Roll Call Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) March 12 regular meeting

A yes vote was to approve the motion.

Request by Stan Sunday of Walton County Administration for approval of a site plan for the new Mossy Head Fire Station to be located at 47 Frank Maska Drive and the new Walton County Health Department building to be located at 37 Frank Maska Drive (Parcel ID# 22-3N-21-37000-012-0010). The approval was requested to allow staff to move forward with the grant application process for the facilities.

A motion by Johns for approval of the site plan carried unanimously: Tony Anderson-yes; Brad Drake-yes; Danny Glidewell-yes; Donna Johns-yes; Boots McCormick-yes.

Update by Nathan Kervin, Walton County chief human resources officer, and request for direction regarding the vacant Walton County administrator position, with 11 applications having been received and furnished to the commissioners.

There was a proposal and motion by Glidewell not to proceed with interviews but to instead remove “interim” from the contract of Walton County Interim Administrator Stan Sunday and make him the permanent county administrator under that same contract.

The motion was approved unanimously after BCC discussion, with later discussion indicating that the contract would be revised to remove “interim” and brought back for the required signatures—and that any issues identified with the contract would be brought back before the commissioners.

A motion by Glidewell to similarly revise the status of Clay Adkinson, acting county attorney, to permanent, did not receive a second. Instead, the commissioners gave direction for revisions to the job qualifications and to continue accepting applications.

Request on behalf of the Walton County Tourism Division to award bid from Rotolo Consultants and approve $25,931-per-month contract with that company for the Highway 98 Landscaping (maintenance) Project Zones 1, 2, and 3 (Walton/Okaloosa County line to Mack Bayou Road, central West CR-30A to Veterans Road, and CR-395 to Veterans Road) 

A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of the tourism division to award bid from ZIIC Outdoors and approve $3,875-per-month contract with that company for the Highway 98 Landscaping (maintenance) Project Zone 4 (Walton/Bay County line to Watersound Parkway).

A motion for approval carried 4-1: Anderson-yes; Drake-yes; Glidewell-yes; McCormick-yes; Johns-no.

Request by Melissa Thomason, Walton County chief financial officer (CFO), for direction regarding $125,000 that had been identified in the current fiscal year budget to go to each Liberty Fire District and Argyle Fire District, with the funds not having been moved forward.

There was a motion to move the two requests forward.

The motion was approved unanimously.

Request on behalf of legal counsel to schedule and advertise a special meeting/closed executive session in the Florida Teepee, L.L.C., v Walton County lawsuit, case no. 2022-CA-51.

A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously.

Request by Sunday to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign a resolution to bring forward $4,391,995 in Tourist Development Fund reserves for construction of the Seagrove Regional Beach Access and the Cessna Landing Park Improvements, previously-approved projects.

A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously.

Request by Geneva, Ala., attorney Charlie Fleming for a letter of support to the U.S. Geographical Survey to name two islands in Jolly Bay after his grandparents, Sidney and Ruth Latimer (now deceased), as long-time landowners on the bay.

There was a motion for approval by Drake, subject to verification by staff of all legal requirements being met.

The motion carried unanimously.

Request and motion by Glidewell to approve the plan and funding of the Lakewood Park playground equipment, using $26,000 from $30,000 encumbered in District 2 Capital Funds.

The motion was approved unanimously.

Request by Glidewell to approve a plan and finding for a splash pad at Ghentsville Park, with Anderson having offered to provide funding ($16,000) from District 5 recreational plat fee funds.

A motion for approval by Johns carried unanimously.

Request by Glidewell for direction for staff to investigate possible acquisition of a 4+-acre undeveloped parcel near the CR-30A West and U.S. 98 intersection for the purpose of parking or other public uses. There was a motion by Glidewell to have staff investigate the property to identify uses, what funding might be available for purchase, and options for the BCC, and bring back this information to the BCC.

After BCC and staff discussion and public comment, the motion was approved 4-1: Anderson-yes; Drake-yes; Glidewell-yes; McCormick-yes; Johns-no.

Request and motion by Drake to begin the process of clarification of the Walton County Land Development Code (LDC) with regard to the provisions applying to Walton County Planning Commission membership and whether a planning commissioner may continue to serve in an expired term when the BCC does not take action to retain that person on the planning commission.

The motion was approved unanimously after BCC discussion and public comment.

Request and motion by Johns to rename the 10 acres under county ownership in Miramar Beach that has been referred to as the “Golf Garden property” as “Paradise Park.”

The motion was approved unanimously.

Request and motion by Anderson to use District 5 Recreational Plat fees in the amount of $50,000 for improvements to the Walton County Dog Park.

The motion was approved unanimously.

Request by Anderson to approve Walton County Adopt-A-Park Program’s introduction letter, application form, release form, agreement, project status report form, list of eligible parks, and program policy.

A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously.

Approved unanimously as part of the consent agenda were: an agreement to allow Liberty Fire District to obtain $93,750 in funding remaining from the 2022-23 fiscal year that had not been received by the fire district; and a release and discharge of all claims against Vasile Postolache, Vladislav Cojocari, and Progressive Select Insurance Company in consideration of receipt by the county of a sum of $10,000. This was in connection with the SUV that drove down the dune walkover system at the public beach access at Blue Mountain Beach on Oct. 30, 2022, damaging the structure and necessitating the rebuilding of the walkover.

Also approved unanimously as part of the consent agenda was a confirmation of all current department heads in the county organization. This consisted of the following: 

Administrative Services Department

Position: Director of Administrative Services

Employee: Mary King

Moved into role on June 17, 2023

Beach Operations Division

Position: Beach Operations Director

Employee: Brian Kellenberger

Moved into role on March 31, 2014

Building Department

Position: Building Official

Employee: Billy Bearden

Moved into role on Feb. 3,1996

Building Construction and Maintenance Department

Position: Building Constructions & Maintenance Director

Employee: Bradley Alford

Moved into role on April 14, 2021

Code Compliance Department

Position: Code Compliance Director

Employee: Roy “Tony” Cornman

Moved into role on March 16, 2020

County Extension Office (Division)

Position: County Extension Director

Employee: Laura Tiu

Moved into role on April 11, 2022

Emergency Management Department

Position: Emergency Management Director

Employee: Jeff Goldberg

Moved into role on April 20, 2015

Environmental Services Department

Position: Director of Environmental Services

Employee: Billy McKee

Moved into role on June 17, 2023

GIS Division

Position: GIS Director

Employee: James “Harold” Bigham

Moved into role on June 4, 2022

Housing and Urban Development Section 8 Division

Position: Housing Director

Employee: Thomas Baker

Moved into role on June 22, 2006

Human Resources Department

Position: Chief Human Resources Officer

Employee: Nathan Kervin

Moved in role on April 18, 2018

Library Division

Position: Library Director

Employee: Caitlin Cerise

Moved into role on January 4, 2020

Parks & Recreation Department

Position: Director of Parks & Recreation

Employee: Shane Supple

Moved into role on April 14, 2021

Public Works Department

Position: Director of Public Works

Employee: William “Buddy” Wright

Moved into role on May 20, 2023

Probation Division

Position: Probation Manager

Employee: Angela “Nicole” Echele

Moved into role on June 18, 2022

Purchasing Division

Position: Purchasing Director

Employee: Jason Cutshaw

Moved into role on June 20, 2023

Tourism Division

Position: Tourism Director

Employee: Matthew Algarin

Moved into role on July 16, 2022

Veterans Service Office

Position: Veterans Service Officer

Employee: Garland “Wade” Wilmoth

Moved into role on September 23, 2023

And by prior BCC approval:

Planning & Development Department

Position: Planning & Development Director

Employee: Charles “Mac” Carpenter

Moved into role on April 25, 2017

Approved by the BCC on April 25, 2017 (Item 17-0565)

Office of Management & Budget

Position: Chief Financial Officer

Employee: Melissa Thomason

Moved into role on November 26, 2018

Approved by the BCC on September 11,2023 (Item 23-1282)

Engineering Services Department

Position: County Engineer

Employee: Brandon “Chance” Powell

Moved into role on Feb. 10, 2024

Approved by the BCC on February 8, 2024 (Item 24-0114)

Continued to the April 9 BCC meeting was one agenda item, the public hearing to discuss the removal of Fred Tricker for cause from the District 1 Commissioner appointee seat of the Walton County Planning Commission. The continuance was at the request of Tricker’s attorney.