Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Jan. 14 regular meeting [PREMIUM]

Sept. 28 regular meeting and special meeting Regular meeting A yes vote was to approve the motion. Request by Tony Cornman, Walton County Beach Compliance director, to advertise a request for proposals (RFP) for concession services for the Managed Beach Vendor Program. Approved unanimously after BCC and staff discussion and public comment was a motion by Glidewell to advertise the RFP, with a two-week turnaround on the bids, and on the condition of the BCC being responsible for ranking the proposals and awarding the contract. This is for management of vendors at the public beach access areas. Tony Anderson-yes; Mike Barker-yes; Danny Glidewell-yes; Boots McCormick-yes; Trey Nick-yes. Request by Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson for the county to partner with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in seeking external sources of funding such as grant opportunities for a multi-use emergency management/training facility to replace the circa 1970s Walton County Emergency Operations Center. Barker proposed that the BCC authorize him to work with Sheriff Adkinson to explore sources of funding for the facility and possibly put together a committee composed of all stakeholders, including county personnel and Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) personnel for this purpose. There was a motion by Glidewell to proceed in this manner, with the appointment of Walton County Emergency Management Director Jeff Goldberg, Walton County Deputy Administrator Dede Hinote, and Barker to represent the BCC. The motion was approved unanimously. Request by Jones for the BCC to approve an addendum to the agreement with contractor SOM1101, L.L.C. for the countywide broadband project providing for the timeline on the first, second, and third phases of the project to be extended to allow time for the contractor to obtain needed materials upon which delivery had been delayed, in order to keep the process moving. After a presentation and BCC and staff discussion, there was a motion by Glidewell to extend the contract. The motion was approved unanimously. Request by Larry Jones, county administrator, to accept the resignation of Debbie Heard from the Walton County Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board and request to advertise to fill the vacancy. There was a motion for approval by Glidewell. The motion was approved unanimously. Request by Brian Kellenberger, Walton County director of beach operations, for conceptual approval of the CR-393 public parking project to be constructed a short distance north of Ed Walline Regional Beach Access. A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously. Public hearing for adoption of revisions to the Walton County Beach Activities Ordinance providing a definition of vending and codifying procedures related to fines, suspensions and appeals of charged violations of the ordinance. A motion by McCormick to adopt the revisions. The motion was approved unanimously. Request by Clay Adkinson, acting county attorney, to authorize the BCC chairman to schedule a special meeting and (closed) executive session, date(s) to be determined, to discuss litigation strategy on two legal cases, Defoor Ventures v. Walton County and Liberty Development, L.L.C., v. Walton County. The first case involves the BCC denial of the Nellie Landing Townhomes, the second the BCC denial of the Woodspring Suites hotel proposed for Miramar Beach. There was a motion by Glidewell to approve scheduling the special meeting and executive session for Defoor Ventures v. Walton County. The motion was approved unanimously. There was a motion by Anderson to approve scheduling the special meeting and executive session for Liberty Development, L.L.C., v. Walton County. The motion was approved unanimously. Request by attorney Adkinson to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign a resolution making a legislative finding for the use of Tourist Development Tax funds for the purchase of the 4.88-acre Mead property in Miramar Beach. The property is envisioned for use as a public parking lot and possible mobility hub in connection with the Walton County Mobility Plan. A motion for approval by McCormick carried unanimously. Proposal and motion by McCormick to move forward directing staff to work with engineers to develop plans to modify facilities at Morrison Springs Park to address conflicts between boaters, kayakers and swimmers, with those to be put into the state-required master plan for the property along with the addition of some improvements, enlargement of the boat ramp, parking near the boat ramp, and a turn around. He indicated that the plans, once developed, would be brought before the BCC for consideration. The motion was approved unanimously. Proposal by Glidewell to have Waste Management bring back an addendum to their contract for trash collection to provide citizens countywide with the same level of service. He also proposed having Waste Management provide a quote to provide and maintain standardized trash cans for each residence as part of the contract. He moved to do as he had proposed. The motion was approved unanimously. Proposal by Barker to address how the county government organization and facilities would continue to operate in disaster situations and what the policies and procedures would be for it to continue to function in those situations, particularly in the event of top staff, management personnel, or others, or facilities not being available for a period of time or longer. Goldberg agreed to work with county departments to create disaster plans for each department. There was a motion for approval by Glidewell on the condition of Walton County Emergency Management serving as the depository for these plans. The motion was approved unanimously. Request by Tina Rushing of the Blue Lake/Blue Cypress Homeowners’ Association to add Blue Pond Circle to the county road maintenance list. After presentations, BCC and staff discussion and public comment, approved unanimously was a motion to continue the request to the first Tuesday BCC meeting in DeFuniak Springs and in the meantime to have Buddy Wright of Walton County Public Works visit the road and evaluate its condition. Request by Melissa Ward on behalf of the Seabreeze Owners Association for direction to be provided to Kellenberger to move forward with a plan and design for minor improvements, including a boardwalk, to the platted public lake access to Camp Creek Lake. Kellenberger requested a task order to one of the county’s continuing services engineers to be authorized for design and permitting services if the BCC opted to move forward with the project, with those plans and a price to be brought back before the BCC. Later he explained that the process of design creation and a public workshop would be followed for the project. There was a motion by Glidewell incorporating these requests and proposals. The motion was approved unanimously. Request by Mac Carpenter, county planning and development services director, to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign a resolution approving an updated Local Housing Assistance Plan for the years 2010-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 as now mandated by Florida Statutes. A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously. Special meeting Public hearing to consider entering into a State of Florida memorandum of understanding related to the settlement of claims in the multi-county National Prescription Opiate Litigation and to authorize the BCC chairman to sign a resolution and other documents to do so. A motion for approval carried unanimously. Public hearing on request by attorney Adkinson and outside legal counsel Adam Cobb for a motion to enter into and approve a settlement agreement in the SHH Investments, L.L.C., as successor to Beach Life Land Trust, Santa Clara Land Trust, Coastal Resources Land Trust No. 1, and Coastal Resources Land Trust No. 5 v. Walton County litigation. This is the case involving claims by the land trusts and successor of ownership of “remnant” and beach property in the Gulf Shore Manor subdivision. Approved unanimously after attorney remarks and public comment was a motion by Anderson for approval of the settlement agreement.
A yes vote was to approve the motion. Request by Sidney Noyes, county attorney, for request for
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