Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) May 9 regular meeting

A yes vote was to approve the motion.

Following a report by Walton County Human Resources Director Nathan Kervin on the vacant county attorney position and a recommendation by Kervin to continue to post the position through June 11, there was a motion by Johns to have Kervin do plus contact the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association in order to have those organizations send out information on the position to attorneys statewide and nationwide.

The motion was approved unanimously: Tony Anderson-yes; Danny Glidewell-yes; Donna Johns-yes; Boots McCormick-yes.

Request by Shane Supple of Walton County Parks & Recreation to work with the Sea Tow Foundation and the U.S. Coast Goard to provide a turnkey life jacket loaner stand for Grady Brown Park at no cost to Walton County.

A motion for approval by McCormick carried unanimously.

Request by Chance Powell on behalf of Walton County Public Works to consider surplussing the parcel currently in use as a Walton County recycling center at the northeast corner of U.S. 98 and Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach. This was in line with plans to exchange the property with an adjacent property owner for property that could be used for additional parking for Helen McCall Park to the south.

Approved unanimously after BCC and staff discussion and public comment was a motion by Anderson to declare the parcel surplus, advertise for bids or proposals in connection with the parcel, and allow the county to determine the highest and best use of the property, which per staff recommendation would be as a parcel exchange to provide for the parking.

Request by Powell to unencumber the remaining funds from the Old Seagrove Roadway and Drainage Improvement Project, reallocate those funds for the design of the Mack Bayou Multi-Use Path Project, and to authorize public works to send a letter to Halff Associates, Inc., to terminate their task order for design of the Seagrove project upon 30-percent completion of the design work. (On April 25, the BCC had approved putting the Seagrove project on hold pending completion of the ongoing Old Seagrove Neighborhood Plan.)

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

Request by Powell for approval to authorize Taylor Engineering as coastal engineer for a task order for Oyster Lake related to the Peace of Paradise v. Walton County litigation, with the task order and fee schedule to be brought before the BCC for consideration at a later date after a scope of services is obtained.

A motion for approval by Johns carried unanimously.

Request by Powell for approval of a $91,320 change order for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Access Road Project and increase of 36 calendar days for the project. This was the result of the necessity to remove unsuitable material (gumbo clay) that had been found under the road bed and retention areas and for spreading, compacting, and testing clean fill material. This project, funded through the WCSO budget, is to provide an alternative means of ingress/egress to the WCSO, its administration department and operations facilities, the jail, and several other governmental offices located off Triple G Road. Approximately 0.42 mile in length, the project is to connect between CR-1883 and Triple G Road.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

Request by Brian Kellenberger, Walton County director of beach operations, for direction regarding two undeveloped platted bayside park properties under county ownership at Whispering Pines and Pisces Cove. His recommendation was to secure the properties with a survey, put in some permanent markers, clean up the properties, and then come back to the BCC with plans for development of parks on the properties.

There was a motion for approval of the recommendation by Anderson. The motion was approved unanimously after BCC and staff discussion and public comment and with the clarification that the funding source for the park projects would be determined at a future date.

Request by Melissa Thomason, county chief financial officer (CFO) , to increase the county administrator and CFO approval authority to award purchases in compliance with the Walton County purchasing policy up to $100,000, with any contracts and any fixed assets or other capital items not specifically included in the budget to still come before the BCC.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

Request by Thomason to award bid for financial advisor services to the firm ranked highest by the review committee, PFM Financial Advisors, and begin negotiations to hire the firm.

A motion for approval by Johns carried unanimously.

Request by Thomason to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign a resolution allowing Walton County to reimburse certain project costs related to shovel-ready transportation projects with proceeds of future tax-exempt financings. It was noted that this was not an obligation to obtain any such financing.

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

Request by Clay Adkinson, acting county attorney, to advertise and schedule a special meeting/executive session regarding the Jack Adkison v. Walton County litigation.

A motion for approval by Johns carried unanimously.

Request by Donna Smith of Freeport City Council on behalf of the city for assistance with the parking lot for the new senior center, with the city having been awarded a $1.3 million grant for the center.

Approved unanimously after BCC discussion was a motion by Anderson for county crews to prepare the site for the parking area and construct the parking, with the city to pay for the materials from the grant funds. The county labor is also to serve as part of the city’s match for the grant.

Request on behalf of Chat Holley Property, L.L.C., for approval of 30 North Townhomes Plat, formerly known as Chat Holley Phase I Plat, consisting of the platting of 44 lots on 8.79 acres on the corner of North Eden Park Drive and Chat Holley Road, north of Chat Holley Road.

A motion for approval by Anderson carried unanimously.

Approved as part of the consent agenda was a request by Thomason to advertise and hold a budget workshop at 9 a.m. on July 17 at the BCC Board Room at Freeport Commons.

Removed from the agenda was the following item: Request by Cornman for direction on rescheduling the June 27  and Sept. 12 BCC regular meetings to accommodate commissioners’ travel to the Florida Association of Counties Annual Conference (June 27-30) and Innovation and Policy Committee Conference (Sept. 12-14).

Continued to the May 23 BCC meeting was one agenda item, the Nantucket Replat.