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BOCC Minutes January 7, 2009

 

                                         BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
 
                                                 MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA
 
                                                         COURTHOUSE ANNEX
 
                                         MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
 
                                                 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2009
 
                                                                      9:00 A.M.
           
           
The Board of County Commissioners of Madison County, Florida met this day in Regular Session with the following members present: Justin Hamrick (District 1), Wayne Vickers (District 2), Renetta Parrish (District 3), Alfred Martin (District 4) and Roy Ellis (District 5). Also present were County Coordinator Allen Cherry and Deputy Clerk Phyllis Lawson.
 
The Chairman, Honorable Roy W. 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 Ellis, the Board voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the agenda as amended: at the request of Deputy Clerk Phyllis Lawson, add New Business #4 – Approval of Public Official Bond for Sheriff Ben Stewart and at the request of Commissioner Roy Ellis, remove New Business #1-Discussion with Possible Action of Construction Bids for the Lee Library Project. 
 
Under “Petitions from the Public”, Ms. Rae Pike presented a video by Ken Blanchard regarding a program entitled “Lead Like Jesus” that will be coming to Madison in March of this year.
 
Mr. Sully Economu and Mrs. Bootsie Cone both spoke to the Board regarding their objections to exceptions to the Land Use Elements under the Madison County Comprehensive Plan, one of which was allowing county staff to approve or disapprove exceptions. They recommended that Density Exceptions be presented in person by the applicant to the Planning and Zoning Board for review, followed by a request by the applicant to the Board of County Commissioners in person for final approval.
 
Several leaders and citizens of the community then spoke to the Board regarding their opinion of the completion of the Rails to Trails project along abandoned railroad on State Road 145 from U.S. 90 to Hanson. Those speaking in favor of finishing the project were Mr. Ted Ensminger, Director of the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Ms. Marianne Green, Ms. Betty Gazlay, Mr. David Wiggins, Mrs. Joann Wiggins, Mr. Roy Milliron and Mr. Bill Bunting. Those who spoke against finishing the project were Ms. Amy Robinson, Mr. John Bodenstein, Mr. Tom Morse, Ms. Carlene Rabon on behalf of her mother, Ms. Elizabeth Smith, Ms. Barbara Greiner, and Mr. Billy Washington. 
 
Mr. Jesse Whitehead spoke to the Board regarding the need for high-speed internet in rural areas of the county.
 
Mr. Jesus Martinez asked the Board for help on behalf of the twenty-six (26) chicken growers cut off by Pilgrim’s Pride. He stated that some, if not all, of them were going to lose their farms without this income.
 
The minutes of a Special Meeting held on December 16, 2008 and the Regular Meeting held on December 17, 2008 were presented for review. Upon a motion by Commissioner Martin, seconded by Commissioner Ellis, the Board voted unanimously to approve said minutes as presented.
 
Upon a motion by Commissioner Martin, seconded by Commissioner Ellis, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Consent Agenda (1. Resolution 2009-01-07A, Authorizing the Execution of a County Emergency Medical Services Grant; 2. Budget Amendment Request for Transportation; 3. Resolution 2009-12-30 Honoring Sheriff Peter C “Pete” Bucher for his Service to Madison County; 4. Resolution 2009-01-07B Honoring Judge John W. Peach for his Service to Madison County; and 5. Resolution 2009-01-07C Honoring Ms. Mary Helen Blakeslee of the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development for her service to Madison County.)
 
Under the Public Works Department, Mr. Jordan Greene, Rural Area Development Transportation Engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation, answered questions from the public regarding the Rails to Trails project. After discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Martin and seconded by Commissioner Ellis that Resolution 2009-01-07 and Memorandum of Agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation for Financial Project ID 404629-2-52-01 be approved. The motion carried 4-1 with Chairman Vickers opposed.
 
After a break for lunch, the meeting resumed at approximately 1:30 p.m. with Ms. Melanie Becker and Mr. Bill McLeod of Embarq giving a presentation regarding the possible expansion of DSL Service in Madison County.
 
County Coordinator Allen Cherry asked that Item #5 be added to New Business-Approval of Madison County Emergency Medical Services Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for an A.L.S. Medical Helicopter Transport service in Madison County. A motion was made by Commissioner Ellis and seconded by Commissioner Martin that this item be added to the agenda. The motion carried 5-0.
 
Department Reports were then presented to the Board by the following: Director Jim Stanley and Program Coordinator Vickie Brown for Emergency Management; Director Jerome Wyche and Field Specialist Clay Blair for Solid Waste & Recycling; Director Jamie Willoughby for Animal Control and Mosquito Control; Director Red Henderson and Administrative Office Manager Jo Williams for the Road Department; Extension Agent Diann Douglas, Agriculture Agent Dan Fenneman and 4-H Agent Heather Johnson for the Extension Service; and County Planner Jeanne Bass for the Planning and Zoning Department. 
 
 Deputy Clerk Phyllis Lawson asked the Board to approve a Public Official Bond in the amount of $10,000.00 for new Sheriff Ben Stewart. A motion was made by Commissioner Martin and seconded by Commissioner Roy Ellis that this bond be approved. The motion carried 5-0.
 
County Coordinator Allen Cherry presented a Certificate of Public Convenience and Safety for an A.L.S. Medical Helicopter Transport Service in Madison County on behalf of EMS Director Juan Botino for the Board’s approval. A motion was made by Commissioner Ellis and seconded by Commissioner Martin that the Certificate be approved. The motion carried 5-0.
 
Mr. Cherry also stated that he had been in contact with City of Madison Manager Harold Emrich regarding the trade/purchase of an old ambulance chassis from our Emergency Medical Services Department. The City has a small road grader valued at approximately $5,000 and would like to trade it for an old ambulance chassis valued at approximately $12,000 to $14,000. The Board by consensus agreed to this trade/purchase negotiation.
 
Commissioner Ellis asked that the Board allow the Road Department to look at prices for maintenance maps and surveys on the remaining portion of Balboa Street connecting Dale Leslie Drive and West Farm Road. The Board by consensus agreed to this request.
 
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the meeting at 2:55 p.m.
 
                                                                        Board of County Commissioners
                                                                        Madison County, Florida
 
By:_________________________
                                                                              Roy W. Vickers, Chairman
                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                   
ATTEST:
 
_____________________________
Tim Sanders, Clerk to the Board of
County Commissioners
 

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