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Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC)
Nov. 10 regular meeting

 A yes vote was to approve the motion.
Request by Ronnie Bell, county administrator, for BCC authorization of transfer of $50,000 in existing funds within the Walton County Sheriff’s Office to be applied to a transition team for the new administration.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously: Scott Brannon-yes; Sara Comander-yes; Larry Jones-yes; Cindy Meadows-yes; Ken Pridgen-yes.
Request by Bell for approval of a maximum expenditure of $29,467 for items required by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in connection with a contamination assessment on the county landfill, those items to include: well installation, development and sampling; surface water survey, sampling and water levels; and a contamination assessment report.
A motion for approval by Brannon carried unanimously.
Request by Bell for $36,550 expenditure to implement an alternative method of capturing and treating iron-impacted ground water at the landfill prior to discharge, per recommendations from county engineering consultants.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously.
Request by Bell for approval of contract renewal with the county’s federal lobbying firm, the Ferguson Group, with no rate increase and with compensation to consist of a fixed $10,000-per-month professional services fee and reimbursement for separately-billed expenses, not to exceed $8,000 per year.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously.
Request by Mike Burke, county legal counsel, for authorization to seek an injunction to halt operations at the Thomas Hicks Borrow Pit, due to the exhaustion of county code enforcement efforts to obtain compliance by the property owner with county code provisions.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously.
Proposal and motion by Pridgen to proceed with an appraisal of the Natural Bridge property with the goal of acquisition of the property for preservation and public use.
The motion was approved unanimously.
Request by Silver Sands DRI for development order amendment to extend phase, build out and termination dates by three years, with no increase in development order entitlements and any additional future proposals for additional development on the property to be considered by the BCC in public session.
A motion for approval by Meadows carried unanimously.
Request by Sacred Heart Hospital for one-year extension of a development order issued in Oct. 2007 for demolition of a 285-foot tower and reconstruction of a replacement tower on a separate parcel located behind the hospital on Goldsby Road north of U.S. 98.
A motion for approval by Comander carried unanimously.
Among items approved by unanimous vote in the consent agenda, was the designation of $100,000 from District 5 Recreational Plat Fees to partially fund improvements at Mack Bayou/Driftwood Park. Also approved by unanimous vote was authorization for staff to collect the Costa Carina subdivision letter of credit.

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