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Wednesday, June 2, 1999
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, June 2, 1999, BOCC Meeting

A presentation was made to the Tampa Bay Muslim Alliance in recognition of their service to the citizens of Hillsborough County. The Board was advised that the Alliance is also involved in providing aid to refugees of the Kosovo crisis. For those individuals who wish to donate food, clothing, or money, they may contact Dr. Husain F. Nagamia at telephone number 813-654-4466 or 813-264-7948 for additional information.

A special appearance was made by John Ramil, President of Tampa Electric Company, to thank employees of Fire Rescue, Sheriff's Office, Medical Examiner's Office, and the County Administrator for their support and assistance in the TECO fire incident.

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 104 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-A-1n Staff requested a deferral until June 16 for the item declaring surplus and authorizing conveyance of 23 computers to the Charlotte County Health Department.

I-A-5, 6, & 7 -- The Board continued until June 16 the items relating to the Work Force Development Board. The Board requested that the County Administrator discuss the appointments to the Work Force Development Board with the Mayor. Further, the County Attorney's Office is to review the interlocal agreements and provide further legal clarification. Vicky Butera will schedule a meeting for the County Administrator to meet with the Mayor by June 9. Emmy Acton will provide a legal opinion for inclusion in the agenda written material for the June 16 meeting.

I-B-17 Staff requested deletion of the agreement with Ingrid Dooms, D.D.S., for provision of dental services to HIV+ individuals in Hillsborough County.

I-B-18 Staff requested deletion of the agreement with John B. Barnett, D.D.S., for provision of dental services to HIV+ individuals in Pinellas County.

I-B-20 Staff requested a deferral until June 16 for the agreement for administration of the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS Program.

Additional follow up is required on the following:

I-A-11 The following reports will be rescheduled on June 16 by Eric Johnson:

a. 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.
b. Reports on issue of "Core Processes".
c. Report on developing a process that will lead to community indicators.

I-C-18 The report regarding a problem of being land locked due to building of church will be rescheduled on June 16 by Bernardo Garcia.

I-E-1 A public hearing date was approved for June 30, 1999, at 2:00 p.m. to consider adoption of an ordinance amending Hillsborough County Ordinance 96-29, as amended, the Consolidated Impact Assessment Program Ordinance. The County Attorney's Office will schedule this item on the June 30 Agenda.

I-G-1f Commissioner Platt removed the item regarding proposed budgets for various Community Development Districts. In her review of the budget for Cory Lakes, she discovered that life and health insurance costs were included for two of the District members. This matter was referred to the County Attorney's Office to determine if these are legitimate expenses. The County Attorney's Office will review and distribute a report to the Board by June 25.

Audience Comments:

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

Bob Wooten spoke on public service of elected officials and employees and the time allowed during the meeting for citizens to speak.

Les Wagner, Merle Farris, Randy Rowell, Tom Hinole, Chris Sitek, Gene Austin, Rodney Cribbs, Bill Strandberg spoke in support of the traffic study recommendations for Progress Village Boulevard contained in agenda item V-C-4.

Glen Waddell spoke regarding the truck route plan regarding Falkenburg Road and requested information referenced on page 13 of the report (Agenda Item V-C-3). This information was provided to Mr. Waddell immediately following his appearance.

Hannah Head spoke regarding donations being solicited by various groups on street corners and the homeless, which create traffic problems.

Ed Crawford spoke regarding Hillsborough Greenways Master Plan and the Upper Tampa Bay Trail agenda item.

Cheryl Bradford spoke regarding a Tampa Bay Water meeting held Tuesday evening. She alleged that some of the answers from staff regarding the Master Water Plan projects were contradictory in nature. Commissioner Platt suggested that Ms. Bradford outline these issues in writing and provide them to the County Administrator for response and clarification.

Theda Bush spoke regarding the problem of being land locked due to building of a church. Because of this problem, she inquired about any available programs which might be of assistance in this dilemma. The County Administrator advised that a report is in the process of being prepared for the June 16 meeting. Commissioner Scott requested that staff review the possibility of CDBG funds being used. Pat Bean will research this issue and include information in the report that will be scheduled on June 16.

Mark Klutho spoke regarding sustainable buildings.

Marilyn Smith spoke regarding the building code for mobile homes and the protection of our children, the Olympics, Neighborhood Relations, reservoir, and the desalination plant.

Nolan Cook spoke regarding pumping, the reservoir, and ELAPP land near Durant High School. Commissioner Platt requested a report from staff on the land behind Durant High School. Mike Kelly will review this matter and distribute a report to the BOCC and Mr. Cook by June 18.

Neil Cosentino presented written information regarding the Voter Information Phone System Program development. He advised that the Supervisor of Elections will present additional information on this program to the Board in the future.

Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board held a public meeting to receive public comments on Tampa Bay Water's proposed Optimized Regional Operations Plan for 1999 and authorized the Water Team to make a decision whether Hillsborough County should file for binding arbitration, and report decision back to BOCC at the July 22, 1999, Board meeting, for ratification or withdrawal.

An EPC meeting was to be scheduled during the Land Use Meeting on June 8 to discuss this item. However, Commissioner Frank informed the County Administrator's Office that the meeting wasn't necessary.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 Staff requested a deferral until June 16 for the appearance of Tom Morrison, Counsel for the Hillsborough County Industrial Development Authority, regarding an application for $34,985,000 Private Activity Bond (IDA) Financing from Senior Care Group, Inc. a 501(c)(3) company. John Dausman will reschedule this item on June 16.

IV-2 The Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful's annual report was deferred and will be rescheduled for either June 16 or 30. Lelia Blevins will contact Commissioner Platt's office for an appropriate time for rescheduling.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1 The Board approved a revised BOCC policy on Multi-Year Projection of Operating Funds. Lelia Blevins will prepare the revised policy for Countywide distribution and posting on the Intranet by June 11.

V-A-2 The Board approved the bond resolution authorizing competitive sale of not to exceed $55 million in Court Facilities Revenue Bonds, Series 1999, to partially fund the Court Facilities Improvement Project. In addition, the Board approved the form of a notice of sale and scheduled a public hearing for June 16, 1999 for the purpose of amending resolutions R97-241 and R98-266 to provide for the pledge of Community Investment Tax revenues to the Series 1999 Bonds. Mike Merrill will prepare an agenda item for the June 16 BOCC meeting.

Also, the Board directed that at least quarterly reports on the pledge of CIT revenues to the Series 1999 bonds be provided as part of the consent agenda. Mike Merrill will be tasked to schedule these reports.

V-A-3 The Board discussed various options regarding the USF area traffic calming project. Following discussion, the Board passed a motion to approve option 2 contained in the agenda written material. In summary, the Board approved staff's recommendation to expedite the project using $232,000 in gasoline taxes available from a canceled project to cover design costs, construction management costs and one-half of the construction cost of Phase I, contingent upon the community approving a special dependent district to reimburse the County for Phase I and Phase II construction costs in the amount of $127,000.

V-A-4 The Board heard a staff presentation regarding a conceptual proposal from Tampa Bay Water for the purchase of approximately 148 acres of County land for the proposed Reservoir site, purchase of perpetual easement not to exceed 50 feet in width adjacent to the northeasterly boundary of the Read ELAPP site, purchase of a 50 foot wide perpetual easement for the existing northwest transmission pipeline in the Citrus Park area, and granting of a conservation and preservation easement across approximately 275 acres of land along the Long Flat Creek corridor in the vicinity of the Balm Boyette Scrub site thereby providing a portion of an important habitat link between the Balm Boyette Scrub and the Fish Hawk site at no cost to the County's ELAP Program. The project manager for Tampa Bay Water also appeared on this item. Board members raised several concerns about the flow of water in the area, compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, inclusion of reverter clauses, etc. Subsequently, the Board continued this item for two weeks. Mike Kelly will reschedule this item on the June 16 Agenda with appropriate written materials addressing questions raised by Board members.

V-C-1 Due to time constraints, the report and recommendation regarding a study of mobile homes was deferred until June 16.

V-C-2 Due to time constraints, the Upper Tampa Bay Trail items were deferred until June 16.

V-C-3 The Board approved establishing June 22, 1999 at 3:00 p.m. as the date for consideration of limited amendments to the Truck Route Plan regarding 1) Falkenburg Road (U.S. Hwy. 301/78th Street), and the related segments of 78th St. (Falkenburg/Riverview Dr.) and Riverview Dr. (78th St./U.S.41); 2) Mullis City Way (Gunn Hwy./Linebaugh Ave.); and 3) Knights Griffin Road (SR 39/Polk County Line). The following items were excluded and not approved by the Board: 4) Progress Boulevard from 78th to Falkenburg Road; and 5) 78th Street from Riverview Drive to the Progress/Madison intersection.

V-C-4 The Board approved traffic safety improvements as detailed in the traffic study prepared by the Public Works Department for the 78th Street at Progress Village Boulevard/Madison Avenue, dated May 19, 1999. Staff was directed to report back in intervals of three, six, nine, and twelve months on the effect the safety measures have had in this area. Bernardo Garcia will implement the traffic safety improvements, conduct a public meeting in the area, and prepare status reports back to the Board on September 1, and December 1, and quarterly thereafter.

V-C-5 The Board authorized Phase 2 construction of the Sun City Center Golf Path, Option 4 route (westward on Upper Drive from Freedom Plaza then southwards along Cortaro Drive and westward on Liles Frontage Road to the Checkers Restaurant driveway) and authorize the Option 5 route (westward on Upper Creek Drive from Freedom Plaza then southwards along Cortaro Drive and westward on Liles Frontage Road to Benderson Development) contingent upon approval by Benderson Development to allow golf carts on their property, concurrently with the previously approved construction of Phase 1 (Del Webb to Upper Creek at Freedom Plaza) consistent with direction of the BOCC given during the regular meeting of October 21, 1998.

V-D-1 The County Administrator presented the recommended Budget for FY00 and FY01.

V-D-2 The Board approved a joint proposal from the County Administrator and elected officials on the review of common services. A nine-member committee representative of the County Administrator, constitutional officers, and elected officials will be formed to review recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Committee on Government Finance and the Florida TaxWatch regarding common services. The committee will begin immediately and complete a report on each of the identified areas before the end of March 2000. Eric Johnson will coordinate and staff the future meetings of the committee from Administration.

V-D-3 The Board adopted the Committee of 99 (list was amended during the Board discussion), the modified charge, and the rules of order, as recommended in the agenda written material. The remaining transportation workshop scheduled for June 9 at 3:00 pm, and transportation public hearing scheduled for June 22 at 6:00 pm were canceled and will be rescheduled following completion of the Committee's work. Edith Stewart will make the adjustments to the list as discussed by the Board and distribute to Board members and staff. Tom Thomson will prepare a letter to send to the contact persons for the organizations included on the Committee of 99 list and request that a member be appointed to the committee.

V-F-1a Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until the June 8 Land Use meeting the budget amendment for the State Attorney's Office to appropriate $183,200 to provide funding for telecommunication and other operating expenses for the remainder of FY99.

Commissioners' Section:

VI-1 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until the June 8 Land Use meeting the Commissioners reports regarding various boards and councils on which they serve.

VI-2 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until the June 8 Land Use meeting the appointments to various boards and councils.

VI-3a Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until the June 8 Land Use meeting the letter received from Broward County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman requesting Hillsborough County to designate an elected official for the Florida Association of Counties' Urban Caucus which will meet in Orlando on June 24, 1999.

VI-3b Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until the June 8 Land Use meeting the letter received from Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash requesting Hillsborough County to turn the polluted skies into the clean skies we expect in Florida.

VI-4 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until the June 8 Land Use meeting Commissioner Hart's item for discussion regarding an Attorney General's opinion related to any BOCC obligation for funding of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission.

VI-5 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until the June 8 Land Use meeting Commissioner Platt's item for discussion regarding ordinance on policies addressing violence in the workplace.

VI-6 Commissioner Platt deleted the item regarding installation of security measures at the board room entry.

VI-7 Due to time constraints, the Board deferred until the June 8 Land Use meeting Commissioner Hart's item for an update on office space in the Brandon area for MacDill Air Force Base.

Staff Reports:


Respectfully submitted,

Daniel A. Kleman
County Administrator


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

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