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Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC)
Jan. 13 regular meeting

A yes vote was to approve the motion.
Request by Dawn Moliterno on behalf of the Walton County Economic Development Alliance for approval of a detailed strategic plan to officially create the organization.
Motion by Pridgen to approve the strategic plan.
The motion was approved unanimously: Scott Brannon-yes; Sara Comander-yes; Cecilia Jones-yes; Larry Jones-yes; Kenneth Pridgen-yes.
Reopening of public hearing to amend the multi-use path ordinance with minor changes, including no speed limit and the directive for all path users to “conduct themselves in a reasonable and safe manner.”
Motion by L Jones for approval of the ordinance with proposed amendments.
The motion was approved unanimously.
Request by Ronnie Bell, county administrator, for ratification to award $12,573.02 to Decks-N-Such to provide concrete for the Paxton batting cages.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously.
Presentation by Bell of list of county project priority in connection with lobbying for federal funding, including, in priority order, the widening of U.S. 98, the widening of the Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge, a wastewater treatment facility at Mossy Head, a Walton County medical clinic providing primary health care for the underserved, an environment assessment and continued water monitoring of the coastal dune lakes, and a shore protection project.
A motion by Pridgen to authorize setting these priorities carried unanimously.
Request by Regional Utilities for 1.5-acre county-owned parcel on Community Way behind the South Walton Courthouse Annex, to house three-million-gallon ground storage tank for water, in return for a $100,000 contribution from Regional to the county to be used for the purpose of recreation.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously.
Request by Bell for rejection of bids for reroofing of the Walton County Emergency Operations Center due to all bids not meeting specifications and coming in over the budgeted amount, and request to redo specifications in order to get bids under budget.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously, resulting in rejection of the previous bids.
Request by Bell for approval of low bid by IC Contractors for the Cowford and Cedar Log boat ramp projects, with a recommendation for the base bid and alternates.
A motion for approval by Brannon carried unanimously.
Proposal by Bell to draw up letter to create an agreement with the State Department of Transportation for the four-laning of US. 331 between Owl’s Head and Edgewood Circle, to authorize redirection of funds currently allocated for a resurfacing.
A motion by Pridgen authorizing formulation of the letter carried unanimously.
Request by W.C. Henry, county legal counsel, for a declaration of emergency allowing a waiver of county purchasing policy to move up the pre-bid meeting and bid opening for the Pompano Street improvement project, in order to provide for completion of this beachfront road project prior to sea turtle nesting season.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried 4-0, with Brannon temporarily out of the meeting room.
Request from Henry with regard to failure of SignTek to deliver 77 of the 117 contracted-for signs for the Timpoochee Trail multi-use path, well past the scheduled delivery time specified in the $160,000 goods and services contract, on which the county has currently paid $80,000.
Motion by C. Jones to declare SignTek in beach of contract and to authorize staff to negotiate with J&J Architectural, manufacturer of the signs, for direct purchase of the remainder of the already-fabricated signs for the project.
The motion was approved unanimously.
Public hearing on proposed amendment to the Walton County Contractor Competency Ordinance, adjusting the renewal date for contractor licenses.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried, 4-0, with Brannon temporarily out.
In order to address developer concerns regarding recreational plat fees, recommendation by Mike Burke, county legal counsel, to direct staff to formulate a developer’s agreement providing for delayed payment plan for recreational plat fees.
A motion by Brannon in favor of the recommendation carried unanimously.
Request by Les Porterfield for approval of Cool Breeze Self Storage, to consist of six commercial storage buildings totaling 10,400 square feet on a 2.53-acre site on the south side of U.S. 98, between Don Bishop Road and Sugar Drive.
A motion by Pridgen for conditional approval carried unanimously.
Request by Saint Rita Catholic Church in Santa Rosa Beach for approval of a family life center master plan, amending a previously approved development order and providing for five phases, adding 25,127 square feet to the development’s previously-approved 21,783 square feet.
A motion for conditional approval by L. Jones carried unanimously.
Request by Southside Baptist Church near Freeport for approval of the construction of a 28,292.5-square-foot family life center and parking lot on the church property.
A motion by L. Jones for conditional approval carried unanimously.
Request by Dan Arner, engineer, in connection with the BMW Investments property, located off Goldsby Road in the Coastal Business Center industrial subdivision. Request consisted of an abandonment via a replat and a development order amendment, increasing approved floor area ratio (FAR) on the property from 7,000 square feet to 13,387 square feet of office space, along with, to address code violations and encroachments, the abandonment of a retention area stated by the applicant to be the result of a scrivener’s error, plus the replatting of two lots combined with the retention area parcel.
A motion by Pridgen for conditional approval carried unanimously.
Request by Chris Fountain for approval of the Florida Transformer master plan expansion on a 14.33-acre site south of Sunrise Road and north of Cordie Redmond Road, providing for a 7,500-square-foot industrial building and parking lot, and in future phases, two 5,000-square-foot industrial buildings and a 2,000-square-foot office building.
A motion for approval by L. Jones carried unanimously.
Request by Gulf Coast Trading Ventures, L.L.C., for approval of Wildwood Lakes Phase 3, to consist of 34 lots on 67.52 acres, located on Via International off Boy Scout Road.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously.

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