Archived Agendas

Thursday, March 4, 1999
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, March 3, 1999, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 62 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. One item was removed from consent by Board members for questions or discussion. All of the consent items were approved as recommended by staff, with exception of the following:

I-A-1b Staff requested a deferral until March 17 for the Countywide road resurfacing program.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-A-2b The Board approved the appraisal agreements with Ellis & Menard and Lee Pallardy for the Delaney Creek stormwater project. However, Commissioner Hart requested information on a related project involving an offer by a private company. Bernardo Garcia will distribute a report to the Board by March 15.

Commissioner Platt requested that staff distribute to the three new Board members copies of the stormwater projects. Bernardo Garcia will provide the information by March 15.

Audience Comments:

Nine individuals appeared during the Audience Comments portion of the meeting, as follows:

t Spencer Tyrell and Roni Sheppard spoke on the sale of Florida Cities Water and the need for representation on the GUA. The Board, by consensus, requested a staff report on the Florida Governmental Utility Authority and recommendation for any needed action back for the Land Use meeting of March 9. Scheduling of this item on the Land Use Agenda will allow for a discussion prior to the Tampa Bay Water meeting on March 15. Mike McWeeny will prepare a report and recommendation for distribution to the Board for the March 9 meeting.
t Hannah Head spoke on the stadium tax and welfare.
t Floyd Irwin spoke on religious issues.
t Allison Edwards spoke on the water agreement with Tampa Bay Water.
t Mark Klutho spoke on sustainable buildings.
t Marilyn Smith spoke on an allocation to the USF bio-medical facility, payment due the County by Time-Warner, and Tampa Bay Water.
t Cheryl Bradford spoke regarding the Water Team report and recommended approval of Option A in agenda item V-C-3.
t Joyce Smith spoke on economic development as it relates to the USF Biomedical Facility.

Public Hearings:


Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 David Hurley, Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee, presented the CAC’s monthly report and selection for the Moral Courage Award. The Board approved the selection of William F. Poe as the recipient of the Moral Courage Award. The Board directed that congratulatory letters be sent to other nominees for the award. Edith Stewart will prepare letters under the Chairman’s signature, as directed. Mike Foerster will coordinate the scheduling of a ceremony and reception for Mr. Poe at a future BOCC meeting.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1a Mike Kelly provided an update and recommendations on the Court Facilities Improvement Project. The Board accepted letters of support; endorsed the updated scope and estimated cost and schedule for the Court Facilities Improvement Project; approved the financing plan for the project; approved related items V-C-1 a&b, and approved assigning the existing County-owned Twiggs Street parking garage for the Courts’ use, with management by the County Administrator and rates to be set by the BOCC. Staff’s recommendation to approve funding of the Public Art for the Court Facilities Improvement Project from construction contingency funds was withdrawn, as the Public Art Committee will include this item in their annual report. The Board was requested to authorize demolition of the Ice House property at 818 Zack Street; however, this item was continued for thirty days. Mike Kelly is to determine through discussions with the Historic Preservation Board if the Ice House has any historic significance. Mike Kelly will compile the requested information and prepare an agenda item for the April 7 meeting. This report will also include information on sale of the property relating to past BOCC discussions.

V-A-1b Mike Kelly presented a report regarding parking to accommodate citizens visiting County buildings and County employees. Several potential sites to accommodate parking were presented to the Board for consideration. However, the Board directed that staff review other sites south of the County Center that would potentially improve or beautify some of the distressed areas south of the County Center and come back to the Board on March 17. Mike Kelly will follow through with a review of other potential sites to accommodate parking for citizens visiting County buildings and County employees and reschedule this item on the March 17 Agenda. With reference to the long term parking issue, Mike Merrill is to bring back a report regarding the impact of tax exempt financing on privatizing the operation of County garages.

V-A-2a The Board approved a budget amendment to realign capital projects, some EPC operating grant funds, and the County Fine and Forfeiture Fund in the amount of $9,071,552 to bring estimated beginning fund balances in line with actual fund balances at October 1, 1998, and to adjust capital projects budgets included in the FY 99 Adopted Capital Budget to reflect unspent portion of budgets approved by the Board of County Commissioners to date.

V-C-1 (a&b) The Board a 7th modification agreement in the amount of $2,577,516 with Rañon and Partners, Inc., to provide architectural and engineering services for the new Edgecomb Civil-Family Court Facility, new Jefferson Street Annex addition, Courthouse Annex renovation (north), two pedestrian bridges and other associated services for the Court Facilities Improvement Project, f/k/a Court Administration Project. Also, the Board approved a budget amendment transferring $7,660,067 from various non-Bond funding sources committed to the Court Facilities Improvement Project to set-up budget appropriations to cover the 7th modification agreement and other anticipated costs related to this project. (These two items were approved as a part of V-A-1a.)

V-C-2 The County Administrator requested authorization to discuss an interim development policy for the Keystone Community Area with the Planning Commission; and, authorize the County Attorney to draft an interim development ordinance applying to the Keystone area during the formulation of the Keystone Community Plan. The Board did not act to approve the request.

V-C-3 The Board received a report from the Water Team and request for funding of additional support and additional staff positions for addressing water supply and general environmental issues faced by Hillsborough County, which relate to Tampa Bay Water and Southwest Florida Water Management District. Following discussion, the Board approved the transfer of $1,410,000 from Contingency funds to fund Option A for the remainder of the current fiscal year. Staff was directed to bring back long term funding options to fund the remainder of the $12.1 million for the three-year program at the next BOCC meeting. Mike McWeeny, with support from Mike Merrill and Eric Johnson, will prepare an agenda item for March 17 to address these funding issues which includes establishment of a special fund from the General Fund Contingency.

V-C-4 The Board approved an agreement with Morgan Construction Corporation whereby Morgan Construction Corporation will be permitted to complete the renovations to Midway Fire Station for the amount of $148,226.30, less an upset limit of $5,000 for the County’s damages.

V-D-1 The Board discussed adoption of a BOCC policy whereby citizen complaints against County Administrator employee(s) and/or department(s) will be handled in accordance with the procedure outlined in Administrative Directive #173. Following discussion, the Board voted to continue this item and requested that the County Administrator include all policies relating to citizens complaints against employees and/or departments in one document, rather than having a separate policy for dealing with complaints during a public meeting. Pat Bean, with support from Sharon Wall and Lelia Blevins, will develop a policy providing for allegations in a single BOCC policy and schedule for consideration on September 15. This item will also include a reporting system for the number of citizen complaints received.

V-D-2 Per request of USF President Betty Castor, the Board deferred until March 17 consideration of the item relating to the Bio-Medical Incubator Facility:

V-D-3 The Board did not approve the scheduling of a workshop on the Parks and Recreation Performance Audit Final Report and Management Response. Instead, the County Administrator will provide copies of the management response to members of the BOCC. Debbie Gotwalt will proceed with an amendment to the BOCC policy to reflect this new direction and schedule on the March 17 Agenda.

V-D-4 The Board approved a legislative position of requesting authorization for Hillsborough County to levy up to a 1% sales tax by referendum and directed that the County Administrator and our Legislative Team secure legislative support for this position. Further, the Board directed that an interlocal agreement be drafted with HARTline that provides for an ad valorem property tax rollback. Helen Levine will proceed to secure legislative support for this position. Dan Kleman will meet with Sharon Dent to develop the interlocal agreement and will schedule a joint meeting with the HARTline board.

V-E-1 The Board approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Temple Terrace to establish City’s participation in the Hillsborough County Building Boards of Adjustment, Appeals and Examiners.

V-E-2 The Board authorized the County Attorney’s office to reject the settlement offer of Debbie and David Johnson in the amount of $45,000.

Commissioners’ Section:

VI-1 Commissioners presented reports regarding various boards and councils on which they serve, as follows:

t Commissioner Norman reported on a meeting of the Tampa Performing Arts board. The performing arts center will receive an important recognition. He complimented the performing arts center board for an outstanding job and their involvement in the community.
t Commissioner Scott reported on a HARTline meeting. An employees committee has been established to review employee concerns and issues and hopefully, improve the image of HARTline.
t Commissioner Hart indicated that he attend a National Association of Counties meeting in Washington. Items of interest were telecommunications, sustainable communities, and Y2K compliance efforts.
t Commissioner Frank reported on the Hospital Authority meeting. The question of the hospital attorney’s conflict of interest was discussed. Also Commissioner Frank reported on issues being discussed by Tampa Bay Water, including the water treatment plant project and desalination plant bids with a potential Big Bend location. Desal and the pipeline project will be discussed at the TBW meeting on March 15. She also briefly reported on the MPO meeting.
t Commissioner Wacksman reported on the Tampa Bay Partnership meeting and indicated that he was pleased that simple, straight forward transportation maps had been prepared. He also reported on the MPO meeting.

VI-2 Appointments were made to various boards and councils.

VI-3 Correspondence received by the Board.

a. A letter was received from Robert Hunter, Planning Commission, with attached resolution recommending the review of existing building codes and consider feasible and life time cost-effective revisions, incorporate sustainable "green" building practices into new and existing public facilities and encourage and support these practices in private sector. The letter is to be acknowledged with an indication that this issue will be discussed by the Board on May 19. Lelia Blevins will prepare an acknowledgment letter for the Chairman’s signature.
b. A letter was received from the Honorable Judge Jim Moody, Co-Chairman of Hillsborough Tomorrow, expressing their interest in assisting the Board in implementing the first and second recommendations as presented in the Blue Ribbon Committee on County Finances report. The letter is to be acknowledged with an indication that this matter is scheduled for the March 10 BOCC workshop. Lelia Blevins will prepare a letter for the Chairman’s signature.
c. A letter received from Robert Hunter, Planning Commission, with a resolution which recommends restriction on the staff waiver of sidewalk and bicycle facilities during the design of developer and roadway projects, to Board of County Commissioners’ action. This item was deferred, per request of Robert Hunter, until the March 17 meeting.
d. A letter was received from Barbara Romano, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, advising they have been awarded the privilege of hosting the Conference of the National Association of Regional Councils in the year 2000, and requesting financial and in-kind support of the Board of County Commissioners. The Board voted to receive and refer this matter to the Tourist Development Council and Hillsborough County Convention and Visitors Association for review. Gene Gray will prepare an acknowledgment letter to Ms. Romano for the Chairman’s signature. Also Gene Gray will prepare letters to the TDC and HCCVA for the Chairman’s signature.

VI-4 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding Hillsborough County’s application to the White House Millennium Council for designation as a National Millennium Community. The Board concurred with her recommendation to submit the correspondence and application to the intergovernmental agency, the National Association of Counties (NACO), who will then forward this information directly to the White House Millennium Council, which is responsible for awarding the final designation as a National Millennium Community. Jan Stein will work with Chairman Platt and coordinate the sending of the application to NACO.

VI-5 The Board approved an amendment, as amended, to Rule 17 of the Board’s Rules of Order relating to Workshop Meetings. Lelia Blevins will prepare the amendment to Rule 17, as discussed by the BOCC, and schedule on March 17 for a second vote on the amended Rules of Order.

VI-6 Commissioner Wacksman led a discussion regarding conflict of meeting times between the Council of Governments and HARTline Board. Commissioner Platt agreed to assume the Board’s appointment to the Council of Governments. Charlotte Emrick will prepare a letter to the COG advising of the Board’s new appointment.

VI-7 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding scheduling a Pinellas-Hillsborough Summit. The Board approved the concept of having an open discussion with Pinellas and directed staff to bring back to the Board suggested topics for discussion. Pat Bean will prepare a letter to the Pinellas County Chairman for Chairman Platt’s signature and request that the two County Administrators meet to prepare the agenda. Vicky Butera will schedule the meeting with Fred Marquis.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 Sharon Wall presented an annual report regarding volunteers summarizing the outstanding number of contributions in volunteer hours. The past year’s statistics had greatly increased over the previous year. No action was required.

Additional Item:

County Attorney Emmy Acton reported to the Board on the status of litigation with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers concerning public records and Raymond James Stadium. Ms. Acton reported that at the hearing Wednesday morning Judge Holder had held the Bucs in contempt of court and would begin imposing fines upon the team if the documents were not turned over. Ms. Acton stated she would continue to advise the Board on the case. Chairman Platt congratulated Ms. Acton on the progress of the litigation.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel A. Kleman
County Administrator


cc: Executive Team
County Attorney
Department and Division Directors
Sue Parrish
Charlotte Emrick

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