Archived Agendas

Wednesday, July 8, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, July 8, 1998, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 53 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Four items were removed from consent by Board members for questions or discussion. All of the items were approved as recommended by staff, with exception of the following:

I-C-3 The resolution and agreements with DOT for installation and maintenance of highway lighting systems on US 41 were deleted from the agenda.

I-E-1 The settlement case of Segundo and Oneida Perez v. Hillsborough County was deferred until July 22.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-C-2 Gene Boles will review the salaries allotted to the zoning hearing masters and prepare a recommendation to the Board on September 2.

I-C-12 The Board received staff=s report regarding the status of intersection improvements at Boyette Road and McMullen Road. Commissioner Berger requested that staff expedite the project and complete it as soon as possible.

I-D-3 Staff will reschedule on September 2, 1998, the report regarding City of Tampa funding to offset the cost of operating the County Jail system.

Audience Comments:

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

‚ Martha Stem spoke in support of the All People=s Life Center project. Further, she suggested that the center be named in honor of Ed Radice upon his retirement from Hillsborough County. Board members suggested that Ms. Stem=s recommendations be forwarded to the Hillsborough Alliance for Disabled Citizens, as they may want to take a position on this suggestion. Sandra Sroka will coordinate this matter with the Alliance. Also, it was noted that a report is already scheduled to come back to the Board on August 5, regarding the All People=s Life Center proposal and location.

‚ Bonnie Hoffman requested that the rezoning process for Lake Nancy and Lake Pearl include a presentation from the School Board, not just a written report. She also requested that school principals and PTA presidents be noticed on the hearings. This matter was referred to the County Administrator for review and appropriate action. Gene Boles will review this request and prepare a report back to the Board on August 5.

‚ Barbara Merritt indicated that she had been working with a church in the Orient Park area who is doing some outreach work. She spoke about inconsistencies in the grant application process in the Neighborhood Relations Office and attempts to get public records in that office. This matter will be reviewed by Vince Pardo who will prepare a report to the Board by July 15.

‚ Marilyn Smith spoke regarding a variety of issues including: the audit of the NRO, purchase of equipment, and lobbying requirements. The Board requested that the County Administrator review Ms. Smith=s assertion regarding printers in the Neighborhood Relations Office. Vince Pardo will prepare a report to the Board by July 15.

‚ Floyd Irwin spoke on religious issues.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board held a public hearing on an ordinance amendment to the Hillsborough County Consolidated Impact Assessment Programs Ordinance. Following extensive discussion and testimony, the Board directed that the ordinance be re-drafted and readvertised with language to clarify the transfer of impact fee credits between two parcels within the same impact assessment zone and urban service area. Staff is to come back with examples of a traffic analysis zone, impact fee zone, and maps with transportation projects. Ed Hunzeker, with assistance from the County Attorney=s Office, will coordinate this matter and schedule this matter on the August 5 BOCC Agenda.

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 presentation by Debbie Gotwalt on the audit of the Community Improvement Department; discussed perceptions of their May 29 community forum, and voted to recommend that the BOCC support the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and other neighborhood groups in their opposition to an elevated highway in the Gandy corridor. This item will be scheduled on the July 14 Land Use Agenda at 3:30 p.m. for a briefing of this project. The item will include information concerning the study to extend the Friendship Trail from Gandy Boulevard to Bayshore, through areas of Manhattan, Picnic Island and the Sunshine Skyway. A copy of the Chamber=s position paper will be provided to Board members. Bernardo Garcia and Gene Boles will coordinate this matter.

IV-2 Don Barber, President, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, appeared concerning the Chamber=s plan for International Trade Development as requested by the BOCC on April 15, 1998. The Board approved staff=s recommendation for a conceptual two-year funding agreement with US Africa. A budget amendment will be brought back to the Board for approval on August 5.

IV-3 Warren Clark appeared to present an interim report regarding the Hunger Task Force on the Completion of the Work Plan, as requested by the BOCC on March 4, 1998. No action was required.

Regular Agenda Section:

V-A-1 The Board adopted the authorizing resolution and approved the form of the Preliminary Official Statement, Official and Summary Notices of Sale, Bid Form and Escrow Deposit Agreement in connection with the issuance of the Limited Ad Valorem Tax Refunding Bonds (Environmentally Sensitive Land Acquisition and Protection Program), Series 1998; and authorized the County Administrator to award the Bonds based on the best conforming bid received through a competitive bid process.

V-A-2 The Board approved a comprehensive set of financial policies related to the budget, capital program, debt, and reserves. Two policies were amended to include language, Aif funds are available, and except in instances where law or other Board action would apply.@ Eric Johnson will incorporate the change in the two policies and provide the final documents to Lelia Blevins for dissemination to departments, agencies, and constitutional officers.

V-A-3a The Board received staff=s recommendation to declare the 101 North 12th Street property surplus. Following BOCC discussion, the Board directed that staff request the City of Tampa to prepare a master plan for the channel district. Mike Kelly will coordinate this matter and schedule on the November 5 Agenda.

V-B-1 The Board ratified and approved the extension of the collective bargaining agreement with EMPACCT, IAFF Local 3525.

V-C-1 The Board approved the Landfill Gas Utilization Agreement with Toro Energy, Inc. (Toro) which grants to Toro a license to install landfill gas collection equipment at the Hillsborough Heights Landfill and enables the County to sell landfill gas to Toro.

V-D-1 The Board received Helen Levine=s report and concurred with recommendations in the Federal Lobbying Report.

V-D-2 The County Administrator provided an overview of FY 98-99 Budget message. The budget document was distributed under separate cover on July 8, 1998. The budget workshop and public hearing schedule was amended as follows:

July 15:
9:00-12:00 Operating Budget Overview
1:30-5:00 CIP & CIT Overview

July 22:
6:00 Public Hearing (Budget/CIP)

July 23:
9:00-12:00 CIT Recommendations
1:30-5:00 Unfunded Capital Project Requests

July 29:
9:00-11:00 Stormwater issues
11:00-12:00 Other budget issues (if needed)

July 30:
9:00-5:00 Reconciliation & Set TRIM Rates

A date in August will be determined for a workshop and public hearing on the CIT.

The Board held a discussion regarding the issue of Revision Seven (Amendment to Article V of the State Constitution to modify the funding of the Court system), which will be on the ballot for the November election. Following the Board=s discussion, the County Administrator was directed to review the process and come back to the Board with further information on Revision Seven and a contingency plan for funding the recommendations of the Public Safety Coordinating Council. Ed Hunzeker will coordinate this matter.

V-D-3a The Board approved the scheduling of a workshop to discuss streamlining the permitting process. The tentative date for the workshop is August 26.

Commissioners' Section:

VI-1 Individual Commissioners presented reports of various boards and councils on which they serve.

‚ Commissioner Berger reported on a meeting of the Expressway Authority in which feeder roads in Brandon were discussed.

‚ Commissioner Platt reported that the Agency on Bay Management has reviewed three of the water projects: the Alafia project, Brandon dispersed wells, and the Tampa Bypass project. She indicated that some concerns were brought forward at the meeting by Sid Flannery, of SWFWMD, with regard to delays created by the County regarding making reclaimed water available to Cargill. Mike McWeeny will review this matter and provide a report to the BOCC by July 31.

‚ Commissioner Norman reported on his appointment as the Board=s representative to WCRWSA and the extensive paperwork involved. With regard to the fireworks ban during the Fourth of July, he requested an update on the issue of reimbursement. Pat Bean advised that staff=s recommendation is to reimburse those individuals who had paid the fees; however, the County Attorney=s Office needs to give final concurrence.

‚ Commissioner Hart reported that the Tampa International Airport will open its new mall concourse, third level on July 21. He also reported that Julia Greene recently left the TBRPC to take a similar position in California. The Deputy Director will be in an acting capacity during the recruitment process. Commissioner Hart indicated that he will be meeting with the County Administrator to discuss indirect costs of the planning council, in an effort to have a working group of County Administrators to review the process.

‚ Commissioner Turanchik reported that WCRWSA deleted the Oldsmar site from consideration for a desal plant and is in the process of sorting out the remaining sites. He also reported on a significant labor decision with regard to the HARTline labor union contract.

VI-2 Appointments were made to various boards, councils, and authorities. The Board approved appointments to the Hospital Board; however, directed that staff determine a method of addressing diversity on boards and councils in the future. Pat Bean will coordinate this matter and insure that the lists provided by the Liaisons of the African-American, Hispanic, ADA, and Asian communities are updated for future appointments.

VI-3 Correspondence received by the Board.

a. A memo was received from Barbara Sheen Todd, Chairman of the Old Gandy Bridge Oversight Committee, recommending the bridge be named Friendship TrailBridge. The Board concurred with the oversight committee=s recommendation.

VI-4 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding issue of County vehicles being driven by citizen volunteers. She indicated a concern about the screening of individuals who drive County vehicles and liability to the County. The Board directed that an administrative directive be developed covering this issue. Ed Hunzeker will prepare the directive and send it to the Board by July 31.

VI-5 Commissioner Berger led a discussion regarding policy and procedures issue for County employee volunteers. The Board concurred with staff=s recommendation for the policy described in VII-2, and requested a progress update in six months. Further, it was suggested that staff contact Angela Ruth, with the Holland and Knight law firm, for additional information concerning their volunteer program. Sharon Wall will coordinate the distribution of the policy to all departments and further, she will contact Angela Ruth, as suggested by the Board. An update will be scheduled in January 1999.

VI-6 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding the lease agreement and activities occurring on the Cone Ranch property. She asked and received clarification of the lease provisions regarding sod farming and fertilization and term of the lease. The lease is due for renewal in January 1999. Mike Kelly will bring the matter back to the Board in advance of the time of lease renewal.

VI-7 The request for support for the Egmont Key Alliance to receive Historic Preservation grant funding from the State of Florida was deferred. (Commissioner Hart=s office has advised that this item does not require rescheduling.)

VI-8 Commissioner Chillura deleted the item regarding the status of workshops regarding streamlining the permitting process. (See item V-D-3a, which relates to this item.)

VI-9 Commissioner Chillura requested a deferral until July 22 regarding a discussion regarding status of issues relating to the Animal Services Center.

VI-10 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding the planning for a community-wide celebration of the turn of the century. The County Administrator was authorized to convene a round table of representatives (including the Arts Council, the municipalities, Chambers, Sports Authority, First Night) to encourage, facilitate, and schedule events for the celebration. The County Administrator was requested to coordinate a meeting and report back to the Board. Vince Pardo and Jan Stein will assist in the logistics of the meeting and prepare a report back to the Board in September.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 Staff requested a deferral until July 22 of the report regarding the Indigent Dental Care Contract issue, as requested by the BOCC on June 3, 1998.

VII-2 Report regarding volunteers for the School System. (Request of Serve) (Relates to VI-5)(Deferred from June 24 meeting)

Additional Items:

The stormwater issues workshop originally scheduled August 26 at 1:30 p.m., has been moved to July 29 at 9:00 a.m.

The County Attorney provided a briefing on the Geraci cases. No action was required.

The Board took action on the request from NACO opposing the elimination of funding for the summer youth employment program.

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