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Friday, April 9, 1999
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, April 7, 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 81 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. None of the items were removed from consent by Board members for questions or discussion. All of the consent items were approved as recommended by staff. However, additional follow up is required on the following:

I-A-7 The Tampa Foreign Trade Zone Board, Inc. report will be rescheduled on the May 5 BOCC Agenda. John Dausman will prepare and schedule the report.

I-A-14 The report regarding the implementation schedule related to defining service standards and performance based management will be rescheduled on the April 21 BOCC Agenda. Eric Johnson will prepare and schedule the report.

I-E-1 The public hearing to amend the County’s Water Use Restriction Ordinance 91-27 to create a penalty system with stated provisions will be scheduled on the April 21 BOCC Agenda for 2:00 p.m. Emmy Acton will prepare the agenda item and schedule on April 21.

Audience Comments:

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

Bob Wooten spoke on organizational issues.

Carol Lopez, Bill Lopez, and Kevin Grant spoke on the County’s policy and procedures for installation of speed humps and the traffic control hearing master’s interpretation, specifically relating to Wellesly Court, in Odessa. Bernardo Garcia will review the comments and provide a written report to Mr. and Mrs. Lopez and Mr. Grant, with a copy to the BOCC, by April 16.

Theda Bush, who lives at 5033 Pine Street, spoke regarding a problem of being land locked due to the building of a church. This matter was referred to staff for review and report back to the Board. Bernardo Garcia will research this matter and prepare a report and place on the Agenda for April 21 .

Charles Himsel spoke regarding false testimony in public proceedings taken under oath. Pat Bean will distribute a report to the Board on this matter by April 16.

Yolanda Borenell, Hillary Kemp, Charlotte Mathis, Ann Jackson, and Curtis Latamour spoke regarding the heavy truck traffic through the Progress Village community. Concerns were expressed about public safety issues, including children and adults crossing Progress Village Boulevard, near 78th Street to access the park. The Board was requested to change the truck route from Progress Village Boulevard to 22nd Street Causeway and to make more cross walks. This matter was referred to staff for further review and report back to the Board at the next BOCC meeting. Staff was directed to include a meeting with the Sheriff’s Office. Bernardo Garcia, with assistance from the County Attorney’s Office, will prepare a report and recommendation for the April 21 BOCC meeting. Mr. Garcia’s report will include the following: 1) Determine if the resolution designating truck routes in Hillsborough County can be amended; 2) Review of cross walks and signals on Progress Village Boulevard near 78th Street; and 3) Review creative ways of slowing the truck traffic on Progress Village Boulevard.

Bryan Schatz spoke regarding Earth Day on April 17 and putting junk mail into recycling bins.

Mark Klutho spoke regarding the Forestal ship, moral courage award, burning of waste, and sustainable buildings.

Marilyn Smith spoke on the truck route through Progress Village, the Brandon Main Street project, and the Tampa Bay Water public hearing.

Floyd Irwin spoke on religious issues.

Public Hearings:


Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 Carol Mays, Chair, Community Action Board, (and Carolyn Collins) made a presentation regarding proposed a funding change in the Community Services Block Grant formula and its impact on services in Hillsborough County, which is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2000. Ms. Mays stressed the importance of having representatives appointed by the BOCC on the Community Action Board. Commissioner Storms assured her that she intends to make an appointment in the very near future. With regard to the grant formula change, the Board directed that staff come back at the next meeting with additional information on the rationale for the change. Cretta Johnson will prepare a report providing the additional information and schedule for the April 21 meeting. Also, the Board authorized lobbying (both state and federal) for an equitable funding formula. Helen Levine will add this item to our state and federal lobbying program.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1 The Board received staff’s report on the Ice House Property at 818 E. Zack Street and approved staff’s recommendation to authorize demolition of the existing buildings because: 1) the building is not historically significant; 2) the property is needed as a site for the chiller plant as part of the Court Facilities Improvement Project; and 3) the building is a security risk.

V-A-2 In order to attempt to achieve consistency among County agencies, the County Administrator requested a deferment until April 21 regarding the resolution and program for Hillsborough County’s retention program for Y2K mission critical personnel. Sharon Wall has been tasked with preparing a report for the April 21 Agenda.

V-C-1 The Board ratified staff’s and the Hearing Master’s interpretation of the Board’s current policy that the area of affected residents to be petitioned for a given location where traffic calming measurers are being considered may be an area smaller than the “subject travel route” as defined in the manual; and approved amended resolution adopting a revised Residential Traffic Control Handbook which clarifies the language regarding the determination of the area of affected residents consistent with staff’s interpretation and revises other various provisions to bring the manual current and to provide clarity.

V-D-1a The Board approved the scheduling of a joint workshop between the BOCC and the Public Safety Coordinating Council to discuss the Felony Adult Assessment Center. The workshop has been scheduled for Thursday, June 10, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

V-D-2 The Board discussed HB 405, County Government/Charter Commission, by Rep. Harry Goode, which has passed the House Community Affairs Committee. The bill provides the composition of Charter Review Boards, including the requirement that Constitutional Officers have appointments on the Charter Review Board. The companion to this bill, SB 984, has not yet received a hearing. The bill, an amendment adopted by the Committee, and the bill analysis are in agenda backup for review. The Board voted to oppose HB405. Helen Levine will follow through in lobbying the Board’s position.

V-D-3 In order to allow time to review the correspondence from Hillsborough Tomorrow, the Board continued until April 21 the item relating to adoption of Hillsborough County’s vision and its mission to provide effective, quality service at a reasonable cost with courtesy, integrity and accountability in a manner which protects and enhances the quality of life of our diverse population. Debbie Gotwalt will incorporate the Hillsborough Tomorrow information in the agenda item and re-submit for the April 21 Agenda.

V-D-4 The Board approved the County Administrator’s recommendation to re-establish a third Assistant County Administrator position. A budget amendment was approved for realignment of $35,168 in the Countywide General Fund from the Public Works Department budget to the County Administrator’s budget to cover the cost of the third ACA, support staff, capital equipment and operating needs for the period August through September 1999. The Board authorized the County Attorney to take the necessary legal action to implement this decision. Debbie Gotwalt will work with the County Attorney’s Office and follow through to completion.

V-E-1 The Board directed the County Attorney to draft amendments to Ordinance 96-13 regarding Court Filing Fees and set the amendments for a public hearing on May 5, 1999, at 2:00 p.m.

Commissioners’ Section:

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

Commissioner Norman spoke on his pleasure to serve on the Sports Commission. The Commission has helped kids with vouchers through the Parks and Recreation program. Participation in the NCAA event was 160,000 kids at half price and 200 kids at no cost. Other Commissioners complimented Commissioner Norman for his dedication and participation in children’s sports events.

Commissioner Scott reported on the last HARTline meeting. A bill being sponsored by Senator Hargrett will provide a partnership to assist in transportation funding issues, including improvements on 22nd Street.

Commissioner Wacksman reported on the Tampa Bay Partnership meeting. The Partnership has committed itself to work on and lobby for transportation issues.

Commissioner Hart reported on the transportation meeting held by Senator Sebesta.

Commissioner Storms reported on the public hearing held by Tampa Bay Water on April 5. Among the issues discussed were the proposed pipelines through various communities.

VI-2 The Board concurred with Commissioner Storms’ recommendation to include as part of the credential check a verification of voter registration for any potential nominees to a BOCC appointment to a board or council. Charlotte Emrick will amend the appointments procedure to include this directive.

VI-4 Commissioner Platt had requested a deferral until April 21 for the continuation of discussion from the March 17, 1999, BOCC meeting regarding ethics issues relating to Florida Olympics 2012.

VI-5 Commissioner Wacksman introduced an item regarding title loan companies and the financial difficulties they cause unsuspecting Florida consumers. Following discussion, the Board passed a motion to have the County Attorney draft an ordinance regulating title loan transactions. Two options are to be provided to the Board for consideration: 1) an interest rate not to exceed 18%; or 2) prime rate plus 10% or 18%, whichever is less. Assistant County Attorney Dave Barbarie will bring back the two options for the Board to consider at the April 21 BOCC meeting.

VI-6 Commissioner Wacksman initiated a discussion regarding an ordinance governing abandoned shopping carts similar to the City of Temple Terrace ordinance. Following discussion, the Board continued this item until the May 5 BOCC meeting. The deferment will allow the meeting to take place with the Town ‘N Country Alliance, Town ‘N Country Community Council, Sheriff’s Office and Office of Neighborhood Relations scheduled for April 22. Vince Pardo will prepare a report of the April 22 meeting and schedule this item under the Commissioners’ Section of the May 5 Agenda, with Commissioner Wacksman as the presenter.

VI-7 Commissioner Hart led a discussion regarding BOCC position on Mobility MIS, Transportation Priorities and Funding. He questioned the value of any further participation until the Board makes a specific policy decision. He requested that this information be included in the BOCC workshop materials on transportation and discussed in more detail on April 14. Tom Thomson will include this as part of the transportation workshop agenda for April 14.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 The County Administrator presented a report regarding the two versions of the successor programs for Preservation 2000: “Florida Forever” and “Florida Stewardship”. No action was required.

VII-2 The County Administrator presented a report regarding the financial implications of reducing the intangibles tax. The Board directed that a letter for the Chairman’s signature be prepared to Governor Bush, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House, and others, as appropriate. outlining support for Governor Bush’s position on this matter. Eric Johnson will work with Helen Levine and prepare letters for the Chairman’s signature by April 8.

VII-3 The County Administrator presented an extremely positive report regarding the upgrade of Solid Waste and Resource Recovery Refunding Revenue Bonds from Baa to a bond rating of A-2.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel A. Kleman
County Administrator


cc: Executive Team
County Attorney
Department and Division Directors
Sue Parrish
Charlotte Emrick

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