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ROLL CALL

Apr 24th, 2009 | 0

Roll Call
Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC)
April 14 regular meeting
A yes vote was to approve the motion.
Regarding a proposed resolution by the South Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC) for a half-cent increase in the Tourist Development Tax, TDC Executive Director Sonny Mares requested and was granted a continuance on the item to allow time for questions from the community to be answered on the proposed increase. The item was rescheduled for the first BCC meeting in May, which is set for May 11.
Approved unanimously were: a request by Liz McCloud and Valencia Williams of the Walton County Chamber of Commerce for approval of a resolution supporting National Beach Safety Week, May 19 to May 26; and a request by J.B. Hillard of the Communities for a Lifetime Advisory Committee of Walton County for approval of a resolution declaring April 19 through 25 as National Volunteer Week.
Request by Nolan Baker on behalf of Florida Transformer for sponsorship of CDBG Grant application to facilitate installation of 4,200 linear feet of sewer and installation of a lift station to bring central sewer to the company’s facility for expansion.
A motion by Larry Jones for approval of the sponsorship carried unanimously: Brannon-yes; Comander-yes; Cecelia Jones; Larry Jones; Pridgen-yes.
Request by David Kramer to cease and desist with all transfer of solid waste to Holmes County and termination of RFP for a new transfer station, to save taxpayer funds.
Recommendation by W.C. Henry, county legal counsel, to table action on the request and on RFPs for the station, and also get staff to research current needs in connection with the landfill, with that information to be provided to the BCC at a future date.
A motion by Brannon for approval of Henry’s recommendation carried 4-0, with L. Jones abstaining due to a business association with an area waste management company.
Proposal by Allen Brown, public works director, to address pedestrian safety along East Shipwreck Road by having county crews “shallow up” roadside ditches and install pipes to remove water from the ditches.
Approved with no votes in opposition was a motion by Pridgen to have staff address the safety issues and bring information back to the BCC at a future meeting.
Request by Shirl Williams, assistant county administrator, for approval to submit a grant application to the USDA for funds to promote a farmer’s market trail.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously.
Request on behalf of the Pancare community health center for approval to rent space in the county-owned Walton County Health Department coastal facility until a permanent location can be secured in Freeport.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously.
Request by Williams to allow $100,000 from deobligated and complete projects to be utilized to set up a capital improvement project account for Chat Holley Road, in order to allow for road improvements to be segmented.
A motion for approval by C. Jones carried unanimously.
Request by Williams for approval of $35,000 contract with Preble-Rish, Inc., to do contract administration and construction inspection on the Four-Mile Creek Bridge construction project.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously.
Request by Williams of a $44,359 change order on the Scenic Gulf Drive phase II project.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously.
Request by Lee Perry, owner of the Azland pit, to acquire the county-owned Ed Brown property in the Rock Hill Road area.
Motion by Pridgen to secure an appraisal of the property.
The motion in favor of the appraisal carried 4-0, with L. Jones temporarily absent.
Proposal by Comander to move BCC regular meeting date from May 12 to May 11, since some commissioners have plans to travel to Washington D.C. on May 12.
A motion for approval by C. Jones carried unanimously.
Request by Williams to set public hearing date for revisions to the county’s Recreational Parks ordinance.
Motion by Pridgen to set the public hearing date for May 11.
The motion was approved unanimously.
Request by Mike Burke, county legal counsel, to set a May 11 public hearing for consideration of a countywide noise ordinance, with the Grayton Beach noise ordinance to be considered as a model.
A motion for approval by Brannon carried unanimously.
Proposal by Burke to have legal counsel take Drake (formerly Hemby) vs. Walton County case involving Oyster Lake to the Florida Supreme Court, in view of the First District Court of Appeal’s denial of the county’s request for rehearing of the case.
A motion for approval by L. Jones carried unanimously.
Request and motion by Pridgen to take $76,000 from contingency funds, to be added to $100,000 committed by the Northwest Florida Water Management District, in order to have the points need to be eligible to be considered for a $863,000 Florida Communities Trust Grant for county acquisition of 19.33 acres of undisturbed property along the Natural Bridge Springs and Creek, along with a 300-foot easement.
The motion was approved 4-0, with L. Jones temporarily absent.
Request by engineer Cliff Knauer for support in seeking U.S. Maritime Administration grant funds totaling $6 million for a travel lift at Freeport Shipyard and sheet pile retaining walls on Four-Mile Creek.
A motion by Pridgen supporting the grant application carried unanimously.
Request by Bob Horner of the Walton County Planning Department for authorization to collect on the letter of credit for the Inlet Beach Enclave L.L.C. project.
A motion for approval by L. Jones carried 4-0, with Brannon temporarily absent.
Consideration by the commissioners of rescinding the acceptance of the Alligator Pointe final plat, which had not been recorded, nor had applicable fees been paid or required and approved infrastructure completed.
A motion by L. Jones to rescind the plat acceptance carried unanimously.
Second public hearing for the Recreation Fees Ordinance to amend county code, allowing developers to utilize current fair market value in calculating buy-out values for county recreational plat fees.
A motion for approval by L. Jones carried unanimously.
Second public hearing for the Preservation Fees Ordinance to amend county code, allowing developers to utilize current fair market value in calculating buy-out values for county preservation fees.
A motion for approval by Pridgen carried unanimously.
Second public hearing on the Development Order Extension Ordinance, providing for a one-year extension of the time in which major and minor developments orders and final orders remain valid.
A motion for approval by Jones carried unanimously.
Request by Emerald Coast Associates for approval of Hollow Lake, consisting of 171 single-family units and 77 multifamily units to be constructed on a 169.57-acre site at 3411 CR-3280.
A motion by Pridgen for conditional approval carried unanimously.

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