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BOCC Minutes November 17, 2008

 

                                         BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
 
                                                   MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA
 
                                                         COURTHOUSE ANNEX
 
                                         MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
 
                                                 MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2008
 
                                                                      4:00 P.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 and County Clerk Tim Sanders. County Attorney George T. Reeves was not in attendance due to illness.
 
 The Chairman, Honorable Wayne Vickers, called the meeting to order and Emergency Management Director Jim Stanley opened with prayer and pledge to the flag.
 
Upon a motion by Commissioner Martin, seconded by Commissioner Moore, the Board voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the agenda as amended: at the request of Mr. Cherry, add to New Business item No. 6, Approval of Letter of Support for Healthy Start Coalition of Jefferson, Madison and Taylor Counties; and to delete New Business item No. 3, Discussion with possible action of Construction Bids for the Lee Library Project; and also, at the request of Mr. Sanders to add to New Business, item No. 7, Approval of the minutes of the Value Adjustment Board Meeting held October 20, 2008.
 
Under Petitions From The Public, Mr. Elmer Spear thanked the Board for their support of the Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grant for a recent genealogical seminar held in Madison. He stated 84 visitors from out-of-town attended the four-day event. Mr. Spear also, after six years of work, showed off his new book entitled CHERRY LAKE FARMS 1934-1939. Mr. Spear also thanked the Board in advance for scheduling a Special Meeting on November 26th to accept the Grow Our Local Economy (G.O.L.E.) Official Alcohol Petitions.
 
The minutes of the Regular Meeting held on November 5, 2008 and the minutes of the Special Meeting held on November 13, 2008 were presented for review. Upon a motion by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Martin, the Board voted unanimously (5-0) to approve said minutes as presented.
 
Upon a motion by Commissioner Martin, seconded by Commissioner Henderson, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Consent Agenda (1. Re-appointment of Ms. Kim Barnhill to the Big Bend Health Council’s Board of Directors; 2. Status Report for the Madison County SHIP Program through September 2008; 3. Budget Amendment Request for Law Enforcement; 4. Budget Amendment Request for Solid Waste; 5. Budget Amendment Request for Mosquito Control; 6. Covenants and Restrictions for Madison County Development Complex (MCDC) Property; 7. Deed from Madison County to Pyramid Bakery (MCDC Property); Approval of the minutes from the Value Adjustment Board Meeting held on October 20, 2008; 9. Approval of the contract for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Medical Director).
 
Madison County Deputy Sheriff Tina Demotsis referred to an ORDER OF EXHUMATION dated October 24, 2008 from Jerry M. Blair, Third Judicial Circuit of Florida State Attorney to exhume the body of “John Doe” (unknown white male) for the purpose of identification. Ms. Demotsis reported the body has been interred in a “pauper’s grave” at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Madison since 1980. She also stated their would be no cost to the county, except for the operation of a county backhoe, and that Dr. Anthony Falsetti, Director of the University of Florida Pound Laboratory for the Identification of Human Remains, has agreed to assist in the identification at no cost. Upon a motion by Commissioner Martin, seconded by Commissioner Ellis, the Board voted unanimously to approve said exhumation.
 
Mr. Ron Wostel gave a presentation to the Board regarding the North Florida Domestic Security Task Force based in Tallahassee and funded with a $3.8 million dollar grant. Mr. Brian Whaley of Motorola Communications stated the Task Force is looking for additional sites in the 13 county-region to supplement a digital radio system purchased by Tallahassee and Leon County. He also added Madison County would receive approximately $260,000 worth of equipment costs for joining the Task Force with a requirement to pay an annual fee of $7,000 for maintenance costs after three years. If a suitable tower site is found in Madison County, the annual cost would be $20,400, also after three years. Discussion followed led by Mr. Pat Lightcap on the feasibility of the regional system and a costly requirement for the county to convert to narrow-band FM in four years. Commissioner Moore suggested the Board appoint an ad hoc committee to look into the pros and cons of the proposed system and the future radio communication needs of Madison County. Mr. Lightcap and Sheriff-elect Ben Stewart volunteered to serve on the committee. Chairman Vickers asked that membership of said committee be added to the agenda of the next Regular Meeting. 
 
Mr. Dale Stone, a member of the Madison Rotary Club and newly organized Farmers and Friends Festival Committee, directed the Board’s attention to a Tourist Development Council (TDC) Grant Request in the amount of $3,500 to advertise planned fifth Saturday festivals in downtown Madison, the first being January 31, 2009. He reported the TDC approved the grant application expenditure to help promote tourism in Madison County and recommended approval by the Board of County Commissioners. Upon a motion by Commissioner Martin, seconded by Commissioner Henderson, the Board voted unanimously to approve said grant request.
 
The Clerk reported the need for the Board to have a Special Meeting to accept the Official Alcohol Petitions from Grow Our Local Economy, Inc. (G.O.L.E.). He stated the 120th day of the statutory petition gathering period ends Thanksgiving Day and proposed a meeting on Wednesday, November 26th. Upon a motion by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Martin, the Board voted unanimously to approve said meeting beginning at 9:00 A.M.
 
Upon a motion by Commissioner Ellis, seconded by Commissioner Martin, the Board voted unanimously to approve a Letter of Support signed by the Chairman to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services for a grant application for the Healthy Start Coalition of Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor Counties for maternal health care.
 
Upon a motion by Commissioner Martin, seconded by Commissioner Henderson, the Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes as presented of the Value Adjustment Board Meeting held on October 20, 2008.
 
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the meeting at 4:45 P.M.
 
                                                                        Board of County Commissioners
                                                                        Madison County, Florida
 
By:_________________________
                                                                              Wayne Vickers, Chairman
ATTEST:
 
_____________________________
Tim Sanders, Clerk to the Board of
County Commissioners
 

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