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FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING CARRABELLE ANNEX DECEMBER 17, 2013 10:00 AM AGENDA

The Board of County Commissioners asks that all cell phones are turned off or placed on silent (vibrate) mode. If you would like to comment on any matter, when recognized by the Chairman, state your name, sign the speaker log, and please adhere to the 3 minute time limit. If you plan on distributing any handouts (information) to the Commission, please provide a copy to the Clerk for the official records.

10:00 AM

Call to Order Prayer and Pledge Approval of Minutes Payment of County Bills Department Supervisors Report Howard Nabors Superintendent of Public Works Fonda Davis Solid Waste Director Nikki Millender- Parks & Recreation Pam Brownell- Emergency Management Anne Birchwell- Franklin County Librarian- County Update Advisory Board of Adjustment Consent Agenda Marcia M. Johnson- Clerk of Courts- Report Alan Pierce Director of Administrative Services Report Michael Shuler- County Attorney- Report Commissioners and Public Comments Adjourn for Lunch

10:15 AM

10:30 AM 10:40 AM 10:45 AM 11:00 AM 11:15 AM 11:30 AM 12:00 PM

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING FRANKLIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX NOVEMBER 5, 2013 9:00 AM MINUTES

Commissioners Present: Cheryl Sanders Chairman, William Massey Vice Chairman, Pinki Jackel, Noah Lockley, and Joseph Parrish

Others Present: Marcia M. Johnson Clerk of Courts, Alan Pierce Director of Administrative Services, Michael Shuler County Attorney, Michael Morn Deputy Clerk to the Board

Call to Order (9:02 AM) Chairman Sanders called the meeting to order.

Prayer and Pledge (9:02 AM) There was a Prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of the Minutes (9:03 AM) Motion by Massey, seconded by Lockley, to approve the Minutes of the October 1st and 15th regular meetings; Motion carried 5-0.

Payment of County Bills (9:04 AM) Commissioner Lockley inquired as to the reason for a payment to Captain David Long. Mr. Pierce explained that this payment was for some work done on the St. George Island fishing Pier project. Commissioners Sanders and Jackel, and Mr. Pierce discussed why this item wasnt addressed during planning phase of this project. Motion by Massey, seconded by Parrish, to approve payment of the bill list as presented; Motion carried 5-0.

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Big Bend Hospice Resolution (9:08 AM) Sandi Hengle of Big Bend Hospice asked for board action to adopt a proclamation declaring November as Big Bend Hospice Month. Ms. Hengle invited the Board to some of the events hosted by Big Bend Hospice in November. Board spoke in support of Hospice and the positive things they have done in the County. Motion by Massey, seconded by Parrish, to adopt the Proclamation declaring November as Big Bend Hospice month; Motion carried 5-0.

Department Supervisor Report (9:10 AM) Howard Nabors Superintendent of Public Works Mr. Nabors presented his report to the Board. I would like approval to purchase the 2013 Hino Double Cab Dump Truck off of the City of Tallahassee Bid List. This was approved for the 2013 2014 Budget for use by the inmate squads. The last piece of equipment that was financed for the department was the loader and that was paid off last year. The best rate that has been found to date by the Finance Department is 3.90%. I would like to request permission from the Board to use the principal and interest payment funds in the Road Departments budget and proceed with the purchase of this new truck subject to Attorney Shulers review and approval of the financing agreement. Motion by Lockley, seconded by Massey, to approve the purchase of the 2013 Hino Double Cab dump truck using the principal and interest payment funds in the Road Departments budget contingent on Attorney Shulers review and approval of the financing agreement; Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Nabors updated the Board on new employees that were hired, stated the amount of milled asphalt that has been hauled, and work done in Alligator Point. Commissioner Jackel stated that the Hospital is asking for inmate labor to help with grounds keeping every quarter. Mr. Nabors said he would contact the hospital regarding this request.

Fonda Davis Solid Waste Director Mr. Davis presented this report to the Board. MECHANIC POSITION: FOR BOARD ACTION: On October 31, 2013, Leonard Brannan retired from the Solid Waste Mechanic position. Jonathan Kelley has been filling in as the Mechanic at the Solid Waste

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Department since March 2013. Since Leonard has retired, I would like to request that the Board allow me to post a promotional vacancy to allow for in house transfers to permanently fill the Mechanic position. Jonathan has been doing a great job for the department and I would like to give him and any other interested employee the opportunity to apply for permanent placement in that position. In the proposed compensation plan presented by Lucy Turner - there was a probationary starting salary of $30,450 listed for that position and a permanent base of $32,052. ACTION REQUESTED: Authorize the posting of a promotional vacancy for the Solid Waste Mechanic and the establishment of the starting salary. Commissioner Jackel expressed her concern of the salary that was being offered for this mechanic position being the same as the Road Departments mechanic position. The Board and Mr. Davis discussed this matter further. Mr. Davis reminded the Board that each of the mechanics worked on separate size engines. Motion by Lockley, seconded by Jackel, to advertise this vacancy without including the salary; Motion carried 5-0.

Nikki Millender Parks & Recreation Mrs. Millender had no action items. Commissioner Parrish and Mr. Pierce stated that the lights were on a D W Wilson late yesterday evening. Millender stated that the timers have to be adjusted for daylight savings time.

Pam Brownell Emergency Management Director Mrs. Brownell presented the following items from her report. Action Items: 1. The Florida Division of Emergency Management now requires that line item expenditures be separated by funding source, State, Federal, and Local. My approved budget will remain unchanged for this current fiscal year at $196,286-I simply need to amend the expenditure line items to reflect the different funding sources. I request the Board to approve the lineItem Budget amendments for the 2013/2014 Fiscal Year. Motion by Parrish, seconded by Massey, to approve line item change as requested; Motion carried 5-0. 2. Joyce last working day will be Nov 21, so she is seeking authority to advertise for this position.

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Motion by Massey, seconded by Jackel, to advertise this position competitively, both in house and publicly; Motion carried 5-0. Information Items: 1. October 30, 2013 Franklin County Emergency Management met with The Management Experts to start the first planning session for the upcoming Wide Area Search exercise. 2. Emergency Management is hosting a SARC training (awareness small animal emergency sheltering course) November 9th, at the EOC starting at 8:00am. 3. Emergency Management is conducting a G300 training course for the agencies in the county that need this course to keep their agency and the county in National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance. This is a requirement if you receive Federal grants. This training will be at the EOC on November 13-15, 2013 starting at 8:30am till 4:30pm. Commissioner Parrish and Mrs. Brownell discussed the G300 further. Commissioner Parrish asked if all department heads have been G300 trained and certified. Mrs. Brownell stated that since there has been a turnover of department heads additional training is needed.

Mr. David Walker State Health Department Update (9:28 AM) Mr. Walker updated the Board on new Health Department programs and grants in the County and introduced some of his co-workers who would be providing additional information. Talitha Robinson explained the Healthy Eating program and Julie McKinney and Vanessa Edenfield discussed general health and school health programs. Mr. Walker provided information on some of the outreach programs. Mr. Pierce and Mr. Walker discussed the Health Departments Health Walk program.

Mr. Ray Brownsworth Weems CEO (9:38 AM) Mr. Brownsworth discussed some of the items in his written report. He informed the Board of his upcoming meeting with USDA and stated that he would like to schedule a workshop with the Hospital Board and the Commissioners. Mr. Brownsworth stated some of the items that Mr. Leadbetter, the CFO contractor, is working on. Commissioner Massey asked when the vacancy, due to Mrs. Tammy Hardy resignation, on the Hospital Board would be filled. Chairman Sanders explained that over the past years she has been unable to appoint someone to the Hospital Board because appointees of other Commissioners have been moving into her district, but would like the opportunity to recommend an appointment. Commissioner Jackel stated that she will be appointing a member to fill her districts vacancy. She also stated that there is a concern expressed that one of a hospital board member attends the meetings via phone conference call.

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The Board and Mr. Brownsworth discussed that matter further. Commissioner Sanders recommended that a letter of appreciation is sent to Mrs. Tammy Hardy for her services on the Hospital Board. Commissioner Lockley reminded the Board that Ms. Hardy has served on both the original and the current Hospital Boards. Motion by Jackel, seconded by Massey, to send Mrs. Hardy a letter of appreciation for her services; Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Parrish suggested that the appointments to the Hospital Board are made after the workshop with the Hospital Board.

Dr. Pete Vergot IFAS Update (9:52 AM) Dr. Vergot of the Extension Office introduced the staff members that attended the meeting with him. He stated they will be assisting with managing the local IFAS office until a permanent Director is hired. Commissioner Jackel asked that contact information for the office and staff is provided to the Board. Motion by Jackel, seconded by Parrish, to send Bill Mahan a letter of appreciation for his years of service as the Director of the local Extension Office; Motion carried 5-0.

Recess (9:59 AM) Chairman Sanders called for a recess.

Reconvene (10:10 AM) Chairman Sanders reconvened the meeting.

Marcia Johnson Clerk of Courts (10:10 AM) Mrs. Johnson presented the following items for Board action. 1- ) I have 2 resolutions for adoption on unanticipated revenue as part of the end-of-the-year bookkeeping. This involves funds that werent included in your initial budget last year because we didnt know at the time they would be received. Approval is needed to comply with Florida Statute 129. The 1st resolution deals with $4,167 received from the State of Florida for E911 Maintenance. We put the funds into E911 fund account 163.47.525.4600, Maintenance. The 2nd resolution deals with grant revenues of $4,479 from the Florida Dept. of State for library expenses. We put the funds into the Library account 137.37.571.5200, Operating Supplies.

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RESOLUTION FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WHEREAS, Franklin County is a political subdivision of the State of Florida and subject to Florida Statutes Chapter 129 regarding preparation of budgets, and WHEREAS, FS 129.06 provides for budget amendments for unanticipated revenues, and WHEREAS, Franklin County has received unanticipated revenues in the amount of $4,167.00 from the STATE OF FLORIDA for E911 Maintenance, and WHEREAS, said revenue is needed to pay certain expenditures incurred in Fiscal Year 2011-2012, and WHEREAS, FS 129.06(2)(d) provides for budget amendments in relation to receipts and expenditures of the nature that is received, and WHEREAS, this section requires the Board of County Commission to spread on its minutes the expenditures for the purpose of: 163.47.525.4600 Maintenance $4,167.00

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, Franklin County Board of County Commissioners appropriates these unanticipated revenues in the amount of $4,167.00 in the E911 FUND in order to comply with FS129(2)(d). THIS RESOLUTION ADOPTED by the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners this 5th day of November 2013.

RESOLUTION FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WHEREAS, Franklin County is a political subdivision of the State of Florida and subject to Florida Statutes Chapter 129 regarding preparation of budgets, and WHEREAS, FS 129.06 provides for budget amendments for unanticipated revenues, and WHEREAS, Franklin County has received unanticipated grant revenues in the amount of $4,479.00 from the Florida Department of State for the payment of expenses relative to the library, and WHEREAS, said revenue is needed to pay certain expenditures incurred in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 and WHEREAS, FS 129.06(2)(d) provides for budget amendments in relation to receipts and expenditures of the nature that is received, and WHEREAS, this section requires the Board of County Commission to spread on its minutes the expenditures for the purpose of: 137.37.571.5200 Operating Supplies $4,479.00 NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, Franklin County Board of County Commissioners appropriates these unanticipated revenues in the amount of $4,479.00 in the LIBRARY FUND in order to comply with FS129(2)(d).

Motion by Parrish, seconded by Massey, to approve both resolutions; Motion carried 5-0.

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2-) I have some line-item budget amendments for approval for the 2012-2013 budget year. #1 On August 21, 2012, the Board approved the emergency purchase of two new spray trucks for the Mosquito Control Dept. after the flooding from TS Debby. The trucks and spray attachments costs a total of $51,959.50 and the invoices were paid in late October and early November of 2012 with funding provided by the reserve for contingency line item. We would increase 001.20.511.6401, Capital Outlay by $51,959.50 and decrease 001.99.584.9600, Reserve for Contingency by $51,959.50; #2: The Tourist Development Council approved at their 09/04/13 meeting to compensate Allyn, Inc. up to $8,800 for additional administrative hours worked in FY 2012/2013. A line item budget amendment is needed to move $8,775.00 from Promotional Activities to Contractual Services within the TDC Budget. The overall budget of the TDC didnt increase; however, the budget amendment is necessary because a contract exists for administrative services. We would increase 130.33.552.3400, Contractual Services $8,775.00 and decrease 130.33.552.4800, Promotional Activities $8,775.00. #3: On February 2, 2013, the Board approved the replacement of a $37,179.00 knuckle boom attachment for the Solid Waste Dept. with funding provided by the reserve for contingency line. We would increase 001.40.534.6401, Capital Outlay by $37,179.00 and decrease 001.99.584.9600, Reserve for Contingencies by $37,179.00. #4: On July 16, 2013, the Board approved increasing the library budget by $15,000 to cover expenses incurred during the move to the new facility. We would increase 137.37.571.4400 Rentals and Leases by $8,100, increase 137.37.571.4600, Repair and Maintenance by $6,900, and decrease 137.99.584.9600, Reserve for Contingencies by $15,000. Action needed: Motion to approve the line item budget amendments for the 2012-2013 fiscal year as described above. Commissioner Jackel asked if the budget amendments are from the last fiscal year s budget. Mrs. Johnson verified that they were. Motion by Jackel, seconded by Massey, to approve all four budget amendments; Motion carried 5-0. Allan Feifer, of the Concerned Citizens, asked if any unspent funds from other County Department or Constitutional Offices were returned to the Board. Mrs. Johnson explained that the deadline to return the unspent funds is during mid November and she couldnt answer that question until after that time.

Alan Pierce Director of Administrative Service (10:16 AM) Mr. Pierce presented his report. 1- Board action to ask DOT for permission to close US 98 in Eastpoint for the Eastpoint Christmas Parade, on Dec. 13.

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Motion by Jackel, seconded by Massey, requesting FDOT authority for permission to close the normal route on Highway US 98 in Eastpoint for the Eastpoint Christmas Parade on December 13, 2013; Motion carried 5-0. 2- Inform Board that Ms. Brownell has advertised for the Emergency Management Coordinator position. The applications must be submitted to the Planning Office by Nov. 8. My office will turn over the applications to Ms. Brownell for her review. 3- Inform Board that I provided a short narrative to Senator Montfords Ag Committee for inclusion in his hearing on the Apalachicola Bay that occurred last night, Monday, Nov. 4, in Tallahassee. Senator Montford asked each state agency with responsibilities in the Bay to describe to his committee what each agency was doing to bring the oyster industry back. In the narrative I sent in I described the many steps the Franklin County Commission has taken over the years to protect and enhance the oyster industry. Chairman Sanders updated the Board on what was discussed at the Monday night s meeting. Commissioner Jackel commented on the meeting and recommended that the Board send Senator Montford a letter of thanks for representing the County. Chairman Sanders suggested sending the letter to Senator Montford and all of the committee members. Motion by Jackel, seconded by Parrish, to send letter of thanks to Senator Montford and the other Ag Committee members; Motion carried 5-0. 4- Inform Board that FWC has made a request to the US Sec. of Commerce for Federal Fishery Disaster Assistance Funding as a result of the declaration of fishery failure for the oyster industry. The FWC request includes $52M for the restoration of approximately 2400 acres of oyster harvesting areas in Apalachicola Bay. There is approximately 4100 acres of oyster harvesting area in the Bay so this request, if funded, would provide funds for shells and labor to put the shells out on about half the Bay. This would be a 4 year project. 5- Inform Board that Dept. of Economic Opportunity has released its report Franklin County Long-term Economic Diversification Strategy. Pass out copies. There will be a workshop on Nov. 18, from 2-4:30, at the Reserve Bldg in Eastpoint to present the strategy. The public is invited. 6- Airport Committee update. The Airport Advisory Committee met on Monday, Nov. 4, and makes the following recommendations. A) Recommends Randy Randolph lease the building that Randall Terry is vacating for the same terms that Mr. Terry had, which is $500/month for a 10 year period, with a review of the terms of the lease every 5 years with a cap of 20% on any rental increase. Mr. Randolph is renting the hanger only; the county will retain the right to put county equipment in the structure that is attached to the side of the building. The Committee also recommends that Mr. Shuler

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review the insurance requirements in Mr. Terrys lease as well as Mr. Randolphs regarding premises liability insurance for the hanger as Mr. Terry says he cannot get coverage as stated in the lease. Mr. Marks, Committee member, agreed the countys insurance requirements are outdated for a changing insurance industry. The Committee recommends Mr. Shuler get with Mr. Marks and work out the appropriate coverage. Commissioner Jackel verified that Mr. Pierce was referring to the old hangar. Motion by Parrish, seconded by Jackel, to approve the lease as recommended; Motion carried 5-0. B) Recommends the Board award a bid to RAM Construction for the renovation of the hanger being rented by Mr. Randolph, with the cost of the renovations not to exceed the funds available, which is $94,000, and the items to be improved are those building code issues identified by Mr. Robin Brinkley, County Building Official. If any funds remain, then the additional work will be items requested by Mr. Randolph and approved by the Airport Committee. As the Board may recall, bids were opened for a large renovation of the hanger and existing storage space so that the storage space would be turned into finished offices on the second floor. The low bid by RAM Construction was for some $350,000, an amount well in excess of the funds available. RAM Construction is willing to do this lesser project. The main construction will be to build a firewall between the hangar space and the storage space as that is a requirement of the building code. The Airport Committee recommends moving forward with this construction as plans and specs have already been drawn, the grant funds run out in June, and the county has been informed by DOT that we will be getting an unexpected grant of $77,000 of which part of these funds will be to build a structure to put the county equipment under so we no longer need this large hanger to protect county equipment. By leasing this hanger to Mr. Randolph the airport revenue is now back to what the county budgeted for the airport. Board discussed and clarified with Mr. Pierce which hangar was being referred to. During the Board discussion there was a concern raised about rebidding the project because of the changes to the project. Motion by Parrish, seconded by Jackel, to reject all bids, change the scope of the project as recommended, and then rebid the project to include the plans that will be paid for by the $77,000 grant; Motion carried 5-0. Mr. Pierce explained the additional plans that will be paid for by the $77,000 further. C) While there was no action, the Committee did review with Mr. Taylor Newman, Crystal Air, his accomplishments as November represents the completion of his first year in operation. Crystal Air has a 5 year lease as the FBO.

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D) The Committee recommends that Mr. Randall Terry be added as a member of the Committee. Mr. Terry has become a very active member of the airport community so the Committee feels Mr. Terry would be a good addition. The Committee does not have a set number of seats so there is flexibility in the membership. Motion by Parrish, seconded by Jackel, to accept the recommendation and appoint Mr. Terry to the Airport Advisory Committee; Motion carried 5-0. 7- Inform the Board that CW Roberts should have finished paving CC Land Road over the weekend. Commissioner Parrish and Mr. Pierce discussed the starting date for the Bluff Road project. Clay Smallwood of Preble-Rish provided a timeline for the project. Commissioner Lockley stated that he might need some work done in his district while C W Roberts is in the County. Commissioner Sanders asked about the progress of the Oak Road project. Mr. Pierce and Clay Smallwood provided information on this project. Commissioner Jackel stated some areas in her district that needs work. 8- Board action to extend the FCT Agreement to purchase land in Eastpoint. The Board may recall that last spring FCT informed the Board that additional funds had become available. The county had an unfunded request in to purchase the property known owned by Ms. Sandra Fields, the project had ranked high enough that FCT was willing to move forward with acquisition. Sometime in the summer the county asked for a modification to the acquisition to purchase not only Ms. Fields property but also the property between Ms. Fields and the Eastpoint Pavilion. FCT agreed to the modification so that both properties would be considered for purchase. On a regular basis I get a phone call from the owners wanting to know when they are going to get an offer from FCT. As of Oct. 30, I received an email from FCT staff saying that the program has had management turnover which has held up the approval forms for the offer but nothing has changed on the approval. FCT went on to say they hope to get the offer out ASAP. Board action to extend the FCT Agreement until July 31, 2014. If we do not extend the current FCT Agreement runs out Jan. 31, 2014. Motion by Jackel, seconded by Massey, to approve the requested agreement extension; Motion carried 5-0. 9- Chairman Sanders had asked me several meetings ago to investigate options to purchase the land currently owned by Capital City Bank that used to be Els Court Motor Inn just east of Carrabelle on US 98. Mr. Shuler has spoken to the Bank and I have spoken with Mr. Doug Hattaway, Trust for Public Lands. There are no current state land acquisition programs taking applications at this time, but TPL is working on a $50M Florida Forever allocation with the upcoming legislative session. Mr. Hattaway also said TPL is spearheading a constitutional

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amendment for dedicating funding for Florida Forever, and the website is floridawaterlandlegacy.org. As the Board may recall, TPL is a non-profit with the ability to purchase land that ultimately is purchased from them with state or federal funds, so TPL is a strong ally in any land acquisition program. In the past, TPL was the agent for the purchase of the Indian Creek Park, which became county property, and TPL was the agent that bought the marina at 11 Mile (Schoelles property), and last week that property was transferred to the US Fish and Wildlife for management by St. Vincent. Board and Pierce discussed this item further. Attorney Shuler updated the Board on his discussions with Capital City.

Mr. Pierce stated that he needed Board action to appoint Mr. David Walker to the Juvenile Justice Board. Motion by Lockley, seconded by Jackel, to appointment Mr. David Walker to the Juvenile Justice Board; Motion carried 5-0.

Commissioner Jackel updated the Board on old Eastpoint Highway Patrol building renovation project. She stated that Poloronis Construction estimated the rehab project to be about $120,000 but there are changes that could be made to reduce the project to $100,000. She stated some funding sources for the renovation and operation of the proposed center and museum. Commissioner Lockley stated his concerns with starting another rehab project before finishing the Armory renovation project. He also expressed concerns with giving a county building to a private organization as a visitors center. Chairman Sanders stated that she thought all extra TDC funds was suppose to go to the renovations of the Armory as a county convention center and then to finish the Lombardi boat ramp. Curt Blair, TDC administrator, explained what funding can be used to fund both the Armory renovation project and the Eastpoint visitors center. Board discussed this item further. Commissioner Jackel reminded the Board that the visitor centers building on St. George Island is county owned. Motion by Jackel, seconded by Massey, to approve bidding, awarding, and funding the Eastpoint visitors center and museum renovation project up to $100,000; Motion carried 3-2, Lockley and Parrish opposed.

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Motion by Lockley, seconded by Massey, directing TDC to complete the Armory renovation project during the current fiscal year; Motion carried 5-0.

T. Michael Shuler County Attorney Report (11:09 AM) Attorney Shuler stated that there are two opposing views to the snagging i ssue for the Apalachicola River one by the RiverKeepers and the other by Mr. George Floyd and both are here to discuss this matter with the Board. Dan Tonsmiere, representing the RiverKeepers, presented a PowerPoint to explain his view on the snagging issue, which is a more restrictive permit for the Army Corps of Engineers. At the end of his presentation he asked the Board to consider working with the Riverkeepers to create a more restrictive snagging request to the Corps. George Floyd provided documentation regarding his view of the snagging project. He reviewed some of the information on the documents. He stated that the Riverkeepers do not want any snagging at all and their members are not qualified to make the claims and recommendations that are being made. He asked the Board to join in litigation requesting the Corp to do the snagging. Attorney Shuler explained the procedure if the County decided to join in the litigation. Commissioner Jackel and Attorney Shuler discussed what litigation has been filed thus far and the status of that litigation. Attorney Shuler estimated that the cost should not exceed $5000. Commissioner Lockley stated that he is in favor of snagging. Commissioner Parrish stated that water flow is very important to the seafood industry and if snagging will help, he is in favor of a wide snagging project and joining the litigation to allow the Corp to snag. The Board spoke in favor of the snagging project. Motion by Parrish, seconded by Lockley, in favor of joining the litigation to allow the Corp to snag the river; Motion carried 5-0.

Commissioners & Public Comments (11:55 AM) Commissioner Jackel discussed a request received by the County to purchase a van for the disabled veteran. Mr. Pierce stated he will look into this request and contact the City of Apalachicola and the City of Carrabelle and ask for their participation. Commissioner Jackel asked that Mrs. Erin Griffith of the Clerks Office check with Weems and see what type of hospital services and any health providers that are not covered by the Countys insurance group CHP.

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Mrs. Johnson provided some information regarding this item. Mr. Pierce discussed a response from CHP regarding a specific provider. Chairman Sanders updated the Board on the latest BP restore meeting. Allan Feifer, of APTA, stated what was discussed at the last meeting regarding trash and security on Alligator Point. He discussed a home invasion incident that occurred on Alligator Point. He mentioned a grant that was discussed with the Sheriff regarding security and discussed problems with garbage on Alligator Point. Chairman Sanders commented on this issue. Rev John Sink, representing the Land Grant system, expressed his concerns with Mr. Bill Mahan being reassigned to another county and how disappointed he was with the University of Florida decision to do this. Jimmy Rickards spoke against the expansion of D W Wilson Park to include a soccer field because of how close the fields will be to his house. He asked that a buffer zone to include a tree buffer is built to stop the problems with lights and noise and asked the Board to consider another location for the soccer field. Board discussed the possibility of a buffer zone in that location. Mr. Pierce explained that the expansion of the park and any possibility of a buffer zone will depend on funding. Mr. Rickards suggested using the vacant football field at the old Apalachicola school. Board explained that the field Mr. Rickards is referring to is the property of the City of Apalachicola. Betty Sasnett, President of the Youth Soccer League, explained that there are over 103 children in the Countys league and the current fields are considered inadequate so even hom e games has to be played in other counties. She stated that a buffer would be a good idea but adequate fields are needed because this sport is very important to the kids in the County. She mentioned the large volunteer effort that keeps this league going for the kids of the County, and stated that she and the coaches try to control the lights at the park. Mrs. Sasnett stated that there has been soccer practice at that location for the last 10 years and that the park was designed to include a soccer field but the funding was never there to finish the field. The Board discussed what it would take to create a buffer. Commissioner Parrish stated that he was in favor of the Countys soccer program. Mr. Pierce stated that the City might have a main water line in the same area where the Board was considering placing this buffer. Commissioner Lockley asked Mr. Pierce to contact the City about adding a vegetative buffer to the area where that main line is. The Board agreed with that recommendation and asked Mr. Pierce, after contacting the City, to bring some recommendation for the Boards consideration regarding this matter.

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Adjourn (12:17 PM) There being no further business Chairman Sanders adjourned the meeting.

______________________________ Cheryl Sanders Chairman FCBOCC

Attest:

_________________________________ Marcia M. Johnson Clerk of Courts

FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING FRANKLIN COUNTY COURTHOUSE ANNEX DECEMBER 3, 2013 9:00 AM
Commissioners Present: Cheryl Sanders Chairman, William Massey Vice Chairman, Noah Lockley, Joseph Parrish, Pinki Jackel

Others Present: Marcia Johnson Clerk of Courts, Alan Pierce Director of Administrative Services, Michael Shuler County Attorney, Michael Morn Deputy Clerk to the Board

Call to Order (9:01 AM) Chairman Sanders called the Meeting to order.

Prayer and Pledge (9:01 AM) There was a prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of the Minutes (9:02 AM) Motion by Massey, seconded by Lockley, to approve Minutes of the September 5 & 16, 2013 Budget Public Hearing Meetings and the November 19, 2013 Regular Meeting; Motion carried 5-0. Payment of County Bills (9:03 AM) Motion by Lockley, seconded by Massey, to approve the payment of the Countys Bills as presented; Motion carried 5-0.

Dixie Partington- Update Capital City to Sea Loop Bike Trail (9:03 AM) Ms. Partington was not in attendance.

Department Supervisor Report Howard Nabors Superintendent of Public Works (9:03 AM) Mr. Nabors updated the Board on projects going on throughout the County.

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Mr. Pierce and Mr. Nabors discussed a portion of Florida Avenue that isnt open but a request has been made to open it. Mr. Pierce will investigate further and discuss at a later date.

Fonda Davis Solid Waste Director (9:06 AM) Mr. Davis had no items for Board action. Commissioner Jackel stated that the Solid Waste Department is doing a good job but asked that more attention is paid to trash along Highway 98 during the season.

Nikki Millender Parks & Recreation (9:07 AM) Mrs. Millender had no items for Board action. Chairman Sanders asked that an estimate is done to create a bathroom at Classy Lowery Park. Commissioner Massey stated that inmate labor could be used to build the bathroom.

Pam Brownell Emergency Management Director (9:08 AM) Mrs. Brownell presented her report to the Board. Action Items: Would like Board approval to hire the Office Admin/Special Needs coordinator job at the new hire pay rate of $25,000. So when I start interviews for that position I can inform them what the starting pay rate will be. Motion by Jackel, seconded by Massey, to authorize new hire pay rate of $25,000; Motion carried 5-0. Information Items: 1. Inform the Board that Mrs. Tress Reynolds Dameron will be the new Franklin County Emergency Management Coordinator. Mrs. Dameron is an Apalachicola graduate with an AA in General Studies and Vet Tech. Mrs. Dameron has all her ICS certifications and her Professional Development Certificate in order to be paid out of grant funds. The county already has an investment into Mrs. Dameron, in the past I have asked her to attend the State Animal Response Team planning session and training that our county agency could not attend at the time to represent the county. She has attended several training session and exercises and helped with planning for the animal needs in our county and the Humane Society. Mrs. Dameron helped write the protocol for the American Animal Hospital Association. 2. The Management Experts conducted our second wide area search exercise planning session on November 26, 2013. 3. The Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) was held for the county November 26, 2013 at the EOC, we had great participation.

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4. Emergency Management will be attending the Region 2 meeting on December 5, 2013 at the Hamilton County EOC. 5. December 12, 2013 I will be attending the North Florida Regional Security Task Force meeting in Tallahassee. Debbie Belcher Discussion Potential CDBG Projects (9:10 AM) Mrs. Belcher updated the Board on current and potential CDBG projects. She discussed the expansion of the water line project in the Bluff Road area. She reviewed a handout and discussed the demographic score used to award grants. She stated that the odds, in her opinion, of the County getting a neighborhood revitalization project funded this cycle are slim. She discussed some recommendations for improving the Countys chances in getting funded for a project next cycle. Mrs. Belcher explained that the grants she is recommending are only valid in unincorporated areas of the County so the Cities of Apalachicola and Carrabelle will have to apply for their own grants. Mrs. Belcher described the different requirements for each of the different types of grants, especially the financial match that will be needed by the County. The Board and Mrs. Belcher discussed how many projects are funded per year and what projects are ongoing at this time. Chairman Sanders discussed the possibility of being able to help fund a hatchery project in the County. Commissioner Lockley asked Mrs. Belcher to check on funding for a new hospital. Motion by Jackel, seconded by Massey, to proceed with scheduling the CDBG Economic Development Project public hearings; Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Parrish and Mrs. Belcher discussed the income requirements and options for the CDBG Housing project. Commissioner Lockley and Mrs. Belcher discussed the amount of SHIP funds that would be required for this project. The Board and Mrs. Belcher discussed the details of this project further. Commissioner Lockley stated that his only requirement would be to leave enough SHIP funds to help the residents of the Cities of Apalachicola and Carrabelle since they will be disqualified from receiving CDBG funds. The Board and Mrs. Belcher discussed insurance and reimbursement requirements. Motion by Jackel, seconded by Massey, to proceed with applying for the $700,000 CDBG Housing application; Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Jackel asked Mrs. Belcher to send Staff any information on this housing program and asked that Mrs. Belcher moves forward with this application as quickly as possible.

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Mrs. Belcher gave a tentative timeline for this application. The Board and Mr. Pierce discussed forming the Citizen Advisory Task Force. Rev. John Sink suggested using the Housing Board for the Citizen Advisory Task Force. Motion by Jackel, seconded by Parrish, to use the Countys Housing Board as the Citizen Advisory Task Force; Motion carried 5-0. Rev. Sink stated that the maximum income for a family to qualify for the grant is $37,400 for a household of 4.

Ray Brownsworth Weems Hospital Update (9:42 AM) Mr. Brownsworth reviewed information, which was distributed to the Commissioners. He stated that the staff is supportive of the new medical records system at the Hospital. He discussed some changes in personnel. Mr. Brownsworth reminded the Board of the openings on the Hospital Board and he invited the Commissioners to a social event on December 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM at the Hospital. Motion by Massey, seconded by Jackel, to recommend Mrs. Ann Wilson as his district appointment on the hospital board; Motion carried 5-0. Motion by Lockley, seconded by Parrish, to reappoint Robert Davis as his appointment to the hospital board; Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Lockley suggested inviting Mrs. Debbie Belcher to a Hospital Board meeting.

Marcia Johnson Clerk of Courts (9:49 AM) Mrs. Johnson had no action items for the Board.

Alan Pierce Director of Administrative Service (9:49 AM) Mr. Pierce presented his report to the Board. 1- On June 18, 2013 the FDOT announced that they were providing funds for the re-marking of Lake Morality Road, and the JPA has now arrived. While Lake Morality Road is a county road, the state is providing funds because of a fatality that occurred on the road, and because of the high percentage of DOC traffic using the road. The Board will advertise and open bids on this project in January or February. Board action to approve JPA to re-mark Lake Morality Road. Motion by Parrish, seconded by Massey, to approve JPA to re-mark Lake Morality Road; Motion carried 5-0.

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Chairman Sanders asked for an update on Bald Point and Oak Street Road projects which Mr. Pierce provided. 2- Provide Board with copy of 2013 Jail & Medical Inspection Report. The report is being provided to the Board by Sheriff Mock. There are no substantial deficiencies. 3- Board action to accept a donation by Ms. Florence Fowler of her lot on Bald Point, known as Penn Point Unit 7, Lot 32. I have inspected the lot with Ms. Fowler. Ms. Fowler is donating the lot as it is seaward of the state coastal control line and she is unable to get a permit from the state to stop the erosion on her lot so she would like to give it to the county rather than continue to pay taxes on a lot she cannot use. Motion by Parrish, seconded by Lockley, to approve and send letter of thanks to Ms. Florence Fowler for the donation of her lot on Bald Point; Motion carried 5-0. 4- Board action to sign JPA for $271,115 with DOT for the rehabilitation of pavement at the airport. Motion by Parrish, seconded by Lockley, to approve JPA with DOT for the rehabilitation of pavement of the airport; Motion carried 5-0. 5-Inform the Board that in early 2014 DOT will be sending down another JPA for $1.2M to build a new taxiway that will connect the countys undeveloped industrial park to the runway. This will make the industrial park have airport access and will make it more desirable for aviation related uses. The Board spoke in favor of this item. 6- Inform the Board that the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections is holding a one day workshop in Orlando on Jan. 31 to bring all county Canvassing Board members up to speed on election law changes. While the workshop is not mandatory, it is encouraged. Chairman Sanders went to the workshop last year but she will be unable to be on the Canvassing Board this year as she will be a candidate. Motion by Parrish, seconded by Massey, to appoint Commissioner Lockley to the Canvassing Board and approve travel expenses for Commissioner Lockley and Attorney Shuler to attend the workshop in Orlando; Motion carried 5-0. 7- Inform the Board that I spoke to Ms. Rhonda Skipper, Property Appraiser, regarding the agriculture exemption granted to the St. Joe Company, as was discussed at the last Board meeting. According to Ms. Skipper, since the St. Joe Company is selling the land the new owner will have to present evidence that they can also qualify for an exemption. An Ag exemption is not transferred with a sale. The terms for qualifying for an Ag exemption are set by the state.

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Chairman Sanders asked Mr. Pierce to contact and update Mr. Nobles concerning this information. 8- Inform the Board that the county Finance Office has been notified that Congress has not authorized any PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) this year for the US Forest Service. This notification has come after the county budget has started, and in this years budget the assumption was made that the county would receive the same amount of PILT funds as 2012, which was $230,000. If Congress does not fund PILT then the countys revenue stream for this year will be short by $230,000. Board action to contact our federal delegation and ask them to support PILT. Motion by Lockley, seconded by Parrish, to contact Federal Legislative Delegation and ask them to support PILT payments; Motion carried 5-0. 9- Board action to amend the SHIP Housing Plan to provide for a small amount of funds to help make delinquent mortgage payments current for seafood workers who can demonstrate that their income has been substantially reduced due to the Bay Fisheries Failure. The County SHIP Committee made this request to Florida Housing and it has been approved by Florida Housing, subject to the county commission approving. Dr. John Sink, SHIP Committee, is here to discuss the new strategy. Rev. Sink stated that the maximum in this strategy will be $60,000 with a maximum of $2,000 per applicant. The Board discussed the details of this funding and it how it will help the seafood workers. Motion by Lockley, seconded by Massey, to approve new strategy to help make delinquent mortgage payments for seafood workers; Motion carried 5-0. 10- Board action to appoint new Hospital Board members. Mr. Ray Brownsworth might have already covered this item. This action was covered during Mr. Brownsworths discussion. 11- Remind Board the Dec. 17th Board meeting will be in Carrabelle, starting at 10 AM. Mr. Taylor Newman, of Crystal Air, gave a status update regarding FBO services at the Airport. He gave information on rentals, finances and aesthetics of the Airport. Commissioner Jackel asked about a website for Crystal Air and the Airport, and stated that she is very disappointed that there isnt a website advertising and promoting the Airport. Mr. Newman stated that there is a website through Crystal Air but will talk to his IT staff about better search capabilities.

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Commissioner Jackel also recommended that Crystal Air joins both of the Chambers in the County. Mr. Newman said he would join the local Chambers and stated that he is looking for a local manager that would help with these types of situations. Chairman Sanders and Mr. Newman asked about night flights at the Airport. Commissioner Parrish commented on this issue also. Mr. Pierce asked Mr. Newman to prepare for the mowing and maintenance during the upcoming spring season.

T. Michael Shuler County Attorney Report (10:12 AM) Attorney Shuler provided copies of the proposed final contract for debris removal. He stated that there is a public hearing scheduled for January. Mrs. Brownell commented on this item. Attorney Shuler handed out a diagram for the property owned by the County that is next to the Suwannee Swifty store. He stated that the Board needs to decide how much and the size of the property that the County will sell to the property owner, which houses her propane tank and air conditioning units. He gave his recommendation of which section of the property to sell. Commissioner Massey stated what area he would like to sell. Commissioner Jackel stated that she would like any fencing to be paid for from the sale of the property. The Board discussed this item further. Mr. Pierce suggested that the County sells enough property to allow for maintenance of the units. He explained how he came up with the amount. Motion by Massey, seconded by Parrish, to approve sale at $9,000 for the property in Eastpoint as described by Commissioner Massey; Motion carried 5-0. Attorney Shuler asked for Board action to change the insurance amount on the lease for the Hangar to Mr. Randolph. Commissioner Jackel and Mr. Pierce verified that Mr. Randolph recused himself from these votes as came up at the Airport Board. Motion by Parrish, seconded by Lockley, to approve insurance amount amendment on the Hangar lease with Mr. Randolph; Motion carried 5-0. Commissioner Jackel and Attorney Shuler discussed the issue regarding the Eastpoint property owners who were contacted about cleaning up their property. Motion by Jackel, seconded by Massey, to enforce action on these property owners; Motion carried 5-0.

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Commissioners & Public Comments (10:24 AM) Commissioner Lockley and Mr. Pierce discussed the flooding problems in the Courthouse when it rains. Motion by Lockley, seconded by Parrish, to have architect or engineer look at problems with flooding in Courthouse; Motion carried 5-0.

Adjourn (10:28 AM) There being no further business, Chairman Sanders adjourned the Meeting.

____________________________ Cheryl Sanders, Chairman FCBCC Attest: _____________________________ Marcia M. Johnson, Clerk of Courts

FRANKLIN COUNTY ROAD DEPARTMENT Report to Board of County Commissioners


Summary of Material Hauled & Work Performed by District December 17, 2013
District 1-Pink Jackel Material Hauled from withinMaterial Hauled to21 Cubic Yards of Debris 39 Cubic Yards of Trees 198 Cubic Yards of Black Dirt 52 Cubic Yards of Milled Asphalt 72 Cubic Yards of Yellow Lime Rock

Work Performed- Cut grass and trim along county right ways, ditches, mailboxes, street signs and culverts; graded roads, picked up litter, filled in pot
holes, shoulder work, sign maintenance and trim trees.

District 2-Cheryl Sanders Material Hauled to18 Cubic Yards of #57 Rocks 36 Cubic Yards of Black Dirt 22 Cubic Yards of Milled Asphalt

18 Cubic Yards of Yellow Lime Rock

Work Performed- Box drag, cut grass and trim along county right ways, ditches, mailboxes, street signs and culverts; graded roads, picked up litter,
shoulder work, filled in pot holes and sign maintenance.

District 3-Noah Lockley Work Performed- Cut grass and trim along county right ways, ditches, mailboxes, street signs and culverts; graded roads, picked up litter and sign
maintenance.

District 4- Joseph Parrish Material Hauled from withinMaterial Hauled to36 Cubic Yards of Old Busted Culvert Pipe 9 Cubic Yards of Debris 396 Cubic Yards of Ditch Dirt 18 Cubic Yards of #57 Rocks 3 Black Plastic Culvert Pipes size 24 x 20 27 Cubic Yards of Milled Asphalt 306 Cubic Yards of Sand

36 Cubic Yards of Yellow Lime Rock

Work Performed- Box drag, cleaned out culverts, installed culverts, cut grass and trim along county right ways, ditches, mailboxes, street signs and
culverts; dug out ditches, flagged traffic, picked up litter and filled in pot holes.

District 5- William Massey Material Hauled from withinMaterial Hauled to17 Cubic Yards of Debris 45 Cubic Yards of Trees 9 Cubic Yards of #57 Shells 1 Black Plastic Culvert Pipe 24 x 20 54 Cubic Yards of Black Dirt 30 Cubic Yards of Milled Asphalt 18 Cubic Yards of Sand

18 Cubic Yards of Mixed Dirt and Lime Rock 62.5 Cubic Yards of Yellow Lime Rock

Work Performed- Cleaned out beaver dam, box drag, installed culverts, cut grass and trim along county right ways, ditches, mailboxes, street signs and
culverts; cut and removed trees, maintenance at new Tourist Development Center in Eastpoint, repaired driveways, cut bushes back from right of ways, graded roads, picked up litter, filled in pot holes, shoulder work, pulled ditched, road repair, sand bagged culverts and cleaned off roads.

FRANKLIN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF


Solid Waste & Recycling Animal Control
210 State Road 65 Eastpoint, Florida 32328 Tel.: 850-670-8167 Fax: 850-670-5716 Email: fcswd@fairpoint.net

DIRECTORS REPORT FOR: The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners DATE: December 17, 2013 TIME: 9:00 A.M. SUBJECT(S): Right-of-Way Debris Pickup / Recycle Material Hauled November 27th December 10th FOR BOARD INFORMATION: November 27th December 10th RIGHTOFWAY DEBRIS PICKUP Apalachicola Eastpoint St George Island Carrabelle Lanark Alligator Point
5.56 TONS 60.86 TONS 26.52 TONS 25.30 TONS 35.55 TONS -0- TONS

Apalachicola Cardboard Plastic,Paper, Glass, Aluminum


3.77 TONS 2.85 TONS

RECYCLE MATERIAL HAULED Eastpoint St George Carrabelle Lanark Island


3.77 TONS .93 TONS 2.55 TONS 2.94 TONS .82 TONS 2.69 TONS .19 TONS 1.39 TONS

Alligator Point
-0- TONS 1.33 TONS

St James
-0- TONS -0- TONS

REQUESTED ACTION: None

28 Airport Road Apalachicola, Florida 32320 (850) 653-8977, Fax (850) 653-3643 Em3frank@gtcom.net

Report to Board of County Commissioners December 17, 2013 Action Items: None Information Items:

1. Inform the Board that Mrs. Jennifer Daniels is the new office administrator /Special Needs coordinator for the Emergency Management office. 2. I have scheduled my vacation from December 23-January 6, 2014. I will response to my cell phone, but Mrs. Dameron will be at the office and her cell number is 850-370-6576. I have taken a look at our schedule and include in this report my offices upcoming activities, because I will be on vacation at the deadline to submit the January 7, 2014 report to the Board. 3. Tress Dameron will be attending the G400 class in Wakulla County from January 7-8, 2014, in order to keep my office in NIMS compliance. 4. I will be attending the last planning session for the Health Department Multi County Exercise on January 8, 2014 in Liberty County. The exercise is schedule for January 24, 2014 in Liberty County. My office will be participating in this exercise in order to fulfill scope of work requirements for our state and Federal grants. 5. I wish each one of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Sincerely,

Pamela Brownell
Pamela Brownell Director

Franklin County Advisory Board of Adjustment December 17, 2013 9:00 a.m.

The following recommendation was made to the Board of County Commissioners on December 4, 2013: 1Approve a variance request to build a house 25 feet into the Critical Habitat Zone and 15 feet into the front setback line off of Lake View Drive on Lots 98, 99, Southern Dunes Subdivision, Alligator Point, Franklin County, Florida as requested by Stan Brown, agent for Xin Chen, and Judith Fournier, buyer and seller. (Applicant has agreed to limit house footprint to 1,000 square feet)

Report to the Board of County Commissioners December 17, 2013 1- Inform the Board of a new federally mandated program for which the Board must provide a representative. According to a Dec. 8 letter from the Big Bend Homeless Coalition, a federal act, called the HEARTH Act, has created a planning and oversight body for the homeless. This oversight board, called the Continuum of Care Facilitating Group, is necessary for the continued federal HUD funding exceeding $1M that helps address homelessness in the Big Bend. Per the Governance Charter of the Continuum of Care (CoC) Board, each of the 8 county commissions in the Big Bend is a required member of the CoC Board. The letter from the Big Bend Homeless Coalition closes with a request that the Franklin County representative be appointed by Friday Dec. 20. The representative does not have to be a county commissioner. It could be anyone in Franklin County who has an interest in solving homelessness. 2- Inform the Board that the ARPC has sent the Board a letter requesting verification of the county appointment to the ARPC. The meetings are 4 times a year, with the next one being Jan. 31. 2014. Unless another commissioner is willing to attend the Chairman will be appointed. 3- Inform the Board that MediaCom will be notifying its customers of a rate increase effective in January. Several years ago the state of Florida stopped local governments from having any voice on franchises or services provided by telecommunication companies. Any complaints from customers need to be made to MediaCom or their state legislators. 4- Commissioner Jackel would like to appoint Mr. Rick Watson to the Weems Hospital Board as the representative of District 1. Board action. 5- Mr. Shuler may have reported on this, but the FDEP has issued a permit to the Corps of Engineers for river snagging. The Corps has not said when it would begin. 6- Inform the Board that the 3rd and final round of proposed NRDA early restoration projects have been announced by the state of Florida. Franklin County has several projects on the list. The full list will receive 60 days of public comment, a final vote of the NRDA Trustees, and then agreement from BP. The final approval of the list will probably not happen until early summer 2014. But on the current list is $1.7M for a variety of boat ramp improvements around the county, $470,000 for improvements at Bald Point State Park, $700,000 for a living shoreline project in the Cat Point area; and then the county will receive the largest share of a $5.3M oyster restoration project. The countys share involves the placement of 18,000 cubic yards of shell on 90 acres of natural oyster bars. Franklin County will also receive a share of a $2.3M sea grass bed restoration project. Franklin Countys allocation of funds in this list of project, including the pro-rata share of the regional projects, is between $5-6M.

If the proposed list of projects is approved in May-June, 2014, then a decision will have to be made by the state whether they will manage all the projects themselves, including bidding and selection of contractors, or whether some projects will be delegated to counties through funding agreements with the state. At a meeting I attended on Thursday, Dec. 12, to discuss the future of projects and funding it was generally thought that the state would handle all regional projects, such as the oyster restoration project and the sea grass bed project, but that the human use projects- being the boat ramp improvements would probably be turned over to the counties for implementation with oversight by the state. The meeting on Thursday also provided some additional information. This 3rd and final round of NRDA essentially uses up Floridas $100M allocation of early restoration money. There is still some $300M worth of unallocated funds in NFWF (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation) but local governments can not apply directly for NFWF funds. In an agreement approved by the court, the states and other federal agencies will be responsible for receiving and administering NFWF projects. By everyones acknowledgement NFWF is moving very slowly as they have never had this much money and are being extremely cautious in approving projects. The Board may recall that in the summer of 2013 it was announced that Franklin County would be receiving funds to help with sea turtle disorientations caused by lighting problems. That program is still not off the ground in Franklin County, or any other county, because NFWF is debating some internal issues. It is hoped that that program will be under way by May, 2014, which would be a year after it was initially announced. Another large allocation of funds, those approved under the RESTORE Act, is not yet available for 2 reasons. One, there has not been a final settlement with BP on the amount of the fine. Two, US Treasury has not completed rule development. It is expected that final rules will be approved by June 2014. At this time many counties are unable to move forward with any planning or design work on projects because the current rules do not allow for reimbursement of expenses prior to the rules being approved. This lack of reimbursement is stalling the counties, as well as the Consortium, of which Franklin County is a member, in the development of any plans for projects. Chairman Sanders will be attending another Consortium RESTORE meeting in late January. On Monday, the county Finance Office did receive a letter from US Treasury that said that in the expectation of receiving RESTORE funds, US Treasury plans to perform a risk analysis of internal controls of each Gulf Coast State and local government that will receive funds under the RESTORE Act. The letter went on to cover details of what the risk analysis would include. Ms. Linda Phillips, County Finance Director, also received a phone call from the Treasurys auditor who verified that this internal control audit has to be done, and that if all goes well the county would be in the position of applying for some RESTORE funds by next summer. 7- At the last meeting, the Board approved a change in the county SHIP plan to allow $60,000 of SHIP funds to be spent on delinquent mortgage payments for qualified individuals. The SHIP plan has now been approved by Florida Housing so Ms. Lori Switzer will be able to start processing applications. Several commissioners have received requests from constituents for the SHIP plan to be expanded to include rent and utility payments. I have discussed this revision with Ms. Switzer and she has advised me

that there are additional funds going to be announced that will allow for rent and utility payments for qualified individuals. So it is our recommendation that we let the SHIP plans stand as presently revised, and let the new charitable program cover rent and utility payments. The new charitable program is supposed to have between $80 and $100K of funds for rent and utility payments. 8- Provide Board with update that oyster shells from the mine on CR 67 are being used to restore oyster bars in the Chesapeake Bay. The press release said that the state of Maryland has purchased 112,500 tons of fossilized shell from a quarry in Carrabelle, Florida, to support the restoration of a 377 acre oyster habitat in the Harris Creek sanctuary. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) negotiated an agreement with CSX railroad to transport the shell at cost. Under the agreement, CSX will transport approximately 50 train cars of fossilized shells every 10 to 14 days between now and Sept., 2014. The shells will be trucked from the mine to Telogia where they will be put on the railroad. 9- Board action to approve a 2nd Amendment to the DEP Consent Order for the relocation of Gulf Shore Blvd. On Dec. 16, I signed the revised FEMA PW authorizing the relocation and now we need to submit a time extension to DEP to allow us to complete the project by April 30, 2014. I have spoken to Jim Martinello, DEP, and he supports the request. 10- Board action to approve Life Flight as the Certificate of Need (CON) for the air ambulance service, contingent upon approval by Weems Hosp. Mr. Craig Darling contacted me Monday to say that Life Flight had noticed that the CON for the air ambulance service is still in the name of Life Net, which was what Life Flight used to be called before they re-organized. I have contacted Mr. Brownsworth to make sure there is nothing else going on, but it appears that it is just a name change. Life Flight has been providing air ambulance services at Weems for the last several years. The county was contacted as the owner of Weems Hospital.