County Council of Volusia County, Florida

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JUNE 14, 2012

 

COUNCIL MEMBERS:

 

STAFF:

Frank T. Bruno, Jr.

County Chair

James T. Dinneen, County Manager

Joyce M. Cusack

Vice-Chair/ At-Large

Daniel D. Eckert, County Attorney

Andy Kelly

District 1

Mary Anne Connors, Deputy County Manager

Joshua J. Wagner

District 2

Charlene Weaver, Deputy County Manager

Joie Alexander

District 3

Marcy A. Zimmerman, Deputy Clerk

Carl G. Persis

District 4

Camilla Grasso, Recording Secretary

Patricia Northey

District 5

Karen Yaris, Administrative Aide

 

Public participation is encouraged on matters on the agenda.  If you desire to be recognized by the Chair, please fill out a request form and present it to one of the staff members present in the Council Chambers.  This will allow the County Chair to provide ample time for those desiring to be heard.

 

Public participation on items not on the agenda can be presented to the County Chair and other Council Members attending, along with County staff representatives at 8:30 a.m. prior to the regular session of the Council meeting that begins at 9:00 a.m.  Public participation will also be heard at the end of the Council meeting.

 

Public comment on issues on the agenda or public participation shall be limited to 3 minutes.

 

Public hearings and time-certain matters may be heard later, but not sooner, than the designated time.

 

If any person decides to appeal a decision made by the County Council with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the proceedings including all testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.  To that end, such person will want to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made.

 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION – 8:30 a.m.

 

James Hardman was opposed to the County’s proposed purchase of land for off-beach parking in New Smyrna Beach.

 

Andy Ferrari asked for help for his friend whose fish farm in DeLeon Springs was killed by Progress Energy spraying for insects, in violation of posted signs.  Chair Bruno asked him for the  pertinent information and said he would pass it along to the proper authorities.

 

CALL TO ORDER – 9:00 a.m.

County Council Chambers, Room 204, Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 West Indiana Avenue, DeLand, Volusia County, Florida

 

ROLL CALL

 

All Council Members were present.

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

By:  Pastor Carl Rogers, Chaplain with Volusia County Sheriff’s Office

 

PRESENTATIONS

Item 01A

Introduction of Bob Elkin, new executive director of the Haven Recovery Center, by outgoing director Randy Croy

Staff Contact:  Cindy Finney, 386-740-5160, ext. 15160                              VC-1339592614025

 

Chair Bruno gave opening remarks, thanking Randy Croy for all the work he had done to rehabilitate lives and strengthen the community.

 

Mr. Croy, retiring as director of Haven Recovery Center, introduced his replacement, Bob Elkin and gave his background and credentials.  He thanked the Council and County staff for their support through the years and gave examples of the successful partnerships he had with the County.  Mr. Elkin gave appreciative comments and spoke briefly about his plans for the future.  No action being necessary, Council Members wished Mr. Croy good luck and welcomed Mr. Elkin.

 

Item 01

Presentation by St. Johns River Water Management District on its lands assessment project

Staff Contact:   Kelli McGee, 386-822-5013, ext. 12000                               VC-1336669312848

                        Ginger Adair, 386-736-5927, ext. 12059

 

Robert Christianson, Director of Operations and Land Resources for the St. Johns River Water Management District, gave a presentation of the District’s Lands Assessment Project, a program to determine if there were properties, primarily conservation lands, owned by the District which were no longer needed and now considered surplus. The program would determine if alternative uses of some of those lands would be suitable for generating land management-related revenue.  If there were a disposition of surplus lands, the proceeds from their sale must be used to acquire other conservation lands.  Mr. Christianson displayed an overhead PowerPoint slide presentation to highlight his points.  There would be no action taken today; the presentation was simply a briefing on what the District was doing.

 

Public participation followed.   Nora Jane Gillespie wondered if the District had considered the work the County and the public had put into growth management maps A and B, and also if the “green zone” had been considered in the land assessment project.  Agnes Witter felt the District should hold one of the public hearings in Volusia County because of the County’s large amount of conservation land. Clay Henderson said the acquisition of conservation lands was a sacred trust to be held in perpetuity. He said he agreed with Ms. Witter and asked the Council to send a strong message to the District that it was proud of its conservation lands and none would be released.  Shannon McLeish wanted to know who was pushing for the release of the lands and said the process was a waste of time and taxpayers’ money.  Charles Ferguson noted the high sodium content in his neighborhood’s water and said’ the County’s water supply was very precious and should be protected.  Stephen Kintner supported keeping the conservation lands, including the Conservation Corridor down the middle of the County.  Doug Weaver suggested having the whole region involved in the matter.  Chair Bruno, a member of the Congress of Regional Leaders, said it would definitely be discussed at the next Council meeting.  Environmental Management Division Director Ginger Adair displayed and explained a staff-developed list of County conservation lands that showed the properties’ names, sizes, owners and managers.

 

Council discussion followed.  Council Member Northey pointed out the importance of certain conservation lands differed on different maps.  Volusia County had a strategic partnership with the District and the Volusia County Council had unanimously adopted the District’s Conservation Corridor map.  The Council had done its job and filled in the Conservation Corridor, yet the map presented by Mr. Christianson showed pieces of the Conservation Corridor as unimportant.  Ms. Northey said she was very upset and thought the whole process was simply horrible. She said she agreed with Ms. Witter about scheduling a local public hearing.  She added the Conservation Corridor was considered one of the “seven jewels” of the central Florida region and the discussion was to tear it apart.  She hoped the Council came up with a strongly-worded resolution about the process and its own intent for the conservation lands.  Other Council Members agreed with her.  Council Member Wagner said there would be statewide objection to the District’s proposal. The Council would not back down from its stance and there would be a myriad number of lawsuits.  Council Member Kelly agreed, stressing the meaning of the word “perpetuity.”  Council Member Persis also agreed, saying he felt the idea behind everything was for someone to make money somewhere along the line.  The County had done its due diligence and did not need the inventory done. Council Member Alexander pointed out Volusia County had been recognized for its Volusia Forever land conservation program by the National Association of Counties.  She said for the record there should be a public hearing in Volusia County because of the County’s commitment to its numerous conservation properties. In response to a question from Ms. Northey about a map that was labeled ”Scenario I,” Mr. Christianson said it was not a “results” map, but was for purposes of illustration.  The District wanted to respect its relationship with Volusia County and he asked the Council to trust the process.  The District would be happy to schedule a public meeting in Volusia County.

 

Council Member Northey then moved to DIRECT staff to draft a resolution addressing all of the Council’s concerns about the proposed process and to bring the resolution back before the end of the day.  Council Member Kelly seconded the motion, which CARRIED 7-0.

 

In discussion following the motion, Council Member Cusack said the County wanted solid partnerships and would not take the District’s proposal lightly.  Mr. Wagner said he would like a letter requesting support of the County’s position written to the county officials in each of the District’s other counties.  County Manager Dinneen was very concerned, saying it appeared that all the reasons for the Council’s land purchases were not going to be considered.  Clarification was needed on the evaluation of the future need for the lands.  Mr. Bruno said the District had been a good partner over the years, but forever was forever, people had invested in it and the Council had to protect that.  He thanked Mr. Christianson for his presentation and said a resolution would go out by the end of the day.

 

Item 02

Special recognition from the U.S. Air Force Reserve and 308th Rescue Squadron

Staff Contact:   George Recktenwald, 386-740-5120, ext. 12904                  VC-1338309419578

                        Joseph Pozzo, 386-740-5120, ext. 12904

Kevin Sweat, 386-239-6414, ext. 231                                             

 

Interim Public Protection Department Director George Recktenwald introduced Chief Master Sergeant Douglas Kestranek, Senior Lifeguard Joseph Traska and Deputy Beach Safety Director Scott Petersohn.  Chief Master Sergeant Kestranek said everyone was present to recognize the Council and the County for supporting the Air Force Reserve and National Guard. He spoke about his unit’s duties, showed a brief video showing the unit carrying out those duties and said what he and his co-workers did was unique and similar to what the Beach Patrol did, which was saving lives.

 

Garfleld Jones, military liaison with the U.S. Department of Defense, presented the members of the Beach Safety Division with the Patriot Award to thank them for their service.  He presented the County Council with a plaque for Outstanding Performance as an Employer, noting that Volusia County was one of only 40 Florida counties to receive this recognition.

 

No action bring necessary, the Council thanked everyone for their participation and the sacrifices they had made.

 

Item 03

Report on the UCF Business Incubator at the Daytona Beach International Airport

Staff Contact:   Rick Karl, 386-248-8030, ext. 18070                                              VC-1335903209113

Rob Ehrhardt, 386-248-8048, ext. 18382

 

Rick Karl, Director of the Aviation and Economic Resources Department, gave opening remarks.  Gordon Hogan, Director of the UCF Business Incubator Program (UCFBIP) explained what the BIP was and spoke about current activities at the Incubator.  He reviewed the BIP’s Summary Report, which he had distributed to Council.  Doris “Connie” Bernal, Incubator Site Manager, spoke about the Incubator’s diversity.  Magdy Attia, President of ABM Engineering, a client of the UCF Incubator, explained what his firm did and how the Incubator Program had helped it become successful.  Robert Skelton, President of BestiProducts, spoke about what his company did, the excellence of the entrepreneurship class at the Incubator and how the Incubator and the training it made available had helped his company grow.  The Incubator was truly a gem for the County.  Larry Curran, CEO of “Choose Rain,” a bottled water company, explained how his firm would be setting up a rainwater bottling facility in Ormond Beach and how invaluable the Incubator had been to him.

 

Council comments followed.  In response to a question from Council Member Northey, Mr. Karl explained the status of the RSQ for the feasibility study needed to set up an Incubator in West Volusia. County Manager Dinneen felt the matter needed to be done in partnership with the cities.  He considered the UCF Incubator at the airport location as the center hub, and said there might be talk about an Incubator North, an Incubator South and an Incubator East, as well as an Incubator West.  The cities might even want to expand from there.  He believed the key to success was graduating from the Incubator and moving on to somewhere within the County.  He thought Team Volusia could help ensure the new entrepreneurs stayed and grew their businesses in the County.

 

No action being needed, Chair Bruno thanked everyone for taking the time to participate and urged them to keep up the excellent work

 

Item 04

Approval of Workforce Development Board of Flagler and Volusia Counties, Inc. Region 11 d/b/a Center for Business Excellence (CBE), annual budget

Staff Contact:   Rick Karl, 386-248-8030, ext. 18070                                               VC-1338387527570

Rob Ehrhardt, 386-248-8048, ext. 18382

 

Rick Karl, Director of the Aviation and Economic Resources Department, gave opening remarks.  CBE President Rick Fraser would explain the amendments to the statute governing the workforce development boards and their budgets made by the State Legislature.  County Manager Dinneen said the changes in the statute gave the County a different responsibility in the budget approval process.  Because of the change, he had not had an opportunity to review the CBE’s budget with Mr. Fraser, although he had spoken with him about it and would be making a recommendation on it to Council.

 

CBE President Rick Fraser said he had just learned about the amendments to the statute governing the workforce boards and summarized what it entailed.  He displayed a slide of the CBE’s operating budget for FY 2012-2013 and spoke about the demographic sectors which were the targets of Federal grants that helped fund the CBE.

 

Council comments followed.  In response to a question from Council Member Alexander about revenues that were not grants, Mr. Fraser explained that the CBE had money earned long ago, called “unrestricted money.”  It was not grant allocation and could only be spent on a workforce development training purpose. He gave some examples of how the money could be used.  Ms. Alexander remarked upon the large size of the budget the Council was to approve on trust.   County Manager Dinneen said it was not an indication of feeling Mr. Fraser’s numbers were not right, but his recommendation was that Council approve one quarter of the CBE’s 2012-2013 budget with the stipulation that it would come back to him. He and the staff would then review its details. After that, Mr. Fraser could come forward with staff’s recommendation for his full budget, and both Mr. Fraser and Mr. Dinneen would be able to answer any questions the Council might have about the budget items.  Council Member Northey SO MOVED.  Council Member Kelly seconded the motion, which CARRIED 7-0.

 

In following discussion, Mr. Fraser displayed a slide of the CBE’s Board Membership Implementation Plan, which had to be submitted to the Department of Economic Opportunity by July 1st.  He explained what the regional board planned to do to move forward with it and said he would like the Council to adopt the plan.  Council Member Northey moved to APPROVE the Implementation Plan.  Council Member Kelly seconded the motion, which CARRIED 7-0.

 

All Council Members said they supported Mr. Fraser and his efforts to benefit the residents of Volusia and Flagler counties.  Mr. Fraser thanked the Council and gave a brief review of the status of the apprenticeship program and the issue of companies not paying their employees properly.

 

PROCLAMATIONS – Presented Outside Chambers

Item 05

 

Staff Contact: Pat Kuehn, 386-822-5062, ext. 12934                                                    VC-1338323755861

 

Council Member Alexander moved for APPROVAL as recommended.  Council Member Kelly seconded the motion.  Council Member Northey clarified that she had been out of town and the Enterprise Elementary School Day proclamation had not been read as scheduled.  She would present it in September when school was back in session.  Chair Bruno said that the proclamation needed to be removed from the motion to approve.

 

Council Member Alexander then moved for APPROVAL with the MODIFICATION of removing Enterprise Elementary School Day from the list of approved proclamations.  Council Member Kelly seconded the motion, which CARRIED 7-0.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Item 06

Minutes of April 19, 2012 County Council meeting

Staff Contact: Camilla Grasso, 386-626-6688, ext. 16688                                             VC-1338573208244

 

Council Member Alexander moved for APPROVAL with the correction of two typographical mistakes she had discussed with staff.  Council Member Kelly seconded the motion, which CARRIED 7-0.

 

PULL CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

If discussion is desired by any member of the Council, that Item must be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered separately.  All other matters included under the Consent Agenda will be approved by one motion.  Citizens with concerns should address those concerns by filling out a public participation slip and giving it to the Deputy Clerk prior to Consent Agenda Items being pulled

 

Chair Bruno:                                        Did  not pull  any Items,  but said  Item  22A  had been

added  to  the  Consent  Agenda  and  Items 11 and 25

had been withdrawn.

Council Member Cusack:                     0

Council Member Kelly:                         0

Council Member Northey:                     Item 19

Council Member Persis:                       0

Council Member Wagner:                     0

Council Member Alexander:                 Items 9, 13 and 15

 

Council Member Persis moved to APPROVE the CONSENT AGENDA and all actions recommended therein, as amended to remove Items 9, 13, 15 and 19 for discussion.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Northey and CARRIED 7-0.

 

MINI BUDGET WORKSHOP

Item 07

Topic: Review of transportation funding and proposed capital improvement projects for roads and bridges         

Staff Contacts: Mary Anne Connors, 386-736-5920, ext. 15295                   VC-1338919074155

John Angiulli, 386-736-5965, ext. 12712                             

Gerald N. Brinton, 386-736-5967, ext. 12294       

 

Deputy County Manager Connors gave opening remarks.  Instead of a five-year capital improvement program, what the County was dealing with was more like a two-year program and one extra year with a bridge.  The program was moving into a period where it would eventually be simply maintenance in the form of pothole patching just to keep roads open.

 

Interim Public Works Department Director John Angiulli began the staff report, along with an overhead PowerPoint slide presentation.  Funding was declining and continued to be the number one concern.  He explained where the County had been, where it was now and where it might be headed.  Today most of the debt from the $65 million bond program approved in 2004 was being paid by the five-cent gas tax. This would typically go toward new construction, instead of impact fee revenues as originally planned.

 

County Engineer Jerry Brinton took over the presentation, reiterating what Mr. Angiulli had said.  Once the bond money was gone, only minimal road projects would be pursued.  In FY 2015-2016, the only construction project was the Federally-funded Veterans Memorial Bridge replacement.  Starting the following fiscal year, only miscellaneous safety projects would be undertaken, the cost of which was to be determined.  Mr. Angiulli then concluded the presentation

 

Deputy County Manager Connors said the whole program would become a reactive one, not pro-active, and noted the transportation funding also extended to mass transit and rail.

 

Council comments followed and it was generally felt the outlook was bleak.  Mr. Brinton said it was staff’s intention to meet with each of the cities in a public forum to explain the situation and describe what was needed to go with the County’s limited resources.  County Manager Dinneen said the County was looking at its final effort on the road program.  The problem was to make the proposed road projects actually happen.  Partnerships would be necessary, especially with the cities regarding roads that ran through or near them.  The County was now paying for SunRail, increased CRAs, economic development and consolidated dispatch. The cities were not financially burdened by those things.  Accordingly, it was time to look at a change in allocating the gas tax.

 

No action bring necessary, Council thanked Mr. Angiulli and Mr. Brinton for their excellent presentation.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND OTHER TIME CERTAIN MATTERS

 

11:00 a.m.

Item 08

Order of Business:

Open Public Hearing

Staff Report

Public Participation

Close Public Hearing

Council Discussion/Action

 

Resolution - Historic Preservation property tax exemption for the value of improvements to the Ormond Fire House

Staff Contact:   Dave Byron, 386-943-7029, ext. 12616                               VC-1337861334003

Tim Baylie, 386-736-5953, ext. 12636     

 

Parks, Recreation and Culture Division Director Tim Baylie gave the staff report and displayed overhead photographs of the Ormond Beach Fire Station, as it looked now and when it was built in 1937.  The ad valorem exemption request was permitted under the Volusia County Code of Ordinances as improvements would be made to the historic structure which would result in its restoration.  The Property Appraiser had placed a value on the improvements of $23,861, which equated to a reduction of $160.48 from the applicant’s annual tax bill for a 10 year period.  Staff recommended approval.

 

Council and staff made some comments.  Deputy County Attorney Jamie Seaman explained other activity similar to the request that had taken place in the 1990s.  Council Member Alexander said the current cost of paper probably exceeded the amount that would be saved by the property owners and noted that the property had the same just value now that it had in 1999.  Council Member Wagner thought it was a shame that the property had devalued so badly since the economy had plunged. More than $400,000 worth of renovations had been reduced to a reduction of only $160.48 from the applicant’s annual tax bill for a 10 year period.  He felt some sort of mechanism should be put in place, even if it was a grant process, which could override such low appraisals and offer more of an incentive for historical renovation.

 

After additional dialogue, Council Member Northey moved for APPROVAL as recommended.  Council Member Kelly seconded the motion, which CARRIED 7-0. Resolution No. 2012-88, entitled as follows and on file in its entirety with the records of the Volusia County Council, was duly ADOPTED.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2012-88

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE VOLUSIA COUNTY COUNCIL GRANTING THE APPLICATION OF OBFS, LLC FOR AN AD VALOREM TAX EXEMPTION FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE HISTORIC ORMOND BEACH FIRE HOUSE LOCATED AT 160 EAST GRANADA AVENUE, ORMOND BEACH, FLORIDA, REQUIRING THE EXECUTION OF A HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION COVENANT, AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.


 

 

BEGIN CONSENT AGENDA 

 

AVIATION AND ECONOMIC RESOURCES

 

·         Airport Services

Item 09

Selection of Schenkel Schultz to provide architectural and engineering services for the Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) Building at the Daytona Beach International Airport

Staff Contact:   Rick Karl, 386-248-8030, ext. 18070                                               VC-1338317510761

            Karen Feaster, 386-248-8030, ext. 18304

 

At Council Member Alexander‘s request, Purchasing and Contracts Director Jeaniene Jennings explained the Item represented a straight contract for the total project amount.  Staff would negotiate a fee for the total project and if no agreement could be reached on negotiating the terms, conditions and pricing with the first-ranked firm, Schenkel Schultz, then staff would move into negotiations with the second-ranked company.  Once staff knew it had the grant money and could move forward with the contract, but found it could not negotiate with the top-ranked firm, it would bring the contract back to the Council before proceeding.  Ms. Alexander also asked for an update on the kinds of community involvement Schenkel Schultz had with its work on the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). When the company made its presentation to the Council, it had said it had quite a bit of community involvement.  Ms. Jennings said she would have to get with the company, find out more and report back to the Council.  County Engineer Jerry Brinton said staff had not included public outreach in its scope of work for the EOC and Communications Center, as the buildings were not really public ones.

 

Council Member Alexander then moved for APPROVAL as recommended.  Council Member Cusack seconded the motion.

 

Some discussion on the motion followed.  Ms. Alexander and Council Member Northey felt the firm should live up to what it had claimed and Chair Bruno told Ms. Jennings that would be a good message to take back to the firm and that a report might be helpful.

 

The motion CARRIED 7-0.

 

Item 10

Selection of R S & H to provide construction administration and resident project representative services for the cutover taxiway

Staff Contact:   Rick Karl, 386-248-8030, ext. 18070                                               VC-1338319456561

            Karen Feaster, 386-248-8030, ext. 18304

 

This Item was approved at the time the CONSENT AGENDA was approved.

 

·         Economic Development

Item 11

Resolution - Participation in Florida's Qualified Target Industry Program for AO Precision Manufacturing, LLC

Expenditure: $54,000    

Staff Contact:   Rick Karl, 386-248-8030, ext. 18070                                               VC-1338400058992

Rob Ehrhardt, 386-248-8048, ext. 18382

 

This Item was WITHDRAWN.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES

 

·         Health Department

Item 12

Short-term loan of Volusia County Health Department property

Staff Contact:   Dave Byron, 386-943-7029, ext. 12616                               VC-1338472054993

Dr. Bonnie Sorensen, 386-274-0799

 

This Item was approved at the time the CONSENT AGENDA was approved.

 

·         Library Services

Item 13

Renewal of annual maintenance agreement with Infor Global Solutions Inc. for the integrated library system

Expenditure: $117,565

Staff Contact:   Dave Byron, 386-943-7029, ext. 12616                               VC-1338304528280

Lucinda Colee, 386-248-1745, ext. 11212

 

Council Member Alexander said her questions about the Item had been answered and moved for APPROVAL as recommended.  Council Member Northey seconded the motion, which CARRIED 7-0.

 

COURT ADMINISTRATION

 

·         Court Administration

Item 14

Budget resolution - Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for the Post-Adjudicatory Drug Court Expansion Project

Expenditure from grant funds: $185,450

Staff Contact:   Mark Weinberg, 386-257-6097, ext. 16097                                      VC-1334175372366

 

This Item was approved at the time the CONSENT AGENDA was approved.  Resolution No. 2012-87, entitled as follows and on file in its entirety with the records of the County Council, was duly ADOPTED.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2012-87

 

RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE FISCAL YEAR 2011-12 BUDGET, CHANGING THE ESTIMATED TOTAL REVENUES, SURPLUS AND EXPENDITURES AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

 

·         Chief Financial Officer

Item 15

Resolutions - Subordinate lien sales tax refunding revenue bonds, Series 2003

Amount: $5,000,000

Staff Contact:   Charlene Weaver, 386-943-7054, ext. 17054                                  VC-1339425700659

Rhonda Orr, 386-943-7054, ext. 12961

 

Council Member Alexander said even though it was a “feel good” Item and showed that the County was doing quite well, she had pulled the Item because it was also very large and on the Consent Agenda.  Deputy Director of Financial and Administrative Services Rhonda Orr explained that the County had issued an RFP to refinance its 2003 outstanding sales tax bonds and had been able to cut its interest rate almost in half, or about $362,000 over the next nine years.

 

Council Member Alexander moved for APPROVAL as recommended.  Council Member Kelly seconded the motion, which CARRIED 7-0.  Resolution Nos. 2012-90 and 2012-91, entitled as follows and on file in their entirety with the records of the Volusia County Council, were duly ADOPTED.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2012-90

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF THE COUNTY OF VOLUSIA, FLORIDA AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF ITS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT REVENUE BOND, SERIES 2012 IN THE AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF NOT TO EXCEED $5,000,000 TO REFINANCE ALL OF THE COUNTY’S OUTSTANDING SUBORDINATE LIEN SALES TAX REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2003; PROVIDING THAT THE SERIES 2012 BONDS SHALL BE A SPECIAL LIMITED OBLIGATION OF THE COUNTY SECURED BY A SUBORDINATE LIEN ON THE COUNTY’S DISTRIBUTION OF THE HALF CENT SALES TAX; MAKING CERTAIN OTHER COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH SERIES 2012 BONDS; PROVIDING CERTAIN TERMS AND DETAILS OF SUCH SERIES 2012 BONDS, INCLUDING THE NEGOTIATED SALE OF SAID SERIES 2012 BONDS; PROVIDING FOR THE RIGHTS, SECURITIES AND REMEDIES FOR THE OWNERS OF THE SERIES 2012 BONDS; APPOINTING THE PAYING AGENT AND REGISTRAR WITH RESPECT TO SAID SERIES 2012 BONDS; APPOINTING THE ESCROW AGENT; AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF AN ESCROW DEPOSIT AGREEMENT AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2012-91

 

RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE FISCAL YEAR 2011-12 BUDGET; CHANGING THE ESTIMATED TOTAL REVENUES, SURPLUS AND EXPENDITURES; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

·         Information Technology

Item 16

Renewal of agreement for personal computer replacement program with Pomeroy IT Solutions, Inc.

Expenditure: $1,150,000

Staff Contact:  Rhonda Orr, 386-943-7054, ext. 12961                                VC-1337876077879

Kimberly Westberry, 386-736-5960, ext. 15802

 

This Item was approved at the time the CONSENT AGENDA was approved.

 

Item 17 

Contract with Communications International, Inc. for an 800 MHz radio console system upgrade in the emergency operations and sheriff's communications center

Expenditure: $4,036,500

Staff Contact:   Rhonda Orr, 386-943-7054, ext. 12961                               VC-1319736162096

Kimberly Westberry, 386-736-5960, ext. 15802

                        Bill Clausen, 386-736-5960, ext. 15814

 

This Item was approved at the time the CONSENT AGENDA was approved.

 

GROWTH AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

 

·         Environmental Management

Item 18

Donation of canoe trailer from Friends of Marine Science Center

Revenue: $1,188

Staff Contact:   Kelli McGee, 386-822-5013, ext. 12000                               VC-1337701207570

                        Ginger Adair, 386-736-5927, ext. 12059

 

This Item was approved at the time the CONSENT AGENDA was approved.

 

 PUBLIC WORKS

 

·         Engineering

Item 19

Contract task assignment amendment with AECOM Technical Services for design of capital improvements at Beck Ranch Park

Expenditure: $42,280

Staff Contact:   John Angiulli, 386-736-5965, ext. 12712                             VC-1337885438975

Gerald N. Brinton, 386-736-5967, ext. 12294       

Tim Baylie, 386-736-5953, ext. 12636     

 

Council Member Northey said she just wanted to acknowledge the County had been working on this for a very long time and had made promises to the community of Osteen some years back. Now the promise was being fulfilled.  County Engineer Jerry Brinton said there had been some soil contamination from old dipping vats, but it was being cleared up.

 

Council Member Northey moved for APPROVAL as recommended.  Council Member Alexander seconded the motion, which CARRIED 7-0.

 

·         Road and Bridge

Item 20

Award of bid for Providence Boulevard drainage pipe replacement to Atlantic Civil Constructors

Expenditure: $59,972.39

Staff Contact:   John Angiulli, 386-736-5965, ext. 12712                             VC-1337781968743

Judy Grim, 386-822-6422

 

This Item was approved at the time the CONSENT AGENDA was approved.

 

Item 21

Amendment to contract task assignment with McKim & Creed for Saxon and Providence Boulevard drainage pipe replacement

Expenditure: $9,931

Staff Contact:   John Angiulli, 386-736-5965, ext. 12712                             VC-1337802981894

Judy Grim, 386-822-6422

 

This Item was approved at the time the CONSENT AGENDA was approved.

 

·         Water Resources and Utilities

 

Item 22

Award of bid to construct lift station dewatering facility at the Southwest Regional Wastewater Plant to McMahan Construction, DeLand

Expenditure: $121,000

Staff Contact:   John Angiulli, 386-736-5965, ext. 12712                             VC-1337771955291

Scott Mays, 386-943-7027, ext. 12076

 

This Item was approved at the time the CONSENT AGENDA was approved.

 

SHERIFF’S OFFICE

 

·         Administration

 

Item 22A

AT&T pricing schedule for 911 services at the Emergency Operations and Sheriff’s Communication Center

Expenditure: $78,485

Staff Contact:   Laura Bounds, 386-736-5961, ext. 12108                            VC-1338925558801

 

This Item was approved at the time the CONSENT AGENDA was approved.

 

END CONSENT AGENDA 

 

 

12:00 noon

LUNCH RECESS

 

Executive Session - Teamsters, IAFF, and IAEP

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS AND OTHER TIME CERTAIN MATTERS

 

2:00 p.m.

 

ZONING/SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS

 

Item 23

Order of Business:

Open Public Hearing

Staff Report

Public Participation

Close Public Hearing

Council Discussion/Action

 

PUD-11-022. Rezoning from Resource Corridor (RC) to Residential Planned Unit Development (RPUD) zoning classification for property located at 39 Highbridge Road, Ormond Beach; adoption of zoning resolution

Applicant: Michael J. Woods, attorney for Granvil Tracy, Owner

ECO Map: No

PLDRC Recommendation: Approval with changes to development agreement

No Opposition at PLDRC

Staff Contact:   Kelli McGee, 386-822-5013, ext. 12000                               VC-1337869241182

Palmer Panton, 386-736-5959, ext. 12736

 

Planning and Development Services Division     Director Palmer Panton gave the staff report, along with an overhead PowerPoint slide display.  The applicant was requesting a PUD in order to accommodate the proposed uses of a helipad and a temporary RV dwelling, which he explained.  He also explained certain ancillary structures that would be built before a single-family residence. It was required that these structures be constructed before building other accessory structures.  Staff recommended the Council uphold the PLDRC’s recommendation of approval subject to the revised development agreement. 

 

Michael Woods, attorney for the owner, gave multiple examples of his client working with staff, the PLDRC and the neighbors to address concerns that had been raised. Initial objections to the project had now been withdrawn.  Mr. Woods felt the final development agreement now before the Council took care of the smallest detail anyone had wanted addressed.

 

Council comments followed.  In response to a question from Council Member Northey, Mr. Woods elaborated on the proposed use of the helicopter.  Ms. Northey said she objected to the single-family dwelling not being in place before all ancillary structures and said she had serious objections to the helicopter itself.  She had never voted in favor of helicopters as part of a single-family residence since she had been on the Council and she would not be supporting the request.

 

Council Member Kelly was concerned about partying occurring on the property, but said his fears had been allayed by Mr. Tracy’s assurance that the property was for personal use only, even though the residence was being put together in stages.  He also was concerned the helicopter noise would frighten wildlife in the area. Mr. Woods explained how the FAA had restricted the take-off/landing area for the helicopter and detailed the procedures in place to ensure wildlife would not be affected.  He added the noise level would be the same as if five Harley-Davidson motorcycles were riding along the Ormond Scenic Loop and would cause only temporary confusion, if any.  The State had found no cause for environmental concerns.  Mr. Kelly said his apprehensions had been greatly alleviated, especially with the public use that would be in effect from the dedicated land on the northern part of the property.

 

In response to a question from Council Member Alexander, Mr. Woods explained how the nearby North Peninsula State Park would handle controlled burns, adding the situation had been resolved.  He said emergencies would be weather-related

 

Public participation followed.  Joe Jaynes, representing the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail Corridor Management Entity, said his organization had objected to the project in the beginning.  He cited the frequent use of other agencies’ helicopters in the area and said his group’s issues had been satisfactorily addressed and its objections withdrawn.

 

Council Member Persis said if the request had passed Mr. Jaynes’ scrutiny it would have to be a good one. He said he appreciated everyone’s perseverance in this very drawn-out matter. 

 

After additional comments, Council Member Cusack moved for APPROVAL of the RPUD as amended by staff as follows:

 

  1. Phase the development, which requires construction of a principal dwelling prior to the guest house and pool house within seven years.
  2. Amend the valid period of the development agreement.

 

Council Member Persis seconded the motion, which CARRIED 6-1, with Council Member Northey in opposition.  Resolution No. 2012-89, entitled as follows and on file in its entirety with the records of the Volusia County Council, was duly ADOPTED.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2012-89

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA, APPROVING PUD-11-022 AND AMENDING THE OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA, BY CHANGING THE ZONING CLASSIFICATION OF CERTAIN HEREIN DESCRIBED PROPERTY FROM THE RESOURCE CORRIDOR (RC) CLASSIFICATION TO THE RESIDENTIAL PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT (RPUD) CLASSIFICATION; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Item 24

Order of Business:

Open Public Hearing

Staff Report

Public Participation

Close Public Hearing

Council Discussion/Action

 

Case S-12-013. Special exception to allow a recreation area use on property located on East State Road 44, DeLand, with a Forestry Resource (FR) zoning classification.

Applicant: Sean Beery for Volusia County Gun and Hunt Club

Owner: Stan Smith for Volusia Properties 44, LLC

ECO Map: Yes

PLDRC Recommendation: Approval with modification to staff’s conditions

No Opposition at PLDRC:

Staff Contact:   Kelli McGee, 386-822-5013, ext. 12000                               VC-1337961740779

Palmer Panton, 386-736-5959, ext. 12736

 

Planning Manager Scott Ashley gave the staff report, along with an overhead PowerPoint slide presentation.  Granting the special exception would allow the continued use of a private gun and hunt club operation.

 

Council questions followed.  Council Member Kelly noted the hours of operation had changed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday to dawn to dusk seven days a week. Mr. Ashley said the time allotment was changed by the PLDRC at the request of the applicant and was referenced in the conditions.  He spoke about the pistol and rifle ranges on the property and said he would have to research the allowable use of automatic guns.  The applicant had indicated he was following State environmental best management practices for gun clubs, but there were no specific standards to follow.  Council Member Alexander said she was concerned about the change in operating hours and the effects on the environment.  In response to question from her about deletion of the right-of-way permit, Mr. Ashley explained the site review process where the applicant could find out from the DOT if the existing unpaved driveway was acceptable or another type of driveway connection would be necessary.

 

Public participation followed.  Owner Stan Smith said he was very concerned about safety measures and did not allow any shooting toward S.R. 44.  He was surrounded by State and County lands and heavy foliage acted as an effective buffer against bothersome noise.  He had changed the hours of operation to dawn to dusk to allow for safe activity on short winter days as well as on long summer days.  Deputy County Attorney Jamie Seaman said it would be better to change the wording to “sunrise to sunset” to avoid problems with interpretation. In response to questions from Council Member Northey about potential problems with the applicant’s management agreement, Ms. Seaman said the special exception ran with the property; it was not conferred on the owner.  Applicant Sean Beery explained his background in firearms instruction, the Club’s lead abatement program and other environmental concerns.

 

Council Member Alexander moved to APPROVE the special exception with the CONDITIONS as revised by the PLDRC, as follows, with underlining being additions and strikeovers being deletions:

 

1. The special exception site plan may require modification to comply with the requirements of section 72-293(3) of the zoning code, the land development code, as amended, and staff comments on this special exception approval. Special exception approval is limited to the site improvements and area depicted on the plan and sketch of description prepared by Scott’s Surveying Service, Inc., dated 2/23/12, revised 5/2/12. Any expansion of the use (additional structures, ranges, uses, etc.) that is not consistent with this special exception will require amendment of this special exception.

2. The applicant shall submit a site plan to the Land Development Activity for review and approval. To resolve the zoning compliance case, the applicant shall submit the site plan within 90 days of the special exception approval date. Site plan approval, any required building permits, property and building improvements associated with the recreational area use shall be obtained and completed within twelve months of the date of site plan submittal, unless extended by the Zoning Enforcement Official.

3. The recreational area use of the property is limited to a private gun club facility as described in the applicant’s narrative, made part of this approval. The gun club may be open to the public for a fee; however, the recreational area will operate primarily through the sales of memberships to individual users of the gun facility.

4. The property owner and applicant shall protect and maintain existing natural vegetation between the club facility and State Road 44, and other exterior perimeters of the parent property.

5. Access to the recreational area shall be restricted to State Road 44 only. The applicant shall obtain a right-of-way use permit from the Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT) to install an improved hard surfaced access driveway to the recreational area from State Road 44.

6. Except for potential security lighting, the applicant shall not install lighting for the recreation area. Any security lighting shall not illuminate any adjacent property or right-of-way.

7. The days and hours of recreation area operation shall be limited to Tuesday through Sunday, during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

8. Wetland and wetland buffer areas situated on the property shall be protected from the recreational use as provided in the land development code. Additionally, the applicant will develop and implement an environmental stewardship plan based on FDEP BMPs.

9. The placement of any sign for the recreation area shall be restricted to the S.R. 44 frontage and shall comply with the applicable provisions of section 72-298 of the zoning code, except the sign height shall not exceed 8 feet,

 

And with the further MODIFICATION of changing the hours of operation to “sunrise to sunset.”  Council Member Persis seconded the motion, which CARRIED 7-0.

 

2:30 p.m.

Item 25

Daytona Beach Shores annexation

Staff Contact:   Kelli McGee, 386-822-5013, ext. 12000                AGENDA ITEM TO FOLLOW

 

This Item was WITHDRAWN.

 

3:00 p.m.

Item 26 

Contract to purchase property from Kosmas Group International on S. Atlantic, New Smyrna Beach

Expenditure (from ECHO): $1,160,000

Staff Contact:   Jamie Seaman, 386-736-5950, ext. 15950                                       VC-1338839072278

 

Deputy County Attorney Jamie Seaman gave the staff report and displayed an overhead aerial slide of the waterfront-acquisition property in question, which was known as WA202.  She gave opening remarks, noting this parcel came first, in part because of the partnership with the City of New Smyrna Beach wherein the City had agreed to collaborate with the County in the development and maintenance of the property as an off-beach parking lot.  Staff felt the location and market price were good and urged the Council to approve the contract.  At Council Member Alexander’s request, Ms. Seaman explained the difference between the Property Appraiser’s recording of the land with the inclusion of the mean high water mark and staff’s recording of the actual, usable property.

 

Public participation took place.  Beckie Doublet was against approval.  As an adjacent homeowner, she had concerns about strangers looking in her child’s window.  She felt taxpayers were paying too much for the property, which had not even received a bid at a recent auction where the price had started at $975,000.  Nancy Grooms spoke in favor of the request. She noted that in commercial real estate from November, 2011 to the present day, things could change on any piece of property.  Pam Brangaccio, New Smyrna Beach, said the City would go through a very comprehensive site planning process and would work with neighbors of the property in any way possible to make for a smooth transaction.

 

Some Council discussion followed.  Chair Bruno urged everyone to look at Winter Haven Park in Ponce Inlet and see what a success it had been.  He asked them to note in particular the buffer surrounding it that protected the adjacent residents. He said he felt a similar situation could be done with the Kosmas property.  At Council Member Wagner’s request, Ms. Seaman gave the price comparison per acre on the Kosmas property and a number of properties sold to the private sector. The Kosmas property was substantially lower.  Mr. Wagner said it showed what an amazing bargain the County was getting on its purchase.  Ms. Seaman said it was important because it set the market for all the other transactions the County would be making.

 

After dome other remarks, Council Member Alexander moved for APPROVAL as recommended.  Council Member Northey seconded the motion, which CARRIED 7-0,

 

REPORTS

May be heard anytime throughout County Council meeting as time permits

 

None. 

 

OTHER BUSINESS - NOMINATIONS/APPOINTMENTS

 

Item 27 

BOARD:                            SOUTHEAST VOLUSIA ADVERTISING AUTHORITY

INCUMBENT:                     Vacancy

TERM EXPIRES:               March 31, 2013

LENGTH OF TERM:           Two Years

Nomination Remaining: COUNTY CHAIR

[Serving on this board constitutes a county office and is subject to the dual office prohibition]

(Not less than three members must be in the lodging industry)

 

The following applications have been received:

Thomas Alcorn (lodging) [District 3]

Dennis Deal (non-lodging) [District 2]

Palmer D. Wilson (non-lodging) [District 3]

 

Staff Contact:   Marcy Zimmerman, 386-736-5920, ext. 12398                     VC-1337612259617

 

Due to Chair Bruno’s being absent, Council Member Northey moved to CONTINUE his appointment.  Council Member Alexander seconded the motion, which was APPROVED 6-0, with Chair Bruno having left for the day.

 

Item 28

BOARD:                            AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE

INCUMBENTS:                   - Elliot Nelson Hagood (Representative of essential service personnel, as defined in the Volusia County local housing assistance plan)

- Mary Ellen Osterndorf (Real estate professional in connection with affordable housing)

- Frank Severino (Representative of the Volusia County Planning & Land Development Regulation Committee)

- Vacancy due to resignation of Richard A. Fraser (Representative of employers within Volusia County) [does not desire to serve again]  

TERMS EXPIRED:             March 31, 2012

LENGTH OF TERMS:         Two Years

Nomination Method: COUNTY CHAIR, DISTRICT 2, DISTRICT 4 AND DISTRICT 5. (Each district member shall make one nomination. The at-large member and the County Chair shall each make three nominations.)

[An elector does not have to reside in the Council member's district]

The board must consist of individuals who are engaged in the above occupations or are representatives of above specified categories.

 

Applications received from:

None

 

Staff Contact: Marcy Zimmerman, 386-736-5920, ext. 12398                                   VC-1337614459908

 

At Chair Bruno’s earlier request, Council Member Northey moved to NOMINATE Carl Persis for him, and after Council Member Alexander seconded the motion, it was APPROVED 6-0, with Chair Bruno having left for the day.

 

No action was taken on the appointments of District 2, District 4 or District 5.

 

Item 29

BOARD:                            VOLUSIA ECHO ADVISORY COMMITTEE

INCUMBENT:                     Vacancy (James Morris)

TERM EXPIRES:               March 31, 2013

LENGTH OF TERM:           Two Years

Nomination Method: District 2

 

Applications have been received from the following:

NONE

 

Staff Contact: Marcy Zimmerman, 386-736-5920, ext. 2398                                     VC-1338486127838

 

Due to not having any applicants, Council Member Wagner moved to CONTINUE the appointment.  Council Member Kelly seconded the motion, which was APPROVED 6-0, with Chair Bruno having left for the day.

 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

William Brown spoke about changes he would like to see in the State retirement system for those currently in the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP).  Vice-Chair Cusack referred him to the State Legislature.

 

DISCUSSION BY STAFF OF MATTERS NOT ON AGENDA

 

County Attorney Eckert:

 

  1. Regarding committee appointments, said the Chair had indicated he was willing to serve on the Value Adjustment Board (VAB), but that State law required him to be voted into membership on the board, and he needed a motion to that effect.  Council Member Persis moved that the Council NOMINATE Chair Bruno to serve on the Value Adjustment Board.  Council Member Alexander seconded the motion, which CARRIED 6-0, with Chair Bruno having left for the day.

 

County Manager Dinneen:

 

  1. Had Deputy County Attorney Jamie Seaman distribute the resolution on preserving lands from Item 1, read it aloud and explain it.  Council Member Northey moved to ADOPT the resolution.  Council Member Kelly seconded the motion, which CARRIED 6-0, with Chair Bruno having left for the day.  Resolution No. 2012-92, entitled as follows and on file in its entirety with the records of the County Council, was duly ADOPTED.

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2012-92

 

A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA, AFFIRMING THE COUNTY’S COMMITMENT TO PRESERVING NATURAL AND WATER RESOURCES, ACQUIRING AND MAINTAINING PUBLIC CONSERVATION LANDS, AND ENSURING THE PERPETUAL PROTECTION OF CONSERVATION LANDS WITHIN VOLUSIA COUNTY THAT ARE OWNED OR MAINTAINED BY OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

  1. Had Deputy County Manager Weaver announce that Volusia County had just received word that it again was the recipient of the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for October 1, 2011.
  2. Had Interim Public Protection Department Director George Recktenwald give a brief beach update, using an overhead PowerPoint slide presentation.  He explained several beach safety and access strategies, a vehicle count comparison between the Memorial Day Weekends of 2010 and 2012, the use of the smaller base towers in the more densely populated areas and the emphasis being put on life saving rather than enforcing the law,  Policing was secondary to saving lives.  Mr. Recktenwald also spoke about recent amendments that had been made to the beach safety ordinance, public information efforts and the status of the new beach vehicles.  Beach Safety Specialist Chris Dembinsky demonstrated a mobile application (“app”) being developed that would direct visitors to parks, parking, restrooms, lifeguard towers and other services.  The Council was very pleased with the presentation.  County Manager Dinneen announced that, with the retirement of Beach Safety Director Kevin Sweat, Corrections Director Marilyn Chandler Ford would be Interim Beach Safety Director until a replacement was found.
  3. Had Rhonda Orr, Deputy Director of Financial and Administrative Services, give an overview of the Domestic Partnership Registry, which the County would start implementing on July 2nd.
  4. Had Deputy County Manager Connors give an update of the draft recommendations  for the pedestrian safety study on South Atlantic Avenue in New Smyrna Beach.  She also distributed a map of the area from 7th Avenue to 30th Avenue and explained the plans for improving pedestrian safety along that stretch of roadway.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

 

DISCUSSION BY COUNCIL OF MATTERS NOT ON AGENDA AND COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

Council Member Persis:

 

  1. Spoke about his imminent resignation from the County Council on June 28th and explained the circumstances which had brought it about.  He said he would need to be replaced on the myregion.org committee and the Value Adjustment Board (VAB). Chair Bruno said he would take Mr. Persis’ place on the VAB through the end of the year.  All Council Members wished Mr. Persis well and made other thoughtful remarks.
  2. Thanked everyone and said he probably would not be at the first Council meeting in July, but would definitely be at the next day’s workshop.

 

Council Member Kelly:

 

  1. Said if possible he would like to have a future discussion of the itinerant merchant fees being paid in installments instead of all at once.  County Manager said the discussion would take a good deal of time and he would look for a suitable agenda that could include it.
  2. Said he had recently had his employee flex benefits card declined.  He thought the matter might be related to the vendor used, and asked if the situation had been straightened out.  Deputy County Manager Weaver said the flex benefits vendor had suddenly gone out of business with no warning. Assistant County Attorney Charles Hargrove said the County was negotiating with another company to take over administration of the flex benefits.  The money was protected and had not been lost.  Other discussion followed.
  3. Regarding the Item on the St. Johns River Water Management District that morning, said a newspaper had asked him for an overlay map of all Volusia County lands with the District’s lands over the top of that.  Deputy County Manager Connors said the map had been introduced as a staff exhibit during the hearing of the Item and had been distributed to the Council and displayed as an overhead slide at that time.  Mr. Kelly was satisfied.

 

Council Member Northey:

 

  1. Regarding the Item on the St. Johns River Water Management District that morning, said she had a copy of the PowerPoint that was shown but did not think other Council Members did.  She felt outside agencies needed to provide everyone with a copy of any presentation they intended to make, in advance if possible.
  2. Asked who should handle an emailed complaint she had received about towing fees. County Manager Dinneen said it should go to Purchasing and Contracts Director Jeaniene Jennings.  Ms. Northey indicated she would forward it.
  3. Acknowledged the Friends of the Marine Science Center for its outstanding contribution of a trailer for moving canoes and kayaks.
  4. Wanted a “Volusia Magazine” story done on the 100th anniversary of Enterprise Elementary School.
  5. Congratulated Council Member Alexander on the excellent fundraising job she had done at the recent Boys and Girls Club Dinner.
  6. Thanked staff for their hard work at the recent SunRail groundbreaking.
  7. Said she had been unable to find an agenda on the County’s website for tomorrow’s workshop on transit-oriented development and thought it should be made available.
  8. Said Trinity Christian Academy in Deltona won the State baseball championship in its division again and she would like to present the school a proclamation from the County.  She would like it put on an agenda to be presented in Council Chambers as she did not think the City was going to have any kind of recognition for the school.
  9. Said she had been stunned to learn that 750 square feet was the minimum for a home in the RC zoning classification; she had thought it was much larger.  Deputy County Attorney Jamie Seaman addressed the issue, noting that most of the R-zoned classifications were 1,200 square feet.  Some discussion followed.
  10. Said she did not realize the County allowed handicapped parking on the beach east of the traffic lane, as it created a safety hazard.  She had asked County Attorney Eckert what the County’s requirements were.  Mr. Eckert said he had not followed up on the matter, but would do so the next morning and get back with her.  Deputy County Attorney Jamie Seaman gave her recollection of the subject, adding the Council could certainly change the current policy.  A good deal of discussion followed and County Manager Dinneen said staff would look into the matter.

 

Council Member Wagner:

 

  1. Said social media networking grew very fast, and used his Facebook page as an example.
  2. Said a beach vendor had asked him about the possibility of testing to see if some of the vendors would work well if relocated to a corner and as far west as they could go in their space.  He felt it was worth looking into.
  3. Said he had been contacted by a few cities that were not part of the transport arrangement, asking how to get information on what to do next.  County Manager Dinneen explained how he would deal with such cities after he had worked out the Interlocal Agreement with Edgewater, and possibly Ponce Inlet.
  4. Asked if the apprenticeship program and wage issue would be on an agenda soon.  County Manager Dinneen said he would pursue the matter.

 

Council Member Alexander:

 

  1. Said she was very happy to see the draft recommendations on the South Atlantic Avenue pedestrian safety study for New Smyrna Beach. She would call Jake Sachs to let him know about it.
  2. Asked if anyone had attended the recent ceremony celebrating the first year of the Burns Sci-Tech School, as she had not been able to attend.  She knew it had been very successful and had hoped one of the Council Members had attended it, but no one had.
  3. Said she had wanted the Council to recognize Karen Yaris before she left today.
  4. Spoke about the recent 125th anniversary event for the City of New Smyrna Beach.
  5. Regarding the donation from the Friends of the Marine Science Center, asked if the County sent thank-you notes in such circumstances, as she thought it would be a nice gesture.  Deputy County Manager Connors agreed with her.
  6. Said she would be attending the upcoming Florida Association of Counties conference the following week.

 

Council Member Cusack:

 

  1. Clarified the details about the time and place for tomorrow’s workshop.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.

 

 

APPROVED

COUNTY COUNCIL

VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA