Below are the Leon County Commission meeting briefs that took place on November 14, 2023.
The Commission unanimously approved the re-organization of the Leon County Commission, electing Carol Cummings as Chair and Brian Welch as Vice Chair effectively replacing Nick Maddox as Chair.
The Commission approved an amendment extending the term of the Interlocal Agreement between the City of Tallahassee and Leon County related to managing and controlling illicit discharges to the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. During discussion, Commissioner Bill Proctor expressed his distaste for the County funding the City to investigate sewer spills the City causes.
The Commission unanimously approved an amendment to the agreement between Leon County and the Florida Department of Transportation for the County to provide additional funds in the amount of $398,529 to expand the design for the Spring Hill Road Bridge replacement from two-lanes to four-lanes. All of the County’s costs related to this project will be reimbursed by the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency. During Discussion, Bill Proctor explained the resolution for the item was problematic because it stated the project would make the road safer, noting the changes being made to the road were not substantial.
Upon discussion on the update of the Southside Sewer Service Extension Update, Commissioner Bill Proctor made a motion to direct staff to provide strategies so that the people who live in the Urban Services Area may receive sewer services. The motion passed unanimously.
The Commission discussed an information item regarding the sale of mobile home parks and the requirements to notify residents and afford them the first right of refusal to purchase the land on which their home is located before a manufactured-mobile home park could be sold to any third-party buyer. Commissioner David O’Keefe made a motion to adopt the proposed legislative priority related to the sale of manufactured and mobile home parks. The motion passed unanimously.
The Commission accepted the overview of the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency’s organizational structure. During discussion on the item, Commissioner Brian Welch noted he is not ready to make any dramatic changes to the structure of the Blueprint AI Board and wants the Board to work out their differences. However, Commissioner Caban noted his issue lies with the Blueprint attorney. He explained that the attorney was too controlling of the meetings. Several other members also expressed their issues with the Blueprint attorney as well. The Commission accepted a report on additional homelessness information and directed staff to bring back an agenda item to consider an ordinance that authorizes law enforcement to enforce solicitation and panhandling prohibition on private property