CHIPLEY - The Washington County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved County Attorney Jeff Goodman's suggestion to appoint a committee to help address issues concerning the building of a new courthouse when they met in regular session Thursday, May 29.
"They will have no power outside of this board," said Goodman. "They will just help you do the legwork. Everything approved by them will have to be officially approved by you."
The ten-person committee includes Goodman, County Administrator David Corbin, County Commission Chairman Alan Bush, Judge Chris Patterson, Judge Colby Peel, Judge Hentz Mcclellan, Amber Bagett, Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock, and Interim Clerk of Court Harrold Bazzel. Goodman stated whomever wins the clerk's seat in the November election will take over Bazzel's seat on the committee.
The county will begin advertising their Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architect candidates next month and plans to hold the bid opening in July, in time for architect selection to be made when commissioners meet in the regular July session.
In other action, the board discussed the need to cut the largest hill on Falling Waters Road down by about five ft. after Commissioner Charles Brock expressed his concern for the road's safety.
"It's dangerous," said Brock. "We've been discussing this for a long time, and that hill should have already been corrected."
County Engineer Cliff Knauer stated landowners seemed excited about the prospect of cutting the hill, as well as widening the road at the state park's entrance.
"We still need to hold a public meeting on right of way and provide an easement and legal description for each landlord, but the consensus from that community is they want it done," said Knauer.
Commissioners also approved consent items discussed in last week's workshop, including:
· Clerk of Court to pay vouchers for April 2014 totaling $2,070,085.91
· Tourist Development Council (TDC) to purchase a 2014 Ford Escape through the state contract bid
· The TDC and the Economic Development Council to each apply for a Community Planning Technical Assistance grant through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
· To reappoint Zenna Corbin to the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board. Corbin's three-year term is set to expire June 30.
· To renew the current memorandum of understanding with Habitative Services Healthy Families Program
· To place student school bus shelters within county right of way
· To waive the high school diploma requirement for skilled labor positions
· To accept North Florida Construction's bid in the amount of $79,841.30 for work on Dorch Circle
· Agreed to pay Thompson Caterpillar $12,389.91 for a transmission rebuild
· Approved Public Risk Insurance Agency as the county's agent of record
· To transfer $100,000 from the MSBU budget to MSBU loan repayment
· Agreed house the Guardian ad Litem program in a county office
In other regular board action, commissioners discussed the worsening state of disrepair of the equestrian center, and the need to replace the carpet in the county annex, as well as the repair or replacement of the annex's telephone system. Interim Clerk of Court Harrold Bazzell advised commissioners his office has recently experienced days in which no one could call out.
The Washington County Board of Commissioners will meet again in regular session at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 25.