Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) March 24 regular meeting

A yes vote was to approve the motion.

Request by Larry Jones, county administrator, for approval of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Waste Management providing for the transfer station at the county landfill to open for three hours on Saturday mornings between May 24 and Sept. 6, 2020, in order to allow Waste Management to empty the garbage trucks used on the limited Sunday refuse collection along CR-30A and Scenic Gulf Drive. This ensures that the trucks are empty and ready to begin their regular collection schedule on Monday mornings. The agreement also provided for Waste Management to compensate the county for a minimum of three hours at a rate of $150 per hour for opening and staffing the facility. Jones noted that the same MOU has been approved for a number of years.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried 4-0: Tony Anderson-yes; Danny Glidewell-yes; Trey Nick-yes; Melanie Nipper-yes; Bill Chapman- abstaining from voting due to a conflict.

There was a motion by Anderson to extend the local state of emergency (LSE) issued by the BCC on March 16 in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. (The county is required to re-issue the LSE on a weekly basis.)

The motion was approved unanimously.

Following updates and discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic, approved unanimously was a motion by Glidewell to suspend all beach vending, including permits for vending on privately-owned beach property, with the suspension tied to the local state of emergency and to be reviewed every seven days by the BCC or the administrator.

There was a motion by Nipper to schedule a 10 a.m. July 6 budget workshop at the Walton County Courthouse.

The motion was approved unanimously.

     Approved unanimously on a motion by Glidewell was payment of $12,500 by the county in matching funds for a roadway improvement project for U.S. 90 in DeFuniak Springs, with the city of DeFuniak Springs to furnish $12,500. The Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) is to provide $25,000 for the project.

Two agenda items were deleted, those being a request by the Walton County Tourist Development Council for direction regarding the Foreman property in Santa Rosa Beach, which is available for purchase by the county, and a citizen request by Doug Wycoff and David Herring for a zoning overlay to protect agricultural lands in north Walton County and the Caney Creek/Cluster Springs areas. The requestors for the latter item were not present. Another agenda item, a request by Steven and Vivian Menchel for a right-of-way use permit variance for placement of a dumpster at 6154 West CR-30-A, was not heard, either, due to the requestors not being present at the meeting.