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Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) Regular Public Meeting

Public Meeting September 24, 2015 2:01 P.M. Printable version

INVOCATION by Reverend Father Paris from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Clearwater



1. Florida Native Plant Month Proclamation

2. Pinellas County Urban League Highway to Health Vehicle Presentation

3. Fire Prevention Week Proclamation and Fire Professionals of the Year Awards


David Ballard Geddis, Jr., Palm Harbor, re Watergate to Waterboard.
Lenore Faulkner, Madeira Beach, re Common Core; home going up for auction.
Mark Klutho, Largo, re stupidity, waste.
Greg Pound, Largo, re truth.
Tony Harris, Seminole, re police grievance form.
Hala Rivera, Holiday, re appreciation.


All matters listed under this item are considered to be routine and action will be taken by one motion without separate discussion of each item.  If discussion is desired by a member of the Board, that item(s) will be moved from the Consent Agenda and considered separately.


4. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting held August 18, 2015.

5. Vouchers and bills paid from August 2 to August 15, 2015.

Reports received for filing:

6. Dock Fee Report for the month of August 2015.

Miscellaneous items received for filing:

Pulled for discussion under Regular Agenda
7. Housing Finance Authority (HFA) of Pinellas County Fiscal Year 2016 General Fund and Housing Trust Fund Operating Budgets, as approved by the HFA Board of Directors.

8. City of Clearwater Ordinances Nos. 8731-15, 8734-15, 8737-15, and 8740-15 adopted August 6, 2015, annexing certain properties.

9. City of St. Petersburg notice of public hearing held September 3, 2015, regarding proposed amendments to the Intown Redevelopment Plan and the Bayboro Harbor Community Redevelopment Plan.


County Administrator

10. Receipt and file report of non-procurement items delegated to the County Administrator.

Engineering and Technical Support

Pulled for discussion under Regular Agenda
11. Approval of an award of bid to Lane Construction Corporation for Fiscal Years (FY) 2015 – 2018 countywide pavement preservation contract.

12. Approval of an award of bid to Suncoast Development of Pinellas County, Inc. for sidewalk improvements along County Road 1 (Keene Road) from State Road 580 to Curlew Road.

13. Approval of an award of bid to David Nelson Construction Company for road improvements  at Park Street/Starkey Road from 84th Lane North to 82nd Avenue North.

Real Estate Management

14. Approval to declare miscellaneous County-owned equipment surplus, including sale of scrap material, disposal of junked material, and removal of lost and stolen items from the County Fixed Asset Inventory.

15. Approval to declare a County-owned vehicle surplus and authorize sale to the Sheriff's Office.

Safety and Emergency Services

16. Approval of the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC d/b/a Bayflite for ambulance services.


17. Notice of new lawsuit and defense of the same by the County Attorney in the case of Christopher Bennett v. City of Clearwater and v. Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners - Circuit Civil Case No. 15-001256-CI-20 - Allegations of negligence resulting in personal injuries.


Items Nos. 7 and 11 Approved
Items for discussion from the Consent Agenda.

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18. Approval of ranking of firms and agreements with eight firms for engineering consulting services for multi-disciplinary engineering projects.

19. Approval of an Interlocal Agreement with the Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

Human Services

20. Approval of ranking of firms and agreements with Directions for Mental Health, Inc. and Operation PAR, Inc. for homeless street outreach teams (companion to item no. 21).

21. Approval of ranking of firms and agreements with Homeless Emergency Project, Inc. d/b/a Homeless Empowerment Program and Westcare Gulfcoast-Florida, Inc. for homeless shelter beds and services (companion to item no. 20).

Justice and Consumer Services

22. Approval of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funding recommendations submitted by the Substance Abuse Advisory Board.

Public Works

23. Approval to submit the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast (RESTORE) Act Draft Multiyear Implementation Plan to the U.S. Treasury.

24. Approval of revised Surface Water Utility Adjustments and Mitigation Credits Policy.

Safety and Emergency Services

25. Approval of an agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc. for maintenance and support of the Motorola Astro P25 radio communications system.

26. Other administrative matters.


27. Recommendation to accept an Offer of Settlement in the case of Michele T. Jones, as parent and natural guardian for Neil T. Valk, a minor v. Pinellas County, Florida - Circuit Civil Case No. 13-009972-CI-15 – Allegations of negligence resulting in personal injuries.

28. Miscellaneous.


Business Technology Services

29. Approval of the cancellation of negotiations with Timmons Group, Inc. for implementation of an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system, authority to proceed with negotiations with Azteca Systems Inc. for Cityworks EAM software, and approval to procure the implementation services from existing government or cooperative contracts.

Emergency Medical Services Authority

30. Approval of Amendment No. 1 to the Advanced Life Support First Responder Agreement with the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District for improved first responder geographic coverage in Indian Shores and Redington Beach communities.

Human Resources

31. Approval of ranking of firms and agreement with Standard Insurance Company for disability benefits and Family Medical Leave Act administrative services.


32. None.


33. Approval of the appointment of Commissioner Long to the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Board.

Approved 3% increase in salary effective October 1, 2015.
34. Annual performance review of the County Administrator.

35. Miscellaneous.

a. Commissioner Long discussed a new initiative of the Homeless Leadership Board (HLB).

related that the new executive director of Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council has been identified.

requested staff research how to make Pinellas County the first Purple (dementia-friendly) County.
b. Commissioner Eggers thanked Palm Harbor Fire Commission for 9/11 memorial service.

congratulated the school system on the opening of East Lake Middle School Academy of Engineering.

discussed upcoming FDOT meeting with community re possible roundabout in Palm Harbor.

related that he is looking forward to touring the jail facility tomorrow.

requested that staff compile a list of County-implemented human services programs for distribution to municipal and community leaders for taxpayers' awareness.
c. Commissioner Welch inquired re update of HLB's 10-year plan and HUD funding, and Commissioner Long provided input.
d. Commissioner Seel proposed broadening Commissioner Long's idea of a dementia-friendly County to an aging-friendly County.
e. Commissioner Justice thanked Matt Jordan and Charles Carden of Tampa Bay Water for tour of facilities.

discussed recent legislation re posting of signs informing human trafficking victims of a helpline; moved, seconded by Commissioner Welch, that the County Attorney's Office prepare a draft ordinance Approved
f. Chairman Morroni requested that Commissioner Justice explore Commissioner Seel's aging-friendly County proposal with the Area Agency on Aging.

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6:01 P.M.


36. Proposed resolutions to adopt final millage rates and budgets for FY 2016 (second public hearing).

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Special Accommodations
Persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Office of Human Rights, by written or oral request, at least 48 hours prior to the proceeding at: 400 South Fort Harrison Avenue, Suite 500, Clearwater, Florida 33756, Phone: (727) 464-4880, TDD: (727) 464-4062.

Public Participation
Persons wishing to speak during the Citizens to be Heard portion of the agenda or regarding Regular Agenda items and Public Hearing items must complete a comment card.  Cards should be given to staff at the table located at the front of the Assembly Room.  At the scheduled section of the meeting when the item is before the Board of County Commissioners (Board), the Chairman will call each speaker, one by one, to the podium to be heard.  Each speaker may speak up to three minutes.  Persons who have been authorized to represent a group of four or more individuals, who are present, should limit their presentation to 10 minutes.  Items may be taken out of order by the Chair.

Public Hearing Procedures
The procedure used by the Board in conducting public hearings is to have a staff presentation followed by the applicant presenting the specific proposal.  The Board will then hear comments from the proponents followed by comments from the opponents and a staff summary.  The applicant will then be given an opportunity to close and the Board will decide on the matter.  

Public hearings before the Board are governed by the provisions of Section 134-14 of the Pinellas County Land Development Code.  That code provides that at the conclusion of each person's presentation, any speaker may seek the Chairman's permission to ask questions of staff.  Specifically:

1. At the conclusion of the presentations by the applicant and any proponents, all affected parties may seek the Chairman's permission to ask questions of or seek clarification from the applicant and/or the proponents.

2. At the conclusion of the presentation by the opponents, all affected parties may seek the Chairman's permission to ask questions of or seek clarification from any opponent.

The applicant's closing comments will address testimony subsequent to their presentation.  Continuing rebuttal of other than directly preceding testimony will not be allowed.  Because much testimony has already been submitted in writing, the applicant should present the entire case in 20 minutes.

Persons are advised that, if they decide to appeal any decision made at this meeting/hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings, and, for such purposes, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.


If the Board meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. has not concluded by 12:30 p.m., a recess will be taken from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m., and the remainder of the meeting will continue at 1:00 p.m.

If the Board meeting beginning at 2:00 p.m. has not concluded by 5:30 p.m., a recess will be taken from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.  The remainder of the afternoon agenda will resume at 6:00 p.m., followed by public hearings.

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