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2015-06-16 Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Jun 26, 2015 | Meetings

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June 16, 2015

The Board of Commissioners of the South Walton County Mosquito Control District held

its Regular Board Meeting at the District Office at 774 North Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach,

Florida at 9:30 a.m.

The Commissioners attending the meeting were Tim Norris, Ronald Faulk and John J.

Magee. Also attending the meeting were Director Ben Brewer, Office Coordinator Geraldine

Via, Jay Liles and Bonnie McQuiston.

The meeting opened with a Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.

A motion was made by Commissioner Norris, seconded by Commissioner Faulk to

approve the minutes of the May 19, 2015 Regular Board Meeting. Motion passed


Director Brewer presented the Financial Reports for May 2015.

Director Brewer presented for approval Local Budget Amendment #6 in the amount of

$2,306.51. The amounts to be transferred from Contingency account #89 are $56.51 to Insurance

account #45 due to account being short and $2,250.00 to Capital Outlay account #60, $1,000.00

for the purchase of a Longray handheld battery powered ULV sprayer and $1,250 for the

purchase and installation of a security camera system. A motion was made by Commissioner

Faulk, seconded by Commissioner Norris to approve Local Budget Amendment #6 as

presented. Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Magee suggested having the citizens in attendance address the Board at

this time.

Ms. McQuiston asked about the employee insurance benefits and stated there was a

change made in 2013 and wanted clarification. Commissioner Magee stated the change was for

any new employees and new commissioners. They would not be eligible for the Supplemental

Insurance Reimbursement Program. After the election in November 2014 Commissioner Hudson

made a motion to have the commissioners benefits deleted for new commissioners. They could

not have any benefits more than what is provided by Florida Statutes. Commissioner Magee

stated that he had heard of a potential lawsuit against the District as a result of that decision. In

February 2015 a motion was made to rescind the motion made in November 2014. Ms.

McQuiston stated all commissioners should have equal benefits.

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of June 16, 2015

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Attorney Jay Liles, son of Doug Liles, came to introduce himself to the Board. He would

like to meet with the Board, with Attorney Youell’s permission, to discuss and hopefully resolve

the matter between his father and the District.

Director Brewer presented the attorney’s report. A motion was made by Commissioner

Norris, seconded by Commissioner Faulk to approve payment of Attorney Youell’s

monthly statement $700.01. Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Faulk asked, for the record, if Commissioner Norris is related to Attorney

Youell. Commissioner Norris stated he is not related to her. Commissioner Norris stated, for the

record, he only speaks to Attorney Youell about business related to this Commission.

Director Brewer gave a building update stating work is being done on the ceiling so the

tiles will match in each room, the painting is finished, the cabinets are done, the counter tops

will be here next Friday and the plumber will be here throughout the week. He also mentioned

some lighting repairs have been made. Director Brewer stated he does not have a date for

moving into the building.

Director Brewer asked for the Board to approve the quote from Schnelloggers, LLC for

removal of the trees at the front of the building in the amount of $2,960.00. A motion was made

by Commissioner Faulk seconded, by Commissioner Norris to approve the tree removal in

the amount of $2,960.00. Motion passed unanimously.

Director Brewer presented the Activity Report for the month of May 2015. There were

three chickens positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

There was discussion on using the handheld fogger and ATV’s for mosquito control.

Director Brewer stated he plans to make a suggestion to Walton County about using

wider storm drain grates so the briquets will fit into them when treating storm drains. He also

would like for developments to use drainage pipes to direct the water to go in the mosquito

control ditches instead of running on the side of the ditch and damaging the ditch banks. He

would like easements to the ditches so they can be maintained. He stated all the storm drains are

mapped and named. Director Brewer stated this is done thanks to a lot of help from the county

GIS Department. Commissioner Magee suggested sending a thank you letter.

Director Brewer stated he will be attending the Spring Florida Mosquito Control

Association meeting in St. Augustine, Florida tomorrow.

Director Brewer stated the office desks will be assembled tomorrow. The conference

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of June 16, 2015

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table has not been ordered. Commissioner Magee suggested a half moon table.

Director Brewer stated black ball requests have slowed down and only six were picked

up yesterday.

Commissioner Magee reminded the Board about the Budget Workshop meeting at 1:30

p.m. today at the Courthouse Annex.

Commissioner Magee asked Director Brewer to restate his action items. Director Brewer

stated he is to schedule the tree removal, meet with the technical review committee, shop for half

moon table and write the thank you letter to the GIS representative.

A motion was made by Commissioner Norris, seconded by Commissioner Faulk to

adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 11:13a.m. Motion passed unanimously.

_______________________ __________________________

Tim Norris, Secretary John Magee, Chairman

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