Archived Agendas

Wednesday, October 7, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, October 7, 1998, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 76 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Six 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-14 The report on the Employee Suggestion Program was deferred until October 14. The item will be revised to include adoption of a resolution authorizing the program. Sharon Wall will prepare the revisions to the agenda item and reschedule accordingly.

I-C-15 The request from Kathleen Reese for reimbursement of attorney's fees in the amount of $18,783.75 was deferred until October 21. Pat Bean, Mike McWeeny and the County Attorney will brief individual Board members on this case.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-A-16 The report regarding requirement for right-of-way compensation for road construction projects will be rescheduled for October 21.

Audience Comments:

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

Diana Gilland, Barbara Baker, Rick Robinson, Carol Ann Mullins and Leslie Bertram appeared to support adoption of a county ordinance regulating potbelly pigs. Commissioner Platt indicated that new evidence had been presented on this issue and suggested that the evidence be provided to the State Department of Health. Also Commissioner Chillura suggested that staff take another look at this issue in light of the new evidence. Bill Armstrong will review today's comments and the evidence referenced above and provide a report to the Board by October 22.
Jonnie Bodden appeared regarding a problem with availability of health care to her under the County's indigent health care plan. Cretta Johnson provided a report on this matter later in the day which was distributed to Board members.
Nathan Smith appeared in Jonnie Bodden's behalf regarding the availability of health care.
Daniel Ross and Nancy Chadwick spoke regarding a flooding problem in the Lithia area and on the Alafia River. They alleged that problems they are experiencing are due to the nearby construction on Fish Hawk Ranch. Following these two appearances, Commissioner Platt suggested that the County Administrator review the County's regulations to insure that approved developments do not negatively impact neighboring properties. Also Commissioner Turanchik suggested that a possible cause of the flooding in the above area may be mining activities. Bert Folce has been tasked with reviewing these concerns and providing a report back to the Board at the first meeting in January 1999.
Brian Schatz and Mark Klutho spoke regarding sustainable buildings. They suggested that the County hire an architect who is experienced in green architecture for the program.
Floyd Irwin spoke on religious issues.
Rev. Baxley, spoke regarding water quality in the Clair Mel City area. The Board requested a report from the State Health Department. Prior to the end of the meeting a response from the Health Department was provided to Board members. Mike McWeeny has been tasked with preparing a follow-up report on the test results of the water and will provide the report to BOCC members by October 12.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board held a continuation public hearing from September 17 on the County Capital Improvement Program and approved the HARTLINE Impact Fee Capital Improvement Program list of projects for 1998-2004.

III-2 The Board held a continuation public hearing on Minor Modification of PRS 98-1323-NE corner of Providence Road and Providence Ridge. The Board approved staff recommendation for amended access points.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 David Hurley, Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee, deleted the CAC monthly report in that the CAC did not have a meeting last month.

IV-2 Mr. Jerome Ryans, Executive Director of Tampa Housing Authority, appeared to brief and update the Board on the status of the Moses White Complex in the Nuccio Park area. He requested the County's assistance in funding a portion of the demolition costs for the Moses White Complex; however, the Board suggested that Mr. Ryans request the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development for funding for this purpose. Board members suggested that Mr. Ryans provide them with a copy of HUD's response on the Moses White Complex, which is expected on October 9. Kevin McConnell will follow up to insure that the report is provided to the Board.

IV-3 A presentation was made by HARTline staff to continue the County's financial contribution of $150,000 for South County bus service. The BOCC approved an interlocal agreement with HARTline for the service. The Board directed that HARTline provide a report to the Board after six months of bus service. Ned Baier will insure that HARTline's report is transmitted to the Board by May 15, 1999.

IV-4 Warren Clark and Roberta Baer provided a report on Hunger Task Force. A series of recommendations were presented by the task force. The recommendations were referred to staff for review and report back to the Board within 30 days. Cretta Johnson and Eric Johnson will coordinate a review of the report and provide staff's recommendation on the task force report to the BOCC on November 5.

Regular Agenda:

V-C-1 The Board discussed the three alternative reservoir sites within Hillsborough County to be considered by Tampa Bay Water. The Board directed that a public involvement session for citizens be held prior to October 19. Accordingly, Mike McWeeny has noticed and coordinated a community meeting for Wednesday evening, October 14 and invited Board members, Tampa Bay Water representatives, and interested citizens to attend.

Commissioner Platt requested clarification of the issue of a need for a larger water treatment plant for the treatment of water. Scott Emery will review this issue and provide a response to all BOCC members by October 20.

V-D-1a The Board approved the scheduling of a workshop and public hearing for the Evaluation and Appraisal Report and Related Comprehensive Plan Amendments, requested by the Planning Commission. The County Administrator took into consideration the Board's comments regarding the Board's tight schedule for November. Therefore, the workshop has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on November 10, and the public hearing will immediately follow at 6:30 p.m.

V-D-2 The Board approved the scheduling of a workshop to discuss SWFWMD's rule on minimum flows and levels. The workshop has been scheduled for October 14, at 3:00 p.m.

V-E-1 The County Attorney presented a report on East County Line Road construction, as requested by the BOCC on September 2, 1998. The Board concurred with the County Attorney's recommendation that Hillsborough County deed its ownership interest in our portion of the roadway to Pasco County in order to avoid any potential, future liability issues associated with construction or maintenance. Also the Board authorized staff to make contact with Pasco County to request a letter of explanation to Hillsborough County on the volume of drainage flow after their development of the County Line Road project and determine if it will have a negative drainage impact on Hog Island Lake.

V-E-2 The Board authorized the scheduling of a public hearing on November 5, at 2:00 p.m. to establish a procedure for Florida Water Services Corporation to provide refunds to customers of its Seaboard System.

V-E-3 The Board considered the County Attorney's recommendation to assist in preparation of an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, approve expenditures for the appeal; and, prepare an amicus brief on behalf of the Florida Association of Counties. A motion was approved to go forward with the County Attorney's recommendation; however, the motion was later rescinded at the end of the meeting and replaced with a motion to not take any action on this matter.

Commissioners' Section:

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

Commissioner Hart reported on his role as the Board's representative on SWFWMD. He advised Board members that any action he initiates on SWFWMD issues will be by BOCC direction and coordinated by County administration.
Commissioner Platt reported that the Arts Council is moving forward with the produce market in Centennial Park in Ybor City which should be operational next spring. Also Commissioner Platt reported that she attended a meeting of the recycling task force, which was formed by the Council of Governments. She advised that Hillsborough County is the number one recycler in the state. Our recycling through the resource recovery plant generates $8 million for power sold to TECO Energy.
Chairman Scott reported on his economic development trip to the UK. He commented that any future international economic development activities should be better coordinated with other governments and agencies. This matter was referred to the County Administrator for review and report back to the Board. John Dausman will make arrangements for the County Administrator to meet with representatives of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Florida, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Port Authority, and Aviation Authority. A report will be presented to the Board during the first BOCC meeting in January 1999.

VI-2 Commissioners made appointments to various boards and councils.

VI-4 A status report regarding the Agricultural Economic Development Council was presented by Gene Gray and Dr. Chip Hinton. As directed by the Board, staff will include agricultural economic development as an item for the upcoming lobbying program. Additionally, Helen Levine will include support of the Strawberry Research Center in Dover in the 1999 Legislative Program, which will be discussed on December 2.

VI-5 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until October 21 the discussion regarding the employment of child care workers prior to completion of State and Federal background checks.

VI-6 The Board continued the discussion regarding Sweetwater Creek silting from the September 8 Land Use meeting. Following an extensive discussion on this matter, the Board directed the County Administrator to investigate solutions for the Sweetwater Creek project, including dredging or other long term solutions, e.g., community improvement project or Greenways project, and report back to the Board in 30 days. Bernardo Garcia will prepare a report that includes various options and solutions to the Board on November 5.

VI-7 Commissioner Berger led a discussion regarding routes and funding sources for golf cart path expansion for Sun City Center. The Board continued the discussion of this item until October 21. For the October 21 meeting, Bernardo Garcia will provide a report that includes: 1) recommendation for a funding source; 2) discussion of alternatives being considered for the route; and 3) results of the public information process. During the interim, Public Works will notify interested parties and hold broad-based community discussions in the Sun City Center area.

VI-8 Commissioner Berger led a discussion regarding an update on the various flooding problems throughout Hillsborough County. The Board continued the discussion until October 21. Bernardo Garcia will provide additional detailed information, maps, etc. and a recommendation for a solution to the problem on October 21.

VI-9 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until October 21 the discussion regarding the RFP for the performance audit of the Community Improvement Department.

VI-10 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until October 21 the discussion regarding the loan to the Tampa Sports Authority for lobbying the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation regarding a funding source for the Tampa Stadium.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until October 21 the report regarding Revision 7.

VII-2 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until October 21 the report regarding discussion with Mayor Greco regarding City of Tampa financial support for jails.

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