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Recap:
Wednesday, February 4, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, February 4, 1998, BOCC Meeting



Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 66 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Nine items were removed from consent by Board members. All of the items were approved as recommended by staff, with exception of the following:

I-A-3b The reappropriation budget amendment was deferred, per staff request, until February 18, 1998.

I-C-4 The agreement with Freightliner Corporation for provision of self-performed warranty service on ambulance chassis was deferred, per staff request, until March 4, 1998.

Additional follow-up is required on the following:

I-C-7 The change order for the addition of two sidewalk projects in the sidewalk construction program was approved. Commissioner Hart suggested that items for these types of projects be publicized and that maps indicating the location of the new sidewalks be made available when these items are scheduled on the agenda. Mike Foerster will distribute informational material, i.e., maps, etc. for news releases to area newspapers. Additionally, Mr. Foerster will include a section on sidewalks in the next semi-annual CIT report. Further, Vince Pardo will distribute sidewalk information to affected neighborhood associations.

Audience Comments:

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

Charles Pryor spoke regarding an abandoned gas station in Ruskin and distributed pictures of the site. Mr. Pryor also spoke on the removal of Brazilian pepper trees. He has been working on the removal of Brazilian pepper trees from the banks of the Ruskin inlet and is having a problem with disposal of the material through the County's South Maintenance Unit. These two matters were referred to staff for review.

Since the meeting, staff of the Community Improvement Department has advised that the issue of the abandoned gas station is an active EPC case. This matter will be referred to Roger Stewart for handling. The matter of disposal of the pepper trees will be reviewed by Bernardo Garcia who will provide a report to the Board by February 20.

Beth Fonz appeared regarding the pre-emption resolution relating to the American Cancer Society. Ms. Fonz was advised that this item was approved as part of the consent agenda.

Eric Ray appeared regarding the problem of hunger and the welfare crisis. Mr. Ray distributed information regarding the endorsement of the Martinez Public Works Jobs Bill H.R. 950.

Barbara Waddell spoke on removal of Brazilian pepper trees. Commissioner Platt thanked Ms. Waddell for her participation in the pepper tree removal project.

Mary Ann Weeks spoke on the Sheldon Road road construction project which has resulted in drainage and flooding problems. She alleged that the contractor, Kimmins Construction Company, has been unresponsive to the neighborhood in correcting the problems related to the construction. Additionally, she indicated that Kimmins had placed drainage pipes on private property. This matter was referred to staff for review and report back to the Board. Bernardo Garcia will review this matter and provide a report to the Board by February 20.

Moses Knott spoke on the problems inherent with the use and importing of illegal drugs.

Floyd Irwin spoke on religious issues.

Joyce Smith, representing the Town ‘N Country Alliance, spoke on DOT's LINKS project and the amount of tolls on the Veterans Expressway. She indicated that the Alliance is upset because money is being taken from her area and being used for the I-4 interchange in downtown Tampa. She understands that area needs work, but she feels it is a countywide problem, not one that her neighborhood should bear. Additionally, she advised of the need to have more shops in the downtown area to bring more people to downtown other than just work-related activities.

Ampara Nunez spoke on high water bills in the Clair Mel City area. She indicated that the residents are frustrated and discouraged about the exorbitant water bills. Ms. Nunez thanked Commissioner Scott and Emeline Acton for attending several of their neighborhood meetings on this matter. She invited Commissioners Platt, Chillura, and Hart to their next meeting which is scheduled on March 3rd at Winston Park. (Ms. Nunez was advised by the Board that a meeting has been scheduled with Mayor Greco to discuss this matter.)

Following Ms. Nunez's comments, Chairman Scott added that he appreciated the support he received from staff of the County Administrator, including Neighborhood Relations, and County Attorney in attending neighborhood meetings and thanked them for a job well done.

Marilyn Smith spoke on Clair Mel City water rates, Neighborhood Relations, stormwater funding, and the need for new representatives (lobbyists) at the federal level to look out for the County's interests.

Public Hearings:

None.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 Kay Doughty, of the Citizens Advisory Committee, reported on monthly activities of the CAC. The CAC is reviewing the 1998 Moral Courage Award nominations. The Board approved the CAC's request that the process be changed for nominations of individuals for the Moral Courage award in that it be limited to three pages of background information.

The CAC requested a copy of the guidelines for the Favorite Sons and Daughter award and requested that no action on the nominees be taken until the CAC reviews the new guidelines and takes action on the nominees recently sent to the CAC for review.

The CAC recommended that a CAC member (chosen by the CAC) be seated as a member of the Olympic siting committee. Commissioner Turanchik suggested that the CAC formalize this request in a letter to him.

The CAC work program includes:

Review of Time Warner cable contract

Jail overcrowding

Determining core community values

Review of Blue Ribbon Committee/Tax Watch recommendations

CIP/CIT review, projections and recommendations

Human Services needs of Hillsborough County

Continue updates from the 1997 Work Plan

IV-2 LaTasha Mann, Chairperson of Head Start Policy Council, presented their quarterly report of activities. No action was required.

IV-3 Michael Cole, Chairman, Health Care Advisory Board, presented the annual report for the Health Care Plan. The Plan has created better health for its clients and covered more people with less money.

Board members suggested that we "get the word out" on this spectacular program. Additionally, the Board authorized the Chairman to write a letter to each member of the Legislative Delegation and provide them a copy of the report.

Regular Agenda Section:

V-A-1 Staff requested a deferral until February 18th of the Capital Contribution Front Ending Agreement, detailed as follows:

a. 2nd amendment to the Capital Contribution Front Ending Agreement with the Citrus Park Venture, to recognize the following two changes: (1) Make the Capital Contribution Front Ending Agreement consistent with the Interlocal Agreement with Citrus Park Community Development District, as identified in the amendment to the Interlocal Agreement approved by the BOCC on March 13, 1997. That amendment broadened the scope of the roadway improvements to include the widening of Sheldon Road (Paglen Road to Gunn Highway) from 4 lanes to 6 lanes, and the widening of Paglen Road (Sheldon Road to Gunn Highway) from 2 lanes to 4 lanes; and (2) Increase the cost specified in the Capital Contribution Front Ending Agreement for the design and construction of the utility relocation from the 1990 cost estimate of $1.8 million to the current actual cost of $2.6 million.

b. Capital Program - Budget amendment to realign budgeted gas tax funds to fund the increase in the utility relocation costs.

V-B-1 The Board discussed the Health & Social Services General & Financial Assistance Policy Manual (Attachment B) as revised to limit dependency upon public assistance by promoting self-sufficiency and perform more in line with the National Welfare Reform initiative, and approve rent and food allowances and the provision of a payment standard for utilities. This item was continued until February 18, 1998. Cretta Johnson will provide additional information and modifications to the policy to make it more specific, as requested by Commissioner Platt.

V-B-2 Due to Commissioner Chillura's absence, the Board deferred the report regarding the Hunger Task Force and staff recommendation for appointment of Task Force to study issue and report back to the BOCC. This item will be rescheduled on the February 18th BOCC Agenda.

V-C-1 The Board approved a revision to the BOCC Policy #03.03.02.00, Bad Debt Write Off for the Utilities Enterprise Fund, issued February 10, 1982, to update the Water Department's Bad Debt Policy and Procedures, and to include the BOCC's delegation of bad debt write- offs to the Director of the Water Department, with proper notice and sufficient documentation to the BOCC Accounting and Clerk's Finance Departments.

V-D-1 1997 Local Law Enforcement Block Grants Program:

a. The Board received and approved recommendations of the Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC) regarding the proposed uses of the 1997 Local Law Enforcement Block Grants (LLEBG) Program award to Hillsborough County.

V-D-2 The Board approved the recommendation of the Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC) to rescind the resolution passed by the Board on December 17, 1997, to support abolishing the sentencing guidelines and the repeal of the Criminal Punishment Code.

V-D-3 The Board authorized Hillsborough County's participation in hosting a luncheon, if at least four counties participate, for the seven urban counties' legislative delegations during FAC Legislative Day on March 25. It is understood that the cost to Hillsborough County would be approximately $500.

V-D-4 The Board concurred with the County Administrator's request for the Chairman to sign applications to NACO for national awards. As suggested by Commissioner Platt, a list of applications for NACO awards will be provided to all Board members.

V-E-1 The Board approved an amendment to BOCC Policy 01.05.01.00 regarding Citizen Appointments to Boards, Councils and Authorities, to clarify that an appointee must resign from a board or committee when they file to run for public office.

V-F-1 The Board approved license and hold harmless agreements for various polling places, as requested by the Supervisor of Elections.

Commissioners' Section:

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

Commissioner Turanchik reported on West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority issues. He advised that West Coast is on track with the interlocal agreement. There is a meeting on February 9th and a scheduled vote on February 16th.

Additionally, Commissioner Turanchik reported that the Hartline board extended Executive Director Sharon Dent's contract by one year.

Commissioner Norman continued the discussion regarding West Coast and iterated that the agreement should be a plan where each member government is treated fairly and equally. All lakes should receive some help.

Commissioner Norman inquired as to whether the County Administrator had any information regarding various issues relating to the Public Transportation Commission.

Commissioner Platt reported on a meeting of the National Estuary Policy Board who unanimously posed some questions to the Federal EPA regarding orimulsion and desalination on the bay. She also serves on a subcommittee of the Gandy Bridge Committee. She reported that there are some legal hurdles to overcome.

Also at the TBRPC annual meeting she was surprised to see that only two Hillsborough County projects were submitted. The County has many positive projects for which the County should be recognized. She suggested that next year we submit more of our projects for regional recognition.

Commissioner Hart distributed information regarding proposed Florida Area Agencies on Aging for the Board members' information. Commissioner Hart also reported on Article V funding and distributed information. He briefly reported on MPO and the Aviation Authority.

VI-2 Appointments to the Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee were made by Commissioners.

VI-4 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). This matter was referred to the County Administrator for review and recommendation as a part of the County's Land Development Code. Gene Boles will coordinate this matter and schedule an item during a March Land Use meeting.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 Mike Merrill provided the annual report on County Debt and Review of County Credit as of September 30, 1997. No action was required.

VII-2 Staff requested a deferral until February 18th of the staff report on radio communication towers on Hutchinson Road.

VII-3 A staff report was presented on the use of temporary services. The staff report was continued until February 18, 1998.

VII-4 A written staff report was presented regarding Local Bill #11, County Employees Serving in Compensated Elected Public Office. County Attorney Emeline Acton recommended that the Board not discuss this matter, since a law suit was recently filed on this item.

VII-5 A staff report was presented regarding volunteers participation. As an adjunct to this item, the Board passed a motion to have a reception to honor volunteers during November or December. Sharon Wall will coordinate this matter.

Additional Item:

The Board voted to reschedule the town hall meeting from March 26th to sometime during the month of April or May. Mike Foerster will coordinate this matter.

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