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Submissions from Leon County Commission Meeting, July 12, 2022 – Tallahassee Reports

ByChad J. Johnson

Jul 14, 2022

Below are the notes from the July 12 Leon County Commission meeting.
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At the Leon County Commission meeting, Leon County and the City of Tallahassee recognized Vincent S. Long for winning the 2022 International County/City Management Association Career Achievement Award.
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Chairman Bill Proctor requested that a piece of information be returned to Council for consideration on which neighborhoods within the city limits may or may not receive city utilities that may be annexed to the city. Proctor argues that many communities should be annexed but are ignored by the city due to voter suppression.
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The board approved, by a vote of 6 to 0, a public hearing to consider issuing a debt refinance from Holy Comforter Episcopal School Inc. for the Tuesday, September 13 meeting. The school is seeking interim funding and has paid the non-refundable county application fee of $15,000. If the board decides to approve conduit financing for the school, a financing fee equal to 1% of the principal amount ($40,519) or $5,000, whichever is greater, will be charged to the school. in accordance with guidelines adopted by the Board.
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In a unanimous County Board decision, Council approved the revision of Policy #21-6, “County Tourism Event Grant Programs.” The proposed policy revisions would codify the ban on TDC reviewing off-cycle funding requests. The revision also clarifies the definition of “peak visitor period”.
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Elected officials heard an update on the algal bloom on Lake Munson. You can read all the details here.
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Council heard an update on the services provided by Waste Pro Inc. and the increase in resident complaints. Commissioner Kristen Dozier suggested finding a new contractor for curbside collection services when the Waste Pro contract ends.

Several commissioners, including commissioners Brian Welch and Rick Minor, said they regularly receive complaints against Waste Pro Inc. and agreed with Dozier to start looking for new service providers. “As far as I’m concerned, Waste Pro has been warned,” Minor asserted.
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The committee heard an update on tourism development tax funds allocated to the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). There is talk of reallocating funds from the ARC to be used for the Florida Civil Rights Museum, Inc.
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The board unanimously approved and ratified the direction given by the commissioners during the budget workshop for the financial year 2023. The 21 articles were approved, except for an amendment made by the Cummings Commission to approve a 5% salary increase for all county employees, regardless of the salary cap. You can read the full report here.
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County commissioners unanimously approved the acceptance of a $3.6 million grant to renovate Old Concord School to become the Miccosukee Community Center. Additionally, as a condition of the Department of Economic Opportunity, the Council must adopt a policy providing protection to individuals who participate in nonviolent civil rights protests to receive the grant.
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The council has appointed several citizen members to the Big Bend Health Council. Additionally, several members were reappointed to the CareerSource Capital Region Board of Directors and Investment Oversight Committee. For more details, you can follow the link here.