Archived Agendas

Wednesday, May 6, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, May 6, 1998, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 77 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Twelve 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-3b The budget amendment to allow for indemnity, medical, allocated loss adjustment expenses, claim settlement, and estimated claim payments and settlements was deleted from the agenda.

I-E-5 The County Attorney requested a deferral until May 20th for the item relating to non-capital felony and capital felony appellate representation for indigent defendants.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-A-15 Staff requested a deferral of the item on volunteers for the school system (Request of SERVE) to allow further discussions with parties involved. Sharon Wall will coordinate this matter and schedule a report on the June 24th agenda.

I-D-1 The item relating to All People’s Center was removed from consent for discussion. The overall concept of the All People’s Life Center proposal and addition of an item to the 1998 Federal Lobbying Work Plan was approved. Helen Levine will coordinate the latter portion of this item. Although no formal action was taken concerning the location for the center, Ed Radice, in coordination with Sandra Sroka, will pose this question to the Parks and Recreation Board and Alliance for Citizens With Disabilities and report back to the Board on August 5, 1998.

I-E-6 The Board set a public hearing date for June 3, 1998, at 2:00 p.m. to consider adopting a special assessment ordinance for establishment of water and wastewater infrastructure districts. A discussion of the policy will be scheduled by Mike McWeeny on the May 20th agenda.

Audience Comments:

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

‚ Lee Williams spoke in support of the All People’s Center and its programs provided for the handicapped population.

‚ Martha Stem also spoke in support of the All People’s Center and recommended that CIT funding be provided for expansion of the facility, if needed.

‚ Bill Allen, representing Respect of Florida, elaborated on the consent item for award of a bid for janitorial services to Respect of Florida. This contract will provide employment to a number of disabled persons in the community. Commissioner Chillura suggested that the next publication of the newsletter of the Alliance for Citizens With Disabilities include an article on this agenda item. Sandra Sroka will coordinate this matter with the Alliance.

‚ Joyce Smith spoke on a news article concerning environmentally sensitive land being cleared by US Homes without a permit. The Board passed a motion to have staff and the County Attorney’s Office review this matter and provide a report back to the Board. Gene Boles will schedule this item for discussion on the Land Use Agenda on May 12.

Also Ms. Smith spoke concerning delays involved with the school site in the Westchase area. Rhea Law, an attorney representing Westchase who was in the audience, provided further comments and clarification regarding a disagreement as to the amount of refund for a portion of the school impact fee. Lucia Garsys will review the school impact fee refund issue, provide assistance as needed, and provide a report on June 3, 1998, to Board members, School Board, and Rhea Law.

Public Hearings:


Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 David Hurley, Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee, presented a monthly report of activities of the CAC. He advised of a change in the community forum, which will be held in the County Center on May 29, 1998. He invited Board members to participate. Last month, the CAC reviewed the report on pre-trial release and unanimously supported the recommendations. Commissioner Berger requested that the CAC follow up with research to determine how other counties are handling pre-trial release programs. Edith Stewart will coordinate the Board’s directive with the CAC.

IV-2 Connie Laster, Vice Chair of Head Start Policy Council, presented a quarterly report of activities. No action was required.

IV-3 Terry Johnson, of SWFWMD, provided a briefing on the Southern Water Use Caution Area. No action was required.

IV-4 Robert Hunter, Executive Director of the Planning Commission, appeared regarding comparison of population, employment, and other figures downtown Tampa and other major employment centers in the county with other cities and areas. No action was required.

Regular Agenda Section:

V-A-1 The Board adopted the authorizing resolution and approved the forms of the Preliminary Official Statement, Official and Summary Notices of Sale, Bid Form and Continuing Disclosure Certificate in connection with the issuance of the Capital Improvement Non-Ad Valorem Revenue Bonds, Series 1998, (Warehouse and Sheriff’s facilities); and, authorized the County Administrator to award the bonds based on the best conforming bid received through a competitive bid process.

V-A-2 County Crisis Center:

a. The Board approved the 1st modification agreement with the Hillsborough County Crisis Center, inc., (HCCC), in the amount of $46,239 to provide funding for operational costs for the facility located at 2214 East Henry Avenue and rent for the Nurse Examiner Program housed at One Davis Boulevard.

b. Also the Board approved the associated budget amendment resolution to transfer $46,239 from the Reserve for Contingency, General Revenue Fund, to provide funding to Hillsborough County Crisis Center, Inc.

V-A-3a The Board approved a budget amendment to realign $13,368 from the Real Estate Department/Facilities Management Division’s operating budget to the Economic Development Departmental budget to provide funding for the salary of a position being transferred to the MBE Section. Funds are appropriated in the Real Estate/Facilities Management Division’s operating budget with no new funds to be appropriated.

V-C-1 The Board approved the solid waste residential collection service Quality Assurance Assessment; a threshold of .0012 for the period beginning May 11, 1998, through January 16, 1999; a 40% increase in the base threshold during the week of and following any designated holiday; and an assessment amount of $400 for any week in which the threshold is exceeded. Staff is to report back during December 1998 with recommended threshold and implementation dates after January 16, 1999. Daryl Smith will coordinate this matter.

V-C-2 The Board approved the Cooperative Agreement with Hurley Enterprises, Inc., which proposes a joint project with a private landowner for a tailwater recovery pond which will address flooding on County Road 672 and surrounding areas and improve water quality for the Bullfrog Creek Estuary.

V-C-3 The Board approved the interlocal agreement between Hillsborough County, HARTline, the City of Tampa, and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 to provide funding in the amount of $585,960 from the County to HARTline for support of operating costs.

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

a. Sign Ordinance (Billboard signs) - tentatively scheduled for August 12, at 1:30 pm
b. Stormwater Issues - tentatively scheduled for June 10 at 9:00 am
c. Impact fee mitigation program - tentatively scheduled for August 12, at 2:45 pm

V-D-2 The Board approved staff’s recommendation to modify the FY 98 work plan for performance audits by postponing the performance audit of the capital improvement group, and authorized staff to proceed with the next sequenced audit currently planned for FY 99, which is the Community Improvement Department.

V-D-3 The Board approved the recommendation of the County’s Insurance Committee to award RFP C-152-98, Group Medical Benefits to 1) CIGNA HealthCare for self-funded group health benefits administration and Flexible Spending Accounts, 2) UniPsych Corporation for mental health and substance abuse benefits and Employee Assistance Program (EAP); and, 3) Anthem Health and Life Insurance Company for Stop Loss Insurance Coverage.

V-E-1 The Board directed the County Attorney’s Office to draft amendments to 37 Special Dependent District Ordinances to provide for uniform election procedures, and set and notice a public hearing date for May 26, 1998, at 3:00 p.m. to consider the proposed amendments to the Special Dependent District Ordinances identified in Background.

V-E-2 The Board adopted a resolution which allows the Supervisor of Elections to enter into standard License and Hold Harmless agreements for polling places, with a maximum of $350 per polling place.

Commissioners’ Section:

VI-1 Commissioners provided reports regarding various authorities and councils on which they serve, as follows:

‚ Commissioner Hart advised that he will be attending a meeting on sustainable communities in Washington, DC, in a couple of days.

‚ Commissioner Platt indicated that she had recently toured the new juvenile detention facility that will soon open. She suggested that other Board members tour the facility prior to its opening.

‚ Commissioner Scott briefly reported on the Hospital Authority meeting in which three candidates were interviewed for overseeing the lease.

VI-2 Appointments were made to various boards and councils.

During this section, the Board discussed the number of appointments to the Performance Audit Independent Review Committee. Current BOCC policy provides for three appointments to the IRC. Mary Helen Campbell will amend the policy to provide for a total of five members: two appointments by the BOCC, one appointment by the Clerk, and two appointments by the County Administrator. The revised policy will be scheduled for consideration on the May 20th Agenda by Mary Helen Campbell. The two appointments made to the IRC will become effective subsequent to Board approval of the new policy.

VI-4 Commissioner Scott led a discussion regarding the United Nations declaration of 1998 as the International Year of the Ocean. The Board concurred with this request. Emmy Acton will coordinate preparation of a resolution.

VI-5 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding recognition of Ralph Hughes for his contribution to Tax Watch. He will initiate a request for a plaque honoring Mr. Hughes and his company for the donation.

VI-6 Commissioner Scott presented a letter from Judge Dominguez, Chair of the Public Safety Coordinating Council, regarding funding to offset the cost of operating the County jail system. The Board directed that Chairman Scott, Dan Kleman, and Judge Dominguez meet with City of Tampa officials to discuss this recommendation. The County Administrator will coordinate the meeting and report back to the Board within sixty days.

VI-7 The need for appointment of an additional member to the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority was presented by Commissioner Turanchik. Following the Board’s discussion, Commissioner Jan Platt, by virtue of her serving as Chairman of EPC, was appointed to WCRWSA.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 Roger Dean presented a report regarding GIS. Commissioner Platt complimented the Information and Technology Services staff on a job well done.

Roger Dean will follow through on Commissioner Platt’s request for an index of available maps, which would be helpful to Board members in their meetings throughout the community. Roger Dean will provide the index to all Board members.

VII-2 Mike Merrill provided an update on financing in progress, and a description of the plans of finance for the refunding of Utility System bonds and Ice Palace bonds. No action was required.

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