Roll Call Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Nov. 13 regular meeting and special meetings

Nov. 13 regular meeting and special meetings

A yes vote was to approve the motion.

Special meeting – Walton County administration and Human Resources

Proposal and motion by Anderson to terminate Walton County Administrator Quinn Robertson from his duties.

Motion by Drake for commissioners to be put under oath/sworn during discussion of the meeting topic.

Drake’s motion yielded a 2-3 vote: Brake Drake-yes; Donna Johns-yes; Tony Anderson-no; Danny Glidewell-no; Boots McCormick-no, resulting in failure of the motion.

Anderson’s previous motion was withdrawn after discussion prior to a vote being taken.

Proposal and motion by Anderson for the county administrator to bring a complete report of all organizational changes—including positions, reporting, and responsibilities—that have been made, and that he recommends to be made, back to the board within 30 days, for BCC approval or rejection, and make directions part of a performance improvement plan, and for the county administrator to document this as part of the personnel file.

The motion was approved 4-1 after BCC and staff discussion: Anderson-yes; Drake-yes; Glidewell-yes; McCormick-yes; Johns-no.

Proposal and motion by Drake to terminate the services of the acting county attorney (Clay Adkinson).

The motion yielded a 2-3 vote: Drake-yes; Johns-yes; Anderson-no; Glidewell-no; McCormick-no, resulting in failure of the motion.

Special meeting – Peace of Paradise, L.L.C., v Walton County lawsuit 2021 CA 196;

No action taken

Special meeting – Inlet Beach Water System v. Walton County et al lawsuit 2021 CA 269;

No action taken

Special meeting – Walton County customary use complaint 2018 CA 547;

There was a recommendation by attorney Adkinson to authorize that payment be made to the Guilday law firm as attorney for Edgewater Beach Owners Association (EBOA) in the amount of $8,159.25 as payment of the taxable cost awardable to EBOA under the court’s ruling in their favor on a motion for summary judgment.

In a Jan. 3, 2022, ruling, Walton County Circuit Court Judge David Green had found that Walton County was “estopped” (prevented from asserting a right contrary to the county’s previous conduct/statements) from pursuing a claim of customary use on the Edgewater Beach Condominium property, which had been included in the county’s customary use court complaint. At that time, Judge Green had also reserved jurisdiction for EBOA’s court costs to be paid by Walton County.

There was a motion by Johns for approval of the $8,159.25 payment. The motion was approved unanimously.

Regular meeting

Citizen request by Holly Holt of the Walton County Health Department for approval for the Walton County Health Department to place a modular health clinic on county-owned property located on Hwy. 90 next to Mossy Head Elementary (Parcel # 22-3N-21-37000-012-0010); and approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign an amendment to a letter of consent for property at 6570 U.S. Hwy. 90 West, amending the parcel number to reflect a new/revised proposed location for the modular health clinic.

A motion for approval by Johns carried unanimously.

Request by Chance Powell of Walton County Engineering to approve the installation of all-way stops at the Old Jolly Bay Road/Ramsey Branch Road just east of U.S. 331 South near Freeport and at the Hunters Ridge Road/Walton Road intersection near Walton High School/DeFuniak Springs.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

Request by Powell to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign a change order with RBM Contracting Services, L.L.C., for the CR-83A Bear Creek Bridge Replacement Project increasing the contract amount by $186,503.25 and increasing the contact time by 40 calendar days. As this is a partnership project with the city of Freeport, the county portion of the increase would be $93,251.63. Powell explained that the need for the change order had been due to the fact that once test piles were driven for the project, it was found that those did not meet load requirements, and re-engineering was required for longer piles to be used. It was noted that there had been two rounds of testing by geotechnical companies prior to designing the starting the project. that had been used to calculate the original pile length.

Carrying unanimously after BCC and staff discussion and public comment was a motion by McCormick for approval of the change order.

Request by Dave Sell of Walton County Facilities and Maintenance for approval of change order to contract with Empire Builders Group, Inc., on items not listed in the original proposal for the Fleet Maintenance Building Project, (renovation of the old Mojo Building in DeFuniak Springs) increasing the contract amount by $50,011.28. This was related to the need having been identified to include a steel garage door structural header, a chimney ventilation system for an oil heater, 16 gauge metal framing for garage door jambs, and garage door trim.

Carrying unanimously after BCC and staff discussion and public comment was a motion for approval by McCormick.

Request by Mark Wendel of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office to approve an Art in the Park Community Event on Dec, 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Helen McCall Park.

A motion for approval by Johns carried unanimously.

Request by Mac Carpenter, county planning and development services director, to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign a Walton County Roadway Activities Application Road Closure Request Form to allow a temporary road closure from Campbell Street to Seaside on CR-30A for the Seaside Holiday Parade on Nov. 25 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

Request by Brian Kellenberger, Walton County beach operations director, to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign a change order with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc,. to provide for the design of a lift station for the Kellogg Nature Center Project, increasing the contract amount by $11,320. Kellenberger noted that the original site plans from 2008 for the project indicated that a six-inch gravity sewer lateral was installed from the gravity sewer main to the proposed building site—but that existing conditions reveal that a six-inch lateral was not installed and that the sewer main is an eight-inch force main, not a gravity main. He indicated that existing conditions require the proposed building to have a lift station and force main lateral.

A motion for approval by McCormick carried unanimously.

Public hearing on proposed resolution to bring forward $6.7 million in Tourist Development Tax (TDT) reserves for the purchase of beachfront property at 5543 CR-30A West in Dune Allen, as previously approved by the BCC.

A motion by Johns for approval of the resolution carried unanimously.

Proposal and motion by Johns to change the deadline for responses to the survey being conducted on the pilot project for low speed vehicle (LSV) pullover lanes from the end of December to Dec. 1 in order to allow for getting started on additional pullover lanes in a more timely manner.

The motion was approved unanimously.

Proposal and motion by McCormick to allocate up to $40,000 in District 1 recreational plat fees to obtain the services of an arborist for the intervention on/preservation of trees at Grady Brown Park.

The motion was approved unanimously.

Request on behalf of the Walton County Economic Development Alliance to pursue a Florida Defense Infrastructure Grant to improve the CR-83A West/Hwy. 20 intersection.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

First reading of the ordinance for the 30 West Conceptual Planned Unit Development (PUD) , a master plan conceptual PUD proposed by The Howard Group consisting of 717 multi-family units, 309,655 square feet of grocery, retail, office, limited lodging, civic, and recreational use and infrastructure, all on 87.7 acres located on the north side of U.S. 98, east of W. Hewett Rd and west of Hunters Road in Miramar Beach.

Approved unanimously after presentations, BCC and staff discussion and public comment was a motion by McCormick to approve the first reading of the ordinance.

Request on behalf of EBSCO Gulf Coast Development, Inc., for final approval to plat three single-family lots and infrastructure on 0.96 acre on the north side of Longtail Road, east of Plumbago Lane and west of North Charles Street within the southeastern Walton County Alys Beach development.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of Hawks Landing Development, L.L.C., for approval of the Hawk’s Landing Phase 2 Plat, consisting of the platting of 52 lots and infrastructure on 8.91 acres on the east side of Indian Woman Road, approximately 0.23 mile from Chat Holley Road.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of Seacoast Estates, L.L.C. for approval of the Seacoast Estates Plat, consisting of the platting of 67 single-family lots on 204 acres on the west side of U.S. 331, approximately 2.7 miles west of the U.S. 90/U.S. 331 intersection, west of DeFuniak Springs.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

Among items approved unanimously as part of the consent agenda were: A request to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) to apply for grant funding through Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., for the construction and implementation of a public radio system with high-capacity transmission (the “PRS Project”), as requested by the WCSO; a two-year contract with Ballard Partners, Inc. for federal lobbying services at an annual fee of $96,000; request to approve and authorize the Chairman to sign a memorandum of agreement between Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., Okaloosa County, and Walton County totaling $750,000, to be split equally by the counties utilizing Tourist Development Tax (TDT) Funds, for a tri-county artificial reef deployment partnership to deploy a 240 -foot oil exploration vessel 22 miles from the Okaloosa County pass and 26 miles from the Panama City pass, off the coast of Walton County (16.5 nautical miles south of the Morris Lake area of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park); request to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign an amendment to the service agreement for consumer reports with AssureHire, Inc., to reinstate and extend pre-employment screening services effective Sept. 25, 2023, through Sept. 24, 2024; request to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign a labor and employment counsel retainer agreement with Hall, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever, L.L.P., to provide legal support for employment related matters; and request for approval for county government office closures on Nov. 22, Dec. 26, Dec. 29, and Jan. 2 in addition to regular office closures during the holidays, in accordance with state office closures announced by Gov. DeSantis.