April 9, 2019 Hernando BOCC meeting run down

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April 9, 2019 Hernando BOCC meeting run down

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 08:24
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CITIZEN COMMENTS

Chuck Gordon spoke again about the phone menu system one encounters when calling the government offices.  According to Gordon, the option to reach a live representative should be stated in multiple places in the menu tree.

Pat and Shirley Miketinac and Pam Everett made remarks about the restoration project at Lake Townsen(d) Preserve. 

See article: https://www.hernandosun.com/article/citizens-question-restoration-lake-townsen-preserve

 

Richard Ross spoke to the board with regard to the salaries of the commissioners vis-à-vis the current budget crisis.  “I want the commission to explain on the record why they have not cut their own salary to balance the budget. Not a single one of you relies (on your commissioner’s salary) to put food on your tables.  Some of the people you let go relied on their salaries to put food on their tables … and a roof over their heads, yet you are sitting here sucking down $70,000 a year - almost twice the median income of the population of the county for your part-time job.”

BOARD/STAFF RESPONSES

Commissioner Wayne Dukes agreed with Gordon about the confusion involving the phone system.  “It’s extremely frustrating, especially if you’re a citizen waiting for information … we need to come up with a better plan.”  Acting County Administrator Jeff Rogers addressed the issue by saying, “It does take a little time for all the different departments to realign ... the phones.  It is in progress, and we hope to have more progress before the next meeting.”

CONSENT AGENDA

1. Acceptance of Deed of Dedication From Department of Transportation for Dashback Street Right of Way Project

2. Construction Drawings for Villages at Avalon Phase 4

3. Discharges of Orders and Satisfactions of Code Enforcement Special Master Liens for June M. Batcheller and Morris Batcheller

4. Event License Agreement With Hernando County Fair Association for 2019 Hurricane and Safety Expo on May 4, 2019

5. Federal Transit Administration FY 2019 Certifications and Assurances Required for Receipt of Transit Planning, Operations, and Capital Funding

6. First Amendment to Development Agreement With S & C Trillium, LLC, for Master Plan Term Extension

7. Modification No. 1 to Subgrant Agreement With State Department of Economic Opportunity for FY 2015 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program Housing Rehabilitation Funding

8. Modification to State-Funded Subgrant Agreement With State Division of Emergency Management for Shelter Retrofit Project at Multiple School Buildings and Associated Budget Resolution

9. Notification of Property Damage Release for Jessica Julbe

10. Resolution Proclaiming April 10, 2019, as Gopher Tortoise Day

11. Resolution Proclaiming April 2019 as Water Conservation Month

12. Satisfaction of Code Enforcement Public Nuisance Abatement Special Assessment Lien for Apamea Capital, LLC

13. Settlement in Case of Joel Price vs. Hernando County

14. Submittal of Report to State Department of Economic Opportunity Disclosing Guardian Community Resource Management, Inc., as Consultants for Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program

15. Submittal of Updated Transit Operations Title VI Plan to Federal Transit Administration and Associated Resolution

16. Transmittal of List of Accounts Payable Disbursements for Weeks Ended March 22, 2019, and March 29, 2019

17. Approval of Minutes for Regular Meeting March 12, 2019

18. Approval of Minutes for Regular Meeting March 26, 2019

Consent agenda was approved 5-0 without further discussion.

CORRESPONDENCE TO NOTE

1. Modification No. 2 to Subgrant Agreement With State Division of Emergency Management for Expenses Resulting From Hurricane Irma

At the regularly scheduled Board meeting on December 18, 2018, the Board accepted a Public Assistance grant for reimbursement of qualified expenses in connection with Hurricane Irma. At the same meeting, the Board approved Resolution 2018-183 authorizing the County Administrator or designee to accept future modifications to the Public Assistance Grant Agreement.

This is the second modification to the agreement and is being provided to the Board for informational purposes. This modification recognizes one new project and increases the overall grant award. Increase in revenue in the amount of $80,115.51. Upon receipt of the payment, reimbursement will be allocated to the appropriate enterprise fund or to the County's general fund.

2. Modification No. 3 to Subgrant Agreement With State Division of Emergency Management for Expenses Resulting From Hurricane Irma

At the regularly scheduled Board meeting on December 18, 2018, the Board accepted a Public Assistance grant for reimbursement of qualified expenses in connection with Hurricane Irma. At the same meeting, the Board approved Resolution 2018-183 authorizing the County Administrator or designee to accept future modifications to the Public Assistance Grant Agreement.

This is the third modification to the agreement and is being provided to the Board for informational purposes. This modification recognizes one new project and increases the overall grant award. Increase in revenue in the amount of $6,284.34. Upon receipt of the payment, reimbursement will be allocated to the appropriate enterprise fund or to the County's general fund.

Acting County Administrator Jeff Rogers added that more applications are being submitted to seek funding related to Hurricane Irma.

3. Transmittal From City of Brooksville of Ordinance No. 900 Authorizing Voluntary Annexation of Real Property Into Municipal Boundaries

Received the attached letter from the City of Brooksville transmitting a copy of the attached adopted Ordinance No. 900 annexing real property into the municipal boundaries of the City. The ordinance was adopted by the City Council at its second and final reading on March 18, 2019.

The legal descriptions of the properties are;  

PARCEL 1:

FROM A CONCRETE MARKER AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 22 SOUTH, RANGE 19 EAST, HERNANDO COUNTY, FLORIDA, RUN THENCE EAST A DISTANCE OF 378 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE, THENCE RUN NORTH A DISTANCE OF 265 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE, THENCE RUN WEST A DISTANCE OF 321.51 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE ON THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF HIGHWAY, THENCE RUN NORTH A DISTANCE OF 162 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE RUN EAST 6S FEET, THENCE RUN NORTH 70 FEET, THENCE RUN WEST 6S FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 70 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LESS RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR COBB ROAD.

PARCEL 2:

FROM A CONCRETE MARKER AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 22 SOUTH, RANGE 19 EAST, HERNANDO COUNTY, FLORIDA, RUN THENCE EAST A DISTANCE OF 378 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE, THENCE RUN NORTH 265 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING. THENCE RUN WEST 321.51 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE ON THE RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF HIGHWAY, THENCE RUN NORTH A DISTANCE OF 232 FEET, THENCE RUN EAST A DISTANCE OF 321.51 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH A DISTANCE OF 232 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. LESS AND EXCEPT A LOT 65 FEET BY 70 FEET AS DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 129, PAGE 286, AND A LOT 65 FEET BY 70 FEET AS DESCRIBED IN OR BOOK 129 PAGE 207, AND RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR COBB ROAD.

PARCEL 3:

FROM A CONCRETE MARKER AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE NE 1/4 OF THE NE 1/4 OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 22 SOUTH, RANGE 19 EAST, RUN THENCE EAST A DISTANCE OF 378 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE, THENCE RUN NORTH A DISTANCE OF 265 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE, THENCE RUN WEST A DISTANCE OF 321.51 FEET TO AN IRON PIPE ON THE EAST RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF HIGHWAY, THENCE RUN NORTH A DISTANCE OF 162 FEET, THENCE RUN EAST A DISTANCE OF 65 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE RUN NORTH 70 FEET, THENCE RUN EAST 65 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 70 FEET, THENCE RUN WEST 65 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.

The property owner is commonly known as Flagstone Pavers.

4. Transmittal of 2017-18 Annual Report From Mid Florida Community Services, Inc.

5. Transmittal of Minutes From Spring Ridge Community Development District Board of Supervisors Meeting of September 12, 2018

PUBLIC HEARINGS

STANDARD

PLANNING AND ZONING DIRECTOR RONALD PIANTA

Rezoning Petition Submitted by West Central Florida Investment Group, Inc. (H1901)

The request is for a Master Plan Revision on property zoned PDP(OP)/Planned Development Project (Office Professional) with a specific C-1 use for Comparison Goods to include a specific C-1 use for a restaurant with or without alcohol dispensation.  The location is on the South side of Spring Hill Drive, approximately 50 feet east of Malone Avenue. P&Z voted 5-0 to recommend approval with performance conditions.

The planned business is a small delicatessen.

The board voted 5-0 to approve.

SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS SHIRLEY ANDERSON

1. Appointment of Members to 2020 Canvassing Board

Commissioner John Mitten appointed as primary Canvassing Board member, Commissioner Wayne Dukes as alternate.  Board approved 5-0.

2. Budget Resolution Recognizing Federal Election Activities Security Grant Funding to Supervisor of Elections Office

Not affecting the General Fund, this resolution increases the SOE budget by $78,278 with state funding.  The resolution was approved 5-0.

3. Memorandum of Agreement With State Division of Elections for Help America Vote Act of 2002 Funds for Federal Election Administration Activities.

Not requesting additional funds, the SOE merely requested a sign-off on the measure.  It was approved 5-0.

CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT & COMPTROLLER DOUG CHORVAT, JR.

Presentation of Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY Ended September 30, 2018

This was a presentation of actual expenses and income at the end of 2018, and not part of the current budget planning.    The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report also includes internal audits and audits by an independent outside agency.

COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES DIRECTOR JIM DAVIS

Update Regarding Cooperative Extension Services and University of Florida Extension Hernando County 2018 Annual Report

See article: https://www.hernandosun.com/article/highlighting-economic-benefits-ufifas-extension

PLANNING AND ZONING DIRECTOR RONALD PIANTA

Update Regarding Relocation of Gopher Tortoises to Environmentally Sensitive Lands at Lake Townsen Preserve

See article: https://www.hernandosun.com/article/citizens-question-restoration-lake-townsen-preserve

 

PURCHASING AND CONTRACTS MANAGER JAMES WUNDERLE

Item #7 was pulled for discussion.   All other items were approved unanimously by the board.

1. Award of Contract to Cardno, Inc., HDR Engineering, Inc., and ICON Consultant Group, Inc., for Continuing Traffic Engineering Services (Contract No. 18-R00006/PH)

2. Award of Contract to J.E.M. Landscaping and Complete Grounds Maintenance, LLC, and Paff Landscape, Inc., for Mowing and Debris Removal Services for Code Enforcement Department (Contract No. 18-T00033/TPR; Estimated Amount: $100,000.00)

3. Award of Contract to McKim and Creed, Inc., for Engineering Services for Potable Water  Master Plan (RFQ No. 18-R00084/PH; Amount: $533,586.68)

4. Award of Contract to Pospiech Contracting, Inc., for Brookridge to Glen Interconnect Project (Contract No. 19-C00014/BK; Amount: $2,495,139.77)

Acting County Administrator Jeff Rogers commented on this item, which involves merging the two wastewater treatment plants.  This significant project will result in a cost savings. This is a Utilities Department project, paid for by water and sewer revenues.

5. Award of Contract to Public Resources Management Group, Inc., for Utility Rate Consultant Services for Utilities Department (RFP No. 19-R00002/PH)

6. Award of Sole Source Purchase From Bound Tree Medical, LLC, for Medical Supply Dispensers for Hernando County Fire Rescue District  (Amount: $56,307.75)

7. Continuation of Discussion Regarding Approval of Ranking Order and Authorization of Contract Negotiations With Highest-Ranked Firms for Airport Engineering Services (RFQ No. 18-RG0128/PH)

See article:  https://www.hernandosun.com/article/local-company-loses-out-airport-engineering-contract

8. Final Close-Out of Contract and Change Order No. 2 With Daly & Zilch (Florida), Inc., for Jenkins Creek Wingwall Repair Project (Contract No. 18-C00069/BH; Amount: $41,463.33)

9. Utilization of Polk County Contract With Encore Broadcast Solutions to Provide for Automated Closed Captioning System for Government Broadcasting (Contract No. 19-279; Amount: $46,135.00)

10. Utilization of Tampa Bay Water Contract With Rowland, Inc., for On-Call Civil Contractor Services for Water Tank Repair Services at Chinsegut Hill Retreat (Contract No. 2018-02; Amount: $47,679.50)

REAL PROPERTY SUPERVISOR PAUL MOLLE'

Release of Reservation of Mineral Rights for Surplus Property Previously Deeded to Home Sweet Home Properties, LLC, for Property Located in Hill 'N Dale

The Reservation of Mineral Rights is a state statute affecting county-owned properties.   Ahmed Hamed purchased surplus county property, however prospective buyers will only purchase if the Reservation of Mineral Rights portion is released.

The board voted unanimously to vacate the reservation.

PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR/COUNTY ENGINEER SCOTT HERRING

1. Agreement for Dedication of Right of Way and Drainage Retention Area Easements With TBF Partners, Ltd., for Sunrise Development of Regional Impact / Cracker Crossing and Sunrise Boulevard Improvements

2. Project Grant Agreement With Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for Florida Boating Improvement Program Grant Funding for Improvements at Lake Townsen Park Boat Ramp and Associated Budget Resolution

The board approved these items 5-0.

3. Review of Proposed RESTORE Act Direct Component Multi-Year Implementation Plan Amendment for Submittal to Treasury Department

The projects included in this plan are Bayou Drive Restoration and  Linda Pedersen Park improvements.

The board discussed the future of the plan.  Recent reductions in force in the Waterways department will result in increased staff time for permitting and preliminary procedures.  

Aquatics Director Keith Kolasa reported that he expects funding by the end of the year.

Dr. John Paul Reeve stressed the importance of, and asked the board to continue reef projects.

The board approved 5-0.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

1. Commissioner John Mitten had no additional comments.

2. Commissioner Wayne Dukes had no additional comments.

3. Commissioner John Allocco: “Since I’ve been on the board, we’ve had a lot of process issues along the way, and I commend the board for trying to address them.  It gets ugly along the way and we have to hash it out in a meeting, but in the end, I think we need to continue moving towards cleaning up those issues, making processes more clear, more transparent.  We’ve done it in multiple places already … I hope that Acting Administrator Rogers will continue to facilitate that process, and department heads if they find these issues. Even the legal end of some of the MSBU projects … we just need to continue to find where those challenges are, and speed up the process, and make it more clear and transparent. I appreciate this board working in that direction.”

4. Commissioner Steve Champion announced that he will miss May 28, 2019’s regular meeting.

5. Chairman Jeff Holcomb: “I want to commend Mr. Allocco on his Hernando Bar 5K finish.  He beat me by five minutes. I’m claiming a wardrobe malfunction - shoe came untied, two collapsed lungs and torn cartilage.   Also I went to Tallahassee last week at no cost to any citizen, stayed in a very cheap hotel… but it was very interesting to see how that government works … I did get to see Representative Ingoglia.  I got to see him argue a bill on deregulation and I got to see him chair a committee on the voting rights restoration. The bill says you must follow the sentence of the judge. It doesn’t just mean jail time, it could be community service, it could be fines.  Obviously fines is the biggest point of contention, because if you don’t pay your fines, then they go up and go to collections.” Holcomb also spoke about attending an event with the Veteran’s HEAT Group where one of the speakers on PTSD was a former local detective, who made headlines in early 2018 after he barricaded himself in his home with a firearm during an 11-hour standoff.   

6. Acting County Administrator Jeffrey Rogers recognized members of the Solid Waste Department who won awards in a heavy equipment competitions.  “US Senator Rubio has office hours on 4/18/19 at the Brooksville Library. Parks and Recreation has been painting a lot of park buildings on the west side.   Rogers said of Bayport Pier, “We’ve been following up … working with Congressman Webster’s office, chasing down the Corps of Engineers, now it looks like it’s up to the National Marine Fishery Service, they’re worried about some turtles at the pier, we’re trying to find a contact person there.”   Rogers announced that the Solid Waste Department also has written a letter to Republic Services regarding their call center. “The performance has been getting better, but the call center is still an issue.”

7. County Attorney Garth Coller had no further comment.  

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