Glades County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting

These agenda notes are prepared by Donna Storter who is solely responsible for their content and may be reached at

In attendance: District 1 Commissioner Vice Chairman Weston Pryor, District 2 Commissioner Donna Storter Long, District 3 Commissioner Paul Beck, District 4 Commissioner John Ahern, District 5 Commissioner Chairman Tim Stanley, County Manager Paul Carlisle, County Clerk Sandra Brown, Recording Clerk Julie Braddock, Finance Clerk Tiffany Patterson, Public Safety Director Bob Jones, Road Sup’t Avant Brown, 911 Coordinator Admin Asst Lenice Hubbard, and Sheriff Stuart Whiddon.

Agenda Amendments

Board added Business Agenda Item 14: Discuss Dec. 28 meeting

Presentations Awards

Mrs. Shannon Hall presented her annual report of Health Planning Services including Hendry and Glades Rural Health Planning Council Executive Summary (access at and Early Steps noting two qualifiers are now required and that DeSoto County Health Dept has been designated HIV/AIDS lead agency for this area.

Consent Agenda
Approved by Board

1. Approve Payment of County Warrant
2. Approve Minutes of Nov. 10, Regular Meeting
3. Approve BoCC Regular Meetings for 2016
4. Delete Items from Property Records

Business Agenda

Note: Any Public Wishing to Speak on Agenda Items Please Sign In and Complete a Comment Card.

5. Annual County/City/School Luncheon Board set luncheon date for Dec. 8 and approved Cracker Cookin’ & Caterin’ to provide the meal.

6. Resolution Amending 2014-2015 Sheriff’s Budget Board adopted

7. Resolution Amending Revenues, Expenditures and Approving Budget Transfer to Amend the 2014-2015 County Budget Board adopted

8. Citizen Application for Library Advisory Committee Board appointed-with appreciation- Lori S. Bond to serve,

9. Early Learning Coalition of SW Florida 6 percent Federal Match Board exercised option to not contribute but services will be available.

10. Contract Between Glades County BoCC and State of FL Dept of Health for operation of Glades County Health Dept for 2015-2016 Board approved, requesting comparison of prior years’ rates.

11. Rural Resolution Revised Board approved the resolution supporting changes to funding for all Rural Areas of Opportunity (REO formerly RACEC- rural areas of critical economic concern) and the initiative for REDI regions, and for direct funding by the state for county projects appropriated by Legislature.

(This last item was to ease the county’s cash flow crunch whereas currently the county has to disburse county funds for projects that will be state grant funded by reimbursement.)

12. Agreement with Foster & Foster to prepare other post-employment benefits report for 2015 Board approved agreement for preparation of the biannual report required by statute to reflect liabilities and funding availability for vacation and sick leave benefits due to county employees.

13. RFQ #09-2015 Phase I Moore Haven Canal Dredging/Moonshine Marsh Overlook Park Board ranked five qualified respondents selecting the top three authorizing the County Manager to negotiate with first ranked Gator Dredging; second and third ranked were Arbor Tree & Land and Wright Construction respectively.

14. Discuss Dec. 28 Meeting With no pressing issues pending, Board moved to cancel the Dec. 28 BoCC meeting authorizing the Chairman to sign warrants for approved purchases and execute any year-end documents.

County Manager

Mr. Carlisle informed the Board that the deadline for advertising MSBUs had not been met but County Attorney Pringle was working on it, and consent had been given by Tax Collector Gail Jones and Property Appraiser Lorie Ward for the delay in advertising which will be completed in January.

Commissioner Storter inquired about progress in preparing an ordinance amendment that would allow simple subdivisions to permit access to a county road rather than requiring frontage on a county road.

Mr. Carlisle responded that an amendment to the whole ordinance is being prepared but he had instructed Community Development Director Inga Williams to work with the Tindalls as “Zoning In Progress” so they can complete the simple subdivision application that will allow them to acquire building permits for their property on Altman Lane with an easement for access to County Road 720.

Mr. Carlisle stated Wright Construction had received a prestigious award from the Business Council for construction of the Glades County Emergency Operations Center and Wright was giving it to the County for display with other awards.

Department Heads

Public Safety Director Bob Jones stated he had sent a response letter supporting the requirement of double seals on railroad cars carrying toxic materials, noting 6 first responders [out of area] had been injured by spilled chlorine.

Commissioners Items and Comments

Commissioner Storter stated Ortona Community Association had hosted its annual Fall Potluck Dinner and their first spaghetti dinner would be Dec. 12. She expressed thankfulness for the blessings Glades County enjoys with its staff, resources and Commission.

Commissioner Ahern noted that ICE had temporarily placed extra detainees raising the detention population to 300, but it was now back to 190. He said GCDC had submitted the forbearance agreement with modifications as requested and is expecting release of reserve funds to help operations of the Detention Center through June 2016.

Commissioner Pryor commented on the Florida Association of Counties [FAC] Legislation Conference noting that Home Rule concerning fracking is an issue, and he expressed thanks to Lori Bond for willingness to serve on Library Committee.

Commissioner Beck wished all Happy Thanksgiving and reminded everyone of the Dec. 5 Boat Parade at Harney Pond Park, starting at 5:30 p.m. with admission being a toy for a child.

Chairman Stanley read into the record a letter from Good Wheels again thanking the county for the $9,000 and that a new van had been purchased; Stanley inquired of numbers of riders for Good Wheel’s new Moore Haven to Okeechobee route but none had yet been reported.

Stanley also commented on the FAC meeting noting the PILT [payment in lieu of taxes] was a big push, stating the South Florida Water Management District currently pays PILT from its reserves and legislative support is sought to assure PILT funds will be available. He said the septic tank issue has come up again and with possible pumping requirements, it may be cheaper to put in a new system because there are limited places where pumped sewage may be deposited and treated, possibly raising costs for pumping as high as $5-6,000.

Message from Donna Storter

Friends: You are [no doubt] aware of all the media attention to candidates for President.

I would remind you that if want to vote in the Republican primary March 16 for a Republican candidate, you must be registered as a Republican voter.

You can change (even temporarily) your voter registration by going online for information at the
Florida Division of Elections website.

Get the DSDE39 Voter Registration form here. Print it out, fill it in, take to Supervisor of Elections Holly Whiddon’s office or mail to her at PO Box 668, Moore Haven FL 33471.

Deadline to change your party for the Presidential Primary is Feb. 16. Early voting starts March 5.

Plus, you can always vote absentee by calling Supervisor of Elections Holly Whiddon’s office 863-946-6005 or toll free 877-445-2337 then press 4, and request an absentee ballot.

Please, plan to vote. And remember, if you change your party affiliation for the Presidential Primary, you can change it back right after the election.

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