Archived Agendas

Wednesday, July 7, 1999
County Center, 2nd Floor

Recap of Wednesday, June 30, 1999, BOCC Meeting

Consent Section:

The consent agenda, containing 98 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-1g The Board continued until July 22 the RFQ for technical assistance provider for Disadvantaged Minority/Disadvantaged Women Business Enterprises & Small Business Encouragement Programs. John Dausman will provide additional information, as requested by the Board, concerning the type of study to be performed by USF as part of the agenda item on July 22.

I-A-1r Staff requested a deferral until July 22 for consideration of the bid regarding USF area potable water improvements. Ted Grable will reschedule this item on July 22.

I-E-1 The County Attorney deleted from the agenda the settlement of the declaratory action pending regarding the estate of Cecile M. Wagnon. This matter is still in litigation.

I-C-26 The Board did not approve funding for the purchase order contract with Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium for $10,000 for the initial facilitation services for the Committee of 99. However, during the July 1 continuation meeting, the Board concurred with staff’s plan for expenditures for the Committee of 99 using the DCA funding.

Additional follow up is required on the following:

I-B-14 The Board approved staff’s recommendation to authorize an exception to the County’s Purchasing Policy that allows the Health and Social Services Department, with the assistance of the Purchasing Department and the County Attorney’s Office, to negotiate directly with current Health Care Plan providers and other interested health care providers for the provision of inpatient and outpatient hospital services and inpatient physician services. However, the Board directed that staff come back to the Board with a discussion of those areas in the Health Care Plan that staff feels should and should not be considered for competitive bidding in the future. Cretta Johnson will prepare an agenda item on this issue for the September 1 Agenda.

I-C-17 Mike McWeeny will reschedule for July 22 the report regarding planned contact with property owners of the Hillsborough Heights/Taylor Road community regarding public water service.

I-C-23 Sue Adams will reschedule for July 22 the report regarding transportation and reimbursement alternatives for jurors, as discussed by the Board on May 19.

I-C-24 Sue Adams will reschedule for July 22 the continuation of discussion from June 16 meeting on Metropolitan Planning Organization projects.

I-C-25 Ed Radice will reschedule for July 22 the report regarding land exchange with Leslie Land Corporation.

Audience Comments:

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

- Jimmy Story, a member of the Cable Advisory Committee, spoke on the budget short fall in the educational budget and public access budget.

- Louise Thompson, representing the “Speak Up Tampa Bay” group, spoke on the public access funding budget, particularly the flagged budget item (F-16).

- Neil Cosentino spoke on safety issues for the Friendship Bridge and Trail Bridge and passed out flyers for the Jitney system.

- Ralph Hughes spoke on the budget recommendation for the Planning Commission.

- Marilyn Smith spoke on funding for the Committee of 99, the Planning and Transportation Administrator, and cable franchise fees.

- Paulene Grant thanked the Board for approving the Thonotosassa project as part of the consent agenda.
Public Hearings:

III-1 The Board adopted an ordinance amending Hillsborough County Ordinance 96-29, as amended, titled the Consolidated Impact Assessment Program Ordinance.

Scheduled Appearances:

IV-1 The Board approved a request by Colonel David A. Gee, Executive Support Department of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, regarding a grant for the COPS Universal Hiring Program.

Regular Agenda:

V-A-1 The Board approved the Library Board’s recommendations regarding the proposed Northwest Regional Library to provide for construction of a new regional library in the northwest area of the County, as follows: (1) Approve library gift agreement with Austin Davis Family - WD Charities, Inc., a Florida non-profit corporation. The agreement provides for WD Charities to spend $3,079,000 to construct and donate a completed library facility to the County on land provided by the County. Also, the County is obligated to provide either a traffic signal on Bearss Avenue at the entrance to the library or secondary access road to Smitter Road. (2) Approve contract to purchase approximately 4.6 acres of vacant land from Jessie V. Wooley. The property is located on the south side of Bearss Avenue, ½ mile east of Zambito Road. (3) Approve contract to purchase property from Margaret Henderson for $228,000. The property consists of 2.2 acres of land and a 2,386 square foot residence. The physical address of the property is 2919 Smitter Road. (4) Execute a resolution designating the subject parcel on Bearss Avenue as the site for the Northwest Regional Library, and authorize conveyance of property to WD Charities for construction of the facility. (5) Approve budget amendment in the amount of $1,020,000 from existing funding sources that provides additional funds to acquire the site for the library. (6) Solicit input from the community concerning reuse options for the existing library on Premie Drive. The Neighborhood Relations Office will develop a process and organize a community group to solicit input concerning reuse options for the existing library and report back to the Board on November 3, 1999.

V-C-1 Due to time constraints, the Board requested a deferral until the August 10 Land Use meeting for acceptance of a report on a study of mobile homes and consider recommendation contained therein for implementation. Paula Harvey will schedule this item on the Land Use Agenda for August 10 at 11:00 a.m.

V-C-2 The Board approved a resolution formally endorsing the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s reapportionment plan.

V-C-3 The Board held a public workshop to review the proposed Action Plan for FY 1999-2000. The Annual Action Plans consolidates funding applications for CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A public hearing will be scheduled on July 22 to finalize the action plan. Kevin McConnell will schedule the public hearing on the July 22 agenda.

V-C-4 Pat Bean presented a report regarding site preparation taking place on a parcel of land in Town ‘N Country north of Channel G & W of Webb Road, as discussed by the Board on June 16. The Board took action to purchase the property at a cost of $1.3 million no later than July 30.

V-C-5 The Board received the report and approved the County Attorney’s and staff’s recommendations regarding the water main and zoning buffer encroachment relative to Marriott ACLF. The Board directed that staff continue to monitor this issue and provide a status report to the Board on July 22. Susan Adams will schedule a status report for the July 22 Agenda.

V-E-1 The County Attorney presented a litigation report regarding court victories. No action was required.

V-E-2 The County Attorney deleted the report regarding insurance coverage that would cover legal fees for employees who are sued as part of their job, as requested by the Board on May 5. The interested Commissioners were briefed individually by the County Attorney’s Office; therefore, no further action is necessary.

V-F-1 The Board continued until August 4 the issue of acceptance of the title to Raymond James Stadium from the Tampa Sports Authority. During the interim, staff is to contact the School Board regarding a reprieve of School taxes on the stadium property. Eric Johnson will contact the School Board on the tax issue and reschedule this item for August 4.

Commissioners’ Section:

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

- Commissioner Storms reported on Expressway Authority issues, particularly the bridge that is being considered over the Crosstown Expressway.

- Commissioner Hart reported on Aviation Authority issues, particularly the traffic counts of airline flights and patron per day.

Commissioner Hart requested that an item be scheduled on a future agenda to discuss membership dues of the Florida Association of Counties. Helen Levine will invite appropriate members of FAC for a discussion regarding dues with the BOCC and schedule an agenda item on July 22.

Commissioner Hart reported on his election to the Governor’s Council for Sustainable Communities and suggested that staff provide a status update to the Board on sustainable communities. Pat Bean will schedule item for discussion on August 18.

- Commissioner Frank reported that Representative J.D. Alexander, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Water, conducted a hearing on issues relating to Tampa Bay Water.

- Commissioner Scott reported on his involvement with the Florida Association of Counties Urban Caucus.

VI-2 The Board made appointments to the Hospital Authority and Sports Authority.

VI-3 Correspondence received by the Board.

a. The Board received a letter from Mary Ellen Gillette, Chairwoman, HealthCare Advisory Board, requesting the BOCC’s consideration of their recommendations to the strategic plan for the County’s Health Care Plan. The Board authorized the scheduling of a workshop to further discuss this matter. Lelia Blevins has scheduled a workshop for August 25 at 9:00 a.m.

b. A letter was received from Richard Baker, Chairman, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, with attached position paper supporting development of alternate water sources currently proposed by Tampa Bay Water. The Board authorized the Chairman to send a letter to the Chamber of Commerce outlining Hillsborough County’s opposition on certain issues in the Chamber’s position paper.

c. A letter was received from Jan T. Smith, Chairman, Planning Commission, expressing their concerns regarding the impacts of Tampa Bay Water projects. The resolution urges the Board to make specified requests of Tampa Bay Water. The Board authorized the Chairman to send a letter of support.

VI-4 Commissioner Platt led a discussion regarding occupational license fees for dentists. Sylvia Espinola, representing the Hillsborough County Dental Association, alleged that a double taxation issue exists in the collection of occupational license fees for professionals. A fee is collected for the privilege of practicing their profession and one is collected for their office. Following the Board’s discussion, this matter was referred to staff for review and recommendations back to the Board on July 22 for policy direction. Eric Johnson will prepare a report and recommendation for Board consideration on July 22.

VI-5 Commissioner Norman led a discussion regarding flying the MIA-POW flag below the American Flag at the County Center and main Courthouse. The Board adopted a written BOCC policy to fly the MIA-POW flag at all times in the front and rear of County Center and the front of the main Courthouse. . Lelia Blevins will prepare the BOCC policy and distribute Countywide by July 20.

Additionally, the Board directed that a ceremony (with band, etc.) be scheduled when the flag is raised for the first time. A MIA-POW flag has been donated by General Soligan and should be used for the ceremony. Mike Foerster, with the assistance of Peter Smith and Bill Studer, will coordinate these activities and schedule an appropriate ceremony by August 15.

VI-6 Commissioner Storms led a discussion regarding a stormwater sub-contractor of Tampa Bay Water. Bob Gordon provided a briefing on this matter. No action was required.

VI-7 Commissioner Storms led a discussion regarding agriculture/fruit stands. There is no clear definition as to the type of produce that can be sold in agriculture/fruit stands. This matter was referred to Paula Harvey for review and recommendation to the Board during a Land Use Meeting. Paula Harvey will prepare a recommendation on this issue for the August 10 Land Use Agenda.

VI-8 The Board authorized the Chairman to send letters to Pinellas County and Palm Beach County requesting their support of the transportation sale tax issue. Helen Levine will coordinate sending out the letters.

Staff Reports:


Additional Items:

The Board directed that the County Administrator and County Attorney bring back a report and recommendation on affordable housing. The report is to include the definition of affordable housing, and a review of the standards for affordable housing in the Land Development Code and they relate to issues such as traffic, lot size, public notice, etc. Pat Bean will schedule an item for the August 24 Land Use meeting.

The Board held a discussion on the request from Tampa City Council for a total of nine appointments to the Committee of 99. The Board did not act to re-open its appointment process to the Committee of 99. Helen Levine will prepare a letter to City Council advising that no change was made in the 99 membership.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel A. Kleman
County Administrator

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