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Walton County Board of County Commissioners
July 22 regular meeting

A yes vote is to approve the motion.
County Commission Chairman Jones announced that Commissioner Brannon was ill and therefore not present for the meeting.

Second public hearing to consider a resolution creating a municipal service benefit unit in the Daughette subdivision to fund dredging and maintenance of the Daughette Canal, with the homeowners’ association being responsible for any debt incurred.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried 3-0, with Commissioner Meadows not yet present: Comander-yes; Jones-yes; Pridgen-yes.

Request by Dawn Moliterno of the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce for the county to partner and co-present an Oct. 15-17 economic development conference, “Stimulating the Economy with Transportation,” and to provide $25,000 to cover materials, audiovisual, and other logistical need for the conference.
Comander spoke in support of the partnership and asked South Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC) Executive Director Sonny Mares if the TDC would also partner and provide half of the $25,000 requested. Mares agreed to do so.
A motion by Comander in favor of the request, with the BCC providing $12,500 from economic development funds and the TDC providing $12,500, was approved in a 4-0 vote: Comander-yes; Jones-yes; Meadows-yes; Pridgen-yes.

Presentation by County Administrator Ronnie Bell of a resolution to adopt the hurricane evacuation time of 28.1 hours, not to exceed 36 hours, and 12 hours to a shelter, in accordance with Florida Statute.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried 4-0.

Request by Frank Parauka of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Mark Madamba, chairman of the Gulf Sturgeon Preservation Society, for permission to place, at no cost to the county, signs at every county-owned public boat ramp serving the Choctawhatchee River and Bay, announcing that the gulf sturgeon is listed as threatened and is federally protected.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried 4-0.

Proposal on behalf of James Campbell, chairman of the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners, for the BCC to join Okaloosa County in adopting a resolution to request that the Florida Legislature designate SR-285 north of College Boulevard in Walton and Okaloosa counties as “Doolittle Raiders Highway.”
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried 4-0.

Request by Bell to designate $60,000 from Walton County Public Works road material funds to reconstruct the parking lot on the west side of the county courthouse and parking lots west of the old sheriff’s administration building and north of the old jail, and also to upgrade existing stormwater facilities in these areas.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried 4-0.

Request by Bell for adoption of a resolution asking the Florida Department of  Corrections to construct a prison annex at Walton Correctional Institute.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried 4-0.
Proposal by Bell to set county budget hearings for 5:05 p.m. Sept. 15 at the South Walton Annex and 5:05 p.m. Sept. 29 at the county courthouse.
A motion for approval by Meadows carried 4-0.
Request by Bell to draft interlocal agreement with the City of Freeport allowing county use of the Freeport Regional Park recreational facility and planned practice fields, with the county to assist with construction of the practice fields.
A motion by Pridgen for approval to draft the agreement carried 4-0.

Request by Mares for approval of $31,500 of budgeted TDC funds to be used for a satellite media tour live television production featuring local culinary offerings, with segments to appear on talk shows in primary TDC markets such as Birmingham, Atlanta, Memphis and Nashville.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried 4-0.

Presentation by Bell of best management practices proposed for borrow pits pending the adoption of a county ordinance regulating these operations.
A motion by Comander to adopt the proposed interim regulations carried 4-0.
Request by William Henry, county legal counsel, for authorization to execute an interlocal agreement with the City of DeFuniak Springs granting the city a water and sewer franchise area outside but within five miles of city limits, not overlapping any other municipality’s city limits.
A motion for approval by Comander carried 4-0.

Motions were approved continuing two legislative agenda items, the Festival/Special Event Amendment Ordinance and the Point Washington Height Limitation Ordinance, to the Aug. 12 BCC meeting.
Request by David Kramer for approval of a small-scale amendment to change 0.72 acres across CR-30A from the Van R. Butler Elementary School from Residential Preservation to Infill, for the purpose of starting a day care facility in the existing structure on the property.
A motion for approval by Comander carried 4-0.
After testimony and discussion, a motion was approved to postpone consideration of the Bushee Small Scale Amendment until the Aug. 26 BCC meeting.

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