Below are the news briefs from the Leon County Commission meeting that took place on March 21, 2023.
The Commission approved a number of items that were approved in bloc format by way of consent agenda. One of the items was approving a date and time for a workshop addressing homelessness, specifically it was determined the commission will participate in the workshop on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.
The Commission approved the plat for Shops at Bannerman Village Subdivision for recording in the Public Record. The shops being developed are the ones located on the south side of Bannerman Road at the Bull Headley intersection. Should there be a need for any substantive changes to the plat, staff will resubmit the plat to the Board for approval at a future meeting.
The commission approved an item that modifies the existing Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Springs Restoration Grant Agreement to formally realize $500,000 in additional funding and to extend the term of the Agreement for the Belair/Annawood Sewer System Project to December 2024.
The full list of consent agenda items that were approved can be viewed here.
The Commission approved an item that provided a six-month status update on the efforts to the Lake Munson Action plan that includes “a recommendation to extend the drawdown through Spring 2024 to further dry out the exposed areas of the Lake and promote sediment capping to enhance water quality.”
The Commission approved an item that enshrines residential and commercial rates for waste collection in unincorporated Leon County and awarded the contract to Waste Pro of Florida, Inc. The residential rate increased from $15.03 to $23.17 and the commercial rate increases by approximately 60 percent depending on container types and number of commercial customers. The board repeatedly stated that they worked to keep rate increases as low as possible and that Leon County’s rates are still lower than many other counties across Florida.
The agenda item can be viewed here.
The Commission considered an item that would direct their staff to draft a proposed ordinance providing law enforcement the discretion to issue a civil penalty for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. However, in the end, the board voted 4-3 to take no further action and not draft an ordinance.
Commissioner Bill Proctor supported drafting an ordinance and said that while he teaches at FAMU, his students from all across the state could be facing arrest in some jurisdictions when they come from communities where they are not facing arrest.
Commissioner Brian Welch opposed the measure not because he disagreed with the sentiment in other comments from the other commissioners, but he contended that Leon County’s law enforcement officers would be put in a bad position seeing that they are still bound by state and federal law to enforce criminal marijuana laws.
The item can be viewed here.