Archived Agendas

Friday, January 8, 1999
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, January 6, 1999, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 100 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-1f Staff requested a deferral until January 20 on the Sidewalk ADA Retrofit Program (FY 99).

I-A-1q Staff requested a deferral until January 20 on the purchase and installation of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) Upgrade.

I-A-2c Staff requested a deferral until January 20 on the easement agreement granted by Barry Pilkington as Trustee to Crescent Resources, Inc., and Hillsborough County, for the Falkenburg Road Extension Project (between Palm River Road and Leroy Selmon Expressway).

I-B-8 Staff requested a deletion of the 4th modification to agreement with the Florida Department of Health, Pasco County Health Department.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-A-2a The Board continued until January 20 the license agreement for a cell phone tower on County-owned real estate located on N. Dale Mabry Highway, at Fletcher Avenue. However, staff was directed to review comparative financial information and location issues. Mike Kelly will provide the requested information as part of the January 20 agenda backup materials.

Audience Comments:

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

‚ John Ernst spoke on impact to businesses and residences which would be created by the installation of a median on Providence Road. Although no formal action was taken on this matter, it was suggested that staff review safety factors involved with U-turns as well as cost factors involved in the project. Bernardo Garcia will distribute a report to the Board by January 14.

‚ Hannah Head spoke on the tax payment on the Raymond James Stadium and support of mass transit.

‚ Mark Klutho spoke on desalination and sustainable buildings. Commissioner Platt requested a written report on energy efficient lighting in the County Center. Mike Kelly will distribute a report to the Board and Mr. Klutho by January 31.

‚ Brian Schatz spoke on sustainable buildings and desalination. He indicated concern that a decision had been made to move the Project Greenhouse from MOSI property so that the All People's Life Center could be located on MOSI property. A staff update on Project Greenhouse was requested. Pat Bean will distribute a report to Board members by January 21.

‚ Marilyn Smith spoke regarding several issues.

Public Hearings:


Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 David Hurley, Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee, presented a report of monthly activities of the CAC. He requested that Board members fill the four vacancies on the CAC as soon as possible. Mr. Hurley distributed a hand-out and graphic regarding the HARTline audit. With regard to his questions concerning the audit, these issues will be referred to Peat Marwick and HARTline for response prior to the joint meeting and workshop on January 27. Debbie Gotwalt will request the information for inclusion in the January 27 workshop materials.

IV-2 Bob Silah, Vice Chairman, USS Forrestal Sea, Air, Space Museum, Inc., appeared regarding the 12th Street Warehouse. The Board approved the use of the property by the Museum for a period of not less than 12 months, with a 90-day cancellation clause. The property is to be marketed and advertised for sale as surplus property beginning May 1.

IV-3 Dominic Calabro, President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida TaxWatch, presented a report on the County's finances from TaxWatch. Mr. Calabro requested the Board's approval to participate in upcoming workshops on January 13, March 10, and April 14. The Board took no action on this request, but requested the County Administrator to insure that the original direction of the Board on the relationship between the Blue Ribbon Committee and TaxWatch is followed.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1a The Board approved a budget amendment to appropriate $48,000 from the Reserve Contingency General fund, to provide funding for an environmental clean-up which was previously authorized by the Board on October 21, 1998. The clean-up is needed on formerly owned County-owned land (Fleet) at 3208 Sydney Road, Plant City.

V-A-1b The Board approved a budget amendment to appropriate $98,782 from the Reserve Contingency - Unincorporated Area General Fund (Operating Fund) and $8,357 from the Reserve Contingency - Countywide General Fund (Operating Fund). These funds are needed to provide the Public Safety Department with the necessary operating funds which were not allocated in their FY 99 budget.

V-A-2a The Board approved the selection of and authorization of contracts for the periods listed beginning with the date of the Notice to Proceed in the not-to-exceed amounts listed with; Freilich, Leitner, & Carlisle, Community Design Regulations, $209,890, 365 days; Duany Plater - Zyberk & Company, NorthWest Hillsborough Plan, $149,200, 120 days; HDR Engineering, Inc., Brandon Main Street Plan, $125,000, 270 days.

V-C-1 The Board received a staff report from the Water Department and approved scheduling of a public hearing to consider adoption of the proposed Infrastructure Assessment Unit Ordinance as modified in accordance with BOCC direction to include the requirement for a petition from affected property owners as a prerequisite to the establishment of an Infrastructure Assessment Unit. Mike McWeeny will review available options to advise and protect home owners of special district taxation being placed on their property tax bills. This information will be provided with the agenda materials for the public hearing.

V-D-1 With regard to the Community Improvement Department audit, the Board adopted Option 3 of the alternative approaches presented in the backup materials which instructs staff to negotiate price directly with the proposers and also directed staff to modify the scope of services for the performance audit to focus on the Code Enforcement functions of the organizations as the primary task and to review existing audit work for the balance of the Department, testing where applicable the work of prior audits.

V-D-2 The Board approved the scope of services and authorized staff to proceed with the request for proposals (RFP) for the performance audit of the Human Services Group which includes the Aging Services, Children's Services and Cooperative Extension departments.

V-D-3 The Board took action as follows on the twelve local bills which will be considered by the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation on January 16, 1999.

Local Bill 1: Aviation Authority - No position.
Local Bill 2: Twelve Oaks codification - Support.
Local Bill 3: Carrollwood Recreation - Support.
Local Bill 4: Liens/Hospitals - Support recommendation made by the workgroup chaired by Deputy County Administrator Pat Bean which recommends the BOCC continue to have the authority to establish the liens for hospitals in Hillsborough County. If the Bill is modified, an additional local public hearing should be held.
Local Bill 5: TGH Ashell@ bill - Request that Senator Grant withdraw the Bill. If the Bill is not withdrawn, then a local public hearing should be held in Tampa to discuss the substance of the Bill once developed.
Local Bill 6: Sports Authority membership - Support.
Local Bill 7: Civil Service/closed promotions - Oppose.
Local Bill 8: Civil Service/promotions - Oppose.
Local Bill 9: Civil Service/elected office - Support with proposed clarification.
Local Bill 10: City of Tampa pension - No position.
Local Bill 11: Audits/8 year cycle - Support. The cost benefit information and the dollar amount spent on performance audits are to be provided to Chairman Jan Platt for presentation to the Legislative Delegation. Debbie Gotwalt will provide the cost data and fax a request to each organization to provide information on the benefits.
Local Bill 12: Planning Commission/redress for non-compliance - No position.

Additionally, the Board supported the addition of a request for funding for Egmont Key to the General Legislative Program. The Legislative Delegations of Pinellas County and Manatee County are to be requested to participate. Helen Levine has been tasked with contacting each of the Delegations.

V-D-4 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until January 20 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-E-1 The Board approved a BOCC policy relating to slap suits.

V-F-1 The Board heard a request from the Tampa Sports Authority to consider taking title to the Raymond James Stadium and leasing it back to the Tampa Sports Authority. Mike Merrill presented information and options regarding the transaction. Following extensive discussion, the Board took action to continue this item until such time information is received from Property Appraiser Rob Turner regarding license agreements for the luxury suites at the stadium. Also, the County Administrator was directed to bring back revenue options for consideration by the Board in addressing the financial liability; such options to include at a minimum, use of Tourist Development Tax, NFL ticket surcharges, and financial support from the City of Tampa. Mike Merrill will be responsible for the revenue report. The County Attorney was directed to file a neutral Amicus brief with the Supreme Court requesting the Court to expedite the case.

Commissioners' Section:

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

‚ Commissioner Hart indicated that there was an additional appointment the Board had somehow missed -- Tampa Bay Reinvestment Corporation, which addresses affordable housing. Also he mentioned that there were some trade-offs, such as the MPO appointment, that he would like to discuss. He indicated that he would initiate this item on January 20 for BOCC discussion. The Board appointed Commissioner Ben Wacksman to fill all of the appointments held by former Commissioner Ed Turanchik.

VI-4 Discussion regarding the Raymond James Stadium (Comm. Norman). This item was discussed as part of V-F-1.

VI-5 Commissioner Platt led a very brief discussion regarding action taken by the BOCC on December 16, 1998, regarding remediation of transportation problems for the disadvantaged. The County Administrator advised that staff is proceeding with its review of other Counties' transportation programs and will present a report and recommendation to the Board on February 3.

VI-6 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding the State converting Gandy Bridge into a state park. A similar situation is occurring in Jacksonville and Nassau Counties as it relates to the Nassau Sound Bridge. Commissioner Norman requested that our delegation be requested to partner with Representative George Crady to include Gandy Bridge in his legislation regarding Nassau Sound Bridge. This matter was referred to the Gandy Bridge Oversight Committee. Bernardo Garcia will prepare a referral letter under the County Administrator's signature to the Oversight Committee by January 8. If the Committee concurs, Helen Levine will add the request to our Legislative Program.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 The Board received the staff report on Weed & Seed audit recommendations. No action was required.

VII-2 The Board received the staff report regarding update on Year 2000 Compliance. The Board directed that letters be sent to all Constitutional Officers and agencies funded by the Board, requesting assurances that their agencies are Y2K compliant, and inviting their participation in ITS meetings on Y2K. Roger Dean will draft a letter for the Chairman's signature to Constitutional Officers and outside agencies.

Additional Item:

The County Administrator reported to the Board that the Department of Animal Services was requested by the Tampa Police Department to assist them by providing transportation, veterinary care and shelter to over 300 dogs seized on January 6 as a result of two search warrants exercised by T.P.D.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel A. Kleman
County Administrator


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

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