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

Recap of Wednesday, February 3, 1999, BOCC Meeting

At the beginning of the meeting, Special Agent-in-Charge Steve Reynolds, with the U.S. Customs Office, presented a check in the amount of $47,894 to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, representing illegal drug seizure money, to be used by the Emergency and Disaster Response Team.

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 90 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-2c Staff requested deletion of the easement agreement granted by Barry Pilkington as trustee to Crescent Resources, Inc. for the Falkenburg Road extension project.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-A-5 The status report on grant applications in-process will be scheduled on February 17.

I-B-39 The report and recommendations regarding remediation of transportation problems for the disadvantaged will be scheduled on February 17.

Audience Comments:

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

Aldyce Garms, Anna Yuninger, Sarah Lind, Dooley Houghtaling, Ron Wolf and Tom Sherwood spoke in support of the South County Service Center (Agenda item V-A-1b).

Rev. Randy Brummitt expressed his opposition to the staff report distributed to the Board on Tuesday regarding the median construction on Providence Road. An issue was raised concerning an ingress/egress settlement agreement reached during a prior eminent domain proceeding with the Brandon Assembly of God Church. Pat Bean and Emmy Acton will review the settlement agreement and distribute a report to Rev. Brummitt and the Board by February 19.

Mike Stanley, representing Transportation Structures, Inc., spoke regarding a bid protest on the sidewalk ADA retrofit program (item V-A-1g). Assistant County Attorney David Persky advised the Board that County staff had handled the bid proceeding in an appropriate manner.

Cheryl Bradford, representing the Alafia River Basin Board, spoke regarding the Tampa Bay Water item (VI-8).

Brian Schatz spoke regarding the sustainable building code and indicated that he had communicated with the Planning Commission staff on this matter.

Marilyn Smith spoke regarding Tampa Bay Water.

Rev. Floyd Irwin spoke regarding religious issues.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board received public comment regarding requests from repetitive-loss flood victims to receive supplemental funding from the State's Division of Housing and Community Development, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and authorized transmittal of respective requests (on or before February 13, 1999) and authorized the Chairman to sign the State's CDBG signature form.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 Elvin Martinez, Jr., Chairman of the Hillsborough County Cable Advisory Committee, presented the annual report from the Cable Advisory Committee. No action was required.

IV-2 Shirley A. Ryals and Frank Miller, Co-Chairs of the Hillsborough Community 2000 Millennium Initiative Committee, presented a "Millennium Initiative" update/report and request for the Board to adopt a joint resolution regarding the commencement and celebration of the next millennium. The Board adopted the proposed joint resolution.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1a The Board approved execution of a license agreement for a cell phone tower on County-owned real estate located on N. Dale Mabry Hwy., at Fletcher Ave. The property is the site of a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Station. The rent for the 2,934.77 sf. site is $12,000 per year plus 20% of any rent paid by co-locators on the tower. The term is for five years and six options to renew for five years each with a 20% increase in rent each term. The agreement requires the re-paving of the parking lot and driveways at the station.

Staff was directed to bring back a report prior to the end of the fiscal year outlining what is going on in the industry. Mike Kelly will provide the report by September 1, 1999.

V-A-1b The Board received the report and approved staff's recommendation regarding acquisition of site for a South County Regional Service Center/HARTline Facilities. Per Board discussion, a staff report to the Board will be prepared on the use of the proceeds from the sale of the 12th Street warehouse property. Also a staff report to the Board will be prepared on the overall aspect of service centers with a recommendation on service accessibility in District #3. Mike Kelly will coordinate this matter and provide a report to the Board on May 19.

V-A-1c The Board received a staff report regarding Sun City Center site for the Fire Station Project and concurred with staff's recommendation to adopt Site A (FDOT site) as the preferred site for the proposed new Sun City Center fire station, and further, authorized more detailed project development activities to proceed. The Board directed that staff simultaneously review other options in an attempt to attain community support for a site.

V-A-2a The Board awarded an RFP for Facilities Management printing services for Hillsborough County to Savin Corporation, the best proposer, in an amount not to exceed $4,492,053.80 for a contract term effective with the date of the County's "Notice to Proceed" and remain in effect for five years. At the sole option of the County, this contract may be extended for two additional one-year periods, at the same terms and conditions. Additionally, the County reserves the right to research prevailing rates prior to any contract extension and negotiate lower rates commensurate with the movement of the market since contract award.

V-C-1 The Board approved execution of Modification No. 1 to settlement agreement with the City of Tampa which establishes a set rate of $32.07 a ton for processable and nonprocessable solid waste delivered by the City of Tampa to the Hillsborough County Southeast County Landfill (SECLF) during the City of Tampa's waste-to-energy facility retrofit and limits the charge for and quantity of processable solid waste delivered to the City by the County, and to the County by the City. The Board authorized the Chairman to send a letter to the City of Tampa requesting consideration in joining Hillsborough County in the expansion of the County's waste-to-energy facility. Daryl Smith will prepare a letter for Chairman Platt's signature by February 8.

V-C-2 The Board received a report from the Gandy Bridge Oversight Committee regarding turning Gandy Bridge into a state park. Frank Miller reported that the oversight committee unanimously opposed turning Gandy Bridge into a state park. The oversight committee has a meeting scheduled on February 8. The County Administrator was directed to have appropriate staff attend the February 8 meeting to give guidance on the establishment of an acceptable deadline for acquiring a defined amount of pledges, the amount of reserves needed, etc. Ed Radice, in conjunction with Bernardo Garcia, will insure that appropriate staff members are in attendance at the oversight committee meeting, and schedule a report of these discussions for the February 17 BOCC Agenda.

V-D-1 Due to time constraints, staff requested a deferral until February 17 for 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.

V-D-2 Deputy County Administrator Pat Bean presented a report from the work group regarding proposed language for the hospital lien bill. Following extensive discussion, the Board concurred with staff's recommendation to present the proposed language to the Legislative Delegation as proposed amendatory language to Local Bill #04, which amends Chapter 98-499, Laws of Florida, empowering the Commission to provide by ordinance for liens. An additional provision was added to allow 90 to 120 days following the Governor's signing of the Bill to take action on whether or not to adopt a hospital lien ordinance. At least two local public hearings will be scheduled on the ordinance.

Additionally, the Board authorized the Chairman to send a letter to Florida Health Sciences Center, Inc. restating our request for financial information in order to proceed with scheduling a joint meeting.

Pat Bean will provide a response to Commissioner Platt's question regarding the applicability of allowing Tampa General Hospital to file liens from the 1980 legislation.

Commissioner Tom Scott complimented Pat Bean and the work group for their hard work and diligence in handling the Tampa General Hospital lien issue.

V-E-1 The Board accepted the status report on the Peer Review process. Further, the Board delegated to the County Administrator the authority to: (1) decide if the County should agree to extend the time necessary for the parties participating in Peer Review to select a panel and to define the panel's task; and, (2) execute the interlocal agreement agreeing that the County will pay its share of the cost for Peer Review.

V-F-1 Ray Chiaramonte, Assistant Executive Director of the Planning Commission, presented a status report on discussions with the Department of Community Affairs regarding compliance of Hillsborough County's proposed Comprehensive Plan. Seven issues were identified for a future plan amendment cycle. The Board adopted a resolution which generally outlines the outstanding issues and agreement by the BOCC to consider these issues.

V-G-1 The Board accepted into official board records County Audit Report #76 (follow-up to report #53), Animal Services Cash Controls. A status report of the audit findings will be presented to the Board in June as part of the annual report on Clerk's audits.

Commissioners' Section:

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

Commissioner Wacksman reported that the Metropolitan Planning Organization discussed the make-up of the MPO with reference to participation by the Tampa Port Authority and Aviation Authority. Commissioner Frank suggested that the County Attorney review the legislation to determine whether the MPO requires only elected officials to serve on the MPO.

Commissioner Wacksman also reported that HARTline is sending a letter to the Governor outlining specific projects for which HARTline desires funding.

Commissioner Storms reported that the Crosstown Expressway awarded construction phases I and II for the Crosstown Expressway. Rather than constructing feeder roads to the Crosstown, a bridge was determined the best option due to less required maintenance.

VI-2 Appointments were made to the Code Enforcement Board, Industrial Development Authority, and Cross Connection Board.

VI-3a The Board received correspondence from James Verplanck, Chairman, Polk County Joint Airport Zoning Board (JAZB), appealing for Hillsborough County's support in requesting an Attorney General Opinion regarding the extent of jurisdiction of the (JAZB) in Hillsborough County. The Board concurred with the County Attorney's recommendation to joint Polk County in requesting an AGO. Jim Porter will prepare a response for Chairman Platt's signature to the JAZB.

VI-3b The Board received correspondence from Kim D. Leinbach, City Manager, City of Temple Terrace, regarding the City's support for the extension of the 18-year old "pennies for potholes" tax. This letter will be included in the workshop materials for the February 10 workshop.

VI-4 Commissioner Hart led a discussion regarding reprogramming of State High Speed Rail funds. The Board concurred with items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in the background material.

VI-5 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding potential abuse of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Cretta Johnson clarified the affidavit question. No action was taken.

VI-6 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding a meeting place for Homeowner Associations. The Board concurred with Commissioner Norman's recommendation to allow registered homeowner associations to request the School Board to allow registered associations with the County to use a classroom at a neighborhood school without a cost. Vince Pardo will prepare a letter for the Chairman's signature by February 16.

VI-7 Commissioner Scott deleted the item regarding the Tampa Interstate Study Master Plan/I-4 Corridor through Ybor City.

VI-8 Commissioner Frank led a discussion regarding staff support for Tampa Bay Water. Extensive discussion ensued, followed by a motion to have Commissioner Frank, in concert with Dan Kleman and Emmy Acton, meet with the Tampa Bay Water administration to explore all available options and to attempt to have a better understanding of Hillsborough County's relationship with TBW. Also the Board approved Option C contained in the backup which provides that within 48 hours, the County Administrator, the County Attorney, and Director of EPC meet and review their respective workloads. Also, at least one additional staff member per agency (one Attorney, one EPC staff member, and one County Administrator staff member) would be identified for reassignment to work with the Water Team on a full-time basis. Briefings will be scheduled prior to each Tampa Bay Water Board of Directors meeting or more frequently if necessary of the BOCC's two representatives, the entire Water Team and the County Administrator. A rate resolution, for consideration by the BOCC on February 17, will be scheduled to fund Option B for partial coverage of immediate water issues in the total annual cost of $937,500, and as contained in the background materials.

VI-9 Commissioner Storms led a discussion regarding the need for a store front library in the Brandon area. The Board authorized the Chairman to send a letter to Secretary of State Katherine Green, Senator Tom Lee, and Representative Johnny Byrd requesting additional State aid for libraries, with no specific library identified to receive the funds. Helen Levine will prepare a letter for Chairman Platt's signature by February 9, in advance of the February 12 deadline.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 The Board received a staff report regarding potbellied pigs. The Board approved the idea in concept and to include an amendment in the County's ordinance.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel A. Kleman
County Administrator


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