Board of County Commissioners
Special Meeting – April, 17, 2008 – 8:55 a.m.
Called to Order at 8:56 a.m.
A recommendation was made to ratify the scheduling of an attorney/client
session for April 17, 2008 at 3:45 p.m. for Roads, Inc. of NWG versus Escambia County – Robert R. McLaughlin, Assistant County Administrator.
This recommendation was passed 4-0 with Commissioner Marie Young out of the room.
The special meeting was adjourned at 8:59 a.m.
Board of County Commissioners
Agenda Review – April 17, 2008 – 9 a.m.
Governmental Complex – First Floor
Call to order at 9 a.m. All county commissioners were present.
Are there any items to be added to the agenda?
Commissioner Gene Valentino had one item to add to the agenda.
The County Attorney’s office had three items to add to the agenda.
“Why does a county vehicle with a county tag have to have a county decal?” Commissioner Kevin White asked.
“Those were the rules we decided on,” Program coordinator Gafford said.
Recommendation: That the Board take the following action concerning
A. Adopt the following five Proclamations:
(1) The Proclamation proclaiming April 2008 as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Escambia County;
(2) The Proclamation proclaiming April 21-25, 2008, as “Small Business Week” in
(3) The Proclamation proclaiming April 28-May 2, 2008, as “Family Values Week”
in Escambia County;
(4) The Proclamation proclaiming May 1, 2008, as “Law Day” in Escambia County;
(5) The Proclamation commending and congratulating Ms. Marilyn Donelan, Senior Tax Manager, Tax Collector’s Office, on her retirement after 31 years of
B. Recognize, and present an Adopt A Spot sign to, Montclair Improvement Association for its efforts in making Escambia County a better place to live.
Employee of the Month Proclamations/Retirement Proclamations/Special Recognition.
Recommendation: That the Board take the following action concerning Employee of the Month Proclamations/Retirement Proclamations/Special Recognition:
Adopt the following two Proclamations:
(1) The Proclamation commending and congratulating David T. Ulsrud, Equipment Operator II, Road Department, on his retirement after 20 years of dedicated service; and
(2) The Proclamation commending and congratulating Richard E. Waters,
Corrections Sergeant, Road Department, on his retirement after 23 years of
dedicated service; and
B. Present a plaque recognizing Jeff Bohannon, Road Prison Manager, Sergeant Rick Patterson, Sergeant Kevin Barnes, Officer Mike Truitt, Officer Delton Boswell, Jr., and Mr. Bill Farinas for winning the Florida Sterling Council – Region One Team Showcase in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday, April 4, 2008.
A. March 1, 2008 – Communication from Kenneth L. Anderson requesting that the Board remove a Code Enforcement Lien against property located at 3414 Andrew Avenue;
Anderson called the Sheriff’s Department to his property to report some missing property. After visiting the property, the Sheriff’s department reported a number of inoperable vehicles to code enforcement, County Attorney A. Rogers said.
“There is no specific recommendation here,” Rogers said. “It is up to the board.”
B. April 1, 2008 – Communication from Robert M. Relova requesting that the Board forgive a Code Enforcement Lien and fines against property located at 525 North 68th Avenue;
Relova informally sold the property to his brother, Rogers said. Relova did accept some money from his brother for his property/
“We are not sure code enforcement gave proper notice to Mr. Rolova,” Rogers said.
Mr. Littlejohn, with code enforcement, contacted Relova at his new home. Several certified letters were sent out, but returned unclaimed.
The total lien is $24,700.
“The brother resides there, has for more than 20 years,” Littlejohn said. “He works at the post office. He knew he was served. He never told his brother about the liens.”
The board agreed the lien needed to be property specific not name specific.
C. April 2, 2008 – Communication from Jiles Moorer requesting that the Board release two Code Enforcement Liens against property located at 2405 North 7th Avenue;
Moorer said he brought the property unaware that the previous owner, Otis English, had several liens against the property.
Total of the lien is $16,297 and accumulating, Rogers said.
“This is kinda the same problem here,” Commissioner Grover Robinson said. “Mr. English is taking his bad debt and putting it on someone else.”
“He bought a $50,000 house for $15,000 and had $15,000 in liens on it,” Whitehead said. “He still got a good deal.”
The property is still in violation.
D. April 3, 2008 – Communication from Kenneth R. Ridlehoover, Attorney at Law, representing Mary E. McCoy, requesting that the Board waive the daily fines associated with a Code Enforcement violation against property located at
161 Holsberry Lane and allow Mrs. McCoy to pay the $675 fine.
Did the Clerk’s Office receive the proofs of publication for the Public Hearing(s) on the agenda and the Board’s Weekly Meeting Schedule?
Recommendation: That the Board waive the reading of the legal advertisement(s) and accept, for filing with the Board’s Minutes, the certified affidavit(s) establishing proof of publication for the Public Hearing(s) on the agenda, and the Board of County Commissioners – Escambia County, Florida, Meeting Schedule.
5:31 p.m. Public Hearing for consideration of adopting an Ordinance establishing an Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for International Paper Company.
Recommendation: That the Board, at the 5:31 p.m. Public Hearing, adopt an Ordinance establishing an Economic Development Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for International Paper Company, for 100%, for 10 years, for their new lightweight containerboard business.
*This item will be rescheduled because of lack of advertising.
Committee of the Whole Recommendation.
Recommendation: The Committee of the Whole (C/W), at the April 10, 2008, C/W Workshop, recommends that the Board take the following action:
A. Approve allocating $4,500 from 4th Cent Tourist Development Tax proceeds to support the Arts Council’s funding request (Item 4);
B. Approve allocating $75,500 from 4th Cent Tourist Development Tax proceeds for Sertoma’s 4th of July Event (Item 5);
C. Approve offsetting, for the current Fiscal Year, the commercial lease fees by the County’s portion of the ad valorem taxes paid on the improvements on Pensacola Beach, until the fee-simple land lease issues (lawsuits filed against the Escambia County Property Appraiser and the Tax Collector) are resolved, with the issue to be addressed at a later date for next Fiscal Year (Item 6); and
D. Authorize Neighborhood and Environmental Services Department staff to proceed with an investigation on the acquisition of three parcels of property (to be used for the Jones Swamp Wetland Preserve), located in the 1100 Block of Decatur Avenue, owned by Lavaughn Bradley (Item 11).
Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
Recommendation to accept reports from the finance department.
To accept annual audit report.
To accept filing pf the boards minutes.
The special needs policy and lien relief policies will be voted on this evening.
An information item concerning Saufley will be discussed tonight.
Items added to the agenda.
Adjournment at 10:50 a.m.