Archived Agendas

Thursday, May 20, 1999
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, May 19, 1999, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 93 items, was presented to the Board for consideration. Three 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-15 The Board continued the report regarding MOSI/All People’s Life Center. Pat Bean will provide written materials for the report and reschedule on June 16.

Additional follow up is required on the following:

I-A-9 The proposed Board policy superseding Board Policy regarding use of County-owned real estate to include a reference to the use of alcoholic beverages on County-owned property will be rescheduled by Mike Kelly on June 16.

I-A-10 The following reports will be rescheduled by Eric Johnson on June 2:

a. Report on issue of “Core Processes”.
b. Report regarding implementation schedule related to defining service standards and performance based management, as requested by the BOCC during its workshop on March 10, 1999.
c. Report on developing a process that will lead to community indicators.
d. Report on adoption of a policy directing the County Administrator to prepare a financial forecast & financial plan annually.

I-C-3 The report regarding a problem of being land locked due to the building of church will be rescheduled by Bernardo Garcia on June 2.

I-C-4 The report regarding truck traffic through Progress Village will be rescheduled by Bernardo Garcia on June 2.

I-C-11 A public hearing to adopt the Solid Waste Management system rates and assessments will be scheduled on June 17, 1999, at 6:00 p.m. Daryl Smith will prepare agenda materials for the public hearing.

I-C-14b Mike McWeeny will prepare agenda materials for a public hearing date on June 16, 1999, at 11:30 a.m., to consider adopting the final assessment resolutions required by Ordinance 96-7 to create each benefit unit and to implement assessments against each property within each benefit unit for collection of capacity and accrued guaranteed revenue fees.

I-C-17 The report regarding transportation and reimbursement alternatives for jurors will be rescheduled by Ned Baier on June 30.

I-C-18 The report regarding planned contact with property owners of the Hillsborough Heights/Taylor Road community regarding public water service will be rescheduled by Mike McWeeny on June 30.

I-D-5 The report regarding the meeting with Tampa Bay History Center and the Mayor regarding discussion on future plans for center will be rescheduled by Dan Kleman on June 16.

I-E-2 The report regarding an amendment to Ordinance No. 97-14 to allow the use of alcoholic beverages in County parks will be rescheduled by the County Attorney on June 16.

Audience Comments:

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

 Bob Wooten spoke regarding zoning issues.

 Les Seright spoke regarding several newspaper editorials regarding transportation and the Planning Commission.

 Brian Schatz spoke on the report on sustainable buildings and proper planning and planting of trees.

 Yolanda Boronell, Samuel Richardson, Jr., J. W. Taylor, Daisy Ulmer , Carolyn Miller, and Aretha Scott spoke regarding the truck route through the Progress Village community.

 Dick Lobb spoke regarding the County Attorney’s report on Dr. Bruce Siegel’s deposition.

 Cheryl Bradford spoke regarding regulatory oversight of Southwest Florida Water Management District.

 Mark Klutho spoke in opposition to the U.S.S. Forrestal and spoke in support of the proper planting of trees.

 Marilyn Smith spoke regarding slap suits and code enforcement.

 Floyd Irwin spoke regarding religious issues.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board held a public hearing and heard from the title loan industry as well as other interested citizens regarding the proposed ordinance regulating the title loan industry in Hillsborough County. The Board adopted the ordinance at a 30% interest rate cap. Further, the Board adopted as part of the motion authorization for the Chairman to write a letter to the Governor and members of the Legislature urging consideration of a uniform, statewide rate during the next legislative session, with local option to adopt stricter interest rates. It was further suggested that this issue be a collaborative effort on the part of local governments and the Florida Association of Counties. Helen Levine will prepare a letter for the Chairman’s signature and schedule on the June 2 agenda for final Board approval.

III-2 The Board held a public hearing and adopted an ordinance continuing the existing 9-cent gas tax, which otherwise expires on September 30, 2000, to December 31, 2001. Minor administrative corrections and clarification language were made to the ordinance. Also an amendment was approved to require a distribution formula to municipalities based on population, as supplied by the University of Florida. The County Attorney’s Office will make changes to the ordinance and process accordingly.

III-3 The Board held a public hearing and approved holding a referendum on the March 14, 2000, Presidential Preference Primary Election to reimpose a one-cent gas tax commencing January 1, 2002. The Ballot is to include language providing for a distribution formula to municipalities based on population, as supplied by the University of Florida. The County Attorney’s Office will make changes to the ordinance and process accordingly.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 Elvin Martinez, Jr., Chairman, presented the verbal quarterly report of the Tampa/ Hillsborough County Cable Advisory Committee. Following the report, the Board took action to 1) refer the BRC recommendation for consolidation of public access channels into one facility to the Cable Advisory Committee for review and recommendation; and 2) refer the issue of funding for education and public access to staff for review and recommendation back to the Board during the budget process. Eric Johnson will follow through on this request and schedule during the Board’s budget deliberations.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1a The Board received Mike Kelly’s report regarding proposed locations of regional service centers and locating a regional service center in District #3. The Board continued this matter for thirty days so that staff can provide additional information on urban service area. Mike Kelly will provide additional information and schedule for Board consideration on June 16.

V-A-2 The Board authorized the County Attorney’s Office to initiate legal action to recover all sums due and owing including interest as related to Time Warner’s underpayment of cable franchise fees unless payment in full is received by close of business on July 30, 1999, and rejected the settlement offer of $250,000 by Time Warner.

V-C-1a The Board approved a budget amendment to appropriate $79,500 from the General Fund Reserve for Contingency to provide funds to purchase cots and medical supplies for the Special Needs Shelters.

V-D-1 The Board approved the scheduling of the following workshops and public hearings:

a. Three workshops and four public hearings which relate to the Comprehensive Plan Amendments, requested by The Planning Commission (to be scheduled during the months of July and August, so transmittal to the Department of Community Affairs can be accomplished by late August or early September.) Lelia Blevins will schedule the workshops and public hearings and coordinate with Charlotte Emrick.

V-E-1 The Board received the County Attorney’s report concerning Dr. Bruce Siegel’s deposition and presented various options for Board consideration. Following the Board’s discussion, a motion was approved to refer this matter to the State Attorney and Ethics Commission for review. The Board agreed that Dr. Siegel should be allowed one week to respond to the County Attorney’s request for copies of his calendar for the time periods of his employment with Hillsborough County Hospital Authority. The resolution requesting the Hospital Authority to consider this matter at its meeting on Monday, May 24, will be presented to the Board on May 20, during the Transportation Workshop. Emmy Acton will present this matter on May 20.

Commissioners’ Section:

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

 Commissioner Scott reported that the Port Authority is doing very well. The Port authorized its staff to begin negotiation on the charter suites, which is a $105 million project. A new cruise lines is coming into Tampa. The future is very bright for the port.

 Commissioner Wacksman reported that the policy committee of the Metropolitan Planning Organization addressed air quality standards.

 Commissioner Platt spoke on the County Administrator’s and her visit to MacDill Air Force Base. The County was requested to assist in locating a County-owned facility or land in the Brandon area for base-connected individuals to access information regarding the base. Mike Kelly will prepare a report to the Board on this matter at the July 22 BOCC meeting.

 Commissioner Hart reported that the Florida Association of Counties and National Association of Counties have reviewed proposed legislation regarding legalizing drugs and are considering ways of opposing the legislation.

 Commissioner Norman reported that the Tampa Sports Authority is working towards bringing the NFL Combine to the Tampa Bay area in February 2001. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers owners are also supporting this effort.

VI-2 Appointments were made to various boards and councils.

VI-3a The Board received a letter from Sheriff Cal Henderson and grant application paperwork for the Cops in Schools Grant and authorized the Chairman to sign the grant application. Lelia Blevins will insure that the grant application is provided to BOCC Records for the Chairman’s signature and processing.

VI-3b The Board received a letter from Stephanie Ortel, Legislation Manager of The American Kennel Club, with the American Kennel Club position statements on proposed changes to the Animal Control Ordinance. The Board referred this matter to the Animal Advisory Committee. Bill Armstrong will prepare the letter for the Chairman’s signature by May 25.

VI-4 Commissioner Hart led a discussion regarding the Tampa Bay Estuary license plate. He presented a copy of the design of the new license plate. This effort has taken over five years and was spearheaded by the TBRPC staff, elected officials, and citizens. He thanked the sponsors and others who promoted the bill which recently passed in the Legislature.

VI-5 Commissioner Storms deleted the item regarding Less-Than-Fee acquisition. She will reschedule this item for middle to late June.

VI-6 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding joint meeting with Pinellas County. The Board approved his request to be given additional time to consider a meeting with Pinellas County at some time in the future. Pat Bean will assist as necessary.

VI-7 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding a land exchange proposed by the Leslie Land Corporation. Attorney Rhea Law spoke on behalf of the developer. Mike McWeeny and Ed Radice spoke on their involvement in the transaction and supported the concept. This matter was referred to staff for review and recommendation back to the Board. Mike Kelly, in coordination with Mike McWeeny and Ed Radice, will prepare a report and recommendation back to the Board on June 30.

VI-8 The Board concurred with Commissioner Norman’s request for continuance of the Impact Fee Ordinance Workshop. This workshop will be rescheduled for July 28. Also, the Board authorized the County Attorney’s Office to draft ordinance amendments.

Staff Reports:

VII-1 A status update was given on sustainable building initiatives to reduce energy use and save cost. No action was required.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel A. Kleman
County Administrator


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

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