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									                                        Minutes of the Board of County Commissioners
                                                 Okeechobee County Florida

                                                Thursday, July 24, 2008
                                                   Regular Session

The Board met this date in regular session, in the Okeechobee County Commission Chambers at 9:00 A.M.

PRESENT:                              Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler, Commissioner Ray
                                      Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner Marvin Wherrell.
ABSENT:                               None.
STAFF:                                County Administrator Lyndon L. Bonner, County Attorney John D. Cassels, Jr.,
                                      and Clerk Staff Betsy Sheffield.

   I.    Commencement

         Chairman Betts called the meeting to order. Reverend Jim Dawson offered the invocation, after which
         Commissioner Wherrell led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 II.     Revisions

         County Administrator Bonner recommended the agenda be revised as follows:

              1. Additional Items:
                 • Primary location for Board meetings during the renovation of the Courthouse – Item 1l.
                 • Resolution 2008-25 supporting Florida's Heartland Rural Economic Development Initiative
                   (FHREDI) Resolution 2008-07-01 – Item 1m.
                 • Approval of warrants – Item 1n.
                 • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing – Item 1o.

                  Commissioner Marvin Wherrell moved, seconded by Commissioner Noel Chandler, to amend
                  the agenda as presented.

9:04:18 AM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                  Due to the adoption of Ordinance 2008-05 - Establishing Rules of Decorum for Public Meetings
                  at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on July 10, 2008, the Chairman opened the floor
                  to public comments. There were no public comments.

III.     Agenda

              1. Consent Agenda (Items 1a.-1l.):

                  a. Approval of minutes - November 29, 2007 County Administrator Search Workshop

              Sharon Robertson                                                           Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
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        Okeechobee County, Florida                      July 24, 2008                  Okeechobee County, Florida
                 b. Approval of minutes - November 29, 2007 Proposed Amendments to the Code of Ordinances
                    Workshop
                 c. Approval of minutes - December 5, 2007 Renovation of the Historic County Courthouse
                    Workshop
                 d. Approval of minutes - February 21, 2008 Budget and Capital Improvement Funds Special
                    Session
                 e. Approval of minutes - March 4, 2008 County Administrator Search Special Session
                 f. Approval of minutes - June 23, 2008 Regular Session
                 g. Approval of minutes - July 10, 2008 Regular Session
                 h. Approval of the expenditure of the remainder of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice
                    Assistance - Justice Assistance Grant 2005 (JAG-C) DJ-BX-0075 Local Law Enforcement
                    Block Grant (LLEBG) fund in the amount of $12,357.69
                 i. Approval and authorization of the Chairman to execute Amendment #001 to the Nutrition
                    Services Incentive Program (NSIP) Agreement IU008-9400 and the approval of Resolution
                    2008-21 amending the 2007-2008 fiscal budget to appropriate unanticipated NSIP funds for
                    the Senior Services operating area and approval of Budget Amendment 08-011
                 j. Approval of Resolution 2008-23 amending the fiscal year 2007/2008 budget for
                    unanticipated revenues, providing and approval of Budget Amendment 08-12 in the amount
                    of $67,629.00
                 k. Approval of Resolution 2008-22 amending the budget to appropriate Supervisor of Elections
                    Budget Amendment 08-03 for unanticipated grant funds in the amount of $3,628.38
                 l. Approval and authorization of the Chairman to execute Amendment #001 to Emergency
                    Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) Agreement IP008-9400

                 Commissioner Noel Chandler moved, seconded by Commissioner Marvin Wherrell, to approve
                 the consent agenda including items 1a.-1l.

9:05:10 AM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

            2. Public Hearings:

                 a. 9:00 a.m. - Public Hearing to consider the adoption of an amended resolution in accordance
                    with Section 95.361, Florida Statutes

                      County Attorney Cassels addressed the Board on the issues of county maintenance
                      concerning S.W. 28th Avenue (Cantrell Road) by amending Resolution 87-18.

                      Chairman Betts opened the public hearing to accept input from interested parties. There was
                      no input from the public.

                      Commissioner Marvin Wherrell moved, seconded by Commissioner Noel Chandler, to
                      close the public hearing.

9:06:51 AM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.


               Sharon Robertson                                                          Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
 Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners               2 of 10                     Board of County Commissioners
         Okeechobee County, Florida                    July 24, 2008                   Okeechobee County, Florida
                      Commissioner Elvie Posey moved, seconded by Commissioner Marvin Wherrell, to adopt
                      Resolution 2008-24 ratifying and confirming county maintenance of S.W. 28th Avenue
                      (Cantrell Road) by amending Resolution 87-18.

9:07:35 AM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 b. 9:15 a.m. Emergency Management Director Mike Faulkner – Presentation on Individual and
                    Family Preparedness

                      Emergency Management Director Mike Faulkner briefed the Board on Survivor Mentality
                      vs. Victim Mentality, concerning the importance of family preparedness and the tools with
                      which to accomplish it. Mr. Faulkner explained that one of the major themes in Florida
                      Emergency Management this year has been the changing of language to change concepts and
                      change the outcome of an incident. The main effort is to remove the term “victim” from
                      organizational language and documents, and replace it with the term “survivor”. Mr.
                      Faulkner supplied the Board with a packet of a step-by-step guide titled “How to Prepare for
                      Any Disaster.”

                 c. 9:30 a.m. Mark Smith – Okeechobee Main Street – Economic Restructuring Committee

                      Director of the Okeechobee Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee Mr. Mark Smith
                      gave a presentation titled “Managing Our Economic Future.” Mr. Smith discussed a three
                      year economic restructuring proposal. He stated the Economic Restructuring Committee will
                      consist of representatives from private industry and an Executive Director would be hired to
                      provide strategic leadership in the daily implementation of the economic development plan.
                      Mr. Smith said the goal is to create 250 new primary jobs and 100 new secondary jobs within
                      three years.

                      Mr. Keith Walpole was recognized. Mr. Walpole commented on the industries and
                      businesses in surrounding counties as compared to Okeechobee County. He asked the
                      Board for their support on the Economic Restructuring Project presented by Okeechobee
                      Main Street.

                      After discussion, the Chairman recommended that a representative from the Economic
                      Restructuring Committee be present at the upcoming budget workshop on August 4, 2008.

            3. General Business:

                 a. Staff In-Service Day for Okeechobee County Library

                      Library Director Kresta King addressed the Board on the Staff In-Service Day for the
                      Okeechobee County Library. Ms. King requested that the Okeechobee County Library be
                      closed to the public on Monday, October 13, 2008, so staff members may attend a Heartland
                      Library Cooperative Staff In-Service Day to be held at the Sebring Agricultural Center.

                      Commissioner Marvin Wherrell moved, seconded by Commissioner Elvie Posey, to
                      approve the closure of the Okeechobee County Library to the public on Monday, October
                      13, 2008, so staff members may attend a Heartland Library Cooperative Staff In-Service
                      Day to be held at the Sebring Agricultural Center.
               Sharon Robertson                                                           Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
 Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners               3 of 10                      Board of County Commissioners
         Okeechobee County, Florida                    July 24, 2008                    Okeechobee County, Florida
9:43:11 AM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 b. Purchase of a Caterpillar 12M Motor Grader

                      County Administrator Bonner addressed the Board on the purchase of a Caterpillar 12M
                      grader from Kelly Tractor Company in the amount of $84,475.00, off the Florida Sheriff’s
                      Association Contract # 07-15-0827.

                      Commissioner Noel Chandler moved, seconded by Commissioner Marvin Wherrell, to
                      authorize the trade-in of the 1995 12H grader and the CB 214E roller toward the purchase of
                      the Caterpillar 12M motor grader from Kelly Tractor Company in the amount of $84,475.00.

9:51:15 AM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner Marvin Wherrell. NOES:
                             Commissioner Ray Domer. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 c. Award Contract for Ash Slough/700A Bridge Repair Project

                      County Administrator Bonner addressed the Board on the bids for the Ash Slough/700A
                      Bridge Repair Project that were submitted and opened on July 14, 2008. Mr. Bonner stated
                      that Craig A. Smith & Associates reviewed all bids and recommended that Southeast
                      Attenuators, Inc. be awarded the contract in the amount of $35,437.15.

                      Commissioner Noel Chandler moved, seconded by Commissioner Marvin Wherrell, to
                      authorize the Chairman to execute a contract to Southeast Attenuators, Inc. in the amount of
                      $35,437.15 to repair the Ash Slough/700A Bridge according to bid specifications.

10:00:20 AM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner Marvin Wherrell. NOES:
                             Commissioner Ray Domer. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                      Commissioner Marvin Wherrell moved, seconded by Commissioner Noel Chandler, to
                      amend the previous motion to state that Craig A. Smith and Associates specify the use of
                      concrete, wood, or steel in the contract and the cost not to exceed $35,437.15.
10:01:06 AM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner Marvin Wherrell. NOES:
                             Commissioner Ray Domer. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 d. Bid Award – Douglas Park Drainage, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
                    Disaster Recovery Project

                      Ms. Debbie Belcher with Roumelis Planning and Development addressed the Board on the
                      bid award of the Douglas Park Drainage CDBG Disaster Recovery Project. Ms. Belcher
                      stated that Craig A. Smith & Associates reviewed all bids and recommended that Sheltra and
                      Sons Construction Co., Inc. be awarded the bid in the amount of $545,824.50.
               Sharon Robertson                                                           Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
 Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners               4 of 10                      Board of County Commissioners
         Okeechobee County, Florida                    July 24, 2008                    Okeechobee County, Florida
                      Commissioner Marvin Wherrell moved, seconded by Commissioner Ray Domer, to authorize
                      the Chairman to execute the contract to Sheltra and Sons Construction Co., Inc. in the
                      amount of $545,824.50 for the Douglas Park Drainage CDBG Disaster Recovery Project.

10:06:44 AM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 e. Review of the Solid Waste & Recycling Collection Services Contract

                      Solid Waste Contract Manager Russell Rowland addressed the Board on the terms of the
                      Solid Waste & Recycling Collection Services Contract. Mr. Rowland explained that
                      currently the contractor and the county have agreed to extend the existing Service Agreement
                      until September 30, 2008. Mr. Rowland stated that the current recycling area in the county
                      includes approximately 6,300 homes. The cost for this service is provided by grant funding
                      from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which is $277,316.00 per year.

                      Mr. Jeff Sabin with Waste Management was recognized. Mr. Sabin explained the process of
                      the recycle collection and the cost of moving the products from one place to another.
                      Currently, recycled products from Okeechobee are being hauled to Pembroke Pines. He
                      stressed that Waste Management continue to look at the facility in Okeechobee for ways to
                      utilize the facility. Currently most decisions are driven by population.

                      After discussion on Section 5 – Recycling Collection Service of the contract, the Board
                      directed staff to research the options on rebates and refunds to reduce recycling cost, to
                      review the opportunities to expand the number of customers for curbside service without a
                      cost increase, and to increase the number of drop-off recycle areas in a renewal of the current
                      contract or in a new proposal.

                      After discussion on Section 4G – Hours of Operation of the contract, the Board requested
                      that the hours of operations remain the same which is 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday-
                      Saturday for residential & commercial collection.

                      After discussion on Section 15 – Quality of Performance of the contractor, the Board
                      requested that terms pertaining to the quality of performance be available for review in the
                      future.

                      After discussion on Section 1A – Initial Terms of the contract, the Board directed staff to
                      proceed with the option to renew the contract with Waste Management, Inc. for a four (4)
                      year term to include two (2) renewal periods.

                      In conclusion, the Board directed staff to incorporate the Board’s recommendations into a
                      renewal proposal with Waste Management and present the proposal at the next Board of
                      County Commissioners meeting on August 14, 2008.

                 f. Health Insurance Plan Options

                      Deputy County Administrator Robbie Chartier addressed the Board on the health insurance
                      plan options. Ms. Chartier explained that the Board of County Commissioners should

               Sharon Robertson                                                             Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
 Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners                5 of 10                       Board of County Commissioners
         Okeechobee County, Florida                     July 24, 2008                     Okeechobee County, Florida
                      determine which group health insurance plan for county employees will be funded and the
                      amount of the surplus.

                      After discussion, the Board directed staff to continue to fund the health insurance plan
                      options the same as in the past, to add Blue Option Plan 1166/1167 Health Savings Plan, and
                      to eliminate PPO 1748 and HMO 15.

                 g. Signatory for County Vehicle Registration/Title

                      County Administrator Bonner addressed the Board on the signatory for County vehicle titles
                      and registrations. Historically, the Clerk of Court has signed for County vehicle titles and
                      registrations. Staff is recommending that a new Board policy be implemented authorizing
                      the Chairman of the Board as a new signatory.

                      Commissioner Marvin Wherrell moved, seconded by Commissioner Elvie Posey, to establish
                      a policy for the Chairman of the Board to sign county vehicle titles and registrations and the
                      head mechanic verify the odometer readings on new vehicles and sign the odometer readings.

12:01:33 PM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 h. Children’s Service Council Appointment

                      County Administrator Bonner addressed the Board on the Children’s Service Council
                      nomination of appointment. He stated that to date one application for appointment has been
                      received from Ms. Cheryl Zrioka.

                      Commissioner Marvin Wherrell moved, seconded by Commissioner Noel Chandler, to
                      nominate Cheryl Zrioka for appointment to the Children’s Service Council Board.

12:02:32 PM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 i. Award of Airport Improvement Program Contracts

                      Airport and Industrial Park Manager Vernon Gray addressed the Board on the award of
                      Airport Improvement Program Contracts. Mr. Gray stated that one contract is for the Phase
                      II of the Rehabilitation of Runway 5/23 Project – Extension of the Runway 5 Departure
                      Runway Safety Area (RSA). The other contract is for Phase III of the Rehabilitation of
                      Runway 5/23 Project – Rehabilitation of Lights and PAPIs on Runway 5/23 and Installation
                      of PAPIs on Runway 14/32.

                      Commissioner Ray Domer moved, seconded by Commissioner Elvie Posey, to approve the
                      Chairman to execute the Federal Aviation Administration/Florida Department of
                      Transportation assisted Airport Improvement Program (AIP) contract with Close
                      Construction in the amount of $288,734.00 for Phase II of the Rehabilitation of Runway 5/23
                      Project – Extension of the Runway 5 Departure RSA.

               Sharon Robertson                                                            Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
 Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners                6 of 10                      Board of County Commissioners
         Okeechobee County, Florida                     July 24, 2008                    Okeechobee County, Florida
12:06:45 PM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                      Commissioner Ray Domer moved, seconded by Commissioner Elvie Posey, to approve the
                      Chairman to execute the contract with H.L. Pruitt Corporation in the amount of $418,380
                      for Phase III of the Rehabilitation of Runway 5/23 Project – Rehabilitation of Lights and
                      PAPIs on Runway 5/23 and Installation of PAPIs on Runway 14/32.

12:07:13 PM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 j. New T-Hangar Lease – Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Arroyo

                      Airport and Industrial Park Manager Vernon Gray addressed the Board on the T-Hangar
                      Lease with Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Arroyo of Port St. Lucie, Florida, effective August 1, 2008.

                      Commissioner Marvin Wherrell moved, seconded by Commissioner Ray Domer, to authorize
                      the Chairman to execute a T-Hangar Lease with Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Arroyo of Port St.
                      Lucie, Florida, effective August 1, 2008.

12:08:22 PM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 k. Industrial Park Land Lease

                      Airport and Industrial Park Manager Vernon Gray addressed the Board on the Industrial Park
                      Land Lease with Concrete Products of the Palm Beaches.

                      Commissioner Marvin Wherrell moved, seconded by Commissioner Noel Chandler, to
                      authorize the Chairman to execute an Industrial Park Land Lease with Concrete Products of
                      the Palm Beaches.
12:17:32 PM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner Marvin Wherrell. NOES:
                             Commissioner Ray Domer. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 l. Primary Location for Board Meetings

                      County Administrator Bonner addressed the Board on the options available for the Board of
                      County Commissioners meetings during the renovation of the Courthouse. New information
                      has been provided since the last meeting that the Clerk of Court agreed to cover the purchase
                      of the microphones for the Board’s use in the Jury Assembly Room.

                      Commissioner Noel Chandler moved, seconded by Commissioner Marvin Wherrell, to
                      approve the Health Department as the primary location for the Board of County
                      Commissioners meetings during the renovation of the Courthouse.
               Sharon Robertson                                                           Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
 Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners                7 of 10                     Board of County Commissioners
         Okeechobee County, Florida                     July 24, 2008                   Okeechobee County, Florida
12:25:16 PM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner Marvin Wherrell. NOES:
                             Commissioner Ray Domer. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 m. Resolution 2008-25 supporting Florida's Heartland Rural Economic Development Initiative
                    (FHREDI) Incorporation’s Resolution 2008-07-01

                      County Administrator Bonner addressed the Board on Resolution 2008-25 supporting
                      FHREDI’s Resolution 2008-07-01 regarding procurement of assets of U.S. Sugar Company
                      by South Florida Water Management District.

                      Commissioner Elvie Posey moved, seconded by Commissioner Noel Chandler, to adopt
                      Resolution 2008-25 supporting FHREDI’s Resolution 2008-07-01 regarding the procurement
                      of assets of U.S. Sugar Company by South Florida Water Management District, to be
                      amended by County Attorney Cassels.

12:30:04 PM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 n. Approval of Warrants

                      County Administrator Bonner addressed the Board on the approval of the warrants.

                      Commissioner Marvin Wherrell moved, seconded by Commissioner Ray Domer, to approve
                      the following warrants: #115223-115486 in the amount of $982,655.05; #3398-3403 in the
                      amount of $6,472.83; and #2270-2276 in the amount of $17,107.79, for a total of
                      $1,006,235.67.

12:30:28 PM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

                 o. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing, Conflict of Interest

                      County Administrator Bonner addressed the Board on the County’s 2005 Disaster
                      Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Agreement with the Florida Department of
                      Community Affairs, which requires that the Board of County Commissioners state whether
                      they do or do not have a conflict of interest with any of the applicants for housing assistance.

                      County Administrator Bonner stated that the following applicants’ names along with the
                      Commissioners’ statements of conflict or no conflict were required in the minutes.

                      Jimmie Lou Potts – owner
                      Ella Louise Butler – adult daughter
                      800 NW 12th Street
                      Okeechobee, FL 34972

               Sharon Robertson                                                              Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
 Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners                 8 of 10                       Board of County Commissioners
         Okeechobee County, Florida                      July 24, 2008                     Okeechobee County, Florida
                     Tangerlina (Johnson) Lane – owner
                     Alsha T. Crowell – adult daughter
                     Alvin E. Crowell – adult son
                     Alanda M. Crowell – adult daughter
                     Arthur Lee Lane – incarcerated spouse
                     3307 SW 22nd Street
                     Okeechobee, FL 34972

                     Vanessa Houze – owner
                     989 NE 13th Avenue
                     Okeechobee, FL 34972

                     Cirilo and Alma Sanchez-Olvera – owner
                     1495 NW 47th Terrace
                     Okeechobee, FL 34972

                     Statements were as follows from each commissioner:

                         •    Chairman Betts – no conflict
                         •    Commissioner Chandler – no conflict
                         •    Commissioner Domer – no conflict
                         •    Commissioner Posey – no conflict
                         •    Commissioner Wherrell – no conflict

           4. Staff Reports:

                a. County Administrator Bonner reported on the following:

                     •   Scheduled an Emergency Management training class for the Board and senior staff on
                         Friday, August 29, 2008. The exact time and location of the class to be provided at a
                         future date.

                b. Deputy County Administrator Chartier reported on the following:

                     •   Travel Reimbursement Allowance

                         Deputy County Administrator Robbie Chartier addressed the Board on the County
                         Administrative Code 2008-01 authorizing mileage reimbursement to be paid in
                         accordance with Florida Statute 112.61, which reimburses travel at 44.5 cents per mile.

                         The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has established 2008 rates for business use as
                         follows:

                              o 50.5 cents per mile from January 1, 2008 – June 30, 2008
                              o 58.5 cents per mile from July 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008

                     Commissioner Elvie Posey moved, seconded by Commissioner Marvin Wherrell, to revise
                     the travel reimbursement to follow IRS business rates, effective July 24, 2008.




              Sharon Robertson                                                          Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners               9 of 10                     Board of County Commissioners
        Okeechobee County, Florida                    July 24, 2008                   Okeechobee County, Florida
12:39:07 PM
The motion carried on the following vote: AYES: Chairman Clif Betts, Jr., Commissioner Noel Chandler,
                             Commissioner Ray Domer, Commissioner Elvie Posey and Commissioner
                             Marvin Wherrell. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. ABSTAIN: None.

            5. Commissioner Reports

                 •    Chairman Betts
                      o Reminded the Board to provide appointments for Value Adjustment Board
                 •    Commissioner Chandler
                      o Would like the Board to review the Interlocal Agreement with Coquina Water
                        Management District regarding the maintenance of Northgrade Road and Peavine Road
                        in the Viking Development and possibly terminate this agreement. County Attorney
                        Cassels will research and report to the Board.
                 •    Commissioner Posey
                      o Stated a representative needs to be designated to work with the Office of Tourism, Trade
                        and Economic Development on the Economic Development Initiative pertaining to the
                        purchase of U.S. Sugar. County Administrator Bonner volunteered to be the designee.
                      o Status of the ditch on NE 14th Street, south of the nursing home - County Administrator
                        Bonner stated this issue is currently being researched by multiple parties and he will
                        follow-up and report to the Board.
                 •    Commissioner Domer
                      o Status of alignment of road near Seminole School on Mitchell Road - County
                        Administrator Bonner will follow-up and report to the Board.

IV.     Adjourned

        There being no further business or discussion, the meeting was adjourned.

        Sharon Robertson
        Clerk, Board of County Commissioners

        _________________________
        By: Betsy Sheffield




               Sharon Robertson                                                         Clif Betts, Jr., Chairman
 Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners              10 of 10                    Board of County Commissioners
         Okeechobee County, Florida                   July 24, 2008                   Okeechobee County, Florida

								
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