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Wednesday, August 19, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, August 19, 1998, BOCC Meeting

Add-on Item at Beginning of Meeting:

At the request of Board members, Patricia Bean, Deputy County Administrator, reported on the status of information requested from Dr. Bruce Siegel, President of Florida Health Sciences Center, which is needed for the joint meeting scheduled for August 26 at 9:00 am. Ms. Bean reported that the financial information had not been received as of this date. The Board concurred with staff's recommendation that the joint meeting with the Hospital Authority and Florida Health Sciences Center, as well as the workshop and the public hearing on the hospital lien ordinance, be continued until such time as the information is provided by Dr. Siegel and evaluated by the task force. Pat Bean will send a letter to Dr. Siegel informing him of the Board's action. The Board's schedule for these meetings will be revised accordingly.

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 98 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Five items were removed from consent by Board members and the Deputy County Administrator for questions or discussion. All of the consent items were approved as recommended by staff, with exception of the following:

I-A-2n The license agreement with WCRWSA to allow the Authority to utilize two County-owned well sites (John Moore Road well site and Miller Road well site) as part of their Master Water Plan was continued until the EPC meeting on Thursday. However, West Coast sent a letter on August 20 requesting a deferral until the next BOCC meeting. This item will be rescheduled on September 2.

I-A-3e The budget amendment for appropriating $5,421,970 from the sale of Research and Development Authority land to Tampa General Hospital and authorizing transfer of this amount to the Capital Outlay Reserve Fund without designation to any specific project was approved. This action will allow the funds to be earmarked for a project during the CIP public hearing process.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-B-11 The health services agreement with the Sheriff's Office for indigent inmate health services will be rescheduled on the September 2 agenda.

I-C-10 The Board received staff's report regarding the allocation of profits from the sale of landfill gas towards the potential expansion of the water distribution system west of the Hillsborough Heights and Taylor Road landfills. Follow-up is required as indicated in the Audience Comments section below.

Audience Comments:

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

Cam Oberting spoke in reference to agenda item I-C-10 regarding the allocation of profits from the sale of landfill gas towards the potential expansion of the water distribution system west of the Hillsborough Heights and Taylor Road landfills. She advised that problems still exist with polluted wells surrounding the area of the landfills and requested that consideration be given to installation of water lines in the area. Daryl Smith advised the Board that numerous studies of that area revealed that the landfills were not the source of the pollution of wells to the west. Also Hank Ennis advised that bond counsel has indicated that solid waste funds can not be used to install water lines under these circumstances. Following Board discussion, a motion was passed to include the provision of public service utilities in the development of the community plan for the Thonotosassa area for future consideration by the Board. Staff was directed to review this matter, prepare cost figures (including consideration of the use of CIT funds) and a time line for the project, and provide a report and recommendation to the Board as soon as possible. Gene Boles will coordinate this matter and discuss with the Board upon presentation of the scope of work for the Community Plan.

Doug Manson, representing the City of St. Petersburg, briefly spoke regarding the West Coast governance agreement. He delayed his comments for the staff report (VII-1) later in the meeting.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board approved the establishment of separate, uniform rates for the various street lighting classification for the 1998 Tax Year, by approving the proposed rate schedule, and adopted the non ad valorem assessment roll for street lighting for the 1998 Tax Year.

III-2 The Board adopted an ordinance amending Hillsborough County Ordinance 93-10 governing the Nuisance Abatement Board.

III-3 The Board adopted the Solid Waste Management System rates, fees, charges, and assessments and approved the Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Assessment Rolls. The Board directed that the Solid Waste Department provide an annual review and recommendations for any changes to the program, no later than February 1999. Daryl Smith will schedule a workshop to discuss this matter during the month of February 1999.

As an adjunct to this item, the Board directed that staff bring back a recommendation on the billing of customers relative to the utility system within thirty days. Daryl Smith will review and report back on the billing on the September 16 BOCC Agenda.

III-4 The Board opened and continued the public hearing until September 16, 1998, at 2:00 p.m. to consider enactment of a proposed ordinance amending Hillsborough County Ordinance 90-42 to conform with recent revisions to state disabled parking statutes.

Scheduled Appearances:


Regular Agenda:

V-A-1a The Board approved in concept the proposal submitted by the YMCA that provides for the purchase of land by Hillsborough County and the donation of design services and expanded recreational facilities to Hillsborough County for the Bloomingdale Little League project. A formal agreement between the parties will be developed and submitted to the Board within 30 days. It is understood that appraisals will be done prior to further action being taken.

V-A-2 The Board adopted a resolution authorizing the borrowing of an amount not to exceed $11,500,000 from the Pooled Commercial Paper Loan Program of the Florida Local Government Finance Commission to provide short-term funding for various transportation program capital improvement projects; and, delegated to the Chairman and the Clerk of the Circuit Court, authority to approve draws under the Resolution.

V-A-3 The Board adopted a resolution revising earlier Resolution No. 88-0232 creating the Tampa-Hillsborough Cable Advisory Committee.

V-B-1a The Board approved a budget amendment to appropriate $500,317 in federal funds awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services; appropriate $57,346 as partial cash match from the Reserve for Contingency-Intergovernmental Grant Fund, and appropriated $1,754 from the General Revenue Fund Reserve for Contingency to provide remaining matching funds for Cost-of-Living and Quality Improvement Funding provided to the Head Start Department for the period ending September 30, 1998.

V-B-2 The Board approved a budget amendment for Children's Services/Head Start Division, requesting financial assistance for cost-of-living and quality improvement for the Early Head Start Program.

V-B-3 The Board approved a 1st modification agreement with NOVA Southeastern University to amend existing agreement for Early Head Start services.

V-C-1 The Board adopted a resolution approving the initial Interlocal Agreement relating to the possible acquisition of certain water and wastewater utility facilities.

V-D-1 The Board approved the scheduling of two Community Investment Tax Workshops on October 14 from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., and November 12 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., to replace the CIT Workshop canceled on August 12.

V-E-1 The Board authorized the County Attorney to prepare an Ordinance for protection of Police Dogs and Police Patrol Horses, substantially similar to the draft prepared by the Sheriff's Office and advertise it for a public hearing on September 16, 1998, at 2:00 p.m.

Commissioners' Section:

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

Commissioner Platt reported that the Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful Committee has scheduled the coastal cleanup activity for September 19.

Commissioner Turanchik reported that Tampa Bay Water is having its organizational meeting on August 31. Also he reported on the HARTline union contract issues.

VI-4 Commissioner Hart led a discussion regarding the need for a traffic signal at the intersection of Bearss Avenue and Lake Magdalene Boulevard. Bob Gordon presented information on traffic studies and accident statistics. Following Board discussion, a motion was passed to have staff to continue to study the traffic problems in this immediate area and bring back a report six months subsequent to the installation of the traffic signal and every six months thereafter. Bernardo Garcia will coordinate this matter.

VI-5 Commissioner Berger led a discussion regarding allowing citizens to make donations and/or contributions to the Animal Services Department. Jimmie Keel responded that staff is exploring alternatives for the creation of a "Friends of Pets Committee" for this purpose.

VI-6 Commissioner Chillura led a discussion regarding the status of issues relating to the Animal Services Center. Bill Armstrong provided an update on the various issues. No action was required.

VI-7 Commissioner Berger deleted the item regarding golf cart path expansion for Sun City Center. Commissioner Berger will reschedule at a later date.

VI-8 Commissioner Chillura led a discussion regarding the mailing of a second license bill by the Tax Collector for a professional office occupational license. He felt this was a duplicate billing and suggested that the ordinance governing occupational license fees be reconsidered. This matter was referred to the County Administrator for a staff analysis and report and recommendation back to the Board on September 16. Ed Hunzeker will coordinate this matter.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 Mike McWeeny presented a report regarding suggestion for a fiscal analysis being conducted prior to issuance of WCRWSA water permits for the Brandon Urban Wellfield. This item was addressed in conjunction with agenda item I-A-2n, which has been continue to September 2.

Additional Items:

The Board presented a proclamation to the coach of the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football Team, who has amassed the best record in the 1998 arena football league and won four arena bowl world championships in the past seven years.

At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Hart requested that Mike McWeeny provide a summary report to the Board on information as to how the City of Tampa's water/wastewater system is run. Mike McWeeny will provide a summary report to the Board by September 4.

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