All the public speakers were against the phosphate mine. Before the Commissioners decided, Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson spoke about rain, the Chemours mine, and how what Bradford County does affects her business downstream. (I think Stasia Rudolph also spoke before I got there.) After some confusion on timing, afterwards Marc Lyons reminded them Citizens Against Phosphate Mines (CAPM) is ready to sue, and Kate Ellison said she hopes this means we will all see the consultant’s report before the public hearings. I sent a letter and a resolution the previous day and gave them paper copies.
The actual decision was much better than expected. While some Commissioners wanted to hold a public hearing on the phosphate mine proposal next month and be done with it, the actual decision was to hold a series of hearings in January, after the election and giving plenty of time for everyone to prepare. As Scott R. Koons of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council reminded the Commissioners, these will be quasi-judicial hearings, with attorneys, expert witnesses, and evidence, and all the same Commissioners must sit in each hearing. If one Commissioner misses the first hearing, that Commissioner can’t sit in any of the other hearings. This is serious business.
Below are links to each of the WWALS videos, with a few notes, followed by a WWALS video playlist. See also the agenda.
- Rain and downstream business –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson
- Resident of Fort White, Florida –Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson
- Want to speak on 10.B. when we come to it –Kate Ellison
- Can speak on 10.B. when we come to it –Kate Ellison
- 2. Consent Agenda 3. Payment of Bills
- 4. Medical Examiner Services
- 4. Cont. Medical Examiner Services
- 5. Bradford Cowboys Athletic Association
- 6. Bradford County Fair Association
- 6. Vote: Bradford County Fair Association
- 7. Orig. FL Tourism Task Force 8. N Cent. FL Reg. Planning Council
- 7. Vote to fund out of motel taxes
- 8. Vote to fund
- 9. N FL Econ. Dev. Partnership
- 9. Cont. NFEDP
- 10.A. Fire Chief Employment Services
- 10.B. Quasi-judicial, same Commissioners for all hearings
- 10.B. Back to back meetings?
- 10.B. Dredging, Chemours, Phosphate mine, lawsuit –Marc Lyons for CAPM
- 10.B. Thank you for taking more time –Kate Ellison
- 10.C. Fire Assessment Consulting Services
10.D. [Campground permits]
Provide direction to staff regarding response by Sandy Starling, Robert Starling and Ruby Harper to
Bradford County (North Central Florida Regional Planning Council) Special Exception Analysis.
Video. They created some homeless children. They did say they would do something to help them, but it was not clear what. Apparently some of the adults affected were sitting in the back row, since you can see them file out after this item.
- 10.E. Theressa Substation Property
- 11.A-B. Resolutions of Emergency about dredging
- 12.A. Schedule Millage and Budget Public Hearings
- 13.A. Graphic Design Services
- 13.B. Road widening and resurfacing
- 13.C. Repair fire engine
- 13.D. Mental Health Services
- 13.E. Concerned Citizens of Bradford County
13.G. Does the Board desire to fund a FY 18-19 budget request made by Episcopal Children’s Service in the amount of $5,000.00 (same as FY 17-18) for childcare programs for low-income parents (budget presentation made 8/6/18)?
Video. This was the only item for which they had trouble getting a motion.
- 13.G. Cont. Need second, finally vote on Childcare
- 13.H. Senior service programs
- 13.I. Bradford County Economic Development Authority
- 13.J. School site coordinators
- 13.K. School transportation
- 13.L. City-County workshop
- 13.L. Cont. City-County workshop
- 14-15. Chairman & Commissioners Comments
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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