Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting – 9/12/2019

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>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GOOD AFTERNOON. IT’S NICE TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY. WE ARE STARTING OUR PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th, 2014. WE DO NOT HAVE ANYBODY PRESENTING INVOCATION TODAY, SO I ASK COMMISSIONER EGGERS TO DO A VERY NICE PRESENTATION THAT HE DID YESTERDAY AT THE FORWARD PINELLAS MEETING. AND, IT WILL BE TALKING ABOUT 9/11, 2001, AS WELL AS HONORING MICHAEL SCHMIDT. SO I WILL TURN THIS OVER TO COMMISSIONER EGGERS AT THIS POINT FOR HIS VERY ELOQUENT — >>DAVE EGGERS: WELL, THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY. YOU KNOW, WE, EACH OF US IN THIS ROOM AND AROUND THE COUNTY, OBVIOUSLY ALL OF US HAVE DIFFERENT TIMES IN OUR LIVES, LOTS OF EMOTION HAPPENS, A LOT OF CHANGES GO ON, AND THINGS HAT HAPPEN THAT REALLY AFFECT OUR LIVES IN THE IMMEDIATE SENSE. AND I WAS JUST REFLECTING ON THE LAST FEW WEEKS ABOUT MANY THINGS THAT HAVE TOUCHED OUR LIVES, IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, AND ONE OF THEM WAS AN HONOR FLIGHT THAT I WENT TO ON TUESDAY NIGHT, WATCHING 50-PLUS VETERANS AND THEIR CHAPERONES RETURN FROM WASHINGTON. AND THEY GET TO GO UP ABOUT 3:00 OR 4:00 IN THE MORNING. THEY FLY UP TO WASHINGTON AND GET TO SPEND THE DAY, AND THEY’RE TREATED ROYALLY, AS THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN. AND WHEN THEY COME BACK, THEY LAND, AND THEY GREET THEM WITH ENVELOPES OF CARDS OF THANKS AND — FOR THEIR SERVICE AND ALL OF THE THINGS THAT THEY MEAN TO THESE INDIVIDUALS. WHETHER THEY’RE KIDS OR ADULTS. REALLY AN EMOTIONAL TIME. FOR THEM. THEN THEY COME OUT INTO THE BAGGAGE AREA, WHERE THERE ARE LITERALLY HUNDREDS, PROBABLY CLOSE TO 1,000 PEOPLE, WAITING FOR THEM. AND THEY COME THROUGH A WAITING LINE, AND JUST THE EMOTION THAT SWEEPS OVER THEM IN AN INSTANT IS AMAZING. MANY OF THEM HAVE NEVER BEEN WELCOMED BACK. SO IT’S JUST A REALLY PROFOUND TIME, AND THE HOSTS THAT TAKE THEM ARE EQUALLY MOVED. AT THE VERY END, THEY HAVE PLAYING OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, AND IT’S ALWAYS AT THE VERY END WHERE THE — THOSE FOLKS THAT ARE IN WHEELCHAIRS COME OUT. AND SO, THEY’RE THERE AT THE END, AND OF COURSE THEY IMMEDIATELY TURN BACK TOWARDS WHERE THEY’RE PLAYING IT, AND THESE GUYS THAT CAN’T WALK, STRUGGLE TO STAND UP AND JUST WHEN THAT ANTHEM IS BEING PLAYED, AND IT CHANGES OUR LIFE, THE PEOPLE THAT GET TO SEE THAT RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM, IN AN INSTANT. IT WAS JUST A VERY MOVING, A MOVING TRIBUTE TO OUR VETERANS. AND THEN YESTERDAY WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO GO TO A 9/11 CEREMONY, REALLY REFLECTING BACK ON WHAT HAPPENED 18 YEARS AGO. AND THE HORRIFIC NATURE OF THE DAY, AND THE MANY, MANY HEROIC STORIES THAT CAME OUT FROM OUR FIRST RESPONDERS, AND FOLKS LIKE YOU AND ME, NORMAL FOLKS THAT AREN’T FIRST RESPONDERS, WHO DID HEROIC THINGS THAT DAY. AND THE FAMILIES’ LIVES OF THOSE THAT WERE LOST, HOW THEY CHANGED IN AN INSTANT. BUT HOW OUR COUNTRY RALLIED AROUND THAT TIME WAS PRETTY SPECIAL. AND SOMETIMES I WISH WE COULD JUST HOLD ONTO THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE, AND KNOCK OUT ALL THAT OTHER NOISE THAT WE HEAR TODAY. IT CHANGED LIVES IN AN INSTANT. AND THEN — THEN CLEARLY RECENTLY OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM JUST A STONE’S THROW AWAY FROM FLORIDA IN THE BAHAMAS EXPERIENCED SOMETHING THAT, THANK GOD WE DIDN’T. BUT, THEIR LIVES CHANGED DRAMATICALLY. AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THIS COUNTRY, PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM, HAVE ALREADY, I KNOW, STEPPED UP AND SENT THINGS OVER THERE TO HELP OUT IN THAT VERY INITIAL PHASE OF JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE. BUT, YOU KNOW, AGAIN JUST AMAZING THINGS THAT HAPPEN FROM HORRIBLE INSTANCES. AND, AND HOW LIVES GET CHANGED IN JUST A SECOND. AND THEN MUCH, MUCH CLOSER TO HOME, WITHIN THE LAST WEEK OR TWO, ONE OF OUR BOARD REPORTERS, WHO FREQUENTLY SITS RIGHT HERE WHERE CHRIS IS SITTING, HIS NAME IS MICHAEL SCHMIDT, AND DIED OF A HEART ATTACK, WHILE ON THE JOB. JUST A GREAT GUY, JUST DOING HIS THING. IN FACT, I’VE TRIED TO EMULATE HIM GOING UP AND DOWN THE STEPS, THIS FOUR STORIES, AND IT’S EXHAUSTING. I’M NOT SURE I’LL KEEP THAT MUCH LONGER. BUT JUST A REALLY NEAT GUY, AND HE HAD HIS FAMILY, OBVIOUSLY THEIR LIVES CHANGED IN AN INSTANT, AND THE FAMILY OF BOARD REPORTERS, RIGHT OVER THERE, THAT DAY WAS JUST FOREVER — IT WILL NEVER — THAT WILL ALWAYS BE WITH THEM. AND SO, WE’VE ALL BEEN THROUGH THAT IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. BUT THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE HIT US NATIONALLY, BUT ALSO HERE CLOSE TO HOME, AND JUST WANT A CHANCE FOR US ALL TO REFLECT A LITTLE BIT YESTERDAY, ESPECIALLY ON 9/11, THE THINGS THAT MEAN SO MUCH TO US, AND SO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY IT AGAIN. BUT, I HOPE OUR COUNTRY HOLDS ON TO DAYS LIKE 9/11 CEREMONIES, BECAUSE GOSH WE NEED IT BAD. BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH BAD NOISE GOING ON OUT THERE. THEY’RE TELLING US HOW WE’RE SUPPOSED TO HATE EACH OTHER IF WE DON’T THINK ALIKE OR IF WE’RE NOT ALIKE. AND THAT’S JUST NOT THE WAY WE ARE. SO ANYWAY, THAT’S ALL I HAVE FOR YOU TODAY. IF WE ALL JUST TAKE MAYBE HALF A MOMENT OF SILENCE, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. THANK YOU.>>AMEN.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, COMMISSIONER EGGERS. I THINK YOU WERE SHARING SO MANY OF THE THOUGHTS THAT ALL OF US ARE FEELING, AND WE’RE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THE ELOQUENTSY THAT YOU’VE EXPRESSED ON OUR BEHALF. COMMISSIONER WELCH WOULD YOU LEAD US IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE? PLEASE STAND.>>KENNETH WELCH: I PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, I HAVE SEVERAL PRESENTATIONS TO MAKE. FIRST, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK BILL BERGER, WHO IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET, AND HIS BUDGET OFFICE STAFF TO COME JOIN ME. HI. HOW ARE YOU DOING? THAT’S WHY OUR ROOM WAS PACKED WITH SO MANY NICE-LOOKING FACES. [LAUGHTER] AND ESPECIALLY APPROPRIATE THAT THIS STAFF IS COMING FORWARD TODAY, BECAUSE TONIGHT WILL BE OUR FIRST PUBLIC HEARING FOR OUR PROPOSED 19-20 BUDGET. AND THESE ARE THE FOLKS WHO WORK HARD ON OUR BEHALF EVERY DAY. THEY HELP TO BUDGET, AND TO EXPEND, AND TO WATCH YOUR TAXPAYERS’ MONEY. AND THAT WE’RE SO APPRECIATIVE OF. VERY MUCH SO. BECAUSE WE KNOW YOU’RE GOOD WATCHDOGS AND WE LIKE THAT. SO, TODAY — WOULD YOU LIKE TO INTRODUCE THOSE THAT ARE HERE?>>BILL BERGER: I’D LOVE TO. BEFORE I GET STARTED WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE, IT TAKES A VILLAGE, AND THE VILLAGE IS NOT EVEN ALL HERE. THERE ARE SOME THAT COULDN’T MAKE IT. SO I JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEM. BELINDA EMENSON, DANIEL NUNEZ, JANIE GARDNER, JENNIFER CASTAGNER, WENDELL WILKINS, ROSE PES IS A, SHANE KUNZA, SHAREIT TO JONES. LINDA BENOIT AND KATHY WASLIWSKI. KATHY, CONGRATULATIONS TO HER. SHE’S IN PUERTO RICO, SHE’S RETIRED. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THIS YEAR’S BUDGET DOCUMENT AND SHE WAS PART OF THAT. I’LL START OVER ON MY LEFT. MY LEFT. YES, THIS IS MY LEFT-HAND. RALPH REED. ERICA MITCHELL. STILL WANT TO CALL HER BY HER MAIDEN NAME. JACKIE TRAIN NOR, LORI SULLIVAN, LISA BURLY, KATHERINE HIDING BEHIND LISA. CECILIA McCORKLE, NADIA HIDING BEHIND HER. SHANNON MILLS, FREDRICKA COLLINS, SORRY, THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF HAPPY DAYS WHERE WE HAVE MARRIAGES GOING ON. KRISTEN WILLIAMS. JASON MILLER. KRISTEN KERR. AUBREY PHILLIPS, DON MELLOW, EMILY MAGNAR, EVELYN STEVENS. CONGRATULATIONS, BECAUSE THIS IS HER LAST TIME SHE’LL BE HERE AS AN EMPLOYEE. SHE’S GOING TO BE RETIRING. AND I FORGOT TO MENTION KATHERINE’S GOING TO BE RETIRING, ALSO. SO HOW HAPPY THAT FACE IS? THAT’S THE FACE OF HAPPINESS. JASON RIVERA, JIM ABERNATHY, DREW BROWN, TIM CROWLEY, VERONICA ATELL, MARIA ROBERTS, ERIN DALY, JOSHUA HARMON SHAFFER AND STANDING IN THE FRONT LOOKING DAPPER WITH PURPLE, CHRIS NAGOTTI.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WELL, AGAIN, THANK YOU. YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN IN PINELLAS COUNTY GOVERNMENT FOR SINCE 1999. AND, I HAVE TO SAY THAT EACH YEAR THE BUDGET BECOMES THAT MUCH MORE TRANSPARENT AND THAT MUCH MORE TRUSTWORTHY. AGAIN, IT’S DUE TO ALL OF YOU. WHAT YOU DO.EALLY APPRECIATE – AND IT’S REALLY, THE WHOLE THING THAT RUNS COUNTY GOVERNMENT IS OUR BUDGET. AND SO, WHAT YOU DO IS REALLY CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. SO WITH THAT, WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED BUDGET. THE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED BUDGET PRESENTATION AWARD TO THE PINELLAS COUNTY FOR THE ANNUAL BUDGET, BEGINNING OCTOBER 1st, 2019. THE AWARD REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT. IT REFLECTS THE COMMITMENT OF THE GOVERNING BODY AND STAFF TO MEETING THE HIGHEST PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENTAL BUDGETING, IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD, A GOVERNMENTAL UNIT MUST PUBLISH A BUDGET DOCUMENT THAT MEETS PROGRAM CRITERIA AS A POLICY DOCUMENT, AS AN OPERATIONS GUIDE, AS A FINANCIAL PLAN, AND AS A COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE. BUDGET DOCUMENTS MUST BE RATED PROFICIENT IN ALL OF THESE FOUR CATEGORIES. AND THERE’S 14 MANDATORY CRITERIA WITHIN THOSE CATEGORIES TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD. IN ADDITION TO RECEIVING THE AWARD, THE COUNTY BUDGET RECEIVED SPECIAL PERFORMANCE MEASURE RECOGNITION AS A RESULT OF AN OUTSTANDING RATING BY ALL OF THE REVIEWERS. SO I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED TO PRESENT THIS AWARD TO THE STAFF FROM — OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET IN RECOGNITION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE 2019 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET.>>IF I COULD JUST ADD, ALSO, THAT WE REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE RECOGNITION THAT WE GET FROM YOU ALL’S COMMISSION, AND IT’S GREAT THAT WE RECEIVED THAT, AND I APPRECIATE RECEIVING THAT ON BEHALF OF THE TEAM. BUT REALLY WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT THE PARTNERS THAT WE HAVE OUT IN THE DEPARTMENTS. PEOPLE LIKE CLARETHA, WHO THANK YOU CLARETHA FOR YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE. CLARETHA IS A BIG PART OF THAT. AND IN EVERY SINGLE DEPARTMENT AND AGENCY WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT WE WORK WITH, WHETHER IT BE A DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR, A BUDGET AND FINANCE PERSON, OR OTHER FOLKS IN THE DEPARTMENT, THAT REALLY ENABLE US TO BE ABLE TO PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER, AND JUST SO APPRECIATIVE OF THOSE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE HAVE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ALL RIGHT, ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU ALL, INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY VERY MUCH. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, NEXT WE HAVE THE NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH PROCLAMATION. I’D LIKE TO ASK JACLYN BOLAND WHO IS THE CEO OF THE INTERCULTURAL ADVOCACY INSTITUTE AND THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO JOIN ME HERE AT THE PODIUM. HI. HOW ARE YOU? JACLYN.>>I’M JACLYN BOLAND, WE OPERATE THE HIS TANIC OUTREACH CENTER AND HISPANIC LEADERSHIP COUNSELS IN PINELLAS COUNTY.>>I’M CHRISTY PADILLA, THE COORDINATOR 6 YOUTH PROGRAMS AT THE HISPANIC OUTREACH CENTER.>>HELLO, EVERYONE, I’M AN AT-LARGE BOARD MEMBER OF THE HISPANIC OUTREACH CENTER. BEEN WITH THE CENTER FOR MANY YEARS.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, MY NAME IS ANDREA, I’M THE COORDINATOR OF THE HISPANIC OUTREACH CENTER IN CLEARWATER.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, I’M OFFICER RANDALL, HISPANIC OUTREACH OFFICER FOR THE CITY OF CLEARWATER ASSIGNED TO THE HISPANIC OUTREACH CENTER.>>VICTOR AVILA, MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, I’M A BOARD MEMBER.>>HI, I’M STAN, PROVOST OF THE CLEARWATER CAMPUS OF ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE AND I’M A BOARD MEMBER, AS WELL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU SO MUCH. PINELLAS COUNTY FOSTERS THE VALUE OF RESPECT AND APPRECIATION FOR OUR DIVERSE AND MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY. AND WHILE 10% OF PINELLAS COUNTY’S POPULATION IDENTIFIES AS HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND PINELLAS COUNTY RECOGNIZES THE RICH HERITAGE OF HISPANIC AND LATIN AMERICANS IN OUR COUNTY, AND HISPANICS AND LATINOS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE CULTURAL, HEALTH, JUSTICE, MILITARY AND SOCIAL FIELDS, AMONG MANY OTHERS, AND THESE ACHIEVEMENTS ARE ESPECIALLY HONORED EACH YEAR DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER. SO, NOW, THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS THAT SEPTEMBER 2019 BE RECOGNIZED AS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH.>>ON BEHALF OF THE INTERCULTURAL ADVOCACY INSTITUTE WE’RE HONORED TO RECEIVE THIS PROK LIMBATION TODAY. AND WE’D JUST LIKE TO SAY WE ARE HE IS CENTER CONTINUALLY INSPIRED BY THE HISPANIC FAMILIES THAT WE SERVE HERE IN PINELLAS COUNTY. WE HAVE SEEN THEIR STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE, THEIR HARD WORK THROUGH LONG NIGHTS AND EARLY MORNINGS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THEIR TREMENDOUS PRIDE FOR THEIR CULTURE AND FOR THEIR CHILDREN. AND I THINK THAT FAMILY, IN A STRONG SENSE OF SOCIAL TIES IS A LESSON THAT WE CAN TAKE WITH US TODAY AS WE BEGIN HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, THAT IF WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER, CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER, THEN WE CAN HELP CREATE THE STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY THAT WE WANT TO HAVE. AND WHAT WE HAVE SEEN AT THE CENTER IS THAT IF WE CELEBRATE EACH OTHER, AND OUR DIFFERENCES, THAT IS KEY FOR OUR FUTURE. AND ESPECIALLY NOW, I THINK THAT ENCOURAGING, AND DRIVING A VARIETY OF OPINIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY BRINGS ABOUT NEW IDEAS, FOSTERS AND INSPIRES US, GENERATION FOR THEIR NEW VOICE AND DRIVES POSITIVE CHANGE FOR US ALL IN PINELLAS COUNTY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS HONOR.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR OUR COUNTY. AND OUR CITIZENS. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: NEXT WE HAVE A SPECIAL PROCLAMATION FOR A 25th ANNIVERSARY. AND THIS IS FOR MATTIE WILLIAMS NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY CENTER. AND THEY ARE CELEBRATING, AS I MENTIONED, THE 25th ANNIVERSARY. AND I’D LIKE TO ASK JANET HOOPER, WHO IS THE CEO OF MATTIE WILLIAMS NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY CENTER AND ANY OTHER BOARD MEMBERS TO — PRESENT, TO JOIN ME AT THE PODIUM. HI. HOW ARE YOU? GOOD TO SEE YOU, TOO.>>HI.>>I’M JANET HOOPER, I’M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MATTIE WILLIAMS NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY CENTER.>>HI, I’M JENNY HALL AND I’M A BOARD MEMBER.>>MARK HALL, PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD.>>KAREN McKINNEY, BOARD MEMBER.>>WE ALSO HAVE TWO MORE BOARD MEMBERS, MARCY SALAZAR, AND HATTIE KANTOR SITTING IN THE AUDIENCE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GREAT. OKAY. THANK YOU. SO, MATTIE WILLIAMS NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY CENTER HAS PROVIDED PROGRAMS AND SERVICES TO NURTURE AND STRENGTHEN CHILDREN, YOUTH, ADULTS, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES, THROUGH EDUCATION, SUPPORT SERVICES, AND PARTNERSHIPS TO IMPROVE LIVES AND CREATE A BETTER FUTURE SINCE 1994. OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS, MATTIE WILLIAMS NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY CENTER HAS TRANSFORMED FROM A SMALL VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION, INTO A COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCY THAT SERVES A WIDE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA IN PINELLAS COUNTY, INCLUDING SAFETY HARBOR, OLDSMAR AND EASTERN CLEARWATER, WHERE THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT POCKETS OF LOW INCOME FAMILIES. SO, WHAT WE’D LIKE TO DO TODAY IS TO WATCH A BRIEF VIDEO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MATTIE WILLIAMS NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY CENTER AND THE SERVICES THAT THEY PROVIDE TO OUR COUNTY.>>IT’S THE MATTIE WILLIAMS NEIGHBORHOOD FAMILY CENTER.>>IT’S A FAMILY CENTER FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU.>>AND ME.>>AND ME.>>MATTIE WILLIAMS MEANS BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER.>>TO CREATE CHANGE.>>IMPROVE LIVES.>>AND STRENGTHEN COMMUNITIES.>>IT HELPS PEOPLE. MOVE HIGHER.>>AT MATTIE WILLIAMS WE BELIEVE THAT STRONG FAMILIES — >>ARE AT THE CENTER OF STRONG COMMUNITIES.>>WE BELIEVE THAT WORKING TOGETHER.>>CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.>>I KNOW MY TEACHERS CAREABOUT I DON’T GIVE UP. I’M LEARNING AND GROWING.>>IN MY WORLD, I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE EVERY DAY.>>AT MATTIE WILLIAMS, WE SHOW RESPECT FOR ALL. [SPEAKING SPANISH]>>AND I KNOW THAT WHEN I CONTRIBUTE MY TIME AND RESOURCES TO MATTIE WILLIAMS.>>THAT I AM MAKING A DIFFERENCE.>>NOW I CAN PUT FOOD ON MY TABLE.>>GIVE MY CHILD BREAKFAST BEFORE SCHOOL.>>MY CHILDREN CAN START SCHOOL WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS.>>AND RECEIVE HOLIDAY PRESENTS THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD GIVE THEM.>>NOW I CAN GET HELP FILING MY TAXES.>>AND KEEPING MY WATER AND ELECTRIC UTILITIES ON.>>I’M HOPEFUL ABOUT MY TEACHERS.>>SO EVERYBODY WORKS TOGETHER.>>WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER WE CAN DO ANYTHING.>>WE CAN DO ANYTHING.>>MATTIE WILLIAMS IS THE LEADING SOCIAL SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS IN SAFETY HARBOR, OLDSMAR AND EASTERN CLEARWATER.>>MATTIE WILLIAMS IS DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT YOU’VE GIVEN US OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER WITH YOU TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE FUTURE.>>COMMUNITY, UNITY. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. SO DOING THINGS. THIS IS OUR EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARD, AND TODAY WE’RE HONORING OFFICER PARKER. OUR EMPLOYEES WORK HARD EVERY DAY TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE. IN OUR ONGOING VIDEO PROGRAM WE RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUALS WHO EXEMPLIFY THE DEDICATION OF OUR PINELLAS COUNTY TEAM. IT’S ONLY THROUGH OUR EMPLOYEES AND THE EXCELLENT WORK THEY DO THAT WE CAN FULFILL OUR VISION. TO BE THE STANDARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE IN AMERICA. OUR CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING PINELLAS COUNTY A BETTER, SAFER PLACE TO LIVE. THEY WORK WITH THE RESIDENTS TO KEEP PROPERTIES IN COMPLIANCE WITH OUR LOCAL LAWS AND ORDINANCES. BUT OFFICER PARKER GOES THE EXTRA MILE TO MAKE THE JOB EASIER FOR HIS CO-WORKERS, AND QUICKER FOR OUR RES RESIDENTS WITH COCONCERNS. HE TRANSITIONED OUR CODE ENFORCEMENT PROCESS FROM A TIME INTENSIVE PAPER FORMAT TO A QUICKER, ELECTRONIC CITATION. PARKER EXEMPLIFIES THE INNOVATION AND DEDICATION THAT HELPS PINELLAS COUNTY SET THE STANDARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE. OFFICER PARKER, AND MR. ADMINISTRATOR, WOULD YOU JOIN ME HERE AT THE PODIUM? WE’RE GOING TO PLAY A VIDEO AND IT GIVES US A SNAPSHOT OF THE WORK THAT OFFICER PARKER DOES EVERY DAY.>>MOST PINELLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS DO THEIR BEST TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR.>>THE DESTINATION IS ON YOUR RIGHT.>>THE FEW WHO DON’T MAY GET A VISIT FROM OFFICER PARKER.>>IF THE CODE WASN’T THERE, A PROPERTY OWNER COULD HAVE A HOLE IN THE ROOF AND WOULDN’T HAVE TO FIX IT. YOU KNOW, UNLESS HE OR SHE WANTED TO. AND THEN YOU HAVE TENANTS LIVING IN SQUALOR.>>EVERYONE GETS A CHANCE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. AND VOLUNTARILY COMPLY BEFORE FACING A POTENTIAL FINE. PARKER’S FOCUS IS ON THOSE PROBLEM PROPERTIES THAT HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT TO BRING INTO COMPLIANCE. THEY MAY BE ABANDONED OR POSE SERIOUS SAFETY HAZARDS LIKE A DAMAGED BUILDING, WAIST-HIGH GRASS, OR A RUSTED, BROKEN VEHICLE.>>OUR GOAL IS ALWAYS COMPLIANCE. WITH THE PINELLAS COUNTY CODES AND ORDINANCES. WHICH ARE PUT THERE TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE OF THE CITIZENS OF PINELLAS COUNTY.>>BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE ENFORCEMENT SIDE OF THE JOB — >>HERE’S THE NEW CITATION.>>PARKER HAS FOUND A NEW WAY TO MAKE THE PROCESS EASIER FOR BOTH THE COUNTY AND RESIDENTS. CODE ENFORCEMENT USED TO INVOLVE A LOT OF HANDWRITTEN PAPERWORK. THE EXCESSIVE TIME SPENT FILLING OUT THE SAME INFORMATION AGAIN AND AGAIN MEANT OTHER SAFETY ISSUES WENT UNRESOLVED FOR LONGER. THAT’S WHY PARKER CREATED AN INNOVATIVE ELECTRONIC CITATION, WHICH HAS DRAMATICALLY CUT DOWN ON BOTH TIME AND ERRORS FOR OFFICERS. LESS TIME ON PAPERWORK MEANS pM RESIDENTS’ CODE CONCERNS >>WHEREAS BEFORE IF YOU HAD TO SPEND ROUGHLY 15 MINUTES FILLING OUT ONE CITATION, WITH NEW ELECTRONIC CITATION, IT’S MUCH FASTER, WE AVERAGE ABOUT FOUR MINUTES TO FILL OUT ONE CITATION.>>THE PROGRAM IS BEING ADOPTED BY OTHER COUNTY DEPARTMENTS. AND IT’S EVEN BEING CONSIDERED BY PARTNERS.>>SO WE’RE ABLE TO ISSUE THE CITATION, ALLOWING THE CITIZEN TO REALIZE THE MAGNITUDE OF THE SITUATION, AND ULTIMATELY COME INTO COMPLIANCE IN LESS AMOUNT OF TIME. WE HAVE REDUCED OUR RESPONSE TIME FROM APPROXIMATELY NINE DAYS TO TWO TO THREE DAYS. IT’S ALSO REDUCED OUR COSTS BY APPROXIMATELY 70%.>>PARKER SAYS HE LOVES WORKING AT A PLACE THAT ENCOURAGES INNOVATION.>>YOU KNOW, AT THE END OF THE DAY, MY JOB HELPS THE PEOPLE AROUND AND MAKES THIS COUNTY A BETTER PLACE.>>FOR PARKER AND HIS CODE ENFORCEMENT COLLEAGUES THAT MEANS A HEALTHIER, SAFER, PINELLAS COUNTY.>>I’M OFFICER PARKER, AND I AM PINELLAS COUNTY. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY A FEW WORDS?>>I’M USUALLY NOT ONE FOR A LOT OF WORDS. BUT, I COULDN’T HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT THE OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP OF MY DEPARTMENT, FROM OFFICER OBERLE, OFFICER VARGAS, OUR DIVISION MANAGER, BLAKE LYON, JAKE STOWERS, AND OF COURSE ALL THE OTHER OFFICERS IN THE DEPARTMENT. YOU KNOW, IT’S — YOU CAN’T DO IT BY YOURSELF. IT’S A TEAM EFFORT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THAT AND APPRECIATE ALL THAT CODE ENFORCEMENT DOES FOR OUR CITIZENS. I REMEMBER THAT’S SOMETHING THAT COMMISSIONER WELCH AND I HAVE WORKED HARD TO MAKE SURE WE COULD ADD MORE OFFICERS AS WE COULD WHEN THE ECONOMY STARTED TO RECOVER. SO, YOU DO IMPORTANT WORK.>>AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I DEFINITELY DON’T WANT TO FORGET TO THANK MY WIFE, AND ALL OF HER SUPPORT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I FORGOT MY HUSBAND ON OCCASION. MR. BURTON?>>BARRY BURTON: WELL, JUST TO FOLLOW ON TO THAT. ONE, FINDING EFFICIENCIES AND DOING OUR JOB AND MAKING IT EASIER BENEFITS EVERYONE. RIGHT? SO CONGRATULATIONS ON A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT. THOSE ARE NOT EASY PROJECTS TO IMPLEMENT. AND SO, YOU KNOW, FROM THAT, CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU. BUT ALSO, JUST FROM DOING YOUR JOB, CODE ENFORCEMENT IS A HARD AREA. I’M GOING TO COME OUT IN A COUPLE WEEKS AND RIDE AROUND WITH YOU. I KNOW HOW HARD THAT IS TO GAIN THAT COMPLIANCE AND TRY TO WORK INTENSE SITUATIONS. SO AGAIN YOU AND EVERYONE OUT THERE, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO. AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS ON A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WOULD YOU LIKE ANYONE TO BE IN THE PHOTO? DO YOU WANT TO COME UP? ANYONE ELSE? [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, AND NEXT WE’RE VERY PRIVILEGED TO HAVE A PARTNER PRESENTATION BY STEVE CLEVELAND, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FLORIDA DREAM CENTER.>>GOOD AFTERNOON.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GOOD AFTERNOON.>>HOW ARE YOU ALL? THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING ME HERE TODAY. HOW DO WE TURN — IT’S ON, RIGHT? IT’S ON HERE. CAN YOU SEE IT? OKAY. SORRY. AS YOU GUYS KNOW, THAT THE FLORIDA DREAM CENTER STARTED IN NOVEMBER OF 2014, THE FIRST DAY OF NOVEMBER. AND WE’RE GETTING CLOSE TO OUR FIFTH YEAR NOW, JUST A COUPLE MONTHS AWAY. AND WE’RE PRETTY PROUD OF THAT, THAT WE’VE GONE THIS FAR, AND THE AMOUNT THAT WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE FIVE YEARS THAT WE’VE BEEN DOING THIS. SO YOU KNOW WE’RE IN LEALMAN TO START OUT WITH. WE START OUT ON THE CORNER OF 39th AND 52nd AVENUE. WE QUICKLY OUTGREW THAT, AND MOVED TO LITTLE POWELL AND 54th AND 39th. AND SINCE THEN WE’VE OUTGROWN THAT SITE AND WE’RE AT TRANSFIGURATION CHURCH. SO WE’RE GROWING. AND WE’RE ALSO IN TARPON SPRINGS EVERY SATURDAY, ALSO. SO, OUR MAIN PROGRAM, AS YOU KNOW, IS THE ADOPT-A-BLOCK PROGRAM, BOOTS ON THE GROUND CONCEPT. AND YOU SHOULD HAVE — DID I GIVE YOU GUYS A BROCHURE?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MM-HMM.>>OKAY, GOOD. YOU KNOW, LAST YEAR WE HAD 61,000 AND SOME ODD VOLUNTEERS. THIS SAYS 65 BUT THAT’S PRETTY CLOSE WHEN I ROUNDED THE NUMBERS OUT. OVER 1500 TONS OF TRASH HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM PINELLAS COUNTY. AND THAT WAS WITH A PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HAD WP COUNTY SANITATION, AND WITH THE CITY OF TARPON SPRINGS. THEY TAKE OUR TRASH FOR FREE, AND COUNTY SANITATION GIVES US ONE TO TWO TO THREE TO FOUR DUMPSTERS A WEEKEND DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF PROJECT THAT WE’RE DOING. AND JUST ALONE IN LEALMAN THAT ADDS UP TO ABOUT $82,000 SINCE WE STARTED THAT COUNTY SANITATION HAS DONATED TOOUS, AND BACK TO THE COUNTY. SO WE’RE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF JAMES ROBERTO AND HIS WORK THAT HE DOES WITH US. OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE, WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH CODE ENFORCEMENT. ESPECIALLY IN THE LEALMAN AIR AND TARPON SPRINGS. WE HAVE DONE SOME OTHER CODE ENFORCEMENT PROJECTS IN SEMINOLE, LARGO, PALM HARBOR AND SOUTH ST. PETE, DEPENDING ON THE NATURE OF THE CODE ENFORCEMENT. BUT WE TRY TO FIND OUT WHEN THE CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER GOES UP AND TALKS TO THE RESIDENT AND GIVES THEM A TICKET, AND NEEDS TO FIND OUT IF THE RESIDENT REALLY CAN AFFORD TO PAY THE FINE. AND IF THEY’RE HABITUAL OR NOT. AND IF THEY FEEL THAT THE — THAT THE RESIDENT IS A VALUE TO THE COMMUNITY, AND NOT A NUISANCE, THEY GIVE THEM OUR PHONE NUMBER AND A BUSINESS CARD AND ASK THEM TO CALL US. AND THEN WE’LL GO LOOK AT THE PROJECT, AND IF WE FEEL THAT WE CAN DO THE PROJECT IN A TIMELY MANNER WE ADOPT THAT PROGRAM, WE SEND AN E-MAIL TO CODE ENFORCEMENT THAT WE HAVE TAKEN OVER THIS PROJECT AND ASK FOR 30 DAYS TO GET INTO COMPLIANCE. AND WE DO QUITE A BIT OF THAT. OUR GOAL IS TO KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOUSES AND NOT LET ANYBODY BECOME HOMELESS. AND IT’S JUST ADDING TO THE PROBLEM. AND WE’RE ABLE TO DO THAT THROUGH OUR PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE COUNTY, AND WITH THE REAL ESTATE BOARD, WITH HOME DEPOT, LOWES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT GIVE US THE MATERIAL TO DO THE WORK OUR VOLUNTEERS DO. WE GET A LOT OF KIDS THAT COME OUT. AND THEY DO — THEY HAVE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES. BRIGHT FUTURES. THEY CAN DO ALL THE BRIGHT FUTURE SCHOLARSHIP HOURS WITH US. WE GET A LOT OF KIDS. WE ALSO GET THE KIDS THAT THE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IN BLACK ROBES, I WAS AT THE JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD MEETING AND DIDN’T REALIZE WE’RE DOING ABOUT 60% OF THE JUVENILE DEPARTMENT IN PINELLAS COUNTY AREA. ESPECIALLY LEALMAN AND THE TARPON SPRINGS AREA. SO WHAT’S NEAT ABOUT THAT, THEY COME KICKING AND SCREAMING. THE PARENTS BRING THEM AND SAY YOU GOT TO DO 30 HOURS, 20 HOURS, AND THEY DO THEIR HOURS AND THEY’RE OUT EITHER MOWING OR PAINTING OR PICKING UP TRASH OR DOING SOMETHING WITH THE CREWS, AND I SIGN OFF ON THEIR PAPERWORK, THE PAPERWORK GOES TO THE JUDGE, AND I NEVER THINK I’LL NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN AND TWO WEEKS LATER I LOOK UP, WHAT’S HE DOING HERE? HIS PARENTS WANT TO TALK TO YOU. I GO TALK TO THE PARENTS AND THEY GO, I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU DID TO MY KID BUT NOW HE’S GOT US COMING BACK HERE TO VOLUNTEER WITH YOU. THAT’S PRETTY COOL. THAT’S A GOOD THING THAT WE GET TO SEE. THE KIDS WANTING TO GIVE BACK AFTER THEY REALIZE THEY DID SOMETHING WRONG. OUR MOBILE FOOD PANTRY. A MILLION POUNDS LAST YEAR WE GAVE AWAY. IN THE BACK OF YOUR PACKET I STUCK IN THE AUGUST NUMBERS.pYO. WE’RE AT OVER 500,000 POUNDS YEAR-TO-DATE RIGHT NOW. FOR THIS YEAR. SO I KNOW WE’LL HIT OVER 1 MILLION. NOT ONLY DO WE GIVE OUT FOOD IN LEALMAN AND TARPON SPRINGS, BUT WE ALSO HELPED 32 OTHER PARTNERS GIVE FOOD. WE GIVE FOOD TO 32 OTHER PARTNERS. THEY COULD BE PANTRIES. THEY COULD BE LOW INCOME AREAS WHERE 55-PLUS COMMUNITIES ARE. AND SO WE TAKE THAT. WE RUN SIX DAYS A WEEK WITH OUR TRUCKS TAKING FOOD TO THESE COMMUNITIES. IN THE LEALMAN AREA ALONE, OUR ADOPT-A-BLOCK PROGRAM, 1,229 FAMILIES WERE FED — ARE FED MONTHLY THROUGH OUR ADOPT-A-BLOCK PROGRAM. AND OVER 841,000 MEALS PROVIDED EACH YEAR. THIS YEAR’S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR BECAUSE WE HAVE A NEW PARTNER THIS YEAR. WE DID A TRIAL PARTNERSHIP LAST YEAR WITH METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES. THIS YEAR WE’VE CONFIRMED THE PARTNERSHIP FOR THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS. WE GAVE OUT 1,000 MEALS LAST YEAR AT CHRISTMASTIME WITH THE HELP OF METROPOLITAN. WE’RE GOING TO GIVE OUT 2400 MEALS THIS YEAR. THAT’S 128,000 POUNDS OF FOOD. OUR — WE WERE GETTING SOME QUESTIONS FROM OFFICIALS, THAT WANTED TO KNOW WHY PEOPLE WERE GETTING FOOD BOXES, AND WHY REPEATED FOOD BOXES. SO WE CAME UP WITH A RESIDENT ADVOCACY PROGRAM. AND WE HAVE SOCIAL WORKERS THAT WORK WITH US, AND THEY GO OUT ON SATURDAYS TO THE SITES, TO EITHER LEALMAN OR ONE OF THE FIVE LOCATIONS, OR ONE OF THE FIVE LOCATIONS IN LEALMAN OR TARPON SPRINGS AND THEY ROTATE. AND THEY’LL MEET WITH CLIENTS AND FIND OUT WHY THEY’RE GETTING A SECOND BOX INSTEAD OF JUST THE ONE BOX. WE ASK THEM TO COME INTO THE OFFICE AND FIND OUT IF THEY HAVE FINANCIAL ISSUES, THEY’RE NOT MAKING ENOUGH MONEY WITH THEIR JOB, THEY HAVE A DEAD END JOB THAT’S NOT GOING TO GET ANYWHERE FOR THEM. SO WE WORK WITH THEM TO TRY TO GET THEM OUT OF THE FOOD BOX SITUATION AND GET THEM TO BE STABLE. YOU IT’S SOMETHING WE STARTED ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO, KEEPING RECORDS OF THIS. WE STARTED A YEAR AGO BUT WE GOT RECORDS NOW THAT WE CAN GO BACK AND LOOK AT TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS WHEN WE’RE ASKED. WE ALSO CERTIFIED WITH SNAP SO WE CAN DO SNAP REGISTRATION RIGHT AT THE TABLE WITH OUR WORKERS ARE THERE. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE LEALMAN COMMUNITY, THEY ARE NOT READY FOR TRANSITIONAL HELP. THAT MEANS THEY HAVE A DRIVER’S LICENSE. THEY CAN GO AND FILL OUT. THEY HAVE A COMPUTER. A LOT OF PEOPLE WE GET TO HELP, THEY DON’T KNOW WHERE TO GO GET A DRIVER’S LICENSE. THEY DON’T KNOW WHERE TO FIND THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATE, THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO GET AN I.D. SO WE WORK THAT. AND SOME OF THEM FULLY FREEZE UP WHEN THEY GO TO TALK TO SMEBODY. SO WE SEND AN ADVOCATE WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY GET WHAT THEY NEED. WE PROVIDE HOUSING ASSISTANCE, MEDICARE, MEDICAID REGISTRATION, I.D. ASSISTANCE, TRANSPORTATION TO APPOINTNESSES. WE GOT A GRANT SO WE CAN TAKE PEOPLE TO THESE FACILITIES. MIGHT BE YOUR PROBATION OFFICER. MIGHT BE A DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT. IT MIGHT BE PHARMACY OR SOMETHING ELSE THAT YOU NEED TO GO TO. SO WE SCHEDULE THOSE APPOINTMENTS WHEN WE TAKE THEM. WE WORK WITH OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES, 2 1. THE GULFCOAST LEGAL SERVICES. THE EXCHANGE. AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS HERE WHERE OUR PEOPLE, WE CAN SEND PEOPLE TO TO FID MORE SERVICES THAT WE CAN’T PROVIDE. SO WE HAD A GENTLEMAN COME TO US NOT TOO LONG AGO AND HE ASKED US ABOUT DOING SOME WORK READINESS TRAINING, SOFT SKILLS WE STARTED OUT, TEACHING SOME SOFT SKILLS TO PEOPLE THAT HAVEN’T HAD A JOB SO THEY CAN LEARN HOW TO KEEP A JOB, OR AT LEAST TRY TO GET A JOB. AND HE ACTUALLY SAID TO US, HE WANTED TO SEE IF WE COULD TEACH HIM HOW TO READ A TAPE MEASURE. BECAUSE HE’S IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS, AND HE SAID, IF YOU CAN TEACH THESE MEN TO READ A TAPE MEASURE, I CAN GIVE THEM A $1 AN HOUR RAISE AND THEY WON’T HAVE TO SHOVEL ANYMORE. I’LL PUT THEM IN AN APPRENTICE PROGRAM. SO WE’VE BEEN DOING THAT. WITH HELP WITH THE SUPPORTIVE UNEMPLOYMENT FOR UNDERSKILLED. THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE WORKFORCE TRAINING. WE HAVE CLASSES THAT WE CONDUCT ONE TO TWO PER MONTH. IT’S UP TO ONLY SIX INDIVIDUALS AT A TIME. IT’S A LOT OF HANDS-ON SO THEY GET A LOT OF SPECIALTY TRAINING, AND WORK WITH THEM. A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE NEVER HAD A JOB OR THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO KEEP A JOB AND THEY HAVE SOME ISSUES. SO WE TRY TO WORK WITH THEM TO GET THROUGH THAT. JANUARY OF 2008 WE HAD 68 PARTICIPANTS IN OUR WORKFORCE TRAINING PROGRAM. 96% CERTIFICATATIONS WERE COMPLETED. 47% IMMEDIATELY EMPLOYED. 96% RETENTION OF EMPLOYMENT, AND 53 ADDITIONAL CASES OF MANAGEMENT, INTRODUCED TO AID WITH BARRIERS. IT COULD BE ALL KIND OF MENTAL HEALTH. IT COULD BE OTHER ISSUES THAT WE HAD TO DEAL WITH OR GET THEM HELP WITH. SOME PICTURES OF OUR FORK LIFT TRAINING, AND OUR — A COUPLE OF OUR GRADUATES. WE ALSO DO MAINTENANCE TRAFFIC TRAINING. THAT’S PEOPLE THAT WE YELL AT BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT TURNING THE SIGN FAST ENOUGH ON THE ROADS. ACTUALLY THAT JOB PAYS $12 AN HOUR AT MINIMUM TO START. IF IT’S A NIGHTTIME JOB, IT COULD BE UP TO $18. THEY GET A THREE-YEAR CERTIFICATE — I’M SORRY, THEY GET A LIFETIME CERTIFICATE WHEN THEY TAKE THE CLASS. IT’S STATE CERTIFIED. AND THE FORK LIFT IS A STATE CERTIFIED CLASS, ALSO, AND IT’S A THREE-YEAR CERTIFICATE. SO THEY’RE ACTUALLY GETTING SOMETHING. THEY’RE NOT JUST GETTING A PIECE OF PAPER. THEY’RE GETTING DOCUMENTATION THAT’S WORTH SOMETHING. AND THEN, WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON, WE STARTED, I DON’T THINK IT WILL EVER END BUT WE’RE GETTING CLOSE. WE’RE PUTTING THE ROOF ON THIS WEEKEND. OUR TINY HOME PROJECT TO BUILD TINY HOMES THAT WILL ENHANCE THE NEIGHBORHOOD. WE’RE COLLABORATING WITH THIS FIRST PROJECT OVER THERE ON PRESCOTT STREET. SOMEBODY MIGHT KNOW ABOUT.>>ONE BLOCK OVER.>>YEAH, ONE BLOCK BEHIND. SO WE’VE GOT THAT ONE GOING, AND SO FAR THE COUNT — THE CITY HAS BEEN AMAZED AT THE QUALITY OF WORKMANSHIP WE’RE GETTING OUT OF THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE HELPING BUILD THIS. AND IT’S A CAT 5 TINY HOME. BELIEVE IT OR NOT. IT’S RATED FOR CAT 5. YOU’D HAVE TO COME SEE IT TO SEE ALL THE HURRICANE STRAPS AND TIEDOWNS, AND THE 16 GAUGE METAL THAT WE’RE USING, AND THERE’S NO WOOD IN THIS. IT’S TERMITE FREE. IT’S ALL METAL, ALL WOOD — I MEAN NO WOOD, COMPOSITE, CONCRETE FLOOR, AND TILE, AND TERMITES AREN’T GOING TO EAT THIS ONE. SO IT’S A GOOD THING. AND WE’RE LOOKING TO DO MORE BY LOOKING AT SCENARIOS TO PUT SOME VILLAGES TOGETHER, IF WE CAN FIND THE RIGHT LAND AND MAYBE DO SOME OTHER STUFF. WE WANT TO GET THE FIRST HOME BUILT SO THAT EVERYBODY CAN DO THE MISSOURI, TOUCH ME, SHOW ME, SEE IT, AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF. AND HERE’S A PICTURE OF — THIS IS THE TRUSSES ARE ON, IT’S FRAMED, AND NOW WE’VE GOT OUR LAST INSPECTION, AND NOW WE’RE READY TO PUT THE ROOF ON AND THEN WE’LL BE CLOSING IT IN. AND THAT’S ABOUT THE END OF THE PROGRAM FOR WHAT WE’VE GOT. I DO APPRECIATE YOU GUYS PARTNERING WITH US. WE LOVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP DOING THINGS. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR HAVING ME HERE TODAY. [APPLAUSE]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO I’M CURIOUS, HOW MUCH DOES THE TINY HOME CAST?>>THE CAT 3 TINY HOMES THEY SHOULD RUN ABOUT $ 2,000 TO BUILD. THE CAT 5 IS LIKE $80,000.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: $80,000? WOW.>>IT’S VERY EXPENSIVE. JUST ONE OF THE CORNER CLIPS THAT HOLD THE STUDS IN PLACE IS $28. AND THERE’S OVER 50 OF THEM. AND THEN YOU’VE GOT THE OTHER CLIPS THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, ANYWHERE FROM $8 TO $9 APIECE. AND THEN 16 GAUGE GALVANIZED STEEL STUDS. THEY’RE UP THERE. THEY’RE ABOUT $80 TO $85, TO 90 APIECE. GALVANIZED TRUSSES. THE REASON FOR THAT WAS TO SHOW THAT THIS CAN BE DONE. I MEAN WE CAN BUILD A CAT 5. I THINK THERE’S NINE WINDOWS IN THIS BUILDING, AND THE WINDOWS COST $9,000. AND THEY’RE RATED FOR MAJOR IMPACT. WIND LOSS — NOT WIND LOSS, VACUUM LOSS SO THEY DON’T BLOW OUT OR SUCK IN. WHEN WE GET DONE EVERYBODY WILL BE ABLE TO COME SEE IT AND WONDER WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO WITH IT NEXT. [LAUGHTER]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: STEVE, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO. WE REALLY APPRECIATE. I REMEMBER WHEN THE ORGANIZATION GOT STARTED, AND OH, MY WHAT YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED HAS BEEN TRULY — >>WE KEEP TRYING. IT’S NOT US. IT’S A VOLUNTEERS AND THE PARTNERS THAT WE HAVE THAT MAKE THIS WORK.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I KNOW. AND IT IS. I’VE SEEN THOSE VOLUNTEERS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE.>>SEVERAL OF YOU ALL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YEAH. IT’S QUITE AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE. COMMISSIONER JUSTICE?>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. SINCE STEVE FORGOT, ZELDA O’CONNELL IS IN THE AUDIENCE, AND IS — >>ACTUALLY ZELDA IS THE GLUE. SHE’S THE GLUE THAT HOLDS US TOGETHER. ZELDA O’DONNELL, SHE’S THE DIRECTOR OF OUR PROGRAM.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: WHEN THIS ORGANIZATION STARTED, AND ONE TIME AROUND IN A CONVERSATION AND I SHORTED IT A COUPLE YEARS, I SAID YOU’VE BEEN GOING THREE YEARS. HE SAYS FIVE, FIVE YEARS. AND BUT WHEN IT STARTED IT WAS ONE OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE’VE ALL SEEN THAT WE THOUGHT, THIS IS KIND OF TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. THE WORK THEY WERE DOING AND THE EFFORTS. AND THIS IS REALLY NOT GOING TO LAST THAT LONG. THE WORK THAT THEY’RE DOING. AND, THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING, AND THE FIVE YEARS AND THE WORK THAT YOU ALL DO IS JUST ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND LIFE CHANGING. WE CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER WELCH?>>KENNETH WELCH: I ECHO COMMISSIONER JUSTICE’S COMMENTS. YOUR WORK HAS BEEN TRULY TRANSFORMATIVE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE WEALTH. YOU ACTIVELY WENT INTO OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTY AND SOUTH ST. PETE AS WELL. ONE QUESTION I HAVE FOR YOU ON THE TINY HOME. DID YOU SAY A CAT 3 WAS AROUND $20,000?>>YES, SIR. AND ACTUALLY WE’RE LOOKING AT A NEW VERSION RIGHT NOW THAT MIGHT EVEN BE ABLE TO LOWER THAT A LITTLE BIT. WE’RE PARTNERS UP AND LOOKING AT SOME NUMBERS WITH MARTIN GRAMMATICA. WITH THE SIT PANELS, THROUGH MIAMI-DADE THEY’RE RATED TO CAT THREE HURRICANE STANDARDS. IF WE GET THOSE WE CAN MANUFACTURE THOSE WITH OUR LAYOUT AND FOOT PRINT WE COULD PUT THE WALLS UP AND THE ROOF ON IN A DAY AND A HALF.>>KENNETH WELCH: AND THIS IS JUST SOUTH OF TROPICANA FIELD RIGHT OFF 16th STREET, JUST IF YOU WANT TO LOCATE IT. I HAD A CHANCE TO SEE IT WHEN IT WAS JUST FIRST STASHTING, SO FOLKS UNDERSTAND, THESE ARE FOLKS GOING THROUGH PERC.>>THE STARS PROGRAM.>>KENNETH WELCH: THESE ARE EX-OFFENDERS.>>SOME OF THE MEN AND WOMEN GOING THROUGH PERC. AND SOME THAT AREN’T. SOME ARE JUST PEOPLE WALKING UP, AND THEY SIGN UP FOR THE PROGRAM, AND THEY GO THROUGH THE PROGRAM.>>KENNETH WELCH: AND THEY’RE LEARNING A CONSTRUCTION SKILL.>>THEY GET TO — THAT’S ONE OF THE — BEING A GENERAL CONTRACTOR I NEVER COULD BUILD A HOME LIKE THIS BECAUSE I’D NEVER MAKE ANY MONEY. BUT IT’S VERY SLOW BECAUSE EACH PERSON GETS A CHANCE TO ACTUALLY CUT AND LEARN, SO YOU MIGHT HAVE EIGHT GUYS THERE, SO YOU GET ONE STUD UP. THAT’S ALL YOU GET UP FOR ONE DAY. AND THEN THEY ONLY WORK A COUPLE HOURS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO GO TO P-TECH FOR CLASS. AND SO IT’S DRIVING ME CRAZY WHY IT’S TAKING SO LONG TO BUILD A 365 SQUARE FOOT BUILDING. BUT WE’RE GETTING CLOSE NOW.>>KENNETH WELCH: AND JUST THE INVESTMENT THAT YOU’RE MAKING IN THE LIVES OF EACH ONE OF THOSE FOLKS IS JUST WHAT WE’VE TALKED ABOUT, HOW YOU ATTACK POVERTY AND GIVE FOLKS SKILLS TO MOVE UP.>>AND THAT’S THE WHOLE THING, BECAUSE I WAS AT AN EVENT YESTERDAY, THAT’S THE THING ABOUT GIVE A MAN OR FISH OR TEACH A MAN TO FISH. BUT THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET THEIR HANDS ON EVERYTHING FROM ELECTRICITY, TO WATER FOR PLUMBING, YOU KNOW, DRYWALL, CONCRETE, SO YOU KNOW, THEY MIGHT FIND A TRADE THAT THEY WANT TO DO AND IT GIVES THEM AN OPPORTUNITY. AND YOU KNOW, YOU SEE THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN, AND THE WOMEN ARE REALLY LIKE, GET OUT OF MY WAY, I WANT TO GO TO WORK. YOU KNOW, IT’S PRETTY COOL.>>KENNETH WELCH: I CAN’T FOLLOW THAT UP. IT’S SUCH A — WELL DONE, SIR. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU.>>KENNETH WELCH: I NEVER HEAR GET OUT OF THE WAY UP HERE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANYWAY. AGAIN, THANK YOU.>>PAT GERARD: THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU SO MUCH, STEVE, GOOD TO SEE YOU. [APPLAUSE] OKAY, MOVING ON TO THE CONSENT AGENDA. I DO HAVE A CITIZEN WHO WISH TO BE HEARD UNDER ITEM 13. BUT BEFORE I CALL HIM UP IS THERE ANY OTHER ITEMS ANYONE WISHES TO PULL?>>DAVE EGGERS: YEAH, I WAS GOING TO PULL NUMBER 11 SO THAT THE HUMAN SERVICES GROUP COULD HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE THINGS THEY’RE DOING. BUT WHEN YOU GET TO THE REST OF THE AGENDA, THERE’S ABOUT FIVE OR SIX ITEMS THAT ARE COMING UP SO I HOPE THEY GET A CHANCE TO TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT EACH ONE OF THOSE, AND WHAT WE’RE DOING. SO I’M NOT GOING TO PULL THAT ONE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. SO WE’LL ASK YOU — >>DAVE EGGERS: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: LET’S HAVE THE CITIZEN TO BE HEARD FIRST.>>DAVE EGGERS: OH, FIRST, OKAY. SORRY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: DAVID BALLARD GETTYS JR.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, COMMISSIONERS. AGENDA ITEM NUMBER 13, THE CORPORATION ROWLAND WAS IN CHARGE OF REPLACING A WATER PIPE ON DUNEDIN CAUSEWAY. AND I NOTICED THAT IT TOOK THEM FOUR YEARS TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT. ONE LANE, ONE STRAIGHT SHOT ACROSS TO HONEYMOON ISLAND THERE, TOOK THEM FOUR YEARS. KNOWING GOOD AND WELL AHEAD OF TIME THAT THE DUNEDIN CAUSEWAY BRIDGE WAS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED. KNOWING GOOD AND WELL THAT THE CAUSEWAY ITSELF MAY BE RECONFIGURED TO ALLOW PROPER TITLE FLOWING BACK TO THE ISLAND AS IT IS NOW, TO BLOCK TIDAL FLOW. AND, AS A RESULT OF THE NEW BRIDGE BEING SLATED FOR REPLACEMENT ON THE CAUSEWAY, THE ONE WATER PIPE THAT TOOK FOUR YI YEARS, THEY’LL HAVE TO REPLACE THAT WATER PIPE AND IN EFFECT CHARGING THE TAXPAYERS, THE RESIDENTS, AGAIN, FOR THAT. I DON’T BELIEVE THEY ARE PRACTICING ON A — I DON’T BELIEVE THEY’RE STRAIGHT BUSINESSMEN. I BELIEVE THEY WORK TO MAKE AS MUCH PROFIT AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN KEEPING PEOPLE IN THE DARK ON ISSUES. AND I DON’T BELIEVE PAYING TWICE FOR DOING PROJECTS FOR PEOPLE THAT ENGAGE IN ILLICIT PRACTICES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED FOR CONTRACT BIDDING. THANK YOU.>>KENNETH WELCH: MADAM CHAIR?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YES.>>KENNETH WELCH: I DO HAVE A COMMENT ON 13, AS WELL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY.>>KENNETH WELCH: I JUST WANT TO GIVE KUDOS TO BARRY AND THE STAFF FOR THE EMPHASIS ON SMALL ENTERPRISE OPPORTUNITIES. BARRY MENTIONED THIS IN OUR BRIEFING THAT ON THIS ONE WE HAD A 5% TARGET, AND IT ACTUALLY CAME IN AT 19%. AND SO THAT’S $800,000 OF A $4 MILLION PLUS CONTRACT THAT’S GOING TO GO TO SMALL BUSINESSES. I JUST WANTED TO EMPHASIZE THAT AND SAY THANK YOU. THAT’S ON ITEM 13.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. OKAY. YES?>>DAVE EGGERS: JUST REALLY, DAVID, APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS. BUT I JUST COULDN’T LEAVE IT ALONE. THAT WATER PROJECT THAT WAS DONE OUT THERE, WE HAD A LEAK. THAT HAD TO BE REPLACED IN ITS ENTIRETY, AND THE CITY DECIDED TO REPLACE IT ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE CAUSEWAY, IT TOOK ABOUT TWO YEARS TO DO. AND QUITE FRANKLY, THAT’S WHERE ALL OF THE UTILITIES WERE. SO IT MADE A LOT OF SENSE TO COMBINE ALL UTILITIES ON ONE SIDE, AND QUITE FRANKLY, THEY’RE JUST A CONTRACTOR. HEY DO THE WORK THAT THEY’RE TOLD TO DO. AND SO I JUST, AGAIN, I APPRECIATE YOUR THOUGHTS AND YOUR PASSION THAT YOU BRING TO THE TABLE. BUT I THINK ON THIS ONE, THEY WERE ONLY THE BUILDER. NOT THE PEOPLE THAT FIGURED OUT WHERE IT’S SUPPOSED TO GO. SO THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. WITH THAT I’LL ENTERTAIN A MOTION FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO MOVED.>>KENNETH WELCH: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WELCH. I JOINED. THERE WE GO. ALL RIGHT. UNANIMOUS DECISION. THANK YOU. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 14.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 14. COMMISSIONERS, ONCE AGAIN THE AIRPORT WISHES TO DEFER BOARD ITEM 14 AND 15 TO THE SEPTEMBER 24th, 2019, BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING. THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION DID NOT MEET A SELF-ESTABLISHED DEADLINE FOR ISSUING THE GRANT AS INDICATED IN THE REPORT. SO WE’RE ASKING FOR ITEM 14 AND 15 TO BE DEFERRED TO THE NEXT MEETING.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO MOVED.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD TO DEFER UNTIL SEPTEMBER 26th.>>DAVE EGGERS: 14 AND 15?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: 14 AND 15. OKAY. UNANIMOUS DECISION. AGENDA ITEM 16.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 16 IS AN AGREEMENT WITH GULFCOAST LEGAL SERVICES TO PROVIDE LEGAL AID TO ELIGIBLE PINELLAS COUNTY RESIDENTS. THE AGREEMENT IS FOR $379,000 WITH AN ESTIMATED $253,000 COMES FROM COURT FEES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY.>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KENNETH WELCH: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WELCH.>>PAT GERARD: DO WE HAVE A COMMENT?>>DAVE EGGERS: I WAS HOPING THAT WE COULD JUST TAKE A MINUTE AND LET THEM JUST DESCRIBE WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE, FOR OUR RESIDENTS TO AT LEAST UNDERSTAND THE SERVICES THAT WE’RE PROVIDING. I THINK IT’S — FOLKS WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW WHERE SOME OF THEIR TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: BRING DAISY UP.>>DAVE EGGERS: SHE’S ALWAYS READY TO TALK.>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: I’M DAISY RODRIGUEZ, HUMAN SERVICES. CONSENT AGENDA NUMBER 11. THOSE ARE TWO SAMHSA GRANTS. ONE IS FOR THE ADULT — I’M SORRY. ADULT DRUG COURT PROJECT. IT’S A NEW GRANT THAT’S $140,000. IT’S ROW RATED. IT’S ACTUALLY $2 MILLION OVER FIVE YEARS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO SECURE. THE SECOND GRANT IS THE VETERANS TREATMENT COURT AND THAT’S IN ITS THIRD YEAR. THEY’RE BOTH — IT’S PERFORMING WELL. THAT ONE WAS THE OUTCOMES ON THAT WAS, IT WOULD TREAT OR ENGAGE 100 VETERANS OVER A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS, AND AS OF FEBRUARY WE HAVE ENGAGED 78 OUT OF THE 100. SO IT’S MOVING WELL. WE DID PUT IN A GRANT APPLICATION FOR SOME ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO TRY TO OFFSET THAT ONE, JUST GRANT IS COMPLETED. OKAY? 11 >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY.>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: MOVING ON TO ITEM AGENDA NUMBER 16 WHICH IS GULFCOAST LEGAL. SO GULFCOAST LEGAL, THEY PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO THOSE HOUSEHOLDS WHOSE INCOMES DO NOT EXCEED 150% OF THE FPL. THEY WORK IN CONJUNCTION WITH BAY AREA LEGAL AND COMMUNITY LAW PROGRAM SO THAT WE CAN EXPAND ACROSS THE COUNTY PROVIDING LEGAL AID SERVICES TO RESIDENTS.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE’LL VOTE AND THEN WE’LL HAVE YOU TALK ABOUT THE NEXT — >>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: OH, I’M SORRY.>>DAVE EGGERS: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I THINK WE ALREADY DID THAT ALREADY. OKAY. UNANIMOUS DECISION. MOPPING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 17.>>PAT GERARD: MADAM CHAIR? I NEED TO RECUSE MYSELF FROM THIS ITEM.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY.>>BARRY BURTON: ITEM 17 IS ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE TRUST FUND PROGRAM, RECOMMENDATIONS TO FUND NONPROFIT AGENCIES. AND I’LL LET DAISY SPEAK TO IT.>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: SO, THESE ARE THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADVISORY BOARD. IT IS FOR SEVEN OF THE NONPROFIT AGENCIES LISTED BELOW. AND THE EXPENDITURES WOULD BE FOR NONRECURRING EXPENSES SUCH AS EQUIPMENT AND OR RENOVATIONS. THEY’RE LISTED BELOW FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.>>BARRY BURTON: THESE COME FROM CHARGES, REGULATED CHARGES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: IS THERE A MOTION?>>KENNETH WELCH: SO MOVED.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PETERS FOR AGENDA ITEM 17. YOU COULD BE UP HERE FOR AWHILE.>>BARRY BURTON: THANK YOU, DAISY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OH, THAT’S RIGHT. COMMISSIONER GERARD RECUSED HERSELF. SO OTHER THAN THAT IT PASSED 5-0. AGENDA ITEM 18.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 18 IS FIRST RENEWAL AND FIRST AMENDMENT TO COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS TO BENEFIT HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS WITH OPERATION PAR, DIRECTIONS FOR LIVING AND WESTCARE GULF COAST.>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: SO OUR CABHI PROGRAM HAS BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR A FEW YEARS NOW. IT’S A SAMHSA GRANT AND WHAT IT IS, IT’S FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE RECENTLY OR NEWLY HOUSED, WHO HAVE A HISTORY OF CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS AND WHO HAVE SOME OTHER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES. IT’S A TEAM THAT WE WORK WITH WITH PAR WITH DIRECTIONS, AND WE WRAP AROUND THOSE INDIVIDUALS ONCE THEY ARE HOUSED, THE REFERRAL IS MADE FOR SERVICES, AND WE WRAP AROUND AND PROVIDE COUNCILING, WE PROVIDE CASE MANAGEMENT, MEDICATION MANAGEMENT, ET CETERA, TO KEEP THEM HOUSED, TO GIVE THEM THE TOOLS FOR SUSTAINABILITY TO KEEP THEM HOUSED ONCE THEY’RE ALREADY THERE. AND THIS WAS APPROVED DECISION PACKAGE FOR 2020.>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KENNETH WELCH: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WELCH. ITEM 18. OKAY. UNANIMOUS.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND THAT LAST ONE, HOW MUCH WAS THAT LAST ONE?>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: $683,000.>>DAVE EGGERS: FOR THE YEAR, RIGHT?>>BARRY BURTON: YES.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. AGENDA ITEM 19 IS — >>BARRY BURTON: THIS IS A FIRST OPTION OF RENEWAL AGREEMENT WITH BAYCARE HOME CARE FOR HOME HEALTHCARE FOR CLIENTS IN PINELLAS COUNTY. AND THIS IS FOR $550,000.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. AND THERE IS A CITIZEN WHO, I THINK WISHES TO BE HEARD. KAY ANN KENNEDY? SHOWS YOU’RE SPEAKING FOR AND IN SUPPORT.>>HI. GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS KAY ANN CONDITIONDY. I’M A STUDENT AT ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE. AND I’M IN THE PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM, AND I’M HERE TO SPEAK FOR AGENDA ITEM NUMBER 19. I AM IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE FUNDS FOR THE PINELLAS COUNTY HEALTH PROGRAM, PCHP AND HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS PROGRAM HCH THAT IS WITH BAYCARE HOME INCORPORATED. I WILL PROVIDE THE REASONS WHY. THESE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVE IN PROVIDING CARE AND A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE TO THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS. THOSE WHO ARE IN THE CATEGORY OF BEING IN THE LOWEST INCOME BRACKET, OR ARE HOMELESS, ARE MANY TIMES OVERLOOKED AND ABANDONED. HOWEVER, PCHP AND HCH MAKES IT A PRIORITY TO BE A SAFETY NET. IMAGINE FOR YOURSELF BEING ILL, WITH NO MEANS TO RECEIVE CARE BECAUSE OF FACTORS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO CONTROL. EVERYONE DESERVES CARE. THESE PROGRAMS ALSO LESSEN EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS BY PROVIDING PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS. PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO RUSH TO THE E.R. FOR ILLNESSES TREATED BY A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN IF THEY DO NOT HAVE ONE IN PLACE. PCHP AND HCH EDUCATES THEIR CLIENTS ON HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR HEALTH AND EVEN PROVIDE RESOURCES WHICH PUSHES FOR LONG-TERM WELLNESS FOR TEENS. ANOTHER RESULT IS THE BENEFICIAL OUTCOME FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE PARENTS WHO ARE IN THESE PROGRAMS. THE PARENTS WILL HEED THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING CARE OF THEIR HEALTH WHICH IN TURN TRANSFERS TO THE CHILDREN. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU APPROVE THIS AGENDA ITEM, FOR ALL THE BENEFITS PCHP AND HCH HAS FOR THE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. GOOD PRESENTATION.>>DAVE EGGERS: VERY NICE. DAISY, YOU’RE OFF THE HOOK ON THIS ONE. [LAUGHTER]>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: JUST VERY BRIEFLY THEN THANK YOU. YOU DID MY WORK TODAY. THIS IS A CONTRACT WITH BAYCARE HOME CARE. THIS IS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MORE SUBCUTE SO THEY DON’T HAVE TO WORK STAY IN THE HOSPITAL. WE WORK CLOSELY WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ON THIS. THERE ARE MEETINGS TO LOOK AT UTILIZATION OF THE CLIENTS AND MAKE SURE THERE’S THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF CARE ON A WEEKLY BASIS. THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH LOOKS AT THE REFERRALS TO MAKE SURE, AGAIN, THAT THEY ARE APPROPRIATELY, AND THEY GO INTO THE HOMES AND THEY PROVIDE DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, INFUSION THERAPY, OTHER SERVICES FOR HOMEBOUND INDIVIDUALS.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU. MOVE APPROVAL.>>KENNETH WELCH: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WELCH. OKAY UNANIMOUS DECISION. AGENDA ITEM 20.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 20 IS APPROVAL OF FIRST OPTION RENEWAL OF AND A FOURTH AMENDMENT TO THE AGREEMENT WITH NEIGHBORLY CARE NETWORK TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES TO MEALS ON WHEELS. THIS IS A PROGRAM NOT TO EXCEED $296,000.>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: SO, ON THE MEALS ON WHEELS YOU MAY RECALL, THEY RECEIVED $96,000 ALSO THROUGH ACTION FUNDING CURRENTLY. THEY ARE RECEIVING $200,000 FOR THE HUMAN SERVICES BUDGET TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR HOMEBOUND SENIORS AGES 60 AND ABOVE AS WELL AS TO SUPPORT THE SENIOR CONGREGANT DINING CENTERS.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER JUSTICE, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD AND WE JUST RECEIVED FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MORE INFORMATION. SO THANK YOU. HERE YOU ARE. AND COMMISSIONER JUSTICE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS. APPRECIATE IT. OKAY. OKAY AGENDA ITEM 21.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 21 IS A FUNDING AGREEMENT WITH 211 TAMPA BAY CARES FOR OUR CALL CENTER OPERATION. THIS IS FUNDING AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $536,000.>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: AND THIS IS FOR, WE’VE SUPPORTED 211 FOR SOME YEARS NOW, AND THIS IS FOR THE CALL CENTER OPERATIONS.>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL >>KENNETH WELCH: SECOND WITH A QUESTION.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WELCH WITH A QUESTION.>>KENNETH WELCH: YES. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE DATA SHEET, WHICH ALWAYS CAUSES A QUESTION OR TWO. SO, ON THE — THIS IS ON THE MEASURED SUPPORT. I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S — AND I SEE MICKEY IS HERE. SO MIGHT WANT TO MAKE YOUR WAY UP. AND YOU NOTED YOU HAD A CHANGE IN YOUR URL, AND DATABASE AND THAT AFFECTED SOME OF THE NUMBERS? BUT YOUR SITUATION IMPROVED AFTER 211 CALL FOR JUNE?>>I DON’T KNOW WHICH LINE ITEM YOU’RE LOOKING AT?>>KENNETH WELCH: THE FOURTH ROW FROM THE TOP. IT DROPS DOWN TO 14%.>>SO THAT SITUATION IMPROVED, AS WE INSTITUTED A SURVEY AFTER OUR CALLS ARE ENDED THAT GOES OUT TO FOLKS THAT ASKS THEM, WITHIN THE FIRST 24 HOURS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH 211, AND THEN ABOUT SEVEN DAYS LATER WE HAVE AN AUTOMATIC CALL FEATURE THAT GOES OUT AND ASKS CLIENTS IF THEIR SITUATION HAS IMPROVED. WE ARE PLEASED THAT IT’S, YOU KNOW, INCREASED. WE HAD A FEW FOLKS, OBVIOUSLY, PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF TELEMARKETERS SO WHEN CALLS ARE GOING OUT FOR THEM FOR ANSWER SURVEYS THEY DON’T PICK UP THE PHONE. SO I THINK FOR THAT MONTH WE PROBABLY DIDN’T HAVE AS MUCH. I’D HAVE TO LOOK INTO THAT NUMBER.>>KENNETH WELCH: IF YOU COULD. BUT YOU’VE BEEN ALWAYS HIGHER THAN 70%. AND IT GOES DOWN TO 14. SO I DIDN’T KNOW IF THAT WAS A DATA ISSUE.>>OKAY.>>KENNETH WELCH: YOUR SECOND ONE IS E-MAILS RECEIVED WHICH IS IN THE NEXT SECTION. HAS DROPPED DOWN FROM 1500 TO 600. IS THAT — >>WE’VE BEEN PUSHING OUR TEXTING, INSTEAD OF E-MAILING US. AND OUR ONLINE SEARCHABLE DATABASE. SOME OF THOSE SELF-SERVE WHICH IS THE OVERALL STRATEGY OF REDUCING WAIT TIMES ON THE CALL CENTER.>>KENNETH WELCH: NOW TEXTING HAS — >>DRAMATICALLY INCREASED.>>KENNETH WELCH: WELL, OCTOBER 18th YOU WERE AT 12,000. AGAIN YOU SAID YOU HAD A CHANGE IN YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE, YOUR URL, AND YOU HAD A FOOTNOTE ON THAT IT TALKS ABOUT SOMETHING THAT CHANGED?>>MM-HMM.>>KENNETH WELCH: ONLINE DATABASE DESIGN AND URL CHANGE TO BE MADE.>>YES.>>KENNETH WELCH: IS THAT SKEWING SOME OF THE NUMBERS?>>CORRECT. OUR ONLINE DATABASE THE VENDOR HAD TO CHANGE WITH THAT, AND SO HALF THE MONTH AND ALL THOSE WERE MISSING. SO WE DID HAVE A, I DON’T WANT TO SAY A HICCUP, THAT’S WITH SOME OF THE DATA CHANGED FOR THAT PARTICULAR MONTH.>>KENNETH WELCH: DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED WAY FOR FOLKS TO CONTACT 211?>>OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE CAN CALL 211, 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. DURING THE DAYS AND ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER IT IS EXTREMELY BUSY. THAT IS OUR HIGH PEAK SEASON. SO YOU CAN WAIT. SO WE DO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TEXT US. THEY CAN TEXT THEIR ZIP CODE TO 898211, 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK. OR THEY CAN SEARCH ONLINE. IF IT’S NOT A PENDING CRISIS RIGHT NOW, BUT THEY’RE JUST DOING MAYBE SOME RESEARCH, OR MAYBE FOR A PARENT AND THEY WANT TO FIND OUT SOME INFORMATION AHEAD OF TIME THEY CAN GO TO OUR ONLINE DATABASE AND SEARCH THEMSELVES. WHICH IS KIND OF OBVIOUSLY WE WANT TO SAVE OUR CALL CENTER FOR OUR MOST DIFFICULT CRISIS TYPE CALLS, AND SIMPLER CALLS TO TEXTING AND THAT. BUT PEOPLE DO ENJOY, IF YOU DO TEXT US, THE GREAT NEWS IS IF WE DO HAVE A HURRICANE, COMING, WE START BLASTING TEXTS OUT TO PEOPLE TO LET THEM KNOW IF THERE’S EVACUATIONS OR DISASTER INFORMATION.>>KENNETH WELCH: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ALL RIGHT.>>DAVE EGGERS: JUST ONE QUESTION.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YES.>>DAVE EGGERS: I UNDERSTAND THAT THE NATIONAL 1800-273-8255 NUMBER FOR THROUGH SIDE COMES THROUGH YOU ALL?>>CORRECT. WE ARE ONE OF SAY 200 LIFELINE PREVENTION — SUICIDE PREVENTION NETWORK PROVIDERS. SO WE ARE ONE OF THOSE CENTERS. SO, WHEN SOMEBODY DIALS THAT NATIONAL NUMBER, IT DOES, IF IT’S A 727 AREA CODE, IT RINGS INTO BOTH OUR CENTER, AS WELL AS TO PEMS. SO WHOEVER IS MOST AVAILABLE GETS TO ANSWER THAT CALL.>>DAVE EGGERS: ARE THESE UNDER THE CRISIS ANSWER PIECE HERE? THE METRICS? DOES THAT SHOW UP IN THOSE NUMBERS?>>FOR THE PINELLAS CRISIS LINE, PROBABLY NOT. WE DO TRACK THOSE SEPARATELY.>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. OKAY. COULD YOU GET THAT TO US?>>SURE.>>DAVE EGGERS: THAT WOULD BE GREAT.>>DAVE EGGERS: MAYBE THEY’RE IN HERE. I DON’T KNOW. I JUST DIDN’T SEE IT.>>SURE.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU.>>OKAY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. ALL RIGHT THANK YOU VERY MUCH, VICKY. APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO. I THINK WE’RE READY TO VOTE. OKAY UNANIMOUS DECISION. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 22.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 22 IS A SECOND OPTION OF A RENEWAL AGREEMENT WITH PERSONAL ENRICHMENT THROUGH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CRISIS STABILIZATION — FOR THE CRISIS STABILIZATION UNIT. $2.1 MILLION.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO MOVED.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD.>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: OKAY. SO THIS IS FOR PEMHS AND THE PICA TEAM. THEY DO INTEGRATED CASE MANAGEMENT WORKING ALONG SIDE WITH THE PEMHS TEAM. AND THESE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE IN THE COMMUNITY, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT MORE STABILIZED IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT STILL HAVE A LOT OF INTERACTION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND BAKER ACT. SO AS THE REFERRAL COMES IN THE TEAM WORK WITH THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO CONNECT THEM TO SERVICES AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE MAKING THE APPROPRIATE REFERRALS, CONNECTING THEM BUT ALSO FOLLOW THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY GET TO THE PLACES THAT THEY NEED TO GET TO.>>DAVE EGGERS: I KNOW A COUPLE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING THROUGH THAT VERY PROGRAM. AND IT’S BEEN A LIFE SAVER FOR THEM. SO, IT’S GOOD STUFF.>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: THANK YOU.>>DAVE EGGERS: APPRECIATE IT.>>BARRY BURTON: COMMISSIONERS, IF I CAN, THIS IS THE LAST OF THESE ITEMS FOR TODAY, BUT, YOU KNOW, AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE’S THROUGH YOUR SOCIAL ACTION FUNDING NETWORK, THEY DO PROVIDE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS YOU’VE HAD A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DIFFERENT SERVICES THAT HELP PEOPLE IN NEED. THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO PROVIDE MORE OF A CHART TO SHOW THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS AND HOW, YOU KNOW, THEY WORK, AND INTEGRATE TOGETHER. AND I THINK IT WILL MAKE IT A LITTLE CLEARER BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF PROGRAMS.>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: AND WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THAT INTERNALLY. WE’RE GOING TO BE COORDINATING FOR THE GRAPHIC AND A FLOW CHART THAT WILL BE EASIER TO SEE HOW ALL OF THE SERVICES WORK TOGETHER, INTERLINK TOGETHER, OR NOT.>>DAVE EGGERS: RIGHT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR — >>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR STAFF.>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE NEED TO VOTE.>>KENNETH WELCH: DAISY READ MY FACE. I DID HAVE A QUESTION.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. SORRY.>>KENNETH WELCH: VERY SHARP INSIGHT WHICH I CAN’T SEE NOW BECAUSE OUR VOTING BLOCK IS ON THE SCREEN. BUT THERE’S A DOING THINGS M MODEL. I NEED TO VOTE FIRST AND THEN I CAN SEE IT. OKAY. SO THIS DEFINE MEASURE ANALYZE IMPROVE CONTROL MODEL IS VERY USEFUL. THAT’S ON ITEM 19. IS THAT A STANDARD? YOU DO THAT FOR EVERY PROGRAM?>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: WE TRY TO DO THAT FOR EVERY PROGRAM.>>KENNETH WELCH: IF YOU COULD INCLUDE THAT IN THE AGENDA I FIND THAT TO BE VERY HELPFUL.>>DAISY RODRIGUEZ: DEFINITELY.>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, GREAT, THANK YOU. THERE WE GO, UNANIMOUS DECISION ON THAT. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 23.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 23 IS A RESOLUTION GRANTING AD VALOREM TAX EXEMPTION FOR HISTORIC PROPERTY LOCATED AT 823 10th AVENUE IN THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG.>>DAVE EGGERS: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER JUSTICE, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. ANY QUESTIONS? OKAY. THANK YOU. OKAY, UNANIMOUS DECISION. MOVING ON TO PUBLIC WORKS. AGENDA ITEM 24.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 24, IS A LOCAL AGENCY PROGRAM AGREEMENT WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR FUNDING OF A SIDEWALK ON HERCULES AVENUE. $1.4 MILLION.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER JUSTICE. OKAY UNANIMOUS DECISION ON THAT. AGENDA ITEM 25.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 25 IS A RESOLUTION REQUESTING INCLUSION OF THE COUNTY BEACH EROSION CONTROL PROJECTS IN THE FLORIDA BEACH MANAGEMENT FUNDING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR FISCAL YEAR 20-21, AND THIS WILL INCLUDE PASS-A-GRILLE BEACH REGION.>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PETERS. ANY QUESTIONS? OKAY. GO AHEAD AND VOTE. OKAY. UNANIMOUS DECISION. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 26.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 26 IS A ROAD TRANSFER INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF TARPON SPRINGS FOR A PORTION OF LILLIAN AVENUE.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: MADAM CHAIR? BEFORE WE GET TO THAT I WANT TO THANK MAYOR JOHNSON FROM ST. PETE BEACH FOR BEING HERE TO MAKE SURE WE GOT THE JOB DONE. [LAUGHTER]>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER JUSTICE. THANK YOU, MAYOR. 26. THE ROAD TRANSFER AGREEMENT. IS THERE A MOTION?>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER JUSTICE. ANY QUESTIONS? OKAY. UNANIMOUS DECISION. MOVING ON TO 27.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 27 IS FISCAL YEAR 2019 BOARD BUDGET AMENDMENT 4 TO REALIGN PORTIONS FROM FIRE DISTRICT RESERVE FUNDS, PROGRAMS TO THE UNINCORPORATED FIRE PROGRAM WITHIN CLEARWATER, LARGO, AND TIERRA VERDE FIRE DISTRICT BUDGETS. THERE ARE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS?>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: I’LL SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PETERS. UNANIMOUS DECISION. AGENDA ITEM 28.>>BARRY BURTON: ITEM 28 IS AN ANNUAL CERTIFICATE FOR THE LEALMAN SOLID WASTE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL PROGRAM FOR NON-AD VALOREM TAX ASSESSMENT ROLL. THIS IS THE CURRENT ASSESSMENT SHEET OF $16 PER MONTH.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, AND SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. AND I REMEMBER MANY YEARS AGO, THANK YOU MR. — COMMISSIONER WELCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.>>KENNETH WELCH: LONG TIME COMING.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. AND IT HAS WORKED WELL.ELIS. AND IT HAS WORKED WELL. OKAY UNANIMOUS DECISION ON THAT. AGENDA ITEM 29.>>BARRY BURTON: AGREEMENT — WITH RAFTELIS, WHATEVER THE NAME OF THAT IS, FINANCIAL CONSULTING. THIS IS FOR THEM TO DEVELOP A POLICY MANUAL FOR THEIR WATER, SEWER AND RECLAIMED WATER.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO MOVED.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. OKAY UNANIMOUS DECISION. AGENDA ITEM 30.>>BARRY BURTON: THIS IS A CHANGE ORDER NUMBER ONE WITH TLC DIVERSIFIED FOR PUMP STATION NUMBER 18 REPLACEMENT PROJECT. THIS INCREASES THE PROJECT BY $151,000.>>PAT GERARD: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KENNETH WELCH: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER PETERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WELCH. OKAY MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 31. THAT WAS UNANIMOUS.>>BARRY BURTON: THIS IS AN INCREASE TO PURCHASING AUTHORIZATION FOR GRAYBAR ELECTRIC COMPANY FOR ELECTRICAL LIGHTING, DATA COMMUNICATIONS, SECURITY PRODUCTS. SO THIS IS UNDER A U.S. COMMODITIES PURCHASING COOPERATIVE. THIS JUST INCREASES TO WHERE WE CAN BUY MORE PRODUCT OFF OF THIS CONTRACT.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THAT WAS A JINX. ALL RIGHT I GET TO PICK AND CHOOSE. MOTION BY COMMISSIONER GERARD, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PETERS. OKAY. UNANIMOUS DECISION ON THAT. AGENDA ITEM 32.>>BARRY BURTON: THESE ARE APPOINTMENTS TO THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES MEDICAL CONTROL BOARD. THE REAPPOINTMENT OF MR. JAKE FISHER APPOINTMENT OF JONATHAN ASHFORD. REAPPOINTMENT OF STEPHEN HAIRE. REAPPOINTMENT OF BRIAN CHARITY. APPOINTMENT OF JOSE BARQUIN. REAPPOINTMENT OF JEREMY WHITE. REAPPOINTMENT OF KRISTA GILLIS. AND APPOINTMENT OF ANDREA APPLE.>>DAVE EGGERS: REAL QUICK. REAL HAPPY TO SEE THE ADVENT HEALTH FOLKS GETTING SOMEBODY ON HERE. I’M GLAD JOSE BARQUIN AND GOOD TO HAVE HIM ABOARD.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: IS THAT A MOTION?>>DAVE EGGERS: YEP. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, MOTION BY COMMISSIONER EGGERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. OKAY. THAT’S UNANIMOUS DECISION. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 33.>>BARRY BURTON: AGENDA ITEM 33 IS ADOPTION OF A TAX PAY PLAN FOR ALL EXEMPT EMPLOYEES UNDER THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR, COUNTY ATTORNEY, BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, HUMAN RESOURCES, HUMAN RIGHTS AND FORWARD PINELLAS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY QUESTIONS?>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>PAT GERARD: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER GERARD. OKAY, UNANIMOUS DECISION. MOVING ON TO AGENDA ITEM 34.>>JEWEL WHITE: UNDER ITEM 34, WE’RE REQUESTING THE AUTHORITY TO FILE SUIT IN THE CASE AS REFERENCED ON YOUR AGENDA. THIS IS A CASE OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION THAT WAS INVESTIGATED BY YOUR OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS.>>KENNETH WELCH: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER WELCH, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PETERS. OKAY UNANIMOUS DECISION. AGENDA ITEM 35, COUNTY ATTORNEY.>>JEWEL WHITE: UNDER 35 SIMILARLY WE’RE ASKING FOR YOUR AUTHORITY TO FILE SUIT IN THE REFERENCED CASE. THIS IS ANOTHER CASE OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION INVESTIGATED BY YOUR OFFICE OF HUMAN RIGHTS.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: MOVE APPROVAL.>>KENNETH WELCH: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: MOTION BY COMMISSIONER PETERS, SECOND BY COMMISSIONER WELCH. OKAY. THAT’S A UNANIMOUS DECISION. 36. YOU HAVE COUNTY GOOD NEWS.>>JEWEL WHITE: I DO. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT AND LET YOU ALL KNOW THAT WE HAVE TWO ATTORNEYS IN MY OFFICE WHO HAVE BECOME RECENTLY CERTIFIED BY THE FLORIDA BAR AS EXPERTS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW. KELLY VICARRI AND CHELSEA HARDY ON OUR STAFF. HAVE RECENTLY BEEN CERTIFIED. THAT CERTIFICATION IS WHAT ALLOWS US TO HOLD OURSELVES OUT AS EXPERTS IN OUR AREA OF LAW, WHICH AGAIN IS LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW. THE TWO NEW CERTIFICATIONS HAVE BROUGHT US ABOVE 50% CERTIFICATION IN THE OFFICE. WE ROUTINELY WERE ABOVE 50% UNTIL WE HAD A NUMBER OF RETIREMENTS IN RECENT YEARS AND HAD NEW ATTORNEYS REPLACE OUR VERY SEASONED ATTORNEYS. AND THERE IS A MINIMUM NUMBER OF YEARS OF PRACTICE THAT YOU HAVE TO MEET BEFORE YOU CAN EVEN APPLY TO BECOME CERTIFIED. AND THEN YOU HAVE TO UNDERGO A RIGOROUS PEER REVIEW AND TAKE AN EXAMINATION, WHICH WAS NOT A VERY EASY EXAMINATION, I CAN TELL YOU. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO KELLY AND CHELSEA.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GREAT. CONGRATULATIONS. [APPLAUSE]>>JEWEL WHITE: AND THAT’S ALL I HAVE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, THANK YOU. MR. COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR, REPORT ON HURRICANE DORIAN.>>BARRY BURTON: WELL, AS YOU KNOW, JUST TWO WEEKS AGO WE WATCHED TROPICAL STORM DORIAN STRENGTHEN TO A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE, AND AT ONE POINT THOUGHT THAT, YOU KNOW, THE COUNTY WAS REALLY AT RISK. WE HOPE FOR THE BEST, BUT WE PREPARED FOR THE WORST. I’M REALLY PROUD OF THE STAFF AND THE PARTNERS, AND IN THAT PREPARATION, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I CAN SAY FOR SURE IS THAT WE WERE READY. YOU KNOW, AND I’M PARTICULARLY WANT TO RECOGNIZE KATHY PERKINS FOR, YOU KNOW, AS OUR NEW EMERGENCY MANAGER REALLY STEPPING UP, PULLING PARTNERS TOGETHER, AND THE ENTIRE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM, AND REALLY DEVELOPING A TEAM APPROACH TO ADDRESSING ALL OF THE THINGS THAT NEEDED TO BE DONE IN PREPARATION FOR THAT. SO WHILE WE WERE LUCKY THE STORM DIDN’T HIT US WE WANTED TO GIVE YOU KIND OF A GLIMPSE OF THE BEHIND THE SCENES THINGS THAT OCCURRED IN PREPARATION FOR THAT STORM AND THEN TO AGAIN RECOGNIZE ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES, OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS, AND COMING TOGETHER TO HAVE A UNIFIED APPROACH TO BEING PREPARED FOR THE STORM.>>THE MOMENT FORECASTERS PREDICT THAT TAMPA BAY IS IN HURRICANE DORIAN’S PATH, IT’S GO TIME FOR PINELLAS COUNTY STAFF.>>WE BRING IN OUR PERSONNEL, WE START TALKING, SETTING FORTH OUR TIME LINE, REVIEWING WHAT WE DO WHEN WE’RE IN THE FIVE-DAY CONE.>>EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR CATHIE PERKINS LEADS THE COUNTYWIDE EFFORT TO KEEP CITIZENS SAFE AT THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER OR EOC THE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP GROUP STEERS THE STORM RESPONSE STRATEGY. COUNTY STAFF VACATIONS ARE CANCELED AND ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ARE PLACED ON STANDBY FOR 12 HOUR SHIFTS. THE MARKETING AND COMMUNICATION TEAM NOTIFIES RESIDENTS TO FINALIZE PREPAREDNESS PLANS. STAFF ANSWER 1831 PHONE CALLS WITH QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS. NEW TO THE STORM RESPONSE THE COUNTY COMMUNICATES NOT ONLY BY PHONE BUT LIVE CHAT CONVERSATIONS. PUBLIC WORKS AND PARK STAFF SET UP SANDBAG DISTRIBUTION SITES AND RECHECKED FLOOD PRONE HOT SPOTS TO CLEAR OBSTRUCTIONS.>>WE MADE SURE WE COME OUT TO THESE AREAS THAT WE KNOW THAT WOULD POTENTIALLY HAVE AN ISSUE. AND ATTACK THESE AREAS FIRST TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE CLEAR AND OPEN.>>WITH DORIAN STILL APPROACHING AND INTENSIFYING THE COUNTY WORKS WITH ITS PARTNERS TO UPDATE PLANS FOR BEST, MODERATE, AND WORST CASE SCENARIOS.>>NO ONE ENTITY CAN DO EVERYTHING. WHETHER IT’S POLICE. WHETHER IT’S FIRE. EMS. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. YOU KNOW. WE ALL HAVE TO COLLABORATE. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE THIS GIANT EOC, SO ALL THE PARTNERS CAN COME TOGETHER BECAUSE IT REQUIRES ALL OF US TO SOLVE PROBLEMS AS THEY COME UP.>>COUNTY, SCHOOL BOARD AND ANIMAL SERVICES STAFF PREPARE TO SHELTER UP TO 30,000 PEOPLE. AND, SOME OF THEIR FURRY FAMILY MEMBERS.>>WE IMMEDIATELY START PREPARING TO GET THE SHELTERS UP AND RUNNING. WE’RE CONFIDENT NOT ONLY IN THE COUNTY STAFF BUT IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT STAFF, AS WELL. THAT WE’RE READY POP.>>TO PROVIDE THE AUTHORITY NEEDED FOR COUNTY STAFF TO RESPON TO ANY SITUATION THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS CALLS A SPECIAL MEETING.>>TODAY, I’M ASKING YOU, THE COUNTY COMMISSION, TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, AND DELEGATE THE AUTHORITY TO ME AS YOUR COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR TO DO WHAT IS NEEDED TO RESPOND TO THE STORM.>>WITH RESOURCES IN PLACE, PINELLAS COUNTY REMAINS READY UNTIL ALL CLEAR IS CALLED.>>IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE ALL HANDS ON DECK, AND THE COLLABORATION WAS JUST PHENOMENAL.>>PINELLAS COUNTY WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE BEEN SPARED THE IMPACT OF THIS HURRICANE. OTHERS WERE NOT AS LUCKY. IF YOU PLAN TO DONATE, GO TO CHECK THE CHARITY AND STAY PREPARED. HURRICANE SEASON DOESN’T END UNTIL NOVEMBER 30th.>>DAVE EGGERS: VERY NICE.>>BARRY BURTON: AND THE FINAL THING IS, YOU KNOW, WITH ANY OPERATION LIKE THIS THERE’S ALWAYS LESSONS LEARNED SO THEY’LL BE PREPARING AN AFTER-ACTION REVIEW SO WHERE WE COME TOGETHER AND REFINE OUR PLANS, AND BE EVEN BETTER PREPARED NEXT TIME.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE HAVE CITIZENS TO BE HEARD. THANK YOU. CHUCK WATSON. OH, OKAY, HI.>>I’M TODD, MY FATHER, CHUCK. BUT WE OWN A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS, SEMINOLE SCEPTER, AND I DON’T THINK WE COULD HAVE ASKED FOR BETTER DAYS TO COME UP HERE AND TALK WITH YOU GUYS, BECAUSE WITH ALL THIS TALK ABOUT HURRICANES AND RAIN WATER AND STORMWATER AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE PROVIDE PUMPING SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY AS NEEDED. THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE, AND THE REASON THAT WE’RE HERE IS THAT WE DISPOSE OF OUR LIQUID WASTE AT THE PINELLAS COUNTY SOUTH — YEAH. BUT THEY WANT TO CHARGE US FOR WHAT OUR TANKS CAN HOLD. OUR TANKS CAN HOLD 4,000 GALLONS. BUT SOMETIMES RESIDENTS, THEY ONLY HAVE 700 GALLONS AT THEIR HOUSE THAT NEED TO BE PUMPED. SO THE PROBLEM THAT WE’RE HAVING IS THAT WHEN WE GO OUT AND WE PROVIDE THE SERVICE NEEDED AT THE RESIDENTIAL SITES, WHEN WE BRING IT TO SOUTH CROSS WE’RE CHARGED FOR THE CAPACITY OF THE TRUCK. SO, WE’RE ASKING THAT YOU GUYS COULD MAYBE CHANGE THE LAW OR CHANGE THE VERBIAGE IN THE LAW TO CHARGE US ACCORDINGLY FOR THE GALLONS PUMPED, RATHER THAN WHAT THE CAPACITY OF THE TRUCK IT HOLDS.>>I’D LIKE TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE, IF I MAY. FOR THE LAST THREE BILLING CYCLES, OUR ACTUAL DISPOSED GALLONS AT SOUTH CROSS WAS 7,200 GALLONS. WE WERE BILLED FOR 236,000 GALLONS.>>YEAH. RIGHT. SAW YOUR FACE, EXACTLY.>>OUR CHARGE, NORMALLY AT THE GOING RATE OF 3.5 CENTS A GALLON, WOULD HAVE BEEN $2,667. WE WERE BILLED BY THE COUNTY $8,260. I DON’T THINK THAT’S FAIR, OR REASONABLE.>>TO ADD, ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT IS IN THE CURRENT LANGUAGE IS THAT OUR TRUCKS ARE ALL ABOUT $100,000 APIECE. SO THEY’RE EXPENSIVE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT. WE USE THESE TRUCKS FOR DUAL PURPOSES. WE PUMP OUT GREASE TRAPS IN THE MORNING TIME BEFORE RESTAURANTS GET BUSY FOR LUNCH AND WHATNOT. AFTER WE DO OUR MORNING RUSH WE GO OUT AND PROVIDE THE SEPTIC SERVICE, AS IT COMES IN. SO, THE CURRENT LANGUAGE SAYS THAT, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE WOULD LIKE IS WE WOULD LIKE FOR THE LANGUAGE TO BASICALLY SAY, HEY, YOU CAN USE A DUAL PERMITTED TRUCK, AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO CHARGE YOU FOR THE GALLONS THAT YOU DISPOSE, NOT WHAT THE TANK CAN HOLD. MY DAD ACTUALLY HAS A PRETTY GOOD, IT’S KIND OF COMICAL, HE SAYS WHEN YOU GO TO THE GAS STATION, IF YOUR CAR HOLDS 25 GALLONS THEY DON’T CHARGE YOU FOR 25 GALLONS. BUT IT’S TRUE AND WE’D LIKE FOR YOU GUYS TO TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. WE’LL CERTAINLY TAKE A LOOK AT IT, AND APPRECIATE YOU ALL BEING HERE TODAY.>>THANK YOU. JUST ONE LAST REQUEST IS, I’M NOT SURE WHEN THE NEW BUDGET COMES INTO PLAY, BUT WE WOULD LIKE THIS DONE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BECAUSE, TO GO ON PAYING ALMOST FOUR TIMES WHAT WE SHOULD IS KILLING US.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ALL RIGHT.>>BARRY BURTON: WE DID RECEIVE — THIS COME IN AS A COMPLAINT, AND SO STAFF IS — I DID FORWARD IT OUT TO STAFF.>>THANK YOU, GUYS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY.>>THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AND FOR THE SERVICE THAT YOU PROVIDE.>>WELL, THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. MR. KENNETH — C. KENNETH WARRINGTON, BUS ROUTE CHANGES. GOOD AFTERNOON.>>GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME. ONE THING ABOUT THE HURRICANE, I LIVE HERE IN PINELLAS COUNTY, IT’S A WONDERFUL PLACE, AND APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO. THE BUSES ARE GREAT. OUR BUS SYSTEMS ARE — AS FAR AS THE HURRICANE, I’VE BEEN HERE WATCHING, AND LAST FEW HURRICANES, AND THIS ONE I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE PRAYING THAT IT WOULD TURN AWAY FROM US, AND IT DID AND PRETTY MUCH TURNED AWAY FROM FLORIDA. SO I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THAT. I LIVE AT PRESBYTERIAN APARTMENTS. IT’S HALF A MILE AWAY FROM SEMINOLE BOULEVARD. BUT THE BUSES GO BACK THERE SEVERAL TIMES A DAY. AND THEY ALSO STOP AT LARGO MALL. AND BUSES HAVE BEEN A LIFE LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE. THERE’S 40 UNITS, 40 BUILDINGS, WITH ABOUT 12 UNITS IN EACH IN ALL, SO FOLKS — I’M ONE OF THE FEW THAT CAN WALK THE HALF A MILE TO SEMINOLE BOULEVARD. AND MOST PEOPLE CAN’T. THERE’S SOME CHANGES THAT ELIMINATING THE BUS ROUTE BACK TO US ALSO ELIMINATING THE STOP AT DOLLAR TREE, WHICH IS VERY POPULAR FOR POOR FOLKS AND OLD FOLKS, AND STOP NEXT TO — CLOSE TO PUBLIX. AND, THERE’S SOME CONSIDERATIONS, MY UNDERSTANDING IS IT’S USEFUL, COST A LITTLE MORE MONEY, AND A LOT MORE PLANNING. THE PEOPLE I LIVE WITH BASICALLY, THEY RUN OUT OF MONEY BEFORE THEY RUN OUT OF MONTH. AND SCRAPING TOGETHER PENNIES, NICKELS AND DIMES TO GET ON THE BUSES IS WHAT THEY’RE FACING. AND LIKE I SAID, A HALF A MILE, CAN’T WALK TO THAT, THE OTHER ALTERNATIVES I’M NOT SO SURE ABOUT. AND I WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU ALL COULD USE YOUR INFLUENCE TO CALL MORATORIUM ON THESE CHANGES THAT ARE DUE IN OCTOBER. AND NOT ONLY ARE THEY CHANGING AND COMING BACK TO US, BUT THERE’S STOPS ALL ALONG ON SEMINOLE BOULEVARD THAT STOP THE BUS, THE PULL UP BUS SEATS AND PUT UP SIGNS ON OCTOBER 8th, THERE’S NO MORE STOP THERE. THAT’S GOING TO CAUSE MORE WALKING FOR PEOPLE AND I FEEL AT RISK FOR PEOPLE ON FOOT THAT ARE CROSSING, JAYWALKING, AND SO THAT’S ALL I GOT. AND APPRECIATE YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. THANK YOU. OKAY. ALEX BANE. GOOD AFTERNOON.>>THIS IS MY SECOND TIME BEING HERE. AND FIRST TIME I WAS HERE I WAS TALKING ABOUT MORE LIKE A PROBLEM I HAD WITH PROPERTY I PURCHASED. ME AND MY WIFE. NOW I’M HERE AGAIN FOR THE SAME THING, BUT I KIND OF WANT TO BE THE EXAMPLE TODAY. YOU KNOW, I’M NOT HERE TO MORE CRY ABOUT MY PROBLEM, BECAUSE I KNEW WHAT I WAS GETTING INTO BEFORE I BOUGHT THE PROPERTY. NOW I’M JUST MORE AS AN EXAMPLE. WHAT I’M GOING THROUGH WITH THE COUNTY TRYING TO GET LOT LIENS AND MAGISTRATE LIENS. AND I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU GUYS HOW I PURCHASED IT, AND WHAT I’VE DONE TODAY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SEE WHERE THE SEAL IS? IF YOU WANT TO SHOW US ANY PICTURES YOU CAN PUT IT RIGHT ON THE SEAL. TOWARDS YOU. JUST AS YOU WOULD SEE IT ON THE SEAL.>>RIGHT HERE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: ANY PHOTO JUST PUT IT ON THE SEAL.>>WHEN I PURCHASED THE PROPERTY WAS ALMOST A YEAR AGO, PURCHASED IT HOPING THAT THE COUNTY WOULD WORK WITH ME AND HOPEFULLY COULD CLEAR THIS PROPERTY UP AS IT HAD BEEN ABANDONED FOR TEN YEARS AND A COMPLETE DISASTER. AND PEOPLE LIVE NEXT TO THIS PROPERTY. NEIGHBORS. AND THEY’RE SO HAPPY THAT WE BOUGHT IT AND WE CLEANED IT UP. BUT LET ME JUST SHOW YOU HOW THIS PROPERTY WAS WHEN WE FIRST PURCHASED IT. THIS IS ONE OF THEM WHEN WE FIRST BOUGHT IT. THIS IS NOT A VERY GOOD PICTURE. BUT JUST TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW TERRIBLE THIS WAS. YOU KNOW, WITH THE LOT, WITH THE GRASS, EVERYTHING GROWING. AND AGAIN, WE HAVE LOT CLEARING LIENS AS THE COUNTY WANT — THERE HAS CONTRACTORS CLEAN UP THIS PROPERTY. AGAIN, THIS IS WHAT THEY CLEANED UP. TO ME THAT DOESN’T LOOK CLEANED UP. AND I ALSO HAVE RECEIPTS OF DUMP FEES THAT I’VE DUMPED WITH A DUMP TRAILER THAT I’VE HAD TO RENT MYSELF, TO TAKE ALL THIS TRASH OUT. OF THIS PROPERTY. AND AGAIN, THERE’S MILLION DOLLAR LIENS ON THIS PROPERTY THAT I STILL CAN’T WORK AROUND IT TO EVEN COME TO NEGOTIATING SO WE CAN MAYBE PUT A HOME ON THIS PROPERTY AND MAKE IT LIVEABLE AGAIN. AT THE RATE THAT IT’S GOING, THIS PROPERTY LIKE THIS, IT WILL NEVER BE LIVEABLE, AND IT WAS LIKE THIS FOR TEN — MORE THAN TEN YEARS LIKE THIS. AND COUNTY DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. AND GUY LIKE ME COMES IN THERE WITH MY WIFE AND WE DO OUR BEST, WE CLEAN IT UP, AND WE STILL CANNOT WORK WITH THE COUNTY TO GET THE LOT CLEARING LIENS AND COME TO A NEGOTIATION OF WHAT WE COULD PAY TO BE DONE WITH IT. THEN, WHEN AN EXTREMELY HIGH NUMBER OF WHAT THE PROPERTY IS WORTH. I’M NOT LOOKING FOR A HANDOUT. I’VE ALREADY PUT MORE THAN WHAT THE PROPERTY’S WORTH OUT OF MY POCKET. IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME, THAT’S ME IN THE PICTURE, CLEANING UP. I HAVE A LOT MORE. I DON’T WANT TO WASTE YOU GUY’S TIME BUT I JUST WANT TO MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF, YOU KNOW, I WAS TOLD THAT HEY, THESE ARE TAXPAYERS MONEY THAT YOU HAVE TO PAY BACK. FOR THE LOT CLEARING. BECAUSE THE COUNTY SPEND MONEY ON CLEANING UP THIS LOT, RIGHT? I’M TAXPAYER. THE NEIGHBORS THERE ARE THE TAXPAYERS. THIS IS NOT CLEAN. THIS IS HOW I GOT IT. AND I’VE EVEN HAD TO SCRAPE UP DIRT BECAUSE THERE WAS SO MUCH TRASH IN THE DIRT. THIS IS HOW THIS LOOKS TODAY. SHOW US DRUG ADDICTS THAT LIVE INSIDE, UNDER THE BUSH, ON THIS PROPERTY. PEOPLE WALKING ACROSS IT. KIDS GOING TO SCHOOL, WALKING ACROSS THIS PROPERTY BECAUSE IT’S A CORNER LOT, TO CATCH THE BUS. I CLEANED IT UP. I EVEN PUT A FENCE TO PREVENT KIDS WALKING THROUGH BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH GLASS ON THE PROPERTY. AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY.>>THIS IS A PICTURE — >>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YOU’RE PAST ALMOST 3 1/2 MINUTES. YOU’RE PAST YOUR TIME, IF YOU COULD WRAP IT UP, PLEASE.>>OH. THANKS FOR YOUR CONSENT. THIS IS THE THINGS I’M DEALING WITH. AND THIS IS NOT MY FIRST TIME BEING HERE. THIS IS MY SECOND TIME. AND OFFICER PARKER IS OUR OFFICER FOR THE CODE VIOLATION, OR CODE OFFICERS AT OUR PROPERTY THAT WE OWN. I HAVEN’T GOTTEN ANY HELP FROM ANYBODY. OR THE COUNTY. THIS IS WHY I’M HERE. SO IF YOU GUYS CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE KIND OF THINGS, SO PEOPLE LIKE ME COULD HAVE, YOU KNOW, A CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THIS PROPERTY. I CAN’T PAY A MILLION DOLLARS IN LIENS.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SO YOU’RE LOOKING FOR US TO EXCUSE THE LIENS, THAT ARE ON THE PROPERTY?>>NO, I HAVEN’T EVEN GOT A CHANCE — I EVEN WROTE A LETTER SAYING, YOU KNOW, SO WE CAN COME TO A NEGOTIATION ABOUT THE LIENS. I COMPLETELY GOT SHUT DOWN. I KEEP BEING BROUGHT IN CIRCLES. WE EVEN CALLED TO SPEAK WITH OUR COMMISSIONER. AND WE NEVER GOT AND THE PHONE. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A YEAR NOW.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WHERE IS THE PROPERTY LOCATED?>>CLEARWATER.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: IS THIS THE ONE THAT’S LISTED ON YOUR CARD?>>YES, MA’AM.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY.>>BARRY BURTON: WE’LL HAVE STAFF CONTACT YOU.>>I JUST WANT TO BE AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT I’M GOING THROUGH. AND OTHER PEOPLE LIKE ME GOING THROUGH. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. DAVID BALLARD GETTYS JR.>>GOOD AFTERNOON AGAIN COMMISSIONERS, DAVID BALLARD GETTYS JR., I LIVE ON GEORGIA AVENUE IN PALM HARBOR. HERE’S THE LIBERTY AND FREEDOM AND THE DRINK OF HAPPINESS, AND WHEN IT’S ALL CONSUMED, WE’LL SOON SEE WHAT OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WERE SELLING US. THE SELLERS OF THE DRAM RECOGNIZED AS A POLITICAL TACTIC IN ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S TEMPERANCE ADDRESS AS A PERSONAL AND INDIVIDUAL MOTIVE OF MAN AND GOVERNMENT, SELLING US SOMETHING OTHER THAN WHAT THEY ORIGINALLY BROUGHT FORTH AND PROFESSED THEMSELVES TO BE ACTING UPON. TABLING, SELLING THE POLITICAL, THE CONSTITUTIONAL LIBATION OF DECEPTION, HAPPINESS AND THE LIBERTY OF HIDING A BAD MOTIVE, SERVED UP UNDER THE CANDID NATURE OF AN ARTIFICIAL GOVERNMENT, USING LEGISLATIVE PRO-TEN SCHUSSNESS, SLOWLY, SPIRITUALLY INTENT ON CREATING A STATE OF PERFDIY AND DISREPAIR AS DECLARED GIVING RISE TO AN UNJUST, UNWARRANTED CONSTITUTIONALLY COUNTERFEIT, DE FACTO DESPOTIC FORM OF POLITICAL POWER OVER WATER. AS I READ IT, OUR FOUNDING FATHERS ARE THE AUTHORS OF MORAL PEST LENS, MISERY, VICE, DISSENSION, OVERCHURCHING CRIMES IN THE LAND, CONSTITUTIONALLY INCAPABLE OF BEING HONEST, STANDING US ON OUR HEADS EGREGIOUS APOSTLES OF SIN, SELLING US ON OUR OWN FUTURE DESECRATION, CONSTITUTED AS A PEACETIME SHIP OF WAR IN ARTICLE 1 SECTION 10 IN TIME IN MEASURE, DECLARING WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS, CONSTITUTED FOR ITS POSTERITY, ITS RECTITUDE, ITS INTENT, SELLING US ON THE DRAM, AS AN INSTRUMENT, AS A PROCESS TO COUNTERFEIT A CONSTITUTIONALLY INVECTIVE BACK-BITING OUTCOME, SERVING UP DECEPTION, AS A RAPACIOUS MODE TO A MEANS TABLING BETRAYAL AS A MEANS USED TO CONQUER AND ASSUAGE THOSE WHO YOU ARE CANDIDDY PRETENDING TO GOVERN DECEPTIVELY LAYING US TO WASTE, THE MANIFEST MEANNESS OF THE THING TAKING LIBERTY, PROPERTY AND LIFE, AND THE RELIGION OF CHRISTIANITY, BIRTHING WATER JURISDICTIONS UNDER THE VARIANCE OF THE 14th AMENDMENT. SO HERE’S TO TODAY’S LIBERTY, FREEDOM, AND HAPPINESS, AT THE COST OF TOMORROW’S HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE. HERE’S TO THE EGREGIOUS APOSTLES OF SIN, THE THINGS OF DENUNCIATION, SENSELESSNESS, MISERY, VICE, AND NONRATIONAL CAUSES. HERE’S TO ABOMINATION, AND THE BLOOD SUCKING GENIUS OF IT ALL. THANK YOU.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU. OKAY THAT’S THE END OF THE CARDS THAT I HAVE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. I WILL MOVE ON TO AGENDA ITEM 39.>>BARRY BURTON: THESE ARE APPOINTMENTS TO THE GREATER SEMINOLE AREA SPECIAL RECREATION DISTRICT. WE HAVE ONE APPOINTMENT OPEN.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AND THAT WOULD BE JOHN VIALL.>>MOVE APPROVAL.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I HEARD A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER JUSTICE.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: SECOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SECOND BY COMMISSIONER PETERS. OKAY. UNANIMOUS DECISION. MOVING ON TO APPOINTMENT/REAPPOINTMENT TO THE PINELLAS SUNCOAST TRANSIT AUTHORITY. BOTH COMMISSIONER PAT GERARD AND CHARLIE JUSTICE’S TERMS EXPIRE SEPTEMBER 30th, 2019. BUT WE NEED — >>SECOND.>>THIRD.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: MOVE TO REAPPOINT COMMISSIONER JUSTICE AND COMMISSIONER GERARD.>>KENNETH WELCH: I WHOLE HEARTEDLY SUPPORT.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: MADAM CHAIR I ASSUME THIS WOULD BE PART OF THE DISCUSSION THAT WHOEVER IS THE NEXT CHAIR WOULD TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION IS THERE IS A GLOBAL VIEW OF ALL THE COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS FOR 2020 AND BEYOND.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: AS WE TYPICALLY DO EVERY YEAR. BUT THIS MUST BE SOMETHING THAT PSTA IS REQUIRING US TO DO.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: RIGHT.>>PAT GERARD: WELL IN THAT CASE, YES.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER PETERS WAS THE MOTION MAKER. AND COMMISSIONER WELCH WAS THE SECONDER. OKAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. UNANIMOUS DECISION. COUNTY COMMISSION NEW BUSINESS ITEMS. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY NEW BUSINESS ITEMS? OKAY. WE’LL MOVE TO THE COUNTY COMMISSION BOARD REPORTS AND MISCELLANEOUS. I WILL START WITH COMMISSIONER EGGERS.>>DAVE EGGERS: THANK YOU. I THOUGHT THERE WAS A THING OR TWO YOU WERE BRINGING FORWARD.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I’M GOING TO BRING IT UP UNDER MY –>>DAVE EGGERS: OH, I’M SORRY. APOLOGY. OKAY, THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR. JUST HAVE A COUPLE THINGS. TALKING SPECIFICALLY ABOUT FORWARD PINELLAS, WE HAD A MEETING YESTERDAY, AND HAD A LOT OF ISSUES THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, AND DEALT WITH. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE FOCUSED ON A LITTLE BIT WAS OUR LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN, THAT’S THE 2045 PLAN. AND ONE OF THE ASPECTS OF THIS PLAN IS — THAT’S DIFFERENT THAN PREVIOUS PLANS IS WE’RE REALLY LOOKING AT THE LAND USE COMPONENT AS A PART OF THAT LONG RANGE PLAN. AND WE’RE ALSO LOOKING AT THE TRANSIT PIECE. AND SO YESTERDAY WE HAD A NICE UPDATE ABOUT THE — I GUESS THAT THE PLAN THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, THAT BUILDING CONNECT AND THE SURVEY SPECIFICALLY, I JUST WANTED TO JUST TOUCH BASE ON THE SURVEY, IF YOU CAN FIND IT HERE. I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FIND IT NOW THAT I’VE MOVED AWAY FROM THE RESULTS. HOLD ON. YEAH, LOST IT. I’LL GET BACK TO THAT ONE. HOPEFULLY I’LL BE ABLE TO — HOLD ON ONE SECOND. OH, THERE WE ARE. THANK YOU. AND SO THERE WAS — THERE’S BEEN A LOT GOING ON THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS TALKING ABOUT TECHNICAL ASPECTS AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT OF THAT PLAN. AND, I KNOW THAT THERE’S A LOT OF WORK GOING ON BETWEEN BARRY’S OFFICE, AND PSTA’S, AND THE MPO TALKING ABOUT WHERE WE ARE WITH TRANSPORTATION, PLANNING, AND TRANSPORTATION — TRANSIT ISSUES GOING FORWARD. AND IT WAS JUST REALLY INTERESTING. THE SURVEY, THERE WAS A SURVEY DONE, AND WE HAD, LET’S SEE, 4800 PARTICIPANTS. AND ANOTHER 5,000 COMMENTED, 171,000 DATA POINTS THAT WE GOT OVER THE COURSE OF ABOUT A YEAR. THEN THIS LATEST SURVEY WAS DONE OVER THE SUMMER. AND THE RESULTS WERE JUST — I MEAN IT’S REALLY GOOD THAT WE’RE GETTING THAT KIND OF INPUT AND GETTING THOSE KINDS OF RESULTS. JUST SOME REALLY BRIEF SUMMARY THOUGHTS THAT CAME TO THE TABLE WITH — IT WAS RANKED 1 THROUGH 5. 5 BEING THE MOST PRO ASPECT OF IT, AND 1 BEING THE MOST NEGATIVE. AND THEN, YOU KNOW, 3 BEING KIND OF NEUTRAL. SO WHEN THEY TALKED ABOUT THINGS THAT WERE SPECIFIC COMPONENTS OF IT IN THE BICYCLE PEDESTRIAN AREA TRAILS RANKED ENGS TEAMLY HIGH. NO SURPRISE TO ANYBODY. ENHANCED CROSSWALKS RATED VERY HIGH, AS WELL. PROTECTED BIKE LANES DID WELL, AND SIDEWALKS DID WELL, ALSO. BIKE LANES THEMSELVES DID NOT DO NEARLY AS WELL AS THE PROTECTED BAKE BIKE LANES. AND THERE WAS SOME DIFFERENT ISSUES AS THEY DRILLED INTO IT. I DON’T WANT TO GET INTO THE DETAILS HERE BUT STILL A LOT OF SUPPORT FOR TRAILS, AND THE DISCUSSION ABOUT CLOSING THE LOOP IN PINELLAS COUNTY, AND WE’RE WORKING ON THAT, OBVIOUSLY, AND THEN SOME OF THE CROSS COUNTY TRAILS THAT ARE EMERGING. SO REALLY A GOOD ROBUST CONVERSATION THERE. AND THOSE NUMBERS, WHEN YOU COMBINED ALL OF IT, WERE INTO THE 3,000 AND 4,000 NUMBERS OUT OF THE 5,000 THAT RESPONDED. ON BUS SERVICE, NOT QUITE AS MUCH EXCITEMENT. IN THAT ARENA. THE NUMBER ON THE HIGH END WERE SOMEWHERE IN THE 1200 RANGE. SO, MAYBE NOT AS MUCH EXCITEMENT ABOUT IT. BUT WE HAVE A BUS SYSTEM THAT’S NOT THAT ROBUST, TO SAY THE LEAST. BUT A LOT OF POSITIVE FEELINGS ABOUT MORE WEEKEND BUS SERVICE, MORE FREQUENT BUS SERVICE. AND SOME LATE NIGHT BUS SERVICE, WHICH WE’RE REALLY TRYING TO PUT INTO PLAY. NOT AS MUCH EXCITEMENT ABOUT DEDICATED BUS LANES. SO, WHETHER THE FOLKS ARE EDUCATED UP ON IT AND DON’T LIKE IT, OR THERE’S STILL SOME EDUCATION WORK TO DO THERE, THAT’S, YOU KNOW, STILL YET TO COME. EMERGING SOLUTIONS. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT PEOPLE WERE VERY IN SUPPORT OF, IMPROVE AND MORE TRAFFIC SIGNAL TIMING, WHICH SHOULD BE OF NO BIG SURPRISE. BUT IMPROVED, AND MORE. AND I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING THAT WE CONTINUE TO LOOK AT, CHANGING THE SOFTWARE, AND ADDING MORE AREAS FOR THAT. SO THAT WAS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTED. WATER BORNE TRANSIT WAS ALSO SUPPORTED. AS WAS ELEVATED TRANSIT, INTERESTING. THE NUMBERS WEREN’T QUITE AS HIGH BUT THE SUPPORT WAS THERE FOR IT. WHAT WASN’T SUPPORTED TOO MUCH WAS AUTOMATED VEHICLES. BECAUSE I THINK PEOPLE ARE REALLY STILL PERPLEXED AS TO HOW IT’S GOING TO WORK FOR THEM. HOW IT COULD POSSIBLY WORK. AND THE OTHER WAS MICROMOBILITY SCOOTERS. SO WE’RE GOING TO BE SEEING A LOT OF THOSE. WHAT I’M UNDERSTANDING IS THERE’S A — I’M NOT QUITE SURE WHAT CONTROL WE HAVE OVER THEM ON OUR TRAILS BUT I UNDERSTAND THERE’S LITTLE CONTROL WE HAVE ON THE TRAILS. OF OUR COUNTY. SO I WANT TO PERHAPS LOOK INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT. AND THEN THERE WAS SUPPORT FOR REGIONAL RAIL SERVICE. I THINK THE OVERWHELMING PIECE OF THAT WAS REALLY THE LINE THAT’S COMING UP FROM THE SOUTH OF THE STATE COMING ACROSS TO ORLANDO, AND THEN PERHAPS HOPEFULLY COMING IN TO TAMPA. THERE’S A LOT OF FOLKS TALKING ABOUT THAT, AND HOW WE MIGHT PLUG IN — HOW WE MIGHT GET IT OVER HERE. SO THAT WAS GOOD. AND THEN THE OTHER THING THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, CURRENT STREET AND HIGHWAYS. MAINTAINING THE EXISTING ROADS, OBVIOUSLY VERY HIGH. INTERSECTION WORK, AGAIN HIGH. INTERCHANGES. NOT SO WELL ON TOLL ROADS, OR WIDENING THE EXISTING ROADS. SO, NOT THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF EXTRA RIGHT-OF-WAY TO BUY FOR WIDENING BUT PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO SEE MORE WIDENING OF ROADS. BUT ANYWAY IT WAS JUST SOME GOOD INFORMATION. I THINK THE MPO, OUR FORWARD PINELLAS GROUP IS DOING REALLY GOOD WORK TO GET OUT THERE AND GET FOLKS’ INPUT, AND SO THAT WILL BECOME PART OF OUR LONG RANGE PLAN. IT WILL BE APPROVED IN NOVEMBER.>>PAT GERARD: MAYBE YOU COULD SEND THOSE GRAPHICS OUT TO US?>>DAVE EGGERS: OKAY. WE’LL DO THAT. KIM, ARE YOU LISTENING? SO ANYWAY I JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS REAL QUICK. I KNOW THAT THE — THERE’S OTHERS THAT WILL TALK ABOUT PSTA. BUT THE GENTLEMAN THAT CAME AND WAS TALKING ABOUT HIS NEIGHBORHOOD, I KNOW THAT SEVERAL FOLKS, I DON’T KNOW IF HE’S STILL HERE, SEVERAL FOLKS HAD COME TO PSTA ON YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD’S HALF AND THAT’S THE GROUP THAT REALLY WOULD MAKE THOSE KIND OF DECISIONS. THREE OF US ARE THERE ON THAT BOARD, AND WE EXPRESSED SOME CONCERNS TO OUR STAFF THERE, AND SUPPOSEDLY THEY TOLD US THEY’RE WORKING ON A SOLUTION TO HELP FOLKS GET TO THE BUS STOP FROM WAY BACK IN THE COMMUNITY, WHERE IT IS A LONG WALK. SO, BUT PSTA IS THE BOARD THAT SOME OF YOUR COHORTS WENT TO, AND HAVE STARTED TO GET THE BALL ROLLING. SO STAY TUNED. HOPEFULLY WE’LL START SOLVING SOME OF THOSE ISSUES. BUT DON’T HESITATE TO COME TO THAT PSTA BOARD MEETING. AND LET US KNOW IN THE FUTURE. IN MY V.A. COMMUNITY WHICH I BELONG TO I JUST REALLY JUST REAL QUICKLY, I DON’T KNOW THAT I’VE DONE THIS BEFORE BUT I JUST REALLY WANTED TO READ WHAT I CONSIDER THE PURPOSE OF THAT GROUP. IT’S JUST THREE THINGS, FOUR THINGS. CREATE DIRECT AND OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION WITHIN THE COMMUNITY TO SERVE AS AN EARLY WARNING SYSTEM AND ENABLE LOCAL RESPONSIVENESS TO VETERAN ISSUES. TWO, CREATE FORUMS FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EFFORTS CAN LEARN ABOUT EACH OTHER AND WORK TOGETHER TO ENHANCE THE EFFECTIVENESS AND IMPROVE VETERAN OUTCOMES. THREE IMPROVE VETERAN OUTCOMES BY CONNECTING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE RESOURCES AND CAPABILITIES. AND LASTLY, ENABLE VETERANS TO EASILY IDENTIFY AND REACH ALL THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THEM, VOICE THEIR OPINIONS, AND PROVIDE VALUABLE INPUT. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I THINK THE BOARD IS DOING SOME REALLY AMAZING WORK. AND ONE OF THESE DAYS I HOPE WE CAN BRING THEM IN FOR A SHORT PRESENTATION. I KNOW TAMPA BAY WATER EXECUTIVE MEETING THIS MONTH. THE TMA WE HAD A LITTLE DISCUSSION, THE HIGHLIGHT WAS WE HAD THE SENATOR THERE AND HE WAS ABLE TO AT LEAST ENGAGE US IN SOME CONVERSATION ABOUT THE STATE’S THOUGHTS ABOUT MPOs, ABOUT TRANSIT IN THE AREA, AND SO THE TAKEAWAY FROM ALL OF THAT IS THAT WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO HAVE ONE OF THOSE OFFICIALS AT EACH OF OUR MEETINGS. SO IT’S BETTER, I THINK IT WILL TO TALLAHASSEE FOLKS.TO THE — – LET’S SEE. PINELLAS SCHOOL COLLABORATIVE IS NEXT MONTH. JUST HAD A COUPLE PERSONAL COMMENTS. NO BIG DEAL. I WANTED TO THANK COMMISSIONER PETERS FOR THE INCREDIBLE EFFORT HER AND YOUR OFFICE HAS DONE ON THE YAC EFFORT AND GETTING FOLKS INTERESTED. IT’S JUST REALLY WONDERFUL AND LOOKING FORWARD TO HOW WE BRING THAT IN FOR A LANDING. BUT THANK YOU FOR THAT EFFORT. CNCN, WHICH IS THE COUNTY OF NORTH COUNTY NEIGHBORHOODS HAS A TRANSPORTATION FORUM THIS MONDAY AT 7:00. AT THE HARBOR HALL IN DOWNTOWN PALM HARBOR TO TALK ABOUT, I THINK BARRY’S GOING TO BE THERE TALKING. SO, GET A CHANCE TO MEET OUR COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR, AND HEAR HIM TALK ABOUT MANY OF THE DIFFERENT TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS THAT ARE GOING ON. AND JUST TWO THINGS LEFT. ONE IS I WANTED TO COMMEND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS OF PINELLAS COUNTY. THEY’RE A NONPROFIT FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTER THAT HAS 13 HEALTH CENTERS IN OUR COUNTY AND BEEN RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY FROM A NATIONAL — ALL OF THEM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AS ONE OF THE TOP SEVEN MOST COST EFFICIENT ONES IN THE COUNTRY. RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD, SO I REALLY WANTED TO COMMEND THE MANAGEMENT TEAM AND ALL THE FOLKS THAT BRING HEALTH SERVICES TO THE RESIDENTS OF PINELLAS COUNTY. AND THEN FINALLY I JUST WANTED TO, I’M SURE THERE WILL BE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR THIS, BUT TO THANK CLARETHA FOR AN AMAZING CAREER HERE. AND HER 26 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COUNTY. AND WISH YOU SO MUCH HAPPINESS, AND GOOD HEALTH IN THE NEXT DAYS OF YOUR LIFE AFTER YOU RETIRE. WHAT DAY?>>CLARETHA HARRIS: SEPTEMBER 26th.>>DAVE EGGERS: SO IT’S COMING AROUND THE CORNER. THANK YOU CLARETHA. AND THANK YOU FOR THE EXTENDED TIME. APPRECIATE IT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISSIONER GERARD?>>PAT GERARD: C-SPIN BOARD IS WORKING ON AN RFP FOR A NEW LEGAL FIRM. I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS. YES. THE FINAL PIECE OF THE PUZZLE, I THINK. LET’S SEE, JDAI HADN’T HAD A MEETING IN AWHILE, BUT THEY’RE STILL TRYING TO INCREASE UTILIZATION OF THE EVENING REPORTING CENTER. WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THAT FOR A YEAR AND A HALF. WITH NO SOLUTIONS YET, BY THE WAY. CHILD CARE LICENSE BOARD MET LAST NIGHT, HAD MANY, MANY CHANGES TO THE REGULATIONS FOR BOTH FAMILY DAY CARE HOMES, AND CENTERS, AND I THINK IT’S AMAZING THAT IF YOU EVER LOOKED AT THE REGS FOR THE CHILD CARE CENTERS, IT’S MIND BLOWING. AND SO THERE HAD TO BE AT LEAST 100 CHANGES, JUST THIS YEAR. LITTLE THINGS. YOU KNOW. BUT THEY DO A GREAT JOB OF COMMUNICATING THAT OUT. AND WE GO BEYOND THOSE STANDARDS EVEN IN PINELLAS COUNTY STILL. GOD BLESS ANYBODY THAT HAS A DAY CARE HOME OR CENTER. IT’S INCREDIBLE THAT YOU CAN EVEN MEET ALL THOSE STANDARDS. OR REMEMBER THEM ALL AT ONCE. PUBLIC SAFETY COORDINATING COUNCIL MET. WE HAD A PRESENTATION ON HOW DRUGS ARE GETTING INTO THE COUNTRY, AND BASICALLY WHICH DRUGS COME FROM WHERE. VERY INTERESTING. AND I WANTED TO THANK DEBORAH BARRY FOR ALWAYS LINING UP INTERESTING PRESENTATIONS FOR THAT GROUP. I DON’T KNOW WHERE SHE GETS THEM. BUT IT’S KIND OF A FUN THING. AND ALSO, I JUST AS AN ISSUE, I’D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE THING ABOUT PROPERTY LIENS, AND YOU KNOW, NEW OWNERS OF PROPERTIES, AND WHAT KIND OF FORGIVENESS PROGRAMS DO WE HAVE, IF ANY? BECAUSE I THINK IT’S A DISCOURAGING SORT OF THING OR COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO MAKE THE NEXT OWNER PAY AMAZING LEVELS OF FINES. I MEAN, IN FACT, WE HAVE ONE RIGHT NOW WHO IS WANTING TO DO AFFORDABLE HOUSING, AND HAS $2 MILLION BARRIER FROM THE PREVIOUS OWNER. SO IT’S LIKE, WHAT ARE WE DOING? YOU KNOW, ARE WE EVER GOING TO GET THAT MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE? AND, DO WE WANT TO SEE PROPERTIES REDEVELOPED OR NOT? YOU KNOW. SO I’D LIKE TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. I THINK THAT’S — BARRY DID LET ME KNOW THAT THEY HAD — THAT BLAKE HAD TRIED TO MEET WITH YOU ALL SEVERAL TIMES TO TALK ABOUT THE LIENS, BUT THIS PROBABLY NEEDS TO BE A WIDER DISCUSSION BY US.>>PAT GERARD: IT’S A POLICY ISSUE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: HIS HANDS ARE PROBABLY TIED THIS FAR. AND THAT KIND OF, BARRY AND I HAVEN’T FINISHED THIS DISCUSSION, BUT RECENTLY SOMEONE CAME TO MEET WITH ME, AND HE PURCHASED A HOME WHERE THE PREVIOUS OWNERS AND EVERYONE ON THE BLOCK LET THE SWALES, THE DRAINAGE SWALES ALL FILL IN. AND SO, THEY ARE NOW HAVING FLOODING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, BECAUSE — AND THIS GUY SAYS I JUST BOUGHT THE HOUSE, AND I WAS ALREADY TOLD, AND YOU KNOW, THAT I HAVE TO GO PUT IN SWALES. AND I DROVE OUT, LOOKED AT THE PROPERTY, AND IT’S GOING TO BE A PRETTY DIFFICULT THING TO ACCOMPLISH. SO, YOU KNOW, SO I THINK WE HAVE A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT, YOU KNOW, HOMEOWNERS ENCOUNTER THAT WE HAVE TO MAYBE HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT. BUT I’M — BUT WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO BE MINDFUL OF USING TAXPAYER MONEY ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND WE’VE HAD SOME DISCUSSIONS WHERE NEW HOMES ARE BEING BUILT UNDER NEW CODES NEXT TO OLDER HOMES, ELEVATED.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: RIGHT.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND ALL OF A SUDDEN, THEY’RE GETTING A LOT OF THE RUNOFF. EVEN THOUGH IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF IN SOME WAY, WE’VE GOT TO FIGURE THAT OUT, TOO. AND I’M NOT SURE WHAT THE ANSWERS ARE THERE. BUT IT DOES CREATE PROBLEMS FOR NEIGHBORS. AND WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE THAT NEXT GENERATION TO LIFT THEM UP A LITTLE BIT, BUT BOY, IN THE MEANTIME. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT WITH THE MOBILE HOME PARK. REMEMBER.>>BARRY BURTON: THAT WILL BE COMING BACK.>>DAVE EGGERS: WHERE YOU HAD THESE.>>BARRY BURTON: THERE’S MORE THERE. BUT WE CERTAINLY ARE GOING TO BRING THAT BACK TO UP FOR A >>AND YOU KNOW BARRY AND I HAVR THAT POOL OF WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING OR NOT DOING AND WHAT KIND OF PRECEDENT DOES IT SET. OKAY. ANYTHING ELSE, COMMISSIONER GERARD? OKAY, VERY GOOD. COMMISSIONER JUSTICE.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. HOMELESS LEADERSHIP BOARD, PSTA, AND TAMPA BAY ESTUARY ARE ALL IN VARIOUS STAGES OF EITHER PASSING OR GOING THROUGH THE STAGES OF PASSING OUR ANNUAL BUDGETS. SO THOSE WILL COME IN FOR A LANDING PRETTY SOON. THAT’S REALLY ALL I HAVE AS FAR AS OUR COMMITTEES. WITH THE ESTUARY PROGRAM, I WAS HAPPY TO ATTEND WITH OUR DIRECTOR MR. SHERWOODISM IT WAS ANNOUNCED THE FLOOR — FLORIDA GULF COAST IS A MISSION BLUE HOPE SPOT. MISSION BLUE IS A WORLDWIDE ORGANIZATION LED BY DR. SYLVIA EARLA WHO IS THE FIRST WOMAN OWNER OF NOAH. DYNOSIA. JUST AS IMPORTANT SHE GREW UP IN DUNEDIN, FLORIDA, AND HAS HAD A REMARKABLE CAREER IN LEADING THIS ORGANIZATION. BUT BY DESIGNATING THE GULF COAST AS A MISSION BLUE HOPE SPOT, IT BRINGS A LOT OF ATTENTION AND FOCUS TO THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT SOME OF US A LOT OF US HAVE WORKED TO CREATE TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE GULF COAST AND THE ESTUARY PROGRAM SO WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT. HAD AN OPPORTUNITY LAST WEEK TO ATTEND AN EVENT WITH CALLED WHISKEY AND WAR STORIES WHICH WAS AN EVENT TO SUPPORT RISE STN ORGANIZATION WORKING TO INSTALL A BEAM FROM THE WORLD TRADE CENTER AT THE WAREHOUSE ARTS DISTRICT IN ST. PETERSBURG, AND THE FUND-RAISER THAT NIGHT HAD A GUEST SPEAKER SCOTT NEIL WHO IS ONE OF THE 12 HORSE SOLDIERS FIRST INTO AFGHANISTAN AFTER 911. HE AND SOME OF HIS RETIREDDED COHEARTS HAVE STARTED THE AMERICAN — COHORTS HAVE STARTED THE AMERICAN DISTILLERY AND IS ALREADY PRODUCING WORLD RECORD BREAKING BOURBON AND WE’LL HAVE A TASTING ROOM IN ST. PETERSBURG COMING SOON SO THAT’S EXCITING NEWS FOR US. [LAUGHTER] SEVERAL OF US HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE REMEMBER HONOR SUPPORT EVENT WEDNESDAY, WANTED TO CONGRATULATE JOE BROWER, THE GREAT ORGANIZATION HUGE EVENT, HUGE TURNOUT THERE, SPECIAL EVENT. THEY RAISED NEARLY $600,000 TO GIVE BACK TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SINCE THEIR INCEPTION JUST SIX YEARS AGO, SO THEY’RE DOING A LOT OF GREAT WORK. AND THEN JUST THE LAST THING IS TO SAVE THE DATE, OCTOBER 11th, IS OUR NEXT FARM SHARE AND WE’LL GET YOU MORE DETAILS ON THAT. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY, COMMISSIONER PETERS.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. YOU KNOW, THERE’S A COUPLE OF PEOPLE I REALLY WANT TO THANK. THE REDINGTON LONG PIER, WE DON’T TALK ABOUT IT MUCH BUTS IT’S A BIG ISSUE. WITH THE HURRICANE SEASON COMING UP, IT’S FALLEN APART IN THE LAST STORM AND IT’S CONTINUING TO DEGRADE BUT THE QUESTION IS WHO’S RESPONSIBLE, AND I’LL TELL YOU, JEWEL AND, YOU KNOW, THE COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SELDOM GETS ACCOLADES, SO BRAVO TO YOU GUYS. YOU WORKED REALLY, REALLY HARD, AND ESPECIALLY JARED AND BRANDON IN DRIVING THE BUS TO FIND OUT WHO’S RESPONSIBLE. SO IT’S FINALLY BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS RESPONSIBLE, AND THEY DO HAVE THE ABILITY TO DEMO THE BRIDGE OR THE PIER, AND WE DON’T HAVE A TIMELINE FOR WHEN THEY WILL DO THAT, BUT AT LEAST WE NOW HAVE CLARITY ON WHO HAS THE ABILITY AND THE RIGHT TO DO THAT. SO I JUST WANT TO, YOU KNOW, CONGRATULATE YOU GUYS FOR DOING REALLY GOOD WORK AND THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. HOPEFULLY WE’LL GET ON THEM AND MAYBE URGE THEM A LITTLE STRONGER TO START DEMOING SOONER BEFORE ANOTHER STORM COMES. YOU KNOW, BURY AND LOURDES ALL DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB WITH HURRICANE DORIAN, SO THANK YOU SO MUCH. GRATEFULLY YOU KNOW WE DODGED A BULLET ON THAT ONE, BUT FIRST TIME OUT, YOU DID REALLY GOOD. SO AT LEAST I WAS TOLD. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU GUYS. AND I ALSO WANT TO THANK KELLY LEVY AND HER TEAM BECAUSE THEY PRESENTED TO A SMALL GROUP OF TERAA VERDE ABOUT THE RESEARCH WE ARE DOING ON SHELL KEY AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY YEARS, THE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM REALLY FELT SATISFIED THAT THE COUNTY IS REALLY DOING GOOD WORK. AND IT WAS REALLY AMAZING SO THE BIGGEST NAYSAYERS KIND OF FELT REALLY, REALLY GOOD SO SHE DID A REALLY OUTSTANDING JOB ON OUR TEAM AND THE DATA THAT WILL BE PRESENTED. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE FINAL REPORT BUT IT WAS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD JOB SO I JUST WANTED TO SHOUT OUT TO THEM. OUR STAFF WORKED REALLY, REALLY HARD AND SO I JUST WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEM WHEN I NOTICE IT. THE YAK APPLICANTS. WE GOT 32 APPLICANTS. WE CAN ONLY HAVE 25. SO WE HAVE THE HORRIBLE JOB OF PICKING SOME THAT CAN’T PARTICIPATE, WHICH WE’RE KIND OF SAD ABOUT THAT. HOWEVER, YOU WILL VOTE ON THEM ON SEPTEMBER 24th, SO ASHLEY WILL SEND OUT ALL OF THEIR RESUMES AND APPLICATIONS FOR YOU ALL TO REVIEW, AND YOU CAN GO THROUGH THE PAINSTAKING PROCESS OF PICKING OUT 25 OF 32. SO ANYWAYS, THEY ALL WERE REALLY GREAT, AND I THINK THAT OPEN HOUSE TURNED OUT REALLY, REALLY NICE. I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF UNDERMEDIA ROOM. THEY DID A REALLY GOOD GREAT AND TOURED THE ROOM AND HIGHLIGHTED WHAT GOES ON HERE SO THANK YOU TO THEM AS WELL. ALSO, I’M PASSED OUT, I WAS AT THE FUSION MEETING TODAY, AND YOU KNOW I AM ALWAYS GOING TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THIS TO YOU. THE FIRST GRAPH THAT Y’ALL GOARE GOING TO SEE, THE RED BAR IS ONLY 11 MONTHS OF THIS FISCAL YEAR, SO WE HAVE ANOTHER MONTH TO REPORT. AND IF YOU TAKE A LOOK, FISCAL YEAR 10 AND 11, FISCAL YEAR 10 IS WHEN YOU ALL DID THE PILL MILL BAN. AND THEN IN 11, YOU HAD TO REDO THAT BAN BECAUSE PEOPLE GOT CREATIVE ON HOW TO GET AROUND YOUR LANGUAGE. SO WE WERE AT A REAL CRISIS BACK IN 2011, AND IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT 2018-19, I JUST KIND OF WANT TO KNOW, WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW WHERE WE’RE AT. TO ME THAT BAR LOOKS LIKE WE’VE GOT ANOTHER CRISIS COMING. AND I KNOW WE’RE WORKING ON IT. AND I KNOW WE’RE DOING GOOD THINGS, BUT I JUST WANT YOU TO BE AWARE BECAUSE I DON’T THINK IT’S REALLY BEING TALKED ABOUT ENOUGH. THE SECOND PAGE OF THAT GRAPH IS I THOUGHT IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT AND WHAT IS ON THE ROUND CIRCLES AND I SUPPOSE I SHOULD HAVE ASHLEY PUT THIS UP, WHAT’S ON THE ROUND CIRCLES ARE THE ZIP CODES. AND YOU GOT FOUR YEARS OF WHERE OUR 9-1-1 CALLS ARE GOING IN ZIP CODES AND SO IF YOU JUST LOOK AT THE RIGHT SIDE OF THAT WHERE THE BIG WIDE BAR IS, 33713, 33714 IT’S EASIER TO SEE THAT ONE, THAT’S WHY I PICKED IT OUT BUT YOU CAN SEE THE BLUE LINE WAS FISCAL 15-16 I BELIEVE AND THEN THE RED LINE AND YOU CAN SEE HOW IT’S CONTINUING IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE SAME ZIP CODES GETTING WORSE AND GETTING WORSE AND GETTING WORSE AND GETTING WORSE. SO WE KNOW WHERE TO TARGET IN THIS GROUP IS DOING A GREAT JOB. I CAN TELL YOU OUR UNDERCOVER OFFICERS AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SHERIFF ARE GETTING REALLY CREATIVE AND THEY’RE TALKING TOGETHER AND THEY’RE ECONOMIC UP WITH STRATEGIES — THEY’RE COMING UP WITH STRATEGIES ON STOPPING WHAT’S COMING IN, BUTS I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS WORTH SHOWING YOU ALL. YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE TRANSPORTS ARE COMING FROM ON THE THIRD PAGE. JUST TO KIND OF GIVE YOU AN IDEA, YOU EXPECT THE BIG CITIES TO HAVE BIG NUMBERS, BUT BASED ON POPULATION, BUT I JUST, I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS WORTH, YOU KNOW, THIS IS FRESH OFF THE PRESS THIS MORNING. AND I THOUGHT IT WAS WORTH SHARING WITH ALL OF YOU JUST THE NUMBERS. TO ME IT’S VERY SOBERING, AND I REALLY THINK THAT BARRY AND HIS TEAM HAVE GOT A GOOD PLAN ON HOW TO, YOU KNOW, HOW WE CAN USE DATA TO ATTACK THIS AND USE AN APPROACH ON IT. SO I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RFIs AND THE WORK THAT THEY’VE SENT OUT ALREADY. SO I JUST WANTED TO KEEP YOU UPDATED SO THANKS FOR INDULGING ME. LASTLY, I WILL MISS OUR MEETING NEXT WEEK. THE GATES FOUNDATION AND THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES IS HAVING THEIR NEXT MEETING IN MINNEAPOLIS, SO I’LL BE IN MINNEAPOLIS NEXT WEEK. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT WE’LL BE LOOKING AT. IT’S MOSTLY POVERTY AND HOW YOU CAN MOVE PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY IS GOING TO BE THE TOPIC NEXT WEEK IN MINNEAPOLIS, AND I’LL REPORT THAT WHEN I COME BACK. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISS.>>KENNETH WELCH: THANK YOU. THAT’S INTERESTING. I’LL BE IN MINNEAPOLIS AS WELL.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: ST. PAUL>>KENNETH WELCH: A BENCHMARKING TRIP NEXT TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY.>>KATHLEEN PETERS: I GOT THEIR AGENDA.>>KENNETH WELCH: ARE YOU, SO ON THE YAK, AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT JOB YOU ARE DOING THERE. ARE YOU SET ON 25 AS A MANAGEABLE NUMBER, OR WOULD YOU BE OKAY WITH 32? BECAUSE I REMEMBER WE HAD THIS PROBLEM BEFORE, AND WE JUST INCREASED THE NUMBER. SO IS IT A MANAGEMENT ISSUE OR?>>>SO I BELIEVE IN YOUR ORDINANCE IT SAYS 25, SO THAT’S KIND OF THE RULE. AND IF YOU WANT — I KNOW, ASHLEY IS GOING TO HANDLE A LOT OF THIS AND IF IT WERE UP TO ME I WOULD TAKE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. THE QUESTION IS HOW DO WE MANAGE THEM WHEN WE DO THE TOUR. CAN WE MANAGE 32 OR 33 OF THEM?>>I WAS GOING TO SAY, ASHLEY — COMMISSIONER PETERS OFFICE, — [INAUDIBLE] WHEN IT CAME OUT A COUPLE WEEKS AGO, COMMISSIONER EGGERS THANK AND SPEAKING TO THE KIDS AS WELL. COMMISSIONER PETERS AND I HAVE TOURED MANY DEPARTMENTS OF THE COUNTY IN THE LAST EIGHT OR NINE MONTHS. AND I CAN’T IMAGINE 32 KIDS BEHIND ME ON THOSE TOURS, SO FOR THE, FOR THE QUALITY OF THE PROGRAM, –>>KENNETH WELCH: SO IT’S A MANAGEMENT ISSUE, THE NUMBER.>>I WOULD SAY SO, YEAH.>>KENNETH WELCH: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.>>JANET LONG: CAN I JUST SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THAT, THOUGH? EXPECT? SOME DROP-OFF.>>AND I EXPECT THE DROPOFFS. WE’VE BEEN WRESTLING WITH THAT BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN SUSPECTING WE WOULD LOSE TWO TO FOUR IN THE JEER. YEAR IS THAT WHAT YOU EXPERIENCE OR IS IT MORE?>>PROBABLY MORE.>>YOU KNOW, WE’RE HOPING TO HAVE REAL QUALITY OPPORTUNITIES SO THAT MAYBE THEY WON’T DROP OFF BUT I DO EXPECT SOME DROP-OFF, AND SO YOU KNOW, IF YOU ALL WANT TO, YOU KNOW, LEAN TOWARDS MORE, I MENIAL THEY’LL OPEN TO THAT. ME, THE MORE THE MERRIER. I JUST KNOW IT WILL BE MORE CHALLENGING WITH LOGISTICS WHEN WE GET EVERY ONE OF THEM TO SHOW UP BUT I DO KNOW THEY WON’T SHOW UP AT EVERY SINGLE MEETING.>>SOMETIMES THEY SIGN UP AND THEN THEY DON’T REALIZE HOW BUSY THEY ARE GOING TO BE DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, AND SO THEY END UP NOT BEING ABLE TO DO IT. BUT YEAH.>>KENNETH WELCH: DO YOU KNOW OFF HAND HOW MANY ARE RETURNING?>>THERE ARE THREE RETURNING. SO ALL ALL WOULD BE FRESHMAN. THE VAST MAJORITY ARE 10th GREAT.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY. ALL RIGHT.>>DAVE EGGERS: I MEAN, AGAIN, I JUST WANTED TO TAKE MY HAT OFF TO THE WORK YOU GUYS HAVE DONE TO GET THAT NUMBER. YEAH I WOULD ALMOST LIKE — YOU KNOW, IT’S SO — YOU WORK SO IS HARD TO GET PEOPLE ENTRUSTED IN THE PROGRAM OR ANY, GETTING ENGAGED IN GOVERNMENT FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, AND THEN WHEN WE DO WE TELL THEM WE DON’T HAVE A SPOT. SO EVEN IF WE CAME TO A POINT WHERE WE COULD CALL THEM ALTERNATES, THE ONES THAT AREN’T PICKED AND THEN THERE IS GOING TO BE DROP YEAHOFF YOU CAN START ADDING THEM IN. I WOULD SUSPECT OUT OF 32, YOU’RE PROBABLY GOING TO LOSE NI –FIVE OR SIX, BUT I’M NOT TG TO BE NEGATIVE ABOUT IT IT’S JUST KIND OF NORMAL. SO MAYBE WE CAN DO THAT. MAYBE WE CAN IDENTIFY ALTERNATES. I DON’T KNOW IF THE ORDINANCE KEEPS US FROM DOING THAT.>>WELL MY HANDY HELPING OUT IN THE AUDIENCE HAS E-MAILED ME YOUR RESOLUTION ANDTIC LOOS LIKE JUST BACK — AND IT LOOKS LIKE BACK IN 2014, YOU INCREASED THE LIMIT FROM 15 TO 25. SO IF THIS IS A POTENTIAL TREND TLOOKS LIKE THAT IT HAS BEEN TRENDING UP YOU ALL COULD EASILY CHANGE THIS IF YOU WANTED TO OR TALK IN TERMS OF ALTERNATE, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE IT WOULD BE SOMETHING MUCH EASIER TO MODIFY THAN AN ORDINANCE WOULD BE.>>DAVE EGGERS: PERFECT, THANK YOU. THANK YOU.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO WHEN DOES THAT COME TO US?>>SEPTEMBER 25TH.>>KENNETH WELCH: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.>>SURE.>>KENNETH WELCH: I JUST, I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU SAY NO TO ONE OF THOSE KIDS. [LAUGHTER] BUT YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE ALL THE EXTRA WORK.>>KENNETH WELCH: SO I WANT TO THANK, IF I CAN GET MY TECHNOLOGY WORKING, NO COMMENT, COMMISSIONER JUSTICE. I WANT TO THANK COMMISSIONER PETERS FOR ARRANGING US TO ATTEND THE 9-11 BREAKFAST YESTERDAY, THE REMEMBER, HONOR, SUPPORT. THAT WAS A GREAT BREAKFAST AND JUST AS COMMISSIONER EGGERS SAID, IT REMINDED US OF WHAT WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE AS A NATION. FORWARD PINELLAS, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR AN EFFICIENT MEETING, COMMISSIONER EGGERS, YESTERDAY. IT WAS INTERESTING AS WE CAME OUT OF THAT MEETING, THOUGH, YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THE WALLET HUB SURVEY OF THE TOP 100 CITIES IN AMERICA IN TERMS OF TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AND TAMPA ST. PETE CAME IN 98th AND 99th OUT OF 100. THEY CAME OUT YESTERDAY AFTER OUR MEETING. AND IT WAS BASED ON ACCESSIBILITY, CONVENIENCE, SAFETY, RELIABILITY, AND RESOURCES. SO THAT TAKES US RIGHT TO THE CONVERSATION WE’LL HAVE SOON ABOUT JOBS, HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, HOW THEY ALL TIE TOGETHER. WE DID TALK ABOUT THAT YESTERDAY AS WELL. SO I’M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT CONVERSATION. I KNOW, BURY, YOU’VE DONE A LOT OF WORK WITH PSTA AND WITH FORWARD PINELLAS ON THAT AND LISTENING TO OUR PARTNERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY, SO THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOU’VE BEEN DOING THERE. THIS MORNING THE FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE MET. WE APPROVED NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET $5 MILLION BUDGET. ALL THE TRENDS ARE POSITIVE THERE. AND WE DO HAVE A $1 MILLION COMMITMENT IN RESERVES FOR ADDRESSING POLICY ISSUES AND WE SHOULD’VE RECEIVED OUR ALLOCATION FROM FAC. SO I WOULD LIKE TO GET AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE ON THAT FUTURE MEETINGS, THE CREATIVE PINELLAS BOARD WILL HAVE A RETREAT THIS FRIED. IT’LL BE MY FIRST RETREAT WITH CREATIVE PINELLAS. LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. OUR COMPLETE COUNT SUBCOMMITTEES HAVE BEEN MEETING, AND WE’LL HAVE A FULL COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 25TH AT THE EPICENTER. SO WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. AND SOME FINAL TH THANKS. THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE MY FACEBOK FRIENDS KNOW LAST FRIDAY I HAD SOME EXCITEMENT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. UNFORTUNATELY DOWN BY THE ST. PETE COUNTRY CLUB, SAW SOME CARS RACING THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND NOT FIVE MINUTES LATER, THE SUSPECTS WERE CAUGHT TWO BLOCKS AWAY. CLAIRE RUTH IS A NEIGHBOR OF MINE SO SHE MAY HAVE SEEN SOME OF THIS. ONE OF THE CARS ENDED UP IN A POND ON THE GOLF COURSE, AGAIN STOLEN CARS, THE AUTO THEFT ISSUE WE HAVE SEEN, BUT THE VIOLENT CRIME TASK FORCE ARE THE OFFICERS THAT APPREHENDE THE SUSPECTS HAD A CHANCE TO TALK WITH SOME OF THOSE DEPUTIES, AND THEY DID A FANTASTIC JOB. SO JUST WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THE JOB THEY’RE DOING. BURY AND CATHY AND YOUR TEAM, I KNOW CATHY HAD TO LEAVE, Y’ALL DID A FANTASTIC JOB. NOW YOU HAVE A FLORIDA HURRICANE UNDER YOUR BELT AS ADMINISTRATOR. THAT WAS QUICK. SO CONGRATULATIONS.>>PRACTICE RUN.>>KENNETH WELCH: WELL, THERE IS A — I JUST WATCHED CHARLIE JUSTICE’S FACEBOOK FEED. HE TELLS US WHAT’S COMING, SO APPARENTLY THERE IS ANOTHER ONE HEADING OUR WAY, A, WHAT IS IT AT THIS POINT, DO YOU KNOW? NOT EVEN A DEPRESSION.>>IT’S A THING.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY, IT’S A THING OUT THERE, DON’T GET TECHNICAL. AND WANTED TO THANK COMMISSIONER EGGERS AGAIN FOR YOUR WORDS OF INSPIRATION YESTERDAY. AND FORWARD PINELLAS AND THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR FOR HAVING HIM REPEAT THAT TODAY. I THINK IT WAS VERY APPROPRIATE. AND FINALLY, TO CLARETHA, IS THIS YOUR LAST MEETING WITH US>>YES, IT IS.>>KENNETH WELCH: I ECHO, COMMISSIONER EGGERS. YOU HAVE BEEN THE VERY EXAMPLE OF PUBLIC SERVICE. YOU’VE BEEN HERE SINCE THE DAY I CAME ON BOARD 19 YEARS AGO; AND JUST OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONALISM, STEWARDSHIP, AND A COMMAND COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT ALWAYS. AND YOUR LEADERSHIP ON HUGE ISSUES LIKE — YOU’RE NOT LEAVING JUST SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THE NEXT OPUS, I’M SURE.>>NO, THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. [LAUGHTER]>>KENNETH WELCH: BUT JUST A GREAT JOB. YOU WILL BE MISSED, BUTS I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING THE EXAMPLE OF PUBLIC SERVICE, CLAREGHTA, IT’S BEEN AN HONOR TO WORK WITH YOU.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT’S BEEN MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO WORK HERE FOR 26 YEARS.>>KENNETH WELCH: AWESOME JOB. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THANK YOU AND I WENT OVER AND MENTIONED THAT I HAVE A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR HER, BUT DOING IT AT THE 6:00 MEETING.>>KENNETH WELCH: OKAY, AWESOME.>>DAVE EGGERS: QUESTION FOR KEN. ON THE, THIS CENSUS WORK THAT IS GOING TO BE STARTING AND THEN COMPLETED, WE HAD SOME, SEEMS LIKE WE HAD SOME ITEMS THAT WE VOTED ON IN THE LAST ELECTION THAT WERE GOING TO NEED SOME WORK AFTER THE NEXT CENSUS, AND LIKE I DON’T REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS. WAS IT REDISTRICTING OR IS THAT JUST NATURALLY DONE?>>IT’S ALWAYS DONE.>>KENNETH WELCH: YEAH, THAT HAPPENS AFTER EVERY CENSUS.>>DAVE EGGERS: BUT IT SEEMED LIKE THERE WERE ONE OR TWO ITEMS WE WERE GOING TO WAIT AND DEAL WITH THAT AFTER THE –>>KENNETH WELCH: COMES BACK TO YOU –>>DAVE EGGERS: I’LL TRY TO FIND THAT AND SEND IT TO YOU. STEEL TRAP HERE. NOT.>>KENNETH WELCH: WELL, THAT GIVES ME AN OPPORTUNITY, MADAM CHAIR, IF I COULD, I JUST WANT TO THANK COREY GRAY FROM PLANNING AND JOSH BOATWRIGHTE FROM MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE GREAT JOB THEY HAVE DONE MOVING US FORWARD. WE HAVE A WEB SITE PINELLAS’ COUNTY.ORG/2020CENSUS. YOU CAN SEE THE SUBCOMMITTEES, QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CENSUS. IT WILL BE DIGITAL FIRST, SO FOLKS WILL GET SOMETHING IN THE MAIL AND THEY’LL BE DIRECTED TO AN ONLINE SITE TO COMPLETE THE CENSUS. IF THEY’RE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THAT, THEY’LL BE MAILED AND THEN FINALLY FOLKS IN PERSON GOING DOOR TO DOOR BUT IT WILL BE, DIGITAL FIRST AND THAT’S A FIRST FOR OUR CENSUS IN AMERICA. LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. THAT’LL BE IN MARCH.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: GREAT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THAT. OKAY. I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU A BRIEF UPDATE ON IF SOMEONE CAN PUT THESE ON FOR EVERYBODY TO SEE. THIS IS THE TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, AND THANK YOU. THAT WAS THE MAIN ONE. AND THEN THIS WILL BE SECOND. AND OUR MEETING AUGUST 21st WE HAD TAMPA INTERNATIONAL PRESENT AND FROM 2010 TO 2019, THEIR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS HAVE INCREASED 157%. SO THAT’S REALLY GREAT NEWS. THEIR AIRPORT PRODUCES $3 BILLION IN TAX REVENUES, AND THAT EQUATES TO SAVING THE TAXPAYER ABOUT, THAT’S NOT WRITTEN.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: $1500 PE R TAXPAYER. THEY’RE LOOKING AT, AND WORKING ON POSSIBLE NEW AIR SERVICE, NOT YET. YOU CAN — [LAUGHTER] SORRY. TO BOGOTA, MEXICO CITY, LIMA, MANCHESTER, AND DUBLIN. SO THE AIRPORT’S DOING EXCEEDINGLY WELL, AND SO, IT WAS VERY INTERESTING MEETING. BUT WHAT I WANTED TO SHOW YOU IS THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME EVER THEY’RE STARTING TO COMPILE THIS INFORMATION, AND YOU CAN SEE THE OTHER MAJOR TOURISM COUNTIES, WE DID COLLECTIONS, WE WERE NUMBER TWO IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. SO AND YOU CAN SEE WE ALSO HAD A VERY NICE CHANGE WHEN, OKAY, I’M READY FOR THE SECOND. SORRY. I SHOULD’VE STARTED WITH THIS FIRST. RIGHT? OKAY. THEN THIS WAS THE LAST RECORDED COLLECTIONS FOR BED TAX, AND YOU CAN SEE THAT WE CONTINUE TO DO WELL OVER LAST YEAR. SO I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU A BRIEF REPORT SINCE I REALLY HADN’T DONE THAT FOR A WHILE FROM THE TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL. WE ALSO HAD AN ELITE, EXCUSE ME, CAPITAL FUNDING PROGRAM COMMIT A MEETING AND THE COMMITTEE REVIEWED TAMPA BAY WATCH, ST. PETERSBURG MUSEUM OF HISTORY, AND THE DALI MUSEUM AND THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE COMING TO US AS THE COUNTY COMMISSION AT A FUTURE BOARD MEETING. BUT THEY ALL WENT OVER THE 700 MARK. AVERAGE. OKAY, YES.>>DAVE EGGERS: JUST A QUICK QUESTION ON THE FIRST SLIDE THAT YOU HAD THAT SHOWED, IT LOOKS LIKE FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA, DECLINED.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: IT DID.>>DAVE EGGERS: ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: NOT.>>DAVE EGGERS: AND HOW THAT COMPARED TO THE YEAR BEFORE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: SOME OF IT WAS REALLY DUE TO THE PANHANDLE AND YOU KNOW THE LEFTOVER FROM MICHAEL, THE HURRICANE. DANA YOUNG DID ALSO COME TO THE MEETING AND DID A VERY NICE PRESENTATION ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIPS AND EVERYTHING THAT THEY ARE DOING AT VISIT FLORIDA. SO SHE’S PUTTING IN MORE GOOGLE DMO SERVICES AND WANTED US, THEIR FOCUS IS ON DIGITAL, SOCIAL, AND FAMILIARIZATION TRIPS. SO THAT’S WHAT SHE’S HONING IN ON AS FAR AS THE FUTURE FOR VISIT FLORIDA. THEIR MARKETING PROGRAMS ARE KIND OF INDIFFERENT IDEAS, BUT MOSTLY YOU KNOW, LIKE ADVENTURE OR WINTERTIME OR EXPERIENCE, AND THEY’RE TRYING TO HIGHLIGHT SOME ECOTOURISM STUFF TOO AND REALLY ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO TRY DIFFERENT THINGS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA.>>DAVE EGGERS: I WAS AT THE ORLANDO AIRPORT FOR A CONFERENCE, AND WHEN YOU COME FROM THE PARKING INSIDE, BOTH OF THE BIG MAJOR ENTRY AREAS HAS A BIG WALL OF OUR BEACHES RIGHT THERE, SO PEOPLE COMING TO VISIT, YOU KNOW, DO THE DISNEY AND ALL OF THE THAT STUFF, THERE’S A CHOICE, YOU CAN GO WEST. IT WAS NEAT. IT WAS WELL DONE. NICE PIECE TO SEE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: I’M GLAD THAT YOU SAW THAT. IT’S BEEN MENTIONED BY SOME OF THE OTHER HOTELIERS THAT HAVE BEEN ON THE TOURISM COUNCIL HOW STRONG THE ORLANDO MARKET HAS BECOME, EVEN MORE SO SO WE ARE CONCENTRATING MORE EFFORTS ON THAT MARKET. YOU KNOW WE DID THAT MANY YEARS AGO, I REMEMBER THAT, COMMISSIONER WELCH, DON’T YOU?>>KENNETH WELCH: YEP.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THEN WE SORT OF WENT BACK TO, YOU KNOW, THE NORTHEAST AND INTERNATIONAL AND THE CANADIAN MARKETS, AND IF WE’RE ABLE TO CAPTURE THEM WHEN THEY COME TO ORLANDO, HOW PERFECT IS THAT?>>DAVE EGGERS: HUGE NUMBER IN ORLANDO.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THAT’S GREAT. THE ONLY OTHER THING FROM ME IS THAT I WANTED TO BRING UP THE CITIZENS TO BE HEARD. I JUST FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS, OR THIS IS NOT THE CHAIR’S DECISION WHERE THIS IS PLACED. THIS IS THE COUNTY COMMISSION’S DECISION. WE HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS. I BELIEVE WHEN IT WAS COMMISSIONER LONG WAS CHAIR, AND THAT’S KIND OF — IT’S NOT MY DECISION, AND I’M VERY HAPPY TO BRING IT UP BECAUSE I THINK IT’S, YOU KNOW, FAIR TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION AND, YOU KNOW, IF YOU ALL WANT TO MAKE A CHANGE, THEN WE WILL CERTAINLY DO THAT. AND SO, YES?>>I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A CHANGE TO THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING. WE TRIED IT ALL WAYS WHEN I WAS MAYOR, AND THE MOST ENCOURAGING WAY FOR THE PUBLIC IS TO DO IT AT A SPECIFIED TIME OR AT LEAST WITHIN A HALF AN HOUR OF WHEN WE START THE MEETING BECAUSE, I MEAN, PEOPLE COME HERE AND THEY SIT FOR HOURS WAITING FOR A CHANCE TO SPEAK, AND YOU KNOW, WE GET THE SAME PEOPLE. THE ONES WE DON’T NECESSARILY WANT TO HEAR FROM IN THE FIRST PLACE. HOWEVER, I THINK WE DISCOURAGE THE OTHER PEOPLE FROM COMING WHO HAVE TO WORK ALL DAY AND WHO CAN’T SIT HERE LITERALLY HALF A DAY TO WAIT TO SAY A THREE MINUTES’ WORTH OF YOU KNOW INPUT TO US. IF WE REALLY WANT THE PUBLIC’S INPUT, WE NEED TO MAKE IT A LITTLE EASIER FOR THEM I THINK. THAT’S MY OPINION. ALWAYS HAS BEEN MY OPINION ACTUALLY.>>DAVE EGGERS: IT’S ALWAYS BEEN MY OPINION TOO. I SHARE THAT COMPLETELY. I JUST THINK WE, WE’RE GOING THE WRONG DIRECTION TO TRY TO DICTATE A POLICY. I THINK WE GOT LOT OF FOLKS THAT JUST WANT TO COME IN HERE AND LET US KNOW WHAT THEY’RE THINKING AND FEELING. WE’RE TRYING TO ENCOURAGE THAT ACTIVITY, AND TO KNOW, HAVE A LITTLE MORE TIME CERTAIN, LISTEN TO OUR PRESENTATIONS AND ALL OF THAT, TO HEAR THE POSITIVE SIDE OF WHAT’S GOING ON AND THEN TALK TO US BEFORE WE CONDUCT THE REST OF THE MEETING, I THINK IS THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT THING TO DO AND SO I WOULD CERTAINLY LIKE TO SEE THAT TOO AND I THOUGHT IT WAS THE CHAIR’S PREROGATIVE. THAT’S WHY I’VE ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER YOU HAVE TO DEFER THAT, BUT FOR ME IT’S ALWAYS BEEN, IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THAT’S WHY I WANTED TO MAKE IT CLEAR. COMMISSIONER W WELCH.>>KENNETH WELCH: THERE WAS A SHOW, I CAN’T REMEMBER THE NAME OF IT, IT WAS POINT, COUNTERPOINT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I UNDERSTAND WHAT MY COLLEAGUES ARE SAYING AND I RESPECT AND THERE IS NO PERFECT SOLUTION, MADAM VICE CHAIR. BUT I DID THINK IT WAS THE CHAIR’S DECISION BECAUSE WE DID GO THROUGH THIS SEVERAL TIMES. THE PROBLEMS WE RAN INTO IS THAT FOLKS WHO ARE HERE FOR AGENDAED ITEMS WERE NOT BEING TREATED FAIRLY BECAUSE I CAN REMEMBER US WHEN WE GOT INTO THE MEOW NOW AND CAT COMMUNITY SHOWED UP AND SPOKE FOR AN HOUR, HOUR AND A HALF UNDER CITIZENS TO BE HEARD BEFORE WE COULD EVEN START THE MEETING. THAT HAPPENED A FEW TIMES. ALONG WITH SOME OF THE OTHER, YOU KNOW, SPEAKERS WHO WERE BASICALLY HARASSING US, NAME CALLING, THAT KIND OF THING. THAT’S WHEN WE DECIDED TO MOVE IT TO THE END OF THE MEETING, BUT ALSO WE SAID ANYONE THAT WANTED TO SPEAK TO AN AGENDA ITEM COULD SPEAK RIGHT AT THAT ITEM. SO IF YOU HAD AN AGENDA ITEM, YOU COULD SPEAK, IF IT’S TWO ON ONE FOR EXAMPLE YOU COULD SPEAK RIGHT THEN BECAUSE WE WANTED TO HAVE SOME BALANCE. SO YOU KNOW, I UNDERSTAND BOTH SIDES OF IT. AND I THINK WE WERE JUST GETTING THREE OR FOUR ABUSIVE PEOPLE, I MEAN, THAT WERE RACIAL EPITHETS, I WAS A VICTIM OF THAT, SEVERAL TIMES. THAT’S HOW BAD IT GOT. AND SO WE SAID LOOK WE’RE GOING TO MOVE THIS TO THE END OF THE MEETING SO THAT THOSE FOLKS INVEST SOMETHING IN THE MEETING NOT JUST COME HERE AND SET THE TONE OF THE MEETING. I REMEMBER WE HAD SOME YAK FOLKS HERE, AND THEY SET THE TONE OF THE MEET SO NEGATIVELY, AND SOME OF THIS WAS THROUGH GREEN LIGHT, SOME OTHER THINGS. TERM LIMITS, YOU KNOW, TELLING US WE NEED TO STEP DOWN AND ALL THESE ACCUSATIONS. AND SO THERE WERE TWO SIDES OF THAT. WE’VE BEEN ACTUALLY THE LAST YEAR OR SO IT’S BEEN RELATIVELY, YOU KNOW, NONCONFRONTATIONAL.>>YOU JUST JINXED US.>>KENNETH WELCH: WELL, I MAY HAVE BUT I ONLY HAVE A YEAR. SO I GET IT. I GET BOTH SIDES OF THE ARGUMENT. IT’S JUST WHEN YOU GET THE EXTREMES IT’S WHEN — WE’RE SITTING HERE FOR AN HOUR, AND YOU KNOW, IT’S AN ISSUE LIKE THE MEOW NOW AND THERE WERE SOME OTHER ONES THAT POPPED UP AND JUST TOOK OVER A MEETING THAT IT DIDN’T SEEM FAIR TO FOLKS THAT WERE HERE FOR OTHER BUSINESS ON THE AGENDA. SO I WOULD BE COMFORTABLE LEAVING IT UP TO THE CHAIR’S DISCRETION.>>YOU WOULD BE COMFORTABLE WHAT?>>KENNETH WELCH: LEAVING IT UP TO THE CHAIR’S DISCRETION YEAR TO YEAR. IT’S NOT BROKEN. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OF THE MINDSET LET FOLKS SAY WHAT THEY WANT TO SAY FOR THREE MINUTES BUT IT’S WHEN THEY KIND OF ABUSE THAT AND TAKE OVER AN HOUR, HOUR AND A HALF AND WE WERE SETTING THE TONE WITH SOME REALLY ABUSIVE. WE TRIED TO DO STANDARDS OF CONDUCT OR SOMETHING.>>WE DID.>>KENNETH WELCH: WE TRIED TO IMPLEMENT THAT.>>THAT’S THE YEAR I WAS CHAIR TOO.>>KENNETH WELCH: COMMISSIONERS OR STAFF AND SO IT’S JUST, YOU KNOW, IF EVERYBODY LIVED BY THE GOLDEN RULE WE’D BE FINE. I DON’T THINK YOU CAN LEGISLATE THAT. SO I’LL LEAVE IT UP TO THE CHAIR’S DISCRETION. I THINK WE’RE FINE EITHER WAY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: COMMISS.>>CHARLIE JUSTICE: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AGAIN, I THOUGHT IT WAS THE CHAIR’S DISCRETION. I THINK WHEN I WAS CHAIR, I THINK I MADE A DECISION OF WHERE WE PUT IT ON THE AGENDA, SO IF I WASN’T SUPPOSED TO DO THAT, I DID IT ANYWAY. BUT I THINK THE TRADEOFF FOR THOSE RARE OCCASIONS THAT COMMISSIONER WELCH DESCRIBES OR OTHER SITUATIONICIZE WORTH IT SO THAT WHEN YOU DO HAVE CITIZENS LIKE WE HAD TODAY THAT COME THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO WAIT AN HOUR AND A HALF, TWO HOURS. THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING, SAY THEIR PIECE AND MOVE ON FOR THE GENERAL COMMENTS. SO MY PREFERENCE IS TO HAVE IT AT THE BEGINNING AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE SO THAT THE FOLKS THAT — AND I KNOW WE HAVE SOME REGULARS THAT WILL SPEAK AT WHATEVER TIME IS ON THE AGENDA. BUT OTHERS KNOWING THAT THE MEETING STARTS AT 9:30, THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IS SOMEWHERE IN THAT EARLY PART OF THE DAY, IT MAY NOT BE 11:00 OR 12:00 OR 1:00, THAT WOULD BE MY PREFERENCE.>>I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH WHEN I WAS MAYOR TO NOT HAVE THAT HAPPEN IN MY CITY BECAUSE IT WAS KIND OF A SMALL CITY. WE HAD THAT OPPORTUNITY SO THEY COULD COME IN AND GET BACK TO DINNER OR WHATEVER IT WAS THEY WANTED TO GET BACK TO. SO IT’S ALWAYS BEEN WHAT I’VE DONE ALWAYS BEFORE WAS TO HAVE IT IN THE BEGINNING BUT AGAIN I DIDN’T HAVE EXPERIENCES LIKE YOU ALL EXPERIENCED IN THE PAST. I DO LIKE THE IDEA OF LETTING PEOPLE COME IN AND IF THEY HAVE TO TAKE OFF OF WORK, IT’S NOT THREE HOURS. IT’S WITHIN A CERTAIN TIME FRAME. IT’S RESPECTFUL. I DO SUPPORT THAT BUT WHAT I WOULD SAY IS THAT I WOULD JUST LEAVE IT UP TO THE CHAIR AND THE CHAIR MAKE THEIR DECISION ON HOW THEY WANT TO RUN THEIR MEETING.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. MY SUGGESTION THEN WOULD BE AT THE DAY MEETING THAT WE START AT 9:30 THAT WE WOULD DO IT AFTER PRESENTATIONS. AND THEN IN THE AFTERNOON MEETING SINCE WE HAVE PUBLIC HEARINGS AT 6:00 OR, IF WOW, EXCUSE ME, — SORRY. 9:30 MEETING AFTER PRESENTATIONS, AND PUBLIC HEARINGS. AND THE REASON IS IS BECAUSE SOME OF THE CITIZENS HAVE PAID FOR EXPERT ADVICE OR SOMEONE TO REPRESENT THEM, AND I THINK THAT WAS THE OTHER REASON WHY WHEN WE DID MEOW NOW WE CHANGED IT BECAUSE WE HAD PEOPLE WAITING THREE, YOU KNOW, TWO OR THREE HOURS AND PAYING SOMEONE FOR WAITING HERE AS WELL. SO IF YOU’RE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT, I WOULD DO IT AFTER PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC HEARINGS BECAUSE NORMALLY THE 9:30 MEETING, THOSE PUBLIC HEARINGS AREN’T LONG, AND THEN AT 2:00, MEETING LIKE TODAY, I WOULD DO IT RIGHT AFTER PRESENTATIONS.>>IN THE DAYTIME PART.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: YES. AFTEPRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATS AND THEN DO CITIZENS TO BE HEARD. IS THAT ALL RIGHT?>>I LIKE THAT.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. THAT’S MAYBE A GOOD COMPROMISE. OKAY. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE TO COME?>>I’M JUST WONDERING IF WE HAVE AN ISSUE COMING UP, WHICH WE ARE GOING TO HAVE. A PET ISSUE COMING UP. IS THERE SOME WAY WE CAN AGENDA THAT? BECAUSE WE KNOW THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME DAY THERE IS GOING TO BE 50 PEOPLE IN HERE WANTING TO TALK ABOUT.>>DAVE EGGERS: THAT’S ARN AGENDA ITEM, RIGHT? THAT’S AN AGENDA ITEM?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: IF I KNOW IT’S COMING, WE’LL ANTICIPATE IT AND WORK ON IT.>>BECAUSE MAYBE WE NEED TO AGENDA IT SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE SO IF PEOPLE SHOW UP WE CAN SAY THAT WE’RE ACTUALLY GOING TO TAKE A VOTE ON THIS ON THIS DATE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK. BECAUSE OTHERWISE, AND I’LL TELL YOU IN LARGO TOO IF WE HAD A HUGE ISSUE, WE WOULD START LIMITING THEM TO — IF WE SAW THERE WAS 100 PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE, THEY’D ONLY GET TWO MINUTES OR SOMETIMES ONLY ONE MINUTE IF YOU WERE GOING TO SAY EXACTLY THE SAME THING THAT THE LAST GUY SAID. BUT SO I MEAN I THINK THERE ARE WAYS AROUND THAT TOO. THAT SHOULD DEFINITELY BE THE CHAIR’S PREROGATIVE.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: OKAY. NOW I DON’T MIND THAT PART BUT I DO MIND — DISAGREE WITH THE PLACEMENT BECAUSE I REMEMBER HAVING THIS DISCUSSION WITH COMMISSIONER LONG ABOUT THIS. SO THAT’S WHY IT WASN’T REALLY MY PREROGATIVE IN MY OPINION AS CHAIR.>>WHERE IS THAT THEN? HOW IS IT NOT THE CHAIR’S PREROGATIVE? IS THAT WRITTEN DOWN SOMEWHERE?>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: NO, WE DON’T REALLY HAVE POLICY — THIS IS JUST KIND OF LEFT — YOU KNOW, HOW WE’VE DONE THIS. [LAUGHTER]>>THAT’S JUST HOW WE’VE DONE IT, OKAY.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: WE HAVE NO REALLY POLICIES AND RULES.>>I KNOW. [LAUGHTER]>>KENNETH WELCH: IN A LITTLE SIDE CONVERSATION, YOU ASKED WHAT MIGHT BE COMING UP, WELL, MEOW NOW, THE FERAL CAT ISSUE IS –>>WELL, THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYING. THAT’S COMING UP.>>KENNETH WELCH: WHEN THE E-MAILS START CIRCULATING AND SOME OF US WERE TAGGED ON FACEBOOK, YOU KNOW, FOLKS ARE GOING DO COME WHETHER IT’S A PUBLIC HEARING OR NOT AND THEY COULD BE THE SAME EXACT SCENARIO. SO.>>BUT I THINK WE CAN LIMIT THE DISCUSSION OR THE –>>KENNETH WELCH: I THINK MIGHT BE ST. PETE HAS A, LIKE AN OPEN FORUM TIME LIMIT LIKE IT STARTS AT A TIME CERTAIN AND RUNS FOR AN HOUR OR SO. I BELIEVE THAT’S THE CASE.>>IF THERE IS ANYTHING.>>DAVE EGGERS: ON NONAGENDAD.>>MAYBE WE COULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT BUT THAT’S THE PERFECT EXAMPLE. WE DID THAT BEFORE.>>THEY DID THAT IN THE LEGISLATURE BUT I THOUGHT THEY TOOK THAT AWAY FROM US.>>KENNETH WELCH: I’M NOT SURE.>>IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE’VE HAD –>>THIS DISCUSSION.>>THAT ISSUE ARISE, I MEAN, EARLY ON, WHEN SINCE I CAME ON, EARLY ON WE HAD SEVERAL ACTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT WOULD RALLY GROUPS AND WE HAD A LOT OF LATE NIGHTS WITH PUBLIC TESTIMONY. BUT IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE’VE HAD THAT JUST IN GENERAL. AND SO I’D RATHER SIDE ON THE — OR ERR ON THE SIDE OF ALLOWING TOO MUCH PUBLIC COMMENT THAN TRY TO LIMIT IT BEFORE WE HAVE SOMETHING ARISE AGAIN.>>KAREN WILLIAMS SEEL: THAT’S WHY I BROUGHT IT UP. WANTED TO HEAR WHAT Y’ALL WANTED TO DO. OKAY. ALL RIGHT. WE ARE ADJOURNED UNTIL 6:00, AND WE’LL BE HAVING OUR BUDGET MEETING TONIGHT. THANK YOU.

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