Archived Agendas

Wednesday, February 18, 1998
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, February 18, 1998, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 80 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-1f Staff requested a deferral of the contract for auction services of surplus vehicles and equipment. The item will be rescheduled for March 4, 1998.

I-A-3c Staff requested deletion of the item to transfer utility projects funded in the Community Investment Tax fund.

I-C-4 The Board continued until February 24th (Land Use meeting) the report regarding acceleration of the Stormwater Master Plan development. A full report, including input from the Planning Commission, was requested. Bernardo Garcia will coordinate this matter. This item is scheduled for a time certain of 2:45 p.m., on February 24.

Audience Comments:

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

Albert A. Fox spoke regarding the federal lobbying contract.

Moses Knott spoke regarding illegal drugs and the use of indigent health care funds.

Steve Overdon, representing the FDOT Turnpike District, appeared and explained the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Transportation which outlines the responsibilities of both Hillsborough County and the Turnpike District regarding the Suncoast Corridor Trailhead and Trail Segment.

Marilyn Smith requested that consideration be given to rescheduling the WCRWSA governance issues workshop on February 25 to another date, due to a conflict in meeting time with a meeting at SWFWMD.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board approved, with the exception of Dover Woods Subdivision district, annexation of street lighting service areas to the Hillsborough County Consolidated Street Lighting Special Purpose District (HCCSLSPD) and approved related street lighting items, contained in resolutions, for the 1998 Tax Year. The Dover Woods Subdivision district was continued until Tuesday's Land Use meeting of February 24, 1998, at 9:30 a.m.

III-2 The Board adopted an ordinance, which adopts the most recent editions of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) 101 Life Safety Code and the NFPA Pamphlet 1.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 Don Barber, President, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and Dick Dobkin, Chairman of the Chamber, presented an update on the Chamber's economic development activities. No action was required.

IV-2 A representative of the Trinity Gospel Church, appeared and requested donation of 1.5 acres of surplus land to the church to construct a community building. The County Attorney was directed to draft a resolution conveying the land to the Trinity Gospel Church, which will include a liquidated clause to insure that the use of the land is not for church or religious purposes. This item was referred back to staff for preparation of the resolution and rescheduling of a consent item on the March 18th BOCC.

Regular Agenda Section:

V-A-1a The Board approved the selection of and authorized a contract with Alcalde and Fay for a period of one year beginning with the effective date of the County's "Notice to Proceed" in the amount of $74,400 plus pre-approved expenses not to exceed $2,000 in accordance with Florida Statutes with two one-year unilateral options to renew at the same terms and conditions. The contract includes an escalation/de-escalation clause for each 12-month renewal period consistent with the Consumer Price Index; and approve the inclusion of a modification clause that reserves the right for the Purchasing Director to enter into modifications that increase or decrease the contract up to twenty-five percent of the amount of the contract; however, any such adjustments to the contract will require prior Board approval.

Moreover, the Board requested that staff review future alternatives to a federal lobbying contract and bring back various options for the Board to consider. Staff will: 1) review urban counties' processes and costs in the area of federal lobbying; 2) contact various agencies, including NACO, FAC, etc. for additional information on this subject; 3) review various budget options, such as a new position to coordinate lobbying; and 4) bring back all available options for the Board's consideration by July 1, 1998.

V-A-2a The Board discussed the contract with U.S. Homes Corporation in the amount of $1.7 million to acquire a 8.9 acre parcel of land required for the stormwater system associated with the Providence Road project. In order to allow additional staff review of this matter, this item was continued until Tuesday's Land Use meeting on February 24, 1998. This item is scheduled for a time certain of 2:30 p.m. Pat Bean and Ed Hunzeker will coordinate this matter.

V-A-3 Amendment to Citrus Park Venture Project Agreement -- the Board approved the following:

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. Budget amendment resolution to amend the CIP and realign budgeted gas tax funds to fund the increase in the utility relocation costs.

V-A-4 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until March 4th the resolution and Board policy allowing County departments to accept credit cards, charge cards, and debt cards for payment of fees and charges for services under certain conditions.

V-A-5 The Board discussed various issues relating to the Sheriff's District IV Project in the South County area. Following the Board's discussion, the Board directed that staff develop an RFP, subject to Board approval, to include potentials along Highway 674 in Ruskin, which will provide an option for a joint regional facility for the Sheriff's District IV Station, County services center, and a Hartline bus facility, and a separate option for a site for the Sheriff's immediate needs.

As suggested by Board members, Mike Kelly will coordinate this matter with appropriate groups or committees in the South County area.

Mike Kelly will schedule the Request for Proposal document for Board consideration at the March 18th BOCC meeting.

V-B-1 The Board approved the written report regarding Hunger Task Force and approved staff's recommendation for the appointment of a task force to study the issue and provide a report back to the BOCC.

V-B-2 The Board approved the Health & Social Services General & Financial Assistance Policy Manual (Attachment B) and made revisions to the staff's proposal, as follows:

Employable category, which limits assistance to three months; and

Other Emergency category, adding language that it must be well-documented and determined by the Department Director.

Staff's proposal limits dependency upon public assistance by promoting self-sufficiency and performs more in line with the National Welfare Reform initiative, and approves rent and food allowances and the provision of a payment standard for utilities. It should be noted that H&SS staff will report back to the Board in one year on the success and implementation of the policy.

V-C-1 The Board approved the Memorandum of Agreement with FDOT for the Suncoast Corridor Trailhead and Trail Segment. (See comments under Audience Comments section.)

V-C-2 Due to time constraints, the Rate Study Audit, detailed below, was deferred until March 4, 1998.

a. 1st amendment to the Audit Services Agreement dated August 17, 1994, with Deloitte & Touche LLP, to (1) establish an audit scope pertaining to the 1997 rate-adjustment application filed by the Florida Water Services Corporation; and (2) establish an upset limit of $40,000 for performing that scope, and (3) increase the upset limit for compensation under the agreement by $40,000.

b. Budget amendment for transfer of $13,000 from the Reserve for Contingency in the General Revenue Fund to fund expenditures related to the Florida Water rate-adjustment application.

V-C-3 The Board approved a public hearing date of March 4, 1998, at 2:00 p.m., to consider the acquisition of the Bahia Beach wastewater utility franchise.

V-D-1 The Board received a status report regarding the Citizen Audit Advisory Board Resolutions on the EPC Performance Audit. The Board thanked Peter Alessandri and David Hurley for their involvement and work on the audit.

V-D-2 The Board appointed Ms. Liana Fernandez Fox as the County Administrator's representative on the County Finance Blue Ribbon Committee

V-E-1 The Board continued the County Attorney's briefing on Advance Leasing litigation until the beginning of the Land Use meeting on February 24, 1998.

Commissioners' Section:

VI-1 Under the Commissioners' reports regarding various authorities and councils, the Board took action to reschedule the BOCC Workshop on WCRWSA governance issues on February 25th from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This action was necessary due to a conflict in meeting time with SWFWMD's discussion of minimum flows and levels.

VI-2 The Board confirmed the appointments to the Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award Committee.

VI-4 Commissioner Chillura led a discussion regarding Communication Tower Regulations. (This item was discussed in conjunction with VII-1.) Gene Boles advised the Board that permitting of communication towers would be included in the Land Development Code Amendment review hearings. Board members requested that staff review the inclusion of a mechanism which would trigger the Neighborhood Bill of Rights. Also the County Attorney was asked to research whether or not the established character of a neighborhood can take precedence over the federal governments's right to create an obtrusion in a neighborhood because of FCC requirements. A report is due back within thirty days from Chief Assistant County Attorney Jim Porter.

VI-5 Commissioner Chillura led a discussion regarding a resolution which would expand the membership on the Tampa Port Authority and Aviation Authority. Aviation Authority Attorney Stu Egert and Aviation Authority Executive Director Louis Miller made presentations in opposition to such an idea. Following the discussion, the Board passed a motion to support dialogue with the authorities, Governor, and members of the Legislative Delegation for the purpose of exploring all the possibilities involved for having greater elected official representation on the authorities. An amendment to the motion provided for the inclusion of the Tampa Sports Authority in these discussions.

VI-6 Commissioner Berger initiated a discussion regarding flooding/East Canal. Several citizens came forward to express concerns relating to ownership of the canal, lack of maintenance, and excessive dumping of water in the canal by the City of Plant City. As directed by the Board, staff will review the concerns outlined during this discussion, contact the WCRWSA staff concerning this particular flooding problem, and report back to the Board within thirty days. Bernardo Garcia will schedule this item on the March 18th BOCC Agenda.

VI-7 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding legislation filed by Sen. Grant and Rep. Littlefield as a result of lawsuits filed aginst citizens in northwest Hillsborough County when they attempted to petition a local government for redress of their grievances. This legislation would provide immunity from civil liability to citizens in such circumstances. The Board passed a motion to support this legislation. Helen Levine will coordinate this matter and add to the Legislative Program.

VI-8 Commissioner Chillura initiated a discussion regarding the lighting project of the County Center. Ed Hunzeker responded with a brief status report. However, staff was directed to reschedule this matter for a full report on the March 4th BOCC Agenda.

VI-9 The Board approved Commissioner Norman's recommendation for adoption of a resolution supporting the adoption by SWFWMD of rules which establish minimum flows and levels based only on science, and not on alternative mitigation methods and socio-economic and other non-scientific factors. Scott Emery will prepare a letter for the Chairman's signature transmitting the resolution to SWFWMD.

VI-10 Commissioners Hart and Berger introduced an item concerning non-consensual towing companies and towing fees. The Board authorized the County Attorney's Office to review and bring back a recommended course of action in two weeks. Emmy Acton will schedule an item on the March 4th BOCC Agenda.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 Planning and Growth Management staff provided an update on communication towers on Hutchinson Road. (This item was discussed in conjunction with item VI-4.) The Board was advised that a permit for a communication tower had been issued in error. The County Administrator will advise the Board of employee disciplinary action taken with reference to this matter.

VII-2 Due to time constraints, the report on GIS was deferred until March 4th.

VII-3 Due to time constraints, the report on use of temporary services was deferred until March 4th.

VII-4 The Board received a report regarding financing of Ice Palace. No action was required.

Additional Item:

Following the adjournment of the BOCC meeting, an executive closed session was held to discuss union negotiations.

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