Board of County Commissioners Public Meeting – 10/8/19 Part 3


>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: LET’S RECONVENE OUR MEETING. WE WILL START ON AGENDA 24. >>24 IS A CONTRACT WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOR DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FOR OPERATION OF THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. AND THIS IS FOR $6.2 MILLION. THIS MAINTAINS THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAM DISEASE PROGRAM, PRIMARY CARE SERVICES AND SCHOOL NURSE PROGRAM.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION WHICH COMMISSIONER JUSTICE, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY BY THE FIVE OF US PRESENT. AGENDA ITEM 25.>>THIS IS THE FIRST OPTION OF RENEWAL AND MEANEDMENT NUMBER 1 TO THE AGREEMENT WITH BAYCARE HEALTH SYSTEMS. THIS IS FOR HOSPITAL SERVICES FOR THE HEALTHCARE FOR HOMELESS AND THE PINELLAS COUNTY HEALTH PROGRAM.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER LONG, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. [ SNEEZE ]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: EXCUSE ME.>>BLESS YOU.>>BLESS YOU, BLESS YOU. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. PASSES 6-0. AGENDA ITEM 26.>>EXPANSION OF OUR ACCELA CIVIC PLATFORM. WILL INCLUDE THE CONSUMER PROTECTION AND ANIMAL SERVICES.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER LONG, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WELCH. I JUST WANT TO NOTE FOR THE RECORD THAT I UNDERSTAD WHY WE’RE DOING ALL OF THIS. WAY BACK IN 2017, THIS STARTED AS A 2.5DZ MILLION CONTRACT. AND SO I ALWAYS GET WORRIED WHEN WE ADD, ADD, ADD BUT SOMEWHERE WE NEED TO BE SUBTRACTING FROM OTHER SOFTWARE PROGRAMS. SO OUR BUDGET STARTS TO BECOME MORE NEUTRAL.>>COMMISSIONER SEEL?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: UH-HUH.>>AS I UNDERSTAND IT, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TECHNOLOGY HERE, ARE WE NOT?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I AM. BUT THIS TECHNOLOGY REPLACES ANOTHER CONTRACT AND REDUCTION IN THAT.>>CORRECT. THE ISSUE I WOULD JUST GO ON THE RECORD WITH IS THAT IN THE WORLD WHERE TECHNOLOGY IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING, I’M NOT SURE WE EVER START SUBTRACTING ON THE TECHNOLOGY SIDE BECAUSE IT’S CONSTANT, CONSTANT, CONSTANT UPDATES; RIGHT?>>WE CERTAINLY CAN PROVIDE THE COMMISSION AN UPDATE TO SHOW WHAT SYSTEMS ARE TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE AND PROBABLY PUT IT IN BETTER CONTEXT FOR YOU.>>THAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. VOTING. OKAY. UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. NUMBER 27.>>CONSTRUCTION AGREEMENT WITH CSX TRANSPORTATION FOR THE CROSSING SURFACE REPLACEMENT AT 54TH AVENUE.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. >>OKAY. PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. ITEM 28.>>THIS IS A SALE AND PURCHASE OF $6700. THIS IS FOR A PAR SELL AT THE LANDINGS OF TARPIN SPRINGS. THIS IS A CLEAN UP AND WE WANT TO SELL THIS PROPERTY BECAUSE IT HAS NO VALUE TO US. BUT, THERE WAS A NEIGHBOR THAT BUILT ON IT. WE DON’T HAVE A USE FOR IT. WE AGREED TO THE SALE OF THE PURCHASE.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER LONG, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. THE ONLY THING I’LL SAY IS IT IS ABOUT A QUARTER OF AN ACRE. AND I’M GOING TO VOTE AGAINST IT. I THINK THE PRICE IS TOO LOW FOR THAT WATER FRONT. AND I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE NO USE FOR IT AND IT’S BEEN BUILT UPON. VOTING CARDS, PLEASE.>>QUESTION, MADAM CHAIR. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? I KNOW YOU WEREN’T HERE.>>IF YOU WANT TO COME FORWARD. CAN GIVE YOU THE ENTIRE HISTORY AND ALSO TALK TO THE WAY IN WHICH HE OBTAINED AN APPRAISAL.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. THE COUNTY OBTAINED THE PROPERTY BY QUICK CLAIM DEED BACK IN 1902 AND THERE HAS BEEN NO USE OF IT SINCE THAT TIME C. THE COUNTY NEVER USED IT AS RIGHT OF WAY. IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, WE OWNED IT IN FEE. SO IT’S NOT A VACATION. IT WOULD BE AN OUT RIGHT SALE. REVIEW OF THE RECORDS IS THAT IN 2003, THERE WAS A BUILDING PERMIT ISSUED FOR A HIGH AND DRY PORTION OF THIS MARINA. IT WAS ENCROACHED ON THE PROPERTY THE COUNTY OWNS. AND FEE SIMPLE THIS 40-FOOT WIDE PROPERTY. FAST FORWARD TO THE CURRENT TIME, THE OWNER OF THE MARINA AND RESTAURANT IS LOOKING TO DO ADDITIONAL DEVELOPMENT. AND AT THIS POINT IN TIME, IT CAME TO BE KNOWN THEY HAD ENCROACHED UPON OUR PROPERTY. SO THE DESIRE IS TO CONTINUE ON WITH THIS DEVELOPMENT AND FOR US TO SELL THE PROPERTY, THE COUNTY TO SELL THE PROPERTY TO THE ADJACENT PROPERTY OWNER. >>KENNETH WELCH: WE HAVE THE VOTING CARD UP SO I CAN’T NAVIGATE.>>CAN WE TAKE THAT DOWN?>>KENNETH WELCH: WHO ISSUED THE BUILDING PERMIT?>>THE COUNTY. SO THIS IS THE ENTIRETY OF THE PROPERTY AND WHAT WE’RE REFERRING TO. RELATED TO THE PARENT PROPERTY. THAT WOULD BE THE PROPERTY THAT SURROUNDS OURS, THE PROPERTY THAT IS THE RECTANGLE IN RED IS OUR PROPERTY. SO WE ARE SURROUNDED BY THE OWNER OF THE OTHER PROPERTY. BOTH ON THE EAST SIDE AS WELL AS THE WEST SIDE. AND THIS BUILDING WAS PERMITTED AND ENCROACHED UPON OUR PROPERTY. REGARDLESS OF THAT, TOOK A WHILE TO DEVELOP THIS PROPERTY. THEY WOULD HAVE COME TO US FOR A REQUEST TO PURCHASE IT. SO THEY HAD PROVIDED US — >>KENNETH WELCH: WAS THAT A GAP IN THE TECHNOLOGY THAT DIDN’T GIVE US A FLAG?>>I CAN’T SAY FOR CERTAIN IT’S BECAUSE OF THE TITLE SEARCH BECAUSE IT WENT BACK SO FAR TO 1902. MAY NOT HAVE BEEN A FULL TITLE SEARCH DONE THAT INDICATED THE OWNERSHIP OF THE PROPERTY. SO THE PROPERTY OWNER PROVIDED US WITH AN APPRAISAL. AND WE MADE A DECISION EVEN THOUGH THE VALUE WAS RELATIVELY SMALL. $3,000 THAT WE WANTED TO DO OUR OWN APPRAISAL JUST TO CONFIRM THE VALUE AS IT WAS. SO WE DID SIMILAR — I SHOULD SAY THE SAME METHODOLOGY WAS EMPLOYED WHICH WAS A SAILED COMPARISON AND BASED UPON OUR APPRAISAL AT $6700, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE RECOMMENDING TO THE BOARD.>>AND THAT YELLOW MARKER IS THE ENTIRE PROPERTY, IT’S ONE PROPERTY OWNER?>>YES, COMMISSIONER.>>I UNDERSTAND YOUR COMMENT, COMMISSIONER. I THINK WE HELP PUT US INTO THIS POSITION. I’M COMFORTABLE WITH THE RECONCILIATION. TO THAT $6700, IF YOU WENT OUT ON THE MARKET FOR 10,000 SQUARE FEET OF LAND AND SHAPED DIFFERENTLY AND INDEPENDENT OF ANYTHING ELSE PROBABLY WOULD YIELD MORE THAN $15,000. SO IT JUST REALLY DEPENDS ON HOW IT’S STRUCTURED AND HOW WE GOT TO THAT.>>THE KEY IS THE SIZE AND SHAPE OF THE PROPERTY. IT IS NOT DEVELOPABLE BY US. WHICH THEN LENDS TO THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANYONE ELSE? OKAY. THANK YOU. MOTION WAS MADE BY COMMISSIONER LONG AND SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. I’M WRITING IT DOWN NOW. OKAY. IT PASSES. AGENDA ITEM 29.>>THIS IS A CONTRACT FOR SALE AND PURCHASE WITH CORPORATION TO DEVELOP COMMUNITIES OF TAMPA FOR THE SALE OF FIVE PARCELS LOCATED IN THE DANSVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD. PURCHASE PRICE IS $90,000.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER LONG, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. COULD I ASK A QUESTION? LET ME PULL UP THE MAP. THIS IS ACTUALLY THE PROPERTY I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE OTHER DAY WITH BRUCE AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE DID WITH THE LOT SOUTH OF HERE. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS PURCHASE. JUST THAT I’M CURIOUS ABOUT –>> ANDREW, DO YOU KNOW?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YOU CAN ANSWER IT LATER. OKAY. READY FOR THE VOTING CARDS? OKAY. VERY GOOD. THANK YOU. PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. AGENDA ITEM 30.>>THIS IS A CONTRACT FOR SALE AND PURCHASE WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF PINELLAS AND WEST PASCO COUNTIES. THIS IS ALSO SIX PARCELS LOCATED IN THE DANSVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER JURY ARRESTED AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. — COMMISSIONER GERARD AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. 31.>>THIS IS AGREEMENT WITH MANHATTAN CONSTRUCTION SERVICES FOR THE SAINT PETERS BURG JUSTICE CENTER PROJECT.>>JUST A QUICK QUESTION. HOW MANY SQUARE FEET ARE WE TALKING HERE? DO WE KNOW?>>I’LL ASK ANDREW TO COME UP AND ANSWER THAT. >>I DON’T HAVE THE SPECIFIC SQUARE FEET BUT HAPPY TO GIVE THOSE TO YOU AFTER THE MEETING. THESE ARE FLOORS 2, 3 AND 4.>>HOW BIG IS THE BUILDING?>>IT’S A TOTAL OF FIVE FLOORS.>>WE DON’T KNOW THE SQUARE FOOTAGE OF THE BUILDING?>>NOT OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD BUT I WILL GET THAT FOR YOU.>>WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE IS GUTTING COMPLETELY AND REBUILDING?>>IT’S INTERIOR RENOVATION OF THOSE FLOORS. WE’RE UPGRADING THE ADA AND THE BATHROOMS AS WELL AS IN THE COURTROOMS. NEW LIGHTING, NEW FINISHES, FIRE ALARM SYSTEM. FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM TO COME UP TO CURRENT CODE AND THIRD ELEV ELEVATOR.>>SO WE DON’T KNOW THE PER SQUARE FOOT PRICE OR THE SQUARE FOOTAGE. THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF MONEY FOR 10,000 SQUARE FEET. IT’S WAY TOO MUCH MONEY. SO I HAVE NO IDEA. I’M NOT COMFORTABLE SUPPORTING IT BUT JUST CAUSE I DON’T KNOW THAT DETAIL. I SHOULD HAVE ASKED THAT THE OTHER DAY WHEN WE MET. >>IT CERTAINLY IS NEEDED AND IT’S ABOUT TIME.>>I DON’T DISAGREE WITH THAT. THANK YOU. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ALSO, THIS DOES START TO EMPTY OUT THE 501 BUILDING. SO AT SOME POINT, I’D LIKE TO HAVE A STATUS REPORT ON THAT. WHAT’S VACANT. WHAT THE FUTURE OF THAT BUILDING IS. WE HAVE THE TAMPA BAY INNOVATION CENTER IN THERE NOW TEMPORARILY UNTIL THEIR NEW BUILDING IS –>> IF WE CAN ADDRESS THAT THROUGH OUR SPACE STUDY. WE HAVE AN RFP OUT FOR THE CONSULT APT TO ASSIST US WITH THAT. PART OF THAT REVIEWS WOULD LOOK AT THE 501 BUILDING AND ALL THE OTHER FACILITIES THAT WE HAVE. >>JANET LONG: I HAVE A QUESTION PLEASE. I’M CURIOUS BECAUSE — TELL ME IF I’M WRONG. THEY ARE GOING TO MOVE EVERYTHING THAT’S CURRENTLY IN THE COURT’S BUILDINGS NOW OVER TO THE 501 BUILDING WHILE THE RENOVATION IS GOING. DID I GET THAT BACKWARDS?>>IT’S A TWO-STEP PROCESS. SO I APOLOGIZE IF THE CHIEF JUDGE WAS NOT ABLE TO STAY WITH US. THEY’VE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE OF THE PROJECT ALL ALONG. AND WHAT THEY ARE INTENDING TO DO IS TO EMPTY OUT ONE FLOOR AT A TIME. SO FLOOR 2 THEY’LL EMPTY OUT AND LET US DO THE RENOVATION OF NETWORK. AND MANAGE TO DO THAT BY COORDINATING DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. SO WON’T MOVE ANYBODY IN DURING THAT TIME. SO THEY ARE GOING TO DO THAT WITH OTHER FLEX SPACE WITHIN THE 545 COURT HOUSE. THAT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT BENEFIT TO GET THE WORK ACCOMPLISHED AND A MORE EFFICIENT MANNER. SO WE’RE NOT WORKING AROUND THE JUDGES OR THE PUBLIC. WE’LL HAVE THE ENTIRE FLOOR AND TURN OVER THE FLOOR AT A TIME AS THE WORK IS COMPLETED. >>JANET LONG: IT’S JUST COMPLICATED THE WAY IT’S WRITTEN HERE. I GOT THAT TOTALLY BACKWARDS. THANK YOU FOR EXPLAINING IT.>>TO COMMISSIONER SEEL’S POINT, PART OF THE PROJECT IS TO EMPTY OUT THE COURT’S FUNCTIONS FROM THE 501 BUILDING BETWEEN THE PROJECT AT THE CJC AND THE PROJECT AT ST. PETERSBURG.>>THANK YOU.>>MADAM CHAIR?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER JUSTICE. >>CHARLIE JUSTICE: ON THE ATTA ATTACHMENT, THE SQUARE FOOTAGE DOES GIVE YOU THE COST PER SQUARE FOOT FOR EACH OF THE DEMOLITION CONCRETE DOORS, ET CETERA, ET CETERA.>>WHERE IS THAT?>>FIRST AMENDMENT EXHIBIT N AND PAGE 12 IS WHERE I FOUND THE BREAKDOWN FOR SOME OF IT. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GOOD FIND. ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?>>$285 A SQUARE FOOT. THANK YOU. >>CERTAINLY. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE?>>SO MOVED.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. THAT HAS UNANIMOUS APPROVAL. AND AGENDA ITEM 32.>>THIS IS A FIRST AMENDMENT TO A LETTER OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PINELLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND SUNSTAR AND LOGISTICARE SOLUTIONS. THIS IS TO THE CURRENT MEDICARE ALLOWABLE RATE FOR NON-EMERGENCY AMBULANCE TRANSPORTATION SERV SERVICES.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION AND SECOND. THE ONLY THING I WOULD NOTE, THIS, OF COURSE, DOES INCREASE OUR REVENUE. WE STILL HAVE A NET LOSS FOR THIS PARTICULAR SERVICE OF 400,000. I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S ANY OTHER WAY TO LOOK AT THIS. OR WHETHER WE ARE IN A PLACE, THERE’S NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT. DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER AT THIS TI TIME.>>THIS IS NOT PRIORITY DISPATCH. JIM IS COMING UP.>>THIS MANAGES THE NON-EMERGENCY AS WELL AS THE EMERGENCY CLAIMS FOR SOME OF THE MANAGED CARE FOR MEDICAID. WHEN WE FIRST STRUCK THE CONTRACT, THE CURRENT RATE WAS ADO ADOPTED. IN THE LOSS THAT YOU MENTIONED, THAT HAS TO DO WITH A LOT OF THE NON-EMERGENCY, NOT JUST LOGISTICARE. OR SOME OF THE CONSTRAINTS, SOME OF THE MANAGED CARE ORGANIZ ORGANIZATIONS.>>THIS IS NOT THE ONLY INSTANCE IN THIS CASE. OTHER MANAGED CARE CONTRACTS THAT THE STATE MOVED TOWARDS TO HELP PUT US IN THIS SITUATION.>>THAT’S CORRECT. THE WAY THE SYSTEM IS DESIGNED HERE LOCALLY. WE HAVE OTHER SYSTEMS THAT HAVE SERVICE AND THEY HAVE THE OPTION TO CHOOSE ONE OR THE OTHER. THERE’S ONLY ONE FOR EMERGENCY AND NON-EMERGENCY. IN SOME CASES, THERE ARE AREAS THAT ARE NOT WELL SERVED BECAUSE OF THAT ADVERSE SELECTION. THERE’S NOT THE CASE IN PINELLAS COUNTY. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. WE HAVE A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD AND A SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WELCH. THAT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. SOLID WASTE, JEANED AITEM 33.>>CHANGE ORDER NUMBER 1 TO THE CONTRACT WITH KEYSTONE EXCAVATORS FOR THE NORTH COUNTY SATELLITE PROJECT. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THIS IS FOR THE DRAINAGE OUT FRONT THAT WE TOOK UP AT A PREVIOUS MEETING LAST TIME. ANY QUESTIONS? A MOTION?>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. UTILITIES AGENDA ITEM 34.>>THIS IS A CHANGE ORDER FOR CANCELLATION OF CONTRACT WITH KAT CONSTRUCTION AND MATERIALS. THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD REPAIR AND CODE A SLEDGE GAS HOLDING TANK AND INSTALL NEW PUMP MIXING SYSTEM. WHEN THEY GOT INTO IT, THEY COULD NOT AND SO THEY NOW NEED TO REMOVE THE TANK. SO WE NEED TO CANCEL THIS CONTRACT.>>SO MOVED.>>SECOND.>>WHAT’S THE TIMETABLE FOR A NEW TANK, DO WE KNOW?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AND THE EXPENSE.>>HERE COMES MEGAN. >>GOOD AFTERNOON. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION ABOUT TIMETABLE, IF WE WERE TO REPLACE WITH NECESSARY UPGRADES OR OTHER VENDORS, OTHER TANKS AVAILABLE. AND PUT TOGETHER MORE OF A TIME LINE FOR THAT. SO WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS JUST THE FORM ESTIMATES. AND SECOND QUESTION WAS ABOUT COST. IT WILL LIKELY, JUST OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, WITHOUT HAVING AN ESTIMATE IN PLACE, WOULD COST A BIT MORE THAN WHAT WE SEE HERE. IT’S HARD TO SAY EXACTLY WITHOUT SPECIFYING THE MATERIALS AND DIFFERENT THINGS FOR IT. BUT WE EVALUATE DIFFERENT OPTIONS WHEN WE HAVE THE INFORMATION.>>THE LIFE LEFT ON THE –>> ONE OF THE THINGS WE DID DETERMINE WITH THIS PROJECT IS THIS TANK TYPICALLY IS NOT TAKEN OFF LINE. IT’S VERY HARD TO ACCESS. PART OF THIS WAS TAKING THE TANK OFF LINE, CLEANING THE TANK AND GETTING INTO THE TANK TO INSPECT IT. A LOT OF THE IMPROVEMENTS HAD TO DO WITH THE INTERIOR OF THE TANK. SO THEY WERE ABLE TO CONFIRM THERE WAS LIFE LEFT ON THIS TANK AND ALL IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE FOR THE NEAR FUTURE. SO NO IMMEDIATE CONCERNS WITH THE STABILITY OF THE TANK. LARGELY , DUE TO THE CONSTRUCT ABILITY OF GETTING ACCESS TO THE TANK. THERE’S A FLOATING ROOF. SO GETTING THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT INVOLVED REMOVING THAT AND GETTING ACCESS. >>I THINK COMMISSIONER WELCH WOULD LIKE TO INSPECT THE TANK. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU, MEGAN. VOTING CARDS PLEASE. OKAY. PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. MOVING ON TO COUNTY ATTORNEY NUMBER 35.>>SEEKING YOUR AUTHORIZATION TO FILE SUIT IN THE CASES REFERENCED ON YOUR AGENDA. THIS IS AN INJUNCTION ACTION RELATED TO CODE ENFORCEMENT MATTER.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. THAT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.>>ITEM 36. THIS IS SIMILARLY A REQUEST TO AUTHORIZE LITIGATION IN THE CASE REFERENCED ON YOUR AGENDA. ANOTHER INJUNCTION RELATED TO CODE ENFORCEMENT MATTER.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER LONG. PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. 37.>>UNDER 37, I’M REQUESTING THE BOARD APPROVE THE STAFF’S RECOMMENDATION ON THE SETTLE MMENT IN THE CONFIDENTIAL MEMBER RAPPED — MEMORANDUM. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I’LL GIVE THE CREDIT TO COMMISSIONER GERARD FOR THE MOTION AND COMMISSIONER LONG FOR THE SECOND. PASSES U — UNANIMOUSLY. 38.>>I’M ALSO ASKING YOU APPROVE STAFF’S RECOMMENDATION ON THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AS OUTLINED IN THE CONFIDENTIAL MEMORANDUM.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>SECOND. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION AND SECOND FOR AGENDA ITEM 38. >>AND UNDER REPORTS I HAVE NOTHING. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THAT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. WE CAN MOVE ON TO NUMBER 40.>>THIS MORNING, I’D LIKE TO FIRST ANNOUNCE AND WELCOME RODNEY MARION AS OUR NEW EMPLOYEE RELATIONS AND WORKFORCE DIRECTOR FOR THE COUNTY. RODNEY COMES TO US WITH A LOT OF EXPERIENCE WORKING IN HR AND WITH EMPLOYEE ISSUES. OUR TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT ISSUES THAT WE’VE DISCUSSED WITH OUR EMPLOYEES AND WORKING WITH OUR DEPARTMENTS TO STRENGTHEN OUR WORKFORCE. OUR RELATIONS IS VERY IMPORTANT. SO WANT TO WELCOME HIM TO OUR TEAM.>>WELCOME.>>THANK YOU, ALL. I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE STAFF AND BEING A PART OF THE STAFF HERE. I’VE BEEN IN HUMAN RESOURCES FOR ABOUT 40 YEARS NOW. I’VE WORKED FOR THREE MUNICIPALITIES, TWO COUNTIES AND A COOL DIS– SCHOOL DISTRICT. I HOPE TO BRING THAT TO THE COUNTY.>>WE’RE HOPING TO BRING ALL OF THAT EXPERIENCE.>>THANK YOU. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WELCOME. WE’RE GLAD YOU ARE HERE.>>THE OTHER ONE IS WE HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING THAT WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 22ND. SO WANTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT REGARDING A PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO THE PINELLAS COUNTY CODE FOR THE PROHIBITION OF EQUINE RIDING WITHIN AQUATIC PRESERVES AND PROVIDING FOR THE PROHIBITION OF UNPERMITTED SEA GRASS PRESERVES. THAT WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER THE 22ND. THAT CONCLUDES MY REPORT. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: VERY GOOD. ITEM 41, I DON’T BELIEVE THERE’S ANY NEW BUSINESS ITEMS.>>BACK TO THAT NUMBER 40 REAL QUICK. I’M ASSUMING THAT NOTIFICATION WILL BE PLACED AT THE LOCATION –>> WE CAN CERTAINLY MAKE SURE. WE’RE GOING TO NOTIFY THE COMPANIES. SO THEY WILL HAVE DIRECT KNOWL KNOWLEDGE.>>WE CAN CERTAINLY NOTICE AT THE LOCATIONS ALSO. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. COUNTY COMMISSION REPORTS. COMMISSIONER JUSTICE. >>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. REALLY, THE MAIN REPORT WE CONTINUE THE PROCESS AND PREPARATION. THE COC IS BIEFURCATIBIFURCATIN THE ORGANIZATION PAPERS ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS THERE. THAT’S REALLY THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING. COMMISSIONER GERARD AND I HAD THE PLEASURE OF BRINGING WELCOMING REMARKS TO THE REBUILDING TAMPA BAY ORGANIZATION WHICH WAS REHABBING THREE HOMES IN THE WE WILLMAN COMMUNITY, PAINTING, UPGRADING, IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR FOLKS THERE. AND THEN HAD THE CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN PART OF THE KEN WELCH LOVE WEEK WHERE HE WAS AWARDED FOR HIS COMMUNITY WORK THERE. AND SORRY I MISSED IT, BUT HE WON AN AWARD. >>KENNETH WELCH: LOVE WEEK WHICH YOU PUTTING ME INSPECTING SOLID WASTE. >>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THE LAST THING IS REMINDER THIS FRIDAY OCTOBER 11TH, HE WILL BE HAVING A FARM SHARE IN TARPIN SPRINGS AT THE SAINT TIMOTHY LUTHERAN CHURCH. STAFF WILL BE THERE FROM 7:30 DOING SET UP AND ALL THE HARD WORK. IF YOU CAN MAKE IT, WE’D LOVE TO SEE YOU. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER PETERS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THAT.>>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION MET. THEY ARE CREATING LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE TO BE MORE CU — I ALSO ATTENDED THE FACT MEETING WHERE THEY DID A WORK PRODUCT. TO ESTABLISH A PRIORITY POLICIES. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE LAST WEEK, WE HAD THE JUDGE WHO IS PRETTY MUCH ONE OF THE BEST EXPERTS ON HOW TO FIX COMMUNITY ISSUES. IT WAS REALLY WELL ATTENDED. THEY LIVE STREAMED IT. AND THAT PRESENTATION IS ON THE INSTITUTE’S WEB SITE. SO STRATEGIC POLICY UNDER SBC IF ANYONE’S INTERESTED IN WATCHING IT. THANK YOU. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER WELCH. >>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. START OFF WITH A COUPLE HOME GOING SERVICES. FIRST WAS SATURDAY FOR DR. PAUL McCRAY WHO IS AN OUTSTANDING PHYSICIAN IN OUR COMMUNITY. HE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN CHIEF OF STAFF AT BAY FRONT MEDICAL CENTER. ALSO A MEMBER OF OMEGA SI PHI. THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IS HIS DAUGHTER. AND YESTERDAY I ATTENDED THE HOME GOING FOR A YOUNG MAN WHO PASSED AWAY. AND JUST A GREAT COMMUNITY OUTREACH. AND I WAS HONORED TO PRESENT OUR PROCLAMATION TO THE FAMILY. AND THEY REALLY SEND THEIR THANKS FOR THAT. AT A TIME WHEN WE’RE SO DIVIDED ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS, JUST TO SEE THE COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER AND SUPPORT THAT FAMILY WAS OUTSTANDING. ALSO WANT TO THANK FIRST BAPTIST CONGREGATION OF GANDY BOULEVARD. THEY’VE HOSTED A NUMBER OF THESE VRY LARGE HOME GOINGS OVER THE YEARS EVEN GOING BACK TO THE SAINT PETE POLICE OFFICERS. SO I WANT TO THANK THE FIRST BAPTIST ORGANIZATION. LAST FRIDAY THE 27TH, I TOURED AMI KIDS WHICH WAS VERY INTERESTING. THE YOUTH, THEY ARE ALL YOUNG MEN. WE’VE HAD SOME ISSUES BUT IT WAS IMPRESSIVE. THEY PROVIDED THE TOUR. I WANT TO THANK AMI KIDS FOR THAT TOUR AND FOR THE GREAT WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING. ON THE 25TH OF SEPTEMBER, WE HAD OUR SECOND COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE MEETING. AND I GOT TO TELL YOU OUR STAFF CONTINUES TO KNOCK THE BALL OUT OF THE PARK. WE HAD CONSTANCE HILL AT OUR MEETING. AND SHE WAS JUST GIVING RAVE REVIEWS FOR OUR STAFF. WHAT THEY ARE DOING IN TERMS OF OUR OUTREACH. TOLD HER SHE CAN’T STEAL COREY AND JOSH. SHE MENTIONED THEM. WE’VE GOT SO MANY STAFF. ARILIS AND SO MANY OTHERS DOING GREAT WORK. WE’RE DOING SPANISH OUTREACH. I’M REALLY CONFIDENT ABOUT PINELLAS COUNTY BEING PREPARED. ON THANKS TO OUR STAFF AND PARTNERS AND SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRS. WE HAD ABOUT 40 PEOPLE AT THE MEETING, AT THE EPICENTER. AND WE WERE IN MINNEAPOLIS. I WILL ALSO BE MODERATING A PROGRAM NEXT TUESDAY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SPC. AND ALSO THE URBAN LEAGUE SAINT PETE BAR, NAACP AND THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS. THIS IS FOCUSED ON AMENDMENT 4 AT THE ALLSTATE CENTER AND WE’LL HAVE A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH MIKE DELAZIO. THEY’VE CHANGED THEIR ACRONYM. IT’S SOMETHING ELSE RIGHT NOW. MARIA SCRUGGS. REVEREND JC PRICHARD. AND ANDREW WARREN WHO IS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DISTRICT 13 STATE ATTORNEY. AND HE’S DONE SOMETHING THAT IS VERY INNOVATIVE CALLED A ROCKET DOCKET TO TRY TO DEAL WITH THE COURT’S FINES AND FEES ISSUE. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO A VERY GOOD CONVERSATION COMMUNITY FORUM. IT’S NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT 7 P.M. AT SAINT PETE COLLEGE ALL STATE. AND THAT’S ALL I HAVE. THANK YOU. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. COMMISSIONER GERARD. >>PAT GERARD: YEAH. NOT MUCH IN THE WAY OF MEETINGS. I ALSO WANTED TO CONGRATULATE COMMISSIONER WELCH ON HIS AWARDS. >>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU. YOU DON’T HAVE AN ASSIGNMENT FOR ME TO INSPECT, DO YOU?>>PAT GERARD: YOU CAN TAKEOVER CAREER — JUST KIDDING.>>I’LL SECOND THAT MOTION. [ LAUGHING ]>>PAT GERARD: I WENT TO THE MAYOR’S COUNCIL AND WE HAD A PRESENTATION FROM LENTON ON THE TRANSPORTATION ISSUE WHICH WAS VERY WELL RECEIVED. NOTHING GOING ON IN CAREER SOURCE OTHER THAN THEY A COMPUTER VIRUS. THEY HAD A COMPUTER — IT WAS AN ATTACK REALLY. IT WASN’T A VIRUS. SOMEBODY, OBVIOUSLY, DELIBERATELY GOT BOTH THEM AND HILLSBOROUGH. SO THEY WERE OUT OF COMMISSION FOR LIKE THREE DAYS. AND COMMISSIONER PETERS, I HEARD GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH FORUM. LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THAT INFORMATION. THAT’S IT FOR ME. OH, GO RAYS. >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: VERY GOOD. COMMISSIONER EGGERS. >>DAVE EGGERS: YEAH. AND I THINK IT GOT MOVED TO TONIGHT BECAUSE OF SOME GAME YESTERDAY. SO YOU ALL GET A CHANCE TO MAYBE WATCH IT. IN ANY EVENT, JUST A COUPLE THINGS. FORWARD PINELLAS, WE MEET TOMORROW. AND AMONG MANY THINGS THAT WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT IN TWO AND-A-HALF HOURS, MAYBE AT MOST.>>JANET LONG: HAVE YOU SEEN THE AGENDA?>>DAVE EGGERS: PRETTY LOADED TOMORROW. JUST BE UNDERSTANDING. WE’RE DISCUSSING THE I-275 NEXT PD AND EAST STUDY. THAT WILL BE A GOOD CONVERSATION. A LOT OF CONCERNS, A LOT OF EXCITEMENT SO WE’LL DIVE INTO THAT TOMORROW. THE DREW STREET COMPLETE STREETS DISCUSSION WILL BE ONGOING. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WALK THAT STREET. ABOUT PROBABLY A COUPLE MILES WORTH. AND, WOW. WHAT A SCARY STREET. IT’S A SCARY STREET TO DRIVE. BUT WHEN YOU WALK IT, IT’S EVEN — IT’S REALLY SCARY. NOT ONLY DO YOU, YOU KNOW, FEEL THE WIND BLOW BY YOU AS YOU WALK ON THE SIDEWALK, SOMETIMES THE SIDEWALK JUST STOPS, AND THEN YOU’RE STUCK. SOMETIMES IT’S THE PSTA BUS STOP IS RIGHT IN THIS DIRT AREA THAT’S REALLY ROUGH TERRAIN. SO IT’S HARD FOR ANYBODY TO GET TO IT, MUCH LESS ANY HANDICAPPED FOLKS. SO WE’VE GOT POLES IN THE MIDDLE OF SIDEWALKS, SO THAT YOU HAVE A TWO-FOOT TO GET AROUND. SO IT’S GOING TO BE — I THINK THERE’S AN AWFUL LOT WE NEED TO DO TO THAT. BUT WE’LL HAVE THAT CONVERSATION TOMORROW, AS WELL. AND THEN WE’LL GET INTO SOME LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES. PSTA DOESN’T MEET UNTIL LATER. MY V.A. COMMUNITY, THE CVEB THAT I SIT ON DOESN’T MEET UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH. TAMPA BAY WATER MEETS NEXT WEEK. TWO WEEKS, EXCUSE ME, FROM MONDAY. TMA, OUR NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 8th. JUST LATER IN THE MONTH AS WELL. WE DID HAVE OUR PINELLAS SCHOOL COLLABORATIVE MEETING. AND WE TALKED AMONG MANY THINGS, HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS, TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION SAFETY CONCERNS AND SCHOOL BUS SAFETY. IT WAS A REALLY GOOD CONVERSATION AND WE HAD JENNIFER LOTTE FROM PINELLAS COUNTY BEHAVIORAL GROUP, FROM THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, TALK ABOUT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM, AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING THIS YEAR TO AUGMENT THE EFFORTS. AND IT KIND OF TALKS ABOUT EXPANDING AWARENESS FOR THE STUDENTS, INCREASING ACCESS TO STUDENT SERVICES, STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS, DAY TREATMENT, GETTING THEM AWAY FROM SCHOOL CAMPUS TO GET TREATMENT, AND REFINING THE THREAT ASSESSMENTS ON CAMPUS. SO ALL OF IT GOING ON. I THINK THEY HAD A $2.2 MILLION DOLLAR AMOUNT TO THAT, AND IT WAS JUST A REALLY GOOD CONVERSATION. AND SHE CONTINUES TO BE A PART OF OUR PINELLAS COUNTY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SYSTEMS OF CARE MEETING EVERY MONTH. SO, THE SCHOOL PEOPLE ARE THERE AT THAT MEETING. THE V.A. PEOPLE HAVE FINALLY STARTED COMING AT THAT MEETING. SO, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER A LOT GETS DONE THERE OR NOT, I THINK A LOT MORE IS GETTING DONE, AND A LOT OF PARTNERS ARE AT THE TABLE NOW. AT LEAST SHARING WHAT THEY’RE DOING WITH OTHERS IN THE SAME ARENA. SO, I THOUGHT IT WAS A REALLY GOOD, REALLY GOOD SESSION. AND THEN, I JUST REALLY WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING THE FARM SHARE PROGRAM, OR EVENT THIS FRIDAY. I THINK WE TOUCHED ON IT THE ABATEMENT TASK FORCE AS IT RELATES TO A CHANGE THAT’S GOING TO BE HAPPENING THERE. IT WAS A LOT OF CONCERN FROM THE FEATHER SOUND FOLKS. AND THEY’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO MOVE THE TRAFFIC AWAY FROM THERE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. BUT IT’S GOING TO BE AN ISSUE. SO I HOPE THAT THE COMMUNICATION WITH THAT AREA, WITH THAT COMMUNITY, IS DONE WELL. THE ELIZA NELSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GRAND OPENING WAS ON SATURDAY. IT WAS JUST PACKED. A LOT OF FAMILIES WENT THROUGH A REAL DEPRESSED TIME WHEN THEY CLOSED THE SCHOOL. AND THEN, OBVIOUSLY NOW THAT IT’S BEING OPENED AGAIN, AS A NEW SCHOOL, AND IN HER NAME, THE PROGRAM WAS GREAT, THE FAMILY WAS THERE, I’M VERY APPRECIATIVE OF ALL THAT THE COMMUNITY HAD DONE TO RALLY AROUND THE NAME CHANGE AND THE SCHOOL BOARD, AND THE COUNTY COMMISSION AND ALL OF THAT. SO IT WAS A REALLY GOOD SESSION. I JUST WANTED YOU ALL TO BE AWARE OF THAT. AND THEN JUST ONE FINAL COMMENT ON THE WHISPERING SOULS WHICH IS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CEMETERY OFF OF SUNSET POINT, CONTINUE TO DO WORK THERE. THEY’RE TRYING TO ESTABLISH THE OWNERSHIP. IT’S REALLY CONVOLUTED. SO THEY’RE TRYING TO DO THAT. THEY’VE DONE THEIR FIRST ROUND OF RADAR PENETRATING TO FIND MULTITUDE OF GRAVE SITES THERE. SO WE’VE BEEN SPENDING — THEY’VE BEEN SPENDING A LOT OF TIME CLEANING UP THE AREA. CLEANING UP THE GROUNDS, AND NOW THEY’RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE SAME ORGANIZATION THAT’S DOING THE ZION CEMETERY OVER IN TAMPA. SO, THEY’RE GETTING MORE ATTENTION. THEY’RE GETTING MORE — THEY’RE GOING TO BRING A SIX FOOT RADAR PENETRATING ITEM TO FIND OUT IF THERE’S MORE DEEPER, AND ALSO TO EXPAND IT AND SEE IF THERE ARE MORE BEYOND THE ONE ACRE OF LAND THAT IS THERE. SO, I THINK IT’S ABSOLUTELY JUST SO SAD THAT SOME OF THESE CEMETERIES JUST KIND OF GOT IGNORED, BUILT OVER, WHATEVER, OVER THE YEARS, AND REALLY HAPPY AND PROUD OF THE EFFORT OF THE FOLKS THERE IN THE SAFETY HARBOR AREA FOR TRYING TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT AND RECOGNIZE THE CEMETERY. SO A LOT OF WORK STILL TO COME. AND I TOLD THEM THAT WE AT THE COUNTY STAND READY TO ASSIST THEM. JUST KEEP US APPRISED OF WHAT WAS GOING ON, AND WE’LL — THEY’LL KIND OF LET US KNOW AS THE YEAR GOES BY. SO THAT’S ALL I HAD.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER LONG?>>JANET LONG: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT A CYBERSECURITY WORKSHOP IS ON OCTOBER 31st, FOR OUR BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES COMMITTEE. AND ONE OF THE THINGS I’M SO PROUD OF, THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE TAMPA BAY REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY. YOU MAY REMEMBER LAST YEAR WHEN WE CAME TIME FOR OUR BUDGET, TO PASS OUR BUDGET, WE HAD SOMETHING LIKE $2.37 IN OUR ACCOUNT. AND, TODAY, WE HAVE OVER $7.5 MILLION. SO IT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT WHEN YOU REALLY UNDERSTAND ALL THOSE BUCKETS OF FUNDING AND WHAT GOES WHERE, AND HOW YOU CAN SPEND WHAT, AND THE LEVERAGE THAT YOU CAN GET FROM UTILIZING THOSE DOLLARS, YOU CAN REALLY, REALLY DO SOME MAGNIFICENT THINGS. SO WE ARE ON THE CUSP OF CHANGING OUR REGION WHEN IT COMES TO OUR DISCUSSION WITH TRANSPORTATION AND TRANSIT, AND IT COULDN’T BE A MORE EXCITING TIME FOR TBARTA. WE ALSO, OUR NEXT BOARD MEETING IS GOING TO BE ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25th. AND YOU’LL BE HEARING ABOUT SOME NEW COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS THAT THE CHAIR WANTS TO MAKE. WE HAVE AN ENVISION 2030 BOARD WORKSHOP ON NOVEMBER 15th AT 12:30. AND IT’S GOING TO BE AT TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THAT SHOULD BE VERY, VERY EXCITING. A AND, I GUESS, IF I LEFT OUT ANYTHING, COMMISSIONER SEEL WILL FILL IT IN, I’M SURE, AS IT RELATES TO THAT. THE PINELLAS SUNCOAST TRANSIT AUTHORITY BUDGET MEETING THAT WE HAD ON SEPTEMBER 25th WAS — WE PASSED OUR BUDGET, AND WE SAW A PRESENTATION ON THE COMMUNITY SENTIMENT SURVEY WITH 95% OF NONREGULAR RIDERS THAT RESPONDED SAYING THEY SAW VALUE IN THE SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE. AND 41% OF RESIDENTS HAD RIDDEN ON ONE OF OUR TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS. WE APPROVED THE CONTRACT FOR THE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT STUDY ALONG CENTRAL AVENUE THAT’S BEING FUNDED BY THE FTA WITH IN-KIND — WITH NO IN-KIND MATCH FROM THE CITY OF ST. PETE AND/OR FORWARD PINELLAS. AND WE ARE WORKING WITH PARTNERS IN OTHER CITIES ALONG THE CORRIDOR TO LOOK AT LAND USE POLICY AND CODES THAT ENHANCE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN TRANSIT. I ALSO WANT TO JUST PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGE JEFFREY UNDERHILL, WHO IS PSTA’S FLORIDA’S TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR. WE WERE ALL SO REALLY PROUD OF HIM. AND AS COMMISSIONER EGGERS TALKED ABOUT, WE HAVE OUR FRWARD PINELLAS MEETING TOMORROW. AND THE TAMPA BAY REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL IS KNEE DEEP IN PLANNING FOR OUR FIRST ANNUAL SUMMIT ON JANUARY 7th AND 8th. I’M TERRIBLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT, BECAUSE WE HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL COMPONENT, GIVEN THE VISIT THAT WE HAD FROM HANK OLDINK WHO IS THE WATER CZAR OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS, AND WE’RE HOPING TO BRINGING BACK SOME OTHER INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS FROM OUR TRIP TO AMSTERDAM. BECAUSE WE’VE ALSO HAD INTEREST EXPRESSED FROM THE COUNTRY OF GERMANY ON OUR CLIMATE COMPACT WHICH I FOUND VERY INTERESTING. LAST WEEK I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A COFFEE CHOOT WITH THE ST. PETE CHAMBER PUBLIC POLICY COUNCIL. AND WE TALKED AGAIN ABOUT SEA LEVEL RISE, CLIMATE RESILIENCY, AND TRANSPORTATION. WE ALSO ATTENDED THE ENERGY AND CLIMATE SUMMIT LAST WEEK, WITH OUR AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER, NIKKI FREID. IT WAS INCREDIBLY WELL ATTENDED. AND OUR VERY OWN HANK HODY WAS THERE IN ATTENDANCE. AND I ALSO HAD A VERY INTERESTING TOUR WITH OUR COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE NEW CAMPUS OF THIS FABULOUS NEW EXPANSION IN PINELLAS COUNTY, IN ONE OF OUR MANUFACTURER’S JABEL. THAT WAS REALLY, REALLY INTERESTING AND WE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON HERE IN THE COUNTY THAT YOU WOULDN’T EVEN BEGIN TO BELIEVE. IT WAS SO INTERESTING TO LEARN ABOUT HOW BIG THEY ARE GLOBALLY. IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT PINELLAS. IT’S A HUGE, HUGE GLOBAL COMPANY AND WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT SOME OF THEIR CHALLENGES AROUND THE WORLD. AND TO THAT POINT I KNOW SEVERAL OF YOU ALREADY ARE WENT TO A RIBBON CUTTING AT BECKWITH ELECTRIC BUT I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE UP FOR THE FACT THAT I WASN’T THERE THE FIRST TIME, AND IT’S PRETTY EXCITING, BECAUSE THEY ALSO ARE A WORLDWIDE GLOBAL COMPANY, AND TO HEAR ABOUT THEIR EXPANSION, AND THEIR GROWTH, IT’S ALMOST OVERWHELMING WHEN YOU LISTEN TO THEM TALK ABOUT HOW MANY EMPLOYEES THEY HAVE, AND THEY WANT TO DOUBLE WHAT THEY HAVE RIGHT NOW AND THEY HAVE POURED SEVERAL MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO NEW EQUIPMENT JUST TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND. SO, IT JUST IS INTERESTING TO KNOW WE HAVE THAT KIND OF THING GOING ON WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OUR ECONOMY. BUT IN BOTH PLACES, TRANSPORTATION IS ALWAYS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST WHEN IT COMES WHAT ARE WE DOING, HOW ARE WE IMPROVING, AND SO ON AND SO FORTH? I ALSO WANT TO ADD MY CONGRATULATIONS, COMMISSIONER WELCH, EVEN THOUGH WE TEASE YOU ALL THE TIME, FOR YOUR AWARDS THAT YOU RECEIVED OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS, BOTH AT PEMHS AND AT THE URBAN LEAGUE. IT CERTAINLY IS A TRUE TESTAMENT TO YOUR LEADERSHIP, AND YOUR CALM AND EASYGOING DEMEANOR. MOST OF OF THE TIME. AND I APOLOGIZE, I’M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO JOIN YOU AT FARM — AT OUR FARM FAIR ON FRIDAY, BECAUSE I WILL BE OVER AT McDILL AIR FORCE BASE LEARNING ABOUT AND HEARING ABOUT THE CONCERNS THAT THEY HAVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND SEA LEVEL RISE. THEY HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE THAT ALWAYS ATTENDS OUR RESILIENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY MEETING AT THE REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL, AND THEY HAVE DEEP CONCERNS AMIDST VERY REWARDING TO HAVE THEM BE ONE OF OUR PARTNERS ON THE COMPACT BECAUSE THEY ARE A VERY SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF OUR ECONOMY AND WE CAN’T AFFORD TO LOSE THEM. SO I’LL BE SURE TO BRING YOU BACK A REPORT AT OUR NEXT MEETING. AND THAT, MADAM CHAIR, IS THE END OF MY REPORT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. JUST ONE FINAL PIECE OR TWO PIECES TO THE TBARTA. ONE WAS, EVEN THOUGH COMMISSIONER LONG AND I WERE PRESENT, THERE WAS NOT QUORUM TO PASS THE BUDGET.>>JANET LONG: CORRECT. BIG PROBLEM.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YES. BUT THE STAFF DID FIGURE IT OUT AND WE HAD A REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION DISADVANTAGE SERVICE PRESENTATION. I AM MEETING THIS AFTERNOON WITH BETH HAUGHTEN THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR JWB, AND I ALSO JUST DECIDED TO JOIN THE FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR JWB. SO I WILL BE EMBARKING ON THAT IN NOVEMBER. AND WITH THAT, ALSO, WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS, COMMISSIONER WELCH.>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU, ALL. WE ACTUALLY FINISHED UP SOONER THAN I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO FOR THE MEETING. BUT HAVE A GOOD REST OF THE WEEK. THANK YOU. [

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