Archived Agendas

Wednesday, June 24, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, June 24, 1998, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 153 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Fourteen 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-A-1q The professional consulting services agreement with EHI, Inc. was deferred until July 8 in order to provide additional information requested by Commissioner Platt. Ted Grable will coordinate this matter.

I-C-14 The landfill gas utilization agreement with Toro Energy, Inc., for installation of landfill gas collection equipment at the Hillsborough Heights Landfill was deferred until July 8. The deferment of this item was due to several issues being raised by Cam Oberting. Daryl Smith will meet with Ms. Oberting and prepare a report for the July 8 meeting. (See additional notes under item I-C-28)

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-A-1e The Board approved staff's recommendation with regard to awarding the bid to East Bay Sanitation for Commercial Solid Waste Collection Services for Hillsborough County Facilities. Commissioner Chillura expressed concern about the frequency of complaints about garbage pickup. As directed by the Board, staff will bring back a report on performance criteria for commercial carriers. Daryl Smith will prepare a report to the Board on July 22.

I-A-2m A thank you letter under the Chairman's signature will be prepared concerning the donation of an acre of land (ELAPP). Mike Kelly will prepare the letter.

I-A-31 The report by Chamber of Commerce on Economic Development proposal and funding request from U.S. Africa Foundation will be rescheduled on the July 8 BOCC Agenda.

I-C-1a A press release will be issued on the acceptance and appropriation of $950,000 from the US Dept. Of HUD Economic Development Initiative for the Ruskin Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory. Mike Foerster will issue the press release.

I-C-28 The Board received the report regarding oil and grease in domestic supply wells surrounding the Hillsborough Heights and Taylor Road closed landfills. The presence of oil and grease in the private wells has been documented and thoroughly investigated. The extensive investigations revealed that the Hillsborough Heights/Taylor Road landfills were not the source of these contaminants. In view of these conclusions and the quality of water, the Board directed that the report be forwarded to the State of Florida Health Department for review and response back to Hillsborough County as to any intended action by the Health Department. Vince Pardo will prepare a letter under the Chairman's signature to transmit the report to the State. Further, Vince Pardo and Daryl Smith will coordinate a meeting with the Health Department and other appropriate State officials to further discuss the report.

Additionally, with reference to item I-C-14, staff was directed to review the possibility of allocating any profits from the installation of landfill gas collection equipment to cover the infrastructure costs for water lines in the Hillsborough Heights and Taylor Road landfill area. Daryl Smith will coordinate this review and report back to the Board on August 19. (It should be noted that the issue of water lines in this area will be addressed as part of the upcoming Evaluation and Appraisal Report public hearings.)

Audience Comments:

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

‚ Dick Donaldson spoke on the status of intersection improvements at Boyette Road and McMullen and urged the Board to move forward expeditiously to complete the improvements. He further requested that the two schools due to open in the fall not open until the intersection improvements are complete. Bernardo Garcia will prepare a report to the BOCC and Mr. Donaldson and schedule it on July 8.

‚ Cheryl Taylor spoke on wheel chair accessibility for her home and requested some type of assistance from the County in the form of a low interest loan or some other type of funding for this purpose. Ms. Taylor alleged that she has attempted to get assistance for over three years and referenced some problems with assistance from the Self Reliance organization. Kevin McConnell will be in contact with Ms. Taylor and provide a report back to the Board on July 8.

‚ Floyd Irwin spoke on religious issues.

‚ Marilyn Smith spoke on a variety of issues.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board adopted an ordinance which sets the fees charged by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue for fire safety inspections.

As an adjunct to this item, Commissioner Norman requested a report back to the Board concerning the medical emergency response team reimbursements due the County with regard to Fire Rescue. Chief Nesmith will provide a report to the Board by July 15.

III-2 The Board held a public hearing to consider adopting by Extraordinary Vote (five favorable votes) an Ordinance continuing the Ninth Cent on Motor Fuel to be used solely for maintenance of roads and streets. The ordinance was not approved by extraordinary vote. Subsequently, the Board voted to have this issue rescheduled for consideration in January 1999.

III-3 The Board held a public hearing to consider adopting an Ordinance continuing the Ninth Cent Tax on Motor Fuel subject to a Referendum on September 1, 1998. The ordinance was not approved.

III-4 The Board adopted the Final Assessment Resolutions required by Ordinance 96-7 to create the Capacity Assessment Units described as: Northwest Water and Wastewater Capacity Assessment unit 98203, Central Water and Wastewater Assessment Unit 98206, and South Water and Wastewater Capacity Assessment Unit 98209, to impose capacity assessments against property therein and approved the capacity assessment rolls.

III-5 The Board accepted the Hearing Officer's Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and recommendation and approved the Final Order for Rate Adjustment establishing rates for the Hershel Heights water franchise which shall be implemented in accordance with local ordinances. The Board directed that staff review the issue of fire protection and come back to the Board with a recommendation. Mike McWeeny will provide a recommendation back to the Board on August 5.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 Dr. Marcus Lorenzo and Dr. Bruce Siegel appeared to support the creation of a hospital lien ordinance. Subsequent to discussion, the Board voted to schedule a workshop during the month of August to discuss the creation of a hospital lien ordinance in more detail, prior to authorizing the County Attorney's Office to draft such an ordinance. The workshop schedule has been amended to provide for the scheduling of this workshop on August 26, at 9:00 a.m. The water/wastewater mandatory connection policy workshop originally scheduled for this time slot will be rescheduled to September 9 at 9:00 a.m.

Regular Agenda Section:

V-A-1a The Board appropriated by super majority vote, $278,068 from the General Purpose MSTU Fund Reserve for Contingency to the General Liability Self-Insurance Fund for general liability settlements made by the County Attorney's Office and appropriated $400,000 from the long-term reserves of the General Liability Self-Insurance Fund for higher than predicted claims primarily as a result of the heavy winter rains.

V-A-2a,b The Board approved the Fishhawk Transportation and Right-of-Way Impact Fee Agreement with Fishhawk Communities, Ltd. Partnership, for construction of Fishhawk Boulevard. Also the associated budget amendment was approved to realign funds in Transportation Impact Fee (Zone 6) to effectuate this transaction. The Board requested that an annual report (fiscal year) be generated on all such projects including the total credits and dollars involved on all ongoing projects. The report should be provided by December.

V-A-3 Staff deferred until July 8 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.

V-A-4 The Board received the comprehensive set of financial policies related to the budget, capital program, debt, and reserves. Commissioner Platt complimented the Management and Budget Department staff on the development of the financial policies which she found to be complete and concise. In view of the questions regarding ratios, this item was continued until July. Ed Hunzeker will coordinate the rescheduling of this item on July 8.

V-A-5 The Board approved the report and concurred with staff recommendations for the proposed use of Phosphate Revenue for FY 1999.

V-A-6 The Board approved an interlocal agreement with the School Board which establishes a full maintenance program for School Board vehicles and equipment provided by the County Fleet Management Department. (Goal 12)

V-A-7 The Board authorized the development of an agreement with the City of Tampa that provides for use of up to a 70-foot strip of County-owned land in Ybor City for the Las Casitas project. The agreement will be returned to the Board in 60 days for final approval.

V-A-8 The Real Estate Department provided a report and recommendation regarding the regional service centers. The Board voted to have staff proceed with the next step of the analysis and come back to the Board in sixty days. The Planning Commission is to be involved in the site selection process. Additionally, the following staff recommendations were approved:

‚ As part of the CIP/CIT update process, seek funding for the four service center projects.
‚ Delay East RSC site selection until the Brandon community based planning study is complete.
‚ Direct the Real Estate Department to work with citizen groups in the South County area and the Planning Commission to locate acceptable sites for acquisitions.
‚ Continue efforts to construct new social service facility on the Ruskin Neighborhood Service Center property at 14th Avenue SE, Ruskin.
‚ Define the geographic area for siting the Northwest RSC as an area west of Dale Mabry Highway, south of Van Dyke Road, north of Hillsborough Avenue and east of Sheldon Road.
‚ Define the geographic area to site a Plant City NSC in the City limits of Plant City.

V-A-9 The Real Estate Department provided a report and recommendation regarding Research and Development Authority Settlement Agreement. ( See V-E-2 for additional details.)

V-C-1a The Board approved a budget amendment to appropriate $550,000 from the Building Fund Reserve to provide funding for current year expenses transferred from the MSTU Fund to the Building Fund and realign $466,900 in the MSTU Fund to provide funding for three positions and other expenses required for the implementation of the Community Based Planning Program.

V-C-2 The Board held a public workshop to receive comments and review the draft three-year Consolidated Planning Document for fiscal years 1998-2001, the proposed Action Plan for FY 1998-99, and the County's amended Action Plan for the current FY 1997-98. The Consolidated Planning Document and annual Action Plans consolidate funding applications for CDBG, HOME, and ESG funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). No action was required. The Board complimented Kevin McConnell on a job well done for the County.

V-C-3 The Board was requested to provide additional input and approve the transmittal of ACounty@ candidate transportation projects to be considered for Federal funding in the MPO's Transportation Improvement Program. Board direction included the deletion of the Gunn Highway segment, between South Mobley and Race Track Road. Staff is to come back on a substitute project. Gene Boles will coordinate this matter.

V-C-4 The Board approved an interlocal agreement with the Aviation Authority allowing transfer of $200,000 in funds to the County from the Aviation Authority in order for the County to undertake a Project Design & Engineering (PD&E) Study in the vicinity of Vandenberg Airport.

V-D-1 Staff deferred until July 8 the report and approved staff recommendations on future alternatives to Federal Lobbying.

V-E-1 The Board approved Jan Smith's request for reimbursement of attorney's fees Advance Leasing v. Jan Smith, Individually, Case No. 95-50-CIV-T-25B, pursuant to Board Policy

In conjunction with this item, the Board voted to ask the Planning Commission to report back in thirty days on their indemnification policies with reference to reimbursement of attorney's fees for their employees. Additionally, Commissioner Hart suggested that orientations for newly appointed members of various boards and councils include an explanation of liability associated with serving on a board or council.

V-E-2 The Board received the County Attorney's report regarding Research and Development Authority legal issues. The Board approved the County Attorney's recommendation for approval of a Memorandum of Understanding which includes a grant of right of first refusal to USF on lots 3, 4 and 5.

In addition, the Board voted to take steps necessary to dissolve the Research and Development Authority at such time it is legally possible. Commissioner Norman congratulated staff of the County Administrator and County Attorney on a job well done.

V-F-1a The Board approved a budget amendment by super majority vote for an appropriation of $42,241 requested by the Planning Commission to provide funding from the Reserve for Contingency-General Account for two positions in the community-based planning program.

V-G-1 The Board formally received for the Board's official records the auditor's findings and recommendations on County Audit Report #71, Weed & Seed Grants Financial and Compliance Audit. The Board directed that staff report back in six months with a status report on the implementation of the recommendations. Vince Pardo will coordinate this matter and schedule a report on December 16, 1998.

Commissioners' Section:

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

‚ Commissioner Norman reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have done some innovative things for the Community Stadium that no other NFL Team has ever done. A 30 x 60 ft. Pirate ship with cannons will be built in the end zone and will be great for fan participation.

‚ Commissioner Scott reported on the HARTline issue that has been covered in the media. A special meeting was called on Tuesday to discuss an investigation by the County Attorney and City Attorney with a report to come back to the HARTline board. Also the State Attorney has been requested to investigate the Sunshine Law violations. Other issues are being reviewed regarding employee morale, staff, management, etc., in an attempt to bring some integrity to that organization.

‚ Commissioner Berger reported on a news article concerning a fire on some County-owned land leased to a cattle rancher who kept the brush cut low, depriving wildfire or fuel from spreading to other County land. Her contention is that ELAPP land is not always maintained by the County.

‚ Commissioner Turanchik reported that HARTline is moving towards a daily bus fare of $2 or $2.50 for unlimited transfers between Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Pinellas County has implemented this program, which has shown an increase in ridership and has proven to be user friendly.

VI-2 Appointments to various boards and councils were continued to July 8.

VI-3 Correspondence received by the Board.

a. The Board deferred until July 8 the memo from Barbara Sheen Todd, Chairman of the Old Gandy Bridge Oversight Committee, recommending the bridge be named Friendship TrailBridge. Mr. Frank Miller will be contacted to attend for this item.

VI-4 The Board voted to name the East Service Unit in honor of Raymond Hodge.

VI-5 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding honoring two outstanding individuals, Raymond Hodge and Edwin Radice. As indicated in item VI-4, the Board voted to name the East Service Unit in honor of Raymond Hodge. With regard to the park located on South Mobley, the Board directed that the naming of the park be held in abeyance.

VI-6 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until July 8 Commissioner Platt's item regarding the issue of County vehicles being driven by citizen volunteers.

VI-7 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until July 8 Commissioner Berger's item regarding policy and procedures issue for County employee volunteers. (Relates to VII-2)

VI-8 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until July 8 Commissioner Platt's item regarding the lease agreement and activities occurring on the Cone Ranch property.

VI-9 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until July 8 Commissioner Hart's item regarding a request for support for the Egmont Key Alliance to receive Historic Preservation grant funding from the State of Florida.

VI-10 Commissioner Hart presented a series of recommendations regarding transferring the Public Transportation Commission (PTC) as a unit under the County Administrator. The Board continued this discussion until such time as the litigation is resolved.

VI-11 Commissioner Scott led a discussion involving appointments of members to the Hillsborough County Hospital Authority Board. The Board took action to remove the requirement for staff ranking and rating of applicants to the Hospital Authority Board.

VI-12 Commissioner Norman deleted the item relating to the truck route on Sunlake Boulevard.

VI-13 Commissioner Chillura requested a short briefing on the rescheduling of the stormwater issues workshop. Pat Bean provided the briefing.

VI-14 Commissioners Platt and Scott presented an item for discussion regarding the use of fireworks during the Fourth of July weekend. The County Attorney presented options for the 1) adoption of an emergency ordinance banning fireworks under certain conditions; and 2) convening of the Executive Policy Group, consisting of Commissioners Hart, Norman and Berger. The Board voted to ask the Executive Policy Group to convene as soon as possible to discuss this issue. A meeting of the EPG subsequently was scheduled for Thursday, June 25, at 3:30 pm.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 Staff presented a report regarding the HARTline Financial Plan. (Goal 8, Obj 3) No action was required.

VII-2 Due to time constraints, the report regarding volunteers for the School System was deferred until July 8. (Request of Serve) (Relates to VI-7)

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