Archived Agendas

Wednesday, August 5, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, August 5, 1998, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 91 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Three 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-2n Staff requested a deferral until August 19 of the purchase agreement and processing and acceptance of instruments of conveyance from Emerine and Emerine, Inc.

I-B-11 Staff requested a deferral until August 19 of the health services agreement with the Sheriff for indigent inmate health services.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-C-7 The Board received the report from Ed Radice regarding All People's Life Center. Board members voiced concerns regarding transportation to the center and questioned whether the location is suitable. It was suggested that members of the disabled community provide input on these issues. The County Administrator was requested to report back to the Board in thirty days on various concerns expressed by Board members. Sandra Sroka will coordinate this review and provide a report on transportation and location back to the Board on September 2.

I-C-9 The renaming of roadways in the Citrus Park community will be rescheduled on September 2. The deferral will allow for adequate notification to the community.

I-C-19 The report regarding fire protection in the Hershel Heights franchise area will be rescheduled on September 2.

I-E-5 The report regarding a discussion with the County Attorney, Sheriff's Office, and Public Transportation Commission relative to non-consensual towing fees will be rescheduled on September 2.

I-E-6 The Board received the County Attorney's report regarding the Joshua House allocation being included in the Consolidated Planning Document to HUD. However, the Board directed that a policy be developed for consideration that covers grant funds to agencies relating to campaign issues. Mary Helen Campbell and Eric Johnson will prepare the policy and schedule for BOCC consideration on September 2.

Audience Comments:

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

Barbara Baker spoke on regulations pertaining to potbelly pigs. She requested that the Board authorize the drafting of an ordinance covering vaccination, disease control, breeding, registration, and the sale of potbelly pigs. Further, she recommended that potbelly pigs be in compliance with Florida Department of Agriculture regulations. The Board approved a motion to refer this matter to the County Administrator for coordination and discussion with the Health Department and Department of Agriculture. The Board directed that a report be brought back within thirty days. Bill Armstrong will coordinate a meeting with appropriate parties and schedule a report on September 2.

Marilyn Smith spoke on the Alafia River Basin linkage project and an allocation to the Neighborhood Relations Office for production of neighborhood magazines. The Commission requested a report back to the Board on the status of the production of the magazine. Vince Pardo will provide a report to the Board by August 14.

Mark Klutho spoke regarding a resolution adopted on April 1 regarding sustainable buildings. Commissioner Platt suggested that Mr. Klutho make a presentation on this issue to the Agency on Bay Management.

Joyce Smith, Eric Ray, and Dr. Russell Bean spoke on various issues relating to the privatization of Tampa General Hospital.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board held a public hearing and adopted the transfer of offsets amendments, as recommended by staff, to the Hillsborough County Consolidated Impact Assessment Programs Ordinance.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 David Hurley, Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee, presented a monthly report of activities of the CAC. The CAC heard a report on the cable franchise renewal process and will hear an update in August on the status of the "underpayment of cable franchise fees." A draft report on the CAC's community forum was distributed to Board members. A final report will be presented to the BOCC following the next CAC meeting.

IV-2 Rob Turner, Property Appraiser, presented information regarding Constitution Revision Ten. Also representatives of the Sports Authority, Aviation Authority, and Port Authority spoke on the Revision. The Board concurred with the County Administrator's recommendation to take no position on Constitution Revision Ten.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1a The Board approved the request of the Crisis Center of Hillsborough County, Inc. (CC) to partner with Hillsborough County for the purchase of property. A formal agreement between the parties will be developed and submitted to the Board on September 16.

V-A-1b The Board approved a contract with Mental Health Care, Inc. (MHC), to purchase County property at 2214 E. Henry Avenue, subject to the Board's approval of the transaction with the Crisis Center of Hillsborough County, Inc.

V-A-1c The Board received updated information from community groups concerning the preferred options for a South County Regional Service Center. Staff will begin negotiations and develop a financing plan for land acquisition.

V-A-2 The Board approved the form of an International Swap Dealers Association (ISDA) Master Agreement, ISDA Schedules, a Credit Support Annex, and Confirmations 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 refunding of the County's Series 1991 A and B Refunding Utility Revenue Bonds; adopted a Bond Resolution for Junior Lien Utility Revenue Bonds; delegated to the County Administrator the authority to determine the bid date for the forward interest rate swap (the "Swap"), to award the Swap to the best conforming bids, and to negotiate the final terms of the Confirmations and ISDA Schedules; authorized the Chairman and Vice-Chairman to execute the Swap documents; and, approved the Preferred Bidders process as described in the agenda materials. A press release will be issued by Mike Foerster.

V-C-1 Census 2000 TIGER Map Update Project -- the Board approved the following:

a. Resolution and interlocal agreement with the City of Tampa for the Census 2000 TIGER Map Update project in the amount of $52,000.

b. Budget amendment resolution to appropriate $63,917 from MSTU Fund Reserve for Contingency to provide funding for an interlocal agreement with the City of Tampa for the Census 2000 TIGER Map Update project for $52,000 and the purchase of required software and operating expenses of $11,917 for the project.

V-C-2 The Board approved staff's recommendation to establish a Census 2000 "Complete Count Census Committee."

V-C-3 The Board approved staff's recommendation to defer until August 19 the resolution approving the initial Interlocal Agreement relating to the possible acquisition of certain water and wastewater utility facilities. The deferral will provide an opportunity for Mike McWeeny to have discussions with WCRWSA. The Board directed that a community meeting on this subject be held in the Carrollwood area. Mike McWeeny, in coordination with the Neighborhood Relations Office, will schedule this meeting.

V-C-4 The Board approved transmittal of the two additional substitute candidate transportation projects (Parsons Avenue and Gornto Lake Road) to be considered for federal funding in the MPOs Transportation Improvement Program.

V-D-1 The Board approved the scheduling of the following meetings:

a. Workshop and Public Hearing for presenting of the Uniform Services Extension Policy (USEP) Preliminary Implementation Plan. (This workshop has been tentatively scheduled for December 9 at 9:30 a.m.)

b. Workshop on Comprehensive Sidewalk Program. (This workshop has been tentatively scheduled for September 23 at 10:30 a.m.)

V-D-2 Performance Audit Contract Award -- the Board took action to:

a. Award the Request for Proposal No. C-205-98 contract for a performance audit of the Parks and Recreation Department to the best proposer, Valiente, Hernandez and Company, PA in an amount not to exceed of $80,500, for a contract term effective with the date of the County's Notice to Proceed to terminate one year later.

b. Management Analysis Office - Approve budget amendment resolution to realign $54,740 in MSTU fund non-departmental appropriations for performance audits and $25,760 in general fund non-departmental appropriations for performance audits, to the Office of Management Analysis to cover the full cost of the contract.

Commissioner Platt expressed a concern as to the value of performance audits and suggested that a workshop be scheduled to further address this issue. As suggested by Chairman Scott, this matter will be scheduled on the August 19 BOCC Agenda for further discussion. Debbie Gotwalt will prepare the backup material for this item.

V-D-3 The Board discussed the City of Tampa annexation agreement for East Meadows project under consideration by the City Council. This matter is scheduled to be heard by City Council on August 6. Several concerns were expressed by Board members relating to public policy issues, as well as infrastructure, East-West Road construction costs, community issues, school siting, and financial concerns. The Board passed a motion to present these concerns to City Council on August 6. Commissioner Hart and Pat Bean will appear before the Council.

V-F-1 The Board approved a budget amendment for the State Attorney's Office to appropriate $92,000 to provide funding for telecommunications and other operating and capital expenses for the remainder of FY98. The funds are provided by the Reserve for Contingency in the General Fund.

Commissioners' Section:

VI-1 Due to time constraints, reports of various boards and councils by Commissioners was deferred.

VI-4 Due to time constraints, Commissioner Chillura requested a deferral until August 19 regarding the status of issues relating to the Animal Services Center.

VI-5 Commissioner Berger led a discussion regarding Share-A-Van complaints. She voiced concern about the excessive number of complaints her office has received with regard to missed doctor and medical appointments, particularly dialysis appointments. This matter was referred to the Health and Social Services Department for review and report back to the Board. Cretta Johnson will prepare a report for Board discussion on September 2.

VI-6 Commissioner Platt's item regarding loss of revenue for Tampa General Hospital was discussed in conjunction with VI-7 below.

VI-7 Commissioner Berger led a discussion regarding having a joint meeting of the BOCC, the Hillsborough County Hospital Authority and the Florida Health Sciences Center. Following discussion, the Board passed a motion to request audited financial statements for the period since the date of privatization of Tampa General Hospital for review by the Clerk of Circuit Court. The Clerk, in conjunction with the County Administrator, will review this matter with staff and the audit firm and report back with results of that review and discussion. Further, the issues raised as to the hospital's overall financial condition, i.e., structural, managerial, or institutional, will be reviewed. In lieu of the workshop on hospital lien ordinance, a joint meeting is being planned for August 26, at 9:00 a.m. The workshop on the hospital lien ordinance will be scheduled on September 2 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The public hearing for consideration of the hospital lien ordinance will be scheduled for September 23 at 2:00 p.m.

The County Administrator will send a letter to the Hospital Authority and Florida Health Sciences Center inviting them to a joint meeting on August 26. Pat Bean is tasked with putting together a team of County administration staff members to work with the Clerk of Circuit Court in evaluating and preparing a report for the upcoming meetings.

VI-8 Commissioner Berger led a discussion regarding the future of the Alafia River Basin and the possibility of a Land/Water Linkage Project. Following discussion, the Board approved an allocation in the amount of $10,000 for the development of a plan to protect the Alafia River. Board members were supportive of the Alafia Basin Board and Tampa Bay Water providing a contribution towards the cost of the plan. Eric Johnson will come back to the Board on August 19 with a budget amendment transferring funds to the Planning and Growth Management Department for management and oversight of the funds.

VI-9 Commissioner Platt deleted the item regarding implementing an Elder Board to be a focal point within the community and for being the lead voice for seniors.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 Staff requested a deferral until August 19 for the report regarding suggestion for fiscal analysis being conducted prior to issuance of West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority (WCRWSA) water permits for the Brandon Urban Wellfield, as requested by the Board on July 22, 1998.

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