Archived Agendas

Wednesday, April 15, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, April 15, 1998, BOCC Meeting

The Board met in regular session on April 15, 1998, until 4:30 p.m., at which time the Board went into workshop session regarding WCRWSA issues, and subsequently held a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. The anticipated continuance of the WCRWSA workshop on Thursday, April 16, was rescheduled to Wednesday, April 22, at 1:30 p.m. On Wednesday, April 22, at 11:00 a.m., the Board will have a special EPC meeting to discuss WCRWSA governance issues. The workshop on Community Based Planning that was scheduled for April 22 at 1:30 p.m. will be rescheduled to a later date. Due to time constraints, the Board scheduled a continuance of the Board meeting to Thursday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m., following the monthly EPC meeting.

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 83 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Ten 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-1d The contract with a water resource operations advisor was discussed by the Board; however, it was deferred for additional staff review and information until May 6, 1998. Mike McWeeny will coordinate this matter.

I-A-14 Staff requested a deferral until May 6th of the Job Training Partnership Act interlocal agreement with the City of Tampa.

I-E-1b The Board deferred until May 6th the request for scheduling a public hearing date to consider adopting a special assessment ordinance for establishment of water and wastewater infrastructure districts. The deferment was requested so that a discussion of policy issue, particularly mandatory connection, can occur prior to setting the public hearing. Mike McWeeny will coordinate this matter.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-A-2d As an adjunct to the approval of an easement and purchase agreement with TECO, Commissioner Platt requested additional information on the process used for granting of easements to TECO by the City of Tampa. Mike Kelly will provide the information requested to all Board members by May 31, 1998. Eric Johnson will provide a report on the payments by utilities to the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County for use of public right-of-way by May 31, 1998.

I-A-12 The report regarding volunteers for the school system (Request of SERVE) will be rescheduled on the May Th BOCC Agenda.

I-C-12 The Board received the report on SB 600 regarding solid waste facilities in the Thonotosassa/Seffner communities and approved a motion to support the Bill. Also, the Board authorized the Chairman to write a letter to Senator Hargrett concerning the Board's action. Helen Levine will prepare a letter for the Chairman's signature.

I-D-1 The Board received the report regarding the Water Department's action plan to implement the performance audit recommendations; however, staff was directed to come back to the Board in six months with a status report of the audit recommendations. Debbie Gotwalt-Dickson will develop a report and schedule on the October 21, 1998 BOCC agenda.

Audience Comments:

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

Bob Angle, representing several residents of the Highland Oaks Subdivision, appeared regarding a flooding problem in their subdivision. The flooding has impacted operation of their septic tanks. He made reference to an administrative referral (#46960) which details the flooding problems of this subdivision. The County Administrator advised the Board that the April 22nd workshop on stormwater issues will provide for discussion of a list of projects proposed for funding and the aforementioned project may be on that list for consideration.

Neil Cosentino spoke regarding the use of Houlihan's Stadium for youth activities and by the State Community Recreation Center.

Joyce Smith spoke in opposition to the tolls on the Veterans Expressway and the Hartline performance audit.

William Visscher presented two proposals concerning the Providence rewidening project. Ed Radice (representing Pat Bean) met with Mr. Visscher to obtain further details following his presentation. Bernardo Garcia will discuss this further with Mr. Visscher and prepare a report back to the Board by May 15, 1998.

Barbara Merritt spoke on code enforcement requirements and fines and inquired about enforcement and follow-through. Kevin McConnell will review Ms. Merritt's suggestions and provide a report back to her and the BOCC members by May 15, 1998.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board held a public hearing on the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority governance issue. Future meetings on this issue are as follows:

April 22 at 11:00 a.m. - Special EPC meeting

April 22 at 1:30 p.m. - Continuation of BOCC workshop and public hearing

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 The Board approved the funding request for the Article V petition drive by Vivian Zaricki, of the Florida Association of Counties. Additionally, the Board approved an agreement for campaign information services regarding the amendment to Article V of the Florida Constitution between the County and Floridians for Fairness in Court Funding (a political action committee). Please note that the associated budget amendment identified as V-A-1a was approved.

Regular Agenda Section:

V-A-1a The Board appropriated by super majority vote, in accordance with BOCC Policy, $245,931 from the Reserve for Contingency, General Revenue Fund to provide funding for the Florida Association of Counties - Floridians for Fairness in Court Funding Campaign.

V-A-1b The Board appropriated by super majority vote, in accordance with BOCC Policy, $400,000 from the M.S.T.U. Reserve for Contingency, to provide emergency funding for flooding related disaster recovery.

V-A-2 The Board deferred until May 6, 1998, the 1st modification agreement and budget amendment for the Crisis Center of Hillsborough County.

V-A-3 The Board adopted a BOCC Policy on guidelines, with amendments, for use of Phosphate Severance Taxes. Amendments to the policy include additional language to provide a more detailed definition of phosphate related uses which shall consist of or be similar to such uses as restoration of phosphate lands for appropriate and lawful public reuse, mitigation or remediation of environmental damage or harm caused or likely to be caused by phosphate mining or its related and intended activity, or repair or improvement of public infrastructure directly damaged or likely to be damaged from such phosphate activities. Any deviations to the policy for phosphate funding or items not addressed in the policy will require a super majority vote of the BOCC. Eric Johnson will prepare the amended policy for countywide distribution to BOCC members and departments.

V-A-4 The Board approved a 1st modification to RFP C-610-97 with Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc., for Deep End Services to Work and Gain Economic Self-sufficiency (WAGES) participants by adding: 1) performance criteria, 2) not-to-exceed cost reimbursement of $250,000 for Support Services, which will increase contract amount from $3,484,800 to a total of $3,734,800; and, 3) a provision for the Purchasing Director to increase or decrease the support service in an amount up to $25,000.

As directed by the Board, the Chairman, County Administrator, and County Attorney will meet with Phyllis Busansky and the Chairman of the local WAGES board on this matter.

Further, the Board included as part of the motion that a workshop be scheduled. Staff will coordinate the scheduling of a Board Workshop for a more in-depth discussion of the WAGES program. John Dausman will prepare the materials for the workshop and invite Ms. Busansky and other appropriate individuals to participate. The workshop has been scheduled for May 13, 1998, at 9:30 a.m.

V-A-5 The Board received a staff report regarding economic development priorities/funding of external agencies and options for funding. A representative of US Africa made a request for funding that was presented and discussed by the BOCC during the budget public hearings. Following the Board's discussion of the US Africa funding request, the Board passed a motion to conceptually approve a funding proposal for international trade to allocate $100,000 during this fiscal year and $100,000 next fiscal year, contingent upon a 50/50 cash match. $100,000 of the County's money will go to US Africa funded over the two-year period. (The motion was passed 4-3.) The Chamber of Commerce will need to come back to the Board within 60 days with an explanation of the program. John Dausman will coordinate with the Chamber and bring back to the Board on June 3, 1998.

In conjunction with this discussion, the Board authorized the Chairman and County Administrator to meet with Mayor Dick Greco concerning funding of international trade.

V-B-1 The Board approved Head Start grant funds for a COLA & quality improvement increase of $500,317 from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services for the period of October 1, 1997, through September 30, 1998. A budget amendment to provide the County match of $59,100 from the Reserve for Contingency will be necessary if the grant is approved.

V-C-1 The Board held a workshop on West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority governance issue.

V-E-1 Ethel and Harold Bonds v Hillsborough County -- The Board took action to:

a. Authorize the County Attorney's Office to settle the case of Ethel and Harold Bonds v. Hillsborough County, Case No. 96-6319 Div. J, in the amount of $27,500.

b. Public Works - Appropriate by super majority vote, in accordance with BOCC Policy, $27,500 from MSTU Fund Reserve for Contingency to provide funding for settlement of the above-mentioned case.

V-E-2 Delores and Donald Cartright v. Hillsborough County -- The Board took action to:

a. Authorize the County Attorney's Office to settle the case of Delores and Donald Cartright v. Hillsborough County, Case No. 96-8141 Div. H, in the amount of $62,500.

b. Public Works - Appropriate by super majority vote, in accordance with BOCC Policy, $62,500 from MSTU Fund Reserve for Contingency to provide funding for settlement of the above-mentioned case.

V-G-1 The Board formally received County Audit Report #68, Ice Palace Ticket Surcharge Records Audit and authorized the report to be filed in Board Records upon receipt into the official records. A follow-up audit on the status of the audit recommendations will be brought back to the Board in six months by Michael Zagorc. Mike Merrill will ask the Tampa Sports Authority to excercise their monitoring and oversight role in the relationship with the Tampa Bay Arena.

Commissioners' Section:

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

Commissioner Platt reported that April 25th has been set for the Great Florida Cleanup Day in which cleanup activities will take place in Lake Thonotosassa and various locations in Brandon. Further, she reported that the National Estuary Program and the Agency on Bay Management have expressed concerns about the desalination plant and its environmental impact on the reservoir in South County and the Alafia River.

Commissioner Hart reported on an item relating to sustainable communities discussed during the 1998 National Assosciation of Counties legislative conference. A handout on this item was given to Board members. Commissioner Hart has been asked by the HUD Secretary to serve on a 12-member panel to help HUD design its first-ever, large scale regional strategy.

Commissioner Norman inquired about the BOCC travel budget and asked whether an additional appropriation was needed due to unanticipated travel expense by Board members. Ed Hunzeker will meet individually with Commissioners on this matter.

Commissioner Berger reported that the Expressway Authority has been discussing strategic planning, personnel planning, work programs, refinancing of the bonds, etc.

VI-2 Appointments were made to various boards and councils. The appointment to the Independent Review Board was delayed until the Land Use meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 1998. The County Attorney was requested to review whether or not more than one Board appointment could be made to the review board. Emeline Acton will coordinate this matter.

VI-4 Commissioner Scott led a discussion regarding exploring meaningful ways to establish and improve mutually supportive partnerships with city and county governments by appointing a Commissioner as a liaison to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The County Administrator was requested to write a letter to SWFWMD in an effort to obtain additional information with regard to the duties and responsibilities of the liaison. This item will be rescheduled on the May 20th BOCC Agenda.

VI-5 Commissioner Scott led a discussion regarding visiting of selected communities and neighborhoods in each of the four districts by members of the BOCC. The Board agreed to a schedule of four times a year -- every two years in odd-numbered years -- on a day that a workshop is scheduled on the Board's calendar. Vince Pardo will make arrangements for the tour and coordinate with the neighborhood association leadership.

VI-6 Commissioner Norman deleted the item for discussion of security at the Ice Palace.

VI-7 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding HB4393 relating to the Florida Community Environment Health Protection Act. The Board passed a motion to attempt to include Hillsborough County as one of the funded projects for low income areas. Helen Levine will follow through on the Board's action. If the measure fails this year, an attempt will again be made next Legislative Session.

VI-8 An off-the-agenda item was added by Commissioner Norman to discuss the status of Sun Lake Boulevard being used as a land excavation haul route. This item was subsequently deleted prior to the discussion, at Commissioner Norman's request.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 The County Administrator presented a report on an Employee Suggestion Recognition Program. Following the Board's discussion, the County Administrator was authorized to proceed with the program. It was suggested that previous productivity and improvement programs be reviewed in conjunction with future expansions of the recognition program. The County Attorney was directed to review the legality of providing bonuses to employees.

VII-2 The Board received a status report regarding Hartline Performance Audit. No action was required.

VII-3 The County Administrator continued the briefing regarding flooding conditions from April 2 BOCC meeting.

VII-4 The County Administrator provided a report regarding Hillsborough County Historical and Projected Population. No action was required.

VII-5 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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