BCC Public Meeting – 7/23/19

By | September 10, 2019


>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME TO THE PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING OF JULY THE 23r HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR FELLOW COMMISSIONER CHARLIE JUSTICE.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: HAPPY BIRTHDAY 33 [APPLAUSE]>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: WHERE ELSE WOULD I WANT TO BE?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I KNOW, EXACTLY.>>KENNETH WELCH: FOR EIGHT HOURS.>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: CELEBRATING WITH YOUR ADOPTED FAMILY HERE.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: ABSOLUTELY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WITH THAT, WE’RE VERY PLEASED AND HONORED TO HAVE OUR INVOCATION TODAY BY MONSIGNOR ROBERT MORRIS WHO IS WITH ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA CATHOLIC CHURCH CLEARWATER. AND THEREAFTER THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. PLEASE STAND.>>LET US PRAY. LORD, THANK YOU FOR THE WOMEN AND MEN WHO SERVE OUR COUNTY IN LEADERSHIP. WE ASK THAT YOU SEND YOUR SPIRIT UPON OUR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS THIS AFTERNOON TO ASSIST THEM IN THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AS OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS. WE’RE SO GRATEFUL TO BE LIVING IN A DEMOCRACY THAT SERVES OUR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS OF OUR COMMUNITY. HELP OUR COUNTY LEADERS INTERACT WITH AND BE ADVOCATES FOR THEIR CONSTITUENTS. MAY WE ALWAYS BE ATTENTIVE TO THE ISSUES IMPACTING THE MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY THE HOMELESS, THOSE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING. INSPIRE US TO CARE FOR THOSE IN NEED AMONG OUR CHILDREN, ELDERLY, AND FAMILIES, THAT WE MAY BE COMMITTED TO ADDRESSING THE COMMON GOOD AND THE VARIOUS SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE. OUR PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES, OUR SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES. AS WELL AS OUR PUBLIC PARKS. MAY WE ALWAYS BE MINDFUL OF PROTECTING THE NATURAL RESOURCES OF OUR ENVIRONMENT. LORD, GOOD US BY YOUR WISDOM. DO NOT LET US BE MISLED BY IGNORANCE OR CORRUPTED BY FEAR OR FAVOR. UNITE US IN A COMMON MISSION TO KNOW YOUR WILL. TO MAKE IT OUR OWN AND LIVING OUR LIVES. MAY EVERYTHING WE SAY AND DO BE PLEASING TO YOU. AND MAY GOD STRENGTHEN US, BRING OUR WORK TO COMPLETION, AND OUR LIVES GLORIFY YOU NOW AND FOREVER. AMEN.>>AMEN.>>PAT GERARD: I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. WITH THAT WE HAVE TWO PRESENTATIONS. IT IS MY PLEASURE TODAY TO ASK PAUL COZZIE, JOLANDA JORDAN, AND KRISTEN O’BRYANT FROM THE PARKS AND CONSERVATION RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS DAVID KANDZ, WHO IS THE CHAIR OF THE PINELLAS COUNTY PARK ADVISORY BOARD, TO COME JOIN ME UP HERE AT THE PODIUM. THEY WILL BE ACCEPTING THE NATIONAL PARK AND RECREATION MONTH PROCLAMATION. HI THERE.>>HI, HOW ARE YOU?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN. GOOD TO SEE YOU. HI, PAUL, PELL LOW. NICE TO SEE YOU. PARKS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS ENHANCE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE BY CONTRIBUTING TO A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, COMMUNITY BUILDING, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY. AND, PARKS AND RECREATION ACTIVITIES AND LEISURE EXPERIENCES PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE, GROW, AND DEVELOP INTO CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. AS WELL AS BOOST THE ECONOMY, ATTRACT NEW BUSINESS, AND INCREASE TOURISM. AND PINELLAS COUNTY’S PARKS AND PRESERVE PROVIDES OUTLETS FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES, SOCIALIZATION, SCENIC BEAUTY THAT CREATE PERSONAL CONNECTIONS, AND EXPERIENCES WHICH HELP TO STRENGTHEN FAMILIES. AND PINELLAS COUNTY PARKS, PLAY GROUNDS, NATURE FIELDS, OPEN SPACES, AND HISTORIC SITES, MAKE THE COMMUNITY AN ATTRACTIVE AND DESIRABLE PLACE TO LIMP, WORK, PLAY, AND VISIT. AND CONTRIBUTE TO OUR ONGOING ECONOMIC VITALITY. AND PINELLAS COUNTY’S PARKS, PRESERVES, GREENWAYS AND OPEN SPACES PROVIDE A WELCOME DESPITE FROM OUR FAST-PACED, HIGH-TECH LIFESTYLES, ALTHOUGH I WILL SAY YOU OFTEN SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THEIR iPHONES. WHILE PROTECTING AND PRESERVING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. HOPEFULLY WHAT THEY’RE DOING IS LOOKING UP A TREE SPECIES AND HELPING TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.>>KENNETH WELCH: YEAH, THAT’S IT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SORRY. THE NATIONAL PARKS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION AND THE FLORIDA RECREATION AND PARK ASSOCIATION DESIGNATED JULY AS NATIONAL PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS THAT JULY 2019 BE RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH. AND WE HAVE TWO PROCLAMATIONS TO GIVE. BUT BEFORE I TURN THIS OVER TO PAUL COZZIE, I REALLY HAVE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, HERE IN PINELLAS, THROUGH THE FORESIGHT OF MANY PAST COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND p UP A VERY AGGRESSIVE PROGRAM TO PRODUCE WORLD-CLASS PARKS. AND WE INDEED HAVE WORLD CLASS PARKS ALL THROUGH THIS COUNTY WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO OUT AND ENJOY NATURE. WE ALSO HAVE BOTH THE WEEDIN’ PRESERVE AS WELL AS THE BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE, BOTH ENVIRONMENTAL CENTERS ARE PRESENT IN THOSE LOCATIONS, THAT ARE MANNED BY WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS AND ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. WE JUST HAVE JUST SO MANY BEAUTIFUL ASSETS HERE THAT EVERYONE CAN TRULY APPRECIATE AND ENJOY. AND IT TRULY IS THE CROWN JEWEL OF PINELLAS COUNTY, ALL OF THESE PARKS, PRESERVES, AND OPEN SPACES. SO PAUL?>>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WOULD JUST LIKE TODAY TO GIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO KEEP OUR PARKS AND PRESERVES SAFE AND CLEAN. ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO WORK OUTDOORS, YOU KNOW THEY’RE OUT THERE EVERY DAY, WHETHER IT’S A HEAT INDEX OF 110, OR A WINDCHILL OF 30 DEGREES. SO THEY DEFINITELY HAVE A DIFFICULT JOB, BUT I THINK THEY REALLY ENJOY BEING ABLE TO WORK IN SUCH BEAUTIFUL SPACES.>>WELL, THANKS, PAUL. I’M HONORED TO BE CHAIR OF THE PARKS AND CONSERVATION RESOURCES ADVISORY BOARD AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE AND CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO YOU ANDED BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR THE NEXT FORESEEABLE FUTURE. THANK YOU.>>I’D JUST LIKE TO ADD THAT IT IS TRULY A PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH SO MANY SKILLED AND DEDICATED WORKERS IN THE PARKS AND CONSERVATIONS DEPARTMENT. THEY WORK SO HARD, AND DILIGENTLY EVERY DAY TO KEEP OUR PARKS BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED AND WELL MAINTENANCED.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AND THEN TO MAYBE FINALIZE THAT COMMENT, WE’RE SO LUCKY THAT THEY ARE ALSO NOT ONLY THE STEWARDS OF OUR PARKS BUT THEY’RE THE VOICE OF OUR PARKS. AND SO OFTEN CITIZENS WHO GO TO THESE PARKS ON A REGULAR BASIS BECOME FRIENDS WITH THE RANGERS, AND THE PARK MAINTENANCE FOLKS AND EVERYBODY ELSE THAT ARE THERE. SO WE ALSO CREATE SOME SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS JUST THROUGH THAT, AS WELL. MANY THANKS TO ALL OF OUR STAFF AND ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS, AND THAT REALLY LIKE I SAID MAKE THIS OUR CROWN JEWEL. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH. [APPLAUSE]>>KENNETH WELCH: GOOD TO SEE YOU, SIR. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. THE NEXT THING IS OUR DOING THINGS EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARD. AND KRISTEN O’BRYANT, PLEASE COME ON BACK. THIS WORKED OUT JUST GREAT TODAY. OUR EMPLOYEES WORK HARD EVERY DAY TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY BETTER. IN OUR ONGOING VIDEO PROGRAM WE RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUALS WHO EXEMPLIFY THE DEDICATION OF OUR PINELLAS COUNTY TEAM. IT’S ONLY THROUGH OUR EMPLOYEES, AND THE EXCELLENT WORK THAT THEY DO, THAT THEY CAN FULFILL OUR VISION TO BE THE STANDARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE IN AMERICA. EVERY DAY KRISTEN O’BRYANT EXTENDS A WARM WELCOME TO GUESTS AT FORT DE SOTO PARK, OUR LARGEST PARK, ANSWERING QUESTIONS AND EDUCATING THEM ABOUT THE PARK’S UNIQUE WILDLIE. SHE STARTED HER CAREER AT PINELLAS COUNTY PARKS CALL CENTER, BUT WAS QUICKLY PRO-MIGHTED TO PARK RANGER. HER LOVE FOR OUR OUTDOOR SPACES IS APPARENT IN COUNTLESS WAYS. SHE KEEPS THE PARK SAFE AND CLEAN, WHETHER IT’S CLOSING UP AFTER SUNSET, OR MAINTAINING THE BUSY CAMPGROUND. KRISTEN’S PASSION FOR HER WORK IMPROVES THE VISITS OF MILLIONS OF TOURISTS AND RESIDENTS, AND SO MR. ADMINISTRATOR, WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME DOWN AND JOIN US? AND BEFORE WE PLAY YOUR VIDEO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY ANYTHING?>>IT’S REALLY BEEN AN HONOR TO BE NOMINATED FOR THIS RECOGNITION. AND, I FEEL LIKE A REAL PART OF THE PINELLAS COUNTY FAMILY NOW. AND I LOVE WHAT I DO. I’M JUST HONORED. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY WE’RE GOING TO PLAY THE VIDEO. ♪>>WHAT’S IT LIKE GOING TO WORK EVERY DAY AT ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST BEACHES?>>WHEN I TOLD MY FRIENDS THAT I’M A PARK RANGER AT FORT DE SOTO THEY WERE ALL JUST LIKE OVERWHELMED. THEY ASKED, HOW DID YOU GET THAT? THAT IS A DREAM JOB. YOU ARE SO LUCKY. AND I REALLY DO FEEL THAT WAY. EVERY DAY, THIS IS MY VIEW. THIS IS MY OFFICE.>>A LONGTIME RESIDENT, KRISTEN O’BRYANT WAS NO STRANGER TO THE MANY PARKS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE HERE IN PINELLAS COUNTY.>>GOOD MORNING, MRS. CHRISTIAN AT FORT DE SOTO, HOW MAY I HELP YOU?>>A PASSION FOR NATURE AND FOR EDUCATING PEOPLE FIRST BROUGHT HER TO THE PARKS DEPARTMENT CALL CENTER. BUT IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG FOR KRISTEN TO MOVE UP AND OUTDOORS.>>I MENTIONED TO MY SUPERVISOR THAT I WAS INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PARK RANGER, AND AN INTERNAL POSITION OPENED UP, AND I APPLIED, AND OF COURSE MY MANAGER WAS ON BOARD, AND REALLY EXCITED FOR ME.>>SINCE ARRIVING AT FORT DE SOTO IN APRIL, KRISTEN HAS QUICKLY WARMED UP TO HER NEW WORKPLACE. YOU’LL FIND HER HELPING VISITORS GET CHECKED IN AT THE WATERFRONT CAMPGROUND. OR KEEPING THE PARK SAFE BY INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL HAZARDS. LIKE THIS LIGHTNING. SHE TAKES PRIDE IN HER WORK, ESPECIALLY IN THE LITTLE THINGS.>>AT THE CAMPGROUND WE’VE HAD MULTIPLE REVIEWS ABOUT OUR REST ROOMS, JUST HOW CLEAN THEY WERE. AND YOU KNOW, THAT’S — THAT’S IMPORTANT. PEOPLE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT SORT OF THING.>>BUT KRISTEN IS ALWAYS HAPPY TO TAKE A MOMENT AWAY FROM HER DUTIES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PARK AND IT’S FASCINATING INHABITANTS.>>ESPECIALLY FOR OUT-OF-STATE OR OUT-OF-TOWN VISITORS, IT’S GREAT TO EDUCATE THEM ON DIFFERENT PLANT, WILDLIFE, SEA CRITTERS, SO THAT’S ALWAYS FUN. THEY ASK, OH, WHAT KIND OF BIRD IS THAT? OH, IT’S ACORMORAN OR A PELICAN.>>HER FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?>>I LOVE MY CO-WORKERS. WE’RE JUST SUCH A STRONG TEAM. EVERYBODY HAS BEEN SO HELPFUL. IT’S REALLY LIKE A FAMILY.>>WORKING AT THE BEACH MAY BE A CLOSE SECOND, THOUGH.>>MY FAVORITE IS COMING OUT ON THE WEEKENDS AND SEEING JUST THE BEACH FILLED WITH PEOPLE ENJOYING THEMSELVES, AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF OUR WEATHER IN FLORIDA.>>SUNSHINE. WAER. THE OUTDOORS. IT’S NO WONDER PINELLAS COUNTY’S PARKS ARE SO POPULAR WITH OUR GUESTS, AND EMPLOYEES.>>I’M KRISTEN O’BRYANT AND I AM PINELLAS COUNTY. [APPLAUSE]>>BARRY BURTON: WELL, I COULDN’T AGREE WITH YOU MORE, YOU HAVE THE BEST OFFICE GOING. I’VE BEEN TO THE PARK SO MANY TIMES, AND PEOPLE AND THE STAFF REALLY DO ENJOY WHAT THEY DO. BUT IT SHOWS. AND IT SHOWS IN THE WAY YOU MANAGE THE PARK, AND WE WOULDN’T HAVE SUCH A GREAT PARK SYSTEM WITHOUT YOUR DEDICATION. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO, AND ON BEHALF OF MY DOGS WHO ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE BEACH, THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: FAMILY, COME ON FORWARD. WE’LL PUT YOU IN THE PICTURE. [APPLAUSE] SO NEXT IT IS THE A PERSONAL PRIVILEGE TO WELCOME BARBARA HOFFMAN WHO IS THE BUSINESS DIRECTOR FOR FRIENDS AT BOOKER CREEK PRESERVE. AS SHE COMES FORWARD WE HAVE MANY DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS, BUT SHE’S PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST DEDICATED. SHE’S BEEN AT BROOKER CREEK SINCE DAY ONE, AND HAS TRULY BEEN THE CHAMPION.>>OH, THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AND GOTTEN PEOPLE INVOLVED AND DONE SOME REALLY MAGICAL EVENTS AND REALLY CARES DEEPLY ABOUT THIS AREA.>>BARBARA HOFFMAN: THANKS FOR INVITING US TO TALK ABOUT BROOKER CREEK AND ESPECIALLY THIS TIME, THIS MONTH OF CELEBRATION. AND JUST DOVETAILING WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, COMMISSIONER SEEL, ABOUT ALL THE GREAT PARKS AND PRESERVES WE HAVE HERE IN PINELLAS COUNTY. THANKS TO THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE PAST WHO’VE PUT THOSE TOGETHER. ONE THING THAT I THINK IS SO IMPORTANT IS THAT PINELLAS COUNTY IS THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED COUNTY IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA. MORE PEOPLE PACKED HER PER SQUARE INCH THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN FLORIDA. YET WE HAVE ROOM FOR ALL THESE BEAUTIFUL PARKS. WE’VE SET ASIDE THESE BEAUTIFUL PARKS AND PRESERVES. SO THAT’S GREAT. SO, DO YOU ALL SEE WHAT I’M SEEING HERE?>>KENNETH WELCH: WE DO NOW.>>BARBARA HOFFMAN: OKAY, WITH THE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION. I’M HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF BROOKER CREEK AND WHAT WE DO NOW. WE’VE EVOLVED OVER TIME TO, WE’VE DONE MANY THINGS OVER TIME, WE’VE BEEN AROUND 25 YEARS NOW. SO I’M JUST GOING TO QUICKLY TALK ABOUT TODAY. WHEN WE WERE ASKED CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT THE FRIENDS DO, I SAID, YEAH, HOW MANY HOURS DO WE GET? AND THEY SAID, YOU HAVE SEVEN MINUTES. SO, LET’S ROLL. SO OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS, WE NEVER — WE ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND OUR MISSION FOR THE FRIENDS OF BROOKER CREEK. AND THAT’S TO PROVIDE PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE PRESERVE THROUGH FUND-RAISING, VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS, AND EDUCATION TO ENSURE THAT THE PRESERVE REMAINS A NATURAL WILDERNESS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. WHATEVER WE DO, THAT IS OUR GOAL. AND OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS THE ECOLOGICAL HEALTH OF BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE. WE HAVE TEN PRIORITIES THAT WE FOLLOW THROUGH WITH AND THAT IS OUR NUMBER ONE. OUR BUDGET FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR IS $66,650, AND I KNOW THAT SEEMS LIKE NOTHING COMPARED TO THE BUDGETS YOU DEAL WITH. BUT FOR US, THAT’S A LOT. OUR INCOME COMES FROM MEMBERSHIPS, DONATIONS, SPECIAL EVENTS, GRANTS, EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES, AND WE RUN A NATURE STORE. AND SO I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT WHAT SOME OF THOSE SPECIAL EVENTS ARE THAT WE DO. THE FIRST ONE THAT WE DO EVERY YEAR IS CALLED WILDLIFE SAFARI. WE DO THIS EACH APRIL WHERE CHILDREN COME AND THEY GET TO LEARN ALL ABOUT THE WILDLIFE THAT LIVES AT BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE. WE SET UP WILDLIFE STATIONS ALONG OUR EDUCATION CENTER TRAIL, AND THE FAMILIES WITH THEIR KIDS WALK ALONG TO EACH OF THESE WILDLIFE STATIONS, AND AT EACH STATION THEY LEARN ABOUT A PARTICULAR WILD ANIMAL THAT LIVES AT BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE. THERE IS A WILD ANIMAL THERE, WITH THE WILD ANIMAL HOLDER OR TRAINER, AND THE KIDS GET TO GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH HIM AND LEARN ALL ABOUT THEM. THEY CARRY ALONG A PASSPORT WHICH GETS STAMPED AS THEY PASS EACH OF THESE STATIONS. AND AT THE END THEY GET A PRIZE. SO IT’S A LOT OF FUN AND THAT BRINGS IN ABOUT 1200 PEOPLE EACH TIME. THE NEXT BIG EVENT WE DO IS CALLED THE FALL WILD FLOWER VEST FALL. WE DO THIS THE FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH OCTOBER. IT’S FREE. THE WHOLE FAMILY COMES AND WE REALLY CELEBRATE THE BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL, BLOOMING WILDFLOWERS THAT ARE HAPPENING AT BROOKER CREEK. THEY’RE REALLY EVERYWHERE. IT’S ALIVE WITH COLOR THERE. SO WE HAVE EVENTS ALONG OUR TRAILS. WE HAVE A BUTTERFLY TENT SET UP WITH WILDFLOWERS INSIDE AND BUTTERFLIES THAT THE KIDS CAN HOLD AND LOOK AT AND SEE. WE HAVE CRAFTS FOR CHILDREN. WE HAVE WILDFLOWERS FOR SALE, SO PEOPLE CAN TAKE THESE HOME AND ENHANCE THEIR OWN YARDS FOR WILDLIFE. AND THAT USUALLY BRINGS IN ABOUT 900 TO 1,000 PEOPLE. WE ALSO STARTED SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR — NEW TWO YEARS AGO CALLED OWL-OCH-WEEP. THAT’S ALWAYS ON THE SATURDAY CLOSEST TO HALLOWEEN. THIS IS SOMETHING FAMILIES CAN COME TO. IT’S NOT A SCARY EVENT AT ALL BUT IT CELEBRATES THE OWLS THAT LIVE AT BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE. SO WE PARTNER WITH CLEARWATER AUDUBON SOCIETY WITH THIS. THEY BRING IN REAL OWLS AND THEY SET THEM UP WHERE THE KIDS CAN SEE THEM UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE IN THE MIDDLE, WE HAVE A HUMAN-SIZED OWL THAT WALKS AROUND. WE DO OWL FACE PAINTING. FAMILIES CAN MAKE THEIR OWN OWL NEST BOXES TO BRING HOME AND HANG IN THEIR TREES IN THEIR BACKYARD. AND THEN WE HAVE TWO LOCAL ROTARY CLUBS WHO WE PARTNERED WITH, AND THEY COME AND HELP US MAKE OWL PANCAKES. WE HAVE AN ALL-DAY LONG, ALL-YOU CAN EAT $5 OWL PANCAKE BREAK FAST. IT’S REALLY GOOD. THAT’S WHERE WE MAKE OUR MONEY FOR THIS EVENT. WE ALSO DO NIGHT HIKES. AND LET ME PREFACE THIS, TOO. EVERYTHING WE DO IS — WE DO IT ALL BY VOLUNTEERS. BUT IT’S TO TEN HANS THE PROGRAMS THAT THE STAFF DO AT BROOKER CREEK. WE DON’T DO ANYTHING. WE DON’T DUPLICATE EFFORTS AT ALL. IT’S JUST TO ENHANCE WHAT THE STAFF DOES. SO NIGHT HIKES, THE STAFF GETS OFF AT 4:00 IN THE AFTERNOON. THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED TO DO NIGHT HIKES SO THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE’VE TAKEN UP. AND THAT’S A REALLY FUN TIME, WHERE WE LIMIT IT TO 30 PEOPLE PER HIKE. WE DO THIS NINE TIMES A YEAR. ONCE A MONTH. AND PEOPLE CAN COME OUT AND SEE WHAT THE PRESERVE IS LIKE AT NIGHT. WE ALLOW THEM TO BRING FLASH LIGHTS BUT WE DON’T ALLOW THEM TO TURN THEM ON. WE JUST HAVE THEM THERE IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENS. BUT YOU HEAR OWLS AT NIGHT. YOU HEAR COYOTES HOWL. WE SEE FIREFLIES. AND PICTURED THERE, WE CARRY BLACK LIGHTS WITH US, AND WE LOOK FOR SCORPIONS THAT SHOW UP LIKE THIS BRILLIANT GREEN COLOR AT NIGHT. IT’S A LOT OF FUN, AND IT’S JUST A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO BE AT NIGHT. IT’S COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN THE DAYTIME. ANOTHER PROGRAM WE DO IS CALLED OFF THE BEATEN PATH HIKES. AND THESE ARE WHERE WE TAKE THE PUBLIC, WHOEVER SIGNS UP, THIS IS ONE OF OUR FUND RAISERS, THEY CAN GO AND SEE PARTS OF THE PRESERVE THAT ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. THESE ARE BEAUTIFUL AREAS THAT SHOULD BE SEEN, BUT CAN’T BECAUSE IT’S CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. AND IT’S A LOT OF FUN. VERY EDUCATIONAL, TOO. AND THIS PARTICULAR PHOTO, EVERYONE’S LOOKING IING AT THIS GORGEOUS, BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY ORCHID THAT’S IN BLOOM THERE. AND WE HAVE PRESERVE THE WORK DAYS WHERE WE INVITE THE PUBLIC TO HELP US. WE MOVE EXOTIC PLANTS OR INVASIVE PLANTS THAT ARE TAKING OVER AREAS WHERE THEY SHOULDN’T AND RETURNING THE PRESERVE BACK TO ITS NATURAL BEAUTY. BECAUSE I ONLY HAVE SEVEN MINUTES, WE HAVE SO MUCH MORE TO DO, SO I JUST MADE A LIST. WE RUN A NATURE STORE. WE HAVE A GALLERY NOW IN THE AUDITORIUM WHERE THERE’S A DIFFERENT ARTIST EVERY THREE MONTHS. WE TEND THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN. WE DO GROUP HIKES FOR SPECIAL REQUESTS. WE DO A PROGRAM CALLED MUSIC IN THE WOODS. IT’S AN OUTDOOR CONCERT THREE TIMES A YEAR. WE RUN A — ONCE A YEAR. WE HAVE ART CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS. WE SUPPORT ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF. AND THEN THERE ARE THREE MORE THINGS THAT I FORGOT TO PUT ON HERE. ONE WE STARTED A BEE KEEPING CLUB AND WE HAVE TEN BEE HIVES NOW THAT WE’RE HOPING TO MAKE BROOKER CREEK HONEY TO SELL IN OUR NATURE STORE. WE ALSO HAVE A MAGNIFICENT WEBSITE, AND WE DO A NEWS LETTER EVERY TWO MONTHS. BUT LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, THIS YEAR IS OUR ANNIVERSARY. THE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATIONAL CENTER HAS BEEN THERE FOR 15 YEARS AND THE FRIENDS OF BROOKER CREEK HAS BEEN AROUND 25 YEARS THIS YEAR. SO WE HAD A BIG BIRTHDAY PARTY IN FEBRUARY. WE INVITED ALL THE VOLUNTEERS AND FRIENDS AND PUBLIC WHO WANTED TO COME. IT WAS FABULOUS. WE HAD SOME GREAT SPEAKERS. BUT EVERYONE GOT TO TAKE HOME A BIRTHDAY PRESENT AND SO I BROUGHT ENOUGH FOR EVERYBODY UP HERE. SO IF YOU DON’T MIND TAKING ONE AND PASSING IT DOWN. AND THAT’S IT. SO THANK YOU. I THINK I HAVE THREE MINUTES OF QUESTION TIME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU SO MUCH. ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? IT’S 8800 ACRES, RIGHT?>>YES. THE LARGEST PRESERVE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AND WHEN IS THE NEXT NIGHT HIKE SCHEDULED?>>BARBARA HOFFMAN: THAT WILL BE IN SEPTEMBER. WE DON’T DO THEM IN THE SUMMERTIME.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I KNOW.>>BARBARA HOFFMAN: BECAUSE THE HIKE LEADERS. THERE REALLY AREN’T THAT VERY MANY. IT’S LATE TO START THE NIGHT HIKE UNTIL 9:30 AT NIGHT. THEY’RE LIKE, IT’S WAY PAST OUR BEDTIME.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: NO QUESTION JUST THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. WE APPRECIATE IT.>>BARB ARE RA HOFFMAN: THANKS A LOT. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU SO MUCH. OKAY NEXT IS THE PARTNER PRESENTATION, AND WE HAVE #PURE PINELLAS BY COMMISSIONER JUSTICE.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: WE ALL KNOW THERE’S NOTHING MORE PURE THAN OUR LOVE OF ART AND CULTURE AND MUSIC IS INCLUDED IN THAT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE BELIEVE IN IS POURING INTO OUR YOUTH. WE HAVE THE LEALMAN POWELL CENTER FROM COACH DION THE LEALMAN POWELL DRUM BAND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WELCOME. [APPLAUSE] I’VE BEEN GREETED BY THIS GROUP BEFORE AT DIFFERENT PLACES. WHAT AN HONOR TO HAVE YOU ALL HERE TODAY.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: LET THEM GET ALL SET UP.>>PAT GERARD: ARE THEY ALL GOING TO FIT?>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: IN CASE YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT, IT MIGHT GET A LITTLE LOUD. WOW. YOU CAN MOVE UP. YOU CAN COME RIGHT HERE IF YOU NEED TO. [CHANTING] ♪ [APPLAUSE] ♪ ♪ [APPLAUSE]>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: WELCOME COACH DION. HE’S GOING TO COME UP AND SAY A FEW WORDS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AWESOME. I’M READY TO START BAND.>>I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT IT’S AN HONOR, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE. AND IT’S AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO BE WORKING WITH THE DRUM LINE. I’M A DEPUTY AT THE PINELLAS COUNTY JAIL, AND IT JUST IS ONE OF THESE THINGS JUST TO LEAVE THAT ALONE, COME HERE AND WORK WITH SOME AMAZING KIDS. THE DRUM LINE STARTED LIKE FIVE YEARS AGO, WITH MR. NEIL BRICKFIELD. WE PUT THIS TOGETHER AND WE WANTED TO BE FUN. WE WANTED THE KIDS TO BUY INTO THE PROGRAM AND HAVE FUN. ALSO, TO TEACH KIDS HOW TO LEARN MUSIC, AND JUST GET BACK TO — GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITIES. WE’VE BEEN HONORED AND BLESSED WITH THE DRUM LINE TO PLAY FOR SUCH ORGANIZATIONS LIKE HEART WALK. WE DID ALS, LUPUS, HOSPICE STROLL. SO TEACHING THE KIDS HOW TO GIVE BACK, AND JUST LIKE I SAID, TEACHING THEM TO HAVE FUN. AND ALSO, TO BE IN THIS DRUM LINE. TO BE IN THIS DRUM LINE. THE KIDS HAVE TO HAVE GOOD GRADES. THEY HAVE TO BE GOOD AT HOME. AND THEY HAVE TO OBEY THE LAW. [APPLAUSE] WE ALSO WANT TO GIVE THESE KIDS A VEHICLE, SO LIKE LAST YEAR WE WENT TO A FAMILY BAND CAMP, WHICH I AM 100 MEMBERS, FAMILY MARCH 100. JUST HAD TO SHOUT THAT OUT.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: ABSOLUTELY.>>AND ALSO FLORIDA STATE ALL DAY. I ALSO GIVE THE KIDS A VEHICLE, WHEN THEY FINISH THIS PROGRAM THEY GO TO COLLEGE, DON’T STAY HERE AROUND ME. I WANT YOU TO GO TO SCHOOL AND MAINTAIN EDUCATION AND BE PROUD. AND THAT’S PRETTY MUCH ALL I HAVE TO SAY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WOW, THAT’S WONDERFUL. [APPLAUSE]>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: WE APPRECIATE YOU, COACH, AND WE APPRECIATE MR. BRICKFIELD BACK THERE. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO, AND OBVIOUSLY, TO GET A GROUP OF STUDENTS TO COME TO CLEARWATER FROM LEALMAN, WE APPRECIATE MR. BRICKFIELD, THE COACH AND ALL THE PARENTS THAT PARTICIPATED TODAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU SO MUCH, COMMISSIONER JUSTICE.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: WE’LL DO A PICTURE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE’RE GOING TO STAND UP AND DO A PICTURE TOGETHER. BUT WHAT A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION OF OUR YOUTH. GOOD JOB. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I WAS HOPING THEY WOULD BE DRUMMING THEIR WAY OUT AND WE COULD FOLLOW THEM. THANK YOU, COACH. OKAY. WOW, THAT WAS AWESOME. THANK YOU, AGAIN, COMMISSIONER GERARD.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: MY PLEASURE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY SO WE HAVE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS 5 THROUGH 27. DOES ANYONE WISH TO PULL ANYTHING?>>DAVE EGGERS: 7, PLEASE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: 7?>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE THE BALANCE.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA.>>PAT GERARD: THAT’S NOT UP.>>DAVE EGGERS: DID YOU JOIN OKAY?>>JANET LONG: YEAH, I THOUGHT I DID.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: IT SHOWS VOTING ON THE PARTNER PRESENTATION.>>JANET LONG: I’M VOTING YES BUT I HAVE A NETWORK AREA.>>PAT GERARD: WE’RE ALL SAYING IT WAS GREAT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO WE ACTUALLY HAVE A VERBAL BY COMMISSIONER LONG, UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. THERE WE GO. OKAY. THANK YOU. AGENDA ITEM 7. COMMISSIONER EGGERS?>>DAVE EGGERS: YEAH, AND I THINK JOE IS HERE IF THERE’S ANY QUESTIONS FOR JOE. BUT I JUST REALLY WANTED TO BRING SOME ATTENTION TO THE P-CARD PROGRAM. I HATE TO BRING THAT UP AFTER SUCH A GREAT MUSICAL PERFORMANCE HERE AND GO TO P-CARD DISCUSSION. BUT IT’S REALLY JUST ABOUT I THINK THE REALLY GOOD JOB THAT WE DO MANAGING A SYSTEM THAT IS COMPLICATED IN NUMBERS, AND IN PROCESS. BUT, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL DID A REVIEW OF OUR P-CARD PROGRAM HERE AND ESSENTIALLY THERE’S LIKE 420 P-CARD HOLDERS, $10 MILLION A YEAR, ABOUT A $900,000 A MONTH THAT THEY DO AND WE GET SAVINGS BACK FROM THE USAGE OF IT. BUT THE AUDIT REALLY FOUND THAT FOUR THINGS, INTERNAL CONTROLS OVER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE P-CARD WERE ADEQUATE AND EFFECTIVE. OVERALL COMPLIANCE OF THE P-CARD POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IS ADEQUATE. FINANCIAL INTERNAL CONTROLS OVER AUDITING IS EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE. AND THE INTERNAL CONTROLS OVER AUDITING AND PROCESSING AND INVOICES IN P-CARDS ARE USED FOR PAYMENTS ARE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE. SO THE FOUR MAJOR FINDINGS WERE ADEQUATE, EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE, THERE WERE SIX OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENTS. INCLUDING HELPING OUT WITH TRANSFER OF CARDS WHEN EMPLOYEES ARE RETIRE OR ARE LET GO. A LITTLE MORE CAREFUL MONITORING OF THAT, AND THEN THERE’S FIVE OTHER THINGS IN HERE THAT THEY SAID, AND MOST OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMENTS WERE CONCURRENT AND ALREADY A LOT OF THEM WERE BEING IMPLEMENTED. SO, IT’S JUST AN AREA THAT I THINK IS WROUGHT WITH POTENTIAL PROBLEMS, AND I THINK OUR GROUP AND JOE AND YOUR GROUP DO A GREAT JOB MONITORING IT. THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT AND I THINK THEY’RE ALREADY ON THEIR WAY FOR THAT. I WANT TO BRING THAT OUT AND I MOVE APPROVAL ON THAT RECORD.>>KENNETH WELCH: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. MOTION BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WELCH. THANK YOU FOR THE — IT’S 6-0, COMMISSIONER LONG IS MISSING. OH, I’M SORRY, IT’S 5 — >>PAT GERARD: HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER PETERS ARE YOU A YES OR A NO?>>KATHLEEN PETERS: I’M BACK AGAIN.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YOU’LL NEED TO REMOVE COMMISSIONER LONG BECAUSE SHE’S NOT HERE. OKAY. 6-0, THEN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR AGENDA ITEM 7. LET’S MOVE ON TO AGENDA ITEM 28.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 28 IS AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN PINELLAS COUNTY CONSTRUCTION LICENSING BOARD AND THE PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AUTHORIZING THE STAFF TO SUPPORT THEM IN CARRYING OUT THE EFFECTIVE DUTIES.>>KENNETH WELCH: A QUESTION.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY QUESTIONS?>>KENNETH WELCH: I HAVE A QUESTION, MADAM CHAIR. IS THIS A NEW AGREEMENT? OR IS IT AN UPDATED AGREEMENT? AND THE REASON I ASK IS BECAUSE SECTION H IS UNDERLINED.>>BARRY BURTON: THIS IS A NEW AGREEMENT. THERE WAS A DELAY IN GETTING THIS COMPLETED.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY.>>BARRY BURTON: BUT THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE ORIGINAL CHANGE THAT OCCURRED.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO WHY IS SECTION “H” UNDERLINED? WHAT’S SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THAT?>>BARRY BURTON: I DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT. JAKE, DO YOU HAVE AN ANSWER?>>JAKE STOWERS: JAKE STOUERS. I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHY THAT’S UNDERLINED. PROBABLY JUST IN THE WRITE-UP, PROBABLY NOT SUPPOSED TO BE UNDERLINED FOR ANY PARTICULAR REASON.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY.>>JAKE STOWERS: AS THE ADMINISTRATOR MENTIONED, THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE JULY OF LAST YEAR WHEN WE TOOK OVER THE COUNTY.>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU. MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH AND A SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. OKAY UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. AGENDA ITEM 29.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 29 IS A FUNDING RECOMMENDATION FOR THE ED BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM. THIS PROVIDES $276,000 IN FUNDING FOR AND SUPPORT OF NINE PROJECTS IN PINELLAS COUNTY. APPROXIMATELY FIVE OF THOSE WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE HUMAN SERVICES. BUT THIS IS A COUNTYWIDE PROGRAM.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY QUESTIONS?>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KENNETH WELCH: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG TO APPROVE. OKAY, UNANIMOUS APPROVAL FOR ITEM 39. MOVING ON TO MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, AGENDA ITEM 30.>>BARRY BURTON: THIS RESOLUTION ESTABLISHES LEVEL OF BUDGETARY CONTROL WITHIN THE COUNTY. AS WE TALKED ABOUT LAST THURSDAY, THE CONTROL POLICY SHOULD BE ADOPTED ANNUALLY. BUT, THE PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS THAT INCORPORATE CERTAIN DEBT SERVICE ACCOUNTS INTO EXISTING BUDGETARY CONTROL GROUPINGS. WHAT THIS DOES IS ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR MINOR — FOR MODIFICATIONS FOR NOMINAL AMOUNTS. AND SO THERE’S STILL PLENTY OF PROTECTIONS. BUT, I CAN ASK JOE TO COME UP IF THERE’S ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS. OR NOT JOE, BUT — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY QUESTIONS?>>KENNETH WELCH: I MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. APPROVAL FOR 30. OKAY UNANIMOUS APPROVAL FOR THAT. AGENDA ITEM 31.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 31 IS A RESOLUTION TO UPDATE THE — OUR TRAVEL POLICY. MODIFICATIONS ARE IN THE ATTACHMENTS. THIS JUST PROVIDES FOR CONSISTENCY IN OUR TRAVEL POLICIES. UPDATES AND MODERNIZES SOME OF THE REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES. AND THEN ALSO MODIFIES IT TO WHERE IT ADMINISTRATIVELY UPDATES WHEN YOU HAVE CHANGES TO STATE AND FEDERAL GUIDELINES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY QUESTIONS ON THIS? WE HAD A GOOD PRESENTATION ON IT LAST WEEK.>>DAVE EGGERS: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KENNETH WELCH: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION FROM COMMISSIONER EGGERS, SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER WELCH. ON THAT’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’S RELATED TO THAT AS OUR ASSETS. SO, AND ALL THEIR CAPITAL WOULD GO IN TO THE INTERIOR OF THE BUILDING.>>BARRY BURTON: THAT’S CORRECT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THIS IS WHERE WE’RE JUST RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS?>>BARRY BURTON: RIGHT, SO WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT THEY MAINTAIN AT A CERTAIN LEVEL OF MAINTENANCE AND DON’T BECOME DISREPAIR.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: BUT IT’S MOSTLY GOING TO BE FUNDED BY PENNY MONEY?>>BARRY BURTON: ASK STAFF TO COME UP, ANDREW IS HERE.>>IT DOES PREDATE ME SO I DON’T HAVE — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I LOOKED AT THIS, I WAS LIKE 32, 33, 34.>>BARRY BURTON: THE OTHER TWO ARE JUST — >>PAT GERARD: WANTED TO MAKE THEM THE SAME BECAUSE THERE WERE DIFFERENCES IN THE LEASES.>>ANDREW PUPKE REAL US STATE MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR. THIS IS FOR MANAGEMENT FOR THE FACILITIES, NOT NECESSARILY REPAIR. IT WOULD BE OUT OF THE CAPITAL. SO YES IT WOULD BE PENNY MONEY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY.>>BASED UPON IDENTIFIED NEEDS IN THOSE PARTICULAR FACILITIES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MAKES ME FEEL BETTER. I WAS CONCERNED THAT WE WERE GETTING INTO, YOU KNOW, EVERYDAY MAINTENANCE.>>NO.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND THESE TWO ARE FOR THE PALM HARBOR SIDE BUT YOU’LL BE BRINGING EAST LAKE SIDE, AS WELL?>>EAST LAKE IS ON THERE, AS WELL. WE HAVE THE CENTER AND PALM HARBOR, AS WELL AS HARBOR HALL AND THE EAST LAKE COMMUNITY. ALSO BRINGING FORWARD THE PALM HARBOR LIBRARY SOON. AS WELL AS THE YMCA AT THE OMNI CENTER IN LARGO.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY SO THOSE WOULD BE THE ONLY REMAINING — >>THERE’S A COUPLE MORE IN PALM HARBOR. SOME OF THE RECREATION FACILITIES, PUTNAM, AND SUNDERMAN. THERE ARE SOME COUNTY OWNED FACILITIES ON THOSE LOCATIONS THAT THE COUNTY ACTUALLY BUILT THAT THE ORGANIZATION DIDN’T BUILD. WE’RE WORKING THROUGH AMENDMENTS TO THOSE AGREEMENTS PRESENTLY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY IS AWARE OF WHAT WE ARE TAKING ON. SO — >>RIGHT, IT’S A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FOR THE FACILITY. SO THE AIR CONDITIONING, THE ROOFING, THOSE TYPES OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURES. FIRE ALARM SERVICES OR SYSTEMS I SHOULD SAY IF THEY ARE APPLICABLE TO THOSE PARTICULAR FACILITIES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU A HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION. SO, LIKE AN ANNUAL MAINTENANCE OF AN AIR CONDITIONING UNIT.>>THAT’S NOT PART — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OUTSIDE OF THE EQUATION?>>THAT’S PART OF THIRST.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: IT’S REALLY JUST FOR MAJOR — >>YEAH, CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. THE WAY WE DEFINE CAPITAL SO THOSE THINGS THAT WOULD BE THINGS THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO REPLACE AS A CAPITAL EXPENDITURE. AT THE END OF THEIR LIFE CYCLE. THEY ARE STILL RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE DAY-TO-DAY REPAIRS. IN FACT, WE HAVE PUT INTO THE AMENDMENT THAT THEY WILL PROVIDE US WITH RECORDS TO INDICATE THAT THEY HAVE SERVICED THOSE UNITS AND WE’LL DO AN ANNUAL ASSESSMENT TO MAKE SURE WE KNOW THE CONDITION OF THOSE ASSETS AS WE GO FORWARD.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE’LL A BETTER IDEA IN THE NEAR FUTURE WHAT WE’RE BITING OFF AS FAR AS CAPITAL EXPENDITURES?>>YES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: BECAUSE I NOTICED EACH ONE KIND OF SAID, AT LEAST $250,000 OR MORE.>>YEAH, AND THE REASON WE DID THAT IS WE WEREN’T ENTIRELY SURE WHAT THE EXPENDITURE WAS. WHICH IS WHY THE ITEM IS BEFORE THE BOARD AS OPPOSED TO A DELEGATED ITEM. DEPENDING UPON WHAT THE EXPENDITURE IS, IF IT’S A ROOF IT COULD BE OVER THAT AMOUNT. IN A YEAR IF YOU HAD TWO ITEMS IN THE SAME YEAR, IT COULD BE OVER THAT AMOUNT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO, OTHER THAN I THINK THE PALM HARBOR LIBRARY, TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THERE’S NOTHING ON THE HORIZON FOR THE REST OF THESE. I MEAN PALM HARBOR IS COMING LATER. BUT I MEAN I KNOW THAT THEY NEED, I THINK, AN AIR CONDITIONER AND ROOF.>>I BELIEVE THEY NEED A ROOF. I WASN’T SURE ABOUT THE AIR CONDITIONER.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: A ROOF THEN, OKAY.>>SO, YEAH SO IN TERMS OF WHAT YOU JUST SAID YEAH I DON’T BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE OTHERS. I THINK THAT WHEN THE PENNY WAS — WHEN IT WAS INPUT FOR THE PENNY, THERE WAS REQUESTS THAT WERE MADE OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS TO PROVIDE LISTS OF ITEMS THAT MIGHT BE INCLUDED IN THAT. WE’LL HAVE TO VET THOSE AND DETERMINE WHERE WE CAN PLUG THOSE IN TO OUR BUDGET.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. COMMISSIONER EGGERS AND THEN COMMISSIONER GERARD.>>PAT GERARD: I WANTED TO SAY WE END UP PAYING FOR THOSE LARGER THINGS ANYWAY THROUGH SOME KIND OF REQUEST. I THINK THIS MAKES IT EASIER FOR THE AGENCIES TO PREDICT WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE SPENDING MONEY ON. BECAUSE THERE WAS ALWAYS A QUESTION, YOU KNOW, IF THE ROOF FALLS IN ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE IT OUT OF OUR OPERATING, OUR DAY-TO-DAY MONEY. AND THEY DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY. SO THEY END UP COMING TO US ANYWAY.>>RIGHT. SO THE BENEFIT IS THAT THE AGREEMENTS WERE PREVIOUSLY SILENCE ON CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. AND NOW WE HAVE A SPECIFIC OR HAVE SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IN THERE TO INDICATE BECAUSE THEY ARE OUR FACILITIES THAT WE DID NOT WANT THEM TO FALL INTO DISREPAIR AND UNDERSTANDING THAT THEIR FUNDING ONLY GOES TO A CERTAIN LEVEL IN TERMS OF MAINTENANCE AND DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER EGGERS?>>DAVE EGGERS: YEAH, AND CAPITAL WITHIN THE BUILDING. SO ANY CAPITAL THAT GOES ON INSIDE THE BUILDING, THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT THEY DO INSIDE THE BUILDING ARE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY. SO THAT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING. THAT THIS WAS PRETTY MUCH FOR THE STRUCTURE IN THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM REPLACEMENT.>>YEAH, WE HAVE DEFINED ITEMS. IT’S NOT AN ALL-INCLUSIVE LIST. BUT IF THEY WERE CONSIDERED TO BE CAPITALIZED ITEMS, CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS, I SHOULD SAY, TO THE FACILITY, THEN THEY WOULD BE FUNDED BY THE COUNTY AS OPPOSED TO THE TENANT.>>DAVE EGGERS: WHAT WOULD BE AN EXAMPLE OF THAT, THAT’S NOT ON THE STRUCTURE OF THE BUILDING? BECAUSE REALLY THE INTENTION WAS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MAJOR CAPITAL EXPENDITURES LEADING TO THE BUILDING, WHICH COULD BE UNDERGROUND, PIPE REPLACEMENT, ET CETERA, OR THE BUILDING ITSELF, OR THE ROOF, OR THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM.>>WELL, FOR INSTANCE THE FIRE ALARM SYSTEM COULD BE INTERIOR TO THE BUILDING AND IT WOULD BE CONSIDERED A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT. THE FIRE ALARM SYSTEM HAD TO BE REPLACED.>>DAVE EGGERS: THAT — OKAY. WELL AGAIN I’D HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT. BECAUSE MY UNDERSTANDING WAS IT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE STRUCTURE OF THE BUILDING. AND NOT THE INTERIOR OF THE BUILDING. SO, I DON’T KNOW WHERE — THAT’S WHAT I’M — I MEAN THE EXPOSURE TO THAT IS, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO KIND OF GO THROUGH AND IDENTIFY THAT, WHICH I’M SURE YOU’VE DONE.>>HUM.>>DAVE EGGERS: BUT THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS INSIDE THAT HAVE, YOU KNOW — THAT I DON’T THINK SHOULD BE A PART — THAT’S NOT THE INTENTION, I DON’T THINK.>>OKAY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I THINK THIS WAS MAINLY TO, AS I RECALL THE DISCUSSION, THOSE MAJOR, MAJOR SYSTEMS, BECAUSE THEY WERE GOING TO BE PAID FOR BY THE PENNY ANYWAY. OR THAT IS ON THE PENNY LIST. SO THAT’S WHERE WE WERE GOING. DO YOU THINK THAT THIS NEEDS TO BE — >>DAVE EGGERS: WELL I GUESS — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: — A LITTLE BIT?>>DAVE EGGERS: I THOUGHT AGAIN WHAT I SAID IS WHAT I THOUGHT. BUT CERTAINLY NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT ANY CAPITAL ON THE INSIDE BECAUSE THAT TO ME OPENS UP A WHOLE DIFFERENT THING. THERE ARE A LOT OF CAPITAL ITEMS INSIDE THE BUILDING THAT THEY SPEND MONEY ON, THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT THAT SOMETIMES IS THREE TO FIVE YEARS IN DURATION. THEY REPLACE THOSE EQUIPMENT FROM TIME TO TIME. SOMETIMES THEY’LL REPLACE WALLS THAT I DON’T KNOW IF THOSE ARE CONSIDERED CAPITAL OR NOT.>>NO.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. SO — THERE MAY BE SOME OTHER ITEMS IN THERE THAT I DON’T THINK WAS INTENDED TO BE THERE.>>CERTAINLY EQUIPMENT THAT BELONGS TO THE TENANT WOULD NOT BE INCLUDED. IF IT WAS THEIR EQUIPMENT WE WOULD NOT BE FUNDING THAT REPLACEMENT ON THE INTERIOR OF THE BUILDING. I WASN’T SURE IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WERE REFERRING.>>DAVE EGGERS: YEAH.>>YEAH, WE WOULD NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT. IT IS THE BUILDING ENVELOPE, THE ROOF, THE HVAC BUT THOSE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE ONLY ITEMS THAT WOULD BE INCLUDED. IF THE PARKING LOT, FOR INSTANCE, HAD TO BE REPLACED AS OPPOSED TO RESURFACED, THAT WOULD BE A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT.>>DAVE EGGERS: RIGHT. AND THOSE ARE OUTSIDE THE BUILDING, MAJOR LINES THAT COME INTO THE BUILDING THAT MIGHT HAVE TO BE REPLACED. I UNDERSTAND THAT, AS WELL. SO AS LONG AS — I MEAN I’M NOT IDENTIFYING — YOU MENTIONED ALARM SYSTEM. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT COMES TO MIND INSIDE THE BUILDING, OTHER THAN — >>NO, SIR.>>DAVE EGGERS: ALL RIGHT. I THINK THAT WAS KIND OF THE INTENTION. THEY DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO PENNY MONEY THROUGH THIRST. AND THEIR MILLAGE RATES AT PALM HARBOR SITE ARE CAPPED ANYWAY. THEY REALLY DON’T HAVE THE CAPITAL TO ADDRESS THESE THINGS. SO, THIS IS THEIR PIECE OF THAT, AND I THINK IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY. IT’S OUR ASSETS TO TAKE CARE OF THE STRUCTURE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ON THIS?>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL OF ALL THREE OR JUST ONE AT A TIME?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE COULD ACTUALLY TAKE UP — THEY’RE SIMILAR AGREEMENTS, 32, 33 AND 34, IF YOU’D LIKE TO.>>PAT GERARD: I’LL MOVE APPROVAL ON ALL THREE.>>DAVE EGGERS: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS FOR AGENDA ITEM 32, 33 AND 34. SORRY, MINE DIDN’T — THERE WE GO. UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. EXCELLENT. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 35.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 35 IS A LEASE AGREEMENT WITH GULFCOAST LEGAL SERVICES FOR OFFICE SPACE AT THE LEALMAN EXCHANGE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY QUESTIONS?>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL.>>JANET LONG: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. OKAY UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 36.>>BARRY BURTON: 36 IS A RESOLUTION AND SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE LEASE AGREEMENT WITH COMMUNITY LAW PROGRAM FOR OFFICE SPACE AT THE 501 FIRST AVENUE BUILDING IN ST. PETERSBURG.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. OKAY UNANIMOUS APPROVAL OF AGENDA ITEM 36. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 37.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 37 IS THE THIRD AMENDMENT TO A LEASE AGREEMENT WITH MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS. THIS IS FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION SERVICES PERTAINING TO THE MULTISITE TOWER REPLACEMENT PROJECT. THIS IS A MULTI-YEAR PROJECT FUNDED OUT OF THE SALES TAX, OUT OF THE PENNY MONEY FOR A VARIETY OF SHELTERS, THE THIRD AMENDMENT PROVIDES FOR THE REPLACEMENT, AND RECONSTRUCTION AND SITE SECURITY AT SEVERAL OF THEM. AND THE COST IS IDENTIFIED. SO, AND THE CONTRACT AMOUNT IS $14.4 MILLION. WITH A REVISED TOTAL OF $22 MILLION THROUGH DECEMBER 31st OF 2021.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY pQU?>>DAVE EGGERS: COULD YOU JUST MAYBE GO THROUGH WHAT THE CHANGE, THE LARGE INCREASE IS ALL ABOUT?>>BARRY BURTON: I WOULD ASK STAFF TO COME UP, EITHER LOURDES OR JIM. THIS WAS A NONCOMPETITIVE SELECTION PROCESS. THEY VETTED THAT VERSUS GOING OUT INTO COMPETITIVE SELECTION. AND DETERMINED THIS WAS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COUNTY BUT I’LL LET STAFF SPEAK TO IT.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. JIM FOGARTY, I’VE GOT JACKIE WITH ME, FROM RADIO TECHNOLOGY. THE AMENDMENT PROVIDES THE RECONSTRUCTION OF SOME OF THE EXISTING SHELTERS AT FIVE OF THE RADIO TOWERS. THE RADIO TOWERS THEMSELVES WERE REPLACED SEVERAL YEARS AGO. THE SHELTERS THAT CONTAIN THE EQUIPMENT AND THE CONTROLS FOR THOSE TOWERS IS WHAT THE SUBJECT OF THIS AMENDMENT IS, THE RECONSTRUCTION TO A CATEGORY 5 STANDARD AND THEN ALL OF THE EQUIPMENT THAT’S CURRENTLY IN THE SHELTERS HAS TO BE MOVED WHILE THE RADIO SYSTEM REMAINS LIVE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, THE REMOVAL AND RECONSTRUCTION OF THE RIDGECREST SHELTER TOWER, WHICH IS THE ONE BY THE EMS BUILDING, THAT’S THE OLDEST AND LAST REMAINING TOWER THAT NEEDS TO BE REPLACED IN THIS SYSTEM. AND THEN I’LL TURN ANY TECHNICAL QUESTIONS YOU HAVE OVER TO JACKIE.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO ALL OF THAT IS ADDITIONAL SCOPE, AND ADDITIONAL SPECIFICATION CHANGES TO A CONTRACT?>>CORRECT. IT’S THE THIRD OF THREE PHASES. TO FINISH ALL OF THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THAT CIP ASSET.>>DAVE EGGERS: REALLY CHANGES THAT WE’VE ASKED FOR.>>YES, SIR. AND THE INSPECTOR GENERAL AUDIT.>>DAVE EGGERS: PERFECT. THANK YOU.>>MY PLEASURE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS WHILE THEY’RE UP HERE?>>KENNETH WELCH: I DO.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YES, COMMISSIONER WELCH.>>KENNETH WELCH: AND THAT’S FOR THAT QUESTION, COMMISSIONER EGGERS. WHAT’S THE USEFUL LIFE OF THESE NEW FACILITIES?>>APPROXIMATELY 40 YEARS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: 40?>>YES. AND WHERE THEY ARE BELOW SEA LEVEL WE ARE CELEBRATING THEM UP TO 16 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. THEY GET NEW GENERATORS, NEW U.P.S., NEW EVERYTHING. NEW RACKS. IT’S A BRAND-NEW SYSTEM.>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU.>>YOU’RE WELCOME.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OKAY. THANK YOU. IS THERE A MOTION?>>JANET LONG: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER LONG AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. OKAY UNANIMOUS APPROVAL OF THAT. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 38.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 38 IS A NONCOMPETITIVE PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH VERTEX DATA UTILITY SERVICES. THIS IS OUR CUSTOMER INFORMATION PLATFORM AT UTILITY. THE EXISTING HARDWARE IS NO LONGER SUPPORTED AND HAS TO BE DECOMMISSIONED. SO THE UPGRADE WOULD AGAIN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE AUTOMATED CUSTOMER SERVICE PAYMENT BUT ALSO TIES IN WITH THE INTERFACES BETWEEN ALL THE DIFFERENT ITEMS THAT ARE LISTED THERE. THE REASON IT WAS NONCOMPETITIVE IS BECAUSE IT’S A CURRENT VENDOR. HOWEVER THEY DID DO A REVIEW TO DETERMINE WHETHER IT WOULD BE IN OUR BEST INTEREST TO GO OUT UNDER COMPETITIVE SELECTION AND DETERMINED THIS WAS FINANCIALLY THE BEST OPTION FOR US.>>KENNETH WELCH: MADAM CHAIR?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YES.>>KENNETH WELCH: I DO HAVE A QUESTION ON THIS. AND I BLAME COMMISSIONER JUSTICE FOR BRINGING THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THIS MORNING BECAUSE I’M FEELING OLDER. WHEN BARBARA SAID IT’S BEEN 15 YEARS SINCE WE DID THE BROOKER CREEK, JUST AMAZING HOW FAST TIME NICE. AND IT SEEMS LIKE WE JUST DID THE CIS UPDATE AND NOW WE’VE GOT THIS $18 MILLION EXPENDITURE. SO, I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ON SOME OF THE TERMINOLOGY IN HERE. IT’S SAYING THE EXISTING HARDWARE OPERATING SYSTEM IS NO LONGER SUPPORTED. CAN YOU GO INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT? BECAUSE THIS IS A HOSTED SYSTEM, CORRECT?>>CORRECT. SO — MEGAN ROSS, UTILITIES DIRECTOR SOME OF THE TECHNICAL QUESTIONS I’M GOING TO ASK BRIAN TO CHIME IN HERE. HE HELPED SUPPORT THIS CONTRACT, AND THIS AGREEMENT TODAY.>>BRIAN, OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION. YOU’RE CORRECT COMMISSION RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A HOSTED SOLUTION OUT IN A TEXAS DATA CENTER THAT BASICALLY WE’VE MADE A CAPITAL INVESTMENT I THINK BACK IN 2006, OR I’M SORRY WE MADE A STRATEGIC DECISION IN 2006 TO KIND OF OUTSOURCE OUR UTILITY BILLING SYSTEM. SO IT’S BEEN ON THAT PLATFORM OUT IN DALLAS, TEXAS, WITH THIS VENDOR SINCE ABOUT 2006. SO WE’RE LOOKING FOR A REFRESH AND AN UPGRADE OF THE SYSTEM.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY. AND YOU’RE MOVING TO THIS CLOUD-BASED. AND IT’S KIND OF A BLURRED LINE IN MY THINKING.>>SURE.>>KENNETH WELCH: BETWEEN VENDOR HOSTING — >>THE VENDOR, VERTEX HAS BASICALLY SAP IS THE CURRENT SYSTEM THAT WE RUN. INSTEAD OF GOING THROUGH — INSTEAD OF STAYING ON THE HOSTED PLATFORM WHERE ALL THIS CAPITAL IS NOW, YOU KNOW, BEEN DEPRECIATED, WE WANT TO MOVE INTO A CLOUD HOSTED ENVIRONMENT WITH THE SAME VENDOR. IT’S ESSENTIALLY MOVING THE APPLICATION UP TO THE LATEST VERSION OF SAP. BUT IN A CLOUD-BASED FORMAT.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO MAYBE I DIDN’T FULLY UNDERSTAND WHEN WE MOVED FROM US HOSTING THE SYSTEM TO VENDOR HOSTED THAT WE WOULDN’T HAVE OBSOLESCENCE AGAIN.>>WHEN WE MOVED TO THE HOSTED SYSTEM IN 2006, THAT BASICALLY EFFECTIVELY OUTSORED THIS ENTIRE OPERATION. BY THE WAY, THAT’S NOT JUST THE I.T. COMPONENT, THEY’RE PROVIDING ALL THE BILLING AND THE PAPER THAT GETS GENERATED FOR OUR RATE PAYERS AS WELL.>>KENNETH WELCH: IN ANOTHER TEN YEARS WILL WE HAVE ANOTHER EXPENDITURE LIKE THIS?>>NOT IF WE KEEP WITH THE CLOUD BASED SOLUTION. NOW WE’LL BE GETTING AUTOMATIC UPGRADES OF THE SAP PLATFORM.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO IS IT ALMOST LIKE, AGAIN I’M JUST LIKE A SUBSCRIPTION?>>EXACTLY. WE’RE ESSENTIALLY LEASING OUT TO A CLOUD-BASED PLATFORM. IT’S KIND OF A LEASING A CAR ESSENTIALLY.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY. THANK YOU, SIR.>>YOU’RE WELCOME.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?>>PAT GERARD: I JUST WANTED TO TELL COMMISSIONER WELCH THAT WE’RE WONDERING IF THEY WERE TALKING ENGLISH. [LAUGHTER]>>KENNETH WELCH: YES, THEY WERE. I MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: I THINK SOMEBODY HALF UNDERSTANDS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YEAH, REALLY. MOTION FROM COMMISSIONER WELCH IS THERE A SECOND.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. OKAY THAT’S UNANIMOUS APPROVAL FOR THIS PURCHASE AGREEMENT. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 39.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 39 IS A CONTRACT WITH CORE & MAIN FOR WATER METER BOXES, LID MATERIAL, AND ACCESSORIES. THIS IS PART OF THE TAMPA BAY AREA COOPERATIVE YT. IT’S AN INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF $300,000.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>JANET LONG: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG.>>DAVE EGGERS: A QUICK QUESTION.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YES.>>DAVE EGGERS: I KNOW THAT WE HAD SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT THESE DON’T LOOK LIKE IT’S THE ACTUAL METERS THEMSELVES, BUT THAT THE TEERTS FOR THE WATER, AS WELL AS THE METERS FOR THE RECLAIMED WOULD BE HAPPENING, THE REPLACEMENT WOULD BE HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME. THIS ISN’T THE METER ITSELF?>>MEGAN ROSS: MEGAN ROSS AGAIN, UTILITIES DIRECTOR. SO THIS IS INCREASE THE CURRENT CONTRACT THAT’S IN PLACE. SO WE CAN CONTINUE. WE HAVE REPLACEMENTS GOING ON EVERY DAY, WHEN THERE’S LEAKS OR BOXES ARE BROKEN. WE NEED PARTS EVERY DAY FOR OUR INTERNAL STAFF TO GO OUT AND JUST DO DAY-TO-DAY REPLACEMENT. SO THIS IS TO INCREASE THAT CURRENT CONTRACT TO GET US THROUGH, WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF DEVELOPING A NEW CONTRACT THAT’S GOING TO GO OUT FOR BID FOR THE FULL METER REPLACEMENT PROJECT.>>DAVE EGGERS: THE RECLAIMED, AND WATER.>>MEGAN ROSS: RECLAIMED AND WATER AND THE BOXES. SO THIS ONE IS JUST FOR THE BOXES.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY, THANK YOU.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD.>>IT WAS ALREADY MOVED.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OH, OKAY. SO WE HAVE A DOUBLE MOTION.>>PAT GERARD: GETTING AHEAD OF OURSELVES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY PASSES UNANIMOUS. MOVING TO COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR MISCELLANEOUS.>>BARRY BURTON: COMMISSIONERS, WE’VE HAD THIS A LONG TIME COMING. I’M VERY EXCITED TO INTRODUCE HANK TO YOU. AS OUR NEW SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR. TALKED ABOUT THIS FOR AWHILE. IT TOOK HIM AWHILE TO MOVE BUT HE HAD A CHILD ON THE WAY AND A FEW THINGS GOING, SO IT’S WELL WORTH THE WAIT. SO HANK COMES TO US WITH A TREMENDOUS BACKGROUND, IN COMMUNITY RESILL YEN PLANNING, COASTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, AND CLIMATE CHANGE ADD VOCATION. HE MOST RECENTLY WORKED WITH PROGRAM POLICY MANAGERS FOR SMART HOME. BEFORE THAT HE WORKED AT NOAA, NATIONAL OCEANIC ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION WORKING ON COASTAL MANAGEMENT ISSUES, PARTICULARLY HERE IN FLORIDA. HE’S FROM FLORIDA. HE’S LIVED HERE. HE’S GOT A TREMENDOUS BACKGROUND. SO WE’RE JUST VERY EXCITED HAVING HIM ON BOARD.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, COMMISSIONERS. AS BARRY MENTIONED, VERY EXCITED TO BE HERE, NATIVE FLORIDIAN. AND JUST EXCITED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROGRESS THAT WE’VE ALREADY MADE, ALSO PROGRESS INTO THE FUTURE, AND TO PARTNER WITH MANY PARTNERS THAT WE HAVE ON THIS TOPIC.>>BARRY BURTON: IT’S GOING TO BE REAL EXCITING. WE PUT TOGETHER A STAFF COMMITTEE. THE STAFF COMMITTEE IS GOING TO BE CHAIRED BY KELLY LEADY SO HANK IS GOING TO WORK WITH THAT TEAM THAT HAS THE HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE THAT PUT THESE PROGRAMS TOGETHER TO KIND OF PULL IT ALL TOGETHER AND MAKE IT EVEN BETTER.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WELCOME. WE’RE REALLY GLAD THAT YOU’RE HERE.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: NICE TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH YOU, AND HE GREW UP IN STEWART, AND SO,IZE A WATER GUY. AND BEACH AND SURF.>>KENNETH WELCH: WELCOME ABOARD.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU.>>BARRY BURTON: NEXT I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE NANCY AND SOMEBODY YOU KNOW VERY WELL, BUT RYAN. SO NANCY McKIBBEN AND BRIAN LOWACK. THEY’VE BEEN PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT TO THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR POSITIONS. THIS KIND OF ROUNDS OUT OUR TEAM. WE HAD CHRIS IN THE AUDIENCE WITH LEALMAN. NOW WE HAVE KIND OF MID AND SOUTH COUNTY AND NANCY NORTH COUNTY REALLY LOOKING AT THESE UNINCORPORATED AREAS AND BRING ALL OF THE RESOURCES THAT THE WE CURRENTLY HAVE IN PLACE INTO A UNIFIED MANNER. SO THOSE ARE PART-TIME POSITIONS. THEY’RE KEEPING THEIR EXISTING DUTIES BUT THEY’RE SHIFTING THINGS AROUND SO WE DIDN’T ADD TO OUR HEAD COUNT. BUT REALLY PUTTING AN EFFORT IN COORDINATING THESE PARTICULAR AREAS AND REALLY TRIED TO DO COMMUNITY BUILDING WITHIN THE PARTICULAR JURISDICTIONS THAT THEY’RE REPRESENTING. EXCITED TO HAVE THE TEAM FINALLY IN PLACE WHERE THEY CAN BEGIN WORKING ON THIS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR EXTRA WORK. AND YOUR PROMOTIONS. WE COULDN’T BE MORE PLEASED ABOUT BOTH OF YOU BEING SELECTED. IT’S ALSO INTERESTING, NANCY, I KNOW YOU’RE FROM PALM HARBOR, AND BRIAN, YOU KIND OF GREW UP IN THE LARGO RIDGE CREST AREA, AND YOU KNOW THE COMMUNITY ALREADY PERSONALLY. SO PUTTING YOUR PROFESSIONAL TALENTS IN THAT DIRECTION WILL BE JUST WONDERFUL.>>AND IF YOU DON’T MIND I JUST WANT TO ADD THAT THIS IS A REAL TESTIMONY TO OUR DEDICATION TO PROVIDE SUPERIOR SERVICE TO OUR CITIZENS AND CUSTOMERS. AND I DO WANT TO SAY I REALLY COMMEND BARRY FOR HIS FORESIGHT AND VISION, AND THE SUPPORT THAT THE COMMISSIONERS HAVE GIVEN HIM TO PLACE THESE POSITIONS. THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE.>>AND I’M EXCITED TO START WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH NANCY AND CHRIS. I THINK THERE’S SOME STELLAR OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS WHERE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER AND REALLY PROVIDE TOP NOTCH SERVICES TO THOSE COMMUNITIES AND OUR RESIDENTS.>>BARRY BURTON: THANK YOU ALL. BRIAN, DON’T LEAVE. YOU GET THE FINAL PIECE OF MY REPORT THIS MORNING IS TO BRIAN TO TALK ABOUT, YOU ASKED THAT WE LOOK AT OPTIONS AND IDEAS FOR PINELLAS DAY IN TALLAHASSEE. SO HE WAS GOING TO KIND OF OUTLINE OUR THOUGHTS AT THIS POINT AND GET YOUR FEEDBACK.>>BRIAN LOWACK: SO WHAT I WANTED TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT TODAY IS TO PROPOSE A PINELLAS COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DAY FOR THE 2020 SESSION. THE DATE THAT WE PROPOSED IS JANUARY 15th, 2020. WHICH IS DAY TWO OF THE 2020 SESSION. THAT SAME DAY WILL ALSO BE HILLSBOROUGH DAY, PASCO DAY, AND I JUST FOUND OUT AS I CAME INTO THIS MEETING, IT WILL ALSO BE BACK LEGISLATIVE DAY. SO THERE WILL BE PLENTY GOING ON THAT DAY. I THINK IT WILL BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GO UP THERE. WE’LL HAVE COMMISSIONERS FROM ALL OVER THE BAY, ALL OVER THE STATE. IN THE MORNING WE’LL HAVE THE BACK LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING. I THINK THERE’S AN OPPORTUNITY TO POTENTIALLY GET THE HOUSE OR THE SENATE CHAMBERS TO HAVE A GUEST COME AND WELCOME EVERYONE TO TALLAHASSEE. AND THEN, REALLY HIT THE OFFICES AND THE HALLS ALL DAY AND ADVOCATE FOR YOUR PRIORITY ISSUES. AND THAT EVENING, AFTER MEETINGS, SOUTHERN STRATEGY HAS INVITED US TO OUR OFFICE FOR A MEET AND GREET WITH OTHER LEGISLATORS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS. THAT’S THE PROPOSAL. AND I’M WILLING TO TAKE ANY ADVICE THAT YOU ALL HAVE, ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SEE SO WE CAN START WORKING ON THAT.>>JANET LONG: DON’T WE HAVE ONE-ON-ONES COMING UP WITH YOU SHORTLY?>>BRIAN LOWACK: YES. STARTED THOSE TODAY. I’LL BE MEETING WITH ALL OF YOU TO GET YOUR INDIVIDUAL PRIORITIES AND THEN WE CAN TAKE THOSE TO OUR LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION HERE IN PINELLAS AND REALLY PUT TOGETHER A PROGRAM THAT WE CAN BE PRO-ACTIVE IN 2020 SESSION ON.>>JANET LONG: OKAY.>>KENNETH WELCH: SOUNDS GOOD.>>BRIAN LOWACK: THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANYTHING ELSE? OKAY. THANK YOU, BRIAN. WE WILL BE HAVING QUITE A PRESENCE IN TALLAHASSEE. ANYTHING ELSE?>>BARRY BURTON: THAT’S ALL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY AGENDA ITEM 41. COUNTY ATTORNEY?>>JEWEL WHITE: UNDER AGENDA ITEM 41 WE’RE ASKING YOUR AUTHORITY TO FILE A SUIT IN THE CASE THAT’S REFERENCED. THIS IS A CASE OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION THAT AROSE FROM A CAUSE FINDING WITH YOUR OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. OKAY. UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 42.>>JEWEL WHITE: UNDER 42, WE’RE ASKING FOR YOUR AUTHORIZATION TO FILE SUIT IN THE REFERENCED CASE. THIS IS AN ACTION FOR EVICTION.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. OKAY. UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. AGENDA ITEM 43.>>JEWEL WHITE: UNDER ITEM NUMBER 43 WE’RE ASKING FOR THE BOARD TO RATIFY AN ACTION THAT WE HAVE TAKEN WITH THE CONCURRENCE OF THE CHAIR. THIS IS TO RATIFY THE FILING OF SUIT. THIS IS A NEW LITIGATION REGARDING THE SHERIFF’S HEADQUARTERS BUILDING. WHAT WE DID HERE UPON THE ADVICE OF OUTSIDE COUNSEL IS WE ADDED AS A DEFENDANT THE SURETY ON THE — IN THIS CASE. SO THIS MATTER HAS ALREADY BEEN FILED AGAIN BASED ON OUTSIDE COUNSEL. WE’RE JUST LOOKING FOR THE BOARD TO RATIFY THAT DECISION.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. OKAY. UNANIMOUS APPROVAL FOR THAT. AGENDA ITEM 44.>>JEWEL WHITE: UNDER 44, WE ARE ASKING THE BOARD TO APPROVE THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION ON THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AS SET FORTH IN THE CONFIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM OF TODAY’S DATE.>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER LONG, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD AND THAT IS TO APPROVE THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION. OKAY. THAT’S UNANIMOUS APPROVAL, AS WELL. OKAY. COUNTY ATTORNEY MISCELLANEOUS.>>JEWEL WHITE: JUST WANTED TO QUICKLY MENTION, WE DID BRIEFLY DISCUSS IN THE WORKSHOP LAST WEEK THE LITIGATION THAT WAS FILED IN REGARD TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY’S SURTAX THAT WAS ON THE REFERENDUM IN 2018. AS I MENTIONED THE CIRCUIT COURT HAD UPHELD THE SURTAX ALTHOUGH IT STRUCK CERTAIN PROVISIONS. SUBSEQUENT TO OUR MEETING THAT DECISION HAS BEEN APPEALED. YOU ALL MAY HAVE READ ABOUT IT IN THE NEWSPAPER. THERE’S ACTUALLY TWO ACTIONS. ONE WAS JUST CHALLENGING THE TAX ON ITS FACE. THE OTHER ACTION WAS THE BOND VALIDATION THAT THE COUNTY FILED. I KNOW THAT THEY’RE SEEKING TO HAVE THOSE TWO CASES CONSOLIDATED, WHICH WOULD BE SOMEWHAT IMPORTANT HERE BECAUSE NORMALLY AN APPEAL WOULD GO TO THE SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL. HOWEVER, BOND VALUE TAGSS GO STRAIGHT TO THE SUPREME COURT. SO WE’LL BE MONITORING THAT AND GIVING AN UPDATE AS WE SEE SOME ACTION IN THAT CASE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. AGENDA ITEM 46. CAREERSOURCE PINELLAS.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 46. I’LL ASK MIKE TO GO AHEAD AND START MAKING HIS WAY UP HERE. THESE ARE REVISIONS TO THE WORKNET PINELLAS CAREER SOURCE BY LAWS. AT THE MARCH 12th MEETING YOU ASKED FOR CERTAIN REVISIONS, AND OUR BY LAWS RELATED TO THE CEO AND LEGAL COUNSEL, AN AD HOC pC MEMBERS REVIEWED AND MADE RECOMMENDATIONS. WE HAD SUBSEQUENT DISCUSSIONS LAST THURSDAY AND I’LL LET MIKE GIVE YOU A QUICK SUMMARY AND YOU CAN BEGIN YOUR DISCUSSION.>>I’M GOING TO BRING YOU UP TO SPEED TO WHERE YOU WERE PRIOR TO YOUR WORK SESSION ON THURSDAY, AND THEN JEWEL IS GOING TO GIVE YOU SOME OPTIONS BASED ON YOUR DISCUSSIONS ON THURSDAY, AND THEN WE DO HAVE A NEW TOPIC TO BRING TO THE TABLE TODAY, TOO. ON YOUR MARCH 12th MEETING YOU APPROVED SOME BY LAWS THAT HAD ALREADY BEEN THROUGH BACK AND FORTH PROCESS BETWEEN COUNTY STAFF, AND THE CAREERSOURCE BOARD. AND THOSE WERE APPROVED BY YOU, SENT BACK TO THE CAREERSOURCE BOARD FOR THEIR AD HOC REVIEW COMMITTEE, THE BYLAWS COMMITTEE TO LOOK IT OVER. THEY DID. THEY APPROVED IT. THEY RECOMMENDED THE APPROVAL TO THE FULL BOARD. FULL BOARD CAME TOGETHER AND COULD AGREE TO ALL OF THOSE CHANGES. BUT ALSO RECOGNIZED THAT IN ORDER TO ADD A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, AS REQUIRED BY THE NEW BYLAWS, WE WOULD NEED ANOTHER BUSINESS MEMBER TO THE BOARD TO BALANCE THAT OUT AND MAINTAIN THE BUSINESS MAJORITY. AND THAT MEANS THAT UNLESS WE ACTUALLY REMOVED ACTIVE AND PARTICIPATING MEMBERS, WE WOULD HAVE TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF THE BOARD AS PROPOSED IN THE BYLAWS FROM 31 TO 33. THE GOVERNOR HAS SET THE NUMBER AT 54, AND THE WHOLE POINT OF THE BYLAWS REVISION WAS TO REDUCE THAT NUMBER TO MAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY AND MORE ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT IN BOARD MEETINGS. BUT IN ORDER TO KEEP THE CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS, THE PROPOSAL BACK TO YOU, THE SOLE CHANGE AT THAT TIME WAS THAT INCREASE TO 33. ON TOP OF WHAT, JENNIFER BRACKNEY REACHED OUT TO THE SCHOOL BOARD ABOUT AN APPOINTMENT OF A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AND THEY EXPRESSED THEY DO NOT WISH TO HAVE A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER SERVE ON THE CAREERSOURCE BOARD. CURRENTLY MARK HUNT, THEIR ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR PRETTY MUCH CAREER ACADEMY PROGRAM IS ALREADY ON THE BOARD AS A FEDERAL REQUIREMENT OF THE TITLE I PROGRAMS. SO HE SERVES ALREADY ON THE BOARD IN THAT CAPACITY. THEY RECOMMENDED THAT HE SERVE ALSO AS THEIR DELEGATE FOR THAT SCHOOL BOARD POSITION. SO THAT’S NEW, AND ON TOP OF IT, THE CAREERSOURCE BOARD WAS NOT AWARE OF THAT BECAUSE THIS LITERALLY HAPPENED YESTERDAY. SO THAT’S ANOTHER ITEM TO BRING TO THE TABLE. AND THEN JUST IN THE INTEREST OF BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER AT ONE TIME, I THINK WE’LL LET JEWEL TALK ABOUT THE PROPOSED LANGUAGE BASED ON YOUR DISCUSSIONS LAST WEEK.>>JANET LONG: MADAM CHAIR? BEFORE JEWEL GOES ON WITH YOUR WHATEVER. SO ARE WE TALKING ABOUT 33 POSITIONS? OR ARE WE TALKING ABOUT 45 POSITIONS?>>33. WE’RE REDUCING — >>JANET LONG: WHAT ABOUT THE GOVERNOR’S — >>THE GOVERNOR SET THE CAPS. THE BYLAWS ARE ABLE TO REDUCE IT BELOW THAT CAP. AND IN REALLY THE WAY THE BYLAWS ARE WRITTEN, WE COULD REDUCE IT EVEN BELOW THE 33. WE’VE SET ANOTHER KIND OF A LOWER CAP AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. WHICH IS ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE. BUT THERE ARE CERTAIN STATE AND FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS. WE COULDN’T POSSIBLY GO ABOUT 25 AT THE MOST — AT THE LEAST. SO WE CAN OVER A COURSE OF TIME, WITH ATTRITION FOR PEOPLE ROLLING OFF THE BOARD, AS LONG AS WE MAINTAIN THOSE RATIOS OF BUSINESS TO WORKFORCE TO EDUCATION TO GOVERNMENT WE CAN REDUCE THAT AMOUNT AS LOW AS 25. BUT THE BYLAWS WOULD CAP IT AT 33.>>JANET LONG: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.>>JEWEL WHITE: AND ONE THING I’LL SPEAK TO IN RECOGNITION OF THE INFORMATION MIKE JUST BROUGHT FORWARD, I KNOW THAT WHEN WE HAD A CONSULTANT WHO WAS FORMERLY A MEMBER OF THE COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE REVIEW SOME OF THE BYLAWS AND OTHER ISSUES HERE THE RECOMMENDATION WAS TO LOWER THE OVERALL NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS, BUT I KNOW THAT ONE OF HIS RECOMMENDATIONS WAS TO ATTEMPT TO ADD, YOU KNOW, MORE ACCOUNTABILITY ON THE BOARD BY WAY OF ELECTED OFFICIALS BY ADDING EITHER A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, OR A MUNICIPAL ELECTED OFFICIAL. SO THAT REMAINS AN OPTION IF THE SCHOOL BOARD IS NOT INTERESTED IN HAVING ONE OF THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS THERE,ING BECAUSE THAT WAS THE BASIS FOR THE RECOMMENDATION WAS TO ADD ANOTHER LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL. SO I’LL JUST PUT THAT OUT THERE FOR THE BOARD SO THAT YOU’RE AWARE OF WHERE THAT RECOMMENDATION CAME FROM. NOW, I DO HAVE SOME OPTIONS HERE FOR YOU ALL TO CONSIDER BASED UPON THE DISCUSSION THAT WE HAD AT THE WORKSHOP LAST WEEK. AND I GUESS I’LL START BY SAYING, THIS HAS CHANGED. THE LIGHTER END OF THE CHANGE THAT WE DISCUSSED, AND REALLY WHAT THIS AMENDMENT WOULD DO. AND I HAVE A BUNCH OF COPIES. I’LL MAYBE SEE WHICH VERSION WE’RE MOST INTERESTED IN TALKING ABOUT BEFORE I START PASSING SOME OF THESE OUT. ONE VERSION SIMPLY STATES THAT THE SELECTION HIRING AND TERMINATION OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICIAL, WHICH WOULD BE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, IS SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. SO, IN OTHER WORDS, THE CSPIN BOARD WOULD BE TAKING THAT ACTION BUT IT WOULD BE SUBJECT TO YOUR APPROVAL. IT HAS THE SAME PROVISION FOR LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE CONTRACTING FOR LEGAL COUNSEL. ONE OTHER CHANGE THAT WE DID ADD WHEN WE WENT BACK AND LOOKED AT THIS IS SUBSEQUENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR REPORT WHERE THEY STATED COUNTY COMMISSION YOU ALL AS THE CHIEF ELECTED OFFICIAL EMPHATICALLY HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE BYLAWS, WE MODIFIED THE ENACTMENT PROVISION TO BASICALLY SAY THESE BYLAWS ARE EFFECTIVE ONCE THEY ARE APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ACTING AS THE CHIEF ELECTED OFFICIAL. PERIOD. THAT’S WHAT FEDERAL LAW SAYS. SO WE DID MAKE THAT CHANGE. SO THAT IS ONE VERSION THAT WE’VE PUT TOGETHER FOR YOU. A SECOND VERSION, WHICH EXERTS A BIT MORE CONTROL BY THIS BOARD OVER THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND LEGAL COUNSEL HAS THE SAME PROVISIONS BUT WE’VE ALSO ADDED THAT THIS BOARD WOULD HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO STEP IN AND REMOVE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OR LEGAL COUNSEL. AND IN THE THIRD PROVISION WE’VE BASICALLY SAID THE SAME THING, BUT REQUIRED THAT THAT REMOVAL BE BY A MAJORITY PLUS ONE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. SO WE’VE KIND OF COME TOGETHER WITH AN ASSORTMENT OF OPTIONS FOR YOU HERE, AND I DO HAVE COPIES THAT RELATE TO ALL OF THESE. I CAN PASS THEM OUT OR I CAN LET YOU DECIDE WHICH ONES YOU’D LIKE FIRST TO DISCUSS FIRST.>>JANET LONG: I LIKE THE ONE — ARE YOU GOING TO ASK US FOR OUR OPINION, MADAM CHAIR?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: CAN YOU JUST SUMMARIZE VERSION TWO AGAIN?>>JEWEL WHITE: VERSION TWO DOES ALLOW THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO STEP IN AND REMOVE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OR LEGAL COUNSEL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: JUST TO REMOVE?>>JEWEL WHITE: RIGHT. VERSION THREE WOULD REQUIRE THAT REMOVAL TO BE BY A MAJORITY OF PLUS ONE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. ALL RIGHT. COMMISSIONER LONG?>>JANET LONG: I LIKE VERSION TWO.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: VERSION ONE WAS SIMPLY THE APPROVAL?>>JEWEL WHITE: SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL. [MULTIPLE SPEAKERS] CORRECT, BUT NOTHING WITH pTERM?>>JEWEL WHITE: THE WAY WE HAVE PHRASED VERSION ONE, WHICH IS — I WOULD CHARACTERIZE IT AS THE LIGHTER OF THE THREE VERSIONS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THE WHAT?>>JEWEL WHITE: KIND OF THE LIGHTER EXERTION OF CONTROL BY THIS BOARD. WHAT IT STATES IN REGARD TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IS THAT — AND TO GIVE YOU CONTEXT, THIS IS UNDER THE SECTION OF THE BYLAWS THAT TALKS ABOUT THE AUTHORITY OF THE CAREERSOURCE BOARD. SO UNDER THAT LIST OF AUTHORITIES, THAT CAREERSOURCE HAS IS SELECTING, HIRING, AND TERMINATING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.>>PAT GERARD: WHAT SECTION IS THAT?>>JEWEL WHITE: I CAN PASS THESE — WHY DON’T YOU LET ME PASS THESE COPIES OUT. WHAT I HAVE, THIS IS NOT THE FULL SET OF BYLAWS. THESE ARE JUST THE PAGES THAT SHOW THE CHANGES THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. AND SO THIS IS THE ONE WE’RE CURRENTLY DISCUSSING.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND ALL THREE OF THOSE ARE RELATIVE TO THE ATTORNEY AS WELL AS — >>JEWEL WHITE: CORRECT. AND I DO HAVE THE FULL BYLAWS, IF ANY OF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT IN CONTEXT. I HAVE IT HERE. NOW WHAT YOU’LL NOTICE, ON SAYS THE SECOND FAJ ON WHAT I JUST – HANDED YOU, THERE’S A SLIGHT DISTINCTION IN THE LANGUAGE IN REGARD TO — IT SAYS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICIAL. THAT’S THEIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. IT STATES SELECTION, HIRING AND TERMINATING. YOU’LL NOTICE UNDER “R,” WHICH IS IN RECORD TO LEGAL COUNSEL IT SAYS SELECTING, AND HIRING, OR CONTRACTING. SO IT DOESN’T SAY TERMINATING.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: TERMINATING.>>JEWEL WHITE: BUT THERE IS ENOUGH — WE CAN MODIFY THAT LANGUAGE. BUT THERE IS ANOTHER PROVISION IN THESE BYLAWS THAT LIMITS THE TERM OF A LEGAL SERVICES CONTRACT TO TWO YEARS.>>KENNETH WELCH: QUESTION? SO NEITHER VERSION SPEAKS TO TERMINATION AS TO LEGAL SERVICES? NEITHER VERSION?>>JEWEL WHITE: IT DOES NOT. WE COULD CERTAINLY CHANGE THAT AND PUT THAT IN THERE. NOW ACTUALLY LET ME RESTATE THAT. WE DO HAVE ANOTHER VERSION HERE THAT STATES THAT BASICALLY NOTHING IN THESE BYLAWS WOULD PREVENT THE COUNTY COMMISSION FROM REMOVING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OR THE LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDER. SO WE DO HAVE STEPPED-UP VERSIONS THERE.>>KENNETH WELCH: WHICH VERSION IS THAT?>>JEWEL WHITE: THIS IS VERSION TWO.>>KENNETH WELCH: TWO.>>AND VERSION THREE BOTH HAVE THAT PROVISION.>>JEWEL WHITE: CORRECT. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS IT WOULD REQUIRE THE MAJORITY PLUS ONE OF THIS BOARD TO DO SO.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY.>>JEWEL WHITE: AND I’M HAPPY TO PASS OUT WHATEVER VERSION YOU ALL LIKE. I WAS JUST TRYING TO PREVENT — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I WOULD PREFER EITHER VERSION ONE OR TWO.>>KENNETH WELCH: I’D LIKE TO SEE TWO.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I’D LIKE TO SEE TWO.>>KENNETH WELCH: IF YOU COULD PASS THAT.>>PAT GERARD: I LIKE TWO.>>JEWEL WHITE: THOSE ARE JUST THE PAGES WITH THE CHANGES ON IT.>>PAT GERARD: WHICH VERSION?>>JEWEL WHITE: THAT’S VERSION TWO. AND WHAT YOU’LL SEE ON WHAT I JUST PASSED OUT, THE ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE IS AT THE BOTTOM OF WHAT’S NUMBERED AS PAGE THREE.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO AGAIN JUST IN CONTEXT, WE HAVE CHANGED THE BYLAWS THAT MOST OF THE DECISIONS NOW ARE MADE BY THE ENTIRE BOARD, RIGHT?>>JEWEL WHITE: CORRECT.>>DAVE EGGERS: NOT THE EXECUTIVE?>>JEWEL WHITE: CORRECT.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO THE CONCERNS THAT WERE RAISED IN OUR LAST EXPERIENCE WERE ESSENTIALLY THOSE DECISIONS WERE RESERVED TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD FOR THE MOST PART?>>JEWEL WHITE: IN PRACTICE, WHAT I BELIEVE, AND I THINK MAYBE MIKE OR COMMISSIONER GERARD COULD SPEAK TO THIS, I BELIEVE IN PRACTICE WHAT WAS OCCURRING THERE IS YOU’RE CORRECT, THE MAJORITY OF THE DECISIONS, IF NOT ALL OF THE DECISIONS, WERE REALLY BEING MADE BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND THEN APPROVED BY THE BIGGER BOARD. BUT YOU KNOW, BY AND LARGE, THROUGH THE PASSAGE OF TIME, SOME OF THOSE DECISIONS REALLY HAD ALREADY BEEN MADE. BUT YES, YOU’RE CORRECT, MOST OF THE AUTHORITY HAD BEEN VESTED IN THAT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. WE HAVE ALREADY ADOPTED A CHANGE THAT REALLY TAKES THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE BACK TO WHAT IT SHOULD BE. A COMMITTEE THAT CAN ACT IN BETWEEN FORMAL BOARD MEETINGS FOR EMERGENCY TYPE ITEMS OR THINGS THAT ARE TIME SENSITIVE.>>DAVE EGGERS: WE’VE ALSO SEPARATED FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, SO WE’RE OUR OWN. SO I GUESS JUST THINKING, IF WE WERE UNDER THE OLD STRUCTURE, I WOULD BE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH TWO, BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO GET BACK IN THAT POSITION AGAIN. BUT I THINK THE WAY WE’VE GOTTEN IT SET UP NOW, TENDS TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE SELF-POLICING IF YOU WILL, MONITORING. AND PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT BETTER FOR US TO BE OKAY WITH LIKE ONE. I’M THINKING ABOUT, I KNOW YOU ALL WERE GOING TO BRING UP THAT OTHER LETTER THAT WE GOT FROM THE BOARD TALKING ABOUT HIRING, FIRING AND MANAGING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. AND I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND WHERE THAT’S COMING FROM. FOR ME IT’S ALMOST LIKE WE’VE GOT A SYSTEM THAT’S BETTER FOR OPTION ONE, NOW. AND, YOU KNOW, AGAIN — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY I’M GOING TO WEIGH IN. I LIKE VERSION TWO. THIS IS BASICALLY WHAT WE ASKED JEWEL TO PUT TOGETHER. AND BY NOT DOING — I’LL TURN IT OVER TO PAT, BECAUSE THEN WE DO HAVE A LETTER THAT WE RECEIVED FROM THE CURRENT CHAIR OF THE GROUP. BUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT — THE ONLY OTHER THING, ALSO, UNDER OURS I WOULD WANT TO ADD AND TERMINATION. TERMINATING THE LEGAL COUNSEL, AS WELL. AND MY RATIONALE BEHIND THIS IS WE’VE BEEN TOLD THAT WE ARE IN CHARGE, WE ARE RESPONSIBLE AT THE END OF THE DAY. WE ARE GOING TO BE RESPONSIBLE IN A MONETARY WAY FOR THE ACTIONS BY THE FORMER CEO. AND FOR, IF A BOARD DIDN’T TAKE ACTION, AND WE REALIZED THAT THERE’S, YOU KNOW, AN EMERGENCY HERE, AND THAT WE NEED TO TAKE SOME ACTION, WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO RESERVE THAT RIGHT. I DON’T THINK WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO SAY IN ANY OF THIS IS THAT WE’RE GOING TO GET INTO THE DAY-TO-DAY MANAGEMENT. SETTING THE MANAGEMENT GOALS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. WE’RE NOT ASKING THEM TO SERVE TWO MASTERS. BUT WE’RE TRYING TO PUT INTO PLACE AN EMERGENCY PROVISION SHOULD SOMETHING BECOME OUT OF WHACK. AND SO, WITH THAT I’LL TURN IT OVER TO COMMISSIONER GERARD WHO’S BEEN DOING THE HEAVY LIFTING DURING ALL OF THIS.>>PAT GERARD: AND MIKE. AND WHITNEY, BY THE WAY. I WILL SAY, BASED ON WHAT YOU JUST SAID, ABOUT THIS BEING AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, I WOULD AGREE THAT WE WANT REMOVAL OF THE LEGAL, IF WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A REMOVAL OF THE CEO, THEN I THINK WE NEED REMOVAL OF THE LEGAL, AS WELL. AND IT NEEDS TO BE A MAJORITY PLUS ONE. IT NEEDS TO BE A PRETTY CRITICAL SITUATION FOR US TO GET INVOLVED. BECAUSE THEY HAVE A BOARD OF DIRECTORS. AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, I KNOW IT’S BEEN AWFUL IN THE PAST, BUT PART OF THAT WAS OUR FAULT. AND THE FEDS SAID THAT. YOU KNOW, WE TOOK OUR GAZE AWAY FROM THE WHOLE THING AND WE LET IT SLIDE INTO AN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MAKING ALL THE DECISIONS, AND AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR THAT BASICALLY HAD HIM WRAPPED AROUND HIS LITTLE FINGER. SO YOU KNOW, I THINK DAVE’S RIGHT THAT WE HAVE CORRECTED A LOT OF THAT. NOT THAT YOU CAN’T DRIFT BACK THERE AGAIN. BUT, I DON’T THINK WE NEED TO GO OVERBOARD ON THE WHOLE THING. I THINK THE LETTER WE GOT FROM THE BOARD CHAIR WAS MISUNDERSTANDING A BIT, AND YOU KNOW, JUST LOOKING AT THIS NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME IT IS PRETTY CLEAR WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SELECTING, HIRING, AND TERMINATING BEING THE BOARD’S — THE CSPIN BOARD’S RESPONSIBILITY SUBJECT TO OUR APPROVAL. SO THAT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT THING.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: IT IS.>>PAT GERARD: BUT I WOULD LIKE REMOVAL TO BE EITHER NOT IN THERE AT ALL, OR IN THERE AT A HIGHER LEVEL THAN JUST A MAJORITY. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THE ONLY THING I WOULD SAY, REALLY NO DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE DO WITH OUR COUNTY ATTORNEY AND COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR. CURRENTLY IT’S A MAJORITY VOTE. SO — >>PAT GERARD: WELL, THAT IS DIFFERENT. THEY HAVE A BOARD OF DIRECTORS, THAT WE DELEGATE A CERTAIN RESPONSIBILITY TO, TO RUN THIS OPERATION. AND WE APPOINT THEM, BY THE WAY, AND WE’VE REAPPOINTED PROBABLY OVER 50% OF THEM. I MEAN, APPOINTED A GREAT DEAL OF NEW MEMBERS TO GET MORE OVERSIGHT. ONE OF THE POINTS THAT THE BOARD CHAIR MADE IS TRUE. IF WE’RE GOING TO — WE’RE GOING TO — I’M THINKING BACK TO A YEAR AGO WHEN SOMEBODY SAID, WELL WE DON’T WANT TO BE THE PUPPET OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION. AND, IT’S MORE ACTION WE’RE TAKING ON OURSELVES, THE CLOSER WE GET TO JUST TAKING THE WHOLE THING OVER. YOU KNOW, I THINK WE HAVE TO TRUST AND VERIFY. WE HAVE SOMEBODY ON THAT BOARD WHO HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP AN EYE ON THINGS. AND WE’RE NOT DOING THAT. THEN THAT’S ON US TOO.>>JANET LONG: MADAM CHAIR — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER LONG NEXT BUT COMMISSIONER WELCH HAS THE PERSPECTIVE AND HISTORY THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR.>>KENNETH WELCH: ALL VALID POINTS. I DIDN’T KNOW MISS LAUGHLE WAS THE INCOMING CHAIR AND I DIDN’T KNOW SHE WAS STILL ON THE BOARD. I’M GOING TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT SHE’S GOING TO SAY. TRYING TO RECALL IF THIS IS THE SAME PERSON WHO WAS INVOLVED IN ISSUE CAME UP. AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT ISSUES WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO REIN MR. PEACHY IN, ADMONISH HIM, AND CERTAIN BOARD MEMBERS STOOD UP AGAINST THAT. I’M TRYING TO REMEMBER IF THIS IS THE SAME PERSON. I WANT TO BE CLEAR BEFORE I SAY THAT. BUT ULTIMATELY THE RESPONSIBILITY IS OURS. WE’RE LOOKING AT MULTIMILLION DOLLARS THAT WE MIGHT NOT COME OUT WITH ULTIMATELY. SO I WAS LEANING TOWARDS OPTION TWO. I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU’RE SAYING ABOUT SUPER MAJORITY. BUT JUST THE EXPERIENCE OF WHAT WE’VE BEEN THROUGH, YOU COULDN’T MAKE SOME OF THIS STUFF UP. YOU REALLY COULDN’T.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I AGREE. AND THAT BOARD WAS TONE DEAF. AND I’M NOT ASKING MIKE TO SPEAK TO IT. BUT MIKE WAS AT THE MEETING. BILL BERGER WAS THERE, JEWEL WAS AT THE AUDIT COMMITTEE. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED THERE, YOU JUST COULDN’T MAKE IT UP. TO THE EXTENT OF THE COUNCIL TELLING US THAT MR. PEACHC COULDN’T TELL US THAT HE ALREADY FIRED THE AUDIT COMMITTEE, LEGALLY HE COULDN’T TELL THE AUDIT COMMITTEE THAT. IT’S IN THE PUBLIC RECORD. SO WHAT I’VE SEEN HAS JUST BEEN SO OUT OF BOUNDS THAT I WANT TO VERIFY FIRST AND THEN TRUST. SO I CAN VOTE FOR THREE IF THAT’S THE WILL OF THE BODY. BUT AT LEAST OPTION 2 AT THIS POINT. MAYBE DOWN THE LINE AFTER WE’VE BUILT SOME TRUST AND WE’VE GOT A GOOD BOARD. THOSE FOLKS ARE WORKING HARD. I THINK WE HAVE TURNED THE CORNER. BUT I’M JUST NOT THERE IN TERMS OF OPTION 1 AT ALL. SO OPTION 2 OR 3. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: JEWEL AND THEN COMMISSIONER LONG — >>IF I COULD POINT OUT A COUPLE OF THINGS. ONE OF THE CHANGES THAT WE DID MAKE IN THESE BYLAWS TO BE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR — OF COURSE, IT WAS MY LEGAL OPINION PREVIOUSLY THAT YOU COULD REMOVE MEMBERS FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND YOU DID IN FACT REMOVE THE FORMER CHAIR. WE HAVE MADE IT ABUNDANTLY CLEAR IN THIS NEWER VERSION OF THE BYLAWS THAT THE COMMISSIONERS SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REMOVE A DIRECTOR FROM THE BOARD, MEETING THE BOARD OF CSPIN WHEN IT DETERMINES THE BEST INTEREST OF THE WORKFORCE WOULD BE SERVED. WE HAVE WRITTEN THAT INTO THESE BYLAWS — AND GIVE ME A MINUTE AND I’LL — >>PAT GERARD: 6 OF THE RED LINE VERSION. >>IT IS THE FULL VERSION AND IT IS UNDER SECTION APPOINTMENT OF BOARD MEMBERS. ONE OTHER THING I WOULD ADD IN RESPONSE TO THE CAREERSOURCE CHAIR’S LETTER, THIS VERY ISSUE CAME UP. AND COMMISSIONER LONG, YOU MAY REMEMBER, AT THE CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION FOR THE COUNTY WHEN THE CHANGE WAS BEING MADE IN REGARD TO THE COUNTY ATTORNEY AND WHO WOULD HIRE AND FIRE THE COUNTY ATTORNEY BECAUSE OF COURSE A CHARTER AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED THAT CHANGED THAT FROM THE SEVEN OF YOU HERE ON THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO THE SEVEN OF YOU PLUS THE FIVE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS. AND I KNOW THAT THE OUTSIDE COUNCIL THAT SAT WITH THE CRC RAISED AS A CONCERN WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE COUNTY COMMISSION HAD A GENUINE CONFLICT WITH ONE OF YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS AND I, YOUR ATTORNEY, COULD HAVE ANOTHER ONE OF MY BOSSES PER SE, DIRECTING ME TO TAKE SOME KIND OF ACTION AGAINST THE COUNTY COMMISSION. [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] PERHAPS WAS MORE LIKELY TO OCCUR. >>PAT GERARD: GOD BLESS PINELLAS. >>YES, I AGREE. SO THERE IS A STATEMENT IN YOUR CHARTER THAT WHILE THE COUNTY ATTORNEY OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO HIRE OR FIRE ME, I REPORT TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. SO THAT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP BEFORE AND DEALT WITH BEFORE. I WILL POINT OUT, THE COUNTY COMMISSION AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS ARE ALL CREATED AND ESTABLISHED BY THE CONSTITUTION OF FLORIDA. THE CAREERSOURCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS SERVES AT YOUR PLEASURE. IT’S TO IMPLEMENT THE VARIOUS ACTS THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE ON YOUR BEHALF. SO I WOULDN’T EVEN COMPARE IT TO THE SAME SITUATION. BUT, AGAIN, IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THAT’S BEEN DEALT WITH IN THE PAST. I CAN TELL YOU IN TWO YEARS AS A COUNTY ATTORNEY, HAVEN’T HAD AN ISSUE IN THAT REGARD. BUT, AGAIN, THE COUNTY AND CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS ENJOY A GOOD RELATIONSHIP HERE. SO THOSE ARE SOME THINGS I WANTED TO POINT OUT IN REGARDS TO SOME COMMENTS I HAD HEARD. >>PAT GERARD: CAN I RESPOND TO THAT. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YES AND THEN COMMISSIONER LONG.>>PAT GERARD: MAYBE WE NEED TO PUT IN THE PART ABOUT REPORTING TO THE CEO REPORTING TO THE BO BOARD. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER LONG?>>JANET LONG: WELL, I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY A COMMENT THAT WAS MADE THAT WE TOOK OUR GAZE OFF OF THIS ISSUE. WE, BEING THE COUNTY COMMISSION. BECAUSE I CLEARLY REMEMBER THE COUPLE OF YEARS I SERVED ON THE BOARD AND WAS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE FACT THAT WE WERE HAVING — SOME OF YOU WILL REMEMBER THIS CONVERSATION — WE WERE HAVING TO APPROVE THEIR BUDGET AND THEY HAD NOT EVEN SUBMITTED IT TO US. DO YOU REMEMBER THAT, KEN?>>KENNETH WELCH: UH-HUH.>>JANET LONG: KAREN, I’M SURE YOU REMEMBER THAT. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: BECAUSE I ACTUALLY ASKED FOR — PERSONALLY — >>JANET LONG: AND ON TOP OF THAT, WE WANTED THE BUDGET FOR THE SCIENCE CENTER. AND THAT WAS NEVER — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE DID FINALLY GET THAT BECAUSE I ASKED FOR IT. >>JANET LONG: NOT BEFORE WE VOTED, THOUGH. AND WE WERE OPERATING ON THE ADVICE OF OUR ATTORNEY AT THE TIME WHO SAID THAT WE HAD — THERE WAS SOME KIND OF A DEADLINE AND THAT WE ABSOLUTELY HAD — DO YOU REMEMBER THAT?>>KENNETH WELCH: I DO.>>JANET LONG: SO THAT WAS VERY TROUBLING TO ME AND PART OF WHY WE GOT WHERE WE ARE TODAY. SO I DO NOT WANT TO SEE US GO BACK THERE AND I GET THAT WE HAVE A GREAT BOARD NOW. BUT WE ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FINANCIALLY FOR WHAT GOES ON. AND IF WE’RE GOING TO BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE, I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE THE TOUGH CALLS WHEN NEEDED.>>PAT GERARD: I’D LIKE TO MAKE A SUGGESTION. I DON’T KNOW WITH THESE KIND OF CHANGES IF WE CAN DO ANYTHING TODAY. BUT WE NEED TO HAVE THE REMOVAL OF THE ATTORNEY IN HERE WHICH SOMEHOW DIDN’T GET IN HERE. SOMETHING ABOUT THE SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE — MAYBE JUST CHANGE IT TO A LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL IF WE EVEN — I’M NOT SURE. >>JANET LONG: HUNT IS NOT A COMMISSIONER — >>PAT GERARD: NO. HE’S NOT. THEY DON’T WANT TO APPOINT SOMEBODY BECAUSE HUNT IS ON THERE AND HE’S OVER ALL THOSE PROGRAMS. SO IF WE REALLY WANT ANOTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL ON THERE, WE NEED TO CHANGE IT TO AN ELECTED OFFICIAL RATHER THAN A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. BUT I’M NOT SURE IT’S IMPORTANT.>>JANET LONG: AND YOU SAY “THEY.” IF THEY REALLY WANT. WHO IS THAT?>>PAT GERARD: US. IF WE WANT ANOTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL IN THERE, WE NEED TO — AND THE THIRD ONE BEING THE CEO — AND I GUESS THE ATTORNEY [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] AS IS IN YOURS. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO CHANGE FOR ONE — >>KENNETH WELCH: I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION FOR YOU. I SUPPORT WHAT YOU PUT FORWARD. BUT IN THIS VERSION 3, DOESN’T IT ADDRESS THE LEGAL COUNSEL?>>IT DOES. AND THE LANGUAGE — I APOLOGIZE. WE WERE TRYING TO GIVE YOU MULTIPLE VERSIONS TO CHOOSE FROM. IN 2 AND 3, IT DOES PROVIDE FOR REMOVAL OF EITHER THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OR LEGAL COUNSEL. IT’S JUST THE DISTINCTION OF WHETHER YOU WOULD PREFER THAT TO BE BY A SIMPLE MAJORITY OR A MAJORITY PLUS ONE. SO IF YOU ALL WANT TO GIVE US INPUT ON THAT — AND I AGREE, YOU ALL HAVE ANOTHER MEETING ON AUGUST THE 6th. WE CAN BRING THESE CHANGES BACK. MIKE, IS THE CAREERSOURCE BOARD GOING TO BE MEETING BEFORE AUGUST 6th — >>NOT SCHEDULED TO BE. SEPTEMBER IS THE NEXT MEETING. >>SO I WOULD ASSUME THIS TWO-WEEK DELAY WOULDN’T CAUSE ANY PROBLEMS IN ADVANCING THESE. I DO THINK IT’S BETTER TO BE MORE THOUGHTFUL.>>THE ONE PROBLEM IS WE ARE IN THE PROCESS NOW AS A CAREERSOURCE BOARD, LOOKING AT HIRING A NEW LEGAL COUNSEL OR AT LEAST PUTTING IT OUT FOR RFP. AND IN THE NEW BYLAWS, THEY SAY THE AD HOC SELECTION COMMITTEE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PREPARING THAT RFP AND GOING OUT FOR BIDS. THE OLD BYLAWS, THE CURRENTLY EFFECTIVE BYLAWS, ARE SILENT TO THAT. SO IN A WAY, IT WOULD DELAY THE PROCESS OF PUTTING OUT AN RFP THE LONGER WE WAIT. THAT’S THE ONLY — I’M NOT SURE THAT IT MATTERS THAT MUCH. I JUST WANTED YOU TO BE AWARE OF THAT. >>JANET LONG: THE RFP CAN GO OUT THERE. THL ANENDED TIME BEFORE THE APPLICANTS COME BACK AND ANY DECISIONS ARE MADE. >>IF YOU’RE OKAY WITH THE STAFF PREPARING THE RFP AND PUTTING IT OUT, WHICH IS THE OLD PROCESS –>>ANOTHER OPTION WOULD BE FOR YOU TO ADOPT THE BYLAWS AND JUST FOR CLEARLY STATE FOR US THE CHANGES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE AND THEN DELEGATE TO THE COUNTY ATTORNEY TO MAKE THOSE CHANGES AND WE WOULD BRING THEM TO THE CHAIR TO CHECK OFF ON AND GO FORTH IN THAT MANNER. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO I WANT YOU ALL IN LOOKING AT THE BYLAWS UNDER PAGE 14 — IT TALKS ABOUT THE AD HOC CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICIAL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER DIRECTOR AND LEGAL COUNSEL, MEMBERSHIP DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. SO THERE IS GOING TO BE A COMMITTEE CONSTITUTES — BEGINNING IN 2019. AND IT HAS FIVE MEMBERS, BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEMBER SERVING AS VICE CHIR, THE CAREERSOURCE [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] — CONGRATULATIONS, MIKE. [ LAUGHTER ] YOU COULD CHANGE THAT TO ELECTED CITY OR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AND CHANGE IT IN ANOTHER PLACE. AND ONE MEMBER APPOINTED BY THE CHAIR. SO THE COMMITTEE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR REVIEWING NO LESS THAN ONCE A YEAR THE PERFORMANCE AND COMPENSATION OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND THE LEGAL COUNSEL. NOT LESS THAN ONCE EVERY CALENDAR YEAR, ROOEVIEWING, EVALUATING, UPDATING THE QUALIFICATIONS — SO ON. I READ THAT FIRST ONE BECAUSE THEY ESSENTIALLY HAVE THE ABILITY UNDER THESE BYLAWS TO GO AHEAD AND DO THE ANNUAL REVIEW AGAINST THEIR MEASUREMENTS AND TO DECIDE IF THEY’RE COMFORTABLE WITH THEIR CEO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND/OR THE LEGAL COUNSEL. SO I’M NOT SURE WE REALLY NEED TO AMEND IT TO ANY OTHER AREA BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAVE THAT. THEY WILL HAVE THAT POTENTIAL –>>PAT GERARD: RIGHT, EXCEPT FOR THE FINAL APPROVAL OF THE BOCC. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: BUT IF WE ADD WHAT WE’RE PROPOSING IN VERSION 2 WITH COMMISSIONER GERARD’S CHANGES TO HAVING IT BE ONE ELECTED OFFICIAL IN EVERY SPOT SO THAT WE HAVE SOME FLEXIBILITY AND — INCLUDING TERMINATING, I THINK THAT WOULD — >>THAT’S ALREADY IN THERE, THOUGH, RIGHT?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WELL, THAT’S IN THE EXTRA — >>PAT GERARD: SHALL PREVENT THE BOCC FROM REMOVING — THAT’S IN SECTION 3, ARTICLE 3 BOARD MEMBER — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YOU STILL WANT TO DO THE MAJORITY PLUS ONE?>>PAT GERARD: I DON’T CARE. SMALL POINT. SO THE THREE THINGS — I’LL MAKE THE MOTION. BUT THE THREE THINGS TO CHANGE ARE CHANGING THE SCHOOL BOARD TO A LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL. IS THAT GOOD ENOUGH OR — >>YES. AND WHAT’S BEAUTIFUL IS THE CORE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET EVEN IF THAT PERSON HASN’T BEEN APPOINTED SO WE CAN PROCEED ON THE RFP ON THE LEGAL COUNSEL. >>PAT GERARD: THE SECOND ONE IS THAT THE CEO AND THE LEGAL PERSON REPORT TO THE CSPIN BOARD. AND THE THIRD ONE WAS — I GUESS IT’S ALREADY IN THERE, THE REMOVAL OF THE ATTORNEYS IN 3 –>>IT IS.>>PAT GERARD: IS IT IN VERSION 2?>>IT’S IN BOTH 2 AND 3. IT’S JUST A MATTER OF WHETHER YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD IN THAT REMOVAL OF A MAJORITY PLUS ONE — >>PAT GERARD: THERE’S ONLY TWO CHANGES.>>JANET LONG: WAIT A SECOND. CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION WITH REGARD TO — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER?>>PAT GERARD: SURE. >>JANET LONG: DO YOU MEAN LOCAL OFFICIAL OR MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL BECAUSE THERE’S SEVERAL OTHER ENTITIES THAT COULD POTEN POTENTIALLY — I’M THINKING COULD BE LEGISLATIVE. >>SHERIFF’S ELECTED.>>FIRE COMMISSIONERS ARE ELECTED. >>PAT GERARD: THIS WASN’T MY IDEA TO BEGIN WITH. I’M NOT SURE WHY WE NEED ANOTHER ELECTED OFFICIAL ON THERE ANYWAY. >>JANET LONG: WHOSE IDEA WAS IT?>>IT WAS A RECOMMENDATION OF THE CONSULTANT THAT REVIEWED THIS. ONE THING YOU COULD PUT IN THE BYLAWS IS JUST A LOCAL MUNICIPAL OR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER WHICH WOULD LEAVE OPEN THE OPTION IF IN THE FUTURE THE SCHOOL BOARD DID — >>JANET LONG: THAT’S WHAT IT SAID RIGHT NOW — >>WE COULD ADD MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL AS WELL SO IT WOULD BE A CITY COUNCIL PERSON OR A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. THE SCHOOL BOARD MAY CHANGE THEIR MIND IN THE FUTURE. IT WOULD LEAVE THAT OPTION OVER.>>OTHERWISE, IT COULD BE A SECOND COUNTY COMMISSIONER AS WELL. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YOU’D LIKE TO WHAT?>>IT COULD BE ANOTHER COUNTY COMMISSIONER. WE COULD HAVE TWO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON THERE. >>PAT GERARD: THAT’S INTERESTING.>>JANET LONG: WE’VE GOT FOUR ON PSTA.>>PAT GERARD: WERE YOU VOLUNTEERING? [ LAUGHTER ]>>KENNETH WELCH: I THINK HE WAS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU — >>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THAT WAS AN OPEN-ENDED KIND OF THING.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SURE.>>PAT GERARD: LET’S MAKE IT MUNICIPAL, THEN. MUNICIPAL OR SCHOOL BOARD.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ALL RIGHT. SO THE CHANGES IN MUNICIPAL OR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER — THE CEO AND LEGAL COUNSEL WOULD REPORT TO THE CSPIN BOARD AND THE THIRD IS — >>PAT GERARD: ACTUALLY, THERE WASN’T A THIRD IF WE HAD THE REMOVAL OF THE LEGAL IN VERSION 2 — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I SPOKE TO JEWEL AND I SAID I THINK IT STILL WOULD BE CLEAR IF YOU — UNDER THE LEGAL — >>WE COULD ADD TERMINATING — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ADDING TERMINATING TO MAKE IT CLEAR.>>MADAM CHAIR, IF THERE’S NO HARM, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE LET LEGAL STAFF WORK ON THIS, COME BACK ON OUR MEETING IN TWO WEEKS WITH A CLEAN VERSION. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: BUT ACCORDING TO MIKE, WHAT HE SAID IS THAT MAY SLOW DOWN THEIR PROCESS FOR SELECTING LEGAL COUNSEL, WHICH I REALLY DON’T WANT TO DO.>>I THINK IN THE CURRENT BYLAW, THEY HAVE THE ABILITY NOW. THEY HAVE THE AD HOC COMMITTEE, DON’T THEY?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: NO. THAT’S WHAT I WAS READING TO YOU.>>IN THE PAST, IT’S BEEN DONE BY STAFF, THE RFP PRODUCTION HAS BEEN DONE BY STAFF.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: IS EVERYBODY COMFORTABLE WITH THE CEO AND THE LEGAL COUNSEL REPORTING TO THE CSPIN BOARD?>>KENNETH WELCH: UH-HUH.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO, AGAIN, IT’S REALLY NOT THAT MAJOR OF CHANGES HERE WHEN WE’RE CHANGING IT. SO MUNICIPAL OR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TO AT THAT TIME CEO AND LEGAL COUNSEL WILL REPORT TO THE CSPIN BOARD AND ADDING THE WORD TERMINATING IN SECTION R. >>PAT GERARD: THAT REFERS TO THE CSPIN BOARD DUTIES — I’M NOT SURE WHY IT WASN’T IN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AND HIRING OR CONTRACTING OR TERMINATING [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ]. >>PAT GERARD: YOU’RE ACTUALLY SAYING THAT’S THE CSPIN BOARD’S RESPONSIBILITY, SELECTING, HIRING AND TERMINATING — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: BECAUSE IN VERSION 2, IT DOES — >>IT STATES IN THE PARAGRAPH BENEATH THE FINAL SENTENCES, REMOVAL OF THE CSPIN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OR LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDER IS A POWER RESERVED TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AS THE CHIEF ELECTED OFFICIAL. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I’M JUST TRYING TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR SOMEONE READING IT, NOT HAVE TO LOOK IN OTHER PLACES ALL THE TIME. >>PAT GERARD: OH, GEEZ. DOES THAT MEAN, THOUGH, THAT THE CSPIN BOARD CANNOT FIRE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WITHOUT OUR APPROVAL?>>WITHOUT YOUR APPROVAL, CORRECT. THEY COULD INITIATE THE PROCESS OF REMOVING BUT IT WOULD STILL HAVE TO GO TO YOU FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF THAT TERMINATION.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: IT’S GOING TO BE THE SAME PROVISION AS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE. >>EXACTLY. [ OVERLAPPING SPEAKERS ]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I GUESS WE HAVE A DIFFERENT COMMENT.>>DAVE EGGERS: I AGREE WITH COMMISSIONER JUSTICE ON THAT. WHY NOT KEEP THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING ANOTHER COUNTY COMMISSIONER THERE? EVERYBODY SEEMS REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT EXERTING CONTROL, HAVING A SECOND PERSON, THE SECOND ONE OF US THERE WOULD HELP HAVE FOUR EYES ON FROM THIS BOARD. I JUST THINK THAT TAKES CARE OF A LOT OF THE CONCERNS THAT WE WOULD HAVE INSTEAD OF JUST HAVING ONE PERSON THERE. YOU HAVE THE MUNICIPAL COUNTY OR SCHOOL BOARD — >>PAT GERARD: ARE WE CONSIDERED MUNICIPAL?>>NO.>>IT HAS THE ADVANTAGE THAT IF ALL OF THE CITIES SAY NO, WE STILL HAVE LEGAL WORD — >>PAT GERARD: OR IF WE JUST FEEL LIKE IT.>>KENNETH WELCH: MADAM CHAIR, I WOULD SUPPORT WHAT COMMISSIONER EGGERS SAID, BUT I THINK HE MEANT COUNTY COMMISSION, NOT OTHER COUNTY OFFICES LIKE CLERK OR — >>DAVE EGGERS: NO, NO, NO, COUNTY COMMISSION. >>KENNETH WELCH: I WOULD SUPPORT THAT CHANGE AS WELL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO WE HAVE THREE. IS THERE A FOURTH PERSON INTERESTED IN COUNTY COMMISSIONER?>>JANET LONG: I’M NOT INTERESTED IN ADDING THAT. I CAN’T IMAGINE HOW WE ADD ANOTHER — [ OVERLAPPING SPEAKERS ]>>PAT GERARD: IT’S UP TO US TO APPOINT IT ANYWAY. WE MIGHT CHANGE OUR MINDS. WE CAN MAKE IT ONE OF US OR WE CAN MAKE IT — NOT A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YOU COULD ALWAYS CHANGE THE BYLAWS FURTHER DOWN THE LINE IF YOU NEEDED TO.>>MADAM CHAIR, A GENERAL QUESTION. THESE BYLAWS THAT WE APPROVE TODAY OR WHATEVER, DOES THE CSPIN BOARD NEED TO APPROVE THIS AS PART OF AN AGREEMENT?>>NOT WITH THE WAY WE HAVE REWRITTEN IT. THE WAY THAT WE HAVE REWRITTEN IT, THAT APPROVAL SOLELY WITH THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL REGULATIONS — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO IN SUMMARY, WE’RE MOVING FORWARD WITH THE BYLAW CHANGES TODAY. WE HAVE AT THIS POINT, I HEAR CONSENSUS TO HAVE IT BE MUNICIPAL OR SCHOOL BOARD OR COUNTY COMMISSIONER AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL. THE SECOND WOULD BE THAT THE CEO AND LEGAL COUNSEL WOULD REPORT TO THE CSPIN BOARD DIVISION AND THEN MY WORDSMITHING OF ADDING “TERMINATING” INTO SECTION R OF THE LEGAL COUNSEL. IS THERE CONSENSUS TO GO AHEAD AND — WOULD SOMEBODY LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION.>>PAT GERARD: SO MOVED. >>DAVE EGGERS: ARE WE CHOOSING 2 OR 3?>>PAT GERARD: 2 WITH THOSE CHANGES. I’LL MOVE THAT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WHICH IS A SIMPLE MAJORITY BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS BUT WITH THOSE KIND OF WORDSMITHING LEAN-UPS THAT WE JUST DETAILED. IS THERE A MOTION TO THAT REGARD?>>PAT GERARD: I MOVED IT. >>JANET LONG: SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. I DO HAVE A CITIZEN COMMENT WHICH I THINK I SHOULD TAKE BEFORE WE DO THE VOTE. AND IT’S GREG POUND. PLEASE GO AHEAD.>>COMMISSIONERS, AS I WAS LISTENING TO THIS DISCUSSION AND YOU BROUGHT UP PEACHY’S — YOUR DISAPPROVAL OF HIM NOT LINING UP TO YOUR AGENDA AND WHEN WE HAVE PEOPLE UNDERNEATH YOU WHO ARE NOT — THERE’S PEOPLE WHO CAN SEE THE CORRUPTION IN OUR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THEY REFUSE TO GO ALONG WITH WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND YOU’RE ELIMINATING THEM AND YOU’RE APPOINTING THE PEOPLE YOU WANT IN THE OFFICE THAT WILL [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] AS I’VE LISTENED TO THIS DEBATE BACK AND FORTH, IT’S A MANIPULATION OF GETTING PEOPLE WHO WILL DO WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO. YOU TALK ABOUT ALL THESE PEOPLE YOU WANT TO REMOVE BECAUSE THEY DON’T GO ALONG WITH — ILLEGAL PEOPLE. AS KEN WELCH HERE SAYS, THE PROBLEMS THEY WERE HAVING WITH PEACHY’S GROUP — WHAT ABOUT THE GROUP WITH THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT? SO AS YOU’RE DEBATING THIS STUFF, DO YOU APPLY ANYTHING YOU’RE SAYING — DO YOU HEAR WHAT YOU’RE SAYING? AND YOU DON’T APPLY IT TO YOUR OWN SELVES. THIS POSITION THAT YOU’RE IN IS AN ELECTED POSITION AND WE CAN’T GET YOU OUT. IT’S LIKE AS PEOPLE WATCH US AND LISTEN TO US, THERE’S PEOPLE IN OUR GOVERNMENT WHO KNOW BUT THEY’RE AFRAID. BUT THEY’RE NOT GOING TO GO ALONG WITH THE CORRUPTION THAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING, LIKE PEACHY. AND THAT’S WHY YOU GOT RID OF HIM. SO THE OTHER PEOPLE, TOO, ON THAT BOARD. SO THIS IS WHAT I SEE HAPPENING. YOU GUYS ARE JUST MANIPULATING IT FOR YOURSELVES. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE ARE READY TO VOTE.>>KENNETH WELCH: MADAM CHAIR, I SAW COUNSEL POP UP. DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING?>>COMMISSIONER JUSTICE’S QUESTION HAD ME GO BACK TO LOOK AT THE CSPIN INTERLOCAL. AND THERE IS A PROVISION IN THAT THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROVISION. IT DOES SAY THAT THE CSPIN BOARD WILL APPROVETHE BYLAWS AS WELL. I THINK UNDER THIS PROVISION, THIS FEDERAL LAW IS GOING TO RUMP THAT. BUT I WANTED TO BE CLEAR THAT THAT PROVISION DOES EXIST IN THERE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GOOD CATCH, DON. SO WE KNOW THAT — >>CHARLIE JUSTICE: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IN ENGLISH? [ LAUGHTER ]>>IT MEANS YOU’RE IN AGREEMENT WITH CSPIN VIA THE INTERLOCAL. SAYS BOTH WOULD APPROVE BUT THAT FEDERAL LAW VESTS THAT AUTHORITY SOLELY WITH THIS BOARD AND THAT WE BELIEVE FEDERAL LAW PREVAILS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: LET’S FINISH VOTING, IF WE MAY. IT WAS 5-1. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER GERARD. 47. >>47 IS AN APPOINTMENT TO THE WORKNET BOARD. HOW DOES THAT IMPACT THIS VOTE, MIKE?>>PAT GERARD: IT DOESN’T. I DON’T THINK IT DOES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ORR DOES IT?>>GIVEN THE NEW BYLAWS, ITEM 47 IS THE NEW BUSINESSPERSON T BALANCE THE BOARD WITH THE NEW MUNICIPAL AND/OR COUNTY COMMISSIONER MEMBER — >>PAT GERARD: SINCE WE JUST PASSED IT — >>THIS IS A PRIVATE SECTOR PERSON THAT WAS NOMINATED BY THE SEMINOLE CHAMBER AND — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: HER NAME IS CHERYL SHEPHERD. >>CORRECT. >>CHARLIE JUSTICE: MADAM CHAIR, A QUICK QUESTION. THESE ALL BLUR TOGETHER. WITH WORKNET, THE PERSON HAS TO BE IN A CERTAIN LEVEL OF AUTHORITY DECISION-MAKING — >>YES. YOU HAVE TO BE BASICALLY A — THIS IS THE HEAD OF THEIR HR DEPARTMENT. AND WORKS CLOSELY WITH CAREERSOURCE ANYWAY. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THIS NOMINATION CAME FROM THE GREATER SEMINOLE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. COULD AIR FORCE MOTION TO APPROVE?>>. >>DAVE EGGERS: SO MOVED. >>PAT GERARD: SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. THAT WAS 6-0. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE’RE MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 48.>>AGENDA ITEM 48 IS A RESOLUTION — THE ISSUANCE OF HOUSING AND FINANCE AUTHORITY OF MULTIFAMILY HOUSING REVENUE BONDS TO FINANCE A MULTIFAMILY RESIDENTIAL RENTAL HOUSING PROJECT. THIS WOULD ALLOW FOR 82 UNITS AT A TOTAL DEVELOPMENT COST NOT TO EXCEED $19,492,691. AND THIS IS IN THE CITY OF PINELLAS PARK.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL — SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER JUSTICE AND COMMISSIONER WELCH. I SEE KATHERINE OUT IN THE AUDIENCE. CONGRATULATIONS IN ADVANCE. I’M ASSUMING WE GET A POSITIVE VOTE. [ LAUGHTER ]>>BARRY BURTON: AS YOU’RE VOTING ON THAT, IF YOU DO THE MATH, THAT’S $237,000 PER UNIT WHICH IS ONE OF THE DIFFICULTIES IN DEVELOPING NEW CONSTRUCTION. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: EXACTLY. UANIMOUS APPROVAL. GREAT. THANK YOU. ANOTHER GREAT PROJECT. NOW COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT, PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2020 BUDGET. >>BARRY BURTON: I’LL ASK BILL TO COME FORWARD. LAST TIME WITH YOU, WE TOOK A LOT OF INPUT REGARDING SPECIFIC PROGRAMS, SPECIFICALLY ON THE NEW PROGRAM REQUEST, DECISION PACKAGES. SO HERE WE’RE GOING TO OUTLINE THE 2020 BUDGET. AND SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS THE THREE OR FOUR ITEMS THAT WERE CALLED OUT.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, COMMISSIONERS. REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE TODAY TO PRESENT ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE COUNTY STAFF. THE 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET. OVERALL, IT’S A $2.4 BILLION TOTAL BUDGET THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT. IT’S ABOUT A HALF PERCENT INCREASE OVER THE FY ’19 REVISED BUDGET. MOST OF THAT IS GOING TO BE — AS FAR AS THE INCREASE. RESULT OF VARIOUS FACTORS, MOSTLY INFLATION. ONE THING I WANT TO POINT OUT AND HIGHLIGHT IS THE RESERVE LEVEL IN THE GENERAL FUND, AT 16.5%. THAT’S ABOVE YOUR TARGET LEVEL OF 15%. WE’LL TALK ABOUT WHY THERE’S A LITTLE HIGHER. BUT PRIMARILY TO ENABLE SOME THINGS WE HAVEN’T FULLY MADE DECISIONS ON AND TO MAKE SURE THEE IS CAPACITY MOVING FORWARD TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE UNMET NEEDS. LOOKING AT MILLAGE RATES, THERE ARE NO PROPOSED CHANGES FOR THE COUNTYWIDE OR MS 2 RATES. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT AS FAR AS FIRE DISTRICT RATE, WE DO HAVE SEVEN DIFFERENT DISTRICTS WE’RE LOOKING AT AND PROPOSING A ROLLBACK MILLAGE OR TA THE EQUIVALENT OF A ROLLBACK MILLAGE. THOSE ARE BELLEAIR BLUFFS, SAFETY HARBOR AND SOUTH PASADENA. THE REASON WE CAN DO THAT, ANALYZING LONG-TERM PROJECTIONS FOR THE FUNDS ASSOCIATED WITH TH THOSE, DISTRICTS, WE’VE RECOGNIZED THERE ARE EXCESSIVE RESERVES AS IT RELATES TO THE CURRENT OPERATING NEEDS AND THE PLANNED CAPITAL THAT WE HAVE THERE. THE OTHER GOOD NEWS, WE’RE GOING TO BE MEETING WITH EACH OF THOSE FIRE DISTRICT SERVICE PROVIDERS BECAUSE WE FEEL THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES TO GO EVEN LOWER THAN THE ROLLBACK RATES. BUT WE WANTED TO BE CONSERVATIVE IN TERMS OF OUR PROPOSAL, IN TERMS OF WHAT WOULD BE ON THE T.R.I.M. NOTICES WHICH IS A MAXIMUM MILLAGE RATE FOR NEXT YEAR. WHEN WE COME BACK LATER IN AUGUST AND INTO SEPTEMBER WITH YOUR PUBLIC HEARINGS, WE MAY BE PROPOSING AN EVEN LOWER ROLLBACK RATE — LOWER THAN THE ROLLBACK RATE FOR SOME OF THOSE DISTRICTS. >>JANET LONG: BILL, WOULD YOU MIND REPEATING THOSE SEVEN AGAIN. >>OF COURSE. THOSE ARE BELLEAIR BLUFFS, CLEARWATER, DUNEDIN, GANDY, LARGO, SAFETY HARBOR AND SOUTH PASADENA. RELATIVE TO WHAT BARRY JUST MENTIONED WITH THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING BEING $237,000 PER UNIT TO BUILD THOSE, OUR RESIDENTIAL TAXABLE VALUE COUNTYWIDE ON AVERAGE IS NOW UP TO ABOUT $152,000 PER RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. NOW, THAT’S TAXABLE VALUE. THAT INCLUDES THE VALUE — AS FAR AS SAVE OUR HOMES, WHICH IS IMPORTANT TO US BECAUSE THAT LIMITS HOW MUCH INCREASE WE CAN SEE IN TAXABLE VALUES. WE HAVE MORE THAN 50% OF OUR PROPERTIES ARE UNDER THE SAVE OUR HOMES CAP. WE HAVE ALMOST A BILLION DOLLARS IN NEW CONSTRUCTION VALUE THAT’S BEEN ADDED TO THE ROLLS FOR THIS YEAR. THAT’S THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW. THAT’S AN INCREASE FROM BACK IN FY ’17 OF JUST A LITTLE BIT OVER HALF A BILLION. WE’RE SEEING A LOT OF — >>KENNETH WELCH: WHAT WAS THE AMOUNT YOU SAID? $2 BILLION?>>IT’S ALMOST A BILLION. THAT’S — THIS IS DECREASING SLIGHTLY FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020. THAT’S BASICALLY THE RESULT OF PLANNED CAPITAL EXPENDITURES THAT ARE DECREASING FROM ONE YEAR TO THE NEXT. Y’ALL ARE SEEING SOME SMALL DECREASES OVERALL ON A NET BASIS BECAUSE OF THE NET CAPITAL. WITHIN THE GENERAL FUND SPECIFICALLY, DEPARTMENTS ARE DECREASING ABOUT $5 BILLION OR ALMOST 1%. AND THAT IS BASED ON ONE-TIME CHANGE [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] AND THAT IS THE REIMBURSABLE RED TIDE EXPENDITURES THAT WE MADE DURING THIS FISCAL YEAR. LOOKING AT THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS, THAT REPRESENTS ABOUT 16% OF YOUR TOTAL BUDGET. THERE’S A SMALL INCREASE THERE. THE OTHER THING I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT JUST TO PROVIDE CONTEXT, ABOUT 85% OF THIS CATEGORY OF YOUR BUDGET IS THE SHERIFF AND WITHIN THE GENERAL FUND SPECIFICALLY, THE SHERIFF IS ALMOST HALF OF YOUR TOTAL GENERAL FUND BUDGET. AND THAT’S CONSISTENT WITH PAST YEARS. AS FAR AS OTHER AGENCIES, YOU SEE A SMALL INCREASE HERE. THAT’S PRIMARILY DUE TO EMPLOYEE HEALTH BENEFITS INCREASES — THE FIRE DISTRICT RESERVES AS WELL AS THE ST. PETE [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] CONSOLIDATION PROCESS. LOOKING AT YOUR STAFFING LEVELS, TOTAL STAFFING LEVELS PROPOSED FOR FY ’20 ARE GOING UP BY ABOUT 50 POSITIONS IN TOTAL. ABOUT HALF OF THOSE ARE WITHIN THE BCC DEPARTMENTS BUT SPECIFICALLY WITHIN THOSE 25.5 POSITION, ONLY THREE ARE NET NEW ADDITIONS BECAUSE THE REST ARE ATTRIBUTED TO INTERNALIZING OPERATIONS THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING CONTRACTED AND/OR TEMPORARY POSITIONS THAT ARE NONRECURING IN NATURE. UNDER THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS, 31.5 FTE INCREASE. 27 OF THOSE ARE IN THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE.>>BARRY BURTON: THAT RELATES TO HIS TRAINING CLASS.>>NEXT I WANT TO COVER THE PRIORITY INITIATIVES. THIS IS A SMALL SUBSET OF THOSE PRIORITY ISSUES THAT ARE GOING TO BE ENABLED BY YOUR FY ’20 BUDGET. STARTING OFF WITH CONTINUING YOUR OSHA TRAINING PROGRAM. WE’RE TARGETING TO BE DONE WITH 80% OF THE WORKFORCE BEING TRAINED UP IN OSHA. BY THE TIME WE FINISH FY ’20. AND THAT HAS US REALLY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE FOR WHAT WE HAD INITIALLY TARGETED WITH THAT FIVE-YEAR PROGRAM OF BEING DONE IN FY ’22. YOUR PAYING CLASS STUDY BEING IMPLEMENTED BY HR, WE’RE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THE RESULTS OF THAT. CURRENTLY HR IS IN THE PROCESS OF INITIATING PHASE 2 WHICH IS ADDRESSING THE EXEMPT EMPLOYEES. AND AFTER THE EXEMPT EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED, THE NEXT STAGE WILL BE ADDRESSING COMPRESSION AND INTERNAL EQUITY ISSUES. NEXT UP, ONE OF YOUR DECISION PACKAGES, WHICH IS IMPLEMENTING SOFTWARE TO SIMPLIFY THE JOB APPLICATION PROCESS FOR BOTH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CANDIDATES. THEY’LL HELP US WITH RECRUITMENT EFFORTS. AND THEN FINALLY, UNDER WORKFORCE, WE HAVE CREATING PIPELINES FOR CAREER READINESS. WE JUST FINISHED A SUMMER INTERN PROGRAM WITH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHERE THEY CONTRIBUTED OVER 1,100 HOURS OVER JUST SEVEN WEEKS. PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT THAT AND CONTINUING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT IN THE FUTURE. WE HAVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH AREA UNIVERSITIES AND THE SCHOOL BOARD THAT WE’RE FORMALIZING. OTI IS ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM. AND WE’VE IMPLEMENTED JOB SHADOWING PROGRAMS AND EXPANDING BRIGHT FUTURES OPPORTUNITIES. A LOT OF REALLY EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING WITHIN THE WORKFORCE CATEGORY. NEXT UP UNDER PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE, I’LL ASK LOURDES TO COME UP AND REFERENCE THAT. TWO OF THESE ARE THE TOP TWO THAT ARE LISTED ON YOUR SLIDE RIGHT NOW. WITH THAT, I’LL INTRODUCE LOURDES.>>THANK YOU. LIKE BILL SAID, I’M FOLLOWING UP ON THE PRIORITIES THAT WE DISCUSSED PREVIOUSLY. FIRST WE WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE WORK SESSION THAT WE HAD RECENTLY ON MENTAL HEALTH. AND I KNOW YOU’VE HEARD ALL OF THIS QUITE A BIT. BUT I JUST WANTED TO GO OVER IT A LITTLE SOME THIS AFTERNOON. SO AS FAR AS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, WHICH YOU ALL KNOW INCLUDES MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE, IT CONTINUES TO BE A NATIONAL CRISIS. IT’S NOT JUST AN ISSUE HERE IN OUR COUNTY. FLORIDA RANKS AMONG THE LOWEST FUNDED IN THE NATION. COMMISSIONER EGGERS, I KNOW YOU ASKED THE QUESTION ABOUT PER CAPITA, THE LAST FIGURE THAT WE HAD WAS FOR 2014. OTHER STATES ON AVERAGE PER CAPITA PAY $125 AND FLORIDA CURRENTLY AS OF 2014 — LAST DATA THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE, IS AT $36. SO PRETTY LOW. AND YOU KNOW WE RANK THE LOWEST IN THE NATION. WE HAVE CONTINUED TO FUND GAPS IN SERVICES TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR INDIGENT AND HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS AND IMPROVE THE OVERALL COORDINATION OF SERVICES. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT THROUGH THE YEARS, YOU ALL HAVE FUNDED AND WE’VE CONTINUED TO CLOSE THE GAPS. BUT EVEN WITH ALL OF THAT, EVERYTHING THAT YOU HEARD AT THE WORKSHOP THAT WAS A COUPLE OF HOURS OF ALL THE THINGS THAT WE’RE DOING, WE STILL CONTINUE TO SEE INCREASES IN DEMAND FOR CRISIS RELATED SERVICES, MEANING BAKER ACTS AND MARCHMAN. IN PINELLAS COUNTY, CLIENTS WHO ARE IN NEED OF INVOLUNTARY ADMISSION UNDER THE MARCHMAN ACT WHICH HAS TO DO WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE, ARE TAKEN INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY AND GO TO THE JAIL UNTIL THEY ARE READY TO LEAVE THE JAIL. THE CLIENTS AREN’T BOOKED BUT THEY’RE REQUIRED TO STAY THERE UNTIL THEY’RE READY. AND ACCORDING TO THE MOST RECENT DATA FROM THE PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, 1, 756 DUPLICATED CLIENTS, SOMETHING WE’RE WORKING ON, TRYING TO UNDUPLICATE THE DATA, WERE TAKEN UNDER MARCHMAN FROM MARCH OF 2017 TO NOVEMBER OF 2018. IT’S APPROXIMATELY ABOUT 96 A MONTH ARE IN. THEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR BAKER ACTS, WHICH IS THE OTHER PIECE OF OUR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. WE HAD OVER 10,000 BAKER ACTS LAST YEAR, EVALUATIONS FOR BAKER ACTS LAST YEAR. AGAIN, CURRENT DEMAND IS HIGH FOR THAT. SO SINCE 2015 — WHAT HAVE WE DONE AS A COUNTY? WE’VE MADE SOME SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SYSTEM, THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEM. WE’VE DEVELOPED THE PSET PILOT, ALSO KNOWN AS THE TOP 33. WE ALSO HAVE OUR PECA PILOT THAT WE’RE WORKING ON. WE HAVE A PRETTY ROBUST BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES ENROLLMENT IN OUR PINELLAS COUNTY HEALTH PROGRAM, ALSO KNOWN AS OUR BLUE CARD, AS WELL AS HAVING LOTS OF FEDERAL GRANTS THAT WE WORK ON TO BRING IN AND WITH THOSE, WE HAVE ASSISTED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT. WE’VE HAD COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT TO BENEFIT HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS, OUR CABI GRANT AND THE LIST GOES ON. SO WE HAVE ABOUT $11 MILLION, WHICH IS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE SINCE 2015. AS YOU ALL KNOW FROM OUR WORKSHOP. >>DAVE EGGERS: LOURDES THAT, $11 MILLION YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT, IF YOU DIVIDE THAT BY OUR RESIDENT BASE OF ROUGHLY SAY, 1 MILLION, DOES THAT ADD TO THE PER CAPITA YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT OR IS THAT MORE THAN JUST — >>THAT WAS STATE FUNDING. >>DAVE EGGERS: SO YOU’D ADD THAT AS A PORTION TO OUR RESIDENTS — >>THAT’S CORRECT. SOMEBODY ELSE DO THE MATH. BUT WE NEED TO ADD THAT. >>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY.>>PAT GERARD: NOW WE’RE UP TO 42, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. >>DAVE EGGERS: AS A PERCENT OF THE TOTAL — >>YOU’RE RIGHT, THAT WOULD BE INCLUDED OR WOULD NEED TO BE INCLUDED. >>JANET LONG: SO THE $125 NUMBER THAT YOU SPOKE ABOUT WHEN YOU STARTED, WAS THAT A NATIONAL AVERAGE?>>THAT’S THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.>>JANET LONG: AND THE STATE IS 36?>>AND WE’RE AT 36 PER CAPITA. >>JANET LONG: SHAMEFUL.>>SO WHAT WE’D LIKE TO DO IS NEXT LOOK AT, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS? WE HAVE SOME DECISION PACKAGES THAT WERE PRESENTED AND BARRY HAS ASKED THE TEAM TO LOOK AT THAT AND KIND OF TAKE A STEP BACK AND FIGURE OUT WHAT IT IS WE’RE DOING BECAUSE THERE’S A LOT WE’RE ALREADY DOING. BUT WHAT ELSE ARE WE GOING TO DO? I THINK EVERYONE CAN AGREE THERE’S MORE THAT NEEDS TO BE DOE. SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANTED TO DO IS WITH EVERYTHING I JUST SAID, WE STILL HAVE GAPS. WHAT ARE SOME OF THOSE GAPS? E DON’T CULBERT R C HAVE A CENTRAL RECEIVING SYSTEM. WE CURRENTLY DON’T HAVE MARCHMAN BEDS, MINUS THE TEN THAT WERE JUST BROUGHT ON THAT WE’RE NOT FUNDING.>>[ UNINTELLIGIBLE ]. >>AND THEY’RE NOT LICENSED YET. SO THAT’S TO COME. WE LACK TRANSITIONAL HOUSING. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO FOLKS WHEN THEY LEAVE THESE FACILITIES. LACK OF CAPACITY AND RESIDENTIAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT. THAT’S A HUGE ISSUE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS HERE. SOME OTHER CHALLENGES, OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT’S NEED AND IT’S NOT A REIMBURSABLE SERVICE AT THIS TIME. SO WHEN YOU TALK TO THE PROVIDERS, THEY WANT TO DO THAT BUT THEY CAN’T BECAUSE NOBODY’S PAYING FOR IT. CONNECTIONS TO FOLLOW-UP, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THESE FOLKS GO TO A BAKER ACT OR A MARCHMAN. AND THEN DATA SHARING, SOMETHING WE’RE ALWAYS WORKING ON, HOW DO WE BETTER SHARE THE DATA? SO WHAT WE DID IS WE CAME UP WITH SOME RECOMMENDATIONS. FIRST ONE AND FOREMOST IS TO CONTINUE TO DO THE WORK THAT WE ALL ARE ALREADY DOING. I THINK THERE’S LOTS OF MOMENTUM, LOTS OF GOOD WORK THAT’S HAPPENING. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, DEVELOP SOME INTERIM SOLUTIONS TO GET US CLOSER TO BRINGING DOWN THE GAP. AND WHAT WE’RE PROPOSEING IS TO SET ASIDE SOME FUNDING TO pSUPP MARCHMAN BEDS. AND ALSO BESIDES THE BEDS, POSTDISCHARGE, WHAT DO WE DO WITH FOLKS? YOU CAN’T JUST PAY FOR THE BEDS AND LET THEM OUT. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT? SO WE HOPE TO DEVELOP SOME SCOPE ON THAT TO SECURE THE MARCHMAN BEDS AND DO A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION. SO THE GOAL IS TO PUT OUT A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION. AND WE HAVE A PRETTY ROBUST SCHEDULE, I BELIEVE, TO DO THIS. AND TO GET INFORMATION, WHO IS OUT THERE, WHO COULD DO THIS, WHO CAN PARTNER WITH US? AND SO IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE WOULD PUT THAT OUT. WE WOULD STILL TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR PECA TEAM WHICH IS SOMETHING YOU FUND, WORK WITH THE SHERIFF, WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE CENTRAL FLORIDA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NETWORK, OUR FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS. SO WE WOULD PUT OUT THE RFI, RECEIVE THAT SNFGS, LOOK AT THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE ALREADY HAVE, ALTHOUGH WE ARE LACKING SOME DATA BECAUSE OF OUR SYSTEMS, WE DO HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION, A LOT OF DATA. SO LOOK AT ALL OF THAT TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS. SO AT THE SAME TIME, THE SECOND PIECE OF THIS IS TO DEVELOP A SCOPE TO ENGAGE A BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONSULTANT TO COME IN. WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THIS QUITE A BIT. WOULD IT BE TO LOOK AT HOW WE GET REIMBURSED? WHAT FUNDING IS OUT THERE, WHAT DIFFERENT PIECES OF WHAT WE’RE DOING — ARE THEY WORKING, DO THEY HAVE BEST PRACTICES — SO AT THE SAME TIME AS PUTTING OUT AN RFI, WE WOULD DO THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONSULTANT — WE CURRENTLY HAVE SOME GENERAL FUND FUND RESERVES. AS YOU HEARD BILL ABOVE THE TARGET OF 15% IS AVAILABLE. S THAT’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT POTENTIALLY USING. I WAS GOING TO TAKE A BREATH A MINUTE. >>BARRY BURTON: WE’RE GOING TO GET TO THAT PIECE OF THE RESERVE. SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS ARE JUST UNDEFINED. WE NEED MORE ANALYSIS ON THEM BEFORE WE MAKE A DEFK RECOMMENDATION. WE KNOW THERE’S A GAP IN SERVICES. SO WE SET ASIDE A LITTLE FUNDING BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN YOU FINALIZE THE BUDGET TO SAEZ, WOULD IT BE BETTER TO PUT MORE MONEY INTO BEDS OR DIVERSION SERVICES UNDER AN EXISTING STRUCTURE? WE’RE TRYING TO ADDRESS — TRYING TO DO MORE NOW, A LITTLE BIT. WHILE WE, ONE, PUT OUT AN RFI AND SAY, ALL RIGHT, AS A SYSTEM, ARE THERE DIFFERENT WAYS WE CAN DO THIS? IF WE PUT OUT AND SAID, HERE, I WANT YOU TO DEVELOP BEDS, HOW WOULD PEOPLE INTEGRATE THOSE? AND SO WE WOULD KIND OF LEARN FROM THAT PROPOSAL. BUT A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION, NOT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. AT THE SAME TIME, BY ENGAGING AN OUTSIDE CONSULTANT TO [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] SOME OF THESE DIFFERENT MODELS [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] WHETHER WE CAN ADD THAT AS A FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTER AND THESE DIFFERENT THINGS. SO THEY CAN LOOK ALSO AND SEE IF THERE ARE ONE, TWO OR THREE DIFFERENT MODELS AND ACTUALLY COST THEM OUT AND TRY TO BRING DIFFERENT MODELS TOGETHER TO WHERE WE CAN HAVE A DISCUSSION. DURING THIS YEAR, NOT NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET BUT IN 2020, BRING THAT BACK TO YOU, AND WE’VE SET ASIDE SOME MONEY IN RESERVES TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THAT TO WHERE WE ARE ACTING NEXT YEAR, NOT WAITING ANOTHER YEAR AND ADDRESSING IT IN A FUTURE BUDGET. AND I HAVE TALKED TO COMMISSIONER PETERS WHO ADVANCED THIS AND PUT A LOT OF WORK AND TIME INTO THAT. AND HAS TALKED TO ALL THESE PROVIDERS. AND THIS IS A COMPLICATED ISSUE. AND WE WANT TO ACT NOW BUT I’M A LITTLE CONCERNED THAT WE NEED TO DO A LITTLE MORE ANALYSIS AND COME UP WITH SOME ALTERNATIVE SERVICE DELIVERY MODELS AND MAKE SURE WE’RE MAKING THE BEST SOLUTION AS WHEN WE MAKE THAT FINAL DECISION.>>JANET LONG: MADAM CHAIR, DO WE KNOW HOW MANY MARCHMAN BEDS WE ACTUALLY NEED IN THE COUNTY?>>LIKE I SAID, WE HAD OVER 1,700 IN THAT PERIOD OF TIME THAT I STATED WITH THE JAIL. THEY ARE DUPLICATED. SO IT COULD BE THAT SOMEONE WENT IN THREE TIMES. SO IT’S NOT AN ACTUAL NUMBER. WE STILL NEED WORK IN THAT AREA.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: I’D LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT ABOUT THAT. >>JANET LONG: SO WE DON’T KNOW?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YOU’RE SAYING 1,700 UNDUPLICATED? — DUPLICATED, SORRY? AND THAT WAS LAST YEAR [ OVERLAPPING SPEAKERS ]>>92 TO 96 A MONTH THAT ARE NEEDED. BUT IT COULD BE THE SAME PERSON. WE DON’T HAVE THAT DATA. IT’S NOT THE WAY THE JAIL KEEPS THE DATA.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: CAN I MAKE A COMMENT ON THAT, MADAM CHAIR?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: UH-HUH.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: WHEN THE JAIL DOES A MARCHMAN, THEY TYPICALLY ONLY DO A MARCHMAN IF IT’S SOMEBODY WHO’S DANGEROUS. THEY ONLY STAY IN THE JAIL FOR FOUR TO SIX HOURS UNTIL THEY’RE SOBER. THEY NEVER KEEP THEM UNTIL THEY DETOX OUT. SO IT ISN’T A TRUE MARCHMAN BECAUSE A MARCHMAN SHOULD BE A MEDICALLY WATCHED DETOX AND THEN A REFERRAL INTO A PROGRAM. SO WE CAN’T EVEN SAY TECHNICALLY THAT WE EVEN MARCHMAN IN THE JAIL. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT SIMILAR COUNTIES — THERE AREN’T A LOT OF COUNTIES THAT HAVE MARCHMAN BEDS. THE STATE CREATED THE — BUT NEVER FUNDED IT. SARASOTA HAS 30 BEDS, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS 30 BEDS. VOLUSIA COUNTY HAS 19 BEDS. THEY NEED AT LEAST 30 BEDS. GIVEN WE’RE THE MOST DENSELY POPULATED COUNTY IN THE STATE, I WOULD MAKE AN ADUMGS — NOW, ACCORDING TO OSHA, TEN BEDS WOULD SERVE 900 PEOPLE. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT DATA — AND I WAS GOING TO PASS IT ON IN MY REPORT. FOR THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF THIS FISCAL YEAR, WE’VE HAD 3,300 911 RESPONSES TO SUSPECTED OVERDOSES. IT’S THE HIGHEST THAT’S EVER BEEN DONE IN THE COUNTY EVER IN OUR HISTORY. SO IF YOU TRY TO GET A HANDLE ON THE DATA — AND LOURDES IS DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB, REALLY, SHE’S DOING INCREDIBLE WORK. THERE’S JUST SO MUCH. AND IT IS SO BIG. BUT WE HAVE FOUR MORE MONTHS TO GO. SO MY GUESS IS AT THE END OF THIS YEAR, WE’RE GOING TO HAVE MORE THAN 4,000 911 CALLS. THIS DOESN’T INCLUDE WHEN THE POLICE DO A NARCAN AND THEY DON’T ACCEPT THE AMBULANCE RIDE. SO WE’LL PROBABLY BE CLOSER TO 5,000 CALLS THIS YEAR ON EXPECTED OVERDOSES WHICH HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTY. HAVE WE EVER EXCEEDED 3,000. SO THIS COUNTY IS IN A CRISIS WHEN IT COMES TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE RIGHT NOW AND OVERDOSE. AND I THINK THE MOST RESPONSIBLE THING WE CAN DO AT SOME POINT IS INTERVENE AND TRY TO SAVE LIVES BECAUSE THE LONGER IT TAKES FOR US TO DO THIS, MORE PEOPLE ARE DYING EVERY SINGLE DAY. THAT’S MY SOAPBOX AND I’LL GET OFF IT. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT OTHER COUNTIES AROUND THE STATE, THE FEW THAT HAVE IT, 30 BEDS SEEM TO BE THE NUMBER OF BEDS YOU NEED FOR MARCHMAN. BUT THERE’S NO REASON A BAKER ACT AND A MARCHMAN MAN AREN’T ONE AND THE SAME BECAUSE THE TREATMENT IS EXACTLY THE SAME. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT BEDS, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE 30 MARCHMAN AND 30 BAKER AND MAYBE — A BAKER BED AND A MARCHMAN BED SHOULD BE ONE AND THE SAME. >>AND WE AGREE WITH THAT, ABSOLUTELY, AS WE TALK TO PROVIDERS AND MAKING PLANS IN THE COMMUNITY AND ALL THE BEST PRACTICES THAT WE HAVE AND THE INFORMATION THAT WE KNOW OF IS TO HAVE THEM BE DUAL. SO YOU WOULDN’T HAVE A BAKER ACT FACILITY HERE AND A MARCHMAN HERE. YOU WOULD HAVE THEM IN THE SAME LOCATION. SO THAT’S. >>AND THE OTHER PIECE THAT COMMISSIONER PETERS CHALLENGED US ON IS LOOKING AT THE DATA ON OUR TRANSPORT DATA AND SEE IF THERE ARE SAVINGS THAT WE COULD REDIRECT. THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE AS PART OF THIS PROCESS WOULD ALSO BE LOOKING AT BRINGING BACK TO YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AGAIN, HOW MANY BAKER ACT BEDS DO WE HAVE NOW?>>HOW MANY DO WE HAVE NOW? I DON’T KNOW OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD. 45. >>KATHLEEN PETERS: I THOUGHT IT WAS 50. >>A BIG PIECE IS ALSO TO DIVERT. WHEN YOU TALK TO EXPERTS ON THIS, IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT JUST INCREASING BEDS. WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH BEDS, 100%. BUT IT’S NOT JUST LOOKING AT BEDS. IT’S DIVERSION. IT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE THERE TO SUPPORT THEM, OTHERWISE IT’S JUST A REVOLVING DOOR. SO IT’S A MONSTER OF A PROBLEM. >>BARRY BURTON: AGAIN, BILL HIT THE BUDGET. I WANTED JUST SPECIFICALLY TO CALL THIS ONE OUT BECAUSE THIS IS A BIG ONE AND THE WAY WE DID IS TO INCREASE OUR RESERVES TO WHERE WE HAVE FUNDS AVAILABLE THAT WE CAN APPROPRIATE DURING THE YEAR BUT TO TAKE THE SIX MONTHS AND DO THE SYSTEM EVALUATION AND BRING BACK ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.>>I’LL GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON IF THERE AREN’T ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. SOCIAL ACTION FUNDING, DURING FISCAL YEAR ’20, THE GOAL IS TO INCREASE THE APPROPRIATION FOR SOCIAL ACTION FUNDING AND PUT OUT A COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT THE CONTINUATION OF THE FUNDING. SO WHAT WE DID WAS WE DEVELOPED A TIME LINE AND BASICALLY WHAT OUR HOPE IS IS TO HAVE THE NINE PROGRAMS THAT WERE SUBMITTED FOR DECISION — >>[ UNINTELLIGIBLE ].>>SOME OF YOU THAT SUBMITTED THAT — LOTS OF STUFF GOING ON HERE. THE NINE PROGRAMS SUBMITTED FOR DECISION PACKAGES TOTALED $1.6 MILLION. SO WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT THOSE. THREE PROGRAMS THAT ARE CURRENTLY UNDER FISCAL ’19D, WE WOULD BRIDGE THOSE FOR SIX MONTHS. AND THEN HAVE AVAILABLE $750,000 ACROSS PROGRAMS FOR FISCAL YEAR ’20. SO WHAT WE WOULD DO IS OPEN UP THAT COMPETITION AS YOU CAN SEE HERE — BELOW HERE IS THE TIME LINE FOR ALL THE DECISION PACKAGES THAT WE GOT IN. WHAT WE WOULD DO IN FISCAL YEAR ’21 IS INCLUDE ALL OF THE FUNDING, WHICH WOULD BE $1.5 MILLION, OUR OLD FUNDING AND OUR CURRENT HOPEFULLY NEW FUNDING WOULD COME UP TO $1.5 MILLION AND PUT THAT OUT LIKE WE’VE ALWAYS PLANNED IN A THREE-YEAR CYCLE. I KNOW THAT COMMISSIONER GERARD, ONE OF YOUR QUESTIONS WAS, WHO ARE THE PRIORITIES? THE PRIORITIES THAT WE HAD BEFORE CURRENTLY, FOOD AND NUTRITION, HOMELESS PREVENTION AND SUPPORT, HEALTH CARE FOR DISADVANTAGED RESIDENTS, SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE AGING POPULATION. SO WHAT WE WOULD DO IS WE WOULD BRING THAT TO YOU AND SAY, ARE THESE STILL YOUR PRIORITIES AND TAKE IT FROM THERE, HAVE A STAKEHOLDER GROUP THAT WOULD REVIEW THESE. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE TIME LINE THERE WHAT OUR NEXT STEPS WOULD BE.>>BARRY BURTON: IF WE CONTINUE WITH THE PROGRAM FUNDING THAT YOU GAVE UNDER A ONE-YEAR AGREEMENT LAST YEAR, THAT WOULD CONTINUE FOR SIX MONTHS WHILE YOU DEVELOP THIS COMPETITIVE SELECTION PROCESS. THE CRITERIA HAVE YET TO BE SET FOR THAT. AND THE $348,000 WOULD BE DISBURSED FOR THE REMAINING SIX-MONTH PERIOD AND THEN YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO ROLL ALL OF THE FUNDING TOGETHER TO HAVE ONE COMPETITIVE APPLICATION PROCESS.>>PAT GERARD: CAN WE GET A COPY OF THIS?>>SURE.>>PAT GERARD: IF WE PROMISE NOT TO SEND IT OUT — >>AS LONG AS YOU APPROVE IT, IT’S READY TO GO. [ LAUGHTER ]>>KENNETH WELCH: QUESTION, MADAM CHAIR? THIS TOUCHING BASE WITH US ON THE PRIORITIES AND CONFIRMING THAT, THAT HAPPENS BEFORE THE RFP PROCESS. >>YEAH, IT WOULD BE BEFORE WE YOU. >>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY. BEFORE IT HITS THE STREET?>>YEAH.>>KENNETH WELCH: COMMISSIONER GERARD, A FEW PEOPLE MIGHT BE WATCHING THIS. >>PAT GERARD: SAY WHAT?>>KENNETH WELCH: A FEW PEOPLE MIGHT BE WATCHING THIS NOW. [ OVERLAPPING SPEAKERS ]>>THAT’S SOCIAL ACTION FUNDING. THE NEXT ONE OF THE PRIORITIES THAT YOU HAD GIVEN WAS HOMELESSNESS. AND WE HAD OUR HOMELESS LEADERSHIP BOARD PUT IN A DECISION PACKAGE TO DO A TRIAGE AND I MET WITH THEM AND I ENCOURAGED THEM TO WORK WITH TWO-ON-ONE AND NOT CREATE ANOTHER CALL CENTER. THAT’S IS CALL CENTER WE ALREADY HAVE. SO THEY DID THAT. THEY WORKED WELL TOGETHER. WE HAVE SUSAN MYERS HERE FROM HLB. SO I WANT TO THANK HER AND MICKEY FOR WORKING ON THAT. THAT WOULD BE SOME MONEY THAT FOLKS WOULD CALL 211 AND IF THEY WERE HOMELESS, THEY WOULD BE TRIAGED. THEY WOULD DO A SCREENING ON THEM AND THEN [ TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES ] AND THEN AS FAR AS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, WE WOULD STILL RECOMMEND CONTINUING OUR PSET, OUR TOP 33 AND OUR PECA WHICH IS ALREADY BUILT INTO OUR BUDGET AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST IS OUR AGE FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES. AGAIN, ONE OF THE BOARD PRIORITY, WE’RE DOING VERY WELL. I KNOW YOU’VE HEARD US TALK ABOUT THAT. WE’RE DESIGNATED AN AGE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY. OUR PLAN WAS ACCEPTED. GOT A LOT OF KUDOS FOR THAT AS A NATIONALS BEST PRACTICE. AND WE ARE CURRENTLY IMPLEMENTING OUR PLAN AND HAVE OUR NEXT CHAMPIONS MEETING WITH OUR INTERNAL STAFF COMING UP IN MID AUGUST. I’LL SEND IT BACK TO BILL. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY QUESTIONS FOR LOURDES?>>ALL RIGHT. MOVING ON TO OUR ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP STRATEGIC GOAL AREA AND SOME OF THE INITIATIVES THERE. OUR WASTEWATER/STORMWATER PARTNERSHIP IMPROVEMENTS, THAT GROUP CONTINUES TO WORK TOGETHER VERY WELL. THEY’RE CONTINUING TO MEET AND DEVELOP STRATEGIES AND IS CURRENTLY THE MAJOR THING THEY’VE BEEN WORKING ON IS NETWORK FLOW MONITORING STUDY CONCERNING WASTEWATER AND ALSO THE STORMWATER INFLOW REDUCTION WATER. TAKING THE RESULTS OF BOTH STUDIES, INTEGRATING THOSE TOGETHER AND USING THEM TO PRIORITIZE [ TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES ] COMP PLAN AND BUILDING CODE, THIS IS REALLY ALL ABOUT HANK. HEARD A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT HE’S WORKING ON. THAT WILL BE ONE OF HIS INITIATIVES. RECLAIMED WATER AVAILABILITY. THE NEXT STAGE IS PRESENTING FINDINGS FOR THE SOUTH COUNTY. AND THAT WILL BE ADDED TO AN UPCOMING WORK SESSION. AND THE ELECTRICAL VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS BY DUKE, THERE ARE FOUR STATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN COMPLETED ALREADY. THE ST. PETE COURTHOUSE, THE COUNTY JUSTICE CENTER, THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPLEX AND THEN ALSO EXTENSION. AND THERE ARE ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS UNDER WAY. MOVING ON TO OUR NEXT STRATEGIC GOAL AREA, WE TALKED ABOUT TRANSPORTATION JUST LAST THURSDAY. SO WE’VE GOT A PRETTY GOOD UPDATE ALREADY GOING ON THERE AND UNDERSTAND THE NEXT STEPS TH THERE. AS FAR AS THE PENNY, OUR JOINT REVIEW COMMITTEE IS CONTINUING TO MEET AND DEVELOPING RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES THEY’LL BRING TO YOU PROBABLY NOT NOVEMBER TIME FRAME FOR APPROVAL. THAT WILL GUIDE HOW WE INVEST THOSE DOLLARS DEDICATED TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CAPITAL AND HOUSING. SEA LEVEL RISE, THE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT IS CONTINUING. THAT’S TARGETED FOR COMPLETION IN FY ’21. OUR SMALL BUSINESS [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] DIVERSITY PROGRAM IS UNDER WAY. OVER 300 VENDORS ARE CERTIFIED. WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT HOW THAT PROGRAM IS PROGRESSING. LEALMAN AND PALM HARBOR [ UNINTELLIGIBLE ] HOPEFULLY BEING ABLE TO BRING ADDITIONAL IMPROVEMENTS IN THOSE AREAS. AND FINALLY THE FORM-BASED CODES, RENEE WILL BRING FORWARD TO YOU THOSE FORM-BASED CODES AND THAT WILL BE RUNNING ALL THE WAY THROUGH WITH PUBLIC HEARINGS THROUGH THE JANUARY TIME FRAME IN 2020. AND THEN FINALLY, FIRST CLASS SERVICES. THISES IS ONE OF THE OTHER AREAS THAT WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THAT WE HAVE SOME ADDITIONAL FUNDS IN RESEARCHES SET ASIDE TO BE ABLE TO HELP SUPPORT, AND THAT’S A 2020 CENSUS. WE’RE STILL TRYING TO UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BIT BETTER IN WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EXACTLY WHAT PROGRAMS AND HOW THEY’LL BE IMPLEMENTING A CENSUS. AND THEN DETERMINING WHAT THE GAPS ARE, AND HOW WE CAN HELP ADDRESS THOSE GAPS THROUGH OUR INVESTMENTS TO ENSURE THAT THERE’S A COMPLETE COUNT.>>BARRY BURTON: SO ON THIS PARTICULAR ITEM I REACHED OUT TO COMMISSIONER WELCH WHO DISAPPEARED ON ME. AND TO SEE EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE PROPOSING, AND REALLY WHAT IT WAS WAS A PLACE HOLDER. WE MAY DO MORE BUT WE REALLY AREN’T FAR ENOUGH WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN TERMS OF HOW LOCAL SUPPORT COULD HELP. SO AGAIN WE JUST ADDED THAT TO SET ASIDE SOME FUNDS IN RESERVE IN CASE WE NEED TO ADDRESS THAT AS WE GET FURTHER ALONG IN THAT PROCESS. SO NO SPECIFIC PROPOSAL AT THIS TIME. BUT AS A PLACE HOLDER.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY.>>AS FAR AS PERMITTING SERVICE DELIVERY WE DO HAVE A CONSULTANT ON BOARD WHO IS STARTING PHASE TWO OF HIS SCOPE OF WORK. SO WE’RE EXPECTING TO SEE SOME POSITIVE RESULTS COMING RELATIVELY SOON THERE 73 OUR WEBSITE PROJECT IS WELL UNDER WAY AND WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING BETA TESTING SOON. ASSET MANAGEMENT, PUBLIC WORKS IMPLEMENTED CITY WORKS LAST NIGHT AND UTILITIES IS ON TRACK TO GO LIVE IN THE FALL. A LOT OF POSITIVE MOVEMENT IN THAT PROJECT. AS FAR AS FLOOD INSURANCE THAT REAUTHORIZATION WAS VERY IMPORTANT OBVIOUSLY. THE PROGRAM EXPIRED AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER. THE HOUSE AND SENATE BOTH HAVE PROPOSALS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT FORWARD TO EXTEND THE PROGRAM FOR FIVE YEARS. THAT LOOKS POSITIVE. AND WE’RE CLOSELY MONITORING THAT. COURTS CONSOLIDATION PROJECT I MENTIONED EARLIER. PHASE TWO YOU APPROVED JUST LAST MONTH. TARGETED TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION IN JANUARY. FINALLY PERFORMANCE DASH BOARDS. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS A LITTLE BIT LAST MONTH, I BELIEVE. AND WHAT WE’RE REALLY WORKING TOGETHER TO DO IS CONTINUE TO LEVERAGE THE NEW SOFTWARE PLATFORM THAT WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE SOME EFFICIENCIES IN THE WAY THAT WE’VE BEEN MANAGING OUR PERFORMANCE. SO WE’RE TRANSITIONING FROM EXCEL MANUAL DASHBOARDS INTO SOMETHING THAT’S REALLY KIND OF AUTOMATIC IN A LOT OF RESPECTS THAT GIVES US A LOT BETTER VISIBILITY AND A LOT BETTER OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO MANAGE IN A MORE EFFECTIVE WAY.>>BARRY BURTON: BUT ON THIS PIECE, ALSO, WE’VE GOT THE PERFORMANCE STATS IN PLACE AND THEY’RE WORKING ON THE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS TO CAPTURE AND MANAGE DATA. BUT THEY’RE ALSO WORKING AND AUBREY’S GOING TO BE WORKING DIRECTLY TO MAKE SURE WE MAKE THIS REAL IN DEPARTMENTS. AND HOW THEY USE INFORMATION TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS. SO THAT WOULD BE A KEY STRATEGY GOING FORWARD.>>BILL BERGER: WE’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO DO SO FAR. IT’S BEEN LEAPS AND BOUNDS IN TERMS OF VISIBILITY AND UNDERSTANDING AND ENGAGEMENT WITH THE DEPARTMENTS FROM WHERE IT WAS BEFORE. MOVING ON TO OUR BUDGET TIME LINE AND NEXT STEPS. OBVIOUSLY TODAY WE’RE PRESENTING THE PROPOSED BUDGET. AUGUST 1st WE HAVE A BUDGET INFORMATION SESSION THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO US BECAUSE WE NEED TO SET OUR MAXIMUM MILLAGE RATES AND WE’LL AN OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK TO US ON THE PROPOSED BUDGET WHICH MAY INFORM WHAT THOSE MAXIMUM MILLAGE RATES MAY BE. THE REASON THAT WE NEED TO DO THAT ON AUGUST 1st IS BECAUSE ON AUGUS 2nd WE HAVE TO CERTIFY THOSE MILLAGE RATES WITH THE PROPERTY APPRAISER SO THAT HE CAN THEN IN TURN, PER STATE STATUTE MAIL OUT THE TRIM NOTICES TO ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WHICH WILL BE ON OR ABOUT AUGUST 20th. YOU HAVE PUBLIC HEARINGS IN SEPTEMBER, SEPTEMBER 12th AND THE 24th. AND FISCAL YEAR 2020 WOULD BEGIN ON OCTOBER 1st. FINALLY JUST WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT WE HAVE A VERY ROBUST WEBSITE AS IT RELATES TO THE BUDGET PROCESS. WE HAVE ALL THE VIDEOS FROM THE BUDGET MEETINGS, ALL THE PRESENTATIONS, WE HAVE ALL OF OUR PAST BUDGETS POSTED THERE. A LINK TO OPEN GOV WHICH IS OUR INTERACTIVE BUDGET DOCUMENTS. I DO WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT YOU HEARD ABOUT THE ADA LAWSUIT THAT WE HAD RELATED TO OUR WEBSITE. WE HAD A SETTLEMENT FOR THAT. PART OF THAT SETTLEMENT IS THAT WE ARE NO LONGER — WE ARE RESTRICTED FROM POSTING ANYTHING THAT IS NOT ADA COMPLAINT. CURRENTLY, THE BUDGET DOCUMENTS, ALL THREE INCHES OF IT, IS NOT ADA COMPLAINT. THERE ARE CERTAIN PIECES THAT ARE, CERTAIN PIECES THAT AREN’T. SO IN THE PROCESS OF EVALUATING EXACTLY WHAT IS COMPLIANT, WHAT’S NOT COMPLIANT AND WHAT’S GOING TO TAKE TO BRING EVERYTHING INTO COMPLIANCE, AS A RESULT OF THAT THAT PROPOSED BUDGET IS NOT GOING TO BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE AT THIS TIME. BEFORE WE GET TO THE ADOPTION OF THE BUDGET ITSELF, BECAUSE WE’RE STATUTORILY REQUIRED TO POST THE BUDGET WE WILL COME UP WITH SOME SOLUTION AND CONTINUE THE DIALOGUE WITH YOU ABOUT EXACTLY WHAT THAT MAY LOOK LIKE AND HOW THAT MAY CHANGE WHAT YOU SEE TODAY IN PRINT.>>BARRY BURTON: THIS IS LIKE THE LAST DAY OR TWO ISSUE, COME TO OUR ATTENTION.>>BILL BERGER: AND FINALLY I JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK YOU AS THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, OUR CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS, OUR DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS AND THEIR STAFF, OUR PARTNERS, OUR EMPLOYEES, AND REALLY IT’S ON BEHALF OF THE PUBLIC AND OUR CUSTOMERS, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. THE BUDGET IS REALLY ENABLING US TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO THEM. I WANT TO ESPECIALLY ACKNOWLEDGE CECIL YEAH McCORKLE FROM OUR OFFICE, AND JACKIE TRAYNOR AS WELL, OUR TWO BUDGET MANAGERS OVER OPERATING CAPITAL. THEY’RE INTEGRAL TO BEING ABLE TO BRING THIS BUDGET FORWARD TO YOU. THE ENTIRE BUDGET STAFF OF 35 PEOPLE WORK HARD EVERY DAY TO BE ABLE TO BRING THIS FORWARD. I’M REALLY PROUD TO BE ABLE TO REPRESENT THEM. WITH THAT, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS I’D BE GLAD TO BE ABLE TO FIELD THOSE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. ANY — COMMISSIONER EGGERS?>>DAVE EGGERS: JUST AGAIN, I DON’T KNOW IF WE NEED TO GET INTO IT TODAY, MAYBE NEXT WEEK WHEN WE GET TOGETHER. LAST YEAR I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE, I THINK 75 NEW POSITIONS THAT WERE IDENTIFIED IN THE BUDGET. THE PERSONNEL POSITIONS ON B-23, WHERE YOU TALK ABOUT THE F-18 BUDGET, THE FY’19 BUDGET AND THE FY’20 BUDGET THERE’S NEVER REALLY A PLACE THAT I UNDERSTAND WHY HOW WE’RE FILLING. HOW WE’RE DOING FILLING THESE POSITIONS. AND SO JUST ONE QUESTION I GUESS WOULD BE RELATED TO YOUR COMMENT THAT OF THE 25 POSITIONS THAT YOU SEE BEING HIRED UNDER THE BOCC, REALLY THERE’S A NET THREE NEW POSITIONS. 22 OF THEM YOU’RE SAYING WERE INSOURCING. SERVICES THAT ARE BEING DONE.>>BILL BERGER: IT’S A COMBINATION OF INSOURCING, AND TEMPORARY NONRECURRING POSITIONS. SO IF THERE’S A PROJECT FOR EXAMPLE THAT’S GOING TO TAKE ONE YEAR, WE’RE BRINGING ON A RESOURCE FOR THAT ONE YEAR SPECIFICALLY AND THEN THAT RESOURCE GOES AWAY, THAT’S PART OF THAT 22.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. ALL RIGHT.>>BARRY BURTON: SO THERE’S A NET OF THREE NEW FULL-TIME POSITIONS. AND SO FOR INSTANCE, WE WENT THROUGH THEM SPECIFICALLY WITHIN THE BUDGET, AN AREA WHERE WE HAD A CONTRACT, AND IT WAS CHEAPER FOR US TO BRING THAT SERVICE THAT WE’RE PAYING TO HAVE THAT FUNCTION DONE IN-HOUSE. AND SO THEN THEY ASK FOR OUR POSITION TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. BUT THEY COULD SHOW THE COST/BENEFIT OF DOING SO.>>DAVE EGGERS: OF COURSE THOSE ARE ALL FULLY LOADED.>>BARRY BURTON: CORRECT.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU, THAT WAS MY QUESTION FOR NOW.>>BILL BERGER: OKAY, THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANYONE ELSE AT THIS POINT? COMMISSIONER WELCH?>>KENNETH WELCH: JUST AGAIN GIVE KUDOS TO BILL AND HIS TEAM FOR A GREAT JOB AND A GREAT PRODUCT. YOU KNOW, THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE ADA ISSUE IS THAT WE’RE LIMITED IN WHAT WE CAN PUT OUT. SO WHAT WILL BE AVAILABLE, BARRY AFTER FOLKS SEE THIS AND THEY GO TO PINELLASCOUNTY.ORG WHAT WILL BE OUT THERE?>>BILL BERGER: WE’LL HAVE ALL THE BUDGET PRESENTATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD. WE WILL HAVE OPENGOV WILL BE UPDATED. THAT SHOULD BE BY THE END OF THIS WEEK, PROBABLY EARLIER THAN THAT. BUT SAYING A LITTLE FURTHER OUT TO GET TIME IN CASE THERE ARE TECHNICAL ISSUES IN BETTING THE BUDGET UPLOADED THERE. AND BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT OPEN GOV HAS ALL OF THE DATA, YOU’LL HAVE THE DATA SO YOU CAN LOOK AT ALL THE NUMBERS. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE NARRATIVE THAT ACCOMPANIES IT IS NOT PART OF THAT PRODUCT.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY.>>BARRY BURTON: BUT WE HAVE CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS WE MUST PUBLISH AND PUT OUT BY STATUTE. BILL AND RAHIM AND LEGAL ARE LOOKING AT THAT TO DETERMINE WHAT WE NEED TO PUT OUT, AND WHAT WE CAN — HOW WE CAN DO IT IN A MANNER THAT DOESN’T VIOLATE THE ADA.>>BILL BERGER: AND AS PART OF OUR ANALYSIS WHAT WE’LL DO IN TERMS OF WHAT IS ADA COMPLIANT AND WHAT’S NOT, IF THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES TO COME FORWARD AND POST PART OF THE BUDGET THAT IS ADA COMPLIANT, WE’LL WORK TO DO THAT SO EVEN IF IT’S NOT THE FULL DOCUMENT WE’LL AT LEAST HAVE SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE TO BE AGE TO REVIEW AND UNDERSTAND AND BE ABLE TO BE ENGAGED IN.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO WHAT’S KIND OF LEADING THE EFFORT ON A SOLUTION FOR THIS? COUNTYWIDE? IS IT BTS OR OTI?>>BILL BERGER: OTI IS THE LEAD IN TERMS OF BEING MORE OF A GATEKEEPER. IN TERMS OF MAKING SURE THAT WE DON’T POST THINGS ON THE WEBSITE THAT ARE NOT ADA COMPLIANT. IT’S REALLY ALL DEPARTMENTS WORKING TOGETHER, THOUGH. BECAUSE WHILE OTI IS HELPING TO FASTING TATE THE PROCESS, EACH DEPARTMENT IS REALLY THE OWNER OF ANY CONTENT THAT THEY’RE PUTTING OUT THERE. SO IT’S GOT TO BE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO.>>KENNETH WELCH: AND IT’S NOT AS SIMPLE, OBVIOUSLY, AS THESE ARE ALL PDFs AND THERE’S NO THIRD PARTY SOLUTION TO TURN THAT INTO SOMETHING, IT’S ADA COMPLIANT.>>BILL BERGER: TOTALLY WISH THERE WAS.>>KENNETH WELCH: MICROSOFT, GOOGLE, NOBODY HAS COME UP WITH SOMETHING?>>BILL BERGER: NO. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY. WHOICH WE HAVE A CONSULTANT ENGAGED ASSISTING WITH THIS PROCESS AS WELL.>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU, GREAT JOB.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GOOD JOB AS ALWAYS. THANK YOU TO YOU AND YOUR HARD-WORKING STAFF. A LOT OF HEAVY LIFTING THAT GOES INTO GOING OUT THROUGH ALL THE DEPARTMENTS, AND THE CONSTITUTIONALS, ET CETERA.>>BILL BERGER: THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, THANK YOU. WE DO HAVE A CITIZEN TO BE HEARD ON THIS AGENDA ITEM. GREG TOWN. PLEASE KEEP IT BRIEF SINCE YOU’RE ALSO UNDER CITIZENS TO BE HEARD.>>YES, ON SOME OF THE STATEMENTS. ONE IS THE SPEAKER BEFORE THIS SPEAKER ON THE AGENDA ITEM 48 SAID THAT HALF THE GENERAL BUDGET IS FOR THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. AND YOU KNOW, AS I HEARD THAT, I THOUGHT OF SOUTH KOREA, THAT THEY DRAFT THEIR YOUTH AFTER THEY COME OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST THREE YEARS, THEY PUT THEM IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND THEY’RE REQUIRED BY — THAT’S ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS. AND IT’S CREATED A SYSTEM THAT IS ALMOST ABOVE REPROACH. WHEN YOU GO TO THE COUNTRY AND SEE HOW THEY LIVE AND SEE THEIR LIFESTYLE IN SOUTH KOREA. AND I THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE — IF HALF OUR BUDGET IS GOING TO THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, ESPECIALLY TO OUR ILLEGAL SHERIFF, AND HIS — I READ IN THE PAPER JUST HE BOUGHT A MILLION DOLLAR MANSION OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT IT WAS SAYING IN THE PAPER. I DON’T KNOW ALL THE DETAILS. BUT I JUST THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE A GOOD SUGGESTION, IF YOU COULD TRY TO BE LEADERS MAYBE IN OUR NATIONAL REFORM OF THE CORRUPTION AND ALL THE PROBLEMS WE’RE HAVING, AND MAYBE SEEING IF YOU CAN IMPLEMENT A PROGRAM LIKE THAT, AND MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR YOUTH, WHEN THEY COME OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL, TO GO INTO SERVICE, AND GET RID OF ALL THE MILITARY GUYS WE’VE GOT THAT’S COME BACK FROM IRAQ AND ALL THESE OTHER PLACES AND PUTTING THEM OUT ON THE STREETS. AND SO, I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THAT SUGGESTION TO YOU GUYS. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. WE ARE NOW MOVING ON TO CITIZENS TO BE HEARD. WE HAVE MARSHAWN JOHNSON AND STEPHANIE WATSON JOHNSON WHO WISH TO SPEAK. THIS IS ACTUALLY AN — A PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA ITEM TONIGHT. AFTER 6:00. BUT IF YOU WISH TO MAKE YOUR COMMENTS NOW, AND NOT TONIGHT, THAT’S FINE. BECAUSE — YOU WANT TO WAIT? OKAY. ALL RIGHT. NEXT THEN WOULD BE TED KAYE, AND HIS TOPIC IS CRUISE PORT FOR PINELLAS. HELLO.>>HELLO. GOOD AFTERNOON HONORABLE COMMISSIONERS. MY NAME IS TED KAYE, AND I AM THE AUTHOR OF BUILD A CRUISE PORT AT MALLARD KEY. A COPY OF THIS 104 PAGE SPIRAL BOUND PRESENTATION WAS PREVIOUSLY DISTRIBUTED TO YOUR ATTENTION BACK IN JANUARY 2019. AND MY VISIONARY IDEAS ON THIS TOPIC IS ALSO COVERED ON MY WEBSITE TEDKAYE.COM. THE ESSENCE OF THAT REPORT TALKED ABOUT HOW MALLARD KEY BEING THE ONLY PLACE WEST OF THE SKYWAY BRIDGE THAT COULD HOST TALL SHIPS THAT SO FIT UNDER THE SKYWAY BRIDGE. I POINTED OUT THAT THAT BUILDING A PORT IN PINELLAS WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IN THE GROWTH OF TOURISM, JOBS, AND TAX REVENUES. ALL SERVING THE PUBLIC INTEREST, AND BENEFITING PINELLAS COUNTY AND THE STATE OF FLORIDA. TODAY’S PRESENTATION EXPLAINS HOW THE PROPOSED ENABLING ACT FUNCTIONS, SOLVES PROBLEMS HEREINAFTER EXPLAINED, AND WHY IT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE IT IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A PLAN. ONE, THE BILL WHEN ENACTED INTO LAW WOULD CORRECT THE OWNERSHIP ENTITLED TO SUBMERGED LAND DESCRIBED ON THE FIRST PAGE OF THE ENABLING BILL. TWO, THE PASSAGE OF THE ENABLING ACT INTO LAW WOULD GIVE PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS THE REQUISITE ABILITY TO FUNCTION AND SELL REVENUE BONDS WITH THE AUTHORITY GRANTED TO IT BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WHEN IN GOOD TIME THE COMMISSION DECIDES TO PROCEED WITH A PLAN TO BUILD A CRUISE PORT, THE CRUISE INDUSTRY WOULD ADVANCE ALL THE FUNDS FOR STUDIES, ENGINEERING, AND PLAN DESIGN. EXHIBIT “A,” IN THIS HANDOUT, DISPLAYS A GRAPHIC RENDERING OF THE FUTURE CRUISE PORT PROPOSED FOR MULLET KEY. NOTE THE RED DASHED TERRITORIAL LINE IN THE DRAWING AND YOU WILL SEE THAT IT COMES CLOSE TO THE SHORELINE OF THE EXISTING MULLET KEY. THE GOAL IS TO HAVE THAT RED DASHED TERRITORIAL LINE SHIFTED OUTWARD A DISTANCE OF A HALF MILE AWAY FROM THE SHORELINE TO A POSITION OF THE WHITE DASHED LINE TO CORRECT AND RESTORE THE REPAIRING AND NAVIGATIONAL PROPERTY RIGHTS THAT WERE INADVERTENTLY TAKEN AWAY BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE AND GIVEN TO THE TAMPA PORT AUTHORITY IN 1970. THESE REPAIRING AND NAVIGATIONAL RIGHTS CAN ONLY BE RESTORED TO MULLET KEY WITH YOUR ENDORSEMENT, AUTHORIZATION, AND COMMUNICATION TO THE PINELLAS COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION TO HAVE THE ENCLOSED DRAFT OF THE SPECIAL ENABLING ACT BILL, A LOCAL BILL, BE SPONSORED IN BOTH HOUSE AND SENATE CHAMBERS OF THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE, IN EARLY 2020. HISTORICALLY THE MISTAKE THAT OCCURRED WITH A SHIFT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TERRITORIAL LINE BACK IN 1970. AT THE SAME TIME, THE TERRITORIAL CORRIDOR WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAT WAS CREATED FOR THE SHIPPING LANES NEEDED TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE GULF OF MEXICO PAST MULLET KEY — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SIR, YOUR TIME IS UP. YOU CAN CONCLUDE, AND IF YOU WISH TO ENTER YOUR COMMENTS INTO THE RECORD, WE CAN DO THAT. SOMEONE CAN MAKE A COPY OF IT AND MAKE SURE WE GET A COPY OF IT.>>YES, I CAN JUST GIVE YOU MY SPEECH. IT WILL INCLUDE EVERYTHING.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YES.>>A CONCLUSION STATEMENT — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YOU CAN MAKE YOUR CONCLUSION STATEMENT.>>I’D LIKE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET IT ON TO AN AGENDA TO JUST TO CONSIDER THE ACT, BE APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION SO IT COULD MOVE FORWARD TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WELL, I WOULD SUPPOSE IF ANYBODY HERE IS INTERESTED IN HAVING THAT DISCUSSION WE CAN PUT IT ON A FUTURE AGENDA. HOWEVER, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE THE STATE OF FLORIDA WHO WOULD CHANGE AND ALLOW US TO USE THIS AREA. I PERSONALLY WOULD BE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT DREDGING IN THAT AREA. AND, THE CAUSE AND EFFECT THAT IT COULD CREATE FOR FORT DE SOTO PARK. WE’VE SEEN THE RESULTS FROM DREDGING AND THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF TIDAL AND EVERYTHING ELSE THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTY SO THAT’S MY PERSONAL OPINION. BUT IF ANYBODY ELSE IS INTERESTED IN LOOKING AT IT, WE CAN. I’LL LET THE COMMISSIONERS SPEAK AT THIS POINT.>>JANET LONG: GIVEN THE ISSUES THAT WE’VE HAD AT SHELL KEY, AND THE GRAND CANAL, I WOULD BE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE OPINION OF THE ARMY CORPS BECAUSE THEY WEIGH IN HEAVILY ON ANY OF THESE ISSUES AROUND OUR BORDERS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I MEAN WE’RE ALREADY HAVING TROUBLE — >>JANET LONG: WE’RE ALREADY HAVING TROUBLE THERE SO I DON’T KNOW HOW THAT WOULD COMPUTE PLUS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.>>IF I COULD ADD ONE COMMENT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ALL RIGHT, I’M GOING TO LET THE COMMISSIONERS SPEAK. WE UNDERSTAND YOUR PROPOSAL. YOU’VE ACTUALLY BEEN HERE BEFORE, AND I’D LIKE TO EITHER HAVE YOU HAVE CLOSURE TODAY, OR HAVE IT MOVED FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION. SO IF ANYBODY IS INTERESTED IN HAVING THIS AS A DISCUSSION ITEM, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, OTHERWISE I THINK WE’RE BRINGING THIS TO CLOSURE. I THINK WE APPRECIATE ALL THE TIME AND ENERGY YOU PUT INTO THIS BUT I DON’T BELIEVE WE BELIEVE IT’S A GOOD IDEA FOR PINELLAS COUNTY AT THIS TIME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND ENERGY AND PUTTING INTO THIS. DAVID BALLARD GETTYS JR. LE.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, COMMISSIONERS. DAVID BALLARD GETTYS JR. I LIVE ON GEORGIA AVENUE IN PALM HARBOR. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WAS NEVER A 50 STATE. THE DISTRICT HAS UNIFORMLY ESTABLISHED WATER DISTRICTS UNDER THE VAIL OF AN ARBITRARY GOVERNMENT AS DECLARED. THE DISTRICT IS INTENDING ON DISSOLVING THE 50 STATES, AND ASSUMING THEMSELVES AS UNELECTED DESPOTS AND TYRANTS AS DECLARED. EMANCIPATING THE LEGISLATION OF THE BRITISH BRETHREN AS DECLARED, AS ENUMERATED FROM ARTICLE 1 SECTION 2 CANDIDLY BIRTHING DE FACTO WATER JURISDICTIONS AS A BODY POLITIC UNDER THE 14th AMENDMENT USING A FEE SIMPLE TITLE VARIANCE APPLICATION STEMMING FROM THE MAGNA CARTA. IN REALITY THIS CONSTITUTION, HAMILTON’S FIRST CONSTITUTION, IS BEING USED AS A MEDIUM. IT’S A HOLD. IT’S A FALSE FRONT OPERATION DECLARED AS LEGISLATIVE PRETENTIOUSNESS, CONSTITUTED AS A USEFUL ART FOR LIMITED TIMES IN ARTICLE 1 SECTION 8 BASED ON REPRISAL. IT’S A PUPPET GOVERNMENT USING WATER AS A SECOND AMENDMENT OF RIGHT, ALLOWING TIME AND MEASURE TO AID AND ABET AN INTERNAL UNDERTAKING, A USURPATION OF POLITICAL POWER BASED ON WATER ASSAILED AS PRESENTIMENT IN THE FIFTH AMENDMENT GIVING RISE TO HAMILTON’S SECOND CONSTITUTION RISING THEREIN AS FACT UNDER ARTICLE 3 SECTION 2 BIRTH THEREOF AS I DESPOTIC WATER JURISDICTION UNDER THE 14th AMENDMENT ENSNARING THE CIVILIAN POPULATION TO DIRECT TAXATION TAKING LIBERTY, PROPERTY, AND LIFE, BREAKING ALL TEN COMMANDMENTS IN THE PROCESS OF CONSTITUTIONALLY SODOMIZING OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE VITAL WATER SUPPLY DISPOSITIVE BEING SOVEREIGN, AND TOTALLY UNWORTHY OF HEADING UP A CIVILIZED NATION AS DECLARED, AND INHERENTLY FLAWED UNELECTED TYRANNICAL BRITISH COMMONWEALTH STAKE HOLDING SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT, ARTIFICIAL IN NATURE, CONSTITUTIONALLY INCAPABLE OF BEING HONEST, ABSENT BENEVOLENCE IN ITS ENTIRETY, DECLARING THEMSELVES TO BE GODS, NATE’S GODS, IN TOTAL DISRESPECT OF ALMIGHTY GOD, SPITTING IN THE FACE OF HEAVEN AND FEDERALIST PAPER 20. TRUTH BEING HELD IN REALITY, THIS CONSTITUTION IS A LETTER OF MARQUEE, IS AN EXPOST FACTO LAW, IS A BILL OF ATANDER. THIS GOVERNMENT BOTH THEREIN AND THEREOF IS IN A REBELOUS STATE OF POLITICAL DISARRAY, THIS INSURGENT UNDERTAKING IS TO BE APPREHENDED, IT SHALL BE SPOTIFIED MARKED IN ON OF AND SUCH AND CHARGED ON THE HIGH SEAS AS FELONS AND ALL BONDS THEREIN AND THEREOF SHALL BE SUBJECT — SUSPENDED AND SUBJECTED. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: LENORE FAULKNER.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, COMMISSIONER SEEL AND YOUR DISTINGUISHED COMMISSION. GOD BLESS YOU IN YOUR WORK. I AM LENORE FAULKNER FROM MADEIRA BEACH. I’VE BEEN A FLORIDA PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR SINCE 1967. CERTIFIED IN BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, MATH, SCIENCE, HEALTH EDUCATION, MIDDLE SCHOOLS, AND THE GIFTED. IN 1967, THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA SENT ME TO THE SPACE COAST TO INTERN AT A NEW JR. HIGH WITH A WEATHER STATION. WE WERE NUMBER ONE IN MATH AND SCIENCE IN THE NATION, MAYBE IN THE WORLD. MY STUDENTS’ PARENTS WORKED ON THE APOLLO SPACE PROJECT. IN 2009, AMERICA WAS NUMBER 17 IN SCIENCE IN THE WORLD. WHY? I FIND MYSELF FIGHTING FOR EDUCATION EXCELLENCE FOR ALL STUDENTS. WHAT IS IT? I WAS BORN AT THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY. THAT IS MY STANDARD. TEACHERS ARE GRADED ON VALUE ADDED MODEL, VAM. WE COULD GRADE SCHOOLS SINCE 2008, AND THE SCIENCE CENTER CHARTER SCHOOLS, WITH THE VAM SCORING FIVE STARS OR FIVE STARS. REMEMBER THE FAILURE FACTORY SCHOOLS IN — AND THE SCIENCE CENTER CHARTER SCHOOLS IN PINELLAS. FIVE STARS OR FIVE SCARS. REMEMBER THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WON THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FIVE FAILING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN ST. PETERSBURG. AND I HAVE A 400 PAGE DOCUMENT FROM THE SCIENCE CENTER CHARTER SCHOOLS IN ST. PETERSBURG. WHY AM I HERE? 2003 MY SON AND I GRADUATED FROM HE ST. PETERSBURG ENTREPRENEURIAL ACADEMY SPONSORED BY THE ST. PETE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, WHICH I WAS BELONGED TO FOR TWO YEARS. I WAS ASKED TO ATTEND A FOCUSED LEADERSHIP MEETING ON MAY 13th, 2005. I ASKED QUESTIONS TO SHORT CREST PREP AND THE USF ST. PETE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION. THE REGIONAL DEPUTY ATTORNEY FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA ASKED ME TO COME IN THE BACK WITH HIM AND HIS FRIEND. JOHN CRAFT’S WIFE WORKED WITH ME AT PINELLAS PARK MIDDLE. SHE PARADE FOR ME WHEN I HAD CANCER IN SEVEN OF MY LYMPH NODES AND WAS HOME FOR FIVE DAYS WITHOUT WHITE BLOOD CELLS. I MET JOHN MORRONI THERE, AND HE ASKED ME TO COME AND I WILL STILL BE COMING FOR JOHN MORRONI. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GREG POUND.>>GREG POUND, PINELLAS COUNTY. I WOULD LIKE TO READ FAUMS CHAPTER 9 VERSUS 17, THE WICKED SHALL BE TURNED AND THE HELL AND THE NATION THAT FORGIVES YAHWEH, THE GOD OF CREATION, THE GOD OF ISRAEL. THE LATEST THING IN THE NEWS I SEEN IT SAYS MORE PEOPLE NOW ARE DYING OF STRESS THAN HEART ATTACKS AND CANCER. AND WE HAVE A SAYING ABOUT YOUR COURT SYSTEM HERE ON 49th STREET THAT IF YOU’RE NOT ON DRUGS, WHEN THEY GET DONE WITH YOU YOU’LL NEED DRUGS TO COPE WITH WHAT THEY DO TO YOU. AND THEY’LL SEND YOU DOWN TO DIRECTIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH DOWN THERE ON BELLEAIR AND BELCHER AND GIVE YOU A SCRIPT AND SEND YOU OFF TO GET ARRESTED FOR HAVING THE DRUGS. SO WHAT WE HAVE NOW IS A SYSTEM THAT’S INTERNALLY CORRUPT TO THE CORE. WE’VE GOT ILLEGALS RUNNING THE LEGALS OUT, AND I’M TALKING ABOUT IN OUR GOVERNMENT, AND SOMEHOW, THE PEOPLE — YOU PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SEE. THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT’S CAUSING THIS STRESS, AND THIS DESTRUCTION IS YOU NEED TO TURN THE TIME AROUND, AND HAVE THEM KICKED OFF.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OH.>>I GUESS YOU MUST LIKE HEARING ME. SO WE’RE AT IN A SYSTEM NOW, WE’RE THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM THAT’S CAUSING THE STRESS. AND WE HAVE TO TEACH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IT’S SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE INSTEAD OF PASSING OUT CONDOMS AND PUTTING ALL THE LITTLE GIRLS ON BIRTH CONTROL AND WONDER WHY THEY’RE DANCING AROUND WITH NO CLOTHES WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO THE OLD SCHOOL AND WE HAVE TO TEACH OUR YOUTH THE NUMBER ONE THING THE CREATOR SAYS IN HIS WORD, THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT WILL DESTROY PEOPLE IS GETTING PHYSICALLY INVOLVED BEFORE MARRIAGE. AND IF YOU LOVE YOUR CHILDREN, YOU WILL TELL THEM, DO NOT GET PHYSICALLY INVOLVED UNTIL YOU’RE MARRIED. THERE’S A GRIEF AND SOWING AND CAUSE AND EFFECT WHERE THE CREATOR SAID HE’S NOT GOING TO BE MOCKED BY MAN FOR WHATEVER MAN SOWED THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP. IF WE DON’T GO BACK TO BECOMING A MORAL PEOPLE, A PEOPLE THAT LOVES TRUTH, JUSTICE, RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND SEEK THOSE THINGS, WE’RE GOING TO BE DESTROYED. AND THAT’S WHAT YOU SEE. I KNOW YOU PEOPLE DEAL WITH A LOT OF STRESS HERE. AND WHAT WOULD REALLY HELP YOU JUST GO TO YOUTUBE, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY THE VIDEO, JUST TYPE IN IDIOCRACR 2006 AND JUST WATCH THAT, WATCH THE COURT CASE, AND THERE WILL BE DIFFERENT SECTIONS IN THAT, YOU CAN GO TO YOUTUBE AND JUST LOOK UP THE ONE COURT AND WATCH THE COURT SYSTEM. AND THIS IS WHAT WE’VE GOT NOW. WE’VE GOT — WE’VE GOT ILLEGAL PEOPLE RUNNING OUR SYSTEM. AND I MEAN, HOW DO YOU PEOPLE DEAL WITH IT? HOW DO YOU REPRESENT THE PEOPLE, REPRESENT THE CONSTITUTION, AND YOU VIOLATE IT. IT’S JUST OUT OF CONTROL. THIS CORRUPTION, IF YOU STUDY THE BOOK OF DANIEL, YOU’LL SEE HOW THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS WORK. THEY COME IN THROUGH THE LEADERSHIP, THROUGH THE AUTHORITIES, THAT’S WHY THE AUTHORITIES HAVE TO BE — THEY HAVE TO BE CLEAN AND PURE. THAT’S WHY THE MEN WHO ARE THE LEA LEADERS, I MEAN IT’S NOT THE WOMEN WHO HAVE TO GET TOGETHER IT’S THE MEN WHO HAVE TO GET THEMSELVES UNDER CONTROL. YOU DO NOT HAVE 6 UNTIL YOU’RE MARRIED. PERIOD. THAT’S THE CREATOR’S PLAN. AND IF THAT’S NOT PASSED ON, WE DON’T HAVE NO FUTURE HERE. YOU’RE GOING TO LOSE ALL THE GIFTS THAT GOD’S GIVEN TO AMERICA. EVERYBODY WANTS TO COME TO AMERICA. LOOK AT THE SOUTH BORDER. LOOK AT THE PEOPLE WANTING TO COME HERE. WHY? BECAUSE WE HAVE A CONSTITUTION. WE UNDERSTAND YOU PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY THE CONSTITUTION. YOU TOOK AN OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION. AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS. AND THAT’S WHAT YOU TOOK A PLEDGE TO DO. AND ONCE WE HAVE ILLEGAL PEOPLE LIKE OUR ILLEGAL SHERIFF, OUR HEAD CHAIR HERE KAREN SEEL, KEN WELCH, THEIR TERMS WERE UP A LONG TIME AGO. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE ELECTIONS. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE THIS STUFF, IS TO HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE. I MEAN THESE OTHER NEW COMMISSIONERS, THEY’RE DOING A GOOD JOB. I MEAN WHY CAN’T WE HAVE OTHER PEOPLE, I MEAN YOU GUYS BEEN GRANDFATHERED IN? YOU GOT A HOLD OF THE AUTHOR — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY THAT IS ALL THE CITIZENS. TO BE HEARD THAT WE HAVE. WE NEXT WILL MOVE TO ITEM 51 WHICH IS APPOINTMENT TO THE PINELLAS COUNTY CONSTRUCTION LICENSING BOARD. THERE’S TWO VACANCIES. ONE IS FOR THE FIRE OFFICIAL, AND THEN FOR THE TERM TO EXPIRE SEPTEMBER 30th, 2021, AND THEN THE NORTH COUNT BUILDING OFFICIAL FOR A TERM TO EXPIRE 9/30 — 2022. APPLICATIONS WE HAVE IS FROM JIM MULLICCEN FOR THE FIRE OFFICIAL, AND KEVIN GARIOT FOR THE NORTH COUNTY BUILDING OFFICIAL.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PETERS. OKAY UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. THAT’S GREAT. AND THEN — >>CHARLIE JUSTICE: MADAM CHAIR, JUST A QUICK QUESTION ON THAT A TELL. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE ON IT. ON MR. GERIOT, IS THE STATUS, THE POSITION FOR HIM THAT A FORMER BOARD MEMBER RULED OUT OR WAS THAT COMMENT DIRECTED AT MR. GERIOT?>>KENNETH WELCH: IT’S A COMMENT IN THE NOTES.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: ON THE APPLICANT WORK SHEET BALLOT. IT’S GOT A COMMENT, WELL QUALIFIED CITY BUILDING OFFICIAL, FORMER BOARD MEMBER RULED OUT DUE TO RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT. SO IS THAT — >>YOU REMEMBER THAT THE STATE LAW THAT WAS JUST CHANGED LAST YEAR ALLOWED PEOPLE NOT — I MEAN BUILDING OFFICIALS DID NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN THE COUNTY. WE MODIFIED THAT AND THAT’S WHY HE’S ABLE TO COME BACK ON THE BOARD. HE WAS A VERY GOOD BOARD MEMBER.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THE COMMENT WASN’T 100% CLEAR WHO THAT WAS DIRECTED TO OR THE STATUS OF THAT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU FOR THE CLARITY, COMMISSIONER JUSTICE. AGENDA ITEM 52, APPOINTMENT TO THE FEATHER SOUND. COMMISSIONER GERARD?>>PAT GERARD: GENTLEMEN, I’D LIKE TO RECOMMEND KEVIN CHAMBERS FOR THE FEATHER SOUND COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT. I GUESS THAT’S A MOTION.>>DAVE EGGERS: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. WELL IT IS YOUR APPOINTMENT. SECOND BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS. OKAY THAT’S UNANIMOUS. WE’LL MOVE ON TO AGENDA ITEM 53. COUNTY COMMISSION NEW BUSINESS ITEMS. LARKO FOR YOUTH. THIS IS A MSTU FUNDING REQUEST THAT COMMISSIONER GERARD HAS SUBMITTED FOR OUR CONSIDERATION.>>PAT GERARD: YES. THE LARGO FOR YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING ASSOCIATION DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE CITY OF LARGO. I KNOW THAT WAS A QUESTION. THEY ARE LOCATED IN RIDGE CREST, AND MAINLY SERVE THAT COMMUNITY. THEY WERE ASKING US FOR SOME FUNDS FOR FOOTBALL EQUIPMENT FOR THE MOST PART, AND ALSO SOME MONEY FOR UNIFORMS WHICH WE ARE NOT SUGGESTING, IF WE HAVE A, I FORGET WHAT THE TOTAL IS NOW. TOTAL OF THE REQUEST IS $7300.>>BARRY BURTON: THAT’S CORRECT.>>PAT GERARD: THE ORIGINAL REQUEST WAS $31,609. BUT WE’RE SUGGESTING $7300. AND BRIAN IS WORKING WITH THEM ON PERHAPS GETTING SOME MORE — THE REST OF WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR.>>BARRY BURTON: THEY’RE WORKING WITH THE “Y” THROUGH OUR LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE “Y” ON SOME FIELD CONDITION ISSUES THAT THEY ADDRESSED AS PART OF THOSE CONCERNS. AND I ALSO JUST WANTED TO SAY STEVEN BEALE IS HERE WITH LARGO FOR YOUTH.>>PAT GERARD: YES.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO IT’S FOR THE FIELD EQUIPMENT AND SOME PLAYER?>>PAT GERARD: RIGHT. RIGHT.>>DAVE EGGERS: NOT FOR UNIFORMS.>>PAT GERARD: NOT FOR UNIFORMS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER PETERS?>>KATHLEEN PETERS: YEAH, I HAD JUST HAD SOME QUESTIONS. IT’S NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE CITY OF LARGO AT ALL.>>PAT GERARD: NO.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: AND THE FIELDS THEY DON’T USE ANY OF THE CITY OF LARGO FIELDS AT ALL.>>PAT GERARD: NO, IT’S UNINCORPORATED FIELDS, THESE ARE FIELDS THAT ARE NEXT TO THE YMCA IN RIDGECREST.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.>>PAT GERARD: AND THAT WAS A MOTION. I MOVE THAT WE GIVE THEM $7300.>>JANET LONG: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG.>>KENNETH WELCH: QUESTION AND A COMMENT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I WANT TO THANK MR. BEALE FOR ALL OF YOUR VOLUNTEERISM, AND MANY AREAS, INCLUDING THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.>>PAT GERARD: I JUST WANTED TO SAY MR. BEALE WAS BRIAN’S COACH WHEN HE WAS PLAYING FOOTBALL IN RIDGE CREST BELIEVE IT OR NOT. HE DOESN’T LOOK OLD ENOUGH FOR THAT.>>KENNETH WELCH: MADAM CHAIR?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER WELCH?>>KENNETH WELCH: I WAS TRYING TO MAKE THE CONNECTION. THIS IS TASKER BEALE’S SON, RIGHT? THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU’VE DONE FOR US. BUT I DO WANT TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE FOR BRIAN BEING SUCH A BIG PACKER FAN NOW. SO GOT TO CORRECT THAT. THE OTHER THING I WANTED TO DO IS JUST THANK STAFF FOR THE WONDERFUL SPREADSHEET THAT SHOWS WHERE EVERYTHING HAS WON. APPRECIATE HAVING THAT. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. SO WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND. WE’RE READY TO VOTE. OKAY. PASSES UNANIMOUS. WE’LL MOVE ON TO COUNTY COMMISSION BOARD REPORTS AND ANY MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. I WILL START WITH COMMISSIONER WELCH.>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WILL TRY TO BE QUICK GO THROUGH THIS STUFF. SO I DIDN’T KNOW WE WERE GOING TO HAVE THE BAND HERE TODAY, BUT I WANTED TO SPEAK ABOUT YOUTH, AS WELL, AND SOME OF THE GREAT THINGS HAPPENING. SO I HAD THIS WEEK JUST KIND OF HAPPENED ON THE CAL BAR THAT I HAD THREE DIFFERENT SESSIONS WITH ABOUT 100 YOUTH. I JUST WANTED TO, PETE IF YOU’VE GOT THAT, JUST HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF THESE PROGRAMS. SO THIS IS THE SUMMER TRAINING AND YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM, STYLE PROGRAM THAT THE URBAN LEAGUE PUTS ON EVERY YEAR. THIS HAPPENS TO BE AT GIBBS HIGH SCHOOL AND THEY PROVIDE YOUTH TRAINING IN EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND COLLEGE PREPARATION. LATER ON IN THE WEEK IF WE GO TO THE NEXT ONE, I VISITED THE YOUTH FARM. I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN SOME PICTURES OF THE ACTUAL FARM, BUT THESE YOUNG FOLKS ARE WORKING IN URBAN AGRICULTURE, AND THE SESSIONS INCLUDE URBAN FARMING, ENTREPRENEURIAL POTENTIAL. THEY GO OUT AND VISIT DIFFERENT URBAN AG, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF BUSINESSES LIKE THAT IN THE COMMUNITY. WORKFORCE READINESS, AND CULINARY TRAINING SO ALL THAT’S HAPPENING AT THE ENOCH DAVIS CENTER, AND THIS IS FUNDED PARTIALLY BY OUR SOUTH ST. PETE CRA. IT’S PART OF THAT. I GUESS WITH ALL OF THESE YOUNG, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I ASKED THEM IS WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO CHANGE OUR COMMUNITY AND MAKE IT BETTER. THEY REALLY GIVE YOU SOME STRAIGHTFORWARD ANSWERS. WHETHER IT’S PUBLIC SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION, EDUCATION, HOUSING, ALL THOSE ISSUES THESE KIDS ARE TUNED IN TO THAT. AND THE LAST ONE WAS SATURDAY, I ATTENDED A GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR REACH OUT AND BLESS SOMEONE. THIS IS AT BAY VISTA CHURCH OF CHRIST DOWN IN ST. PETE AND THEY GAVE $10,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS SINCE THEY BEGAN THAT PROGRAM. THE GENTLEMAN ON THE LEFT IS MR. LORENZO POLLARD AND I WANT TO THANK HIM AND HIS WIFE SHERYL FOR WHAT THEY’RE DOING TO SUPPORT OUR YOUTH. THE LAST THING I HAD A VISIT FROM COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND THEY’RE MAKING THE ROUND WITH ALL THE COMMISSIONS AND THEY TALKED ABOUT SOMETHING THAT I THOUGHT WAS REALLY INNOVATIVE. THEY’RE PARTNERING WITH FEEDING TAMPA BAY TO CREATE A FOOD PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM’ NEW COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER IN LEALMAN. AND THE PROGRAM WILL CO-LOCATE MEDICAL AND FOOD SERVICES TO ADDRESS HEALTH NEEDS, AND THE FOOD INSECURITY ISSUES IN THE AREA. THE WAY IT WILL WORK IS MEDICAL PROVIDERS WILL SCREEN PATIENTS USING A HUNGER VITAL SIGNS SCREENING TOOL TO IDENTIFY FOOD INSECURE PATIENTS HAVING ONE OR MORE CHRONIC DISEASES. THE PATIENTS WILL THEN RECEIVE A PRESCRIPTION TO VISIT THE ON-SITE FOOD BANK THAT WILL BE RIGHT THERE AT THAT LOCATION. AND RECEIVE PREPARED FOOD SPECIFICALLY SELECTED TO ADDRESS THAT CHRONIC DISEASE. THE FOOD PANTRY WILL BE STOCKED ON A REGULAR LAY BASE WITH CHEF PREPARED MEDICALLY TAILORED MEALS READY FOR THE MICROWAVE AND SHELF STABLE FOODS. THEY’RE WORKING WITH OTHER PARTNERS TO PROVIDE PATIENTS WITH DEBIT CARDS TO OBTAIN HEALTHY PRODUCE TO COMPLEMENT THE SHELF STABLE ITEMS. SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT THEY’LL PROVIDE IS ACCESS TO A DIETITIAN, HEALTHY FOOD DEMONSTRATIONS, NUDGES THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO KEEP YOU ON TRACK, AND I CAN USE THAT WHEN ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES SENDS ME STRAWBERRY PIE PICTURES AND THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. WE WON’T NAME WHO THAT IS. THE FOOD PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM WILL ADDRESS NUTRITION RELATED ILLNESSES FOR THESE PATIENTS AND RESULT IN INCREASED FOOD SECURITY, INCREASED KNOWLEDGE OF HEALTHY FOODS, INCREASED INTAKE OF HEALTHY FOODS, AND REDUCED HOSPITAL RE-ADMITTANCE FOR DIETARY RELATED HEALTH INCIDENTS. AND REDUCE ABSENT EEISM FROM WOK DUE TO ILLNESS. AND FINALLY, RAN INTO THE CENSUS BUREAU REP AT ENOCH DAVIS WHEN I VISIT THE KIDS FOR THE URBAN AG, AND THE CENSUS BUREAU IS HIRING RIGHT NOW IN PINELLAS COUNTY. PAT BURKE IS THE LOCAL PERSON THAT I SPOKE TO. $17 AN HOUR. FLEXIBLE HOURS YOU CAN SET YOUR OWN HOURS. AND THEY ARE HIRING RIGHT NOW. THEY’RE GOING TO HIRE MORE THAN 3,000 PEOPLE IN PINELLAS COUNTY. SO WE’LL GET THIS UP HOPEFULLY ON THE WEBSITE. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED GO TO 2020CENSUS.GOV/JOBS. 2020CENSUS.GOV/JOBS AND THEY’RE HIRING RIGHT NOW. SO THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER PETERS?>>KATHLEEN PETERS: OH, THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. ON TAMPA BAY WATER THEY’RE WORKING ON THE MASTER PLAN. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS NOW FOCUSING ON THEIR NEW PROJECTED WATER SHORTAGE THAT THEY MAY HAVE. SO, I THINK THERE WILL BE A LOT OF NEW FOCUS ON THAT MASTER PLAN. I’M SURE COMMISSIONER EGGERS WILL GIVE MORE INFORMATION ON IT. I ALSO WENT TO THE SIGNING FOR AM SKILLS, TWO APPRENTICES WERE SIGNED FOR PINELLAS COUNTY AND TWO MORE ARE ABOUT TO BE SIGNED. AND YOU KNOW, I WAS THE ONE IN THE LENG SLATE YOUR THAT GOT THEM THEIR ORIGINAL FUNDING MANY YEARS AGO TO START AM SKILLS IN PINELLAS COUNTY. AND I WILL TELL YOU I WAS VERY DISHEARTENED FOR MANY YEARS AND DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD EVER COME OFF THE GROUND AND THE FACT THAT THEY SIGNED TWO APPRENTICES AND HAVE TWO MORE COMING FOR THE FIRST TIME MAKES ME FEEL LIKE OH, MY GOD THEY MAY ACTUALLY HAVE SOMETHING GOING HERE. SO THESE TWO YOUNG MEN ARE GOING TO START AT $14.36 AN HOUR. AND THEY HAVE 11 CERTIFICATIONS THAT THEY HAVE TO COMPLETE WHILE THEY’RE CONTINUING THEIR EDUCATION, WHILE THEY WORK AT ABC PACKAGING, AND IT’S REALLY, I HAVE TO COMMEND ABC PACKAGING FOR WILLING TO DO THIS. BUT BY THE TIME THEY FINISH THEIR 11th CERTIFICATION, THEIR SALARY WILL BE $25.65 AN HOUR. SO WITHOUT A COLLEGE DEGREE THAT’S A WONDERFUL THING. I HOPE AM SKILL CONTINUES TO DO THE WORK THAT THEY’RE DOING. I DID NOT HAVE A LOT OF CONFIDENCE FOR A LONG TIME, AND IT WAS REALLY NICE TO GO TO THIS SIGNING AND LISTEN TO THE OWNER OF ABC PACKAGING, AND HIS THOUGHTS ON THE PROGRAM AND THAT GAVE ME A LITTLE BIT OF HOPE. THE YOUTH ADVISORY COMMIT IS ABOUT TO GET STARTED SO IF YOU ALL HAVE SUGGESTIONS ON HOW WE CAN REACH OUT TO YOUTH TO GET THEM ENGAGED WE CERTAINLY WOULD BE OPEN TO THAT AND APPRECIATE IT. YOU PROBABLY ALL KNOW BAY CARE HAD A REGIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT FORMING A NONPROFIT TO ADDRESS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES. PRIMARILY IT’S GOING TO BE A MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS AND WE’RE SEEING THAT IN A LOT OF BIG CITIES AND COUNTIES WHERE THERE’S STATEMENTS, THEY’RE DOING IT, AIRPORTS ARE DOING IT, TRANSIT THINGS, THEY’RE DOING IT ALL OVER THE COUNTIES TO REALLY START RAISING AWEARNESS ON MENTAL HEALTH. I’M NOT SURE IF THAT’S WHAT BAKER’S PLAN IS, BUT I KNOW IT’S SOME KIND OF MARKETING FOR THE UP. OF PREVENTION AND RAISING AW AWARENESS IN EDUCATION. THEY ALSO HAVE THE HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENT THIS MORNING. AND IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE THAT CAME UP TO THE SURFACE WITH THAT SURVEY WAS MENTAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL — AND ADDICTION. THE TOP ISSUES IN PINELLAS COUNTY AS FAR AS PRIORITIES FOR HEALTH. I DID LET YOU KNOW THAT — OH, I WENT TO THE PINELLAS TECHNICAL COLLEGE GRADUATION, WHICH IS GREAT. I HAVEN’T BEEN TO A LOCAL GRADUATION IN A LONG TIME. AND IT WAS AT THE INDIAN ROCKS BAPTIST CHURCH AND THE CHURCH WAS FULL. AGAIN P-TECH WAS ANOTHER ONE. I HAVEN’T LOOKED AT THEM IN YEARS. THERE WAS A LITTLE CONFIDENCE PROBLEM SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND IT WAS JUST WONDERFUL TO SEE THE NUMBER OF KIDS THAT GRADUATED FROM THE PROGRAMS AND CERTIFICATIONS THAT THEY HAD. IT WAS WONDERFUL AND EXCITING AND I WAS REALLY THRILLED TO DO IT. I DID MENTION THAT ACTS IS NOT LICENSED YET SO THOSE TEN BEDS, ALTHOUGH THEY LOOK REALLY GREAT AND THEY’VE DONE EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO DO, THERE’S AN ISSUE WITH THE SPRINKLING SYSTEM SO DCF IS HOLDING UP ON THAT LICENSE. HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE SOON. I PRAY IT’S THIS WEEK. AND THEN I DID WANT TO PASS THIS, BECAUSE I JUST DO HAVE THIS DATA RESEARCH AND YOU AUBL RECORDS AND EVERYTHING, BUT, WHEN WE VOTED ON THE DECISION PACKAGE, MY THREE DECISION PACKAGES WERE DEFERRED TO THE WORKSHOP DATE, AND SO I DIDN’T KNOW HOW THIS ALL HAPPENED AND HOW IT ALL WORKS, AND SO I WAS REALLY DISHEARTENED WHEN I LEFT WHEN I WASN’T ALLOWED TO HAVE A VOTE ON MY DECISION PACKAGES AND EVERYBODY ELSE WAS ON THIRST. AND SO I DID SPEAK WITH BARRY, AND WE’RE ALL GOOD. HE’S GREAT, AND THE WORK THAT HE AND LOURDES AND DAISY HAVE DONE, AND HER TEAM, IS OUTSTANDING. AND SO I’M REALLY HAPPY WITH THE PROPOSAL THAT THEY’RE PUTTING TOGETHER. I’M HAPPY HE’S PUTTING MONEY ASIDE SO THAT WE’VE GOT SOMETHING FOR THIS BUDGET YEAR. AND THAT WE CAN INTERVENE ONCE WE HAVE BETTER INFORMATION, AND MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE SAVING LIVES. SO THANK YOU, AND REALLY, IT’S AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF WORK THAT LOURDES’ TEAM IS DOING, THE VOLUMES OF DATA AND JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THIS BIG SYSTEM IS HUGE. SO I JUST WANT TO COMMEND THEM ON THEIR WORK AND THANK YOU, AND SO I JUST KIND OF THREW IT OUT THERE. I’M LEARNING MY WHOLE SYSTEM, AND I GOT OVER MY LITTLE ISSUE AND WE’RE ALL GOOD. BUT, AND IT’S GOOD BECAUSE NEXT YEAR I’LL HAVE A BETTER HANDLE ON HOW EVERYTHING WORKS. SO, OTHER THAN THAT — OH, ONE LAST THING, AND I USUALLY DON’T GO SO LONG SO I APOLOGIZE. I’M KIND OF EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE. FRIDAY I WAS SELECTED TO BE PART OF THE BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION PROGRAM TO DO ECONOMIC MOBILITY. SO LOOK AT ECONOMIC MOBILITY. IT’S PART OF A NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES, THE GATES FOUNDATION WENT TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES TO SELECT THE PEOPLE THEY WANTED TO BE PART OF THIS PROGRAM. SO, NOT QUITE SURE HOW MY NAME GOT OUT THERE BUT I’M EXCITED TO LOOK AT A NEW ISSUE I’VE SPENT SO MANY YEARS ON, MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION. YOU ALL MIGHT BE HAPPY THAT I’M NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT SO MUCH ANYMORE. BUT I’LL HAVE SOMETHING ELSE TO FOCUS ON. I’LL BE IN PORTLAND, OREGON, NEXT WEEK WORKING ON THAT PROGRAM FOR ECONOMIC MOBILITY. SO I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GREAT. MAYBE THEY’LL WRITE US A BIG CHECK. I KNOW IT’S ALWAYS A LEARNING PROCESS WHEN YOU FIRST COME ON THE BOARD, AND I THINK AFTER WE LEFT THAT WORKSHOP, YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO TACKLE THIS BUT IN A VERY STRATEGIC WAY. IT’S OFTENTIMES WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE DECISION PACKAGES IN THE PAST HAS BEEN THERE’S A LITTLE BIT OF, YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT HOW IT FITS, AND THEN DO WE DO THE WHOLE THING OR DO WE DO PARTIAL OF IT? HOW DO WE FUND IT? AND SO, A LOT GOES INTO THAT WITH THE STAFF. AND THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENED.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: AND IT’S ALL GOOD.>>BARRY BURTON: THIS WAS MY FIRST BUDGET.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YOUR FIRST BUDGET, TOO. ANYWAY, I THINK WE’RE PROCEEDING FORWARD, AND A REASONABLE, AND IN SOME WAYS, YOU KNOW, A FASTER TRACK THAN I EXPECTED. SO BARRY’S ABLE AND DAISY AND LOURDES HAVE BIFURCATED THE ISSUES OF TRYING TO ADDRESS THEM VERY STRATEGICALLY. SO. COMMISSIONER JUSTICE. AND THANK YOU AGAIN. I REALLY ENJOYED THE POWELL AND.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THEY DID AN AWESOME.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I THINK THEY GET BETTER — THEY’RE ALL SUPER. BUT IT’S LIKE OH, MY GOODNESS.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: AUGUST WILL BE A CHALLENGE. ALL RIGHT. NOT A LOT OF COMMITTEE REPORTS. I DID WANT TO BRING YOUR ATTENTION. WE GOT AN E-MAIL TODAY FROM THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS THAT 26,000 BALLOTS WENT OUT TODAY FOR DOMESTIC — DOMESTIC BALLOTS WENT OUT FOR THE AUGUST 27th ST. PETE PRIMARY. SO BE AWARE OF THAT. A COUPLE EVENTS I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT. WANTED TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE JENNIFER WEBB, WHO CAME TO THE LEALMAN EXCHANGE WITH THE LEALMAN CRA MEETING AND DID HER LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR THE COMMUNITY. SO THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT THAT SHE WAS UTILIZING OUR FACILITY. I WANTED TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE DiCEGLIE WHO CAME ON A TOUR OF LEALMAN WITH MR. MOORE AND STEVE CLEVELAND AND I. AND REALLY GOT A TASTE OF WHAT SOME OF THE ISSUES ARE AND HE’S REALLY COMMITTED TO LOOKING AT SOME OF THE ISSUES AND REALLY ENCOURAGED BY HIS INTEREST THERE. SO THAT WAS GOOD. A COUPLE EVENTS COMING UP THIS WEEK. TOMORROW NIGHT I WILL SERVE AS A RECORDING JUDGE FOR THE YMCA SPELLING BEE. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT REALLY MEANS BUT I’LL BE LEARNING IT TOMORROW NIGHT. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE EVENT THURSDAY AT THE ENTERPRISE FLORIDA SNAPSHOT EVENT. I THINK THAT’S GOING TO BE HIGHLY INFORMATIVE. AND THEN THAT AFTERNOON I HAVE A TOUR OF THE CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY WITH THE FOUNDATION FOR HEALTHY ST. PETE. SO I THINK THAT WILL BE INTERESTING, AS WELL. FRIDAY NIGHT IF YOU’RE AVAILABLE. THERE IS THE KICKOFF FOR OUR CBB FESTIVAL AT ALBERT WOODED PARK DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG WORTH AT ATTENDING. I ALSO WANTED TO WISH MR. BURTON AND CHAIRMAN SEEL HAPPY BIRTHDAYS. IT WAS FORTUITOUS THAT I WORKED OUT ON MY DAY. I WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE BROUGHT YOU GREETINGS. AND THEN I REALLY WANTED TO, TWO MORE THINGS. ONE, NOW THAT WE HAVE A DATE FOR TALLAHASSEE IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN GOING I WOULD BOOK YOUR HOTELS TODAY. THEY GO FAST AND THE PRICES DON’T DO ANYTHING BUT GO UP FROM NOW UNTIL JANUARY. AND THEN LAST THING IS I WAS REALLY EXCITED WITH THE APPOINTMENTS OF MR. LOWACK, MS. McKINNON AND MR. MOORE TO THEIR POSITIONS. ONE OF THE FIRST YEARS I WAS HERE I BROUGHT UP TRYING TO HAVE AN UNINCORPORATED PRESENCE WITH STAFFING. AND IT’S TAKEN A LONG TIME, BUT MR. BURTON HAS MADE IT HAPPEN. GRATEFUL FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND . THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER LONG?>>JANET LONG: OH. THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER SEEL. AS IT RELATES TO TBARTA WE’RE IN THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING OUR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA AND WE’LL HAVE THAT READY IN OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING. NEXT BOARD MEETING IS THIS COMING FRIDAY. WE ALSO HAVE A POLICY MEETING, AND A FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING, AND A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MEETING PRIOR TO THE BOARD MEETING. WE WILL BE DISCUSSING POLICY SOME VERY NEW ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY AS IT RELATES TO MOBILITY AND TRANSIT OPTIONS. AND ONE OF THEM I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT BECAUSE IT’S ACTUALLY IN PRODUCTION RIGHT NOW. AND IT’S A DRONE THAT CARRIES PASSENGERS. ONE PILOT, AND FOUR PASSENGERS. AND IT CAN GO FROM THE ROOFTOP AT TAMPA INTERNATIONAL TO DOWNTOWN ST. PETERSBURG IN SIX MINUTES. HOW EXCITING IS THAT? ANYWAY, I THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY VERY INTERESTING. AND WE’RE GOING TO — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: — THE AIR CONTROLLERS.>>JANET LONG: THAT IS ONE OF THE ISSUES. IT’S NOT INSURMOUNTABLE I HAVE BEEN TOLD AND THEY’RE WORKING ON TRYING TO FIGURE OUT ALL THE AIR SPACE STUFF RIGHT NOW. AND WE’RE ALSO GOING TO BE TALKING — [INAUDIBLE]. WHAT? OH, COME ON. AND WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE CABLE PROPELLED TRANSIT OPTIONS THAT WE’VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT FROM DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER OUT TO CLEARWATER BEACH. SO THAT’S KIND OF EXCITING. I WAS UP IN D.C. A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. IT SEEMS LIKE A LONG, LONG TIME AGO. BUT IT WASN’T, TALKING TO OUR CONGRESSIONAL — OUR UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN AND SENATORS ON OUR FEDERAL FUNDING FOR OUR TRANSIT PROJECT WITH PSTA IN DOWNTOWN SAINT PETE DOWN TO THE BEACH AND THAT’S ON TARGET. WE SHOULD HEAR A FINAL CONCLUSION SOMETIME THIS FALL. SO THAT WAS EXCITING. AND LAST MONDAY, THEY HAD A TRANSIT MINORITY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIAL’S CONFERENCE OVER IN TAMPA THAT WAS VERY, VERY INTERESTING, AND THERE WAS A CEO ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION COMPROMISED OF OUR CEO TRANSIT OPERATORS, AND THE REGION, AND IT WAS VERY POWERFUL, BECAUSE IT SHOWED US HOW MUCH HAS TAKEN PLACE OVER THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS IN TERMS OF FINALLY MOVING THE BALL ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. THEN A COUPLE DAYS AGO COMMISSIONER NIKKI FREID OUR AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER WAS HERE AT PSTA OOHING AND AAHING OVER OUR NEW ELECTRIC BUS. AND DID YOU KNOW THAT THE COMMISSIONER, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE HAS A DIVISION OF ENERGY WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT? NOBODY, NONE OF OUR OTHER AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONERS BEFORE EVER FOCUSED ON IT. HANK WAS THERE. AND I’M SO PLEASEDS TO BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE HIM TO HER. IN ANY CASE, SHE HAS MADE THAT — PUT A REAL SPOTLIGHT ON THAT DEPARTMENT EVER SINCE SHE’S BEEN ELECTED, AND I LOOK FOR GREAT THINGS TO COME. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR ON ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE AND SEA LEVEL RISE, AND I THINK THAT SHOULD BE VERY, VERY INTERESTING, AND SO STAY TUNED ABOUT THAT. I ALSO WAS ASKED BY THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES TO SERVE ON A RESILIENCY AND PLANNING SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. I DON’T KNOW IF JOE WAS EVER ABLE TO CALL IN OR HANK, BUT IN ANY CASE, THEY SPENT THE LAST PART OF THE MEETING TALKING VERY ROBUSTLY ABOUT CONSIDERING RESILIENCY, FLOODING, CLIMATE CHANGE, SEA LEVEL RISE AND HOW IT AFFECTS OUR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, AND IN PARTICULAR THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT WITH THE TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF HEAT THAT WE HAVE, HOW IT CAN POTENTIALLY SPUR WILDFIRES, LIKE THEY’VE HAD IN SEVERAL PARTS OF OUR STATE, AND THEY ANTICIPATE THAT WILL HAVE A GREATER IMPACT ON OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. SO, STAY TUNED ON THAT. WE’VE ALREADY HEARD FROM BRIAN ABOUT THE LEGISLATIVE DAY. I DID WANT TO SHARE A VERY INTERESTING EXPERIENCE I HAD RECENTLY RIGHT HERE IN DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER. WITH THE GROUP THAT HAS DEVELOPED THE RING WORK SPACE. YOU ALL HAVEN’T BEEN OVER THERE AND LOOKED AT THAT, AND TOURED IT, IT IS REALLY FASCINATING. AND, I WOULD ENCOURAGE BARRY, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’VE BEEN OVER THERE YET — >>BARRY BURTON: I’VE BEEN INVITED.>>JANET LONG: PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. IT WILL GIVE YOU SOME TERRIFIC IDEAS, ESPECIALLY AS WE ARE ASSESSING. YOU’VE BEEN OVER THERE? GOOD. BECAUSE IT’S VERY NEW, IT’S VERY, YOU KNOW, FUTURISTIC IN MANY, MANY WAYS. AND THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SPACE, THE AIR QUALITY, THE SMELLS, THE TASTES, THE TOUCH. IT’S FASCINATING. AND AS WE BEGIN TO STUDY OUR SPACE NEEDS, AND FACILITIES AND STUFF LIKE THAT, I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY INTERESTING. I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE HAVING OUR VERY FIRST-EVER BOARD MEETING OF THE JOHN MORRONI LEGACY FOUNDATION. THURSDAY. AND WE ARE FINALLY DOTTING THE “Is” AND CROSSING THE “Ts” ON PUTTING THE FOUNDATION IN A FORMA FORMALIZED CONCEPT. IT’S TAKEN US ALL THIS TIME TO GET THROUGH ALL THE DOTTING “Is” AND CROSSING “Ts” BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DO IT RIGHT. DON’T FORGET, PLEASE PUT ON YOUR CALENDARS THAT THE NEXT EVENT IS FEBRUARY 15th. YOU’LL BE HEARING MORE ABOUT THAT SHORTLY. ONE MORE THING, COMMISSIONER GERARD AND I, I’M NOT STEALING YOUR THUNDER, BUT JUST BECAUSE YOU STOLE MINE, WERE AT A HABITAT FOR HUMANITY EVENT, AND IT WAS FOR A NEW HOME IN THE RIDGE CREST AREA, AND IT WAS REALLY LOVELY TO JUST BE PART OF THAT AND SEE ALL OF THE GOOD WORK THAT MIKE AND HIS FOLKS ARE DOING. OKAY THAT’S THE END OF MY REPORT MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU. OH, ONE MORE THING. [LAUGHTER] JUST I’LL MAKE IT REALLY, REALLY QUICK. YESTERDAY, I WAS AT THE OPEN HOUSE AT LARGO MEDICAL FOR THEIR NEW ROBOTICS PROGRAM THAT THEY HAVE THERE AND THAT WAS REALLY FASCINATING, BECAUSE IT GAVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY SIT DOWN AND USE THE EQUIPMENT NEEDLESS TO SAY I’M GLAD I’M NOT OPERATING ON ANYBODY, BUT THEY WILL BE USING IT FOR GENERAL SURGERY, UROLOGY, AND BARIATRIC SURGERY. IT’S REALLY INTERESTING TO WATCH AND SEE ALL THE NEW SURGEONS AND STAFF WERE EXCITING ABOUT IT. I THINK IT’S THE ONLY ONE IN THE COUNTY. SO, THAT’S THE END OF MY REPORT. I PROMISE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER EGGERS?>>DAVE EGGERS: YEAH. BECAUSE WE’RE A LITTLE BIT LOW ON TIME I’LL BE QUICK. WE HAVE A JUST ON FORWARD PINELLAS, I WAS NOT AT THE MEETING THIS MONTH, BUT I UNDERSTAND IT WAS A REALLY GOOD MEETING. THEY TALKED ABOUT THE GATEWAY AREA MASTER PLAN. I THINK I SENT COPIES, OR KIM SENT YOU COPIES OF THE KIND OF SUMMARY OF ACTION LAST THURSDAY. SO, THERE’S A LOT OF DETAIL IN THAT AND AT SOME POINT I THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD THING TO GO THROUGH, YOU KNOW, SO THAT FOLKS MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET A HANDLE ON WHAT WE’RE DOING OUT THERE IN THE GATEWAY AREA. WE TALKED ABOUT SOME COUNTYWIDE PLAN STANDARDS. REALLY RELATED TO TRANSPORTATION DECISION MAKING. MORE DENSE CORRIDORS AND THAT HAVE A CHANCE TO BE SUCCESSFUL, AND COMBINING THAT WITH LAND USE AND ALSO AFFORDABLE HOUSING SO WE DID SOME WORK ON COUNTYWIDE PLAN STANDARDS AND THAT WILL BE COMING TO THE COUNTY COMMISSION IN OCTOBER. WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE ADVANTAGE PINELLAS PLAN ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO THE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN WHICH IS FOCUSING ON WALKING AND BICYCLE AND THAT KIND OF THING, THE SAFETY ISSUES CONNECTIBILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY ISSUES. A LOT OF THAT KIND OF ACTIVITY GOT TAKEN CARE OF AT THE MEETING. TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT U.S. 19 AND THE INTERCHANGES NORTH OF TAMPA ROAD, AND THE ALTERNATIVES THAT FDOT IS LOOKING AT. THAT WAS DISCUSSED. AND MILLAGE RIGHT FOR NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET FOR THE FORWARD PINELLAS WILL STAY THE SAME AT 0.0150 AND AGAIN INFORMATION THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN IN MORE DETAIL. SO, ON MY V.A. COMMUNITY WHICH IS THE V.A. COMMUNITY FOR THE ENGAGEMENT BOARD WE MET WITH THE FDVA WHICH IS THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, SECRETARY WAS THERE, AND WE HAD A REAL GOOD DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW OUR BOARD LOCALLY, AND THEIR BOARD, CAN WORK TOGETHER TO BRING A LITTLE BIT MORE VALUE IN EACH OF OUR INDIVIDUAL EFFORTS, ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO ALL OF OUR 501 C-Ps AND WHAT THEY DO IN COMBINING THAT OR TRYING TO MARRY THAT WITH ALL OF OUR RHETT VANS AND THEIR NEEDS. SO THERE’S SOME REALLY NEED THINGS GOING ON THERE. THE TAMPA BAY WATER HAD AN EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING. THEY HAD SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT THE LONG-TERM MASTER PLAN, WATER PLAN, WHICH AGAIN, I WAS — THE SAME WEEK THAT I WAS GONE BUT THEY ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE DEMAND MANAGEMENT PLAN. TAMPA AND HILLSBOROUGH CONTINUED TO HAVE SOME OF THOSE GROWTH ISSUES, AND SOME ADDITIONAL NEEDS, AND SO, THE LONG-TERM MASTER PLAN IS LOOKING AT ALL OF THAT. SOME INTERESTING UPDATES FROM THE CITY OF TAMPA AS THEY’RE LOOKING MORE CRITICALLY AT THE TAP PROJECT WHICH IS FINALLY SOMEBODY’S TAKING A CRITICAL LOOK AT THAT. SO I’M REALLY HAPPY ABOUT THAT. AND SO, REALLY THAT’S ALL I’M GOING TO TALK ABOUT ON THE EXECUTIVE — OR THE COMMITTEE REPORTS JUST WANTED TO TOUCH ON THREE OR FOUR THINGS. JUST A REMINDER AUGUST 7th IS THE PURPLE HEART MEMORIAL DEDICATION, 10:00 IN THE MORNING. SO I THINK AS ZEFFREY SAYS WE’RE GOING TO KEEP IT AT ONE HOUR. NO LONGER, SO IT IS GOING TO BE A WARM MORNING. SO, COMMISSIONER PETERS THANK YOU FOR SAYING THAT ABOUT AM SKILLS. THOSE COMMENTS THAT YOU SAID ABOUT BEING CONCERNED ABOUT WHERE THEY’RE HEADING OR WHERE THEY’RE NOT HEADING AND SEEING THAT EFFORT THIS PAST COUPLE WEEKS I THINK IS A GOOD SIGN. SO LET’S HOPE FOR MORE OF THAT. ALSO WANTED TO ECHO THE COMMENTS THAT YOU SAID ABOUT MOORE, McKIBBEN AND LOW BEING THAT NEW POSITION. I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING THAT I, TOO, HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR SINCE I’VE GOTTEN ON BOARD TO HAVE MORE FOCUS ON OUR UNINCORPORATED AREA AND I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THESE THREE AND WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO BRING TO OUR RESIDENTS IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA. AND THE LAST TWO THINGS — LAST THREE THINGS. IT’S KEEPING IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUTH, WHEN I WENT ON MY HONDURAS MISSION TRIP WE HAD 20 PEOPLE GO. FIVE FOLKS, FIVE YOUNG PEOPLE, TEENAGE KIDS, THAT WAS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF THE TRIP. BECAUSE TO SEE THEIR GROWTH, REACHING OUT TO THE FOLKS OF HONDURAS, THE KIDS OF HONDURAS, HAVING ADULT CONVERSATIONS WITH US, HAVING JUST AN AWFUL LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO STAND UP AND PRESENT AND DO DEVOTIONALS AND JUST WATCHING THEM GROW THAT WEEK WAS JUST AMAZING. GOOD, YOUNG KIDS, HIGH SCHOOL AGE KIDS, DID JUST REALLY GOOD STUFF. SO REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THEIR FUTURES, AND REALLY DID SOME PROFOUND WORK WITH THE PEOPLE OF HONDURAS. SO THAT WAS REALLY GOOD, AS WELL. I GUESS THE LAST THING I WOULD SAY, AND I REALLY DON’T KNOW ALL THE DETAILS BUT I WAS WATCHING ON TV LAST NIGHT, AND SOMETIMES YOU ONLY GET HALF THE STORY, BUT, IN OUR COUNTRY TODAY, WITH ALL THE DIVISIVENESS THAT’S GOING ON AND THE UGLINESS THAT WE HEAR AND SEE, I WAS REALLY DEPRESSED AFTER I SAW SOME OF OUR POLICE OFFICERS UP IN NEW YORK CITY BEING DRENCHED, OR HAVING WATER DUTCHED ON THEM AS THEY WALK THROUGH THE STREETS OF NEW YORK. AND AGAIN I DON’T KNOW THE DETAILS BEHIND IT. BUT I THINK WE’RE BETTER THAN THAT. I THINK THIS COUNTRY NEEDS TO REALLY START DOING A LOT OF INTROSPECTION AND HOW WE START WORKING TOGETHER A LITTLE BIT, AND STOP BEING SO DIVISIVE. IT WAS A LOT OF LAUGHTER, IT WAS HUMILIATING TO THE OFFICERS, BUT A LOT OF LAUGHTER FROM THE PEOPLE, YOU COULD HEAR IT IN THE, I GUESS, ALL THE TAPES THAT WERE BEING DONE OF IT. SO, SORRY TO THOSE OFFICERS. AND I KNOW THAT WE IN THIS COUNTY HAVE A LOT MORE RESPECT FOR THOSE FOLKS THAT PUT THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE. THAT’S ALL I HAVE. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER EGGERS?>>PAT GERARD: THANK YOU. I’D LIKE TO THINK THAT WE SET A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR THAT.>>DAVE EGGERS: AMEN.>>PAT GERARD: SORT OF MUTUAL RESPECT, AND JEN TILLTY. LET’S SEE. WELL AS USUAL, CAREERSOURCE TAKES MOST OF MY TIME 73 AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, WHILE WE HEARD — DIDN’T HAPPEN AT THE BOARD MEETING, ST. PETE CITY COUNCIL HAS VOTED TO PURCHASE THE SCIENCE CENTER TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT. SO, THAT WILL BE HAPPENING. THEY STILL HAVEN’T PROMISED TO DO AFFORDABLE HOUSING THERE ALTHOUGH THEY SUGGEST THAT THEY I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THAT MYSELF. WE HAD AN AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING AND LAID OUT SOME EXTRA INTERNAL CONTROL ISSUES THAT WE’D LIKE THEM TO LOOK AT. THEY HAVE KIND OF A BIFURCATED CONTRACT WITH THEIR AUDIT FIRM WHERE THEY DO THE BASIC FINANCIAL AUDIT, AND THEN THEY DO SOME OTHER THINGS. SO WE HAVE THEM LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE CREDIT CARDS, AND INCENTIVE PACKAGES AND THAT SORT OF THING. SO, I THINK THAT WILL BE HELPFUL. WE ARE HIRING A CONSULTANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT WERE IN THE DOL REPORT, SOME OF THEM, SOME OF WHICH GO BACK FOUR OR FIVE YEARS. SO IT’S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF TIME LOOK AT ALL THOSE DETAILS. PARTICULARLY LIKE PEACH’S SALARY GOING BACK TO THE BEGINNING AND HOW HE GOT RAISES AND WHETHER THEY WERE APPROVED BY THE BOARD AND ALL THAT. WE HAVE A CONFERENCE CALL TOMORROW WITH THE DEO, BECAUSE COMMISSIONER MURMEN SENT OUT AN E-MAIL TO THE DEO ON OUR BEHALF, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WITH KIND OF A NOT VERY GENTEEL TONE TO IT. THEY IMMEDIATELY WERE SETTING UP A CONFERENCE CALL TO TALK ABOUT WHAT PART WE WILL PLAY IN THE WHOLE RESPONSE, SO THAT SHOULD BE AN INTERESTING — BARRY’S GOING TO BE ON THAT CALL, TOO. I’LL HAVE TO REMEMBER — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ARE YOU GOING TO BE ON THAT CALL?>>PAT GERARD: I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH LEGAL STUFF IS GOING TO BE PART OF THAT. BUT ANYWAY. THE HABITAT THING THAT WE WERE AT YESTERDAY, I BELIEVE, WAS THEY SAID SOMETHING LIKE THE 578th HOME THEY’VE BUILT IN PINELLAS COUNTY. WHICH IS MIND BLOWING TO ME. AND THEY CONTINUE, I MEAN, THEY’VE GOT HUGE PLANS.>>JANET LONG: NOW THEY’RE UP IN PASCO.>>PAT GERARD: YEAH THEY MERGED WITH THE PASCO BOARD. THEY’RE JUST DOING AMAZING THINGS. I WILL BE GOING TO THE MAYOR’S COUNCIL TOMORROW FOR US AND I WANTED TO REMIND PEOPLE ABOUT ART’S MEMORIAL ON SATURDAY. AND THAT’S IT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. I JUST HAVE ONE THING. I THINK YOU ALL ALREADY SAW THE MESSAGE, BUT THE JUVENILE WELFARE BOARD, WE ARE HIRING BETH HOTTON.>>PAT GERARD: EXCELLENT CHOICE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. I ACTUALLY REACHED OUT AND RECRUITED HER.>>PAT GERARD: OH, GOOD. THANK YOU.>>JANET LONG: SURPRISE, SURPRISE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO, I LET THAT CAT OUT OF THE BAG. BUT ANYWAY, SHE WILL START IN MID-SEPTEMBER. AND SO, I HOPE — I’M GLAD THAT YOU’RE ALL PLEASED WITH THE CHOICE. ALL RIGHT, WE ARE GOING TO RESUME OUR MEETING AT 6:00 FOR OUR PUBLIC HEARINGS, AND THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. [BREAK]

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