Notes from the Oct. 23, 2018 Hernando Board of County Commissioners Meeting- by LISA MACNEIL, Hernando Sun Writer
RESOLUTIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS
Resolution Proclaiming October 2018 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Brooksville Mayor Betty Erhard accepted
Please note that this is an abbreviated list of citizen comments.
Frances Monzo brought to the BOCC's attention the erection of an 18-foot high shed in her neighbor's yard in back of her property.
Jimmy Lodato thanked the board for their recognition of October’s Breast Cancer awareness month. He also recognized John Mitten as Co-Chair of Save our Students and gave an update on the organization. "We've placed into position an oversight committee. We've made sure every dollar is spent properly. We've placed in the referendum certain clauses where they cannot transfer the money into the general fund, or at the same time can they borrow any money or bond. With that, we have gained the trust of people in this county.”
Code enforcement will look into the shed in back of Monzo's home.
1. Adjustment of Property Records to Reflect Unaccounted Assets for FY 2017 - 18
2. Application to Federal Emergency Management Agency for FY 2018 Assistance to Firefighters Grant
3. Budget Amendment Reallocating Funds Within Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller Budget Operating Expense Account to Cover Capital Expenses for FY 2017 - 18
4. Budget Resolutions Recognizing Unanticipated Increased and Decreased Revenues and Appropriating to Various Funds in Department of Public Works FY 2018 Budget
5. First Amendment to Indenture With The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., for Modification of Interest Rate of Industrial Development Bonds Issue for Goodwill Industries - Suncoast, Inc., Project and Associated Resolution
Pulled for discussion: Commissioner John Allocco had 5 pulled for explanation. Allocco said he was concerned about the county engaging in bonds for businesses. Allocco acknowledged that the agenda item pertained to Goodwill, which is a not-for-profit. County Attorney Garth Coller explained that there is "absolutely no risk to the county. We do not pledge any of our assets, any of our credit. All we do is act as a pass-through so that they are eligible for tax advantages." Essentially, Hernando County "signs off" and verifies the tax-exempt status of the organization, so that they can receive state and federal benefits.
Amy Gillis, Director of Financial services further explained that the federal government allows local government to pass on their tax-exempt status to not-for-profits, as well as manufacturing and industrial facilities in the spirit of economic development. The organization must meet very strict criteria in order to qualify. Gillis stressed that if Goodwill defaulted on their bond payments, that the county bears no responsibility in the repayment of the bonds.
After further discussion and understanding of the board, the item was passed 5-0.
6. FY 2018 - 19 State Department of Health Emergency Medical Services Grant Funds for Improvement and Expansion of Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services and Associated Resolution
7. Invoice From Brooksville Main Street for FY 2018-19 Funding for Brooksville Vision Foundation, Inc.
8. Mass Transit Services for Various Holidays
9. Notification of Properties Placed on List of Lands Available for Taxes and Available for Purchase by County
10. Request Submitted by Sheriff's Office to Apply for FY 2018 State Criminal Alien Assistance Program
11. Transmittal of List of Accounts Payable Disbursements for Weeks Ended October 5, 2018 and October 12, 2018
12. Various Satisfactions of Code Enforcement Public Nuisance Abatement Special Assessment Liens
RES-2018-152 : Petition Submitted by David and Judith Gibbs and Lindsay Crouch to Vacate a Portion of Drainage and Utility Easement Located in Spring Hill
David and Judith Gibbs along with Lindsay Crouch have submitted a petition to vacate a 3.83' x 27.58' portion of the 6' side drainage and utility easement. The easement is within Lot 21, Block 1213, Unit 18 in Spring Hill subdivision as recorded in Plat Book 9 pages 47-59 of the Public Records of Hernando County, Florida. The vacation is sought in order to construct a screen lanai addition to their existing single-family home. All affected utilities and County departments have indicated no objection to the request.
RES-2018-153 : Petition Submitted by Robert Quarltere to Vacate Drainage and Utility Easements Located in Ridge Manor Estates
Robert Quarltere has submitted a petition to vacate two internal 7.5' easements within lots 5 & 6 Ridge Manor Estates, Unit 2, Block 50, as recorded in Plat Book 10, Page 2 -27 of the Public Records of Hernando County, Florida. The vacation is sought in order to construct a single-family home in the center of the two lots. All affected utilities and County departments have indicated no objection to the request.
RES-2018-154 : Petition Submitted by Roy Fret to Vacate a Drainage and Utility Easement Located in Royal Highlands
Roy Fret has submitted a petition to vacate the side 7.5' easement on Lot 8, Royal Highlands, Unit 9, Block 159, as recorded in Plat Book 12, Page 16-28 of the Public Records of Hernando County, Florida. The vacation is sought in order to construct a concrete retaining wall along the side property line. All affected utilities and County departments have indicated no objection to the requests
ORD-2018-20 : Ordinance Repealing Ordinance No. 2013-14 Fire Rescue Services Municipal Service Taxing Unit
On May 14, 2013 ,the Board adopted Ordinance No. 2013-14 which created the Hernando County Fire Rescue Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) to fund the
Hernando County Fire Department. The proposed ordinance simply repeals the Hernando County Fire Rescue Municipal Service Taxing Unit and removes the MSTU from the TRIM notice. Staff recommends the Board conduct a public hearing and adopt the attached proposed Ordinance.
Approved 5-0 via roll-call vote.
ANIMAL SERVICES MANAGER JAMES TERRY
RES-2018-155 : Resolution Adopting Civil Penalty Schedule for Animal Control Violations
This agenda item was pulled from the October 9 Board meeting agenda due to incorrect wording in the title and rescheduled for presentation at the next meeting.
Changes to the fine schedule for animal control matters. As a follow up to changes recently made to Chapter 6, this resolution will establish fine amounts for violations.
According to Terry, the resolution contains upgraded fines and new conditions for Animal Control Violations, such as a mandatory appearance before the Special Master for a first offense 'Dangerous Dog' violation, which also includes the first offense of 'Interference with an Officer.' A third offense of an unrestrained dog will also require an appearance before the Special Master. The intent of the changes is to address financial penalties for irresponsible pet ownership.
TOURISM DEVELOPMENT MANAGER TAMMY HEON
Second Amendment to License Agreement With Friends of Chinsegut Hill, Incorporated for Revisions to Language Pertaining to Liquor Licenses and Permitted Events
Heon was not present for the introduction of the Amendment. County Administrator Len Sossamon explained the agreement as describing types of events that can be held at Chinsegut Hill. It further prevents Friends of Chinsegut Hill from obtaining a liquor license, however does allow for catering services with the proper licensure and insurance to serve alcohol at events at Chinsegut Hill.
Heon arrived at the conclusion of Sossamon's explanation. Chinsegut Manager Melissa Kehler further explained that the caterers only serve beer and wine at events where requested, and not liquor.
Kehler went on to say that Chinsegut Manor has been listed on AirBnB, which has resulted in international tourists visting 'The Hill'.
The amendment passed 5-0.
PURCHASING AND CONTRACTS MANAGER JAMES WUNDERLE
1. Approval of Purchase of Mass Transit Bus From Gillig, LLC (Cost: $427,694.00)
This is for a full-sized bus, with a life expectancy of 5 years.
2. Award of Contract No. 18-T00132/TPR to Creative Craftsman Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Eddie's Sod (Primary Vendor) and Circle T Sod Farms (Secondary Vendor) for Sod Purchase and Installation (Estimated Annual Cost: $181,200.00)
3. Award of Term Contract No.18-T00142/DK to Consolidated Resource Recovery, Inc., for Yard Waste Mulching Services (Estimated Cost for Three (3) Year Contract: $619,200.00)
4. Utilization of State of Florida Contract With SHI International Corporation for Renewal of Microsoft Software Licenses (Cost: $188,555.59) and Purchase of Microsoft Windows Server Client Access Licenses (Cost: $45,160.00)
Deputy Administrator Jeff Rogers announced that a Public Information Workshop will be held about the Weeki Wachee River capacity study on November 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM at the Coast Guard Auxiliary Building. The workshop will go over how the study is being conducted and to offer the public input on the study.
Public Information Manager Virginia Singer announced the Ribbon-Cutting for the Good Nature Trail on Wednesday November 14, 2018 from 10:00 - 11:30AM.