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Recap:
Wednesday, March 18, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, March 18, 1998, BOCC Meeting



Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 87 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.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-C-15 The Court Facilities Improvement Project will be rescheduled on April 1, 1998.

I-C-17 The report on East Canal flooding will be rescheduled for a workshop on April 8, 1998.

Audience Comments:

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

Barbara Merritt expressed concerns regarding a leakage of wastewater into a pond in the Valrico area which lasted for two and one-half hours. She asked about monitoring and grading and if the cleanup was done at the County's expense. The County Administrator advised the Board that a report will be provided to Ms. Merritt and Board members. Mike McWeeny will meet with Ms. Merritt concerning this issue and provide a written report to Ms. Merritt and the Board by March 31.

Bridget Givens expressed concerns about flooding in the area of North 15th and Fletcher Avenue. She relayed specific concerns about school children having to walk in the middle of the road when streets are flooded. Commissioner Norman suggested to Ms. Givens that she get in touch with staff who are working diligently on flooding issues and can provide an update specific to her area.

Nancy Austin voiced concerns about flooding in the same area and suggested that children and the elderly be taken into consideration.

Floyd Irwin spoke on religious issues.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board adopted the Final Assessment Resolutions required under Ordinance 96-7 to create the Capacity Assessment Units described as: Northwest Water and Wastewater Capacity Assessment Unit 98103, Central Water Capacity Assessment Unit 98104, Central Water and Wastewater Capacity Assessment Unit 98106, South Water and Wastewater Capacity Assessment Unit 98109, and Van Dyke Capacity Assessment Unit 98110, to impose capacity assessments against property therein and to approve the capacity assessment rolls.

III-2 The Board adopted the Hillsborough County Building and Construction Code, Ordinance 95-3, as revised or amended during discussion at Workshop on February 25, 1998.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 Vivian Zaricki and John Manning, of Florida Association of Counties, appeared regarding a funding request for the Article V petition drive. The assessment to all counties to fund a state-wide public information campaign is 27 cents per capita of population. During the course of discussion, Board members generally indicated a preference for participation by a majority of urban counties. Following the Board's discussion, this matter was continued until April 1, 1998. On March 23rd, the issue will be discussed at the state level to determine if the issue will stand alone on the ballot or be paired with other issues.

IV-2 Mr. Tom Morrison, Counsel for the Industrial Development Authority, presented an application for $4.3 million Private Activity Bond (IDA) financing from SIFCO Industries, Inc. The Board approved the application consistent with staff's recommendation outlined in the agenda background material.

IV-3 Major W. Law of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office appeared to describe historical problems associated with non-consensual towing and recommended that an ordinance be adopted to enhance the state law regulating towing companies, to mandate equipment that is safe and in compliance with Public Transportation Commission regulations, and to insure that a mechanism to track rates is in place. Following discussion, this matter was referred back to the County Administrator, County Attorney, Sheriff's Office, and Public Transportation Commission, for review and recommendation back to the Board in 30-60 days. Gene Boles will represent the County Administrator in these discussions and prepare a report and recommendation back to the Board on May 20, 1998.

Regular Agenda Section:

V-A-1 The Board approved a budget amendment to appropriate $200,000 from the M.S.T.U. Reserve for Contingency to provide emergency funding for flooding related disaster recovery.

V-A-2 The Board deferred consideration until April 1, 1998, of the written guidelines on the use of Phosphate Severance Tax revenue in accordance with audit findings.

V-A-3 Mike Merrill presented a report regarding financing CIT funded projects to the greatest extend possible on a pay-as-you-go basis. If it is necessary to accelerate the construction of certain projects, a combination of short and long-term debt could be used to minimize interest costs. The Board held a discussion regarding issuing long term debt to fund CIT projects and whether the intent of the ordinance language for the CIT is being met by this action. The Board was concerned about accelerating stormwater projects. Following the Board's discussion, a motion was passed to adopt the report as presented as guiding principles for developing the project list and matching them with a financial strategy. Further, the Board directed that staff come back to the Board on April 15 with detailed financing options for stormwater projects and other projects in the CIP, both short and long term, and matching specific stormwater and other projects for financing in both the CIT and CIP.

V-B-1 The Board endorsed the Internet Access Management Plan recommended by the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Advisory Board as revised on February 26, 1998. This revision includes a one-year trial of WebSense Firewall I, a filtering and management software currently being used successfully in several Florida public libraries, or reasonably equivalent software.

V-B-2 The Board approved a budget amendment to appropriate $15,000 from the General Revenue Fund, Reserve for Contingency, to fund the completion of a work plan for the Hillsborough Task Force on Hunger.

V-C-1 The Board endorsed a grant application to the U.S. EPA for a Brownfields Redevelopment Pilot Project in the Orient/Eastlake Area.

V-C-2 The Board directed staff to delay the possible sale or lease of the Water Department's surplus Northwest Facilities property to allow for the property's master planning. Staff will prepare the necessary budget and contractual material and return to the BOCC for approval on April 15, 1998.

V-C-3 The Board approved a contract award to R & G Construction, Inc., on an emergency basis, for the Pemberton/Baker Creek Channel improvements, phase I.

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

a. Regulatory issues relating to septic tanks and flooding. (This workshop will be scheduled for April 8 at 1:30 p.m.)

b. Evaluation and Appraisal Report and related Comprehensive Plan Amendments Workshop and Public Hearing (requested by Planning Commission).

V-D-2 The Board discussed and approved the scope of services and authorized staff to proceed with Request for Proposals (RFP) for the performance audit of the Parks and Recreation Department. However, Board members felt that a policy discussion should take place with regard to framing future RFPs for performance audits. As directed by the Board, staff will come back to the Board in ninety days with various options. Debbie Gotwalt-Dickson will develop the options and schedule an item on the June 3, 1998, BOCC Agenda.

V-D-3 The Board selected all three of the finalists recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee as winners of the 1998 Moral Courage Award. Further, the Board directed that the CAC be instructed to provide only one nominee for Moral Courage Awards in the future to the Board for consideration. Edith Stewart will provide the Board's direction on this matter to the CAC.

V-D-4 The Board discussed the following four recommendations with regard to the Board's Goals and Objectives. Due to time constraints, only item one was approved. The remaining items were continued until April 1, 1998.

1) Adopt mission statement number 4. (Hillsborough County Government will be added to the narrative.)

2) Twelve goals and related objectives.

3) Recommended techniques for integration of goals and objectives into County operations.

4) Set December 9-10, 1998, as dates for next BOCC retreat.

V-D-5 The Board authorized the Chairman to send a letter to Senator Dudley opposing proposed legislation regarding unfunded mandates for the drug abuse program.

V-E-1 The Board approved an agreement for Project Services with the law firm of Greenberg, Traurig, Hoffman, Lipoff, Rosen & Quentel, P.A. to provide legal services for the Water Department's project entitled "Increasing the Utility System Customer Base" at a flat rate of $89,050 for the entire project.

V-E-2 Appellate Representation for Indigent Criminal Defendants:

a. The Board authorized the County Attorney's Office to advertise a request for applications from attorneys to provide legal services for indigent criminal defendants in non-capital and capital felony appellate cases and to negotiate a two-year agreement with the recommended attorneys.

b. The associated budget amendment to appropriate $250,000 from the General Fund Reserve for Contingency to provide funding for the above item was deleted by staff, since the Court Administrator has indicated the funds appear to be available in the budget. However, a budget amendment may still be necessary in the future.

V-E-3 The Board authorized the Public Affairs Officer to seek financial assistance from the Florida Legislature to fund the County's responsibility in securing appellate representation for indigent criminal defendants. Helen Levine will coordinate this matter.

Commissioners' Section:

VI-1 Due to time constraints, the reports from Commissioners who serve on various boards and councils was deferred.

VI-4 Commissioner Chillura led a discussion regarding a request from Alice Arnwine regarding the quality of drinking water and cost for connection to County water system. Barbara Merritt presented the details of Ms. Arnwine's problem. A representative of the State Health Department appeared and indicated that the installation of water lines to Ms. Arnwine and her neighbors may qualify for DEP funding. The Board passed a motion to direct Mike McWeeny to assist Ms. Arnwine in completing the application for DEP funding and report back to the Board on action taken. Mr. McWeeny will proceed in accordance with the Board's directive and report back to the Board by March 31st.

VI-5 Due to time constraints, Commissioner Chillura's item regarding analysis of taxes levied within the County vs taxes directly received by the BOCC, and pending legislation that will alter the gas tax distribution formula was deferred until April 1, 1998.

VI-6 Due to time constraints, Commissioner Platt's item regarding SB 1246 for proposed legislation to realign boundaries of Area Agencies on Aging and the aging network in the state and modification of governance of Area Agencies was deferred until April 1, 1998.

VI-7 Commissioner Hart led a discussion regarding the effect of our extraordinary rainfall on the disposal of septage waste. Representatives of the Health Department, EPC, USF, and Dr. Thomas McKell provided comments on this matter. Staff was directed to incorporate these comments in the septage report that is scheduled to come back to the Board on April 1, 1998. Pat Bean will coordinate this matter.

VI-8 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding SB 600 regarding solid waste, especially in our Thonotosassa/Seffner communities. The bill relates to a required setback of 3,000 feet of an existing residence for issuing construction permits for a new solid waste landfill. The County Administrator suggested that local government - not the State level - should govern these regulations. This matter was referred to the County Administrator for review and recommendations back to the Board. Daryl Smith will prepare an item for the April 15th BOCC Agenda.

VI-9 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding truck traffic on Sun Lake Boulevard. Several residents spoke on this matter and presented a petition to the Board objecting to Sun Lake Boulevard being used by trucks hauling fill dirt from the Long Ranch pit or any other borrow pit on Sun Lake Boulevard. Gene Boles will contact the Sheriff's Office to assist with non-compliance of the permit. Following discussion of various alternatives, the Board passed a motion to seek a temporary restraining order and injunctive and declaratory relief. Emeline Acton will coordinate this action. Further, as suggested by the Board, Commissioner Turanchik and the County Administrator also will communicate with Pasco County Administrator John Gallagher for a possible resolution to this matter.

VI-10 Commissioner Hart led a discussion regarding the use of pesticides in agriculture and non-agriculture. Commissioner Hart requested at the appropriate time that the Chairman send a letter to our Congressmen and any Congressmen or Senators who oversee funding of agriculture and EPA to assure they are addressing prevention, research, and education and that funding be retained for agricultural needs. The Board passed a motion to authorize the Chairman to send a letter at the appropriate time urging a three-pronged approach, including research, prevention, and public education and directed that the matter be addressed by EPC. Gene Gray will coordinate this matter and draft a letter for the Chairman's signature.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 Due to time constraints, the report regarding Hillsborough County Historical and Projected Population was deferred until April 1, 1998.

VII-2 Ed Hunzeker presented a report and available options regarding proposed regional service center site/Sheriff's facility in the South County area. Following discussion, the Board passed a motion to proceed with the siting of a Sheriff's facility on County-owned property, using the design-build process and directed staff to bring back an item for future discussion by June 1998 concerning regional service facilities. Mike Kelly will prepare a report to the Board on May 6, 1998.

VII-3 Due to time constraints, the report on options for funding stormwater improvements was deferred until April 1, 1998.

VII-4 The Board received a written report on additional professional assistance needs for water related issues. No action was required.

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