Archived Agendas

Wednesday, October 21, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, October 21, 1998, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 76 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-1m The bid for pharmacy advisory services was deferred until November 5 due to a bid protest.

I-B-4 The Board deferred until November 5 the item relating to the amendments to the Health and Social Services Department general and financial assistance policy manual. Cretta Johnson will provide the additional backup and information as requested by the Board and reschedule on the next BOCC Agenda.

I-B-5 Staff requested a deferral until November 5 on the Medicaid disproportionate share participation agreements to allow for additional staff work.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-A-10 The report on sustainable buildings policy will be rescheduled on the November 5 BOCC Agenda.

I-C-14 The item regarding reimbursement of attorney's fees for Kathleen Reese will be rescheduled on the November 5 Agenda.

I-C-15 The report regarding billing for solid waste collection and disposal services will be rescheduled on the November 5 Agenda.

I-E-4 The report on discussion with the County Attorney, Sheriff's Office and Public Transportation Commission regarding non-consensual fees was to be rescheduled on the November 5 Agenda. However, a meeting with the industry representatives has not taken place; therefore, the report will not be ready for the November 5 BOCC meeting. This item will be scheduled for the BOCC meeting of December 2.

Audience Comments:

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

‚ Cheryl Bradford and Wayne Walker spoke in opposition to the reservoir site being considered by Tampa Bay Water. Concerns were expressed regarding several citizens not being heard at the last meeting of Tampa Bay Water. Also concerns were communicated regarding the possibility of a leak in an above-ground reservoir and pollution from mining spills in the Alafia River.

‚ John Vogel spoke on the need for water lines in Gibsonton and sidewalks on Symms Road from Gardenville Park to the Interstate.

‚ Deena Leavengood spoke in support of P2000 funding and recommended that it be continued.

‚ Roga Canales, Barbara Baker, Ellen Bertram, Bob Baker, and Steve Canales spoke in support of an ordinance regulating potbelly pigs.

‚ Christopher Horton spoke regarding a reduced code violation fine that was not paid within the thirty-day time frame established by the Code Enforcement Board. Assistant County Attorney Margaret Courtney advised the Board and Mr. Horton that the BOCChad no jurisdiction in this matter. He will either have to petition the Code Enforcement Board for relief or appear in Circuit Court regarding the fine.

‚ Cam Oberting advised the Board that testing on four wells located west of the Hillsborough Heights Landfill (CR579) has revealed various types of contamination. At the end of the meeting, the Board approved the scheduling of a workshop to discuss the potable water issue in the area west of Hillsborough Heights Landfill. The workshop will be scheduled after the beginning of the year. Mike McWeeny, in coordination with Daryl Smith, will compile the information needed for the workshop.

‚ Brian Schatz and Mark Klutho spoke regarding the sustainable buildings policy. Brian Schatz understood that the new courthouse will be the County's first building under the sustainable buildings policy. Commissioner Chillura asked the County Administrator to verify whether or not the County had, in fact, hired an architect for this purpose. Mike Kelly will provide a written response on this issue to Board members by November 3.

‚ Nolan Cook spoke regarding various issues, including the reservoir site near the Alafia River.

‚ Marilyn Smith spoke regarding the water quality issue in the Seffner area, the Olympics bid, Neighborhood Relations, and the hiring of the new Planning and Transportation Coordinator. The Board requested written clarification from the County Administrator on the hiring on Tom Thomson and the reassignment of Gene Boles. Pat Bean will prepare a response by October 30.

‚ Lila Johnson-Thomas, representing the Civic Association of Port Tampa, thanked the Board for its earlier approval of a consent item to acquire protected land.

‚ John Vogel spoke on the agricultural zoning of a piece of property he is trying to sell. The zoning doesn't allow for permitting a mobile home on less than five acres; however, there are numerous mobile homes in the area. Mr. Vogel was immediately referred to Planning and Growth Management for further review and assistance.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board adopted a resolution to establish the Intent to Use the Uniform Method for the Levy, Collection and Enforcement of a Non Ad Valorem Assessment for the Carrollwood Springs, Cypress Hollow & Fairway Village Reclaimed Water Improvement Units (RWIUs). The RWIUs were approved by the Board on July 24, 1997.

III-2 The Board held a public hearing to consider adopting the proposed Infrastructure Assessment Unit Ordinance to allow the establishment of assessment units that will be used as a tool to assess properties benefited by the extension, and thereby fund the design and construction of the required infrastructure. Several citizens spoke in opposition to the ordinance. Following discussion, the Board referred this issue back to staff for redrafting the ordinance to include a requirement for a petition process and incorporating the Board's other concerns raised during the discussion. Staff is to bring the redraft of the ordinance back to the Board, who will determine at that time whether to go forward with a public hearing to consider adopting the ordinance. Mike McWeeny will coordinate this matter and report back to the Board on December 2.

III-3 The Board adopted an ordinance amending Ordinance 93-7 governing Historic Preservation Tax Exemptions, in order to comply with State requirements. Commissioner Chillura suggested that at some future date the Board should receive an update on how the ordinance is working. Teresa Maio will prepare a written report to the Board for presentation at the May 5, 1999, BOCC meeting.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 LaTasha Mann, Chairperson of Head Start Policy Council, presented their quarterly re-port of activities. No action was required.

IV-2 A representative of the Florida Department of Transportation presented comments and proposed design concepts to the BOCC as designated stakeholder in the study. The Board authorized the Chairman to send a letter to DOT requesting a written response to the list of ten questions identified in the County Administrator's report. Ned Baier will prepare the letter for the Chairman's signature.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1a Mayor Dick Greco appeared regarding the development of Courthouse Square on the city block bordered on the north by Madison Street, on the south by Kennedy Boulevard, on the east by Pierce Street, and on the west by Morgan Street. The property is located across from County Center (on the north side of Kennedy Boulevard) and across from the Courthouse (on the west side of Pierce Street). The Board approved an interlocal agreement with the City of Tampa for the development of the park. It was suggested that Hillsborough County contract with the City of Tampa or Downtown Partnership to provide maintenance in the area and that the park design be consistent with the downtown plans. Board members requested that the transition be as seamless as possible. Further, upon completion of the demolition of the buildings, the park be built as soon as practicable. Mike Kelly will oversee the acquisition and Bernardo Garcia follow through with the project, as per the Board's directive.

V-A-1b The Board approved a real estate contract and authorized acceptance of instruments of conveyance with the Bloomingdale Civic Club, Inc. The purchase price is $1,880,700, plus closing costs and it provides for acquisition of 16.2 acres of land, plus existing recreational facilities; convey a temporary access and construction easement to the Bloomingdale Civic Club, Inc., and the YMCA, that allows them to construct recreational improvements on the property; and, direct staff to negotiate a contract to purchase 8.94 acres of land, plus recreational improvements from the YMCA.

V-A-2 The Board approved the form of International Swap Dealers Association (ISDA) Master Agreement, ISDA schedules, credit support annex, and confirmations (the Swap Documents) with triple-A rated financial firms (Swap Providers) proposing to submit bids to enter into a forward interest rate swap financing arrangement in connection with the County's proposed refunding of the Tampa Sports Authority's taxable 1995 special purpose bonds, surcharge loan revenue service (Tampa Bay Arena Project); delegate to the County Administrator the authority to determine the bid date for the forward interest rate swap (the Swap), to award the Swap based on the best conforming bids, and to negotiate the final terms of the Swap Documents; and, authorized the Chairman and Vice-Chairman to execute the Swap Documents.

V-A-3a The Board approve the Nations Bank Purchasing Card Application for implementation of the Hillsborough County Procurement Card Program in accordance with the State of Florida contract, effective July 7, 1997, through July 6, 2002. Commissioner Turanchik suggested that staff review credit card programs which offer frequent flyer miles on credit card purchases. Ted Grable will follow through on this request and provide a written report to the Board by November 13.

V-A-4 The Board approved the BOCC Policy and Resolution adopting an Employee Suggestion Program that provides for monetary awards as the result of an acceptable suggestion.

V-A-5 The Board concurred with staff's recommendation to defer until November 5 the item relating to a lease/option purchase agreement for the All Peoples Park Addition.

V-C-1a The Board approved a budget amendment resolution to appropriate $186,383 of departmental funds from the Building Division Permitting Services Center Fund Reserves to provide upgrade of the satellite offices to full service. This requires the addition of three staff and automation hardware and software. (Goal 5, Obj. 5.1 and 5.4)

V-D-1 The Board approved scheduling of the following workshops. The workshops will be scheduled after January 1, 1999.

a. Finalize Impact Fee Task Force recommendations.

b. Annual update required by Impact Fee Ordinance.

c. Hillsborough Healthcare Strategic Plan.

V-G-1 The Board received the County Auditor's report on Audit Report #74, Hillsborough County Health Care Plan Audit (Follow Up to Report #61). The Board requested an update on the outstanding audit findings by March 1999. Cretta Johnson will schedule this item on the March 17, 1999, BOCC Agenda.

V-G-2 The Board received the County Auditor's report on County Audit Report #75, Hillsborough County Health Care Plan Pharmaceutical Contract Follow Up Audit (Follow Up to Report #60). The Board requested an update on the outstanding audit findings within three months. Cretta Johnson will schedule this item on the January 20, 1999, BOCC Agenda.

Commissioners' Section:

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

‚ Commissioner Chillura reported that he went to his last Tampa Port Authority meeting.

‚ Commissioner Scott requested that the Board appoint a Commissioner to serve on the Canvassing Board. Commissioner

Berger was appointed to replace Commissioner Scott.

VI-3a The Board received a letter from G. Richard Swartz, Jr., Chairman, Lake County Board of County Commissioners, regarding adopting ordinances mandating the posting of alcohol health warning signs. The Board voted to receive and file the correspondence. Charlotte Emrick will prepare a letter for the Chairman's signature to Commissioner Swartz advising of the Board's action.

VI-4 Commissioner Berger requested an update on the County accepting maintenance of Colding Road in Ruskin. Bernardo Garcia presented a status report on this issue. This item will be scheduled on the December 2 BOCC agenda for a time certain of 3:00 p.m.

VI-5 The discussion regarding the employment of child care workers prior to completion of State and Federal background checks was deferred until November 5.

VI-6 The Board continued the discussion of a previous meeting regarding flooding problems in the Valrico/Seffner area. Bernardo Garcia presented a status update on planned maintenance and cleaning of culverts in this area. No action was required.

VI-7 Commissioner Berger led a discussion regarding routes and funding alternatives for golf cart path expansion for Sun City Center. Following discussion, the Board authorized additional funding from the MSTU Contingency in the amount of $150,000 to cover the entire golf cart expansion project. (The Board previously had earmarked $80,000 for the project.) The project is to commence in two phases: 1) the first phase, which includes the route from Sun City Center to Freedom Plaza, is to be constructed as proposed; 2) the second phase, which needs further discussion with the community on the proposed route, is to be brought back to the Board for approval. Bernardo Garcia will coordinate future community meetings on phase 2. The Board adopted a resolution amending the CIP program to include the golf cart path expansion.

VI-8 Commissioner Scott led a discussion regarding HUD's approval to demolish the Moses White Estates. Kevin McConnell recommended that Hillsborough County participate as a full partner in the project which will focus on home ownership instead of rental property. Multi-family will be considered only as a last resort. The community will be involved and engaged in the redevelopment plan. Hillsborough County's financial involvement will take place on the back end of the project. The Board concurred with Kevin McConnell's recommendation.

VI-9 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding taking a position on Constitutional Revision #5. The Board adopted a resolution in support of this revision.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 The County Administrator presented a report regarding Revision 7. No action was required.

VII-2 The County Administrator presented a report regarding discussion with Mayor Greco regarding City of Tampa financial support for jails. No action was required.

VII-3 Richard Tribunella presented a report regarding Truancy School (Advance Program and Dog Assistance Training Component). No action was required.

VII-4 Mike Kelly presented a report regarding the requirement for right-of-way compensation related to rezoning/land use conditions for road construction projects. The Board concurred with staff's recommendation in the background material.

VII-5 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until November 5 the report on actions taken regarding Year 2000 Compliance efforts.

VII-6 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until November 5 the update on the status of County Audit Report #68, Ice Palace Ticket Surcharge Records Audit.

Additional Item:

The County Attorney reported on the indictments of City Councilman Ronnie Mason and City Attorney David Carr in the ambulance permits investigation.

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