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Friday, February 19, 1999
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, February 17, 1999, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 103 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Four items were 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-2f Staff requested a deferral until March 3 of the five-year lease with Fieldmark, Inc. for office space for the Child Care Licensing Program and the Consumer Protection Program.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-A-7 The Board approved the interlocal agreement providing $50,000 to the USF Office for Corporate Development/Innovation and Commercialization Program as recommended by staff. However, the Board directed by general consensus that staff review the economic development program in general, including financial participation by the City of Tampa when the project location is with the city limits. This action also includes addressing this issue in the review of the USF bio-medical facility request. John Dausman will prepare a report for Board discussion on May 19. Ed Hunzeker will address participation by the City of Tampa in the USF bio-medical facility and provide a report on March 3.

Audience Comments:

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

Ed Brown and James Brown spoke regarding Judge Whittemore's ruling concerning an easement near Shoupe Road. The Browns indicated that the ruling has created problems with flooding, trespassing, and violence. The County Attorney agreed to meet with the two individuals and provide assistance, if appropriate.

Tim Curtis spoke in support of the State operating Gandy Bridge as a state park.

Brian Schatz and Mark Klutho spoke regarding sustainable buildings.

Commissioner Platt informed the BOCC that a study is underway documenting programs that the County has implemented or will propose to implement that will reduce energy and potentially save money. The study is half completed and will be taken to the BOCC later this summer. Ned Baier is heading this effort up working with a consultant. In addition to that study, Mike Kelly is heading up a related project called green buildings that specifically looks at the design of buildings and how the building design can reduce energy needs. Commissioner Platt suggested that information from the programs should be presented to the Board when completed. Ned Baier will provide the report to the Board upon completion this summer.

Hannah Head spoke regarding the region's water supply.

Cheryl Bradford spoke in opposition to the Tampa Bay Water governance agreement.

Valerie Adams spoke regarding Montague Road improvements which should coincide with the construction of a new school. The Board requested a status report on this matter at the March 3 BOCC meeting. Bernardo Garcia, with budget assistance from Eric Johnson, will follow through and prepare a report, as requested.

Paulette Crawford expressed a concern regarding delays relating to impact fees. The County Administrator advised Board members that a workshop on impact fees is scheduled for April 28. Ed Hunzeker will develop the plans for citizen participation on impact fees and provide a report to the Board prior to April 28.

Marilyn Smith spoke regarding the citizen complaint process, bio-medical facility, and Tampa Bay Water.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board approved the annexation of street lighting services areas to the Hillsborough County Consolidated Street Lighting Special Purpose District and related street lighting items, for the 1999 Tax Year.

III-2 The Board adopted an ordinance requiring that elected public officials post a bond. The proposed ordinance will require that the bonds be in the same amount as was required before the statute was amended.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 Attorney Peter J. Kelly, representing MacDonald Training Center, appeared to request the Board to release reverters held by Hillsborough County in two acres of a 20.3 acre parcel of real property located at intersection of Boy Scout Road and Lois Avenue. This matter was continued until Tuesday's Land Use Meeting on February 23 in order to allow staff to perform additional research on the history of a previous proposed sale. Mike Kelly will conduct the necessary research and provide information requested during this discussion. (A time certain of 2:45 p.m. has been established.)

IV-2 Mr. Tom Morrison, Counsel for the Hillsborough County Industrial Development Authority, presented an application for $55 million of Private Activity 501(c) (3) Bond Financing from University Community Hospital, Inc. The Board approved the application, as presented.

IV-3 Ms. Mary S. Presnell, Real Estate Specialist, US Postal Services, briefed the Board on the proposed postal facilities in the Carrollwood and Bloomingdale areas. No action was required.

IV-4 The County Attorney requested deletion of the appearance by Mr. Frank DeBose, Chairman, Hillsborough County Housing Finance Authority, to present a check to Emmy Acton, County Attorney.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1a The Board received the Updated Building Master Plan's Final Report and directed that a workshop be scheduled to review in more detail the long term solutions for the County's office space and parking demands. The workshop will be scheduled for August 11 at 9:30 am.

V-A-1b The Board authorized staff to pursue options to address the short term parking needs for the Court Improvement Facilities Project so the project is not delayed.

V-A-2a The Board approved a budget amendment resolution to appropriate $48,070 from the Countywide General Fund Reserve for Contingency to provide salary for a new position in the Debt Management Department.

V-B-1a The Board approved a budget amendment to appropriate $40,200 from the Reserve for Contingency Fund to fund the recommendations of the Hillsborough County Hunger Task Force as outlined in the agenda material, which was approved by the Board on the November 12, 1998, Board Meeting. Also, the Board accepted and appropriated $179,859 in Federal USFA funds as per 1st amendment to Contract #USDA 99-1 approved by the Board on January 6, 1999, to provide funding for the Department of Aging Services Breakfast Meal Program for the period January 1, 1999, through September 30, 1999, with no additional County funds required. Cretta Johnson will distribute copies of the Hunger Task Force to the three new Board members.

V-B-2 Cretta Johnson presented two changes to the General and Financial Assistance Policy relating to Unemployable due to Medical Barriers, and assistance for persons under sponsorship of non-immigrants. Following the Board's discussion, this item was continued to allow staff to seek information from other counties as to their process and procedures for handling these issues. Cretta Johnson will conduct additional research on this matter and provide a report back to the Board on April 21.

V-B-3 The Board received the report regarding remediation of transportation problems for the disadvantaged. The Board approved the following staff recommendations as a short-term solution.

1. Recognize MMG as the only viable provider for the County to contract with for all service that Share-A-Van cannot do and allow staff to negotiate terms; and
2. Commit to an initial expansion of three vehicles and associated operating costs for the Share-A-Van program as shown on attachment II in the agenda material.

These recommendations will allow staff to proceed to stabilize para-transit operations and provide the most effective and efficient service to the elderly, sick, disabled and low income who require door-to-door service.

The Board will consider the following long term options in the upcoming budget process:

1. Expand the County's Share-A-Van program to cover all the service except for Medicaid; and
2. Expand the transit, HARTline, which will then allow Share-A-Van to be used more exclusively for persons unable to ride the bus, whether medical or quality of life trips.

Jimmie Keel will coordinate a review and report to the Board on any recommended changes in the County's regulatory (PTC) process on May 5.

V-C-1 The Board received a verbal update from staff regarding funding of additional support for addressing water supply issues faced by the County, which relate to Tampa Bay Water and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, through an increase in water rates and a transfer from General Fund Contingency. This discussion was continued until the February 24 workshop.

V-D-1 Staff requested a deferral until March 3 for consideration of the BOCC policy regarding citizen complaints against County Administrator employee(s) and/or department(s).

V-D-2 The Board discussed Senator John Grant's letter reacting to the County's proposed amendatory language for Local Bill 4 relating to hospital liens. The Board authorized the Chairman to send a letter to Senator Grant indicating three points: 1) to reaffirm the Board's original position on the hospital lien bill; 2) to provide further rationale for the Board's position; and 3) to advise that the Board will be receptive to any other observations which Senator Grant may have. Pat Bean will prepare an appropriate letter for Chairman Platt's signature by February 23.

V-D-3 Staff requested a deferral until March 3 on an interlocal agreement with the University of South Florida to fund a portion of a high technology bio-medical incubator facility, in an amount not to exceed $2.5 million.

V-D-4 The County Administrator presented a proposed agenda for the public meeting on transportation scheduled for February 18. A one-page agenda, without a lengthy staff presentation, was approved. The meeting will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

V-D-5 The Board awarded the contract for a performance audit of the Community Improvement Department revised scope of services to Valiente, Hernandez & Co., P.A., in the not-to-exceed amount of $62,675 for a contract term effective with the date of the County's notice to proceed to terminate one year later. Further, the Board authorized realignment of $62,675 in the unincorporated general fund, non-departmental FY99 appropriations for performance audits to the Office of Management Analysis to cover the full cost of the contract.

Commissioners' Section:

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

Commissioner Wacksman advised that he was appointed to both the Council of Governments and the Hartline Board, which creates a conflict in meeting time. Commissioner Platt suggested that he schedule this item with details of the meeting times, etc., on the next BOCC agenda for consideration. Charlotte Emrick will assist Commissioner Wacksman in preparing his agenda item.

Commissioner Wacksman also reported on MPO issues. In his capacity as a member of the major policy committee, the MPO is in the process of expanding its membership and Commissioner Wacksman wanted to insure that the BOCC is adequately represented. Thus, he has requested that census information be reviewed for this purpose. This information ultimately will be provided to members of the BOCC.

Commissioner Platt reported on the Gandy Bridge Oversight Committee meeting wherein the committee took a position not to turn the bridge into a State park.

VI-3a The Board voted to receive and file a letter from Darrell W. Katz regarding Hillsborough County's maintenance of rights-of-way, and requesting that Hillsborough County aggressively pursue Abottle bill@ legislation. Charlotte Emrick will prepare an acknowledgment letter for the Chairman's signature.

VI-3b The Board voted to receive and file a letter and sample resolution from Thomas Bracko, Cerritos, California, requesting Hillsborough County consider supporting English as the language of our government. Charlotte Emrick will prepare an acknowledgment letter for the Chairman's signature.

VI-4 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding growing problems with non-residential garbage service. He indicated that a problem had existed with mobile home parks with collection of garbage (commercial); however, this problem has been resolved. Assistant County Attorney Hank Ennis provided an explanation of the sale of the Kimmins garbage franchise. No action was required.

VI-5 Commissioner Frank led a discussion regarding the 1999 Countywide Citizen Survey of County Services. Following the Board's discussion, the Board took action to suspend the funding for the citizen survey. Eric Johnson will cancel all existing contracts.

VI-6 Commissioner Hart led a discussion relating to transportation issues and the 2012 Olympics. John Sykes provided a brief update of the 2012 Olympics process. The Board referred this matter to the County Administrator for further clarification and amplification. Tom Thomson will provide the necessary background materials and include this discussion in the transportation workshop agenda for February 24. Since the funds are allocated through the MPO, Mr. Thomson invite Lucy Ayer, MPO, to participate in the workshop.

VI-7 Chairman Platt led a discussion regarding Egmont Key. The Board passed a motion to reaffirm its support of funding for a short-term fix for Egmont Key until a long-term solution could be determined. Also the Board thanked Representative Bradley and Senator Hargrett for their support in seeking funds on this issue. Helen Levine will follow up as necessary on the funding issue and prepare letters for the Chairman's signature to Representative Bradley and Senator Hargrett.

VI-8 Chairman Platt presented correspondence received from the Florida Olympics 2012 regarding ethics issues. Following the Board's discussion, this issue was delayed until March 17. Lelia Blevins will prepare a letter to Ed Turanchik inviting him to be here on March 17 to discuss their plans.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 The Board received the update on status of County Audit Report #68, Ice Palace ticket surcharge records audit. No action was required.

Pursuant to the Board's discussion, Mike Merrill agreed to contact the Lightning owners to determine if there is an opportunity to extend the lease.

Commissioner Platt thanked Mike Merrill for the good work he does in representing Hillsborough County.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel A. Kleman
County Administrator


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

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