Liberty County Commission Feb. 9 regular meeting minutes
Official minutes from the Feb. 9, 2017
regular meeting of the Lib. Commission
as recorded by the board secretary.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Dexter Barber. Present at the meeting were Commissioners Dexter Barber, Scott Phillips, James Sanders, Dewayne Branch, Attorney Jack Myers, Clerk Kathleen Brown and Deputy Clerk Mason Kever. Commissioner Jim Johnson was not in attendance due to a family medical emergency.
Prayer was led by Branch
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Phillips
Page Wahlquist requested for tank cleaning bid, which generally costs between $8,000 and $9,000. Motion to advertise bid request by Sanders, seconded by Phillips, and carried.
Chambers and Fant water bills discussed. Commissioners requested Page to approach individuals and assess if new meter is needed for the Fants. Commissioners also asked Page to approach the Chambers and see what we need to do to resolve the issues.
Rowe Drilling bill for motor and labor for $2,882.50 discussed and decided to send to Talquin Electric and request for payment, as Talquin Electric’s power issue caused the motor to run in reverse and ruin the motor.
Motion to approve Amendment #2 for #15-051, Hosford Water System was made by Sanders, seconded by Phillips, and carried.
Motion to approve Amendment #2 for #16-011, Standby Generator for Hosford and Telogia Water System was made by Sanders, seconded by Phillips, and carried.
Tony Arrant discussed Liberty County Road Department in obtaining permit for installation of the culvert on SR 65. He advised the Board that his work still moving forward and that St. Joe is still waiting on us. He mentioned he now has the direction to move forward.
Motion to amend budget and pay Search and Rescue fund balance of $48,039.92 to the Sheriff made by Phillips, seconded by Branch, and carried.
Motion to amend budget and pay the balance refund from last fiscal year of $10,070.05 to the Sheriff made by Sanders, seconded by Branch, and carried.
Motion to amend budget and pay Sheriff Department comp time totaling $65,200.00 to the Sheriff made by Phillips, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
James Lowery addressed the board on erosion around Chester Street sidewalks. Justin Ford addressed the board and said the problem would be handled.
Patty Conrad introduced herself as the new head librarian for the county. Sanders offered his appreciation on behalf of the board.
Ray Glisson addressed the board on charging out of county visitors a field usage fee of $125. Motion to approve field usage fee of $125 made by Branch, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
Ray showed an award for being introduced into the Dixie Youth Baseball Hall of Fame for 25 years of activity.
Board discussed amending Malone Alford’s contract to 32 hours a week, stating that 20 hours of pay will come from the Recreation Department and 12 hours of pay will come from the general fund contingent on the county attorney’s approval of OPS status and additional costs; Motion made by Sanders, seconded by Phillips, and carried.
Lisa Shuler, on behalf of Rhonda Lewis Emergency Management Director, requested board approval regarding TME contract. Motion to approve TME contract made by Branch, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
Motion to approve Gadcon Construction to perform services for vault storage made by Sanders, seconded by Phillips and carried.
Stephen Ford addressed the board on the renewing of this chemical spill certification. Ford mentioned the need for someone to be a contact for First Net Data Collection Project. Motion to appoint Stephen Ford as a contact for First Net Data Collection Project made by Sanders, seconded by Phillips, and carried.
Motions made to send Stephen Ford to attend a user group for 911 meeting made by Sanders, seconded by Branch, and carried.
Ken Sheppard addressed board on the Tri-County Park. Tri-County Park requested $5,000 annually to continue to build and improve the park. In-kind and financial contributions are both needed to keep the park going. The motion to table was made by Sanders, seconded by Phillips and carried.
Melissa Peddie addressed the board on the old ambulance that has been in the fuel yard for a year. Calhoun County offered to buy it for $15,000, $1,000 per month over 15 months. Motion to approve the sale under said conditions made by Branch, seconded by Phillips and carried.
Ray Glisson to pay for State Tournament fees in the amount of $4,000; motions approved by Branch, seconded by Phillips and carried.
Motion to pay Veteran Memorial Railroad Liability Insurance in the amount of $4,732.00 from General Fund was made by Sanders, seconded by Phillips, Barber voted “Yes”, Branch voted “Yes” to pay but “No” out of the General Fund.
Motion to pay reimbursement to Gloria Keenan for Veteran Memorial Railroad expense of $1,105.42 approved by Sanders, seconded by Phillips, and carried.
Motion to obtain financing for Landfill Garbage Truck through PeoplesSouth Bank with a five year term and fixed rate of 2.45%, with annual payments starting in October of 2017; approved by Phillips, seconded by Branch, and carried.
The county received a bill from A & N Railroad that is over a year old. Research indicates the county lease agreement has expired. This lease allows crossing the railroad tracks entering Hosford Park. The county attorney will write a letter to the A & N Railroad for clarification.
Myers advised the Board that Liberty County is the only county in Florida that has passed this sales tax on the Emergency Fire Rescue Services Tax. He will discuss this with the Department of Revenue and report back to the Board at the March 9, 2017 meeting.
Myers advised the Board that after a meeting with the collection agency, all customers owing in excess of $1,000.00 will be reported. There are plans to look at the outstanding garbage ordinance next meeting.
Justin Ford reported LAP information to the board. He mentioned that we do not have to be LAP certified. The Department of Transportation can perform these services. This is something we can change at any time. Kwentin Eastburg with the Planning Council may be able to handle this and will check into this for the County.
Motion to approve the FRDAP DEP Agreement for Sumatra Park in the amount of $50,000 for repairs to the existing park was made by Branch, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
Motion to approve the BP Oil Spill Support Resolution #17-01 was made by Phillips, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
Sanders discussed dirt hauling ordinance. Myers mentioned that this could be in the land development code. He would perform more research and report back at the next meeting.
Clerk Kathleen Brown advised the Board that a citizen had requested some trees be cut from the Bristol Cemetery that are infringing on some graves. The Commissioners advised not to cut unless they are dead.
Clerk Kathleen Brown discussed the need for an email domain creation, allowing the county to be compliant with the Sunshine Law. Commissioners requested the presentation of a solution at the next board meeting.
Clerk Brown brought to the attention of the board that there were several lights broken at Veterans Park. Motion to buy and fix lights made by Phillips, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
Clerk Brown discussed ARCPoint Renewal Contract. Commissioners discussed having Liberty Community Health Care in Hosford perform lab services. Motion made to had Liberty Community Health Care perform lab services if they have that capacity, by Phillips, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
Motion to pay bills by Branch, seconded by Sanders, and carried.
Motion to approve minutes for Board Meetings Jan. 5, 2017 and Jan. 18, 2017 by Sanders, seconded by Branch, and carried.
Motion to adjourn made by Sanders, seconded by Phillips and carried.
Warrant List & Numbers
Payroll 35219 - 35235
General 15908 - 16081
Ship 4369 - 4378
Kathleen E. Brown, Clerk of Court
Dexter Barber, Chairman