County Road 255 will open Thursday, April 3rd and the new Fast Track Auto/Truck Plaza will open around May 14th at the intersection of Interstate 10 and State Road 53.

 

The minutes of the Regular Meeting held on March 19, 2008 were presented for review.  Upon a motion by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Vickers, the Board voted unanimously to approve said minutes as presented.       

 

There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the meeting at 10:05 A.M.

 

                                                                       

 

Board of County Commissioners

                                                                        Madison County, Florida

 

By:_________________________

                                                                              Alfred Martin, Chairman

                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                                   

ATTEST:

 

_____________________________

Tim Sanders, Clerk to the Board of

County Commissioners

 


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