Archived Agendas

Thursday, November 5, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Thursday, November 5, 1998, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 89 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Six items were removed from consent by Board members and the County Administrator for questions or discussion. All of the consent items were approved as recommended by staff, with exception of the following:

I-A-1e The RFQ for pharmacy advisor services was discussed by Board members. Each of the three qualified proposers made comments on staff's recommendation for award. This item was deferred until November 12. Ted Grable will provide additional information on the awards committee ratings.

I-A-8 The Board received the update on the status of County Audit Report #68, Ice Palace ticket surcharge records audit. However, the Board requested that a status of unresolved issues be provided in three months. Mike Merrill will coordinate the management response with the Ice Palace ownership and schedule on the February 17, 1999, agenda.

I-E-5 The Board approved the agreement for special arbitrator services with the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., to provide professional arbitrator services in connection with Tampa Bay Water's new supply projects proposed to be located in Hillsborough County. The agreement is subject to Russell Thomas abstaining from voting on any issue relating to Citizens Environmental Action Committee (CEAC).

I-E-6 The item to authorize the County Attorney's Office to request the Supreme Court of Florida to take jurisdiction in the case of Henry Huerta v. Hillsborough County and Pat Bean, was deleted from the agenda.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-A-4 The report regarding financial management will be rescheduled on December 2.

I-A-9 The report on audit recommendations in County Audit Report #70 of Insurance & Claims Division, Operational Controls, will be rescheduled on December 2.

I-C-12 The Board approved the interlocal agreement re-establishing the Metropolitan Planning Organization. However, the Board authorized the Chairman to send a letter to the Governor requesting consideration of increasing the County's membership on the MPO. Ned Baier will prepare a letter for the Chairman's signature to Governor-Elect Jeb Bush on this matter.

Audience Comments:

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

‚ Barbara Baker, Ellen Bertram, Roja Canales, Mary Canales, Madison Canales, Steve Canales, Carolyn Mullins, and Mike Mullins spoke in support of a potbelly pig ordinance.

‚ Dr. Tom Mason, of the College of Public Health, USF, spoke regarding the acquisition of land from Lennar Homes. He requested that the Board separate the issues of land purchase and the roadway. He indicated that the roadway alignment would have an impact on the water quality in Cypress Creek.

‚ Marilyn Smith spoke regarding hiring and reassignment of personnel and the Neighborhood Relations Office.

‚ Mark Klutho and Brian Schatz spoke regarding the sustainable buildings policy.

Public Hearings:

III-2 The Board denied FWSC's motion to stay proceedings in the rate case entitled In Re: Florida Water Services Corporation's Petition to Increase Rates for the Seaboard Service Area in Hillsborough County.

III-1 Following the Board's action to deny the motion to say the proceedings in the above-referenced agenda item, the Board approved the County Attorney's recommendation to use the PSC model for Florida Water Services Corporation to make refunds to customers of its Seaboard System within ninety days, using the commercial rate of interest.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 David Hurley, Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee, presented a report of monthly activities of the CAC. During the last meeting, the CAC heard items regarding programs to eliminate illegal drugs and mini-grant programs through Neighborhood Relations. Next month, Judge Dominguez will make a presentation from the Public Safety Coordinating Council on alternatives for incarceration. Also Commissioner Jan Platt is scheduled to make a presentation on the moral courage award recommendations.

IV-2 The Board directed that a workshop be scheduled for sometime during the first two weeks of December for a briefing by the Metropolitan Planning Organization staff and County staff regarding 2020 Long Range Transportation Plan. Lelia Blevins will coordinate with Charlotte Emrick a time on Commissioners' calendars for the workshop.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1 School Impact Fee Agreement -- the Board approved the following:

a. School impact fee agreement with Westbrook Westchase, L.P. for reimbursement associated with the Westchase School site over-mitigation.

b. Budget amendment resolution realigning budgeted funds to effectuate this transaction.

V-A-2 All Peoples Park Addition -- the Board approved the following:

a. Real estate contract and acceptance of the instruments of conveyance from John Mitzel. The contract price is $500,000, plus closing cost for a 7.83 acre tract of vacant land for expansion of All Peoples Park.

b. Budget amendment resolution realigning $150,000 from the Transportation to the Parks Tax Exempt Commercial Paper Fund to cover this purchase.

V-A-3 The Board received staff's report update on sustainable buildings policy and approved the associated recommendations. Staff was directed to report back in six months as to whether the policy should be more specific. Also Larry Maxwell was requested to provide status reports directly to the BOCC giving his views of the project. Mike Kelly will coordinate development of this report and provide a report back to the Board on May 5, 1999.

V-A-4 The Board approved the mediated property settlement with Lennar Land Partners, a Florida General Partnership (Lennar), that provides for the acquisition of approximately 827 acres of land that comprise part of the Cypress Creek Preserve ELAP site, for $6,500,000, subject to certain conditions, including the donation of $250,000 in cash or park improvements. The Board authorized the Chairman to execute the contract and the necessary closing documents.

V-B-1 The Board deferred until November 12 consideration of an amendment to the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Social Services, General & Financial Assistance Policy Manual adopted by the BOCC February, 1998, to include assisted living facility (ALF), boarding home (BH) and rooming house (RH) allowances. The County Attorney was requested to further review the legal issues.

V-B-2 The Board deferred until November 12 consideration of staff recommendations regarding the Hunger Task Force recommendations.

V-C-1 The Board deferred the item regarding relocation of the All People's Life Center to the Museum of Science and Industry property and requested this be scheduled for a future Board meeting. This item will be rescheduled on November 12, at the request of Commissioner Norman.

V-C-2 The Board authorized (subject to BOCC ratification) the County Administrator to direct the County Attorney's Office to initiate peer review, a rule challenge, or to intervene in any such proceeding to protect the interests of Hillsborough County in the event the County Administrator determines: (1) that the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Minimum Flows and Levels Rules (AMFLs) are inconsistent with the County's Eight Point Program for Water or prior BOCC direction regarding MLF's and (2) the County's point of entry to participate in any such proceeding would terminate prior to the BOCC's December 2, 1998, meeting.

V-D-1 The Board heard a verbal briefing from Mary Helen Campbell regarding the proposed annexation of land by the City of Tampa. The Board authorized staff and the County Attorney to review the proposed annexation and determine if Hillsborough County has grounds to challenge the annexation. Pat Bean and Mary Helen Campbell will continue with coordination of this matter and schedule on an upcoming agenda, as necessary.

Commissioners' Section:

VI-1 Due to time constraints, the Commissioners reports on various boards and councils on which they serve was deferred until the next BOCC meeting.

VI-4 Commissioner Chillura led a discussion regarding regulation of potbelly pigs. Following discussion, the Board passed a motion to refer this issue to the Animal Services Advisory Committee for review and recommendation back to the BOCC by February 1, 1999. Bill Armstrong will coordinate development of a report back to the Board on February 3, 1999.
VI-5 Commissioner Turanchik requested that the discussion regarding the employment of child care workers prior to completion of State and Federal background checks be deleted from the agenda.

VI-6 Commissioner Chillura led a discussion regarding bats in Houlihan's Stadium. The Board directed that staff work with the Tampa Sports Authority, Buccaneers owners, Audubon Society, Humane Society, Animal Services, and City of Tampa in developing a solution to relocating the bats when the stadium is demolished. Bill Armstrong will coordinate this review and report back to the Board on December 2.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until November 12 the report regarding the Water Department performance audit update, as requested by the BOCC on April 15, 1998.

VII-2 The Board deferred until the month of December the report on actions taken regarding Year 2000 Compliance efforts.

VII-3 The report regarding information on the amount and use of Cone Ranch lease funds was deferred until December 2.

Additional Item:

The Board presented various recognition awards to the Alliance for citizens With Disabilities. Greg Vawter will provide a copy of the video presentation to the Jacobs family, who was unable to be present for this item.

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