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Liberty Co. Commission holds final Budget Hearing and special meeting Sept. 19

Official minutes from the Sept. 19, 2016 final budget hearing and special meeting of the Liberty Commission as recorded by the board secretary

Final budget hearing
The final budget hearing was called to order by Chairman Dexter Barber. Present at the hearing were Commissioners James Sanders, Jim Johnson, Scott Phillips, Dewayne Branch, County Attorney, Robin Myers, Clerk Kathleen Brown and Deputy Clerk Bret Phillips.
Prayer was led by Branch
Pledge was led by Phillips
No Constitutional Officers had any comments on the final budget submission.
The Board discussed the Sheriff’s budget proposal submitted in the amount of $1,703,341.50. The Board approved the Sheriff’s 2016/17 budget at $1,540,115.00. This reduction is $81,111.50 from the 5% contingency line item and $82,115.00 from the Law Enforcement Capital Outlay line item in the Sheriff’s budget.
There were no other changes made by the Board.
There were public comments made.
Barber read Resolution #16-14, 16-15 & 16-16 into the record.
Motion to adjourn the budget hearing made by Johnson, seconded by Sanders, and carried.

SPECIAL MEETING
The special meeting was called to order by Chairman Dexter Barber. Present at the special meeting were Commissioners James Sanders, Jim Johnson, Scott Phillips, Dewayne Branch, County Attorney Robin Myers, Clerk Kathleen Brown and Deputy Clerk Bret Phillips.

Special Meeting
Prayer was led by Johnson
Pledge was led by Branch
Chairman Dexter Barber read Resolutions #16-14, #16-15, #16-16 into the minutes at the Special Meeting.
Motion to adopt Resolution #16-14 adopting the Supplemental Budget for 2015/16 in the amount of $17,836,687.00 was made by Johnson, seconded by Phillips, and carried.
Motion to adopt Resolution #16-15 adopting the Millage Rate for 2016/17 at 10 Mills was made by Johnson, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
Motion to adopt Resolution #16-16 adopting the 16/17 Final Budget in the amount of $16,883,833.00 was made by Johnson, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
Chris Holley with Gulf Economic Development Coalition came before the Board and advised them of an upcoming Grant Opportunity for Liberty County along with four (4) other counties to support the rail system to help bring businesses to our area. Liberty County needs to put a list of priority needs together once the Port is up and running to be ready for potential businesses. This is no cost to the County. Once the pre-planning is done, the Grant will be presented to the Board for approval.
Tony Arrant came before the Board on the following items for discussion:
•Holland Ware Cell Tower Public Hearing Continued from last meeting. The Public Hearing continuation request was sent to Arrant via email. Jimmy Wright addressed the Board concerning the continuation. Motion made by Phillips not to approve the application due to applicant not being here at tonight’s meeting and the previously scheduled meeting. The County addressed this with the Board. Motion died for lack of second. Motion to reset the Public Hearing to Nov. 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., E.S.T. was made by Sanders, seconded by Branch and carried.
•Forest Tower and St. Joe will accept the offer with the Board on the L&H Road facing Parley Shuler Road. There needs to be the agreement/deeds, etc. prepared for the transfer of title and the two pieces of property that will be exchanged and the installation of the culvert on SR 65. This will need to be placed on the agenda when the documents have been prepared by the attorney and submitted to the Board.
•The DEO agreement in the amount of $25,000 needs to be Board approved but before the approval Arrant needs to submit a sub-contract for approval. Arrant will prepare a sub-contract to the Clerk’s Office for DEO approval prior to submission of the agreement with DEO and the Board. Motion was made by Johnson to approve DEO Grant Agreement in the amount of $25,000.00 contingent on DEO’s approval of the Sub-Contract with Tony Arrant, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
Clerk Brown addressed a letter received from Florida’s Great Northwest requesting the Board appoint a primary point of contact for the BP oil spill settlement funds. Motion was made by Sanders to appoint Johnny Eubanks, seconded by Phillips and carried.
Motion was made by Johnson to appoint Commissioner Sanders to take Barbers place on the Value Adjustment Board, seconded by Phillips, and carried.
Bret Phillips, Finance Director discussed pending invoices for the Halloween Train decorations, Melissa Durham and Billy Hobby. Motion to approve transferring the money from the miscellaneous account to pay these two invoices and then when the proceeds come in from the Halloween Train, the money will be transferred back to the account it was paid from, made by Johnson seconded by Branch and carried.
Motion was made by Sanders to schedule a workshop on the train for Nov. 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., E.S.T., seconded by Phillips and carried.
Robin Myers, County Attorney requested the Board send the Sheriff a letter on his final budget approval. Motion was made by Johnson to send the letter to the Sheriff on his final budget approval, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
Sanders advised the Board that the Boat Landing needs to be dug out again and maybe putting rocks there to keep from washing out. There are also weeds growing into the boat ramp at the Bristol Boat Ramp and Estiffanulga.
First reading of the Sales Tax Ordinance by the Board. Supervisor of Election has to advertise language the 3rd and 5th week before the General Election.
Clerk Brown advised the Board of the need to do the Ethics Training before the end of the year. The county attorney can handle the training class for the Board.
Branch discussed the Hosford Fire Department and how he was glad it was on the ballot for the people to decide.
Motion to adjourn by Branch seconded by Johnson and carried.
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Kathleen E. Brown, Clerk of Court
Dexter Barber, Chairman

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