MINUTES

PUBLIC HEARING

SEMINOLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, MAIN COURTROOM, 2ND FLOOR

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2009

3:00 P.M.

 

The purpose of this hearing is to obtain public input on the matters of :

1.                    requiring end-gun shut-offs to be installed on agricultural irrigation systems

2.                    stopping the farming practice of plowing fields too close to county right-of-ways or too close to county maintained roads.

 

The Commission has been notified by the insurance carrier that there is a liability to the County if they do not put an Ordinance in place to eliminate these problem situations.

 

 

The floor was open to the public and Mr. Greg Mims of Mims Farm addressed the Commission with his concerns about the end-gun shut-offs. Mr. Mims stated that it would cost between $500 and $600 to retrofit irrigations systems that already have the wiring capacity. The cost for systems that have not been retrofitted would run around $1,500 each.  Mr. Mims asked that the Commission to include a six (6) to nine (9) month grace period before writing citations and not to put the Ordinance in effect during harvest time.

 

               Mr. Mims was also concerned about the distance from the road the county intends to have farmers stop plowing.

               Chairman Rogers stated that the County’s concern is the farming practices that puts dirt in County maintained ditches. This causes a lot of time and effort to clean the ditches and dig out culverts over and over again. This work keeps the road department from grading roads among other tasks.           

               Mr. Mims stated that he could see that and he understood that when we have heavy rains the ditches fill with soil.

 

               Chairman Rogers and Mr. Mims discussed different agencies that were available to help farmers retrofit their irrigation systems. Among these are the Golden Triangle and the Spring Creek Watershed. Mims stated that each have programs to help but the requests for help far exceed the funds available.

 

               Commissioner Scott Miller added that the reason we had the public hearing is to have the input from the farmers who would have to abide by the Ordinance. He thanked Mr. Mims for his input.

 

 Mr. J. W. Warriner stated that he did not want to see the end-gun shut-off ordinance get approved. He stated that he felt that the irrigation systems aren’t causing road erosion. Mr. Warriner stated that he felt that the road erosion it is caused by other issues.

              

 

Chairman Rogers informed the farmers of the situation with the County’s liability insurance. Once the County is aware of a problem and doesn’t fix it, we will be liable the next time. We have had several situations where the irrigation systems will get stuck and they end up washing out dirt roads and damaging paved roads. We have had instances where people have driven into the resulting ditches and we must address the problem. Chairman Rogers also reminded those in attendance that the State already has an ordinance in place requiring installation of end-gun shut-offs on irrigation systems along State roads.

 

With no further input, Chairman Rogers closed the hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES

CALLED MEETING

SEMINOLE COUNTY COURTHOUSE, MAIN COURTROOM, 2ND FLOOR

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2009

3:00 P.M.

 

The Seminole County Board of Commissioners held a Called Meeting on Friday, July 31, 2009. The meeting was held in the Superior Courtroom located on the second floor of the Seminole County Courthouse. Those present were, Chairman Tommy Rogers, Commissioner Dell Shingler, Commissioner Scott Miller, Commissioner Brenda Peterson, County Administrator Marty Shingler, Clerk Donna Jones, and several interested citizens. Vice-Chairman Alton Harrison was absent.

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Tommy Rogers

 

Chairman Tommy Rogers gave the invocation.

 

 

 

Constitutional Officer and County Officer Response:

 

   E-911 Director, Paula Whaley, asked the Commission to re-address the issue of          additional trunk lines for her department.

   In a previous meeting Ms. Whaley asked to have two (2) additional trunk lines added to the existing three (3) trunk lines at a cost of $9,000 to $10,000 added to.  Ms. Whaley   stated that when all three existing lines are busy the fourth call rolls over to the    administration line. When the rollover happens all Automatic Number Identification        (ANI) is lost. Ms. Whaley stated that with two (2) additional lines we would be able to    capture that I.D. and return a call. This would also increase the number of 911 calls that       can be answered.

   The Commission will review the request and address it at the August 11th regular          monthly meeting.

 

   Ms. Whaley informed the Commission that there will be a demonstration of a computer             aided dispatch system demonstrated in her department this Monday, August 3rd, at    approximately 1:15 P.M. All Commissioners are invited to attend.

 

               Old Business:

 

The Commission reviewed a resolution to amend the GEBCorp employee’s retirement plan to include a disabled peace officer.

After reviewing the documents and after a brief discussion, Commissioner Scott Miller made the motion to postpone a vote until the August regular meeting where the full Commission will be in attendance.  Also, Miller was concerned that we need to discuss this more fully with the County Attorney, Kenneth Hornsby. The second was provided by Commissioner Dell Shingler. Motion passed.

 

New Business:

 

On a motion by Commissioner Scott Miller and a second by Commissioner Brenda Peterson, a resolution was signed establishing a records management program for Seminole County. Motion passed.

 

On a motion by Commissioner Scott Miller and a second by Commissioner Brenda Peterson a “Disaster Recovery Plan” was adopted for Seminole County. Motion passed.

The purpose of the plan is to have in place a policy/plan that will enable the County to recover records after a flood, fire etc.

 

 

 

Adjournment

 

With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned on a motion made by Commissioner Brenda Peterson, seconded by Commissioner Scott Miller with Commissioners Dell Shingler and Chairman Tommy Rogers voting yes.

 

ADOPTED THIS __________ DAY OF AUGUST, 2009

SEMINOLE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

 

 

Tommy Rogers

Dell Shingler

Scott Miller

Brenda Peterson

 

 

ATTEST

 

 

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Donna F. Jones, County Clerk