BONIFAY — After much discussion the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners decided to tighten the requirements for waste disposal franchises in Holmes County, during their Jan. 14 meeting, to include that if any of the requirements are violated then the violating franchise could have there franchise agreement with the county revoked.
“We’ve been having issues with unsightly and unkempt sites,” said Commissioner Bill Parish. “Trash is being built up and scattered. Some locations just aren’t kept well.”
Chair Monty Merchant also added that anyone without the proper insurance should have their franchise agreement pulled immediately.
“Once again, this is yet another issue that I brought up the last time these franchise agreements were discussed,” said Commissioner Kenneth Williams. “We need to quit kicking this can down the road.”
Merchant assured Williams that this would be the last time these matters would be discussed.
“Well, the can has been picked up and no further down the road will it go,” said Merchant.
Board agreed to have County Attorney Jeff Goodman put in the contract that any violations could lead to their franchise agreement to be pulled.
Board was informed that Roger Williams, Director of the Holmes County Building Department would be out for a few weeks due to health issues and Board approved allowing his secretary serve as a substitute and that a current secretary for the board will serve as a substitute for the secretary.
Board approved of the Letter of Resignation by their Director of Special Projects with a vote of 4 to 1, with Williams voting “no.”
Board also approved of advertising for the position for Director of Special Projects for a week in house.
Board approved of purchasing three, six by 30 foot culverts for County Road 65 in the amount of $12,091.50.
“It’s an expensive fix but it’s what we’ve got to have,” said Williams.
Board approved appointing Commissioner David Whitaker to represent the Board on the Tri-County Community Board.
Board approved of the Holmes County Recycling Center advertising for a full-time position as well as increase the rate of pay to $11.03 per hour, with a vote of 4 to 1, with Merchant voting “no.”
“It’s going well, but we’ve seen it when it was not going well,” said Merchant. “Will you prefer cutting pay or letting people go?”
Manager Ann Payne said she preferred letting people go to cutting pay.
Board approved of Goodman’s drafted Limited Right of Entry agreement for hunters wanting to cross onto county property to retrieve game.
“It’s my recommendation that anyone who wants to come onto our property to retrieve game should sign this first,” said Goodman. “This is a waiver for them and it covers the county.”
Board approved of Goodman’s drafted Farmers’ Market Lease agreement for renting out the open market near the Holmes County Agricultural Center.
“It’s a 30-day lease with the ability to expand month-to-month with a $500 security deposit, with rent set at $400 a month and a late fee for each day past dead-line,” said Goodman.
Goodman informed the Board that the resolution for the Road Name Change Requirements would be ready to be presented on the agenda of the next meeting.
“My concern lies with the economically disadvantaged,” said Parish. “If someone manages to meet the requirements with 80 percent of landowners agreeing and 20 percent disagreeing, which doesn’t include renters, then it’s possible that the economically disadvantaged will incur charges that are associated with address changes.”
Goodman assured him that he process of a road name change would still be held as any other change in the county, which would involve two public hearings before the final vote.
“Essentially it comes down to the Board as to whether or not they approve of the name change,” said Goodman. “Under Florida statute the board of county commissioners can change a road name when ever and where ever they want.”
Board approved of Consent Items, which included the minutes for Workshop and Regular session on Dec. 10 and Special Session on Dec. 30; Federally-Funded Subgrant Agreement for a courthouse generator for $38,175 with a $9,135 grant match; lands available for taxes; SHIP release of lien; EMS Resolution County Awards Grant; Arnold Lumber quote; and Application for Disaster Assistance Local Match Reduction or Waiver and Payment Defferal for Public Assistance.
The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Jan. 28.