Board of County Commissioners: Regular Meeting – 05.01.19

Board of County Commissioners: Regular Meeting – 05.01.19


>>LES MILLER, JR.: GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO YOUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING. WOULD EVERYONE PLEASE RISE FOR THE PLEDGE AND INVOCATION GIVEN BY OUR CHAPLAIN, COMMISSIONER WHITE.>>LES MILLER, JR.: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, WE’LL BEGIN WITH THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. ATTENTION, SALUTE, PLEDGE. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]>>STACY WHITE: HEAVENLY FATHER I PRAY YOU WILL GUIDE OUR STAFF, OUR BOARD, AND STAKEHOLDERS AS WE MAKE IMPORTANT DECISIONS FOR THIS COUNTY. LORD, I’M THANKFUL FOR ALL OF THE CITIZENS AND LEADERS THAT ARE HERE TO BE RECOGNIZED THIS MORNING, ESPECIALLY THOSE OUTSTANDING YOUNG PEOPLE WE HAVE IN THE ROOM TODAY TO BE RECOGNIZED. LORD, THIS MORNING, I ASK FOR SPECIAL BLESSINGS FOR THE COMMUNITY OF CHARLOTTE AND FOR THE STUDENTS, FAMILIES, FACULTY, AND STAFF AT UNC CHARLOTTE IN THE WAKE OF THE TRAGEDY THERE. LORD, IT’S ALWAYS THE FIRST RESPONDERS THAT ARE THERE IMMEDIATELY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THESE TYPES OF SITUATIONS, SO AS ALWAYS, I PRAY FOR OUR FIRST SPRCHEDDERS THAT YOU WILL GUIDE — RESPONDER THAT YOU WILL GUIDE THEM AND KEEP THEM SAFE AND COMFORT THEM EACH AND EVERY DAY. I ASK FOR LL THESE BLESSINGS AND GIVE ALL THESE THANKS IN YOUR HEAVENLY NAME, AMEN.>>LES MILLER, JR.: THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER WHITE. BEFORE WE BEGIN I HAVE A MEMO. DUE TO A PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT I WILL BE ARRIVING LATE TO TODAY’S BOCC MEETING. PLEASE READ THE REASON FOR MY LATE ARRIVAL INTO THE RECORD. THANK YOU. THE FIRST THING WE HAVE ON THE AGENDA IS I’M GOING TO DO A RECOGNITION. THESE LADIES DRESSED IN RED, AND COMMISSIONER MURMAN IS DRESSED IN RED BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO BE ONE ARE THE LADIES OF DELTA SIGMA THETA. A MEMBER OF THE DIVINE NINE. THE DIVINE NINE ARE THE PREDOMINANTLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN FRATERNITIES. THEY ARE VISITING OUR DIFFERENT OFFICES AND FINDING OUT WHAT WE DO IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I M GOING TO ASK THEM TO STAND. LET ME READ SOMETHING BRIEFLY. PURPOSE IS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT THROUGH ESTABLISHED PROGRAMS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. AND I MEAN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THEY DO THIS. SO TODAY WE HAVE WITH US LADIES FROM THE TAMPA ALUMNI CHAPTER, THEIR PRESIDENT ALICIA WARREN. WHERE IS SHE? AND THE LADIES FROM THE TAMPA ALUMNI CHAPTER. WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT CARNELL WILLIAMS FROM THE ETROPOLITAN TAMPA CHAPTER. WE HAVE MAR TEETIONA GIBSON WHO IS A REPRESENTATIVE F FROM MY ALMA MATER, AND SUVENA GRIFFIN FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA. SO WE WANT TO WELCOME YOU ALL TO COUNTY CENTER. WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT, GREAT DAY. I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH THEM THIS MORNING. THERE ARE SOME VERY, VERY — THEY ASKED SOME VERY, VERY TOUGH QUESTIONS. THERE IS ONE LADY PROBABLY RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION SOON, I WON’T SAY HER NAME BUT SHE HAD DIFFICULT QUESTIONS. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. IF YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY SOMETHING TO OMMI COMMISSIONER MURMAN, SHE WOULD APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. OKAY. WE’RE GOING TO MOVE OW TO YEA! AWARDS. IT’S MY PLEASURE TO — OUR PLEASURE TO CELEBRATE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF SIX OUTSTANDING YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY WITH THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS YOUTH EXCELLENCE IN ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS ALWAYS CALLED THE YEA! AWARDS. THIS IS THE NINTH YEAR OF THE PROGRAM WHICH WAS CREATED TO RECOGNIZE YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONTRIBUTIONS IN AREAS LIKE ACADEMICS, COMMUNITY SERVICE, ATHLETICS AND PERFORMING ARTS. THE COUNTY COMMISSION ON THE — THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN SELECTED THIS YE’S WINNERS AND WE APPRECIATE THEIR WORK. WOULD THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN PLEASE STAND AND WE WILL RECOGNIZE YOU. [APPLAUSE] THANK YOU. THESE LADIES DO AN OUTSTANDING JOB, NOT ONLY FOR THE SELECTION OF THE YEA! AWARD RECIPIENTS BUT MANY ISSUES IN THIS COUNTY AND THEY DO IT FREE OF CHARGE AND WE APPOINT THEM TO THOSE POSITIONS AND THE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THEY BELONG TO. SO ON BEHALF OF THIS COMMISSION, WE WANT O THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR WORK. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. A. AT THIS TIME, COMMISSIONER KEMP WILL EXPLAIN WHAT THE AWARDS ARE AND RECOGNIZE THE FIRST RECIPIENT. COMMISSIONER KEMP.>>PAT KEMP: SO I HAPPENED TO WEAR RED TODAY TOTALLY INTENTIONALLY.>>LES MILLER, JR.: I DIDN’T SEE THE RED BOTTOM.>>PAT KEMP: GOOD MORNING THIS MORNING. ALL OF OUR SIX HONOREES HAVE DEMONSTRATED A SPECIAL DRIVE, DETERMINATION, AND COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY THAT ARE CRITICAL FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS. TOO OFTEN IT’S THE WORST EXAMPLES OF TEEN BEHAVE CONSIDER THAT ARE DISPLAYED AND GET ATTENTION ON THE INTERNET AND THE NEWS R AS WE ALL KNOW, ALTHOUGH I AM VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW GENERATION COMING FORWARD. WHILE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO EXCEL AND DO GOOD DEEDS ARE UNNOTICED. WE’RE TAKING A DIFFERENT APPROACH HERE IN OUR BOARDROOM. THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DEVOTE THEMSELVES TO THE BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY THROUGH STRONG LEADERSHIP AND DETERMINED ACTION WITH WILL SHAPE OUR — THIS BOARD AND THE RESIDENTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ARE COMMITTED TO HONORING AND ENCOURAGING THEIR EFFORTS. SO TODAY WE’RE CELEBRATING THE NEXT GENERATION WITH THE YEA! AWARDS. THERE ARE THREE C CATEGORIES, SUCCESS DESPITE DIFFICULT ODDS, LEADERSHIP, AND VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY SERVICE. ONE AWARD IN EACH CATEGORY GOES TO A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, AND ONE AWARD IN EACH IS PRESENTED TO A MIDDLE SCHOOL RECIPIENT. SO NOW GOING TO PRESENT THE FIRST AWARD. THE YEA! AWARD RECIPIENTS IN THE SUCCESS DESPITE DIFFICULT ODDS CATEGORY HAVE OVERCOME TREMENDOUS PERSONAL OBSTACLES TO OBTAIN SUCCESS AND TO HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON OTHERS. I’D LIKE TO CALL NAOMI WELLER AND HER FAMILY TO PLEASE COME FORWARD. YOU HAVE TO BE SO PROUD OF NAOMI. NAOMI WHO TEANTS PROGRESS VILLAGE MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL ARTS IN TAMPA HAS ENDURED MORE CHALLENGES IN HER 12 YEARS THAN MANY ADULTS. SHE AND HER FAMILY EXPERIENCED PERIODS OF HOMELESSNESS DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. THROUGHOUT T ALL, NAOMI ROSE ABOVE THE CHALLENGES AND EXCELLED. SHE WAS ON THE PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLE MOST OF HER GRADE SCHOOL YEARS IN TAMPA. AT PROGRESS VILLAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL, SHE RANKS FIRST IN HER SCIENCE CLASS, IS TAKING SEVENTH GRADE MATH WHILE IN THE SIXTH GRADE, AND IS A MAINSTAY ON THE PRINCIPAL’S HONOR ROLL. LAST YEAR NAOMI RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE FOR HER OUTSTANDING WORK ON THE FIFTH GRADE TEST. SHE IS ALSO IN THE BAND ACCORDING TO HER MOM, EATS, BREATHES, AND SLEEPS GYMNASTICS. NAOMI WHO WANTS TO BE A COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGNER WHEN SHE GROWS UP PROVIDES A WONDERFUL LESSON. NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, IF YOU KEEP WORKING AND STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF, YOU CAN SUCCEED. NAOMI, I’M HAPPY THAT THINGS ARE GOING WELL FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY NOW, AND I’M THRILLED TO AWARD YOU THE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEA! AWARD IN THE SUCCESS DESPITE DIFFICULT ODDS CATEGORY. THERE IT IS. [APPLAUSE] MUCH CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS?>>NO, THANK YOU.>>PAT KEMP: AWW. WE’RE ALL WAITING. YOU CAN SAY ONE SENTENCE.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS AWARD.>>PAT KEMP: THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] AND IF WE CAN TAKE A PHOTO. [APPLAUSE] AND OMMISSIONER MILLER WILL PRESENT THE NEXT TWO YEA! AWARDS. IT’S MY PLEASURE TO CALL UP BLAKE JARVIS AND HER FAMILY UP TO THE PODIUM. A SENIOR AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, BLAKE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW INNER STRENGTH, OPTIMISM, AND SPECIAL TYPE OF PRES CHALLENGING EVENT.OME A AS A RESULT OF CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WERE BEYOND HER CONTROL, BLAKE WAS WITHOUT A PERMANENT RESIDENCE THROUGHOUT HER ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. BUT SHE NEVER ALLOWED HER SITUATION TO NEGATIVELY INFLUENCE HER PERSONALITY, GOALS, AND DREAMS. BLAKE FOCUSED HER ENERGY TOWARD ACADEMIC AND ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE. IN ADDITION TO BEING A MEMBER OF THE MILL — SCHOLARSHIP CLUB, SHE ACHIEVED A 4.3 UNWEIGHTED GPA. I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING THAT. [APPLAUSE] AND IS NOW EIGHTH IN HER CLASS. BECAUSE OF HER SUPERIOR ACADEMICS, SHE HAS BEEN OFFERED A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO BENEDICT COLLEGE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] AT HER LEADING REBOUNDER AND COCAPTAIN OF HER GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM, SHE COMBINES HER OPTIMISM AND DEMEANOR TO BECOME A TRUE LEADER FOR HER CLASSMATES. BEST OF ALL SHE CAN CELEBRATE THESE ACCOMPLISHMENT WITH HER BELOVED UNCLE AND AUNT, HER UNCLE IS FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE ED NARAIN. BLAKE SWRARVES IS THE HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENT OF THE YEA! AWARD IN THE SUCCESS DESPITE DIFFICULT ODDS CATEGORY. [APPLAUSE]. BLAKE, CONGRATULATIONS AND THE BEST TO YOU.>>THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>GOOD MORNING. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND EVERYONE WHO LED ME TO ACHIEVE THIS AWARD. I AM BOTH ASTONISHED AND EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO BE HERE TODAY. IT HAS BEEN, IT HAS BEEN A LONG CHALLENGING ROAD BOTH THE HELP — BUT WITH THE HELP OF GOD, I MANAGED. JUST IMAGINE YOUR MOTHER PASSING AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY, THEN BEING TAKEN AWAY BY YOUR GRANDPOARGTS, BROTHERS, SISTERS AND FRIENDS WITHOUT WARNING TO MOVEAWAY SEVEN HOURS AWAY TO YOUR FATHER WHO IS MARRIED TO SOMEONE YOU NEVER EVEN MET BEFORE. NOT TO MENTION THASN’T EVEN EEN A MONTH, STILL GRIEVING AROUND PEOPLE YOU BARELY KNOW. IT’S VERY OVERWHELMING. THAT WAS ME SEVEN YEARS AGO. IT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT TIME IN MY LIFE. BUT WITH DETERMINATION AND A DREAM TO BE SUCCESSFUL, I OVERCAME MANY ADVERSITIES THAT WERE PLACED IN MY PATH. THANKFULLY GOD PLACED MANY ANGELS IN DISGUISE TO GUIDE ME THROUGH LIFE AND KEEP ME ON THE RIGHT ATH. EVERY TIME I WANTED TO GIVE UP, THEY WERE THERE TO LIFT ME UP IN THE FORM OF TEACHERS, GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, MENTORS, COUSINS, FRIENDS, COACHES, ET CETERA. TO PROTECT AND GUIDE ME TO THIS POINT IN MY LIFE. AS I WORKED ON MY FAITH I BECAME PART OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, BASKETBALL TEAM CAPTAIN AND OFFERED A FULL RIDE SCHOLARSHIP. GOD IS SO AMAZING. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>LES MILLER, JR.: THE YEA! AWARD RECIPIENT IN LEADERSHIP CATEGORY DEMMEN STRAILTED POSITIVE MPACT ON OTHERS IN AN ONGOING ENVIRONMENT SUCH AS SPORTS, ACADEMICS, AND ARTS. WOULD GABRIELA DANIELS AND HER FAMILY PLEASE COME FORWARD. GAB RERELLA IS A SEVENTH GRADER WHO IS HOMESCHOOLED AND ALSO ATTENDS TRIPTY ACADEMY. SEVEN GABRIELA READ A BOOK JUST ENTITLED CHILDREN LIKE ME WHICH IS ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. GABRIELA NOTICED SOME OF THE CHILDREN DIDN’T HAVE SHOES AND IT BOTHERED HER. SHE ASKED HER MOM WHO EXPLAINED THAT THESE CHILDREN FACED CERTAIN HARDSHIPS THAT GABRIELA AND MANY OF HER FRIENDS DID NOT. GABRIELA THEN DECIDED SHE MEANTED TO USE HER PIG — SHE WANTED TO USE HER PIGGY BANK MONEY TO HELP THESE CHILDREN. THAT SIMPM ACT OF KINDNESS TURNED INTO FOUNDING CHILDREN FOR CHILDREN MINISTRIES TO HELP CHILDREN IN NEED IN ETHIOPIA. CHILDREN OF CHILDREN MINISTRIES HAS RAISED MORE THAN $15,000. THE MONEY HAS HELPED ESTABLISH AN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM, CONSTRUCT A BUILDING AND TWO OUTDOOR PLAYGROUNDS AND PROVIDE SNACKS AND ACTIVITIES. CHILDREN FOR CHILDREN MINISTRIES IS NOW PARTNERING WITH JEWISH VOICE MIBISTRIES INTERNATIONAL TO HELP PROVIDE FOR NEEDS OF CHILDREN IN AFRICA. WHAT’S MORE, GABRIELA’S ENCOURAGING OTHER LOCAL CHILDREN HER AGE TO JOIN HER IN TRULY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OTHER YOUNG LIVES. GABRIELA, IT’S INCREDIBLE YOU FIND TIME TO DO ALL THIS WHEN YOU ARE SO BUSY WITH YOUR SCHOOLWORK. I ALSO HEAR YOU’RE BUSY WITH YOUR 14 PET CHICKENS. [LAUGHTER] TWO DUCKS, A DOG, A GUINEA PIG, AND A BETA FISH. [LAUGHTER] NO WONDER YOU WANT TO BE A VETERINARIAN WHEN YOU GROW UP. YOU’VE DEMONSTRATED TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP AND INITIATIVE IN WORKING TO HELP THESE CHILDREN IN NEED. THAT IS WHY YOU ARE THE MIDDLE SCHOOL RE1EU7 RECIPIENT IN THE YEA! AWARD LEADERSHIP CATEGORY. CONGRATULATIONS, AND WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS? [APPLAUSE]>>I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, RABBI STEVE AND MY PARENTS AND ESPECIALLY GOD FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. IT HAS BEEN A LONG JOURNEY TO GET TO WHERE I AM, BUT I THANK GOD EVERY DAY FOR IT BECAUSE I FEEL O BLESSED THAT I CAN HELP THESE CHILDREN WHO HAVE NOT EVEN HALF OF WHAT WE HAVE. WE ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE WHAT WE HAVE. AND MY GOAL AFTER TO GET TO IS I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A ROUP OF BETWEEN AND TEENS ON A MISSION TRIP TO AFRICA AS WELL AS HAVE THEM JOIN ME IN RAISING MONEY TO HELP, HELP COLLECT MORE MONEY AND GET THEM MORE SCHOOLS IN A SAFER AREA TO SLEEP AND HAVE CLEAN WATER. CLEAN WATER IS A VERY BIG DEAL THERE. THEY DON’T HAVE WATER. SO THANK YOU FOR THIS AWARD. [APPLAUSE]>>LES MILLER, JR.: COMMISSIONER WHITE WILL PRESENT THE NEXT YEA! AWARD.>>STACY WHITE: THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MILLER. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK CHRISTOPHER RODRIGUEZ AND HIS FAMILY TO PLEASE COME FORWARD. A UNIOR AT PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL, CHRISTOPHER RANKS 2th IN THE CLASS OF 530 JUNIORS. HE’S A MEMBER OF THE ACADEMIC SOCIETY, AND AND ENROLLED IN ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES AND DUAL ENROLLED AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE — HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE A PHENOMENAL ACADEMIC POWERHOUSE INDEED. THERE ARE MANY QUALITIES THAT MAKE A GOOD LEADER. ENTHUSIASTIC, CLARITY OF VISION, EXUBERANT ENERGY, AND THE ABILITY TO MULTITASK. CHRISTOPHER HAS DEMONSTRATED INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP ABILITIES AS CAPTAIN OF THE JUNIOR VARSITY, FOOTBALL, BASEBALL, AND BASKETBALL TEAMS. IN ADDITION TO SERVING AS CHAIR OF THE INTERACT SOCIAL MEDIA CLUB, HE WAS ELECTED JUNIOR CLASS PRESIDENT. CHRIS IS ALSO KNOWN FOR HIS GIVING HEART. HE COLLECTED DONATIONS FOR TEEN SANTA, WHICH USES ALL THE PROCEEDS TO PURCHASE TOY FRAZ LOCAL FOOD BANK. CHRISTOPHER COMBINES HIS LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER SKILLS TO SERVE AS CAPTAIN FOR RELAY FOR LIFE AND TEAM 2 MAROW WHICH HELPS REGISTER POTENTIAL DONORS FOR THE NATIONAL BONE MARROW REGISTRY. THESE ARE AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT CHRISTOPHER RODRIGUEZ WAS CHOSEN AS THE HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENT OF THE YEA! AWARD IN THE LEADERSHIP CATEGORY. CHRISTOPHER, YOUR GENEROUS ACTIONS SPEAK VOLUMES, THAT’S WHAT MAKES YOU A GOOD LEADER. I’D LICK TO CONGRATULATE YOU — LIKE TO CONGLACHILATE YOU AND PRESENT YOU WITH AN AWARD AND ASK YOU TO SAY A FEW WORDS IF YOU WOULD LIKE.>>THANK YOU.>>STACY WHITE: YOU BET. CONGRATULATIONS.>>FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE WHOLE COUNTY COMMISSIONER AND EVERYONE FOR BEING HERE TODAY. AND WHERE ALSO WANT TO THANK MY PARENTS AND MY FAMILY FOR PUSHING ME TO BE THE PERSON THAT I AM TODAY. AND BEING A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, IT’S TOUGH TO BALANCE A SOCIAL LIFE WITH ACADEMICS AND SPORTS, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU PLAY A LOT. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU WANT TO BE A LEADER AND BEING AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL WHO PLAY. I ENJOY DOING THAT AND ENJOY SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL BELOY ME. AND WITH TEAM 2 MAROW I REALLY FIND JOY IN THAT BECAUSE WHEN EVERYONE THINKS OF BONE MARROW, THEY THINK OF IT AS URT, IT HURTS EALLY BAD. BUT IT REALLY DOESN’T, AND THAT’S WHY I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM PEOPLE SO THAT WE CAN GET PEOPLE ON THE REGISTRY BECAUSE THE ORE PEOPLE WE HAVE, THE MORE CHANCES WE HAVE TO SAVE A LIFE. AND WE’VE ACTUALLY BEAT THE ODDS BECAUSE BE THE MATCH SAYS 1 IN 500 PEOPLE ARE A MATCH AND WE HAVE HAD TWO OUT OF HE 330 THAT WE HAVE REGISTERED. AND ONE HAPPENED TO BE MY BROTHER, AND HE DID DONATE. AND POTENTIALLY SAVED A MAN’S LIFE. SO THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>STACY WHITE: COMMISSIONER KEMP WILL PRESENT OUR NEXT YEA! AWARD.>>PAT KEMP: I’M JUST REALLY OVERWHELMED WITH SO MUCH HOPE AND INSPIRATION IN THIS ROOM THIS MORNING. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. THE YEA! AWARD RECIPIENTS IN THE VOLUNTEER OR COMMUNITY SERVICE CATEGORY GIVE THEIR TIME TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR OTHERS. I’D LIKE TO ASK VANCE TOMASI AND HIS FAMILY TO JOIN ME AT THE PODIUM. VANCE IS A SEVENTH GRADER AT FARNELL MIDDLE SCHOOL IN TAMPA WHO FIRMLY BELIEVES THAT READING IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS. HE ALSO KNOWS THAT IT ISN’T EASY FOR EVERYBODY TO GET BOOKS. AS A RESULT, TWO 1/2 YEARS AGO, HE AND HIS BEST FRIEND STARTED AN INITIATIVE CALLED READ REPEAT. VANSZ AS SELECTED, DONATED, AND DISTRIBUTED, THIS IS A BIG NUMBER, MORE THAN 92,000 BOOKS TO 50 STATES. AND RAISED $28,000. [APPLAUSE] LOCALLY HE PARTNERED WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO DONATE, AGAIN A BIG NUMBER, 55,000 BOOKS TO LOCAL STUDENTS IN CLASSROOM LIBRARIES. THANKS TO A $25,000 GRANT FROM THE TAMPA LIGHTNING, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING FOUNDATION, HE PURCHASED BOOKS FOR STRUGGLING THIRD GRADERS, ATTENDING THE SCHOOL SYSTEM’S SUMMER READING CAMPS LAST YEAR. MOST RECENTLY, HE WAS AWARDED A MICROGRANT TO PURCHASE BOOKS THAT EMPHASIZE DIVERSITY, SO MINORITY STUDENTS CAN SEE THEMSELVES IN THE BOOKS THEY READ. IN ADDITION, VANCE WHO PERFORMS MORE THAN 200 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE A YEAR, HAS HELPED STOCKED THE LIBRARIES AT JOSHUA HOUSE AND HOPE CHILDREN’S HOME. VANCE HAS BEEN WIDELY RECOGNIZED FOR HIS HARD WORK AND DEAD CEAGZICATION. HE WAS NAMED A LIGHTNING HERO OF TOMORROW, RECEIVED THE PRESIDENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH AWARD AND WAS HONORED WITH THE FLORIDA SERVICE OF CHAMPION AWARD. THESE ARE REALLY AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR ANY 13-YEAR-OLD. IT’S A LONG HISTORY OF EVERYTHING YOU HAVE. TO ME THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT FOR ANY YOUNG PERSON, FOR ANY ONE OF US THEN TO HAVE THE ORLD OF READING OPENED UP TO US AND TO HAVE BOOKS TO INSPIRE AND CHERISH AND LEARN FROM AND IT’S A GREAT MISSION THAT YOU’RE ON. AND VANCE HAS EVEN BIGGER PLANS. HE WANTS, HE’S NOT SATISFIED YET. [LAUGHTER] HE WANTS TO STUDY MEDICINE AND SAVE LIVES. HIS DRIVE TO HELP OTHERS MAKES HIM THIS YEAR’S YEA! AWARD WINNER IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEER OR COMMUNITY SERVICE CATEGORY. AND THIS IS THE AWARD. CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE] WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS?>>YES. [LAUGHTER] FIRST OFF, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH THE YOUTH EXCELLENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR THE CATEGORY OF VOLUNTEERISM IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL. A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS AGO, MY BEST FRIEND AND I STARTED THIS PROJECT CALLED READ REPEAT. WE WANTED TO GET BOOKINIZE TO THE HANDS OF KIDS, , AND THE COMMUNITY IS SO HELPFUL IN US DOING THAT. WE PARTNERED WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ND MAUREEN GAZA PUBLIC LIBRARY AND . NOW I AM OVER THE MOON TO ANNOUNCE WE ARE ALMOST TO OUR GOAL OF 100,000 BOOKS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY PARENTS AND MY THREE LITTLE BROTHERS FOR HELPING ME COLLECT, SORT, AND DELIVER L THOSE THOUSANDS OF BOOKS. IT’S AN HONOR TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD AND BE SURROUNDED BY KIDS IN OUR COUNTY DOING GREAT THINGS. THANK YOU.>>PAT KEMP: AND WE’LL TAKE A PICTURE. THANK YOU. CONGRATULAT IONS. [APPLAUSE]>>PAT KEMP: AND COMMISSIONER MURMAN WILL PRESENT THE LAST YEA! AWARD.>>SANDRA MURMAN: THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER KEMP, AND THIS IS A VERY EXCITING DAY FOR US TO RECOGNIZE ALL THESE OUTSTANDING YOUTH. WOW. IT’S GREAT TO HEAR THE STORIES. AND THIS ONE ‘M PROUD TO PRESENT BECAUSE I KNOW THIS FAMILY VERY WELL. AND I’D LIKE TO ASK THEM TO COME FORWARD. GRACE RAMOS AND HER FAMILY. IF YOU ALL WOULD LIKE TO COME FORWARD. HER SISTERS AND — [APPLAUSE] THEY ARE NEIGHBORS OF MINE, AND I REMEMBER WHEN HER, GRACE’S MOM KNOCKED ON MY DOOR AND TO SEE IF I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HE HELPING GRACE WITH HER PROJECT. SO I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER TO PRESENT THIS AWARD TODAY. LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT GRACE. SHE IS A JUNIOR AT HB PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. SHE HAS ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH IN HER VERY YOUNG LIFE. SHE WAS CLASS PRESIDENT IN THE EIGHTH GRADE. SHE IS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY. AND A CURRENT MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AND BETA SOCIETIES. GRACE IS IN THE TOP 6% IN HER CLASS, WHICH IS IN A BIG YEAR IN A BIG SCHOOL. SO THAT’S A BIG ACHIEVEMENT. SHE’S VICE PRESIDENT OF HER SERVICE CLUB. SHE’S CAPTAIN OF THE GIRLS TRACK TEAM. AND WAS COMOAZEN BY HER COACH AS A POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE REPRESENTATIVE FOR HER TEAM. IF Y’ALL DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THAT PROGRAM, IT’S A GREAT PROGRAM THAT’S HELPING KIDS INVOLVED WITH ATHLETICS AND OF COURSE SHE IS ONLY 16. ALTHOUGH SHE HAS MANY INTERESTEDS, HER NUMBER ONE PASSION IS THE GIRL SCOUTS OF WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA, YAY. NEXT MONTH, YOU KNOW, ARBEING A GIRL SCOUT MYSELF, AND A GIRL SCOUT LEADER AND MY DAUGHTER’S A GIRL SCOUT, IT REALLY, IT ALL COMES HOME. NEXT MONTH AFTER 11 YEARS IN SCOUTING, GRACE WILL BE PRESENTED THE GOLD AWARD, THE HIG HIGHEST HONOR IN GIRL SCOUTS. HER PROJECTS DEALT WITH HUMAN TRAFFICKING, SHE CREATED AN INFORMATIONAL POSTER THAT IS DISPLACED IN EVERY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL AND IT’S AVAILABLE TO ALL 67 FLORIDA SUPERINTENDENTS VIA THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEB SITE. IN ADDITION, GRACE WAS A SPEAKER AT THE NATIONAL ROUND TABLE — ROUNDTABLE ON SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND PREVENTION EDUCATION IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WHERE HER PROJECT WAS LISTED ON THE 2018 FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S STATEWIDE REPORT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING. AGAIN, LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, SHE IS ONLY 16 AND SHE IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR NATION. FOR ER ACCOMPLISHMENTS — [APPLAUSE] FOR HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS, GRACE RAMOS IS THE YEA! AWARD HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENT IN THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE CATEGORY. I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT YOU THIS AWARDS AND WORK HAS HAS A GREAT IMPACT ON HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU AND THANK YOU. PUT YOUR MEDAL ON. [APPLAUSE] WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS?>>GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND TO THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WIM F — WOMEN FOR THIS WONDERFUL YEA! AWARD. I AM HONORED AND HUMBLED TO BE CHOSEN FOR THE WORK I HAVE DONE WITH MY GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT TACKLING HUMAN TRAFFICKING. I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO THANK APRIL GRIFFIN FOR NOMINATING ME FOR THIS SPECIAL AWARD. SHE FULLY EMBRACED MY PROJECT AND ENCOURAGED ME TO GO BEYOND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL IN MY EFFORTS. SHE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN PUTTING ME IN CONTACT WITH MS. DOTTY GRUBER SKIPPER. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MS. DOTTY AND NUTASHA FOR THEIR HELP AND FOR BEING SOME OF THE BEST MENTORS WHO HELPED ME LEARN SO MUCH ABOUT HIEWSMEN TRAFFICKING. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HOLLY AND LESLIE FOR THEIR HELP IN CREATING THE BEAUTIFUL POSTER THAT WAS THE FOCUS OF MY PROJECT. STARTING MY PROJECT, I DIDN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING BUT ONCE IT DID IT SPARKED THE IDEA IF I DIDN’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT IT, SURELY MY PEERS DIDN’T EITHER AND THAT’S BY I WANTED TO FOCUS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS IN HIGH SCHOOLS. WITH MY PROJECT I PUT POSTERS IN ALL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS VIA DEST RB IEGZ VIA EACH HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER. ALONG WITH EACH DISTRIBUTION, THE POSTER IS ALSO PUT ON THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEB SITE WHERE A PRINTABLE VERSION IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR ANY OTHER INSTITUTIONS WHO MAY WANT TO USE IT. IT IS MY HOPE THAT WITH MORE AWARENESS IN HIGH SCHOOLS AND IN THE GENERAL COMMUNITY, HUMAN TRAFFICKING WILL BECOME LESS PROMINENT IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>LES MILLER, JR.: ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, WE WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL THE YOUNG LEADERS ON BEHALF OF AGAIN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT OU DO. AND ALL THAT YOU CONTINUE TO DO TO AKE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY A GREAT PLACE FOR ALL OF US TO LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY. EACH F YOU IS A POINT OF PRIDE IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE GOOD WORKS YOU ACCOMPLISHED AS YOU ENTER ADULTHOOD. HOWEVER, WHEN YOU LEAVE AND GO OFF TO COLLEGE, IF YOU LEAVE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WHEN YOU GRADUATE, COME HOME. WE NEED OU HERE. TO DO THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING. AND AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL THE YEA! AWARD WINNERS TO TAKE A GROUP PHOTO WITH THE BOARD. SO PLEASE COME FORWARD, ALL THE WINNERS. [APPLAUSE] . [APPLAUSE] THIS CONCLUDES OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY 2019 YEA! AWARD WINNERS. WE WANT TO SAY AGAIN THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. WE’RE NOW MOVING TO THE PRESENTATION ND PROCLAMATIONS. NEXT PROCLAMATION WILL BE PRESENTED BY COMMISSIONER WHITE.>>STACY WHITE: THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MILLER. I — LET THE ROOM CLEAR OUT FOR A MOMENT. OKAY. WELL, AS WE ALL KNOW, WATER SAFETY IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT HERE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, AND IT’S TIMELY THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE WE’RE HEADING INTO THE THE SUMMER MONTHS, AND WE LIVE IN A PARADISE WHERE FOLKS ARE GOING TO BE DRAWN TO THE WATER. IN JUST A MOMENT, I’LL BE CALLING SOME FOLKS UP WITH WATER SMART TOTS INC., AND I’LL JUST SAY THAT SINCE THEIR INCEPTION IN 2014, WATER SMART TOTS HAS RAISED OVER $60,000 TO FUND THEIR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AND HAS PROVIDED SPECIALIZED SURVIVAL SWIM SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ONE ON ONE SELF-RESCUE LESSONS UNDERDESERVED CHILDREN AGES 1 TO 6 YEARS IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA. WATER SMART TOTS HAS ALSO PROVIDED IN-CLASSROOM WATER SAFETY EDUCATION TO MORE THAN 2200 PRESCHOOLERS IN THE BAY AREA. NEW FOR 2019, WATER SMART TOTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTING A NEW PROGRAM CALLED EVERY FAMILY WATER SMART WHICH ENCOMPASSES REACHING LOCAL FAMILIES BEFORE THEIR CHILDREN REACH THE WATER. SO AT THIS TIME, I’D LIKE TO CALL UP SOME SPECIAL GUESTS. CARRIE BAHOR, WATER SMART TOTS PRESIDENT, CAMMIE YIK, WATER SMART TOTS VICE PRESIDENT. REBECCA GOODMAN, WATER SMART TOTS SECRETARY, IF SHE IS WITH US TODAY. ANDREW YIK, WHICH IS A WATER SMART TOTS BOARD MEMBER. MICHELLE STERLING WITH SAFE KIDS. CHRISTINE ROVER WITH USF CENTER FOR AUTISM, SAFE KIDS BOARD MEMBER, AND COMMISSIONER MURMAN, AFTER THAT WOMEN’S FINAL FOUR PROCLAMATION THAT WE’VE RECENTLY DONE, NOT TO BE OUTDONE, I HAVE JOSH THE OTTER MASCOT WITH ME. WELCOME, JOSH THE OTTER. GREAT TO SEE YOU. SO I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT THIS SPECIAL PROCLAMATION TO YOU AND READ IT INTO THE RECORD AND INVITE YOU UP TO THE PODIUM TO THE PROCLAMATION READS, WHEREAS EVERY YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES ABOUT 4,000 PEOPLE DIE FROM DROWNING, THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH OF CHILDREN AGES 1 TO 4. THAT’S ACCORDING TO THE U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION. WHEREAS DROWNING IS THE LEADING. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] OF DEATH FOR CHILDREN AGES A1 TO 4 ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL DROWNING PREVENTION ALLIANCE. AND WHEREAS FLORIDA RANKS FIRST IN THE NATION IN THESE TRAGIC AND PREVENTABLE DEATHS. AND WHEREAS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RANKS FIRST IN THE STATE IN THESE TRAGIC AND PREVENTABLE DEATHS. AND WHEREAS 11 CHILDREN DIED FROM DROWNING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 2018. MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS COMBINED. AND WHEREAS DROWNING INCIDENTS CAN TAKE ONLY SECONDS, AND ANYONE WITH A CHILD NEEDS TO BE VIGILANT WHENEVER THE CHILD IS IN THE WATER OR NEAR THE WATER. AND A WATER WATCHER SHOULD ALWAYS BE DESIGNATED AS 88% OF CHILD DROWNINGS OCCUR WHEN AT LEAST ONE ADULT IS PRESENT. AND WHEREAS IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT CHILDREN RECEIVE SWIMMING LESSONS AND OTHER SAFETY EDUCATION, AND THAT POOLS AND SPAS ARE SECURED WITH FENCING AND ALARM SYSTEMS TO STOP CURIOUS CHILDREN FROM WANDERING INTO DANGER. AND WHEREAS DROWNING PREVENTION IS A COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY THAT SHOULD INCLUDE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS ACROSS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO DRAMATICALLY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC DROWNINGS. AND WHEREAS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RECOGNIZES WATER SMART TOTS INC. FOR TEACHING THE COMMUNITY ABOUT WATER SAFETY THROUGH NUMEROUS INITIATIVES NCLUDING PRESCHOOL PRESENTATIONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ONE ON ONE SURVIVAL SWIM LESSONS TO CHILDREN AGES 1 TO 6 WHOSE FAMILIES CANNOT AFFORD THEM. AND WATER SMART TOTS ENCOURAGES CHILDREN OVER THE AGE OF 6 TO ENROLL IN RED CROSS SWIM LESSONS. AND WHEREAS WATER SMART TOTS INC. SUPPORTS OTHER EFFORTS BY OTHER AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS TO PROVIDE A MULTILAYERED APPROACH TO STOP THE PEDIATRIC DROWNING EPIDEMIC. NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED THAT THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, DOES HEREBY DECLARE MAY 2019 AS WATER SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND ENCOURAGES ALL RESIDENTS TO ENSURE THAT CHILDREN KNOW HOW TO SWIM, LEARN AQUATIC SURVIVAL SKILLS, AND ARE WATER SMART. EXSCUTEED TODAY THE FIRST OF MAY SIGNED BY ALL SEVEN COMMISSIONERS. I JUST WANT TO THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO ON BEHALF OF OUR KIDS, AND PARTICULARLY THEIR SAFETY. THANK YOU. ANYBODY LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS?>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. APPRECIATE THE RECOGNITION FOR OUR EFFORTS. WHEN YOU LIVE IN A COUNTY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA THAT HAS THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DROWNINGS FOR CHILDREN UNDER AGE 4, WE BELIEVE DROWNING BECOMES EVERYBODY’S RESPONSIBILITY. IT’S THE EFFORT OF THE COMMUNITY, MANY ORGANIZATIONS. IT’S THE UNITY OF THE COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER, ND PROMOTING AWARENESS AND DROWNING PREVENTION. THE EFFORTS OF WATER SMART TOTS WE’VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF MANY PEOPLE NOT JUST ONE PERSON, AND I JUST WANT TO THANK THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY WHO HAS HELPED US AND SUPPORTED US AND BELIEVED IN HER MISSION TO ENSURE NOT ONE — IN OUR MISSION TO ENSURE NOT ONE MORE CHILD ROWNS. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>LES MILLER, JR.: BEFORE WE TAKE A PICTURE, COMMISSIONER KEMP, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>PAT KEMP: THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO ESPECIALLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AS YOU POINTED OUT OUR DROWNING RATE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DOUBLED JUST SUCH A TRAGEDY. BUT I WAS STRUCK BY THE OTHER NIGHT. I SAW A STORY AND I THINK IT WAS PI PINELLAS COUNTY WHERE THEIR PARENTS BROUGHT THEIR TODDLER KAYAKING WHICH IS A WONDERFUL THING I DO. BUT THEIR CHILD HAD NO LIFE VEST ON AND ENDED UP DROWNING. SO IF COMMUNICATING THAT STORY TO ONE PERSON HERE TODAY OR ANYONE ELSE SAVES A LIFE OF A CHILD, IT WOULD BE WORTH IT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY IS THINKING ABOUT THAT WHEN THEY BRING THEIR CHILDREN ON THE WATER.>>I WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE THAT LAST YEAR, THE STATISTICS FOR GROWNING, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ALONE HAD 11 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 4 WHO LOST THEIR LIVES. THE SAME TIME THIS YEAR WE’VE ONLY HAD ONE, WHICH IS SAD TO EVEN LOSE ONE LIFE BUT IT IS A DRASTIC REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC DROWNINGS.>>LES MILLER, JR.: COMMISSIONER MURMAN WILL PRESENT THE NEXT PROCLAMATION.>>SANDRA MURMAN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER WHITE, FOR KEEPING THE OTTER UNDER CONTROL. [LAUGHTER] WE HAD AN UNRULY DUCK HERE ONE DAY, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WEREN’T HERE. VERY PROUD TO PRESENT THIS PROCLAMATION TODAY. IT’S TO A VERY FAST GROWING SEGMENT OF OUR POPULATION. AND IT’S THE ASIAN PACIFIC-AMERICAN SEGMENT OF OUR POPULATION. TODAY I’D LIKE TO ASK THEM AND FOREWORD, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION — FORWARD, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ASIAN-AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS. MAN LEE IS THE PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME FORWARD. THE CHINESE CHAMBEROMP COMMERCE OF TAMPA BAY, SUNNY THE PRESIDENT, PHILIPPINES COMMUNITY JOSE AMILLA, VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE PHILIPPINE CULTURAL FOUNDATION INCORPORATED, HUNG MAI FROM THE VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY, THE TAIWANESE COMMUNITY, ROBERT CHEN, TAIWANESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. AND OF COURSE YOU WANT THE QUEEN TO COME FORWARD. OKAY. AND SHE’S, REPRESENTS THE COMMUNITY VERY WELL. YOU’RE GOING TO READ THIS PROCLAMATION. IT SAYS WHEREAS ASIAN PACIFIC-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED BY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS IN 1978 HONORING THE CONTRIBUTIONS ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS HAVE MADE IN THE SCIENCES, THE ARTS, INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT, AND COMMERCE. AND ORIGINALLY ENCOMPASS THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF MAY. WHEREAS IN 1992, CONGRESS EXTENDED THE OBSERVANCE OF ASIAN PACIFIC-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH TO NCLUDE THE ENTIRE MONTH OF MAY. WHEREAS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS A LARGE POPULATION OF ASIAN PACIFIC-AMERICANS WHOSE ORIGINS INCLUDE CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDIA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA, PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, THAILAND, AND VIETNAM. AND WHEREAS IN 2012, THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS APPROVED THE CREATION OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DIVERSITY ADVISORY COUNSEL — COUNCIL WHICH ENSURES THE DIVERSE NEEDS OF THE COUNTY’S RESIDENTS ARE IDENTIFIED AND COMMUNICATED TO THE GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY AT LARGE. WHEREAS THE CAN COUNCIL’S MEMBER HP IS REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COUNTY’S DIFFERENT CULTURES INCLUDING AFRICAN-AMERICAN, CARIBBEAN, FAR EAST ASIAN, LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, HISPANICS, INDIAN, ASIAN, MIDDLE EASTERN, NATIVE AMERICAN, NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN EUROPEAN, AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. WHEREAS THE ASIAN PACIFIC-AMERICANS BRING TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY A VIBRANT DIVERSITY REPRESENTING MANY LANGUAGES, ETHNICITIES, TRADITIONS, AND ENRICH RESIDENT’S IDEAS BY HARING IDEAS, CUSTOMS, AND WISDOMS. NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, DOES HEREBY DECLARE MAY TWINEAPT AS — 2019 AS ASIAN PACIFIC-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND ENCOURAGES ALL RESIDENTS TO JOIN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DIVERSITY ADVISORY COUNCIL IN CELEBRATING THE NUMEROUS POSITIVE IMPACTS ASIAN PACIFIC-AMERICANS HAVE MADE TO THE COMMUNITY. AND MAINTAINING STRONG COMMUNICATION BETWEEN NEIGHBORS OF DIVERSE CULTURES. AND SO PROUD TO PRESENT THIS. WHO AM I PRESENTING THIS TO? HUNG?>>THANK YOU TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. THANK YOU. IT’S AN HONOR, YOU KNOW, FOR US TO BE HERE WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP, WITH YOUR WISDOM, AND WITH YOUR, YOU KNOW, PEACE. AND I KNOW IN 2012 THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REATED THE DAC WHICH WAS I AM A MEMBER, AND I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO CHAIR FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS. AND THE AC STILL YOU KNOW EXISTS TODAY AND THAT IS A GOOD THING THAT THE COUNTY WE, WE APPRECIATE, YOU KNOW, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, IS A DIVERSE COUNTY AND WE APPRECIATE YOU INCLUDING US IN THE GROWTH OF THE COMMUNITY. WITH YOUR PERMISSION, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ASIAN COMMUNITY COME UP HERE AND, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD, YOU KNOW, MY TIME FOR EACH OF THE GROUP IF THEY CAN MAKE, YOU KNOW, A REMARK.>>HI, GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS SUNNY. IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE WITH ALL OUR ASIAN COMMUNITIES. THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR OUR ASIAN COMMUNITY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND IT’S JUST VERY, VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE. THANK YOU.>>HELLO, I WANT TO AGAIN THANK YOU FOR THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR RECOGNIZING ASIAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH AND I LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU.>>I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE COMMISSIONERS FOR MAKING THIS A MONTH. THE PHILIPPINES IS VERY PROUD TO BE RECOGNIZED AS THE BIGGEST PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN THE ENTIRE USA WITH 12,000 LAST APRIL ATTENDANCE. SO WE ARE VISIBLE TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>I WANT TO THANK COMMISSIONERS FOR HOSTING THE PROCLAMATION AND THAT WE ARE HERE AND WE LOVE THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND WE LOVE TO INVOLVE WITH THE COMMUNITY AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AS WELL. THANK YOU.>>[UNINTELLIGIBLE]>>LES MILLER, JR.: I’LL PRESENT THE NEXT PROCLAMATIONS. I’M GOING TO ASK THE MEMBERS OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD THAT ARE HERE, BETTER KNOWN AS CAB, TO COME FORWARD, AND STAFF MEMBERS, MS. AUDREY ZIGGLER AND ANY OTHER STAFF MEMBERS YOU HAVE WITH YOU TO PLEASE COME FORWARD. THE MONTH OF MAY IS DESIGNATED AS COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH TO CELEBRATE LOCAL COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES FOR THE WORK THEY DO IN THE FIGHT TO ASSIST LOW-INCOME FAMILIES ACHIEVE ECONOMIC SELF-SUFFICIENCY. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD BETTER KNOWN AS CAB MEMBERS DEMONSTRATE THE DEDICATION YEAR-ROUND THROUGH VOLUNTEER WORK IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD’S MISSION STATEMENT IS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD PARTNERS WITH COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS TO STABILIZE AND EMPOWER ULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO ACHIEVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY THROUGH ADVOCACY AND ESSENTIAL SERVICES. CAB MEMBERS WORK WITH SOCIAL SERVICE STAFF TO ASSIST ELIGIBLE LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO COVER TUITION COSTS FOR INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS SUCH AS FIREFIGHTERS, EMTs, AWARD MULTIPLE POST-SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIPS TO YOUTH BETWEEN THE AGES OF 17 AND 22, PROVIDE SUMMER EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO INDIVIDUALS AGES 12 TO 17, ASSIST AND MOTIVATE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN THE FAMILY EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM ACHIEVE FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE BY PROVIDING CASE MANAGEMENT ALONG WITH FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT AND CUSTOMIZE CASE PLAN SUPPORT ADVISORY COUNCILS WITH ANNUAL PROJECTS, AS WELL AS NUMEROUS OTHER ACTIVITIES ADDRESSING POVERTY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND AGAIN, THEY DO THIS ON THEIR OWN VOLUNTARY TIME AND THEY’RE APPOINTED BY THE BOARD AND OTHERS SO IT’S AN HONOR FOR ME TO PRESENT THIS PROCLAMATION TO THE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY IN THEIR RECOGNITION. IT READS WHEREAS COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY HAS BEEN FIGHTING POVERTY SINCE 1964. AND THEY WERE CREATED AS PART OF THE UNITED STATES ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY ACT. AND WHEREAS COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES PUT A HUMAN FACE ON POVERTY AND HELPS RESIDENTS WITH LOWER INCOME BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT, UPLIFT NEIGHBORHOODS, ENSURE ALL PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY. AND WHEREAS THE AGENCIES ARE WORKING WITH THE TATE OF FLORIDA TO REFORM THE WELFARE SYSTEM, A PARTNERSHIP WHICH ENHANCES BOTH IN ENTITIES AND BENEFITS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RESIDENTS. AND WHEREAS COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES CONTRIBUTE TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY’S MOST VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES BY PROVIDING COST EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE A PROFOUND IMPACT ON PEOPLE’S LIVES. AND WHEREAS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD’S DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION, AND EVALUATION OF COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANT FUNDS AND PROGRAMS AND SERVES RESIDENTS AND COMMUNITIES IN NEED. AND WHEREAS WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PROMOTES ECONOMIC SECURITY BY PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN NEED. NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED THAT THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, DOES HEREBY DECLARE MAY 2019 AS COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND URGES ALL RESIDENTS TO RECOGNIZE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD’S EFFORTS TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE AND HAS CONOMIC ENHANCE — ENHANCED ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR REGION’S MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS. EXECUTED THIS 1st DAY OF MAY 2019 AND SIGNED BY ALL SEVEN BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. WHO AM I PRESENTING THIS TO?>>THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER. NIGH MAIM IS JOEY HENDERSON. I AM THE VICE CHAIR OF THE COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD AND WORK FOR FLORIDA HOME PARTNERSHIP AND ON BEHALF OF OUR CHAIRWOMAN, MS. NOREEN COPELAND MILLER, WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RECOGNIZING THE COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD. THE COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD IS A TRIUMPHANT GROUP MADE UP OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMMISSIONERS, THE PRIVATE INDUSTRY, AS WELL AS FROM THE LOW-INCOME SECTOR. AND HESE INDIVIDUALS COME FROM ALL OVER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TODAY WITH US WE HAVE MY COLLEAGUES MS. JENNIFER ANNE HUDSON, MS. KIMBERLY ANNE MITCHELL REPRESENTING IT HONORABLE STACY WHITE AND MS. GAM BREL REPRESENTING HEAD START. AND E WORK SYMBEOTICALLY WITH A DYNAMIC GROUP HERE AT THE SOCIAL SERVICES GROUP LED BY MS. AUDREY ZIGGLER, MURIA GILLIS AND DEREK AND MS. SHARON GORDON. AND THEY HAVE A GREAT TEAM OF INDIVIDUALS THAT WE WORK SYMBIOTICALLY WITH TO REALLY TRY TO HELP THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO NEED THE HELP MOST. AND I WOULD LIKE TO QUOTE ROBERT INGERSOLL A QUICK QUOTE THAT SAYS WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS. AND I ASSURE YOU HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS THE LEADER WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING THOSE WHO NEED THE MOST HELP. AND I REALLY ONCE AGAIN WANT TO THANK THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR THIS HONOR. [APPLAUSE]>>FROM SOCIAL SERVICES STAFF, THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS, THANK YOU, MR. MILLER FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY ACTION INITIATIVES. WE’RE ALSO VERY APPRECIATIVE AND FORTUNATE THAT WE HAVE A DEDICATED AND PASSIONATE COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD THAT PROVIDES US LEADERSHIP AS TO SOCIAL SERVICES AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY.>>LES MILLER, JR.: MR. MERRILL, CHANGES TO THE AGENDA.>>YES, GOOD MORNING, COMMISSIONERS. WE HAVE TWO ITEMS THAT ARE BEING DEFERRED. THAT IS ITEM A31, WHICH WAS TO APPROVE AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE COUNTY AND WASTE CONNECTIONS OF FLORIDA TO ADJUST THE CONTRACTOR’S PROCESSERS RECYCLING FEE BEING DEFERRED TO A DATE TO BE DETERMINED. B3 WAS TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF NOT TO EXCEED $100 MILLION IN BONDS FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS IS BEING DEFERRED TO MAY 15th. WE HAVE ONE CORRECTION OR REVISION. B5 WHICH WAS TO AN AWARD AN AGREEMENT WITH PRINCE CONTRACTING TO EXTEND CITRUS PARK DRIVE AND CONNECT COUNTRYWAY BOULEVARD TO SHELDON ROAD. THAT IS A MINOR CHANGE TO INCLUDE APPARENTLY A IP NUMBER THAT WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FIRST VERSION. NO ITEMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM CONSENT FOR ANY REASON. WE HAVE A HANDFUL OF TIME CERTAINS. ONE PUBLIC HEARING, D1, WHICH IS THE SECOND OF TWO REQUIRED PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR SCHOOL CONCURRENCY AGREEMENT. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, THE APPLICANT IMPROPERLY ADVERTISED THE NOTICE, AND SO WE’LL ASK YOU TO OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING AND CONTINUE IT TO THE NEXT MEETING SO THEY CAN CORRECT THAT NOTICE ERROR.>>LES MILLER, JR.: WHICH ONE WAS THAT, MR. MERRILL?>>D1, PUBLIC HEARING.>>LES MILLER, JR.: OKAY.>>SO WE’LL JUST OPEN AND CONTINUE IT. TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT BUT CONTINUE IT. 10:15 IS ITEM F3, WHICH IS COMMISSIONER MURMAN’S ITEM DIRECTING STAFF TO COORDINATE WITH THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TASK FORCE AND HEALTH CARE ADVISORY BOARD TO — BENEFITS OF THE POTENTIAL USE OF ANY OTHER — PROGRAM IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. 10:30 IS ITEM F4, COMMISSIONER WHITES’ ITEM, DIRECTING US TO WORK WITH SURROUNDING LANDOWNERS AND ASSESS THE POSSIBILITY OF CONNECTING BALMF-BOYETTE SCRUB PRESERVE TO ALAFIA RIVER STATE PARK WITH AN UNPAVED TRAIL. 11:00 A.M., B2 IS A PRESENTATION FOR FISCAL CHOICE CONSULTING, COMMUNICATING THE RESULTS OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION DEVELOPMENT SERVICES COST OF SERVICE FEE STUDY. 11:15, TWO ITEMS, B7 AND B8. BOTH ARE AUDIT REPORTS FROM THE COUNTY INTERNAL AUDITOR. AGING SERVICES AND HOME FOOD SERVICES PROGRAM AND USE OF OVERTIME PAY. RECESS FOR LUNCH AT 11:45, AND RETURN AT 1:30 FOR A BOARD WORKSHOP ON THE STORMWATER PROGRAM. THOSE ARE THE CHANGES.>>LES MILLER, JR.: BEFORE WE HAVE A MOTION FOR THAT, COMMISSIONER WHITE HAS SOMETHING.>>STACY WHITE: EFE OF YOU RECEIVED A HANDOUT FROM MY AIDE. THIS IS THE EXACT MATERIAL IN THE AGENDA BACKUP. WE JUST FELT IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO HAVE A LARGER SIZE PAPER COPY OF MY ITEM.>>LES MILLER, JR.: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WHITE AND COMMISECOND BY COMMISSIONER KEMP. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORDIORITY VOTE. — RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>PLEASE RERECORD YOUR VOTES.>>MOTION CARRIED 7-0.>>LES MILLER, JR.: WHOSE PHONE? $25. [LAUGHTER] NOW MOVING TO PUBLIC COMMENT. THE BOARD WELCOMES COMMENTS FROM CITIZENS ABOUT ANY ISSUE OR CONCERN. YOUR OPINIONS ARE VALUED IN TERMS OF PROVIDING INPUT TO THE BOARD MEMBERS. HOWEVER, IT IS REQUESTED AT THE SAME TIME WHEN YOU ADDRESS THE BOARD THAT COMMENTS ARE NOT DIRECTED PERSONALLY AGAINST A COMMISSIONER OR STAFF, BUT RATHER DIRECTED AT THE ISSUE. THIS PROVIDES A MUTUAL RESPECT BETWEEN THE BOARD MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC. THE OARD HAS SET ASIDE 45-MINUTE PERIOD IN THE MORNING IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING CHANGES TO THE AGENDA FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIR, THE BOARD MAY AGAIN HEAR PUBLIC COMMENTS AT THE END OF THE MEETING. PERSONS WISHING TO SPEAK BEFORE THE BOARD DURING THE PUBLIC COMMENT PORTION OF THE MEETING SHOULD COMPLETE THE ELECTRONIC LOCATED AT THE SIGN-UP TABLEORM INSIDE THE BOARDROOM. CITIZENS SPEAKING ON SCHEDULED AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE HEARD BEFORE CITIZENS SPEAKING ON NONSCHEDULED AGENDA ITEMS. WHEN ADDRESSING THE BOARD PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY AND STATE YOUR NAME INTO THE MICROPHONE. THREE MINUTES ARE ALLOWED FOR EACH SPEAKER. . OUR FIRST SPEAKER IS SHANE RICHSON. GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING, COMMISSIONERS. I AM HERE ON BEHALF OF SWAMP MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB. I AM THE PRESIDENT OF THAT ORGANIZATION. AND WE DO A LOT OF VOLUNTEER WORK FOR THE COUNTY IN BALM-BOYETTE SCRUB PRESERVE AND ALSO FLATWOODS WILDERNESS PARK, AND WE HAVE AN IDEA THAT WE’VE BROUGHT TO COMMISSIONER WHITE BUT YOU KNOW WE WANT TO BRING THE REST OF IT TO THE COMMUNITY AND O THE REST OF THE COMMISSION. AND WE HOPEFULLY WILL BE ABLE TO WORK WITH YOU ALL TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR THE COMMUNITY. AND I CONCEDE THE REST OF MY TIME TO I BELIEVE THE NEXT SPEAKER IN LINE WHICH IS OUR BIKE PRESIDENT.>>LES MILLER, JR.: STOP THE CLOCK. SO YOU ARE YIELDING — STOP THE CLOCK. STALSTOP THE CLOCK. SO YOU’RE YIELDING YOUR TIME TO THE NEXT SPEAKER? THE REST OF YOUR TIME, THE REMAINING TIME? MIKE DEMARKA. MIKE. SO YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES AND 13 SECONDS.>>GOOD MORNING, MY NAME IS MIKE LAMARCA. THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE. WE’VE HAD THIS IDEA TO CONNECT THESE TWO GREAT PARKS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND EVERYTHING IN THE MIDDLE IS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY OWNED LAND AND LIKE I SAID, HOPEFULLY THAT WE CAN HAVE YOUR BLESSINGS TO CONNECT THESE TWO GREAT PARKS. AND WE’RE ONLY HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ON ITEM F4. ALSO WE HAVE THE PARK MANAGER OF ALAFIA RIVER STATE PARK, BRIAN MAXWELL HERE. HE IS HERE IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ALSO.>>LES MILLER, JR.: THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER WHITE, YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.>>STACY WHITE: THANK YOU AND I WANT TO REMIND YOU I HAVE YOU QUEUED UP FOR A 10:30 TIME CERTAIN SO IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HANG AROUND, WE WILL BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE ITEM WHILE YOU ARE HERE. THANK YOU.>>LES MILLER, JR.: NEXT SPEAKER IS DOTTY SKIPPER. FOLLOWED BY ELLEN SNELLING.>>GOOD MORNING, COMMISSIONERS. HOW ARE YOU? MY NAME IS DOTTY GRUBER SKIPPER, AND MOST OF YOU KNOW ME AS AN ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING ADVOCATE. ANTI-TRAFFICKING EFFORTS AS A BOARD MEMBER OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ANTIDRUG ALLIANCE AND GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS’ APPOINTEE TO THE STATEWIDE — COUNCIL. TODAY I STAND BEFORE YOU TO RELAY CRITICAL INFORMATION REGARDING AGENDA ITEM F3, WHICH I BELIEVE COMMISSIONER MURMAN’S ITEM ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL, THERE IS NO PERSUASIVE EVIDENCE THAT SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS INCREASE DURATION IN COMMUNITIES THAT IMPLEMENTED SUCH PROGRAMMING. IN ACT MANY OF THE INCREASES IN INJECTION RISK PRACTICES HAVE BEEN IN COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE NOT HAD SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS. SO IN MY PINION, IN THE OPINION OF EXPERTS IN THE FIELD, IF A SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM IS MP LMENTED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, RECOMMENDATIONS ARE THAT IT ABSOLUTELY MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING HOLISTIC COMPONENTS. REFERRAL TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT, INCLUDING MEDICALLY ASSISTED TREATMENT SERVICES. COMPREHENSIVE RISK REDUCTION COUNSELING. SAFER INJECTION EDUCATION. HIV AND VIRAL HEPATITIS SCREENING AND REFERRAL TO TREATMENT. REFERRAL TO SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TREATMENT. AND MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE REFERRAL. SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO MOVE FORWARD I BELIEVE WITH CAUTION. A SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITHOUT AN ADEQUATE AND EFFECTIVE TREATMENT AND RECOVERY COMPONENT WOULD LIKELY NOT REDUCE OPIOID ADDICTION. IN FACT, IT COULD POSSIBLY ENABLE CONTINUED ADDICTION TO INJECTIONOPE YOITH. I — OWNIOIDS. IF A ROBUST REFERRAL AND LINKAGE TO TREATMENT COMPONENT IS INCLUDED, THIS COULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE ADDICTED PERSONS WHO MIGHT OTHERWISE NOT BE REACHED A CHANCE FOR A NEW LIFE IN RECOVERY. SO THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS, AND THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MURMAN FOR YOUR ONGOING CHAMPIONING OF CRITICAL COMMUNITY ISSUES. THANK YOU.>>LES MILLER, JR.: THANK YOU. THANK YOU. MS. SNELLING?>>FOLLOWED BY TERESA MILLER.>>MORNING, COMMISSIONERS. I’M ALSO GOING TO BE SPEAKING ON ITEM F3. AND I FIRST WANT TO START OFF BY CONGRATULATING COMMISSIONER SANDRA MURMAN BECAUSE SHE RECEIVED THE ANTIDRUG ALLIANCE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE EARLIER THIS YEAR FOR ALL OF HER HARD WORK ON THE OPIOID CRISIS AND FIGHTING BACK AGAINST BIG PHARMA. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL THE WORK YOU’VE DONE. I AS A MOTHER OF A DAUGHTER IN RECOVERY AND SHE STARTED OUT WITH MARIJUANA WHEN SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT SHE DID GO FORWARD AND GET ONTO HARDER DRUGS INCLUDING COCAINE AND OPIOIDS, SO I COME TO YOU AS A PARENT OF A DAUGHTER IN RECOVERY, AND ALSO I UNFORTUNATELY TWO YEARS AGO LOST MY BROTHER. HE LIVED IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, AND HE DIED OF IN A CAR FENTANYL OVERDOSE. SO I HAVE HAD A LOT OF EFFECTS OF THE OPIOID CRISIS ON MY OWN FAMILY, SO I DO HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT A SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAM. BUT I ECHO EVERYTHING DOTTY JUST SAID THAT PRETTY MUCH SUMS UP MY CONCERN IS MAINLY THAT IF WE DO GO FORWARD WITH THIS AND THE MAIN REASON FOR SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS IS TO REDUCE CERTAIN TYPES OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE. BUT SINCE YOU KNOW WE’RE ALSO TALKING ABOUT OPIOIDS, IT WILL, IT WOULDN’T PREVENT OPIOID USE. BUT IT COULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET A HARD TO REACH POPULATION INTO TREATMENT. SO IF HE DATA SHOWS WE DO NEED SUCH A PROGRAM HERE, THEN I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT WE DO WORK NOT JUST GIVE PEOPLE A CARD THAT SAYS HERE’S SOME TREATMENT AGENCIES BUT REALLY WORK HARD AND OLLOW UP AND HAVE A LINKAGE TO TREATMENT FOR THESE PEOPLE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>LES MILLER, JR.: THANK YOU. FOLLOWED BY JENNIFER MOTSINGER.>>HELLO, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NEW AND HAVEN’T MET ME BEFORE, 12 YEARS AGO MY SON DEVELOP ADSEVERE ADDICTION TO OPIATES, AND AFTER THAT, I WENT TO USF AND GOT A MASTER’S IN MENTAL HEALTH AND HAVE BEEN VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITY TO SAVE LIVES INCE THEN. AND TO ME BEFORE I GOT INTO THE DRUG FIELD, HARM REDUCTION WAS MORE LIKE THE PROGRAM THAT WE SAW HERE WHERE YOU TEACH THE CHILDREN TO SWIM TO PREVENT THEM FROM DYING. BUT APPARENTLY IN DRUG — IN A DRUG WORLD IT IS ATTEMPTING TO MAKE DRUG ABUSE AND USE SAFER. AND SOME THINGS PERSONALLY I THINK YOU NEED TO HINK ABOUT IS IF YOU HAVE THIS PROGRAM, ARE YOU EALLY HELPING THEM? ESPECIALLY IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE MANDATORY ITEMS, COUNSELING AND TREATMENT THAT DOTTY SPOKE OF. OR ARE YOU ENABLELING THEM? ARE YOU ENABLING THEM TO CONTINUE TO LEAD AN UNSAFE, UNHEALTHY, OFTEN FATAL AND ILLEGAL LIFESTYLE? AND THAT’S REALLY A BIG CONCERN. AND WHO IS GOING TO BE ATTRACTED HERE TO OUR COMMUNITY WITH THE PROGRAM LIKE THAT? IF YOU’RE SHOOTING HEROIN, YOU’RE REALLY, OU CAN’T HOLD A JOB. AND THEN YOU HAVE HOMELESS PEOPLE, MORE HOMELESS PEOPLE. YOU HAVE MORE POSSIBLY DRUG DEALERS AND DOCTORS THAT WANT TO PREY ON THESE PEOPLE. AND WHERE ARE WE GOING TO LOCATE THOSE LOCATIONS? YOU KNOW, MORE THAN LIKELY THEY NEED TO BE WHERE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE ADDICTIONS ARE, WHICH OFTEN IS ALREADY A STRUGGLING AREA IN OUR COMMUNITY. AND LASTLY, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT IN MY OPINION WHAT YOU’RE DOING IS YOU’RE TAKING AWAY THE FEAR FACTOR. AND WHAT I CALL THAT IS THE FEAR OF HAVING AN INFECTION, THE FEAR OF GETTING HEP C, THE FEAR OF GETTING HIV PROBLEMS AND THE FEAR OF OFTEN GOING TO JAIL. THOSE THINGS SOMETIMES WILL KEEP SOMEONE WHO’S USING DRUGS FROM GOING INTO THE INJECTION WORLD. AND I DON’T KNOW, I REALLY HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT HAVING THIS PROGRAM HERE IN OUR COUNTY. SO UNLESS WE CAN REALLY MAKE SOME THINGS MANDATORY. BUT AS MANY OF YOU KNOW WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADDICTION IN OUR FAMILIES, THEIR THINKING IS ALREADY IMPAIRED SO THEY ARE OFTEN NOT THINKING OF WHAT’S THE SAFE AND BEST THING FOR ME. SO I’M HERE TO SUPPORT AND HELP IN ANY WAY I CAN. THANK YOU.>>LES MILLER, JR.: THANK YOU. JENNIFER MOTSINGER FOLLOWED BY ABBY.>>GOOD MORNING, COMMISSIONS. MY NAME IS JENNIFER MOTSINGER AND I REPRESENT THE TAMPA BAY BUILDERS ASSOCIATION. I DID SEND YOU A MEMO YESTERDAY SO I WON’T REITERATE THE POINTS THAT I MADE IN THAT ABOUT THE FEE STUDY, BUT I’VE BEEN AROUND THIS TOPIC FOR 15 YEARS, SO I JUST ANT TO HIGHLIGHT ONE POINT THAT I MAY HAVE MISSED, WHICH IS THE LEVEL OF SERVICE POINT. THAT IS SPECIFIC TO THE FEES, FEES INCREASE, NOT NECESSARILY AT THE SAME TIME, OR NECESSARILY TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN YOU’RE REVIEWING THE DEPARTMENT’S BUDGETS. ANY USER FEE BASED DEPARTMENT SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS, TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS, COMPENSATION INCREASES, AS LONG AS THE FEES THAT THE CUSTOMERS ARE PAYING ARE THERE, THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION, BUT ALL TOO OFTEN IT’S NOT. SO I’M JUST TOLLING YOU THIS MORNING S YOU LOOK AT YOUR BUDGET DISCUSSIONS NEXT YEAR, AS THEE FEES — THESE FEES DO INCREASE, PLEASE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE CUSTOMER IS LOOKING FOR AN IMPROVED LEVEL OF SERVICE. AND THAT COULD MEAN AN ARRAY OF TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS, THINGSR OF THAT NATURE. THANK YOU.>>LES MILLER, JR.: THANK YOU. ABBY FEELY. FOLLOWED BY JOANNE O’BRIEN.>>GOOD MORNING, COMMISSIONS, ABBY FEELLY, STEARNS, WEAVER, MILLER, 401 EAST JACKSON STREET. I TOO WANTED TO SPEAK TO YOU ON ITEM B2 THIS MORNING WHICH IS A PRESENTATION THAT’S COMING BEFORE YOU IN RELATION TO THE FEE STUDY. MANY OF S HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND MEETINGS THAT WERE HELD LAST WEEK BOTH FOR INDUSTRY AND FOR CITIZENS FOR THE PRESENTATION OF THE FEES. I THINK WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO SEE TODAY ARE THERE ARE SOME SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN THESE FEES. WE HAD SOME PRELIMINARY BACKGROUND INFORMATION I THINK WE WOULD LIKE TO TRY TO GET MORE OF THAT INFORMATION, ESPECIALLY COMPARISONS FROM OTHER MUNICIPALITIES THAT WERE STUDIED. I THINK THE ONE THING WE WOULD REALLY LIKE TO ASK FOR TODAY IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORKSHOP THIS ITEM WITH YOU ONCE YOU’VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE FEES. AND THEN TO HAVE SOME DISCUSSION AS TO HOW THIS MAY IMPACT EVERYONE FROM UP MOM AND OP OPERATIONS TO LARGE DEVELOPERS. A LOT OF TIMES DEVELOPERS DON’T HAVE A HARD TIME ABSORBING THE FEE, BUT OTHERS TRYING TO DO SMALL MODIFICATIONS TO THEIR OWN BUSINESSES COULD BE SEVERELY IMPACTED BY THE FEES AND OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO THEIR PROPERTY AND OVERALL TO THE COUNTY. SO I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY HIS MORNING, AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH YOU I IN THIS DISCUSSION.>>LES MILLER, JR.: THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LAST SPEAKER OF THE MORNING IS JOANNE ‘BRIEN.>>GOOD MORNING, JOANNE O’BRIEN. I’M HERE TODAY. I WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT FEEDING AMERICA, AND I DON’T KNOW IF YOU ALL ARE AWARE, THERE IS ANOTHER PROGRAM CALLED THE WINN-DIXIE CHARITY MARKET, EVERY MONDAY FROM 1:00 TO 3:00 AND THEN 4:00 TO 7:00, SO FOR ANYBODY IN NEED THEY HAVE TO CALL THEM. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT NOW BECAUSE IT WAS SHEER CHAOS THERE FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, AND THIS NEW THING SEEMS TO BE WORKING OUT. THE NUMBER IS 813-252-1190. AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. IT’S EVERY MONDAY. AND THEY ARE DOING WONDERFUL WORK. AND I CAME UPON HIS, I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR ABOUT NINE YEARS BRINGING FOODS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE SHUT IN. YOU NEVER KNOW. WE ALL COULD BE ONE PAYCHECK AWAY FROM BEING HUNGRY. NO ONE SHOULD BE HUNGRY. AND THE OTHER THING WITH THE CHILDREN FROM FRIDAY TO MONDAY, THEY MIGHT NOT BE EVEN EATING ANYTHING. SO I ALWAYS, EVERY YEAR FOR MY BIRTHDAY, DO A GO FUND ME PAGE OF FEEDING AMERICA, AND A GENTLEMAN THAT I BELIEVE YOU ALL MAY KNOW CAME TO MY HOUSE AND SAID HE DIDN’T WANT TO BE RECOGNIZED ON MY GO FUND ME PAGE. OPENED UP THIS WALLET AND GAVE ME $100. SO I SENT THAT TO FEEDING AMERICA YESTERDAY. AND THIS IS WHAT I ENJOY DOING, TRYING TO HELP HE PEOPLE, TRYING TO GET THROUGH MY OWN PROBLEM THAT’S NEITHER HERE NOR THERE IGHT NOW. BUT WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTY. THANK YOU.>>LES MILLER, JR.: THANK YOU, MS. O’BRIEN. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. THAT’S O OUR TIME FOR THE MORNING. MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE AGENDA. PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 7-0.>>LES MILLER, JR.: MR. MERRILL.>>YES, COMMISSIONER, YOUR 10:00 A.M. TIME CERTAIN WHICH IS PUBLIC HEARING D1, AND AGAIN, WE’RE GOING TO OPEN IT, TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT, AND THEN CONTINUE IT TO THE NEXT MEETING SO THAT THE PROPER NOTING CAN BE FILED BY THE APPLICANT — NOTING CAN BE FILED BY THE APPLICANT.>>LES MILLER, JR.: OKAY. WHO’S PRESENTING THIS? GOOD MORNING, MR. GORMLY.>>GOOD MORNING, COMMISSIONERS, ADAM GORMLY, DEVELOPMENT SERVICES. ITEM 1 IS A PUBLIC HEAR — D1 IS A PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER PROP SHARE AGREEMENT WITH LENNAR HOMES AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THERE WAS A NOTICE PROBLEM WITH THIS HEARING TODAY, SO ASK THE BOARD TO PEN, TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT, AND CONTINUE THE ITEM, TO CLOSE THAT TO MAY 15th AT 10:00 A.M. I’M AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS.>>LES MILLER, JR.: THIS IS A PUBLIC HEARING. ANYONE WISHING TO ADDRESS ITEM D1? ANYONE WISHING TO ADDRESS ITEM D1? I HAVE A MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE. MOTION BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KEMP TO CONTINUE THIS ITEM. COMMISSIONER — OKAY. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 7-0.>>LES MILLER, JR.: MR. MERRILL?>>10:15 TIME CERTAIN, F THROORKS ECOMMISSIONER MURMAN’S ITEM.>>LES MILLER, JR.: COMMISSIONER M MURMAN.>>SANDRA MURMAN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR, AND I WANT TO START OFF BY SAYING, I CALL THEM MY FRIENDS OUT THERE, ELLEN AND DOTTY AND EVERYBODY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR COMMENTS TODAY. I AM ON THE FENCE ON THIS ISSUE, I WILL START OUT BY SAYING THAT. I AM NOT A TOTAL BELIEVER THAT THIS IS THE BEST PROGRAM. BUT GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE ARE LEADING THE STATE IN OVERDOSE DEATHS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE HAVE HAD A 24% INCREASE OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, WE HAD OVER 270 OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS LAST YEAR ALONE, PLUS 579 SUBSTANCE EXPOSED BABIES WERE BORN. WE LEAD THE STATE. WE’VE GOT A GREAT PIOID ACTION PLAN, IT’S GOT THE EDUCATION, PREVENTION, EVERYTHING IN IT. AND YOU KNOW, WHEN I READ ABOUT THE HOUSE BILL, THAT’S HOW THIS CAME TO PASS. THERE WAS A HOUSE BILL AND I KNOW SPEAKER ALLEVA WAS ALWAYS BEEN AGAINST THIS PROGRAM. BUT HE WENT AND VISIT THE ACTUAL PROGRAM, PILOT PROJECT THAT WAS AUTHORIZED IN 2016, THE LEGISLATURE AUTHORIZED THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI TO OPERATE A NEEDLE AND SYRINGE EXCHANGE PILOT PROGRAM IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. I PLAN ON GOING DOWN THERE TO LOOK AT IT BECAUSE I THINK IT’S WORTHWHILE FOR INFORMATION AND RESEARCH. BUT THE PILOT PROGRAM OFFERS FREE CLEAN UNUSED NEEDLES AND SYRINGES TO INTERVENUS DRUG USERS AS A MEANS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF DISEASES. SO THE BILL THIS YEAR EXTENDS THIS PROGRAM STATEWIDE, AND I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU SOME STATISTICS, SOME RESULTS OF WHAT THEY HAVE COMING OUT OF THAT PROGRAM. AND THE BILL ACTUALLY AUTHORIZES COUNTY COMMISSIONS TO ESTABLISH STERILE NEEDLE SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS BY ADOPTING COUNTY ORDINANCES THAT MEET CERTAIN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, THAT IS WORKING WITH THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT, ET CETERA. NOW, THE HOUSE BILL HASSE PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. THE SENATE BILL HAS PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. THERE BILLS OF COURSE HAVE TO COME — THE BILLS OF COURSE HAVE TO OME TOGETHER. IT IS, THE FINAL BILL IS WAITING IN SENATE MESSAGES AND I ASSUME IT’S GOING TO PASS. BUT, AND IT HAS CERTAIN REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ATTACHED TO T. BUT BASICALLY, THE NEEDLE AND TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF DRUG USERS WHO ENTER TREATMENT FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER. THIS WOULD BE MY INPUT INTO ANY KIND OF PLAN MOVING FORWARD IF WE WERE TO DO DO THIS. AND TODAY IS JUST A STUDY. WE’RE NOT VOTING TO IMPLEMENT ANYTHING TODAY. I THINK WE NEED TO RESEARCH IT AND STUDY. IT REDUCES NEEDLE STICK INJURIES AMONG FIRST RESPONDERS, PROVIDING PROPER DISPOSAL. IT REDUCES SUBSTANCE ABUSE OVERDOSE DEATHS, PROVIDES PREVENTION, SAFER INJECTION PRACTICES, PROVIDES REFERRAL TO MEDICAL, MENTAL HEALTH, SOCIAL SERVICES, AND OF COURSE, ALL OF THIS THAT’S MENTIONED HERE WHAT THIS PROGRAM WOULD BE WE BUILT INTO OUR OPIOID ACTION PLAN. SO IT’S ALREADY THERE READY TO GO. AND IT DOES PROVIDE OTHER TOOLS TO PREVENT HIV, EPATITIS C, SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS. SO I TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROGRAM. AS OF DECEMBER 31st, 2018, THE PROGRAM ENROLLED 1,002 PARTICIPANTS. THEY MADE ALMOST 9,000 EXCHANGES. THEY PROVIDED ALMOST 250,000 UNUSED SYRINGES IN EXCHANGE FOR 260,000 USES SYRINGES. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEY ACHIEVED THE FOLLOWING. THEY REFERRED 66 INDIVIDUALS FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER TREATMENT. THEY ADMINISTERED 913 HIV TESTS, WHICH RESULTED N 64 POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS. THEY ADMINISTERED 708 HEPATITIS C TESTS WHICH RESULTED IN 298 POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS. THEY ADMINISTRATED 1900 NALOXONE KITS TO PARTICIPANTS, THAT’S NAR CANE, AND FAMILY MEMBERS WITH 1,075 OVERDOSE REVERSALS BEING REPORTED WHICH IS SIGNIFICANT. THE PROGRAM IS EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED FROM USING STATE, COUNTY OR LOCAL FUNDS AND MUST USE GRANT DONATIONS FROM PRIVATE SOURCES TO FUND THE PROGRAM. THE BILL IS UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SPEAKER DID COME ON BOARD AFTER HE VISITED. THE SENATE HAS GENERALLY ALWAYS BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF THIS PROJECT, BUT I THINK THEY HAVE A HIGH OPIOID CRISIS IN THEIR COUNTY TOO IN MIAMI-DADE, AND I DO THINK THIS IS WORTH HAVING THIS STUDIED BY THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TASK FORCE THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR THE LAST FIVE, I THINK SIX YEARS. YOU KNOW, DID THE PARITY IN OUR MENTAL, IN OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HEALTH CARE PLAN, PLUS THEY ALSO DID THE OPIOID ACTION PLAN. AND THE HEALTH CARE ADVISORY BOARD, AND JUST HAVE THEM STUDY IT, COME BACK TO US WITH THEIR RESULTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. IF THERE MIGHT BE AN IMPLEMENTATION IN THAT RECOMMENDATION, THAT WOULD BE WORTHY OF OUR CONSIDERATION. OBVIOUSLY THAT WOULD BE IMPORTANT FOR US TO OOK AT GOING FORWARD. JUST COUPLE MORE THINGS. ON THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TASK FORCE AND I DO HAVE A LIST OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS IF ANY OF YOU WOULD WANT TO SEE THAT. SOMEWHERE HERE IN MY FILE. THAT INCLUDE THE FLORIDA MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE, THAT’S FMHI AT USF. YOU INCLUDE THE COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH, INCLUDES ALL THE MAJOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT’S ABOUT 52 PEOPLE. IT’S CHAIRED BY BRAD HARIMANS FROM SUNCOAST COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS. SO I THINK WE HAVE TO BE VAI CAREFUL, VERY CAREFUL. I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU. I THINK IT’S WORTH US STUDYING. IF THIS IS ANOTHER TOOL IN THE TOOL KIT WE NEED TO COMBAT THIS HIGH NUMBER OF OPIOID DEATHS IN OUR COUNTY, I DO THINK WE SHOULD MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION. SO I WOULD LIKE TO DIRECT OUR HEALTH CARE SERVICES STAFF LED BY GENE EARLY IN COORDINATION WITH THE BEHAIIVELLURAL HEALTH TASK FORCE AND HEALTH CARE ADVISORY BOARD TO REVIEW, TO STUDY THE BENEFITS OF POTENTIAL USE OF A NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND BRING IN REPORTS TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AS PART OF THE PHASE TWO OF THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TASK FORCE OPIOID PLAN OF ACTION AND MILESTONES THAT WE DID IDENTIFY. THIS IS ONE OF OUR THINGS IN PHASE TWO. AND I ILL SAY I THINK IN MIAMI THEY ARE SAVING LIVES AND THAT’S WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION.>>SECOND.>>LES MILLER, JR.: WE HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KEMP, SMITH, AND OVERMAN. COMMISSIONER WHITE, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>STACY WHITE: THANK YOU. I’VE PUT A LOT OF THOUGHT INTO THIS ITEM. AS A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, SPECIFICALLY A PHARMACIST, I FEEL I BRING AN IMPORTANT VOICE TO THIS MATTER SO I AM GOING TO TAKE MY POLITICAL HAT OFF AND PUT MY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL HAT ON DE AND JUST SAY IF WE’RE GOING O DO THIS, IT NEEDS TO BE EVIDENCE-BASED. AND IN MY MIND, THERE ARE THREE QUESTIONS. I MEANT GOING TO CALL THEM QUESTION 1, QUESTION 2A, AND QUESTION 2B. OKAY? QUESTION 1 IS, DO THESE PROGRAMS REDUCE THE SPREAD OF BLOODBORNE ILLNESS. I THINK THE ANSWER IS YES, HERE IS A ROBUST BODY OF DATA THAT SUPPORTS THAT THESE PROGRAMS DECREASE THE SPREAD OF BLOODBORNE ILLNESS. QUESTION 2A WOULD BE WHAT DO THESE PROGRAMS MEAN FOR DRUG ABUSE RATES, THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL? QUESTION 2B WOULD BE WHAT DO THESE PROGRAMS MEAN FOR ARE DRUG ABUSE RATES AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL. AGAIN, I’VE BEEN AGONIZING ON THIS ONE BECAUSE OF MY BACKGROUND PUTTING LOT OF THOUGHT INTO IT. I’VE PULLED SOME STUDIES, SOME LITERATURE MYSELF AND TAKEN A LOOK AT THEM. I’VE ALSO REACHED OUT TO A COUPLE OF EXPERTS THAT I HAVE CONTACT WITH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. AND I’D LIKE TO JUST READ A SAMPLING OF A RESPONSE FROM ONE OF THOSE EXPERTS. AND SHE SAYS I’M NOT COMING ACROSS ANY ROBUST LITERATURE ON THE IMPACT OF NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS ON INDIVIDUAL DRUG USE OR THE POTENTIAL COMMUNITY IMPACT. THERE ARE POSCHIEWLTED IMPACTS SUCH AS DECREASED DISPOSAL OF CONTAMINATED PARAPHERNALIA ALTHOUGH THIS HAS NOT BEEN WELL ESTABLISHED THROUGH STRONG CLINICAL EVIDENCE. IT DOES SEEMS THAT MOST INTERVENTIONS ARE NOT SINGULAR IN NATURE. THERE IS A NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM COUPLED WITH METHADONE CLINIC REFERRAL OR OTHER FORMS OF SOCIAL WORK AS EXAMPLES. SO I AM GOING TO SUPPORT HE ITEM. ALL WE ARE ASKING OR TODAY IS A STUDY AS A STARTING POINT. BUT I WANT TO SAY TO STAFF THAT IF THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS A NEEDINGESH CHANGE PROGRAM, THAT NUMBER ONE, THAT IT NOT BE SINGULAR IN NATURE. AND THAT IT BE INCORPORATED INTO A SCHOLARLY STUDY, PREFERABLY FOR PUBLICATION IN A PEER REVIEW JOURNAL. AND THE PURPOSE OF THAT STUDY IN MY MIND WOULD BE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS 2A AND 2B. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COULD BE ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF HAVING, PROVIDING SOME DATA ON THOSE TWO ISSUES. SO MR. MERRILL, I KNOW WE HAVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH SF. I KNOW WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN. SO YOU KNOW, IF YOU WOULD FLOAT THAT IDEA, I’D BE VERY APPRECIATIVE.>>LES MILLER, JR.: IS THAT AN AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION?>>STACY WHITE: I DON’T THINK IT NEEDS TO BE AN AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION. I MEAN, IT’S –>>SANDRA MURMAN: WELL, WE ALREADY HAVE THE PROFESSIONALS ON THE COMMITTEE FROM USF, SO I ASSUME IT’S GOING TO BE COVERED BUT WE WILL DEFINITELY TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION.>>LES MILLER, JR.: THERE WAS MORE THAT HE EXPOUNDED ON BESIDES PROFESSIONALS FROM THE COMMITTEE. YOU ASKED FOR A REPORT, A STUDY REPORT, DIDN’T YOU?>>STACY WHITE: WHAT I JUST SAID IS THAT IF THEY O RECOMMEND A NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM TO THIS BOARD, THAT NUMBER ONE, IT NOT BE SINGULAR IN NATURE, AND THAT IT BE INCORPORATED INTO A SCHOLARLY STUDY. PREFERABLY FOR PUBLICATION IN A PEER REVIEW JOURNAL.>>LES MILLER, JR.: SEE, THAT PART IS NOT IN THE MOTION.>>SANDRA MURMAN: YEAH, YOU’D HAVE TO MAKE AN AMENDMENT.>>STACY WHITE: I WILL STATE TH THAT AS AN AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION.>>LES MILLER, JR.: IS THERE A SECOND TO THE AMENDMENT? IS THERE A SECOND TO THE AMENDMENT.>>SANDRA MURMAN: I WILL SECOND IT FOR DISCUSSION I GUESS.>>LES MILLER, JR.: WE HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WHITE, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER SMITH. COMMISSIONER OVERMAN, YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.>>KIMBERLY OVERMAN: THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD, AND I RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ADDICTED TO P OPIOIDS. I DO WANT TO — SOMEONE IN LINE WITH COMMISSIONER WHITE’S COMMENTS WANT TO INCLUDE IN THE STUDY A METHOD FOR MEASURING OUTCOMES. WE ARE WONDERFUL ABOUT FINDING TERRIFIC FOLKS THAT DO AMAZING WORK AT SOLVING OUR SERIOUS SOCIAL ISSUES. BUT WITHOUT A FRAMEWORK OF FEEDBACK DESIGNED IN THE PROCESS, I THINK WE OFTENTIMES CAN FIND OURSELVES SOMEWHAT NOT SURE WHAT WE’RE DOING OR HOW WELL WE’RE BEING SUCCESSFUL OR HOW WE’RE SPENDING THE RESOURCES. SO I’M REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THIS COME FORWARD BECAUSE IT’S SUCH A CRITICAL ISSUE IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND I WOULD LIKE TO SORT OF IN LINE WHETHER IT’S A SCHOLARLY STUDY OR WHATEVER TO KNOW THAT WHATEVER THE PROCESS IS IS THAT IT INCLUDES A MEANS OF TACKLING A WAY OF MEASURING OUTCOMES AS PART OF THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. AND IT’S OFTENTIMES DIFFICULT TO DO WHEN IT’S GRANT FUNDED AND MULTIPLE ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING THE SERVICES. SO I LIKE THIS IDEA, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN STAFF IS LOOKING FOR THIS, THAT BE BUILD A FEEDBACK SYSTEM THAT HELPS US MEASURE SUCCESS.>>LES MILLER, JR.: COMMISSIONER KEMP, YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.>>PAT KEMP: THANK YOU. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO THANK COMMISSIONER MURMAN FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. I READ THAT ARTICLE IN THE TIMES SOME WEEKS AGO THAT DELINEATED WHAT WAS HAPPENING, AND SO ALSO FOR THE PDATE ON KIND OF WHAT THE LEGISLATURE HAS DONE WITH IT. SO IT SOUNDS LIKE IT’S MOVING FORWARD TO ALLOW A LOCAL COMMUNITY A COUNTY TO HAVE A NEEDINGESH CHANGE PROGRAM. AS I UNDERSTAND, IT’S ONLY A PILOT IN MIAMI AND THE ONLY ONE THAT EXISTED IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, BUT I THINK THERE ARE ALSO OTHER PLACES. ALSO COMMISSIONER WHITE, I KNOW YOU HAVE EXPERTISE IN A LOT OF — EXPERTISE OR XPERIENCE TO ADD TO THIS ONVERSATION, SO I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS. I WORRY A LITTLE BIT WITH REGARD, COMMISSIONER WHITE TOORGS YOUR IDEA OF A — TO YOUR IDEA OF A PEER REVIEWED STUDY KNOWING THAT IT COULD BE SOMETHING THAT COULD BE YEARS DOWN THE LINE, YOU KNOW, TO INCLUDE THAT AS A REQUIREMENT I THINK MIGHT BE, IF THERE ARE SOME OTHERS, I’D CERTAINLY LIKE THAT KNOWLEDGE TO BE PART OF BEING INCORPORATED TO BE REVIEWED. BUT TO, I COULDN’T SUPPORT REQUIRING THAT TO BE PART OF IT BECAUSE I’D BE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT, YOU KNOW, WE COULD BE YEARS AND YEARS OFF OF EVER GETTING THE KIND OF INFORMATION THAT WE WOULD NEED. IN TERMS OF JUST IN GENERAL, WHEN I READ ABOUT THE MIAMI USE HEAR AND COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU ALSO POINTED OUT SOME F THE REALLY, THE LIFE SAVING THAT THIS MEASURE DID IN MIAMI OR COULD DO HERE. I ALSO KNOWING AND HAVING SOME FAMILIARITY WITH, FROM MY TIME AT TAMPA CROSSROADS AND LIKE MANY OTHERS HAVE FAMILIES OR OTHERS THAT HAVE YOU KNOW, MADE US AWARE OF ISSUES INVOLVEDS IN THIS, THAT I WOULD NOT WANT WHATEVER PROGRAM WE INSTITUTED TO, IF A SUCCESSFUL MIAMI IN SAVING LIVES, I WOULDN’T WANT TO INCLUDE ANY DISINCENTIVES OR REQUIREMENTS IN IT THAT WOULD THEN MAKE IT PROGRAM NOT AS AVAILABLE OR USEFUL OR LIFE SAVING AS IT HAS BEEN. SO I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY’RE DOING IN MIAMI AND OTHER PLACES, AND FOR, AS MY TIME, TAMPA CROSSROADS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST ISSUES I WAS ON THE BOARD THERE FOR MANY YEARS AND THEY DO LOT OF DRUG RELATED REHABILITATION, BUT ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WAS THAT PEOPLE WHO WERE READY FOR HELP DID NOT HAVE ANY PROGRAM THEY COULD ENTER OR ANY RESOURCES THAT WERE AVAILABLE TO THEM. SOMETIMES PEOPLE WERE BEGGING FOR HELP, AND THEY WERE TOLD THAT BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T AFFORD IT THEY COULDN’T GET IT OR HAD TO WAIT MONTHS OR MAYBE THEY SHOULD BE ARRESTED FIRST BECAUSE THEY COULD THEN PERHAPS GET REFERRED TO A PROGRAM TO HELP THEM. SO I THINK IT’S A REALLY COMPLEX ISSUE. I WOULDN’T WANT ANYTHING THAT WE — I’M JUST SAYING THIS GENERALLY, NOT FOR AN AMENDMENT OR ANYTHING, BUT I WOULDN’T WANT ANYTHING INCLUDED IN THIS THAT MIGHT NOT MAKE IT AS IMPACTFUL OR EFFECTIVE AS POSSIBLE. AND MAYBE AFTER LOOKING AT IT, THEY WOULD FIND THAT THE WAY TO GO WOULD BE TO INFORM PEOPLE OF OPPORTUNITIES WHEN THEY’RE READY AND AVAILABLE. SO I’M JUST, THOSE ARE JUST MY SWRERL COMMENTS ABOUT THIS. I AM — GENERAL COMMENTS ABOUT THIS. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT A PEER REVIEW STUDY AND THE LENGTH OF TIME AND WHAT IT COULD DO TO IMPEDE GOING FORWARD.>>LES MILLER, JR.: COMMISSIONER SMITH, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>MARIELLA SMITH: THANK YOU. THE STATISTICS YOU READ ARE VERY COMPELLING, AND YOU KNOW, I THINK THERE ARE VERY FEW PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE SOME CONNECTION, SOME FAMILY OR FRIENDS TOUCHED BY THIS EPIDEMIC. SO IN BEING AT HE, LEADING THE STATE IS JUST, IS VERY COMPELLING THAT WE NEED TO ACT AND FIND STUDY AND — SOME WAYS OF ADDRESSING THIS. WE ALSO HAVE A LARGE AND GROWING HEPATITIS PROBLEM. AND PROBLEM WITH THE OTHER DISEASES THAT THIS KIND OF NEED NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM CAN ADDRESS. HIGHLIGHTED THE IMPORTANCE OFAY WHAT COMMISSIONER WHITE WAS TALKING ABOUT, THE IMPORTANCE OF USING THIS KIND OF PROGRAM AS A WAY OF REFERRING AND BRINGING PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION INTO OTHER PROGRAMS WHERE THEY CAN GET HELP HELP IN ADDITION TO THE NEEDLE EXCHANGE, MAKING SURE THIS IS SOME AVENUE FOR GETTING THEM HELP IN OTHER PROGRAMS. AND SO I REALLY LIKE THAT ART OF THE SUGGESTION THAT YOU MADE AS WE STUDY THIS AND LOOK FORWARD, MOVE FORWARD WITH HOW BEST TO IMPLEMENT THIS, I THINK THAT’S A KEY COMPONENT IS MAKING SURE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS TIED TO THOSE OTHER STEPS. AND FINALLY, AND I KNOW OU’RE NEXT IN THE QUEUE, SO I THINK YOU WILL ADDRESS THE IDEA. I DIDN’T TAKE ANY MEANING IN YOUR AMENDMENT, COMMISSIONER WHITE, THAT INCORPORATING THIS NEEDLE EXCHANGE ROGRAM, WHATEVER COMES OUT OF THIS STUDY, INTO A PEER REVIEWED STUDY, I DIDN’T TAKE THAT TO MEAN WE WOULD WAIT UNTIL THE RESULTS OF THE STUDY. I TOOK YOU TO MEAN THIS PROGRAM COULD BE PROVIDING DATA WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE UNIVERSITY TO DO A STUDY AS OUR PROGRAM POSSIBLY GOT ONGOING, POSSIBLY IN A PILOT PROGRAM PHASE OR SOMETHING. I MEAN, IT’S ALL, IT’S ALL PRETTY BIG AT THIS STAGE. BUT I UNDERSTOOD YOU TO BE SUGGESTING THAT WE WOULD MOVE FORWARD AND THE STUDY THAT WOULD COME WITH IT WOULD NOT BE HOLDING UP THE PROGRAM. SO I’LL JUST ASK YOU TO ADDRESS THAT AND THANK YOU.>>LES MILLER, JR.: COMMISSIONER WHITE, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>STACY WHITE: WELL, COMMISSIONER SMITH, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. YOU CAN’T HAVE A NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM STUDY WITHOUT A NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM. SO COMMISSIONER KEMP, IF IT GIVES YOU PEACE OF MIND, I’M NOT SUGGESTING THAT, YOU KNOW, WE’RE ASKING THAT SOMEHOW THE STUDY’S DONE R DATA’S COLLECTED, YOU KNOW, AHEAD OF TIME OR THAT THINGS ARE HELD UP. IF THEY RECOMMEND THAT WE DO ONE, I’M SUGGESTING THAT WE MOVE FORWARD, BUT THAT RESEARCHERS ARE COLLECTING DATA ALONG THE WAY SO THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS A CHANCE TO BE ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF SEEKING TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS THAT RE NOT ANSWERED WITHIN SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE. AT LEAST BASED UPON MY REVIEW AND IN TALKING TO SOME ACADEMIC EXPERTS AND YES TO YOUR POINT, THAT CA CAN TAKE YEARS. BUT THE RESEARCHERS CAN BE GOING THROUGH THAT PROCESS, COLLECTING THE DATA, DOING THE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS AND YOU KNOW THEY CAN EITHER KEEP THE BOARD UPDATED OR YOU KNOW, WE COULD, YOU KNOW, WAIT UNTIL WE CRACK OPEN SOME PUBLIC HEALTH JOURNAL AND YOU MODEL AS A STUDY MODEL.COUNTY’S SO.>>LES MILLER, JR.: COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>SANDRA MURMAN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I DIDN’T KNOW, GENE EARLEY, DID YOU WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE COMMENTS? JUST ABOUT THE EVIDENCE BASED. BECAUSE THAT’S A REALLY IMPORTANT AND THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP, COMMISSIONER OVERMAN.>>YOU KNOW, I THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO THE OUTCOMES AND THAT WE DO, USE USF AS A GOOD GROUP BECAUSE THEY’RE ON THERE. AND USUALLY WHAT WE’LL DO IS ASK THEM TO DO A LITERATURE SEARCH BEFORE THEY START IT. AND THEN FOLLOWING THAT, THEN THEY’LL START TO EVALUATE THE PROGRAM. AND PROGRAMS AROUND AND THEN I THINK THE OTHER PIECE OF IT IS YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GET READY IF YOU’RE GOING TO IMPLEMENT IT, YOU WOULD GO AHEAD AND HAVE USF LIKE MANY OF OOUR PILOT ROGRAMS WHERE THEY ACTUALLY DO THE COMPLETE EVALUATION OF THE PROGRAM AND ONGOING. AND THEN THEY’LL ALSO HAVE OUTCOMES THAT THEY’RE GOING TO MEASURE AGAINST. SO IT’LL BE VERY — AND MIKE MERRILL IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUTCOMES, AND I THINK THAT HE IS ALL ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY. SO I THINK IT’S A GOOD THING. THIS WAS NEVER INTENDED AS FAR AS I KNOW TO BE THE BE ALL END ALL. IT’S BASICALLY A STARTING POINT AND PRIMARILY BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN WATCHING THE HOUSE AND SENATE CONSIDER THAT BILL AND BASICALLY THE TASK FORCE LOOKED AT IT AS PART OF THE PLAN OF ACTION OF MILESTONES, AND BASICALLY SAID THEY WANTED TO REVIEW IT AND SEE IF THAT’S ONE OF THE POSSIBLE TOOL KITS THEY WANTED TO USE. SO THAT’S REALLY ALL I HAD TO SAY.>>SANDRA MURMAN: THANK YOU, GENE.>>ONE MORE THING. YOU CAN ASSURE WE ARE GOING TO GET A PUBLICATION BECAUSE WE DID A STUDY, BUT IT’S A LEADING EDGE AND COMMISSIONER WHITE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.>>SANDRA MURMAN: ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR OMMENTS. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. AND THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS TYPE ITEM THAT, BUT I THINK YOU GOT TO START SOMEWHERE, AND I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY. I REALLY DO. AND I DO THINK IT WILL GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET MORE PATIENCE INTO OUR HEALTH CARE PLAN WHERE THEY CAN GET SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING, AND HELP WITH OUR NCREASING OUR SOCIAL DETERMINEINANTS. ACTUALLY IT MIGHT INCREASE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. COULD HELP WITH THAT POTENTIAL OF ADDRESSING THE OPIOID CRISIS WITH NARCAN. THAT’S A CRITICAL PART OF THIS. AND THE HIV ISSUES AND HEPATITIS C ISSUES WE HAVE HERE IN THIS COUNTY. SO I THINK THERE IS A LOT OF IN ADDITION TO HELPING VETERANS. SO I DO, I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND I THINK IT’S JUST SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT AND MOVE FORWARD WITH.>>LES MILLER, JR.: COMMISSIONER WHITE, YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.>>STACY WHITE: AND TO MR. EARLEY’S POINT, I JUST WANT TO REMIND HE BOARD THAT IN MY MOTION TO AMEND ON THE PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL PART, I DID USE THE WORD PREFERABLY. PREFERABLY FOR PUBLICA PUBLICATION IN A PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL, SO GOOD POINT.>>LES MILLER, JR.: OKAY, WE HAVE A AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WHITE, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER SMITH AND MURMAN. WE ARE VOTING ON THE AMENDMENT. PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 6-1. COMMISSIONER HAGAN VOTED NO.>>LES MILLER, JR.: WE’RE NOW BACK ON THE AMENDED MOTION BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN, SECOND BY COMMISSIONERS KEMP, SMITH, AND OVERMAN. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 6-1. COMMISSIONER HAGAN VOTED NO.>>LES MILLER, JR.: BEFORE WE MOVE INTO MR. MERRILL — LET ME REMIND YOU, MEMBERS. IF YOU WANT TO BREAK FOR LUNCH, IF YOU WANT TO BREAK OR LUNCH, UNDERSTAND WE GOT TO COMPLETE THIS MORNING’S AGENDA, THEN BREAK AND COME BACK FOR OUR WORKSHOP. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BREAK FOR LUNCH, WE WILL KEEP ON ROLLING AND ROLL INTO OUR WORKSHOP AT 1:30. BE EVER MINDFUL OF THAT. MR. MERRILL.>>10:30 TIME CERTAIN, 4, COMMISSIONER WHITE’S ITEM.>>LES MILLER, JR.: COMMISSIONER WHITE, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>STACY WHITE: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE SWAMP MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB FOR BEING HERE THIS MORNING. I WAS APPROACHED BY THEM ABOUT CONNECTING THE BALM/BOYETTE SCRUB PRESERVE ELAPP SITE WITH THE ALAFIA RIVER STATE PARK. THE BALM/BOYETTE SCRUB PRESERVE AS MANY OF YOU KNOW IS NECIALY POPULAR WITH MOUNTAIN BIKERS AND THE ALAFIA RIVER STATE PARK IS GROWING IN POPULARITY FOR THAT USE AS WELL. SO I’VE HAD A MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SWAMP MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB AND MEMBERS OF COUNTY STAFF TO TAKE A PRELIMINARY LOOK AT PROPOSALS FOR CONNECTING THE SITES. COUNTY STAFF IS SUPPORTIVE OF THE IDEA AND BELIEVES THEY CAN SUCCESSFULLY CREATE HE CONNECTION. IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE SWAMP MOUNTAIN BIKERS’ REPUTATION PRECEDES THEM WHEN IT COMES TO SSUMING THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS ON TRAILS AND BICYCLING SITES. IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE PROPOSAL IS FOR AN UNPAVED TRAIL, SO THE ONLY POSSIBLE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS NECESSARY MIGHT BE THE CLEARING OF BRUSH AND SMALL TREES, WHICH I FULLY ANTICIPATE WOULD BE BORN BY THE SWAMP MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB GIVEN THEIR REPUTATION. IT’S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ALL OF HE LANDS IN THE PROPOSED CONNECTIONS ARE PUBLIC OR QUASI-PUBLIC, SO I’M NOT PROPOSING THAT THE COUNTY BUY ANY LAND, AND I’M CERTAINLY NOT PROPOSING THAT THE COUNTY EXERCISE ANY EMINENT DOMAIN POWERS. SO I HAVE MEGAN NIXON MY LEGISLATIVE AIDE HERE. SHE’S JUST GOING TO PUT THE HANDOUT THAT WAS PRESENTED TO YOU EARLIER ON THE ELMO. AGAIN, THAT WAS AND IS IN YOUR BACKUP MATERIAL AHEAD OF TIME. WE JUST SIMPLY WANTED TO PUT IT ON THE ELMO AND PROVIDE YOU WITH A LARGER COPY TO VIEW. SO AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE ARE THREE PROPOSED OPTIONS HERE. OPTION 1 AND OPTION 2 AND AN OPTION 3. IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT BOTH THE SWAMP MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB AND COUNTY STAFF PREFER OPTION NUMBER 1. AND YOU’LL NOTICE WHEN I MAKE MY MOTION THAT I’LL BE REFERENCING SURROUNDING LAND OWNERS PLURAL. AND THAT’S SIMPLY BECAUSE ALTHOUGH ALL OF THE LAND ALONG THE ROUTE IS PUBLIC OR QUASI-PUBLIC, I BELIEVE THAT TRAIL WOULD TRAVERSE NOT ONLY COUNTY LANDS BUT ALSO LANDS OWNED BY TAMPA BAY WATER AND PERHAPS SOME TECO EASEMENTS. I ANTICIPATE THAT THERE WILL BE NO COST TO HE COUNTY TO PROVIDE FOR THIS TRAIL OTHER THAN THE STAFF TIME NECESSARY TO PREPARE AN AGREEMENT. BECAUSE THERE IS NO NEED FOR LAND ACQUISITION AND BECAUSE THE SWAMP MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB’S PROVEN TRACK RECORD IN PROVIDING FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS I WILL MOVE TO DIRECT STAFF TO WORK WITH SURROUNDING LANDOWNERS AND ASSESS THE POSSIBILITIES OF CONNECTING THE BALM/BOYETTE SCRUB TO THE ALAFIA STATE PARK WITH AN UNPAVED TRAIL.>>LES MILLER, JR.: WE HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WHITE, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER KEMP AND SMITH. COMMISSIONER SMITH, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>MARIELLA SMITH: THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR WOR WORKING WITH SWAMP, COMMISSIONER WHITE. I’M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT AND I KNOW THAT THE COUNTY STAFF IS SUPPORTIVE AS WELL. I TALKED TO THEM ABOUT THIS. AND TALKED TO SOME OF THE SWAMP MEMBERS. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY I’VE WORKED OUT AT BALM-BOYETTE AREA WITH SEERA CLUB WHEN THEY ADOPTED THE ROAD. I HAVE DONE A LOT OF HIKING OUT THERE. I AM OT A MOUNTAIN BIKER MYSELF, BUT I’VE EVERY TIME I’M OUT THERE I SEE HOW POPULAR THAT TRAIL IS FOR PEOPLE AND IT’S JUST ANOTHER WAY WE CAN OPEN UP OUR ELAPP LANDS AND OUR PARKS FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF PASSIVE RECREATION. AND I KNOW THAT THE SWAMP CLUB IS LIKE THE FLORIDA TRAIL ASSOCIATION IN THAT IT’S A VOLUNTEERS WORKING THEMSELVES AND REALLY PROVIDING A LOT OF LABOR FOR THE COUNTY. THEY ARE A 25-YEAR-OLD ORGANIZATION GOING STRONG. WILLING TO CONTINUE VOLUNTEERING AND PROVIDE MAINTENANCE. THEY MAINTAIN 120 MILES OF TRAILS CURRENTLY. SO ADD THEM ANOTHER FOUR MILES WILL BE NOTHING FOR THEM. AND I HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE THAT THEY COULD TAKE THIS ON AND DO A GREAT JOB WITH LIGHT MAINTENANCE THAT THAT JOW DESCRIBED AND I’M JUST REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT AND HAPPY TO SUPPORT IT. THANK YOU.>>LES MILLER, JR.: COMMISSIONER KEMP, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>PAT KEMP: JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO COMMISSIONER WHITE. THIS IS AN AWESOME IDEA. AND I THINK IT’S REALLY EXCITING, AND ANY CONNECTIVITY WE CAN GET BETWEEN THESE PLACES IS A GREAT THING. ALSO TO COMMISSIONER SMITH’S POINT, I KNOW THAT THIS REGION OR THESE PARKS ARE, PEOPLE COME FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IT’S A REAT ATTRACTION FOR THE POINTEN BIKING, AND IN THE FUTURE, MAYBE WE CAN CONSIDER SOME OF THOSE NEEDS BECAUSE I KNOW I HAVE BEEN CONTACTED ABOUT THAT IN THE PAST, AND WHAT WE COULD MAYBE DO IS IMPROVE — I USE THAT WORD WITH HESITATION SOMETIMES. THIS WOULD BE A GREAT IMPROVEMENT. MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WHITE, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KEMP AND SMITH. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION PASSED 7-0.>>LES MILLER, JR.: MOTION TO WAIVE THE RULES AND PICK UP ITEM B2.>>MOTION CARRIED 7-2 — 7-0.>>LES MILLER, JR.: MEMBERS, I’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET — NINE MEMBERS. OKAY, I LIKE THAT. GOOD MORNING, MS. CASSIDY.>>GOOD MORNING. FOR THE RECORD MY NAME IS PEGGY CASKEY, COUNTY INTERNAL AUDITOR. PURSUANT TO THE 2019 ANNUAL AUDIT PLAN, THE COUNTY INTERNAL AUDITOR’S OFFICE PROCURED ONE AND CONTRACTUALLY MANAGED TWO PLANNING COMMISSION COST OF SERVICE FEE STUDIES. IN ADDITION, THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT PROCURED TWO COST SERVICE STUDIES OF ITS OWN AREAS OPERATIONS. THE COUNTY INTERNAL AUDITOR’S OFFICE DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES STUDIES. THE TWO PLANNING COMMISSION AND THE TWO DEVELOPMENT SERVICES COST STUDIES WERE PERFORMED BY FISCAL CHOICE CONSULTING. THE RESULTS OF THE STUDIES WERE CONSOLIDATED INTO A SINGLE PRESENTATION FOR REPORTING PURPOSES. UNDER THE SAME SIMILAR FAMILY OF FEE STUDIES. PRIOR TO TODAY, THE CONSULTANT PROVIDED MANAGEMENT WITH DETAILED SUPPORT DOCUMENTATION AND COST METHODOLOGIES. THE BOARD WILL NOT BE REQUESTED TO ACCEPT A FINAL COMMUNICATION, WHICH IS THE NORMAL PRACTICE WHEN BRINGING AUDITS TO THE PUBLIC RECORD. FISCAL CHOICE CONSULTING’S PARTNER BRUCE COLLINS PERFORMED THE FOUR STUDIES. MR. COLLINS IS A FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT WITH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND SPECIAL DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTS AND HAS PERSONALLY DIRECTED USER FEE STUDY FOR OVER 1,000 STATE AND LOCAL DEPARTMENTS, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. HE ALSO SERVED AS ADVISER TO MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS AS SMALL AS A FEW THOUSAND AND LARGE METRO GOVERNMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING NEW YORK, CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES, HOUSTON, NASHVILLE, ST. LOUIS, KANSAS CITY AND LOCALLY HERE. AND MR. COLLINS IS HERE TODAY TO PRESENT HIS RESULTS OF HIS WORK.>>LES MILLER, JR.: GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING, COMMISSIONERS AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU BEFORE WE BEGIN. WE’VE GOT A 15-MINUTE SLOT SET FOR THIS. WE PUT THE SLIDE DECK TOGETHER BEFORE WE KNEW THE TIME SLOT, SO IN ERMS OF MANAGING OUR TIME, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE DISCUSSION, Q&A IN A 15-MINUTE SLOT, THEN I WOULD COMPRESS THE FORMAL PRESENTATION AND LEAVE MORE TIME FOR Q&A. WHAT IS YOUR PLEASURE?>>LES MILLER, JR.: I WOULD SUGGEST YOU COMPRESS YOUR PRESENTATION SO WE HAVE TIME FOR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.>>OKAY, GREAT.>>CAN YOU GIVE YOUR NAME ON THE RECORD.>>BRUCE COLLINS OF FISCAL CHOICE CONSULTING. OKAY. WHEN WE BEGAN THIS, WE KNEW FEES WERE RATHER OLD. THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICE FEE PRICES HAVE NOT BEEN ADJUSTED FOR TEN YEARS. THE PLANNING COMMISSION FEES HAVE NOT BEEN ADJUSTED FOR 30 YEARS. IT IS THEREFORE NOT A GREAT SURPRISE THE COST OF DOING THE WORK WAS HIGHER THAN YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGING. HAVE CHANGED AND RULES HAVETUDS EVOLVED. ON THIS SLIDE I WOULD SAY IF YOU REMEMBER ONE THING FROM THIS WHOLE PRESENTATION, IT’S THESE THREE POINTS. NUMBER ONE, CURRENT FEES DON’T RECOVER COSTS. NUMBER TWO, WHERE WE WERE ABLE TO FIND COMPARABLES, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS GENERALLY CHARGING LESS THAN OTHER GOVERNMENTS. AND NUMBER THREE, THE UNDERLYING SERVICES ARE REASONABLY EFFICIENT. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TAX AND A FEE. ANYTIME YOU CHARGE ANYONE FOR ANYTHING IT FEELS RELATED BUT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FEE AND A TAX. WHEN YOU PAY A TAX IT DOESN’T GUARANTEE YOU ACCESS TO A SPECIFIC AMOUNT OF SERVICE. BUT WHEN YOU PAY A FEE, YOU BOUGHT IT. YOU GET THAT SERVICE. IF AN ACTIVITY IS RELATED ESSENTIALLY TO THE BENEFIT OF THE PERSON REQUESTING IT, AND NOT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT LARGE, THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT TEND TO BECOME FEES. WHAT WE DID WAS TAKE YOUR FINANCIAL REPORTS, YOUR ACTIVITY REPORTS AND DRILL DOWN TO THE LEVEL OF INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES, TALK TO STAFF ABOUT WHO DID THE WORK, HOW LONG IT TOOK, HOW MANY THEY DID, ET CETERA, AND DEVELOPED A FINDING ON EACH ACTIVITY. WHAT DOES IT COST TO DO THAT AND HOW DOES THAT COST OMPARE TO WHAT YOU ARE CURRENTLY CHARGING? WE INCLUDE INDIRECT COSTS AS WELL. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE THE LAST FEE STUDY. SO WHILE WHAT WAS DONE BACK THEN, EVERYBODY SIGNED OFF ON IT BACK THEN. BUT 10 TO 30 YEARS LATER, THINGS HAVE CHANGED. SO HERE YOU SEE A SLIDE THAT DISCUSSES THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES FINDING AND THE TOP LINE IS KEY. YOU’RE GETTING APPROXIMATELY $4.3 MILLION A YEAR IN REVENUE FROM THESE ACTIVITIES THAT COST $6 MILLION TO DO THEM, LEAVING YOU $1.7 MILLION SHORT, WHICH IS COMING FROM TAXES. 72% COST RECOVERY. WE’RE RECOMMENDING REVENUE OF $5.3 MILLION. SO OF THE $1.7 MILLION, WE WOULD SAY $1 MILLION. FACTORED INTO THAT WAS IN SOME CASES, THE DIFFERENCE IN COST WOULD BE GREAT ENOUGH THAT IT MIGHT BE DIFFICULT FOR THE PUBLIC TO ACCEPT PRICE INCREASES OF A CERTAIN MAGNITUDE. THE PLANNING COMMISSION SAID, WE GET GOING TO FULL COST, BUT COULD WE PHASE IT IN? IF YOU DID, I WOULDN’T LIMIT THAT YOU SHOULD GET $5.3 MILLION. MY $5.3 MILLION RECOMMENDATION FACTORS INTO WHAT WE’VE SEEN OTHER UNITS OF GOVERNMENT DO AND HOW MUCH OF AN INCREASE MAKES SENSE. NOW, WE HAVE ALSO HEARD THAT DEVELOPERS ARE INTERESTED — THEY SAY, OKAY, WE GET IT, WE HAVE TO PAY MORE, BUT CAN WE GET MORE FOR IT? AND THAT’S ENTIRELY UP TO YOU. I WOULD JUST NOTE TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU GIVE THEM MORE THAN THEY’RE GETTING ON THAT, OUR FINDINGS TODAY DON’T CAPTURE THAT COST OF DOING MORE. SO ERE YOU HAVE A SLIDE THAT SUMMARIZES DEVELOPMENT SERVICES. AND WHAT YOU SEE — YOU SEE THE TOTAL LINE AT THE TOP AND BELOW THAT THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES LINE. WE HAVE ALSO FACTORED IN THE COSTS OF REVIEWS PERFORMED BY OTHER FFICES ON THOSE SAME APPLICATIONS. YOU SEE THAT PLANNING COMMISSION IS GETTING $33,750. THAT’S BECAUSE THEY GET $150 FEE FOR CERTAIN APPLICATIONS, COSTING $228,000 TO DO THAT. HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES FINDINGS. I WILL POINT OUT THAT THE RED INK UP THERE INDICATES THE EXTENT TO WHICH CURRENT PRICES UNDERRECOVER THE CURRENT COSTS. NEXT TO TAT, OU SEE THE PEER AVERAGE. AND THIS IS — IT’S HARD TO GET EXACT MATCH ON ALL SERVICES. BUT THERE ARE COMPARATIVE FINDINGS THAT FACTOR INTO HOW WE DEVELOP OUR RECOMMENDATIONS. LOOKING AT THE PLANNING COMMISSION, IT INCURS COSTS TO SUPPORT ITS OWN APPLICATIONS TO THE TUNE OF ABOUT $140,000. BUT THEY ALSO SPEND ABOUT $228,000 IN REVIEWING APPLICATIONS SENT OVER BY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES. HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF HOW WE GET SO OUT OF WHACK. THIS IS FROM A COMP PLAN MAP AMENDMENT, PRIVATE. STAFF EXPLAINED THE PROCESS. TOOK 77 1/2 HOURS OF PLANNING COMMISSION STAFF AND 33.3 HOURS3 OF TIME FROM DEPARTMENTS REPORTING TO THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR. WE ALSO HAVE ALLOCATED A SMALL AMOUNT OF COST FOR NON-LABOR SUPPORT COMING TO A TOTAL OF ABOUT $8,600 IN COST FOR WHICH YOU’RE CHARGING $1,000. DOWN AT THE BOTTOM, THIS IS THE CASE WHERE I AM RECOMMENDING YOU SET HE PRICE AT $5,000 BECAUSE I BELIEVE GOING FROM $1,000 TO $8,600 IS A LOT ALL AT ONCE. IF YOU GOT THERE SLOWER, I WOULDN’T OBJECT TO GOING TO $8,600. BUT I FELT THAT ALL AT ONCE, THAT WAS RATHER A LOT. IT HAS BEEN POINTED OUT TO ME THAT SOMETIMES MY RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MORE AGGRESSIVE THAN OTHERS. YES, THAT’S TRUE. THAT’S SUBJECTIVE. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN EXACT RULE OF HOW TO SET A RECOMMENDATION ON A PRICE, I’M SORRY, I CAN’T GIVE YOU ONE, IT’S JUST MY OPINION. AND YOU WON’T HURT MY FEELINGS IF YOU OVERRIDE MY RECOMMENDATIONS. ON THAT POINT, THERE IS ONE FEE FOR A SUBDIVISION CONSTRUCTION PLAN, TRANSPORTATION RESUBMITTAL. IN MY RECOMMENDATION IN THE FILE YOU HAVE SAYS $135. MY BAD. SHOULD HAVE SAID $1,350. IT OSTS $1,357 O DO IT. I DID NOT INTEND TO RECOMMEND $135. I HIT RETURN BEFORE I TIME PERIOD THE FINAL ZERO. I APOLOGIZE. SO AT THIS POINT, IN THE INTEREST OF LEAVING TIME FOR DISCUSSION, AGAIN, YOU CAN SEE THERE’S RED INK THROUGHOUT THIS. BUT I’M GOING TO JUST END WITH THIS — I WOULDN’T WAIT 10 OR 30 YEARS TO UPDATE THIS. I UNDERSTAND THAT WITH THE 2009 STUDY THAT INCREASING FEES IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT WOULD HAVE PUT IN IT A PERIOD THAT WAS STILL RECESSIONARY AND MAY NOT HAVE BEEN GOOD POLICY. BUT IN GENERAL, THAT’S A LONG TIME TO GO WITHOUT INCREASING PRICES AND IT FORCES YOU INTO A POSITION WHERE WHEN YOU ACTUALLY DO THIS STUDY, YOU WILL FIND YOU’RE SPENDING MORE TIME ON THEN THAN YOU HAVE ANY CHANCE OF RECOVERING. AND THEN PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO RAISE PRICES THAT MUCH. SO I WOULD SAY PERHAPS A LITTLE BIT MORE OFTEN. THE MODELS ARE IN STAFF’S HANDS. WE’VE SHOWN THEM HOW TO USE IT. WE ARE AVAILABLE FOR TECH SUPPORT. BUT WITH THAT, I WILL CEASE AND LEAVE TIME FOR DISCUSSION. THANK YOU. >>LES MILLER JR.: THANK YOU, SIR. WE HAVE SOME MEMBERS IN THE QUEUE. COMMISSIONER OVERMAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>KIMBERLY OVERMAN: THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPORT. I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TO GO 3 THROUGH EACH OF THE ITEMS WHEN WE MET PRIOR TO TODAY. SO IT WAS VERY, VERY HELPFUL. ONE OF THE THINGS I REALLY APPRECIATE ABOUT FINANCIAL PLANNING IS THAT WE LOOK FOR WHERE WE WANT TO BE OWN THE ROAD AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO GET THERE. WHAT I’M SEEING HERE IS THAT WE NEED TO DO IT MORE FREQUENTLY THAN EVERY TEN YEARS, CLEARLY. SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST IN HOWEVER THIS COMES OUT TO PLAY IS THAT WE REVIEW THIS OBVIOUSLY MORE FREQUENTLY, EVERY TWO TO THREE YEARS, IF NOT EVERY YEAR. EVERY YEAR WOULD BE A LOT. BUT I THINK IT’S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT — WE HEARD FROM THE AUDIENCE EARLIER THAT THEY ARE CONCERNED THAT IF WE’RE GOING TO RAISE FEES, WE WANT A HIGHER LEVEL OF SERVICE. YOUR REPORT POINTS OUT PRETTY STARKLY THAT THE LEVEL OF SERVICE THAT’S CURRENTLY BEING CHARGED OR THE FEES THAT WE’RE COLLECTING FOR THE LEVEL OF SERVICE THAT WE’RE PROVIDING ARE WELL UNDER WHAT WE’RE ABLE TO DO WITHOUT TAKING FUNDS FROM OTHER SOURCES OF GOVERNMENT REVENUES TO PAY FOR THE SERVICES THAT ARE NEEDED. SO CLEARLY, THERE NEEDS TO BE AN ADJUSTMENT. I’M NOT A REAL FAN OF RIPPING A BAND-AID OFF SLOWLY. IT’S VERY PAINFUL. I’M ALSO RECOGNIZING THAT ECONOMICS EBB AND FLOW ALL DAY LONG. WAITING UNTIL WE’RE IN ANOTHER RECESSIONARY PERIOD TO REVIEW OUR FEES, TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE STILL 20% TO 30% BELOW WHAT IT TAKES TO OFFER THE SERVICES IS DIFFICULT TO SUGGEST THAT HUMAN BEHAVIOR IS GOING TO BE ANY DIFFERENT THAN IT HAS IN THE PAST. SO WHILE I DO RECOGNIZE THERE’S SOME SENSITIVITY TO RAISING PRICES, IT DOES APPEAR AS THOUGH MAKING MAJOR CHANGES FROM OUR OVERALL LONG-TERM PLAN IS AN AREA WHERE WE MIGHT WANT TO FOCUS SINCE THAT IS A EVIATION FROM WHAT OUR LONG-TERM PLAN — AND RIGHT NOW, WE’RE NOT CHARGING VERY MUCH FOR THAT. SO THAT WAS THE ONE OBSERVATION I KIND OF WENT THROUGH. IF WE’RE GOING TO MAKE CHANGES, MAKING MAJOR CHANGES TO OUR LONG-TERM PLAN NEEDS TO BE REALLY WELL THOUGHT THROUGH SINCE THE OST OF THAT IS EXTENSIVE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPORT. >>THANK YOU. >>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER KEMP, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>PAT KEMP: THANK YOU. I WANT TO THANK STAFF. I WANT TO THANK MR. COLLINS. I THINK THIS IS A REALLY THOROUGH AND PROVIDES A GOOD BASIS FOR US MOVING FORWARD WITH RELATIONS TO THESE FEES. BEFORE OUR TWO NEW COMMISSIONERS WERE HERE, I PUSHED EXTENSIVELY ON JUST THIS. AND THE REASON THAT I MADE A MOTION, SEVERAL TIMES RAISED THIS AT COMMISSION MEETINGS WAS BECAUSE, ONE, I WONDERED ABOUT THE VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS THAT WE WERE GETTING HERE. AND I ONDERED HOW IT COMPARED TO OTHER NEARBY OR OTHER COUNTIES IN FLORIDA IN TERMS OF WHAT WE WERE CHARGING FOR APPLICATION FEES. AND WHEN I WALKED IN MY OFFICE ONE DAY AFTER A LAND USE MEETING, I TOOK ONLY ABOUT AN HOUR TO LOOK UP WHAT PASCO, MANATEE, BROWARD AND MIAMI-DADE WERE DOING FOR THE AME PROCESS — APPLICATION PROCESS FOR A COMP PLAN CHANGE THAT E WERE DOING. AND WE WERE, AS I FOUND OUT, WE HAD FEES OF $1,000 AND $,000. ONE THING I DISCOVERED IS IN FIVE YEARS, WE’D ONLY CHARGED THE $1,000 FEE. WE’VE NEVER CHARGED EVEN A $3,000 FEE. THE OTHER THING I FOUND OUT THAT DAY — OR NOT THAT — I FOUND THESE THINGS OUT THAT DAY. I FOUND THAT OUT LATER. WAS THAT THE SAME FEE WE’D CHARGED $1,000 FOR FOR A VERY BIG COMP PLAN CHANGE HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THEY HAD BEEN CHARGING MORE LIKE $17,000 OR $18,000 IN PASCO COUNTY JUST TEN MILES TO THE NORTH, THE SAME THING — RESULT WAS TRUE TEN MILES TO THE SOUTH IN MANATEE COUNTY. IN BROWARD COUNTY, THEY WERE CHARGING MORE LIKE $22,000 FOR THE SAME THING AND TO MY SHOCK, IN MIAMI-DADE, IT WAS $230,000. MAYBE THEY JUST DON’T HAVE COMP PLAN CHANGES THAT LARGE. BUT THAT WAS ACCURATE. AND THEN I LOOKED FURTHER AND I FOUND OUT THAT SINCE WE INSTITUTED THESE FEES IN 1987, UNDER JAN PLATT, WHEN THE BERLIN WALL WAS ITH US AN RONALD REAGAN WAS PRESIDENT, THEY HAD NEVER BEEN CHANGED SINCE 1987. SO FOR 30 YEARS, OUR TAXPAYERS HAVE BEEN SUBSIDIZING THIS PROCESS. AND THAT’S NOT GOOD. AND WE’VE ALSO NOT BEEN EVEN ANYWHERE NEAR WHAT THEY’VE BEEN CHARGING FOR SIMILAR THINGS IN SURROUNDING COUNTIES. AND OBVIOUSLY AREN’T CHARGING TO PAY THE COST OF THE WORK THAT WE’RE DOING HERE. AGAIN, YOU POINTED OUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF WHAT WE’RE DOING, THE REASONABLE EFFICIENCY OF WHAT WE’RE DOING, OUR LEVEL OF SERVICE AT THIS TIME. SO IF WE WERE GOING TO CHANGE IT, I WOULD THINK THAT, AGAIN, WE WOULD HAVE TO LOOK AT HIGHER FEES TO DO MORE. IT’S BEEN A GIFT OF SORTS FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS THAT WE WERE SO STAGGERINGLY LOW. I’D LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO INSTITUTE THESE FEES AT THE 90% LEVEL AND TO DO SO, ALSO TO REVIEW AT A MINIMUM THESE FEES EVERY — ON A FIVE-YEAR CYCLE, EVERY FIVE YEARS, SO THAT WE CAN LOOK AND MAKE SURE THAT WE DON’T LET IT GO 30 YEARS AGAIN AND THAT WE ARE CHARGING REASONABLE FEES FOR PRACTICES THAT WE DO.>>LES MILLER JR.: WE HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER KEMP. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER SMITH. COMMISSIONER SMITH, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>MARIELLA SMITH: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS VERY THOROUGH AUDIT AND FOR MAKING IT VERY CLEAR IN YOUR PRESENTATIONS THAT THE TAXPAYERS HAVE BEEN SUBSIDIZING THESE SERVICES OF THE — OUR PLANNING COMMISSION AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES FOR TEN YE YEARS. IT’S JUST REALLY IMPORTANT THAT EVERYBODY PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND THAT THE TAXPAYERS AREN’T ASKED TO SUBSIDIZE ANY ONE INDUSTRY, THE COST OF ANY ONE INDUSTRY OVER ANOTHER. I AM WITH COMMISSIONER OVERMAN ON RIPPING THE BAND-AID OFF ND GETTING UP TO AS CLOSE A LEVEL AS WE CAN AS QUICK AS WE CAN WHERE THE USER FEES COVER THE BULK OF THE SRVICES. AND 90% — THE NLY THING IS, I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE THIS REVIEWED EVERY THREE YEARS. IT’S CLEAR THAT IF WE SET THESE USER FEES AT 90% OF THE COST NOW, NEXT YEAR, IT WILL BE 80-SOMETHING PERCENT AND BY THE TIME WE GET TO FIVE YEARS, WE COULD BE PAYING MUCH LESS OF THE COST. SO I THINK IT WOULD BE EASIER ON THE INDUSTRY AND EASIER ON THE TAXPAYER, CERTAINLY, IF OUR REVIEWS WERE EVEN EVERY THREE YEARS SO WE DON’T EVER FALL INTO THIS LAG TIME GAIN WHERE IT’S JUST SO TOUGH TO GET EVERYBODY BACK UP TO SPEED. AS FAR AS ASKING FOR EXTRA WORK AT THE SAME TIME WE ASK FOR THE FEES TO BE MADE MORE EQUITABLE, I THINK THAT JUST ENDS UP BIGGING US FURTHER INTO THE HOLE, TOO. AS WAS POINTED OUT HERE, YOUR AUDIT ADDRESSED THE CURRENT LEVEL OF SERVICE. SO AT THE CURRENT STAFFING, AT THE CURRENT TIMING OF PROVIDING SERV SERVICES, WE ARE THIS FAR BEHIND AND WE NEED TO DO THIS MUCH TO CATCH UP TO THAT. IF WE WERE THEN GOING TO TRY TO INCREASE SERVICES, SAY DECREASING THE PERMIT TIME, WE’LL NEED EXTRA STAFF, IF WE’RE GOING TO RAISE SALARY LEVELS AS WAS SUGGESTED, WHICH — AND ADD EXTRA TECHNOLOGY, ALL OF THAT ADDS COST. SO IT’S MY UNDERSTANDING THIS AUDIT JUST CATCHES US UP TO THE — SHOWS THE WAY TO CATCHING US UP TO THE CURRENT LEVEL OF SERVICES. SO AS WE — I’M NOT AGAINST INCREASING SERVICE IFS THAT’S WHAT THE CUSTOMER WANTS TO PAY FOR. BUT THEN WE WOULD NEED TO ADJUST THE FEES ACCORDINGLY FOR THE SAKE OF THE TAXPAYER. AND SO I THINK THAT’S WHERE I’LL LEAVE IT FOR NOW. I’M VERY APPRECIATIVE OF YOUR THOROUGH RPORT. AND, COMMISSIONER KEMP, I’M VERY APPRECIATIVE OF YOUR EXTRA RESEARCH AND PROVIDING THE FACTS AND FIGURES THAT YOU HAD LOOKED INTO THE HUGE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WHAT WE’RE CHARGING AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES. THAT SHOULD GIVE EVERYONE COMFORT THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT COMPETITION, NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT WE’RE A VERY ATTRACTIVE MARKET FOR DEVELOPMENT FOR HOUSING, FOR COMMERCIAL. WE DON’T HAVE TO BE THE CHEAPEST, CERTAINLY. BUT AS YOU POINTED OUT, WE HAVE BEEN FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. AND THERE’S JUST NO REASON FOR THAT. >>LES MILLER JR.: BEFORE I MOVE ON TO COMMISSIONER MURMAN, MR. MERRILL, DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU WANTED TO SAY?>>YEAH, JUST QUICKLY, I WANT TO RESPOND TO THIS ISSUE OF SERVICE. I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THE MEMO. WE’VE BEEN MEETING WITH THE INDUSTRY FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS AND MONTHS. IT’S THE FIRST TIME WE’VE EVER HEARD THEY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SERVICES. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IT’S BEEN THE OPPOSITE. THEY’VE BEEN TELLING US ALL ALONG FOR MONTHS, SERVICES ARE GREAT, WE HAVE THE STATISTICS TO SHOW WE’RE ON TOP OF IT. WE’RE GIVING THEM EVERYTHING THEY’RE ASKING FOR. I DON’T THINK THERE’S A NEED TO ADD MORE SALARIES, MORE SERVICES. WE’RE DOING IT. WE’RE GOING TO BE BRINGING TECHNOLOGY. WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THAT. WE CAN LOOK AT FEES AT THAT TIME. I DON’T THINK THAT’S A REASON TO NOT RAISE FEES AT THIS POINT.>>LES MILLER JR.: THANK YOU, MR. MERRILL. COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>SANDRA MURMAN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR, A FEW QUESTIONS. AND THANK YOU, MR. MERRILL, YOU ANSWERED ONE OF MY QUESTIONS. BUT I DO WANT TO FOLLOW UP SOME ADDITIONAL — COULD WE MAYBE IMPROVE THE TIME FRAME THAT THEY’RE ASKING FOR? IS THAT SOMETHING THAT’S EVEN A POSSIBILITY? I DON’T KNOW. I GUESS MAYBE I’D HAVE TO HEAR FROM ADAM GORMLY BECAUSE THEY’RE SAYING, LIKE FOR — TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION, RECEIVE THE FIRST ROUND OF COMMENTS, THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE 20 BUSINESS DAYS. TODAY IT TAKES 45 DAYS. SO I DON’T KNOW. I’M JUST — >>THAT’S WHY I HAD TO RESPOND. I ASKED ADAM. WE PULLED THE STATISTICS. 95% OF THE TIME, WE’RE WITHIN 20 DAYS. I DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY’VE GOTTEN THEIR NUMBERS FROM. WE’VE TALKED TO THEM FOR MONTHS, NEVER HEARD THIS BEFORE. I DON’T THINK THAT’S AN EXCUSE EITHER. >>SANDRA MURMAN: AND IT WAS THE SAME ON THE OTHER ONE, LIKE THE FORMAL SITE DEVELOPMENT PERMITS AND — >>RIGHT.>>SANDRA MURMAN: AND THE OTHER ONE ABOUT THE RESUBMITTAL PACKAGE? ALL THOSE WERE WITHIN LIKE 95%?>>RIGHT. SO LET ME TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENS. WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT THEIR ENGINEERS AND THEIR ADVISERS GET PRESSED BECAUSE THEY’RE SO BUSY AND THEY SUBMIT INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS. SOMETIMES THEY SUBMIT COMPLETE JUNK. AND WE HAVE TO RETURN THEM BACK TO THEM AND SAY THEY’RE INCOMPLETE. THEY WANT TO COUNT THE TIME — THEY WANT TO START THE CLOCK WHEN THEY SUBMIT THE JUNK. THAT’S NOT FAIR. WE ALWAYS LOOK FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE OUR SERVICE. WE HAVE BEEN. WE’RE ON TOP OF IT. BUT YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT CONTEXT HERE. WHEN YOU HEAR THOSE KIND OF COMMENTS.>>SANDRA MURMAN: OKAY. I DO THINK, THOUGH, IT MIGHT BE IMPORTANT AS WE MOVE FORWARD TO USE THIS AS A METRIC. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE DELIVERING SERVICES, WHICH WE ARE AND YOU SAID WE ARE — >>WE KEEP TRACK OF METRICS. YOU CAN SEE THEM ANYTIME YOU WANT. >>SANDRA MURMAN: AND MAKE SURE THAT — AND I THINK WE ALWAYS ASK FOR PERMITS AND NUMBERS. AND I THINK WE GET THEM. SO IT WAS GOOD TO KNOW. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE OTHER QUESTION IS, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 80% AND THE 90%? — >>IT WOULD BE YOUR PERCEPTION OF WHAT IS GOOD POLICY FOR THE COUNTY. IN TERMS OF THE COST, IF WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A $1.7 MILLION SHORTFALL, 10% OF THAT IS $170,000. >>SANDRA MURMAN: SO WHAT YOU RECOMMENDED IN HERE WAS 80% OF THE TRUE COST?>>CLOSE TO THAT. 88%, I THOUGHT. >>LES MILLER JR.: I THOUGHT IT WAS 72%. >>72% IS WHERE YOU ARE TODAY. WE’D RECOMMENDED SOME INCREASES. BUT WE DIDN’T PUT THE INCREASES TO 100% BECAUSE PRECISELY THERE WERE AREAS WHERE WE RECOGNIZED THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COST IN PRICE WAS MUCH LARGER THAN IN MOST CASES AND IN THOSE CASES WE HESITATED TO SAY, GO TO THE MAX. PLANNING COMMISSION STAFF SAID, COULD WE DO IT OVER THREE YEARS? NOT STAFF, PLANNING COMMISSIONERS ASKED THIS BE PHASED IN OVER THREE YEARS. THAT’S AN OPTION FOR YOU TO CONSIDER. THE ONLY THING, WE DON’T HAVE A CRYSTAL BALL FOR WHEN THE ECONOMY IS GOING TO CYCLE UP AND DOWN. I DON’T THINK IT’S A GREAT IDEA TO RAISE PRICES WHEN THE ECONOMY IS DOWN. IF YOU GO THREE YEARS OUT, I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAVE A RECESSION AHEAD OF US OR NOT, BUT IF WE DO, COMMITTING TO INCREASED PRICES THEN IS POSSIBLY NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DO.>>SANDRA MURMAN: OKAY. SO WE WERE AT 72%. YOUR RECOMMENDATION IN HERE WAS 88%. COMMISSIONER KEMP’S MOTION WAS 90%? OKAY. I THOUGHT YOURS WAS 80%. SO 2% — >>WE’RE CONVERGING. >>SANDRA MURMAN: WE’RE JUST ROUNDING UP. SO LET ME ASK YOU THIS — I WAS TOLD IN TWO DIFFERENT BRIEFINGS THAT WE COULD NOT MAKE A MOTION TODAY TO ADOPT THE NEW FEES, THAT WE HAD TO COME BACK WITH A RESOLUTION.>>WELL, IF YOU MAKE THE MOTION TO DO THAT, WE CAN BRING THE RESOLUTION AND HAVE IT APPROVED FORMALLY AS A — >>SANDRA MURMAN: SO YOU WOULD BRING A RESOLUTION BACK TO US?>>YES.>>I THINK YOU NEED TO HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU A WRITTEN RESOLUTION THAT HAS THE FEE SCHEDULE IN IT. YOU CAN MAKE A MOTION TO ADOPT THEM TODAY, SUBJECT O US BRINGING BACK THE ACTUAL RESOLUTION SO THAT EVERYONE THEN KNOWS THEY HAVE IN FRONT OF THEM WHAT THE FEE SCHEDULE IS. THERE’S NO CONFUSION. THAT’S I THINK WHAT WE’RE SAYING.>>SANDRA MURMAN: SO I GUESS I’LL ASK COMMISSIONER KEMP. WOULD YOU KIND OF MAYBE PUT A CLARIFICATION WORD IN THERE THAT WE ADOPT A RESOLUTION TO INCREASE THE FEES? YOU CAN REMOVE YOUR MOTION AND THEN STATE A NEW ONE. >>I MIGHT NEED TO POINT OUT AT THIS POINT THAT IN DOING A COST STUDY, SOMETIMES WE FIND CURRENT PRODUCES ARE HIGHER THAN ACTUAL COSTS. IN OUR RECOMMENDATION IN THOSE CASES IS TO REDUCE YOUR PRICES SO THAT YOU DON’T CHARGE MORE THAN COST. I THINK FLORIDA STATUTES DON’T WANT TO SEE PRICES NORTH OF COST. SO OUR NUMBERS THAT WE’VE SHOWN YOU ARE NET. WE ARE RECOMMENDING SOME PRICE DECREASES FOR SERVICES WHERE WE FOUND THAT THEY NOWADAYS COST LESS THAN THE CURRENT PRICE. >>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER KEMP, ARE YOU WITHDRAWING YOUR MOTION?>>PAT KEMP: I CAN WITHDRAW MY MOTION. I GUESS I HAVE TO HAVE THE SECOND WITHDRAWN. A RESOLUTION — >>LES MILLER JR.: HOLD ON. COMMISSIONER SMITH, DO YOU WITHDRAW — >>MARIELLA SMITH: SURE. >>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER KEMP HAS WITHDRAWN HER MOTION. COMMISSIONER KEMP, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED FOR A MOTION. >>PAT KEMP: I’D LIKE TO MAKE IT A RESOLUTION AT 90% WITH THE REDUCTIONS APPROPRIATELY AS YOU HAVE NOTED. I’D ALSO, AS LONG AS I’M WITHDRAWING, WOULD LIKE TO DO THREE YEARS, A THREE-YEAR REVIEW AS OPPOSED TO A FIVE-YEAR REVIEW. THAT SEEMS LIKE IT WOULDN’T IMPACT AS MUCH AS COMMISSIONER SMITH SAID. >>THAT’S BEEN THE PRACTICE OF MANATEE COUNTY. AND I’VE SAID TO THEM, I APPRECIATE THE BUSINESS. BUT YOU’RE HAVING ME BACK MORE OFTEN THAN MOST. WHY? AND THEY SAID, BECAUSE WHEN WE FIND THAT THE COST IS MUCH HIGHER THAN PRICE, THERE’S HESITATION TO ACT ON IT. IF WE DO THIS MORE OFTEN, IT’S EASIER FOR EVERYBODY TO ACCEPT. >>PAT KEMP: THANK YOU. I JUST THOUGHT AFTER 30 YEARS, FIVE YEARS WOULD BE WAY BETTER. BUT I’LL GO WITH GOOD PRACTICE.>>SANDRA MURMAN: MR. CHAIR, I WASN’T QUITE DONE. >>LES MILLER JR.: WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET DONE?>>SANDRA MURMAN: I APOLOGIZE. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A FINAL COMMENT. I ALWAYS WANT TO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN WE IMPLEMENT ANY INCREASES SO THAT WE UNDERSTAND WHAT THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCE COULD BE. RIGHT NOW, ALL THE OTHER SURROUNDING COUNTIES ARE VERY HIGH SO PEOPLE WANT TO DEVELOP HERE. AND WE HAVE ACTUALLY GOTTEN A BOOST IN OUR PROPERTY TAX REVENUES BECAUSE OF THE NEW DEVELOPMENT. I GET THAT. AND WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO EXPAND OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND DO SOME THINGS, NOT AT QUITE THE LEVEL WE NEED TO KEEP UP WITH THE NEED. BUT I THINK WE’RE ABLE TO DO THAT. BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO BE VERY MINDFUL, THE SMALL BUSINESS GUY, I’M REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE LEVEL OF INCREASES FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS GUY AND HOW IT’S GOING TO AFFECT THEM. AND I DON’T WANT TO IMPLEMENT 3 ANY FEE INCREASES THAT WILL DRIVE SOMEBODY OUT OF BUSINESS. SO I GUESS I’M GOING TO MAKE A SUBSEQUENT MOTION AFTER THIS ONE IS DISPOSED OF. AND ALSO THAT WE LOOK AT WAIVING THE FEES FOR DEVELOPERS THAT WANT TO IMPLEMENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THEIR PROJECT. I THINK THAT THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR US MOVING FORWARD. IF WE’RE GOING TO RAISE THESE FEES AND IF WE’RE GOING TO GET A LOT DONE, THEN I THINK WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF SOME OTHER BUSINESS AT THE SAME TIME. AND I DO THINK IT’S IMPORTANT. BUT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT HE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER. AND I DON’T KNOW WHO IS IN THE AUDIENCE THAT CAN HELP ADDRESS THAT. MAYBE IF WE HAVE A TIERED LEVEL OR — WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP THE SMALL BUSINESS GUY? DO YOU HAVE A RECOMMENDATION?>>I HAVE AN IDEA ON THAT. AND I WORKED WITH THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH ON THIS. THEY HAD THE SAME CONCERN. THEY DON’T WISH TO DRIVE ANYBODY OUT AND THEY DON’T WISH TO BE SO BURDENSOME TO THE POINT THAT THE FEES ARE SUCH A HUGE PERCENTAGE OF PROJECT COSTS. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A $1.7 MDZ MILLION SHORTFALL RELATIVE TO THE DEVELOPMENT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN HRE. MY BELIEF, THIS IS MY OPINION, THIS IS NOT A FACT. MY BELIEF IS THAT $1.7 MILLION OF ADDITIONAL COSTS, WHICH I DIDN’T EVEN RECOMMEND YOU GO THAT HIGH, AS AN ADDITIONAL COST TO DEVELOPMENT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN A YEAR PROBABLY DOESN’T — AS A GENERAL STATEMENT, OVERBURDEN ANYBODY. BUT WHAT THE MIAMI BEACH DISCUSSION WAS, WAS TO THE EXTENT THAT A FEE IS A DEMONSTRABLY HIGHER PROJECT COST THAT YOU COULD COME UP WITH THAT AND YOU COULD COME UP WITH A STATEMENT THAT WE WOULD NEVER WANT THE FEE TO BE MORE THAN “X” PERCENT OF A COST — AY A $1 MILLION PROJECT, WE WOULD NOT WANT THE FEE TO BE MORE THAN SOME PERCENT OF YOUR TOTAL PROJECT COST. HOW YOU’RE GOING TO VERIFY THOSE COSTS IS DIFFICULT. BUT, A — FIRST STATEMENT, I WOULD QUESTION GLOBALLY WHETHER THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE IS GOING TO DEPRESS ANYBODY’S DESIRE TO BUILD HERE. BUT UPON CAUSE, IF SOMEBODY CAN SAY, MY PROJECT S JUST THIS BIG AND YOUR FEE IS THIS BIG, CAN I GET SOME RELIEF? WELL, LET’S TALK ABOUT IT. YOU COULD GRANT THE DIRECTOR A POWER TO MAKE WAIVERS IN THE CASE OF DURESS. >>SANDRA MURMAN: OKAY. SO THIS IS INTERESTING. SO WE’RE GOING TO HAVE THE COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE PUT A RESOLUTION TOGETHER. WE DON’T QUITE HAVE SOME LANGUAGE HERE TO GIVE TO OU YET TO HELP THE SMALL BUSINESS GUY. SO I’LL COME BACK AFTER WE DISPOSE OF YOUR MOTION, COMMISSIONER KEMP, AND DIRECT STAFF TO WORK WITH OUR CONSULTANT HERE TO COME UP WITH THE PROPER LANGUAGE THAT WOULD HELP THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER GOING FORWARD. AND I’M GOING TO PUT THE WAIVER OF FEES IN, TOO. SO I’M REALLY — I WAS FOR A PHASED-IN PROCESS, TO BE HONEST WITH Y’ALL. I THINK WE COULD IMPLEMENT 60% NOW AND EVALUATE IT IN A YEAR AND COME BACK. I KEEP HEARING, WE’RE GOING TO BE IN A SLIGHT RECESSION AT THE END OF ’20. BUT I THINK — I JUST — I’M AFRAID WE’RE GOING TO JUST PRICE OURSELVES OUT OF THE MARKET ALL TOGETHER. BUT WHEN I LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AND I SEE US — BUT ANYWAY, I THINK THE VOTES ARE ALREADY HERE TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE FORWARD. SO BUT WE’LL DO THESE OTHER TWO THINGS AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL HELP.>>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER WHITE, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>STACY WHITE: THANK YOU. I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT THESE FEES NEED TO INCREASE IF FOR ANY OTHER REASON FOR AN INFLATIONARY FACTOR. IT’S BEEN SO LONG. I DON’T LIKE THE FACT THAT WE’RE SUBSIDIZING WHERE THESE FEES SHOULD BE TAKING CARE OF THE COSTS. FRANKLY, I DO WANT TO SEE THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY GET A FAIR SHAKE. I’LL STATE FOR THE RECORD THAT I’M OFTEN THAT MY STANCES SOMETIMES ARE MET WITH DISAGREEMENT FROM THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY. BUT I’M A REASONABLE GUY. AND ALWAYS WANT TO SEE THEM HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET A FAIR SHAKE. MR. MERRILL, I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAN BE SOLVED OR SETTLED WITH COMMUNICATIONS OVER THE NEXT TWO TO FOUR WEEKS OR HOWEVER LONG IT’S GOING TO TAKE TO BRING A DRAFT RESOLUTION BACK, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THOSE COMMUNICATIONS AKE PLACE AND SEE IF THERE’S ANY WAY THAT WE CAN IRON OUT SOME OF THE ISSUES HERE THAT ARE BEING POSED. OR AT LEAST PERCEIVED ISSUES. WITH RESPECT TO WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE FEES AND ALSO WITH LEVEL OF SERVICE. I’VE HEARD YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. AND I HEAR WHAT YOU’RE SAYING ABOUT METRICS. BUT I DO SENSE, THOUGH, THAT SOME FURTHER COMMUNICATION SHOULD TAKE PLACE.>>I’M STILL NOT SURE WHAT — HOW THAT TRANSLATES INTO THE RESOLUTION FOR THE FEES.>>STACY WHITE: I’M NOT SURE EITHER. I KNOW THAT I HAVE HAD SOME CONCERNS RAISED ABOUT THE FEE STRUCTURE ITSELF. TO COMMISSIONER MURMAN’S POINT ABOUT WHAT THAT MIGHT MEAN FOR A SMALL SIZED DEVELOPER OR BUILDER, ET CETERA, ET CETERA. SO, AGAIN, I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAN BE SOLVED, IF ANYTHING WILL BE SOLVED. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME ONGOING COMMUNICATION. MS. BECK, I JUST WANT TO JUST CONFIRM WITH YOU THE COUNTY ATTORNEY’S INTERPRETATION OF THE MOTION. MY INTERPRETATION IS THAT WE ARE — IF THIS PASSES TODAY, THAT WE’RE DIRECTING STAFF TO BRING A DRAFT RESOLUTION BACK TO THE BOARD FOR A VOTE. AND IT WOULD BE ADOPTED AT THAT TIME. THE FEES WOULD BE ADOPTED AT THAT TIME. >>THAT’S HOW I UNDERSTAND IT. AND OBVIOUSLY THE POINT WOULD BE TO SEE IT ALL IN WRITING, EVERYTHING GATHERED TOGETHER SO THAT YOU CAN LOOK AT IT HOLISTICALLY.>>STACY WHITE: GOT IT. I’M GOING TO SUPPORT THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR. WE HAVE TO GET SOMETHING IN FRONT OF US AS A STARTING POINT. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME ONGOING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN STAFF AND THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY. AND, MS. BECK, WHEN DO YOU ANTICIPATE THAT’S LIKELY TO COME BACK?>>I BELIEVE WE COULD BRING IT BACK AT YOUR NEXT BOARD MEETING, UNLESS THERE’S SOME UNANTICIPATED ISSUE. BUT THAT WOULD BE OUR INTENT. >>IF I MAY MAKE ONE SUGGESTION. IF YOU APPROVE HIGHER FEES, THE DEPARTMENT EEDS TO GET THOSE FEES INTO ITS WEBSITE AND FORMS. SO OU MIGHT WANT TO GIVE THEM A LITTLE WINDOW TO MAKE THOSE CHANGES ONCE THEY KNOW IT’S APPROVED. >>STACY WHITE: OKAY.>>LES MILLER JR.: BEFORE WE GET TO THE SECOND ROUND OF QUESTIONS BECAUSE I SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE QUEUE AGAIN, YOUR RECOMMENDATION OF AN INCREASE WAS HOW MUCH?>>A MILLION. >>LES MILLER JR.: PERCENTAGE-WISE?>>ABOUT 16%. >>LES MILLER JR.: I’M SORRY?>>GOING UP FROM 72% TO ABOUT 88%. >>LES MILLER JR.: LET ME ASK ANOTHER QUESTION. TALKING ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS AND ALL THAT, HAVE WE SAT DOWN WITH OUR STAFF OR YOUR STAFF, MR. MERRILL, OR MS. CASKEY’S STAFF OR PLANNING COMMISSION, WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE INDUSTRY TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT THIS? HAVE WE DONE THAT?>>YES. WE’VE HAD STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS. WE’VE HAD A NUMBER OF CONVERSATIONS. THIS IS NOT NEW INFORMATION FOR THEM.>>LES MILLER JR.: OKAY.>>AND FRANKLY, I DON’T KNOW — WE’LL HAVE THE CONVERSATIONS. BUT IF WHERE THIS IS HEADED IS THAT ADAM GORMLY IS GOING TO BE THE ONE TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT WHETHER A SMALL BUSINESS IS MAKING MONEY IS GOING TO BE A FAILURE. THERE’S NO WAY FOR ME OR FOR ADAM GORMLY TO DETERMINE WHETHER A PARTICULAR DEVELOPER IS MAKING MONEY. WE DON’T HAVE THE BENEFIT OF LOOKING AT THEIR FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. WE DON’T HAVE THE ENEFIT OF KNOWING THEIR COST STRUCTURE OR THEIR MARGINS. AND WHAT WE’LL BE FACED WITH IS A PARADE OF PEOPLE COMING IN SAYING, WE’RE LOSING MONEY, WE’RE LOSING MONEY, WE’RE LOSING MONEY. I’M JUST GOING TO TELL YOU RIGHT NOW, THAT’S A FAILURE UPFRONT. WE SHOULD NOT BE SETTING FEES BASED ON THE PROFITABILITY OR THE EXPECTED PROFITABILITY OF ANY GIVEN DEVELOPER, JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE A SMALL DEVELOPER DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE NOT MAKING MONEY. THAT’S NOT AN ARGUMENT. WE WILL LOOK AT OTHER OPTIONS. WE CAN LOOK AT OTHER THINGS. BUT TO PUT THAT KIND OF RESPONSIBILITY ON ADAM OR ME IS NOT GOING TO END UP WHERE YOU THINK IT’S GOING TO END UP. IT’S GOING TO MAKE THINGS WORSE. YOU’LL HAVE A PARADE OF PEOPLE IN FRONT OF YOU SAYING, STAFF ISN’T LISTENING. WE’RE SMALL, WE’RE BEING HURT. WE HAVE NO WAY TO TELL. ON ANY INDIVIDUAL HOME THEY BUILD OR ON THEIR ANNUAL PERFORMANCE, WE HAVE NO WAY TO TELL.>>LES MILLER JR.: LET ME ASK YOU ANOTHER QUESTION, A FOLLOW-UP. SO THEREFORE, THE STAKEHOLDERS KNEW IN ADVANCE THAT THIS WOULD BE COMING TO US TODAY AND THE POSSIBILITY THAT WE MIGHT BE AT LEAST LOOKING AT 88% INCREASE? AM I CORRECT?>>THAT’S CORRECT. >>LES MILLER JR.: SO ALL THOSE E-MAILS I GOT YESTERDAY, THOSE STAKEHOLDERS KNEW THIS WAS COMING UP?>>THAT’S CORRECT. >>LES MILLER JR.: OH, MY GOD. COMMISSIONER KEMP, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>PAT KEMP: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CLARIFICATIONS, MR. MERRILL. I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT — I ALSO WILL REMIND THIS COMMISSION OR ANYONE ELSE THAT WHEN I CAME HERE AND STARTED GOING THROUGH THAT RESEARCH AND LOOKING AT WHAT THE HISTORY OF IT AND THE FACT THAT IT HADN’T BEEN RAISED SINCE 1987 AND — THE COMP FEES SINCE THEY WERE INSTITUTED, I ALSO FOUND A STUDY THAT HAD BEEN DONE THIS 2016 BEFORE I BECAME ON THE COMMISSION, THAT WAS BROUGHT AS A RECOMMENDATION OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION THAT RECOMMENDED NEARLY AS MUCH IN INCREASES AT THAT TIME. AND THERE HAD BEEN SEVERAL STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS AT THAT TIME WITH ACTUALLY VERY LITTLE APPARENT INTEREST AND A PRETTY WIDE ACCEPTANCE, IT LOOKED LIKE, OF THOSE INCREASES AS BEING REASONABLE. I ACTUALLY HAD SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THIS AND ASKED ABOUT IN TERMS OF WAIVERS OR HARDSHIPS. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THEY’RE PAYING THESE FEES IN OTHER PLACES. THEY’RE PAYING THEM IN MANATEE. AND PASCO. AND IF THAT MAKES THEM MOOT PROJECTS TO THOSE PLACES, MAYBE THAT’S A BETTER OUTCOME, IF OUR MOBILITY FEES, AS WE HAVE THEM, IF EVERYTHING ELSE — IF GROWTH ISN’T PAYING FOR ITSELF BECAUSE WE ARE NOT DOING OUR JOB AND WE’RE HOISTING IT ON THE TAXPAYERS TO SUBSIDIZE IT, THAT’S JUST NOT A GOOD BUSINESS PLAN. THAT’S NOT WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. I ALSO HAVE, OF COURSE — WANT TO THINK ABOUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING. BUT I DON’T WANT THAT TO BECOME A LOOPHOLE FOR NOT PAYING FOR FEES OR — I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ANYTHING WE DO IN TERMS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS SOMETHING THAT’S WELL CONSIDERED AND MAKES SENSE IN TERMS OF OUR OVERALL SCHEME OF THINGS. SO, AGAIN, I’M REALLY PLEASED WITH WHAT WE HAVE HERE. I ACTUALLY THINK IT’S PRETTY MODEST. IT’S STILL LESS. STILL LESS HAN MANATEE AND PASCO COUNTIES. CONSIDERABLY LESS. I DON’T SEE ANY REASON WHY WE SHOULD BE BARGAIN BASEMENT KIND OF APPLICATION FEES HERE. AND THIS IS SIMPLY THE FEES. THIS ISN’T EVEN THE MOBILITY IMPACT FEES OR ANYTHING LIKE THIS. THIS IS JUST THE FEE FOR AN APPLICATION WHICH IS JUST SUCH A SMALL PART OF A PROJECT. >>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER OVERMAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>KIMBERLY OVERMAN: THANK YOU. IN LINE WITH WHAT HAS BEEN SAID, I DO APPRECIATE THE DEA OF GOING TO THREE YEARS. OUR MARKET CYCLES HAVE ACTUALLY SHORTENED OVER THE DECADES WITH MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE. OUR MARKET CYCLES ARE CYCLING A LOT FASTER. SO THREE-YEAR REVIEW, SEEMS TO MAKE MORE SENSE. ALSO IN LINE WITH THAT, I HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT IMPACT IT WOULD HAVE ON BUILDERS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN BUILDING IN THE AFFORDABLE AREA SPACE. NOT JUST WORKFORCE BUT AFFORDABLE AREA SPACE. POSSIBLE WE CAN CREATE A COHESIVE ROGRAM THAT INCLUDES SOME INCENTIVE FOR BUILDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, WHICH WE ARE DESPERATELY IN NEED OF. I THINK IT’S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. AND THOSE BUILDERS THAT ARE ABLE TO HELP US WORK WITHIN THE GUIDELINES OF OUR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN ORDER TO ALLOW US TO CREATE SOME CONNECTIVITY IN THE COMMUNITIES, THERE ARE WAYS THAT WE CAN FIND A BETTER OUTCOME. AND IF LOOKING AT A PLAN THAT ACTUALLY ACHIEVES THE OUTCOME OF OUR LONG-TERM GOALS, AS FAR AS HOW WE GROW, CAN BE A WAY OF MAKING THAT DISCERNMENT, THEN MAYBE THAT WOULD BE ANOTHER WAY OF LOOKING AT IT RATHER THAN PROFITABILITY AS BEING A GUIDELINE THAT WE CAN’T FOLLOW. BUT IF IT SERVES THE GOAL OF OUR GROWTH PLAN, IF IT HELPS US PROVIDE ADDITIONAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING, NOT WORKFORCE HOUSING, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AS A MEANS, EITHER THROUGH DENSITY BONUSES OR OTHER TOOLS, I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THAT AS BEING PART OF OUR FEE STRUCTURE, NOT ONLY IN THE PLANNING STAGES BUT ALSO IN THE IMPACT FEE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE DO LATER. THANK YOU.>>LES MILLER JR.: MR. MERRILL, YOU’RE IN THE QUEUE. DO YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER COMMENTS? COMMISSIONER HAGAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>KEN HAGAN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I’LL TRY AND BE BRIEF. I WASN’T PLANNING ON SAYING TOO MUCH ON THIS ISSUE TODAY BUT I FOUND MYSELF WRITING DOWN ALL KIND OF NOTES. BUT I’LL BE BRIEF. THE FEES CERTAINLY NEED TO BE ADDRESSED AND I SUPPORT THAT. BUT LET’S BE HONEST. THESE FEE INCREASES ARE BY AND LARGE PASS-THROUGHS. THEY’RE NOT ABSORBED. SO I SHARE COMMISSIONER OVERMAN’S CONCERNS THAT THIS COULD POTENTIALLY NEGATIVELY IMPACT OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING EVERETTS. SO I WILL SUPPORT ANY CONSIDERATION THAT WOULD ADDRESS OR PREVENT THESE CONCERNS FROM OCCURRING. I WILL SAY, IN MY TIME IN OFFICE, THAT I BELIEVE OVERALL THERE HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT WITH OUR SERVICE LEVELS. I CERTAINLY BELIEVE THAT. AS MIKE SAID, BECAUSE I PERSONALLY WITNESSED A COUPLE OF THESE, THERE HAVE BEEN ISSUES WITH DEFICIENT SUBMITTALS BASED ON FAULTY ENGINEERING WORK. I AGREE WITH THAT BECAUSE I’VE SEEN A COUPLE OF THOSE MYSELF. AT THE SAME TIME, THOUGH, I WILL SAY I DO AGREE THAT THERE SHOULD BE A NEXUS BETWEEN FEE INCREASES AND THE LEVELS OF SERVICE. JUST YESTERDAY, I SPOKE WITH A BUILDER THAT HAD NO IDEA WE WERE EVEN HAVING THAT DISCUSSION. AND HE WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE REVIEW PROCESS AND THE COMMENT TIME, MAYBE SAYING 40, 50, 100 DAYS. HE MAY VERY WELL BE IN THAT 5%. HE MAY HAVE HAD FAULTY ENGINEERING. I HAVEN’T GOTTEN INTO THAT DEGREE OF LOOKING AT IT. BUT JUST YESTERDAY AND THIS BUILDER DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WE WERE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION. SO I DO WANT TO ENSURE THAT OUR REVIEW LEVELS AND PERMIT APPROVALS OCCURS AS QUICKLY AS IS RESPONSIBLE IN ALL AREAS, FACETS OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT, WE CAN ALWAYS LOOK TO IMPROVE AND WORK N OUR SERVICE LEVEL. AND IF HIRING A FEW PEOPLE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE, I CERTAINLY SUPPORT THAT. TIME IS MONEY. TWO LAST THINGS. I KNOW IN THE PAST WITH FEE INCREASES — MAYBE IT’S BEEN A NUMBER OF YEARS — WE HAVE INITIATED A PHASING-IN APPROACH, PERHAPS THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD CONSIDER TO SOFTEN THE BLOW, IF YOU WILL. AND MY LAST COMMENT — AGAIN, I AGREE WITH MIKE. AT LEAST FOR ME, IT’S NOT A SMALL BUSINESS OR — IF THE BUSINESS IS MAKING MONEY, IT’S NOT THAT ISSUE. BUT I DO THINK IT COULD OSSIBLY BE A BIG IMPACT ON THE INDIVIDUAL LAND OWNER THAT’S LOOKING TO BUILD SOMETHING. FOR THEM, IT’S NOT A PASSTHROUGH. THEY’RE THE ONES THAT ARE GOING TO BE ABSORBING IT. SO I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S ANY AREAS THAT WE CAN CONSIDER. AGAIN, NOT TO TRY AND DEFINE MAKING MONEY.S OR IF YOU’RE – BUT JUST ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, WE CAN WORK ON SOMETHING THERE, I THINK THERE MAY BE MERIT WITH THAT. THAT’S SOMETHING I’LL BE LOOKING INTO MORE DETAIL WHEN THE RESOLUTION COMES BACK. BUT I’M GOING TO SUPPORT MOVING FORWARD TODAY. BUT MAY NEED TO TWEAK A FEW THINGS. THAT’S ALL I’M SAYING. >>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED. >>SANDRA MURMAN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I JUST WANTED TO BE RECOGNIZED — I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING OR ANYTHING SHOULD BE IN THE RESOLUTION. I THINK THAT NEEDS TO STAY CLEAN. SO I WANT TO JUST HAVE A — IF YOU COULD JUST — I’LL PRESS MY BUTTON AGAIN, FOLLOW UP WITH ME SO I CAN ASK STAFF TO COME BACK TO US WITH POLICIES ON THOSE OTHER ISSUES WE WERE TALKING ABOUT.>>LES MILLER JR.: OKAY. BEFORE WE VOTE, MS. BECK OR MR. MER MERRILL, IN THE RESOLUTION, IS THERE A POSSIBLE WAY THAT WE COULD PUT IN STAGGERING UP TO THE 90% — >>YOU MEAN A PHASE-IN. >>LES MILLER JR.: A PHASE-IN, YEAH. >>HAT WE COULD DO IS BRING BACK TWO VERSIONS, ONE THAT HAS A PHASE-IN AND ONE THAT DOESN’T, THAT YOU COULD COMPARE. >>LES MILLER JR.: OKAY.>>KEN HAGAN: ONE QUESTION OR ONE COMMENT.>>LES MILLER JR.: WELL, BEFORE I DO THAT, DO YOU NEED AN AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION TO DO THAT?>>I DON’T BELIEVE SO. I THINK WE CAN JUST BRING BACK THE TWO VERSIONS IF THAT’S THE BOARD’S PLEASURE. IT’S ALWAYS HELPFUL TO CLARIFY THAT WITH A MOTION. >>LES MILLER JR.: I’LL PASS THE GAVEL TO COMMISSIONER WHITE AND MAKE AN AMENDMENT TO THE MOTION THAT WE BRING BACK TWO RESOLUTIONS, ONE WITH THE 98% INCREASE AND ONE WITH THE 90% INCREASE. >>SANDRA MURMAN: I’LL SECOND. >>LES MILLER JR.: THERE’S A MOTION TO AMEND BY COMMISSIONER MILLER, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN. COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU’RE IN THE QUEUE. >>SANDRA MURMAN: FOR THE FOLLOW-UP. BUT I DO SUPPORT A PHASED-IN APPROACH. >>STACY WHITE: COMMISSIONER HAGAN, DISCUSSION TO THE AMENDMENT?>>KEN HAGAN: JUST A QUESTION. PRETTY SURE I KNOW THE ANSWER BECAUSE I ASKED OFF THE RECORD BEFOREHAND. I JUST WANT TO ENSURE WHEN THE RESOLUTION COMES BACK, WE HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO AMEND OR TO MAKE CHANGES. WHETHER IT’S THE PHASING-IN OR THE INDIVIDUAL PERSON — WE HAVE THAT FLEXIBILITY, RIGHT?>>YES, THAT’S CORRECT.>>KEN HAGAN: THAT’S ALL I WANTED TO MAKE SURE. >>STACY WHITE: COMMISSIONER SMITH?>>MARIELLA SMITH: I DO NOT SUPPORT THE PHASING-IN BECAUSE AS I SAID, IF — LIKE THE PLANNING COMMISSION SUGGESTED, SAY, IT’S PHASED IN OVER THREE YEARS. ALL RIGHT, WE’RE AT 90% THIS YEAR. WE’LL BE AT 80-SOMETHING PERCENT THE NEXT YEAR AND 80-SOMETHING PERCENT THE NEXT YEAR. AS WE’RE PHASING THIS IN, IT’S JUST — AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO BE REVIEWING IT AGAIN IN THREE YEARS ACCORDING TO THIS RESOLUTION. SO THAT’S A BETTER TIME FRAME, I THINK, TO BE LOOKING AT THESE, NOT EVERY YEAR CHANGING UP WHAT THE FEES ARE. THAT’S WHY I WON’T SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT. >>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER SMITH, UNDERSTAND, WE’RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT THEN. SHE’S GOING TO BRING US BACK TWO VERSIONS. WE DON’T LIKE THE PHASING-IN, WE DON’T DO THE PHASING-IN, WE DO THE OTHER ONE. I JUST ASKED TO BRING BACK TWO VERSIONS TO LOOK AT. >>STACY WHITE: COMMISSIONER MILLER IS PLEADING WITH YOU TO LET THEM GET — >>LES MILLER JR.: YOU’RE THINKING LIKE ME. [ LAUGHTER ]>>STACY WHITE: COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU’RE BACK IN THE QUEUE — OH, FOR THE OTHER ISSUE. COMMISSIONER KEMP. >>PAT KEMP: I AGREE. I JUST DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND. BUT I DON’T SEE ANY POINT IN GOING EVEN THERE. SO I ALSO WOULDN’T BE SUPPORTING A PHASING-IN.>>STACY WHITE: OKAY. I THINK THAT’S FOR THE SEPARATE ISSUE. SO SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE AMENDMENT, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTES.>>MOTION CARRIED 5-2 WITH COMMISSIONERS KEMP AND SMITH VOTING NO.>>LES MILLER JR.: WE’RE BACK NOW ON THE AMENDED MOTION. COMMISSIONER MURMAN, DID YOU WANT TO — OKAY, WE’RE ON THE AMENDED MOTION BY COMMISSIONER KEMP, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER SMITH. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 7-0.>>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>SANDRA MURMAN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. I GUESS I WOULD LIKE TO ASK STAFF TO COME BACK TO THE BOARD WITH A REPORT WITH RECOMMENDATIONS ON POSSIBLE WAIVER OF FEES — WAIVER OF DEVELOPMENT FEES FOR ANY DEVELOPMENT THAT WOULD BE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOW THAT WOULD LOOK, AS FAR AS PERCENTAGES OF THE DEVELOPMENT, ET CETERA. AND THEN TO INCLUDE IN THAT A REPORT ABOUT THE ADOPTION OF A POLICY CONCERNING, AGAIN, MITIGATION OF FEES FOR — I GUESS FOR SITUATIONS WHERE SMALL BUSINESS OR A LAND OWNER MIGHT BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED BY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FEES.>>LES MILLER JR.: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN. IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND BY COMMISSIONER HAGAN. SEEING NO ONE WANTING TO SPEAK ON THIS IN THE QUEUE — NOW WE DO. COMMISSIONER SMITH, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>MARIELLA SMITH: YOU KNOW, I WOULD BE SUPPORTIVE OF BRINGING BACK SOME LOOK AT HOW TO CRAFT A WAIVER FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING. I WONDER IF YOU COULD SEPARATE THEM BECAUSE I WOULD SUPPORT THE LOOK AT AFFORDABLE HOUSING. I THINK THAT MIGHT OFFER A REALLY CLEAN AND A SEPARATE THING FROM WHAT OUR ADMINISTRATOR TOLD US WOULD BE A MUCH MORE COMPLICATED PROCESS OF TRYING TO WORK OUT HOW — REMEMBER, THESE ARE NOT ALL THIS WHOLE FULL SUITE OF IMPACT FEES. THESE ARE JUST THE FEES FOR APPLICATION. SO IF THOSE TWO OULD BE SEPARATED, BRINGING THEM BACK –>>SANDRA MURMAN: IT’S JUST A REPORT THAT WOULD — ON TWO DIFFERENT SUBJECTS. SO I DON’T THINK — I MEAN, I CAN STATE THAT THEY INDIVIDUALLY REPORT ON EACH ITEM. >>MARIELLA SMITH: AND THEN WE WOULD HAVE A CHOICE OF APPROVING GOING FORWARD WITH ONE OR THE OTHER OR BOTH?>>SANDRA MURMAN: YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE AT THIS BOARD. [ LAUGHTER ]>>MARIELLA SMITH: THANKS FOR THE EXPLANATION. >>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER KEMP, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>PAT KEMP: THANK YOU. I HAD THE SAME CONCERN. JUST SUPPORTIVE OF THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THE SECOND PART SOUNDED TOO COMPLEX AND DIFFICULT. BUT THANK YOU. >>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER WHITE, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>STACY WHITE: I’LL MOVE THAT WE TAKE THIS UP BY PARAGRAPH SEPARATELY. IN OTHER WORDS, THE TWO ISSUES SEPARATELY.>>PAT KEMP: I’LL SECOND. >>LES MILLER JR.: THAT’S A SUBSTITUTE MOTION?>>STACY WHITE: I THINK THAT MOTION IS IN ORDER WHEN THERE’S A MAIN MOTION ON THE FLOOR. >>LES MILLER JR.: NO. HAS TO BE A SUBSTITUTE MOTION BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T PUT THAT IN HER MOTION. YOUR MOTION IS SEPARATE.>>STACY WHITE: I’LL MAKE A SUBSTITUTE MOTION THAT WE SEPARATE THE ISUES. >>SANDRA MURMAN: CAN I JUST — >>LES MILLER JR.: EXCUSE ME. IS THERE A SECOND TO THE MOTION? COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED. >>SANDRA MURMAN: I’LL REMOVE MY MOTION, JUST RESTATE A NEW MOTION. IF THERE IS FOUR VOTES HERE TO DO THAT, I’LL JUST SAY, REPORT — I THINK I SAID THIS — BUT JUST REPORT — SEPARATE REPORTS ON A WAIVER OF FEES FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND ANOTHER SEPARATE REPORT ON THE ADOPTION OF A POLICY CONCERNING MITIGATION OF FEES FOR SITUATIONS INVOLVING SMALL BUSINESSES OR LAND OWNERS. >>LES MILLER JR.: OKAY. COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU JUST CLARIFIED ANOTHER MOTION. YOU CAN’T MAKE ANOTHER MOTION –>>SANDRA MURMAN: I KNOW THAT. I’M JUST SAYING — >>LES MILLER JR.: THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN DO THAT IS COMMISSIONER WHITE HAS TO REMOVE HIS SUBSTITUTE MOTION — >>STACY WHITE: AS — >>LES MILLER JR.: GO AHEAD. >>STACY WHITE: AS COURTESY, I’LL REMOVE THE SUBSTITUTE MOTION AND ALLOW COMMISSIONER MURMAN TO WITHDRAW AND AKE THAT NEW MOTION. >>LES MILLER JR.: O COMMISSIONER WHITE WANTS TO WITHDRAW HIS SUBSTITUTE MOTION. COMMISSIONER KEMP, WILL YOU WITHDRAW YOUR SECOND. >>PAT KEMP: [ OFF MIC ]. >>LES MILLER JR.: ARE YOU WITHDRAWING YOUR ORIGINAL MOTION?>>SANDRA MURMAN: I AM. >>LES MILLER JR.: YOU WITHDRAW YOUR SECOND? COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED. >>SANDRA MURMAN: DIRECT STAFF TO DO INDIVIDUAL REPORTS, ONE ON THE WAIVER OF FEES FOR — WAIVER OF DEVELOPMENT FEES FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING. AND THE ECOND REPORT WOULD BE THE ADOPTION OF POLICY CONCERNING MITIGATION OF FEES FOR SITUATIONS INVOLVING SMALL BUSINESSES OR LAND OWNERS.>>LES MILLER JR.: IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND BY COMMISSIONER OVERMAN. I SEE NO DISCUSSION, WE HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER OVERMAN. PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 7-0.>>LES MILLER JR.: THANK YOU, MR. COLLINS. >>THANK YOU.>>LES MILLER JR.: THAT HORSE IS DEAD. [ LAUGHTER ] MR. MERRILL?>>YOU HAVE TWO REMAINING TIME CERTAINS. B-7 AND B-8, BOTH COUNTY AUDITOR REPORTS.>>GOOD MORNING, COMMISSIONERS. I’LL BE BRIEF. I KNOW YOU HAVE A TIME CRUNCH. B-7 WAS AUDIT REPORT NUMBER 363, AUDIT OF THE AGING SERVICES’ IN-HOME FOOD SERVICES PROGRAM. WE LOOKED AT BOTH THE MANAGEMENT CONTROLS FOR THE DEPARTMENT AS WELL AS COMPLIANCE WITH THE THIRD-PARTY PROVIDER WHO ADMINISTERS THE SERVICES. OF NOTE IN THIS REPORT IS THAT THE OVERALL RATING FOR THE DEPARTMENT WAS A MANAGED MATURITY LEVEL, WHICH DOESN’T SOUND VERY EXCITING BUT IS ABOVE AVERAGE FOR THE RATINGS THAT WE GIVE FOR CONTROLLED MATURITY. THAT’S TO AGING SERVICES’ CREDIT. WE MADE ONE RECOMMENDATION TO MANAGEMENT WHICH THEY CONCURRED WITH AND HAVE CREATED A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN. I’M AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS OR ASK THAT YOU ACCEPT THE REPORT.>>LES MILLER JR.: WE HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WHITE, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KEMP AND COMMISSIONER OVERMAN. COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>SANDRA MURMAN: WELL, I WAS JUST GOING TO ASK, DID YOU STUDY, LIKE, WAIT LISTS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT?>>THE WAIT LIST FOR THE — >>SANDRA MURMAN: FOOD SERVICES.>>ARE YOU ASKING IF WE LIKE BUMPED THEM AGAINST BEST PRACTICE? WE DID NOT.>>SANDRA MURMAN: OKAY. THANK YOU. WE’LL TALK LATER. I THINK WE SHOULD LOOK AT THAT. THANK YOU.>>LES MILLER JR.: WE HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WHITE, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER KEMP AND COMMISSIONER OVERMAN. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 6-0.>>LES MILLER JR.: MR. MERRILL?>>B-8. >>ITEM B-8 IS AUDIT REPORT NUMBER 364, WHICH WAS AN AUDIT OF THE USE OF OVERTIME PAY. THIS WAS AN ANALYSIS OF THE OVERTIME TRENDS FOR THE COUNTY. AND SPECIFIC TESTING RELATED TO THE TOP TWO BUSINESS UNITS FOR OVERTIME USE. WE DID MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO BOTH PUBLIC WORKS AND FIRE/RESCUE RELATED TO THAT TESTING, MANAGEMENT HAS CONCURRED WITH THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS. AND HAS DEVELOPED CORRECTIVE ACTION PLANS. WE DID NOT FIND ANY INDICATION OF MISUSE OR ABUSE. AND WE DO BELIEVE THE CONTROLS IN PLACE ARE REASONABLE TO MITIGATE THAT RISK. I’M AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE AND ASK THAT YOU ACCEPT THE REPORT.>>LES MILLER JR.: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WHITE TO APPROVE ITEM B-8. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 6-0.>>LES MILLER JR.: MR. MERRILL?>>I ASSUME YOU WANT TO FINISH THE REST OF THE AGENDA — >>LES MILLER JR.: WE HAVE SIX ITEMS ON THE REGULAR AGENDA. I THINK WE CAN GET THAT DONE HOPEFULLY IN 20 MINUTES OR SO. >>IT WILL BE QUICK. B-1, COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE — WELL, MAY BE QUICK. B-1.>>GOOD MORNING, BOARD. JOHANNA LUNDGREN, ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY, COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. I AM RETURNING TO YOU FOR THE SECOND APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RULES OF ORDER TO ESTABLISH PROCEDURES OR COMMISSIONER REQUESTS FOR WITHDRAWAL OF ITEMS FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR BOTH REGULAR AND LAND USE MEETINGS AND ALSO ADOPT SOME PROCEDURES FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF WITHDRAWN CONSENT ITEMS DURING THE LAND USE MEETINGS OF THE BOARD. AS OU DID PPROVE THIS AMENDMENT AT THE PREVIOUS BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING, THIS IS IMPLY THE SECOND REQUIRED APPROVAL THAT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO MAKE IT EFFECTIVE PURSUANT TO THE BOARD’S RULES OF ORDER PROCESS. I’M HERE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. THE ONLY CHANGE WAS SIMPLY A CROSS REFERENCE TO REFER TO THE FACT THAT THIS CHANGE WILL NOT AFFECT THE ABILITY OF A COMMISSIONER TO ABSTAIN OR CAST A NEGATIVE VOTE ON A CONSENT ITEM PURSUANT TO RULE 7 OF THE RULES OF ORDER. SO IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. >>LES MILLER JR.: THIS IS AN ITEM I BROUGHT FORTH LAST MEETING. SO I’LL MOVE THE ITEM. I THINK COMMISSIONER KEMP WAS IN THE QUEUE. DID I GET A SECOND?>>STACY WHITE: I CAN’T SECOND.>>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER KEMP IS IN THE QUEUE.>>PAT KEMP: THANK YOU. I JUST WANT TO MAKE AN AME AMENDMENT. I KNOW IT REQUIRES A SUPER MAJORITY. I’LL MAKE AN AMENDMENT — IF SOMETHING — IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO VOTE NO ON CONSENT, IN ORDER FOR THEM TO TALK ABOUT IT OR HAVE IT PRESENTED, THEY HAVE TO HAVE FIVE COMMISSIONERS. I DON’T SEE ANY REASON TO HAVE A SUPER MAJORITY. I’D LIKE TO MOVE IT TO FOUR. >>STACY WHITE: THERE’S A MOTION TO AMEND BY COMMISSIONER KEMP, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER SMITH. COMMISSIONER SMITH, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>MARIELLA SMITH: THE REASON I AGREE WITH THAT, THE ITEMS ON CONSENT WOULD ONLY TAKE FOUR VOTES TO PASS. SO IT JUST SEEMS LIKE A SIMPLE THING TO MAKE SURE THAT IF YOU’RE GOING TO PULL AN ITEM, IT WOULDN’T TAKE A SUPER MAJORITY TO DO WHAT A SIMPLE MAJORITY WOULD BE REQUIRED OF TO PASS. IT’S JUST — SEEMS LOGICAL TO ME.>>STACY WHITE: OKAY. COMMISSIONER HAGAN, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.>>KEN HAGAN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. COMMISSIONER MILLER, THIS IS YOUR ITEM, I’LL DEFER TO YOU FOR YOUR INPUT ON — >>LES MILLER JR.: THANK YOU. I DON’T SEE A NEED TO CHANGE THE RULE OF FIVE AT THIS PARTICULAR POINT IN TIME. WHAT’S THE NEED TO DO THAT? I THINK WE NEED TO LEAVE IT AS IT IS. WE’RE SIMPLY BASICALLY SAYING IN THIS ITEM IS THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CERTAIN TIME PERIOD AND LET THE REST OF THE COMMISSIONERS KNOW WHEN YOU PULL A CONSENT AGENDA ITEM, IT’S NOT MOVING THE EARTH. IT’S JUST A SIMPLE PROCEDURE THAT WE’RE PUTTING IN PLACE TO MOVE A CONSENT AGENDA ITEM. WE’RE NOT TRYING TO STOP ANYONE FROM PULLING ANYTHING FROM A CONSENT AGENDA ITEM. I DON’T THINK WE NEED TO MOVE IT OR CHANGE IT TO FOUR VOTES. I WOULD ASK THAT YOU VOTE AGAINST THE AMENDMENT.>>STACY WHITE: OKAY, COMMISSIONER MURMAN?>>SANDRA MURMAN: ACTUALLY WAS GOING TO DEFER TO COMMISSIONER MILLER AND I AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENTS.>>STACY WHITE: I’LL JUST CLOSE BY SAYING THAIN THAT I KNOW THAT COMMISSIONER MILLER PUT A LOT OF WORK INTO THIS AND I’M GOING TO BE RESPECTFUL OF THAT AND NOT SUPPORT THE MOTION TO AMENDMENT. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, THIS WILL BE RECORDING YOUR VOTE ON THE MOTION TO AMEND.>>MOTION FAILED WITH COMMISSIONER HAGAN, MILLER, OVERMAN AND WHITE VOTING NO.>>PAT KEMP: SO WE WILL MOVE TO COMMISSIONER MILLER’S ORIGINAL MOTION NOW. SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN. ANY COMMENTS? SEEING NO DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 6-1 WITH COMMISSIONER KEMP VOTING NO.>>LES MILLER JR.: MR. MERRILL?>>THREE PROCUREMENT ITEMS, B-4, 5 AND 6. >>GOOD MORNING. ITEM B-4 ASKS THE BOARD TO AWARD AND EXECUTE EIGHT-MONTH AGREEMENTS WITH STAGE DOOR II, AT A COST OF $17,724,420.38 FOR ONGOING AND AS-NEEDED MISCELLANEOUS AND STORMWATER CONSTRUCTION SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. A DISADVANTAGED ENTERPRISE PARTICIPATION GOAL OF 10% OR $1.7 MILLION WAS ESTABLISHED FOR THE PROJECT AND THE RECOMMENDED VENDORS HAVE COMMITTED TO ACHIEVING THE GOAL.>>LES MILLER JR.: MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE ITEM B-4. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 7-0.>>-5 IS ASKING THE BOARD TO AWARD AND EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE OVERALL LOWEST, RESPONSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE BIDDERS PRINCE CONTRACTING LLC IN THE AMOUNT OF $47,992,585 TO EXTEND CITRUS PARK DRIVE AND CONNECT COUNTRYWAY BOULEVARD TO SHELDON ROAD BY ADDING A 2.73-MILE SECTION OF A FOUR-LANE DIVIDED URBAN ROAD. A DISADVANTAGED PARTICIPATION GOAL OF 13% WAS ESTABLISHED FOR THE PROJECT. THE RECOMMENDED VENDOR HAS COMMITTED TO ACHIEVING 13.1% WHICH REPRESENTS ABOUT $6.2 MILLION. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT WE DID HAVE THE TWO CIP PROJECT NUMBERS ON THAT PROJECT AND PROCUREMENT SERVICES DOES RECOMMEND APPROVAL. >>SANDRA MURMAN: MOVE APPROVAL.>>LES MILLER JR.: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER OVERMAN AND WHITE. COMMISSIONER MURMAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>SANDRA MURMAN: COMMISSIONER HAGAN, THIS GOES BACK TO YOU. YOU STARTED IT. AND THEN WHEN I TOOK OVER THE DISTRICT — >>KEN HAGAN: MAKING SURE YOU DIDN’T FORGET. >>SANDRA MURMAN: ABSOLUTELY. OH, NO WAY. BUT THIS WAS A TEAM EFFORT. BUT I TELL YOU, THIS IS SOMETHING THE RESIDENTS UP THERE ARE GOING TO REALLY, REALLY ENJOY. SO THANK YOU. THANK YOU TO STAFF.>>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER HAGAN, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED.>>KEN HAGAN: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. A COUPLE OF QUICK COMMENTS. I DO APPRECIATE COMMISSIONER MURMAN’S COMMENTS. THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN GOING ON SO LONG, WHEN I INITIALLY STARTED IT, IT WAS ANTICIPATED TO COST $20 MILLION AND THEN WHEN THE ECONOMY WAS BOOMING, PRE-RECESSION, IT WENT UP TO $120 MILLION. SO THE FACT THAT NOW WE’RE BACK DOWN O $48 MILLION IS A BARGAIN, I THINK. I’M GLAD WE’RE MOVING FORWARD ON THIS. AT THE TIME THERE WAS SOME SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION FROM FAWN RIDGE. AND I LITERALLY BROUGHT IN THE INITIAL REZONING MAP LONG EFORE I WAS ON THE BOARD. BUT FROM JUDY JAMES, WHICH SHOWED THE ROAD ON THE MAP. IT WAS CALLED GUN HIGHWAY EXTENSION BUT IT WAS ON THERE. BUT AS A RESULT OF THAT, I WAS ABLE TO WIN APPROVAL FROM THE BOARD FOR SOME SIGNIFICANT MITIGATION — LIKE TREES AND SHRUBS. AND I SEE HERE IT SAYS LANDSCAPE MEDIANS. IT WAS A BUDGETARY ITEM. I DON’T REMEMBER THE NUMBER BACK THEN. BUT I WANT TO ENSURE IN THIS PROJECT, THERE’S SOME SIGNIFICANT RELIEF ALONG THE ROAD TO MITIGATE ANY NOISE CONCERNS FROM THE SUBDIVISION THERE. WITH THAT, PLEASE MOVE IT FORWARD.>>LES MILLER JR.: COMMISSIONER MURMAN? NO? WE HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER HAGAN, I BELIEVE IT WAS TO APPROVE ITEM B-5. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 7-0.>>LES MILLER JR.: B-6. >>ASKS THE BOARD TO AWARD AND EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE LOWEST, RESPONSIVE AND RESPONSIBLE BIDDERS SOLAR IMPACT INCORPORATED IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,491,688 OR DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION OF SOLAR POWER SYSTEMS AT SEVEN LIBRARIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. THERE WERE O DISADVANTAGED — CERTIFIED DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES OR SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISES FOR COMPONENTS OF SPECIFIED GOODS. NO PARTICIPATION GOAL WAS SET ASIDE. PROCUREMENT SERVICES RECOMMENDS APPROVAL.>>LES MILLER JR.: DO I HAVE A MOTION? MOTION BY COMMISSIONER OVERMAN, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN. COMMISSIONER KEMP, YOU’RE RECOGNIZED. >>PAT KEMP: I MISSED MY OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE IT. BUT AT ANY RATE, I JUST WANTED TO SAY, I’M VERY THRILLED. I’VE BEEN WORKING REALLY HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS HAPPENED. THANK YOU, MR. MERRILL, FOR MOVING IT FORWARD AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE WORKED REALLY HARD IN REALLY STARTING O PUT — USE SOLAR ON ALL OF OUR BUILDINGS, LOOK AT BEST PRACTICES, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND LOWERING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. IT’S SOMETHING I WANT TO REALLY DRAW ATTENTION TO BECAUSE I THINK THE COUNTY IS MOVING IN A VERY GREAT DIRECTION WITH THIS. AND I’M VERY PLEASED THAT WE’RE MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS.>>LES MILLER JR.: WE HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER OVERMAN TO APPROVE ITEM B-6. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 7-0.>>LES MILLER JR.: MR. MERRILL?>>THANKS, SCOTT. F-1, APPOINTMENTS TO TAMPA SPORTS AUTHORITY.>>WE HAVE ONE MORE TODAY. THE TAMPA SPORTS AUTHORITY. CHOOSE TWO. COMMISSIONER MILLER?>>LES MILLER JR.: NUMBER 6 AND NUMBER 7. >>COMMISSIONER KEMP?>>PAT KEMP: 6 AND 7. >>COMMISSIONER WHITE?>>STACY WHITE: 6 AND 7. >>COMMISSIONER MURMAN?>>SANDRA MURMAN: 6 AND 7. >>COMMISSIONER HAGAN?>>KEN HAGAN: I’M STRUGGLING ON WHO I WANT TO PUT — I GUESS NUMBER 7.>>COMMISSIONER SMITH?>>MARIELLA SMITH: 6 AND 7. >>COMMISSIONER OVERMAN?>>KIMBERLY OVERMAN: [ OFF MIC ].>>IT WILL BE TONY MUNIZ AND ANDY SCAGLIONE. MOTION AND SECOND TO MOVE APPROVAL. SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 7-0.>>THAT JUST LEAVES YOUR ITEM, COMMISSIONER MILLER.>>LES MILLER JR.: F-2 DEALS WITH THE WADE BOGGS ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT. BUT I’LL TURN THIS OVER TO COMMISSIONER HAGAN TO LET HIM MAKE THE MOTION. >>KEN HAGAN: I APPRECIATE THAT, COMMISSIONER MILLER. VERY PROUD TO HAVE SUPPORTED THIS SINCE ITS INCEPTION PROBABLY BACK IN ’05-’06. IT’S A GREAT AWARD THAT RECOGNIZES THE BEST TALENT NOT ONLY OFF THE FIELD BUT ALSO IN THE CLASSROOM, ON THE BASEBALL FIELD. ALWAYS A SPECIAL MEETING. ALWAYS PLEASED TO PRESENT THE AWARD IF COMMISSIONER MILLER WILL ALLOW ME TO DO SO. BUT I’M HAPPY TO MOVE APPROVAL TODAY.>>LES MILLER JR.: THERE’S A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER HAGAN, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER MURMAN TO APPROVE ITEM F-2. AND I WILL BE HONORED TO ALLOW YOU TO GO AHEAD AND PRESENT THAT AWARD BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN OING IT AND YOU WANTED TO PLAY BASEBALLS IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES BUT YOU’RE SCARED OF THE FASTBALL. [ LAUGHTER ] SEEING NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE.>>MOTION CARRIED 7-0. >>LES MILLER JR.: MR. MERRILL?>>THAT CONCLUDES CHEDULED ITEMS, FUTURE ISSUES, IF ANY FUTURE — >>LES MILLER JR.: ANY FUTURE ISSUES? GOING ONCE, TWICE. GONE. I SEE NOBODY ELSE IN THE QUEUE. THEREFORE, WE ARE ADJOURNED. WE’LL BE BACK AT 1:30 FOR THE WORKSHOP.


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