Nassau County Board of County Commissioners Regular Session, January 26, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

Nassau County Board of County Commissioners
Regular Session, January 26, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Commission Chambers, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida

Call to Order, Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag

Commissioners:
Present: Chairman Pat Edwards, Commissioners Daniel B. Leeper, Steve W. Kelley, George Spicer, and Walter J. Boatright.

Other Official Present: Mollie M. Garrett, Local Attorney; and Ted Selby, County Manager.

Staff Present: Shanea Jones, Office of Management and Budget Director; Scott Herring, Public Works Director; Peter King, Growth Management Director; and representing the Clerk’s office Brenda Linville and Connie Arthur, Deputy Clerks.

Official Agenda Summary:

Audience Input:
RS150126 – 6:02:15 Pat Gass, City of Fernandina Beach Commissioner, came forward clarifying that she is not here representing the City Commission. She requested a workshop between City officials and the Board. Brief discussion followed.

Request: County Manager to coordinate with representatives from the City of Fernandina Beach for a meeting of the Amelia Island Joint Local Planning Agency. He will also meet with Commissioners individually and contact City representatives regarding topics to be placed on the agenda and bring back to the Board on February 9, 2015.

RS150126 – 6:05:58 The following individuals came forward to discuss issues with failing roadway on Daybreak Drive located in Morning Dove Estates: Mary Vickers; Brandy Rhoden; Lori Wilkinson; Robert E. Burns, Jr.; Kendell Wilkinson; Mary Hostinsky; and Debbie Brashears. It was noted that Leeann Rhoden and Marianne Burns chose not to come forward to speak at this time. Commissioner Boatright provided a brief update regarding a meeting that was held with various residents from Daybreak Drive and suggested scheduling a special meeting.

Request: County Manager to schedule a special meeting Thursday January 29, 2015 afternoon (time to be determined) to discuss road failure issues related to Daybreak Drive (Morning Dove Estates). Chairman Edwards directed the Public Works Director to bring back at the special meeting possible action that could be taken to make the road passable for fire rescue.

RS150126 – 6:28:52 The Board recessed and reconvened at 6:36 p.m. to continue the regular agenda.

RESOLUTION(S):
RS150126 – 6:36:37 (Tab A) Approve a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of Nassau County, Florida, recognizing and commending Klynt and Kati Farmer for their recent act of heroism.

Discussion: Commissioner Spicer read and presented the resolution.

Motion: Approve Tab A as stated above and authorize the
Board to sign Resolution 2015-02 regarding same.
Maker: Commissioner Spicer
Second: Commissioner Boatright
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: Clerk Staff, County Manager

CONSENT ITEM(S):
RS150126 – 6:41:15 (Tab B) Approve Finance Package 2015-07 and associated Resolutions.

Motion: Approve Tab B as stated above. (See Attachment
“A”)
Maker: Commissioner Boatright
Second: Commissioner Leeper
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: Finance, OMB

REGISTER:
The Chairman signed the register for the following warrants: Wire Transfer Nos. 1503961 dated 12-19-14 for a register total of $242.43; Wire Transfer No. 1503963 dated 12-22-14 for a register total of $2,881.42; Wire Transfer No. 1503964 dated 12-24-14 for a register total of $1,308.19; Wire Transfer Nos. 1503965 thru 1503966 dated 1-6-15 for a register total of $64,439.00; Wire Transfer No. 1503967 dated 1-12-15 for a register total of $87.00; Wire Transfer No. 1503968 dated 1-13-15 for a register total of $3,338.22; Warrant Nos. 214729 thru 214794 dated 1-22-15 for a register total of $364,901.91; and Warrant Nos. 214795 thru 214838 dated 1-23-15 for a register total of $43,615.88.

NEW BUSINESS:
RS150126 – 6:41:35 (Tab C) Approve and authorize the Chairman to sign the Letter of Agreement with the University of Florida, Department of Emergency Medicine- Jacksonville, Contract No. CM2213, to allow residents to ride with Nassau County Fire/Rescue units.

Motion: Approve Tab C as stated above.
Maker: Commissioner Leeper
Second: Commissioner Spicer
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: County Manager, Contract Management, Fire Rescue

RS150126 – 6:42:09 (Tab D) Consider request from Robert D. Bracewell and Mary Ann Taylor for Reduction of Penalty for property located at 10577 Ford Road in Bryceville (Case # 14-768).

Motion: Approve request from Robert D. Bracewell and Mary
Ann Taylor for reduction of penalty and for Mr. Bracewell to pay the administrative fees. ($323.29 that were assessed by February 10, 2015.)
Maker: Commissioner Spicer
Second: Commissioner Boatright
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: Finance, OMB, Code Enforcement, Building
Official

RS150126 -_6:43:25 (Tab E) Consider request from James Franklin Piner, Jr., for Reduction of Penalty for property located at 6866 Horseshoe Circle in Bryceville (Case # 11-715 and Case # 11/13-715).

Motion: Approve request from James Franklin Piner, Jr.
for reduction of penalty and for Mr. Piner to pay the administrative fees. (Total of $564.23 {$324.62 and $239.61} for both cases as assessed and recommend that payment be made by February 10, 2015.)
Maker: Commissioner Spicer
Second: Commissioner Boatright
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: Finance, OMB, Code Enforcement, Building
Official

NON-QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING(S):
RS150126 – 6:44:01 (Tab F) Consider a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners of Nassau County, Florida, closing, vacating, and abandoning of those certain rights-of- way or the renouncing and disclaiming of any right or interest of said Nassau County, Florida, and the public in said rights-of-way or alleys. (Town of Crawford plat)

Motion: Open the floor to public discussion.
Maker: Commissioner Leeper
Second: Commissioner Kelley
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright

Discussion: Mr. Herring reviewed the request as well as public comment that he received today (two letters and a telephone call). The letters from J.M. Coleman and Daniel and Mary Bussey expressed concerns with this item. Mr. Herring requested that the Board continue this matter to a date certain in order for Patricia Jones, applicant, to work with those individuals to resolve their concerns. Ms. Jones came forward to provide a brief history regarding the request and a brief discussion followed.

Motion: Close the floor to public discussion.
Maker: Commissioner Leeper
Second: Commissioner Kelley
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright

Discussion: The group briefly discussed the number of rights-of-way that are being closed.

Motion: Continue to February 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. or as
soon thereafter as the matter may be heard consideration of Tab F. Applicant was directed to meet with other property owners to address their concerns.
Maker: Commissioner Spicer
Second: Commissioner Kelley
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: Public Works, County Attorney

INFORMATIONAL ITEM(S):
RS150126 – (Tab G) Informational only: authorized employee travel.

EXPANSION ITEMS:
RS150126 – 6:36:02 Continue discussion regarding hiring County Attorney.

Motion: Expand the meeting to consider one (1) item as
stated above.
Maker: Commissioner Boatright
Second: Commissioner Leeper
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: County Manager

RS150126 -_6:52:08 Expansion Item #1: Continue discussion regarding hiring County Attorney.

Discussion: Mr. Selby advised that at the direction of the Board he obtained help from the Constangy Firm to prepare a draft contract to present to Michael S. Mullin. Mr. Mullin had requested that it be presented to him at a formal meeting.

Mr. Mullin came forward to suggest that the Board schedule a special meeting this week to discuss their vision for the role of the County Attorney; review the contract language and financial considerations; and address any possible questions from the Board. Discussion followed regarding date and time for special meeting. Ms. Garrett clarified that the draft contract is not an offer.

Motion: Schedule a special meeting for January 28, 2015
at 5:00 p.m. to commence negotiating a contract with Michael S. Mullin for the position of County Attorney.
Maker: Commissioner Kelley
Second: Commissioner Spicer
Action: Aye: Commissioners Leeper, Kelley, Edwards,
Spicer, and Boatright
Follow Up: Board, County Manager, County Attorney, Clerk
Staff

Discussion: Ms. Garrett briefly addressed possible conflicts of interest. John Dickinson, attorney with Constangy Firm, came forward to respond to questions from the Commissioners.

DISCUSSION ITEMS:
RS150126 – 7:05:20 Commissioner Kelley’s Business:
None.

RS150126 – 7:05:26 Commissioner Spicer’s Business:
None.

RS150126 – 7:05:29 Commissioner Leeper’s Business:
None.

RS150126 – 7:05:32 Commissioner Boatright’s Business:

• The group discussed the Town of Callahan’s town meeting discussion regarding partnering with the Town of Hilliard and the County to possibly utilize the Mizell Tract area for a regional park. Mr. Selby commented that this item would be coming to the Board at the February 23, 2015 when the Board discusses the Capital Improvement Plan. Mr. Selby commented that the County would be more than willing to work with the Towns to pursue any grant opportunities available.

RS150126 – 7:09:44 Chairman Edwards’ Business:

• Provided an update regarding the adjacent property from the Yulee Ballpark (Hughes property).

There being no further business, the regular session of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

_____________________________
Pat Edwards, Chairman

Attest:

____________________________
John A. Crawford, Ex-Officio Clerk

ATTACHMENT “A”

Finance Package 2015-07:

Budget Transfer(s):

1. In the Amelia Island Tourist Development Fund in the amount of $725,000.00 to grow the market share and increased interests form the NE markets of New York and Boston.

Resolution(s):

1. Resolution 2015-03, regarding budget amendment in the EMS County Award Fund in the amount of $298.00 which has unspent funds from the previous year and earned interest.

2. Resolution 2015-04, regarding budget amendment in the Capital Project – Transportation Fund in the amount of $638,509.00 which will receive Small county Outreach Program (SCOP) funds from the Florida Department of Transportation.

3. Resolution 2015-05, regarding budget amendment in the Capital Project – SAISS Fund in the amount of $4,263,933.00 which will receive Beach Management Funding Assistance Program grant proceeds from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.