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Minutes of Levy County Commission meeting on April 17

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REGULAR MEETING
LEVY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
APRIL 17, 2012

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Levy County Commissioners was held on April 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM in the Levy County Board of County Commissioners meeting room, with the following Commissioners present: Chairman Danny Stevens, Comm. Marsha Drew, Comm. Ryan Bell, Comm. Chad Johnson
Also present were: County Attorney – Anne Bast Brown, County Coordinator – Fred Moody, Assistant to the County Coordinator – Dick Tummond
Chairman Stevens called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.  Comm. Johnson gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

EXPENDITURES
Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the following expenditures presented for payment.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

CHECK NUMBER     107763-107886
FUND                    AMOUNT
GENERAL REVENUE          360,517.68
ROAD                                10,858.08
SHIP                                      771.05
NSP                                          33.25
TRANSPORTATION                 1,140.41
911                                       5,010.07
COURT FACILITIES                       93.81
PROGRESS ENERGY                    728.45
EMS                                        5,668.48
FIRE                                       72,661.84
TOURIST
DEVELOPMENT                          4,867.52
CDBG                                            49.45
UTILITIES                                    906.21
ADD COURT COSTS                    3,833.26
LANDFILL                                 10,101.49
TOTAL                                   $517,241.05

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT
Carol McQueen, Director
    Requesting approval of Tourist Development Council’s recommendation for one new TDC Vacant seat appointment and re-appointment of four members for an additional term.
Mrs. McQueen spoke to the Board and informed everyone of the upcoming Kayak Fishing Tournament coming up April 21st in Yankeetown, the Wild Hog Canoe Race on April 28th and the Cedar Key Arts Festival on April 28th and 29th.  
Mrs. McQueen then introduced Capt. Rick LaFile and requested Board approval of appointing him to the Tourist Development Council’s vacant seat on the recommendation by the TDC.
Comm. Drew made a motion to appoint Capt. Rick LaFile to the TDC as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

Mrs. McQueen requested approval of the Board to re-appoint the remaining four members to the TDC: Comm. Stevens, Chris Brown, Norm Fugate, Kathy Carver
After discussion of the selection process for TDC Board members Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the recommendations as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.  Comm. Bell votes NO.

COUNTY ATTORNEY
Atty. Brown requested approval of the Board for a non-agenda item.
Comm. Johnson made motion to hear a non-agenda item as requested by Atty. Brown.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.
Atty. Brown requested a decision by the Board regarding participation in the litigation challenging HB 5301, the recently adopted Medicaid legislation.  The Florida Association of Counties Board of Directors voted at a recent meeting to appear as a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Chapter 2012-33, the recent legislation governing Medicaid and revenue share withholding and to hire special counsel from the firm, Bryant, Miller & Olive.  Levy County’s share to participate in the litigation would be $1,000.
Comm. Drew made a motion to approve participation in the litigation as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Johnson and the MOTION CARRIES.

A.Requesting approval of settlement Claim Form in BellSouth Repair Claim Litigation and authorize Chair to sign Claim Form.
Atty. Brown requested approval of the settlement with BellSouth regarding a class action lawsuit and authorize the Chair to sign the Claim Form.  
Comm. Drew made a motion to accept the settlement as presented and authorize the Chair to sign the Claim Form.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

A. Request direction regarding solid waste licensing, flow control, and franchising and,  if applicable, approval of proposal of Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson for legal services for completion of licensing ordinance, flow control regulations, and notice procedure for privatization of solid waste collections and disposal.
Atty. Brown requested direction on whether it desires to pursue licensing of solid waste haulers, flow control provisions, and statutory notice with an eye towards future franchising and, if so, requested approval of NGN for the required services.
After discussion, the Commissioners agreed to TABLE this item until the next meeting to get more information.

COUNTY COORDINATOR — Fred Moody
Presenting an amendment to the Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson Agreement regarding the EMS Tax Assessment Program.
Mr. Moody presented and requested Board approval of the amendment to the Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson Agreement regarding the EMS Tax Assessment Program.  This will increase the amount to Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson by $7,175.
Comm. Drew made a motion to approve the amendment to the agreement as requested.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT — Mark S. Johnson, Director
Requesting permission to purchase new computers for Emergency Operations Center, replacing obsolete computers.
Mr. Johnson requested Board approval to purchase new computers for Emergency Operations Center, replacing obsolete computers.  This purchase will be funded by the Emergency Management Performance Grant, which is a non-matching grant.  
The bids received for (5) desktop computers are as follows:

        Havoc PC        $7,995.53
        TigerDirect        $9,163.62
        Dell            $8,765.00
The bids received for (13) laptop computers are as follows:
    Howard Technology        $12,147.98
    CDW-G                          $12,284.85
    HP                                 $19,136.00        
Mr. Johnson stated his recommendation is to purchase the (5) desktop computers from Havoc PC and the (13) laptop computers from Howard Technology.  Four of the existing computers will be given to Building & Zoning for Damage Assessment, four will be given to the Library Department, two will go to the Board office and there will be three available if another department has a need for them.
Comm. Bell made a motion to approve the purchase of computers as recommended by Mr. Johnson.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

PUBLIC SAFETY — David Knowles, Director
Requesting approval to submit a series of grant applications for the Florida Department o f Health EMS Rural Matching Grant.  These grants require the signature of Board Chairman.
Mr. Knowles requested Board approval to submit a series of grant application for the Florida Department of Health EMS Rural Matching Grant.  There are ten grants, nine of which are for EMS and one is for Levy County Fire/Rescue.
Comm. Drew made a motion to approve all of the Grant Applications as presented.  Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.

COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS
Comm. Johnson
Requesting Board approval of the Interlocal Agreement relating to the establishment of Florida Leaders Organized for Water (FLOW).
Comm. Johnson gave a report of the FLOW organization to the Board and made a motion for the Board to approve the Interlocal Agreement making Levy County a participant.  The following counties and municipalities have representatives currently participating in the FLOW organization: Alachua County, Lafayette County, Town of White Springs, Bradford County, Suwannee County, City of High Springs, Clay County, Levy County, City of MacClenny, Columbia County, Taylor County,     Hamilton County, Dixie County, Town of Branford, Gilchrist County, City of Keystone Heights
Second was made by Comm. Bell and the MOTION CARRIES.
Comm. Bell then made a motion to appoint Comm. Johnson to serve on FLOW organization.  Second was made by Comm. Drew and the MOTION CARRIES.

Comm. Johnson gave a report of the last Broadband meeting.  
Comm. Johnson gave information regarding an upcoming event, Cycle for Education Foundation, which will take place this Saturday, April 21st.  All money received will be used for Classroom Grants.

Comm. Drew gave information on the first annual Nature Coast Challenge Kayak & Canoe Fishing Tournament taking place this Saturday, April 21st in Yankeetown.

Comm. Bell stated the Cedar Key Art Festival will be on April 28th and 29th.

Comm. Stevens stated the Tri-County Pregnancy Center fundraising event this Saturday, April 21st at Rhino Outdoors.

Comm. Stevens stated he had a meeting last week with the newly appointed Chief Judge and Atty. Brown and report this change will head things in a brand new direction in how Court Administration operates.  He stated he was assured conflicts will soon be going away if they haven’t already.

Renate Cannon thanked Comm. Stevens for sending the letter to the former Chief Judge.

Evan Sullivan invited everyone to attend the awards ceremony at the Sheriff’s Office on April 25th at 11:30 A.M.

THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS TO COME BEFORE THE COMMISSION, THE MEETING ADJOURNED AT 10:09 A.M.
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