County Commission Meeting Minutes 4/23/2014
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
The Board of County Commissioners of Madison County, Florida met this day in Regular Session with the following members present: Justin Hamrick (District 1), Wayne Vickers (District 2), Ronnie Moore (District 3), Clyde Alexander (District 4) and Rick Davis (District 5). Also present were County Coordinator Allen Cherry, County Attorney George T. Reeves, and County Clerk Tim Sanders.
The Chairman, Honorable Justin Hamrick, called the meeting to order and called the roll.
Upon a motion by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Vickers, the Board voted unanimously (5-0) to approve the agenda as amended: at the request of Commissioner Vickers, add New Business item No. 6 – approval of Resolution 2014-04-23—A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA, RECOGNIZING AND COMMENDING THE LIFE OF ALOISE BEVEL ON HER 100TH BIRTHDAY; and at the request of Mr. Reeves, add to New Business item No. 7. Sale of old Senior Citizens building and property to Family First Wellness Clinic, LLC; and at the request of Chairman Hamrick add to New Business item No. 8. Consider request by Madison Recreation Association for county assistance for the annual May 20th Celebration.
Under Petitions from the Public, Mr. Mike Holton, a resident of the Cherry Lake community, asked the Board about an old dump site in the area on private property. The County Attorney advised the County has no responsibility since it never owned or ran the old dump area. County Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator Jerome Wyche stated that he would provide Mr. Holton with a contact at the state level that has jurisdiction over private property landfills.
The minutes of the Regular Meeting held on April 9, 2014 were presented for review. Upon a motion by Commissioner Vickers, seconded by Commissioner Moore, the Board voted unanimously to approve said minutes as presented.
Sheriff Ben Stewart brought attention to the most recent 2013 crime statistics for Madison County and the State of Florida that contrasted greatly with publicized 2012 statistics with Madison County this year at the bottom of the crime rate index.
Upon a motion by Commissioner Davis, seconded by Commissioner Moore, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Consent Agenda (1. Budget Amendment Request of $1,689.68 for Sheriff’s Office employee payouts; 2. Approval of request for Emergency Medical Services accounts receivable write-off form; 3. Proclamation declaring April 2014 as Water Conservation Month).
County Road & Bridge Coordinator Lonnie Thigpen presented the Board with a list of Madison County Maintained Road Closures as of 1:00 P.M. on April 22, 2014 due to localized flooding. County Emergency Management Director Tom Cisco also gave an update of his department’s efforts to determine preliminary costs associated with the high water from recent rainfall.
Madison County High School Senior and Student Body President Darby Thompson asked the Board to support Project Graduation for seniors on graduation night, an event supported by parents, businesses and community members of Madison County for the past 24 years. She stated that the project emphasizes the importance of seniors celebrating this great achievement of completing high school in a safe, alcohol and drug-free way. The Commissioners agreed by consensus to contribute $50 each to help support this worthwhile project.
The Chairman directed the Board’s attention to a scheduled Public Hearing to consider a Special Exception Application for a Telecommunication Tower on a parcel of land in Section 18, township 2 south, range 8 east (Parcel ID # 18-2S-08-0838-004-000) submitted by James Johnston with Shutts & Bowen LLP. County Planner Jeanne Bass presented an aerial photograph of the subject property and referred to the SITE PLAN APPLICATION found in the Commissioners’ packet. She reported the proposed 260 foot tall tower would be located off State Road 14 on property owned by Marjorie Bass just north of the Taylor County line. The County Planner also reported the County Planning and Zoning Board unanimously voted to recommend that the Board of County Commissioners approve the Special Exception Application.
Chairman Hamrick opened the meeting for public comments. Chief Deputy Epp Richardson reported the proposed tower would be an asset and greatly enhance signal strength in the area. Upon a motion by Commissioner Vickers, seconded by Commissioner Alexander, the Board voted unanimously to approve said Special Exception Application.
Mr. Cherry referred to a copy of a STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 14-88 (The Governor’s Veterans Service Award) that was presented to Madison County Veterans Service Officer Oliver Bradley honoring him for his service in the United States Army and his service to veterans in Madison County for twenty years. The Board applauded Mr. Bradley for his dedicated service to veterans living in Madison and also in Jefferson Counties. Mr. Bradley stated that he was grateful for the award and the medallion that he received from Governor Scott earlier in the month.
Mr. Cherry referred also to an APPLICATION FOR TEMPORAY ROAD CLOSURE filed by Gerald Latimer. Mr. Cherry explained that Mr. Latimer would like to close a portion of Byrd Street on April 26, 2014 for his mother’s 85th birthday party. He reported that he and Mr. Thigpen have examined the application and find no reasons to prevent the request. Upon a motion by Commissioner Moore, seconded by Commissioner Davis, the Board voted unanimously to approve said application.
Suwannee River Regional Library Director Betty Lawrence presented a notebook to the Board for their information entitled SUWANNEE RIVER REGIONAL LIBRARY SYSTEM – Suwannee, Hamilton, Madison – Public Library State Aid Funding, and also for consideration, a Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services STATE AID TO LIBRARIES GRANT AGREEMENT AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 TO THE GRANT AGREEMENT. Ms. Lawrence explained the Grantee, the Board on behalf of the Madison Public Library, must agree to have at least one library open 40 hours or more each week and the Division of Library and Information Services agrees to distribute grant funds in one payment. She added that funding from the State is anticipated to be more than budgeted for the current fiscal year.
Ms. Lawrence also reported that she is still working on a new library for Greenville and that now is the time to prepare an application to the State for new library construction. A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Vickers to approve said Amendment Number 1 to the Grant Agreement.
The Clerk read for the record A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MADISON COUNTY, FLORIDA, RECOGNIZING AND COMMENDING THE LIFE OF ALOISE BEVEL ON HER 100TH BIRTHDAY. Upon a motion by Commissioner Vickers, seconded by Commissioner Moore, the Board voted unanimously to approve said Resolution honoring Mrs. Bevel.
County Attorney Reeves referred to a proposed Statutory Deed pursuant to Section 125.411, Florida Statutes for the Sale of Real Property between Madison County and Family First Wellness Clinic, LLC for the approximately south one (1/2) half of the parcel assigned Parcel No. 00-00-00-3807-000-000 by the Madison County Property Appraiser and located at 487 SW Pinckney Street, Madison, Florida 32340. The building commonly referred to as the “Old Senior Citizens Building” is located on this parcel. Mr. Reeves stated that the Board held a Public Hearing several months ago and approved a CONTRACT FOR SALE for a purchase price of $30,000 for said property. Mr. Reeves directed the Board’s attention to and explained a “Reverter Clause” on page two of said deed. He also reviewed a Closing Affidavit, which shows the division of closing costs between the buyer and seller. The bottom line is that the County will receive $27,775.00. Also enclosed in the deed packet and explained by Mr. Reeves was a SUBORDINATION given by Madison County that a condition of the Mortgage between Madison County Community Bank and Family First be that the Reverter Clause in the Deed be subordinated to the Mortgage. A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Davis to approve the sale of said property to Family First Wellness Clinic, LLC. Motion carried 5-0.
Ms. Kamika Brown, Board Member of the Madison Recreation Association and Chairperson of the Annual May 20th Celebration, asked the Board for assistance in the beautification of the parade route and other help as done in the past. She reported this year’s celebration will begin on May 15th and end on Saturday May 17th. A motion was made by Commissioner Alexander and seconded by Commissioner Moore to help the event as much as possible. Motion carried 5-0.
Commissioner Davis asked what services are available for people in distress to reach out to due to the recent rise of high water in the County. Mr. Cisco and Mr. Cherry asked Commissioners to refer people to their offices for assistance from agencies such as the Red Cross.
Commissioner Moore reminded the Board of an Open House at the Aucilla Area Regional Landfill on May 2 from noon till 2:00 P.M.
There being no further business, the Chairman adjourned the meeting at 4: 55 P.M.