Leon County Commissioner Rick Minor, District 3, recently appeared on The The Steve Stewart show to discuss his re-election campaign and the crucial issues facing our community.
Minor, who has lived in Tallahassee for about 20 years, was elected in to his current position in 2018.
On the issue of growth and development, Minor said that he supports growth, but cautioned that “sprawl” should be minimized, as it impacts government infrastructure such as roads, schools, and hospitals.
Minor was asked about the North Monroe Corridor, which is in District 3.
“The North Monroe interchange has more people coming into our community through that interchange than any other point in the county. It’s the number one gateway to Tallahassee,” Minor said. “Now, what has happened over the last years, is we’ve seen a gradual, steady decline in that part of town.”
Minor said that his goal is to revitalize the corridor.
Minor noted that he helped establish a “task force” to complete evaluations and suggest solutions to the problems. Since then, the county adopted the recommendations by the task force into the five-year strategic plan, which means action can be taken to resolve issues.
Minor addressed homelessness, a significant problem along North Monroe.
He said the issue is complicated, but the county has worked alongside the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to create a street outreach team comprised of trained counselors and deputies. These teams establish connections with the homeless encampments and urge them to seek social services.
Concerning the Amazon project, Minor said he supported it and believes it will have a positive impact on the community. He said Amazon will create over 1000 jobs, with benefits on day one and tuition pay for those who want to attend school. Also, he believes there will be other businesses that will follow Amazon to Tallahassee.
Minor also discussed the Northeast Gateway project, which he supported. He says he supported the master plan to allow the county to coordinate planning and growth for the area, such as implementing traffic and stormwater plans.
Minor noted that the vote also will protect the character of Centerville and Miccosukee roads.
Without the agreement, the land owners could sell parcels to whomever they wanted, with less oversight of the any development.
Stewart asked why Minor voted against expanding the urban services area on the southeast side of Tallahassee.
“We have criteria that’s set that we need to consider” to expand the urban services area (USA), Minor said. One such measure is that there must be a “well-defined need” for the expansion. “The big criteria that I have is making sure that any expansion of the USA is going to help us satisfy the demand for affordable housing.”
Minor explained that when he asked the developers how much of their building would be affordable housing, they responded that the focus was on $300,000 or more.
“In Leon County, that is not affordable,” Minor contended.
Concerning the vote for Blueprint dollars distributed to FAMU and FSU stadium repairs, Minor voted for the funding of FAMU but voted against the funds for FSU’s stadium.
“The FAMU vote came to us first, for $10 million. They would have been condemned, and it was a safety hazard,” Minor said.
Minor said he was initially for funding Doak Campbell stadium repairs. However, many of his constituents voiced opposition to Blueprint dollars going to FSU, so he decided to vote against it.