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Friday, March 19, 1999
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, March 17, 1999, BOCC Meeting

During the morning session, the Moral Courage Award was presented to Bill Poe. A reception immediately followed.

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 74 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. One item was removed from consent by Board members for questions or discussion. All of the consent items were approved as recommended by staff, with exception of the following:

I-A-7 The funding agreement with the Tampa Foreign Trade Zone Board, Inc. was continued until April 7 to allow staff to provide additional information concerning the use of the funds and activities sponsored by the funds allocated to the TFTZ Board. John Dausman will prepare a report and schedule for the April 7 BOCC meeting.

Audience Comments:

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

- Jim Doyle spoke regarding accessibility to parking near County buildings for the disabled population. He recommended the Board consider sites 2 and 3 (in agenda item V-A-1a) as acceptable sites for parking and consideration of a pedestrian walkway to County Center.

- Robert Wooten spoke regarding Tampa Bay Water issues.

- Cheryl Bradford spoke in opposition to Tampa Bay Water's selection of the Big Bend site for the desalination plant. Also she indicated that the site designated for the intake structure, 160 x 30 ft. pumping facility is in the middle of a State-designated canoe trail.

- Marilyn Smith spoke regarding the desalination plant site at Big Bend, Olympics ethics issues, and the public hearing process for Tampa Bay Water projects.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board continued the public hearing for consideration of the final assessment resolutions required under Ordinance 96-7 to create the capacity assessment units described as: Northwest Water and Wastewater Capacity Assessment Unit 99103, Central Water Capacity Assessment Unit 99104, Central Water and Wastewater Capacity Assessment Unit 99106, and South Water and Wastewater Capacity assessment Unit 99109, to impose capacity assessments against property therein and to approve the capacity assessment rolls. The Board requested that staff develop a process for assurance that each time a piece of property is purchased the buyer will be made aware of the assessment. Mike McWeeny will meet with the Board of Realtors and develop an appropriate mechanism for this assurance. Once this is completed, the Water Department will readvertise the public hearing. It is anticipated that a public hearing will be scheduled for June 2.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 Frank Miller, requested deletion of his presentation on the Gandy Bridge Friendship Trail. This item will be rescheduled by him at a later date.

IV-2 A representative of the Hillsborough County Bar Association appeared regarding their reception at the Ashley Street Branch of the Public Library which is to benefit Head Start through the Lawyers for Literacy program. The Board approved the association's request to serve wine at this event, contingent upon provision of the necessary indemnification and liability insurance. The County Attorney will insure that all necessary documents are obtained prior to the event being held.

As an adjunct to this item, the Board directed that a policy be developed to address requests to use County-owned real estate to include the use of alcoholic beverages. Also the Parks Ordinance is to be reviewed for possible amendment to allow the use of alcoholic beverages under certain limited circumstances. The County Attorney, with assistance from Mike Kelly, will develop a policy to allow the use of alcoholic beverages on County property, excluding parks. The draft policy will be distributed to all departments for review and comment, and particularly, to advisory boards used by various departments. The County Attorney will prepare an amendment to the Parks Ordinance to include requests to use County parks for events serving alcohol on a limited basis. Ed Radice will insure that the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board reviews the proposed ordinance amendment prior to it being placed on the BOCC Agenda for consideration. These items will be brought back to the Board by the County Attorney's Office on May 19.

IV-3 Gina Torres of the Planning Commission presented information regarding sidewalk and bicycle facilities. The Board voted to receive the information provided by the Planning Commission.

As an adjunct to this item, the Board requested that staff bring back a status report on the sidewalk liability issue. Bernardo Garcia will distribute a report to the Board by March 31.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1a The Board received staff's report regarding parking to accommodate the Court Facilities Improvement Project and concurred with Mike Kelly's recommendation to approve the contract for purchase and sale of the de la Parte property at 701-711 E. Kennedy Boulevard in order to provide part of the land for the construction of a 300-500 space parking garage. The sale price is $837,5000, plus closing costs.

V-A-2 Staff requested deletion of a Memorandum of Understanding providing the recognition through impact fee offsets for construction of a portion of Gornto Lake Road.

V-A-3 The Board continued the resolution for the ITS Retention Program for Y2K Mission Critical Personnel in an attempt to retain those information technology positions working directly on Y2K conversions and implementation. The purpose of the continuance was to have staff contact other agencies funded by the BOCC to determine whether those organizations wish to establish a similar plan and to identify the implications of that plan. Sharon Wall is tasked with coordinating the requested information from other agencies. She will schedule this item on April 7.

V-A-4a The Board approved a budget amendment to appropriate $1,410,000, from the Countywide General Fund Reserve for Contingency, to provide funding for legal, technical, scientific, and administrative support for addressing the Tampa Bay Water and Southwest Florida Water Management District initiatives.

V-C-1 The Board received the Water Team's report and adopted the Water Department's recommendations for funding additional support for addressing water supply and general environmental issues faced by Hillsborough County which relate to Tampa Bay Water and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

In conjunction with this discussion, Commissioner Frank presented another item for action regarding Tampa Bay Water projects. The Board policy, adopted on June 24, 1998, providing a process for citizens to be heard by the Board of County Commissioners prior to arbitration decisions on potential water use permit applications in Hillsborough was amended to include all regulatory projects undertaken by Tampa Bay Water's master plan in Hillsborough County. Mike McWeeny will identify each project and prepare a proposed schedule for public meetings to be conducted by the Board and submit as an agenda item for the April 7 BOCC meeting.

V-D-1 The Board approved a modification to the Board's policy on performance audits (. by removing the requirement that final performance audit reports be presented to the BOCC by the auditor in a workshop; and, eliminating the limitation on firms who are allowed to propose based upon the number of contracts awarded them and/or the value of these contracts during the prior twenty-four month period.

V-F-1a The Board approved a budget amendment to appropriate $1,800 to provide for funding of additional operating expenditures related to travel and office equipment. Funds are provided by the Reserve for Contingency General-account in the Countywide Operating Fund.

Commissioners' Section:

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

- Commissioner Norman reported that the Metropolitan Planning Organization discussed changes in membership of the MPO. Also he called the Board's attention to a proposed bill that is being considered by the Legislature regarding a change in the appointment process (changing appointing authority from the Governor to the Legislative Delegation and changing the voting membership) of various authorities, including Aviation Authority, Port Authority, Hartline, and Expressway Authority. Helen Levine will monitor the bill and keep the Commission apprised of its status.

Commissioner Norman suggested at some time in the future that water conservation be addressed and inquired if TBW is involved in water conservation on a countywide basis. Mike McWeeny will ask Tampa Bay Water to make a presentation on this issue and will attempt to schedule it for April 21.

- Commissioner Scott reported that the Tampa Port Authority did very well on its audit. Hopefully, in the future the Port Authority will not have to rely on the County's millage, due to surplus revenue in the reserve account. Commissioner Scott also reported that the Children's Board elected new officers. Larry Lumpke was elected Chairman. Additionally, he advised that the Fair Authority has a meeting Thursday at 10:00 a.m., at which time the Mills Corporation will present options for a mall on the fair grounds. Commissioner Scott will report the results of the meeting back to the BOCC. He also reported that a special-called meeting of the Hospital Authority will be held Friday morning.

- Commissioner Hart reported on his recent trip to Tallahassee wherein the transportation tax was discussed. Also he presented a brief report on sustainable communities.

- Commissioner Frank reported on the meeting of Tampa Bay Water on March 15. The meeting was held at the headquarters in Clearwater and was televised. The meeting will be replayed on HTV.During the TBW meeting, the desalination project was addressed. Four contractors submitted bids, with the top two bidders submitted Big Bend as their proposed site. Other issues discussed by TBW was location of the water pipe lines and reuse of wastewater as potable water. It was agreed that a public meeting on the pipe line location will be held in Hillsborough County. Mike Foerster will send a memorandum to the BOCC with a notification of the schedule for TBW meeting replays and prepare a news release which can be accessed on the County's web site.March 19, 1999.

In conjunction with Commissioner Frank's report on TBW, Commissioner Norman briefly mentioned an item relating to the Community Investment Tax, indicating that a 4% growth rate, or excess revenue, is included in the program. He indicated that if a public hearing were held, some of the excess revenue can be used for operating funds for water projects. Ed Hunzeker will be in contact with Commissioner Norman to further discuss this item.

- Commissioner Platt reported that she had asked Senator Sebesta to agenda two items for an upcoming meeting -- one cent sales tax legislation and the Egmont Key. Pat Bean will contact Senator Sebesta's office to request that sunshine law requirements be met for the Friday meeting.

VI-2 The Board established the terms of the Board's appointees to the Health and Human Services Board.

VI-4 The Board continued until April 7 the discussion regarding ethics issues relating to Florida Olympics 2012. The continuance was to allow Board members additional time to review the information distributed by Ed Turanchik. This item will be rescheduled on April 7.

VI-5 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding operational problems with the 800 MHz Radio System for the Sheriff's Department. The Board directed the County Administrator and County Attorney to work with the Sheriff's Office in determining whether the County has any recourse on the radio system malfunctions. The County Attorney, with assistance from Ted Grable and Bill Studer, will discuss this matter with the Sheriff's Office and bring back a report for the July 22 BOCC meeting.

VI-6 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding a resolution in support of Florida Forever. The Board approved the proposed resolution. Lelia Blevins will finalize the resolution and send it to The Nature Conservancy Tallahassee Office.

Also, Commissioner Platt requested a report on the newspaper article regarding the restructuring of Preservation 2000, as the Board may want to take a position on this issue. She stressed the importance of Preservation 2000 and recommended that its integrity be preserved. Helen Levine will research this matter and report back to the Board on April 7.

VI-7 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding a meeting place for homeowner associations. The Board concurred in his request that a letter be sent to the School Board and all registered home owner associations, summarizing the action taken by the Board in allowing the use of County facilities for home owner association meetings. Vince Pardo will prepare letters for the Chairman's signature by March 22.

VI-8 Commissioner Hart led a discussion regarding the County Administrator's policies regarding hiring and reassigning of exempt/unclassified positions. He requested a report on the screening and selection process for the Planning and Growth Management Director position. Pat Bean will prepare a written report on the selection process by March 24. Sharon Wall will prepare a report on compensation of unclassified positions and the effects of organizational changes to be distributed to the Board by March 31.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 The Board heard a briefing for the public hearing regarding utility rates, scheduled for March 18 at 6:00 p.m.

VII-2 The County Administrator presented the State of the County Message.

Additional Item:

During the Special Presentation Section of the Agenda, a proclamation declaring April as Water Conservation Month. Mike Foerster will issue a press release on water conservation projects accomplished by the County over the last ten years, as suggested by Board members.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel A. Kleman
County Administrator


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