Archived Agendas

Monday, April 26, 1999
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, April 21, 1999, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 64 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Six items were 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-C-12 The Board continued until May 19 the report and recommendations to contact property owners in the Hillsborough Heights area to determine the community's interest in obtaining public water service. The documents are to be revised so that the letter and survey to the citizens accurately and consistently reflects County policy. Mike McWeeny will revise the letter and survey and provide maps and supporting documentation, including the policy implications, pursuant to the Board discussion and schedule on the May 19 Agenda.

Additional follow up is required on the following:

I-A-7 The report regarding a problem of being land locked due to building of a church will be scheduled on the May 5 agenda. Bernardo Garcia will prepare and schedule the report.

I-A-9 The report regarding the implementation schedule related to defining service standards and performance based management will be scheduled on the May 19 agenda. Eric Johnson will prepare and schedule the agenda item.

I-C-2 The interlocal agreement with HARTline to provide funding in the amount of $75,000 to partially fund expenses for continuation of the bus transit services was approved; however, staff was directed to bring back information relating to all interlocal agreements during the June Transportation workshop. Ned Baier will prepare a report for the June 9 transportation workshop.

I-C-3 The Board approved the interlocal agreement with HARTline to provide funding from the CIT as a local match to leverage federal grants to purchase transit vehicles. However, the Board directed that when funding packages of HARTline are discussed that all the information from different funding sources are provided simultaneously. Ned Baier will take note of the Board's discussion and follow through on future BOCC items.

I-D-1 Commissioner Scott highlighted the Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program and commended the Neighborhood Relations Office for a job well done.

Audience Comments:

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

Maureen Murray, Ed Crawford, Rosemarie Morton, Lorraine Swindal, and Betsy Hicks spoke in favor of agenda item I-C-14 which authorizes the Water Department to begin the process to surplus a portion of the Valrico Treatment Plant property located east of Dover Road, and authorizes staff to develop a plan for disposal of the property that takes into consideration the interest expressed by the community in preserving the land for public recreational purposes.

Bob Wooten spoke on planning and various other issues.

Donna Toler spoke with reference to action taken by the Public Transportation Commission. Ms. Toler was advised that the BOCC has no jurisdiction in this matter. An Assistant County Attorney spoke with her prior to her leaving the boardroom.

David Halprin spoke regarding regulation of the title loan industry agenda item (V-E-1).

Les Seright spoke regarding the Gandy Corridor.

Donna Allen spoke regarding interim operating procedures to implement Comprehensive Plan Policy D-1.4.

Attorney Judy James, who represents Donna Allen in her property transaction, spoke regarding the Land Development Code and the Public Utilities Connection Ordinance. She indicated that staff is working with her and Ms. Allen on a "vesting" issue. Ms. James suggested as an alternative that consideration be given to implementing a variance procedure.

Cam Oberting spoke on the area west of Hillsborough Heights Landfill and alleged that contamination exists in this area.

Jill Buford thanked the Board for its support on revitalization of the Port Tampa area.

Elizabeth Malaby, representing the Tampa Downtown Partnership, spoke regarding transportation and reimbursement alternatives for jurors. This matter was referred to the County Administrator for review and report back to the Board. Ned Baier will work with Ms. Polo of the Clerk's Office and Ms. Malaby and prepare a report to the Board at the May 19 meeting.

Marilyn Smith spoke on bringing back pelletized sulphur to Port Sutton, the May 13 meeting at the HCC Plant City Campus regarding the Cone Ranch facility, and the property identified in agenda item I-C-14 being used as an East Hillsborough County Service Center.

Barbara Merritt endorsed the land transfer outlined in agenda item

I-C-14 and spoke regarding the Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program. She also spoke on garbage pickup problems, drainage, and canals in her area which need to be cleaned. She added her appreciation for the assistance received from Community Improvement for handling code violations in her area. Lelia Blevins will contact Ms. Merritt to insure that all items of concern are referred to appropriate staff.

Gerald White expressed a concern about the regulatory status of the stationary engineering and licensing testing of high pressure vessels. He indicated that the Building Department was no longer testing or issuing licenses for operators of high pressure vessels; therefore, he has a concern about public safety and the fitness and ability of people who operate high pressure vessels. The Board referred this matter to staff for review and report back to the Board. Burt Folce will review and distribute a report to the Board by May 10.

Elizabeth Courtright spoke in opposition to the medians on Providence Road, from Bloomingdale to Sterling Ranch. Commissioner Platt suggested that staff provide an update to Ms. Courtright and to the Board of County Commissioners. Bernardo Garcia will prepare an update on the Providence Road median construction project to Ms. Cartwright and the BOCC by May 3.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board amended the County's Water Use Restriction Ordinance 91-27, to create a penalty system whereby if a user has not violated the County's Water Use Restriction Ordinance for three consecutive years from the date of his/her last violation, that user's next violation will be considered his/her first offense; and approved the penalty resolution to be consistent with this amendment to the ordinance.
III-2 The Board held a public hearing to receive public comment regarding requests for disaster assistance due to damage inflicted by "El Nino" related disasters and weather events through the State's Division of Housing and Community Development, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for three project proposals. The Board authorized the transmittal of respective requests (on or before May 3, 1999) and authorized the Chairman (or designee) to sign the State's CDBG Signature forms.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 Leslie A. Miller, Chairperson of Head Start Policy Council, presented their quarterly report of activities. No action was required.

IV-2 Bob Eckle, Chair of the Animal Advisory Committee, presented a progress report on the animal ordinance. No action was required.

IV-3 David Bracciano, Tampa Bay Water Resource Conservation Coordinator, made a presentation on water conservation.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1 The petitioner requested a deferral until May 5, regarding the request to recalculate the South Pointe park impact fee.

V-A-2 The Board approved a resolution and program for Hillsborough County's retention program for Y2K mission critical personnel.

V-A-3 The Board approved a purchase agreement with M.A.K. Restaurants, Inc. in the amount of $72,000 for a 44,860 sq. ft. parcel of land, as part of the plans to expand the Apollo Beach Park on Golf & Sea Boulevard.

V-B-1 The Board approved two changes to the General and Financial Assistance Policy. Also, the Board reviewed the report and approved the policy changes in favor of the one currently being used by Pinellas County.

V-C-1 The Board approved the recommendation of the Emergency Medical Planning Council (EMPC) to disapprove application of West Coast-Southern Medical Services, Inc., for an ALS Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Interfacility Transports.

V-C-2 The Board directed the County Attorney's office to work with the Planning and Growth Management Department to amend the Land Development Code and the Public Utilities Connection Ordinance to implement the Comprehensive Plan Policy D-1.4. Further, the Board endorsed the Interim Operating Procedures to implement Comprehensive Plan Policy D-1.4.

V-C-3 The Board authorized execution of the arbitration settlement agreement for Tampa Bay Water's Brandon Urban Dispersed Wells Project. In addition, the Board authorized the Chairman to send a letter to the Chairman of the Tampa Bay Water Board to request cancellation of this project. Mike McWeeny will prepare a letter for the Chairman's signature by April 30.

V-D-1 The Board adopted the mission statement, as follows: "The mission of Hillsborough County government is 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." The community vision and organizational values were approved as recommended, with the addition of an organizational value on accountability. The County Administrator will finalize the vision and values list. Mike Foerster will prepare the list for framing and posting in the boardroom and County Center lobby and other appropriate locations in County buildings.

V-D-2 The Board approved a workshop to review the draft 1999-2000 Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, and HOME Investment Partnership entitlement funds and a public hearing to consider the 1999-2000 Action Plan for the above. Kevin McConnell will prepare workshop materials for June 30 at 4:00 pm and will prepare an agenda item for the public hearing on July 22 at 2:00 pm.

V-E-1 The County Attorney presented two proposed alternative ordinances pertaining to the regulation of the title loan industry in Hillsborough County. The Board authorized the advertisement of the ordinance containing the 18% interest stipulation, established a requirement for notification of 3-5 days set by the title loan company as a grace period for repossession, set the bond at $100,000, and set the public hearing for May 19 at 2:00 p.m. Emmy Acton will prepare the agenda item for the May 19 meeting.

V-E-2 The Board approved an Estoppel and Agreement with the proposed purchasers of the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL franchise and its interests in the Ice Palace.

As an adjunct to this item, the Board directed that staff come back to the Board with a report on any pending legislation that would exempt sports franchises from paying ad valorem taxes. Mike Merrill will prepare a report and schedule on May 19.

Commissioners' Section:

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

Commissioner Hart reported on the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council budget and audit process.

Commissioner Frank reported on the last Tampa Bay Water meeting. Issues included the arbitration settlement, approval of pipeline transmission locations, regional reservoir transmission line, the Brandon Urban Dispersed Well Collection System, North Central Hillsborough Inter-tie, and status report on the Brandon South Central Connection Study, and the water treatment facility planned for Falkenburg Road. The Tampa Bay Water agreement can provide $100,000 for development of the County's HBMP.

Commissioner Frank recommended that the upcoming meeting on Cone Ranch on May 13 at HCC Plant City Campus be televised, either live or replayed subsequent to the meeting. Mike Foerster will follow through on Commissioner Frank's recommendation.

Commissioner Platt reported that she had a productive meeting with Mayor Fischer on water issues.

Commissioner Norman suggested that a dialogue take place regarding providing water to other governmental agencies and consideration of a reduction of the 25% surcharge for water provided by the City of Tampa. Commissioners Storms and Scott indicated that they had already discussed this matter with Mayor Greco. Both are working on this issue.

VI-3a A letter was received from Chairman Welton Cadwell, Lake County Board of County Commissioners, with enclosed resolution stating their opposition to Senate Bill 940 which would preempt the home rule authority of counties and other local governments to regulate outdoor advertising signs located adjacent to any part of the State Highway System. The Board authorized the Chair to send a letter of opposition to SB940 to the Governor, Speaker of the House and the Senate. Chief Assistant County Attorney Jim Porter prepared letters for the Chairman's signature on April 23.

VI-3b A letter was received from Chairman Sallie Parks, Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners with copy of a letter they sent their Legislative Delegation indicating their support of a bill before the State Legislature to broaden the eligibility wording for counties concerning the Charter County Transit System Surtax. The Board authorized the Chairman to send an acknowledgment letter to Commissioner Parks thanking Pinellas County for their support of this bill. Helen Levine will prepare the letter for the Chairman's signature by April 30.

VI-4 Commissioner Platt led a discussion which was continued from the March 17, 1999, BOCC meeting regarding ethics issues relating to Florida Olympics 2012. The Board authorized the Chairman to send a letter to the International Olympics Committee recommending adoption of sunshine or disclosure laws for bid activities and ultimate disclosure of bid committee records, similar to those established by our own Florida 2012 Committee. The letter is to be broad in context and insure that Florida's own competitive standing is not jeopardized. Gene Gray willl prepare a letter for the Chairman's signature by April 30.

Commissioner Hart referenced a newspaper article written by Wayne Washington regarding contributions to Florida 2012 Olympic Games. For clarification purposes, he requested that the County Administrator provide a report on this matter. Gene Gray will prepare a report on contributions to the Olympics by the Tourist Development Council and distribute to the Board by May 3.

VI-5 Commissioner Wacksman requested a two-month deferral on the discussion regarding representation on the Regional Workforce Development Board. John Dausman will follow up on the actions taken by the Legislature and assist Commissioner Wacksman with development of this item.

VI-6 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding retention of the Fred Karl Library designation when moved to a new location. The Board approved her recommendation. Mike Kelly will prepare a letter to the Chief Judge advising of the Board's action by May 7.

VI-7 Commissioner Wacksman requested consensus of Board members to review the possibility of forming a mentoring type program between our seniors and youth. Jimmie Keel will assist Commissioner Wacksman with this effort, including development of a report to the County Administrator within 90 days.

VI-8 Commissioner Wacksman led a discussion regarding reconsideration of the "Pennies for Potholes" initiative which will lapse on July 1, 1999, without further Board action. Following extensive discussion, the Board passed a motion to set a public hearing for May 19, at 4:00 p.m., for consideration of an ordinance extending the "Pennies for Potholes" tax to January 1, 2002. Also included in the motion was a requirement that prior to the County negotiating an agreement with a municipality for distribution of the revenue from the tax, the municipality shall have passed a resolution supporting the tax, and requesting a distribution by a majority plus one vote of its governing body. Each agreement for distribution to a municipality shall require the municipality to prepare an annual report itemizing the uses of the revenue of the tax within 90 days of the end of each fiscal year, provide an annual public report to its citizens, and provide a copy of the report to the Board of County Commissioners. Also another motion was passed to schedule a public hearing for May 19, at 4:00 p.m., for consideration of an ordinance to proceed with a referendum to extending the "Pennies for Potholes" tax beyond January 1, 2002. The County Attorney, in conjunction with Ed Hunzeker, will prepare the agenda materials for the May 19 Agenda.

VI-9 Chairman Platt led a discussion regarding recognition of the County's response at TECO power plant incident. A representative of TECO expressed his appreciation for the quick response of Fire Rescue workers and Sheriff's Office employees. There was a standing ovation by Board members, staff, and members of the audience in appreciation of employees who assisted in this effort.

VI-10 Commissioner Scott led a discussion regarding Tampa General Hospital and its role in relationship to indigent health care. He indicated that Dr. Bruce Siegel has been quoted recently in the media as saying that indigent health care is no longer a top priority for Tampa General. Copies of the news articles were provided in the written materials. Following the Board's discussion, a motion was passed to direct the Chairman to send a letter to the Hospital Authority Board to 1) request a review of the lease agreement and the impact of the recent statements in the media by the H.A. administration; and 2) request a joint meeting with the new board of the Florida Health Science Center. There needs to be a discussion to insure indigent health care is a top priority mission. Follow up is required by the County Attorney's Office in reviewing the lease agreement and providing copies of the legal transcripts to each Board member. Pat Bean, with assistance from the County Attorney's Office, will prepare the letter for the Chairman's signature to the Hospital Authority by April 29. The workshop with Florida Health Science Center has been confirmed for May 18 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 The Board heard a report regarding water conservation plan - 2000-2004 and summary of activities - 1994-1999. No action was required.

Additional Item:

Commissioner Storms requested that EPC review the recent dumping of waste by a neighbor county into Tampa Bay and provide a report to the Board. Roger Stewart will be advised to follow up on this matter.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel A. Kleman
County Administrator


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